"I won't let those distorted lies deceive me anymore... And I won't be led astray by other's voices either... I'm going to trust my own eyes and my own heart to distinguish the truth from the lies. There's no way you're my mom! You're just a fake created by those horrid adults! I'll... I'll never... I'll never forgive them!"
- Persona 5 / Royal: Major Character; Navigator; Hermit Confidant
- Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight: Playable Character
- Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight: DLC partner
- Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth: Navigator
Futaba is a young, bespectacled girl with hip length black hair dyed bright orange with straight-cut bangs and two long strands in the front along with a single small, thin ahoge strand at the top. Her brown eyes also seem to have some faint purple tones in them, appearing mauve. She wears large black circular glasses, and she is always seen wearing a set of AKG K845BT headphones with red earpads. She seems to be very short, even compared to other girls.
Her casual winter outfit consists of multiple layers; she wears an off-shoulder white top with a red splatter-like pattern on her chest with five white asterisks (*****) which are reminiscent of a passport input system in the red splatter, a black tank top underneath that, a dark green jacket with a faux fur trimmed hood, black short shorts, a studded black belt in a slanted position, black thigh highs socks and black knee-high boots with buckles and studs at the top. The green jacket has A.F.K. on the back (for "away from keyboard"), although it is difficult to see because of Futaba's long hair.
Her casual summer outfit consists of a black tank top with aimage in front, with a green tank top underneath. She wears gray baggy pants with black laces on the bottom and green sneakers. She also has a white hip pack that forms a monstrous face with the zipper as the mouth and green eyes.
Her nightwear outfit consists of a black shirt with "JLMK!" (presumably "just let me know") over a white-and-black striped long sleeve shirt and black short shorts with a light green trim.
Her Metaverse costume consists of a skintight black bodysuit with fluorescent neon green glowing strips and matching black boots with neon green soles. Her mask is a pair of big black goggles with orange lenses. This outfit was inspired by sci-fi movies like .
In Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, she wears an outfit similar to her main one. Her outfit consists of a white tank top with what appears to be a red shirt underneath along with a black strapless bra, a black studded necklace, black short shorts, ripped black thigh high stockings, a green sweat jacket with black cuffs and dark gray hightops. She retains the studded black belt.
"Risking our lives to stop rotten adults... That's why we're Phantom Thieves!"
With a case of social anxiety bordering on agoraphobia, combined with the trauma of losing her mother Wakaba Isshiki, Futaba is strongly discomfited by going outside. When the protagonist first meets her, she is a who does not attend school and almost never leaves her room. She communicates with the world remotely via the Internet, and her adoptive father Sojiro Sakura enables her lifestyle out of guilt that he could not protect her from trauma. Having disconnected herself from humanity and the world beyond her apartment, Futaba is lonely, lives without passion and enthusiasm, suffers from suicidal depression, and questions the point in her living. When first encountered, Futaba is so consumed with self-loathing that she suppresses her desire to live, causing her Shadow Self to develop a much more helpful personality than average, one who only desires Futaba's happiness. When she first leaves her room after her change of heart, she tends to hide behind the protagonist so that she won't be seen in public, or wears masks which make it impossible to identify her. Her room acts as a sanctuary and a refuge from the chaos and noise of the outside world.
Futaba begins to change after meeting the protagonist and the other Phantom Thieves, opening up to them more and becoming more relaxed around them. Once she's truly comfortable around others, she shows her childish side and likes teasing her friends, particularly Ryuji Sakamoto, Yusuke Kitagawa and Morgana, and sometimes Makoto Niijima as well. Although she still has occasional anxiety and odd habits, she comes off as bright, playful and cheerful when with her newfound friends. However, due to being socially inept, Futaba is often extremely blunt, to the point that she seems to have no concept of tactfulness. An example of this is when she insults Yuuki Mishima by calling him an "NPC" due to his "overwhelming forgettable appearance" and "generic speech style," and says that it would be worse to lie about what he is. She also has a rather ruthless side to her; not only does she have zero qualms with hacking, to the point of bugging the protagonist's phone so she can keep an eye on them during their trip to Hawaii but she cares little for the group's main goal of reforming society; she only wants to find out the truth behind her mother's death, and get revenge on the ones responsible, which she admits is an extremely personal reason. Makoto even states at one point that she's glad she's on their side, with fear of what she'd do if she was their enemy. As she is actually the real Medjed, her hacking skills had been implied to be of worldwide fame as a book about it can be purchased which states that Medjed is known worldwide for its activities. However, this identity remains anonymous to the public.
