Video Game / Time and Eternity
Time and Eternity
(alternate Japanese Portmantitle
) is a PlayStation 3
JRPG developed by Imageepoch
, released in Japan by Bandai Namco Games
in Oct., 2012 and in the United States by NIS America
in July 2013. It features Supporting Protagonist
Zack, a knight of the small kingdom of Kamza, preparing for his wedding with princess Toki. However, on the day of the wedding, a group of assassins interrupt and Zack is killed while protecting Toki. While he thinks he's had the best death ever, he quickly learns two things: Toki has a second personality within her body named Towa and she can travel back in time. While Toki returns six months into the past, Zack's spirit travels along by inhabiting the body of Toki's pet dragon, Drake, and the two (three?) set out to prevent the disaster at the wedding.
The game's strong points are its beautiful, expressive hand-drawn characters, excellent soundtrack, and downright gorgeous visuals in various locations while many fans are split on the character personalities, story and gameplay.
Time and Eternity uses the following tropes:
- A Day in the Limelight: Each of Toki's three friends receives a degree of focus in the first three chapters, gaining some Character Development in the process.
- Acceptable Breaks from Reality: After the early-game discussion between Towa, Enda, Reijo, and Wedi, everyone who meets the princess recognizes her when they meet again - regardless of which soul is currently activenote . Of course, what with the automatic change every level and the scarcity of the soul-changing items, locking certain sidequest strands to Toki/Towa would very quickly have become a Scrappy Mechanic.
- Anachronism Stew: A medieval fantasy setting where the apparently most-advanced technology is the electric light, but game companies exist and the characters know what TVs are.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: The special finishing blow against the Chapter 3 boss. Does 99,999 damage.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A few boss fights are against giant creatures that require a different approach to fighting.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Moebius in human form looks like a female but is still referred to as a male.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Makimona doesn't fool anyone when she tries to act as a spirit medium.
- Badass Adorable: Both Toki and Towa, with Toki leaning more towards the adorable side and Towa more towards badass.
- Bland-Name Product: Rad Bowl energy drinks.
- Boobs of Steel: Toki/Towa is actually fairly well-endowed, second only to Wedi and maybe Makimona, and she kicks the asses of golems, assassins, robots, vampires, zombies, dragons, and even the humanized essence of Time itself!
- Cat Smile: Moebius has one.
- Censor Steam:
- In both of the DLC Hot Spring event images.
- Averted in the shower scenes after Drake!Zack manages to clear just enough to get a decent view.
- Character Development:
- Each supporting character gets some in each chapter.
- In each of the normal endings, Zack has put aside his perverted nature and takes his relationship more seriously after losing one of Toki/Towa.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: The driving force behind the plot, but not in the way one might initially think. The promise was made between Toki and Towa when they were kids and were only repeating the words of the ceremony as a means of declaring themselves "best friends forever," but still carrying enough cosmic force behind it to prevent Zack and Toki's wedding until the promise could be broken (or never made at all).
- Christmas Cake: Makimona.
- Contractual Boss Immunity: Thoroughly and gloriously averted!
- Covert Pervert: Zack has some naughty thoughts about the princess or her friends time and again, but never actively tries to do anything to them that he shouldn't.
- He does, however, completely fail to hide the fact that he's thinking perverted thoughts. His face gives him away every time, even as a dragon.
- Other active choices that involve Toki/Towa are left up to the player.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Wedi.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The right magic will make many regular battles this if the player so chooses. Getting enough time to cast, however...
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Wedi.
- Dating Sim: Several elements, but the choices boil down to between Toki and Towa (until the New Game+).
- Difficulty Spike: Some areas will pit you against enemies that you aren't prepared for, but the biggest offender is the Chapter 3 boss, who is harder than the final boss.
- Dirty Old Man: Olden.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Netherdrake puts Reijo in a position where she's forced to kill Toki simply because she beat him too many times at Old Maid.
- Double Entendre: All over the place in conversations.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Toki's grandma, Eva, appears in the wedding cutscenes long before she's encountered in-game.
- Easy-Mode Mockery: Not by the game itself but one of the trophies does require playing through the game on Normal without once changing the difficulty.
- Fanservice: The gallery images and quests that involve peeping on Toki/Towa in the shower.
- Fetch Quest: Several, but most don't really require going out of the way to complete as they involve enemies/drops in the next dungeon.
- Finger Poke of Doom: The Finishing Move used in the tutorial.
- Finishing Move: Once certain conditions are met in battle, Toki/Towa can end the battle with a One-Hit Kill with special animation ranging from a headshot, a flying kick, slashing the enemy to bits to unique ones for various boss fights.
- Food Porn: Inverted hard. We need a "Food Gorn" trope just to describe Ricardo's cakes.
- Genki Girl: Enda.
- Genre Savvy: Toki knows far more about Zack's perverted nature than one might initially guess, and even uses it against him a couple of times.
- Zack also quickly figures out how to push Towa's buttons and get her to wear fetishy outfits he bought.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The artwork for the Affection screen is the same as on the game cover of the US version, except for one small difference: Towa is nude.
