In which I pretend I didn’t totally fail to get that other post up last week.
This is probably the most obscure blind box — rather, blind bag — product I’ve yet posted about. (Rather, that I will ever post about.) As you can see at the top, this is a tie-in for the game Persona 2 Innocent Sin. As opposed to the game Persona 2 Eternal Punishment. And yes, Persona 2 is in the same series as games like Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5 (the latter of which I still haven’t played, so please don’t say anything about it, ’cause I don’t want it spoiled for me!), but Persona 2 (both versions) originally came out on the original Playstation, sometime around 1999. (Okay, technically, I think Innocent Sin was 1998, and Eternal Punishment was 1999, but since Innocent Sin didn’t come to the US on the Playstation, it’s hard to keep its date straight in my mind.) Anyway, the PS2 (and byeond) Persona games don’t have much in the way of commonalities (beyond the Persona system, the designs of the Personae, and (of course!) Igor and the Velvet Room) with the PS1 games (apart from some throw-away references in Persona 3 that both referred to the characters as existing and being the wrong age, and others that made them fictional), whereas both Persona 2 games were direct sequels to the first Persona game, and featured appearances from the original characters. (Not so much like how Persona 4 had a sequence where the cast visited the high school from Persona 3 and met a few of the younger, more minor characters. The appearances of original Persona characters in Persona 2 were more organic, and a more important part of the story; in Innocent Sin, one of the original characters is the photo–no, wait, that’s in Eternal Punishment, or–um, okay, see, the thing is, Eternal Punishment is half-sequel, half-fix-it-fic for Innocent Sin, so it’s hard to keep straight some of what happened in one and in the other. But one of the original characters works as the photographer for reporter Maya, the player character of Eternal Punishment and one of the love interests for player character Tatsuya in Innocent Sin.)
Sorry about that nonsense. Back to this blind bag. It’s a cell phone charm (or something) based not on the original Playstation version of the game, but the PSP remake, which was brought over here. (Ironically, Atlus declined to bring over the PSP remake of Eternal Punishment. So if you want to play both, you have to switch consoles…and switch to a translation more than ten years older, and rather, um, lacking. I mean, I’ve seen worse PS1 translations, but it wasn’t up to the same standards as the remake’s translation. (For one thing, in the remakes, the translation department made sure they were spelling proper names correctly in the descriptions of the origin of the various myths used for the Personae.)
My best result would have been Jun (who isn’t even shown on the front of the bag), but this was good, too. 🙂 This is Eikichi, or –as he wants to be called — Michel. (As in the French version of Michael. Not as in Michelle, which I’ve seen at least one fan-translation of the PS1 game call him.) Eikichi is the lead of a band, and he’s wonderfully funny. He views Tatsuya as his rival, and Tatsuya basically ignores that he exists. (Or not; Tatsuya is a silent character in this game, so it’s hard to interpret his relationships with other characters. Then in Eternal Punishment he starts talking, ’cause he’s no longer the lead, and you wish he wouldn’t. Or maybe that’s just me. (Because Maya absolutely should have picked Katsuya! He was awesome and completely perfect for her! I am intractable on this point.)) I’m not sure how well you can see it in the photo of the cover of the bag, but Eikichi’s skin looks super-pale, because he wears make-up to look more pale than he is. Because he’s going for a sort of semi-goth Visual Kei thing. And probably failing pretty badly, because he is, after all, Eikichi. ;p
Anyway, you noticed the blonde girl on the bag? That’s Lisa Silverman (or Ginko as Eikchi calls her), and I have a statue of her that I found at one point and I couldn’t resist picking it up because MegaTen merch that’s from a game other than Persona 3 or Persona 4 is so rare. (Well, and now Persona 5.) I posted a picture of it back during that first April A-to-Z. (Still not sure if I’ll be doing April A-to-Z this year…but probably not, between April’s CampNaNo session and doing April A-to-Z on my other blog. Which is why I wanted to post this today, btw, because today’s the theme reveal, and my theme is connected to the MegaTen games.) I also posted a couple of blind box figures — Half Age figures for two of the Persona 4 characters — along with it. I’m pretty sure I have more Persona-series cell phone charm blind bag things, too (another from Innocent Sin and one from Persona 4) but I apparently haven’t photographed them. I thought I’d included them with the Lisa statuette, but it seems not.