Eri's been having a rough few years. Her parents are scientists who are continually overseas and only speak to her a few times a year and ever since the grandfather who raised her passed away, she's been living entirely on her own. Her life largely centers on a hobby she's undertaken to combat her loneliness: collecting ball-jointed dolls. In particular, she buys from the brand Crobidoll, which she feels adds something extra and almost human-like to their dolls. Eri's five Crobidolls are the center of her life: she spends the vast majority of her money and free time taking care of them, and has fallen into the habit of talking to them about her day and her feelings to stave off loneliness. While she's made two close friends since starting high school, boisterous class president Soi and the stoic model Shinbi, she's not comfortable sharing her hobby with them, afraid of the accompanying social stigma.Then one day, she wakes up to find that five young men have seemingly appeared in her house overnight, each matching the appearance of one of her dolls: cold and reserved Lance, sweet and cute Yeonho, flirty and sophisticated Yuri, kind and mature Tei, and boisterous and straightforward Red. The men all remember being dolls and seem to have personalities reflexive of the "concept" Crobidoll released them with, but have no idea why or how they've become human. Because Eri lives in the apartment beneath the school principal, it's only a matter of time before they're discovered. They concoct a back story about being recently-immigrated family friends and begin attending school with Eri. Thus begins Eri's newly complicated school life, having to balance five Bishōnen while a sinister cloud hangs over their sudden appearance...Nameless - The One Thing You Must Recall - is a Visual NovelOtome Game made by Cheritz, who also developed the similar game Dandelion, although Nameless is not stat-based. It is fully voiced in Korean but has been officially released in English.
This game contains examples of:
The Ace: Tei is in-universe the most popular of the boys, widely considered to be the best looking, the kindest, the most mature, and seems to excel at pretty much everything he tries.
Broken Ace: Of course inside he's a deeply disturbed self-loathing Yandere who is doing everything that he can just to keep it all together.
And I Must Scream: Being a doll has shades of this. While largely the dolls don't seem to be upset by it, possibly because it's their nature, their immobility and helplessness has led several of them to be horrifically abused.
Artificial Human: All of the boys are actually dolls that have been brought to life.
Beautiful All Along: In Yuri's route, Eri picks up on a bit of his stylishness and starts taking better care of her skin and paying more attention to her hair, makeup, and fashion. In no time she becomes sought after by some of the best looking boys in school.
Blank Slate: As he is Crobidoll's most basic and popular doll, Lance was designed to be this. According to him the most broad swaths of his personality come from the perceptions Eri has projected on to him.
Eri feels the need to hide her precious hobby from her closest friends, which comes to symbolize her need to hide her true feelings from everyone, especially her parents, so that she can avoid troubling anyone and feel accepted.
Yeonho uses his cute exterior to hide the fact that his past owner's abuse and abandonment have left him unable to trust others and in eternal fear of fresh abandonment.
Yuri, despite his carefree attitude has deep internal conflict stemming from the fact that he was designed to try to appeal to all women. Therefore while he's constantly charming and successful in wooing women, he feels that he's lacking in the ability to feel true love.
Tei feels the need to always maintain a pristine and perfect front while inside he feels like he's disgusting and dirty, due to his past owner's extreme obsession with purity and bad reaction to his being injured. Because of his deep shame and self-hatred, he's unable to be honest about himself or his feelings.
Red while he seems to be happily embracing his delusions of being a TV action hero in the making, it's revealed in his route that he feels that this is a completely necessary front to believe in and maintain, since without it he feels completely worthless and lacking in identity. He needs to convince himself of a world-saving level of importance because without that he feels like he's nothing.
Bifauxnen: Shinbi wears the boy's uniform at school and given the prettiness-level of the male cast, she wouldn't be unbelievable as male.
Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Lance, who acts extremely superior and above it all, and Red, who lives life under the firm belief that he is an honest-to-god superhero destined to save the world. Both are much more insecure than they seem. Notable in that they are in pretty much constant conflict but secretly feel inferior to each other.
Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Inverted for Yuri. He's more of a suave charmer with other girls, but since he's more genuinely fond of and comfortable around the protagonist, he lets his lech flag fly.
Cargo Ship: The school nurse is blatantly and obsessively in love with Beatrice, his skeleton model.
Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Natch. Even outside of the dolls, three out of the five non-romancable characters with sprites are Bishōnen and in-universe considered to be such.
Eri has been pretty much abandoned by her parents and the one person she felt close to died.
Lance was released by Crobidoll no particular preferences or personality in an extremely mass-market release. As a result he has no self-worth and feels utterly replaceable.
Yeonho's former owner abused him, covering him with scratches while telling him he could be her favorite if only he'd be "a good boy." This has led him to be utterly self-abasing and obsessive.
