[[caption-width-right:350:No Music, No Future]]

HGame VisualNovel that was made by Overdrive in 2010 and localized by [=MangaGamer=] in 2012.

Suganuma Shouichi was one of the nobles of the violinist world and loved by classical music fans everywhere. Even though he devoted his whole life to the violin, even going so far as to travel to Germany for his studies, unforeseen circumstances force him to move back to Japan forever disgraced. At the beginning of this story, he lives and works at Live House 696 at the request of the owners, his ChildhoodFriend Sakurai Kanae and her family. Through his interactions with his co-workers and the people who play there, he is exposed to the rock culture of the live house.

One day, he meets the wandering bassist Gonda Eiji. They don't get along, but when Gonda is forced to form a band, he joins as a guitarist along with the ex-drummist, Sadao, Kanae's father. In order to learn this new instrument, he obtains the help of the mostly normal (but fanatical when it comes to the guitar) Ooba Yayoi to be his teacher. Even after intensive training, when the concert starts, he is unable to play to his full ability because of Eiji's overpowering bass. One of the customers he has met beforehand, Kaguya Riho, takes charge of the microphone and sings, easing Shouichi's tension. Even though he recovers in the concert, afterwards, he's so depressed about his abysmal performance and his inability to quit music that he tries to break his hands. Fortunately, Eiji interferes and says that Shouichi was meant to play rock because of his depressing situation and should try playing in a rock band.

Following his advice, Shouichi creates a band with both Eiji and Yayoi and his trusty new guitar Fraulein. The {{Cloudcuckoolander}} drummer Rimu joins after the eventful marriage between her mother and stepfather, and a BattleOfTheBands with Riho's former band convinces her to join Shouichi's band. Later, they discover that they all have won the same mysterious prize from the same old vending machine in the live house, a guitar pick with the word "Deardrops" written on it. They choose that as the name of their band and go on to conquer the indie rock world!

See also KiraKira, the SpiritualPredecessor.

