Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5
Voice Director: Valerie Arem

US Release: Apr 04, 2017
Japan Release: Sep 15, 2016
Europe Release: Apr 04, 2017

Game Developer: Atlus

Popularity: 2nd All Time, 3rd This Week

Franchise: Megami Tensei
Characters on BTVA: 39
Additional Voices: 4
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said at 10:21 AM on Sat Apr 21 2018
 5 Shout Outs!
Rigby was in Persona 5 ? No way :O !
said at 12:42 PM on Sun Jul 1 2018
@Damalis And Mordin Solus
said at 7:33 AM on Mon Apr 9 2018
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This RPG was amazing!!!!!!!!! Best game of 2017!!!
said at 1:19 AM on Tue Mar 6 2018
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One of the best RPGs of last year made even better with probably one of the best Persona dubs in the franchise's history.

Tons of great performances but my absolute favorites were Xander Mobus as the main protagonist, Max Mittelman as Ryuji who just totally nailed the role and same can be said for Cassandra Lee Morris as Morgana. Cherami Leigh as Makoto was wonderful, Jamieson Price as Sojiro was such as badass and even Amanda Winn Lee & Elizabeth Maxwell is here too.

I give as many props as possible to everyone involved with the game because it definitely as if tons and tons of effort was put into it both on both Japan and US sides.
said at 7:11 AM on Fri Dec 8 2017
 1 Shout Out!

P5 won "Best RPG" at the Game Awards 2017!! WHOOOOOOOO!!!!
said at 1:21 PM on Fri Dec 8 2017
@MizukaS Quite happy to hear it’s won the award.

Congrats to everyone involved in the game including the folks at Atlus, all the voice cast and the voice director Valerie Arem.
said at 11:54 AM on Sun Nov 26 2017
I recently purchased the Persona Art book where it shows early concepts and interesting creator commentary for most of the characters. One fact I found was that the Japanese actress for Sae Nijima, Yuko Kaida was who helped create and finalized her design.
said at 7:43 PM on Sat Oct 14 2017
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This is definitely one of the best JRPGs of this generation. It really takes everything from the past Persona games, combines them, and polishes them into something really fun and enjoyable. The dungeons are superb (so much better than any of the last 4 games dungeons), excellent and engaging gameplay, and a very well done plot that is very enticing to play though. The themes are very well thought out too and it really feels like an engaging story to play. The school sim aspect of Persona is even better here and there is so much more to do: the Confidants here are also a lot more engaging and interesting than a number of the ones in P3 or P4. The atmosphere of the game is incredible, and the art style is much more interesting and exciting than the PS2 models or the clunky PS1 menus of the previous games. This game just oozes style and flair from the moment you boot it up, right at the start, and every moment of it is just extremely engaging and a pinnacle of the series to boot. Everything about it is just much better executed than in the last games, from gameplay to story. The previous games are still awesome, don't get me wrong, but this is definitely the best of them all.

Atlus USA certainly didn't disappoint with the English dub of this game: it's an awesome dub. The dubs of previous Persona games were great, but this one is really well done too. The voice actors all did a great job with their characters and delivered really good and memorable performances. But of them all, I'd say Max Mittelman and Cherami Leigh deliver the best performances of the bunch, they NAIL their characters and Cherami really brings a unique charm to Makoto. Jamieson Price as Sojiro was also a boss (dude nails almost every role he plays tbh), and everyone else did a killer job and really made a great dub.

Overall, a damn fantastic Persona game, and a top notch JRPG, definitely one of, if not the best of its kind. It's kind of a shame there was a 9 year gap between Persona 4 and 5, but it was definitely worth it. Persona 5 is really awesome.
said at 4:57 PM on Wed Aug 2 2017
I am so glad they're announcing the Persona 5 spin-offs so soon. Anime, Q2, Dancing Star Night.

I understand that the Persona 3 and 4 fanbases have had several disagreements over preferred VAs and also disappointment over certain VAs getting too big, leaving industry, losing interest, etc. So best to just start doing these now considering who knows where some of these VAs may be 5 years from now.
said at 2:20 PM on Thu Nov 9 2017
@Unknownsage13 The ones that I'd worry about are Leigh and Mercer honestly. Both are climbing the ladder pretty fast and I honestly really don't want Mercer to lose Yusuke (I would worry about losing Leigh's voice for Makoto but then again I do believe that the character is overrated so I don't really care.)
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said at 2:53 PM on Thu Nov 9 2017

Matt strikes me as the type to do what he can to come back to older roles. I believe he's even said in the past that despite his success in other ventures, at the end of the day acting and voiceover are still his #1 passion and always intends to keep that going.
said at 5:51 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
@NCZ I see. So it's a Lowenthal/Higgins sort of thing?
Shaun Ince
said at 1:03 PM on Sun Nov 26 2017
@Unknownsage13 I'm somewhat doubtful that the VA's from Persona 5(the main ones) will be at the level of Troy Baker & Laura Bailey, where they more or less left anime dubs behind. It took them both around 10 years of hard work to get to that point that they're at now. The high budget AAA games that they were in got so much recognition, they don't need to commit to doing anime dubs anymore.

I see Matthew Mercer becoming like Steve Blum, to where he'll have roles in cartoons & video games, but still have time to commit to anime.
said at 2:46 PM on Sun Nov 26 2017
@Shaun Ince

It's honestly a bit early to judge whether the P5 main cast VAs will ever be at the level of Troy or Laura or the like. With the exception of Matt Mercer, most of these VAs are currently relatively newer blood in the video game/anime side of things and have only been around for a few years or so. They have only just started gaining recognition by the fandom. People like Max Mittelman or Cherami Leigh have only just started taking off in their careers and have a lot of potential to hit it big later on down the line. But it's also noteworthy that Troy and Laura themselves were in the same position that many of the P5 VAs are currently in back when P4 came out. Back when P4 first came out, they had just moved into LA and were just getting started in the video game side of things. People like Cherami and Max could easily reach that level someday in like 5 years or so if the trends continue. But except with Matt, who has been around and well-known for a while, most of these people have only just gotten started in their careers and still have a lot of potential down the line. So honestly it's a bit early to say that they will or won't be at the level of Troy Baker or the like someday in the future.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:12 PM on Sun Nov 26 2017
@ScraftyIsTheBest More or less
said at 8:55 AM on Tue Nov 28 2017
@ScraftyIsTheBest I that case it's just a matter of waiting. A major issue should only reoccur if Atlus decides to milk five for the next nine years live they did with four, which I doubt is likely considering that they've apparently already began work on six.
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said at 9:24 AM on Tue Nov 28 2017
Scrafty has pretty much nailed most of my thoughts regarding VAs. But I do want to say that either way, I don't think it'll be too much of a concern since the P5 spinoffs will probably come at a faster rate and be over with sooner than P4's. P4 took 3-4 years for the initial wave to get going, then over the next 2 years they did "phase 2" which is where the English cast really started falling apart. This time we already know there's an anime and Q2 coming next year, and there'll probably be a Golden-style rerelease pretty soon too. P5 was also delayed so extensively I doubt they want to have another wait that long, especially now that they're all prepped for HD development. So Atlus will probably give Persona 5 the next 3-4 years in the spotlight and then Persona 6 will be on its way.
said at 1:55 PM on Sun Jul 30 2017
Habemus series.
said at 8:48 PM on Tue Jul 25 2017
Does anyone know why the mouth flaps are so off?
Shaun Ince
said at 9:06 PM on Tue Jul 25 2017
@DeathGod46 Most Japanese games particularly anime ones, the mouth movements are in sync with the Japanese voices, not the English ones.
said at 4:31 PM on Wed Aug 2 2017
@DeathGod46 I think they figured the avatars won't be something people pay too much attention to and also that the character models are seen from so far away that majority of people won't notice.

To be honest I didn't notice either for a while. I just thought it was like those old games with no voice acting where they just had the avatars mouth move randomly.
said at 1:24 AM on Fri Dec 1 2017
@Shaun Ince
I think Death was referring to the avatars than the anime cutscenes. Dubbing anime cutscenes in games are done the same with actual anime.
said at 2:14 PM on Sat Jul 22 2017
I was playing the game and I was wondering if anyone knows who plays the groups Persona's. I know Arsene sounds like Crispin Freeman but I'm no 100% sure and was wondering if anyone else may know.
said at 2:27 PM on Sat Jul 22 2017
The persona's are voiced by the same VAs as their users. (ex: Fukuyama and Mobus as Arsene.)
said at 8:48 AM on Sat May 13 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Awesome and amazing performances by the entire cast
said at 8:35 PM on Sun May 7 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Wow, they actually credited the voice actors in-game?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:51 AM on Mon May 8 2017

Only the main party and a couple of the major NPCs. Everyone else got stiffed.
said at 9:38 PM on Mon May 8 2017
@NCZ Compared to what I'm used to in JRPGs, I'll take it!
said at 7:39 PM on Tue Apr 25 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
While sometimes the additional voices can sound a bit off, I'm impressed by the VO quality. I have to give a shout out to Matt Mercer's Yusuke, I wasn't expecting it to be so entertaining and remarkably different from his Kanji.

(Makoto's the best though)
said at 10:02 AM on Sat Apr 29 2017

I agree that Matt did a really great job as Yusuke, and if I'm going to honest, putting aside the fact that Troy's voice is still what I hear when I hear Kanji, I honestly also think that Matt's voice lends itself to Yusuke's character much better than it does Kanji. His very smooth, yet somewhat pleasing voice really works with Yusuke's very artsy, elegant, composed, yet aloof character. His voice and expression honestly work much more with Yusuke and he really fits well, and sounds very elegant yet very innocent at the same time. It's really awesome.

