By: Anastasia B.
Ah, Deemo. The relaxing rhythm game involving piano music and the friendship between a little girl and a pianist named Deemo, whom you play as in the game. But there are major feels behind it. I mean it, MAJOR FEELS. It’s a game made by Rayark Games, a game developer in Taiwan, which was released on IOS and Android on November 13th 2013. There was also a PlayStation Vita game called Deemo: Last Recital which was released June 2015 and there was a book called Deemo: The Last Dream that was released December 3rd 2015 and you can find a translation online. Sorry for everyone that hasn’t played it; I am going to be spoiling the whole game’s plot. So be warned, SPOILERS AHEAD!
“Deemo is a mystic character that lives in solitude, a castle, all by itself. A little girl falls from the sky, not knowing who she is, or where she comes from. To help the little girl return back to her world, Deemo comes to realize a tree keeps growing tall on top of the piano whenever it plays. What would Deemo do when it gets comfortable with the companionship it never had before? What if the little girl could not deal with the truth when her seemingly lost memories are regained?”
-from the game’s official site.
The game’s plot involves a little girl falling from a trap door in the ceiling of the building Deemo resides in. Deemo decides to help the girl return to her own world, while becoming close friends in the process. Deemo itself may look strange since it’s a black figure wearing a black suit, does not show any expression, or talk, it is actually very caring and generous. When Deemo plays the piano, it causes a sapling to grow that sprouts from the piano. As it gets bigger, new rooms are unlocked with new things to explore. Soon the girl finds a figure which the players (and I) refer to as the Masked Lady, since she wears a mask and white gown that prevents you from finding out her true identity. The Masked Lady is very opposed to the idea of the girl going back to her own world and tries to stop her, but to no avail.
Later on, when the tree grows to 20 meters, a painting in a room is found to lead to a stairwell that goes to a room underneath the tree. After playing it, the tree is able to continue growing. The tree stops growing again at 50 meters, and then unlocks the final room. The Masked Lady grabs the girl’s arm, trying to stop her. Deemo pats her on the head and she lets go, and Deemo and the girl proceed into the final room. The room has a piano with a floating platform. When Deemo plays music, stairs begin to form eventually leading all the way up to the platform. Deemo walks up there with the girl and places her on the platform. They hug one final time, and Deemo returns to the piano to play one final song. The song Fluquor. This song makes me sad, especially because of the lyrics. It’s from Deemo’s point of view, its feelings. Below are the English lyrics.
“Just what can we call this agony? The sky grew in distance, rejecting me gently. Your childish fingers picked up those lost fragments. Our coinciding hearts gave birth to a world that brought tears to my eyes. My fleeting feelings, gently accumulating, will always be searching for you in that endless, faraway world. “Don’t leave me,” you said, but I’m sure the one that can’t stand being alone is me. All I can do for you is to continue playing these songs here. So it’s time for you to head back, let go of my hand now, while you still can. I saw you smiling in those glittering memories, From the twisted prayer within these songs, I learned of the end of this dream. Someday these feelings of mine will flutter down onto your hands. And if you touch them, they will melt from the tenderness of your life.”
The song ends with the message “Goodbye, my beloved sister, Alice.” Deemo is then revealed to be the girl’s brother, Hans. Flashbacks are shown, showing that they were involved in an accident where he sacrificed himself to save Alice. The Masked Lady is shown to be another Alice, named Celia, which is an anagram formed from Alice, that wanted to stay with Hans. Alice wakes up in a hospital bed and rushes to the window to see that she was no longer in Deemo’s world, while a piano version of the song Sakura no Yume plays in the background. Alice begins to cry and the game ends. After the credits there is an image of Alice sitting on the bench of a piano with her stuffed cat doll that her brother gave her. Then the words: “To the lovely, lonely stranger and my dearest brother, Hans.” And the game is over. If you like piano music and a good story, then this is the game for you.
“Never left without saying goodbye.”