Persona 5, quite possibly the most anime thing ever released including actual anime shows, is actually being turned into a proper anime series.
The series, called Persona 5 the Animation, is being produced by A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Fairy Tale: The Movie). It’s set to debut in 2018, but there’s no official word on its exact release date or global availability. There is, however, a pretty sweet teaser trailer you can gawk at:
If you haven’t had the chance to play Persona 5 yet, try to imagine an anime high-school simulator mixed with a particularly deep JRPG and double wrapped in anime style. While many find themselves drawn to the game because everything from the combat animations to the menu font is presented in a lovably over-the-top manner that keeps you guessing.
Then again, there’s also something to be said for a game that devotes just as much time to having you choose which seemingly shy girl you’re going to ask out as it does to asking you to choose the perfect special attack to take down some unbelievable horror that threatens to unravel our world.
Of course, this isn’t Persona‘s first go-around with anime adaptations. Persona 3 was adapted into a four part anime miniseries and Persona 4 was turned into a fully-fledged anime show that lasted two seasons. Actually, prior to Persona 5‘s release in Japan, the game was the subject of a 30-minute short that served as a prologue to the final game.
Still, the Persona series – particularly this latest installment – is so rich in world design, lore, and character depth that there’s no reason it shouldn’t always also exist as an anime series. Our only hope is that the series makes it stateside in a time frame slightly more reasonable than the one used to determine Persona 5’s western release.
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