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Impressions: Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth photo
Impressions: Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth
by Elliot Gay

To say that Persona 3 changed the RPG landscape in significant ways is no overstatement.

Atlus' PS2 RPG arrived late in the life cycle of the console, yet miraculously managed to find dedicated audiences on both sides of the Pacific. It paved the way for its successor, Persona 4, and a sizable amount of other games that would take cues from its odd combination of school life simulation and dungeon crawling fun.

Persona 4 would go on to get various spin off projects, including a full TV series, various novels, and even sequels via the Arena fighting games. Persona 3 on the other hand seemed destined to play second fiddle to its sibling.

That's all geared to change with the release of Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth; the first in a series of films set to adapt the entirety of P3, Spring of Birth faces the difficult hurdle of trying to fit hours upon hours of material into a 90-minute block.

Spring of Birth follows Makoto Yuki, an orphaned high school student who moves to Tatsumi Port Island for school. Aloof and alone, he arrives at his new dorm in the middle of the night, surrounded by coffins and strange Shadow creatures prowling about. Here he meets his fellow dorm mates, members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad, S.E.E.S.. They wield the power to summon Personas, powerful beings that represent their inner selves. S.E.E.S. has but one goal: to rid the world of the Shadows.

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