Persona Q Is Getting Two Manga, One For P3 And One For P4

By Ishaan . January 11, 2015 . 12:31pm

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While Persona 5 is in development and is scheduled for release in 2015, the Persona 3 and Persona 4 merchandise keeps rolling out in the meantime.

 

Anime News Network reports that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is getting two new manga series this year. One will be published titled Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – Side:P3. The other, predictably, will be titled Side:P4.

 

Both manga will be published in the pages of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. Side:P3 will make its debut in the March issue of the magazine, which will be released on February 9th in Japan.


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  • Heropon

    LOL . So maybe Persona Q anime will coming soon

    • Adam

      Was thinking the same thing. I’d not mind this one bit.

      • I do mind a lot and sadly nothing will stop it anyway.

    • Kaetsu

      Since it’s going to take me forever to get through the P3 campaign, I probably won’t get around to finishing the P4 campaign(let alone the P3 one) so an anime adaptation would be nice.

      • Kaitou21

        Lol, I’ve had it since launch back in Nov. and still haven’t finished it either, I’ll probably just cheat and use an Action Replay device to beat it. Morals you might ask? fak that, I wanna win and be done with it.

    • James Reilly

      Not until the arena anime which will probably launch when the P3 movies are done.

  • Melos_D

    Kinda saw this coming since there’s been a Persona 4 arena manga already.

    • Serph

      Jesus christ, what’s with japan wanting to read the same stuff over and over?

  • persona_yuji

    Can you smell that? That’s the smell of something being milked to death!

    • LightningFarron19

      Oh hell yes! I find it hilarious that people say “How dare Square Enix make 2 sub series games to FF13” and yet completely ignore how Atlus has just basically turned Persona 3 and Persona 4 into the “Monsters of Milking”.

      That is what we call Double Standards my friends!

      • Miss_Madness

        If you milk something and the milk is still good then that is fine if not a bit annoying. People will still buy that milk and they add few different flavors to make it interesting or turn it into yogurt or ice cream. When you try to milk a dead horse that is another situation. That horse is dead and you keep trying to push that nasty milk, you do yourself no favors.

  • Samuel

    Really? I mean,really?

  • Makoto Yuki

    Decline state : milking the product.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’m expecting Persona Q: Golden any day now.

    • Featuring the cast of Persona 5

  • Next thing we’ll get is Persona Q anime and then a Persona Q stage play

    • AuraGuyChris

      …I would actually not mind a Persona Q anime. I mean, we can get to see the P3 cast without a movie.

  • MasterScrub

    Well seeing as how every other game got a manga I can’t say this shocks me.

  • Come on, man! :l

  • dark-kyon

    persona 5 delay incoming.

  • Rentekabond

    Prior to Ultimax coming out, I never thought I’d be sick of P4/P3, but with all these things coming out that don’t actually affect anything canonically, I’m starting to reach the burnout point.

    Ultimax’s story has been boring me to sleep with both the story itself and it’s presentation (I hate visual novels) and while the little bit of PQ I’ve played seems at least a little bit more interesting (it actually has real cutscenes and effort like the original games!), its status as a prequel is really disheartening because I wanna see the characters at the point I worked them too, not way back when Naoto first joined the crew.

    Basically, what I’m saying is, unless they actually move the story of P3/4 forward in a meaningful way (Via some interaction in P5 ala P4 or a spinoff that takes place afterwards), I think I’m done supporting the franchise for now.

    • Slickyslacker

      For nearly a decade, Persona has soared to international popularity (and eclipsed its progenitor, SMT, almost entirely), solely on the auspices of Persona 3 and Persona 4.

      It’s enough. The point of ridiculous passed a while ago: after P4G’s release, when Atlus embarked on their final blitz of Persona marketing, before the eventual release of P5.

    • Suqsid

      Those manga will never head to the west. What’s there to support?

      • Rentekabond

        It was a more general statement, inspired by the general apathy I have because of Ultimax, on the off chance that more things come this way, like the Golden Anime or whatnot. There’s also Dancing All Night that we know is coming.

