Persona 5: The Animation
|Persona 5: The Animation|
Japanese retail cover art, showing the lead character Ren Amamiya.
(Perusona Faibu: Ji Animēshon)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masashi Ishihama|
|Written by||Shinichi Inotsume|
|Music by||Shoji Meguro|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, MBS, AT-X|
|Original run||April 8, 2018 – March 23, 2019|
|Episodes||28 + 2 OVAs|
Persona 5: The Animation (Japanese: ペルソナ5 ジ・アニメーション Hepburn: Perusona Faibu: Ji Animēshon) is an anime television series produced by CloverWorks based on the Persona 5 video game by Atlus. The anime series is directed by Masashi Ishihama and written by Shinichi Inotsume, with Tomomi Ishikawa adapting Shigenori Soejima's original character designs for the animation. Atlus employee Kazuma Kaneko created the original demon designs, while music composer Shoji Meguro reprised his role from the game.
The 26-episode series aired in Japan between April and September 2018, followed by four special episodes; one aired in December 2018, a second in March 2019, and two more releases bundled with the Blu-Ray releases in May and June 2019. Additionally, an animated television special by A-1 Pictures, The Day Breakers, aired prior to the game's Japanese release in September 2016. The series was licensed in North America by Aniplex of America.
The anime television special The Day Breakers was announced in September 2015 during Atlus' stage event at the Tokyo Game Show. In July 2016, the title of the special was revealed as Persona 5: The Animation – The Day Breakers with Takaharu Ozaki as the director, Shinichi Inotsume as writer, Toshiyuki Yahagi and Keita Matsumoto as the character designers and A-1 Pictures as the studio. It premiered on September 3, 2016 with a runtime of 24 minutes on Tokyo MX, later airing on GTV, GYT and BS11. Aniplex of America licensed the special in North America in October 2016.
The 26-episode anime television series adaptation was announced in July 2017 for a 2018 premiere, with CloverWorks animating the series. The anime series is directed by Masashi Ishihama and written by Inotsume, and features adapted character and demon designs from the game by Tomomi Ishikawa and Kazuma Kaneko, respectively. The soundtrack was written by the game's original lead composer Shoji Meguro, who wrote both new material and arranged music from the game. Lyn performs the series' opening and ending themes; the opening themes are "Break In to Break Out" (episode 1-13) and "Dark Sun" (episode 14-26), while the ending themes are "Infinity" (episodes 2-16), "Found a Light" (episode 8), and "Autonomy" (episode 17-26). The series aired on Tokyo MX and other networks from April 7 to September 30, 2018. The first half of the epilogue to the series, titled Dark Sun..., aired on December 30, 2018. A second TV special, titled Stars and Ours and listed as the second half of the epilogue, was aired on March 23, 2019. Two final special episodes were announced to be included as extras with the 11th and 12th Blu-Ray/DVD volumes of the series.
Aniplex of America has also licensed the series in North America. Crunchyroll, AnimeLab and Hulu simulcast the series. Anime Limited acquired the home video and digital rights to the series for the United Kingdom.
|No.||Title||Director||Original air date|
|0||"The Day Breakers"||Takaharu Ozaki||September 3, 2016|
|The Phantom Thieves of Hearts, consisting of Ren "Joker" Amamiya, Morgana, Ryuji "Skull" Sakamoto, Ann "Panther" Takamaki, and Yusuke "Fox" Kitagawa, cause a change of heart to reform local gang leader Kazuya Makigami. Afterwards, the five plan to go after their next big target.|
|1||"I am thou, thou art I"||Masashi Ishihama||April 8, 2018|
|Joker is arrested and is interrogated by prosecutor Sae Niijima over his actions as the leader of a team of the Phantom Thieves. He retells the events to her, beginning in April, when he arrives in Tokyo after being put on probation for a year, staying with Sojiro Sakura at the LeBlanc café. On his first day at Shujin High School, he and schoolmate Ryuji Sakamoto find themselves in a castle headed by a Shadow version of Suguru Kamoshida, their PE teacher. Facing danger, Ren awakens his Persona, Arsene.|
|2||"Let's take back what's dear to you."||Hitomi Ezoe||April 15, 2018|
|Ren and Ryuji escape from Kamoshida's Palace. At school, Ren learns that Kamoshida is abusive towards his students and Ryuji is blamed for causing the track team to break up. When the two return to the Palace, they meet Morgana and free him from a prison cell. Upon facing Shadow Kamoshida again, Ryuji awakens his own Persona, Captain Kidd, while Morgana assists with his Persona, Zorro.|
|3||"A beautiful rose has thorns!"||Akihisa Shibata||April 22, 2018|
|While investigating Kamoshida, Ren learns that his classmate, Ann Takamaki, is being blackmailed in order to keep her friend, Shiho Suzui, on the volleyball team. The next day, Shiho jumps off the school rooftop as a result of Kamoshida's abuse, and when Ren, Ryuji, and Yuuki Mishima confront him about this, he threatens to expel the three of them. Learning that Kamoshida can be reformed by making his Palace disappear, Ren and the others secure an infiltration route to Kamoshida's "Treasure". Ann, who had inadvertently followed the others inside, is encouraged by Ren to take revenge for Shiho and awakens her Persona, Carmen. In order to make Kamoshida's Treasure obtainable, the group send Kamoshida a calling card addressed from the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts".|
|4||"Steal it, if you can"||Seiji Harada||April 29, 2018|
|While returning to the Palace to steal Kamoshida's Treasure, Ren manages to recruit one of the patrolling Shadows, Pixie, as an additional Persona. Upon reaching the Treasure, the gang are confronted by Shadow Kamoshida, who transforms into a powerful monster. Guided by Igor, Ren uses the power of fusion to combine Arsene and Pixie into a new Persona, allowing Ryuji to steal Kamoshida's Treasure and weaken him. Following his defeat, Shadow Kamoshida repents his actions and his Palace disappears, which in turn causes the real Kamoshida to admit his crimes and turn himself in to the police.|
|5||"The Phantoms"||Tatsuma Minamikawa||May 6, 2018|
|The gang decide to continue being phantom thieves in order to change more twisted hearts, naming their group "The Phantoms". After Mishima sets up a "phansite" for people to send requests to The Phantoms, Morgana takes everyone to Mementos, a joint Palace for the general public, where they defeat the Shadow of a stalker. Revealing that he has lost his memories, Morgana explains how he wants to reach the bottom of Mementos, which expands according to The Phantoms' fame, in order to regain his original form. Later, after Ren meets police detective Goro Akechi, the gang come across a peculiar boy who was following Ann.|
|6||"Our next target is..."||Kazuki Ohashi||May 13, 2018|
|Yusuke Kitagawa, an arts student studying under painter Ichiryusai Madarame, asks Ann to be the model for his next art piece. Meanwhile, student council president Makoto Niijima grows suspicious about Ren's group of friends. Noticing comments on the phansite about Madarame plagiarising artwork from his pupils, the gang go to Madarame's studio to talk with Yusuke, who shows nothing but admiration for him. Initially assuming they were mistaken, the gang discover that Madarame has his own Palace, where they learn he intends to plagiarise Yusuke's work just like his other pupils. While Yusuke claims he is letting Madarame use his work willingly, the gang learn the full extent of Madarame's crimes from one of his former disciples, along with Yusuke's true feelings.|
|7||"He is my other self"||Yusuke Maruyama||May 20, 2018|
|Needing to change Madarame's cognition to further access his Palace, Ann distracts Yusuke while Morgana access Madarame's secret room, exposing his plagiarism of his most known piece, Sayuri. After inadvertenly following the others into the Palace, Yusuke learns that Madarame was responsible for the death of his mother, leading him to awaken his Persona, Goemon.|
|8||"Put an end to all this and use your own artwork for once."||Toshiki Fukushima||May 27, 2018|
|The Phantoms break into Madarame's palace to steal his treasure, only to find it is a trap. Revealing the treasure is the original "Sayuri" painted by Yusuke's mother, Madarame is defeated by the Phantoms and admits his crimes in the real world, increasing the thieves' reputation.|
|9||"Operation maid watch"||Hitomi Ezoe||June 3, 2018|
|While waiting for their next target, Ren tries out a dubious-looking maid service, discovering that his homeroom teacher Sadayo Kawakami is secretly working as a maid. Noticing Ryuji being bothered by his former track teammates, Ren asks Kawakami for the details about what happened between him and Kamoshida. Learning that the new track team advisor, Yamauchi, has been manipulating the players by leaking rumors to them, Ryuji learns to control his temper and make peace with the team.|
|10||"I want to see justice with my own eyes"||Kazuki Ohashi||June 10, 2018|
|During a class excursion to a television station, the gang spectate an interview with police detective Goro Akechi, who claims that the Phantom Thieves' ability to change hearts could be used for evil. Later, Makoto learns of the Phantom Thieves' identities and blackmails them with a recording, stating she will only delete it if they can change the heart of a crime sindicate boss who has involving students. Meeting up with reporter Ichika Ohya, Ren learns the boss' name, Junya Kaneshiro, which leads the gang to his Palace; a bank flying above Shibuya.|
