Takahisa Kandori is the main antagonist of Megami Ibunroku Persona. He is known in Revelations: Persona as Guido Sardenia.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Megami Ibunroku Persona[edit | edit source]

"The ambitious branch president of SEBEC. Sinister rumors circulate about him..."
—PSP introduction

Takahisa Kandori is a former graduate and student council president of St. Hermelin High School and in the present the head of the Mikage-cho branch of SEBEC, which is used as a front to further development of the DEVA System. Using the reality-altering system, Kandori enters Maki Sonomura's mind, allowing him to make contact with her malevolent Id, Aki, through which he is able to gain control over half of Mikage-cho. While ultimately successful in becoming a demigod, Kandori becomes nihilistic in his outlook, losing his interest in the power he had accrued, and is on the verge of giving himself up to the group of St. Hermelin students who had fought their way to him when Kei Nanjo pelted him with insults and taunts, prompting him to prepare his Persona Nyarlathotep and enter his final battle.

In the confrontation with him, he asks only one thing of the party: kill him so he can experience death. In the end, Nyarlathotep possesses his body, forcing him to transform into a stronger form, called "God Kandori", before finally allowing him to die at the party's hands.

During the Snow Queen Quest, Kandori appears younger in a reflection of his St. Hermelin High School days, called the Masked Boy. He is an ally to the Night Queen alongside the Masked Girl, but assists the party for his own amusement. He and the Masked Girl merge with the Night Queen and attack the party, but are defeated. Despite this, the Masked Boy says that this is a minor setback and that he will have to take things into his own hands.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment[edit | edit source]

"A Persona user that once attempted to destroy the world. He was defeated by Nanjo and Elly and allegedly died four years ago..."
—Persona 2: Eternal Punishment introduction

During the events of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Takahisa Kandori (now called Guido Kandori in the NA version, which also retcons "Guido Sardenia" as nothing but an alias) is brought back to life through the power of Kotodama performed by the New World Order and poses as Guy Shinjo (Hisataka Shinjo, 神条 久鷹 in the Japanese version), the secretary to Tatsuzou Sudou. During the course of the game it is revealed that Nyarlathotep summoned him to develop the Joker Separation Machine that literally extracts Kegare from humans.

He is fought in the Undersea Ruins alongside Chizuru Ishigami, who is implied to have developed feelings for him, which he at least partly reciprocates. If the player has chosen Nanjo's route, he will be fought against along with four X-2 robots. He suggests that he is Nanjo's "Shadow" while Nanjo assumes the "Light" role. When defeated, he encourages Tatsuya Suou to conquer the Shadow (Nyarlathotep) which has been toying with his fate but refuses to flee the collapsing ruin and stays with Chizuru to die despite the pleas of his old adversaries. He expresses some regret for his chosen path, but he admits he also believes he's too old to change. After his second death, Maki expresses regret that she wasn't able to speak to him again and later his half brother Reiji Kido, who wanted to kill him in the first game, shows signs of forgiveness and combines both brothers' name for Reiji's unborn child.

Kandori is a boss in the second part of Tatsuya's scenario, appearing before Tatsuya as he goes through the NWO base to find Shiori and free the other captured people. Before and after the battle he speaks of Tatsuya and Maya's role, the contradictions of creation, and how both himself and Tatsuya have been manipulated and exceeded the roles given to them by Nyarlathotep.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment[edit | edit source]

If player chooses Nanjo's route, Kandori along with four X-2 robots will be fought in the Undersea Ruins instead of Chizuru Ishigami. Initially Kandori will remain defending until the X-2 robots are defeated. The robots can be dealt with Lightning Fusion Spells easily. Kandori's unique spell Unperishable Black, which halves all party member's HP, can be negated by spell Tetraja or item Silver Manisha. Since Kandori is strong against all kinds of elemental attacks, instead of inflicting diminished damage directly, it is quicker to repel his attack damage back to himself. Repelled damage ignores defensive attributes of either party unless the damage dealer can nullify the said attack. It is possible to summon two versatile Personas with Lightning spells and Shot-repelling attribute (Strength Umayadono-Ouji and Star Heinir), the rest can be protected by spell Tetrakarn so Kandori will eat up his own Rain of Arrows attack five times in the best case. Kandori's normal attack and X-2's two of three attacks are Shot type as well, making the Shot-repelling resistance alone very valuable in this battle.

