P5 illustration by Shigenori Soejima

Meet Ryuji Sakamoto

We’re slowly meeting the cast of Persona 5, we’ve met two of the Phantom Thieves so far, and today is Ryuji Sakamoto’s turn to be in the spotlight.

Ryuji is voice by Max Mittelman and is a former athlete who no longer can play after being injured. This seems to be a reason behind his explosive personality, and I’m sure we’ll get to know him in the coming months!

Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled youth who live dual lives. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high-schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self;” the game’s heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.

Persona 5 will release on Feb. 14 in North America.