Analysing The Persona 5 Trailer

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

You've see the trailer. Now, let's dive in and see if we can parse what it all means, whether that's going through the obvious hints and the vague clues.

We open up on a cityscape.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

It could certainly be Tokyo Bay. Maybe it's somewhere outside the country.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

We're taken into what looks like a huge casino. There are too many people standing around for this to be an illegal underground casino. Is this Japan? Or someone outside the country, like Macao?

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

Is this masked man some kind of international thief? Note that we don't see him take off his mask during the trailer.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

"What awaits is... glory?!"

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

"Or.. .ruin?!"

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

The trailer cuts to what looks like any big Japanese city. This turns into a credit sequence for the game's director, character designer and composer.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

There's the composer. And what looks like a Japanese train!

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

And that's Igor, who pops up in the Persona games. Hi Igor.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

This is the scramble crossing in Shibuya. OK, we're in Tokyo. But maybe you knew that.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

And after taking a crowded train, the protagonist walks through Shibuya Station. (You can see Shibuya or 渋谷 on a pillar. You can also see the Toyoko Line, which runs from Shibuya.)

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

Here the protagonist is at school, getting chalk thrown at his head.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

This appears to be the student who was sitting on front of the protagonist at school. Shibuya is kind of dirty, but it's not this dirty.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

And here are all four characters hanging out, eating snacks with a cat. This is probably the clubhouse location.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

Is this a map? To a mansion? Maybe they're planning a heist. Or redecorating.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

And, then we get a nifty animation of the cat.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

After that, there is this menu screen. Here's where it gets interesting -- not that this hasn't been interesting!

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

The next screen seems to reveal the characters' names. There's "Protagonist" (主人公), "Ryuji Sakamoto" (坂本竜司), "Morgana" (モルガナ), and "Ann Takamaki" (高巻杏). The menu also reveals that the school's name is "Shujin Gakuen High School" (秀尽学園高校).

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

After a cutscene, we're treated to some chandelier platforming. Looks fun.

Then up, there's this...

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

Which could be a cover system. Perhaps?

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

And the Velvet Room, it seems, has a prison.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

Remember the character name screen? This screen shows that the Protagonist (主人公) is also apparently known as "Joker The Fool." I wonder if that's "Joker" or "The Fool" or both.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

Looking at this battle screen and remembering what order the names were in, we have "Protagonist" followed by the second male character who seems to be Ryuji Sakamoto ("Ryuji" is an incredibly masculine name), the cat "Morgana" (it's the only character without a last name and is written in katakana script), and finally, Ann Takamaki (likewise, the kanji for Ann, which here is 杏, is very feminine and generally not used with males).

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

So, Fifty Shades of P5?

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

There's ice skating on the highway. It's kind of cute.

And then, there's this.

Analysing the Persona 5 Trailer

Um. OK. Persona 5, everybody!

Toshi Nakamura contributed to this article.

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Comments

    What? Yes you do see him take off the mask, it's quite clearly going to be the MC

      Seems that way, the head shot in the battle screen shot shows him wearing the mask.

    How about something about the velvet room assistants?

    Is the 'club room' the same bar that Vincent hangs out in in Catherine? Dude in the 'prison' there looks a fair bit like him too. Catherine was originally supposed to be related somehow to Persona 5 so that's not that much of a stretch.

    The 'joker - the fool' thing is probably just equipping a persona called Joker of the Fool arcana.

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