Fortune Arterial original visual novel cover.
|Genre||Drama, Fantasy, Romance|
|Fortune Arterial Character's Prelude|
|Publisher||ASCII Media Works|
|Magazine||Dengeki G's Magazine
Dengeki G's Festival! Comic
|Original run||September 2007 – ongoing|
|Original run||November 2007 – ongoing|
|Genre||Eroge, Visual novel|
|Released||January 25, 2008 (limited ed.)
February 29, 2008 (regular ed.)
Fortune Arterial (フォーチュン アテリアル Fōchun Ateriaru ) is an adult Japanese visual novel, developed by August, released as a limited edition version on January 25, 2008 for the PC as a DVD. Fortune Arterial is August's fifth game, preceded by other titles such as Tsuki wa Higashi ni Hi wa Nishi ni: Operation Sanctuary, and Yoake Mae yori Ruriiro na. A manga based on the story, drawn by Akane Sasaki, was serialized between the September 2007 and April 2008 issues of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine; the manga transferred to ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Festival! Comic in April 2008. A second manga started serialization in the November 2007 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's gaming magazine Comptiq, illustrated by Miki Kodama.
The gameplay requires little interaction from the player as a majority of the game is spent simply reading text that appears on the screen. This text represents either dialogue between the various characters or the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Every so often, the player will come to a "decision point" where they must choose from options that are displayed on the screen, typically two to three at a time. During these times, gameplay pauses until a choice is made that furthers the plot in a specific direction, depending on which choice the player makes. There are five main plot lines that the player will have the chance to experience, one for each of the heroines in the story. In order to view the five plot lines to their entirety, the player will have to replay the game multiple times and choose different choices during the decision points in order to further the plot in an alternate direction.
Fortune Arterial's story revolves around the male protagonist Kohei Hasekura, who transfers into a prestigious public school in the style of an English six-year school encompassing junior-high and high school students. The school, named Shuchikan Academy (修智館学院 Shuchikan Gakuin ), is on an island named Tamatsu Island (珠津島 Tamatsushima ) off-shore from mainland Japan, and the only way to get there is by boat. Soon after transferring, he discovers that one of the student in the class next door to his, Erika Sendo, is in fact a type of vampire.
August first announced the production of a new visual novel at Comiket 71, and on February 21, 2007, they made the official announcement for Fortune Arterial on their official website. The game was first introduced to the public in Japan as a limited edition version on January 25, 2008 as a DVD playable on a Microsoft Windows PC. The regular edition followed on February 29, 2008.
The first manga adaptation, under the title Fortune Arterial Character's Prelude, was serialized in the bishōjo magazine Dengeki G's Magazine between July 30, 2007 and February 29, 2008 illustrated by Japanese artist Akane Sasaki, and published by ASCII Media Works. The manga transferred to Dengeki G's Festival! Comic, a special edition version of Dengeki G's Magazine, starting with the second volume sold on April 26, 2008. The first bound volume was released on June 27, 2008 under ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Comics label. The second manga, called simply Fortune Arterial, started serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's gaming magazine Comptiq on October 10, 2007, illustrated by Miki Kodama. The first volume for the second manga was released on July 26, 2008 under Kadokawa Shoten's Kadokawa Comics Ace imprint; the second volume followed on January 10, 2009.
Fortune Arterial's opening theme is "Tobira Hiraite, Futari Mirai e" (扉ひらいて、ふたり未来へ) sung by Mizuho. An insert song in the game is "Akai Yakusoku" (赤い約束) sung by Veil. A maxi single containing the opening theme and insert song was released on January 25, 2008. An image song for the game is "It's My Precious Time!", also sung by Mizuho. A maxi single containing the image song was released on October 25, 2007.