Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! This has been an all around crappy week… real life just has a way of kicking you while you’re down! So I haven’t been able to do all the things that I wanted to do this week, because honestly I haven’t really been in the mood for it.
So, sorry, if I’ve been kind of quiet lately… However, there was one bright spot this week, the Tsukishima Kei nendo I ordered was delivered! Yay! But, he’s currently being held hostage, so I have no idea when I’ll get to actually get my hands on the little guy…
Also, I promise I’m not ignoring you all’s comments and messages, I’ve just been kind of down lately, so bear with me, I promise I’ll answer them soon! Thank you guys for being so awesome and supportive!! 🙂
- Melanin Monday: I Am Not Your Stereotype- Racial Representation in Anime [Part II]– For Black History Month, I decided to start a brand new post series, featuring posts about phenomenal black and brown skinned characters in anime, manga, games, etc! This week I talked about the positive portrayals of black and brown skinned characters in anime…
- I Kinda Like That Salty Middle Blocker: 11 Reasons I ❤ Tsukishima Kei!– March is Megane Madness Month, and kicking off the month long celebration is post about my favorite bespectacled middle blocker, Tsukishima Kei.
- Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #9– This is the post where I spotlight three visual novels for gamers on a budget. Every game featured is priced $10 or less, so definitely check out this week’s thrifty picks!! I listened to your suggestions and added a non-otome game to the mix this time around!
- [News] Info about Voltage USA’s new Lovestruck App & My Thoughts…– It seems Voltage Inc has made another questionable decision concerning their line of mobile otome games and let’s just say the fandom (myself included) is not pleased… Voltage Inc announced that they would be moving their AmeMix line of mobile games to a new combined portal app, called Lovestruck! Check out this post to get the facts on the change!
- The Guy I Like is a Rude Pop Star: Scandal in the Spotlight-Iori Enjo Main Story– Kicking off Megane Madness Month reviews is none other than the evil prince himself, Iori Enjo! This was the very first route that I ever played in Scandal in the Spotlight and the second route Voltage released.
New This Week:
- The Nintendo Switch was finally released!!
- Harmonia Pro² released the demo for their upcoming fantasy otome game, Tales of Saleana!
- Download the demo from itch.io, HERE!
- Spike Chunsoft had a press conference earlier this week where they announced a few new titles.
- Check out their Twitter account for announcements and updates, HERE!
- The demo for the upcoming Dragon Age inspired BL dating sim Superbia is now available for download, HERE!
- The demo is available in both English and French for Windows and Linux only!
- XSEED released their newest farming/life-simulator game, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns!
- The game can be purchased from Amazon, HERE!
- Voltage Inc. is cancelling their AmeMix line of visual novels in favor of a freemium portal app, Lovestruck!
- For more information on the change, check out the official Lovestruck tumblr page, HERE!
- The Kickstarter Campaign for Project Trinity’s upcoming visual novel, Women of Xal, successfully reached their funding goal!
- 585 backers pledged $13,446 to help bring this project to life!
- The Kickstarter Campaign for the upcoming mystery visual novel, Breakfast Cult, was unsuccessful at reaching its funding goal!!
- The Kickstarter Campaign for the Sekai Project’s upcoming visual novel trilogy, A Clockwork Ley-Line, is still going strong!!
- Check out the campaign, HERE.
- The annual visual novel jam, NaNoRenO, will start on March 1st and run until April 3rd, 2017!!
- Learn more about the Jam and sign up, HERE!
- Voltage Inc’s new fantasy romance visual novel for their AmeMix line of games, Love & Legends is now available to play in their new Lovestruck app!
- GB Patch will be releasing their steam punk visual novel, A Foretold Affair on Steam on March 10th, 2017!!
- GB Patch is currently running a special Steam giveaway promotion for a free copy of the game once it’s released on Steam, HERE!
- Team Precatio released their 2nd demo for their upcoming romance visual novel, Kokorogawari! The new demo covers the 2nd chapter of the game and features more of the other love interests.
- Download the updated demo, HERE!
- Wispfire released Books I & II of their debut adventure visual novel, Herald: An Interactive Period Drama on steam!
- Purchase both books HERE for only $9.99!
- Until March 28th, gamers can get select Idea Factory International games for a discounted price on Amazon.com, HERE!
- Check out the official Twitter announcement, HERE!
- Sonnet009 released the first story in their fantasy romance visual novel series, Wilder: Ran’s Story!
- The route is $3.99 and can be purchased from itch.io, HERE!
- Arithmetic released their newest mobile otome game, Several Shades of Sadism for android through the Google Play Store or for IOS through the App Store!
