Video Game: Devil Survivor 2
The darkly prospering days of man have reached an end.
You who have strayed from the cycle of the stars will leave not a trace of your existence.
But fear not. You will no longer feel anything...Devil Survivor 2
— Quote from the Game Over screen
is the sequel to the Shin Megami Tensei spinoff
game Devil Survivor
, developed by Atlus
. It was released in Japan on July 2011 and in North America on February 28, 2012.
One ordinary Sunday Twenty Minutes into the Future
, a high school senior
and two of his classmates
are headed back home after a mock exam session. But their trip home takes a grim turn when they each receive a email on their phones from Nicaea
, a "dead face delivery site" (in beta
) supposedly able to show the user a photo depicting the death of any person typed into its search engine; however, it is dismissed as a hoax due to the inscrutable quality of the results.
The email contains a high-quality video of a subway accident that kills all three of them.
To avoid their fate, the three friends forge demon contracts
to become three of the thirteen Devil Messengers, gaining the power to bind and summon demons. However, soon afterwards Japan is besieged
by extraterrestrial invaders
called the Septentriones
, with a new invader arriving on each day of the week. As Devil Messengers, the trio have seven days to defeat all seven Septentriones
while using Nicaea to avoid their own deaths and prevent the deaths of the other ten Devil Messengers. Aiding them is the JP's (Japan Meteorological Agency, Prescribed Geomagnetism Research Department
), a government organization who lead the attacks against the Septentriones yet seem to have their own hidden agenda
regarding the unfolding events.
New features include upgradeable racial skills, and a relationship
system (similar to the Social Link system in Persona 3
and Persona 4
) that allows you to bond with the other characters.
Does this storyline and artistry seem familiar to you? Work on the Septentriones' story and art is done by none other that Mohiro Kitoh
!Like its predecessor
, compare and contrast The World Ends with You
Devil Survivor 2 has been given an animated adaptation with its page here
. It has been announced that it will get the same treatment as its predecessor with a Updated Re-release
for the Nintendo 3DS SMT: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record
originally intended to be released the summer of 2013 and now finally released in Japan in late January 2015
. In addition to a fully-voiced treatment of the original game it will also contain an all-new story arc involving a new disaster perpetrated by a new set of invaders known as the Triangulum, new characters, and a crossover with Durarara!!
characters appearing as cameo demons.
The Devil Survivor 2 games provide examples of:
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- Action Bomb: Dubhe, Alioth and Merak's spawn.
- Axe Crazy: Bifrons likes to kill humans. He'll always ask the Anguished One if he can kill any humans in sight. The only thing that keeps him in check is his master.
- Back from the Dead: Nebiros brings back defeated demons using his Necromancy skill.
- Bare Your Midriff: Turns out Kama just loves belly buttons.
- Barrier Change Boss: Beelzebub.
- Bittersweet Ending: Sure, the whole "creating a new world from scratch" ending resulting in what appears to be a world of Ghibli Hills is very heartwarming, but you're really going to miss Al Saiduq.
- Bonus Boss: Belial, Nebiros, Lilith, Beelzebub, Sage of Time, and Alice are all NG+ bosses, with Alice being the ultimate boss of the game. Ghost Q and Billiken aren't mandatory in sense that if you spend your time elsewhere, you can skip fighting them, but the former expects you to fight him solo with the MC and the latter has several cutscenes dedicated to him. Beating all of them makes them fuseable, although you need to beat Alice to make Belial and Nebiros fusable.
- Book Ends: The first battle and the last battle in the game take place at 12:30 Sunday and in two of the six endings the game ends at the same time and place the story began: in the subway just before the train crash.
- Body Surf: Done by Bonus Boss Nebiros if there are any enemies left on the field, and if there's less than 3 demon teams on the field, he uses his turn to summon more.
- Call Back: A very funny one at that. If you manage to defeat both Botis and Bifrons when you first fight them, you get Black Frost to fight you in the 8th Day in all routes except Alcor's. What happens when he moves cements a full Call Back to Devil Survivor...
Black Frost: The messenger of love and justice is here! Time for some magical punishment! ★
Hiro: (Choosing first answer) Frosty!
Black Frost: …Ho? What’re you saying, ho? You got me confused with somebody else!
- The Capital Of Brazil Is Buenos Aires: According to the game's artbook, Ronaldo is half Brazillian, but if you go through his route he'll occasionally greet you in Spanish.
- He doesn't do any such thing in the Japanese version, though, so it's a Woolseyism.
