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"Two conditions for becoming a true Punk rocker:
1. A Punk rocker doesn't follow any rules (anarchy attitude).
2. A Punk rocker mustn't think his actions through (no future attitude)."

Ero Visual Novel produced by the group OverDrive in 2007, which was licensed by MangaGamer and put out in English in 2009.

Shikanosuke is a twelfth-grade student at a Christian high school, and right now his life kind of sucks. He had to quit the tennis club due to health problems, and he was just dumped by his girlfriend. Right now all that's really going on is his work at a restaurant and his average school days. At the start of the story, though, his life begins to change when a new girl starts to work with him. Her name is Kirari, and she's from the same school as him. The two of them make friends when Shikanosuke is assigned to teach Kirari the ropes, and one night after Shikanosuke tries to settle a fight between members of a visiting band and a couple of drunk thugs, the two receive tickets to said band's upcoming concert as an apology for the trouble. After some debate, the pair head to the concert. Kirari falls in love with the energy, and Shikanosuke—who could never understand what was so special about rock or bands—is entranced by the band's charisma.


At the same time, the club Shikanosuke joined after he quit playing tennis—the second literary club—is set to be terminated because it has too few members. Kirari, who also happens to be part of the club, gets him to come to a meeting discussing what they should do at this year's cultural festival, which will be their last. Kirari's suggestion? They should form a punk rock band and perform like the light music club does!

And so, Shikanosuke, Kirari, and two other girls—Shinakosuke's childhood friend Chie and Kirari's best friend Sarina—decide that they may as well, and are slowly drawn into the world of rock as they become more and more serious about their new hobby.

Kira☆Kira is a Slice of Life comedy about school, love, life, and The Power of Rock. It doesn't take itself overly seriously, and is notable for its extremely high-quality art, fun storylines, and use of rock-inspired music for all of its BGMs. Compare and contrast K-On! and Beck. It has absolutely nothing to do with the serial killer, the Macross Frontier meme, the Gundam pilot, the YA novel by Cynthia Kadohata, or the Danganronpa spin-off manga Killer Killer.


The game has a fandisc called Kira☆Kira: Curtain Call which follows a new group of characters. It is also available in English. Clean versions of both the fandisc and the original game were released for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Has an all-ages PlayStation 2 version as well.

