Bravely Default took inspiration from US TV show Glee
Beverly Hills 90210 and Glee have been as surprise “references” for Bravely Default, producer Tomoya Asano have revealed as much when asked as to where the development team drew inspiration for the game’s storyline.
“We created the world view as a fantasy RPG with a story revolving around crystals, because that way RPG fans won’t have any trouble jumping right into the world. The exaggerated characters are cute and players can enjoy them on their adventures,” Asano wrote in his response.
He continued, “Basically this is comedic up to the point where you start really liking the characters, and then the drama develops. I used the methodology of American TV dramas like the older Beverly Hills 90210 (I’m a huge fan!), and Glee as references.
“In terms of games, a number of games developed outside of Japan had major influence on the storytelling. So if you think about it, I guess you could call Bravely Default a traditional Japanese RPG with American content thrown in. I look forward to hearing what all of you in the Americas think of it!”