Popular game series Persona will soon release an anime adaptation of its newest work, Persona 5. The new anime is attracting attention because of its previous successful anime line-up Persona: Trinity Soul, Persona 3, and Persona 4. MANGA.TOKYO was fortunate to participate in the pre-screening event and is here with some rough details on the happenings of the anime.
The game is about the protagonist and other characters whose ‘Personas’ awaken inside their bodies. They sneak up to the people of the world who don’t know anything about this ability and face a strange phenomenon. The stage and props are different in each series. It is important to adjust the schedule during the game, as the story reaches its end at a certain period of time. Distinctive features of the anime are a calendar and other things showing the passage of time. The time course is not the only important feature in Persona 5. The movement of location is also very significant, and to be able to display this detail, there is a navigation screen on the map shown in the anime.
Furthermore, thanks to Shigenori Seojima’s designs, the characters are portrayed very stylishly throughout the series. As the main characters are dressed as thieves, their especially dark atmosphere matches perfectly and makes their appearance very attractive.
The story’s main character (who was named by the player in the game) is Ren Amamiya, a high schooler in his second year. A certain case has forced him to transfer to Shunjin High School in Tokyo. Ren’s Persona awakens and he forms the ‘Phantom Thieves of Hearts’ who steal ill intent from adults’ hearts. During the daytime, Ren is just a normal high school student attending Shunjin High School and at night he operates as one of ‘Phantom Thieves of Hearts’ ‘Joker’.
The first episode, ‘Phantom Thieves of Hearts’, starts off with a casino attack. It is worth seeing how stylish he looks while they slip through the police’s cordon. The colleagues’ clever exchanges are also well-depicted. There are scenes that look back on when Ren’s ability awoke about half a year before and how he met his colleagues. However, ‘Joker’ suddenly encounters a big problem. Who is the one that chases Ren around?