それなんてエロゲ [sore nante eroge]

November 13, 2009 at 4:26 am (otaku word, slang)

kimi ga nozomu eien

A scene from Eternity You Wish

 There is an old saying, 事実は小説より奇なり[jijitsu wa shousetsu yori ki nari] in Japanese, which means truth is stranger than fiction. That is, no matter how fishy it sounds, it could be true. The more it sounds too good to be true, the more we could believe it. Come to think of it, there are quite a few stories based on the facts and then some of them are hard to believe. Oh well, because they are shows, they could be dramatized somehow for sure.

 When I turn on TV, I sometimes see showfolks are talking about their first love. And we are definitely seen such a quick movie that explains how it was. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I end up shouting, “Bullshit” inside because, I think, I have played too many eroge[エロゲー] or otome games. Yes, there is a funny saying among 2ch bugs to comment upon hearing such a heartbreaking love story, それなんてエロゲ[sore nante eroge] or which eroge are you talking about?

Misuzu in Air

 In case you don’t know what eroge is(I am pretty sure you do), I shall quickly explain. Eroge is a simulation game in which the hero is surrounded by several pretty girls(that is a harem), bishoujo[美少女]. You can pursue each girl and the goal is to have a happy ending with your favorite. If it contains some pornogoraphic scenes, it is classified as エロゲー[eroge]. If not, it is a plain 美少女ゲーム[bishoujo game].


 Long time ago, eroge was not like what they are now. I mean, some pretty girls come out, and all the hero has to do is chase your favorite. When the hero and your girl come to a certain point, you will see a H-scene. So you start over to clear another girl.


 But eroge evolved out of what they used to be around the end of 1990’s. I can think of Shizuku[雫, ’96], To Heart(’97) from Leaf or something like that. These eroge are so dramatic and well-plotted that players could even cry. Also, needless to say, Kanon(’99) from Key was a really mega hit. Because of such a heartbreaking plot from Kanon or Air, those games were even classified as a 泣きゲー[nakige] or heartbreaking eroge. You might not even think it is just an adult video game if you play Air as a fisrt timer. 何回見ても美鈴のシーンは泣いてしまう…Meanwhile, there are eroge that make you depressed after you played because of a depressing scenario such as 君が望む永遠[Eternity you wish] or School Days. We call it 鬱ゲー[utsuge] or depressing game. When it comes to otome game, I can’t even count how many romantic stories I have seen so far.

 In this way, we got used to hear such a heartbreaking love story, so we hardly get surprised even if a so-so nice one comes out. Rather, 2ch bugs might ridicule your story, saying それなんてエロゲ. The more you explian enthusiastically and dramatically, the less they get surprised. No matter how much you write about your story on your blog or somewhere, there could be only one comment, それなんてエロゲ. In acronyms, it is sneg[Sore Nante EroGe]. 

 When I met my first love for the first time, we were on the street. I was on my way to school, and when I turned at the corner, I hit a bike. It was her, and I had a crush…In fact the girl turned out to be a transfered student. We were stunned when she came into the classroom. She said, “Sorry about the earlier,” and I said,”Oh I am fine. My name is bangin. Can I show our school?” That is how it started…


 One day, when I logged in my cosplay site, I found a trace from someone. I tracked down and it was a really beautiful cosplayer. Apparently, she was Caucasian. I screwed up my courage, I mailed her. And a few days later she mailed me back, telling me she was coming to Japan. So I asked her to cosplay with me, and she said yes. And we joined a cosplay event together. And after that…


 By the way, it is not unusual that a popular manga or novel becomes a film[映画化, eigaka] such as Death Note or Higurashi no naku koro ni. So we can also say 映画化決定[eigaka kettei, movie comes out] or エロゲ化決定[erogeka kettei, eroge comes out]. Why don’t you make your love story an eroge? No no, I am not joking. Because we know eroge is a pure love story and it is something we dream of…Yes, we actually long for a love story like eroge somewhere deep in our hearts, don’t we? 

 But what I want is a love story like an otome game!



  1. Jeff said,

    Hey, bangin, long time reader, first time commenter.

    I thought you might like to know that “stoned,” in American English slang, means “high on marijuana” (synonyms “baked,” “blazed,” and “toasted”). You probably meant that you were “stunned,” rather than that you had been partaking in illicit substances during class.

    Keep up the good work!

    • bangin said,

      OMG, that is a big mistake! Ah stupid me. Yes, I meant as you pointed. I shall correct at once, thank you very much! ^^

      Please comment again!

  2. makutama said,

    Hey~ 😀
    Just found out about this blog
    and I must say…
    I love your blog~
    Keep up the good work! ^^

    • bangin said,

      Hi! Thank you for coming.
      Visit anytime, please!

