Based on the video game Persona 5 by Atlus, the widely loved and celebrated video game got an anime series by CloverWorks.
The anime series is directed by Masashi Ishihama and written by Shinichi Inotsume. Kazuma Kaneko, a video game artist, and designer for Atlus, created the original demon design for the anime. The series has 26 episodes first telecasted in Japan between April and September 2018; four special episodes were added to the 26. One was released in December 2018, the other in March 2019, and two more releases with the Blu-Ray in May and June 2019. The series was licensed in North America by Aniplex of America.
What Happened So Far In Persona 5: The Animation Season 1
Persona 5 tells the story of a high school boy whose pseudonym name Joker knows; he was transferred to a different school after being falsely accused of assault and put on probation.
The series takes place in modern-day Tokyo and goes into great detail in the game. Joker and the other students who become his allies wake up to supernatural powers. They later team up to form the Phantom Thieves Of Hearts and secretly explore the MetaRealm, a supernatural realm born from humanity’s subconscious desires, to steal precious intent from the hearts of adults. The students then battle enemies known as Shadows using their psyche, transforming into physical powers known as their Persona.
This anime talks about how everyone wears a mask over their face to shield who they really are from the world. In contrast, the Phantom Thieves dive deep into their own hearts and rip off their masks to release their inner psyche power, and this way, they help everyone and even dive into the hearts of corrupt officials to change their hearts and make them good. The students realize they live in a caged society where they are slaves to the system, and to gain freedom, they rebel and thus are under the eye of the authorities. Thus, to change their day-to-day perfect world created by the system that controls them, they fight and try their best to mold it to the way it should be. The game involves role-playing, crawling and exploring dungeons, and socializing, giving importance to each character and a good back story.
What Is Going On With Studio CloverWorks?
CloverWorks was rebranded by A-1 Pictures back in 2018 from Koenji Studio, they are a part of A-1 pictures, and the studio is based in Suginami, Tokyo. Still, on October 1, 2018, CloverWorks announced they had separated from A-1 Studio and were now an independent studio. They have worked on some really wonderful anime series such as Darling In The Franxx, Slow Start, Persona 5: The Animation, and Ace Attorney Season 2. Their most recent works are The Promised Neverland Season 2, Horimiya, Wonder Egg Priority, Shadows House, and another anime whose release date has not been announced yet is Akebi’s Sailor Uniform.
What Do We Know About Persona 5: The Animation Season 2 So Far?
Persona 5 is the sixth installment in the franchise, with the other 5 being games. Fans and gamers joined together to express happiness and excitement to get an anime adaptation of the game. CloverWorks was released on April 8, 2018, with a special ‘0’ episode titled Persona 5, the animation: The Day Breakers; the series ran from April 2018 to September 2018. A manga adaptation followed the game on September 15, 2016, written and illustrated by Hisato Murasaki; it was released on the manga app Manga ONE and the Ura Sunday Website. The manga, anime, and the game got an infinite amount of praise and viewership, so now the question remains will it be getting a season 2? After completing the series, the studio released two more special episodes on May 29, 2019, titled, Persona 5: The Animation Specials.
A spike in its viewership, manga and DVD sales reached an all-time high but sadly the studio has not released any official statement for the season 2. We are hoping the second season will be released around the spring of 2022 since the manga series is still in the running, and hopefully, a new game for Persona will be released by the gaming studio Atlus.
What Are Fans Saying About Persona 5: The Animation Season 2?
Like with almost every other anime series, this one also has its fair share of critics. Many gamers voiced their opinion that the anime series did not do justice to the game, which consisted of over 90+ hours of game time, and every scenario and character was taken with great depth. Still, the series did not do the same.
While others found the anime series worth their time and loved every bit of it, one fan got hung up just by its teaser trailer and even commented on wanting to play the game as well. Hats off to Shoji Meguro, who was in charge of the music and OST as fans found it reminiscing. Overall, the response towards the series was a big Thumbs Up, and almost everyone loved it, from the art style, the music, the story, and the intense fighting scenes.
Will There Be Persona 5: The Animation Season 2?
The series should be getting a Season 2 since its manga series is still running and getting a good response. The studio had also released 2 additional special episodes in 2019. Still, until today there has not been any announcement from the studio or producers over season 2.
The game has been released on PS3, PS4, and PS5 and has generated over 3.2 million revenue worldwide as of 2019; In its first week in Japan, it generated over 355,854 sales, 76,534 sales on the PS3 and 268,320 sales on the PS4. Since the animes release in 2018, the series has gotten loads of views and support from the fans via google trends. We can see a sharp incline of the viewership and searches for the first episode of Persona 5, but we also see a decline in its search on google in 2021 as fans are waiting for a season 2 of the series. Based on its stats, we deserve a Season 2 and should persuade the producers to start producing the series as soon as possible!
When Will Persona 5: The Animation Season 2 Be Released?
We are as clueless as the fans as the producers or the studio have not announced any certain date for the release of Season 2, and we have our bets that they are working on it behind drawn curtains, and we will be getting the season 2 most probably by the spring of 2022.
What Can We Expect In Season 2 Of Persona 5: The Animation?
No official date has been blocked for Season 2 of the anime. We will get the storyline of Season 2 once Atlus, the gaming studio, releases another game for Persona. After that, we will be getting a second season.
We can expect the Joker to make another grand, dramatic entrance with his gang to change how the system manipulates and controls everyone—getting into the hearts of each corrupt adult who views humans as their source to gain money and power and modify their hearts to make them better human beings. More realms to explore, fast-paced fights, super powers, and new characters are expected in Season 2 of Persona 5: The Animation.