Rose Guns Days (ローズガンズデイズ Rōzu Ganzu Deizu) is a Japanese dōjin visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion.
The first entry, Rose Guns Days: Season 1, was first released at Comiket 82 on August 11, 2012. Successive entries were released at each Comiket with the final game, Rose Guns Days: Last Season, being released on December 31, 2013 at Comiket 85.
World War 2 for Japan ended abruptly. A massive disaster hit the whole island and left Japan in a devastating shape. The US-China Alliance proposed an unconditional surrender from a humane standpoint and the Japanese government accepted. The war for Japan ended then.
In order to restore the country that was still in a devastating shape, the US-China Alliance stationed themselves in Japan. Japan was split into two, not in a clear north and south division, but like a complicated chess game at a municipal administration level, to prevent Japan from becoming the stage of a new war between the United States and China. The two countries tried to reform Japan quickly as if they were competing to show their power.
As a result, Japan was able to get back on their feet from the rubbles in a matter of few years. However, the towns governed by China and the United States were modified in their own unique way, and Japan no longer looked like what it used to be.
Because of the massive immigrants entering the country from two sides, the Japanese people became a minority. The people who lost their homeland had to live in a foreign land called Japan.
The homeless race, the Japanese. However, by gathering together, they continued to live, cunningly and vigorously.
Rose Guns Days is an action drama visual novel, and as such conveys its story primarily through text-based narration and dialogue supplemented by visual and audio elements such as character sprites, background music, and sound effects. It is described as a "sound novel" by 07th Expansion, owing to the game's greater focus on creating atmosphere through audio elements rather than visual aspects.
Besides advancing text, Rose Guns Days has some interactive gameplay elements. At certain points of the story, the player may choose a location for the characters to visit for story-relevant scenes, however the order does not matter, as all locations will be visited regardless to advance the story.
Rose Guns Days also features minigames that occur during fight scenes. Fight scenes have "Attack" and "Defense" portions, marked by blue and red backgrounds respectively. "Attack" portions require the player to mouse over and click white targets that appear as a timer winds down. Hitting at least 3 targets will enable the player to perform a finishing move and move to the next segment. "Defense" portions require the player to mouse over white targets that appear, no clicking required. Points are given for successful attacks or defenses. During Attack portions, the player may continue attacking for more points as long as there's time left.
When the finishing move is activated, the player must choose from one of six playing cards; choosing cards with higher values will yield more points. If the timer runs out, a score penalty is given and the section resets. After the fight ends, a "K.O." will appear on screen, and the player's score will be calculated. Various emblems are awarded based on how well the player does. The higher the score, the harder minigames get; there will be more targets to clear in Defense portions, and less time will be given during Attack portions.
The player may skip minigames by hitting the spacebar, instantly using the finishing move, or disable them entirely before starting the chapter.
Rose Guns Days is set in an alternate world history where Japan loses World War II because of a natural disaster. Facing occupation by the American and Chinese armies and assorted mafia groups, Japanese people are thus on the verge of becoming a minority in their own country. The nightclub Primavera, owned by Rose Haibara, attempts to improve quality-of-life and preserve Japanese culture and in the process becomes an organized crime syndicate.
As years pass, Primavera becomes a well-known nationalist group, and in the future the current head of Primavera Jeanne Amakawa is interviewed to determine how Primavera got to where it is today.
- Rose Guns Days: Season 1
- Rose Guns Days: Season 2
- Rose Guns Days: Season 3
- Rose Guns Days: Last Season
Rose Guns Days -The Best- is a compilation including every season and a new short scenario.
- Main article: Rose Guns Days (manga)
A manga adaptation of the series was serialized in various Square Enix magazines and later collected into 12 total tankobon volumes, encompassing all four seasons. Two prequel spinoff manga were also released, Aishuu no Cross Knife, and Fukushuu wa Ougon no Kaori. Yen Press has licensed the manga for official English release and currently have only released Seasons 1, 2, and 3.
The novel adaptation of Rose Guns Days was written by Ryukishi07 and Makoto Fukami of Psycho-Pass fame and illustrated by ｓｅｒｏｒｉ. Only two volumes have been released from 2013 to 2014 covering Season 1. The novelization has likely been discontinued.
- Main article: Rose Guns Days (stage play)
A stage play adaptation of the series was produced by Shingidan, adapting all 4 seasons.
- Character designs: Akai Higasa, Momoyama Hinase, Natsunishi Nana, Ninagawa Yaeko, Ryukishi07, Soichiro, Suzuki Jirou, Takagi Tsuyoshi
- Logo design: Nakagawa Yuichi
- Opening Movie Design: yo-yu
- Script: Ryuukishi07
- Music: dai, M.Zakky, pre-holder, Luck Ganriki, ROKUGEN ALICE, Funczion SOUNDS, xaki, Motoki Zakuro, Gekijou Tenor
- Official website (character bios section includes spoilers)
- Official page of the light novel on KODANSHA
- Rose Guns Days demo with English patch: https://witch-hunt.com/stage_rgd_demo.html
- Complete English patch (does not include The Best): https://witch-hunt.com/stage_rgd4.html
- 07th Expansion Developer Page (MangaGamer) http://www.mangagamer.org/07thexpansion/