La storia della Arcana Famiglia

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La storia della Arcana Famiglia
アルカナ・ファミリア
Genre Action, Romance, Supernatural, Reverse Harem
Game
Developer HuneX
Publisher Comfort
Genre Otome game, Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released October 27, 2011
Manga
Written by HuneX
Illustrated by Ruru
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Sylph
Original run December 2011 – ongoing
Volumes 2
Game
Arcana Famiglia -Vascello Phantasma no Majutsushi-
Developer HuneX
Publisher Comfort
Genre Otome game, Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released June 21, 2012
Anime television series
Directed by Chiaki Kon
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Hanabee
Network Sun TV, Chiba TV
Original run July 1, 2012September 16, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Game
Arcana Famiglia 2
Developer HuneX
Publisher Comfort
Genre Otome game, Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released November 14, 2013
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La storia della Arcana Famiglia (アルカナ・ファミリア Arukana Famiria?, Italian for "The Story of the Arcane Family") is a Japanese visual novel series by HuneX and Comfort. The first game was released on October 27, 2011 for the PlayStation Portable (PSP). A fan disc (also for the PSP) titled Arcana Famiglia -Vascello Phantasma no Majutsushi- (アルカナ・ファミリア -幽霊船(ヴァスチェロ・ファンタズマ)の魔術師-?) was released on June 21, 2012 featuring two new characters: Ash and Joshua.[1] A spin-off cooking game titled Arcana Famiglia -Festa Regalo!- (アルカナ・ファミリア フェスタ・レガーロ?) was released on December 13, 2012. The first game has been adapted into a manga and anime series along with various franchise-related merchandise such as drama CDs, music CDs, and fanbooks, etc.

Plot[edit]

There is an organization called the Arcana Famiglia, which protects the island of Regalo (Italian for "present"). The Famiglia is made up of people who have made contracts with Arcana cards, and have received special abilities due to this. On his birthday celebration, Mondo has decided it is time for him to retire and give up his title to a new boss who has control over an Arcana. To decide who in the "family" gets this title, he calls for a tournament, called the Arcana Duello, between Arcana users. To the winner, he promises the title of "Papa", a wish of the winner's choice and his daughter's hand in marriage. Refusing to accept this, Felicità decides to fight to choose her own path, with Libertà and Nova fighting for her freedom by her side.

Characters[edit]

Regalo[edit]

