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Norn9
NORN9 Limitied Edition.jpg
The limited edition of Norn9 featuring the male protagonists.
NORN9 ノルン+ノネット
(NORN9 Norun+Nonetto)
Game
Developer Otomate
Publisher Idea Factory
Genre Otome game
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released May 30, 2013
Game
Norn9: Var Commons
Developer Otomate
Publisher
Genre Otome game
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP: December 11, 2014
  • NA: November 3, 2015
  • EU: 2015
Game
Norn9: Last Era
Developer Otomate
Publisher Idea Factory
Genre Otome game
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released April 2, 2015
Anime television series
Directed by Takao Abo
Produced by Mitsutoshi Ogura
Written by Natsuko Takahashi
Music by Kevin Penkin
Studio Kinema Citrus, Orange
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, SUN
English network
Original run January 7, 2016 March 31, 2016
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Game
Norn9: Act Tune
Developer Otomate
Publisher Idea Factory
Genre Otome game
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released 2016
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Norn9 (NORN9 ノルン+ノネット, Norn9 Norun+Nonetto) is an otome game for PlayStation Portable. It was developed by Otomate and published by Idea Factory. The game was originally going to be launched on May 23, 2013, but its release was delayed one week. A PlayStation Vita port, entitled Norn9: Var Commons, was released on December 11, 2014.[3] A fandisk titled Norn9: Last Era has been announced and was released on April 2, 2015. On March 2, 2014, it was announced that an anime adaptation was in the works.[4] The anime ran from January 7 to March 31, 2016.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

Guided by a strange, haunting song, elementary-schooler Sorata Suzuhara from the Heisei Era is warped back in time to 1919, in a high-tech ship called Norn9. This ship, flying above towns resembling that of the Meiji or Taishō period, harbours The Gifted, a group of three girls and eight boys with special abilities. As he tries to find a way to return to his time, he discovers incredible secrets about the world and spacetime itself.

Characters[edit]

Main Protagonists[edit]

Should the player not wish to play as Sorata, there are three other protagonists available. Each has three different heroes by their sides.

Koharu (こはる)
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura
Koharu is a cheerful, innocent, sweet and kind girl with short pink hair and the ability to manipulate fire. Because of her ability's tremendous destructive power, people mocked and called her a monster, leading to her to forget her name. Her current name "Koharu" was then given to her by Shiro, who told her about the ship Norn9. Because she is the newest on the ship, she has the least knowledge and very observant of everything around her. As the series progresses, she develops a relationship with Kakeru.
Mikoto Kuga (久我 深琴, Kuga Mikoto)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki
Mikoto is an elegant, refined girl with long black hair and the ability to create force fields (結界, kekkai) that can protect herself or others. Born into a noble Japanese family, she was raised to be calm, mature, and to have a strong sense of responsibility and duty. She also treasures all her friends dearly, sometimes abandoning her own safety and feelings to protect everyone. Since she has never had any contact with boys other than her childhood friend Sakuya, she has the most trouble adjusting to life on Norn9.
Nanami Shiranui (不知火 七海, Shiranui Nanami)
Voiced by: Asami Seto
Nanami is a quiet, shy, and seemingly emotionless girl with short wavy purple hair and the ability to erase other's memories. Despite her small frame, she has extremely high physical ability and is a talented kunoichi, carrying blades wherever she goes. After having erased an important memory from Akito's mind, she grew to hate her power and became wary to not get to close to other people.

