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Video Game: Misao
Misao is a freeware horror game by Miscreant's Room with the WOLF RPG Editor. This same group went on to create Mad Father.

Misao was just an Ordinary High-School Student, who didn't particularly stand out at all... until three months ago, when she stopped coming to class. And she wasn't at home, either... Though nobody knew what happened to her, rumors started spreading that she'd already passed away. As they joke about the idea of her haunting the school and cursing her classmates, a sudden earthquake takes out the lights, and Aki hears a voice pleading for help. Separated from the others, she sets out to discover the truth behind Misao's disappearance and the curse...

This game was translated into English by vgperson, and can be found right here.


Misao contains examples of:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Despite his reputation, Aki seems to have a crush on Tohma. However, she changes her mind after seeing him ditch Otome. In the "Truth" ending, she doesn't even particularly care about leaving him behind in the other world.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Misao, Otome and Yoshino are all in love with Tohma, who ultimately is too self-absorbed to really return any feelings. Ayaka has a massive crush on Mr. Sohta, and Kudou is revealed to have kept their feelings for Misao bottled up for too long. "Truth" also reveals that Sohta's childhood friend/crush Tanako didn't feel the same way, which didn't end well.
  • Alpha Bitch: Yoshino.
  • Ambiguous Situation: After helping Kudou cope with his guilt in the "Truth" scenario, Aki wonders to herself whether or not the vision of Misao who appeared and accepted his feelings was real or not. Word Of God only reveals that Misao didn't return his feelings, and leaves open whether or not she accepted them to ease his guilt or that was all in his own head.
  • And Your Reward Is Infancy: The Truth storyline starts out with Aki being asked to help the victims of Misao's curse earn this.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Kudou makes one shortly before dying. Misao's spirit appears and coldly rejects it.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: You are not allowed to quicksave in areas where a ghost is out to attack you, thereby preventing situations of the game becoming Unwinnable.
  • Asshole Victim: Aki isn't exactly broken up about 'forgetting to save' Yoshino. When the Flashbacks reveal precisely what Yoshino did to Misao, well...
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Seen in the "Truth" path while Aki tries to save Saotome.
  • Batter Up: One of the items Aki finds is a bat. Not very useful against the evil spirits, but good for smashing up other things...
  • Begone Bribe: Played for laughs, dementedly during Truth. One of the items you can use on the Misao(s) beating up Yoshino is money. It isn't effective.
    Aki: Look Misao! Money! Beat Nope, she didn't even look. What a shame.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Misao believes Otome to be this, since she was apparently the one who posted her romantic text to Tohma for all to see.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • In the good ending, Aki punishes Misao's murderer and helps her spirit find some peace, but Saotome, Yoshino, Kudou and Ayaka all died and were forgotten by the rest of their classmates.
    • In the Truth ending, everyone who was killed in the other world is either reincarnated into babies or resurrected to help care for them, and Misao is finally able to truly let go of her anger.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: One of Library's hints in the English translation is that Tohma is dry and needs to be moisturized; what she means is that he's dehydrated and needs something to drink.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Aki ends up covered in blood after hiding in the test subject's stomach.
  • The Bully: Yoshino.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: A tragic example occurs when Ayaka can't warn Aki about what she's discovered. Aki only learns the full truth about what they were trying to say in "Truth".
  • The Casanova: Tohma, who has a reputation for being a lech. Ayaka teases Aki for being interested anyway.
  • Chainsaw Good: Wielding by the Mad Scientist who kills Yoshino.
  • Character Portrait
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Part of the reason Yoshino bullied Misao so much, as well as why Otome posted her romantic text for everyone to see.
  • Cry into Chest: Sohta does this in "Truth" when Aki tells him that his students really did care about him.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Tohma has a noticable tan compared to his classmates, matched with spiky, darker blond hair.
  • Determinator: Regardless of what she has to go through, Aki is absolutely determined to save Misao's soul. This extends to the point that when she discovers somebody else must be sacrificed, she's willing to volunteer herself for the role.
    • Misao herself turns out to be one as well. She is quite dedicated to her pursuit of revenge against those who wronged her, and she was so determined to keep living after Sohta killed her that her body parts stayed fresh in his desk for three months.
  • Developer's Room: Can be accessed after beating "Truth" with a special password, and contains extra information and notes about the storyline and the various characters.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Word of God in the Developer's Room reveals Misao expected Aki to sacrifice Tohma so that they could be together forever, and is shocked if she chooses to kill Sohta instead.
