Onechanbara Origin will launch for PlayStation 4 this fall in Japan, publisher D3 Publisher and developer Tamsoft announced. The first trailer, as well as new information and screenshots were also released.
Get the new details below. If you missed our previous coverage, catch up on everything we know so far here.
■ Aya and Saki’s Father, Oboro (voiced by Rikiya Koyama)
A sudden reunion.
Aya and Saki’s father, and master swordsman. He works as an assassin, and has trained Aya in swordsmanship since she was young. It seems that there was once a time where he worked alongside his wife Tsubaki in order to destroy an organization that uses Baneful Blood. Oboro was the father who disappeared after learning about the death of Tsubaki… but upon reuniting with his beloved daughter Aya, who was in pursuit of Saki, he seemed to be in an unusual state. He says that his daughter Aya is Tsubaki’s enemy, and then suddenly attacks her.
A father who lost his sanity and attacks his daughter.
After reuniting with his daughter, Oboro lost his sanity. Aya had no choice but to return fire. The battle with her father was a battle of Baneful assassins.
At the end of the battle, Oboro tells Aya the full sequence of events thus far. He went on a journey on his own to take revenge on Tsubaki’s enemies, and was finally able to find out the identity of the person pulling the strings. However, Saki, who was captured by that person, is trying to dig up and resurrect Tsubaki’s remains. Additionally, Oboro has lost control of his Baneful blood and faces daily lacks of sanity, and thus should not live much longer. The tragic Oboro tells Aya that the name of the person pulling the strings is Eva. He also tells her another shocking truth revealed for the first time. And finally, he says to “protect Saki…”
■ Zombie Bosses Sayaka and Anzu
Among the many enemies that appeared in the original The Onechanbara and The Onechanbara 2 were the popular high school sister zombies Sayaka and Anzu. Some fans called them “The Claw and the Iron Ball.” They were even resurrected as enemy characters in Onechanbara Z2: Chaos. Of course, although they are zombies, these somehow lovable girls who can talk like humans will be even cuter this time around.
Sayaka (voiced by Minami Muta)
Anzu’s elder sister, and originally a Baneful girl. Thanks to a secret art of Eva, the person pulling the strings, she was resurrected as a zombie. She is loyal to Eva’s commands and waits in the closed ward to kill Aya. She has superhuman strength even among the Banefuls, and wields a huge iron ball as her weapon. She forever regrets that Anzu died while she was alive, and now that she is resurrected, she is happy to spend her days with Anzu again. She has a strong sense of errand and responsibility as an older sister, and (even though they are already dead) she wants to keep Anzu alive from the bottom of her heart.
She enjoys karaoke, has an unnatural disposition to destroy machinery whenever she sees it, and never sings a song through to the end. Anzu calls her “Sis.”
Anzu (voiced by Minami Muta)
Sayaka’s younger sister. A Baneful girl resurrected as a zombie by the secret art of the same Eva that resurrected Sayaka. She is equipped with large claws, and mangles her enemies with agile movement. While she seems to be following Eva’s orders to “kill Aya,” she has an intense hunge and is secretly distancing herself from Sayaka to eat away at the flesh and blood of zombies.
Unlike Sayaka, she has almost no memories from when she was alive, but she has solid memory when it comes to Sayaka. For that reason, she is just as spoiled by her older sister as she was when she was alive, and calls her “Sis” in admiration of her superhuman strength. While she wants to wield an iron ball like her sister, she has never been able to due to her own lack of power.
■ The Battle Between Sisters
Aya bursts into the underground temple in which Saki lives. Saki is there awaiting her arrival. Saki tells her she will use her heart to resurrect her dead mother. Aya asks her what value there is in a mother resurrected as a monster. But Saki will not listen to her. And with that, the battle of the best swordsmen of the Baneful clan begins…
Is conflict the fate of the Baneful?
The episode that corresponds to the climax of the original The Onechanbara is the battle between sisters Aya and Saki. What awaits beyond the bloody battle of these Baneful sisters? Will Aya be able to protect and rescue her younger sister Saki, who is trying to kill her, like her father expects? Or what kind of existence is Eva, who is pulling the strings behind the scenes?
■ Theme Song
The official theme song for Onechanbara Origin is “Aihaki Minomono” by the screaming idol unit Broken By The Scream.
Watch the trailer below. View the screenshots at the gallery.