As they announced earlier, Japanese developer Ensemble has now opened the website for the latest entry in their series of crossdressing games. The new website for Otome ga Irodoru Koi no Essence replaces the previously opened teaser page.
The first thing that will catch your attention is the main image with the 5 heroines and the game’s protagonist Naoto (Or Chihiro if you like). Other pages that are currently available are the story page, the main character pages, the gallery, and a spec page amongst others.
So let’s start with the first one, the story. You can’t exactly say that Ensemble has been very original with the reason behind the protagonist’s crossdressing, but why would that matter anyway?
Protagonist Naoto is employed as the second chef in the mansion of one of the most prominent families of Japan. The family’s only daughter attends a prestigious all-girls school and one day her odd behavior caught the attention of Naoto’s employer. Since the school has a vacancy open for the position of a cook, Naoto is directed to take up the position and keep an eye out on things.
However, before he can even start his first day of work, he learns that he has already received a reassignment. Instead of working as a cook he’ll now have to attend classes as a student… dressed as a girl obviously.
Naoto puts up some resistance but eventually can’t refuse the pleading eyes of his employer. And so this marks the start of his days as “Chihiro”. Can he keep his true identity hidden?
This time I’ll touch the characters briefly, but it’s worth nothing that the character pages contain a button labeled “Guest character”. It seems that the limited edition of the game will once again contain a bonus episode with some characters from their other games.
Another point worth mentioning is that the cast names of the main characters are already available on these pages. Let’s have a look:
Sakuya Amagi (Yuna Yamada)
Sakuya is the vice-president of the school’s student council. Due to her work in that position and her good results in school she receives a lot of trust amongst both the students and the school’s staff.
Akari Natsume (Yukina Fujimori)
Akari is the current student council president and always has a smile on her face. She takes on everything with single minded earnest, and is considerate of Chihiro as (s)he gets familiar with the school.
Noa Chihara (Choko Moka)
Noa is Naoto’s younger sister-in-law, whereby the two of them go along well. With her cute appearance and small build she’s often treated a small animal at school.
Satsuki Makise (Kaname Shirotsuki)
Satsuki is in her last year at school and is the former student council president. Her perfect looks, style, and results all add up to her status as a celebrity amongst the students.
Serika Hyoudou (Miyabi Arisugawa)
Serika is the talented secretary of the student council. Her personality often causes a few misunderstandings, and she’s always passionate when it comes to things that catch her interest.
Staff & Release date
The staff names don’t seem to have changed from the ones announced at the teaser page. Meaning that the artists will be Mitsuishi Shouna (vndb), Asami Asami (vndb), Kurihito Mutou (vndb), and zinno (vndb), while the story will be written by Kouji (vndb) and Takumi Minase (vndb).
The release date has been set to March 25