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Visual Novel / Koshotengaino Hashihime

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Tamamori came to Tokyo with his sights set on getting accepted to the Imperial University. However, he doesn't pass the entrance exam, and is so undisciplined and wrapped up in endless fantasies that he's kicked out of his boarding house after only two years. Through a stroke of luck, Tamamori begins to live and work at Umebachidou, a used book store. There, he enjoys whiling away his time as a "student preparing for entrance exams" and taking advantage of friends who are also from his hometown. But one right after the other, mysterious deaths befall those friends and, realizing he's been repeating the same rainy three days over and over again, Tamamori finds himself racing throughout Jinbochou to save them.

In this pop-occult mystery that surrounds the deaths of his friends... What is real, and what is a hallucination?

From Mangagamer

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Tamamori and Kawase toward Hanazawa. Subverted for Tamamori once he finds out his true personality, subverted for Kawase, he doesn't adore him as much as he feels guilty for what his father did to Hanazawa's father.
  • Abusive Parents: Quite a bit Kawase's dad, the Shopkeeper to Kaoru's, Alternative Time Line-Tamamori to Kaoru, though he didn't actually raise him
  • Anachronism Stew: The professor's inventions but also Kyūsaku Yumeno's books. It's intentional, as the books come from the future
  • Affectionate Nickname: Tamamori, Minakami and Hanazawa.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Oh boy:
    • Meiko/Naoshi is in love with Kasawe. Sadly confirmed for being doomed.
    • Minakami toward Tamamori. He's wrong, though their love doesn't come in fruition into the other routes.
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    • Kawase toward Tamamori in his route. He's proven wrong eventually.
    • Tamamori sees Hanazawa only as a brother. Hanazawa wants more.
    • Hikawa toward Tamamori. Though Tamamori comes to appreciate him sexually, he doesn't harbor romantic feelings for him at the end of his route. Hikawa doesn't mind, though.
  • All Just a Dream: Played it, but ultimately subverted. Kaoru's route exists in a timeline separate from the other four.
  • All There in the Manual: Such as the exact nature of Kaoru's route and its relation to the other routes.
  • Alternate Timeline: Kaoru's route, created by a Tamamori that killed Minakami, Tamamori and Hanazawa as kids
  • Bad Future: The original timeline, before the shopkeeper traveled back in time
  • Ax-Crazy: Kaoru, though he only kills under the shopkeeper's orders.
  • Berserk Button: Minakami the moment Tamamori is placed in danger.
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  • Big Fancy House: Ikeda's Mansion.
  • Black Blood: The series uses pink blood, similar to Danganronpa
  • Boys' Love: Obviously.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Minakami, Kawase and Hanazawa all fit, through Minakami and Kawase are more close to Tamamori, while Minakami fits more into the stereotype.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Minakami's final suicide, which solidified Tamamori's resolve to save him no matter what
  • Deus Sex Machina: Subverted: Hanazawa attempts to transfer the Hashihime by sex, therefor raping Tamamori. It doesn't work.
  • Drivento Suicide: Minakami.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Tamamori is forced to go back in time over and over to save Minakami, and even when their happiness is almost guarantee, it's snatched away by Hanazawa of all people
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Kawase and Tamamori in Kawase's ending, going by the tips
    • Subverted for Tamamori and Minakami, despite having the most stable relationship and considering each other's significant other, they only live together and spend the night together only on rainy days for the time being.
  • Gayngst: Minakami.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tamamori's in the professor route. Even after realizing his feelings for Minakami and confessing to him, he resigns him to travel back in time and abbandon the other man to free and protect the professor from his older self's influence.
  • Hope Spot: The penultimate loop. Minakami is willing to live and leave with Tamamori, but Hanazawa has other plans
  • Hyper-Awareness: Kawase.
  • I Hate Past Me: The shopkeeper
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in the main game, as the Shopkeeper couldn't bring himself to kill Minakami as a child. Subverted in the alternative world, in which the 3 children are killed
  • In-Series Nickname: Again, Tamamori, Minakami and Hanazawa.
  • It's for a Book: Tamamori's favorite excuse.
  • Imaginary Friend: The Frog Man.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Minakami didn't expect to be liked back, but he was content being at Tamamori's side
  • Love Epiphany: Tamamori has this when he realizes the moment he told Minakami his first story years ago, it was the moment he fell in love with him.
  • Magical Eye: One of the main themes of the novel. The Hashihime resides in her host's eyes, allowing him to traveler back in time using water
  • Missing Mom: Tamamori's mother disappeared when he was a child and was never heard again. She was the price the Hashihime demanded to Minakami for saving Tamamori's life.
  • Official Couple: While all the timelines are canon due to the alternative timelines, Minakami and Tamamori tend to considered the game's main pairing due to his route being the designed "romance genre" route and the one Tamamori canonically loves in every timeline.
  • Older Than They Look: The maids.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Tamamori's frequent reaction to his other self once a new loop begins.
  • Parental Incest: Kaoru's route, though not blood related
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Tamamori to Minakami, over and over
    • Also Tamamori to Kawase in Kawase's route
  • Rape as Backstory: Kawase, also the maids
  • Reincarnation Romance: Minakami and Tamamori.
  • Theme Naming: Minakami, Kawase, Hanazawa and Hikawa all contain water-related kanji in them.
  • Shipper on Deck: The shopkeeper is happy when Tamamori grows closer to Minakami. He isn't fond of Kawase, however.
    • Tamamori also when he learns of Meiko/Naoshi's feelings for Kawase.
    • Madam hopes Tamamori will realize Minakami's feelings and accept them.
  • Unreliable Narrator: All over the place!
  • Terminator Twosome The shopkeeper. Sort of.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Minakami, Kawase and Hanazawa all fit, but Hanazawa in particular.
  • The Chessmaster: The Shopkeeper
  • The Reveal: The shopkeeper is Tamamori from another timeline.
  • Time Travel: All over the place!
    • Minakami traveled back in time 23 times to save Tamamori as as kid.
    • Tamamori himself, during the course of the game.
    • The professor, in his route.
    • The shopkeeper and Kaoru.
  • Time Travel Romance: Minakami and Tamamori, arguably.
  • Stable Time Loop
  • Transgender: Madam, also Naoshi/Meiko.
  • Trapped Inthe Past: Tamamori in the Professor's ending, until he's rescued. The shopkeeper and Kaoru arguably, even if they don't mind.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Meiko, but also Madam
  • Youkai:The Hashihime, whom resides in people's eyes.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The shopkeeper's plan to create a future where him and Minakami could be truly happy together.

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