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Denpa is a Japanese word for electromagnetic wave that became popular after the Fukagawa Street murders in 1981, influencing various forms of visual media and literature. It depicts socially dissociative characters who appear in desolate contemporary environments, resulting in erratic or unusual behaviour. Aside from imagery of technology that uses electromagnetic waves, such as telephone poles and antennas, the genre frequently explores themes of paranoia, alienation, delusion, violence, hallucinations, depression, and, less frequently, memory loss, obscene imagery, and suicide. The visual narrative is typically set in desolate urban environments, evoking feelings of isolation and melancholy. Shizuku [雫] is widely regarded as one of the first and most influential denpa titles in video games history; however, what constitutes as the first denpa story in visual media is often debated by the community.

Denpa is frequently distinguished by the inclusion of elements such as psychological horror and adult/eroticism within visual novels, but the former two elements are not always required, as evidenced by titles like Steins;Gate [シュタインズ・ゲート]. It is also common for denpa to feature deliberate stylistic choices that incorporate saturated and vibrant colour choices, sometimes juxtaposed with intentionally poorly designed characters; an example of this is Higurashi When They Cry [ひぐらしのなく頃に]. These recurring themes contribute to the genre's immersive storytelling, enhancing the overall thematic experience of denpa games and reflecting the psychological and emotional depth inherent in their narratives. Popular examples also include Tsukihime [月姫], ChäoS;HEAd, Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~ [素晴らしき日々~不連続存在~] and YOU and ME and HER: A Love Story [君と彼女と彼女の恋.].
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Title / Release date
23 mar 2015
8 apr - 12 may 2015
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