Blue Reflection: Second Light announced, western release confirmed


The excellent (if criminally underrated) Blue Reflection is getting a sequel, and it’s already confirmed for a western release. Blue Reflection: Second Light is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC courtesy of Koei Tecmo.

Second Light, known as Blue Reflection Tie in Japan, is one of two new projects announced at AnimeJapan 2021. The other is Blue Reflection Sun for mobile and PC, though there’s no word yet of a global release for that one. Both games are part of a cross-media project with Blue Reflection Ray, a new anime series that’s due to begin streaming on Funimation, AnimeLab, and Wakanim from April 9.

There’s little information about Second Light beyond the target platforms and confirmation of an international release—there’s no word on a release window or what to expect from the game. However, a new Japanese portal website has opened for Blue Reflection, and Mel Kishida shared some artwork representing the three upcoming projects.

From left to right, the characters represent Blue Reflection Ray, Blue Reflection: Second Light, and Blue Reflection Sun. From that, we can at least assume that Second Light will once again have a high school setting.

The first Blue Reflection came out in 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PC (though the PS4 version never officially made it to New Zealand and Australia). It’s a beautiful, deeply moving game—”Persona by way of a magical girl anime” at a glance, but with much more nuance than such a reductive description can capture. It tells the story of Hinako, a high schooler who discovers the power to help her classmates battle their inner demons, literally and figuratively, while she works through her own trauma stemming from an injury that shattered her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.


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