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Visual Novel / How To Date A Magical Girl!

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How To Date A Magical Girl! is a Dating Sim developed by Cafe Shiba. It was released on 1st February 2019.

After clearing your high school, you are enrolled into a magical academy as you have been found to have the potential to use magic.

But be warned—this game is not for the faint of heart; as you progress through the game, you'll encounter demons summoned through the chaotic dimension while dealing with gory murders that seemingly come out of nowhere!

You can buy this game on Steam here.

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The blurb Chicken Stripper 6 opens with when Rei and the player start the game.
    Welcome to Chicken Stripper 6
    Uncut, Uncensored, Uncalled for!
  • All Deaths Final: Even within the virtual world, in-world characters who died cannot be immediately brought back to life; the only way to revive them is to reset the simulation from day 1.
  • All Just a Dream: The entire story was turned out to be virtual simulation while the player was in a coma.
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  • Anti-Escapism Aesop: Subverted. The one who ultimately demands that you return to the real world is 54T0M1, the villain, and the happy ending is one where you choose to remain in the simulation with your girlfriend. Agreeing to wake up from your coma just gets your body hijacked.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During the 50% dates in general, the dialog starts with what seems to be coitus ensuring until the screen fades from black and reveals something rather innocent.
  • Banned in China: An In-Universe example involving an in-series arcade Chicken Stripper 6, which is first described to be banned in over 50 countries.
  • Blinding Bangs: The second murder victim has her eyes completely covered by her front hair.
  • But Thou Must!: The third question of the final exams asks the amount of poison injected to kill Yoshida. You wouldn't even know that specifics of her death, but all three options display '17ml', which happened to be correct.
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  • Clique Tour: On the first day of school, the player observes that each section of the room is covered by a clique.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Transforming into a magical girl outfit helps tapping into the wearer's inner power much easier.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Whenever a death(s) happens, the victim is killed in an usual manner. For example, for the first death, an unnamed schoolgirl sat on a corner with her internal organs slashed off.
  • Cult: The Cult of 9, which are a group of rogue Magical Girls who absorb the powers of others they've killed to find The Greatest Truth.
  • Dating Sim: You can form relationship with five magical girls through hanging out and giving gifts.
  • Dead Man Writing: Subverted. The second murder victim was thought to have written the name of the person who have hurt her, but further investigation reveals that it's the work of the murderer.
  • Dies Wide Open: Majority of the murder victims are shown dead with their eyes wide open.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Aside for the leader, the members' names are Lime and Lemon, both named after fruits.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: The entire game turns out to be a virtual simulation while you were out in a coma. 54T0M1 deliberately commit the murders in order to wake you up. After this, the player has the option to wake up or not.
  • Flying Face: One demon that appears when the Cult of Nine start raiding the school has an appearance of a white, floating head.
  • Gay Option: Zigzagged. At the end of the School Festival, Shin confesses his love to you, but before you could have the chance to answer, he is abruptly killed. How this is played out depends on your gender:
    • If you play as a male, it's a subversion; having an option to date a gay man among other girls only for that option to cut short.
    • However, if you play as a female, then it's being the only straight option among other girls to date that is subverted.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: There are hints of them in the game such as an early "loading" screen and sudden glitches at untimely intervals, but the player doesn't seem to put them together. In the end, Satomi has to directly spell out that they are in a virtual reality.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Zigzagged. The last time the player saw the main girls, each of them were laid dead, technically with a smile on their face. But because of their disturbingly default smile expressions, it's not likely that they were as happy as shown on their faces.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Doable by doing well in all grades. They don't have to be perfect, but if each of them are at least B-grade, Miyu will ask you out on the date during Magical Girl's Day, compared to other girls requiring A in their respective area.
  • Last-Second Ending Choice: For all the interactions you've made and skills you've developed, the game ends when you either wake up from the virtual simulation, or chose to stay with Satomi. However, if you managed to have one of the girls as your girlfriend, you'll unlock the third option to reset the world to be with her again.
  • Love Potion: You can concoct two versionsnote  of them in the Alchemy Lab, but you have to be the one drinking it, and its effect raises the affection rate of the girls you interact with.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Downplayed in that as evil is a rare occurrence, a magical girl would spend most of her time contributing to society rather than engaging in combat.
  • Magic Idol Singer: Many graduates spend their early careers on the entertainment industry; it is the most popular option among them. They can improvise with magic for flairs and effects as well as enhancing their talents.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: The game gets eerily glitchy whenever death is encountered or referenced. For the latter case, the respective CG scene sometimes flash in.
  • Potty Dance: Sometimes, when the player spends time with one of the girls, nature calls them at a bad time. The player desperately try to hold it in, but hopping up and down makes it too noticeable.
  • Road Apples: During Yui's 20% date at the forest, what the player thought to have found the Devil's Essence is implied to be an excretion instead, as Yui packed it in carefully. The player washed their hands throughout afterwards.
  • Show Within a Show: Cutie Star, an ongoing magical girl manga series well liked by the player.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: As the last resort to shocking the player out of their virtual world, 54T0M1 kills off their close girls one-by-one. Bonus point of one of them becomes the girlfriend—they'll be prioritized as the final nail in the coffin.
  • Surprise Creepy: After settling into the game, the first horror is a gigantic brute demon terrorizing the school. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: After Rei and/or Kaori's deaths, the player dreads in anticipation as the next girl texts them a random message, knowing she's next on the death list.
  • Vendor Trash: You cannot drink a Sucker Potion for any effect, but present it to a shopkeeper, and they'll be compelled to buy it for a high price.
  • Victor Gains Loser's Powers: The Cult of 9 seems to be capable of this, as the murdered girls were also drained off their magic.
  • When Trees Attack: Sometime in early second semester, the player has a premonition on Hikari being in trouble at school when an unusually placed tree is revealed to be a demon.
  • Wizarding School: Every potential magic-usersnote  have to attend the school to hone their powers.
  • Written by the Winners: When talked to in the teacher's office, Izaline recounts how a "heroic" Magical Girl's victory over a demon's camp was found out to be her getting rid of disease-ridden outcasts, yet still being upheld for her bravery.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Played With. Although started out with regular-colored hair, magical girls will have their hair dyed in various color to varying extent post-transformation.

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