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Cytus II is the sequel to Cytus, a rhythm game for Android and iOS. It was released on January 17, 2018 for iOS and March 7 for Android.

As with its predecessor, gameplay consists of tapping, dragging, holding, and now flicking notes to the rhythm of a song when the scan line passes over them. There are a few key differences: The scanline can now change speed, hold notes can now continue over to subsequent swipes instead of being restricted to the swipe they started on, the difficulty scale has been expanded, and there is a new difficulty level, Chaos.

The big difference between Cytus II and its predecessor is its greater emphasis on plot. Whereas Cytus had a cryptic plot told entirely through vague images hidden in secret songs, Cytus II tells its story more directly: in a world where Everything Is Online, people can connect to the virtual space known as cyTus using a special implant. When the mysterious new DJ superstar Aesir announced the world's first mega virtual concert, a massive wave of excitement shook the whole world, but mysterious circumstances led to the concert's annulation and Aesir never showed up. Six months later, the topic of Aesir-FEST is brought back up, but mysteriously enough there are many different contradictory explanations of the events given. The game has several characters, each representing a different musical style, and playing through their songs causes the story to progress via the iM System, a Twitter-like social media site where the protagonists talk with their fans and each other.

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Cytus II contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: ConneR's mission to access The Library has seemingly been dropped as of the 2.1 update, with him instead choosing to pick up where his father left off and embark on an expedition outside the Nodes to discover more about the old world.
  • Adult Fear: Rampant child kidnapping and human trafficking are serious problems in the setting. On a more personal level, there's also the fear of being sexually assaulted by someone you've come to trust, such was heavily implied to be the case with a teenage Aroma and Noah, her sister's husband.
  • Alternative Calendar: The year counter on the calendar has been reset following the implementation of the Nodes system, advancing from the A.D. era to N.A. (New Age).
  • Anachronic Order: Although the iM posts are in chronological order, entries on the characters' personal OS can be all over the place in terms of ordering. Thankfully, the name of each entry contains the date where they were recorded.
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  • Anti-Frustration Features: The game warns you before speed changes, but it doesn't tell you how much of one it'll be.
  • Arc Number: As you'd expect from her, the number 39 shows up a lot in Miku's chapter. She was added in patch 2.3.9, which is also the same number as her own version In-Universe. She spends 39 hours wallowing in the OS before being allowed to escape, and her authorization code is 390239 (which must be used to unlock her final song). This comes from the fact that in Japanese, the numbers 3 and 9 can be pronounced "Mi" and "Ku".
  • Art-Shifted Sequel: Is a lot more Animesque than its predecessor, especially when it comes to the character designs.
  • Bait-and-Switch: After the event where PAFF faints on stage, her rival Neko makes an iM post titled "HAHA, sick move! Fall, you bastard!" Some of her fans accuse her of going too far while others cheer and mock PAFF's condition. However, it turns out that Neko was actually celebrating that she finally beat a difficult boss in a video game.
  • Brain–Computer Interface: A chip implanted behind the ear allows people to connect to the virtual world of cyTus.
  • Brown Note: AEsir's song CHAOS evidently causes those who listen to it post-AEsir-FEST to suffer mental distress. It's reveal to be a program that Ivy uses to invade the heads of its listeners in order to extract their emotional data.
  • Central Theme:
    • The roles social media and music play in shaping and potentially distorting a person's identity.
    • Later updates starting with the Aroma DLC chapter place an emphasis on memories and their role in how we perceive other people as well as ourselves.
  • Clear Their Name: Neko is accused of committing a cyberattack on her stream's viewers, and Xenon has to prove their innocence.
    • Ironically, Xenon ends up on the receiving end of this themselves when Ivy frames them for the AEsir attacks.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each character has a color, shown on certain parts of their UI (such as the experience bar and song timer) as well as highlights in their otherwise monochrome menu portraits:
    • PAFF/Aroma is teal.
    • NEKO is pink.
    • ROBO_Head/Nora is light blue.
    • Ivy is crimson.
    • Xenon is red.
    • ConneR is orange-brown
    • Cherry is cherry pink.
    • JOE is purple.
  • Crapsack World: Crime is rampant in the setting and everything is overseen by an oppressive governing body that is willing to censor and control information to preserve the status quo. And that's not getting into the secret human experimentation that both the criminal organizations and government are involved in or the incredibly deadly virus ravaging the lands outside the city. Despite this, many characters are still able to find happiness in their lives and find ways to resist the oppressive elements.