Stats[edit | edit source]

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Order Type Subtype Level HP SP
Meta Normal Normal 66 5200 2500
MAtk MDef
Strength 60
Vitality 54
Dexterity 61
Agility 42
Luck 22
145 137
Traits None
1h 2h Sp Ax Wp Th Ar Fs HG MG SG Ri Te Ru
24 24 - - 34 1.5× 14 - 1.5× 34
Fi Ic Wi Er El Nc Bl Gr Ex Mi De Cu Nr ???
24 1.75× 1.75× 1.75× 1.75× 24 24 24 Nu 2.5× Nu Dr ½Rf 2.5×
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Shibaboo Inflicts Bind status (area)
Eternal Black Heavy Curse damage (area)
Decover No HP recovery for 3 turns (1 foe)
Deathtika Instant Curse kill (1 foe)
Wolf Fang Heavy Two-Hand damage (1 foe)
Maragion Medium Fire damage (all foes)

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Order Type Subtype Level HP SP Drops
Fiend Normal Normal 76 6500 3694 Faceless Mask
MAtk MDef
Strength 64
Vitality 61
Dexterity 62
Agility 40
Luck 38
155 145
Traits None
1h 2h Sp Ax Wp Th Ar Fs HG MG SG Ri Te Ru
- - 24 24 1.5× 34 2.5× - 34 1.5×
Fi Ic Wi Er El Nc Bl Gr Ex Mi De Cu Nr ???
1.75× 24 24 24 24 1.75× 1.75× 1.75× Nu Dr Nu 2.5× 24 2.5×
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Eternal White Heavy Miracle damage (area)
Bright Judgement Heavy Miracle damage (area)
Hell Eyes Instant Death kill (1 foe)
Triple Slice Heavy Two-Hand damage (1 foe)
Derangement Voice Inflicts Panic status (area)
Maziodyne Heavy Elec damage+Shock (all foes)

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment[edit | edit source]

I grow weary of talking... Come on...
Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- None 55 3600 - -
Traits None
The cause of the Sebec Scandal. Has some sort of a link to Nate.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 45
Vitality 42
Technique 50
Agility 48
Luck 46
200 194 144 146
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 Nu Nu 24 Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Rain of Arrows Inflicts large Shot damage to all enemies.
Unperishable Black Halves all enemies' HP.
Wheel of Time Inflicts huge Almighty damage to all enemies. Becomes 10% stronger after each use.
Garudyne Inflicts large Wind damage to an enemy.
Zandyne Inflicts large Almighty damage to an enemy.
Ziodyne Large Lightning damage + Electrified effect to an enemy. (50% chance)

Arcana Type Level HP Normal Drop Rare Drop
- Water 70 2000 - -
Traits None
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 50
Vitality 50
Technique 50
Agility 45
Luck 30
220 220 156 150
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
St St - St St St St St St St St Rp Nu Nu - Nu Nu
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Rain of Arrows Inflicts large Shot damage to all enemies.
Unperishable Black Halves all enemies' HP.
Crawling Chaos Huge Almighty damage + Mute effect to all enemies. (56% chance)
Diarama Greatly restores a character's HP.
Shadow Force Conceals player status and HP/SP gauges for 16 actions.

Battle Quotes[edit | edit source]

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment[edit | edit source]

  • To be pitied by you [Kei] again...Light has its role, shadows have their role...that's just the way it is... (Before Initiating Battle)
  • I grow weary of talking...come on! (Contact)
  • Do you have the time for that? (Escape)
  • Weak... (Casting a spell)
  • Do not disappoint me. (Casting a spell)
  • At least this makes this fun. (Casting a spell)
  • Is that all you've got? (Casting a spell)
  • Nyarlathotep! (Casting a spell)
  • Well... done! (Upon defeat)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Megami Ibunroku Persona
 
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Kandori as the Masked Boy in Megami Ibunroku Persona
 
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Volume 6 Cover
 
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Volume 7 Cover
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
 
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Kandori as seen in Eternal Punishment
 
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Takahisa Kandori in Eternal Punishment, sans sunglasses.
 
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Kandori's portrait in Eternal Punishment
 
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Kandori as he appears in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSP).
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival
 
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The two spherical objects in his hands seem to be Baoding Balls, which are used to improve manual Strength and Dexterity of a person. It's also used to aid in recovering from an injury, or for meditation purposes.
  • If the player follows Kei's route in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, the player can find a document that Kandori wrote called "Research and theory on artificially creating Persona users.". This would be expanded on in Tatsuya Suou's scenario in the PSP rerelease.
  • Kandori's surname consists of 神—meaning "god"—and 取—meaning "to take." This fits Kandori's characterization as one who seeks to take the power of gods.
  • When confronting Takeda, Kandori will attack the party with Maragi before running from the battle. Not only he lacks that spell when fought as a boss, this special Maragi will affect even party members whose Personas void, drain, or repel fire attacks.
  • Kandori was the 18th student council president of St. Hermelin High School, and the student council president at the time of the original Persona has him as his role model.
  • Kandori bears similar regrets of being manipulated by greater powers as Lucifer from Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse; both are aware of themselves being mere pawns in a grand conspiracy, but believed that they were too entrenched into it for any sort of redemption.
  • The antagonist of the Persona 2 spinoff manga trilogy Tsumi To Batsu, Yakumo Kusaka, shares several traits similar to Kandori. This includes being the CEO of a renowned conglomorate known as Nymphéa, formed of individuals capable of using Personas, intent on exploiting a special system called the Black Book to alter reality.


