The first game in Atlus’ Persona series–Megami Ibunroku Persona (known as Revelations: Persona in the West)–was released in Japan on September 20, 1996 in Japan, and in the United States on December 14 of the same year. It’s been twenty years since then and while the series has changed in many ways, the love for this franchise remains strong. Famous illustrators, manga artists, fans, and more have come together to create the Persona Twentieth Anniversary FES, an event that looks back on the history of this beloved RPG series.
Held at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda art museum–a location that used to be an elementary school–this exhibit takes full advantage of its location and is themed after a Japanese school’s culture festival. Walking the halls of the school, visitors are able to look around at all the goods and art from the franchise.
After walking through a tunnel with narration by the Phantom from Persona 5 (voiced by Jun Fukuyama), visitors are immediately greeted with a replica of the car from the same game. The car is parked near a train station, something that has been featured prominently in the beginning scenes of Persona 3, 4, and 5.
The “Persona History Archives” room has artwork and logos from the past Persona games displayed digitally on screens throughout the room. The artwork displayed changes every few seconds.
Drawings of Morganna by (seen left to right) Persona 5 voice actors Soichiro Hoshi (Kogoro), Aoi Yuki (Futaba), Tomokazu Sugita (Yūsuke), Ikue Ohtani (Morganna), and Jun Fukuyama (Protagonist).
Rice paddles with signatures by Persona Stalker Club (an online variety program that promotes the Persona franchise) personalities Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura, as well as Akemi Kandam the voice actress of Nanako in Persona 4. Next to the masks of Nanako are Persona Stalker Club Teddy plushies.
Felt Persona dolls made by Nosoko, who appeared on the Persona Stalker Club show two times.
More props and awards used during the Persona Stalker Club show.
Illustrations left by fans that visited the Persona Stalker Club Cafe during its run.
Various Persona series accessories.
A recreation of Kanami’s stage costume from Persona 4 Dancing All Night.
The gallery also features a variety of Persona figures released throughout the years:
Replicas of various weapons from the series, including the Evokers from Persona 3, Labrys’ axe from Persona 4 Arena, and Sho’s katanas from Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.
Mascots of Morganna and Teddy can be found wandering around the exhibit, ready to take a picture with patrons.
They also can be found appreciating the art board gallery alongside fans. This gallery is filled with art boards illustrated by professional manga artists and illustrators. Here are just a few of the pieces in the gallery:
The Persona 5 gallery room features art and figures from the game.
The winners of the pixiv Persona Series art contest are displayed digitally on screens in their own gallery.
Aside from the galleries, the “festival” has a variety of interactive areas, including a fortune-telling area with a cosplayer dressed as Margaret who predicts the futures of patrons with tarot cards, a music room, and an area designed to look like the Velvet Room where visitors can stand in front of the mirrors and see what Persona they summon with AR technology:
A target-shooting game (designed to look like Vincent from Atlus’ other game, Catherine) and a shop selling Persona series goods are available in the gymnasium:
Visitors can even register to cosplay on the roof–which has been redecorated to look like the Junes food court from Persona 4–and take pictures.
The Persona Twentieth Anniversary FES is going on until December 18 at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda venue. Tickets are available for sale online, but there are only two time slots with tickets remaining on December 13, so hurry and get yours now.
Sentai Filmworks released Persona 4: The Animation on DVD and Blu-ray. Crunchyroll streams the spinoff anime Persona4 the Golden ANIMATION online, while Aniplex of America has released the series on home video. Aniplex of America has also released the Persona 3 film series in North America on home video with English subtitles. Crunchyroll and Daisuki are streaming the prologue anime to the Persona 5 game–PERSONA5 the Animation -THE DAY BREAKERS-–with subtitles.
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