Category Archives: Birth by Sleep

Famitsu Online Birth by Sleep Article 12/14/09

Famitsu Online has a new article on Birth by Sleep featuring Mysterious Tower, Radiant Garden, Olympus Coliseum, and the Mirage Arena.  Thanks FF-Reunion!  Translations credit to Heartstation.

The 「One-time Date」 person appears! 『Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep』

●A new fate and bond spun by the keyblade

The story of the 3 Terra、Ventus(aka Ven)、and Aqua、making up the past of the 『Kingdom Hearts』 series in 『Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep』。 We’ll give you the details on things like the King’s activity and new worlds、along with the multiplayer mode。

"Master Yen Sid we have found the King's trail"

"Yes Master Yen Sid I have come seeking your knowledge and judgement"

The world where the King’s master (teacher) the great wizard Master Yen Sid is, of which the mysterious tower also appeared in 『II』。 Here、 aside from Yen Sid、the familiar Disney characters of the King、Donald、and Goofy also appear。

●What’s the name of the little girl who lives in Radiant Garden?

A world that has major importance in the series、Radiant Garden。 Aqua, who visits this world、meets a little girl who is being targeted by an enemy called the “Unverses”。 Having appeared in this place、and helped the little girl and Aqua out of trouble、is the King who was thought to be missing。

"I feel a light from this child / Might that be why she is being targeted"

The little girl’s true character is the heroine of 『I』 and 『II』、Kairi。 Maybe we’ll see a bit of her story from when she was a child? Upon seeing her、Aqua noticed that her heart has no darkness at all but……。

△ is Thunder and ○ is Holy Burst

A scene in Radiant Garden、Aqua and the King fight the Unverses together。 With the “Link Command” Holy Burst、sweep the surrounding enemies with a holy light!

△ is Bind Strike and ○ is Holy Burst

For borrowing the power of your companion who has been separated from you、you can you the special command “D-LINK(Dimension Link)” system。 When you borrow the King’s power、you can damage your surroundings、with holy bullets that you can shoot。

●The man who has inherited a hero’s spirit aims to become a true hero

Olympus Coliseum、the world based on the movie 『Hercules』、 has come to have perfect attendance in the 『Kingdom Hearts』 series。The Olympus Coliseum that appears this time、is before Hercules has become a hero。 A new character from 『Final Fantasy VII』(below、『FFVII』) also appears!

"I need you Phil to become a hero"

The child of the god Zeus、Hercules is to later become a muscular hero。 At this time with his still undeveloped body, he is still far off from being called a hero。 He is under Phil’s training、and aims to become a true hero。

"Hey how about a one-time date?"

Zack, who aims at becoming a hero、wants to become one of Phil’s apprentices!? In compensation for something to Aqua, Zack says his famous(!?) line。

"What was that!"

"There are qualities about you"

While Ven and Zack hit it off due to their innocent personalities、Hades creeps up on Terra with an evil temptation。 With just a bit of gap in timing、their fates are influenced……。

△ is Stopra and ○ is Hero's Pride

With the D-LINK、 you can also borrow Zack’s power。 For the attack called “Hero’s Pride”、 it’s a lively sword attack that’s characteristic of Zack。

●Cooperation and competition give birth to a new enjoyment

In the world for communication、“Mirage Arena”, you can enjoy multiplay。 We will introduce the new fun of Mirage Arena where you can not only play cooperatively、but also competitively、connected single play, etc。

△ is Magna Crush and ○ is Blitz

In “Arena Mode” you can play cooperatively with up to 3 people。 Here、 strong enemies appear one after the other that can only be defeated by putting together the strength of all 3 people。 “Bewitching beings”、 that use the book as a weapon, rise out from the opened book and suck in the 3 people!
In “VS Arena Mode”、 you can compete with up to 6 people。 Aside from playing against every other player、 you can also enjoy splitting into 2 teams。 Settings can be adjust to change the variety of Command Desk you use, the minor rules、 etc。

From top to bottom, left to right: Rule Settings, Time Limit, Number of Players, Individual Combat, Own Deck, 5 Minutes, 6 Players, Team Combat, Chosen Deck. Bottom: Split and fight in 2 teams.

