Hello there, LOLROLLING here! Now I wish to introduce y’all to one of the few things that I play on my mobile phone: Otome Games (乙女ゲーム // O-to-May game).
WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF FAN-GIRLING AND SPOILERS!
INTRODUCTION TO OTOME GAMES
(No spoilers yet)
In case you don’t know what an Otome game is, it is basically a dating simulation where you try to seduce and flirt with a guy of your choice into becoming your lover, following through a story that is provided for the player. The first Otome game, Angelique, was released in 1994 for the Super FamiCom, targeting young teenage girls audiences, which also caught the attention of older teenage girls and women in their 20s! And of course, there has been an increasing number of these games… and they are awesome… eh, most anyways.
In some of the ones found on the computer, the player can choose to flirt with many guys simultaneously. Of course, if you have seen the shōnen anime “The World God Only Knows” then, you must know that there are dating sims for men as well. While dating sims for women are known as Otome games, they are known as as Bishōjo Game (美少女ゲーム) or Gal Game (ガールゲーム) for men.
For this post, I will be talking about the game in the featured photo called
“Shall We Date?: Ninja Love”
which was invented by NTT Solmare Corp., a Japanese company that was first developed in the year 2002 (For more information about the company click HERE to go to the company website! Or HERE to the official Shall We Date site!). This game is the second official game that was created by this company! And I have to say that it still beats most of the later Otome games that come out in the past few years. It is real good stuff.
Ninja Love is the first ever Otome game that I have ever played in my life (Even I have been wanting to play one since forever but I never got the chance), thanks to my friend in university who introduced it to me, I’m going to call her Passion,… And I thank her from the bottom of my heart for doing so, because I am so hooked on these Otome games now. LOL!
Okay, so it is available on both App Store and Google Play Store in both free and not free. I – being an oh-so very stingy person – play the free version, and although it is a pain in the butt because there is a limitation to how many chapters I could play in a day (One power per episode, yikes! And you only have five powers… It’s not much, right?), I bit my tongue and pulled through. It’s this application if you don’t know:
The app above is available for free!
Still not as much spoilers here, y’all, don’t worry
This story is set in 1581, Japan, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (安土桃山時代) of Japan (1568-1600) which is towards the ending of the Sengoku Period (戦国時代) – A.K.A. the Warring State – and you are the Ninja Princess (your ancestors are the origin of ninjas) and the symbol of the unity between three ninja clans who gathered together to oppose Oda Nobunaga – the bad guy – for wanting to wipe out ninjas for good! Well, you knew nothing about being a Ninja Princess, obviously. You were raised as an orphan in a temple by the Priest who you thought was your grandfather. You were left at the temple for sanctuary against Oda… that sort of thing.
And, here comes the (cliché) SHOCKER!
Your parents were murdered by Oda’s men.
You have to travel with one bodyguard of your choice to the Iga village for training (because traveling with five other ninjas at once is just so suspicious).
And once you pick your ninja bodyguard, the two of you will get ALL the ALONE TIME you need and get to the Iga village that very day!
END OF SUMMARY
LET’S GET TO THE JUICY BITS
WE ARE LEAVING THE GREEN ZONE, HEAVY SPOILERS AHEAD
LEAVE NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
Yeah, so like, in each game available no matter what Otome game you play, you get to pick a guy out of the few that they have for you. Here, in this game, we have 8 hot-on-many-levels guys and it is hard to just pick one at a time, trust me.
The characters in this game are based on real-life figures in the history of Japan! We see Oda Nobunaga here and of course he is one of the most notable historical person in Japan (and perhaps the world!). The others also have their names in the history books!
AND BY THE WAY, Oda Nobunaga is available for you to choose to become your hubby.
Anyways, the character (Yeah, I’m only doing one, sorry, but you’ll know why) I picked to review here is Kōtarō, my BAE:
He’s the quiet, strong guy with silky white hair and sharp red eyes who gives out this cool, no-nonsense, untouchable aura that makes you – well, it makes me – very intrigued. He is very serious about his job and responsibilities (and obviously very hot). He is six feet and one inches tall (who doesn’t love a tall guy?) with a Tanegashima (種子島) or a Matchlock (a configured arquebus firearm) as his weapon of choice.
He is all cool and quiet in the prologue… so his route might seem a bit boring, but…
Pretty much the opposite of what you may expect
The first thing that comes out of his mouth – after his self-introduction – during the prologue is this:
And he still maintains his quiet personality for a while that makes you frustrated as hell. It’s like, he acts as if he is unworthy of talking to you (being a princess and all). Like, during dinner, it’s all quiet. Like, awkward quiet. And you just feel the… UGH!
