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The official website for Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei has been updated with brand new character profiles and sneak peeks at all the features this upcoming otome game has to offer…
☆ Character Profiles: Shanao, Yoritomo Minamoto, Noritsune Taira, Tomomori Taira, Benkei Musashibo, Shungen.
☆ System: About the Game, Protagonist Name Change, Love Catch, Information Screen, Dictionary, Flowchart.
Shanao / Yoshitsune Minamoto
Born the youngest daughter of Yoshitomo Minamoto, Shanao was brought to Kurama Temple upon the death of her father in the Heiji Rebellion. There, the monks were instructed to raise her as a boy who could one day grow strong enough to overthrow the Heike.
Trained and raised by Kakunichi, Shanao exceled in matters of military strategy and in combat.
Despite the expectations of those around her, Shanao has always dreamed of a quiet, peaceful life. Having been torn away from her family at a very young age, she yearns for the love of a family.
Born the youngest son of Yoshitomo Minamoto, Yoritomo’s father and older brothers were all killed by the Heike in the Heiji Rebellion. Just fourteen at the time, Yoritomo’s life was spared from execution by Kiyomori Taira’s step-mother, Lady Ikenozeni.
Instead, Yoritomo was forced to live the hard life of an exile in the land of Izu. After many lonely years, Yoritomo’s heart became cold and isolated. Now he lives with only a single mission, a mission for which he will risk his life: to restore the Genji Clan with himself as its leader.
Fourth son of Kiyomori Taira, and graceful in both words and appearances. From the outside he would appear to have little use for war, however, he has time and time again demonstrated himself to be a fierce warrior, a superb general, and a trusted advisor to Kiyomori.
Though the Heike appear to be at the height of their power, Tomomori senses a change in the wind, and knows that all things in this world are one day bound to perish.
Nephew of Kiyomori Taira, and son of Norimori Taira, Noritsune holds nothing but contempt for the soft, decadent clan the Heike has become. Though he may not like the present aristocratic nature of his clan, he takes deep pride in his role as a samurai and is said to be one of the clan’s finest warriors. Unlike Tomomori, Noritsune does not see the gathering storm on the horizon for the Heike.
Being the same age as Shanao, he feels a deep sense of competition with her.
Previously a monk at Mount Hiei, Benkei was expelled from that temple after an incident with the Heike. Since then, he has been stealing the swords of Heike officials in response. After being defeated by Shanao, he pledged to become Shanao’s vassal.
Kind, gentle, and good-natured, Benkei and Shanao both share a history of growing up in temples and a dissatisfaction with the brutal rule of the Heike.
Born a child of Shigenari Minamoto, a vassal of Shanao’s father, Yoshitomo Minamoto, Shungen was brought to Kurama Temple upon the death of his father at the same time as Shanao. Because the two have been together since they were very young, Shungen is aware that Shanao is a woman.
Like Shanao, Shungen was raised at Kurama Temple by Kakunichi. While not as skilled with a sword as Shanao, Shungen is extremely bright and well-read. Despite his small stature and kind appearances, Shungen is extremely brave and protective of Shanao.
In Birushana, you take on the role of Shanao / Yoshitsune Minamoto (name customizable) and, depending on the dialogue choices and actions you choose, the story will advance down one of the five main routes, resulting in a ‘Happy’ or ‘Tragic’ Ending. After completing any given route, an “If” ending may become available, presenting a new route with a sub-character.
Protagonist Name Change
You can change the name of the main character at the beginning of the game by inputting up to ten alphabetic characters. Likely due to the clan-focus of the story, the last name of ‘Minamoto’ cannot be changed, but the childhood name ‘Shanao’ can be changed in some cases.
However, it’s also worth nothing that if you select the default name, the name of the main character will be fully voice acted by the other characters throughout the game. If you choose to customize the protagonist’s name, it will not be voiced.
The Love Catch system helps guide you by immediately showing you how your choice has impacted the story.
After a choice is made, five flowers, each corresponding to one of the lead male characters, will appear on screen. Open flowers indicate the your choice has deepened your relationship with that character. The colour on the edge of the frame indicates which character ability has increased as a result of your decision.
If you’d rather make your choices without knowing the impact on the story, then you can turn off this system via the settings menu.
The information screen allows you to check your relationship compatibility with each character, as well as view the main character’s abilities. Remember, both relationship compatibility and character abilities will impact the story!
You can use the in-game dictionary to view explanations of the historical terms used throughout the story.
You can use the Flowchart to check your progress throughout the various storylines, and replay previously viewed chapters of the story.
Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei will be arriving physically and digitally for the Nintendo Switch on June 28 in North America and July 1 in Europe.
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