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    Btw have you heard this

    (SPOILER)

    I mean, it's nothing like I imagined from the contact, but it's pretty catchy
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    I actually got the material card for Hastur. I actually stumbled on how to get it pretty much by accident while still playing Innocent Sin. It was pretty amusing.
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    So far, I don't think I'll ever need more Magicians, Strengths, Moons, Worlds... I also have a couple hundred Free Tarot cards now which is pretty crazy.
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    I'll definitely do that when I get the chance. But since I've already spent so many hours learning what the demons want to hear in this area, I have to persevere. I mean, at least I end up with more cards anyway so it's a win anyway.
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    So my progress in EP has kind of halted because I've decided to stop and run around the Sanitarium a bit and get some Fool cards. And God damn. Pretty much all of my available arcana are in the hundreds (around 600 Magician cards, for example), and I still haven't gotten the fool question even once. I won't give up though. I've spent so much time on it that it'd feel like a waste if I just gave up.
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    I'm currently brainstorming my story idea and you can really tell it's me because so far it's really more depressing than scary
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    I have seen it. It's great with its slightly corny 90s vibe.

    I don't really take issue with the style itself, since I do like the style on paper, I just don;t think it looks good with her face. The ponytail was the bomb. Btw, will Toro show up in EP? I liked how he was still around in IS and it seemed like he got over some stuff as well.

    And yeah, the perspective on Katsuya thing is interesting, and I hope to see more stuff like that in the game. I also wonder what;s the deal with the Suou parents, as Katsuya did mention them being alive in IS, but it;s still implied he's actually taking care of Tatsuya. And then the Great Father included Tatsuya's dada as well, so I'd assume they have some form of daddy issues as well.

    Can't wait to get Baofu since I did hear a lot of cool things about him. And he's apparently voiced by Richard Epcar? Color me intrigued.
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    Ah, okay then, so Katsuya is a good guy. Does Maya actually get a choice to romance him vs Tatsuya like Tatsu had in IS?

    As I was playing IS, I decided I would be going for Nanjo since his role in that game was incredibly small while Elly got to help out a ton, so it only made sense to get him in the spotlight this time. But then I started EP and this Wang Long (hehehe) thing is a pretty big deal and apparently Elly's arc deals more with it? Dunno. Still leaning more towards Nanjo if only because I like his EP design a bit more. That bob really, really doesn't suit her.

    Btw, am I correct in assuming that Tec and Agi are the best stats to invest in for Maya?
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    I don't get how he feels about cats at this point, tbh. Okay, so Helios took the form of a cat, which doesn't really make sense for Helios, the anthropomorphic representation of the sun, so I assumed it's just a reference to his personality and the fact that he likes cats. But then when he comments on it (something like "why a cat of all things?"), it seems like he actually dislikes cats? Intriguing. I hope this thread continues. I really need to know how Katsuya relates to cats because if he really doesn't like cats, I don't think he can be my boyfriend anymore.

    Btw, enjoying the music a lot more so far! And I don't mean the old arrangements, because I think the remade soundtrack for both games is way better, but the battle theme, for example, is way better composed in EP, with much more interesting harmonies. It's no longer a single note in the baseline - there's actual phrases and the whole piece just logically comes together. I dig it.
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    Btw, sorry, but I didn't really listen to your advice I do intend to spend the majority of my weekend on self-fulfillment, so to speak (i.e. writing, gym, etc.), but I couldn't help myself and started EP right away. Overall, I'm loving it so far! Here are some of my experiences so far:
    • I expected this game to be harder, but it still caught me off guard. Got slammed in one of my first battles yesterday evening just before going to bed, but I got up today with a newfound resolve. Turns out, I really need to save more often (even though saving takes slightly longer now compared to IS PSP) and shift to my MegaTen mode, i.e. playing very carefully and paying attention to everything. IS brought back some bad habits from the FF days in that I could just do anything and win because the game seemed kind of afraid I'd give up so it just gave me all the tools to win.
    • The battles actually do flow a lot better! Who knew deciding everyone's actions from a single menu is much more comfortable than inputting everyone's commands one by one!
    • At first I was a bit worried when I noticed that everyone has just one conversation option, but then I found that not only does it really streamline the contact experience, but there are actually more group contacts, since they partly depend on the order you pick the characters for it. And they've all been really amusing so far. I like that they're really taking advantage of the fact that the cast is adults.
    • Thoroughly enjoying the cast already. Ulala seems cool and Katsuya is bae, what with his adorkableness. So far he's my favorite. And while I'm happy that Maya gets to be in the spotlight and that I myself can be the one inspiring positivity this time, it feels a bit odd that she's silent.
    • Pleasantly surprised with the voice acting. I'd heard it was laughably bad, but that's a very unfair exaggeration, imo. Does it meet current VA standards? Of course not. But considering the time it was recorded in, it's really pretty good. It definitely helps that Amanda Wynn Lee and David Wittenberg are veteran voice actors and even back then they knew how to play their characters fairly well. Maya is probably the weakest at this point, but it's interesting how Lia Minella's Maya sounds very similar to Wendee Lee's Maya from IS sometimes. It's almost as if Lee was trying to sound like Minella at times. Still, I haven't heard the voice most people complained about, Tatsuya, so I guess my opinion might change. But overall I'm still very pleasantly surprised by the voice acting.
    • Here's another surprise, but this one is much less pleasant. Everyone said the translation is fine. It's passable, at best, I think. It may not be as bad as FFVII's translation, in that I can still get the general gist of what's going on while VII got pretty incomprehensible at times, but it's still painfully obvious that this is a translation - something a good translation always averts - with a lot of awkward syntax, to the point that I often have to squint and focus really hard on the sentence to understand the message. I just hope I'll get used to it.
    • I'm also pretty happy with the UI. Coming from the very sleek, late-Persona-inspired menus from P1 and IS, I was worried this would be very clunky, but I'm actually getting similar nostalgic 90s vibes to when I was playing Soul Hackers. The UI does its job well. Also, I changed my background to stars! Yaaaay~!


    So yeah, sorry for the long message But I'm digging EP and can't wait to see more of it!
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