Shining Ark PSP RPG's Opening Anime Streamed

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Nana Mizuki sings "Kiseki no Melodia" for Sega's "RPG that connects hearts"

Sega began streaming the opening animation movie (A ver.) for the Shining Ark role-playing game for the PlayStation Portable on Thursday. The 127-second video features Nana Mizuki's theme song "Kiseki no Melodia" for the latest title in Sega's Shining series.

The game is slated for release in Japan on February 28, 2013. The UMD version will cost 6,279 yen (about US$78, tax included), while the download version will be 5,600 yen (US$70). People who pre-order the game will receive the bonus "Tenshi no Fan Disc" (Angel's Fan Disc). The disc includes a 45-minute audio drama, guest character product code, full soundtrack compilation with music by Hiroki Kikuta, character song compilation, character design booklet, an exclusive Shining Ark promotion card for the Victory Spark trading card game, and a digital content collection (with bonus voices, wallpaper, icons, and other extras).

The Shining Ark "RPG that connects hearts" revolves around a young man named Fried (pronounced "freed") and a one-winged girl named Panis, voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya (Polar Bear's Café's Penguin, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei's Nozomu) and Houko Kuwashima (Slayers Try's Fillia, Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan-'s Kaguya) respectively.

In the story, Fried, a resident of the island of Arcadia, finds a girl in danger and saves her. The girl named Panis then recovers thanks to his efforts, and his freshly-baked bread. Although Fried thought it would be very difficult to get the villagers to accept her, they eventually agree to let her in the village. Soon, Panis begins to show signs of mysterious powers: her singing voice can make plants grow and gather birds and fish around her. The villagers, seeing this, call her an "angel." However, there are those who come to the island who target the angel, and one day, on the night of the red moon, a large shadow appears to attack Panis.

Saori Hayami will play the dual-gun-wielding sharpshooter Kirumaria. Unlike the others, she believes Panis to be the devil and pursues her. Kazuya Nakai will play Adam, the dormant guardian deity slumbering in the holy island's ruins. He is awakened by the arrival of the angel to protect the villagers. The game will also star Mai Aizawa as Shannon, an elf who works at a bakery, and Tetsu Inada as the warrior Zynga.

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