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Persona 3 The Movie is a four-part animated movie series based on the game Persona 3. It is an adaptation of The Journey from the perspective of the male protagonist and does not cover The Answer from Persona 3 FES. There is no English dub and it is done entirely in Japanese, although English subtitles are available.

The first movie, Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth, was released on November 23, 2013.

The second movie, Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream, was released on June 7, 2014.

The third movie, Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down, was released on April 4th, 2015.

The final movie, Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth, was released on January 23, 2016.

Release Dates[]

Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth

  • Japan: November 23, 2013 (Theatrical Release)
  • Japan: May 14, 2014 (DVD / Blu-Ray Release)
  • International: May 20, 2014 (Imported DVD / Blu-Ray Release)

Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream

  • Japan: June 7, 2014 (Theatrical Release)
  • Japan: March 11, 2015 (DVD / Blu-Ray Release)
  • International: March 11, 2015 (Imported DVD / Blu-Ray Release)

Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down

  • Japan: April 4, 2015 (Theatrical Release)
  • Japan: January 20, 2016 (DVD / Blu-Ray Release)
  • International: January 20, 2016 (Imported Blu-Ray Release)

Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth

  • Japan: January 23, 2016 (Theatrical Release)
  • Japan: August 3, 2016 (DVD / Blu-Ray Release)
  • International: August 3, 2016 (Imported Blu-Ray Release)

Plot[]

See also: Persona 3

Makoto Yuki is an orphaned teenager who transfers to Gekkoukan High School, on Tatsumi Port Island and finds himself experiencing a supernatural phenomenon known as the Dark Hour. After witnessing his new Iwatodai dorm-mates being attacked by mysterious creatures known as Shadows, Makoto goes to their aid and inexplicably awakens to the power of his Persona. Makoto later joins a covert extra-curricular club at Gekkoukan High called SEES, whose members have but one goal: to rid the world of the Shadows.

Music[]

See also: Spring of Birth OST, Midsummer Knight's Dream OST, Falling Down OST & Winter of Rebirth OST'

The soundtrack for Spring of Birth was composed by Shoji Meguro, while the other three movies were scored by Tetsuya Kobayashi. Each movie is accompanied by a main theme, along with remixed tracks from the Persona 3 Original Soundtrack, though a majority of them do not appear in the films themselves. The soundtracks for the movies were included with the Blu-Ray / DVD release, including all original tracks made for the movies. The movies also feature remastered versions of songs from the Persona 3 Original Soundtrack, as well as the Burn My Dread -Reincarnation- album, though these remastered versions have not been officially released. The themes for the movies are:

  1. Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth
    • "More Than One Heart" (main theme, ending credits)
    • "Burn My Dread (Spring of Birth ver.)" (opening credits)
    • "More Than One Heart (instrumental)"
    • "Burn My Dread (instrumental)"
  2. Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream
    1. "Fate is In Our Hands" (main theme, opening credits)
    2. "Deep Breath Deep Breath (Lotus Juice Remix)"
    3. "Mass Destruction (Lotus Juice Remix)"
    4. "Fate is In Our Hands (instrumental)"
    5. "One Single Word" (insert song used when Aigis first summons Palladion)
    6. "One Hand, One Heartbeat" (ending credits)
  3. Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down
  4. Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth

Adaptation Differences[]

There are differences between the game and the movie.

  • Some characters' appearances are modified slightly, such as having darker hair or differently colored eyes.
  • SEES members don't get their weapons from the police station, instead the weapons they use are specially made by the Kirijo Group.
  • No items or fusion spells are used in battle.
  • There is no cut-in effect when a character first summons their Persona.
  • The protagonist gains new Personas after defeating a Shadow from a Full Moon Operation. The Persona's Arcana depends on the defeated Shadow's Arcana.
  • No Social Links are acquired in the movie, and Makoto does not gain the rest of the Arcanas past Death, except Judgement and Universe.

Spring of Birth[]

