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Gift (ギフト Gifuto?) is an adult Japanese visual novel developed by Moonstone which was released as a limited edition version on May 27, 2005 playable on the PC as a DVD; a regular edition followed on June 10, 2005. The original game was a collaboration project where the company Circus helped to produce it, though Moonstone did the majority of the work involved. Gift is Moonstone's fourth title, and was followed up with a fandisc called Gift Rainbow-colored Stories released on January 27, 2006 for the PC. A PlayStation 2 version named Gift: Prism was released on October 19, 2006 by Sweets with adult content removed. The gameplay in Gift follows a plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters. The story revolves around Haruhiko Amami, a male high school student living in a town where a rainbow is always seen in the sky.

A set of five drama CDs, one for each heroine, was released by Lantis between September 2005 and February 2006. There have been five light novels written, two Internet radio shows produced, along with a manga series serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's seinen magazine Comptiq between January 2006 and February 2007. An anime adaptation, produced by Oriental Light and Magic, aired in Japan between October 2006 and December 2006, containing twelve episodes.

Gameplay

The gameplay requires little interaction from the player as most of the duration of the game is spent on simply reading the text that will appear on the screen; this text represents either dialogue between the various characters, or the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Every so often, the player will come to a "decision point" where he or she is given the chance to choose from options that are displayed on the screen, typically two to three at a time. During these times, gameplay pauses until a choice is made that furthers the plot in a specific direction, depending on which choice the player makes.

There are five main plot lines that the player will have the chance to experience, one for each of the heroines in the story. In order to view the five plot lines to their entirety, the player will have to replay the game multiple times and choose different choices during the decision points in order to further the plot in an alternate direction.

Plot

Story

Gift is a story that revolves around high school student Haruhiko Amami and his strong connection to Gift's mysterious power. The town of Narasakicho, where Gift's story takes place, has two distinguishing characteristics: a rainbow that seems permanently fixed in the sky no matter the weather, and an ability known as Gift possessed by all its inhabitants. Gift's power can only be evoked by each person once in a lifetime, and is able to grant a single miracle. To be successful, a Gift must reflect the shared feelings of both the giver and the receiver. If the feelings are not mutual, the Gift is distorted and has the ability to wreak havoc on the surrounding area. When this happens, a black streak appears in the rainbow above town until Gift is used correctly. The story begins as Haruhiko's younger sister, Riko Fukimine, returns home after several years away. Beginning with her appearance, Haruhiko's life starts to change very quickly and feelings of the past begin to surface once more.
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Characters

