It’s okay to be confused, we are too.
In recent news, a certain mysterious Sound Drama has been announced under the name ハオルシア or “Haworthia”, presented by doujin circles M. Graveyard (dai) and Pomexgranate (xaki and Motoki Zakuro), and it’s scheduled to be released very soon! Why should you care? Well, it so happens that the scenario of this drama is being written by Ryukishi himself, and it’s being promoted as a tie-in for the new “When They Cry” game. Yep, an image soundtrack / sound drama album for a game that isn’t out yet. That sounds like Ryukishi alright.
The album is scheduled to be released for sale at the M3 doujin music convention on the 29th of october, with a special live performance of the album at the second 07th Live event on the 3rd of November. The image album will be featuring the work of dai, xaki, Motoki Zakuro, Asaki Risa, Hokazono Yuu, Kyoko Namekawa, Suzu Maihara, Kino Nei, Sakura Kanae, Luck Ganriki, M. Zakky and Pre-Holder. That’s pretty much a full cast for a WTC soundtrack right there! The promotional material features character and background illustrations by Remotaro, a rising star in the doujin artist scene who’s most well known for her illustrations of Key characters. We asked her for comment about how Haworthia is connected to the new When They Cry, and she had this to say:
こんにちは！ すくなくとも収録曲については次の「なく頃に」に関係があるとお聞きしています😊✨ ストーリーとキャラについては、どう関わりがあるのか、それとも全くないのか……私もよくわかっておりません💦— れもたろ@次は10/29鍵点！ (@remotaro) October 18, 2017
I’ve been told that the music [of Haworthia] is connected to the new When They Cry (no naku koro ni) game (smile). As for whether the characters and story are related or not, I have no idea (sweats).
Speaking of characters, we’ve also been treated to some character bios for the four main cast!
The Gentle Older Sister: Asaki Yumemi.
VA: Asaki Risa
“This star, it’s become quite lovely, hasn’t it?”
The Strong-Willed Younger Sister: Yuu Yumemi.
VA: Yuu Hokazono
“You mustn’t run away, we’ll make it out of this hell together!”
Environmental Control Organisation Head Press Secretary: Motoki Punica Granatum
VA: Motoki Zakuro
“No no, don’t be so stiff~! Feel free to call me Punica, okay?”
Grand Admiral of the 1st Area Immigrant Fleet: A. H. Haworthia
VA: Kino Nei
“However, there is just one thing. Remember to sing of joy. And so, may it never be forgotten.”
UPDATE: Pomexgranate’s stream has revealed two more character bios!
Isolated Green of the Forest: Organics Automata S
VA: Suzu Maihara
“Everything is for the sake of this star. Organics Automata will restore this star’s beauty.”
Isolated Blue of the Sea: Organics Automata K
VA: Kyoko Namekawa
“Nice to meet you. I’m Tomomasa’s sister, her mother, myself.”
Lastly, we have these background illustrations to pour over.
Update: A Haworthia Website has been published which includes all the details, including a tracklist with sample audio of every track! The website also confirms that a scenario booklet will be included in the album.
This is the kind of announcement that leaves more questions than answers, but it’s bound to fuel heaps of speculation on how it connects to the new When They Cry! On the plus side we won’t have to wait long to get our hands on the album, but it’s uncertain whether we’ll get an English translation of it any time soon.
Be sure to grab yourself a copy!
If you’d like to use this as fuel for your WTC5 speculations, hop on over to our When They Cry 5 pre-release speculation and discussion topic and share your thoughts! We’d love to hear how you think Haworthia might be connected to the new When They Cry.
Thanks to Zepfur for helping me translate and decipher this information!