Finally finished Persona 5 (spoiler warning)
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First of all I'm going to mention major spoilers for Persona 5 (and 3 and 4 by extension), so turn back now if you're trying to avoid them. Otherwise, keep scrolling.

I finally finished Persona 5 today. This is mostly just me emotionally rambling. You will not find eloquence or logic here.
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Random thoughts
- Just going to mention this upfront, I tend to be a villain sympathizer. I adore Akechi. Even though I wasn't officially spoiled, I still had a pretty strong feeling he was the black masked culprit and the clues seemed pretty obvious to me, so when he showed his true colors I was not surprised (although his facial expressions really spooked me). The baby-faced guy working in law enforcement who turns out to be a murderous lunatic. I wasn't disappointed though, it was great. I wasn't expecting him to actually die though, I thought he'd perform a mental shutdown on himself but I'm glad he went out in a more honorable way. I like him more than Adachi and I appreciate the fact that despite all his actions, he still had a change of heart in a sense and sacrificed himself to save Akira and co at the end of his social link. I also want to mention he REALLY reminds me of Yagami Light, and there's absolutely no way that the devs weren't inspired by Death Note in general. I mean, even his name is synonymous with light.

- I couldn't remember Shido's name so I just call him Pitbull. I was NOT expecting him to be Akechi's father. God, Poor Akechi. He suffered so much ;-;

- It feels great to finally understand the "pancakes were a mistake" meme.

- I somehow managed to dodge all major spoilers for the game. I think that made the experience that much more impactful.

- Akechi's victory animation is the most hilarious, unexpected thing in the game. I'm amazed that he managed to overthrow Yusuke as king of over-the-top antics. I wonder what other kind of sick dance moves he has.

Complaints
-It REALLY bothers me how they completely threw Akechi under the bus after his boss fight. He goes missing and is never mentioned again (other then a few casual name drops). Even the media doesn't care. I get he was a villain, and I don't blame anyone for disliking him, but it just seems extremely odd that the game acts like he never existed to begin with. Wouldn't people notice that this heartthrob celebrity, who was a key player in the whole phantom thieves media controversy, just disappeared without a peep? And this was before the whole thing about the Phantom Thieves disappearing from the public cognition. Yes I am extremely butthurt, don't mind me.

- I'm a bit disappointed Morgana never got a human form. I would have loved to see that. But I'm still glad he rejoined the gang at the very end of the game. I got a bit teary eyed wondering if he now has the life span of a normal kitty. (Just because my own kitty is 15 years old) I like to think that if Morgana had a human form, he'd look like Akira. They look extremely visually similar, in my opinion. Akira's cowlicks make me think of cat ears.

- I thought the "tsundere" moment after they escaped Shido's palace was in very bad taste. Ryuji risked his life to save everyone and almost didn't make it back alive. I get their reaction when they realized he lived after all, but the girls beating him up over it was taking things way too far imo.

- The way they pronounced some of the characters' names was really weird to me. TaKAmaki, SaKAmoto, MaSAyoshi. Usually they stress the third syllable, not the second. Apparently the Japanese team instructed them to pronounce the names like that. I've just never heard Japanese names pronounced like that in an English dub, but it really bothered me because it sounded so odd.

Pros
- They really improved the gameplay in every way possible. It really improved on the relationship between social links and battle features. I also thought it was interesting how all the enemies are personas you can pick up, and you can actually talk with them. I like that they actually have voice roles now.

- Graphics are amazing. It's everything the previous games wanted to show us, but couldn't.

- I'm glad they got rid of the randomly generated dungeon corridors (other than Mementos).

- Amazing soundtrack. It's hard to choose, but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be Life Will Change. This game knows how to get you pumped.

- Akechi's voice actor was INCREDIBLE. Once he went off the deep end, my god.

