Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea is a game created in RPG Maker 2000 by Mogeko in late 2013. It follows the adventures of a young sea witch, named Wadanohara, who is narrating her story to you. While exploring islands with her three familiars, she encounters her ex-familiar, a shark boy named Samekichi, who tells her she should leave the sea forever. Things start to go downhill when war is declared on her ocean home by the Tosatsu Kingdom for reasons unknown. It's up to Wadanohara to use her magic to keep the invaders out.An English-translated version can be downloaded from here.Mogeko's other games include, The Gray Garden, released in late 2012, and Mogeko Castle, rereleased early 2014.
Wadanohara contains examples of:
AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: Princess Mikotsu's few lines are written in this manner - her sister suggests that she's almost entirely forgotten how to talk.
Advancing Boss of Doom: The Tosatsu bun soldiers who fill up your screen and chase you. If you pick the wrong route to go down, it's all over.
All-Loving Hero: Wadanohara. She shows great love and affection for everybody around her. Heck, she can't even bring herself to treat someone poorly, much less actually dislike them.
All There in the Manual: Once you beat the game, you get special access to a website filled with illustrations that show things that didn't make it or weren't mentioned in the game. Such things include drawings of what Wadanohara and her familiars would look like during the events of the best ending and a set of illustrations that show that Samekichi and Sal are actually twins who grew apart before ultimately becoming enemies.
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Of course in this game it's a shark in salmon's clothing. Not only does seemingly harmless Sal turn out to be evil, he was also a shark who disguised himself as a salmon to hide his identity.
Battle Discretion Shot: Used once in the game: when Orca steps in to fight Old. Interestingly enough, it was only two minutes that were lost.
Big Damn Heroes: The Tosatsu Kingdom, having patched things up with Uomi earlier, come in to save some of the villagers surrounded by creatures of the Sea of Death.
Bishōnen: The majority of the male cast qualifies, but probably the most classic example would be Cherryblod. He even wears a tuxedo all the time.
Bittersweet Ending: There are quite a few endings but none of them are 100% happy. Even the true ending, which is the best ending is bittersweet. Samekichi and Wadanohara are separated for a very long time, with Wadanohara not knowing whether he lived or died. Thankfully, they're eventually reunited.
Blood Knight: Orca. It doesn't matter who the person is, how strong they look, or which side they are on, he will pick a fight with them just because he enjoys it. His profile enforces this even further by showing that both his hobby and the thing he loves most is violence.
Butt Monkey: Lobco gets pushed around and periodically hit by Chlomaki, and no one seems to acknowledge her presence when she first arrives home to the Sea Kingdom.
Cat Girl: If nothing else, Wadanohara's friend, Chlomaki, certainly resembles this trope. She appears to have a cat-like tail and her pointy hat has two large, triangular additions similar to cat ears on top of it. Also, she dislikes water. Her all-black attire does not help.
Carnivore Confusion: All the animals in the game can talk, and people treat them like anyone else. (For instance, a lobster humanoid named Cherryblod is married to an actual lobster named Doloz and no one thinks this is odd.) Yet there is casual talk about eating other animals, and sometimes even other animal people.
Memoca, a seagull girl, is constantly horrified whenever Wadanohara's other two familiars bring up eating birds - including the friendly mail-seagull named Nekoyama.
Chlomaki talks about how her own familiar, a lobster, almost ended up being fried. She also teases Samekichi about shark soup, much to his horror.
Criminal Doppelgänger: With the exception of color and dress, Samekichi and Sal look exactly alike, and there is no in-game explanation for why other than to mess with Wadanohara's head and to make Samekichi look like the enemy. Bonus material manages to avert this trope, though, by showing that Samekichi and Sal are actually identical twins and that information simply didn't make it into the final game.
Daddy's Girl: Princess Mikotsu's bonus profile lists her only like as her father. It's implied that she's motivated more by jealousy and hurt feelings that the Sea God chose Uomi as his successor instead than just wanting to Take Over the World.
Deep Sleep: Princess Uomi is in one of these (as well as her sister) at the beginning of the game. Her eyes are wide open, regardless of whether she is asleep or awake.
Disproportionate Retribution: Early in the game, you encounter two birds who don't want to share fruit from a nearby tree with you. Your response? Your party KILLS them. They were sentient and could talk! After you defeat them, roast fowl is added to your inventory. No one in the game seems particularly upset by this development and it's never brought up again.
Disappeared Dad: Wadanohara's father. The spell he used to seal away Princess Mikotsu and the Dead Sea cost him his life and he disappeared shortly before Wadanohara was born.
Driven to Suicide: It's heavily implied in the second normal ending that Samekichi kills himself because he no longer sees a point in a world without Wadanohara.
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: In the True End, Wadanohara gets these after Samekichi leaves to fight in the Sea of Death. The light comes back once she and Samekichi are reunited.
