下手の横好き世界5 by William Van Hecke

Sleepless

I slept terribly last night; I woke often and, when I could sleep, I had anxiety dreams. But somehow I was energetic and productive all day today, and now I’m up again tonight, unable to sleep. I keep going over in my head how I’ll probably want to get Persona 2 罪, 3, and 4, and all the artbooks. But I should wait until I’m in Japan to get the best prices and so that I’ll have something to hunt for on my game shopping ventures. But I want to take advantage of my pre-Japan bacheloric winter break and get through games.

And if I really want to save money, and support the terrific Atlus USA, I should buy the English versions (of P3 and P4, anyway): Persona 3 FES can be had for $25, and STOP THE PRESSES okay, all along I was assuming that, like in NISA games, there would be an option to listen to the original Japanese voices. But, there isn’t. Comments online claim that the English voice actors actually do a fine job, but I’m not sure I could go straight from complete immersion in original Japanese SMT games to completely localized ones. Holy smokes, come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever played an RPG that was fully voiced in English: they all were before games had full voice acting, were original Japanese versions, or were localized versions with the Japanese voices available. The closest I’ve come is Fatal Frame 1 & 2.

Aye, I don’t think I could pass up the original voices, especially when they include such all-time favorites of mine as Sawashiro Miyuki (Chroche-sama of Ar tonelico 2), Maeda Ai (Shion Uzuki of Xenosaga), and whoa, Sakamoto Maaya herself (Hitomi of Escaflowne and singer of many a fantastic song).

So… Time to scour eBay for imported copies of Persona 3 FES, I suppose.