Gust's upcoming RPG Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions, just got a slew of information about what we can expect from the "heroic RPG" for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. There's no release date just yet, but there's plenty of new info to digest!
The press release offers up a glut of information about the game's main characters, situations, and narrative.
The setting of Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions is a school in modern day Japan. With the introduction of social networking sites and smartphones comes new ways to communicate with people. However, the essence of interaction between people does not change no matter the era. “Even if it’s small, by taking someone’s hand, it is possible to obtain greater power and happiness.” In Blue Reflection, connections and the human essence are the themes. It is a “heroic RPG” that depicts a life-sized projection of female youth.
A “Heroic RPG”
In Blue Reflection, Mel Kishida is the character designer and supervisor, and Keiichi Sigsawa, Yusaku Igarashi, and Kouji Natsumi are the series organizers. Each of these four names combine their own original worlds to create the one world of Blue Reflection.
This game is based on the concept of interaction between girls. In high school, everyone experiences fun, joys, sorrows, unarticulated anxiety, and fear. As the protagonist progresses through the game, she’ll have such experiences and become deeply involved with many of her classmates. She’ll make friends, cry for the sake of others, and sometimes friendships will even be broken. By continuing these interactions, the protagonist will grow and gain both strength as a human being and confidence in the power of friendship. Through Mel Kishida, Keiichi Sigsawa, Yusaku Igarashi, and Kouji Natsumi, a new genre of “heroic RPG” is born, where modern day high school, beautiful girls, and fantasy collide.
Hinako Shirai (voiced by Yuki Takada)
A ballet dancer who once had great expectations for the future.
Likes: Classical music
The protagonist. One year prior, she was to compete in an overseas ballet competition that would be her gateway to success, but was forced to withdraw after she injured her foot. As an aftereffect of her injury, she has not been able to dance since, and has thus sealed up her heart. However, her body and mind have not forgotten the lessons she’s taken every day for the past ten-odd years, and she believes that one day her foot will heal.
Yuzuki Shijou (voiced by Marika Kouno)
A naive and energetic girl.
One of the mysterious girls that gives Hinako her Reflector power. Several days after they meet, she suddenly shows up as a transfer student at Hinako’s school. She has an exceedingly cheerful sense of humor, a personality liked by everyone, and specializes in one-shot gags. Although they only just met, Hinako is first and foremost in her mind.
Raimu Shijou (voiced by Sawako Hata)
A results-based realist girl.
One of the mysterious girls that gives Hinako her Reflector power. She is Yuzuki’s sister and in the same year of school as her. Unlike Yuzuki, she has a results-based way of thinking, and puts other peoples’ feelings before her own. Something she does share in common with her sister is that she treasures Hinako.
A World that Interweaves Girls
One day, the ordinary is met by the extraordinary.
The setting is Hoshinomiya Girls High School, where students attend class, talk during breaks, and enjoy themselves after school. Your classmates, who generally enjoy such a school life each day, are blessed with happiness. Hinako, while embracing such feelings in secret, passes each day a little different than other students.
This girl has only but one wish. “For my foot to be healed, so I can do ballet again.” For Hinako, to dance ballet was her normal everyday, but now, as it’s become something extraordinary, her heart has become but a shell of its former self.
Many girls attend Hoshinomiya Girls High School. Studious girls, club-devoted girls, and girls who work hard at personal polish and enjoyment, who make the most of student life in their own way. You’ll meet girls with various personalities, listen to their troubles, spend your breaks with them, and leave school with them. Through this sort of communication, Hinako’s heart will gradually change.
We'll get more information as it surfaces on Blue Reflection, but as you can see from the character portraits it looks like it's going to be a pretty interesting adventure. Are you looking forward to giving it a try?
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