I wasn't very fond of Matt's Kanji, to be honest. He always sounded a bit off to me, since I felt his voice simply didn't work that well for Kanji, especially compared to Troy. But as Yusuke, he's a really good fit and really managed to give a great performance that sounds wonderful and just really gets the character down fantastically.
said at 9:37 PM on Fri Jun 30 2017
@SNaG I avoided looking up the main voice actors in English until after I completed the game (not counting Xander Mobus, that I saw in a news article, good on him getting a big role). When I saw Matt is Yusuke, I was utterly shocked, it sounds nothing like him, lol. Not usually a fan of his voicework, but he was great as him.
said at 4:40 AM on Mon Apr 24 2017
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I actually prefer Xanthe and Matt's performances to those of their respective Japanese counterparts. The rest of the cast was remarkably solid, too.
said at 4:24 PM on Wed Apr 26 2017
@larkchronicles "I actually prefer Xanthe and Matt's performances to those of their respective Japanese counterparts."

I think you'll find that you're definitely not alone here, in terms of dubs in general. To quote another user, this site is pretty much a haven for dub fans. Not like that's a bad thing or anything. Just a pretty common sentiment on here.
said at 7:01 PM on Wed Apr 19 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
it's great to see Peter Lurie and Amanda Winn Lee in more things
said at 11:38 AM on Mon Apr 17 2017
 7 Shout Outs!
I love how well the dub is being received, although it's still getting its share of "ack, anime tropes without language barriers, weird!" I love that it's getting a ton of great people some recognition. & hopefully opens up more doors at PCB & hopefully other studios for those people.

I also like what they did with Masayoshi Shido - his design is, if I'm not mistaken, in part an homage to Char Aznable, aka Japan's Darth Vader. & both his Japanese & English voice actor reference that. I'm very impressed that they kept that in the dub.
said at 10:55 PM on Sat Apr 15 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Loved the English Dub of this game,and as a gamer, many members of the cast were unknown to me but I'm really really impressed... tried playing with the jp voices on new game plus, but it makes me miss the english cast.
said at 8:47 AM on Wed Apr 12 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
JP cast is best!!! What an all star line up
said at 1:04 AM on Mon Apr 10 2017
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I'm about 40 hours in and man! I'm really impressed with the performances. Like when I first saw the casting I totally was like "Ok... I don't picture several of these actors in these roles".

But man they have impressed me.

Like Erika Harlacher is basically unrecognizable as Ann. If I didn't know it was her, it would've taken me a while.

Cherami Leigh actually works very well as this more calm and serious type character.

Matthew Mercer does a great job sounding different from his Kanji and he really helps pull off how disconnected Yusuke is from a normal person.

Max does a great job as the best friend in this! Hes had other similar roles before but he makes Ryuji, a character I feel would normally annoy me, very enjoyable.

Cassandra is a typecast but let's be honest. That happened for a reason. And I love how she sounds as Morgana! Especially pulling off all the different sides of the character.

Only encountered Goro a few times but this is very different for Robbie. Like he does a great job making Goro seem charismatic and friendly but gives hints of faking.

The bosses and other NPCs also have sounded great!

Can't wait to hear Erica and Xanthe in near future.
said at 10:40 AM on Mon Apr 10 2017
@Unknownsage13 What about Xander Mobus even with the little dialogue he had ?
said at 12:00 PM on Mon Apr 10 2017
@Damalis Xander is great too! I wish they had made it where when you select a dialogue option they had him speak it.
said at 12:54 PM on Mon Apr 10 2017
@Unknownsage13 Agreed. But his Arsene reminded me of Dagda.
said at 7:46 PM on Mon Apr 10 2017
@Damalis Some of his lines like "show me your true form" remind me of Johnny Yong Bosch, which fits pretty well considering who the Protags JP voice is. Xander Mobus was perfectly cast imo.
said at 3:22 PM on Fri Apr 14 2017
@Damalis Yeah the moment Arsene started talking I was like "DAGDA!? What are you doing here?"
said at 3:24 PM on Fri Apr 14 2017
@Unknownsage13 Update (near the end of the game now)

Erica is amazing as Futaba. Her voice works great with quick wit and also the more smarter expository moments. And does really well in the emotional scenes aswell. Like she can show Futaba's vulnerable side

Xanthe makes Haru sound so freaking adorable! Every time she says a line I just wanna put Haru on my shoulders and buy her a balloon.
said at 9:41 PM on Fri Jun 30 2017
@Unknownsage13 Hold the phone.
Xander Mobus also is the voice for Arsene?
Xander Mobus' talent never stops amazing me.
said at 9:48 PM on Fri Jun 30 2017
@Fortenium I'm pretty sure each of the playable characters also did the voice of their Personas. Could be wrong. But just in particular Arsene sounds ALOT like Dagda so I figured that was Xander
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said at 9:54 PM on Fri Jun 30 2017

That was the case in all the other Persona games so no reason it shouldn't be the case here. I mean after all, all the personas are a part of their users' psyche so it makes sense.
said at 12:06 AM on Sat Jul 15 2017
"Xanthe makes Haru sound so freaking adorable!"

Oh YES. Haru's Eng voice is one of my most fav performances in this game.
said at 5:19 PM on Wed Apr 5 2017
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Just got my copy yesterday!!! Can't wait to play it!!!
said at 9:46 AM on Wed Apr 5 2017
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So two BotW voice actors who were surprisingly in that game (Chiplock and Maxwell) are now surprisingly together in Persona 5! Talk about some interesting timing.
said at 8:08 AM on Mon Apr 10 2017
@FUNiman Elizabeth Maxwell is great in this game! Glad she was willing to fly out to California.
said at 3:42 AM on Tue Apr 4 2017
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Good to see Amanda Winn Lee making a camo. We rarely see her anymore.
said at 8:42 AM on Tue Apr 4 2017
@Soul-dragon I think it's because she doesn't really audition anymore, usually she tends to voice act only when asked. Well that's what the rumors say.
said at 7:03 AM on Wed Apr 5 2017
@Girlygeek43 Not to mention she's taking care of her son and being a mother!!
Black Shadow Zero
said at 6:33 PM on Mon Apr 3 2017
 5 Shout Outs!
Shido is a CHAR!
Shaun Ince
said at 8:24 PM on Sun Apr 2 2017
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So David Lodge is voicing Igor this time instead of Dan Woren?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:25 PM on Sun Apr 2 2017
@Shaun Ince

Play the game and you will see.
Shaun Ince
said at 6:22 AM on Fri May 12 2017
@NCZ Well it's been over a month & I know the reason why they switched the voices. But for the sake of spoilers, I won't spoil it here.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:22 PM on Fri Mar 24 2017
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Wow people are already starting to get their copies early. Guess there goes any shot of a last-minute delay for old times' sake.
said at 11:12 AM on Sun Mar 26 2017
@NCZ Perhaps not an actual delay but there's always April Fool's to announce a fake one on social media or something (no I wouldn't put it past them)
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said at 8:36 PM on Sun Apr 2 2017

It's purely selfish but I kinda wish there was another delay just because I'm set on games for the next few months and I'm really not sure when I'm going to get around to this one. But like I said, that's selfish so hopefully everyone else enjoys it. It looks like something really special.

I still feel kinda mixed about the dub going in but I'm going to reserve forming any real thoughts until I actually play it for myself.
said at 4:17 AM on Mon Apr 3 2017
@NCZ This particular spring season is ridiculously crowded with not just games but other hyped up things as well so I can totally understand the view.

I kinda miss Keith Arem but he hasn't directed a title in a few years to my knowledge, and I think Valerie will do a stellar job (at least based on the trailers).
said at 6:25 AM on Mon Apr 3 2017
@FUNiman Valerie Arem did a great job with Persona 4 Golden, but her other work on the franchise isn't the best IMO. But judging from the trailers I'm sure the overall quality will be fine though.
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said at 7:08 AM on Mon Apr 3 2017

Yeah, Keith's last games were Titanfall 1 and Far Cry 4. Since then I guess he's probably been busier with business ventures and films than the hands-on VO direction. Kind of a shame but what can you do.

Honestly what gives me pause more than anything is that I wasn't too big on stuff like Guilty Gear Xrd, Zero Time Dilemma, or the later Persona 4 spinoffs. Can't speak for SMTIV Apocalypse or Cold Steel since I haven't played those, but what I saw (mainly of the former) seemed decent.

In all fairness too, part of my problems with the later P4 spinoffs is that the character writing and portrayal all-around pretty much dove off a cliff as they went on, and Zero Time Dilemma had some of the absolute driest dialogue and character work I've ever heard in a video game. Pretty much no one could have saved stuff like that, though to their credit ZTD managed some solid performances shining through (mainly from D-Team).

Anyway, I just hope this is more like Catherine or VLR since those are Valerie Arem's best works in my mind. Hopefully the dub should be solid, it's just that those games and 3 and 4 set such a high standard that I guess it's made me kinda pickier than usual for this case.
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said at 7:21 AM on Mon Apr 3 2017
To say something reassuring, it's that from what I've skimmed through, Mittelman as Ryuji might be one of the highlights. Not to say anything about anyone else since I've only really heard a small amount, but the few lines I got from Ryuji sounded pretty good to me.
said at 8:02 AM on Mon Apr 3 2017
@NCZ Wasn't aware she did direction for Apocalypse, having played it I think the VO is as good as its prequel imo. And P3 and P4 are pretty much the games that got me onto this site, so I'm praying for a dub that really showcases the VAs skills (especially Xanthe Huynh who I have yet to hear in a role yet). In the words of Akihiko, I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS.
said at 1:45 PM on Tue Apr 4 2017
@NCZ Cold Steel, by all accounts, seems to be really good, but XSeed has someone who is a huge VO fan and who was very hands-on in recording.

