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Visual Novel: Enchanted In The Moonlight
Your power...offer it to me

Enchanted in the Moonlight is a Romance Game Visual Novel by Voltage Inc for iOS and Android devices. In it, the player takes the role of a young woman who, although she lives at her family's Shinto shrine, works as a librarian and considers her life completely ordinary... until she begins having strange dreams about monsters trying to kill her and waking up under a red moon.

After a series of strange, life-threatening accidents from which she only narrowly escapes harm, she's approached by a group of strange men who claim that they are not human but ayakashi, and that she has "awakened" to an inborn power that makes her a magnet for all kinds of supernatural nasties hoping to use it to their own benefit.

These five ayakashi are the only reason she's lived through the day, and they promise to continue to protect her... but not for free. Their help comes at a price: her body.

In return for their protection, she'll have to bear one of them a child.

Enchanted in the Moonlight provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Artistic License - Animal Care: It turns out to be a moot point since he's hardly a normal fox, but upon encountering Miyabi in his fox form during the prologue, the protagonist feeds him some of her inari sushinote  and then takes the apparent wild animal into her bathroom and strips naked in order to give it a bath. Had she done this with a real wild fox instead of a transformed kitsune, it would most likely have quickly become a painful experience.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Ayakashi government/culture seems to run on some level of this, with the leaders of the various factions being the strongest fighters of their members, and the leader of the Mononoke Village being the strongest ayakashi present.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Chikage and Koten aren't mentally ill, but as tengu they are occasionally attracted to shiny things. Like a jewelry store.
  • Blow You Away: Tengu magic specializes in manipulating wind.
  • Cain and Abel: Shinra and his older brother.
  • Character Tic: Yukinojo winks a lot.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: On Shinra's main route, one appears to blossom between the protagonist and library regular Taira. Until it's revealed Taira had overheard the protagonist telling her co-worker about her first love, and used the information to pass himself off as that boy. The actual Childhood Friend Romance is between the protagonist and Shinra.
  • Cosplay: At a festival, several humans think Chikage is doing this thanks to the protagonist intervening to uphold the Masquerade.
  • Cute Monster Guy: Chikage and Shinra are more attractive than a tengu and an oni have any business being.
  • Death by Childbirth: Miyabi's mother died giving birth to him. Later it's revealed that she was actually murdered by resentful ayakashi.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Chikage hides his many issues behind a veneer of logic and detachment.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The protagonist will have at least one of these, usually to indicate that she's finally falling for the guy in question.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first we see of Shinra and Kyoga in the prologue is in the library. Shinra is causing a disruption by loudly complaining about the depiction of demons as villains in folktales like "Momotaro." Kyoga, meanwhile, protests the depiction of the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood"... because he'd rather go for a sexy lady than some little girl.
  • Everybody Lives: Played straight in Miyabi's route. Subverted in Chikage's.
  • Evil Former Friend: Magama, the villain of Chikage's route, turns out to have been his best friend when they were children.
  • Extra-Strength Masquerade: Used inconsistently in Chikage's route. During the main story humans can't see two ayakashi having a fight in the middle of the library, which is a major problem in terms of collateral damage. During the epilogue, however, two ayakashi who just forgot to put on their disguises cause a major freak out, and the protagonist has to intervene and claim all the weird-looking people are cosplayers. Based on Chikage's dialogue, ayakashi in the human world are supposed to disguise themselves, but no explanation is made for why.
  • Facial Markings: Miyabi has them in his fox form, letting the player know immediately that - despite the protagonist's assumptions - he is more than just an ordinary wild fox.
  • Fantastic Racism: Ayakashi are a proud bunch, and are quick to look down on lesser clans and lineages — to say nothing of how some of them feel about humans.
  • Finger-Licking Poison: Administered through a person, rather than the more traditional book. When the protagonist is poisoned by Nishiki, her skin and blood also becomes poisonous to anyone who might be going for a taste, like her ayakashi lover. Nishiki even tailored the poison to amplify the irresistible scent and taste of the protagonist's blood to make absolutely sure Miyabi would fall for the trap.
  • First Love: Shinra and the protagonist knew each other as children, and were each other's first crush.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: The protagonist pulls this on Shinra during his sequel, complete with a smack to the face.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Miyabi is the son of a human woman and an ayakashi man.
