The Persona series has a special place in my heart and this upcoming movie or possibly two movies are going to be a real treat for all of us. Now we all remember the adaption of Persona 4 into a 26 episode anime and that felt rushed so cramming an entire game 50-80 hours long depending on how quick you played into a ninety minute movie or two ninety minute movies sound ridiculous. At first I though so too but in all honest I believe it can be done because Persona 3 has a lot of content which could potentially be shortened or cut out to make it fit into a movie without damaging the story. Sure you’ll lose a lot of characterization and most of the hunt for shadows will be cut out but I still think they give us a good amount of time to meet each of the characters and then face the finale.
What should you be looking forward too? If you haven’t played the game then you just need to know that you’ll meet a dynamic group of characters with a good goal to strive for and hopefully a bunch of cool battle scenes. But if you’ve already played the game have you considered how the Protagonist will be treated since he was silent the whole game. Clearly it’s going to be the male protagonist Minato because he was in the teaser trailer but will he even be called that since his name wasn’t from the game. Soji Seta got his name changed to Yu Narukami in the Persona 4 anime so what’s to say that the name Minato will stick, it’s only from the manga after all. His personality also come into question as well since he never formed bonds with the other male characters individually and he has this dark/calm persona (I’m so clever using that word in it’s real context) which can only be appreciated with time so it will be interesting to see how he forms bonds in such a short time if he’s a quiet listener.
Other then that we’ll obviously get to see all the characters animated properly for the first time. Sure they were animated in the game on occasion but this is going to be a whole new level and personally I’m excited to see them in action. Other then that it’s going to be interesting to see which personas Minato gets to use since he can use up to a hundred of them. I’m guess it will be mostly top tier ones but there they will probably stick a lot with the main few which are key to the story.
Now there is also a female protagonist with the opposite personality in the Persona 3 Portable but I have a feeling she’ll be left out to make it easier on the writers. But if she is included this may be the purpose of the second movie or she could show up as a new character all together and that would be amazing.
Did I miss anything? Is there more about the plot already available because it all like one big well kept secret at this point?