Also happens with Samekichi in the bonus comics after he is taken prisoner after the Sea of Death wins.
Early-Bird Cameo / Guest Fighter: Orca and the penguin from a bonus video are actually characters from another one of Mogeko's works: Ice Scream, which is a comic series featuring artic creatures that are all Little Bit Beastly: Shirogane the wolf, Rocma the polar bear (fittingly enough, Orca's rival/enemy), Yukisada the owl, Mafuyu the baby seal, and Peraco the penguin. Orca, under the name "Idate", is a reoccurring villain and he's friends with the penguin who is named Rock.
Everyone Can See It: Samekichi and Wadanohara. Many of the characters discuss how cute and charming Samekichi's feelings for Wadanohara are, and how the two of them "get along so well." When Samekichi admits his feelings for Wadanohara to Nekoyama, Nekoyama tells him "Yes, it's quite apparent. A thousand fish in the sea would all say they know, I do believe!"...much to Samekichi's shock and embarrassment.
Evil Twin: Sal is Samekichi's actual evil twin. Though Sal has white hair and a white tail whereas Samekichi is black, from a distance they can be mistaken for each other. Plus Sal uses memory magic to make things hazy.
Eye Scream: It's never shown what exactly happened, but when Wadanohara sees Samekichi after he was dragged away by Sal, he has a large cut over his right eye. The best ending then shows that it left a deep scar and his right eye is unusable.
Faceless Masses: Most of the filler characters. You can tell when a character is important because they actually have a face.
Fake Memories: Sal, possibly with Psychic Powers, was able to curse Wadanohara's memories and make her forget the incident when he revealed his true self to her and then stole the sacred sword. She slowly regains her real memories over time, but since it's a curse she experiences severe pains each time she does.
Green-Eyed Monster: Fukami. Jealousy leads him to attempt to throw out Wadanohara's ocarina, which was given to her by Samekichi...twice. Thankfully the second time he realizes how much she needs it (it's her only memento from him) and arranges to have it returned to her. On top of that, his jealous feelings cause him to violently murder Wadanohara and the rest of the crew in the second bad ending.
Sal is also shown to be jealous of Samekichi, due to his warped feelings for Wadanohara.
Happily Married: Cherryblod and Doloz are pretty much the happiest couple in the game.
Height Angst: Wadanohara's height is commented on early on in the story; she's very insecure about it.
Heroic BSOD: Wadanohara goes through some of these for a short time after her sealed away memories start kicking in, but unlike most she's capable of jumping back into reality. She goes through a much more serious BSOD in the best ending after Samekichi leaves to seal the Dead Sea gate. It's implied that she's been depressed for days and everyone around her has noticed how her usual happiness has just disappeared.
The original heroic sacrifice was the sorcerer, Wadanohara's father, who died and became a giant pearl to protect the ocean. His spell created a barrier that kept enemies out.
Depending on the ending, either Wadanohara or Samekichi make a heroic sacrifice. In the 2nd normal ending, Wadanohara ends up using a similar spell as her father's and meets the same fate. In the true ending, Samekichi goes off to seal the Dead Sea from the inside, which means almost certain death for him. He somehow manages to survive, though it apparently takes him a very long time to get out and return to Wadanohara.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: No matter how many people she assists, or how many of them say they believe in her, at times Wadanohara can't help but feel that she's unable to live up to her father's name. Her feelings only get worse in the Best Ending, since she believes that her weakness was what prevented her from stopping Samekichi's Heroic Sacrifice.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Samekichi and Fukami to Wadanohara. Samekichi is around 5ft 6in (170cm) and Fukami is 5ft 8in (177cm), and while that's not very tall by most standards, they still tower over Wadanohara who is 4ft 2in (128-129cm.)
Inverted with Cherryblod and Doloz where it's more Tiny Guy, Huge Lobster Wife.
Cherryblod and Doloz. Kind of. They're both lobsters, it's just that Cherryblod is a lobster humanoid whereas Doloz is a full lobster. They have a daughter who is humanoid like her dad, but can shape shift into a full lobster form as seen early in the game.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The main reason why Samekichi was willing to separate himself from Wadanohara after what Sal did to her memories. He knew that if he messed up and triggered the curse, then Wadanohara's mind would break. Since the only thing he wants in life is for Wadanohara to continue being happy, he is more than willing to continue being ostracized from her and the rest of the sea to ensure that such a horrible thing would never happen to her.
This trope is sadly twisted for tragic effect in one of the bonus material, which shows that Samekichi will continue to always think this way, even when Wadanohara becomes the Red Witch in the first Normal End. As long as she's able to smile, even for the most vile reasons, Samekichi will never go against her because all he wants for her is happiness. Though it's safe to assume that his mind breaking after witnessing Wadanohara's change played a role in this mindset.
