Celebrating 6th Anniversary!

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Holy moly time is flying by too quickly!! I can hardly believe we’ve reached 6 years on this blog already; there’s this weird sense where I feel like I’ve posted nothing at all but also posted a truckload. I almost wish there was a total word counter to see how many words I’ve written altogether… on second thought, maybe not, because I know my first Beyond the Future post nearly broke 100,000 words LOL and I don’t want to see the sad total.

Also, what the heck happened to my blog. Where’d the games go!? LOL. I was trying my best to beat Aksys localizations and play the JP versions before the ENG ones came out but that soon became a pipe dream. They localize faster than I can play because I keep getting distracted with other projects, wah. I will return from the war one day!! But in my defense everything is still geared towards otome!! It’s just become a blog encompassing different media :’) so thank you everyone for putting up with my eclectic posts.

I always say this but wow my Japanese has improved so much. It’s really nostalgic looking back at my crappy posts and the games I started out with– oops, I probably shouldn’t have brought that up because now some of you may be tempted to look back at my sordid history (please don’t!). On a serious note, a huge thank you to everyone who’s followed me up to now and a warm welcome to the new people who have decided to follow my blog! I do recognize the names of people who comment lots so don’t think I don’t see you coming and going <3!

Anyway, as per tradition, I’ll be hosting a giveaway again. Anyone is free to participate as long as they fulfill the rules condition (don’t worry, it’s super easy). Once again, thanks for visiting my blog and I hope to see people around again next year!

EDIT: The winning numbers are 389 and 17 (nice the number generator spread it out!) and the two closest to those numbers are Sumi (46 number difference with 435) and yaoidaisuki (4 number difference with 21). Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their biases ;3; I loved hearing about them!

Here we go:

PRIZES

  1. TWO visual novels from Steam (PS. totally okay to ask for Fashioning Miss Lonesome, which releases 9/8).

RULES

  • Giveaway will start at 00:00 PDT 18 August 2016 and end at 23:59 PDT 25 August 2016.
  • Pick a number between 1-500 and tell me your favorite character, where they’re from, and why you like them.
  • I’ll be picking two winners so go go go!
  • I’ll edit in the winners and close comments for this post when the contest is over.
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34 thoughts on “Celebrating 6th Anniversary!

    Leafさんの夢が。。。 said:
    September 3, 2017 at 23:52

    Congratulations!!!! Sorry I’m late :P you are def one of my fav bloggers and I hope to see you blogging for years to come. Thank you for all your hard work and it’s so cool how you are seeing improvement with Japanese. ^^

      Ilinox responded:
      September 4, 2017 at 17:30

      Aww, no worries, any comments at any time are always welcome <3! (I'm super late to your blog's anniversary too LOL). Wah, thank you so much for your words ;w; I feel like I haven't touched a proper otome game in a long time so I feel a bit bad about that but one day I'll write about routes again!!

      I'm sure you'll see improvements when you look back on your blog too (that's the fun thing about them, haha). I hope I'll continue seeing you around in the otome sphere too <3.

    Ellie said:
    August 25, 2017 at 19:40

    Congrats on your anniversary!! ~ヾ(^∇^) I feel nostalgic because your blog was what introduced me to otome games when I stumbled across your amnesia and diabolik lovers posts years ago. Thank you for all the work you’ve put into this blog up until now!
    I’ll pick 336 as my number.
    As for my favourite character, I’ll choose Mahiru Hiiragi from Owari no Seraph. I’m a huge sucker for tragic, morally gray anti-villains who are both a puppet and a puppet master, and Mahiru fits that to the T. She’s just such a fascinating and multi faceted character and she’s also a great narrator that I get excited every time the story shifts to her perspective. She’s the kind of person who was doomed by fate from the start, but despite all her hardships, she still rose up and fought until the end and I just love her because she has the kind of mental fortitude that no one else has. She’s a twisted and damaged girl, but she’s still able to remain as a strong willed, intelligent, and loving person.

      Ilinox responded:
      September 2, 2017 at 19:41

      Thank you and, oh gosh, that’s a while back isn’t it? It honestly feels like yesterday that I was playing Diabolik Lovers (it also took me two years on and off to finish that game L O L WHICH SOUNDS HILARIOUSLY PATHETIC WOW) but it’s been like two years now, huh! Aww ;w; thank you for dropping by and supporting this blog too! Knowing there’s people reading these posts is what motivates me to keep on going with this blog.