Haruhiko Amami (天海春彦 Amami Haruhiko?)
Voiced by: Takuo Kawamura (PC), Yūki Tai (PS2/anime)
Haruhiko is the main protagonist of Gift. He is a childhood friend of Kirino and the older brother of Riko, though they are not related by blood. He tends to be blunt in his mannerisms and likes to tease Kirino constantly. Whenever Gift is concerned, he is adamant that it is a helpful and worthwhile power to possess, for he claims that he owes his own life to it. His mother died many years ago, soon after his birth.
Riko Fukamine (深峰莉子 Fukamine Riko?)
Voiced by: Rino Sakura (PC), Ai Shimizu (PS2/anime)
Riko is Haruhiko's younger sister in name, although they are the same age and are in the same class together in school after she enrolls. In third grade, she joined Haruhiko's family due to family circumstances and Haruhiko immediately treated her as if she really were his little sister. When they were younger, she left for several years, only to appear again one day out of the blue years later.
Kirino Konosaka (木之坂霧乃 Konosaka Kirino?)
Voiced by: Yui Sakakibara (PC), Ui Miyazaki (PS2/anime)
Kirino is Haruhiko's childhood friend and next door neighbor. They are such good friends that she often comes over to his house in the mornings before school to not only wake him up, but also to make him breakfast. She tends to be the unfortunate receiver of much of Haruhiko's teasing due to her timid nature, though she does not mind it much, as she is in love with Haruhiko.
Chisa Fujimiya (藤宮千紗 Fujimiya Chisa?)
Voiced by: Ayaka Kimura (PC), Ryoko Shintani (PS2/anime)
Chisa is Kirino's best friend. Unknown to everyone, though, she is in fact a witch that often flies around town on her broomstick. She has a small crow familiar named Jinta.
Rinka Hokazono (外薗綸花 Hokazono Rinka?)
Voiced by: Rina Misaki (PC), Shiho Kawaragi (PS2/anime)
Rinka is a very tough but beautiful girl who is able to defend herself without even breaking a sweat. She is a master at the Ousō style of swordsmanship and was even a teacher of the kendo club in junior high school. She has a series of special training devices near the gym which are dangerous to nearly anyone except for her.
Yukari Kamishiro (神代縁 Kamishiro Yukari?)
Voiced by: Nana Nozaki (PC), Ami Koshimizu (PS2/anime)
Yukari, or "Yukarin" as she is known by her friends, is another student at the school, and she also works as a maid at Chisa's house. She acts older than her age and is skilled at treating injuries. She tends to speak with a quiet voice.
Masaki Edo (江戸真紀 Edo Masaki?)
Voiced by: Toshiya Aranami (PC), Kazutoshi Hatano (PS2/anime)
Masaki, known as Maki to his friends, is one of Haruhiko's good friends who is obsessed with things having to do with science. He will often invent outrageous devices that eventually go out of control.
Nami Satō (里緒奈美 Satō Nami?)
Voiced by: Oto Agumi (PC), Yukiko Iwai (PS2/anime)
Nami is a girl who has been seen clinging to Rinka ever since Rinka saved her in the past. She is very enthusiastic when it comes to anything concerning Rinka, which often causes her to rave about how amazing Rinka is. She has shown herself to be jealous of others who may seem to be more than just friends with Rinka, which could be because she is in love with her.

Development

Release history

Gift was first introduced to the public in Japan as a limited edition version on May 27, 2005 as a DVD playable on a Microsoft Windows PC. The regular edition was released on June 10, 2005, also as a DVD, and then another version was released on December 16, 2005 as a CD-ROM. A fandisc called called Gift Rainbow-colored Stories (ギフト にじいろストーリーズ Gifuto Nijiiro Sutōrīzu?) was released on January 27, 2006 as a CD-ROM. A version for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) with adult content removed, called Gift: Prism, was developed by Sweets and released in Japan on October 19, 2006 in limited and regular editions. The PS2 game was re-released on August 9, 2007 at a lower price.[1]

Adaptations

Drama CDs

There are five drama CDs based on the series published by Lantis. Each of the CDs covers one of the five heroines starting with Riko, and going through with Kirino, Chisa, Rinka, and Yukari, in that order. The first CD was released on September 22, 2005, and the final CD was released on February 22, 2006.

Internet radio shows

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Lantis Net Radio has hosted two Gift-related shows: Gift Rainbow Station (aired from October 11, 2005 to May 23, 2006), and Gift Rainbow Homeroom (aired from July 14 to December 29, 2006). The two radio shows feature different on-air personalities.

Light novels

There have been five light novels based on the series published by Harvest. Each of the novels covers one of the five heroines starting with Riko, and going through with Kirino, Rinka, Chisa, and Yukari, in that order. The first novel was released on December 25, 2005, and the final novel was released on May 1, 2006. The novels were written by Japanese author Mako Komao, with accompanied illustrations provided by Mugi Komeda, Mitha, Koma Miyama, and Mamoru Naruse.

Manga

Gift's manga adaptation, illustrated by Yukiwo and entitled Gift: Under the Rainbow, was serialized in Kadokawa's seinen Comptiq magazine between January 10, 2006 and February 10, 2007. Two bound volumes were released for the thirteen chapters produced.