- Chekhov's Gun: A event with Joe has him and a NPC mention Billiken on day 2 as a doll and a God of Luck. Come day 6 and said doll is a boss.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: In the Meritocracy route epilogue, the group of people earlier seen defending a little boy in one of Makoto's Fate events is being led by him, who the game still addresses as "Timid Boy".
- Chirping Crickets: Happens twice in one scene, during an event to revive Kama.
- Co-Dragons: Botis and Bifrons both serve Alcor. Defeating both results in Black Frost taking their place in every route but Alcor's.
- Copy Protection: If the copy protection flags get set off, then during the first boss fight (which starts off as an escape mission then turns into a battle), after the exit is closed off, the event that is supposed to weaken the currently unkillable boss doesn't happen, rendering the game unwinnable.
- Creepy Doll: Billiken.
- Defrosting The Ice Kings: Spend enough time with Yamato and Keita and they eventually come out as Jerks With Hearts of Gold.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything:
- No, you can't kill Dubhe with an Almighty-element attack before Daichi drives the truck into it.
- Naming the Protagonist after a plot-relevant character that has six letters or less than their names (either use a first name or a last name) will make the game warn you that another handle is being used with the same name. This is an easy way to tell they are into Nicaea as well.
- The game will warn you if you accidentally try to put a leader into battle with no skills.
- The passive "Ultimate Hit" makes all your basic attacks almight and changes their name to "Ultimate Hit", the passive Double Strike makes your normal attacks hit twice and changes their name to "Twin Strike". What happens when you use both in the same character/demon? The name changes to "Twin Ultimate", with Double Strike's animation and Ultimate Hit's sound effect.
- During the fight against The Dragon Stream, if you get into a skirmish with another demon, you can see its head in the background.
- Disk One Nuke: You can learn Ziodyne much earlier than the other -Dyne spells if you crack it from Botis.
- Dissonant Serenity: The Septentriones' theme certainly gives off this vibe.
- Dub Name Change: The races of the Septentriones were changed to Star for the english release. In the Japanese version their race names corresponded with their ancient Chinese name.
- Early Bird Boss: Botis, should you choose to fight him. Ziodyne and Shield All on Day 3? This Is Gonna Suck. Fortunately, his speed is so low your entire party will get several shots at him before he moves more than once, and with some planning you can easily remove all his Extra Turns to trick it into spending all of his MP while you whittle away its HP. Also becomes a Disc One Nuke if you manage to crack those two skills with a Joint Crack.
- Everybody Lives: [[Implied in the hidden route's Restorer ending.]]
- Even the Girls Want Her: Lilith's Temptation auto skill inflicts charm 100% on males and a medium chance on females/demons.
- Face Death with Dignity: Ghost Q and Botis on the last day if you didn't kill him earlier in the game when you beat them.
- Failure-to-Save Murder: When you receive Keita's death clip, Joe notes that you could choose not to save him, but wonders if that might not be just as bad as killing him directly.
- Faux Yay: You can suggest that Daichi pretends he's gay to lie about his attempted peeping.
Daichi: Huh... I might get away with it if I said I was in love with Yamato. ...No. That's too risky. *sigh* I don't think I could keep that ruse up when I'm with the girls.
- Five-Man Band: In four of the five routes, there are four major characters depending on which route you take.
- Daichi's Routes:
- Ronaldo's Route:
- Yamato's Route:
- Four Is Death: There are five admins mentioned in the story. Polaris is fourth
- Gameplay and Story Integration: In the Turn Back the Clock ending, it is continuously stated that the protagonists will need a "strong willpower" to "keep their memories" after Polaris rewrites the world back at how it was before. Guess how the New Game+ mechanic works?
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: During the fight with bonus boss Lilith you have to avoid defeating any of the men under her control or you'll kill them and fail the mission. No reason is ever given for why this differs from all of the fights with civilians or JP's members.
- Most likely has to do with them being completely under her control. They are probably trying to fight you to the death. While everyone else fought in the game are in control besides Fumi.
- Get Back Here Boss: The fourth day's boss, in more ways than one. It's actually manifesting at several different areas around Japan, so your team has to split up to kill all parts of it simultaneously, plus once you fight it yourself, it keeps moving around the battlefield to evade your attacks. If it takes too long to kill it, game over!
- Graceful Loser: Botis in the last day battle against him commends you on having great strength as he dies.
- Gratuitous English: The e-mail message you get after the credits is in English even in the Japanese version.
