Announcing a new sub-blog!
In the past I did some comparison’s between Kaneko’s demon art and the source material he cribbed it from, which I dubbed Kaneko’s Crib Notes. Okay, so I did only four of them before tonight. But I always liked the idea and there’s tons more out there, so now there’s a place devoted to sussing out just where this crazy man gets all of his wonderful ideas. And you can help! Submissions will be open, but try and keep the source as specific as possible for maximum plausibility!
But follow me and Soren as we delve into obscure artwork and the recesses of a mind obsessed with phallic symbols looking for patterns and connections. It’s Kaneko’s Crib Notes! Where the only shame is being afraid to admit there is none.
The Void Dungeon & Its Callback
In Persona 4, one of the many dungeons you have to explore in the Midnight Channel is the Void Dungeon. The Void Dungeon is created from Mitsuo Kubo, and suffers from the same mindset as the young man; isolated and out of touch with society. The party first encounters Mitsuo when he very unsuccessfully tries to flirt with Yukiko.
Mitsuo being so alienated from the rest of society ended up playing a lot of games, his dungeon represents this with the obvious throwbacks to the 8-Bit era. The whole dungeon is made up of cubes like the processor bits of the games of old, and has a chip-tune theme instead of the usual quality of music. Among the many obvious throwbacks to that era, Atlus snuck in one reference to the very first Shin Megami Tensei in there too.
It’s interesting comparing this translation (2008) to their actual Shin Megami Tensei i translation (2014). However, it should be noted that the line is essentially just a reference to that early introduction scene with your mother, and not the scene itself, so it isn’t a fair 1:1 comparison. Interesting enough most of the staff behind Persona 4 ended up working on Shin Megami Tensei i, so in a way they already have worked on parts of SMTi even before they worked on it. Callbacks are quite common in MegaTen games, and the team has stated before in an interview that they felt they have been translating SMTi all this time through the years because of the other games.
Funny how those things turn out.
The boss battle with Mitsuo also amusingly replicates the old menu in the original game as an attack animation.
Atlus Holding Discount Sale On PlayStation Network.
Atlus titles go on sale on the Nintendo eShop very often, but this week, they’re holding a sale on the PlayStation Network in North America. The following Atlus games are on discount sale at the moment:
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 – $7.99 (down from $9.99)
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment – $3.99 (down from $5.99)
Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – $3.99 (down from $9.99)
Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army – $3.99 (down from $9.99)