So it’s pretty much confirmed today: a novelisation for Hadaka Shitsuji (Naked Butler) is set to be released in 2013 Spring for around less than 900 Yen. Source here.
For those who don’t know anything about Hadaka Shitsuji, it’s one of the few BL games that’s entirely smutty, without any romantic elements and any attempt to do so will result in a dead/bad end. It’s a fantasy that includes themes of subordination, oppression, sado-masochism and absolute obedience and the producer has been active in promoting this product for more than a year since it has been released. You start out as the incidental head of a manor for 30 days and you can subject your butlers to a series of humiliating actions, such as stripping completely naked or to grovel at your knees and lick your feet if you’re into that. Personally, I love this game because as a guy, I really appreciate all the smut going on and it doesn’t follow the typical overly saccharine romantic plotlines that plagued many BL visual novels. There’s a heavy physicality of sexual relationships that is often a heavy component in many homosexual relationships and it is important that it is emphasized in this vn because in many ways, it resembled a gay visual novel per se than a yaoi visual novel targetted at women. I believe it’s actually my favourite VN to date and it’s one of the few visual novels that I’m willing to buy and support the creators because it’s that good.
Did I mention that this visual novel is largely created by a one person studio named Mada Lobo? The graphics, coding, plot were all done through the hands of a sole individual and if anyone knows the inner processes of how visual novels get created, this is an incredible feat.