The various monsters of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, whether they are referred to as Demons or Personas, are just as popular as the protagonists who recruit them to save the world.
With monsters from all over the world, including the series’ mascot, Jack Frost, and a slew of Pixies and Succubi, the series has made extensive use of urban legends, ancient myths, and religious figures in its storytelling.
Shin Megami Tensei V is the latest installment in the series, and in order to build anticipation for the release of this Nintendo Switch exclusive, Atlus has released a series of videos that highlight the various Demons that players will encounter during their journey.
An example of a new Demon introduced in Shin Megami Tensei V is none other than the Manananggal, a mythological creature from the Philippines that eats fetuses and preys on young children.
In the Shin Megami Tensei version of this creature, the ability to split its lower and upper torso apart is retained, albeit in a much more suggestive manner than in the original.
The Manananggal, like the many other Demons in Shin Megami Tensei V, can be recruited by the player into their party, where they can lend their attacks and spells to the player’s battle strategy. The Manananggal is a Demon who belongs to the Femme class of Demons, which also includes Mermaids and Lamias.
Previous entries in the series have featured Demons from Malaysian and Indonesian mythology, but this is the first time a creature with Filipino origins has been featured, making this the first time in the series’ history that a creature with Filipino origins has been featured.
While the Rangda, Barong, and Calon Arang creatures from Balinese and Javanese mythology have made appearances in various Shin Megami Tensei spin-offs over the years, the Penangal and Tingkat spirits from Malaysian folklore made their first appearance in Shin Megami Tensei: The Spirits Within.
The Nintendo Switch version of Shin Megami Tensei V will be released on November 12th.