Persona 3 Movie Might Have Multiple Versions; #1 Coming In 2013

By Ishaan . December 28, 2012 . 8:28am

Back in June, we reported news of a Persona 3 movie that was in the works. News of the project has been scarce since the original announcement, but today, the official website for the Persona 3 movie was updated, and now says:


Persona 3 the Movie #1

2013 in theaters


Wait, movie #1? Does that mean we’re looking at more than one Persona 3 movie? Atlus managed to squeeze Persona 4 into a single film, but that game also had a full-length anime series devoted to it.


So, either Persona 3 is being given multiple movies to make up for the lack of an animated series or maybe there are plans for a male and female version, to reflect Persona 3 Portable, which let you pick a female protagonist with a slightly different story to play as.

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  • Jake Caro

    Honoring the female players that had their female character in the portable version, by making two versions of the movie would really be pretty awesome of them.

  • Cephrien

    .. Or maybe it’s a two-part film. :l

    • Haseyo

      The way it’s numbed makes it seem like it isn’t. But I don’t know if it’s common for Japan to just say #1 rather than Part 1.

  • DesmaX

    Hm… Maybe another movie for “The Answer”?

    Or even make it a trilogy (I mean, I really can’t see how they would make the whole P3 into a single movie)…

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Nice. With two or more movies the pacing will be better than what I thought. Now Atlus surprise me with the protagonist’s personality! I really didn’t like his manga version as he was super silent.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Sounds good to me. Might have to bite the bullet and watch it in japanese. Waiting for P4: The Animation to get dubbed was tough enough. Waiting for the Neptunia anime and his to get dubbed is going to be a real challenge.

  • Haseyo

    I don’t think I can handle Koro-chan being shot up by Aigis in FES in actual animation >_>

  • DanteJones

    I thought they would just cut out a lot of the story to fit it into one movie, so this is most welcome news. Now I’m wondering if they’re going to be giving the MC a name like they did for the P4 protagonist.

    • Enma_Kozato

      Well, his placeholder name is Gettarou Yamada, if I’ve been following the news correctly.

      • Nee Nee

        It’s not Minato? o_o

        • OatMatadoQuatro

          The same happened with Souji Seta who became Yu Narukami in the TV series and Arena.

          • LynxAmali

            I still hate Yu. I don’t care about the pun.
            He will always be Souji to me.

            Though, Yu DID have all that swag.

          • OatMatadoQuatro

            ;_; What did I do to you to deserve these feelings?! XD

            I think Soji Seta is actually a reference to Rurouni Kenshin’s Soshiro Seta.

          • Isaac Newton

            Yu Narukami still feels more SWAG to me with capital letters

      • DanteJones

        Hmm, not a fan of the placeholder name much.. I was kind of hoping they’d just stick with Minato!

    • I thought it was Minato Arisato…

      • DanteJones

        It’ll probably be something different like @Amaterasu4:disqus mentioned below.

  • Tiramii

    Two movies would be awesome to see. Regardless, I’m psyched for this.

  • Go2hell66

    any idea which studio is handling the animation?

    because i want top quality, i hope they use a budget big enough to buy a small country :)

    • OatMatadoQuatro

      My guess is that it will be the same as Persona 4 to avoid licensing issues and be able to release more products.

  • Herok♞

    #1 should last until they beat the 12 shadows and X turns out to be a villian #2 should start from there and should also include the answer.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      To be honest, I wouldn’t be suprised if they ended up deciding to skip The Answer or at least cover it in a seperate OVA, since the final fight in Persona 3 proper arguably makes for better final episode material.

      • Herok♞

        Honestly if they were being completely accurate they could make Nyx its own movie, but I do like the idea of a OVA for The Answer.

  • XypherCode

    Good. nuff said :)

  • amagidyne

    Wonder how they’ll pull this off. I felt like P4 lost a lot in adaptation, especially because the protagonist doesn’t make any sense as a character (to me, anyway) unless you’re playing him.

    Can’t remember P1, but P2 had a system that allowed you to swap the personas of your other characters. From P3 on, that was limited to the protagonist, and the ability is linked to his (or her) status as a “wild card”. What that means is ambiguous, but because the other characters get personas that are in some way characteristic of them (Chie gets a brave female samurai, Rise gets the real first ruler of Japan), I figured it implied the character had no fixed “self” and thus was free to take on any persona that seemed convenient.

    And I don’t think you (or at least they) can pull that off in any non-interactive medium. They’re making your role as a player work in the context of the game’s universe. Without “you”, the character has no self at all. He might as well be a figure like Philemon or Igor (or Izanami), who exist but also kinda don’t.

    Or at least that’s what I think.

  • Otoya

    Yay!!!! Something that worth to watch~~~~

  • Niyari

    I KNEW IT. there was just no way they were going to fit the game into a single movie without ruining the experience… something Atlus would never allow.

  • hoping its gonna be a movie series like Kara no Kyoukai: Garden of Sinners
    otherwise part 1 and 2 would be fine

  • Perhaps an alternate ending in which the MC *spoiler spoiler*

    Truly lives on and is by Yukari’s side.

    • Morricane

      But…but…Elisabeth! ;_;

      • Brandonmkii

        That’s not how you spell Aigis >:c

        • Isaac Newton

          And so the ancient comment burst on youtube lives on……

    • Richard N

      MinatoXYukari OTP

      Gonna ride this ship to the ends of the earth!

    • speaking of yukari….FULL ANIMATED BATH SCENE!!!!!!
      it’s the little things i’m looking forward xD
      junpei and akihiko striking out, fuuka’s and shinji’s cooking etc.

    • JazzWithAttitude

      LOL Yukari is a b*tch, He deserves more ;-;

  • Zonic505

    I’d totally be up for a 2nd version that focuses on the female MC. Though I wouldn’t mind a 2 part series to give focus to more events in the game.

  • ragingmerifes

    I shiver a little bit, by thinking about how the music will be.

  • darkfox1


  • Shadowman

    Gimme Gimme!!!

  • Quinton Cunningham

    I was kinda hoping the movie would lead to a full-fledged anime. As much as I liked DS2, I think P3 should have gotten the anime treatment first.

  • Charmchar

    Sweet :D, I actually won’t mind filler in the Persona 3 Movies. Persona 3 cast of character really do deserve to be explored more, show us thing we didn’t see in the manga or games…..I can’t wait >.<

  • miju

    The 90-minute P4 movie was bullshit it only covered the Magatsu Inaba portion with flashbacks of the Heaven boss fight and then True End. The only “new” footage was just the True End episode which was released on BD a few months later anyway. So no, Atlus did not manage to squeeze P4 into a single film. At all.

    P3 movies are supposed to be a trilogy, right according to the Twitter account? Hopefully they’ll split off the story well. Ideally it should be 1) The 12 Shadows 2) Ryoji 3) The Answer but I would really rather them spend the budget earned from P4 on a (better quality) two-course animation season for P3 (and production for P5) rather than try to squeeze P3 into multiple movies.

    Or if they want to be accurate they should just make it Movie 1: Midnight Grinding in Brokeback Tartarus, Movie 2: More Grinding in Tartarus But Now We Have a Dog and Robot, Movie 3: We Finally Reached the Top So Here’s a Two-Hour-Long Boss Fight and then release The Answer as an OVA like a lot of people suggested.

    • Morricane

      I like your focus on grinding :)

  • konsama

    Parts would be awesome since a lot of stuff happen in the game, maybe they will cut it in 2 parts, first year and the 12 arcanas, then Nyx coming to the end.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    The Answer most likey

    • Testsubject909

      If that’s the case, I know one movie I’m skipping.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    It would be nice if the movies did things differently compared to the game and featured the male MC and female MC in the same continuity.

  • Maia Kasoya

    So the Protagonist♀ might be in the/a movie after all? If that’s true, yay~.
    But if she was… What would her name be?

    • Isaac Newton

      Maybe it will be Gettarou Yamada hahaha!

  • Spider-Man

    I loved how the P4 anime was done. They should do it like that, and have the same animators, of course.

  • Tien Ron

    i think it will be a two parter

  • Himiko

    They confirmed a while back it would be not just 1 movie. Guess it got dug under.

  • Fidelis

    I like the English voice cast too much to be able to fully enjoy the movie..
    I don’t wanna hear a different voice come out of Junpei..

    • Qrpheus

      I completely agree.

  • shafiq95

    i have mixed feelings about persona animes….as much as i liked P4,i tot the anime was average at best…it felt rushed and they were not able to capture the bonds/friendship the protagonist had with his companions including those outside the investigation team like Kou….they skipped all of the characters resolution and alot of the social link interaction that develop the characters.The only thing i liked about the anime is the humor and the soundtracks.Heres hoping that they are able to capture that in P3

  • Pockystix

    will FeMC get her own movie?

  • Testsubject909

    My money. Here. Now GIMME A TICKET! Or a DVD or bluray, whichever works so long as I get to see it.

  • Warren

    i cant am so excited for this movie…but i feel like yukari will ruin it like she does everything else. :)

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Yukari only ruined things in The Answer and to be fair, most everybody seemed out of character in that epilogue~.

      • Qrpheus

        So true.

  • Pyrofrost

    I personally don’t think it’s going to be the Female MC…she wasn’t even made a canon character, even though Theo was.

  • Colonel Custard

    What if movie #1 MaleMC and Movie #2 FemMC… not sure why they would do that but, hey anything is possible.(Well unless its been decided that one particular thing is gonna happen then the rest become moot.)

  • seems reasonable to have 2-3 movies especially if they intend to show some of the social links. highly doubt that theyll make one with female MC as its offically not canon and would just confuse people.

    • cameron forsyth

      really? i never heard anyone officially say that.
      heres a good run down.

      personally i think the presence of a female and male protagonist shows that atlus possibly wants the player to see the protagonist as their avatar like most Dating simulators, RPGS and visual novels, why else would we be allowed to name him/her and make his/her decisions. but they still have some personality so then you can view the story from a third person perspective if you choose to.

      on that note i would consider that maybe they will make a original route where both the female and male protagonist play a part, as we don’t know much about his backstory rather than a few hints. to be honest the original story was quite literally ripped out of ancient mythology and could use some spice (NIX and tarturus). but whatever anything to give the protagonists more backstory and character.

      • Richard N

        I just think it would be silly to make another movie with the exact same plot just with a different main character and maybe some sweet Shinji loving. Just doesn’t really make much sense.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Confusing people is fun though
      edit: wait and minute… 3 months ago… crap I’m sorry.

  • Good to know tht they are splitting it into few movies. Tht means tht they won’t cut out too much stuff :) And since this is movie I guess they have more budget? Can’t wait to see it ^.^

    2013 is shaping to be a SMT year with P3M, DeSuAnimation, SMT IV and DS SH :D

  • Warren

    Is everyone ready to see Mitsuru and Akihiko on the big screen! I am!
    Boo Yukari!

    • Qrpheus

      Boo Mitsuru!*

  • MCoelho

    *Info comes out when the moon is full*

    God, this is genius

  • RablaAndrews

    Oh fantastic, multiple movies means it won’t be the disastrous trainwreck it originally sounded like.

    Split the game into multiple parts, maybe even do the answer. This project has potential now.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    I’m eager to see the main character talking. His videogame voice actor is famous for voicing other famous characters such as Gaara from Naruto, Athrun Zala from Gundam SEED and Zura from Gintama.

    Then in English we have Yuri Lowenthal and everybody knows how famous he is.

  • Coconut Flower

    I wish they would make a movie of P4 Arena and P3 The Answer.

  • xXKentaXx

    Make 3 of them. 2 versions on initial release then later on The Answer. One being the Minato’s perspective and another being Minako’s perspective. Finally the third will be the Answer. I’m sorry I don’t remember the MC’s name that they’ve chosen for him.

  • honestly, id love to see if they could pull off a sequal (nigh impossible to do) where the MC returns. But im still giddy about a strait movie adaptation or series.

  • our sister beat the 12 shadows and WE LIKE IT its the best!and we defeated the NYX !so this is my favorite game in my whole life!

  • Guest

    Shooting yourself on the big screen? Damn, i want someone in Japan count how many times they do it in the movie.

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