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In certain places—in certain mirrors or bodies of water—it is said that one could find the gateways to that other world. It is said that the new world had an otherworldly ambience. A black, starless sky as a backdrop, and the city painted in all shades of purple. In the first couple of months since the rumour's birth, there was a trend among the young and adventurous to seek out this new world. Mirrors of all shapes and sizes were hung up everywhere. Some of them magnified his reflection, some minimised it, some inverted it, and so on and so forth. They came in eccentric frames too.
There were gothic-style frames, modernistic stylish ones, bizarre ones that didn't seem to be made of any known metal or wood, and more. The most peculiar thing was, however, that they were all in blue. In the centre of the room sat an old man in a black suit, his long nose reminding Izaya of a tengu's beak and his large grin reminiscent of the Cheshire Cat's. He sat in a plush blue sofa, and in front of him was a modern, glass-covered coffee table with a comfortable looking chair facing him. Right behind the old man was a large, elaborately-crafted, floor-to-ceiling frame.
Izaya assumed it was another mirror, but he couldn't tell for certain since swathes of blue curtains covered it. I'm kind of excited to write this, but at the same time, the idea just came to me today and I haven't fully fleshed it out yet.
Moreover, I am nowhere near done with First Impressions, and I want to update that fic twice a week. As it is, I'm not quite sure if I'll continue this yet, or simply let it be like this, but well, we'll see, I guess…. The poem you see in the very beginning of this story is something I made up to mimic what Igor says every time you get a game over. As I'm writing this story, I'm imagining playing a new instalment in the Persona series with the Durarara cast as the characters and Ikebukuro as the setting.
So I wanted to make some kind of game over quote that Igor may say if the game was real. The Velvet Room changes its appearance according to its guest. In Persona 3, it's the inside of an elevator that is endlessly ascending, at least until the protagonist creates the Universe Arcana. In Persona 4, it's a limousine while in the Persona 5 trailers it seems to take the appearance of a prison. In here, it is a room filled with mirrors, representing Izaya's many facades and masks which he wears every day.
On the subject of butterflies and dreams, a Chinese philosopher by the name of Zhuangzi said: "Once, I dreamt I was a butterfly. I forgot myself and knew only my happiness as a butterfly. Soon, I awoke, and I was myself again. Did I dream that I was a butterfly? Or do I now dream that I am a man? Yet there is a distinction between myself and the butterfly. This is a transformation of the physical. The voice Izaya heard in his dream was Philemon, who is also Igor's—and by default the rest of the Velvet Room denizens—master.
Philemon is the anthropomorphic personification of all of humanity's good points, such as their creativity and will to live, and he is the one who grants Personas and make contracts with the protagonists of the Persona games, giving them the Wild Card ability. He is often represented by a blue or gold butterfly. On that note, in the Persona series, the Wild Card is the ability to form a contract allowing one to access and summon multiple Personas and switch between them in battle, and the ability to change bonds into strength Social Links.
The term is also associated with the capabilities of Fusion Spells , where multiple Personas are summoned at the same time in order to execute a powerful attack. Those who possess the Wild Card are often symbolised with multiple of masks. Taken from Shin Megami Tensei wikia. During Japan's Edo period — the phrase "the Floating World" Ukiyo evoked an imagined universe of wit, stylishness, and extravagance—with overtones of naughtiness, hedonism, and transgression.
Implicit was a contrast to the humdrum of everyday obligation. The concept of the Floating World began in the Japanese heartland, migrated eastward, and came to full flower in Edo present-day Tokyo , where its main venues were popular Kabuki theaters and red-light districts. Taken from Khan Academy. When I read this I thought 'Hey, isn't that a good name for a world created by humanity's warped desires? It sounds poetic, and it's really fitting for Durarara, I believe.
The main theme of Persona 3 is death, while in Persona 4 it is truth. In contrast to that, the main theme here, as shown in the poem and dream, is change. When you really think about it, the only character that doesn't develop is Izaya. Celty grew to accept her situation, Shizuo learned how to control his strength a bit, Mikado showed his badass side, Kida stopped running away, and Anri came to believe that even though she harbours Saika, she can still be accepted by others. It is ironic that the person who said " The only way to truly escape the mundane is for you to constantly evolve," is the only one who doesn't change or develop.
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Instead, he continues on trolling and wreaking havoc for fun and a chance to start Ragnarok. This is why I posed some questions as I made this chapter:.
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