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Visual Novel: Rose Guns Days
1947, in a criminal underworld. Bodyguards wanted.

Rose Guns Days is a doujin game by 07th Expansion. Word of God has stated this work takes place in an entire new universe, unrelated to When They Cry.

Tokyo, 2012. The city has become a cosmopolitan metropolis, where people of Japanese descent have become very few. The young Journalist Julie Hayashibara is one of them, and is called in by the famous Mafia boss Jeanne Amakawa, Madam of a club in Tokyo called Primavera and Honorary leader of the nationalistic organisation Harukaze. The old woman wants to pass on the story of the unknown first Madam of the club, Rose Haibara, and how Primavera came to be how it is today.

Tokyo, City 23, 1947. In an Alternate History, Japan lost the war in 1944, when the country was destroyed by a natural disaster. The United States and China quickly started to compete in the reconstruction, bringing massive waves of immigrants with them, to the point Japanese people became a minority in Tokyo. Three years later, almost all the Japanese people in Tokyo go by a second Western name, and unemployment mixes with criminality and prostitution. Leo Shishigami comes back in his unrecognizable hometown after three years, and saves a young girl chased by The Mafia, who invites him to eat pasta in the club she owns, the Primavera. After wandering around in the city and unsuccessfully searching for a job and a roof, Leo goes back to the club, where the crime boss Alfred Akagi and his henchmen are threatening the girl who helped him. After the incident where he shines again, Leo ends up hired as a bodyguard for "Madam Rose". There begins the story of Rose's determination to help her compatriots in need, where she will have to grow up from a naive girl with a low self-esteem to a confident leader.

The game is completely different from anything released by 07th Expansion so far, as it features no gore, Psychological Horror or mystery, but rather a mix of slice-of-life and action with elements of political drama, and a generally lighter tone. And in a slight originality from the usual sound novel format, action scenes are punctuated by a reflex mini-game with a recorded score at the end of each Season. Considering the setting, some touchy themes come to be treated in the story, especially the questions of nationalism and defense of one's culture, or Chinese-Japanese relationships after WWII.

Witch Hunt, the translation team behind 07th Expansion's previous work Umineko: When They Cry, provides an English translation of the games. The demo can be found here. The English translation of Season 2 is now available, and a trial of Season 3 can be found on 07th Expansion's website. The Last Season was released in January 2014.

Manga adaptations almost immediately started in Square Enix magazines:
  • Season 1 started in September 2012 and ended in March 2014 in the Gangan Joker. It was drawn by Sōichirō, who already worked on the manga adaptation of Alliance of the Golden Witch.
  • Season 2 started in February 2013 and ended in April 2014 in G-Fantasy. It was drawn by Nana Natsunishi.
  • Season 3 started in September 2013 in the Gangan Online. It is drawn by You Oomura.
  • Last Season will start in the May 2014 issue of the Big Gangan. It will be drawn by Mitsunori Zaki.

Other completed manga adaptations include a spin-off called Aishū no Cross Knife ("My Beloved Cross Knife"), published in the Big Gangan, which takes place in 1946 and focuses on Wayne Uedera, with a generally darker tone. A prologue titled Fukushū wa ōgon no kaori ("Revenge has the fragrance of gold") was published in Kōdansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius and takes place before Rose effectively became the Madam.

Please note that in the VN, the story is divided both in 4 seasons (1, 2, 3, Last) and 4 years (1947, 48, 49, 50), but the two don't coincide. Season 2 covers the end of 1947 and the first half of 1948 for example. In the manga however, a Season covers a full year alright.

Obviously not to be confused with Guns N' Roses.

