My name is Laramie Castiel, and I'm a member of Precatio. Precatio is the name of the indie visual novel development team that was formed in late 2015 by our glorious lord and master, Jyuuguchi. I'm here to
Kokorogawari is an otome [GxB romance] human drama (with some slice of life elements) visual novel set in a grounded and realistic portrayal of modern-day Japan. It focuses on art, family, the depth of emotions and interpersonal relationships.
An otome visual novel set in modern-day Japan, its story is told through the eyes of cynical 22-year-old Matsubayashi Asami, our protagonist of the game. Asami is a tertiary student attending (the fictional) Touzaka University. Between her time undertaking the final year of her literature degree and participating in the university's art club, Asami also interns at Edo Publishing in its editorial department. Naturally, this is a critical period of her life and she wants to graduate without any hassles- all in the name of getting a good job to support her hard-working single mother, Matsubayashi Ryouko.
However, through her interactions with the three love interests of the game- classmate and art clubmate Koga Shinichi, fellow Edo Publishing intern Takahara Yuuya and the Touzaka University Art Club's temporary teacher-advisor Guillam Matisse- she is forced to confront many of her long-standing, highly cynical and negative views on love and forgiveness. Given how the three men come from vastly different walks of life, each of them will find their own way of scaling the walls that surround Asami's heart.
But when he inevitably reaches the other side, what will the wounded Asami do?
Will she fight him off for self-preservation?
Or has she finally found the right person and will allow him to stay?
As the title implies, the main "theme" of Kokorogawari is the changes our minds and souls undergo as we progress through life- touched and shaped by the people we meet, the sights we see and the challenges we face. More specifically, you'll be watching the changes and decision-making our main characters undergo as they all navigate their way through important stages of their lives.
Kokorogawari will also have an "Extras" section. In it, there's a CG Gallery, Music Room, Dictionary, Ending List, a way to check Game Completion and assorted post-playthrough bonuses to look forward to! Aim for 100% completion!
To settle this, we've come up with an affection point status screen called "Love Stats". Under Love Stats, players will be able to check on their relationship progress with each character. However, the Love Stats function is completely optional and unintrusive- using it at any stage is entirely up to you. So if you prefer to go in blind... You didn't see anything here...
This is why we're doing our best to deliver a realistic portrayal of life in Japan. The "downside" of this resulted in certain Japanese words- like food or location names- being kept in order to avoid awkward translations... So we've decided to implement a dictionary system! Any coloured Japanese word in-game can be clicked on to quickly check what it means. You can revisit the definition of any word at any time by clicking on the "Dictionary" in the game's menu.
Here's what you can expect:
An introduction to two of the three love interests, Koga Shinichi, Guillam Matisse (briefly in Chapter 1, more extensively in Chapter 2) and Takahara Yuuya (Chapter 2).
An insight into our protagonist's (Matsubayashi Asami) feelings towards love and relationships in general. It'll also explore how she shows a different side to different people.
A golden opportunity to get a feel for the interface, as well as seeing our Dictionary function in action!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the trial files now exceeding 100mb (they're now approximately 200mb depending on the operating system they're built for), we're no longer able to host any of them here on Lemma Soft. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused!
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Editor and Co-writer: Laramie Castiel
Character and CG Artwork: Shirou Yuki
Background and Interface Artwork: Sechiru
BGM Composition: Array and Ryan Camus
OP Music & Lyrics: Jyuuguchi
Programmers: Haru & Rin