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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.
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.
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).
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.