If life could be summarized in a word, I think it would be best described as a song.
It can make you smile...
It can make you cry...
It can be calm...
It can be violent…
It can be exciting…
It can be depressing…
It can fill your heart with happiness…
It can fill your heart with sadness…
Each person composes his own melody. You could say that we are the own maestros and composers of our own melody.
The music will have a start and... it will also undoubtly have an end.
The duration of the piece is uncertain. But sooner or later it will end…
… and it will be nothing more than a memory.
That is what I believe.
Hope's story revolves around Aikawa Yusuke, a second year high school student at Shikaido High.
Until three years ago he never thought about leaving the place where he grow up and a house he had so far called home. Even if sometimes co-existing with is control maniac father wasn’t an easy task it was nothing that he could not bare. However one fatidic day everything changed, an event that would happen that would affect everyone’s lives at the Aikawa residence.
A dying wish. A promise made. A light that would fade out. A dream that would never come through.
That lake where once two close siblings shared their hopes and dreams would be the point where a page of Yusuke life would be torn apart. That tiny creature he held tightly on his back, was thanking him just a moment ago… but now she just remained motionless without making as much as a sound … he could not even feel the warmth of her breath on his neck anymore. The only thing he could feel was his own tears running down his face, those tears that could not wash away the guilt that weighted on his chest.“Goodbye Karen…”
One year ago, Yusuke entered High School, joining Shikaido High leaving behind his town and family behind looking to start anew. He moved to a small apartment where he currently resides and that he currently pays by juggling part time jobs. Yusuke personality could be described as a laid back type of person, with a witty sense of humor, cynical and sarcastic at times.
A new journey will begin for him signaled by the start of a new school year. Crossing paths with other unique individuals, he will get into a crossroad and face hard decisions that might change not only his own future but of those whose life he will touch.
Will Yusuke be able to keep the promise he made to his sister three years ago, regaining something he lost in his past?
*Note the images depicted here are only sketchesMinagi MiyazawaHeight:
Type AHair Color:
honey brownEye Color:
Minagi is a shy freshman attending Shikaido High. She has some difficulties expressing herself, specially in front of Yusuke that she meets in the first day of the active school year. Her inability to express herself clearly to Yusuke gives rise to several funny misunderstandings along the story. She has a passion for reading and has the dream of becoming a novelist.
Pure hearted and honest she can be find lurking near a bookshelf or in the Literary club room.Hitomi FujimuraHeight:
Type AHair Color:
dark blueEye Color:
Hitomi is the only daughter of the Fujimuras, a very wealthy and renowned family. On the outside she is a elegantly beautiful, refined lady, and one of the most popular girls of Shikaido High. Currently she is the active student council president. Hitomi is soft-spoken and usually always very calm and collected.
Rumours however tell a different story, behind her calm personality lies an entirely different person, sadistic and possessive are some of the words that are used to describe her among a few students.Haruka ShimadaHeight:
Type OHair Color:
dark brownEye Color:
Haruka is a second year, athletic and cheery student in Shikado High. She is currently a member of the school's track-and-field team. When she joined in the first year the track team she broke all the school records and is currently idolized by the first and second years of the track team.
She has a side that only the closest friends to her know: short-tempered, prideful and quite tomboyish.Ayano SakuradaHeight:
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Ayano is the school idol. Cheerful, energetic and proud, this would be the words that describe her the best. She is quite straightforward and mischievous at times, specially when towards someone she empathizes with. She is currently the lead vocal for a indie band and has done some modeling jobs in the past leaving her with a image as someone who is unreachable for the rest of the school. In reality she is quite approachable and pretty honest when dealing with people.
Her grades are not the most famous since she often has to skip classes for band practice or modeling.Eri HinagaHeight:
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Eri is a classmate of Yusuke. She wears a customized version of the school uniform with a gothic style and lots of cute ribbons. She is very found of teasing and seducing, making use of her charm and sexy looks. She often makes a pass at Yusuke, doing various scandalous propositions which Yusuke rejects every single time.
Most of her old classmates still don't believe how much Eri personality has changed in the last two years, she was usually described as a shy and reserved girl.
Altough she hides it in her overly cute created persona, Eri is quite intelligent and manipulative.Yusuke AikawaHeight:
Type BHair Color:
dark brownEye Color:
Hope's story revolves around Yusuke Aikawa, a second year high school student at Shikaido High.
One year ago he entered high school and moved to a rental apartment to live on his own terms.Now going to the second year at Shikaido High, he still hasn't found it yet... the thing he lost in the past. That very important thing...Souta HirakaHeight:
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Yusuke best friend and classmate. Self-proclaimed saviour of mankind, Souta creates the golden duo with Yusuke(self-proclaimed). Souta is a pretty cheerful and energetic type of guy, but also quite irresponsible and lazy, often sleeping through classes. His complete inability to read moods make him prone to various bizarre situations, wich most of the time Yusuke takes his time enjoying and making the situation worse.
-Hope~ is a romance visual novel in which the player assumes the role of Yusuke Aikawa. The game features 5 main storylines that the player can experience and a few more sub-storylines.
-Packed with a lot of comedy, and heart-warming stories, expect also a lot of drama and "heavy content", since after all this is a cry game. (nothing adult sorry)
-Beautiful character artwork and CGs done by Deji
-Multiple CGs and Chibi CGs to be expected
-Beautiful soundtrack and backgrounds
-This will be a comercial release!
This is the first game we are going release. Artwork is pretty much completed, and main stories are defined and planned, but the actual script is still beeing written, so a release date is still not certain, but hope
fully by the end of the year! Stay tuned on our website and twitter!
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