I have played this game so many times over and over again, and I have the biggest brainrot from this game, because the story, the charaters, it's all so incredibly compelling and amazing, and I thought I would hate Toshio, but no, I love him the most and his rout was my favourite, you did an honestly amazing job!!! And not only that, Yuta is strangely similar in both looks, personallity, and our lives are really similar
Fujiwara BitterSweet (-full game-)
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
PLEASE NOTE that a more polished remake is planned to be done in the future and might be more to your liking than the current game. Thank you for your patience ~
[otome/GxB, slice of life, cute but somehow dark theme]
"Aya just moved to a new little town near the mountains. Her new life as a high school freshman begins now, join her as she navigates through life and meets new people. Will she make friends or perhaps… find herself falling in love?"
"Fujiwara BitterSweet" is a GxB heartwarming slice of life with bittersweet twists!
[Recommended order to follow the routes : Ikki (clover leaf)> Toshio (cigarettes)> Yuta (headphone)> Haru (bracelet)> Kenji (keychain)> Ryu (herbal tea)]
❇~ more than 45k words by route
❇Happy Ends for everyone (Friend and Sweet)!
TW: /!\ R16+ due to death, swearing, drugs, possible sexual (mostly sex jokes, the other "sexual" stuff is more flirt and touching than anything) content and other sensitive subjects /!\
~* CREDITS *~
Art & Story : Karamelow
Editing & Proofreading : Giazg, Vesper, Akatea, YoshiBB & Fairfaxlease
Music : Alyx (TiberAlyx)
Thank you for stopping by and for your support <3
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Thank you for loving the game this much ! I'm happy you ended up liking Toshio and relate to Yuta somehow ~
Thank you again for the kind words, it means a lot to me and motivates me to work on the remake 💖
I finished everything this version has to offer and I just wanted to say I absolutely loved Yuta's and Haru's route most; thank you for their existence <3. I'm looking forward to visiting them again in the updated version whenever that comes out ^^
Thank you for the kind words ! I'm glad you loved Yuta and Haru's routes and hope you will enjoy the new content/remake as much as you liked the current version of the game once it releases 💖✦
I played this a while ago and its my absolute favorite game of all time, I still think of it A LOT. its a great game and ive recommended it to lots of people so far, im really glad I came across this :)
Thank you for the kind words ! I'm happy you liked the game this much and recommended it to people, it means a lot for me💖
Of course im super excited after reading that youre making more content for the game ahhhh omg
how dare u do that to me w toshio's ending ??? TwT ...... without an epilogue?????
I'm actually currently rewriting + redrawing the whole game (still no release date planned though) with more content + childhood arc and adulthood extra stories for each of the characters (^ O^)/
So Toshio will definitelly have a happy ending and get all the loves he deserves and didn't get from the current/previous version💖
oh thank god T-T .. toshio's my fav character and i love how the way he expresses his love towards aya is really unique in terms of otome characters!! so i hope you won't tone down his level of worship and "kinkiness" as ryu would say xD i really like how each character offers something unique to the player, even if it's not everyone's cup of tea.. i also really enjoyed kenji and haru!! it's clear you've put a LOT of effort into this and while playing it, i almost couldnt believe i was doing so for free!!
Thank you for the kind words ! I'm happy it shows that all the characters are dear to my heart, it means a lot for me💖✨
i also wanted to add that while a lot of ppl might misunderstand haru as being a trans person, i feel like i understand him and his experience w gender based on my own experience w trauma. i'm glad someone depicted a different kind of "gender confusion" that isn't actually gender-queerness and is actually a trauma response!
HI there, would you like me to translate your game into Esperanto for free? I'm just looking to help the Esperanto community out by getting some more games into the language.
First of all, I LITERALLY ADORE THIS GAME!!!! The characters are super lovable, unique and relatable, I really got attached to them quick! The twists in plot are really interesting and shocking, and the story overall is really good, I've never seen anything like that before! I still have yet to finish the friend routes, but the sweet routes were so cute!!! I was surprised to find out there are no bad ends! With meta jokes from Ichigo I really thought there would be something, but it's definitely not a bad thing, don't worry!! Overall I really love this game, you've done a really good job!! Thank you for showing us your work and I wish you the best!!!♡♡♡
Thank you it means a lot for me !
I'm happy you loved the game that much and that you were able to get attached to the characters❤
I'm slowly but surely making a full revamp/remake with new art style and new content as well, so hpefully you'll like the next version of the project too (if ever you decide to play it once it's released, that is) (^ w^)/✦
Once again thank you for playing and for the kind words, it really motivates me and made my day ~
The game is absolutely AMAZINGG!! I literally love it <3 The art, the concept, literally the whole game was fantastic. The endings made me cry especially Toshio's ending :( but overall the game is just perfect. The characters r like unique in their own way which makes the game more enjoyable and interesting to play. I really hope to see more of this game soon! <3
Thank you I'm happy you loved it !
