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Sands of Destruction ワールド・デストラクション~導かれし意思~, Wārudo Desutorakushon ~Michibikareshi Ishi~, lit "World Destruction: Guided Wills" is a hand-held role-playing video game developed by imageepoch and published by Sega for the Nintendo DS It was released in 2008 in Japan, and in 2010 in North America

The story revolves around a young man, Kyrie, who possesses the power to destroy the world, though he does not know why The female lead is Morte, a member of a group that is trying to destroy the world


  • 1 Gameplay
  • 2 Plot
    • 21 Setting
    • 22 Characters
  • 3 Development
    • 31 North American version
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Derived products
    • 51 Anime
    • 52 Manga
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


A screenshot of the field, from the Japanese version

The game plays in a 3D environment with a rotatable camera

The battle system is turn based, but has timing and fighting game influences, and utilizes both of the DS's screens23



The game takes place in a fictional world ruled by anthropomorphic beings known as Ferals Beasts in English dub of anime Humans live as slaves, and a group dubbed the "World Annihilation Front" World Destruction Committee in English dub of anime intends to destroy the world in rebellion They are opposed by the Feral's "World Salvation Committee"


  • Kyrie Illunis キリエ・イルニス, Kirie Irunisu, Kirie in the Japanese version 4 is the male protagonist of the series, a mild young man who is skilled with knives and cooking He possesses a mysterious destructive power, which makes him a subject of interest to the World Destruction Committee/World Annihilation Front Kyrie is the Greek word for 'Lord' He has a crush on Morte; his love for her is his main drive for joining the Front He confessed to Morte that he loves her when Naja kills him, and the latter returns his feelings when she resurrected Kyrie from the dead The two share a kiss in one of the final scenes of the game In the anime, he is a rather cowardly young man, but is occasionally pushed to be brave He enjoys cooking and had worked at a local restaurant disguised as a Feral before Morte showed up He is later revealed to be the Destruct Code and has ever since existed when the world came to be Kyrie's power activates when he detects someone with a very strong desire to destroy the world ie Morte Similar to the game, he also has feelings for Morte, but not as apparent as his game counterpart Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano Japanese; Todd Haberkorn English, Evan Wood English game
  • Morte Asherah モルテ・アーシェラ, Morute Āshera, Morte Urshela in the anime and Morute in the Japanese version 4 is the female protagonist with a troubled past Morte wields an enormous blade as her weapon She is a member of the World Destruction Committee/World Annihilation Front, and is bent in destroying the world for the most part in both the game and anime Morte is the Latin word for 'death' Although Morte only sees Kyrie as her tool in destroying the world at the beginning, she realizes how important he really is to her after Kyrie's apparent death Upon receiving information that Kyrie could be resurrected, she became dedicated in bringing him back, and when she accomplished the task, she returns Kyrie's feelings to him In the anime, she possesses a black sphere from her deceased brother, Reve Ursehla The sphere is thought to be the Destruct Code, an artifact that is capable of destroying the world and reducing everything to sand, but in fact it is only a medium for the real memories of the Destruct Code She is gruff and hard to deal with by others, and at multiple times, has tried to persuade Kyrie and Taupy to leave her Although Morte was the one who proposed to end the world, she begged Kyrie to seal his powers when she activated him She is shown to have some affection for Kyrie in that particular scene Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto Japanese; Luci Christian English, Deborah Eliazer English game
  • Taupy Toplan トッピー・トプラン, Toppī Topuran, Toppy Toplan in the anime and in the Japanese version 4 is a Feral bounty hunter resembling a teddy bear He ends most of his sentences with "kuma" クマ Although present in the English dub of the anime, it is not present in the English game, which means "bear" in Japanese, but resents being called a bear or a teddy bear, preferring the more proper "dwarf bear" He acts as a mentor to Kyrie, whose unique personality intrigues him enough to join the World Destruction Committee His beloved Muffy is a much larger bear that he calls in for his special attack, but he keeps a terrible secret from her In the anime, he is a skilled combatant His goal is to become a hero in his own mind even if the rest of the world doesn't know it Unlike most Ferals, he seems to get along with humans and joins the main party Voiced by: Tōru Furuya Japanese; Robert McCollum English, Erik Braa English game
  • Rhi'a Dragunel リ・ア=ドラグネール, Ri a-Doragunēru, Lia Dragunel in the anime and Ria in the Japanese version 4 is a female dragon Feral who looks young, but has actually lived for over 300 years5 As the last survivor of the dragon race, she believes she must live to see the end of world, because dragons must witness the beginning and the end She wields a pair of handguns and is able to grow wings, tail, and horns when she is enraged/in battle She is intrigued by Kyrie, and as a result she decides to join the Front All her magic and attack names are music themed, but they show no signs of being musically inclined She has precognitive abilities, but the traditions of the Dragons won't allow her to do anything to change the future she sees She does not belong to the World Salvation Committee and has a calm personality in the game In the anime, she has a very short temper that is only kept in check by her respect for Naja as opposed to the game She is quick to use brute force over words on both ferals and humans Unlike the game, she is a member of the World Salvation Committee, a group whose goal is to keep the world from being destroyed She has strong feelings for Kyrie as he helped comfort her when she was sad 100 years prior to the start of the anime Voiced by: Yui Ichikawa Japanese game, Yū Kobayashi anime, Trina Nishimura English, Michelle Johnston English game
  • Naja Gref ナジャ・グレフ, Naja Gurefu, Nadja Grev in the anime is a half human half silverwolf Feral who wields wind and fire wheels in battle An intellectual, he always insists he is right, even when he clearly isn't He is also extremely fond of his human mother Naja is a member of the World Salvation Committee, but faces considerable prejudice and discrimination because of his half-human heritage He also displayed the ability to transform for his special attack In the anime, he is not a fighter but is good at anticipating where the World Destruction Committee is at He is also shown to be much calmer than his game counterpart Voiced by: Hiro Mizushima Japanese game, Daisuke Ono anime, Anthony Bowling English, Awwab Bukhari English
  • Agan Mardrus アガン・マードル, Agan Mādoru, Agan Madoru in the anime is a childhood friend of Morte who wields a whip in battle He's a member of the Sand Tribe, and the chief's son He used to be second in command of the Golden Lions, a human resistance group fighting the ferals, but abandoned the group after a member betrayed him It was revealed in his backstory that he was motivated to join the Golden Lions because a Feral friend from his childhood treated him cruelly when they met as adults Agan's mother is the Chief of the Sand Tribe, and he is next in line for the role of leader His father Ganza Mardus assumed the role before his mother His special attack has him call in ten members of the Sand Tribe to shoot his enemy, indicating that he already has the respect and obedience of some members of the Sand Tribe In the anime, he's a smuggler with no prior connection to Morte, and continues to run into the World Destruction Committee by chance Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino Japanese; Eric Vale English, Andre Ceglio English game