  • All the major characters appear in the movie intro (except Aigis), while the anime cutscene at the beginning only shows the protagonist, Yukari, Pharos, and Mitsuru.
  • The reason why Makoto arrived at the Iwatodai Dormitory at midnight is because of the successful suicide of a young man who flung himself onto the train tracks.
  • Makoto doesn't interact much with other Social Link characters, only a few.
  • The first victim devoured by Shadows, shown in an anime cutscene in the game, is named Sakata Masashi.
    • In the anime cutscene he appears in Tatsumi Port Station, but in the movie, he appears somewhere in Port Island Station.
  • Some characters make a cameo appearance:
  • When the Shadow attacks the dorm, the protagonist stops to look at the full moon outside the window. Yukari asks him if he cares if he dies, and the protagonist says he doesn't and asks her if she's scared of death. A Shadow attacks the window and Yukari dives to save the protagonist. In the process, her leg is cut by a glass shard and bleeds. None of this occurs in the game.
  • Junpei's game of Believe It or Don't occurs in May instead of June 1.
  • While discussing the ghost rumor from 2-E, they meet in Wild-Duck Burger instead of the dormitory's lounge.
  • Makoto does not accompany SEES during the June Full Moon Operation, due to his and Yukari's clashing personalities, until he fully realizes his friends are in danger and he goes to save them.
  • This is the first time where Makoto and Natsuki interact with each other, whereas that was not featured in the game.
  • In the movie, Natsuki heard the voice after witnessing the school transforming into Tartarus, but she heard it in the dormitory in the game.
  • In the movie, Natsuki isn't protected by being inside Fuuka's Persona Lucia, unlike the game. Instead, Lucia stands in front of Natsuki.

Midsummer Knight's Dream[]

  • During the second movie intro, the differences between the movie and game are:
  • Some characters make a cameo appearance:
  • The differences between the movie and game during the Yakushima trip are:
    • Operation: Babe Hunt takes place on the first day of the SEES vacation.
    • The Beautiful Lady? does not appear during Operation: Babe Hunt.
    • When Makoto meets Aigis for the first time, he, Junpei and Akihiko do not follow her. As a result, the girls do not meet her. Yukari meets her for the first time at the beach.
    • Mitsuru's father, Takeharu Kirijo, tells SEES the truth about what happened ten years ago instead of Mitsuru.
    • Instead of Takeharu explaining about Yukari's father Eiichiro Takeba before Yukari runs off to the beach in anger, he explains about her father after she runs off and Makoto goes after her.
    • Shadows appear while Makoto and Yukari are at the beach, and Aigis comes to their rescue.
  • After SEES returns from Yakushima, Mitsuru states that Ken's mother was his only living relative, but in the game, Ken has a distant relative who has been taking care of him.
  • Ken and Koromaru join SEES in August and battle against the Arcana Chariot and Arcana Justice.
    • At the same time, Shinjiro bursts through the locked door to save SEES.
    • He also joins SEES earlier than in the game, which was in September.
  • The SEES members see Takaya's Persona for the first time in August, earlier than in the game and similar to the manga.
  • Junpei is not kidnapped by Chidori during the September operation against the Arcana Hermit.
  • This is the first time SEES witnesses Shinjiro's Persona going berserk. This was not featured in the game or the manga.
  • Ken discovers that Shinjiro was the one who killed his mother only after witnessing Shinjiro's Persona go berserk (the event triggering a repressed memory), while in the game, Ken discovered Shinjiro's role long before joining SEES by listening in on a conversation between Shinjiro and Akihiko. Additionally, Ken's reason for joining SEES differs, in that he briefly thought it was the Shadows that were responsible for his mother's death, while in the game his sole reason for joining SEES was to kill Shinjiro. Furthermore, Ken's vengeance was fueled by a more personal motive, feeling betrayed after the discovery, while in the game, Ken was far more distant and cold to Shinjiro during their time in SEES, due to already knowing Shinjiro's role in his mother's death.
  • The differences between the movie and game during October 4 are:
    • As Shinjiro attempts to summon his Persona, Takaya shoots him in the stomach instead of his right knee.
    • Shinjiro's death is more bloody and dark than the anime cutscene of the game.
      • In the movie, he dies in his childhood friend's arms instead of standing up and taking a few steps before collapsing to the floor.
  • Shinjiro's funeral is attended on October 7 instead of October 5 in the director's cut version, and in the original film it is October 15.

Falling Down[]