- I love Akechi. I also love Yusuke and Ryuji. They are all excellent boys. I have a really hard time deciding who I like the best, but probably Akechi because I always end up falling for the tragic backstory villains. Ryuji is absolutely precious though, he's such a good boy. He feels like a mix of Yosuke and Kanji from P4, but more innocent somehow. Yusuke is great too and he has the best phantom thief design, in my opinion. He also felt like the most relatable character to me. I know it would never happen but I would have loved if there were romance routes for the boys as well, but that's just my fujo side talking

- Ryuji and Yusuke's quotes when they learn a new skill are adorable. I love Ryuji's "whaddaya you think?" and Yusuke sounds ridiculously dorky when he says "This is quite the skill" (I don't remember the exact quote)

- Futaba is best girl. I didn't consider dating her at first, but she really grew on me and she's absolutely adorable and I love her. Her VA did such a good job, my heart melted every time she came on screen. Her battle perks are extremely helpful as well, making her superior to Fuuka and Rise imo



Thanks for reading this far. Have some random Akechi doodles I did recently. I'm always looking for new fanart suggestions.


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Honestly akechi is good boy 
I hope he appears in the spin-offs they did.
Like his death was just? I guess a way to not deal with him anymore?
Like I wish he atleast got a mention in the credits, that would of been cool
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I agree, Akechi was a good boy and he deserved better. I felt personally attacked when he wasn't included in the credits. :iconrazycryplz:
Edit: Wording
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YEAH I WAS REALLY WAITING TO SEE HIS GLORIOUS ART IN THE CREDITS
but hes just... not there.. he was technically apart of the phantom thieves atleast a mention would be good
i mean i wish him and joker started dancing together . 
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I AGREE 100% BIG TIME. I love Akechi. God. I love him. </3

He deserved better. I actually found the ending of P5 to be rather disappointing, as they just drive off, enjoying themselves, not seeming to care that a very important Phantom Thief wasn't among them...

I read an interesting headcanon somewhere that anyone who dies in the Metaverse is "erased" from the peoples' cognition. It's an interesting way to make nobody mentioning him after his death...make sense? I'm still a little pissed though.

Goro Akechi is best boy. Love your drawings btw!

edit: I want romance routes for our boys too! pls let me date them Atlus pls
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That's what I was thinking. During the part where Morgana's gone, they lament that the gang's not all there. There is more than one person missing from that group dammit. :iconrazycryplz: And yeah, that's a pretty sound theory. I am also salty about this

Atlus needs to come out with a re-release of the game where you can date the guys and save Akechi. I would pay good money for that.

(also, thank you!)
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I love my boy so much that for a P5 zine, I wrote a fanfiction where after Akechi's death, everyone slowly forgets him-- everyone except for Akira/the protagonist, that is. One night, Akira sees him in a dream. Red spider lilies grow on Akechi's body, peeking out from under his sleeves, stems snaking beneath his skin. They talk, and each night the flower growth gets worse and worse, and Akira remembers less and less, until the flowers consume his friend and Akira forgets Akechi completely. I'm quite happy with how it turned out, sorry for dumping this here OTL :iconlazycryplz:

I'm reasonably sure that the only person to mention his name after his death is Sae! And that's just to say that he's "still missing"! OTL //sob

Hell yeah, I would too. Damn, it really sucks how we haven't been able to date guys in Persona since Persona 2. (Jun is a cutie but that's not enough for me!) Hell, Yosuke was supposed to be a romance option in Persona 4, but he got cut...T_T
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Mm I do love me some delicious angst. Would you happen to have a link by any chance? Now I want to read it haha

I'm still butthurt you can't romance Yosuke or Kanji in P4. Brotag/Yosuke was my otp for that game
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I talked to the people in charge of the zine, and unfortunately I can't share it for a while D: But I do have some other works up on my AO3. Most of them are Persona-related in some way, haha. archiveofourown.org/users/mina… (just uh. Ignore the Big Fic that is on a hiatus because I don't have my shit together~)

RIP T_T I think we'll be allowed to post our stuff sometime after preorders open? It's a digital zine, so I'll be able to post it sooner than if it were physical, at least.