Koharu's Target Group - Koharu Route: Main Heroes[edit]

Kakeru Yuiga (結賀 駆, Yuiga Kakeru)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji
Kakeru is a bright, gentle and kind boy with short green hair and the ability to manipulate greenery. Due to his sometimes sadistic nature and love for teasing people, some of The Gifted think he is a great tactician or that he's just plain mean. As the series progresses, he and Koharu develop a relationship. He is noted for wearing a ear cuff on his left ear, in memory of his supposedly dead father Shiro. Kakeru later finds out how his father created conflicts all over the world to speed up history and reach year 2056, obsessed that his deceased lover Haruka will reincarnate under the same environment with the same soul and in the same body.
Senri Ichinose (市ノ瀬 千里, Ichinose Senri)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
Senri is a soft-spoken, gentle hikikomori with the ability to use water. Because his body couldn't handle the strain of harbouring a full ability, his brother Akito stole some of it with Aion's help. Although he mainly appears in Koharu's route, he is often shown as the prominent figure in scans and images by Otomate and classed as a main character.
Masamune Tōya (遠矢 正宗, Tōya Masamune)
Voiced by: Takuya Satō.
Masamune is a stern, intelligent boy with short orange hair and the ability to look into a person's past, but it requires an item from the person. As the son of the director of The World, he is mainly the one that liaises and contacts the organisation should the need arises. To prevent using his power involuntarily, he covers his right hand with a glove.

Mikoto's Target Group - Mikoto Route: Main Heroes[edit]

Natsuhiko Azuma (吾妻 夏彦, Asuma Natsuhiko)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
Natsuhiko is a handsome, stern young man, and, like Mikoto, takes duty very seriously. [7] He used to be a scientist, but became a weapon dealer instead, capitalising on his mechanical engineering strengths. Despite being a descendant of those that created Aion, he opposes the Reset with the belief that science is being abused and precious research will be destroyed. As such, he hunts the lives of The Gifted to prevent them from initiating the Reset, for their powers are meant to be combined by Aion to begin the phenomenon. In Natsuhiko's route, he later becomes the protagonist even though he is one of the antagonists in other routes. Some time in his route, Mikoto misunderstands him for being a sadist.
Sakuya Nijō (二条 朔也, Nijō Sakuya)
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga
Sakuya is Mikoto's caring and gentlemanly childhood friend with the ability to see the future. Like her, he was born into a noble Japanese family and promised that he will die protecting the girl he loves, which is implied to be her.[8] He is notable for matching his white ribbon tying back his hair to Mikoto's twin white ribbons. His power, while incredible, cannot be used out of his own free will and only comes in quick flashes or visions.
Itsuki Kagami (加賀見 一月, Kagami Itsuki)
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa
Itsuki is a flirtatious young man whose constant attempts at charming girls and joking, laid-back attitude leads others to distrust him. He is the ability to manipulate dreams passed down from his deceased sister Kazuha [9], which he uses subtly to help his friends see their true desires sometimes. He often teases Mikoto for fun and enjoys watching her get aggravated.[10]

Nanami's Target Group - Nanami Route: Main Heroes[edit]

Akito Shukuri (宿吏 暁人, Shukuri Akito)
Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama
Akito is a rough, violent boy with long dark blue hair and Senri's older brother. Because Senri's body couldn't take the strain of harbouring a full ability, he took some of it with the help of Aion, eventually taking away all of it and asking Nanami to erase Senri's memories to let his younger brother leave in freedom. He initially hates Nanami after she accidentally erased the memory of him and Senri's family ties but starts to forgive and fall in love with her. He sometimes has tsundere tendencies and is a very good cook.
Ron Muroboshi (室星 ロン, Muroboshi Ron)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
Ron is the oldest among The Gifted, but doesn't have an ability as he turns out to be the traitor among them working for Natsuhiko.
Heishi Otomaru (乙丸 平士, Otomaru Heishi)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Heishi is a carefree, energetic and friendly boy who can be considered the mood-maker of The Gifted, and is best friends with Itsuki. He has the ability to use telepathy.

