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Hatoful Boyfriend

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Original Thread: GBS > E/N > I think I'm in love with a bird. (Let's Play Hatoful Boyfriend)



I’m sorry, what is this?

Hatoful Boyfriend is a name you’ve probably stumbled across while on the internet. It’s more commonly referred to as “that dating game with the pigeons”, and this is a fairly accurate description.
Hatoful Boyfriend was released for the PC in 2011 by Hato Moa, and is an otome (female-targeted) dating simulation game that features pigeons as the dateable characters instead of humans. Originally created as an April Fool’s joke and a parody of typical otome games, the game is well-written and shows a lot of care and effort on the part of Hato Moa, who did all of the “art” and writing.

Wasn’t there another LP of this being done on the forum?

Why yes there was! Epee Em started on this game a while ago, but has dropped the LP in order to return to his true passion of playing and laughing at Mega Man Battle Network. I believe the thread has fallen into the archives at this point. He also tended to cut out a lot of the text in order to make room for commentary, while the plan here is to have the full script transcribed, with a few additions here and there.

So how’s this LP going to work?

This is going to be a screenshot LP. I’m also going to try and do this as a “narrative” LP to fill out some of the narrator’s character, though this game tends to do well in speaking for itself, so additions will probably be sparse. And you’ll be given the chance to help our fair narrator out by giving her advice as the various choice points pop up in the game. Since there are eight possible birds and therefore eight different routes, we’ll have a lot to vote on. I may take over if the narrator is being led to a path we've already gone, but for the most part it'll be all up to you.
EDIT: This policy will only be in effect for the first playthrough. Following paths will begin with a vote for which bird to pursue, and I will take over the playthrough from there.

This may or may not be a good thing.
All additions to the dialogue will be in italics. All notes added (musical cues, additional information, etc.) will be in bold.

Also, since this game is a parody of more standard otome games, at the end of each path, I will include an analysis of our husbandove's character archetype, looking at some of the defining traits and overall reception of these character types in otome game, as well as examining specific examples from some of the more popular otome series.

Additional Notes
No spoilers. The madness is best experienced blind, and there really is a lot to show in this game, so that shouldn’t be ruined for the first time readers.

The First Chapter: Hato for Teacher
Episode 1: New School Year, New Life
Episode 2: Daily Lives of High School Birds
Episode 3: Council is in Session
Episode 4: Sleep and Sports Chat
Episode 5: Sports are for Dorks
Episode 6: Lunchtime Lunacy
Episode 7: First Semester Closing Ceremonies
Episode 8: A Run, A Fateful Encounter
Episode 9: The Job Hunter-Gatherer
Episode 10: Azami to the Rescue!
Episode 11: The Fiesta and the Siesta
Episode 12: The One with the Fava Bean (Ending No. 12)
Episode 13: The Beginning of the Second Term
Episode 14: Maintenance Checks
Episode 15: A Picture Obscured
Episode 16: After-School Intrigue
Episode 17: New Love for the New Year
Episode 18: Confessions (Ending No. 8)
Archives #1: Notes No. 4 and No. 8

The Second Chapter: She Want That Lovey Dovey
Episode 19: Another New Year Beginning
Episode 20: Sick Day
Episode 21: Summer Break Flies By
Episode 22: Sunsets and Cup Sets
Episode 23: Secrets Revealed
Episode 24: Quiet Moments Shared
Episode 25: Loss (Ending No. 1)
Archives #2: Note No. 7

The Third Chapter: Part(ridge) of Your World
Episode 26: The First Day, Safety First
Episode 27: Mysteries of St. Pigeonation's
Episode 28: The Faithful Doctor Leaves His Office
Episode 29: Suspicious Behavior
Episode 30: A Missing Member
Episode 31: Discovery (Ending No. 9)
Episode 32: Betrayal (Ending No. 10)
Archives #3: Notes No. 5 and No. 10