A remake is in the work, with hopefully more content and new gameplay (point & click elements, childhood arcs, bonus stories, etc...). I don't have any release date though, so you'll have to be patient and bear with me (but I'm trying to regularly post updates on twitter) (> w <)/✦
Thank you again for the kind words, it means a lot for me ❤
I just want to say this game is a huge inspiration for me. It doesn't feel cliche at all - all of the characters are unique, and the juxtaposition between cutesy and dark is really great. The artstyle is irresistibly cute, and the characters are so loveable that Toshio became my favorite even after I HATED him. I've had a hard time the past two years, so it means a lot when I see a character like Toshio or Ikki find happiness in the end.
The game is not perfect but it feels so interesting, and that's what matters.
Ah, quick question, what does "Fujiwara" mean in the case of this game?
I'm sorry to hear the past years were rough for you and I hope you are doing a bit better now❤
As for the "Fujiwara" meaning, the equivalent english word is "Wisteria". In the case of this game (and flowers language) it means "new beginning" and "a wish of happiness", which I wanted for the characters at the end of their stories ~
Now the logo makes all its sense when you look at it, haha!
Fun fact, the little flower after "BitterSweet" originally had each of its petal colored with the characters colors, but it was too distracting and I decided to keep it all white for it to blend better with the rest of the logo xD
I hope it answered your question, thank you again for the kind words ! It means a lot for me and makes me really happy!✦
...I did not expect to get this hooked.. All routes are special, I just can't pick a fav!! Thank you for making this^^
I've done two people and I don't know if I can do anymore Ryu has stolen my heart and interest and I don't know if I can continue :( I will try though I enjoyed playing very much and I hope more things like this come out in the future!!!!!!!!! I also hope you get the well-deserved attention for these wonderful games! Have a great day or night! And make sure you are taking proper care of yourself these kinds of games can be a lot of work, I may edit my comment in the future if I am still able to do the other routes haha.
Thank you so much for the kind words, it means a lot for me ! ❤
And please don't worry about not playing the other routes, it's totally okay xD
The recommended route is only there to guide you, but in the end you are totally free to play the game as you want. Even only playing one route and stop as that is totally okay, so yup ! Don't stress too much about it✦
I adore this game, my goodness. Everyone is so loveable, even though at first I thought it'd be cringy (Toshio's route), totally wasn't and got me hooked!! Such a good game, seriously, I consider it one of my too otome games.
Question.. Haru's route was a bit confusing to me. Is he trans or is he biologically a dude that chose to disguise as a girl? MC did mention Adam's apple. If that's the case, why did he choose to dress up as a girl? In sweet route, MC said she fell for him when he was a girl and he said if she told him earlier it could've saved him some pain.. does that mean he wouldn't become a boy if the mc said that? I have a problem with choosing his identity based on what MC prefer if Haru would've stayed as a girl otherwise.. so it's confusing whether or not he did it for himself, if it is his identity or if it's all just to impress a girl. e.e
Then again I suppose most of the love relationships are unhealthy in one way or another haha.. I don't mind that ofc, it's probably one of the good points about the game, it's different and endearing in a way because no relationship is perfect, right? Though I'd like to hear more about Haru if you don't mind.
Thank you ! I'm so happy you liked the game despite its flaws❤
To answer your questions :
A lot of people were confuse as you were and even angry and for that I'm sorry. It was because I didn't handle the writing for his route as well as I wanted too and only realized it later with the feedback (u___u)
Haru is indeed biologically male, but although he doesn't feel the need to be female nor suffer of dysphoria, he does hold a certain grudge to adults and male in general due to his backstory and the toxic relationships his mother was in through his childhood, hence the "I don't want's to become and adult if it's to end up like all the men I knew in my life until then".
About the crossdressing part it's also due to his backstory, but also because even though he doesn't want to become "a man", he is also very self-conscious of his small size and frail stature for a boy his age as well as his androgynous and fill better about it and like wearing feminine clothes because he feels more safe in it.
And about Aya, she is actually saying that she felt for him when she thought Haru was a girl, but also means it would have been the same if he was a boy.
It's not really explicitely said in game, but Aya is pansexual so she would have loved him no matter what✦
And his answer was more like if he knew, he wouldn't have bothered to try fiting more on the "male" case and work more on his "himself" case.
In conclusion Haru is not trans, he simply feel better and secure in feminine clothes due to his physical traits and doesn't fit what society expect to him as a male.
