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Shin Megami Tensei III demon reviews


Here's our first single-demon update. Shikigami has no evolutionary line. Its face does resemble Shiki-Ouji (whom we'll review later) somewhat, but they're different enough demons that I decided not to group them together. (However, Shiki-Ouji's design in earlier SMT games is actually identical to Shikigami's design from SMT III! In SMT III, Shiki-Ouji got given a unique design of its own.)


Brute Shikigami

"A common demon often used by Japanese sorcerers called onmyoji. They are used for many things, from common household chores to cursing others."

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SMT III game model

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Atlus official artwork

Shikigami in Japanese folklore are invisible most of the time. They can be made visible by binding them into folded and cut paper. I love this one! Making a folded piece of paper look monstrous must have been a hard design brief for Kaneko, but he rose to the occasion. Shikigami looks rather like a deep-sea creature with its tentacles and antennae, and rather like a welwitschia plant with its long trailing split leaves. I also appreciate its friendly little face.

Shikigami is always a welcome addition to my pre-Shibuya party in SMT III. An absolutely flawless monster!

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