(トゥハート, Tu Hāto
?) is a Japanese visual novel by Leaf/Aquaplus released in 1997 for the PC. It was later ported to the PlayStation and given voice acting. A second PC version, titled To Heart PSE
was released containing the PlayStation version as well as omake games. The new computer version and PlayStation version had the adult scenes removed.
It was adapted into a 13-episode TV anime by KSS in 1999. A second anime, To Heart: Remember My Memories
began airing from October 2004. To Heart
is an influential visual novel with a large cult following; it has been the inspiration for a great deal of fan art in the dōjinshi community.
is credited to helping launch Aquaplus/Leaf from obscurity and secure its success in the visual novel market.[citation needed
expanded its cult following to non-visual novel players when the KSS anime and PlayStation version was released. Furthermore, the original anime was one of the first cases where an anime adaptation of a video game would prove to be successful among viewers whom did not play the game.[citation needed
] The KSS anime became a stepping stone for famous voice actresses in regular anime, but ~Remember My Memories~
and the To Heart2
anime did not receive as much praise as the original anime series.
A similarly titled Japanese drama, To Heart - I want to die loving
(To Heart ～恋して死にたい～, Tu Hāto ~ koishite shinitai
?) has no actual relation to the game. However, the scenario writer acknowledged in a magazine interview that the popularity of the To Heart
series did influence the title and story, and he drew on elements of To Heart
when writing the drama of the same name.