Rednal wrote:No idea how the Japanese are responding to Syrma... XD; I like her design, though. And she seems like a fun protagonist.
Well, I mean, maybe they were upset that CH just up and changed the main character on everyone? Sequels generally don't do that.
Also, maybe the certain group of otaku that this was aimed at (with the bath minigame and whatnot) are starting to dwindle? Plus, Mugen Souls has this problem where it somewhat alienates the waifu crowd by trying to establish relationships with different guys for the female characters. Yet, their marketing was completely geared towards the waifu crowd.
Neptunia does well possibly because it takes the yuri under/overtones route, which will bring in the yuri fans, and keep the waifu crowd around, because another girl is really never an obstacle for them (as they tend to see it).
Even though Mugen Souls tends to have a better setup for the JRPG crowd in terms of its gameplay, which should do an okay job of bringing in JRPG enthusiasts, they push that crowd away with all their marketing and all the very ecchi stuff.
So they've kinda missed all their markets. Of course all these different factors don't completely eliminate the customer base, but I'm just saying with all of them together, it probably does cause a bit of a chasm to form.
Of course, this is all my own conjecture and has no hard evidence behind it.