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Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino【あかやあかしやあやかしの】
HaccaWorks' second visual adventure game.
In kanji it's written as "赤や灯や妖の". Abbreviated as "Akaaka". As the title is long and hard to say, it often gets confused in a variety of ways, like "Akaya Akashiya Akashiyano".
The truth is, even the staff had trouble remembering it.

Akujiki【悪食】
The ruin of what once were mononoke who, unable to properly decide on their own "Meals", gluttonously devoured humans at random. As the number of Meals increases, they lose their original forms, and their minds begin to decay.
This situation came about after Shin turned Utsuwa into a town of shadows. Perhaps because of that, the akujiki look similar to shadows themselves. The line that separates a mononoke from an akujiki is whether or not they can suppress that desire for Meals.

Aki【あっきー】
Akiyoshi's nickname. Tougo, annoyed at his stubborn refusal to be called by his family name, started calling him that on the spot. Akiyoshi seems more than happy with the name.

Abe-san-tachi【足部さん達】
A mononoke serving under Mikoto. His true form is a centipede.
In charge of selling fortunes at the Utsuwa Shrine, his hobby is getting people to pull the fortunes he made himself. While he looks like a "Helping Hands" comedy duo, he insists there's nobody inside. As he happens to like cute girls, he has plenty of Meal experience. Because his range of preference is so wide, he won't become an akujiki no matter how much he eats. As an aside, the "Meals" that Abe-san (the front one) talks about hold a double meaning. Children wouldn't understand.
While he's generally not the type to hold any interest in others, he had an unusually friendly relationship with Yue's predecessor, Yoshiki.

Sweets【甘いもの】
A majority of the characters in Akaaka love sweet things. There's way too many people with sweet teeth. If asked which they prefer, Yue and Sato prefer traditional Japanese sweets (though they'll happily eat western sweets if offered). Kurogitsune and Akiyoshi prefer western sweets.

Ayakashi【あやかし】
Another name for mononoke.
Mononoke is the proper dictionary definition, if you try to look them up.

Hunk【イケメン】
Akiyoshi with his glasses and mask removed. A (human) salaryman who appears in the game also used the term to refer to Sagano. It's whispered among the staff that Akiyoshi is the most handsome of all the characters, but in the game itself there's not a single instance in which both his glasses and mask are removed. On top of that, even in the unlikely event that the seasons changed and he could remove them, his unfortunate behavior wouldn't be any different. By the way, script-wise the hunks in this game include not just Akiyoshi and Sagano, but Sato-san as well.

Igo Igo Recycle【イゴイゴリサイクル】
A children's TV show boasting huge popularity in the town of Utsuwa. See the visual guide for details. Every morning the 15-minute episodes follow the same process of first destroying something, then remaking it, then finally destroying the thing again. When will Igo-san be able to reach the realm of gods on which he has set his sights?

Igo-san【イゴさん】
A mysterious gentleman who appears on Igo Igo Recycle. He wears a tuxedo and cotton gloves, and carries a walking stick. It's unknown what he looks like under the mask. He has a manly disposition, playful but a little high-strung (according to the show's information guide). He resembles Shin in a Kurogitsune-esque manner.

Igon-kun【イゴンくん】
A character working as Igo-san's assistant on Igo Igo Recycle. He's popular as the show's mascot, and has a lot of character goods - stuffed toys and the like. In the game, Suzuki has an Igon-kun keychain on his schoolbag, and Kurogitsune wants an Igon-kun plush he sees at a target stall at the festival. Because of his high popularity, there's also a lot of fakes and knock-offs on the market as well.

Rabbits【兎】
The sweeper pair, Mashiro and Kagetsu. These characters caused an unprecedented number of disputes during the creation process. There were actually a few years' worth of discussion over their design and the meaning behind their existence, before we finally settled with the characters we have today. Nobody talks about the fact we left their character models in the prototype scenario until it was too late to change them.
The two of them give off the feel that it's just not right if they aren't both there, but as a duo they probably don't match up to Saku and Nagi (strength-wise).

Song【歌】
The song that starts "Akaya akashiya ayakashino~". The song was invented by the chief priest of the Utsuwa Shrine around 200 years ago, when Akashi was still alive and well. Hina (past) learned it from the priest, and the succeeding generations of Tsubaki women have been singing it ever since. It carries in its lyrics the desire for those who have disappeared to return.
The Tochika family borrowed the song as well, having been fond of the sacrificed Akashi. (This was according to the wishes of Hina (past) and the Shin in Akashi's body.)

Utsuwa【空環】
The fictional town that sets the scene for our story. It extends out from the foot of the mountain where the Utsuwa Shrine lies.
After Shin stopped the shadows some hundreds of years ago, the entire town was spirited away, cut off from the outside world. (Because of that, it seems they accomplished their own unique economic development.)
As it's become a shadow town in the story, day never arrives; in the morning the sky begins to look like that of evening, and once it turns to night the day ends. (However, this does not extend to the Utsuwa Shrine grounds, where Mikoto's powers are at work.) Before recorded history, there were only animals (mononoke) in the land of Utsuwa; to Mikoto and the others, the ever-increasing human population was an invasive species, and they could never quite get rid of the idea of them as desecrating their land. On the other hand, both as "Meals" and as something they've learned to coexist with, they also harbor a feeling akin to love for these creatures.

Utsuwa Shrine【空環神社】
A shrine on Utsuwa's mountain. It's become a home for mononoke including Mikoto. It was once under human management, but when the chief priest of the time (mentioned in the Song entry) disappeared about 150 years ago, it was Mikoto's idea for Sato to take over the shrine office. In Akashi's time, it was a playground for orphans.
Because the shrine grounds are under Mikoto's powers, morning and night pass normally. The four seasons are mixed together as well, leading to warm weather all year round. However, due to sustaining the effect of shadows around the shrine entrance, where humans come and go, Mikoto's power is slightly weaker there.