  3. Twinks said,

    Hi Bangin,

    You wrote ‘facts are more extraordinary than novels’ ; the English expression for it is ‘truth is stranger than fiction’. 🙂

    Hope your next job is a good one.

    • bangin said,

      Oh! So do you have this as an proverb in English? Thank you for telling me this, I gotta correct it at once!

  4. Hinano said,

    I always see the “sore nante eroge” in vocaloid PVs where the artwork is in eroge style.
    I like eroge style art, it’s shiny and pretty XD

    you don’t want story like in otome game…a lot of otome games have rape -_-;
    I linked to my game blog in my nickname – you can read my otome game reviews there XD

    • bangin said,

      You have really played a lot of otome games, haven’t you? Even Starry Sky ! Yes, BL games have rape. Rape is the beginning of love which grows later. lol

      Sore nante otome game?

      • Hinano said,

        Rape is the beginning of love which grows later.

        Ψ(`▽´)Ψ -んなわけあるか!!www

      • ponytale said,

        “Rape is the beginning of love which grows later.”
        ^^;;; sadly an often abused BL plot device to quickly take the “relationship” to the next level… cos it takes lots more effort to plan a proper plot to develop the relationship naturally. Fortunately not all BL works are like this.

  5. bangin said,

    Hinano: We say 嫌よ嫌よも好きのうち. No matter how she rejects, she actually wants him to have her.(笑)


  6. khim said,

    One day, when I logged in my cosplay site, I found a trace from someone. I tracked down and it was a really beautiful cosplayer. Apparently, she was Caucasian. I screwed up my courage, I mailed her. And a few days later she mailed me back, telling me she was coming to Japan. So I asked her to cosplay with me, and she said yes. And we joined a cosplay event together. And after that…


    • bangin said,



  7. Chibi said,

    that made me laugh xD…. in my language (Slovenian) sneg means snow 😀

    • bangin said,

      I think I have never heard of a single Slovenian. How do you say hello?

      • Chibi-Chibi said,

        Appearance is a word that many foreigners break their head over. You write it “živijo” but spell it a bit differently. The problem is ž because many languages don’t have that sound (especial English, neither Japanese) but it sounds quite similar than j in word joke. I’d say its much simpler to say “ojla”, word thats quite popular among young people. As for how you actually spell it … hmmm
        Življo = ジウヨ
        Ojla = オイラ
        If we discard the difference in “ji” and “ra” sound that would pretty much be it, well イ=/=j but the difference in this case is just to small to bother :

  8. w said,


    It wouldn’t be wise to compare with an otome game because then you’d have to say “snog”, and that’s (largely British) slang for “kiss”. Wait, I suppose you could use that…


    • bangin said,



  9. khim said,


    • bangin said,



  10. bangin said,

    ponytale: Yeah right! Even Mirage of Blaze shows something like that. After a rape, an uke thinks over how a seme feels and starts to accept him. And love grows…lol

    • ponytale said,

      lol~ at the way you put it… ^^ I think hatred is more likely… Anyway it wasn’t so simple in MoB right? I haven’t read the novels so I don’t know the details.

      • bangin said,

        In MoB, Takaya finally started to realise Naoe’s affection after he tried to rape him.

        Something has to happen in order to go on the next step…rape is a typical event. lol

  11. mochie said,

    Haha I also prefer otome games to eroge.

    I haven’t actually stuck out and finished any eroge before but I have watched some when they became anime like KimiNozo (which was very depressing).

    • bangin said,

      KimiNozo is depressing, and School Days is far depressing. I like the anime, Utawarerumono which is based on its eroge. This is also a nakige. The anime has no H-scene, but still it is worth watching.

  12. bangin said,

    Chibi: Sounds interesting, オイラ actually means a first person, but it is an old-fashioned way. Only boys can use it. Some anime characters are using it, too.

  13. watch anime said,

    Just found out about this blog
    and I must say…
    I love your blog~
    Keep up the good work! ^^

    • bangin said,

      Thank you, please come again.^^

  14. りさ said,

    lol i just heard this sentence in niconico. XDD
    great blog btw! it helped me a lot on understanding the japanese terms those people in niconico use. 今は、分かんない言葉とかあったら、スルーwwwww

    「乙女ゲーのような恋がしたい!」かぁ・・・私も同じ気持ちよ (´・ω・`)

    • bangin said,

      In Niconico, you can see a lot of terms, even I don’t understand. But I will try to pick up and explain, that is what I am doing on my blog.

      I am hunger for a love story like an otome game!

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