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.
As a final note, this game deals with some pretty heavy subject matter. Canon-typical themes include child abuse, human experimentation, a whole lot of people dying in horrible ways, racism, and PTSD as typical of the horrors of war.
The narrative of this LP drills down into some more specifics as part of its added segments and hammers harder on some of these things. In general, it's a narrative that deals with some heavy subject matter, too, often moreso, especially in the fully-prose Reminiscence segment about the party's backstories and the Year Between, an interquel between the first and second game.
If you have issues with triggers of anything under those umbrellas, please practice due diligence and prioritize your health over the funny Let's Play. If you do feel like you need a more specific set of warnings, click the dropdown note below for some more specific warnings:
- The protagonist possesses dissociative PTSD and anxiety and has at least a few panic attacks across the game. Her Reminiscence features her abusive and homophobic family, as well as an instance of forced isolation.
- One character, as a minor, has a physically abusive guardian and is frequently rendered temporarily homeless at a young age.
- A recurring plot point in the second game is an antagonist who attempts to coerce suffering people into mass suicide.
- Many, many instances of parents losing their children and children losing their parents.
2020: Chapter 1
Part 1: The Murakumo Entrance Exam
Part 2: The Dragon-Elimination Strike Team, Murakumo Unit 13
Part 3: Matte! Black Bullet
Addendum I: Chisa Inomiko Tactical Overview
Part 4: An Express Delivery
Part 5: Women* of War (Vs. Warcry)
Appendix B: The Boy's Got Wings (Regarding the Events Eight Years Ago)
2020: Chapter 1.5
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
Addendum II: SATSUKI Tactical Overview
Part 12: Watch Your Step!
2020: Chapter 2
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)
Part 18: All My Pride
Part 19: World is Mine
Addendum III: Richter Esslinger Tactical Overview
2020: Chapter 3
Part 20: Demon Ruination
Part 21: The Place Where I Used To Be
Part 22: Unruined Reason
Part 23: She Walks Ever Onward
Part 24: Trembling Heart (In Your Belief)
Addendum IV: Youka Fudoji Tactical Overview
2020: Chapter 4
Part 25: the quiet rooms
Part 26: one thing reality
Part 27: lily in desert
Part 28: electric chair
Part 29: Crimson Fighters
Chisa Inomiko's Reminiscence I ~ The Farmhand and the Young Lady
Chisa Inomiko's Reminiscence II ~ The Girl Genius of Hibikino Academy
Chisa Inomiko's Reminiscence III ~ The Farmhand, the Young Lady, and the Monster
Part 30: You Are Not Part Of The Control Group
Addendum V: Koron Nagataka Tactical Overview
2020: Chapter 5
Part 31: Atheistic Love
Part 32: A God's Beast
Part 33: Destruction
Part 34: Saluting the Fallen
2020: Chapter 6
Part 35: You'll See Out The End Of Tales
Part 36: self regulatory party
Part 37: A Little Heart to Heart
Part 38: Always Doing Things My Way
Koron Nagataka's Reminiscence I ~ The Fool On The Hill
Koron Nagataka's Reminiscence II ~ Good Morning Good Morning
Koron Nagataka's Reminiscence III ~ Cry Baby Cry
2020: Chapter 7
Part 39: dry fish
Part 40: you can't fxxk me (In My World)
Part 41: No Cake For You
Part 42: Beloved World, Beloved People
2020: Chapter X
Part 43: Material Delights
Part 44: A Raging Empress's Banquet
Part 45: Project NEW GAME
Part 46: death from above 4098
Part 47: One Who Spins Samsara
Part 48: Opus 13
Part 49: Bang! Bang! Big Hornes Explosion!
Part 50: Takehaya Gets Trolled
Youka Fudoji's Reminiscence I ~ Intelligence for Violence
Youka Fudoji's Reminiscence II ~ Smile Venomously
Youka Fudoji's Reminiscence III ~ Bad Fortune Flower
The Year Between
I ~ A God's Beast
II ~ Heavenly Town
III ~ Unbearable Atmosphere
IV ~ Reckless Blade
Part 51: A Small Journey
Part 52: Sunny Spot
Part 53: Thousand Wings
2020-II: Chapter 1
Part 54: Flapper Girl
Part 55: OVER THE WORLD WALL
Part 56: A Warring God
2020-II: Intermission 1
Part 57: 15 Acres of Broken Glass
Part 58: Haunted Fortress 2
Addendum VI: Chisa Inomiko's Tactical Overview Part II
Part 59: Turismo
Part 60: Soaring Dragon
Addendum VII: Koron Nagataka's Tactical Overview Part II
2020-II: Chapter 2
Part 61: Self Esteem Fund
Part 62: Adrenal Vapor
Part 63: Reconstructing More Science
Part 64: Soldier of Dance
Part 65: The Future Starts With You (Synchro)
Richter Esslinger's Reminiscence I ~ Silent Voice
Richter Esslinger's Reminiscence II ~ Believe in the Starry Sky
Addendum VIII: Richter Esslinger's Tactical Overview Part II
2020-II: Chapter 3
Part 66: In the Interval of War
Part 67: The Question of Her
Part 68: Alchemist of Swaying Heart
Part 69: The Returner
Part 70: Exceedingly Near, in a World Endlessly Far
Addendum IX: Youka Fudoji's Tactical Overview Part II
2020-II: Chapter 4
Part 71: Noisy March
Part 72: Waltz of the Gears
Part 73: Mechanical Maze
Part 74: Crimson Scars
Part 75: Indra
Addendum X: Mio Akaneno's Tactical Overview
Sumie Kazuki's Reminiscence I ~ The Girl from the White Room
Sumie Kazuki's Reminiscence II ~ Blood of the Ancients
Sumie Kazuki's Reminiscence III ~ At the End of Memory
2020-II: Intermission 2
Part 76: Endless Crisis
Part 77: Unfading Ones
Part 78: The Sacred Ground Far Away
Part 79: ASH TO ASH
2020-II: Chapter 5
Part 80: Shadows Fore and Aft
Part 81: Electric Guitar Ambience
Part 82: Hunting Party
Part 83: Sumie and SATSUKI
Part 84: I Made It All Up
Part 85: To the Bottom of Memory
Addendum XI: Sumie Kazuki's Tactical Overview
2020-II: Chapter 6
Part 86: For the Day that Must Come
Part 87: Empire of Fools
Part 88: No Enemy To Me
Part 89: The Valley of the Kings
Part 90: Shooting Star, Cut the Night Apart (NIGHT RUNNING)
2020-II: Chapter 7
Part 91: Seagull Flies
Part 92: Whirlpools Inside
Part 93: Freefall
Part 94: Curse
Part 95: At the End of Disaster
Part 96: Pavane for a Dead Princess
2020-II: Chapter X
Part 97: a grief in the girl
Part 98: a defect in the man
Part 99: A Promise Left Behind (Monochrome)
Part 100: Truth and Dreams
Part 101: A Wing from the Sky
Part 102: Endings and Beginnings
Part 103: A Little After the Dream
Part 104: With Murakumo Unit 13
Part 105: Wings Beat Back
Part 106: Seven Deadly Struggles
Part 107: Rival Arrival
Part 108: A Tale of Men and Dragons
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