History Headscratchers / ShinMegamiTensei

25th Feb '18 9:24:00 PM nombretomado
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** Probably an oversight. Also, since the game engine is more or less the same one from ShinMegamiTenseiII, it probably wasn't removed because of either laziness on the programming team, or because having to micromanage Magnetite consumption kept the challenge rating of the gameplay high.

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** Probably an oversight. Also, since the game engine is more or less the same one from ShinMegamiTenseiII, ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', it probably wasn't removed because of either laziness on the programming team, or because having to micromanage Magnetite consumption kept the challenge rating of the gameplay high.



* Why is Yama a part of the Chaos faction in ShinMegamiTenseiI? Isn't he a demon whose entire shtick (ingame and his source mythos) being the demon judge of the underworld, and isn't LAW what a judge decides? However, in VideoGame/DevilSurvivor, he's allied with a rather Law Hero inclined character, which is somewhat inconsistent, so is this just EarlyInstallmentWeirdness?

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* Why is Yama a part of the Chaos faction in ShinMegamiTenseiI? ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI''? Isn't he a demon whose entire shtick (ingame and his source mythos) being the demon judge of the underworld, and isn't LAW what a judge decides? However, in VideoGame/DevilSurvivor, he's allied with a rather Law Hero inclined character, which is somewhat inconsistent, so is this just EarlyInstallmentWeirdness?



** Yama is a Deity in VideoGame/DevilSurvivor while he's a Tenma in the earlier games. Which is why he can work with someone like Keisuke. A demons race can determine their alignment and who they side with. There are exceptions however such as Echidna who is Dark-Law but is on the side of Chaos in VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI.
* Why the hell are the Seraphim so damned loyal to YHVH, especially in ShinMegamiTenseiII and VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga? In the former, He banished them from heaven and basically abandoned them, and in the latter, He turned them into ''flesh eating abominations!'' Is this just MyMasterRightOrWrong gone to its utterly psychotic conclusion?

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** Yama is a Deity in VideoGame/DevilSurvivor while he's a Tenma in the earlier games. Which is why he can work with someone like Keisuke. A demons race can determine their alignment and who they side with. There are exceptions however such as Echidna who is Dark-Law but is on the side of Chaos in VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI.
''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI''.
* Why the hell are the Seraphim so damned loyal to YHVH, especially in ShinMegamiTenseiII ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' and VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga? In the former, He banished them from heaven and basically abandoned them, and in the latter, He turned them into ''flesh eating abominations!'' Is this just MyMasterRightOrWrong gone to its utterly psychotic conclusion?
10th Feb '18 2:39:10 AM ergeis
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* In SMT 1 and 2, the Law Hero, the Chaos Hero, the Heroine, Beth, and Hiroko can all use magic. Why are they able to use magic, and if the Chaos Hero can use magic, then why can't he fight off Ozawa and his gang by scaring them off with fire?

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* In SMT 1 and 2, the Law Hero, the Chaos Hero, the Heroine, Beth, and Hiroko can all use magic. Why are they able to use magic, and if the Chaos Hero can use magic, then why can't he fight off Ozawa and his gang by scaring them off with fire?fire?
* From what I understand, the Tensei in the title is different from 'reincarnation with some people saying 'metempsychosis' is a better translation. Could someone more knowledgeable explain the difference? I thought of this when reading Digital Devil Story as Yumiko is the reincarnation of Izanami but Izanami still exists as a separate entity.
12th Dec '17 12:58:44 AM Cryoclaste
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** Couldn't avoiding national stereotypes be possible if they invited scriptwriters from other countries into the crew to help write stories for games taking place outside Japan? I mean, this troper finds it hard to believe that all these monsters, spirits, and deities from mythologies all over the world are only congregating in Japan, and would love to see what's going on in other countries (especially my own, the USA) within the SMT universe. Game Freak has been making [[PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokemon games that take place in regions]] [[PokemonXandY not based on regions in Japan recently]]. Why can't Atlus do the same for Shin Megami Tensei?

