Popotan

ぽぽたん

Popotan

TitlePopotan
Original titleぽぽたん
Aliasesぽ・ぽ・た・ん, Po・Po・Ta・n, Po-Po-Ta-n, ぽ・ぽ・た・ん・DVD
LengthMedium (10 - 30 hours)
LinksWikipedia
DeveloperPetit Ferret
Publishers Well Made & Petit Ferret
Relations
Fandisc
Popotan Fan Disc Issho ni A-SO-BO
Related anime[DB-ANN] Popotan (2003)
Available atJapanese PlayStation 2 version at Play-Asia.com for US$ 58.99 »

Description

The player assumes the role of Chris, the protagonist of Popotan. Chris is a high school dropout who dislikes the direction of society and refuses to get a job. He wanders the streets making a living as a guitar-playing busker. He feels he cannot play well without an audience, which is hard to find as a drifter. The other main characters include three sisters and their maid who live in a western-style mansion. Ai is the eldest of the three and communicates with plants. Mai is the middle sister; she is a tomboy and disapproves of Chris's behavior. Mii is the youngest and the most energetic; she often cosplays as "Magical Girl Mii" and helps people. Their maid Mea appears emotionless at first, but reveals hidden depth later in the story.

Popotan takes place in the distant future within the remnants of Tokyo, destroyed by a cataclysm and since altered by geological transformations. The disaster was caused by a giant dandelion structure resembling a spire that arose in the city atop a hill. The main location of the game is a European-style mansion, seen as completely out-of-place in the city. Much of the daytime is spent outside the mansion wandering around town meeting characters and triggering event sequences.

Popotan follows Chris's lifestyle changes, as well as the mysteries surrounding the spire-like object that caused the destruction of Tokyo in the past. The story opens as Chris desperately considers stealing food from a stand near a shrine entrance. His theft is unsuccessful, and he wanders around town looking for work. He finds a convenience store, where he gets directions leading him to the mansion. He enters without asking permission and runs into the three sisters and their lifelike android maid. Chris asks permission to stay because the rent is cheap and the girls are pretty; they consent, but force him to take a part-time job. The convenience store owner hires him, and as the story progresses, Chris opens up socially and begins caring about others as he interacts with the girls. He also meets new friends, including a classmate Konami, a local shrine maiden named Nono and a mysterious girl named Shizuku.

[from Wikipedia]

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Protagonist

Chris
Chrisクリス 
Hair, Short, Spiky, White
Eyes, Amber, Hosome
Body, Pale, Slim
Clothes, Belt, Jacket, Necktie, Suspenders, Trousers, Vest
Items, Guitar
Personality, Lazy, Pessimist, Rebellious, Stubborn
Role, Delinquent, Guitarist, Unemployed
Engages in, Moving
Engages in (Sexual)
Subject of (Sexual)

Description

Chris is a high-school dropout and slacker who gave up on the world. He wanders from city to city playing his guitar to make just enough money to cover his living expenses. He moves in with the three sisters because they charge cheap rent and he likes staying in a house full of girls; however, he quickly learns he must change his slacker ways.

[From Wikipedia.]

Main characters

Ai
Aiあい 
AliasesPopotan, ぽぽたん
MeasurementsHeight: 167cm, Bust-Waist-Hips: 90-63-88cm
Hair, Blunt Bangs, Extremely Long, Green, Hime Cut, Ponytail, Sidehair
Eyes, Green, Tareme
Body, Average Height, E+ Cup, Pale, Slim, Young-adult
Clothes, Apron, Beanie, Clothing with Ribbons, Dress, Glasses, Oversized Clothing, Pendant Necklace, Sweater, Thigh-high Stockings
Personality, Carefree, Clumsy, Docile, Kind, Low Self-esteem, Relaxed
Role, Full Sister, Head of Household, Older Sister, Pet Owner, Psychic
Engages in, Cleaning, Cooking
Engages in (Sexual)
Subject of (Sexual)
Voiced byFujisaki Mayu (PC)
Oohara Sayaka (PS2)

Description

Oldest sister and the present landlady of the mansion.
She is near-sighted and needs glasses to see clearly; in addition, she has no sense of direction. Ai is a motherly figure who constantly tries to help people. She does most of the chores their maid does not, and loves to cook despite being incompetent for that. Her easygoing, caring nature often leads her to fail at things because she cannot muster the resolve to criticize others. This is why she allows Chris to stay with them when she finds out he has nowhere else to go.
Believing she is ugly and fat, Ai hides herself behind her glasses and by wearing large, loose-fitting clothes. She also seems to be the de facto caretaker of her sisters' pet ferret, Unagi, which often hides under her hat. Ai also loves to take baths, more than once a day if possible. Ai has the ability to speak to plants, specifically dandelions, which she and her sisters refer to as "Popotan".

