Video Game: Arc Rise Fantasia
In the center of this chaos, the god Eesa created Real and Imaginal in his own image. By picking the laws they represent, the hymn of ruination was destroyed and the paradise of Noire was born. So went the beginning of this world.Arc Rise Fantasia
is an Eastern RPG
on the Wii
, developed by imageepoch
and published by Marvelous Entertainment.
Fulheim is a world plagued by Feldragons, mysterious crystallization of the land, and tense relations between the countries that inhabit it, who are on the verge of war. The god Eesa
has not been heard from for years, and so the world is losing its way, now headed on a path for destruction.
L'Arc Bright Lagoon is a legionnaire working for the Meridian Empire
, whose simple life is turned upside down when, on a mission gone awry, he has a fateful encounter with Ryfia, a strange girl who calls herself the Imaginal Diva
. It doesn't take long before L'Arc is discovered to be the Child of Eesa
, the one destined to present a Law to Eesa and bring prosperity and guidance to the world.
Or so the idea is supposed to go, at least. Needless to say, the truth ends up being far, far more complicated than that.
The game was released in Japan on June 4, 2009, and in North America on July 20, 2010. Developed under the title Project Ray
, it shares the same project title with another game by the same developers, Sands of Destruction
. Arc Rise Fantasia, however, in essence, can be considered a title in spirit
of the Luminous Arc
series, because of a handful of similarities with it.
Tropes presented by Arc Rise Fantasia:
- Accidental Misnaming: An early Running Gag in the game was everyone calling Rastan 'Leon' because Zamuel said it as he arrived. Turns out to be a misunderstanding on his part, as it's really SERGE who is Leon, despite everyone believing, up to that point, that Rastan was really Leon.
Rastan: For the millionth time, NO.
- Aerith and Bob: Mostly Aerith names like Ryfia and Rastan/Oigen, though there are "normal" ones like Alfonse and Leslie.
- Alchemic Elementals: All four takes the form of floating magic wands
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: The Rogress battles, as well as the final boss.
- Anti-Grinding: Whenever one of the characters' levels surpasses that of enemies', the XP income will steadily decrease by a tenth as the character gains more levels. Using Exalots is good, but they're better used in boss battles (not optional) as they are very rare.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The various short songs sung by Ryfia and Adele, such as "Imaginal Song" and "Song of Ruin" are in a significant-sounding, pleasant, but unknown and likely gibberish "language."
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Meridian Princes Alf and Weiss, General Clyde, Turmelian Operative Leslie, and QED Commander Ignacy all have their share of command, as well as fighting prowess. Also First Sergeant L'Arc and Imaginal Diva Ryfia, to a lesser extent. Not to mention Real Diva Adele and Patriarch Hosea, though the latter got his power via Imaginal.
- Badass Longcoat: Rastan/Oigen, natch.
- The Battle Didn't Count: This happens when the party fights Alf in the Verct skywalk. He is defeated, but apparently still has enough energy to take on the Real rock with Clyde (Who was also defeated by the party right before Alf, but at least had the dignity to look injured).
- Beehive Barrier: Hexagonal shields pop up when a character reduces or blocks damage in combat.
- Betty and Veronica: With Adele as Betty (being L'Arc's childhood friend and claiming that she loves him like a brother despite her obvious jealousy) and Ryfia as Veronica (the Mysterious Waif from an enemy country and so harshly sheltered you'd think she was from another planet).
- Big Bad Ensemble:
- Ignacy and his Aion Unit, Hosea and Imaginal.
- Alf and his gang with Real.