See also Deardrops, Kira☆Kira's Spiritual Successor

Kira☆Kira contains the examples of the following tropes:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Averted. Chie is one of the most rational and calm members of the band.
  • The Alleged Car: The Murakami van.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Keita.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Yuko.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Averted. When Chie tries to slap Shikanosuke for getting ice cream all over her, he refuses to stand and take it.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Shikanosuke actually has more fanboys than the rest of the band. This, understandably, disturbs him immensely.
  • Audience Participation Song: O.H.B.I., in Chie's route.
  • Audio Adaptation: Radio d2b.
  • Beach Episode: A couple, though a certain one in Sarina's route stands out.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: In Chie's route, she fights with, berate and doodles on Shika, but shortly afterward they're back to being friends or saving a Yakuza Princess away from the rest of the group.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Tonoya is happy to help the Second Literatue Club Band learn how to play music.
  • Big Eater: Kirari.
  • Big Fancy House:
    • Sarina's family has multiple, and they all look the same.
    • Midori's house also counts, since it's mentioned to be even bigger that Sarina's.
  • Bishōnen: Ondo looks extremely feminine, and is considered very attractive, partially due to his wealth. Most of the other male characters count as well, especially Shikanosuke.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Kashiwaras are a rare non-supernatural case, despite most of them being dead. Sarina's grandfather Masatsugu lived through World War II, and then was the only survivor of his entire family, who died from improperly prepared blowfish. He suffered from this, but managed to be successful and have two sons. Unfortunately one, Sarina's father, fell in love with a woman in Tokyo and Masatsugu didn't approve of their relationship. Sarina's parents then ran away and were completely estranged from the family. After giving birth to Sarina, her mother died, and her father soon committed suicide and was found by his brother which led to Masatsugu raising Sarina by himself. When you realize that Sarina is the only close family he has left, his situation becomes a lot more sympathetic.
  • Bland-Name Product: In one of the backgrounds, an upside-down McDonald's logo can be seen.
  • Blatant Lies: Shika tries to avoid speaking by stating that he has a terrible hearing problem.
  • Bleached Underpants: For the PS2, iPhone and iPod Touch releases, all H-scenes were removed.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation:
    • Not particularly egregious, but the translators have a habit of misspelling the characters' names. Kashiwara probably gets the worst of it.
    • There's several references to a band called "The Crash." While such a band does exist, considering the heavy emphasis on early punk bands they probably meant The Clash.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Kirari and Chie accidentally do this to help Sarina deal with the stage fright from their first concert.
  • Breakup Breakout:
    • In a few of the endings Kirari ends up being a famous singer, touring with STAR GENERATION.
    • Tonoya seems to have become a famous guitarist after he leaves STAR GENERATION, if the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue is anything to go by.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied with Shika. He simply doesn't care about most things enough to try rather than actually lacking the ability. Several other characters such as his mother and sister appear to notice it as well.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Tom looks considerably more western than the rest of the cast, has American parents and can speak fluent English. However he has lived in Japan all his life.
  • Cameo: There's a 8 bit melody of the opening song of another game by Overdrive named "Edelweiss"
  • Caught in the Rain: Happens to Chie and Shikanosuke twice.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: In comparison to the rest of the game and the other girls' routes, Kirari's final scenarios are incredibly dark and depressing, dealing not just with her family's poverty, but with depression, suicide, prostitution, and what kinds of actions are justified when trying to save oneself or one's family members.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Of the unlucky kind: Chie-nee may have her own route, but that doesn't stop Shika from seeing her as a sister for the vast majority of the game.
  • Chivalrous Pervert:
    • Handa.
    • Murakami also counts as one. During the summer festival, he admitted to wanting "all of the girls" and that he would "have sex with them every day". But because it's him saying it, it comes off as this trope.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mostly Midori, but also Kirari.
  • Club Stub: The Second Literary Club.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Coitus Ensues: Some of the sex scenes are rather random and out of place.
  • Cool Old Guy: Handa, only helped by his lecherousness.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Concert Kiss
  • Contrived Coincidence: The way Shika and Kirari meet Tonoya. Heavily lampshaded.
  • Covered in Gunge: Happens to many innocent bystanders when Midori crashes a truck carrying buckets of mulch.
  • Cult: A particularly peaceful variety, that Shika and Chie are very politely asked to rescue a girl from.
  • Crossover: with "Deardrops" in d2b VS DEARDROPS -Cross the Future.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: It's made clear in Deardrops that Kirari's good route is the canon route.
  • Darkest Hour: A gig goes bad, their van breaks down, Kirari starts crying, and they have to stay in an abandoned garage. All within a couple hours.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Shikanosuke admits that he masturbates almost every day, and actually does it multiple times in the story.
  • Dead Person Conversation
