As a kid, Jun's parents were fighting all the time, so he spent a lot of his free time at the Alaya Shrine, where he met Tatsuya. Later on he met Eikichi and Lisa and Maya, and together they played a game called "Phoenix Ranger Featherman" in which they wore bird masks. Jun was the Black Falcon, and seemed to actually have been the leader of the little group, which he dubbed "the Masquerade." His best friend was Tatsuya, the Red Eagle, and they hung out together a lot outside of the shrine. At one point, they exchange mementos; Tatsuya gave Jun his father's watch, and Jun gave Tatsuya his father's Zippo lighter, which was inscribed with the charming engrish proverb "Being the most important can't be seen in the eyes." (What that means is really "The most important things can't be seen with the eyes." That's a quote from Jun's favorite book, "The Little Prince." Jun got the book from his father.) The two of them have kept those keepsakes to this very day; Tatsuya's always flicking that damn lighter, and if you look at Jun's character design, you can obviously see the watch he's wearing.
As Jun's homelife got worse and worse, he started lying to the other kids about his father, since everyone had heard the rumor (from Junko) that Mr. Kashihara was a lazy no-good bum, and Jun didn't want his friends to make fun of him for having a "shitty dad." He was torn between his love for his gentle, weird father and the urge to impress his friends, so he'd tell them that his dad was really cool and smart, but wouldn't let them meet his father. When Mr. Kashihara finally came to pick Jun up one day, Maya asked if that was Jun's father, and Jun lied and said that Mr. Kashihara was his uncle. Jun also hated his mother, and said that he wished Maya was his mother. Jun has one hell of an Oedipal complex *laugh*
At some point, Jun's father dies (suicide? accident? or was he murdered?) by being crushed in the clock gears in the Sevens clock tower. From then on, Nyarlathotep - in the form of Mr. Kashihara - comes to pick up Jun from Alaya. Everyone thought that Jun's papa was so cool now, and he WAS - because Nyarly was taking the form of the ideal father that Jun had wished for. It's sort of a case of rumors/dreams becoming reality, as is the norm in Sumaru City. After Alaya Shrine was burned down, Jun's persona power was awakened (Maya had taught all the kids how to play the game "Persona") and he became tortured with guilt over his "role" in "Big Sis's death." He helped Lisa and Eikichi hide the masks in Mt. Iwato and forced himself to forget about what had happened.
Moving on. Junko basically abandoned him after Kashihara's death and chased after a bunch of younger boyfriends, so Jun became a complete latchkey kid. At school, kids would try to pick on him for being so pretty and feminine, and Jun would retaliate with his Persona, badly injuring the bullies. Because of this, he was sent to Kasugayama High School, which is a school for delinquent boys. But even so, he had such a bad reputation that even the juvenile delinquents were scared when he arrived! But Eikichi checked Jun out, determined he was "harmless," and promised to "protect him." (ha!)
Jun enters Kasugayama High School about three months before the game starts, and became the Joker only a few weeks before. Jun is being manipulated by Nyarlathotep into fulfilling the prophecies laid out in the book In-La'kech . Jun wants to make people's dreams (their "ideals") come true, and according to the book, the way to do that was to lead people to the utopia called "Idealian." To reach Idealian, he had to collect "Ideal Energy" - the energy of people who have hopes or dreams - and use it to raise the alien mothership under Sumaru City. This alien mothership was known as Xibalba, and the ones aboard Sumaru are the "chosen ones." (Yes, this really is the plot. Remember that Jun was insane at the time, so this made sense to him.) The appearance of the Last Battalion and Hitler was also predicted in In-Lak'ech as a sign that the rising of the Xibalba was near.
So Jun spread the rumor that by dialing your own cellphone number, you'd be able to summon the "Joker," who would make your dreams come true. This was a convenient way to target people with Ideal Energy, right? When he was summoned, he stole the caller's Ideal Energy with a crystal skull, turning them into a Shadow Person. When he was summoned by Lisa and Gas Chamber, he recognized Eikichi, Lisa, and Tatsuya as the rest of the Masquerade that he'd played with as a child - and his memories were so twisted that he believed them responsible for Big Sis's death. He got confused about the past, and decided to kill them for killing Big Sis.
Jun was trying to recreate his childhood Masquerade group in the new Masquerade in a couple of different ways:
1. Older woman/mother figure = Queen Aquarius
2. Male musician = Prince Taurus
3. High school girl = Lady Scorpion
4. Lighter-flicking "Tatsuya" = King Leo
or, another set of parallels:
1. Junko Kurosu = Jun Kurosu, both Aquarius
2. Anna Yoshizaka = Eikichi Mishina, both Scorpio ("Yoshizaka" (吉栄) is just the kanji for "Eikichi" (栄吉) reversed)
3. Ginji Sasaki = Lisa Silverman/Ginko, both Taurus ("Gin" means "silver" in both names)
4. Tatsuya Sudou = Tatsuya Suou, both Leo (their names aren't written alike at all, but there's an obvious similarity).
So Jun was trying to make people's dreams come true by collecting Ideal Energy to raise the Xibalba and take the people to Idealian. To spread the necessary rumors, he himself took In-Lak'ech to Kismet Publishing to get the book published and make it available to more people. Part of the prophecies in In-Lak'ech involved the ressurection of the rumored Lost Battalion and Hitler, and the Nazis also wanted to raise Xibalba and make their dreams come true. So a kind of war erupted between the Masquerade and the Nazis after the raising of Xibalba; in the chaos Queen Aquarius was killed protecting the Joker. Queen Aquarius hadn't realized that her own son was the Joker until he said something along the lines of "Father's prophecies were true!" and I guess she felt a final maternal twinge towards her son. Jun also was unaware that his mother was Queen Aquarius. He loved/hated his mother, and thought his mother hated him.
The Nazis stole the five crystal skulls, and the Joker turned his attention towards battling Tatsuya and his friends, who had come to rescue him. Being the Joker and Nyarlathotep's pawn had erased most of his memories, and twisted the ones that remained, so he drew upon Nyarlathotep for the hatred and anger necessary to defeat his friends. But, of course, Jun finally regained his memories and was reunited with Maya and Tatsuya. ("That lighter...you kept it all this time?" "Of course.") Nyarlathotep appeared in the form of Mr. Kashihara to try to regain control of Jun, but Jun told him to piss off, and Nyarly stripped away Jun's Joker persona and disappeared.
Now Jun rejoined the rest of the childhood Masquerade, gaining Yukino's ability to summon Persona. Of course, now he's feeling really guilty, and most of the rest of the game is reassuring him that he's not a horrible person, just, er, misguided. He still carries around his own bucketful of Issues, which become extremely apparent in Xibalba, where your nightmares come true. Maya has to basically provide spot therapy, usually by appealing to his feelings for Tatsuya:
MAYA: If you disappeared, you'd leave Tatsuya all alone!
TATSUYA: ...*flicks lighter*
Finally he confronts his past, admits that Akinari Kashihara was his father, and tries to convince Maya Okamura not to carry out the full prophecy in In-Lak'ech. She doesn't listen to him, of course, and Maya Amano is killed in the final battle as a human sacrifice.
Afterwards...well, who knows? On the Other Side, Jun has no family left, and the world outside of Sumaru City is destroyed...
FUTUREUnknown! He wasn't mentioned on the TV in Persona 3.
FLOWER LANGUAGE (ACCORDING TO JUN)
| ||Iris: revenge |
Scarlet Sage: I'm always thinking of you
Baby Blue Eyes: I forgive you
Thoroughwort: Remember that day
Michaelmas Daisy: Remembrance
Raspberry: Deep regret
Jun uses a crapload of "hanakotoba" - flower language. If you look up Japanese flower language, you'll notice that Jun's meanings don't match up! As far as I can tell, he's using some weird bastard variant of French flower language, because in most flower languages, for example, "iris" does NOT mean "revenge," it means "deep affection." So when he throws an iris at Tatsuya...
His blood type is AB. There's a track on the drama CD when he compares the astrological compatability between himself and Tatsuya, and when he doesn't get the answer he wants, gets angry and switches to blood type (love) compatibilities. Again, AN EXTREMELY GIRLY THING TO DO. Jun also starts cackling when he finds out that he and Tatsuya have extremely good (love) compatibility according to this and starts humming insanely to himself, disturbing Lisa. "Fortune-telling AGAIN?"
I really wish everyone could listen to (and understand) the Tsumi drama CD, "The Errors of their Youth." It's hilarious, bizarre, and occasionally somewhat dirty. Translations of some of the tracks are on the music page. The characterization of Jun in this drama CD is totally yandere. It's funny - although kind of disturbing. RUN, TATSUYA
Jun is always skipping school to run his own little cult, so in the game, you hear about the "mysterious new student" from the Kasugayama students. He also runs away from home (where does he live? Caracol? Maybe...) and starts sending postcards to radio shows to spread rumors (in advice programs, the DJs read the postcards out loud).
The Joker is like a Persona; he can summon his costume, instead of having to duck into a bathroom and change or something.
Birthdate: February 14, 1982
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius / Water Dog
Guardian Dragon: Blue
Height/Weight: 169 cm (5'6") / 51 kg (112 lbs)
Occupation: Senior at Kasugayama Boys' High School
Tarot Arcana: Wheel of Fortune
Elemental Affinity: Air
Starting PERSONA: Hermes
Ultimate PERSONA: Cronus [totally different from Chronos according to the Orphics, although the two are often conflated, including in this game]
Appearance: Slim, pale, rather androgynous (but not weak or delicate)
Idle Animation: Smelling the flower in his breast pocket
Likes: Astronomy, Astrology (both taught by his father), reading (his favorite book is Le Petit Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery), cooking (he's rather domestic)
Favorite Sports: Walking (doesn't like group sports, because he's kind of antisocial)
Favorite Subjects: Math, Physics
Family: Father (Former SSHS history teacher Akinari Kashihara, crushed to death in the gears of the clock tower at Sevens), Mother (famous actress Junko Kurosu)
Talents: Playing the piano (His mother taught him how to play a long time ago, when she still cared for him, and he still practices it to please her), invention (often gets inspired, has patents for a "diet sandal" - which is a kind of orthopedic shoe), cross-dressing (he can look better than most girls!)
Favorite Foods: Omelets (his mother used to make them for him), chocolate
Hated Foods: Cup Ramen (he was a latch-key kid and ate it a lot due to his mother's schedule)
Phobias: Sports (not a big team player), his mother, noisy places
Dream: Inspired by Maya to help people make their dreams come true
Games: Main party character in Innocent Sin; NPC in Eternal Punishment
Voice Actor: Shigeru Shibuya