Laura Shigihara, famed for that cheery little tune about zombies invading your lawns and how brains are rich in cholesterol (hey, thanks for the heads up, Laura!), is making a new game of her own. Called “Rakuen” (lit. “Paradise), the game tells the story of a young boy who “lives in the hospital” and is accompanied only by his mother as well as her storybook that tells the tale of a magical land called Rakuen.
Our young hero especially took interest in how the book tells the story of a young boy who had his wish granted by a guardian spirit after overcoming a series of trials. Inspired by this, he decided to set out on his own path of trials, with his mother helping him along the way, of course, in order to have his own wish granted by this guardian spirit. Now, if that doesn’t scream “adorable”, we don’t know what does.
Miss Shigihara mentioned in the game’s website that there will be no battles and the game would play as a story-based adventure instead. She also mentioned how the game “functions like a mix between Maniac Mansion, To the Moon, and The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past (in terms of layout, not in terms of fighting)”, and the fact that she mentioned “To the Moon” there raised some red flags in our heads. Considering how heartbreaking the ending of To The Moon was for us, we can only hope nothing bad happens to this adorable little protagonist at the end of Rakuen’s story.
Please, Miss Shigihara: please promise us nothing bad will happen to him. Please?