Video Game: Majin Tensei II Spiral Nemesis aka: Majin Tensei II
The second game of the Majin Tensei series of Strategy RPGs.In 1996, a demonic infestation arises in Tokyo lead by someone who overthrows the government in a coup d' etat, turning the city into a demon paradise as a result. An organization known as Partisan is created to fight back against this individual and unravel his Modus Operandi, but before long the situation goes out of control.Main Characters:
Naoki Takeuchi (Protagonist): Compared to others in the Megaten Franchise, he can actually talk. Uses Swords, Knives, and Firearms.
Kaoru Tachibana: The Big Guy of the group, both physically and magically. Specializes in Katana and Axe use, learns Agi, Zio, Giga, and Megido spells.
Tomoharu Kikuchi: The Smart Guy of the group. He gains the ability to summon demons later on. Can use Swords, Knives, and Bows.
Aya Kikuchi: Action Girl of the group, can use some offensive magic but specializes in healing. Uses Knives, Firearms, and Staves, learns Dia, Maragi, and Rimudora spells.
Karen Rose: A mysterious woman who appears in Naoki's dreams, she apparently knows what's causing the problems in Tokyo. Can use Knives, Spears and Firearms, but only joins the party on any non-Neutral route.
Ogiwara: The leader of the demonic invasion. Can use Swords, Katanas, and Firearms, but only joins on a Neutral route. He is said to be the child of Lucifer himself, which is why he can talk to demons. If you are either Law or Chaos after his conference, he will fight you in chapter 3-10 (aka 29), "Base of Ogiwara" and then die.
This game contains the following tropes:
Arc Words: Nemesis, it's even mentioned in the title as Spiral Nemesis.
Laser-Guided Amnesia The Light-Law Ending. The heroes lose all their memories pertaining to the journey they all took, so that a paradox will not occur. However after her mission Karen is sent back to 1995 where Naoki meets Karen again by chance.
I Choose to Stay: The Light-Chaos Ending. Naoki decides that someone is needed to keep the peace in 2056, while the others go back in time. Tomoharu becomes involved in academics and politics in 1996, possibly leading him to become a public figure, Kaoru searches for his mother in 1995, and Aya helps Naoki's parents in 2024
My Future Self and Me: The Dark-Chaos Ending. Naoki remains in the future while everyone else is sent back, minus the details of the Light-Chaos Ending.
Mythology Gag: References from the first game are in this. Even some of the music; Devil Dance is used for the Free missions (Purple marks) on the map, Frame Up Fragment is used on the Paranoia maps, and the Satellite map uses Bicarbonate of Face/Fate (Overworld theme of Majin Tensei). In addition the Core of Megapolis is a metal pyramid with the top removed, and HELIOS is fired by Satan.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ogiwara. He went back to the past to destroy the DIO system. DIO ultimately lead the Supreme Council to become corrupt and defunct. If the Council is not stopped, the military will perform a complete glassing of Megalopolis.
Winged Humanoid: Some demons, angels, and Satan and Lucifer, are fought as their humanoid forms rather than their transformed states in earlier and later games in the Megaten franchise.
Zoroastrianism: Perhaps the first game in the franchise that features Ahura Mazda in his original form, Verethragna, Anahita, Mithra, and Ahriman.