Humans are social creatures. We are, at our core, pack animals. Since the stone ages, we’ve massed together in huts, in villages, in cities. We have healthy dependence on one another, rooted not only in surviving - but thriving.
But what if we didn’t?
What if we became lone wolves? A sad collective of animals whose only relationship to one another is appearance? Solo hunters prowling the world, carving our own way, without so little as a glance into the lives of our fellow man.
One needn’t look far to imagine it. It’s happening all around us. People are becoming so absorbed in their work, their hobbies, and their own lives, that they are losing what makes mankind plural. They are losing their social lives. They are losing a uniquely human experience. They are losing their humanity.
There are speed-daters, social-networkers, and Wal-Mart Welcomers. But it’s a façade. A sham. A hollow ruse that covers up a much more uncomfortable truth.
Humanity is dying. A slow, painful, and wholly self-imposed death.
Of course, there will be fighters. There always are. Fighters clinging desperately to what they feel - what they know - is right.
Enter the Human Re-Ignition Project - an enclave of “fighters” in a world teetering on the brink of dystopia. A group of reluctantly like-minded individuals devoted to the refounding of humanity on the principles of socialization and human connections.
Ken is a largely unremarkable young man who doesn’t have much going for him apart from his opportunity to attend college and his steady job working a convenience store graveyard shift. Like everyone else in this future, he is emotionally distant from others. It’s been four weeks since his last phone call. Which was from his landlady. And yet, despite his desolate and lonely existence, Ken could hardly be happier.
Like many young men, Ken plans on skirting his way to a college degree, and beyond. Take the easiest classes with the least homework and the least required effort. Get a diploma. Push pencils from a home office for sixty years. Retire. Catch up on sixty years of sitcoms and pop culture. Die. An existence comfortable in its predictability. And there are few things in the world that Ken values more than predictability.
And all goes according to plan. At least, it does for some time, until Ken unknowingly becomes a part of the Human Re-Ignition Project.
The Human Re-Ignition Project is inspired by dystopian classic literature. And true to its roots, the Human Re-Ignition Project will not shy away from social commentary. Although romance is a key aspect of the Human Re-Ignition Project, it is more than a simple harem VN. It aims not only to feature engaging visuals, music, and characters, but also to deliver a message that transcends age and culture.
Welcome to the Human Re-Ignition Project.
Note: We're still in the process of developing descriptions for some of the characters. This information is liable to change at any time!
Senri Kanzaki, 20
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Description: Senri is a ‘no-bullshit’ type of girl. Out of all the Project members, aside from Ken, Senri is the most against it. She and Ken are on the same page when it comes to the Project’s goal. She thinks it is very stupid, a waste of time and that it will never work. She has a somewhat harsh and blunt personality, not afraid to express her dissatisfaction. She is also a very hard worker. The only reason she is still in this class is to keep her grade average near perfection to achieve her goals. Even though she is openly against the Project, she gives it her all.
Hitomi Kanahito, 18
Hair: Strawberry Blonde
Description: See here
Yukino Kajihara, 18
Description: Yukino is a tragic character in this world. Her desire for human relationships stands at odds with what she knows of the world and how it works. This causes her a lot of heartache because unlike most members of society, she feels alone and she knows how different that makes her from everyone else. Her reason for wanting to go to college was to hopefully be in a setting of - for others - forced socialization. She thought that college would be one of the few places left that was real, that was still 'there' and not on some server. She had multiple scholarships to choose from, and she choose the one that stood out the least, hoping that this one would be too poor to afford the tech to have digital classes. But it was the same as all the others: assignments handed out via email. Virtual consultation. The same detached teachers with glazed eyes and empty expressions staring at her from the other side of a monitor. The only sort of people that seem to exist now.
She joined The Human Reignition Project by chance, one of the less than a dozen classes that still offer 'offline lectures'. What she got was exactly what she had been wanting since she was a child: a chance at friendship. A chance to be human.
Setsuna Nasunaga, 19
Description: Eager to try almost anything at least once, having lived an extremely sheltered life. Because of her preparation by her family, she can hold a conversation extremely well... when someone else reciprocates. She'll be extremely put off by the unsociability of most of the others but she'll still try her hardest, because the alternative is going back to her family or becoming another depressed, lost soul. Setsuna is part of a very traditional family. The Nasuanagas have lived apart from society for many generations, and the changes in the world have only furthered that divide. Her tutor, her closest friend and only real relationship, taught her about the outside world and helped her escape/run away from her family.
Hiyori Sasayaki, 22
Description: In development