- Bittersweet Ending: The heroes manage to achieve victory, but for the final step of their plan to work, L'Arc must sacrifice himself and go to sleep for hundreds of years, meaning that he has to leave behind everything and everyone he knows. In the epilogue, he wakes up five hundred years later, at which point everyone else has died, with the exception of presumably Cecille—and Ryfia, who also chose to go to sleep and so reunites with him at the end. Another pre-epilogue bitter moment is how Adele, Niko, Weiss and Cecille's brother Dynos all died. On the sweet side of all this, L'Arc did manage to save both the Divine and Common race.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Not so much the translation as the execution. Ignition already got quite a bit of flack from pulling this during Lux-Pain, but the voice actors don't match up with the lines, the wording is awkward, quite a few lines are changed, and the quality of the dub is a whole other story. Luckily, simply turning off the voices clears up quite a bit of the chaos.
- Bloodless Carnage: Even when someone suffers an injury in a cutscene, there is still no blood.
- Bonus Boss: A good chunk of areas have these. They are enemies significantly larger than the regular rank-and-file of their area; but they stand still (won't/can't chase you) and you will only beginning fighting them once you run into them intentionally. Distinguishable by how the "Unexpected Fight" (as opposed to the normal battle theme) plays upon fighting them, and unlike typical bosses, they can be fled from (and rematched later). These bosses won't reward you with any XP, but will give you awesome WP and Rico boosts.
- Boss in Mook Clothing/King Mook: That stationary enemy that looks like a palette-swapped regular enemy? That's actually a boss. And since Easy Levels, Hard Bosses is in effect, well, good luck if you accidentally run into it unprepared.
- Boss Remix: The theme "A Grand Existence," which plays while battling the Rogress, is a remix of the music that plays in the opening FMV, "Meridian 2nd Hikoutei Squad."
- The Butcher/The Magnificent/Red Baron: Weiss eventually gets known as the God of War within the empire. L'Arc has a less flattering nickname, being called "Lagoon the Cursed". In the original Japanese he starts getting called Shinigami Lagoon.
- Butt Monkey: Niko.
- But Thou Must: a variation of this is subversion. There are many points in the game were you can fail in the game but continue on.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Cecille PUUUUNCH!"
- Captured Super Entity: Simmah, the Rogress held in Jada's Dragon Prison. It supplies Meridia's ray.
- Cassandra Truth: Not only the characters, but almost all players automatically assume that Rastan/Oigen is Leon, despite the fact that he corrects this at every opportunity.
- Check Point Starvation: A particularly bad example is the dungeon where you fight Gula. It's a fairly long dungeon with no save point and a really difficult boss at the end.
- Justified since the dungeon splits of the party. Having a save point could trap you with the wrong party setup and make it Unwinnable by Design.
- Combination Attack: Trinity Acts, and Excel Trinities.
- The twin Lolita girls, Paula and Luna, have one of their own called "Magical Gemini"note .
- Continuity Nod: Quite a lot of facts hint the game's possible connection to the Luminous Arc series.
- The word "Arc" in the title.
- The Kopins.
- The currency used in Luminous Arc 1 & 2, "Rico".
- Lucia, Vanessa and Saki, are BonusBosses in the arena.
- Cute Bruiser: For being only 12, Cecille packs quite a punch.
- Niko learns the hard way.
- Deflector Shields: A huge one protects Opalus from attack by Meridia. It's powered by Divas, first by Adele and then by Ryfia.
- Deity of Human Origin: Eesa was made into a god by the people of the world over a thousand years ago.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The party defeating Luze/Eesa. There is also Alf and Clyde destroying the Real rock by themselves, and after both of them had fought the party!
- Dogged Nice Guy: Alf puts up with a lot of abuse for Adele's sake. He even sticks with her after she orders him to kill L'arc for her.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Luze seems to be a minor character at first, who the party meets several times throughout the game, but it turns out she is Eesa, the final boss.
- Door to Before: The final dungeon thankfully provides one so the party can leave just before the final fight to stock up on items and upgrade their orbs if need be.
- The Dragon: Ignacy to Hosea, and Ignacy also has his own Co-Dragons in Paula and Luna. Also, Adele is this to Alf (and in a sense, also vice-versa).