Even before her mother's death, Futaba was quite a lonely child growing up. Part of this was due to her isolation for being a genius, with other students thinking she was a freak due to her eidetic memory (things she's reminded of when she's given a tour of Shujin), while the other part was due to her mother working long hours to support her, meaning the two hardly ever got to spend time together. It got to the point where Futaba would sometimes think her mother cared more about her research than she did about her, an insecurity that only worsened when her mother died and she was read the fake suicide note. Because of her desire for her mother to be alive again, and the belief that she deserves to die, Futaba ended up creating a Palace where her mother wants her dead. With the help of the Phantom Thieves, however, she realizes that the suicide note was forged and manages to remember the real Wakaba. Futaba is also very fond of sushi and Sojiro's curry, both of which were meals she shared with her mother.
She appears to be the least physically fit member of the Phantom Thieves, to the point that she often sleeps for days at a time. Futaba is obsessed with computers (if the protagonist claims he built his own PC, she asks for details on the GPU, CPU, RAM, etc.), often plays video games, which she sees as a form of escapism, is into sci-fi, as shown by her Phantom Thief suit and her Persona being a UFO, and shows a very perverted side at times, commenting on the other girls' thief suits and the size of Ann Takamaki's breasts. She is also shown to be heavily reliant on the internet; she doesn't see the point in going shopping since you can buy anything online and even claims that she can use it as a substitute for going to school. She addresses Sojiro by his given name instead of "dad," which is considered very impolite in Japan even in the case of adoptive paternal figures. Sojiro refers to himself as her father, and while he never insists on her calling him "dad," he becomes very pleased when she begins to occasionally.
Futaba is shown to have a soft spot for cats, a trait she shares with Sojiro, and when she realizes Morgana is a part of the Phantom Thieves, she begins teasing him regularly. She is a fan of the show Phoenix Ranger Featherman R evidenced by her posters and figurine collection and is quite upset when they are fiddled with without her permission, as Yusuke discovers when allowed into her room during the Thieves' attempts to get around her social anxiety. While the resultant argument ends happily, this does cause Yusuke and her to get off on the wrong foot, and she is easily irritated by him. Likewise, Yusuke makes several disses at Futaba. As a result of their constant bickering, Futaba usually calls him "Inari." Despite this, they are still good friends with Futaba offering to give Yusuke a crash course on doujinshi, showing that the two are on better terms, though Futaba still calls Yusuke a "weirdo" and etc from time to time. Makoto also notes that Futaba has little problem talking to people as long as the subject interests her; the reason she couldn't talk to her normally at first is because she brought up mundane topics like food and the weather, the latter of which means nothing to Futaba since she had been a shut-in for the past few months.
"No! She scolded me whenever I had tantrums, but she cared for me! A total lie! It's because I couldn't face myself, or Mom's death... Even then, why did they have to yell at me like that!?"
Two years ago, Futaba's mother, Wakaba Isshiki, died in a suspicious manner while she was in middle school. Her relatives, who have an eye on Wakaba's legacy, blamed the prodigy programmer for her death based on a forged "suicide note," particularly after agents of the Conspiracy used it to bully her and manipulate Wakaba's family, hoping to keep her research for themselves.
Before her mother died, Futaba asked her to bring her to a family trip, which she expressed her annoyance at Futaba bothering her at completing her research for the stake of her life, which Futaba responds with a tantrum. In reality, she promised her that she will bring her to anywhere she wants to go after she completes the research. Her mother died in front of her afterwards due to a mental shutdown caused by Goro Akechi and ordered by Masayoshi Shido, resulting in Wakaba throwing herself in front of traffic. The combination of the suspicious timing of her mother's "suicide" being after a family quarrel between the two and the derogatory content of the forged suicide note engineered the delusional belief that her mother hated her which drove her to a complete breakdown. Following her mother's death, custody of Futaba was passed to several of her uncaring relatives, including her uncle, Youji Isshiki, who refused to treat her as even a person, not even allowing her to bathe or have a proper bed.
This caused her to develop guilt, psychological trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, extreme social anxiety, and hallucinations. The hallucinations are often of Wakaba looking disappointed in her. She has not attended school ever since graduating middle school. By her age, she should have been a first year student in high school. Wakaba's close friend, Sojiro Sakura has adopted Futaba, paying her uncle the better part of Futaba's inheritance to leave her alone. During her isolation, she tried to use her substantial hacking skills to learn about her mother's research and how it relates to her death only to find all of the information related to it had disappeared completely. By the time of the game, her depression has worsened into outright suicidal impulses, and a delusional subconscious belief that her death would bring Wakaba back to life. Due to her heart being distorted, she does not properly recall any of the events that ruined her life, as the memories are concealed in three murals in her Palace.