- Godiva Hair: The only thing left covering Toki/Towa in the shower after the Censor Steam is successfully removed.
- Guide Dang It: Averted. There are trophies for opening every chest and completing every sidequest in each chapter. Thankfully, the game reveals the location of all of the treasures on every map, the location of each sidequest when it becomes available, and even where to find monsters/items for the sidequests from the very beginning.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Ricardo in the English dub, Gratuitous English in Japanese.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Reijo. She only wished for wealth in order to be on the same social level as Toki so they could be friends.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Towa skirts the line on this one as her outward mannerisms do hide the fact of how kind she really is.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The hero's default name is Zack, but it can be changed. Consequentially, no one refers to him by name.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Toki has never made a public appearance, so she can go anywhere in town with most people not even knowing she's the princess.
- Hot Springs DLC Sidequest: Two. One for each of Toki/Towa.
- Infinity+1 Sword: The "Eternity" equipment obtained by defeating the four hidden bosses scattered about the world in Chapter 4.
- Joke Weapon: Subverted. There exist, as 'equipment', a Paper Knife and Toy Gun (along with a Small Ribbon, Handmade Necklace, Handmade Ring, and an 'unbelievably generic' Belt), but these can only be equipped by unequipping any other equipment.
- Jerkass: Zack, if the player makes such choices. Throughout the game, he can constantly makes passes at other girls, Toki/Towa's friends included, yet gets pissed whenever Ricardo tries to hit on her. He's a Chivalrous Pervert without the "chivalrous" part. Reijo realizes this and it's one of the reasons why she names him after various weeds. Toki also appears to be aware of it too since she will use it against him from time to time. He gets better as Character Development kicks in during the latter half of the game.
- The Klutz: Wedi.
- Knife Nut: Towa, especially at the start of the game, but she mellows out a bit over the course.
- Lethal Chef: Ricardo's cakes are so bad that they cause whoever eats them to witness a Near-Death Experience and grant them the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Used as a Plot Point.
- Subverted twice: First when it's revealed that he initially was a great baker, but then got inspired (by Drake no less) to start using fish as ingredients and thus ruining his cakes from then on. It takes Toki/Towa's grandmother's complaint in the third chapter for him to take this seriously and go on a training trip to "pretend" learn how to make good cakes. It surprisingly worked. Second is in the ending when, after the Reset Button is pushed, he's never inspired to use bad ingredients and becomes the best baker in the kingdom.
- Level Grinding: Averted. The game is meant to be taken at a relaxing pace and, so long as the player takes time to do sidequests and explore each region to get all of the treasure, the characters will stay ahead of the level curve.
- Some grinding, however, is needed to reach the Level 70 achievement "Royal Blood".
- Likes Older Women: It takes the entire game to learn who Second Grade Genius Kilka is in love with. Turns out to be Makimona.
- Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded during a round of Boss Banter. Toki has several copies of her outfit while Towa mentions she just washes it whenever she takes a bath.
- Macguffin: The Something Four in Chapter 3.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Towa and Zack, especially in her normal ending wherein she re-enacts the "bride carrying the groom" scene featured in the current page image.
- Meido: One of Toki's gallery images.
- Meaningful Name: Toki and Towa literally mean "Time" and "Eternity" respectively.
- Multiple Endings: There are 3 endings. The True Ending can only be acquired during a New Game Plus.
- Mundane Utility: Moebius wants to control time in order to... hang around in bars drinking and watching ballgames every night.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Reijo after stabbing Toki during the Chapter 2 wedding scene, made even worse when the characters realize she wasn't doing it of her own free will.
- Naked Apron: One of Towa's gallery images.
- New Game+: Unlocks after beating the game once and is the only way to get the special ending.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Makimona has a different job every chapter that conveniently allows her to interact with the heroes.
- The Nicknamer: Reijo will often refer to Zack as different types of weeds.
- No Damage Run: Getting one of the Gold trophies requires winning 20 battles in a row without taking damage. However, this can be done as early as the first area where one of the monsters doesn't even attack!
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: Toki, when using her time travel ability.
- Palette Swap:
- Both NPCs and monsters. One of the complaints about the game is the lack of enemy variety even though each enemy of various types will switch out their strategy to keep the player from getting too complacent.
- Toki and Towa in the field and in battles.
- Panty Shot: Mostly during battle given Toki/Towa's acrobatic moves in a short skirt. Almost counts as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
- Permanently Missable Content:
- The lunches Toki/Towa can make when their Love stats are between 0-49 and 50-99, a unique one for each personality and two that either one could make per tier.
- Chapter-specific sidequests are lost if they aren't completed before concluding the chapter.
- Gallery images will not be unlocked if the player makes the incorrect choice during specific Memory Events.
- Point of No Return: All sidequests and Memory Events are locked after defeating Moebiusdrake. The conditions for the special ending need to be met before initiating that battle as well.
- The Power of Friendship: Allows Toki/Towa to travel back in time once more after losing their hourglass at the beginning of Chapter 4.
- The Power of Love: Even though Toki/Towa lose their memories of all of the preceding events in Chapter 4, it's their love for Zack that keeps them going through to the end.
