Persona 5, the video game, was and is my first real dive into the Persona series – or anything from the Shin Megami Tensei series in general, if I’m honest. With bias, the game is faultless. Spotless. A rare shining gem in this landscape full of incomplete games stuffed full of microtransactions. I mention bias, because Japanese role-playing games, or JRPGs, are my favorite genre of video game. Not only that, I love the high school drama aspect the game brings to the table.
The theme of the game is rebellion. It’s about the difficult life of teenagers, and finding yourself in a world built by adults that don’t necessarily have your best interest at heart. It’s about confronting the darkness inside of yourself, so that you can grow as a person. It’s a coming of age story just as much as anything else.
“But Kai! This is supposed to be about the anime!”
Well, it is. The story is the best part of game, and the anime is following the story so far extremely closely.While there are only two episodes that exist at the time of writing, I can tell you the anime has yet to disappointment me. It follows the aesthetic of the game closely, which is also very important (though that is more objective).
That said, I would caution people from watching the anime in lieu of playing the game. I say this because it’s obvious that the creators of the anime expected you to play the game first. Pacing is very quick and in-your-face. Things are thrown at you, and you might miss something if you blink. I watched the first two episodes with a friend today, and I had to pause several times to explain a plot point or two.
And I’d also like to reiterate that only two episodes of the anime have aired thus far. Things could and probably will change. There’s already a few plot points that the anime has glanced over. That said, this is bound to happen! The game is easily 100 hours long.
So, I guess the result is this: watch the anime in one of two ways. The first is if you’ve played the game and finished it. The second is with a friend who has played and finished the game already.
Stephanie is a gamer, otaku, and your local friend who posts on Twitter too much. From Mississippi, she spends most of her free time prepping for her next convention or getting beaten at Overwatch. Follow her on Twitter.