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A collection of stories that is part of Project: Alternate!Gentaro, taking place prior to Tarot Crusaders (although it can be read after, if you so wish).

The Asylum has been destroyed for good, but not all the scars have healed. What happened before Tarot Crusaders would even surface is a collection of stories that depict many gods, old and new, trying to move on, even when darkness from a world unknown is slowly creeping in.

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Inmate Echoes provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: The Swordsmen, back in their original series, were villains with a vendetta over the heroes (Raphael was more of an Anti-Villain though). Here, they're much nicer and are even willing to put aside the oddness of three fillies being with them to bring them back home.
  • Adult Fear:
    • "Fillies in Dreamland" has the Mane 6 concerned on how the Cutie Mark Crusaders' have grown from cheerful, innocent girls to cold, stoic and almost heartless soldiers after their trip to Limbo.
  • Anachronic Order: The collection will have all the stories like this. Fortunately, each one is given a date to help things out.
  • Arc Words:
    • The Shield's story has "X is not that important, now is it?"
    • "Fillies in Dreamland" has: "The dream has dreamed its end. Go forth and bring about its awakening."
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  • Attack Drone: Yuki's weapon in the TV Persona realm is one of these that looks similar to her Hayabusa Plushie.
  • Badass Gay:
    • Amelda and Varon are revealed to be this in Limbo.
    • In Mirror!Ash's story, he states Kaiba was this—was since Mirror!Kaiba probably perished in the destruction of the Mirror Pantheon—and was in a relationship with Jounochi.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Mirror!Ash notes that Kaiba had a relationship with a guy, and most think that due to his "obsession" with that one last duel with Yami Yugi, it would be the Pharaoh. Instead, Mirror!Ash is delighted to note that Kaiba's feelings were for Jounochi and that the "Quantum Cube" incident—or at least, its mirror equivalent—never transpired.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Amelda and Varon, see the above trope, with the two of them distracting the darkness within Limbo long enough for Raphael to lead the Crusaders to Gentaro.
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    • Mirror!Ash notes that the Kaiba and Jounochi in his world were this, even stating that they had their own dragon-like armor to compliment one another.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the Crusaders' story, Nanako summons her Throne Persona to fight off against "Shadow Kaiba" in Trevenant's temple long enough for them to draw a seal to protect themselves.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Applebloom unleashes one when she sees Raphael let go of her hoof so that the darkness within Limbo can swallow him and give her a chance to leave.
    • Mirror!Ash humorously gets into this due to a Not What It Looks Like incident involving Princess Peach and Seto Kaiba.
  • Book-Ends:
    • The Shield's story starts with one member in bed, looking up at their ceiling before leaving their temple, and ends with another member going to bed at their temple and looking at their ceiling.
    • Carly and Marik's story begins and ends with Marik stating that getting his Persona would be "a piece of cake".
  • Breather Episode: After Mirror!Mitsuzane reveals his story as to what would make him kickstart all of "Project: Alternate!Gentaro", Mirror!Ash begins to narrate the day he had in the Pantheon, full of wacky hijinks and not so much drama.
  • Call-Back:
  • Call-Forward: A lot to "Tarot Crusaders". Justified, since the collection takes place before the story begins.
    • The epilogue has Gentaro and Elena heading off to their camping trip in the mountains mentioned by Tron in Diamond Adventure! The Dark Mystery. Mirror!Ash states at the end of his story that he's planning on going there too.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders' katanas in their Samurai Dresspheres are named after The Swordsmen who they befriended in Limbo.
    • Apple Bloom telling Raphael to not let go is exactly what she says to Gangrel at the beginning of "Tarot Crusaders".
    • Derpy is mentioned delivering some muffins in a few stories. Those are her muffin messages that are used to communicate to various gods about the asylum's rise.
    • The Kamen Rider Club hope that Elena and Gentaro's relationship blooms like a supernova as the two head off for their camping trip. The end of Tarot Crusaders has their relationship "on hold" with some signs of a Maybe Ever After.
    • Takatora and Mitsuzane's story has them note a variety of scarecrows on display in the House of Friendship, and Mitsuzane commenting that one scarecrow's outfit would work great on his older brother. Guess what Takatora looks like in Tarot Crusaders.
    • Gangrel and Luna Vachon are gifted with the Rockruff that will eventually become Wepawet.
    • Roman Reigns thinks that all of Dean Ambrose's theories are absolutely crazy. Turns out Ambrose was correct the entire time.
  • The Cameo:
    • The Aquabats! are hanging out with Jeff Hardy at the beginning of his story, singing "B-R-O" to him (and Jeff commentating that it's not helping).
    • BROKEN Matt Hardy is encountered in Mirror!Ash's story, refusing to share in having mustard for lunch (In case you're wondering, BROKEN Matt detests mustard).
    • The Kamen Rider Club appear at the end of Gentaro and Elena's story as the two go for their camping trip.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Yugi goes through one in his story.