She finds out that the protagonist and his friends are the Phantom Thieves by listening to their conversation in Cafe Leblanc through the bug she placed there. Knowing her own impulses and realizing she has to stop, Futaba sends a message to the protagonist under the alias Alibaba, asking him to steal her heart in exchange for helping them deal with a group of hackers known as Medjed who are declaring war against the Phantom Thieves. However, when the protagonist demands more information, Futaba realizes that in order to steal her heart, they need to know more about her. This causes her to panic and hastily attempts to cancel her request while promising she won't sell them out.
When problems with Medjed start to get worse, the desperate Phantom Thieves conclude they require her hacking skills to put an end to the situation. After piecing together the facts, Makoto Niijima correctly deduces that Alibaba is in fact Futaba herself. When visiting Sojiro's house, they find out she also lives there so they directly ask her about herself to get the keyword into the Palace. Since they do not force her to come out and allow her to communicate through chat, Futaba agrees to make the deal with them once more.
Her sin is Wrath, which turns her Palace into a giant pyramid filled with numerous traps such as quicksand pits and boulders and contains several murals which represent her self guilt over "causing her mother's death." Due to her profession with technology, the pyramid's interior appears as cybernetic, and mirroring her shut-in lifestyle, the desert that acts as the outskirts of the Palace is extremely hot while it is much cooler inside the pyramid. Since she does not see anyone other than her mother Wakaba in a distorted way, the only cognitive existence in the Palace is the massive, spiteful Sphinx that takes her form, which represents Futaba's guilt over her death, and it fights with Shadow Futaba for control of her own mind.
While the Phantom Thieves are in her Palace, she notices the appearance of the Metaverse Navigator application on her own phone, and wonders if she can enter her own palace. She does so, encountering her Shadow and becoming her own Treasure in the process. She is forced to face her own fear as her Shadow urges her to remember her mother's death. Recalling that her mother's death was unnatural and realizing she had been deluding herself, Futaba awakens her Persona power and helps the party defeat the cognitive existence of her mother that she created, who wishes she was never born. After the battle, the image of the true, benevolent Wakaba appears before Futaba and confesses her love for her daughter then disappears. After the battle at her own Palace, Futaba holds her end of the bargain, hacking into Medjed's website to stop them from further bothering the Phantom Thieves.
If the protagonist cannot complete her Palace in time, the police come to arrest the protagonist with charges of extortion and suspicion of being a member of the Phantom Thieves, with Sojiro also being arrested for harboring a criminal. This scenario is a false recollection made by the protagonist during Sae Niijima's interrogation, due to his mind being addled by drugs forcibly administered to him by the police. Sae proceeds to leave the room to give the protagonist time to recover, at which point an assassin takes the opportunity to kill him.
After the Phantom Thieves change her heart, she finally comes out from her shell, starts to go outside by regularly visiting Cafe Leblanc, interacting with the protagonist and his friends and eventually joining the Phantom Thieves of Hearts to find the culprit truly responsible for her mother's death. She reveals she created the original Medjed identity and later gave her hacking scripts to a group of friends, but when counter-hacking the hostile Medjed she realizes that they do not use her distinct programs. From there, she deduces that someone else must have stolen their name. In addition, she reveals to the team the suspicious way that her mother's condition degenerated before she died, and that her physical notes were the only research that hadn't been destroyed and possibly are the only way to find the ones who forged the note that ruined her life.
After the death of Kunikazu Okumura, while cleaning Futaba's room, Sojiro accidentally finds the Phantom Thieves' calling card for Futaba that she keeps as a memento. He questions Futaba and the protagonist about this, giving the two no choice but to explain what truly happened to Futaba's mother. Sojiro only thought that the protagonist had some kind of connection to the Phantom Thieves and got Futaba involved, but Futaba's slip makes him realize that the protagonist is in fact the ringleader of the Phantom Thieves himself. Sojiro then reveals the truth about his past, and how he had realized that the Thieves' methods have some similarity with details of Wakaba's research. Hearing Futaba's wish of wanting to find her mother's killer, Sojiro immediately rejects the idea. However, after seeing how determined both Futaba and the protagonist are, Sojiro promises to keep their secret and allows them to continue their activities under the condition that if it gets too dangerous, they must stop becoming the Phantom Thieves.
It was later revealed that the ruining of Futaba's life is orchestrated by Masayoshi Shido, who ordered an assassination on her mother to protect his reputation from being damaged by her research that could otherwise expose his crimes. When the thieves finally secured the route to his Treasure, she hijacks the broadcasting system of Japan to broadcast a message against him nationwide, which alerts him and causes his Treasure to take form.