- Greed: Billiken's entire motivation during his battle where he hunts down anything that has macca and kills them to get it. If you don't have any he kills you anyway. Even other demons are terrified of him!
- Hammerspace: Exactly where does Fumi keep all those laptops?!? She whacks Trumpeter with at least 7 to 10 of em! Her dress is way too small to hold em all...
- Hand Wave: Explicitly done on more than one occasion by Yamato about how absurdly prepared JP's is.
Daichi: An exclusive platform...!? Wait a sec, how is this place still running? I mean, after what happened to the subway...!
Yamato: You're wasting time with these useless questions. Let's go.
- A House Divided: By the final day, the party members that are still alive split into three distinct factions concerning what to do about Polaris, and allying yourself with one will cause the party members in the other two to turn against you. However, with the exceptions of Ronaldo and Yamato, you can convince them to rejoin you after the fights if their Fate is high enough. On a certain route you can even get those two to back you up.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: One demon, Trumpeter, certainly feels this way after being mercilessly bludgeoned by Fumi.
Trumpeter: "How do I put this... Humans have become such dreadful beings."
- Taken literally in that our endless possibilities are able to defy even the fate determined by the Akashic Records.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Alice. Though all her friends are dead, so she respectfully requests that any candidates "Die for me!"
- Ill Girl: Joe's girlfriend. Her condition is much worse than she lets on and she eventually dies. However, it seems as though she's brought back to life in the 'true' ending.
- I'm Taking It Home With Me: Taken to some ludicrous extremes by a Badb Catha when you have to retrieve the pieces of Lugh's essence. If it gets to a piece first, it will squee like a little girl and directly mention this trope.
- Interface Spoiler: Even if you don't know the meaning behind the name "Septentriones", an in game event points out said invaders are all named after the stars in the Big Dipper, leading one to believe there will be seven major bosses across seven days. You might then notice the title logo and the file select screen both feature the Big Dipper as well as an eighth star, hinting that the game will not end after a week like the original Devil Survivor.
- Another example would be the Fate System, it only applies to party members, but 3 members specifically are added to it and can even get a some ranks long before they join, those 3 being Yamato Hotsuin, Ronaldo Kuriki, and The Anguished One, Yamato and The Anguished One are both particularly bad for this since they don't join until the 7th Day at the earliest.
- Invisible to Normals: Dera-deka says that you have to have at least some spiritual power already to access Nicaea.
- Interrupted Suicide: Io is constantly afraid of offending anyone, so she always keeps her opinions to herself. However, this turns into an extreme where if you pick the wrong dialog choices, you could end killing her off several times within the storyline. Her main point of character development is when she finds a kid about to commit suicide because he's despairing over his lost family. Io, whose parents were also killed by demons, finally voices her opinion and convinces the kid to live on.
- Irony: Abraxas is classified as a fallen demon yet Abraxas talks about repelling evil.
- Just in Time / You Are Too Late: Whenever it comes to prevent a predicted death, you will either arrive just as things are getting grim, or immediately after the irreparable has happened. Even the first failed rescue mission is titled "Too Late".
- Kill It with Fire: What Bifrons does to several JP's members and possibly Otome.
- Lame Pun Reaction: If you pick Boo-njour! before the battle against Ghost Q, he'll say you make worse puns than he does.
- Luck-Based Mission: The fight against Yamato. As usual for bosses, he gets an extra turn even while attacking from a range, moves insanely fast (though only two spaces at a time), and even if you can get close, there's a high chance that he'll use Megido twice in a row, which will kill pretty much anything. And of course no weaknesses and Reflect Phys. He also gets even faster as you defeat the demons around him, to the point where even ganging up on him can still end up with him having the faster turn. Even without the double Megido hanging above your head, he has Revive (Recarm on fallen allies at start of skirmish) and one of his demons has Samarecarm.
- Make a Wish: Upon being defeated, Polaris will basically grant a wish to whoever defeated him. Each route involves the characters making a different wish. Unless you decide Murder Is the Best Solution.
- Matryoshka Object: The materialized Dragon Stream, which is made up of a chain of heads linked by Nested Mouths. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Mind Screw: Once the Akashic Records start being mentioned, the game then pulls an absurd number of Hand Waves. Said records are actually files for events given for any point in time, and said files have mostly nothing in them and the files with data in them are progressively being erased, which justifies why The Void exists. The records are ancient, and they have been known to record every point in history with incredible accuracy but the Septentriones are the guardians of these records and these records are acting like Laplace Mail in which they are both missing the files for future. However, anyone can give new data for these files, since these files can be edited by Polaris and anyone who controls it, which later becomes the goal for the heroes.
