- Sep 15, 2017
Twisted Wonderland, a game developed by Aniplex and licensed by Disney Japan have come to the US at 20 January 2022 when it was released two years ago in 18 March in Japan. WIth Yana Toboso filling in quite the number of creative position of the game (namely, concept writer, scriptwriter, character design. Basically she is to TW is kinda like Nomura to KH, kinda), as well riding the Disney name, the game was a successful project in Japan, with over one million download and 29 billion yen/260 million USD revenue in one year, and is a success even in the US, passing the 50k download pre-registration mark before launch.
Concept, main story, and character designs: Yana Toboso
Supported by SQUARE ENIX
Development and management: f4samurai
Logo, user interface, emblem, and icon design: Wataru Osakabe
Backgrounds: Atelier Musa
Planning and distribution: Aniplex
Music: Takumi Ozawa
Opening animation: TROYCA
Audio production: HALF H-P STUDIO
Link to official site: https://disneytwistedwonderland.com/
The game is confirmed to have an anime launched this year on Disney+ Japan due to its huge success in Japan. it's also have an ongoing manga on Square Enix' magazine Gangan as well there is a light novel coming.
Many mistake was done to say this is an otome game, but it's not. Yes, it's a joshimuke game-game aimed to straight women, but it doesn't have dating element. Otome game is joshimuke, but not all joshimuke is otome
Gameplay: The gameplay is relatively simple , it is either rhythm game, or a turn-based strategy . There are four type of elements in the game, fire, water, flora , and cosmic. Cosmic is neutral, when fire, water, and flora forms a weakness/strong triangle with water beats fire, flora beats water and fire beats flora. Some cards/unit do better at tanking, another at tanking, some may even heal or debuff. You can bring maximum 5 cards into a battle. Each cards may have stat boost if you have a version of certain character in your part, and SSR cards can even do duo magic if you have the right character in your team. You can also grind the card's stats levels through the lessons, history , alchemy, or flying.
Pictured: Fighting Ace who have fire element active for the turn, and the units you can pick to attack per turn.
Twistunes, the rhythm segment of the game.
Plot: The premise of the game is that in Night Raven College, this school of mages, you take on a gender neutral , unseen character , default name "Yuu" who got transported into this world with no preparation at all, stuck at the magical college with no way home, and to prove your identity, and assist the haughty mages in their personal life. Simply put, you're their unpaid therapist.
Different from Kingdom Hearts who the Disney characters are, well, the Disney classic themselves, Twisted Wonderland "twists" the Disney classic character, not only inspired from the Disney characters, but also take a spin from that characters, and designed to be young men, with the actual Disney villains regarded as hero of their own story. With exception of Malleus who is explicitly stated to be Maleficent's actual descendant, none of the boys are related to the villains/character they are twisted from. (maybe. See spoilers if you are fine with it.) . There are 7 dorms, said to be founded by each great seven with their own motto. Heartslabyul, twisted from Alice in Wonderland. Savanaclaw, twisted from Lion King. Octavinelle, twisted from the Little Mermaid. Scarabia, twisted from Aladdin. Pomefiore, twisted from Snow White. Ignihyde, twisted from Hercules. Diasomnia, twisted from Sleeping Beauty
Localization is only done through sub, there is no dub. the audio is still japanese. And as with most localization. some things are changed. For example, like Sam's (twisted from Dr.Facilier) design where they get rid of his skeletal theme, or ...some lines. I suggest you compare the official translation with the fan translations, like by ShelBB or OtomeAyui on Youtube, puriizu on twitter for events, and kanademusings on wordpress for main plot to see the difference and see which you prefer. Japan server is ahead of US server by 2 years, so while US only reach chapter 2, Japan already got into Chapter 6 part 2 1/2. Naturally, spoilers abound. And I will write that spoiler here, in case you are interested. And the part where this game is comparable with KH is also in the spoilers.
You can only play the students, including Grim and Ortho. List of the students and their dorms:
Heartslabyul, founded by severity of Queen of Hearts. Home to those who specialize in practical, basic magic, those in this dorm must obey the 810 rules of Queen of Hearts .
Ace Trappola (Twisted from 1 heart card) . A freshman with a penchant for taunting others and shirking away from stiff matters such as rules and regulations. Ace is a freewheeling student with an impulsive streak, and his impulsive and selfish actions often lead him into trouble. Underneath the veneer of a taunting troublemaker, Ace is a perceptive person with a loyal core.
Deuce Spade (Twisted from 2 spade card) A serious and diligent young man who enrolled in the College with hopes of becoming an excellent magician. Deuce aims to become a honor roll student and is determined to academically succeed, but he can be dense and tends to become swept up in conflict due to Ace and Grim.
