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NekoNyan Ltd. has published Smee’s visual novel, Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~, on Steam.

Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~ is a classic visual novel with light dating sim elements. It tells a story about a young lonely man whose only friends are weird nerds. In frustration, he decides it’s time to find himself a girlfriend.

The original English version of the game was released in April earlier this year, but only now has it found its way to Steam. Check out the opening video and official description below:


Story

Springtime.The season of the cherry blossoms, and a time of new beginnings, new encounters, and new people.

For Aoba Kyousuke, this new season marks the start of his second year in high school, and after taking a moment to reflect and looking at the friends around him...

All he can find is a dumbass too horny for his own good, and a weirdo who can't get over his strange fetish for lizard-humanoid creatures.Sure enough, he enjoys hanging out with them, and he wouldn't ever think of giving it up,

but something feels missing. A precious, valuable part of everyone's adolescence, and something he might just miss out on at this rate...What is that something? Why, love. So upon realizing this, he shouts out to the world--

"I WANT A GIRLFRIEND!"

He'll need to give it his all, of course, because he knows that love does not come to those who just wait.

Key Features- Pure Love Story

- Beautiful Artstyle

- Dating Sim Elements: Conquer the heroines in interactive dialogues

- Changeable hairstyles or clothes for heroines

- Four adorable and cute heroine routes

- Funny side characters and hilarious dialogue

- 30-50 hours of content


As the protagonist, your main goal is to woo one of four available girls. The cast consists of a now distant childhood friend Himari, whom you have lost contact with for a long while. Then there’s Rina, who replaced Himari as a friend after she moved away. There’s also the unpopular tsundere, Yusuzu, and her much more successful opposite Misaki, a smart, beautiful, and very popular kuudere. The character’s official descriptions are as follows:

Minahara Himari

Personality-wise, she has a big heart, and can put a smile on your face just by being around you, but truthfully she can be quite stubborn if you get to know her. Himari is never one to go to others when she has a problem, be it guy or girl, but if she sees someone in need of help, she will always be the first one there. Contrary to her cutesy, child-like appearance, she is rather strong-willed.


Mochizuki Rina

Rina is gifted both intellectually and physically, and boasts a lot of confidence. Mentally-speaking, she is more mature than her peers, and she has an open-minded, frank personality, never expecting anything in return for an act of kindness. She is well-aware of her good looks, but always remains modest.


Hiiragi Yuzuyu

Yuzuyu is one of the protagonist's classmates. Her mood swings are like a pendulum, and her foul mouth never ceases to get her in heaps of trouble. Her relationship with her classmates is anything but good, as one could guess from her snappy attitude, and as a result, she's rather isolated from her peers.

Many of her opinions aren't quite 'wrong' per se, but since she has such little respect for people's feelings, and rarely thinks about time and place before speaking her mind, she earns a lot of scorn. She herself doesn't understand why people react that way to her, and just brushes it off.


Sawatari Misaki

There is no small number of people who have become infatuated with her simply from the smell of her hair as she passes by.

She's very soft-spoken, and doesn't seem to like drawing attention, but because of her raw, natural beauty, she often draws attention to herself whether she likes it or not. In a sense, she's almost treated like a princess at school.

For that reason, the fellow third-years have an unspoken rule: strangers are not allowed to talk to her without good reason. Those who break that rule became the target of censure.

The protagonist has tried many times to talk to her, but due to poor luck he's only ever seen her profile from behind.

You can purchase Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~ on Steam for $25.49, it's on sale for 15% off until May 11. Afterwards, the game will return to its regular price of $29.99.

Adult content has been removed from the Steam version to meet the store’s standards; however, you can freely download the adult patch from the publisher’s website to add it back in.

You can also purchase Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~ from NekoNyan, JAST USA, Fakku!, and Nutaku. The game costs $29.99 for the standard version and $36.99 for deluxe edition, which includes the game's soundtrack.

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