But yeah, Mittelman easily puts in the best performance in the game.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:49 PM on Tue Apr 4 2017

I've heard the stories and blog posts about what a labour of love the Legend of Heroes localizations are. I really admire all the work they seem to put into it. I've been interested in trying those games out just to support their efforts.
said at 11:50 PM on Tue Apr 4 2017
@Nachos Considered Mittelman's quickly proven himself to be one of the best newer actors in the LA dubbing scene, I'm not a that surprised. Guy elevates every role I've seen him in so far.
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said at 4:48 PM on Sun Dec 11 2016
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I listened to the OST last night and I like it a lot. It's this really great, chilled Japanese-style jazz that I love. Between stuff like Nier, Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush, and the Switch (among other things) I think I'm good for the first half of 2017 so I don't think I'll get the game at launch, but I'll probably check it out at some point. I appreciate that they added dual audio as an option. Having the option is nice and never hurts anybody.
said at 8:46 PM on Sat Nov 19 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
A bit late, but I finally exposed myself to the voices of the Persona 5 cast that have been exposed so far. I'm really digging Cassandra's performance as Morgana: it's really like a mascot-like character and she has a really good mascot-y voice for the character. The other voices are doing pretty good justice to the characters, Max's Ryuji sounds pretty cool and fits his demeanor well, and Matt Mercer's Yusuke is excellent and very refined and formal. I think this will be a solid dub from the very little bit we've heard so far, but from that little bit it looks like the voice acting in this dub will be great: the actors are all doing the characters justice and the performance quality seems like it will be nice in the actual game.

Oh and by the way...there IS...a special in-game reason as to why Igor has a different voice in this game...a plot-based reason why...when the time comes...I'll leave it to you guys to figure it out...hee hee.
said at 4:15 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
I'm really liking Matthew Mercer's Yusuke! It sounds very elegant.
said at 12:56 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Well, I'm glad they admitted that it's a "mostly" new cast. *wink*
said at 1:28 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@Marakutanay John Hardin knows what's up.
said at 12:44 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
 1 Shout Out!
So apparently Anne is pronounced "ah-n" and not "an" based on the newest dub preview trailer Atlus USA put out... which is honestly rather annoying to me. Voice sounds good but still... there's an e in Anne.
said at 8:15 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016
@FUNiman Both can be pronounced either way.
said at 2:41 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
Ah no Johnny Yong Bosch:(
said at 3:12 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
@DeathGod46 Were people really expecting him after being both Adachi and Yu?
said at 1:04 PM on Sat Oct 29 2016
@HylianBelmont Yeah it's kinda bothered me reading the comments in some of the articles. Like someone on IGN was like "I would've loved if Laura Bailey and Ashley Burch were in this!" Like... seriously? Laura was Rise in like 5 games and the anime. And Ashley was in Persona Q.
said at 1:34 PM on Sat Oct 29 2016
@Unknownsage13 I mean if Laura had played one of the main cast members than her voice would have been FAR too recognisable in the role. I will admit I love Rise's voice! However. I most certainly do NOT want to hear it coming out of Futaba though XD
said at 1:45 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@HylianBelmont @Unknownsage To be fair, in Ashly's case, she was only a sub, & merely a temp, unlike Matthew Mercer's Baker sub. & they're using Matt for an "original" character, despite having subbed previously.

Hopefully in future Persona dubs,(if they cant get back Laura) they'll use Alexis Tipton for a pitch-perfect replacement. She'd do much better than Ashly in this regard. No disrespect to Ash, just the nature of things.

I generally don't fault casting directors for reusing VA's in this case, considering it's "someone else's" characterization rather than a "true" reusal. If that makes sense...
said at 3:17 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@Unknownsage13 Johnny is just my fav voice actor. That's the main reason why I wanted him in the game. What really surprised me was that Bryce Papenbrook isn't in this game. For the past few years ,he's been in EVERYTHING. Maybe they got tired of him lol.
said at 6:19 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed I've heard she has a pretty similar voice to Laura Bailey. However, could she match the energy and charm that Laura brought to the role?

For example. Matt's voice does sound a lot like Troy Baker's for sure! That being said. He kind of sounds weird when Kanji gets angry. Because his voice doesn't lend itself as well to those kind of characters like Troy's does. You know what I mean?

So this probably won't happen, but if Laura can't reprise again I think someone like Natalie Lander would be a perfect replacement! As she could bring a lot of energy to the role while also making it sound natural and not forced.
said at 7:07 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016

The full cast hasn't been announced yet, so Papenbrook still could be in this game. To be fair to Bryce, he's only been in one Persona game and that's not even a flagship title.
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said at 8:23 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016

Persona 2 isn't considered a flagship title?? That kinda stings a bit.
said at 10:32 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016

I find it hard to call Persona 2 Innocent sin a flagship title because it took 12 years from 1999-2011 to even hit U.S and European markets on the PSP. Within those 12 years after the Japanese only release for the PS1, P3 and P4 dropped into town and the Persona series really gained notoriety. Persona 2 Innocent sin remake released on the PSP was a nice touch but it was over a decade too late.
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said at 10:35 AM on Sun Oct 30 2016

It's part of the main series. Why wouldn't it be a flagship title?

Practically every single JRPG series has entries that never left Japan. There's several cases where it's the *first* games in the series that never got localized and only the sequels did. That doesn't make them not flagship titles.
said at 6:02 PM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed well in regards to Ashly I was referring to how she played Rin in Persona Q. But agreed on Alexis taking over for Rise. She was nearly identical as Platinum in the Blazblue anime dub.

@DeathGod46 I also am surprised by lack of Bryce. I feel his Masaomi would be perfect for Ryuji. But anyways, I feel like we exaggerate how frequently he's used. Other than 2015, it's basically a handful of roles a year on his resume. Meanwhile several big Japanese voice actors everyone loves gets like 20+ roles a year.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:11 PM on Sun Oct 30 2016

I don't understand why you're bringing up these "big Japanese voice actors everyone loves" when no one has mentioned them so far in this conversation.

And even then, the Japanese-speaking world is far smaller than the English-speaking one. People also underestimate just how much work there is for seiyuu to do. Anime, games, TV/movie dubbing, drama CDs, mobile apps... Because of that and the fact that the English-speaking voice sphere is far more fractured, not everything gets dubbed and the things that do dubbed are often low-budget, the two situations are very different. It's just not often a 1:1 analogue to go "but what about in Japan" or "but what about in the US" when talking about the other.
said at 10:22 PM on Sun Oct 30 2016
@NCZ Nope sorry. I don't think what you said is right.
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said at 6:21 AM on Mon Oct 31 2016

Why not?
said at 4:00 AM on Tue Nov 1 2016
@NCZ I mean. Because
said at 5:18 PM on Thu Nov 17 2016
@Unknownsage13 You're right about that. How often do we hear hiroshi Karmiya, Mamoru Miyano,and Yuki Kaiji?? It's not just 2015, Bryce was in Sao, and Attack on titan before that year. Maybe aniplex realized people were complaining about him.
said at 11:43 AM on Sat Nov 19 2016
@DeathGod46 The point is it just isnt the same thing. You would compare Kaji, Kamiya, & Miyano to someone more like Greg Cipes, Alan Tudyk, or Will Friedle, & as NCZ said, there *is* an issue with things getting dubbed extremely low-budget.

Hollywood's entertainment industry is *the* entertainment industry, & everyone imports our stuff. Whereas we don't really import that much, & when foreign-dubs get done, they are for a quite niche audience & really quality acting isn't remotely on the table.

There are issues back home in Japan, which is really the issue in anime. Plus they get the biggest audience thru CR, & if practically-free subtitles are enough, why bother to invest enough money that it's a large % of the production itself...into an audience that is foreign, fickle, & for the most part pretty small?

I mean the budget of many anime episodes is below $200k, maybe less than half that is voice-over. Most anime only sell 10k units in their entire lifetime, especially outside Japan. Most only buy anime (outside Japan) for subs, too. So there isnt really that much of a need for a big dub budget. If they can cheap out, why not?

Even for anime that sell a ton *specificly* for their dubs (like DBZ & to a limited extent FMA, Bebop, etc)...those are rather extreme circumstances & anomalies, & as VocalRacer said..they can get away with that *because* it's mostly quite niche.
8000 Saiyans
said at 1:11 PM on Mon Jan 15 2018
@huzaifa_ahmed I wouldn't compare those actors to one another because comparisons don't mean much of anything IMO. Besides, I doubt that an American "counterpart" of a Japanese voice actor can play all of the latter's roles.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:35 PM on Mon Jan 15 2018
@8000 Saiyans

Let's try not to dig up/debate too heavily with comments over a year old. At that point we might as well start a new discussion.
said at 12:38 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
So Valerie Arem confirmed she's directing (not posting this as news, just for discussion). That makes me more excited! Maybe the acting in parts will be the same level as the Zero Escape games. And maybe also she will get some surprise voice actors like what happened with ZTD.
King Marth 64
said at 9:05 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
It's nice to see Xander who voiced Master Hand, Crazy Hand, and the announcer from SSB for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Dadga from Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse to voice the protagonist and finally got a leading role. It's also nice to see Chermai Leigh, Erika Harlacher, Xanthe Huynh, and Robbie Daymond got into a Shin Megami Tensei and an Atlus game also.
King Marth 64
said at 9:07 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@King Marth 64 *Dagda
said at 6:10 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
Something I think is worth mentioning. I saw both Ben Diskin and Sarah Anne Williams retwitting comments about P5 complementing the cast. It could mean that they are also involved in the dub (I can totally picture Sarah as Justine/Caroline). Or maybe they are just being nice :D
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:14 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016

I think they're being nice. I don't know about Ben Diskin but I've seen Sarah Williams retweet actors announcing their roles for games she's not involved in. But I wouldn't be surprised if they're in this.
said at 1:00 AM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@Marakutanay I think NCZ is right in regards to this. But inregards to them appearing, there are plenty of social links and other characters, so I wouldn't be surprised if those two showed up.
said at 8:28 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@Unknownsage13 " in regards to them appearing, there are plenty of social links and other characters,"

The acting business itself is based on social links.

(I'll show myself out)
said at 4:34 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
I feel like 2016 and 2017 are extremely massive years for Matt Mercer. He's gotten major roles in FE: Fates, Overwatch, and Final Fantasy XV...and now this game. I'm sure he'll do a fine job as Yusuke, since he fits the role well...though what I AM hoping for is that they use a different voice than his "Troy Baker II" voice. Hopefully something close to a Yuri Lowenthal-esque voice. Matt Mercer has a killer vocal range that can resemble not only Troy Baker, but also even people like Roger Craig Smith and Yuri Lowenthal. His full vocal range is actually really impressive but horribly underutilized. Use it Atlus. Especially since Yusuke is a pretty different character from Kanji.

