On November 12, 2022, the official Twitter account for the ongoing anime adaptation of Hypergryph’s Arkknights smartphone game titled Arknights: Prelude to Dawn released seven character visuals for characters we haven’t gotten to see in the anime yet. Many Arknight fans are using these gorgeous character visuals for their new cellphone wallpaper.
But who are these new, upcoming characters, and what are they really after? Will they be the enemies of Rhodes Island or will they become their allies?
1. Mephisto is possibly controlling the Hosts
Mephisto is a medic and one of Reunion’s squad leaders. He’s usually seen working together with Faust. Mephisto heals the wounded while commanding his troops to attack, and can improve their life recovery rate. He has a high resistance to Arts. Could he be the one controlling the Hosts?
2. Faust is a genius sharpshooter
Faust is a Reunion member known for being an exceptionally deadly sharpshooter capable of delivering powerful, accurate shots from extreme ranges with his crossbow. Faust uses his master over Originium Arts to enhance his abilities. He commands an elite squad of snipers named Phantom Crossbowmen and has a close bond with them. His Arts allow him to become invisible and he can pass this ability on to his allies as long as they don’t move too much. There is a promise he made in the past to a childhood friend that keeps him by Mephisto’s side. What could it be?
3. Crownslayer is a stealthy assassin
Crownslayer is one of Reunion’s squad leaders and handles infiltration, and assassination operations. She specializes in melee combat and can easily break through the enemy’s defensive lines. Her stealth and incredible infiltration abilities make her very ninja-like and she manages to escape the clutches of those who try to capture her easily.
4. Talulah is a deadly pawn
Talulah is a cruel Reunion leader known for her atrocious acts. She will execute anyone who stands in her way using her inherited flame Originium Arts and blazing sword. Her friends, Patriot and FrostNova, are the only ones who know the “old her” and try to reach out to her conscious, but all attempts of reaching her through her current madness have been futile.
Reunion has turned into a political pawn that is manipulated by Kaschey in order to restore Ursus’ past glory by absorbing Ursine soldiers. Meanwhile, Regent Theresis is using Reunion in order to distract other nations from his grand scheme of rebuilding Kazdel through his sponsored Sarkaz mercenaries. This all starts a domino effect that causes Reunion to begin to crumble from within and go down the wrong path – a path paved with blood and violence.
5. W is a traitorous sniper
W is a Sarkaz mercenary leader and an artilleryman sniper. W’s squad was involved in Kazdel’s civil war gaining it a reputation for being brutal and efficient. During the Chernobog incident, W clashes with Rhodes Island, but ends up defecting from Reunion for unknown reasons. W definitely embodies the phrase of “today’s enemy is tomorrow’s ally”. Following the aftermath of the Chernobog-Lungmen crisis, she offered R.I. her services for “old time’s sake”. W has fun showing off her mercenary skills and has fun blowing things up. The R.I. personnel are still suspicious of W, but will she eventually earn their trust? Ascalon ends up in charge of monitoring W.
6. Misha holds the key to the Sarcophagus
Misha is the only daughter of Sergei, who is a high-profile Ursus scientist researching the Sarcophagus in Chernobog aided by Kal’tsit and Ilia (Crownslayer’s father). Misha is Alex’s younger sister. Alex and Misha were held hostage by the government in order to force Sergei to reveal Ilia’s involvement in the Sarcophagus’ study. His refusal to cooperate left him in the hands of the merciless Fourth Army of Ursus. Later, Misha lived with her mother and brother but was later infected by Oripathy. Ursus’ Infect Patrols killed her mother and caused her brother to disappear. Misha is still searching for the whereabouts of her brother.
7. Skullshatterer has nefarious secrets
Skullshatterer is one of Reunion’s squad leaders and serves in the Assault Squad. He is armed with an Originium launcher and explosives. Although, Skullshatterer specializes in long-range attacks his incredible speed makes him a threat in melee combat. He is secretly carrying out a special operation in the region of Lungmen? What would it be?
What is the plot of Arknights?
The game is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world where people have “kemonomimi” features (animal characteristics or characteristics from mythological races). On the planet Terra its inhabitants are plagued by natural disasters, which leave behind a mineral called originium that infects people with a disease called oripathy. One of oripathy’s unusual side effects is that it enables people to be able to use magic, which they end up calling “Arts”.
The people infected with oripathy are shunned and persecuted due to their powers and the fact they are doomed to die. However, people continue to harvest the mineral originium due to the fact it yields high energy, making it a valuable resource. In an effort to protect themselves the infected form the Reunion movement – a militant group that begins to wage war against the corrupt, despotic government of planet Terra.
In the smartphone game, a player takes on the role of a masked and amnesiac “Doctor”. Doctor commands a team of “operators” – a pharmaceutical, medical, and self-defense organization that has its base of operations in Rhodes Island. These operators search for a cure to oripathy, but find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict between the Reunion, who don’t want to be cured, and the Terra government.
Who are the cast members?
Arknights: Prelude to Dawn cast members include:
- Yuki Kaida – Doctor
- Tomoyo Kurosawa – Amiya
- Atsumi Tanezaki – Dobermann
- Ayane Sakura – Nearl
- Shizuka Ishigami – Ch’en
- Kiyono Yasuno – Hoshiguma
- Ai Kakuma – Franka
- Yui Ishikawa – Liskarm
- Manaka Iwami – Exusiai
- Azusa Tadokoro – Texas
- Risa Taneda – Meteorite
- Youko Hikasa – Kal’tsit
- Takahashi Matsuyama – Ace (this character was unvoiced in the game)
- Kouichi Yamadera – Wei Yenwu
- Momo Asakura – Medic
- Chiaki Kobayashi – Guard
- Kouhei Amasaki – Mephisto
- Maaya Sakamoto – Talulah
- Risae Matsuda – Skullshatterer
- Satsumi Matsuda – Misha
- Sayaka Senbongi – Crownslayer
- Shun Horie – Faust
Who are the production team members?
Arknights: Prelude to Dawn production team members include:
- Director – Yuki Watanabe (Holy Knight Light first anniversary anime short, and other animated promo video shorts for the smartphone game)
- Animation – Yostar Pictures
- Assistant Director – Masataka Nishikawa (Holy Knight Light first anniversary anime short)
- Character Designer – Aya Takafuji (Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia, SSSS. Gridman)
Where can I play the smartphone game?
In May 2019, the free-to-play tactical RPG/tower defense mobile game Arknights was released in China by developers Studio Montagne and Hypergryph. In January 2020, the game was launched worldwide by Yostar. Arknights can be played on Android and iOS platforms and features gacha game mechanics.
In March 2022, a spin-off game titled Arknights: Endfield was announced for PC and mobile devices.
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