Descole: Okay, put on this disguise and follow my instructions exactly-
Randall: Perfect, I’ll finally be able to have my revenge on Henry for stealing everything and everyone I ever loved from me for his own personal gain. I treated him like a brother and this is what I get in return? He betrayed me all of those years ago and I will destroy him.
I wanted to draw something I hadn’t in a long time so my brain went immediately to Professor Layton. Miracle Mask is still one of my favorite games ever and I loved being a part of a the layton fandom x) I met a lot of awesome people through it. I really wanted to do a nice picture of Randall/Masked Gent since he’s still my favorite character in the series. (I only roleplayed as him obsessively for over a year and cosplayed him lol)
So I’ve read a few posts about how Layton’s personality is mostly attributed to the people he’s lost in his life. He got his name from his brother, his archaeology legacy from Randall and his gentlemanly standards from Claire.
The name-switch thing was kinda outside of his control because he was so young. But he strives to be an archaeologist and a gentleman in memory of Randall and Claire. On one hand, this is really touching. Rather than justifying extreme actions with his losses *coughBronevCliveDescolecough*, Layton’s losses make him a stronger character.
On the other hand, you can argue he developed none of these personality traits on his own, which diminishes his character in some ways. Would he have been less of an awesome hero if he hadn’t met Randall or Claire? Maybe. But we see Teenage Layton acting like a young gentleman way before he met Claire. As much as he dismisses Randall’s archeology ramblings, he’s cool chatting about archaeology with his Pa. In addition to these traits, he’s a skilled sword-fighter, a teacher, a detective, a father and a friend who would help you at the drop of a hat. I think one of his best moments is when Layton rejects the Bronev name at the end of AL. He isn’t defined by his past and he has made a name for himself as Hershel Layton.
The famous archaeologist that Randall was emulating was Desmond Sycamore. He never really found out who he really was, and was angry at Layton that he got to be friends with him. Layton didn’t have the heart to tell him the truth.
If I knew that falling into an underground river, losing your memory, and spending the next 18 years of your life working on a farm made you 1000% more attractive I would’ve started a long time ago lol
Afraid I haven’t got much to show for myself right now, having made this blog yesterday, but ! Please like or reblog this post if you’re interested in interacting with a Randall Ascot & Masked Gentleman from Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask !
( as a given, this blog will be majorly Miracle Mask spoilers :0 )
Does anyone else find it weird- and a little sad- that there weren’t any cutscenes from Miracle Mask included in the PL games flashback during the start of this trailer?
We just get Emmy’s intro from Spectre’s Call and then it does that weird static-y TV effect and flicks to the Nest scene from Azran Legacy:
The static-y effect (sorry I don’t have the correct name) makes it look like something was cut out of this scene compilation purposely? Yeah, there aren’t any scenes from Eternal Diva, but that’s the movie that you don’t need to watch when you’re seeing the whole Azran arc unfold in the games. PLvsAA also doesn’t make an appearance, but that’s a crossover and you can argue whether or not that’s canon due to the timelines.
Why wasn’t Miracle Mask included? Is it because MM wasn’t as popular as the other PL games? Unlikely, considering it was the only game that got an updated version released with MM+ and it had the whole Mysterious Flower music video. Also, it became ‘the best-selling game on the day of the 3DS’s launch with over 117,000 copies sold’ thanks Wikipedia
Let’s look at the other scenes included: We’ve got Layton’s iconic ‘thinking pose’ and him hugging Flora after he saved her from Curious Village, Vampire Anton confronting Layton and Luke in the ballroom, the introduction of Future Luke, Claire hugging Layton before her goodbyeBRB crying my eyes out, Emmy’s intro, Layton calling to Aurora, his fight with Descole from AL, and Layton’s farewell speech to Bronev. That’s a lot of AL scenes- makes sense it’s the last game… All of those moments are iconic, intense or emotional in some way and some are recognisable from previous trailers. And they’re not afraid of showing ending spoilers either.
I at least expected the MM mask flashback of Randall throwing his arms around Angela and Layton, or maybe something from the ‘dark parade’ opening, or Layton trying to save Randall from falling?
So… what gives, Level 5? Are you hiding something? Are you intentionally trying to draw attention away from Miracle Mask? Is Layton’s disappearance connected to MM’s plotline or characters in some way? Is this about the strange men who wanted to see him as a teenager? Are you finally going to bring up Angela’s brother again? Will we finally see the point of the friggin’ Infinite Vault of Akbadain? Is Randall or some other MM character going to pop up during Lady Layton?