Video Game: Illusory Revelations#FE

aka: Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem

Illusory Revelations#FE (Genei Ibunroku♯FE in Japan, formerly referred to with the tentative title Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem) is a crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, in development for the Wii U. Originally revealed in January 2013 in a Nintendo Direct, a full trailer was only revealed two years later, in another Direct in 2015, which can be viewed here. The E3 trailer is here.

However, the flavor it is taking is rather unusual, even by both series' standards. What we know is that the setting is an Urban Fantasy and the gameplay looks similar to the later parts of the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series, but the weapons, abilities and entities heavily based on Fire Emblem, including enemies styled like demons/shadows but based on Fire Emblem characters. According to Word of God, the game is more of a Fire Emblem game in the style of a Shin Megami Tensei title rather than a "traditional" crossover.

The story takes place in modern day Tokyo, revolving around idol singers trying to make it big. Ordinary High-School Student Itsuki Aoi is practically dragged into the world of show biz by his friends; one of them being Tsubasa Oribe. As it happens, however, a group of supernatural beings called "Mirages" have begun to invade the world in search of Performa; the creative energy people possess that Mirages can suck out of them. While some of these Mirages are evil, there are others that are good and are attracted to humans with just as much Performa in them. Both Itsuki and Tsubasa's world change forever once they are forced to enter the "war between glamour and darkness" once some of these good Mirages come into contact with them. Turning into "Mirage Masters", these chosen humans are tasked to join forces with the good Mirages to safeguard humanity from the evil Mirages.

Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem/Illusory Revelations#FE provides examples of:

