The Blade's Will Harrison: The best Japanese role-playing game stories are the ones that create a sense of connection and familiarity among the main cast; for that, there’s no better setting than high school. The “us versus the world” mentality that becomes the basis for teenage friendships is a powerful storytelling trope and one of many reasons for the rise of popularity in anime and manga — both staples of Japanese entertainment.
Not since Persona 4 almost a decade ago has a game been able to make me feel, for better and worse, like I did in high school.
I should go apologize to my parents. Perhaps they were right about a few things after all.