Persona 3 Heroes Mitsuru, Akihiko, And Aigis Are Still Fighting Shadows Today

By Spencer . July 6, 2012 . 1:24pm

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Burdened by the sins of her family’s attempt to harness shadows, Mitsuru formed the Shadow Workers after the events in Persona 3. Akihiko and Aigis, her dorm mates and fellow persona users, joined the Shadow Workers, which works with the police to handle issues with shadows.


After graduating high school, Mitsuru tracks down a dangerous package which leads her to Inaba. There she meets other persona users and steps into the TV world. The "package" she’s looking for is Labyrs and when Mitsuru enters the Midnight Channel she finds there are two of them…



Akihiko has been traveling the world to hone his fighting skills. When he receives an emergency call from Mitsuru, he heads to Inaba enthusiastic to see if all of his training paid off. The first opponent he meets is a bear, which we all know is Teddie.


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Animation studio Madhouse made a new opening video for Persona 4: Arena and it looks like Labrys is in it.

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Mitsuru’s ultimate attack: Niflheim

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Akihiko’s ultimate attack: Earth Breaker

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Aigis’ ultimate attack: Palladion

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  • Herok♞

    Looking better each time I see it.

  • gaiahatergaia

    Best fighting game on the PS3 anyone?

    • Dantis

       Probably not.


      • gaiahatergaia

        Yeah, i guess it’s too early to judge.

        But gotta admit, that’s some sexy stuff right there.

    • That would be KoF XIII

      • Easily.

      • Luna Kazemaru

        To bad KOF’s netcode is ass.

        • It is ;_;, but the game itself is still easily one of the best this gen (My favourite <3)

      • gaiahatergaia

        As of yet, it makes sense, but you never know, P3Arena might surpass it.

    • Valkenhayn

      Blazblue is definitely the most I enjoy though, I especially love the characters and the music. Still waiting for GGXXAC+ PSN though….

      • gaiahatergaia

        I wasn’t really into Blazblue…I mean sure, it has alot of good points, but it was hard to get combos and special moves right, though i think it was just me who sucks at it lol

        • Valkenhayn

          Lol omg I know what you mean! It took me from the 1st game then halfway though the 2nd game then I started improving a lot with some online help with ppl giving me pointers(and I couldn’t believe the tutorial mode helped me a lot especially the character specific ones)

          • gaiahatergaia

            I kept playing for hours trying to figure out what’s going on, most of the time i was button mashing though lol

  • “The first opponent he meets is a bear…”

    “which we all know is Teddie.”

    • Chow

      Now, now.  That’s bearly a reason to poke fun at Teddie.

    • Testsubject909

      His first opponent should be Zangief.

    •  “ShinjitrainingShinjitrainingShinjitrainingShinjitraining..”
      He’s been training all this time just to fight a Bear.

  • Dantis

    To be honest, whilst I’m mad that I had to cancel my preorder, I’m starting to think it was maybe for the best.

    This is looking less and less like a game I’d enjoy. Which I’m fine with, so long as it doesn’t influence the main series in any way. This is… More silly than I like my Persona.

    • Well apparently it’s canon.

      • Dantis

         Eh. I’ll take that with a grain of salt.

        I finished The Golden, and it is physically impossible for them to justify why these characters are fighting. They’re like, the closest group of friends ever.

        The whole premise is somewhat silly. Which is fine. But I refuse to consider it canon.

        • darkfox1

          You probably missed it but the events that take place in this game is mentioned briefly in P4G

          • Dantis

             It is literally “Hey, May was really busy so we couldn’t do much!”

            Which is cool. When I heard it was referenced, I was expecting a mention of Labrys or something. Couldn’t really deny it as canon if they did that.

        • Valkenhayn

          Lol it’s not like they’re out to kill each other. I’ll just assume its like Yosuke’s Rank 9-10 link(because fighting your friends is the best way to be better friends, jk)
          If you’re still curious you can probably get it later when the price drops anyway.

          • Dantis

             I’ll probably give it a rent, I think. I’m a big Persona fan, so I feel like I should at least play it, even if I don’t enjoy it.

        • Zeik56

          That’s stupid, it’s confirmed to be canon whether you like it or not. Covering your ears and going “lalala, not listening” won’t change that.

          However just so you know, they’re not fighting because of any kind of disagreement or even for lolz, as far as I understand it the Midnight Channel is influencing them to act out of character and extra aggressive.

          • Dantis


    • RablaAndrews

      It’s confirmed Canon.

      • Dantis


        It’s confirmed canon by Hashino who isn’t even involved with the game.

        When he said that he probably didn’t realise how dumb the story was.

        • RablaAndrews

          “Bawwwww I don’t like it i’m ignoring it”

          • Dantis

             Try not to be too constructive there.

          • RablaAndrews

            Sorry but all you’ve given me is “I think the story is stupid.”

  • Spoiling something so close to release date??