VS Arena Mode Rule Settings screen。 When setting everyone to Chosen Deck、 the max number of players is 3。 Also、when set to the “Own Deck” rule、players drop their commands when they receive a full attack。 If picked up、 you can use it as your own attack。

Top left: Sq Eni, Sq Eni Smash, Can Link; Middle left: Finish, Can Link; Bottom Left: Finish, Can Link; Top Right: Finish, Connecting; Middle Right: Rock Smash 1, Can Link. Bottom: Choose who can D-LINK

You can D-LINK with friends you’ve met in Mirage Arena! You apply the D-LINK、 and upon using it in Single Play、 the friend can use their Deck Commands as they were set。

Left column: Sq Eni, Number of Links used, Time, Number of Enemies Killed, Number of times HP turned 0. Right column: Number of steps, Collected Munny, Most Used Command Style, Fatal Mode, Fire Blazer. Bottom: Air Arts

Upon meeting with the friend you did a D-LINK with again in Mirage Arena、 you exchange data、 and you gain experience points to your Finish Command。 The more you use the D-LINK、 the more experience points you get each time you meet。

※For details check the weekly published Famitsu 2009/12/24 issue (which released 2009/12/10)!

Jump Festa ’10

As usual SQUARE ENIX will be at Jump Festa and this year SE will have several different booths including one for Birth by Sleep and one for KH Mobile.  They will be showcasing videos for both games and attendees will be able to play a demo of Birth by Sleep.

Also available at Jump Festa will be Christmas card sets featuring Final Fantasy XIII and Birth by Sleep.  SQUARE ENIX Members (Japan) will be putting up Christmas cards as an exchange item for those who are unable to attend the event.  Thanks FF-Reunion!

Birth by Sleep Official Site Update – Action Command and Shoot Lock Command

The official Birth by Sleep site has added two new things to the SYSTEM section.  I went ahead and translated the explanations for the Action Command and Shoot Lock Command:

Birth by Sleep Official Site Update

The Birth by Sleep Official Site was updated again recently with two new worlds (and a new way to explore them) and the revealing of the Kingdom Hearts Edition PSP!

Aqua says "Answer me! What did you hear from Master Xehanort?"

One of the new worlds introduced in the WORLD section is Enchanted Dominion, also known as Princess Aurora’s world.  The description tells of Maleficent who wasn’t invited and cast a spell on the newborn Aurora where pricking her finger in the spindle of a spinning wheel would kill her until she turned 16 years old.  The fairies decreased the severity of it by changing the curse from death to sleep but  it’s a mystery as to when the spell shall befall on her.  The characters introduced here are Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Maleficent, and the Three Fairies.

Master Xehanort says "It's not to erase the darkness in the heart but to control with power"

The second world added is The Land of Departure.  The description tells of Ventus, Terra, and Aqua who are aiming to become keyblade masters and train under Master Eraqus.  In the middle of that, strange occurrences happen and Master Eraqus, who knew about the disappearance of Master Xehanort, gives his disciples a decree.  The characters that are introduced here are Master Eraqus, Master Xehanort, and Vanitas.

KINGDOM HEARTS EDITION PSP

And the thing we have all been waiting for!  Like 358/2 Days, there will be a bundle pack for Birth by Sleep which will include the game and the PSP.  The release date is set for 01/09/2010 and the price is 22,000 yen (tax included).  Preorder is open on Amazon Japan for those who are anxious and want to use a shopping service.  Play Asia has the bundle pack on their site and should have preorder open in the near future; the game itself is available for preorder there.  If anyone knows of anywhere else that is selling the bundle pack internationally, please let us know!

358/2 Days Manga + Scans

This week the newest issue of Shounen Gangan released with the Chapter 4 of the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days manga. It also featured an article on Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts coded. I’ve taken photos of the article and provided translations for the manga, please check them out.

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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Page One

Marluxia: So you’ve finally come, Keyblade Hero

Marluxia: Welcome to Castle Oblivion

Marluxia: I am Number 11. of Organization XIII, Marluxia

Marluxia: I am the leader presiding over this castle

Page Two

Marluxia: There’s nothing I want to fight over, I just want to borrow your power

Marluxia: Ugh, What are you doing? Stop that!
Axel: Now to gather up a report… Such a bother

Axel: Castle Oblivion was destroyed by the Keyblade Hero

Page Three

Axel: As for the members, all of the ones above me were annihilated

Axel: And now for my plan… Hurry back and eat some ice cream

Axel: I wonder if Roxas will be there…

Page Four

Xigbar: Ohoh man… This world is humid!

Xigbar: Let’s get this over with before my armpits get sweaty

Xigbar: What an idiot

Roxas: Mm…

Page Five

Roxas: Annihilation… Something that’s been erased huh…

[Flashback to Chapter Three]

Xigbar: One of the guys that went to Castle Oblivion was annihilated

Saix: I heard according to the Dusk report he was wiped out

[End flashback]

Xigbar: Uhuh, you disappear

Xigbar: After that, nothing’s left

Roxas: Is it mean… we couldn’t meet again?