This also applies to Fukami who also has strong feelings for Wadanohara and is extremely envious of how much attention she gives to Samekichi. His jealousy was so bad that he even attempted to throw away the ocarina Samekichi gave to her, twice. However, after Samekichi disappeared into the Dead Sea and Wadanohara was left heartbroken, Fukami finally lets his jealousy go and encourages Wadanohara to continue believing that Samekichi will return. Just like Samekichi, he wants Wadanohara to be happy even if it means she'll never return his feelings.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Samekichi. Though he's not being a jerk by choice, but because Sal used a memory wipe spell on Wadanohara and if she found out the truth about Samekichi, it would destroy her mind. Samekichi tried to push her away because he was worried about her.
Killer Rabbit: The soldiers for the Tosatsu Kingdom. Also, Tosatsu herself and her dad are rabbit people and seem quite obsessed with slaughter.
Little Bit Beastly: Pretty much everyone in the game, to varying degrees. Most characters have human features, with things like a fish tail or lobster antennae added.
Love Confession: Samekichi to Wadanohara. He had it all planned out, he took her to a romantic location and gave her a gift. Unfortunately it didn't go quite as planned...
Thankfully, in the best ending Wadanohara gives one of her own to Samekichi who, of course, reciprocates.
Love You and Everybody: Played straight by Wadanohara in response to a love confession. As Doloz points out, sometimes she can be kind of slow.
Magic Pants: Humanoid characters taking animal form lose their clothing when they transform. However, the same characters appear in their previous set of clothes when they change back into humanoid form.
Magic Skirt: Some of the characters, such as Samekichi and Old, while in humanoid form, appear to have their tails going through their pants in such a way that leave the pants unable to stay up. A couple characters even appear to have belts going through their tails.
Malicious Misnaming: A more toned down case since it's done out of affection, but Tarako is constantly getting Samekichi's name wrong, calling him things like Semekichi or Tunakichi instead. Tarako is clearly doing it on purpose, though, because he is capable of referring to Samekichi by his real name, but only when things are serious.
Bad Ending 1- Sea Monster: Wadanohara loses her fight against Orca. Orca proceeds to attack Wadanohara, who is crying for Samekichi to help her. Unfortunately, Samekichi has died from his injuries, something Orca smirks at before he proceeds to eat and kill Wadanohara.
Bad Ending 2- Betrayal: Choose to go after Samekichi who has been dragged away by Sal. Wadanohara and her familiars chase after Samekichi only to find themselves in complete darkness. As Wadanohara calls for Samekichi, Fukami tells her to not worry before the screen flashes red. Memoca and Dolphi are brutally decapitated by Fukami before Wadanohara turns to face him. Taking advantage of her shock, Fukami proceeds to strangle Wadanohara as she begs him to tell her why. The last thing she sees is Sal right behind Fukami before Fukami viciously tears her apart. After murdering Wadanohara, Fukami reverts back to his normal self and is horrified by what he has done. Sal approaches him from the darkness, telling him that Fukami did what he always wanted to do, and then welcomes him to the Dead Sea. Fukami then proceeds to laugh maniacally. It is uncertain whether Fukami's actions were really of his own accord, or if he was controlled by Sal.
Normal Ending 1- The Red Witch: Choose to trust Sal. Wadanohara approaches Sal, believing that he will keep his promise and save Samekichi. Amused at her foolishness, Sal stabs Wadanohara with the sword and proceeds to torture her as a helpless Samekichi watches. The sight and his injuries prove too much for Samekichi and he is overcome by fatigue. When he is woken up by Sal, Samekichi sees that Wadanohara has become the Red Witch. Wadanohara then tells Samekichi not to worry, because Sal has taught her that the sea is now the way it should be and she is perfectly happy.
Normal Ending 2- The Blue Witch: Choose to not trust Sal. Wadanohara refuses Sal's offer and stays with Samekichi. Sal, who is not amused by Wadanohara's decision, then stabs Samekichi with the sword before he disappears into the Dead Sea's door which is slowly leaking its madness into the ocean. Desperate to save everyone and everything that she loves, Wadanohara decides to use the very same spell her father used to seal away the Dead Sea and becomes the Blue Witch. Her desires are granted and the sea is saved from the now sealed Dead Sea, but just like her father, Wadanohara disappears after the spell has been used. Her disappearance leaves a great emotional toll on everyone who loved her, primarily Samekichi who feels like the sea isn't worth living in if she's not by his side. The scene ends with Samekichi lamenting his feelings on a rock above the surface before the screen goes black and a loud sound, like something hitting a hard surface, is heard. When the screen fades back, Samekichi is no longer there.