  • Death by Childbirth: Sarina's mother succumbs to her illness shortly after giving birth to her, due to her body being too weak to cope with the strains of birth.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Both of Sarina's parents died shortly after she was born. Her mother suffered from a case of Death by Childbirth, which caused her father to be Driven to Suicide.
  • Defictionalization: d2b has it's website.
  • Dirty Old Man: Handa tries to seduce Chie. He's actually a nice guy, but still, a perv is a perv.
  • Double-Meaning Title
  • Dragged into Drag: Shikanosuke, much to his displeasure.
  • Driven to Suicide: Sarina's dad killed himself shortly after her mother died. This also happens in the True End to Kirari's dad. Twice.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Shika attempts to to this twice to Chie, once not even in her own route!
  • Epic Fail: The very first time d2b plays, on the rooftop. There's exciting buildup, then... the most hilariously terrible track of the BGM. It's all played for laughs, though.
  • Face Doodling: Shika and Chie do this to each other.
  • Fake Band
  • Featureless Protagonist: A common Visual Novel trope, but averted here.
  • Festival Episode: Complete with fireworks and festival games.
  • Foreshadowing: It's stated around the middle of the game that blowfish is very deadly when not prepared properly. guess what happened to Sarina's grandfather's family?
  • First Girl Wins: Kirari is the main heroine.
  • Flash Back: The game starts at the STAR GENERATION concert, then flashes back to show how Shika and Kirari got there, from Shika's girlfriend breaking up with him. Shika also explains the fallout from certain situations in flashback style, too.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The refrain to Let's Jump!, the first letters of which spell out FUCK.
  • Gay Option: Ondo-kun. And yes, he actually does have his own ending, though it counts as a Bad End.
  • Genki Girl: Kirari is very, very hyperactive.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In all routes of Kira☆Kira to Kirari. Also, in Curtain Call, to Souta.
  • Genre Shift: Sarina's route in the third chapter.
  • Genius Cripple: Kazuki
  • Gilligan Cut: Shikanosuke swears he will NOT dress as a girl to get into Sarina's mansion. No way. Not happening. Even if he can pull off an extremely effective girl, it will never ever happen again. After that declaration, he gets an entire line before we get a cut to him. You have to hand it to him, he manages to actually look better than any of the real girls.
  • Girl Group: The Second Literature Club Band is presented as this, but of course isn't.
  • Gonk: Okaji in Curtain Call.
  • Gratuitous English: Found in several songs (OHBI, Let's Jump!, go on a trip, among others) as well as the "swearing interlude" where the cast speaks all swear words in English, and the catchphrase "Rock and roll!" in Chie's route.
  • Growing Up Sucks
  • Grumpy Old Man: Sarina's grandpa.
  • Here We Go Again!: At the end of Curtain Call when both Star Generation and the original d2b return. Also because Shikanosuke is forced back into drag.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • During their Darkest Hour, Poor Kirari has one onstage in the middle of a gig.
    • Souta starts to have one in Curtain Call, until Kazuki punches him in the face to fix it.
    • Shikanosuke himself gets two really major ones when Kirari dies(in her normal route) and when he used to play tennis. For the former one, it takes the spirit/ghost/hallucination of Kirari to snap him back to normal after 5 years. He also gets a more minor one in the True End, after he lets Kirari's father commit suicide which he only snaps out of after confessing this fact to Kirari, and subsequently getting her forgiveness.
  • Heroic Bastard: Shika, possibly. It's left ambiguous as to whether his parents were married before they split up.
  • H-Game: Though the sex is really late in the story.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Sarina's father's will was hidden in a secret compartment in her guitar.
  • Holding Hands: Chie non-romantically does this to Shika in her route without noticing. He definitely does notice, though.
  • Hollywood Tourette's: Tonoya encourages the band to speak like this as part of their training.
  • Hot-Blooded: Souta Honda has a BLAZING ROCK SOUL!
  • Huddle Shot: At the end of Chie's route.
  • I Can Explain: Shikanosuke desperately tries to explain his crossdressing whenever he's found out.
  • If It's You, It's Okay:
    • Onda genuinely thought Shika was a girl for over two years, but when he finds out the truth he gets over it in approximately three seconds and still proposes.
    • ... or that's why he was attracted to Shika in the first place, consciously or not. Or he's just completely insane. Either seems quite possible.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: A lot of guys want to do this to Kirari. Most are nice, though.
  • Indirect Kiss
  • It's Up to You: Shika usually winds up having to rescue other people from their issues. It's most often played for laughs, but this comes up more seriously in Kirari's true route, where her father tries to force Shika to save her from being forced into prostitution on his own.
  • Japanese Christian: The school is pretty laidback, though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Yashiro and Souta.
    • Shikanosuke is described often as either a heartless, cold guy or a sweet, kind person. Generally, he's a bit of both.
  • Jerkass: The Light Music Club. They get better when planning the graduation ceremony hijacking though.
  • Large Ham: Onda screams this. From the first time you hear about him, to the first time he shows up, to his gender change for Shika, everything he does screams ham.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility Justified and Inverted.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Chie in a flashback.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Shika describes his relationship with Chie like this midgame. Whether or not it stays like this is up to you.
  • Long Title: The Second Literature Club Band is often shorted to d2b for a reason.
  • Love Hotels: Two routes include a trip to one.
  • Lucky Charms Title
  • Meaningful Name: Kirakira is the Japanese onomatopoeia for sparkling. Kirari's name also means "sparkling", tying into her hairpin.
