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->''"If I was playing this and my parents walked in, I would switch to porn. [[WidgetSeries It's easier to explain]]."''
-->-- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jTFpQSulms&lc=qomVJm6H4r3-lC27Pm90_rdyavAyPOb-HeeAsYRQF_4 One of the Youtube commenters]] on the video Let's Play.

'''''Hatoful Boyfriend''''' (Japanese title はーとふる彼氏) is a game about a human hunter-gatherer girl (named by you, default Hiyoko Tousaka) who goes to a high school for birds, St. [=PigeoNation's=] Institute. [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs There, she dates pigeons]].

The official website is [[http://clione.halfmoon.jp/hatoful-boyfriend/index.html here]], two download mirrors for the free version are [[http://www.freem.ne.jp/game/win/g03372.html here]], and an English translation for the free version is available [[http://sce.inkwash.net/main/ here]]. [[http://www.dlsite.com/eng/work/=/product_id/RE091090.html The English version of the full game can be found here.]] [[http://hatoful.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/hatoful-boyfriend-in-english/ Thank you for the redirect, moa810]]. A remake of the original game is available to buy on [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/310080/ Steam]]. The second game, ''Holiday Star'', has an English demo available [[http://www.hatoking.com/downloads/holiwin_eg.zip here]], and the full version can be purchased [[http://www.dlsite.com/eng/work/=/product_id/RE107643.html here]]. moa810 is also working on another sequel, and is requesting all fans to [[http://moa810.tumblr.com/post/45491953725/let-your-bird-appear-on-hatoful-world send her pictures of their pet birds for a chance at stardom]].

[[http://www.fwinc.co.jp/hatoful/ Four drama CDs have been released]] in Japanese, with some English translations [[http://lexlee20.tumblr.com/post/36478452545/hato-drama-cd-translation-index here]]. There is a partially translated [[http://lexlee20.tumblr.com/post/26389518613/hato-guidebook-compilation-post guidebook]] which gives some [[AllThereInTheManual other information]]. Some manga have also been released - ''Absolute Zero'', high fantasy from Anghel's POV; elaboration on some character background hinted at in ''Holiday Star''; and some monthly stuff [[http://mangafox.me/manga/hatoful_kareshi/ translated by fans]].

Oh, if you're wondering, "hatoful" is the Japanese pronunciation of either the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasei_eigo wasei eigo]]'' word "heartful" or "hurtful", chosen both for this double meaning and for the fact that it starts with ''hato'' (Japanese for pigeon).

Also see the [[Characters/HatofulBoyfriend Hatoful Boyfriend Character Page]] for tropes specific to certain characters in this series.
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[[folder: Tropes found throughout the ''Hatoful Boyfriend'' series include:]]

* AffectionateParody: Of the whole DatingSim VisualNovel genre. The first and second games contain a lot of loving pokes at adventure [=RPGs=] too.
* AfterTheEnd: Part of the back story of why civilization is the way it is.
* AllThereInTheManual: The guidebook greatly expands on the characters' backstories, particularly Shuu's[[spoiler:/Ichijou Utsuru's]]
* ALoveToDismember: [[spoiler:Doctor Shuu does this to your head if you focus on him.]]
* AnimalStereotypes
** The ordinary guy is a rock dove, fan-tails tend to be full of themselves, the mourning dove is introverted, etc.
** Fan-artists also do a bit of this by portraying Hiyoko, [[BilingualBonus whose name means "Chick" as in a baby bird]], as having short hair and often as a blonde.
** [[spoiler:The Hawk Party is composed of warmongers while the Dove party is focused on peace.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Hiyoko's choices for wishes are: "Conquer the world by force, Rule the world from the shadows, or Become a famous artist."
* AuthorAppeal: Oko San is based on moa810's own pet bird; however, real-life Okosan does not like pudding at all.
** Moa also likes to use Christmas music in the soundtrack, even when the character or location it plays for it isn't Christmas-related. For example, Shuu's theme is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYXMWVgcP4o "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies"]], the Torimi Cafe's theme is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLBZ9T2u0bU "Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem"]], and the fancy department store's theme is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou2EXyFz8p4 "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"]].
* BadEnd: As usual for the genre if you don't go all the way with any romance.
