Nothin' but love, baby, goin' way back,
Back when we were bunch of teenagers,
Things done changed, from back in the days,
However things as tight as this, never ever changes!
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (known as Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night in Japan), is a Rhythm Game spin-off of Persona 3 in the vein of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, released at the same time as Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, a similarly themed dancing spin-off of Persona 5. It was released in Japan in May of 2018, with a western release on December 4, 2018.
One night, Elizabeth summons all members of S.E.E.S. to "Club Velvet" as her guests to party and dance. S.E.E.S. reluctantly takes up the invitation to entertain her.
Provides Examples Of:
- All Just a Dream: Elizabeth summons S.E.E.S. to Club Velvet in a dream.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Voice (Atlus Tsuchiya Remix)" features a music video about Koromaru's day in the style of a children's storybook and uses the models from Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.
- Air Guitar: When Ken dances to "Mass Destruction (Tetsuya Kobayashi Remix)", he briefly does air guitar motions on his spear. Yukari and Aigis will also play the air guitar with him if they are chosen as his dance partners.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the music video for "Voice (Atlus Tsuchiya Remix)", Mitsuru, Akihiko, and Shinjiro rescue Ken and Koromaru from Shadows.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: When Fuuka suggests making rice balls for the group, Akihiko tells her to put in protein and lemons.
- Several outfits from the main game are available such as Sexy Santa Dresses and maid costumes for the female SEES members.
- In Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, the party discovers a potion during the first labyrinth that shrinks whoever that drinks the bottle. "Time(Atlus Tsuchiya Remix)" setting takes place in the Dormitory where Fuuka and her partners (two of them who were also shrunk in PQ) are the size of dolls.
- Also from Persona Q, Shinjiro at one point scolds Akihiko for pouring protein powder into the rice pot. During one of Fuuka's conversation, Akihiko will advice Fuuka to do so.
- Call-Forward: Everyone except Makoto has costumes based on their appearances in Persona 4: Arena.
- Character Customization: Not only can you change the characters' dance outfits, but you can also give them head and eyewear accessories. You can also change the color of their hair and eyes.
- Crossover: DLC includes costumes based on SEGA's Virtua Fighter.
- Crocodile Tears: When S.E.E.S. first questions Elizabeth's request to dance at Club Velvet, she pretends to cry in an over-the-top, dramatic way, convincing no one.
- Crucified Hero Shot: Midway into the intro, Makoto spreads his arms out, alluding to his role as a Messianic Archetype.
- Dance Battler: Inverted. The second trailer shows Akihiko incorporating some boxing moves into his dancing techniques. Another scene has S.E.E.S swinging their weapons while dancing.
- Demoted to Extra:
- Dramatic Irony: Knowing how Persona 3 ends can turn any plans for the future the cast makes with the protagonist during the social events into this. Like Mitsuru inviting him to be her dancing partner for the next high society banquets hosted at the Kirijo mansion.
- Dream Weaver: Since some of the S.E.E.S. have no dancing experience, Elizabeth tells them that since they're dreaming, they simply need to "imagine" what their dance steps should look like to be able to dance.
- Downloadable Content: In addition to clothes, unlockable characters include Theodore, Shinjiro, Lavenza, Goro Akechi, Sho Minazuki, and Labrys.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Even though he is given a name, the other characters prefer to call the protagonist Leader.
- Excuse Plot: After learning that Margaret's guest resolved a situation through dancing, Caroline/Justine claimed that her guest would do a better job and, not wanting to be outdone, Elizabeth made the same claim of her guest. That means this game and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight take place together with Elizabeth somehow having gone back in time to the events of Persona 3 at the same time so everyone could participate.
- First-Person Perspective: During Social Links and exploring the characters' rooms, the game shifts into Makoto's point of view.
- Foregone Conclusion: As with Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, nobody remembers the events of this game at the end of game since everybody thought this is a dream and the fact that nobody in the main game brought this up.
- Gaiden Game: Doesn't seem to have any relation to the main storyline of Persona 3.
- Genre Shift: From urban JRPG to dancing Rhythm Game.
- Hotter and Sexier: All the girls sans Aigis (due to obvious reasons):
- Yukari and Mitsuru were already examples of Ms. Fanservice, but their new outfits are even more revealing. The former now wears a semi-transparent blouse which bares her midriff while the latter wears a jacket with Absolute Cleavage.
