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The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchFeb 1, 2018
PCOct 15, 2015

Publisher: D3 PUBLISHER

Genre: Interactive Story

What is The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya? This is a popular romance game for women. A closed island where baby boys are not born. A unique culture that is completely different from the mainland has been flourishing on the island. In the middle of the island, there is a district where men are gathered. Some women just want children. Others are looking for love. Knowingly deceived by a lie, and deceived in return, all in a single night's dream. At the end, to whom is it that you will be talking of love?

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If you want pretty anime boys and don't care too much about their questionable grasp of female anatomy (and, in some cases, consent) then this game might be for you.

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As the first otome game on Switch, Men Of Yoshiwara: Kikuya is both excellent proof of concept and an enjoyable piece of electronic erotica in its own right. With a memorable cast of courtesans, a generous amount of content split over several discrete routes and sub-scenarios, and affection-based unlockables, there's plenty here to keep you busy and blushing. The backgrounds and music give off a bit of a budget feel, and occasional text encoding issues and some steep (but infrequent) quality drops are blemishes on an otherwise well-written script, but overall, we'd certainly recommend a trip to Kikuya for otome fans.

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The Men of Yoshiwara is a really interesting little visual novel about the idea of the "floating worlds" of old Japan's night life, the people that participated in them, and what people got up to there. You may well baulk at first at the idea of a game about "dating male prostitutes," but really, this is a strong bit of storytelling that goes a long way to describe the differing understanding that Japan and the west have about what a sex worker is (or, at least, once was in Japan), and that makes it interesting.

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There's a serious wealth of content in Kikuya.

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