The award-winning dating sim Grisaia no Kajitsu is being adapted into an anime, but just in case that isn’t enough, Front Wing is releasing an enhanced PS Vita port this August.
Grisaia no Kajitsu -Le Fruit de la Grisaia- (The Fruit of Grisaia) is originally an adult dating sim developed by Front Wing as part of their 10th anniversary celebration and released for the PC in 2011. In the 2011 Moe Game Awards, it won the Gold Award and the top award for the User’s Choice, Scenario, Main Theme Song, and Pure Love Work categories. It later spawned two sequels and a recent port for the PSP that was released in February.
The story takes place in Mihama Academy, an elegant school with luxurious facilities, a vast dormitory, and a huge wall separating it from the outside world. There are only five students, who are all girls. The hero is a boy named Yuuji Kazami who has lost his aim in life, until he is enrolled into Mihama Academy.
To survive is their punishment. That place is a girl’s orchard. Those girls are the fruit of repentence borne from the tree of regret. For the sake of those girls, what in the world can I do…? That is the eternal wish of one boy.
Weighty story aside, the gameplay system of Grisaia no Kajitsu is typical for a dating sim. Like any visual novel, the game consists of reading and selecting choices at branching plot points. The Vita version will have all of the improvements you would expect, including enhanced graphics and touchscreen controls. Like every other adult dating sim that is ported to a home gaming system, the explicit scenes will be cut out, although Grisaia no Kajitsu is still rated D by the CERO.
Since this is a dating sim, you’re probably more interested in the characters, so here’s an introduction for each of them. Who are you most interested in?
The hero of the game who has suddenly transferred to Mihama Academy. As a child, he suffered the loss of his parents and sister, and with no relatives, he was adopted by a German couple. In addition to attending Mihama Academy, he also works as a janitor at his mother’s workplace.
Yumiko Sakaki (CV: Ryouko Tanaka)
A girl who absolutely hates anything that disrupts her normal routine. She looks calm and beautiful, but she avoids other people, is very distrustful, and is predictably bad at socializing. Aside from that, she behaves like a rich girl, but she likes junk food.
Amane Suou (CV: Hiroko Taguchi)
The school’s only third-year student. She has an older sister-like personality and often helps Yuuji in one way or another. She is quite popular and seems very level-headed, but she’s actually a natural airheard and sometimes plays childish pranks. Because her family owns a restaurant in Ginza, she is confident in her cooking skills. She is a stylish, and sometimes lewd, young lady.
Michiru Matsushima (CV: Kaori Mizuhashi)
A cheerful, yet stubborn mood maker who is terrible at studying. She doesn’t like sour things, yet she consumes an excessive amount of vitamin C. She died her hair blonde using bleach (!) and regularly practices acting like a tsundere.
Makina Irisu (CV: Tomoe Tamiyasu)
A shy girl who looks like a child because of her small body and awkward speech. She’s an innocent and outgoing girl who lovingly calls Yuuji “onii-chan” (big brother). She never wears matching socks, and her family might own a huge business conglomerate that controls Japan behind the scenes.
Sachi Komine (CV: Ai Shimizu)
A girl who is always mistaken for a maid when she meets someone for the first time. Not only does she dress like a maid outside of class, but she is diligent, gentle, and modest, like an actual maid. Because of this, she’s also the class chairman.
Chizuru Tachibana (CV: Natsumi Yanase)
The governor’s daughter and the headmistress of Mihama Academy who is often mistaken for a middle school girl.
Yuria Harudera (CV: Erika Narumi)
Yuuji’s foster mother and boss when he’s at his part-time job. Her former name is Julia Bardera, and people call her “JB” for short.
For a preview of Grisaia no Kajitsu, here is the opening animation of the original PC version.
With a portable version and anime adaptation of this popular dating sim coming this year, fans of Grisaia no Kajitsu have a lot to celebrate.