Blue Reflection Game Gets Western Release on PS4, PC
posted on by Rai Kelly
KOEI Tecmo America announced on Tuesday that it will release Gust's Blue Reflection (Blue Reflection - Maboroshi ni Mau Shōjo no Ken) for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC via Steam in North America on September 26. KOEI Tecmo Europe also announced that it will release the game for the same platforms in Europe on September 29.
In North America, players who pre-order Blue Reflection from Amazon, Best Buy, EB Games and GameStop will receive digital bonuses, which include swimsuit and Atelier Rorona costumes, a “FreeSpace!” theme for social networking apps, and an in-game feature for communicating with companions outside of school. Pre-orders of the PS4 version will also come with an "Original Custom Theme."
The game shipped in Japan on March 30 for PS4 and Play Station Vita. KOEI Tecmo did not announce a Western release for the PS Vita version.
KOEI Tecmo describes the game's story:
When Hinako's ballet career comes to an end after a tragic accident, she closes her heart off from the rest of the world. However, her life changes when she meets her new best friends, the magical Shijou twins – Yuzu, who is adored by her classmates for her cheerful and warm personality, and Lime, who is more logical and selfish.
The twin sisters bestow Hinako with the power of a Reflector, a champion who can manipulate a mysterious parallel dimension known as The Common. Hinako can freely move and shape this mystical realm's beauty with her imagination, but she soon understands the very real perils that await her and her friends.
Mel Kishida (Sound of the Sky, Hana-Saku Iroha, Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland) designed the characters and is also credited as supervisor, while Keiichi Sigsawa (Kino's Journey, Allison), Yūsaku Igarashi (Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu), and Kōji Natsumi (Hazakura ga Kita Natsu, Girly Airforce) were in charge of series composition.
The game's characters include:
Yūki Takada as Hinako Shirai, the protagonist. A year before the game starts, she was supposed to compete in a ballet competition overseas, but due to suffering a sudden foot injury, she dropped out. Ever since then, she has grown reticent and distant, but is determined to not let her decade-long ballet practice go to waste.
Marika Kōno as Yuzuki Shijō, one of the mysterious girls who gives Hinako the power to be a Reflector. She transfers into Hinako's school a few days after she and Hinako meet. She has a cheerful sense of humor that favors sudden jokes, and a personality that makes everyone like her. Although she has only just met Hinako, Hinako is first in her mind.
Sawako Hata as Raimu Shijō, one of the mysterious girls who gives Hinako the power to be a Reflector. She is Yuzuki's sister and is in the same grade level as her in school. Her way of thinking prizes efficiency above all else, and she prioritizes her own feelings above those of others. Nevertheless, like her sister, she treasures Hinako.
Mikako Komatsu as Shihori Sugamoto, a sexy young lady who has a unique atmosphere. She is beautiful and stylish, and men often come to help her, so she doesn't really experience many hardships. She has many male friends and is often seen leaving school with one of them, but to her, they are all equally just friends.
Ayako Suwa as Chihiro Inoue, a mysterious girl whose thoughts nobody can guess. Her classmates think she is a bit weird for doing things like decorating the classroom with strange stuffed toys, but she does it out of consideration for other people. She is very considerate, but her efforts to communicate that to other people often come to nothing. She is a little troublemaker with no ill will.
Yumi Uchiyama as Mao Ninagawa, a celebrity who has worked as an actor since childhood. Although things have calmed down for her since her heyday as a child actor, she still gets work. She is no leader, but she is nevertheless polite, and what other people think is constantly on her mind.
Sayaka Senbongi as Sanae Nishida, a girl who came from the same middle school as Hinako. She knows everything about Hinako from middle school, and even now continues to worry about her. She has a kind heart, and admires Hinako. She is a member of the cooking club, where she displays her fairly good cooking skills. She likes rap, and is prone to singing some to herself.
Ai Kakuma as Sarasa Morikawa, a ballet dancer with whom Hinako has crossed paths with in competition more than one time in middle school. She is considered a genius of dance and ballet, having studied and excels at many forms of dance. Ever since Hinako was forced to retire due to her injury, she is considered the top among her generation. While she considers Hinako a rival and treats her as such, she is in reality a highly sociable person, and friendly to everyone.
Ayane Sakura as Yuri Saiki, a girl gifted with excellent intellect. She has a high IQ score, but consciously pretends to be normal, and everyone in school judges her as just a bright student. She has been brought up to prize intelligence above emotion, and so she has been unable to express herself well, or to read people's emotions.
Yumiri Hanamori as Ako Ichinose, a girl who dreams of being rich, and has an eye for profit. She often throws situations into chaos due to her profit motivation, but she has a charm that endears her to people. She is a member of the broadcast club, and wants to be a journalist when she grows up.
Haruka Itou as Rin Sanada, a talented tennis player and member of the tennis club. She takes a while to make decisions, but once she commits to one, she commits wholeheartedly. She has a crush on a boy from another school. She likes walking around town, and on free days, she tries out various restaurants.
Sora Tokui as Kei Narimiya, a natural big-sister, and one famous for her dependability. She is the type of person who can't leave well enough alone, but she sometimes slips up and solves a situation slightly over or under expectations.
Nao Shiraki as Fumio Taya, an honor student with perfect pitch. She was raised by her strict grandmother and has studied piano since she was little. She has a bad habit of saying exactly what comes to mind.
Ayaka Shimizu as Kaori Mitsui, a girl who likes playing smartphone games and looking at message boards on blogs. By her showy appearance one would assume she is a delinquent, but she is actually a serious student. She was in the same athletics club as Rika in middle school, but she has since quit.
Ai Kayano as Rika Yoshimura, a member of the athletics club — previously the same club as Kaori in middle school. She is not very fast, but she loves running and setting records. She is sensitive to world news and knows the latest fashion and music trends.