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Persona 3 The Movie is an animated movie series based on the game Persona 3. The first movie, titled Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth, was released on November 23, 2013, the second movie, Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream was released on June 7, 2014, the third movie, Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down was released on April 4th, 2015, and the final movie, Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth will be released on January 23, 2016. A teaser of the first movie was first shown as a 28 second scene at the end of Persona 4 The Animation -The Factor of Hope-.

Release DatesEdit

Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth

  • Japan: November 23, 2013 (Theatrical Release)
  • Japan: May 14, 2014 (DVD / Blu-Ray Release)
  • International: May 20, 2014 (Imported DVD / Blu-Ray Release)

Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream

  • Japan: June 7, 2014 (Theatrical Release)
  • Japan: March 11, 2015 (DVD / Blu-Ray Release)
  • International: March 11, 2015 (Imported DVD / Blu-Ray Release)

Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down

  • Japan: April 4, 2015 (Theatrical Release)
  • Japan: January 20, 2016 (DVD / Blu-Ray Release)

Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth

  • Japan: January 23, 2016 (Theatrical Release)

PlotEdit

Makoto Yūki is an orphaned teenager who transfers to Gekkoukan High School, on Tatsumi Port Island and, much to his confusion, finds himself experiencing a supernatural phenomenon known as the Dark Hour. After witnessing his new Iwatodai dorm-mates being attacked by mysterious creatures known as Shadows, Makoto goes to their aid and inexplicably awakens to the power of his Persona. Makoto later joins a covert extra-curricular club at Gekkoukan High called SEES, whose members have but one goal: to rid the world of the Shadows.

MusicEdit

The Movie's soundtrack is composed by Shoji Meguro. Each movie is accompanied by a main theme, along with remixed tracks from the Persona 3 Original Soundtrack. The soundtrack for the movies will be included with the Blu-Ray / DVD release. The themes for the movies are:

Adaptation DifferencesEdit

There are differences between the game and the movie.

  • Some characters' appearances are modified slightly, such as having darker hair or differently colored eyes.
  • SEES members don't get their weapons from the Police Station, instead the weapons they use are specially made by the Kirijo Group.
  • No items or fusion spells are used in battle. 
  • There is no cut-in effect when a character first summons his/her Persona.
  • The protagonist gains new Personas after defeating a Shadow from a full-moon operation. The Persona's arcana depends on the defeated Shadow's arcana.
  • No Social Links are acquired in the movie, but it is unknown if Makoto gains the rest of the Arcanas: TemperanceDevil, Tower, Star, Moon, Sun, Judgement or Aeon after all the remaining Full Moon Shadows are defeated.

Spring of BirthEdit

  • All the major characters appear in the movie intro (except Aigis), while the anime cutscene at the beginning only shows the Protagonist, Yukari, Pharos, and Mitsuru.
  • Makoto doesn't interact much with other social link characters, only a few. 
  • It is revealed in the movie that the first victim devoured by shadows in the anime cutscene was named Sakata Masashi.
    • In the anime cutscene he appears in Tatsumi Port Station, but in the movie, he appears somewhere in Port Island Station.
  • Some characters make a cameo appearance:
  • Junpei's Believe or Don't was not told in June 1, but in May.
  • While discussing about the ghost rumor from 2-E, their meeting was in Wild-Duck Burger instead of the dormitory.
  • Makoto does not accompany SEES during the June full moon operation due to his personality until he fully realizes his friends are in danger and he goes to save them.
  • This is first time where Makoto and Natsuki interact with each other, whereas that was not featured in the game.
  • In the movie, Natsuki heard the voice after witnessing the school transforming into Tartarus, but she heard it in the dormitory in the game.

Midsummer Knight's DreamEdit

  • During the second movie intro, the differences between the movie and game are:
  • Some characters make a cameo appearance:
  • The Beautiful Lady? does not appear during Operations: Babe Hunt.
  • Mitsuru's father, Takeharu told SEES the truth what happened ten years ago instead of Mitsuru.
  • During their trip on Yakushima, Shadows appears while Makoto and Yukari are at the beach, and Aigis comes to their rescue.
  • After SEES returns from Yakushima, Mitsuru stated Ken's mother was his only relative, but in the game, Ken has a distant relative who had been taking care of him.
  • Ken and Koromaru joined SEES in August and battled against the Arcana Chariot and Arcana Justice.
    • At the same time, Shinjiro burst through the locked door to save SEES.
    • He also joined SEES earlier than in the game, which was in September.
  • The SEES members see Takaya's Persona for the first time in August, earlier than in the game and similar to the manga.
  • Junpei was not kidnapped by Chidori during the September operation against the Arcana Hermit.
  • This is the first time SEES witness Shinjiro's Persona going berserk. This was not featured in the game or the manga.
  • During October 4, the difference between the movie and game:
    • As Shinjiro attempts to summon his Persona, Takaya shoots him in the stomach instead of his right knee.
    • Shinjiro's death was more gory and dark than the anime cutscene of the game.
      • In the movie version, he died in his childhood friend's arms instead of standing up and taking a few steps before collapsing to the floor.
  • Shinjiro's funeral was attended on October 15 instead of October 5 in director's cut version, and in the original film it was October 7.

Falling DownEdit

  • Junpei was kidnapped by Chidori and she is later captured by SEES in November, instead of September.
  • Akihiko, Ken, Fuuka, Yukari and Mitsuru's Personas do not evolve into their Ultimate Persona's, unlike in the game where they do as the story progresses through October to November. Junpei is the only person who received his Ultimate Persona.
  • The scene where Pharos leaves Makoto's psyche is similar to the manga adaptation except his appearance does not change.
  • Some characters make a cameo appearance:

GalleryEdit

Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth
 
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Persona 3 movie #1 promo poster
 
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Persona 3 The Movie's website teaser
 
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Persona 3 Movie Twitter page DP
 
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Persona 3 The Movie - PV 01

Preview 01
 
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Preview 02
 
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Theme Song CD Set
 
Persona 3 Spring of Birth DVD cover
Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth Blu-Ray DVD cover
Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream
 
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Midsummer Knight's Dream promo poster
 
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Persona 3 The Movie 2#: Midsummer Knight's Dream Blu-Ray cover
 
Persona 3 The Movie 2 Midsummer Knight’s Dream BD DVD artwork
Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down
 
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Falling Down promo image
 
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Promotional artwork
 
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Promotional artwork 2
Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth
 
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Last Episode Teaser visual
 
P3M Winter Of Rebirth Promo Poster
Winter of Rebirth promo poster
 
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Promotional artwork

Trivia Edit

  • Every time a Shadow from a full-moon operation are defeated, a blue butterfly sometimes appears at the scenes.
  • It's seems that every time after the credit, that shows each major character that somehow symbolized of their major role such as Makoto Yuki's awakening of his Persona, Aigis appear at Yakushima and meeting Makoto, and Ryoji Mochizuki's true identify as Death, except for the final tease of upcoming fourth movie where no major character appear.
  • Although Rio and Saori from Persona 3 Portable appear in the third movie, they don't appear in the original game or the male route, only appearing in the Female Protagonist's route.

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