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Tsukasa Sawamura does not like people. He believes people are meant to live on their own and forming attachments with others will only hurt him in the long run. Because of this he lives a quiet life on his own, working in a Chinese restaurant to make ends meet. One day he finds an illegal immigrant, Chunhua, collapsed in the alley behind his workplace and for some reason is unable to ignore her plight.

After he takes her in, events begin to spiral out of control and Tsukasa is forced to thrown in with an assorted band of misfits, each of whom has their own reasons for being alone. Together they form the Family Project, an alliance of convenience disguised as a typical Japanese family. Despite his doubts, he goes along with the idea and is caught in the middle of each member's respective problems and antagonism. Yet, as time goes by, he finds it harder and harder to rationalise the loner attitude that was once the cornerstone of his life.

Family Project was translated into English by G-Collections in 2009 and marketed as the crown jewel of D.O., a company perhaps better known for ''KanaLittleSister''. It is a slight departure for the writer as well, who is better known for his work on ''Kana'' as well as another {{Utsuge}}, ''Yume Miru Kusuri''; Family Project has plenty of {{Tear Jerker}}s but the main focus is on challenging the traditional notion of "family" and working out what (or who) is really important in a person's life.
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!!Provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Matsuri, Tsukasa [[spoiler:or so he thinks]] and Aoba. But Jun's really take the prize here as [[spoiler:her father was molesting her and her sister ever since they were little kids until a neighbor noticed. Both parents would also starve them. But before that, their mother was envious and eventually ''poisoned their soup,'' and Jun was the only one who realized, so she drank it all to save Kei. She nearly died, and that's also why she never really eats anything. She ''can't.'']]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Tsukasa's boss Lau and the manager of the host club where Tsukasa works occasionally, Mr. Welcome. Lau claims that he's bi but then again, Lau likes to joke a lot... [[spoiler:The truth is slightly more disturbing.]]
* ApologisesALot: Matsuri, much to the annoyance of both Aoba and Tsukasa.
* BeneathTheMask: Most characters qualify somehow, but Matsuri is the most blatant. [[spoiler: She always tries to be cheery and happy, but in fact she's a very very insecure and depressed person who is absolutely terrified of being alone]].
* BigDamnHeroes: The end of Aoba's route. [[spoiler: Tsukasa was shot by the chinese mafia: he's badly wounded and, more importantly, the house is burning and he's not able to force his way out in his state. He and Aoba prepare to die together... but then, the whole family ([[AndZoidberg and Lau]]) comes to the rescue!]]
** And, in Masumi's route, Masumi herself [[spoiler: severly burning her hands to rescue Tsukasa from the burning debris]].
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Masumi and Matsuri's endings.]]
* BleachedUnderpants: The PSP version. It also adds in new CGs, as well as routes for Kei and Fung.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Much of the humour comes from asides, mostly done by Hiroshi. Tsukasa also does it a lot, especially when he's angry.
* BrokenBird: What Aoba is eventually revealed to be, instead of simply a {{Jerkass}}.
** To press the point further, in her route [[spoiler: Bird escapes and Tsukasa goes to look for him. He eventually finds him, dead, and he decides to take him back home. When presented with this literal BrokenBird, Aoba remains [[RuleOfSymbolism deep in thought during a moment, before deciding on burying him.]]]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The English version localized by JAST censored a great deal of scenes involving [[TokenMiniMoe Matsuri]]. This might not have been so bad if they hadn't advertised it as "fully uncensored."
* ButtMonkey: Poor Tsukasa. It's mostly verbal abuse, but if something can ruin his image, the rest of the family will take the ball and run with it. Sometimes out of malice, sometimes out of confusion, mostly just to get a rise out of him.
* CanNotSpitItOut: [[spoiler: Aoba's grandfather. He really did love her as a granddaughter, but he was still hurting from his betrayal by his sons and [[YourDaysAreNumbered knew he didn't have much time left,]] so he was purposely distant to her to avoid hurting her.]]
* ChineseGirl: Haruka has the personality and Fung has the looks. Strictly speaking, BOTH are, of course.
* ChristmasCake: Masumi, and it's PlayedForLaughs just as much as it's treated as a serious plot point.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: When the going gets tough, Hiroshi is truly something else. [[spoiler: After all, he's an ex-military, trained in Aikido, Karate and Judo.]]
