->''Against an alien mind, we wield the human heart.''
->''Love is our weapon.'' ''Trust is our armor.''
->''Against these nightmares, we will not sleep.''
--> - Motto, Treasure Island [=ANIMa=] Corps

'''Bliss Stage: ''Love Is Your Weapon''''' is the official VisualNovel adaptation of the TabletopRoleplayingGame BlissStage, by [[http://www.tao-games.com Ben Lehman's imprint, These Are Our Games.]] The game is being produced by [[Tropers/TsundereLightning Perpetual Motion Games.]]

A public demo was made available on the official website on July 23rd, 2012.

The main discussion thread on Lemmasoft is [[http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=13681&p=180152#p180152 here.]]

The story expands on the events and characters from the one-shot, Final Act, published in the first edition of BlissStage. It follows the adventures of [[HotBlooded Josh Preston,]] the newest pilot of [[LaResistance The Treasure Island Resistance]] and son of its MagnificentBastard Commander, Jim Preston. They are fighting a losing battle again an AlienInvasion by the Nightmares, a race of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from a dimension adjacent to our dreams.

His weapon? The [[HumongousMecha ANIMa]], a [[AppliedPhlebotinum reverse-engineered alien device]] that creates a psychic manifestation of his [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 intimate relationships]]. But time is running out for him... Bliss happens, and if he drags his feet too long, or [[YouLoseAtZeroTrust acts like a]] JerkAss, he is going to either [[YourHeadASplode die messily]] or [[HeroicBSOD fall to the Bliss]].

In addition to the tropes from the main BlissStage page, this game and its characters provide examples of:


[[folder: Dev Team ]]

* AuthorAppeal: If a certain writer is in charge of a given character's dialog, this is probably part of the reason.
** Not to mention the character designer openly admits to a fetish for scars.


[[folder: Gameplay ]]

* DatingSim: The [[BreatherLevel Interludes.]]
* DiscretionShot: This game is probably going to be [[RatedMForMoney the equivalent of an ESRB M rating]]. Including [[{{Hentai}} explicit]] {{Optional Sexual Encounter}}s is probably, [[OnlyFatalToAdults given the age of the survivors of the Bliss,]] a very good way to wind up in a hostile court.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Hitting Intimacy 4]] with a character gives you an upgraded weapon with special powers, useable at at least Trust 2: Intimacy 5 makes the power available without prerequisite trust (which is a [[GlassCannon mixed bag.]])
** Anna Lin demonstrates this with the [[SniperDuel Sunshooter]], her relationship to her son, and the [[PowerOfTheVoid Singular Void]] in a cutscene before the first mission. And yes, the [[BrokenBird Void]] is from a relationship manifesting as an UnrealisticBlackHole [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic where her ANIMa's heart should be.]]
* LevelUpAtIntimacy5: Based as it is on the TropeNamer.


[[folder: Joshua Castellano Preston ]]

* AcePilot: A mix of Steamroller and Bushwhacker on most paths. He rolls over your blind spots, especially when he manifests Anna Lin as the [[GunKata Sun-Tzu]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills Tactical Matrix.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: this is his general response to adversity, especially on Practical paths.
* {{Expy}}: Sort of; it depends on the path. He's based on [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]] on Sensitive paths, [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]] on Idealist paths, and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna]] on Practical paths.
* HotBlooded: On Idealistic paths.
* MilitaryBrat: Considering that the Colonel is AFatherToHisMen - literally in his case...
* MommasBoy: which helps to explain his [[{{Uke}} submissive tendencies.]]
* RaceLift: Joshua Preston from the Bliss Stage Canon main rules was of unspecified race. Josh Castellano Preston specifies it as Irish and Colombian.
* TranslationConvention: Everything Joshua understands is 'printed' in English, but the voice actors will actually speak it in the language it's intended to be. Joshua knows Spanish at the start of the game and picks up some other languages.
* {{Uke}}: For all his bluster, he's pretty goddamn submissive in relationships to begin with. And then you just had to go on the [[{{Seme}} Derek]] [[MrFixit Smith]] path...
* WellDoneSonGuy: Averted on the paths where he actually talks with Colonel James Paul Preston, but on the others, his [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]] [[{{Expy}} is showing.]]


