📣Calling all otome game fans!📣 This just in: Spike Chunsoft has noticed us BIG TIME and they’re finally giving us some attention! How so, you ask? They launched a VERY IMPORTANT poll asking the following question:
Wait…is that…? IT IS!!! Kenka Bancho Otome is on that poll!!! 🎉🎊 The otome game community has boarded the hype train, and there’s several reasons why.
One, the otome game genre, while it’s growing, it’s still fairly limited in which games one can support officially in English. A good number of us import games to slowly play through them even though we have a limited knowledge of the Japanese language while supporting the developers, but having English versions of those games is making our previously thought impossible dreams come true. Some publishing companies view otome games/BL games as games that will not bring them any profit, which is a severe underestimation in this growing industry.
Two, a huge company acknowledged the otome game community not once, but twice. I previously mentioned that earlier on March, they had replied to a Niche Gamer tweet that inquired if there would be a Western release with “If there’s enough interest, we’ll consider it!” This lit the fire in fans’ hearts that would continue to tweet at them about the game and how much they’d love to play and support if it had an English release. Fast forward to now, and they’ve included Kenka Bancho Otome in their important poll?! Unbelievable! Well, just look at our initial reactions:
Needless to say, this wasn’t something that we would see anytime soon. And to be quite frank, it was overdue.
Three, a chance was given to us, not only to show how many of us are around, but how many of us want this game available in English officially. Some people who are into visual novels have this misconception that there aren’t that many otome game fans around, but the numbers here speak for themselves:
That’s right, not only is Kenka Bancho Otome in the lead, but this is a clear picture of how many of us really REALLY want this game’s localization to be a reality.
And finally…Kenka Bancho Otome is just a kick-ass awesome game! Here’s a synopsis of the game from Otome Jikan:
For as long as she’s been aware, the heroine, without a single relative, lived under the care of the state. Both of her parents’ faces were unknown to her.
In front of this heroine, a young boy appeared. The young boy’s name was ‘Hikaru’. It appeared that he was the heroine’s twin brother, separated at birth. He had a proposal for the heroine:
“Could you go to school in my place?”
The heroine was shocked by this crazy suggestion. Furthermore this was an all-boys school. The only high school in this prefecture for delinquents.
Hikaru was part of the most ancient and honorable family in the criminal underworld (yakuza), the Onigashima family. Under his father’s strict teachings, the school that he was to attend had been decided. And that school was Shishiku Academy. A high school where all the terrible and wild delinquents were gathered.
Enrolled in this school, a child of the Onigashima family was obligated to occupy and control this school. Hikaru did not want to have anything to do with delinquents. But to defy his father meant death. Hikaru, who learnt about his twin sister who was separated from him at birth, was struck with the idea to send her in his place to this school of delinquents.
The game is a spin-off of the Kenka Bancho series, taking the setting of high school delinquents, and putting the otome game element in it. Now, Kenka Bancho purists might complain, but the game DOES include fighting.
Here’s how the game system works: on a map that shows the school and town, you can see where the characters are located, which you can select to go to. Once you entered their location, a conversation event or special event will take place to deepen your relationship with them. You can choose how the conversation event goes: you can talk normally, or you can choose to just beat them up. To prompt the battle, you have a selection of the heroine’s faces to choose from as a reaction; if you choose the one with her glaring, it’ll start up the fight. There are a total of nine different faces to choose from, which will change what the heroine says in battle. To win the fight, you have to choose the correct line in response to the guys.
Sure, it’s not the same kind of fighting system as Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, but the same theme remains, which is what makes it really appealing for an otome game. That’s not the only thing that’s appealing: the art style and the music are incredibly stylish! It really gives the game its own identity! Additionally, the characters are fun and memorable. I mean, the heroine is described as someone who “defeats delinquents with fists and femininity.” And that’s just freakin’ awesome, okay?
So there you have it! It’s clear to see why the otome game community really wants the game localization of Kenka Bancho Otome to happen. As of this writing, there is one day left to vote! If you haven’t voted yet, DO SO WHILE THE POLL IS OPEN! Spike Chunsoft has taken note of us, and I’m sure the poll will indicate our love for these kinds of games. If they do indeed go through with the localization, it’ll be a great victory for us. And it’ll be…GLORIOUS. ✨
Until next time, happy gaming! 🎮
If you haven’t played Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, here’s a video that has some gameplay of it:
You can still purchase the game to play on the Playstation Vita via the Playstation Store for a price of $14.99. It’s an enjoyable game, so I think it’s worth it! Give it a try!