Sub Characters[edit]

Sorata Suzuhara (鈴原 空汰, Suzuhara Sorata)
Voiced by: Atsushi Abe
A briefly playable character from the Heisei Era during the prologue and the epilogue. After being warped to the past upon hearing a mysterious song, he attempts to find a way back, inevitably stumbling on a huge conflict and dark secrets of the world and spacetime.
Shirō Yuiga (結賀 史狼, Yuiga Shirō)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada
Kakeru's father and the main antagonist of the series for causing conflicts all over the world in an attempt to speed history up to reach year 2056 and revive his dead lover Haruka. A genius engineer and weapons manufacturer, he met Koharu while traveling and gave her her name.
Setsu Takishima (滝島 雪, Takushima Setsu)
Voiced by: Mitsuhiro Ichiki
Natsuhiko's assistant and co-pilot who is an extreme masochist.
Aion (アイオン)
Voiced by: Nagi Yanagi
A robotic cyborg created by Sorata Suzuhara as an adult in the past, designed as a tool to initiate the Reset. Although it mostly manifests as a young girl with long blueish-white curly hair and wearing a white dress, it can also take on a male form. Despite being born a machine, she loves Sorata dearly and locks him in a cold sleep before initiating the 4th Reset so as to let him live, reverting him back to his child self and spawning the events of the story.
Kazuha Kagami (加賀見 和葉, Kagami Kazuha)
Voiced by: Miho Arakawa
Itsuki's younger sister and one of the characters who appears in Norn9: Last Era.
Motohisa Tōya (遠矢 基久, Tōya Motohisa)
Voiced by: Yōji Ueda
Masamune's father and the director of The World. He is one of the characters who appears in Norn9: Last Era.
Nagisa Totonose (徒々枝 凪沙, Totonose Nagisa)
Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki
A messenger and representative of The World and Natsuhiko's older sister. She is one of the characters who appears in Norn9: Last Era.
Yahiro Saishō (西所 弥広, Saishō Yahiro)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
He was Heishi's guardian and is one of the characters who appears in Norn9: Last Era.

Media[edit]

Game[edit]

Manga[edit]

Anime[edit]

On March 2, 2014, Idea Factory announced that Norn9: Norn + Nonette has an anime in the works during the "Norn9 with Ark & for Spica" event at Tokyo's Nakano Sun Plaza.[11] The anime aired from January 7[12] to March 31, 2016. The opening theme is "Kazakiri" by Nagi Yanagi and the ending theme is "Zero Tokei" by Oda Kaori. On December 29, 2015, the anime was licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[13]

The series was streamed on Hulu and Anime Network.[14]

Episode list[edit]

No. Official English title[a]
Original Japanese title[15]
Original air date
1 "The Ship that Sails in the Sky"
"Sora o seiku fune" (空を征く船) 
January 7, 2016
It is 1919. A teenage girl arrives on the sailing ship Norn9, where teenagers with special abilities gather. As of date, there are 2 girls (excluding her) named Mikoto Kuga and Nanami Shiranui, as well as 8 other boys Kakeru Yuiga, Senri Ichinose, Masamune Tōya, Sakuya Nijō, Itsuki Kagami, Akito Shukuri, Ron Muroboshi, and Heishi Otomaru. Part of an organisation called The World, their powers are employed for peacekeeping and management throughout the Earth, with its origins and science easily exceeding that on the land. Having forgotten her name, she engages in various duties to be self-sufficient, mostly accompanied by Kakeru. With his ability to manipulate greens, they take care of a peach tree orchard together, growing closer. However, she falls from a tree while trying to pick a ripe peach. Saved by Kakeru, she lands in the water and remembers her name: Koharu. 
2 "Ability"
"Nōryoku" (能力) 
January 14, 2016
An unknown aircraft arrives and attacks the ship. Although it is protected by Mikoto's force fields, something in the interior breaks the barrier and allow two perpetrators to enter. Kakeru and Masamune, who were farming with Koharu, leave her in the safety of her room before departing to investigate but she leaves right after noticing the potential threats to the peach trees. Meanwhile, Mikoto is confronted by Natsuhiko Azuma, the leader of the pair of intruders, who wields a strange type of gun. After disappearing, they attempt to shoot and destroy the ship's center, aiming directly at the peach orchard where Koharu is. Using her ability, she deflects the ray and burns down the entire orchard in the process with her fire manipulation skills. The unknown aircraft retreats, and Kakeru find her again, but she doesn't tell them of what she has done out of guilt, intending to replant the peach trees again. Keeping the last seed remaining from her power rampage, she comes across a young boy warped back in time after being on a field trip in 2016. 
3 "Sprouting Spring"
"Mebuku haru" (芽吹く春) 
January 21, 2016

The young boy, Sorata Suzuhara, gets warped back in time after hearing a strange song in his field trip at the museum. As a studious and resourceful boy, he attempts to find his way back. He finds a mysterious spirit-like girl but she disappears, and for some reason feels particularly nostalgic to him and is a presence unknown to the others.

