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Brass Restoration is a free {{Doujinshi}} VisualNovel about a high school student named Ryo Takiguchi. At the start of the story he's following in his [[DisappearedDad dead father's]] footsteps as an exceptional drummer, but that changes quickly in the prologue when he loses his left arm in a train accident.

The main story starts a few months later when he's released from the hospital. It deals with Ryo's struggles to come to terms with the fact that he can no longer be a world-class drummer, and tries to decide if he loves the heroine that the player has chosen. The player has a choice between four main heroines:

* Minori - Ryo's childhood friend and fellow music club member. Plays the flute.
* Yui - A Tomboy, and another one of Ryo's friends. An excellent singer.
* Yoshine - A rich upper-classman, who's also in the music club. She plays the flute.
* Kouri - An underclassman that Ryo has been teaching percussion. She also plays [[spoiler:the piano]].

The other characters include Tsubomi, Minori's younger sister; Koutarou, Ryo's good (male) friend; and Yukino, the teacher in charge of the music club.

This VN deals with serious themes and important and powerful choices, but is tempered with a good dose of silly humor. The art is quite good, the writing is decent, and the music is a fitting set of simple piano pieces.

English translation available [[http://yandere.gray7.com/?p=64 here]].
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This Visual Novel provides examples of:

* ActionGirl - Yui.
* AccidentalPervert - Ryo crashing into Yui and ending up with a handful of one of her "mountains".
* {{Angst}} - A game built on the main character losing an arm will have some amount of angst. The girls develop a great deal of angst about their own problems and relationship with Ryo.
* ArtificialLimbs - Ryo gets an artificial hand [[spoiler:in Yoshine's route. He quickly learns that he still can't play the drums, though, to his crushing disappointment]].
* BeYourself - The main source of angst in Yui's route (with repeated emphasis) is Ryo's struggle to fall in love with Yui for [[{{Tomboy}} who she is]]; Yui makes some attempts to act out her idea of femininity, but Ryo says it just comes across as weird. [[spoiler:Subverted(?) in the end, where it turns out that Yui had the right idea--by acting as feminine as she can, she succeeds in winning him over. Evidently ''that'' was her real self.]] [[BrokenAesop Huh.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes - [[spoiler:Yoshine will go to any length to be with her beloved Ryo, short of murder. Played for comedy at first, but becomes more dramatic later as she begins to express regret at her more manipulative ploys.]]
* BigFancyHouse - Yoshine's, of course.
* BlindingBangs - Being, of course, blessed with some of the staples of nearly every old-school DatingSim VisualNovel protagonist, Ryo's eyes are obscured from the player's view by his [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green hair]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall - Among other things, Ryo mentions to Tsubomi about why she isn't one of the characters with a route in the game. Also, watch for the fourth wall destruction in Kouri's route.
** If you choose to go to karaoke with Yui (thus breaking you're agreement to go to the club with Minori), Koutarou will state that affection points for Minori have gone down.
* BromanticFoil: Koutarou
* ButThouMust - Used and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] quite amusingly at a few points.
* CallingYourAttacks - "FOREHEAD CRUSHER!"
* CantHoldHisLiquor - Minori becomes tipsy from just one serving of sweet sake...
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} - Minori, and particularly Ryo. The game opens with the dude attempting to punch out the sun, and upon losing his hand immediately mentions a rocket punch or Dangai blade.
** Ryo looks mostly like a normal guy if you can't hear his thoughts. Which you can! While Minori betrays herself whenever she speaks. To make it clearer, let's just say even Ryo admit he's communicating with someone who has no common sense.
** Yoshine also fits this trope. [[spoiler: She mistook Ryo and Koutarou's fight for homo-sexual intercourse.]]
* TheComicallySerious - Koutarou is a [[TheStoic stoic]], white haired {{bishonen}}, making his strange taste in literature, the time he's nearly outted as a [[CovertPervert pervert]], or being caught in embarrasing situations all the funnier.
* CriticalResearchFailure: There is a world famous band (DefLeppard) with a drummer who is missing his left arm.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow - Kouri being the only exception.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife - Ryo.
* DeathByDespair - Ryo's mother, after his dad died.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Go, Minori, go!
-->"I'm saying Ryo-kun and I aren't like that... but I am a bit... I'm thinking I want to be like that if I can... but I don't think I can beat Senpai. I'm not trying to take him away from Senpai, but I do want to seduce him..."
