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Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
Oretashi ni Tsubasa wa Nai visual novel cover.jpg
Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai original visual novel cover.
俺たちに翼はない
Genre Drama, Romance, Comedy
Game
Developer Navel
Genre Visual novel, Eroge
Platform PC
Released January 30, 2009
Anime television series
We, Without Wings
Directed by Shinji Ushiro
Produced by Makoto Ito
Written by Takamitsu Kouno
Music by Acchorike
Studio Nomad
Licensed by
Network AT-X, CTC, GBS, Mie TV, SUN-TV, Tokyo MX, TVS
Original run April 4, 2011June 20, 2011
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Under the Innocent Sky. (俺たちに翼はない?, lit. We Don't Have Wings) is the fifth visual novel developed by Navel. Before the game's release, a prequel game named Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa nai ~Prelude~ containing bonus scenarios and events before the timeline of the game was released on 28 June 2008. This release didn't contain hentai scenes. The limited edition of the game was released on 30 January 2009. A standard version of the game was released on 24 April 2009. A fandisc named Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai AfterStory was released on 30 July 2010. A non-adult version remake, named "Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai R", of the PC game was released on 27 May 2011. The game has also received several manga adaptations. An anime adaptation (We, Without Wings) by the studio Nomad started airing on April 4, 2011.

Plot[edit]

It's winter in the big city of Yanagihara, and young people will meet and fall in love. Takashi is a boy who plans to escape to another world, but is held back by thoughts of his younger sister Kobato and girlfriend Asuka. Shusuke is a poor part-timer who has to work with student-author Hiyoko in spite of their initial dislike for each other. The antisocial Hayato makes his living as a handyman until he is visited by a girl named Naru.

Anime Format[edit]

The Anime series is split into three separate vignettes covering the activities of three main groups of people. The first of which has Takashi Haneda as the main male lead and is focused around is school activities and direct acquaintances. The second of which has Shusuke Chitose as the main male lead and is focused around a bar called Alexander with direct acquaintances. The third of which has Hayato Narita as the main male lead and focuses on his street acquaintances. As the series progresses the vignettes become more complex and intertwined, while still being presented in chronological order. Some offshoot stories are told, but have direct connection to the three main male characters stated above.

Characters[edit]

Main heroines[edit]

Asuka Watarai (渡来 明日香 Watarai Asuka?)
Voiced by: Misono Moriya (PC) / Mayumi Yoshida (Drama CD and anime), Felecia Angelle (English, anime)
Takashi's classmate, part of the School vignette. She asked him to be her fake boyfriend because she was tired of rejecting all the guys who asked her out. She suffered a split personality illness when she was a child but has recovered from it. She also wants to help Takashi with his illness, for which she is seen later confronting the latter about it without knowing a secret only known by Kobato Haneda and the other Main Male Leads.
Hiyoko Tamaizumi (玉泉 日和子 Tamaizumi Hiyoko?)
Voiced by: Nazuna Gogyō (PC) / Ryōko Ono (Drama CD and anime), Milly Prower (English, anime)
Shūsuke's coworker, part of the Bar vignette. She is an aspiring novelist who thinks her books will be a success in the future; sometimes writes under the pseudonyms Tama Izumi and Tamaki Hosokawa. She eventually takes a job at Alexander to help with her income.
Naru Ohtori (鳳 鳴 Ohtori Naru?)
Voiced by: Ran Tōno (PC) / Yūko Gotō (Drama CD and anime), Zoe Latimer (English, anime)
Kakeru's younger sister, part of the street vignette. She's cheerful and, despite her appearance, quite acute. She asked Hayato to help her look for her lost bike. Her fetish is worker uniforms.
Kobato Haneda (羽田 小鳩 Haneda Kobato?)
Voiced by: Yui Minasegawa (PC) / Ai Matayoshi (Drama CD and anime), Mary Morgan (English, anime)
Takashi's younger sister, part of all the vignettes. She knows everything about her brother, including the fact that he has a split personality.

