Shin Megami Tensei IV Has A Samurai Dressed In Strange Journey’s Demonica Suit

By Spencer . December 26, 2012 . 12:15am

imageFamitsu has a few more details about Shin Megami Tensei IV like a new character called the Black Samurai. The article says the Black Samurai is a mysterious character dressed in black armor.


If you played Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey you probably recognize the outfit – it’s a black Demonica suit. Perhaps, there is a connection between Strange Journey and Shin Megami Tensei IV?


Atsuko Tanaka who was Ultimecia in Dissidia: Final Fantasy voices the Black Samurai. Tayama (Houchu Ohtsuka) and Kaga (Kaoru Sasajima) were also introduced in the article, but details about those characters have not been released online.

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  • Ninten

    That is SO cool! Character looks a bit feminine to me. :o

    • Jason Ryer

      its probably the double/triple padding around the vital organs for protection from demons with sharp claws and fangs and armour piercing rounds.

      • ragingmerifes

        The fact that “he” is dubbed by Ultimecia also helps in making me think that it is a woman.

    • jeka69

      Dem hip and bewbs look awfully woman to me. Not that I’m complaining.

      • EverEndingStory

        I’m a man and I have hips.

    • puchinri

      That’s because it is a female, apparently~.

  • Sam Park

    Thus this mean that Demi-Fiend DIDN”T destory the Multiverse in Nocturne?

    • ragingmerifes

      Not exactly. Actually, I don’t think it even ended that way in Noc.

      • cj_iwakura

        Yeah it did, in the True Demon end, which is just one interpretation of how events ended.

        • ragingmerifes

          Shin Megami Tensei III is the canon game, and TDE is exclusive to Nocturne, which was just an expansion and a new path.
          Also, the TDE ends with the Demi-fiend working for Lucifer, and nothing more.

          • cj_iwakura

            No, it ends with the Demi-Fiend destroying Kagutsuchi and the Amala Network, rather than letting him give him the power to create a path for the world to be reborn through. Louis Cypher explicitly says ‘the world will never be reborn, there will be no more beginnings or end, just nothingness’. And Nocturne is the name of SMTIII, the expansion is Maniacs.

          • ragingmerifes

            He did all that while standing before Lucifer and then walking around with a bunch of demons? BADASS

        • KiTA

          I was under the impression he didn’t destroy the multiverse in the TDE, but rather, started a mutliverseal rebellion.

          • cj_iwakura

            Nocturne’s TDE explicitly states that Hitoshura destroyed Kagutsuchi, effectively ending all chance of rebirth for the worlds, and bringing everything to ruin.

    • Derek E Nay

      He could still be out there destroying the multiverse. Just a crap load of multiverse to destroy :P

    • If I recall correctly, He didn’t destroyed the multiverse, he destroyed the process of creation and destruction and maybe time itself

    • LightZero

      There is no confirm “canon” ending. But with the Amala Network all the endings are canon. Even then the Demi-Fiend could had failed and is suffering a terrible fate just like Aleph or end up like Kazuya.

  • ragingmerifes

    Now I’m confused. Shin Megami Tensei IV is set on feudal Japan, while Strange Journey is set on modern Alaska (or South Pole, don’t remember). And the Demonica was created for SJ’s mission, so… time travel? Or maybe the feudal Japan is not so feudal?

    • Detrimont

      well, tokyo is still in IV, so it’s not all feudal japan, so it’s probably a multiple dimensional world or something

  • It’d be interesting if this meant Strange Journey isn’t a “Gaiden Game” but rather a prequel to SMTIV. Maybe this continues on from the Law or (more likely) Chaos Endings? Or perhaps this is Mastema, still scheming as ever?

    • Leonardo Duarte

      Chaos and Law endings? Nah, might as well be the neutral one. Since the world, in the trailers, look normal (Until certain points).

      And, following this thought, it can’t be Zanelin, hence she became an Angel.

      It may just be some… Survivor, or a simple cameo. Or even someone whose got scrambled in a time and space distortion and went to the world of the samarais, and then, came back to “our” world.

