If My Heart Had Wings (visual novel)

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If My Heart Had Wings
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Cover art
Developer(s)Pulltop[a]
Publisher(s)
Platform(s)
ReleaseWindows
  • JP: May 25, 2012
  • WW: June 28, 2013
Android, iOS
  • NA: June 12, 2014
PlayStation 3, PS Vita
  • JP: March 31, 2016
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: September 5, 2019
Genre(s)Visual novel
Mode(s)Single-player

If My Heart Had Wings[b] is an eroge visual novel video game developed by Pulltop. It was released in Japan in 2012, and internationally by MoeNovel in 2013 without the sexual content.[1]

Plot[edit]

The game focuses on Aoi who, having lost his direction in life, returns to his hometown of Kazegaura where a gentle breeze blows through the streets. On the hill lined with windmills, he meets a wheelchair-ridden girl named Kotori and together they watch a glider overhead in awe. With his childhood friend Ageha in town, and the super-repeat student Amane, they restore the soaring club in order to fulfill a dream: to soar in the skies.

The central theme of the story is loss, both physical and emotional.[1][2]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Aoi Minase (水瀬 碧, Minase Aoi)
Voiced by: Yotsuya Cider[3] (drama CD only)
Aoi Minase is the main protagonist. Following a cycling accident, he moves back to his home town of Kazegaura, where his mother has arranged for him to become the manager of Flying Fish Manor, a girls' dormitory.
Kotori Habane (羽々音 小鳥, Habane Kotori)
Voiced by: Hoshizaki Iria[4]
Kotori is the main heroine of the visual novel. She has long, dark hair, and is considered to be beautiful, despite her somewhat childish personality. Following an accident that left her paralysed from the waist down, she transferred to Keifuu Academy. At the beginning of the story, she is on the verge of quitting school.
Ageha Himegi (姫城 あげは, Himegi Ageha)
Voiced by: Moka Choko[4]
Aoi's childhood friend, Ageha is very popular amongst the students of Keifuu Academy. She is a member of the Robotics Club.
Amane Mochizuki (望月 天音, Mochizuki Amane)
Voiced by: Gogyou Nazuna[4]
Amane, known as the "super repeat student", is revered as a genius by Keifuu Academy's students. At the start of the story, she is the sole member of the Soaring Club. Despite her intelligence, she is very clumsy and sometimes lacks common sense.
Asa Kazato (風戸 亜紗, Kazato Asa)
Voiced by: Yukito Saori[4]
Asa is Yoru's elder twin sister, and a first-year at Keifuu Academy. She is bright and eager to learn about the process of building and flying gliders.
Yoru Kazato (風戸 依瑠, Kazato Yoru)
Voiced by: Arisugawa Miyabi[4]
Yoru is Asa's younger twin sister. Unlike Asa, she shows no interest in gliders, and comes across as somewhat aloof.

Supporting characters[edit]

