3DS Is Picking Up More Otome Games Like Starry☆Sky ~in Spring~

By Spencer . December 10, 2012 . 1:10am

image HoneyBee has a visual novel series where you play as the first female student in an all boys school called Starry☆Sky. The games were originally made for PC and HuneX, the company that handled the Fate/stay night [Realta Nua] Vita port, brought them to PSP.

 

A magazine scan revealed that the Starry☆Sky series is coming to Nintendo 3DS in April with the first game, Starry☆Sky ~in Spring~. This game takes place when Tsukiko arrives in Seigatsu Academy which is known for its astronomy program. All of the male suitors also happen to represent a different zodiac sign.

 

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The three suitors in Starry☆Sky ~in Spring~

 

There are four games in the Starry☆Sky series, but for now only in Spring has been announced.


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  • http://twitter.com/sakura_candy Lumi

    From what I’ve heard, Starry Sky is the series to go for if you care more about the seiyuu in question than the plot… But I guess it’s still popular enough.

    It’s interesting how PSP is the otome game console by default, but they are porting to 3DS instead of PSV. Not that I’m complaining as a 3DS owner.

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      Are the VAs that good? For obvious reasons I tend not to play VNs with lots of male voice actors and it’s even rather rare for non-otome VNs to feature voice acting for the protagonist (immersion, I guess). But the other male side characters usually have solid seiyuu behind them.

      I assume Otome-games place a higher emphasis on story than on the “romantic” bits and I’d imagine even guys could enjoy them for the story. Alas, I never played one myself. Any thoughts or opinions on this one or the general topic I mentioned above?

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        VA indeed is top quality ones for this series while the stories is only on average level if you asked me.(They even have anime adaptation for this game.)

        They have Hikaru Midorikawa which easily makes all the fangirls buy this game lol.

        Daisuke Ono, Jun Fukuyama,Hiroshi Kamiya, Sugita Tomokazu, Soichiro Hoshi, Akira Ishida, Mamoru Miyano and even Junichi Sawabe is some of the famous VA for this series.^_^

        • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

          Hm, can you recommend it to a straight guy on the VA’s merits alone? I usually prefer VNs with awesome stories and great art, VAs take a back-seat.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Guys will pick a VN girl based off their female VA, think of it as girls having the same fun.

          • Yvonne Tsang

            No. Straight guys would probably be bored to tears with it. Hell, I’m a straight girl and the “story” to me was still ridiculously bland. The art’s very cute, though. Voice acting is nice and you’ll recognize who’s whom immediately, but that doesn’t do much for the plot. I’d skip it if you’re not into the guys.

          • 07thCrow

            True, I want a good story and art with my VN games as well. But if you don’t support the genre by buying some of the games, then the marketing sales will make companies believe that there is no profit in bringing VN titles over to other countries. Then you’ll either have to import (and learn some Japanese) or hope that some decicated fans will provide loose translations for the game (at no profit) for those VNs with the amazing stories, art and characters. That’s why VN games rarely ever make it outside of Japan.

          • Yvonne Tsang

            Oh, for sure if you have extra disposable income to spare. I wish I could support all the game companies I like, but money talks. :(

          • 07thCrow

            That wasn’t what I was trying to say. What I meant was that for better VN games to come out of Japan, there needs to be an interest shown in the genre. I wish I could support all the companies I like too, my poor wallet cries everytime I see a new game. I’m not trying to say that everyone needs to buy all VNs, but if people want better quality games of a certain genre to get translated, they might try supporting those niche genres instead of the games that already have a loyal following. If it’s interesting enough to that gamer, of course. :)

          • Roses4Aria

            Yeah, the story in this one isn’t nearly as good as the story in Hakuoki. I liked it, but ordinary school-set otomes aren’t as interesting to me as the ones that have some adventure in them (Hiiro no Kakera, Clock Zero, etc.) Of the Starry Sky series, the only one I really loved was In Summer. Guys would definitely be bored.

    • Yuan

      Actually, DS used to be the otome game console of choice before the position overtaken by PSP lately.

  • vanhyde

    thank god , it’s still japan
    hence if it comes to US, my GF will scream like mad

  • ragingmerifes

    I think the PSV would be a better choice, due to not being region-locked. And I’m pretty sure this will never get localized.