- Drop the Hammer: Ryfia's Excel Act "Ryfia's Magic"; she conjures a huge hammer head out of light at the tip of her wand and smashes down.
- Dual Boss: Paula and Luna.
- Dual Wielding: Ignacy and Rastan dual-wield swords, while Serge does it with throwing knives. Leslie likes her guns.
- Dungeon Town: Jada, temporarily.
- Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: Especially in the first half of the game.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Paula & Luna. Bonus points for being twins.
- Every Coward Is Cuter With Hair Decs: Seriously, Niko, what is that on your head? Goggles? Sunglasses? Headband? Throw us a bone, here!
- The Empire: Meridia. They seem like a subversion at first, but then gradually develop the standard conquering empire mindset.
- Evil Costume Switch: Adele
- Evil Old Folks: Ignacy
- Face Death with Dignity: Luze/Eesa
- Face-Heel Turn: Alf, Clyde and Adele.
- Fangirl: Throughout the game you'll encounter Weiss fangirls and Alf fangirls. They discuss how pretty the brothers are.
- Five-Bad Band: Alf's gang roughly forms one following Alf's abandonment of L'Arc.
- Flat Earth Atheist: L'Arc. You'd think that after being able to summon a powerful deity when needed, he'd be more willing to accept the existence of gods. Guess not.
- Frictionless Ice: Appears in the Snowy Temple.
- Gentleman Thief: One of Serge's outfits invokes this trope.
- Global Airship: The party gets one midway through the game.
- Gotta Catch Them All: The Rogress. To be fair, three of them are optional.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Adele
- Guest Star Party Member: Alf, during later parts of the game, including the final boss.
- Handicapped Badass: When you first meet Serge, you find him to be an ex-thief, a smooth talker, cleaver, charismatic, and one of the best magic users the game has to offer. Then you find out he was THE Legendary Leon, leader of the Lord Knights, which surprises the group greatly as he doesn't fit the criteria at all. Turns out that before Ignacy crippled his sword arm, he was a feisty sword fighter AND magic user and the best there was. All at the age of FOURTEEN!
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Dear God Alf, make up your mind. One minute you help us, the next you try and kill us.
- Hero Complex: Cecille.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Niko
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first fight against Ignacy, the fight with Alf, Adele, and Clyde in his castle (In which you just have to survive for a few minutes) and the first fight with Luze.
- Hot-Blooded: Cecille again.
Cecille: I'm gonna show you the Fists of Justice!
- If I Can't Have You: Good lord, Adele!
- Informed Equipment: Just like most other JRPGs, you can never see any armor your characters put on, and they will all wield their first weapons in any cutscenes. The clothes you can buy for them also only show up on the status screen.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: After Ryfia saves L'Arc from Ignacy's attempt at mind control, she falls unconscious and the party goes into her mind to try and bring her back. In there, they encounter some memories of Ryfia's, where it's revealed that not only were all Rogress once human, but Simmah is actually Ryfia's father.
- Kaizo Trap: When you kill Chimera, it will have one last attack before the battle ends. If all your characters are at very low health when you defeat it, well...
- Karma Houdini: Whilst mitigated by his return to heroism, the fact that he suffered virtually no punishment for becoming an extremely authoritarian prince and trying to set off Elgode Volcano killing thousands of people makes Alf a huge one in this regard. Also, the fate of Luna and Paula is never specified.
- Kid Detective: One of Cecille's outfits. She also likes to play at being one, especially since Serge has a Gentleman Thief outfit to go along with it.
- Killed Off for Real: Excluding the implied deaths in the 500-years-later epilogue: Weiss, Niko, Adele, Dynos and Ignacy are all killed in-game.
- Large Ham: Cecille. She never lets a chance miss to shout her heroic antics, Shonen-style.
Cecille: The Hero of Justice, Cecille-sama, has arrived!
Dynos: Those who sleeps, beYOND the maelstrom, come forth in the nAAAme of CHAOS!
