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Visual Novel / Harmonia

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Harmonia is a Kinetic Novel made by Key/Visual Arts, as a celebration of the company's fifteenth anniversary.

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  • After the End: The world seems to have undergone some kind of calamity, although Rei isn't sure of the nature. As it turns out, the popularity of Phiroids led to them being programmed with the ability to love, which led to more and more marriages between Phiroids and humans. But since those marriages couldn't produce children, the birth rate declined rapidly. Over time, humans themselves gradually forgot how to love, and thus how to empathize, and began to find the emotional Phiroids wasteful. There were some humans who protested this treatment, however, and war broke out between the two groups, which ended in the nuclear destruction of Earth.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Tipi and then Shiona die, leaving Rei alone. However, he resolves to keep living, and goes on a journey to search for a world where humans and Phiroids can live together in peace.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Shiona has a problem with Rei spending too much time around Tipi, and eventually takes to locking him in the church to stop him from visiting her. It turns out to be justified. The Phiroids have a certain emotion that comes to the forefront for them, and if that emotion disappears, they become nonfunctional. For Tipi, this emotion is sadness, meaning that if Tipi overcomes her sadness about the loss of her family, she will die.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Tipi. And later, Shiona.
  • Easily Forgiven: Shiona gets more and more obstructive and eventually just plain cruel towards Tipi when Rei starts being nice to her and becoming her friend. On top of that, she pretends that the reason is romantic jealousy. Of a child. But the very next chapter, Tipi forgives her anyway, having figured out that Shiona was actually trying to be Cruel to Be Kind to keep Tipi alive. Shiona stops the Clingy Jealous Girl act after that, since they're all facing certain death anyway.
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  • Fan Disservice: Shiona opens up her show Rei a bullet hole wound she received earlier.
  • Foreshadowing: At one point, Rei has a nightmare about breaking down into scraps while trying to comfort Shiona, and worries that it might be a diagnostic of a possible future. As it turns out, the fact that he can dream at all is a sign that he is not a Phiroid, but a human.
  • Humans Are Bastards: A theme that comes up later in the game.
  • I Will Wait for You: Tipi is waiting in the library for her parents to come back. As an older model of Phiroid, Tipi was not programmed with the concept of death, and thus is unable to understand that her parents died around two hundred years ago.
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  • Meaningful Name: Madd, a guy with anger issues who's constantly shouting.
  • Only One Name: Every named character in the game only has one name, most likely because everyone in the town is a Phiroid.
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  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Phiroids can eat, breathe, cry, and feel emotions.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Rei isn't a Phiroid at all, but a human with a prosthetic arm, and every single resident of the town is actually a Phiroid.
  • Wham Shot: When Shiona is hit by the bomb, the mechanical parts of her hand are revealed.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Shiona tells Tipi, with a perfectly calm smile, that her parents are dead and never coming back and she needs to grow up and accept that she'll be alone for the rest of her life, while Rei shouts at her to shut up. It turns out to be justified, though; Tipi's last remaining emotion is sadness, and she will cease to function if she overcomes it.

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