Persona 3 The Movie: #3 Falling Down

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Persona 3 The Movie: #3 Falling Down

Before we start

I wrote this a few months back when I first started to write for EXP Grind. Never published it cause I felt that people wouldn’t enjoy this type of content from me. But after a few days I told myself, “Well… It’s done might as well put it up and see what happens.” I’ll make an updated version of this review with the new review format we have for movies some day soon along with the other three. Just view this as a sneak peak.

Words from the Writer

Here’s something a majority of people who know me, know about me, and that is that I am a seasonal anime enthusiast. During winter, spring, summer and fall, you’d find me in one of two places at the last week of each season, either my room or in the living room and marathon the anime series that I didn’t download or wanted to actually watch the whole season to the end. This has sort of in a way become a thing for me. You can even ask Chris and Paul, my fellow reviews here at EXP Grind, and they would tell you, that yes I spent a few days in my room watching anime off my cellphone.

There have been times where if I hear about a anime movie being screened here in the US, you bet you can find me there feeling a little giddy and excited. If it’s not here in the US, I spend months, and I mean months looking for the movie online. I know I’m going on tangent here, so let me get down to what you’re really here for, Persona 3 The Movie: No. 3, Falling Down.


The Movie starts off with Junpei being kidnapped by Cgidori Yoahino, a member of Streaga. As Makoto (Name of the Protagonist) and the SEES members are fighting Takaya, Jin, and the Shadow Arcana Hanged man. As the fight progresses Makoto is knocked unconscious and has a vision of Pharos. Pharos tells him how he’s changed and that he must now depart with Makoto. Makoto pleads for him not to leave. Upon waking up he and his friends defeat the Shadow Arcana and save Junpei. Takaya and Jin retreat, as Chidori is captured by SEES.

On the next day, Makoto, his friends, and Takeharu Kirijo decided that they should celebrate their victory against the twelve Shadow Arcana and for destroying the Dark Hour. Makoto, not really in the mood to celebrate, heads back to his room to rest for a while. Everyone else is still down stars, as the clock reaches a few seconds away from midnight, anticipation fills the room. The Dark Hour started, they can’t believe their eyes and decide to head off to Tartarus.

p3-movie-3-4There is a lot of things I love about the movie. Atlus was able to keep true to the game. Adding the change of day the way the game does filled me with nostalgia of sitting in my room playing through the game over and over again trying to 100% the game. Yes, you can’t pick what to say or what to do, but a lot of the music you find in the game you’ll hear throughout the entirety of the movie. The story line is all the same with a few differences here and there, such as no love interest for the protagonist as of now, and a few events not being present.

Final Thoughts

Now, you may be asking, “Hey, hold on a second. Why start a review on the third movie? What about the other two movies.” Well, you see the third movie air in Japan on April 4, 2015. A dubbed version just came out a few days ago. And as of February 8, 2016. I thought that maybe this would be a good start for reviewing Persona 3 the Movie. Also, No. 3, Falling Down isn’t the end of the series.

When No. 4, Winter of Rebirth is out I will review the whole series as one big review. As a warning for that review, if you haven’t played Persona 3 or watched the previous parts, there will be a massive amount of spoiling. And if you really haven’t played Persona 3, I would recommend it. A heads up as well I will also be reviewing the PS2/PS3/Vita ports of Persona 3 FES and Persona 4, as the months count down to Persona 5. Sort of the reason I didn’t go too much into detail for this review. Technically is not even a review, but more of a promotion or recommendation from one person to another. So look forward to the upcoming weeks.

Written by: Martin Porras

Just your avid Video Gamer and Anime watcher.

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