A movie adaptation based on the famous JRPG – Persona 3 Portable
, Persona 3 The Movie: Chapter 1, Spring Of Birth
, directed by Noriaki Akitaya
, is a faithful representation of its counterpart game and beautifully narrates the story of Makoto Yuuki
, who is portrayed as the main protagonist who is an individual void of emotions who journeys on as a normal human being in the world as a high school student. Broken on the inside, he mechanically carries out his actions and does not fear even death. If he’s told to lend a hand, he will faithfully do so and the vice versa is taken into consideration as well.
The plot of the movie revolves around the members of SEES (Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad)
, a school club whose undercover mission is to eradicate the vile existences of the so called impurities lurking around known as Shadows which prey on humans during the Dark Hour, a so called period of time which envelops more or rather is an extension of the normal 24 hours of everyday life. The members of SEES each possess a Persona, which is a mirror of their alter ego or rather a personality which manifests in form during the times of crisis in the battles which follow during the Dark Hour. Personas are used to battle shadows and each Persona possesses a range of attacks and abilities and can be classified on the basis of offense, defense and support/healing.
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What makes the movie look pretty awesome is its faithful adaptation of its characters as shown in the game. The soundtracks add life to the movie with its techno/hip hop groove and the contrasting themes of the artsy light and dark during the time of the Dark Hour and the normal daytime makes it stand out even more so, as the delicate balance of the transitions are maintained. Visually speaking, the movie is very appealing. Based on the plot, it sticks to it even more so faithfully. The animation and special effects in the movie are also pretty fluid. The fights between the Personas and Shadows are also well played out. Especially how the bosses appear after progressing through Tartarus’s floors during the Dark Hour is another appealing factor.
The movie however, does not cover the entire game and reveal all the other characters and bosses when compared to the later stages of its game.
The movie was released in Japanese theaters on November 23, 2013
. A sequel to the movie which in turn wraps up the entire plot of the game, in the name of Persona 3 The Movie: Chapter 2 , Midsummer Knight’s Dream
, was released on June 7, 2014 in theaters. Overall, the movie is definitely worth checking out and will even get you hooked.
Interested about the game? Read on more about Persona 3 Portable here
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