Despite the name, this is a sequel to Burning Rhapsody Newlight. Can be called Gaijin Goukaroku.
Unlike the prequels, this focuses on two new Story Arcs, each with their own protagonists:
- Ritual focuses on Kaede, another Seiga half-breed who never knew her father, as she goes on a quest to find him and realize what being a Seiga means.
- Foreigner focuses on Jin Kami, an amnesiac young man, as he wanders looking for the mysteries of his past and comments on his life as if to comment to the "God" that created him.
Tropes associated with Burning Rhapsody Gaiden:
- Anachronism Stew: Foreigner delves into artificial life, as Jin was created artificially, though through magic. The Final Boss, Sabaki, has a much more mechanical theme to her.
- The Artifact: Despite some secondary characters showing up, Zen'i himself is completely absent for both parts of the story.
- Artifact Title: "Burning Rhapsody" doesn't deal with anything burning this time, with no primary character using fire.
- Badass Family: Ritual expands the number of Seiga half-breeds. Kaede and her sister Kaoru, who is also The Rival, are both Seiga half-breeds.
- Call-Back: Majins are mentioned in Ritual, but just looking at them is enough for Kaede to scare them away.
- Changing of the Guard: Most of the old guard only features in cameos or as background characters at best.
- Cult: The Gojin are somewhat more present with Kaoru in the cast than with Akira, and they have vibes of one.
- Decapitated Army: Averted. Despite the destruction of Jiyubudoka, who were one of the major parties guilty of bullying and killing bloodlines, fanatics still exist in every city, and the presence of the Gojin around Kyoto doesn't help matters.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Kaoru strikes Naoji with a near-lethal blow at the end of Ritual.
- Doing In the Wizard: Somewhat in Foreigner, since it deals with artificial life and many of the more spiritual aspects of the other characters are nowhere to be seen.
- Downer Ending: Both Ritual and Foreigner, though the latter's ending is more foreboding rather than the villains accomplishing anything.
- The canon ending to Ritual has Kaoru nearly kill Naoji just as Kaede sees him, and Iroha saves him, nearly killing both Kaede and Kaoru in the process before taking off with him in tow.
- The ending to Foreigner has Sabaki make the big reveal to Jin that he too was created artificially, even stating that the "Godframe" inspired by the success of his creation is what she just got. Then just as the forces of order surround the tower, Sora blows it all up.
- Dramatic Irony: Jin thinks he's the son of God. He's not even the son of anyone, though his creation was helped by a God.
- Gaiden Game: Subverted. Despite the major changing of the main characters, the game is still within the canon.
- Ritual has some ties to the original, as it even features cameos from the two previous iterations' villains, Juuma and Iroha.
- Foreigner, meanwhile, brings back Junichi and closes Asuka's FaceHeel Turn, as their resurrection of the Kinma caused them to be the big background antagonists of the story.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: It's easy in Ritual to see that Kaede is the protagonist because she wears light green and Kaoru wears dark purple.
- Legendary in the Sequel: One of Jin's first encounters is Kyoku, who is regarded with absolute reverence by a lot of people, and his "Shinkai" karate school has a lot of disciples.
- Lighter and Softer: With the change of protagonists and the lack of Majins in the story, and the main antagonist not being much stronger than the main character, the overall tone in Ritual is way less dark. Ultimately subverted by the ending, being just as much Downer Ending as previous stories.
- Magical Eye: The Seiga are recognizable by looking at their eyes, as it is why Majins are running away from Kaede.
- Meeting-the-Parents Sequel: Kaede didn't have to wait for a sequel, but meeting Naoji means Ritual works as this for Yasuke, since he is with her when they meet Naoji.
- Men Use Violence, Women Use Communication: Inverted in the protagonists. Kaede is willing to fight obstacles that come her way, while Jin tries to talk the other person out (though his self-narration tendencies tend to cause fights to break out anyway).
- Ninja: The reborn Kinma have the philosophy of such.
- Protagonist Title: Foreigner refers to Jin.
- Antagonist Title: It can also refer to the first actual gaijins in the story, Kai and Sabaki.
- Religion of Evil: The Gojin somewhat follow one of these, as they worship "strength". They also double as assassins or troublemakers.
- Standard Evil Organization Squad: The new Kinma leadership has become this.
- Stealth Sequel: To Newlight.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Asuka, though she did leave the site of Newlight on a sour note, completed her FaceHeel Turn offscreen, being now not only aligned with the reborn Kinma, but is actually at the helm.
- Those Two Guys: Karen and Haruki are also rivals, and each appears either fighting the other or advising one of Kaede or Kaoru during Ritual. Their rivalry continues during Foreigner, where Karen assists Jin and Haruki is much more prominent, being part of the Kinma who are the main antagonists there.
Introduced in Ritual
- The protagonist of Ritual. She takes on a quest to find her father at sixteen years old.
Tropes associated with Kaede:
- All of the Other Reindeer: Those descended from bloodlines are still bullied, lynched, or unceremoniously killed, which is one of the reasons she left home.
