|Inazuma Eleven GO|
European cover art for the Light version.
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game/sports|
Inazuma Eleven GO (イナズマイレブン GO Inazuma Irebun GO) is a role-playing video game and sports video game for the Nintendo 3DS developed and published by Level-5. It was released on December 15, 2011 in Japan and Europe on June 13, 2014 and released on July 18, 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. There are two versions of the game, Shine and Dark, which was released in Europe as Light and Shadow. An Inazuma Eleven GO anime and manga based on the game began serialization in CoroCoro Comic, while an anime based on the game produced by OLM started airing on May 14, 2011.
The game takes place in a world where an organization called Fifth Sector rules over the world of soccer and manipulates matches as a authoritarian dictatorship based on broad-communistic values of distributing soccer and the joy of victory equally among everyone. Tenma Matsukaze (Arion Sherwind in the English dub), and his soccer club, Raimon Jr. High, attempt to lead a revolution against Fifth Sector, by going against Fifth Sector's laws and winning the Holy Road soccer tournament.
Level-5 later announced a sequel to this game entitled Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone (イナズマイレブンGO2 クロノストーン Inazuma Irebun GO 2 Kurono sutōn). The sequel stars Tenma, the protagonist of GO, and revolves around time travel.
The gameplay is the same previous entries. The core gameplay involves a role-playing adventure in which the player controls Matsukaze Tenma to explore the map, recruit new players, advance the story, and engage in soccer battles. Likewise, soccer Matches and soccer battles are controlled using the touch screen, and play in the same way as all prior games. New to GO are "avatars" (fighting spirits in the dub). Avatars are mythical beings which players can summon during soccer matches/battles. A player's avatar gives them a offensive and defensive advantage, and often allow the summoner to perform unique hissatsu techniques which involve their avatar.
10 years after the FFI, an unnoticed darkness lurks behind the country; Japan and what used to be soccer has changed over the decade. Because of the victory of Inazuma Japan, soccer has become greatly popular and influential in the country, to the point that a school's worth is directly proportional to the skill of their soccer team. The weak schools are forgotten and forced to close down due to lack of public interest and applicants. Soccer in Japan is now controlled by an organization called Fifth Sector and is led by the one known as the "Holy Emperor" Ishido Shuuji. Soccer in its current state is controlled and relies on the commands of the Holy Emperor on whether a team wins or loses based on set scores. This saved schools all over the nation from closing down by balancing tournaments—but a price had to be paid: "real soccer" didn't exist.
The protagonist, Matsukaze Tenma, tries out for the Raimon soccer team and passes. But he soon realizes that soccer is not how he imagined it to be. Tenma stirs a revolutionary wind among with the members of the Raimon team, and they soon aim to free soccer from Fifth Sector so that middle school students all over Japan can finally play without Fifth Sector's orders. And the Raimon team is not alone; they discover the Resistance that aims to replace the Holy Emperor, and are also assisted by the previous main characters of the series. With every match they win in the Holy Road, Raimon wins over more schools to their cause.
Tenma Matsukaze (松風 天馬 Matsukaze Tenma) His name in the dub is Arion Sherwind, and he is a Midfielder. He is the protagonist in Inazuma Eleven GO. His hair pattern is in the form of swirls to indicate his affinity to the wind. He is very good at soccer, especially for dribbling. He shows great potential due to his ability to stand up to and stop Tsurugi's hissatsu shoot, Death Sword, without using a hissatsu technique himself. He was inspired to play soccer after Shūya Gōenji saved him from serious injury by kicking a soccer ball the same way as he does Fire Tornado and/or Bakunetsu Screw (without the visual effects), to change the trajectory of a wooden plank that was about to hit the young Tenma. He tries to get along well with most of his teammates, although at first he mostly annoys them. He is close friends with Shinsuke Nishizono and Aoi Sorano. His hissatsu techniques are Soyokaze Step (Easy Breezy), Mach Wind (Zephyr Shot), Spiral Draw (Whirly-Whirly), God Wind (Holy Roller) and Arashi Tatsumaki Hurricane (Typhoon Tornado Hurricane). All of his hissatsu techniques are air type. He later developed an avatar called Majin Pegasus (Winged Steed Pegasus), which later evolved into Majin Pegasus Arc (Heavenly Horse Arch Pegasus). His keshin hissatsus are Pegasus Break (Pegasus Bolt) and Justice Wing (Pegasus Punch). He is voiced by Yuka Terasaki.
Kyōsuke Tsurugi (剣城 京介 Tsurugi Kyōsuke) is a Forward, named in the dub, Victor Blade. He is first shown to be very hostile towards soccer and any of its players, despite being able to play exceptionally well. He was originally the captain of the Black Knights (黒の騎士団 Kuro no Kishidan), but later joined the Raimon Eleven team. He hates soccer due to an accident involving it causing his brother, Yūichi Tsurugi, to lose the ability to use his legs. He joined Fifth Sector with on the agreement that they would pay for the expensive surgery needed for his brother's legs to be fixed. Eventually he does become calmer, as shown when he stopped Isosaki, captain of Bannousaka team from trying to break Tenma Matsukaze's legs. He has a strong rivalry with Takuto Shindō. His techniques are Death Sword (Doomsword Slash) and Death Drop (Doom Dive Drive). He has an keshin named Kensei Lancelot (Heroic Swordsman Lancelot and his keshin shot is Lost Angel (Lancelot Lunge). He is voiced by Takashi Ōhara.
Takuto Shindō (神童 拓人 Shindō Takuto) is a Midfielder, called Riccardo Di Rigo in the dub. He is the captain of the Raimon Eleven team in Inazuma Eleven GO. He is a very good captain who supports Raimon. he takes soccer very seriously and cares a lot about his team. He can also play piano very well, and his hissatsu techniques are based on music. He is close friends with Ranmaru Kirino and gets along well with Taichi Sangoku, and has a strong rivalry with Kyōsuke Tsurugi. His hissatsu techniques are Fortíssimo (Fortissimo Foot) and Presto Turn (Hey Presto. He has an keshin named Sousha Maestro (Master Conductor Maestro). His keshin shoot is Harmonics (Atomic Harmonic). He is voiced by Saiga Mitsuki.
The previous captain of Raimon Jr. High returns after ten years back to his school after having been playing professional soccer since past years. He dislikes the way in which Fifth Sector manages soccer. He becomes the coach of Raimon Soccer Club to lead the team to Holy Road, a National tournament for Jr. High students in Japan. He enjoys playing soccer as always and is now considered to be a legend after having guided his team Inazuma Japan to victory in the FFI tournament. His feelings for soccer haven't changed a bit. He decides to rebel against fifth sector to bring back real soccer so that everyone can enjoy it to the fullest. He fully supports Tenma Matsukaze and the team. He trusts his team and ask them to enjoy the game. He is highly regarded as coach by his team and the team didn't appreciate him leaving the team in middle of the Holy Road. Even in his absence, his team believes that he might be watching their games from somewhere.