Metaphor: ReFantazio JRPG Recasts Toru Furuya

Image source: ATLUS website (cropped)

Game developer ATLUS has announced that voice actor Toru Furuya has been removed from the cast of the upcoming Metaphor: ReFantazio JRPG due to “various reasons.” His replacement will be announced in July. 

On May 22 JST, Furuya, who voiced characters like Mobile Suit Gundam‘s Amuro Ray and Detective Conan‘s Rei Furuya, posted on his X (formerly Twitter) account an acknowledgement of a report from the Shunkan Bunshun tabloid (which had interviewed him for the piece). In the statement, he admitted to a four-and-a-half-year affair with a fan that involved an instance of violence and an abortion. The affair ended in September 2023.

Metaphor: ReFantazio is a new fantasy JRPG that has Persona alumni like game director Katsura Hashino (Persona 3, 4, and 5), character designer Shigenori Soejima (Persona 3, 4, and 5), and music composer Shoji Meguro (Persona 3, 4, and 5) working on it. It’s set to launch on October 11, 2024 for Xbox Series X/S, Windows, PS5, PS4, and Steam.

ATLUS describes the game’s premise as:

This is a story of how people must find unity to elect a new king.

Our story takes place in The United Kingdom of Euchronia, where the assassination of the king brings chaos and unrest to the land. Then, one fateful day, a magic known only to the king called the Royal Magic is invoked, and the world becomes embroiled in a royal tournament for the throne.

In the midst of this, the protagonist,together with his partner, the fairy Galica, must find a way to break the curse that has been placed on the prince that the kingdom believes to be dead. To do so, they depart on a journey across the vast land.

They will discover that in order to achieve their goal, they must participate in the tournament for the throne, and this great task shall require them to ally with many friends and followers of the various tribes inhabiting the world.


Sources: ATLUS, Famitsu

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