Fact Sheet: Persona 5

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Original Release

Revelations: Persona

  • Released September 1996
  • Spin-off of the Megami Tensei series which began in 1987 with Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
  • The success of the high school setting in Shin Megami Tensei If… inspired the creation of the series

Fun Fact: the original localization made this character black. Cause why not…I guess

Sequels/Other Installments

Main Installments

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

  • PS1 1999 (JP)
  • PSP 2011 (Worldwide)

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

  • PS1 2000 (Worldwide)
  • PSP 2012 (JP)

Persona 3

  • PS2 2006 (JP); 2007 (NA); 2008 (EU)

Persona 4

  • PS2 2008 (JP, NA); 2009 (EU)

Persona 5

  • PS3, PS4 2016 (JP); 2017 (NA, EU)

Remakes

Persona 3 FES

  • PS2 2007 (JP); 2008 (NA, EU)

Persona 3 Portable

  • PSP 2009 (JP); 2010 (NA); 2011 (EU)

Persona 4 Golden

  • PS Vita 2012 (JP, NA); 2013 (EU)

Spin-Offs

Persona 4 Arena

  • Arcade 2012 (JP)
  • PS3, X360 2012 (JP, NA); 2013 (EU)

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

  • Arcade 2013 (JP)
  • PS3, X360 2014 (Worldwide)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

  • 3DS 2014 (Worldwide)

Persona 4: Dancing All Night

  • PS Vita 2015 (Worldwide)

Note: Main installments take place in the same universe, but are not directly related to each other after P2

Developer

Also known for:

  • DemiKids
  • Etrian Odyssey
  • Radiant Historia
  • Catherine
  • Tactics Ogre

Plot Synopsis

Accused of a crime you didn’t commit, thrust into an unfamiliar city, without a single friend by your side, all you wanna do is live an honest student life for your year-long probation.

Unfortunately, when a mysterious app appears on your phone, that plan goes out the window. You stumble accidentally into a cognitive world formed from distorted desires. The Palaces belong to evil adults, abusing their power and position. Desiring to help people, you form the Phantom Thieves of Heart with fellow classmates and a talking cat and decide to bring courage to the world through your abilities. Along the way you form connections, better yourself, and move up in the world.

Half a year later, you find yourself in an interrogation room…somebody has betrayed you.

Phantom Thieves

Protagonist

Came to Tokyo after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit

Ryuji Sakamoto

“The Chariot”

An impulsive and passionate former track star

Ann Takamaki

“The Lovers”

A fun-loving model who puts her friends above anything

Morgana

“The Magician”

A talking cat who insists he’s not a cat

Even More Phantom Thieves

Yusuke Kitagawa

“The Emperor”

A struggling artist whose moments of inspiration hinder his social skills

Makoto Niijima

“The High Priestess”

A student council president and honor student longing to bust out of her shell

Futaba Sakura

“The Hermit”

A charmingly awkward hacker whose anxiety makes her world difficult

Actually it’s Oracle

Haru Okumura

“The Empress”

A rich heiress to a food conglomerate burdened by her responsibilities

Other Confidants

Goro Akechi

“Justice”

Loves pancakes

Sae Niijima

“Judgement”

Wants to know way too much about your life

Sojiro Sakura

“The Hierophant”

Really obsessive about coffee

Igor

“The Fool”

Wow, his new voice is so deep

Justine & Caroline

“Strength”

Take their prison guard jobs way too seriously

Yuuki Mishima

“The Moon”

A dweeby dweeb

Sadayo Kawakami

“Temperance”

Your teacher…and maid, heh…heh…

Even More Confidants

Hifumi Togo

“The Star”

The shogi one with the useful skills

Tae Takemi

“Death”

Bad Doctor

Munahisa Iwai

“The Hanged Man”

You don’t have the guts

Chihaya Mifune

“Fortune”

Be ready to open your wallet

Ichiko Ohya

“The Devil”

No

Toranosuke Yoshida

“The Sun”

Had to have one good politician

Shinya Oda

“The Tower”

Better with a gun than you

Music

Music was mainly composed by Shoji Megura (inspired by acid jazz) who conceived the score as one continuous work as opposed to separate tracks

Fun Facts

  • “Shujin” (your high school name) is a homonym for the Japanese word for “prisoner.” “Kousei” (the high school Yusuke and Hifumi attend) is a homonym for “rehabilitation.”
  • All movies and TV shows you can watch are punny versions of real ones. My favorite is The Cake Knight Rises.
  • The gameplay concepts of Persona are based both in Japanese superstitious and Jungian philosophy.
  • In Mementos, always try to confuse your targets. It’s a good way to make some easy money.
  • If you want to beat the Reaper, go in to Mementos during flu season and try to catch him with Despair at the start of battle. Rejoice at the easy victory.
  • Hifumi was originally supposed to be a party member, but ended up being cut
  • All the coffee trivia is totally real. Somebody working on this was obsessed.

Funny Facts

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