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Kingdom of Paradise [PSP]

Kingdom of Paradise Character Profile, Part 1

"Take a look at the people who will drive the storyline of this mystical action RPG in the first installment of our character profile series."

Scheduled to hit PSPs next week, Kingdom of Paradise is a new Eastern-themed action RPG that will boost the handheld platform's sagging role-playing lineup, as well as deliver some intense, combo-driven sword combat. We recently went hands-on with a fairly complete build of Kingdom of Paradise, and now we bring you the first part of our look at the dramatis personae that will populate the game's fantastic Eastern world. Come back tomorrow for the second and final installment in our profile series.

Eastern Seiryu Clan


Age: 17
Appearance: 5' 7"
Birthplace: Chikuan, Eastern Seiryu, Ouka

Shinbu is the story's main character. He currently works as a bodyguard for travelers and merchants, but he was once an Eastern Seiryu disciple. However, compared to the other disciples, he had a hard time learning the clan's martial arts. So Shinbu takes it upon himself, with inspiration from the land's ancient monument, to learn Eastern Seiryu's chi arts. Because of this he is kicked out of the clan. Though, in his mind, martial art training is a way of life, and thus he continues his studies on his own.

After saving Sui Lin, another disciple of Eastern Seiryu, he embarks on a journey to restore the clan and the San'yuan of heaven, earth, and humanity. After the death of his mother and martial artist father, he lives with his father's friend Seidatsu. Since his father was of Hokusai, Shinbu got his name from a different name for Genbu, "Shinbu Taitei," which means "The Great Empire of True Martial Arts." He has the blood of Seima from his mother.

Shinbu appears to be an outcast, but he is a kind young warrior who prefers to train by himself. In fact, he is so kindhearted that he is sometimes easily deceived. However, he believes that people are honest, and even if he is deceived it is better than not trusting anyone. Throughout the story he is taken advantage of for his kindness, which causes trouble for him and Sui Lin.

Weapon: Ginmei Sword

Its appearance is that of a normal double-edged sword, however, it is extremely flexible, and the blade can be bent nearly to the hilt without breaking. The name "Ginmei" comes from the almost musiclike sound that is made when the blade is touched. The weapon was received from Seidatsu, who received it from his father. Rumor is that the sword was found close to Seidatsu's mother's dead body. Apparently the sword has the inscription "New Moon Sword" on it, and it is one of the Twin Moon clan's treasured swords. Another sword with the inscription "Full Moon Sword" also exists, and if the two are combined they are called the "Twin Moon Swords." With the sound produced from these two swords, the moon palace of the Twin Moon clan can be reached. Also, a very beautiful sound is produced if the two swords are struck together. The sword has no scabbard and is merely wrapped in cloth. The blade is a deep black color that has no luster and seems to swallow light itself.

Sui Lin

Age: 16
Appearance: 5 feet tall
Birthplace: Ryuga, Eastern Seiryu, Ouka
Weapon: A thin, flexible, black sword.

Sui Lin is an Eastern Seiryu disciple. The main character treats her as his elder. She survived Central Kirin's attack, thanks to Lord Kobo's cleverness. When the Western Byakko disciples disguise themselves as Central Kirin, they chase her, attempting to finish off the Seiryu clan. As luck would have it, Shinbu saves her. After the incident, she tells Shinbu about the death of the clan lord and the disciples, and she asks for help to revive the clan. Lord Kobo decides that she will become the next clan lord. She will accompany Shinbu on his adventure to reunite the five clans and bring total peace to the land of Ouka.

Sui Lin is normally strong spirited, but she can sometimes be a crybaby. Because of her upbringing as a spoiled child, a part of her will always be selfish.

Posted on Nov 10, 2005