Sub heroines[edit]

Miyako Yamashina (山科 京 Yamashina Miyako?)
Voiced by: Rio Tanaka (PC) / Yukiko Takaguchi (Drama CD and anime), Michelle Lee (English, anime)
Takashi's classmate. She has two personalities: one quiet and shy and the other extroverted and talkative.
Eriko Hino (日野 英里子 Hino Eriko?)
Voiced by: Don Ōhana (PC) / Eriko Kigawa (Drama CD and anime), Chloe Daniels (English, anime)
A colleague and friend of Kinako. A self-described party wrecker, she eventually stopped getting invited to them because of it.
Kinako Mochizuki (望月 紀奈子 Mochizuki Kinako?)
Voiced by: Haruko Ueda (PC) / Chiaki Takahashi (Drama CD and anime), Lily Carpenter (English, anime)
A college student working part time at Alexander. While she generally has a cheerful disposition, it is hinted she lacks self confidence when it comes to her entrance exams.
Yū Yoneda (米田 優 Yoneda Yū?)
Voiced by: Honoka Imuraya (PC) / Emiko Hagiwara (Drama CD and anime), Kristi Kang (English anime)
Chitose's editor.
Ai Kohda (香田 亜衣 Kohda Ai?)
Voiced by: Kasumi Sawamura (PC) / Saki Nakajima (Drama CD and anime), Brittney Karbowski (English, anime)
A friend of Naru's.
Harue Kasuga (春日 春恵 Kasuga Harue?)
Voiced by: Mitsuba (PC) / Hiromi Ōtsuda (Drama CD and anime), Tiffany Patterson (English, anime)
Runs the street vendor cart "Pal Crepe". Has a personality of a man, but caring. She is endeared as "pal sister" from the old or young.

Protagonists[edit]

Takashi Haneda (羽田 鷹志 Haneda Takashi?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)

The main male lead for the School vignette. He goes to a high school in Yanagihara city. He considers himself a hero of a fantasy realm for which he "escapes" to frequently. His nickname (in the fantasy realm) is Lord Hawk. He befriends Asuka Watarai and acts as her "boyfriend". As the series progresses it is revealed that his illness is somehow connected to his "escapes", and thinks he is a knight from Gredaguard. He has no knowledge of the other male protagonists. Named after Tokyo's main domestic airport Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport.

Shūsuke Chitose (千歳 鷲介 Chitose Shūsuke?)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura (Japanese), Ricco Fajardo (English)

The main male lead who is a poor part-timer and works at Alexander's. He also does freelance reporting / book reviewing. Kakeru Ohtori is a good friend of his and knows of his special nickname, Eagle. He befriends Hiyoko Tamaizumi at Alexander's. He knows of both Hayato Narita and Takashi, even conspiring with Hayato at times to help Takashi (unbeknownst to the later). Named after New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

Hayato Narita (成田 隼人 Narita Hayato?)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Scott Freeman (English)

A handyman with an antisocial personality who is the main male lead of the street vignette. Also known as Dracula or Drac for short due to only "appearing" at night. His nickname with a few of his "old" friends is Falcon. He befriends Naru Ohtori while being hired to help her find her bicycle. He knows of both Shusuke Chitose and Takashi, even conspiring with Shusuke at times to help Takashi (unbeknownst to the later). Named after Tokyo's main international airport Narita International Airport.

Yōji Haneda (羽田 鷹志 Haneda Yōji?)
Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)

The brother of Kobata Haneda seen in between vignettes watching them on a TV - it is implied that the hand changing the channel is his.

Men[edit]

Kakeru Ohtori (鳳 翔 Ohtori Kakeru?)
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

Has a split personality, originally being presented as two different people using the same name. Hangs out at Alexander's with Shusuke Chitose as the gentleman Ohtori (who is supposedly a ladies man), but whose second personality is the crazy leader of the Yanagihara Flame Birds (referred to as Phoenix) and is an old friend of Hayato Narita (who the former calls Falcon). As the series progresses the delineation between his personalities is not ruled by the separation of the vignettes.

Kuroudo Hariu (針生 蔵人 Hariu Kuroudo?)
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)
Kazuma Morisato (森里 和馬 Morisato Kazuma?)
Voiced by: Hideki Ogihara (Japanese), Austin Tindle (English)
A friend of Takashi's and a member of R-Wing.
Karuo Karube (軽部 狩男 Karube Karuo?)
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), David Wald (English)
Karura Itami (伊丹 伽楼羅 Itami Karura?)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Charles Clegg (English)

Other characters[edit]

