History Analysis / Persona3

7th Aug '15 11:20:08 AM LKArtillery
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Ken's persona, Nemesis, represents absolute justice, or rather revenge. Ken himself illustrates the Justice Arcana very clearly. He joined SEES in order to seek revenge on Shinjiro for his mother's death. The question remains, however, whether or not it is right to seek revenge. Ken's desire for revenge is self-destructive, consuming most of his life, and he even plans to kill himself after taking revenge. This is another facet of Nemesis: she is a daughter of Nyx, and thus embodies a desire for death. When the crucial moment comes, Shinjiro refuses to take the role of Ken's enemy - he doesn't resist Ken, even giving his life to save him, but he does advise him against revenge for Ken's own benefit. Shinjiro's influence as the Hierophant causes Ken to rethink his desire for revenge, Nemesis evolves into Kala-Nemi.

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Ken's persona, Nemesis, represents absolute justice, or rather revenge. Ken himself illustrates the Justice Arcana very clearly. He joined SEES in order to seek revenge on Shinjiro for his mother's death. The question remains, however, whether or not it is right to seek revenge. Ken's desire for revenge is self-destructive, consuming most of his life, and he even plans to kill himself after taking revenge. This is another facet of Nemesis: she is a daughter of Nyx, and thus embodies a desire for death. When the crucial moment comes, Shinjiro refuses to take the role of Ken's enemy - he doesn't resist Ken, even giving his life to save him, but he does advise him against revenge for Ken's own benefit. benefit.

Shinjiro's influence as the Hierophant causes Ken to rethink his desire for revenge, and Nemesis evolves into Kala-Nemi.
Kala-Nemi. Kala-Nemi in the official works is stated to have been a pre-Vedic deity whose name means "wheel of time"; however, Vedic Sloka, or epic prayers, depict him not as the Wheel of Time itself, but its destroyer, one who frees people from ignorance, karma and the cycle of reincarnation. Kala-Nemi in another interpretation is depicted as a demon who wielded enough power to wage successful war against the gods--this would make sense when taking into consideration Ken's resolve to defeat the undefeatable avatar of death, ending the cycle of revenge once and for all.
7th Jun '15 1:56:00 AM Mr.Bubbles
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In traditional readings, Death represents transitions, metamorphosis, deep changes, and cycles. Instead, the Nyx Avatar represents the more popular, generic interpretation of the card: [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]] and destruction. Rather than continuing the cycle of birth, life, and death, it serves only as a harbinger of Nyx to fulfill mankind's subconscious death urges and bring about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Fall.]]

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In traditional readings, Death represents transitions, metamorphosis, deep changes, and cycles. Instead, the Nyx Avatar represents the more popular, generic interpretation of the card: [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]] and destruction. Rather than continuing the cycle of birth, life, and death, it serves only as a harbinger of Nyx to fulfill mankind's subconscious death urges and bring about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Fall.]]
7th Jun '15 1:54:33 AM Mr.Bubbles
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!! Death
In traditional readings, Death represents transitions, metamorphosis, deep changes, and cycles. Instead, the Nyx Avatar represents the more popular, generic interpretation of the card: [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]] and destruction. Rather than continuing the cycle of birth, life, and death, it serves only as a harbinger of Nyx to fulfill mankind's subconscious death urges and bring about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Fall.]]
7th Jun '15 1:43:51 AM Mr.Bubbles
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!! The Chariot
The Chariot, normally, represents victory and conquest. In this case, it's literally military conquest and victory at all costs. Reversed, however, it also represents impulsiveness, inflexibility, and anxiety. It takes the form of a Tank, which is seen as very difficult to control. The Arcana Justice acts as a "Driver", leading it around so it can achieve victory over others

!! Justice
Usually read as unbiased reason, moderation of one's behavior and logic in the face of conflict, the reversed variety represents corrupted reasoning, emotional thinking, and an excess of damaging desires. The fact that the Arcana Justice is controlling the Arcana Chariot may represent corrupt leadership, like a dictator or fascist.
11th May '15 3:02:43 AM Mr.Bubbles
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!! The Wheel of Fortune
Ordinarily, Fortune is meant to represent the importance of patience in achieving great change. Reversed, it means quick resolutions by any means necessary. The shadow's only skill is to use a roulette to cause damage, but with the possibility that it'll be harmed instead. This eventually drives it to cheat when at a disadvantage.

!! Strength
Strength is about love, patience, and gentleness, such as the need to help other people. Reversed, it represents a selfish desire to protect one person. The boss is surrounded by roses meant to represent its lustful nature, as it wants fortune only for itself.
3rd Feb '15 9:05:46 PM kittenhymnal
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!! The Emperor and Empress
The Emperor and Empress are two cards that traditionally are foils to one another; with the Emperor representing dominance, courage, authority, and power, all traditionally "masculine" sources of power, and the Empress representing creation, beauty, desire, intuition, and satisfaction, serving as a traditionally feminine counterpoint. As such, their reversed forms turn these on their heads. The Emperor, a stiffly moving man with short, ineffectual limbs and an ineffectual weapon, contrasts dominance and power by seeming to have none of either. The Empress, a corpulent, only vaguely female monster, inverts her meanings as well. In addition, the inversion of the cards is accentuated by their gimmick; a skill which exchanges their strengths and weaknesses. Rather than being two separate and distinct entities, they are essentially the same.