Meanwhile, the teenagers hold a meeting after noticing some strange happenings during the confrontation. Mikoto's barrier was broken despite her mental conditions and health being at peak levels, and there was no debris inside from the oncoming aircraft outside, meaning there had to be a traitor amongst them. Kakeru proposes a pair system where each person can keep watch over their own partner, pairing up with Koharu. Everyone else departs to carry out post-battle investigations and cleaning up. Mikoto and her partner Sakuya head to the library to conduct research, where she remembers their promise as childhood friends to forever love each other, but now that they've grown up she wishes to be more focused on duty. Koharu later finds out how Kakeru was abandoned by his father four years ago, with an ear cuff as the last thing to remember him by. 
4 "Serenade of the Dawn"
"Kare dare no serenāde" (彼誰のセレナーデ) 
January 28, 2016
Paired together, Akito expresses his contempt and dislike of Nanami outrightly, even going as far as to wish that he was the traitor so she could turn him in, be rid of him and get a "nice little pat on the head by The World". This seems very likely as she notices him conversing with a strange man at night that disappears right after. Nanami confronts him, and assures him that they have to be partners to hide the fact that Akito has no special ability. Angry, Akito wishes for Nanami to die, and at that moment she falls off the cliffs but he risks his life to save her. In the end, they are both saved by Kakeru's ability, and punished by a cuff that makes sure they have to stay together at all times, except for brief periods of 30 minutes, within which they don't return to each other's side one of them will be electrocuted. Because of the strain of carrying two people at once Kakeru collapses with a fever and Koharu takes care of him. In the morning, Mikoto and Sakuya go out on land to search for their intruders, and find a flyer about The World promoting the usage of ability-users as war weapons. When evening sets, Kakeru is still sleeping due to being sick. Because of that Nanami and Akito can't have their cuffs removed, and stay together till morning, eventually deciding to break up the pair. When morning arrives and Koharu makes Kakeru some porridge, she finds his ear cuff missing. 
5 "The Dozing Forest"
"Madoromu mori" (微睡む森) 
February 4, 2016

As the girls take a bath together at night, they each reflect on their own troubles, sighing. Itsuki, in the mens' bath next door, lets a chick servant pass them a ladder lottery to pick a slip for a little game at night, hoping to cheer them up.

The three girls wake up in a thick dark forest surrounded by glowing pumpkins, each wearing strange and different clothes. Koharu has on a European medieval dress with puffed sleeves, Mikoto a white pink ballgown with ribbons, and Nanami a red hooded gown with frills. Itsuki's voice alerts them to being in a dream world of his creation using his abilities, with them as the fairytale princesses Snow White, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood respectively. To get out of the dream, each of them must find their important person and a "happily ever after". Each of their tales takes a twist though. In Snow White, Koharu is immediately met by Masamune claiming to be the prince, inviting her to hold their wedding back at the castle at once but she runs away on a whim, coming across first the seven dwarves-chicks and finally Kakeru posing as the poisoned apple. Kakeru hates himself for causing harm to others as a poison, deciding to live along, but Koharu embraces him and they share a kiss. In Cinderella, Itsuki steals Mikoto's shoe and her search for it leads her to Sakuya, the prince. Remembering how he promised to die protecting a girl he loves, she begs him not to die but inevitably sees Itsuki as Sakuya instead. In Little Red Riding Hood, Ron shows up as the hunter and Heishi the granny for Nanami, who runs off trying to find and kill the wolf, whom she encounters is Akito. Two Akitos appear, one embodying the hatred for Nanami and the other the normal, gruff but lovable wolf he is, and after a confrontation the fake one disappears. Returning to reality, the three girls wake up, finally realising their own feelings. 
6 "The Gears in Motion"
"Ugokihajime ta haguruma" (動き始めた歯車) 
February 11, 2016

