**WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PERSONA 5**
Greetings, humans – it’s been far too long, and while life offers no guarantees, I hope it is not so long again after this. And I will leave that at that.
Now, what does a malicious mage like myself get up to in the many months since we’ve met? Who is to say for sure (Editor’s Note: well, possibly some of those villagers…but I don’t think you left them in any condition to talk, actually), ahem – Editor’s flattery (Editor’s Note: I wasn’t complimenting you…) FLATTERY aside, I did engage in one particular activity that I can share with you here that quite intrigued me over the last couple of weeks. You see, several weeks ago my eldest, redheaded clone pointed out that when I had initially completed Persona 5 when it released on the PS4, he had not been able to watch most of it at that time. He seemed intrigued in the gameplay systems as well as the standard SMT storyline of carving your own path through the world to rage against the gods and your opposed humans to grab your destiny with your own two hands.
But the decisions being made moment to moment are what really brought us closer together. Because as you may understand, between the holidays and then some early January scheduling strangeness, they were able to more freely pick and choose time to spend with me. And since my big Beefer has been with often lately, he was able to help establish our personality for our avatar and how he interacts with his social links, er, I meant “Confidants.” For example, it took no time at all for us to agree strongly that Ryuji is a loud, tasteless, useless piece of garbage and gleefully try to envision scenarios in which we could get him destroyed. There were the long discussions about who the best female confidant was and why we should have our character date her as opposed to anyone else.
And then there was watching my young boy, my growing little man, who claims little interest in school topics, show genuine curiousness about the various demons, gods, and mythological figures that filled out the Persona Compendium. He and I loved checking online for more info on whatever the latest god we had tamed and the abilities now at our command. From there would be stimulating back-and-forth conversations regarding the occult, Judeo Christian demonology, Japanese youkai and spirits, and others. It truly is amazing seeing an intellect that reminds me so much of what I once was, but sharper, growing and learning and becoming even greater than I could have dreamed.
We were not, however, able to come to total agreement in choosing between clearly fellow nerd love interest Futaba:
…and more mature, and darker punk rock back-alley doctor Tae Takemi.
Honestly, it’s a great problem to have, choosing between those two. But even better has been the last 130 hours of game time – laughing at the insanity, freaking out at the ever increasing audacity of the villains, and concocting new ways to save our friends. Until finally, on the day we were faced with having to destroy God himself in order to preserve the freedom of humanity, we sat in awe as the main character we’d created ourselves manifested powerful demon lord and destroyed the divine. We were still talking about it when I had to take him home to do homework. About about the bonds the main character forged with his true companions to sustain him. About how outside of one another, they didn’t care what others had to say about what they felt called to do.
So for any of you parents that believe videogames are a waste of time, I openly mock you – because while you are busy denigrating something you don’t understand, you are also losing a valuable tool to connecting with your own children!
Until next time (Editor’s Note: unless in his frustration he summons a meteor to annihilate us all), I will take my leave and see you soon! – EWE