        • Suqsid

          Fair enough.

        • Suqsid

          Fair enough.

        • Suqsid

          Fair enough.

      • Rentekabond

        It was a more general statement, inspired by the general apathy I have because of Ultimax, on the off chance that more things come this way, like the Golden Anime or whatnot. There’s also Dancing All Night that we know is coming.

    • Suqsid

      Those manga will never head to the west. What’s there to support?

    • Shippoyasha

      I think that kind of viewpoint is a tad self conflicting considering they take place as side stories or as crossovers. So if you don’t want to get into them, it’s really not of any consequence. On the otherhand, if they actually continued the story into the future and are in fact a necessity to catch up to the lore, I can only imagine the kind of whining and complaining that would go to 11 if that is the case. I am perfectly fine with Persona having spinoffs this way. It really doesn’t hurt anyone if they don’t want constant canonical storylines. On the otherhand, for those who want to delve deeper have the option to.

      • Rentekabond

        I’ve got no problem going back to play a game I previously thought was irrelevant if at some point it actually became relevant (Hell, that’s the reason I’m playing PQ still and, for a different series, the reason I played 358 and Re:Coded). But as it stands right now, pretty much everything that’s come out has been recursive fluff and I, personally, can only go through the same steps so many times.

        I was fine with Arena up until I played Golden and realized that, by the time of the true ending, nothing of any real consequence happens in Arena. Then I beat Arena and there was hope that something big could happen because of the way it ended. Ultimax being announced was something I was ecstatic for, up until actually playing the story and, like I said, being bored to near tears. I’ve only beaten the P4 episode so far, but if that’s anything to go on, Ultimax is more consequence free fluff that I’ve come to hate from the series.

        As someone who thought P4 was leagues better than P3, it’s sad to me that I care more about their future primarily because they don’t have a canon set in stone to keep them all safe.

        As an aside, I’d be way happier with the fluffier spinoffs if they at least took the character development of the characters into account with the writing instead of

        “Character Quirk, doubtdoubtdoubt, FRIENDSHIP!”

        That we got from the ones we have.

        • Shippoyasha

          I think Arena stories are ultimately for the fighting games in the end. They kind of went nuts with Ultimax and if they make another Arena game, I do hope it feels more ‘canonical’ if it makes any sense.

          It’s not like I don’t sympathize with that frustration though.

          I wouldn’t mind some kind of a plot continuation for Persona 3 and 4 someday, with maybe seeing the older versions of the characters in some kind of a canonical sequel (same for P5 characters), and maybe even mixing up some oldschool Persona 2 characters in there as well. I wouldn’t mind RPG spinoffs or even full blown crossover/sequel event extravaganza of a game, someday. But I suppose they really are shoring up the funding for the likes of Persona 5 at the moment. I don’t think these spinoffs, as fluffy as they can be, are totally useless. A lot of them are still decently entertaining to me, and I just consider them to be money in the coffer for Atlus’s future games.

          • DeathDias71

            Spoiler territory ahead…Just a warning.

            I think in a lot of ways, the P3 protagonist was a turning point not just in the franchise but the series as a whole. If you look at how P1 and both P2 games end then there is definitely a tone shift when you get to P4. And I believe this is completely intentional if you go back to the bet made between Philemon and Nyarlathotep. Who is to say that humanity is starting to show Philemon right? I know the whole friendship is power or whatever is something people roll their eyes at, but that was the whole point of P3 and P4.

            Neither Protagonist could accomplish what they did without social links. They are also the first in the franchise to be able to build their persona power in this fashion. And I think the spin-offs go to show how important the two protagonist actually are. I mean yeah…its partly done for the money…but hey, they are a company and at the end of the day they need to make money to keep in business. And the Persona 3 and 4 cast have proven to make money beyond their main game.

            Personally it doesn’t bother me, because Persona 5 is coming and the spin-off games aren’t done by the main team so it isn’t like they are splitting resources. The Arena game was done by Arc Sys…PQ was done by the EO team, and Dancing All Night is being done by another outside team (I think the ones that do the Hatsune Miku games I can’t really remember).

            Persona 5 is meaning more and more as it gets closer to release…hopefully we will see more details soon.

        • The Undead

          Stop whining don’t play then

    • The Undead

      Let me check, Persona 3 was released in 2006, Persona 4 was released in 2008, after that we had releases, but that was because when Persona 4 was released it was at the end of the PS3 lifespan, Persona 5 is going to be released in 2015. P Arena and Persona q 2 spin offs where released respectively in 2013 and 2014, then the expansion Ultimax (it is a expansion is not a brand new game) came out in 2014. You realize you can ignore the spin offs right (that is the point), is the reason why the games are not numbered, but if you are tired with only 3 spin offs that can be ignored why bother with the franchise at all. Also they wont continue P3 and P4 story at all in P5, it is going to be a brand new story line, and there will be some references thrown in, I wont be surprised if they ditch Shadows as the main enemies and return to Demonic and Eldritch villains like the original entries

      • ThatGuy3190_7

        Ultimax is actually a sequel to Arena. It continued the story from where Arena left off, new characters, older characters have new moves, new modes. If anything, it is expanding the story from where Arena left off, which is, again, a sequel. You can, however, download Arena and add it to Ultimax as an expansion.

  • Serph

    Here we go again, Atlus.

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    All I hear are spoiled babies whining over spoiled milk that they have the option of ignoring it, shrugging it off, or accepting it as it is. And before anyone bitch about what I just said, please reread the last three available options. Go on, just reread it again before someone opens their mouth. I should also mention a hypocritical notion that if something is beloved, they wouldn’t get tired of it at all and would accept it, flaws and all.

    • Serph

      It’s fun to bitch about something so useless. :l

    • persona_yuji

      Dude, just chill… we are all joking.

      • Suqsid

        I doon’t think every person will actually understand the situation as what you think it is.

        • persona_yuji

          Yeah, probably.

        • persona_yuji

          Yeah, probably.

      • Suqsid

        I doon’t think every person will actually understand the situation as what you think it is.

      • Mr.Sammich

        That’d be fine if the joke was funny… But it isn’t.
        I, personally, feel it never was. But people keep making it.
        Again. And again.
        This “over-milked, too many spin-offs” joke is like the “Arrow to the knee” of the Persona franchise. It’s THAT bad.

        • persona_yuji

          You know why people keep making them? Because that’s how much there is.
          “The arrow to the knee” is something that exploded on the internet, the “over-milked, too many spin-offs” is something that grew along with the years.
          In the end of the day, this is something that you’ll just chuckle about and carry on.
          Just “Let it go”. (OH wait, that’s another thing that was over used to the point were it’s not good nor funny, let me just scrap that, open the door and see my way out)

          • Mr.Sammich

            But there really ISN’T THAT MUCH. To this date, there have been three spin-off games involving Persona 4 released, and they were all GOOD. The manga and anime? That’s standard practice for anything really popular in Japan. This entire “joke” is based on a lack of understanding as to how Japanese media and marketing works.

          • ThatGuy3190_7

            Not to mention that after the Index fiasco a few years ago, which almost left Atlus to go under, they needed money to continue making games. So what else to do but to market their three most popular games, P3 and P4? Diehards may argue that the main numbered title are the best but sales show that P3 and P4 sold more than main numbered games, Raidou, and any other games of the franchise.

    • persona_yuji

      Dude, just chill… we are all joking.

    • persona_yuji

      Dude, just chill… we are all joking.

    • God

      Hey, if they wanna bitch, let them bitch.

  • Andhros

    With all these products coming my dreams of Diner Dash: Amagi Inn and Phoenix Wright: Naoto Shirogane releasing after Persona Dance All Night might still happen.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    That’s a whole lot of Persona 3/4. If I ingest all this Persona media, will I be able to summon a Persona? Only one way to find out.

    • hng qtr

      If you ingested all this Persona media you’d probably end up trying to summon a Persona P3-style.

    • hng qtr

      If you ingested all this Persona media you’d probably end up trying to summon a Persona P3-style.

      • NeptuniasBeard

        hehehe… dark

      • NeptuniasBeard

        hehehe… dark

    • hng qtr

      If you ingested all this Persona media you’d probably end up trying to summon a Persona P3-style.

  • Suqsid

    What a huge misunderstanding. These things are extremely common in Japan. Even P1 and P2 got several manga adaptions.

  • Suqsid

    What a huge misunderstanding. These things are extremely common in Japan. Even P1 and P2 got several manga adaptions.

    • Teddy

      Heck, even SMT4 got at least three different mangas.

    • Teddy

      Heck, even SMT4 got at least three different mangas.

  • Shippoyasha

    Absolutely adorable artwork and it’s great that it’s getting a manga run. I rather enjoyed a lot of P3 and P4 spinoffs whether they are official or unofficial. They have a lot of characterizations to get to that even the games didn’t.

    • James

      Yup, I really like the Persona Q character designs, so well executed.

  • James
  • Kaetsu

    Everyone needs to calm down. A lot of games in Japan get manga adaptations anyway and if it bothers you so much just ignore it. Atlus is going to stop with P3/P4 stuff after P5 comes out so let them make as much money as they can with those games. I don’t see the problem.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    Next Persona news : “The compilation of Persona 3 & 4” for PS4
    ——————–
    To be announced media for the franschise :
    Persona Q Anime
    Persona 4 Arena Anime
    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Anime
    Persona 3 FES Anime
    “Makoto Returns” Persona 3 game
    Persona 4 : Dirge of Izanagi game
    Social Core : Persona 4 game
    Persona 4 : Before Social anime
    Persona 4 : Advent Arcana movie
    Persona Kart
    Super Smash Persona
    Velvet Room Casino game
    Dating sim game for P3&4 male characters with 18+ scenes
    Dating sim game for P3&4 female characters with 18+ scenes
    Anime movies titled : “The forgotten games : Persona 1 & 2”. It’s not adaptation, but a gag movie why Atlus forgot them while P3&4 being milked to death
    Announcement that 90% of the plot of Persona 5 will include P3 & P4 characters & plot element. And knowledge of every medias of P3 & P4 will be needed

    • Sayla Mass

      i want all of them and the 18+

      • DeathDias71

        I second this notion.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething (¬_¬)

      don’t forget the Persona Q: The movie, the stage play opera

  • Lugar

    Cant wait for Persona: Revengeance
    A new cute/sexy Cyborg Ninja Toaster slashing masses of Shadows.

    oh btw: There is a Persona Kart Racing Fangame out there.

    • Pdugna

      a Persona action game made by somebody like Platinum actually would be a great thing. Like chaning personas to change weapons midway, have the persona float above you kinda like Nero from DMC4

    • Mr.Sammich

      A Persona based Platinum game would be the perfect way of finally getting my friend into Persona, so I’d be A-OK with that. Plus, it’d be great in general because, like Atlus, Platinum makes GOOD GAMES.

  • XerosBeat

    I’m interested in how the manga adaptation will play out each dungeon. I also want to see how both protagonists answer the “destined partner” questions lol

  • Slayven19

    Where is my P4A anime at atlus? That’s something I really want to happen which would be worth watching with how the fight scenes play out.

    • God

      if we go by the other ASW fighter anime (Blazblue Alter Memory), then they’ll look like crap

  • The Undead

    I think I know why this is happening. As we know they where pretty timid with releases and spin offs when ATLUS was his own studio, now that they are part of SEGA, they are using ATLUS more successful franchises at their full potential. Unfortunate for ATLUS that is only SMT and their crown jewels Persona 3 and 4 (the original Persona and dare I say SMT itself have been completely eclipsed by P3 and P4) thus they took the people who developed Persona, and gave them their own studio P studio so they can keep making profitable entries in the series. Some people will see this as shamelessly milking the franchise…. and they are absolutely right, I mean they are making a Persona Dancing all night. But I am not worried as they have shown moderation, all those games that the P studio have releases, they are not main sequels , they are only spin offs that I can safely ignore and know are of no consequence to the next main entry. Also if ATLUS had worked sooner in Persona 5, or other spin off maybe it would have survived, who knows what is right.

    • decus

      *insert billy madison link here*

      You are wrong on so many counts that it -is- kind of funny. Atlus never showed any moderation with anything–you just never read the news about it I guess since most of it stays in Japan. And Atlus didn’t fail or anything, it was their parent company index and it would have happened even if Atlus was a top success.

      Basically, anything they are doing has next to nothing to do with Sega and seems pretty business as usual, really. And for further corrections, all of their games thus far have been canon entries in the main series. They can exist in large part because of Atlus’ lack of moderation in the past, with phone games.

      • DeathDias71

        Yeah I was about to mention that too. Atlus was actually making money but its parent company was under scrutiny for financial reasons…I can’t remember exactly what it was, but they went bankrupt because of it and SEGA came in and basically said…keep doing what you’re doing. They are making money and every game they’ve made towards the Persona franchise, have been worth picking up and playing.

        Plus they have been working on Persona 5 for quite some time and other teams have been working on the Persona spin-off games with the main Persona team only really advising to ensure it keeps the same Persona feel.

    • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

      They can always do another persona Q title sequel wise add in the characters from persona 1 – 2 meet up with 3- 4 gang and so on.
      It’s a good reason to have persona Q games become a series in it’s own right and bridge the gaps bring them all together. they don’t have to keep the setting for most of the older series in high school any more they can extend it to college university – graduate school to you adult entering the work sector.

      They already state on you tube that the persona Q game is canon as this video shows in the Q&A:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JD-Iniw7lYU

      weird the embed system here isn’t working as it should anyway the answers there .

    • I’m just hoping they revive the Trauma Center series.
      And maybe make a new JRPG series, while they’re at it,

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    Persona x Yakuza crossover when?
    Kazuma Kiryu punching shadows with fist. Who needs a persona when you can beta everyone topless on top of skyscraper

  • Rui

    Oh my god! Color me shocked, Siliconera! A video game from Japan gets a manga adaptation! This is just so unheard of! Wow, simply amazing NEWSSSSS.

    Thanks for reminding us that it exists because it will never hit the west just like the other 99% of manga adaptations of other games, why bother reporting about it, seriously.

  • HvnlyDaze

    I’m pretty sure everyone saw this coming. Not surprised, nor am I bothered by these P3/P4 manga releasing.

  • Everyone is praising how great this game is, but I dunno, I barely made it to the 3rd floor of You’re in Wonderland and Im already bored as hell. Taking the school life portion out of Persona and make it full dungeon crawler just isnt that interesting for me. I cant even find motivation to keep playing it :

    • Persona Q is fun in its own right, especially after the first dungeon since you get the other half of the persona crew involved. Its a pretty epic entrance and while I’m only on at the end of dungeon 2, I’m already hooked as the game knows when to change things up and when not too. I suggest you give it one more chance, although I understand where you’re coming from as Q does feel like a shell of the games it came from. P.S. There is stroll option in the game later on that does a bit of justice to the school life portion as you mentioned.. not hat great though, just some dialogue sometimes accompanied by quests.

    • I liked it. Stick around because the Evil Spirit Club is a really good dungeon. Too bad the next one (Inaba Pride Exhibit) is awful.

    • Sentinel

      Well, you kind of have to consider that it’s more of an Etrian Odyssey game with Persona elements. It’s more of a fanservice game rather than a full-on entry.

      Still, it’s alot of fun, easily one of my favorites on 3DS.

  • MinakoArisato

    Nice! Please make it to the west as well!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething (¬_¬)

    fan transitions is the only way to read theses

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