Trey Clover (Twisted from 3 clover card) The vice dorm head of Heartslabyul. In comparison to Riddle, he's much more calm and relaxed, though, he do have his own mischievous side.
Cater Diamond(Twisted from 4 diamond card) A sociable and cheerful third-year student who is always up-to-date on the latest trends. However, he can sometimes be cruel. Basically the local eboy.
RIddle Rosehearts) (Twisted from Queen of Hearts)The dorm leader of Heartslabyul. Rigid and unyielding, Riddle is a strict follower of the Queen of Heart's rules and leads Heartlabyul with an iron grip. Short-tempered, unforgiving, and powerful, he is the feared enforcer of the rules.
Savanaclaw. Founded on tenacity of King of Beasts, this house is home to the athletes. Due to beastmen in Twisted Wonderland possess greater physical ability than humans, a good amount of students of this dorm are beastmen. This is not to say if you're a beastmen then you will automatically end in this dorm however, the manga makes it clear, and RIddle mentioned there is a cat beastman in Heartslabyul in one event. Because of their pride and greater physical capability, the beastmen of this dorm loves to exhibit said prowess by igniting brawl. long story short, this is the dorm of the jerk jock furries.
Leona Kingcholar (twisted from Scar) Born the second prince and holding the title of dorm leader, Leona does not possess a love for either position. While possessing high levels of magical power, he rarely puts in the effort to demonstrate it, and acts arrogant to those he views as lesser than him.
Ruggie Bucchi (Twisted from the Hyenas)Often found beside Leona, Ruggie takes it upon himself to wake his dorm leader and often acts as a caddy, fulfilling his orders. Ruggie is an ambitious and conniving person, not above using his magic to achieve his goals . Having grown up impoverished, he's always eager to eat and aims to become successful and wealthy.
Jack Howl (not clear from what or who is he twisted from) Amongst the athletic Savanaclaw students, Jack stands out with his exceptionally muscular frame and tall height. He speaks roughly and has little interest in socializing with others, but he holds a strong self-pride that affects his personal honor code.
Octavinelle. Founded on the mercy of the Witch of the Sea, this is dorm is known for their smart students. Rumour has it their dorm leader can grant wishes, and this dorm is special in that their common room is a cafe open to anyone in school. Have it always been that way?
Azul Ashengrotto (Twisted from Ursula)The dorm leader of Octavinelle and the manager of Mostro Lounge. He has a courteous attitude, but is also extremely calculating and greedy.
Jade Leech (Twisted from Jetsam)The vice dorm leader of Octavinelle and Floyd's older twin brother. He is a polite gentleman, unlike his twin.. Or so in the first glance. He is not any less mayhem-loving as Floyd, he's just more classy and passive aggressive about it.
Floyd Leech (Twisted from Flotsam) Jade's younger twin brother, said to be his opposite in every way. Unlike his calmer brother, Floyd tends to do things on impulse. Jade describes him as "temperamental genius" , his mood can swing at every moment and it affect his performance in every way.
Scarabia,founded on the meticulous planning of the Sorcerer of the Sands, is home of the resourceful, cunning, street smart students. They excel in astrology.
Kalim al-Asim (Twisted from the Sultan)The dorm leader of Scarabia. He hails from a wealthy family and is a childhood friend of Jamil. Cheerful and easygoing, he is the local sunshine of the cast, but even he has his share of traumatic past.......
Jamil Viper (Twisted tom Jafar)The vice dorm leader of Scarabia. He and his family have served the Al-Asim family for generations and he has grown up alongside Kalim. Competent and reliable , always assisting Kalim and clean up is mess. Is he really that reliable?
Pomefiore, founded on the hardwork of the Beautiful Queen. Students of this dorm are known for their beauty as much their exquisite standard of beauty. However, they work hard not just to polish their physical look, but in everything-physical strength, intelligence, and manners are all still important to this dorm. The perfectionist dorm. Yes, it's the dorm of the pretty guys, but not the dorm of the pretty dolls, it's the dorm of betta fishes. As much they excel in potions and charms, they will throw your fist at you if provoke them enough and isn't loser at physical events.
Vil Schoenheit (Twisted from Beautiful Queen) The dorm leader of Pomefiore. With an eye for beauty, he believes he is the most beautiful of them all. He loathes the idea of cutting corners, and will not tolerate it, be it on himself or on others.
Rook Hunt (Twisted from the Hunter) The vice dorm leader of Pomefiore. An elusive young man, he admires all things beautiful, including the beauty of his dormmates.. He appreciates everyone's individual quality and see beauty from anyone, basically he simps to everyone.
Epel Felmier (Twisted from the poisoned apple) A lovely, reserved and mysterious young man… at least, that's what his dormmates think. In reality, Epel is a village boy who favors sports and other "manly" things, as opposed to Pomefiore's daintier activities.
