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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)!


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:

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:


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.


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?


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?


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?


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…


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


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.


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


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.


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:


Check out the Online Shop to see the rest!

Latest Message from the KINGDOM from Director Tetsuya Nomura

Our friends over at Kingdom Hearts Insider have posted a translation of Nomura’s latest blog post.  Thanks Lissar!

Creator Message – Tetsuya Nomura

A blog? How modern. Or, no… I guess it’s a little late for that. Nevermind. I’m the director Nomura.

The staff asked us to write our first entry, but I was just too busy. But it was around TGS that Yasue was going to update, so I put a stop to it. I’m very sorry.

Between then and now we’ve already announced the release date. Now all we have to do is finish it. But we still have tons of things to do, and we’re in the middle of running around trying to get everything finished. Right now on my desktop I have 5 files containing work for Birth by Sleep, 4 for Coded, and 7 for other titles.

They’re listed in order of precedence, and now as I’m writing this the time for these files has finally come.

Of course there are not only written documents, but pictures I have been needing to draw have been waiting for me to get around to it. Right now the most important being the package art for Birth by Sleep.

Today I have to go to edit the Staff Roll. Since there are three main characters in Birth by Sleep, we also have different Staff Rolls for each one. We already have experience making two for Chain of Memories, but this time it’s a little bit different and we have a little bit of a trick with each, so it’s quite difficult.

In the Kingdom Hearts series when we put the music into the Staff Roll, we aren’t just lining up the music second by second, but frame by frame. So we’re working hard to find a good way to time it.

We also still have the Opening Movie, the Secret Movie, the CM and the PV to edit. But that will be on a later day. Next week we will be working on the CM for FFXIII.

So we’re working quite hard now, and I have to get going. I have to get to the editing studio. When I have another opportunity I will write again soon. Thank you.

Tetsuya Nomura