- Mood Whiplash: In the Liberator ending, you get a nice somewhat melancholic piano melody that suddenly shifts to the battle theme when the credits roll.
- And in the Chaos ending, the picture showing Yamato reigning over the world is a little less dramatic when you notice the protagonist and his bunny ears in the background.
- Multiple Endings: Like the first game in the series, there are multiple routes. This time the routes include Ronaldo (Cardinal Ending), Yamato (Mutable Ending), Daichi (Fixed Ending, with three variations including the "True" Ending), and the Anguished One (a very strange ending that could be considered Rebirth). They also have different names each: the person you ally with, a type of star sign, and one of the names listed below. And since Daichi gets multiple endings, the "star sign" names are extended for him.
- Liberator. The Kill Polaris Fixed ending is a Downer Ending. The good news is that NOTHING supernatural (good or bad) can ever screw with humanity ever again, and our fate is ours alone to decide. The bad news is that, besides the Void being replaced by ocean, none of the damage done by Polaris has been undone. That means central Tokyo is the only land that exists in the whole world, as over 99% of the Earth's topography is now gone forever.
- Restorer. The Turn Back The Clock Fixed Ending has Polaris rewind time to slightly before the erasure of the world, effectively making the New Game+ an in story Justified Trope.
- Triumphant. Either of the above endings with all the characters recruited except the Anguished One. The "True" ending is the Restorer + Triumphant ending and gives you a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue. The heroes vow not to forget one another when the Reset Button is hit. Bits of their Character Development show. Daichi promises to become more mature. Io is bold enough to walk up to you and ask to hang out. Hinako and Airi are getting along well enough to put on a concert together. Keita—who's now a boxer of some renown—is helping Jungo sell chawanmushi. The fear that all the events may happen again is proven invalid when the Nicaea app says that its services are no longer needed and wishes you good luck.
- Egalitarian. Ronaldo's Cardinal route involves the creation of a utopia where all men are equal. Polaris' powers accomplish this and the civilians, SDF, and JP's work together to rescue survivors and rebuild society. While the game says that the kind of utopia man dreamed about is created, it questions whether or not mankind can maintain its prosperity without a competitive spirit and the drive to excel. The only certainty is that the future is in the hands of the heroes.
- Meritorious. Yamato's Mutable route culminates in the creation of a true meritocracy. Survival of the fittest rules supreme as the weak are oppressed by the strong, and Polaris points out that even Yamato and the Main Character's supremacy could be challenged at any time. On the other hand, creed, color, age and family ties are no longer a bar to individual progress. Those with natural talent or a willingness to improve themselves are rewarded without fail. Demons are also still around this new world. Meaning that humanity must also be careful of demons.
- Kingmaker. The Anguished One's route has you defeating Polaris and having Alcor replace him as the world's administrator. The world is reborn with man deciding its fate. Alcor becomes God, but loses his physical form and though the heroes lose the ability to interact with him, they still feel his presence.
- And the sequel goes with Merging The Branches: specifically Triumphant and Kingmaker, the two Silver Endings, into a single Golden Ending. Or so it seems at first, but things soon get more complicated...
- No Endor Holocaust:
- Subverted. Nobody dies when Alioth crashes into Sapporo. But that's because everyone is already dead.
- Averted later when it's implied that there may have actually been survivors who were crushed by Alioth (and if any survived, the deadly toxins that flooded the entire city would ensure it wasn't for long). Yamato just lied so that everyone won't feel bad about leveling the city.
- Noble Demon: Botis.
- Noble Shoplifter: Done at one point by Daichi and again by Joe towards the beginning of the game. Unfortunately, given just how quickly civilization breaks down, this act quickly become good intentioned but fairly meaningless.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: The Anguished One. He feels that humans are too controlled and wishes to bring freedom back to the world. However, being that he is a Septentrione, he comes off as a villain, and in four of the five routes, you and your party kill him. However, on his route, he becomes the essence of the new world, and becomes a god that loves and respects humans.
- Obvious Beta: In-Universe example. The Nicaea app is supposed to be in beta, in the same sense as Google Beta.
- By the Triangulum Arc, however, it's been upgraded to version 2.0.
- One Extra Member: The Septentriones (septem = seven). There are eight of them. The eight one, Alcor, is the only one not presented as a mindless abomination. He is the true identity of the Anguished One. He is the one that created Nicaea so that humanity can fight their fate of being erased from existence. In one of the routes, he even become a party member.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: The protagonist and the others were going to be killed by a crashing train; in pops an Obariyon, who holds up the train and cheerily says, "No dying that way! I need to kill you!"
