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|Megami Ibunroku Persona|
|Megami Ibunroku Persona|
September 20, 1996
PlayStation 'The Best' re-issue
July 27, 1997
March 25, 1999
PlayStation 'PSOne Books' re-issue
January 23, 2003
December 14, 1996
- "I dreamt I was a butterfly. I couldn't tell I was dreaming. but when I woke, I was I and not a butterfly. Was I dreaming that I was the butterfly, or was the butterfly dreaming that it was me?"
- —Soshi, Megami Ibunroku Persona Opening Scene
Atlus has released an enhanced remake for the PlayStation Portable, entitled Shin Megami Tensei: Persona with the words Megami Ibunroku omitted from the title. Shoji Meguro returns as the composer.
Megami Ibunroku Persona centers around the protagonist and his classmates at St. Hermelin High School in Mikage-cho (Lunarvale in Revelations: Persona). Hidehiko Uesugi talks all of his friends into playing a game called "Persona", which is played much like the ritual game "Bloody Mary". While playing, the students lose consciousness and meet Philemon, who gives them the ability to summon reflections of their personalities, which are known as Personas.
A short time later, the protagonist and several of his friends go to visit Maki Sonomura, who is ill and bed-ridden. During their visit, they discover that the town is changing and demons are roaming the streets. The party is told by Maki's mother, an engineer working for SEBEC, that the culprit behind the incident is Takahisa Kandori, president of the company.
After taking Maki's mother to the school (the only place in town safe from demons), the protagonist's actions decide the course of the story. If the protagonist opts for going after Kandori, it'll start the SEBEC Chapter which is the main storyline of the game. Alternatively, the protagonist may opt for investigating a series of incidents that occured in the school eight years ago and start the Snow Queen Quest, an alternate storyline unrelated to the SEBEC incident.
Below is a list of player characters, with their English names included.
- Protagonist: The nameless, silent boy with the pierced ear.
- Maki Sonomura: A frail bed ridden girl who has been sick most her life. Known as Mary in Revelations: Persona.
- Masao Inaba: A loudmouth who has a crush on Maki. He was altered to be an African-American and called Mark in Revelations: Persona.
- Kei Nanjo: The arrogant heir to the Nanjo group's fortunes. Known as Nate Trinity in Revelations: Persona.
- Hidehiko Uesugi: A cocky joker student with red hair. Known as Brad in Revelations: Persona.
- Eriko Kirishima: Aspiring model and fashion designer. Known as Ellen in Revelations: Persona.
- Yuka Ayase: A dyed-blonde . Known as Alana in Revelations: Persona.
- Reiji Kido: A mysterious student with an X shaped scar on his head. Known as Chris in Revelations: Persona.
- Yukino Mayuzumi: A reformed yankī who looks out for her classmates. Known as Yuki in Revelations: Persona.
Revelations: Persona was heavily changed when it was localized for a North American release. All characters were renamed and several of them had their appearance altered as well. Nearly all references to Japan or Japanese culture were cut, with the unusual exception being the shoe lockers and Shinto Shrines in the game. Many of the Personas were renamed rather than translated, and the town's name was changed to "Lunarvale". Yen was changed to dollars, and the overall difficulty of the game was reduced by lowering the enemy encounter rates and increasing the experience gained. However, while experience gain was increased to an amount proportional to the decreased random battle rate, money drops were left the same, resulting in a potential shortage of cash.
In addition to these changes, the Snow Queen Quest was removed by only allowing the player to commit to the SEBEC chapter. The data is still present in the game disk and it's possible to forcibly activate the quest by making use of cheating codes, but the Quest is untranslated and the game's engine cannot render Japanese characters which show as strange symbols.
It was to become the first title of the flagship "Revelations" series.
The title, Revelations, is taken from the Christian Bible's Book of Revelation of the New Testament. It is the final book and its authority and relevancy to Christianity are in common dispute. However, many modern fundamentalist Christian sects place great importance upon its portrayal of "the end of days." It's possible Atlus USA overlooked the significance of such a title when choosing it; the demographics to which this title would appeal would not be interested in Megami Tensei games, and vice versa. Perhaps Atlus USA only struggled to find a natural substitute for the admittedly cryptic title of Megami Ibunroku.
While the front of the game's case claimed it to be the first in a series, only one more Atlus USA production would bear this title: Revelations: The Demon Slayer.
- The Persona featured on the jewel case and in the Revelations: Persona-exclusive loading screen is Vishnu, renamed "Ashura" in the English version.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona: the remake of the original game, released for the Sony PlayStation Portable.
- The www.digitaldevildb.com Megami Ibunroku Persona page
- An interactive Persona info and graphics database at www.digitaldevildb.com