On Thursday at midnight (the “dark hour”), Aniplex updated the official website for the Persona 3 anime film project to reveal a promotional video, the title, the opening date, main staff, and main cast for the first movie. Persona 3 The Movie #1 Spring of Birth will open in Japan this fall.
Noriaki Akitaya (three Bakuman. series) is directing the first film at AIC A.S.T.A. with Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, Angel Beats!) supervising. Jun Kumagai (Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai, episodes of Persona 4 The Animation) wrote the screenplay, and Keisuke Watabe (Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars) is serving as character designer and animation director. Shoji Meguro (Persona 4 The Animation) is composing the music.
Akira Ishida as Makoto Yuki (silent Protagonist in game)
Megumi Toyoguchi as Yukari Takeba
Kousuke Toriumi as Junpei Iori
Rie Tanaka as Mitsuru Kirijo
Hikaru Midorikawa as Akihiko Sanada
Mamiko Noto as Fuka Yamagishi
Isamu Tanonaka (special guest star) as Igor
Miyuki Sawashiro as Elisabeth
In the game’s story, there is a hidden time known as the “Dark Hour” that exists between one day and the next when all movement in the town stops. During this time, terrible creatures called Shadows roam, and a group of high school students in the city of Iwatodai are drawn into the Dark Hour to fight these creatures and explore the mysterious tower of Tartarus. This group uses weapons called Evokers that are used to summon Personas.