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Welcome to Pia Carrot!!
Pia Carrot PC-FX.jpg
Genre(s)Eroge/Visual novel
Developer(s)Cocktail Soft (home computers)
KID (Saturn)
Stack
Publisher(s)Cocktail Soft (home computers)
KID (Saturn)
NEC Interchannel
Platform(s)PC-9800 series (MS-DOS), PC-FX, PC (Windows), Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable
First releaseWelcome to Pia Carrot!!
July 26, 1996
Latest releasePriPia ~Prince Pia Carrot~
October 23, 2014
Welcome to Pia Carrot!!
Pia Carrot 3.jpg
Dreamcast cover art of Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 3
Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!!
(Pia Kyarotto he Yōkoso!!)
GenreRomance
Original video animation
Directed byKatsuma Kanazawa
Produced byOsamu Koshinaka
Saburo Omiya
Written byKatsuma Kanazawa
Music byLUNA
StudioPink Pineapple, Triple X
Licensed by
NuTech Digital (expired)
Released October 24, 1997 April 24, 1998
Episodes3
Original video animation
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2
Directed byKan Fukumoto
Written byYōsei Morino
Music byARIES
StudioPink Pineapple, Triple X
Licensed by
NuTech Digital (expired)
Released October 23, 1998 April 23, 1999
Episodes3
Original video animation
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2 DX
Directed byYōsei Morino
Written byShigenori Kageyama
StudioGaryū Studio
Licensed by
Released December 18, 1999 October 25, 2000
Episodes6
Anime film
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! -Sayaka's Love Story-
Directed byYuji Muto
Produced byMasahiko Minami
Written bySatoru Nishizono
Music byTomohiro Okubo
StudioIMOVE
ReleasedOctober 19, 2002
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Welcome to Pia Carrot!! (Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!!, Pia Kyarotto he Yōkoso!!) is a Japanese visual novel series by Cocktail Soft (a part of F&C, later F&C FC02). Anime and manga have been based on the games.

The games are all set around restaurants in the fictional "Pia Carrot" chain, and most of the female characters are waitresses at these restaurants. The individual restaurants in the chain are called "1st", "2nd", etc. A maid café named "Pia Carrot" also opened in real life as a cosplay restaurant in Akihabara, Japan.

List of titles[edit]

Game titles
Title Platform Publisher(s) Release date
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! (Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!!, Pia Kyarotto he Yōkoso!!) MS-DOS Cocktail Soft July 26, 1996
Windows Cocktail Soft October 18, 1996
PC-FX Cocktail Soft May 23, 1997
Sega Saturn KID March 12, 1998
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2 (Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!! 2, Pia Kyarotto he Yōkoso!! 2) Windows 95 Cocktail Soft October 31, 1997
Sega Saturn NEC Interchannel October 8, 1998
Windows Me/2000 F&C FC02 October 26, 2001
Dreamcast NEC Interchannel February 6, 2003
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2.2 (Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!! 2.2, Pia Kyarotto he Yōkoso!! 2.2) Game Boy Color NEC Interchannel December 2, 2000
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2.5 (Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!! 2.5, Pia Kyarotto he Yōkoso!! 2.5) Dreamcast NEC Interchannel June 21, 2001
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 3 (Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!! 3, Pia Kyarotto he Yōkoso!! 3) Windows 95/98/Me/2000 F&C FC02 November 30, 2001
Dreamcast NEC Interchannel March 27, 2003
PlayStation 2 NEC Interchannel March 27, 2003
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 3.3 (Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!! 3.3, Pia Kyarotto he Yōkoso!! 3.3) Game Boy Advance NEC Interchannel April 23, 2004
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! G.O. ~Grand Open~ ? ? 2006
Pia Carrot G.O. TOYBOX ~Summer Fair~ ? ? 2006
MahJong in Pia Carrot~ ? ? 2007
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! G.P. ? ? 2008
Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 4 PC F&C 2009
Pia Carrot 4 FD ? ? 2010
PriPia ~Prince Pia Carrot~ ? ? 2014
Animation titles
  1. Welcome to Pia Carrot!! (1997–1998; 3 episode hentai OVA)
  2. Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2 (1998–1999; 3 episode hentai OVA)[1]
  3. Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2 DX (1999–2000; 6 episode OVA)
  4. Welcome to Pia Carrot!! -Sayaka no Koi-monogatari- (Sayaka's Love Story) (2002; movie)

Welcome to Pia Carrot[edit]

The first game in the series is called Welcome to Pia Carrot!! and was initially released in 1996 for MS-DOS on the NEC PC-9800 Series and for Windows 3.1. The game was later released for the PC-FX in 1997, and for the Sega Saturn in 1998 by KID.

