Visual Novel: Lamento - beyond the void

aka: Lamento-BEYONDTHEVOID
Lamento - beyond the void is a Boys Love Game made by Nitro+CHiRAL; it is noteworthy for feature catpeople as characters.

The game takes place in a fictional world inhabited by a people called Ribika who look like humans but have cat ears and tails. Ribika has fallen into dark times - a mysterious void has made some places impossible to reach and most animals disappeared, causing major food shortages. There is an unknown and strange illness that has begun to plague the Ribika people; it has killed off a large percentage of the female Ribika population.

The hero, Konoe (who you guide through the game), lives alone in the starving village of Karou, where the villagers have turned to a lottery system of cannibalism. The victims are called "sacrifices" and are chosen by draw.

Konoe begins to have terrifying dreams of snakes, and one night wakes up with strange marks appear on his body and his beige ears and tail turned to black — the signs of a curse. To make things worse, Konoe is informed that he will be the next "sacrifice" victim. Konoe flees Karou and heads to the city of Ransen to try to find a way to rid himself of the curse...

The trailer for the game can be seen here.


This game provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Rai's father would beat him up while his mother showed no affection.
    • turns out they did this because they believed it was the best method to raise him and that they truly did love him. Though Rai did grow up to become a strong fighter and a good guy though it was probably most likely because of Bardo.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In Asato's ending Konoe severs his own arm.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats, obviously.
  • Altum Videtur: The lyrics for some vocal tracks are Latin.
  • Badass: Rai, Asato and Bardo in their routes.
  • Battle Couple: Though this could be applied to the other couples Rai and Konoe fit this bill the most because in the good ending Konoe becomes a bounty hunter with Rai.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason Asato is reluctant to kill Konoe after his village elder orders him to.
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten Konoe's well-being in front of Asato.
  • Big Eater: Asato, who ate everything on the plate including the decorative flowers.
  • Bittersweet Ending : At the end of each good endings, everything is indeed fine. Konoe is not cursed anymore, his parter managed to solve their problems, Sisa and the Ribika are no longer dying. But, as Shui/The Poet, Leaks and Konoe said, Konoe will still end up dying young because his body won't be able to stand his emotions and Leaks'.
  • Blessed with Suck: Konoe has empathic powers, but unfortunately for him he can't control them properly and most emotions he picks up on are negative. It usually ends up making him sick, or he passes out during dangerous situations.
  • Blood Lust: Froud and Rai. Though Rai resents this part of him, and Bardo covets it.
  • Body Horror: The Sickness, a strange disease that plagues the Ribika and makes body parts disappear. Unlike most examples of this trope, body parts will disappear as without trace or pain, it will disappear as if said body parts weren't even there from the beginning.
  • Boys Love
  • Burn the Witch!: One of the reasons for Leaks' Face-Heel Turn.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: There are two female characters, one who only appears in one character's route. Justified as the plague is killing the female Ribkia off.
  • Cats Are Mean: Though most of the non-cat cast actually say that cats are liars, that doesn't mean that they don't like cats.
  • Catch Phrase: Rai likes calling others "baka neko" which means stupid cat though it could be a play on the word bakeneko which is a monster/ghost/spirit cat.
  • Cat Boys
  • Cherry Blossoms: In all of the good endings.
  • Creepy Child: Occasionally Rai, but only whenever he was gripped by bloodlust.
  • Creepy Twins: Kil & Ul before the last battle with the boss baddie of the game. Let's say that the two are so close that they don't mind sharing bodies.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bardo. He shows up to a fight with kindling and proceeds to kick his adversary's butt.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Poor Rai... poor Konoe... poor Asato... Not to mention Shui and Leaks)
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Kagari.
  • Dead All Along: Poet/Shui
  • Deal with the Devil: Bardo made a deal with Verg's shadow to give him the bloodlust he craved, but halfway through Rai stumbled upon the scene and the deal was botched.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Froud, The Devil of Joy. His ending includes strange use of tentacles.
  • Distressed Dude: Konoe frequently ends up kidnapped or just outmatched, and one of his suitors swoops in to save the day.
  • Does Not Like Men: Kagari, due to her Rape as Backstory. Until she met Asato.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Firi, would have assumed that he was a chick until you see how flat he is and hear his voice.
  • The End of the World as We Know It
  • Elemental Powers: Kaltz with the power of ice, Froud with the power of wind, Verg with the power of lighting, and Razel with the power of fire.
