Time And Eternity’s "Dual Love Story" Has The Hero Pick His Love

By Spencer . July 23, 2012 . 1:25am

tokitowaWe’re not sure why the prince is called the "hero," because he gets killed in the beginning of Time and Eternity: Toki Towa. Players control Princess Toki who travels back in time in search for a way to save her love. Imageepoch says Time and Eternity is a love meets fantasy JRPG and it sounds like players will get to pick who the prince marries.


Princess Toki has two souls inside of her. When the Prince is mortally wounded, Toki transforms into her aggressive alter-ego Towa. Players will be able to switch between the two characters in battle and it sounds like the prince has to make a choice too. Promotional materials for Time and Eternity asks who will the prince choose Toki or Towa?


toki1 toki2

Who would you pick? Toki is on the left and Towa is on the right.


VOFAN designed the characters for Time and Eternity and Satelight (Persona 2: Innocent Sin) is handling animated movies. Yuzo Koshiro from the Etrian Odyssey series is doing the music. Time and Eternity is slated to come out on October 11.

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  • Xapth

    Wait, so if I pick one, will the other ego disappear? D:

    I thought it over and if I had to choose, I would need to know more about their personalities first.

    If Towa was a tsundere then I’d probably choose her, b-but not because I l-like her or anything!

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      U NO LIKE MOE???T_T


    They are both love so i’d pick the one i like the most during my JP playthrough :p

  • ….DAT BOX ART!!

    And also, can’t the prince accept both of them? Since Toki and Towa share the same body isn’t that more appropriate? I mean technically they are the same person.. well kinda. After all if he can only pick one of them I feel sorry for the girl who were left out… Well I’m sure there’s gonna be an ending where he can pick both of them.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Third secret ending!!! HAREM END!!! No???T_T

      • Nitraion

        More like secret ending The body finally split then The guys choose both…:p

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          if they really did that there, i will surely take that ending without doubt there.

          Ar Tonelico series also had this problem there where i am unabe to take more than one girl there.T_T which end up causing me to had a very difficult time finishing the game there.T_T

  • komiko12

    So they are two souls…that makes things tricky.
    If they were just personalities then choosing is useless.

    At least two endings are expected.

  • MrKappa

    Seems like a bad deal for Toki. Because of this failure of a hero gets killed and time shenanigans take place she now has to compete with… herself(?) to marry the guy she was already going to.

    I’d really like to see how things play out if this guy picks Towa.

  • Elemiel

    So kind of like the case from Rune Factory Frontier, eh?

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Man this is going to be one hard choice there.^_^ Would you love to get a strong type of girl with a bit of “tsundere” there or you would love to get a kind girl that follow the “Yamato Nadeshiko” style here?

    ………..Uukh Harem end?T_T

    • komiko12

      Seriously, I really feel like that the prince doesn’t deserve either.
      Toki/Towa looks more heroic than the prince.

      • keithmaxx

         But that’s mostly because of the plot; it’s not like anyone’d have a choice where the prince is alive right from the start.

        • komiko12

          Regardless, my first impression of him is that he is lame and lackluster.
          Of course, playing the game might change my opinion of him.

          •  At least he died trying to protect Toki instead just standing there like a tree XD

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Well, the prince is not defeated in a fair battle there though and seeing the small dragon there which is think is the prince, i think the prince in his Full power should be quite strong however…… due to plot power there, ended up into some kind of “Baby Dragon” lol.^_^

  • Prinnydoom

    Aggressive or kind…………….give me toki any day ^_____^

  • The concept is interesting… Two souls in one body choosing the fate of who the prince will marry and you’re don’t play as the prince to decide that… I can imagine events where you get to choose conversation lines to proceed at a specific route…

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha ha ha oh man I flike how we still have no goshdarn clue what’s up with this game. Is the “hero” the dragon or not? Does he even have a role to play beyond serving as the goal TokiTowa are chasing? Months away from release and this game is still a mystery. Don’t see that too often these days!

