The YouTube gaming trivia channel, Did You Know Gaming, takes a look at Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei RPG series and its spin offs, offering tidbits of knowledge you might not have known.
The series began as an adaptation of the 1986 sci-fi novel Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei. Altus wasn’t the first to adapt the novel into a game, with Telenet Japan releasing the top-down RPG Devil Story: Megami Tensei in 1987 on the MSX and PC-88. As for Atlus, its series became one of their most popular franchises, and was a stepping stone towards successful spin-offs that went on to be their own popular series, such as Persona.
An interesting bit of knowledge is how Megami Tensei translates to metempsychosis, which is the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that is part of Buddhist beliefs. Reincarnation is seen throughout the series, with the first game including a character that was described to be the reincarnation of an ancient goddess. The video also examines the inspirations behind the original Shin Megami Tensei, such as the setting taking great influence from a Tokyo neighborhood where the art director, Kazuma Kaneco, lived at the time. Watch below to learn more.