Tatsuya Igarasashi (五十嵐 達也, Igarasashi Tatsuya)
Voiced by: Kojirou[4]
Tatsuya is around the same age as Amane and Hibari, and is friends with Aoi, Masatsugu and the Himegi family. He works at his family's factory, and helps the Soaring Club procure parts for their glider.
Masatsugu Tasaki (田崎 柾次, Tasaki Masatsugu)
Voiced by: Aoi Yuuma[4]
Nicknamed Ma-bou by his childhood friends, Masatsugu is very enegetic and attached to his friends. After breaking up with his former girlfriend, he begins to take an interest in Akari.
Hibari Habane (羽々音 ひばり, Habane Hibari)
Voiced by: Soyogi Tōno[4]
Hibari is Kotori's older sister. She is gentle and cares deeply for her sister, however she can be quite forceful at times. She is opposed to the idea of Kotori flying a glider, as she thinks it would be too dangerous.
Hotaru Himegi (姫城 ほたる, Himegi Hotaru)
Voiced by: Hatori Sora[4]
Hotaru is the younger of the two Himegi sisters. Compared to Ageha, she is much more quiet and reserved. She acts especially shy around Aoi.
Akari Kumoi (雲居 朱莉, Kumoi Akari)
Voiced by: Kisaragi Aoi[4]
Akari is the strict yet fair vice president of the Keifuu Academy student council. She is often the breaker of bad news when it comes to the Soaring Club, but she secretly roots for its success.
Kanako Shigure (時雨 佳奈子, Shigure Kanako)
Voiced by: Yuuki Serika[4]
Kanako is a resident of Flying Fish Manor, and Aoi's senior. She often walks around the dormitory wearing nothing but her underwear, and often teases Aoi and the other residents.
Isuka Misagi (美鷺 イスカ, Misagi Isuka)
Voiced by: Kasuga Rika[5]
Isuka is Amane Mochizuki's best friend. She was the one who originally proposed the idea of flying over the Morning Glory, but she never managed to do so due to an accident.
Kujira Tobioka (飛岡 鯨, Tobioka Kujira)
Voiced by: Jimu Kyarii
A teacher at Keifuu Academy, and the adviser to the Robotics Club. He is extremely strict, and seems determined to stop the Soaring Club from continuing its activities.
Hat (ハット, Hatto)
Voiced by: Chatani Yasura[5]
A duck who lives at Flying Fish Manor. As he has been there longer than anyone else, the residents of the dormitory refer to him as senpai.

Release[edit]

Pulltop officially released an adult trial version on 6 April 2012 followed by the full, limited edition version released on 25 May 2012. The visual novel received its English localization on 28 June 2013, with its age rating lowered to "all-ages": all sexual content was cut or edited.[1] The game was released on Nintendo Switch on September 5, 2019.[6]

Fan disc[edit]

A fan disc, entitled If My Heart Had Wings -Flight Diary-[c] was released on 25 January 2013, featuring a collection of additional stories: both a prologue and an epilogue to the main story are included, and Kotori, Kanako and Hotaru received individual side stories. Furthermore, there are two additional routes for the Himegi sisters and the Kazato twins respectively. On 31 March 2016, Pulltop released Cruise Sign, a collection including both If My Heart Had Wings and Flight Diary, as well as an additional scenario for Akari Kumoi.

MoeNovel released an all-ages international version of Flight Diary on 27 February 2019.[7] This version, as with If My Heart Had Wings, replaces all 18+ content with alternative scenes, or cuts them entirely. This release notably omits the Himegi sisters scenario, by virtue of it being composed almost entirely of erotic content. On 23 April of the same year, Akari's scenario was released as downloadable content for Flight Diary under the title New Wings: Akari.[8]

Music[edit]

The opening theme for the visual novel is "Precious Wing" by Chata and the ending song is "Perfect Sky" by Haruka Shimotsuki. In its soundtrack, there are 29 songs in total.

Reception[edit]

If My Heart Had Wings has received largely positive reviews, with the PC release achieving a user rating of 8.8 on Metacritic.[9] Critics praised the game's story, as well as the background art and sprite design, but criticised its use of 3D models.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cruise Sign for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita developed by Regista and 5pb. Games.
  2. ^ Known in Japan as Kono Ōzora ni, Tsubasa o Hirogete (この大空に、翼をひろげて)
  3. ^ Known in Japan as Kono Ōzora ni, Tsubasa o Hirogete Flight Diary (この大空に、翼をひろげて Flight Diary)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "If My Heart Had Wings: The Kotaku Review". Kotaku. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  2. ^ Vincent, Brittany (31 July 2013). "Review: If My Heart Had Wings". Japanator. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. ^ "『この大空に、翼をひろげて SNOW PRESENTS』シンプルサイト".
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "この大空に、翼をひろげて 商品概要 | ソアリング部連絡ノート".
  5. ^ a b "この大空に、翼をひろげて FLIGHT DIARY".
  6. ^ "If My Heart Had Wings for Switch launches September 5 in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  7. ^ "If My Heart Had Wings -Flight Diary- on Steam".
  8. ^ "If My Heart Had Wings -Flight Diary- - New Wings: Akari on Steam".
  9. ^ "If My Heart Had Wings". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 January 2021.

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