The Visual Novel Project

Or, I have too much time on my hands at work.

Or, I have no life… or I feel like engaging in mentally masturbatory exercises. And clearly am quite deranged for believing that anyone would have any interest in this.

A while back, I was bouncing around the idea of making a sort of pictureless visual novel (so, admittedly, just a glorified choose-your-own adventure thing) with another blogger, since we were both annoyed by the lack of visual novels appealing to girls. This really didn’t go anywhere, but the other day at work I was imagining my coworkers as if they were operating in a visual novel – yes, it is very, very possible that I am a complete loser.

Anyway, I had waaay too much fun with it… and did it again today… and… wrote up character profiles for them all >_< And now I’m going to foist them all on you with promises of more stuff to come in the near future (I also even came up with endings for the game, both good and bad, for each of the main characters! pretty pathetic, huh?).

So, if you feel like indulging my complete lack of a life, read on.

Main Characters:

Name: Mamiko

Age: 18

Sex: Female

Likes: sunbathing, pop music, coffee

Dislikes: meat, going to work

About: Mamiko is the slacker-type, as she often is late to work or fails to show up entirely. Unlike the rest of the cast, she gets along with Ikumu. She is getting ready for her first year of college, but is worried that her parents won’t help her pay for it, as they frequently argue. She probably parties too much, which is part of the problem. But she also is surprisingly good with the more difficult campers.

Endings with: Saburo, Juria, Ikumu, Masuhiro

Name: Juria

Age: 19

Sex: Female

Likes: gossip magazines, math

Dislikes: computers, rainy days

About: Juria is an extremely hardworking young woman, who always done as she is asked, even if she doesn’t want to. Juria is well-liked by her coworkers because of her reliability. Juria smokes a fair bit, but she tries to keep this quiet as she is embarrassed by it. Juria had wanted to go to college for mathematics, but is instead enrolled in a nursing school by the wishes of her family, a fact which she somewhat resents.

Endings with: Eiji, Masuhiro, Saburo, Mamiko

Name: Natsue

Age: 20

Sex: Female

Likes: pinwheels, harassing coworkers

Dislikes: Mamiko, wearing shoes

About: Natsue is fairly outspoken, although she has yet to voice her dislike for Mamiko for the sake of the staff as a whole. Foul-mouthed and acidic, she nevertheless is dealing with the fact that three people important to her are dying, but hasn’t revealed this to her coworkers. She doesn’t like that Mamiko gets away with slacking off. Natsue likes to make fun of Masuhiro for ‘being old’.

Endings with: Masuhiro, Saburo, Juria, Akira

Name: Masuhiro

Age: 22

Sex: Male

Likes: sleeping, children

Dislikes: hard liquor, doing laundry

About: Masuhiro is technically the boss of the lifeguard crew, but views the others more as coworkers than as underlings. He was arrested when he was younger a few times for misdemeanors and petty theft, but has turned the corner with a steady job. He gets along very well with the campers, often entertaining them while they are at the pool. Masuhiro was married briefly when he was a little younger, but his wife had a nervous breakdown and the couple was divorced on the demands of her family. Only Yushiro knows about this.

Endings with: Mamiko, Juria, Natsue,Kensuke

Name: Saburo

Age: 17

Sex: Male

Likes: soccer, hamburgers

Dislikes: rabbits, driving

About: Saburo is often teased by his co-workers for being the baby of the group, much to his exasperation. He works the least amount of time of anyone since he is a member of his school’s soccer team, and must practice every day. Saburo comes from a very large family and sometimes complains of younger siblings who eat meals he makes for himself. But he also worries about his younger siblings, since his mother died when they were quite young. Is a bit impatient.

Endings with: Juria, Natsue, Masuhiro, Hagino

Minor Characters:

Name: Ikumu

Age: 25

Sex: Female

Likes: gardening, clean workspaces

Dislikes: Saburo, forgetting things

About: Ikumu is the receptionist, and of the workers she only likes Mamiko. Unknown to her, one of the lifeguards drew a target on the other side of the wall that she sits in front of during work. She misses her hometown, having moved away after a family misunderstanding rendered her homeless. She enjoys gossiping with Mamiko about the office staff at the camp, and thinks that Saburo is a slacker.

