Persona 5 Manga: English License by Viz Media

Published Apr 18, 2019 — #viz media #licensing #manga

The manga adaptation of the 5th iteration of the wildly loved game franchise Persona by Hisato Murasaki is now finally coming to the West. On April 18th 2019, Viz Media's tweet announced that Persona 5 has been officially licensed by them, and that the first volume of the manga will be released and available to purchase some time in Winter 2020.

In Japan, the Persona 5 manga debuted on 22 September 2016 and already has its 4th volume published by Shogakukan with the 5th volume following on the 10th of May 2019.

The Persona series are a supernatural game series with several independent instalments, but all with one common premise: the role-playing games' action comes from the characters' summons, which represent their psychological personas, to engage in a monumental battle in the likes of stands.

Persona (full name Shin Megami Tensei: Persona) started as a continuation of a successful spin-off of Megami Tensei. Shin Megami Tensei If... was a what-if scenario of Megami Tensei in high-school. After the greatly positive appraisal of the standalone title by both critics and fans, the developer Atlus decided to start its own franchise —Persona.

The first title was Revelations: Persona (1996), in which you controlled a group of students, varying between first and third person depending on the instance. It differed a bit from its parent game as you control only one protagonist.

20 years later, Persona 5 is a japanese role-playing game (JRPG) governed by a day-night cycle and weather system. There are many possible sequences of events, due to both scripted and random occurrences that might depend on when and how you progress in the game, which include part-time jobs, school, battles, social interaction, etc. The manga, naturally, chooses a route for how the events play out while following the main plot.