Blue Reflection Magical Girl Franchise Gets 2 New Games, Confirms Anime's Half-Year Run (Updated)
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The AnimeJapan 2021 panel for Gust's Blue Reflection franchise announced two new games for the franchise titled Blue Reflection Sun and Blue Reflection Tie (the panel did not reveal a release date for the games). The panel also announced that Blue Reflection Ray, the franchise's upcoming television anime, will air for two cours (quarters of a year).
Blue Reflection Sun ("Sun" written with the character for "resplendent") will launch for smartphones and PC. Blue Reflection Tie ("Tie" written with the character for "emperor") will launch for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam. Koei Tecmo Europe announced on the same day that it will release Blue Reflection Tie in the West with the title Blue Reflection: Second Light on PS4, Switch, and PC via Steam. The panel unveiled the below illustration by franchise illustrator Mel Kishida showing Hiori from Blue Reflection Ray (leftmost), as well as two new characters from the upcoming games.
The Blue Reflection Ray anime will premiere on April 9 on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS' "Animeism" programming block. Funimation will stream the anime as it airs in Japan.
Risako Yoshida (The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc, Diabolik Lovers More, Blood) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff. Akiko Waba (EUREKA SEVEN AO, A Lull in the Sea, Lostorage incited WIXOSS) is writing and overseeing the series scripts. Koichi Kikuta is adapting Mel Kishida's original character designs for animation, Yoshikazu Iwanami is the sound director at Magic Capsule, and Daisuke Shinoda is composing the music. EXiNA is performing the opening theme song "DiViNE." ACCAMER is performing the ending theme song "Seishin" (Deepest).
The game launched for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in North America and Europe in September 2017. The game shipped in Japan in March 2017 for PS4 and PlayStation Vita.
Koei Tecmo describes the game's story:
Taking her first steps back into an everyday school life, Hinako is lost in a sea of unknown faces until she encounters a middle school friend, Sanae Nishida. Hinako notices a strange aura emerge from Sanae and suddenly awakens in a mysterious world where an intimidating demon awaits her! Before she has time to react, a pair of friendly voices reach out to her: “It will be alright. You can fight. Put your heart into the ring on your finger, and fight as a Reflector!” The magical twins Yuzu and Lime bestow Reflector powers on Hinako, promising her they will grant any wish she desires if she protects the world from devastating forces that seek to threaten humanity.
This is how Hinako learns of the mysterious parallel dimension, The Common: a place created by the unconsciousness of the human collective; where the causes of humans' latent troubles lurk. Alongside Yuzu and Lime, she leaps fearlessly into this unknown world in search of crystallized emotion fragments – the physical manifestation of her classmates' struggles – but encounters a myriad of challenges in her path. Players will explore unique and perilous locations in their attempt to locate these fragments and resolve their classmates' problems in the real world, and will be called upon to battle dangerous demons who stand in their way!
While Hinako and her friends solve the problems plaguing Hoshinomiya Girls' High School and live their day-to-day lives, devastating forces loom closer at each moment. These are the Sephira, gigantic creatures harboring overwhelming powers which threaten to end the world as the girls know it! In order to protect their classmates as well as humanity itself, Hinako, Yuzu and Lime transform into their magical Reflector forms and use their most powerful abilities by gathering the energy of emotions. By harnessing the close bonds they have formed, the Reflectors fight in hopes of repelling the Sephira forces once and for all.
Mel Kishida (Sound of the Sky, Hana-Saku Iroha, Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland) designed the characters for the game and was 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 scripts.
Update: Added Koei Tecmo Europe's announcement of Western release of Blue Reflection: Second Light. Source: Koei Tecmo Europe's Twitter account via Gematsu
Source: Blue Reflection AJ2021 panel
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