I don’t doubt that some purists will insist that this won’t be the full Persona 5 experience without a dozen loading screens that say “take your time.”
Earlier today, Persona 5 aficionados gathered in Tokyo for the “The Attic Meeting Cafe LeBlanc” fan event. At the event (and shortly afterwards on Twitter), the team revealed that a Persona 5 anime series is in the works for a 2018 première.
Though no staff was revealed, it was confirmed that A-1 Pictures is producing the show, which is titled Persona 5 the Animation. Aniplex remains general producer on the project.
A website was opened to promote the project, which contains a new promotional teaser and two visuals. We break the details down below:
The 85-second confirms that a new anime project is in the works, and announces nine of the show’s voice cast members. The video’s music opens with Life Will Change, the song used in-game when the Phantom Thieves make the final rush for their target, before cutting to theme song Wake up Get up Get out there.
The first visual is a general announcement teaser to promote the project. The tagline reads “The world will be stolen by them.”
The second is a more general key visual, which features Joker in his Phantom Thieves attire.
Persona 5 will see the core cast members reprising their roles from the game:
- Joker: Jun Fukuyama
- Ryuji Sakamoto: Mamoru Miyano
- Morgana: Ikue Otani
- Ann Takamaki: Nana Mizuki
- Yusuke Kitagawa: Tomokazu Sugita
- Makoto Niijima: Rina Satou
- Futaba Sakura: Aoi Yūki
- Haru Okumura: Haruka Tomatsu
- Goro Akechi: Sōichiro Hoshi
Persona 5 was originally released on Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles in September 2016. Atlus released the title outside of Japan in April.
The title received a 55-minute animated prologue, titled Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-, on September 3, 2016. Takaharu Ozaki directed the project at A-1 Pictures, with Shinichi Inotsume (Garo: Crimson Moon, Hayate the Combat Butler) writing the script. The team of Keita Matsumoto (Sands of Destruction, Shining Hearts) and Toshiyuki Yahagi (Joker Game) provided character designs.