Code: Realize − Guardian of Rebirth

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Code: Realize − Guardian of Rebirth
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Japanese cover art
Developer(s) Otomate
Publisher(s)
Artist(s) Miko
Writer(s) Nao Kojima
Yū Nishimura
Composer(s) Myu
Platform(s) PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Release PlayStation Vita
  • JP: November 27, 2014
  • NA: October 20, 2015
  • EU: October 21, 2015
PlayStation 4
  • JP: August 24, 2017
  • NA: March 30, 2018[1]
  • EU: 2018
Nintendo Switch
  • JP: September 13, 2018
Genre(s) Visual novel
Mode(s) Single-player

Code: Realize − Guardian of Rebirth[a] is an otome visual novel video game developed by Otomate for PlayStation Vita, released in 2014 in Japan and in 2015 in North America and Europe. The game features a steampunk aesthetic and a cast of literary and historical figures, including Arsène Lupin, Abraham Van Helsing, Victor Frankenstein, Impey Barbicane, and Count Saint-Germain.[2] A fan disc, Code: Realize − Future Blessings,[b] was released on November 26, 2016.[3] Aksys Games localized both games in English.[2] A second fan disc, Code: Realize − Shirogane no Kiseki will be released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan.[4] An anime television series adaptation by M.S.C aired from October 7 to December 23, 2017.

Plot[edit]

Cardia lives day to day isolated from the world in a restricted, abandoned mansion in order to fulfill her promise to her father. Her body carries a deadly poison that rots or melts anything that her skin touches - causing the locals to call her "monster" so her father told her to stay away from people and falling in love, but she suddenly disappears. One day, her quiet solitude is interrupted when the Royal Guards break in to capture her. That's when she meets the chivalrous thief Arsène Lupin who helps her break free from the Royal Guards. Cardia then finds herself on a journey with Lupin to locate her father.

Characters[edit]

Cardia Beckford (カルディア・ベックフォード, Karudia Bekkufōdo)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (anime)[5] (Japanese); Jill Harris (anime)[6] (English)
Cardia is a girl who is referred to as a monster and carries a virulent poison within her body that melts everything she touches. She has lost all memories about herself starting two years ago. She does not show much of a change in her emotions and facial expressions. On the verge of being captured by the English army, she is stolen away by Arséne Lupin. She then begins to work with Lupin and his allies. She has feelings for Lupin for quite some time. At the end of the anime, she and Lupin got married.
Arsène Lupin (アルセーヌ・ルパン, Arusēnu Rupan)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno[5] (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum (anime)[6] (English)
Lupin is a great thief who enjoys causing problems and claims that there is nothing that cannot be stolen. Bright and optimistic, he is very confident. Backing that up are his thievery skills and his ability to take action. He was the one who stole Cardia away from the English army when she was about to be captured and now he has begun to work with her. He seems as if he has some sort of goal in mind. As the story progresses, he falls in love with Cardia. At the end of the anime, he and Cardia got married.
Abraham Van Helsing (エイブラハム・ヴァン・ヘルシング, Eiburahamu Van Herushingu)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[5] (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (anime)[6] (English)
Abraham is a former member of the secret intelligence organization Tasogare (twilight). Possessing excellent combat skills, he is called the human weapon. If it is for his own goals, then he will use any method possible, and he has a side to him where he can be described as cold. He is going after the head of Tasogare, Finis, but the reason why is unknown.
Victor Frankenstein (ヴィクター・フランケンシュタイン, Vikutā Furankenshutain)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara[5] (Japanese); Micah Solusod (anime)[6] (English)
Victor is an elite who holds the title of former Head Alchemist of the Imperial Court for the English Government. He has an unparalleled amount of knowledge and intelligence. However he does not let that be overbearing as he is very gentle and kind. Due to some circumstances, he is now on a wanted list and the government is hunting him down.
Impey Barbicane (インピー・バービケーン, Inpī Bābikēn)
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo[5] (Japanese); Chris Guerrero (anime)[6] (English)
Impey is friendly and upbeat, often setting the mood for the group. His downside is that he does push his luck sometimes. However as an engineer, his talent lies in high-end goods. Everything from Lupin’s small tools and automobile, all the way to a ship that flies in the sky, are all his specialty. Calling him an engineering genius is truly fitting. Impey is also extraordinarily good at cooking.
Saint-Germain (サン・ジェルマン, San Jeruman)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa[5] (Japanese); Brandon McInnis (anime)[6] (English)
Count Saint-Germain is a noble who has taken residence in the city of copper machines, London. Giving the simple reason of ‘this seems interesting’, he becomes the patron for Lupin and his allies giving them both a place to stay as well as funding their activities. A complete gentleman, he has a gentle demeanor and constantly maintains a polite attitude. However, sometimes he does disappear to somewhere...
Finis (フィーニス, Fīnisu)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji[5] (Japanese); Justin Briner (anime)[6] (English)
Finis is the head of England’s secret intelligence organization Tasogare. Both his background and activities are shrouded in mystery. He is plotting on how to retrieve Cardia for himself.
Alexandrina Victoria (アレクサンドリナ・ヴィクトリア, Arekusandorina Vuikutoria)
Voiced by: Naomi Iida (Japanese); Stephanie Young (anime)[6] (English)
The queen of London.
Herloch Sholmes (エルロック・ショルメ, Erurokku Shorume)
Voiced by: Kazuya Murakami (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
He is a private detective who came to London upon being summoned by Scotland Yard.
Isaac Beckford (アイザック・ベックフォード, Aizakku Bekkufōdo)
Voiced by: Daichi Endō (Japanese); Greg Dulcie (anime)[6] (English)
The father of Cardia and Finis. The creator of Code: Realize.
Delacroix II (ドラクロワ二世, Dorakurowa)
Voiced by: Miho Ishigami (Japanese); Trina Nishimura (anime)[6] (English)
A vampire kid.