  • Central Theme: Facing yourself or the feelings inside you. Varying from gods going into the TV World, to even just confessing their love/apologizing for their actions, it's about how one must not run away from their troubles and take the steps to face them.
  • Cerebus Retcon: In "The Friendship Asylum", the Cutie Mark Crusaders didn't show signs of the trauma they went through in Limbo. Their story starts off with them in therapy and then a flashback of the trio nearly giving up after going through the landscape almost 400 times.
  • Character Focus: Each story focuses on a specific character or set of characters.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Mirror!Ash relates his story of seeing Princess Peach leaving Seto Kaiba's temple (she went to deliver a cake and some Goldfrapp CDs for him), he notes:
    "I couldn't believe my eyes; Kaiba liked girls in this world!"
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Upon learning that Marik had to duel Yugi to acquire the Millennium Puzzle, the Crusaders note that their trip to Limbo could've been avoided if they took the Millennium Puzzle back in "Muse Hysteria".
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Both Carly and Marik especially the latter when he gets his Persona in their story.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Just before Marik could accept Dark Marik, Melkor evicted him and his companions out, ascending him shortly after. Thankfully, Margaret invited them to the Velvet Room where Igor gave him his Persona.
  • Dub Name Change: Somewhat. Mirror!Ash calls many characters by their original Japanese names (Joey Wheeler -> Katsuya Jounochi, for example).
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone in the House of Friendship (even villainous gods like Felix) know that Gentaro loves Elena, thus they helped create a stage for Gentaro to confess said love to Elena.
  • Flechette Storm: Rarity's Persona has a skill that does this on Shadow Kaiba with enough precision to also avoid Nanako, whom he was holding hostage, allowing her to escape.
  • Foil:
    • Mirror!Takatora to regular Takatora: The Mirror one loves his brother and even sacrificed himself so Mirror!Mitsuzane could escape, the regular doesn't seem to show much love and was oblivious to his brother's evilness.
    • Mirror!Mitsuzane to regular Mitsuzane: While both became evil, the Mirror one was a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds compared to the one who fully became evil.
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders' stories depicts their last trek to Limbo before they make their triumphant return in "The Friendship Asylum".
    • Jeff Hardy's story ends with BROKEN Matt Hardy stating that "Brother Nero" will soon come back to him [BROKEN Matt]. "Tarot Crusaders" reveals that's exactly what happens.
    • The Kamen Rider Club tell Gentaro and Elena at the end of their story to be safe. Those who read "Tarot Crusaders" know that it's easier said than done.
  • Framing Device: Many of the tales are related this way.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders' story is taken place during a therapy session.
    • Mirror!Ash's story is based on a diary entry he's writing.
  • Good Costume Switch: Marik's Persona of Dark Marik transforms into an image of the "Ra's Disciple" card.
  • The Ghost:
    • Sora, Riku and Kairi are referenced in the collection but make no on-screen appearance. Justified in that Sora's still recovering from his leg amputation from "The Friendship Asylum" with Riku and Kairi keeping an eye on him. They're set to appear in Roxas's story though.
    • Artix notes that Voltaire's gone "Dimensnion-Hopping" with Tsukasa Kadoya, also a Call-Forward in itself.
  • Heroes of Another Story:
    • Whatever Raphael, Amelda and Varon were doing in Limbo is this. All that's known is that they've been around for "quite some time".
    • Carly and how she got her Persona, apparently.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Applebloom commenting that she could do some repairs on Amelda's "Dyna-Dude" figure comes off as this, since the toy is Amelda's only remaining connection to his (deceased) brother.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In Carly and Marik's story, there's a mentioning on how many of the Personas are named after mythology/history/literature.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Word of God notes that Mirror!Ash has no idea that his Pantheon has been decaying for quite some time due to him out on his adventures—he learns this in "Tarot Crusaders" and is not happy about it.
  • Love Confession: Gentaro sets up an audience in the House of Friendship with Elena recording Gentaro's practice on his "I believe" speech...before Gentaro breaks out of it to confess his love for Elena with his handshake and a hug.
  • Magic Staff: Carly carries one similar to those wielded by her Fortune Fairies when she traverses through the TV World. Marik also has one that looks similar to the Millennium Rod.
  • Mirror Universe: Discussed throughout the collection. Mirror!Mitsuzane's story takes place in it, and Mirror!Ash makes notes on the oddities he comes across in his story. Mirror!Ash's Pikachu is also showcased—for example, his favorite food is mustard instead of ketchup.
  • Mobile Maze: The TV World transforms into this for Carly and Marik's story, symbolizing how Marik felt trapped under the Gravekeeper's obligation to guard the Pharaoh's tomb.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Eaglebones Falconhawk consoles Jeff in regards to having an evil older brother, something Eaglebones had to face with in the past.
    • In "Fillies in Dreamland", Spike taking notes about the game is a reference that he's a big fan in the show and states that the Crusaders' ideas are better than his ongoing war with the "Squizard".
