Original Release: May 19th, 2018
First of all…
REN CALLED YUSUKE INARI DAMN YOU SHOW THAT’S FUTABA’S NICKNAME FOR HIM DON’T TAKE IT FROM HER!!
FUCKING HELL ONLY NOW DOES REN DISCOVER THE DOOR TO THE VELVET ROOM?! IT’S BEEN TWO PALACES FOR FUCK SAKE!!
Sorry. Fan-boy tangent over. Let’s get to the actual review.
Okay. It’s maintaining some level of quality. The animation is still okay, though some of the drawings are pretty bad, and the pacing of this episode was pretty good. In fact, I’d say this episode has the best pacing out of any of them thus far. Let’s just bullet point what happened in this episode.
-The Phantoms reached the Madarame door in his Palace
-Ann and Morgana trick Yusuke with many clothes
-Ann and Yusuke discover the Sayuri painting production line and Madarame kicks them out
-Yusuke accidentally follows Ann into Madarame’s heart
-An actually okay action sequence occurs (PROGRESS!!)
-Yusuke awakens his Persona
-Yusuke joins the Phantom Thieves and is given the code name Fox
-After the credits, they secure their infiltration route and Joker discovers the door to the Velvet Room within the Palace
Okay, we’ve been over the fan-boy bitching and the things this episode actually did well. But let’s go over the actual problem with this show, the problem I’ve been alluding to this whole time.
A complete lack of charm and character.
Persona 5 the game is one of the most charming and unique games ever made. From it’s visuals to it’s story, there’s nothing quite like it. And that’s where the problem lies.
Persona 5: The Animation fails to capture that charm. The characters feel like cardboard cut outs of their originals, the visuals are stagnant and generic compared to the source material, and the story feels like it’s had all the life sucked out of it.
Put simply, the Anime is just a tedious, charmless version of the game.
Don’t get me wrong, they’ve been steadily improving. During the Madarame arc, the show has gotten closer to the original bit by bit. But as of now, it still lacks the magic that made Persona 5 so wonderful. There’s a reason Persona 5 became one of the top ten games of 2017 for so many people.
Who knows? Maybe the show will keep increasing in quality until it’s as good as I hoped it would be. But as of now, it’s only taking baby steps. I need this show to start taking bigger steps, or it’s going to lose me.
And considering that I swore to review every episode, there is nothing more terrifying than the idea of this show losing me.