Persona 5's Tokyo Is Pretty Faithful

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If you like Persona games, or just excellent video game documentaries in general, you should definitely check out the latest installment of Toco Toco TV, which focuses on Persona series boss Katsura Hashino (and plenty of talk about Persona 5).

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As you’ll see—and as is series tradition—while some of Persona 5's locations are fictional, they’re also very much grounded in actual places.

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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Game reviews tend to try and cover all areas of the game, but when speaking with players of Western (or at least, non-Japanese) players of Persona, the draw often seems to be the social simulation and micro Japanese society that’s depicted.

I wonder how most Japanese players look at these games. Because the perspective looking in is going to be completely different, along with what resonates outwards, too.

It doesn’t mean that these factors wouldn’t appeal, just the reasons would be very different. I’d love to get some idea on why Japanese players like and play Persona, and what from the series is the appeal to them.