- Order Versus Chaos:
- Interesting not in the fact the themes are present, as they are a Mega Ten mainstay, but in the portrayal which follows astrological star sign qualities (Cardinal v. Fixed v. Mutable) than the traditional split. Both the "Law" and "Chaos" factions rely on Polaris to brainwash humanity to follow their plans of perfect egalitarianism or a hierarchy based on social darwinism (a Chaos mainstay for the series), and Polaris seems to favor the "Chaos" faction more than the "Law" one. All three factions are presented as valid points of view but both "Law" and "Chaos" arguably have terrible spokespersons.
- Oddly, though a possible Neutral/True Freedom/Chaos variant provided by the Anguished One is a weird mix of the freedom of Chaos and a entity who watches over us and will never interfere with us unlike past Law figures(and Polaris himself.
- Parking Garage: A recurring random battle map, the site of a very violent confrontation with Jikokuten and the site of Dera-Deka's death.
- The Peeping Tom: in the "Secret Garden" cutscene, Daichi and Joe decide to spy on the female cast members' physical exam. The main character can join them too, leading to an eavesdropped conversation of the girls comparing their "assets," and several minor What the Hell, Hero? moments later on.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: If you defeat Bifrons and Botis early then on every route except Alcor's he'll be replaced by the messenger of Love and Justice Black Frost.
- Rage Against the Heavens: What Alcor's route boils down to: You overthrow the administrator of the world and create a new world without it.
- Reset Button: In one of Daichi's endings, you make Polaris turn back time to before the invasion.
- Not only that, but the whole purpose of the Septentriones are to destroy and recreate the world. They have apparently destroyed and recreated the world numerous times.
- Oh. Bit like Kagutsuchi, then?
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- If you defeat all the demons before defeating Ghost Q he'll decide to run away and must be beaten before he escapes to unlock him.
- This is also Kama's reaction to learning what the cast wants him to do.
- Strength Equals Worthiness:
- Bonus Boss Beelzebub entire reason for being a boss fight. He's heard great things about the Protagonist and has come to test that strength.
- Bonus Boss Belial and Nebiros picking the player characters to be Alice's friends is because they are so strong that they are worthy of being her friends.
- This is also how Alcor tends to test people's worth. Such as the last day battles against one of his three Dragons.
- And of course, this trope is related to why Yamato takes a shine to the MC after the party beats Dubhe as well as why he fights the MC (to "wake him up") in routes other than his as well as why Defeat Means Friendship for him in Daichi's route. He did sincerely believe Might Makes Right, after all.
- Take a Third Option:
- When pitted against the choice between Yamato's meritocracy and Ronaldo's egalitarianism, Daichi chooses to instead seek for an alternative solution that wouldn't harm anyone. And even though he doesn't have a clue on how to do it, he still convinces Hinako, Io, and Jungo if he's still alive to follow him.
- Then, the Hero can further take a fourth option by not joining any group and convincing the Anguished One to overthrow Polaris.
- ˇThree Amigos!: Notable in that the Protagonist and Daichi didn't meet Io until the beginning of the game. In the "true" ending, it's hinted that this is their future as well.
- Ungrateful Bastard: As soon as you beat Billiken, the demons he was attacking decide that he was on to something and proceed to attack you for your Macca.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential:
- It is entirely possible to allow certain members to die, and you may be tempted to do so just to avoid having to fight them later on.
- Try telling Jungo when you meet him that you're a foe and not a friend. It's like kicking a puppy.
- Wave Motion Gun:
- Your Days Are Numbered: Every day starting on Sunday one Septentrione attacks Japan. Because the alien invaders are named after the stars in the Big Dipper constellation, Hinako speculates that there will be a total of seven Septentriones, with the attacks lasting a week. And according to Yamato the Septentriones have the ability to destroy the entire world.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: The nightmare sequence at the start of Wednesday concerning the aftermath of the battle against Arcturus. Only Yamato barely manages to survive thanks to Al Saiduq's intervention.
- Happy Ending Override: After saving the world from being deleted at the hands of a group of Eldritch Abomindations...the world is once again being threatened by deletion at the hands of another group of Eldritch Abominations.
- Putting the Band Back Together: Much of the earlygame concerns the cast recovering their memories and rejoining the fight against the latest invaders, the Triangulum.