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      VNs are already pretty niche in Japan so bringing them over to our shores makes absolutely no sense from a business perspective, can’t blame them. I’d love to read another SE interview with the likes of MangaGamer in a couple of years; whether the localized games turned out any profit or their general idea on VNs in the west (i.e. whether it changed after they started localizing them).

      • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

        Unlike the DS, on 3DS it’s possible to release games like this as download-only titles, so that might actually make them more inviting to niche publishers like MangaGamer. Dunno whether the market for games like this is big enough to justify localization even then, though.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Considering that there are more girl who own 3DS than Vita in Japan, i believe this step they are taking is correct even though it is not helpful for us who had region locked problem.

      • Boba Bob

        Pretty sure 3DS isn’t a good idea even if your theory of japanese girls owning more 3DS than PSV is correct (which i doubt).

        • http://simplephilistine.wordpress.com/ Arla

          You think more girls own a Vita than a 3DS?

        • almostautumn

          You can hold the 3DS like a book, soooooo….

          And yes, the percentage of female 3DS gamers over Vita is massive and obvious.It’s not a theory; it’s market statistics.

          • Boba Bob

            market statistics you say?
            go ahead and provide us with a reliable source of those statistics.

      • ragingmerifes

        I know, but they should also think ahead a little: if some girls didn’t buy the Vita yet, they should have a reason with this.
        But the Vita already has lots of visual novels, so maybe they’re planning a port someday.

        • puchinri

          This isn’t a new Starry Sky title though anyway, right? So it’d kind of mirror P4G in that case, wouldn’t it?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    bad formula one girl in a all boys school =16 and pregnant

    • puchinri

      Or reverse harem if she knows what she’s doing.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Probably go with Suzuya. Nice art.

    • Aunna Terrell

      OnoD!! Good choice! Haha, I love all three of the guys but the motherly childhood friend Suzuya was my favorite from Spring. :3

      • XYZ_JolteonZ980

        Thats the one he voices? lol, love it.

    • Roses4Aria

      Suzuya is my personal fave as well. There’s just something about his protectiveness, though Kanata is also pretty adorable. :)

  • Boba Bob

    Haha. good luck making money with Otome games on a 3DS.

    • puchinri

      I suppose we’ll see how it goes? DS actually had some nice otome games, so I wonder what new/original titles the 3DS will get (and what new titles in existing series).

  • Roses4Aria

    I’m assuming that the lack of info regarding Hakuoki’s NA sales is a bad sign, so it’s doubtful we will see anymore of these games over here. Sigh… :(

    • 07thCrow

      I dunno, the sales must have been good enough to convice Aksys to bring over Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi. If people keep supporting their VNs and make requests for specific VN titles on their forum (like StarrySky and Hiiro no Kakera); who knows what could happen? :)

      • Roses4Aria

        Keeping my fingers crossed that you’re right. :)

  • Aunna Terrell

    I would be all over this… If the 3DS wasn’t region locked. XD

    But… WHY HONEYBEE?! You’re already busy with porting the After series to the PSP (After Spring hitting Japan this month on the 27th). D: Are you doing a trial run on porting In Spring to see if people will buy (or repurchase) the full series on the 3DS too?

  • almostautumn

    Unless this is a super rich-only school, there is no way boys would be that glamorous or handsome. Ugly ass gray hoodies, dirty jeans and sneakers with holes in them— who were they trying to impress, honestly, before this single girl comes along? I mean, there’s gay, but these three lads are, I’m assuming, not.

    I wonder… perhaps female professors, yes?

    • puchinri

      You know, there’s a manga by the Doubt manga-ka) about an all boys school that takes a great perspective on this. The guys are gorgeous, but a number of them are lazy slobs.

  • Hyli

    Starry Sky!?!? :D
    I think I’m the only one really excited about the Zodiac representation aspect of the guys, hehe. I wonder what Tomoe’s sign is… :3
    I’m personally a huge fan of VNs, so I’m excited, but it’s also a really small demographic. Hoping they’ve got a plan over there.

    • Aunna Terrell

      In Spring’s men represent Capricorn (Yoh), Pisces (Kanata), and Cancer (Suzuya) zodiac signs.

      They’re all childhood friends of you/the main character. Kanata and Suzuya grew up with you for all their life (and are quite protective of you), while Yoh is part French and lives in France (though he met you once when he visited Japan when he was much younger). Yoh transfers to the school just to see you again.

  • https://twitter.com/Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi Project 2501

    It’s nice(?) to know that dating sims for girls are as plagued by vapid, generic character design as the ones for guys.

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