The Gray Garden is a game for RPG Maker 2000 made by Mogeko in 2012.Long ago, angels and demons were at war. One day they made the decision to co-exist and live in harmony. A long period of time had passed and the two sides lived in peace.Yosafire is a cheerful demon girl enjoying an easygoing life with her friends. Until one night when she gets attacked by a mysterious flaming bat from another world…After that, Yosafire and her friends set out to stop an oncoming invasion by the demons of the Flame World and protect the peace of the Gray Garden.The English translated version of the game by vgperson can be downloaded from here. See also Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea and Mogeko Castle, both also made by Mogeko.
A Day in the Limelight: The videos in the Bonus Room gives screentime to some of the minor characters such as Lowrie and Raspbel.
A Friend in Need: When Yosafire and Froze are falling to their apparent death, Yosafire cries over how she jumped after Froze was pushed off the cliff despite she herself being unable to fly. She's about ready to accept that she'll die...until she realizes that means Froze will die too. And the urgency to save her ended up causing Yosafire to overcome her fear of flying to save Froze's life.
All There in the Manual: The girls' "ancestors" have only been silhouetted in one of the CGs, but Mogeko has illustrated what they actually look like on their site. Their names have been revealed in some of the illustrations and from someone just asking Word of God directly what they were. They are:
Animal Motifs: The Preserves Sisters are associated closely with bats; they're Rawberry's favourite food, both wear all black and red, they wear bat-shaped accessories (choker and hair-ribbon) and their own hair forms into bat-wing shaped segments at the waist.
Stabbing Froze and pushing her off a cliff was the straw that broke the camel's back for Macarona.
Attacking Raspel is a sure-fire way to turn Rawberry into a mindless (and cannibalistic) killing machine.
Big Damn Heroes: Grora is introduced this way when she saves the girls from a swarm of bats. The girls are saved from the flaming bats again later by Lowrie and Greif. Also towards the end, Etihw does this.
Yosafire is constantly teased for being this. Her friends even say that they think she's gaining weight because she eats so much. At a couple points in the game, she wonders if certain creatures taste good.
Rawberry often thinks about food, though her tastes are more... unusual compared to the other girls.
Bloody Hilarious: Some of Rawberry's attacks, as demonstrated in the pre-move cutscenes.
Book Ends: The game starts with Yosafire frolicking alone in the garden, and Froze retrieving her for some apple pie at Dialo's house. During the Good Ending, Yosafire is sent by the other girls to fetch Froze from the garden for a trip to Apple Forest so they can make more pie. And this time, Yosafire manages to not fall in the hole. Also, right after this, just before the credits start, when Kcalb and Etihw stand together in the garden near the castle, you can see the same two birds fly by that flew overhead right at the start of the game.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Yosafire introduces herself and most of the other characters directly to the reader. Froze will ask who is she talking to while Yosafire introduces her. The character(s) displayed on the C Gs between 'chapters' also comment on the events we've just seen and wonder aloud what will happen next.
Yosafire, when told that all she has to do to get her and her friends out of the Flame World Prison is agree to be Emalf's girlfriend, she proceeds to bluntly tell him that she couldn't be less interested and, besides, she's Froze-sexual.
Ater and Arbus, Kcalb's pet cats, are also very straight forward in their speech, particularly after they destroy Emalf's 'Ultimate' Familiar and proclaim rather simply that it was an easy kill for them. To Emalf's face.
Chekhov's Gun: Earlier in the game, Yosafire and Froze have to look for Froze's pocketwatch. The same pocketwatch would end up saving Froze from being fatally stabbed by Emalf.
Conveniently an Orphan: None of the village girls have parents and they all (aside from Dialo and Chelan and the Preserves sisters) live on their own. Justified in that they are the reincarnations of the angels and demons who died in the great war as silhouetted in this CG◊.
Dark Reprise: The cheery tune that plays in between 'chapters' has its pitch and speed lowered around the time Yosafire, Froze, Macarona and Rawberry are captured and taken to the other world, giving the tune a much more solemn feel to reflect how dark things have gotten.
Die or Fly: Used literally when Froze's wing is injured and she's shoved off a cliff, forcing Yosafire to rescue her. It's zig-zagged in that Yosafire has always had wings, but an accident as a young girl rendered her hopelessly afraid of flying. Afterwards, she's able to do it no problem.
Disproportionate Retribution: In "Hot Pot Party", Kcalb and Etihw nearly start another war over the last bite of mochi kinchaku. Wodahs puts a stop to it in time though.
Drama-Preserving Handicap: At several points, the girls make mention of the fact that they can all fly, and therefore walking and/or fighting is a waste of time. That is until they remind themselves of Yosafire's fear of flying or they find that so many Flame Demons have swarmed the sky that flying is too dangerous.
Finishing Move: Yosafire, Froze, Macarona, and Rawberry will learn their final Magic attack at Level 30.
Foreshadowing: Halfway through the game, Etihw speaks to Dialo and Chelan about all of the terrible things she did to Kcalb and the demons, leading Chelan to assure her (through Dialo) that she loves her, regardless of her past. At the end, Yosafire tells Kcalb the exact same thing - with Cool Down Hug - to restore his will to live.
Girly Bruiser: Macarona. She is the most stereotypically girly member of the party, yet she is also said to have the most formidable grip of all. Her skill set also matches this, most closely following that of a Bare-Fisted Monk.
