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  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Makoto has garnered this since the movie came out. His cold, distant, and stoic attitude make him come across as a Jerkass without any redeeming qualities at first and thus is too unlikeable. Though some like this since it gives room for development, as the events later in the film indicate. This has cooled down some since the second movie, thankfully, as Makoto has become less of a jerk and more openly friendly.
      • Ironically, he was actually much worse in the first draft. He was toned down *a lot*. See the Trivia entry for more details.
      • Some find Makoto not yelling at the seniors who are badmouthing Shinjiro, at his own funeral, to be a bit of a letdown. Though it's justified, since he's in the middle of a Heroic BSoD at the time.
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    • Ken. His portrayal in the movie is much better received to how he was in the game, but some people still hold what happened on the October Full Moon incident against him.
  • Better on DVD: While each of the films holds their own as standalone features, they benefit from being watched back to back; their combined six and a half hours of runtime makes them prime fodder for binge-watching.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Protagonist having the name Makoto Yuki in the movie, as opposed to Minato Arisato. Then again, this is par for the course.
    • Also, the use of the male protagonist as opposed to the female protagonist from the PSP port. Fans at least wanted her to appear in as a cameo, if nothing else.
    • The fact that an animated adaptation of Persona 3 would be released as a movie rather than a series like both its predecessor and successor. Some felt that the movies, with a shorter running time than a full-on series, would cut down on scenes at the cost of Character Development. Others defended the choice as it gives the development team a bigger budget to focus on better animation.
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  • Catharsis Factor: Watching Takaya get beaten by Akihiko in Winter of Rebirth.
  • Ho Yay: Ken looks up to Shinjiro a lot in the second movie. He has quite a few lingering stares in Shinjiro's direction, and nervously invites him to the summer festival in what's totally Not a Date. Really, the whole thing comes across as Ken having a crush on Shinjiro. It makes The Reveal that much worse.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The movie version of Ken is much better received than he was in the game. Unlike the game, he has a relationship with Shinjiro and his desire for revenge is more sympathetic, as it comes off as a lot less coldhearted and is shown to be conflicted with it.
  • Video Game Movies Suck: Widely considered to be an aversion. Though fans are divided over some aspects of the movies (see above), the general consensus is that they are faithful to the games and manage to tell a compelling story, even with the entries that cover the less exciting seasons. And there's far less Off-Model moments compared to Persona's other notable animated adaptations (Having a film-quality animation budget probably helped on that front).
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