Conception -video Game

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Conception
Developer(s)Spike[1]
Publisher(s)Spike Chunsoft
Producer(s)Yoshinori Terasawa
SeriesConception
Platform(s)PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
ReleasePSP
  • JP: April 26, 2012[2]
    PS4
    • JP: January 31, 2019
    • NA: November 5, 2019
    • EU: November 8, 2019
    Windows
    • NA: November 5, 2019
Genre(s)Role-playing[1]
Mode(s)Single-player

Conception (コンセプション 俺の子供を産んでくれ!, Conception: Ore no Kodomo o Undekure!, lit. Conception: Please Give Birth to My Child!) is a role-playing video game developed by Spike. The game was released exclusively for the PlayStation Portable in Japan on April 26, 2012.[2] A remaster of the game titled Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve Stars[lower-alpha 1] was released on January 31, 2019 in Japan for the PlayStation 4, and is set to release worldwide on November 5, 2019 for the PlayStation 4 and Steam.

A second game in the series, Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars, was released for the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS across 2013 and 2014 in Japanese and English, and later released on Steam in 2016.

Gameplay

The player's goal is to charm girls from National Star God Academy, raise their affection for Itsuki, then produce and take the Star Children to explore dungeons and battle Impurities.[1][3]

However, it is not an eroge,[4] as the "Star Children" are produced by pouring energy from Itsuki and one of the twelve Star Maidens into a particular device.[3] The child's class and statistics are determined by which character parents the child; for example, certain combinations could result in creating a warrior, or a child who specializes in magic.[5] To produce more plentiful and powerful Star Children, Itsuki must increase his intimacy with the twelve maidens. The other aspects of the gameplay is typical to dating simulation games.

The game operates on a turn-based battle system.[3]

Plot

Story

On his high school graduation day, Itsuki's cousin, Mahiru, tells him that she's pregnant. Just then, a gate of light emerges and transports the two into the world of Granvania. In this land, "Impurities" have been causing a disturbance to the Stars, ultimately plunging Granvania into chaos and disorder. And Itsuki, now revealed to be the "visitor " who is fated to meet with the Star Maidens, is seen as Granvania's last hope and was thus given the task to produce "Star Children" and combat the "impurities". And unless the task is complete, Itsuki may never be able to return home.[1] [3]

