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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Shadow Hearts
The Koudelka manga takes place after the ending where she beats the Final Boss.

  • Koudelka is emotionally scarred, but stronger and more independent.

Both good and bad endings for Shadow Hearts and Shadow Hearts: Covenant are all canon

  • Shadow Hearts: Covenant: Some people believe that the proper play-through is first game: bad ending, second game: good ending, first game: good ending. It helps if you prefer the many-worlds explanation of time travel. This has a benefit of explaining Anne's Cross. Yes, it goes through a time loop, but it's only a single (open-ended) one. Others wonder why Anne's Cross doesn't get more battered with every loop, apparently thinking there's a stable time loop going on.
    • This comes with the added plus of providing a solid premise for another legit sequel starring Yuri.

Koudelka turned Yuri into a polyglot

  • Yuri seems decently intelligent, but not book smart or studious, and is always moving around too frequently to pick up languages through naturalization. Despite this he can walk up to any man, woman or child in the streets of Tokyo, Paris, Wales, Chengdu, Florence, Moscow, and many other places and strike up a conversation. This is because while Koudelka had access to Yuri's head she shoved a ton of language comprehension in there, so any time you're talking to someone in France, it's in French and so on. She didn't bother to give him multilingual reading comprehension, though, probably because the more she messed with his head the more painful and dangerous it became for him, hence his persistent confusion with Russian lettering.
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