** And Lau, though in his case the "Crouching Moron" part is much milder.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: All the female members of the Takayashiki 'Family', Kei Hisame, Sayoko, Lau's sister Fung, and [[spoiler:Chunhua/Haruka's little half-sister Yuri.]]
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: "As of 7:45 pm today, the Family Project has come to an end."]]
** There's another a bit after that [[spoiler: Hiroshi is gone. Masumi, Matsuri, Chunhua, Jun and/or Aoba (depending on your choices) are gone too: only you and your love interest remain on the Takayashiki residence. The chinese mafia are on the hunt for your head. They eventually find you and ''burn the house down''.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Aoba in her route. It also happens in all the other routes, but while on her own route she goes completely YamatoNadeshiko, in the others she just goes from "Spoiled Queen Bitch from the Bowels of Hell" to a pretty standard modern {{tsundere}}, just very heavy on the ''tsuntsun'' side. [[spoiler: This is because she's come to respect more the other members of the Family Project, especially Tsukasa]].
* DepravedBisexual: Lau is certainly ''viewed'' this way. [[spoiler:And it's not entirely inaccurate, see page for details. In reality, he's not so different from Tsukasa: He's lonely and wants a family and values Tsukasa immensely.]]
* {{Determinator}}: One of the key points of the game seems to be that everyone ''is'' a {{determinator}} when the subject is important enough for him/her. Case in point: Aoba digging in the backyard, Matsuri working on the house even after falling sick, Masumi sticking with Tsukasa until the very end...
* {{Dojikko}}: Explored/deconstructed with Matsuri, who is plagued by feelings of worthlessness that drive her to work herself to the bone. She collapses from exhaustion, which in turn makes her feel even more worthless. The stress she feels makes her clumsier, which then makes her work harder, and then she's exhausted and collapses again. Stressing her out more. It's not played for laughs or for cute.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Jun. The end of her route before the credit roll even made it look like she vanished. Also one of the endings where everyone stays together in a stable relationship.]]
** A more meta example is ironically found in the starting menu. For every route you clear, another resident is seen lounging around the originally empty Takayashiki residence. Its heart-warming to see a screen full of them when you remember how lonely they were at the beginning.
* EatTheDog: Narrowly averted with poor Meat. Matsuri and Tsukasa prefer not thinking about it.
* EccentricMentor: The only thing is, Hiroshi doesn't pretend to be insane. He ''is'' insane.
* EmotionlessGirl: Jun.
* FirstNameBasis: Used to represent a major shift in Tsukasa's relationship with both Masumi and Matsuri.
* FriendsRentControl: Almost, but not quite averted. It seems unlikely that an insane former businessman, a recently-abandoned housewife, a dispossessed artist, a troubleshooter-for-hire, an unemployed illegal immigrant, a child factory worker, and a part time waiter would be able to afford the rent on the Takayashiki house. Tsukasa keeps mentioning spending control, though, and no one really knows what Hiroshi's job is.
* GratuitousEnglish: Courtesy of Hiroshi, Lau and Mr. Welcome, all for no discernable reason.
** Hiroshi is [[NorioWakamoto Hiroshi]], and that's a good enough reason! As for Lau and Mr. Welcome.... I got nuthin'.
*** Lau...[[TakehitoKoyasu has his reasons...]]
* {{Hachimaki}}: Matsuri dons one after fainting at a..um...key moment...in the plot.
* HonestJohn: For the right price, Jun will handle most jobs.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Kei with Matsuri
* LittleSisterHeroine: Matsuri, informally. However, her route emphasizes much different issues.
* LonersAreFreaks: Very few of the main characters could be considered well-adjusted.
* MediumAwareness: At one point, Tsukasa demands to know why he gets no option other than to comfort Matsuri. Matsuri herself pokes fun at how the background budget ran out during a scene in her workplace when the lights are off.
* MrFixit: Hiroshi seems to possess a talent for repairing things and eventually it is revealed that he [[spoiler:pays his rent from the profits of inventions that he sells on Home Shopping channels.]]
* MysteriousWaif: Chunhua.
* NonstandardGameOver: Failing to build enough trust with all the members of the Family Project will get you the bad ending where Tsukasa abandons them in their hour of need and ends up living with Kei Hisami. The trick to getting the ending you want is to balance a character's affections with the affection of the group.