* DisproportionateRetribution - The employee of the bookstore Ryo goes to in Kouri's route pointing a gun at his head because he didn't buy anything and attempting to kill him.
** Ryo lampshades how absurd it was.
* TheDitz - Minori.
* EarnYourHappyEnding - Something goes ''horribly wrong'' in all four routes.
* EpiphanyTherapy - Since ThereAreNoTherapists, this leaves Koutarou, Yukino-sensei, or Minori to dispense advice whenever Ryo needs help.
** Not nearly as effective as usual; advice and support might make Ryo feel better for a bit, but since this doesn't resolve his issues at all, he eventually falls back into a funk.
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies - ''Virus'' plushies. [[TokenMiniMoe Kouri]] is a big fan, and [[LyricalDissonance cheerfully sings]] their ''theme song'': "We hurt people's bodies, eat their lives, and we go on~"
* EntryPimp - At least one.
* ExpressiveShirt - Kouri's bear purse (when she's in her normal clothes) mirrors her expression.
* FigureItOutYourself - Koutarou is extremely hands off when it comes to advising Ryo, only saying whats absolutely necessary for a lesson to get through.
* FingerSuckHealing - Yui performs this for Ryo when he cuts his finger [[spoiler:after being rescued from thugs in an alley way.]] Ryo reacts [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn accordingly.]]
* {{Flashback}} - Used almost to excess, especially in Minori's route.
** Almost parodied in one spot towards the beginning where Ryo flashes back to a few ''sentences'' earlier in his current conversation.
* GameBreakingInjury - The game is basically about how Ryo gets over his.
* GeniusDitz - Minori, being TheDitz that she is, is still noted to be a great flute player. Also, her class notes are so well-written that her notebooks are sought after by the whole school.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Koutarou may not say it word for word, but when Ryo is in his DarkestHoue, he more or less does this, especially in Kouri's route.
* HeavySleeper - Ryo, he sleeps in every chance he gets and has earned the name "Koala man" for all the time he spends sleeping in class.
* IdiotBall - Ryo seems to have several dozen of these no matter WHAT you make him do.
** Playing with his dead father's drumsticks at a train station and then jumping onto the track knowing a train would be there soon just to get them was a really dumb idea.
* ImagineSpot - Ryo has a few of these to go along with all the {{Flashback}}s.
* ImprobableWeaponUser - Yukino-sensei uses her sake bottle as a club several times.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold - Ryo is this, he's often a douche to Minori and Kouri, but at heart he is a nice guy whose just lost his way in life.
* LateForSchool - Occurs and is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], complete with toast in the mouth, in Kouri's route.
* LethalChef - Minori, who often cooks with non-edible or lethal ingredients. She ''is'' good at cooking rice, however.
** The school cafateria also seems to have one of these. Serving poor quality, overpriced food where food poisoning is a common occurance.
** In one humorous flashbacks, Minori is proud of getting a 5 in Home Ec (out of a 5 point scale), Ryo takes a closer look and notes that it is in fact a ''negative'' five.
* {{Lolicon}}: Ryo explicitly states that young girls are his ideal woman, and in a later scene [[spoiler:it's revealed ''Koutarou'' may be one.]]
* LostForever - Depending on what choices you make, you might never even meet all the girls in the game. And after Valentine's Day, you have no choice but to follow a relationship with one girl to whatever conclusion it brings.
* LoveDodecahedron - In Yoshine's route, [[spoiler:Ryo and Yoshine are in love, Minori loves Ryo, Koutarou is in love with Yoshine, and Tsubomi is in love with Koutarou]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil - In Yoshine's route, [[spoiler:Koutarou gets insanely jealous when Yoshine falls in love with Ryo instead of him, eventually cornering him with the intention of choking him unconscious and ''ripping off Ryo's surgically-attached artificial arm''. While Yoshine '''''watches''''']].
* MegatonPunch - Yui uses a few of these on Ryo in her route.
* MultipleEndings - Good, bad and normal endings for all the main girls.
** Kouri's endings have specific names rather than the generic "Normal end", "Bad end"...
** She also has 5 endings compared to the 3 the other girls have.
* ManipulativeBitch: Yamaguchi in Minori's route. She more or less uses Ryo to get Minori to go back to the music club and screws with his feelings a little to do it.
* MoodWhiplash - This game likes to swing from comedy to angst to heartwarming moments in the blink of an eye.
* MyGreatestFailure - Ryo finds out about one of these [[spoiler:in Yui's route.]] It turns out [[spoiler:her friend was a singer who lost her voice through cancer. Yui tried to teach her to play the piano, but she had no talent. They got into a fight when Yui wouldn't let her quit. Soon after, Yui won a singing competition and her friend committed suicide.]]
* NiceGirl: Minori, Kouri and Tsubomi all qualify.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon - Much of Yui's route deals with Ryo being unable to think of her as anything but a guy with boobs.
