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Let us journey beyond death.

"Do you want to die? ...Do you actually think will end your pain?"

Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin is the latest entry to the Valkyrie Profile series for the iOS and Android. Released in 2016, it is a reboot that focuses on the struggles of the Aesir and the origins of the Valkyrie.

On April 4, 2019, courtesy of Wonder Planet, the game was eventually given a global release outside Japan, three years after it was first released. Unfortunately, on July 6, 2020, it was announced that the worldwide server for the game would shut down on August 31st, 2020. In February 2021, Square Enix announced that the Japanese server will shut down at the end of April 2021, as well.


This game has examples of:

  • 100% Completion: Each chapter has a dungeon completion rate.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Einherjar are given unique side stories to further flesh out their background and character development.
  • A God, I Am Not: How Norn and Thor feel when Lenneth tries to awaken their godhood.
  • A.I. Roulette: The computer tends to target any of the player's characters at random, leaving the weaker ones at their mercy.
  • Allegedly Free Game: While the game is indeed free to play, one has to spend a lot of money to get superior weapons and artifacts needed to unlock certain characters.
  • Alternate Universe: Interactions with the original cast implies that the world of Anatomia is one of many alternate timelines.
  • Another Side, Another Story: Some scenarios in the main story allow players to view the perspective of characters other than Lenneth or the Aesir.
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  • Anti-Frustration Features: The features exist, but mostly for those who pay for the premium mode.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Played with in that transferred characters do come back after an hour of boosting the player's experience gain in battles.
  • Battle Couple: Suo and Shiho in one of the game's special quests.
  • BFS: Taken Up to Eleven with Lenneth's stronger incarnations, though it takes a lot of effort on the player's part to obtain them.
  • Big Bad: The Vanir and Hel's army are considered this initially. However, the true antagonist of the story is none other than Sephiroth whose real identity is Burr, the primal god of creation.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Loki of all people pulls this off for Lenneth.
  • Blatant Lies: The viking who had been exploiting Lucia's powers does this to ensure her cooperation. When the lie is exposed, he gets killed by Ingrid for his troubles.
  • Blood Knight: Berserkers and even half-breeds descended from them are essentially this.
  • Bonus Dungeon: Not just the Seraphic Gate, but also every other time-limited dungeon.
  • Body Horror: Happens to Cloe's younger sister Sasha when a dragon's scale embeds itself into her body, slowly corrupting it until she becomes a dragon herself.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Many of the bosses encountered are merely stronger variations of existing enemies.
  • Boss Rush: The Seraphic Gate dungeon plays like this.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Fulfilling certain goals yields titles that don't seem to do much other than show off the player's efforts.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to a lot of female Einherjar.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Gems serve this purpose by regenerating depleted AP or fully reviving a defeated party in battle.
  • The Butler Did It: It turns out Sephiroth is behind the troubles that go the Aesir's way.
  • Button Mashing: While it's possible to button mash your way to victory in normal battles, you'll have to be more tactical when it comes to facing bosses since they'll likely be guarded by weaker minions and/or may attack multiple times in one turn.
  • Cap:
    • Character levels are capped to a certain amount and will only increase by consuming class tomes.
    • Players can increase inventory space for weapons and orbs by spending gems. This becomes useful once the roster grows exponentially.
  • Can't Drop the Hero: Zig-zagged. You can remove Lenneth from the party, but every party requires a Valkyrie/Leader-type character in the first slot. Justified in that the leaders are implied to be using their powers to summon the other Einherjar.
  • Character Select Forcing: Due to how dungeons are designed, players may find themselves using different characters to take advantage of elemental weaknesses.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Thankfully averted by having unrelated Einherjar interact with each other in their own side stories.
  • Combos: Once again an important aspect to defeating enemies.
  • Continuity Cameo: Characters from previous titles are recruitable by offering Odin artifacts associated to them.
  • Continuity Nod: Alfio's story references the Weeping Lilies from the first game.
