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Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei – Review | Embers of Passion

Set during the final decade of the Heian period, Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei is a historical fantasy otome visual novel developed by Otomate, Idea Factory, and RED Entertainment. Originally released as Birushana Senki ~Genpei Hika Musou~ in September 2020, the game was localized into English by publisher Idea Factory International in June 2022. Available for the Nintendo Switch, Birushana: […]

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Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani – Review | A Kiss Under the Fujizakura Tree

Developed by Otomate, Idea Factory, Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani is a fantasy otome visual novel that brings players into a world packed with Japanese mythology and folklore, supernatural encounters, and love. Originally released in May 2020 in Japan, this Nintendo Switch title has subsequently been localized into English and published by Aksys Games in December 2021.    […]

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Variable Barricade – Review | You Won’t Win My Heart!

Variable Barricade, the latest otome visual novel from Otomate and Idea Factory localized by Aksys Games, is a romantic comedy about a girl guarding her heart from a gang of overenthusiastic suitors. It’s a blast when it leans into humor and lighthearted fun but less effective when it veers into melodrama. An Immodest Proposal As […]

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Cupid Parasite – Review | Philosophy of Love

Romance is an essential ingredient in all otome visual novels, but I have yet to play one that examines the concept of love and relationships as holistically as Cupid Parasite does. Developed by Otomate, Idea Factory, and published by Idea Factory International, Cupid Parasite is a fantasy romantic comedy (rom-com) otome visual novel that is as fun as it […]