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Valkyria Chronicles
Valkyria Chronicles logo.png
The logo for the first game in the series.
Genres Tactical role-playing
Developer(s) Sega
Media.Vision
Publisher(s) Sega
Creator(s) Ryutaro Nonaka
Shuntaro Tanaka
Platforms PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Platform of origin PlayStation 3
First release Valkyria Chronicles
April 24, 2008
Latest release Valkyria Chronicles 4
March 21, 2018

Valkyria Chronicles[a] is a series of military-themed tactical role-playing video games created by Ryutaro Nonaka and Shuntaro Tanaka, and developed by Sega. The series began with Valkyria Chronicles, which was released for the PlayStation 3 in 2008, and later on Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 4. Two sequels have been released on the PlayStation Portable, with the latest installment, Valkyria Chronicles 4, being released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows. The series has also been expanded into anime and manga media.

Settings, gameplay, and characters[edit]

The main line of games uses a turn based system known as the BLiTZ (Battle of Live Tactical Zones), while the later installment is described as being real time with only strategy elements. The setting for these games take place in alternate universe versions of the Earth, during war times of the 20th century. Welkin Gunther is the main protagonist of the first game, Valkyria Chronicles. Selvaria Bles is a character that has appeared in every single installment, with the exception of Valkyria Revolution.

Games[edit]

Valkyria debuted on PlayStation 3, with the original game later made available on Steam. Sega opted to continue the Chronicles series on PlayStation Portable instead of on PlayStation 3. However, the latest installment will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One and the upcoming Valkyria Chronicles 4 will make it on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, Valkyria Chronicles 4 will be the first Valkyria game to debut on a Nintendo platform; the series is largely exclusive to the PlayStation series of platforms.

Main series[edit]

Timeline of release years
2008Valkyria Chronicles
2009
2010Valkyria Chronicles II
2011Valkyria Chronicles III
2012Valkyria Chronicles D
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017Valkyria Revolution
2018Valkyria Chronicles 4

Valkyria Chronicles[edit]

The first main entry in the series was originally released for the PlayStation 3 and later ported to Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4. The Windows port was developed by Little Stone Software. It takes place in Europa, a fictional continent based on Europe, during the beginning of World War II. Because of its abundance of Ragnite ore, which takes the place of petroleum in the game setting, the neutral nation of Gallia comes under attack from the East Europan Imperial Alliance, which is itself engaged in a war with the Atlantic Federation.[1] Players take control of a unit of the Gallian Militia, dedicated to repelling the invasion. The game's visuals, which use Sega's CANVAS graphics engine, resemble pencil drawn paintings in motion.

Valkyria Chronicles II[edit]

The second main entry was moved to the PlayStation Portable platform. Story-wise, it takes place two years after the events of the first game, with a fight that breaks loose against the Revolutionary Army and the Empire. The game's story focuses on a military academy as its cadets seek to prevent an ethnic cleansing campaign by a ruthless rebel group.

Valkyria Chronicles III[edit]

The third main entry was also released on the PlayStation Portable. However, it takes place during the events of the first game. The story follows the "Nameless", a penal military unit serving the nation of Gallia during the Second Europan War who perform secret black operations and are pitted against the Imperial unit "Calamity Raven". Unlike the previous installments, it did not have an official release outside of Japan.

Valkyria Chronicles 4[edit]

The fourth main entry is scheduled for release on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2018.[2] While taking place during the events of the first and third game, Valkyria Chronicles 4 focuses not on the Gallian forces but those of the Atlantic Federation, the other major superpower during the events of the war, that enacts a bold plan to strike at the Imperial Capital.

Spinoffs[edit]

Valkyria Chronicles D[edit]

Valkyria Chronicles D is a mobile game released only in Japan. It was a free browser-based/iOS game, with radically different gameplay, focusing more on character management in war troops similar to sports team management simulations.[3] It was released on July 26, 2012 and shut down on April 22, 2015.[4]

Valkyria Revolution[edit]

Valkyria Azure Revolution was released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on January 19, 2017 in Japan. It is considered a spin-off, with a storyline separate from the main series, taking place in the fictional country of Jutland. It was released in North America and Europe on June 27, 2017 and June 30, 2017 respectively for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One, making it the first Valkyria series game to be on a Microsoft console, alongside the PlayStation versions.[5]

Other media[edit]

Valkyria Chronicles[edit]

Valkyria Chronicles: Gallian Chronicles
Valkyria Chronicles manga cover.jpg
Manga cover, volume 1
戦場のヴァルキュリア -Gallian Chronicles-
(Senjō no Varukyuria -Gallian Chronicles-)
Genre Action, drama, comedy, romance, military
Manga
Valkyria Chronicles: Wish Your Smile
Written by Sega
Illustrated by Kyusei Tokito
Published by Enterbrain
Magazine Comics B's Log
Original run November 12, 2008January 22, 2010
Volumes 2
Manga
Written by Sega
Illustrated by En Kito
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comp Ace
Original run November 26, 2008March 26, 2010
Volumes 4
Manga
Valkyria Chronicles: Anthology Comic
Written by Sega
Published by Enterbrain
Magazine Bros Comics EX
Published December 28, 2009
Volumes 1
Anime television series
Directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto
Written by Michiko Yokote
Studio A-1 Pictures
Original network MBS, Animax
Original run April 4, 2009 September 26, 2009
Episodes 26 + 9 OVA (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

