Devil Survivor 2/Analysis

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The game as a Whole-Plot Reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion.

A secretive and powerful government agency fights off Alien Invaders with poorly understood technology. The aliens possess strange forms and esoteric abilities, and are only defeated by the involvement of Ordinary Highschool Students.

The main characters correspond quite well to the characters of NGE, with the exception of the main character and Jungo Torii.

Daichi Shijima is Shinji Ikari. Uncertain and cowardly, he has difficulty accepting the circumstances that he finds himself in and his immediate reaction to danger is to try and run away. Eventually undergoes character development, but is widely disliked by the fabase. He is an everyman thrust into the extraordinary, and represents the audience (which may factor in to why he is disliked).

Io Nitta is also Shinji Ikari, at least in how she deals with confrontation. Her policy is to agree with everyone whenever possible and immediately apologize whenever someone takes offense or disagrees with her. This is made even more clear when Airi Ban, the Asuka counterpart, criticizes Io for her constant apologies. Additionally Io watched her mother die in front of her.

Makoto Sako is Misato Katsuragi. She is dedicated to the organization that took her in after the accident that left her scarred despite growing dissatisfaction with its policies and leadership. She is compassionate for the plight of the civilians, but puts the assignments first. She may have a crush on the main character.

Yamato Hotsuin is Gendo Ikari. Cold and dispassionate, he leads the last line of defense against the alien threat with an iron fist. He sees his subordinates as pawns and although he has no compunction with sacrificing them for to reach his objectives, he is nevertheless respected for his brilliance and leadership. He knows far more about the situation than he lets on, and has a secret plan for the aftermath that could reshape the world.

Airi Ban represents Asuka Langley Soryu, in both appearance and personality. Red-headed and firey tempered, she has problems expressing her true feelings and often rushes ahead without thinking of the consequences.

Hinako Kujou is Mari Illustrious Makinami. She has great skill and a lot of enthusiasm but has a tendency to rush in and her stats encourage slugging it out with the enemy. Her relationship with the main character is a pretty friendly one. Also she shows a lot of skin.

Keita Wakui is Touji Suzuhara.

Fumi Kanno is Ritsuko Akagi. She's a bit cold but has a friendly relationship with Makoto and teases Makoto about her closeness to the main character. She also decides to side (at least initially) with Yamato over the others.

Both Ronaldo Kuriki and Yuzuru Akie are Ryoji Kaji, albeit different aspects of the man.

The Anguished One is Kaworu Nagisa. A white haired pretty boy? Check. One of the enemies in human form? Check. Can be convinced to stop the system and put the fate of the world in the hands of the humanity? Check. Has some subtext with the main character? Check.