NEWS - Persona 5: The Animation Announced
Reported by NCZ on Mon Jul 31 2017

After 8 years of anticipation, the fifth entry in the Persona series of RPGs was released in Japan last September to critical acclaim and commercial success. Since its much-delayed worldwide release in April, the game has sold over 1.5 million copies and become developer Atlus's biggest game in their 30-year history. So naturally, it's a no-brainer that Atlus are expanding Persona 5 beyond video games, and into the world of TV animation.

The Persona series is no stranger to anime adaptations - Persona 4 received not just one, but two TV series, while Persona 3 was faithfully adapted by a tetralogy of films. Persona 5 itself even received a special one-off episode titled "The Daybreakers" during the buildup to its September release.

Produced by A-1 Pictures, the Persona 5 animation will reunite the game's full voice cast, and fully adapt its storyline.

Protagonist: Jun Fukuyama

Ann Takamaki: Nana Mizuki

Ryuji Sakamoto: Mamoru Miyano

Morgana: Ikue Ohtani

Yusuke Kitagawa: Tomokazu Sugita

Makoto Niijima: Rina Sato

Futaba Sakura: Aoi Yuuki

Haru Okumura: Haruka Tomatsu

Goro Akechi: Soichiro Hoshi

Persona 5: The Animation will air in 2018.



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said at 7:14 AM on Sat Sep 2 2017
That's Cool. Congrats.
said at 7:59 AM on Mon Jul 31 2017
 9 Shout Outs!
I suppose this was expected really. Hopefully this one does actually get a dub this time around so we hear the English cast as well.
said at 2:12 PM on Mon Jul 31 2017

That would be great, although probably unlikely. Aniplex hasn't really made an effort to get the P3 movies or P4 the Golden Animation dubbed. Hopefully this bucks the trend since it's releasing much closer to its source material than those anime series did.
said at 2:27 PM on Mon Jul 31 2017
@SNaG Same. I can "sorta" understand why the Golden Animation wasn't dubbed, but I do think it would definitely be a real shame if they didn't do this one, however.
said at 1:16 PM on Tue Aug 1 2017
@HylianBelmont Here's what Cassandra Lee Morris says about it-
said at 3:38 AM on Sat Oct 7 2017
I don't think we should be assuming that Aniplex is getting the license for this one. Remember that Sentai got the license for the P4 anime. That means Aniplex does not monopolize Persona animated series.

Now, even if Aniplex does license it, it's misleading to suggest that they won't dub it. We still don't know if the P3 movies are gonna get rereleased in a single combo pack with a dub (I mean, Aniplex rereleased the Madoka movies, so that's probable).

The P5 anime is more likely going to be dubbed than not, regardless of which company gets it. P5 has seen the highest amount of sales out of any other Persona game, and to not dub it is quite practically the same as slapping across the fans' faces.

I'm also confident that most of the VAs, if not all of them, will reprise their roles. We'll see how this turns out.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:54 AM on Sat Oct 7 2017

Thing is Persona 4 The Animation was done by AIC Astra. All other Persona series (incl. this one and the P3 quadrilogy) were done by A-1 Pictures, which is owned by Aniplex. That being said they would be leaving money on the table by not dubbing it so I think there's a better chance; even though I don't blame anyone for being cautious after Golden and the 3 movies weren't.
said at 8:11 AM on Sat Oct 7 2017
Thank you for the explanation. I was wondering why most A-1 Pictures anime are licensed by Aniplex America. Well, guess that's one mystery outta the way.

I'm still hoping that Aniplex would consider rereleasing the P3 movies with a dub (and make it union to ensure that everyone could return) with consideration of the Persona franchise's evergrowing popularity and its potential for profit.
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