** [[spoiler:There is also one caused in the demo version by staying in the infirmary to wait for Ryouta. Doctor Shuu cuts your head off and stuffs it in a box. The ''normal'' ending for Doctor Shuu might also be considered this.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: On the Bad Boys Love route, [[spoiler:just when things look at their bleakest with a trapped Kazuaki and Anghel dying from poison gas and a broken Ryouta submitting to Doctor Shuu, Oko San and Sakuya show up to help]].
* {{Bishonen}}: The ICPSS function renders every pigeon you encounter as a human the first time you see them, and they're all quite pretty. Except Oko San, [[RuleOfFunny who is rendered as a bird in a boy's school uniform]].
* BlandNameProduct
** Calorie M**te
** [[{{Beatmania}} Keymania IIDX]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The various clubs at the school include the track team, the student council, and the birdwatching club... which, in a school for birds, basically amounts to voyeurism of (and by) school students.
* BreakTheCutie: Happens a ''lot'' in the [[MoodWhiplash Bad Boys]] [[WhamEpisode Love route]]. [[spoiler: Ryouta, however, by far gets the worst of it, particularly when the identity of Hiyoko's killer is revealed.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Hiyoko is aware of the ending credits sequence that happens after getting Azami and Blaster together and interrupts it angrily. In ''Holiday Star'''s fourth episode she recaps the third one out loud for "the camera", and when Nageki asks about it she says people might have forgotten. He says being so aware of the camera doesn't seem very professional.
--> ''"Whatever! It's better to give the readers a hand!"''
* ButThouMust
** If you join the student council then you are forced into the vice presidency. Fair enough: you're the only other person on it.
** A creepy example occurs during Doctor Shuu's best ending in the full version: when he asks you if you love him after [[spoiler:he's killed you and is currently carrying your severed head around and interprets her head bobbing up and down in the jar as an answer]], since your three choices all say "Yes."
* CerebusSyndrome: Most of the game is rather silly and lighthearted. Then you get on the Bad Boys Love route in the full version, or play the last chapter of ''Holiday Star''...
* ClubStub: The Student Council. If the heroine joins, there are two members. Otherwise, it's just Sakuya, who doesn't seem to be in touch with his class's opinions or even want to be there.
* CocaPepsiInc: A religious example. Hiyoko mentions that she comes from "Shint Buddhist" family. Both Tanabata and Christmas are celebrated in this universe. Anghel mentions reincarnation in his ramblings, but his human portrait also has crosses (a symbol of Christianity, a religion, which has nothing to do with reincarnation) and his name means "Angel" -angels belong to Abrahamic religions, not to Dharmic ones.
* CreepyPhysical: The doctor, Iwamine Shuu, offers to give you some interesting drugs. [[spoiler:He also promises to examine your insides ''most intimately'' once he's done preserving your head.]]
* CurseCutShort: One of the Punkgeons does this.
* DamningWithFaintPraise: In the first scene with Ryouta, he offers to make breakfast for our heroine. Her answer? "Maybe I'll take you up on that, if starvation looms!" Ryouta's cooking is ''maybe'' preferable to starvation? Gee, thanks for ''that'' vote of confidence... Which is odd, because she says that Ryouta's cooking is delicious if she talks to him during the class hike. Maybe it was just her typical LargeHam way of speaking?
** Ryouta is a vegetarian, and the protagonist can't sit still in class without meat.
** The protagonist is a hunter-gatherer, so one can assume this line describes her pride in her independent lifestyle as opposed to being catered to.
** "That's terrible! I mean, Okosan is a nutcase and I don't know what he's saying half the time, but he really does like pudding!"
* DoWellButNotPerfect: Tends to be how you get the standard endings for some of the birds.
* DubInducedPlotHole: In the English translation of the demo, [[spoiler:Kazuaki refers to the bird in his marked-out photo with female pronouns, implying that she was his dead lover]]. This became a bit awkward when the full game version came out and revealed that [[spoiler:Kazuaki's photo was most likely of his dead ''brother'' Nageki]]. Fortunately, this was corrected in the separate English translation for the full game.
* DysfunctionJunction: PlayedForLaughs [[PlayedForDrama or Drama]], depending on the route.
* ExtranormalInstitute: St. Pigeonation's.
* FantasticRacism: Fantails towards... well, pretty much every sentient creature. Also, [[spoiler: two-sided racism between birds and humans is a huge plot point in the Bad Boys Love Route]].
** In ''Holiday Star'' the birds running a department store see the human Hiyoko coming in and immediately want her out, since as a human she is low-class.
* FeatherFingers: Bird characters are described (and often depicted) holding things with their wings.
