Summer Pockets is set on an isolated, rural and peaceful island on the Seto Inland Sea called Torishirojima, which has a population of about 2,000 people. The protagonist is Hairi Takahara, a young man not native to the island. Hairi grew up in an urban setting, but after an unpleasant incident, he uses the recent death of his grandmother as an excuse to come to the island to take care of her estate sale. Once there, he gets to know four girls who are the focus of the story. They include Shiroha Naruse, who forgot her summer vacation; Ao Sorakado, who is pursuing the legends of the island; Kamome Kushima, a high-class girl looking for a pirate ship; and Tsumugi Wenders, a younger girl trying to find herself.
This is Key/Visual Arts 10th main work (excluding spin-offs) and their 11th visual novelnote (including spin-offs), with Kanon, Air, CLANNAD, Little Busters! and Rewrite among its many predecessors. Due to its setting and themes, there are some similarities to the aforementioned AIR.
The novel's concept is by Jun Maeda, who felt that the game needed to make readers cry. Kai was brought in to direct the project, as well as co-write the scenario with Hasama and Yū Niijima. Maeda decided not to write the scenario due to similarities in themes with AIR, which he primarily wrote. Although AIR also features a rural, seaside setting during the summer, the development team aimed for Summer Pockets to have a different feeling to it. Nostalgia and the maternal bond are prominent themes in the game. Na-Ga, who has worked with Key since Little Busters!, is the chief artist and character designer, and additional character designs are provided by Tsubasu Izumi and Yūnon Nagayama. The game's soundtrack was composed by Maeda, Shinji Orito, Donmaru, Tomohiro Takeshita and Ryō Mizutsuki.
Summer Pockets was released on June 29, 2018 as an all-ages visual novel.
A character page is currently at work.
Tropes associated with Summer Pockets:
- Beach Episode: Due to its seaside setting, basically most of the scenes are going to be this.
- Fanservice: Key/Visual Arts hasn't been shy about fanservice even with their all-ages novels since Little Busters! The Prelude Book reveals some fanservice CGs such as Kamome being topless or Tsumugi's dress being soaked in water.
- Hotter and Sexier: Compared to prior Key/Visual Arts titles, Summer Pockets has a much higher amount of fanservice.
- Joshikousei: Like in all of Key's big projects, the girls mainly wear sailor fuku. Kamome's early design has her also wearing a sailor fuku, but a different one from the other girls.
- Mecha Show: The April Fools joke from 2017 marketed Summer Pockets as a mecha show, parodying Gundam and Gunbuster.
- Utsuge: Or Nakige. Jun Maeda specifically made it as a goal to make the readers cry or else "it's the end of Key." The developers submitted many ideas, but it was Maeda's offered concept (despite that he originally didn't intend to plan one and only offered it as a sample) that the staff members accepted instantly since it was the only one that made them cry.