Miley Verisse has decided to re-found the famed comedy club at Cherry Tree High. However, she's informed by her Arch-Enemy
, Student Council President
Octavia Richmond, that she has to have at least five members to form a new club... when, counting her roommate Harriet Sinclair, she only has two. With just over a month left until the deadline, can Miley gather enough new members to form the club?
The game was originally developed by doujin circle 773 using RPG Maker XP
, and localized outside of Japan by Nyu-Media.
The Japanese website for the game can be found here
, while the English-language site is here
. The game can be bought at the game's webpage, GamersGate, Desura, the Capcom
Store, GameStop and Steam
The game provides examples of:
- The Ace: You can make Miley this with enough replays, from master gamer to Iron Chef-level cooking.
- All Just a Dream: The Bad Ending. It appears to be a New Game+-style fake-out à la Recettear, but the game does actually end there, forcing you to load your last save and try again.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Downplayed, she's not ordering the PTA or administration around, but Octavia is the person who decides whether or not your club get official funding from the school.
- Alternate Character Reading: The original game's title, "manken", is a contraction of "manzai kenkyuubu" (comedy research club), but can easily be read as short for "manga kenkyuubu" (manga research club) instead. One character makes that mistake when Miley first talks about her new club. It's changed into a pun on "comedy" and "comic" (as in, comic books) in localization.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Some of the characters wear shirts have written words on them. When they face right, this trope becomes plainly obvious.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: But of course.
- Buxom Is Better: Sara's chest size is pointed out
- Club Stub: Unlike in most series, you're playing as the one eagerly recruiting, rather than the one being eagerly recruited.
- Cultural Translation: The setting and the characters have been renamed into more Western names during localization. This does, however, raise the question of why a school in the United States begins its academic year in April rather than in August or September.
- Cute Little Fangs: Vivian
- Delinquent: Cindy, who never shows up for school
- Delinquent Hair: Although the large array of hair colored makes this stand out less, Cindy has this
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Implied to be the reason why Miley is assembling her comedy club.
- Five-Man Band: You need at least this many club members by the end of the game, or else Miley won't get to reestablish the club.
- Foreign Exchange Student: Vivian Bergman
- The Gambler: Dina
- Genki Girl: Miley
- It's even a gameplay mechanic. On some days, Miley goes into Hyperactive Mode and any income and stat increases she gains during the morning and afternoon will be boosted.
- Idiot Hair: Miley. Three locks of them, even. When called out for her "bed hair", Miley attempts to defend it as a fashion style.
- Like an Old Married Couple: How Vivian views Miley and Octavia's arguments.
- Lovable Jock: Vivian is very good at several sports, especially hockey.
- Miko: Elise
- Multiple Endings: Depends on how many and which candidates you recruit.
- New Game+: Lets you carry over your Repertoire and knowledge of the candidates' likes and dislikes, but not anything else. Unless you get the worst ending, which does not allow you this privilege.
- New Transfer Student: Sara
- Nintendo Hard: Unless you've spoiled the game for yourself or use a guide, it is very very possible you will get the bad ending on your first run.
- Noble Womans Laugh: Octavia does this to Miley at the beginning of the game when telling her about the new club rules such as having at least five members and only having till the beginning of April to form her club.
- Older than They Look: May is canonically 15, but looks like a pre-teen. Miley constantly teases her for her "immaturity."
- Phenotype Stereotype: Vivian and Marion, who are blonde and blue-eyed, but only in the Japanese version does this trope apply, as all the other characters are Japanese
- Perky Goth: Cindy
- Race Lift: The English-language version.
- Relationship Values: Each of the club member candidates can be talked into joining if you chat with them about their favorite topics. How well this works depends on Miley's own knowledge of the subject, and each topic can only be used once per candidate per game.
- Rich Bitch/Student Council President: Octavia
- RPG Elements: Rather than adventurer levels and experience points, Miley's skills are judged across 12 different conversation topics - Video Games, Politics, Romance, Fashion, etc. - and doing certain activities around town (reading magazines, watching TV, etc.) will increase those levels, allowing her to more easily befriend the six possible club recruit candidates.
- Shout-Out: Full of them; no surprise, given that Tezuka Productions (known for localizing the Phoenix Wright games) helped with the translation.
- Save Point: Miley can only save the game by talking to Harriet in the dorm after hours.
- Shrinking Violet: Sara
- Stalker with a Crush: Tyler, on Harriet.
- Student Council President: Octavia
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Miley and Cindy.
- Walking the Earth: Miley goes on adventures every year, and has just come back from one at the start of the game.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Everyone