- Also a literal stat in the game. Higher Love/Sincerity stats affect the quality of certain healing items and increase critical hit rates.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Toki (and Towa), of course.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Wedi. Word of God states that she isn't dressing to be provocative, but just really doesn't care what she wears.
- Running Gag: Several.
- Drake!Zack never getting to bathe with the girls while they don't know that he's in Drake's body.
- Ricardo's over-the-top proposals to Toki/Towa every time he runs into them.
- Drake!Zack biting Ricardo's head in retaliation.
- Towa putting her knife to Ricardo's neck afterward.
- Ricardo's lethal cakes.
- Makimona's utter lack of fortune when it comes to men.
- Save Scumming: Useful for getting the Lunch Master trophy.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The attacks done by the Assassin's Guild, Reijo, and Makimona were revealed to be directly caused by Toki/Towa and Drake's meddling in the first place in one way or another. The fact that the Moebius Loop keeps screwing them over is a major reason as to why the wedding keeps getting attacked.
- Scare Chord: Played for Laughs whenever Drake!Zack reminds Makimona that she doesn't have a man in her life whenever she insists on borrowing the Something Four.
- Scenery Porn: Most notably the events in Chapter 4 where the sky is constantly lit up by a never-ending meteor shower.
- Shower Scene: Several sidequests involve finding ways to clear the steam in the bathroom in order to get a peek at Toki/Towa while she's showering.
- Ricardo's flunkies met at the beginning of the game are named Lucy and Linus.
- One of the quest-givers is named Schrodinger. One of his first lines is to state there is a cat in the box next to him.
- Ricardo's cakes look very much like the type of food Aurica is prone to cooking.
- One of the characters you can do a sidequest for is called Ray Amuro.
- Skinship Grope: Happens to both Wedi and Towa courtesy of Makimona and Enda respectively in the final DLC gallery image.
- Spiritual Successor: The battle system is one to the one from Black Rock Shooter: The Game as both games were developed by Image Epoch.
- Split Personality: Toki and Towa in the form of two souls in one body.
- Something Else Also Rises:
- When Drake talks about a lot of blood rushing to his... head.
- This exchange:
Racin: My spiritual antenna is bursting forth with inspiration!
Drake!Zack: Uwaaah! Toki, don't look!
- Slasher Smile: Towa in her menu artwork and the loading screen.
- Stalker with a Crush: Ricardo to Toki/Towa. Enda to Ricardo but only in Chapter 1.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Makimona tends to do this.
- Supporting Protagonist: Zack. He'll also provide support in battle.
- Sword and Gun: The princess uses a rifle for long range attacks, a knife for close-range. Toki and Towa specialize in one over the other.
- Take Your Time: The game heavily encourages the player to do as many sidequests as possible as there is no penalty for delaying doing main quests. The big payoff is that most Gift Points come from doing these quests rather than earning them in battle.
- Technology Marches On: In-Universe example-
Drake!Zack: "You sure have a thing for TV."
Moebius: "Of course! My TV at home is all snowy."
Drake!Zack: "You're still on analog?!"
- Tempting Fate: If Towa is active on the approach for Olden's questions, she assures Drake!Zack that "[she's] not worried" about what kind of questions would measure his worth as a husband. The correct answers to the first three questions leave her embarrassed to a Tsundere's full extent, and answering the fourth question with her ideal answer is incorrect (although the correct answer to the fifth question is worth 100 points on its own).
- Time Paradox:
- Chapters 1-3 take place 6 months, 3 months, and then 1 month before the wedding. Chapter 4 re-does each boss fight, then jumps to 1 year before the wedding; most of the sidequests in it are what begin several of the chains of events in the preceding chapters.
- In the first couple of chapters, it turns out that the events leading up to the attacks on the wedding were caused by Toki/Towa trying to prevent them in the first place.
- In the ending: the Reset Button is pushed entirely with only Zack and Eva having memories of the journey while The Power of Love causes Toki/Towa's feelings to remain to the point of her accepting Zack's proposal even though they "just met."
- Timey-Wimey Ball: An attack on the wedding? Go back in time to prevent the event leading up to the attack from happening. Rinse and repeat.
- Token Mini-Moe: Enda.
- Trailers Always Spoil:
- The trailer for the US version spoiled both Toki's Split Personality and the fact that the wedding is attacked more than once.
- The art book that came with the Collector's Edition of the game reveals the Big Bad.
- Training from Hell: Towa wouldn't have it any other way, especially since she'd rather spend her honeymoon at a cabin in snow-covered mountains because of the harsh conditions. This explains how Toki is in such great shape.
- Tsundere: Towa is a tsun to the extent that she has one animation for 'turn away indignantly, then turn back and softly smile'.
- Villainous Breakdown: Netherdrake gets a hilariously epic one in Chapter 2 when the heroes threaten to report him to the Better Business Bureau.
- What Does She See in Him?: Both Reijo and Towa initially wonder that about Zack when they can clearly tell he's a bit of a pervert, but Toki will always defend his good points, especially the fact that he is honest and never goes back on his word.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Towa is afraid of ghosts, bugs, and slimy things.