Strangers |closed|

Even as she stepped through the gates with Gekkoukan high school to her back, she could still feel the curious gazes and hushed whispers following her. It wasn’t as if people had been unkind to the auburn-haired girl on her first day in a new school, but the open way they stared at her – some in shock and others in disbelief – was perplexing to say the least.

Not the type to hold back when a question was niggling away at her mind, she tried to ask her classmates what was so interesting about her face, but no one ever gave her a direct answer. Instead, they chose to remain vague – remarking that she simply looked like someone who used to go to that school. When she tried to push for more details though, people just dropped the topic altogether, so by lunchtime, she, too, let it go.

Yet, as she strolled down the sidewalk with the sun warmly caressing her face, her thoughts couldn’t help but wander to this mystery person. Did they really look so much alike that it gave the other students pause when they saw her face? She wanted to know. After all, it would be kind of cool to meet her doppelganger. It could be like having a twin or something, and she never had a sibling before, so maybe it could be fun.

Entertained by the direction her silly daydream was taking, an amused little smile turned up the corners of her mouth. Maybe she was just being overly-sensitive; she supposed she was really no different than the other students. She’d probably be just as curious as they were. Well, she was already curious, but in a different way.

”I guess I’ll just have to try a different approach!” she exclaimed with determination, a small giggle illuminating her features. Unfortunately, in her moment of absolute resolution, she collided into someone’s shoulder.

”Oh!” She was only caught off guard for a second. ”Sorry about that.” The apology came naturally enough as she absently waved a placating hand over her shoulder with the intent to just keep moving ahead.


korochan to the rescued


korochan to the rescued

Character Mythology: Minako Arisato


First of all, a quick explanation on why I associate Orpheus (Telos) with Minako primarily: basically, it boils down to the fact that Orpheus is the persona shown next to her in the credits, and Orpheus Telos is her ultimate persona in every version of the game that she’s in. Minato, on the other hand, is shown with Messiah in the end credits, and Messiah was his original ultimate persona. Cool? Cool.

Orpheus: The heart of Orpheus’s myth is his descent into the underworld to reclaim his bride, Eurydice, who was bitten by a snake on their wedding day and died. His mother was Calliope, muse of epic poetry, and the eldest of the muses, and through her he had inherited a gift for singing and playing the lyre that allowed him to move even the hearts of those who lived in the underworld. 

Eurydice’s soul was released to him, but with one condition; that Orpheus take it on faith that she followed him, even though he couldn’t hear or see her. Unfortunately, he looked back just as she was about to step into the world of the living, and she was lost to him forever. (This story has very large and obvious similarities with that of Izanagi, the persona of the protagonist of Persona 4, as well as a bunch of other myths from around the world.)

After this, Orpheus traveled the world, establishing the worship of both Apollo and Dionysus, as well as acting as a seer and prophet, whose descent into the underworld gave him insight into mysteries that would later be called Orphism. 

Orphism is similar to a lot of other mystery religions of the time, basically claiming that the soul of humanity is divine and good, but the flesh is evil, and so humans are bound to this world, and to escape the cycle of rebirth is the only way to know true peace. The initiation of someone into the Orphic mysteries was the best way to help free the soul from the flesh.

The main way this affects the story of Persona 3 is the theme of the descent. Tartarus (the tower) is named after the lowest and blackest level of the Underworld, analogous to the Christian hell. By repeatedly venturing into Tartarus, the protagonist is making Orpheus’s journey over and over again. In addition, in Jungian psychology, the unconscious is represented by the Underworld, so really, anything relating to shadows is likely meant to be the equivalent of descent.

The Underworld was not a place that just anyone could freely go. Even the living gods were mostly barred from entrance. In order to access the world of the dead, you need a liminal deity, a deity of boundaries and doorways. It is interesting that SEES can’t really venture into Tartarus beyond the first few levels until the recruitment of the protagonist, whose persona is primarily characterized by being able to return alive from the depths of the Underworld. In that way, the protagonist acts as a guide, who can exist in both the world of the living/conscious and dead/unconscious at the same time.

At the end of the game, the protagonist fulfills this role in a very obvious sense, existing as a barrier between manifested unconscious desire (Erebus) and Nyx. 

others: mitsuru | akihiko | shinjiro | yukari | junpei 

fuuka | aigis | ken | koromaru | metis | labrys  

takaya | jin | chidori | minako minato | ryoji

hey lil mama lemme whisper in your ear

"You know, my senpai is teaching me how to box."


peels off gloves finger by finger

”Is this the part where I’m supposed to take off my panties?”