A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Pitch Black Serenade demo is available and free to download!

January 1st, 2009. A truck crashes in the middle of Shibuya, Tokyo. Kairi Nakajo wakes up in a hospital with total amnesia. Soon after, his parents break to him the news that they have decided to move to the tranquil city of Kujikawa. Kairi is forced to go with them, basically cutting off every direct link to his past.

Three years have passed, but therapy has failed and Kairi has not managed to get any of his memories back. In the meantime, he has grown suspicious of his parents, who appear to have been trying to replace his missing memories with new ones. The new memories seem to have been carefully chosen in order to mold a new Kairi, who would more closely resemble their ideal son.

Tokyo has changed as well: thick clouds are covering its sky and a dreadful case of serial abductions threatens its residents. And it appears that it all started on the day of Kairi's fateful accident...



♦ Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Coming-of-age / Mainly aimed at girls.
Shape Kairi's personality. Live by your parents' rules or fight back.
Three love interests. Each leads to a different solution to the mystery.*
♦ Solve mini games to unlock pieces of Kairi's lost memories.
 Explore maps and collect clues.
♦ Travel between Tokyo and Kujikawa during free time.*
♦ Get collectible cards upon accomplishing achievements.*
♦ Befriend 7+ male characters because it's a game for girls, right?*
♦ That one sexy secondary character you can't date? Yes, there are three.*
♦ Multiple endings. And not holding back with the consequences.*
♦ Demons.
♦ 30+ hours of playtime estimated.*
♦ Rating: 15+, for suggestive themes and gore.

*Not included in the demo.


Cast (Kujikawa Arc). Check complete profiles.



Official Website
Official Twitter
Youtube Channel



97Circle is a koujin (one-man) circle producing entertainment through various media. Story, art, GUI and coding of Pitch Black Serenade have been made by Kuna.

Proofreaders: Gospel, NovelistEzhno.
Mini game programmer: Anton Strickland
Beta-testers: Livestraes, Gospel, Natsu, Khanachi, NovelistEzhno.
Additional Background Art "Light Pole": Jeron Samez
Made with Ren'py.


Demo features.

♦ Chapter 1 full.
♦ 3 hours of gameplay (35.000 words).
♦ 2 secret game overs. Be careful not to die!
♦ A mini game. Get one of Kairi's lost memories!
♦ 5 CGs. 
♦ Maps to explore (point and click).
♦ Free time: decide how to spend your days.
♦ Original sprite art for 11 characters.
♦ One entire location of the story: Kujikawa.

Release date: Oct 20, 2018
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: Free
Rating: 15+, for suggestive themes and gore.

You can report bugs or crashes here or on Discord

I'll be glad to hear your feedback too! ^ ^

(Please note that the full game will be commercial.)

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Oct 20, 2018
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
TagsAnime, Male protagonist, Manga, Mystery, Otome, renpy, Romance, supernatural, suspense, Text based
Average sessionA few hours
LinksTwitter, Patreon, Blog


Pitch Black Serenade - Trial Ver-1.0-pc.zip 295 MB
Pitch Black Serenade - Trial Ver-1.0-mac.zip 277 MB

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this game is really fun! is there an approximately date for the full release? i really cant wait to play the full version TwT


Hi cloudysky! Thank you so much for playing PBS, I'm glad you had fun! I'm currently working on the full game but it's going to take a while, approx two years. I will publish a new scene to play for free later this year, and, if you want to read about the progress on the development, please refer to the blog articles on this page! : ) https://97circle.itch.io/pitch-black-serenade/devlog

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The game is perfect...

...The only flaw that I put to the game for now is that you make such wonderful and handsome male characters, and that they haven´t a route or romance in the game.

I feel like seeing the ads or advertising of an ice cream shop or creperie or cake shop, and when you go there, you discover that certain desserts aren´t for sale and that they only have decorative purposes.


But otherwise perfect!

I love the protagonist, the others characters, the gameplay, the plot, the art, and the comedy.

Seriously, this game looks great.

I want to see the whole game.



Thank you Aural! : D I'm glad you're enjoying PBS!

I replied with a similar info under your comment in my latest post, however I'll write it here too, for everyone to read : ) Despite missing the romance elements with boys, this game is still an "otome" and you'll get to spend a lot of time with male characters, even more than with female ones. It's not the same as dating them, but I hope that this way is going to be entertaining as well  ^ ^

Thank you for playing and your nice comments! I really appreciate it! And I really hope to create a story and characters that you will continue enjoying! If you have any further suggestion you'd like to share, I'd be glad to read it and maybe it will fit into the story or even some extra content!


What a shame, that the doctor isn´t one of that three love interests. :-D

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Hi Evickar! : D Yep, doc. Isahai isn't one, but in the full game there are going to be bromance-like scenes between him and Kairi : ) Thanks for the comment on the topic!