      !!! PLEASE GIVE ME A HI-FIVE BECAUSE ANTI-VILLAIN BOYS ARE MY JAM! This sounds so good and I’ve never watched Owari no Seraph but you have me so interested right now. She sounds like a tragic character but one that makes the best with what she has and doesn’t give up ;w; doing whatever it takes to fulfill her goals or achieve what she wants. Thank you for telling me about her!!

    LittleLightLady said:
    August 25, 2017 at 07:18

    Congrats on 6 years!! It’s probably been nearly 5 since the first time I visisted when I was otoge curious for the first time. Time flies doesn’t it!

    Number…..30!

    Well my favorite is Izumi Kyouka from Meiji Tokyo Renka! His obsession with rabbits, cute screams, and wonderful voicing by Okamoto along with his personal understanding of Mei made him my favorite <3

      Ilinox responded:
      September 2, 2017 at 19:37

      It sure does! And oh wow thank you for supporting my blog for all this time ;3; it’s really touching to hear how long people have dropped by to visit this blog over the years too. Thank you all so much!!

      I admit I haven’t heard many Okamoto roles, at least not enough for his voice to stick into my head but I’ve been hearing him now as Shigezane in Sengoku Night Blood and he’s cuuuute. Ahaha, Izumi sounds like a really lively character. Thank you for telling me about him!

    Sumi (@lyraxia_v) said:
    August 23, 2017 at 21:56

    Congratulations on your 6th anniversary! I just came across this blog today while looking for Dear Vocalist stuff and I can honestly say that I really enjoy reading your comments and translations on otoges and otomes. :)
    I’ll choose 435 as my number.
    As for my favorite character, I’d probably choose Gilgamesh from the Fate series. Even though he’s mainly depicted as an antagonist in the series, his pride and arrogance piqued my interest the most when I first saw him in Fate/Zero. I’ve always liked characters with more of an edge to their personality, and even though Gil is more extreme in that sense, he is the main reason why I started liking tsunderes in all types of otoges. He’s like the king of tsunderes and needs a lot of reading in between the lines to understand what he means. When it comes to receiving gifts, he’ll insult you all he wants but accept the gift in the end, and then return the favor later. After him, any tsundere I find in otoges automatically become my favorite because of how adorable they are when they become flustered; and that’s one of my favorite things to do, both in real life and in otoges.

      Ilinox responded:
      September 2, 2017 at 19:06

      Late reply since I already contacted you as the winner and everything but thank you so much for this lovely comment ;w; wah I actually wasn’t too sure how popular Dear Vocalist stuff was with people in the West since it’s been a while since the first season and stuff so it makes me happy that you ended up here through a Dear Vocalist search, haha.

      OH MY GOD *HI-FIVES* I LOVE GILGAMESH TOO HAHA. Something about the sheer arrogance in his character is just refreshing because it’s so rare to hear someone who believes in their absolute superiority and can actually back that up like 99% of the time. I’m surprised to hear you classify him as a tsundere but you’re right in that’s the way he acts. I guess in my mind he’s just… Gilgamesh, narcissist extreme LOL. To be honest, tsunderes and I don’t get along at all (I have no patience for the ones that deny their own emotions and everything they say is an insult when they were really trying to compliment you or something, for example) but I totally get you about flustering people and guys :’)) whenever they start stuttering or blushing.

    babycalpis said:
    August 22, 2017 at 14:47

    Congrats on 6 years!! Tbh I don’t know when I started following you silently, but knowing that you’re learning Japanese through games gives me so much hope! (I’m far from being able to understands without struggling lol)

    I choose number 101 and my favourite character is Saint Germain from Code Realize! I usually like the air-headed, funny type of guys, but Saint Germain’s route had so much emotion and literally made me cry lol He was actually so sweet and his back story ahhh!!

    Anyway congrats again on 6 years! (:

      Ilinox responded:
      August 30, 2017 at 12:39

      Hshskjhdkjh ;w; thank you for the support!! And oh man I am a huge supporter of “learn through what interests you” especially when it’s extracurricular learning like this. Games are a great motivator to keep you going and if you’re doing something you like then you’re less likely to drop it :’)) and plus there’s no rush (you’re not racing or competing against anyone) so take however long you need to learn stuff!

      I had plans to play Code Realize before the anime started but *sweats nervously* that’s totally gone up in smoke ;3; HE LOOKS REALLY INTERESTING THOUGH!

      Thank you again for your support!

    1_chan said:
    August 20, 2017 at 09:12

    Congrats on the 6th anniversary! I haven’t been here long, but I look forward to anything and everything that is to come from here xD. Thanks for this wonderful blog~

    As for fav character…can it be in game or novel wise? Ahh! So many to choose from ;; 7 ;; ))…Hm if I were to choose someone from an otoge, I would probably go for Jumin Han from Mystic Messenger. Seven will be my number one, but Jumin was the one I didn’t expect to like at all. The thing about him was that I played Jaehee’s route before his, and during his route, he had that mental breakdown. Things just went downhill, despite his help on Zen’s route… and no matter how much sympathy I held for him, I just couldn’t like him. Then the dlc’s came out, and Jumin in his best state totally stole my heart. Gap moe galore and oh my~ what great hubby material (I must shamelessly admit > 7 >;;; )! Oh yeah~ I guess I’ll choose the number 100 xD.

      Ilinox responded:
      August 30, 2017 at 12:12

      Aw, thank you thank you!! And I’ve been seeing you around tons so a huuuuge thank you for putting up with my eclectic posts. Right now I’m leaping around translations for a light novel, mobile game, and drama CDs ;;;;;;;;; which I’m sure not everyone is into everything so thank everyone’s patience as I try to rotate between the three mediums.

      Oh man, I’m in the same boat as you. I love Jumin, Zen, and Seven and I would choose Seven as best boy except that the drama in his route is craaaazy so if I had to actually pick a favorite character… it’d be Jumin as well :’D HE’S SO SMOOTH WITH HIS WORDS AND SO SUPPORTIVE IN OTHER ROUTES (except Jaehee’s which, like you said, he goes way overboard there rip Yoosung). Ahh, I definitely need to go back to do the DLCs kgjhkjjkh I don’t think I’ve done Jumin’s christmas one yet.

        1_chan said:
        August 30, 2017 at 23:49

        Eheheh~ his Christmas one was such a treat // 7// ))

    runalhearts said:
    August 19, 2017 at 08:09

    First, congratulation on reaching 6 years! Keep it up, I’m supporting you, even silently. And I’m not expecting much for myself out of the giveaway (that’s not to say I won’t be happy in winning though~ on the contrary I’d be overjoyed), but in all good honesty I’d like to talk about it nevertheless and participate as celebration, hehe. I’d pick 6 because it’s your 6th year anniversary! (: And one of my most favorite characters would probably be Hifumi, from Yuugen Romantica.

    He is first depicted as mischievously evil — nobody would like him, really. Not even I liked him at first. However, as the story goes on, little by little, he starts to show a more… innocent and childish side. He’s curious and passionate especially about humans and modernization to the point it’s very adorable and although he is not very good at expressly showing his feelings in a way a typical human would like, he still tries his best to make his girlfriend happy. Knowing that all along he was actually really lonely; that he was alone because of the rumored “Seven Mysteries” (which results in humans in Nanagi School to fear him) despite his genuine love towards humans in generality and that he was simply looking for somebody who would accept and love him for who he is tugged at my heart. Not to mention his love for crepes: that’s probably one of his more strikingly innocent charms that’s very memorable to me. Thus, by the end, I was absolutely head over heels for him.

    By the way, as a final note, I would like to recommend Yuugen Romantica as a whole if you’re looking for something to calm your mind or heart… or you just want to find something sweet. ♥ The endings are happy and romantic, the characters are honestly very lovable, and the comedy is definitely there and presented in a way that’s not too cheesy.

      Ilinox responded:
      August 28, 2017 at 19:34

      ;w; thank you so much for the lovely comment! I’ve definitely been seeing you around more so welcome welcome!! And thank you for however long you were silently supporting this place too!

      To be honest, I couldn’t really get into Yuugen Romantica but that may have just been Sakurai’s character ;;;;;;; Hifumi sounds really cute though!! I’m tempted to give it another shot if I can find some time in between everything I have going on. Besides, with Yuugen Romantica getting another season it seems to be popular so I should check out what makes it so good |D (kind of like the endless Criminale, holy crap).