  • Handsome Lech: Miyabi, natch, although a darker variation of the trope. Kyoga also shows signs.
  • An Ice Person: Yukinojo has power over snow and ice.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Shinra has been called a demon, ogre, and oni, although not at the same time.
  • Intimate Healing: And its magical subcategories. One of the reasons the protagonist is attractive to ayakashi is that she's capable of this. In Chikage's route she points out he's stronger with her around to convince him to bring her along for the final confrontation, even describing herself as a gas station.
  • Kitsune: Miyabi, complete with shapeshifting abilities and trickster attitude.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Miyabi's really popular with the ayakashi women back home. The main part of his character development involves getting to the "in love" part.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Most of the main cast's ayakashi forms involve the addition of some animalistic traits added to their normal human appearances. Miyabi and Kyoga in particular sport furry ears and tails.
  • Love Triangle: One forms on Chikage's route between Chikage, the protagonist and Kyoga. The protagonist, unaware at that point that Chikage isn't as indifferent to her as he appears, even describes it as "the person I love, and the person who loves me."
  • A Magic Contract Comes with a Kiss: Though it's a love bite to the back of the protagonist's neck, rather than a kiss in the traditional sense, this is what seals the agreement between the protagonist and her chosen love interest. It serves a deeper purpose than pure fanservice, however, since the bite leaves behind the love interest's mark to warn off any lesser ayakashi who might otherwise be tempted to try their luck.
  • Magic Contract Romance: On all routes, the protagonist enters into an agreement with an ayakashi that she will bear his child in exchange for protection from those who would simply kill her for her power. Romance inevitably ensues. The agreement is not binding, however, and she can choose to walk away at any point (and does so on Chikage's main route.)
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: It's made abundantly clear on every route that the ayakashi would not be nearly so approving of the love interest's choice of bride, had she been an ordinary human. Halfbreed Miyabi, in particular, is accused of diluting the ayakashi blood even further in his sequel when he resolutely refuses to break up with a suddenly powerless protagonist.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: It's never established exactly how long ayakashi live (or if they're immortal), but it's certainly long enough that individuals can afford to be philosophical about having to wait another thousand years for the next person with "special blood" to be born.
  • Master Poisoner: The specialty of the hebi clan of serpent ayakashi.
  • Meaningful Name: The "yuki" in Yukinojo's name means "snow."
  • Moment Killer: Shinra and the protagonist tolerate a deliberate invocation of this trope during his route.
  • Morphic Resonance: Miyabi's fox nature lingers, no matter the form he wears. In the prologue, the narrative calls his human form "Fox Eyes" before he's introduced, and he later shapeshifts into a plush fox toy and a fox statue.
  • Mr. Fanservice: All the love interests, full stop.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • At the end of Miyabi's main route, the other guys are startled when the proud, arrogant kitsune drops the attitude and humbly asks them to help him save the protagonist's life. They take it as proof that he really is serious about her.
    • Miyabi displays this in Shinra's sequel as well. The fact that he's not being a letch informs the protagonist that Miyabi is seriously concerned about Shinra's current disposition.
  • Paranormal Romance: The basis of the game is the human protagonist's romance with one of several supernatural beings.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Miyabi has one Missing Mom, one Disappeared Dad, and was raised by his grandfather. His mother was murdered but Miyabi thought it was a case of Death by Childbirth; his father re-appears in the sequel.
    • Chikage was full-on abandoned as a child, causing him to resort to theft to survive. It's implied Chikage took in Koten to prevent the same thing happening to him.
  • People Puppets: One particular hebi poison gives the poisoner control over the victim's body, but not their mind. Nishiki uses it to make the protagonist attack Miyabi.
  • Phlebotinum Girl: People with "special blood" are only born every thousand years or so, which makes the protagonist a tempting target for ayakashi of every rank and moral outlook. Not only will any child of hers be extraordinarily powerful, but her presence alone empowers and heals her ayakashi lover.
  • Playing with Fire: In addition to his abilities of shapeshifting and illusion, Miyabi can also create and control blue flames called kitsunebi (foxfire) which are fully capable of burning threats to ash.
  • Razor Wind: The ayakashi clan that specializes in it is even called kamaitachi. Chikage eventually reveals that he learned the technique as well when he kills Magama.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shinra is an actual red oni, with everything that implies about his temperament. He is quite literally this to his older brother Taira, whose colour scheme is shades of blue.
