Manga review: Persona 1


I am thou, thou art I…from the sea of thy soul, I come…

Every story has its beginning. Every successful gaming series has its origin. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (originally a spinoff of the Megami Tensei series) was the game that started the Persona series. Though its gameplay was average at best, Persona 1 was praised for its use of Jungian psychology, compelling characters, and modern setting (aspects that are still prominent in modern Persona games). It sold relatively well in Japan and even managed get localized and released overseas (which was rare at the time it was released). It was eventually followed up by Persona 2, Persona 3 and Persona 4, and in truth, despite kickstarting Persona series, Persona 1 isn’t exactly well recognized by most Persona fans. In fact, if you’re reading this article, you’re probably significantly more familiar with Persona 3 and Persona 4, which is fine; Persona 1…

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