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Persona 5's Anime Is Finally Getting A $300 English Dub

Gif: Persona 5: The Animation

While Persona 5's anime has been out for over two years now, it’s only been available to watch with subtitles. The show’s upcoming Blu-ray release in the West is changing that, bringing back most of the game’s English-language cast for a dubbed release that...is going to cost you.

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I’m not really down on the pricing practices employed by the show’s distributor, Aniplex, and apparently this is normal for them. But the box set featuring this dubbed release, containing 28 episodes totalling around 14.5 hours, is $300.

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It’s cool that we finally get to watch the series as most of us will have played the games, but...the game’s re-release only just came out, and this series is basically just a re-telling of that, so $300 sure is a lot in these times to spend on an anime box set.

If you’re still keen though, it’ll be out on September 29.

(If you’re after a shorter, cheaper Persona 5 animated experience, the short released at the same time as the game is pretty good!)

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Aniplex basically replicates the Japanese model of disk sales. Relying on whales to make a profit by buying over priced disks. It’s the exact opposite of what most North American distributors do that push out two SKUS a smaller moderately priced set and a higher priced limited edition.

Its largely because Aniplex of America is just a subsidiary of Aniplex Japan and they’re insanely worried about reverse importing. Whereby Japanese consumers buy far cheaper N. American blurays.