[From Wikipedia.]

Mai
Maiまい 
MeasurementsHeight: 162cm, Bust-Waist-Hips: 82-56-87cm
Hair, Ahoge, Curtained, Parted to Side, Red, Short
Eyes, Red, Tareme
Body, Average Height, Fang, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Bandages, Fingerless Gloves, Headband, Jacket, Spats, Sports Shoes, Thigh-high Stockings, T-shirt, Turtleneck Shirt
Items, Whistle
Personality, Mature, Short-tempered, Tomboy, Tsundere
Role, Full Sister, Older Sister, Student, Younger Sister
Engages in, Cycling
Subject of (Sexual)
Voiced byAsano Masumi (PS2)
Oukawa Mio (PC)

Description

The middle sister.
Although she is the middle sister, Mai governs household affairs such as the budget. She longs to leave the mansion but does not want to burden Ai whom she knows does not have the willpower to deal with such responsibilities. Mai has a tomboyish personality and is very short-tempered, especially when it comes to Chris, the more so when she thinks she'll lose face. She is the only character who vehemently opposes Chris's staying at the mansion, despite the fact that he pays rent.

[From Wikipedia.]

Mea
Meaメアー 
AliasesMare, Mer
MeasurementsHeight: 151cm, Bust-Waist-Hips: 74-55-80cm
Hair, Blunt Bangs, Hair Beads, Intake, Parted in Middle, Red, Sidehair, Twin Tails, V Bangs, Very Long
Eyes, Red, Tareme
Body, AA Cup, Average Height, Kid, Pale, Slim
Clothes, Apron, Clothing with Ribbons, Court Shoes, Maid's Dress, Maid's Headdress, Mini-dress, Naked Apron, Ribbon Hair Tie, Ribbon Tie, School Swimsuit, Thigh-high Stockings
Personality, Coodere, Stoic
Role, Maid
Engages in (Sexual)
Voiced byKadowaki Mai (PS2)
Noda Asumi (PC)

Description

The sisters' maid.
She appears to behave like if she had no emotions at all, especially at the beginning of the game, but Mea later proves that she does have her own desires. She also becomes friendlier with Chris as the story progresses to various degrees, depending upon whether it's her scenario or not.

[From Wikipedia.]

Mii
Miiみい 
AliasesMagical Girl Mii, Mahou Shoujo Mii, 魔法少女みい
MeasurementsHeight: 134cm, Bust-Waist-Hips: 64-56-70cm
Hair, Ahoge, Odango, Parted to Side, Very Long, Violet
Eyes, Blue, Tareme
Body, AA Cup, Fang, Kid, Pale, Short, Slim, Wings
Clothes, Band-aid, Bolo Tie, Bracelet, Clothing with Ribbons, Court Shoes, Mini-dress, Miniskirt, One Piece Swimsuit, Ribbon Hair Tie, Turtleneck Shirt, Unusual Hair Ornaments
Personality, Energetic, Lisping, Naive, Otaku, Pervert
Role, Full Sister, Younger Sister
Engages in, Cosplay, Teasing
Engages in (Sexual)
Voiced byMomoi Haruko (PS2)
Toromi (PC)

Description

Mii is the youngest sister. She has light purple hair which is often tied in double buns on her head, except when she cosplays "Magical Girl Mii"; she then wears it in twintails. Mii goes to the same school as Mai. Mii is the most energetic, perverted and naive of the three. She goes around asking Chris to play with her almost anytime she sees him and loves to cosplay as a magical girl, "Magical Girl Mii", trying to help others out around town, though the results often vary.

[From Wikipedia.]

Shizuku
Shizuku 
MeasurementsHeight: 155cm, Bust-Waist-Hips: 78-56-82cm
Hair, Grey, Short
Eyes, Gray, Hosome
Body, Average Height, Pale, Slim, Teen, Younger Appearance
Clothes, Barefoot, Body Ribbon, Cloak, Gothic, Lolita
Personality, Ignorant, Mature, Mysterious, Silent, Strange
Role, Homeless
Voiced byNagasaki Minami (PC)
Shishido Rumi (PS2)

Description

Her calm, mature demeanor contrasts with her youthful appearance, and thus her age is a mystery. Chris meets her on a stroll at night and brings her back to the mansion. She lacks linguistic skills, and at first not much about her is learned. Because Shizuku is unable to take care of herself, Chris offers to pay her rent as well.

