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Disgaea 4 Complete+ ‘False News’ storyline highly relevant today

Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

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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.

Disgaea 4 Complete+ - Netherworld Information Bureau Security Guards - Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

Disgaea 4 Complete+ – Netherworld Information Bureau Security Guards – Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

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.

Disgaea 4 Complete+ - Valvatorez - Netherworld Information Bureau Security Guards - Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

Disgaea 4 Complete+ – Valvatorez – Netherworld Information Bureau Security Guards – Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

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.

Disgaea 4 Complete+ - Emizel beside himself - Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

Disgaea 4 Complete+ – Emizel beside himself – Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

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.

Disgaea 4 Complete+ - Fuka Kazamatsuri hints to Emizel the news spread intentionally - Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

Disgaea 4 Complete+ – Fuka Kazamatsuri hints to Emizel the news spread intentionally – Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

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.

Disgaea 4 Complete+ - Netherworld Information Bureau Chief reveals truth to Emizel - Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

Disgaea 4 Complete+ – Netherworld Information Bureau Chief reveals truth to Emizel – Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

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. 

Disgaea 4 Complete+ - Netherworld Information Bureau Chief explains the reality of the Netherworld - Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

Disgaea 4 Complete+ – Netherworld Information Bureau Chief explains the reality of the Netherworld – Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

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. 

Disgaea 4 Complete+ - Valvatorez gradually convincing Emizel at Netherworld Information Bureau - Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

Disgaea 4 Complete+ – Valvatorez gradually convincing Emizel at Netherworld Information Bureau- Playstation 4 -Screenshot Credit: Nir Regev via NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software

For reference purposes, this article was based on the PlayStation 4 Edition of Disgaea 4 Complete+. Visit Disgaea.us, the official website for the title and watch game trailers.

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.

Be sure to check out Live Game Deals’ interview with Nippon Ichi Software President Sohei Niikawa on Disgaea!

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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is arriving in Summer 2021 on Nintendo Switch

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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny - Art Credit: NIS America / NIS
Art Credit: NIS America / NIS

Big news “Doods”! Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny has been officially announced by NIS America for release on the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2021 with its new lead zombie character Zed.

NIS America will usher in a new renaissance of strategy gaming next summer with the release every Strategy RPG fan has been waiting for, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny!

NIS’ flagship title has currently been announced exclusively for the Nintendo Switch but there’s no telling if it’ll remain a platform exclusive permanently or it’s a timed exclusive. Perhaps, it’ll still be released on the PlayStation 4 or 5 (and Xbox One) consoles in the future.

Here’s what The Natural Aristocrat® has learned about the game’s lead character Zed and his sister Bieko:

Zed is a boastful zombie who wallows on the lowest rung on the Netherworld ladder alongside his sister Bieko. When the strongest God of Destruction threatens their way of (un)life, Zed must harness his unique ability of Super Reincarnation to stand against the approaching menace.


Along the way, he will unite with twisted and colorful denizens of the Netherworld, face challenges around and within, and see if even an undying hooligan like himself can defy the odds!

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny will feature 3D visuals for the first time in the series. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance last released on March 25, 2015, so it’s been over five years since the last chapter in the fan favorite franchise.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny – Art Credit: NIS America / NIS

A limited edition of the title is already available for preorder over at NIS America’s official store and includes the following:

– “Behind the Seams” Hardcover Art Book
– “Defiance of Dissonance” 1-disc Soundtrack
– “Stitched Together” Pin Set
– “Roll Call” 28″ x 40″
– Cloth Poster
– Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny SteelBook®
– Collector’s Box

Visit Disgaea6.us/d6 for more info on the game’s lead characters.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny – Art Credit: NIS America / NIS

Disgaea 4 Complete+ recently saw release over on PC on September 10th and is currently available for 25% off on Steam with Disgaea 5 Complete also on sale on Steam for 60%.

– Check out The Natural Aristocrat®’s exclusive interview with Disgaea 5 voice actress, Carrie Savage, voice of Artina/Vulcanus.

Be sure to read Live Game Deals in-depth review of Disgaea 4 Complete+ & The Natural Aristocrat®’s article examining Disgaea 4 Complete+’s ‘fake news’ plot line years later.

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Shenmue Anime announced by Crunchyroll, Adult Swim at V-CRX 2020

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Shenmue - the Animation - Photo provided by Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim announced a partnership at V-CRX for an Anime adaption of the Sega Dreamcast’s iconic Shenmue. That means Ryo Hazuki is arriving on Toonami folks!

The remasters of the original Dreamcast titles and Shenmue 3 were clearly just the beginning, Yu Suzuki’s magnum opus Shenmue is getting the Anime treatment with 13 episodes! Suzuki will serve as Executive Producer for the series. SEGA was always ahead of its time, so it’s of no surprise the series would see a popularity surge more than 20 years after the original title’s release.

Shenmue -the Animation- as it’s being referenced in promo material will stream worldwide on Crunchyroll (excluding Japan and mainland China) and air on Toonami over in the United States. That means Shenmue will also have a home over on VRV Premium’s Crunchyroll channel, VRV subscribers!

Sakurai Chikara, known for his work on One Punch Man and Naruto will direct the series with animation being produced by Telecom Animation Film and production management by Sola Entertainment. Crunchyroll has already announced that additional information regarding Shenmue -the Animation- will be available on Saturday’s Virtual Industry Panel at 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm PT at ‘HIME Stage’.

If you miss it live you can catch it on VOD at this link depending on your region. Crunchyroll and Adult Swim’s official V-CRX announcement with select quotes from Crunchyroll Head of Development Sarah Victor & Jason DeMarco (Adult Swim SVP /Creative Director on-air) is available below.