  • Continuity Reboot: What the story of this game essentially is. However, the events of the previous games are acknowledged as parallel worlds.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: The bosses in Anatomia avert this by being just as vulnerable to status ailments as their fellow Mooks.
  • Crapsack World: Even though it takes place in a different setting, Midgard is still a horrible place to live in.
  • Crossover: Valkyrie Anatomia has had plenty of collaboration titles ranging from previous Valkyrie Profile games to third-party titles. Even the relatively new global version has already has collaborations with Fullmetal Alchemist, Crash Fever (which is a global exclusive crossover as of this writing), several Square properties (including Star Ocean and Octopath Traveler), Magic Knight Rayearth and the original Valkyrie Profile.
  • Crutch Character: High-leveled characters of other players serve this function for newcomers even after they've gotten used to the game's battle mechanics.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Einjerhar and even some of the reincarnated gods fulfill this trope. The side stories allow them to get over it in their own terms.
  • Deal with the Devil: Roland agrees to help Queen Hel kill the Valkyrie in exchange for him and Daline being brought back to life.
  • Death by Origin Story: Anatomia brings back the original game's Einherjar-based story format while incorporating it together with the overall plot involving the Aesir.
  • Death Is Dramatic: Each Einherjar's recruitment scene counts as this.
  • Decadent Court: The Kingdom of Cypris has one that screws over the mercenaries fighting for them which leads to Ingrid's own death.
  • Decapitated Army: Most dungeons are cleared the moment a boss has been defeated.
  • Deconstructed Trope: The side stories show just how much trouble Lenneth has while helping her einherjar realize their potential as warriors, and show that the einherjar aren't just instantly ready to fight in Odin's war. It also shows how some of these difficulties can't be solved quickly, and there are several side stories whose main questions are never answered.
  • Divine Intervention: After Loki's refusal to rejoin the Aesir immediately, Odin personally intervenes when Thor rejects Lenneth's attempt to reawaken his memories.
  • Downer Beginning: The prologue begins with the Aesir forces trying to overcome an insane Lenneth Valkyrie.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Typically one of the requirements needed to become an Einherjar, Lenneth sometimes foregoes this factor at Muninn's surprise in favor of those who have more altruistic qualities.
  • Elaborate Equals Effective: The higher the weapon's rank, the more ornate it becomes.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: In this game, ice smothers fire, fire overcomes lightning, and lightning crushes ice. Both light and darkness oppose each other while earth spells from older titles (Poison Blow and Stone Torch) have been reclassified as dark elemental.
  • The Empire: The Kingdom of Trachia is this as they seek to conquer the world through constant warfare. However, some of the more righteous Einherjar do come from there.
  • Face–Monster Turn: Souls who aren't worthy of being Einherjar end up in Niflheim where their souls are used to fill up Hel's armies.
  • Fanservice: Some of the character costumes are like this, particularly the beach swimwear versions of certain Einherjar.
  • Fast-Forward Mechanic: Players can speed up battles so long as they buy premium mode.
  • Finishing Move: It wouldn't be a Valkyrie Profile game without this trope.
  • Frame-Up: This happens to the siblings Anelian and Altveer when their father dies from poisoning. It gets so bad that they end up being condemned for execution by a Kangaroo Court.
  • Freemium: Although it's possible to get by without paying for anything, the game does allow players to purchase premium benefits like exclusive quests, more experience, and a better auto mode.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The world of Anatomia always ends with Lenneth going Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds on the Aesir which explains what went on with the prologue. However, the current timeline the player is hinted to have deviations that may actually stop it for good.
  • Glass Cannon: Archers and sorcerers are the most likely to sustain heavy damage from foes. It doesn't help that enemies can actually target characters from the rear.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Many of the Einherjar recruited by Lenneth are this, which led to them being discriminated by either side of their parentage in life.
