Venice 2017.10.01, written by Kuna.
Back in August, I introduced the last character for the Kujikawa arc, Doc. Isahai, the brain specialist in charge for Kairi’s medical treatment. This past week I began working on his sprite, so I’m going to talk about this process and some logistic decision I took for his display.
First of all, let me remind you about the genre of Pitch Black Serenade, which I intended to have a quite classical story (a heterosexual love triangle), probably able to appeal both male and female audience. Nevertheless, I aim to impress the female audience more than the rest and make Serenade a very specific genre. That’s why, even if not romanceable, there are going to be several male characters which are appealing in appearances and personality (or at least, it’s what I’m aiming at (-﹏-。)) . Doc. Isahai is indeed meant to be one of them. And he also has two distinctive features that I would call “weird” for a secondary character.
First off, he’s going to have three poses. Other main characters as Fujisa or Teru are yet to be completed so I can’t say how many poses they’re going to have in the end. Still, Isahai has one more than them at the moment. As said before, I designed him to be appealing, so I guess he has to be expressive to a higher extent.
Secondly, the player can choose whether to meet him again or not after their first encounter. I wrote drafts for a bunch of scenes with him, but as a player one can choose if to go through them and deepen their knowledge about Isahai and the friendship with him. That being said, meeting him or not won’t change anything storywise, it’s a choice tied to the feelings of the players, in choosing the friends they’d like to have from time to time. So it’s even possible to discard Isahai whenever you don’t want to have him around. This may help feeling the world of Serenade a bit more real.
A lot have been said, time for some art of the doctor (his clothes are at the concept art stage) : D
Isahai is going to have a clinic white coat, obviously, but the player can meet him in plain clothes as well. Also the head turn of some degrees and has another pose for the right hand as well. The third pose for him is something very different and I’m going to work on it during next week.
Before leaving, I’d like to show you the amazing Teru I received for my birthday back in September, by Gospel from Gosatsu developer team (if you haven’t, check Shinrai, their addicting mystery murder visual novel!)