  • In the beginning of the movie, SEES splits up into two teams, with Akihiko and Ken battling against Takaya and Jin, while the rest of the members face the Arcana Hanged Man.
  • Junpei is kidnapped by Chidori in November instead of September.
  • Chidori is captured by SEES in November instead of September.
  • Takaya and Jin run away instead of jumping from the Moonlight Bridge like in the game.
  • The scene where Pharos leaves Makoto's psyche is similar to the manga adaptation, except his appearance does not change. In the movie, it happens in Velvet Room, but in the game it happens in Makoto's room.
  • The differences between the movie and game during November 4 are:
    • SEES does not do a group photo in this movie.
    • None of SEES members bring their Evokers or prepare for battle when confronting Ikutsuki.
    • Ikutsuki never mentions that he tampered with the recording of the incident from ten years ago. Yukari confirms it when talking to Mitsuru during the Kyoto trip.
  • Makoto meets Ryoji before he transfers to Gekkoukan High.
  • Akihiko, Ken, Fuuka, Yukari and Mitsuru's Personas do not evolve into their Ultimate Personas. Junpei is the only person who receives his Ultimate Persona.
  • Some characters make a cameo appearance:
  • Chidori leaves the hospital with Takaya and Jin when SEES are still on their school field trip on November 21.
  • Aigis follows Makoto everywhere during the Kyoto school field trip rather than give him some space to spend time with the guys.
  • During the hot spring incident, when Ryoji attempts to flirt and get the girls to notice him, Makoto stops him by dunking him underwater instead of Junpei.
  • Natsuki transfers to a different school in November instead of October.
  • Makoto and Ryoji's friendship is deeper than in the game.
  • Chidori does not temporarily control Fuuka and tell them where she is.
  • SEES battles Takaya and Jin for the second time rather than in January separately.
  • Mitsuru discovers the connection between Strega and Ikutsuki in November instead of January.

Winter of Rebirth[]

  • There is actual snow in the movie. There is no snow in the game.
  • SEES battles Ryoji earlier, on December 2.
  • Ryoji completely destroys the Moonlight Bridge.
  • Ryoji shows Makoto his true, incomplete version of Death ten years ago instead of a form that resembles Thanatos in the original game.
  • Takaya and Jin reappear in December instead of January 31.
  • Fuuka recovers some of the video data of Yukari's father including his message to Yukari.
  • Yukari is strangled by her Persona, Io, in a dream due to her depression and fear. Unlike in the movie, she is the first member to be sure about her decision to fight Nyx.
  • Aigis attempts to kill Ryoji again on December 31.
  • Some characters make a cameo appearance:
  • All of the other remaining SEES members' Personas (except Makoto and Junpei) evolve after they regain their resolve to live, much later than in the game.
  • The differences between the movie and game during January 31 are:
    • Elizabeth grants Orpheus the Megidolaon spell in order to defeat The Reaper, who was impeding Makoto's path to the top of Tartarus.
    • Makoto battles Nyx Avatar alone, while Akihiko, Junpei and Aigis battle Takaya and Jin, and Yukari, Mitsuru, Ken and Koromaru battle regular Shadows.
    • Nyx Avatar incorporates elements of the Full Moon Shadows into its attacks.
    • Jin is killed when one of his grenades explodes right after being shot in his hand by Aigis. However, in the game, he kills himself in order to avoid being killed by the Shadows.
    • Takaya doesn't climb to the top of Tartarus when Nyx's true body comes out of the moon.
    • SEES battles against Shadows climbing to the top of Tartarus while Nyx is sending its gravitational waves.
    • Makoto has a vision where he has a conversation with Ryoji about the answer to life, before he fuses Orpheus and Thanatos into Messiah and reaches Nyx's core.
    • Makoto gains the Universe Arcana after reaching Nyx's core while in the game he gained it before that.
    • The Universe Arcana's card design isn't shown in the game, whereas in the movie, the art design is that of the World Arcana.
    • Instead of Tartarus shattering to pieces which flow behind the moon right before the end of the Dark Hour, Tartarus explodes and collapses when Makoto defeats Nyx with the Great Seal.
  • When Makoto's friends remember their promise on March 5, Mitsuru immediately heads to the roof instead of finishing her speech.
  • During Makoto's final days on March 5, Aigis is already on the roof to fulfill the promise. Because of this, Aigis and Makoto's conversation in the Iwatodai Dormitory is omitted.
    • Furthermore, he sees a glimpse of his friends coming to his side before he passes away peacefully. However, in the game, he never gets a chance to see them before his passing and the last person he sees is Aigis.

Gallery[]

Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth
Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream
Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down
Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth
Countdown Illustrations

Videos[]

Trivia[]

  • Every time a Shadow from a Full Moon Operation is defeated, a blue butterfly appears.
    • In Falling Down, it is revealed that a blue butterfly is used as a visual shorthand for Makoto obtaining the Arcanas and Pharos regaining a fragment of his memories.
  • Although Rio and Saori from Persona 3 Portable appear in the third movie, they don't appear in the original game or the male route, only appearing in the female protagonist's route.
  • A teaser of the first movie was first shown as a 28 second scene at the end of Persona 4 The Animation -The Factor of Hope-.

Midsummer Knight's Dream[]

  • The scene where Ken first awakens to his Persona in July is similar in Spring of Birth, where Yukari drops her Evoker and Makoto uses hers to summon his Persona.
  • During the Summer Festival, one can see five masks of Phoenix Ranger Featherman R on display.