Misaki Hayashida (林田 美咲 Hayashida Misaki?)
Voiced by: Tae Okajima (Japanese), Mandy Lane (English)
A friend of Kinako's.
Alice (アリス Arisu?)
Voiced by: Sayaka Aoki (Japanese), Lara Woodhull (English)
Masako Takauchi (高内 昌子 Takauchi Masako?)
Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu (Japanese), Teri Rogers (English)
A classmate of Takashi's. Blonde, with an aggressive personality, she and Takashi are assigned to work on an essay together.
Akira Yoshikawa (吉川 あきら Yoshikawa Akira?)
Voiced by: Akane Tomonaga (Japanese), Brittany Kramer (English)
Kyouya (狂夜 Kyouya?)
Voiced by: Tomoko Fujino (Japanese), Haley Esposito (English)
Saeko Sawai (沢井 冴子 Sawai Saeko?)
Sen'ichi Souda (左右田 仙一 Souda Sen'ichi?) (aka LR2001 (LR2001 Eruāru Nisen'ichi?))
Voiced by: Masayuki Sasamoto (Japanese), Chris Rager (English)
Hiroshi Shimabukuro (島袋 浩 Shimabukuro Hiroshi?) (aka Chikedon (チケドン Chikedon?))
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka (Japanese), Cris George (English)
Daisuke Domon (土門 大輔 Domon Daisuke?) (aka Bunnie D (バニィ D Banī Dī?))
Voiced by: Chado Horii (Japanese), Justin Cook (English)
Menma (メンマ Menma?)
Platinum (プラチナ Purachina?)
Voiced by: Makoto Naruse (Japanese), Jerry Jewell (English)
A man who has had at least 71 girlfriends.
Martinez (マルチネス Maruchinesu?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)
An foreigner, possibly American, who makes a living selling jewelry.
Sakuya (咲夜 Sakuya?)
Voiced by: Junichi Miyake (Japanese), Kyle Philips (English)
Michiya (満夜 Michiya?)
Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma (Japanese), Eric Cherry (English)
Archbishop (大司教 Daishikyō?)
Voiced by: Koji Haramaki (Japanese), Chris Guerrero (English)
DJ Condor (DJ コンドル Dījē Kondoru?)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Brandon Potter (English)
Eji (エージ Ēji?)
Pastor (牧師 Bokushi?)
Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)
Kana Nakata (中田 可笑 Nakata Kana?)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen

Music[edit]

Sky Sanctuary by Miyuki Hashimoto is used for the opening of Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai ~Prelude~ while Jewelry Tears by Aki Misato is used for the opening of the full version. The opening for the fandisc AfterStory is Cross Illusion by Aki Misato. Spread Wings is used for the opening of the English sub-titled version.

Reception[edit]

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita ports both received review scores of 29/40 by Famitsu.[1]

Anime[edit]

In November 2010, an anime television series based on the visual novel was announced. The 12-episode anime series is produced by Nomad under the direction of Shinji Ushiro and Takamitsu Kouno as script supervisor. The anime series uses the same voice cast as the drama CD.[2] Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai began its broadcast run in Japan on April 4, 2011. Funimation Entertainment has acquired the series and will be streamed on their video portal on Jun 24, 2011, followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release in 2013.[3] An unaired OVA came bundled with the remake of the PC game as a limited edition extra on May 27, 2011.[4]

