Atlus has announced that Persona 5 is getting an anime adaptation in 2018.
The Persona franchise isn’t exactly new to the adaptation game. Just look at Persona 4. After the game was a hit in Japan and Western markets, it got turned into two anime series, a manga run, two fighting games, a stage play and a rhythm game. No, I didn’t make any of those. Persona 3 is currently getting the silver screen treatment, so really a Persona 5 anime was inevitable.
Atlus is producing the new Persona 5 anime in conjunction with A-1 Pictures, a studio notable for giving us Sword Art Online (boo!), Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (yay!) and whatever the heck Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star is. Seriously, A-1 Pictures is on a roll right now, so I trust them not to mess it up.
But, that’s not all.
Along with the announcement, Atlus was kind enough to drop a teaser for the show. Here’s the teaser via the Anime News Network, because the YouTube trailer is currently region locked to Japan.
The teaser doesn’t really show us much (funny that). Just a few character vignettes to get us hyped about the game’s aesthetic getting the glossy anime treatment.
Thankfully, Atlus has provided a few details about that Japanese cast. All the voice actors from the game are reprising the roles as the Phantom Thieves. Additionally, Jun Fukuyama has been signed on as the game’s formerly silent protagonist.
Currently, there are no plans for a Western localisation of the anime, but seeing as the series’ popularity has only increased, you can expect one will be in the works. That and a few manga series, five movie deals, a first-person-shooter and probably a racing game. Why not?
If you want to see what all the hype is about for yourself, check out Jason’s previous review of Persona 5.