Visual Novel / Atlach=Nacha
"Know you're own place, pig..."
is a Romance/Horror Visual Novel by Alicesoft about a Jorōgumo
named Hatsune Hirasaka.
After an arduous battle with her nemesis Shirogane, Hatsune has had to go into exile, hiding within a forest for centuries. Able to take on a human form, she appears as a student at Yaesaka High School where she intends to use the students to replenish her strength, and heal her wounds. She does this in two ways: either devouring them
or having sex with them (usually forcibly). It should be noted that she prefers girls for sexual intercourse
She saves a Shrinking Violet
by the name of Kanako Miyama on the night she discovered the school, killing and devouring the boys that were trying to rape her. Now, Kanako stays by her side as a loyal servant, helping her accomplish her nefarious goals, while Hatsune plans to target the other students, either turning them into her thralls (a "kind" term to describe broken sex slave), or consume them alive. Things become complicated between Kanako, and Hatsune, as they start to devolp feelings for each other. However, Shirogane is stalking the area as well and it won't be long before he tracks her down, and Hatsune will need to confront her age-old rival once more...Atlach=Nacha
was released in 1997, initially being bundled together with a bunch of other Alicesoft titles, under the Alicesoft Mansion collection. Proving to be quite popular, it got its own standalone release in 2000. While there hasn't been a sequel, Hatsune herself proved to be quite iconic, having made several cameos in other games. Despite having a cult following in Japan, its rather obscure in the west, though there has been several attempts to translate it.
Named after the Great Old One
spider from the Cthulhu Mythos
, though its completely unrelated to the Mythos.
Atlach=Nacha provides examples of the following:
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: In one possible ending, Hatsune impregnates Kanako to keep her from committing suicide at the sight of Hatsune dying from her injuries after killing Shirogane. This leads to Kanako giving birth to a jorōgumo, and becoming one in the process.
- Admiring the Abomination: Kanako knows that Hastune is a monster, and while she's afraid of her at first she gradually falls in love with the Oni for her strength, which saved her.
- Adult Fear: A teenager falling in love with an emotionally manipulative murderer, and actually loves her. Even though Kanako becomes Hatsune's Morality Pet, her desire to stay with Hastune reaches levels where even Hatsune herself has to draw a line.
- All Webbed Up: The fate of many of Hatsune's victims, though she likes to tie her thralls up in webs before having her way with them.
- Asshole Victim: Most of the cast can die, and a majority of them are major assholes, some even downright monsters.
- Anti-Hero: Hatsune is at best, a type V, if you don't play her as a straight up Villain Protagonist. Most of her heroic actions will be motivated by self interest, and she frequently invokes Pragmatic Villainy
- Attempted Rape: Hatsune saves Kanako from one of these, though her reasons are less than noble. She initially intends to either eat Kanako or rape her herself, then decides against it after filling up on Kanako's rapists.
- Bondage Is Bad: Oh yeah. Besides using her webs to tie people up, Hatsune enjoys occasionally using BDSM gear, like leather armbinders, and other stuff.
- Break the Cutie: The game is basically one long one for Kanako, who was already a Broken Bird at the games start.
- Cobweb Jungle: The classroom that serves as Hatsune's nest.
- Darker and Edgier: By far one of Alicesoft's darkest works, it's notable that its sexual content is usually played for Squick rather then titillation. It also lacks, almost completely, the trademark humor the company is usually known to have in its games.
- Dark Is Evil: Hatsune's black schoolgirl uniform, and raven hair, should tip people off she isn't a nice girl.
- Deus Angst Machina: Kanako's life. She didn't have a mother, her father was strict, she's frequently abused and raped by delinquents and her father is almost completely ignorant of it. She only felt happiness being with Hatsune.
- Deus Sex Machina: Overlapping with Intimate Healing; Hatsune recovers her magical strength through sex.
- Depraved Bi Sexual: Subverted. While Hatsune is certainly very depraved, she isn't really bisexual. While if she has too, she doesn't mind draining males through sex at all, but she much prefers having sex with females, and usually decides to simply devour her male victims.