Rose Guns Days contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: In the manga, most fight scenes are shortened or outright removed. The dialogues and exploration of City 23 are also kept to a minimum, keeping only the core of the plot and giving the story a much faster pace overall; which can lead to some surprising choices, like the meeting and fight between Leo and Alfred in Season 1 being purely and simply axed. This can often be detrimental to the understanding of the characters or situations, though.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Stella often does this to Wayne, much to his annoyance.
  • Alliterative Name: Most Japanese characters who go by a Western name chose one that gives this effect : Wayne Uedera, Cyrus Saimura, Amanda Amamiya, Oliver ("oriba−") Oribe, Nina Ninagi, Alan Aramaki, etc.
  • Alternate History: Outside of American and Chinese immigration, it's also mentionned that there is now a Cold War between the United States and China, and Japan benefits from the Marshall Plan. And since the atomic bomb was never used, the doctrin of nuclear disssuasion probably doesn't exist. However, oddly enough the narration often references events that occured after the war in our history, making it sometimes ambiguous whether the author is talking about RGD's world or our own.
  • Art Shift: Not exactly, but many people are designing the sprites, with very different styles.
  • Awesomeness Meter: Your skill in the mini-game is symbolized by an insignia which becomes more elaborate when you manage a flawless sequence (the more Score Multipliers you can manage, the faster it evolves) but regresses every time you screw up an attack. It starts with a single silver chevron and goes up to a golden lion head with golden laurels on the sides. Also, the insigna's motif changes depending on the time period.
  • Back for the Finale: Basically all the characters that were Put on a Bus in previous Seasons come back in the last one.
  • Band of Brothels: That's what Primavera is originally, and remains even after becoming a mafia group.
  • Bilingual Bonus: There are occasional lines in Chinese or (for the Japanese version) in English.
  • Bloodless Carnage: During Leo's fight against Caleb's henchmen in the Belton Plaza Hotel, you will find nary a mention of blood or anyone being dead, even though there is little else a gunfight can produce. However this is sharply averted in the 1949 part, whenever there is a sniper riffle around.
  • Bolivian Army Cliff Hanger: Season 1 ends with Rose running to safety while Leo and Wayne face Miguel's bunch, and later Rose declaring war on Caleb. The situations of Claudia, Leo and Wayne, Stella and Meryl, and Richard and Cyrus are unknown.
  • Buxom Is Better: Stella, Amanda, and the rest of club Primavera.
  • Call Back: Richard's line "Long live capitalism!" was also said by Krauss at the beginning of Umineko: When They Cry. Except it sounds much more cynical this time. Similarly, speeches about the 3 powers needed to be a ruler mirror what Gaap says in Episode 4 of the same series.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Ryūkishi07 was already pretty good at this when he was the only artist, so now that there are several, that's not too surprising.
  • Cat Fight: Can happen easily between Meryl and Stella, it seems.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Sort of. For Primavera, you can say that 1947 is "Spring", 1948 is "Summer", 1949 is "Autumn" and 1950 is "Winter". The episodes are called "Seasons" for a reason.
  • Cool Shades: Every character drawn by Ryūkishi07 (mostly minor or nameless characters) either sports these or has no eyes, save for Alfred, Claudia and Wang.
  • Deuteragonist: While Rose is the actual main character, each time period has one or several co-protagonists; in 1947 it's Leo, in 1948 it's Rapunzel and the Wandering Dogs, in 1949 it's Alan and Keith, and in 1950 it will likely be Jeanne.
  • Eagleland Osmosis: A very extreme example of this, no doubt − at least in Tōkyō. Season 2 shows that this trope is more limited in other cities.
  • Fictional Currency: Japanese Dollars and Japanese Yuan.
  • Film Noir: The story has definitely several elements of the genre, including the time period and mafia-infested setting.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Right from the start we already know what will become of Tokyo and Primavera in the future, and that Rose failed to concretize her ideals. The story is about discovering how and why it turned out like it did.
  • Genre-Busting: It's part Film Noir, part slice-of-life, part political drama, and part… something. While it is far from the Mind Screwy Deconstructor Fleet Umineko was, the work is still hard to classify, especially considering its rather schizophrenic tone.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Club Primavera (Italian for "spring"). The song "Maboroshi Ni Shisu" (Death in Illusions) also has Italian lyrics. Who cares?
  • Greek Chorus: Jeanne and Julie play this role in the VN, occasionally interrupting the story to comment the events; in the manga though, they only appear in a short prologue to introduce the story.
  • Gun Porn: This is a story about mafia after all. The preparation of the 1947 climax is the most notable example though. Between this work and Umineko, Ryūkishi seems to like researching on guns, especially heavy ones.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Even in this setting, Douglas MacArthur is still the Supreme Commander of the American occupation army. Film director Elia Kazan also makes an appearance in a rather weird digression about the Red Scare in the US in Season 3.
  • Hot Scoop: Julie.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In the manga, Season 1 chapters are named "scenes", Season 2 chapters are named "tracks" and Season 3 chapters are "reasons".
  • Implausible Hair Color: Leo is entirely Japanese, yet has blue eyes and orange-ish hair.
  • Insistent Terminology: They are not prostitutes, they are ladies of the night. Granted, not all the girls in Primavera are sex workers.
  • Homage: The Overkill badge shows Rena with her cleaver.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Stella and Meryl are good at hanging out with lonely men, and wiping the floor with impolite ones.
