- Story: Hisato Murasaki.
- Art: Hisato Murasaki.
- Released: January 14, 2020.
- Imprint: VIZ Media.
- Pages: 216.
Akira Kurusu is your average high school student until he involves himself with trying to help save a woman in need. After a rescue gone wrong, and the woman’s attacker injured, Akira finds himself with a criminal record and expelled from his school. To escape from his current life issues he moves to a new town and a new high school. Though with rumors flying around about Akira, he may find his new life more difficult to get used to. On Akira’s first day of school he meets trouble maker, Ryuji Sakamoto, it doesn’t take long for the pair to find trouble as they stumble upon a palace seemingly created by one of the school’s teachers. As danger awaits Akira and Ryuji in the palace, they will need to rely on Akira’s newfound ability to summon a Persona, and get them home safely. With the help of the mysterious Morgana, they just may have a chance in surviving the perils in the palace.
First off, I would just like to say that this is a near perfect adaptation of the game Persona 5. As a long time fan of the series it is nice to see such an amazing adaptation. I give a lot of credit to Hisato not just for writing this series so diligently, but for also illustrating each character exactly as they appear in the game. As far as the story goes, it is enthralling to say the least. Persona has always captured living, breathing worlds in the games, and this manga is no exception. Each character and location has been painstakingly recreated. In fact the only thing that is truly off, is the main characters name. In the anime adaption the main character is known as Ren Amamiya. A minor gripe as the adaption as a whole does seem to stick closely to the game itself. I’ll also overlook this as this is the manga adaptation and not the anime.
Honestly I could not be more happy with this volume. It is nice be able to read through it and be able to look back on the events that happened within the game. I am excited to see how closely the manga does run with the game though. I wouldn’t be mad if it did deviate a little as that would bring more surprise and potential drama to the series. In this volume we met with a lot of character development from both Akira and Ryuji. Both characters were able to awaken their Personas and stand their ground in the palace. It was also nice to see Morgana once again. Going in to reading this I wasn’t sure of what characters may or may not be included.l I would also like to say that Kamoshida was captured perfectly. He is just as repulsive in the manga as he is in the game.
All in all I am beyond excited to continue reading this series. I would like to see it continue well into the game’s conclusion. I would also like to point out that even if you have never played a Persona game, you will still enjoy reading this, as no prior knowledge is required. In fact, I would even say that is a great starting point into the series as you will be brought up to speed on what a Persona is, as well as who the main characters are. It is also worth mentioning that this volume was a hefty 216 pages of content, which is huge in my opinion. Not a single page was wasted either, amazing art filled each page. I would give Persona 5 volume 1 a near perfect score.