Zeus [Doi]


Zeus’s turn, yay…Spoiler: Doi’s explanation is exactly what you thought it would be (minus the Persephone connection, why would you even think about that).

Anahita here. Alex here. Demeter here. Amon is here.

As the main god of Greek mythology, Zeus, has been the theme of a great number of sculptures and paintings ever since Antiquity. He’s such a prominent god, even people who aren’t too familiar with mythology know him. Now that I think about it, Greek mythology was the very reason I fell in love with myths as a child. Back then, there were quite a lot of TV programmes about various mythologies, civilisations and relics, the most popular chief god was Zeus and manga inspired by Greek mythology were also very successful. He is the God of my mythological roots, so I obviously decided to design him as well as I could.

But once I started drawing him I fell prey to indecision, since I had a feeling that drawing him normally would have made me add a ‘Super’ before his name… (wry). The first image that comes to mind is that of an old man wearing a toga and an ancient Greek style armour, but I had some doubts about drawing the type of figure that had already appeared in other works. Therefore, I challenged myself to emphasise originality and display lesser known mythological facts or obscure anecdotes.

With that in mind, the first thing I wanted to draw was Zeus’s duality. Zeus is a chief god, so the image of justice is strong, but in truth he also had quite the malicious and sleazy side (laughs). I’m going to leave out why that side appeared, but there are various interesting theories, like it being the fault of humans and so on. If anyone is interested in this, please do check it up.

So, I tried to adapt these two sides to the descriptions found in legends and figured I should apply the concepts of good and evil to Zeus’s armour. The good side is symbolised by the figure resembling a sculpture with the armour of ‘brightness’ and the kerauno. The wicked side is represented by the beast-like figure wearing the armour of ‘fear’ and the adamantium sickle. This is how the Zeus of this form was born, as a sort of final form you can glimpse in battle. By the way, I also subtly emphasised his crotch, since it’s part of who he is (laughs).



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Anahita [Doi]


And now, introducing my (sole) favourite new design, Anahita! The floating panels can go though.

Alex here. Demeter here. Amon is here.

Surprisingly, this is Megami Anahita’s first appearance in the Megaten series. (She did show up in the spin-off Majin Tensei though). The new female demons of Strange Journey, Asherah, Maya and so on, had simple but unique designs, so I tried to give Anahita a similar feel in order to maintain a sense of unity.

The design includes details taken directly from mythology, like the white skin and special golden ornaments, but there are also two original points. The first one is the character’s characteristic water stream, since I wanted to make the water element obvious.

Anahita is the goddess who governs over water, so the head resembles a spring, with water flowing along her body. Legend has it that her true form is actually water itself, so I had it flow on the inside of her body, as seen from the cracks on her skin, and not on her body surface. Her human is form is just a façade, so to speak.

The other original point is represented by the panel shaped shields, signifying her role as protector of life and royal authority. The pattern of the shields came to symbolise a charm against evil in Zoroastrianism. It seems the upper reversed triangle means good thoughts, the horizontal bar in the middle means good words and the lower triangle means good deeds. I personally really love these types of repeating patterns, shapes and ancient symbols, so I used them many times back when I was in charge with backgrounds. Speaking of which, the last time I was in charge with backgrounds was actually during Strange Journey (laughs).


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Alex [Doi]


Another older new design from DEEP Strange Journey, Alex and her pew pew gun. Little to no information here, including Doi telling you to look forward to things you’ve already seen.

Demeter here. Amon is here.

Continuing from Amon, this time I have another message for everyone. This is my first attempt at a column, but I really hope I will be able to make you even a little bit curious and hopeful about the new game.

Let’s see, according to the announcement, I am in charge with the new demon designs of this game. I am not in charge with the character designs or the animation, but I did end up drawing this one illustration of Alex too. Saying I am in charge with the new demons + Alex would have made for a strange introduction (laughs).

I used many curved lines in Alex’s design and a retrofuturistic style, giving her a unique feeling. This design is also required by the scenario, but considering the information revealed so far, there are probably a lot of people who think she doesn’t fit in with the world setting. More details shall be revealed soon, so please wait for a little longer.



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Demeter [Doi]


I could barely believe it’s already been almost three months since Amon’s translation, so I decided to talk today about Demeter’s tiny feet. Just kidding.

Amon is here.

Let’s see what Doi has to say now!

Greek mythology introduces the goddess of agriculture, Demeter, under many facets, like that of Zeus’s wife or Persephone’s mother. Demeter’s image is widely regarded as that of an adult woman, but this game portrays her as a little girl. Her unusual appearance was for me a glimpse into the appeal of the game’s setting, but since this isn’t really a traditional look of hers, I had quite some trouble coming up with a design.

In the scenario data and videos Demeter is written as someone involved with the player’s game progression. Demons that show up in Megaten may act all nice, but they do tend to have another face, don’t you think? (laughs) I wanted to imply that Demeter plays a similar role, so I gave her the image of a little rascal that would make the player wonder whether she’s friend or foe. Looks-wise, I was expected to give her more of a an actual character touch than have her look like a demon, similar to SMT4F’s Krishna.

Her garments represent the earth, with the main colours yellow and green symbolising buds and youth, while the hues and multitude of accessories indicate abundance. Something to pay attention to, besides the golden wheat ears in her right hand, simply symbolising abundance, is the cornucopia in her left hand, which doesn’t stand only for good crops, but also famine, as legend says. It would only take one thought of Demeter’s for the world to perish.

I had Demeter stand out among other demons through this aspect, but I am looking forward to her role in the story myself.


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What better thing to do in the middle of the night than deciding to translate something? And, what do you know, another one of the SMT4F topics was waiting there just for me (and probably two or three more people). This time we’re talking about demons and how they actually came to have the image shown in the Old and New Testament, as well as some unexpected parallels with other religions. Oh, and Adramelech is there too.

Previous topic: Inanna and myths of the Orient.

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For whoever’s still interested (anyone..hello? echo?), I got bored last night and decided the best thing to do at 2 am is translating things about goddesses of beauty and love and trying to decipher the Japanese understanding of the term “Orient”. The first one was much easier.

Previous topic: Napaea and Fairy Tales.

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Amon [Doi]


Ok so! Doi’s comments about Amon. Thanks @eirikrjs for letting me know. Enjoy a late night half asleep translation.

Amon’s appearance in the Dictionnaire Infernal is famous, but he hasn’t shown up in a long while in Megaten after his Shin Megami Tensei: if… debut. Since this time I had to draw him as a new demon,  I respected tradition, but aimed at the same time for an updated design that would display his majesty and the awe he inspires.

The main point of the design are the red hands. According to legend, Amon can offer his summoner knowledge about the past and the future and is known as an intellectual and erudite demon, so I thought I would be able to express this aura by adding those posing arms to an animal body. The design of his arms is based on Shin Megami Tensei if…’s (Akira route) homage to a certain work, but I’m not too sure how obvious it is (laughs). Nevertheless, respect for older works and imagination will always be important and the positive feedback received by this Amon makes me think this is a pretty good formula…

Well then, this demon will make his debut in  autumn, together with the release of DSJ. Enjoy it and don’t forget about the follow-up reports!


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