- Angst: She is pretty angsty, though being part of a hunted clan and having to hide her lineage for all her life and ultimately leave for the safety of her maternal family when her Seiga traits start showing too prominently are a good reason to be sad.
- Dangerous 16th Birthday: She left home looking for her father at the exact day of her sixteenth birthday.
- Magical Eye: Apparently has one, as Majins run away scared of her just by looking at her in the eye. As explained by Yasuke, this is a bloodline mark, the Dragon's Eye, which he speculates the Majins noticed first in Yasuke himself, hence their running away.
- Perpetual Frowner: She rarely has a reason to smile.
- Space Master
- Statuesque Stunner: Part and parcel of her being Seiga. She's 5'10", taller than Shinku, who was the tallest female introduced so far.
- A sidekick to Kaede during the early parts of her story, she is a young fighter who went on a journey near Kyoto to a monastery, looking to control herself. She helps Kaede out a few times during the story by talking to her or bailing her out.
Tropes associated with Karen:
- Animal Motifs: She has a heavy crow motif.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Really downplayed as she's obviously Japanese, but she has the characteristic odango.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Unlike Haruki, she fights with her bare hands.
- Genki Girl: She's really excitable. She even comments that she is too energetic, which is why she went to a monastery in the first place.
- Heavy Sleeper
- Ki Manipulation: What she doesn't do with her bare hands, she does with this.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Around the midway point, Haruki interrupts a fight between Kaede and Kaoru, but Karen jumps in for the save and goes all out, forcing Kaoru to retreat and injuring Haruki to the point that she goes back to Hokkaido and never reappears in the story.
- Karen's rival. She's oddly dressed in a foreign style, and intervenes routinely during the early parts of the story to bail Kaoru out and help (or bicker with) her.
Tropes associated with Haruki:
- Artificial Human: She's actually this now, since she had died in her original body.
- Badass Longcoat
- Fighting with Chucks
- Rival Turned Evil: She's this to Karen.
- The Stoic
- Technicolor Fire: While not actual fire, her energy looks like a ghostly, purple-blue flame.
- Undying Loyalty: Displays this towards the Kinma.
- A young hermit who meets Kaede and Kaoru each on a few occasions.
Tropes associated with Kazahana:
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite being nearly as young as Kaede (and looking much younger), she actually is a lot wiser than would be expected for her age.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Kaede and Kaoru usually dismiss her advice as nonsensical garbage.
- Dis Motivation: She doesn't understand the drive Kaede has to meet her father, same for Kaoru.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom
- Kaede's rival and also a Seiga half-breed. She is the main antagonist, seeking to kill Kaede and attempting to do so several times within the story.
Tropes associated with Kaoru:
- Establishing Character Moment: She's first seen as a target of a mugging by a Gojin, before calling said Gojin out for attacking a fellow Gojin, and one way stronger than him at that, before eating his soul and expressing disappointment that she's not gaining power from it.
- Evil Orphan: She was orphaned and kidnapped by the Gojin at a young age.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her major theme color is purple, and she is fairly powerful.
- Soul Eating: Her agenda for Kaede and later Naoji. She demonstrates this as her Establishing Character Moment.
- Statuesque Stunner: Just a bit taller than Kaede, which makes her the single tallest female introduced in the series.
- Teleportation: Just like Kaede, except she can get more creative with it.
- The last known full-blooded Seiga alive, and the father to Yasuke, Kaede and Kaoru.
Tropes associated with Naoji:
- Animal Motifs: The dragon. As he notes, the Seiga were descended from a dragon god, thus confirming their mystical ancestry.
- Fair Cop: His day job is as a cop of sorts.
- Last of His Kind: He is the last known full-blooded Seiga alive.
- Reality Ensues: Gods are innately powerful, but demigods and so on, much less so. His comparative vulnerability is exposed as Kaoru nearly kills him.
- Thinking Up Portals
Introduced in Foreigner
- A young amnesiac man who wanders the world looking for the meaning of his life.
Tropes associated with Jin:
- Bishōnen: Characters, especially himself, comment on his unscarred physique.
- Code Name: Somewhat. His name isn't real, it's one he gave himself.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Jin is a partial Moveset Clone of Kyoku, justified by Jin's first important experience in life is training in Kyoku's school.
- Healing Factor: Somewhat, but he heals near-instantly from minor damage like friction burns.
- Instant Expert: Jin is an extremely fast learner, as displayed within his short time with Kyoku.
- It's All About Me: Subverted: Jin considers himself to be the son of God, but doesn't condescend the average folk, only documenting his entire life as if speaking to God.
- The Stoic: Jin is mostly cool, collected, and unflappable only in his first encounter with Gun was he truly annoyed, and that's because Gun murdered a man in front of him.
- Tomato in the Mirror: In a conversation with Takeru, Jin learns that he was created. He isn't truly amnesiac he really was born just before undertaking his journey.
- A Kinma agent who Jin quickly fights when he arrives in Hokkaido after seeing him murder a commoner.