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well thats not something new lol. Nintendo even sued people who tries to deliver news early there.^_^

    • Anime10121

      Yeah, and I’d MUCH rather keep it this way, as JRPG’s are generally about story, characters, and the world, and I feel that many studios release TOO much information about the plot in trailers, screens, or previews.  I miss going into a game almost blind and being surprised by what the story holds.

      Too many times by the time a FF, KH, Tales, etc. game is released, we’ll have so much info from previews and Famitsu/Jump/Dengeki articles and trailers,that we’ll pretty much know the whole game and much more than necessary about the plot.

      • Göran Isacson

        I agree… but at the same time, I don’t. Sure, sometimes it feels like the writers are so scared that we won’t like a game that they just throw everything except the final ending spoiler at us so that we will be enticed to buy… but on the other hand, sometimes it feels like they hide so much it just gets suspicious. I would say that what you CAN “spoil” is the intro. Let us say: the ten first minutes of the game sicne that’s supposed to be the “pitch” anyway, what draws you into the game from the get-go. Spoiling what happens there isn’t really a big deal because people would see it anyway and if they’re not hooked then, odds are they won’t be hooked at all. Here though… I mean, if it does turn out that the prince is killed and then has his consciousness transferred into the dragon, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’ll happen in the games intro and a major part of the games story will be his quest to return to his own body.

        But we don’t know that. We don’t know if the prince will be a non-entity or someone with actual agency, and I don’t really see why they should keep that information from us. If that is the case, then what’s the worst that could happen if we know? Sure, if you’re genre-savvy enough even a brief synopsis like that can make you draw conclusions as to how it will end… but if the story is THAT predictable than it wasn’t really good in the first place or worth selling the game on. I must admit that that’s a little bit what it feels like here: they’re hiding SO MUCH from us that it just looks suspicious.

        It’s a sensitive process, telling enough to entice but not enough to spoil. But right now I have to admit that I am not really that enticed- mostly just amused at how determined they seem to be to not tell us what would be, to me, something pretty darn basic to the whole plot.

        • Anime10121

          I agree that the first hour or so should be fair game for previews and the like.  But they’ve already pretty much said what they needed too as far as the whole “Hero”/dragon connection.  The dragon is present at the wedding before Toki and the player get attacked.  The dragon is also present in the trailer with Toki and the player when it flies up in the sky to what looks like the dragon’s parents.  That should be enough to infer that they are different beings.

          I feel that they have given enough information about the game (although they could have shown a gameplay trailer a little earlier than they did) and that any more, is unnecessary and will lessen the impact of any “surprises” they have in store for the story.

          Plus Imageepoch is a Japanese company and this rumor/possible scenario (if I remember correctly) started in the west with no more evidence other than the player’s hair was the same shade of blue as the dragon, so there would be no way for them to know it’s even an inquiry to begin with.  And if it is untrue, that gives them even more incentive NOT to say anything about it, because they wouldn’t be the same character, so what would be the point in talking about it.

          • Göran Isacson

            Point, but then again if the prince ISN’T the dragon… then I don’t see how the prince is even going to be a character to begin with on account of, you know, being dead and all. Meaning that the central theme of the story is going to revolve around having a prince that we never play as or see in the game choose between two of the main characters that we DO play as, and that just strikes me as silly.

            In fact, maybe THAT should have been what I should have aimed at from the start: despite being so close to release, I still feel like I have no idea what role the prince, the supposed “protagonist” is supposed to play. All we have seen so far is TokiTowa kicking ass alongside the dragon, but we haven’t seen anything of the prince beside him getting killed.

          • Anime10121

             That too can be explained, because the prince is supposed to represent “us”.  The prince dies at the beginning and Toki goes on a quest to save the prince/”us” (basically trying to play on the fact that we are supposed to be role playing the prince, and yet he dies, so Toki goes on a journey to save the “hero/us”).  I know it sounds weird, but I see where they were trying to go with it.

            I’m sure by the middle of the game, if the “hero” isn’t rescued, he will most certainly be saved by the end, and “you” can make your choice of Toki or Towa.  The prince’s role is most certainly an interesting role and I wonder how it’ll actually play out.  That, in my opinion, is a good thing, as it leaves me anticipating actually playing the title to find out, vs. having it all spoiled before I even get the game in my hands.

