"The thing that Butterfly Soup gets so right is the writing. More than the humor, Butterfly Soup feels real. The characters are all people I knew and hung out with in high school [...] Butterfly Soup didn’t just make me laugh, it made me feel understood, visible, seen. "
"One of the most moving, memorable stories I’ve experienced all year [...] Filled with genuine warmth and humor."
"This has been a fantastic year for story-based games, with What Remains of Edith Finch, Tacoma, Pyre (and Prey!). I think Brianna Lei's personal, intensely funny vision stands among them. Maybe even on top."
I wrote a visual novel about gay Asian American girls falling in love with baseball and each other. You play through the perspective of four teenagers, each of whom struggle with not being what their parents/society want them to be:
- Diya is a jock with crippling social anxiety. When she develops a crush on Min-seo, her childhood friend, she's thrown headlong into a sexual identity crisis.
- Noelle is a nerd, but not by choice. Her immigrant parents have impossible expectations for her.
- Akarsha is a living, breathing meme. Unfortunately, her jokes are a smokescreen disguising her crippling depression.
- Min-seo is a rebel. When she's ridiculed and punished because her interests don't match up with society's gendered expectations, she becomes frustrated and vows to destroy the world.
Meanwhile, the 2008 Prop 8 campaign to eliminate same-sex marriage in California goes on in the background. Think the Breakfast Club meets Skins...meets baseball...starring gay Korean, Chinese, and Indian-Americans. I feel arrogant saying this, but it's truly not quite like anything else out there.