'Persona 5 the Animation' Reveals New Key Visual

Fans have been waiting to see more of A-1 Pictures' anime take on the popular Persona 5 video game ever since it released a well received preview, and as the show inches closer to a full release, Aniplex USA has begun teasing fans even more.

Persona 5 may have won its fair share of end of year video game awards for 2017, but its foray into anime could give the series an even bigger 2018.

Aniplex USA, distributors of the anime series in the West released a new key visual for the upcoming series. Their tweet along with the visual reads as, "Persona5 the Animation revealed the first key visual! The visual features the Persona5 the Animation protagonist, Ren Amamiya, among a bustling crosswalk in Shibuya. Persona5 the Animation will be airing in April 2018! Stay tuned for more details!"

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(Photo: Aniplex USA)

You can check out the anime's full cast below:

  • Jun Fukuyama as the protagonist
    Mamoru Miyano as Ryuji Sakamoto
    Ikue Otani as Morgana
    Nana Mizuki as Anne Takamaki
    Tomokazu Sugita as Yusuke Kitagawa
    Rina Satou as Makoto Niijima
    Aoi Yūki as Futaba Sakura
    Haruka Tomatsu as Haru Okumura
    Sōichiro Hoshi as Goro Akechi

Persona 5 the Animation will be directed by Masashi Ishiyama (From the New World), and the game's original producer Katsura Hashino created for the original concept. Shinichi Inotsume (Hayate the Combat Butler) will handle the scripts for the series, and Shoji Meguro, who composed the music for the original game, is returning to compose the music for the series.

This is not the first anime project Persona 5 has been given since it debuted last September. A-1 Pictures released an anime special titled Persona 5 the Animation - The Day Breakers - abroad last year. The episode covered a prologue tale to the game that detailed the history of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts.

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If you are not familiar with the Persona franchise, then you have a bit to catch up on. The series is a wildly popular RPG franchise from Japan. Its fifth game is set in Tokyo and follows gamers as their self-named protagonist transfers to a new school. Gamers then awaken their Persona powers and use them to become masked vigilantes who work to stop supernatural enemies from stealing the hearts of adults.

Persona 5 is available now for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.