"Let's think positive!"
—Maya Amano, Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Maya Amano is a playable character in Persona 2: Innocent Sin and the protagonist in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment where she is investigating the New World Order.

Maya is the first female protagonist of the Persona series as well as the oldest.

Appearances Edit

Design Edit

Maya is a young woman in her early twenties with light skin, shoulder-length black hair styled in a flip, and brown eyes. At 5'6" (168 cm), she could be considered tall (especially in Japan where Persona 2 is set), although she is shorter than fellow partymember Yukino Mayuzumi.

Her outfit is unique and appears to be custom-made: she wears a two-piece ensemble consisting of a two-tone brown jacket with distinctive pink hearts on the chest and a matching skirt trimmed in metallic silver paired with knee-high brown boots, finished off with a long navy necktie.

As a young teenager, her hair was bobbed with bangs, and she alternately wore a red, white and blue sailor-style school uniform, and a pink shirt under blue overalls with a red heart design.

Personality Edit

"It's whoop-ass time!"

She is famous for her rather unwavering and relentless optimism, something which begins to break down in Eternal Punishment. Maya Amano is a cheerful and compassionate woman, and works as a reporter for the teen magazine Coolest. Maya is also known for her motto, "Let's think positive!"

Mr Bunbun IS

Maya's rabbit Mr. Bunbun.

Maya often takes the role of a leader in the group, even in Persona 2: Innocent Sin where she is not the protagonist. Her unstoppable optimism and kindheartedness inspired and encouraged the group throughout the events of the game, making her an unforgettable force within the world they inhabited. Maya also often cheers the party up with her stuffed rabbit doll, which she calls "Mr. Bunbun." This doll evokes memories of her father.

Maya functions as the silent protagonist in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment but still retains components of her Innocent Sin personality.

Profile Edit

Persona 2Edit

Innocent SinEdit

"A beautiful and cheerful journalist. She's gathering rumors from students to compile into a special report."
—Her introduction, Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Maya Amano is a writer for Kismet Publishing working on the teen magazine Coolest. Her father is Masataka Amano. In the events of hearing rumors regarding a wish-granting genie called Joker, who grants anyone any wish, Maya became intrigued and tried to investigate behind the rumors, along with her partner Yukino Mayuzumi. Her investigation ends up in the Seven Sisters High School, in which she meets Tatsuya Suou and the others, setting the events of Innocent Sin.


Maya with Tatsuya, Lisa, Jun and Eikichi.

Although Tatsuya and his friends forced themselves to forget, Maya had known them 10 years ago, as childhood friends. They formed a group called the Masked Circle, in which they hid their identities from one another with masks. She taught them the game "Master Persona," which would allow all of them to manifest a Persona and would also save Maya's life.

However, one day Maya revealed that she would have to move away. To prevent this, she was locked inside the shrine at which they played, which the kids believed would force her to stay, if she wasn't available at the time her parents moved. Although Tatsuya wanted no part, Lisa Silverman and Eikichi Mishina did it anyway and locked him along with Maya.

During the night, the shrine was set on fire by Tatsuya Sudou. Maya was not killed thanks to her Persona awakening, but she was severely injured and developed a phobia of fire.

Jun Kurosu, one of Maya's closest friends, was lead by Nyarlathotep to believe that Maya had died in the fire. As a result, he developed a lingering grudge against the others, and it lead to him taking the role of Joker.

While revisiting the Alaya Shrine, the party fights Shadow Maya.

After the party's final confrontation with Nyarlathotep, Ms. Ideal stabs Maya with the Spear of Destiny. Due to a rumor that wounds inflicted from it could not be healed, it inflicts a mortal wound. Even in her dying breath, Maya tells the party to be positive, telling them "Mr. Bunbun" will not be happy if they are sad, and finally dies, fulfilling the Oracle of Maia and destroying the world, with the exception of Sumaru City.

Stricken with grief and devastated over her death, the party demands Philemon to do something about it. Philemon agrees to bring her back, but in an 'alternate world' with a hefty price; everyone must forget Maya and the friendship they shared. Everyone willingly discards their memory, but during the process Tatsuya out and out refuses to forget through sheer force of will. In the events of doing so, Tatsuya ends up in the 'alternate' universe with all his memories intact, causing a paradox and setting the events of Eternal Punishment.