Persona 5 Royal Third Semester Events
A month after Yaldabaoth's fall, Futaba is seen celebrating New Year with Wakaba on January 2, with Wakaba shown to be alive and well. This was revealed to be a distortion created by Takuto Maruki, and Futaba can be found at Akihabara exploring it with Sojiro and Wakaba after identifying Takuto as the Palace ruler. Once found, the protagonist snaps her out and Wakaba was never heard of again.
Should the protagonist allow Takuto to completely overwrite his world, Futaba would go to Shujin, with Yusuke transferring to there as well. She then will be seen enjoying life with Wakaba in the credits.
After the protagonist defeats Takuto, she decides to remain in Sojiro's house and would write a letter for the protagonist in her room during the credits.
- To check Futaba's Confidant dialogue options and skill, see: Confidant/Futaba Sakura
"We were impressed with the intel-gathering skills of the Phantom Thieves as well. We also know that this would've been impossible unless you had a skilled hacker... ...Who was doing this!?"
Futaba's Confidant is automatically unlocked on August 31st. However, advancing it past the first rank requires the protagonist to have rank 4 Kindness (Selfless). Maxing this Confidant makes Necronomicon evolve into Prometheus and unlocks the fusion of Ongyo-Ki.
Her story progression revolves around her exposure to the outside world, as years of social isolation has left her completely maladjusted, and fulfilling a list of things which her mother made her do to help boost her social skills. Progressing the Confidant will unlock additional support abilities for Futaba to aid the party with in-battle through her Persona.
As she slowly rehabilitates with the protagonist, her journey leads her to reveal that even in her youth she has been bullied for her intelligence and only had one friend named Kana who was the only one to actually try to talk with her. However, one day she uncovered that her best friend's parents were abusing her (the implication is of sexual abuse, as Kana wrote in her diary of being forced to wear strange costumes and have photos taken). Although Kana stopped talking to Futaba after she discovered her secret, Futaba lied to her mother that they were still getting along.
To soothe her guilt, she tracks down Kana and discovers that the abuse has not stopped. Futaba was then entrusted with the task of stealing her parent's hearts so she can live a normal life again. After Kana and Futaba reconnect, they rebuild their friendship, and both girls resolve to attend school again. At that point, the protagonist can choose to start a romantic relationship with her or not. If they do, Futaba goes out and buys a figure on her own as proof of her independence; if they do not, she spends close to an hour exploring Akihabara on her own. Either way, she thanks the protagonist for giving her something irreplaceable: her life back. Her newfound strength and independence causes Necronomicon to transform into Prometheus.
Futaba's farewell gift after maxing her Confidant is the Promise List that she and the protagonist were using in their Confidant. This item allows Futaba to use Mementos Scan and Treasure Reboot starting from Rank 1 of her Confidant in New Game+. If the protagonist pursues a romantic relationship with Futaba, she will gift the protagonist Headphones on Christmas, allowing the protagonist to earn more points when using a Hermit Persona during their Confidant in NG+, and Futaba's Chocolate on Valentines Day, which fully restores SP to one ally when consumed.
Persona 5 The Animation
Futaba appears in the fifteenth episode of the anime, where like before she contacts the Phantom Thieves under her alias of Alibaba to have her own heart stolen. The Phantom Thieves were able to deduce her identity through the wording of Alibaba's texts and Sae's visit to LeBlanc to threaten Sojiro. Futaba herself makes a physical appearance at the end of the episode.
As she and Makoto scream, Sojiro appears, where he finally comes clean about his relation with Futaba. Like in the game, the Thieves agree to steal Futaba's heart in order to stop the group Medjed. While in her palace, it is shown that Futaba's mental state partially transfers over to Shadow Futaba, showing the shadow self in agony as the voices of Futaba's relatives in the tomb.
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight/Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
Futaba hacks into Fuuka Yamagishi's laptop, and befriends her using her screen name "Alibaba." Futaba informs her of new found love of dancing, alongside the other members of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, though due to the fact that their memories are erased upon completion of the ball, neither retain the memories of these interactions. Fuuka's screen name was "Lucia."
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Futaba is the party's default navigator. She uses the Persona Necronomicon.
As Hikari bears striking similarities to her old self, she is one of the party members that genuinely cares for her, often attempting to talk to her despite the fact that she often shuts down when being talked to. When the party is preparing to weaken Kamoshidaman, Futaba spends her time talking to Hikari.