* NonStandardGameOver - Refusing to accept someone at Valentine's day, or failing to get onto anyone's path by then, brings you to the title screen.
* NotWhatItLooksLike - [[spoiler:Except that Yoshine set the whole thing up on purpose.]]
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont - Subverted. Ryo invokes this against [[spoiler:the bookstore owner]], who then fires without hesitation. Turns out that that was exactly what Ryo was expecting--the question about the safety was to provoke him into firing. "...You can avoid a bullet if you know when it's fired."
* ObliviousToLove - Koutarou in reguards to Tsubomi's affections.
* {{Ojou}} - Yoshine.
* OlderThanTheyLook - Kouri, [[TokenMiniMoe thankfully]].
* OneNoteCook - Minori can make [[TrademarkFavoriteFood rice]], and [[LethalChef pure evil]].
* ParentalAbandonment - Of the dead parents type for Ryo, as well as [[spoiler:for Koutarou and Kouri]].
* PimpedOutDress - Yoshine wears one of these to her birthday party. Tsubomi also makes these but [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome we never get to see them]].
* PluckyComicRelief - Although he's the player character, Ryo falls into this category.
* PowerOfLove - Heavily involved in the good ends.
* RefugeInAudacity - Much of the humor comes from the over the top situations, such as Minori making a meal using bone dust from mad-cow-disease-infected chicken bones.
* RefusedByTheCall: Ryo nearly becomes the political warrior, Sourinjin, but apparently the Call was meant for another person.
* SempaiKohai
* SingleTargetSexuality - Tsubomi, for Koutarou. The game even lampshades it.
** [[spoiler: As well as Koutarou for Yoshine]]
* ShoutOut - This game includes numerous {{Shout Out}}s to all manner of anime and visual novels.
* StayInTheKitchen - The author's views of an ideal wife are very evident, especially in Yui's route
* ThirdPersonPerson - Kouri.
* ThisAndThat - Referenced quite often.
* TokenMiniMoe - Kouri.
* {{Tomboy}} - Yui.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood - Minori looooves her rice.
* TrainingFromHell - Yui's dojo has such "training" techniques as... getting hit in the head with a baseball bat (only Yui can take it) and getting your back rubbed with sandpaper ("Don't worry, no one's died yet.").
* ATwinkleInTheSky - Referenced in Kouri's route.
* TwoTeacherSchool - Worse. This game has a One-Teacher School
* UglyCute - [[invoked]] An in-game example in the Ill-pin characters, which are stuffed... viruses.
* UndyingLoyalty - Arguably Minori to Ryo. In Yoshine's route when [[spoiler:Yoshine's trying to drive Minori and Ryo apart]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Minori still gives Ryo advice on how to work things out]], and in her route's bad end she stops hanging around Ryo because she thinks she's holding him back from properly getting over his depression. Then there's the scene where she gets drunk on sweet sake and says to Ryo "Even if the whole world is against you, I'll be on your side."
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend - Minori, especially in Yoshine's route. And also in Yoshine's route, [[spoiler:Koutarou]]
* UnusualEuphemism: Go, Minori, go!
-->'''Minori:''' "Um, how far did you get with Senpai?"
-->'''Ryo:''' "We passed Z."
-->'''Minori:''' "Eh... then you two already did this and that, did S and M already, I after the H... You passed the O with the mouth, put many different numbers in front of the P... and now you're resting together with the Z?"..."I've decided. I'll join you two in the P part."
* VerbalTic - Minori has a habbit of saying "Nyu, Nyu" when Ryo teases her or she's stressed. Kouri also says "Pigyuu" several times when Ryo picks on her.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend - Minori, in (duh) her own route.
** It's entirely possible to win her in ''someone else's route''! [[spoiler:On Valentine's Day in Yoshine's route, say you'll accept Minori.]]
* VisibleSilence - Used to excess. Characters will often 'speak' to each other in alternating streams of ellipses, with varying length.
* WackyGuy - Ryo. He loves teasing and playing tricks on his friends.
* WouldHitAGirl - Ryo, though not out of malice.
* {{Yandere}} - Despite (or perhaps because of) her sweet nature, Yoshine sometimes seems this way. When Ryo gets out of the hospital (again), she has the taxi that was going to pick Ryo up replaced with a fake one from her house. A note in the passenger seat implies grim fates if he tries to sit there instead of next to her in the back, and once on their way she happily leans onto him repeating "Love" until he relents. Then there's the time she strapped him to a bed to treat his injuries and nearly got his pants off while Ryo frantically asked her to stop. Or her plot to [[spoiler:sneak into his house late at night, knock him out with a shot of anesthetic, and kidnap him]]. Her complete ease with the extreme measures her family takes against intruders and enemies helps, too.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Kouri.
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