"I'll do my best until the very end."
- Persona 3 / FES / Portable: Playable Character
- Persona 3 Portable (F): Star Arcana Social Link
- Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight: Playable Character
- Persona 4 Arena: Playable Character/Protagonist (Akihiko Story Route)
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax: Playable Character/Navigator
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth: Playable Character
- Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth: Playable Character
- Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight: DLC partner
- Persona -trinity soul-: Minor Character
Akihiko has short silver hair, gray eyes (hazel brown in Persona 3 The Movie), and wears a white band-aid above his left eye. Oddly enough, he still wears the bandage years later in Arena.
He wears a slightly modified school uniform of the Gekkoukan High School, where he replaces the standard jacket with a red sweater vest (long-sleveed for winter, short-sleeved for summer). Additionally, he wears black gloves. He is never seen without his gloves except during the trip to Yakushima while he is on the beach and briefly during the school field trip in Kyoto. In Persona 3 The Movie, he wears a different type of gloves.
His standard summer outfit consists of a red v-neck t-shirt and white pants.
His winter outfit is a white jacket and a red scarf and white pants.
During his flashback scene in The Answer which occurs sometime before the beginning of Persona 3, a much younger Akihiko is depicted, having softer facial features and a band-aid around his nose. He wears a red shirt under his white chemise and black pants.
In Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, he retains his school uniform except he wears a red hoodie zipper jacket instead of the sweater vest, and red and black sneakers. He also wears black headphones around his neck.
In the parallel universe anime spin-off Persona -trinity soul-, an older and more mature Akihiko is seen with slightly tanned skin and doesn't wear the band-aid above his left eye. He is seen wearing a black suit with a light brown collar shirt, red tie and black gloves.
In Persona 4 Arena, a 20 year-old Akihiko is seen. He has another band-aid on his right cheek, a cross shaped scar on the left side of his head, and stubble. He wears brown pants, and the left thigh of his pants is bandaged, while the right has several tears on it. He wears reddish brown mixed-martial arts gloves and a matching cape. He does not wear a shirt, and he seems to have been injured by a huge animal, as he has three scars on his chest, and a few scars on his arms as well. In addition, he carries a machete, a bottle of water, large knife and an Evoker with him.
In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, his casual attire is a light gray suit with a black collar shirt.
"I was too obsessed with power. Ever since I lost Miki, that's all I've cared about. I thought that if I was strong enough, I could protect anyone. But I was wrong... And now You're gone too... I'm such an idiot. In battle, there's always a chance of dying... I knew that! But I was so focused on fighting that I didn't notice anything else! It didn't matter how tough I was! Look what happened!"
Akihiko also has an aggressive side, which he usually demonstrates when dealing with Shadows. He never gives up and always tries to get stronger in order to protect what is dear to him and feels guilty for not being able to save his sister, Miki, from the fire. As he puts it, he knows what it's like to feel powerless and he never wants to feel that way again, though this often results in him overworking himself due to feelings of self-doubt. Akihiko is also shown to be very smart, if not quite on Mitsuru's level, as he is consistently shown to get good grades and often picks up on things that Mitsuru misses, like giant Shadows appearing during the full moon and why Fuuka disappeared. He even tells the protagonist that a strong mind is just as important as a strong body. He is also very competitive; despite not being particularly interested in picking up girls, he willingly goes along with Operation: Babe Hunt, treating it like a "match" and even getting disappointed when they had no luck. Afterwards, it takes six months for Junpei to get him to admit defeat, after which he takes most of the group out for ramen.
He acts like an older brother for the younger S.E.E.S. members and especially in Persona 3 Portable if the player chooses to play as the female protagonist, Akihiko is shown to care a lot about her. This fits with his Arcana being the Emperor, which represents fathering and relates to leadership and decision-making skills. Akihiko is on good terms with Shinjiro and keeps in touch with him even after he quit SEES. He cares a lot for him, as shown when Akihiko finds out about the drugs Shinjiro uses in order to prevent his Persona from going berserk. However, their conversations are not always civil, as Akihiko will frequently try to convince Shinjiro to come back to S.E.E.S.. He even shows some mild hypocrisy by telling him he can't keep dwelling on the past, prompting Shinjiro to remind him that he isn't any different since he can't let go of his guilt over not being able to save his sister's life, and that it is in fact his precise reason for fighting. Indeed, much like Junpei, Akihiko sees S.E.E.S.'s activities as a form of escapism from his normal life, and so sometimes questions whether he really wants the Dark Hour gone.
While generally caring and straightforward, Akihiko can be quite abrasive at times, such as when he pretty much forces Shinjiro to come back to S.E.E.S. shortly after Ken joins the group. He also expresses deep distrust and hostility towards Metis in the early parts of The Answer, even more so than the rest of the party, as he fully expects her to turn on them again at any time and even suspects her of having an ulterior motive for protecting Aigis. He can be blunt and isn't above making a harsh comment to someone, even to a friend, a trait he shares with Mitsuru. However, Akihiko is also shown to be scared of Mitsuru, and greatly dreads being on the receiving end of one of her "executions."