  • Enemy Mine: The devils decide to temporarily team up with Konoe's group to take down Leaks. Of course, they fully intend on devouring Konoe once the deed is done.
  • Enemy Within: Due to the genes of his Meigi father being mixed with those of a non-Meigi, Asato harbours a powerful darkness within him that occasionally takes control and leaves him with no memory of what just transpired. His closeness with Konoe acts as a catalyst to its evolving power, to the point where he transforms into a horrible beast.
  • Eroge
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: In Razel's ending.
  • Everything's Cuter with Kittens: of course, since all chars are catpeople. Tokino is particularly cute.
  • Explicit Content: specially the "bad" endings... but with the non-Devil endings, you could remove the sex and have the storyline essentially unchanged.
  • Eye Scream: Happens to Keiju early in the game. The Sickness vanishes his left eye and ear.
    • Rai injured the eyes of a demon in the past. The demon also gouged his right eye, leading to him wearing an eyepatch
    • Froud's eyelids are sewn shut
  • Feuding Families: The Kira and Meigi clan.
  • Fictional Holiday: Antou, the holiday celebrated in Ransen.
  • The Final Temptation: Depending on who you're going for Leaks offers this to them.
  • Flowers of Romance: Asato picks a bouquet for Konoe because they're pretty, just like Konoe.
  • Garden of Evil: The void, in which one will be harmed if one touches the void.
  • Good Samaritan: Rai saved Konoe from a bunch of bandits and beat up and nearly killed some thugs in the streets for stealing.
  • Grand Theft Me: Leaks steals Konoe's body temporarily during the game and permanently in Bardo's bad end.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Asato. Who keeps on saying that Konoe is so great and amazing.
  • Heroic BSOD: Konoe falls into one and nearly gets killed after discovering that he's just a vessel for Leaks' emotions.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Rai. If you take his route, he secretly replaces the room's lamp with a glowing leaf because Konoe's fear of fire. Also when he and Konoe visit Mana the prostitute, to get some information out of her, he pays her more than the amount he said he'd pay her.
  • Human Sacrifice: The village of Karou has a law that regulates this to preserve foods for the whole village.
  • I Am Who??: In the final battle against the baddie, Leaks, he reveals his face and tells Konoe that Konoe's a part of him all along. Though the only part of Leaks that Konoe has is his good emotions in which he sealed in Konoe.
  • Ice Queen: Rai some characters describe him as being cold though that's because he's a Tsundere.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In Asato's route after Asato transforms into a beast of darkness, though it's less of a fight and more Konoe getting mauled while trying to bring Asato to his senses.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: Asato's reasoning for keeping his distance from Konoe in his route. It doesn't fly.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Rai makes Konoe promise to kills him if he goes to a blood frenzy because he doesn't want to hurt him. This subject is so important to Rai that he spend some time avoiding Konoe and asking if Konoe is completely sure that he wants him around.
    • Also, Kagari, whose motive for killing Asato is her motherly love towards him
  • Katanas Are Better: all the heroes fight with swords.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Bardo, although he hasn't slept around much in recent years. It's actually a point of concern for Konoe, although Bardo assures him that Konoe is the only one for him after falling in love.
  • Little Bit Beastly: All of the characters.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In Asato's route, Kaltz revealed himself as Asato's father, who became a demon due to his grieve over Kaya's (Asato's mother) death
  • Man Child: Asato can come across this way, due to his village's isolation and status as an outcast.
  • May-December Romance: Bardo's route.
  • Monster Clown: Firi. As described by Konoe himself.
  • Multiple Endings: Four "bad" endings, three "devil" endings and three "good" endings.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Asato nearly forces himself on Konoe during his route before he comes to his senses. He's absolutely horrified by what he almost did.
  • My Greatest Failure: Bardo still regrets being unable to save Rai's parents.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Though it's only natural that they behave like cats, some of their natural instincts are just looked down upon or so rare that it's deemed inappropriate and embarrassing.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: When Leaks possesses Konoe's body he can sense Konoe's deep desires. Which prompts Leaks to give (depending on who's route you're taking) a parting gift. Though that could be read as a more non-sexual desire.
  • Nightmare Fuel: invokedKonoe's journey starts with him having nightmares and after some time, he even has nightmares when he is not sleeping.
  • No Social Skills: Due to his status as an outcast in his village, Asato can be very naive and childish. He speaks awkwardly for the most part and doesn't know how to react to kindness.
