The Persona series started out as a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei series. However, it has seen considerable evolution over the course of its existence, with the result that it can be rather difficult to recognize one for the other. Regardless, romance has become a big part of the Persona series, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there is a fair amount of debate over which romances in Persona 5 are the best. Of course, each person will have their own particular favorites based on their own particular preferences, but this can nonetheless prove to be entertaining. Here is our list of the 5 best Persona 5 romances:
For those who are unfamiliar, Futaba starts out as a shut-in because of the loss of her mother. Something that was made even more traumatic than normal because her mother’s murder was disguised as a suicide, which came complete with a suicide note that put the blame on her. On top of this, while Futaba’s adoptive father Sojiro cares for her, it is that same caringness that fuels his sense of guilt that she is so traumatized, with the result that he enables her bad habits to an extent. As such, it is no wonder that when the player encounters Futaba’s Shadow, it is very positive in nature, which is a striking contrast to its counterparts to say the least. Unsurprisingly, much of the relationship with Futaba is focused on her regaining her independence from her traumatic past, which can be very empowering to see. As for her gift, it is a set of Headphones, which come with the bonus of increasing earned points when using Hermit Persona in NG+.
Personality-wise, Haru is a very kind and very empathetic individual. Unfortunately, her elite background means that she is much more socially awkward than what most people would expect, which can be blamed on serious trust issues born of the numerous people who have approached her with the intent of exploiting her status. Having said that, it is interesting to note that there is something of an edge to Haru’s personality as well, as shown by what seems to be a sadistic streak when it comes to combating enemies. The relationship with Haru is focused on her pursuing freedom, which means rejecting the marriage contract that had been negotiated for her rather than by her. Besides this, it should be mentioned that her gift is a Hat, which increases earned points when using Empress Persona in NG+.
Ann combines good looks with a lack of academic talent. However, it would be a serious mistake to think that she is either idiotic or incapable. For example, Ann is an excellent judge of character, which is particularly impressive because her looks have caused her to become rather socially isolated. Likewise, Ann is quite grounded as a person, which is useful because it enables her to keep her eyes on the big picture under circumstances that cause other people to get distracted by side-considerations. Given how Ann is introduced to the player, it is perhaps unsurprising to learn that much of the relationship is focused on how Ann grows into a stronger person while dealing with the aftermath of everything that has happened to her and to her friend Shiho. As for the gift, that would be a pair of Earmuffs, which boost points earned from using Persona of The Lovers in NG+.
Speaking bluntly, Makoto has anger issues, which are wholly unsuprising when one considers her circumstances. In short, she feels overshadowed by her older sister, with the result that she keeps her head down for the most part because she has a very weakened sense of self-worth. As a result, while Makoto is more than smart enough to notice when the authorities are failing to live up to their own standards, she doesn’t actually do anything about it besides build up resentment because she doesn’t actually believe that she has the power to do anything. Naturally, Makoto’s relationship is very focused on her overcoming this sense of helplessness while reaffirming her belief in what is right and what is wrong. Something that has a huge impact on what she eventually decides to do with her life. Gift-wise, Makoto offers a Wristwatch, which has the same effect as its aforementioned counterparts but for Priestess Persona.
Hifumi is the one character on this list who isn’t a member of the Phantom Thieves. In fact, she isn’t even a member of the same school as the protagonist and the other members of the Phantom Thieves, seeing as how she is a student at Kosei High School.
Primarily, Hifumi is famous for playing a Japanese chess variant called shogi. Indeed, she is a competitive player who makes public appearances on a regular basis, meaning that she has spent a fair amount of time in the spotlight. However, Hifumi isn’t very well-liked. In fact, she is outright disliked, which is connected to the widespread rumors of her participating in fixed matches.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, these rumors serve as the center of Hifumi’s relationship. As it turns out, the rumors are true. However, it isn’t Hifumi fixing her matches. Instead, it is Hifumi’s mother. Apparently, she sees Hifumi as a way to reach the heights that she herself never could, with the result that she is willing to bribe Hifumi’s opponents for the sake of ensuring victory. Although Hifumi is upset when she finds out the truth, she is unable to stand up against her mother, with the result that resolution is reliant on the player’s intervention. This results in a crushing loss for Hifumi for the first time, which to her credit, actually strengthens her determination to become a professional shogi player.
As for the mechanics, Hifumi is one of the more difficult Confidants to pursue, not least because the player needs to maximize their knowledge if they want to complete everything. In exchange, she provides various benefits, with a standout being the ability to switch out team-mates in the middle of battle. Technically, this is a benefit of building up Confidant levels rather than pursuing a romance with Hifumi, but it receives a mention here nonetheless because players will be doing one in order to get the other.