Akihiko is often depicted as aloof, and, in some cases, completely unaware of his fanbase of female students, who often follow him around school. He finds this irritating and will sometimes complain to the protagonist about it, saying they talk so much that they give him a headache. This is due to the fact that he is extremely shy and awkward when around girls, to the point that he is incapable of talking to any girl outside his teammates. This is especially shown in the female protagonist route, in which he becomes a Social Link. A character video late in the game shows him reading books in his room on how to talk to girls and trying (and failing) to rehearse a conversation without getting flustered. His awkwardness is probably best exemplified by talking to him in Tartarus when playing as a female protagonist in a romance with him.
According to Shinjiro, Akihiko is actually quite the crybaby. Whenever Shinjiro did something wrong when they were kids, even with good intentions (such as stealing a doll so that Miki could have a toy of her own), Akihiko would attack him while crying the entire time. He hides how sensitive he is by responding logically to everything, which leads to his severe bluntness at times. Around Shinjiro, Akihiko also shows a childish side to him, such as getting more excited than Junpei at the prospect of eating Shinjiro's cooking for the first time. He also fights with Shinjiro (sometimes physically) over the smallest things, which Mitsuru often has to break up akin to a mother disciplining her children.
After Shinjiro's death, Akihiko is reminded what it's like to feel powerless, just like he had experienced with the death of his sister. Over Shinjiro's grave, he admits that he was a fool to believe that he could protect anyone if he was strong enough and that power was all he really cared about, to the point that it had become an obsession. It's then that he realizes that he can't keep blaming himself and decides to move towards the future, which triggers the evolution of his Persona. This resolution allows him to help Ken recover from his own breakdown, which was caused by him temporarily losing his reason for living e.g. vengeance for the death of his mother. Both become closer as a result of this event, and learn to accept the loss of the people they loved. While initially conflicted when he learns about The Fall, he ultimately decides to try and defeat Nyx, even admitting to Ryoji Mochizuki that he doesn't care if it's impossible.
In The Answer, during the debate over what to do with the keys, Akihiko is in favor of the most logical choice; having long accepted that the dead are never coming back, he claims that the group have to live with the protagonist's death and accept the present. He believes that the protagonist died because he used all his power to protect everyone, and by tampering with the past, it would be disrespectful to his sacrifice. When Yukari expresses interest in going back to the past, Akihiko criticizes her for not having the strength to face reality, going so far as to say that even if there was a way to undo Shinjiro and Miki's death, he'd flat-out refuse. He believes firmly that nothing in the past was a waste, since all of it made the group who they are now. However, he admits to understanding Yukari's grief, saying it's a natural feeling for anyone, but nevertheless believes that if they saved the protagonist, they would be benefiting themselves rather than him. Above all, he knows what drastic consequences messing with the past can have, and believes it's simply too big of a risk to take. After the group defeat Erebus, however, he admits that he feels better now that he knows for certain what happened, saying it's like the "blinders have been removed."
Akihiko Sanada is the captain of the Gekkoukan High School boxing team and, along with Mitsuru Kirijo and Shinjiro Aragaki, one of the original members of SEES. He and Shinjiro grew up in an orphanage together with Akihiko's little sister, Miki, who died in a fire that destroyed the orphanage. Devastated by her death and feeling powerless that he could not save her, Akihiko vowed to become stronger. He took up boxing so he could learn how to fight, becoming a champion student boxer in the process.
Shinjiro and Akihiko remained friends after Miki's death. However, an incident occurred during an early SEES mission which put a strain on Akihiko and Shinjiro's relationship. Shinjiro's Persona went berserk while combating a Shadow, killing an innocent bystander (Ken Amada's mother) in the process. Feeling guilty, Shinjiro immediately left SEES. Akihiko used the incident as a springboard to focus even more on his strength and fighting the shadows. He began to criticize his friend for retreating when others needed his help. Throughout the game, Akihiko repeatedly tries to talk Shinjiro into joining SEES again. When Ken Amada joins the party, Akihiko, with the aid of the protagonist, forces Shinjiro to join.
During the events of the Strength and Fortune full moon battles, Akihiko is unsettled and distracted by the absence of Ken and Shinjiro. He later realizes the date: October 4, the day Shinjiro's persona killed Ken's mother. He leaves the others in search of Ken and Shinjiro, finding them both behind Port Island Station along with Strega member Takaya Sakaki, who has interrupted Shinjiro and Ken's conversation and intends to kill them both. He has already shot Shinjiro and was aiming to shoot Ken, but Shinjiro stops Takaya from killing Ken by taking another bullet despite knowing that Ken has made a vow to kill him to avenge his mother's death. Shinjiro's last words are a request that Akihiko take care of Ken, and he states that his death is how things should be.
Mourning the loss of his friend, Akihiko nonetheless finds himself amazed that Shinjiro could face death so bravely and vows to face difficulty head on. This resolution causes his Persona to evolve into into Caesar. He is one of the first to express his determination to fight Nyx, despite knowing she cannot be defeated.
Akihiko remains loyal to the protagonist and SEES until the end of Nyx's defeat. When the protagonist confronts Nyx's true form Death, Ken's voice is the first heard, worrying that there's nothing they can do. Akihiko's voice is then heard consoling Ken and SEES, saying that they can't give up and they must believe in him. On Graduation Day, Akihiko remembers the promise SEES made and runs to him on the roof.
Akihiko is a new Social Link if the player pursues the female protagonist's route, representing the Star Arcana. The Social Link is initiated by talking to him starting on May 25 with level 4 Charm or higher.