  • The Nose Knows: Konoe figures out where Rai went after smelling the perfume on him.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: The Poet/Shui saves and supports Konoe, but wasn't able to speak to Konoe unless Konoe's dying. Apparently one must be dying in order hear what a ghost says.
  • Oblivious to Love: If you take Rai and Konoe's route, Rai thinks Konoe doesn't like him and Konoe thinks that Rai doesn't love him. Even though it's very obvious that they've showed that they care for each other. Though Rai has the good excuse of never experiencing affection before.
  • Only Child Syndrome: All of the cast in Lamento with the exception of Kil and Ul.
  • Parent Ex Machina: Shui and Kaltz, who come their child's aid whenever they're in trouble.
  • Parental Substitute: Asato views Kagari as one for him after his mother passed away. She feels the same.
    • Bardo acted as a sort of surrogate father to Rai, at least until Rai's parents were killed.
  • The Promise: Konoe makes a promise to Rai that if he goes bloodlust crazy again and is unable to come back, that Konoe will kill him.
  • Persona Non Grata: Asato is forbidden from Kira ever again since he chose to save Konoe's life. The ban is so drastic that he also isn't even allowed to live, and has assassins from Kira sent after him.
  • Power Incontinence: Konoe's empathy more often than not hinders him rather than helps him. He feels the emotions around him so strongly that he's frequently immobilized during dangerous situations.
  • Power of Love: Konoe's strong feelings for his suitors are ultimately what saves them and the world.
  • Psycho Serum: Rai's bad ending.
  • Rape as Backstory: Due to the extinction of female ribika, Kagari was subjected to this by Kiran males during mating season. Situational Sexuality wasn't prevalent at that time.
  • A Shared Suffering: Asato and Konoe. Both never knew their fathers, lost their mothers at a young age and was disliked by their villages.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Leaks, because of the prophecy many cats were afraid of Leaks and once they knew his location they burnt down his house. This angers Leaks because he thought that Shui betrayed him and he sought to bring ruin to the world.
  • Situational Sexuality: there are not many females, but the catpeople have mating seasons, so...
  • Snow Means Love: After Konoe finds his village in ruins he starts breaking down and crying in which depending on who's route your taking, said person will comfort Konoe.
  • The Stoic: Konoe never loses his patience, specially with Rai.
  • Supreme Chef: Bardo, who cooks every meal at his inn.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Itou Kanako sang a song with Watanabe Kazuhiro, both voices singing entirely accentless English. Even Watanabe's voice sounded like someone singing a song out of Lion King (in the sense that his accents are so English-like, rather than Japanese-like).
  • Super Senses: Firi reveals to Konoe that he has this. Konoe can see the memories of people by touching objects.
  • Survivor Guilt: Bardo. He wasn't able to save his friend or Rai's parents.
  • The Talk: Rai and Bardo do this to Konoe, though you could probably say the same about Asato.
  • Tag Team Suicide: In Rai's good ending Konoe fulfills the promise he made with Rai and he decides to try and end his life along with Rai while he's at it. However this is subverted because of Parent Ex Machina.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: As a result of his bloodlust, Rai tends to tear things to pieces even when he doesn't need to.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Asato saved Konoe from his village, however he was then sent by the same village to kill Konoe which he reluctantly tries to do. Although Konoe manages to convince Asato not to kill him.
  • Too Many Belts: Rai has 4 belts on his waist and 3 of them on his cape. Verg has 3 on each leg and one on his waist. Kaltz has them all over his outfit, one on each of his arms or legs, 5 on his cape, and 3 around his waist.
  • Tsundere: Rai, who constantly insults everyone and seems to be angry all the time, but that doesn't mean that he hates everyone.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Konoe was worried about a guy who had Shikku who had tried to attack him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Asato to Konoe.
  • Visual Novel: And a rather beefy one at that. The translation's notes state that Rai's route is around forty five to fifty hours long, including the common route and without skipping text.
  • Walk on Water: Happens in Rai's route though the water's actually solid.....at least the surface.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In all the good endings, and Razel's ending.
  • Witch Doctor: It wouldn't be a medieval-ish fantasy without a witchdoctor!
  • World Half Empty: Or probably getting there due to Shikku, the Void, and low female population.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Kagari, who couldn't bring herself to kill a monstrous Asato when he was an infant.
  • Yaoi Genre: Well, duh.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After escaping from being a sacrifice, Konoe really has no choice although plot wills him to return later on.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kaltz has blue hair and Froud had green hair.

Alternative Title(s):

Lamento-BEYONDTHEVOID