So Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is finally out. Say what you will upfront about its choice to dive headfirst into idol culture (or the Japanese entertainment industry at large), but you know what? Can we just take a minute to appreciate the fact that it even came out at all? True, it’s not the game anyone expected when a cross between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem was announced -- and we’ll always be left wondering “what could have been” if the collaboration truly mashed the two together. On the other hand, this is a game that’s not only trying to say something on its own terms, but also something that -- given its style and content -- could’ve stayed chained up within Japan’s borders. Let’s count our blessings here.
As of this post -- or this paragraph, specifically -- I haven’t played Tokyo Mirage Sessions just yet. I will soon, though. It’s kind of ill-advised, given that I still need to beat Xenoblade Chronicles X, and poor Tales of Zestiria is basically howling at the moon every night. But I suppose at least a quick look won’t hurt. Besides, we’re still a ways out from Persona 5; if anything’s going to ease the sting of waiting for THE MOST STYLISH GAME IN HISTORY, then it might as well be Persona Lite.
With that said, I’ve been thinking about Persona 5 a bit recently -- and not just getting swept up by the visuals. Or at least trying not to. But again, we’re dealing with THE MOST STYLISH GAME IN HISTORY…which also includes a Kamen Rider girl. Be still, my heart.