Daisy2 has recently opened the official website of their third release, Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen ~Eden with roses and phantasm~ to the otome gaming public. Their last two projects were Sangoku Rensenki ~Otome no Heihou!~, and its fandisc, Omoide Gaeshi, both of which were met with high critical acclaim by players. An exact release date has yet to be announced, but Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen is expected to be released for PC sometime in 2014. (EDIT, 11/5/2014: The planned release date is 18th December, 2014.)
~ STORY ~
Japan, year 2020.
The protagonist, Fujieda Neri, lives in the poor district within the "Ring Area", which surrounds the Tokyo Bay.
She lived a modest, but peaceful lifestyle. However, one day, her father- her only family- had suddenly disappeared.
"Go to Kaikyuu Academy."
- That was all what was written on the mysterious letter left behind.
The private Kaikyuu Academy...
A prestigious boarding school attended by sons and daughters from privileged families, founded upon the goal of educating them well in order to give them the tools to support future Japan.
Following the letter left by her father, Neri transferred into Kaikyuu Academy, a school where celebrities gather. It is extremely luxurious, however, being grounded upon a social caste system, the academy is dominated by "social class discrimination".
At the very top of the social hierarchy is the "Queen", endowed with incredible political influence, she rules over the students.
Superior to everyone else but the Queen are the chosen elites belonging to the privileged class, "The Roses in Full Bloom".
The commoner class in which most of the students belong in, "The Nameless Honeybees".
"The Ignored Stones"... Even though they're fellow students, those in The Ignored Stones are regarded as having the same rights as a servant- they're oppressed and enslaved.
Finally, there is "The Resistance", which is an organisation composed of students who oppose the social hierarchy system.
In a society far more disparate than she had ever imagined, Neri finds "love", and gradually, a certain "truth" about the academy surfaces. What is this "truth?"
~ CHARACTERS ~
Character designs are by Wada Beko, who has also worked on Kannou Mukashibanashi Portable and various drama CD character designs such as Tsujisaki Gakuen Seitokai no Himitsu.
* Main Characters *
"From now on, I'm also a student of this academy."
The protagonist. 2nd year high school student.
She used to live in the poor district, but because of her father's sudden disappearance, Neri transferred into the private Kaikyuu Academy. Cheerful and docile, she fights on when faced with difficulties. Since she was raised with a lot of love, she has a straightforward personality and doesn't understand what it means to be doubtful or distrustful of others. She's good at housework.
Takamine Riku (CV: Namikawa Daisuke)
The ultra ore-sama prince whose pride is higher than a mountain.
"Get it through your head. I'm not somebody that a person like you can just casually tap the shoulder of."
Birthday: July 10th
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Violin, lazing around
Favourite food: Omurice
Least favourite food: Capsicum
A 3rd year student belonging to "The Roses in Full Bloom" class.
The noble son of the Takamine Zaibatsu1. Since he's particularly distinguished, Riku is called "Aka Bara-sama" ("Lord Red Rose"). He's haughty and unskilled in relaying his true feelings. Having extreme pride in himself, he's an authoritarian that takes lineages and forms of address very seriously. Due to this, his propensity to speak to others like he believes they're fools stands out. When it comes to people he takes a liking to, an inept side of him shows as he's overly aggressive towards them.
1 - Zaibatsu: "the group or combine comprising a few wealthy families that controls industry, business, and finance in Japan." - Dictionary.com
Saginomiya Rei (CV: Kimura Ryouhei)
The elegant and noble prince.
"I'm hoping that you'll get used to this school even a single day sooner."
Birthday: June 10th
Blood type: AB
Hobbies: Piano, stargazing, tinkering with mechanics
Favourite food: Grapes
Least favourite food: Celery
A 3rd year student belonging to "The Roses in Full Bloom" class.
The second oldest son of the Saginomiya family, whose members have Imperial blood running through their veins. Since Rei, like Riku, has a large profile within the academy, Rei is called "Haku Bara-sama" ("Lord White Rose"), and is a much-loved figure. He's kind to anybody regardless of their social class, but does not readily show others his true feelings. In spite of his refined appearance, Rei has a large interest in mechanical engineering. As a hobby, he assembles robots.
