"I kind of understand now... You're afraid of losing things, right?"
The season turns to autumn. The fight of the protagonist and his group S.E.E.S. with the strange monsters called ‘Shadows’ is getting closer to the end. Makoto and his allies engage in life-or-death battles with Shadows in order to end the Dark Hour. Through the battles, some must face the deaths of friends and family, some must notice what precious things must be protected, and some must find meaning in the battles that have occurred.
In front of Makoto, the mysterious transfer student Ryouji Mochizuki appears. When the group greets a new morning, the gears of fate begin to turn. A fight revolving around each of the heroes' bonds begins...
Fortunately, this movie has just been released online.
Unfortunately, it's very likely we will have to wait until October to watch the fourth and final movie: Winter of Rebirth, while it's already released in Japan.
But I'll stop complaining and review this movie.
For an Atlus adaptation from videogame to anime movie, many things must be omitted. Like the other 2 movies, we won't see any Social Link, or supporting characters back story, which isn't a big deal regarding the plot. Though, many things were removed from the main story as well, I can point out that I disliked the way the animators cut off how Junpei is kidnapped and Chidori became a villain, the same way as they cut off great part of the Love Hotel arc.
But, the love relationship between Chidori and Junpei turned out aceptable. It didn't feel profound, nor did it feel shallow. The most worked out thing was how Makoto felt, and deal with depression. I think the way they portrayed his friendship with Ryoji was very good, and make this character more sympathetic than the game.
The story was well paced, and focused on Makoto's struggles rather than action, though this doesn't mean it hasn't a dosis of quality animated fights.
Better than Persona 4, and it looks better on the night. Nuff said.
Remixed songs from the original game and new ones are there, so there's no complaints. I would've liked LotusJuice did more rapping.
As I pointed before, the movie focuses almost solely on Makoto and Ryoji, the other SEES members are given quick twists. Short, but fitting given the short movie length.
I have just played Persona 3 Portable for the PSP, and I'm very glad to have this anime movie adaptation. All felt too familiar and the charisma of the characters wasn't gone. I even continued to hate Takaya and Jin. Though I wish the villains were given more screen time.
Persona casual fans (like me) have no reasons to complain of this and the other adaptations. About Persona 3 die hard fans... you have a good adaptation for now.
If I were the director, I would have increased the running time for all movies, making each 2 hours long. I would've put more tension between Aigis and Yukari, developed slowly a love relationship between Aigis and Makoto (which is canon, by the way), gave more focus on Junpei and Chidori romance as well, making Chidori a more memorable character.
And I would've used Social Link characters that fit with the mood of each movie.
Like, Chihiro for the first one, Spring of Birth, for the concept of a blossoming youth.
Maiko for Midsummer Knight's Dream, for a midsummer short love story.
Akinari for Falling Down, for the feeling that life is fading away and death is nearby.
Finally, Aigis and Yukari for Winter of Rebirth. To put an end to the love triangle and make Aigis a "living proof" that Makoto was there. Which also uses a plot point in her Social Link.
That's all, overall this movie is good, And for what I've heard, Winter of Rebirth is even better, and the best of the movie saga.
Even though I barely played any of the persona games, I really adore the series. I got interested by Persona Q, decided to check out P3 and P4. One of the better decisions I've made in my life.
After watching the first movie, I was hooked to the story of P3. As a newcomer, I could follow the story, get into the style, get to know the characters etc. The second movie got me even more hyped for the series. Once I realised the movie was released with the English Dub, I had to see it ASAP.
Well honestly, it wasn't bad. But I wouldn't call it great either.
With the story telling being the worst offender here. For the first time in three movies, I had troubles following everything. From the start, it felt like I was missing so much information. Not because it started in the middle of an action packed scene, but because after it was done, I was left with many questions. How did they end up in that situation? Honestly, that seemed like it would make a great scene.
And as the movie progressed, it didn't get any better. Sometimes the pacing is rather slow, filled with fillerish moments etc. And other times, it's way too fast. So fast that it has to include important information in the form of a flashback.
There also seems to be a really big hole between the beginning and the midsection of the movie. While it's nice and fitting for the series to have your slice of life moments, it just felt like all the slice of life scenes were crammed in those moments.
And have I mentioned there is a severe lack of information going on? Even after watching the movie, I had to explore the wiki to understand more(about Strega for example(At some point I thought Strega was a complete race, different from humans).
The character development is also sub par. I really like the characters from Persona 3, especially after playing countless hours of Persona Q, I really got to know them better. But I just can't associate with them in this movie. While I love how dark some of them are at the beginning of the movie, the switch seemed unnatural. It wasn't instant, they took the time for it. It was just poorly written.
Besides that, the feelings of other characters seemed to be completely forgotten(Honestly, Ken should have gotten way more attention in this movie), or are written off with just one short scene.
Similar to the couple formed in this movie. I just don't buy it. There is no buildup, it's just suddenly there. And you have one flashback to justify it. And I really think they are cute and everything, but as the ending neared, I just couldn't care what happened to them, or what could have happened.
What I said above are mainly the biggest things I disliked about the movie. The art and sound though, just like the previous movies, great. The CGI blends in really well, the music is topnotch(although, I hoped for more Persona songs), the animation is well done, the style is great. Sometimes, the difference between the dark hour and night is a bit iffy, but it's nothing big really.
And after all, it's still enjoyable. Maybe I'm saying this as a Persona fan, but even though I was annoyed at many things, I didn't felt the need to turn it off. There are plenty of moments that make the movie worthwhile.
So a 6. It's not good, but not bad either. If you have played Persona 3 before, I think it appeals to you. If you've just seen the first two movies, and aren't really into the series or characters, you probably won't enjoy this movie as much.read more
Honestly, the only bad thing I have to say about it is that the plot deviates slightly from the original and is a bit weird pacing-wise. Like, there are scenes that weren't in the game (mostly with Ryouji) and vice versa. I can understand why this was done, but it still gives off a weird feeling, like I'm watching an alternative universe version of Persona 3.
On all other points, the movie's great. It has a fair share of drama, comedy, cool-looking fighting scenes. I've enjoyed every second of it. That said, I would not recommend watching this before playing the game. Noticing familiar locations, characters, personas, dialogues, events makes this movie way more enjoyable (applies to all four of them, actually).
Oh, and by the way, the ending song is performed by Lotus Juice and Yumi Kawamura. That alone should be enough for a P3 fan to like this movie.read more
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