|11||"Let's be friends, shall we?"||Akihisa Shibata||June 17, 2018|
|As the thieves find they cannot get into the Palace while it's in midair, Makoto, wanting to prove herself useful, uses herself as bait in order to lead the gang to Kaneshiro, who blackmails them with an incriminating photo. Now considered a customer in Kaneshiro's bank, Makoto accompanies the others to Kaneshiro's Palace where she awakens her Persona, Johanna.|
|12||"I found the place where I belong"||Tatsuma Minamikawa||June 24, 2018|
|While making steady progress through Kaneshiro's Palace, Makoto manages to become closer with the rest of the team. With the route to the Treasure secured, the Phantoms confront Kaneshiro's Shadow, taking advantage of his weakness of money in order to defeat him. Before the Palace is destroyed, Kaneshiro informs the Phantoms about a man in a black mask who is able to enter Palaces.|
|13||"Dreams and Desires"||Toshiki Fukushima||July 1, 2018|
|Finding himself in an art slump, Yusuke asks Ren to be his bodyguard while he draws inspiration from Mementos, only to receive harsh criticism on his piece. Meanwhile, Akechi asks for Ren's help in finding evidence against an art dealer named Akio Kawanabe, who he believes is into some shady practices. As Yusuke manages to get out of his slump thanks to encouragement from his friends, Ren discovers that it was Kawanabe's assistant committing crimes, allowing Akechi to arrest him. Receiving praise for his new piece, Yusuke declines Kawanabe's funding in order to pursue his own hope.|
|14||"What life do you choose?"||Yoshifumi Sasahara||July 8, 2018|
|While looking around Shinjuku with Ren, Makoto spots a fellow student named Eiko working at a dubious looking café, becoming friends with her due to their similar taste in goods. Worried about Eiko being scammed by her host boyfriend Tsukasa, Makoto tells Ren about her late father, who was a police officer, and asks for his help. Managing to expose Tsukasa's lies to Eiko, the Phantoms defeat his Shadow in the Metaverse, while Makoto aspires to become a police officer like her father.|
|15||"I am Alibaba"||Tomohisa Taguchi||July 15, 2018|
|As a mysterious hacker group known as Medjed issue a public warning to the Phantoms, Ren is contacted by someone known as Alibaba, who threatens to reveal the Phantoms' identities unless they can change the heart of someone named Futaba Sakura. When asked to meet in person, Alibaba suddenly calls off the request and asks the Phantoms not to look into Futaba any further. Learning that Futaba is a relative of Sojiro, who is under pressure from Sae concerning his parental authority of her, the gang, receiving a threat from Medjed that they will attack Japan if their identities are not revealed by 31st July, go to Sojiro's house and come face to face with Futaba.|
|16||"This place is my grave"||Hitomi Ezoe||July 22, 2018|
|After Sojiro catches the group sneaking into his home, he explains how Futuba's current situation as a shut-in stems from witnessing her mother Wakaba seemingly commit suicide, and how a few months prior started imagining hallucinations. Although he pleads with them not to involve themselves into Futaba further, the gang decide to help and change her heart after discovering she has a Palace. Visiting Futaba as the school holidays commence, they learn that she sees her home as a tomb and that she will die. The group infiltrates Futaba's Palace and become aware of her deteriorating mental state. After finding their way blocked by the same door to Futaba's room, the group return to reality and convince her to invite them inside. After some more persuasion, Futaba opens up and directly asks the gang to change her heart.|
|17||"X Day"||Kazuki Ohashi||July 29, 2018|
|Gaining access to the core of Futaba's Palace, the Phantoms are confronted by a monstrous cognition of Wakaba. As Futaba manages to enter the Palace herself, her Shadow encourages her to remember Wakaba's love for her, leading Futaba to realise that Wakaba's suicide note was faked by people after her research on cognitive psience. Gaining the Persona Necronomicon as a result, Futaba use its supportive abilities to help the Phantoms defeat the monster. After putting a stop to Medjed as promised, Futaba asks for Ren's help in finding out who killed Wakaba and stole her research.|
|18||"I'll guide you to victory"||Akihisa Shibata||August 5, 2018|
