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Morenatsu (漏れなつ。 "Summer break") is an adult-oriented Furry Bara Genre H-Game. Development was originally led by the Kemono artist Gamma; however, he eventually left the project.

The story: The game takes place during summer vacation in Japan. The main character, Hiroyuki Nishimura (one of the few humans in the game), gets a letter from a friend in the village where he spent his childhood, Minasato village (水郷村 Minasato-mura). He moved away to the city five years ago but returns to Minasato village that summer to visit his grandparents.

With regard to gameplay, it's a gay Visual Novel. The player has one month to gain the affection of one of nine men:

  1. Torahiko Ooshima (the Tiger)
  2. Tatsuki Midoriya (the Dragon)
  3. Juuichi Mikazuki (the Bear)
  4. Kounosuke Kuri (the Raccoon Dog)
  5. Kouya Aotsuki (the Husky)
  6. Kyouji Takahara (the Labrador)
  7. Shin Kuroi (the Cat)
  8. Shun Kodori (the Wolf)
  9. Soutarou Touno (the Lion)

If the player makes the correct decisions, Hiroyuki and one of the characters will make love and establish a romantic relationship. However, the story leading up to that point is long and character-driven.

The original version of Morenatsu is currently only in Japanese, with characters developed by many different aggregate sources on the 2ch Kemono image board. Development was discontinued in 2015, at which point only a trial version had been released. Since then, two different dev teams composed of fans have picked up the game's development.

The first fangroup picked up the game where the original team left it. While they did release a newer demo containing the completed stories for Tatsuki, Kounosuke, Kouya, Shun, Juuichi and Shin, this team would later discontinue the project as well for personal reasons, leaving it in Vaporware status.

Meanwhile, Stormsinger Studios has worked on a version that reworks the story, art and gameplay mechanics. Tropes for their take on the game, Homecoming: Morenatsu Revisited, should go under that page.

See also the sort-of sequel, Morefuyu.

This game provides examples of:

  • Bara Genre: Torahiko, Tatsuki, Juuichi and Kounosuke are more masculine and brawny and fit the Bara mold. Shin, Shun and Soutarou are more lithe and boyish (with Shun and Soutarou being out-right twinks) and fit the Yaoi mold. Kouya and Kyouji straddle the Bara-Yaoi border and fit well in either mold. Kounosuke superficially looks more boyish when fully-clothed (just chubbier than normal), but he displays very much a Bara body type when the shirt comes off. In fact, if you look at the list, they're actually in descending order of masculinity, starting with Torahiko, Tatsuki and Juuichi. They transition from masculine into more boyish territory, ending with Soutarou.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The game is kinda odd about this trope's use. While penises are never shown on naked portraits (H-scenes not counting), pubic hair can be seen on certain characters and nipples are always there except on Tatsuki, Tappei (where they would be Non-Mammal Mammaries), Shin and Shun. Although to be fair, the naked portraits always stop right before the crotch, making it impossible to see below, and bulges are clearly visible when the characters are in their underwear.
  • Beach Episode: In the middle of the game, you and the 9 other guys go to the beach. You then get to choose who you want to spend the party with.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Tatsuki, Juuichi and Kounosuke, as well as Tatsuki's father Tappei, Botan and Tetsuya.
  • Bittersweet Ending: After the summer vacation is over, Hiroyuki returns to the city. Of course, the open-endedness of the game and the allowed free-use of the characters means there's plenty of room for interpretation. On top of that, when his friends ask him if he will return again, he answers outright that he'll see them next vacation. It doesn't keep the parting from being sad though.
    • Kounosuke's profile clearly states he wishes to live in the city. There's nothing to say that wouldn't happen even after Hiroyuki leaves.
    • In Tatsuki's route, Hiroyuki has a dream that he's living in the house that Tatsuki promises to build for him, WITH Tatsuki. There's nothing saying that wouldn't happen either.
    • Shin's four endings range from outright Tear Jerker to bittersweet.
    • Playing through all the routes and seeing what kind of problems Hiroyuki's presence helps to fix, you can't help but feel bad about going through one of them and knowing how bad all eight of your other friends have it.
  • Bizarre Beast-Men Biology: While the Beast-men in the game obviously have the same organs and biology as a human, the rate at which they grow up seems to vary wildly. For example, big animals like tigers, bears and dragons grow naturally bigger than a human and at a faster rate, while relatively small species like dogs, cats and mice are usually the same size of a human or smaller.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Even beyond the game's Multiple Endings this is Implied by the routes not all necessarily occurring in the same timeline depending on what choices Hiroyuki makes. Because of this, some important developments in the lives of specific characters, either good or bad, only seem to occur if Hiroyuki commits to their route, such as Kouya having a breakdown and making up with his parents, Shin getting over his Parental Abandonment and Gayngst, or Shun collapsing from stress.
  • But Thou Must!: When Kouya asks Hiroyuki to spend three days at his place, the player is given three choices. All of them are "yes" phrased in different ways. Hiroyuki then lampshades it by thinking how he already made up his mind.
  • Camping Episode: Before the 2nd half of the game, there's a camping trip with you and the 9 other guys. Like the trip to the beach and the welcoming party, you get to choose who you spend the trip with.
  • Carnivore Confusion: In the restaurant scene at the beginning of the game, characters are shown eating foods such as beef and chicken. With the possible exception of Chuukichi (mouse), Akira (horse) and Botan (who is a boar, which are known to eat other animals!), all of the characters and supporting characters are predatory species. There's likely a separation between beastmen and normal feral animals.
  • Cast Full of Gay: In this game, most of the cast is gay, including the older supporting characters Tappei (who is actually bi), Botan, and even the elderly mayor Shigure. Chuukichi is also found to be gay. The rest of the characters (Akira, Yukiharu, etc.) are of unknown sexuality. Tetsuya is married with a daughter, but then again, Tappei has a wife and son too, so it's unknown whether Tetsuya is straight or bi. Still, in such a small village, the sheer demographic skew of gay male characters makes it seem more like a Gayborhood, or at least like a strikingly postheteronormative community where sexuality is not a social marker.
  • Cast Herd: Seeing as there will be individual routes for each choice, this is very likely to be the end result. The released routes introduce at least three characters each.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Being a game with heavy use of Kemono characters, this was to be expected with everybody being a different animal except in certain cases, where they still look very different. Exceptions are the Uncanny Family Resemblance of Kounosuke and Yukiharu and Nanafuse assuming the appearance of Shun. Even in the latter case, Nanafuse has eerily distinct facial expressions that make him impossible to actually confuse with Shun.
    • Kouya, Kyouji and Shigure may be dogs, but they're different breeds. Kouya is a husky and Kyouji is a labrador. No clue about Shigure though.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: The first thing Hiro does when he arrives is try to exchange cell phone numbers, only to be informed that no one has cell phones because there's no reception.
  • Character Development: Arguably the entire point of the game. You begin with only a basic understanding of the mindsets of the characters, and learn more about them as the plot advances, which culminates in the relationship and consummation of said relationship. However, the sheer quantity and quality of the character development makes the journey to the hook-up all the more satisfying, if not better than the hook-up itself.
  • Depending on the Writer: The nine routes are not written by one person (though one or two of the routes share the same author), this leads to some inconsistencies within the setting when comparing the events from different routes together. It can simply be assumed that the routes are mutually exclusive from one another and don't always share the same canon.
  • Erotic Eating: One scenario early in the game has Hiroyuki run into Shun and Soutaro, both eating split halves of a popsicle in ways (unwittingly) suggestive enough for Hiroyuki to take mental note of it.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Kyouji and Tetsuya.
  • Fanservice: All the time.
  • Fastball Special: Happens to poor Chuukichi.
  • Guide Dang It!: While most routes are fairly linear and multiple endings, if any, are generally a binary choice made near the end, Shin and Juuichi's routes both have golden endings that involve making specific choices throughout the entire route, Shin's Golden Ending requiring a very specific selection of choices in all interactions possible with him (including options that don't appear unless you're on the right track), while Juuichi's require you to make specific interactions with other characters during the free time where he isn't avalible to interact with.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Lots of it, even not counting sex scenes.
  • Invisible Parents: Semi-averted, since quite a few of the characters have parents, but not all of them have a complete set. Most of the time it's the father that's the one missing. Tatsuki's father Tappei seems to be sole instance where not only is the father present, but the family is a complete set. It likely helps that Tappei is a major supporting character as well. In addition, the mothers are all background supporting characters.
    • Both of Kouya's parents are present in the game, though the circumstances make their appearances in the story a bit different.
  • Keet: Shun and Soutarou. Kounosuke has a Keet personality but less of a Keet appearance.