* NorioWakamoto: Voices Hiroshi under a pseudonym. [[CodeGeass ALL HAIL THE FAMILY PROJECT!!!]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Chunhua plays the FunnyForeigner thing to the hilt, but on several occasions will show much more melancholy and serious side. Since her life sucks, being the ignorant foreigner who speaks funny and gets taken care of is likely much easier for her.
* OfficialCouple: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by Tsukasa and Matsuri, who comments that the most popular pairing is probably "Tsukasa-san x Chunhua-san".
* OnlyAFleshWound: Subverted in the ending of [[spoiler:Matsuri's]] route- Tsukasa gets slashed in the left arm and near one of his eyes, but is discharged quickly from the hospital. Ten years later, he finds that he has trouble moving his left arm properly and is losing sight in that eye.
* PaintingTheMedium: Among other examples, Tsukasa yells at Hiroshi for using emoticons instead of speech because they're not supposed to be able to read that. And also at Masumi for reading his name from the text on the screen when he didn't want to tell her.
* ParentalAbandonment: Tsukasa's mother died early on and his father gave him up to his uncle and aunt, who [[AbusiveParents treated him with indifference and in some cases abused him]], causing his distrust of people.
** Then you find out that [[spoiler:both of them died in a bus accident and Tsukasa only remembers his dad entrusting him to his relatives.]]
** Aoba takes the cake in this one, though. Huge spoilers ahoy: [[spoiler: she was not only abandoned/ignored and eventually disowned by her own parents, but also by her grandfather Shutaro, who fostered her (unlike Aoba's parents, her grandpa didn't do it [[BrokenBird out of malice]]). This was too much of a trauma for her and she eventually started making up false memories of how much her grandfather loved and pampered her.]]
* PassThePopcorn: After a confrontation between Tsukasa and [[SmugSnake Soeda]] over Masumi. Jun reacts by taking the younger members of the family out of earshot, Hiroshi reacts with strong advice for Tsukasa, Tsukasa and Masumi have a mildly emotional moment, Aoba...[[{{Jerkass}} watches impassively]] [[FunnyMoments while eating snacks]].
* RapeAsDrama: Present at the end of Chunhua's route [[spoiler: but the one to suffer it is not Chunhua herself, but her mother]].
* RichBitch: Aoba is a dispossessed version without a cent to her name but all the personality. She shares many of Tsukasa's beliefs but is even more vicious than he is about them.
* RunawayFiance: The reason why Aoba was disinherited.
* SecretProjectRefugeeFamily: The whole premise of the game.
* SittingOnTheRoof: Tsukasa goes there because it's the coolest part of the house, barring Aoba's room (which has the only air conditioner). He is joined by all of the characters at one point or another, mostly by whichever character you have accumulated the most affection points for.
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Just how was Matsuri allowed to wander the streets on her own? Especially when she goes to school.
** [[JustifiedTrope Being able to pay school fees would imply she's not destitute even though she is. And Tsukasa's restaurant gives her leftover food, so she's not starving. And she shows no injuries or signs of abuse.]] She presumably fakes residency information.
* SourSupporter: Tsukasa, Jun and Aoba.
* StepfordSmiler: Matsuri and Kei.
* TooLongDidntDub: [=JAST=] [=USA=]'s initial localisation left in some pretty glaring editing mistakes, including lines that were simply replaced with . It got patched later.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Chunhua is running from them.
* {{Tsundere}}: Lookin' a little Type A there, Aoba...
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Tsukasa and Kei Hisami. It's even pointed out by him in one scene.
* UnwinnableByDesign: You've been playing for like 20 hours. You paid attention to your chosen sweetheart and the story has come to a climax! ... what is this, the Bad Ending...? Crap, [[GuideDamnIt where did I go wrong?]] (Protip: see the entry under SurpriseDifficulty for details. The author seems [[KanaLittleSister very fond]] of [[YumeMiruKusuri this kind]] of difficulty.)
* YamatoNadeshiko: [[spoiler:Aoba becomes one in her ending.]]
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: [[spoiler:During Matsuri's route, Jun leaves earlier than normal and her sister Hisami Kei pretends to be her for a bit. Long story. Then she leaves and Jun comes back for a day, but Tsukasa just thinks that her acting is a little better but still needs work. The dialogue when she leaves again subverts in though when he tells 'Kei' that Jun will always be one of them and is welcome back any time.]]
** In fact, the whole situation is a possible [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. [[spoiler: After Jun is gone (this time for good) Tsukasa's internal monologue hints that he knew she was her all along]]
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