Fortune Arterial is originally made by August in form of a visual novel. It was released back on January 2008 for PC and makes its debut as an anime in this fall 2010 anime season.

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Summary

Kohei Hasekura lives his childhood life by transferring from one school to the other because of his parents but it all comes to an end when his parents send him to a school with a living dorm so he does not have to move with him. Kohei is excited about his new school life and his new friends. However, his new school life at Shuchikan Gakuen is not without its own problems and there seems to be a hidden secret about the true nature of some of its students.

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As Kohei arrives at Shuchikan Gakuen, Erika Sendo, student council vice president, greets him with a warm smile and open hand then out of sudden, she starts screaming and backs down as she was about to hand-shake Kohei. Luckily, Tsukasa Hachimandaira passes by and Erika tells him to show Kohei around the school. She runs away blushing and when she finally comes to stop , her body is still shaking/trembling with excitement.

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Tsukasa shows Kohei around the school and brings him to living dorm where all students live. Floor one and two belongs to boys and floor three and four belongs to girls. Boys are not allowed to go to girls section but I doubt that it will stop him from doing so ^^;;. In this dorm, Kohei meets two of his childhood friends, Haruna Yuuki and her older sister Kanade Yuuki. Accidentaly, energetic Kanade is the dorm manager. Later that night, Kanade is having a tea party in her room talking about her childhood friend , Kohei, who just arrives at Shuchikan Gakuen.

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The next day, during lunch, Kohei is given a map of the school and a task where he needs to take a picture of every building in this school. He bumps into Togi Soichiro, an underclassman, who is busy chasing her rabbit, Yukimaru. It runs away into the flower fields and fortunately, Kohei captures Yukimaru who happens to be running to his direction. Grateful for Kohei’s effort in catching Yukimaru, Togi shows the way to Student Oversight Building where student council resides.

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Iori Sendo, student council president, loves to play prank and he intentionally invites Kohei for a tea time despite the fact that her sister, Erika, is there and for some reasons, she feels uneasy being near Kohei. To make matters even worse, Iori switches the sign between man and woman bathroom ^^;;.

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Unknowingly, Kohei enters a woman bathroom and of course, Erika just finishes taking a bath. For a good couple seconds, both of them are speechless and Kohei tries to come up with an excuse but he fails terribly. You know saying “No! No! I meant the bath, when I said big!” does not exactly help in anyways ^^;; and as a gift, he gets a fine hand print of Erika.

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Unfortunately, his misery does not end there as rumour spreads really quick and when Kanade hears this, she gives Kohei a discipline sticker which you can collect up to ten in order to receive a special punishment. When Kohei finds out that it’s all Iori’s fault, he still feels bad and needs to apologize to Erika, meanwhile, hearing what Kohei says, Erika takes the initiative and asks Kohei to meet at Zelkova tree which said to be able to grant any wish at five the next day.

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On his way to Zelkova tree, Kohei gets distracted due to noises from the direction where a church is located. Surprisingly inside the church, he sees Iori sucking up blood from a student.

Thoughts

Even though Fortune Arterial is a well-known eroge and I own a towel with Erika on it, I never know what story is all about. Certainly, I didn’t expect it to be a vampire related story which can easily pique my interest by ten fold ^^;;. Yah I am such a sucker for vampire related anime ^^;;. Not much I can say about the story and which direction it goes. I figure there may be multiple endings since it’s an eroge. Anyone who have played the game before maybe can comment on the story plot ? ^^

One of the best thing about this anime is the OP and ED song. The opening was sung by Lia who I expect no less than awesome for a song by her. Can’t wait for the single to be released ^^. As for the ED, it’s nicely done and just plain beautiful. It gives this soothing feel every time I listen to it. Not to mention the ED animation just looks perfect with the song; all the girls wear a white lingerie laying down on top of water where you can see a reflection of each character. ❤ Hina’s expression in the ED song. I wouldn’t call it a sad expression but it feels like she’s mesmerizing someone; could it be Kohei ? ^^

Animation wise, I think ZEXCS and feel. did a great job and I notice a great details on each background but it’s only the first episode so if they can keep it up then I can say that they’ve done an awesome job. Quality in some series tend to go down as the series progresses.

Kohei, male protagonist, is voiced by Daisuke Ono whose voice should already be well-known to who has watched Kuroshitsuji since he voiced as Sebastian.

Overall, I think I will enjoy this series and will continue watching it ^^.

Additional tidbits

Opening theme
“絆-kizunairo-色” by Lia (all Clannad fans should familar Lia’s voice ^^)
Ending theme
“I miss you” by Veil
Official website FORTUNE ARTERIAL Official Website
テレビ東京・あにてれ FORTUNE ARTERIAL 赤い約束
Animation Production Feel
ZEXCS
Notable Seiyuus Daisuke Ono (Kakeru in 11 eyes, Sebastian in Kuroshitsuji, Shizuo in Durarara!, Kazuma in Kaze no Stigma) as Kohei Hasekura

Junichi Suwabe (Archer in Fate/Stay Night, Takashi in High School of The Dead, Fuuma in X) as Iori Sendo

Kentarou Itou (Abarai in Bleach, Kurou in Demonbane, Chouji in Naruto) as Tsukasa Hachimandaira

Director Munenori Nawa (Da Capo Second Season, Kiss x Sis, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu)
Character Design Megumi Ishihara (Fate Stay Night, Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works)
Episodes 12

Rating: 7.5/10
Source: ANN

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