- In the main game, Fuuka is rather shy while wearing her swimsuit and her wardrobe consists of things more suited for a far older woman. Here, she is free to wear some of the more revealing outfits and the camera tends to focus on her legs.
- Iconic Item: Subverted. Every character now have their own set of earphones.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: When the venue is at the dormitory, the characters are shrunken in size and are standing on top the main lounge's coffee table.
- In-Series Nickname: Elizabeth introduces herself as "Eli-P" ("P" is short for "producer") and the rest of the characters call her by that name during her Social Link.
- Aigis, a Robot Girl, has Sera as her DLC costume. Sera and Roland are the only members of the Embryon who aren't Artificial Intelligences.
- Junpei embraces his role as a fighter, but has Hijiri as his DLC costume, one of two humans in the game who cannot fight and actively avoids battle.
- Fuuka, as Mission Control, cannot die in battle, but Asahi dies in both neutral routes (even if she can be resurrected later).
- Jump Scare: When the characters are first summoned into the Velvet Room, the lights suddenly go out. When they turn on again, Elizabeth is standing very close to you.
- Lighter and Softer: A complete tone down from the main's game theme of Death.
- Market-Based Title: The subtitle is "Dancing Moon Night" in Japan.
- Meaningful Echo: The opening music references that the game goes back to the time when the P3 cast is still in high school.
- Modesty Shorts: To avoid any Panty Shots during their dance, the girls wear shorts underneath their skirts.
- Mythology Gag:
- The protagonist is referred to as Makoto Yuki, the name he used in the movie adaption.
- At the end of the teaser trailer and throughout the intro, Makoto points his finger at his head akin to a pistol, referencing the use of an Evoker to summon a Persona in Persona 3.
- DLC costumes for the characters include:
- Instead of two-handed swords, Junpei holds a baseball bat, his weapon of choice in Persona 4: Arena Ultimax.
- Ken's outfit is a combination of his jacket with Koromaru's wings which is also wore by the latter in P4AU.
- With the exception of Shinjiro and Koromaru, during Burn My Dread, Makoto's friends cheer for him in the same order they did during the final battle.
- No Plot? No Problem!: Unlike Persona 4: Dancing All Night, there is no story mode; however, the Social Links provide unlockable character interactions as the characters continue to learn how to dance to entertain Elizabeth.
- Promoted to Playable: After staying in the support role in Persona 4: Arena, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, this game marks the first time Fuuka is playable in the series. Theodore is also available via DLC.
- Rhythm Game: Just like its predecessor.
- Shipper on Deck: If a boy and a girl pair up, sometimes Junpei will say, "Is this the appearance of a good couple?" during Fever.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The game's interface as of Arena romanizes Fuuka's name as "Fuka" via ignoring the extended "u" vowel.
- Time Travel: While the game takes place in the middle of P3, since Makoto is still alive, Elizabeth is apparently from the future since she talks about the events of Dancing All-Night and arguing with Caroline and Justine over whose guest is better. Another form of time travel involves Fuuka communicating with Futaba eight years into the future through her computer.
- Token Wholesome: As in the original game, since Aegis is a robot, she's the only female character exempt from any Stripperific costumes.
- Troll: DLC Characters Shinjiro, Labrys, and Sho will often comment on a character's performance during a song as much as everyone else. While Shinjiro and Labrys are quite positive, Sho loves to gleefully taunt the performer by calling them a moron or saying things like, "I hope you don't trip!" and chuckling.
- Twinkle In The Sky: In the music video for "Voice (Atlus Tsuchiya Remix)", Aigis flies away and disappears in a flash at nighttime.
- Wholesome Crossdresser
- Ken gets a Velvet Room attendant costume based on Justine and Caroline's outfit.
- The Virtua Fighter DLC outfits have Aigis and Fuuka dress as Jacky Bryant and Lau Chan respectively.
- All the boys in the base roster get drag outfits and pull them off to... varying degrees of success.
- Your Size May Vary: Ken's height is fudged a bit in the social events due to the first person perspective. In them, he's shown as only slightly shorter than the five-foot tall Fuuka, but is much shorter than her in actual dancing gameplay.