My First Otome Game: Code Realize

Not gonna lie, the main reason I bought a Switch was because I wanted to get into otome games. And I know that’s not a good reason, but as you continue to read this blog, you’ll find I do a lot of things for no good reason. I’ve always preferred watching anime to gaming because gaming is expensive, in both time and money, and I personally don’t get much from it. I’d much rather just watch a movie of all the cutscenes. My interest in games tends to be with the story more than the gameplay itself, and that’s probably why I gravitated towards this genre.

My first introduction to Code Realize was through the anime, which was…not great. What actually got me to get the Switch was watching some routes from Collar x Malice and Nightshade. But after reading around, I found a lot of people recommended Code Realize for beginners. Seeing as though the anime for Persona 5 didn’t measure up to the game imo, I figured it was the same for Code Realize, so I decided to give it a chance. Also, I could be wrong, but it’s the only one I’ve seen that made it to the PS4.

So far I like it. Keep in mind that I’ve watched a fair share of really frustrating reverse harem anime, and I played Mystic Messenger, so those are all I have for comparison. For one, I enjoy that Cardia has a fucking personality. I understand in games like this, they sometimes want the player to mold the character. And it works fine in games. The problem is when they get adapted into the anime. I can’t speak for all of them, but I really felt this in UtaPri with Haruka. I feel like I never really got beneath the surface with her. But I’ve never played the VN, so I don’t know if it’s just because the player had a lot of control over the character, or if the anime just watered her down. Actually, I can’t even remember if Cardia was watered down for the anime. But in some reverse harems I’ve watched, I’m like “She’s nice…but what else?” And Cardia has a lot more going for her, which helps me relate to her more. So when all the handsome guys in this game fall for her, I get it.

I also really enjoy the guys in this one, because they actually recognize her value as part of the team. Let me repeat this, for the people in the back: THEY RECOGNIZE HER VALUE AS A PERSON. They rely on her for difficult tasks, and while they do spoil her, they don’t needlessly coddle her. Then, only when she gets into a situation that’s beyond her capabilities, they step in to help.

I’m on Saint-Germain’s route now, and I have a feeling things are about to get way more interesting…

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