VGR writes: "This weekend’s Aksys panel at Anime Expo revealed some very exciting news for English-speaking otome game fans: after a series of surveys, they have decided to localize Idea Factory’s Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom for the PSP. This will mark the first “real” otome game to be released in English (Princess Debut for the DS doesn’t count), and it’s definitely a good choice–the Hakuoki series is by far one of the most popular of the genre in Japan.
What is an otome game, you ask? Well, VGW’s resident otome expert (that’s me, by the way), is here to enlighten you! Otome is the term most often used in Japan to refer to romance, or dating, simulation games that cater towards a female audience. In these games, you control the actions of the main character, who is always female, as she navigates through the game’s narrative, making decisions along the way that will ultimately decide which male suitor, out of a number of possible options, she will end up with at the end of the game. Many otome games, Hakuoki included, would be categorized as a subcategory of visual novels, which are a genre text-heavy games that often feature voiced dialogue and a number textual options for you to choose from to advance to plot in various ways."