Video Game / Mica: Apoptosis

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"You have the power to split the world into half. You can destroy buildings, overturn mountains...
But you are still powerless against a human.
Even a human who wants to kill you."

Mica: Apoptosis is an RPG-style Horror game by Soyasushi Productions detailing the experiences of three Unreliable Narrators who are vastly different from one another, yet whose experiences will bring you closer and closer to the core of the story.

One is Princess Micaiah, a pretty young girl who lives with her servants in a castle disconnected from the horrifying outside world, sheltered from her past which comes back to haunt her. Then there's her right-hand man Lenine, a young man quiet about his past. And finally, there is Mika, a broken girl with psychic powers who escapes her confinement one day, only to run into a strange-looking castle for solace...

And in the middle of it all is a conspiracy regarding a Corrupt Church, a growing fear of psychics, and a mysterious child who claims to be The Messiah... by killing everything that stands in His way.

A full demo can be downloaded on the Official Site.


This game provides examples of:

  • Actual Pacifist: Mika and Micaiah. Deconstructed brutally.
  • The Antichrist: The "Messiah" can be seen as such.
  • Asshole Victim: Tamora in Chapter 3.
  • Ax-Crazy: All the Things are this, and the one who chases after Lenine at the end of Chapter 1 literally tries to chop him up with an axe. Also, Anyu. Micaiah herself shows tendencies of this when she slashes the Things apart with her psychokinesis.
    • As of Chapter 3, Mika is one. While you can arguably justify her past actions through self-defence, she clearly continued to ruthlessly tear her enemy apart even when she no longer poses a threat. With that in mind, if 'divine punishment' hadn't been forced upon her, you'd think Tamora won't be the last of her victims.
  • Berserk Button: Micaiah does not appreciate you killing off her servants.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Micaiah is purple, Lenine is green, and Mika is blue. Anyu is red.
  • Corrupt Church: The Cardinal kidnaps and presumably tortures an innocent teenage girl, and cruelly guns down an innocent man who considered him a friend.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: The cross imagery is everywhere, and both Micaiah and Lenine wear golden crosses as tie pins.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The religion portrayed in the Church shown in this story worships the Goddess.
  • Curtains Match the Window: The maid Fleur has golden-brown hair and eyes.
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Dark Messiah: Anyu.
  • The Dreaded: Anyu. Even Micaiah, who is capable of eradicating legions of 'Things' at the snap of her fingers with her powers, quakes in fear and can't even speak when he is there... because she has been conditioned not to be able to hurt another person, so no matter how powerful she is, she can't lift a finger.
  • Eyeless Face: All of the Things have empty sockets in place of eyes, and a wide, lipless grin.
  • The Faceless: Anyu. His face is almost completely hidden by a hood.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Micaiah has large baby-blue eyes and seems like The Ingenue. But this may not be the case...
  • Japanese Pronouns: The Cardinal uses the suffix "-chan" on Mika to mock her by calling her the way her mother used to.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: The game starts off rather confusing, but as you progress through the demo the link between the Micaiah-Lenine and Mika plots begin to converge and fall into place.
  • Killing In Self Defense: In Chapter 3, Mika responds to Tamora hitting her by brutally ripping her apart in anger. While she tries to justify it to herself later, it is clear that the force she used was way more than excessive, and she was essentially a murderer.
  • Lady and Knight: Micaiah and Lenine have this dynamic.
  • Legions of Hell: The "Things".
  • Meido: Fleur is a cute and spunky maid with a French name, but fits more of this archetype rather than French Maid.
  • Messianic Archetype: The Messiah is a dark variant.
  • Mind over Matter: Mika, Micaiah and Anyu all have the power of psychokinesis. How they make use of it differs.
  • Momma's Boy: Castor does not ever question his mother, even when she's being a clear Jerkass.
  • Mystical White Hair: The Goddess (or at least her portrayal in the Scripture) has silvery Rapunzel Hair.
  • The Ojou: Micaiah is a kind, beautiful, refined lady with a castle full of servants.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Princess Micaiah.
  • Playing with Fire: The Messiah's preferred method of using His powers.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Most notably Rainer, the Man Child. Fleur also has her moments, as well as a few other servants.
  • Posthumous Character: Euphony and Tamora.
  • Power Limiter: Mika's (and Micaiah's) powers are not capable of harming humans. This is to the extent that they cannot even use ordinary methods to fight off other pepople. That has disastrous effects for both of them, because it means they cannot defend themselves against people who want to kill them.
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: Dynasty is arguably in a Yandere Love Triangle with Mika and Tamora. Chances are, however, that he doesn't know the former is a Yandere, but he surely knows the latter is one. He was so terrified of Tamora that he fled his country to escape her, but not before she poisoned him. When he survived the poisoning thanks to Mika's healing, Tamora arrived looking for him. Mika managed to out-Yandere her by snapping her neck and ripping her into pieces using her psychokinesis.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Micaiah's hair reaches her ankles.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Lenine has red eyes and can be very ruthless when you hurt those dear to him.
  • Room Escape Game: You start off the game playing as Mika who has to escape from her cell.
  • Science Fiction: Heavily implied by Chapter 3 that magic and religion doesn't actually exist, given that the 'divine punishmnent' is a sort of an induced apoptosis recoil that subconsciously forces Mika to kill herself against her conscious will the moment she recognises that she has killed a person.
  • Title Drop: In Chapter 3, it is revealed that the 'divine punishment' is actually scientifically called the Mortal Recoil - a form of induced apoptosis, where cells self-destruct.
  • Too Dumb to Live: You can have Lenine be this by looking out of the balcony and when the game asks you if you'd like to jump out, select yes.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The story alternates between three viewpoints (Mika, Lenine and Micaiah) and what appears to be two Plot Threads - the mysterious ongoings in Micaiah's castle, as well as Mika's plight.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Lenine wears a sassy waistcoat.
  • Yandere: Both Mika and Tamora are arguably one for Dynasty.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A few characters have implausible hair colors - such as Micaiah with her pale-purple hair, Lenine with his green hair, and Rainer with blue hair.
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