What follows is a response written to answer this ask on Tumblr wondering what I meant by a previous statement, that Hijiri's expanded backstory in the Maniacs version of Nocturne conflicts with other aspects of the game's narrative.
My response got so long that I thought it best to post here rather than Tumblr, for better legibility. But click beyond and
you’ll find a complete summary of Hijiri’s cutscenes, the Lady in
Black’s extra backstory for him, and my comments! I never thought I’d
get vibes of SMT4/A-level shenanigans from Nocturne, but some of the
story additions from Maniacs are suspect...and I think I know exactly