January 18, 2012: Neku finishes the Game with Shiki by defeating the GM, only to wake up with the Scramble Crossing’s gritty pavement as his bed.
A new week has begun… A new Game, and a new partner: Joshua. His method of gathering Fusion Stars is pretty fun. MAAATH
Math quickly turns on you in the second week, as you’ll soon see…
Guess who else loves the maths? Sho Minamimoto, the new GM. HE SPEAKS IN MATHEMATICAL TERMS. Strangely enough, I understand some of them. My ratio is satisfactory!
Still, he represents all that is dark and unholy in mathematics, my old nemesis. As such, he is going down. In a flashback, Neku recalls Shiki being declared the winner of the round and Beat electing to become a Reaper. Shiki didn’t want to return to life if it meant Neku staying in the Game, but he insisted.
“I’ll be waiting for you – every day, in front of Hackio… till you come back,” promised Shiki.
“I’ll see you there soon,” swore Neku. “That’s a promise.”
“Once you see the real me, will we still be friends?”
“Count on it. You’ll always be Shiki.”
They reached out to one another as Shiki was spirited away.
Japanese Title: Subarashiki Kono Sekai (It’s a Wonderful World)
Platform: Nintendo DS
Developers: Jupiter/Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Japanese Release: July 27, 2007
European Release: April 18, 2008
North American Release: April 22, 2008
Australian Release: April 24, 2008
December 31, 2011: The game’s intro flashes a series of images as protagonist Neku Sakuraba runs past most of the characters in the story. The opening theme, “Twister”, is pretty cool and gets the game’s incredible soundtrack off to a good start.
Once, there was a world called Sylvarant. Its mana was in decline, threatening all life and magic in the world. It was time to begin the Journey of World Regeneration. To that end, the goddess Martel selected a Chosen one: Colette Brunel, a sweet and compassionate young lady.
Her friends Lloyd Irving (a slightly ditzy but well-meaning swordsman raised by a dwarf) and Genis Sage (a child prodigy and half-elf) as well as their teacher, Raine Sage (Genis’ older sister) joined Colette on her quest.
The quest required the Chosen to release the seals on the Summon Spirits. With each seal broken, the Chosen became less and less human and more like an angel. The final seal required the Chosen to give up their heart, the memories of their human life, and their life itself.
The party eventually learned that Sylvarant had a parasitic relationship with the mana of another world: Tethe’alla. If Sylvarant’s mana was in decline, then Tethe’alla flourished, and vice-versa. The party sought a way to sever the connection between both worlds by forming pacts with the Summon Spirits of each.
In the end, the party survived a lot of tragedy to stop Mithos Yggdrasil, a half-elf and the embittered brother of Martel, from destroying both worlds to create a new one just for himself and Martel to live in. He said that he had no regrets and would do it all over again before he was killed by Lloyd.
The heroes fused both worlds into one. Lloyd and Colette revived the Great Seed of the World Tree with the Eternal Sword (gained by forming a pact with the Summon Spirit named Origin), which provided endless mana to the fused world.