Gekkoukan High's emblem

Gekkoukan High School (月光館学園, Gekkou-kan Gakuen)?, sometimes shortened to Gekkou High (and once referred to as "G High" in a tabloid magazine), is a major location in Persona 3. While little information about it is given, it appears to be a popular school founded by the Kirijo Group at Tatsumi Port Island. During the Dark Hour, it transforms into Tartarus.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Before Gekkoukan High School was founded, the building was built by the Kirijo Group, intended as a laboratory to investigate and experiment on Shadows. The scientists would gather the Shadows and harvest them, amplifying their capabilities and their potential. It is later shown that during the experiment, the arcana that was never meant to be, Death, was created. It is also revealed that via the experiments, the leading group of the scientists came to know about The Fall. The majority of the scientists embraced the prophecy, with the exception of Yukari's father. Declining Death, Yukari's father intercepted the experiments and destroyed many of the facilities along the way. It is also where the Shadows who began to merge with one another, intending to reform into Death, who was forcefully torn apart. The laboratory was later destroyed by the enraged Shadows, leaving only a few of the scientists alive.

To cover up the incident, the Kirijo Group spent a large sum of money and rebuilt the laboratory into a high school. However, as the students enroll in, many of them disappeared with reasons unknown. It was, however, written on the papers that the school suffered from an explosion. 10 years later, the protagonist enrolls into Gekkoukan High School.

Music[edit | edit source]

  • Want To Be Close - Played during the First Semester
  • Junior Exam - Played during an examination and Summer class
  • Changing Seasons - Played during the Second Semester
  • Memories of the School - Played throughout January
  • Time - Played during the First Semester- Female protagonist route
  • Sun - Played during the Second Semester - Female protagonist route

Calendar Year[edit | edit source]

Similar to the context of the Japanese school year, Gekkoukan High School starts in April (unlike in Western countries where they start in September) and ends in March. Students attend classes from Monday to Saturday.

The schoolyear is divided into 3 semesters, punctuated by festivals and holidays. There are 3 seasonal long vacations: Summer Break (late July - late August), Winter Break (late December - early January) and Spring Break (late February - early April). In the actual gameplay, the calendar year of 2009 was:

  • First Term: April 7 - July 25
    • Welcoming Ceremony (April 7)
    • Midterm Exams (May 18 - 23) - middle of May, lasts for 6 days
      • Exam results were posted on May 25
    • Final Exams (July 14 - 18) - middle of July, lasts for 5 days
      • Exam results were posted on July 24
    • Post-Exam Break (July 19 - 23)
      • during this time SEES goes on a trip to Yakushima for 4 days, 3 nights on July 20 and returning to the dorm on the evening of July 23
  • Summer Break: July 26 - August 31
    • Yasoinaba High School 2-day fellowship/joint training camp (August 1 - 2)
      • Mandatory whole-day special training (July 27 - 31)
    • Summer Classes (August 10 - 15)
      • Mitsuru applied for all of SEES to attend a week of "intensive courses" to ensure everyone graduates, during which no activity can be done until the evening of August 15
    • Naganaki Shrine Summer Festival (August 16)
      • The protagonist will be called in the early morning by those whom they've made a Social Link with (Yukari/Fuuka/Chihiro/Yuko for the male protagonist, Junpei/Akihiko for the female protagonist). The female protagonist can opt to go in a yukata or not.
    • Film Festival (August 18 - 31)
      • The protagonist will be invited by schoolmates whom they've made a Social Link with during the early morning calls. Starting August 22, the protagonist can invite SEES members whom they've made a Social Link with. There will be a movie marathon at the theater and a new theme each day:
        • Horror movies (go with Rio, increases Courage)
        • Nature documentaries (go with Saori, increases Charm)
        • (No invitation on August 20)
        • "Tear-jerkers" (go with Theo, increases Charm)
        • French films (go with Bebe, increases Academics)
        • Movies about the origin of modernism (go with Ikutsuki, increases Academics)
        • "Willpower!" series (go with Yukari, increases Academics)
        • "Chop-socky" movies (go with Akihiko, increases Courage (in FES) / Academics (in Portable))
        • The last episodes of the popular serial, "True Battles of Real Men" (go with Koromaru, increases Courage)
        • American action movies (go with Junpei, increases Charm)
        • Ninja movies (go with Aigis, increases Academics)
        • Hard science fiction movies (watch with Fuuka, increases Charm)
        • Classic romances (go with Mitsuru, increases Academics)
        • Superhero movies (go with Ken, increases Courage)
  • Second Term: September 1 - December 26
    • Holidays: Respect for the Aged Day (September 21), National Holiday, (September 22), Autumnal Equinox (September 23), Health & Sports Day (October 12), Labor Thanksgiving Day (November 23), Emperor's Birthday (December 23)
    • School Culture Festival (September 19)
      • This got canceled because of a typhoon that hit during the afternoon of September 18. The protagonist will get sick for 2 days since they got drenched in the rain.
    • Film Festival (September 23)
      • Incredible Pet Stories series (go with Shinjiro, increases Courage)
    • Midterm Exams (October 13 - 17) - middle of October , lasts for 5 days
      • Exam results were posted on October 19
    • Excursion Trip to Kyoto (November 17 - 20 morning)
    • Career Experience Week (November 24-27)
    • Final Exams (December 14 - 19) - middle of December, lasts for 6 days
      • Exam results were posted on December 21
  • Winter Break: December 27, 2009 - January 7, 2010
    • New Year's Eve (December 31)
      • Ryoji visits the dorm before midnight. Depending on the protagonist's choices, the game will follow the "Bad Ending" or max the Social Link of the Fool Arcana and start level 1 of the Judgement Arcana.
    • New Year's Day (January 1)
      • SEES will visit Naganaki Shrine to pray, with the girls seen wearing kimonos.
  • Third Semester: January 8 - March 5
    • Holiday: Coming of Age Day (January 11)
    • College Entrance Exams (January 16)
      • Yukari mentions once the protagonist comes back to the dorm that the seniors took their exams despite all the commotion about the Fall.
    • Career Counseling Day (January 25)
      • After school, the protagonist will meet with Ms. Toriumi to discuss their plans for the future. They will be asked if they plan to go to college/university or enter the workforce upon graduating. Then she will compliment the protagonist for maturing over the course of the year and ask what what has helped to bring about this change: various encounters, losing a loved one or responsibility.
    • Graduation Day (March 5)

Gekkoukan School Store[edit | edit source]

In the lobby of Gekkoukan High School, there is a school store that carries different items everyday. List of Items:

  • Fried Bread - ¥80 (F/Sa)
  • Crab Bread - ¥80 (Th/F/Sa)
  • Melon Bread - ¥100 (W/Th/Sa)
  • Tri Korone (Apple Strudel) - ¥100 (M/Tu/Sa)
  • Fried Soba Bread (Yakisoba Bread)- ¥120 (M/Sa)
  • Cutlet Sandwich - ¥300 (Tu/W/Sa)
  • Book Cover - ¥5,000 (M/Tu/W/Th/F/Sa)

Extra-Curriculars[edit | edit source]

Gekkoukan High School offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities usually done after classes:

Clubs[edit | edit source]

The protagonist can become a member of more than one club, by virtue of talking and being invited by the club leader. Club activities happen after school and the protagonist can join in a club's activity by talking to the club leader or going to dedicated club rooms. Mr. Ekoda mentioned that starting a club needs a minimum of 5 members, though Fuuka was still able to make the Cooking Club an "unauthorized" one (which implies that the Fashion Club is also an unauthorized).

Club Name

Social Link Notable Member(s) Additional Notes
Student Council IV. Emperor

VIII. Justice

Mitsuru Kirijo - President

Hidetoshi Odagiri - Disciplinary committee representative

Chihiro Fushimi - Treasurer

Mitsuru will automatically invite the protagonist. This seems to be a point of contention for the other members who were presumably elected (Hidetoshi did mention later that he applied for Student Council but won't do so the next year).