* FireForgedFriends: Ryouta and Sakuya on the Bad Boys Love route.
* ForeignQueasine: "Excuse me! One half-dead fried rice, please!"
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quite a lot for a pigeon dating game. See also MeaningfulBackgroundEvent below.
** The fact that Kazuaki [[spoiler: smells of bleach.]]
** [[spoiler: Nageki]]'s route in itself has too many to list.
** Oko San's [[spoiler: fantastic speed]] and [[spoiler: a strange concoction that Shuu makes him drink.]]
** Anghel's rambling about [[spoiler: "demon spores".]]
*** In fact, nearly ''everything'' Anghel says. By the time you're done with the game, you may find yourself thinking he's the [[OnlySaneMan only sane bird]] around.
** Recurring theme of Ryouta [[spoiler: being sickly.]]
** In Yuuya's route, [[spoiler:the infirmary running out of cleaning supplies really quickly.]] At least, it's foreshadowing if you haven't played Shuu's path yet.
** In BBL route, the game takes a step further and highlights the meaningful words with a different colour.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The birds actually fit into this pattern quite well:
** Sanguine: Hyper Main/CloudCuckoolander Okosan, and optimistic, popular Yuuya.
** Choleric: Dominant and ambitious Sakuya.
** Melancholic: Work-obsessed Shuu and introverted loner Nageki.
** Phlegmatic: Reliable and rational Ryouta and calm teacher Kazuaki.
** Leukine: Hallucinogenic Anghel.
* GayOption: Hinted at but defied, to the great disappointment of Azami's fans. [[spoiler: That is until the UpdatedRelease added her as a love interest giving her the "To Be the True Java Sparrow" ending where Hiyoko and Azami form their own motorcycle gang after beating down Buster and a bunch of thug birds.]]
* GenocideBackfire: The reason birds run the world is discussed in BBL.
* GenreShift
** If you take the Bad Boys Love route, the game shifts from a humorous pigeon dating sim to a [[spoiler:dark mystery/thriller]].
** ''Holiday Star'''s first two stories are loony absurd adventures, with minor darker hints here and there. The third story is similar, a fantasy-RPG-ish romp. [[spoiler: Until the end of that one, and the ''fourth'' is nightmarish and aferlife-y.]]
** Anghel's route also [[UnexpectedGameplayChange unexpectedly turns into a battle RPG]] close to the end. [[FridgeBrilliance It does finally explain why, compared to your Wisdom and Charisma, your Vitality score is so humongous: in this battle it doubles as your Hit Points!]]
* GhostAmnesia
* GISSyndrome: Subverted. Stock photos are used for the bird characters and the loading screens, but they ''are'' properly cited in the credits.
* GovernmentConspiracy: The Hawk Party's [[spoiler:Operation Hurtful, which includes the creation of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H5N1 H5N1 virus]]. On the other hand, they also get angry if you don't hook up with anyone.]]
* HiddenDepths: Every main bird character is revealed to have one of these during BBL. Let's just say the dating sim part of ''Hatoful Boyfriend'' is just the tip of the iceberg of this game's plot...
* HoldYourHippogriffs: "Everybirdie", "Nobirdie", "Anybirdie".
* HundredPercentCompletion: Getting at least one ending for each bird unlocks the Bad Boys Love route, and completing ''that'' in turn gives you a "thank you" picture after the credits a full set of documents in the Library. Getting all of the endings for each bird unlocks a post-BBL epilogue, the last Gallery image, and a Library item with a bonus scene.
* ImAHumanitarian: The birds have no problem with eating poultry.
* InterspeciesRomance: The basis of the game!
** Turns out to be ''enforced''. [[spoiler: Because of political tensions between birds and humans after the birds' rise to sapience, the heroine has been sent to a birds-only school to test how closely humans and birds can interact. If she doesn't romance anybirdy, the experiment is considered a failure, and [[BadEnding the Hawk Party condemns humanity to destruction, starting with the heroine]].]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Happens in Bad Boys Love, and is a huge CrowningMomentOfAwesome for almost everybirdy involved.
* ISeeDeadPeople:
** [[spoiler:In the main game, only the protagonist and Anghel can see Nageki, though Anghel [[GuideDangIt only shows this once as an optional scene on his route]]. During the BBL route, it is revealed that Ryouta can as well. Also referenced in the Drama CD when he talks to his "dead friend" Nageki in the library about one of the seven mysteries of the school: students who draw in library books are said to get cursed. As Ryouta suspects, there is actually some truth to this...]]