    Lehst said:
    August 19, 2017 at 06:05

    Anniversary Yay happy! :D
    …wait I think I got that a bit mixed up…

    I choose… number (closes eyes and smashes keypad) 654. damn. let me try again. 321. ok let’s go with that!

    My favorite otome game character is Tei ! from Cheritz’s Nameless~one thing you must recall~.
    Why? Because he’s super AMAZING and handsome and dependable and I just love love love listening to him talk. He’s got such a manly but friendly voice. His theme song is the best. And he’s always thinking about the heroine! To a fault! which makes him interesting. I love him because… he is the Bad End King. >:3

      Ilinox responded:
      August 28, 2017 at 19:32

      Comment thanks!! ♪( ´▽`)

      Bad End King… that sounds really worrying but everything else sounds super sweet. I can’t say much since I haven’t played Nameless yet but, awwwww, he sounds like an interesting dude. Though someone who always thinks about the heroine makes me sweat a little because that so easily turns to obsession– //bricked. I KNOW CHERITZ AND THEIR WAYS!!

        Lehst said:
        September 3, 2017 at 10:51

        hehe, well… you only need to be worried when you are in the bad ends? XD
        and yeah I love the whole game, it’s my number one otome because I love bjd’s. and their voices. and Cheritz’ writing. too bad a few of the artists aren’t exactly the best. ^^;;

        and I think after playing the more realistic Mystic Messenger, the characters probably seem even more fanciful but c’mon, they were all dolls yo~ xD. Having played Nameless first, I can see where Cheritz developed some of their ideas from when they went on to design the characters of MM. Like… some of MM is an evolution of their previous writing and attempts at general game design.

    Rae (@knighthour) said:
    August 18, 2017 at 22:54

    Congrats on your 6th year anniversary :3c

    My favorite character would be Lupin from C:R which is unoriginal but I like the idea of Phantom Thieves and steampunk London settings. Although his route got a bit draggy after everyone else’s story it helped fill in the plot holes from everything else.

      Ilinox responded:
      August 19, 2017 at 14:08

      (づ。◕ω◕。)づ thank youuuuuuu!! I can’t believe it’s been this long already, holy cow, where does all the time go.

      Thieves are the best ;D !! ONE DAY I WILL GET TO THIS GAME! I was aiming to play it before the anime aired in October but… *stares at my hands* I need to stop picking things up. My goal is to get a good chunk of Sengoku Night Blood translated before its anime airs because I’m terrified as to how they’re going to handle it, and the story in the mobage is actually really good so I want to share it before the anime butchers it LOL.

      PS. Don’t forget to pick a number to participate in the giveaway!!

    AbsoluteMeowster said:
    August 18, 2017 at 21:03

    Congrats on your anniversary! Thanks so much for translating games and the awesome novel Light Beyond! It’s one of my favorites~

    I pick Iris from Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter! It’s an amazing novel being translated, and Iris is so smart and hardworking yet human!

      Ilinox responded:
      August 19, 2017 at 14:05

      ;w; thank you so much! Don’t forget to pick a number to participate in the giveaway (only if you want to of course)!!

      Ooh, I’ve heard of that book! It talks a lot about economics at the beginning, iirc? I always hear good things about it and |D yes to more smart and hardworking ladies!!

    yaoidaisuki said:
    August 18, 2017 at 19:00

    Happy Anniversary!! <3

    Picking number: 21 because I like this number xD
    My favorite character is Otoya from Uta no Prince-sama. I chose him because he's sweet, caring, has a pure soul and the best smile.
    His cheerful personality makes me happy :)
    Otoya is always happy but when he hears or someone tells a sad story he's like ;-;but he always does his best ^^
    And that's why I like him <3

      Ilinox responded:
      August 27, 2017 at 11:48

      <33 Thank you for commenting and participating!!

