I don’t play Otome games. It’s ironic, but I don’t. Then along comes Under the Moon, an 18+ Otome game (first time I’ve ever seen one, by the way) which has been translated into traditional Chinese. The guys are pretty, though certain characters look…odd in certain poses. The system’s generic, the music is average, however quite a few girls seem to like the story, which is why I’m curious about it.
However, I still feel reserved against the genre. See, the average male-oriented eroge is a poor excuse for sex, however there are some absolutely wonderful stories told through them. Otome games, on the other hand, is a much smaller market, and I don’t know whether high ratings for an Otome game would be because it’s good, or because it’s good compared to others in the genre. How good would Under the Moon be compared to most shoujo mangas? Are the people liking it because story’s good or they like the characters (in other words, is this a reverse gender of stupid fancervicy moe fluff)? I can’t tell.
Another thing is that male eroge leads usually aren’t the best of characters, but usually I don’t care about them enough to complain (if I care enough, then chances are they’re pretty interesting anyway). HOWEVER, the same will NOT apply to another girl. One look at her being a helpless loli (and a magical princess on top of that), and I get annoyed. Seriously annoyed. Some people may talk about how men fantasize about submissive women, I laugh in their faces and look at how girls are portrayed in their own stories. Can you look at that top picture? See how the characters are positioned? See how helpless/useless the girl looks? At least some girls are kickass in eroge, I can’t remember the last a girl was kickass in a shoujo manga without it being used as a comedic plot device.
Hmm…I started this post hesitating about playing the game, but now I’m sure. I’m not going to play Under the Moon.