  • Xapth

    I keep hoping for some mentioning of the Persona 3 Male Protagonist. 

    He’s in there somewhere… I… I just know it… he can’t stay a door seal forever.

    Still hoping for some sort of cameo character from another Atlus title, my top choices being Serph and Demi-fiend… and then I’ll get trolled with Vincent, who attacks with super pillow fighting power.

    • Testsubject909

      Not the Demi Fiend.

      I repeat. I’d imagine the Demi Fiend would be:Gaea’s Rage. Touch the floor and instant KO.
      Freikugel. Arcing laser of instant KO.
      Summon Demons. Multiple different spells of heavy damage
      Megidolaon. Large explosion of instant KO.
      Fires of Sinai. Random vertical large lasers of instant KO.
      Special using up his whole SP bar:
      Summon Lucifer. Stage changes momentarily into a hostile stage that does random damaging effects and vertical or horizontal almighty or elemental attacks while the Demi-Fiend continues his onslaught.

      So no. Demi Fiend would break them all.

      edit: Though… I would still love seeing that.

    • Darkrise

      Or Katherine with her wedding dress + machete form.

  • ThunderGod_Cid

    This game is looking better everyday.

  • Testsubject909

    And so, after having reached lv 99 with their leader back in the days when they were traversing upward throughout Tartarus, the team formed their own special squads funded by the company owned by Mitsuru, with the aide of the police and the full employment of all those involved in SEES, they now protect the world against Shadows.


    And despite having reached max rank and level, Akihiko learned the ability to alter reality, sending his opponents into the miniature glove held by his Persona, transfer himself and proceed to destroy and probably regenerate the world held in his Persona’s hands.

    Mitsuru mastered a level of ice higher then what she’s granted in Persona 3 and upgrading her physical appeal which I will assume is mastering her Marin Karin and altering it to the point of absorbing SP from her opponents in so doing. Hey, I’m okay with that.

    And Aigis became a civilian saving jet powered superhero robot that can summon up an Iron Man styled giant laser bazooka gun powered by her Persona.

    Sooo… I’m guessing. And these are just guesses…

    Yukari finally learned to be a reliable healer after finally growing up and hopefully learn not to get other people in trouble.

    Junpei’s probably roaming the land being Jesus as he performs regenerative miracles unto himself and others as per the parting gift he received and maybe, probably, is involved and working with the police from within Shadow Workers, as he grew up and matured quite well in the main game.

    Ken… is probably in high school now.

    Koromaru’s probably the mascot of Shadow Workers and will eventually duel with Teddie for best animal mascot for a Persona team in the late future.

    And that’s it…


    Oh and, personally, I’m removing “The Answer” from my brain and replacing it with “Shadow Workers”.

    edit: I knew I forgot someone.

    Fuuka… She’s probably in charge of monitoring activities and detection of shadows for the team to combat.

    •  Its just a game you know

      • Testsubject909

        Totally is. If you’re thinking I put too much thought into it or something, don’t.

        This is literally just my immediate thoughts out of nowhere that I just wrote down is all. It’s always interesting though to see people surprised by what I write or assume that I’ve spent substantial amount of time thinking on a subject or whatnot.

        • xXDGFXx

          Whenever one is in need of inspiration, remind them to call you…

          • Testsubject909

            Currently working with some friends on a game. I’m in charge of the gameplay elements, balancing, boss design and patterns and stage design.

            It’s slow working though as we’re reworking the theme and we’ve been clashing a bit artistically and conceptually.

    • Brandon001

      dude wut, can’t believe you typed all that

      • Testsubject909

        First thing that popped to my head is all. So I just wrote that.

    • Elemiel

       It’s only been two years, Ken’s still in elementary school. =A=

    • Göran Isacson

      Gotta admit, I am so totally up for a fight between Koromaru and Teddie. Kuddly Kombat is a thing that needs to happen and it needs to happen soon.

  •  Is it possible that Akihiko’s manliness has reached even greater heights?

    • He even more ripped than Kanji….. YEAH.

  • Chiupon

    I see Fuuka O: 

  • Rohan Viajar

    near to the end of the set of photos…
    is that the cop that supplied the SEES weapons in P3?

    (I’m referring to the guy in a suit with a somewhat come overed hair. where mitsuru is on the right and the guy with the suit is on the left.)

    • Acc to her dialogue….. 90% its Officer Kurosawa.

  • Alexander Aubert


    the dark hour is gone isn’t it? so why there’s still shadows in the dark hour

    • revenent hell

      Once the dark hour dissapeared shadows leaked in to normal time flow or it’ll probably be something like that

  • Prinnydoom

    Ah my respect for akihiko grows 100 fold with his edition to this ^______^

  • Shadow Workers, eh? I guess that’s Mitsuru’ way to help the P3 MC’s soul hasten his time as a Great Seal.

  • Riian

    This game is sounding better and better everytime. I’m a big fan of the Persona series, but I’ve never played or been a big fan o fighting games, so maybe I’ll give this game a chance once the price drops. It seems very user friendly.

  • leadintea

    Anyone see Fuuka and Nanako navigators?

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Can’t stop staring at Mitsuru! I mean, wow!

  • meganeshounen

    Just a thought, couldn’t those kanas for “Shadow Workers” also be read as “Shadow Walkers”?

    It does sound a bit cooler, but I guess that’s only me.

  • Lets hope Madhouse got it right this time. Many of us were very disappointed with the P4G opening, especially since it came from such a famously good studio

    • elvergudo666

       chinga tu madre!!!!!

  • Sardorim

    Poor Yukari, Fuka, and Junpei are forgotten, huh?

    • Ken: Aw crap!!! Not again.
      Koromaru: WOOF!
      Aigis: He said I’mma eat some ppl now.

  • Z3

    Aigis is just too cute!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  • Detrimont

    i wish lisa was in the game as well, she’s my second favourite after aigis, but with the alternate timeline, idk if she still has a persona

  • I thought there no more shadow in the world after Tartarus and Abyss of Time go POOF?

    So its look lk SEES members got a part time job eh? And travelling too. Boy I wish there a Fuuka MC DLC…..

    Is dat Dark Hour!? –>|1

    • meganeshounen

      The Shadows within Mayonaka TV give their regards.

      Besides, the collective bad emotions of mankind have existed faaaaaaaar longer than anyone can recall. It’s seems only recently that Philemon and Nyaa decided to include them into their all-encompassing gamble of whether people have good intentions or not.

      About Mitsuru’s society of Shadow-ass-kicking, I’m supposing she had help from other Persona users outside of SEES… The Nanjo from where the Kirijo Group branched off was headed by Nate, who’s a pro Persona user, after all.

      • The little gamble continues even as both Philemon and Nyarly are no longer directly involved. It yet still remains to be seen if humans will transcend into higher and greater existence or doom themselves in their self made oblivion in the end.

  • natchu96

    Gotta love Akihiko in the badass red longcoat. Reminds me of someone else . . .

  • Steven Higgins

    Wait a minuet. I thought that Persona users were supposed to lose the ability to use their Personas as they get older (trinity soul), yet Mitsuru is 20 and can still use hers effectively? Not only that But she seems to be even stronger than she was in P3? Whats up with that.

    • Testsubject909

      Don’t take Trinity Soul as canon.

      To begin with, in older Persona games (like Persona 2), multiple adults GAINED their Personas at an older age…

      The idea and concept that people lose their Personas due to age is just pretty stupid and just about everyone sort of agreed to just ignore that idea.

      edit: Also, I’ve been hearing, haven’t checked for confirmations, that the Trinity Soul was knocked out of canon.

    • meganeshounen

      From the looks of it, Mitsuru can use her Persona passively (no usage of the Evoker) for smaller and normal attacks, but her higher-end attacks like Niflheim requires her to whip out her feather-powered gun.

      (Calling Niflhein a “high end” skill perhaps is an understatement, as only Minato’s Ice-element Fusion Spell and Margaret’s custom Ice spell Cocytus are the only ones that can top that… barring the P1/2’s fusion skills.)

      So somehow after all those years (just a few, actually) of training, she managed to get to a level comparable to that of the previous generation Persona Users except, yes, she still needs her Evoker.

      Same goes for Akihiko, while Aigis is… well, she’s a robot.

      And iirc, that concept of “you lose your Persona when you get older” might stem from the series Shugo Chara, where you finally “embrace your ideal self/other self” once you reach a certain level of maturity… but that never stopped the Inaba Scoobies for gaining Personas.

      tl;dr – Trinity Soul was somewhat good but would be hard to connect to canon series. At least it had the foundations for Adult!Akihiko…

      • Bigabu Beaze

         Niflheim is~nt a hi~gh end or fu~sion sp~ell that on~ly Minato ca~n use. I~ts a spe~ll that a sin~gle persona c~an use! See th~is link :

        • Can you please stop doing that with your text, it does not make you unique it makes you annoying.

    • Sardorim

      Trinity Soul was ruled non-canon. So just disregard it when it comes to the canon of the game series.

  •  It’s a shame that Labyris(The lazy design) is some type of boss. What a mistake it was to create such a pointlessly stupid design.

    • Ben Sylvia

       What, specifically is “stupid” about her design?

      Just saying it’s stupid without any reasons to support your opinion just makes you look like a troll.

      And it’s Shadow Labrys that’s a boss.

  • i love Mitsuru design, she is hot but what happened to Akihito ?! Be half naked doesn’t suit him at all.

  • AnimusVox

    Ahhh Persona 3, how I love thee more than P4 :L
    I’d be happy if it were just the 3 in the fighting game….with P1 and 2 characters in it. But such is life.

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