By David Fernandes / December 7th, 2012
An anime adaptation for Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 has just been announced. Who better to direct the adaptation then Seiji Kishi, who previously directed the anime adaptation for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. While Makoto Uezu will be handling the adaptation with the series scripts, Yoshimichi Hirai will be acting as assistant director, and Kotaro Nakagawa will be scoring the music. The anime will air on the Spring Anime Season in April of next year.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 is a DS game which was released in February of this year in America, but which has yet to be released in PAL regions. While not a direct sequel, the game continues with the strategic tactical RPG elements that made the first Devil Survivor its own entity within the whole series. The game follows a group of three high school students (the protagonist, Daichi, and their friend Io) returning home by subway from cram school when each get an email on their cell phones which forewarns them about their eventual death and is shown to them via a video of them dying in a subway accident. While they survive their dance with death, demons appear wanting to kill them.
An app on their phones from the website Nicaea spawned these demons, but also let Daichi and Io combat them with their new-found demon-summoning apps which helps them defeat the threat. Just as soon as they escape the subway they run into a mysterious group known as JPs, from whom they learn about an invading alien threat known as the Septentrion which have been appearing in Tokyo. The game borrows huge inspiration from Evangelion so it should be no surprise to anyone who sees a connection already.
I know what you’re going to say; “Why isn’t Persona 3 getting the adaptation?” Who knows, frankly I’m glad they choose a Devil Survivor title, though if I had the choice I would gone with the first game. Since the Devil Survivor games have so far had their stories, premise, and narrative based off the same principles of the mainline Shin Megami Tensei series, in terms of Law/Chaos/Neutral, it will be interesting to see which route they choose. Personally, I’m hoping for a chaos route! What do you all think?
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