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1[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/athena-awakening_3405.JPG]]²[[caption-width-right:350:[[DarkerAndEdgier Not your typical Athena...]]]]²²''Athena: Awakening from the Ordinary Life'' is a three disc EasternRPG game developed by Yumekobo that was released in March 1999 for the Playstation console. It was released again as downloadable content for the Playstation 3 and PSP on August 28, 2007. The game's image song, "wannabe /Misty Eyes", was performed by RUMI. The game's story is notorious for being much darker than other Athena related titles. ²²The year is 2018 and science has progressed at an alarming rate under the Tantauls system. Dinosaurs, clones, and mecha are no longer figments of fantasy and can be constructed into reality. They regulate society to the finest detail, creating automated and technologically advanced cities on land and in sea. Yet through this government agency lies a dark conspiracy, one which mysteriously surrounds the brain waves of a school girl named Athena Asamiya. Although she believes herself to be a normal girl, her life changes dramatically once her PsychicPowers awaken. Now, it is up to her to find the truth behind her powers as well as the secrets behind Tantauls...²²The game also spawned a live-action 13 episode drama series, simply titled as "Athena", which starred Kei Ishibashi as Athena. As with most games, SNK also released a soundtrack and a drama CD for the game. The drama CD has an original story that reenacts some of the game's original events. A two-part novel series written by Jyumon Yayoi was also made. ²²!!Some tropes found in ''Athena: Awakening from The Ordinary Life'' are:²²-----²²* AlternateUniverse: This game explores what would happen to Athena and Kensou in a completely different environment where they don't always have their powers handy...²* BadassNormal: Kensou has "merely" psychic potential, unlike in the original games, but he still possesses his martial arts skills and does his best to help Athena.²* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler: Masato, though ''not'' willingly. See PoweredByAForsakenChild.]]²* BigNo: In the first CD's game over, Athena gives a loud one as she dies.²* BloodSplatteredInnocents: [[spoiler: Rika is ''traumatised'' when she sees Athena covered in the blood of a dinosaur she had to kill]]²* BreakTheCutie: Poor, ''poor'' Athena.²* CreepyChild: Masato Kurihara has shades of this.²* CuteBookworm: How Athena actually starts. She is a quiet, gentle GirlNextDoor who lives her life normally and studies a lot, and then her life changes for the worst.²* DarkerAndEdgier: The games featuring Athena tend to be either cute and cheesy, or with a relatively idealistic plot. In this one the whole world is under a single united government that controls ''everything'', and Athena goes through quite the trauma as the plot unfolds. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxYsb-_dHIY The horrifying game overs]] are ''[[NightmareFuel very]]'' indicative of this.²* DiedInyourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Masato dies in Athena's arms after the FinalBoss fight.]]²* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Sannomiya-sensei works for the corrupt government, but is horrified when Rika gets fatally involved in the crossfire.]]²* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''Hoo boy.'' [[spoiler: Athena wins her fight against the Tantauls System, heals Rika's wounds and earns the right to return to her normal life. It leans a little towards BittersweetEnding since Masato can't be saved, but it's a quite optimistic end aside of that.]]²* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Unlike PsychoSoldier and VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters, Athena does ''not'' start as an ActionGirl and therefore she has to strengthen herself physically ''and'' mentally.²* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: If the player gets a Game Over in the third disk, Athena suffers one as she becomes the core of the Tantauls system in Masato's place.]]²* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler: The Government uses the Tantauls system to find people with psychic abilities, capture them, and use them for their own benefit.]]²* HarmfulToMinors: The 16-year-old protagonist has to kill all kinds of monsters and has the government after her. A boy and a girl around her age also witness quite the crap for being her friends. Towards the end [[spoiler: several school kids helplessly watch as their classmate, the aforementioned protagonist, has MANY soldiers [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shooting at her from all directions]], with only her PsychicPowers saving her from an horrible death]], and this is followed by [[spoiler: the second teenage girl ''being shot to almost death'' in front of them ''and'' the screaming empowered girl.]] And later? [[spoiler: The 10-year-old that TheProtagonist befriended is being used as the living battery for a super computer, and he cannot be saved.]]²* HeroicBystander: [[spoiler: After Rika finds out that her and Athena's teacher is TheMole, she tries to invoke the trope and warn Athena. She almost gets killed for it.]]²* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Masato begs Athena to destroy the Tantauls Super Computer and release him even if it means it'll kill him.]]²* KillTheCutie: ²** [[spoiler: Rika ''almost'' gets StuffedIntoTheFridge as she's shot by a sniper when she and Athena are about to get reconciled.]]²** [[spoiler: Masato plays this straight, as he's the core battery of the FinalBoss aka the Tantauls Super Computer and finishing the game via destroying it will kill him.]]²** Athena is at the receiving end in the Game Overs, [[spoiler: [[PoweredByAForsakenChild save for]] [[FateWorseThanDeath the third]] [[DownerEnding one]]..]]²* LadyAndKnight: Kensou appoints himself as "Athena's Knight" and tries to help her as much as he can. ²* TheMole: [[spoiler: Athena's teacher, Yoshihiro Sannomiya, is a spy from the government]]²* MuggleBestFriend: Rika Kashiwazaki²* MonsterClown: Astraios, a villainous jester that antagonizes Athena.²* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Sannomiya-sensei, when Rika almost dies.]]²* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: And ''Masato'' is said forsaken child, as the Tantauls system is using the poor little kid as a "battery" for their super computer... which is the FinalBoss. It's seemingly also Athena's fate in the third disc's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxYsb-_dHIY game over]].]]²* PsychicPowers: Athena develops several abilities similar to those she has in the KOF games:²** AttackReflector²** EnergyBall²** HealingHands²** SpiderSense ²** {{Telepathy}}²** TeleportersAndTransporters²* SayMyName: "ATHENAAAAAAA!!!"²* SailorFuku: Athena and Rika wear ones with white blouses plus dark gray skirts and scarves²* SurvivalHorror²* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Athena and Rika²* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Athena, Kensou and Rika, to a degree.

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