Posted on September 27, 2019
Chrono Orchestra 時を渡る翼 Official Calendar 2020
Chrono Orchestra 時を渡る翼 Official Calendar 2020
Here’s a really cool thing I picked up from the Square-Enix Music merchandise area at Tokyo Game Show 2019 (the REAL Square-Enix merchandise booth was supposedly in a nearby shopping mall which was completely separate from the TGS Event Hall. WHY???) just a couple weeks ago! Get this, a Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross official calendar, which is called the “Chrono Orchestra 時を渡る翼 Official Calendar 2020”! (The Japanese part says “toki wo wataru tsubasa”, the wings that cross time).
There are a few things that make this calendar special, in my opinion. First, the calendar was listed as a 会場限定 (Kaijou gentei, event/meeting place exclusive), which means that it should only be available to purchase in person at various Square-Enix events (Tokyo Game Show, various live concerts, and so on). They’re leaving money on the table by not making it available to purchase through the online Square-Enix store, but I guess that makes it feel that much more special for the people who bought it!
Second, the calendar is for the year 2020, which means it’ll be the 2nd year of the “Reiwa” era in Japan. For those of you who don’t know, Japan just entered a new era (Reiwa) after the recent Emperor resignation, which means the era during which Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross were released (Heisei) has already ended. There’s something cool about seeing a calendar for a game released 20+ years prior in a whole other era having dates for an entire new era. It really feels like some type of Chrono Trigger time-travel happened!
While the pictures themselves will be able to do most of the talking, i’ll talk about the calendar itself a little bit. As you can see in the first picture, the calendar comes inside of a cardboard box with a nice big “Chrono Orchestra” logo on the front of it. It’s not a particularly sturdy box, but it’s enough to keep the calendar straight.
Inside, you have the calendar itself. I don’t think any of the pictures I took made it clear, but the top of the calendar is held together with ring loops similar to what you’d find in a regular notebook. The pages look quite nice and have a sort of laminated/glossy finish (they aren’t actually laminated, though), which help make the illustration look nice and clear. The pages themselves are quite thick, and while the pages will still tear if you’re not careful, they feel like they could take a bit of a beating without bending or tearing too easily.
As for the artwork, the games are split up evenly into 6 months each, with Chrono Trigger covering the first 6 months and Chrono Cross covering the last 6 months. I don’t really think i’m biased at all, but I definitely feel like the Chrono Trigger section is way better overall in terms of artwork selection.
The Chrono Trigger section has a lot more varied artwork, which includes different locales, iconic scenes from the game, and pictures that cover the entire cast of the game. The Chrono Cross section, however, basically just shows either Serge + Kid as a pair, or one of them separately. Of course, since Chrono Trigger has a much bigger “main cast”, I can understand how there would be a bit more going on in the pictures, but I definitely feel like the last half is lacking in variation (maybe the cold winter months are supposed to be “gloomy”?).
Since this is just a calendar, there’s not really much more I can say about it that the pictures wouldn’t be able to convey, so to end this post i’ll mention what seems like a way to buy the Chrono Orchestra 時を渡る翼 Official Calendar 2020 again.
If you’re gonna be in Tokyo on November 27th, 2019 and have anywhere from $80 USD to $140 USD to spend on concert tickets, it looks like they’ll be selling the Chrono Orchestra 時を渡る翼 Official Calendar 2020 again at the Chrono Orchestra live concert (makes sense as it’s a Square-Enix event!). You can check out the site for the concert itself and find the calendar in the merchandise list near the bottom.
This time it says オフィシャルショップ限定 (ofisharu shoppu gentei, official shop exclusive) instead of calling it an “event exclusive” like the Tokyo Game Show catalog did, so either they just used different wording OR they decided that making money is a good thing and plan to add it to the Square-Enix online shop?
If you actually manage to go to the live concert, it looks like there’s way better stuff you could buy instead of the calendar, but the calendar is rather cheap for what it is, just 2,700 yen (about $25USD)! So if you can find a way to pick one of these up, I definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of any of the Chrono games! Honestly, even just using it as an inter-changeable “Chrono series picture” to hang up on your wall as a decoration wouldn’t be a bad idea!
If you have some spare time and wanna see what I thought about Chrono Trigger for the SFC/SNES, check out my review for Chrono Trigger/クロノ・トリガー here!