I like the rest of the cast though, even if many of them are anime staples these days. Robbie Daymond is also here too, and he's in FFXV too so...that's something, I guess...?
said at 4:52 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest I think the whole cast is fantastic personally. And I think people who think Matthew Mercer hasn't gotten to ever use his range have apparently only ever played 2 or 3 games that feature him. Even watching more than 1 anime he's in would show you how much range he has.
said at 5:17 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest he usually has a calmer voice. I think his Yusuke will sound like his performance from latest Ace Attorney. He did a good job sounding very artsy. Almost Haberkorn sounding.
said at 5:38 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016

Let's not forget Titanfall 2 where he plays the single player lead as Jack Cooper, which is released pretty soon.
said at 2:21 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
Nice cast, and when the anime comes out, looks like theyll all reprise their roles also.
said at 2:40 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
Maybe if it were to be dubbed, but since it's Aniplex handling it we have no idea.
said at 3:26 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@BlueHeracross The Persona series is pretty big, especially considering how well Persona 4 was, im 100% Persona 5 will get dubbed, issue is timing.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:40 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@kb24lol Golden anime, the P3 movies, and Trinity Soul didn't get dubbed. The franchise's history with its anime adaptations getting dubbed is more miss than hit.

Also bear in mind that while a full-length anime adaptation is possible in the future, the "Daybreakers" animation was a single promotional episode rather than a full series.
said at 7:04 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ @kb24lol @BlueHeracross Also I'm pretty sure that Aniplex also already is planning to release an import of P5. Typically AoA releases things in one go and doesn't dub their back-catalog.

So probably no dub for this as well, though I would love to be proven wrong.

Persona 4 the Animation is the only (AFAIK) show dubbed, and that was licensed by Sentai and not Aniplex (probably because that's the only one not made by A1, co-owned by Aniplex).
said at 1:12 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@NCZ I dont really count the P3 movies, just based off the P4 anime and how big it was, I think it will get dubbed (the persona 5 anime). On top of that, for the P3 movies, I doubt they could have brought back people like Yuri, Tara platt, Derrerck Stephen price, and Liam o Brien for the roles. Which is why they werent dubbed i bet.
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said at 1:21 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016

SNaG raises a good point too. P4A was produced by AIC and was able to be licensed by Sentai.

However, every Persona anime since then has been done by A-1 Pictures. Since Aniplex own A-1 Pictures and thus would likely be licensing them worldwide, the ballgame is very different.

I don't see what problem there would be with the actors. Those first three actors came back for Ultimax and Persona Q, and Derek Stephen Prince still does anime. The issue is likely entirely on Aniplex not wanting to dub them for whatever reason. If they intended to dub something but the actors weren't available, they'd probably go through with it anyway and just weather the storm for any actors that need to be replaced (which, bear in mind, is what happened with the original Persona 4 anime).
said at 6:27 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
@kb24lol Yuri has reprised almost every dub he's been in. He is a really nice guy. DSP has a 9-5 job because he isnt able to live off acting FWIH, so I'm sure he'd be willing to take a small dub job.

Liam & Tara could be replaced with Keith Silverstein (or Kyle Hebert) & Megan Hollingshead (or Carrie Keranen) respectively.
said at 6:13 PM on Thu Oct 27 2016

Although from what it seems like, all three of Yuri, Tara, and Liam have been cutting back on their dub presences in recent years. Yuri generally doesn't seek out non-union dub work these days and has been doing mostly union stuff in recent years. His dub presence lately has either been union dubs (SO5) or role reprisals (and most of his reprisals are union dubs too). He's willing to reprise a role but generally doesn't actively seek out new dub work, his work these days has shifted very heavily towards video games, western animation, and independent films. He also did not reprise Soma in the God Eater anime. Liam O'Brien has also been somewhat rare in dubs these days: he does reprise some roles here and there (HOWEVER, he did not reprise Navarre in SMT IV: Apocalypse), and he works mostly on the big video games (though he's also a voice director, not just a VA) and western animation. Tara's demand as a VA isn't particularly high though she does reprise roles like Yuri does, but she hasn't been cast in anything new in dubs recently.

All three of those VAs have a relatively low presence in dubs nowadays. Yuri and Tara do reprise their old roles here and there but rarely, if ever, seek out new dub work, and if they do, chances are it's a union dub. Even then, Lowenthal pretty much does games and western animation. The same is true with Liam O'Brien to an extent as well, though he did end up getting recast in SMT IV: Apocalypse so...

That said, I doubt that would've gotten in the way of dubbing the Persona 3 movies, considering the first one was in like 2013, before Q and Ultimax came out, though it may prove an issue for, say, the fourth one with was released like this year or so, particularly speaking on Liam O'Brien and Yuri Lowenthal. I don't think getting Tara would be an issue though since she's not a particularly high demand VA compared to Yuri and Liam.
said at 11:53 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
So funny thing. In so many comments for this casting announcement people are like:
"Look at all these new voice actors"

Meanwhile rest of us are like, "Oh sweet! I've heard Cherami in a ton of anime"
said at 6:38 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@Unknownsage13 I guess I live in a highly-educated BTVA bubble when it comes to VO, but yeah, when I got on Twitter (& *especially* IGN, lol) it did come to notice that Persona has a much wider audience than the folks who typically watch/play anime-esque stuff.

It's kinda funny when that happens. I kinda like to use it as an opportunity to bring up appreciation for other VA's/dubs in that niche.
said at 7:57 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed It also kinda shows how small the non-JRPG voice acting world can be. Like so many people were posting about wanting Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Ashly Burch, and similar actors in the game. Like... seriously?

Watch though. I could totally see Max, Cherami, and a couple other actors becoming more mainstream in the near future. And then when the Persona 6 cast is announced people will be like, "Wish *insert Persona 5 actor* was in this".
said at 8:22 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@Unknownsage13 Ashly Burch seems to be an option. She's moving up I think, but still an option, especially considering she still reprises for FUNimation, who are even cheaper than Atlus USA or even someone like Viz/Aniplex.

An interesting point about Ashly & other "internet celebrity" VA's...

..a *lot* of people on IGN, Youtube, or Reddit comments on mainstream game or cartoon threads, have recognized Matthew Mercer as "our greatest Dungeon Master" aka they don't really see his VO work, but enjoy his webshow thanks to Geek & Sundry's money.

Ashly Burch isn't famous due to AoT or (I wish) Steins Gate, lol, she's known because she made a webshow (which, to be fair, is a lot more involved job).
said at 9:02 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@Unknownsage13 Also relevant:

said at 1:09 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed The "TROY BAKER ISN'T IN PERSONA 5!?" reactions make no sense to me. I mean it was obvious he wasn't going to be in this lol. Or maybe I'm missing something here...
said at 8:15 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
@HylianBelmont We've actually had something similar with Yuri Lowenthal happen. People on Twitter were all like "WHO WILL YURI BE IN PERSONA 5!?" and it came to a point where Yuri outright tweeted that he's not going to be in P5 at all, saying "Atlus probably figured that I'd had a good enough run". So this has already happened with Yuri a few months ago. People tend to pay so much attention to P4's popular VAs like Johnny, Yuri, and Troy to a point where they pretty much follow their careers and the work they do...and mostly joke about how Yuri and Troy are in like every single video game ever and Johnny just somehow is still a really common presence in anime.

It's kind of funny people were expecting Yuri to be in this at all tbh. He's awesome and all but after being in both P3 AND P4 (albeit Yosuke was his more prominent role), as well as Catherine...yeah.
said at 2:45 AM on Wed Oct 26 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest I mean it's like. Who would he have been if they actually did decide cast him in P5 even? I mean maybe Ryuji, but that would have been WAY too much of an obvious choice. I mean I can understand being upset that he won't be in it if you're a REALLY big fan of him I suppose...

But he's had enough great roles in the franchise really! And we'll always have fond memories of them at least:)

(Then again, HylianBelmont is a hypocritical goofball of whom has a part of him that DESPERATELY wants Karen Strassman to play Chihaya. So perhaps he shouldn't talk, haha!)
said at 2:49 AM on Wed Oct 26 2016
*to cast him.
said at 11:00 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
So Richard Epcar is Sojiro? Or there is some other character who could say those lines? (Maybe a teacher or the principal).
said at 12:42 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Marakutanay I havent seen any clips of this (tbh I'm mostly excited bcuz BTVA is excited 0_0'), but - assuming they arent getting anyone new - I think that aside from Jamieson Price, Paul St. Peter, & maybe DC Douglas (?), there arent really anyone who can do the same sort of voice that Atlus seems to be going for with the Japanese casting. I think Richard Epcar sounds pretty similar to Nakata, as an older-sounding man with a naturally deep voice. The character looks kinda villainous & Epcar's done well at that, too.

I'm actually pretty surprised that, looking through his résumé, he isnt really in any of PCB's dubs, especially Persona. So I'm pleasantly surprised if that is indeed him.
said at 3:47 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Richard is the first voice you hear in the trailer, also he was in both SMT IV.
said at 3:59 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Marakutanay Ooh, nice. I've only seen P3 & P4 (& I saw them subtitled), although I have the English release of P3FES which is dub-only.

I don't find the dub bad per se, it's great, the experience just feels kinda..wrong without a dual audio option. & honestly, in terms of story it's way faster to just speed through the show & movies rather than to play for hours & hours.

I do plan to get through this series at some point, seeing as I own P1-3 on various platforms.
said at 8:12 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed There's a screenshot of the Japanese line floating around. It's the principal.
said at 1:05 PM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@Marakutanay He was also Baofu in Persona 2 Eternal Punishment! Who was Joji Nakata in Japanese as well.
said at 10:08 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
Well, guess I was right that Max and Robbie and Erica will be here. Xander as the protagonist is great, though. I feel we haven't heard all of his range, so I'm excited for the dub!

There's a decent chance Evan Smith will be here, based on his resume, so I guess he's not a PC. Also, I hope Dan Woren comes back as Igor.
said at 2:19 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@SNaG If Xenoblade X can get Dan Woren I think Persona 5 can too. He wasn't in Ultimax but he does not seem very busy lately. If he doesn't reprise that'd become my 2nd complaint with the cast.
said at 8:13 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@FUNiman Apparently there are story reasons for why Igor sounds different, so Woren won't work.
said at 1:11 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@Parkreiner If that's the case they could actually just have him do a different voice for Igor. But at the same time it wouldn't surprise me if they did recast him.
said at 9:57 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
I'm really curious how Lindbeck will sound as Futaba. I was expecting someone like Erica Mendez or Christine Marie Cabanos.
said at 10:54 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Unknownsage13 Similar to Asahi I'd say.
said at 11:48 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Marakutanay I need to get around to getting that game. So many actors I love.
said at 9:51 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
Is there a reason why this still has the SMT brand in the title? Atlus has never used it for P5, or any Persona games post P4 Golden.
said at 9:33 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
This cast looks great, but my only complaint would be Matt Mercer taking another main Persona role (he was a replacement to be fair but still). Regardless, very excited to see this cast in action (especially the Your Lie in April mains Mittelman and Lindbeck!)
said at 12:26 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@FUNiman Atleast he isn't doing another Troy Baker impression. It'll probably be closer to his performance in the recent Ace Attorney
said at 2:01 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Unknownsage13 I'm sure he'll be great here (he's one of my favorite VAs after all, and he was great in Ace Attorney too), I just wanted a non Persona lead to take the part like Chris Tergliafera or something.
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said at 2:05 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@FUNiman Personally I was hoping for Ray Chase. I agree with your overall sentiment.
said at 2:15 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ That'd be cool too. He is the main character of FFXV though so I'm ok with him not being in this game (I'll probably get that game and hear him a lot by extension.)
said at 4:39 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@FUNiman @NCZ Par for the course with Persona to have at least one main VA from the previous games return. Yuri Lowenthal and Karen Strassman doing similar things in P3/P4.

And as you said, you don't even hear Matthew Mercer in P4 if you stick to the main games.
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said at 4:44 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016

Yuri Lowenthal was borderline but Karen Strassman as Aigis and Nanako did an excellent job of sounding completely different. She was unrecognizable in the latter role. A case like that where you can't even tell it's the same actor again is fine by me. I don't know if I can say the same for Yusuke.

While your point about P4 is true it's also worth noting that there's Walter in SMT IV as well. Coming from that to this is where the extra similarity comes in.
said at 5:47 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Also in SMT A, Max and Erica had pretty much the same role they have here.
said at 3:06 AM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@NCZ Even Lowenthal sounded completely different as Makoto in Persona Q, and I'm hoping the same happens with Yusuke as well.
said at 9:29 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Great cast
said at 9:16 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
The best part about this cast is that a lot of the cast are new faces. Not the same VAs we've hard so many times in video games.
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said at 9:20 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Dawnlight All of these voice actors are in dozens of non-union game dubs.
said at 9:27 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Probably because I heard most of these VAs in anime more than video games.
said at 9:35 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ True as well.

I may be coming off as annoying and a fanboy here. But Fire Emblem Fates set the bar for "Non-Union dubs with a diverse voice cast" pretty high didn't it?

That being said I'm still looking forward to this games VO.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:36 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016

Fair enough. But I mean, this year Max Mittelman's had lead roles in Star Ocean 5, Fire Emblem Fates, SMTIV apocalypse... Erika Harlacher and Xanthe Huynh have both been leads in Atelier games. Cassandra Lee and Matthew Mercer have years' worth of stuff, Cherami Leigh's been popping all over game dubs since moving, and Robbie Daymond has been everywhere lately. (He's now in this, Zestiria, and FFXV as lead roles.)

To her credit though, Xanthe seems to pop up in games the least of these actors, so I was pretty happy to see her in this.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:44 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016

Yeah, I think things like Xenoblade X, Fire Emblem Fates, Street Fighter V (not a JRPG but still a dub) have spoiled me. Hell even Star Ocean 5, despite the game itself being kind of iffy, managed to assemble a killer cast. They managed to mix up the typecasting a bit and get some *legitimate* fresh faces involved. To be blunt for a second, this cast on paper could be applied to virtually any non-union anime or game dub which is probably why I just don't feel that excited by it in comparison. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
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said at 9:45 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@HylianBelmont Ah, don't worry about being annoying. It's not annoying at all. I love the chance to be able to have a nice discussion about things and look at it from / listen to numerous different perspectives. I mean that's what enthusiast sites like this are for, right?
said at 9:46 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ I haven't gotten a chance to play those games you listed yet other than Tales and Fire Emblem Fates. I think I should have rephrased my statement that some of the VAs who appeared in the more obscure games are appearing in more of the mainstream games.
said at 9:56 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Kinda thrown off you use Xenoblade Chronicles X as an example of a unique dub. It was full of dubbing regulars. Only real surprise was they flew Caitlin Glass and Alexis Tipton there.

I think this one has arranged things nicely. Xander is not someone I expected and none the less as the protagonist, Erika has only played a character like Ann once, I feel like I've hardly heard Max as a best friend type character (really closest thing I can think of is Leo in Fire Emblem Fates),Cherami is not at all who I expected to play Makoto, Erica is fairly recent and I didn't expect her as Futaba, xanthe is vey underused, and Robbie seems to be going for more of a calm calculating character which is very different from his history. Honestly also, several of these actors just basically got significant this year or near end of last.
said at 10:00 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ I was just worried I was coming off as dismissive towards the Persona 5 voice cast is all. I mean it still looks like it's going to be a great dub and I'm looking forward to hearing Xander Mobus as the P5 Protagonist!
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said at 10:07 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016

Yes but for the most part it at least mixed them up well enough that I was satisfied. It didn't reach the heights of the first game but overall I liked it a lot more than most non-union dubs. The actual acting was strong and didn't fall into too many of the tropey/anime-cliche pratfalls that a lot of others do. They had Ray Chase in there as L, he did a great job and was new-ish at the time. Maybe I''m also just biased because I'm more attached to some of the VAs too. But whatever the case I thought it was fine.

@Dawnlight I guess that's true, I see what you mean. Though to be fair I think persona is still pretty niche. It's probably one of the more well-known niche series if that makes sense though.

@HylianBelmont No worries. Wishing all the best to him.
said at 11:23 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Perhaps a cast that "on paper can be applied to virtually any non-union game or anime dub" is what they were going for. When I look P3 or P4 cast all I can think is: They kinda just use Naruto and Bleach cast, hit series at that moment.
said at 12:25 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Really something I'd love is for some of these JRPGs to tap the Texas acting pool. And I don't mean situations like with Tales where they will get a couple Texas actors. I would love if that's where the recording happened. Because even though we hear several of those actors all the time in anime, I never see them in video games except for Smite and Dragonball games. And I guess Borderlands.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:36 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016

Well let's be fair for a second. Looking at P4.

Getting this out of the way right off the bat: Even at the time, Johnny Yong Bosch and Yuri Lowenthal as the two protagonists was nothing new. Code Geass was airing at the time and both of them starred in that too.

Dave Wittenberg was also a pretty established voice actor, but there aren't many roles of his that sound similar to Teddie to his credit. The closest I can think of from memory was Ponygon from Zatch Bell and he didn't even have human lines in that role.

Amanda Winn-Lee was very well-established but hadn't been in anything for a while (due to caring for her sick kid). So her presence is similar to Xanthe's here - a pleasant surprise since she's decently well-known, but not ubiquitous.

Troy Baker and Laura Bailey were pretty established at Funimation but not the most well-known. They had just moved to California and were hot off some decent-sized JRPG roles (especially Vesperia for Troy). At the time, they were legitimate rising stars in the industry.

Tracey Rooney and Naoto's VA (whom we STILL have no idea of) were total newcomers.

Casting JYB as Adachi was a gutsy decision that I approve of. The key thing to remember is that Yu was largely silent in the original game. Adachi was basically JYB's main role. It's only with the spinoffs where Yu got more to do and Adachi obviously had a smaller role that things got flipped around. But casting JYB as the antagonist was a pretty fresh decision.

So maybe on paper nowadays it's easy to say it was the same cast as most other games, but they managed to take advantage of their experienced cast, mix in some experienced actors who weren't always in the same limelight, and *legitimate* new voices to JRPGs and coupled with the game's great acting created a memorable dub. Hopefully P5 is the same but honestly most non-union dubs haven't excited me that much lately and PCB delivered their first flat-out disappointments with Guilty Gear Xrd and Zero Time Dilemma so that's why I'm a bit skeptical. I don't want it to be bad by any means, don't get me wrong, but I'm just taking the wait-and-see approach here.
said at 4:58 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ "To be blunt for a second, this cast on paper could be applied to virtually any non-union anime or game dub which is probably why I just don't feel that excited by it in comparison."

Ahaha that's a pretty awful thing to say I think, but fair enough. I think you should remember that Persona 3 exists for a moment and remind yourself of that cast before you call out this game for using "typical" voices.

I honestly believe you haven't heard nearly as much of any of these actors as you apparently claim to have heard if you think they could just be copy pasted onto to any project and still just work fine. And even if they could, they're actors, their job is to act and make magic. These actors in this cast are particularly well versed in what they do, hence why they get a lot of work.
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said at 5:10 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@Stelman257 You're starting to throw a lot of accusations out here. I've expressed that on paper this cast isn't anything new so I'm not personally excited, but also noted that I'm taking the wait-and-see approach. I'm not writing it off completely.

Persona 3's cast may not have been the most original, but it had some nice liberties with its cast (Grant George and Paula Tiso are not the most ubiquitous presences in leading roles, Liam O'Brien got to do something other than his standard dark villain voice) and overall the acting was strong enough that they were all justified. Like I've said. I don't want this game's dub to be bad - why would anyone hope for something like that? - so if it ends up like Persona 3 then I'm totally okay with that. I think you just need to chill for a minute.
said at 3:13 AM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@NCZ Persona 3's dub was freaking awesome in my opinion. Because of the VAs you specifically mentioned, and because people like Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt really got to show off their range.

