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Oct 172022

Today we’re talking about an otome, but don’t worry, I haven’t gotten the month wrong.

ITYH: A Horror Otome is a creepy, unsettling visual novel that involves both horror and romance.

It follows Camille, a teenage girl intent on finding love, who sets her sights on the mysterious loner Osgoode. Despite him coldly rebuffing her at every turn, she persists in her attempts to get him to notice her.

And then things go terribly, terribly wrong.

ITYH is set in modern times but has a gothic horror feel throughout. It’s a wonderfully disturbing read with a growing romantic progression that often had me thinking it was sweet despite being uncomfortable at the same time. Both main characters feel flawed and realistic, and the unsettling atmosphere always had me on edge.

Click for implied ITYH spoilers
It’s wonderful at creating sympathy for a monster without losing the sense that he is a monster and maybe you shouldn’t feel too much sympathy.

There is one main ending, with early bad endings you can get along the way. Additionally, completing the main ending unlocks one more ending that branches off early on.

That ending and part of the main ending leave some details unexplained, but it seems these come from a cut route the developer plans to use for another story, so that should be interesting to see.

I know I haven’t gone into a lot of detail here, but that’s because ITYH is fairly short and a lot of impact comes from the surprise and anticipation of what might happen next. It should take a couple of hours to finish, depending on how fast you read.

So if you like horror and dark romance stories, ITYH: A Horror Otome is definitely one you should consider.

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  2 Responses to “Celebrating All Things Spooky: ITYH: A Horror Otome”

  1. I took a look at the comments on the itch page and I don’t think some of the other people had the same take away as you. It looks like quite a few fell for the bad guy.

    • Hmm, I think that could still be similar to what I said about feeling sympathy for him while still seeing he’s a monster… although, you never know. Different people view stories differently at times. I’ve seen similar things with Saya no Uta.

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