Devil Survivor 2 the Animation // First Impressions

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As you know, in the past few years, I’ve gotten acquainted with the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. This year, I plan on continuing to do so with the release Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers later this month, Shin Megami Tensei IV coming this summer, getting hype for Shin Megami Tensei × Fire Emblem, and this anime which became quickly one of my most anticipated anime of this year.

Devil Survivor 2 the Animation is Bridge and Pony Canyon’s adaptation of the Nintendo DS video game created by Atlus. The story follows three high school students: The protagonist (named Hibiki Kuze in this adaptation), Daichi Shijima, and Io Nitta. One Sunday after school, they each recieve an email on their cellphones from Nicaea, a mobile website that shows images and videos of a person’s fated death. This email contains a video showing them getting crushed by a crashing subway train. An earthquake occurs and the three are killed as depicted in the video. However, due to their will to live, Nicaea gives them another chance at life and downloads an app on their phones that allows them to summon demons. Their abilities catches the attention of a secret government organization known as the Japan Meteorological Society, Prescribed Geomagnetism Research Department (also known as JP’s), as well as a strange individual known as The Anguished One. Meanwhile, Japan is on the brink of total destruction due to an invasion of demons, as well as seven mysterious alien creatures known as Septentriones…

Unlike Persona 4, Devil Survivor 2 is familiar territory to me so I can point out how the anime adaptation events differ from the video game.

  • The team fight against the first Septentrione, Dubhe, in their first encounter, as opposed to their second.
  • One other character hasn’t shown up.
  • Daichi driving the truck into Dubhe was supposed to destroy its top, thus getting rid of its invulnerability. By the way, I am aware it looks like ice cream.
  • Also, Hibiki seems to be using a New Game+ save file, because there’s no way he can summon a high-level demon like Byakko right at the start.

Despite my nitpickiness, I’m looking forward to seeing how the anime will follow the game. I’ll be blogging this series as it comes along.

Until then, have a nice wheeee!

4 thoughts on “Devil Survivor 2 the Animation // First Impressions

  1. Killer Queen

    To be honest, I thought that Daichi’s moment of awesome was kind of toned down to give protagonist Cool Protag Powers. And yeah, he’s playing new Game +

    Also, “The Sparking One”. Seriously. I can think of Twilight jokes from it.

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    1. DarkstarZero Post author

      “Also, “The Sparking One”. Seriously. I can think of Twilight jokes from it.” -If it makes you feel any better, it was actually “Shining One” in the video game, which actually does sound better than Sparkling One.

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