Development[edit]

Code: Realize − Guardian of Rebirth was developed by Idea Factory's otome games branch Otomate. Character designs and illustrations were handled by Miko while Nao Kojima and Yū Nishimura wrote the scenario.[7] It was first released on November 27, 2014 in Japan for PlayStation Vita and is rated CERO C.[8] A fan disc titled Code: Realize − Future Blessings (Code:Realize ~祝福の未来~, Code: Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~) was released on November 26, 2016. It was announced at Otomate Party 2015 along with the announcement of Otomate's 12 new titles.[3] The game features new routes and supplemental stories and routes are set after the different endings of the original game, allowing protagonists to spend time with the heroes.[9] A PlayStation 4 release comprising both games,[10] titled Code: Realize − Bouquet of Rainbows[c] was released on August 24, 2017. Another fan disc titled Code: Realize − Silver Miracles[d] just currently announced for both PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.[11]

Whilst the previous two games have Cardia not voiced,[12] in December 2016, the official blog of Otomate announced that Saori Hayami joined the franchise as the protagonist Cardia.[13]

An English localisation by Aksys Games was released on October 20, 2015[2] for North America and Europe. They also plan to release the localisation of the fan disc and the PS4 version on March 30, 2018.[14][1]

Music[edit]

The first game has Mao perform the opening and ending theme respectively titled "Floatable" and "Kakan -Love Brought Me Some Eternal Petals-" (花冠 -love brought me some eternal petals-).[15] In the fan disc, Mao performs the opening and first ending theme respectively titled "Brightness ~Eternal Pure White~" and "My Dearest", Kaori Oda performs the second ending theme titled "Kibō no kanata" (希望の彼方), and SHOJI performs the third ending theme titled "Yumeiro Circus" (夢色サーカス). Yoshie Isogai wrote all the song lyrics. Myu arranged and composited the songs for the first game. Hijiri Anze arranged and composed the opening and the first two ending songs while Naoyuki Osada did the third ending song. Team Entertainment produced the songs and Peak A Soul+ produced the BGMs.[16]

Other media[edit]

Anime[edit]

Code:Realize − Guardian of Rebirth
Anime television series
Directed by Hideyo Yamamoto
Written by Sayaka Harada
Music by Ryō Takahashi
Studio M.S.C
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, TVA, BS11
Original run October 7, 2017 December 23, 2017
Episodes 12 + OVA
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

