Anniversary

Celebrating 10th Anniversary!

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EDIT: The winning number is 40 and, because two people were the same distance away from this number, I’ll accept you both as the lucky winners! Congratulations to Mari with 38 and Hina with 42. I didn’t respond to every comment so as not to clog the area but I read every single one and I’m wishing that what everyone’s looking forward to comes true for them! Thank you all for your support and comments again and I hope we can have many more years together <3!

Oh gosh, here we go again with another anniversary. First, I hope everyone and their loved ones are managing to keep safe and healthy through everything that’s happening in the world. Things can look pretty depressing out there, but there will always be uplifting and hopeful human stories too and I hope this blog has also been able to bring people some comfort and happiness during these times (or any time really)! As always, I want to thank old and new viewers for visiting and I enjoy every single comment I get.

I looked back at my previous anniversary post and, oops, nothing much has changed. I seem to have picked up a ton of drama CD commissions this year to fund my otome mobile game habit, except now I’ve dropped most of them (oh no) and so that’s partially why I closed commissions (oh no) because I want to focus more on personal projects and (maybe) take another attempt at clearing my otome console game backlog… haha… That and, unfortunately, the freedom of working from home is about to disappear soon for me.

Well, I’ve already run out of things to say so I just want to thank everyone again for their support of this blog. I’m honestly surprised that it has been a decade already! Erm, I’ll strive to continue bringing otome content to people in some form or fashion!

P.S. There’s been a boom of English localizations, so I’m going to host a Steam giveaway!

PRIZES

  1. ONE Steam otome game giveaway.

RULES

  • Giveaway will start at 00:00 PDT 18 August 2021 and end at 23:59 PDT 25 August 2021.
  • Pick a number between 1-250 and tell me something you’re looking forward to.
  • I’ll be picking the winner with a random number generator!
  • I’ll edit in the winner and close comments for this post when the contest is over.

Celebrating 9th Anniversary!

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EDIT: The random number generator spat out 322, so waterinegirl with 314 is our lucky winner! Thank you to everyone who participated or just commented <3!

Hello hello! Can you believe we’ve gone around the sun together again? First, I just wanted to thank all the old and new visitors to my blog for their support and interest. I’m happy if anyone manages to find enjoyment here at my blog, especially given this year we’re going through. Secondly, and most importantly, I hope you and your families are all managing to stay safe!

I seriously don’t know what to say in these posts, so I dug up my old anniversary post to see what was going on and… well, it looks like I finished another LN translation (Miss Appraiser) and then slotted in another one that I haven’t started (Deep Clouds). I, uh, did not manage to finish my WIP but I’m much more confident in my writing? LOL. Between then and now, I also became literate in Chinese and then immediately got sucked into Chinese otome mobage hell, which explains why I didn’t make any progress on any JP otome games (cough Piofiore cough).

But this blog is still here and plodding along to provide you guys with otome content from various places. I’m running out of things to say, so I’m just going to end this by thanking you all for your support again and I hope this blog remains a place for people to get away from their current troubles and indulge in fictional romantic stories.

PS. I’ll be hosting a giveaway this time too, although it’ll just be a drama CD translation.

PRIZES

  1. ONE drama CD translation.

RULES

  • Giveaway will start at 00:00 PDT 18 August 2020 and end at 23:59 PDT 25 August 2020.
  • Pick a number between 1-500 and tell me about something you’re proud of in this year.
  • I’ll be picking the winner with a random number generator!
  • I’ll edit in the winner and close comments for this post when the contest is over.

Celebrating 8th Anniversary!

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EDIT: The winning numbers are 387 and 134. leohikarusora was closest to the first one with 379 and waterinegirl with 143. Thank you to everyone who participated and I loved seeing all the stories people have been reading. Funnily enough, or maybe not since we’re all here on an otome blog, I’ve actually seen quite a few of those titles!

Ha ha! This time I’ve scheduled this post ahead of time so I don’t forget it like I did last year (and had to do an embarrassing backdate). I never know what to say in these things, but here’s a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported my blog up until now and a WARM WELCOME to all the newcomers that joined this year! I’ve always done what I do on this blog for myself, but it’s nice to connect with other people who share the same interests!

Looking back over the year, and comparing this post to my last anniversary post, it looks like I finally finished my Light Beyond translation (and then immediately started up another LN translation LOL). I’ve also opened up commissions and the interest in people for that exceeded my expectations a thousand times, so thank you all so much (๑→‿←๑).

Regarding the future of this blog, I still plan on continuing with it and heading wherever my interests take me (as long as it’s otome-related)! I’m trying hard to make my way back to otome games and am in the middle of endless Pio Fiore, which… just got localized. AKSYS STOP TARGETING ME LIKE THIS. Honest to gods, every single game I want to play they nab for localization. And you’d think I’d be like “Okay, I won’t blog about it then…” but I blog about these games for my own memory and practice!!