The Best Ending- The Sea Witch: This ending is only achievable after getting both Normal ends and choosing "...." Wadanohara refuses Sal's offer, but proceeds to question his actions in hopes to come to an understanding. Sal gives her a fairly vague answer before stabbing her and disappearing into the gate. Samekichi, desperate to save her and the sea she loves, makes the decision to chase after Sal and close the gate from the inside. As she begs him to not do it, Wadanohara regains all of her sealed away memories and realizes the strong feelings that she has for Samekichi. She then confesses to Samekichi that she loves him more than anybody, but that isn't enough to stop him from entering the gate. The sea has been saved, but Wadanohara is left heartbroken and guilty, believing that if she was a better witch that she could have stopped him. But after some encouraging words from Fukami and finding her lost ocarina, Wadanohara comes to a resolve and decides to become a strong witch for Samekichi and promises that she will always believes in him and his return. Years later, Wadanohara is now the Great Sea Witch and is reunited with Samekichi under the full moon.
If you get Wadanohara up even level 30, the game's relatively easy. Get her to level 100 and you're basically kneeing everyone in the crotch.
Orca does this twice, once to Samekichi and another to Old.
Non-Human Sidekick:: Even though Wadanohara's familiars are mostly human feature wise, they're still not humans. Memoca is a seagull girl, Dolphi is a dolphin girl, Fukami is an octopus boy and Samekichi, her ex-familiar, is a shark boy.
Every witch and sorcerer have familiars. The familiars can transform into full animals, though we've only ever seen Lobco and Samekichi do so.
The Tosatsu Kingdom, which was the main enemy for the first half of the game. Turns out it was just a big misunderstanding based on being manipulated.
Oblivious to Love: Wadanohara is blissfully unaware of the love several characters have for her. The most obvious being Samekichi, who outright told her he loved her. While she said she loved him back, he soon discovered she thought he meant he loved her as a friend and she was just returning the sentiment. Poor guy.
Thankfully, Wadanohara eventually realizes that she feels the same way for him. The sad part is that she realizes and confesses right when Samekichi decides to perform a Heroic Sacrifice.
Fukami also harbors feelings for her, but they're much more hidden. Apparently he's very jealous of Samekichi. Wadanohara more than likely never found out about his feelings.
The last being Sal. Besides being a general all around nasty guy, he fell in love with Wadanohara at some point and wanted to get Samekichi out of the way. He succeeded, for a while, at least. Of course, Wadanohara had no idea about all this.
Official Couple: Samekichi and Wadanohara after Wadanohara regains all of her memories and realizes how she loves Samekichi more than anyone else and ultimately confesses to him right before he tries to seal off the Dead Sea.
Parental Substitute: Tatsumiya for Wadanohara. She was her father's familiar and before he used the spell that made him disappear, he had Tatsumiya promise that she would teach Wadanohara magic and ensure that she would grow up to be a loved and loving young witch. Tatsumiya has kept her promise ever since but is mildly overprotective of Wadanohara as a result.
Averted by Cherryblod, though it's implied he was a bit of a bad boy in his youth.
Red Herring Twist: The knowledge of a second Princess and Kingdom that's sealed away is given to the player at the very beginning, and many players mistakenly believe that the Princess Tosatsu and the Tosatsu Kingdom are what they're talking about right until the twist.
Ship Tease: While the most obvious Ship Tease is between Samekichi and Wadanohara, there is also a little bit between Tatsumiya and Orca when Orca steps in to help Tatsumiya in her fight against Old. A bonus video even shows Tatsumiya getting flustered as she stares at Orca from a distance during a stroll. Pulmo teases her for this, claiming she didn't expect her to be into the rough type.
Stepford Smiler: Wadanohara is a Type A. Whenever something upsets her, she keeps it hidden by putting on a (usually unconvincing) happy face. Fukami calls her on this in the final ending before letting her cry over the apparent loss of Samekichi.
Surprise Creepy: The second half of the game. The first half is pretty much interacting with cute animal people and facing down your enemies. Even after Sal reveals himself as the one behind everything it's not so bad - until you come across your familiars dying, covered in blood with missing eyes and limbs or cut in half. Of course it's just an illusion, but the game gets worse from there on out.
Truly Single Parent: Meikai to Wadanohara, who apparently hatched from an egg shortly after his Heroic Sacrifice. Some bonus material implies her mother was the moon, but the specifics are left unclear.
Tsundere: Samekichi, oh so very much. He's rude, abrasive, and an accused traitor. He also loves Wadanohara dearly and everything he does is for her sake.
Water Is Air: Every character in the game, even those who aren't ocean-oriented, can function normally underwater, and things that should not work underwater end up working anyway.
Certain characters being able to breath underwater is quickly explained in game. Apparently surface dwellers can use a spell that allows them to function underwater for a certain amount of time. Still doesn't explain how some things can happen, though, like how one of the demons can still use fire magic in the ocean. Even Memoca lampshades this.