Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Welcome to Retrograde Amnesia, a podcast where we cover classic Japanese Role-playing Games (JRPGs), chapter by chapter, beat by beat. Check out a complete listing of the works we have covered and subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast provider. Support us on Patreon at

Dec 2, 2019

Schöne Grüße. Xenogears is a Japanese role-playing game, which means we have to wind up in a church. After poking around in Nisan we spend some time in its cathedral. Here we learn incest is an aspirational fantasy, contemplate the morality of genociding the Gonzales clan, and speculate Gnosticism’s influence on Sophia, the Ethos, and Nisan. Later, we discuss Solarian abductions, conduct operations for an all-out assault against to recapture Aveh, and what happens when we meet characters with names...but not portraits. Don't call me son cause you ain't my pops.

00:40 - Intro
02:26 - Exploring Nisan (music sample: "Singing of the Gentle Wind")
10:25 - Is Fei really an artist
13:02 - Entering the Cathedral (music sample: "The Wounded Shall Advance into the Light")
16:28 - Gallery gazing at the top of the cathedral
22:15 - Gnostic aeon breakdown
28:30 - Observing the painting of Sophia
33:35 - Checking in with Sister Agnes in the scroll room
36:05 - Old Mason rented a house in which Sigurd and Citan dump lore (music samples: "Nature", "The One Who is Torn Apart" , "The Jaws of Ice")
41:10 - Chris' Solaris quiz-down spectacular
45:23 - Bart storms off (music sample: "The Bonds of Sea and Fire (20th Anniversary Concert)")
47:02 - Talking about our feelings on a bridge instance #2
48:18 - We have a town hall and a table and a plan
52:02 - Predeployment on the Yggdrasil
54:50 - We're controlling Citan
57:40 - Xenogears' Lunar cycle speculation
58:20 - Outro

Find us on Patreon at, on Twitter @retroamnesiapod, and through e-mail at