In 1995, Kouetsu began the experimentation of Shadows in order to learn and harness their powers to create a time manipulation device. He assembled a team of top scientists and for several years he was able to obtain a significant amount of Shadows.
Over the years he became a nihilist and began preparing for the Fall, viewing death as deliverance.
However, in 1999, during the final stages of the experiment, they lost control of the Shadows' power. He and the rest of the scientists lost their lives during the accident.
In Other Languages
|Japanese||桐条 鴻悦 (Kirijō Kōetsu)|
|Korean||키리조 코우에츠 (Kirijo Kouecheu)|
- The name Kouetsu means "large bird, wild goose, large, great, powerful, prosperous" (鴻) (kou) and "joy, pleased" (悦) (etsu).
- Kouetsu's surname Kirijo means "paulownia" (桐) (kiri) and "article" (条) (jo).
- Paulownia is called Empress Tree or Princess Tree in Japan. It was once customary to plant a Paulownia tree when a baby girl was born. There is a Paulownia Mall in the game which the Kirijo Group apparently built.
- According to the Persona 3 Club Book, Kouetsu originally came across a Plume of Dusk and amassed a collection, intending to research them for benevolent purposes. The knowledge he gained about Nyx, however, eventually drove him mad.