December 30, 2016: Neku received a text saying that this Game only has one Player. He had to flee some Noise, only to be caught by Kariya and Uzuki. Neku apologized to Shiki and Joshua in his head, but then Beat arrived.
“First you gimme some lame special op and make me snipe my friends, and now you gonna take down a defenseless Player? Ain’t you Reapers got any honor? Now you got me all kinds a’ pissed! Y’all goin’ down, yo!”
Kariya: “Oh, to be young and foolish again! Try switching on your brain, Freshmeat. If you fight now you’re treadin’ on thing ice.”
January 18, 2012: Neku finishes the Game with Shiki by defeating the GM, only to wake up with the Scramble Crossing’s gritty pavement as his bed.
A new week has begun… A new Game, and a new partner: Joshua. His method of gathering Fusion Stars is pretty fun. MAAATH
Math quickly turns on you in the second week, as you’ll soon see…
Guess who else loves the maths? Sho Minamimoto, the new GM. HE SPEAKS IN MATHEMATICAL TERMS. Strangely enough, I understand some of them. My ratio is satisfactory!
Still, he represents all that is dark and unholy in mathematics, my old nemesis. As such, he is going down. In a flashback, Neku recalls Shiki being declared the winner of the round and Beat electing to become a Reaper. Shiki didn’t want to return to life if it meant Neku staying in the Game, but he insisted.
“I’ll be waiting for you – every day, in front of Hackio… till you come back,” promised Shiki.
“I’ll see you there soon,” swore Neku. “That’s a promise.”
“Once you see the real me, will we still be friends?”
“Count on it. You’ll always be Shiki.”
They reached out to one another as Shiki was spirited away.
Japanese Title: Subarashiki Kono Sekai (It’s a Wonderful World)
Platform: Nintendo DS
Developers: Jupiter/Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Japanese Release: July 27, 2007
European Release: April 18, 2008
North American Release: April 22, 2008
Australian Release: April 24, 2008
December 31, 2011: The game’s intro flashes a series of images as protagonist Neku Sakuraba runs past most of the characters in the story. The opening theme, “Twister”, is pretty cool and gets the game’s incredible soundtrack off to a good start.
Knowing plot details about the earlier installments in the Parasite Eve franchise is not necessary for enjoying The 3rd Birthday, but it does help, even though the games are not really direct sequels to the original novel. It’s… complicated.
June 13, 2016: Yuan wandered through the darkness until he saw glimpses of strange and unfamiliar places. Eventually, he found a staircase and went up it. The stairs led to a snowy mountain. He found a man who wore and odd hat and a poncho, who wandered off.
Huh, for the final chapter, some of the monsters sure are cute.
Yuan found an Iron Box.
I have to fight these cute little puppies?! But they’re so ADORABLE