An anime adaptation produced by the studio M.S.C was broadcast starting from October 7, 2017[17] to December 23, 2017, on AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, TV Aichi, and BS11. Hideyo Yamamoto directed the series and Sayaka Harada handled the series composition. Aya Nakanishi adapted Miko's art for animation.[5] Mia REGINA performed the opening theme titled "Kalmia",[18] while Saori Hayami performed the ending theme titled "Twinkle" under her character name Cardia.[19] Crunchyroll streamed the series with Funimation streamed a simuldub.[20]

No. Title[e] Original air date
1 "London Steam"
"Rondon suchīmu" (ロンドン・スチーム) 
October 7, 2017
Cardia Beckford, a young girl living in old London, is feared and branded as a monster due to the possession of a virulent poison in her body that melts away at anything. Confined alone in her family mansion by her father, she is captured by the British Army but rescued by Arséne Lupin, a handsome thief, and his friend Impey Barbicane, who is a whiz at engineering. Riding off to their mansion hideout in the forest, she is introduced to Victor Frankenstein, a genius alchemist and scientist who acts together with Impey and Arsené. There, Cardia learns that her father, Isaac, was an inventor who created many amazing inventions, one of which, the Horologrium, is embedded inside her and currently functions as her heart. It is that reason that Cardia possesses that certain poison, which she uses gloves and specially altered clothes to suppress. As Isaac is involved in a terrorist plot along with a secret organisation known only as Twilight, many out there wish to capture her for the Horologium. 
2 "The Strongest Stalker"
"Za sutorongesuto sutōkā" (ザ・ストロンゲスト・ストーカー) 
October 14, 2017
The next day, Cardia is introduced to Saint-Germain, the aristocrat who is the owner of the mansion. Wishing to let Cardia see the world, the men take her out on a steam-engine to the streets of London in disguise, where Victor and Impey buy supplies and Lupin shows her around, leaving Saint at the mansion. Noticing that they are being followed, an attempt to lose their pursuers in a deserted alleyway leads to a confrontation between them and soldiers working for Twilight. After their defeat, they come face-to-face with another man holding two shotguns. He wishes to use Cardia as bait, but Lupin manages to meet up with Impey and Victor. Rammed into a corner, Victor offers a deal to the man, whom he recognises as Abraham Van Helsing, a marvellous soldier and fighter. Through much deliberation and convincing, Abraham accepts the deal on the condition that he gets to take the life of Finis, the leader of Twilight who harbours connections with the Queen Victoria herself. 
3 "Vampire Requiem"
"Vuanpaia rekuiemu" (ヴァンパイア・レクイエム) 
October 21, 2017
The men resolve to teach Cardia basic skills in each of the fields that they specialise in so she can be more useful. Recently, a "phantom thief" has been robbing sacred vampire treasures, and the reward for sending him to the royal palace is five million dollars. Seizing this as an opportunity after Saint admonishes them for splurging, they set out to catch the thief, who, thanks to Lupin, has managed to pinpoint his next target down to a pendant known as Nosferatu's Saber famed for being worn by the king of vampires Delacroix I himself. As predicted, the thief appears, showing himself to be a vampire child and the son of Delacroix I, Delacroix II. Abraham confronts him, which the latter proposes revenge as the former had killed his parents during a vampire hunt in England. Abraham defeats the vampire boy easily, and Cardia, taking pity on him, asks that they let him stay at the mansion. 
4 "Train Snatch"
"Torein sunacchi" (トレイン・スナッチ) 
October 28, 2017
Lupin puts out bold strategies to capture Finis, who is planning to head for an inspection by train. Disguising themselves, Lupin and Cardia infiltrate the back cabin of the train while Impey is stationed elsewhere to pick up the team as they make their escape. Abraham helps clear the cabins of soldiers as Saint is positioned to make sure their plan goes well. The two are then confronted by Herlock Sholmes, a private detective hired by Queen Victoria to observe and escort Finis. Cardia heads to the back of the train to disable the last cabin where Finis is riding in, succeeding with ease as Arséne manages to get away by stowing aboard Impey's aircraft. However, they are informed too late by Saint that their plan had failed. Finis, along with a guard named Aleister, ambushes Cardia and Abraham in his cabin, revealing that he was the one who had cunningly orchestrated everything by leaking out such information as well as Cardia's younger brother. As Impey's heads back to the train while being chased by a British aircraft, they save the two trapped on the train and return to the mansion. 
5 "Negotiated Solution"
"Negoshieiteddo soryūshon" (ネゴシエイテッド・ソリューション) 
November 4, 2017
