Short Version: This game series is my absolute favourite thing ever and I just wanna infodump somewhere where I’m not likely to have people replying with spoilers for the unlocalised games.
Long Version: (Oh, and this first post is spoiler-free!)
The Kiseki Series (officially localised as the Trails Series) is my favourite game series ever. It’s a JRPG series starting with Sora no Kiseki (Trails in the Sky) which was first released in Japan in 2004. The official English Translation was released in 2011, and I discovered this first game on Christmas 2015 when it was gifted to me.
Zeiss Central Factory featured on the main menu screen.
I finished the game within a month, with almost 50 hours of gameply (47 hours and 3 minutes to be exact) despite it being a time when I was only allowed on the computer in the morning before my dad woke up. On my second playthrough of the first game, I chose the hardest difficulty (though the challenge was ruined by a setting I didn’t notice until much later) and I chose to go out of my way to speak to every single NPC I could find and do every single side quest and exploration point I could find. That was 148 hours and 18 minutes of gameplay, and I still managed to miss stuff.
One of my favourite things about this series is the world building. The prologue starts really slow in terms of standard plot stuff happening, but it is full of all sorts of little details of lore and characters and stuff. You can buy the newspaper at the local shop and read not only tons of foreshadowing, but also get a glimpse of how the world is changing even without your protagonist’s direct input. Almost every single NPC has their own name and life, and by talking to them all you get to see how those lives change.
And the foreshadowing. There is so so much of it. I’m pretty sure I’ve spotted new pieces of foreshadowing every time I’ve replayed (or rewatched) the games. I can’t talk too much without spoiling specifics, and I really really hate spoilers so they’re all going to be behind this handy little thing. This is for me pointing out all the foreshadowy goodness. There isn’t an actual spoiler in there, for the record, it’s just a demonstration.
So I had this very odd idea, which is typical of me really, that to both ramble about my favourite thing without spoiling anything and to be able to share that with people who (hopefully) won’t get too annoyed at me (or at least are able to mute me if I do get too annoying). What if I was to just play through the whole thing again from the very beginning and share screen shots and stuff?
Then anything I have already shared wouldn’t be a spoiler because I’ve gone through it since the beginning, though I’ll probably be using the spoiler tags an awful lot if I want to point out all the foreshadowing or other future details that may change how a scene reads. Or maybe this is a terrible idea. I have no clue. Let me know.
Before I go any further, I want to give all the content warnings that I know about here. I haven’t finished playing all the localised games, never mind the unlocalised ones, so this may need to be updated. If I remember anything I forgot, I’ll edit to add it in. While not an actual content warning, I do also want to note that there is stereotypical Japanese ecchi stuff which is not everyone’s cup of tea. The content warnings will obviously contain spoilers, but I think it’s better that people are warned than not spoiled.
CW: incest (of the adoptive sibling variety, not that this makes it any better), character death, war crimes, rape, pedophilia, child abuse (all types of abuse), child death (flashbacks only), sexism, sexual harrassment, sexual assault, racism (apparently the focus of the game that will be localised next, I don’t know how bad it gets), corrupt police force (not as severe as current events), rich arseholes getting away with stuff just for because they’re rich, drug use, suicide, some excessive descriptions of violence (most of the shown violence is not graphic)
Not every content warning will be relevant in every game, so I will be providing relevant content warnings at the top of each post that may need them. If anyone wants to ask about a specific warning, feel free to. If I forgot it I’ll add it to the list and if it just doesn’t apply then yay.
If after that bombshell anyone is still interested, I think the first question is “Which difficulty?”
Grancel Castle overlooking Valleria Lake
I have no clue how often I would be updating this if I do go through with this odd plan of mine.