|Alms, alms for the poor...|
We all have guilty pleasures - things that by all rights we shouldn't like, but like anyway. Perhaps you secretly adore Justin Bieber's music, but are too embarrassed to admit it. Perhaps you love reading cheesy romance novels, but would prefer if your family didn't find out. Maybe you can't get enough B horror movies from the 50s, and your buddies stare at you like you've grown antlers every time you profess your love for them. Or maybe, despite your better sense, you cannot resist turning into an internet weaboo who says stuff like "kawaii!!" "sugoi!" and "desu desu desu" at every possible turn.
One of my newest guilty pleasures is otome games. I really can't explain why I enjoy them - by all rights, I should be condemning the genre for its reliance on clichéd tropes and its propensity for the kind of pernicious sexism that I've spent hours ranting about in the past. But it's like, as soon as I start one up, my higher brain function just shuts down and I start giggling like an idiot. It's sad, really.
I'm currently playing Second Reproduction, which is about a warrior princess who is sent by her mother to infiltrate an enemy kingdom and assassinate their demonic king. She and her knight/bff/personal manslave manage to get inside the king's castle, but he easily defeats them. He's all like, "trololol you guys are fun, you should totally stick around and try to assassinate me some more, 'cause attempts on my life give me lulz". The king puts a magical collar on her knight which will kill him if either he or the princess venture outside the demon kingdom - and voilà, they're both stuck. Over time, the warrior princess begins to realize that the 'enemy kingdom' isn't filled with sadistic psycho killers like she's been taught her whole life. This revelation shakes her to her very core, and it leads both her and her knight to question their religion and their loyalty to their mother kingdom. Are demons really evil? Are humans really evil? Who's to blame for the screwed-up state of the world? Who will side with whom in the coming war? And most importantly of all...WHEN IS SOMEONE FINALLY GONNA GET LAID IN THIS GODDAMN STORY?
lol anyway...what's your guilty pleasure? I'd love to hear about it! Even if it's really weird/embarrassing, don't be afraid to share! I'll still love you even if you reveal a secret passion for FluttershyxQuagmire fanfiction
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