i’m pretty sure they hint at kuzunoha raidou in the bonus interview video with kazuma kaneko and cozy okada that came with eternal punishment. raidou’s design is also re-hashed from a phone card made for a mystery novel company I think (or maybe it was a novel, but I only ever saw the scan of the phone card) that kazuma kaneko drew in like, 1999 or 2000 (which itself is heavily biting yasunori kato).
I did not like Strange Journey. It was just really… I don’t know, bland? And I was never a fan of the Etrian Odyssey system. Which is too bad, because the story is kind of cool.
Soul Hackers is 1,000% cooler than Strange Journey.
Also recommending some of the Hyper Arrange album tracks. Some of them are amazingly goofy. This one is sung by the various Soul Hackers characters, including the Spookies and Manitou. “I can’t wait to get your tender, finger-lickin’ soul up on my plate” is a pretty good lne.