Persona 5 Royal Is Editing Two Homophobic Scenes

Persona 5 Royal Is Editing Two Homophobic Scenes

Persona is a series that has sometimes struggled with homosexuality, like Persona 4’s well-meaning-but-ultimately-busted approach to Kanji’s romance. Persona 5, meanwhile, had a couple of scenes involving a “Scruffy Romantic” and “Beefy Trendsetter” on release that were…yeah.

Here’s the first of those scenes:

Just so you can get a clearer idea of the tone, here’s the same scene from the Persona 5 anime:

Later on, you can be reunited with the pair during the classmate’s trip to Hawaii:

To be clear: not only are these scenes wildly stereotypical, but they go so far as to threaten abduction and sexual assault against a high school kid.

Publishers Atlus received criticism over this when Persona 5 was first released, and given the time to think it over have decided to edit both of these scenes for the game’s impending re-release.

Atlus Communications Manager Ari Advincula has told IGN that “We actually were able to go through some of the lines that players may not have received as well, look at that feedback, and then [update it] for the current generation.”

Both the Shibuya and beach scenes have now been edited to tone it down, and Atlus’ “internal content review team” sees the changes as a “chance to make it right.”

Persona 5 Royal is out on PS4 on March 31.


  • I don’t think anyone would be upset over this. These scenes were awful to have to sit through in an otherwise great game, so changing them up is definitely for the better.

    Inb4 “MAH CENSOR SHIPS” though.

    • don’t worry, there’ll be a bunch of people in the comment thread shortly

      (those characters were bad and I have no idea how they made it to release in the first place)

    • Yeah just cringeworthy.
      Narratively, there was a place for some kind of encounter/event, where these young students in a very adult environment have their identity/sexuality challenged, and even done in a provocative way, but for me this missed the mark.

  • Whenever I see same sex romance in anime or anime based games, it’s either framed as a kind of ‘gay panic’ scenario or in the case of women, titillation.
    Japan always seemed to me like they are playing catch up with the rest of the modern world with the attitudes towards homosexuality.
    Maybe I’m wrong. Can anyone fill me in?

  • Confused as to why this scene the high school kid part is highlighted and frowned upon…

    Yet in the game your high school protagonist can romance SEVERAL adults while he’s still a high school teenager. How come that isn’t being condemned?

    • Sounds like you’re saying that we, society even, can only deal with one issue at a time. Like, if there’s one thing that the history of human civilization has shown, it’s our complete and utter failure to multitask? If you want to talk about the troublesome issues surrounding those other relationships, I’m sure you’ll find them already being talked about. I have a memory of reading articles about them. But you can’t criticise one article because it’s not another.

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