I think you could say he is a non-conformist character and I'll try to portray him better in the remake ~
I hope it answered your question, if you have anything else to ask don't hesitate to tell me and I'll gladly answer (^ O^)/
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww 💕💕 I love that! I did think something along those lines but I wanted to know more about him. He's still a great characters and the game overall is very well written so no worries there, at least according to my taste. Love that Aya is pan. I'm bi so I was excited to hear that Aya also liked girls or whomever Haru was. I do think it's fine that he wasn't exactly labelled although it felt a little unfinished as I ended up not knowing all about him so I had to get my answer and came here. Hehe. Good luck on your future games, I'm looking forward to them! 💕
Are there achievements in the game? It seems like there are or there should be but I don't think they're available on apple
There should be achievements on apple too, but you can collect them only with the Steam version. Hopefully I'll be able to add in game achievements too in the future for the itchio version (u___u)
Franchement merci TOUT VOS jeux sont super et aussi merci d'avoir créer ce jeu qui est génial il m'a remonter le moral dans mon moment de déprime bravo continuez comme ça bon courage pour la suite 😉
Merci pour tous ces gentils mots, ça motive vraiment pour la suite !
Et savoir que Fujiwara Bittersweet a pu aider dans un moment difficile est, je pense, l'une des plus belles récompenses que je puisse recevoir vis-à-vis de mon travail ! Merci encore ❤
omg !! i just finished the game and i reaaaally love it <3___<3 thank you for making this game !! personally, i really liked toshio's and haru's route a lot. tbh, i always gasp when i see characters wearing turtlenecks since im a sucker for them. anyways, i really enjoyed the game >///< currently the number one on my list !!
Thank you so much for the kind words, it means a lot for me ! It makes me also really happy and glad that you love Toshio's and Haru's routes since
I know I shouldn't play favoritism, but... they are my favorites characters ❤
Hopefully I'll be able to make and release Fujiwara:Remake and Fujiwara 2, so I hope you will like them too when/if the day comes ✦
right ?? like how can u not love those two characters ?? they're just so cute. especially toshio, i just cant get him out of my mind <//3
i'd gladly wait for it even if it takes years !! im sure it's as loveable as fujiwara bittersweet is <3
omg i spent 10 hours on this game and im addicted! i love it so much!!
I really enjoyed your game and I still get butterflies thinking about your characters! I even stayed up super late and woke up super early just so I could play everyone's route! I'm so glad I played! I wish you good luck on all current and future projects! <333 (I also made an acc just to comment on how much I love this game)
Thank you so much for playing and creating an account especially to tell me how much you love the characters ! It means a lot for me and I hope you'll like the future projects as well. Thank you for your support❤✦
P.S : I hope you didn't forget to rest though (> w <)
bro i dont even know how to open the game :(
Do you have any software to extract the game's .exe ?
I personally use 7Zip (for Windows), so the steps with it would be :
1. Download the game, the download buttons are just above the comments section
2. Right click on the .zip that you just downloaded
3. Mouse over 7-zip, then "Extract to TWaHA"
4. Once done, double click the new file. It has the same name than the previous file that you downloaded, except it's not a .zip anymore
5. Double click "TWaHA.exe" and you should be able to play it ~
Hope it helped ✦
oml i love this game!! i found it agess ago on steam, but couldnt figure out how to make it work ;-; I found it here tho, and figured it out, its so cute!! the soundtrack is amazing and the artstyle is 10/10, a pretty good storyline aswell! <3
Thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot for me !❤
Also glad you were able to make it works (> O <)
Please tell me there's going to be season 2 or a sequel I beg you I loved this work I need a sequel or a new game with the same theme I loved your work on this game I cried I laughed I played it 10 times Thank you so much for creating I'm brazilian this game and I'll be following your future work!!!!
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and kind words !❤
I am planning a remake which might be considered like a sequel I think, since there will be more content + a childhood arc ~
A Fujiwara 2 is also planned, but this time with Ikki's sister as the MC several years later when she is adult (in her 20's). Hopefully I'll be able to make the two of it, but it will take a long time (> w <)/
Until then...thank you again for your support and loving the game !✦
I know i'm asking a lot of questions and i apologize about that but i was looking through the game files and was wondering are there bonus images?
It's okay, you can ask as much questions as you want ~
There is no bonus images, but some artworks are "exclusive" to the Friend's route or the Sweet's route, so you might miss some of them if you aren't playing both routes. But you still can see them in the game's file like you did (> w <)/
Is there options to be just friends with all of them or just Haru? i was curious about if there were multiple endings for all characters btw i only did one of the routes so far (Ikki) and i loved the story!