Megami Ibunroku Persona - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona - Manga - Shadow Maze
Characters
Playable Protagonist - Maki Sonomura - Masao Inaba - Kei Nanjo - Yukino Mayuzumi - Hidehiko Uesugi - Eriko Kirishima - Yuka Ayase - Reiji Kido
Non-Playable Philemon - Igor - Takahisa Kandori - Saeko Takami - Takashi Hanya - Principal Ooishi - Tadashi Satomi - Tamaki Uchida - Kenta Yokouchi - Tsutomu Kurouri - Chisato Kasai - Yosuke Naito - Yamaoka - Setsuko Sonomura - Takeda - Mai - Aki - Pandora - Kumi Hirose - Michiko Matsudaira - Yuriko Yamamoto - Tomomi Fujimori - Night Queen - Trish - Natsumi Yoshino - Yuko Himeno - Katsue Kaneda - Doctor Nicholai - Kazuya Toudou - Nishida - Mariko Yabe - Maria
Locations
General Mikage-cho - St. Hermelin High School - Mikage Hospital - Sennen Mannen-Do - Judgement 1999
SEBEC Route Police Station - SEBEC - Subway - Black Market - Lost Forest - Mana Castle - Haunted Mansion - Deva Yuga - Alaya Cavern - Avidya World - Mikage Ruins
Snow Queen Quest Ice Castle - Hypnos Tower - Nemesis Tower - Thanatos Tower - Devil's Peak
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack & Arrange Album (Complete Recording Edition) - Original Soundtrack (PSP) - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Dream of Butterfly" - "Voice" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song" - "School Days" - "Let the Butterflies Spread Until the Dawn" - "A Lone Prayer" - "Bloody Destiny" - "Deva Yuga (Arranged Version)"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona User - Velvet Room - Agastya Tree - Moon Phase System - Sea of Souls - Type/Subtype - Affinity - Rank - Totem - Unknown Power - Mystic Change - Personality - DEVA System - Nanjo Group - Demon Mirror - Snow Queen Mask - Code Breaker - Fusion (Fusion Theory) - Ideal Self - Growth Rate
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items - Status Changes
Major Characters
Playable Maya Amano - Tatsuya Suou - Katsuya Suou - Ulala Serizawa - Baofu - Kei Nanjo - Eriko Kirishima
Non-Playable Philemon - Nyarlathotep - Anna Yoshizaka - JOKER/Tatsuya Sudou - Tatsuzou Sudou - Takahisa Kandori - Chizuru Ishigami - Metal Trio
Minor Characters
Plot Relevant Maya Okamura - X series robots - Yukino Mayuzumi - Eikichi Mishina - Lisa Silverman - Jun Kashihara - Reiji Kido - Daisuke Todoroki (Kyouji Kuzunoha) - Tamaki Uchida - Takashi Hanya - Youichi Makimura - Ginji Sasaki - Suou's father - Trish - Noriko Katayama - General Sugawara
Velvet Room Igor - Nameless - Belladonna - Demon Painter
Rumormongers Kenta Yokouchi - Chika Ueda
Shop Time Count - Garcon Soejima
Shadow Selves Shadow Maya - Shadow Katsuya - Shadow Baofu - Shadow Ulala
Tatsuya's Scenario Lieutenant General Zula - Shiori Miyashiro - Chandraputra - Kouji Nakamura
Locations
Sumaru City Kasugayama High School - The Seedy CD - Mu Continent - Seven Sisters High School - Mt. Mifune - Sanitarium - Sky Museum - GOLD - Club Zodiac - Aoba Park - Padparcha - Sewers - Laboratory - Sumaru TV - Smile Mall - Factory - Nichirinmaru - Undersea Ruins - Mt. Iwato - Subway Tunnel - Ameno Torifune - Sumaru Castle - Monado Mandala - Bomb Shelter - Extra Dungeon
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (PSX / PSP) - Punitive Dance - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Change Your Way" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate / Reverse) - Persona User - Cards (Tarot / Material / Skill / Incense) - Mystic Change - Affinity - Mutation - Unknown Power - JOKER Infection (Artificial Persona) - Kegare - Other Side - Nanjo Group - Trapezohedron - Muses - New World Order - Tien Tao Lien - Shadow Self - Tatsuya's Scenario - DEVA System - Growth Rate - Rumor
Lists Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Skills (Fusion Spells) - Items - Rumors - Restaurants
Other Media
Productions Infinity Mask - Eternal Punishment Novel - Persona: Tsumi To Batsu
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