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Ann Takamaki

An takamaki

Panther render

P5 manga Anne Takamaki

Also known as Anne Takamaki (Japanese name)
Panther (Code Name)
Japanese Name 高巻 杏, パンサー
Romaji Takamaki An, Pansā
First Appearance Persona 5
Affiliation Phantom Thieves of Hearts
Age 16
Zodiac Scorpio
Height 168 cm (5'6")
Blood Type B
Melee Weapon Whips
Ranged Weapon Submachine Guns
Arcana The Lovers
Persona Carmen, Hecate
Japanese VA Nana Mizuki
English VA Erika Harlacher
"We will steal all that there is to you!"
—Ann Takamaki, Persona 5

Ann Takamaki (Anne Takamaki in the Japanese version) is a playable character from Persona 5.

AppearancesEdit

DesignEdit

Ann has bright blue eyes and ash blonde wavy hair styled in bushy pigtails, with parted side bangs on the right side of her face. She accessorizes with a single yellow hair clip above her left ear, as well as small circular earrings on both ears.

She wears her school's uniform modified to her taste; the standard black blazer over a white varsity-like hoodie worn long to cover most of her short plaid skirt. Her hoodie has a zipper, a red stripe between two blue stripes at the bottom, and S symbol near the front bottom on one side, and a green four-leaf-clover symbol on the back of the hood. She wears red tights and brown boots with yellow laces.

Her thief outfit consists of a skin tight red leather catsuit worn with a matching red panther mask, cleavage cutout, zippers, pink gloves, dark red thigh-high boots, and has a clipped on tail in the back.

PersonalityEdit

"I know! I won't restrain myself anymore!"
—Ann Takamaki's promise

Restrained in her daily life, Ann feels she has lost her place in the world. Although she is respectful and polite towards her peers and elders, Ann is a bit more withdrawn and isolated from the rest of the kids at school due to becoming the subject of rumors regarding her and Kamoshida. She feels nearly everyone (except Kamoshida and Shiho) pretends and acts like she is invisible.

In the beginning of the game, Ann is an unpopular student with very few friends. The only one she opens up to is her only best friend, Shiho. She cares so much for her only friend that she is willing to do what Kamoshida told her to for Shiho's sake. Thus, she shows how headstrong and fierce she can be if someone hurt her friends. Ann also uses profanity such as "piece of shit", "bullshit", "hell", "son of a bitch", etc.[1]

Persona 5 - Ann Trailer PS4, PS300:50

Persona 5 - Ann Trailer PS4, PS3

Ann trailer.

After becoming a Phantom Thief, she becomes more lively and energetic with a stronger will to never be used or abused again like a subservient slave. She has also been described by her voice actress as "snarky" and "confident", but deep down, is good when others get to know her and has a sense of justice, wanting to do what she feels is right.

While generally confident about her body and physical appearance, Ann becomes flustered and embarrassed when she is forced into a situation that exposes her skin without her prior consent or desire. She has a tendency to mock or prank people who are ogling her, in particular Ryuji Sakamoto. Ann can't stand it when people value her for her body and nothing else, as if she is a thin-shelled hollow doll with nothing on the inside or no other redeeming qualities.

ProfileEdit

Persona 5Edit

Ann is a second year high school at Shujin Academy. Ann is the classmate of the protagonist in 2-D and she and Ryuji Sakamoto were classmates in middle school. Ann is blonde due to being one-quarter American. Due to her foreign blood and living abroad before the story she does not have many friends at school. Her only friend is Shiho Suzui. Ann is being targeted by the volleyball coach Suguru Kamoshida, as she reluctantly makes appearances with him (in order to protect her friend) as vicious rumors spread around the school that she is sleeping with him. The protagonist first meets Ann when both were waiting until the rain stopped. She is then picked up by Kamoshida, and reluctantly goes with him.

The protagonist and Ryuji then talk to her to ask about Kamoshida in attempt to expose his wrongdoings, but like other students, Ann is reluctant to talk out of fear that Kamoshida will kick Shiho out from being a regular in the volleyball team and also after hearing bad rumors about the protagonist. She later meets the protagonist again by coincidence, the protagonist overhears her talking with Kamoshida on the phone, Ann claims that she's not feeling well so she can't meet up with him, which angered Kamoshida. After much persuasion, Ann finally reveals to the protagonist how Kamoshida is trying to force himself on her as she finally expresses her frustration and disgust towards the teacher, refusing to do as he says. Feeling better, Ann's view of the protagonist changes as she realized how horrible rumors are when in reality it's not true, being the subject of them herself.

