Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army

General information

Title in Japanese: デビルサマナー 葛葉ライドウ 対 超力兵団 (debiru samanaa kuzunoha raidou tai chouriki heidan)

Japanese Releases:

  • PlayStation 2 on 2 March 2006.
  • PlayStation 2 on 7 December 2006 as a ‘PlayStation 2 the Best’ edition.

Western releases:

  • PlayStation 2 on 10 October 2006 in North America, published by Atlus.
  • PlayStation 2 on 27 April 2007 in Europe, published by Koei.

Back cover (NA edition)

THE CAPITAL HAS A NEW HERO: RAIDOU KUZUNOHA THE 14TH!

In Japan’s Capital, during the 20th year of the prosperous Taisho era… A young dame calls the Narumi Detective Agency and turns the gumshoes’ lives upside down with a simple request. Before they know it, the girl’s been snatched. Meanwhile, conspiracy and collusion are tightening around the Capital like a hangman’s rope. Only assistant detective Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th, Devil Summoner par excellence, can get to the bottom of a mess like this!

  •  The Capital
    Step into the shoes of a devil-summoning detective in the Taisho-era Capital of Japan, and walk the demon-soaked streets to solve your cases and put things right before darkness swallows the entire city.
  • The Summoner
    Evildoers beware! Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th, boy detective, can use sword, gun, or his demon cadre to snuff rampaging monsters before they hit the pavement. Action-packed battles give you direct control of the fearless Devil Summoner and his demon familiars.
  • The Demons
    With the art of confinement, Raidou can turn enemies to allies and let demons loose on their own kind. Fuse ‘em together and the results will make even the most hard-boiled bruisers weep.
  • The Scoop
    A good investigator leaves no stone unturned, and Raidou’s demons let him go further than most: flying over barriers, reading people’s minds, and cooling down hotheads are all within his power if he summons the right partner. There’s nowhere to hide with a Devil Summoner on the case!

Manual (NA edition)

The Capital [This was labeled as The Skinny in the table of contents.]

By the Japanese calendar, it’s Taisho year 20, and the tension between the ancient ways and modern technology is tighter than a noose. The stage is set for a hard-luck detective and his young assistant to meet a dame with a shocker of a request. “I want you to… kill me.” Before Shouhei Narumi and Raidou Kuzunoha can come up with an answer, some mysterious figures snatch the girl, and the game is afoot. What these two don’t know is that a simple kidnapping is about to spark a chain of events that will shake the nation… and that the search might lead them over their heads in a deep pool of darkness. (p. 5)

Devil Summoner
The Kuzunoha Clan and the Japanese gods go way back. The Kuzunohas made a name for themselves in ancient times, when four up-and-coming Devil Summoners showed Yatagarasu’s enemies the door. Ever since, the names of the Four Devil Summoners have been handed down as honorary titles in the Kuzunoha clan, and the best of ‘em was Raidou. If anyone can get to the bottom of this kidnapping, it’s the newly-appointed Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th. (p. 6)

[There’s no title on the page itself, but it is listed in the TOC as Character Dossiers.]

Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th
Occupation: Devil Summoner, junior detective
Age: Late teens
Details: ON the surface, he’s a student of Yumizaki High School working part-time at the Narumi Detective Agency. Don’t let his looks fool you: he’s really the latest Devil Summoner to bear the name “Raidou Kuzunoha”. He slings a sword and packs a pistol to protect the Capital, buy his real weapons are the demons tucked away in those tubes beneath his cape. His duties at the agency involve legwork around the Capital and doing the muscle work as a Devil Summoner. Raidou’s thick as thieves with Gouto, a cat who offers equal parts advice and sarcasm. Gouto would never steer Raidou wrong, but the feline’s past remains a mystery.

Gouto

[No information given.] (p. 6)

Shohei Narumi
Occupation: Chief of the Narumi Detective Agency
Age: Early 30’s
Details: Operates the Narumi Detective Agency, the one outfit you can turn to when the impossible is all you’ve got left. Raidou’s boss isn’t the type to do himself what he can fob off on someone else, and his favorite cases are the ones with little effort and a big payoff. Still, Narumi’s not so bad once you get to know him: he’s got a kind streak in him a mile wide and won’t stand by while the big fish prey on the little guy. He may be down on his luck right now, but his mysterious contacts with the military and the government hint that he used to be somebody, once upon a time.

Tae Asakura
Occupation: Reporter for the Capital Daily
Age: Early 20’s
Details: An ace reporter for the Capital Daily, Tae works to improve women’s lot in life around the Capital. Her pen name, “Kichou”, comes from Tae’s admiration for the feminist crusader Raichou Hiratsuka. Tae works hard to prove she’s twice the reporter any of the males could be; she does her own legwork, unlike the boys’ club and their hired stringers. Don’t let the crusade fool you, though: far from being a hard-nosed zealot, Tae could charm the stripes off a zebra. (p. 7)

Kaya Daidouji
Occupation: Freshman at Ouran High School
Age: 15, going on 16
Details: Though Kaya was born and raised as a member of the upper crust, she gets along with her classmates like a house on fire, and the family servants treat her like one of their own. Behind Kaya’s schoolgirl eyes, dark family secrets threaten to overshadow her sunny disposition; at wits’ end, she contacts the Narumi Detective Agency. There are a lot of stranger things going on in the Capital, and little miss Kaya’s bloodline might be at the center of them all…

Dr. Victor
Occupation: Master of Gouma-Den
Age: Older than you know
Details: A mad genius with a jones to learn the secret of life. After wandering the earth, he settled in Japan to continue his work uninterrupted. It was there that he stumbled upon the dark art of Devil Fusion. His research into demons and the secret of life supports the Devil Summoners of the Capital. An arrangement with the owner of Konnou-Ya lets him carry out his work on the sly in a basement laboratory beneath the joint. So far, his new landlord has no idea what goes on underground, and Victor is confident that things will stay that way. (p. 8)

Munakata
Occupation: Major General of the Japanese Army
Age: Late 40’s
Details: The brains behind the army’s Super Soldier Project. He believes firmly that Japan must have “super weapons” to be competitive in the global arms race, and even more firmly that he’s the man to make it happen. If anyone tries to say otherwise, the unstoppable Special Guard under his direct command and his extensive knowledge of the occult form two eloquent arguments in his favor.

Rasputin
Occupation: Dark Summoner
Age: Unknown
Details: A charismatic priest thought dead after multiple assassination attempts in 1916, the Mad Monk has surfaced alive and well in the Capital. His services as a Dark Summoner are available to the highest bidder; question is, who’s he really working for? Rather than using tubes like Raidou, Rasputin’s method of summoning involves conjuring demons from his collection of matryoshkas, or Russian nesting dolls. (p. 9)