Dies Irae ~Amantes Amentes~ Skidrow

An award-winning visual novel produced by Light in 2007.

Overview

Dies Irae is an urban fantasy visual novel developed by light and was released in Japan on the PC as an eroge title in 2007. Several different versions of Dies Irae were created over the next few years that all added additional story content, these include the "Die Wiederkunft" and "Acta est Fabula" editions in 2009 that both added new character routes as well as visual upgrades. Finally an all-ages version was released in 2012, subtitled "Amantes Amentes," for the PlayStation Portable which featured further enhancements, new material and the removal of any adult content. Ports of Dies Irae: Amantes Amentes were also released for the PC in 2012, Android devices in 2015 and finally iOS in 2016.

The Dies Irae franchise is currently very active with several ongoing projects to expand the IP into other media including an anime adaptation, which was greenlit due to a successful Japanese crowd funding campaign in 2015, along with the creation of various side-stories in the form of drama CDs, manga, etc. An English edition of Dies Irae: Amantes Amentes is also currently in development with a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017 that funded the game's localization and a port for the PlayStation Vita.

Plot Summary

In 1945, a small group of individuals called "Longinus Dreizehn Orden (13 Holy Lancers)," as known as the knights of the Black Round Table, conducted a mysterious ritual where they used the souls of those who perished in the flame of the fallen Berlin as the sacrifice to create what they call "the Holy Ark," and disappeared. In 2006, those of the Black Round Table have returned in order to accomplish their objective, to re-write the current world system.

A socially reclusive highschool student, Ren Fujii, finds himself caught up in this midst of their grand scheme. They call him their enigmatic vice commander's agent, "Zarathustra," and seek to hunt him as an integral process of their ritual to resurrect their commander, Reinhard Heydrich. Reinhard, or the so-called Golden Beast and the Prince of Destruction, shall grant wishes of his worthiest knights, and destroy the current world system. Struggling to fight off their pursuit, Ren's peaceful life becomes upside down with confusion and identity crisis. Who is the vice captain of the Black Round Table and Reinhard's sworn friend, "Mercurius" (a.k.a. Karl Krafft, Cagliostro, Hermes Trismegistus, etc.)? What is his true motive? What is the relationship between Mercurius and Ren? What and who is Ren Fujii himself?

When Ren bonds with a cursed soul of mysterious French girl who died by guillotine, his utmost earnest crave to extend his most beloved moment grants him a terrible power. The power to fight the Black Round Table, and the power to transcend from Assiah, Yetzirah, Briah, to Atziluth to rewrite the system of the world.