Yuri was designed to sexually appeal to all women. This has led him to be completely detached from true love.
Tei's former owner kept him in his box at almost all times and continually told him he needed to stay pure and clean. When he was damaged by her younger sibling, she was inconsolable and told him he was disgusting and ruined and proceeded to sell him. This has led him to be obsessed with his own impurity and given him a huge obsessive streak.
Red was designed as an action hero concept and led to believe he had special powers. His identity became totally entwined in this concept, especially as he was never picked up for a mass production. He feels that if he isn't somehow miraculously special, he's nothing.
Gang Of Bullies: The girls that hassle Eri for her closeness with the dolls, especially in Red's route.
Handsome Lech: Yuri, although the main character notes that he's much more blatantly lecherous to her while he tends to be more of The Charmer to other girls.
Hello, Insert Name Here: Unlike Dandelion, you can change the protagonist's name to whatever you'd like, although Eri is the default. Additionally you're asked to put in the name of your first doll which ends up being the true name of Nameless/???.
Ice Queen: Lance is a rare male example. His nickname at school is literally The Ice Prince.
Instant Sedation: When Tei spikes Eri's tea it never takes her more than a minute or two to conk out.
Ladykiller in Love: Genderflipped example in Soi. She's genuinely boy-crazy and has tons of male fans she considers beneath her, but she genuinely falls hard for Tei.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Justified. Nameless/??? is deleting specific chunks of Eri's memory by magic tied to ripping pages out of her diary. In Red's route when he overdoes it, she starts losing even broader swaths of memory and losing the ability to form new memories.
Marry Them All: The True Ending, sort of. Basically all of the different universes fuse, so that the heroine is now living with the romanced version of each boy, despite the fact that they were mutually exclusive in their own individual universes.
Mistaken for Gay: In a fit of jealousy when he believes Eri to be in love with Tei, Red shouts out, "I... I still like Tei!" and stomps out of the room Eri momentarily takes this anguished confession of not being able to hate a romantic rival as something else entirely.
Real Men Wear Pink: Tei is nicknamed "Mama Tei" for his domesticity, but is still the most popular of the boys. Also, Yuri is very high maintenance to the point of wearing facial masks around the house.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted for Red. He is arguably the most supportive, least (dangerously) unbalanced love interest.
School Play: The drama club puts one on in for the school festival, with Red as the lead role. It appears to be a sort of generic action hero story. Depending on the route, Eri or Lance! can end up playing the heroine.
Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: Eri tends to get some of this from route to route, as jealous fans of the boys trip her, make fun of her, and push her down. Things get more severe in Red's route where she is kidnapped twice and struck hard enough to induce unconsciousness.
Tap on the Head: Happens to Eri in Red's route at the hands of jealous fangirls. It's a wonder no one brings it up as a possible explanation for the constant headaches and severe amnesia she displays later in the route.
Trademark Favorite Food: Candied Lemon Tea for Lance, carrot cake for Yeonho, Secret Garden Tea for Yuri, and chocolate cookies for Red. When asked, Tei claims his favorite is just tea and coffee in general.
True Companions: Soi and Shinbi are in time revealed to be this for Eri. When Eri eventually comes to entrust them with her secret, they're completely accepting. They're also very protective and sensitive to her, and Soi is even willing to give up the first guy she's ever really liked so Eri can be happy.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Nameless/???. It's hard not to feel bad for him after all he's been through, but because of the wizard he's become extremely dangerous.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Due to being released with the concept of "Action Hero," Red goes through life asserting that he is a "Hero of Justice" and treats the other characters like their his partners in a Sentai show. He usually refers to Eri as "Heroine." This is later revealed to be something of an internal defense mechanism protecting his sense of identity. He mostly snaps out of it in his own route.
Yeonho during his own route, especially in his bad ends, in one of which he attempts to strangle the protagonist so they can be together forever. Due to his inferiority complex he's pretty much willing to accept any kind of abuse as long as he can stay by Eri's side. He begins obsessively texting Eri and pretty much clings to her side continuously.
Tei. So extremely that he even crashes one of Yeonho's Yandere ends to out-Yandere him. Since he secretly considers himself disgusting and filthy, he has a secret desire to bring Eri down to his level, usually by hurting her. He works very hard to keep these impulses in check because he also desperately wants her to be happy, but occasionally his sheer level of crazy outweighs it.
And of course Nameless/???, whose extreme obsession with Eri is what summoned the wizard in the first place to kick of the events of the plot. His deepest desire is to make Eri remember him, whatever the cost, to which end he tries to destroy any other memories she has and trap her in his own memories forever.
Your Favorite: As Eri gets closer to a boy, she'll start picking up his favorite food from Banjul for him.