Crunchyroll to Simulcast Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers

As previously reported, the 30-minute anime special called Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers will be airing in Japan tomorrow on September 3, 2016.

Now, the anime streaming service Crunchyroll has announced that they will be providing a simultaneous release of the upcoming anime special in English on September 3rd at 5:00 AM PDT / 8:00 AM EDT.

Today Crunchyroll revealed plans to stream PERSONA5 the Animation -THE DAY BREAKERS-, the tie-in prologue anime produced by A-1 Pictures. The launch time is set for September 3 at 5:00am Pacific Time.

PERSONA5 the Animation -THE DAY BREAKERS- will be available to Crunchyroll members in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The Day Breakers is an original, prologue episode of Persona 5 animated by A-1 Pictures.

Japanese Blu-ray and DVD Release

As recently reported, a DVD and Blu-ray release of Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers will be released in Japan on December 7, 2016.

Persona 5 TDB Cover Art

Anime Details

The anime debuts on television in Japan on September 3, 2016. It will have a special program interviewing Persona 5 game development staff members, as well as voice actors featured in the anime such as Jun Fukuyama, Miyano Mamoru, Nana Mizuki, Tomokazu Sugita, and more.

The show will be live streamed on September 3 on Niconico and on AbemaTV streaming services, exclusively for Japan.


  • Original: “Persona 5” (Atlus)
  • Story Draft: Katsura hashino
  • Original Character Design: Shigenori Soejima
  • Demon Design Draft: Kazuma Kaneko
  • Screenplay: Shinichi Inotsume
  • Character Design: Toshiyuki Kijuro, Matsumoto Keita
  • Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
  • Director: Takaharu Ozaki


  • Hero: Jun Fukuyama
  • Ryuji Sakamoto: Mamoru Miyano
  • Anne Takamaki: Nana Mizuki
  • Morgana: Ikue Otani
  • Yusuke Kitagwa: Tomokazu Sugita

Broadcast Dates

  • TOKYO MX: September 3 from 19:00 – 19:55 JST.
  • Gunma TV: September 3 from 21:00 – 21:55 JST.
  • Tochigi TV: September 4 from 19:00 – 19:55 JST.
  • BS11: September 5 from 22:00 – 22:55 JST.

Persona 5 is slated to be released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016. It will release in North America and Europe on February 14, 2017, and in traditional Chinese in 2017.


  • Metalsnakezero

    And so Crunchyroll saves the day again.

    • Lusankya

      Unless you’re a pleb from Europe, then Crunchyroll are just giving a big “Fuck you!”.

      • Lord Shiru

        Can’t watch it because I live in Switzerland… T_T

        • Iturea

          Check out Rabbitcast! Watch the simulcast with friends at !

  • Dark_Descents

    If I watch this, will it spoil the game for me?

    • Persona_Central

      This is meant to be an original episode serving somewhat as a prologue to the game, so it is more likely that it will not spoil you than it will.

      • Dark_Descents

        I guess I’m taking my chances then.

        • Lusankya

          Atlus marketing guy: “Hey, let’s release an OVA before the game’s actual release date that spoils the game for potential buyers so they won’t buy it anymore.”
          Rest of Atlus: “Brilliant!!”

          If you really think that’s the case then you think Atlus are braindead. It’s so obvious that the OVA won’t spoil the game as of course it’s supposed to advertise the game not to do the opposite.

  • Edgar

    What’s hero’s name in the anime?

    • Lusankya

      They don’t tell us. Instead there is a big tease in the end when Igor asks for MC’s name and they cut it right in the moment when he opens his mouth.

  • Lord Shiru

    Everyone should watch it !!

    Very interesting story (the “investigation/preparation” reminds me of Persona 4).
    Joker is a beast ;-).
    It’s also interesting to note that they even manage to put “Baton Touch” in the OAV !

    -> The OVA doesn’t spoil the game.
    -> We are already aware of the Phantom Thieves’ identity and their Persona.

    • Jasu

      Yeah it was pretty cool. Animemation was grant and the side story gave a good impression of the main themes and topics. And I can see how the change of heart after the theft could deeply disturb the normal citizens.