Allowance【お小遣い】
Tougo gets 10,000 yen a month, and Akiyoshi gets 5,000. Tougo uses his to buy just one CD a month, and saves the rest; Akiyoshi tends to spend most of his on allergy medication and goods. While we're on the subject, Kurogitsune gets extremely rare 5-to-50 yen tips from Sato-san for helping out.


Shadow【影】
A natural phenomenon, shadows appear at the halfway point between the world where morning and night go around normally (the surface) and the world of shadows (the other side), continually going around these worlds at irregular times. They affect time as well. Having been eaten by shadows, Utsuwa was erased from the surface world, and flipped to the other side instead. Having been erased from the surface world meant that Utsuwa became an area which had never existed in the first place, and no-one noticed it had disappeared. If the shadows leave the area, it will return to the surface world as if nothing had happened.
As shadows allow mononoke to move freely, making it easier to hunt humans, Shin tied the shadows to the town of Utsuwa himself, in order to help those of his people who were too weak to obtain Meals otherwise.

Kagetsu【架月】
One of Sato's newest subordinates. A gray rabbit.
Conducting secret activities as a city sweeper, he basically deals with the overabundance of akujiki, but the truth is he really does clean the streets as well. His special weapon is a western-style umbrella.
Looks calm and collected, but actually has a short temper and a narrow worldview. Typical example of an arrogant and condescending man. He's a cynical glasses-wearing character, but the picture of him standing with his back turned has a sort of influence as well, like your consciousness will be stolen by another part of him aside from the glasses.

かざぐるま【風車】
冬の大祭りで、椿の花に見立てられているもののひとつ。ゆえに、色味は朱が中心となっている。
昔、由季が朱音と再会した時に、その場を取り繕うために由季が朱音に贈ったが、現在は灯吾が持っている。その思い出のために灯吾は風車を嫌い、しかし矛盾するように毎年の祭りで風車売り場に足を運んでいる。

かふんしょう【花粉症】(名)
秋良を苦しめるアレルギー疾患であり、秋良を秋良たらしめる重要なアイデンティティのひとつ。あまり描かれてはいないが、神社付近での秋良は、実は相当花粉に耐えている事と思われる。

かみかくし【神隠し】(名)
人間がもののけに「食事」されて姿を消す事。また、影に呑まれた空環町の状況。この作品のコンセプトのひとつ。
神隠しを、される人間側からでなく、するもののけ側の視点から描く事が最初のテーマだったが、最終的にされる側・する側の境界線が曖昧な物語となった。

きーむん【祁門】(設定・キャラ名)
神社に住む金魚のもののけ。カラーは黄。
普段は気が弱く泣き虫だが、実は三匹の中では最も残酷な性質。系統としてはヤンデレるタイプ。

きつねめん【狐面】(名)
自意識のないまま依代としてもののけのコミュニティに属する事になった由に、仲間のしるしとして黒狐が与えたもの。いつか一緒に祭りに連れていってやる、とその時に最初に約束した。
毎日身につけているあたり、由も相当気に入っている様子である。

きんぎょ【金魚】(名)
神社に住むもののけ。個体としての名称は玉露・水仙・祁門で、いつも三匹一緒。ヒトの姿に化ける事も出来るが、基本的に神社では金魚の姿で宙に漂い暮らしている。もののけとしてはまだ幼いため無邪気であるが、幼さゆえの残酷性も併せ持つ。
狭塔の友達を自称しているが、実際は祖父と孫のような関係。「体験版・夏」は彼ら目線で物語が進行する。本編では最短ルートのバッドエンドが金魚達の餌食になるという内容であったため、フラグを立てられずに彼らに喰われ続けるプレイヤーが続出。一部プレイヤーの心に鮮烈なトラウマを植えつけた。

ぎょくろ【玉露】(設定・キャラ名)
神社に住む金魚のもののけ。カラーは黒。
三匹の中では一番冷静でしっかりもの。系統としてはツンデレるタイプ。

ころぎつね【黒狐】(設定・キャラ名)
由の幼友達の黒い狐。自称、由の兄貴分。
代々の依代の側役として務めを果たしてきた。由に対しては、生まれた直後から面倒を見ている事もあり、単なる側役として以上の感情を抱えている。
ぼんやりふわふわな主役に常に付き添うキャラとして、明るく活溌な気質が求められたため自然とこのような性格になったが、見た目にそぐわず大人の分別も兼ね備えている。どんな場面でも空気を読んで行動してくれる、シナリオにとっては大変重宝されるキャラクター。
モデルは敢えて挙げるなら、シナリオの飼っているチワワ(オス)。
あまり狐というところは意識されなかった。


Yue【由】
本作の主人公。実年齢7歳。
脇役と並ぶと脇役の方が光るという、ハッカ慣例の主人公像を継承している。自分自身を顧みず、周りの気持ちを考えずに自分を犠牲に出来るあたりも、前作の主人公と通じるものがある。
性格は基本的にユルクマイペースだが、ルートによってスタンスがやや変わる。相手によって微妙に態度を変えるあたり、潜在的に甘え方を知っている弟気質と言える。あまり本心に気付いていない事が多い。
由を取り巻くキャラクターが総じて由を甘やかしていたので、製品版リリース後、ユーザーの方から由が可哀想だという大多数の声を受けたスタッフはもの凄く驚いた。
余談だが、由が狐顔なのは狐憑きである事とは関連がない。(シンはどちらかと言うと狸顔である)

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