|With Futaba now a part of their team, the gang try to help her improve her social skills by taking her to the beach. Futaba then explains what she learned about Wakaba's research on cognitive psience, leading the gang to believe it is related to Palaces, mental shutdown cases, and the man in the black mask. As Mementos expands with the Phantoms' increasing popularity, Morgana becomes uncertain over whether he is really human while Ann is troubled with problems with her model work.|
|19||"Aloha"||Harume Kosaka||August 12, 2018|
|Needing information to help search for the culprit behind the mental shutdowns, the gang ask Makoto to extract data from Sae's laptop. The next day, everyone goes on a school trip to Hawaii, where Ren comes to the aid of shogi player Hifumi Togo. Meanwhile, Shujin High School's principal, Kobayakawa, is killed after suffering a mental shutdown and walking in front of traffic. Sae's investigation data leads the gang towards Kunikazu Okumura, whose company allegedly stood to profit from those who died from mental shutdowns. Despite Kunikazu having a Palace, the group becomes split over whether they should rush into pursuing him. Deciding to infiltrate the Palace on his own only to run into trouble, Morgana is saved by a certain girl.|
|20||"My name is Beauty Thief!"||Tomohisa Taguchi||August 19, 2018|
|The gang infiltrate Kunikazu's Palace and discover that Morgana has teamed up with a girl calling herself Beauty Thief, who Makoto identifies as Kunikazu's daughter, Haru Okumura. Haru explains that she became a phantom thief and teamed up with Morgana in order to find out the truth behind her father. As Morgana remains defiant about rejoining the others, he gets injured while trying to protect Haru from her abusive fiancée, Sugimura, prompting the others to come to their aid. As Morgana becoming honest about his feelings of wanting to stay with everyone, Haru learns that Kunikazu has decided to speed up her engagement to Sugimura.|
|21||"You can call me "Noir""||Yorifusa Yamaguchi||August 26, 2018|
|Wanting to change Kunikazu's heart before she is forced to move in with Sugimaru, Haru decides to help the Phantoms progress further into his Palace, awakening the full power of her Persona, Milady. Upon locating the Treasure, the gang confront Kunikazu's Shadow and defeat his army of robotic employees. After the Phantoms are forced to leave the Palace before it collapses, a mysterious figure kills Kunikazu's Shadow. Unaware of this, the gang become shocked when Kunikazu suddenly dies of a mental shutdown during a press conference.|
|22||"Is it our fault...?"||Hitomi Ezoe||September 2, 2018|
|As public opinion of the Phantoms plummet following Kunikazu's death, Haru learns of a fake calling card placed in Kobayakawa's office, leading the gang to realise that someone set them up. As Sae is put in charge of investigating the Phantoms, Futaba deduces that someone had imitated Medjed and hacked the Phansite to make the Phantom Thieves more popular on purpose. Later, Ann calls Ren to meet up with her and Shiho, who thanks them for saving her life and reminds them of why they became Phantom Thieves in the first place. Afterwards, the gang, upon discovering Mishima has become too obsessed with the fame he received from the Phansite, find his Shadow in Mementos, choosing not to destroy him but instead urge him to think things through for himself, helping the real Mishima find the right path as a result.|
|23||"How about a deal with me?"||Kazuki Ohashi||September 9, 2018|
|The students of Shujin High unanimously vote for Akechi to appear as a guest speaker at the culture festival. Despite the clear danger to this, Makoto follows through with it to gain more information. On the day of the festival, Akechi reveals that he knows of the Phantom Thieves' identities, explaining that he awakened his own Persona while up against the man in the black mask. Offering to help clear their names, Akechi asks for the gang's help in triggering a change in Sae's heart with the group to disband afterwards.|
|24||"A challenge that must be won"||Harume Kosaka||September 16, 2018|
|As the gang try to figure out a way to reach the top floor of Sae's casino Palace, Soujiro, who discovers a calling card in Futaba's room, is under pressure from Futaba's uncle, who is demanding that he pay him money or else give up custody of her. Ren gets Akechi's help to dig up dirt on the uncle, only for him to accuse Ren of pushing him. When government officials come to question Soujiro, Ren and Futaba manage to assure them that Soujiro is a good guardian, after which they come clean to Soujiro about being Phantom Thieves.|
|25||"Jealous Sinner"||Tomohisa Taguchi|
|September 23, 2018|
|Needing an excessive amount of coins in order to access a bridge to the Treasure, Ren wins the money in a coliseum battle. Sae raises the bridge's fee, but Akechi manages to make use of a loop hole in the casino's charge card system to obtain the full amount and access the bridge. After the gang manage to defeat Sae's Shadow, enemies surround the Palace, prompting the gang to split up and find their way out.|
