Wotakoi It’s Difficult To Love An Otaku Episode 2 Review

I’m not the only one getting Recovery of an MMO Junkie vibes from this anime right? It feels like this anime has the same heart as what that series had, well minus the racist director. There is a comforting, relatable feeling I am getting from this series and I do not just mean because the main character is a fellow fujoshi, though that probably helps. Her relationship with her gaming otaku boyfriend is growing more adorable and learning more about their work colleagues with this episode I find myself wishing I worked with fellow anime fans. On a side note I know my boss knows about my blog but I do not think he reads it, living in a small country town I do not even know if there are other anime fans my age living in the township, but I am getting of topic. I am doing that a lot lately it seems.

I laughed so hard when they made the evangelion reference early in the episode, but the most relatable moment came for me later in the episode when it was revealed Hirotaka can not wink. Don’t worry Hirotaka I could not wink when I was younger and use to practice as well when no one was looking. I am really looking forward to continuing this series, it has me hooked as an awesome show to watch at the end of the week to help me wind down and relax.

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I can’t help but love this adorable gamer
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Butlers x Battlers Episode 2 Review

More is revealed about the mysterious J in this episode, his connection to the mansion the student council uses and did I mention a butler cafe that would make any fujoshi swoon with joy? As serious as the tone was for much of the episode, the scenes with the handsome student council members being made to work in the cafe as ‘butlers’ was the most enjoyable part of the episode for me and I imagine many other viewers. Over all a very enjoyable episode with plenty of entertaining moments and a continued mystery being discovered, time travelling butlers? This is just so awesome I am really loving this show and I am already getting a best boy vibe from the sleepy and adorable ‘Dracula’ he is just way too cute, not the type I usually fawn over but he is just way too cute!!

Can not wait to watch the next ep either as once again the final act of the episode left me wanting more. My only hope so far is that I really hope we get a complete story with this series.

What Mistress is Watching This Season!

The spring anime season might have started a few weeks ago but it has taken me a while to go through all the shows I wanted to check out and decide what I would be watching this season and I am surprisingly watching more than I thought I would be. I will start with getting the three obvious ones out of the way.

Yes I am watching the new seasons of Food Wars and My Hero Academia, as well as Tokyo Ghoul Re. Admittedly I only started the new season of Hero last night because I have been busy working on some other awesome stuff and I still need to sit down and catch up with Food Wars but I will definitely be continuing to watch both. As for Tokyo Ghoul Re, well I have enjoyed all the Tokyo Ghoul anime’s so far and have so far enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul Re, yes I said all. Yes I enjoyed Route A as its own individual thing and yes I have read the manga.

There are three other anime I am watching this season, two of which I have decided to do episode reviews of. The first of these animes is Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari or Butler x Battler which I will be posting my episode reviews of on Fridays my time. The second one of these anime is Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii or Wotaku It’s Difficult To Love An Otaku which I will be posting the episode reviews for on Saturdays. I have been wanting to do episode reviews for a while here on Yaoi Playground and decided to dive right in this anime season and give this ago. Also once the series come to an end I plan on doing a final complete series review for both animes.

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The last anime I am watching this season is Magical Girl Ore and if you read my first impression post here, you will know I am loving this series so much. It is because of this that I will not be doing episode reviews of this series because in all honesty all it would be is me writing a post about me fangirling and no one wants to read something that embarrassing.

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seriously each new episode of this anime has me laughing harder than the last

What anime are you watching this season? Let me know in the comments down below if you are following the shows I am and if you think you will keep watching them. Till next time Mistress of Yaoi says love what you love and never be ashamed of your passions!

Strange Flesh – Indie Bara Game Review

When I sat down and played ‘Strange Flesh’ after coming across it on the Bara subreddit community I thought I was going into a standard side-scrolling beat’em up game with a top coat of bara aesthetic, but as I delved deeper into the game I came to realize that there may be more here than a barman with hypnotic smoke and a very naughty bara beat em up. This is a game that delves right into the psyche of its target audience and the first hint of this comes in the game’s title ‘Strange Flesh’.

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“And Angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode. He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after Strange Flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment in eternal fire.”  Jude 1:6 

A quote from the Holy Bible might be a strange way to start this review but there is a lot of comparisons within the game that can be found within this one quote that for decades upon decades or perhaps even longer has been used to condemn those within the LGBTQ+ community and that makes it a very stark contrast with one of the other big themes in the game. Self-acceptance, even if those around you won’t approve. One of the most annoying enemies in the game is a flying angel called ‘Father Figure’ that takes the form of a priest with wings. Religion in society is used as just another restraint against those who are not necessarily evil but are made to feel guilty because of their lifestyle choices.

