Persona 3 the Movie #1: Spring of Birth Coming This Fall

By Ishaan . March 27, 2013 . 8:55am

As previously reported, Persona 3 is getting the movie treatment. The first Persona 3 movie will be released in Japanese theatres this Fall, and is titled Persona 3 the Movie #1: Spring of Birth, according to its website, which was updated today. The Persona 3 protagonist has a new name for the movie—Makoto Yuki.


Persona 3 the Movie #1: Spring of Birth is being directed by Noriaki Akitaya, who has served as director on the Bakuman anime. Seiji Kishi, who is directing the Devil Survivor 2 anime, is serving as supervisor. Anime studio AIC ASTA is working on the project.


You can watch a short trailer for Persona 3 the Movie #1: Spring of Birth over at its official website, linked to above.


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  • Guest

    well, whatever

    • Detrimont


  • Suriel Cruz


  • Brandon001

    Thus begins pointless internet debates over MC’s name.

    Anyway, hope this will be good, better than P4’s anime

    • MagisterXII

      He has no name, he is just the MC, this proves my point!

      • Brandon001


      • Ali

        Wasn’t it Minato Arisato? Then again P4’s MC wasn’t Souji Seta – rather some completely different name

        • His other name is Yuu Narukami, P4s that is.

        • MagisterXII

          No, he just needed to be called something for the manga version and that was the name he was given. Everything is based on the player in these games, including the name, he’s a blank slate.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Minato is the game default should you leave his name blank as I recall.

          • Swaggermuffin

            Wrong. The Protagonist has no default name; the Name Input screen is blank when you come to it. Minato came from the manga adaptation.

    • Detrimont

      Yu Narukami makes more sense than Souji Seta, afterall, Narukami is the God of THunder, and the elemental alliance(you know what i mean) that the protag has is Zio, Ziodyne etc

    • but P4 anime was really good. O.O

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Well only issue with Bakuman anime is that they cram so many events into so few scenes, so…

    Anyway, Im ready to burn my bread! Hopefully Aniplex of America gets this, even though they are still behind on movies from JPN (Star Driver Movie, BLue Exorcist movie…)

  • Sam Park

    Wait Spring of Birth… a 4 Part Movie

    • It was previously announced as 2 so don’t get your hopes up.

      • Ahh, they should have at least gotten 3
        Spring of Birth
        Summer of Life
        and the Fall of Death

        • Was the end in Fall? It has been a long time since I played P3. But yah way back when these were originally announced they said 2 movies.

          • Saphira

            Actually, they said it’s a trilogy

          • Are you sure? It has been a long time.

          • Saphira

            The P3M twitter account said it will be a trilogy… so yea. Plus, everyone else says so XD

          • Ok trilogy it is. I honestly thought it was a.. duology? is that the word? As I said it has been a while.

  • TheExile285

    looking forward to this

  • Android_Shinobi

    BRB gotta change my pants

  • Sam Park

    Wait Makoto Yuki? Thtas his name? AHHH i like Minato

  • Scratch90

    Makoto Yuki. Better than the rumored Gettarou Yamada (which I heard is a placeholder name).

    • Minato Arisato will always be the best name for him. It just “fit,” but then maybe I feel that way because it’s the first name we heard.

      • Misty Dawson


      • Scratch90

        Yeah, same ‘case’ I guess with Souji/Narukami.

      • Detrimont

        that name didnt even exist til the manga came out
        same with P4’s protag, the name souji seta came from the manga as well. (though i like Narukami more)

  • Pokahontas McGuigan

    so are they gonna do 4 movies one for each season?

    • Previously announced as 2 movies, but they could have changed it, but I doubt it.

  • rebecasunao

    Now that I finally started playing Persona 3 I can’t wait to see the movie. :D Hypehypehype

  • Safros9

    So, since there’s a Persona 3 movie, would it be safe to assume that they’re making a Persona 3 related game? I just don’t see the point in going back to a previous game in the series, unless they’re wanting to build hype for something..

    • benhofb

      I was debating this with a friend of mine. Perhaps the Persona related trademark Atlus took out on the 3DS could be linked to a 3D-Persona 3 remake…?

      • Isaac Newton

        Persona 3DS hmmm seem legit…..

        • But would the fans be willing to play P3 YET AGAIN!? I would, but that’s because I love the series above the reasonable limit.

          • Swaggermuffin

            The answer to your question is yes.

    • Isaac Newton

      P3:The Ultimate at Iwatodai Arena? P3: The Platinum FOR PSV/PS3 or maybe PS4? or P5 trailer?

      that all my guess …

      But whatever I’m still at the hype train

      • Misty Dawson

        To be able to main FeMC… all my monies.

        • Demeanor

          Agreed!!! P3 Arena would be freaking awesome! Takaya! Shinji! Yukari! OoO (btw STILL waiting for P4U… eu, you know…)

  • Makoto Yuki???
    sounds so… generic. Arisato Minato is better!!!

    i wonder if he somewhat has connection to this Makoto Yuki :

  • Sergio Briceño

    So it’s going to be “Birth by Spring”?

  • Chris Yuen


  • Isaac Newton

    Minato to Makoto
    there is no prob in my camp there names are both sexy!
    I want there name to be MINE!

    • Xerain

      You can legally change your name if you want.

      • Isaac Newton

        In our country nah…

    • LynxAmali

      I’m more upset by the last name being changed.

      Makoto Arisato still sounds pretty cool IMO. I named FeMC that in Portable, as I am a firm believer in the “Brother, Sister” theory.

      • Isaac Newton

        compare to Yu Narukami, Makoto Yuki still great for XD

  • Numerous movies! That’s exactly what P3 would need! Awesome news here. It’s also great to have a release date to look forward to!

  • Ohhhh man. All my hype. ALL OF IT!

  • Isaac Newton

    Hey those anyone notice.
    4 parts of movie.
    The first movie is title Spring of Birth.
    So the the Second will be Summer then Fall and lastly Winter?

    • Saphira

      I think I read somewhere that this will be a trilogy… so three parts only. Which would make sense cause that would mean it will end with ‘Fall’… If you know what I mean :P

      • DongT

        ahhh clever!

  • Cool!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    hype 100%

  • Steven Higgins

    I guess they learned from P4 that Persona games are too large to be put into one movie and still accurately represent the the story. Especially since, I believe, P3 had even more S. Links than P4? The name doesn’t matter. He will not have an official name until or unless it is explicitly stated in a later game. The only reason Yu became the P4 MCs name is because that’s what he was called in Arena. As far as I’m concerned both the Manga and Movie names are merely placeholders ’till then. Wait, I just thought of something. Both “Makoto” and “Yuuki” is are unisex names that could also be used for the FeMC!

  • Saphira

    At least Yuki Makoto > Gettarou Yamada… In any case, I guess we can also call FeMC Yuki Makoto now? XD

  • Demeanor

    Lol makoto and yuki both sound like girl names XD I’m curious about the kanji used…

  • Summer of Life
    then Fall of Death
    Three Movies
    with each one at least being 1Hour and 30 Minutes
    so 4Hours and 30 Minutes? Thats at least 9 Episode Worth of Information!!!

  • Strain42

    I personally like Makoto Yuki more than Minato Arisato (mostly because it doesn’t rhyme) but following suit with Yu Narukami back when the P4 anime came out, I don’t care what name he’s called until it’s used in an official game. So he will continue to simply be P3MC for me until Makoto Yuki appears in a game.

  • Strain42

    I also like this name because Makoto can be used for both males and females, so if for whatever reason they ever decide to bring the FeMC back, they can just keep the same name.

  • digitaldevil0

    Who the hell cares what his name is? Makoto is a unisex name and actually fits him(kanji means Tie, knot, connect or link)

    • Bondan Aliano

      Oooh, then they could name the female protagonist from P3P “Makoto” as well…

      • Swaggermuffin

        if she was canon then sure

        • Bondan Aliano

          ヘ(^_^ヘ)(ノ^_^)ノ A retelling movie with the female protagonist, maybe in a parallel/alternate universe would be nice, please :D

          • Saphira


    • ShadowDivz

      Makoto is unisex? Sounds feminin to me. Then again, i’ve only seen girls with the name makoto.

  • Detrimont

    Name makes sense
    結城 理 (Makoto Yuki)
    結= Tie, knot, connect, link
    城= Castle
    理= Reason, justice, truth

  • Maia Kasoya

    Makoto Yuki? I really like that name, in fact I’m starting to like it as much as Minato Arisato. I’m sure everyone else must be seriously pissed off, though.
    I wonder if they would give the Protagonist♀ the same name, since the name Makoto is unigender.

  • rainbow-monster


  • I think they should have just used Minato Arisato because it just seems to roll off the tongue. But despite the name, I’m hyped for the movie. They should make an alternate OVA with FeMC.

  • ZekeFreek

    NONONONO! Now he has the same name as the main character of School Days! Who had the same name as the girl in Blazblue! THERE ARE TOO MANY FUCKING MAKOTOS MAKE IT STOP!!!

  • Clever choice of name. (Benefits the P3P MShe as well.) I guess “Makoto” is somewhat a name that can be given to either male or female.

  • Nitraion

    Haha Unisex names… sooo clever…

  • Guest

    > new name for the movie for the Male MC
    > suddenly remembers it’s also the same name of a JAV Actress

    …. well, this definitely made my day xD
    But srsly. I’ll only call him ‘Makoto’ (and not the full name) or ‘Minato’ … otherwise anything NSFW would suddenly pop up from my head ._.

  • ekibyougami
  • Firion Hope

    I don’t see the big deal, minato is a terrible sounding name

  • Isamu Akiyama

    When will this come to the US?!?
    Someone tell me!!! -.-

  • Isamu Akiyama

    Someone find out when this movie comes to the US. -.-
    This isn’t my real name this is the name i use for the game.

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