Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly and the Ashen Hawk

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Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly
Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly cover.png
Black Butterfly PlayStation Vita cover art
Developer(s)Otomate
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Momoko Terashima
Artist(s)Satoru Yuiga
Writer(s)
  • Toono Chiharu
  • Yuriji
Composer(s)
Platform(s)
ReleasePlayStation Vita
Black Butterfly
  • JP: January 29, 2015
  • NA/EU: April 27, 2018
Ashen Hawk
  • JP: June 29, 2016
  • NA/EU: June 29, 2018
Microsoft Windows
Black Butterfly
  • WW: November 15, 2018
Genre(s)Visual novel
Mode(s)Single-player

Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk[a] are two otome visual novel video games developed by Otomate. They were published for PlayStation Vita by Idea Factory in Japan in 2015 and 2016, and by Aksys Games in North America and Europe in 2018. A Microsoft Windows version of Black Butterfly is planned to be released by Intragames and Idea Factory.

In the games, the player reads the stories and make decisions that affect the direction of the plot, leading to different endings. Black Butterfly follows an amnesiac woman who is forced to partake in the black butterfly hunt, and Ashen Hawk follows a woman who is thought to be a witch and therefore disguises herself as a boy and lives outside the town.

Gameplay[edit]

Black Butterfly and Ashen Hawk are visual novels in which the player reads through the story and makes choices such as what the player characters should say, affecting the direction of the plot and which of the games' endings the player ends up at. The games include an interactive flowchart, which the player can use to go back and try alternative choices and keep track of what they have done in the games.[1][2] In addition to the main scenarios, there are side stories where the player learns more about the characters.[1]

Plot[edit]

Black Butterfly follows an amnesiac woman who wakes up in a Western house and is attacked by monsters. She meets men in the house who similarly cannot remember their pasts, and the group is forced to partake in the black butterfly hunt to gather the kaleidoscope fragments the monsters possess.[3]

Ashen Hawk follows a woman whose right eye turns red when she feels strong emotions; in her hometown, women with red eyes are considered witches, so she disguises herself as a boy and lives in a tower outside the town.[3]

Development and release[edit]

Black Butterfly and Ashen Hawk were developed by Otomate,[4] and were directed by Momoko Terashima and written by Toono Chiharu and Yuriji. The character design and artwork was handled by Satoru Yuiga, and the music was composed by Shigeki Hayashi and Yuji Yoshino.[5][6][7] Screen Mode performed Black Butterfly's opening theme, "Bloody Rain";[8] Akiko Shikata performed Ashen Hawk's, "Haizora no Shizuku";[9] and Eiko Shimamiya performed both games' ending themes, "Kokuchō no Psychedelica" and "Vermelho".[9][10]

The games were originally published in Japan by Idea Factory for PlayStation Vita: Black Butterfly on January 29, 2015, and Ashen Hawk on June 29, 2016.[2][11] Aksys Games announced at Anime Expo 2017 that they would publish the games internationally:[12] Black Butterfly was published in North America and Europe on April 27, 2018,[1][13] and Ashen Hawk on June 29, 2018.[1][14] Along with 7'scarlet, they were part of Aksys Games' "Summer of Mystery" campaign; players who purchased all three can get a set of enamel pins. The North American physical releases of Black Butterfly and Ashen Hawk also include a set of character cards.[15] A Microsoft Windows version of Black Butterfly with English, Japanese, Korean, and traditional Chinese language options is planned to be published by Intragames and Idea Factory on November 15, 2018.[16][17]

Frontier Works released the ending theme to Black Butterfly as a single on January 28, 2015,[10] and the full soundtrack albums for the two games on November 30, 2016.[9]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic79/100 (Black Butterfly)[18]
Review score
PublicationScore
Famitsu32/40 (Black Butterfly)[2]
33/40 (Ashen Hawk)[11]

Black Butterfly was generally well received by critics, according to the review aggregator Metacritic.[18] It was the 18th best selling video game in Japan during its debut week, selling 5,319 copies,[19] while Ashen Hawk did not chart at all.[20]

Famitsu enjoyed the games' dark atmosphere and the mysterious story, and praised the artwork and music. They also enjoyed the flowchart system that shows the story routes.[2][11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Kokuchō no Psychedelica (黒蝶のサイケデリカ, Kokuchō no Saikederika) and Haitaka no Psychedelica (灰鷹のサイケデリカ, Haitaka no Saikederika)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Romano, Sal (2018-03-21). "Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, 7'scarlet, and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk launch in April, May, and June in North America". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  2. ^ a b c d "黒蝶のサイケデリカ まとめ [Vita]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  3. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (2018-03-21). "Aksys Games Sets Release Windows for Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, 7'scarlet, Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  4. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2017-07-01). "Aksys Games to Release 7'scarlet, Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk, Code:Realize ~Bouquet of Rainbows~ Otome Games". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-03-30. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  5. ^ "黒蝶のサイケデリカ" (in Japanese). Idea Factory. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  6. ^ Otomate (2015-01-29). Kokuchō no Psychedelica (in Japanese). PlayStation Vita. Idea Factory. Scene: Credits.
  7. ^ Otomate (2016-06-29). Haitaka no Psychedelica (in Japanese). PlayStation Vita. Idea Factory. Scene: Credits.
  8. ^ "OPENING" (in Japanese). Idea Factory. Archived from the original on 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  9. ^ a b c "「黒蝶のサイケデリカ」&「灰鷹のサイケデリカ」,サウンドトラックが11月30日に発売決定" (in Japanese). Idea Factory. 2016-10-12. Archived from the original on 2018-01-14. Retrieved 2018-05-02 – via 4Gamer.net.
  10. ^ a b "『黒蝶のサイケデリカ』のEDテーマシングルと缶バッジコレクションが発売決定". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. 2014-10-20. Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  11. ^ a b c "灰鷹のサイケデリカ まとめ [Vita]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  12. ^ Estrada, Marcus (2017-07-04). "Aksys Games Announces Bounty of Otome Titles at Anime Expo". Hardcore Gamer. Archived from the original on 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  13. ^ "4 big new releases to look out for on PlayStation Store this week". PlayStation Blog Europe. Sony Interactive Entertainment. 2018-04-23. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  14. ^ "This week's PlayStation Store highlights: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Far Cry 3 Classic Edition, LEGO The Incredibles and more..." PlayStation Blog Europe. Sony Interactive Entertainment. 2018-06-25. Archived from the original on 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  15. ^ Bukacek, Jacob (2018-04-27). "Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly Kicks-Off 'Summer of Mystery'". Hardcore Gamer. Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  16. ^ Lada, Jenni (2018-09-05). "Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly Steam Product Page Appears". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Archived from the original on 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  17. ^ Romano, Sal (2018-11-14). "Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly for PC launches November 15". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2018-11-15. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  18. ^ a b "Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly for PlayStation Vita Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2018-06-24. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  19. ^ Romano, Sal (2015-02-05). "Media Create Sales: 1/26/15 – 2/1/15". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  20. ^ Romano, Sal (2016-07-06). "Media Create Sales: 6/27/16 – 7/3/16". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2018-05-02.

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