Thursday, 30 October 2014

Kawaii Gaming - Disgaea

Disgaea started as a video game series based on tactical role playing but since it debuted in 2003 it has become one of Nippon Ichi's most popular gaming series; expanding into both Anime and Manga. The series features around several anti-heroes with the leader being an evil overlord name Laharl, his 'assistant' is Etna who is a lower powered demon. It doesn't sound very Kawaii but believe me, the characters, music and games are very Kawaii!!

The series started with Disgaea - Hour of Darkness, this game has three main characters, Laharl (at the top of the pic below), Etna (on the left with red hair) and Flonne (on the right with blonde hair) who is a celestial being from Celestia.

The series starts with Laharl's father dying, leaving the young prince Laharl and his quirky army battling demons and beasts for supremacy over the Netherworld! The first game was released on the Playstation 2:

The game is based around strategy so you will need to level up your characters and gain the best weapons and outfits for them so they become strong! When I say level them up, I mean you will spend some serious time playing these games! I have spent 100s of hours levelling up and seeking out the best items and outfits for my characters just on the first game ^^ Each level has conditions that you will need to play against, so you will need to have a wide variety of characters in your squad, such as mages, samuari, warriors, thieves and healers.

The second game, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, was also released on the PS2:

This story sees the main character Adell and his family who have become demons, kidnap the Princess of the Netherworld. The game entails Adell racing to return the Princess (Rozalin) to her home where he hopes to defeat her Overlord father and break the curse lingering over his family and the world. The game sees the return of several characters such as Etna and the Prinnies!! Here is a pic of the main characters Adell and Rozalin:

The third game, Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, was released on the PS3:

This game is based around an Evil Academy where the 'tardiest, laziest and downright rudest demons get the top marks'. Mao is the school Dean's son who wants to rule, so he hatches a plan to topple his father to become the new Overlord!! Here is a pic of Mao and Raspberyl (who Mao has known since he was little):

The fourth game, Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten was also released on the PS3:

This game is a political one and features a group of characters rebelling against the President of the Netherworld! Again, it has some super Kawaii characters:

This is Fuka Kazamatsuri, she was sent to Hades to become a Prinny but they were short of Prinny outfits so she only got a hat!

This is Vulcanus in the game she is an infamous Angel. And this is Emizel, the only son of the President of the Netherworld:

Due to the game series being so successful it branched out into Manga and Anime with the complete Anime series being released in 2011.

The series follows the plot of the first game where Laharl leads a team through the Netherworld as he battles to become the supreme Overlord. You can catch a small trailer for the anime here:

There will be a fifth installment in the series released in 2015 on the PS4, so watch this space!!

Catch you later Kawaiisters!! ^^

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