OMG! You want to kill me! I can´t wait for full game!!!!!!

Thank you!! >V< Working hard on it!

Will there be a guide?

I am going need one XD.


Hi Aural! 

I'm going to post a guide in December! : D 

That relieves me a lot!
I love the game, its characters, the mystery, the psychology, and the election system.
But I was worried that it was too difficult for me, so I appreciate the guide.


Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it ^ ^
The guide will cover all possible paths and game overs!

Hello!! I fell in love with the game, and how the main character is not a straight, flawless hero but a realistic person! How is the development going?  Is there a site in which I can follow the dev. closely?


Hello LonelyLawyerGamer! Thank you so much for playing the demo and I'm glad you enjoyed it! As an indie developer I had to stop developing the game because of irl job for several months but I have good news! I'm now able to work almost full time on the rest of the game, and starting from next week I will update regularly (once or twice a week minimum) with progresses. I will mainly post on Patreon (mostly free posts) https://www.patreon.com/97Circle and keep the game Discord updated https://discord.gg/GdQGbZ For every quick update, please refer to PBS twitter account https://twitter.com/pbserenade Again, thank you so much! 

Is it yaoi?

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Hi! It's not yaoi, it will contain a lot of bromance! : )

So which characters are love interests to the protagonist? I'm very confused ^^''

Hi sunnyx, I'm sorry the routes are still a bit confused ^^" One of the love interests of Kairi is Fujisa, for the other ones, please check this post on Lemmasoft ⇒ https://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=52278&p=497941#p497941

At the bottom, there's also a character map of the whole game: the characters marked with a heart icon are the love interests (3 in total).

I hope it can be of some help! Thank you for playing the demo!

This game has me hooked!! Looking forward to more of this great story. <3

Thank you so much for playing it! The new chapter is under development! : 3 <3

This is... AMAZING! I love everything! People say I'm young but I'm not. TvT But wat they don't know is.. I. LOVE. GORE. I'm a little evil kiddo >:3 Keep up the good work 97Circle!



Owww Thank you so much for the support, DuckieChan! And I'm so glad to receive a comment about the gore! (///∇//)

I'm happy you enjoyed it, I'll do my best and complete the game soon! Thank you~~~!!

I really love this game UwU , ugh!! The Story and art very good, can't wait for next project!! >.<)/ Ganbatte!!

Aww, thank you so much!!! I'm glad you liked it!
I'm working on the next chapter! (•̀ᴗ•́)و

Hmm you know, this game is, AMAZING!! (>w<) everything is pretty cool and I totally hooked up with the character and the story, even the minigame. Can't wait for the full release. Thankyou for making this awesome game!

Thank you so much for playing it! : D I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

I just finished the demo and I absolutely loved it! Is there an approximate date for the full game's release? 

Hello Mellyboo! Thank you for playing PBS! There's not an exact release date for now, ideally it will be finished in 2020. However a new three-hour chapter covering the start of the Tokyo Arc will be released next year!


Thank you so much for playing it! : D I hope you enjoy it!


Hello! I finally finished the demo! I really enjoyed the game! I made a more detailed review and answering of your questions of PBS on the Lemmasoft Forum post you have. The demo was very fun to play, and I'm looking forward to the future release!

Everything about this was such a nice experience. The art is beautiful and the music and sound effects really matched the scenes that were playing out.  The story is fantastic.

I wish you and your team the best of luck! You now have a loyal fan! ^^

I've replied on Lemmasoft as well and we met on Discord too, but again, I'm so glad you enjoyed the game, Neru! Thank you so much for the comment and the support!

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Hello! First, thank you for the demo, I really like your game! I like the story, it really got me wondering what is going on.
All the characters are fully fleshed out and likeable. I kind of ship Fujisa and Teru... And I totally love Haruto <3 So crazy, so cute! And Cry looks more like a girl than a boy to me... Maybe it will be revealed who they are too? I'm so curious! And who is the girl on the game cover ? So many mysteries !
I do hope we can - fundamentally - change the character of Kairi like you announced, because he's such an as**ole...
And the passage with the French food was so funny, I'm french so it was super easy for me :)
I really like the music too! Really like the song when he's in the club or in his bedroom.
I'm curious about the other characters and love interests as well as our "persuasion" power... If I get it right, using them is considered "bad", right? And to finish I do hope we will find...


... Our little sister.

Hello Mylane! Thank you so much for trying out the demo! I really enjoyed reading your comment and I'm glad you had a good time playing the game! And it was interesting to receive feedback regarding the food mini game from a French player, too!
About the "persuasion" power, its nature is not completely explained on purpose so that every player can get their own personal meaning and play the way they mean to. Anyway, balancing purple choices and white ones can work really good too! ; ) 
I'm sorry there was no room to insert the blond girl from the cover in the demo! She will appear in the next chapter which I hope to release soon! ^ ^