March 21, 2023


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Atlus misses out on Persona 5 Royal’s most compelling character

The internet has been abuzz lately with the recent announcement Persona 5 Casual gameAnd Night Ghost (P5X). Fans loved the new characters, but were also excited to meet their old favorites again. But when I looked at the screenshots, I noticed that one person was missing: Goro Akechi. What gives, Atlus? You can’t pretend Persona 5 RoyalHis main antagonist was also not the most compelling character in the series. He was a real member of the Phantom Thieves group, and his haters could die mad.

Goro Akechi is a high school student who serves as a rival to the main protagonist Persona 5. In the original game, he famously betrayed the party after pretending to be their friend. It also does this in Enhanced Royal version, but the 2019 update to the game adds additional scenes to it. These social interactions make Akechi feel like a very troubled friend, rather than a shy cop who changed his mind at the last minute.

Like most RPG antagonists, Akechi has a tragic backstory. His mother died when he was young, and he grew up an orphan (generally Great social stigma in Japan). Akechi wanted revenge on his neglectful and cruel father, so he teamed up with him in order to get close enough to assassinate him. Unfortunately, his father also planned his son’s assassination all along. Akechi eventually realizes that the protagonist is someone similar to himself, and chooses to sacrifice himself to ensure the escape of the heroes’ Phantom Thieves.

It also helped Royal, players had to spend more time with him in a brand new arc. After the game has added a new semester in which reality has completely changed. In this ever-changing Tokyo, each character has their own personal tragedy unraveled, and everyone lives a happy life. This is the only scenario in which Akechi can be saved. However, he rejects the artificial world and the false happiness that comes with it. Since it was implied that he had died in the original scheme, defeating the owner of this world would mean that he would cease to exist. Does not care. For him, death is better than living under the thumb of a higher power.

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But I wanted him to live! When you seek the end in which the artificial world is destroyed, Royal He raises the possibility that Akechi may have survived. And so I held my breath at the prospect of getting to see Akechi again in the sequel scrambled. I never finished finishing this musou game despite completing many others. Akechi wasn’t into it, and that was definitely part of the reason. I’m not terribly invested in p. 5 which was not present in it.

I was hoping that was just a coincidence. Akechi is good, and he deserves to be featured in other spin-off games. Now it appears P5X He might fail me too, and I began to lose hope that Atlus would ever remember who he was. This is homophobia, and I’m not going to defend it. Atlus, give us my wild bird son or give me death.