Manga[edit]

Three manga adaptations have been published based on the first game. The first is Valkyria Chronicles: Wish Your Smile, serialized by Enterbrain's Comics B's Log magazine[6] and centering on two characters made for the manga: Mintz, an orphan and engineer, and Julius Klose, a sniper, with both of them in the Gallian army's militia force.[6][7] It was written by Sega and illustrated by Kyusei Tokito, and was serialized from November 12, 2008 to January 22, 2010 with two compilation volumes released on May 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010.[8][9][10][11]

The second manga, titled Valkyria Chronicles: Gallian Chronicles, was written by Sega and illustrated by En Kito.[12] Similar to the anime, it is a loose adaptation of the original video game, with some story details diverging from the source material. It was serialized by Kadokawa Shoten[12] from November 26, 2008 to March 26, 2010 in Comp Ace magazine and later comiled in four volumes.[13][14]

The third manga is Valkyria Chronicles: Anthology Comic, written by Sega and published by the Bros Comics EX comic label.[15] on December 28, 2009 in one volume.[15]

Anime[edit]

The anime adaptation of the first game premiered on April 4, 2009[16] and was produced by Aniplex's A-1 Pictures.[17][18] The series was directed by Yasutaka Yamamoto[19] and written by Michiko Yokote under the Project Valkyria Group.[19] Valkyria Chronicles was aired on Animax, Tokyo MX, MBS, CBC, Chiba TV, Television Kanagawa, Television Hokkaido, BS11 and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting.[20] Generally following the storyline of the original game, the anime version differs from its source in terms of characterization of main players such as Alicia, and introduces a character unique to the anime, Ramal Valt. While retaining elements of the CANVAS Engine's look, the characters were redesigned for the anime by Atsuko Watanabe.

The original score for the anime is composed and conducted by the game's composer Hitoshi Sakimoto and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra. The first opening theme song, "Asu e no Kizuna"[21] was performed by Animax Anison Grand Prix winner Catherine St. Onge, under her chosen moniker of Himeka.[22][23][24] A CD single of the song was released on May 27, 2009.[25] The first ending theme, "Ano Kaze ni Notte" (アノ風ニノッテ, "Riding on that Wind") was sung by the band Pe'zmoku with a CD single released on May 27, 2009 in a regular and special edition.[25][26] Maria performed the series's second opening theme, "Kanashimi Rensa" (カナシミレンサ, "Chain of Sorrow"),[27] which was used from the 14th episode on.[28] The second ending song, "Hitotsu no Negai" (ひとつの願い, "A Single Wish"), was sung by Hikari Inoue[28] beginning from Episode 14 until Episode 25. Episode 26's ending song was "Brightest Morning", also performed by Hikari Inoue. CD singles for "Kanashimi Rensa" and "Hitotsu no Negai" were released on August 12, 2009 and August 5, 2009.[28]

Region 2 DVDs of all 26 episodes were released across nine volumes, beginning on August 5, 2009,[29] and concluding on April 7, 2010.[30]

Drama CD[edit]

Two Valkyria Chronicles Drama CDs have been released. The first was released on July 24, 2009,[31] and the second was released on October 7, 2009.[31]

Valkyria Chronicles II[edit]

Valkyria Chronicles II
戦場のヴァルキュリア2
(Senjō no Varukyuria Tsū)
Genre Action, drama, comedy, romance, military
Manga
Valkyria Chronicles 2 Sōkō no Aliasse
Written by Sega
Illustrated by Daisuke Shido
Published by ASCII Media Works
Magazine Dengeki Maoh
Original run June 2010June 2011
Volumes 2
Manga
Written by Sega
Illustrated by Watari
Published by Kadokowa Shoten
Magazine Comp Ace
Original run October 2010September 2011
Volumes 2
Manga
Valkyria Chronicles II: Our Only Days
Written by Sega
Illustrated by Mekki Kuroyama
Published by Enterbrain
Magazine Comics B's-Log Air Raid
Original run January 31, 2011September 2011
Volumes 2
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Three manga adaptations of the second game were released by Sega in Japan.[32]

The first one released was Valkyria Chronicles 2 Sōkō no Aliasse (戦場のヴァルキュリア2 蒼光のエイリアス, Senjō no Varukyuria 2 Sōkō no Eiriasu, lit. "Valkyria Chronicles 2- Aliasse of the Blue Light"), drawn by Daisuke Shido and serialised in Dengeki Maoh from June 2010 to 2011, in which the story follows the developing friendship between the Valkyrian Aliasse, and her Darcsen classmate Magari. The first volume was published in January 2011 and the second volume was published on May 27, 2011.