- Laughing Mad: Adele
- Lazy Backup
- Leaked Experience
- Limit Break: Excel Acts.
- Literal-Minded: Ryfia.
- Long-Lost Relative: L'Arc and Weiss were actually half-brothers, from the same mother. That explains why Weiss has always watched over L'Arc and Elena, despite his grudge against the gods.
- Lovable Coward: Niko.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Adele, who also leaps fully into Love Makes You Evil territory.
- Magic Music: Hymns.
- Mana Meter: SP. Interestingly, it works in percents instead of units.
- Mega Twintails: Cecille.
- Ms. Fanservice: Oh, dear sweet Leslie!
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Deathchanter you meet at Jada is really Dynos.
- The Lord Knights themselves: Zamuel the Crimson Mist, Witchblade Rex, and Lightning Leon.
- The Rogress also get intimidating powers to go for their names: Simmah, the Logos of Deliverance; Girtab, the Logos of Domination; Absin, the Logos of Judgment, etc.
- Then there's L'Arc, who thanks to the events at Antrax, is called 'Lagoon the Cursed' over at Turmelia, and at one point 'Deathbringer' thanks to Alf's rule
- Necromancer: Dynos.
- Nice Hat: Part of Adele's new digs.
- Not What It Looks Like
- Ryfia hugs L'Arc to lend him comfort after Zamuel's death. Cecille walks in on them, and then asks if she's interrupting something. L'Arc protests, but Cecille leaves the two alone, complete with hearts at the end of all her sentences.
- Cecille and Ryfia walk in on Niko and Serge in (what is hinted as) a somewhat compromising position when they fight over who gets the bed at an overcrowded inn.
- Obviously Evil: Ignacy. It really couldn't be any more obvious if he the sky darkened and lightning struck every time he entered a room. Although, to be entirely fair to him, it's not like he makes an effort to hide it. Also, Hosea for some people.
- Older Than They Look: Rastan/Oigen, Cecille and Dynos. Possibly Ryfia as well.
- The entire cast as well looks a little older than you'd expect from JRPG heroes. L'Arc, for instance, is only meant to be seventeen but given his attitude and occupation he seems like he could be about twenty.
- One-Winged Angel: Luze's second and final form.
- Opera Gloves: Adele's outfit.
- Opt Out: Niko
- Peek-a-Bangs: Weiss is a borderline example, as a lock of hair usually hides his left iris - and as a result, his heterochromia.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Quite a few, such as Adele, Luze, Paula and Luna.
- Plot Twist: Very early in the game, you're treated to a very MASSIVE twist: You learn that Adele turns out to be the Real Diva; the Diva that opposes Ryfia. While she's at first confused, it's not until a surprise attack from Weiss's army where everything goes to hell: Alf is overcome with anger when his brother attacks and starts to question L'Arc's loyalty, L'Arc accidentally uses his Rogress to protect Weiss from the one Adele brought by orders of Dynos, indirectly harming her in the process which is enough for her to go on a long Yandere tangent where her jealousy towards L'Arc and Ryfia reaches a huge boiling point. Alf then is revealed to be the other Child of Eesa and willingly accepts being Adele's guardian. Both Serge and Leslie switch teams with the two of them and they all leave using Adele's Rogress... And you're left with Niko.
- Pretty in Mink: Adele's outfit, the puff balls on Luna's Parasol of Pain.
- The tailor in Opalus sells fur-covered winter wear.
- Professional Killer: Luna/Paula (presumably at least).
- Really 700 Years Old: Again, Rastan/Oigen, Cecille, Dynos, and possibly Ryfia, all due to being frozen by Imaginal centuries ago. Rastan/Oigen even calls himself a 'relic'.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Dynos.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Paula and Luna shows heavy shades of this. Paula an aggressively voiced fighter in red who uses mostly fire and wind spells(the offensive elements), while Luna is a soft voiced magic user in blue who uses water and earth spells(the defensive elements).
