Brass Restoration is a free DoujinshiVisual Novel about a high school student named Ryo Takiguchi. At the start of the story he's following in his dead father's footsteps as an exceptional drummer, but that changes quickly in the prologue when he loses his left arm in a train accident.The main story starts a few months later when he's released from the hospital. It deals with Ryo's struggles to come to terms with the fact that he can no longer be a world-class drummer, and tries to decide if he loves the heroine that the player has chosen. The player has a choice between four main heroines:
Minori - Ryo's childhood friend and fellow music club member. Plays the flute.
Yui - A Tomboy, and another one of Ryo's friends. An excellent singer.
Yoshine - A rich upper-classman, who's also in the music club. She plays the flute.
Kouri - An underclassman that Ryo has been teaching percussion. She also plays the piano.
The other characters include Tsubomi, Minori's younger sister; Koutarou, Ryo's good (male) friend; and Yukino, the teacher in charge of the music club.This VN deals with serious themes and important and powerful choices, but is tempered with a good dose of silly humor. The art is quite good, the writing is decent, and the music is a fitting set of simple piano pieces.English translation available here.This Visual Novel provides examples of:
Accidental Pervert - Ryo crashing into Yui and ending up with a handful of one of her "mountains".
Angst - A game built on the main character losing an arm will have some amount of angst. The girls develop a great deal of angst about their own problems and relationship with Ryo.
Artificial Limbs - Ryo gets an artificial hand in Yoshine's route. He quickly learns that he still can't play the drums, though, to his crushing disappointment.
Be Yourself - The main source of angst in Yui's route (with repeated emphasis) is Ryo's struggle to fall in love with Yui for who she is; Yui makes some attempts to act out her idea of femininity, but Ryo says it just comes across as weird. Subverted(?) in the end, where it turns out that Yui had the right idea—by acting as feminine as she can, she succeeds in winning him over. Evidently that was her real self.Huh.
Beware the Nice Ones - Yoshine will go to any length to be with her beloved Ryo, short of murder. Played for comedy at first, but becomes more dramatic later as she begins to express regret at her more manipulative ploys.
Cloudcuckoolander - Minori, and particularly Ryo. The game opens with the dude attempting to punch out the sun, and upon losing his hand immediately mentions a rocket punch or Dangai blade.
Ryo looks mostly like a normal guy if you can't hear his thoughts. Which you can! While Minori betrays herself whenever she speaks. To make it clearer, let's just say even Ryo admit he's communicating with someone who has no common sense.
Yoshine also fits this trope. She mistook Ryo and Koutarou's fight for homo-sexual intercourse.
The Comically Serious - Koutarou is a stoic, white haired bishonen, making his strange taste in literature, the time he's nearly outted as a pervert, or being caught in embarrasing situations all the funnier.
"I'm saying Ryo-kun and I aren't like that... but I am a bit... I'm thinking I want to be like that if I can... but I don't think I can beat Senpai. I'm not trying to take him away from Senpai, but I do want to seduce him..."
Disproportionate Retribution - The employee of the bookstore Ryo goes to in Kouri's route pointing a gun at his head because he didn't buy anything and attempting to kill him.
Lethal Chef - Minori, who often cooks with non-edible or lethal ingredients. She is good at cooking rice, however.
The school cafateria also seems to have one of these. Serving poor quality, overpriced food where food poisoning is a common occurance.
In one humorous flashbacks, Minori is proud of getting a 5 in Home Ec (out of a 5 point scale), Ryo takes a closer look and notes that it is in fact a negative five.
Lolicon: Ryo explicitly states that young girls are his ideal woman, and in a later scene it's revealed Koutarou may be one.
Lost Forever - Depending on what choices you make, you might never even meet all the girls in the game. And after Valentine's Day, you have no choice but to follow a relationship with one girl to whatever conclusion it brings.
Love Dodecahedron - In Yoshine's route, Ryo and Yoshine are in love, Minori loves Ryo, Koutarou is in love with Yoshine, and Tsubomi is in love with Koutarou
Love Makes You Evil - In Yoshine's route, Koutarou gets insanely jealous when Yoshine falls in love with Ryo instead of him, eventually cornering him with the intention of choking him unconscious and ripping off Ryo's surgically-attached artificial arm. While Yoshine watches.
Kouri's endings have specific names rather than the generic "Normal end", "Bad end"...
She also has 5 endings compared to the 3 the other girls have.
Manipulative Bitch: Yamaguchi in Minori's route. She more or less uses Ryo to get Minori to go back to the music club and screws with his feelings a little to do it.
Mood Whiplash - This game likes to swing from comedy to angst to heartwarming moments in the blink of an eye.
My Greatest Failure - Ryo finds out about one of these in Yui's route. It turns out her friend was a singer who lost her voice through cancer. Yui tried to teach her to play the piano, but she had no talent. They got into a fight when Yui wouldn't let her quit. Soon after, Yui won a singing competition and her friend committed suicide.
Not with the Safety on, You Won't - Subverted. Ryo invokes this against the bookstore owner, who then fires without hesitation. Turns out that that was exactly what Ryo was expecting—the question about the safety was to provoke him into firing. "...You can avoid a bullet if you know when it's fired."
Training from Hell - Yui's dojo has such "training" techniques as... getting hit in the head with a baseball bat (only Yui can take it) and getting your back rubbed with sandpaper ("Don't worry, no one's died yet.").
Ugly Cute - invoked An in-game example in the Ill-pin characters, which are stuffed... viruses.
Undying Loyalty - Arguably Minori to Ryo. In Yoshine's route when Yoshine's trying to drive Minori and Ryo apartMinori still gives Ryo advice on how to work things out, and in her route's bad end she stops hanging around Ryo because she thinks she's holding him back from properly getting over his depression. Then there's the scene where she gets drunk on sweet sake and says to Ryo "Even if the whole world is against you, I'll be on your side."
Minori: "Eh... then you two already did this and that, did S and M already, I after the H... You passed the O with the mouth, put many different numbers in front of the P... and now you're resting together with the Z?"..."I've decided. I'll join you two in the P part."
Verbal Tic - Minori has a habbit of saying "Nyu, Nyu" when Ryo teases her or she's stressed. Kouri also says "Pigyuu" several times when Ryo picks on her.
Yandere - Despite (or perhaps because of) her sweet nature, Yoshine sometimes seems this way. When Ryo gets out of the hospital (again), she has the taxi that was going to pick Ryo up replaced with a fake one from her house. A note in the passenger seat implies grim fates if he tries to sit there instead of next to her in the back, and once on their way she happily leans onto him repeating "Love" until he relents. Then there's the time she strapped him to a bed to treat his injuries and nearly got his pants off while Ryo frantically asked her to stop. Or her plot to sneak into his house late at night, knock him out with a shot of anesthetic, and kidnap him. Her complete ease with the extreme measures her family takes against intruders and enemies helps, too.