Ballad of an Evening Butterfly
is a dark, Gothic, and short visual novel by Zig-Zag. It's about the amnesiac Sera Kaoru who wanders in a forest and stumbles upon a ominous, old looking western style mansion. He opens the gate and enters the house and is greeted by a stoic boy clad in black who has black butterflies. The boy introduces himself as Yoru Mutsuki. He lets Sera in and gives him a job to do, which is to occupy a girl locked in a basement. Yoru then gives him the keys to the basement where he finds the albino girl in white, Chou. After he finishes this task, Yoru tells him that Chou is a ChouTsuki and Sera was brought to be her sacrifice.
Ballad of an Evening Butterfly provides examples of:
- Animal Motif: Butterflies, of course, are a major motif in this visual novel. Black butterflies are assoiciated with Yoru and white butterflies with Chou.
- Ballad of X
- Cute Mute: Chou only speaks through Visible Silence, a childlike composure, and is very endearing.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Yoru has black eyes and hair.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Yoru, who's pretty enigmatic and creepy. He doesn't go outside much due to being weak to sunlight like Chou.
- Ill Girl: Chou, due to her albinism (and she's already weak to the sun because of her species). If she goes out in the sun she will die in five minutes. This is why she lives most of her life in the basement.
- Love at First Sight: Sera falls for Chou when he first sees her in the basement.
- Meaningful Name: Chou ('butterfly'), Asa ('there is').
- Mystical White Hair: Chou has white hair. It probably has to do with her albinism, the fact she’s from a unusual species (which is very similar to vampires) and her mysterious powers.
- Splash Of Colour: The entire work is completely monochrome save for the colour red, which shows up in Chou's eyes and blood.
- Stoic Spectacles:Yoru wears these and he never seems to lose his cool, no matter how dangerous the situation is.
- Woman in White: Chou is clad in baggy, white clothes which seems to add to her enigma. It also contrasts Yoru who's completly in all black.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Donuts for both Chou and Yoru.