In this Social Link, Akihiko will express his desire to gain strength in order to protect others and concern for the well-being of the protagonist, who at earlier parts of the game he treats her as a little sister. As time passes, the player sees Akihiko as not just a "cool upperclassman" that many of the girls in school fawn over, but as a man who cannot cope with the darkness of his past and cannot socialize well with others because of it. He later on grows more anxious towards the female protagonist, to the point of asking her if there was any way for her to stop fighting.
The Social Link then freezes until after the events on October 4, where Akihiko admits that his treatment of the female protagonist, that is similar to the treatment of his deceased sister Miki, would be considered as opening up and sharing the burden with her. Thus his resolution to stop the Dark Hour now serves a different purpose: to protect the people he loves and cherishes, including the female protagonist.
At the end of the social link, Akihiko gives her a rabbit doll, stating that the doll is reminiscent of her and of his memories of a happier Miki, and finally comes to terms with his own past, at last looking forward to creating a better future. The rabbit doll grants the ability to fuse Helel, the lightbringer.
It is possible for the player to have a romantic relationship with him, though the player has to choose special dialogue choices that are scattered throughout certain ranks of his Social Link. If the player chooses all of the correct dialogue and has accepted the offer to be Akihiko's "girl" at Rank 9, the Lovers Route for this Arcana will be triggered.
Akihiko may also visit the female protagonist on the roof and he talks about how he fell in love with her. She closes her eyes and rests with Akihiko, possibly dying.
The Answer Edit
Akihiko does not originally come to see the closing of the Dorm. He only arrives after Mitsuru calls him over, and he becomes trapped in the dorm with them.
At the end of Caina, a door to Akihiko's past reveals how he was recruited to SEES after a boxing match during his years as a middle school student. Mitsuru Kirijo approached him, revealing she knew he was experiencing "something" each midnight and she was in the same situation, except she knew more about it. Mitsuru presented him with a gun (an Evoker) and offered him a new way of fighting.
During the debate over how to use the keys to the past or the present, Akihiko chooses the present with the support of Ken Amada. He believes that the protagonist died because he used all his powers to protect everyone, and by tampering with the past, it would be disrespectful to his sacrifice.
Akihiko helps the group defeat Erebus, the grand manifestation of humanity's grief and negative emotion.
Persona 4 ArenaEdit
After graduating from Gekkoukan High, Akihiko went to college. He decided, however, to perfect his punch and traveled the world in his pursuit of becoming stronger. Around that time, he had also become associated with Mitsuru's Shadow Operatives and is called upon to help retrieve Labrys in the TV world in Inaba. During the "tournament," he comes across Chie Satonaka and becomes impressed by her resolve to protect Labrys, though he has never seen her before and reminds him of his reasons for fighting. After the incident, Akihiko decides that he'll eventually, in the far future, leave the Shadow Operatives and become a police officer. Mitsuru tells him, however, he needs to go back to college so she assigns Aigis to help manage Akihiko. With a new resolve, Akihiko is determined to find the mastermind behind the incident and put an end to their plot.
Akihiko is the token boxer character with a special mechanic dubbed the Cyclone meter and boasts the second highest health in the game. Not only does Akihiko have a snappy offense and multiple ways to close the gap between him and his opponent, he also is blessed with Paralysis on some of his attacks and can ignore projectiles and some normals. He is also not as reliant on his Persona compared to other characters, thus Persona Breaks don't really affect him as much as others but they do provide him with whatever zoning tools he does have. All being said, he has no reliable option against opponents that like to fight at long range and is quite heavy, becoming something of double-edged sword. He's also an example of a Rekka style character, a character that links special moves with other special moves which also affects his Cyclone gauge. This increases the cyclone gauge by one (max of three) for every special move he cancels. This is important as it changes the properties of some of his follow-ups as well as give more damage, for example his Corkscrew follow-up becomes a wall-bounce at level 3. Thus it become imperative that players have his combos on point to take advantage of his moves as some of his most advanced combos on Fatal Counter can push around 7000 points of damage.
In Arena Ultimax, due to rarely having to rely on his Persona, Akihiko only has two Persona cards which can be considered a buff/nerf (Persona gets broken easier but recovers faster). His cyclone gauge is increased by two making it a maximum of 5. He has a new rekka move called the 'Sonic Uppercut' and his C attacks has been changed. His 5C is now was his 2C was in Persona 4 Arena and his new 2C is an Anti-Air attack that inflicts the ailment Silence upon hit. His B corkscrew now sends the enemy backwards upon contact while his A corkscrew generally remained the same. With the addition of Enhanced SP-skills, Akihiko's three specials have now increased in specialty.
- Enhanced Thunder Fists now has a hitbox and if the enemy is not blocking they will be inflicted with shock
- Enhanced Maziodyne now does extra damage and hits and inflicts shock even on block
- Enhanced Cyclone Uppercut will make Akihiko do two uppercuts. If Akihiko's Cyclone gauge is at 5 then he will do three uppercuts for massive damage.
His leitmotif is called "The Wandering Wolf," which has a remix called the "The Wandering Wolf -Straight Mix-" for the Persona 4 The ULTIMATE in MAYONAKA ARENA Original Soundtrack that features much more heavy guitar chords and instrumentals.
