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POSTED 6/10/14


AR NOSURGE: ODE TO AN UNBORN STAR

Koei Tecmo



“What?!”

It’s a pronoun without a determiner that’s posited often in sci-fi-drenched anime RPG thingy Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star. It’s also a syllable that we uttered frequently on our first date with it.

Commencing, courtesy of Akiko Shikata, with the best Eurovision entry Japan’s never conjured – it’d have blitzed were Japan actually European and hence eligible to enter the glorious annual cheese-fest - a story about a starman waiting in the sky subsequently unfolds. Well, a starwoman, but as unabashed Bowie fans we had to drop the reference.

OK, enough hazy cosmic jive.

Ar nosurge: etc is a delightful ode to the quite literal magic of song and the loveliness of human bondag- erm, bonding. We think. It’s also a tale that has a thing or three to say about religion, as fairies and humans form two factions. One is fastidiously pious, the other leans more towards pragamatism. The main event begins with a chase for a stolen ode that’s now making machines go doolally. A story where song, humanity and religion collide follows – hey, we’re not ones to give too much away. Plus we’re still a wee bit confused by the colourful maelstrominess of it all.

What?!

Exactly. We may not even have the story right, for it is somewhat convoluted.

What works better though is the RPGtastic battle system. Popping tunes smart bomb style to smite enemies gives us all a chance to feel a little Kylie (oo-er!), but seemingly endless wave after wave of them can grate, much like Miley.

Ar nosurge isn’t for everybody – not even every RPG fan. But if you’re of a musical science-fictional bent and recognise that patience isn’t just a ‘Gunnas!’ choon then you’ll likely find much to love.

Whatever. Let the children lose it. Let the children use it. Let all the children boogie. La la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la...

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