The localisation company, Manga Gamer, has announced that it will be bringing a new BL (Boys’ Love) game to English-speaking fans! The visual novel, created by Mito Togo, is called Hadaka Shitsuji – Naked Butlers and features five ‘dazzling butlers’ and one sadistic protagonist. The news came via Manga Gamer’s twitter account during Anime Expo, an anime and manga convention held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre between July 1st and July 4th.
One day, our protagonist suddenly loses his job and when he’s at his wit’s end, he happens upon a mysterious flyer.
“30,000 yen a day.
A simple job that anyone can do! You can just sit around all day if you want.
Interested parties, please come to the following address.”
Dubious, but without a lot of other options, he makes his way to the location where he finds a palatial estate with chalk-white walls and dazzling butlers.
According to the butlers, the owner of the estate is out of town and the butlers must continue to perform their duties even in his absence, so they are searching for a “master” to give them orders. The protagonist’s sadistic side begins to awaken as he continues to give them increasingly preposterous orders…
I am going to be completely honest. My feelings over this announcement are, much like the fan responses, pretty mixed. Hadaka Shitsuji – Naked Butlers is well-known to English-speaking BL fans, not only because it already has a fan translation (and thus has been played by many people already), but also because of its
stomach-churning hard-core content. It is a game I have purposely stayed away from for various reasons, not least for its screenshots of a young boy taking part in violent sex with the protagonist while hanging from a noose (which is considered a GOOD ending). Other themes, such as bestiality and bukakke-food-thons, also make memorable appearances in this fetish-focussed game.
Perhaps I am being too hard on this game. Hadaka Shitsuji – Naked Butlers clearly has a following, and there certainly are people who enjoy this visual novel. I am disappointed in Manga Gamers choice of licencing, but I am hoping, desperately hoping, Hadaka Shitsuji – Naked Butlers is not as bad as people claim it to be, at least in terms of plot and game mechanics. I tentatively look forward to finding out.
No release date has yet been set. Hadaka Shitsuji – Naked Butlers will be fully voiced in Japanese with English text. It will be available on Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac and Linux, and will feature no censoring. It has an 18+ rating and is the first game to be localised from Manga Gamer’s new partner, Mada Koubou.
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