Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Diamond Daydreams (Kita e, 北へ)

Kita e (北へ, literally "northward") is a Japanese visual novel game series, set in Hokkaidō. It was developed by Red Entertainment and published by Hudson Soft.
The series began with Kita e: White Illumination (北へ。White Illumination), which was released in March 18, 1999 for the Dreamcast. A sequel, Kita e: Photo Memories (北へ。Photo Memories), was later released on August 5, the same year. On October 30, 2003, the series was released on the PlayStation 2 platform, Kita e. ~Diamond Dust~ (北へ。~Diamond Dust~). It was subsequently adapted in 2004 to an anime series entitled Kita e. ~Diamond Dust Drops~ (北へ。~Diamond Dust Drops~). The anime was released in the United States by ADV Films under the title Diamond Daydreams in three volumes and in a thinpack collection.
The player, a second-year high school student (17 years old), travels from Tokyo to Sapporo in Hokkaidō (hence the basic title of the game Kita E (To The North). There, he encounters eight different girls, including the lead character Kotori Haruno, whose family he stays with during his time up north. In the game, the player explores the island, plays video games, does karaoke, goes shopping -- and most of all, tries to find that special someone to share his heart with. The main period of the game is set during summer vacation (August 1 to August 14), by which, at the end, the player returns to Tokyo. The conclusion of the game falls around December 28, when the player returns to Sapporo to witness the "White Illumination Countdown" on New Year's Eve (similar to the New Year's Eve Times Square celebrations. To win the game, the player must meet his chosen one at the Countdown on New Year's Eve, then kiss her at 12:00 midnight on New Year's Day.

# Reference
Diamond Daydreams: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

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