The development team of the game comprised over fifty people and includes key designers who previously worked on Xenogears, as well as former staff from Grandia, Drakengard and Etrian Odyssey The game was directed by Kyoki Mikage of imageepoch and produced by Yoichi Shimosato of Sega6

The score of the game was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, Shunsuke Tsuchiya, and Kazumi Mitome The opening theme was performed by the Czech Philharmonic A promotional album titled World Destruction Premium Soundtrack was offered with pre-orders of the game in Japan7

The original story draft for the game written by Masato Kato was allegedly much darker in tone and more violent than the final product In it, humans were food for the Ferals, rather than merely subservient, and there were several scenes of human characters being killed and eaten Fearing a restrictive rating from Japan's CERO and wanting to market the game to younger audiences, the game's producers had the story altered to appeal to a mainstream Japanese audience Yoichi Shimosato, the game's producer at Sega, later expressed in an interview that while he felt the developers had made the right decision in regards to marketing the game in Japan, the original concept would have been "more fun and compelling"8

North American versionedit

At the Tokyo Gameshow, Ryoei Mikage, the president of imageepoch confirmed that his team is working to localize World Destruction, to be published by Sega USA A new/rewritten musical score will be created by Yasunori Mitsuda, and the difficulty may be tweaked for the North American release9

On December 10, 2008, Sega officially announced its plans to release the title in America under the title "Sands of Destruction" The game was released on January 12, 2010


Aggregator Score
Metacritic Publication Score
Famitsu GamePro Game Revolution GameSpot GameTrailers GameZone IGN NGamer Nintendo Life Nintendo Power World Destruction
Genre Adventure
Anime television series
World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin
Directed by Shunsuke Tada
Produced by Akira Uchida
Toyokazu Hattori
Written by Masahiro Yokotani
Music by Yoshihiro Ike
Studio Production IG
Licensed by NA Funimation Entertainment
Original network TV Tokyo
Original run July 7, 2008 – September 30, 2008
Episodes 13 List of episodes
World Destruction: Futari no Tenshi
Written by Murao Minoru
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki Maoh
Original run July 26, 2008 – present
Anime and Manga portal


