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Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-’s special event titled The Attic Meeting of Cafe Leblac took place on 20 July, at Katayanagi arena in Tokyo. It was attended by Jun Fukuyama (The Protagonist), Mamoru Miyano (Ryuji Sakamoto), Ikue Otani (Morgana), Tomokazu Sugita (Yusuke Kitagawa), Rina Sato (Makoto Niijima), Aoi Yuki (Futaba Sakura), Haruka Tomatsu (Haru Okumura), and Soichiro Hoshi (Goro Akechi). By the way, the main character still has no name so I wonder if he is called Kou Shujin… (NB: ‘protagonist’ in Japanese is ‘shujinkou’)
Skillfully, using Nana Mizuki’s (Anne Takamaki) absence, the event began with the corner ‘Surprise for Ms. Anne’. Anne wanted a swimsuit for an audition and was suggested one via Mementos. The swimsuit was then stolen and the thief had to be found. Partway through, the cast members were subjected to a psychology test centered on ‘suggestive swimsuits’, and the eight cast members participated in mini rock-paper-scissors tournament. The character played by the cast member who lost the tournament was the thief. It was a very exciting event.
During the opening, in preparation for the grand present plan, everyone was talking over each other but The Protagonist barely spoke and was too silent so he was teased. The event had begun with this silent protagonist’s shouting, ‘It’s show time!’ The venue instantly got more fired up. After that, Lyn gave a concert with her dynamic singing voice. This time, she performed the three songs, ‘Last Surprise’, ‘Life will change’, and ‘Wake up, Get up, Get out There’ twice. The stand-up concert was exciting from start to finish.
After the first song finished, the cast returned to the stage. Fukuyama waved his hand, Miyano blew kisses, Otani elegantly came onstage, Sugita wore a fox mask, Sato beautifully made her entrance, Yuki resembled a model as she returned, Tomatsu joked around with sexy gestures, and Hoshi struck a mysterious pose. Each cast member showed their individuality as they lined up onstage. There are probably many fans who realized that it was impossible not to have a good time with these cast members.
The dress code of the event was semi-formal. Sugita was in joke-mode from the beginning saying that the Phantom Thieves’s (semi) formal means masks drawing laughter from the audience. At the end of rock-paper-scissors, Akechi, who didn’t win even one round, was left all by himself. To think that the person who suggested searching for the thief would end up being the thief himself. Hoshi’s marvelous acting also got the fans pumped up.
At the end of the event, the words ‘New Project’ were displayed onscreen. The familiar phrase, ‘They will steal the world’, was played and the 2018 TV anime adaptation was announced. Shouts of excitement and thunderous applause enveloped the venue. The main cast will be the same as the original game and the studio with be A-1 Pictures, who have worked on various Persona series works.
The cast also seemed very happy and sent messages to the fans, ‘As you will understand from watching today’s event, this is just a taste of how exciting the TV series will be.’ ‘I want to meet everyone at the next event.’ ‘Friends are a great thing~.’ ‘In any case, we’ll talk again.’‘It is hard to receive hearts so please treat us well’.
Persona 5 is a game popular worldwide, having sold more than 1.5 million copies. When the anime special Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers- was released in September 2016, expectations for a TV anime adaptation piled up. The work depicts a magnificent story set in the metropolis of Tokyo and features the main characters who are regular high school students by day and members of the Phantom Thieves by night. We can’t wait for 2018. We are looking forward to the TV anime and the future ‘too exciting’ events.