** [[spoiler: In the manga, Okosan can also see him, and in ''Holiday Star'' it's said that only the pure of heart can see ghosts.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Hiyoko and Yuuya]] on the Bad Boys Love route. Although if you get the full ending, you find that [[spoiler: Yuuya was saved just in time, and Hiyoko might be revived.]]
* KillerRabbit: You will never, ever look at Chukar partridges the same way again. [[spoiler: Or King Quails, especially the darker colored ones.]]
* KudzuPlot: Bad Boys Love of the original game.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Many characters have them, most of them reflect on their personalities while others like Shuu has the ''Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy''.
* LetsGetDangerous: Let's just say that it's a very good thing that [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Oko San]] and [[TalkativeLoon Anghel]] ''weren't'' [[ShooOutTheClowns shooed out]] in the Bad Boys Love route.
-->'''Poster on the Let's Play thread:''' You are now realizing that without Anghel and Okosan, the joke characters, [[spoiler:all the main characters and all human life would be gone by now]].
* LetsPlay: Angie Gallant's [[http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?t=67529 legendary let's play]] of the free demo version might just be the reason you're here right now. She has now done a [[http://brokenforum.com/index.php?threads/hatoful-boyfriend-the-search-for-fat-birds-good-end.1028/ follow up]] for the full game.
** [[OMFGCata Jesse Cox]] did a brief one as part of his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QgNERGRN40 Fan Friday]] segment.
** A group of fans known as [[http://team-hatoful.tumblr.com Team Hatoful]] has done a series of voiced playthroughs of different routes of the first game - specifically Anghel's, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGg7zkVERqw&list=PL-36gm0W-VKmknPBycXYkV27n50kibvdI Bad Boys Love]], Ryouta's and Sakuya's routes - and has also completed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDYOtH0ORoQ&list=PL-36gm0W-VKnmlxExzgg-xeJB7lzjP-9s a blind run of HolidayStar]]. Notable for, among other things, taking Yuuya's HandsomeLech tendencies ''even further'', giving the French Sakuya a fake British accent, making Shuu sound like Severus Snape, and turning Tohri into a German-accented LargeHam.
* LighterAndSofter: The drama [=CDs=] and - [[MoodWhiplash for the most part]] - the manga are pretty much played purely for comedy and don't have the same tendency for twists and pathos as either of the games.
* LoggingOntoTheFourthWall: Yuuya suggests you check out the blog of [[http://pigeonblog.wordpress.com/ Brian the Pigeon]].
* LostInTranslation: The PunBasedTitle requires you to know that ''hato'' is Japanese for "dove".
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Yep, this game acknowledges the difference between human and bird lifespans.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Blink and you'll miss it, [[spoiler:but your first clue that things in this game aren't quite as cheerful as they first seem comes when Hiyoko decides to go for a run: One of the things she passes is the post-apocalyptic remains of a city.]]
* MediumAwareness: "What's the number in the top-left-hand corner say?"
* {{Meido}}: Ryouta dresses up as this, and Hiyoko can join him.
** In the bonus content you unlock by completing Bad Boy's Love, [[spoiler: Sakuya and Kazuaki are dragged into it as well.]]
* TheMerch: There are already plans for tote bags, pins, St. [=PigeoNation=] ID cards and more. Various styles of St. Pigeonation bags, shirts, cups and even a thong with Yuuya on it can be found at [[http://www.cafepress.com/hatostore/8525512 the Cafepress store]]
* MisplacedWildlife: Justified: the setting is a prestigious high school for sapient birds, and attracts students and faculty from all over the world. The heroine is still [[LampshadeHanging surprised to encounter a mourning dove in Japan]].
* MissingMom: [[spoiler: If you focus on Ryouta, then you find out his mother dies.]]
* MoodWhiplash: The endings of [[spoiler:Ryouta and Nageki's]] routes can come as quite a shock if you've grown used to the game's silly and comedic tone. The Bad Boys Love route in the full version, even more so. The manga, which is largely cheerful absurd short comics, also has several chapters end with Kazuaki explaining the history of the setting - like how a plague swept humankind and killed seventy percent of them.
* MrImagination: Okosan and later on [[spoiler:Anghel]] are prone to mix the real world with their imagination and drag you along their fantasies. It goes even further than that, [[spoiler: as this syndrome is rationalized by a scientific biological explanation]].
* MultipleEndings: Typical for the genre.
