Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! is a Japanese multimedia project co-developed by the animation studio Ufotable and MediaWorks. The project revolves around a group of high school girls in the year 2035 when the birth rate has dropped dramatically. It launched in August 2004 in MediaWorks' Dengeki AniMaga magazine, and went on to produce a manga adaptation serialized in MediaWorks' Dengeki Daioh. A 12-episode anime series aired on TV Tokyo between January and March 2007, and is complemented by a bonus episode released exclusively on DVD in October 2007. A PlayStation 2 visual novel based on the series was released in Japan in March 2007, developed by Marvelous Interactive.
Manabi Straight! is set in the year 2035 when the birth rate has dropped dramatically. As a result, schools are being closed down because of a lack of students available to teach. Morale in schools has dropped dramatically, and the all-girl Seioh Private High School is no exception. The story begins when the main character, Manami Amamiya, transfers to Seioh High School. Manami is an active girl with a positive personality, often shouting her personal motto Massugu Go! as a motivator for herself to go forward in life.
On Manami's first day of school, the lone student council member and secretary Mika Inamori tries to rally students to join the council, but is initially met with an apathetic audience. However, Manami expresses interest in becoming the student council president. To show the school how much she wants to lead the student body, Manami begins to sing Seioh's school song after hearing it for the first time the day before. At the conclusion of the song, Manami is inducted as the student council president and received well by the entire school.
Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! KiraKira Happy Festa!: A visual novel developed by Marvelous Interactive for the PlayStation 2 titled Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! Kira Kira Happy Festa! was first released on March 29, 2007 in limited and regular editions. The limited edition came bundled with a thirty-minute length drama CD and two background music CDs. The gameplay consists of the player interacting with the game by making choices at key times in the story.
While the game consists of several different scenarios, the main one takes place during the summer festival. In the scenario, Manami needs the cooperation and comprehension of the town people in order to ensure the success of the event. Manami and her friends go through various missions in the game while they work and help the people in town get ready for the festival. As an original system built into the game, Manami has the power to give her friends "Hustle Points" that she uses to cheer her friends up during their various missions.
An album titled Miracle Straight! was released on April 4, 2007 containing the opening and ending themes to the video game sung by Yui Horie, Ai Nonaka, Marina Inoue, Aya Hirano and Saki Fujita.
The Limited Edition features 2 bonus CDs.
The adventure game of the popular anime "GakuenyutoPia" that school slapstick story unfolds! To multiple endings, crowded elements such as "Hustle management system" also miss! And planning a summer festival resurrection learn is gone! While improving the fellow our motivation is doing the event, and how can you lead a summer festival a great success! ?
- First person perspective.
- 2D graphics
- Cartoon graphics
- High School, Humour & Anime themes.