Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru  

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru (処女はお姉さまに 恋してる?, lit. The Maidens Are Falling in Love With Me), commonly known as Otoboku (おとボク?), is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Caramel Box and released on January 28, 2005 as a limited edition playable on a Microsoft Windows PC. Subsequent releases included a consumer port on the PlayStation 2 (PS2) with the adult content removed and a version of the game which was a DVD playable on a PC and included full voice acting. The story centers around Mizuho Miyanokouji, an androgynous male high school student, who transfers into an all-girls school due to his grandfather's will.

Three official novels were published by Paradigm and Jive between June and August 2005 written by two different authors. A semi-official dōjin novel was published in December 2007 by Enterbrain. A manga adaptation illustrated by Kanao Araki was serialized in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh between the November 2006 and August 2008 issues. An anime was adapted by Feel which aired in Japan between October and December 2006 and contained twelve episodes, with an extra original video animation (OVA) episode included in the last DVD that went on sale in April 2007. Media Blasters licensed the anime and released the series in three DVD volumes between June and October 2008. Five drama CDs were released, one based on the visual novel, and the remaining four based on the anime.

According to a national ranking of how well bishōjo games sold nationally in Japan, the Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru limited edition PC release premiered at number two in the rankings. The limited edition achieved a ranking of four out of fifty in the ranking for the next two weeks. The first two DVDs released by Media Blasters were generally panned in reviews at Anime News Network where the series was described as "cruelly unimaginative" with "obnoxious quirks and technical shortcomings." In a review of the anime by Mania Entertainment, the series is thought to be "very predictable and bland."

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