The stage play adaptation of Persona 5 called Persona 5 the Stage debuted in Japanese theaters in Osaka on December 15, 2019.
Today, with the first Tokyo performance for Persona 5 the Stage having taken place, a performance digest video has been released, alongside pictures.
Performance Digest Video
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Before the Tokyo performance of Persona 5 the Stage, main characters from the play were present for a short Q&A session. Some of the notable points:
Enthusiasm for the Performance
- Actor Hiroki Ino (the protagonist) says that the daily performances have been modified for Tokyo from the Osaka performances so that the Tokyo audience can enjoy that, and that director Hideyuki Nishimori those changes are not only for entertainment, but also take into account what the actors wanted to do.
- Actor Kouhei Shiota (Ryuji Sakamoto) says that he and Kamoshida have an impact on the scene where the hero awakens to his persona, and he hopes that it continues to influence the hero and the other actors, and that it will extend to the audience.
- Actor Yuki Odera (Ann Takamaki) says that this is her second time on the stage, and that her seniors are helping her in various ways. She says that she will continue doing her best until the end, and that she is glad to be able to play Ann Takamaki.
- Actor Yoshihide Sasaki (Goro Akechi) says that Goro Akechi’s role is obscure in the scope of this story, so he hopes to leave imprints that will lead to the sequel while observing the Phantom Thieves from the shadows.
Highlights of the Performance
- Shiota states that the stage play ha a lot of songs, dances, and sword fight choreography, but it also has rap. This surprised him, and he wants the audience to see it. He also says that more scenes where the main character deepens his bonds with Confidant characters have been added.
- Yuki Odera says that she wants people to see the awakening scenes. She also uses a whip in many scenes, and she wants people to see how differently she fights from the others using it. Additionally, for this performance, additional scenes featuring Shiho and Ann have been added, so she’d like the audience to pay attention to them.
- Yoshihide Sasaki says that Atlus composer Atsushi Kitajoh, who made music for the original game, composed 6 songs for the stage show. Sasaki himself sings two songs, and he’s looking forward to singing on stage for the first time in about a year.
- Shun Takagi (Kamoshida) says that he restricted his meals during production to reduce his body fat to 8% and he worked hard to tone his body for the role.
- Title: Persona 5 the Stage
- Based on: Atlus’ Persona 5
- Performance Schedule:
- Osaka Performance: Osaka Mielparque Hall, December 13, 2019 – December 15, 2019
- Tokyo Performance: Tennoz Galaxy Theatre, December 19, 2019 – December 29, 2019
- Producer: DMM Stage
- Official Website
- Screenplay / Direction / Lyrics: Hideyuki Nishimori
- Music: Shoji Meguro, Toshiki Konishi (Atlus)
- Stage Music: Atsushi Kitajoh (Atlus)
- Action: Yasuhiro Roppongi
- Choreography: MAMORU
- Hero: Hiroki Ino
- Ryuji Sakamoto: Kouhei Shiota
- Ann Takamaki: Yuki Odera
- Goro Akechi: Yoshihide Sasaki
- Yusuke Kitagawa: Koji Kominami
- Morgana: Voiced by Ikue Ōtani
- Sae Niijima: Kaoru Marimura
- Yuuki Mishima: Nukanobu Taishu
- Shiho Suzui: Yu Saotome
- Principal: Takou Yamagishi
- Suguru Kamoshida: Shun Takagi
- Ichiryusai Madarame: Jun Takamatsu
A Blu-ray and DVD release of Persona 5 the Stage has been announced for April 1, 2020.
Previous Persona series stage adaptations include Persona 4: The Visualive, Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade, Persona 4 Arena, and Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax.