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Visual Novel / Everlasting Summer

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From left to right: Olga Dmitrievna, Alisa, Ulyana, Zhenya, Lena, Slavya, and Elektronik.

Everlasting Summer (Бесконечное лето) is a Russian-language Bishoujo Game Visual Novel developed by Soviet Games, and which is also available translated into English. It is an eroge, although there is an option to disable adult content, and some distribution outlets have removed the option of adult content altogether.

The player takes on the role of Semyon, an ordinary young man with thousands, even hundreds of thousands of those like him in every ordinary city. But one day something completely unusual happens to him: he falls asleep in a bus in winter and wakes up... in the middle of a hot summer. In front of him is "Sovyonok" - a Young Pioneer camp, behind him is his former life. To understand what happened to him, Semyon will have to get to know the local inhabitants (and maybe even find love), find his way in the complex labyrinth of human relationships and his own problems and solve the camp's mysteries. And answer the main question - how to come back? Should he come back?


The game, built using the Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine, was first released as a Russian-language demo (consisting of the first two in-game days) on New Year's Day in 2010. The full Russian-language version of the game finally received a freeware release in December of 2013. An English version became available in November of 2014, still distributed for free, via Steam. Many people were quite surprised that the Steam release retained the game's eroge elements. Alas, this was to be a short lived surprise when, a few days after release, Steam released an update which removed all of these elements from the game. Fortunately, it did not take players upset at this long to discover a way around it. The uncensored version was released on Nutaku in August 2015.


