Visual Novel: Our Two Bedroom Story

Left to right: Shusei, Kaoru, Akiyoshi, Chiaki, Minato

"What are you doing in my house?"

Our Two Bedroom Story is a Romance Game Visual Novel by Voltage Inc for iOS and Android devices. In it, the player takes the role of a young working woman whose mother - single since the death of the protagonist's father when she was a child - has fallen in love and decided to remarry. Not wanting to cause any awkwardness by being underfoot in the newlyweds' household, the protagonist decides it's high time she found a place of her own, and is delighted when her soon-to-be stepfather offers her the use of a house that he owns.

There's just one problem, as she discovers when she arrives to start moving in: the house is already occupied by her new stepbrother. Who happens to be one of her colleagues at the magazine publishing company where she works.

Rather than turn her away with nowhere else to stay, he agrees to share the house, on the condition that they keep it a secret from their co-workers to avoid problematic workplace gossip. But between sharing living space and working together, it's all but impossible not to end up getting closer than either of them expected, with all the problems that comes with it.

The visual novel contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Chivalrous Pervert: The protagonist sees erotica writer Sousuke Taira this way in Kaoru's sequel. Although his extreme forwardness makes her uncomfortable, after reading one of his stories she comes to believe that he genuinely respects and values women.
  • Comforting Comforter:
    • On Kaoru's route, the protagonist also develops a habit of putting a blanket over Kaoru when he falls asleep on the porch.
    • Shusei does it once for the protagonist on his route when she falls asleep at her desk.
  • Diving Save: The protagonist performs one on Kaoru's route to save a little boy from being hit by a truck. She's nearly run over herself, but Kaoru manages to yank her out of the way. His past girlfriend wasn't so fortunate; she died under very similar circumstances.
  • Everybody Smokes: Well, not everybody, but from the guys Kaoru, Shusei and Akiyoshi are confirmed smokers. Unsurprisingly considering Japan's custom towards smoking.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Wataru has a lot of resentment built up for his older brother Minato, and seeing Minato and the protagonist in a genuinely loving relationship with one another only makes it worse since he sees a lot of parallels to his own disastrous relationship with a woman he worked for.
  • Incest Subtext: For the most part the game completely avoids addressing any of the implications of the fact that, with their parents married, the protagonist and her love interest are step-siblings. Shusei's sequel, however, brings the issue directly into the spotlight in all of its awkwardness, drawing some uncomfortable parallels between the protagonist's relationship with Shusei and the scandalous romantic relationship between a pair of celebrity half-siblings.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Sharing the house starts innocently, at any rate. This being a romance game, it never stays that way.
  • Intrepid Reporter: The protagonist and all of the guys save Da Editor Akiyoshi are writers and reporters for Seasonelle magazine, and are thus often chasing some story or other, such as the ongoing serial arson case in Kaoru's route.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Minato in Shusei's route to him and the protagonist. In Shusei's sequel, seeing how conflicted the protagonist is over the incestuous subtext of their relationship and with her mother obliviously trying to set her up with a blind date, Shusei finally decides that if being with him is making the protagonist miserable then the only thing for him to do is to bow out. When breaking up with her completely fails to make her any less miserable, however, he quickly changes his mind: if she's going to be miserable either way, he'd just as soon she be miserable with him than with some other guy.
  • Long-Lost Relative: A subplot in Minato's route revolves around the protagonist and Shusei working together to cover rumors that a prominent senator has a long-lost illegitimate child. It turns out to be the psychology expert that Minato and the protagonist have become acquainted with while working on an entirely unrelated article.
  • Media Scrum: At one point on Kaoru's route, the media descends in droves on a police station in pursuit of a particular story. The protagonist takes advantage of the fact that she's smaller and nimbler than most in the overwhelmingly male crowd to navigate to the front and get some photos.
  • Men Can't Keep House:
    • Minato is incompetent in almost every way when it comes to housework. He's mastered the concept of "putting things where they belong" well enough that the house stays orderly, but he lives on take-out and until the protagonist shows him how, he can't even operate a washing machine and simply has all of his clothes dry cleaned instead. Considering his tendency to present himself as Mr. Perfect, the protagonist finds this absolutely hilarious.
    • Shusei can keep house, but can't always be bothered to put forth the effort when his attention is occupied by other things. At least the worst mess stays confined to his room.
    • Subverted big time with Chiaki. At first the protagonist thinks he's hired a housekeeper.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: For a brief period in Shusei's epilogue, the protagonist worries that he might be seeing another woman due to some suspicious phone activity and a mysterious delivery to their house that he won't let her see. Fortunately, it's cleared up relatively quickly: he's been trying to arrange a special date for the one-month anniversary of their relationship.
  • Mistaken for Object of Affection: Early in Minato's sequel, the protagonist meets Minato's younger brother Wataru when she gets home from work and, seeing him out on the veranda, mistakes him for Minato thanks to their very similar looks. Only as she's hugging him does she realize her error.
  • Moral Guardians: The plot of Shusei's route involves a campaign to remove a classic children's story from school reading out of concerns that its heavy subject matter might traumatize kids. When Shusei and the protagonist write an article defending the story's value, it brings the ire of the Moral Guardians down on them to the point of protests around their publisher's building and graffiti on their house.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Thanks to a string of unfortunate coincidences, midway through Kaoru's route the protagonist develops the mistaken impression that he and their co-worker Tamaki are dating. In fact, Kaoru barely knows who Tamaki is and is thoroughly baffled when the protagonist tearfully announces that she thinks it would be best for her to move out.
  • Office Romance: The protagonist's potential housemates are also all her co-workers, resulting in an office romance once they begin to fall for each other.
  • Operation Jealousy: Via third party. Minato's pursuit of the protagonist on Shusei's route is motivated by genuine attraction, but along the way he takes every opportunity he can to shove it in Shusei's face in what is pretty clearly an effort to force Shusei into acting on his own feelings.
  • Parent with New Paramour: The plot is started by the protagonist's mother deciding to remarry. The protagonist privately admits that she's a little uncomfortable with the idea, but her prospective stepfather seems genuinely kind and she wants her mother to be happy, so she tries to be supportive. Which means finding somewhere else to live so that they can have some privacy once they're married.
  • Perspective Flip: The "His POV" side stories depict the events of the main routes from the guy's point of view.
  • Poirot Speak: Bianchi, the owner of Jinbuono, peppers his dialogue with gratuitous Italian. It's particularly noticeable on Shusei's route.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The motive of the first arsonist during Kaoru's route is revenge for the death of his girlfriend, who was purportedly Driven to Suicide by workplace bullying.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Minato develops a romantic interest in the protagonist on Shusei's route, but she's already into Shusei.
  • Shout-Out: Love Letter From Thief X is a body of fiction in this continuity. At least one movie has been made, and recurring antagonist/comic relief White Racoon is getting his own spinoff.
  • Supreme Chef: Minato's brother Wataru is a professional chef trained in Italy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Minato and Shusei, as demonstrated in Minato's POV story.