Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Case Study No. 1651: "A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd"

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai (OP2)
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production : AUGUST
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song : Yumekai Biyori
vocal : Hagumi Nishizawa

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August Presents

a good librarian like a good shepherd

When I come to love the fair sky, I'll go on
A journey to the place where fun is waiting

With my favorite wish in my heart

All my friends wave at me when I look back

I was looking for an answer
Beyond the still frame

But a more exciting story woke up
In our hands we held together

Don't forget your dream
A flower which bloomed in your heart

It will grow tall from now

A feeling is born when people meet

Let's develop it in this large garden
Where hopes are shining

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From wikipedia.org:

"Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd" (lit. "Large Library's Shepherd" or "The Shepherd of the Great Library") is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by August and released on January 25, 2013 for Windows PCs as a DVD. The gameplay in Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai follows a branching plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters by the player character. A fan disc for Windows titled Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: Hokago Shippo Days, rated for ages 15 and older, was released in August 2013. A second, adult fan disc titled Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: Dreaming Sheep was released in March 2014.

There have been five manga adaptations based on the game published by ASCII Media Works, Ichijinsha, Kadokawa Shoten and Media Factory. Comic anthologies and light novels were also published, as were several music albums. An anime adaptation produced by Hoods Entertainment is scheduled to air from October 2014.

Gameplay
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai is a romance visual novel in which the player assumes the role of Kyotaro Kakei. Much of its gameplay is spent reading the text that appears on the screen, which represents the story's narrative and dialogue. The text is accompanied by character sprites, which represent who Kyotaro is talking to, over background art. Throughout the game, the player encounters CG artwork at certain points in the story, which take the place of the background art and character sprites. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai follows a branching plot line with multiple endings, and depending on the decisions that the player makes during the game, the plot will progress in a specific direction.

There are five main plot lines that the player will have the chance to experience, one for each of the heroines in the story. Throughout gameplay, the player is given multiple options to choose from, and text progression pauses at these points until a choice is made. Some decisions can lead the game to end prematurely and offer an alternative ending to the plot. To view all plot lines in their entirety, the player will have to replay the game multiple times and choose different choices to further the plot to an alternate direction. Throughout gameplay, there are scenes depicting Kyotaro and a given heroine having sex.

Plot
Set in the vast and prestigious Shiomi Academy (Jap. "Shiomi Gakuen"), Kyotaro Kakei is a student and the only member of the Library Club (Jap. "Tosho-bu"). When Kyotaro was young, he aspired to read all the magic books in the world which were kept in the magic library. To gain access, he acquires a bookmark, which is an entry ticket to the magic library, and he must show kindness and bring happiness to everyone's hearts. Being the sole member of the Library Club, he enjoys the fact that he can read peacefully by himself. After receiving a text from the 'shepherd', which reads his fate is going to change, Kyotaro encounters a second-year girl named Tsugumi Shirasaki, whom he saves at the train station. Later that day, Tsugumi enters the Library Club, she thanks him, and asks for his help to make Shiomi Academy a more enjoyable place. Like Kyotaro, Tsugumi has also received a text from the shepherd. With the shepherd's guidance, more students end up joining their group.

Characters

Kyotaro Kakei
Voiced by: Junji Majima (anime)
Kyotaro is the main protagonist of Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai. He used to be the sole member of the Library Club, until Tsugumi and the others join and form a group. Kyotaro likes to help others and is a kind, collected person.

Tsugumi Shirasaki
Voiced by: Mako Mishiro (PC), Madoka Yonezawa (anime)
Tsugumi is a girl with long brown hair tied in twin tails, who Kyotaro encounters at the train station, she later becomes the official leader of the Library Club. She is good at sewing and cooking. Tsugumi makes it her job to make lunch for the others every day.

Tamamo Sakuraba
Voiced by: Sakura Tachibana (PC), Yuka Saito (anime)
Tamamo is a girl with very long black hair tied into a ponytail. She also joins the Library Club. She is the type who gets jealous easily. Tamamo is quite independent, as she lives alone in a luxury apartment, and has high practical skills.

Senri Misono
Voiced by: Kotono Marui (PC), Nozomi Yamamoto (anime)
Senri is a girl with short, pretty lilac-colored hair. She becomes a member of the Library Club. Most of the time she is expressionless, and seems to have a cool attitude. Senri enjoys cross word puzzles, though she is not necessarily very good at it.

Kana Suzuki
Voiced by: Sora Haruka (PC), Eri Sendai (anime)
Kana is a girl with long, wavy blonde hair with a white Alice band, and is a member of the Library Club. She has a bright, polite personality. She has a part time job as a waitress. Kana has a mild allergy to cats, so she can't come into close contact with one.

Nagi Kodachi
Voiced by: Hana Kiritani (PC), Atsumi Tanezaki (anime)
Nagi is a girl with short reddish hair, tied into two twin tails. She is a member of the Library Committee, not a member of the Library Club. She lives next door to Kyotaro, making them next door neighbors.

Ikkei Takamine
Voiced by: Andalusia (PC), Showtaro Morikubo (anime)
Ikkei is Kyotaro's classmate and friend, who joins the Library Club. He used to take karate classes, but had to quit because of a foot injury.

Maho Mochizuki
Voiced by: Bouquet Hanataba (PC), Saki Nakajima (anime)
Maho is a girl with long white hair, and is the student council president.

Miyu Serizawa
Voiced by: Suzune Asakura (PC), Rina Sato (anime)
Miyu is a girl with long pink hair. She is a member of the broadcasting unit and drama club.

Sayumi Ureshino
Voiced by: Yuzu Mamiya (PC), Miyu Kashiwagi (anime)
Sayumi is a short girl with long, light blue hair, and she wears a hat at all times, which she slams on the floor when angry. She plays first person shooter games.

Aoi Takigawa
Voiced by: Rino Kawashima (PC), Kei Mizusawa (anime)
Aoi is a girl with long blue hair in a low ponytail. She is the student council vice president.

Sayori Shirasaki
Voiced by: Motoe Usui (PC), Yo Taichi (anime)
Sayori is the young sickly sister of Tsugumi, and has a bright, positive personalty.

Gizaemo
Voiced by: Itsuki Akiyama (PC), Satoshi Tsuruoka (anime)
Gizaemon is a fat, male cat with a black and white coat.

Shepherd
The shepherd is well known throughout the school, and is rumored to appear in front of those who are working hard, and grant wishes.

Development and release
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai is the ninth title developed by the visual novel developer August, after their previous titles such as Fortune Arterial and Aiyoku no Eustia. The project was overseen by game director Rune, and the scenario was written by three people: Taku Sakakibara, Hiroyuki Uchida, and Hideaki Anzai. Character design and art direction for the game was provided by Bekkanko, and CG supervision was handled by Michi. The game's background music was produced by members of Active Planets. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai was released on January 25, 2013 as a DVD for Windows as a limited edition version. The regular edition was released on January 31, 2014.

Reception
In 2012, Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai ranked four times in the top ten in national PC game pre-orders in Japan. The rankings were at No. 4 in September, No. 3 in October, and twice at No. 2 in November and December.

In January 2013, Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai was voted No. 1 in Getchu's Girl Game Awards, as the best game of the month. It was voted as the best overall title of 2013, and ranked fourth in the vote results for the best scenario. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai has also been ranked third in the 2013 game ranking for system, third in the 2013 game ranking for graphics, first place in the 2013 game ranking for music, and second in the 2013 game ranking for best video. In the 2013 character poll held on Getchu, Suzuki Kana was voted No. 2, Kodachi Nagi at No. 12, and Ureshino Sayumi at No. 12.

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