The next day, Shiho attempts suicide by jumping off the school roof but fails when she survives the fall. Upon learning of it, Ann is shocked and saddened. Before she passed out, Shiho reveals Kamoshida has something to do with it. After an injured and comatose Shiho is hospitalized, Ann vows to seek the answers behind the reasons and get revenge for her friend. Overhearing that the protagonist and Ryuji wants to expose Kamoshida's crime, Ann asks to join them, but Ryuji harshly tells her not to get involved.

AnnTortureRack

Ann screaming and crying on the device.

Not giving up, she secretly follows the protagonist, Ryuji, and Morgana who are going to the Palace. As a result, she accidentally enters Kamoshida's Palace. To keep Ann from danger, Ryuji traps her inside a room until everything is over. Unfortunately, Kamoshida's knights find her, calling her "the princess" and keeping her in captivity inside the castle. Later, the protagonist and Ryuji find her on a torture device surrounded by Kamoshida adorned by a scantily clad projection of a false Ann, and his knights. The real Ann is almost thrown into despair when Kamoshida tells her that not only did he sexually assault Shiho, but that Ann is to blame for repeatedly rejecting his advances, "forcing" him to take out his frustrations on her only friend.

With the help of the protagonist and Ryuji's motivating words, she finds the inner strength and determination to avenge her friend and all other victims, and utterly destroy Kamoshida for his heinous crimes. In doing so, she breaks free from the device and awakens to her Persona, Carmen. Since then, she joins the protagonist, Ryuji, and Morgana to expose Kamoshida. As part of the Phantom Thieves, Ann manages to "steal" the arrogance in Kamoshida's heart, and in reality he tearfully condemns his own self and confesses to his crimes, being subsequently arrested and charged shortly thereafter, much to Ann's satisfaction and relief. Following his confession, her classmate Yuuki Mishima apologizes for not saying anything despite knowing what happened. Two girls who spread rumors about Ann also apologize to her for their actions.

Ann is relieved to see Shiho recovering in the hospital and decides to stay a Phantom Thief so that she can save others from cruel fates that she and Shiho once suffered. While thinking of their next target, she is approached by Yusuke Kitagawa, an art students whom she initially thought to be a stalker until he clears the misunderstanding, telling her he wants her to be his next model for his art. After receiving request to steal Yusuke's teacher, Ichiryusai Madarame's heart for plagiarizing his students' artworks, Ann uses this opportunity to find out more about Madarame so they can enter his Palace and reveals to Yusuke that Madarame is not an honorable man he seems to be. She manages to do so by entering Madarame's studio where Madarame makes and keeps copies of "Sayuri" paintings to gain money, exposing him as a fraud. Before Madarame can call the police, Ann escapes with Yusuke and Morgana, accidentally taking the former with her into Madarame's Palace.

After their success stealing Madarame's corrupt heart, Ann and her friends are approached by Makoto Niijima, the school's student council president. Having heard rumors that Makoto knows Kamoshida's true nature but, like everyone else, opts to stay out since she doesn't truly care about the students at the school, Ann begins to deeply resent her because of this and is openly hostile towards her. Makoto then blackmails the Phantom Thieves to change the heart of corrupt banker, Junya Kaneshiro, demanding them to prove their justice or else she will reveal their identities as the Phantom Thieves to the police. After several days go by, Ann complains about Makoto not doing anything to help, prompting Makoto to impulsively act in an attempt to expose Kaneshiro, resulting in a series of events that leads to Makoto's Persona awakening.

Ann later has a heart-to-heart talk with Makoto where she learns Makoto not only was deeply concerned about Kamoshida's actions and wanted to take action, she lacked the means to do so and thus felt very saddened and powerless all the while. The girls exchange apologies and also start to call each other by their first names, becoming friends in the process.

If the protagonist and Ryuji fail to complete the dungeon in time, it is never explained what happens afterwards, leaving Ann's fate unknown.

ConfidantEdit

The item received by maxing Ann's Confidant is a magazine with Ann on the cover, which can use conversation follow ups during negotiation.

RankAbilityDescription
1 Baton PassPass the One More turn to another ally.
2 Girl's TalkAnn will soothe the enraged target in conversation.
3 Follow-up Attack
4
5 Crocodile TearsWhen the enemy is holding hostage of another teammate, Ann tries to bargain the ransom.
6 Paper Fan RecoveryChance of curing another ally from any ailment.
7 EnticeMakes enemies you're negotiating with more likely to agree to your terms.
8 EndureSurvives one fatal blow with 1 HP remaining per battle.
9 Human ShieldCover the protagonist from one single-targeted fatal blow.
10 Ultimate AwakeningUnlocks Ishtar's fusion and Carmen transfigures into Hecate.

Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers Edit

Ann is first seen at the subway with the protagonist, Ryuji and Yusuke. They transform into their Phantom Thief outfits and enter the Mementos.

After discussing with the group, Ann and Ryuji talk loudly at a restaurant and lure one of the members of the criminal gang to Cafe Le Blanc.

Later, she engages battle with Kazuya Makigami directly and changes his heart.

Battle QuotesEdit

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【杏 総攻撃編】00:36

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【杏 総攻撃編】

Ann in battle.

  • "I won't hold back!" (Using Submachine Gun)
  • "Persona!" (Summoning Persona)
  • "Get Ready!" (Summoning Persona)
  • "Dance! Carmen!" (Carmen casting skill)
  • "Okay!" (Receiving Baton Pass)
  • "Don't move!" (Hold Up enemies)
  • "This is the chance!" (Initiating All-out Attack)
  • "A beautiful rose has thorns!" (All-out Attack finishing touch)

GalleryEdit

Persona 5
 
Anne cut-in
Ann's Close Up.
 
P5 close up artwork of Anne Takamaki
Close up artwork of Ann Takamaki.
 
AnnConcept
Concept art.
 
P5 Anne Takamaki concept art in her burglar outfit
Ann Takamaki concept art of her burglar outfit.
 
P5 cinematic expressions of Anne Takamaki
Cinematic expressions concept artwork of Ann Takamaki.
 
P5 key art of An Takamaki
Key art of Ann Takamaki from the Persona 5 website.
 
P5 Wanted Poster
Ann along with other playable character appear on Visual Wanted Poster.
 
P5 illustration by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration of Ann Takamaki and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
 
P5 illustration by Rokuro
Illustration of Ann, the Protagonist, Ryuji, Morgana and Yusuke by Rokuro Saito.
 
Illustration of the Protagonst, Ryuji, and Anne
Illustration of Ann, the Protagonist, and Ryuji by Shigenori Soejima.
 
P5 released art
Illustration of the Protagonist, Ryuji, Ann and Morgana.
 
Ann Takamaki Famitsu
Ann Takamaki's Famitsu page.
 
P5 illustration 02
Illustration by Shigenori Soejima.
 
PERSONA5 package visual
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
 
PERSONA5 20th Anniversary package visual of the ''Phantom Thieves of Hearts''
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
 
Phantom Thieves of Heart Group 2 P5
Illustration of the main members of Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
 
Persona 5 Official Design Work key visual by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration of Ann and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
 
Ann theme
Theme.
 
Ann-valentine-card
Ann's Valentine card.
 
Ann All Out
All-Out Attack portrait.
 
P5 Anne's All-Out Attack finishing touch
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
 
Ann's Finishing Touch
All-Out Attack finishing touch.
 
AnneSmile
Ann smiling at the protagonist.
 
Anne exit
Ann exiting a subway train.
 
P5AnneTakamaki
Ann on an escalator.
 
Anne arguing
Ann arguing with Ryuji.
 
Anne stalked
Ann being stalked.
 
AnneHarasser
Ann being stalked.
 
Anne angry
Ann angry.
 
Futaba Anne
Futaba and Ann.
 
AnneCries
Ann crying.
 
Anne-summoning-persona
Ann awakens her Persona.
 
Ann Takamaki Combat
Ann in her thief uniform.
 
Anne
Ann (left) using a sub-machine gun.
 
P5 Anna unnamed Persona
Ann's Persona, Carmen.
 
Suguru Anne
Cognitive Ann with Suguru Kamoshida.
 
Harem
Ann after Valentine's Day.
 
AnnClothing
Ann.
 
AnnCredits
Ann in the credits.
Persona 5 Portraits
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki
Ann Takamaki's portrait
 
P5 portrait of Anne Sad
Ann weeping
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's Phantom Thief outfit
Ann's Panther outfit
 
P5 of Ann in her Phantom Thief form smiling
Ann's Panther outfit
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's Phantom Thief outfit without mask
Ann's Panther outfit without mask
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's summer school uniform
Ann's summer school uniform
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's gym uniform
Ann's gym uniform
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's summer attire
Ann's summer attire
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's winter attire
Ann's winter attire
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's casual outfit
Ann's casual outfit
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's swimsuit
Ann's swimsuit
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's yukata
Ann's yukata
 