I think part of me even prefers it to Persona 4's dub despite loving that one as well! (Although I'm sure plenty of people will disagree with me on that haha.)
said at 6:50 PM on Sat Oct 22 2016

Of course, in addition to the main cast, Persona 4 also had some interesting bits in the secondary cast. We had Karen Strassman, who was also pretty well established like Bosch, Lowenthal, and Wittenberg were and was also in P3, and they also cast her into a role where she used...a very unique voice (Nanako) and was practically unrecognizable there. Though she also did Izanami and Kanji's mom afaik too. JB Blanc to a lesser extent was also decently established in voice-over so that was neat too, even though it took a very long time for most of us to ever learn that it was him as Dojima. Michelle Ann Dunphy was also a very interesting addition because Dunphy was also a complete newcomer like Naoto's original VA and Tracey were and had pretty much no other credits to her name at the time. Some of the lesser characters were also done by some established anime/JRPG peeps like Kyle Hebert and Wendee Lee, who were also thrown into the mix.

We had some other established VAs in there as the side cast, but Michelle Ann Dunphy was a nice surprise addition there too since she too was a complete newcomer, along with seeing some other presences such as Karen Strassman (and casting her into a role with a very unique and unrecognizable voice, really allowing Karen to use her range), and JB Blanc was a nice surprise too since it's kind of rare for him to show up in these kind of games. So there were some nice interesting additions there too which added to how interesting P4's dub was. It had a very good dub imo and the acting quality was definitely good there.
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said at 8:28 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Well I had a feeling those would end up being Ryuji and Yusuke's vas. Can't say I'm looking forward to Yusuke having the exact same voice as a main party member in both the last Persona games and the last SMT games. Oh well.
said at 9:09 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ He'll probably use a higher-register I'd imagine. So he probably won't sound that similar to his Kanji.

That being said I didn't actually expect Max Mittleman as Ryujii. I thought he would have been cast as the protagonist myself (Although I'm really excited that Xander is him!)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:23 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016

To me it's just kind of ironic because Yu Namba said on IGN

"This is a completely new cast of characters, so we started with a blank slate in bringing life to them with our stellar cast of voice actors. It's hard saying goodbye to the cast of previous Persona games, but we hope to bring an entirely new tone with a new set of actors for this game."

And while most of these voices are at least new to the series, Yusuke... really isn't...
said at 9:29 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Oh! Yeah he did say that didn't he?

I can understand where you're coming from now...
said at 9:32 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Yeah he DID say that didn't he?

I can understand where you're coming from now...
said at 4:21 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ I know in the article he specificly mentioned the dub, but it's possible he was maybe thinking more about his own domestic casting..
said at 4:27 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ be fair though, Matt only really played a Persona character previously in a bunch of small, sideline spin-off games. He wasn't the original actor for the role in question and never played Kanji in either version of the main P4 RPG (it was Troy in both P4 and Golden). So even though Matt technically isn't new to the Persona series, he never worked on either version of the core RPG and when he did play the role, it was in some cash-grabbing spin-off games and he was taking on the role from someone else who had already laid down a base track for the character (Troy) and served merely to carry off of what Troy had done. In Persona 5, this is one of the mainline RPGs in the series with a fresh new cast of characters, meaning this time around Matt gets to play a new role fresh off the ballot and can really make it his own now, so now he has something that he himself can lay down the groundwork for and really give his own on. So Matt actually gets an individual role in this game, and this is his first individual role in the Persona games that he starts off as the original actor of, whereas before, he played a role but he never really established the character, his sole purpose was to "honor Troy Baker" and pay homage to his work.

It kind of is odd that Matt isn't new to the series like the other actors in this cast, but at least this is his first time he's playing a fresh new role off the ballot in the Persona games and this time he's not running off of someone else's work. So that does sort of compensate. So this is his first NEW role in a Persona game, as before he was nothing more than a fill-in for Troy for some minor spin-off games.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:37 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016

That's true, but to me the other point of contention is that it's this role in conjunction with Walter from Shin Megami Tensei IV (not technically Persona proper, but still a role in the larger subseries he got to create for himself) in conjunction with the Kanji replacement. And then there's the dozens of other JRPGs where he plays similar characters using the same voice. It all just adds up and compared to the other casting choices it just doesn't feel the most original when I feel like there are other actors legitimately 100% new to the franchise that would've been nice to hear in the role.
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said at 4:41 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed It was literally mentioned in the context of his involvement in the dub
said at 4:44 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Hahahah I think that's a hilariously loaded post made with ridiculous amounts of bias. You don't like Matthew Mercer, I think people get that haha.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:53 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016

I mean, maybe I am biased, but I'm trying to discuss how I feel / what I think because it's fun for me to express and here from multiple different viewpoints, each with their own different biases. If you wanna laugh it off and be dismissive then that's cool too I guess.
said at 5:08 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ I know in the article he specificly mentioned the dub, but it's possible he was maybe thinking more about his own domestic casting..

Also, while technically yes, Matt has been a great fill-in for Troy, this his real first "original" (in English anyway) role.

They're different voices on very different characters, too. Kanji was a lot angrier (I've only seen clips of P4A's dub) & almost raspy, whereas Yusuke seems a lot smoother. & in the original track, Yusuke's voice is a lot more similar to Matt's own...okay, now I see the problem. But I do think there's potential in what Matt could bring to P5, probably a younger-sounding teenage voice, maybe.
said at 5:11 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Sorry for double post, didnt see that
said at 7:17 PM on Wed Oct 19 2016
@NCZ Yeah, this has kind of been beaten to death on his VA page, but as much as I like Matt Mercer, I'm a tad miffed that he's cast again as a PC rather than new blood.

I'm not even sure if he'll use his higher register, considering it's a role done by Tomokazu Sugita in Japanese, who has a very deep voice. Not saying that they'll always match dub pitches to sub pitches, but it happens more often than not, so he'll use the same voice we've heard many times.... even as Kanji.

Could've been a good opportunity to get someone new or less prolific on the dubbing scene. As much as I like dubs of Atlus's games, I doubt many people actually buy Atlus games for their dubs, so they could've taken some more chances with casting.

TL;DR It'll still sound good but missed opportunity.
said at 3:17 AM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@SNaG Yeah considering his VA in Japanese is Sugita he may not go into his Azama or Shigure range. Which would be pretty disappointing if I'm being honest...
said at 5:51 PM on Thu Oct 20 2016
@SNaG Tomokazu Sugita & loads of other baritone VA's have done softer voices for younger characters. I haven't really kept up with this series, but I'm assuming that's what'll happen.
Isamu Mamoru
said at 9:13 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@NCZ Honestly, I believe that it's going to sound very different from Kanji. Kanji had a very gruff, very hard-sounding tone, if you will. I really imagine him using a more smooth tone for Yusuke. So while it may be in the same voice range, tone can make even the same voice worlds different.
said at 9:36 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Tomokazu used a voice closer to his baritone here.

I'm not saying it's not possible for Matt Mercer to still use his higher pitch, but from every Valerie and Keith Arem directed game I've ever played (since I'm assuming one of them will be the director), the English VA had a voice that was a good proxy for the seiyuu.

As such, I think it's more likely that Matt Mercer will use his more common lower pitch. He won't sound like Kanji - maybe more like Kuro in K.
said at 8:23 AM on Wed Oct 19 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Cherami Leigh and Matthew Mercer=automatic buy for me
said at 3:57 PM on Tue Oct 18 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Looks we'll be getting news on the English cast very soon, especially since the Phantom Theives stole the cast reveal foootage themselves ;)
said at 11:51 AM on Sat Sep 24 2016
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Man i want to voice in this so badly
said at 7:23 PM on Sat Sep 17 2016
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It should be pretty obvious by now, but it seems dubbing of this game is currently in progress. Keith Arem recently confirmed in an interview that he and his wife, Valerie, are currently working on Persona 5 and that they are working on the dub of the game and doing voice direction. Considering that this game is being worked on by Keith and Valerie Arem, this pretty much confirms that dubbing of this game is being handled by PCB Productions. Not that this should come as a surprise since PCB has been handling the Persona games since forever, so of course Atlus would entrust dubbing of Persona 5 to them. For those who don't know, Keith and Valerie Arem are the co-owners of PCB Productions.

PCB Productions has typically really good at handling dubbing of Persona games, barring that really terrible dancing game, so I'm expecting a very good voice cast to arise in the dub of Persona 5. P4 and P4 Golden had a rock solid voice cast that included some really good talent pool in the ensemble, so P5 should be able to put together a really strong voice cast for the game from PCB and pull out some very good performances. With that out of the way, I'm really looking forward to Persona 5 coming out soon in the US and it should be a really, really good game. It should be interesting to see what VAs the Arems will put together in the voice ensemble, and hopefully they put in some newer or lesser used actors, and possibly some staple anime VAs like Todd Haberkorn or Bryce Papenbrook. But we'll see someday! Either way, it should be a very good voice cast since PCB is really good at doing voice work for games in general.
said at 1:13 PM on Sat Oct 8 2016
@ScraftyIsTheBest I'm expecting a great cast as well. Persona 3 and 4 had some actors that were very iconic at that time. And considering how long it has been and the new wave of actors, we should be in for a great cast.
said at 3:35 AM on Sat Aug 27 2016
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Apparently the animes gonna get released In september. Hopefully funimation gets the rights so we can see a simuldub.
said at 10:55 AM on Fri Aug 19 2016
When are we going to get a tweet from Kaiji Tang if he's voicing in Persona 5.?
said at 2:52 PM on Tue Jun 14 2016
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The first one:
said at 12:09 AM on Wed Jun 15 2016
@Marakutanay We can hear her voice here:
said at 12:25 PM on Thu Jun 16 2016
@Marakutanay DANG IT...deleted.

Though it makes a lot of sense that CLM is dubbing frickin Pikachu.

The Japanese cast for this is so awesome, I'm genuinely curious to see who's in the dub for this.

Calling Matt Mercer to dub Sugita once again.

If it's union - Crispin Freeman (Kyon) or (I can only dream) Robin Atkin Downes (Kazuhira Miller)
said at 3:28 PM on Tue Jul 19 2016
@Marakutanay Waiting for the rest of the cast to be revealed has been one of the biggest struggles of my life. But glad to see they got CLM. She was who I predicted based off her performance as Kyubey.
said at 12:22 PM on Fri Aug 12 2016
@Marakutanay We could also get actors from Dallas and Houston, in addition to LA actors. I'm thinking Micah Solusod as Ruyji and Eric Vale as Yusuke.
said at 1:11 PM on Sat Oct 8 2016
@PersonaFan007 Goro's Japanese actor is basically Japan's Greg Ayres. So I'd love if Greg was in it.
said at 3:18 PM on Sun Oct 9 2016
@Unknownsage13 It would be kinda nice if Atlus outsourced (or cooperated with!) a studio like Okratron 5000.

Texas is in fact cheaper, so it would be a win-win on both costs & cast diversity sides.

As a very light, casual fan of this series, though, I gotta say that Goro doesn't really look like a Greg Ayres character, & I dunno if Soichiro Hoshi is a super high, childish voice. Pretty soft, but not like aggravatingly high. I think maybe Austin Tindle would be good. Sean Teague (Koenma from YYH) would be interesting.

However, if it were dubbed (at least partially) in Texas, I think probably Patrick Seitz would be the director to go with.

But unfortunately, this is LA-only - which is fine, but certainly the Persona dubs would benefit from a unified dubbing pool. Variety could help these dubs from having "same actor does same thing in same series". It's still an issue in animation, but it's far less because Disney & WB have endless abysses of money & more-or-less unlimited choice of VA's.

Hellsing benefits from NGP's access to more VA's than typical BZ dubs, plus it's union which allows more variety right off the bat.

Dubs, even as low-budget as most are, would seriously benefit from following Namco Bandai's example & calling in VA's from Texas, & unifying the low-budget dubbing industry.
said at 9:40 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Less than a week away from E3! All the signs point to the game gaming an english trailer, perhaps even during Sony's press conference!
said at 2:16 PM on Sun Jul 3 2016
@LeDom I was so bummed that didn't happen. Maybe at GamesCom? (I think that's the next big event)
said at 2:27 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
One thing, it was said that it's 99,99% posible that the game won't come with dual audio, in case anyone was wondering.
said at 9:39 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
@Marakutanay John Hardin says they'll try to have them as DLC, since the reason why Atlus games typically lack the feature is to prevent reverse imports.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:17 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016

That seems strange. You'd think if they really wanted to prevent reverse imports, they'd just release the game at the same time worldwide and/or not have English text/voice in the Japanese version. Smaller publishers pull those off without problem. Dual audio isn't a dealbreaker for me (though I think it's a good option to have whenever possible), nor is the 2017 North American launch, but I still can't believe the way they continue to handle European/Australian releases.
said at 6:09 AM on Fri Sep 30 2016
Well its also a matter of prices. In Japan, console games inherently cost WAY more than in other countries. I'm guessing that even if the gmaes were released simultaneously, Atlus fears losing money in Japan due to those reverse-importers. But honestly, I am still pretty skeptical of how much they would lose. I mean, JRPGS already sell so much in Japan anyway.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:24 PM on Fri Sep 30 2016

Ah, I forgot about price, that's true. I looked up P5 on Amazon Japan because I briefly contemplated importing it, but 9504 yen came up to $120 Canadian. No thanks!

Still though, the delayed release makes fear of reverse imports a moot point. JRPG sales tend to be front-loaded and P5 has already shipped 300-400k last I checked. By February it'll have made up the bulk of its lifetime sales in its first couple weeks.

I think it's just Atlus being stingy, really. They're the only RPG company nowadays that doesn't really commit to dual audio and from what I've heard the Japanese branch is notorious for being cagey about what they provide the US branch with. (Europe is a whole different story.)
said at 10:01 PM on Mon Jun 6 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
I can't wait for Persona 5: Dancing All Night.
said at 4:42 AM on Tue Jun 7 2016
@Scrappy-Fan92 I'm more of a "Persona 5 Arena" guy myself.
said at 3:15 AM on Wed Jun 8 2016
@Scrappy-Fan92 I'm also very excited for Persona 5: The Crimson.
said at 11:51 PM on Thu Jun 16 2016
@Scrappy-Fan92 And of course, Persona R
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:50 PM on Wed May 11 2016
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Futaba looks like an Inkling.
said at 10:43 AM on Sun May 8 2016
So, new trailer shows 4 more party members: Futaba Sakura, Queen Thief, Beautiful Thief and the brown-haired boy. Also, more battle and stealth mechanics, bosses, a few jobs and BEACH HOLIDAY YAYYYYYY. I think I don't need to know anymore about the game until I play it.
said at 2:38 AM on Fri Apr 22 2016
New info coming up on May 5. Stay tuned people.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:25 AM on Fri Apr 22 2016
@Marakutanay About time. I was thinking it'd been too long since there was any news.

Considering that Tales of Berseria is doing the same, I am fully ready for a 2017 launch outside Japan.
said at 9:28 AM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@NCZ The news was fake. Someone hacked into the website:
said at 9:33 AM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@Katsu One can only imagine how much salt there is because of this lmao.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:30 PM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@Katsu What news? The event is still happening. The fake thing is that someone hacked it to say it's coming to PC and launches in Japan on July 8.

In the west I'll be really surprised if it comes out any earlier than December.
said at 8:01 PM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@NCZ Hardin isn't referring to the PC announcement, he's referring to the May 5th event. There is no such thing happening, the official P5 website hasn't updated since October. You'd think if they were doing something in May they'd tweet it and it would be on the site's social media tab. Which it isn't.
said at 8:02 PM on Sat Apr 23 2016
@Katsu Ignore me I have brain problems.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:34 AM on Tue Jun 7 2016
Called it.
xAnguished SouL
said at 5:11 PM on Wed Mar 30 2016
This is my ideal English Dub cast that I hope makes it.

Protagonist- Todd Haberkorn/Josh Grelle
Anne Takamaki- Lauren Landa/Jamie Marchi
Ryuji Sakamoto- Bryce Papenbrook
Morgana- Cherami Leigh/Cristina Vee
Yusuke Kitigawa- Crispin Freeman

This is just my thought.
said at 11:43 PM on Wed Dec 16 2015
This is my ideal English cast
Protagonist:Some of you mentioned that Todd Haberkorn would be a good choice for protagonist.Even though I am a big fan of him,I don't think that would be really a good idea.He has already played as Sho in P4 Arena Ultimax and the way it ended,there might be a sequel to P4AU.Next year there is the Persona 20th Anniversary Festival and there is high chance that a sequel to P4AU to be announce and Sho with Persona 5 characters might be in it.If Todd Haberkorn voices for P5 Protagonist people might complain about why he has voiced two characters just like they complained about Youske and Minato having the same voice.
That aside at first I though Robbie Daymond would be a great choice for p5 protagonist but now I am not too sure.So I don't really have anyone in mind that would fit P5 protagonist.But I look forward to who they choose for this character.
Ryuji Sakamato : When I see Ryuji for the first time,he reminded me of Sin Kiske from the Guilty Gear series.Lucien Dodge voices sin in GG Xrd Sign and he really did a great job.I am pretty sure he will nail the role if he voices Ryuji in this game.Also he has been in some of PCB Production projects lately(Bravely Defualt,GG Xrd Sign,TLOH:Trails of Cold Steel).If PCB Production directs this game(like they did with the previous titles),there 's a high chance that Lucien Dodge will get a role in this game,whether it's Ryuji or not.
Ann Takamak :As we know the Seiyuu of this character is Nana Mizuki which is also known for her great singing skill.Because of this i think ATLUS will use this chance and put an event in P5 that Ann will sing in festival or something.Just like they did with P4 Golden.So I am going with Cristina Vee for this one.Just like Nana Mizuki,she has great singing skill and all of these beside,I think her voice matches Ann properly.
Morgana: Since Ikue Otani uses her tony tony chopper voice for this character,I'm hoping that Brina Palencia gets this role.Although I don't think Brina's tony tony chopper voice fits morgana,I belive if she uses that voice with a bit stronger pitch,it will fit Morgana better.
Yusuke Kitagawa:An honor student with a great pride(well most likely).Crispin Freeman will be a perfect choice for this character but since he is only working on union dub,this is most likely not gonna happen.So I am going with Robbie Daymond.I believe his tuxedo mask voice will fit this role.
Justine and Caroline : Justine is a calm type girl and Caroline is a mean type girl and both of them are twin sister with child appearance .I would really love to see Cassandra Lee and Cherami Leigh voicing these two.Their voices completely match these two appearance and personality.I could also see Christine Cabanos voices Justine and Kira Buckland voices Caroline.
And as for Igor,if he has some new line in this game,Daniel Woren will back for this role for sure.The only reason that Daniel Woren didn't voice Igor in P4AU story mode,it was because that Igor only has a few lines in that game.So they didn't bother to hire Daniel Woren for over a few line.
said at 2:39 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
Just using the Devil Survivor 2 cast, I think what could work is.

Protagonist-Todd Haberkorn
Anne-Lauren Landa (as long as it's more like her regular voice and not her out of breath Io)
Ryuji-Benjamin Diskin
Morgana-Cassandra Lee Morris
Yusuke-Kaiji Tang
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:51 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@Unknownsage13 I have a feeling PCB will be dubbing this rather than Cup of Tea (who did DS2) since they do all the major SMT releases. Cup of Tea only dubbed Soul Hackers and DS2.

