Time And Eternity, Imageepoch’s HD Anime RPG’s English Name Probably Is…

By Spencer . December 31, 2012 . 12:31pm


Imageepoch’s largest project was a HD anime RPG made for PlayStation 3. You may know it as Toki to Towa or by its translated name Time and Eternity. Either way, we’re talking about the same gorgeous looking game, which will be called Time and Eternity when it gets localized.


Namco Bandai spilled the beans when they filed a trademark for Time and Eternity in Europe.




On Twitter, CEO Ryoei Mikage expressed interest in brining Time and Eternity outside of Japan. Looks like it’s going to happen, the questions are now when and who is going to handle the game overseas.

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  • almostautumn

    Suweeet! I was getting pretty close to importing this despite not knowing Japanese. Personally I think the game doesn’t look that gorgeous, or the battle system too swell, but it definitely seems like an entirely unique adventure. Really looking forward to experiencing the story.

  • Tales_of_Master

    Imageepoch please bring Fate/Extra CCC to the west too :c

  • Neophoton

    I think you might have a broken link there for “expressed interest”. Or rather, the wrong link? Leads to the admin control panel for Word Press instead.

    • Ah *teardrop* thanks for that!

      • Neophoton

        Not a problem~

  • Peeka Chu

    I wish someone other than Namco was handling this and Ni No. Honestly they are wretched at promoting their games overseas. On a related rant, Tales will never compete with FF (though it could) until they start giving the series proper global support.

    • DesmaX

      Like who?

      • Peeka Chu

        NISA would be a better bet. Their niche stuff sells and at least they have fan support and communication regarding their products. XSEED, Aksys, ATLUS (though they mostly do their own content since the takeover). Even Gajinworks (spelling?) would have had a much better go with this than that CoH 2 that no one really wants to play. Any other JRPG publisher that operates in NA would have been a preferred choice really.

        • DesmaX

          Oh, I though you were talking about Marketing (“Global Support”), sorry.

          And even, I do wish these other ones handled this games actually. I don’t really mind the English Dubs in regular JRPG’s, but, with this Anime Style, I just want to play this with Japanese Dubs

          (Even Though I know Ni no Kuni demo had Jap Dubs, I’m still worried)

          • Peeka Chu

            No problem, wasn’t clear. But yeah, Ni no should be awesome, its a shame that only JRPG enthusiasts and people who read Siliconera and niche forums will buy or know of it though. A studio Gibli JRPG would have been better published by Sony. But they stopped JRPG support around WKC 2 in lieu of FPSes. Disappointing to say the least.

          • kroufonz

            @peeka Sony direction this gen never really favor JRPG hell generally there is barely any support for japanese audience, if we compare to their support for western audience which is due to their focus on more cinematic/realistic and shooter game. those probably result in only small amount of money/support are poured to their japanese development side outside GT/maybe TLG. plus SCEA doin business as usual, they never really support jrpg in the first place.

            in the other hand SCEJ one never really abandon JRPG at least on handheld, they remaking classic (oreshika) and now developing the sequel for vita, perhaps the closer to the end of this gen we could finally see some more JRPG from them.

    • Despite the trademark being filed by them, I don’t think Namco is handling this…

      • Peeka Chu

        Well that’s a relief. I could have sworn that NISA was doing this. I read it or imagined it somewhere. Are you sure that they’re not though? This has a listing for EU. Its possible that they’re doing distribution over there. Unless Imagepooch has some other affiliation to Namco that I don’t know about.

        • Ryos

          They haven’t announced it but considering NISA has a publishing agreement with them (I know it’s for their self-published titles but still) that they currently haven’t used at all, I’d be shocked if they didn’t do this.

      • Farid Belkacemi

        Strange, I think the exact opposite ! :p

    • Romored

      You really think that ANYTHING could compete with FF? Sorry, but LOL. Not even NISA/Atlus games are as famous as FF, and Namco jrpgs aren’t less famous than NISA/Atlus ones. Like they could afford to actually advertise their jrpgs.

      Maybe you don’t know, but Namco is really doing their best to improve the relationship with their fans. Two years ago I’d have agreed with you, but now I’m fine with them.

    • alixraen

      I’m sorry, but Namco did wonderful work promoting Tekken Tag 2 worldwide, insofar as to include stages in-game to pay homage to diehard fans across the globe. It’s not a JRPG, no, but Namco is trying their hardest.