  • Kemono
  • Lucky Charms Title: In Japanese, but not in English. In Japanese, it's officially spelled 漏れなつ。 including the Asian full stop punctuation in all utterances. In English (even on the homepage) it's simply Morenatsu without punctuation.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Played with. In general the world is little more supernatural than real life, but apparently dragons exist and this is treated as normal since they don't have any powers and aren't particularly supernatural. Meanwhile the existence of a dragon god is considered a religious belief tied to a local tradition and different characters have different opinions on whether it's real or not, but the existence of Nanafuse does imply that spirits in general do exist, even if said god may or may not.
  • Meaningful Name: The game is stuffed with these, from character names referring to their own species (Torahiko, where 'Tora' means 'tiger') to the title of the game, which comes out to something like "My Summer Vacation".
  • Multiple Endings: A given, seeing as there's nine different characters to hook up with. The decision during the welcome party determines which route you're going on, so you wind up hooking up with someone regardless.
    • Kounosuke's route by itself has two endings, one bad and one good, while Tatsuki route has some bad endings which result out of bad choices. In general the routes that have been released as of yet all have at least one good and one bad ending.
    • Juichi has three, with the stipulation that in order to get any of them you have to manually commit to an activity with him early on.
    • Shin has a grand total of four.
  • One-Teacher School: Justified. Minasato village's population has been dwindling for years, just like most Japanese rural towns in real life. The village still has a school, but Botan is the only teacher.
  • Plot with Love Scene: Only after characters have proven their chemistry and cemented their relationship, they will become lovers and have a love scene. This doesn't happen until the ending.
  • Porn with Plot: It's a bit confusing. Near the end of a character's route, you and your partner will have sex and it is a bit detailed, but until then, it's just hanging out with one of the playable characters while you reconcile and learn more about them and why they have something that's troubling them, such as something about their past or their lifelong dreams.
  • The Power of Friendship: During Tatsuki's route, you help him try out an airplane he constructed after the first test flight failed, during which all your other friends cheer the two of you on. It flies.
  • Public Domain Character: Specifically mentioned by the Morenatsu project, because of the way the characters were designed. No one person designed the game's characters, and no character was designed by just one person, but by the aggregation of many different people's ideas. Consequently, the Morenatsu project does not claim ownership over any of the characters, and in fact encourages their reuse in other people's works.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Torahiko and Juuichi.
  • Romantic Comedy
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: Females characters do appear on the game, but their roles are extremely minor and they don't get a portrait. This is because the original board where the game began production prohibited images of female characters.
  • Ship Tease: The game likes to tease some non-Hiroyuki pairings. For example, Kouya x Shun and Kyouji x Soutarou get teased often.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Tatsuki's route seems to include one to Mobile Suit Gundam, with a reference to Char and Amuro (and how the airplane is painted red) during the second airplane sequence.
    • In the same route, there's a bizarre Neon Genesis Evangelion moment as well if you pick the second choice during the airplane sequence.
    • During the Beach Episode, Hiroyuki will mention that Kouya is a Stand user.
    • Kouya's band, the Musikus, consists of a horse, a dog, a cat and a canary bird.
    • Towards the beginning of the camping trip, Shun says that their trip to the campsite feels similar to the opening of My Neighbor Totoro, although he stops himself before he says the entire title.
  • Slice of Life
  • Slippery Swimsuit: While in this case slippery underwear as whenever Tatsuki swims he is going to lose his fundoshi.
  • Straight Gay/Manly Gay: Practically every gay or bi character, even the Bishōnen ones. There is virtually nothing Camp Gay in this game. Even Hiroyuki plays this trope straight.
  • Too Much Information: During the camping trip, the conversation shifts rather abruptly to everyone's masturbatory schedule and what kind of "tools" they use. Hiroyuki and Juuichi (to an extent) are the only ones who seem to think this odd. The kicker? They were actually talking about brushing their teeth. The conversation was filled with Accidental Innuendo. When Juuichi found out it wasn't about masturbation, he wasn't too pleased.
  • True Companions: The main gang.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: Happens a couple times in Kouya's route, when the narration switches over to him for a temporary period. Happens with Shin as well, if one has met the requirements for his Golden Ending.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Seemingly played straight. Since so far you can only choose to pursue one of the nine characters, the other eight would appear to become this, except that the point of the entire game is to develop a relationship that's more than just being friends. So technically, the other eight don't count, except...
    • Torahiko is all but confirmed as this, as during Tatsuki's route, two days before Hiroyuki leaves, Torahiko gives a pause-filled speech about how Hiroyuki and Tatsuki make good partners and that he hopes they are happy. His constant pauses and hesitation is a dead giveaway that there's something on his mind.
    • Shin's route adds another tally to this list, as the star character reveals that He's always harbored feelings for Hiroyuki, but kept it locked up inside of him.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: This game wouldn't be nearly as interesting without it.
    • Not so much unresolved as almost non-existent. The sexual tension doesn't seem to even start appearing until the last week and a half or so of the summer vacation, and even then it's extremely gradual. This ties in nicely with the Straight Gay aspect of the characters however.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: The person you hook up with becomes this.
  • Younger Than They Look: Some of the teenager characters do not look young enough to be teenagers. It is however difficult to otherwise cast teenage characters as Bara Genre roles.
    • Hiroyuki's exact age is next to impossible to determine at all. There are hints to his age being in the same range as his friends, but the hints themselves are as remarkably vague as he is.
    • Torahiko looks more like an adult than someone who's 16 or 17.
    • Same goes for Tatsuki. He looks too physically mature to be 17.
    • Juuichi is the biggest offender. For someone who's 17 or 18, he looks like he's at least in his 20s, and easily in his 30s (the game even lampshades it several times).
    • Kounosuke is a more borderline example who can look older or younger depending on the circumstances.
    • Kyouji's clothing and demeanor seem to hint at an older age or even adulthood, but he's only a third year high school student like most of the characters.
      • While this appears to be the case, it's also possible that species plays a role. If you compare Tatsuki to his father, the difference implies his species is naturally very large, which would make him appear older than he actually is. Same with Juuichi, being a bear (a normally large animal) would contribute to him looking much older. Kyouji is the only exception, but it might simply be that he's just very mature-acting for his age.
      • Ultimately, it might be a mixture of Most Writers Are Adults and fantasy Dawson Casting: the game is made by and intended for an adult audience, but since the story requires the characters to be teenagers, most characters are teenagers who look and act like twenty-somethings.