During the 3rd labyrinth A.I.G.I.S, she acts as Ribbon's caretaker due to her pro-efficiency with technology. She was capable of undoing the Overseer's immobilization of Ribbon just by flipping a switch and was able to remove the seal that prevented her from activating orgia mode, allowing her to overthrow the Mother Computer with the help of the party. After the fight against the omnipotent AI, she was capable of repairing her completely from orgia mode overload with the help of Aigis.
Futaba enjoys tricking Aigis into behaving in inappropriate or informal manners, as Aigis is extremely suggestible and oblivious to it, to the point that she manages to carry Futaba's mannerisms into reality at the epilogue.
- "I know it's kinda weird to ask... but having a reward waiting at the finish line will totally push me onward...!"
- "Welp, ain't no time like the present! Come on, let's go!"
- "...I don't wanna be talented if it's gonna creep people out."
- "Youth... The unknown frontier..."
- "I hate being such a coward... But I think I might be able to face my fears now that I'm a promising-settling Phantom Thief!"
- "Life doesn't feel the same when you're not with me."
- "Is this feeling... "love"? I've always heard it's the most intense joy in the world..."
- "My whole world is expanding. Every day brings new and different discoveries. The direction of Sojiro's cowlick, the atmosphere of Yongen, the various types of coffee beans... Things might be the exact same as they were yesterday, but from my perspective, it's all spinning."
- "I just hope I can change little by little...like everyone else does."
- You gave me something really important. You gave me my life back. It's thanks to you that I learned I'm fine just as I am... and that I learned to trust my mom again. I was as good as dead, but you resurrected me."
- "If I only act for my own's sake, I can't put all my full effort into it anymore. But when I remember my friends... and you... it's like I'm tapping into some kind of unknown power!"
- "You gave me my life back, so it's my turn to risk my life for you."
- "Support's on the way!" (Recovering party's HP)
- "I'll do something about this!" (Recovering party's SP)
- "Go! Power up!" (Bestowing Matarukaja effect to entire party)
- "This one! Defense up!" (Bestowing Marakukaja effect to entire party)
- "Here I go! Speed up!" (Bestowing Masukukaja effect to entire party)
- "Here come the buffs!" (Bestowing Thermopylae buff effect to entire party)
- "Super move! Ultra Charge!" (Bestowing Concentrate and Charge to party)
- "Look out!" (Initiating Final Guard to block an incoming attack)
- "Nooo!" (Initiating Final Guard to block an incoming attack)
- "I won't let you!" (Initiating Position Hack at the start of a battle)
- "Surprise attack: successful! Now just don't lose!" (Entering a battle via Ambush)
- "Everyone, are you OK? Focus on healing up!" (When 2 or more party members' HP is reduced to below 25% from an enemy skill)
- "Joker, you missed!?" (Protagonist's attack or Skill misses)
- "Joker, are you alright!?" (Protagonist's HP is reduced to below 25% from an enemy's skill)
- "Joker's burning! That's going to keep hurting!" (When protagonist is suffering from Burn)
- "Joker's been brainwashed! He can't tell friend from foe!" (When protagonist is suffering from Brainwash)
- "Joker's hungry! He's powered down!" (When protagonist is suffering from Hunger)
- "Joker got knocked down!" (When protagonist's weakness is exploited or is struck by a critical hit)
- "No... Hey, wake up! Please!" (Protagonist is incapacitated during Cognitive Wakaba battle)
- "Joker!? No... Answer me!" (When protagonist is incapacitated)
- "No... Hey, Joker?! Joker! You have to wake up!" (When protagonist is incapacitated)
- "Joker, why!? This isn't happening..." (When protagonist is incapacitated)
- "No, get up! Joker! Jokerrrrrrr!" (When protagonist is incapacitated during a boss battle)
- "No, Joker... You can't lose to this guy..." (When protagonist is incapacitated during Akechi boss battle)
- "You're joking, right? We've come so far... Please, get up!" (When protagonist is incapacitated during a boss battle)
- "No... You can't die... JOKEEERRR!" (When protagonist is incapacitated during Holy Grail/Yaldabaoth boss battle)
- "Joker, no! Don't give up!" (When protagonist is incapacitated during Holy Grail/Yaldabaoth boss battle)
- "Bonafide Monafied!" (When Morgana exploits a enemy weakness)