The Fourth Chapter: Calling All Anghels
Episode 33: New Years and New Students
Episode 34: Encounters of a Bananaman
Episode 35: Anghel's Increasing Presence
Episode 36: Cause for Concern
Episode 37: The Unlikely Couple
Episode 38: The Boss of This Dungeon is...!?
Episode 39: Memories (Ending No. 11)
Archives #4: Note No. 1

The Fifth Chapter: I Was Made for Lovin' Yuuya
Episode 40: Fast Talking for a Fantail
Episode 41: The Wet Wings of Progress
Episode 42: Summer Love
Episode 43: Maids vs. Butlers: Battle of the Schoolground
Episode 44: Future Plans
Episode 45: These Few Brief Moments
Episode 46: Runaway (Ending No. 5)
Archives #5: Note No. 9

The Sixth Chapter: Be My Oko Ono
Episode 47: Staying Sporty
Episode 48: The Excitable Okosan
Episode 49: The Various Desires of Okosan
Episode 50: Track and Fielding
Episode 51: Adventure (Ending No. 6)
Episode 52: Ascension (Ending No. 7)
Archives #6: Notes No. 3 and No. 14

The Seventh Chapter: Le Bel of the Ball
Episode 53: My First Semester in Student Council
Episode 54: Dragging Our Reluctant Friend Along
Episode 55: Strange Questions
Episode 56: Home for the Holi-daze
Episode 57: Confrontation (Ending No. 2)
Episode 58: Acceptance (Ending No. 3)
Archives #7: Notes No. 2 and No. 11

The Eighth Chapter: Good Mourning Beautiful
Episode 59: Shaky First Impressions
Episode 60: Quiet Summers with Quiet Friends
Episode 61: Always Kept at Wing's Length
Episode 62: Silent Strains of Budding Romance
Episode 63: Deliverance (Ending No. 4)
Archives #8: Note No. 12

The Final Chapter: Bad Boys Love
Episode 64: Missing
Class 1
Episode 65: Emergency
Episode 66: Trapped
Episode 67: The Maintenance Office
Episode 68: The Wall
Episode 69: The Locked Door
Class 2
Episode 70: Intruder
Episode 71: Biases
Episode 72: A New Suspect
Episode 73: The Empty Library
Episode 74: Unlocked
Class 3
Episode 75: The Headmaster's Office
Episode 76: Favors
Episode 77: Search Cut Short
Episode 78: Hacking
Episode 79: The Hatch
Class 4
Episode 80: The Human Representative
Episode 81: Heartful/Hurtful
Episode 82: Nageki's Help
Episode 83: The Old Hall
Episode 84: The Blood-Stained Interloper
Class 5
Episode 85: Infiltration
Episode 86: Further Evidence
Episode 87: Confrontation
Episode 88: Protection
Episode 89: Yuuya, Sakuya
Class 6
Episode 90: Library Clues
Epsiode 91: Nageki
Episode 92: A Clear Lead
Class 7
Episode 93: Scarecrow
Episode 94: Running
Episode 95: Who Killed Lourde Goon?
Episode 96: Promises, Wishes
Episode 97: Shuu
Class 8
Episode 98: Evacuation, Trapped
Episode 99: Kazuaki
Episode 100: Brothers
Episode 101: Ryouta, Goon
Episode 102: True Ending
Archives #9: Notes No. 6, No. 13 and No. 15, Gallery

Bonus Content
The Archives
Bonus Update: Super Secret Azami Option (Totally Real) (Ending No. 13)
Bonus Update: The Bad Ending (Ending No. 0)
Flights Across Forums: A Christmas Tale
Supplementary Lesson #1: The Teacher Archetype
Supplementary Lesson #2: The Childhood Friend Archetype
Supplementary Lesson #3: The Doctor Archetype
Supplementary Lesson #4: The Chuunibyou Archetype
Supplementary Lesson #5: The Playboy Archetype
Supplementary Lesson #6: The Athlete Archetype
Supplementary Lesson #7: The Rich Kid Archetype
Supplementary Lesson #8: The Silent Type Archetype
Supplementary Lesson #9: Compare/Contrast Female Dating Games and Male Dating Games

