Intro: Adonis, a group dedicated to purging criminals, uploaded a video of gagged and bound police offers to the public in Shinjuku. They were executed a month later in another public video. Desperate to catch Adonis, the police created the Shinjuku Quarantine Act: everyone 20 or older was required to carry firearms for self-defense. With the threat of X-Day approaching, the police are in over their heads. Ichika Hoshino works for the SRCPO department which deals with the public regarding X-Day incidents. She is ambushed one night and a poisoned collar is locked around her neck. To remove it, she must work with a group of ex-cops, but if her collar is discovered or she reveals the wrong information, Adonis will release the poison in her collar and kill her. Who is Adonis and what do they want with Ichika, the woman they claim has the makings fit for them?
Intro: Long ago, in the Kingdom of Weblin, several races (human and demi-human shape shifters) lived in harmony under the rule of the Garibaldi Cats. Until the Wolves rebelled and a plague broke out. To maintain control, the Cats decreed their extermination. 10 years have passed and the law hasn’t been lifted, while the plague continues to ravage the lands.
Fiona Galland, daughter of the Earl Galland, has lived her whole life in a tower, waiting to step outside on her 16th birthday. She is a rare species of humans called Lobeira, which suffer from a weak body and immune system. The villagers direct their anger at Fiona, claiming she’s a witch spreading the plague to sacrifice people for her health. Fiona is sentenced to confinement in the Garibaldi castle to prove her innocence, whose inhabitants have been twisted beyond sanity.
Intro: Crown Princess Lucette awakens on the streets in rags, cursed by a terrible spell. In order to break the Fairytale Curse, she must complete 3 good deeds – but she has never been anything but distrustful, bitter, and selfish. How can she manage even a single good deed? To make matters worse, this curse has completely stripped Lucette of her title. In order to reclaim her rightful place, she must break the curse, learn a few lessons and maybe even snag an ikemen.
Intro: SAO Arcadia is an MMO where players are split between Angels and Demons. There’s a rumor that the server World V locks players into the game forever. Kazuha Hanamiya’s brother hasn’t been in contact with her and his last text warned her away from the game. She finds the rumors are true after logging in to World V, and to logout, she must gather the Trinity of Swords and reach the Ark. Problem is Kazuha is one of the Swords, called the Almighty…and she’s useless.
Intro: When Oda Nobunaga went to war, the Iga and Koga clans joined forces. Enju Ueno is the daughter of their unification. She desires to become useful to her clan by becoming a full-fledged shinobi. One day, Enju and her friends are requested to go to Kyo and locate Goemon Ishikawa, a notorious thief. However, she gets tangled up in the King’s murder. Her father disowns her and she becomes the stepping stone for the Council of Five Elders. For whoever kills her becomes Hideyoshi’s guardian and the most powerful man in the land.
Intro: There lies a mansion that lures in the most desperate. It is cursed by a witch, said to fulfill the wishes of those who dwell within-but at a terrible price. You awaken in this very mansion by a nameless Maid who knows everything about you. You will travel through time to discover your origins…and learn that love isn’t always warmth and comfort, for it can be painful and lonely. Though, that doesn’t mean there’s no hope. What is your wish, dear?
Code: Realize is a visual novel, and an otome game, where romance plays a strong role in the story. Thankfully, the romance is tastefully and meaningfully included such that even straight dudes can enjoy this ( I say this because so many straight guys who label themselves as such are worried this won’t interest them). Code Realize is also one of my favorite games and one I would recommend without reservations to anyone interested in a grand, sweeping story.