Glass Cannon: Macarona. Noted to be extremely tough, with an appropriately high Attack stat (particularly after she hands Emalf's ass back to him) and hard-hitting special attacks, but her HP is laughably low compared to the other girls.
Hell Invades Heaven: In a way. The Gray Garden has demons living alongside angels in peace until the Flame World full of more violent demons decided to invade.
Heroic Safe Mode: Seeing Froze getting stabbed in the wing and shoved off a cliff is enough to send Yosafire into this. It's zig-zagged in that she jumps without thinking instead of freezing up, comes out of it long enough to recognise her folly (i.e. she can't fly either), but then re-enters it when she realises that her handicap means Froze is about to die. Next thing she knows, Yosafire is flying, with Froze in her arms.
High-Pressure Blood: Several of Rawberry's attacks invoke this in the pre-move cutscene, usually after she does something cute.
Hopeless Boss Fight: Two instances of this. The first is when Yosafire first meets Rieta on the beach. The second is the first boss fight with Ivlis, who had stolen Kcalb's power. In both instances, the boss will be invulnerable to damage and the only way to advance is to keep attacking them until the battle automatically ends.
Ironic Echo: While mocking Yosafire, Emalf tells her "You know you can't do nothin' to make useless any better." Yosafire throws those same words back in his face after his trump card's reduced to entrails.
I Was Just Passing Through: The M.O. of the Passing Demon, who spends all her time screwing with Ivlis' plans behind the scenes, but insists she's just a 'passing demon'. Turns out as a Devil of another world, she owes Kcalb one, and she eventually concedes that a world like theirs is fragile, rare and definitely worth protecting.
Knight of Cerebus: Arguably, the first Flame-Bat that appears and beats Yosafire to death's door.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: One where Macarona unleashes her fury on Emalf and another after the boss battle with Poemi and Emalf back in the village where they actually turn into bloody piles of meat.
Not What It Looks Like: At the end when Yosafire goes to the garden to check on Kcalb and sees him and Etihw having a moment, she thinks she's walking in on an "adult" moment, apologizes, and runs away, much to Kcalb's embarrassment and Etihw's amusement.
Opposites Attract: Very much. Yosafire is hyper and energetic while Froze is quiet and stoic. Macarona is sweet and girly while Rawberry is disgusting and tomboyish. Etihw is talkative and expressive while Kcalb is quite and stoic.
Orange And Blue Morality: Arguably, Rawberry, whose top priorities throughout the story are food (most often, finding more delicious Flame Bats to devour), sleep, Macarona and the safety of her sister, Raspel. Nothing else seems to matter to her. When things get serious, she does manage to pull it together and be serious, but it's very rare.
Our Angels Are Different / Our Demons Are Different: There are various worlds of angels and demons and the gray garden world is a rare one where angels and demons co-exist peacefully. Passing Demon implies that the angels from her world are much more violent than the ones in the gray garden.
Paper-Thin Disguise: When the girls need to avoid getting seen by Emalf and the flame demons, Yosafire comes up with using the suits and sunglasses the demons wear to hide their face and wings. Much to Froze's surprise, the disguises actually work.
Perky Demon: Rawberry and Raspel. They dress in black and Rawberry is always interested in consuming bugs and bats and loves tormenting her angelic friend, Macarona.
Rapunzel Hair: The Preserves Sisters, Rawberry and Raspel. Both have bat-wing-shaped hair reaching their knees, and the former's is tied up in a ponytail too. They both grow massive spikes/fangs from their hair when their Extreme Omnivore tendency is pushed to its logical conclusion.
Rare Candy: The [Attribute] Candy items scattered in the hidden chests.
Really 700 Years Old: Etihw and Kcalb. Wodahs, Grora, and the cats could count too as they fought in the Great War. While Etihw is older than Kcalb, the latter's the one who gets the old jokes thrown at him.
Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Yosafire and Froze are the strongest example of this, and it doesn't help that Yosafire talks about how she and Froze are friends sworn in love and how she's going to be Froze's girlfriend. Macarona/Rawberry and Dialo/Chelan also qualify, with the latter pair being the only ones who live together.
Running Gag: No one being able to recognise the girls after they don aforementioned disguises. Even Dialo and Chelan don't see it's them.
Took a Level in Badass: Macarona. Literally and figuratively when she beats Emalf to a pulp for stabbing Froze, resulting in both her and Yosafire falling off a cliff together. After aforementioned event, she says she's brimming with new-found confidence, and the game notes that her Attack and Defence stats have increased greatly.
Wham Episode: About halfway through the game, there are a series of short scenarios which comprise of your party being imprisoned in another world, Dialo and Chelan blown away by Ivlis, and Etihw being captured. The brief trek through the ruined village - with The Reveal of Rawberry's dark side - also counts.
Why Won't You Die?: Yosafire and her friends get very frustrated by how the demons they defeat keep coming back, especially in regards to Emalf where they compare him to a cockroach. Even literally turning Emalf and Poemi into raw meat doesn't stop them!
Willfully Weak: Etihw. While still the most powerful entity in the game, she remains in her (vulnerable to capture and non-omniscient) human form as a way of making sure she will never forget her own folly during her conflict with Kcalb and risk starting another war.