Felicità (フェリチータ Ferichita?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
The only daughter of Arcana Famiglia's boss, Mondo, as well as the leader of Sword and the protagonist of the games. Bears a contract with #6 of the Arcana - The Lovers, makes her able to read people's hearts and later, she finds out that she has another Arcana - The Wheel of Fortune (#10), makes her able to change the relationship of a tarocco and the host in it. Most Arcana Famiglia members call her "Milady". She’s strict on herself and others and always strives, but is also a bit innocent and pure in some ways. She's always accompanied by her owl, Fukulota. It is also easy to see why people are fighting over her, as she is quite attractive, and has a slim body with beautiful legs. She is also noted to be a strong, excellent fighter. During the games, she is able to defeat all of the other members except for Libertà and Nova, who she never got a chance to fight against. Libertà and Nova lost consciousness during their battle against each other and were unable to continue participating in the games. Thus Felicità fights her father and wins the duello. She wishes for her father to continue as the Papa of the Arcana Famiglia.
Libertà (リベルタ Riberuta?)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
Bears a contract with #0 of the Arcana - The Fool, also the member of Intelligence. He calls Felicità "Princess". He loves masked heroes and admired Dante very much. A boy who is always curious and loves new things. He believes himself to be a Man of the Sea, and he’s even more impulsive than Felicità. His memories got sealed by Dante because of his Arcana power went uncontrollable and he was also the reason why Dante went bald. His Arcana Mark is on his forehead with the power to make whatever he says happen. He cares a lot for Felicità.
Nova (ノヴァ?)
Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga (Japanese), Kara Greenberg (English)
Bears a contract with #13 of the Arcana - Death and the leader of Holy Grail. He is Felicità's cousin and Mondo's nephew. His father, Moreno, is Mondo's older brother. He calls Felicità "Fel", which is his nickname for her. Libertà calls him "chickpea" due to his short stature. His Arcana sign is on the back of his neck and his power is to put people in sleep. He is talented despite his young age and because of this, stands at the top of his division. He put his parents into a deep eternal sleep when he overheard them plotting rebellion against Mondo and Sumire, so Nova would be the leader instead. But later, with the help of Felicità and also Mondo, he's able to wake them up again. He was engaged to Felicità when they were young but after the incident with his parents, he broke off the engagement. However, it is obvious that he still cares for her and is still in love with her.
Debito (デビト?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)
Bears a contract with #9 of the Arcana - The Hermit, his ability is to make himself invisible with the Arcana Mark on his foot, near his ankle. Bipolar leader of Coins who hates to be tied and loves to flirt, including Felicità. He has a foul mouth, but he’s actually a good big brother figure. He covered his right eye with an eye-patch to cover his artificial eye that is used to control his Arcana power, made by Jolly. Debito calls Felicità "Bambina", which means "little girl" in Italian.
Pace (パーチェ?)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Kyle Jones (English)
Bears a contract with #11 of the Arcana - Strength, which makes his strength akin to that of a monster and has an Arcana Mark on his hand. Like Libertà, he also calls Felicità "Princess". He loves lasagna very much and has very bad eyesight. He is the leader of the Wands, and is the cheerful mood-maker of the Family. When the director is away, he also acts as Substitute Captain, which involves handling negotiations and managing the different divisions and the civilians, though usually he uses his fist better than his mouth.
Luca (ルカ Ruka?)
Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura (Japanese), Clint Bickham (English)
Felicità's personal attendant. The bearer of Arcana Temperance (#14) and has the Mark on his tongue. He, Debito and Pace are old friends. He is Jolly's pupil as well as his son. He's been taking care of Felicità ever since she was a child. He’s amazing at all things domestic, including cooking. He also trained Felicità, is rather clingy with Felicità, and worries about her too much. It sometimes seems that he likes Felicità more than a friend. He loves to tinker with alchemy.
Dante (ダンテ?)
Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)
The director of the Arcana Famiglia and the bearer of The Emperor (#4) and his power is to remove or manipulate memories. He is also the leader of Intelligence. He's a former pirate who was taken in by Mondo. A very reliable and one of the most trustworthy people in the Family, and made him very popular with the people. He’s like a father to Libertà since the time he saved him. His Arcana Mark is on his head.
Jolly (ジョーリィ Jōrī?)
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa (Japanese), Chuck Huber (English)
Mondo's right-hand man, and the second highest ranking member in the Family who bears Arcana - The Moon (#18) with a Mark on his right eye. His power lets him forcibly draw out a person's memory. He is the family advisor, but because of his cold-hearted and emotionless actions and words, almost everyone on the island avoids him as the very incarnation of terror. He is also the best at Alchemy on the island. He is also Luca's father, though his actual age is unknown. His main weapon is Alchemy. He was born on March 8th with the horoscope of Pisces. He is 184 cm high and has the hobby of experimenting. He is voiced by Tomo Muranaka as a kid.
Ash (アッシュ Asshu?)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
A new character in Arcana Famiglia: Vascello Phantasma no Majutsushi. Bears a contract with #01 of the Arcana - The Magician. He is introduced with Joshua in Vascello Fantasma no Majutsushi. He appears in Arcana Famiglia sequel, Arcana Famiglia 2.
Elmo (エルモ?)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese), Tiffany Grant (English) (Arcana Famiglia), Yūichi Iguchi (Arcana Famiglia 2)
An artificial child created and raised by Jolly. In spite of his young age, he has a contract with The Tower, Arcana (#16). He becomes capturable character in Arcana Famiglia 2. Elmo first appears in the anime television series in episode 3, Piccolino.
Mondo (モンド?)
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)
Bears a contract with #21 of the Arcana - The World. Felicità's father and the boss of Arcana Famiglia. Everyone in the organization calls him "Papa". He may be harsh at times, but he’s really a frank and good-natured guy. He's also one of those fathers who can’t say no to their daughters, until the Arcana Duello comes along when he wanted Felicità to be more reliable as the lady or getting married with his reliable companions.
Sumire (スミレ?)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
The mother of Felicità and does fortunetelling for the Family with her Judgement Arcana (#20). Everyone in the family calls her "Mama". She has a mysterious air around her, but she is a refined lady. Like Mondo, though, she has a doting aspect to her personality for her daughter, despite giving her a strict upbringing.

Nordia[edit]

Serafino (セラフィーノ?)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono
New character in Arcana Famiglia 2.
Teo (テオ?)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka
New character in Arcana Famiglia 2.
Vir (ウィル Wiru?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa
New character in Arcana Famiglia 2.
Neve (ネーヴェ?)
Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi
New character in Arcana Famiglia 2.
Agata (アガタ?)
Voiced by: Miki Itō
New character in Arcana Famiglia 2.

Others[edit]

Joshua (ジョシュア?)
Voiced by: Yūji Ueda
A new character in Arcana Famiglia: Vascello Phantasma no Majutsushi. Bears a contract with #08 of the Arcana - Justice. A video game character only. Joshua is Mondo's son, Libertà's father and Felicità's half-brother.

Adaptations[edit]

Manga[edit]

A manga based on the game, titled Arcana Famiglia: Amore Mangiare Cantare!, began publishing in the comic magazine Sylph in 2011. The manga features art by Ruru (artist).

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation produced by J.C.Staff[2][3] began airing in July 2012. The anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[4] The series originally aired from July 1, 2012 to September 16, 2012; with direction by Chiaki Kon, character design by Mai Matsuura and art direction by Takahiro Yokeda. The opening song for the anime was "Magenta Another Sky" by Hitomi Harada, while the ending was "Pieces of Treasure" by Jun Fukuyama and Tsubasa Yonaga, who voice Libertà and Nova respectively.

Other media[edit]

A light novel, Arcana Famiglia: La Primavera was published by Filia Bunko,[5] a label of Frontier Works. Frontier Works also published a series of drama CDs for the franchise.

Staff and Development[edit]

The character designer and main artist for the games is Yomi Sarachi.[6] She also did character design for the comic version and illustrations for the novel. Both the openings for the first game and the fan disc are sung by Hitomi Harada, while the endings of the first game are sung by the voice actor whose character's route has been completed.

Reception[edit]

The fan disc Vascello Phantasma no Majutsushi sold 4,854 copies in the first four days it was sold, making it the 15th best selling console game in Japan that week.[7]

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