Critically-acclaimed Japanese RPG Persona 5 is getting an anime series adaptation!
During the “The Attic Meeting Cafe LeBlanc” livestream event in Tokyo over the weekend, Atlus, the developer of Persona 5, revealed that renowned Japanese animation studio A-1 Pictures will produce a new TV series adaptation titled Persona 5 the Animation. As for when this new adaptation will hit the airwaves, the series is expected to release sometime in 2018.
Atlus confirmed that the Japanese cast from Persona 5 will reprise their roles in the adaptation, including Jun Fukuyama (Ajin: Demi-Human, Assassination Classroom, Black Butler) as the series’ nameless protagonist and Ikue Otani (One Piece, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter 2011) as the talking cat Morgana. A-1 Pictures is yet to reveal the staff behind the production, but we can expect to hear news in the coming months.
Persona 5 is a Japanese role playing game about a group of teenage vigilantes attempting to save the world from corrupt adults. A coming of age tale that is both visually stylistic and distinctly anime, Persona 5 authentically explores mature themes whilst using a high school setting. Fans of action anime, visual novels and turn-based JRPGs will enjoy the game’s unique game design, which combines a life-simulation social life mechanic with traditional turn-based battles and dungeon crawling level design. The game was released on PlayStation 4 on September 19 in Japan and in the West on April 4.
Atlus’ Persona series has a long history of animated adaptations; A-1 Pictures had previously animated a Persona 5 OVA titled Persona 5 The Animation: The Day Breakers, as well as adapted the PlayStation Vita remaster Persona 4 Golden into a TV series; Japanese animation studio Production I.G. (Attack on Titan, Welcome to the Ballroom) produced the animated cutscenes for Persona 5, while a Persona 4 TV series and four Persona 3 anime films were developed by AIC A.S.T.A.
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