At the end of Innocent Sin, Maya and Tatsuya end up bumping into each other in front of a station, along with the other party members who witness this. This meeting causes Tatsuya to remember the events of Innocent Sin and Maya to develop a bruise.

Eternal PunishmentEdit

"Editor of Kismet Publishing's teen magazine, Coolest. The game's main character."
—Her introduction, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
"Editor of Coolest. Cheerful by nature, she has been troubled by occurrences of deja vu lately."
—Initial Profile Description
Persona 2 Eternal Punishment - Ending01:05

Persona 2 Eternal Punishment - Ending

Maya walking across the street.

Maya functions as the silent protagonist in Eternal Punishment. She still writes for Coolest, often working alongside Yukino Mayuzumi. Before the events of the game, she had bumped into a mysterious student who had felt familiar to her. After this meeting, she also developed a mysterious bruise on her chest which occasionally aches. While working on a story about JOKER, she stumbles upon JOKER himself. He forces Maya, Katsuya Suou, and Ulala Serizawa to summon their Personas, and they wind up pursuing him.

Persona 3Edit

The name Maya appears in Persona 3 as the online screen name for the Hermit Social Link character, in the English version of the game. She even says "let's think positive!"

DemiKids: Light & DarkEdit

Maya is an A-Rank BattleNet opponent that's said to be a reporter that prefers to use recovery spells and bird demons. Defeating her 25 times earns a War Crow, 30 times a Garuda.

Contact Edit

Persona 2: Innocent SinEdit

Solo Contacts Edit

  • Interview: Maya interviews the enemy.
  • Consult: Maya consults with the enemy.
  • Discuss Parents: Maya talks about parents.
  • Compliment: Maya compliments the enemy.

Group Contacts Edit

  • Maya + Tatsuya: Maya tries to get Tatsuya's attention. (Gained after exiting the Air Raid shelter.)
  • Maya + Eikichi: Maya interviews Eikichi. (Gained automatically after the Club Zodiac dungeon.)
  • Maya + Yukino: Maya and Yukino perform a comedy routine. (Available from start.)
  • Maya + Eikichi + Lisa: Maya, Eikichi, and Lisa perform a comedy routine. (Gained automatically after the Club Zodiac dungeon.)
  • Maya + Lisa + Yukino: Maya, Lisa, and Yukino seduce the enemy. (Available from start.)
  • Maya + Jun: Maya acts like a big sister towards Jun.
  • Maya + Jun + Tatsuya: Maya and Jun comment on their growth and recollect about their past. Tatsuya observes.
  • Maya + Lisa + Jun: Maya and Lisa seduce the enemy, while Jun asks for the demon's mercy.

Battle Quotes Edit

Innocent Sin Edit

  • Ready or not, here I go! (when entering a battle)
  • It's whoop-ass time! (when entering a battle)
  • Yikes! (when entering a battle on low HP)
  • Freeze! (when attacking)
  • There! (when attacking)
  • Bulls-eye! (when attacking)
  • Huh! (when attacking)
  • Persona! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Come to me! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Ciao! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Omni Dimension! (when using Omni Dimension with Maia and Maia Prime)
  • Dark Dimension! (when Shadow Maya uses Dark Dimension, the dark counterpart to Omni Dimension, with Reverse Maia)
  • Crescent Mirror! (when using Crescent Mirror with Artemis)
  • Are you ready? Here goes! (when using Fusion Spells)
  • Grand Cross! (when using Grand Cross)
  • See you next time! (when escaping)
  • Grab your asses and run! (when escaping)
  • No... (when KO'ed)
  • I'm sorry... (after winning a battle)
  • Did I overdo it? (after winning a battle)
  • Ohhh yeah, whoop-ass complete! (rare victory quote)
  • I know they're demons, but... *sigh* I guess you get used to it. (rare victory quote)

