Persona 5, Does Goro Akechi Mean Nothing To You?

Goro Akechi with his hand outstretched.

The web’s been buzzy of late for the freshly introduced Persona 5 spin-off game, Phantom of the Evening (P5X). Followers have been intrigued by the brand new characters, however they have been additionally excited to fulfill their previous favorites once more. However once I appeared on the screenshots, I observed one individual lacking: Goro Akechi. What offers, Atlus? You’ll be able to’t simply fake that Persona 5 Royal’s primary antagonist wasn’t additionally the sequence’ most compelling character. He was a real member of the Phantom Thieves group, and his haters can die mad about it.

Goro Akechi is a highschool scholar who acts as a rival for the primary protagonist of Persona 5. Within the unique recreation, he’s identified for betraying the social gathering after pretending to be their pal. He additionally does this within the enhanced Royal launch, however this 2019 replace of the sport provides extra scenes for him. These social interactions make Akechi really feel extra like a deeply troubled pal, slightly than a shithead cop who had a change of coronary heart on the final second.

Like most RPG antagonists, Akechi has a tragic backstory. His mom died when he was younger, and he grew up as an orphan (who usually face considerable social stigma in Japan). Akechi needed revenge towards his neglectful and merciless father, so he cooperated with him with the intention to get shut sufficient to assassinate him. Sadly, his father additionally deliberate to assassinate his son all alongside. Akechi finally acknowledged that the protagonist is the same individual to him, and selected to sacrifice himself to make sure the escape of the heroic Phantom Thieves.


It additionally helped that in Royal, gamers bought to spend extra time with him in a wholly new arc. The post-game added a brand new semester during which actuality has been utterly modified. On this altered Tokyo, each character has their private tragedy undone, and every individual lives a cheerful life. That is the one situation during which Akechi may be saved. Nevertheless, he rejects the factitious world and the false happiness that comes with it. Since he’s implied to have died within the unique plotline, defeating this world’s proprietor means he’ll stop to exist. He doesn’t care. For him, dying is preferable to dwelling below the thumb of some increased energy.

However I needed him to dwell! While you pursue the ending during which the factitious world is destroyed, Royal teases the chance that Akechi may need survived. And so I held my breath for the potential for with the ability to see Akechi once more within the sequel recreation Scramble. I by no means ended up ending that musou recreation regardless of finishing so many others. Akechi wasn’t in it, and that was positively a part of the rationale. I wasn’t terribly invested in a P5 during which he didn’t exist.


I hoped that it was a fluke. Akechi is nice, and he deserves to look in different spinoff video games. Now it looks like P5X would possibly let me down too, and I’m beginning to lose hope that Atlus remembers who he’s. That is homophobia, and I gained’t stand for it. Atlus, give us my feral hen son or give me dying.


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