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A conventional RPG to play, but its unconventional qualities make it stand out.

Developer: Zener Works

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Platforms: PlayStation 2

Release Dates: JP: March 15, 2001, NA: October 1, 2001

Genre: RPG

**Spoilers ahead**

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