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Star Ocean 5 English trailer – Ventriloquism through the stars

We’ve taken in an absurd amount of Japanese footage from the Japanese version of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness over the last few months. So much so that you almost forget the game is coming out in English at all.

Don’t worry, English-speaking world. Square Enix hasn’t forgotten about you. At Jump Festa 2016, Square Enix finally returned to the English dub for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, doling out the English voice actors for the first time since possibly E3 2015.

I’ve been all about this game since the first time I laid eyes on it, and obviously I still am, but this trailer doesn’t do too much for me, mostly because it has all the offbeat shticks of a cringe-worthy Japanese film trailer. The melodramatic screams and shouting, the forced juxtaposition of dialogue and gameplay, and, most obvious of all, nailing the absolute second when it jumps into a bad J-pop song. All Japanese trailers hit this beat, and it’s about as cliche as an Inception “WHOOOMMMMM.”

And why does the pint-sized kid sound more like an adult than the actual full-grown woman? Oh anime…

Don’t get me wrong. I love pop-Japanese storytelling as much as the next JRPG geek, but what I can’t stand is how studios sometimes sell it. This reeks of a marketing team just slapping together whatever footage they could find and awkwardly jamming English into a trailer obviously tailored for a Japanese audience.

No slight against the game, just the trailer itself. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will launch in 2016 for the PlayStation 4.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...