  • Hate Sink: Shiloh, followed by his son Angelo once the former kicks the bucket.. Subverted somewhat when it is shown that Shiloh only betrayed his brother because his brother was WORSE and was willing to sacrifice his citizens in order to conquer other countries
  • Heal Thyself: Mid-battle healing is only possible if a character's weapon of choice has the right skill to activate it.
  • Healing Factor:
    • Dragon Zombies and their elemental variations do this each time before they begin an attack. This makes them a Type III in the Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration.
    • Some characters have this as their personal skill which comes in handy when sources of healing are sparse.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The alchemist encountered in one of Ingrid's side stories ends up being eaten alive by his own undead creations. Prior to that, he had been begging for mercy once it became clear that he had no leverage over the Einherjar.
  • Holiday Mode: This is already becoming a habit in the Japanese server.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Averted by the inclusion of light-elemental monsters.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: One of the cameo side stories has Lezard trapping Anatomia Lenneth in a Lotus-Eater Machine to trick her into marrying him. Fortunately, the Einherjar snap her out of it in time.
  • Immortal Breaker: While foreshadowed in Anelian's second side story, Trachia's alchemists try to create a weapon that can slay a god when Angelo takes over the kingdom.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Justified due to the appearance of collaboration characters from other titles.
  • In Medias Res: The story begins with Lenneth uncharacteristically crushing both the Aesir and her Einherjars in a heated showdown. A mysterious voice explains this is a Bad Future she shouldn't have chosen.
  • Inescapable Ambush: Searching through certain areas may lead to unavoidable enemy encounters, though more than half of them comprise of weak Orb Spirits that easily die from strong attack teams.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: Plenty of these are scattered throughout every dungeon, though more can be found by spending AP to comb through each area.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Any fully-leveled weapon with a rank of 6.
  • Instant Runes: Happens whenever someone is casting magic during event scenes.
  • Jerkass Gods: Before their reincarnation as humans, many of the fallen Aesir were hinted to be this.
  • Karmic Death: This ends up being the fate of certain antagonistic figures in the Einherjar stories.
  • Large Ham: Some of the less stable Einherjar act like this when fighting.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Averted since sorcerers aren't as overpowered as they were back in the older games.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Anatomia has a growing number of recruitable characters which include familiar faces from the older titles and even those from third-party collaborations like Tales of the Rays, Attack on Titan, to name a few.
  • Loads and Loads of Sidequests: The game has plenty of these in the form of side stories and time-limited quests.
  • The Lost Woods: The Bewitching Forest Gullveig tries to trap Lenneth in is this as most of the areas there have at least one false pathway the moment you walk into them.
  • Love Hurts: Gullveig is counting on this to make the amnesiac Sigurd more motivated to kill Lenneth.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: While the Aesir look down on humans in varying degrees, they're not as bad as the Vanir who disdain the idea of them meddling in the war of the gods.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Although Lenneth mortally wounds the maddened dwarf Regin in self-defense, his adopted son Sigurd is far from understanding.
  • More Dakka: While archers tend to hit more than any other class type, some of their attacks need to be properly coordinated with to inflict maximum damage.
  • Mysterious Past: Later parts of the story focuses more on Lenneth's origins.
  • Nerf:
    • Sorcerers no longer use menu magic, have a limited arsenal of spells, and don't have the advantage of avoiding physical hitters from the back.
    • Freya of all people is hit by this trope the hardest as her Ether Strike finisher doesn't do as much damage and lacks the flourishing animation of certain characters like Lenneth or Norn.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Anatomia zig-zags this trope by having Lenneth sense her original counterpart's presence from afar without actually meeting her. At the same time, the game allows the player to deploy both Lenneths in the same party.
  • New Work, Recycled Graphics: The game reuses enemy models from Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The siblings [[Benevolent Mage Ruler Anelian]] and Altveer fulfill this trope respectively.
  • Not as You Know Them: Lenneth, Odin, and the other gods are implied to be parallel versions of the previous cast.
  • Nothing but Skulls: What Hel's throne room looks like the moment you raid Niflheim.
