The people behind the amazing “Shall We Date” series with romance for everyone!
For fans of otome games, especially mobile apps, the “Shall We Date” series is well known. Themes range from fairytale settings like “Wizardess Heart” or “Lost Alice” to darker tales like “Blood and Roses” or “Niflheim” as the company prides itself on unique worlds and stories to entertain readers with different interests. They know not all otome game fans are the same and strive to match the desires of their wide audience. Hinni Yanagisawa walked us through the different attractions they had at their setup this year at Anime Expo. After exchanging pleasantries, we got into what Solmare is excited to share with their fans at AX and beyond.
Would you like to tell us what all you’ve got here today?
The second corner we have is based on Alice in Wonderland trick art, it’s like 3D art. There’s no wall or floor, and if you look from a certain angle it looks 3D and it looks like you’re falling into Wonderland.
And the third one we have a survey where we ask you to pick who’s your favorite guy and favorite girl. That way we can know which guy is the most popular guy in our games. You don’t really know the personality just by looking at them, so it’s just by looks, who do you like the most. Then you get a free bag with the guys on them.
And then the last one is our free spinner. It’s a casual game, you do a free spinner and then you can get a prize. So that’s our booth!
Tell us about some of your newer games!
In “Blood and Roses”, you have a next generation continuation of the game. Are you going to be doing that for other games as well?
Do you think you’ll have more games for guys in the future or will you still focus mostly on girls?
What’s something important in all your otome games?
We also try to have new themes for each game. Our fans don’t want the same story each time. For every game, we have a different scenario writer. We have a producer that checks to make sure it has a certain level of quality but the scenario writers don’t work together.
Tell us more about the motion capture Moe Ninja Girls game!
So for the next ninja game, will it be girls can date girls or will they be dating guys?
Hinni mentioned the face cut-outs shaped like Instagram pictures with different boys from the Shall We Date series were just something for people to do while they waited, but ended up being immensely popular. Foreseeably, many women liked posing with their chosen hubby but quite a few guys cozied up for some pictures with shirtless hunks as well. By Saturday, the 4000 limited edition bags has dwindled down but the lines for the new motion capture game remained long. As a company that looks for innovative ways to fulfil fantasy romance for everyone, NTT Solmare has us looking forward to what they come out with next year!