Page Six

Xigbar: You got a problem with something?

Xigbar: Let me put it to you straight

Xigbar: Half the members have been annihilated, but with you and Poppet around, it’s not a problem

Roxas: Poppet?

Xigbar: I’m talking about Xion, kiddo

Xigbar: (What’s it matter anyways?)

Xigbar: Right now she’s collecting hearts… You better give it your all too, seeing as you are using the same Keyblade

Page Seven

Xion – In top shape on her own

CHAPTER 4: There’s a problem

Shiro Amano

Original Plan: Nomura Tetsuya

Page Eight

Xion: Strange…I’m moving my body on my own

Xion: Mission complete…

Xion: …

Page Nine

Xion: The Keyblade…

Xion: The same as Roxas

Page Ten

Roxas: “You got a problem with something?”

Roxas: Xigbar’s mechanical stare was piercing right through me

Xigbar: Hey!

Roxas: !!

Page Eleven

Xigbar: Concentrate, kiddo

Roxas: Sorry…

Roxas: It’s just… I do have a problem

Roxas: We’re friends

Page Twelve

Roxas: Ugh!?

Roxas: Wha… What is this?

Roxas: Augh…

Roxas: My head…

Xigbar: Hey!

Page Thirteen

Xigbar: What’s going on, kiddo!?

Roxas: What’s happening…?

Roxas: This…

Page Fourteen

Xemnas: 6 days have passed since you came here

Page Fifteen

Xemnas: The time has come

Xemnas: Sora

Roxas: Sora? I’m not Sora, who are you?

Page Sixteen

Xemnas: My name is -

Page Seventeen

Xemnas: Is he awake?

Saix; It’s a circumstance of the plans at Castle Oblivion

Saix: At this instant Xion is collecting hearts

Saix: Well then, I’ll be off, Lord Xemnas

Page Eighteen

Xemnas: …

Xemnas: So you’re still asleep…?

Saix: …

[Caption]

“What in the world do those words mean?”

Continued in Volume 1 2010, on sale December 12

The Episode 6 of Kingdom Hearts coded will take place in Hollow Bastion and we will see Goofy and Donald join Sora for the first time! Pete and Maleficent also return after their appearance in Agrahbah in Episode 5.

I wanted to thank everyone for your patience while I work on getting HEARTSTATION.ORG back up and running. Everything that could possibly go wrong has, but I am confident that we will be back with even more content by the end of the month. So please continue waiting just a while longer, thanks again!

Official KH Birth by Sleep and KH Mobile Site Updates

The official Birth by Sleep site has added two new worlds to the WORLD section:  Dwarf Woodlands and Never Land.

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Snow White says "If you're a friend of Ven's then you wouldn't do that sort of thing right?"

The description tells of the Queen who is angered by the Magic Mirror telling her that there is someone more beautiful than her and is after Snow White’s life.  Snow White runs away to the forest where she encounters the Seven Dwarfs and lives with them, but the Queen’s evil magic is still to be dealt with.  The characters introduced here are Snow White, The Queen, the Magic Mirror, and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Peter Pan says "Light? What are you talking about?"

Never Land makes another appearance and the description tells us of Peter Pan who leads the kids on an adventure with the pirates and his important friend Tinker Bell who gets capured by Captain Hook in the middle of it all.  The characters introduced here are Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, and Captain Hook.

And a minor update for us who have no access to KH Mobile, the official site has put up the rankings for the KH Card Struggle and KH Rhythm Parade mini games.

New Birth by Sleep Scans and SE Online Shop New Items

RPGLand has posted scans from the latest issue of Dengeki Playstation which talk about The Land of Departure and Enchanted Dominion:

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And KH Insider’s Lissar has provided a translation:

The truth behind these mysteries will soon be revealed!

Lots of new information about the story and system have been revealed by these new screenshots and illustrations. They’ve finally decided on a release date, so we’re closing in on finding out what is behind all these mysteries in this new game.

World Guide 1
-Land of Departure-

Our heroes’ long grim adventure starts from here.

The story starts in a new original world. Here is where the heroes train in hopes of becoming a Keyblade Master. The latest movie that was shown at TGS09 showed them taking the “Master Qualification Exam”. It was revealed that Master Xehanort watched them take the test, though we’ll have to wait and see how the story will unfold from there.