* NorioWakamoto: In the drama CD, pudding-obsessed Oko San is voiced by Norio Wakamoto. [[HilariousInHindsight This finally fulfills]] [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh his wish to be a bird]].
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The official website has many of these. People trying to get others to play this game typically have to use lots of these too, as most rational people's initial reaction to hearing about it is something along the lines of "Wait, something like this actually ''exists''?!?"
* OfficialCouple: It's not definite, but [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Ryouta]] seems to be the most canon love interest for Hiyoko as he's the one who [[spoiler:stays with her spirit in the hopes of him being able to be cured of his disease and her being able to be transplanted into a body someday]] in the good ending to the Bad Boys Love route, the last route you can unlock.
** ''Holiday Star'' suggests that it's Nageki, or at least has Ryouta fear this, but the ''Holiday Star'' route ''is'' distinct and doesn't overlap.
* OminousSavePrompt: This happens at the end of every chapter in BBL. This is also the only time players can save during BBL as well.
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: [[spoiler:The Hawk Party, which apparently meets in a pitch-black room. Coffee, anyone?]]
* OrphansOrdeal: [[spoiler: Nageki, Kazuaki/Hitori, and Hiyoko.]] Lampshaded by Angie Gallant in her walkthrough: "Fiction abhors a [[spoiler: happy orphan.]]
** [[spoiler: The guidebook reveals that Shuu lost his parents in a human extremist bombing. [[CreepyChild He was rather pleased by this.]]]]
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: The English download site for the game describes it as "the world's greatest pigeon dating sim".
* [[PersonOfMassDestruction Bird of Mass Destruction]]: The Bad Boys Love route reveals that [[spoiler:Nageki harbored a disease that caused all humans who got too close to him to drop dead on the spot, which was the main reason he killed himself. Unfortunately, some of his body parts were saved by Doctor Shuu, who intends to make Ryouta the new carrier...]]
* ThePromise: The Bad Boys Love route is jumpstarted by one.
* PunBasedTitle: The title is a mix of ''hato'', the Japanese word for pigeon/dove, and "heartful". The paid version of the game is subtitled "-Hurtful Complete Edition-" as well. [[spoiler:Then there's Hurtful Boyfriend and Operation Hurtful.]]
* PunchClockVillain: [[spoiler:If you don't finish any romantic storylines, a meeting of the Hawk Party condemns humanity and orders them exterminated... then adjourns for coffee.]]
* PunnyName: The (quail) teacher and (partridge) doctor have surnames punning on the Japanese for "quail" and "partridge". The library freshman's personal name is based on "nagekibato", the Japanese word for "mourning dove". [[spoiler: Both the partridge and the quail are operating under assumed names, so this was probably deliberate on their parts.]]
* RainbowSpeak: On the Bad Boys Love route, several plot-important phrases are highlighted in yellow. ''Really'' important things are highlighted in red.
* RealPlaceBackground: The Torimi Cafe, where the summer job scenario takes place, [[http://ameblo.jp/torimicafe/ is an actual, bird-themed cafe.]]
** Also, secondary characters Azami, Rabu, Kenzaburo, and Mr. One are apparently actual birds from that cafe.
* RelationshipValues: As usual for the genre, although they are not shown to the player.
* RPGElements
** PlayedForLaughs as they are not very important: "Hiyoko levelled up! Wisdom increased by 5!"
** They become a bit more important in the full version where you need to boost the appropriate stats to get the best endings for Doctor Shuu, Sakuya, and Oko San. Additionally, Anghel's route features a turn-based RPG battle and while it's mainly used for parody, it ''is'' possible to lose it and get a bad ending if you botch it.
* SaveGameLimits: The Bad Boys Love route, in contrast with the main Otome route where you could save any time you wanted, lets you save only at certain points in the story.
* SevenDeadlySins: All of the main birds fit into this if you include the eighth deadly sin that is mentioned on the trope's page.
** Wrath: Kazuaki. [[spoiler:He murdered the original Kazuaki, stole his identity, and nearly murdered Shuu to get Nageki back. The original Kazuaki fits into this too, refusing to let people leave the Holiday Star all because of one person]].
** Sloth: Sakuya. He sits around and does nothing because he believes it's beneath him. Alternately Pride, by which he can be manipulated and which blinds him to a lot of things.