Yes, you can stay only friends in all of the routes ~
I think you might have noticed, but depending on your answer when the choices are presented during the first half of the chosen route, you got either a yellow heart or a heart with a color related to the character's route (eg : blue heart for Ikki, red heart for Toshio, etc). If you want to stay friends with the character and don't want to go the romantic way, you'll have to gather more yellow hearts than other coloured ones. And if you want the romantic path, then you'll need to gather more of the other coloured hearts (^ O^)/
Unfortunately, there is only two endings (the Friend ending and the Sweet ending) for each characters, which is I admit not a lot (and the story itself is pretty linear as well)...
The Friend ending is the one where you only stay friend and has really slight differences with the Sweet ending, while the Sweet ending is the continuity of the Friend ending with a bit more details on the characters backstories and a small romantic aspect + cute moments between the MC and the LI ✦
That said, thank you so much for loving Ikki's story so far ! It really makes me happy and I hope you will like the other ones too ❤
Okay thank you for answering my question and no problem about playing the game cause i already like it a lot, i also just did Toshio's friend route and ive started on Yuta's route about halfway or so and it's just great how you made the stories overall. i can already tell i'm gonna like the other routes as well :D
Hi! I really like your game and its soundtrack, and I would like to upload the ending theme of this game to my youtube channel. May I have your permission? If you grant me permission to do so, I will definitely add a link to your official twitter page and your youtube channel URL as well as the name of the game in the description box. And it is just for entertainment purposes, I don't monetize my videos. Thank you very much ^^
Hello, thank you for loving it ! ✦
I was actually thinking of uploading a few more songs -when I have time- that I completely forgot to add in the first place so you (or other people) don't have to upload them. Technically, you don't have to upload it since I'll add it as soon as possible, but it's not prohibited either as long as you credit the game and the musician with his name and a link to his other works/twitter/website ~
Why is no one talking about that kenji couldve been a yandere like honestly i love this game btw
Thank you for loving the game !❤
And yes...I can totally picture Kenji being a yandere (it actually crossed my mind while writing, but didn't make him one in the end)...A "soft" yandere maybe ? Or at least really possessive/jealous/insecure boyfriend, but the kind who would never hurt MC for "her sake" ~
ayo- imma need an epilogue for everyone-
i can wait for literal years- i just need to know of its coming or not-
please im crying as im writing this-
Oh no don't cry ;-;
But if it can comfort you, I do plan to make an epilogue for each characters for when they grew up (in their 20's and more). I'm thinking of making it a DLC which would include their everyday life as couple, mature content (it's also one of the reasons I'd like to make the DLC paid), wedding for the ones who get married to Aya, and even parenthood.
It would be more short little stories to read than a whole "real" visual novel though.
I'm also planning on doing a remake that I'll try to polish a bit more after all the feedback I received on the first/current version, and also including mini stories telling their childhood.
I really can't wait to work it ! ✦
But...you might actually really have to wait for literal years as it will take me a long time to make it (u___u)
I personally would love to see each of these DLC. I've been a fan for multiple years and truly enjoy the ending for both the love and friend routes. I really excited to continue to support the work that you're team is currently working on and the future work with Aya and the gang!!! I do have a question though. Where do you put updates on the most because I'm following on twitter and want to know if discord get the same updates. Thank you and have a lovely day!!!
Thank you for the support and kind words !♥
As for where I update the most, I'd say on twitter (and I always forget I have a tumblr account too...so yes, definitely twitter). I update on Discord too, but I also talk a lot about the game and the characters with everyone and there is a lot more infos about things I don't mention in the game. So...I'd say twitter for the updates, but there is more lore (mostly in the #spoilers channel) in addition to the updates on Discord.
I hope it answer your question✦
I think because sometime the endings felt quite abrupt, it felt incomplete at times like there was supposed to be some big end to it all! But overall I enjoyed the routes and learning about each characters. I love when routes involve each other and you learn and explore more about the story. I low key thought we were gonna learn more about like aya getting lost in the forest or the trauma she dealt with in middle school would be dived into more like after I finished all routes or something.
There's definitely a world to explore!
Also I think my favorite was Ikki even after I played everyone's. It was the right amount of issues Ikki was going through and being there for him.
Damn these dudes got hella issues is what I kept thinking while playing every route and it kept increasingly getting worse.
Thanks for creating this, I enjoyed it very much.
Thank you, I'm happy you enjoyed the game ! ❤
I admit there is some endings that I was not sure how to end them, but worry not ! I'm planning on adding more details + a childhood arc in the remake (hopefully I'll actually be able to do that)★
It will not be released before a long while though, so you'll need to be patient x)
I just finished the game and I HAD to leave a comment here, because that was so much better than what I expected! I'm not fond of sad or open-ended stories, so the "Bittersweet" part in the title had me worried. Sure, the scenario was heavy in emotions, but it was still SO SATISFYING! I think a big part of it is thanks to Aya's character. She's solid like a rock throughout every single route, but not in an unrealistic way. She really is my ideal MC, so the whole ride was worth it just to be able to follow her. Thank you so much for creating such a strong, cool-headed and empathetic girl, I love her.
