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Tactician Karina
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  • Hi! I know we haven’t talked directly like this in a while (the video game music thread remains awesome, though, haha!), but in any case I hope you’re doing well.
    A few questions that I thought you’d have a good chance of answering:

    1) Have you heard of the Angelique series? From what I’ve heard, it’s apparently the OG otome series in Japan, being rather popular there, but also being seemingly almost unknown in the West save for a tiny but very dedicated fanbase. I ask because I’ve heard some lovely samples of its music from the earlier titles in the series by finding the original music files, but there seems to be almost nothing for the series’ music on YouTube at all! Which is strange because even some of the most niche titles out there (including Japan-only ones) have their OSTs on there, so what gives for Angelique? Would you happen to have any insight on why this game is so impossible to get information on in the West?

    2) When I followed you quite a while ago at this point, I was expecting some sort of feed that showed me your posts in real-time or something, but all of this time I never got that, which I found strange. But now I’m starting to follow some other people and I’m indeed getting their feeds now. Do you think that it was a glitch back then, or do you have things set on your end for it to not do that? (The latter would explain it, but I just want to make sure).

    Thanks!
    - Bakuphoon
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    Hey! Yeah it has been a while, unfortunately life sometimes takes priority so I'm either not online or only on for a few minutes or so, so posting in general have been somewhat fluctuating for me. But I am indeed doing well, I hope you are as well!

    As for your questions:

    1.) I have indeed heard of it, though my only outright firsthand exposure to the games is the latest release on the Switch, Luminarise, which released last year; had to import though since, as you said, the series is practically unknown in western countries. I quite enjoy Luminarise's soundtrack, very lovely and soothing in some tracks, and I assumed that the rest of the series' OST is similar; it's a shame that there's nothing from this game, and others, on YouTube or other sites like it. As for why it's almost impossible to find anything about it west-side:

    I'd assume first and foremost that otome games are a niche within a niche here, VN's in general aren't all that popular aside from a few breakout series, even in Japan otome games don't always receive a whole lot of popularity aside from a few like the series in question (which also pretty much spawned the villainess isekai trope that we're seeing a bit more of) or series like Amnesia and Collar x Malice (and that's not even getting into other joshimuke games, which otome is a subgenre of). Plus, western otome fans are more likely to catch on with more recent titles than older ones like this series, newer titles are usually at the forefront of physical and online magazines like Sweet Princess, B's-Log, Dengeki Girl's Style, etc.

    Second, it's publisher KOEI is more known as KT after the merger, and more people in the west are going to recognize them more for DoA, Dynasty/Samurai/Orochi Warriors (and some crossover IP's within the series), Ninja Gaiden, and Atelier; I don't think a lot of people know of KOEI's independent works, especially ones like Uncharted Waters.

    Another possibility is that Angelique is a pretty big franchise, aside from the games which also have their own spinoffs there is also: OVA's/special's, manga, Drama CD's, vocal tracks, side story CD's, and two TV anime; I think with a franchise this big it's a bit too daunting for fans and western publisher's to bother compiling a whole lot of info on it, even big Japanese franchise's that do catch on here don't always get everything translated and brought over, and once again otome's being niche here certainly doesn't help (and with the first game being released in '94, and with what it's content is, I don't think it would've had a chance in the west at all tbh). And I do think in most western otome fans cases, they're used to fandisc's of their preferred game or at the least a few prequels or sequels, or separate stories, that at least have the same cast of that game; also, this series is more so a simulation game than an outright VN, so that turns off some fans as well.

    At the end of the day, I don't think we'll ever truly know why it's nonexistent in the western otome fandom, but I'll bet good money it's because of it's genre's niche status + too big to even bother trying.

    2.) Huh, I didn't know that's a thing here? Unless I forgot but I didn't know that's a feature here. I personally haven't seen any feed from people I follow, including you, so I don't know if I accidentally set something in my settings to make it like that or not; not sure what option that'd be but it's possible I might have clicked something without me paying attention.
    Oof, that is probably like the third or fourth worst birthday to have, but I hope you have a good one all the same.
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    Thanks! To be honest, it was kind of a bummer when I was younger, but I've since been enjoying it (and some restaurants give me free Halloween themed sweets if I say so beforehand, so that's nice lol). I hope you have a good Halloween night.
    Your avatar reminds me of the Leonardo DiCaprio wine glass meme
    Was browsing r/Berserk when I found out Kentaro Miura passed away on May 6, and news of it just came out. My heart goes out to his family, and may he rest in peace. Berserk will still be known as one of the best dark fantasy series thanks to him.
    You have watched ALOT of anime!
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    I've had a lot of time throughout my life, and especially now since I can't go back to work yet (if at all). Gotta get to my plannings list after my current shows end.

