Innocent Grey, the studio known for making the Kara no Shoujo games, are working on a new visual novel by the name of Flowers. The story is about an anti-social girl who enters an academy where communication and friendship are forced upon the students for a better future.
Here’s an introduction to the game from its official website:
Surrounded by immense walls in the middle of a forest, lies the Saint Angraecum Academy. Suoh Shirahane, a girl with a wounded heart, enrolls in the academy that is teeming with young beauties.
Due to certain reasons, this young girl has always remained indoors, and has never been touched by anyone outside of her family. She’s not the most social person, but her new school’s experiment, called “Amity,” will require her to make friends with others, as the program’s goal is to optimize the ability of communication.
The “friends” provided by the academy, and a faint feeling of love towards them. In the midst of a quiet academy life, the strange disappearance of an academy student occurs…
What will the young girls see in the academy? What will they find there?
Before you start imagining dismembered limbs and gore, one should point out that Flowers is an all-ages game. It looks like a change of pace for Innocent Grey, but given the studio’s portfolio, there’s probably more to see here than meets the eye, especially since the game is described as a mystery title.
Suoh is a timid girl who doesn’t talk much, and she can be a little bit of a worrywart at times. Prior to enrolling in the academy, she lived with her grandfather, where she was homeschooled, so she never had much of an opportunity to interact with others.
It’s not that she doesn’t like people, as she, more than anyone, would love to make friends. However, her shy nature gets the best of her and she can get a little too nervous when approaching others.
Her best friends were books and movies, so she has a habit of reciting quotes from films and novels in the middle of conversations. Her “Amity” partners are Mayuri and Rikka.
Mayuri is a forward-looking girl with an optimistic personality. She is loved by everyone around her in class because of her bright personality. She’s a hard worker, and whenever she sets her mind to something, she does a great job at it.
She decided to enroll in the academy of her own will, due to a certain problem she had. While she is quite the sociable girl, she’s careful not to let her problems be seen by others, even her Amity friends.
Rikka is a calm and earnest young girl who likes to take care of those around her. She is considered the mother-like figure of the class, not only because she’s kind and gentle, because she’s also strict when needed. Mayuri is the central figure of the class, but Rikka is at the same level in terms of respect and influence.
Rikka got the top place in the university’s entrance exams, and thanks to her personality and how she actively helps her classmates, she has been designated as the class chairwoman. She prides herself in being a reliable person with high expectations, and works hard to continue taking the initiative.
Flowers will be released for PC on April 18th in Japan.