7th Dragon 2020: Sympathy for Chisa Inomiko
(an LP EOV Anniversary Project)
Watch the game's opening movie more clearly here.
What's 7th Dragon?
The 7th Dragon series is the weird offshoot brainchild of Kazuya Niinou, the director of a game you might have heard of called Etrian Odyssey (and none of its sequels). Both series, as a result, are create-your-own-character dungeon crawlers. Where 7th Dragon stands out is its heavier emphasis on storyline and characters, and starting from its second game (this one), a unique sci-fi aesthetic to contrast with other, more high fantasy dungeon crawlers.
Oh, and also, only the last of the four games in the series ever got an English release, so barely anyone has heard of the series.
Okay, then what's 7th Dragon 2020?
7th Dragon 2020, and its sequel, 7th Dragon 2020-II, are the second and third games in the series, forming a duology with several recurring characters and mostly the same gameplay, barring a few additions in II. Since they essentially tell one continuous story about the same people, this LP will be covering both games.
Why do the protagonists look different from everyone else?
This is a narrative LP—since the protagonists in the original game are silent, blank slates, in the grand tradition of dungeon crawler LPs, I've taken the liberty of creating a cast of characters who will be going through this story with you, the viewer, and acting as the heroes. I dearly hope you'll enjoy their stories as much as you do the game itself.
The art for the characters is wholly custom-made, by the amazing Kat Langomez, AKA KiraKiraKat, whose Twitter you can find at this link here.. Thanks, Kat. Appreciate you.
Chisa seems a little familiar.
You may recognize some continuity from a previous LP that I helped on: Etrian Odyssey V. I would, of course, never ask my audience to read an entire other LP to read mine, but if you have read it, you'll likely recognize some continuity and references here and there. It's that LP's fourth anniversary, you know. Happy birthday, LP EOV.
Who are you?
I'm Kinu, and I'll be your host through this game. I'll also be joined by my cohost, Rea, the author of the aforementioned EOV LP.
Basic gameplay commentary will be formatted like this.
My personal comments will be formatted like this.
Rea's comments will be formatted like this when I'm not using her commentary like some sort of freaky flesh puppet.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Murakumo Entrance Exam
Part 2: The Dragon-Elimination Strike Team, Murakumo Unit 13
Part 3: Matte! Black Bullet
Part 4: An Express Delivery
Part 5: Women* of War (Vs. Warcry)
Part 6: Tiny Village in the Desert
Part 7: Dancer in the Street
Part 8: SKY and the Others
Part 9: Working Today, Too
Part 10: Smash Up!
Part 11: The World Beneath Your Feet
Part 12: Watch Your Step!
Part 13: Steel Myself for Battle
Part 14: Lost in Green
Part 15: Even Towards Death, Valiantly
Part 16: Prayer
Part 17: Triple Laser Phase (vs. Jigowatt)
Addendum I: Chisa Inomiko Tactical Overview
Addendum II: SATSUKI Tactical Overview
Addendum III: Richter Esslinger Tactical Overview
Appendix A: Regarding the Backgrounds of Unit 13
The Young Lady and the Cloaked Man
The Camera Girl and her Cats
The Haggard Woman and her Family
The Hitchhiker and the Waiting List
The Hermit and the Rabbit Doll
The Otaku and the World that Wasn't
Homura Akaneno and her Old Friend
Appendix B: The Boy's Got Wings (Regarding the Events Eight Years Ago)