Lovers generally represents a pairing (obviously) but in Reversed form, it represents a ''forced'' pairing, hence why it manipulates members of SEES into pairing up in the "love motel." The other meaning of Lovers is a choice, but the shadow removes choice by clouding people's minds.

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The Lovers generally typically represents one of three things: a pairing/relationship, a choice, or identity. When upright, it can mean a naturally flowing relationship, an important choice to be made, or an aspect of identity. As such, the reversed form represents a pairing (obviously) but in Reversed form, repression of choice, a loss of identity, or a forced pairing. The boss calls to mind all three meanings, with the search leading up to finding it, where you must choose one specific course of action; the scenes directly before the boss, where it represents a ''forced'' pairing, hence why it manipulates members of SEES not only forced the team into pairing up in two pairings, robbing them and the "love motel." The other meaning player of Lovers is a any choice, but two pairings based upon nothing but gender; and the shadow fight itself, where its focus upon charm, a status that removes choice by clouding people's minds.
control of a character, ties into its theme of a forced or nonexistent choice. Its visual design as well calls the meaning of a forced pairing to mind, with a male and female symbol linked together in a large gelatinous heart, symbolizing a pairing that exists for no solid reason.
12th Jun '14 12:55:19 AM VPhantom
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Much like [[{{Persona 4}} Nanako Dojima]], Ken has a very strong sense of right and wrong for his age. In the early stages of his Social Link, Ken is uncomfortable showing his childish side to the Female Protagonist. It isn't until Shinjiro shows him the truth that Ken becomes comfortable showing his vulnerable side to her. Still, he is unsure of whether or not to make his feelings known. After all, there ''is'' a six year difference between them. At some point, however, he realizes (with some prodding from the Female Protagonist) that it's ''just'' a six year difference and that it isn't necessarily wrong. After all, that's what the Justice Arcana embodies - right and wrong.

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Much like [[{{Persona [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Nanako Dojima]], Ken has a very strong sense of right and wrong for his age. In the early stages of his Social Link, Ken is uncomfortable showing his childish side to the Female Protagonist. It isn't until Shinjiro shows him the truth that Ken becomes comfortable showing his vulnerable side to her. Still, he is unsure of whether or not to make his feelings known. After all, there ''is'' a six year difference between them. At some point, however, he realizes (with some prodding from the Female Protagonist) that it's ''just'' a six year difference and that it isn't necessarily wrong. After all, that's what the Justice Arcana embodies - right and wrong.
17th Sep '13 7:38:35 AM Speedball
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Lovers generally represents a pairing (obviously) but in Reversed form, it represents a ''forced'' pairing, hence why it manipulates members of SEES into pairing up in the "love motel."

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Lovers generally represents a pairing (obviously) but in Reversed form, it represents a ''forced'' pairing, hence why it manipulates members of SEES into pairing up in the "love motel."
" The other meaning of Lovers is a choice, but the shadow removes choice by clouding people's minds.
17th Jan '13 10:35:49 AM NightsShades
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Normally, you would interpret this card as someone introspective, reclusive, understanding of themselves. Reversed, however, denotes someone with no regard or respect for society and who is inhumane, thus explaining the power failure it causes.

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Normally, you would interpret this card as someone introspective, reclusive, understanding of themselves. Reversed, however, denotes someone with no regard or respect for society and who is inhumane, thus explaining the power failure it causes.
causes. The Hermit also lacks the wisdom it's arcana is supposed to have as shown by the charge time on its 'Giga Spark' move, during which it is most vulnerable
17th Jan '13 10:33:06 AM NightsShades
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The Magician is the card of possibilities and of a charismatic person but reversed there are no possibilities and the charismatic speaker is a con-artist. This is the boss that had the most suspense and build up to its appearance and is the only Full Moon Shadow to appear in an animated cutscenes. But because its beaten through the power of cutscenes it is not considered to be a boss and was only full of hot air and false bravado, fitting for a charlatan

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The Magician is the card of possibilities and of a charismatic person but reversed there are no possibilities and the charismatic speaker is a con-artist. This is the boss that had the most suspense and build up to its appearance and is the only Full Moon Shadow to appear in an animated cutscenes. But because its beaten through [[CutscenePowertotheMax the power of cutscenes it is cutscenes]] its not considered to be a real boss and was only full of hot air and false bravado, fitting for a charlatan



The Hierophant is supposed to be the moral guiding force in the community, hence why the card is usually associated with a spiritual leader. Reversed however gives the boorish holy man in a love motel, disregarding all he's supposed to stand for and a hypocrite. Another interpretation is the holy man that tries to use fear to control people, hence its 'Prophecy of Ruin' attack that makes all your party afraid

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The Hierophant is supposed to be the moral guiding force in the community, hence why the card is usually associated with a spiritual leader. Reversed however gives the boorish holy man in a love motel, disregarding all he's supposed to stand for and a hypocrite. Another interpretation is the holy man that tries to use fear to control people, hence its 'Prophecy of Ruin' attack that makes all your whole party afraid
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