See also: List of Sands of Destruction episodes

An anime adaptation, also titled Sands of Destruction known in Japan as World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin ワールド・デストラクション~世界撲滅の六人~, Wārudo Desutorakushon ~Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin~, lit "World Destruction: The Six People That Will Destroy the World" was produced by Production IG and directed by Shunsuke Tada It began broadcasting on TV Tokyo on July 7, 2008 and ended on September 30, 2008, spawning 13 episodes It features an opening theme titled "ZERØ" and sung by AAA, and an ending theme titled "Kaze no Kioku: To the End of the World" 風の記憶 〜to the end of the world〜, lit "Memory of Wind 〜to the end of the world〜" sung by Aimmy The series features only a single season of 13 episodes It was licensed by Funimation Entertainment for a North American release, and the DVD set was released in 2010citation needed


A manga adaptation entitled World Destruction: Futari no Tenshi ワールド・デストラクション~ふたりの天使~, Wārudo Desutorakushon ~Futari no Tenshi~, lit "World Destruction: The Two Angels", began serialization in July 200824citation needed in the Japanese seinen magazine Dengeki Maoh25


  1. ^ World Destruction -ワールド・デストラクション-
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  3. ^ rawmeatcowboy April 22, 2008 "Famitsu news - World Destruction for DS" GoNintendo Archived from the original on April 30, 2008 Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  4. ^ a b c d http://wwwtv-tokyocojp/contents/world-d/chara/indexhtml
  5. ^ Sands of Destruction anime episode 11
  6. ^ Tanaka, John April 23, 2008 "Xenosaga Developers Deliver New RPG" IGN Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  7. ^ "World Destruction Premium Soundtrack" Square Enix Music Online Retrieved December 23, 2011 
  8. ^ Sheffield, Brandon November 11, 2008 "Q&A: Sands of Destruction Team Talks Battle System, Story Creation" Gamasutra UBM TechWeb 
  9. ^ Spencer October 14, 2008 "World Destruction That DS RPG From The Xenogears Staff Shattering North America In The Future" Siliconera 
  10. ^ a b "Sands of Destruction for DS Reviews" Metacritic Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  11. ^ a b rawmeatcowboy September 17, 2008 "Famitsu - review scores" GoNintendo Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  12. ^ Noble, McKinley January 21, 2010 "Sands of Destruction" GamePro Archived from the original on February 2, 2011 Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  13. ^ Laddin, Josh February 9, 2010 "Sands of Destruction Review" Game Revolution Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  14. ^ Petit, Carolyn January 25, 2010 "Sands of Destruction Review" GameSpot Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  15. ^ "Sands of Destruction Review" GameTrailers February 4, 2010 Archived from the original on November 12, 2010 Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  16. ^ Rowe, Brian January 28, 2010 "Sands of Destruction - NDS - Review" GameZone Archived from the original on January 31, 2010 Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  17. ^ Buchanan, Levi January 19, 2010 "Sands of Destruction Review" IGN Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  18. ^ "Review: Sands of Destruction" Nintendo Gamer: 61 March 2010 
  19. ^ Dillard, Corbie January 18, 2010 "Review: Sands of Destruction" Nintendo Life Retrieved December 11, 2016 
  20. ^ a b "Sands of Destruction: The World Is Under Attack - By You" Nintendo Power 250: 89 January 2010 
  21. ^ Jenkins, David October 2, 2008 "Japanese Charts: Robot Wars Z Does Super Business" Gamasutra Retrieved April 15, 2009 
  22. ^ Hindman, Heath January 29, 2010 "Sands of Destruction date mislabeled as "January 29, 2009"" RPGLand Retrieved January 29, 2010 
  23. ^ Moehnke, Mike February 19, 2010 "Sands of Destruction - Staff Review" RPGamer Retrieved February 19, 2010 
  24. ^ "Manga, Anime Planned for Sega's World Destruction RPG" Anime News Network April 24, 2008 Retrieved September 18, 2008 
  25. ^ 「ワールド・デストラクション ~ふたりの天使~」第1話立ち読み

External linksedit

  • Official World Destruction website Japanesedead link
  • TV Tokyo's website for the World Destruction anime Japanese
  • Sands of Destruction anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

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