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** Couldn't avoiding national stereotypes be possible if they invited scriptwriters from other countries into the crew to help write stories for games taking place outside Japan? I mean, this troper finds it hard to believe that all these monsters, spirits, and deities from mythologies all over the world are only congregating in Japan, and would love to see what's going on in other countries (especially my own, the USA) within the SMT universe. Game Freak has been making [[PokemonBlackAndWhite [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokemon games that take place in regions]] [[PokemonXandY [[VideoGame/PokemonXandY not based on regions in Japan recently]]. Why can't Atlus do the same for Shin Megami Tensei?
25th Oct '17 7:56:40 PM NoSurprizes
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*** ''Apocalypse'''s producer said in [[http://eirikrjs.blogspot.com/2016/08/apocalypse-artbook.html an interview]] that Mido (the guy who runs the Cathedral) is a bodhisattva who's transcended the cycle of death and rebirth, so he probably just travels through the multiverse like Stephen to wherever Messiahs need his services.


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** [[http://eirikrjs.tumblr.com/post/148319165217/why-is-mara-female-in-strange-journey He isn't.]] The localizers made that up.
27th Sep '17 2:56:50 AM ergeis
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** This was acknowledged in an interview where he said that it all boils down to interpretation.
23rd Aug '17 5:22:49 PM SteelEdge
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* Where are the Kuzunohas in ''Shin Megami Tensei 1''? Soulless Army establishes that [[spoiler: their descendants survived, judging by the 44th Raidou Kuzunoha]]. Shouldn't they be dealing with the massive flood of demons before Thor nukes Tokyo? A case could be made for IV and IVA, but [[spoiler: there's no confirmation that they're alive in those games.]]

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* Where are the Kuzunohas in ''Shin Megami Tensei 1''? Soulless Army establishes that [[spoiler: their descendants survived, judging by the 44th Raidou Kuzunoha]]. Shouldn't they be dealing with the massive flood of demons before Thor nukes Tokyo? A case could be made for IV and IVA, but [[spoiler: there's no confirmation that they're alive in those games.]]]]
* In SMT 1 and 2, the Law Hero, the Chaos Hero, the Heroine, Beth, and Hiroko can all use magic. Why are they able to use magic, and if the Chaos Hero can use magic, then why can't he fight off Ozawa and his gang by scaring them off with fire?
17th Jun '17 4:13:01 AM ergeis
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** [[http://dijeh.tumblr.com/post/145807344153/heres-a-recent-interview-with-nishitani-aya Very recent interview from 2016 reveals that he became a professor for creative writing]]. He plans to write some books in the future.
27th Mar '17 12:01:22 PM crashkey
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** Most of them (that are drawn by Kaneko, so not that Centaur) are symbolically related; like Persephone being split down the middle to represent how her life is divided by her time in the underworld and out of it. Also, "what everyone knows it to look like" is really, really boring.
6th Mar '17 5:34:38 PM SteelEdge
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* Anyone else know why Atlus rarely acknowledges the first two Megami Tensei games? I would understand the first since they still belong to Aya Nishitani but MTII was all original and that's where the series usual tropes came from. I found it strange that they consider SMT the first in the series (see SMT Switch trailer).

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* Anyone else know why Atlus rarely acknowledges the first two Megami Tensei games? I would understand the first since they still belong to Aya Nishitani but MTII was all original and that's where the series usual tropes came from. I found it strange that they consider SMT the first in the series (see SMT Switch trailer).trailer).
* Where are the Kuzunohas in ''Shin Megami Tensei 1''? Soulless Army establishes that [[spoiler: their descendants survived, judging by the 44th Raidou Kuzunoha]]. Shouldn't they be dealing with the massive flood of demons before Thor nukes Tokyo? A case could be made for IV and IVA, but [[spoiler: there's no confirmation that they're alive in those games.]]
24th Jan '17 4:23:44 AM ergeis
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* Do COMPS/Arm Terminals/smartphones/laptops/etc. ever run out of power? Why don't the protagonists ever seem to need to recharge? They can't be solar powered if the players run around in places without sunlight for days. Do they have miniature nuclear reactors like in Back To the Future?

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* Do COMPS/Arm Terminals/smartphones/laptops/etc. ever run out of power? Why don't the protagonists ever seem to need to recharge? They can't be solar powered if the players run around in places without sunlight for days. Do they have miniature nuclear reactors like in Back To the Future?Future?
* Anyone else know why Atlus rarely acknowledges the first two Megami Tensei games? I would understand the first since they still belong to Aya Nishitani but MTII was all original and that's where the series usual tropes came from. I found it strange that they consider SMT the first in the series (see SMT Switch trailer).
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