Meetings: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Art Club X. Fortune Keisuke Hiraga - Club leader

Fuuka Yamagishi - Member

The option to join is only available to the male protagonist.
Music Club
Photography Club
Cooking Club II. Priestess Fuuka Yamagishi - Founder & club leader The option to join is only available to the female protagonist.

Meetings: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Fashion Club XIV. Temperance Andre Laurent Jean "Bebe" Geraux - Founder & club leader This club is presumably discontinued after Bebe returned to France.

Meetings: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Tech Club N/A Fuuka Yamagishi - Founder & club leader

Note: Shuji Ikutsuki mentioned once that, on paper, the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES) is classified as a school club. They are omitted in the list since they don't meet After School to do club activities (and presumably since it is just a ruse for SEES to be able to operate more freely with less suspicion).

Sports Teams[edit | edit source]

While sports teams are still considered a "club," the protagonist can only be a member of one sports team, by virtue of talking and being invited by the team captain/manager of the sports team. Practices are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

In the case of the female protagonist, on July 25, Ms. Kanou will approach them in the classroom after school before the start of Summer Break. She informs them of a fellowship on August 1-2 at Yasoinaba High School, a school by the countryside. In preparation for this, from July 27-31, the protagonist is mandated to attend a whole-day special training (only getting free-rein on Evenings). The female protagonist only gets to enjoy the Summer Break fully by August 3rd.

Sports Name Social Link Notable Member(s) Additional Notes
Kendo Team VII. Chariot Yuko Nishiwaki - Team manager

Kazushi Miyamoto - Junior member

Mamoru Hayase (of the XVII. Star: Rival Athlete Social Link) is introduced during a special competition on 08/02/2009.

The option to join is only available to the male protagonist.

Swim Team
Track Team
Tennis Team VII. Chariot Rio Iwasaki - Team captain/manager(?)

Ms. Emiri Kanou - Advisor

The option to join is only available to the female protagonist.
Volleyball Team
Archery Team N/A Yukari Takeba It is unavailable to the protagonist.
Boxing Team N/A Akihiko Sanada - Team Captain It is unavailable to the protagonist.
Fencing Team N/A Mitsuru Kirijo It is unavailable to the protagonist.

School Committees[edit | edit source]

This is only available for the female protagonist. Unlike clubs and sports teams where she'll be invited to join, school committees are a requirement for all its students (which is the case for Japanese high school students) and she can only be a member of one committee. As homeroom advisor of the class, Ms. Toriumi will approach the protagonist after a few weeks to select what school committee she plans to join. Committee meetings and duty happen during Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Committee Names Social Link Notable Member(s) Additional Notes
Health Committee IX. Hermit Saori Hasegawa The option to join is only available to the female protagonist.
Library Committee

Known Students (Class of 2009)[edit | edit source]

12th Grade - Seniors[edit | edit source]

Class 3-D[edit | edit source]

11th Grade - Juniors[edit | edit source]

Class 2-E (Mr. Ekoda's class)[edit | edit source]
Class 2-F (Ms. Toriumi's class)[edit | edit source]

10th Grade - Sophomores[edit | edit source]

Unknown[edit | edit source]

Known Faculty[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

 
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The school's uniform.
 
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The protagonist, Junpei and Yukari in a classroom
 
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Various students on the emblem
 
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The protagonist and Mitsuru on the emblem
 
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Yukari and the protagonist outside the school
 
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Isako Toriumi teaching class 2-F
 
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Gekkoukan High School seen in Persona 3 The Movie
 
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Concept sketch from Persona 3 The Movie
 
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Concept artwork from Persona 3 The Movie
 
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Concept art from Persona 3
 
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Auditorium in Persona 3 The Movie
 
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Gekkoukan in Persona 4
 
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Concept artwork from Persona 4 The Animation
 
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Uniforms in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
 
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Uniforms in Persona 4: Dancing All Night
 
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Uniforms in Persona 5
 
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Uniforms in Persona 5
 
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Gekkoukan High School, rooftop stage in Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Like the school emblems in the rest of the series the school's logo of Gekkoukan is reminiscent of the logo of the car manufacturer Bavaria Motor Works, or BMW.
  • The Center tile in the Main Lobby (1st Floor) can be also seen on Thebel and Monad; one can see it in the intersections of Tartarus.
  • According to the game files of Persona 3, Gekkoukan High School was initially called "Ryouseikan High school."
  • In Persona 4, Yasogami High School takes a field trip to Gekkoukan.
  • In Persona 4 Golden, the Gekkoukan uniforms are unlockable costumes for the Investigation Team.
    • If a member of the Investigation Team is wearing a Gekkoukan uniform after a battle, they will perform a victory pose similar to a character from Persona 3.
  • The school's name "Gekkoukan" translates to "Moonlight Hall."


Characters
Playable Male Protagonist - Female Protagonist - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki - Metis
Social Link Kenji Tomochika - Hidetoshi Odagiri - Bunkichi and Mitsuko - Kazushi Miyamoto - Chihiro Fushimi - Isako Toriumi - Keisuke Hiraga - Yuko Nishiwaki - Maiko Oohashi - Pharos - Bebe - President Tanaka - Mutatsu - Mamoru Hayase - Nozomi Suemitsu - Akinari Kamiki - Rio Iwasaki - Saori Hasegawa - Ryoji Mochizuki
Major Igor - Elizabeth - Theodore - Shuji Ikutsuki - Officer Kurosawa - Takaya Sakaki - Jin Shirato - Chidori Yoshino - Takeharu Kirijo - Kouetsu Kirijo - Eiichiro Takeba - Natsuki Moriyama - Nyx - Erebus - Margaret
Minor Kiyoshi Sakuma - Mr. Edogawa - Mr. Ekoda - Ms. Miyahara - Mrs. Terauchi - Kikuno Saikawa - Yuu Kimijima - Souta Aizawa - Kyouka Sayama
Cameo Yukiko Amagi - Noriko Kashiwagi - Man Drinking Alone
Location
Port Island Gekkoukan High School - Paulownia Mall - Iwatodai Station - Port Island Station - Naganaki Shrine - Dorm - Moonlight Bridge - Velvet Room
Tartarus Blocks: Thebel - Arqa - Yabbashah - Tziah - Harabah - Adamah - Monad Depths
Abyss of Time Malebolge - Cocytus - Caina - Antenora - Ptolomea - Judecca - Empyrean
Other Kyoto
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (JP / US / FES / Portable) - Bonus CD - Burn My Dread -Reincarnation- - Spring of Birth OST - Midsummer Knight's Dream OST - Falling Down OST - Winter Of Rebirth OST - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Burn My Dread" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Want To Be Close" - "When the Moon Reaches for the Stars" - "Iwatodai Dorm" - "Mass Destruction" - "Deep Breath Deep Breath" - "Deep Mentality" - "Changing Seasons" - "Current Net Price Tanaka" - "Battle Hymn of the Soul" - "Kimi no Kioku" - "P3 FES" - "Mass Destruction -P3fes version-" - "Heartful Cry" - "Brand New Days" - "Soul Phrase" - "A Way of Life" - "Time" - "Wiping All Out" - "More Than One Heart" - "Fate is In Our Hands" - "One Single Word" - "One Hand, One Heartbeat" - "One Determination" - "Sound of the Beast" - "Storm for a Butterfly" - "Light in Starless Sky" - "My Testimony" - "Self Redemption"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate) - Persona User - Shadow - Wild Card - Evoker - Tactics - All-Out Attack - Shuffle Time - Dark Hour - Moon Phase System - Full Moon Operations - SEES - Kirijo Group - Nanjo Group - Strega - Artificial Persona User - Suppressants - Apathy Syndrome - The Fall - Death - Who's Who - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Plume of Dusk - Daily Life
Lists Arcana - Personas (P3 - FES - P) - Shadows - Bosses (P3 - FES) - Skills - Items (Heart Items) - Status Effects - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Elizabeth's Requests - Activities - Calendar
Other Media
Games FES - Portable - Dancing in Moonlight
Productions The Movie - The Movie: Escape from the Dark Hour - the Weird Masquerade: -Ao no Kakusei- / -Gunjou no Meikyuu- / -Souen no Kesshou- / -Ai no Seiyaku- / -Hekikuu no Kanata e- - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - Persora -The Golden Best-
Drama CDs A Certain Day of Summer - Daylight / Moonlight - Character Drama CD Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 / Vol. 3 / Vol. 4 / Vol. 5 - New Moon / Full Moon - Portable Vol. 1 / Vol. 2
Publications Manga - Shadow Cry - Owari no Kakera - Alternative Heart - Velvet Blue - Persona Magazine
Mobile Games The Night Before - Social - Escape - Illust Puzzle - Broken Shadow - Aegis: The First Mission - Qix - Chaining Soul - Em
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Characters
