Hi everyone! I'm Takashichea, a wiki editor who usually works on Shonen titles but work in other genre. (For those who haven't get the chance to know me).
This time, I have a question for you guys and gals.
Do you think reverse harem series that was started as an otome game have a good anime/manga adaptation?
An otome game is a game that is generally directed towards female audience. Usually, these games are dating sims for young women that have multiple routes/bachelors where the player plays the game to establish a relationship with the man of their choice.
Alice in the Country of Hearts
For Alice in the Country of Hearts franchise, they had multiple manga adaptations and a movie. For the manga, there is one based on the original game (Alice in the Country of Hearts) and the others are side stories that elaborate on relationships with other men. There is no anime series.
On seemingly ordinary afternoon with her sister, Alice Liddel is kidnapped by a rabbit who turns into a man that claims he loves Alice. After falling down the rabbit hole, the the man forces Alice to drink a "weird tasting" liquid from a little vial. The man, who introduces himself as Peter White, tells her that she is in Wonderland and can not go home and that she has to participate in the "Game". This "Game" governs Wonderland, giving specific beings 'roles' and 'faces' who must abide by the 'rules', and as such, Alice is a 'foreigner' which, by the 'rules', means all of the role-holders must love Alice. Alice is forced to interact with the inhabitants of Wonderland in order to fill a vial, that when it is filled, will allow her to go home if she desires.
La Storia della Arcana Famiglia
In La Storia della Arcana Famiglia's case, it has a anime adaptation but no manga series.
The story revolves around Felicitá who is main female lead, and she finds herself as the prize for Arcana Duello. Her father, Mundo, is retiring and hosts to tournament, and whoever wins this contest of Arcana Powers shall have the right to be new successor of the Arcana Famiglia (mafia) family and the right to marry Felicitá. Though, Felicitá objects and works hard to gain her independence and sovereignty in the family.
By BigHeart711 and Takashichea
My Experiences and Answer
I have been working on La Storia della Arcana Famiglia and Alice in the Country of Hearts franchise. I have been reading the Alice in the Country of Heart manga but not the other side stories. To avoid spoilers, the ending leaves a lot to be desired since there were many ambiguities and Lewis Carrol's novel is infamous for causing a lot of confusion. There was no route or relationship established in that series. For the side stories, I believed were created to cater to fans who support a certain gentlemen.
In La Storia della Arcana Famiglia, it's hard to say because the anime is still new, and I haven't play the visual novel game or the PSP version.
What I believed is that it's difficult to based a manga or anime on a Reverse Harem style otome game because you have multiple love interests/routes. You can't do multiple endings like you can do in a video game. The female lead tends to suffer because there is so much focus on the love interests.
My answer: They don't make a good manga or anime adaptation. I'm hoping Arcana Famiglia can change my views on this topic.
I wonder if harem series based video games face these similar challenges like Princess Lover!. It's probably same, but I will post a blog since harem manga and anime series tend to be more popular.