There is also an adult OVA with 3 episodes based on this title.

Characters[edit]

  • Yusuke Kinoshita - Protagonist
  • Satomi Morihara
  • Shouko Inaba (protagonist's childhood friend)
  • Reika Kokubo
  • Yukiko Kawai
  • Shiho Kannaduki - 1st's manager in this title
  • Yukari Tachibana
  • Saori Imai
  • Kiyomi Kitagawa - Yusuke's cousin
  • Rumi Kinoshita - Yusuke's younger sister
  • Yasuo Kinoshita - Yusuke's father and owner of the Pia Carrot restaurant chain
  • Kaori Tachibana - Yukari's mother
  • Saeko Imai - Saori's step mother
  • Airi Kashikura - Additional character on Saturn version

Staff (Game)[edit]

  • Scenario: Jane Inamura (Ryuichi Inamura)
  • Original Picture: Tatsuki Amaduyu, CHARM, Nak-Mura (Takeshi Nakamura), Yukihiro Matsuo (additional character on Saturn version)
  • Music: Tomohiro Takatsuka (except Saturn), Juri Goto (Saturn only)
    • Opening for PC-FX Version: Ko Ku Ha Ku
    • :Lyrics: Yukie Sugawara
    • :Music: Yukie Sugawara
    • Insert on Saturn Version: Miracle Sunshine
    • :Lyrics: Juri Goto
    • :Music: Juri Goto
    • :Vocal: Megumi Miduki
    • :Voice Actors:Izumi Mito as Satomi Morihara, Minami Nagasaki as Shoko Inaba, Hina Hatono as Reika Kokubo/Yukari Tachibana, Hotaru Natsuno as Yukiko Kawai, Kaori as Shiho Kannazuki, Satomi Kodama as Saori Imai, Mebu as Kiyomi Kitagawa, Akane Yoshino as Airi Kashikura

Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2/2.2/2.5[edit]

Welcome to Pia Carrot 2 is the first true sequel to "Pia Carrot", set four years later than the first game. The original version (released in 1997) was for Windows 95 and was later released for Sega Saturn (1998 by NEC Interchannel), Windows 2000 (2001 by F&C FC02; this version also runs on Windows 95, 98, 98SE and Me) and the Dreamcast (2003 by NEC Interchannel). The Dreamcast release is the same as the first disc of the previously released "Pia Carrot 2.5". It is well known for its theme song "Go! Go! Waitress".

Two OVAs based on this title were released, the first being an adult title with 3 episodes, and the second ("Welcome to Pia Carrot 2 DX") was an all-age series with 6 episodes. "Welcome to Pia Carrot 2 DX" was licensed by Sentai Filmworks.[2]

Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2.2 is a branch of "Pia Carrot 2" and is set 4 months after that game. It was released for the Game Boy Color by NEC Interchannel in 2000. Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2.5 is a combination set of "Pia Carrot 2" and "Pia Carrot 2.2" for the Dreamcast. This pack title contains 2 GD-ROMs.

Characters[edit]

  • Kouji Maeda - Protagonist of "Pia Carrot 2" and "Pia Carrot 2.2"
  • Azusa Hinomori
  • Mina Hinomori - Azusa's younger sister
  • Tsukasa Enomoto - Completely transferred to 2nd in 2.2
  • Ryoko Futaba - 2nd's manager. Substitute chief because Yuusuke has gone to 3rd in 2.2
  • Aoi Minase - Ryoko's friend. 3rd's chief waitress in 2.2
  • Sanae Enishi
  • Mikiko Shinohara
  • Harue Yamana
  • Jun Kagurazaka
  • Kaoru Yamana - Harue's daughter
  • Shinji Yano - Kouji's friend and Ryoko's cousin
  • Yusuke Kinoshita - 2nd's chief. 3rd's temporary chief in 2.2
  • Rumi Kinoshita
  • Tomomi Aizawa - Additional character on the "consumer version" in 2 (Saturn and Dreamcast)
  • Yuki Kamizuka - Additional character on the "consumer version" in 2
  • Noriko Shima - Additional character on the "consumer version" in 2

Staff[edit]

2
  • Scenario: Ryuichi Inamura
  • Original Picture: Tatsuki Amaduyu, Misato Mitsumi, CHARM, Takashi Hashimoto (additional characters on consumer version)
  • Music: DOORS MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
    • Opening: Go! Go! Waitress
    • Ending (consumer version): Iced Tea
    • :Lyrics: Hajime Kanasugi & Bun Yoshida
    • :Music: Bun Yoshida
    • :Vocal: Miyuki Kunitake
2.2
  • Scenario: Hideki Shirane
  • Character Design: Tatsuki Amaduyu, Misato Mitsumi, CHARM, Takashi Hashimoto
  • Original Picture: Junji Goto
  • Music: DOORS MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Welcome to Pia Carrot 3/3.3[edit]

Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 3 is the second true sequel to "Pia Carrot", set one year later than "Pia Carrot 2", and was released for the PC by F&C FC02 in 2001. Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 versions were released by NEC Interchannel in 2003.