You play as the Bartender in this game as you work your way through the subconscious of Joe, a miserable salaryman who has spent so much time suppressing his true self from a society that it has left him alone and well miserable. This is a scenario many within the LGBTQ+ community can relate to, having to act ‘normal’ in front of the world so that you are not judged or ostracized for not being what everyone else thinks you should be. As you work your way through the game, you work your way through Joe’s subconscious and meet much of what Joe has suppressed in the way of enemies. You can choose to attack these enemies with punches and kicks or you can choose to seduce and hypnotize with your smoke. Your actions throughout these levels towards these enemies determine which of the three endings you can give Joe. Two could be considered bad endings that have Joe giving into this temptation and becoming either a cocky rock star of the bar or the biggest cock slut in town. There is a third ending that can also be unlocked after you have done the first two and I like to think that that one is the true ending for this game and it is something so beautiful I do not want to spoil it.

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There is a large lack of video games out there aimed directly at the LGBTQ+ community and I am not about to say we should change the games and franchises we already have to be more inclusive, I am saying however that when these kinds of games come out we should support them. I myself am not a huge fan of side scrolling beat em up, but when I learned the premise behind this game I just had to give it a go. Even though, yes I know I am not the target demographic for this game, but I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Also, it’s free to play so there is no reason to not give it a go unless of course, you are not a fan of hardcore bara content, this game is most definitely not safe for work. You can download the game directly from the creator’s website and it is available to play on both Mac and Windows pcs and can also be played through the browser if you would prefer that. If you enjoy the game do not forget to perhaps tip you barman so that the team behind this amazing game can create future projects.

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Wotakoi It’s Difficult To Love An Otaku – Episode 1 Review

Can I just say this anime has the most adorable first episode I have seen in a long time? Seriously the last time I saw a first episode this adorable was when I first watched My Love Story! Plus when I found out the main character is a fujoshi well I just knew I had to check this one out.

In the first episode we are introduced to our adorable fujoshi, Narumi Momose who has had a miserable time lately. She left her previous job because her work colleagues found out she was not just an otaku but also a fujoshi, oh no! To make matters worse her most recent boyfriend has broken up with her for the same reason, but she is determined to make sure no one at her new job finds out about her hobby. That is until she bumps into Hirotaka Nifugi a former classmate and fellow otaku (though he is the gaming type) and he nonchalant in front of her new boss let’s the beans spill in casual conversation. Will this be her old job all over again?

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The set up and execution of this first episode was really entertaining and I do not want to spoil anything but the final conversation in the episode had my inner fangirl jumping for joy. I am so happy to see another anime that deals with being an otaku without being based on high school or collage students. The fact that the characters in this series are working adults makes their struggles a lot more relatable. When I meet new people especially those who have no interest in anime, I do worry in the back of my mind if they would judge me if they knew. You know, the weird shit I am into at times. This is another anime I will definitely continue watching this season and though it may not contend for my favorite of the season (Magical Girl Ore already has that title) it could be a close second.

Butler x Battler Episode 1 Review

Transfer student and student council president Koma Jinguji, nicknamed J by those around him seems perfect and in the eyes of some too perfect. There is something dark and mysterious about this young man and it has something to do with a worker at the local cafe and a missing sibling.

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I really enjoyed the first episode of this anime though with a title like Butlers x Battlers I must admit I was expecting something different, maybe handsome butlers battling it out tournament style. You can tell I went into this blind with a thought like that.

The initial character introductions were enough to get me interested in the cast with some very amusing side characters and the super natural element that came into play in the later part of the ep left me curious as to where this will go. I will definitely be returning to watch more of this anime and with the gorgeous character designs this is one series I think other fujoshi should give go as well.

Update from Weibo

Weibo Reverses Gay Content Ban!

Yesterday I posted Yaoi is Illegal? and as you can see from the link above, a follow up story to the previous story over on Anime News Nework Chinese social media giant Weibo has reversed their ban on homosexual theme content.

This is a small win for my fellow fujoshi and fudanshi in China! Enjoy your victory guys but at the same time this will be a story I will be continuing to follow here on Yaoi Playground and I might even look into what other countries yaoi content might be illegal as this whole saga has made me curious about fans like me in other countries.