Persona 5: The Animation

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Persona 5: The Animation
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Now, don't take this the wrong way, Persona 5 is a great game and all, but this anime failed to steal our approval. Just go play the game instead.
Genre: Vigilante
Country: Japan
Release Date: April 8, 2018 – March 23, 2019
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 28 + 2 OVAs

Persona 5: The Animation is a 2018 anime based on the 2017 game Persona 5. It first aired on April 7, 2018. An English dub wasn't available until early in August 18, 2020, when it was a digital release exclusively on Funimation, which had all the 26 episodes including the 2 special episodes available on that date.

Plot

A high school student named Ren Amamiya and his friends form a group called the Phantom Thieves of Hearts to change the hearts of those with corrupted desires.

Bad Qualities

  1. The animation, while nice to look at, can look stiff and choppy at times. Depending on your view at least.
    • There are some stock images that are shown in this anime, which is also lazy, such as realistic pancakes.
  2. It doesn't really retell the events from the game that well.
  3. It changed some of the events from the game in the anime. Like during the fight between Ren Amamiya/Joker and Goro Akechi/Crow/Black Mask, the other Phantom Thieves don't contribute to the fight that much.
  4. Sometimes, many of the episodes can be hard to sit through. Even the Game tells the Story way better than this.
  5. Arsene is so overpowered that during his fight with Loki, he kills him within a minute. When in the game, it took everyone from the Phantom Thieves of Hearts to defeat him.
  6. The Phantom Thieves also took down Masayoshi Shido in just a few minutes.
  7. Some of the main characters in Persona 5: The Animation act very differently when compared to the game.
  8. Ren Amamiya/Joker (the main protagonist) talks even more than he did in the game, when in the game, Ren was a silent protagonist who rarely had any lines.
  9. Some moments in the anime (as in scenes that based off of moments in the Persona 5 game) are made even more cringe-worthy and creepier then they were in the main game, one very infamous example is Futaba's introduction.
  10. The events of in the episodes feel rushed.
  11. The soundtrack is heavily recycled from the games (unlike the Persona 4 anime, where most songs from the game was remixed, and the Persona 3 movies, which had several new tracks)
  12. The infamous anime version of the All-Out-Attack.
  13. The Day Breakers and the two OVA's: "Proof of Justice" and "A Magical Valentine's Day" didn't even get an English dub.

Good Qualities

  1. Some funny moments like where Ren tells the maid he and his friends hired that he's a dad.
  2. The animation is sometimes nice to look at.
    • The character cut-ins (Like in Persona 3 and Persona 4) are a nice touch.
  3. The voice acting is still great, as the main cast (from both Japanese (except for the Original Persona 5 Chihaya Mifune and Junya Kaneshiro's voice actors who passed away) and English dubs (except for the Original Persona 5 Tae Takemi's voice actress) reprise their roles.
    • The replacement voice actors for Chihaya Mifune and Kaneshiro also reprised their roles in Persona 5 Royal.
  4. At least we got our favorite parts from the game in animation form.
  5. Even if the soundtrack mostly consists of music from the game, it's still great.
    • The first opening, Break in, Break out is really good.
  6. The characters are still likable and relatable.
  7. We at least get to see Joker's real name just like the manga.
  8. The character designs and visuals are very identical to the ones from the game.

Reception

The anime received mixed-to-negative reviews at the time of it's release during it's original run with the Japanese Dub in 2018-19. The English Dub has yet to get reception by fans.

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