Akihiko is the eighth character in Score Attack. His Cyclone meter will always be at 3 levels and will always have Thunder Fists active.
Persona 4 Arena (Manga)Edit
Akihiko faces off against Yu Narukami. Although he puts up a tough fight and gets in several hits that would affect Yu later, Akihiko was ultimately defeated by Yu when the latter unleashes Izanagi. When the possessed Labrys attempts to crush Aigis' neck, both Akihiko and Mitsuru smash through a wall and hit her, releasing Aigis from her grasp.
Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit
Akihiko's co-op attack is a piercing attack, which hits the target and pierces through, damaging one of the enemies behind it in the back row.
Akihiko and his team are mysteriously brought to an alternate reality of Yasogami High School where they are trapped. They encounter the Investigation Team and decide to work together in their joint efforts to escape.
Persona Q2: New Cinema LabyrinthEdit
Akihiko and his team are on a mission in Tartarus when they are suddenly brought to another world. Two of his teammates, P3 hero and Aigis, are separated from them at some point. When they are cornered by Shadows, two rescue teams show up to their aid: the Investigation Team and the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Among them is a girl who claims to know the SEES members, though none recognize her. They later realize she is from an alternate world where she is the female counterpart of P3 hero.
After Enlil is defeated, everyone returns to their respective worlds with their memory of the experience erased. Akihiko appears at the end of the game where he watches a science fiction movie with his team. P3P heroine's version of Akihiko also appears in her world, where everyone watches a movie together.
A TV special in Persona 5 makes an allusion to Akihiko along with Katsuya Suou as "a legendary gumshoe who took down a bear" implying that after the events of Persona 4: Arena he became a police officer.
Persona -trinity soul-Edit
Akihiko appears in the parallel universe anime spin-off, Persona -trinity soul-, which is set in 2019.
Akihiko is an informant to Ryo Kanzato, shown only as the man Ryo discusses Reverse cases with over the cellphone. He appears in person after Ryo's confrontation with Keisuke Komatsubara leads to his disappearance, taking up the role of superintendent in his absence. He reveals that as an adult, he no longer possesses the ability to use persona, but worked alongside Ryo and Noboru Inui to cover up persona-related incidents and prevent their occurrence. To fight Marebito, he enlists the help of Shin Kanzato, Jun Kanzato, Megumi Kayano and Takuro Sakakiba.
- Polydeuces! (Summoning Persona: Polydeuces)
- Caesar! (Summoning Persona: Caesar)
- That's how it's done! (Summoning Persona for the first time)
- I've been waiting for this. (Prompting All-Out Attack)
- Okay—NOW! (During AOA)
- Well, I guess that's one way to go. (After denying All-Out attack)
- Damn, I couldn't finish it off. (The foe survives from an attack)
- It's still alive. (The foe survives from an attack)
- I can't lose to an underclassman. (First time summoning in battle)
- I'm fighting for him as well. (While summoning Caesar)
- Let's go! (While summoning Polydeuces)
- Don't mess with me. (While summoning Persona)
- I won't lose! (While summoning Persona)
- Don't overdo it. (Healing an ally)
- Nice timing! (Being healed by an ally)
- Nice try! (Dodging enemy's attack)
- Amazing as always! (After Mitsuru hits a weak/critical spot)
- You're pretty good too, Takeba! (After Yukari hits a weak/critical spot)
- Good job, Takeba! (After Yukari hits a weak/critical spot)
- There's your chance, go! (After Junpei hits a weak/critical spot)
- Good boy! (After Koromaru hits a weak/critical spot)
- You really are smart! (After Koromaru hits a weak/critical spot)
- Way to go, Ken! (After Ken hits a critical/weak spot)
- Alright, good job! (After anyone hits a weak/critical spot)
- Good job. (After anyone hits a weak/critical spot)
- Now's our chance! (After anyone hits a critical/weak spot)
- Ok, everything's going according to plan. (Battle Won: Polydeuces)
- We did it. (Battle Won: Polydueces)
- I'll do my best until the very end. (Battle Won: Caeser)
- Did you see that, Shinji? (Battle Won: Caesar)
- Hmph. (Recovering from knockdown)
- I've regained my honor. (Recovering from knockdown)
- Finish... it... (When Instantly knocked out by weakness)
- Man, that's one hell of a foe... (Attack misses)
- How did he dodge that...? (Attack misses)
- Damn you! (Landed a critical hit, Persona: Caesar)
- K.O! (Landed a critical hit, Persona: Caesar)
- Good night! (Landed a critical hit)
- And...! (Getting One More)
- Here's our chance! (Getting One More)
- Say your prayers! (Landed a critical hit, Persona: Caesar)
- I never want to be in a cast again. (Battle won. Low at HP)
- Don't worry. I can still keep going. (Battle won. Low at HP)
- Got it. (When tactics are changed, Persona: Polydeuces)
- Let me try that. (When tactics are changed, Persona: Caesar)
- I won't hold back! (Summoning Persona: Caesar in The Answer when fighting 2-on-2)
- My skills have improved. (Level up)
- Let me pitch in! (Requesting Co-op Attack)
- Tch, Slash attacks aren't working. (Enemy resistant to Slash)
- Strikes are useless against it. (Enemy resistant to Strike)
- Tch, Pierce attacks aren't effective! (Enemy resistant to Pierce)
- It's resistant to Fire. (Enemy resistant to Fire)
- Ice is useless, huh? (Enemy resistant to Ice)
- Wind isn't working? (Enemy resistant to Wind)
- Electricity doesn't seem to work on it. (Enemy resistant to Electricity)
- It's resistant to Light. (Enemy resistant to Light)
- Darkness won't work!? (Enemy resistant to Darkness)
- Don't tell me it's resistant to Almighty attacks?! (Enemy resistant to Almighty)
- Hey, that's Death! (Encountering The Reaper)
- Tch! Look out! Death is coming! (Encountering The Reaper)
- Don't give up! We have to believe in him/her! (Final Nyx battle)
- The hell...? That's Caesar! (Battle against ???)