Everlasting Summer provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Olga Dmitrievna is almost never portrayed as a competent authority figure, and at one point in his narration, Semyon makes it clear that he doesn't hold her in high regard precisely because of this.
  • All Just a Dream: The game begins with Semyon falling asleep in one place and waking up in another. That he is just dreaming is one of Semyon's suspicions. In most of the endings, this is seemingly played straight when Semyon wakes up.
    • Or Was It a Dream?: Yet, in all of the good endings, Semyon is able to meet the girl he romanced along that route. In some of them, she even mentions that he seems familiar, as if she dreamed about him. And finally, in the "Harem Ending", Semyon, after waking, meets all of the girls, at the same time, after they all came looking for him as the guy from the dreams they all had. Mighty suspicious. Especially as he and Lena manages to spend a good portion of their lives married, until they wake up one day. With all the others they wake up right after the camp ends.
    • Dream Within a Dream: The Miku route, which starts out innocent enough but quickly spirals into a Nightmare Sequence.
    • Dream Weaver: Towards the end of Yulya's route, Semyon is told that she is his own consciousness given form. Yet after waking, he is able to choose to make any of the girls he dreamed about appear before him, including her!
  • Alternate Universe: The explanation for all iterations of Semyon's story all being "true". Yes, even the Miku route.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: A really silly one.
    Semyon: Oh, yeah, and I'm Optimus Prime, born nine million years ago in the Highlands of Scotland.
  • Animesque: Although set in Russia and originally released in the Russian language, the style of game play and visual design of the characters clearly take influence from Japanese visual novels.
  • Attack Backfire: Ulyana's unsanctioned rule change during the card game actually make it infinitely easier to win her round compared to the rest, despite her demanding a rematch.
  • Bishie Sparkle: During Elektronik's Shirtless Scene.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Many of the Multiple Endings are this in some shape or form.
    • The Good Endings for the main four girls. For Slavya, Ulyana and Alisa, Semyon returns to the real world without them, but takes the lessons he learned from them (respectively, appreciating life and the people in it, taking joy in the world and following his passions, and that music is a passion worth pursuing) to heart and makes something of himself (is a happier and nicer person who gets out more, goes back to university and studies a topic he loves, learns to play the guitar again and founds his own band, eventually having their first big concert), eventually meeting the girls in the real world. For Lena, Semyon stays in the dream world to be with her, where he initially has a rough time of it but learns to adapt, eventually marrying and raising a family with her.
    • Yulya's route. Either you sacrifice everyone in Sovyonok for what turns out to be a chance to bring her into the real world, or you leave her behind in the dream world to unlock the Harem Ending.
  • Blatant Lies: A disclaimer at the beginning states that all of the heroines in the game are at least 18 years of age. Even though they are all members of the Young Pioneers youth group. Even, apparently, Ulyana, whose underage status becomes a plot point. By the end of the game, this does become true of all of them, but that is rather splitting hairs.
  • Bookworm: Zhenya, the Pioneer who's generally in charge of the library.
  • Cat Girl: Yulya, who's the primary heroine of sorts in the game's final storyline branch.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Lena's route starts out seeming fairly innocent and as light as many of the others. But by the end it can get quite serious, and, especially if you get the bad end, rather depressing. Likewise, the Miku/Masha route takes a rather dark turn.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: It stretches "childhood" a bit far, but at the end of Ulyana's good route she makes Semyon promise to marry her when she grows up.
  • Cicadian Rhythm: Used as a blatant Higurashi: When They Cry reference, along with mishearing one of the characters' name Foreshadowing the Miku/Masha ending, where it gets turned Up to Eleven.
  • The Ditz: Miku, much to the frustration of Masha, who has to play her role.
    • Similarly, Sasha, the girl who plays the role of Slavya in the Miku route. Masha thinks their roles should have been swapped.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: If you try to exit the game, on the screen asking if you are sure you want to quit is an image of Yulya. Unless you marathon through at least five playthroughs and have made a start on your sixth, all without quitting, her appearance on this screen will be long before you encounter her in game.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: the entire cast, but especially Red!Pioneer in the DLC
  • Expy: Miku. It's all in the name.
    • Most of the female cast for that matter are based on Russian internet meme mascots, and Electronik and Shurik are both anime-style versions of actual Soviet-era live-action TV characters.
  • Full-Name Basis: Olga Dmitrievna. Neither any of the characters, the narration, or even the display of the name of which character is speaking, ever calls her by anything other than both her names — which is exactly how students always refer to their teachers in Russia. Excessive familiarity and fraternising between students and teachers is strongly discouraged in Russian educational system.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: This is a given, seeing as this takes place in a Soviet-era Young Pioneer camp.
  • Hates Being Nicknamed: Alisa. Don't you dare refer to her as "Dva-cheh".
  • I Choose to Stay: Lena's Good Ending route, in which Semyon inexplicably stays in the dream world to be with her, soldiers through the predictably rough hand the world deals him and ends up marrying and having two children with her.