For April Fools Day, Hato Moa released a visual novel trailer for the upcoming Hatoful Boyfriend magical girl anime, Hatocatch Popocure: Dream Drop☆! It's only in Japanese, but thankfully nielsm decided to do an abridged translation so that we could all enjoy it.
Episode 1: The Fairy's In A Pinch! Eh, I'm A Popocure!?

Our Main Character

Lourde Goon
The protagonist and narrator. Plucky and cheerful, she is friendly to all of her schoolmates. The only human student at St. Pigeonation’s. Wears a yellow chick helmet in a futile effort to fit in with her peers. Her favorite food is udon.
Her canonical name is Tosaka Hiyoko, where Hiyoko means “chick” in Japanese.

The Husbandoves

Kawara Ryouta
Birthday: December 3
Goon’s childhood friend and a rock dove. He is kind and responsible, but also has an easily upset stomach and poor health. He works during the school year in order to take care of his mother, who is also rather sickly.
His name uses an alternate spelling of Kawara, which stands for the “rock” part of “rock dove”.

Nanaki Kazuaki
Birthday: September 23
The homeroom teacher for room 2-3 and a button quail. Mild-mannered and kind, he teaches mathematics and is considered to be incredibly brilliant. However, he is a narcoleptic and is known to fall asleep during his own lectures.
Kazuaki shares a kanji from the Japanese name for the button quail in his family name.

Shirogane Le Bel Sakuya
Birthday: June 23
A French transfer student and a fantail pigeon. Comes from a noble family, shows it through his snobbish attitude towards his classmates. Apparently related to Sakazaki Yuuya.

Fujishiro Nageki
Birthday: October 19
Freshman student and a mourning dove. Very quiet and stand-offish, he spends a lot of time in the library reading.
The name Nageki comes from the “mourning” part of “mourning dove”.

Sakazaki Yuuya
Birthday: April 25
Upperclassman and a fantail pigeon. Very charismatic, imfamous at St. Pigeonation’s for his flirty attitude. Apparently related to Shirogane Le Bel Sakuya.

Iwamine Shuu
Birthday: December 12
The school doctor and a chukar partridge. Notable for his work, but has an unsettling reputation among the student body. Very cold and known to sneak up on students.
Shuu shares a kanji from the Japanese name for the chukar partridge in his family name.

Oko San
Birthday: July 12
A sophomore student and a fantail pigeon. He is captain of the track team and rather hyperactive. He is a big fan of pudding to an almost obsessive level. He can only speak in coos.
Oko San’s model is Hato Moa’s own fantail pigeon, also named Oko San.

Higure Anghel
A sophomore student and a Luzon bleeding-heart dove. In the other second year class and seems very dramatic. Refers to other students by fantasy titles rather than their names.

Other Characters

Koshiba Azami
A Java sparrow. She rides a pink motor scooter, and is known to drive very carefully. She sells takoyaki and often shouts “Carve it into your soul!” Part of a biker gang called Hell's Birdies.
On her gijinka design, she wears a long coat with her species name written in very complicated kanji. This is a common trend in members of Japanese biker gangs.

Urushihara Kenzaburou
An “extremely elegant” parakeet. Well-spoken and polite, he is the gentlemanly owner of the Torimi Café.

A yellow budgerigar with a Kansai accent. He is a regular customer at Torimi Café, and is friends with the owner, Kenzaborou. He seems out-of-place in the café environment due to his brash attitude and his unkempt appearance.

Mr. One
A cockatiel and the janitor of St. Pigeonation's. Does not tend to talk to students and is considered a dandy, though he seems to be an acquaintance of Yuuya's.
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