- Looks like it's my turn! (When chosen on the character select screen)
- I'll force my way through! (When chosen on the character select screen)
- Inside the TV huh? Interesting! (at the start of his Arcade Mode)
- Sorry, but I don't pull my punches! (Starting the round)
- Let's have a great match! (Starting the round)
- Let's see which one of us is the stronger fighter! (Starting the round)
- So you're my sparring partner! (Starting the round)
- You'll be laid out in no time! (Starting the round)
- You better not disappoint me! (Starting the round)
- Heh, you remind me of him! (Intro vs. Yu)
- This could be a real brawl. (Intro vs. Kanji)
- Time to knock out the beast. (Intro vs. Teddie)
- Show me what justice is to you. (Intro vs. Chie)
- Now, come at me! (Non-final round victory)
- I'm strong, you know! (Non-final round victory)
- All that's left is for me to win. (Non-final round victory)
- Don't worry. I can still do this. (Non-final round victory)
- I'm particular about my matches. (Non-final round victory)
- That was a good match. See ya. (Final round victory)
- Are you watching Shinji? (Final round victory)
- That costume wasn't much help against my fists! (After defeating Teddie)
- I'm KO'ed...! (KO'ed)
- Those... kicks...! (After being defeated by Chie)
- Not bad! (After successfully blocking an attack)
- Getting distance! (While performing a backdash)
- Corkscrew! (While performing special move Corkscrew)
- Straight punch! (While performing special move Corkscrew)
- Try and hit me! (While performing special move Weave)
- Uppercut! (While performing Furious Action, Double Uppercut)
- I'll exceed my limits! (While entering Awakening mode)
- Time to rally for a K.O.! (While entering Awakening mode)
- Let's go! Uppercut! (While performing super move, Cyclone Uppercut)
- This... is it! (While performing super move, Cyclone Uppercut)
- You're done! (While performing super move, Lv.3 Cyclone Uppercut)
- Here's everything I've got! (While performing super move, Lv.3 Cyclone Uppercut)
- Now! Let's do this! (While performing super move, Thunder Fists)
- Let's see whose lightning is stronger! (While performing super move, Thunder Fists, when fighting Kanji Tatsumi)
- Let's see whose thunder is stronger! (While performing super move, Thunder Fists, when fighting Kanji Tatsumi)
- Go, Persona! Try and dodge this! (While performing Awakening super move, Maziodyne)
- Go, Persona! Bolts of judgement! (While performing Awakening super move, Maziodyne)
- Stay where you are! It's useless to run! (While performing Awakening super move, Maziodyne)
- Stay where you are! Thunder strike! (While performing Awakening super move, Maziodyne)
- I've been waiting for this moment! (While initiating Instant Kill, Earth Breaker)
- Now's the time! (While initiating Instant Kill, Earth Breaker)
- It looks like... I still got a long way to go... (Continue?)
- "It's not in my nature to go easy. Sorry, but I went at you with everything I had."
- "The count's reached 10. Lie there and rest for a while."
- "I think you're not getting enough protein. I can recommend a few brands if you want."
- "Ha... That was a pretty intense fight. Let's do it again sometime if the chance chance comes up."
- Character Specific
- Chie Satonaka: "You've got fire in your eyes. Keep sticking up for what you believe in."
- Kanji Tatsumi: "You seemed to know your way around a fight. Though you look like a straight powerhouse, that's not quite true... Hah, you've got potential."
- Teddie: "Can I be blunt? You keep making bear jokes, but be honest... You're not a bear, are you?"
- Aigis: "Unlike two years ago, this time we fought to see who's stronger. Actual combat is better than training after all... Thanks for the match."
- Yukiko Amagi: "The secret to dodging projectiles isn't speed. It's determination!"
- Mitsuru Kirijo: "I wondered what monsters I'd be dealing with at first, but I ended up fighting you... Well, I didn't hold back at all."
- Labrys: "I won't concede just because you're a rookie. That's not how I do things."
- Akihiko Sanada: "You're just mimicking a fraction of me. There's no way you could beat the real thing."
Persona 4 Arena UltimaxEdit
- "That's what I'm talking about!" (Character select)
- "You ready for this?" (Character select)
- "Let's have a great match." (Starting the round)
- "You'd never understand the significance of my strength." (Starting the round)
- "That Shadow on the other day... No, you're just a copy. What a joke." (vs. Labrys (Shadow Type))
- "You probably should punish your costume designer first..." (vs. Yukari Takeba (Shadow Type))
- "Never holding down!" (Awakening)
- "Can you endure this, Junpei!?" (Awakening vs. Junpei)
- "I'm particular about my matches." (Non-final round victory)
- "All that's left is for me to win." (Non-final round victory)
- "That was a good match. See ya." (Final round victory)
- "You've improved your skills, Junpei." (After defeating Junpei)
- "You lacked training and protein. If you want to beat me, you better come back with proper resolve."
