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Futaba Sakura

P5 Futaba Sakura

P5 Futaba Sakura, Phantom Thief

Also known as Oracle (Code Name)
Navi (Japanese Code Name)
HoneyOTU (chat room alias)
Alibaba (alternative alias)
Japanese Name 佐倉 双葉, ナビ
Romaji Sakura Futaba, Nabi
First Appearance Persona 5
Affiliation Phantom Thieves of Hearts
Age 15
Zodiac Pisces
Height 149 cm (4'11")
Blood Type AB (Rh-)
Arcana The Hermit
Persona Necronomicon, Prometheus
Japanese VA Aoi Yūki
English VA Erica Lindbeck
"Risking our lives to stop rotten adults! That's why we're Phantom Thieves!"
—Futaba Sakura, Persona 5

Futaba Sakura is a playable character from Persona 5.

AppearancesEdit

DesignEdit

Futaba is a bespectacled girl with long bright orange hair. Her brown eyes also seem to have some faint purple tones in them, appearing mauve. She wears large black circular glasses, and she is always seen wearing big headphones. She seems to be very short, even compared to other girls.

Her default outfit consists of multiple layers; she wears an off-shoulder white top with a red blood-like pattern on her chest with five white asterisks (*****) which are reminiscent of a passport input system in the "blood", a black tank top underneath, a dark green jacket with a faux fur trimmed hood, black short shorts, black thigh highs and black knee-high boots. The green jacket apparently has A.F.K. on the back (for "away from keyboard"), although it is difficult to see because of Futaba's long hair.

Another outfit she wears is a black shirt with "JLMK!" (presumably "just let me know") over a white-and-black striped long sleeve shirt.

Her burglar costume consists of a skintight black bodysuit with fluorescent neon green glowing strips and matching black boots with neon green soles. Her mask is a pair of big black goggles with orange lenses. This outfit was inspired by sci-fi movies like Tron.[1]

PersonalityEdit

"To trick your enemies, you've first got to trick your allies."
—Futaba Sakura, Persona 5

With a case of social anxiety bordering on agoraphobia, Futaba is strongly discomfited by going outside, instead choosing to assimilate to the hikikomori subculture which allows her to communicate with the world remotely via the internet. However, even then, Futaba still encounters hate, anger, negativity and vitriol online. When she does go outside, she tends to hides behind the protagonist so that she won't be seen in public, or wears masks which make it impossible to identify her. Her room acts as a sanctuary and a refuge from the chaos and noise of the outside world. She plays video games as a means of fantasy, and escapism, but even then, this activity is starting to grow mundane and repetitive to Futaba.

Futaba addresses Sojiro Sakura by given name directly, which given their adoptive relationship is considered disrespectful in the usual Japanese household. But Sojiro shows total tolerance of her impudence.

Futaba's room

Futaba alone in her dark bedroom.

Having disconnected herself from humanity and the world beyond her apartment, Futaba is lonely, lives without passion and enthusiasm, suffers from suicidal depression, and questions the point in her living. When first encountered, Futaba is so consumed with self-loathing that she suppresses her desire to live, causing her Shadow Self to develop a much more helpful personality than average, one who only desires Futaba's happiness.

However, she begins to change after meeting the protagonist and the other Phantom Thieves, opening up to them more and becoming more relaxed around them. Once she's truly comfortable around others, she shows her childish side and likes teasing her friends, particularly Morgana and Yusuke.

Futaba has a knack for technology, and is obsessed with computers. She is also a skilled coder and hacker. This comes across in the design of her Persona, Necronomicon, which is a UFO, which she sits inside. Necronomicon could be symbolic of her "alienation" from everyone, as it is believed UFOs contain aliens who monitor humanity, yet rarely intervene, similar to how Futaba watches and interacts with humanity through a computer screen.

Futaba really enjoys eating food. She also likes cats, and when she realizes Morgana is a part of the Phantom Thieves, she begins teasing him regularly.

Profile Edit

Persona 5Edit

FutabaMural2

Futaba's mother dying in an accident.

Futaba is a genius in computing, programming and hacking. However, a car incident that cost her mother, Wakaba Isshiki, her life causes Futaba to become a shut-in. Her relatives who have an eye on Wakaba's legacy blame the prodigy programmer based on Wakaba's suspicious testament. She has not attended school ever since graduating middle school. By her age, she should have been a first year student in high school. Wakaba's close friend, Sojiro Sakura has adopted Futaba and changed her surname to be his.

By the time of the game, her depression has worsened into outright suicidal impulses, and a delusional subconscious belief that her death would bring Wakaba back to life. Her desire for her own death causes a Palace to form in which the Sphinx, the representation of her self-loathing and belief that her mother's spirit hates her, fights Shadow Futaba for control of her mind.