  • Amnesiac Hero: The Mirages have no memory of their past lives.
  • Anime Theme Song: Several, given the game's overarching Idol Singer theme.
    • The debut trailer has one, Reincarnation, which in-universe is Kiria's chart-topping single.
    • Beastie Game is in the second trailer, sung by none other than Tiki.
  • Battle Strip: In the trailer, a brief clip shows Tsubasa (the main girl) looking determinedly at something before twirling around and whipping off her clothing to reveal a white bikini/underwear.
  • Assist Character: Characters in the "Sub Cast" part of the party menu can assist the "Main Cast" during battle.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Eleanora "Elly" Yumizuru is half-Scandinavian.
  • Character Class System: Friendly Mirages are classified under the same class system Fire Emblem uses. For example, Chrom is a Lord-class Mirage.
  • Childhood Friend: Itsuki and Tsubasa.
  • Color Motif:
    • Following a trend set by the recent Persona games, this game features an abundance of a particular color throughout its theming and interface. This time around, it's green.
    • Several of the characters also have surnames referring to colors such as Itsuki Aoi (blue), Kiria Kurono (black), and Toma Akagi (Red). The conspicuous exceptions of this being Tsubasa Oribe (though her first name means "wings", a reference to her being a Pegasus Knight) and Elly Yumizuru (though the 'Yumi' in her name means "bow" which references her Archer class).
    • Even further, the hair colors of the currently shown characters (Blue, Red, Black, Green, and White) match up with the five colors of the Fire Emblem from the original game.
  • Combination Attack: Dual Arts, where two characters pair up and attack together. The attack changes depending on the characters involved, and a Dual Art between two characters will strengthen depending on their relationship.
  • Combos: Session attacks involve multiple party members attacking one after the other, chaining attacks that're recorded on a hit counter.
  • Conspicuous CGI: Utilized in the more elaborate non-gameplay parts of the trailer.
  • Creator Provincialism: It's set in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, Japan, and features female characters who are idol singers.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Chrom, Caeda, and Cain look a LOT more intimidating than their traditional designs, but they are clearly heroic. However, they also have to be tamed by the heroes in order to utilize their powers.
  • Detachment Combat: Gangrel can detach his head from his body and attack the entire party.
  • Expy: In a broad sense, Itsuki's combat form is one for Marth.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Kiria appears throughout the trailer with her hair tied up Hatsune Miku-style, wearing green-and-black midrff-bearing armor with a black feathered trim, a devil tail, and a large black eyepatch.
  • Faceless Masses: Non-important NPCs are rendered as flat, solid multicolor beings, like in the Just Dance games.
  • Gainaxing: Tsubasa has a large bust that jiggles conspicuously during some scenes in the trailer, but Maiko is even bigger and bouncier.
  • Genki Girl: Tsubasa and Eleanora.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Maiko LOVES hitting the sauce.
  • Henshin Hero: The leads combine with their respective Mirages, forming outfits based on those Mirage's appearance from the game.
  • Heroic Host: The Mirage Masters towards their Mirages. They get the phenomenal fighting abilities of their partners in exchange for providing energy for the Mirages.
  • Heroic Mime: Averted with the protagonist, Itsuki Aoi, here. Unlike most Shin Megami Tensei protagonists (which are avatars for the player), Itsuki has a defined name, voiced lines, and presumably a canon personality.
  • Hotter and Sexier: In comparison to both parent series. The reveal trailer alone has both male and female characters down to their underclothes, and the female characters' idol costumes in particular are Stripperific as hell.
  • Idol Singer: Pop music, Japanese Idol culture, and the entertainment industry are the central themes. In fact, every character is part of the entertainment industry in some form and the company they work for intentionally scouted them due to their powers.
    • Tsubasa wants to be a pop singer, and one of her outfits is comprised of a black bra and hot pants with detached sleeves, gold bangles on her wrists and thighs, a collar, and a huge star-shaped necklace. Her Pegasus Knight outfit also resembles a frilly idol singer costume.
    • Kiria, another female character who joins the party at some point, is also a famous idol singer - her Mage Class staff is even a microphone stand - who appears on a billboard on the Shibuya 106 building and on advertisements throughout the trailer.
    • Tiki is Hatsune Miku in all but name (even being called Singaloid TiKi) She also sings the theme song for the second trailer.
    • Toma wants to be an actor and works as an extra on a Tokusatsu show.
    • Elly is an actress and aims to be a Hollywood star.
    • Maiko is their boss, being the president of a company called Fault Entertainment which also scouts Mirage Masters.
    • Itsuki is part of the company, but isn't really interested and had to be dragged into recruitment.
    • One of Tsubasa and Eleanora's Dual Arts involves them weaponizing a duet.
    • The costumes worn in battle by the characters resemble outfits you'd see worn by J-Pop groups.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: It's pronounced Illusory Revelations Sharp FE (as opposed to hashtag, which most people pronounce # as nowadays). Rather appropriate, considering in-universe Idol singers make up a couple of the main characters (as # is pronounced as sharp when referring to the musical notation variation).
  • Limit Break: Mirage attacks, where a mirage master uses one SP (SP is a relatively small resource, with EP being used for general spellcasting) to call upon the power of their mirage.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: When translated, the lyrics of the song playing over the second trailer (named Reincarnation) is rather dark while sounding incredibly peppy:
    I want to destroy all of the important things I've held onto
    You can heal me of this painful loneliness
    (Chorus) Reincarnation, Realization
    ÖI want to disappear
    The noise of the endless city streets
    The melancholy of false smiles
    The real face behind them, in a way that has never been seen
    Whenever someone is anxious
    Even if they donít say it, we know it
    I want to destroy all of the important things Iíve held onto, give me the courage
    But, I wonít be up front about it
    Even when Iím lost, even when Iím troubled, I still want you
    At least, I will destroy this painful loneliness
    (Chorus) Reincarnation, Realization
    I want to be reborn.
  • Meaningful Name: Nearly every character has a name where at least part of it hints at their role or character class. They're even highlighted on the official website.
  • Meganekko: Maiko.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While most of the girls can count, Maiko is the top contender, having been a gravure idol when she was younger.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The majority of Mirages are parasites who suck people dry of their passion and drive, called performa. The heroic Mirages such as Chrom or Caeda partner with people with high amounts of performa in order to let these Mirage Masters fight off more villainous Mirages.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Itsuki Aoi, the lead, has the blue hair, blue outfit, cape, and rapier that almost every lord of the series has had. His outfit borrows most heavily from Sigurd, with a white cape and cravat, but also has elements of Marth's manga outfit, with the golden fringe on his shoulders, and Chrom's promoted armor. He is the only cast member who has no desire to be an idol, instead prefering to stay in the shadows, like Kris from Heroes of Light and Shadow. At one point in the trailer, he's also shown casting thunder magic, the preferred means of attack from Robin. His Mirage is even Chrom.
    • Hitoshi Yamagami, a longtime producer of the Fire Emblem series, once stated he wanted to make a game set in modern-day Tokyo, where a pegasus lands on the roof of the Shibuya 109 department store. While it may not land on it, the Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem trailer opens and closes with a pegasus flying in front of the game's version of said building.
    • Tsubasa Oribe, the female lead, has blue hair and a pegasus theme in her idol clothes and vehicle, which harkens back to Caeda, a blue-haired pegasus rider who was the love interest of the main lead of her games. Appropriately, her Mirage is Caeda.
    • The reveal trailer gives a glimpse at iconic settings from both franchises, namely a destroyed Tokyo and the Mila Tree.
    • The magic energy called Performa sounds just like Persona.
    • The Japanese title is even a nod to other games, but that is known as Megami Ibunroku (which is the original title of Persona 1 and Devil Survivor). Considering the aspects of those games and this one (both having modern-day settings, having The Power of Friendship as a lead trope, and featuring characters in high-school years), this may not be a coincidence.
    • Toma is a Hot-Blooded Fiery Redhead, thus he's paired with Cain, the original Red Cavalier.
    • Jack Frost appears as part of the Hee Haw Mart, which is run by an Anna lookalike named Shio.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Elly is naturally a blonde but changing to an archer turns her hair cyan.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona IN FIRE EMBLEM STYLE!
  • Rule of Cool: Quite blatant. If the various character designs didn't clue you in, then there's the futuristic motorcycles and the pegasai with rocket boosters...
  • Shout-Out: One of the showcased attacks is the Squid Sisters' pop song, complete with matching outfits.
  • Stripperiffic: Tsubasa's idol costume is comprised of a black bra and short shorts, and at one point she removes her clothes, revealing what is either a swimsuit or her underwear. Kiria's idol costume consists of a BDSM-type chest harness, a corset, and black panties and garters.
  • Tactical Rock-Paper-Scissors: The game makes use of Fire Emblem's weapon triangle mechanics.
  • Team Mom: Maiko to the kids, being not only their mentor but also their boss.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Tiki, who looks about preteen at best. Even her voice actress is younger than the rest of the cast.
  • Urban Fantasy: As typical of Shin Megami Tensei and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, the game is set in Tokyo and stars a group of teenagers.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A Treehouse stream commented that Eleanora and Toma have this relationship. They argue during their team up attack and Eleanora even uses Toma's head as a vault.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: While we do not know the stakes yet, the game seems to share the splitting of time between going to school and fighting monsters with the Persona series.
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • The trailer features Tiki's younger design, albeit not that far removed from her original design... but also Gangrel, Aversa and Chrom, the former two looking incredibly monstrous.
    • With the E3 2015 trailer, we can confirm that Fire Emblem characters range the spectrum of this trope, from Caeda merely having an outfit swap to Chrom's Glowing Eyes of Doom to Cain having robotic aspects.

Alternative Title(s):

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem