Otome is a genre of Visual Novel that I’ve never managed to get into. Unlike Shoujo Manga, of which I am a big fan of, Otome games for some reason seemed impenetrable for a male fan. I’m not really sure of my reasons for thinking this way but nothing within this genre thats available in English seemed to appeal to me until very recently. So Today on the VN Completionist, we will take a dive into the world of Fashion, very handsome boys and jaded female protagonists by reviewing Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome.
Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome or Bocchi Musume x Produce Keikaku is a Japanese Otome Visual Novel Developed by Kalmia8 and published by Kalmia8 and MangaGamer. The Scenario was wrote by Kazama Bonanza and Yamagen. The art was produced by Izumi Makoto, Otogi Yougi and Takaya. The Games soundtrack was composed by Mori Hideomi and TeamAZ.
The story of Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome follows Ema Tachibana who is a tall, gloomy, pessimistic, unsociable girl with “a bad case of resting bitch-face.” Due to these shortcomings, she has never had any friends and everybody at school is scared of her and avoids her. Despite this, she is rather content with the way her life is going and has no problems remaining invisible to others until her graduation.
This plan seems to be going well until two attractive guys appear in her life, the air-headed, earnest Miki Hiraizumi and the Arrogant, Sadistic Saito Shinjou. They decide to give Ema, against her own will, a make-over in order to producer her and turn her into their Fashion model. The game’s story then follows their hilarious antics as they lead up to Ema’s big debut.
The story itself isn’t particularly deep or involved. Outside of the basic premise being related to the fashion industry, the concept of the pessimistic, unpopular girl being a diamond in the rough only to be discovered by some attractive guys isn’t a very unique premise. The story is also rather predictable which is disappointing but the story itself isn’t really the main focus of the game.
The main focus and arguably the strongest aspect of the game is its comedy. The Visual Novel seems quite self-aware of the tropes of Otome games and is almost a parody of them, which is what it bases a lot of its comedy around. The alternate endings are also very funny and I recommend you get them all.
The cast of the game definitely contributes a lot toward the comedy as well. Ema could have easily been a boring, self-insert Otome protagonist but is easily the funniest character in the game. She is kind of Air-headed and her pessimistic nature makes her rather endearing but all the more negative aspects of her character make her so funny to read. Her lazy and anti-social attitude makes for some great character interactions with the guys, especially with how sharp-tongued, sarcastic and sadistic she can be at times.
As I mentioned, the interactions between both the male love interests and Ema make for most of the game’s great comedy especially with both of Miki and Saito’s contrasting personalities. Outside of that Miki and Saito can feel quite archetypal of these kinds of characters and rarely deviate from them unlike Ema.
Outside of these three, the rest of the cast is rather small with very few minor characters who all suffer from a similar problem and came off as forgettable. Even the antagonist for the end of the main routes felt rather one-dimensional in personality and motivation but the story itself took a back seat to the comedy which was the primary focus of the game so I didn’t have much of a problem with this.
The art of Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome is very well done. The sprites and CG’s used colour and shading really well and were very eye-catching. The chibi art worked very well with the already hilarious comedic moments and were also quite cute. The music was good but there wasn’t much variety and the soundtrack was rather small.
In conclusion, If you are looking for an Otome game with great comedy and an amazing female protagonist I highly recommend that you check out this game because it will have you laughing for hours. If you were instead looking for a more serious Otome game with a more elaborate story then you should probably look elsewhere because the story itself is rather simplistic in nature.
Soo… This is the part of my review where I would normally give some kind of recommendation for other visual novels to read. Honestly, I am not well versed with Otome games so I don’t feel I can give you a great recommendation.
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