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"Know your own place, pig..."

Atlach=Nacha is a Romance/Horror Visual Novel by AliceSoft about a Jorōgumo named Hatsune Hirasaka.

After an arduous battle with her nemesis Shirogane, Hatsune has had to go into exile, hiding within a forest for centuries. Able to take on a human form, she appears as a student at Yaesaka High School where she intends to use the students to replenish her strength, and heal her wounds. She does this in two ways: either devouring them or having sex with them (usually forcibly). It should be noted that she prefers girls for sexual intercourse.

She saves a Shrinking Violet by the name of Kanako Miyama on the night she discovered the school, killing and devouring the boys that were trying to rape her. Now, Kanako stays by her side as a loyal servant, helping her accomplish her nefarious goals, while Hatsune plans to target the other students, either turning them into her thralls (a "kind" term to describe a broken sex slave), or consume them alive. Things become complicated between Kanako and Hatsune, as they start to develop feelings for each other. However, Shirogane is stalking the area as well and it won't be long before he tracks her down, and Hatsune will need to confront her age-old rival once more...

Atlach=Nacha was released in 1997, initially being bundled together with a bunch of other Alicesoft titles, under the Alicesoft Mansion collection. Proving to be quite popular, it got its own standalone release in 2000. While there hasn't been a sequel, Hatsune herself proved to be quite iconic, having made several cameos in other games. Despite having a cult following in Japan, its rather obscure in the west, though there has been several attempts to translate it.

Named after the Great Old One spider from the Cthulhu Mythos, though it's completely unrelated to the Mythos.

Atlach=Nacha provides examples of the following:

  • Admiring the Abomination: Kanako knows that Hastune is a monster, and while she's afraid of her at first she gradually falls in love with the Oni for her strength, which saved her.
  • All Webbed Up: The fate of many of Hatsune's victims, though she likes to tie her thralls up in webs before having her way with them.
  • Asshole Victim: Most of the cast can die, and a majority of them are major assholes, some even downright monsters.
  • Anti-Hero: Hatsune is at best, a Type V, if you don't play her as a straight up Villain Protagonist. Most of her heroic actions will be motivated by self interest, and she frequently invokes Pragmatic Villainy.
  • Attempted Rape: Hatsune saves Kanako from one of these, though her reasons are less than noble. She initially intends to either eat Kanako or rape her herself, then decides against it after filling up on Kanako's rapists.
    • Miyuki as Hatsune's thrall tries this on Takahiro. This gets him into trouble as he was mistakenly accused of having sex with another student on school grounds.
  • Big Bad: Hatsune Hirasaka, the Villain Protagonist, having infiltrated Yaesaka High School for the purpose of eating/raping the female students to replenish her strength and prepare herself to battle her nemesis Shirogane. However, Hatsune can be played as a Nominal Hero, especially since Shirogane himself is actually the true Big Bad, who not only makes his presence known at the end of the game, but is responsible for turning Hatsune into what she is now.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Besides using her webs to tie people up, Hatsune enjoys occasionally using BDSM gear, like leather armbinders, and other stuff.
  • Break the Cutie: The game is basically one long one for Kanako, who was already a Broken Bird at the games start.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Things don't end well for people who piss off Hatsune...
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Hatsune does not like the fact that Kazuhisa is getting close to Kanako.
  • Cobweb Jungle: The classroom that serves as Hatsune's nest is covered in webs especially in cutscenes. She also casted some kind of magic to cause people to ignore the room.
  • Darker and Edgier: By far one of Alicesoft's darkest works, it's notable that its sexual content is usually played for Squick rather then titillation. It also lacks, almost completely, the trademark humour the company is usually known to have in its games.
  • Dark Is Evil: Hatsune's black schoolgirl uniform, and raven hair, should tip people off she isn't a nice person.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Kanako's life. She didn't have a mother, her father was strict, she's frequently abused and raped by delinquents and her father is almost completely ignorant of it. She only felt happiness being with Hatsune, a borderline sociopathic manipulator, and it gets worse from there...
  • Deus Sex Machina: Overlapping with Intimate Healing; Hatsune recovers her magical strength through sex.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Hatsune. While she prefers to have sex with women and eat men to gain power, she's willing to have sex with men too.
  • Death Equals Redemption: In one ending, Hatsune sacrifices herself killing Shirago, and defending Kanako. In a final act of selflessness, she prevents Kanako from committing suicide, by making love with her for a final time, encouraging her to live on. Downplayed in that, while it certainly doesn't make up for her previous horrid actions, it shows there was always some good left in her, and humanises her considerably.
  • Empty Shell: What happens to people who become Hatsune's thralls.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The conflict between Silver and Hatsune, though Hatsune herself is significantly less evil. Also whenever Hatsune targets another rapist.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A fitting description for how Hatsune views Kanako, whom she eventually falls in love with.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Let's just say you might have to do terrible things in order to get a preferred route.
  • Fanservice: Hatsune and Kanako's sex scenes.
  • Femme Fatale: Hatsune may be considered one, or she may be The Vamp, depending on how she interacts with the other characters.
  • Giant Spider: Hatsune's true form, is that of a monstrous and utterly huge Spider-Demon. She can shapeshift into her human form at will, as well as partially manifest spider limbs for combat while a human. Shirogane as well.
  • Girls' Love: A very dark example, but it counts.
  • Hero Antagonist: Shirogane, the silver-haired monk, is supposedly this. But there seems to be something off about him...and ultimately he turns out to be far worse then Hatsune ever was.
  • Heroic Second Wind: After being raped by Shirogane, and on the verge of death, Hatsune see's that Shirogane is about to do the same thing to Kanako, which causes her to go into pure Mama Bear mode, and deliver a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Shirogane fueled by Unstoppable Rage, before she finally finishes it by impaling the bastard in the chest.
  • Homosexual Reproduction: In one ending, Hatsune manages to impregnate Kanako with her daughter, despite the both of them being girls.
  • Hot for Student: A rather squicky example with Iguchi and Tsugumi.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Even when Hatsune takes human form, she's anything but normal, having the appearance of an eerily pale, red eyed, raven haired girl. That's not even going into the fact Hatsune can manifest parts of her spider form, while in human form, such as her claws.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Human flesh is Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious to a Jorōgumo in any case, but Hatsune is currently recovering from a vicious battle against her enemy, Shirogane, giving her extra incentive to eat people. Her entire reason for coming to Yaesaka High School is to have easy access to an abundance of victims.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Downplayed. Rin Yagami as the resident miko senses there's something wrong with the school.
  • Intimate Healing: Inverted. It's more like vampirism in Hatsune's case.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: The game goes out of its way to present Hatsune as the lesser of two evils, as she tends to be more merciful (if you play her that way), very capable of love, and generally treats Kanako well, even if she's just an underling. Meanwhile, Shirogane, a Jorogumo himself, has all of her evil but none of her good qualities.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Sort of. Though Lesbian Spider Cannibal is a more apt description...
  • Manipulative Bastard: Hatsune exploits a love triangle in order to lure in prey of her choice.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Hatsune uses her powers to make the entire school believe she's a transfer student and to ignore the empty classroom that's being used as her lair.
  • Morality Pet: Its quite clear by the end of the game Hatsune genuinely cares for, and even loves, Kanako, deep down, who is the only person able to bring out what's left of her humanity.
  • Pet the Dog: As hard as it is to believe, Hatsune has a few moments.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Hatsune's eye colors show that she is not to be messed with...
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A possibility for Takahiro once he realizes what happened to him.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Miyuki does not have a route and therefore cannot be saved from thralldom.
  • Sad Battle Music: Adoption, which plays only one time in the game. The scene in question being Hatsune's Last Stand against Silver, and the ensuring No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. The crushingly melancholic, and yet impossibly heroic tone of the theme reflects the fact Hatsune herself is half dead at this point, exhausted from the night long battle, humiliated, almost broken, and hideously maimed from being brutally raped, but she will not let anyone else harm Kanako as long as she draws breath.
  • Seductive Spider: Hatsune Hirasaka is a lesbian jorogumo who seduces and feeds on people.
  • Shrinking Violet: Kanako Miyama. She's a rather tragic Deconstruction, as her inability to socialize, and her crippling timidness, makes her an easy target for rapists, as she's too afraid to say anything about it.
  • Shout-Out: The title is a reference to a Cthulhu Mythos diety even though the story isn't Lovecraftian in nature.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Gousuke Iguchi has obsessive feelings towards Tsugumi.
  • Tsuchigumo and Jorogumo: The protagonist is a Jorogumo.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Takehiro, childhood friend of Sachiho, may or may not end up like this depending on what Hatsune does; you don't get more unlucky than being dead.
  • Unperson: Hatsune has the ability to erase other people's memories of the thralls in her possession.
  • Villain Protagonist: Hatsune Hirasaka. Don't get much more of one then a demonic shape-changing Giant Spider who seduces and devours kids of both sexes simply to increase her power.
  • Villainous Rescue: In the beginning, when Kanako is being gangraped, Hatsune comes out of nowhere, and slaughters her rapists in a display of blood, and gore. Initially, Hatsune claims that she only did so because she wanted to rape Kanako herself, but there's several in-game hints, and details from the official oneshot manga that cast this into doubt, and her real reason was it reminded her about what happened to herself, and it was a instinctive reaction to try and save her.
  • Viral Transformation: Hatsune turns Kanako into a jorōgumo as well in one of the endings.
  • Youkai: as a jorōgumo, Hatsune naturally fits into this category. Jorōgumo are demon-spiders who assume the forms of attractive women to devour humans. A similar creature is the Tsuchigumo, but that is apparently a Henge-type Obake.