Also, I was losing hope in whether they would release a new game. When I saw the announcement, I couldn't believe it (the last main game was released in 2010, TokiRes was 2013). And just as I expected, a year or so later they revealed that it would be on the Switch.
Last year there would've been an event (after years of not doing it IIRC) called Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side DAYS. They only did these yearly events about 3 times before, and released DVDs of said events. Basically, besides the voice actor stuff and the merch, the main attraction is a series of special in-game dates on a massive screen, where all the attendees get to vote on the choices from their seats, and the boys that are featured are also chosen by fans beforehand (I think they try to do different characters each year, so the most popular ones already appeared in the first couple DAYS events).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmH89ctnbwIhttps://greenfirefist.tumblr.com/post/92330006968https://tokimemogirlsside.fandom.com/wiki/Tokimeki_Memorial_Girl%27s_Side_DAYS
Last year's DAYS event had to be postponed due to COVID and it finally happened this year in June. The theme was sports festival. Since no one seems to be uploading the DVDs online, I guess I'll have to import them myself someday if I want to know what else happens in them.
I like this franchise so much that I tried to archive as much of the other games' official websites as possible. Unfortunately, many things were impossible to archive because they used Flash a lot for those sites.
This is the animated opening. Every game has had one, although 3's OP was included not in any version of the game like the others, but in a bonus DVD (which is bullshit). Anyway, I don't know if it's just me, but compare this new OP to the other 3, and you can see the animation is lower quality (somewhat inconsistent drawings, sometimes it doesn't match the in-game artstyle, etc., it kinda gives me a Pokémon Sun and Moon vibe).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNaDDFsTqTkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OHYuDduZVMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZkUOWVdQbk
The artstyle in the game is also inferior to the previous games IMO. I don't know what the hell happened, it's supposed to be the same artist in every game.>>11065>I think otome games are basically the present of romance games already tbh
I guess you're right. A lot of recent otome visual novels are getting translated. Unfortunately that also means that most otome fans have never even heard of games like TMGS that are more like actual games. The dating simulator genre might be dead. It's a shame, really, I think "stat-raisers" are fun.>they're very popular while bishoujo stuff only seems to get more and more niche (well, in the West, at least).
Actually, I think it's becoming more well-known but as nothing more than a punchline and cheap fap material on Steam. Serious galge is probably becoming more niche though.
Also I was wrong, there is
a recent Tokimeki Memorial game, but it's a mobage spin-off called Tokimeki Idol. That sucks.>Although the reason TM 1 and 2 have never been translated is mostly that they have absolutely brutal code
Oh yeah, that's right. 4 should be easy to hack and translate, I read somewhere that PSP games were easier to mess with. Also, it's not literally TM but Love Plus for the DS is said to be pretty good and it has a fan translation (it appears that the TMGS1 translator helped with that project too).