Hold onto your Evokers, folks, because Persona 3 Reload has arrived, injecting a much-needed dose of freshness into the beloved classic. But with the revamp comes a surprising twist - the game seems to have given the boot to a fascinating fan theory from Persona 3 Portable. And let me tell you, this theory had fans scratching their heads in wonder.
For ages, dedicated Persona 3 enthusiasts have speculated that a little boy you encounter while hanging out with Yuko Nishiwaki is none other than a younger version of Ryuji Sakamato from Persona 5. The evidence seemed compelling. Both games exist within the same universe, and Ryuji's birth year of 1999 would make him a sprightly 10-year-old during Persona 3's 2009 timeline. Not to mention, the boy sports a yellow shirt, oozes a cocky attitude, and, inspired by Nishiwaki, takes up running - all traits strongly associated with Ryuji.
It was an intriguing theory, dividing fans into believers and skeptics alike. But Persona 3 Reload may have just shattered this idea to pieces. Thanks to Twitter user ScrambledFaz, we've been treated to a glimpse of the redesigned little boy from Persona 3, and let me tell you, it's a dramatic transformation. Gone is his vibrant yellow shirt, replaced by a generic appearance that could blend into any crowd.
Frankly, there's not much about this new design that screams "Ryuji" anymore. No defining features to link him to our beloved blond troublemaker, except for the shared love of running. If this little boy truly intended to be a nod to Ryuji, it would make sense for Atlus to accentuate those familiar traits instead of changing them entirely. I mean, Ryuji is an established character now, and there's no reason not to give him a shoutout.
Of course, there are still diehard believers out there in the Twitterverse, desperately clinging to hope. They argue that the kid's black hair is a clue, as Ryuji canonically dyes his hair blonde in Persona 5. But let's be real here, folks. Black hair is about as common in Japan as vending machines selling hot coffee on every corner. So, it's not the most convincing evidence.
Regardless of the truth, Ryuji lives on in our hearts, and isn't that what really matters at the end of the day? So, let's raise our Phantom Thief masks and toast to the enigmatic little boy who might've been Ryuji. May he continue to inspire our imaginations, reminding us that in the world of Persona, anything is possible - even unexpected connections between spiky-haired troublemakers.