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Fortune Arterial
Fortune Arterial game cover.jpg
Fortune Arterial original visual novel cover.
フォーチュン アテリアル
(Fōchun Ateriaru)
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Manga
Fortune Arterial Character's Prelude
Author August
Illustrator Akane Sasaki
Publisher Japan ASCII Media Works
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki G's Magazine (former)
Dengeki G's Festival! Comic
Original run September 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 1
Manga
Author August
Illustrator Miki Kodama
Publisher Japan Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comptiq
Original run November 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 2
Game
Developer August
Publisher August
Genre Eroge, Visual novel
Rating 18+
Platform PC
Released January 25, 2008 (limited ed.)
February 29, 2008 (regular ed.)
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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.

Contents

Gameplay

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.

Plot

Story

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.

Characters

Main characters

Kohei Hasekura (支倉 孝平 Hasekura Kōhei ?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
Kohei is the protagonist of the story, and is a fifth-year student. Soon after transferring to his new school, he discovers that Erika Sendo is a type of vampire.
Erika Sendo (千堂 瑛里華 Sendō Erika ?)
Voiced by: Rie Kanda
Erika is also a fifth-year student, as well as the student council vice-president. She is also a vampire. She is strong in literature classes and martial arts, and is very attractive, making her popular in her school. She has an inquisitive personality, and likes to do things directly. Once she has her mind set on something, she becomes very pushy, and will take her time making plans to make sure she gets her way. Her older brother Iori is the student council president.
Shiro Togi (東儀 白 Tōgi Shiro ?)
Voiced by: Airi Himekawa
Shiro is a fourth-year student who gives off a delicate image, and is very shy. She was introduced to the student council by her brother who was already on the council, and it was decided that Shiro would become the treasurer. However, she is often missing from student council meetings after school.
Kiriha Kuze (紅瀬 桐葉 Kuze Kiriha ?)
Voiced by: Suzune Kusunoki
Kiriha is Kohei's classmates. She is most often seen alone, and will not talk much, even when spoken to directly. She does not have many interests, and is in no clubs. She has been exceptional in math ever since she was young.
Kanade Yuki (悠木 かなで Yūki Kanade ?)
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame
Kanade is Kohei's childhood friend, and is the older sister of Haruna. She is constantly in high spirits, and likes to do things at her own pace. She loves her younger sister so much, that she says that if she had been born a man from another family, she would have definitely married Haruna eventually. She often calls her sister "Hina".
Haruna Yuki (悠木 陽菜 Yūki Haruna ?)
Voiced by: Sakura Takatsuki
Haruna is in Kohei's class, and is also a childhood friend of his. She has a bright personality, and enjoys helping others. She has had many boys from school confess their love to her, but she has turned down every one of them.

Secondary characters

Iori Sendo (千堂 伊織 Sendō Iori ?)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
Iori is Erika's older brother, and is the student council president. Just like his sister, he too is a vampire. He gives off the air of a male model, and has had many girls in his school want to go out with him. He is generally popular with everyone in his school.
Seichiro Togi (東儀 征一郎 Tōgi Seiichirō ?)
Voiced by: Tomohiro Tsuboi
Seichiro is also the treasurer of the student council, along with his sister Shiro. He is very kind with his sister, and may have a sister complex. He used to be the president of the Japanese archery club.
Tsukasa Hachimandaira (八幡平 司 Hachimandaira Tsukasa ?)
Voiced by: Kentaro Ito
Tsukasa is one of Kohei's classmates otherwise known as "Heeji". After Kohei transferred schools, he became a good friend of his. He may seem like a delinquent, but he is very friendly. He has a twin sister.

Development

Release history

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.

Related media

Manga

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Music

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.

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