[[folder: Anna Lin ]]

* AcePilot: Bushwhacker type.
* ArcWords: [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Pure White]].
** "Love ain't romance, kid."
* BiTheWay
* BrokenBird: "I have seen better than you shattered by worse than you can imagine, boy. Don't presume you're a hero. And don't think you're my friend."
* SergeantRock: While she's rather colorful in her descriptions of your fuckups, she's equally appreciative of well-executed hotshotting and good tactics.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Originally she was going to be more {{tsundere}}, but she mellowed out considerably in writing.
* TransformingMecha: Her [=ANIMa=] switches forms from a [[ShoutOut jet plane]], a [[Anime/{{Macross}} chicken-walker VTOL with arms]], and a [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest monkey-like mecha with a staff]]. Like all [=ANIMa=], that's also a symbol of her relationship with her Anchor, Meredith.


[[folder: Meredith Odetta Baker ]]

* ArcWords: [[FalseReassurance "I never want to have to lie to you again."]]
* BlackAndNerdy
* DiscriminateAndSwitch: Early in the Meredith path, Josh delivers a [[ComplimentBackfire compliment about her intelligence]] using the phrase "someone like you." It isn't obvious to Meredith that he meant [[OnlyFatalToAdults a teenager]] by 'someone like you.' HilarityEnsues.
* FailureKnight: "Have you ever seen someone as close as a sister die in fire and darkness because you didn't love them enough? No? Then you don't know what Anchoring is like."
* Metagaming: See ShutUpKiss. Somewhat subverted if you've had a so-far perfect Meredith run...
* MissionControl: She's Joshua's Anchor for most of the game.
* PrecisionFStrike: Only kind of swearing she does, to the point that Anna comments on it.
* ShoutOut: "Why do I wear this scarf? ...It reminds me that [[Literature/HarryPotter wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure]]."
** And her Halloween costume, which consists of a wand and [[MyLittlePony a pink and blue streak of hair dye.]]
* ShutUpKiss: One of the ways she gets Josh to Pilot on his first mission.
* StepfordSmiler: Played with. She is genuinely kind and cheerful, but there are times when she's faking it.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Kissing Josh purely for the LevelUpAtIntimacy5 is only the first and most obvious one of these she pulls.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Sure, the tea is Southern Sweet Tea. Sure, her long flowing dress is patched and her hair is kinkier than Website/FourChan. She's freaking [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]] to Josh... [[YouLoseAtZeroTrust if you don't have high Stress]].


[[folder: Keenan Caine ]]

* AcePilot: Sniper-type.
* TheBigEasy: He's from New Orleans, a lifetime ago: his childhood reminiscences have that kind of flavor.
* ChivalrousPervert: And ''how.''
* GlassCannon: He has a lot of low-Trust, high Intimacy relationships at the beginning of the game.
* HandsomeLech: What Josh starts out thinking of him as: the fact that Anna agrees, having been on the receiving end of his charm, doesn't help.
* HollywoodVoodoo: His [[HumongousMecha ANIMa]] ''is'' named the Chevalier Du'Samedi, and a lot of its attacks have a cinematic Voodoo style. [[DidTheResearch Keenan himself actually knows better.]]
* TheLancer: He's like this on most playthroughs; on the other hand, [[TheRival it is possible to piss him off or get pissed off by him.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: The first time you see him, he comes off as a - well, as a [[HandsomeLech carefree hedonist.]] On missions, though, he becomes deadly focused and laconic.
* {{Polyamory}}: [[MoreFriendsMoreBenefits It's why he's such a scary combatant in his ANIMa.]] [[GlassCannon Provided that he's sniping:]] [[ClingyJealousGirl Yukiko occasionally needs a reminder that Keenan loves her first and foremost.]]
* PunnyName: His [[HumongousMecha ANIMa]] is named the Chevalier Du'Samedi.[[labelnote:*]]Yukiko asks if that would make it the "Saturday Knight."[[/labelnote]]
* RebelRelaxation
* ScaryBlackMan: Played with. Josh doesn't like to admit that this is most of the reason his relationship to Sara gets under his skin, [[YouKnowImBlackRight and both Keenan and Meredith will call Josh out on that.]]


[[folder: Sara Smith ]]

