Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice

March 26, 2009 at 3:23 AM | Posted in Games, Playstation 3 | Leave a comment

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Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (魔界戦記ディスガイア3 Makai Senki Disugaia Surī) is the third video game in the Disgaea series by Nippon Ichi. It was released on January 31, 2008 in Japan for the PlayStation 3 video game console. The North American version was released by NIS America on August 26, 2008. Jack Niida, Localization Director for NIS America, has stated that “Disgaea 3 will have a downloadable content feature through the PlayStation Network to download new and old returning characters.”

The game takes place in a Netherworld school called the Maritsu Evil Academy. In this demon school, a good student is one who engages in delinquent activities such as ditching classes, or not doing homework. The student who participates the most in these kind of activities is known as the Honor Student, while demons who arrive to class early and do their homework are known as delinquents. Mao, son of the chairman (possibly a reference to Chairman Mao), has not once attended class since the beginning of school. His ambition is to overthrow his father, who also happens to be an Overlord, and take his title. After reading a few volumes in his manga, Mao comes to the conclusion that “heroes are the ones who defeat devils”. From that point on, Mao resolves to become a hero, convinced it will help him achieve his goal.

Eventually, Raspberyl, the delinquent of the school, learns about Mao’s goal and begins to worry. If Mao were to achieve the title of Hero, then it would endanger her position as the school’s “Number One Delinquent”. She makes up her mind to follow Mao, stop his plan, and once again secure her title. However, since Raspberyl is a demon delinquent, she tries to solve the problem without violence and talk him out of it instead. Seeing this from a distance, Almaz, a hero himself, misunderstands the situation and tries to save the day. Mao accepts the challenge and defeats him, stealing Almaz’s title in the process. With the title of Hero, Mao believes he is one step closer to defeating his father and achieving his goal of becoming an Overlord.

Mao takes the “Hero” title from Almaz, giving him the demon title. Almaz slowly starts becoming a demon, but he sticks with Mao in hopes that Mao will tire of the hero title and give it back. They make several attempts to open up Mao’s heart, where the title is buried, but are unsuccessful. Geoffry, Mao’s butler, is unhappy with Almaz’s meddling.

Eventually a change happens in the school- all the freshmen become delinquents, being brainwashed by the Senior class. While fighting them, Mao learns that his butler, Geoffry, was working behind the scenes orchestrating this, and is actually the Super Hero from his comic books in disguise, raising Mao to be the ultimate overlord so he could eventually destroy him.

Mao starts to get vengeance by heading to the human world to destroy it, but the words of his friends convince him not to release the evil in his heart, and he instead goes after the Super Hero, who is surprised to see Mao has not succumbed to evil. The hero initially dismisses Mao as not a challenge, but Mao defeats his goons and shows a new power- the hero power of love and courage. The hero reveals that he had absorbed the power of the overlords he defeated in the past and challenges, and is defeated by, Mao and his friends.

Mao becomes the new overlord and runs the Evil Academy henceforth.

Character List:

Mao

Voiced by: Hiromi Hirata (Japanese), Vic Mignogna (English)

The main character of the third Disgaea game. He is older than Laharl (the hero of the first game) but just as arrogant, especially to underlings. His name is similar to the pronunciation of “evil king” in Japanese (“Maou”, literally Evil King.) According to his profile in game, he has a brain with an Evil Quotient of 1.8 million, and uses it to conduct experiments and evil research. A running gag in the game has him pant while his glasses fog over whenever he is inspired by something to perform experiments.

He seeks to overthrow his father, the Overlord, and take his place.

Rapsberyl:

Voiced by: Chiwa Saitou (Japanese), Laura Bailey (voice actress) (English)

The main heroine of the story, Raspberyl is a childhood friend of Mao. Unlike other demons, she is hard-working, polite and punctual. This makes her a delinquent in the universe of the game, and she is known to be the worst delinquent in the school. The reason she is pursuing the path of a delinquent is because she wanted to be unique compared to other demons.

Despite the fact she is a main character she is classified as a monster and, like other monster characters, can transform into a weapon (specifically a sword).

Almaz:

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

The comic relief for much of the game, Almaz von Almadine Adamant is a hero fanboy who knows everything there is to know about heroes. He’s very passionate about them, however he has a hard time acting like one due to his lack of confidence. Even though he lacks talent in becoming a true hero, when it comes down to it, he does his best. He has a crush on Princess Sapphire from the human world, and admires Super Hero Aurum.


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