Generally you meet several characters, and will have to choose one to court.
In Japan, dating sim characters are referred to as “capturable” -- whether that means you capture their hearts or their bodies depends on the game.
You play as Chizuru, who disguises herself as a man to travel to the capital of Kyoto in search of her missing father.
She accidentally gets tangled up with the local police, the Shinsengumi, and the story evolves from there. It's a samurai history lesson with a Twilight twist.
This creates a very different relationship dynamic, since you are inside Haru's head and are the active pursuer, rather than the pursued.
NTY also features a cast of targets with a much wider range of body types than found in typical BL games, with some of the men well past middle age and even body-hair toggle options for different preferences.
Lots of players get turned onto these aspects from story and character-driven Bio Ware games like Dragon Age, and if you’re a fan of those, I have a few recommendations to help welcome you into the otome genre.
isn’t your style, then consider Coming Out On Top, an 18 gay dating sim made in Ren’Py.Boys’ Love (yaoi) games feature men in relationships with other men -- created by and marketed to women.