If you’ve been following the recent murmurs in the flourishing otome community as of late, you’ll either hear or see that right now there’s a current Kickstarter campaign in the works to localize and bring the famous Japanese otome game, “Beastmaster and Prince -Flower and Snow-“ over to North America on the Steam platform in conjunction with Gloczus and Otomate (the great folks that helped bring Amnesia and Hakuoki stateside).
You might be asking yourself, “Well okay. Here’s an otome… about animals. What’s it about?” Well released back in 2010 and since then developing three more titles in the series, the basic premise of the game is as follows:
The story begins with our protagonist, Tiana, who dreams of becoming a great Beastmaster. In her travels she encounters four Princes from the neighboring kingdom of Farzan, who were cursed and transformed into animals by a witch. The first Prince, Matheus became a Lion; the second, Alfred, became a Wolf; the third Prince, Lucia, became a Duck; and the fourth, Erik, became a Rabbit. Tiana wants to save the Princes and will do all she can to lift the curse. However, they soon learn that the curse was only the beginning of a conspiracy brewing within the kingdom…
First, let me preface all this by saying “YESSSSSS!” 🙂 It’s been amazing seeing the otome community grow and flourish these last few months. It’s always been around in its small circles for years, but finally it feels like we’re building cohesion into one community, and a strong one at that! With this recent crowdfunding project fans and enthusiasts alike have been hard at work spreading the word about the campaign, backing the project monetarily within their means, and most importantly spreading the word to the masses. To date? the Kickstarter stands at $38,160 of it’s $150,000 goal and 594 backers on board!
There’s a lot of reasons I’m supremely stoked for this game. some important ones being:
- This is the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to take part in bringing a Japanese release over to the West. Now that I’m knee deep in otomes with friends who are growing into an extension of Internet family for me? I want to do my part in getting the word out and giving my support. Due to my current unemployment I’m limited in backing the $40 pledge, but through hell and high water I backed the $25 goal to get a Steam copy of the game.
- I get to be a Beastmaster? ALISHA RUE WAS BORN AND BRED AS A BEASTMASTER. BY COINCIDENCE IT JUST SO HAPPENS TO BE THAT I ALSO HAPPEN TO HAVE SOME ADORABLE CAT EARS AND BRAIDS IN THE PROCESS. THIS IS FATED, YO.
3. Presented without comment, this is my motivaiton for this otome:
If you’re wondering how to give a helping hand to this cause here’s what you can do! Head on over to the Beastmaster and Prince Kickstarter Site. If you’re able to donate monetarily, then excellent! If not? FEAR NOT. The power of one voice speaks volumes! If you’re on social media or have a blog yourself, shoot a tweet out linking the campaign site or just like this post? Get the word out to your fans and viewers! Every bit of support helps, and we hope that as a community and as an otome family we can make this dream a reality.