Morgana and the Protagonist of Persona 5 are Much Closer Than Any Previous Characters

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In a recent interview with Game Informer, Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino answered several questions regarding the games plot and characters.

Although there was some retreading over known information, he did share some new bits of info on some of the characters and better elaborated on others. He also went into more detail on the games plot and themes.

Here’s what we found interesting:

  • Hashino explains that the main difference between the casts in Persona 3 and 4 and this game is that with the former two, the characters were thrust into a situation against their will. The cast in Persona 5 thrust themselves into the heat of the plot in search for self identity and social reform.
  • The characters’ Personas are a manifestation of the general public’s love towards famous, fictional characters.
  • Their “mischievous” sides are released and visualized in The Palace through their phantom thief disguise.
  • Yusuke is described as being a great artistic talent, but is seen as an odd person with a different thought process from most.
  • Morgana (unlike Teddie in Persona 4), is very knowledgeable of The Palace, and has very high standards for the “aesthetic and conduct” of the Phantom Thieves
  • Similarly to Teddie, she is unaware of his or her own origins, and is on quest to find these answers (They would not specify Morgana’s gender.)
  • Morgana is described as having a very close relationship with the protagonist, much closer than it appears. Hashino says that they are much closer than any other relationship we’ve seen in the past games.

You can read the interview in it’s entirety over on their site.

Persona 5 is set to come out in Japan in the summer of 2016 on PS4 and PS3, with a North American release later in the year.



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  1. XiaomuArisu
    December 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm



  2. Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie
    Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie
    December 9, 2015 at 11:11 pm


  3. XiaomuArisu
    December 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    The Meme’s Jack

  4. Takane Shijou
    Takane Shijou
    December 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Still not too crazy about the main character not speaking. It feels like such a waste to get Jun for the voice of him, but not use him in anything more than a line or two every few hours. I was kind of hoping after the reception of Yuu from the anime and how well Daisuke did with the character, that they’d move to something more like that. People keep citing it’s harder to self-insert into a character when they speak, but it’s just so crazy that after the anime, they’ve had Yuu basically speak in every game. Yeah, they’re spin-offs, but I just wish for main characters in these games to be voiced.

    Yes, I’m whiny about this, but Narukami was such a fun character in the anime and the subsequent spin-offs that it feels like such a waste to not utilize Jun’s great voice acting skills

  5. makubexnas
    December 9, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    smell like tuna.

  6. Nin
    December 9, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    In all seriousness, Morgana does sound like a girl’s name.

  7. Jack
    December 9, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    You’re killin me

  8. bdp
    December 10, 2015 at 12:07 am

    >(They would not specify Morgana’s gender.)

    I don’t see why not, Morgana isn’t really an androgynous name.

  9. Afternoon Intergalactic
    Afternoon Intergalactic
    December 10, 2015 at 12:25 am

    The character of Yu Narukami possessing the personality that you see in the anime and spinoff games was basically created after the main game came out. Maybe they’ll consider adding some personality to the MC in Persona 5 (aside from the usual few winks here and there), but I kind of see them continuing the self-insert tradition that you talk about in first releases of main games, for better or worse. One thing they should definitely get right out of the gate though is the MC’s official name (I’m looking at you Souji Seta and Minato Arisato)

  10. Misogynerd
    December 10, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I do hope they go back to having the other characters as forced social links, because I did feel a dissonance in P4 where the obligatory cutscenes were telling em one thing and the social links were telling me another.
    I do wonder if Moragana will be more like Ryoji.

  11. Misogynerd
    December 10, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I don’t know the anime what with you speaking made Yosuke irrelevant and I think unless the character is really defined like in the Witcher (specific name, abilities, relationships) games shouldn’t have voiced protagonists. People will always feel uncomfortable and unsatisfied and look at how bad the later Mass Effect games, Dragon Age II and 3 and Fallout 4 managed it.
    I do like that ATLUS does give their MCs certain traits like P4MC having a catchphrase, DS2 main guy being really silly, P3MC guy being more reserved compared to P3MC girl, etc.

  12. Immahnoob
    December 10, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Probably a transsexual, and they’ll probably have a romantic relationship or something.


  13. No_Good_Names_Ever
    December 10, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Cat probably trained him in the way of the thief.

  14. Michael Krause
    Michael Krause
    December 10, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I’m not quite sure what you mean by forced social links, but my first thought was the P3 characters getting their second-tier personas from story events. I actually really enjoyed that part of P3 since it helped give each character a direct tie to the story and made them feel more fleshed out in general which is something that P4 lacked. If that’s similar to what you had in mind, I’d be more than happy for something like that. For all we know, it could be different than previous iterations since it seems to fall under the “cooperation” tag.

  15. Dammage
    December 10, 2015 at 5:29 am

    So if brotag kissed teddie, I wonder how much farther Harry Potter-kun will go with the cat

  16. Etherblaze
    December 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I’m not reading this because I don’t want to be spoiled on anything. Not even the slightest detail.

    I’m only here to say that THE HYPE IS REAL

  17. BasedWolf
    December 10, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Doesn’t Bleach have a character who’s male when they’re a cat but female when they are human :P

  18. BasedWolf
    December 10, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I could see p4 being sort of odd if you didn’t go through the social links, but for me how they handled p4 felt a lot more personal than p3.

  19. Misogynerd
    December 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Yes, I meant them getting the 2nd tier personas through the story not through optional social links since those also made them a higher priority than other social links.

  20. XiaomuArisu
    December 10, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Might become a catgirl

  21. djluke_1993
    December 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Oh God! That reminded me of a doujin I read where the main guy had sometype of condition where he saw regular cats as sexy females… Let’s just say it didn’t end well. Thankfully the entire scene is through his prospective…

  22. Yayifications
    December 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Are there gonna be cat puns?

  23. Vittorio Pugliese
    Vittorio Pugliese
    November 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    You hate voiced protagonists? Remember that Xenogears wouldn’t have worked with a mute Fei!