Anime

The anime adaptation, entitled Gift: Eternal Rainbow (ギフト〜エターナルレインボー〜 Gifuto 〜etānaru reinbō〜?) aired in Japan between October 6 and December 22, 2006, containing twelve episodes. An extra episode was released as a DVD-exclusive original video animation on June 22, 2007. The anime's opening theme is "Niji Iro Sentimental" by Miyuki Hashimoto and the ending theme is "Kokoro Niji o Kakete" by Misato Fujiya.

Episodes

# Title Original airdate
01 The Rainbow City
"Niji ga Yadoru Machi" (虹が宿る街)
October 6, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Haruhiko's childhood friend Kirino had been eagerly awaiting the day that they'd once again be able to attend school together, but a misuse of Gift's mysterious power threatens to ruin the entrance ceremony.
02 The Little Sister has Returned
"Kaette Kida Imōto" (帰ってきだ妹)
October 13, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Riko, Haruhiko's younger sister, returns home after several years. Things start to return to the way they once were, but what of Kirino's feelings?
03 First Love
"Hatsukoi no Hito" (初恋の人)
October 20, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Haruhiko is getting jealous that other guys are looking Riko's way, but why should he have these feelings if he's only her brother? Does Riko even see him that way?
04 The Passing Summer
"Surechigau Natsu" (すれ違う夏)
October 27, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
On a hot summer day, Maki and the others invite Haruhiko and Riko to the beach. While there, he devises plans to get Haruhiko and Riko back on better terms.
05 At the Closed Place
"Tozasareta Basho de" (閉ざされた場所で)
November 3, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Nami won't leave Rinka alone, so Rinka and Haruhiko pretend to be a couple in the hopes that she'll back off. Nami sees through their ruse and unleashes the terrible side of Gift's power.
06 Appearances
"Omokage" (面影)
November 10, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kirino is having misgivings about Haruhiko and Riko finally making up. As an unintended consequence of a witch's fake Gift, Haruhiko begins to see Riko as his late mother.
07 The Meaning of Happiness
"Shiawase no Imi" (幸せの意味)
November 17, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Haruhiko finds the witch responsible for the fake Gifts and discovers that she is, in fact, Chisa. In order to see Riko as herself again, Haruhiko is prepared to sacrifice some very important memories... and even the rainbow itself.
08 Time of Memories
"Omoide no Jikan" (思い出の時間)
November 24, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While on a school trip in Kyoto with Riko and the others in his class, Haruhiko finds himself unable to buy the love charm Kirino had requested, because his feelings lie elsewhere.
09 Linked Hearts, Broken Feelings
"Tsunagaru Kokoro, Togireta Omoi" (つながる心、途切れた想い)
December 1, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Upon returning from the trip, Haruhiko admits to Kirino that he can't return her feelings. She later accuses Riko of breaking an important childhood promise.
10 A Past Taken Away
"Ubawareta Kako" (奪われた過去)
December 8, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
With Riko begging for forgiveness, an emotionally-broken Kirino has Riko give up her past with Haruhiko so she can stay with him from now on. Haruhiko is then forced to come to terms with his own severed past with Kirino.
11 The Secret of Gift
"Gift no Himitsu" (Giftの秘密)
December 15, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Haruhiko struggles to come to terms with Gift's true power and how he can protect the one he loves, which leads him back to the very first Gift: a parting farewell from his dying mother.
12 The Eternal Rainbow
"Eien no Niji" (永遠の虹)
December 22, 2006 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
With Riko's memories restored, Haruhiko sets about repairing his broken friendship with Kirino. Though Gift's power is gone, and the Eternal Rainbow along with it, Haruhiko and Riko vow to see the rainbow together again.
OVA Critical Moment at the Konosaka Inn
"Konosaka Ryokan Kikiippatsu" (木之坂旅館 危機一髪)
June 22, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kirino's family runs a Japanese inn, and her friends from school are helping out. Business has been slow due to a large hotel being opened up close by, and Haruhiko gets the idea to clean up the inn so that new customers may come in. During this time, Chisa, Rinka, and Yukari start acting strange whenever around Haruhiko.

References

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