This game really is a ride. To be honest, I had a hard time with the first two stories because I couldn't warm up to Toshio and the relationship he and Aya had. Even now he's probably my least favorite (but I still liked his route, just not as much as the others). Surprisingly, I'd say my favorite is Yuta. I didn't know what to expect from his character and he just stole my heart.
Anyway, the only thing I wish the game had is an epilogue for each route to wrap things up even more satisfyingly. But since a remake is on the way, I can hope that will happen (either within the game or as a DLC).
Thanks again for the great time <3
PS : Je viens de m'apercevoir que le/la développeur(se) est français(e), du coup j'en profite pour te remercier une nouvelle fois :) magnifique travail, j'ai hâte de voir tes futurs projets ! (et je vais de ce pas aller installer ceux qui sont déjà sortis)
[Merci pour ce gentil commentaire, ça me touche énormément ! Je vais répondre en anglais du coup, comme le commentaire est lui aussi en anglais ~]
Thank you so much for loving the game, it means a lot for me !
Haha yup...I think most of people don't know what to expect from Yuta or even expect something at all, but I'm glad he ended up being your favorite character !★
As for Toshio, I don't think most of people like his route even after finishing it, for several reasons (his relationship he has with Aya, or the way he evolved, or his "uncomon" way of seeing love, etc), but I actually like to see why people don't like some of the characters. Sometimes it's just personal taste, but sometimes it show me what I might have done wrong and help me think of how I can try to make it better in the remake...
Because yes, you're right ! A remake is planned ~
It will take a long while though, since I also work on the current project ("Colors of Fate") and Fujiwara 2 in the meanwhile, but Fujiwara Remake is planned to have a childhood arc in the main game (to know more about the LIs backstories and their perspective) and a paid DLC containing the everyday life of each LI + Aya
(+ "spicy" content, if you know what I mean...) as grown up in their 20's. Hopefully people will like it as well O/
Until then, thank you again for your kind words. It makes me so happy and positive feedback like yours really are my strength and motivation !❤
Hi! I was wondering if there was a way to change the mc's name? My brain gets confused if I don't play an otome game with a specific name. If you don't want me to touch the files that's fine! I just really wanna play but I can't if I'm confused. THAT SEEMS RLLY MEAN BUT I SWEAR I AM JUST DUMB WITH WORDS ;(
Unfortunately, there is no way to change the name in-game for Fujiwara Bittersweet, though, I did another really short game where you are able to change the MC's name called "The Witch and Her Assistant" (^ O^)/
I'll think of allowing the players to change the name of the MC in future projects (except for the Fujiwara series), but I can't promise anything x)
hi I was wondering if there will be a gallery? Or if there is one?
I wasn't able to code it so there isn't any gallery, sorry (> w <)
Though I'm planning on doing a remake of the game in a few years and hopefully there will be a gallery this time x)
Hello! Will there be a route for the Council VP? He's super cute!
Hello hello ~
I was thinking of making an additional route in the remake and the Council's VP is one of the options I'm taking into consideration O/
I'll make a poll on twitter when the time comes (it will not be in the near future though, as I need to take care of other projects before doing the remake) to choose between several characters ★
This game was so much better than I expected when I started! Any chance of a sequel? I'd love to see how the characters grow over time.
Thank you for the kind words, I'm glad it eneded up better than what you expected at first ! It means a lot for me ! ❤
As for a sequel, I do plan to do a remake which will hopefully be more refined than the first attempt and adding extras like a childhood arc for each characters, though I was thinking of making the grown-up part a paying DLC. I'm still not sure about that, so I can't tell you for sure.
A 'Fujiwara Bittersweet 2' game is also planned, and I'm thinking of making it a stats raising game with Ikki's little sister as the MC and 3~4 love interests (including Toshio's little brother) as college students, a few years later after the first game timeline.
Hopefully I'll be able to release it in the future ! ★
I just created an account to comment on how i love this game so much !!
The soundtrack is very cute, including the art. I had a hard time choosing my most 'favourite' route because every one of them had cute and memorable moments, but Haru caught my heart pretty fast <3 hes a very cute boy
Even toshio, who i left for last (the best one is the last, you could say) had me sobbing for his backstory and Sweet End, definitely gonna keep that ring!
