Video Game / Forest of Drizzling Rain
Forest of Drizzling Rain (Kirisame ga Furu Mori)
is a freeware horror puzzle game made in RPG Maker VX Ace by Stardust KRNKRN (who would later go on to create Angels of Death
). After the sudden death of her parents, a young woman named Shiori Kanzaki finds a picture of a man that she believes to be her grandfather, and travels to Azaka Village, where he was apparently from, in hopes of meeting him. However, when she arrives, she learns that her grandfather has already passed on, and the family manor converted to a museum. There she meets Sakuma, a middle school girl who tends to get herself in trouble, and Suga, the strange manager of the museum who only communicates in written memos. Suga grudgingly allows her to stay there for a while and research her family.
But there is a legend in the village of "Kotori Obake"
, a demon woman who abducts children who go into the nearby forest. How is this story connected to Shiori's past, and why does she hear voices calling her, commanding her to "Come fulfill the promise"?An English translation of the game can be downloaded here
This Video Game contains examples of:
- All Myths Are True: Azakawa's legend of the Kotori Obake subverts this. The spirit exists, but the tale of her creation is a vicious lie.
- Barrier Maiden: In one ending, this becomes the fate of Suga. Since the spirits fear him, he must always remain in the museum, guarding the forest.
- Big Bad: The Kotori Okabe.
- Bigger Bad: The first Ogami-san is the one responsible for angering her spirit.
- But Thou Must!: When Sakuma is kidnapped by the Kotori Obake, your only option is to go into the forest, despite being warned to avoid it at all costs.
- Character Portrait: The main characters each have several; since Suga doesn't speak, his portaits have to do the talking for him.
- Color-Coded Characters: Shiori's main outfit is bright yellow with an orange ribbon hairband. Suga wears all black. Mochizuki has his blue police uniform, and Sakuma-chan's school uniform is a dark pinkish-red.
- Don't Go in the Woods: According to the old legends, the Kotori Obake used to haunt the forest and mountains surrounding the village. Suga also repeatedly warns Shiori against going to the woods. And it's worse if it happens to be raining...
- Dying Town: Azakawa used to be a mining town, but their primary resources have dried up. As a result, they've stopped running the buses because there's so few people around to use them, and lacks a proper inn or other establishment for guests to stay.
- Foreshadowing: When exploring the museum at the beginning, Shiori can find weird memos with general statements like "The museum's closed" and "Where is your mother?". It hints that the manager can't speak.
- Golden Ending: Ending One is the happiest ending as Shiori and Suga make it out alive, and the Kotori Obake is saved, meaning the forest is back to normal and the town is safe.
- Hearing Voices: The whispers that Shiori's hearing are definitely the Evil Sauce type. Sakuma-chan also gets to hear the voices of the spirits, along with the voices of the night glowstones.
- Infant Immortality: Nope. The Kotori Obake exclusively targets children because her own children, including an infant, were brutally murdered.
- Jerkass Fašade: Suga is very rude, constantly requesting that Shiori leaves, only giving her unsatisfying answers and in general being unfriendly. Justified, she is in extreme danger, but he can't tell her about it, so he tries to bully her away from the village. It's starts breaking when Shiori helps him save the museum from demolition. Things go downwards from there...
- Kids Are Cruel:
- The reason Sakuma-chan spends so much time at the museum is because her bullying classmates generally don't hang around there.
- Suga-kun was also picked on and isolated as a child. In particular, the bullies liked to claim that their Missing Mom was actually the Kotori Obake.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Shiori's family used the power of the nightstone on her to make her lose all her memories of the village. Used on her again by Suga in Ending Two.
- Life Meter: The night glowstone protective charms function like this; if you're caught by a spirit while you've got one, it will shatter in your place.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Poor Shi-chan suffers from this.
- Love Makes You Evil: The Kotori Obake was the victim of this. The original Ogami-san lusted after her so much that he slaughtered her whole family to get to her.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: When they were children growing up together in Azaka Village, Shiori was a tomboy whereas Suga was very sensitive.
- Multiple Endings: There are five variations, dependent upon whether the player collects one or both of two particular items, and what they do with them.
- End 1: Their Promise. Shiori and Suga reunite the Kotori Obake with the spirit of her unborn child, purifying her. When the spirits of the children killed by her curse appear, Suga uses the night glowstone to protect her. As a result, the curse is broken, and Suga regains his voice. Plus, it is implied that both will stay in contact or possibly even have a Relationship Upgrade.
- End 2: The Vanished Promise. Shiori makes Suga keep the night glowstone for protection, so he survives, and they escape together. However, when seeing her off at the station, Suga uses it to erase her memories again.
- End 3: The Promise's Guardian. Although the Kotori Obake is reunited with her child, the spirits of those she killed overwhelm her and continue the curse. Since they're afraid of Suga, he has to stay in Azakawa, while Shiori is forced to leave for her own safety.
- End 4: The Promise He Kept. Shiori accepts the night glowstone from Suga, and he sacrifices himself to protect her. After his funeral, Shiori leaves, and continues to be haunted by the Kotori Obake whenever it rains. But as long as she keeps the glowstone with her, she's protected...
- End 5: The Broken Promise, the Fulfilled Promise. Without even a glowstone for protection, Suga is forced to lash out at Shiori to ensure she doesn't follow him. Though she's rescued from the forest, Shiori can't escape the Kotori Obake's curse, and returns to Azakawa.
- Poor Communication Kills: Justified in that Shiori can't learn about what happened without endangering her life.
- The Promise: Making a promise with the Kotori Obake is a bad idea.
- The Silent Bob: Suga doesn't speak, using short notes and meaningful looks to get his point across.
- Smug Snake: The government official who wants to get rid of the museum is nothing but unpleasant, telling Suga that he doesn't care if that leaves him without a place to live.
- Spanner in the Works: Shiori coming to Azakawa is one for the government official, since her family used to own the manor and can override their wishes.
- Suit with Vested Interests: There's a government official who wants to shut down the museum/old mansion in order to make way for new developments, and dismisses Suga-san's desire to keep it open as clinging to silly superstitions and the old ways. He also calls the Kotori Obake and Ogami-san bogus tales — specifically dismissing the latter since the Ogami-san used to be well respected in the village.
- Title Drop: The forest surrounding the museum is described as 'the forest of drizzling rain' several times.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Azakawa Village.
- Tragic Monster: The Kotori Obake. Turns out the first Ogami-san fell in love with her, tricked the village into viewing her as a monster, had her husband, child, and unborn baby killed, and kept her imprisoned as his personal plaything. And she was only the first victim...
- Visible Silence: Suga's text windows are completely empty, without even a single ellipsis. However, he does get speech bubbles with these.
- Youkai: The Kotori Obake.
- You Shall Not Pass: In certain endings, Suga-kun will attempt to make a Last Stand against the spirits. Whether or not they survive this depends upon your choices and what you've collected.