      • puchinri

        I think there’s a key difference there, and that kind of says more about how they handle their own titles (developed) and also about they handle their JRPGs versus everything else. TT2 was something people waited for and were excited about it, and it’s a popular fighting game. On the otherhand, anyone who’s a gamer and loves Miyazaki will be waiting for NnK, but I wouldn’t assume that’s a nearly as large crowd of people as TT2’s audience.

  • DesmaX

    Well, I know I will not resist. I like the idea of the battle system, and It’s a easy plat, nonetheless

  • Alfy Masamune

    coming to the west……………..am i dreaming?

  • Isaac Todd

    The main problem I have with Time and Eternity is that it doesn’t even look that good. The animations are bad and the environments are bland. At least the battle system looks ok.

  • DesmaX

    And I hope that the publisher who releases this in the west releases a soundtrack disc with the limited edition

    Seriously, they call Yuzo Koshiro for the OST and just release a disc with Toki and Towa’s Battle Theme…

  • Brandonmkii

    Probably gonna buy it just for VOFAN character designs.

  • solbalmung

    If only Nisa would localize Sol Trigger. I think its one of the best works of Image Epoch (and many other review site think so too, got a pretty good rating out there).
    At least were getting Toki =)

    • monkey

      there best work was 7th dragon

      • solbalmung

        I said one, not the only…

    • Totally. I’m playing both, and Sol Trigger is hell good!


    Too bad this game was a major dissapointment for me but i like the setting,characters and music but the rest was a let down, i stopped playing somewhere at start of chapter 3 because of the repetiveness cause i was not enjoying the game at all.. but i might try it again someday in the future. :P

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Hi lenne dear

  • ragingmerifes

    I heard good things about Toki Towa… in Kotaku, which kinda leaves me suspicious, but I will give it a try anyway.

  • FetusZero

    It wasn’t “official”, but Namco did say they planned on a western release a long time ago, around mid-summer this year.

  • kroufonz

    awesome but ugh

    so namco bandai……..

    possible for longer wait perhaps 2015, no japanese voice , no LE with vofan artbook (for NA/US)

    Let’s just hope they give it ni no kuni treatment in the US (not like the TOGf one)

  • gamefreak86

    My wallet is ready.

  • Laith Rem

    Yeah sure whatever, we are not getting Sol Trigger, which is Imageepoch best game up to date, I don’t care.


  • Oltheros

    Ok Namco…anime-themed game here, let’s not screw it up by making it dub-only.

  • I didn’t think it would make it after the dismal Japanese sales. I’m playing it right now : I’m satisfied overall but it has quite a few drawbacks. I fear it’s going to be raped by the critics.

    • Jesse Thompson

      Critics can go to you know where, buying it anyway! :D

    • This one of those games that is fun, but has things that make it a chore to play completely through, but at the end you think it was worth it? Played a lot of games like that, the best of the lot being Hyperdimension Neptunia part 1. Story made everything else easy to get through.

    • Elvick

      Any JRPG fan going to the media for anything JRPG, is foolish. And they should know better by now.

      I’ve loved quite a few JRPGs that have been trashed by reviewers. WKC and Cross Edge come to mind.

    • puchinri

      Can we try to avoid using that word? Especially as an exaggeration that does not really apply?
      (Maybe torn/ripped apart/to pieces? Or mauled? Murdered? Shredded?)

      Also, would it be rightfully (and deservedly) torn asunder by the critics? Or are you implying that they’ll tear it apart because it has flaws and happens to be a very anime-based/influenced game?

      • Sorry my bad… I saw that written somewhere and I re-used it. English is not my native language so I tend to mimic. Sorry if the idiom was unwelcome. As for TtW, the more I play it, the more I’m satisfied with it (even taking into account it cost me 100€), but it still has poor graphics overall (apart from the anime style I mean) and the battle system is quite a mess and the game is a bit repetitive. I fear reviewers who don’t care about niche JRPGs in the first place (especially ecchi-themed ones) will jump on that rather than trying to get the point of the game and the concept behind it. I hope the future proves me wrong and that TtW can get recognition in the west.

        • puchinri

          That’s fine, just wanted to get the awareness out there. (I don’t know if you’ll understand the usage of triggering, but it is potentially such a word, and rather a gross word in general that is sadly, very heavily over-used and misused in English; especially recently.)

