A Japanese gothic horror Visual Novel developed by Karin Entertainment and distributed by the now-defunct Hirameki International in the United States. Animamundi Dark Alchemist has the distinction of being one of the few Boys Love video games brought from Japan to the United States.The main storyline centers on Georik Zaberisk, a nobleman fallen on hard times. After the mysterious deaths of both his parents, he gave up his position as the Royal Doctor and moved his fragile sister, Lillith Zaberisk, to his family's country manor. There, Georick applied his skills as the town doctor. However, his life has been far from peaceful, for his dreams have recently been plagued by the devil Mephistopheles eager to acquire his soul.When a mysterious invitation comes from the King of Hardland requesting his return to practice, Georik, bored with his country life, jumps at the chance. However, while away reuniting with his old friends, Lillith is accused of witchcraft and beheaded. Arriving moments too late, Georik retrieves his sister's head only to discover that it is miraculously still alive. Vowing to restore her somehow, Georik returns to the capitol city with the hope that his old occupation will provide him with the money and means to save her.Help comes in the form of Timothy, a mysterious lad with some knowledge of the forbidden art of alchemy. Uncovering his father's secret lab in the basement of the family mansion, Georik must work against time to create an artificial replacement for Lillith's body. But with a sociopath as his new employer, war on the horizon, shady debt collectors on his heels and a devil haunting his dreams, Georik will need both wisdom and endurance to save his sister's life... and his own soul.
Big Bad Ensemble: A lot of people worked different angles to make Georick's life the mess it currently is. Mephistopheles is trying to claim Georick's soul and Bruno's only keeping Georik alive long enough to steal Mephistopheles away from him (and provoking a war that will devastate Hardland). Also, despite being a less-immediate threat, Count Sandwich both ruined Georick's father's life and is now manipulating the witch hunts. Oh, and the satanic parties he hosts basically combine Black Magic, orgies and torture.
Bittersweet Ending: Half of the good ones are this. There's no absolute good ending. Even in the one where things are fixed, only Mikhail and Georik remember what happened.
Game-Breaking Bug: The original release of the game in English accidentally locked out any endings other than "A Quiet Corrosion".
Straight Option: Lots of gay options and about two heterosexual ones. It should be noted that the only option with straight (albeit only off-screen) sex happens only when Georik is possessed by a demon. That's right, he won't be involved with a woman unless he's possessed by a demon.
Sex As Riteof Passage: Well, obviously you knew what the 'initiation rite' for the Hell-Fire's Club was, right?
Shown Their Work: Though *many* artistic liberties were taken (a great deal of the books and authors mentioned in the game existed), the alchemic items provide accurate information, symbolism is used effectively and many characters have very significant names taken from people who really existed and were involved in alchemy and/or freemasonry.
Snicket Warning Label: At least in the ending in which St. Germant and Lilith marry, they are happy together, right? Except that she dies one week after the marriage, rotting away in St. Germant's arms while he's left all alone since all the other characters were killed or went away.