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Master Xehanort [er… the scan cuts off about half of the words, but it’s essentially the same as before. I will guess:]

Master Xehanort is a powerful Keyblade Master, as well as an acquaintance of Master Eraqus. He looks very different from the Xehanort we have seen in previous games. Just who is he?

Master Xehanort is giving advice to someone. Had he been planning something at this time as well?

Vanitas

He is the only apprentice of Master Xehanort, and his name has only just been revealed. In the movie that was shown at TGS09 we were able to see him talking and hear his voice. Just what face is he hiding behind the mask?

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He talks about the princesses of light! Where the princesses of light something that people sought after even in the past?

Our three heroes in training This is the world where they start out on. But perhaps the picture shown here is not from the very beginning of the game?

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Let’s look take a look at some of the things in the story we’re wondering about!

It’s quite interesting that in this game that the important characters already seem to know each other. We get to see scenes of them all talking before the problems start, and these will be the key that connects the rest of the story together. The things Master Xehanort says also have quite a few connections to previous games in the series.

Point 1 Terra and Master Xehanort
It seems that Terra trusts Master Xehanort. We see that he obeys him, but it seems that in the end he betrays him!? What is Master Xehanort after?

Point 2 Ventus and Vanitas
Is it just a coincidence, or is there some connection? We see quite a few scenes with them together. Their names also sound similar. Just what is between the two of them!

Point 3 Aqua’s Good Luck Charm
Aqua gives them charms to make sure they’ll see each other again. The charms look just like the one that Kairi made in KH!

Point 4 The search begins
The three of them are ordered to go searching for Master Xehanort, but in this scene we don’t see Ventus anywhere. Where could he be?

Point 5 What is Ventus doing?
What is Master Eraqus and Aqua looking at? It almost seems as though Ventus is acting violent…

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From Tetsuya Nomura
Their adventure begins here.

Though not all scenes are, most of these screenshots show the prologue to the story, in Land of Departure, where they start their journey. What exactly were Terra and Master Xehanort talking about? What is Ven doing? You’ll have to find out more in the game. Master Eraqus is Ven, Terra and Aqua’s master, and he will have a lot to do with the story. He is a new character for the series, so I’d like you to watch him closely. —–

Master Eraqus

He is a Keyblade Master with three apprentices. We don’t know much about him yet, but he seems like a calm and collected “samurai” type. The armor around his middle and his boots look similar to the other three. Perhaps he can change into armor as well? His keyblade design is rather interesting.

“Now we will be having the Master Qualification Exam.”

The Three Apprentices

Terra

A young man who is always calm and cool even under pressure. He fights with power, and can pack a lot of destruction into one attack.

Ventus

A boy who is curious and has a cheerful personality. He fights with speed, and uses light, quick actions.

Aqua

A serious young woman who both kind and strong. Her style is to fight with magic, so her attacks might be a bit erratic!?

System – Let’s look at two new things that have been revealed!

Command Levels – Important for growth of your commands!

Deck Commands, Action Commands, and Shoot Lock Commands all have levels. You can gain CP (Command Points) from defeated enemies which once you’ve gotten enough will raise the levels of your Commands. Levels will effect just how strong your Commands will become.

Set your Commands before battle
CP will be given to all Commands that you have set in your Deck. When your Commands level up it will tell you on the screen. You can also check their growth on the menu screen.

Support Abilities – Master your abilities to make them more powerful

Some Deck Commands will also have Support Abilities attached to them. When you set the Command you will gain the effect of the Support Ability, but if you unequip it you will lose the effect. But if you set the Command and get the ability to the highest level, your character will then have that ability mastered, and even if the Command is unequipped the effect of the Support Ability will remain.

Support Abilities will grow by gaining CP. Then you will be able to level them up.

Barrage – A Deck Command. You will draw close to the enemy and hit them with a rapid fire multi-hit attack. If you manage to press the buttons with good timing you gain extra hits.

Strike Raid – A Deck Command. You use the keyblade like a boomarang to attack your enemies. Sora has used the same attack before in the KH series.

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Vanitas has his face hidden, so he is even more mysterious than other characters. There is a very important reason that his face is covered, but I can’t tell that yet. I will tell you that you won’t see it until the end of the story. I chose his name first through the meaning I wanted, then when I was looking up words this one also sounded similar to Ventus. So the reason I chose this name was because it felt like he was destined for it.

And the Japanese SQUARE ENIX Online Shop has recently added two new scarfs and two new beanies.  Here’s what one of the scarfs looks like:

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Check out the Online Shop to see the rest!