Christmas Shooting

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Christmas Shooting
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Publication Information
  Developer(s)   Orange_Juice
  Publisher(s)   None
  Release date   December 2004JP
  Genre   Bullet Hell
  Modes   Single Player
  Rating(s)   None
  Platform(s)   PC

Christmas Shooting (くりすまシュ~) is a single player video game developed by Orange_Juice. It was released in Japan sometime in December 2004 sometime around Comiket 67.[1] The game is currently not available in any languages besides Japanese. Unlike its remake, Christmas Shooting is not a standalone game. It is an expansion for QP Shooting, requiring the files of the base game in order to run. This expansion is currently available for download, for free, off of Orange_Juice's website.[2]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Christmas, for children, is the last big event of the year. For parents, Christmas presents are the last big expense of the year. This was all changed on one Christmas night a few years ago. Someone would leave presents next to sleeping children's pillows. Parents and children were delighted for these presents from Santa and, from then on, Christmas became a holiday in which both children and parents can enjoy. Santa does not work alone to make these miracles happen. He gets assistance from Rein and Aru, a Santa in-training. With their help, Santa can deliver presents to children all over the world.

In one particular year, Santa and his helpers were prepared for the upcoming Christmas night but, on the morning of Christmas Eve, something terrible had occurred. Santa was attacked by an unknown assailant and all the presents were stolen. Santa urges Aru to take the ReBits and get the presents back. He also says that the culprit had ears just like Aru's.

That evening, Natsumi spots Aru and greets her. Aru is upset that someone has found her, she was not supposed to be seen by anyone. Aru tries to leave but before she can, Natsumi asks her if she wants to attend a dinner tonight; Natsumi made too much food for a dinner she is having with QP and Yuki. Aru declines Natsumi's offer, however, Natsumi again urges Aru to join since flying alone at this late in the day is dangerous. Aru appreciates Natsumi's offer and concern but declines for a second time. Aru tries to leave but Natsumi just keeps talking. Unable to get away from her, Aru apologizes to Natsumi and attacks her. During the fight, Mei, along with Red and Blue, notices Natsumi fighting and came to assist her. Both Mei and Natsumi thinks this is all a snowball fight, much to Aru's displeasure. Mei wants to show off her skills as a pro snowballer and, with Red and Blue's help, unleashes a  White Christsmasher on Aru. In the end, Natsumi ends up covered in snow, Mei is angry that her White Christsmasher was defeated, and Aru is upset that she wasted her energy in the fight. Natsumi asks Mei if she wants to attend her dinner, to which Mei accepts enthusiastically. Aru uses this as an opportunity and sneaks away from the scene.

At night, Aru is spotted again, this time by Kiriko. Kiriko forbids Aru to go any further because she looks ill and it would be a bad idea to keep flying in the cold night. Aru assures to Kiriko that she's not ill and feels fine. Kiriko tells Aru to stop lying and diagnoses her with red body fever. Aru argues that it is just her clothes and also asks if red body fever is even a real disease. Kiriko says that, in her mind, the disease is real and asks Aru to just sit still while she fixes Aru's supposed disease. Aru refuses to sit still, since she is in a hurry, and urges Kiriko to just let her leave. Kiriko tells Aru that she can only leave over her dead body and then she attacks Aru. During the fight, noticing that she is losing, Kiriko gives herself an injection in order to power herself up but, in the end, she still loses. Kiriko is visibly shaking and Aru asks if she is feeling alright. Kiriko says that she doesn't feel her hands, her stomach is in pain, and her body temperature is very high, and despite all this, she says she feels totally normal. Aru pleads for Kiriko to go home and rest but Kiriko refuses, still wanting to give Aru her treatment. Kiriko is positive that Aru suffers from droopy ear sickness. Aru tells Kiriko that this wasn't even the same disease that Kiriko described earlier. Kiriko asks if it was vanishing chest syndrome instead which made Aru upset and leave.

