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Gotou

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Japanese Name ゴトウ, 五島, 後藤 (MegaCD)
Romaji Gotou
First Appearance Shin Megami Tensei
Affiliation Self Defense Force,
Ring of Gaea
Alignment Chaos

Gotou is a non-player character and boss in Shin Megami Tensei.

AppearancesEdit

PersonalityEdit

Gotou, an avid follower of the Gaean religion, believes that Mother Gaea has been forgotten and neglected, leading to the current state of the world. He also believes that the demons were ancient gods that had been awakened to heal the broken planet and prevent its destruction.

ProfileEdit

Shin Megami TenseiEdit

"Origin: Japan. The Japanese Self-Defense Force general. He came into contact with demons through the Terminal system. It was thus that he learned of God's plan for the Millennium Kingdom, spurring his rebellion."
Shin Megami Tensei A-Mode DDS Dictionary

Gotou is a military general who acts as the catalyst of the Great Cataclysm. After learning of God's machinations, and an American plot to destroy Japan with nuclear missiles which was part of those machinations, he institutes martial law in Tokyo and begins using Stephen's Terminal System technology with Douman's help to bring forth a massive number of demons from the Expanse, where he would use them as a military force to fight the forthcoming threat and prevent the establishment of the Thousand Year Kingdom of God, a conspiracy that had started long before the events of the game. Knowing only the name of the leader of the Resistance opposing him, he orders the capture of any girl with the same name as the Heroine.

When fighting him, he summons four demons to fight for him before fighting the protagonist himself; first he summons a Pisaca and a Nue, then a Shade and a Baykok. He is killed by the hero in the Law or Neutral alignment paths, and perishes during the Great Cataclysm in the Chaos path.

Shin Megami Tensei IIEdit

Gotou's departed soul makes a brief cameo in the Expanse. He laments the fact that "Thor's Hammer" destroyed him and all of Tokyo.

Shin Megami Tensei: KahnEdit

Gotou appears as one of the central figures within the first half of the manga as he investigates the incident at Karukozaka High School, searching for the two remaining survivors. He pursues the establishment of martial law over the area, but is rebuked by his colleagues, eventually having members of the military turn against him for his radical beliefs. He opposes Ambassador Thorman's attempts to establish a connection with the Expanse, but actively captures and studies Nobu's Pixie companion.

Prior to the flooding of Tokyo, he is drawn into a physical confrontation with Thorman.

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINEEdit

During Chapter 16, Ogami revives a man from the past that she believes will be able to lead Tokyo and allows him to possess her. Although not explicitly stated, the pose she assumes during her possession and her manner of speech alludes to it being Gotou.

In Old Ichigaya Camp-- the remains of the SDF headquarters --, many mobs in the lower leveled boss rooms are labeled with names such as "Former SDF Soldier" and "Gotou's Loyal Henchman". Although he has never appeared as a boss, he appears among the enemy demon client files.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil SummonerEdit

Gotou is mentioned briefly by the news, which says that he was arrested for hoarding weapons and confessed that he was trying to start a revolution. According to his peers, he had been acting increasingly abnormal, while the police think about whether or not he should have a psychiatric evaluation.

StatsEdit

Shin Megami TenseiEdit

ゴトウ
Race Alignment Level HP MP
Meta Chaos 28 440 60
MAG NOA ATK ACC DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC
560 1 54 20 35 18 13 19
St 14
In 18
Ma 11
Vi 13
Ag 16
Lu 9
Drop Meito Kotetsu (NG+: SDF Unit Pin)
Swd Gun Fir Ice Elc For Nrv Exp Crs Mgc Bnd Chg Dex Ndl Alm
- 48 - 48 68 - 28 Nu Nu 68 28 68 - 28 -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Shibaboo Binds multiple enemies. (Bind-type)
Diarama Restores one ally's HP by roughly 100.
Critical Delivers a mighty blow against one enemy. (Dex-type)


Shin Megami Tensei: if...Edit

ゴトウ if
Race Alignment Level HP MP
Fiend Neutral 28 510 101
MAG NOA ATK ACC DEF EVA M.ATK M.EFC
896 1 88 55 76 56 14 20
St 16
In 18
Ma 10
Vi 10
Ag 8
Lu 6
Drop Ibuki Sword
Swd Gun Fir Ice Elc For Nrv Exp Crs Mgc Bnd Rsh Hnd Leg Fly Alm
18 18 18 18 18 18 Nu Nu Nu Nu Nu 2.5× 18 18 18 -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Shibaboo Inflicts Bind ailment to 1-3 foes. (Bind-type)
Diarama Recovers a large amount of HP, one ally.
Mazandyne Heavy Force damage to all foes.
Spiral Sword Light Sword damage to 2-3 foes.
Dharma Kaeshi Heavy Sword damage to one foe.
Right Hand of Desire Cuts the player's Macca by half. (Enemy only)


GalleryEdit

 
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Shin Megami Tensei concept art by Kazuma Kaneko
 
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Remade artwork of Gotou (Kaneko Works Vol III)
 
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Character sprite from Shin Megami Tensei
 
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Gotou as he appears in the Sega CD version
 
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Gotou as he appears in Shin Megami Tensei: Kahn

TriviaEdit

  • Gotou was based on the Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima. Nich Maragos, who worked on the Shin Megami Tensei's localization, commented in an interview that the character's identifier tag in the source is actually "mishima". Both Gotou and Mishima attempt coups against the Japanese government, and some of the former's poses seem to be based on actual pictures of the latter.


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