  • One Degree of Separation: Paracelsus, the alchemist who created Ranvald, also happens to be Anelian's magic instructor.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Mermaids in this setting are sought after for their life-bestowing flesh and ability to put people to sleep through songs.
  • Parents as People: This game does a good job portraying some of the parental figures as real people who are affected by the tragedies in their life.
  • Play Every Day: Like most mobile games, Anatomia encourages this to beginning players.
  • Powers as Programs: Equipping certain weapons allows characters to perform unique abilities that can only be used a limited number of times per dungeon exploration.
  • Preexisting Encounters: Enemies can be seen on the map, though players may choose to simply bypass or crystallize them.
  • Promoted to Playable: This happens to most of the Aesir who aren't Valkyries or Freya.
  • Reincarnation: Becomes a recurring theme throughout the story as many of the Aesir who fell in battle were reincarnated as humans albeit with supernatural powers.
  • Random Drop: Being a gacha mobile game, this trope is simply unavoidable.
  • Rare Candy: Anatomia has this in the form of Experience Beads.
  • Rain of Arrows: How Kachina dies in her recruitment scenario.
  • Regional Bonus: The character Qilin is exclusive to the global version due to coming from Crash Fever, a game owned by the same developers who localized Anatomia, Wonder Planet.
  • The Remnant: This happens to Bulneria after Malvina is executed by the Trachia forces.
  • Resting Recovery: The party can recover health in dungeons by spending a portion of AP to rest.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: A few of Lenneth's Einherjar are this.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: The Valkyries in this game are conflated with the Rhinemaidens from Norse mythology.
  • Shared Life Meter: Unlike in previous games, the player's entire party shares the same health bar.
  • Socialization Bonus: Players, especially beginners, benefit from using another person's character as their fourth party member. This is a good way to control time-limited characters players missed out on.
  • The Soulsaver: To recruit Einherjar, Lenneth must synchronize with the cadence of their souls and keep Hel's forces from corrupting them any further.
  • Status Effects: Most of the previous status effects from the old games carry over here.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Daline and Roland. Made even more ironic after they reunite on opposing sides of the war with Daline fighting on behalf of the Aesir and Roland serving under Hel in exchange for keeping his free will.
  • Super Mode: The Japanese server allows players to acquire overpowered versions of Lenneth and other familiar characters provided they have the necessary items.
  • Support Party Member: A fifth party member can be deployed as this. Because they're only limited to using weapon skills, it's highly recommended that they serve as makeshift healers in difficult dungeons.
  • Temporary Online Content: Better not miss any of the time-limited events because these rarely appear twice.
    • Averted for the Western release. They have been repeating events far more often than the Japanese version. This is because Wonder Planet has so many events up at one time that it's difficult to get all the rewards from a particular event during one appearance without spending gems. The two events featuring limited characters (and thus less likely to come back) needed noticeably less grinding to get the available items.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Players may often find themselves doing this to ensure an enemy is completely annihilated.
  • To Be Continued: New chapters and Einherjar to recruit are being added at a steady pace.
  • Unmentionables: One of the game's rare items is Norn's Panties.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Select characters can change into different costumes so long as the player has the necessary items in their inventory.
  • War Is Hell: The main reason why Caradoc grew disillusioned with the warrior lifestyle and convinced others to follow suit in his scenario.
  • Weapon of Choice: Zig-zagged in that characters have separate weapon slots for their arsenal: one for their weapon of choice and two more that enable them to equip any type of weaponry for boosting stats.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sigurd calls Lenneth out for killing his adopted father. Some of the Einherjar do this to her as well when she's acting indifferent.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The Battle Record of Trachia chapter counts as this which focuses on the events that lead up to Anelian and Altveer's recruitment scenarios.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Kingdom of Trachia is the worst offender of this trope, killing an enemy nation's children to keep them from raising arms against them in the future.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Averted with Anatomia using standard English for its overseas localization.


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