With my work schedule getting increasingly more aggravating all the time, I need something to look forward to. Nothing quite beats a good video game to take off that extra stress. So here it is this weeks thoughts on Persona 2 Innocent Sin.
So since we haven’t (as a group) had enough freakishly creepy events occur over the course of the last six hours (between Philemon and Joker) here we are at the school to try to figure out this whole Emblem Curse thing. It’s a great idea, we have Personas so we can fight now, why not take this on ourselves?
Ms Ideal (What a name) brings up the prophecy of the seven Pleiades. Well I know the Pleiades that’s a constellation of seven stars. So the seven have set time free. The seven stars? Or could it be more like in mythology where the seven Pleiades were seven sisters?
Of course what’s really truly important here is that Lisa does in fact have her priorities in order. Forget saving the already cursed students. We need to stop this before it affects us! Way to go hero….
So when you finally do get to the courtyard you find that the statue of Principal Hanya is walking around. All on its own. Surprisingly though you don’t fight it or anything, the kids decide to just move right on past it. Almost like they never saw it there….honestly that would probably be my reaction to it too.
Naturally Hanya is not in his office. He’s nowhere to be found actually. The school is being attacked by demons and our brave principal can’t be found. How….suspicious.
So naturally begins a petty argument between Lisa and Eikichi over whose fault all this is in the first place. The correct answer is neither of course since neither of them put this curse on the school. Odds of them realizing this? Nil.
During this silly little debate we have the entry of two lovely ladies. The first of which is Maya Amano, a beautiful young reporter who is looking into the Joker story. She’s all over the opening song so you can bet she’s going to be really really important.
Another familiar face for all those who read through the Snow Queen Quest is Yukino Mayazumi. She’s all grown up now and looking like an amazing adult. She’s the apprentice photographer that is helping Maya out with this particular story.
Clearly Yukino doesn’t remember what it was like being a teenager. One or two demons, no problem or did she miss the katana that my man Zenny is waving around all over the place?
For some reason being around the two older women (specifically Maya) sparks a strange emotional resonance with all three teenagers. To the point where Eikichi is even crying. Bonds beyond time perhaps? It had better not be guardian forces stealing my memories dammit!
Sooo since we can’t find the Principal anywhere the group of five crazed persona users decide to do the next best thing. Destroy any copies of the schools emblem they can find. Like the clocks in the classroom. So Zen commenced hitting them with a mop. How much more awesome than that can you possibly get?
So if you go around and talk to your party members while destroying these clocks you’ll find a few other interesting things. Eikichi really has no idea that Kozy is his ex girlfriend Hanakouji, and Zen’s father was a policeman who got ousted for being shady. Some interesting rumors flying around huh?
So it seems as you progress through the game you can spread rumors that certain demons are in fact real. Anyone that read through my thoughts on Revelations probably noticed that I had a bit of trouble with Toilet Hanako. Well here she is back again by the careful spreading of a rumor.
Fortunately this time around she wasn’t too hard to defeat. So I took her name badge back to the student who wanted to know if she existed. I love getting rewards for this kind of stuff!
So a reunion occurred here, this time it didn’t involve anyone being choked. When you take Yukino to talk to Mrs Saeko they have a short talk. Saeko seriously thinks Yuki is there to retake high school…..she of little faith…. Anyway it’s here that we find we need the key to the clock tower. The janitor is supposed to have one!
Of course he lost it. So it’s time to search the room over.
That’s pretty freaking disturbing.
So here we are in the clock tower that illusive key having had finally been found. And naturally there’s a ghost. Well his words don’t mean anything to me yet so it’s best that we just keep trucking I suppose.
Well it looks like we found not only Joker but the ever illusive Hanya as well. What do you know? Looks like it’s about time for our first boss fight.
That’s coming from an authority figure? He seriously expects to get respected by his students like that? There’s no way in hell! I want to punch that smile right off this guys face.
If he’s going to call me out by name every single time we see each other couldn’t he at least give me a hint about what I did? No of course not silly me…
Well here we are fighting an old man on the gears of a clock. It’s not even a hard fight to be honest. After the battle your given the choice of whether or not Hanya survived the encounter. Regardless of your choice he jumps through the face of the clock effectively breaking the last school emblem himself.
Looks like we found another informant. This one’s name is Chika. She’s here to verify that the one who started the emblem rumor goes to Cuss high. Looks like that will be our next destination!