Disgaea 4 Complete+ is a remastered definitive edition of a 2011 released game and yet, its ‘False News’ Chapter 4 storyline has never been more culturally relevant than today.
This article contains spoilers to Chapter 4 of Disgaea 4 Complete+.
Despite being released several years prior to the term ‘Fake News’ becoming ingrained in our society, revisiting Disgaea 4 Complete+’s lead storyline feels surreally modern. One of those rare cases where light hearted art and satire becomes ice cold reality. NIS were clearly miles ahead of their time, lightyears away in fact. As playing Chapter 4 “Death Emizel’s Death” matches the current state of affairs in journalism and media almost beat for beat.
The character Death Emizel is the son of the President of the Netherworld in Disgaea 4 Complete+, and after being knocked out by aspiring ‘Final Boss’ Desco… A Netherworld newspaper prints out a story that he’d passed on. Emizel had fledged his whole existence and pride on being the aristocratic, royalty-like son of the Netherworld President. The youngster becomes even further mortified that a funeral service occurred with haste. He pledges to go to the Netherworld’s Information Bureau to fix what he believes will be a simple correction.
However, when Emizel arrives at the Information Bureau, security guards will not believe he is the real Emizel, despite literally standing right in front of them. They cite the newspaper story as truth, and that if he was really alive it would have been reported.
Instead they believe he is bringing shame to the ‘deceased’ Emizel by playing an ‘imposter’ so-to-speak. Their blind faith and loyalty in the word of ink suppresses even their own eyes. Reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, the word of ‘the corrupternment’ and their newspaper is absolute and unquestioned. Contrarian opinions are to be discarded into the scrap heap, thrown into the dumpster on the side of an alley.
Disheartened, Emizel can not reconcile what is happening to his entire identity. He is beside himself at the thought that ‘the corrupternment’ has cast him out as persona non grata. Worse, the fallen son begins to comprehend the idea that facts alone cannot overcome popular belief and dogma. His real physical presence cannot supersede the already printed false news of his reported death.
Netherworld False News no accident
Fenrich, a second-in-command to the game’s protagonist Valvatorez, reveals to him that he’d sent a blackmailing video to Emizel’s father… One of Emizel being knocked out and scattering away. Thus, it’s likely it was actually Emizel’s own father, the President of the Netherworld, that ordered the ‘false news’ of his death be published. All in an effort to avoid public embarrassment and scrutiny from the Netherworld at large. Though highly plausible, Emizel cannot accept the scenario of his father’s ultimate abandonment. Other characters like Fuka Kazumatsuri attempt to prod Emizel ever so gently to see the truth but to no avail.
The prodigal son feels if he can just talk to the Information Bureau’s Chief, the story will be corrected. That a return to his elite throne of hereditary prestige was still in grasp… Emizel was wrong.
The Information Bureau Chief reveals the unsympathetic truth to Emizel, his father had indeed ordered them to run the story. As such that it was the President of the Netherworld’s direct order to print the ‘False News’ story, they cannot withdraw it from the public sphere. Whether Emizel is alive or not is irrelevant to the larger picture of the Netherworld’s corrupternment agenda and image.
Disillusioned, Emizel decides to give in to Valvatorez’ earlier words about leaving behind the established regime… A regime that once worked tirelessly in his favor. Emizel is convinced to join Valvatorez’ rebellion against the corrupternment now that the system no longer includes him in it. The once noble reduced to civilian life.
Disclosure: A review copy of Disgaea 4 Complete+ for the PlayStation 4 was provided to The Natural Aristocrat / Live Game Deals courtesy of NIS America.
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Snowpiercer’s first class sociopath, LJ Folger, played a Nintendo Switch on tonight’s episode. Coincidental product placement or console war omen?
This article contains spoilers for Snowpiercer Episode 5 (“Justice Never Boarded”).
Lilah ‘LJ’ Folger Jr. broke out a Nintendo Switch, complete with dual red Joy-Cons prior to her trial on tonight’s Snowpiercer. Was it post-modern TV product placement or subliminal messaging from the show’s writers about the console coming out on top? After all, anything aboard Snowpiercer is meant to be part of Mr. Wilford’s balanced, precise ecosystem. Did Wilford Industries deem Nintendo’s Switch the victor of the console wars due to its portable nature then?
It would seem probable in a haste to board Snowpiercer in worldwide chaos, the Switch’s portability allowed it to live by process of natural selection. Easily stowed away in a backpack. Nevertheless, the bright-eyed, ember haired LJ Folger was facing a murder conviction but chose the Switch as a welcome distraction. A Super Mario Odyssey themed Switch no-less judging by the dual red joy-cons and coin sound effects.
The tailies of course, have no such amenities. No consoles, no Joy-Cons. Forever the beggar looking outside the window of a candlelit, upscale, French bourgeoisie restaurant. No karma aboard Snowpiercer. LJ got off scot free ‘courtesy’ of Mr. Wilford’s emergency declaration tonight… The train’s shadow staff fearing what Sean Wise had said in his final moments about Melanie Cavill’s true identity.
Thus, a conviction by First, Second, and Third Class alike was instantly reversed. A commuting of the sentence by Mr. Wilford due to LJ’s age brought custody back to her parents. Thus, LJ is unlikely to learn from the experience as her noble-like status on Snowpiercer overcame even a murder charge. One which she admitted guilt to in front of a live jury, only blaming the influence of her lover Erik.
Thus, the reason LJ Folger was so nonchalantly playing a Nintendo Switch ahead of her own murder trial was perfectly stated. Just another game in the library to be enjoyed, semi-rigged entertainment. Easily reset after losing. When it seems LJ Folger has reached zero lives… There are no consequences.
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Cassady McClincy gave her best acting performance to date on “The Tower” as she and Jeffrey Dean Morgan made a strong play for the roles of Ellie & Joel on HBO’s upcoming adaption of The Last of Us.
This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 15 (“The Tower”) and The Last of Us.
Is it time for Negan to trade in his vintage leather jacket for an olive-green plaid shirt in-between seasons of The Walking Dead? Lydia’s chaotic outburst at the father figure who ironically made her an orphan tonight was magic. A frenzied tearjerker with the same intentionally unrefined edges that once made Rick Grimes’ breakdown ‘snot’ memorable. Vicious, raw screaming at the man who took away both Lydia’s mother and right to self-sacrifice at her hand. Cradled, sheltered, and snatched from fate. Just as Joel did to Ellie at the conclusion of The Last of Us.
The type of father/daughter on-screen chemistry Cassady McClincy and Jeffrey Dean Morgan share is a rare sight. Negan pleading with Lydia to hit him, desiring nothing more than to lean down to present an unguarded mug was one of the show’s more powerful visuals. What do you say to an abused teenager whose mother you just pushed past death row? Lydia, rejected the guilt-filled plea initially. Opting to pierce Negan where it hurts the most… With words of truth. ‘You just wanted to be a hero to them but you’ll never be one!’
Though TWD’s audience has seen a youngster losing a parent before with Carl Grimes, it was to an extent, mostly bottled up by Carl postmortem. Here we see the full spectrum of emotions from detachment, disgust and unbridled rage to complete shock, vulnerability and sadness by Lydia. Rockbottom.
The last remnants of Lydia’s innocence, of her childhood, forever gone. No chance of making her mother or father’s heart be filled with pride ever again. Not even the faintest, unrealistic daydreams of her mother’s starry-eyed happy tears at a college graduation or wedding. Every day forward will be spent alone, even when others are there. Instead of being gently guided, Lydia is shoved into the mud of adulthood.
Tonight’s TWD just needed Gustavo Santaolalla’s “All Gone” (No Escape) to complete the moment…
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Sword Art Online’s Todd Haberkorn went into pseudo Sugou/Oberon mode when he recorded a humorous voicemail live to Asuna voice actor Cherami Leigh during an interview at Anime NYC 2019!
SAO English Dub voice actor Todd Haberkorn subtly channeled Sugou Nobuyuki / Oberon when he recorded a live voicemail to Asuna herself, Cherami Leigh, inviting her to dinner. Haberkorn joked, “Deal? If it’s a deal, say nothing… Perfect!” drawing laughs from everyone in the room at Anime NYC 2019. One remarked, “I’m going to use that!”
The moment arrived during The Natural Aristocrat’s full interview with Todd Haberkorn when asked if he recorded his Sword Art Online scenes in the studio with Cherami there. Haberkorn mentioned that Anime/Dub voice actors rarely have that partner to play off of for a variety of reasons. Then in the spur of the moment, Haberkorn decided to ring up Cherami in classic fashion!
Todd Haberkorn comments on SAO co-star Cherami Leigh:
“Unfortunately, I don’t get to see Cherami (Leigh) as much as people think we hang out. Even though we are kind of neighbors, like we don’t live that far from each other. Actually, you know what? Thank you for bringing that up. I’m actually going to send her a Marco Polo right now. [takes out cellphone, dials on speaker phone to leave voicemail]
Hey Cherami, we’re sitting here and I’m hanging out with some folks and doing a lot of interview action. We were just talking about you, how amazing you are, how fantastic you are behind the mic, and how that we don’t get to hang out very much even though we kind of live next to each other… So, let’s do this! December, we have to get together and have dinner. Deal? If it’s a deal, say nothing… Perfect! Okay. December. So, she’ll get that message and she’ll let me see know what she thinks.”
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