Ren Amamiya will debut next year.
During a Christmas Eve event, Atlus announced that Persona 5: The Animation will begin airing in Japan in April 2018.
Atlus confirmed that the original Japanese voice cast will return to voice their characters in the anime. An official site for the Persona 5 anime also launched today, including our first look at the official key art featuring the main character in Shibuya.
Also during the event, Atlus revealed (as translated by Persona Central) that the protagonist’s canon name during the anime will be Ren Amamiya. Previously, the main character was named Akira Kurusu in the official manga.
Atlus has varied its protagonists’ names in different mediums in the past. While Persona 4’s protagonist is generally called Yu Narukami based on his name in the anime, he was known as Souji Seta in the manga. Persona 3’s hero was named Makoto Yuki in the anime film adaptations, but Minato Arisato in the manga.
A Persona 5 anime series was first announced back in July along with a short teaser. Previously, Atlus released a Persona 5 anime special called Persona 5: The Daybreakers, which served as a standalone tale showing off the exploits of the game’s Phantom Theieves in Mementos.
Earlier today, Atlus also announced the Japanese release date for Persona 5: Dancing Star Night and Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night. Stay tuned to IGN for more news as it’s revealed.
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