** Envy: Ryouta. [[spoiler:The scene with him worrying over Nageki and Hiyoko in Holiday Star]]. Case closed.
** Gluttony: Okosan. His pudding obsession, and his BigEater habits.
** Lust: Yuuya. He hits on girls and uses suggestive language, even if he [[TheTease never does more than comment]]. [[spoiler: Years ago he did [[WouldHurtAChild something huge]] out of spite - combined Envy and Wrath - but he's been [[TheAtoner trying to atone]].]]
** Pride: Anghel. He believes he is a pure servant of God, and his world is based on how HE thinks things should be.
** Greed: Shuu. He only cares for his own knowledge. [[spoiler:He was even willing to keep everyone trapped on the Holiday Star to continue his research.]]
** Despair: Nageki is a ''mourning'' dove, whose name means "lamentation" and is a very depressed freshman. [[spoiler: The fact he is a ghost that committed suicide after completely losing hope as a result of the tragedies he was forced to suffer further supports this.]]
* ShoutOut
** [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} "Oko San used WING ATTACK! It's super effective!"]] And this is only the first of several such references when Oko San is involved.
*** Probably his best, however, is unleashed upon Sakuya on Oko's route if you side with him during an argument between the two: "'''''[[TengenToppaGurrenLagann GIGA...DRILL...BEEEEEEEEEAK!!]]'''''" Sakuya doesn't have a ''prayer'' after that one.
** In addition, Yuuya at one point says [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann "Who the hell do you think I am?"]]
*** [[spoiler: For bonus points, as he's dying, Yuuya's last words are 'Later, buddy," again calling back to Kamina.]]
** Another {{Franchise/Pokemon}} reference in Yuuya's route, followed immediately by a WesternAnimation/ToyStory one: "Blast off at the speed of light! To the maintenance office and beyond!"
** [[http://pigeonblog.wordpress.com/ Brian the Pigeon]] won multiple Pulitzer Prizes.
** The BadEnd if you don't go all the way with any romance has [[{{VideoGame/Shadowgate}} a very specific grim reaper screen]]!! It also has double exclamation marks!! Like all over the place!! And one of the inventory items is a Nintendo3DS amongst other things!!
** [[VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale "Nepotism, ho!"]]
** [[LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai OreHato: My Little Nicobar Can't Be This Cute]]
** The heroine can suggest a novel version of ''Anime/NightOnTheGalacticRailroad'' to Nageki, who replies that he's already read it. [[spoiler:[[{{Foreshadowing}} This tells you a lot about Nageki.]]]]
** Our heroine's [[Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei in despair!]] Events that happen when she's late leaving school one day (in the full version) have left her in despair!
** In [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi bright red text]]: [[spoiler:I did not kill . This is true.]]
** If you choose to side with Ryouta in the cafeteria, your rage inspires Okosan to flee like a [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail rabbit from a catapult.]]
** Alternately, siding with Okosan will get you calling him [[Anime/PrincessMononoke San of the Forest]].
** The choice of wishes at Tanabata Festival (TakeOverTheWorld, rule the world from shadows, and become a famous artist) could be a shout-out to Adolf Hitler's biography.
** During one of the flashbacks in BBL route, we learn that Yuuya's stepfather killed Yuuya's biological father to have his mother. [[{{Hamlet}} That totally doesn't remind us of anything...]]
*** [[{{GreekMythology}} Nor does his response...]]
** Shuu apparently sounds like [[TheMoomins Snufkin]]. Which is understandable, considering that he is voiced by [[TakehitoKoyasu Takehito Koyasu]].\\
** The dialog between Shuu and Ryouta about [[spoiler: Hiyoko's head in the box]] is very similar to the final reveal of [[spoiler: Film/{{Se7en}}]].
** [[spoiler: Ryouta's battle against Anghel]] bears a resemblance to [[VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}} a certain]] [[VideoGame/EarthBound video game]] [[VideoGame/MOTHER3 trilogy]].
** How Kazuaki, Ryouta and the protagonist [[spoiler: try]] to defeat [[spoiler: Tohri]] is somewhat similar to [[spoiler: the final battle in VideoGame/EarthBound.]]
** Mister One appears to have access to [[spoiler: {{Film/Inception}} technology]].
** Albert Alain Alkan, Sakuya's raven butler, seems very similar to [[BlackButler a different hypercompetent butler with questionable motives and a mysterious past]]. Also, which [[Franchise/{{Batman}} other badass butler, whose name starts with "Al"]], do we know?