Characters

Itsuki Yuge (弓削イツキ, Yuge Itsuki)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono (game, anime) (Japanese); Erik Scott Kimerer (game), Ricco Fajardo (anime) (English)[6][7]
An unmotivated male high school student from Granvania National Star God Academy, and is the main protagonist of the game.[5] He's prone to making cold statements, but has a strong sense of justice.[1][3]
Mahiru Konatsuki (粉月マヒル, Konatsuki Mahiru)
Voiced by: Emiri Katō (game, anime) (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (game), Megan Shipman (anime) (English)[6][7]
Itsuki's cousin and childhood friend.[3] Mahiru is the Maiden of Virgo, one of the twelve Star Maidens who Itsuki must meet.[1]
Arie (アリー, Arī)
Voiced by: Aya Endō (game, anime) (Japanese); Lauren Landa (game), Natalie Hoover (anime) (English)[6][7]
Arie is the Maiden of Aries and a kindhearted nun. She has been studying and teach young children at church for quite sometimes. She's capable of casting a spell which causes dizziness.
Femiruna (フェミルナ, Femiruna)
Voiced by: Saki Fujita (game, anime) (Japanese); Amber Lee Connors (game), Amanda Lee (anime) (English)[6][7]
Femiruna is the Maiden of Leo and the only daughter of a certain millionaire. As such, she has a large number of servants at her beck and call.
Collette (コレット, Koretto)
Voiced by: Asami Shimoda (game, anime) (Japanese); Christine Marie Cabanos (game), Rachel Thompson (anime) (English)[6][7]
Collette is the Maiden of Aquarius.
Yuzuha (ユズハ, Yuzuha)
Voiced by: Yukiyo Fuji (game, anime) (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (game), Amber Lee Connors (anime) (English)[7]
Yuzuha is the Maiden of Pisces.
Ruka (ルカ, Ruka)
Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto (game, anime) (Japanese); Cristina Vee (game), Tia Ballard (anime) (English)[7]
Ruka is the Maiden of Cancer. She has a very perceptive insight which allows her to see into the hearts of the people around her. She maintains a cold attitude toward others.
Leone (レオーネ, Reōne)
Voiced by: Yuriko Yamaguchi (game, anime) (Japanese); Kira Buckland (game), Jamie Marchi (anime) (English)[6][7]
Leone is the Maiden of Scorpio and the academy's physician. She also takes care of other Maidens' health.
Falun (ファルン, Farun)
Voiced by: Kazusa Aranami (game, anime) (Japanese); Tia Ballard (game), Jad Saxton (anime) (English)[7]
Falun is the Maiden of Capricorn.
Tarua (タルア, Tarua)
Voiced by: Momoko Ohara (game), Riho Sugiyama (anime)[8] (Japanese); Rachelle Heger (game), Kristen McGuire (anime) (English)[7]
Tarua is the Maiden of Taurus and a postman in-training. She always gives her best at everything, and strives to be a respectable in the future. She loves running all over the town.
Lilith and Lily (弓リリス&リリィ, Ririsu & Ririi)
Voiced by: Kana Asumi (game, anime) (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (game), Monica Rial (anime) (English)[7]
Lilith and Lily are the Maidens of Gemini. The twins always take care of each other. They're mischievous and like to demand people to obey their commands unconditionally.
Mirei (ミレイ, Mirei)
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (game, anime) (Japanese); Elizabeth Maxwell (game), Brianna Roberts (anime) (English)[7]
Mirei is the Maiden of Libra. She is a very calm and logical person. Mirei has been studying magic for many years. Her interest lies mainly in her research. She views love as a foolish concept.
Sue (スゥ, Suu)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (game, anime) (Japanese); Jad Saxton (game), Sarah Wiedenheft (anime) (English)[7]
Sue is the Maiden of Sagittarius. She loves taking care of animals and often bring them to the academy, even without permission. Her dream is to one day becomes a veterinarian.
Mana (マナ, Mana)
Voiced by: Yurin (anime)[8] (Japanese); Sarah Anne Williams (game), Felecia Angelle (anime) (English)[7]
Mana is the perverted red panda mascot of Granvania.
Shangri-la (シャングリラ, Shangurira)
Voiced by: Kenichiro Matsuda (anime)[8] (Japanese); Christopher Corey Smith (game), David Wald (anime) (English)[6][7]
Shangri-la is the rule of the kingdom of Granvania.
Narcisstes (ナルシステス, Narushisutesu)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (anime)[8] (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (game), J. Michael Tatum (anime) (English)[6][7]
Narcisstes is the scholar in service of the kingdom of Granvania.
Alfie (アーフィー, Āfī)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (anime)[9] (Japanese); Hunter MacKenzie Austin (game), Caitlin Glass (anime) (English)[6][7]
Alfie is in charge of training the Star Children. She is later revealed to be the 13th Maiden.
Thirteenth Phantom (第13ファントム, Dai 13 fantomu)
Voiced by: Shō Hayami
The Thirteenth Phantom is the source of all Impurities.

Reception

Famitsu rated the game with a score of 35/40.[10]

Legacy

A second game, titled Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (コンセプションⅡ 七星の導きとマズルの悪夢, Conception II: Nanahoshi no Michibiki to Mazuru no Akumu), was released on August 22, 2013[11] for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, and August 15, 2016 on Steam.[12][13]

Remaster

On September 17, 2018, Famitsu teased an article that would reveal a new Conception project. The next day on September 18, 2018, a remaster of the first Conception video game titled Conception Plus: Ore no Kodomo o Undekure! was announced to be shown at Tokyo Game Show 2018 for the PlayStation 4.[14] It was developed by Spike Chunsoft and was released on January 31, 2019.

On July 4, 2019, it was announced that the game will receive an English release on November 5, 2019 for the PlayStation 4 and Steam, under the title Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve Stars.[15]

Anime

Conception
Conception anime key visual
GenreIsekai, Fantasy
Anime television series
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
Written byYūko Kakihara
Music byMasato Kōda
StudioGonzo
Licensed by
Original networkSUN, BS11, Tokyo MX, AT-X
Original run October 10, 2018 December 26, 2018
Episodes12
Anime and Manga portal

On May 4, 2018, an anime television series produced by Gonzo was announced, and premiered from October 10 to December 26, 2018 on Sun TV, BS11, and Tokyo MX.[16][lower-alpha 2]

The series is directed by Keitaro Motonaga, with Yūko Kakihara writing the screenplay, Masato Kōda composing the music, and Yosuke Okuda adapting Shinichiro Otsuka's character designs for animation.[17]

