Hello! It’s been a while since we last did a podcast and we were both taken aback by the interest that people expressed in hearing more of these. I honestly thought that no one would really care to hear about us TL;DRing or derping around about our opinions /)_(\! Anyway, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the recent surge of anime adaptations of otome games and how the different sides of the otome fandom were affected by it.
Once again, I’m sure we missed a few points in here so I may supplement the bottom of this post with points that I forgot to include inside. Discussion is always welcome below so long as all the replies are civil and respectful!
Here’s an outline of the podcast again.
Outline of Podcast
- Benefits of adaptations for otome game companies
- Money? Audience?
- Are there any benefits to otome gamers?
- Increased number of fans
- Significance of the English fandom
- Are there any disadvantages for otome gamers?
- Fandom division
- Legitimacy of anime adaptation
- History of otome games to anime adaptations
- La Corda D’Oro ~primo passo~ (aired 2006) 8.0 (scored by 18734 users)
- Hakuouki (aired 2010): 7.6 (scored by 19617 users)
- Starry Sky (aired 2010): Score: 6.5 (scored by 5892 users)
- Uta no Prince-sama (aired 2011): Score: 7.6 (scored by 13713 users)
- Hiiro no Kakera (aired 2012): Score: 6.7 (scored by 6299 users)
- Arcana Famiglia (aired 2012) Score: 6.5 (scored by 15394 users)
- Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku
- Is it possible to have a successful otome game to anime adaptation?
1. One thing I forgot to mention was that anime provides an easier medium to swallow because the audience doesn’t need to know anything special. Most anime can be translated or subbed into many different languages and so the audience for anime is greater than it is for the otome game version. Putting aside the Japanese language barrier, anime is also quicker to watch and easier to follow rather than a long and time-consuming route.
There are advantages and disadvantages to portraying medium in this way, because people’s attention spans are often quite short. So, one way of viewing the anime adaptation is as another mode of expression for the otome game?