- "You need training. I recommend a steady diet of protein to broaden your possibilities."
- "This is the result of us going at it with all our might. You did your best, so there's no need to be embarrassed about how it turned out."
- "It's been a while since I had such an enjoyable fight. I should thank you... Good one!"
- "I won this fight, but there's no knowing how it'll go next time. Looks like I still need to train more..."
- Character Specific
- Chie Satonaka: "Your kicks were pretty impressive. Keep training hard and get to my level! I'll be waiting for you at the next plateau!"
- Kanji Tatsumi: "You definitely have talent, but your flaws stand out too. I can't let you beat me just yet."
- Naoto Shirogane: "Amazing skills, Ace Detective. But make sure you don't fall into the trap of scheming too much."
- Mitsuru Kirijo: "Ha... You really are exceptional when you're in serious mode. You're the perfect sparring partner to hone each other's skills."
- Junpei Iori: "Ha... You never change. But your training isn't up to par. I'll make sure to train you better from now on."
- Ken Amada: "Ha, looks like you've really grown. Come at me as many times as you want. I'll welcome it."
- Elizabeth: "To think we'd meet again... It must be another crisis brewing. Oh well..."
- Tohru Adachi: "If I remember right, you're that guy from last year's case... No wonder you put up quite the fight."
- Labrys: "It's always nice to see your resolve close up! I can't wait to start fighting alongside you. We'll all be counting on you."
- Sho: "...I won't tell you I understand or show sympathy. All I can do is let my fists do the talking."
- Minazuki: "No matter who you may be, I will crush you with all my strength if you get in my way."
- Shadow Akihiko: Did you think a copy could surpass the original? Hmph, you're nothing but a cheap fake in the end.
- "That was a great match! Is that what you wanted to hear to salve your pride? Hahahahaha!"
- "Just yearn for the results... The results called destruction!"
- "No matter how much power you gain, it's meaningless. You're inevitably going to meet your end at the hands of a greater power."
- "Hey, I want more... Let me keep fighting! I'll crush you until there's nothing left!"
- "Hahaha... Now, cry for joy! I'm telling you that I'll destroy everything!"
- "*chuckle* Ahhh... the feeling of an opponent being pulped by my fists. I love it so much."
- "The powerless have no reason to exist. The world should be ruled by the law of the jungle. Show me how pathetic you are as you die!"
- Character Specific
- Chie Satonaka: "There's no need to protect the weak. They should be weeded out... just like you are right now!"
- Mitsuru Kirijo: "How does it feel to have your hand bitten by your own dog, Ms. Incompetent Master?"
- Akihiko Sanada: "Hahaha... Are you done with that escape from reality you call training? You're about to meet your true death!"
- "Put up your dukes!" (Battle start)
- "Orders, leader? I'm counting on ya!" (Battle start, with P3/P4 hero as Leader)
- "A heated battle always gets me pumped up!" (Battle start, with Mitsuru)
- "Tch, we let our guard down!" (Battle start, Enemy Advanced)
- "I always get fired up from the strong ones!" (Battle start, fighting high-leveled Shadow)
- "Cool, a ring... but I'm only interested in boxing rings." (Battle start, fighting Mind Dice Shadow)
- "A samurai, huh? I hear it isn't worthy of being one." (Battle start, fighting Rain Leg Musha Shadow)
- "It's the leg-spinning one." (Battle start, fighting Drive Shadow)
- "I guess this isn't so exciting." (Battle start, fighting low-leveled FOE)
- "Ha! The battle's just getting started!" (Battle start, fighting Captor Spider)
- "Take this!" (Attack)
- "Persona!" (Skill, Polydeuces/Caesar)
- "Polydeuces!" (Skill, Polydeuces)
- "Here goes! Polydeuces!" (Skill, Polydeuces)
- "Let's do this! Caesar!" (Skill, Caesar)
- "Time to make my move!" (Skill, Sub-Persona)
- "Leave it to me!" (Skill, Sub-Persona)
- "You all right?" (Item, on Allies)
- "Hey, hang in there!" (Item, on Allies)
- "Wha?" (Miss)
- "I missed?" (Miss)
- "Hmph!" (Miss, Enemy)
- "That's so the toughest survives, huh?" (Curse)
- "Was I in the red corner...? Or the blue corner...?" (Panic)
- "This is a sea... a sea... a sea of protein..." (Sleep)
- "I didn't think they'd sink to these tactics!" (Agility Bind)
- "... This is nothing..." (Low HP)
- "Yeah, I know. Don't look so worried." (Low HP, responding to Mitsuru)
- "You look tired, Leader." (Low HP, P3/P4 hero as Leader)
- "Are you okay? Don't push yourself." (Low HP, P3 hero)
- "Careful, Mitsuru. You look ready to pass out." (Low HP, Mitsuru)
- "Better shape up, Zen! Your princess is in trouble!" (Low HP, Zen and Rei)
- "Dammit... looks like my fists are all I've got now." (Low SP)
