Bad Apple Wars is a love action adventure game about the cycle of death and rebirth (samsara) and a tale about life and love. Beyond the greatest tragedy of "death", this is an unconventional story about people existing as souls with no bodies and being only able to touch each others' souls. What is beyond this...?
Developer: Otomate (Idea Factory)
Illustrator: Suou (did Wasurenagusa & Alice=Alice)
Director: きみいちさ (Kimi Ichisa?)
Bad Apple Wars is for the PSVita and you - as the heroine - can choose between two factions, the Disciplinary Committee and Delinquent Team (Bad Apples). Each side has a different point of view and capturable characters. What kind of story will you see from your choice?
Congratulations on your DEATH admission!
Welcome to NEVAEH Academy!!
The heroine, who was caught in an accident on the first day that she was to enter high school, suddenly found herself on the premises of an unknown school.
This was NEVAEH Academy, a school for those whose souls were left behind after death.
In this school if you were a good student who followed the rules then, upon GRADUATION, you would be able to return and RESUME YOUR LIFE.
The heroine, having been informed about her death from a suspicious man wearing a RABBIT HEAD and thinking that this was all a dream, followed him to the school entrance ceremony.
Suddenly, a piercing explosion echoed from over there.
What started at the sign of that noise was the school war between those who defy the school's rules, the DELINQUENT TEAM BAD APPLES, and members of the DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE.
In the middle of that battle, the heroine meets a RED-HAIRED young man.
That young man faced her directly and asked a question.
"-- Do you want to live?" ¹
¹ They use katakana here so it's ambiguous as to what he's saying. It could be "to live", "to depart/die", or "to go".
The disciplinary committee are watchmen who have the role of cracking down on delinquents who break the school rules. Every member has the same mask to hide their face and they speak in the same emotionless tone. They stand in the way of the delinquents with a special weapon in their hands that can temporarily "correct" and turn any delinquent into a good student.
The delinquents, who have turned school items into weapons, have formed a do-or-die resistance. They think that the real meaning of graduation is death and so they deliberately continue to be delinquents by breaking various school rules. Their goal is to be expelled by "eating the forbidden apple" which breaks the ultimate school rule.
An "empty" young girl who carries nothing.
She has nothing she wants to do and just lives by going along with the flow of what is around her. Despite being conscious of her "emptiness" she does nothing.
Depending on the side you choose, the heroine has a disciplinary committee uniform and a delinquent uniform.
Alma (CV: Sakurai Takahiro)
"Do you want to live? If you want to live then-- oppose this school."
The leader and brains who manages the group of delinquents.
This red-haired young man is the leader of the Bad Apples. Taciturn and poker-faced, it is hard to to know what he's thinking. Because of that, most people in their first meeting tend to think of him as a scary person. But he is a person with a strong purpose and charisma, which makes all the members trust deeply in him.
[KEY ITEM - Red Thread]
Alma carries a red thread, which he is able to manipulate at will. It can even transform into the shape of a knife.
Higa (CV: Suwabe Junichi)
"It can't be helped since older brother asked... I'll protect you."
A large and strait-laced man who acts as Alma's right-hand.
This large young man wears a white tokkofuku². He has the appearance of being a bad boy in the olden days and even his speech is rough, but his current behavior is because he arrived at this school. It looks like while he was alive he used to be the complete opposite...!? He looks brusque and mean, but he's a kind person.
[KEY ITEM - White Ball]
Higa carries white balls. They don't seem to suit him, but they are able to explode as bombs.
² The long overcoat often worn by Japanese biker gang (yakuza) members.
Shikishima (CV: Ishida Akira)
"I go anywhere. At my whim, wherever the wind blows."
The elusive my-pace artist.
He is neither a delinquent nor a good student. Everyone recognizes this person as an eccentric man and, just like that nickname, his movements are also considerably strange. He appears and disappears everywhere around school, always alone and quietly drawing.
[KEY ITEM - Art Materials]
Shikishima carries art materials. It's possible that his drawings are given form only at a fixed time depending on his will.
Satoru (CV: Hanae Natsuki)
"Ah geez... it's noisy. Shut up... I've forgotten, the word I memorized..."
An ungodly studious bookworm.
This young man entered the school together with the heroine. A neurotic for studying, he doesn't care what this place is and only continues to study. Not used to communicating with humans, whenever someone talks to him he shows his wariness like a cat bristling its fur.
[KEY ITEM - Study Materials]
The moment he arrived at this school, Satoru was carrying study materials. He uses these and no matter what is happening around him he stubbornly continues to study.
"It's all distorted and ugly souls, huh. This needs to be corrected immediately."
The emotionless disciplinary member who seeks to correct the delinquents.
The only white-haired young man on the disciplinary committee. A person whose speech and conduct lack feelings, almost as if he were a machine or doll. Like the other disciplinary members, his face is always hidden behind a white mask and he wears an exclusive and special disciplinary committee uniform.
[KEY ITEM - Measuring Ruler]
The item he carries, the measuring ruler, is not something that he brought in but was given to him by a teacher. Its shape is like a sword.
The teachers at this school conceal their face in any way... and their bizarre appearance attracts the eyes. What is the meaning behind hiding their faces? Even more information about the teachers (and other characters) will be revealed in the next release.
(Image source: k704 @ weibo)