Seabed is a yuri-themed mystery visual novel by Paleontology and published by Fruitbat Factory told through the perspectives of three separate characters: Mizuno Sachiko, a designer plagued by hallucinations of her past lover; Narasaki Hibiki, Sachiko's friend and a psychiatrist researching the workings of human memories; and Takako, Sachiko's former lover who has been rapidly forgetting her past, including how or why the two women drifted apart despite being together since childhood.
All three live in different worlds, but seek the same goal. To separate truth from illusion. To make sense of their own lives.
Seabed contains examples of:
- Bittersweet Ending: It leans towards "sweet", but it's still heavy on the "bitter". Sachiko gets closure...but is forced to face the reality of Takako no longer being in her life, and the final phone call will be the last time she'll be able to interact with her in her lifetime. That being said, there's a heavy implication Sachiko is going to try and have a Second Love relationship with Nanae (they go on a romantic holiday together); Narasaki is saved at the last second and brought into the dreamworld to spend the rest of her days with everyone in the sanitorium; Takako's consciousness (or spirit) will be able to live on blissfully within Sachiko, she is surrounded by her friends, she accepts her feelings for Mayuko, and enjoy an eternity of happiness...with an implication once Sachiko dies, they'll be reunited in the afterlife, and be together forever. Everyone ultimately ends up happier then they started, but it's nevertheless a painful reality.
- Bury Your Gays: Zigzagged. Takako turns out to be Dead All Along...but she exists within Sachiko, very much a real person, with her own free will and emotions.
- Second Love: Mayuko and Takako hook up at the very end, and there's a heavy implication Sachiko and Nanae will become this as well. Though this isn't to say the former couple don't have intense, romantic feelings for each other anymore...
- Together in Death: What Takako hope will be the case for her and Sachiko.