- "Mona! AIM!" (When Morgana's attack or Skill misses)
- "Mona's down! Ooohh, not good!" (When Morgana's weakness is exploited or is struck by a critical hit)
- "Mona got knocked out! Someone give him some support!" (When Morgana is incapacitated)
- "Skull, you sure showed me!" (When Ryuji downs an enemy)
- "Skull fell down! Hang in there!" (When Ryuji's weakness is exploited or is struck by a critical hit)
- "Skull's out! Someone help him!" (When Ryuji is incapacitated)
- "Skull, what are you doing!?" (When Ryuji's attack or skill misses)
- "Panther's on the ground! Are you OK?" (When Ann's weakness is exploited or is struck by a critical hit)
- "Panther's down! She needs treatment!" (When Ann is incapacitated by an enemy's skill)
- "And Panther dodges with grace!" (When Ann's evades an enemy's attack)
- "Queen's on the ground! You can't fail now!" (When Makoto's weakness is exploited or is struck by a critical hit)
- "Queen's in trouble! It looks bad!" (Makoto's HP is below 25%)
- "Queen's been taken out! You gotta cover for her!" (When Makoto is incapacitated)
- "All right, Queen!" (When Makoto's evades an enemy's attack)
- "Crow, you gotta watch them!" (When Akechi's attack or skill misses)
- "Crow's down! We need backup here!" (When Akechi is incapacitated by an enemy's skill)
- "J-Just hold on and push through! We can come back from this!" (When more than one party member is downed by a skill)
- "We've got casualties! This is bad!" (When more than one party member is incapacitated by a skill)
- "Whoooaaa... That was awesome!" (When the entire party evades an attack)
- "Ooh, nice dodge!" (When a party member evades Cognitive Wakaba's attack)
- "You're dizzy! Your attacks might not connect!" (When a party member is inflicted with Dizzy during his/her turn during Cognitive Wakaba battle)
- "You need to deal with the despair! It's bad to just ignore it!" (When a party member is inflicted with Despair during protagonist's turn during Cognitive Wakaba battle)
- "No! Come on, wake up!" (When a party member other than the protagonist is incapacitated by Cognitive Wakaba)
- "Whoa, this Shadow looks strong!" (Encountering the Reaper)
- "Everyone's had a shot! Nice combos!" (Performing 3 Baton Passes in succession during protagonist's turn)
- "All-out Attack!" (Announcing All-Out Attack)
- "They're done for!" (Announcing All-Out Attack)
- "Beat 'em up!" (Announcing All-Out Attack)
- "Time for a beatdown!" (Rush)
- "OK, I'm looking for a way out!" (Attempting to escape from battle)
- "Don't rush me! I'm trying to find you an escape route!" (Selecting "Escape" again)
- "If you're gonna run, now's your chance!" (Party manages to escape from battle)
- "Oh, it got away... Security's gonna be tight now..." (An enemy flees in a Palace)
- "Huh? Who're these kids...? Awww... Those little costumes look perfect! They're so cute! Can I take them home with-Wait... What!? Whoa... for real!? These power levels...! Watch out! Those two are... monsters!" (Battling Caroline and Justine at the beginning)
- "And they're Persona-users too!? Who ARE these girls!?" (After the first turn against Caroline and Justine)
Futaba's Close Up.
Futaba's Level-Up icon.
Futaba's text icon.
Futaba's Confidant portrait.
Shadow Futaba's Alert icon (unused)
Oracle concept art.
Cinematic expressions concept artwork.
Futaba from Soejima Shigenori Art Works 2010-2017
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Edition package illustration of Futaba Sakura by Shigenori Soejima wearing AKG K845BT headphones.
Illustration of Futaba and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
Persona 5 Maniax User Handbook Cover Illustration of Phantom Thieves of Hearts
Futaba's Valentine card (binary for "Be Mine, Valentine").
Futaba typing in the opening.
Futaba appears in Sojiro's house.
Futaba alerted by Morgana.
Futaba physically meets the group for the first time.
Futaba transforming into Shadow Futaba.
Futaba listening to her Shadow.
Futaba speaking to Shadow Futaba.
Futaba inside of Necronomicon.
Futaba inside of Necronomicon.
Futaba in her Oracle outfit inside Necronomicon.
Futaba in her Oracle outfit inside Necronomicon.
Futaba facing her mother.
Futaba in her room.
Futaba's face being covered at the beach.
Futaba's face exposed at the beach.
Futaba and Ann.
Close up of Futaba's phone.
Futaba on her laptop.
Futaba looking at the sky.
Futaba looking up information from her laptop.
Futaba doesn't interact with cats well.
Futaba after Valentine's Day.
