Otome Game Recommendations for Beginner JapaneseFebruary 24, 2017 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Special | 13 Comments
There are so many otome games in Japan but fans outside of Japan can’t play them because language barrier is a thing. Because of this, many (myself included) choose to study the language just so they can play all those good games. Though let’s face it, everyone starts from square one, a.k.a. beginner level, and you can’t possibly be able to play a really good otome game right away after one day of studying hiragana. But what if you already finished the beginner module/course, and you are confident enough to play a full Japanese otome game?
Of course, wafuu games (and most of the games in my cream of the crop list) are out of the question, but here, I list the otome games that I think have easy Japanese and beginner Japanese language learners can play with little, if any, problem.
If you started with otome games because of Aksys’ Hakuouki localization, then why not give Hakuouki SSL a try? Story-wise, SSL is nothing compared to the original Hakuouki, and the art is really bad if you’re used to seeing Kazuki Yone’s work, but it’s still an enjoyable game, provided that you are a fan of Hakuouki. The Shinsengumi guys in a school setting? A proper (and very fun!) Kazama route, finally? Yes please! Note though, that if you haven’t played any Hakuouki game or watched the anime before, then I suggest you just skip on this game (
because really, it’s just crap).
Platform: PS Vita. Buy here.
Japanese language difficulty: If you have already played the Hakuouki localization, you are already familiar with the characters, so you will have no problems in reading how they talk (in Japanese) and move. It’s also a school setting, so no need to worry about history stuff and difficult kanji.
If a strong kick-ass heroine in a game that will give you lots of laughs is your thing, then Kenka Bancho Otome is the game for you. For a game with relatively easy Japanese, the story is pretty good. The romance isn’t top-notch, but still a recommended otome game.
Platform: PS Vita. Buy here.
Japanese language difficulty: Has lots of yankee-way of talking and yakuza terms, but all in all, everything is easy to understand. The system before the yankee fights might be a bit difficult if your Japanese reading is still a bit slow, but the outcome of your choices in this part doesn’t affect the story, so no problems.
This is old but still gold (and Moneybee is still making money out of it!). If there is an otome game that everyone studying Japanese should start with, it has to be Starry Sky. It doesn’t have a literary award-winning story, nor a really amazing mind-boggling plot twist, but its charm as an otome game that offers the dokidoki and wakuwaku romance everyone wants is one of the best.
Platform: The Starry Sky games were first released for PC, but they were ported for the PSP with added contents. Currently, Starry Sky in Spring and after Spring are now also available for the PS Vita as a single game. The other seasons will be released for the vita soon. Buy here.
Japanese language difficulty: It’s mostly just daily school stuff, so it’s very easy. The Summer game has lots of Japanese Archery, so make sure you can also get you also familiarize yourself with Japanese Archery terms.
Suggested by friends
- PsychichEmotion6 – Easy to read because there aren’t many difficult kanji
- Uta no Prince-sama
- Shinobi Koi Utsutsu – there are some difficult terms, but story is easy to understand
I will update this post whenever I come across an otome game with easy to understand Japanese. If you have any recommendation, please comment below ^_^