The main reason for my slow playing speed is because I’ve got other personal projects going on. It’s my goal to finish writing my WIP novel by the end of next year, so I’ve been stretching my time between that, this blog, and my full-time job. I also finished my part in a game project that I was working on with some friends, so woohoo!

Anyway, thanks again to everyone who has left a comment on this blog, dropped by for a view, or are just a long-standing lurker. I hope next year brings more games onto this blog LOL. Incidentally, I’ll be hosting a giveaway this year since I’m much more prepared.

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Celebrating 7th Anniversary!

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Uh, so I’m a dum-dum who missed her own blog’s anniversary (WORDPRESS DIDN’T REMIND ME!) and that clearly tells you how busy I’ve been lately or just so zoned into queuing things to next year that I completely forgot about this LOL. Anyway, I’m backdating this to the actual anniversary date so I don’t forget it for future reference but I’ll sticky this post to the front page for a while just so everyone can see this message. Unfortunately, I didn’t prepare anything for this year’s giveaway so it’ll just be a short message about me and my blog.

Between last year and this year I’ve done a lot more translations (though it looks like I started SNB before my 6th anniversary) and that’s been interesting and time-consuming in its own way. I’ve also done a heck ton more drama CD translations this year. I’m almost freed from my light novel translation though (it’s going into 2 years!!) and I’m catching up to the latest chapters in SNB… WILL I BE FREE TO PLAY GAMES FINALLY!? I have such a ridiculous hoard of otome games it’s not even funny now and I’m really missing them LOL. But, jokes aside, I’ve enjoyed these translation projects and they really helped me develop a translation style for myself as well as truly understanding the age-old debate of literal vs. liberal translation and the gradient of these two sides.

I don’t know what the future has in store for this blog but I’m not quitting it any time soon either so that’s something! Hopefully, I’ll get to put up game posts again between this anniversary and the next. And a huge thank you to everyone who visits this blog too by the way! I remember when traffic was super quiet at the beginning (back in 2012 LOL) but now I’m seeing regular commenters and it’s just fun stuff!

On a side note, and I had to check the dates for these, but I took the N2 in December 2017 and the results that were released in January 2018 showed that I passed! You may have seen me yelling on Twitter about it but that’s something to report between this blog’s last anniversary and this anniversary. I AM AN OFFICIAL N2!! With no formal lessons in Japanese!! I passed by self-studying through playing games, listening to drama CDs, and reading light novels and web novels LOL. More about my N2 experience will be under the cut.

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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!

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Celebrating 5th Anniversary!

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SERIOUSLY!? Already!? It’s been another year and this blog is still plodding along ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ! Much love and thanks to everyone who has continued to follow this blog (and those have just recently joined me on my otome adventures, or who drop by occasionally).

I don’t have much to say this year other than that I have a job now!! I’m also in a better place mentally and personally now that I have more of an idea of what I want to do in life, and have projects going on, so financially and emotionally things are going pretty well (I hope saying this out loud doesn’t jinx everything LOL).

Now I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for this since it’s slowly becoming a tradition but, yes, I’ll be hosting another giveaway! This year there is not just ONE but THREE prizes! But this also means I’m going to devise a really hard challenge– kidding kidding. It’s not a hard challenge but I am changing things up a little from the usual number generator thing.

EDIT: The winners are:

  1. Hirarisa (you have a way with words and I was wheezing from laughing so hard at the lines “seduce them by harassing them with bad music” and “assaulting students and members of the public with the power of song”);
  2. Alicia Yumasaki (there were quite a few Diabolik Lover entries but YOUR DESCRIPTIONS OF THE GUYS. L O L. “like who showers naked anyways lmao”);
  3. Lope (this game sounds terrifying but these lines got a chuckle out of me “descend straight into crazy town” and “therapy your way to love”).

Honestly, this was hard for me to decide because I laughed at a lot of entries. It took me half the day to decide on 6 favorites and then another half day to come down to these three. THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING THOUGH!! I was smiling a lot when reading these entries and thank you for the well wishes to this blog as well <3. Here’s to hoping for another great year! I will be contacting the winners by email.

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Celebrating 4th Anniversary!

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Oh, wow, time sure flies by fast. It’s been four years already since I started this blog! I’m also noticing that I have fewer and fewer posts between my anniversaries, oops. Life has just been really busy for me now that I’m not a student and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life (you know, adult responsibilities and stuff). As always I’d like to thank everyone who has stuck with me and all the new people who have subscribed to this blog (or check back on it regularly) too despite my frustratingly slow posts.