  • Leo Shishigami Is About To Shoot You: With his finger, but still.
  • Lighter and Softer: Considering we're talking about the author of the When They Cry series and Higanbana No Saku Yoru Ni, the mood is certainly much lighter (although it does get darker at some point). The story setting is still kind of depressing though.
  • Meaningful Rename: After the disaster and the loss of the war, most Japanese in Tōkyō started to go by a Western second name, apparently to forget about the war and start anew.
  • Multiethnic Name: Similarly to Umineko, most characters have a Western first name with a Japanese surname. Unlike Umineko, these Western names aren't their real names − except for Julie, whose name is written in Kanji (樹理).
  • Mukokuseki: Mostly played straight, but curiously averted with Lee Meijiu's henchmen, who actually look Chinese.
  • Nintendo Hard: The fight mini-game starts gentle but gets harder as your score gets higher. By the end of a given Season, landing more than 3 or 4 hits in a row becomes nigh-impossible.
  • Odd Name Out: The rest of 07th Expansion's novels (Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, Umineko No Naku Koro Ni, Higanbana No Saku Yoru Ni) have an obvious formula to their titles that this game forgoes.
  • Oddly Shaped Knife: Jack's titular weapon in Aishū no Cross Knife.
  • Official Couple: Caleb and Amanda, as well as Rose and Leo. And later Stella and Keith.
  • Once per Episode: Every time, the climax of the year is preceded by a quiet scene with the sound of a single spotlight flash, along with the date, hour and details of the weather.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: All over the place. Of course, Leo is the king of it.
  • Present Day Past: The story takes place in the 1940s, but the background photos (especially those of city landscapes and car interiors) are obviously taken in 2012.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Rose, and of course, Rapunzel.
  • Real Place Background: In usual 07th Expansion fashion. If this is anything to go buy, the photos have been taken in France (most likely Paris). And yep, the club Primavera is actually the the Moulin Rouge.
  • Repetitive Name: Leo Shishigaminote  and Rose Haibaranote . Probably justified, since Leo and Rose aren't their birth names (their real names are Koutarou and Misaki, respectively).
  • Rose-Haired Girl: Rose Haibara.
  • Satellite Character: Charles, Nina and Oliver are a strange case where they are satelites to each other. They always act as a group and are rarely seen without one another. Then they themselves become satellites to Rapunzel.
  • Save Scumming: A good (if a bit cheap) method to maximize your score.
  • Shout-Out: Leo gives one to the Tale of Urashima Taro.
  • So Happy Together: Stella and Keith are hit by this brutally in Season 3.
  • The Stinger: There is one at the end of each Season. Season 1 has a (partially misleading) trailer of Season 2. Season 2 has the first appearance of Wang Yuanhong. Season 3 has the first appearance of the young Jeanne.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Because Witch Hunt was helping with the translations.
  • Time Skip: The story is divided in 4 years (from 1947 to 1950), with a time jump in the middle of season 2, 3 and 4. The Seasons in the manga, somewhat more logically, follow the time jumps though.
  • Title Drop: … Kinda sorta. The climax of the 1947 part is a battle named "the Night of Roses and Guns".
  • Trash of the Titans: Charles, Nina and Oliver's appartment was a horrible mess before Rapunzel joined them. Since they grew up in the street, they have absolutely no notion of cleaning or decoration.
  • True Companions: The Wandering Dogs rapidly become this.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: Played variously. Primavera is a high-class club, so the "ladies of the night" can work in relatively decent conditions (although it's not like they all chose this job eagerly), and there are bodyguards to take care of the problematic customers; those working for the mafia like Hotaru probably aren't so lucky. By Nina's case, it seems being legal isn't even a requirement to work in Primavera.
  • Values Dissonance: Invoked multiple times in the story, notably between Japanese and Chinese conceptions on various matters.
  • War Is Hell: The few flashbacks of the frontlines never describe anything pretty.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 3 of 1949, titled "When the Rose Dies." The biggest wham being Stella's graphically described death by headshot. In a series where the main characters seemed unkillable, the scene hits you like a truck.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: After Kasumi, Amakusa, young Kinzo and Kyrie, the series seems to perpetuate the pattern with Alfred, Caleb and Gabriel. In a 07th Expansion story, if you have naturally white hair, chances are you're a bastard of some degree.
  • Word Salad Title
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In Season 2, it is said that december 31st 2012 is the 67th anniversary of Leo's departure from Japan, which happens in… 1947. Unless the calendar doubled a couple of classes, that's 65 years.
    • The very setting of the series is a bit dubious in that regard: the Japanese are said to already be put in minority a mere 3 years after the war; considering the Japanese population was over 70 million in the 40s, even taking the war and the disaster into account that would require an immigration rate far beyond anything obvserved in human history, not to mention overpopulation issues. It's also possible it applies only to Tokyo, which would make it slightly more believable.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: It seems there are like ten mafia mooks in Tōkyō. Although admittedly, there are surprisingly many different sprites for nameless characters, which is an oddity in itself for a VN.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Richard, Stella and Miguel are literal examples of this trope.
  • Yakuza: You would think there would be at least a few of them in a story about the criminal underworld in Japan, but there are surprisingly absent.

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