- Death Equals Redemption: In one ending, Hatsune sacrifices herself killing Shirago, and defending Kanako. In a final act of selflessness, she prevents Kanako from committing suicide, by making love with her for a final time, encouraging her to live on. Downplayed in that, while it certainly doesn't make up for her previous horrid actions, it shows there was always some good left in her, and humanizes her considerably.
- Empty Shell: What happens to people who become Hatsune's thralls.
- Evil Versus Evil: The conflict between Silver and Hatsune, though Hatsune herself is significantly less evil. Also whenever Hatsune targets another rapist.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A fitting description for how Hatsune views Kanako, whom she grows to genuinely love with.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Let's just say you might have to do terrible things in order to get a preferred route.
- Fanservice: Hatsune and Kanako's sex scenes.
- Femme Fatale: Hatsune may be considered one, or she may be The Vamp, depending on how she interacts with the other characters.
- Giant Spider: Hatsune Hirasaka. She can shapeshift into her human form at will. Shirogane as well.
- Girls Love: A very dark example, but it counts.
- Hero Antagonist: Shirogane, the silver-haired monk, is supposedly this. But there seems to be something off about him...and ultimaley turns out far worse then Hatsune ever was.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Only for Kanako though...
- Horny Devils: Hatsune. "Jorōgumo" is Japanese for "whore spider".
- Hot for Student: A rather squicky example with Iguchi and Tsugumi.
- Humanoid Abomination: Even when Hatsune takes human form, she's anything but normal, having the appearance of an eerily pale, red eyed, raven haired girl. That's not even going into the fact Hatsune can manifest parts of her spider form, while in human form, such as her claws.
- Ill Girl: Sachiho Takano, unless Hatsune gets her...
- I'm a Humanitarian: Things don't end well for people who piss off Hatsune...
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: While Hatsune herself is very nasty, she does tend to murder people who are even worse then her.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: The game goes out of its way to present Hatsune as the lesser of two evils, as she tends to be more merciful (if you play her that way), very cable of love, and generally treats Kanako well, even if she's just an underling.
- Lesbian Vampire: Sort of. Though Lesbian Spider Cannibal is a more apt description...
- Meganekko: Rin Yagami. Also a Miko.
- Morality Pet: Its quite clear by the end of the game Hatsune genuinely cares for, and even loves, Kanako, deep down, who is the only person able to bring out what's left of her humanity.
- Pet the Dog: As hard as it is to believe, Hatsune has a few moments.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Hatsune's eye colors show that she is not to be messed with...
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Hatsune doesn't really count since she's been around for a couple of centuries, but Kanako and the other girls count if Hatsune decides to prey on them.
- Shrinking Violet: Kanako Miyama. She's a rather tragic Deconstruction, as her inability to socialize, and her crippling timidness, makes her an easy target for rapists, as she's too afraid to say anything about it.
- Shout-Out: The title is a reference to a Cthulhu Mythos diety even though the story isn't Lovecraftian in nature.
- Stalker with a Crush: Gousuke Iguchi has obsessive feelings towards Tsugumi.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Takehiro, childhood friend of Sachiho, may or may not end up like this depending on what Hatsune does; you don't get more unlucky than being dead.
- Villain Protagonist: Hatsune Hirasaka. Don't get much more of one then a demonic shape-changing Giant Spider who seduces and devours kids of both sexes simply to increase her power.
- Villainous Rescue: In the beginning, when Kanako is being gangraped, Hatsune comes out of nowhere, and slaughters her rapists in a display of blood, and gore. Initially, Hatsune claims that she only did so because she wanted to rape Kanako herself, but there's several in-game hints, and details from the official oneshot manga that cast this into doubt, and her real reason was it reminded her about what happened to herself, and it was a instinctive reaction to try and save her.
- Viral Transformation: Hatsune turns Kanako into a jorōgumo as well in one of the endings.
- Youkai: as a jorōgumo, Hatsune naturally fits into this category. Jorōgumo are demon-spiders who assume the forms of attractive women to devour humans. A similar creature is the Tsuchigumo, but that is apparently a Henge-type Obake.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Kanako.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: What Hatsune is, ultimately.