Video Game: Nayuta no Kiseki

After the success of the Trails in the Sky trilogy and the Trails of Zero/in the Azure duology, Falcom took a little detour and came out with Nayuta no Kiseki (那由多の軌跡 - literal translation: "Nayuta's taken path"): a "story ARPG" taking the characterization of the Kiseki series and combining it with the fast-paced action of their Ys and Zwei games. In order to make the barrier to entry easier for newcomers, Nayuta has no direct story associations with the other games, although it shares some concepts and terminology.

The Sciencia Sea, a vast ocean dotted with countless tiny islands, is notable for two different peculiar phenomena: "star fragments" which contain images of a beautiful alien world (animals, plants, and rarely buildings no one's ever seen), and "falling ruins" in which ancient buildings fall out of a clear blue sky onto people's heads. (No, really.) Both phenomena are concentrated around Remnant Isle, a tiny settlement built on top of many of these ruins. Nayuta Herschel, student and amateur astronomer, and Signa Alhazen, master swordsman and Nayuta's best friend, are returning to Remnant Isle for a relaxing summer vacation when the biggest ruin yet falls out of the sky.

Nayuta and Signa naturally go check it out and meet Noi, a tiny visitor from another world. Soon enough they meet Creha, a mysterious silver-haired girl sleeping in a coffin-like bed of flowers, and from there Nayuta is plunged into an adventure beyond his greatest imagination.

Like in the other Kiseki games, story progression is punctuated by subquests in which you help the inhabitants of your hometown and in so doing learn more about them and their world. Features one of Falcom Sound Team JDK's best scores yet and an unexpectedly heartwarming story, even for Kiseki.

Nayuta no Kiseki contains the following tropes:

