Comic 1275 - Shin Megami Fistbump

23rd Jul 2020, 10:38 AM in Quarantine Hiatus 2020
Shin Megami Fistbump
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Jocelyn 23rd Jul 2020, 10:38 AM edit delete
Random fan art following the Nintendo Direct Mini earlier this week. Judging by the responses I've seen of the event as a whole, I think I'm the only one who appreciated the announcements of SMT: Nocturne HD, and after years of no news, a release window for SMT5. The original Nocturne is a longtime fave of mine and I'm so glad to see it finally get the HD treatment (I'm honestly shocked it's taken this long). And SMT5 is one of the reasons I wanted a Switch to begin with (I think it was like one of the first games announced for it), so seeing the light at the end of the tunnel at last is super exciting!

I've seen people hating on this Direct a lot, and I admit the first half of it was leaving me unimpressed too. But the promise of two Shin Megami Tensei games next year is like the best news I've heard all 2020. And yeah, I know that's kinda sad, but have you seen this year!? ^^;

Anyway, I've been meaning to do fan art of Nocturne's Demi-Fiend (on the left) for a very long time now; there's probably over a decade of never getting around to it. And that SMT5 protag (on the right) is just so beautifully androgynous and I love them and their comfy-looking flowery uniform. This announcement ended up being a great opportunity to draw them both.

So yeah, maybe no one but me even cared about these announcements, and this piece probably isn't going to be a big deal for most folks. But I'm really happy about this news and I really wanted any excuse to draw these two. Even if these announcements fell flat for you or you don't care about this kinda stuff, I hope y'all like the art, at least. ^_^
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bgb16999 23rd Jul 2020, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
I have never played a SMT game.
Jocelyn 23rd Jul 2020, 10:58 AM edit delete reply

If you're into RPGs, I very strongly recommend the series. :)

If you're not into RPGs, though, it's probably not going to change your mind.
Syter6 23rd Jul 2020, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
2 updates within 2 days? yes please :)
Spilt Milk 23rd Jul 2020, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
This is one of the most wholesome webcomics ever written. I love it.

It’s not too fluffy like the Princess(still a good webcomic), or as dramatic as Khaos Komix, it’s the perfect definition of a Dramedy.
AliJ5533 23rd Jul 2020, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
I was also unimpressed until by the Direct until the SMT announcement. I was hoping for Persona when the Atlus logo showed up, but I'll take this as a close second.
I've never played an SMT game, but the Switch has proven to be a great place to finally get into old franchises on.
Willow13 23rd Jul 2020, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
Hmm. Sounds interesting. I have quite a few games on my list so I am fairly unlikely to get it. The problem one faces when having money that is not really for games and you are saving.
Kaelin 23rd Jul 2020, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
I love FF5 (including the FJF event) and SMT:Nocturne, and I've been pleasantly surprised you've showcased art for them recently.
Jocelyn 23rd Jul 2020, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

Glad to surprise and delight! JRPGs of all kinds are kinda my jam, so I'm honestly surprised fan art like this doesn't happen more often. XD
Spilt Milk 64 23rd Jul 2020, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
You should get trans girls from other webcomics make a guest appearance in some one shots. Just get the author's permission first. I mean I can just imagine it in my head. Princess Sarah and Rain interacting with each other now wouldn't that be awesome.
Zoeanne 24th Jul 2020, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
I've tried SMT Nocturne but I could never get into the non persona games as much as I was interested in there stories (especially the devil survivor games). But does anyone else hear Nocturne and still think, 'Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry Series'
Dechaineaux 24th Jul 2020, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Would be nice to be able to play SMT:N without the AV "filter" you see on a lot of older games when played on a modern TV.

I really need to get back into playing 4 and 4A.
Aliyah the No-longer Anon 25th Jul 2020, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
Finally, a SMT game proper again! (Persona is just not the same... DeSu, DeSum, DDS, all feels SMT, but Persona just doesn't :<) The Atlus <st>gods</st> daemons (#TeamChaos) have smiled down on us once more!
(Just please don't ruin the canon like SMT IV did again...)

What other SMT games have you played and enjoyed?
DeSu 1 is my favorite, although I can never get past the MC's weird antenna-things (Yes, I know it's headphones, but still!)
Jocelyn 25th Jul 2020, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
@Aliyah the No-longer Anon

Oh, I love Persona too, but they are definitely different kinds of games.

In addition to Nocturne, I've played Devil Survivor 1 and 2, Soul Hackers, Strange Journey, SMT4. I have SMT4 Apocalypse, but still never got around to it. And I watched my spouse play Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2, but for some reason, I couldn't get into them myself. So, I think I've played (or at least secondhand experienced) every SMT that made it out of Japan (except the Raidou Kuzunoha games, but not for lack of interest). My favorites are Nocturne and Devil Survivor 2 by far, but I generally enjoyed them all.
Aliyah 25th Jul 2020, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
I see. Do you have a particular boss you're fond of?

I still have nightmares about Alice because of how hard she was in Strange Journey and DeSu2.
Like, they're not the hardest bosses in the game or even the series, Lucifer (among some other bosses) has that honor. But they were so unexpectedly hard that I got party wiped a lot of times before I got them.
All SMT players are some level of masochist; it's not just me! I swear it's true!
Alsa 25th Jul 2020, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
Oh golly I just read the entirety of this comic in like 3 days and am pretty sure I managed to experience every emotion possible and i just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful story!
bgb16999 26th Jul 2020, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Welcome to the Rain fandom!
Rayla 27th Jul 2020, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
Welcome new Rainbeau
Jeff 29th Jul 2020, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Hi! Just finished your archive and what a journey! You, your art, and the story have come a hell of a long way, look forward to more. :D
ella 30th Jul 2020, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
God i fucking love SMT.
I just recently finished playing IV and started DeSu so I'm neck deep in the hype.
Gabibutcher 4th Dec 2021, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Wow, Jocelyn, you keep proving that you have excellent taste in games, Nocturne is one of the best JRPGs ever, and tragically underappreciated
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