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Shujin High's emblem

"True freedom lies within the constructs of society."
—Shujin Academy, Persona 5

Shujin Academy, known in the Japanese version as Shujin High School (秀尽学園高校, Shūjin Gakuen Kōkō)?, is one of the main settings of Persona 5. It is an elite prep school located in Aoyama-Itchome neighborhood in Tokyo.

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Persona 5

The front gates of Shujin Academy

Shujin Academy is the school which the protagonist and most other members of the Phantom Thieves attend. It is a prestigious upper to middle class school, with higher-ups that only care for its public image instead of its students well-being, and the number of employees who actually care about the student's welfare are a handful few. The students attending Shujin can range from young people of middle class families to relatives of media and corporation moguls. It is also the only school which accepted the protagonist due to his criminal record.

The principal of Shujin is Kobayakawa. He is a greedy and lazy man with connections to Masayoshi Shido. The students do not hold him in a high regard due to his mistreatment against them, especially when Suguru Kamoshida was coaching the volleyball team, where he allowed him to do anything he wanted to. He was promptly assassinated when his investigation of the Phantom Thieves failed and his crimes were exposed. After Kobayakawa was assassinated, the vice principal took his place.

The map of the first floor of Shujin Academy. The upper floors follow a similar layout.

The three-floored building is split between the main campus and the practical building. A large gymnasium also serves as an assembly hall. The floors indicate years in reverse: first year classes are on the third floor, while third years on the first. Students are supposedly prohibited from entering the rooftop, although the entrance was left unlocked. The initial Phantom Thieves took advantage of this and used it as their initial hideout. However, it was later locked due to the school realizing students were breaching it though it was unlocked once more due to Haru Okumura getting permission to do so.

The first floor has a co-op selling bread and three vending machines: one near the co-op and two at the practical building. The second floor houses the faculty room, the principal's office and meeting room. The third floor is where the student council room, the library and the stairway to the rooftop are located.

The school according to Kamoshida's cognition.

When the protagonist first entered Shujin, Kamoshida was allowed by the principal to do basically anything he wanted to do for the sole reason that he was an Olympic medalist, resulting in the disbanding of the school's prestigious Track Team after Kamoshida fanned up an incident directed against its leader Ryuji Sakamoto just to make sure that only his Volleyball team can remain forefront. He then uses his position to assault his athletes (Sometimes even outright visible to crowds of students,) train them in absolutely brutal ways comparable to torture, sexually harass (or occasionally, molest) his female athletes, and spread unfavorable fabricated rumors against students he doesn't like. His unbridled egotism and sense of untouchability and immunity had resulted in him thinking that the school was his castle, forming Kamoshida's Palace. This forces certain students of the school, namely the protagonist, Ryuji Sakamoto and Ann Takamaki to use the Metaverse so Kamoshida can be exposed and discredited, as nobody else is willing, or dares doing so.

During the school year, the protagonist will regularly attend classes, and on certain occasions, will have to answer questions given by his teacher. Answering correctly will grant the protagonist a Knowledge stat boost. He will also have to partake in week-long exams, which go over previous material. Additionally, working on Sadayo Kawakami's Confidant will grant the protagonist additional free time in class via calling the teacher out of the room.

As Morgana always sticks with the protagonist during his school life, he also enters classes with him, and hides under the protagonist's desk. Nobody notices his presence, in spite of the teachers' early attempts to find and get rid of him from the school grounds.

The protagonist cannot visit Shujin Academy past November 18 (the deadline for sending the calling card to Sae) due to having to fake his death although he can still visit its rooftop to meet with Haru. He is given one last opportunity to visit it on December 22 where he can still freely access Confidants that are found at the school during this time.

Persona 5 Royal

In Persona 5 Royal, after Kamoshida's defeat and subsequent confession, the school hastily performs public relations stunts to restore its reputation, starting by hiring Takuto Maruki as a counselor for 7 months. Ryuji distrusts him at first because he was clearly hired to amend the school's PR, but he opens up to him quickly since Maruki is a truly kind person, establishing his image in Shujin as one of the few employees who actually do care for the students' welfare. Within these 7 months, all student members of the Phantom Thieves meet him to soothe their feelings, and the protagonist assists him in completing his psientific research. The school also organizes a cleaning trip on May 30th to further amend, although this trip was considered by its students to be boring and an obvious attempt at building goodwill.

Rumors about the school planning to ditch any honor students who do not live up to the school's expectations also began to spread, heavily implied to result in Sumire Yoshizawa's consideration for scholarship revocation in October because she didn't achieve first place.

After the events of the original Persona 5 end with Yaldabaoth's defeat, during the third semester events, the protagonist returns to Shujin Academy and may visit it freely during the remaining time before the game ends.

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Shujin Academy makes a minor appearance at the beginning of the game when the protagonist finishes classes and head to Café Leblanc.

Persona 5 Strikers

Shujin Academy makes a brief appearance, acting as Alice Hiiragi's trauma cell in the Shibuya Jail, containing a Lock Keeper that must be destroyed to remove the barricade preventing the party from approaching Shadow Alice. The Lock Keeper in that area takes the form of one of Alice's school bullies who can be seen trampling her and taking pictures of the humiliation.

Known Students

Major Students

Minor Students

  • Nakaoka: A student in Ryuji's Confidant events.
  • Takeishi: A student in Ryuji's Confidant events.
  • Eiko Takao: A student in Makoto's Confidant events.
  • Nishiyama: Ann questioned him about his involvement with the mafia. Once her poor acting fails, the protagonist takes over and finds that the victim is actually Iida.
  • Iida: A victim of Junya Kaneshiro's scams. He was told to deliver a envelope containing drugs for a hefty paycheck and Kaneshiro's henchmen threatened him with his crime being exposed afterwards.
  • Daisuke Takanashi: A target in Mementos. He is an infamous school bully that Mishima requested the Phantom Thieves to remove.
  • Yoshimori Sakoda: A target in Mementos. It turns out that Daisuke was merely a pawn of Yoshimori who blackmailed him for exposure of his bullying if he stopped it.
  • Yumeko Mogami: A target in Mementos. She is a crazy, love-obsessed girl that can be seen stalking her boyfriend and recording him with a phone in a hallway on the ground floor.
  • Ikesugi: Yumeko's obsession.
  • Newspaper Club student: She updates the protagonist with goings-on at school.
  • School bully: a graduate who bullied Alice when she attended Shujin Academy.

Known Faculty

  • Mr. Kobayakawa: Former Principal, assassinated.
  • Vice Principal: Heir of Kobayakawa's seat after his death. He went to a quarrel with Maruki about the revocation of Sumire's scholarship.
  • Sadayo Kawakami: Japanese Language Teacher. Also Class 2-D's homeroom teacher and part-time maid prostitute.
  • Suguru Kamoshida: Alumnus, Former P.E. Teacher, voluntarily left and arrested after his crimes were exposed.
  • Mr. Yamauchi: New track team advisor. Voluntarily left without any confrontation once exposed.
  • Mr. Ushimaru: Social Studies Teacher.
  • Mr. Hiruta: Biology Teacher.
  • Mr. Inui: History Teacher.
  • Ms. Chouno: English Teacher.
  • Ms. Usami: Math Teacher.
  • Takuto Maruki: Student counselor, part-time.

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Trivia

  • The school's name is a homophone of the Japanese word for prisoner, shūjin (囚人). However, the school's name is written with completely different characters, making it merely an oral pun. This was confirmed as a deliberate choice by Katsura Hashino in 2015.[1]
  • The logo also ties into the prison themes. It resembles a police badge, as if the students are forced to submit and abide by the law. It contains a section sign (§) which references legal code and judicial system. The same symbol is the necklace of Sae Niijima.
  • Unlike Gekkoukan High School and Yasogami High School where the protagonist can make Social Links with many students in their schools, the only non-party student Confidant that the protagonist can make in Shujin Academy is Yuuki Mishima, due to most students keeping their distance from him because of his criminal record. To further cement this, the protagonist can only spend time with Mishima's in Shibuya (later Shinjuku or Akihabara) and not at the school itself. This makes Shujin Academy has 0 (non-party members) Confidant activities, excluding Takuto Maruki's new Confidant in Royal.
  • After school, the protagonist can draw the Phantom Thieves of Hearts logo on the blackboard of his class. If he does so, depending on the game's progress, the reception by the students will be different. The responses start out with doubts at early game, then positive at mid-game, and finally end with negative responses at the endgame.
    • In the third semester of Persona 5 Royal, many students will barely recall the significance of the logo, and write it off as a passing fad.
  • If the protagonist talks to Munehisa Iwai on March 19 after maxing his Confidant, Iwai mentions that Kaoru would be attending Shujin Academy in the new school year.
  • The designs of some of the Picaro Personas are reminiscent of the Shujin Academy uniform.
  • There are sports teams other than the track and volleyball teams around Shujin, including a basketball team who hasn't interacted with Kamoshida before.

References

  1. Getting To Know Persona 5, (Toshi Nakamura, February 12th, 2015)


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 & 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
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 (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" - "Our Light"
Archives
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 Daily Life - Activities - Calendar - Weather - Seasons - Confidant - Social Stats - Yen - Hideout - Class - Train - Invitations - Gifts - Bathhouse - Studying - Diner - Cleaning - Maid Café - Billiards - Books - DVDs - Retro Games - Movie theater - Big Bang Challenge - Gigolo Arcade - Bed - Batting Cage - 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 - Decorations
Vendors Shops: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Vending machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities
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) - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Accuracy - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - 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 - Battle 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)
Development
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) - 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
Publications Manga - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Comic à La Carte - Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) - Tartarus Theater Wild - the Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology - Mementos Mission - Persona Magazine
Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019 - TGS 2021 - 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary
Take Tokyo Tower - E3 2016 - Take the Treasure
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Characters
Playable Ren Amamiya - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Caroline & Justine
DLC Shinjiro Aragaki - Goro Akechi - Theodore - Lavenza - Sho Minazuki - Labrys
Locations
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
Music
Songs GROOVY - One Nightbreak
Albums Persona Dancing P3D & P5D Soundtrack Advanced CD
Archive
Lists Social - Trophies - Patches and Updates
Development
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
Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Sophia - Zenkichi Hasegawa
Major Targets Alice Hiiragi - Ango Natsume - Mariko Hyodo - Akane Hasegawa - Akira Konoe - Kuon Ichinose - EMMA / False God Demiurge
Other Lavenza - Sojiro Sakura - Miyako Kaburagi - Shuzo Ubukata‎‎ - Jyun Owada - Aoi Hasegawa - Sae Niijima - Akane's Joker
Locations
Japan Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Sendai - Sapporo - Okinawa - Kyoto - Osaka - Tokyo (Tokyo Tower)
Akasaka Mitsuke - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Ogikubo - Fukuoka - Yokohama
Jail Shibuya Jail - Sendai Jail - Sapporo Jail - Okinawa Jail - Kyoto Jail - Osaka Jail - Jail of the Abyss - Tree of Knowledge
Other Velvet Room
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs "You Are Stronger" - "Daredevil" - "Life Will Change" - "What You Wish For" - "Axe to Grind" - "Counter Strike" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "Towards a Dream"
Archives & Terminology
Story Persona - Persona User - Shadow - Shadow Self (Monarch) - Treasure Demon - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Madicce - Antisocial Force - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Zephyrman
Summer Trip Calendar - Yen - Cooking - Hideout - Shrine
Vendors Shops - Vending Machines - Sophia's Shop - Big Bang Burger
Phantom Life Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Shadows - Bosses - Lock Keeper - Dire Shadows
Battle Items - Skills - Combo Attacks - Master Arts - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Accuracy - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - Navigator - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Follow Up - Protect - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Showtime - BOND - Game Over
Velvet Room List of Personas - Fusion - Arcana - Persona Points
System Trophies - Patches and Updates - New Game Plus - Cutscenes
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Koei Tecmo Games Co., Ltd. - Omega Force
Personnel Daisuke Kaneda - Shigenori Soejima - Atsushi Kitajoh - Lyn Inaizumi - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Events Persona Super Live 2019
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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