It’s almost here! Everyone, forget about Super Mario 3D World and the PlayStation 4 – next week heralds the highly anticipated release of Square Enix’s JRPG Bravely Default in Europe! In only seven days, we will finally be able to explore the expansive world of Luxendarc with Agnés, Tiz, Edea and Ringabel. In previous weeks, we have talked about the talent behind the Bravely Default and now that we know the people behind the curtain, let’s take this chance to take a look at the performers and the stage they will play on:
Bravely Default takes place in a land called Luxendarc (possibly derived from lux, meaning “light” and darc, from “dark”). Four crystals bring light to the world – the crystals of fire, water, earth and wind. The story of Bravely Default begins when the Wind Crystal is enveloped by darkness, the effect of which is catastrophic – a sink-hole appears, swallowing up the entirety of Norende Village. The game’s story focuses on our four heroes as they journey across Luxendarc to return light to the four crystals, as well as evade those who would seek to use their power for less than honest means.
What is quite phenomenal is, when playing the game and exploring Luxendarc, the different locations are hand-drawn and look as if they were taken straight out of a production art book. Here is an example of some locales from the game:
The Four Heroes of Light:
Being a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, it is only natural that we refer to the game’s four protagonists by that moniker as well:
Agnés Oblige, who closely resembles Princess Garnet from Final Fantasy IX, is the game’s main heroine and the Vestal of the Wind Crystal. It is only due to the selfless sacrifice of her acolytes that she survives the tragedy that befalls the Wind Crystal. Agnés sets out on a quest to try and purify the Wind Crystal from the darkness that has befallen it. If you play through the game with the Japanese language track, she is voiced by Ami Koshimizu (Code Geass‘ Kallen Stadtfeld and Kill la Kill‘s Ryūko Matoi). Her voice actress in other languages are unknown.
Tiz Arrior is Bravely Default‘s main hero and the lone survivor of Norende Village, which was swallowed up as a result of the Wind Crystal’s corruption – an event that resulted in poor Tiz seeing his younger brother die before his very eyes. When Agnés meets a deeply depressed Tiz, he swears to rebuild his village, to try and fix the damage done by the darkness that is plaguing Luxendarc and to protect the Wind Crystal’s vestal at all costs. If you play the game with Japanese audio, he is voiced by Mitsuki Saiga (.hack//SIGN‘s Tsukasa and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between World‘s Link). His voice actors in other languages are unknown.
Edea Lee is originally at odds with the other heroes, being a member of the 4th Eternian Air Force Division sent on a mission to capture them. Being the daughter of the Council of Six’s Brave Lee, this feisty young woman has a strong sense of justice. Despite that though, she decides to aid the heroes in their quest. In the game’s Japanese audio option, her voice is provided by Mai Aizawa (Nichijou‘s Mio Naganohara). Her voice actresses in other languages have yet to be confirmed at this point (although I personally speculate that her English voice is provided by Cassandra Lee Morris – K-ON!‘s Ritsu Tainaka and Puella Magi Madoka Magica‘s Kyubey, but when asked for comment, no answer was received and Nintendo UK were unable to provide any English cast data).
Ringabel is perhaps the most mysterious of our heroes. Despite having no memory of his past, he does carry around the mysterious “Notebook of D”, which has its pages filled not with the past, but of the future. He is a traveller and doesn’t hesitate to use his charm to seduce women all over. Considering his lack of memory and the “Notebook of D”, his name sounding a lot like “Ring a bell” is extremely fitting! His voice in the Japanese audio of the game is provided by Ryoto Takeuchi (HighSchool DxD New‘s Albion, Naruto Shippuden‘s Darui). Foreign cast data is currently unknown.
And what are a bunch of optimistic heroes without a bit of a helping hand?
Airy is one of the Crystal Spirits who helps to guide Bravely Default‘s heroes throughout their journey, often given them hints and tips on how to proceed further. Airy’s Japanese voice work is done by Makoto Tsumura (Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Selim Bradley and Street Fighter‘s Makoto). Like all of the others, Airy’s voice actresses in other language options have yet to be revealed.
That’s it for the series’ main characters! However, the game has many more to explore along the long, twisting hallways of a story. Some will aid our heroes while others will get in their way – but that’s for you to discover next week! If you can spare a few minutes away from your 3DS next week, then join us for our next instalment of Brave Friday, where we will look at the critical reception to Bravely Default and even reveal what it was about the game that led to Operation Brave in the first place!
Just as a warning for those of you hoping to download the game from the eShop next week – you’ll need at least 3.4GB of space!
If you would like to read previous entries in our Brave Friday series, then here are the links you need: