Too busy with life to play the video game? Check out the latest anime adaptation of Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2.
RECAP: Kuze Hibiki is your normal 18-year old high school student living in the busy city. On the way home with his friend, Daichi, they have fun hanging out, talking about plans for college, dating, and some popular phone app called Nicaea that shows how your friend will die. When videos of each other ping their attention in the subway, the fantasy becomes reality when they die for real. However they are given a second chance when they are given the choice through Nicaea. With this, they return to a new reality where demons exist and they have the power to control such demons to defend themselves.
Let me just say right now that I have not played anything in the Devil Survivor series. However, I am a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei series itself, which places Devil Survivor very high in my “To Watch” list. So don’t be surprised if I make references to other SMT games. Anyways, the series starts out reminiscent to how Persona 3 begins, with our calm, cool protagonist listening to music in as he hangs out in the city waiting for his comic relief best bro. In just the beginning scenes, you get a good sense of their friendship and how close they are. I mean, if you can joke around with a phone app that shows how your friends die, I’m sure you guys are cool with each other.
After all that bad stuff happened in the subway, it reminds me of how the world completely changed for the protagonist in Nocturne. In this case, we are quickly introduced to the Demon summoning system, but not with many details as to how they are doing it… yet. In the aftermath of escaping the werewolf-like demons, it seems the rest of the city is in disarray, especially with the main public transit down. This leaves Hibiki, Daichi, and their new female companion, Nitta Io, to wait out the panic overtaking the city.
Catching me by surprise, I did not expect Byakko to be Hibiki’s first summoned demon. The SMT series, especially in Persona is not unfamiliar with making their protagonists bring forth really strong powers in the first fight. Byakko is definitely a strong demon by the standards of how the video games present him, leaving Daichi and Io’s low level demons in the dust. After all this, I’m interested to find out how the Demon Summoning system works.
This JP’s organization seems to be in-the-know about what is going on here. They’ll be especially interested in how Hibiki was able to summon such a high-level demon. With our heroes in custody of them, I’m sure we’ll find out even more about what is going on next episode.
Is Byakko like a 2GB file or does his internet just suck?
Continue to watch? – Yes.
Continue to Review? – Yes.