Futaba finds out that the protagonist and his friends are the Phantom Thieves by listening to their conversation in Cafe Leblanc through the bug she placed there. Knowing her own impulses and realizing she has to stop, Futaba sends a message to the protagonist under the alias Alibaba, asking him to steal her heart and in exchange she will help them deal with a group of hackers known as Medjed who are declaring war against the Phantom Thieves. However, when the protagonist demands more information, Futaba realizes that in order to steal her heart, they need to know more about her so Futaba cancels her request and promises she won't sell them out.

When the Medjed starts to get worse, the Phantom Thieves decide to ask for her help and after putting together the pieces of fact, Makoto correctly deduces that Alibaba is in fact Futaba herself. When visiting Sojiro's house, they find out she also lives there so they directly ask her about herself to get the keyword into the Palace. Since they do not force her to come out and allow her to communicate through chat, Futaba agrees to make the deal with them once more. She downloads the Metaverse Navigator application to her own phone, curious to see if she can enter her own palace.

Futaba mother

Futaba accepting her deceased mother.

She does so, encountering her Shadow and becoming her own Treasure in the process, and she is forced to face her own fear as her Shadow urges her to remember her mother's death. Remembering that her mother's death was unnatural and realizing she has been deluding herself, Futaba awakens her Persona power and helps the party defeat the cognitive existence of her mother that she created who claims she wishes that Futaba was never born. After the battle, the image of a benevolent Wakaba appears before Futaba and confesses her love for her daughter then disappears.

After the battle at her own Palace, Futaba holds her end of the bargain, hacking into Medjed's website to stop them from further bothering the Phantom Thieves. She finally comes out from her shell, starts to go outside by regularly visiting Cafe Leblanc, interacting with the protagonist and his friends and eventually joining the Phantom Thieves of Hearts to find the culprit truly responsible for her mother's death. She reveals she created the original Medjed identity and later gave her hacking scripts to a group of friends, but when counter-hacking the hostile Medjed she realizes that they do not use her distinct programs. From there, she deduces that someone else must have stolen their name.

If the player can't complete her Palace in time, the police come to arrest the protagonist with charges of extortion and suspicion of being a member of the Phantom Thieves. This scenario is a false recollection made by the protagonist during Sae Niijima's interrogation, due to his mind being addled by drugs he was forcefully administered by the police. Sae proceeds to leave the room to give the protagonist time to recover, at which point Goro Akechi takes the opportunity to assassinate him.

ConfidantEdit

Futaba's Confidant can begin as soon as she has recovered from venturing her own Palace.

The item received by maxing Futaba's Confidant is a promise note, which can receive dungeon field information.

RankDateAbilityDescription
1 31st AugustMoral SupportRoughly every 3 turns, Futaba will cast a Ma-kaja buff, a full-party Heat Riser, or heal the party for a small amount at random.
2 ?Mementos SearchWhen accessing a new floor of Mementos, Futaba may reveal the floor plan of that floor.
4 ?Position HackIf the party is ambushed by the enemies, Futaba may turn the tide and prompt 'Hold Up' instantly.
6 ?Active SupportExpands Moral Support to include Ultra Charge (Power Charge + Mind Charge) and small SP recovery.
7 ?Treasure RecoverAfter battle, stolen items from glowing treasure spots have a chance of respawning
9 ?Emergency ShiftWhen two active party members are knocked out, the player has the option of switching them with reserve members.
10 ? Final GuardFutaba will nullify all damage to the party once per battle if the attack from an enemy would be fatal to any party member.
Ultimate AwakeningUnlocks Ongyo-Ki's fusion and Necronomicon transfigures into Prometheus.

Battle QuotesEdit

  • "Here come the buffs!" (Bestowing any -kaja buff effect to party)
  • All-out Attack! (Going all out)

GalleryEdit

Persona 5
 
P5 Futaba cut-in
Futaba's Close Up.
 
P5 Cinamatic artwork of Futaba
Cinematic expressions concept artwork of Futaba Sakura.
 
FutabaConcept1
Concept art.
 
FutabaConcept2
Oracle concept art.
 
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.
 
P5 SAKURA FUTABA EDITION package illustration by Shigenori Soejima
Edition package illustration of Futaba Sakura by Shigenori Soejima wearing AKG K845BT headphones.
 
Persona 5 Official Design Work key visual by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration of Futaba and the others by Shigenori Soejima.
 
Futaba theme
Theme.
 
Futaba-valentine-card
Futaba's Valentine card.
 
Futaba All Out
Portrait.
 
FutabaTyping
Futaba typing.
 
P5 Sakura's phone log
Close up of Futaba's phone.
 
