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Tear Jerker: Asura's Wrath
"No more crying.....smile."
For a game that could be called I'm Pissed Off: The Game, Asura's Wrath sure likes to take your heart and twist it into knots. Use spoiler tags if necessary.
This screenshot of Asura holding his dead wife bridal style in his arms is just heart wrenching to look at. But it also helps fuel his rage as well.
What makes it worse is that he's screaming her name, with a look of absolute sorrow, we've seen Asura mad beyond believe, but we've never seen him sad up until now. Makes the rage he feels all the more justified.
When Asura first awakes after his betrayal by Deus, and witnesses the fruits of the Seven Deities' labors. He doesn't yell, he doesn't even sound angry. He simply looks at his destroyed homeland and remarks on it in a surprisingly broken tone of voice.
In the fight against Augus, near the end of the battle on the moon, when Augus is flinging Asura from the moon to the earth with his extendo-sword, Augus is trying a Not So Different on Asura, when it doesn't stick, and Asura gets impaled on the sword, Augus asks why he and Asura or different, and right after that we get a short flash of Asura's daughter, Mithra, looking at the screen. In that brief second you see a young woman, looking downright helpless. Just goes to show that 12,000 years of betrayal by the Seven Deities is not fun.
Episode 12: Gods of Death. That poor girl...
Made even worse by the fact that the Baby she was taking care of died with her, and in the Japanese version, Tomoyo Mitani's vocal version of In Your Belief makes the scene all the more tragically painful.
And to truly strike the nail in the coffin, During the credits the camera focuses on one soul that it's safe to assume it's the girl's, and it's only made worse when you realize that for all of her defiance and Asura's efforts, she'll be just another soul used to power Mantra.
The real hammerblow is just the way that Asura is screaming while in Berserker Form. He's not simply angry or enraged, he's consumed by this horrible mixture of grieving agony and pure, undiluted hatred. Beforehand, you've seen him hurting, and you've seen him angry, but not both at the same time to such a horrible degree that he can't even think straight. And he just. Keeps. Screaming.
At times it even sounds like he's crying.
Episode 15's recap with Yasha feeling doubts for his cause after seeing a human father crying over his dead son's corpse.
Episode 21 settles the rivalry between Yasha and Asura in a heartbreaking way. Quite suddenly, Yasha (with his mask again) starts fighting Asura, who is both mad and confused as to why he's doing so. The fighting escalates and Yasha is on the losing end. The climax comes as the two run to each other ready throw punches at one another as the scene plays in Deliberately Monochrome, Silence Is Golden, and Bullet Time, even the reaction command for the punch. Yasha lets out a small smirk, Asura sees it, his eyes widen, and he stops himself at the last moment, command and all, before he connects the blow. Yasha's face mask breaks, his bandages reveal he has a gaping hole in his chest, and all he has is a serene expressionwith his body frozen in an extended punch. His last words were "Go... Save Mithra... and the world."
Asura: You were always a brother, never an enemy
Before that, you get a QTE command to fist bump Yasha one last time.
The final ending of the game. Just... the final ending...
Post final Blow against Chakrvartin, with In Your Belief playing and beautifully heartbreaking voice acting:
Mithra: Why do you have to act so recklessly!
Asura: I... I couldn't bear to see you suffer!
Mithra: (In tears) Stupid.
Asura: No more crying. Smile. My wrath... is finally... Gone.
The Japanese translation is slightly different, but no less tearjerking.
Asura: My wrath... is finally... satisfied.
Chapter 22 has a subtle Tearjerker right at the start in the title: "A Life Well Lived." Just reading that title alone is warning enough that Asura won't live through the battle.
When Asura tells Mithra "But you will still live," and then shoots past her. Her eyes widen in shock, and then her face twists in horrified grief, because she knows what her father is about to do. It's one of the most heartrending moments, simply due to the pain on her face. The rest of the ending has equal parts happiness and sadness, but that moment is just bawl-out-your-eyes, grief-stricken agony.
And her scream! God, so much despair and anguish in her scream...
In Episode 8, Asura finishes most of Kalrow's minions and is smacking one of the last ones repeatedly in the face, with his Burst gauge filling up with every hit. Then, he hears sobbing behind him, and he turns to see the nameless girl repeatedly beating one of the other soldiers' corpses with a rock over and over again in angry frustration after seeing what they did to her village. Just looking at her makes Asura's entire Burst meter empty as something finally does show up to quell his rage. He stops the girl and tells her that he understands how she feels.