The next manga is called Valkyria Chronicles 2 (戦場のヴァルキュリア2, Senjō no Varukyuria 2). The story was written by Daiki Saito and the artwork was done by Watari. It was serialised in Comp Ace from October 2010 to September 2011, and its storyline is loosely based on the game, with emphasis on the relationship between Avan and his brother. The first volume was published on January 26, 2011 and the second volume was published in September 2011.

Another manga, named Valkyria Chronicles 2 –our only days- (戦場のヴァルキュリア2 -our only days-, Senjō no Varukyuria 2 -our only days-), was illustrated by Mekki Kuroyama and was serialised as a webcomic by comic B's-LOG. The story is focused on Zeri and his changing relationships with his schoolmates over the course of the events of the game. The first volume was published on January 31, 2011 and the second volume in September 2011.

Japanese band Chemistry performed the theme song of the game, "Our Story". It was released as part of their album "Regeneration" on February 24, 2010.

Valkyria Chronicles III[edit]

Valkyria of the Battlefield 3: The Wound Taken for Someone's Sake
戦場のヴァルキュリア3 誰がための銃瘡
(Senjō no Valkyria 3: Taga Tame no Jūsō)
Genre Action, drama, military
Original video animation
Directed by Nobuhiro Kondō[33]
Produced by Shinji Motoyama[33]
Written by Hiroshi Ōnogi[33]
Music by Hitoshi Sakimoto[33]
Studio A-1 Pictures[33]
Released June 29, 2011 August 31, 2011
Episodes 2
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Anime[edit]

Valkyria Chronicles III was adapted into a two-episode original video animation series in the same year of its release. Titled Senjō no Valkyria 3: Taga Tame no Jūsō (戦場のヴァルキュリア3 誰がための銃瘡, lit. Valkyria of the Battlefield 3: The Wound Taken for Someone's Sake), it was originally released through PlayStation Network and Qriocity between April and May 2011. The initially-planned release and availability period needed to be extended due to a stoppage to PSN during the early summer of that year. It later released for DVD on June 29 and August 31, 2011, with separate "Black" and "Blue" editions being available for purchase.[34][35] The anime is set during the latter half of Valkyria Chronicles III, detailing a mission by the Nameless against their Imperial rivals Calamity Raven.[36] The anime was first announced in November 2010.[37] It was developed by A-1 Pictures, produced by Shinji Motoyama, directed by Nobuhiro Kondō, and written by Hiroshi Ōnogi. Sakimoto's music for the game was used in the anime.[33]

The anime's title was inspired by the principle purpose of the Nameless: to suffer in battle for the goals of others. A subtitle attached to the project during development was "The Road to Kubinka", which referenced the Kubinka Tank Museum in Moscow. The game's main theme was how the characters regained their sense of self when stripped of their names and identities, along with general themes focused on war and its consequences. While making the anime, the production team were told by Sega to make it as realistic as possible, with the consequence that the team did extensive research into aspects such as what happened when vehicles like tanks were overturned or damaged. Due to it being along the same timeline as the original game and its anime television adaptation, the cast of Valkyria Chronicles could make appearances, which pleased the team.[36][38][39] The opening theme, "Akari (Light) -Tomoshibi-" (灯-TOMOSHIBI-), was sung by Japanese singer Faylan. The ending theme, "Someday the Flowers of Light Will Bloom" (いつか咲く光の花, Itsuka Saku Hikari no Hana), was sung by Minami Kuribayashi. Both songs' lyrics were written by their respective artists.[40]

Manga[edit]

Two manga adaptations were produced, following each of the game's main female protagonists Imca and Riela. They were Senjō no Valkyria 3: Namo naki Chikai no Hana (戦場のヴァルキュリア3 名もなき誓いの花, lit. Valkyria of the Battlefield 3: The Flower of the Nameless Oath), illustrated by Naoyuki Fujisawa and eventually released in two volumes after being serialized in Dengeki Maoh between 2011 and 2012; and Senjō no Valkyria 3: -Akaki Unmei no Ikusa Otome- (戦場のヴァルキュリア3 -赤き運命の戦乙女-, lit. Valkyria of the Battlefield 3 -The Valkyrie of the Crimson Fate), illustrated by Mizuki Tsuge and eventually released in a single volume by Kadokawa Shoten in 2012.[41][42]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game Metacritic
Valkyria Chronicles (PS3) 86/100[43]
(PC) 85/100[44]
Valkyria Chronicles II 83/100[45]
Valkyria Chronicles III

The Valkyria series has had a generally positive reception. Valkyria Chronicles won numerous awards, including Strategy Game of the Year from GameSpy.[46]

Sales[edit]

By 2015, Valkyria Chronicles sold over 500,000 copies on Steam, exceeding expectations, and over 141,589 copies on the PlayStation 3.[47] The second game was the second best-selling video game in Japan during its release week, selling 94,000 copies.[48][49] The third game sold approximately 100,000 units during its premier week,[50] faring better than its predecessors.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Senjō no Varukyuria (戦場のヴァルキュリア, Senjō no Varukyuria, lit. Valkyria of the Battlefield)

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