Anime girl hookah dating sim Hookah Haze launches in July

Hookah Haze

Publisher Aniplex and developer Acquire have announced a release date for Hookah Haze, their new dating sim / visual novel centered on a hookah lounge.

Hookah Haze is launching on July 11th for Windows PC (via Steam), and a playable demo is coming on June 11th.

Here’s a rundown on the previously announced game, plus some new trailers:


It’s the year 2xxx. On the outskirts of Akihabara, a new hookah lounge opens its doors to customers. Welcome to Hookah Haze!

Before long, the rookie manager Toru Sumiki notices that socializing with the lounge’s peculiar clientele has begun to change him.

Tobacco flavor recommendations on social media affect who visits the lounge, weaving the twists of the story nudged in this or that direction by the choices the protagonist makes in the course of relaxed late-night conversations with his customers.


“Anything you want to try doing?” The protagonist, Toru Sumiki, loses the will to live after being diagnosed with a fatal illness. Toru’s doctor insists he should make the most of the little time he has left, and he signs on as a temporary manager of a hookah lounge.

Through his new job, Toru meets three very unusual girls. Although cheerful at a glance, they’re battling with work problems or past trauma,
searching for a place to belong. As Toru begins to bond with them through hookah, what will he find once the girls fully open up to him?


Amu Aigami

“Don’t skimp on praise for me, I deserve it!”

Birthday: November 11. 23 years old. Blood type: B. Novelty cafe employee at Akihabara. Thirsty for attention, loves to be spoiled. Absolutely loves herself.

Meigetsuin Kokoro

“Ever thought being alive was overrated?”

Birthday: June 21. 27 years old. Blood type: A. Store clerk. Polite, intelligent and usually optimistic, but hides past trauma.

Kurumi Komori


Birthday: July 22. 21 years old. Blood type: B. A doll-maker employed by a big business. Comes off as willful. Not a great communicator.

Toru Sumiki

“I’d like to connect with someone through my interests.”

25 years old. Blood type: AB. Hookah Haze’s temporary manager. Has a tendency to give up on his own desires and put others before himself. Loves hookah and fish tanks.

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