- "This is it..." (Dies)
- "Zen! Are you all right?" (Zen dies, after clearing Inaba Pride Exhibit)
- "I'm going in. You okay with that?" (Follow-up Attack, prompt)
- "I'll end this myself!" (Follow-up Attack, accept)
- "Have a hay maker!" (Follow-up Attack, accept)
- "I've got that knock-out punch!" (Follow-up Attack, accept)
- "Tch... it's tough!" (Follow-up Attack, no enemies defeated)
- "What? It didn't kill it?" (Follow-up Attack, no enemies defeated)
- "I could go for an All-Out Attack." (All-Out Attack, prompt)
- "I've been waiting for this!" (All-Out Attack, prompt)
- "Going for a KO!" (All-Out Attack, accept)
- "Just tell me what's next." (One Enemy defeated)
- "Good one, leader!" (Battle end, P3/P4 hero as Leader finishes)
- "The next battle is already calling me!" (Result)
- "Every battle makes us stronger." (Result)
- "Good battle. Can't wait for the next one!" (Result)
- "Looks like the red one handles the healing." (Kind Doctor battle, Calm Nurse supports Kind Doctor)
- "Guess that blue one's in charge of support." (Kind Doctor battle, Caring Nurse supports Kind Doctor)
- "All right. It's down to the red one and the doctor." (Kind Doctor battle, Caring Nurse defeated)
- "Yeah! I'll deliver the finishing blow soon enough." (Kind Doctor battle, 50% HP)
- "It's too soon to let our guard down." (Best Friend battle, 75% HP)
- "That was a nice combo... for a rabbit." (Best Friend battle, Rabbit Foot attacks)
- "It'll be bad if it hits, but I'll just dodge it, no problem." (Best Friend battle, Rabbit Foot misses)
- "The head, huh? Okay, on it!" (Captor Spider battle, weakness identified)
- "Peek-a-boo style, huh? Pretty cheap." (Captor Spider battle, head shielded)
- "Yeah, I agree." (Captor Spider battle, head shielded, second time)
- "Just what I've been waiting for! Head exposed!" (Captor Spider battle, head exposed)
- "Good! Now, which one?" (Captor Spider battle, one leg defeated)
- "This is getting annoying!" (Captor Spider battle, two leg regrows)
- "Ugh, we're back again." (Captor Spider battle, three legs regrow)
- "Ugh. Smart of it not to put its eggs in its own basket." (Captor Spider battle, all legs regrow)
- "Wait... did he advance time?" (Clockwork God, Clockwork God uses Time Warp)
- "I'm not done yet. There's no upper limit." (Level up)
- "It feels good seeing proof that I'm getting better." (Level up)
- "Now I'll have even more power on my side!" (Level up, Sub-Persona)
- "So this is the evolution of my power...." (Level up, Polydeuces turns into Caesar)
Concept art of Akihiko
All-Out Attack cut-in portrait for Persona 3 Portable
Akihiko's school uniform, two casual attires, swimsuit, and Kyoto yukata
Concept artwork of Akihiko (cinematic)
Akihiko's various expressions
Early concept art for Akihiko
Early concept art for Akihiko
Early concept art for Akihiko
A younger Akihiko in Persona 3 FES: The Answer
Akihiko with Shinjiro and Koromaru
Akihiko in the top right
Akihiko with SEES
Akihiko with SEES
Akihiko in the top right
Akihiko’s Character blog in the visual arts
Akihiko with SEES
Akihiko near the left
Akihiko on the left
Akihiko wins with Jack Frost and Pyro Jack gloves
|Persona 3 (Manga)|
Akihiko appears on a cover for Volume 3
Cover for Volume 5
Akihiko as a child
|Persona 3 The Movie|
Concept artwork from Persona 3 The Movie
Akihiko Sanada's character info
Concept artwork of Akihiko's main weapon
Illustration of Akihiko Sanada and the others by Watanabe Keisuke
Illustration of Akihiko by Yukio Hasegawa and Painted by Saori Goda
Illustration countdown of Spring of Birth
Illustration countdown of Midsummer Knight's Dream
Illustration countdown of Winter of Rebirth
Akihiko Sanada in Persona 3 The Movie
Akihiko using an Evoker
Shinjiro dies beside Akihiko
Akihiko remembers the promise
Visual art of Akihiko and SEES of PERSONA3 THE MOVIE Finale Event
|Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight|
Ball Stage Outfit
Summer Gekkou Outfit
Winter Gekkou Outfit
Gekkou High Jersey
Deep Blue Clothes
Pro Wrestler Outfit
Skimpy Police Costume
Wanderer's Red Cape
P4AU 2P Colors
Akihiko as he appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Ao no Kakusei-
Akihiko as he appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Gunjou no Meikyuu-
Akihiko as he appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Souen no Kesshou-
Akihiko as he appears in the Arena stageplay
Akihiko as he appears in the Ultimax stageplay
|Persona -trinity soul-|
Akihiko's first appearance in Persona Trinity Soul
|Persona 4 Arena|
Akihiko's close up with ski goggles
Akihiko's various expressions
Concept art of Akihiko in arcade mode
Akihiko in the opening
Akihiko's Instant Kill: Earth Breaker
Akihiko Sanada in Persona 4 Arena's Story Mode
Akihiko fighting Chie
Akihiko's ski goggles sprite.