Eventually, Aru finally finds the culprit, Arthur, a man with the same ears as Aru's. Aru asks Arthur why he would commit the heartless act of stealing presents. Arthur calls Aru scum for trying to bring joy to children with free toys, an admirable deed. This admirable deed, however, brought about suffering for others; it has brought suffering to toy stores. Arthur explains that toys are only bought during New Years, birthdays, and Christmas, but then suddenly Santa turned Christmas from the day parents bought toys for children into the day children get toys for free. Toy stores lost their one of the biggest events of the year and caused Arthur's rivals to go out of business one by one. If there was no Santa then toy stores would not suffer, Arthur swears to get revenge on Santa and attacks Aru.[3]

Aru compliments Arthur's strength to which Arthur says that he is fighting for his livelihood and that Aru is fighting for something as useless as happiness. Aru tells Arthur that he is wrong, children are full of joy and, just for today, those children are depending on Santa, not their parents. If Aru were to give up, then she does not deserve to be called a Santa, which is why she will never give into Arthur. With the strengthening of Aru's resolve, she defeats Arthur and knocks him into the snow.

Aru retrieves the stolen presents while Arthur asks Aru by asking if she even has enough time to deliver the presents. Defeated and unable to stand anymore, Arthur tells Aru to go right ahead and leave. He laments to himself, asking for forgiveness from his business rivals for his failure. Arthur notices that Aru hasn't left yet, he tells her that she will be too late if she doesn't leave now. Aru agrees and demands for Arthur to get up and take responsibility by helping her deliver the presents. Arthur complains that he just said he can't even stand, to which Aru says that he never said anything about flying. Arthur asks why he should even help, they're enemies after all. Aru responds by saying that he decided that they were enemies by himself and that she is a girl. Aru asks if Arthur would let a girl work all by herself at the dead of night while he takes a nap, to which Arthur denies he would, it would be very unbecoming of him. Now that Aru got Arthur to agree to help her, she urges Arthur to get up and help her. She states that once they're finished, she will even give him some advice regarding the future of toy stores. The duo, along with Rein, sets off to deliver the presents to children around the world.

Arthur compliments Aru's strength, however, he reminds Aru that the presents are still in his possession. He decides that destroying the presents is a much easier route to achieve his goals than fighting Aru. He shoots at the presents with a blast energy but Rein blocks the blast and retrieves the presents. Rein tells Aru not to give up and then collapses. Now that Aru has the presents, Arthur decides that the only way for toy stores to survive now is to eliminate her. Aru is angry that Arthur would go this far to take away everyone's happiness for the sake of toy stores. She yells at Arthur, telling him that she will stop him. With the strengthening of Aru's resolve, she defeats Arthur and knocks him into the snow.

Defeated and unable to stand anymore, Arthur tells Aru to go right ahead and leave. He laments to himself, asking for forgiveness from his business rivals for his failure. Arthur notices that Aru hasn't left yet, he tells her that she will be too late if she doesn't leave now. Aru agrees and demands for Arthur to get up and take responsibility by helping her deliver the presents. Arthur complains that he just said he can't even stand, to which Aru says that he never said anything about flying. Arthur asks why he should even help, they're enemies after all. Aru responds by saying that he decided that they were enemies by himself and that she is a girl. Aru asks if Arthur would let a girl work all by herself at the dead of night while he takes a nap, to which Arthur denies he would, it would be very unbecoming of him. Now that Aru got Arthur to agree to help her, she urges Arthur to get up and help her. She states that once they're finished, she will even give him some advice regarding the future of toy stores. The duo, along with Rein, sets off to deliver the presents to children around the world.

Setting[edit | edit source]

A snowy road in Christmas Shooting

Christmas Shooting takes place in the same world as QP Shooting hosts a modern society with cities and vehicles. Animals are anthropomorphized such as Aru and Arthur and they coexist with humans, with other animals still existing as regular animals such as bats and reindeer. In this world, some people and animals are able to fly, Aru is seen flying through the entire game, so much of the game is airborne. The game takes place during one night, Christmas Eve, with all of the stages having a winter theme. Despite the similar characters and plot, this world exists in a separate timeline from the world shown in Xmas Shooting - Scramble!![4]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Christmas Shooting features 6 original characters.

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System Requirements[edit | edit source]

OS Windows 98/SE/Me/2000/XP
Processor Pentium III above 700 MHz
Memory 64 MB RAM
Graphics DirectX 8.1 or above compatible card with 16MB VRAM or more
DirectX Version 8.1
System requirements are only for reference. Actual performance may vary.

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