Firstly I just have to say that I was pleasantly surprised to see that this thing was 51 minutes!! Thought it'd just be a normal length episode for whatever reason. anyways, I really enjoyed this special episode. Getting to see the Phantom Thieves animated again is such a treat and it gave me chills at times. Had to get through some of the more meaty talking scenes the story has but it was fine.
We finally got to see Shido's palace animated and the big Goro reveal. I think they were done well. Got to see the whole trickaroo they played on Goro too. All handled
well. Only sore spot was again the animation faltered at times. Not during big scene or action but here and there. The big fight with Shido was badass tho! Loved how that looked and how that delivered. River in a Dry Land sealed to deal too. Epic stuff there.
I hate that MAL updated this to include both OVAs because it means I need to delete my review and rewrite it. Anyway, thank you for upvoting my previous review to the top spot and I appreciate every single person that takes their time to read what I write.
So without further ado, hoy lads. Welcome back to the review. On today's episode, I will show you how to mostly repost your “how to hack into the Pentagon whilst only using Futaba's social link” review for P5 The Animation Specials.
It's the same crap as the 26 episode anime. It's an uninspired mess of a brilliant
game and it's truly just sad to watch. It's so much potential gone to waste. Also step 1, make your way to Washinton D.C. so you can use the Pentagon's free wifi.
I've written a full review on the first 26 episodes already and it mostly applies to this OVA too; pacing is off and feels gross. animation quality is poor albeit improved a tiny bit for the OVA, sound design can get awkward, and some of the greatest moments are cut or cut down to meet that 55 minute mark. Speaking of, it's much too long and should've been just been with the original episodic run, especially considering the quality. I found myself constantly checking how long I had left which is not a good sign of anything. They could have easily split this up into 3 to 4 episodes, 4 preferably so it wouldn't feel as stupidly rushed as it does. The fight scenes are still a disgrace to watch, I mean they're summoning demons that represent themselves for god's sake, you can do a bunch of rad stuff with that. What is supposed to be the 'final' fight of the game just turns into a snore fest; Persona breathes fire, character hit, some voice foley, rinse and repeat. Things simply just happen. Some other scenes were awfully pointless too, such as Tae casually walking passed LeBlanc or Kawakami sitting with the protag asking if he wants a massage. These could've easily been removed in favour for absolutely anything else that drives the plot forward or to reduce the duration of the episode. As for step 2, on their wifi, Google "how to hack into the pentagon" and follow the first YouTube tutorial.
The second OVA, Stars and Ours is no better. In fact at times I thought it was even worse. The 3D models they used are what stood out to me the most, as well as the horrid framing of specific shots that should not have been so terribly framed. Pacing was gross, music was lacklustre, it’s what you’ve come to expect from the anime, however this time voices often felt out of sync with mouth movements. That could have been a clientside issue but I’ve never had this happen before so I’d like to believe it’s not. Personally, I was hoping for an alternative ending, considering someone in CloverWorks said they were going to do something different. The only thing different to the original game is this dreadful quality. Step 3, throw your phone in the bushes across the road and turn location on; this'll distract the pentagoons as you do the next step.
Finally though, the anime has come to a close. We’ve been given an announcement for Persona 5 The Royal and things are looking up for the future of Atlus’ most profitable franchises. But to reiterate and round this review off: Atlus/Sega, get rid of CloverWorks and whoever owns the license to do your adaptations now. They don't care about your work, and I'm starting to think you may not either if it's netting you income. That's not a good look guys. Final step, enter the building with Futaba, she has the keys.
HAHAHAHAHA IS THIS FUCKING *COMEDY*? BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE IT! Jesus, I was wrong to place my hope on Cloverworks.
Want a brief summary? BAD ANIMATION, RUSHED PLOT, NO EXPLANATIONS!
But seriously, this was bad! Let me get started with the plot in this special episode. It adapts the 2nd to last arc, and guess what? Wait, no, you don't need to guess because the answer is clear, they handled it horribly, well, I mean the post credits scene is good, but the rest, nuh-uh. They gave no explanations and just rushed through it! And GUESS MORE WHAT? Joker is the only one that is important here,
some scenes here and there, they completely forgot the rest of the gang. Probably so they can give more time to the story, even though it's STILL rushed.
Okay, we're done with the story, let us go to the world of Cloverwork's animation. As you can see, P5A has an animation problem and guess what, jesus I say that phrase a lot, the animation problem isn't fixed! In fact, it's more obvious here! Deformed people, and lack of frames. And it was 51mins for fuck's sake!
To be honest, anime-only watchers would get REALLY confused by this, trust me.
Overall it's 4/10, Cloverworks oughta work on their budget, and you're better off playing the game instead of watching this garbage.
For me the game is a masterpiece.
This one was just "good". The pacing was rushed which I was expecting and the animations were not consistent during the episode. Some segments felt like they had very good quality and some felt like average.
Glad they are sticking with the same scenarios as the game too and that they kept the finale for another special ep coming in march.
I recommend it for all persona 5 fans that already played the game, yea it won't be as iconic as the game but you will relive the memories that the game left in you.
OH AND THEY HAD A CLOSE UP
SHOT OF MAKOTO'S BUTT SO ARIGATO!