!!VisualNovel/{{Deardrops}} contains the examples of the following tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Not really abusive, but Shouichi's father, Kippei Suganuma, was the man who initially forced Shouichi to take up violin lessons and focus exclusively on classical music. Not to mention how much Shouichi claims to dislike his father (after all, there IS a reason why he lives at the live house)[[spoiler: and as revealed in Riho's route, Shouichi's father was practically obsessed with money and used Shouichi's reputation as a famous violinist to earn and seal business deals with other rich people who enjoyed classical music. And then he more or less disowns his son when Shouchi returns from Germany in shame...]].
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Rimu, though she acts more fickle than wild. Everyone keeps comparing her to a cat. Her hairstyle even resembles cat ears, which somehow move according to her current emotions.
* ApologizesALot: Kanade apologizes for near every mistake, embarrassment, random unfortunate event, mistake made by ''someone else''... You get the idea.
* BadassArmFold: His default pose.
* BeachEpisode: The last major concert of the Common Route.
* BigFancyHouse: Shouichi's former home since he was originally from a rich family.
* {{Bishonen}}: Shouichi Suganuma, more or less. Unlike your average VN H-Game protagonist he is actually given a face even in his POV and in most CGs. Nearly everyone in the story lampshades his handsomeness, including Riho's classmates, her teacher who is an avid fan of Shouichi, some other females, and any of the girls in their routes.
* TheChick: Despite not being in the band, Kanade, who tends to follow the band, often tries to stop Deardrops' frequent infighting. It's generally not that successful.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Rimu, oh so much. We see an... interesting POV from her during DEARDROPS' training camp in the common route.
* CoolOldGuy: The Master, Kanade and Chika's father.
* ContinuityNod: [[spoiler: Souta Honda, the protagonist of the Kira*Kira fandisc Curtain Call, makes an appearance in Riho's route, claiming to have been on tour with his band SUPER ROCK'N'ROLLERS. Like in his game, he constantly gushes about Yui and how he wants to impress and marry her, prompting Rimu and the others to call him weird. Kirari Shiino from Kira*Kira also makes an appearance in Riho's route; see CuttingOffTheBranches.]]
* {{Crossover}}: with "KiraKira" in d2b VS DEARDROPS - Cross the Future.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: [[KiraKira Kirari's]] [[MultipleEndings True End]] seems to have been the canon route here as [[spoiler: Kirari gets a cameo in Riho's route where she's acknowledged as a famous singer.]] In this visual novel, Riho's route appears to be the canon route judging by the length of her route (being over twice as long as some of the other heroine's) and the crossover fandisc, which is a direct continuation of that route.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Unsurprisingly [[spoiler: Eiji]] has one of these.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Shouichi Suganuma, the protagonist, was once a world-class violinist who performed in an orchestra in Germany, and an incident with his rival Johann and his eventual resignation from the orchestra sets the events of the current story. It depends on which route you take whether he goes back to playing the violin or not. Johann von Babenburg, Shouichi's rival, counts as well.
* {{Expy}}: Shouchi bares more than a passing resemblance to Music/LunaSea and Music/XJapan lead guitarist Sugizo. The fact that both are guitarists as well as classically trained violinists adds more to the resemblance. Rimu also refers to Shouichi as "Suga-sho" which obviously sounds very similar to "Sugizo".
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Riho
** TheLancer: Shouichi (Also leader at times)
** TheBigGuy: Eiji
** TheSmartGuy: Yayoi
** TheChick: Rimu
** SixthRanger: Kanade
** TagalongKid: Chika
* FiveManBandConcert: [[CaptainObvious As one might expect]].
* FriendlyRivalry: [[spoiler: Kanade]] versus Deardrops [[spoiler: in her route.]]
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: To [[spoiler: Eiji, late in Riho's route when he suddenly quits the band.]]
* GoroawaseNumber: When pronounced individually, the numbers in "Live Space 696" become "Ro-Ku-Ro".
* GratuitousEnglish: Like in KiraKira, English swearing is common. In one example, the guy receiving the words, Samejima, didn't understand the meaning even though he was an indie rock star. Eiji loves using this, and most of what he says are SurprisinglyGoodEnglish, though quite harsh...
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Yayoi, who tends to act like Nami Hito. She even says "Don't call me normal/plain!" in some routes. Poor girl can't help but feel insecure at how everyone else around her tends to be more forward and more talented, especially because most of her peers tend to call her 'plain' and her belief that she has nothing else if she never had her guitar and her skills.
* InnocentCohabitation: Deardrops holds a training camp during the summer in the Live House, meaning Shouichi, Eiji, and the girls are sleeping under the same roof. In Rimu's route, she ends up staying with Shouichi for a week because of her parents' honeymoon...
