Ep 9: Persona (Pt 1): Roses are Red, Zombies are Blue

November 17, 2016

Have you heard of this mysterious game the schoolkids have been whispering about? It's called the Persona game. With the help of our friend Ian, we take on the very first installment in the Persona series. Released for the PSX in 1996, the first Persona is a lot closer to Shin Megami Tensei than what the series would become, but there are plenty of portents of what would come later. You've got teenagers, the Velvet Room, and a shadowy corporation pulling the strings...along with non-sequitirs like a fearsome mouse-tank boss.

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Ep 8: Shin Megami Tensei (Pt 3): You’ve Arrived, Filthy Apostates!

November 3, 2016

In our final trip through the world of Shin Megami Tensei 1, the Law, Chaos, and Neutral paths diverge, and we journey through a giant cathedral for God, Lucifer, or neither. Along the way, we learn the true identity of Yuriko, fight disturbingly sexualized demons, and strangely demonic angels.

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Ep 7: Shin Megami Tensei (Pt 2): We Don’t Match, Therefore Die

October 19, 2016

Bryan, Evan, Paul and Fletch brave the middle of the first Shin Megami Tensei. After being nuked by the Americans, the Chaos, Law and Neutral heroes find themselves in a dreamlike world before returning to a bombed-out Tokyo, 30 years in the future. It's a land full of cults, televangelists, demons and other distasteful types, a world that can only be saved by Psycho Diving. 

For reference, the unfortunate sprite for Drake Ladon:

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Ep 6: Shin Megami Tensei (Pt 1): Ambassador Thor Man

October 4, 2016

Our friend Fletch joins us to discuss the first official Shin Megami Tensei title. It starts out as prosaic as can be: you're a teenager in Tokyo in the early '90s. Pay no attention to the military blockades around the city, your nightmares of people being crucified, or the impending nuclear war between angels and demons.

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Minisode: Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei (OVA)

September 27, 2016

We bid Nakajima a not-so-fond farewell with a minisode devoted to the anime adaption of the Digital Devil Story novels. Expect plenty of retro-future devil summoning tech, mounds of ectoplasm, and action scenes punctuated by smooth '80s jams.

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Ep 5: Megami Tensei 2 (Pt 3): Enemy of God, Turn Back Now

September 21, 2016

The Marathoners close out their journey through Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei 2 with a trip into hell. During their travels, they visit the Mountain of Horror, find a use for god's business card, and do battle with a bald-headed deity. 

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Ep 4: Megami Tensei 2 (Pt 2): Pazuzu’s Head

September 7, 2016

As they continue their journey through post-apocalyptic Tokyo, Paul, Bryan and Evan buy a zombie a cocktail, encounter a hungry statue, meet a demon named Leonard and go head-to-head with Pazuzu.

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Ep 3: Megami Tensei 2 (Part 1): Hey Bael

August 23, 2016

Paul, Bryan and Evan travel to the year 199X, where demons have nuked Tokyo and Bael reigns supreme. Ensconced in a fallout shelter, they play a game of Devil Busters, battle punk zombies and discover what lies beyond their safe haven.
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Ep 2: Megami Tensei 1 (Part 2): This is not the end of demons

August 10, 2016

Paul, Bryan and Evan journey through the Sea of Flames and battle Lucifer as they finish Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei and give their thoughts on the game that started the venerable Megaten franchise.

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Episode 1: “Demons, eh?”

July 26, 2016

In this debut episode, Paul, Bryan, and Evan delve into the history of the Shin Megami Tensei series of games. They discuss the Digital Devil Story novels that inspired the franchise, and the first half of the game that started it all, Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei.

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