* ArcWords:
--> "Innocence isn't cowardice. Innocence isn't naivete. [[AmbiguousInnocence Innocence isn't purity, either."]] Alternately, "I may be innocent, but I'm not..."
* BerserkButton: You get to call her "cute" once for free. After that, she'll assume it's an insult.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Played with. Sara is very much an innocent - her character template is Innocent Sweetheart! - but see her ArcWords.
* CovertPervert: "Josh? What's 'making love?' ...Wait, it's just fucking then?"
* ACupAngst: Well, she is only 13. This doesn't usually bother her, but there are times...
* EntendreFailure: Ahahahahah so subverted.
-> "Josh? It's flattering, but don't do that in front of Hurf Durk again - pretending I don't know what it means bothers me."
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: In TwinTails (well, French braids) to really hammer the "innocence" thing home.
* TheIngenue: This explains a LOT of her romantic ideals, sadly.
* LittleMissBadass: "Yoo~hoo~! Mr. Nightmare! I'm packing '''plasma grenades~!'''"
* ShoutOut: The design of her Genki Lilith mecha is a shout-out to [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber.]] The name is a shoutout to ''WesternAnimation/WallE''.
* {{Tsundere}}: She really, REALLY doesn't like being treated as a child, and would rather have friends than lovers. [[BlatantLies Really.]]
* {{Tykebomb}}: She's the youngest pilot on the team, and truly terrifying in battle.


[[folder: Gabriel Veramor Winter ]]

* AscendedFanon: The only Pilot not from the original book. She's from the first game [[Tropers/TsundereLightning the creative designer ever ran.]]
* Myth/AztecMythology: She considers herself a Mexica, which may or may not be true: she is Latina. She syncretizes Quezacoutl with [[CrystalDragonJesus Christ.]] She expresses an affinity for the Lady of Guadualupe. She's really, really weird.
* CatGirl: Played with. She doesn't have any obviously cat-like features, but her behavior is feline. [[DidTheResearch This should frighten you.]]
** Though she does have [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/air_intakes.jpg air intakes]] and FemmeFatalons.
* CloudCuckoolander: Played with. Her 'tangents' are always relavant to the conversation, but...
-> Josh: "Sometimes you just can't see the trees for the forest, Gabby."
-> Gabriel: "I would say that's accurate, yes."
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: She's a LITTLE better about this in front of her neighbors in the mission, but her natural tendency is towards wearing skintight clothes and very little of it.
* LetsGetDangerous: She's very affectionate and [[ObfuscatingStupidity affects being ditzy]], and plays with her foes - until they threaten bystanders. Then you run.
* [[OneManArmy One Pilot Resistance]]: Literally as well as figuratively, at the beginning of the game; she's the protector of a community built on the ruins of the Mission District of San Francisco.
* RaisedByWolves: She didn't know her parents since even before [[TeenageWasteland the Bliss hit.]] Lampshaded:
-> Josh: "Were you raised by wolves or something?"
-> Gabriel: [[EmphasisEllipsis "...]]No. [[PantheraAwesome Ocelotl.]]"

* SpicyLatina: Gabby is [[TheGlomp rather affectionate]]. The UnfortunateImplications of this are lampshaded by Joshua's father, [[JerkAss but then again he's Joshua's father.]]


[[folder: Laura "Mulan" Porter ]]

* AnythingThatMoves: Lampshaded.
-> Joshua: Do you flirt with ''all'' the guys you meet?
-> Mulan: Well, not just the guys...
* [[HandsomeLech Beautiful Lech]]
* BerserkButton: Don't call her Laura.
* BrokenBird
* NWordPrivileges: She mentions having them with Keenan, and grants them to Joshua in return for being able to call 'him' by a slur.
* {{Polyamory}}: She, Keenan and Yukiko have an understanding.
* [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly For An Asian Chick]]: The inevitable result of her time in a gang.
-> Keenan: What, is there anyone here who you think 'acts black?'
-> Yukiko: ...Mulan?
* RefugeInAudacity: Does this in-universe. She has the most... colorful... language of the entire Resistance.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Affects this when making fun of Keenan or Anna Lin.
* UnrequitedLove: Heavily implied this is the reason she joined [[LaResistance the Resistance]] with Anna Lin.


[[folder: Derek Smith ]]

* ChildProdigy: He reverse-engineered the [[HumongousMecha ANIMa]] from [[BlackBox poorly understood]] [[EldritchAbomination alien]] [[BlackBox technology.]]
* FailureKnight: Really, just expect this to be true for any Anchor.
* FirstChurchOfMecha: Derek never stopped calling the [[HumongousMecha ANIMa]] "Anima Weapons" because he believes them to literally draw on a Pilot's soul.
* GodIsGood and GodIsFlawed: Derek believes both to be true.
* MissionControl: As Sara's Anchor.
* MrFixIt
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Much to Sara's annoyance, Derek is deeply suspicious of anyone taking an interest in her.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Normally a 16-year-old wouldn't count for this, but in the world [[OnlyFatalToAdults post-Bliss]] that makes him positively ancient...
* StraightGay: His path provides Joshua with some {{Gayngst}}, but he's perfectly comfortable with his own sexuality.