AI The Somnium Files nirvanA Initiative Characters, Voice Actors Revealed
Spike Chunsoft revealed on January 26 brand new details on AI The Somnium Files nirvanA Initiative, revealing the game’s main characters and their voice actors, with English and Japanese cast details.
AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative was first announced by Spike Chunsoft on June 30, 2021. This is the first major news update we’ve got since then. Introducing the game’s protagonists with official artwork.
AI The Somnium Files nirvanA Initiative is an ADV, an Adventure game in the Japanese sense of the term. Similarly to games like Ace Attorney or 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. It’s definitely the most awaited release of 2022 for fans of the genre, as main scenarist Kotaro Uchikoshi has a huge track record.
Just like in the first game, the character designer of AI The Somnium Files nirvanA Initiative is Yusuke Kozaki, mainly known outside Japan as the character designer for Fire Emblem Awakening and Fates. He’s also on No More Heroes and Liberation Maiden (Kaihou Shoujo).
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Mizuki, ABIS’s new Special Agent (Psyncer), voiced by Corina Boettger in English, Tomoyo Kurosawa in Japanese
Mizuki is a Psyncer who uses the Psync machine to infiltrate the brains of suspects and key witnesses. She lost her left eye and is now fitted with a replacement eye equipped with advanced artificial intelligence (the AI-Ball “Aiba”). Despite still being a high school student, her strong physical abilities and clever mind have earned her a special accommodation in ABIS.
Aiba, Assistant Investigator, voiced by Erika Harlacher (English), Akari Kito (Japanese)
An autonomous AI that usually takes the form of an eyeball residing inside Mizuki’s left eye socket. Her job is to assist Mizuki during investigations by connecting to networks to gather information and using special functions such as X-ray and thermographs. Because she has been working as an assistant investigator for a long time, she is adept at reading human psychology and emotional states.
Ryuki, ABIS’s new Special Agent (Psyncer), voiced by Stephen Fu (English), Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese)
A rookie investigator with a strong sense of justice. However, Ryuki is not the hot-blooded type; he has a reserved and gentle nature. He is a well-educated young man. Unfortunately, both his parents and his brother have passed away. Fighting through his painful past, Ryuki aims to solve difficult cases with his partner, Tama, who is implanted in his left eye socket.
Tama, Assistant Investigator, voiced by Anairis Quiñones (English), Ai Kakuma (Japanese)
Just like Aiba, Tama is an AI-Ball equipped with advanced artificial intelligence. She is usually found in Ryuki’s left eye socket and supports him in his work. She has a motherly quality to her, being both stern and kind (although she is 90% stern…). She inspires Ryuki by whipping his ass into shape. Purely coincidentally, she is a sadistic person who literally enjoys whipping ass.
In case you’ve forgotten, Aiba is a pun in Japanese. As it sounds like how you’d pronounce “eyeba”, as in eyeball. Similarly, Tama is also one way to say “ball”.
Ai: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative release details so far
Ai: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative will launch for PS4, Switch, Xbox One X/S, and PC via Steam in Spring 2022. The game has no specific release date yet.
While the game is mainly written by Kotaro Uchikoshi, Takumi Nakazawa confirmed that he “helped a little”. They both worked on KID’s Infinity series in the past:
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Interestingly, Spike Chunsoft is currently holding a character popularity poll on Twitter; Mizuki & Aiba are way ahead Ryuki & Tama. Both Mizuki and Aiba are returning characters who already appeared in AI: The Somnium Files. So they’re overwhelmingly popular compared to the newly introduced Ryuki and Tama. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop in the game.
— Spike Chunsoft, Inc. (@SpikeChunsoft_e) January 26, 2022
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