But then we spot the enemy and he becomes slightly more talkative… well, about pursuing and shutting you up so that you don’t give away your location.
“Kill or be killed” is basically Kōtarō’s ninja way. He goes all killer, assassin mode while interrogating his enemies, killing them once he is satisfied with what answers they gave him, rendering you speechless.
Imagine going on this date where your partner’s all quiet, cool, and mysterious and then suddenly he turns around and kills the people who he sees as enemies right in front of you… hmm, yeah, not the best kind of first date. (Even if he looks fucking hot doing so)
But then he confessed that he doesn’t know how to talk to girls like Goemon does. Well, back then they didn’t have any “how to flirt with girls” books, basically.
Ninja Technique books aren’t exactly for teaching you how to be socially-friendly, bro.
Being shy and socially awkward, these factors of his just makes him 10000000% waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy more cuter. Like, seriously, there is nothing cuter than a man when he is tongue-tied because he was busy worrying about what to say to not offend you or make you cry.
Well, he is cute… but not if the man is (half) naked.
A reminder here that Kōtarō is a SHY guy. It will be a while until you get to see him naked unlike the other characters *coughgoemoncough* who has no trouble stripping at any moment possible. Not that I am complaining! I love Goemon! And nothing beats Pizza unless it’s a set of really hot abs. Anyways… Naked Kōtarō is… Mmmhmm ❤
But hell, it took some time to just get him to smile!
AND A SMILE FROM HIM IS JUST GOLDEN!
OH GAWDDDDD, THAT LITTLE SMILE ON HIS FACE
Oh and when he blushes???
FUCKKKKKK, SO CUTE!!!
But you know what’s more precious than his smile or his blush?
ANSWER: A blushing and smiling naked Kōtarō
Oh… OH, THE DAMAGE!
Don’t expect for him to get all chummy with you from the beginning. Of course, he isn’t some of the other ninja (*coughsasukecough*) who would gladly lick your feet and openly tells you he loves you from the start. He keeps business and pleasure separate, so to speak. And unfortunately, you are business, not pleasure. But he isn’t going to be all “you idiotic girl who can’t do anything“, verbally abusive *coughsaizocough* either.
For example, when you get started sneezing because of the cold at night, he gave up his bed for you and walked over to sleep on the floor, by the window. You thanked him for being kind and gentle and he was like:
Oh yeah, all business *eye rolling* and he lets you know that.
BUT HOLD UP SPRING ROLLS!!
He hesitates!! As if he wanted things differently too! When you manage to break the ice around him, he does get sweeter.
There’s is a catch with his sweetness though.
He, like said his profile description, had a rough past and that past involved a woman!
Her name’s Shizuka and he was all shocked when you first said that you would pick up the name “Shizuka” as your disguise. Your character noticed that something is wrong and is obviously curious as to what stirred him that way.
And then you found out that he has a past lover, and of course,
Competition’s gone/never really there, so what’s keeping you?
It’s because of her death that he wouldn’t make a move. He feels guilty and blames himself for her death and so he believes, in addition to you being the Ninja Princess, that he doesn’t have “the right” to get close to you and that he can never love like a normal guy ever again.
Yeah, that’s pretty much what’s stopping him
BUT IT’S NOT STOPPING YOU!!
He will keep on rejecting you-ish. He kept on saying he doesn’t deserve you and that he can not love again. But because
I am you are so irresistibl(y persistent), he WILL come around and the feelings become officially mutual!
AND THEN HE FELL OFF A CLIFF!!!
*GASPS*, *CRIES* JUST WHEN HE GOT ALL LOVEY-DOVEY WITH
ME THE MC!?!?!?!?!?
Eh, no, he didn’t die (how could he?) and I won’t spoil you guys about what happened… even though I spoiled so much already.
When he came back from the dead(?), and with his help, this civil war between Oda and the ninjas was resolved and he gets all romantic.
And then, uh, something happened, not gonna say anything.
And we end up back at a house, and he started getting naughty… hehehehehehehehehehe
IMAGINE ALL THAT GOODNESS ON TOP OF YOU
9/10 PEOPLE! Enough said!
I… I just can’t say anything else. He’s like, my dream guy right there. You just gotta play this. There is more to the story than what I have said here, obviously.
PEACE OUT SPRING ROLLS!