Shenmue – the Animation – Photo provided by Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Announce Production of New Original Anime Series Shenmue


September 5, 2020 – At Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, the first-ever digital edition of Crunchyroll’s yearly flagship anime convention, Crunchyroll announced that it will partner again with Adult Swim on the production of Shenmue, an original anime series based on the beloved SEGA game franchise. This latest Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production will stream worldwide outside of Japan and mainland China on Crunchyroll and air on Adult Swim’s Toonami in the domestic United States.


“The first Shenmue video game was released more than twenty years ago and we’re so excited to be working again with Adult Swim to bring this franchise to life through anime,” said Sarah Victor, head of development, Crunchyroll. “We’re eager to show our fans more of this action-packed adventure series as we move through production.”


Shenmue is an anime series with 13 episodes, following the journey of Ryo Hazuki. After he witnesses his father’s murder at the family dojo, Ryo dedicates his life to finding the man responsible – a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong, and beyond. Soon he’ll learn that larger, mystical forces are at play as he trains to become the ultimate martial artist in his quest for revenge.


“The world of Shenmue is fascinating and unique, and we are so excited to partner with Yu Suzuki to bring his epic creation to anime- and make a kick-ass martial arts epic!” said Jason DeMarco, svp/creative director on-air for Adult Swim.


Shenmue, a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production, is being directed by Sakurai Chikara (season two of One Punch Man, Naruto) with animation production by Telecom Animation Film, and production management provided by Sola Entertainment. Video game creator Yu Suzuki is also onboard as an Executive Producer. Additional Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Productions include the recently-announced Fena: Pirate Princess and BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS.


Fans eager to re-watch the announcement can register for a free Virtual Crunchyroll Expo badge now at crunchyrollexpo.com and stream the Crunchyroll Industry Panel in the V-CRX On-Demand section.

Be sure to read:

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020: How to get a free badge

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020: Former WWE Superstar Miro (Rusev) announced for panel

Final Fantasy Type-0 voice actress Minori Chihara to be featured guest at V-CRX

One Piece’s Patrick Seitz is a Featured Guest at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020

Looking for what Anime streaming service has your favorite series dubbed? No worries! Check out The Natural Aristocrat®’s VRV vs Funimation vs Hulu vs Crunchyroll vs HIDIVE vs Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs HBO Max: Anime Dub Master List for a table comparison! The list is always being updated for accuracy and additional titles.

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Final Fantasy Type-0 voice actress Minori Chihara to be featured guest at V-CRX

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Minori Chihara - Promo Photo provided by Crunchyroll
Promo Photo provided by Crunchyroll

Minori Chihara, Final Fantasy Type-0’s Japanese voice actress for Cater and Violet Evergarden’s Erica Brown will be a featured guest at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 (V-CRX).

Final Fantasy Type-0 voice actress Minori Chihara will be appearing at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 on Saturday, September 5th for a Digital Meet & Greet and again on Sunday, September 6 for a panel hosted by Crunchyroll’s Cameron Trentalange.

Chihara will be discussing her career on Sunday from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. PT (6:15 – 7:15 p.m. ET) on the main ‘Crunchyroll Stage’, should you miss it live, the stream will be available on VOD at this link. Chihara is expected to discuss The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and Violet Evergarden. It’s likely she’ll also talk about voicing Camie Utsushimi on My Hero Academia’s videogame My Hero One’s Justice 2 and potentially Cater in Dissidia Final Fantasy.

Minori Chihara’s Digital Meet and Greet event will be taking place on Saturday at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. PT (10:00 p.m. – 11:30 pm ET) in Crunchyroll’s ‘Theatre District’.


Details are available below, (although the time to enter a drawing for the Meet & Greet are past). You can find what the drawing’s complete official rules were at this official Crunchyroll PDF link.

3. PRIZES: Thirty-five (35) winners will each be awarded the ability to purchase one (1) approximately two-minute virtual meet and greet with Minori Chihara to be held through the Event platform (or as otherwise determined by Sponsor) on Saturday, 9/5/2020 at 7pm PT (the “Prize”) (the total estimated retail value of each Prize is US $50.00).


Limit one Prize per Participant/household. NOTE: Prizes do not include the virtual meet and greet itself; the Prize allows the winner to purchase the virtual meet and greet at a specific guaranteed time. Each winner shall only be allowed to purchase one virtual meet and greet. Winning this Sweepstakes does not guarantee any specific Prize to any winner.


4. WINNER SELECTION: A total of one hundred twenty (120) winner(s) will be selected by Sponsor in a random drawing occurring on or about Monday, August 31st, 2020 from all eligible entries received in the Sweepstakes Period prior to the drawing date. The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Winners need not be present to win. Odds of winning are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received. Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winners by email on or around the same date as the drawing.


The potential winners will have until Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at 11:59PM, to claim their Prize as noted by Sponsor in the Prize notification. After claiming the Prize, each potential winner will receive instructions on redeeming their Prize. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to not select a winner(s) if an insufficient number of eligible, complete, appropriate or generally qualified entries are received.

Be sure to check out:

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020: How to get a free badge

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020: Former WWE Superstar Miro (Rusev) announced for panel

One Piece’s Patrick Seitz is a Featured Guest at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020

Need information on what Anime streaming service has you favorite series available Dubbed? Take a look at VRV vs Funimation vs Hulu vs Crunchyroll vs HIDIVE vs Netflix vs Amazon Prime vs HBO Max: Anime Dub Master List for a comparison table. The dub list is always being update for accuracy and new titles.

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