Update: In an earlier version of this story we spelt Pururut’s name as “Pururoot”, based on the way her name is written in kana (it was unclear what the official spelling was in the first scans that surfaced on the Net). We’ve corrected this now that a newer scan clearly shows the official spelling as “Pururut”.
Kana Hanazawa has been cast as Pururut (human form) / Iris Heart (goddess form) in Neptunia V (“神次元ゲイムネプテューヌ ビクトリィ”), the upcoming third entry in Idea Factory and Compile Heart’s Hyperdimension Neptunia JRPG series, leaked magazine scans from Dengeki PlayStation this week reveal.
The scans also mentions that the Active Animation System (AAS; gives 2D animations a 3D feel) from Agarest Senki Zero is making a return in this title, and offers a first look at the other goddesses in this parody game based loosely on console wars in the past between Sega (Mega Drive/Genesis), Nintendo (Super Famicom/SNES), Microsoft (the original Xbox), and Sony (the original PlayStation).
Pururut / Iris Heart
All appeared to be well, until one fine day, Neptune (CV: Rie Tanaka), the goddess of the Sega-inspired continent Planeptune, gets sucked into a portal that sends her back in time to the Gameindustri of G.C. 1989.
There, she meets Pururut (プルルート), a ditzy girl-next-door who assumes the form of a dominatrix when she transforms into Iris Heart – the Planeptune goddess in the year G.C. 1989. Friends call her “Pururun”, and in combat she employs soft toys as her weapon of choice.
Judging from the character artwork alone, it looks like Iris Heart’s character design is based on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.
The new – or old, since this game is set in the past – goddess of Lastation, whose design is clearly based on that of the first PlayStation.
The goddess of Leanbox, modelled after the original Xbox.
White with red accents. Definitely the original Famicom.
Click here for a closer look at the other goddesses.
Not much is known about the new characters in this game at this moment, but we’ll let you know as soon as more details surface.
In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about the series, check out our review of the second Neptunia game here. The English version of Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 was released earlier this year, and should be available at a games retailer near you.