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
Locations
Port Island Velvet Room - Tartarus - Gekkoukan High School - Paulownia Mall - Iwatodai Station - Port Island Station - Naganaki Shrine - Iwatodai Dormitory - Moonlight Bridge
Music
Songs Our Moment - Moonlight Serendipity
Albums Persona Dancing P3D & P5D Soundtrack Advanced CD
Archive
Lists Trophies
Characters
Playable Protagonist - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Social Link Margaret - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Naoki Konishi - Kou Ichijo - Daisuke Nagase - Hisano Kuroda - Sayoko Uehara - Yumi Ozawa - Ayane Matsunaga - Ai Ebihara - Fox - Shu Nakajima - Eri Minami - Marie - Tohru Adachi
Major Igor - Mayumi Yamano - Misuzu Hiiragi - Saki Konishi - Mitsuo Kubo - Hanako Ohtani - Kinshiro Morooka - Noriko Kashiwagi - Taro Namatame - Old Lady Shiroku - Master Daidara - Minoru Inoue - Yuuta Minami - Kaneko - Aika Nakamura - President Tanaka - Chihiro Fushimi - Mr. Edogawa - Kanami Mashita - Moel Gas Station Attendant
Major enemies Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami - Izanami
Locations
Inaba Central Shopping District - Dojima Residence - Junes Department Store - Samegawa Flood Plain - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School
Midnight Channel Twisted Shopping District - Yukiko's Castle - Steamy Bathhouse - Marukyu Striptease - Void Quest - Secret Laboratory - Heaven - Magatsu Inaba - Hollow Forest - Yomotsu Hirasaka
Other Okina City - Shichiri Beach - Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz - Tatsumi Port Island (Gekkoukan High School - Club Escapade - Iwatodai Station)
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 4 / Golden) - Never More -Reincarnation- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Studio Backlot/Backside of the TV" - "Heartbeat, Heartbreak" - "Heaven" - "Never More" - "Pursuing My True Self" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "I'll Face Myself" - "Signs of Love" - "Someone Else's Man" - "Your Affection" - "P3 FES" - "Sky's The Limit" - "Beauty of Destiny" - "True Story" - "Key Plus Words" - "The Way of Memories" - "True Feelings" - "Shadow World" - "Time To Make History" - "SNOWFLAKES" - "We Are One and All" - "Time For True Revelation" - "Falling into Right Places" - "Alone in this World" - "Koisuru Meitantei" - "Dazzling Smile" - "Ying Yang" - "Ain't Nobody Can Hold Me Down" - "Just Like The Wind"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona User - Glasses - Fog - Shadow - Shadow Self - Party - Tactics - All-Out Attack - Shuffle Time - Arcana Chance - Fusion Forecast - Weather Forecast - Investigation Team - Mystery Food X - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Daily Life - Fishing - Shrine - Books - Part Time Jobs
Lists Arcana - Personas - Shadows - Skills - Items - Requests - Status Changes - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Activities - Calendar - Golden Trophies - The Animation / Golden Animation Episodes - Patches and Updates
Other Media
Games Golden - Arena - Arena Ultimax - Dancing All Night
Productions The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Visualive / the Evolution - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - Persora -The Golden Best-
Publications Manga - The Magician - Kiri no Amnesia - Your Affection - Persona x Detective Naoto - Persona Magazine
Mobile Games The Card Battle - Colors - Persona 4: The Slot - Persona 4 the Pachinko
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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