** Then there is the in universe anime series, [[Anime/PrettyCure Pretty Coore]].
*** [[Film/ThreeHundred This! Is! PRETTY COORE!]]
** In ''Holiday Star'', apparently Hiyoko and Nageki travel [[Film/TheHobbit through dungeons deep and caverns old]].
* StarCrossedLovers: Anghel claims that Hiyoko and himself were this in a past life. A more straight example would be [[spoiler:Hiyoko and Nageki on Nageki's route when he fades away after realizing that he loves Hiyoko]].
* StylisticSuck: Anghel's manga, some of which is seen [[AllThereInTheManual in the guidebook]], is drawn with [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m57155Hdvi1r00vopo6_1280.jpg more enthusiasm than skill]].
* SurpriseCreepy: Who even knew that a parody pigeon dating simulator could even inspire a Nightmare Fuel page?
* TakeOverTheWorld: Two of the things you can wish for at the Tanabata Festival: TakeOverTheWorld by force, or [[TheManBehindTheMan rule it from the shadows]]? ([[TakeAThirdOption The third option]] is to be a world-famous artist.)
** When the heroine shows up on the wrong day for class, if you choose to return home, she tells Kazuaki: "I must return to my people with the spoils of war, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy lay my bloodied sword at the feet of my great king]], and celebrate my conquest of all the lands from here to distant Macedonia."
* TalkingAnimal / CivilizedAnimal: The birds are not actually wearing anything, as [[GISSyndrome their appearances are taken from real photos]], but they do go through all the trappings of civilization.
** Except for the student festival in fall, when your class does a MaidCafe and Ryota briefly appears with a [[{{Meido}} maid outfit]] drawn over his photo. This leads to the usual fanart of everybirdie crossdressing as maids, even those in other classes and the staff. [[spoiler:Oko also appears in a maid outfit during his route, and the Library menu's post-BBL bonus scene shows Sakuya and Kazuaki as bemaided birds as well.]]
** And Oko San's ICPSS portrait, while all other characters are rendered as {{Bishounen}}, is a bird in a school uniform.
** In the full version, you can see the other classmates dressed up as maids for the MaidCafe, and Ryouta fills in as a {{Miko}} at the local shrine for New Year's.
** During the Radio session for ''Holiday Star'', Ryouta explains that clothing isn't mandatory for birds, who wear clothes for protection against cold, fashion, or ceremonial purposes only.
* {{Tanabata}}: You get to see the wishes of the birds you're the closest to and make a wish yourself to TakeOverTheWorld, gain the MadLove of a FallenAngel, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking become an artist]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The [[CivilizedAnimal bird society]] is developed enough to include everything from educational institutions to healthcare providers. However, mental healthcare isn't mentioned a single time in this series, so all the bird characters with personal issues are just left to get even [[DysfunctionJunction crazier]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood
** For Oko San, it is pudding.
** When Sakuya asks the player what she loves, she answers "udon". Though she also can't sit still in class unless she's had some [[CarnivoreConfusion red meat]], as she tells Ryouta in the first cutscene.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: In the Bad Boy's Love route, you find out that the game actually takes place in the year 2188!]]
* TwoTeacherSchool: The main game has only Kazuaki and Shuu. [[spoiler:BBL shows us the principal, but only briefly and not while he is still among the living.]]
* UpliftedAnimal: [[spoiler: It turns out that intelligent birds did not naturally come about...]]
* WhamLine: "I wonder why he [[spoiler:lied about going straight home]]...?"
* WidgetSeries: The premise of the game is considered to be very far outside the mainstream box.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: The manga lampshades the difficulties of having three white fantails in the cast, and distinguishes them by giving Sakuya and Yuuya accessories in bird form, while Oko San remains "nude". Less present in the actual game where their bird-photo images all have different poses, and of course their human-style portraits are all different.
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* AllJustADream: During ''Holiday Star'', Hiyoko can discover Tohri's nefarious plot. Cut to her in a cafe with Ryouta and Kazuaki, saying "Crazy dream, huh?". Ryouta falls for this trope and gets told that she was joking. During the shrine visits, Yuuya halfway confesses to Hiyoko that he's not just an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, but chickens out and says he was talking about a dream.
* AlwaysNight: The oneiric Holiday Star is this, since it's in outer space. [[spoiler: And also because Holiday Star is an Eldritch-hive mind composed of troubled wandering souls who cannot leave.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Citizens''': ''"Everyone knows midnight comes after predawn. And after that, dusk, then midnight again, then predawn, then midnight. Time swings back and forth like a pendulum, after all."'']]
