Jisei is a series of supernatural mysteryOELVisualNovels created and produced by Sakevisual in their Green Tea Line. The titular first installment opens to a scene in a coffee shop with the unnamed main character waking up in a city called Edgewater. After conversing with the barista behind the counter for a while, he starts to feel strangely sick and hobbles to the bathroom. There he finds a dead woman with a knife in her chest.(Un)fortunately, our loner protagonist has an ability that allows him to "read" the death of any body he touches. He learns from this ability that the woman was not stabbed, at least not at first, and that she was apparently suffocated. However, while he's using his ability, a woman walks in, sees him touching the body, and makes the unfortunate assumption that he is the killer, interrupting the reading before he can fully determine the true cause of death. Now he must clear his name (no pun intended) and find out who the real killer and their motivation behind the grisly murder.Jisei has currently spawned two sequels entitled Kansei and Yousei (in that order). Each game involves the protagonist (nicknamed "Kangai" by his friends) investigating (and inevitably solving) a murder while also piecing together his own fragmented past, including the gruesome murder of his younger sister. Joining him are a group of kids with similar psychic abilities (called "kansei"), a bitingly sarcastic but dedicated detective, and a whole cast of suspects and witnesses to be questioned. Jisei and its sequels can be purchased here.
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Adorkable: Naoki, even when he's playing the part of Kizaki.
By-the-Book Cop: Detective Gurski spends most of his time guarding the crime scene and making calls to get a background on the victim. He will not hesitate to arrest you if he manages to see you trying to get another look at the body. However, he does defy this trope by encouraging the protagonist to do most of the questioning on his own.
Catch Phrase: Aki seems rather fond of the phrase, "Got it in one."
Meaningful Name: "Kangai," which means "deep thoughts" or "strong feelings" in Japanese. This is invoked by Aki, who gives him that name when he refuses to tell her his real one.
Mystical White Hair: Naoki's and Aki's hair have strands of white hair, while Li Mei's hair is completely white. According to Aki in Yousei, the white hair is gradually caused by the continued and stressful use of kansei.
Obfuscating Stupidity: A particularly eerie example of this trope can be seen in Chance, who is seriously dangerous and not at all The Ditz she pretends to be.
Poison Is Evil: Not surprising in a murder mystery series, but particularly notable is that poison is the preferred weapon of Chance, who poisons Kangai's coffee in the Dead End of Jisei and presumably again in the True End of Yousei (although Li Mei dumps the coffee out before Kangai can drink it) and also uses it to off Nathan in that same game's Killer Lost End.
In Kansei, William Auten's cognac is poisoned by Kevin.
Clear My Name: One of the reasons why the protagonist decides to question everyone and help out with the investigation in the first place.
The Corpse Stops Here: The protagonist is seen as the prime suspect because he was next to the murder victim when the body was discovered.
Eidetic Memory: The reason why Kizaki can perfectly recite the prices of menu items is that he remembers everything he sees, smells, or hears in a location. This certainly helps fool the main character into believing that Kizaki is a regular at the cafe when it is actually his first time there.
Embarrassing First Name: Chance changed her name from “Bertha” because she thought “Bertha” was an unsuitable name for a famous singer-to-be.
The Empath: In the sense that the player character senses death in close proximity, and when he touches a corpse, he experiences the person’s last dying moments.
Eureka Moment: The protagonist has one when he realizes that the red speck stuck to the duct tape in the trash can is actually a false nail that broke off the murderer's hand while restraining the victim.
He Knows Too Much: When Chance suggests that the murderer may be someone not currently within the coffee shop, the player has the option to either agree with her or else suggest that her claim is a bit iffy. If the latter option is chosen, Chance will offer to make the protagonist another coffee. When he drinks it, he realizes it's been poisoned, and as he's dying, she informs him that he knows too much.
No Name Given: Throughout the entirety of Jisei, you never learn the protagonist's name.
In Kansei, Aki nicknames him "Kangai."In the True Ending, it's revealed that his name is Alex.
Invoked by Miss Bergstrom, who finds out that the best way to draw away suspicion from the identity of the real murderer is to accuse an innocent person of committing the crime.
There's also a red herring bad ending. Specifically, if the player makes a certain wrong choice when talking to Chance, she will poison the protagonist's coffee and say something ominous about his asking too many questions. However, if the protagonist accuses Chance as the murderer of Sara Blackmoore on a subsequent playthrough, he will come to another bad ending. This is because, while Chance was gunning for Sara Blackmoore's USB drive, her motive is ultimately unrelated; Miss Bergstrom killed Sara first. Chance murders the protagonist in the bad ending because he was, in fact, interfering with Chance's plans...but it wasn't Chance's plan that killed Sara.
Sherlock Scan: Detective Gurski notes that it is odd that the main character fell asleep after a cup of coffee, and proceeds to tell him his exact drink order as offhandedly deduced from the markings and packaging on his coffee cup.
The Summation: Done where you have to pick out the correct order that the suspects arrived, the cause of death, and finally, the identity of the murderer.
Telepathy: A voice tries to help the main character with his investigation. She is able to transmit her thoughts into his mind and read his thoughts.
Twist Ending: More of a twist epilogue. Chance was also after the USB drive that the victim carried. It is unclear which party she was working for.
