This is real. It’s not a game, it’s not a robot AI challenging you.

Earlier today, the “TV Animation Persona 5 Top Secret Info Revealed! Live-Streamed Special: Something Will Happen in Shibuya on Christmas Eve!?” program streamed on digital services. During the show, a new visual, a teaser trailer, and the crew behind Persona 5 the Animation.


The 57-second promo shows off several moments from the early plot, including the splashy intro scene, Ren Amamiya’s arrival at Yongenjaya, and Ren and Ryuji’s discovery of the first Palace.

Key Visual

The visual features Ren standing in the center of Shibuya Crossing, as countless nondescript figures pass by around him.


Masashi Ishihama (From the New World, Garakowa -Restore the World-) was tapped to direct Persona 5 the Animation at A-1 Pictures, with Satomi Ishikawa (Convenience Store Boy Friends) providing character designs. Shinichi Inotsume (Gangsta., Hayate the Combat Butler) is in charge of series composition, while Persona 5 composer Shoji Meguro (Persona 3, Persona 4) will score the soundtrack.

Persona franchise producer Katsura Hashino is credited with the original plot concept. Kazuma Kaneko is credited with original demon designs, while Shigenori Soejima is credited as original character designer.


Before we begin, Joker, who is named by the player in the game, will be named “Ren Amamiya” in the series.

The show’s cast was officially unveiled in July, at the “The Attic Meeting Cafe LeBlanc” fan event. That said, the show will star the following:

  • Ren Amamiya/Joker: Jun Fukuyama
  • Ryuji Sakamoto/Skull: Mamoru Miyano
  • Morgana: Ikue Otani
  • Anne Takamaki/Panther: Nana Mizuki
  • Yusuke Kitagawa/Fox: Tomokazu Sugita
  • Makoto Niijima/Queen: Rina Satou
  • Futaba Sakura/Oracle: Aoi Yūki
  • Haru Okumura/Noir: Haruka Tomatsu
  • Goro Akechi: Sōichiro Hoshi

All of the cast members are returning from the original Persona 5 game.

Persona 5 the Animation will air in April 2018, on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, MBS, and BS11.

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.

Sources: Comic Natalie,  Yaraon!