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Visual Novel / Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino

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The second visual novel released by Haccaworks (who also made the BL Hana Ki Sou), released in 2011. It follows the story of a boy named Yue who lives in a mountain shrine. One day he and his spirit fox friend Kurogitsune decide to sneak out to a festival outside the shrine...

The game inspired a manga in the magazine Comic Gene. Several drama CDs were also released. An updated version for the Nintendo Switch, Tsuzuri with an official English translation has been announced.

This game provides examples of:

  • Animate Body Parts: Hina actually isn't blood-related to Tsubaki Tougo, and isn't even human at all: she is the 9th tail of Mikoto, separated and turned into a human form.
  • The Corruption: If an ayakashi devours random people and not those who are "destined" to be devoured by them, eventually they start turning into a monster called "akujiki" (literally translated as "bad eating; eating unusual things"). The final phase of it is becoming a mindless omnivorous black blob.
  • Cute Is Evil: Played with. Most of the ayakashi are pretty cute and friendly, but later it turns out that they occasionally engage in some magic form of man-eating called "the Meal". Still, it's not a necessary habit, and not all of them do it.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    Kurogitsune: We black foxes aren't villains! We're just a rare species!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kurogitsune, while he is rude and feisty, is rather protective of Yue.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Kurogitsune, in his human form, has fox ears and a tail.
    • Mikoto as well (but with 8 tails instead of just 1). Gold Fishes, however, are much closer to another trop in that case, which looks much less cute and much more eerie.
  • No Social Skills: Touchika Akiyoshi. Downside of being the son of the local aristocrats.
  • Not a Morning Person: Yue, apparently.
  • Paper Talisman: Kurogitsune, in his human form, has one covering up his eye.
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: Yue, despite his appearance, is only seven years old.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It turns out that Yue magically devoured both of his parents when he was born. Though it was just instinctive and not voluntary, obviously, since he was just a newborn at the time.
  • Sleepy Head: Yue is constantly falling asleep when he shouldn't be.
  • Spare Body Parts: Abe-san-no-tachi has four arms and often uses the "we" pronoun.
  • Title Drop: Right at the very beginning. The game starts with a song, which first line is "Aka ya akashi ya ayakashi no", which can be translated as "Of the red color, the ceremonial lights and the ayakashi". The term "ayakashi" originally means a specific kind of youkai, but in this game, it refers to all kinds of supernatural beings.
  • Youkai: The vast majority of the cast are this. However, instead of youkai, another term, ayakashi is used.