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Visual Novel / SoniComi

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SoniComi - Communication with Sonico is a computer game for Microsoft Windows released on November 25, 2011, developed by nitro+ and published by Nitro+ and Enterbrain. As a Visual Novel game, the player takes the role of Super Sonico's cameraman. The game features events where the player is able to take gravure photographs of her. A PlayStation 3 adaptation with improved visuals, titled Motto! SoniComi - More Communication with Sonico, was released on March 20, 2014.

Related media (in chronological order):

  • NITRO SUPER SONIC 2006 (2006) - Where Sonico first appeared.
  • Axanael (2010) - a visual novel featuring a storyline of her bandmates, Fuuri and Suzu.
  • SoniComi -Communication with Sonico- (2010) - a Photography Simulation game, released for the PC
    • Motto! SoniComi - More Communication with Sonico (2013) - PS3 port of SoniComi, featuring reworked graphics and additional content.
  • Super Sonico: The Animation (2014)

Discography of First Astronomical Velocity (and Super Sonico):

  • SUPERORBITAL (2010) - Debut single, contains the opening theme of SoniComi
  • Jyonetsu Rocket (2011) - contains the insert song of Axanael
  • Power (2011) - Sonico's solo single, was released on iTunes for the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake relief funding.
  • Susume, BLUE STAR! (2011)
  • VISION (2011) - contains the second opening theme of SoniComi
  • GALAXY ONE (2011) - First full album release
  • Phantom Vibration! (2011) - Sonico's second solo single, also a Drama CD
  • Love&Peace+ (2012) - Mini-album, Double feature with the original soundtrack of SoniComi
  • Rock&Roll☆Valentine (2013) - Sonico's third solo single.
  • MOONLIGHT (2014) & RAINBOW (2014) - Compilation of ending themes from the anime.
  • MORE! (2014) - Single release of the opening theme of Motto! SoniComi
  • Start Up (2014) - Single release of the opening theme of SoniPro

SoniComi provides examples of:

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Unlike normal examples of this trope, this is an incredibly helpful reward because of how the clothes change the story and go through a different route.
  • Berserk Button: Kitamura doesn't take threats to Sonico's innocence lightly.
  • The Cameo: Characters from other Nitroplus appear in a few posters in Sonico's agency. Of particular note are Naitou-kun, the mascot character for Nitro+Chiral and the protagonists of Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi which was also illustrated by Tsuji Santa.
    • Ouka is from Nitroplus Wars is a minor character.
  • Break the Haughty: A scene in one route has Sonico find a downtrodden Angie in a park. She explains that she lost a competition with Arakin and Lumie. Losing that competition did a serious number on her pride.
  • Characterization Marches On: There's a fair few subtle but distinct differences between Sonico's characterisation in SoniComi and the later SoniAni.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The cameraman, at points. Usually when dealing with Angie, Cutie Q, or Ouka.
  • Eagleland: Angie, the half-Japanese, half-Russian model raised in America, is a mixed flavor example. She's loud, arrogant, rude, very direct with what she wants, and when the cameraman first sees photos of her in a magazine, he says she looks too intense for his liking. However, the cameraman later speculates that she has a softer side (which turns out to be true; eventually, after you win the competition against her, she begins to mellow out more and more). Plus, she and Sonico, despite being rivals, take a liking to each other, and the latter attempts (successfully, in some routes) to become her friend, and asks the cameraman to do the same.
  • Fantastic Racism: Played for Laughs. When the cameraman meets Pandagawa and is baffled to see a panda of all things working at a talent agency, Pandagawa accuses him of being a racist. The cameraman privately notes that he isn't even sure if panda is actually a race.
  • Idol Singer: Former gravure model Lumie left the business to become one. She comes back in one route.
  • Lighter and Softer: The only nitro+ creation that has no deliberate horror. And no, the Zombie Apocalypse isn't the draw of this game.
  • Multiple Endings: At least fifteen. Note that this does not include bad endings or secret endings.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Angie likes to do this. In one scene it actually makes her cough. When her butler tells her not to do it anymore, she says she does it because she heard that that's how Japanese noblewomen laugh.
  • Ojou: Angie comes from a prestigious family, and thus tries to put on airs whenever possible.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In one route, Sonico begins to act much more assertive than usual, which both excites and unnerves the cameraman. Angie, meanwhile, becomes more quiet, polite, and subdued than usual, much to the cameraman's surprise. It's later revealed that both of them have been drugged by another rival cameraman, Nice, for competition between him and the cameraman, but the drugs they both took were meant for the other.
    • In general, whenever Angie isn't being her usual loud and haughty self, something is seriously troubling her.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Sonico's disguise when she goes out shopping in a pink hoodie and a pair of pink glasses. That's it.
  • Product Placement: In one route, Sonico and the gang go to America because... they were contacted by the Culture Japan website (which is real) and asked for an interview. Once they get there, they meet with the website's mascot, Mirai Suenaga (seriously, she even gets a Character Portrait and everything), who explains in detail what its purpose is. Danny Choo, who owns the site, is even mentioned by name.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Sonico mentions that her parents were very busy when she was younger and as such she was mostly raised by her grandmother.
  • Real-Place Background: The game takes place in and around Kichijoji, a city in the Greater Tokyo region. Many of the locations in the game, including Sonico's apartment, match up perfectly to the same places in the actual city.
  • The Rival: Angie Gravite declares herself to be Sonico's. Depending on the route you take, the two can end up becoming good friends.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Story Branching: There's multiple routes for the player to take, all of which take Sonico's career in different directions.
  • Those Two Guys: Pandagawa and his model, Ouka. In certain routes, Ouka serves as Sonico's rival, but for the most part she and Pandagawa are there for comic relief.
  • Triple Shifter: Sonico is a college student, band member, part-time model, part-time waitress and takes care of at least five cats. In certain routes of the game, this starts to take its toll on her.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Kitamura's mask is just the start. All of the clients wear similar masks and then there's Pandagawa, a manager at Sonico's agency. He's a panda.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Part of the appeal - you get to choose Sonico's outfits for each shoot. Depending on your choices, this will influence your route and what ending you get.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The route you end up taking if you continue inquiring about Sonico's headphones.

Alternative Title(s): Sonicomi