Eternal Punishment Edit

  • Let's do it! (when entering a battle)
  • Whoop-ass time! (when entering a battle)
  • This is not good! (when entering a battle with low HP)
  • There! (when attacking)
  • Snap shot! (when attacking)
  • Persona! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Ciao! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Now, go! (when summoning a Persona)
  • Artemis! (when using Crescent Mirror with Artemis)
  • Let's go, ready? (when using Fusion Spells)
  • Let's fuse a spell! (when using Fusion Spells)
  • Everyone, c'mon! (when using Fusion Spells)
  • Whoop-ass completed! (after winning a battle)
  • I'm sorry... (after winning a battle)
  • Hmm... Did I overdo it? (rare victory quote)
  • Is that all? (rare victory quote)
  • I've felt this before... (rare victory quote)
  • I want to meet him... Stay out of my way! (rare victory quote)
  • See - you - next - time! (when retreating)
  • Grab your asses and run! (when retreating)
  • No way! (when KO'ed)
  • I can't, not here... (game over)
  • I'm sorry... Tatsuya... (game over)

Music Edit

The motif of Maya's theme is probably the most arranged officially in the human character's theme category of the Megami Tensei series. If one does not count the remastered tracks of PSP remakes of the Persona 2 duology, there are 4 tracks containing Maya's motif in Innocent Sin OST, 1 track in Eternal Punishment OST, 1 vocal remix from "Persona 2: Innocent Sin ~ The Errors of Their Youth," 1 rearranged track from Persona 3 FES, 2 rearranged track in the Eternal Punishment PSP remake and Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album for Persona 5 deluxe version pack-in bonus soundtracks which were released exclusively to Japanese version.

Persona 2 Eternal Punishment - Change Your Way03:28

Persona 2 Eternal Punishment - Change Your Way

Change Your Way

"Change Your Way" is the ending theme song for Persona 2: Eternal Punishment written and sung by Elisha La'Verne with the game in mind. According to the songwriter the song is about always being available to get out of bad situations, and was based upon experiences as she grew up in London, witnessing homeless people on the streets. This echoes the protagonist Maya's motto, "Let's think positive!"[1]

Persona 2 Innocent Sins OST Maya's theme01:28

Persona 2 Innocent Sins OST Maya's theme

"Maya's Theme" (Innocent Sin)
Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin OST Maya's Theme (Sad Version)01:08

Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin OST Maya's Theme (Sad Version)

"Maya's Theme -Sad version-" (Innocent Sin)
Persona 2 Innocent Sin ペルソナ2 罪 - Maya Amano Dies Theme03:22

Persona 2 Innocent Sin ペルソナ2 罪 - Maya Amano Dies Theme

"Maya Dies" (Innocent Sin)
Persona 2 Innocent Sin (PSP) OST - Maya Theme02:38

Persona 2 Innocent Sin (PSP) OST - Maya Theme

"Maya's Theme" (Innocent Sin PSP remake)
Persona 2 Innocent Sin (PSP) OST -Vehicle Handing01:21

Persona 2 Innocent Sin (PSP) OST -Vehicle Handing

"Vehicle Maneuver" (Innocent Sin PSP remake)
Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Eternal Punishment OST Maya's Theme 201:55

Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Eternal Punishment OST Maya's Theme 2

"Maya's Theme 2" (Eternal Punishment)
Persona 2 Innocent Sin ~The Errors of Their Youth~ Track 2 Open your heart -Up-rifting house mix05:30

Persona 2 Innocent Sin ~The Errors of Their Youth~ Track 2 Open your heart -Up-rifting house mix

"Open your heart -Up-rifting house mix" ("Persona 2: Innocent Sin ~ The Errors of Their Youth")
Persona 2 EP (Special Soundtrack) - Maya's Theme -Atsushi Kitajoh Rearrange Ver-04:07

Persona 2 EP (Special Soundtrack) - Maya's Theme -Atsushi Kitajoh Rearrange Ver-

"Maya's Theme -Atsushi Kitajoh Rearrange Ver-" (Eternal Punishment PSP bonus soundtrack)
Persona 3 FES OST Maya's Theme02:54

Persona 3 FES OST Maya's Theme

"Maya's Theme" (Persona 3 FES)