          • Göran Isacson

            Eh, I guess we’ll agree to disagree. I will admit that I have never been a fan of the “main character is personality less so that you can imagine it’s you in the drivers seat” school of writing, so if we’re essentially going to give a whole game and devote it to TokiTowa, and then just have her pine and work hard for some guy who we never really get to know… well, suffice to say that I don’t find that to be an interesting concept.

          • Anime10121

             Well I do understand where you’re coming from, as I dont generally care much for the “hero” is you concept either, especially if that means the main character gets no personality/lines at all (though there are a few games that can get it right, for ex. DQ VIII).  And can definitely see why you feel the way you do, but I still wanna give the game the chance that it might do something amazing with the characters, there is still so much to learn about the game, and it looks extremely interesting to me (while the animation is lacking, the art is still gorgeous).

          • Göran Isacson

            True, in one way the role-reversal (princess saves the prince, and the prince is the player-character) sounds quite intriguing but it just feels like there’s so much that can go wrong AND right. It’s gonna be a gamble, I guess, and right now I do not have the money to spend on gambles ;_;

  • Definitely Towa ftw!

  • Herok♞

    Toki, if you read the manga you would see how much people care for her.

  • Cephrien

    So why would I want the crazy alter fabrication of the original sweet girl’s personality who’s obviously going to cut me?

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Because the game could pull a rosario vampire on you and the sweet girl you see on the outside can be the fabrication.

  • Abhishek Posooa


  • Nitraion

    I pick Toki…..
    kinda fed up with tsundere lol

  • xavier axol

    i really wish toki would had towa’s personality, actually why can’t they just switch the roles. i could inclined to go for the badass character for once. also is the prince really the blue baby dragon? will nisa localize it? and if it comes overseas will that be the same cover art (cause it looks awesome).

    • Anime10121

       No, its never been confirmed that the prince is the baby dragon, it was a rumor that was based solely upon the color of his hair and that of the dragon.  The trailer has already shown several scenes where they are together in the same scene.  I guess since this title has had such an air of mystery surrounding it and not much news released, people just started making up their own “news”.

      • xavier axol

        was it ever mention if the prince after his death would somehow interact with either toki or towa? cause after all he (or i mean…us) have to choose between toki or towa to marry (he have to be there throughout the game)

        • Anime10121

           Nah, its never been mentioned yet.  Im sure the “choice between the two” will more than likely occur at the end of the game though, after the “hero” has been saved.  I think the hero will be saved somewhere around the middle of the game, but I have no evidence to back that up, its just a feeling I have.

    • raitouniverse

      The baby dragon existed before the Prince was stabbed in the story, so they might not be the same.

  • neetyneety

    I like them vicious and feisty. But not tsundere. Tsunderes just don’t seem realistic or likeable at all to me. I know, I know, they’re a standard anime trope, but still, turning characters into tsunderes limits the scope and depth of their personalities imo. Plus, they become so freakin’ predictable that it’s annoying.

    Not wishing to start a war here, just stating what’s been on my mind ever since I discovered tsunderes.

  • riceisnice

    The real question is, would either of them pick you?

  • Ladius

    I would really like to be hyped for this game, but the recent gameplay trailer was a big letdown :

  • I want a wallpaper ver of the cover art!!!!!

    Hmm….This is like asking whether I prefer the shy Shiki who like to murder and genki Shiki tht love to murder…… Toki. She sounds safer. And she seem to be a good person judging by her friends.

    Confirmed. Male Mayuri is here. Whthisnameagain? Do we pick a name 4 him or just hero?

    • xavier axol

      if it ever leaves japan and comes over, i hope we get the same cover art as the japan version (it looks freaking awesome!).

  • Kai2591

    They’ve finally made it clear who exactly is the player character… But I don’t really prefer playing a female character especially in a romance game though. I’m a guy, playing a girl, wooing a dude? NO. BAD. -_-“

    • Mike Pureka

      Gender insecurity issues or something?  What’s the problem, exactly?

