Atlus' latest batch of screens for Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars focuses entirely on the main character's best friend, Chlotz. Unfortunately for him, his name says a lot about his personality—yeah, he's kind of a doofus—and his super-genius sister Chloe set the family bar pretty high.
You'll see what that means in the screens below, along with the commentary Atlus provided for some of them.
It's the first day of school, and despite being told that you're a possible savior of mankind, it's still nice to have a buddy in your corner who's always got your back. In Conception II, the blunt but well-meaning Chlotz takes on that role. He admittedly is a bit of a doofus and a perpetual third wheel to God's Gift when it comes to interacting with heroines, but he's also a technical wizard and is constantly training to be a better Disciple. Like Ruby, the lead researcher, often notes: "For being an idiot, he's pretty smart."
Chlotz also deals with constantly being compared to his sister, Chloe. Not only is she one of the strongest of the heroines that God's Gift can bring into battle, she's also the smartest. Chlotz's sister has numerous published works and is so smart she's actually been promoted to teacher at the Aterra Academy. But despite living in the shadows of her accomplishments, he has plenty of his own talents and their bond as brother and sister can never be broken.
A steadfast companion from the very beginning, Chlotz is always willing to sacrifice anything to help his friends, or slap some common sense into people. Even if he's horribly outmatched with no chance of winning, he's always there to step in if it means he can help save a life. The same can be said for when he's outmatched by some of the S-Rank girls. Even if he can't win over the affections of one on his own, he's always ready to hand out relationship insight to God's Gift. Most of it is usually good, too!
So in a nutshell, the stranger you meet on the way to your first day of school rapidly becomes your best friend, and despite his general doofusness, lack of tact, and clownism, he winds up being one of the strongest supporting characters in all of Conception II. ...Sound familiar?
Conception II hits Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita in North America on April 15, and all pre-orders and first-run copies will come with a bonus soundtrack CD. Atlus plans to follow that up with a digital-only European release in Q2 2014.