The Voice: A mysterious voice helps the protagonist with his mystery. She shows up in person at the end of the game.
Art Evolution: The art style takes Jisei's softer, more cartoonish look and makes it slightly more realistic and mature.
Big Fancy House: William Auten's estate. This holds true only on the inside, however; the outside is fairly plain and unattractive. The characters Lampshade this.
Li Mei in the Find the Killer end, where she ends up brutally murdering Kevin when he's revealed to be the killer and takes her hostage.
Chance, who appears in the epilogue that is unlocked after completing the True End. It is revealed that she was working with (read: using) Liam in order to acquire confidential research papers from William Auten. When Liam explains to her that he couldn't get all the papers she wanted because Kangai took some to Gurski, she asks why he didn't stop him. He counters with, "What did you want me to do, kill him?" to which she responds, "Yes. It's what I would have done." She sends him off by telling him to enjoy the rest of his pitiful life. The screen fades black, and she adds, "There's not much left of it, after all."
The Dog Bites Back: Kevin kills Auten for manipulating him and his family: Auten deliberately drove their family business into debt so that he could force Kevin to work for him, unpaid, for an indefinite amount of time.
Enhance Button: Averted in the epilogue to the SD ending: Aki tries to enlarge the video clip found on Auten's SD card in order to see it better and notes that it's still blurry.
Gilded Cage: How Kangai sees Aki's apartment, where he's being held.
Happiness in Slavery: Sophia and Kevin both work for William Auten for no pay and take a great deal of pride in the work they do for him. Subverted when it's revealed that Auten is essentially blackmailing them into his service, which is what leads to his death when The Dog Bites Back.
Intrepid Reporter: Melissa Klein seeks out an interview with William Auten in order to snoop around his house and maybe learn something about Liam Auten as well. Turns out, she runs a humanitarian blog where she exposes the cruelties committed by influential people, and William Auten is a target she's been following for awhile.
Leonine Contract: Both Sophia and Kevin have one with Auten, who forces them to work for him for free by holding onto what each holds dear (Sophia's husband, who needs a heart transplant, and Kevin's family business, which is severely in debt.
Chance: "Go enjoy the rest of your pitiful life, Liam. There's not much left of it, after all."
And Your Reward Is Clothes: Completing two of the four endings earns you options to give Li Mei and Gurski glasses. A third opens the option to put a charm on Kangai's cellphone. It's only when you get all four endings that you unlock the more substantial rewards.
Art Evolution: The art in Yousei has better shading and an even more mature and darker look.
Break the Cutie: When Naoki and Aki's father started drinking, he would beat Naoki and blame him for their mother's death. This is especially horrific considering Naoki's kansei allows (and forces) him to remember everything he's ever experienced in perfect detail. When Aki is able to control her kansei, she uses it to manipulate their father's mind and redirect his anger toward herself.
Clear My Name: Happens again to Kangai when he's accused by Jupiter of having stolen the university's research papers.
Continuity Nod: Remember that moment in Jisei where it's mentioned that Chance once threw hot coffee on her ex-boyfriend for flaunting his new girlfriend in front of her? Apparently, that ex was David, and the new girl was Jupiter. And they weren't really bragging at all, Chance just exaggerated the whole event.
Dogged Nice Guy: Shawn offhandedly mentions that the girls he date usually go for him only for the fame and his parents' money, which is why he's happy that Chance is dating him, even if she's using him for different reasons. Subverted as hell in the True Ending (and the other endings), where he helps Chance escape when the characters learn the truth.
Gratuitous Spanish: Jupiter occasionally answers with "sí" and in one instance exclaims, "¡Dios mío!" even though her English is excellent.
I Just Want to Be Special: Nathan's motivation for murdering Dr. Johansen stems his own feelings of inferiority. Unwittingly tricked out of the coveted position of head of the research team by Chance and disgusted by Johansen's cowardice in trying to erase his life's work out of fear for his life, Nathan kills Johansen in order to preserve the research, which he was to give to Chance in exchange for Dragon Blood, the substance allegedly responsible for the development of a kansei.
Living Emotional Crutch: Aki's kansei allows her to become this for other kansei users when the stress becomes too much for them. Especially for her brother Naoki.
Rain of Blood: After retreating from the scene of Johansen's grisly murder to avoid triggering his kansei, Kangai waits at the bottom of the bell tower with Li Mei. Then the victim's blood drips onto his face from above, and, well...
Red Herring: The Edgewater University vs. Western University rivalry, as well as the whole "stealing information" fiasco. It turns out David was selling test answers to his students.
The Resenter: Jupiter thinks Nathan is this because she became the head researcher of their team instead of Nathan, who was more of a senior compared to her. Nathan says that he bears no hard feelings towards her and has moved on. He hasn't.
Straight Gay: Though he's certainly quirky in his own way, Aaron doesn't possess any stereotypically gay behaviors or mannerisms.
Transparent Closet: Completely and notably averted with Aaron, who casually mentions his boyfriend to two near-strangers without any shame at all. He then goes on to add that all his friends have even met him. This serves as his alibi when he's accused of stealing Edgewater University's research and selling it to Western University.
Villainous Breakdown: Nathan has one in the True End after he's been surrounded by Kangai and the twins. He tries to kill them with his shattered light sword, but they easily avoid him until Detective Gurski arrives and apprehends him.