The anime opening theme is "Spread Wings" by Aki Misato, and the ending theme is "NEVERLAND" by Miyuki Hashimoto. "PARANoiA" by Aki Misato was the ending theme for episode 1 and "Hohoemi Genocide" by Alex3 was the ending theme for episode 10.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
01 "For Example, That Kind of Fairytale[5]"
"Tatoeba sonna meruhen" (たとえばそんなメルヘン) 
April 4, 2011[6]
DJ Condor is your guide as the everyday lives of several young city-dwellers come into focus on the streets of Yanagihara, a bustling metropolis where there's no shortage of stories. 
02 "The Animal I Like is the Pegasus[5]"
"Suki na dōbutsu wa pegasasu desu" (好きな動物はペガサスです) 
April 11, 2011[7]
Chronically under-employed Hayato Narita is hired to help a young girl -- the sister of a local gang leader -- find her stolen bicycle. Meanwhile, Shusuke Chitose is tasked with reviewing the autobiography of an ex-porn star. 
03 "Kobato is Cute, Huh?[5]"
"Kobato-san wa kawaii nā" (小鳩さんは可愛いなあ) 
April 18, 2011[7]
After arriving for his first shift at Karuo's Alexander, Shusuke learns he'll be trained by Hiyoko. Later, when the YFB rumbles with R-Wing, Hayato finds himself in the middle of the action. 
04 "Drac... I May Have Gotten Pregnant...[5]"
"Dora-san... Watashi, ima ninshin shichatta kamo..." (ドラさん…私、今妊娠しちゃったかも…) 
April 25, 2011[7]
Ai and Naru create a few awkward situations while competing for Hayato's attention. Meanwhile, some truly unusual events unfold at Alexander involving Kakeru, Shusuke, and a bizarre -- and violent -- customer. 
05 "O, How Virtuous is Our Honored Hawk![5]"
"Nantaru Hōku-kyō no toku takaki koto yo!" (なんたるホーク卿の徳高きことよ!) 
May 2, 2011[7]
Takashi may have trouble grasping the various conditions that go along with "dating" Asuka, but that's nothing compared to facing ten thousand monsters on the field of battle! 
06 "Eek! No, I'll Make Noise![5]"
"Hī! Ramē, koe deshau~!" (ひいッ!らめえ、声出しゃう~!) 
May 9, 2011[7]
Chitose gets an eyeful when a grateful Hiyoko tenderly dresses his wound. Later, Drac warns Otori about a dangerous man in a hat. 
07 "Your King's Glorious Return![5]"
"Hae Aru Ō no Gaisen da!" (栄えある王の凱旋(がいせん)だ!) 
May 16, 2011[8]
Garuda, the King of Gretagard, seizes control of Hayato Narita's body and reunites with his old friend Phoenix. When the king's lusty desires lead him to Kobato, familial relations get creepy with a quickness! 
08 "No Big-Busted Cream Girl Yet?![5]"
"Kyonyū no Kurīmu Onēchan Mada desu kā!" (巨乳のクリームお姉ちゃんまだですかー!) 
May 23, 2011[8]
When Lord Hawk is pierced by a poisoned blade, Sparrow uses her body as a tool to help him expel the venom. Back at school, Takashi gets caught in a tug-of-war between a bossy blonde and Asuka. 
09 "My Heart is Heaving!![5]"
"Mune ga Takanarū!!" (胸が高鳴るーっ!!) 
May 30, 2011[8]
Shusuke assumes control of Takashi for the day, Hiyoko hears some heartbreaking criticism of her latest literary effort, and Naru recruits some friends to help find her missing bicycle! 
10 "Please, Always Be a Fan, Okay?[5]"
"Zutto, Fan de Ite Kudasai ne" (ずっと、ファンでいてくださいね) 
June 6, 2011[8]
Hayato quickly handles the all-important grad essay situation, but when he gets caught in an awkward situation with a couple of young girls, he gives way to Shusuke, who manages to save Hiyoko's writing career! 
11 "Are You Familiar With the Concept of Little Sister Moe?[5]"
"Imōto Moe to Iu Gainen o Shitte Iruka?" (妹萌えという概念を知っているか?) 
June 13, 2011[9]
Haneda's day out features a slightly creepy conversation on the forbidden secrets of little sister moe, and Watarai gets physical when her boyfriend disappears into his dreamland! 
12 "We With(out) Wings...[5]"
"Oretachi ni tsubasa wa......" (俺たちに翼は……) 
June 20, 2011[9]
As Haneda slowly lets go of his fantasy world, he discovers the reason for his very existence and reaches out to those who helped him along the way. 
13 "90 percent of more skin"
"Hadairo Ritsu Kyuu Wari Zō" (肌色率九割増) 
(DVD and Blu-Ray Special)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2014-04-01, Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1322, Gematsu
  2. ^ "Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai Visual Novel Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. November 28, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Funimation Licenses We Without Wings - Under the Innocent Sky". Funimation.com Blog. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "OreTsuba Game Remake to Bundle Unaired Anime Episode". Anime News Network. March 26, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Watch We Without Wings - Watch Anime & Live Action Streaming Episodes & Video Online". FUNimation Productions. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "俺たちに翼はない" (in Japanese). Web Newtype. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "俺たちに翼はない" (in Japanese). Web Newtype. Archived from the original on May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d "俺たちに翼はない" (in Japanese). Web Newtype. Archived from the original on May 12, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "俺たちに翼はない" (in Japanese). Web Newtype. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 

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