The Way Shining Ark’s One-Winged Angel Acts Depends On Her Mood

By Spencer . November 30, 2012 . 1:00pm

Before we get to Panis, here are two new characters in Shining Ark. Adam, the robot-like guardian of the island, and Kilmaria, an exorcist who believes Panis (the one-winged angel) is a demon.


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Adam is a a stone monument when Shining Ark begins. He suddenly comes to life when Freed and Panis walk by. Adam calls Freed his master and you can control him in battle. Kilmaria studies ancient civilizations and came to Freed’s island to eliminate the black winged "devil."


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Panis is the central character in Shining Ark, but you can’t actually control her. The way Panis acts is entirely dependant on her mood and relationship with Freed. If you strengthen your bond with Panis you can give her instructions on what to do. On the field, Panis can find items. You can also give Panis items, like bread, to change how she feels. An icon in the upper right hand corner lets you know if she’s happy or aggravated. Firing Panis up isn’t necessarily bad that makes her more likely to attack enemies in battle. A happy Panis is more likely to heal party members in battle. Panis can also sing songs that buff the group or charm townsfolk to give her items.


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Ever since Panis showed up there are different giants like Nephilim that players have to fight.


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Shining Ark comes out on February 28 in Japan.

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  • Junko Enoshima

    How does this game play? It seems very interesting…

  • …Does anyone else see a problem with naming one of your main characters “Panis”? ;) I mean, seriously… they had to know, right? Right?!

    • I think it was intended sadly.

      • Ladius

        You’re joking, right? There’s absolutely no way they would do that.

    • FFmax

      I think they were going for the word “penance” more likely. Since she’s rocking the whole angelic theme.

      • I don’t think so. The two words are pretty far apart in Japanese. The only word I can imagine they might be going for OTHER than… well… what it sounds like in English (which is also very, very close to what it sounds like in Japanese!) is “punish,” since the two words are virtually identical in Japanese syllabary except for a “su” at the end of Panis and a “shu” at the end of Punish.

    • z_merquise

      In my native language, the word “panis” is used for spoiled food.

      But a short research in it and I think the name Panis the developers are referring to is more leaning towards a class of demons in Hindu.

    • Nitraion

      Yeah…lol they will be intent wrong way for sure….

    • Kevin Lor

      Maybe they were going for something like Panis Angelicus (bread of angels)

    • Ladius

      It could be a reference to the Latin word panis, which stands for “bread”, both in the religious and mundane context. Given the role of bread in the last Shining games (mainly Hearts) this could either be a pun about that or could have a deeper meaning since she’s an half-angel.

      I don’t think they were particularly concerned about how English speakers could misunderstand her name, given that this game will almost surely never be localized, as sad as it is.

  • MrTyrant

    Panis is looks more like a “pet” in the game than a character.

  • I think Panis must have something to do with zeroboros

  • Doesn’t how you act always depend on your mood for the most part? lol

  • Göran Isacson

    I do like those Nephilim designs, and robot buddies? I am ALL for robot buddies. A uncontrollable party member though, that’s seldom something I like…

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Ohh boy. Panis can be “Angel” or “Devil” depending on her mood lol.
    Time to spam more Bread of Happiness.^_^

  • Nitraion

    Sega something wrong with your naming i mean “Panis” seriously?!
    maybe “punish”… okay

  • Stranger On The Road

    The 3D graphics look beautiful and very well designed and rendered. Although, considering that it is a PSP game, it means that the final game would use dithered colours for their 3D graphics.

    I hope that they will do to this game what was done to PhotoKano: re-release the game on the PS Vita with improved graphics!

    Any way, the limited edition is coming with Tony’s artbook, so it is a must have import ;-)

    • A PhotoKano updated release is coming to PSP and PSV. PSV version will apparently implement at least the gyro controls.

  • XiaomuArisu

    How about a oversea release”wink wink nudge nudge”

    • Hraesvelgr

      PSP + Sega = guaranteed import only

  • Visa Vang

    TONY FTW!! Seriously, they should localized this. Even though I don’t play it I’ll still buy it because of the girls!!

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