* {{Jerkass}}: Shouichi's father is implied to be one. After all, there would be a reason for Shouichi to stay at the live house and not at his own house. [[spoiler: In Riho's route, Shouichi says that his father was practically obsessed with money and was not above using dirty tricks to expand and develop their family fortune. In fact, their family only obtained status and wealth through Shouichi's father's constant yearning for money. His philosophy was 'If you do not gain merit or wealth from something, it is useless.]] Shouichi mentions that even though he did enjoy playing the violin, his father forced him to focus more on it at a young age [[spoiler: and when Shouichi becomes world-famous, his father uses that for his advantage when he makes business deals. When Shouichi returns to Japan in shame, his father practically disowns him, setting the events for Shouichi's eventual stay at Live House 696.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Eiji and Samejima although the former is more so. [[spoiler: Arguably Shouichi's father is one, because despite how harsh and strict he had been with his son he never sells Shouichi's expensive violin (that's saying a lot, since the man saw no profit being gained from keeping that 'expensive trash') and sells it back to his son (with special conditions) in Riho's route. He also tells Shouichi that what holds the most value in the world was personal bonds, not money.]]
* LastGirlWins: Technically the last girl to join the band but Riho's route is certainly the canon one.
* LittleMissSnarker: Sakurai Chika, the TokenMiniMoe, can talk down adults, give advice to professional camera crews, and earn the respect of professional bandsmen. She isn't called the 'Queen of Live House 696' for nothing.
* {{Megane}}: Shouichi. Everyone wonders what Shouichi looks like without glasses. [[spoiler: In Rimu's route, Rimu claims that he looks weird without them and in Riho's route, Riho claims that he looks cuter without them.]]
* MultipleEndings: One for each girl in the band, plus one from your childhood friend Kanade.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Shouichi gets the chance to go back to playing the violin in a couple of routes.[[spoiler: He refuses in kanade's route but accepts the offer at the end of Riho's route.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Depending on the situation, it's Chika or Yayoi.
* OverprotectiveDad: In Kanade's route, Master goes through this. In Rimu's route, it's Tamano instead. Both situations are hilarious, because their lines usually switch between "I'll leave my daughter in your care" and "I'LL KILL YOU IF YOU EVER START DATING, YOU BASTARD!!".
* ThePowerOfRock: Tamano is brought to his senses after Shoichi drags him to a rock concert.
* PatientChildhoodLoveInterest: Kanade, oh so much.
* PapaWolf: Master, Kanade and Chika's father, becomes this in Kanade's route. He constantly switches from trusting Shouichi with Kanade and nearly trying to kill him when he sees them sleeping in the same bed in Kanade's room. In Rimu's route, Tamano, her stepfather, tries to fill this role as he wants to earn Rimu's trust. Like Master, he switches from believing in Shouichi to do a good job taking care of his stepdaughter and wanting to tear him limb from limb [[spoiler: when Rimu reveals that she's staying over at Shouichi's and when a misunderstanding causes Rimu to cry.]]
* [[spoiler: PassingTheTorch: In Riho's route Shouichi ends up giving his guitar Fraulein to a middle school girl because he felt as though it was meant to be hers. It is also implied that Fraulein's previous owner was Leo.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Lampshaded. [[spoiler: They break up and rejoin in Riho's route only to break up by the end. They get back together in the fandisk though.]]
* [[spoiler: RetiredBadass: Wants to retire in the good ending of Riho's route.]]
* SliceOfLife: Most of the band's time is spent on practicing and bonding (with mixed results).
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Compared to KiraKira, Deardrops is much more idealistic. When they meet in the fandisk, Riho and Shikanosuke have an argument because of their differing views and life experiences.
* [[spoiler: {{Staircase Tumble}}]]: [[spoiler:Shoichi caused one of these to happen to his rival violinist Johann by pushing him due to being overstressed]] which got him kicked out of the orchestra, starting off the events of the visual novel. [[spoiler:He actually hesitated at the last moment. Johann decided to hurl himself down the stairs anyway due to being similarly stressed, or at least he thinks so; he can't quite remember what he did in that moment, just like Shoichi.]]
* TitleDrop: Deardrops is the name of the band, named after a pick each of the band members has and the band is named soon after all the members are gathered.
* TokenMiniMoe: Sakurai Chika, who also usually serves as the OnlySaneMan in the group.
* {{Tsundere}}: Riho towards Shouichi. In her route, it is revealed that she'd been impressed with how he managed to dedicate his life to music and play in a professional orchestra in Germany and was disappointed and angry at him for squandering that chance and returning to Japan due to a certain incident ([[spoiler:pushing his rival violinist Johan down a staircase on impulse.]]). Though unlike most examples, she is surprisingly less violent and more honest than most other examples.
** Riho does greet Shouichi at the airport with a flying kick in the fandisk.
** Chika is a {{tsundere}} in training.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Shouichi pulls one of these combined with NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity in the fandisk. [[spoiler: Since it involves fooling everyone he is having a relationship with Kirari Shiino he ends up getting a DynamicEntry when he returns to Japan by Riho.]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Chika practically plays the role of the band manager while still being 10. Growing up in a live house might have something to do with that though.
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler: In Kanade's route the violinist Johann, Shouichi's rival in the orchestra, is revealed to think of Shouichi as such. It is implied that he is the same in Riho's route, where he supposedly gives this answer to interviewers in Germany after Shouichi leaves and despite everything.]]