  • Art Shift: Unlike the main series, Nayuta no Kiseki features 3D models instead of sprites, making it look closer to Zwei.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Signa fits this trope to a T. Both metaphorically (to Nayuta) and literally (to Creha).
  • Badass
  • BFS: one of the weapon type Nayuta can choose. Selam also sports one, a cool-looking one to boot.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The opening movie is one of the most misleading opening in Kiseki series. Particularly when it comes to Signa's fate and his relationship with Selam.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Lyra has a crush on Nayuta. But every time she wants to confess, Noi always comes in. Even when Noi wasn't around, Lyra was always too afraid to confess.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: In a sense. An independent story that looks and plays like Zwei II, but is named a Kiseki game.
  • Easter Egg: There are several references to the Zemuria games, but the most notable and least spoilery is the presence of Misshy.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: You can buy a cute gothic dress for Noi to equip.
  • Elemental Powers: Depending on the season.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: the Continent of Origins, La Worg.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Gear Drive
  • Expy
    • Nayuta looks a bit like Forte, fellow main character from The Legend of Heroes V: Song of the Ocean.
    • Lyra also looks like Una from the same game. Both even have "Cannot Spit It Out" issues with the main characters.
    • Creha is a mix between Arianrhod and Moonlight Witch Gueld.
  • Flat World: All the best scholars in the Sciencia Sea believe the world is flat, and moreover, that it's very small. Nayuta disagrees and sets out to prove them wrong.
  • Foreshadowing: It's a Kiseki game. It's bound to happen.
  • From Bad to Worse: Everything simply started with Nayuta and Signa climbing the fallen ruins out of pure curiosity. Then stuf happened...
  • Genre Shift: From story-oriented, tactics-flavored JRPG to fast-paced ARPG with platforming (still story-oriented, though).
  • Girlish Pigtails: Noi and Sasha.
  • Girl in a Box: Nayuta first meets Creha sleeping in what looks like a coffin.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: or so what Creha and Selam thought when their race was brutally mass murdered.
  • I Choose to Stay: Creha, Signa, and Noi all choose to stay on Remnant Isle in the ending.
  • I Know Your True Name: Zext tried to do this on Noi to persuade her to cooperate with him. It failed.
  • Interface Spoiler: Averted with Selam, because his voice actor wasn't revealed until the game's released. And one reason how almost no one could guess that Selam and Signa are the same person.
  • Last Of Their Kind: Creha and Signa/Selam are the only survivors of a powerful race called "People of Mithos".
  • Literal Split Personality: Signa and Selam are originally just one person called "Selam".
  • Lost World: Lost Heaven, the beautiful paradise seen in star fragments, contains species not extant on the Sciencia Sea. It's revealed that Lost Heaven/Terra is literally a Lost World because it got lost in an explosion 1579 years ago.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: invoked by Zext to Creha in the end of Chapter 4.
  • Master Computer: the Astrolabe
  • MacGuffin: The Master Gears. And later, the Stella Gears.
    • Living MacGuffin: Creha, Creha, CREHA. Signa/Selam becomes one in the epilogue as well.
  • Meganekko: Cealam and Colon. Noi can equip glasses as accessory, though.
  • Meaningful Name: To fit the "star" theme, nearly all the characters are named after various constellations or famous astronomers. And yes, including the NPC. For example, Nayuta is a Hindu number meaning 10 to the power of 60 (or 72, depending), or just a very large number, fitting for the sea of stars.
  • Mistaken for Subculture: Nayuta can buy doll clothes for Noi at the general store. The saleswoman promptly assumes he loves dolls and is overjoyed to have someone share her hobby.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Eida and Erislette.
  • Names to Know in Anime
  • Nice Hat: Sasha. Creha has it too, only in her Enforcer of Mithos outfit. One of Noi's accessories is a wizard's cap.
  • One-Winged Angel: one of the gimmicks of the bosses of this game is that they have multiple forms. Creha and Signa/Selam are literally one thanks to their father.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Noi isn't technically a fairy, but is referred to as such just because it's easier. Averted with the low-level spirits that hang around the shrines.
  • Really 1580 Years Old: Creha, Signa/Selam, Zext, Noi... pretty much everyone who lives on Terra.
  • Red Baron: Each of Terra's continental managers has one.
    • Guardian King Algol, governing the continent of Heinmel.
    • Lynchis Gio, governing the continent of Oltapia.
    • Song Priestess Erislette, governing the continent of Rizweld.
    • Sage Nemeas, governing the continent of La Worg.
    • Noi Stelladier, administrator of Astrolabe and governor of Terra.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: You fight cute monsters with big smiles and flowers growing out of their heads.
  • Say My Name: "Creha!", "Signa!", and "Noi!" make up 80% of Nayuta's speech during the last few chapters. Taken to its logical extreme before Nayuta fights Noi's nightmare.
  • Shout-Out
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: it's hard to believe that Creha and Signa/Selam are siblings, eh?
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Probably the happiest game to ever carry the Kiseki name.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Signa or Cygna? Worlance or Volans?
  • Taken for Granite: Signa/Selam and Creha became petrified when Zext took their power in the Final Chapter. Fortunately, it didn't last long.
  • That's No Moon!: the second moon. You know, the big one? That's actually Lost Heaven. Or rather, Terra, an artificial satellite containing plant and animal species wiped out in a disaster 1579 years ago.
  • The Dragon: The masked swordsman Selam fulfills this role for Zext.
  • Time Skip: one year between Final Chapter and After Story.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Noi, owing to her sheer small size.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Zext owned a Star Fragment with an image of Selam, Creha, and himself, all looking happy.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Poor Lyra...
  • Verbal Tic: Noi ends all of her sentences with "na no!"
  • Whole Plot Reference: the story behind Signa and Selam's separation? Seems familiar....
  • World Shapes: Early on in the game, there are many references to an end/edge of the world, which Nayuta does not believe in, thinking the world may be a sphere. It turns out they are both correct, as the world is a sphere with a giant chunk blown off, leaving an inhospitable rim region over a gaping maw of exposed mantle that covers about a third of the surface of the planet.

Alternative Title(s):

Nayuta No Kiseki