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"Heh... Why the long face? Isn't this... what you wanted? It's alright... give yourself time... Let your anger be your strength. You're still just a kid, Ken... You got your whole life ahead of you... So don't waste it... Make it your own... Okay?"
—Shinjiro Aragaki, revised in Persona 3 Portable

Shinjiro Aragaki is a character from Persona 3. He is a student who rarely attends Gekkoukan High School and a founding member of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad.

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In Persona 3, Shinjiro Aragaki is a student at Gekkoukan High School and a founding member of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (S.E.E.S). Known for his sporadic school attendance, Shinjiro is a childhood friend of Akihiko Sanada, with both having been orphans at the same institution. As one of the original Persona users in S.E.E.S., alongside Akihiko and Mitsuru Kirijo, Shinjiro's role is further explored in the Linked Episodes, where he delves into his relationships with former colleagues prior to his departure from S.E.E.S.
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Shinjiro Aragaki, along with Akihiko Sanada, was instrumental in the formation of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES) at Gekkoukan School. The group was officially recognized as a school club and operated from an Iwatodai dormitory equipped for the Dark Hour.
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In Persona 3 Portable, Shinjiro Aragaki plays a key role. He's a Gekkoukan High School student and a founding member of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (S.E.E.S). His character is further explored through Linked Episodes, providing insights into his past and relationships with S.E.E.S members, particularly his childhood friend, Akihiko Sanada.
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In Persona 3 Portable, Shinjiro Aragaki meets his end by sacrificing himself to save Ken from Takaya Sakaki. His demise is inevitable due to the Persona Suppressants he was taking. Post his death, players can retrieve his possessions from his dormitory and discover an additional skill.
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Shinjiro Aragaki represents the Moon Arcana Social Link in Persona 3 Portable when the female protagonist's path is chosen. This link can start on September 7th, with Shinjiro available at Iwatodai Dormitory's lounge during the night. Maximizing this link before the October Full Moon Event alters the storyline and Shinjiro's fate.
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Persona 3/FES/Portable[]

Shinjiro is the tallest playable character in Persona 3. He has unkempt brown hair (taupe brown in Persona 3 The Movie), worn perpetually under a beanie, and steel-colored eyes (the same color as his hair in Persona 3 Reload). He is somewhat warmly composed, a change from the generally pale cast (there is occasionally some discrepancy with his color scheme in anime cutscenes on the console versions of the game, especially regarding his skin tone).

His clothing is relatively simple, consisting mainly of a maroon peacoat, a brown turtleneck long-sleeved shirt, black pants and brown Chelsea shoes. Persona Suppressors can cause the body to become unable to regulate body temperature, hence why Shinjiro is always wearing a coat and hat.

As seen in his dialogue portraits, Shinjiro typically has a "shifty" look about him. He often has his hands in his pockets and his head held low, eyes cast off to the side. In his battle animations, he assumes a more confident and straightforward pose with his weapon: an axe.

In Persona 3 Portable, Shinjiro has extra portraits, including an elusive smiling face. Also in Portable, he has a costume that allows the player to see another side of him: the butler uniform. When wearing this armor, he shows his full head of hair, as it is the only costume which gives the player the opportunity to see him remove his beanie.

When he was a child, which was shown in Akihiko's flashback in the manga adaptation, he used to have short hair, his trademark beanie, and wore a dark long-sleeve shirt.

Also shown only in the manga adaptation, when he was a student and a member of SEES, he wore the school uniform of Gekkoukan High School, except with a turtleneck shirt underneath.

One of the rare occasions where he is seen without his peacoat is when he is cooking in Persona 3 The Movie. He is seen wearing a black turtleneck long-sleeved shirt with a brown apron.


In Persona 3 Reload, Shinjiro’s battle gear consists of fingerless black gloves and a knitted neck scarf. He now wears his peacoat fully open to reveal a black shoulder belt strap underneath with a shoulder guard labeled "2." He also wears a white belt containing his Evoker instead of carrying it around in either pocket.

When shown cooking in-game, he has unique attire similar to that of Persona 3 The Movie.

When he was a student of Gekkoukan High, his hair used to be short without his beanie and wore standard Gekkoukan High winter uniform except he doesn't wore a ribbon tie. This was only shown in Mitsuru's flashback in Shinjiro's Link Episode.

Dancing in Moonlight[]

In Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, Shinjiro is given some costumes without his beanie, but now, he appears to wear his hair in a small ponytail.


"You're right... I wanted to forget. That's why I left the group, and tried to suppress my power... But, nothing I did could erase the memory... And now I find myself here--the last place I want to be."
—Shinjiro Aragaki, Persona 3

A reliable and serious character whose cold exterior masks his weaker, gentler self, Shinjiro's difficult past weighs him down, causing him to constantly push others away with a tough-guy act. Ever since accidentally causing the death of Ken's mother, he has given up being a member of SEES to live a normal life, even though there are only so many Persona-users and so SEES needs all the help they can get, something even Yukari, who has no love for SEES or the Dark Hour, has the sense to realize. As he points out to Akihiko, both of them are held back by the guilt of their pasts; they just have completely different ways of dealing with it.

Various parts of Shinjiro's personality are revealed in the different versions of Persona 3, and he is (like most other male characters) difficult to know when playing the male protagonist's route. In FES and Portable, the dorm recordings show an event regarding Shinjiro's "other side." He is revealed to love dogs, in particular Koromaru, who he spoils; in the same scene, he is shown to be an avid cook that enjoys learning from cooking shows.

In Persona 3 Portable, via the female protagonist's Moon Social Link, the player is able to see the most of Shinjiro. Progressively, he is revealed to be a kind and caring person, always worrying after the other members of SEES. He takes great pleasure in being able to help his friends (though he might not admit he even enjoys their company), and he doesn't want to see them make the same mistakes he might have made in the past. He seems to have a deep relationship with Akihiko, being his childhood friend and always worrying about him even after leaving SEES. Despite trying to keep her at arm's length, Shinjiro admires the female protagonist, and views her as a strong leader. Additionally, he also protects Ken from danger due to the past and takes care of him like a younger brother, mostly seen in Persona 3 The Movie as both are even closer unlike the games and eventually, before his death, feels no regret but hopes Ken will grow up and stay strong.

In Persona Q, despite his normally calm and quiet demeanor, it is shown that he easily loses his cool whenever he's with his childhood friend, Akihiko. They often get into fights, usually resulting in childish banters. He is also often dragged into his friend's antics, mostly involving competing over just about anything. During those times, his competitive nature surfaces. He never really admits it, but Shinjiro also apparently hates losing.

In Persona Q2, he seems to be able to understand Goro Akechi's distance from their respective group and just by how Akechi reacts and takes his responsibilities, he's able to tell Akechi has done things he may regret in the past and how he can be quite distant with the Phantom Thieves.


Persona 3[]

The Journey[]

Shinjiro is Akihiko Sanada's childhood friend and was an orphan at the same orphanage. He is a senior in Gekkoukan High School, although he doesn't attend class often. Shinjiro was one of the original Persona users who made up SEES, alongside Akihiko and Mitsuru Kirijo. Unfortunately, during one fateful mission two years ago in 2007, his Persona went out of control and accidentally killed an innocent bystander: Ken Amada's mother. Shinjiro forced himself away from the group after the incident. He began skipping school and living as an outcast. He also started doing shady deals with Strega in order to get suppressants to suppress his Persona in hopes that he could repress the memory of what he had done, and also for its lethal side effects as a means of gradual suicide out of the immense shame and guilt he felt over it.

Shinjiro and Akihiko have stayed in touch over the years, but Shinjiro refuses Akihiko's invitations to rejoin SEES until he learns that Ken has decided to join their group. He is fully aware of Ken's vendetta and is ready to take responsibility for his actions. Though he puts on a brave front, the guilt of having killed an innocent woman ate away at him.

Shinjiro's first in-game appearance is early on, when Yukari Takeba, Junpei Iori and the protagonist encounter him at the hospital where Akihiko recovers. He briefly greets the party. He later appears when the same trio decide to investigate a back alley; he saves them from danger by shoving aside petty thugs and urges them to avoid returning to the area. He is met by Akihiko in several scenes, when the two reminisce on their past and how they survived a fire at an orphanage that killed Miki, Akihiko's sister.

Eventually, as the threat of the Shadows increase, Akihiko convinces Shinjiro to join SEES only once he mentions Ken Amada, the son of the woman he killed, joined the team. In battle, Shinjiro relies on his brute strength and wields a heavy axe. His Persona uses physical attacks, and specializes in maintaining his power with HP recovery and damage boosting skills.

Ken suicidal

Ken confronting Shinjiro about his mother's "murder" and his desire for revenge.

On October 4th, 2009, during the October full moon mission, upon Ken's request, Shinjiro meets him at the site where Ken's mother was killed two years ago. Ken, having no reason to live as no one takes him seriously and he has nowhere to go, was cornered into having suicidal thoughts because of the incident caused by Shinjiro's Persona. Believing he's going to avenge his mother's death, he declares he's going to kill Shinjiro. Shinjiro, having known full well the purpose behind their meeting in advance, had no intention of resisting Ken's attempt to enact vengeance, but warns Ken that if he does so, he could end up just like him.


Persona 3 Movie 13 - Tragedy English *Spoilers*

Shinjiro sacrifices his life to protect Ken from Takaya

The two are then interrupted by Takaya Sakaki, who was trying to kill the party Navigator to stop SEES from locating any more Arcana Shadows. He informs them that not only would Shinjiro die either way because of the Persona Suppressants, crushing Ken's hopes of revenge, but Ken would commit suicide after fulfilling his goal, causing Shinjiro to realize that his death won't save Ken's life. Takaya then tries to kill both as a delusional "salvation" offer where he would give both of them a quick death as he believes that they'll die anyway.

Shinjiro attempts to attack Takaya, only to get himself shot non-lethally. Takaya then announces his plan to get rid of SEES' data gatherer and Navigator, only for Ken to lie that he is the Navigator in an attempt to get himself killed. Just as Takaya fires at Ken under the impression that he is the one helping SEES to kill and locate the Arcana Shadows, Shinjiro jumps in front of the bullet, shielding Ken and taking his own life. Takaya then runs upon seeing the rest of SEES, failing to identify and assassinate the real navigator, Fuuka Yamagishi. SEES, who've arrived too late to stop Takaya, finds their dying comrade along with a very distraught Ken.

Just before he dies, Shinjiro tells Ken to make his life matter and tells Akihiko to take care of Ken. With the last of his strength, Shinjiro stands up and takes a few steps away from SEES, telling them "This is how it should be." before collapsing on the floor, dead. In Reload, Shinjiro's death plays out slightly differently, with Shinjiro holding Akihiko's hand after asking him to take care of Ken, before ultimately dying in Akihiko's arms. Though at the cost of his life, his goodwill was passed down to Ken and Akihiko, devastating both of them and helping them face reality. Also, because Shinjiro died protecting Ken instead of letting himself get killed by Ken's own hand, Shinjiro would save Ken's life and encourage him to live on.


Akihiko mourning at Shinjiro's memorial.

Gekkoukan High School has a brief memorial for his sudden death. Akihiko visits it and expresses deep remorse for being unable to protect Shinjiro; in doing so, he obtains the desire to use his strength to protect others, evolving his Persona. Akihiko would soon find Ken back at the site, encouraging him to face himself and choose what he wants to do with his life, followed by another evolution. Later, the members of SEES discover that the drugs Shinjiro was taking were slowly killing him.

After Shinjiro's death, the protagonist can revisit his room in the SEES dorm to reclaim the equipment they gave him.

During the final confrontation with Nyx, the protagonist hears Shinjiro's voice beyond the grave cheering him on along with the voices of the living SEES members, saying "Alright, let's do this."


In FES, a hidden camera reveals that Shinjiro enjoys cooking shows. Shinjiro is also fond of dogs, especially Koromaru.

It is revealed in The Answer that Shinjiro joined SEES right after Akihiko did, though Akihiko claims that it'd been uncertain whether or not Shinjiro would be able to "reliably summon his Persona" due to his weaker potential. Akihiko mentions that while he told him not to join SEES, Shinjiro insisted, barging into the dorm and refusing to leave. While reminiscing, Akihiko guesses that Shinjiro did so for his sake.


"I'm glad I met you."
—Shinjiro Aragaki to the female protagonist shortly before her death, Persona 3 Portable
Main article: Social Link/Shinjiro Aragaki

In addition to reclaiming his stuff in his dorm room after his death, the player can find a bonus Skill Card depending on his level before his death.

Shinjiro represents the Moon Arcana Social Link for the female protagonist route, and expands his and Akihiko's character past their subplot. It is available through the month of September starting September 7 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the October Full Moon Event on October 4. He shows a more caring side towards SEES, and grows to trust the protagonist as a leader, while alluding to her of his imminent demise. At Rank 9 of his Social Link, Shinjiro will mention that he lost his pocket watch. The player may find and obtain Shinjiro's pocket watch at the police station by talking to Officer Kurosawa, and give it to Shinjiro to max the Social Link. In return, Shinjiro will give the protagonist a leather watch which bestows the ability to fuse the ultimate Moon Persona, Sandalphon. In addition, the events of the story involving Shinjiro will be altered, starting with Shinjiro surviving the fatal gunshot from Takaya on October 4 which he will then be admitted into the Tatsumi Hospital and will not be able to rejoin the party due to being in a coma.

It is possible to have an extra scene with him if the S.Link is maxed before October 4, in which the female protagonist can attempt to spend more time with him and possibly start a romantic relationship with him. By confessing her feelings for him and dismissing his attempts to desist her from pursuing him by selecting certain choices, he will finally admit to have loved her, but also knew it would be a grave mistake for them to be together.

During the final days of the game, a student in her classroom tells the protagonist of his discharge from the hospital, stating that the pocket watch absorbed one of the bullets.

Maxing out his Social Link on a New Game+ as the female character will allow him to spend time with the protagonist during the final cutscene.


"I know it seems like I wasted your time, but... It's the good memories that stay with you and get people through their struggles... But it's also the mistakes you made that haunt you forever. I gotta use what time I have left to set things straight. I don't have the luxury of doing anything else."
—Shinjiro Aragaki, Persona 3 Reload.
Main article: Linked Episode
Middle School SEES Shinjiro Aragaki Linked Episode

Shinjiro during his middle school life with S.E.E.S. members.

Shinjiro represents one of the Linked Episodes to compensate his absence as a Social Link from previous games for the male protagonist. This time he will always be found on Port Island Station outskirts and greatly expands his former colleagues before leaving S.E.E.S. during their middle school life. His Linked Episodes mostly focus on Mitsuru Kirijo and Akihiko Sanada trying to convince him to return to his normal school life and fulfill the promise he once had with them with the help of the protagonist as he tries to understand his meaning of life and thinks about his former self. During the Linked Episodes, Shinjiro admits to the protagonist that he is dying, but does not disclose his use of Persona suppressors. Despite knowing he is unlikely to survive to graduate, he ultimately fills in most of the reinstatement form.

Similarly to Portable, the protagonist can enter his room after he dies during the events of the Full Moon Operation which will initiate his final Linked Episode. This time however, besides getting his equipped gear and a set Skill Card depending on his level, the protagonist will receive his Incomplete Form which will automatically unlock Hell Biker as a result. Mitsuru will notice that someone entered Shinjiro's room and go investigate only to find the protagonist. She will notice the protagonist holding the Incomplete Form to her surprise which made her happy that Shinjiro may or may not have planned to give that to Mitsuru to keep the promise they once did. Mitsuru will ask the protagonist to keep this a secret from Akihiko.

On the final day of the game, if the protagonist clears all of Shinjiro's Linked Episodes, after returning to the dorm if the protagonist talks to Yukari, she will ask him if he has ever seen this picture of their senpais during their middle school year.

Portable Drama CD[]

Shinjiro was first mentioned when the girls (Aigis, Mitsuru, FeMC/leader, Fuuka, Yukari, Yuko and Rio) had a conversation about mature guys. They mentioned that they can't seem to think of any mature guys that they know of aside from Ken, who was apparently just a kid. Suddenly, one of them brought up Shinjiro and how he saved the "leader," Yukari and Junpei in Port Island. It was also mentioned that he also saved other students who almost got into trouble because they got drunk.

After some time, the girls began to complain about their aching feet thanks to the geta they were wearing. They headed for the shrine to have some rest and also to patch up their feet with the bandages which Fuuka brought. The "leader" began to complain about her geta being too tight, so Aigis tried to loosen it up, but ended up breaking it instead. She apologized, but the "leader" said it was okay and tried to walk with one geta, but Fuuka told her she might hurt herself, so she asked for the broken one to be passed to her and said she'll just limp anyway.

Suddenly, she screeched which alarmed the other girls, though as it turned out, she just tripped and dropped the broken geta somewhere. The others proposed to help her look for it when Shinjiro suddenly came, holding her missing item. They talk about it for a while when Shinjiro finally proposes to fix it with his handkerchief, which amazes the girls. They ask him what he's doing and he says he's looking for someone: a dog.

Before leaving, he asks Mitsuru about Akihiko when she asks him if he has anything else he wants to say. Shinjiro answers that Akihiko should eat vegetables to which Mitsuru replies that it's so like Shinjiro to say something like that. After he leaves, the girls realize that the dog he was looking for might be Koromaru.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth[]

Shinjiro is a playable character in Persona Q, and is readily available from the start if the P3 Route is picked. He will only be playable in the P4 Route after finishing the first dungeon.

Several characters appear frightened and intimidated by him (such as Rei), with Yukiko Amagi comparing him to a vampire from an old movie. Though he maintains his reserved demeanour throughout the game, he admits that he may give off "a mean vibe," and is unable to fault others for viewing him that way. Despite this, others later make note of his kind nature.

His relationship with Akihiko is also further elaborated on through their interactions in the labyrinths and strolls. The two share a deep bond of friendship, often expressed through endless banters even over the most childish things. Shinjiro never admits it, but he hates losing, so whenever Akihiko challenges him, he doesn't back down.

After the two heroes complete the request, The Power of the Wild Card, Margaret explains to everyone how their Personas can now evolve and attain new power. Koromaru and Shinjiro stick around after everyone else is dismissed, and ask if it is possible for them to keep their Personas, rather than obtaining new ones. Koromaru explains, through Aigis, that he does not want his persona to change so that he can never forget his most important failure; Shinjiro states that his reasons are similar to Koromaru's, that he does not want to forget what he has done, and so that "he* doesn't lose his way." Margaret tells them that it should be possible for their personas to remain the same if they focus on keeping things the same when they start to attain new power.

Shinjiro's co-op attack hits all enemies in the front row.

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth[]

Shinjiro and the team wind up in a robotic movie world during an exploration in Tartarus. They are eventually separated from two of their companions, P3 hero and Aigis, and find themselves ambushed by Shadows before being rescued by the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and the Investigation Team. They also meet the P3 heroine, a female counterpart of their leader from a parallel universe.

The team agrees to join forces with the Phantom Thieves and the Investigation Team to uncover the mystery behind the parallel world they are now in.

In one of the side quests, Shinjiro was able to sense a dark side of one of the Phantom Thieves, Goro Akechi. He noticed this from how Akechi is distancing himself from the rest of the Phantom Thieves and felt they're similar. While Shinjiro couldn't fully figure out what Akechi had done, he encouraged Akechi not to let the past bind him and live his life without regret. Akechi appreciated Shinjiro's concern, but lamented that he couldn't understand it.

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight[]

Shinjiro Aragaki only appears as DLC in the song "The Battle for Everyone's Souls," a remix of the Nyx Avatar battle theme from Persona 3. The song is most likely a reference to his fate.

His dance style is very slow and doesn't do any risky moves at all, barely moving from one spot to another and suddenly stopping frequently. When he does try certain risky moves, he normally does it improperly and a lot slower than it's supposed to be.

During his FEVERs, he can dance with the protagonist, Mitsuru, Akihiko, or Ken:

  • With Mitsuru, they dance as if there is nothing wrong, showing how she still sees him as her equal, and it ends with Mitsuru running away as if something bad had happened;
  • With Akihiko, the two sync up perfectly with little to no mistakes, and they also link arms at a certain point, showing their protection over and bond with each other. The session ends with Shinjiro walking away from a still Akihiko;
  • With Yuki, they're almost on the same wavelength, likely due to them both knowing they will die soon. In fact, during the middle of the dance, they both assume the poses of their deaths, but don’t understand as they don’t and never got to fully understand each other. The dance ends with Yuki backing out of the screen.
  • With Ken, their dancing shows how they hold regrets, yet still understand each other in a way that would otherwise be impossible without their experiences.

Battle Quotes[]

  • "Tch." (Using Persona skill)
  • "You ready for this?" (Using Persona skill)
  • “This is how I do things. Got it?” (Summoning Persona for the first time)
  • "Castor!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
  • "Son of a bitch, I guess I'll have to finish it." (Encounters a Shadow when split up)
  • "Heh. Bring it on..." (Encounters a Shadow when split up)
  • "My next strike will be the last!" (Enemy survives attack)
  • "Tch. What a tough bastard..." (Enemy survives attack)
  • "Tch. Who does he think he is?" (Given an order from the Tactics menu)
  • "Alright, let's kick some ass!" (Requesting All-Out Attack)
  • "Let's do it!" (After confirming All-Out Attack)
  • "It's your call." (After denying All-Out Attack)
  • "Now that's one hell of a mutt." (When Koromaru successfully does a Critical attack/Strikes a weakness.)
  • "Nice." (Cheering on protagonist)
  • “Good job, Aigis.” (Cheering on Aigis)
  • "Come on, finish it." (One more)
  • "Want me to go?" (Requesting Co-Op attack)
  • "Tch. I don't need your help." (Healing item used on him or healing spell)
  • "...Why now?!" (After stumbling from attack)
  • "That's that." (Battle won)
  • "Adios, asshole." (Battle won)
  • "Tch, how the hell did I get myself into this?" (Battle won with low HP)
  • "Don't mock me." (Scoring a Critical Hit)
  • "Bring it." (Scoring a Critical Hit)
  • "Get lost." (Scoring a Critical Hit)
  • "Still alive? Good." (Enters battle)
  • "Shit..." (Faints during battle)
  • "...Alright, I'll keep looking around." (After denying Access Point or Stairs)
  • "Cool, I found something rare." (After finding something rare)
  • "I found some cash..." (After finding money)
  • "I got something..." (After finding something)
  • "Hey, come here. I found someone..." (Finding someone who's wandered in Tartarus)
  • "Slash attacks aren't working!" (Enemy resistant to Slash)
  • "Tch! Physical attacks are out!" (Enemy resistant to Strike)
  • "That enemy can't be pierced!" (Enemy resistant to Pierce)
  • "Fire is useless against it!" (Enemy resistant to Fire)
  • "Ice isn't working." (Enemy resistant to Ice)
  • "Wind isn't working!" (Enemy resistant to Wind)
  • "Forget about using Electricity!" (Enemy resistant to Electricity)
  • "Using Light attacks is not an option." (Enemy resistant to Light)
  • "Resistance to Darkness, huh?" (Enemy resistant to Darkness)
  • "You must be kidding! Almighty attacks won't work!" (Enemy resistant to Almighty)
  • "Alright, let's do this." (Final Nyx battle)

  • "Hey... be careful." (Battle start, with Ken)
  • "We could just kill it." (Battle start, fighting low-level FOE)
  • "Pfft, the meditating lady again." (Battle start, fighting Idol Shadow)
  • "Our back-up's kind of flaky, huh?" (Battle start, fighting Kind Doctor)
  • "Blast 'em, Castor!" (Skill, Castor)
  • "Crush 'em, Castor!" (Skill, Castor)
  • "Are you ready?" (Skill, Sub-Persona)
  • "Come!" (Skill, Sub-Persona)
  • "Too easy!" (Miss, Enemy)
  • "Curse someone, you dig two graves." (Curse)
  • "Hey, Leader, worry about yourself more." (Low HP, P3/P4 hero as Leader)
  • "Whoa, Koro-cha--uh, the dog's in danger!" (Low HP, Koromaru)
  • "Hey... don't push yourself too hard." (Low HP, Ken)
  • "Not bad, Leader." (Battle end, P3/P4 hero as Leader finishes)
  • "Yeah! It ends here." (Kind Doctor battle, 50% HP)
  • "Don't get too worked up. the next fight's not far off." (Result, enemies defeated in more than 3 turns)

In Other Languages[]

Language Title
Flag of the United States English Shinjiro Aragaki
Flag of Japan Japanese 荒垣 真次郎 (Aragaki Shinjirō)
Flag of South Korea Korean 아라가키 신지로 (Aragaki Sinjiro)
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China Traditional Chinese 荒垣 真次郎 (Huāngyuán zhēncìláng)
Flag of France French Shinjiro Aragaki
Flag of Italy Italian Shinjiro Aragaki
Flag of Spain Spanish Shinjiro Aragaki
Flag of Germany German Shinjiro Aragaki
Flag of GermanyRussian Синдзиро Арагаки


  • The name Shinjiro means "real, genuine" (真) (shin), "next" (次) (ji) and "son" (郎) (ro).
  • Shinjiro's surname Aragaki means "laid waste, rough, rude, wild" (荒) (ara) and "hedge, fence" (垣) (kaki/gaki).


  • After Shinjiro's death (or coma), Akihiko has a new battle quote: "Did you see that, Shinji?!"[1]
  • The song "One Hand, One Heartbeat" could be seen as a dedication to Shinjiro. It plays during his school funeral.
  • According to an answer to a fan question in the Persona talk-show, Persona Stalker Club, Shinjiro wears his coat and hat all the time because the Persona Suppressors made it so his body was unable to regulate his body temperature.
  • The Shirt of Chivalry, a type of costume for males in FES and P3P, is noted for the kanji symbols on their backs that symbolizes the character. Shinjiro's sign on his back is Kanji for "life" or "fate" (命), a play on irony with his subplot.
  • When an enemy dodges his normal attack, he will fall without following through with the attack.
  • During his Social Link Rank 10 event, Shinjiro is surprised that the female protagonist is the one to return his pocketwatch. While overlooked in western culture, presenting objects such as clocks is something of a taboo in Asian cultures. The word for "clock" also sounds like "end" or "death," referring to Shinjiro's near-death experience on October 4th.
  • October 4, 2009 was the Mid-Autumn Festival, the day when the moon appears the biggest in the year.
  • In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Ken Amada has a color variation based on Shinjiro's clothes.
  • Any equipment equipped on Shinjiro can be reclaimed by checking a box of Shinjiro's effects in his room.
  • According to Akihiko, Shinjiro has a strong right hook.
  • Shinjiro's subplot and eventual death are foreshadowed by his and Akihiko's Personas: Castor and Polydeuces. In mythology, Castor and Polydeuces are twins with different fathers. While Polydeuces' father was Zeus, a god, Castor's father was a mortal, thus rendering Castor himself mortal. When Castor inevitably dies, Polydeuces shares his immortality with him, creating the Gemini Constellation.
  • During the Persona Super Live 2017, Shinjiro (along with the protagonist, Mitsuru, and Junpei) was cosplayed by one of the dancers.
  • In Persona 3 Reload, Shinjiro's finisher tagline in combat is "Don't waste your breath." This has a double meaning depending on the perspective, as while it can be interpreted as "don't even bother since you're going to lose in the end" towards the Shadows he slayed, towards his allies it can mean "make the most out of your life since it's scarce."


  1. You see that, Shinji?!. (Jake Thompson; Jul 30, 2013)

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 Maki - Kiyoshi Sakuma - Mr. Edogawa - Mr. Ekoda - Mr. Miyahara - Ms. Ounishi - Mrs. Terauchi - Kikuno Saikawa - Yuu Kimijima - Souta Aizawa - Kyouka Sayama
Cameo Yukiko Amagi - Noriko Kashiwagi - Man Drinking Alone
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
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" - "Color Your Night" - "Deep Breath Deep Breath" - "The Meaning of Armbands" - "Deep Mentality" - "It's Going Down Now" - "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" - "Full Moon Full Life"
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate) - Persona user - Shadow - Wild Card - Evoker - Attack Properties - 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
P3RE: Shift - Theurgy - Combat Characteristics
Lists Arcana - Personas (P3 - FES - P - R) - Shadows - Bosses (P3 - FES) - Skills - Items (Heart Items / Vending Machines) - Status Effects - Elizabeth's Requests - Activities - Calendar - Trophies (Portable / Reload) - Steam Profile Items - Patches and Updates
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 - Walking Koromaru - Linked Episode - Computer - Refrigerator - Gardening - Books - DVDs - Studying - Fortune Telling
Other Media
Games FES - Portable - Reload - 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 - Persona VS - Persona 3 Reload: Beginnings
Mobile Games The Night Before - Persona Ain Soph - 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- 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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
Port Island Velvet Room - Tartarus - Gekkoukan High School - Paulownia Mall - Iwatodai Station - Port Island Station - Naganaki Shrine - Iwatodai Dormitory - Moonlight Bridge
Songs Our Moment - Moonlight Serendipity
Albums Persona Dancing P3D & P5D Soundtrack Advanced CD
Lists Social - List of Patches and Updates - Trophies
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd.
Personnel Kazuhisa Wada - Shigenori Soejima - Ryota Kozuka - Shoji Meguro
Toshiki Konishi - Atsushi Kitajoh
Playable Ren Amamiya - Ryuji Sakamoto - Morgana - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Caroline & 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
Lists Social - Trophies - Patches and Updates
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd.
Personnel Kazuhisa Wada - Shigenori Soejima - Ryota Kozuka - Shoji Meguro
Toshiki Konishi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Jazztronik - tofubeats - Mito - Yukihiro Fukutomi - KAIEN - Shacho - Taku Takahashi
Playable - P3 P3 hero - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki
Playable - P4 P4 hero - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Playable - PQ Rei & Zen
Non-playable Elizabeth - Margaret - Theodore - Marie - Nanako Dojima - Queen of Hearts - Merciful Clergyman - Kind Doctor - Best Friend - Clockwork God - Chronos - Zeus
Origin Tartarus - Yasogami High School
Main Hub Handcrafted Workshop - Nurse's Office - Velvet Room
Labyrinths You in Wonderland - Group Date Cafe - Evil Spirit Club - Inaba Pride Exhibit - Clock Tower
Albums Original Soundtrack - Sound of the Labyrinth
Songs "Maze of Life" - "Light the Fire Up in the Night" - "Laser Beam" - "Changing Me"
Terminology Persona (Sub-Persona) - Persona user - Velvet Room - Fusion (Sacrificial Fusion) - Shadow (F.O.E) - Wild Card - Dark Hour - Evoker - Boost - Power Spot - Skill Card - SEES - Investigation Team - Cut-in - All-out Attack
Lists Arcana - Personas - Shadows - Bosses - Skills (Skill Cards) - Items - Ailments - Requests - Patches and Updates
Other Media
Manga -Roundabout- - Side:P3 - Side:P4
Productions Escape From Persona Q: Cyber Labyrinth - Official Visual Material
Playable - P5 P5 hero - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Goro Akechi - Morgana - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura
Playable - P4 P4 hero - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Playable - P3/P P3 hero - P3P heroine - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki
Non-playable Hikari - Nagi - Doe - Hikari's Father - Elizabeth - Theodore - Margaret - Marie - Caroline and Justine - Kamoshidaman - Herbivore Dinosaurs - Yosukesaurus - Ribbon - Overseer - Mother Computer - Enlil - Nanako Dojima
Origin Tartarus - Iwatodai Dormitory - Junes - Midnight Channel - Dojima Residence - Café Leblanc - Mementos
Main Hub Cinema - Velvet Room - Shop
Labyrinths Kamoshidaman - Junessic Land - A.I.G.I.S. - Hikari - Theater District
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs "Road Less Taken" - "Wait and See" - "Pull the Trigger" - "Remember, We Got Your Back" - "Invitation to Freedom" - "Cinematic Tale" - "Life Will Change" - "Nothing is Promised" - "LaLaLa Goodbye Personality!" - "Hikari is Bad!" - "That’s Right, Right?" - "I Will Make You Normal" - "Colorful World"
Terminology Persona (Sub-Persona) - Persona User - Velvet Room - Fusion - Shadow (F.O.E) - Wild Card - Dark Hour - Evoker - Glasses - Mask - Power Spot - Cognition - Boost - Metaverse - SEES - Investigation Team - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Cut-in - Special Screening - All-out Attack - Baton Pass - Akashic Record
Lists Arcana - Characters - Items - Skills - Personas - Shadows - Bosses - Ailments - Special Screenings - Patches and Updates
Other Media
Manga Roundabout Special - Official Visual Materials