  • Dirty Coward: Tohma, for all his big talk, abandons Otome the moment she's in trouble.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: In order to break the curse, Aki must find the six parts of Misao's body.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Onigawara considers that Misao took her revenge on everyone besides Mr. Sohta too far and asks Aki to save them.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The point of the "Truth" arc.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Certain lines here are repeated in Mad Father, and the character of Onigawara reappears as Ogre.
    • You find a piece of Misao's body in a locker that you opened with a key that Sohta dropped. Sohta sends you away to find tranquilizer that he supposedly keeps in his desk. After you find Ayaka dead and Sohta injured, Sohta gives you more pieces of Misao's body. This is not a coincidence.
  • Four Is Death: There are four graves near the shrine. To break the curse, four people whom Misao despised in life must die.
  • Freudian Excuse: "Truth" reveals that Mr. Sohta used to be bullied about being unattractive. When one girl started spending time around him as a friend, he fell in love with her, only to be rejected when he made a move. He then changed his appearance, but believed everyone only cared about his looks rather than him as a person.
  • Gainaix Ending: Even in the Good ending, the last thing the player will see is Misao standing in the classroom.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Aki beating up on Misao with a bat when the latter is torturing Yoshino endlessly is as much to help Misao calm down as it is to save Yoshino.
  • Girl Posse: Yoshino is in charge of one.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Aki has these.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • Used when Aki kills someone.
    • A particularly bloody one is used if Aki goes in the tiny room near the bathrooms in version 3.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Implied with the player character; the developer's room mentions this and alludes to the possibility of confirming it in a follow-up game.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: One of the new deaths added in version 3 has Aki suffering this fate.
  • He Knows Too Much: Mr. Sohta kills Ayaka after she discovers he's keeping pieces of Misao's body in his desk. If you get the bad ending, Mr. Sohta kills Aki after she learns he killed Misao.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: You can rename Aki at the start of the game. You also get to give Miss Library a name after befriending her.
  • Hint System: Miss Library will gladly provide Aki with plenty of hints if asked.
  • Hot for Teacher: Ayaka has a major crush on Sohta, to the point of where her first priority after the earthquake is snooping through his desk to learn more about him.
  • Human Sacrifice: Not only must Aki sacrifice the pieces of Misao's body, but four people whom she despised in life must die as well.
  • I Love the Dead: When Ayaka finds pieces of Misao in Sohta's desk, Sohta comes along and Ayaka learns that Sohta apparently does....things....with these pieces of Misao's corpse.
  • Idiot Ball: Aki unfortunately grabs one during the infirmary sequence, forcing the player to comply with a particularly painful But Thou Must.
  • In-Series Nickname: Saotome is called 'Otome' for short.
  • Ironic Hell: In "Truth", Yoshino is endlessly getting beaten up in a bathroom by several copies of Misao, just like how she and her gang of bullies beat up and abused Misao in life.
  • It's Up to You: Onigawara tells Aki she's the only one capable of reaching out to Misao. In the Truth arc, she's supposedly also the only one capable of helping the others reincarnate as infants.
  • Jump Scare: Which at times include art cut-ins.
  • Justified Tutorial: The library functions as the tutorial room, where you can look up information about the game system on its Pamphlet Shelves.
  • Kill the Cutie: Saotome is the first to die. Ayaka doesn't get to make it out, either.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Used in "Truth" to showcase that a certain character wasn't always so twisted. Though unfortunately, the cat was already beyond help when he found it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Both positive and negative in the Truth Ending: Ayaka, who had done nothing to wrong Misao and died tragically at the hands of her idol, is revived by Onigawara and is able to live happily in the other world. On the flip side, the selfish Tohma also gets stranded there, and isn't quite so thrilled about it.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Just looking at the wrong thing can lead to a very quick end for Aki.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: During the "Truth" path, once Aki shows Otome how Tohma's betrayed and used her, she turns on him. And borrows Aki's bat first.
  • Mood Whiplash: Most of the game is campy and tongue-in-cheek, and feels like a B-movie. And then you get to the endings and see what actually happened to Misao, and suddenly, the humor disappears entirely. It stays gone for the "Truth" ending.
  • Multiple Endings: As with Mad Father, there are three:
    • Bad Ending: Aki sacrifices the wrong person and escapes the other world with them. Visions of how Misao died only lead the villain to conclude she knows too much...
    • Good Ending: Aki sacrifices the villain, returning the school to their own world. She then has visions of how Misao died and realizes she made the right choice, but still grieves for her.
    • Truth Ending: Aki helps those who died in the other world find peace and be reborn, and befriends Misao.
  • My Greatest Failure: Mister Sohta laments not taking the time to listen to Misao before her disappearance, feeling like it could have been prevented if he hadn't been so busy. This isn't quite true.