|26||"I won't let it end here"||Masashi Ishihama||September 30, 2018|
|Following a reunion with Arsene, who urges him to remember everything, Ren is captured by the police, leading to his present day interrogation by Sae. As the interrogation draws close to an end, Ren, recalling an important discussion with Morgana and Futaba, asks Sae to show his phone to Akechi as he makes his way towards the interrogation room. After running into Sae and being shown the phone, Akechi reveals his true intentions and shoots Ren, making it look like a suicide.|
|27 (SP 1)||"Dark Sun..."||Kazuki Ohashi|
|December 30, 2018|
|As news spreads of Ren's alleged suicide, Sae brings a very much still alive Ren back to the LeBlanc to hide. Upon reuniting with Ren, the gang explain that they took advantage of Sae's cognitive world, which had an interrogation room identical to the one in reality. In addition to faking Ren's death, the Phantoms confirmed their previous suspicions of Akechi's treachery prior to their battle with Sae's Shadow and is the culprit behind the mental shutdown. The mastermind however is the rising politician and prime ministerial candidate Masayoshi Shido, an outspoken critic of the current Japanese government and the Phantom Thieves. Upon seeing his face, Ren finally identifies Shido as the man who is responsible for his criminal record. The group infiltrates Shido's Palace as the election campaign is underway, but also confronts and battles Akechi. Akechi sacrifices himself to save the Phantoms from his own cognitive version, while the group finally confronts Shido's Shadow. The ensuing battle sees Ren victorious against Shido's Shadow and force Shido to have a change of heart. Despite the group's success, Shido's supporters plan to move Shido's policies forward to turn public opinion against the Phantom Thieves.|
|28 (SP 2)||"Stars and Ours"||TBA||March 23, 2019|
With belief and faith in the Phantom Thieves waning, the group decides to pull one final job: infiltrating and stealing the treasure inside Mementos, the collective cognition of mankind and "Everyone's palace". Succeeding will mean a change of heart for the public as a whole but the end of the Metaverse and the Phantom Thieves as an group. Mementos's treasure, the Holy Grail, however, is sentient and seeks to subjugate mankind and control their cognition. The Grail merges the Metaverse with reality and manipulates mankind's cognition to erase the members of the Phantom Thieves from existence. Ren, however, awakens in the Velvet Room. After fusing Caroline and Justine back into their original form, Lavenza, Igor revels himself to actually be the Holy Grail in disguise and leaves to conquer reality. Ren then frees the Phantom Thieves from their cells, where they have re-manifested, and the group vows to save the world by defeating the Holy Grail, who reveals itself to be Yaldabaoth, a god representing humanity's sloth. The group defeats Yaldabaoth as humanity's faith and cognition of the Phantom Thieves recovers.With the Metaverse destroyed and the hearts of public changed, Shido's support falters and he does not become prime minister. To secure Shido's conviction and protect the live of his comrades, however, Ren agrees to surrender himself to police, admit to being the leader of the Phantom Thieves, and agree to testify against Shido, which results in his arrest and incarceration in a juvenile detention center. Months later, Ren is released and the group takes one last trip together to take Ren back to his hometown.
|29 (OVA 1)||"Proof of Justice"||TBA||May 29, 2019|
|Ren finds that Akechi has written "proof of justice" in the crossword puzzle book and investigates their hangout spots, the billiards room and Jazz Jin, for clues on what it means, while reminiscing about the times Akechi confided in him. He later discovers "proof of justice" is the name of a popular toy gun, realizing that it represented Akechi's desire to be a hero. After returning home, Ren reevaluates what his proof of justice is. The next morning, the news reveals that Shido has been hospitalized for an emergency, causing Ren to investigate with his friends in alarm.|
|30 (OVA 2)||"A Magical Valentine's Day"||TBA||June 26, 2019|
|Scenarios where Ren spends his Valentine's Day with his love interests and Ryuji, depicted in first person perspective, are featured. In the final scenario, all of the girls beat him up the day after he spends the evening with Ryuji, under the impression he is cheating on them. The post-credits scene features an additional scenario where Ren attends an opera concert with Sae.|
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