Persona 2: Tsumi (1999)

Video Game  -  24 June 1999 (Japan)
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Sumaru City, Japan, the year 1999. The latest urban legend is that of the Joker. Supposedly, if a person calls their own cell phone, the Joker will appear and grant them a wish. Tatsuya ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Takehito Koyasu ...
Tatsuya Suou (voice)
Akiko Yajima ...
Maya Amano (voice)
Kosuke Toriumi ...
Eikichi Mishina (voice)
Hiroko Konishi ...
Lisa Silverman (voice)
Tomoe Hanba ...
Yukino Mayuzumi (voice)
Shigeru Shibuya ...
Jun Kurosu (voice)
Jin Yamanoi ...
Nyarlathotep (voice)
Ryûsei Nakao ...
Tatsuya Sudou (voice)
Shô Hayami ...
Ginji Sasaki (voice)
Kumiko Watanabe ...
Anna Yoshizaka (voice)
Mika Doi ...
Junko Kurosu (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hikari Tachibana ...
Akari Hoshi (voice)


Sumaru City, Japan, the year 1999. The latest urban legend is that of the Joker. Supposedly, if a person calls their own cell phone, the Joker will appear and grant them a wish. Tatsuya Suou is a handsome, popular student at Seven Sisters High School. He and two of his friends - aspiring rock star Eikichi Mishina and Japanized American Lisa "Ginko" Silverman - call the Joker, and tragedy ensues - several of Eikichi's friends end up mindless vegetables, living out their "wishes" in their own little dream world. Now Tatsuya, Eikichi, and Ginko must try to discover the Joker's secret. They'll be aided by perky teen reporter Maya Amano and her photographer assistant, Yukino Mayuzumi. Together, the five of them will find out that the keys to the Joker mystery are buried in their memories, and that the fate of the entire world lies in their hands. Written by Joseph Rodriguez <>

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Persona 2: Innocent Sin  »

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A fun, absorbing game for those who understand Japanese
14 July 2002 | by (Kansas City, Missouri, USA) – See all my reviews

Persona 2: Tsumi (also known as Persona 2: Innocent Sin) was an RPG video game released for the Japanese PlayStation in 1999. The Persona series is an offshoot of Megami Tensei, a popular Japanese video game series. Note that this is a different game from its sequel, Persona 2: Batsu.

The game is set in Sumaru City, Japan. A rumor is going around the city that if someone calls their own cell phone, a mysterious figure known as the Joker will answer, and grant the caller a wish. The game centers around Tatsuya Suou, a student at Seven Sisters High School; when he and his friends Eikichi and Lisa call the Joker, tragedy ensues. The three teens begin their own crusade to find out the truth behind the Joker ritual, aided by reporter Maya Amano and photographer Yukino Mayuzumi (from the first Persona). They find that the answer lies much closer to home than they'd thought...

First, the good: The plotting of the game is quite well-done. Engaging characters and an intriguing plot will keep you playing, and the gameplay is deep but easily learned, and the battle system is quite polished. The music is alternately wonderful and "bleah!", but the quality songs prevail.

The bad: When the songs are bad, they're really bad. Everything in the menu and battle systems seems to take one or two more button presses than should be necessary. Many gamers raised on the Final Fantasy series will find that this game may be sort of hard (it requires much more strategy than a lot of RPGs). And finally, the game is in Japanese, with no U.S. release on the horizon.

If you do understand Japanese even a little, and like console RPGs, I highly recommend this game. If you don't understand Japanese, I recommend its sequel, Persona 2: Batsu (released as Persona 2: Eternal Punishment in North America), instead.

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