* BattleButler: Sakuya's butler Albert Alain Alkan. Also a typical [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Bird]]. [[spoiler:He is actually an infamous assassin who was contracted to kill Sakuya, but later hired by him for protection.]]
* [[BloodMagic Blood Science]]: MadScientist [[spoiler: Tohri Nishikikouji]] uses [[spoiler: Anghel Higure]]'s blood to help power [[spoiler: his canon and materialize the will and drive of fanboys and fangirls]], turning it into an offensive beam capable of destroying buildings.
* DontFearTheReaper: The Conductor in ''Holiday Star'' is pretty laid back and gives advice like "I dunno, kiddo. We never recommend [[spoiler: haunting as a deathstyle]] choice, y’know? Too easy to go all black and bitter." It's revealed at some point that he is [[spoiler: Death, as seen in the Bad Ends]], and Hiyoko considers him her friend. They go all the way back to the demo version!
* EmpathicEnvironment: Holiday Star's Mount Pudi has rain on it when the emotionally troubled Nemo/[[spoiler: imposter]] Kazuaki cannot remember his real name.
** The Throne Room on Holiday Star also TurnsRed when [[spoiler: The King turns OneWingedAngel in desperation to keep our heroes on Holiday Star.]]
* EpiphanicPrison: [[spoiler: Holiday Star]] is a place that traps souls who are emotionally troubled and/or weak willed. The only way to leave this place is if enough of the trapped individuals realize [[spoiler: they have something worth living for in life/reality/outside Holiday Star]].
* KeystoneArmy: [[spoiler: The enormous hydra-like "Increased" King can only be defeated by Nageki using his planisphere to burn down The King's lighthouse.]]
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler: The King's lighthouse projects Holiday Star's inhabitants' greatest desires to keep them perpetually happy.]]
* {{Lunacy}}: In the third chapter of ''Holiday Star'' [[spoiler: anyone watching the lunar eclipse will immediately enter a dream-filled coma/proceed onto the oneiric afterlife.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the last two chapters of ''Holiday Star'' [[spoiler: everyone who watches the lunar eclipse immediately falls unconscious. While unconscious they dream they are riding a galactic railroad, which ultimately leads to the afterlife. In the real world J.B. Leone explains that everyone who watched the lunar eclipse is in a coma due to avian brains being unstable from unnatural development. So is the visit to Holiday Star the protagonists actually visiting an ethereal plane, or is Holiday Star completely imaginary and due to neurons misfiring in their unstable brains?]]
* NonstandardGameOver: In ''Holiday Star'' this happens if [[spoiler: the player chooses a wrong choice during the fourth chapter. This wrong choice causes a character to get absorbed into The King's twisted hive mind, which The King considers living "happily ever after."]]
** Can also happen if [[spoiler: the player fails to transform into a magical girl by flubbing the transformation line in the second chapter.]]
* PowerCrystal: In ''Holiday Star'' there are three of them: the garnet, the lapis lazuli, and the topaz. [[spoiler: However, only the topaz is the stone which will get everyone the good ending; the garnet and lapis lazuli are fakes.]]
* SceneryPorn: The entirety of the water color-rendered Holiday Star is this.
* TastesLikeFriendship: Once [[spoiler: The King]] is defeated and [[spoiler: his Holiday Star]] is destroyed, he is left totally distraught and alone. However, once he joins The Migrant and the former Holiday Star citizens on the galactic railroad, they offer him sweets such as caramels and sugar cubes to cheer him up. Other stories in ''Holiday Star'' do mention [[spoiler: The King/original Kazuaki]] as a sweets-lover, so perhaps The Migrant and the ex-citizens offering him his favorite foods would mean the start of a new friendship as well as emotional healing.
* TemptingFate: In ''Holiday Star'', Sakuya proudly boasts that there's no way [[spoiler:the thieves will be able to get into the council room]]. Hiyoko refers to this as "raising a flag", and when the inevitable happens she and Ryouta call it "flag retrieval" - they're terms commonly used to refer to [[GenreSavvy visual novel gameplay]].
* UncannyVillage: [[spoiler: Holiday Star]] is a gorgeous place and its citizens and ruler are friendly enough. [[spoiler: But why does The King briefly become monstrous looking whenever he gets upset?]]
* ViralTransformation: [[spoiler: Anyone who stays on the Holiday Star for too long will lose their individual identity and become a King/part of The King himself.]]
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