P5 illusion of Anne
(Cognitive) Princess Ann created by Kamoshida
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki's regular school uniform
Ann's model outfit
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki with layers of clothes
Ann with layers of clothes
 
P5 portrait of Anne Takamaki with cat ears
Ann with cat ears
 
P5 animated expression of Anne Takamaki 01
 
P5 animated expression of Anne Takamaki 02
 
Ann Normal Cut-In
Ann cut-in
 
Ann Smiling Cut-In
Ann happy cut-in
 
Ann Wink Cut-in
Ann winking cut-in
 
Ann Confused Cut-In
Ann confused cut-in
 
Ann Serious Cut-in
Ann serious cut-in
 
Ann Suprised Cut-In
Ann surprised cut-in
 
Ann Sad Cut-in
Ann sad cut-in
 
Ann Harmed Cut-in
Ann harmed cut-in
Persona 5 (manga)
 
ShihoManga3
Ann sees Shiho on the edge of the roof
 
ShihoManga4
Ann yelling at Shiho through an unopenable window
 
ShihoManga5
Ann running to Shiho
 
ShihoManga6
Ann finds Shiho injured
Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
 
PERSONA5 THE ANIMATION - THE DAY BREAKERS - DVD package visual by Shigenori Soejima
Ann Takamaki and her allies on the cover of Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
 
P5 anime Anne Takamaki
Ann Takamaki in Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers
 
MissAnne
Ann and Morgana
Tribute Artworks
 
P5 Illustration of the main characters by Akaume (PQ Roundbout illustrator)
Illustration of Ann and her team by Akaume (PQ Roundabout author)
 
P5 Illustration of the Protagonist, Ryuji, Anne, Morgana and Yuske by Rokuro Saito
Illustration of Ann, the Protagonist, Ryuji, Morgana and Yusuke by Rokuro Saito
 
P5 Ann Takamaki tribute illustration by Arco Wada (Fate EXTRA series character designer)
Tribute illustration of Ann and Morgana by Arco Wada (Fate/EXTRA series character designer)
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P5, 01
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P5, 02

TriviaEdit

  • Both "Ann" and "Anne" could be considered correct names for her. The English localization uses Ann, while promotional material for the Japanese version uses Anne. This is similar to Aigis who is known as Aegis in the Japanese version. It's not that one is correct while the other is not - it is simply an artistic localization choice.
    • The change from "Anne" to "Ann" may also partly be a technical choice, since text boxes in video games can only have so much writing in them before they overflow as they have limited space. Japanese tends to be a more compact language compared to English.
  • Apparently, the reason why Ann wears red tights is because she doesn't care about standing out, and, at this point, couldn't care less about what society/humanity think of her.[2] This also explains her unique "uniform", and how Ann has given up trying to appease to Japanese society.
    • This could retroactively explain why certain characters from Persona 3 and 4 wear unique uniforms (Yukari Takeba, Yukiko Amagi, Chie Satonaka, etc) - to show that they are unique, rebellious, not like other students, etc.
  • Ann is similar to Lisa Silverman from Persona 2. Both are blonde-haired blue-eyed girls who were born in Japan, face discrimination because of their appearance, and represent the Lovers Arcana. While Lisa participated in compensated dating with older men, Ann becomes a sexual target of Suguru Kamoshida. Lisa can't speak decent English and it is annoys her because many people assume she can because of her appearance, and it is possible Ann is similar; in the Japanese version of Persona 5, Anne says "My name is Anne Windsor" in extremely heavy Engrish.
  • Ann also resembles Yuka Ayase from the first Persona game, as both are girls with blonde hair in pigtails whose primary weapons are whips.
  • Her battle outfit also bears a striking resemblance to the DC Comics antiheroine Catwoman, who is also clad in a leather suit with cat mask and wields whips.
  • Unlike Persona 3 and 4 where at least three members of the protagonist's respective teams were in the same classroom, only Ann is shown to be in the protagonist's classroom, 2-D.
  • In the Japanese official site, Panther is given the mocking title of "Phantom Thieves' Method Acting(?) Actress" (怪盗団の演技派(?)女優, Kaitō-dan no engi-ha(?) Joyū)?. Possibly refers to her stiff acting skills when she is tasked with luring or negotiating with the gang's target.
  • Ann's Zodiac sign, Scorpio, which is noted for being a sign representing mysteriousness, may align with the fact that Carmen, her Initial Persona, was a gypsy woman who used her charm to win over the hearts of unsuspecting men and then twist them to her will, and her Ultimate Persona, Hecate, was the goddess of magic and witchcraft in Greek mythology.

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