Akihiko as he appears in the Arena Manga
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax|
Akihiko Sanada in the "trailer" for the P1 Climax
Akihiko in Arcade Mode
Akihiko wearing Yukari's helmet
Akihiko on a cross
Akihiko's casual attire
Kurosawa and Akihiko
Shadow Akihiko as he appears in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Shadow Akihiko's render in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
|Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth|
Artwork of Akihiko
Akihiko with the group
Akihiko appears on the -Roundabout- volume cover
Akihiko and Shinjiro in Side P3
Akihiko in Side P4
|Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth|
Akihiko with the group
Akihiko with the P3 cast
Akihiko's Close Up
Akihiko in the end credits
Akihiko in the end credits
In Other LanguagesEdit
|Japanese||真田 明彦 (Sanada Akihiko)|
|Korean||사나다 아키히코 (Sanada Akihiko)|
|Traditional Chinese||真田 明彥 (Zhēntián míng yàn)|
- Akihiko's Persona, Polydeuces, is a something of a giveaway towards his connection with Shinjiro if looked at in small depth. Polydeuces - other than being a celestial body - is another name for Pollux, who is one of the Gemini Twins with the other being Castor, the latter of whom is the Persona for Shinjiro, both of which share a similar physical stature, facial build, and focus on sheer strength.
- This connection also gives away Shinjiro's fate; Polydeuces was immortal and Castor was not, and in their myth, Castor dies (in response, Polydeuces requests to share his immortality with Castor, which leads to the two brothers forming the Gemini Twins constellation).
- Akihiko is left-handed, thus his fighting style represents a southpaw stance, but when using gloves the protagonist uses an orthodox style. He is also one of two Persona-users in the game who use his left hand when handling his Evoker (the other being Jin Shirato of Strega).
- The Shirt of Chivalry, a type of costume for males in FES and P3P, is noted for the kanji symbols on their back that symbolizes the character. Akihiko's kanji means "Fight" (闘), a very fitting sign for his character.
- One of the portraits in Persona 4 Arena is an edited version of the one used in Persona 3 Portable during All-Out Attacks and co-op attacks.
- In The Answer, when the group is trying to see what is wrong with Aigis, Akihiko voice's turns into Mitsuru's voice, this only happens once and is fixed in the European release.
- Some of Akihiko's early concept art bears a resemblance to Teddie from Persona 4.
- According to Zen United, the European publisher of Persona 4 Arena, Akihiko's appearance in said game was originally going to be modeled after Jason Statham and how he looks in the Transporter movie series. Soejima was asked to redesign him to look more "wild or rugged" by Wada, the game's director, after they noticed that no other character in the roster would be able to fill that role.
- In Persona 4 Arena, Akihiko reveals that he learned how to summon his Persona without the aid of an Evoker. He still uses it when executing Maziodyne and his Instant Kill attack, Earth Breaker, however. He also uses his Evoker during his fight against "himself" in story mode.
- In Persona 4 Arena, Akihiko's Cyclone Uppercut attack is based on his critical hit animation from Persona 3.
- In Persona 4 Arena, Akihiko is the only male character (aside from Yu and Teddie) to have his weight a mystery like the female characters.
- In Persona 4 Arena Akihiko mentioned possibly joining the police force, this may be an allusion to his role in Persona -trinity soul-.
- Akihiko sports a Caesar haircut like his final Persona, Caesar.
- In the second episode of the 2017 anime series Chie Satonaka. , two characters are shown to be in the middle of a fight in the arcade version of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, using Akihiko and
- In Persona Mobile Online, there is a character called Eita Sanada that alongside sharing Akihiko's last name, shares a lot of design elements such as his gray hair, boxing stance and also has a Persona of the Emperor Arcana, Oberon.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
- : DLC Playable Character
|Playable||Makoto Yuki - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Ken Amada - Aigis - Elizabeth|
|DLC||Shinjiro Aragaki - Goro Akechi - Theodore - Lavenza - Sho Minazuki - Labrys|
|Port Island||Velvet Room - Tartarus - Gekkoukan High School - Paulownia Mall - Iwatodai Station - Port Island Station - Naganaki Shrine - Iwatodai Dormitory - Moonlight Bridge|
|Songs||Our Moment - Moonlight Serendipity|
|Albums||Persona Dancing P3D & P5D Soundtrack Advanced CD|
|Characters||Shin Kanzato - Ryo Kanzato - Jun Kanzato - Yuki Kanzato - Haruka Kanzato - Shigeru Kanzato - Takuro Sakakiba - Megumi Kayano - Yumi Tasaka - Noboru Inui - Kunio Ito - Eiko Nikaido - Tomohiro Narasaki - Touma Shikura - Yuji Kimoto - Soutarou Senou - Saki Tachibana - Taiichi Udo - Wakasa Kusu - Shiiba Kusu - Kanaru Morimoto - Keisuke Komatsubara - Ayane Komatsubara - Akihiko Sanada - Igor|
|Terms||Persona - Persona User - Apathy Syndrome - Kagenuki - Marebito - Persona Suppressors - Reverse cases - Ayanagi Investigation Squad - Sea of Souls|
|Songs||"Breakin' Through" - "Found Me" - "Mellow Dream" - "Reverse the Destiny" - "Somewhere" - "Soul Drive"|
|Archive||Episodes - The Sound of Christmas - Persona Radio|