  • Cyberpunk: The setting is a futuristic world where people enjoy exploring the virtual world of cyTus. Meanwhile, in the real world, gang activity is constantly on the rise, and human trafficking is a major problem.
  • Cyberspace: cyTus is a virtual world where people can chat on social media sites and watch virtual concerts, among other things.
  • Double Unlock: After buying a DLC chapter, you still have to level up the character in order to unlock all the songs and difficulties. One of ConneR's songs also requires getting Xenon to level 25, which means you have to buy them both.
  • Downloadable Content: Several characters are available to purchase, each having a selection of songs in their style and expanding on the story. There are also song packs available in the Black Market, which add extra songs to existing characters.
  • Earn Your Fun: Typically, the Chaos for songs have to be unlocked separately from the Easy and Hard charts, and sometimes, even those have separate unlocks. Later songs (Usually the ones you get when you hit the cap) avert this by giving all 3 charts from the get go.
  • Electric Torture: The final cutscene of Aroma's DLC chapter shows a recording of her screaming while being subjected to electric shocks. It's later revealed that this is Kaori having her memories overwritten with Aroma's.
  • Emoticon: Since the story is told via online social media, a lot of emoticons are used. Neko#ΦωΦ in particular uses them more than others, even having one in her name. Xenon fans use \x/ to represent his Cool Helmet.
  • Evolving Title Screen: Three so far portraying the progress of Vanessa and Ivy's story:
    • At first, the title screen shows what appears to be the inside of a library. This is from Vanessa's point of view, as she's trapped inside of A.R.C.'s Library to serve as a power source for cyTus.
    • Upon reaching level 25 with the three original characters, the title screen changes to show Vanessa lying down in the middle of the aforementioned Library. This is from Ivy's point of view as she prepares to go rescue her.
    • After reaching level 30 for Ivy, the title screen has Ivy looking directly at the camera, shown from Vanessa's perspective. Tapping the screen to continue has Ivy's hand reach out towards the camera.
  • Fainting: Happens to PAFF in one early event. It's later revealed to be caused by the song she was singing, which she had previously sung at Aesir-FEST.
  • Harder Than Hard: Chaos difficulty, above Hard.
  • Hope Spot: Following the accident, Aroma was left in a comatose state but was seemingly aware of the outside world and could communicate with her finger, indicating there was a chance for her to wake up. Come the 2.3 update, and it's revealed that the operation intended to save her life failed and she was given only a month to live.
  • Human Traffickers: The Mogura gang in Node 03 engages in human trafficking, which is a major plot point. It's heavily implied that Kaori, a girl who was brainwashed into replacing PAFF, was kidnapped by the Mogura.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Much of the initial story was told through posts on the in-universe social media platform, which only really alluded to most of the events. The introduction of OS Logs later on add clarity as they present a more direct narrative for each character, but the logs are unlocked in Anachronic Order.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Turns out that the reason why no one is sure whether Aesir-FEST happened is because everyone present had their memory of the event wiped. ROBO_Head, being a robot, merely had his data corrupted, allowing him to remember once he manages to decode it.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: At least by Rhythm Game standards, the game has a fairly sizable cast. Besides the main characters, there are also their family and friends, members from several different criminal organizations, and the people of varying ranks working for the ARC, all of whom have speaking roles and reoccur. The 2.0 update also adds several Architect characters to the cast.
  • Log Fic: The story is told through posts and comments on the social media platform iM, as well as a separate OS which contains various files such as diary entries, recaps of camera and audio recordings, and e-mails.
  • Loony Fan:
    • PAFF's fanbase, the Puffs, prove to be almost cult-like in their loyalty to her. They start a full-blown riot when news gets out that Mono had terminated her contract due to her absence. She also seemingly runs into one during a concert, who claims that he personally knows her. It's later revealed that the so-called fan was actually Hayato, who recognized her as his kidnapped childhood friend Kaori.
    • NEKOSAIKOU, a regular iM commenter who seems to blindly worship Neko and hates all other musicians. They often make demeaning comments towards other artists while leaping to Neko's defense whenever she is targeted.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Many to other Rayark games can be seen in profile names, pics, and even games Neko posts about on the boards.
    • The final song of the main storyline, "Chaos", features motifs taken from songs from the original Cytus.
