Somewhere on the Italian coast lies the island of Regalo, a prosperous trade port with a classical look. Naturally, the port island-city attracts ruffians from across Italy and beyond, and the only people the citizens of Regalo can rely on are the members of "Arcana Famiglia", a vigilante organization whose members are gifted with psychic powers gained through a secret ritual. Sharp-dressed, gentlemanly, and, above all, dangerous, these young men are also popular for their strict code of using nonlethal force in combat.Into the island-city comes Felicita, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Mondo, leader of Arcana Famiglia. Once she came of age, Mondo invited her into the island to assume leadership of "Serie di Spada", the group's arbitration section. She also hears that she was getting married in two months, and a tournament will be held between the young men of Arcana Famiglia who wanted her hand in marriage.Not one to simply let fate take its course, Felicita herself joins in the tournament, wanting to prove that she can decide her destiny, as well a competent Action Girl in her own right. And along the way she interacts with other handsome but eccentric members of the family.La Storia della Arcana Famiglia is an Otome Game by HuneX and Comfort Soft, released for the PlayStation Portable on October 27, 2011. It also received a fandisc, Arcana Famiglia -Vascello Phantasma no Majutsushi-; a cooking Gaiden Game, Arcana Famiglia -Festa Regalo!-; and a sequel is on the works. JC Staff adapted it into an anime as part of the Summer 2012 Anime roster, as well as an extra OVA. There is also a manga adaptation, titled Arcana Famiglia: Amore Mangiare Cantare!.
This series contains the following tropes:
Accidental Pervert: Worst offender is Liberta. In episode 6 Jolly plays it up by punishing him with a cocktail that allows one to answer with the carnal desires they were feeling at the time they were asked.
Adaptation Distillation: The anime does a fairly good job at sticking to each characters' background story and circumstances while going down its own original path that narrows down the focus of romance (i.e. Felicita, Nova and Liberta growing as friends while the older men act as the Supporting Harem—until the conclusion comes to a head).
Amnesia Missed a Spot: Liberta seems to remember his past with Dante pretty well — well enough to tell a story about it — and later enough to remember exactly what the mind wipe was supposed to cover: his abuse from his time at the orphanage.
Arranged Marriage: Nova was originally engaged to Felicita, but when Nova realizes his parents are only using him to up their status, he breaks it off and subjects his parents to Eternal Sleep.
But Not Too Foreign: If Sumire's kimono and distinctly Asian appearance are not just for Rule of Cool style, then Felicita would actually be half-Italian half-Japanese in heritage.
In the manga, Sumire explicitly states that she's Japanese; so yes, Felicita is half-Japanese.
Butt Monkey: Luca to the whole cast, especially Felicita, whom he babysat not too long ago. In the first episode alone Felicita's maids blame him for their mistress' change in behavior (such as refusing to wear dresses for her father's birthday).
Blessed with Suck: Felicita is thrown into an organization of attractive men who all have the slightest intention of marrying her. She wants none of it (so far). To top it all, she has received the power to instantly detect her suitors' intents (not a good power, especially if a couple of her suitors are Covert Perverts).
Cast Full of Pretty Boys: With Dante and Jolly being an exception of sorts, as they're clearly in their 30's, but still oh so very hot nevertheless.
Demoted to Extra: The anime focuses mainly on Nova, Liberta and Felicita; everyone else has much more less screen-time.
Dirty Mind-Reading: Felicita can read surface thoughts at will; unfortunately, in the anime her power also has a habit of activating if she is uncomfortable, stressed, or scared. This means she often sees things she doesn't want to.
The fun part of the game is that you can read the guys' heart practically whenever you want, and the consequences CAN be perverted.
Kick Chick: Felicita's preferred method of attack shows off her long and beautiful legs to the audience. This is probably the only male-friendly Fanservice we will be getting in this Otome Game adaptation.
Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Nova, in such stark contrast to his cold and unfeeling persona that Liberta was visibly shocked by the revelation. For Nova's part, he is far too much a hardass to ever admit to possessing this trope.
Knife Nut: Again, Felicita. Also, Luca, as he taught Felicita how to use knives.
Vocal Dissonance: You would expect from her cold-and-tough character design that Mamiko Noto would give Felicita a coarser and deeper voice, like the one she gave hard-boiled-detective Asogi Rin from Mnemosyne; instead, she performs her character with the a sweet, gentle, innocent and adorable voice that is better suited to a Nice Girl like Nogizaka Haruka rather than a that of a tough action girl's.