In 2002, the anime movie "Welcome to Pia Carrot -Sayaka no Koi-monogatari-" ("Welcome to Pia Carrot - Sayaka's Love Story") was released, being the first movie based on an eroge.

Welcome to Pia Carrot 3.3 is a branch of "Pia Carrot 3" that is set one year after "Pia Carrot 3". It was released for the Game Boy Advance by NEC Interchannel in 2004.

Characters[edit]

3
  • Akihiko Kannazuki - Protagonist of "Pia Carrot 3" and "Pia Carrot 3.3", and Shiho's younger brother
  • Sayaka Takai
  • Tomomi Aizawa
  • Akemi Hasegawa - 4th's temporary chief. 4th's chief in 3.3 (formally inaugurated after "Pia Carrot 3")
  • Natsuki Iwakura - Akemi's friend and 4th's Manager
  • Miharu Fuyuki
  • Nana Kimishima
  • Takako Kinoshita
  • Orie Amano
  • Noboru Kinoshita - Takako's nephew
  • Seiji Motoki
  • Haruhiko Fuyuki - Miharu's younger brother
  • Shiho Kannazuki - Akihiko's sister, and now 3rd's chief
  • Satomi Kinoshita - 1st's Manager. She is already married to Yusuke
  • Yuki Kamizuka
  • Noriko Shima
  • Kouji Maeda
  • Azusa Hinomori
3.3
  • Mina Hinomori
  • Tsukasa Enomoto
  • Chizuru Kinoshita
  • Shiori Kisaragi

Staff[edit]

3
  • Scenario: Ryuichi Inamura
  • Original Picture: Takashi Hashimoto, Hiroya Fujimiya, Elan Hasumi, Hiro Suzuhira
  • Music: Kennichi Okuma (TWO-FIVE)
    • Opening: Eien no story (The eternal story)
    • :Lyrics: Don Mccow
    • :Music: Kennichi Okuma
    • :Vocal: Miu
    • Ending: Koibito tachi no densetsu (The legend of lovers)
    • :Lyrics: Don Mccow
    • :Music: Kennichi Okuma
    • :Vocal: Miu
    • Ending (additional on consumer version): Happy-End kara hajimeyou
    • :Lyrics: Don Mccow
    • :Music: Kennichi Okuma
    • :Vocal: Miu
3.3
  • Scenario: Ryo Masaki
  • Character Design: Takashi Hashimoto, Elan Hasumi, Hiro Suzuhira, Kanata Minamino
  • Original Picture: Kanata Minamino, Elan Hasumi
  • Music: Kennichi Okuma (TWO-FIVE), DOORS MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Welcome to Pia Carrot 4[edit]

Welcome to Pia Carrot 4 is the third true sequel to "Pia Carrot", and was released for the PC by Cocktail Soft in 2009. An Xbox 360 port was released on February 24, 2011[3] and a PlayStation Portable version was released in 2012.

Characters[edit]

  • Alice Sakuraba
  • Ayaka Kamine
  • Misa Hasegawa
  • Sayuri Mashiba
  • Sora Kitagawa
  • Yoshimi Sakuraba
  • Yuna Takigawa

Reception[edit]

In a 2007 survey of Dengeki G's Magazine readers, Welcome to Pia Carrot G.O. ranked 38th in a list of "the most interesting bishōjo games"; a five-way tie with YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world, Tsukihime, Tokimeki Memorial 2, and Happiness! [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beveridge, Chris. "Welcome to Pia Carrot Box Set 2" Archived 2009-07-15 at the Wayback Machine. Mania. March 20, 2002. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  2. ^ http://shop.sentaifilmworks.com/collections/pre-order/products/welcome-to-pia-carrot-2-dx-complete-collection
  3. ^ "XNEWS::Piaキャロットへようこそ!!4 ~夏の恋活~が2011年2月24日に発売" [XNEWS: Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 4 ~Natsu no Koikatsu~ to be released on February 24, 2011] (in Japanese). 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  4. ^ "読者が選ぶ MY BEST ギャルゲーランキング" [Readers Choose My Best Galge Rankings]. Dengeki G's Magazine (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2013.

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