  • Nostalgia Level:
    • Several songs return from Cytus. The first one added was "Hard Landing", found in Neko's chapter. The 2.0 update added more: "New World" for PAFF, "Nocturnal Type" for ROBO_Head, "Realize" for Cherry, and "Biotonic", "DRG", and "Area 184" for Ivy. "Light up my love!!", a remix of "Light up my LOVE", shows up as part of the "Featured Article Vol. 1" Black Market song pack.
    • AEsir's songs (CHAOS and V.) contain several riffs from Cytus songs.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: the cyTus system is powered by Vanessa, who is trapped inside of the A.R.C.'s Library. Ivy's goal is to rescue her, though this causes iM to glitch out.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: There are many differing accounts of the Aesir-FEST incident: some disagree about which artists showed up on stage or which songs they played, and others even claim that the event never even took place. This turns out to be because everyone present had their memory of the event wiped. One commenter Lampshades this by name-dropping the Trope Namer.
  • Rotating Protagonist: Every character has their own dedicated "chapter" that is added to with every update.
  • Secret Level:
    • "Sairai" from Deemo can be played by tapping the "Deemo's" sign in Xenon's song selection menu.
    • "AssaultMare" is found by selecting BloodyMare in Ivy's chapter, then touching the red cube she's holding.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: In-Universe, Xenon's fans are split between those who ship him with Cherry, and those who ship him with Neko. Then there are those who view his interactions with both of them as romantic, and accuse him of cheating on their favorite love interest.
  • Spoiler Opening: The 2.0 patch added an opening cinematic to the game, which contains a scene showing AEsir fading into the newly introduced character Ivy, spoiling one of the patch's big plot twists.
  • Terminally Dependent Society: It's shown that people are highly dependent on the cyTus virtual internet: when the system hiccups due to Vanessa starting to regain consciousness and goes offline for a few days, a nurse comments that many people on life support died due to their machines needing internet access to work.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Upon reaching level 25 for Neko#ΦωΦ, she'll suddenly receive a call from AEsir on her song selection screen. The player then has to complete a corrupted version of CHAOS. Upon completing the song, all the character portraits on the character select screen will be replaced by Neko#ΦωΦ, with Ominous Visual Glitch occurring in the background. This coincides with AEsir's in-universe attack on Neko's stream.
  • Tutorial Failure: The tutorial only lets you proceed after succeeding in hitting an object correctly. However, they don't show or tell you how until you fail to do so. This is compounded by the fact that you only get to try again after a waiting frustratingly long time, you cannot skip it, and this is followed by a similarly long and unskippable cutscene.
  • Unlockable Difficulty Levels: Unlocking a song will give you its Easy chart, and usually its Hard chart too. However, with a few exceptions, the Chaos chart is locked. To unlock the harder charts, you need to view certain iM or OS messages, which are unlocked by leveling up the character associated with the song.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The entire 2.0 update (which added Ivy's first 30 levels) is this as it reveals the identity of AEsir (Ivy), and her motivations (to save Vanessa).
    • Update 2.3 (PAFF levels 60 through 68) confirms without a doubt that the Aroma we are currently following is in fact Kaori, Hayato's kidnapped childhood friend. It also apparently reveals that the real Aroma White was Dead All Along.
  • Wham Shot:
    • At the end of Neko's DLC chapter, she finds herself inexplicably laying on the floor in what looks like some kind of hellish virtual space. She looks up, revealing an ominous-looking Xenon. An image of AEsir briefly flickers over Xenon's person. It later turns out to be a Red Herring, but the 2.0 update provides an actual one in the very opening. Near the end, AEsir's form fades into the form of Ivy, the new character that came with the update. It turns out, she's AEsir
    • In ROBO_Head's chapter, he infiltrates a Kyuu Hou Kai base in search of Nora. The infiltration goes wrong, and he and his accomplice are captured. The chief of the organization appears... it's Nora herself, now grown up.
  • Wham Line:
    • On opening the game shortly before the girl in ARC's library begins to wake up:
    Ivy: "Can you hear me?"
    Ivy: "Vanessa?"
    • From the 2.0 update, we have the confirmation of just who AEsir is:
    Ivy: AEsir...... This shall be my new identity.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In Nora's chapter, the Ravens conduct cruel experiments on babies, then leaves them to die from the Ender virus in the wasteland. Nora only survives thanks to being The Immune.
  • Wretched Hive: Node 03 is overrun by gangs: it is said that over 30% of its population has been involved in a gang at some point in their lives, whose crimes include rampant human trafficking.
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