Futaba in the credits.
|Persona 5 Portraits|
Futaba Sakura's portrait
Futaba's Oracle outfit
Futaba's Oracle outfit without mask
Futaba's casual winter attire
Futaba's summer attire
Futaba without glasses
Futaba's summer casual attire
Futaba with doll head mask
Futaba with rabbit ears
Futaba happy cut-in
Futaba happy cut-in
Futaba sad cut-in
Futaba sad cut-in
Futaba serious cut-in
Futaba serious cut-in
Futaba harmed cut-in
Futaba harmed cut-in
|Persona 5 Costumes|
Winter Casual Wear
Summer Casual Wear
St. Hermelin High School Uniform (DLC)
Seven Sisters High School Uniform (DLC)
Gekkoukan High School Uniform (DLC)
Yasogami High School Uniform (DLC)
Persona 4: Dancing All Night Costume (DLC)
Persona 4 Arena Shadow Operation Outfit (DLC)
Karukozaka High School Uniform (DLC)
Shin Megami Tensei IV Costume (DLC)
Maid Uniform (DLC)
Christmas Costume (DLC)
|Persona 5 Royal|
Futaba in the P5R key art
All-Out Attack finishing touch
Futaba on the top edge
|Persona 5 (Manga)|
Persona 5 Character Anthology
Illustration by Persona Q: Side P4 manga author Mizunomoto
P5A Anthology cover
Illustration countdown of Futaba and Morgana for Volume 1 of Persona 5: Mementos Mission
Futaba in Persona 5: Mementos Mission
|Persona 5 The Animation|
Visual art of Futaba Sakura
Second cour key visual
Futaba on DVD Volume 6's Cover
Futaba on DVD Volume 6's Cover
Concept art of Futaba Sakura
Concept art of Futaba Sakura (2)
Futaba in the P5A Artbook
Futaba in the P5A Artbook (2)
Futaba in the P5A Artbook (3)
Futaba in the P5A Artbook (4)
Futaba as a mouse in the P5A Artbook (3rd row)
Futaba in Persona 5 The Animation Attic Meeting
Persona 5 x SHIBUYA109 artwork
Persona 5 Masquerade Party Event
Persona 5 Sega Campaign
|Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight|
Ball Stage Outfit
Alien & Laser Gun
Deep Blue Clothes
Kage the Florist Costume
Race Queen Outfit
Summer Shujin School Uniform
Winter Shujin School Uniform
|Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth|
Futaba with the group
Futaba with the P5 cast
Futaba in A.I.G.I.S. Key Art
Illustration of Futaba and her team by Akaume (PQ Roundabout author)
Illustration of Futaba and Morgana by Kei
Illustration of Futaba by Namori (Author of YuruYuri)
|PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival|
Futaba and the female protagonist from Persona 3 Portable 20th Anniversary artwork
Futaba's name is a reference to the hikikomori, Futaba could be seen as representing Internet or otaku culture. Her mother's name, Wakaba, is also a reference to the software that runs 2chan.(also known as 2chan), an imageboard in Japan that inspired the popular English-language imageboard 4chan. As a
In Other Languages
|Japanese||佐倉 双葉 (Sakura Futaba)||ナビ (Nabi)|
|Korean||사쿠라 후타바 (Sakura Hutaba)||내비 (Naebi)|
|佐仓 双叶 (Zuǒ cāng shuāng yè)||NAVI|
|佐倉 雙葉 (Zuǒcāng shuāngyè)||NAVI|
- While Futaba has her own costume with every DLC pack, the only times she's seen wearing them is in safe locations within Mementos and the Palaces, the exit of the dungeons, or during certain nonanimated cutscenes. If she activates one of her skills while in battle, she's depicted wearing her usual Metaverse outfit instead of the equipped costume.
- Any information about her biological father is unknown and does not play a major role in the story.
- Futaba was originally imagined with having black hair. Original sketches show her looking a bit emo/goth, with a black jacket with a skull, and a black-and-white striped shirt. However, the character designer wanted to make her stand out and so her hair was made bright orange, as depicting a sad and suicidal character with dark hair and goth/emo clothing is a bit of a cliche. Her final clothing is also a lot less goth/emo looking, although she still wears black boots.
- The game files indicate that there was supposed to be a Shadow Futaba icon indicating an alert in her palace, most likely to be used after meeting Futaba's Shadow, although all instances of if this were to happen depict Futaba's regular self.
- Futaba's surname is her adopted name. Judging from her mother's surname, her birth name is Futaba Isshiki.
- Futaba shares the same Ultimate Persona, Prometheus, with Baofu from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment whose Japanese voice actor, , also voiced Futaba's guardian, Sojiro Sakura.
- The allusion to Baofu also extends to the fact that Futaba performs computer hacking and wiretapping which are important to the main plots of both games.
