Memories Off (メモリーズオフ Memoriizu Ofu) is a popular and long-running Visual Novel series by KID (picked up by , with its first game released in 1999 on Play Station. Trying to follow both fashions of non-hentai visual novel and Utsuge genres started by Tokimeki Memorial and Kanon respectively, the game became the model for the following direct to console visual novels.
Even if the game has never been released out of Asia, it is a cult title for most Japanese visual novel gamers, and has led to many spiritual sequels set in the same universe. All of them follow a similar formula: an Ordinary High-School Student has started dating the girl of his dreams... but something happens, and their relationship breaks. The player can try to start over with his ex-girlfriend, or pursue another girl, all of these in a nostalgic and romantic atmosphere with some comedic elements. On the fandiscs, the setting is much more funny and with fanservice elements.
KID started developing a large series based on the first game, with eight games released at the moment and all of them ported to at least three platforms along with several fandiscs and Gaiden Game. It also inspired an otome game spin-off, Your Memories Off: Girl's Style. The first five games have also been adapted into anime OVAs.
The series has been announced to be followed up with a new visual novel called SI Nce Memories.
Tropes featured include:
- And Now For Something Completely Different: All the protagonists are high school students, except the Omoide ni Kawaru Kimi protagonist, who is in university.
- Also Your Memories Off: Girl's Style, being an otome game instead of a galge focused on a band.
- Black Sheep: Omoide ni Kawaru kimi: Probably because it changes its school atmosphere to a cafe one.
- Bishounen: Surprisingly for a galge, Isshu, the protagonist of Sorekara is this.
- But Not Too Foreign: Chloe Kagamigawa from the sixth game, half Japanese and half French.
- Continuity Nod: Noelle Kagamigawa, Chloe's little sister in the sixth game, becomes the main heroine in Innocent Fille.
- Compressed Adaptation: The anime adaptations.
- Expanded Universe: All the games are set in the same universe and are linked to each other. Yue (MO 1) and Hotaru (MO 2) appear in Omoide ni and Sorekara and Kanata (MO 3) appears in Sorekara and T-Wave. There's even a character (Shin Inaho) that makes a secondary role in all the titles of the series.
- Innocent Fille makes a homage to the whole series by giving cameos to many of the former heroines.
- Gratuitious French: Innocent Fille, the only game in the series to not have a subtitle in English or Japanese.
- Hot for Student: Koyomi from the first game and Tsubame from the second.
- Joshikousei: Many of the heroines.
- Megane: Haya from Sorekara and Kazuki in #5 encore.
- Shout-Out: Karin and Kanata from Memories Off Sorekara are models for a cosmetic line called "LeMU".