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■ A New Atlus x VanillaWare Challenge
Odin Sphere‘s scenario, which plays out through the perspectives of five protagonists, received high praise. And now, the same director, George Kamitani, is taking on the challenge of a dramatic adventure with “13” protagonists in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Set in the 1980s, boys and girls will pilot robots called “Sentinels” and fight against their fate of unavoidable destruction.
■ The End of a Regular Everyday
—A train station illuminated by the evening sun. A familiar scene everyone has become acquainted with.
—VanillaWare, which has previously focused on creating fantasy titles, finally builds a world set in modern day Japan in this title. The expression of light is detailed and beautiful in every scene.
—“That day” came without warning. The people who had lived peaceful lives run about trying to escape. Regardless of age or sex, there is no means to overcome the wave of despair. However, a boy named Juurou Anbu appeared to fight against that wave.
—The cityscape dyed in the twilight. Several smokes and fires hang over the city. Just what has happened in this world?
■ 13 Intersecting Perspectives
The story develops by going back and forth between each of the 13 protagonists’ perspectives. In a world on the verge of despair, they are each searching for the truth. All 13 protagonists hold the key to the story.
—A girl characterized by a cold expression and a ponytail walks along the school rooftop. The story starts from mundane, everyday scenery such as this.
—One of the protagonists, a boy characterized by his pompadour style hairdo. He’ll explore various places, including school, the train station, shopping district, and an office.
—Iori Fuyuzaka walks forward while checking her surroundings. Many students are gathered in the cafeteria, but who is she looking for?
—A girl stretching in her gym clothes after leaving the schoolyard. The state of the students around her suggests that they are doing club activities. The vividly drawn characters add to the already shimmering world.
■ Decisions Left to Us
Decisions and outcomes will change with each passing moment. When to do something, who to do it to, and what to do depends on you.
—A lone woman lies down on the floor beneath one of the protagonists. What exactly happened here? Could she be dead?
—One of the protagonists, a female high school student with braided hair. She stands with her friend Miwako Sado in a ruined building. She seems to be able to take some sort of action in response to Sado, and several keywords such as “distress” float about.
—A huge robot called a “Sentinel” walks outside the window. Yet another protagonist is piloting the robot. She seems to be communicating with someone.
—Is there no means outside of battle to survive their fate of destruction?
■ A Boys and Girls Sci-Fi Group Performance
A city and its people realistically depicted. The protagonists who live in that city. The mysteries that fill that world, and the crisis that approaches. A grand group performance where regular, everyday life changes into the extraordinary… The currently revealed protagonists are a high school boy named Juurou Anbu and a high school girl named Iori Fuyuzaka. Thirteen boys and girls, Juurou and Iori included, will pilot robots called “Sentinels” and fight against their fate of unavoidable destruction.
Second Generation Type-1 Sentinel No. 13
The robots piloted by the protagonists are called “Sentinels.” Among them is this Sentinel, which is called “Second Generation Type-1 Sentinel No. 13.” There seem to be several other types of Sentinels.
Sentinel Battle Scenes
The protagonists will pilot the Sentinels and fight in desperate battles. In order to protect the city, it seems that it is necessary to combine the power of several Sentinels.
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