>>205302>I heard about that angelique game but that's pretty much all of it? An entire genre spawned over one old otome game?
Angelique is not just "one old otome game", it's THE original otome game. I haven't played any games in that series, but that one anon did say that there is
a villainess in the first Angelique, and that this villainess genre started as a parody of that specific game, which I assume is relatively well-known by non-otoge fans, hence why the villainess parodies are not otome parodies, but Angelique parodies specifically.
Funnily enough, in an improved re-release called Angelique Duet, you can play as the rival.>Pretty much all otome games focus on the protag + the boys, I've never seen any rival or anything like that…
There are some games that have rivals, like Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side and Storm Lover, but from the looks of it, modern (2010+) otome games don't have them. Probably, in part, because there aren't any dating sims anymore, either, and all otome games are now just VNs, so there's not much you can do with a rival character if there's no gameplay to take advantage of it.>And this one, I don't think I've seen any popular otome game feature so many girls
TMGS used to have 4 rivals, and there are a few otome games that have one female love interest, but yeah. I wonder if HameFura was written by a male, that would explain it and why it's so popular. Having half of the main cast be female when the setting is supposed to be an otome game is indeed pretty weird.