Gallery Edit

Innocent Sin Artwork
Artwork of Tatsuya and Maya, along with their Ultimate Personas
Maya Amano render 2
Maya's original artwork from Innocent Sin
Maya's slightly altered artwork from Innocent Sin
Most of Maya's expressions, her childhood self, and her Shadow Side
Maya Amano render
Full-body artwork from the Innocent Sin remake
Maya Amano ISP
Higher-quality shot of Maya's remake artwork
Maya attack
Attack render
Innocent Sin characters
Maya with the group
Innocent Sin Portraits
Maya's normal portrait
Maya's angry portrait
Maya's surprised portrait
Maya's happy portrait
Maya's sad portrait
Maya crying
Maya's annoyed portrait
Maya's scared portrait
Maya's injured portrait
Maya wearing a Masked Circle mask
Maya as she's dying
Maya sad as a kid
Maya crying as a kid
Maya tearfully smiling as a kid
Maya sad as a teenager
Maya happy as a teenager
Maya scared as a teenager
The rumor ghost modeled after teen Maya
Eternal Punishment Artwork
Shadow Maya weep
Maya weeping
P2 Japanese boxart
Japanese PSX boxart of Maya holding the head of Tatsuya's Persona, Apollo
P2 EUA boxart
USA PSX Boxart
P2EP Promotional Artwork
Cover for the Master's Guide
Tatsuya and Maya
Maya and her Persona Artemis
Persona 2 EP PSP Boxart (No logos)
Boxart of Maya with her Persona Maia
Maya P2 Trailer
Maya in the Persona 2: Eternal Punishment PSP trailer
Maya Amano EPP
Maya Amano in the Eternal Punishment PSP remake
Maya Amano in the Eternal Punishment PSP remake
Maya's Fusion Spell cut-in portrait in the PSP remake of Eternal Punishment
Maya weeping
Art of Maya weeping
P2 Sprite of Maya
Persona 2 characters
Maya with the group
Nyarlathotep in the guise of Tatsuya Suou to the right of a tearful Maya Amano
Maya summoning Artemis
Eternal Punishment Portraits
Maya's normal portrait
Maya's angry portrait
Maya's surprised portrait
Maya's happy portrait
Maya's sad portrait
Maya's other sad portrait, with eyes closed
Maya's injured portrait
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival
PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival visual art by Shigenori Soejima
Maya along with Tatsuya and the other protagonists on PERSONA 20th Anniversary Festival visual art by Shigenori Soejima
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P2, 01
Illustration of Maya for Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration by Masayuki Doi
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, P2, 02
Persona 20th Anniversary Commemoration Illustrated, 15
Other Appearances
Maya in the anime trailer
Maya and Yukino in the anime trailer
Maya making of 1
Maya in the tech demo of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
Maya making of 2
Maya in the tech demo of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
Maya costume
Mitsuru and Artemisia as Maya and Artemis in Persona 4 Arena

Trivia Edit

  • Maya is the first (and to date, only) Persona protagonist that cannot be named by the player.
  • Maya is the oldest protagonist in the series at 23 years old, Tatsuya being second at 18.
  • Maya's intense guilt about her resentment towards the original Masked Circle for the Alaya Shrine incident prevents her from ever accepting her own Shadow as an aspect of herself, making her a singularity among the series' playable characters who've interacted with their Shadows (including the cast of Persona 4). She instead chooses to insist that her Shadow is nothing more than a fake created by the conflicting rumors about her involvement with the Masked Circle.
    • This is represented by her Arcana, the Moon, which is associated with illusions, self-deception and subconscious emotions.
  • According to the Persona World Guidance book, Maya is stated to not be romantically interested in either of the Suou brothers. This is reflected by her ultimate Persona Artemis who swore eternal virginity in her originating lore.
  • When the party goes to get her legendary weapon from Garcon Soejima, he tells them that the only way she can get the weapon is to eat his spaghetti di kusaya (spaghetti horse mackerel in the fan translation), which she descibes as her least favorite food.
  • In Persona 2: Innocent Sin ~ The Errors of Their Youth, track 10, "Bomb Shelter Imitation Hell," Maya does an impression of Shinnosuke Nohara from the manga and anime series Crayon Shin-chan, a reference to her voice actress's role as Shinnosuke.
  • Tadashi Satomi, the story writer, proposed the idea of allowing Maya to speak in the bonus content of Eternal Punishment PSP remake. This was dropped due to the tradition that the protagonist must remain silent because they represent the player.[1]
  • In the English version of Persona 3, the protagonist can befriend a player in the fictional MMO "Innocent Sin Online" (which itself is a reference to Persona 2: Innocent Sin), who uses the name "Maya," and even says "let's think positive!" In the Japanese version, that character is instead a reference to Yumiko Shirasagi.
  • In the game files of Skullgirls, there is a text portrait of Maya shrugging. 



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