Tsuku Monogatari Haunts The PSP This Week In Japan

By Ishaan . January 26, 2011 . 3:39pm

It’s presently the morn of January 27th over in Japan, which means all eyes are likely on The Last Story, the big game release of the week. However, there’s another game out today that caught our attention, too: Tsuku Monogatari, for the PSP.


Tsuku Monogatari is an “adventure RPG” and takes place on a high school campus. One day, Yuuto Ishigami finds himself pushed out of a classroom window by a fellow student. Miraculously, he survives the fall, and wakes up with the ability to see the supernatural.


Yuuto’s school has been invaded by demons. These are the cause for the recent incidents that have been plaguing people. Luckily, objects known as “Yorishiro” — everyday items occupied by helpful spirits — are strewn in abundance around the school as well, and these are the key to combating the demon invasion.


As Yuuto, you’ll explore the school and look for objects that you feel might be occupied by a spirit. Once you find an object that you think is possessed, you can take a picture of it with your mobile phone. During battles, you can send an e-mail from your mobile phone with a particular picture attached to it to summon the respective spirit to aid you.


Notice how this spirit resembles the vase being photographed in the previous screenshot? That’s how Yorishiro work. You’ll have exercise restraint while taking snaps of objects, though — each time you take a photo, 5 minutes of ingame time pass, which means you can’t go about clicking pictures of everything.


There’s more to the battles than just summoning spirits, however. Tsuku Monogatari emphasizes the “power of words” as part of its battle system. This is where the game’s “adventure” (the Japanese use this to describe what we call visual novels) aspect comes in.


Yuuto’s school is populated by several people, including his friends and the school staff themselves. You can go around talking to different people at school, and engaging in conversation with them. Occasionally, they’ll narrate a proverb or a rumour or a myth to you. This is what you want to watch out for.


Different words can be attached to spirits during battles to give them various abilities, without which you won’t have much of a chance against the demons. When a battle begins, you’ll be able to summon a spirit and add up to a maximum of three words to it to decide what abilities it will possess in battle.


Screenshots make Yuuto’s school look like quite the lively place, with an abundance of characters to interact with. The Tsuku Monogatari website points out that people like the dorm matron are a good source of information and words to power your spirits with.


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Here’s a look at some of the demons and spirits you’ll come across:





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  • Man this sounds very interesting, but lol at 5 minutes for one photo, how slow is this dude? xD
    And I feel a Nier vibe here with adding words with effects to your spirits. Overall I like this kind of adventure RPG and am looking forward to see it in action.

  • Ladius

    Killaware’s Lux Pain was really good, a shame that Ignition’s horrifying localization butchered its appeal :(

    I really, really hope that this game can make it to the USA, even if realistically speaking the only console publisher interested in this kind of titles nowadays seem to be Aksys (NiSA was apparently not satisfied with ST and DI’s sales :( ), and they could have their hands full with other projects.

    • Zero_Destiny

      Well it kind of reminds me Fragile (story-wise at least) so the first localization company that came to my mind was XSEED. I doubt it but that would be cool to see the game in English. Also I agree about Lux-Pain being a good game even with the crap translation (not that I’m defending Ignition thou)

  • Woah this sounds pretty interesting, this kind of games are really suited with an epic twist or ending, reminds me a bit of dangan ronpa

    • Ren

      Is that game even remotely playable with little knowledge of kanji? I’ve wanted to play that game ever since it was announced but I don’t think I’ll be able to understand the story with my meager japanese skills, and I doubt it’s going to be localized. Does it have at least a good amount of voice acting so I can actually read what’s going on?

      • We’ve always assumed that Spike are actually looking for a publisher for Danganronpa. One of the earliest press releases for that game was also in English.

      • You do need to know a good amount of kanjis, at least, the class court’s are fully voiced, but all the investigation and stuff that happen between dont have voices. But is a lot better than a lot of other games that make my head spin

  • joesz

    This game looks interesting,Though I hate it when they use the cheap battle system to just try to give the game a battle system.

  • Darkrise

    I’d say would be a possible candid visual novel for Aksys right? There’s gameplay and has some mystery and horror elements to it.

  • Aoshi00

    Wow, the trailer and the seiyuu cast are very impressive, and the OP sung by Saiga Mitsuki is awesome *.*…

    • Too bad it seems to be so heavy on kanji D:

      • Aoshi00

        Seems like a lot of heavy reading.. I’m wondering if this game is actually good though, no reviews on Amazon Jpn yet since it just came out.. the current exchange rate is brutal though, I have to tell myself not to import every game I want :(… This month it’s GalGun/Dream Club Zero/Last Story.. and then there’s Gyakuten Kenji 2/Photo Kano coming up soon.. and I want to get Layton when I eventually get a Jpn 3DS or something… argh region lock..

        • Darkrise

          Galgun… GAH! I want it so much! I really hope it does get localized. The demo is the only thing that’s satisfying… For now.

  • mirumu

    I don’t suppose the odds of a translation are that high, but I’d love to play this. The concept sounds really interesting and I like the visual style too. If it does come over I’ll definitely pick up a copy.

  • amagidyne

    Looks really cool, hope someone brings this over. It’s different enough from regular VN’s to appeal to western audiences right?


  • Ren

    This game art direction is just lovely. Wonder who is the charcter designer?

    • It’s someone who goes by the pen name Fukahire.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Man I would love to see this in English, looks really fun. :( Don’t think it’ll happen but I’ll still hope. Weird question but when you say spirits, do you mean Yokai or is this something else?

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukumogami

      These are what the spirits are. Well, kind of at least, unless that school actually does have a 100 year old anatomy model. Yōkai is too broad a term when identifying Japanese spirits and demons btw, as the term covers most of them at the very least.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Oh I’ve heard of these Yokai before!!! Like the umbrella Yokai and old toys and other stuff (lol I sux at Japanese so excuse me for not calling them by their proper name). But in this case I just used Yokai to discriminate between Ghost/Spirits (like from the west point of view ala came from died guys) and Yokai (which is why I usually prefer to see Yokai translated as specter or something, to me Ghost is pretty much the same as spirit so I get confused if it came from a person or not. lol) I know weird reasoning and some Yokai do come from people too but that’s how I think about it. Thanks for the response and sorry for the little rant lol.

  • PrinceHeir

    love the artsyle :)

    the setting reminds me of Persona except with different artsyle or so.

    • Guest

      Except Persona offers a better presentation instead of just still pictures -_-

  • JustaGenericUser

    Would like to see this translated myself. Possible contenders: AkSys, Atlus (would slightly make up for their ignoring tons of japanese games they used to localize in favor of WRPGs that were already in English), XSeed, Carpe Fulgur.

  • Kai2591


  • Guest

    Oh man can’t wait to play The Last Story when I get home today

  • ….The eyes on the dog looking ayakashi reminds me of the ‘go to sleep’ meme…. *cries*

    No, but to be serious, this sounds like a pretty awesome game and I agree, I’d love to see it in English, hopefully, we’ll get it :D

  • It might be interesting if it can make it over the water.

  • As long as Ignition doesn’t touch it >___> I gave up after Arc Rise Fantasia and Lux Pain.

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