SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IF…:
SMT if…’s title and perhaps even the idea of the game taking place at a highschool derives from if…. (written with 4 dots, the game is written with 3 dots) a 1968 British drama film produced and directed by Lindsay Anderson.
It is a satire of English public school life and stars Malcolm McDowell. Otherwise there aren’t any similarities between the game and the movie.
MEGAMI IBUNROKU PERSONA:
The St. Hermelin school emblem features an ermine.
There is a legend that says that an ermine would rather die than making its white fur dirty in mud. “Malo mori quem foedari“ („Rather die than becoming dirty“) of the order of the Hermelin from Neaple derives from this legend.
The white fur of the ermine (representing purity and innocence) was also used worn by royals and was very valuable. Ermines or rather ermine furs are also used in heraldik.
Actually more interestingly it also features the Chi-Rho, ΧΡ, or ☧ a form of the christogram, which next to the cross and the ICHTHYS fish is one of the oldest symbols for Christ. It is an abbreviation of Χριστός (Christos) or ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ. Since this symbol looks like X and P it could also be interpreted as Pax Christi (Christ brings peace).
Emperor Constantine is said to have had a dream of being ordered to put a "heavenly divine symbol” on the shields of his soldiers. The description of the actual symbol chosen by Emperor Constantine closely resembles a Chi-Rho or a staurogram, a similar Christian symbol. That very day Constantine’s army fought the forces of Maxentius and won the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (312), outside Rome.
Very often you can also see the Alpha, Α or α and Omega, Ω or ω, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet on depictions of the Chi-Rho just like in St. Hermelin’s depiction. This refers to: “I am the alpha and the omega” from the Revelation (verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13).
You can also see a Star of David/Shield of David/Magen David, a hexagram, the compound of two equilateral triangles.
It can mean that humans get their lives from God (triangle on the downside) and return to God (triangle on the upside).
The twelve corners might represent the twelve tribes of Israel.
It might also represent the six days in which God created the world and the middle represents Sabbath.
Unlike the menorah, the Lion of Judah, the shofar and the lulav, the Star of David originally wasn’t an uniquely Jewish symbol and was also used for Talismans (it was inherited from medieval Arabic literature by Kabbalists where it was known as a Seal of Solomon.) The symbol was also used in Christian churches as a decorative motif many centuries before its first known use in a Jewish synagogue.
When the state Israel was founded on May, 14 1948 the Star of David became the emblem of the flag for Israel.
The Seven Sisters High emblem is supposed to look like the Subaru logo however with seven stars instead of six.
Subaru is a name for the Pleiades (however since most people can only see six stars from the cluster there are only six stars on the Subaru logo. There is a legend about a Lost Pleiad.).
Sumaru from Sumaru City is also an old name for the constellation “Subaru”, “Pleiades,” or the “Seven Sisters. They are also known as the Mutsuraboshi (six sisters).
The Seven Sisters uniform is based on the adidas Firebird track suit. The black version with the typical three stripes of adidas does look a lot like the Seven Sisters uniform.
A small excursus for Tatsuya’s leo belt:
Since Tatsuya is a Leo his lion belt hints at him being a Leo.
Since the Tetramorph symbolism is very important in IS due to the Grand Cross you can also add that Mark’s symbol is a lion (since Tatsuya, Jun, Lisa and Eikichi form a Grand Cross with their fixed Zodiacs and with the special Grand Cross spell, Tatsuya would be associated with Mark).
Mark’s lion represents Christ’s royal dignity and Christ as a king.
The walking lion (rampant lion) is also used for PEUGEOT.
However it is way more common in heraldry. It traditionally symbolises bravery, valour, strength, and royalty (lion is the king of the beasts).
The lion is used for Bavaria for example where you can see Lion symbols very often or in Venice due to Venice’s associations with the evangelist Mark.
Gekkoukan High’s emblem looks like the BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) logo just mirrored and recolored.
