While playing a ritual-like children's game called "Persona", students are knocked unconscious. While asleep, they encounter a man named Philemon who bestows several Personas upon them. When they wake up, the youths discover they can summon Personas.
This is my first time writing a review (and I’m a pretty simple person, so I don’t usually have very deep/intelligent thoughts on the things I watch and read) so I’m sorry in advance if anything is worded weirdly or if I don’t give enough info.
To start with, I always feel really bad when I think about how Persona 1 and 2 don’t get as much attention as P3-5 do. I understand why that is. Persona 3 was the first Persona game Atlus made that gained popularity in the US. That, and the battle system in P1 is so, so difficult compared to all the
other games. But, I think P1 and the two P2 games are so well-thought out and so well-written, they deserve a chance. Moving on..
I’m only on chapter 19 so I don’t know how the Snow Queen Quest will fit in, but I was really happy to hear that both the SEBEC and SQQ were covered in this manga adaptation! It also made me happy to see some of the extra stuff that wasn’t shown in the game/stuff that could pretty much be interpreted by the player (for example, a lot of the stuff that happens in the beginning chapters, what happens when Kei, Brown, and Inaba check out SEBEC themselves, ect.)
The art in Megami Ibunroki - Persona took some getting used to at first (this style is definitely 1996, not to mention it kind of reminded me of those early yaoi manga) But it really grew on me and I love it a lot! I also really love Ueda’s interpretation of the story and characters and the backstory she gave Naoya (the silent protagonist) And, if I’m being honest, the fact that the manga was drawn/written by a woman makes me even more inclined to read it and enjoy it lol
I started reading this manga when I got really interested in Persona 1 but was unable to play it. After watching a playthrough, I think this manga stayed very true to the original game so far and added a lot more personality to each character.
I think if you're interested in the first Persona game but you either don't want to play it bc of the difficult battle system or you can't play it, then I highly recommend this manga. You get to see more of each character you wouldn't get to see in the game and you can experience both the SEBEC route and the SQQ (something you'd have to replay the game to see)