And you know they’re all good because they made our 2018 Otome list! Dubbing the months the “Summer of Mystery”, Aksys have announced release months for otome titles Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, 7’sCarlet, and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk as April, May, and June respectively in NA for Vita (hang tight, EU).
1000 collector’s pins are also being made for North America, and details on that can be found on their Summer of Mystery website. As well as being otome, they’re all a bit mysterious — revolving around strange places and events and a cast of intriguing characters. And also, what’s more mysterious than that big word beginning with “L” anyway? (love — I mean love)
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly (April)
A blend of mystery, supernatural, and romance, you find yourself waking up in a strange mansion with no idea where you are, or how you got there. Also finding themselves in the mansion are several handsome men. Besides potentially falling in love, you also have to deal with dangerous monsters and collect “kaleidoscope shards” to recover the lost memories.
With fantastic artwork and an intriguing mystery, it seems like it will be quite the thrilling adventure (with some potentially dire consequences!).
“Okunezato is a town filled with mystery and known for having many legends. After her brother’s sudden disappearance there a year ago, the protagonist is encouraged by her childhood friend to go and look for him and take advantage of an offline meeting of the ‘Forbidden Okunezato Club’, a website dedicated to the mysteries of the town. But each time she follows her brother’s footsteps, strange things happen, and soon she and the club members are caught up in the incidents.”
A sleepy summer Japanese town setting really hits the right spot with us! Especially when it hides a creepy dark secret. But the icing on the cake is of course a line-up of handsome men to solve mysteries with! Expect some grade A atmosphere from this one!
Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk (June)
A spiritual sequel to Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, it seems to share some themes but looks like it can be enjoyed standalone. It’s set in a town ruled by Falcons and Wolves (just family names!), the residents of which are superstitious about women with red eyes, who they believe to be witches.
You, a female protagonist, have eyes that turn red when feeling strong emotions — so you hides yourself as a boy to escape persecution. Despite trying to hide, you end up bouncing between both families, in the search of the town’s “kaleidovier” — a symbol of peace.
In our quick look at it we said: “The protagonist seems to be pretty well-characterised, which always nice to see — both the characterisation and the whole ‘pretending to be a boy’ thing can’t help but remind us of Hakuoki, which is always a plus. Like Black Butterfly, the artwork is gorgeous. This time around though there’s added tension as you interact with the members of both the Falcon and Wolf houses, with key characters and romance options from both.”
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, 7’sCarlet, and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk will be releasing for PlayStation Vita in April, May, and June respectively in NA (EU yet to be confirmed).