By the hands of Finis, the entire team except for Cardia is made "Wanted" criminals for terrorism after the train-bombing incident. After their pictures have been posted on the headlines of the London newspapers, Victor, disturbed, leaves the house that night after being shut up in his lab without eating anything. Following him, Cardia realizes that he is attempting to negotiate with Queen Victoria to get his and his team's Wanted status revoked, as he had once previously held the Queen's confidence by being the Head Royal Alchemist. As dawn breaks, the pair is chased by the royal guards and Twilight soldiers until Lupin and Abraham arrive to save them. With Cardia and Victor on board Impey's revamped aircraft, they head to Buckingham Palace where Victor threatens the Queen with leaking out the secret poison Zicterium he was forced to create to annihilate the vampires. As the Queen removes their charges, Victor reveals that in his past, in his quest to create the famed Philosopher's Stone, he had instead created a deadly poison known as Zicterium. After Victor left the palace, Isaac took over the project and subsequently created the Horologium. 
6 "Illegal Race"
"Irīgaru rēsu" (イリーガル・レース) 
November 11, 2017
As the annual Black Gathering, an airship race sponsored by mafia organisations, is held, they participate on Saint's orders with Impey's rebuilt aircraft, hoping to get a clue by winning the competition and subsequently its rumoured grand prize: the posthumous writings of Isaac. However, work on it only finishes that very day, causing them to barely catch the race start time. Participating alongside him is an eccentric scientist named Nemo who declared Victor as his rival when they were both serving in the royal court. As Lupin had stolen several parts from other sources, its owners recognise it and a heated battle ensues as money will be granted to whoever knocks it down. Crashing the other aircraft, Impey goes for an emergency crash-land on the finish line as the engine overheats, winning the race. 
7 "Forgiveness for the Past"
"Itsuka no Yurushi" (いつかの許し) 
November 18, 2017
After visiting Isaac's laboratory, Cardia realizes that she is a homunculus, a life form created by humans. Shocked and frightened, she departs the mansion in an attempt to find her former home to check its identity, recollecting how she was pursued as a monster by the villagers back in Wales, her hometown. While running, she met a woman called Elaine who invited Cardia into her home without fear, and even treated her injury, until the villagers stormed her house and caused it to collapse. Etty, Elaine's daughter, was taken to safety by the villagers, but Elaine died in the rubble, causing Etty to hate Cardia. In the present, Cardia finds a letter addressed to herself from her father just as the villagers begin attempting to drive her out after Etty informs them of her continued existence. Lupin arrives just in time to save her and they camp out in the forest. There, he reveals how his teacher, who had taught him his values and judgement, died with a deep regret that he knew of Isaac's plot but did nothing to stop it, so Lupin decides to do the deed for him. After the night has passed, Etty informs the pair secretly that the villagers are lying in wait at a path in the forest before running away as Cardia smiles happily through tears. On their way back, Cardia shows Lupin her father's letter, which consists of papers with mathematical formulae, and a normal letter regarding the code name of Isaac's terrorist group --- Code: Realize --- and its base --- St. Paul's Cathedral. 
8 "The Flames of War"
"Senka" (戦火) 
November 25, 2017
The rest of the gang searches for Cardia in London as an explosion suddenly occurs in the city, signalling Finis' move and Isaac's terrorism. As Cardia meets up with the others, Saint does the same with Guinevere, a female friend and organisation member of Idea, an organisation devoted to overseeing history. Arséne and Cardia escape with Queen Victoria and her general as the rest face-off against the rebel forces and Twilight soldiers. As Lupin is injured protecting her, Finis provokes her on London Bridge as the rest of the gang stow away on Impey's aircraft. 
9 "Prayer"
"Inori" (祈り) 
December 2, 2017
London was occupied by Finis by a coup d'etat. In addition, he was progressing the plan of "Code: Realize". Meanwhile, Saint who appeared before Cardia said himself as "apostle of Idea". And, as its mission, told Cardia, who is the key to activating "Code: Realize", to take her own life and to leave the place. In addition, Van comes under the damaged Lupin. Van speaks to Lupin, who worries that Cardia is suffering. 
10 "Promise"
"Yakusoku" (約束) 
December 9, 2017
A British army which advances to St. Paul's Cathedral, the home of dusk. As Liturgy forces them, Lupin played in the cathedral. But there was Van's former superior Aleister awaiting. Van struggles with the opponent who is familiar with his own fight. Leaving behind to Saint, Lupin rushes ahead. When they reach the center, there is a huge celestial globe, and Finis appears. Van approaches Finis to extract information... 
11 "Code:Realize"  December 16, 2017
Cardia caught in Nautilus. While Lupin is thinking about her, there is no technique to make the big fortress ahead. Lupin is trying to get in alone, but Van sees something not perfect and it is blocked. But Lupin and Van replace words and save new feelings to save Cardia. To such two people Fran proposes a method to save Cardia and the world.Under the cooperation of Saint, Idea and the British Army - Lupin challenge the Nautilus. 
12 "Warmth"
"Nukomori" (ぬくもり) 
December 23, 2017
Cardia is taken into the celestial globe, and she see the memory of Isaac, her father. There was a tragic event that triggered him to possess a crazy plan. Although it is likely to be swallowed by the ambition of Isaac, it is rescued by Lupin who rushed again. Lupin to face Isaac. However, "Code: Realize" has already been achieved, and Isaac declares himself as a god who controls the world. 