Name: Eiji

Age: 20

Sex: Male

Likes: reading, canoeing

Dislikes: loud noises, wilted flowers

About: Eiji is a sweet young man who works part-time at the camp store, part-time as a busboy, and part-time as a flower delivery boy. He went to high school with Juria, who told him of the job opening at the camp. Eiji is working multiple jobs so that he can earn enough money to help his younger brother pay for school. Somewhat ironically, Eiji has a bit of a bad temper, although he is working on it.

Name: Akira

Age: 16

Sex: Male

Likes: card games, showing off

Dislikes: boring people, ghost stories

About: Young and a bit brash, Akira is a camp counselor who likes to show-off, often making himself look foolish in the process. He is frequently mocked by Natsue, but has a crush on her. He is pretty popular with the campers, as he is the closest in age to them out of all the counselors. He is on a mission to push Natsue into the pool. He is very self-conscious of himself, although he hides it under a seemingly confident exterior.

Name: Kensuke

Age: 26

Sex: Male

Likes: pasta, archery

Dislikes: sleeping in, slackers

About: Masuhiro’s boss and one of the office staffers. He means well, but is a bit bumbling at times, although he is a very hard worker. He thinks that Masuhiro is a good head lifeguard; he doesn’t get along with Ikumu due to this and because they also disagree over the effectiveness of the remainder of the lifeguard staff. He has been known to get lunch for the lifeguards on busy days.

Name: Hagino

Age: 17

Sex: Female

Likes: dancing, parades

Dislikes: wintertime, TV

About: Hagino is a counselor for the youngest camp group, the kindergarten section. She goes to school with Saburo, and knows him since they were both in the student council. She is a girl with a very sunny personality, which comes in handy when dealing with her campers. Although she has to get in the pool with her campers when they come to swim, she always finds time to speak with Saburo. She worries about the future, as she is unsure as to what she wants to do once she gets out of high school, but she rarely lets this show.

Stock Characters:

Name: Kirami

Age: 12

Sex: Female

About: camper

Name: Ryousei

Age: 20

Sex: Male

About: camp counselor

Name: Risako

Age: 12

Sex: Female

About: camper

Name: Osamu

Age: 11

Sex: Male

About: camper

Name: Sokito

Age: 10

Sex: Male

About: camper

Name: Mayura

Age: 11

Sex: Female

About: camper

Name: Touko

Age: 19

Sex: Female

About: camp counselor

I think it might just be possible that you can figure out what my place of employment is now.

Some of the characters are completely false, whereas others are loosely based on real people. For the most part, though, I loosely based them on my coworkers and mixed traits together.

Hi, my name is A Day Without Me, and I need a life.

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5 Responses to The Visual Novel Project

  1. Baka-Raptor says:

    Wow, you are such a loser! My opinion of you just keeps going downhill…

    Here’s a new character:

    Name: Eliot Paddington

    Age: 27

    Sex: Male?

    Likes: Tea parties, Marmalade

    Dislikes: Contact sports, Women

    About: Sucks at football, total pussy, only plays because his parents made him

    Endings: Clayton Paddington, Tim Brawny

  2. adaywithoutme says:

    @ Baka-Raptor – Well, maybe your opinion of me will eventually fall to the depths that my opinion of you already is =D

  3. Yamcha says:

    There are plenty of visual novels for girls, it’s just that no one wants to waste their time translating them. It might be possible if all the female bloggers got together and worked on Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de, and other otome games.

    Don’t know how easy these are to find but Animamundi and Yo-Jin-Bo may be to your liking.

  4. adaywithoutme says:

    @ Yamcha – Yeah, but we were really looking for some ergoes for girls XD And not all those awful otomoe games with rape

  5. Yamcha says:

    I did hear some nasty things about Animamundi… Yeah. Why not actually work on the eroge in your spare time then? Grab a bored artist and musician and you could have a full fledged, honest to goodness girl’s eroge. Just be sure to keep it… Tasteful. No yaoi plzkthx.

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