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    Otome games for beginner learners of Japanese?

    I've been studying how to read and write Kana for the past few months. I've learned quite a few kanji here and there but sadly, I'm still at a level where I read reaalllyy reaaallly slowly. Regardless, I've made it one of my goals to be able to play a game in Japanese some time in the future. With that being said, are there any otome games that you can recommend for someone who's still learning Japanese? So far, I've wisely avoided any historical otome game but I'm not quite sure if the otoges I want to play are possible given the stuff I know.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Otome games for beginner learners of Japanese?

    Taishou x Alice is very good, they are putting small hiragana over kanji letters, which makes it easy to read and would be a kind of fun education.
    And of course a very fun game, you can not understand the conversation characters from "listening" only?
    I do not mastered reading a lot, in fact I'm slow because I'm trying to read ..
    But I understand Japanese well I just can not read and write.

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    Oh, thank you so much! I didn't know that Taisho x Alice did that. I'll be sure to check that out soon!
    Haha, I also have the same problem. I'm better at listening than reading which is why I prefer listening to drama cds than playing otome games. But there aren't as much pretty pictures to look at.

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    Re: Otome games for beginner learners of Japanese?

    Pretty much any otome game set in high school or centre around idols are "easier" reads. They rarely use technical terms or uncommon kanji, given their (mostly) real-world settings. Games such as Starry Sky or Uta no Prince-sama...

    I can say with fair amount of confidence that about 80% of otome games are relatively simple reads; suitable for beginners to absorb more kanji and vocabulary. Most otome games are set in high school, have idols or have somewhat fantastical settings with simpler Japanese.

    As you noted, stay away from historical settings. War and politics can also get complicated as well. So games like Ken ga Kimi or Yoshiwara Higanbana are a bad idea. My Japanese is very good and even I still get confused with some words/kanji that come out in these types of games.

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    Re: Otome games for beginner learners of Japanese?

    Thanks! I'll definitely be sticking to high school settings for now! I'll start on UtaPri once I'm a little more confident with what I know. Haha. Thanks again!
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    Re: Otome games for beginner learners of Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuppuru View Post
    Thanks! I'll definitely be sticking to high school settings for now! I'll start on UtaPri once I'm a little more confident with what I know. Haha. Thanks again!
    No worries, keep up the good work and all the best! If you don't give up, you'll be reading VNs you never thought you'd ever understand!

    Also, here's the Visual Novel Database's list of otome games set in high school. Since "high school" is a pretty common and general setting, some harder games may have slipped through the cracks... but perhaps you might find some other potential reads: https://vndb.org/v/all?q=;fil=olang-...fil=;o=d;s=rel
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    Re: Otome games for beginner learners of Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaCaL View Post
    No worries, keep up the good work and all the best! If you don't give up, you'll be reading VNs you never thought you'd ever understand!

    Also, here's the Visual Novel Database's list of otome games set in high school. Since "high school" is a pretty common and general setting, some harder games may have slipped through the cracks... but perhaps you might find some other potential reads: https://vndb.org/v/all?q=;fil=olang-...fil=;o=d;s=rel

    Oh wow ! Thanks again! This is really helpful! I didn't know that you could filter at vndb. Whoops. But I'll definitely be putting this to good use.
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    Re: Otome games for beginner learners of Japanese?

    Maybe games with heroines who are voiced would be ideal? At the top of my head, I remember Norn9, Ayakashi Gohan, and... R18 otome games by Sugar Beans which I would not recommend at all.
    Other suggestions: BroCon/Storm Lover/ UtaPri/ Starry Sky (though I disliked the astronomical focus )/Amnesia etc.
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    Re: Otome games for beginner learners of Japanese?

    Thanks! Though I'm avoiding Starry Sky for now due to the astronomical terms as well haha.

    I've heard a lot of good reviews on Sakuya! Thanks! I'll def give this one a go! Hopefully, my skills are enough haha
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