Overall, im glad i found this game while researching for otomes, and i think its gonna get more content too? Cant wait to see the characters interacting again<3
That's so nice of you to create an account especially made to comment on Fujiwara ! Thank you for that and also for loving the game this much !❤
As for your favorite characters, I'm so glad you love these two as they are also my favs (they are both baby in their own cute way) (> w <)/
Talking of Haru, today is his B-Day ! Happy Birthday Hacchan🌼
As for more content in the future, yes ! Definitely ! Don't hesitate to regularly check the twitter or even drop in the Discord's channel for updates or just chatting with people ~
Thank you so much again for the kind words, it means a lot for me ★
I JUST CAME ACROSS THIS GAME A WHILE AGO AND DECIDED TO GIVE IT A GO BECAUSE THE ART STYLE WAS REALLY CUTE SO OBVIOUSLY I HAD TO
I JUST FINISHED TOSHIO'S ROUTE AND OH. MY. GOD. I WAS NOT PREPARED TO BECOME THIS INVESTED. THIS GAME IS AMAZING AND I'VE ONLY DONE ONE CHARACTER I'M CURRENTLY IN TEARS TY TO THE CREATOR(S?) OF THIS GAME I WILL FOREVER LOVE YOU AND I HOPE BOTH SIDES OF YOUR PILLOW ARE ALWAYS COLD.
NOW I HAVE TO EVERY ROUT OH MY GOD IDK WHO TO DO NEXT AHH
INCREDIBLE GAME, CHEF'S KISS, 10/10, BRAVO - AND FOR FREE???? I AM BLESSED
Thank you for loving Toshio's route this much, it means a lot for me !❤
He is one of the more "controversial" character alongside Haru and Ryu, so hopefully playing the other routes won't waste your experience (> O <)/
Also, the recommended order is Ikki > Toshio > Yuta > Haru > Kenji > Ryu in term of less spoilery to more spoilery. If you don't mind being spoiled both on the characters and other routes, then it's totally okay to play as you want ~
But in any case, thank you again the kind words !★
I LOKE RYU AND TOSHIO ALSO IKKI BUT MY FAV IS TOSHIO THOUGH I WISH HIS ENDING WAS DIFFEERENT CAUSE HE HAD TO LEAVE US
I'm ahppy you love the characters this much, thank you ! (^ O^)/❤
Baby Toshi leaves us, but he comes back a few years later eventually don't worry ★
HAIII!! I JUST FOUND THIS WEBSITE AND YOU DEAR CREATOR OF THIS WONDEFUL GAME!!... I got this game from Steam just by scrolling through games to play since I was bored then I came across "Fujiwara Bittersweet", I wanted to cool off my mind that time cause I play a lot of horror games and just by seeing the cover already give me high hopes that this game has that positive and gentle vibe.. Well my hopes lower down a sec when I realize its a visual novel game- and I have no experience through Visual novels so I didnt really know what to do, I'm surprise to see myself downloading it even with no experience to this kind of games. When I opened the game, and oh boi its already a 3 stars for me when the intro appeared on my face surprising me but still watching it in amaze and awe, thou I have some silly opinions already to the characters when they are introduced. (The music is also BOMB, me and my cousin keep replaying it cause It sounds so good!!).
When is the choosing the item (aka routes) pop up I choose the pearl bracelet (Haru's route) at first. And for me being the "first time playing visual novel person" I am. I got quite upset its not Yuta who Aya chose (i finish Haru's route that time) UNTIL I came across the community of the game to see multiple different screenshots of scenes that I didnt encounter in haru's route which I started to realize while searching and scrolling, ROUTES EXIST- yes... I just realize there's routes in the game and finally realizing its Haru's route I chose, so yeah- I actually got happy when I came across Yuta's route- :DDD, so when I learned about that I quickly got into the different routes finishing them for 2 days. How stupid am I-
This is probably my first ever favorite visual novel game that I had and makes me wanna crave more- I just love the characters, designs, art, personalities, plot, the protagonist, friend group, Aya's family, endings and the list goes on!!. I experienced cringy Y/N's story and I feared that the protagonist might be also like that which was a BIG MEGA uno reverse cause she's not letting any boys be her shield and help them with their messy up life, heck she got hurt just to earn trust and protect that person, she's fragile but confident and strong, she literally change the bad boy into a softy puppy- (haha Toshio-), she's very sweet and supportive, unlike one of those cringy Y/N's-.. The boys really gone through a lot but they still manage to live their lives (I'm not mocking Toshio btw) its really refreshing to see the problematic boys that has a messy life to have freedom. I laugh and cried to the stories (toshio's proposal, Ikki's drunk scene, Ryu's backstory, Kenji's whole family knowing her confession to him, haru supporting his mom, Yuta's flustered mess) never in my life got that so emotional over visual novel characters. I finish all routes and endings letting me have all the achievements on steam make me feel so special for once because of it and even the lessons I learned from the game. I'm looking forward to see the aftermath or part 2 of this game!
