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[UPDATE] 7/28/2021 1:52 EDT: Chihiro Himukai Always Walks Away is now also available on Steam for the promotional price of $15.99 until August 3rd, at which point it will cost $19.99. Adult content for this version of the game has to be installed separately, using a free DLC available on Johren.


Two friends try to rebuild their relationship in SMILE’s Chihiro Himukai Always Walks Away, a romance visual novel published by Shiravune on Johren and Steam.

Chihiro Himukai Always Walks Away is a romantic visual novel about a young office worker who reunites with his old friend through a coincidence. After being invited by his co-workers to go drinking after work, the protagonist gets ridiculed for being a virgin in spite of his age. As it just so happens, one of the waitresses working at the restaurant is Himukai Chihiro, an old friend who the protagonist hasn’t seen in three years. At first, she doesn’t seem to react, but after the party ends and the protagonist is alone, she approaches him and offers to help: spend the night with her at her place and come back to work with nothing to be ashamed of.

The protagonist accepts, though to his surprise, Chihiro had seemingly nothing more in mind than to let him sleep with her, as she kicks him out the next morning. Despite this, the two remain in contact and become sex friends, with Chihiro remaining distant towards the protagonist beyond her bedroom. Having reunited after years of obscurity in such a set of heated, passionate circumstances, the pair will slowly work to begin reforging their relationship.

"So, are we doing this now? You and me."

"...Huh?"

"Sex."

Chihiro Himukai, an old classmate I haven't heard from in forever, overhears my boss and coworkers roasting me about my virginity and proposes we become "friends with benefits."

"Ugh, seeing you getting made fun for being a virgin makes me so mad. Just do it with me already—that way you can go back to work tomorrow with your head held high!"

It's been three years since we last talked. Sure, we were close friends back then, but I still can't believe what she's saying! Nevertheless, after some awkward, on-the-spot decision-making, we head back to her apartment...

"So, uh... this whole last-name basis is kinda killing my mood... Call me Chihiro?"

My first time touching a girl's soft skin, my first time hearing her sweet moans...

And afterwards, my first time seeing a red spot on the sheets...?!

"Just so we're clear—don't start acting like you're my boyfriend just 'cause you slept with me this one time."

More than friends, but not quite lovers—two souls who start out on the wrong foot, only to retrace their steps back to true love...

Chihiro Himukai Always Walks Away is now available on Johren for the promotional price of $15.84 until August 4th, at which point it will cost $19.80. The visual novel is also available on Steam for the promotional price of $15.99 until August 3rd, at which point it will cost $19.99. Adult content for the Steam version has to be installed separately, using a free DLC available on Johren.

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