The official website of the upcoming Persona 5 anime has revealed that the special, Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers, will air on September 3rd. Additionally, the first promotional video was also revealed.
The anime special will air on Tokyo MX on Saturday, September 3rd at 7:00pm JST. The anime will also air on GTV at 9:00pm JST, on the 4th over at Tochigi TV at 7:00pm JST, and finally on BS11 on the 5th at 10:00pm JST.
The main cast of the JRPG will voice their respective characters in Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers. The anime’s production staff includes:
- Director: Takaharu Ozaki (Terraformars Episode Director)
- Series Composer: Shinichi Inotsume (Gangsta., Sket Dance)
- Anime Character Designers: Toshiyuki Yahagi (Joker Game) and Keita Matsumoto (Bungaku Shoujo, Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan )
- Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail, Aldnoah.Zero)
Here is the anime’s first promotional video:
Persona 5 will be coming out on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on February 14, 2017, retailing for US$59.99 and US$49.99 respectively. The game itself will be out in Japan on September 15th this year, with the European release date currently unannounced. Here are the NA boxarts for the game:
Here is the cast of the game’s leading characters:
- Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass) will voice the main character
The leader of the Phantom Thieves. A 16-year-old young man and second-year high school student who transfers to Shujin High School. He seems quiet and well-mannered at first glance, but gives a completely different impression once he has donned his “phantom thief” guise. He finds residence at the Shiken Cafe run by his parents’ friend. The reason for him moving from the city to the capital Tokyo is currently unknown.
- Mamoru Miyano (Rintarou Okabe from Steins;Gate) voices Ryuji Sakamoto
Just like the protagonist, he is a 16-year-old, second-year student at Shujin High School. He stands out with his wild behavior and seems to be a “problem child” even within the school. More than often, his problematic behavior imposes on the hospitality of the school’s teachers and advisers. He previously did not behave the way he currently does, but the origin of his bad behavior is currently unknown.
- Nana Mizuki (Hinata Hyuuga in Naruto) is voicing An Takamaki
A 16-year-old, quarter-American girl who attends Shujin High School. Unable to fit in with those around her due to her noticeably different appearance, she isolates herself within the school. She is often seen hanging out with the protagonist and Ryuji Sakamoto. Strange rumors about her have seemingly been circulating the school, but whether or not they’re true is currently unknown.
- Ikue Otani (Pikachu from Pokemon) will join the cast to voice Morgana
The most mysterious member of the Phantom Thieves. Childlike in height, her appearance imitates that of a black cat, but her true identity is completely unknown. It looks like she’s wearing something on her head, but…? That is all the information we currently have. Though she does resemble the black cat often seen with the protagonist…
- Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki Sakata from Gintama) will voice the 5th party member Yuusuke Kitagawa
He is a scholarship student that attends the Kousei Public High School as part of the academy’s art course. He is a live-in disciple of his Japanese painter landlord Madarame.
Here is the game’s recent Japanese trailer:
The Persona series started off in 1996 on the PlayStation as a spin off in the Megami Tensei. Titled Megami Ibunroku Persona, or Revelations: Persona in the west, the game featured a series of high school characters who could summon a persona, a physical representation of their personality. The game received positive reviews and is considered as a hit. Since then, 3 main line games were released and numerous spin offs, re-releases and adaptations. Persona 2 released in 1999 and was made up of two games:Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment. The game was a success in Japan but the game failed to receive good international support. The next game wouldn’t release until 2006 on the PlayStation 2. Persona 3 was a massive hit in both Japan and overseas selling over 500,000 units worldwide. Persona 4 followed the same path of success in 2008.
The Persona 5 anime, Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers, will air on Tokyo MX on September 3rd at 7:00pm JST. Persona 5 will release on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on February 14th, 2017 in North America. It will be releasing later this year in Japan on September 15. An European release date has not yet been confirmed.
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