And, same. Angst is fantastic. It's my favorite thing to read and write kekeke >:3

same here hvjdkvkskvkd why y ?? Atlus get your shit together yo
I think you can find Yosuke's unused English lines on YouTube btw? Broke my heart. > < Can't believe they scrapped his romance at the last minute.
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Oh! No worries, I totally understand how it goes. Thanks for the link to your AO3 page in the meantime!
Oh yeah! I totally remember that. I'm glad we at least get the option to hug him.
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YOOOO
It's been forever, but I haven't forgotten!! I finally got the go-ahead to post my shuake fic. HERE YA GO: archiveofourown.org/works/1627…
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Omg yesssss. Thank you so much! Reading now. :w00t: :boogie:
Also I had no idea you could add pics :o
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I agree 1000000%, once the credits rolled I basically went "...That's it?? ;__;" because after Goro died, I kept hoping that he was somehow still alive. Unfortunately, I was utterly disappointed orz I still enjoyed the rest of the game though!! But I'm really salty that Goro was basically just thrown away after he died //sighs
Also, those doodles are sooo good T__T ♥ His face is so cute in the last one asfghjk
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Same here! I couldn't stop thinking about how it just seemed like they were setting him up to come back later, but no, he just disappeared without a peep. Atlus pls.
also thank you~
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I like to think Akechi didn't get mentioned because somehow, somewhere he's alright, and has kept the Media from spilling info about his location or anything. Futaba is hella best girl, and I love her to bits. I relate to her more than any of the other characters, personally.

I would have romanced the shit out of Yusuke if there'd been an option to! aofijdsdkslsk
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That's what I'm going to tell myself from now on. Akechi is just hiding. They left his last scene ambiguous enough that they could easily go back and say "He didn't actually die".

A Yusuke romance route... sign me tf up. Though deciding whether to romance Yusuke or Akechi would be a very hard choice for me. :iconrazycryplz:
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I agree on you on every point!! 
Especially the one with Akechi never being addressed again, and then Ryuji's almost-sacrifice being turned into comic relief QQ I didn't like how they treated the poor boy ´^` 

But other than that, the game was nice! Personally P3 is still my favorite, but P5 did so many new things gameplay-wise, it was really fresh! Not to talk about the incredible art direction and character designs! I loved them *7* 
//still... I will never forgive Atlus for not being able to date Yusuke. What a sin QAQ
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All we can do is hope for a P5 expansion where we can date the boys and save Akechi :iconrazycryplz:
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sO TRUE YES PLEASE _(:3_)TL
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I AGREE ABOUT THE MORGANA THING. They kinda kept mentioning his human form but it never happened and I was super bummed. :V I also agree with the Akechi/Light Yagami thing, I even found them to look similar. Glad you enjoyed the game!! I think a lot of the personas are just so beautiful!
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I agree! The graphics in general were just amazing, from the designs to the artwork to the rendering. Just wow!
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Now that you mention it....true...he kinda never got adressed after the boss battle for being first the beloved media dedective and than the hated doubter of the thieves xD
But I propably was to busy not understanding other things that happended during the plot that it flew by me xD (Like that short part where they departed with Morgana...because Ryuji is being a ass again ? Like...he always was like that towards Morgana ever since they met and suddently he's so butthurt that he just leaves them ? xD)

But welcome to the pancake memes ! making pancaek 
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Exactly! It bugs me how nobody even talks about it. Poor Akechi. ;-; And the gang's separation from Morgana got me a bit teary eyed. That makes two members missing from the phantom thieves... I was hoping Akechi would also make a comeback at some point but he never did.
Aw yes. ALL THE PANCAKE MEMES.
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He never was my favourite, but I also didn't hate him either. But indeed, he didn't deserve to disappear like that xD
Actually I think Shido said something like 'where did this dedective went of to' when you have defeated him and shortly switch back to cutscenes....I think. But thats really all that he's mentioind afterwards. (But my memory could be off, I haven't played since June last year tbh xD)

Ya know...I made some pancakes for me and family yesterday...and they weren't a mistake ; D
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