Luca and Jolly’s route already covered the main plot of Arcana Famiglia, but I made a separate post just for the normal and best endings. Even though Felicita doesn’t get anyone here, she’s still awesome up until the end. Definitely one of the best otome game heroines of the year. ♥
In every single route (except maybe Luca’s), Dante and Jolly are asking Felicita to help Mondo with her second Arcana — “Wheel of Fortune”. She used its power once and it took a really big compensation from her, but what does it actually do? How did she deal with the situation back then? These questions were probably buried underneath everyone’s personal problems in each post, so I wrote a brief explanations behind the cut. Major spoilers ahead! ヽ(*´ー`*)ﾉ
13 years ago, when Felicita was only 3 years old, Sumire got a message from her Arcana — “Judgement”. She tried to talk to “Judgement”, but it took her consciousness instead. Ten days after Sumire fell into a coma, Felicita was worried and irritated since her mother won’t open her eyes. This caused “Wheel of Fortune” to go out of control, and Felicita was floating in the air until Luca came to stop her with “Temperance”. Here, “Wheel of Fortune” changed both Sumire’s fate and the attributes of “Judgement”. She was supposed to fall into a comma, and yet she woke up with the new ability to talk to the Tarocco cards. This is the ability of “Wheel of Fortune”, but it won’t always succeed.. since just as the name says, it depends on luck.
Since “Wheel of Fortune” took Felicita’s memories as the compensation, she became an empty shell with no memories. The sight was painful for Mondo and Sumire, and it also traumatized Luca so much it becomes his biggest fear in the future. Mondo then sends Felicita to live away from the mansion only with Sumire and Luca. It was necessary to minimize the chance of her using “Wheel of Fortune” subconsciously again, and Luca’s role was crucial because he was the only one who can stop Felicita’s power if it ever goes berserk again. Luckily most people don’t remember what happened during the first three years of their lives, so Felicita grew up normally even though she only has 13 years of memories at the age of 16.
Back to the present, Dante and Jolly are hoping Felicita can use “Wheel of Fortune” to change Mondo’s fate — just like what she did with Sumire. Obviously Mondo doesn’t want her to use “Wheel of Fortune” again, but Sumire has hope because “The Lovers” is on Felicita’s side. The only way to use “Wheel of Fortune” safely is to have “The Lovers” erase the compensation.. and there are two ways of doing this. The first is to seek a bond strong enough to give power for “The Lovers”, and the second is for Felicita to increase her spiritual power until it’s strong enough to provide “The Lovers” with sufficient power. Plus, the bonds Felicita shares with all the people around her help too. It’s just the bond with a lover is obviously stronger.
In the normal / best route, Felicita takes the second way since she doesn’t fall in love with any of the guys. After kicking everyone’s butts in Arcana Duello, Felicita faces Mondo in the final. Eventually Mondo collapses since his power is almost gone, and Felicita finally uses “Wheel of Fortune” to save his life. She’s prepared to face the worst outcome possible, but thankfully luck is on their side. “The Lovers” erases the compensation, and Mondo’s fate is changed.
Two weeks after the tournament, Mondo holds a party to celebrate both his recovery and also Felicita’s 17th birthday. He also fulfills Felicita’s victory wish, which is for him to resume his job as the “Papa”. Now that he’s back in great condition and Felicita has grown strong enough to handle her Arcana, Mondo finally cancels her arranged marriage. In fact, he won’t allow he to marry anytime soon. If one of them wants to make Felicita their bride, they have to step up and face Mondo first lol. Soon smoke starts coming out from the port, and Mondo orders Felicita to go and do her job — leading her men to carry their family name with pride.
After winning Arcana Duello and saving Mondo’s life, Felicita takes the top seat and becomes Mondo’s successor. Mondo cancels her arranged marriage, but everything else go according to the plan. Since they can’t call her “Papa”, Mondo tells everyone to call her “Donna” (“Lady” or “Queen” in Italian) from now on. It’s hard for those who are close to her to call her “Donna” though, so they decided to call her name instead. xD Now that “Swords” has no leader again, the position is open for either Liberta or Luca. Most likely Liberta, since Luca is planning to go back and resume his job as the boss’ secretary.
A few years later, Felicita has grown up to be a great “Donna” for Arcana Famiglia. The guys have been competing for her attention ever since, and they do their best at work hoping she’ll choose them lol. Arcana Famiglia is going towards a new direction under Felicita’s leadership, but their objective will always remains the same — to protect Regalo.
It’s been quite a while since I enjoyed such a fun and exciting game. The main story is actually quite simple once you’ve learned everything, but that’s nice since you don’t have to overthink everything. The characters are charming and their interactions are the best, not to mention the game is designed like an interactive comic book. I’m loving almost everything. (人´∀`)☆゜’・:* Almost, because the amount of kiss CGs in this game can be counted with one hand. I can do with the lack of detailed explanations in some scenes, but where are the kiss CGs? щ(ﾟДﾟщ)
Flaws aside, I’d recommend this to everyone who loves comedy and cute romance scenes. It might feel incomplete at some points, but it was really enjoyable for me. I rarely comment about music in otome games, but the music in Arcana Famiglia is awesome. Σｄ(・∀・*) The BGMs fit each situation perfectly, and the instruments used in the ending songs are actually the musical instruments played by each character. Such as trumpet for Liberta, cello for Jolly, etc. It might seem trivial, but these kind of details are always a plus in my eyes. So if you have a PSP and want an entertaining otome game, then play Arcana Famiglia. Let’s eat lasagna! ヽ(。・ω・。)ﾉ