Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (蒼の彼方のフォーリズム Ao no Kanata no Fō Rizumu , subtitled Beyond the sky, into the firmament), officially abbreviated as Aokana (あおかな) and translated as Four Rhythm Across the Blue, is a Japanese eroge visual novel developed by Sprite and released for Windows on November 28, 2014. NekoNyan will release an English version on Steam in 2019. A manga adaptation was published by Kadokawa Corporation. An anime television series adaptation, produced by Gonzo and directed by Fumitoshi Oizaki, premiered on January 2016. A PlayStation Vita version of the game has been announced for a 2016 release.
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm is a romance visual novel in which the player assumes the role of Masaya Hinata. Much of its gameplay is spent on reading the story's narrative and dialogue. The text in the game is accompanied by character sprites, which represent who Masaya is talking to, over background art. Throughout the game, the player encounters CG artwork at certain points in the story, which take the place of the background art and character sprites. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm follows a branching plot line with multiple endings, and depending on the decisions that the player makes during the game, the plot will progress in a specific direction.
There are four main plot lines that the player will have the chance to experience, one for each heroine. Throughout gameplay, the player is given multiple options to choose from, and text progression pauses at these points until a choice is made. Some decisions can lead the game to end prematurely, which offer an alternative ending to the plot. To view all plot lines in their entirety, the player will have to replay the game multiple times and choose different choices to further the plot to an alternate direction. Throughout gameplay, there are scenes with sexual CGs depicting Masaya and a given heroine having sex.
Development and release
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm is Sprite's second game after their debut title Love, Election and Chocolate. The game's producer was Akira Sakamoto. The project's planning was headed by Nachi Kio, who also contributed as the main scenario writer alongside Ryōichi Watanabe and Ryūsuke Mutsu. Artist Suzumori served as the art director and co-character designer with Itsuka Yūki. The background music was produced by members of Elements Garden. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm was released on November 28, 2014 as a limited edition version playable on a Windows PC.
- Main Article: Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm/Manga
A manga adaptation illustrated by Hideyu Tōgarashi began serialization in Kadokawa Corporation's Monthly Comp Ace magazine with the December 2015 issue sold on October 26, 2015
- Main Article: Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm/Anime
An anime television series adaptation, produced by Gonzo and directed by Fumitoshi Oizaki, will begin airing on TV Tokyo in January 2016.
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm has seven pieces of theme music: one opening theme, one insert song, and five ending themes. The opening theme is "Wings of Courage (Sora o Koete)" (Wings of Courage ～空を超えて～, "Wings of Courage (Beyond the Sky)") by Mami Kawada. The insert song is "Infinite Sky" by Kotoko. Each heroine has her own ending theme, starting with Asuka's theme "Sora Koi" (空恋, "Sky Love") by Misato Fukuen. Misaki's theme is "Sense of Life" by Azumi Asakura. Mashiro's theme is "Millions of You" by Nozomi Yamamoto. Rika's theme is "Night Flight" by Madoka Yonezawa. The main ending theme is "Sky is the Limit" by Kawada.
The anime's opening theme will be "Contrail (Kiseki)" (Contrail～軌跡～) by Kawada and the ending theme will be "A-gain" by Ray. The single for "Contrail (Kiseki)" will be released on January 27, 2016 and the single for "A-gain" will be released on February 17, 2016.
- Official Website (Japanese)
- Official Website (English)
- Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm at Sprite (Japanese)
- Official Anime Website (Japanese)
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