Tropes associated with Gun:
- The Brute: Does a lot of work at large for the Kinma.
- Friendly Enemy: Gun doesn't seek to kill Jin, and regards him as a Worthy Opponent. Jin, however, sees Gun as a disgusting person.
- Kick the Dog: Jin meets him the first time by stopping him from killing a poor villager.
- Mercy Kill: His reaction to the poor and miserable is to kill them the trope is his reasoning.
- The Rival
- Spell My Name with an "S": Unlike every character in the series before him, his name is written in katakana.
- The Stoic
- A young girl Jin finds captured by the Kinma.
Tropes associated with Sayami:
- Badass Adorable: Jin finds her very alike to him in that they maintain an oddly-fit shape despite being food-deprived. She is in fact a Yosseidan recruit.
- Curtains Match the Window: Even with the asymmetrical hair colors and heterochromia.
- Distaff Counterpart: Somewhat, to Jin himself, as he finds out he isn't the first of his kind, she is.
- The Power of Friendship: She fights to get friends and protect friends.
- Rescue Arc: She was captured by the Kinma.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Her visual motif, as the left side of her hair is white, the right side black, and she wears matching clothes.
- One of Tora's underlings, working on a project to evolve humanity.
Tropes associated with Sabaki:
- Anti-Gravity Clothing: In her empowered form, she has a golden ring that floats behind her head like a halo.
- Become Your Weapon / Natural Weapon: Her "Zenshin Frame", after she fused with it, changed Sabaki into a humanoid weapon.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Her first form as Final Boss is relatively weak because of this. Round 2, she breaks free and becomes more powerful.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Not featured much before Jin shows up in Kinma Tower, but is more prominently featured than her three partners and she's the one who turns coat.
- Evil Redhead: Her hair turns a pure, vibrant red as she is empowered.
- Humanoid Abomination: She is still human, technically, though with her form changed and the odd metal-like plating all over her skin, it's hard to refer her as such.
- Humans Are Bastards: She firmly believes in that, and turns against Tora because she fully expects their work contains plans to work for him. She was right in that she was nearly brainwashed, but broke out of it.
- Mind Control: Attempted on Jin, but failed. Attempted on her by Tora, but failed as well.
- Power Echoes: Her voice resonates after her empowerment.
- Powered Armor: What her "Zenshin Frame" looks like.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: What she eventually becomes, complete with the following
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: They're even electrified!
- Armed Legs: To the point that in gameplay, some of her kicks are considered bladed attacks and can't be parried.
- Prehensile Tail: Itself with a spike at the end.
- Razor Wings: She has two huge wings that she can use to cut people.
- Shoulder Cannon
- Unbreakable Bones: Because they're metallized now.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Same case as Gun.
- Statuesque Stunner: Only breaks into the required height with her insane 15cm heels and her halo-esque crown.
- Turned Against Their Masters
- The Virus: By injecting some of her cells to people, she can attempt to brainwash them. It doesn't work out very well, though, as Jin breaks out of it fairly easily.
- Junichi's mysterious helper who helped revitalize the Kinma.
Tropes associated with Tora:
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Primarily shown with a very American-esque business suit, and he's apparently to thank for the Kinma's recent return.
- Evil Mentor: Even Sabaki perceives him as this.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he realizes that Sabaki is blowing up the Kinma Tower, he makes a run for it...
- Sequel Hook: ... but not before musing about accepting Sabaki's challenge.
- Waistcoat of Style
- White Hair, Black Heart
- One of Sabaki's coworkers.
Tropes associated with Sora:
- Badass Baritone: Explicitly powerful, and he has a deep voice in fact, Takeru and the rest of the team highlight how he's the strongest in the team.
- Badass Bookworm: While all of them are, he's the one putting emphasis on the badass part until Sabaki does her thing.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Brilliant enough to work on the project, lazy enough that he's always late on the job.
- Eyes Always Shut: Symbolizes his untrustworthy nature.
- Playing with Fire
- The Starscream: Nobody trusts him, and everybody suspects he's only in it to become more powerful.
- Stuff Blowing Up: The reason he's in it, apparently. After Sabaki escapes, he blows up the rest of the Kinma Tower.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Despite being Japanese, he's a bonafide Hunk.
- The Unfought: While he does run into Jin and has an altercation with him, Sora just one-shots him and is gone just as fast.
- One of Sabaki's coworkers.
Tropes associated with Kai:
- Badass Longcoat: Always seen in a trenchcoat.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Compared to Bijin.
- Only Sane Man
- Phenotype Stereotype The first visibly-European character in the franchise, even though he uses a Japanese-sounding name.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Sora's manly man.
- Token Good Teammate
- One of Sabaki's coworkers.
Tropes associated with Bijin:
- Tora's apparent assistant, he coordinates the team of Sabaki, Sora, Kai and Bijin.
Tropes associated with Takeru:
- Despite the different name, she's Tora's apparent niece. She helps the Godframe project when he isn't around to do so.