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In This Universe, There’s Just You and Me

Back in 2014, my friend Arujei gifted the visual novel World End Economica to me for Christmas. Though I had always been aware of their existence, I had never played a visual novel before – to me, the prospect of a story riddled with multiple “routes” and “flags” seemed confusing to me. In this regard, I was fortunate to have started with World End Economica; as a linear “kinetic novel,” its presentation was easy for me to digest and enjoy. … Continue reading

“Butterfly” – A Thematic Analysis of Persona 3 and 4

昔者莊周夢為胡蝶,栩栩然胡蝶也,自喻適志與!不知周也。俄然覺,則蘧蘧然周也。不知周之夢為胡蝶與,胡蝶之夢為周與?周與胡蝶,則必有分矣。此之謂物化。 — 庄子 I dreamt I was a butterfly. I couldn’t tell if I was dreaming. But when I woke, I was I and not a butterfly. Was I dreaming that I was the butterfly, Or was the butterfly dreaming that it was me? Even if there’s a difference between the butterfly and I, The distinction isn’t absolute. And there is no relationship of cause and effect. — Zhuangzi Such were the words that flashed across the screen during the … Continue reading