- The Republic: Turemillia. They're not all good, though.
- Respawning Enemies: All of the monsters in the over world, sometimes right before your eyes. Any monsters in a dungeon area will respawn every time you leave the room and come back.
- The Reveal: Two big ones right after Gula church, where Ignacy finally shows his face and Leon is revealed to be Serge, not Rastan/Oigen.
- Rock Theme Naming: Cities are named after precious gemstones: Diamant - Diamond, Carbunculus - Carbuncle, Opalus - Opal.
- Sailor Fuku: Ryfia gets one.
- Say It with Hearts: Leslie and Cecille.
- Shaggy Dog Story: For Paula and Luna, the We Challenge You! sidequest involved running around all over the world searching for hidden clues, at the end of the search, the whole thing was revealed to be a prank left behind by Zamuel meant for anyone who happens upon his clues.
- Shipper on Deck: Cecille sort of acts as this towards L'Arc and Ryfia.
- Shout-Out: Cecille's shoryuken, and yes it has hit Memetic Mutation. See here.
- Socketed Equipment: How the magic and weapon system works.
- Squishy Wizard: Serge, his base HP is about the same as Ryfia's, and he is even called a "magic user" several times.
- Stealth Mentor: Arguably Weiss, and later Clyde, to L'Arc.
- Stripperific: Leslie. Oh, dear sweet Leslie.
- Ryfia might marginally qualify; while her dress is very modest, especially for a JRPG heroine, the hemline of her dress is really high up her... <Ahem> legs.
- The female shopkeepers in various armories.
- Summon Magic: L'Arc's and Alf's ability to summon the Rogress.
- Super Move Portrait Attack: The first thing a Trinity Act does when activated is showing the three participants' pictures in Ass Kicking Poses. Same with the more-powerful Excel Trinity Acts.
- Take a Third Option: L'Arc makes up his own "Law" instead of choosing either Real or Imaginal's Law. His Law saves both the Common and Divine races.
- Trauma Inn
- Two Guys and a Girl: L'Arc, Alf, and Adele.
- Underground Monkey: A lot of the enemies are just slightly different versions of other enemies.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Adele.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Dynos. The same is said for Alf after his Face-Heel Turn.
- The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: The Holy Land of Noire.
- Visual Initiative Queue: Has a downplayed form of this. Small icons on the bottom right of the screen to reflect action point decisions and give you an idea of how the battle will play out before you commit to the round, but you otherwise can't plan out the battle in other forms of this trope.
- Virtual Paper Doll: You can buy and find alternate clothing for all the playable characters. L'Arc in particular has quite a few. You'll even need a FAQ for some of them.
- Weapon of Choice
- Was Once a Man:Heavily implied that most of the Feldragons are just Divine Race exposed to Hozone and humans experimented on by Ignacy
- And even earlier, the Rogress used to be human, but volunteered to become Rogress in order to clear up the hozone.
- Welcome Back, Traitor: Serge and Leslie in the beginning, Alf in the ending.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Weiss.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There were two preachers, Ryo and Mickey, that you run into at the end of Nabra Jungle, killing two pilgrims and running away just before the boss battle. You never see or hear from them again.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Some of the costumes you get later on... well... you'll have to see for yourself.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: ... And when Luze finally wakes up, she learns that people are planning to kill her to "free themselves". This causes her to reject L'Arc's Law that will save both the Common Race and the Divine Race by neutralising the Hozone, as such a world would have no need of her. Even if she had lived, she'd have lived forever alone and unneeded by the people to perform the duty that they themselves gave her. Somebody give this girl a hug already!
- With a Friend and a Stranger: The classic Eastern RPG setup. L'Arc, Adele and Ryfia.
- Yandere: ADELE.
- Yasunori Mitsuda: Composed part of the music.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki: Paula. Ryfia in her sailor fuku as well.