P.S I actually started to make my own story for them in my head like I was writing a fanfiction about them or smth-. also I notice that each route has some sort of like rival to each other or smth, like-
(Ikki's route): Ikki got jealous that one scene saying Toshio is getting closer to Aya-
(Toshio's Route): he got upset that it was ikki the one carried Aya to the clinic instead of him
(Yuta's route): having a love-hate relationship with Haru cause he stealing his waifu
(Haru's route): same like Yuta-
(Kenji's route): quite obvious- he's feeling jealous when Ryu is around Aya-
(Ryu route): I think he got jealous with Ikki that time when he mess up Aya's hair and Ryu straight up fixing It (but I think his rival is mostly Kenji-)
Ikki and Toshio: childhood friends problematics and has siblings
Yuta and Haru: titled as royalties and hiding their real selves
Kenji and Ryu: *ahem* Long lost cousin's, noodle/jacket lovers, vibrant colored hairs, mysterious abilities, both wear eyewears (glasses and eye patch)
Thank you so much for your kind words ! I'm so happy I was able to make you like visual novels and that you loved the characters so much. I'm genuinely honoured because I know how it's difficult to go over our comfort zone when it comes to games (or in general) and try new things, so...Thank you again so much for giving "Fujiwara Bittersweet" a chance and loving it, it means a lot for me ! ❤
omg the intro (the song n visuals) were so good AAAAAA!!1 i'm still stuck w ikki's route but i'll go check the other routes out (ryu best boy btw <3)
Thank you, I'm happy you liked the intro !
I'm planning on doing a remake of the game later, but I'm glad you like the current version so far !❤
hi !!! i love this game so much and i just wanna say that. i also wanted to ask if it was okay if i could make fanart or fanfiction with your characters (ofc in your fandom with crediting) ?? i'm really hyperfixated on this right now dsjgkjasdg
Aww thank you so much, I'm happy you liked the game this much ! ♡
And...of course, please do ! I absolutely adore when people are doing fanworks, so please go ahead ! You can share on the Discord server if you want (the link is in the game's description, you have to click Aya's chibi to access it) or tell me in comment here or the twitter if ever you can't go via Discord ~
I'm lookind forward to it, really ! ★
Thank you again for your kind words and support, it means a lot for me ! I hope you'll like the future projects as well (^ O^)/
I've actually found this game through Steam, but regardless of the platform, I absolutely ADORE this game!!! It's so wholesome and the cast were too precious >< !! I ended up replaying multiple times both for the endings and just to reread out of pure enjoyment.
And the friendship ending?? Omg, and just when I thought I couldn't love this game even more!! It really makes me happy that despite the dark experiences these characters go through, that they'll still be able to be happy with Aya at the end (and while I do enjoy some good romances here and there, as an aroace, this just sends me to the moon and back!!!)
Thank you so much for the wonderful experiences (and I saw from the other comment that you'll be doing more??? So looking forward to that!!) But either way, I love this so much and you're amazing for making thisss <3
Thank you so much for all the kind words and for your support ! It makes me happy you enjoyed the game this much ! ♡
And I'm also relieved you liked that it was possible to go the friend route instead of the romance one ~
I was a bit anxious at first going this way as I had the impression that most people would be disappointed being "friendzoned", but then realized there was also people who might actually prefer a friendship ending ! So I'm glad you are part of the people who appreciated that as well ~★
Thank you again for your kind feedback, as it put a smile on my face (^ w^)/
P.S : Also ! I just released a really tiny project made for an otome game jam ! It's really really short, but I thought you might be interested/curious about it ~
It's called "The Withch and Her Assistant" and here is the link if ever you want to take a look : https://magicbench.itch.io/twaha
aaa, i really love this game! it's very wholesome and amazing, i would recommend 11/10! i have a few minor issues about the game, but otherwise, it's amazing! i don't mean any harm writing this, i just want to give some of my opinions on the issues i have with the game.
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one thing i found a bit annoying was when miura said aya was like his "goddess" at the end. i feel like aya has too much control over the relationship, because miura worshipping her as a goddess is unhealthy. i think aya should've called out miura about the whole worshipping thing. in a relationship, they should be equal, and it's unhealthy if one person has too much power. it seems like aya to miura is more like a goddess that he praises, and less of a lover.
