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    Nanjo it is. Who knows, maybe Ill get to replay it some day and get the Elly route done
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    I guess I will. But I liked Elly a lot too and I heard the ghost story contact is cool
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    So you can tell that I overthink stuff by how I keep deliberating on whether to take the Nanjo or the Elly route in EP, even though I'm still on IS

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    I'll give them a look once I have Internet at home!

    Though to be fair, with no Internet at home aside from my wife's phone, I've found that I'm actually spending more time doing things that I like, instead of just wasting my time away on facebook and youtube.

    I still need to get Persona 2 out of my system so that I can actually spend all that free time writing instead of just consuming media!
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    Oh yeah, btw, watched that Botchling video you sent me a while back. Liked it a lot! The Witcher does that a lot, actually, putting monsters from folklore from all around Europe into a new context to deconstruct the human factor that made it. Fun stuff.
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    I mean, yeah, I wouldn't mind something new in, say, P6, but overall I still enjoy the standard MegaTen fusion system more than what we have in 1 and 2. I'm open to new things, and I like how experimental the earlier Persona games are and I genuinely love them and think the various parts really come together well - so I don't really wish it had the SMT fusion systems, it's just that I find it more satisfying in general. It would be total overkill to combine that system with everyone being able to change personas though.

    I'll still think about which character to pick, but I'm definitely looking forward to EP. I hope the translation and old voices don't scare me off too much. I can handle a clunkier UI, but I'm mostly worried about that, since I know they kept parts of the old Revelations names for the P1 characters.

    Btw, I just noticed that Garcon Soejima from Clair de Lune is actually a caricature of Shigenori Soejima (drawn by Soejima himself, btw!). I mean, how could I have not noticed it before? He has the name, AND the face! Are all the shop clerks references to the staff and I'm just missing them? I know about Satomi Tadashi and the Demon Painter being Kaneko, but that's all I do know.
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    So am I!

    So far, I am enjoying Innocent Sin even more than the last time, which is really saying something! I really like the cameos from the P1 cast, although that bob really doesn't look good on Elly. Maki's pixie cut is just amazing, though. And then Brown has some... interesting sideburns. Still, it's really nice to see how much they've all changed and grown. Speaking of, I know that in EP at some point you have to decide whether Elly or Nanjo joins you. Any recommendations for a first run? I feel more attached to Nanjo, personally, although I do really like Elly, but I guess it all comes down to what the routes tell you when it comes to the story, so which do you think has the more crucial info in it?

    Noticed an intersting thing, btw. As much as the later Persona games drift away from the SMT mainline, there's one thing that P3 brought back that's more inline with traditional SMT than what we had with Persona is fusion. While 2 handles it better than 1, I still miss the more traditional fusion mechanic. It felt much more flexible.

    Also, knowing all of the twists from this game and having a vague idea of what Eternal Punishment is about, I find it amusing how 2 is pretty much a deconstruction of 4 before 4 happened. Sure, friendship is an important thing and bonds can help you out a lot, but not only do people unlock the true potential of their Personas by dealing with their problems on their own (which feels more in line with mainline SMT's generally anti-collectivist message, tbh), but it seems clinging to the idea that you have friends to fall back on and that as long as you're remembered you'll be okay, is kind of dangerous and is, in the end, what ends the world. Nyarlathotep took advantage of the gaping holes in the reliance of the power of friendship and pretty much won because of it. It almost feels like 2 should have been made after 4, if you know what I mean.

    Maya is also great. Found her pretty grating for the first time, but it's interesting to see what she actually means by that positive thinking - for one, it's not about being midlessly optimistic, but of making the best of life even when things go bad, so maybe you can make things better. And it's also a coping mechanism for all the pain she's gone through (and perhaps still going through). Also, I noticed that I may have accidentally made one of my main characters from my novel a gender-swapped version of Maya
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    So guess what!

    I've decided to use the fact that my brother is in Oregon now to my advantage. So I bought Eternal Punishment!
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    So old.
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    Also, I love Detective Todoroki and that it's all but outright stated that he's actually possessed by Kyoji Kuzunoha. I really miss the times when all the spinoffs were intertwined and referenced each other liberally. The Devil Summoner and Persona games mesh so well.
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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Arc the Lad II

by Wolf Kanno on 03-27-2018 at 10:53 PM
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One of my all time favorite publishers in the 90s for video games was Working Designs. It was a company that actually tried to get a lot of cool JRPGs released in the West long before the actual JRPG boom in the last years of the decade. I've already spoken about their most high profile title they ever worked on, Lunar: The Silver Star Story,

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Final Fantasy III

by Wolf Kanno on 03-07-2018 at 08:10 PM
Blah blah blah Top 100 blah blah blah too many good games to list. Blah blah blah, games that weren't good enough for my list but still excellent nonetheless.


Of the Classic series within Final Fantasy, FFIII was the last one for me to play, partly cause I didn't emulate very often and partly because I had hoped SE would come to their senses and re-release this title.

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: I am Setsuna

by Wolf Kanno on 02-23-2018 at 06:38 AM
So I did my Top 100 last year, and this year, I'm focusing on a few entries that didn't make the cut for one reason or another. I'll start off by saying that most of the games mentioned in this blog series are all worth playing, they simply just haven't enraptured me enough to place them on my List. I started with Demon's Souls, and i have about 24 more entries to go. I know I said it would be like four or five, but giving myself some time to think about it made me realize how many great games I

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My Top 100's Lost but not Forgotten: Demon's Souls

by Wolf Kanno on 01-22-2018 at 03:23 AM
So as many people know, last year I did my Top 100 Games list, but as usual, there were a lot of games I loved that just didn't make the mark for one reason or another. I didn't really want to make a thread about it though, and figured the Blog would suit it better because there is likely only five or six games I wish to highlight here. I also feel annoyed I never use the Blog feature as much since it feels like a better platform for these types of discussions. In addition to these blogs, I do plan

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Mononoke Hime

by Wolf Kanno on 11-08-2017 at 01:25 AM

A few days ago, I went to a midnight showing of Princess Mononoke at the Esquire Theater downtown. The very same theater I went to watch it the first time back in 1999 during it's initial release in the States. At that time, I was an avid anime fan who would consume whatever I could find as the medium was only in the beginning phases of it's explosive popularity in the 2000s, so the prospect of being able to watch an anime flick in an actual movie

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