- "The 'Image', existing in an unknown dimension, is a spiritual object. The real nature of oneself. We can also call it the soul. Now is the time to face this inner space with a pure mind. The image world is supported by rich spiritual activities that could lead us to a wonderful future. But some deny us that. The decline of the European Union... The overwhelmingly deteriorating relations between China and the US... All part of this new path of chaos... But soon Maken will help us. Deus Ex Machina is coming..."
- —The opening of Maken Shao
Maken X, and its remake Maken Shao are games not related to the Megami Tensei series of games. However, these games are developed by Atlus, with art direction by Kazuma Kaneko; two elements identified in the making of a Megami Tensei title. This is also compounded with Maken X artworks included in Kazuma Kaneko's art books.
Maken X is a first-person action game for the Sega Dreamcast featuring art and character designs by Kazuma Kaneko. In 2001, a heavily altered third-person remake was released under the title Maken Shao (魔剣爻) identified as Maken Shao: Demon Sword in English-speaking territories.
A manga version, Maken X: Another authored and drawn by Kyu Hayashida was released on 21 January, 2001. The manga was published on three volumes. It tells the story of Kei who was forced to be grafted with the living weapon "Machina" when a freak accident occurred in her father's lab. Alongside her childhood friend, they venture into the world of "Images" in an attempt to rescue her father.
Maken Shao Release datesEdit
- Japan: June 7, 2001 for the PS2
- Europe: July 26, 2003 for the PS2
- The Maken: Also known as "Deus Ex Machina", a demonic sword. Actually the main character.
- Kei Sagami (Kay Sagami): Heroine. Becomes possessed by The Maken.
- Gou Inaba
- Samuel Smith
- Bianca (Berlinka)
- Kou Yamashiro
- Blademaster Fei Shan Lee (Fukenshi Li Feishan)
- Blademaster Tyrus (Fukenshi Baldelaire)
- Blademaster Alys (Fukenshi Aquinas)
- Blademaster Devon (Fukenshi Ramrod)
- Blademaster Kitty (Fukenshi Kati)
- Hakke Andrey (Hakke Andrei)
- Hakke Shaja (Hakke Sharjah)
- Hakke Margaret
- Hakke Dal (Hakke Daru)
- Hakke Don Regalia (Hakke Don Malukala)
- Hakke Ray (Hakke Rais)
- Hakke Youthfu (Hakke Yusuf)
- Hakke William (Hakke Brown)
- Chief Hiro Sagami
- Fei Chao Lee (Li Feichao)
- Anne Miller
- Peter Jones (J.J Jones)
- Dr. David Guiness
- Sectory-General Leung
- Mr. Meteor
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