Melanin Monday: Otome Games/ Visual Novels Featuring Black & Brown Characters

Hey, hey all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers out there it’s Monday, and that means another Melanin Monday post!! For those of you just joining us, Melanin Monday is a  bi-weekly post series that I started for Black History Month, where I talk about Black and Brown skinned characters in anime, manga, video games, etc., but you guys loved it so much I decided to continue it!

Since this is an otome game blog, I figured at least one of these Melanin Monday posts should be about Black and brown characters in otome games/visual novels. So I compiled a list of games that featured characters with darker skin tones. This isn’t a comprehensive list of every game with dark skinned characters, but it does the trick for now. Also, most of these titles are English language visual novels since they tend to feature more characters of color than Japanese otome games… but, that’s a discussion for another day.

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Mar. 19th to Mar. 25th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! I am so ready for March to be over, because this month sucked, I guess what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger… but, is it too much to ask for a week where everything just runs smoothly?
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There were some positive things that happened this week… Like I finally figured out how to crochet granny squares (joining them is the hard part) and I got to hang out with a friend from school (she helped me fix up my resume and cover letter). So all in all, this wasn’t such a terrible week…

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Why I’ve Been So Quiet…

First, I want to say that I’m going try to keep this post short, sweet, and to the point, because let’s be honest, if you really cared about why I’ve been kind of quiet on social media or on this blog in general, you’d have tried to reach out to me by now. I’m not accusing anyone of anything, I know how hectic life can be and heck I’ll admit that I’m terrible at keeping up with social media stuff in the first place, so I get it. This post is so you guys know that I’m not ignoring you because I necessarily want to… just, shit happens!

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March has been an especially miserable month for me, I had a lot of great things planned for the blog this month, but every time I got ready to sit down and do them life decided to throw a wrench in my plans. Earlier this month, I split with my BF and while it was for the best, it’s tough… I’m still kind of bummed about the whole thing and honestly, it’s going to take awhile before I’ll be back to my old self.

Then a little while ago, my job let me know that they wouldn’t be able to extend my contract like they promised due to funding issues. My contract with them is up at the end of the month and the news has kind of put me in a serious bind… not to mention I was already pretty low because of the break up. So for the past few weeks I have been applying to various jobs, but I haven’t seen much headway there. So, I honestly don’t have time to monitor my social media channels and even less time for blogging.

All of the posts that came out this week were literally written an hour or two before I posted them and that was just about all I could manage, since I find it extremely hard to write when I have a lot on my mind. I just can’t get in the mood for it, so this week was kind of an impromptu hiatus…

I’m still trying to handle my stuff here in the real world, but I promise I will be back on my online grind starting on Sunday. I have a friend that recently started blogging and she’s been asking me to have blogging dates with her for the longest and we were finally able to get our schedules to sync up. So I’ll be working on some things I’ve been neglecting this weekend.

So, yeah, that’s why I’ve been quiet and that’s why I haven’t been my usual bubbly self. I want to say thank you to everyone both online and in person, I’m not going to name you guys ya’ll know who you are, for lending an ear to my woes and for just being so awesome and understanding. I’m not the type to talk about my problems that much, so for you all to take the time to listen to me talk about my issues and to offer encouragement… it really means a lot to me!

Ah, I almost forgot, I have a very special announcement for you guys…. it’s really really super special awesome!! But, I will hold off on announcing it until next week, since it will technically have an impact on how things here at Nice Job Breaking It, Hero are going to run from now on… but, don’t worry it’s a good thing, I promise!

Again, thank you all for being so understanding about everything while I get my stuff together… it’s been a long month and I really hope you guys are fairing better than I am right now!

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Fangirl Moment: Star vs the Forces of Evil

It’s gonna get a little weird, gonna get a little wild this Fangirl Friday, because this week I’m covering an animated series that is anything but normal… I’m talkin’ rainbows, I’m talkin’ puppies, for this week’s Fangirl Moment post I wanted to write about the American animated series Star vs. the Forces of Evil!

Some of you should recognize Star as the topic that didn’t win last week’s Twitter poll, but I absolutely adore this show, so I figured why not cover it this week instead! Since the second season wrapped up a few months ago I am seriously suffering from Star withdrawal… so I hope this post will hold me over until the season 3 premiere later this Summer…

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #12

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, sorry I’ve been AWOL but, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gamer, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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Let’s Show Our Support for Changeling- A Mystery/Romance Visual Novel

Hey hey guys I’m back with yet another Kickstarter campaign! This time around, I’m spotlighting Steamberry Studio’s debut supernatural romance visual novel, ChangelingYa’ll should remember this game from the demo review I did back in February…

 I am in love with this game and I want the KS campaign to succeed, so expect me to boost the heck out of it on Twitter! But, that aside, I was impressed with the quality of the demo and I ‘d love to see this game become a reality!

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[First Thoughts] Backstage Pass

Alright, so this is another game that has been sitting in my backlog for way too long. But, since my office was closed for Spring Break  I figured now was a good time as ever to pull this game out of the abyss and give it a play… I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with stats raiser games, on one hand… nah, I’m not even going to try and sugar coat it! Stats raiser games can be a pain in the ass, plain and simple, and I have heard some wonderful stories about the stats raising in SakeVisual’s Backstage Pass, that made me very reluctant to start it…

Backstage Pass  was released twice, the first being the early access beta (2014), which is what I originally bought and never played, and the second being the final completed version of the game which was released August 2016 for PC (Windows, Linux, Mac) and Steam. The game features full English voice acting and at a cool $29.99, I’d say that’s a fair price to pay for the amount of content the game offers.

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to SakeVisual. Please if you are interested in the game, purchase the game either through the official site or through Steam!!

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Mar. 12th to Mar. 18th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Daylight savings time was this week, so we lost an hour of sleep… I think… I always get confused with all these time changes, but, I was much more productive this week than I was last week. I actually managed to work on a few posts that have been sitting in my drafts for awhile! But, mostly I’ve just been rolling with the punches…

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Oh, remember when I said I’d go exploring since I had the whole week off of work… well, that didn’t happen. Instead I spent the first half of the week playing a game and the second half alternating between watching the Twitch Power Rangers marathon and Marvel’s Iron Fist…  But, I’m supposed to go exploring later on today, so it wasn’t a complete bust! 😛

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Fangirl Moment: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! I know it’s been awhile since the last Fangirl Moments post. Every time I got ready to write one, something else would come up and before I knew it a few weeks had breezed by… I’ll do my best to keep this from happening again, but, hey, life happens… Also THANK YOU to everyone that voted for this topic in the Twitter poll I ran, you guys were a huge help!!

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L to R: Billy, Trini, Tommy, Jason, Kimberly, and Zack

So this week I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, what with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers film reboot coming out next week and the Twitch MMPR marathon going on right now, I’m in full blown Power Rangers mode! Now, as much as I love the Power Rangers, I’m only going to cover the seasons based on the Super Sentai season Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger… because #notmyrangers!

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #11

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gamer, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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