It turns out everyone had that same dream that night. Akito promises Nanami that although he hates her for taking away a precious memory from him, he doesn't want to kill her. Kakeru and Koharu are embarrassed but continue their friendship, and awkward silence ensues between Mikoto and Sakuya. Masamune further investigates the traitor in their midst after hearing of Kakeru's ear cuff going missing, touching his bed and using his ability to look into the past, seeing the shadowed face of a man. Soon after breakfast, an explosion goes off, but Mikoto's barrier isn't broken so she rushes to catch the traitor, getting knocked out by him. Sakuya, noticing her running off, dashes after her in worry but can't find her. In desperation, he uses his fragile and accidental ability to see the future, and the spirit-like girl grants his wish to use it out of his own free will for once. Although he finds Mikoto in the lodge, he ends up injured and unconscious protecting her. Koharu and Kakeru, arriving just after the traitor dashes off, bring the pair to the house.

Masamune contacts The World, who orders them to first find the perpetrator. Ron questions how Sakuya was able to find Mikoto in the place she was captured, and to clear suspicion he shares about his ability, which is not very dependable and can't be controlled. When night falls, Koharu notices Ron holding Kakeru's ear cuff, which he claims to have found in the woods. Although he is unwilling to return it to him, Koharu forcefully takes it from him, ignoring his words that it is dangerous to Kakeru, and returns it. Before she leaves though, she asks Kakeru about Ron's words. 
7 "A Dream of Reality"
"Utsutsu no Yume" (うつつの夢) 
February 18, 2016

Sorata starts to accept living on Norn9 with the teenagers, although he still intends to return back home. However, as the explosion had destroyed the water supply and sewage systems, Masamune has been forced to shift it to the ship's central shaft device instead, and make a forced landing just in case. In nine days, they will reach their destinations and separate for good. Heishi resolves to make more memories with his friends, declaring that they will do a dare together. Splitting into groups, Akito, Nanami and himself head to town to first get supplies while Koharu, Kakeru, Senri and Sorata enter an old, collapsed building on the ship. Koharu notices Kakeru isn't wearing the ear cuff, but Kakeru says that's because she's around and it makes him feel safe. Meanwhile, despite her injuries haven't completely healed yet Mikoto sets about making new barriers for the structures around the ship but Sakuya drags her to his room and confronts her about the dream, making Mikoto realise her mistake. At town, Heishi gets lost so Akito and Nanami try to find him. After Akito saves her from some burly men, she recalls how she used her ability to erased his memories of his older brother, someone that he really loved and looked up to a lot. Everyone, completing their preparations, head to the old house to begin their dare, where they have to enter in pairs and make it out. Senri, Koharu's partner for the dare, is scared away by Kakeru dressing up as a monster, and the two share a kiss. Akito admits he likes Nanami, and Mikoto and Sakuya reconcile.

On the other hand, Sorata finds the spirit-like girl again in the house, who sings him to sleep. Masamune confronts Ron about being the traitor amongst them as the others, not knowing the truth, begins a search for Sorata, who has been missing throughout the building. Ron tricks Mikoto by luring her with her drawing of the perpetrator and throws her off the building. 
8 "The World"
"Sekai" (世界) 
February 25, 2016