P5 Sakura's face covered in a blanket
Futaba's face being covered at the beach.
 
P5 Sakura's face close up
Futaba's face exposed at the beach.
 
Futaba Anne
Futaba and Ann.
 
Futaba Makoto
Futaba and Makoto.
 
Futaba window
Futaba on her laptop.
 
P5 Sakura with her phone
Futaba looking at the sky.
 
P5 Protagonist cleaning Futaba's Room
Futaba in her room.
 
Futaba going to sleep
Futaba sleeping.
 
FutabaMural1
Futaba's mural.
 
FutabaMural2
Futaba's mural.
 
FutabaMural3
Futaba's mural.
 
Shadow futaba talking to futaba
Futaba listening to her Shadow.
 
Futaba talking to her shadow self
Futaba speaking to Shadow Futaba.
 
P5 Famitsu scan Futaba inside of Necronomicon
Futaba inside of Necronomicon.
 
P5 Sakura in combat
Futaba in her Oracle outfit inside Necronomicon.
 
Futaba-in-battle
Futaba in her Oracle outfit inside Necronomicon.
 
Futaba's Mother confessing her love to Futaba
Futaba facing her mother.
 
P5 Sakura being a hacker at work
Futaba looking up information from her laptop.
 
P5 Futaba Sakura in her burglar outfit
Futaba alongside the protagonist, Ryuji, and Yusuke.
 
CantTakeMyLobster
Futaba trying to swipe Yusuke's lobster.
 
Futaba Morgana
Futaba engaging in borderline animal abuse.
 
Harem
Futaba after Valentine's Day.
 
FutabaCredits
Futaba in the credits.
Persona 5 Portraits
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura
Futaba Sakura's portrait
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura's phantom thief outfit
Futaba's Oracle outfit
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura's phantom thief outfit without mask
Futaba's Oracle outfit without mask
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura's casual winter attire
Futaba's casual winter attire
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura's summer attire
Futaba's summer attire
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura without glasses
Futaba without glasses
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura's summer casual attire
Futaba's summer casual attire
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura's swimsuit
Futaba's swimsuit
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura with doll head mask
Futaba with doll head mask
 
P5 portrait of Futaba Sakura with rabbit ears
Futaba with rabbit ears
 
Futaba Happy Cut-in
Futaba happy cut-in
 
Futaba Happy Cut-in 2
Futaba happy cut-in
 
Futaba Sad Cut-in
Futaba sad cut-in
 
Futaba Sad Cut-in 2
Futaba sad cut-in
 
Futaba Serious Cut-in
Futaba serious cut-in
 
Futaba Serious Cut-in 2
Futaba serious cut-in
 
Futaba Harmed Cut-in
Futaba harmed cut-in
 
Futaba Harmed Cut-in 2
Futaba harmed cut-in
Tribute Artworks
 
P5 Illustration of the main characters by Akaume (PQ Roundbout illustrator)
Illustration of Futaba and her team by Akaume (PQ Roundabout author)
 
Futaba by Kei
Illustration of Futaba and Morgana by Kei
 
P5 Illustration of Futaba by Namori (Author of YuruYuri)
Illustration of Futaba by Namori (Author of YuruYuri)
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P5, 01
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P5, 05
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, 02
 
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, 11
Futaba and Female Protagonist from Persona 3 Portable 20th Anniversary artwork

Trivia Edit

  • Unlike the rest of the Phantom Thieves' primary heist targets, the calling card for Futaba does not specify a sin she has committed, even though many players assume Cavum (hollowness) of the Nine Deadly Sins which is absent in the game besides the opening movie.
  • Futaba's name may be a reference to the Futaba Channel (also known as 2chan), an imageboard in Japan that inspired the popular English-language imageboard 4chan. As a hikikomori, Futaba could be seen as representing Internet or otaku culture.
  • Her life issue is a bit similar to Nanako Dojima, which both of them can't overcome their mother's death during their initial encounter with protagonists.
  • Futaba shares the same Ultimate Persona, Prometheus, with Baofu from Persona 2: Eternal Punishment whose Japanese voice actor, Jouji Nakata, also voiced Futaba's guardian, Sojiro Sakura.
  • The allusion to Baofu also extends to the fact that she performs computer hacking and wiretapping which are important to the main plots of both games.
  • Futaba's rank 10 Confidant ability "Final Guard" was originally named "Last Guardian" as seen in the fourth Japanese trailer of Persona 5.
  • Futaba's code name Oracle in the Western releases is likely taken from DC's Barbara Gordon, also known as Oracle, who uses computers as an informant and hacker for numerous DC heroes, most notably the Bat Family and the Birds of Prey. [citation needed]

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