Otome Experience at the Anime Expo

AX-2014_LogoFor those of you expecting a review, I apologize because I am going to disappoint you. Instead, I thought I would share my experience at this year’s Anime Expo with you! Continue reading after the jump if you’re interested. 

First of all, I was happy to observe that Otome Games had a bigger presence at the expo this year.

Solmare

Last year, the only otome related booth I found was Solmare’s “Shall We Date.”  This year, they were back.  And the booth looked identical to how I remembered it from last year.  IMG_0115They had a large corner booth with huge signage showing off their eye candy men.  Around their signage they had various stations with Ipads that visitors can use to try out their games.

As you can see from the picture, the booth is pretty crowded.  Otome games must have really gained popularity in the past year because at Anime Expo 2013, this booth was embarrassingly empty.  When I stopped by, two of the Solmare vendors stepped towards me to eagerly explain what their business was about.  Only one other person was in the booth playing with their apps.  This year, I had to elbow past Attack on TItan cosplayers and Sailor Venus if I wanted access to a Solmare vendor in order to get a free promotional fan.  (Which I didn’t end up getting because I got smacked in the face by a death scythe.  If you don’t know what that is, you can just google “Soul Eater Maka Cosplay”)

Voltage Inc.

Voltage was also present for the first time this year.  In an extremely pink booth.  10516640_10102801704713123_9037123176375939028_nThe paper lanterns were pink.  The walls were pink.  The Voltage vendors were wearing (you guessed it) pink.  I’m not sure who was responsible for choosing their colors, but it was overwhelming.  (And I am actually a fan of pink.)  If I was a stranger to Voltage Inc. and was just walking by this booth, I would have run away without stopping because of how childish and over-the-top-pink it was.  And that’s a shame because it is actually a very well set up booth with a beautiful Japanese style building exterior.

Anyway, moving on.  At Voltage’s booth, someone cosplayed as one of Enchanted in the Moonlight characters, Miyabi. I confess that I have not checked out this app yet, so I don’t know his character.  But it looks like he’s trying to give me a smoldering glare here while I take his picture.  Someone tell me, is blondie in character?IMG_0119Miyabi was available for photo ops at the booth.  Although, at the moment it looks like the photographer is manhandling the life-sized cutout of the Oni.

They also gave away a guide book and a poster (as long as you filled out a survey).  guidebookThe guide book just explains what Voltage is about and gives a summary of some of their apps.  It also mentions that “First Love Diaries” is coming soon.

The poster I received was Kissed by the Baddest Bidder, but they had different posters for each day.  The survey they asked us to fill out was similar to the surveys they ask us to fill out in the apps (age, which apps you’ve played, which ones are your favorites, etc.).  However, it also asked about “Gossip Girl” which I assumed they were referring to the American tv show.  The survey merely asked if we were fans of the show, and then asked if we prefered art in the classic japanese anime style or the more modernized, westernized art like in the apps released by Voltage USA.  Looks like Voltage may be designing an app similar to “Gossip Girl.”

D3Publisher

I also found a third Otome related booth.  This one I’ve never heard of before.

fanThis group had a small, neglected booth.  But as soon as the vendor passed me the fan, I knew they were a company I needed to check out.  Here’s a screencap of their app in the Apple Store.

2014-07-08 00.24.59Have any of you tried this app before?  What do you think?

And that’s it for Otome at the 2014 Anime Expo.  (Unless I missed a booth, which is very possible.)  I suspect otome will continue to gain in popularity.  I can’t wait to see how things develop in the upcoming year.

16 thoughts on “Otome Experience at the Anime Expo

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience at Anime Expo, Diora! I’m so jealous! ^_^ Gonna go check out First Love Diaries.

    I actually just finished Miyabi’s story…he’s a very pervy character – not exactly haughty (that’s Chikage, unexpectedly), and there were a lot of touchy-feely parts in his story. Lol.

  2. I think I saw the release date of Forbidden Romance but it’s only out for IOS so that may explain the lack of interest surrounding it compared to other companies,. The overwhelming pinkness of the Voltage booth is amusing orz.

    I’m glad otome games are able to gain popularity over the years.

  3. Thanks for sharing your experience at the Anime Expo ^^ I won’t ever be able to go because I’m not American T_T

    I am going to sound VERY stalker-ish, but I’ve been checking your blog every few days for updates since your post on Tsubasa Shirai. Also because I wanted to see other reviews of men I might be buying of course. Just want to say a big Welcome Back! =D

    When you’ve played Enchanted in the Moonlight, I’d like to know what you think of the stories. I feel like my opinions differ greatly from other fans and I would like to know if someone else thinks like I did =) Thanks in advance! =D

    • Thanks for the welcome! I do plan on posting an update in the next couple days. I’m trying to make a dent in my list of reader requests, but I also plan on checking out the enchanted series too. I’m not sure who I will start with first. Perhaps our flying hero.

  4. Hey thanks for sharing your experience! Hope you had a great time. I just recently got into otome games and I’ve only played a little of In Your Arms Tonight but I’m loving every second of it!

  5. Thank for shearing your experience.
    I hope I can go there, I have frequently visit your blog and I like it.
    I’m also otome game player but I don’t play the paid one, I play the free one from Ntt Solmare.
    That’s all.
    Sorry for the bad grammar

  6. The reason why Voltage is asking about Gossip Girl is because Gree released a GG social app. The kids of the Upper East Side are popular in Japan, and there have been plans to make an english and hopefully Paid app version of the series.

  7. Lucky you! Was this in Los Angeles as it said on that thingy pic u posted? Again…so lucky!!! Could I do a review on Akiyoshi Zaizen Proposal? Thanks! I heard it was so good, Voltage cut out the free three episodes. They only gave episode 1 and all other characters first three episodes. Kept me wondering why….until I read a review on kajimayuta.tumblr.com review. Not bad, though.

  8. I have played the Forbidden Romance one; but only Kagerou’s (the youngest, dark-haired one) story. It was definitely different to either Solmare or Voltage, but I liked it.

      • Yes. (Sorry, I am not quite sure what you are asking?)

        A few other games they have now are Office Lovers, My Secret Pets!, and The Amazing Shinsengumi Heroes in Love. The only thing I’ve noticed that is considerably different is that all of their routes are pretty short, like only about 8 to 10 chapters.

  9. Pingback: Otome Experience at the Anime Expo 2015 | My Otome Experience

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