Shining Resonance’s Rune Songs revealed

More details on previously revealed Lesti and the game's weather system.

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Sega today put out more information on its forthcoming Shining Resonance for the PlayStation 3. While some of it expands upon previously announced details, particularly elven Dragoner Lesti and the game’s weather system, there’s much in the way of all new material as well, especially with respect to Kirka’s capabilities as a Diva Magica. Read on for our translation below.

Elements Garden to Helm the Music of Shining Resonance!

We’re proud to announce that music production group Elements Garden is going to be overseeing the music production for Shining Resonance! Handling both the individual songs that the characters in the game perform, as well as the background music, the members of Elements Garden, centered around Junpei Fujita, are sure to turn in an ambitious soundtrack!

The music in Shining Resonance is being built around the core idea of musical instruments being used as weapons, meaning that each song will have a distinct main instrument, with folk instruments being used liberally, giving the game a unique aural texture all of its own that colors the Dragoners’ journey every step of the way.

Character Introduction

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Lesti Sera Alma, the Elven Ice fang (voiced by Yuichi Nakamura)

Lesti is Kirika’s older brother and the leader of a band of knights from the elven nation of Wellant who harbors ancient powers within himself. As a commander, he’s known to fight alongside his elven troops at the frontlines of battle and is similarly attentive with his younger sister, looking over her constantly. A longtime Dragoner, he makes use of magic that draws upon ice spirits.

Although he goes to see for himself just how much of a threat Yuuma is to his sister and the world at large, he ultimately can’t bring himself to take Yuuma down and relents.

Lesti and Agnam have long known each other, even if the latter is arguably something of a bad influence. While typically a reliable staff officer who can make levelheaded, rational decisions, with Kirika, he has a habit of being overly protective as an older brother.

Rune Songs

Rune Songs are the magical songs that Kirika sings in battle. Passed down among the elves through generations, Rune Songs awaken the powers of Mother Nature that reside deep within dragons’ souls. Naturally, the more that Kirika develops as a Diva Magica, the more songs that she’ll have at her disposal. Beyond awakening natural powers, her music can also result in Kirika changing costumes, which bestow her with different effects, such as increased movement speed, with the costumes themselves being worn for the duration of combat.

Here’s a small sample of some of the songs you can expect to find in the game:

  • Spring Song: Hatsune Uraraka Ni
  • Summer Song: Nichirin no Kagayaki
  • Autumn Song: Hohoemi no Naru Ki
  • Winter Song: Yukibana no Shizuku

Kouryuu Irvan and Rune Songs

During battle, Yuuma can assume another form, that of the Progress Body version of the dragon Kouryuu. Although only half-awakened to his potential power in this state, Yuuma in his Kouryuu form is nonetheless extremely powerful. So much so, in fact, that if he overexerts himself, he’ll go berserk. When he’s in this state as a dragon, he indiscriminately targets both allies and enemies alike, meaning that one wrong step can prove to be fatal for the whole party.

All isn’t lost should this come to pass, however. As a Diva Magica, Kirika can use her Rune Songs to sooth the dragon’s raging heart and bring Yuuma back to safety.

Weather Patterns

In Shining Resonance, the weather changes, with variables like the game’s ecosystem and salvageable items varying depending on the conditions. This means that it’s important to take the weather into consideration as you’re making your plans. You can learn about the current state of the weather by speaking to a woman in town named Stella, a researcher who specializes in weather patterns.

Search Points

As you traverse the world of Shining Resonance, you’ll come upon Search Points, which are marked by beams of light on the ground. Checking out these Search Points will yield myriad types of items such as plants, minerals, and objects that once belonged to local wildlife. Provided enough time has passed, each Search Point can be scavenged multiple times. Furthermore, you may just find people are in search of items that can only be found in this manner.

Shining Resonance is set to come out in Japan for the PlayStation 3 on December 11. Check out new screenshots and artwork for the game in the gallery here.

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