“A Persona is a facet of your personality that surfaces as you react to external stimuli… You can think of it as a mask that protects you as you brave many hardships.”
Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Secret of Mana – we grew up with these JPRGs and they forged our notions of the genre and what it should strive for. One series, however, reshaped the boundaries of the RPG concepts with day-to-day visual novel elements and a strong artistic vision. Of course, we mean Persona, a franchise carefully conceived by the unique minds of Kaneko, Soejima, and many more.
Today is a special episode of the podcast in which both hosts reminiscence about the series, its evolution, and what they love (and maybe hate) about it. Apologies to the Persona 1’s fans, you’ll find no love here!
Contains story spoilers for Persona 2, 3 & 4. Persona 5 players are safe up to 7/9!
Examples discussed: Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Persona 3, Persona 3: FES, Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4, Persona 4: The Golden, Persona 5