Morning arrives and Heishi desperately tries to contact Mikoto with his telepathy, but to no avail. Luckily, the presence of the barrier proves that she is still alive, and Kakeru finds her scarf tangled in a ladder, allowing Masamune uses his ability. They start a search for her kidnapped location on the mainland. Meanwhile, Mikoto encounters Natsuhiko and his partner Setsu Takishima that attacked the ship previously using an aircraft. Natsuhiko explains of their enemy, Shiro Yuiga, a scientist and weapon dealer that caused numerous wars over the world and wants the year 2056 to arrive. History has repeated itself many times over the course of humanity, and now they are currently living in the fourth history, with Sorata a survivor from the third history. This repeating course of history is due to the Reset, a phenomenon that ability-users can make happen. As wars start to break out all over the world, Koharu gets separated after Kakeru goes down a deserted alleyway to find Ron and meets Shiro, the man who gave her her directions to get on Norn9 and whom she nicknamed "the Traveler". Kakeru is let in on his father Shiro being alive and starts a frantic search for Koharu. He spots her distantly, but, manipulated by Shiro, she sets fire rampant on the city and force all the teenagers to retreat back to the ship.

Sorata, stranded inside a hidden compartment of the building, spends time with the spirit-like girl. The chicks translate her messages on screen, revealing her name to be Aine. After Masamune learns of things from The World's messager, the rest of the teenagers find Sorata and descend down into the lower floors of Norn9, where the real Aine dwells: Aion which is what everyone calls The World and can be either a female or a male. The female form, Aine, has appeared to Sorata before while the male one spoke with Akito previously. Awake, Aion reveals itself to be a humanoid weapon designed and created in 2080. In the year 2000, the Earth and all life was exhausted due to repeated wars, but a Fourth World War started anyways in 2060. Finally in 2067, in order to protect the Earth and life on the planet, mankind came up with a plan to initialise the civilisation, known as Reset, which would destroy civilisation and start history over to revert the planet back to its beautiful state. Starting the first Reset in 2085 with Aion utilising the abilities of ability-users, consecutively three more Resets had taken place, making the actual year to be 8075 instead of 1919. Entrusting them with the future, Aion disappears. 
9 "The Truth for Everyone"
"Sorezore no Shinjitsu" (それぞれの真実) 
March 3, 2016
Koharu dreams of Kakeru calling her name as she burns down everything, waking up in the train with Shiro, who reveals that Kakeru is his son and had he stayed with his family Kakeru's life would have been taken. Living with him, Koharu slowly begins to discover that he turned himself into a machine, and wants to return to year 2056. Back at Norn9, Masamune receives word from The World that Shiro was the person who conceived the idea of the Reset in the first place, trying to fast forward history by starting wars to reach the year 2056. With help with a vision of the future from Sakuya in which Mikoto and Koharu are present, Masamune deduces that Koharu is being held on the island where Aion resides. Before they reach, Akito shows his recently discovered ability to manipulate water to Nanami and Senri, with Senri noting that it tastes like the river his father used to let him play in when they were out shopping. Akito reveals that Senri's body couldn't take having a full ability, so Akito took some of it as his brother. After they leave Senri's room, Akito takes all of his brother's powers and requests that Nanami erase Senri's memories of him, because Senri should live in freedom without worry. 
9.5 "Recap - Goddess of Destiny"  March 10, 2016
10 "Aion The Eternity"
"Eien" (永遠) 
March 17, 2016
Kakeru sets out to look for Koharu upon landing of Norn9 on the island where Aion resides. The rest proceeds to make their decision, awaiting the rest of their friends. Aion informs them that this will be the last Reset as its powers are dying after such a long time. Kakeru finds his father's home base and with help from Natsuhiko, Ron, Setsu and Mikoto, promises to kill his father in return for Koharu's safety. Reuniting with his father for the first time in years, Shiro explains the concept of reincarnation, where a soul is once again born into the world, but what he wants is Haruka, his deceased wife, born as the exact same person again with the same soul in the same environment. Just when he was about to give up, Sorata arrived, with the exact same DNA as the man who created Aine, the base of Aion -- making them out to be the same person. As such, he kidnapped Koharu to delay the Reset, because it can only happen if all the ability-users are present. As they engage in battle, Natsuhiko manages to shut down the entire facility and its protective robots. Setsu activates the explosives to flood the weapons as Kakeru resists against Shiro's brainwashing to turn him into a machine. Akito pushes the water back using his ability and rescues the pair. Together, they head towards the island to initiate the Reset. Shiro embraces his death and longs to be with Haruka again. 
11 "The Reset"
"Risetto" (リセット) 
March 24, 2016

