"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.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Design[edit | edit source]

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.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Persona 5[edit | edit source]

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.

Confidant[edit | edit source]

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 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.

Royal[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

During the first chapter of the manga, Ichiko calls Akira late at night drunk and to ask him and Ann about Shiro Asakura's murder attempt. She reveals to Akira 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Ohya's text icon
 
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Concept Art
 
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Ohya after Valentine's Day
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Ohya's portrait
 
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Ohya smiling
 
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Ohya scowling
 
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Ohya sad
 
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Ohya harmed
 
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Ohya flushed
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Ohya's winter coat
 
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Ohya smiling (Winter coat)
 
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Ohya scowling (Winter coat)
 
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Ohya sad (Winter coat)
 
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Ohya (Winter coat)
 
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Ohya harmed (Winter coat)
 
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Ohya blushing (Winter coat)
 
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Ohya flushed (Winter coat)

In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Titles
Flag of the United States English Ichiko Ohya
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)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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).
  • Ohya using the protagonist for info of the Phantom Thieves is analogous to Rumormongers in Persona 2 who exchange rumors for the player's bizarre journey.
  • 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."


Characters
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 and 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 - Medjed - Wakaba Isshiki - Lala Escargot - Angel and Julian - Sugimura - President Tanaka - Kazuya Makigami - Naoya Makigami - Shadow Mishima - Shinichi Yoshizawa - Rumi - Shibusawa - Jose - Kasumi Yoshizawa - Coach Hiraguchi
Locations
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
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal)
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" - "Our Light"
Archives
Story Persona - Persona user - Shadow - Shadow Self - Second Awakening - 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
School Life Daily Life - Activities - Calendar - Weather Forecast - Confidant - Social Stats - Yen - Hideout - Class - Bathhouse - Studying - Diner - Maid Café - Billiards - Books - DVDs - Retro Games - Movie theater - Batting Cage - Fishing Pond - Crossword Puzzle - Darts - Infiltration Tools - Cooking - Training - Old Temple - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Confessional - Jazz Jin - Houseplant - TV Quiz Show - Blackboard - Vegetariano - Lottery
Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - 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) - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - Traits - Navigator - Tactics - Guard - Follow Up - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Protect - Baton Pass - Pickpocket - Party Switch - One More - Critical - Technical - Showtime - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Hold Up - Personality - 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
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd.
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 - Scramble
Productions Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation (Episodes) - Persona O.A. - Persona 5 The Night Breakers - Persora -The Golden Best 5- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Persona 5 The Stage
Publications Manga - Mementos Mission - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) - Persona Magazine
Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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