    Though my completion list is still rookie numbers, I've met one person on AniList with over 8,000 anime completed.
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    Thats crazy :oops: 8,000???
    Tactician Karina
    Tactician Karina
    Yup, and from what I've seen in forum threads there is someone that apparently has more than that. It's pretty crazy.
    Merry Christmas, Karina!
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    Trainer Gabriel
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    Well, I do hope you still read my month-old message. You could carry over any replies to it here, if there's anything you'd like to say in response or just to continue the conversation where we left off.

    Good on you for getting new Switch games! For myself, I didn't receive any games directly, but I got a $35 gift card for GameStop that I used to get Vampyr for the Switch (priced at just $30) and a pre-owned copy of Assassin's Creed: Rogue for the Xbox 360 to round out the remaining value two days past... only to find out they were apparently on some kind of sale, which left me with a few dollars remaining on my gift card. :LOL: As it happens, GOG is having an on-going Winter Sale that I mentioned in our previous conversations that started on the 16th and will end on the 4th of next month, so this would be the time to grab the games I recommended to you, if you haven't already, plus anything else that might interest you while you have the chance. I haven't gotten anything from GOG myself yet, either, but I've been keeping tabs on cPRGs from the last decade that I should now be able to run smoothly on my new gaming computer while they're still on sale, namely Pillars of Eternity II and Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

    Happy New Year! Here's to hoping for a better year.:)
    Tactician Karina
    Tactician Karina
    Neat! I didn't even know Vampyr was also on the Switch, might even put it on my wishlist for the system. But cool that you got games still! As for GOG I did indeed picked up some games for the sale, mainly Star Wars and a few others though I have yet to really play any (MH has been eating up my time lately, especially since now I can't go back to work for now, again). Also I'll finally get to play Baldur's Gate sometime Thursday or Friday morning, so pretty exciting to be getting to that soon.

    Also a Happy (late) New Years to you as well. (and don't worry I read your other post after this one, we can continue here if you want instead)
    Trainer Gabriel
    Trainer Gabriel
    I'm glad you didn't miss the GOG Winter Sale, and I hope you enjoy the SW games I recommended to you (plus more?) when you get to them! I, myself, also got a few cRPGs during the sale before it ended, which I also mentioned in the appropriate thread, plus another game that I used the few remaining dollars on my GameStop gift card to buy yesterday. I couldn't believe that I went through three other games that happened to be out of stock at GS before I finally settled for The Witcher 3 on the Switch. 0_0 Well, I'm sorry to hear about not being able to work right now...and hopefully all these lockdowns will end soon.

    Great to hear that you'll be starting Baldur's Gate soon! Before you begin, I have a few pieces of advice for you.
    - Baldur's Gate I is a low level D&D campaign game - in that you'll only be able to reach about level 7-9 or so, depending on your class, by the time you finish the game, and only if you do as many quests as it takes to reach the exp. cap (which is 89,000 in the vanilla game and was raised to 161k in the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, if you decide to install that right away). Because of this, battles rely more on the RNG than tactics to decide the outcomes. Just something to keep in mind when you start.
    - It's for the above reason that I would STRONGLY suggest you choose to be a Fighter for your character class. Fighters are the most straightforward class and excel in low-level AD&D, due to their decent starting HP and ability to equip any weapons and the heaviest armors, giving them the best chance of survival. I understand that you like to play mages in RPGs, but Mages in BG at level 1 start with only 4 HP and will only be able to cast a few level 1 spells once per day, so I would definitely not pick that first. A Paladin is also a good starting class, due to their ability to use a few low-level Cleric spells and Turn Undead skill, but a Fighter gets more HP and will be able to use a few spell abilities because of a plot-related spoiler.
    - I would also suggest you equip as many characters in your party as you can with ranged weapons - bows, crossbows, slings and darts - due to how overpowered ranged weapons are in BG's engine, with one bulky fighter with a solid melee weapon to draw the enemies' attention.
    - Lastly, while I understand that you had fun with the Dark Side path of KotOR, I would advise against playing evil in your first playthrough of Baldur's Gate. Instead of your CHAR's alignment being affected by your choices, BG uses a Reputation system (similar to Fallout or something like that). Evil choices drop your reputation number which causes merchants to jack up the prices of their wares for you and turns city guards hostile to you when it gets too low. Just play the adventure straight and be a hero.
    I really hope you like the Baldur's Gate series! If not, I'd understand. Baldur's Gate isn't for everyone, but it's possibly the richest and one of the most rewarding RPG experiences for those who do get through it!
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