          I think it would definitely be nice if it was reviewed not for what it is, but for what it presents, but yeah, I can’t see it going over well for it sadly.

        • I have bought plenty of games like that, and I will probably get this one. I think its more along the unique’ness of it that is interesting to me. Appreciate the description. I am glad I don’t listen to reviewers on games like these, because they always slam them, even if they are an 8/10 quality, they will still give it a 6 just because its not their thing and they won’t admit it.

  • Charmchar

    Oh yes! :D This game reminds me so much of Thousand Arms for the Playstation, a really underrated game. Look it up!

    • Yeah, that is one of the reasons I am looking forward to it. Thousand Arms is another game that is hard to play completely through as fights take forever and are actually fairly tough, but the story and good and bad characters just made the game a plain fun romp. I am hoping for the same from this game. Story counts for a lot in jrpg’s, and if this has a good one, a bit rough on gameplay is fine, as long as it isnt atrocious.

      • Charmchar

        Story is always first and as long as that’s okay, i can play through the game :D. I’m sure the story will be good, at lease it looks good.

    • puchinri

      I can’t see any similarity to TA at all, aside from being underrated (I feel this one deserves to be though, sadly). What’s the similarity?

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    I just hope that whoever brings it here leaves it uncensored. That’s why I never picked up Mugen Souls. We don’t need to be stepping backwards into the 90’s in some things.

    • Shame you missed out on Mugen Souls. You are missing out on a pretty fun game, just because you can’t sponge off steam covered anime toons. There are censorship fights to fight, but Mugen Souls is far from a good one.

      • puchinri

        Very nice points. (And sadly, I admit, I’m glad it got censored, but I can see why people would want things as a “whole” product, even for perverse reasons.)

        • I understand too, I was annoyed when I heard about it. But then I actually went to youtube and watched what was censored, and I realized it wasn’t a fight worth fighting. Censorship will always be in the world. The U.S. censors lolita characters in steam baths, some European countries censor blood, or even extreme violence, it is just a culture thing. If the U.S. was more similar to Japan’s culture, it wouldn’t be censored, but that isn’t the case.

          Fighting for censorship of important subjects is one thing, you can be proud of that, raise your head up high, and tell the world. But would you really want to tell everybody in the U.S. that you are standing up for the right to rub steam covered anime loli’s while they make moaning noises? Some people would say that, but a majority would immediately tell their children to stay away from you, and some more vindictive ones may even try to get you arrested or get the gov’t or police to investigate you. It is entirely a culture thing, and not one that will be changed from a few people complaining about censorship.

          Thats why I say you need to pick your fights. The game is fun, and not wanting to play it because of what was censored isn’t worth the hassle. If they cut out all the sexual inuendo, all the boob jokes, all the sadist / masochist play, then yeah, I would say go to town, but they don’t, and most of it made me laugh.

          • puchinri

            Very good points and eloquently put all around. Honestly, I do not defend censorship, and I don’t really defend it here, but I have seen it to my benefit and comfort at times (like this example). But when people fight for things like this (and rather than larger issues), it is worrying.

  • Anime10121

    Yes! Great news to end 2012 off with!

  • ImageEpoch. Oh boy. I’ve heard mixed feelings about this one.

  • NoctisCrystallisXV

    YES I CAN WAIT TO PICK THIS GAME UP! Need Trade marked to the North America’s too!

  • Tom_Phoenix

    This is probably one of the least anticipated localisations ever. XD

    • margherita mastropaolo

      my exact toughts

  • deathman00789

    Now just release Sol Trigger to the west……..

  • Kamille

    gorgeous this game is not. Haven’t you seen any gameplay of it? It’s bad…

  • Bob Stockalockapoulos

    Dude, I am on this like cornbread and hot dogs.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Please no censoring.

  • Mister_Nep

    Kinda feel that this is a waste of a localization. I played the JP version and it just wasn’t all that good. Battles are mostly a chore, the quests are 100% a chore, the main guy is such a pervert that I can’t take him seriously, and everything outside of the animation is rough and feels unfinished.

    You can probably tell I didn’t enjoy this game. I was really looking forward to this game too. Until I played it….

    • puchinri

      That’s what I feared. For a while, I was following it and the news on it very excitedly, but toward the end, I felt like I was not going to enjoy the title (in part because of how bland/repetitive things started to look, and then a sudden, huge emphasis on perverted stuff that was random and unnecessary). It’s always disappointing when that happens.