Kaji Ichiha (CV: Kakihara Tetsuya)
The biggest playboy in the entire academy.
"Come and leap into my wiiiide chest, Kitten-chan!"
Birthday: October 22nd
Blood type: AB
Hobbies: Watching movies, playing with girls
Favourite food: Sea urchin pasta
Least favourite food: Sweet bean jelly (youkan)
A 2nd year student belonging to "The Nameless Honeybees" class.
Ichiha has a friendly nature and doesn't shy away from joining in on the fun. Even so, he's a calculating young man and knows how to get by in the world. He's prone to abruptly changing his attitude to suit the situation he's in or who he's around. Ichiha loves girls, and is always surrounded by his "fans". There's no telling how many girls he left broken-hearted in his wake as the school's #1 playboy. Belonging to the theatre club, he polishes his acting skills everyday.
Nanase Toya (CV: Maeno Tomoaki)
The wild delinquent prince who fights against the social hierarchy.
"When you get sick of this school, come to me. You'll be welcome."
Birthday: August 8th
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Horse riding, all sports, reading
Favourite food: Spare ribs
Least favourite food: Nothing in particular
A 2nd year student belonging to "The Forgotten Stones" class.
The leader of "The Resistance", an organisation which goes against the academy's system. A frank and cheerful person, but a little short-tempered. Possessing a firm sense of justice, he can't overlook injustices or those who are troubled. He has his doubts about the school's deeply-rooted caste system and the reason for "The Ignored Stones'" existence. Wearing "The Roses in Full Bloom's" uniform blazer without permission, he goes against the school's rules head-on with a fearless attitude.
Igarashi Haru (CV: Ishikawa Kaito)
The taciturn, bullied boy.
"Nothing good comes out of talking to me."
Birthday: November 2nd
Blood type: B
Hobbies: Drawing, hand crafts
Favourite food: Sweet foods
Least favourite food: Fermented soybeans (natto)
A 1st year student in "The Ignored Stones" class.
Reticent and curt, you can't tell what he's thinking. However, on the occasion that Haru does open his mouth, he proves to be quite sharp-tongued. His "medieval" appearance coupled with his low social standing makes him a target of bullying- he is constantly injured. He hardly ever interacts with others, but is often seen with Toya, as Toya comes and talks to him.
* Supporting Characters *
Jo'ou (The Queen)
The one that everyone serves, standing at the very top of the hierarchy.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you all for attending today's tea party."
In the school town isolated from the outside world, she sits at the very top of the social hierarchy, wielding absolute power over anybody and everybody else. The students and teachers call her "Queen", and they're in awe of her. As well as the students' social classes, the Queen also holds the right to decide anything that goes on in the school. Even teachers aren't able to disobey her. Wearing an extravagent dress and wrapping herself in her veil, her real name or face, as well as everything else about her, is shrouded in mystery.
The cool and composed, gentlemanly headmaster.
"Apply yourself in your studies, and become a fine student. That is my only wish."
The headmaster of Kaikyuu Academy.
He's at the top of the worldwide enterprise, the Kaburagi Group. Wishing to fulfill his teaching ideals, he founded this academy. Though his work keeps him very busy, he always kindly watches over new student Neri, as well as everyone else. He was an acquaintance of Neri's disappeared father, and also invited her to attend Kaikyuu Academy.
The beautiful and playful, half-Japanese staff member.
"Hi, I'm so happy. Since I first heard the rumours about a new student, I was thinking how nice it would be if they were a girl."
The school nurse, and also a counselor.
Friendly and easy to talk to, he's regarded as something of an older brother figure. The students call him "Ed-sensei". Since he has a good and open nature regardless of who he's talking to, Edward often finds himself a confidant of many students. Especially soft on female students, he looks out for the newcomer Neri. Edward is half-Chariot2, half-Japanese.
2 - While I'm no expert on geography, I wasn't able to find any location called "Chariot" in the "real" world. I'm guessing that this is a fictional race/location that will be made more clear within the story, or in the unopen "World" section of the official website.