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Encyclopedia > Mizuiro

Mizuiro (2001) is a dating simulation made by NekoNeko Soft. It gets compared to the best dating sims and naki games, like the classics AIR and Kanon, both for its moving storyline and for the way that, although it is an H game, there are minimal ecchi scenes in the story: one for each character in the story and one for each character in the after story. It has four versions: Dreamcast, PC (CD), PlayStation 2, and PC (DVD). There were two anime OVA adaptations of the game: a one-episode H OVA in 2002 and a two-episode non-H OVA in 2003. A screenshot of the renai game True Love Story 3 A renai game (恋愛ゲーム) is a Japanese adventure video game focusing on romantic interactions with anime girls. ... Dating simulations are a genre of computer and video games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements. ... AIR (2000) is a visual novel created by Key, who also created Kanon and, later, Clannad. ... KANON is also the name of a mens cologne first marketed in the late 60s and again in mid-2000s. ... An H game is a Japanese video or computer game that features pornographic content, usually in the form of anime-style artwork. ... Ecchi (also etchi; from the Japanese エッチ etchi) is an English word deriving from a Japanese word meaning lewd or naughty when used as an adjective, and can refer to a pervert or sexual intercourse when used as a noun. ... Sega Dreamcast The Sega Dreamcast (Japanese: ドリームキャスト; code-named Katana during development) was Segas last video game console. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) is a style of animation originating in Japan. ... A human ovum An ovum (loosely, egg or egg cell) is a female sex cell or gamete. ...



  • 健二 片瀬 (Kenji Katase): The player (you)
  • 早坂 日和 (Hiyori Hayasaka): The heroine of the story. Your childhood friend. You are always teasing her. (In DC/PS2 version she has two different stories)
  • 片瀬 雪希 (Yuki Katase): Your adopted little sister. Though you two are not blood-related, you two are very close. With no adults in the house, she takes care of the chores.
  • 小野崎 清香 (Kiyoka Onosaki): Your childhood friend. You two are always arguing.
  • 進藤 むつき (Mutsuki Shindo): Yuki's trusted friend. In her story she is shy. In all other stories she is very loud and funny.
  • 神津 麻美 (Asami Koudu): A shy senior. She is quite smart.
  • 石川 冬佳 (Fuyuka Ishikawa): Your tutor. She is quite strict. (DC/PS2 version only)

Past Problems

Unlike most other ren'ai games, Mizuiro has no magic powers or mysterious towns involved - with the single exception being when Hiyori appears as a "ghost" in your closet. Instead, the problems of each female character are based on painful events that happened to the character during her childhood.

Game Setting

  • Prologue: The very start of the game. It happens when you are very young, and is the story of you meeting Yuki for the first time and how you turned into a loving sibling relationship.
  • Pre-Opening: This is where the player makes choices to decide the story of the game. It also happens when you are very young. First, you meet Hiyori, a lost girl crying in the park. Then you are presented with many choices. The game then show you the problem of the character that your choices led to. For example, Hiyori moves away to another town.
  • Game: This is the game itself. You are in the second year of senior high in the game (grade 11). You will be presented a story about a character depending on your choices in the last setting. Each story has a moving or tragic situation (hence why the game is a naki game).

Use of Sequence

There are three types of game setting for ren'ai and naki games.

The first two are the most common.

One is In-game Choices/Single Ending: a bunch of choices after the opening, leading to an ending for each character. An example is Wind ~a breath of heart~. Another is In-Game Choices/Multi-Ending: many choices after the opening, but this time each character have multiple endings: one true ending and one or more "fake endings". An example is D. C. ~Da Capo~. D.C. ~Da Capo~ is a renai game, described by its makers as a funny school romance adventure game. ...

Mizuiro use the third type. Sequence: All the choices that actually matter in the game are placed in a section before the opening. After the opening, the game goes into a story totally focused on one character. There are two reasons for this style: firstly, almost the entire game is focused on one character, allowing an unique story for each character, a chance to develop the story and character and grab the player into the story. Secondly, when starting the game on the next character, the number of repeated lines the player has to read are minimal, since they are only lines before the opening.

Mizuiro is regarded as having successfully used the sequence style, when other games like Majipuri failed.

External links

  • NekoNeko soft.
  • Mizuiro game info

  Results from FactBites:
THEM Anime Reviews 4.0 - Mizuiro Jidai (492 words)
Mizuiro Jidai has been compared often to the American TV show "The Wonder Years".
In short, I really liked Mizuiro Jidai and it deserves to be licensed, and seen by more shoujo fans.
Although most current anime fans probably wouldn't like the slow pacing and the lack of fancy special effects, the story is enjoyable and I liked the characters.
Anime Tempy (475 words)
A surprisingly clean remake of a hentai-based series, Mizuiro revolves around a high school student named Kenji who lives with his sister Yuki (and supposedly his parents, though they are MIA for the duration of the series).
The ensuing tale is sweet without being saccharine and more than a little wistful as Yuki struggles with her guilt over a broken promise while she and Kenji try to discover the reason behind Hiyori's mysterious appearance.
Essentially a romantic triangle, Yuki has feelings for her brothers that she's not supposed to have, Kenji tries to figure out what tragedy has befallen Hiyori, and Hiyori tries to regain her memories while lamenting the fact that she cannot touch anything anymore.
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