All people meet in the sky! Or so we are told in the romantic visual novel If My Heart Had Wings -Flight Diary-. It takes place in Kazegaura – a lovely little town where the wind blows pleasantly. With a beautiful fill next to it where you can see all the giant windmills.
If My Heart Had Wings was originally developed by Pulltop and published in Japanese. If My Heart Had Wings -Flight Diary- is the english release of the game, made by MoeNovel. It is not just a translation as it changes a few things. For one there are no common routes, and each respective story is played as a standalone story after selecting it from the startup screen. The romantic visual novel has also been made appropriate for slightly younger audiences due to the removal of hentai scenes.
The standalone stories I mentioned are six in total. Since story is the main crutch of visual novels, I will give you a small synopsis of each story so you can get a feel for if this is your cup of tea. Keep in mind that I will reference the original game so you need to either be familiar with the original story and events or be ready to google. These story details are taken from the game’s Steam page.
Inherited Wings: Soaring Club Epilogue
The vivid colors of summer have long become familiar and normal. One boy searches for the continuation to yesterday’s answer…
Aoi has made the decision to quit the club once the summer ends.
But the Soaring Club is now faced by a certain problem.
It’s the sort of problem for which answers will not come easily.
Kotori is plagued with anxiety.
In this place to which she had once escaped, she had found hope – the hope to dream.
But it’s that very dream itself that she now can’t seem to find…
This is the tale of Kotori and Aoi, two birds locked in a cage, finding the courage to spread their wings to their own “next sky”.
Wings of Dreams: Soaring Club Prologue
The wings of dreams fly on a new wind.
Amane has found the answer she was promised.
Her dream of crossing through the corridor of the clouds together with her new friends has been fulfilled.
She’s filled with nostalgic memories…
Isuka’s heart pounds as she hears this.
With everyone so radiant, she feels an overwhelming sense of pressure and pain.
“I want to experience this miraculous sky, one more time…”
Thus begins the prologue to a new tale about friends managing to come together once again.
Inexpressible Emotion: Hotaru
The story of Hotaru Himegi.
Production is underway on a promotional video to pique the interest of next year’s batch of new students.
In the process, a mistake on Hotaru’s part causes Aoi to injure his knee.
Haunted by a feeling of responsibility for the accident, Hotaru volunteers to help out Aoi’s mother at Flying Fish Manor.
“I’ll do anything. Please, just ask – Master Ao-nii.”
The Kazato Sisters: A Day in the Life
This story takes place after you begin dating the Kazato sisters in the main story.
Unfamiliar Answer: Kanako
The story of Kanako Sigure.
A typhoon has forced the postponement of the first test flight of the school year.
Apart from the occasional spot of trouble here and there, it was a regular day like any other.
As Kanako wakes up in the morning, she immediately realizes that she hadn’t been sleeping in her own bed – but Aoi’s.
A young man and woman spending an entire night alone together.
It would actually be stranger if nothing whatsoever had happened…
“Have I… made a mistake?”
The Day I Found My Wings
In this story you can read the events of the main story in a novel written from Kotori’s perspective.
Ultimately if you like this romantic visual novel or not will come down to if you like the story. And unless I spoil the whole novel for you I can’t just tell you what happens. What I can tell you is that the game has a pretty big following, and for good reason. Other than the interesting story it has beautiful art, a very pleasant instrumental and professional voice acting in Japanese. If all this sounds like something that you would like to experience, I highly recommend If My Heart Had Wings -Flight Diary-.