During the Hawaii event, you spend most of it at Waikiki Beach on Oahu. The general layout is accurate, including the positioning of the sunset, the scale of Diamond Head as seen from that distance, and the direction the bus drives when coming from Honolulu International Airport. However, the real Waikiki is longer, has a more complex skyline, and is far more crowded.
Hifumi Togo, the beautiful shogi player, was originally written as one of the main Phantom Thieves. However, as the game developed, plot constraints lead to her becoming an optional confidant instead.
At Shibuya Station Square, players can find a commemorative statue of a dog named Buchiko. This is a playful reference to Hachiko, a purebred Akita who would wait at the station for his master to get off work. When his master died at work in 1925 and never returned back from his commute, Hachiko faithfully returned daily for nine years. Since then, Hachiko has become a symbol of loyalty in Japanese culture.
Persona 5, a game with a major visual motif in the form of hearts and a theme of "stealing hearts", was set to release in the Americas and Europe on Valentine's Day 2017, before delays pushed the release back to the no-longer meaningful April 4.
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Ryuji's shoes have the rising sun symbol removed in the Chinese and Korean versions, due to its association with Japanese imperialism.
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Futaba: This overwhelmingly forgettable appearance, generic speech style, and total lack of sex appeal... Nishima... Are you an NPC?!
Futaba: But it'd be even more savage to lie about what he is! And besides, NPCs are an important piece in the jigsaw puzzle of gaming!
Mishima: You're not making this any better...! And more importantly, my name isn't Nishima...!
Futaba: Anyway, I'm glad you spawned here!
Ann: This is a bit tight in the chest... Did they get bigger again...?
Morgana: Huh!? Speak up, Panther! That sounds like vital information!
Yusuke: I'm in the zone now... Give me more stimulation!
Ryuji: Dude...phrasing. I know what you mean, but...phrasing.
Futaba: That flappy part of Joker's coat is so cool.
Ryuji: I feel like one day it's gonna get caught in a door.
Haru: Cutting down the enemy as they approach... Ah, what a thrill!
Makoto: Noir, I'd appreciate it if you held off on the homicidal remarks until after you put your weapon down.
"Ha! It's almost scary how good I am!" - Morgana
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[After escaping the third palace:]
Ryuji: I think I cracked my ass...
Yusuke: Ann, are you alright!? Is yours cracked as well...?
Ann: Of course not!
Makoto: Isn't it supposed to be though?
Ann: Urgh, that's not what I mean!
Ann: I need to eat my way through the entire dessert menu...!
Ryuji: Ahhh, it's like a meaty explosion in my mouth...!
"Wooooaaaah! Looking cool, Joker!"
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Connection to Other Media
The shrimp food truck you visit during the Hawaii date event is based on a real business. Much like its in-game counterpart, Giovanni's Aloha Shrimp operates on Oahu, and has a white truck covered in graffiti. However, you'd normally find Giovanni's on the North Shore, not Waikiki.
When first visiting Mementos, Morgana mentions: "For some reason, 'cats turning into buses' is an extremely widespread cognition among the general public". Given the game's Japanese setting, this is a likely reference to renowned Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro, which memorably features a magical, hollow-bodied feline as public transport.
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