Dark Hunter (Jou) Ijigen Gakuen is the first game in the Dark Hunter series. In the game you can select one of the three main characters (Mariko Kayano, Ran Mashimo & Cher Mulligan). The PSX game is fully voice acted. 2 language interaction (Japanese or English), perfect speech dubbing free conversation. It's possible to select speech choice.
Dark Hunter is an adventure game that is the second entry of Shibusawa Kou's "English Dream" series -following the three-part entry, Emit. The purpose behind both projects is to teach Japanese people the English language with the help of a thrilling narrative. Each game has English consultants with a dual language and subtitle option for players. While the English Dream series has been largely forgotten, both titles appeared on Koei's 2003 Winter Thanks Rare Campaign with cheap and forgiving prices.
This game was released as two separate parts, the first part being Strange Dimension School and Demon Forest is the second. Character designs were made by Atsushi Kamijo with Naoyuki Onda for line cleanup.
A strange set of violent crimes hit Tokyo streets. The young perpetrators state feeling no remorse for their ruthlessness and the cases pile up at an alarming rate. Within the city streets, Mariko experiences a chain of vivid hallucinations after her father's remarriage. Her new mother sends her away to attend Jigen High School, the exile for "special youths" ostracized in society. During one of her daily commutes, she meets two mysterious people: a stoic young man and a beautiful woman. Mariko's encounter with them is tied to her adventures of the academy's true colors.
The adventure begins when Ran Mashimo (the main character of the game) arrives to the town of Kimen (that means Face to the demon) when he enters the school (Jigen Academy which headmaster is Shogen Kuji) where he thinks that is the demon's headquarters. Cher Mulligan (another demon hunter) arrives there too in her car and almost got involved in an accident with 2 students (Yuichi & Mariko Kayano). Cher & Ran appears there as students of the academy. As soon as they arrive Ran notice that Mariko Kayano is the only student not dominated by the demons.
- Mariko Kayano:
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (Japanese), Alison Lester (English)
Mariko is a sheepish yet polite teenager who feels she doesn't have the power to defy what is set for her. She left Tokyo without protest, though she struggles to understand why she was sent to Jigen High. As she is just fitting in, she encounters Ran and Cher, each telling her that the school's faculty and students are inhabited by parasitic creatures from another dimension. Jigen High is their base of operations. In spite of the creatures attacking her and her school, Mariko is fearful of the truth shattering her sense of mediocrity and tries to stay within a state of denial.
Left with the keepsake of Ran's mother, Mariko is surprised to see her teachers revile the blue stone's glow. Realizing that her teachers really are savage creatures, she begins to trust Ran. When imprisoned by the creatures underneath Jigen High, Mariko learns she is the designated host for the creatures' holy matriarch, the Dark Mother. Her hallucinations turns out to be her powers of precognition awakening, a power which she uses to break free and escape the academy. Since she has no safe home, Mariko decides to live a new life by herself.
- Ran Mashimo:
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Michael G. (English)
The mysterious young transfer student to Jigen High, Ran claims to have lost all of his human emotions. Though he has a wild appearance, Ran is a talented psychic who is gifted in telepathy, fire manipulation, and psychometry. Not wanting to see another victim, Ran has an innate desire to rescue those who are endangered by the creatures. He is the one who reveals more details about the creatures to Mariko.
After his parents were killed, Ran was looked after by his older brother, Yoku. To guard his brother from the creatures in their home, Yoku cuts off ties with an eleven-year old Ran and tells him to escape. Two years later, Ran hears from a mysterious figure that Yoku was murdered by a man named Shogen Kuji. He spent the following five years hunting Shogen down and dispatching creatures to avenge his loss. Though Ran isn't with Mariko and Cher at the end of the game, Mariko believes Ran survived due to one of her visions.
- Cher Mulligan:
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese), Kimberly Forsythe (English)
Posing as a resident in the dorms, Cher is actually a CIA agent from Washington DC. Her mission is to complete three main objectives: demolish all creatures before they further contaminate society, blow up the building, and dispatch her partner, Charles Kuroda. Cher rescues Satoshi during her adventure and promises to look out for the child. She spends the first part of the story learning the school's premise while being rescued by a mysterious figure. To combat the creatures in her way, Cher is armed with various firearms.
In the second game, she resolves herself to finish her mission in spite of any personal hardships. Cher has a highly dangerous time bomb ticking away in her dorm room, forcing everyone in the premise to speed up their desired objectives. She helps Mariko's escape from the school and decides to head back to America with Satoshi after her successful mission.
Voiced by: Shuichiro Miyamoto (Japanese), Brian Saffell (English)
A young boy who can barely talk, Satoshi is a normal boy who was saved by Cher and Ran. He lost his family to the creatures and hasn't really spoken since due to shock. Before he heads to Cher's promised rendezvous point, he wanders the grounds of Jigen High to search for his missing cat.
The game is an interactive comic adventure, since to advance in the adventure part the player just have to select one answers of the possible ones. There are some action levels made using 3D graphics. The game is divided into 15 chapters.
In game menu translation:
- New Game
- Quit/End Game
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- Third person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- Demons, Monsters, Mystery & Educational themes.