Sen no Kiseki II’s Bonding Events, new characters showcased
posted on 07.03.14 at 08:44 AM EST by (@iiotenki)
Two familiar faces from Ao and Zero no Kiseki also primed to appear.

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Falcom has released new details about the cast of The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II and the interactions that players can expect to have with them. Chief among these details is a brief look at the Bonding Event system, as well as character profiles for two characters that previously appeared in Ao and Zero no Kiseki.

As usual, potential unmarked spoilers ahead. Find our translation below.

Gameplay System Showcase: Bonding Events

At certain times throughout Sen no Kiseki II, you can choose to spend “Bonding Action Points” to trigger “Bonding Events,” which enable you spend time with each of the characters and deepen your ties to them. This time around, we’ve really upped the ante in terms of production values for these scenes for each of the characters, which should make things extra enjoyable! What’s more, you can also bond with some characters that were out of your reach in the first game and are now members of your party, such as Tovar, Clair, Sharon, and more!

Let’s take a look at a handful of examples that you can expect to see in the full game below!

Alisa

When Alisa one day wants Rean to give her a ride inside Valimar, the cockpit gets all sorts of cramped, resulting in her having to sit on Rean’s lap. What comes after that, well…

Jusis

Jusis one day ends up taking Rean with him to go shopping. Telling Rean that he should be used to providing this sort of help by now, Jusis ends up making him carry more and more things, although he has his reasons for doing so.

Millium
Rean takes Millium to the slopes for some snowboarding and rest and relaxation. While there, though, she challenges him to a race, the results of which you’ll just have to see for yourself!

New Characters

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Lloyd Bannings (voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara)
Age: 19
Weapon: Tonfas

“Let’s get going. Crossbell’s future isn’t going to realize itself, you know!”

Lloyd is an investigator who works as part of the Crossbell State Police’s Special Support Section. A serious guy with a no-nonsense type of personality, when confronted with violence and injustice, he can’t help but get hotheaded and confront it brazenly. As the leader of the Special Support Section, it’s his job to face down a wide variety of cases that crop up throughout Crossbell and as a result of this work, he and his friends have grown a lot both mentally and physically. In 1205, when Crossbell is threatened with occupation at the hands of the Erebonian Empire, Lloyd takes a stand, but just what he chooses to do remains a mystery as of yet.

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Rixia Mao (voiced by Rina Sato)
Age: 18
Weapon: Demon Cleaver

“I have something deeply important to me that I have to protect at all costs!”

A performing artist who works as part of the theater group Arc en Ciel, Rixia is feared by those who live in the easterner settlements, as she has a second side to her, an assassin that goes by the name “Yin.” Born to an assassin family that passes down its teachings to only one member of each generation, she had a hard time finding her way in the world as In until she met people like Iria and Lloyd in Crossbell, at which point she chose to no longer live as Yin, but rather Rixia Mao the artist.

The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II comes out in Japan for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita on September 25.

As usual, check out a new load of artwork and screenshots at the gallery here.

  • http://freelansations.tumblr.com/ Thomas James

    If there’s a widely accepted name amongst fans for Rixia’s weapon type, please feel free to chime in and I’ll edit it accordingly! I couldn’t find any consensus on the English wikis, so I went with a semi-nonliteral translation because the original Japanese is super awkward to turn into English literally. But I’m not otherwise deeply attached to my translation, so any insight is welcome~

    • kurosan9712

      I don’t actually think it’s a good idea to even translate the word “Zanmatou”(斬魔刀), which is the name of her weapon.
      I’d personally leave words like this AS IS, but whatever suits you. I’m in no way professional translator, and I just like having untranslatable or words that are hard to translate(like this one) AS IS.

      • Budgiecat

        nah

      • http://twitter.com/SrTirano MrTyrant

        I personally wouldn’t change the name of anything less weapons or characters unless the characters want to specify the meaning of them.

    • axelfire250

      Minor detail, but Rixia’s assassin name Yin. Other than that thanks for the translations

      • http://freelansations.tumblr.com/ Thomas James

        Ah, that makes sense. I was going off the kana read and tend to have trouble with those when Chinese names are involved. Much obliged, this will be edited in~

    • Last Star

      Rixia’s name implies that she’s Chinese. So translating her weapon as Zhan Mo Dao for consistency and coherence purpose is probably for the best. Otherwise, Demon Slayer/Cleaver is more suitable as its English name.

      • http://freelansations.tumblr.com/ Thomas James

        Both of these make sense. I’ll go with one of your English suggestions, but will keep your Chinese one in mind for future reference, too, since it doesn’t hurt to know. Thanks!

      • Willgaea

        Omg its Mushmom.

  • fyi1191

    Rixia is so curvy.

    • Zuhri69

      In all the right places…

  • Thatguy

    Tetsuya Kakihara?! Can we have some epic speeches from Lloyd? Or his crazy laugh? Because Tetsuya Kakihara is best at them :D

    • Land of Green Pasture

      dem Jin’s ecstatic voice when saying ‘Niiiiiiii-saaaan’ is indeed unforgettable

  • Milewide

    Lloyd armed with two glorious keytars.

  • Budgiecat

    localize it

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Character designs are awesome, in game not so much

    • Budgiecat

      dem budget restrictions..

  • Nghia Nguyen

    Lloyd still have the same design in Ys vs Sora <3
    And Mao is pretty too. <3 I really want to know the artist name.

  • TheBlackRabbit

    XD looks like sol badguys swords with handles

  • Daniel Rossevelt

    Bonding Events… PS vita… hmm… Sounds like fun on a bun!

    • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

      If only you could rub them… ;)

  • Kiryu

    Love the design of Rixia.

    • Budgiecat

      yeah so battle practical….

      and where’s her feet??

    • Land of Green Pasture

      definitely, the design and the seiyuu is huehuehueheuheuheue

  • LordKaiser

    When you have a woman you like sitting on your lap something will definitively grow…

    I love the design of these characters and I kind of wish that Ys would have them.

  • cyberkinghardy

    Do I need to play Sen no Kiseki before playing this game? I really want this though cause it has a lot of characters compared to the first one..

    • http://Nivorae.tumblr.com Nivora

      the game is a direct sequel to Sen no Kiseki.
      Have you played the Trails games and Zero+Ao though? They also are important to Sen.

  • Hexodious

    It makes me a sad bear knowing that the Sen no Kiseki series will take maybe even a decade to get over here.

  • PrinceHeir

    Good stuff!!