@jayhitcher: Cool. I'll check it out. If you're interested, here's a Giant Bomb blog post I wrote on Megami Tensei a while back. Not nearly as analytical as your piece, but you might find it interesting for whatever purpose. I don't know why my post is duplicated as the first comment attached to it, though. Must be some sort of weird data error.
It's a good piece! It does a solid job explaining the roots of SMT.
It's still really weird/interesting how much the franchise owes to some pulp horror novels from the 80's.