The "cut-in" that takes place when the Protagonist of Persona 3 summons a Persona.

Cut-in (カットイン, Katto In)?, also known as close-up or Persona eyes, is an effect in the Persona series.



Cut in is a stylish animation technique used to depict character's portrait in Japanese animes and video games. It is usually presented with a sudden overlapping of the thin stripe of close-up of character's eyes over the screen to create a tense or climatic effect, used when summoning the Persona the first time or to deal Critical or elemental weakness-exploiting damage. Another type of cut-in is by arranging the characters' bust portraits stylishly all over the screen to depict the preparation of All-Out Attack (Persona 3 onwards) or Fusion Spells (Persona 2 duology remakes).

In the Japanese version, the cut-in for critical damage has the onomatopoeia, "(カッ, Ka-!)?" in P3 and P4 and "(ブチッ, Buchi-!)?" in P5, to express the sound effect of the cut-in sequence. It is replaced by a double exclamation mark (!!) in the oversea releases.

In Persona 5 Royal, all of the cut-in illustrations available can be viewed in Thieves Den. Also, the Persona 3 and Persona 4 protagonists have a slightly modified version of their cut-ins from the original games, in which the sound effect expression is styled after Persona 5. The protagonist also has a special cut-in with a unique expression in both the darts and batting cage mini-games, in which the dart hits the Triple 20 mark with the 3rd dart in Darts, and hitting a Home Run in Batting Cage.

In Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, the cut-in style is styled after Persona 5, but the sound effect expression style is the same for all 3 respective games.

Although it was not Atlus who invented the cut-in effect, it successfully defines the style of the Persona spin-off series and derives some fair amount of fan-made tribute works or parodies of the cut-in artworks, of either media related to Megami Tensei series or not.

Cut-ins are also used in various games that have been collaborated with the Persona series. For example, in Phantasy Star Online 2, the sound effect expressions for all 3 games are used in Persona summoning emotes (Lobby Actions in the Japanese version), in which only shows the Japanese expression upon summoning, in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Joker's cut-in when summoning Arsène has a slightly modified version of his cut-in in all languages, except Japanese, where the double exclamation mark is styled after the original Japanese sound effect expression and in Granblue Fantasy, Ren's cut-in picture is styled after that said game's art design.


Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Battle cut-in portraits in Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Persona 3 / FES / Portable
Persona 4
Persona 4 The Animation
Persona 4 Yu's personalized anime close up
Yu Narukami
Yosuke anime close up
Yosuke Hanamura
Chie anime close up
Chie Satonaka
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Yukiko Amagi
Kanji anime close up
Kanji Tatsumi
Kanji Tatsumi (No glasses)
Persona 4 Rise 2
Teddie anime close up
Persona 4 teddie
Teddie (Old)
Naoto anime close up
Naoto Shirogane
Tohru Adachi anime close up
Tohru Adachi
Persona 4 Arena / Ultimax
Mitsuru Close Up P4U
Mitsuru close up with sunglasses
Mitsuru w/Sunglasses
Akihiko close up with ski goggles
Akihiko Sanada w/Ski Goggles
Aigis Close Up P4U
Yukari P4U2 Cut-in
Ultimax Yukari Takeba
P4AU Junpei close up
Ultimax Junpei Iori
P4Au older version of Ken close up version
Ultimax Ken Amada
Yu close up without glasses
Yu Narukami
Yosuke close up
Yosuke Hanamura
Chie close up
Chie Satonaka
Yukiko close up
Yukiko Amagi
Teddie close up with mask
Masked Teddie
Kanji close up
Kanji Tatsumi
Naoto's close up
Naoto Shiorgane
Rise close up in P4AU
Ultimax Rise Kujikawa
Marie Cut-in
Ultimax Marie
Labrys close up
P4U Labrys close up with visor
Ultimax Labrys w/Visor (1)
P4U Labrys Visor
Ultimax Labrys w/Visor (2)
P4U Shadow Labrys visor
Ultimax Shadow Labrys w/Visor
Adachi P4U2 closeup
Ultimax Tohru Adachi
Sho close up in P4AU
Ultimax Sho Minazuki
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
P4D Yu close up
Yu Narukami
P4D Yosuke close up
Yosuke Hanamura
P4D Chie close up
Chie Satonaka
P4D Yukiko close up
Yukiko Amagi
P4D Kanji close up
Kanji Tatsumi
P4D Teddie close up
P4D Rise close up
Rise Kujikawa
P4D Naoto close up
Naoto Shirogane
Persona 5 / Royal
P5 Hero Cut-in
P5R Joker cut-in minigames
Protagonist (Minigames)
Morgana cut-in
Ryuji cut-in
Anne cut-in
Yusuke cut-in
P5 Futaba cut-in
Haru cut-in
P5 Goro cut-in
P5 Goro cut-in alternate
Goro Akechi (Boss fight)
Akechi Cut-In Third
Goro Akechi (Black Mask ally)
Sumire Cut-In
Caroline cut-in
Justine cut-in
Lavenza Cut-In
Maruki Cut-In
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Q CloseUp P3Protag
P3 Protagonist's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Yukari
Yukari's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Junpei
Junpei's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Akihiko
Akihiko's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Mitsuru
Mitsuru's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Fuuka
Fuuka's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Aigis
Aigis' Cut-in
Q CloseUp Koromaru
Koromaru's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Ken
Ken's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Shinjiro
Shinjiro's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Elizabeth
Elizabeth's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Elizabeth Possesed
Elizabeth's Cut-in (possesed by Zeus)
Q CloseUp Theodore
Theodore's Cut-in
Q CloseUp P4Protag
P4 Protagonist's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Yosuke
Yosuke's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Chie
Chie's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Yukiko
Yukiko's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Kanji
Kanji's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Rise
Rise's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Teddie
Teddie's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Naoto
Naoto's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Margaret
Margaret's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Zen and Rei
Zen and Rei's Cut-in
Q CloseUp Zen
Zen's Cut-in
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Q2 CloseUp P3Protag
P3 Protagonist's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp P3PProtag
Q2 CloseUp Yukari
Yukari's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Junpei
Junpei's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Akihiko
Akihiko's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Mitsuru
Mitsuru's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Fuuka
Fuuka's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Aigis
Aigis' Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Koromaru
Koromaru's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Ken
Ken's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Shinjiro
Shinjiro's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Elizabeth
Elizabeth's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Theodore
Theodore's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp P4Protag
P4 Protagonist's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Yosuke
Yosuke's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Chie
Chie's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Yukiko
Yukiko's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Kanji
Kanji's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Rise
Rise's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Teddie
Teddie's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Naoto
Naoto's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Margaret
Margaret's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Joker
P5 Protagonist's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Morgana
Morgana's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Ryuji
Ryuji's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Ann
Ann's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Yusuke
Yusuke's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Makoto
Makoto's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Futaba
Futaba's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Haru
Haru's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Akechi
Akechi's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Caroline
Caroline's Cut-in
Q2 CloseUp Justine
Justine's Cut-in
Persona Stalker Club
Stalker Cut In
Cut-in of the hosts (modified from Yukiko's and Kanji's)
Kajita Mafia V cut-in
Kajita Mafia V's cut-in (modified from Makoto's)
Tomomi Isomura V cut-in
Tomomi Isomura V 's cut-in (modified from Futaba's)

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