The opening theme is "Star light, Star bright" by Nano, and the ending theme is "Desires" by Manami Numakura.[18] Crunchyroll simulcast the series while Funimation has licensed the anime for an English dub.[19]

Episode List

No. English title[lower-alpha 3]
Original Japanese title[20]
Original air date[21]
1"My Child?!"
Transcription: "Ore no Kodomo!?" (Japanese: 俺の子ども!?)
October 10, 2018 (2018-10-10)
2"I Want You to Have My Child"
Transcription: "Ore no Kodomo o, Unde Hoshii" (Japanese: 俺の子どもを、産んでほしい)
October 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)
3"Would You Try Having My Child?"
Transcription: "Ore no Kodomo, Unde Minai?" (Japanese: 俺の子ども、産んでみない?)
October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)
4"Please Have My Child!"
Transcription: "Ore no Kodomo o, Unde Kudasai!" (Japanese: 俺の子どもを、産んでください!)
October 31, 2018 (2018-10-31)
5"I've Got So Many Kids"
Transcription: "Ore mo Sukkari, Kodakusan" (Japanese: 俺もすっかり、子だくさん)
November 7, 2018 (2018-11-07)
6"Will You Have My Child BlehBleh!"
Transcription: "Ore no Kodomo o, bu bo be bebe!" (Japanese: 俺の子どもを、ぶぼべべべ!)
November 14, 2018 (2018-11-14)
7"Please Be My Chikuwa!"
Transcription: "Ore no Chiku wa ni, Natte Kure!" (Japanese: 俺のちくわに、なってくれ!)
November 21, 2018 (2018-11-21)
8"My Child, Welcome!"
Transcription: "Ore no Kodomo o, Heirasshai!" (Japanese: 俺の子どもを、へいらっしゃい!)
November 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)
9"Let's Try Giving Birth, Together"
Transcription: "Ore to Omae de, Unde Miyou! !" (Japanese: 俺とおまえで、産んでみよう!!)
December 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)
10"My Children, Thirteen of Them!?"
Transcription: "Ore no Kodomo ga, 13-nin!?" (Japanese: 俺の子どもが、13人!?)
December 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)
11"Are You Going to Tell Me That You Want Me to Have Your Child"
Transcription: "Masaka Atai ni Kodomo o Unde Kure to iu Tsumori Janakarou na" (Japanese: まさかあたいに子どもを産んでくれと言うつもりじゃなかろうな)
December 19, 2018 (2018-12-19)
12"Give Birth to My Child!"
Transcription: "Ore no Kodomo o, Unde Kure!" (Japanese: 俺の子どもを、産んでくれ!)
December 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)

Notes

  1. Conception Plus: Ore no Kodomo o Undekure! (CONCEPTION PLUS 俺の子供を産んでくれ!, Conception Plus: Please Give Birth to My Child!)
  2. From the tv network it lists the show at 25:30 on October 9, which is at October 10, 2018 at 1:30 a.m.
  3. All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References

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  2. 1 2 Anoop Gantayat (January 31, 2012). "Conception Date Announced". Andriasang.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Anoop Gantayat (October 26, 2011). "More Facts About Conception". Andriasang.com. Archived from the original on 2013-05-06. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
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  5. 1 2 Jonathan Leo Toyad (October 27, 2011). "Spike to release Conception RPG". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2011-10-30. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Our Fall 2018 SimulDub lineup is here!". Funimation. October 3, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-10-19. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Spike Chunsoft, Conception PLUS: Maidens of the Twelve Stars | PS4, Steam (PC), retrieved 2019-08-15
  8. 1 2 3 4 Sherman, Jennifer (September 5, 2018). "Conception TV Anime Casts Makiko Ohmoto, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Kazusa Aranami". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-09-05. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  9. Loo, Egan (October 3, 2018). "Conception TV Anime Casts Ai Kakuma as New Character". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
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  12. Ishaan . August 19, 2013 . 11:00am (2013-08-19). "Spike Shipping More Copies Of Conception II On Vita Than 3DS". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
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  17. Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 4, 2018). "Spike Chunsoft's Conception Game Gets TV Anime by Gonzo in October". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-05-04. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  18. Sherman, Jennifer (September 11, 2018). "Nano, Manami Numakura Perform Conception TV Anime's Theme Songs". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-09-11. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
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  21. "放送情報" (in Japanese). BS11. Archived from the original on 2018-11-28. Retrieved November 28, 2018.

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