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another issue i have is when haru reveals themself as a boy. haru is a boy but dresses up as a girl. later in the game, haru chooses to dress like a boy instead of a girl because they think aya will like them better. it's not a good mindset and shouldn't just be accepted right away. everyone accepts that haru changed themselves. i feel like someone should've said "hey you shouldn't change yourself for someone else", but no one really mentions it. i'm not sure if haru is a boy who likes dressing up as a girl, or transgender, and i think it should've been more clear. i think it would've been nice to promote transgender positivity in haru's route :D
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i found the occult stuff a little weird and out of place, but it's more of a personal preference.
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other than that this game is pure gold for a free game and i love it! definitely one of my favorite visual novels ^^
Thank you so much for feedback and for liking the game, it means a lot for me ! ♡
- For Toshio : I'm really sorry you felt uncomfortable with this kind of relationship, but Aya does actually have the power over Toshio (> w <)
It's something I wanted to highlight to show that there is sometimes uncommon relationship (and I couln't see too much as the characters are still minors and new to their mutual feelings in the game) which is the case for Toshio and Aya.
If you noticed, Aya feel a bit uncomfortable at first because she also find it weird, but she comes to accept it and play along because she genuinely love Toshio and want to try showing it to him by going with his uncommon way of seeing love (é o è)
As for Toshio, he does like being treated this way in certain circunstances, but he also knows that Aya isn't really considering herself as superior, they both really dearly love, respect and care for each other ~
- For Haru : I did receive feedback saying the same things as you do (on Steam), and trsut me I was the first being shocked and sorry about the misunderstanding.
While writing Haru, I didn't have him in mind as a transgender character, but genuinely as a character with insecurities toward mostly two matters :
1) Becoming a toxic adult man like those he always have known since his birth
2) Being insecure about his small body for a boy his age and the fact he is androgyneous. In this regards, he does feel more comfortable dressing with girls clothes as a camouflage, not because he actually want to be a girl (he does say so himself, that he doesn't feel the need to change sex or that he doesn't especially feel like he wants to be a girl).
As for people not saying he shouldn't change for others/for Aya because Haru thought Aya would like him as a boy, even though nobody explicitely say he should change for himself, Aya does say she would have loved him no matter what or who he is.
aya "You know, Haru... I think I also fell in love with you at first sight. Girl, boy, or just you... Yeah, whoever you are, I fell in love with you."
har "Really? Even when you thought I was a girl?"
"He chuckles, half-embarrassed and half-amused."
Though, I'm taking into account the feedback and thank you for giving it to me !
I realized I was clumsy for Haru's route and promoted the wrong message without me realizing it and will not do the same mistake again.
Thank you again for your opinions and feedback, they are really appreciated and useful for me not to repeat it in the future ! (^ w^)/♡
ooo mk thanks for clarifying! i think i understand the characters more! i have a question though, did miura propose to aya in the end? im a lil confused about that part ^^
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i wish you luck on your future projects, and im interested in your new game, "colors of fate"! :D
Toshio did propose to her, but it wasn't for a wedding. More like a "promise" than anything else, a bit like "promise to stay loyal to each other" until Toshio comes back. And maybe once they are adults and reunited, they would get married ~
I hope it answer your question (> w <)
Also, thank you for looking forward to the other projects ! I hope you will like them as well (a little something I did for a otome jam is almost ready, so I think it will be released in a few days) ♡
I totally loved playing this game. Got attached the first time I played and picked Ryu's route because I like tea (lol I sadly didn't see the suggested route order). At first, I was so confused, but it makes a lot more sense now I've been following the route guides!
Not gonna lie, I literally cried when Ikki and Aya met each other again at the ending of the route after him avoiding her and stuff. I felt so bad for Aya.
I love the way it's still a cute game with happy endings, even though there are some heavy topics.
And I was sad I didn't find any fanfics about this game. Well, I might have to start writing them myself then.
Very good. Loved this. Thank you so much, the fact that it's free to play makes this even more amazing! If you plan on making more games like these, I'll surely check in to try them out!
Thank you for your kind comment, I'm happy you loved the game this much (or at least, Ikki's route ! ❤
Someone from the discord server actually started to write a fanfic Takeshi (Aya's brother) x Reader ! But don't hesitate to write and share it on the discord as well if ever you feel like it : you can access the server by clicking Aya's chibi at the end of the game's page description. I'm always so happy to see fanworks (^ w ^)
As for the other games, I started working with a team on a project called Colors of Fate, but it isn't the same mood/universe as Fujiwara Bittersweet so it might not be to your taste (the demo is here on itchio, if you are curious).
Aaaand for something more fluffy with a cute style more in the Fujiwara's vein, I'm currently working on a demo which should be released at the end of the month.
Please, look forward to it ~
But in any case, thank you again for your support, it means a lot for me and I hope you'll like the future projects as well ★