Wake up, get up, and get out there! A PERSONA 5 (P5) anime is set to air in Japan next year in 2018, Atlus announced yesterday. A-1 Pictures will be adapting the popular JRPG anime, entitled PERSONA 5 THE ANIMATION. This is the same animation studio that developed the PERSONA 3 movies and the PERSONA 4 anime series, P4 THE ANIMATION AND P4 GOLDEN.

The announcement was also accompanied by a short preview trailer. It’s currently viewable on Dailymotion (see below as well) and YouTube — though, good luck with the latter as the official trailer is region-locked and copies are taken down by Atlus. The trailer isn’t anything too fancy. It features the main cast in snazzy animated artwork though along with two beautiful jazzy tunes.

The Cast

Speaking of the cast, the original voice actors from the game are set to reprise their roles as their respective characters. Here they are as follows (in order of appearance in the video):

  • Ryuuji Sakamoto – Mamoru Miyano (DEATH NOTE)
  • Morgana – Ikue Otani (POKÉMON)
  • Ann Takamaki – Nana Mizuki (NARUTO)
  • Yusuke Kitagawa – Tomokazu Sugita (GINTAMA)
  • Makoto Niijima – Rina Sato (A CERTAIN MAGICAL INDEX)
  • Futaba Sakura – Aoi Yuki (KINO’S JOURNEY)
  • Haru Okumura – Haruka Tomatsu (SWORD ART ONLINE)
  • Goro Akechi – Soichiro Hoshi (GUNDAM SEED)
  • Hero/Protagonist – Jun Fukuyama (CODE GEASS)

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Steal Back Your Future

With the rising popularity of Atlus’ famed JRPG series, it’s no surprise that the fifth installment is getting an anime adaptation. If anything, it’ll most likely follow in the same footsteps of P4, its predecessor, with its numerous spinoffs and sequels. Rumors are already circulating of various spin-off titles such as PERSONA Q 2 or a dancing game, according to Persona Central. I’m still personally waiting on that P5 fighting game if it’s ever announced.

Ain’t they fabulous? | Image: Official Artwork via Altus

Released in Japan in September 2016 and in North America in April 2017, P5 follows a group of high school students fighting for freedom in Tokyo’s corrupt and unjust society. Led by the hero, these teenagers masquerade as the fabulous Phantom Thieves of Hearts to plunder the very hearts of corrupt adults that plague Tokyo’s 21st century.

Fans surely will not want to miss the anime. Even though it’ll certainly follow the same plot as the game, I’m hoping for scenes like this. However, if you’re unfamiliar, P5 is standalone with its own unique theme and original characters. Nonetheless, you don’t really need to have watched or played the previous games as the plot and characters are totally new.

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Besides the announcement and the trailer itself, there isn’t much else. You can, however, keep yourself updated on the main Persona Channel website as more details are released. For now, you can catch a prologue-of-sorts (actually a side mission in the game) episode 0 called THE DAY BREAKERS. It’s currently streamable on Crunchyroll. I’d recommend playing the game first. At least, you’d have a head start before the anime airs in 2018.

Featured image screenshotted from preview trailer. 

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