AR NOSURGE: ODE TO AN UNBORN STAR
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.
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,