Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon

General information

Title in Japanese: デビルサマナー 葛葉ライドウ 対 アバドン王 (debiru samanaa kuzunoha raidou tai abadon ou)

Japanese Releases:

  • PlayStation 2 on 23 October 2010.

Western releases:

  • PlayStation 2 on 12 May 2011 in North America, published by Atlus.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon has not yet been released in Europe.

Back cover (NA edition)

THE HERO OF THE CAPITAL RETURNS!

It is still the prosperous Taisho era in Japan’s capital when devil-summoning detective Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th is thrown into his next great case. When the Narumi Detective Agency is hired in a missing person case, Raidou finds himself on the trail of crooked gamblers, masked ninjas, and strange insects…all leading to the mysterious King Abaddon.

  • The Battle
    Do battle with blades, bullets, and beasts, and discover the strategic possibilities of the new MAG balancing system.
  • The Demons
    Demon negotiation lets you choose whether to fight your enemies or recruit them. Collect and fuse almost 200 demons, and take any two into battle!
  • The Weapons
    Use the retooled Sword Alchemy system to create new swords with unique special attacks.

Manual (NA edition)

The Setting
Taisho year 20.

The men and women of the Capital have gotten caught up in the romance of the new age, and as old traditions blend with modern industrialization, citizens find themselves adjusting to new ways of life. Of all the recent fads and obsessions, luck has lately been all anyone can talk about. People find themselves observing a vast disparity between those who seem to be blessed with infinite good fortune and those whose luck seems to have vanished entirely.

Meanwhile, a young woman has filed a missing persons case with occult specialist detective Narumi and his assistant, Raidou. Little do these two detectives know that by accepting this case, they might uncover a great misfortune which threatens to consume the Capital… (p. 4)

Devil Summoners

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 all was named Raidou… (p. 5)

Characters

Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th
As far as the average stiff’s concerned, he’s a student at Yumizuki High School who works part-time at the Narumi Detective Agency. But to those in the know, he’s the latest Devil Summoner to hold the name “Raidou Kuzunoha”. He may carry a pistol and a sword to protect the Capital, but his real weapons are the demons he stores in those tubes underneath that cape of his. As a detective, he gathers information throughout the Capital, but when there’s demon involvement, he’s not afraid to call on his pals for some extra backup.

Gouto
This is no ordinary feline. He travels with Raidou Kuzunoha the 14th, offering advice and sharing his vast knowledge on summoning. No one really knows why this fellow’s in the body of a black cat, but only Devil Summoners can understand his words. Regular passerby just hear purrs and meows. (p. 6)

Shouhei Narumi
He’s the chief of the Narumi Detective Agency and Raidou’s boss. His office is located in the skyscraper Ginroukaku, and it’s just about the only place to turn to when no one else can help. He’s rather laid-back, both in his personality and his work ethic, but he’s a kind man who’ll always stand up for the people. And of course, as a former spy for the Imperial Army, he’s fairly well-connected throughout the Capital.

Tae Asakura
She’s a Capital Daily reporter in her 20’s. She focuses on improving women’s role in society under the pen name “Kichou”, which she used in tribue to the feminist crusader Raichou Hiratsuka. Tae’s a modern gal in a conservative era, and she words hard to prove her talents to the “boy’s club” that dominates the industry. Her research into folklore has had her visiting the Narumi Detective Agency pretty frequently. (p. 7)

Dahn
He’s the mysterious, 25-year-old male that Akane Narita has hired the Narumi Detective Agency to locate. He looks somewhat feral and unruly and is suspected of being involved with some curious incidents around the Capital.

Akane Narita
She’s the 19-year-old daughter of a well-known councilman. She’s looking for a fellow named Dahn, but won’t disclose the reason for her search. Her constant look of unease and worry hints that she may be holding a large secret… (p. 8)

Geirin Kuzuniha
Now 61, he earned the title of Geirin Kuzunoha the 17th many years ago. Geirin is one of the four great Kuzunoha Summoners, and he watches over Tsukigata Village, where a number of unfortunate incidents have occurred lately. He takes his role as guardian very seriously, and if he had his druthers, he’d protect the area without interference from other Devil Summoners.

Nagi
Half-Russian, she’s in-training under Geirin Kuzunoha the 17th. She’s very intelligent and logical and typically has a challenging attitude towards Raidou, but on occasion, she’s been known to show a healthy amount of consideration and sympathy. (p. 9)

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