Okay, Im sure everybody’s still jazzed up about the recent Persona 5 trailer showcasing our new flufftagonist, but even in this small teaser, there were quite a few things that I noticed, that could affect the game’s story and themes.
For one, the wall of japanese text near the beginning
Accoring to a few translators who’ve already seen this, the text here approximately discusses
Bullying problems, a death in some kind of room (suicide maybe?), dangerous driving incidents, falsified evidence, tax raises, and a mass slashing incident (通り魔事件)—(see the Akihabara attack of some years ago.)
Now, Persona definitely hasn’t been shy about social issues and tragedies, but all of this at once is definitely a bit of a change up since most of these events are more grounded in reality than the likes of Apathy Syndrome or a rumor about a hidden channel.
Not only that, but take a look at the city that the protagonist enters;
Look familiar? If not, then take a look at this place
This is the special ward Shibuya located in Tokyo, and as I’m sure you can see, the city in the Persona 5 trailer bares a striking resemblance to it; from the swarms of people walking about, to the shape of the many streets, and the buildings strewn with advertisements. Given all of this, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the setting (Or at least ‘one of’ the settings) for this game was in fact Shibuya.
Given all of this information so far, it appears that Persona 5 seems to be taking a more realistic approach to the Persona formula, with a focus on the social dilemmas in the real news rather than a mystical entity or rumor.
And given that all of this was in a one minute long trailr that didn’t have a single bit of dialogue, that’s really impressive. Major props to P-Studio for their clever subtlety.
we all know who the true route final boss is going to be
Ask my muse painfully personal questions
Well, who doesn’t?
*She blurted out, instinctively. Her…future, what a big word. People give way too much importance to the concept of ”future”. For many, it is already settled: go get a great job, marry a cute and assertive partner, have children, live happily. And then, there were those whose future was never decided—-as if fate completely forgot about them. As if they were never included in the greater scheme; or those who opposed that scheme.
Adachiko belonged to the last group. It didn’t even was a matter of, it was simply inevitable. And for someone living like her, future doesn’t hold a deep meaning. Even tomorrow is ‘future’, even if it’s just some hours ahead. Minutes, seconds passing by are ‘future’. Yet, not many realize it.
So, was she worried? Kind of. Was she going to do something about it? … no, probably not.*
But, mh, I try not to think about it.
Ask my muse painfully personal questions
*It took Ada a while to reply. Yes, of course it was a blow to her ego. Everything that happened to her had been a blow to her ego, and yes, obviously, she had been struggling with self-doubt all her life. It’s hard to blindly believe in yourself when the whole world doesn’t, because you are a girl; because of something you can’t do anything about.
That issue accompanied her in every step she took, making her wonder if they were right. If she didn’t achieve anything spectacular because she was never supposed to. Because she was always some meters behind.
However, the more she doubted, the more she empowered. The more she empowered, the more she realized how wrong the world was. She was—-awesome, and great, and capable of everything she wanted. Society simply tried to held her back, to cast a shadow on her potentiality; out of fear.
A faint smirk appeared on her face. She didn’t seem—she was smart, she was capable. And yes, she ended in a dead end town, but not because of her. It wasn’t her fault—well, ok, maybe partially—but one needs to observe the full picture to truly grasp the truth.*
I do sometimes, but … I’m a big girl. I can handle such blows.
R-really?! I don’t?!
*Well, that surely was—-unexpected. Not that Adachiko didn’t know she was definitively unfit for that job, however the Jester struggled hard to keep up with the facade of the perfect police officer. … well, maybe not exactly the perfect one, but at least a believable one. The fact that Konishi pointed that out, made Ada feel just a bit—shocked. Only a bit though, not enough to break her mask.*
What can I say? You really can’t predict someone’s ideal job just by looking at them, right? Guess that’s how it works for me. I mean—-I have the brain, I’ve got the willpower—-what else would you want?