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

Appearances

Profile

Megami Ibunroku Persona

Takahisa Kandori is 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

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 posses 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

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

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 Electricity 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 Electric 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 and X-2's normal attacks are Shot type as well, making the Shot-repelling attribute alone very valuable in this battle.

Stats

Megami Ibunroku Persona

Takahisa Kandori

Kandori
Order Level Type Subtype MAtk MDef
Meta 66 Normal Normal
HP SP St Vi Dx Ag Lu
5200 2500
1h 2h Sp Ax Wp Th Ar Fs HG MG SG Ri Te Ru
Rs Rs - - - Nu Rs - Wk Wk Wk Wk Nu -
Fi Ic Wi Er El Nc Bl Gr Ex Mi De Cu Nr ???
Rs Wk Nu Wk Wk Rs Rs Rs - Wk - Ab Rp -
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)


God Kandori

God Kandori
Order Level Type Subtype MAtk MDef
Meta 76 Normal Normal
HP SP St Vi Dx Ag Lu
6500 3694
Drops Faceless Mask
1h 2h Sp Ax Wp Th Ar Fs HG MG SG Ri Te Ru
- - - Rs Wk - Wk - Wk Wk Wk Wk - Rs
Fi Ic Wi Er El Nc Bl Gr Ex Mi De Cu Nr ???
Wk Rs Rs Rs Rs Wk Wk Wk - Ab - Wk Rp -
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

Takahisa Kandori

"I grow weary of talking... Come on..."
Arcana LevelTypeNormalRare
Unclassified 55 ? - -
Traits No Personality
HP Atk Def MAtk MDef STR VIT TEC AGI LUC
3,600 ? ? ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Reflect Absorb Void Strong Weak
- - - All -
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.


Playful Takahisa Kandori (PSP additional scenario)

Arcana LevelTypeNormalRare
Unclassified 70 Water - -
Traits No Personality
HP Atk Def MAtk MDef STR VIT TEC AGI LUC
2,000 220 220 156 150 50 50 50 45 30
Reflect Absorb Void Strong Weak
Nuclear - Light, Dark, Nerve, Mind Slash, Ranged, Thrown, Havoc, Element, Ice, Electricity -
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.


Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

  • 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

 
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Kandori as seen in Eternal Punishment
 
Kandori
Takahisa Kandori in Eternal Punishment, sans sunglasses.
 
P2Kandori
Kandori's portrait in Eternal Punishment
 
Maskedman
Kandori as the Masked Boy in Megami Ibunroku Persona
 
Takahisa Kandori P2EP
Kandori as he appears in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSP).
 
Kandori
Takahisa Kandori as he appears in the Megami Ibunroku Persona manga adaptation

Trivia

  • 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.
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