Ignihyde, founded on the preserverance of the Lord of the Underworld. Home to those who specialized in magical engineering, members of this dorm are so much of introverts you hardly see them at hallways.
Idia Shroud (Twisted from Hades) Textbook hikikomori otaku of the cast....but is that it?
Ortho Shroud( also not clear)Idia's surrogate brother. Though technically not a student at Night Raven College, he does everything with his "older brother" as they are enrolled together as a single student, similar to Yuu and Grim. In contrast to his "brother", though, Ortho has a bright, honest, and curious character. But what is he, actually?
Diasomnia,founded by elegance of the Witch of Thorns, home to those who excels in general magic, as in magic as a whole. They are not a slouch at physical events either, it's pretty much the OP dorm/the Chosen One dorm.
Malleus Draconia (Twisted from Maleficent)The dorm leader of Diasomnia. A descendant of the Fae and one of the most powerful magicians in Twisted Wonderland. While he has a distinguished reputation among the student body of Night Raven College, his aura and reputation make it hard for people to approach him.Sheltered crown prince of the fey, he lacks social interaction, not only between other races but also among fellow fey.
LIlia Vanrouge (Also not clear)The vice dorm leader of Diasomnia. He basically is the adoptive dad of all three Diasomnia members and raised them all like his children. He is ancient despite his cute look, and despite he's ancient, he makes sure he keep up with the update of technology and trend.
Silver (Twisted from Phillip's sword) . (Why does this guy look like Riku. And why this guy served the Maleficent guy. With that look.)man. Malleus's friend who acts like a protector towards him. A quiet man, but he seems to have trouble sleeping.He is much more reasonable than the fanatical Sebek.
Sebek Zigvolt (Twisted from Maleficent's lightning) A half fey and half human. An admirer of Malleus. He tends to clash with Silver in opinions an evne actions.
The school staffs:
Dire Crowley (Still unclear he is Maleficent or Evil Queen's crow, or perhaps both? )The headmaster of Night Raven College. He's the one who takes in the protagonist after they fall into Twisted Wonderland, giving them a place to stay and enrolling them in Night Raven College while he searches for a way to send them home.
Mozus Trein (Twisted from Lady Tremaine) The literary teacher at Night Raven College, teaching subjects such as the history of magic. He's a strict disciplinarian and owns a cat named Lucius.
Divus Crewel (Twisted from Cruella de Vil) The science teacher at Night Raven College, teaching subjects such as magic pharmacy. He also has a knack for fashion.
Ashton Vargas (Twisted from Gaston) The physical education teacher at Night Raven College, teaching subjects such as physical strength development and flight techniques.
Sam (Twisted from Dr.Facilier)The owner of Mr. S's Mystery Shop, a store on campus that sells a variety of products from magical stones to raw eggs.
Minor Characters With Known Twist Bases:
Neige Leblanche (Twisted from Snow White) : Vil's rival in the entertainment world, beloved by many due to his cute image. Student of the Royal Sword Academy.
Cheka Kingscholar(Twisted from Simba) Leona's nephew who adored him and aspire to be capable Spelldrive player just like him.
Farena Kingscholar (Twisted from Mufasa) Leona's older brother and current king of the Sunset Savannah. He does seem to care about Leona, though.
Artemiy Artemiyevich Pinker(Twisted from Chesire Cat). Childhood friend of RIddle and Trey. Due to his long name, he was called Che'nya. He can make parts of, or all of his body invisible. Another student of the Royal Sword Academy.
Ambrose the 63rd: (Twisted from Merlin, as in Merlin from Sword in the Stone) Current headmaster of Royal Sword Academy.
Plot Spoilers Up to Chapter 6 part 2 1/2
Spoiler ShowIn the world of Twisted Wonderland there is this phenomena called blot. It is waste of a magician using their magic or feeling bad emotion, and can be recovered as they do basic needs like rest or eat. However, if a mage used too much magic or the bad feeling is too much, they will overblot, ink covering their bodies and a monster called "phantom" will appear behind them. Left alone too long, the mage will be absorbed into the phantom and wander as mindless monster. The only way to recover an over blotted mage is to exhaust them of their mana. Cue boss battle. (remember Phantom Aqua? Yeeesh.)