      Awww, it's so nice to have these characters who can just brighten your day by existing themselves. I only played like one route in Uta no Prince-sama waaaaayy back and it just so happened to be Otoya so I do remember how cheery and hard-working and nice he was!

    msyunni said:
    August 18, 2017 at 14:21

    Congrats on your anniversary!!!
    Your website was one of the main reasons I became so addicted to Otome games since I couldn’t read Japanese and yours has the best review and plot explanations by far
    And yes I ended up buying those same games as soon as they came out in English lol
    If only they had Hana Awase…
    The number I choose is 500
    My favourite character so far is Iroha… from Hana Awase.
    I have my own theories about him being extra self sacrificing…namely his emotions in exchange for Mikoto to be reborn or similar
    Reminds me of Ukyo in Amnesia but hasn’t gone crazy…until the bad end of the other routes lol

      Ilinox responded:
      August 26, 2017 at 17:18

      MORE SACRIFICES TO THE DARK SIDE– //bricked. Thank you for such a lovely message and I’m sorry (not sorry) for your poor wallet that will suffer in order to fulfill your otome game addiction, haha. I’d love for Hana Awase to be localized so more people can experience it but it’s also culturally heavy game so not sure how it’d do and it’d require a really good team of translators, haha.

      Ooh, I love hearing theories about Iroha. I have so many thoughts about him too and the sin he committed. Please, just let this best boy be happy!! There’s been an announcement from WoGa that they’re currently halfway through revising his route so!! SOON! ONE DAY!!

        msyunni said:
        September 1, 2017 at 18:28

        Can’t wait!!!!
        I luckily had a chance to go to Japan this year for the first time in my life 😅 and bought their artbooks. Just need Iroha to complete the set >////<
        Actually ever since I read Amnesia and spent $$$$$ on merchandise and games, I'm in the process of making my own too.
        Hoping to release it end of the year 🎉🎉🎉

    aseriaa said:
    August 18, 2017 at 09:43

    Happy 6th year anniversary and cheers to many more!! You were one of the first blogs I came across when I first entered the world of otoge and I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve written ❤

    I’ll pick 330 for my number~

    As for my favourite character, that’s a tough one. I’d want to say M***** from Fata Morgana, but I know I’ll go on a spoiler-ific ramble, so I’ll restrain myself. I’ve talked enough about Himeutsugi from Hana Awase, so I’ll refrain there too haha. I think I’ll go with Noll from Koezaru wa Akai Hana. The man is such a troll. He’s calm, sarcastic and always has that stupid grin on his face. It doesn’t help that this sadistic pervert has this velvety voice that just drips with butter. His banters with the heroine (Naala) were such a pleasure to read too – loved how smug he got whenever he one-upped her. But I loved his surprise and clear evidence of being impressed whenever Naala one-upped HIM even more. As much as I love his stupid grin, his genuine smiles at the heroine were ♥ The character development in his route completely sold me, and I loved how balanced his relationship with Naala had become.

      Ilinox responded:
      August 26, 2017 at 17:15

      <3333!

      LOL I think I remember all our talks on Hana Awase and Himeutsugi |D. Aww, I've been hearing tons of good things about this game so I'm definitely going to check it out one day! And just in time this year too since I think the PC is getting a repackaged version of the game? I love sarcastic people who smile all the time (they tend to have sad pasts and when you fluster them or break their mask, mmmMMM).

    Eu said:
    August 18, 2017 at 02:50

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! \o/

      Ilinox responded:
      August 19, 2017 at 14:03

      Aw, thank you <33! Feel free to participate in the giveaway too!!

    chamchaworld said:
    August 18, 2017 at 00:40

    Pick a number: 5! Because that’s my birthday :)

    Favorite character: Yuna from Light Beyond (I assume the favorite character is from novel that you’re translating?) I adore her and I feel her pain. She’s supposed to be dead, but do the deities let her have a peaceful death? Nooo… They ask her to become Celia and then she will be dead again. If it’s me, I will say hell no, but Yuna takes that assignment and now she’s in love with her childhood friend’s husband, and she know she’s not Celia and she will dead, and that’s so depressing but she’s still try her best for Celia. She didn’t get anything from this except pain, headache, and loneliness and that’s really sad. I have weakness for selfless character like this.

      chamchaworld said:
      August 18, 2017 at 00:42

      And congratulation for your 6th years anniversary!! \^o^/

        Ilinox responded:
        August 26, 2017 at 16:57

        Aw, thank you for the congratulations and for always dropping by to comment! It was actually just a general question about your favorite character of any series |D I was curious about who people would consider their best boy or girl or thing.

        But I’m totally with you 100000% about these feelings for Yuna ;w; she’s just so selfless and an amazing person who has such a strength of character to keep on going despite what life throws at her. Everyone who has met her is blessed to have such a positive influence on their life, even if she’s not fully aware of what she’s doing. And she’s grown so much too throughout the books!

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