  • I think some of the people here will be pretty disappointed if they’re expecting something like FF or Tales. This is by no means a mainstream RPG. And from what I played it’s not as fanservice-heavy as some of the pre-release shots led me to believe. Basically it’s a kusoge.

  • I really don’t think the animation part is tht much of a big deal…. It looks OK for me. I dunno abt the gameplay and story though.

    Anyways, AW YEAH!

  • Alphabet Soup

    Not as excited for this as I once was, but I will probably still buy it.

  • revenent hell

    Its been a while since ive botherd reading anything about the game but from what I remember I believe overall impressions of the game where rather meh at best or as i remember someone calling it C+….Im curious if it’ll do much better outside of Japan..

  • That would be a great start to my New Year.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    that notorious Bamco really made me very mad..
    how about those PSP games??

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


  • Bentan

    arc systems works europe maybe

  • Callonia


  • JustThisOne

    Wait, so… “Toki to Towa” is named after the main characters, Toki and Towa. So now that the english name is “Time and Eternity”, I wonder how they’re going to translate their names?


    • s07195

      And then the main heroines’ names are Time, and Eternity. XD

      • puchinri

        Keeping Kohaku instead of bothering to translate it to Amber just brings up certain implications, nitpicks and problems with me, but I would lol so hard if they translated their names to Time and Eternity, because it would just sound so hilariously silly.

  • margherita mastropaolo

    i’ll buy it

  • MrJechgo

    Glad they might localize it, but the game really got mixed reviews:
    – too easy; the game seems to be aimed for kids, even though there are some ecchi scene
    – too short
    – animation not running at 30 or 24 fps
    – bland character designs
    – recycled enemies

  • I don’t care what people think about this game.
    Nowadays, every single Japanese game that got localized is a gift for me.

  • Elvick

    I’m looking forward to it. Even if the animation disappoints me, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Nothing starts perfect after all. Still, that running animation… bleh.

  • Göran Isacson

    … Am I a bad person if I’d rather have Sol Trigger instead of this? Ah, but a game for a HD-console is probably going to sell better than a PSP game at this point in time, unless they went for something crazy and released Sol Trigger for Steam.

    Now I’m just worried that they’ll be basing prospect of future releases on the sales of this game, because I gotta admit that I am not that excite about this particular release.

    • puchinri

      No. I feel the same. Sol Trigger looks significantly better. It’s kind of weird, but I almost doubt whether Time and Eternity would actually sell better (given their specific and potential audiences). But then again, maybe it would.

      • Göran Isacson

        Yeah, Sol Trigger’s whole story and aesthetic just jives with me more, but the PSP-market… all I can say is that I hope the recent attempts to get japanese games onto Steam and digital download services will somehow work out in Sol Triggers favor. Somehow.

  • I’m ready to buy.

  • Tianyu Wei

    it is… the game “bombed” in Japan… and I wonder why NB would take such risk… Why not bring any Tales games which would probably get better sales than this game.

    I played the JP version, and it was rather a disappointment.. it was just a tad more than your usual visual novels… like an interactive one… many eroge with some kind of jRPG system has better depth than this game :/

    • …but they are bringing Tales games.

      • puchinri

        I think maybe Tianyu Wei meant confirming or talking about more Tales titles rather than this (like ToI or H R, or even something older for PSN?).

        I think they have a fair point though. Kind of surprised they’d be localizing/announcing this rather than. . . other stuff. Or if it must be a ImageEpoch title, Sol Trigger.

        • Oh. Well, I can see why they wouldn’t want to talk about more than one Tales game at once. Also, ToI and HR are both on the Vita, and Namco haven’t even confirmed One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 for that yet, so they’re probably wary.

          • puchinri

            I suppose. I’m kind of iffy on the Tales thing, but given their history with it, it would be safer for them not to mention more than one at a time I suppose.

            Fair point there too.

  • puchinri

    So. . . it is officially coming over? Or this is just a chance of it? Interesting if so.
    Following the game’s news, I was increasingly disinterested in what I saw, but if it does get localized, maybe I’ll just check out some gameplay vids before make a final judgement on how to feel.

  • l777l

    Good. (I’m also interested in Sol Trigger. I’d even accept a download, prefer a disc version.)

  • Kamion

    “Gorgeous looking”? Obviously never seen this game in motion…

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