      • Kai2591

        Gender insecurity? lol that’s pretty deep, but no, just a simple matter of preference :)

        • rebecasunao

          There’s a really big bunch of games with male protagonists out there, I’m sure you know that. I don’t like the plot and the characters of this particular game but having a girl as a main character is a good thing when most games are about men and for men (even though this game is clearly the latter too).

          • Kai2591

            I suppose having a girl as the main character once in a while is a nice change for some. I think I wouldn’t mind playing a female once a while, but only in a game with no emphasis on romance, like Phantasy Star Online 2, perhaps.

          • rebecasunao

            Well that’s your preference and you have a lot of other games to play that will fit them.

      • xavier axol

        (°0°) oh…. no you didn’t!!

    • LynxAmali

      Never played Hakuouki?

      Your loss I guess. Plot’s pretty awesome.

      I’m a guy too and I absolutely loved that title.

      • Kai2591

         Never played it but I know about it. Its just not my preference.

    • Nitraion

      I know how you feel i prefer playing as a guy too….

      • Kai2591

        Thanks bro :)

  • Leivinia

    I’m sure there’s some tower with 99999999 floors that has some ridiculously strong boss at the top of it where we can get a giga-rare item drop that’ll let us split them into two separate entities. See? We don’t have to pick.

    This is entirely possible because it’s a JRPG.

    • Yes but then that creates an entirely different problem. Harem much? lol =P

      • Leivinia

        Once again solved by the fact that this is a JRPG.

        • Dammit Leivinia, is that your answer to everything lol? =P

          • Leivinia

            This is a JRPG. 

  • It’s funny because I kinda figured this was going to be the case. Maybe depending on which personality the prince decides to marry will change the ending in some way or perhaps change the course of the story along the way.

    Now I know some people might criticize me for this, but I don’t see a problem with Toki or Towa. Of course I’m not making an official choice as to who I would pick yet because I want to get to know them better first, BUT from the trailer I do know that both her personalities Toki and Towa love the Prince very much, and that’s what counts. =^_^=

    P.S. On a side note think of it this way. At least they both share the same body and are technically the same girl so either way no one really loses and its technically not cheating lol =P

    • LynxAmali

      She’s bipolar.

      Problem solved.

      I kid.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Like i said before I’ expecting the unreal black thing that comes out of no where and throws a hammer into the plot and gives them both a body.

  • Darkrise

    Towa, I like girls that are aggressive.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       I’m liking you even more now good taste there.

      • Daniel Morandi

         I second your claim there. He has good taste.

        • Davide Costa

          “Good taste”, good old quotes on that.

  • Had to post again because the cover art is amazingly beautiful. For the love of TokiTowa please don’t change it for localization =^_^=

  • …Why does he have to chose? They’re still 2 parts of 1 person… LOVE AND MARRY BOTH, NO ONE WILL ARGUE!

  • BlackWatcher

    Hmm, and if I don’t like either, can’t I just marry someone of Toki’s friends?
    I’d like such a choice to at least be available.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Frankly, letting the prince choose is the boring option. Instead, they should find a way to seperate their bodies and have them fight eath other! The winner gets the right to exist and marry the prince while the loser is reintergrated into the winner’s body and ceases to be! It would be just like…

    *spoiler alert*

    …the Ceremonial Battle at the end of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters.


  • Toki! <3 I prefer kind sweet girls. Plus she has pink hair. Pink hair is awesome.

  • 果林

    towa looks feisty…i like

  • E15

    Towa, I-Its not like I want to see her g-go tsun tsun or anything-!

    • More like crack that strong willed exterior and see that dere~ kyaa~
      (´ ▽`).。o♡

  • Solomon_Kano

    But if we’re playing as Toki/Towa… then aren’t we just picking him? Choice without choice lol.

    • Christopher Nunes

      And Toki/Towa are basically the same person or who ever you pick you still end up with both of them.

      Choice with choice, indeed… but why worry about being picky when you get everyone as an option, right?

      • Solomon_Kano

        True. Guess I’ll just have to take both!

  • can we opt for the girls to just ditch him and go for the yuri ending?

    • miju

       You beat me to it.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Towa for sure. Even though she is suppose to be the same girl technically…

  • Towa. Definitely Towa.

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