    • "Duelist Underground" has Marik collect three cards that unlock a door so he can face Odion fused with the Mystical Beast Sersket. The dungeon he goes through also depicts his life-story and the atrocities his dark side committed.
  • Name's the Same: When Twilight Sparkle notes about how Spike is into the Hardy Boys, he quickly mentions "The Final Deletion" before stating that he almost thought of the detectives instead of the wrestlers.
    • The Crusaders seem a little too excited upon seeing Carly summoning "Earthbound Immortal - ascilla piscu".
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Carly has a Future Diary that she obtained from Minene Uryuu after Carly had to do some "errands" for the Prophecy goddess.
    • The Mane 6 make a reference to the crazy antics that the Crusaders have gotten involved with Gangrel and Luna Vachon while they listen in on the groups' Ogres & Oubliettes game. One of them involved the trio giving the wrestlers a Love Poison that caused so much chaos that Moe's Tavern had most of the House of Ambiguity drinking there. Spike adds that it happened before Gangrel was supposed to fight CM Punk in an Iron Man Match and noted all of the wrestlers coming into stop it.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Mirror!Ash sees Princess Peach (and Perry the Parasol) leave Seto Kaiba's temple and thinks that the two are a couple. It turns out Princess Peach just stopped to deliver some cake and music to the CEO.
  • Oh, Crap!: Fluttershy's reaction when she sees Nanako summoning her Persona (probably mirroring those who didn't read "Shattered Illusion")
    Fluttershy: She...she...she has a Persona?!
  • Parasol of Pain: Jeff uses a black and white umbrella when traversing the TV Persona world in his story.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Artix notes that this is the case in regards to Mirror!Mitsuzane's actions.
    Artix: All you had to do was explain your actions to him (Alternate!Gentaro) instead of downright killing him and perhaps none of this [The asylum incident in general] would never have happened, huh? Thank you for causing so much trauma to all of us, seriously.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Two days after the asylum's destruction isn't enough time for time to heal wounds—the story tells many of the gods are trying to pick up the pieces and move on after the mess.
    • What's the response of telling a different version of Seto Kaiba about his sexuality in front of everyone? Mirror!Ash is seen as an utter idiot and ends up embarrassing both himself and Kaiba.
  • Running Gag: If the Crusaders start cursing, someone will lampshade this by stating, "X, language!"
  • Simple Staff: In both TV World trips (for Jeff and Gentaro), whenever she has to join the fight, Rise gets one of these (to substitute for the mic stand she has in Persona 4: Arena Ultimax).
  • Ship Tease: Carly and Marik get this in their story, particularly in the ending where Carly hugs Marik in his success of getting his Persona…before pulling away and blushing in embarrassment.
  • Shout-Out:
    Marik: "You have no power over me."
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Word of God states that Mirror!Ash is this when it comes to Pantheon related stuff—he spends so much time traveling and training to be a Pokémon master these days that he rarely, if ever, does his godly duties and thus is clueless to many things that go on in the main Pantheon.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Mirror!Takatora leads a Heroic Sacrifice to save his brother. That death would be what would cause all of "Project: Alternate! Gentaro" to surface and then some.
  • Something Completely Different:
  • String Theory: The Shield's story reveals Dean Ambrose has one of these on his ceiling that has him discuss crazy theories of BROKEN Matt Hardy not being as he seems.
  • Time Skip: The story takes place in October, roughly a few months after the end of "The Friendship Asylum" but before "Tarot Crusaders" begins (October 30th).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mirror!Pikachu likes mustard.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Raphael, Amelda and Varon are residents in Limbo and help the Crusaders get to Gentaro before the darkness within Limbo swallows them whole.
    • Mirror!Ash gets an entire story to himself as it explains his adventures in the main Pantheon.
  • Waxing Lyrical: In the Ogres & Oubliettes story, Luna introduces her husband's character (a half-vampire shepherd/beast-master) with the first line to "The Lonely Goatherd" with Sweetie Belle chiming in with the yodeling.
  • Whole Episode Flashback:
    • Mirror!Mitsuzane's story as to how he became the one who killed Gentaro's mirror-self in "The Friendship Anomaly" is narrated by him to Artix, as revealed at the end.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders' story depicts their last trip to Limbo before they find Gentaro and the Maiden in Black.
    • Mirror!Ash's story is him narrating his experiences during his first day in the main Pantheon.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • The Crusaders hate giant spiders after the experience they went through in Limbo.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Mirror!Mitsuzane's reasoning for all of the shit that caused Alternate!Gentaro's rebirth? He wanted the All-Star Core in the hopes it would revive his older brother.
  • Word Salad Title: The story itself. Word of God states that it came from a photography book called "Yangon Echoes".
  • Would Hurt a Child: "Shadow Kaiba" (or whatever it was) has no calms on stabbing a knife through Nanako's hand or choking her to death.
  • Would Hit a Girl: See above.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Sweetie Belle is the only one who's really into the idea of Amelda and Varon being a couple.

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