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Jisei is the first of a supernatural mystery Visual Novel series made and produced by Sakevisual. It starts with the main character waking up in a coffee shop in a city called Edgewater. After conversing with the barista behind the counter for a while, you start to feel strangely sick. You hobble to the bathroom only to find a dead woman with a knife in her chest.
Luckily, you have an ability you have where you can "read" the death of any dead body you touch. You learn from this ability that the woman was not stabbed, at least not at first. She was apparently strangled. However, while you're using your ability, a woman walks in, sees you touching the body and makes the unfortunate assumption that you are the killer, interrupting your reading.
Since you're being held there anyway, you decide to clear your name and solve the mystery. The suspects are Detective Mikolaj Gurski, Chance, the barista, Miss Bergstrom, the woman who saw you touching the body, and a college kid named Kizaki.
- Adorkable: Kizaki is awkward and shy, and when he tries to help Chance carry the dishes, his clumsiness causes him to drop them. Although it's likely that was all an act because he was undercover.
- Actually, once Kizaki (whose real name is Naoki) comes out of his disguise, he's even more awkward and shy as noted by the protagonist.
- Amateur Sleuth: The main character questions the others so that he may clear his name and help Detective Gurski find the real killer. It's revealed in the sequel, Kansei, that years ago the main character solved cold cases with his sister prior to her death.
- Asshole Victim: Sara Blackmoore was working for Biodev in stealing research from Auten Engineering, but decided to doublecross her employer in favor of a third party that offered her more money.
- By-The-Book Cop: Detective Gurski spends most of his time guarding the crime scene and making calls to get a background on the victim. He will not hesitate to arrest you if he manages to see you trying to get another look at the body. However, he does defy this trope by encouraging the protagonist to do most of the questioning on his own.
- Clear My Name: One of the reasons why the protagonist decides to question everyone and help out with the investigation in the first place.
- The Corpse Stops Here: The protagonist is seen as the prime suspect because he was next to the murder victim when the body was discovered.
- Dead Little Sister: No word on whether she was younger than him, but the protagonist's sister was shot in the abdomen three years prior to the start of the game.
- Eidetic Memory: The reason why Kizaki can perfectly recite the prices of menu items is that he remembers everything he sees, smells, or hears in a location. This certainly helps fool the main character into believing that Kizaki is a regular at the cafe when it is actually his first time there.
- Embarrassing First Name: Chance changed her name from “Bertha” because she thought “Bertha” was an unsuitable name for a famous singer-to-be.
- Eureka Moment: The protagonist has one when he realizes that the red speck stuck to the duct tape in the trash can is actually a false nail that broke off the murderer's hand while restraining the victim.
- Everyone Is a Suspect: None of the characters have a clear alibi.
- Eye Remember: Not per se, since the protagonist doesn't see the last moments of a person's death, but he does feel what the victim felt.
- Genre Savvy: Kizaki, in a panicked state, exaggerates the situation as a Closed Circle. The protagonist counters that Kizaki has access to the internet to call for help, and insists that the plot is not Ten Little Murder Victims.
- Half-Identical Twins: The voice helping the protagonist belongs to Kizaki's identical twin sister, Aki.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Gurski is Chris Niosi, AKA "Kirbopher".
- No Name Given: You never learn the protagonist's name.
- The sequel reveals that his name is Alex.
- Telepathy: A voice tries to help the main character with his investigation. She is able to transmit her thoughts into his mind and read his thoughts.
- Red Herring: Invoked by Miss Bergstrom, who finds out that the best way to draw away suspicion from the identity of the real murderer is to accuse an innocent person of committing the crime.
- Sherlock Scan: Detective Gurski notes that it is odd that the main character fell asleep after a cup of coffee, and proceeds to tell him his exact drink order as offhandedly deduced from the markings and packaging on his coffee cup.
- The Empath: In the sense that the player character senses death in close proximity, and when he touches a corpse, he experiences the person’s last dying moments.
- The Summation: Done where you have to pick out the correct order that the suspects arrived, the cause of death, and finally, the identity of the murderer.
- The Voice: A mysterious voice helps the protagonist with his mystery. She shows up in person at the end of the game.
- Twist Ending: More of a twist epilogue. Chance was also after the USB drive that the victim carried. It is unclear which party she was working for.