Dōkyūsei series

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Dōkyūsei
同級生
Genre Dating sim
Games
Game
Kakyūsei
Publisher ELF
Platform PC and Sega Saturn
Original video animation
Elf ban Kakyūsei
Studio ELF, Pink Pineapple
Episodes 4
Anime television series
Kakyūsei
Studio ELF, Pink Pineapple
Original run 1 July 199923 September 1999
Episodes 13
Game
Kakyūsei 2
Publisher ELF
Platform PC
Released 2004
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The Dōkyūsei (同級生?, lit. "Classmates") series is 13 adult dating sims by ELF Corporation. The original Dōkyūsei (also called Nanpa, meaning "pick-up", due to its batch file name "nanpa.bat"), released in 1992 for the NEC PC-9801 microcomputer, is generally considered to be the first dating simulation. It was followed by three sequels: Dōkyūsei 2 (Nanpa 2) and Kakyūsei (下級生, meaning Lower Classmates), both of which were also very successful. There was a four-episode OAV made from Dōkyūsei, a 12-episode OAV was made from Dōkyūsei 2, and both an OAV and TV series from Kakyūsei. In 2004, ELF released the next in the series of games, Kakyūsei 2.

A Game Boy Color mahjong game with Dōkyūsei 1 characters called Jankyūsei (雀級生) was also created. The Dōkyūsei 2 expansion disk (Nanpa 2 Special), Dōkyūsei 2 SP, was also made into an OVA, this expansion is also referred to as Sotsugyōsei (卒業生, meaning The Graduate).

There is a persistent rumor of a Dōkyūsei 3 being planned by ELF, and a large fan demand for it. According to tinamix's review, Dōkyūsei 3 planning appeared on several eroge magazines after they had released Kakyūsei. However, ELF seems to have no concern for it as of 2006, and Masato Hiruda, the great scenario writer of Dōkyūsei sequels, retired as CEO of ELF as well in 2000.[1]

"Dōkyūsei" is a Japanese word which means "classmate". However, not all the girl characters are classmates of the main character. The others are characters that the main character can meet in the city (e.g., Dōkyūsei 2).

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