Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World anime is just few episodes shy of wrapping up its first season, However, the series has already managed to get millions of Japanese anime and manga fans hooked to the intense human emotions it so deftly handles. Now the makers have promised a game that’s loosely based on the concept, and fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Death or Kiss.
Built on the tried and tested formula of “being whisked away to a fantastical world” and generously blessed with epic battles and heroic personas, Re:ZERO Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu- will now have a game that merely borrows a singular element from the original anime, but is promised to have an entirely new storyline and plot. The makers of the anime and the developers of the game have kept a tight lid on development of the game, but details are now steadily trickling out, including its origin storyline.
As reported by The Inquisitr earlier, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Death or Kiss is based on author Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka’s Re:ZERO light novel series. Re:ZERO Season 1 explained how the series’ protagonist, Natsuki Subaru, an average Japanese boy, ends up in a fantasy world, where he meets Emilia, a brave female who saves him. As the story progresses, viewers are introduced to the sole power or curse of Subaru, which is being repeatedly reborn after dying, until he can figure out what needs to be done to move ahead.
The Re:ZERO game, however, expects the players to know the backstory or how Subaru ends up in the Kingdom of Lugnica. Players find themselves in the midst of a contest called the “Beauty Queen Election.” The contest, organized by the kingdom, is participated in by all the female characters introduced in the anime, namely Emilia, Ram, Rem, Beatrice, Felt, Priscilla, Anastasia, and Crusch. The judges are expected to crown the beauty queen based on multiple characteristics, including splendor and elegance, apart from other traits and skills.
The winner of the contest is expected to be awarded with a royal treasure, which the developers have named “Metia.” Meant to be a royal treasure beyond compare, it is supposed to have mystical powers. Besides bestowing good luck, the possessor of the award is also supposed to magically transform them into royalty, who is honored throughout the kingdom. The game is expected to show how each camp is gearing up for the contest as the royal capital is engaged in festivities that culminate on the day of the contest.
Though Subaru is the true hero of Re:ZERO, he is merely helping with the preparations ahead of the tournament. For some unknown reason, he decides to see for himself what the fantastic award is, and ends up accidentally kissing the royal treasure. Upon handling the treasure, Subaru hears a booming voice that says:
“Thou shall give your blood… in exchange for protection; a kiss from the opposite sex is needed. Should you communicate to others about this curse, unbearable misfortune shall be bestowed upon you.”
What the voice essentially says is that Subaru is now cursed with the “Fate of Death,” which means he will now repeatedly die, unless he manages to win a kiss from the opposite sex. Moreover, the voice warns of dire consequences if he reveals the curse to anyone.
Despite being warned, Subaru rushes to Beatrice, who helps him decipher the true meaning of the threat of the curse and sends him on the noble quest that takes place in royal courtyards instead of bloody battlefields.
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Death or Kiss promises to be an emotionally engaging game and may not include blood and gore that’s normally associated with games that draw inspiration from Japanese manga and anime.
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