Yasogami High’s emblem looks like Mercedes-Benz logo just mirrored and with two additional circles:
CITROËN perhaps/most likely? Asuming this is the school logo of course but we will see in the futrure.
I did it. I wrote a part two. (2/? because I might write more, since I’m not quite done with Taylor.) part 1
The clock seemed to be ticking by ridiculously slow that evening. Every second slower than the last, although that could also be from Taylor staring at it since she’d come back upstairs. Once Alcor had vanished with his promise of six fifteen, she’d rushed to clean up the chalk and put the candles under her bed–where she could easily access them again but no one would look and accidentally find them. She had then spent the next three hours on her bed, shocked at what she’d done.
Tatsuya’s outfits are some of my favorites since they contain a lot of symbols which is why I made this so that you can quickly see what inspired them:
The Seven Sisters uniform according to Kaneko is based on the adidas Firebird track suit. The black version with the typical three stripes of adidas does look a lot like the Seven Sisters uniform.
On Tatsuya’s belt you can see a lion which already hints that he is a Leo.
The Seven Sisters High emblem is supposed to look like the Subaru logo in general. Subaru is a name for the Pleiades (however since most people can only see six stars from the cluster there are only six stars on the Subaru logo. There is a legend about a Lost Pleiad.).
Tatsuya’s childhood clothes look calm and give him an innocent appearance (it reminds me of heaven associations and clouds, a warm summer day with a bright sun). His style and facial expressions changing reflects how Tatsuya’s soul was scarred during the fire at the Araya shrine. Tatsuya smiled way more often as a child.
The Red Hawk mask is inspired by the Red Hawk from Chōjin Sentai Jetman as well as the Eagle from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
His EP outfit it connected to the Japanese name of the game: Batsu (punishment). Tsumi and Batsu both derive from Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky.
The term Batsu however is also used when someone’s wrong and symbolized with an X. You can symbolize that someone is wrong if you cross your arms as well.
The symbol for making an error in quiz shows or if jurors in casting shows don’t like a performance is also an X.
I consider Maya to be the character IS revolved around (despite playing Tatsuya). EP is about Tatsuya (despite playing Maya) and this shows it pretty well.
Tatsuya is responsible for everything in EP and he is the character the EP plot focuses on.
Tatsuya’s outfits also contain a lot of red:
Red represents fire, power, energy, passion, love, desire, blood, aggression, danger, warnings, violence.
In Japan red kimonos represent happiness and the sun is often drawn as a red big circle (really interesting considering Tatsuya’s connection to sun symbolism).
I have also learned that you shouldn’t paint the walls in your office red in school. Blue lets you think creative while red in contrast apparently makes you agressive.
Red also fits well as the image color for Tatsuya due to Apollo. Apollo is designed after the Kyokujitsu-ki which portrays the sun being depicted as a red circle pretty well.
Probably the Pleiades, or as I like to call them when I’m drunk, “Pleia-DEEZ NUTS”
(Image: Jakub Korbel)
They’re a stunning, bright, easily-recognized constellation with mentions in the ancient texts of many cultures. Supposedly named after the daughters of Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione, they are eternally pursued by Orion the Hunter across the sky (who really needs to keep it in his pants, I mean literally, let’s stop pretending this is a sword). It’s actually more likely that their name derives from the verb plein, to sail, and that the mythology was invented afterward, but … whatever. Hot space muchachas eternally outrunning the weirdo exhibitionist hunter is way more interesting.
(Image: The Lost Pleiad, by William Adolphe Bouguereau, which may reference the occasional disappearance of the star Merope from view)
And here’s a collage I’m quite fond of. Though I can’t figure out who made the collage, the painting apparently is also Bouguereau?
But the real reason I’m a fan of this constellation is not the mythology, the brightness, or the space tiddy. Probably about 5 years ago I came across this APOD of the reflection nebula around Merope and gasped audibly. I still feel a little catch in my heart every time I look at it. It’s my jam.
It looks like some kind of 70s fantasy graphic and I love it.