Falling Down[]

  • During the second and third day in Kyoto, a statue of Suzaku can be seen.

External Links[]


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 - Ms. Ounishi - 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 - Great Seal
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
Lists Arcana - Personas (P3 - FES - P) - Shadows - Bosses (P3 - FES) - Skills - Items (Heart Items / Vending Machines) - Status Effects - Elizabeth's Requests - Activities - Calendar
School Life Daily Life - Seasons - Social Link - Social Stats - Yen - Class - Studying - Movie theater - Bed - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Crane Machine - Chagall Café - School Club - Cooking
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 AWARDS 3 - 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 - Memento Mori - Owari no Kakera - Alternative Heart - Velvet Blue - Persona Magazine - Dear Girls Comic Anthology - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Tartarus Theater
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
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Megami Tensei Megami Tensei (Telenet) - Megami Tensei (Atlus) - II - Kyūyaku
Shin Megami Tensei Shin Megami Tensei - II / Gaiden: Ma To Houkai - if... / Hazama's Chapter - J - NINE -
III: Nocturne / Pachislot - 20XX / Devil's Colosseum - IMAGINE - Tokyo Requiem - Strange Journey (Redux) - Devil Hunter Zero - IV / Apocalypse - Devil Collection - Synchronicity Prologue - Liberation Dx2 - V
Last Bible Last Bible - II - Another Bible - III - Special -
New Testament / II: Hajimari no Fukuin / III: Mugen no Eiyuu
Majin Tensei Majin Tensei - II: Spiral Nemesis - Ronde - Blind Thinker / II
Devil Summoner Devil Summoner / Pinball: Judgment - Soul Hackers / Intruder / Soul Hackers New Generation -
Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
Persona Megami Ibunroku Persona (PSP Remake) / Ikū no Tō Hen -
2: Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment / Lost Memories / Infinity Mask -
3 (FES* / Portable*) / Dancing in Moonlight
4 (Golden*) / Arena / Ultimax / Dancing All Night
5 (Royal*) / Dancing in Starlight / Strikers
Q: Shadow of the Labryinth - Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Devil Children Black Book / Red Book - White Book - DemiKids Light / Dark - Fire Book / Ice Book -
Messiah Riser - Puzzle de Call! - Appli de Call! - Devil Children Mobile
Digital Devil Saga Avatar Tuner - 2 - A's TEST Server
Devil Survivor Devil Survivor (Overclocked) - 2 (Record Breaker) / The Extra World
Jack Series Jack Bros. - Demonic Help Party
Other games Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku - Card Summoner - Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE - Maken X - Catherine / Full Body
Digital Devil Story (Novels) Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - 2: Warrior of the Demon City - 3: Demise of the Reincarnation
New Digital Devil Story New Digital Devil Story: Goddess of Enchainment - 2: Queen of the Ice Fields - 3: Planet of the Devil - 4: Wrath of the Young Emperor - 5: Eternal Goddess - 6: Bonds of Reincarnation
Other Novels Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou tai Shibito Ekishi - Giten Megami Tensei: Distant Flow ~EXILE~ - Megami Ibunroku Persona: Shadow Maze - Persona 3: Shadow Cry / Owari no Kakera / Alternative Heart / Velvet Blue - Persona x Detective Naoto - Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Cetus's Prequel
Anime Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - Tokyo Revelation - Persona -trinity soul- - Persona 3 The Movie - Persona 4 The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation - DeviChil - D-Children: Light & Dark - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Manga Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Revelation - if... / Kahn - IV: DEMONIC GENE / -Prayers- - Gaiten: Hato no Senki - EDEN - CG Senki: Dante no Mon - Majin Tensei - Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito - Megami Ibunroku Persona - Persona: Tsumi to Batsu - Persona 3 / Portable Dengeki Comic Anthology / Portable Dear Girls Comic Anthology - Persona 4 / The Magician - Arena / Arena Ultimax / Dancing All Night - PQ: -Roundabout- / Side:P3 / Side:P4 - Tartarus Theater - Persona 5 / Dengeki Comic Anthology / Comic à La Carte / Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) / the Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology / Mementos Mission - Q2: Persona Q2: Roundabout Special - Devil Children / Light & Dark - Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner: Shinen no Matou - Devil Survivor - 2: -Show Your Free Will- / The Animation Manga
Mobile Apps The Night Before - QIX - Chaining Soul - Aegis: The First Mission - Em - Illust Puzzle - Escape - Social - Ain Soph - Mobile Online - The Card Battle - Colors - Persona O.A. - Mobile Phone Demon Collection - Atlus Casino - Devil Summoning Program - Digital Novel
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