Just as Sakuya comes to rescue Mikoto, Natsuhiko saves her from a robot attack and is gravely injured. As he undergoes recovery, The World informs the ability-users that their decision awaits them tomorrow. If they choose to initiate Reset they're powers will be returned to Aion. However because its powers are deteriorating there might be some side effects, like losing one another and their own memories. Kakeru vows never to forget Koharu. Everyone spends their last day together laughing and sharing sides of their own personality. Instead of next afternoon though, Reset initiates late at night. The teenagers' powers are absorbed into The World's Tower, which sends a burst of powerful energy connecting to Norn9. Travelling around the world, Norn9 gathers the powers from every ability-user to rewrite the world, destroying it completely, and wiping the memories of every human on Earth. Aion lets out its last song before all the forces combine, ravaging the planet.

Koharu wakes up in a modernised new, happy and peaceful world, but still keeps the memories of the fifth history, which has been rewritten. As she looks out on the new world, she finds all her friends happy, contented... and strangers, including Kakeru. 
12 "The New World"
"Atarashī sekai" (新しい世界) 
March 31, 2016

Watching a future without Kakeru, Koharu breaks down in tears and rejects the Reset, causing her fire manipulating skills to go out of control. Everyone wakes up from their slumber, thinking the Reset has been initiated, but Masamune finds that it was just a message from Aion to test their decision. As the energy flow from The World's Tower to Norn9 has been reversed, the entire island is falling apart. Heishi telepathically tells Koharu and Kakeru to evacuate as Kakeru claws through the mountains of flames. In the end, Kakeru makes a choice to walk towards the future with her instead of living in one created by other people, and the two share a kiss, breaking the Reset. Sorata vows to stay by Aine's side after learning how she protected him for 200 years in a cold sleep to keep him alive. The ship collapses and the rest of the teenagers fly off in Norn9's extra, tinier capsules, attempting to rescue Koharu and Kakeru as the two free fall through the sky. The pressure of the wind pulls them away, and lastly, Kakeru chooses to let go just as the ship explodes. Aine, choosing free will of love for Sorata, lets him go at the same moment and tells him to live in the "true future".

A year and a half passes after the Reset doesn't occur. Everyone is living in peacefully back on land, with Nanami, Akito and Koharu living together in a rented house by the sea. Heishi, now a professional flute player, reunites with Itsuki in a snowy outpost station of Japan where Itsuki sells dreams and they play cards just like how they used to. Now the newly appointed president of The World, Masamune sends a message to the world to try and change the future, hoping to put an end to conflict across the world. Despite having ended war, Mikoto trains daily to master her skills, especially in piloting an aircraft, with the help of Setsu. Sorata is working as a mechanical engineer with Natsuhiko despite his youth. Nanami later reveals that she never erased Senri's memory after all, and he sends his regards as well as a photo with all of them on it. Inspired and cheered up, Koharu uses the opportunity when the tide is at its lowest to visit the crashed and sunken Norn9, where she finds the peach tree she planted healthy and alive, protected by Kakeru's power. She decides to live there and take care of the greenery for him until a mysterious aircraft arrives. Kakeru and Koharu reunite as eternal lovers as the aircraft flies away, driven by Ron. 

Note[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Sentai Filmworks.

Music[edit]

The game's background music was written by Australian composer Kevin Penkin. Famed Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu wrote the game's main theme, which was arranged by Penkin. Three pieces of theme music are used throughout the game. The opening is melee, the ending theme is many universes, and the insert song is Sunadokei wa Karanokara (砂時計は空の空, The Hourglass is the Futility of Futilities). All three songs are performed by Nagi Yanagi.[16] For Norn9: Last Era, the opening theme is foe while the ending theme is skyscape. Both songs are also performed by Yanagi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/05/26/norn9-var-commons-coming-to-ps-vita-this-fall/
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