  • Meido: Saiki, a rare older example.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Aki and Miru in Curtain Call. For good reason too.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tomo, to the point where Shika is very regretful if you turn her down.
  • Multiple Endings
  • No Export for You: Subverted. Kira☆Kira is hardly popular, but got the rare gift of an official translation, including the fandisc, as well as an iPhone/iPod port.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted, for plot specific reasons. In the True End, Kirari starts her period just after her dad agrees to whore her out to loan sharks in order to pay his debts, which buys Shika valuable time to try to save her.
  • Ojou: Sarina, though she's quite humble. Also Onda in his Bad End, when he gets a sex change.
  • Old Friend: Shika hadn't seen Chie for quite a while until shortly before the events of the game.
  • Old Retainer: Saiki to Sarina.
  • The One Guy: He is the main character, but this is brought up with Shika several times.
  • Only Sane Man: Chie and Shika alternate in this position.
  • Optional Sexual Encounter: Tomo. If the player declines, Shika becomes very disappointed with himself for not having sex with her. The actual choice dialogue says, "No real man could pass up a woman like this."
  • Parent with New Paramour: Chie's dad with his mistress.
  • Parents as People
  • Passing the Torch: In Curtain Call, Shikanosuke's sister, Yuko, becomes the bassist of d2b after Shikanosuke graduates, even donning a similar stage costume.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Tom.
  • Picky Eater: Chie doesn't eat meat because she doesn't like it.
  • Pixellation: Only in the Japanese version. The English version has removed, because Japanese law prohibits the direct showing of genitals in media. English countries don't have such a law.
  • Porn Stash
  • Posthumous Character: Sarina's father.
  • The Power of Rock: ROCK N' ROLL!!
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • In the middle of a Cluster F-Bomb scene, there's this, when Sarina is drinking tea with a teacher:
    Sarina: "It was a very nice fuckin' tea. Thank you very much, fuck."
    • The very last line of Kirari's normal end: "With all my love, to this fucking world." Complete CMOA.
  • Punk Rock: The band's initial inspiration, though their music isn't quite punk.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Murakami is a Big Guy, but he likes romance and has a big heart.
  • Relationship Values
  • Repurposed Pop Song: The Second Literature Club Band plays a rock version of the school anthem, to the teacher's dismay.
  • Running Gag: Shika's crossdressing.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Shikanosuke is very displeased to have lost his to Onda whilst crossdressing.
  • School Festival: Where the Second Literature Club Band first performs, and becomes a hit.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Shika calls Kirari out on this, but she continues anyway.
  • Self-Titled Album: The Second Literature Club Band's first album.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Mostly to bands, especially the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and The Clash. Shika's stage uniform is also quite similar to Bridget's outfit. The STAR GENERATION song Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die is a notable reference to the Sex Pistols.
    • After the guerrilla performance in front of the grocery store, Sarina, wearing her mask, says to Kirari, "Kamen r*der!". Who knew she would say that?
  • Side Boob: Sarina's band outfit. Heavily lampshaded by Shika
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Souta in Curtain Call seems to point out at every chance possible in his narration that any girl he meets is not as attractive to him as Yui.
  • Sleep Cute: The girl members of the band.
  • Slice of Life
  • Spirit Advisor: Guitar-kun.
  • Spiritual Successor: Deardrops
  • Spoiler Opening: Especially in the PS2 all-ages port, "Rock & Roll Show".
  • Stalker with a Crush: Ondo. There was also one creepy Kirari fan. During their concert in Osaka, he went so far as to try to pull Kirari off the stage, but was stopped by a hilariously angry Kirari.
  • Stern Teacher: Yoshizawa-sensei, who gets mad at the main characters a lot.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Sarina looks a lot like her father, though the rest of the family that is shown look rather different.
  • Super-Deformed: Kirari has little sketch episodes that are in this style. They involve new song ideas she thought up, most of which are about recent events.
  • Surprisingly Good English: The STAR GENERATION song Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die has been noted as this.
  • Talking to the Dead: Shikanosuke does this during Kirari's normal end where he goes nuts and hallucinates that Kirari is still alive and speaks with her.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Eat shit, bitches!" among others.
  • Those Two Guys: The second-grade girls.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: Murakami says this word for word to describe Punk Rock early on.
  • Title Drop: At the end of the last scene of Kirari's Normal End.
  • Tragic Dropout: Kirari, in her route. This is resolved in her True Ending.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: The end of Sarina's route.
  • Triumphant Reprise: The final song of Curtain Call is all the characters you've come to know and love singing the opening from the first game together. And it's glorious.
  • True Companions: Shika explicitly refers to d2b as this when trying to cheer up Kirari.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: The first "costumes" that Kirari and Sarina wear. Luckily they're never seen again.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Shika can get pretty tsuntsun before he's ready to admit that he likes a girl.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Shika to Ondo, though Ondo doesn't care.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The band's first concert.
  • Utsuge: Kirari's normal end
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Kirari's true end, and Curtain Call acts as this.
  • Yakuza: Fairly common, actually. Most are actually nice, though.
  • You Lose at Zero Trust: If you don't have any points with the band as a total, the game ends midway through the tour.
  • Zipperiffic: Just look at Yagihara's outfit!