- Futaba's rank 10 Confidant ability "Final Guard" was originally named "Last Guardian" (ラストガーディアン) as seen in the fourth Japanese trailer of Persona 5 ("E3 2016 trailer" in Atlus USA channel).
- She has a Catherine figurine in her room of Catherine sitting on a stool.
- The method in which Futaba gains her Persona is more evocative of the cast of Persona 4 than other party members. Rather than having a mask to tear off, Futaba is forced to face a part of herself she was repressing (her true memories and her desire to live). When she finally admits, "I couldn't face myself," and accepts the truth, her Shadow even becomes her Persona, just like in Persona 4.
- Futaba can equip gear and both of her Personas have stats, but these have no confirmed effect whatsoever on gameplay.
- Futaba tap-danced at a live concert.
- Futaba appears in the first chapter of the Persona 5 manga during the time Akira is at the Shibuya crosswalk after time freezes around him. However, due to this contradicting her character plot it could easily be a look alike or just a gag from the author.
- Futaba's traits bear a resemblance to Hikari's, as they were initially shut-ins that have extreme depression and self-destructive tendencies based on trauma with their beloved parents and relatives being responsible for at least a part of them, and the disorders resulted in the formation of at least one dungeon during their respective debut, with the cognitive existences of their parents acting as bosses at the dungeon that directly embodies their self-destructive desires. Once the cognitive existences of their parents were defeated, their distorted desires clear and they make a full rehabilitation. They also have extraordinary talents that are unusual for people around their age, being respectively computers and technology for Futaba and film production for Hikari. Futaba also makes comparisons with her past self and Hikari during the events of Persona Q2.
- Futaba's calling card is initially worded differently from the final version; The text on the card says: "She never leaves her room or interacts with people, living an unproductive life of indolence. We are the Phantom Thieves that steal hearts. You will be made to bask in the light of the sun. Look foward to that time."
- During the destruction of Shido's Palace, Futaba admits she can't swim.
- The official Twitter account for the Persona series posted a Happy Birthday message for Futaba on February 18, 2018.
- As shown in the battle versus Caroline and Justine and in Persona Q2, Futaba thinks they are cute.
Appearances in Other Media
- Chain Chronicle:
- Puyo Puyo!! Quest:
- Catherine: Full Body:
- DLC NPC
- BanG Dream! Girls Band Party:
- Kyoutou Kotoba RPG:
- Futaba (Kotodaman); Normal (5-star), Phantom Thief (6-star)
- Collaboration event: March 5th, 2019 - March 28th, 2019
- Super Smash Bros: Ultimate:
- Cameos in Joker's Final Smash,
- Support Spirit (Novice Class)
- Article in SmashWiki
- Part of the Joker DLC: April 17th, 2019
- Playable Character
- Collaboration event: October 2019
- Identity V:
- Skin for Playable Character
- Second collaboration event: November 7th, 2019 - November 28th, 2019
Futaba's card in Chain Chronicle
|Kyoutou Kotoba RPG|
Futaba in Kyoutou Kotoba RPG
Oracle in Kyoutou Kotoba RPG
|Star Ocean: Anamnesis|
Futaba in Star Ocean: Anamnesis
Illustration of the Phantom Thieves as part of the 2nd Identity V collaboration event
Oracle in Identity V
Oracle in Identity V
Futaba in Identity V
Persona 5, in collaboration with Sanrio
- ↑ Persona 5 Collaboration Festival. Chain Chronicle Wiki.
- ↑ Persona 3, 4, 5 Popular Scene Vote Results, Persona Q2 Line Stamps Announced, Persona Q2 x Puyo Puyo!! Quest Collaboration. Persona Central (Reggy, November 24th, 2018)
- ↑ BANG DREAM! GIRLS BAND PARTY! X PERSONA SERIES COLLABORATION. BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Official Website (February 11th, 2019)
- ↑ Persona 5 x Kyoutou Kotoba RPG: Kotodaman Collaboration Trailer, Starts on March 5, 2019. Persona Central (Reggy, March 4th, 2019)
- ↑ Persona 5 x Identity V Collaboration Part 2 Announced for November 7 to November 28, 2019 Persona Central (Reggy, November 6th, 2019)
|Playable||Ren Amamiya - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Caroline and Justine|
|DLC||Shinjiro Aragaki - Goro Akechi - Theodore - Lavenza - Sho Minazuki - Labrys|
|Tokyo||Café Leblanc - Shibuya - Shujin Academy|
|Palace||Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos|
|Other||Velvet Room - Hawaii|
|Songs||GROOVY - One Nightbreak|
|Albums||Persona Dancing P3D & P5D Soundtrack Advanced CD|