  • Never My Fault: Tohma staunchly insists he's not to blame for any of the crap happening around them. This despite stringing along and manipulating Misao, Otome and Yoshino the whole time.
  • Non Standard Game Over: If you enter the large room that contains the door to the roof, you will be trailed by a little ghost girl that is singing "Kagome, Kagome". Unless you have the key to the door, your only option is to turn around, which will lead to the little girl brutally murdering you.
    • If you, for some reason, decide to meet Sohta while you're covered in blood, Sohta will kill you, thinking you're a monster.
  • Once More with Clarity: At first, the scenes in the infirmary are played as Ayaka having a Freak Out, Mr. Sohta staying to protect her, and Aki leaving them only to come back and find that they were attacked and Ayaka died. However, in the "Truth" ending, we learn that Ayaka accidentally discovered Mr. Sohta's secret, Mr. Sohta chased her down and tricked Aki into leaving, murdered Ayaka, and then injured himself in order to make it seem like he'd gotten hurt protecting Ayaka.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Miss Library, the school's vice president. So called because she spends all her time in the library.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Miss Library wears a pair of these, complete with spirals on the lenses.
  • Point of No Return: In "Truth", you can't go back after touching Tohma's grave. The game's kind enough to warn you about this.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Being unable to spit it out leads directly to Ayaka's death. In "Truth", it's tragically revealed that Mr. Sohta overheard her gushing to her friends about how attractive he was, but ran off before overhearing that they loved his kind personality as well.
  • Prank Date: Tohma only started going out with Misao because he could, and was stringing along her and Otome at the same time.
  • Rape as Drama: Yoshino coerces another student into giving Misao "lots of love", then when Sohta finds Misao crying after that experience, he pretends to listen to her before forcing himself on her. Once she tells him to stop, he freaks out and kills her. This is the reason for Misao's rage towards Yoshino and Sohta in particular.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After they're reunited, Aki calls Tohma out for abandoning Saotome.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In "Truth", Aki's revealed to be wearing contacts, and Word Of God alludes to her possibly having some sort of demonic heritage. Misao also has these as an evil spirit.
  • Save Game Limits: Principal Onigawara records your adventure for you. You can also quicksave at almost any time, but these will be lost whenever you quit the game, and there are certain areas that prohibit quicksaving.
  • Secret Keeper: Onigawara has a secret code you can find if you're clever enough......
    • There's an invisible option right under the load button giving you the code to the Developer Room
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: In "Truth", Aki tells Kudou that all the Misaos surrounding and berating him are borne from his own guilt over his past failures.
  • Shout-Out: If Aki tries to get some juice without money, she's told: "But Aki didn't have any coins... And the machine refused to change..."
  • Something We Forgot: During the credits of the Truth ending, it's revealed Tohma got left behind in the other world.
  • Start of Darkness: In "Truth", Aki can learn more about the past of Mr. Sohta and learn how they became so disturbed.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Aki finds an unhappy Yoshino this way.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: One appears if you pick up the note in the main hall for a fatal Jump Scare. Another falls into a different hallway and tries to grab Aki.
  • Stuffed into a Locker: This is where Aki discovers her teacher.
  • Tears of Blood: Seen in "Truth" when Misao looks in the hand mirror.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: When Aki enters Yoshino's hell that Yoshino receives as punishment for what she did to Misao, an image of Misao says "NEVER FORGIVE". Aki then sees that a lot of Misaos are beating up on Yoshino, and probably have been for a long time.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor, poor Misao. Rejected by her best friend, who ignores the bullying she's receiving. Asked out by the boy she likes, only to find later that he's cheating on her. The other girl posts one of her mushy texts on the school wall for all to see. The bullies become more brutal in their bullying of her. She gets raped. She cries to a seemingly sympathetic teacher...who then rapes and murders her. Cue becoming a spirit out for revenge.
  • Waiting Puzzle: Found in the piano room, where Aki must sit until the ghost finishes performing.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "Truth", Misao is none too pleased when Aki stops her from beating up Yoshino by bashing her over the head with a bat.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Performed by Mister Sohta after Ayaka's death.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair:
    • Kudou, making him stand out among all the browns, oranges and blondes of their classmates.
    • Also, Mr. Sohta, who has greenish hair.
    • A minor character named Miho who only appears in the bad ending also has green hair.
  • Yandere:
    • Misao wants Tohma to be hers forever...
    • While the bad end implies that Misao is not Sohta's only victim, when Sohta kills Misao, he insists that she's his now. And keeps her body parts around.
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