- For a limited time only, Men of Yoshiwara Kikuya and the Men of Yoshiwara bundle are available for a discounted price on Steam!
- Take advantage of the sale buy clicking, HERE!
- The Hanako Games Bundle is on sale on Steam, save 31% on Eight Hanako games!!
- Take advantage of the sale by clicking, HERE!
- Dark Chibi Shadow released their short BL visual novel, Solanaceae- Another Time. The game is based on their webcomic of the same name! There are two versions of the game, the R18 version and the PG version.
- Download the game for free from itch.io, HERE!
- The most recent Pokemon Go update from Niantic added Gen II Pokemon to the app! (FINALLY)
- Players now have the chance to catch 80 New Pokemon from the Johto region, in addition the preexisting Kanto pokemon!
- Development for Sakubaka’s upcoming Victorian romance visual, Vicboys is underway!
- Check out the development blog, HERE, for up to date news about the project!
- Earlier this week Spincut released the demo for their post apocalyptic LGBTQ+ visual novel Who We Are Now on itch.io!
- Download the demo for free, HERE!
- An updated demo for Meyaoi Games’s upcoming BL visual novel Seiyuu Danshi is now available for download, HERE!
- The updated demo includes some of the features players can expect in the full version of the game such as: updated sprites, quests, item purchasing, and a few 18+ options!
- Meyaoi Games also opened up pre-orders for Seiyuu Danshi on itch.io! The current retail price is $24.99!!
- Idea Factory Intl announced that there are plans to release the second half of Hakuouki Shinkai Hana no Shou in English! The first part of the game is being localized under the title Hakuoki Kyoto Winds, in the Spring!
- Read the note from Iffy on their Facebook page, HERE!
- A new supernatural romance kinetic VN from Ebi-hime, Sweetest Monster is now available for download over on itch.io, HERE!
- The game does contain some sexual situations and serious themes.
- Idea Factory made a special announcement this week via their Facebook page… A limited time only Hakuouki themed Festival and Cafe!
- Since tickets for the event sold out in less than 7 minutes, Iffy has decided to offer more tickets for the event!!
- Special thanks to Hayurika for telling me about this! Cybird recently released their newest app Otome Romance Novels!
- Through the new app, players can purchase stories from some of Cybird’s free to play apps to play whenever they want! The app currently has stories from Destined to Love available for purchase, but other games will be added in the future!
- To download the app from the App Store click HERE and for android users, click HERE to get it from the Google Play Store!
- The English localization of Otomate’s Period: Cube ~ Shackles of Amadeus ~ finally has an official release date of April 25th, 2017!
- Amazon is officially accepting pre-orders, HERE!
- D3Publisher’s Hyakka Hyakurou: Sengoku Ninpoujou is getting an English release on steam under the name Nightshade!
- The game will be fully voiced and will $34.99!
- However, upon it’s release Nightshade will be available for 20% off the retail price!!
- For more information about the game, check out the Official Site!
- Pre-orders for Hakuouki: Kyoto Winds (Hakuouki: Shinkai – Kaze no Shou) are now available, HERE!!
- Read the announcement, HERE!
I’m giving the ol’ blog a bit of a facelift; updating tags, menus, etc… So, for the next couple of weeks expect some minor wonkiness. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero will be up and running during the fixes, but, don’t be alarmed if stuff moves around a bit!
Most Recent Updates
- I fixed the pages under the Games tab on the top menu!
- You guys can now use page jumps to navigate each of the pages under the Games tab instead of just scrolling through the entire pages.
- Added images for each game.
- BL Game Reviews are now a sub tab of the Visual Novel/Otome Games tab under Games!
- I combined Nintendo DS/3DS game reviews and PSP/Vita game reviews into one combined menu option, Handheld Games.
- Created a new menu tab, Weekly Series.
- You guys can now access all of my weekly series (Last Week Today, Melanin Monday, Thrifty Gaming, and Fangirl Moment) as drop down options from there.
Since I reached 300 Followers a little while ago, I figured it was about time I fixed things up a bit. There will also be a special announcement once everything is finished up, so be on the look out for that in the near future!
March Megane Madness
I probably should have announced this sooner, but what can I say, I’ve been busy… *ahem* It’s no secret that I’m weak to megane men, there’s just something hot about a man in glasses that really gets my blood pumping! Ray Bans, dark frames, wire frames, bifocals, trifocals, fashion lenses, *fans self* I love them all! So I wanted to share that love with you guys in a month long megane celebration.
Throughout the month of March I will be paying tribute to all the megane hotties out there with semi-daily megane themed posts and reviews!! Ya’ll have heard of March Madness, well here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero it will be Megane Madness Month!!
