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"Hey, how 'bout we do this... You supply me with info on the Phantom Thieves... And I'll write articles based on what you tell me about them. You know, the Phantom Thieves who you love oh-so-much... Deal?"
—Ichiko Ohya to the protagonist, Persona 5

Ichiko Ohya is a character from Persona 5. She is an unscrupulous paparazza.



Ohya has brown eyes, black hair in a bob cut and red lips.

She wears a pair of orange sunglasses on her hair, a black shirt with a motto which reads "low life fight the power," a white long-sleeved shirt under the black shirt and blue jeans. She also carries a pink fanny pack, a camera hanging from her neck and a water bottle. Her shoes are black-and-white.


Persona 5[]

Ohya is a paparazza in her mid-20s. She will write whatever story sells, even sometimes manipulating and twisting the information in her articles for the sake of clickbait and attention, and even if it means she does not have to take the time to properly research the truth. She used to be a more stringent journalist, but a story of hers was censored because of exposing the scandal of Masayoshi Shido's cohort and was permanently reassigned to entertainment and, more importantly, led to the disappearance and framing of her partner, Kayo Murakami. Ohya admits she does not enjoy writing entertainment articles about the latest fads, yet feels she does not have a choice and is unwilling to quit her profession.

Feeling betrayed and used, Ohya became incredibly cynical, sure of goodwill and unselfish motives being a sign of a manipulator. Over the course of her Confidant with the protagonist, she gradually becomes more idealistic again and chooses to go back to getting to the bottom of the scandal, recognizing that there is a point to truthful reporting even if it does not give her the fame she wants.

She first appears before Ichiryusai Madarame's residency for investigation. Greeting the protagonist and his friends, who are there for a similar purpose, she leaves her slip for the protagonist. When the Phantom Thieves of Hearts are blackmailed by Makoto Niijima to reform a mafia boss in Shibuya, they contact and meet Ohya for intel inside the bar Crossroads in Shinjuku, she in turn requests an interviewee from Shujin Academy who has been a victim of Suguru Kamoshida's abuse. Morgana nominates Yuuki Mishima, which she accepts, and reveals the identity of the mafia boss to be Junya Kaneshiro, helping the Thieves to access his Palace.

Ohya also makes a brief appearance among the crowd of people outside the Diet Building after Shido's calling card is sent.


Main article: Confidant/Ichiko Ohya
"Your reputation skyrocketed after a certain point. It's unnatural how much your actions were publicized. Did you have an inside man in the media? Someone who could manipulate information for you? ...What do you have to say to that?"
Sae Niijima talking about Ichiko Ohya, Persona 5

Ohya's Confidant can be unlocked by visiting her in Crossroads in Shinjuku starting from June 23rd. All of her Confidant abilities subside the security level in Palaces in progressive effectiveness, which are helpful in avoiding surprise attacks by the enemies when being discovered, or being forced to retreat from the Palace when the security level reaches 100%. She decreases the security level of Palaces by distracting their owners with scandalous scoops.

Ohya's story revolves around her speaking with the protagonist at Crossroads as she obtains the inside scoop about the Phantom Thieves' activities to help boost their reputation. As the protagonist gives her more stories to write on, she eventually reveals that she was a more honest journalist in the past with her partner before said partner was accused of murdering a politician in a service inn. She gets closer and closer to the truth regarding her partner, but her boss retaliates by increasing her workload and threatening her contacts. The Phantom Thieves change her boss' heart, in which she is finally able to see her partner, although when she had arrived, she realized her partner was suffering from a mental shutdown. At the end of her Confidant, she realizes the protagonist is a member of the Phantom Thieves due to the convenience of the situation, but promises to keep it a secret due to the protagonist's assistance in her troubles.

Ohya's farewell gift to the protagonist on the last day after maxing her Confidant is her Top-Secret Memo, which has all of her notes gathered from the protagonist during her Confidant. It allows the protagonist access to Legendary Scoop ability from the start of her Confidant in New Game+. If the protagonist pursues a romantic relationship with Ohya, she will give the protagonist a Camera on Christmas, allowing the protagonist to earn more points when using a Persona of the Devil Arcana during their Confidant in NG+, and Ohya's Chocolate on Valentines Day, which fully restores SP to one ally when consumed.


Ohya can now be found as early as April 11th, speaking with a police officer about repeated psychotic episodes in the underground walkway of Shibuya while the protagonist is on their way to school for the first time.

Persona 5 Mementos Mission[]

During the first chapter of the manga, Ichiko calls Ren late at night drunk and to ask him and Ann about Shiro Asakura's murder attempt. She reveals to Ren that poison was found in both Shiro's blood and urine, and that he's still alive. Ohya also reveals that he was involved with a scandal, stating that it was believed an unnamed idol committed suicide because of sexual favors.


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Persona 5 portraits[]

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In Other Languages[]

Language Titles
Flag of Japan Japanese 大宅 一子 (Ōya Ichiko)
Flag of South Korea Korean 오야 이치코 (Oya Ichiko)
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China Traditional Chinese 大宅 一子 (Dàzhái yī zi)


  • Ohya's name could be a reference to the leftist critic and journalist Sōichi Ohya (大宅 壮一) who was known in the field of popular culture. Sōichi's third child, Eiko (映子), succeeded her father's profession and political stance. Sōichi died at the age of 70, three days before Yukio Mishima performed the seppuku suicide. By that time, many peers wondered how Sōichi would appraise Mishima's actions should he have lived long enough to witness the event. Incidentally, Ohya interviews Yuuki Mishima in-game.
  • Ohya works for the Maiasa (Every Morning) Newspaper as a reporter, a reference to the major Tokyo-based newspaper Mainichi Shimbun (Daily Newspaper).
  • The name of her favorite bar, Crossroads, when combined with the fact she is represented by the Devil Arcana, is likely a pun on an old saying. Every time you go to meet her, you are "meeting the devil at the crossroads."

Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi - Sumire Yoshizawa
Confidant Igor - Sojiro Sakura - Chihaya Mifune - Munehisa Iwai - Tae Takemi - Sadayo Kawakami - Ichiko Ohya - Shinya Oda - Hifumi Togo - Yuuki Mishima - Toranosuke Yoshida - Caroline & Justine - Sae Niijima - Takuto Maruki
Major Targets Suguru Kamoshida - Ichiryusai Madarame - Junya Kaneshiro - Shadow Futaba - Kunikazu Okumura - Masayoshi Shido - Holy Grail / Yaldabaoth - Azathoth / Adam Kadmon
Other Principal Kobayakawa - SIU Director - Shiho Suzui - Natsuhiko Nakanohara - Mika - Lala Escargot - Angel and Julian - Medjed - Wakaba Isshiki - Sugimura - President Tanaka - Kazuya Makigami - Naoya Makigami - Shadow Mishima - Shinichi Yoshizawa - Rumi - Shibusawa - Jose - Kasumi Yoshizawa - Coach Hiraguchi
Tokyo Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Kichijoji - Ogikubo - Inokashira Park - Tsukishima - Akasaka Mitsuke - Suidobashi - Odaiba Seaside Park - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Ginza - Harajuku - Meiji Shrine - Jinbocho - Miura Beach - Maihama (Tokyo Destinyland) - Kanda - Roppongi - Ueno - Asakusa - Chinatown - Nagatacho - Shinagawa - Nakano - Kosei High School
Palace Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos (Path of Qimranut - Path of Aiyatsbus - Path of Chemdah - Path of Kaitul - Path of Akzeriyyuth - Path of Adyeshach - Path of Sheriruth - Depths of Mementos - Qliphoth World - Path of Da'at) - Maruki's Palace
Other Velvet Room - Hawaii - Thieves Den
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal (JP / EN))
Songs "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" - "Life Will Change" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "The Whims of Fate" - "Tokyo Daylight" - "Hoshi To Bokura To" - "Break In To Break Out" - "Infinity" - "Dark Sun..." - "Autonomy" - "Found a Light" - "IT'S TOO LATE" - "Colors Flying High" - "Take Over" - "He's a Trickster☆" - "I Believe" - "No More What Ifs" - "Throw Away Your Mask" - "Bokura no Hikari (Our Light)"
Story Persona - Persona user - Shadow - Shadow Self - Second Awakening - Picaro Persona - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Phantom Aficionado Website - Antisocial Force - Treasure - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - Psychotic breakdown - Mental shutdown - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Sea of Souls - Bond - Featherman
School Life Calendar - Weather - Seasons
Confidant - Social Stats - Hideout - Class - Train - Invitations - Gifts - Decorations
Activities Bathhouse - Studying - Diner - Cleaning - Maid Café - Billiards - Books - DVDs - Retro Games - Movie Theater - Big Bang Challenge - Gigolo Arcade - Bed - Batting Cages - Fishing Pond - Crossword Puzzle - Darts - Infiltration Tools - Cooking - Training - Old Temple - Laundry - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Confessional - Jazz Jin - Houseplant - Refrigerator - TV Quiz Show - Blackboard - Vegetariano - Lottery - Cultivation - Fortune Telling
Vendors Shops: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Vending Machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities - Military Vending Machine
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Search Objects - Treasure Chests - Treasure Demon - Safe Room - Thieves Guild - List of Shadows - List of Bosses - Skill Card - Will Seeds - Deviations
Battle Items: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Skills: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Difficulty - Status Changes - Weaknesses - Traits - Navigator - Tactics - Guard - Follow Up - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Protect - Pickpocket - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Showtime - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Hold Up - Personality - Drops - Game Over - Disaster Shadow
Velvet Room List of Personas: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Fusion - Special Fusion - Hanging - Lockdown - Electric Chair - Arcana - Skill Inheritance - Fusion Accident - Fusion alarm - Challenge Battle
System Trophies: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Cutscenes - New Game Plus - Patches and Updates
Unused Content: (Persona 5 / Royal)
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Sega
Personnel Katsura Hashino - Shigenori Soejima - Shoji Meguro - Lyn Inaizumi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Ryota Kozuka - Kenichi Tsuchiya - Toshiki Konishi - Kazuhisa Wada - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Games Royal - Dancing in Starlight - Strikers
Productions Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation (Episodes - Dark Sun... - Stars and Ours - Proof of Justice - Persona 5 the Animation: A Magical Valentine's Day) - Persona O.A. - Persona 5 The Night Breakers - Persona Stalker Club V - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best 5- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Persona 5 The Stage - Persona VS
Publications Manga - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Comic à La Carte - Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) - Tartarus Theater Wild - the Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology - Mementos Mission - Mementos Report - Persona Magazine
Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019 - TGS 2021 - 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Take Tokyo Tower - E3 2016 - Morgana's Report
Miscellaneous Merchandise