So far, only those who are twisted from the Great Seven who overblotted, namely, Riddle Rosehearts who is twisted from Queen of Hearts, because of how his helicopter mother raised him, Leona Kingscholar who is twisted from Scar, who is tired of being second place in his life, to be compared to others, Azul Ashengrotto who is twisted from Ursula, who is traumatized by the bullying he had because he is a caecilia and reject his caecilia identity because of it, Jamil Viper who is twisted from Jafar and tired of held back by his servant status, essentially Jamil is mix of Jafar and Genie, actually, Vil Schoenheit who is twisted from the Evil Queen, who is overblotted because he is tired of the prejudice someone with his image can only be villain, leaving Idia Shroud who is twisted from Hades and Malleus Draconia who is twisted from Maleficent. though, there are foreshadowings as to why they would overblot: Idia as actually didn't like being part of STYX or that Ortho actually did die and he desperately try revive him, as for Malleus it's made clear he lived a lonely, sheltered life which is why he likes Yuu who shows so much audacity to him, or, since Silver is twisted from Phillip's sword that is used to stab Maleficent, people already expected Silver to be another possible cause to Malleus' overblotting.
Oddly enough, the phantoms resemble the final forms of the villains they are based on in, like Jamil's phantom is Jafar's genie form. Promotional art also repeatedly refer to them as "those who carried the villain's souls", so maybe this is not just about them carrying the villain's idelogy, but perhaps are the villains' reincarnations?
There is also a thing called Unique Magic/Signature Spell in this game. A unique magic is manifestation of the sorcerer's wish/personality that no one else can learn, hence the name signature spell. And in the japanese version, there are the katakana version of the signature spell's name, as well it's the name the user calls out before using it, but there are also the kanji version of the name , that sometimes referencing the scene of the classic Disney movies. List of Unique Magic so far with the one i bracket is the kanji name:
Riddle: Off With Your Head
Summons a collar that seals away someone’s magic.
Deuce: Bet The Limit (Tit for Tat)
- Incantation: “It’s time to give you your sentence. The verdict comes afterwards. Are you ready? Off With Your Head!”
Stores magic inflicted on him and returns it twofold to his opponent.
Trey: Doodle Suit (Paint the Roses)
Temporarily overwrites and changes an element of something (ex. flavors, scents, magic, appearances, etc).
Cater: Split Card (Fluttering Hand of Cards)
Creates clones of himself for a short period of time.
Leona: King’s Roar
Dries up & crumbles anything to dust.
Jack: Unleash Beast (Moonlight-Piercing Howl)
- Incantation: “I am your hunger. I am your thirst. I am what steals the light of your tomorrows. Kneel before me! King’s Roar!”
Transforms himself into a wolf.
Ruggie: Laugh With Me (Parade of Fools)
Forces someone to mimic his movements.
Azul: It’s A Deal (Golden Contract)
Extracts someone’s abilities after they sign a contract with him.
Jade: Shock The Heart (Gnawing Teeth)
Forces someone to tell the truth; only works once per person. His target must look into his left eye for this to work.
Floyd: Bind The Heart (Coiling Tail)
- Incantation: “There is no need to be afraid; I only want to help you. Shock the Heart.”
Interferes with someone’s magic and repels their attack.
Kalim: Oasis Maker (Everlasting Blessing)
Produces a large amount of water using very little magic.
Jamil: Snake Whisper (Snake’s Temptation)
- Incantation: “Unwind on the hot sands; an endless party. Sing, dance! Oasis Maker!”
Hypnotizes his opponent if they look into his eyes.
Vil: Fairest One Of All (Poison of a Beautiful Flower)
- Incantation: “The one reflected in your eyes is your master. If I ask, you shall answer me; if I command it, you shall bow to me. Snake Whisper.”
Allows him to place a curse on anything he touches. He sets a condition that must be met in order to break the curse, but not even he can revoke it until those conditions are met.
Rook: I See You(Arrow That Reaches the End) : Allows him to see the location of his target wherever they are, as long they are not in a place that blocks magic.
Things that is comparable/connected to KH:
-Silver looks like Riku, and he serves ad adopted by Malleus, who is twisted from Maleficent, kinda like reference to how in KH1 Riku was used by Maleficent.
-Diasomnia dorm uniform have Sora's crown motif as belt buckle as well Nomura level belts.
-Overblotting is like becoming Heartless, it happens if your bad emotions swallow you up
-The bubbles from last year's halloween event look like DDD sleeping world bubbles
- KH often have throne themes. So is Twisted Wonderland, in every dorm leader's dorm uniform card art (either base version or the groovy version), they are posing on a throne or something similar. (Leona didn't exactly sat on a throne, but the stones he lay on at his base version art of his dorm uniform illustration is ref to the Be Prepared scene), and the Grace edition figures have the dorm leaders sitting on a throne.
-this last one maybe just me but Yuu and Malleus ' interaction kinda like between Sora and Xehanort, especially in DDD. Stronger,older, taller, bored, whimsical being toys around with a more mortal person for the kicks. with the mc not knowing their real name at first. Also dream/sleep theme.
That's a lot of info, and I wonder if admins will make sticky of this thread so I will just post the next updates of this game, be it on japan server or the english server, or if admin will just post the later updates from now on. For now, I just want to post a thread to discuss about this game.