Otouto Scramble (Android)

  • Japanese mobile otome game
  • English release
  • 4 character routes
  • otouto madness

PLAY ORDER

Izumi -> Hikaru -> Itsuki -> Akane


THOUGHTS

MC’s mom suddenly decides to re-marry, then immediately leaves on a work-related trip with her husband for a couple of months (!?). MC is to stay at their new home together with her new step-brothers, who’re all very handsome and also younger than her. What could possibly go wrong in such a ~perfectly~normal~everyday setting~? Ha…ha…ha.

I hate ticket systems, so p2w was the only option! I couldn’t stop myself from doing so even though it hurt. Translation was terribad of course, but at least it adds to the fun (??). The game was entertaining for all the wrong reasons, most of the time at least. Some other times it was so disturbing that it made me question my whole life. Initially I was just curious because the art seemed cute (also: otoutos!). I didn’t expect to end up with all these conflicting emotions. Looking back I realize that the character selection screen tried to warn me, when it told me Hikaru’s age. I should have listened. I should have stopped right there. The stories for each character generally didn’t have much substance, which is sad because some offered opportunities for interesting development to happen. Wasted potential I guess…but that’s to be expected since most mobile games are on the shallow side.


CHARACTER NOTES

♡ = favorite character

MC (default name Mirai)

  • just another bland mobile otome game heroine
  • she’s 19 (older than Itsuki by only a few months), but is perfectly fine falling in love with grade schoolers…idek ┐( ̄∀ ̄)┌
  • the most disturbing part is that she wants to become a preschool teacher…who the fuck allowed this??

(in play order)

Izumi(♡)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 

otouto_izumi

  • a kuudere middle schooler and obviously best boy in all this mess (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
  • also a cute, A CUTE!!!!
  • picked his route first since I was interested in him the most and didn’t expect to be playing any of the other routes anyway…”orz
  • Izumi is young enough for me to consider this a oneshota route (sorta), but old enough to be taken seriously as a potentional love interest
  • I wonder who would bully a cute boy like that…his classmates must have bad taste!
  • it’s kinda weird how he suddenly changed from awkward hikkikomori to eros beast near the end but hey, who am I to complain right
  • I love all of his faces, but the pouty and blushing face is best
  • why is this kid so lewd…who allowed this

Hikaru  ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

otouto_hikaru

  • N O P E . . .he’s still in 6th grade, why is this even a route??? ヽ(。_゜)ノ
  • could have been a good story about a boy who got abandoned by his mom and learns to cope with the help of his new big sis…but it wasn’t
  • everybody calls him cute, but the only time he seemed cute to me was in the CG
  • Seems like MC forgot about her dream of becoming a preschool teacher…herpderp. Didn’t expect her to fall in love with Hikaru for reals, yet SHE FUCKING DID!
  • and even got jealous at some random girl in his class  ლ(ಠ_ಠ ლ)???
  • and why are the other brothers cheering MC and Hikaru on after they confess to each other?? What is wrong with you guys!?
  • tbh I wish I could forget everything about this route

Itsuki   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

otouto_itsuki

  • he’s technically otouto, but still gives off major oniisan vibes – in other words: really not my type at all ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
  • so many jewelry presents in this route…dude…
  • plot’s basically him being a kind and caring biglittle brother, helping MC with cooking chores and studying to get into med school until he collapses…I WAS BORED TO DEATH (╹◡╹)
  • when MC compared him to Hikaru I was reminded of Hikaru’s route and it was horrible

Akane   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

otouto_akane

  • oresama tsundere high schooler who likes charaben
  • I had high hopes for him, but unfortunately his tsun is on the same level as annoying tsundere girls in cheap harem animu; he’s insufferable for like half of the route
  • he hates girls, but is childhood friends with a girl. But he said he hates her, too. Why are they friends? How did that girl come to like him if he never cared to show her his dere side?? Is she an idiot (most likely yes)?? I do not understand.
  • I was expecting a rival to appear in Itsuki’s route; surprisingly enough it happened in Akane’s route instead (also tfw she nearly killed MC lol)
  • there were so many WTF moments that I lost track ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • the translation kinda made up for all the suffering though…it was hilarious!

Mysmsg Christmas DLC

  • unlocks with HG and is playable anytime
  • 2 days (Christmas Eve & Christmas Day) worth of chats
  • 8 endings in total
  • not spoiler free for the man story

Thoughts

W-What an unexpected but lovely surprise!!! Saving up all those HG really payed off in the end. The translation seemed less smooth than that of the main game, but since it’s just fanservice plot anyway I was okay with it. Cheritz even gave us the “Does Jumin Han is Gay?” line in one CG…so nice. Feels like they actually care about what’s going on in the fandom, heh.

There’s supposedly 8 different endings, yet I only managed to get 7 – that is if the ‘miss every single chat’ end counts as an end. I’m still not quite sure how to unlock the last one? A friend on Twitter told me that there was some kinda bug, which supposedly got fixed by now so I should probably try again. But seeing as the story isn’t of much relevance to canonverse my motivation’s rather low (also because I kinda expect it to be about V and tbh I really couldn’t care less about him atm). All in all, I guess there’s ony one tiny little thing that bugged me: WHY WAS THERE SO MUCH RIKA, FFS!!? щ(ಥДಥщ)


Character Notes

  • Jaehee
    She’s still working herself to death. Girl, will there ever be a story in which you don’t stress out yourself 24/7? But hey, it was surprisingly cute and she even got a kiss (on the cheek) CG! I guess it’s a nice treat for Jaehee fans at least…
  • Seven
    Let me hug you and love you forever!!! I don’t mind spending Christmas in outer space if that means I get to be with Seven! (˘⌣˘ ) ♡ Got into his route three times and I wasn’t even trying, it’s true love I’m telling ya! He was emo p. much the whole time, because Christmas sucks and Santa’s a dick. Considering the twins’ backstory I can see why he’s thinking that way…and honestly, it broke my heart. When he wished for his ‘other self’ to be happy I just(iДi). . .
  • Zen
    Why is it that Zen always seems desperate and horny when it comes to romance with MC? I mean he’s talking about spending a lovely Christmas with his special someone and all that, but honestly…he fucking drags MC away as soon as he arrives at the party. If I didn’t know any better (it’s not R18 after all :3c), I’d assume he jumps her the moment they’re outta sight. Dude…just get Jumin to &%#$ you already ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • Yoosung
    He’s similar to Zen (dreaming of spending a romantic Christmas with his gf bla), but he seems…less desperate about it lol. I really liked Yoosung in the main game after he was able to shake off Rika’s ghost (basically the last two days), but DLC brought us back to square one so every third sentence had Rika’s name in it and I just ( ಠ ಠ )…wHY. Hardworking Yoosung’s cute tho…
  • Jumin
    I expected there to be tons of Elizabeth 3rd, but instead I got…V! In Jumin’s case I don’t mind, since I want to know more about their friendship. Surprisingly enough, Jumin turned out to be the most relatable character in this DLC, getting angry at V for keeping secrets from everyone and telling him off. I was like YES!!! FINALLY SOMEBODY SAYS IT!!! GO JUMIN!!! I mean in the end they made up and nothing really changed, but it still felt good to have someone get angry at all that shit. Jumin a best. ❤
  • Unknown
    (´◉◞౪◟◉)?????? Was this supposed to be a bad end? It probably was since Saeran and Saeyoung never meet and MC gets dragged to ~paradise~ blah blah, but…ヾ(:3ノシヾ)ノシ Unknown made MC his (heh), wrapped a cute ribbon around her neck and…hhhhoooly—!! My tiny hands can’t hold all these kinky headcanons…