PCB also did DSO and SMTIV so stuff in that ballpark may be a better point of reference.
said at 3:19 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@NCZ Either way. With how many characters are in Persona games (the main and all the side ones) I'm expecting a few of these actors to appear atleast.
said at 4:10 PM on Thu Nov 19 2015
I really hope they don't decide to change Daniel Woren as Igor. He was perfect.
said at 3:19 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@Marakutanay Why would they? Did something happen that would cause that?
said at 4:08 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@Unknownsage13 His Japanese VA died some time ago; it may be reason enough to change the VA in the english dub too (although I think it's unlikely).
said at 4:47 AM on Sun Dec 13 2015
@Marakutanay I'm not too worried, because I've never heard of a dub doing that before. The only time I've heard of them recasting due to Japan recasting is when it's a conscious choice, vs a lack of one like when someone dies.
said at 1:25 AM on Fri Oct 16 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Kiefer Sutherland as the Protagonist. I'm calling it right now. After the smash hit that was MGSV, he's got the market cornered for silent, brooding main characters whose actions are left almost entirely up to the player.
said at 2:38 PM on Sun Jul 17 2016
@Voice_Box You could have the other side of the spectrum and have David Hayter as the MC.
said at 5:08 PM on Sun Oct 11 2015
I would like Collen O'Shaughnessey as Anne. For Ryuji I believe Benjamin Diskin or Bryce Papenbrook would do a fine job.
said at 12:05 PM on Sun Sep 27 2015
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My cast:

Protagonist - Todd Haberkorn
Anne - Stepehanie Sheh
Ryuji - Erik Kimerer
Morgana - Juile Anne Taylor
Yusuke - Orion Acaba
said at 5:50 AM on Mon Sep 28 2015
@zeroroute Anne would be Hinata in both languages.
said at 2:47 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@zeroroute My thoughts on your list:
Todd-was thinking the same way

Anne-Maybe, Sheh was already a character in Persona 3 FES and used her voice that I think would match this character. Typically Atlus has them change their way of speaking when they cast the same actor again.

Ryuji-Could picture it. In Magi he plays the best friend role really well.

Morgana-From what roles I know Taylor for, this is kinda hard to picture.

Yusuke-Basically if he took his SMT4 Jonathan voice and became more threatening, I could totally picture this.
said at 2:44 PM on Sun Jul 17 2016
@zeroroute My favorite so far of the hopeful cast picks.
said at 10:09 AM on Sat Sep 26 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Alright so far we got: Korosensei,Hinata,Riku,Pikachu, and mother f**ucking Joseph Joestar.

All that is left now is Takehito Koyasu (BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo and DIO) and the world ( or ZA WARUDO) would explode of awesomeness
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:22 AM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@Sanyiago7 Play Persona 2. Takehito Koyasu voiced the main guy (Tatsuya).
said at 12:11 PM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@NCZ I know i just really like to see The World or any other stand to be in Persona as a homage to Jojo
said at 1:20 PM on Fri Sep 25 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
-My ideal English cast
Protagonist: Josh Grelle ( I know he's unlikely but his performance in Xillia 2 showed me he can do Silent MC's really well. Plus he's done L.A. projects before so it's still possible again albeit very unlikely.
Ryuji: Orion Acaba or Robbie Daymond (both are capable of performing both comedic and dramatic roles if not both in one role successfully.)
Anne: Carrie Keranen (Anne, from what I've seen and heard has a tomboyish demeanor which Carrie is great with.)
Morgiana: Brina Palencia ( the best choice I could think of without Wendee Lee as she can do higher pitched characters without becoming annoying plus she recently has ben doing more L.A. projects.
Yusuke: Kaiji Tang (able to pull off deeper registers while still sounding young.)

Just NO repeats on the cast as far as persona games go.
said at 10:36 AM on Sat Sep 26 2015

Going by your ideal cast, in simple terms, actors/actresses from both Tales of Xillia and Tales of Zestiria. From Bandai-Namco to Atlus.
said at 2:18 PM on Sun Sep 27 2015
@akersaotome I didn't know Carrie and Robbie were going to be in Zestiria that's awesome.
said at 10:00 AM on Fri Sep 25 2015
Seeing how the japanese version has an All-Star Cast already, I'm hoping they'll try and get big names for the dub too. Big names that aren't in previous Persona games that is.

They could surprise us with a bunch of newcomers too.
said at 2:53 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@LeDom Agreed. There's been a ton of voice actors show-up in the anime/JRPG world the last few years. And considering this series typically gets the big ones, I could picture it. I guess we can also look at some of the characters added in spin-offs as examples.
Like Q brought in Ashly Burch, Keith Silverstein, Wendee Lee and Bryce Papenbrook
Golden brought in Eden Riegal
Ultimax brought in Todd Haberkorn

It'll be a solid cast and I hope if they do reuse in voices it'll just be casting former main voices as minor voices since alot of these actors do have nice range.
said at 3:59 PM on Wed Jun 1 2016
@Unknownsage13 With all due respect, this series isn't generally known for getting uber-highly-respected VA's a la...Jeff Bennett, DBB, or even JAT. Nor is it attractive enough for union J-game dubbers like Fred Tatasciore, Hynden Walch, Josh Keaton, or Tara Strong.

It's always been low non-union rates, yeah, obviously a bit higher than anime dubbing (which is apparently THE most putrid industry according to VO actors)..

..but I DO think being mostly non-union puts plenty of bigger names off.

Even certain union dubs like for Star Ocean 5 don't seem to have names outside of anime dubbing (as of yet), because the budget just may not be there as much.

Though as with everything...we'll see.
said at 7:55 PM on Wed Jun 1 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Yuri Lowenthal is highly respected, Wendee Lee is highly respected, Laura Bailey is highly respected, Troy Baker is highly respected, Kyle Hebert is highly respected, list goes on.

You know what I meant, so don't take what I said out of context to make yourself look good. That's the equivalent of me responding to what you said listing several Studio Ghibli film actors in an attempt to put down the voices you said who basically only do extras when it comes to those films.
said at 7:27 PM on Thu Jun 2 2016
@Unknownsage13 Oh, man, I meant no disrespect to those actors (though unfortunately it seems Kyle & Wendee are fairly low-end, according to their interviews)...tho tbf Troy, Laura, & Yuri did Persona years before they really hit it big.

Respectable performances & actors, even then, nonetheless.

& yup, as you said, I didn't keep the context of "voice actors in the JRPG/anime world" in terms of "big ones"

My bad.

That being said...with the rise of popularity of the game, it would be nice to have like Bayonetta/Wonderful 101-level budgeted dubs for this game.

Seeing dub VA's like JYB alongside, say, Greg Cripes, would be really nice.
said at 11:45 AM on Wed Sep 23 2015
I'm hoping for Todd Haberkorn as the protagonist.
said at 6:23 PM on Wed Sep 23 2015
@BioZero216 Really... because I was thinkin' maybe The Protagonist should be voice by Daman Mills, Daniel J. Edwards, Chris Niosi, Chris Guerrero, Max Mittelman or Robbie Daymond.
said at 5:54 AM on Thu Sep 24 2015
@dcmarvelanime Max Mittleman and Robbie Daymond are good choices, but I'm not sure about the others. Especially Gurrero, his voice sems way too deep. I dunno. The protagonist's design just screams Todd Haberkorn to me.
said at 9:58 AM on Fri Sep 25 2015
@BioZero216 Honestly since he already voices another Persona character (Sho) I'd rather see them use someone else.
said at 10:19 AM on Fri Sep 25 2015
@LeDom Ah. Didn't know that.
King Marth 64
said at 5:50 PM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@dcmarvelanime Actually, not only that, Todd did voiced Kimihiro Watanuki from xxxHolic, Teruteru Hanamura from Dangan Ronpa 2 Goodbye Despair, Hayato Mikogami from Sekirei which Jun Fukuyama voiced them in the Japanese version, similar to like Johnny Yong Bosch did voiced both Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist and Lelouch Lamperouge vi Britannia from Code Geass and Yuri Lowength voiced both Shinra Kishitani from Durarara!! and Rikuo Sakisaka from Time of Eve. But, I am pretty sure that the protagonist possibly might going to be voiced by someone else since Johnny already taken the role for Yu and Yuri already taken the role for Makoto. But, I really like to hear Todd Haberkon in a Shin Megami Tensei video game.
said at 2:55 PM on Mon Dec 7 2015
@BioZero216 Though Sho was a character just added in in a spin-off. I could totally picture them casting him again for another room. Especially cuz I picture his P5 protagonist voice being more chill than his Sho.
Phoenix Wright 999
said at 6:38 AM on Wed Sep 23 2015
I really hope they don't put again Lowenthal in the cast.I. think that the main character could be dubbed by Matthew Mercer and the cat by Sam Riegel or Erin Fitzgerald
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said at 7:18 AM on Wed Sep 23 2015
@Phoenix Wright 999 You don't want them to cast someone who's been in a bunch of SMT games, so instead you want to cast different actors who have been in a bunch of SMT games already? :V

No but seriously, generally PCB Productions tend to be fairly good at mixing things up and getting the most out of their VAs so I trust that they'll do well if they dub this (which they probably will be).
Phoenix Wright 999
said at 12:57 AM on Thu Sep 24 2015
@NCZ my reason is that I don't thin they should use the same voice over and over and besides I didn't like the performance of Lowenthal neither in persona 3 nor in persona 4,his voice doesn't have anything to do with the voice of Akita Ishida and Morikubo, but I suppose that's just my opinion
said at 7:18 AM on Thu Jul 14 2016
@Phoenix Wright 999 You don't need to worry about Lowenthal being in the cast. When people on Twitter were wondering about that, Yuri confirmed on Twitter that he will not be in Persona 5's cast at all (ie: He's voicing NO ONE). He said that Atlus likely figured that Yuri has had a long and good enough run with them, and that he himself agrees that he's been doing Atlus stuff for long enough and that it's time for them to not cast him and give other VAs the light.

Here's what Yuri said:

This pretty much settles the matter, and your worries are freed. Yuri Lowenthal will not be cast in this game.
said at 12:23 PM on Mon Sep 21 2015
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I'm really interested to see who they pick for the english cast. Persona 3 and 4 had a pretty awesome voice cast and any replacement and new characters were also great.
Especially when you think of all the voice actors that have gotten pretty iconic after P4 came out.
Maybe they'll reuse some of the voice cast from recent SMT games. Like Record Breaker had a pretty awesome cast. Would be cool to see Cassandra Lee Morris and Todd Haberkorn get some main roles in this.
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