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A young man vows to disrupt the status quo in Akatsuki Works’ Hello Lady!, a romantic drama visual novel published by NekoNyan on multiple storefronts.

Hello Lady! is a visual novel centered around drama, romance, and a mystery plot taking place in the Amakawa Noble Academy. The school was created to address the rising problems of the 21st century, by gathering the most exceptional students together to raise a generation capable of creating a brighter future. Among the students exists a special caste made up of the most distinguished students: the crowns. Each of them shows exceptional abilities within a specific field and they’re all meant to serve as examples of the ideal students.

The story’s protagonist, Narita Shinri, saves the life of Otonashi Saku during a terrorist attack. Saku is the most idealized student at the academy, often seen as the noblest crown. In a display of gratitude, Shinri is invited to become a student at the academy by its Chairman, who makes him the sixth member of the crowns. He accepts the honor, but vows to change the way the academy works. Saku is then assigned to help him get accommodated at the academy; however, as she truly loves her school, she finds herself at odds with Shinri's ideals, deciding that she’ll have to stop him in his efforts to disrupt the status quo.

Previously, NekoNyan had announced their plans to release an English version of Hello Lady! back in 2020. As detailed in an official blog post on the publisher's website, they originally meant to publish the visual novel completely uncensored, featuring all of its original content without mosaics. Unfortunately, at some point during the publishing process, the owner of the IP changed hands. The new rightsholder has a stricter approach to censorship, which has forced NekoNyan to include mosaic censorship in the game's initial release. The publisher is currently in the process of negotiating with the new rightsholder to remove the censorship in the future, if at all possible, but no promises can be made at this time.

Saku Otonashi

Saku is the distinguished leader of the Crowns. She is the very embodiment of nobility that every student in the academy strives to live up to, garnering respect and awe from one and all. The task of escorting Shinri Narita around The Academy, and helping to familiarize him with the place is left to her. Due to that fact, the two are often seen together on a daily basis.

A proud, sublime specimen of a girl. Even calling her a ‘queen’ would be no overstatement. As the leader of the Crowns, she works tirelessly to uphold and enforce law and order within the academy. She would stand before any who threatened to disrupt the status quo of her beloved academy, regardless of who they may be. And, although Shinri saved her life from terrorists, he unfortunately threatens to disrupt the peace within The Academy. As such, she’s left with no choice but to stop him, by any means necessary.

Sorako Katsuragi

The Crowns’ prized treasurer. She is one of the eldest students of the recently-established Amakawa Noble Academy, standing up there alongside Saku. Her father is the famously wealthy Niiyama Katsuragi, so she’s a bona fide noble in her own right.

Nobody really knows why she dresses in men’s clothing, but she certainly doesn’t act like one, as she’s a girly girl through and through. She’s best friends with Saku. Though in some ways, they couldn’t be more different, with Sorako having a bit of a naive side to her. Her boundless kindness toward others means that when she spots someone in trouble, she can’t help but reach out to them to try and help in whatever ways she can. It’s literally impossible for her to be on bad terms with anyone. She’s even willing to hang out with Shinri Narita, despite him being the Crowns’ ”sworn enemy.”

Tamao Akahito

The newest addition to the Crowns. She works as the general affairs manager.She’s a reformed delinquent, so she has a bit of an attitude compared to the other Crowns. Often comes off extremely rude when talking to people, earning herself no end of scolding from Saku.

She’s a genius when it comes to physical activities, as proved by her mastery of a mysterious ancient Japanese martial art that has been passed down through her family for generations. Unparalleled and downright invincible in a fight. She doesn’t present herself very ‘nobly’ at all, so while there are many who respect her, there are equally as many who fear her. Nevertheless, her behaviour has earned her the adoration of many a younger girl. She’s stolen a lot of young maidens’ hearts. Her first impression of Shinri Narita could not possibly have been any worse, and she can’t help but snap at him whenever they’re in the same room.

Eru Takazaki

The youngest of the Crowns. She works as their secretary. Formerly known as ‘Saku’s personal chevalier,’ a title that didn’t mean much more than explain her status as a self-designated servant, she still thinks of herself as Saku’s knight in shining armor.Cool-headed to the point of being near-expressionless most of the time. She calls herself ‘The Crowns’ most brilliant tactician.’ Saku is love. Saku is life. Anyone who disagrees is not fit to live. Naturally, she absolutely loathes Shinri Narita for daring to oppose Saku. She’s ever ready to pounce on the opportunity to put him six feet under.

Hello Lady! is now available on Steam, Denpasoft, FAKKU and JAST USA for the promotional price of $26.99 until January 27th, at which point it will cost $29.99. The visual novel is also available on MangaGamer for the promotional price of $26.95, where it will later cost $29.95.

Adult content for the Steam version of the game has to be installed separately using a patch available on the publisher’s website.

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