My review of Makaishin Trillion is up.
Finishing up this playthrough, it's Faust's turn in the candidate seat and it's time to finally learn who she is and what she's really up to. I already know a bit about her objective from Ruche's ending where she mentions that she's trying to resurrect her dad, but she didn't go into much detail in that ending. As the chapter progresses, eventually she'll slowly start spilling everything. She's from a different dimension's underworld, and her dad isn't just some random guy, he was the Great Demon Lord of that underworld. That's why she needs Zerbolos' soul in particular, as another high quality Great Demon Lord. Trillion devoured her world and her dad left her with their family relic, her soul grimoire. Faust followed Trillion from dimension to dimension on its rampage for 100 years until she found this world and Zerbolos.
Faust mentions that she wishes Zerbolos was an unlikable ruthless jerk of a demon so that she wouldn't have to feel so bad about everything, same for the other Demon Lords who died. She's been feeling really guilty about her role in their deaths, and feels like she's been deceiving everyone - she knew that the chances were incredibly high that the first candidates would be killed. Zerbolos lets her know that he doesn't feel like he was deceived. It's true that her plan counted on the high probability of Demon Lords dying, but she was honest about that from the start and it's still the best chance this underworld has of surviving, so he tells her not to feel so bad about it. We also learn that she used her father's soul in the grimoire to revive Zerbolos, so she made a big risk in choosing him. Faust really just wants to get some good old self-flagellation and crying done though, and is mad that Zerbolos refuses to blame her for anything.
In her training, Faust is very cold and calculating, and she thinks she's got a pretty good shot against Trillion through her training and the inherited power of all the previous Demon Lords. Ninth time's the charm, right? Again though, I'm losing on purpose, so that self-confidence is misplaced. As Trillion kills her, she refuses to accept that this is possible, that she's losing to the monster she's been following and studying for the past hundred years. She is though, and Trillion devours her like it ate Astaroth, chomp chomp.
Zerbolos is moping around back at the castle after his ninth round of screaming someone's name and making a scene when they die. Some time passes and we see him picking up the ring and tosses it around a bit, and it starts glowing. He puts it on and a giant flash envelops the throne room making Uriel and Baphomet come running to see what happened. Zerbolos is fully recovered - not only back to his previous full health, but the dude went full Super Saiyan with blond hair this time. This felt a bit cheap to me, there wasn't much buildup to it and it was too sudden. After it happens, he also immediately becomes supremely confident in victory and it's like the past scenes and despair just got forgotten.
To be fair, he's got damn good reason to be confident in victory. His stats are incredible, I don't think any remotely competent player could possibly lose with him. With 560 ATK and 440 SPD from the start, he's more than twice as strong as the previous strongest candidate, Fegor. Most of this chapter is actually pretty boring because most of the characters to bounce conversation off of are dead, so it's mostly just Zerbolos with the trainers and Baphomet talking and training Zerbolos back up to and above his previous power to go smack Trillion down.
It almost felt like a joke having to purposely lose with such an overpowered character, but I let him get destroyed in the fight against Trillion and use his dying attack to finish off Trillion, just like the wiki requirements said. It's enough, Trillion is dead, Zerbolos has a vision as the spirits contained within Trillion's stomach, all the souls she's eaten, are set free. It's a vision from Trillion's perspective - Trillion used to be the Demon Lord of Gluttony from a different dimension, and after that dimension's God caused the Great Demon Lord she loved to be killed, she ate both heaven's core and God himself. Still not satisfied with that, she left on a journey to eat everyone and everything. Lame. The big reveal for Trillion is about some characters we don't meet from a different dimension that isn't even explained much? It is a bit funny that Perpell kept saying that maybe Trillion was just hungry and most everyone dismissed her, but as a fellow Demon Lord of Gluttony I guess she knew best. The trapped souls, including that dimension's God, are set free as Trillion dissipates.
Zerbolos comes back to the castle to everyone celebrating, but the maids run in with some urgent news about the graveyard sparkling. Oh boy, here we go. Zerbolos runs out to the graveyard and with the combined power of the energy in Faust's ring and the God he set free, Levia, Perpell, Mammon, Ashmedia, Ruche, Fegor, Elma, Kerberos and Faust are all resurrected. Not only that, but the Demon Lords are able to give parts of their souls that they forged during training to Faust to use so that she doesn't have to take Zerbolos' soul, and can revive her dad. A complete golden happy ending. Everyone returns to their same antics back at the castle with laughs and credit roll. Bah.
The true ending was really disappointing. I'm not really sure what I expected, but it definitely wasn't for everyone to come back to life and find a way to weasel Zerbolos out of his deal with Faust. Since the whole theme of the game before this was sacrifice, it seems like someone should have had to pay something. I think the individual endings with a character you like are probably more satisfying than this fluff. Oh well, it was still a fun game overall. I wrote up my overall thoughts in the review.
I've got to find a new game to play next, Yoru no Nai Kuni got delayed so I've got a bigger window of free time than I expected, definitely enough to squeeze another game in. Not sure what to go for, though. Cheers to anyone who read this far and isn't a Google web spider.
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