Stage musical[edit]

A Code: Realize stage musical was announced at the "Code: Realize Fantastic Party" event in April 2017.[21]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi~ (Japanese: Code:Realize 〜創世の姫君〜)
  2. ^ Known in Japan as Code: Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~ (Code:Realize ~祝福の未来~)
  3. ^ Released in Japan as Code: Realize ~Saikō no Hanataba~ (Code:Realize ~彩虹の花束~).
  4. ^ Released in Japan as Code: Realize ~Shirogane no Kiseki~ (Code:Realize ~白銀の奇跡~).
  5. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://gematsu.com/2018/01/code-realize-bouquet-rainbows-launches-march-30-north-america-spring-europe
  2. ^ a b c "Aksys Adds Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ PS Vita Otome Visual Novel". Anime News Network. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "乙女ゲームブランド「オトメイト」の新作12タイトルが一挙発表に。完全新作や人気タイトルの続編など,全ラインナップをまとめて紹介". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  4. ^ http://gematsu.com/2017/07/code-realize-shirogane-no-kiseki-announced-ps4-ps-vita
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Code:Realize Anime Reveals TV Format, October Premiere, Cast, Staff, Promo Video". Anime News Network. April 23, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "FunimationNow Fall 2017 SimulDubs & English Casts". Funimation. October 23, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Code:Realize ~創世の姫君~ 通常版". Otomex (in Japanese). Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Code:Realize ~創世の姫君~". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Code: Realize's Fan Disc Will Bring Future Blessings To North America in 2017". Siliconera. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  10. ^ http://gematsu.com/2017/04/code-realize-saikou-no-hanataba-announced-ps4
  11. ^ "Code: Realize new fan disc announced". Otomate official Twitter account. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Japanese official website of the games listed Cardia's CV as "none" (なし, nashi)
  13. ^ "Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ Franchise Casts Saori Hayami as Cardia". Aniime News Network. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  14. ^ https://gematsu.com/2018/01/code-realize-future-blessings-launches-march-30-north-america-spring-europe
  15. ^ "Code: Realize OP & ED". Code:Realize ~創世の姫君~ (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Code: Realize FD OP, ED, & BGM". Code:Realize ~祝福の未来~ (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "Code:Realize Anime Premieres October 7". Anime News Network. August 19, 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Mia Regina Performs Opening Theme For Code:Realize Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  19. ^ "TVアニメ「Code:Realize ~創世の姫君~」OP・ED主題歌CD発売決定!(情報更新)". Lantis web site (in Japanese). Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  20. ^ "Crunchyroll, Funimation Add 7 Fall Anime Titles". Anime News Network. September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Code:Realize Visual Novel Gets Stage Musical". Anime News Network. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 

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