  • Interesting… does this means ST and SMT IV are connected or its just a cameo? Tht demonica looks out of place in SMT IV lol.

    Also, tht BS looks very likely to be a woman judging by his/her body shapes.

  • Pockystix

    I’ve always found those costumes to be just the right amount of silly looking, to somehow circle back into looking a little cool.

  • dahuuuundge

    everything is canon according to the Amala Network

  • I love Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, so I’m definitely happy about this cameo :D

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ….hmmmmm maybe they are connected

  • Maybe they plan on re-releasing or remaking Strange Journey soon?

  • SolidusSnake

    Oh noez, Captain Jack is back DDDDD:

    • Ninten

      Genderbend Captain Jack?

      • SolidusSnake

        Even more dangerous!

      • Barrylocke89

        Captain Jill vs. Zelenin. A new battle of Law and Chaos emerges!

  • I called it!

  • Crok425

    Awesome, Strange Journey is from the main series but I never thought they would do this :D… I want a 3DS goddammit!

  • IshimaruKaito

    i just hope this gets localized!

  • I’m just waiting for a localization announcement. Everything about this game looks breathtaking and I cannot wait to see more for it. I absolutely adore the SMT series (Especially the main entries) and cannot even begin to express my excitement for this game.

    • $29082171

      You know how Soul Hackers had the first trailer of SMT4 that wasn’t avaible anywhere else till people bought the game and recorded it themselves?

      Doesn’t that mean that we’ll also get said trailer with the release of the game in the US this spring?

      • LightZero

        It’s possible. Nocturne included a trailer for DDS1 in the English version.

        • Testsubject909

          And it’s glorious.

          That said, about trailers or rather openings since the DDS trailer was just the opening of DDS in English.

          Go look up the Japanese version and see the thematic difference and how both versions works just fine and wonderfully, just in very interestingly different ways.

          And look up the original Nocturne opening… Boy is that opening just badass.

  • puchinri

    Awesome~. Loving it. The Black Samurai looks so badass, and nice to see another (supposedly, at least) female character introduced.

    I’m very curious about the potential tie between the worlds. Is there a possibility that this takes place after ST at all?

    • raymk

      I don’t know why I type, I find that I agree with you a lot lately :/.

      • puchinri

        Haha, it’s always nice to be in agreement with others~. Often, my posts come down to “this” or “I agree” as well lately. >u<

  • OverlordZetta

    This is probably more a jab at the masses who complained for so long that the actual SMT IV (Strange Journey) had the title revoked.

    • puchinri

      Would it be a jab at them, though? I would think it’d be a shout-out or cameo made for them, more than anything. (I mean, plenty of the ST fans are excited rather than offended.)

      • OverlordZetta

        I’d say it’s a jab, since the original plan was for Strange Journey to BE SMT IV until people bitched about it being portable for so long they backed up on it.

        • puchinri

          I can’t see how it’d be a jab though. Wouldn’t a jab be more like, finding a destroyed Demonica suit though? It just feels like ST loving and recognition to me. ^u^;

  • Aw yeah! I knew there’d be a black rang– I mean Samurai. I wonder who else there will be. Maybe a white (law) samurai? (That’s already Flynn..but if anything, Flynn is a “Fool”.)

  • LightZero

    It would be interesting if SJ is like the prequel of sorts to SMT4. I definitely like that this game is tying itself to the previous main entries.

  • MrTyrant

    I think it’s a woman and it’s not lady gaga (Seleni) That’s for sure.

  • I know only one black samurai, fools, and he is voiced by Samuel L Jackson.

  • Maia Kasoya

    I really gotta go finish that game… After I beat P3Portable and stop being lazy. Quit holding me back, Ouroboros Maia!
    By the way, isn’t Strange Journey SMT IV? Sorry if I missed something.

  • raulrain

    Something that it catch my attention was this screenshot from the game, i know that SMT4 will let you customize your character, but in this screenshot, parts from that custome look like a Demonica Suit, strange? not anymore

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