  • Right Through the Wall: Miyabi's straightforward approach to making sure everyone knows the protagonist is his. Much eye-rolling ensues among the other guys, with the exception of a thoroughly mortified Samon.
  • Romanticized Abuse: In their first sexual encounter, Miyabi ignores the notion of consent on the part of the protagonist. He undresses and touches her, while she shakes her head frantically in protest and tells him no/to stop more than once. Their relationship progresses from that point, playing out along the lines of the fantasy of being claimed by a strong alpha male. It is notable that when Nishiki tries the exact same thing later in the route, the protagonist feels only revulsion (as opposed to her strong physical and emotional response to Miyabi), and has a Love Epiphany.
  • Romantic False Lead:
    • Taro, the protagonist's boss at the library and someone she's been pining over for some time, is this during Miyabi's route. He's actually an ayakashi called Nishiki, and the main antagonist of the story in disguise.
    • Taira, the protagonist's childhood friend during Shinra's route. Taira's the antagonist for Shinra's route, and Shinra's older brother.
  • Romantic Runner-Up:
    • In the epilogue of Miyabi's story line, Chikage outright asks the protagonist to leave Miyabi and be with him instead. She doesn't of course. Miyabi doesn't hold a grudge over it.
    • Kyoga on Chikage's route. He would very much like it if the protagonist chose him over some cold-blooded tengu, but eventually comes to respect her choice.
  • Sarashi: Shinra in his oni form wears sarashi under his loosely-tied, barely-on kimono, visually denoting him as a physical fighter and a bit of a thug.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Bizarrely enough, it's the heroes pulling the ultimatum, at least at first. In return for one of them acting as her protector, she's expected to have his child, since her newly-awakened power means that any ayakashi child she has will be exceptionally powerful.
  • Self-Made Man: Unlike the other love interests, who were born to their roles as clan leaders, Chikage worked his way up from nothing.
  • Shock and Awe: In addition to their strength and martial prowess, oni are masters of thunder and lightning.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Koten's pollen allergy coupled with tengu wind powers comes with its own set of complications.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Chikage presents an aloof, unemotional front to the world, rebuffing the protagonist's early efforts to get to know him. Even after he begins to fall for her, it's not readily evident in his behavior except to people who've known him for a long time, who point out that he's becoming softer and more approachable under the protagonist's influence.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: The power in the protagonist's blood suffuses her entire being and makes her very appealing to ayakashi. Miyabi's appreciation for the taste of the protagonist's skin is even used to poison him at one point.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: The protagonist's coworker Ikumi is described as being "a little bit psychic", and is aware that there's something very strange about these men who have suddenly started hanging out at the library.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: There is a lot of conversation going on during life-or-death combat sequences. Occasionally lampshaded when another character cuts in to complain that they're stuck doing all the fighting while others are standing around talking.
  • Tengu: Chikage, though he lacks the long nose which is characteristic of tengu in folklore (this is a romance game, after all). When the protagonist comments on it, he replies that tengu having long noses and red faces was an invention of human folklore.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Shinra, in his sequel. The entire story arc is based around the why and the resolving of it.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: A good few Japanese terms go untranslated. Many of them, such as "kitsune" and "tengu," are words which have penetrated into Western culture enough that English-language audiences are likely to be familiar with them, and many others can be picked up via context, but a few are a bit more opaque.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Miyabi shares the kitsune weakness for inari sushi, and the other guys use it against him at one point in his main route.
    • Hikobei sniffs that he's far too modern a kappa to be swayed by mere cucumbers. Dip them in honey, however, and they become the best thing ever. The protagonist uses this discovery as both carrot and stick to secure civil behaviour from Hikobei.
  • Winged Humanoid: Chikage, identifiable as a tengu by his feathery black wings. In the prologue, the protagonist has the opportunity to mistake him for an angel.
  • Youkai: The game calls them "ayakashi" in its modern, synonymous usage, and the plot revolves around the protagonist suddenly becoming aware of the world of such supernatural creatures following the awakening of her power, which is very attractive to ayakashi. Miyabi is a Kitsune, Chikage is a Tengu, Shinra is an oni (translated as "demon" in the prologue of the English localization), Kyoga is an okami, and Yukinojo is a yukibito (a male version of a yuki-onna). Other types appearing or mentioned in the various routes include kappa, kamaitachi, and wanyuudou.
  • Zashiki Warashi: Samon turns out to be one.
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