[From Wikipedia.]

Side characters

Claude
Claudeクロード 
Hair, No Bangs, Parted to Side, Red, Shoulder-length
Eyes, Black, Hosome
Body, Pale, Slim
Clothes, Earrings, Eyepatch, Fingerless Gloves, Trousers
Items, Guitar
Personality, Arrogant, Pessimist
Role, Antagonist, Musician, Rival
Voiced byTanigawa Shou

Description

Chris's rival. Like Chris, Claude also plays the guitar, though he is more of a rock-star mentality. He has reddish-brown hair and wears black clothing with his guitar strapped to his back. Depending upon how the story unfolds, Claude's appearance may be closer to that of a minor character in certain scenarios, though he still plays a key role in several endings. He is central to Konami's scenario as he attempts to rape her in it after he and some other members of his band seduce her, specifically because she has a relation with Chris. Since she is enthralled with Claude because of he's a rockstar, she is easily blinded. In Mii's scenario, one of her several "Magical Gril Mii" mini-games involve Claude.

[From Wikipedia.]

Kokoa
Kokoaここあ 
AliasesCocoa
MeasurementsHeight: 157cm, Bust-Waist-Hips: 80-60-85cm
Hair, Antenna, Blunt Bangs, Brown, Long, Twin Braids
Eyes, Brown
Body, Average Height, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Apron, Band-aid, Bracelet, Clothing with Ribbons, Glasses, Miniskirt, Ribbon Hair Tie
Role, Rival, Shopkeeper
Voiced byAyase Mayu (PC)

Description

Kokoa is a manager of a rival convenience store. Because of this, she comes off quite hostile to Chris at first.

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[From Wikipedia.]

Konami
Konami小奈美 
MeasurementsHeight: 163cm, Bust-Waist-Hips: 83-61-85cm
Hair, Ponytail, Red, Twin Tails
Eyes, Brown, Tareme
Body, Average Height, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Hairpin, Miniskirt, Ribbon Hair Tie, Ribbon Tie, School Uniform, Thigh-high Stockings, Unusual Hair Ornaments
Personality, Carefree, Energetic, Naive, Optimist
Role, Ex-girlfriend, Friend, Transfer Student
Engages in, Singing
Voiced byHaruse Miki (PC)
Kawakami Tomoko (PS2)

Description

Chris's girlfriend before he dropped out and left his old town. Konami is a trendy, cheerful and optimistic girl with almost as much energy as Mii and just as much naiveness. She rarely thinks of the consequences of her actions. When she starts attending Mai's school, she and Mai become best friends.

[From Wikipedia.]

Nono
Nonoのの 
MeasurementsHeight: 136cm, Bust-Waist-Hips: 73-58-76cm
Hair, Ahoge, Blue, Ponytail, Short
Eyes, Blue, Tareme
Body, Kid, Pale, Short, Slim
Clothes, Miko's Dress, Ribbon Hair Tie
Items, Broom
Personality, Hardworker, Serious, Shy
Role, Miko, Student
Engages in, Cleaning
Voiced byKusayanagi Junko (PC)
Nogawa Sakura (PS2)

Description

A shy shrine maiden-in-training who takes her training seriously, and daughter of the Goshintai clan. She cleans and takes care of the shrine, and commutes to the same school as the rest of the girls. She also tries to do fortune telling in the city, though she is infamous for getting her fortunes wrong.
She is the first major character Chris is introduced to in the game. At first she does not seem to be fond of him because of his slacker mentality, but eventually she learns to like him.

[From Wikipedia.]

Unagi
Unagiうなぎ 
Hair, Short, Spiky Bangs, White
Eyes, Blue, Tareme
Body, AA Cup, Fang, Ferret, Kemonomimi, Kid, Pale, Slim, Tail
Clothes, Bell, Mini-dress, Scarf
Engages in, Shapeshifting
Voiced byKawasumi Ayako (PS2)
Torii Kanon (PC)

Description

A white female ferret that can transform into a humanoid hybrid; she is the only notable such hybrid of its type in any form of literature. In her humanoid form, Unagi is indistinguishable from a normal human except for her white tail and animal ears. She does not get along with Mii at all as Mii becomes jealous of the time she spends with Chris.

[From Wikipedia.]