Well, I finally broke down and signed up for some Affiliate Program so that I could possibly make a bit of cash doing this blogging thing. The way affiliate programs work is that I earn a small commission on any products you all buy using my affiliate links. Right now I’m enrolled in Affiliate Programs for Amazon.com and MangaGamer, so expect affiliate links to show up every so often in my posts in the near future. I will let you all know in advance if a post contains any affiliate links and I will update my sidebar with links to specific games and products.
The second OWLS Blog Tour is underway, March’s topic focuses on Sanctuary!
A sanctuary is a place of safety and stability. In anime, there are several different places and environments that characters call “home.” For this topic, we will be discussing various locations and settings within certain anime series.
Each OWLS member will be uploading their individual posts throughout the month of March! This week’s Blog Tour guides were Shay from Anime Reviewer Girl, with our first ever vlog about the meaning of sanctuary in Ouran High School Host Club my post about and LitaKino from LitaKino Anime Corner, who wrote her first OWLS Blog Tour post about Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin!
There is just plenty of Blog Tour Stops coming your way this month so be on the look out for announcements on the Official OWLS Twitter @OWLSbloggers, where we will keep you guys updated on each of the upcoming posts and other OWLS news!
I really want to hear from you guys, let me know what you think of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero. What do you think about this change? Do you guys like my posts? Is there something you think I should fix or add? Please feel free to let me know here in the comments section, or you can use this contact form!
I have no idea what I’m going to do for this week’s posts… sorry. I’ll figure something out, I promise…
Thrifty Thursday will go up as scheduled with three brand new thrifty gaming picks for you all to try and for Fangirl Friday I’m going to cover a… I don’t know yet, let’s just see how this week goes shall we!
**It’s the second week of the OWLS Sanctuary Blog Tour is underway, with posts from Matthew Castillo (Matt-in-the-Hat), Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe), and Myself coming out on Mar. 6th, 8th, and 10th respectively.**
Since I’m so behind, I’m just going to go ahead and extend the poll until the end of the month… What kinds of posts should I write more of? The poll will be open until… I figure out what I want the next poll to be! You can find it in the side bar (or if you are using a phone/tablet @ the bottom of the page). If you still can’t find it, click the link HERE! I look forward to your responses!
Here we are again at the end of another Recap Post, where I highlight four interesting posts from other bloggers that showed up on my Reader this past week…
Why We Should Appreciate Otome Heroines– This post comes from Leaf of LEAFさんの夢が。。。! Otome game heroines get a bad wrap, from otome gamers and I admit that there have been a few that I absolutely hated! Well, in this post, otome blogger Leafy urges readers to look at otome heroines in a different light. Rather than condemning them for their lack of personality or unassuming presence, we should be celebrating them!
Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai – Boys Love Classic Review– This post comes from Mistress of Yaoi of Yaoi Playground! I stumbled upon this OVA back when I was first getting into yaoi and BL stuff, under the English title of Our Road of No Return. While I liked what I saw, it wasn’t until I read the manga (I Shall Never Return) just last year that I really fell in love with the series! This is an honest review of a classic BL OVA that is definitely worth the read for fans of yaoi and BL!!
Role Model: Haruhi Fujioka– This post comes from heyitszel of Archi-Anime! Haruhi Fujioka is on of my all time favorite female leads… EVER! So, when I saw that this blogger was running a series about outstanding female anime characters, I knew it was only a matter of time before this leading lady made an appearance! This is a fantastic character analysis of a phenomenal young lady!!
Otome gamers have more options than just abusive vampires– This post comes from Krystallia of Daiyamanga! Every time a developer holds a licensing poll for otome game titles in the West, there is one title that always manages to polarize the community…. Diabolik Lovers. Whether you love it or hate it, the fact remains that there is a market for it, even if we’ll probably never get the title localized. So, this blogger offers some alternative titles for folks to ask for the next time a developer decides to gauge the interests of the Western otoge market.
So here we are at the end of this week’s post! Be sure to check out some of the bloggers from this week’s Weekly Blogger Spotlight, and drop them a line! Strike up a conversation or make a new friend! Don’t be shy get out there and mingle! 😉 Also, don’t worry if your post wasn’t featured in this week’s recap, keep writing and keep posting! I’ll keep my eye out!
See something in your Reader this week that you wanna share? Tell me what you think about my post? Anything you want to see more of? Less of? Have an idea for a post? Shoot me a line in the comments section or Message me on Twitter! Don’t be shy, I swear I don’t bite! I appreciate input and discussions from my readers so let your voice be heard…and finally, as always Thank You for reading!