I’d like to talk a bit about the future of this blog too. Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad! I want to reassure everyone that this blog will always be here for as long as WordPress allows it and that I’ll continue to upkeep it too to make sure that all the images are here; and, at this point, I’m still interested in otome games so I’ll still continue to blog away at my slow pace. I’ve asked my readers about my posting style before in previous anniversaries and the overall majority seems to enjoy my super long posts (despite the slow speed) so I’ll continue to do that.

But I am thinking about changing my posting style a bit. My games seem to lean towards being story-centric which feature either episodes or chapters, so I’ve been thinking about posting chapters as I finish them to increase my posting speed and decrease the waiting time for everyone. I’d like to hear what people think about that! Yes? No? Would you rather have really long and big posts when I finish a route or chapter by chapter? Characters will still have their own posts for their routes that will include all their endings though.

At any rate, let’s move onto the fun part now! I will be giving away ONE DRAMA CD TRANSLATION and ONE COPY OF AMNESIA: MEMORIES on Steam! I won’t be doing game translation requests because the last time that happened I had to flail around for two years before completing it, haha.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. The winning number is 7! aki092 (6) and aika chan (8) are our winners!

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Celebrating 3rd Anniversary!

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Wow… I honestly can’t believe that it’s been three years since I first started this blog and that it’s still going on strong with people reading it and me updating it (๑→‿←๑). I’ve had such an amazing year with you guys and I hope that we’ll get to continue going on like this for a long time!

I’m not quite sure what to say here other than profusely apologizing for my speed like I always seem to be doing. It’s kind of hilarious to see that it’s almost been three years since I started Diabolik Lovers (I’m on my last route though so that particular journey is about to be finished soon). Anyway, I’m actually not quite sure what to do for my 3rd anniversary. It seems kind of boring if I just borrowed the same idea from my last anniversary and I’d hate to be predictable so…

I want this giveaway to be me sharing some of my interests with you guys and stuff since I’m working and can afford to lavish you wonderful people with gifts ♥~(‘▽‘人)! It’ll be a giveaway of some tangible games as well as the usual translations.

EDIT: The giveaway has now ended and the random generator spat out the number 33. Our winner is Yellow Apple (who was right on the number, wow) and they have a week to reply in the comments below with what prize they want below and also a bonus in picking out what kind of game they want me to focus on from my backlog. Thank you as always to everyone who participated and now that I’m holidays I’ll try to reply to all your comments <3.

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Celebrating 2nd Anniversary!

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♪(*⌒ー⌒)o∠★:゚*PAN! Can you imagine that it’s been two years already? Wow, time flies… Especially when you look at my blog and you realize that there hasn’t even been that many posts since last year? Oops, I really need to do something about my speed //sobs. But my motto has always been “slow and steady” (at least in regards to this blog). It’s better to keep up my average speed like this than to try and rush out reviews and just burn myself out from otome games, don’t you think so?

Anyway, I should get to the point of this post. Once again I want to thank all of you so much for continuing to follow this blog! So here’s a big thank you to all of my old and new followers ♥~(‘▽‘人). To be honest I was hoping I could finish Diabolik Lovers and Amnesia Later before it reached my second anniversary so that I could host another game summary giveaway but… yeah, as you can see, not happening unless I get a time machine ヾ(:3ノシヾ)ノシ. Instead I’ll be making this a drama CD translation giveaway and feedback post.

EDIT: As of August 26, 12:06 PM PST, the giveaway is officially over! The random number generator spat up #32 and the person closest to that was shoujosei who had #36! I’ll get started on the request Jooubachi no Kanbinaru as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who participated! I won’t close the comments this time so people can still give me feedback /o/.

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Celebrating 1st Anniversary!

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(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚☆! Today is the anniversary of the creation of my blog! It’s kind of strange to think that it’s officially been one year since I created this blog and started posting here. Time sure flies by! Anyway, I wanted to give a great big thank you to everyone who has been following and visiting my blog up to now by hosting a little giveaway event for all my stalkers guests. Click the “read the rest of this entry” for more information about the event and prizes.

EDIT: As of 8/20 the contest is now over and so the comments are closed! The number drawn was 89 by my brother, which means that the winner is comment #29 by Eva who chose 86. Her request was a summary of Diabolik Lovers and so after Amnesia Later, I’ll be picking it up.

Thank you all so much for participating by the way! You guys are all awesome and knowing that you guys love reading my textwalls really makes me happy. I never expected to go over 15 comments or so and so getting 40 of them blew me over. Here’s a hug for you all ♥♥(づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ!! I’ll continue doing my best to writing this blog and sharing the otome love, so please feel free to drop by whenever! Your support really keeps me going! これからもよろしくお願いします!

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