  • Improbable Age: All of the characters who are members of the Young Pioneers, with the exception of Ulyana. They are presented as if they are older teenagers, certainly old enough that the Older Than He Looks Semyon is not conflicted, at least for age-related reasons, to have sex with them during their routes. However, the upper age limit for Young Pioneers is 15, after which they could join the Komsomol. (In fact, near the end of Slavya's route, when Olga Dmitrievna is upset with Semyon's actions she threatens to withhold recommending his joining the Komsomol.) Despite this, a disclaimer at the beginning claims all the girls in the game are at least 18 years of age. Except Ulyana, who is obviously younger than the rest, but has no sex scenes (but does have spots of fanservice.)
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are 3 named male camp residents, including Semyon himself, in comparison with 8 female ones. Lampshaded by Semyon when he meets Electronic for the first time, comparing the camp with the kingdom of Amazons.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: The world of Sovyonok. Semyon is unable to get consistent answers for why he can't leave the place, several odd occurrences take place only to be shrugged off by the inhabitants as no biggie once the fuss has died down and any search for the truth is usually stone-walled in some fashion until Semyon gives up out of frustration. Even the plot reveals that Sovyonok is the setting of a multiverse in which multiple versions of different people exist and so on barely offer much more in the way of a solid explanation for everything that happens.
  • Love Triangle: Semyon has absolutely no clue he has fallen into one of these with Lena and Alisa. Either you choose one or neither ... until you unlock the Harem Ending.
  • Marry Them All: Given that they mention the *other* endings as having already happened, there is a high probability this is actually the *canon* ending. Well done, Semyon.
  • Meganekko: Zhenya.
  • The Multiverse: Camp Sovyonok seems to serve as the center of a web of different universes simultaneously, in each of which Semyon makes different decisions and leads to different outcomes. The Harem Ending seems to imply that Semyon is able to collapse the alternate realities, as he retains his memories of all his other lives — and so do the girls, all of whom have gathered to see him again in the real world. But this turns out to not be the case in the Zhenya DLC, where the Red Pioneer is still trapped, and Semyon returns to Sovyonok one more time to help him escape into his own universe with Zhenya.
  • Off the Rails: Yulya's route centres on this. The world Semyon is in has begun to abandon the script it runs on, starting with his new-found ability to talk to her when he never could before, a mysterious city appears in the distance, and when you seem to be approaching the city, going back to the camp upon hearing of an impending disaster leads Semyon to find Sovyonok a Ghost Town and all its inhabitants vanished, yet ignoring their cries for help will lead to them showing up later on the bus, completely fine and unharmed.
  • Old Maid: Invoked on Olga by Red!Pioneer in the Zhenya DLC. Borders on Christmas Cake if not for the setting being on the wrong side of the Sea of Okhotsk.
  • Old School Building: Even though Camp Sovyonok isn't a school, the old campsite is functionally identical to the Old School Buildings used in other visual novels by being an abandoned location filled with lots of mysteries.
  • Pair the Spares: In the DLC "One Pioneer's Story", the Red!Pioneer and Zhenya
  • Really 700 Years Old: Red!Pioneer, due to "Groundhog Day" Loop
  • Real Place Background: Sovyonok's layout and locations are largely based on SOL "Volga", a real-life recreation camp.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Red!Pioneer has a bad case of this which leads to a severe case of Sanity Slippage, but also, all "real" iterations of the girls as well as the original Semyon, in the Harem Ending.
  • Scenery Porn: Big time.
  • Screw Yourself: Given eventual revelations as to who or what Yulya is, the fact that Semyon has sex with her becomes this. Or perhaps it can just be seen as taking Mind Screw a little too literally?
    • Although it becomes a more traditional form of Mind Screw when, in her ending, you can choose to end up with her back in the real world.
  • Send in the Clones: All those creepy faceless Pioneers from Yulya's path? All iterations of Semyon who never escaped from the dream world.
  • Shirtless Scene: At one point, Elektronik has one that's Played for Laughs.
  • Shrug of God: Seemingly invoked by the name of the achievement acquired upon finishing the Miku route: "What is this I don't even"
  • Spoiler Opening: Whenever the game is first opened, there is a screen containing disclaimers including, "The game doesn't contain any propaganda of voluntary (or not) ending one's life." It doesn't take a genius to figure out from that that at least one of the routes, before the end, will contain a character's suicide.
  • Those Two Guys: Aside from player-controlled Semyon himself and his alternate loop versions, the only two male characters who receive any focus are Elektronik and Shurik, the two members of the robotics club who often act as a pair.
  • Time Travel for Fun and Profit: In Lena's Good Ending, where Semyon stays in the past rather than return to his proper time, it dawns on Semyon that he can use his knowledge of the outcomes of certain sporting events to earn money from betting. Unfortunately, this fails, as the outcome of said events seem to 'swerve' away from how they 'really' happened the moment he tries to bet. Thankfully, he is able to pose as a relative of himself to make some career connections.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Semyon, oh Semyon. Especially Red!Pioneer Semyon, whose utterly terrifying route you get to view Through the Eyes of Madness.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Sovyonok's lack of an obvious location on the map or connection to the outside world is taken by Semyon as proof that something is wrong with the place. Lena's ending reveals it's somewhere in the south of the USSR, although given the sheer size of the place that isn't saying much.
  • Wild Wilderness: Sovyonok is apparently on the edge of this, to the point where going just 200 meters in might get you permanently lost.