Persona 3

General information

Title in Japanese: ペルソナ3 (perusona surī)

Japanese Releases:

  • Playstation 2 on 13 July 2006.
  • PlayStation 2 on 19 April 2007 as an enhanced version titled Persona 3 FES.
  • PlayStation Portable on 1 November 2009 as an enhanced port titled Persona 3 Portable.

Western releases:

  • PlayStation 2 on 14 August 2007 in North America, published by Atlus.
  • PlayStation 2 on 22 April 2008 in North America as an enhanced version titled Persona 3 FES, published by Atlus.
  • Playstation Portable on 6 July 2010 in North America as enhanced port titled Persona 3 Portable, published by Atlus.
  • Playstation Network on 10 April 2012 in North America, FES version, published by Atlus.
  • PlayStation 2 on 29 February 2008 in Europe, published by Koei.
  • PlayStation 2 on 20 September 2013 in Europe as an enhanced version titled Persona 3 FES, published by Koei.
  • Playstation Portable on 29 April 2011 in Europe as enhanced port titled Persona 3 Portable, published by Ghostlight
  • PlayStation Network on 12 February 2014 in Europe, FES version, published by Atlus

Back Cover (FES NA edition)

The Dark Hour Begins Anew!

  • Choose to play as a male or female and watch it change the game’s intricate dynamics.
  • Fill your days with friends, school, and jobs, and use your nights to fight Shadows.
  • Master the power of Social Links: grow your friendships to strengthen your Persona.

There is a hidden hour that exists between one day and the next when terrible creatures known as Shadows roam. You must wield your inner power-Persona-to protect humanity and find a way to bring an end to this threat.

©2006-2010 ATLUS
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI, SMT, and Persona are registered trademarks of Atlus U.S.A, Inc.

Manual (FES NA edition)

STORY
PROLOGUE
AWAKENING

The main character of Persona 3 is a high school student who was orphaned as a young boy. He has recently transferred to Gekkoukan High School in Port Island, the city he lived in ten years ago. Shortly after moving into the school’s dormitory, the main character is attacked by a Shadow. The assault awakens his Persona, Orpheus, his only chance at defeating this creature of the night. He soon discovers that he shares this special ability with other students at his new school. From them he learns of the Dark Hour, a hidden time that exists between one day and the next, swarming with Shadows that feed on the minds of their victims. The main character decides to join the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES); [sic] and under the supervision of school chairman Shuji Ikutskuki, he and his new friends confront this evil threat… (p. 4)

PERSONA
A Persona is a second soul that dwells deep within a person’s heart. It is an entirely different personality that emerges when a person is confronted with something from outside his world.

A Persona ability refers to the unique gift that enables a person to summon and use a Persona. Those who are capable of this feat are known as Persona-users. This ability is humanity’s only hope to defeat the Shadows.

THE DARK HOUR
In the world of Persona 3 there exists an abnormal period of time known as the Dark Hour, which manifest every evening at midnight. During the Dark Hour, normal people are transformed into crystalized objects resembling coffins through a process called Transmogrification. While a person is Transmogrified, he is not cognizant of anything happening in the world around him. Therefore, the general public is unaware of the existence of the Dark Hour. Only Shadows, the original inhabitants of the Dark Hour, and those who possess the “potential” can experience this time. (p. 5)

CHARACTERS
The Main Character

The main character is a teenager who has recently transferred to a new high school. After settling into his room in the dormitory, he is attacked by Shadows. This incident awakens his Persona ability. However, unlike the other SEES members, the main character can use more than one Persona. Because of this special talent, he is chosen to lead the squad in the fight against the Shadows.
Persona: Orpheus (p. 6)

Yukari Takeba
Yukari is a classmate of the main character, who lives in the same dormitory. Yukari is able to summon her own Persona and has been a member of SEES for quite some time. She is strong-willed, but everyone loves her cheerfulness and positive outlook on life.
Persona: Io (p. 7)

Junpei Iori
Junpei is in the same class as Yukari and the main character. He was the first student to speak with eh main character after he transferred to Gekkoukan High School. He’s a class clown who joined SEES after realizing his ability.
Persona: Hermes (p. 8)

Igor
This mysterious figure sometimes provides answers, but more often he creates questions and confusion with his enigmatic way of speaking. He is able to strengthen the powers of a Persona via a secret art known as fusion.

Akihiko Sanada
Akihiko is the captain of the school’s boxing team. Outwardly he appears calm, cool, and collected, but on the inside he is full of passion and ambition. He views his membership in SEES as an opportunity for training.

Mitsuru Kirijo
Mitsuru is the president of the student council. She comes from the prestigious family that controls the powerful Kirijo Group. She is intelligent and commanding-both ideal qualities to provide support to the other SEES members.

Shuji Ikutsuki
Shuji Ikutsuki is the chairman of the school board and the supervisor of SEES. He does not have the ability to use a Persona, and he does not directly fight against the Shadows. He is full of helpful knowledge but has a tendency to tell unfunny jokes. (p. 9)


Back Cover (PSP NA editon)

The Dark Hour Begins Anew!

  • Choose to play as a male or female and watch it change the game’s intricate dynamics.
  • Fill your days with friends, school, and jobs, and use your nights to fight Shadows.
  • Master the power of Social Links: grow your friendships to strengthen your Persona.

There is a hidden hour that exists between one day and the next when terrible creatures known as Shadows roam. You must wield your inner power-Persona-to protect humanity and find a way to bring an end to this threat.

©2006-2010 ATLUS
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI, SMT, and Persona are registered trademarks of Atlus U.S.A, Inc.