Thank You, Persona 5 Strikers, For This Grownup Who Would not Suck


Oh my! What a look Mr. Hasegawa.

Oh my! What a glance Mr. Hasegawa.
Screenshot: Atlus / Kotaku

Persona 5 Strikers has been out for slightly greater than every week, so I really feel fairly snug saying this:


Thank God for Wolf!

Wolf (née Zenkichi Hasegawa) is the most recent and solely grownup member of the Phantom Thieves. There are adults who assist the Phantom Thieves and maintain their secret, however till Strikers, there’s by no means been an grownup persona person.

And I really like him. So much.

I fearful about him when he first began coming across the Phantom Thieves. Whereas there are some good grown people like Cafe Leblanc proprietor Sojiro or Dr. Takemi, adults have at all times been the villians within the Persona 5 collection. So when a brand new one, a cop no much less, began hanging round in Strikers, I believed he was going to be hassle. Nice, one other character to get connected to just for the writers to show him evil. That is Dr. Maruki yet again.


She’s proper after all, however that’s humorous coming from the mega-wealthy privleged child.
Screenshot: Atlus / Kotaku

Nonetheless, regardless of a few scenes the place it seemed painfully clear Mr. Hasegawa was taking part in the Strikers’ gang for his personal profit, he turned out to be one of many good guys. Aided by the spectacular voice skills of Tom Taylorson, Mr. Hasegawa has a bumbling charm about him. He’s not overly critical like many of the Thieves’ allied adults. When interacting together with his younger partners-in-crime, he takes their jokes about his age or uncoolness in stride. Lastly, a persona person for grown people!

The Persona 5 collection presents the last word energy fantasy: How a lot better might life be if the shitty folks merely realized they have been being shitty and stopped? In Persona 5 and Royal, this battle was represented as adults vs. children. The adults get carte blanche to be shitty, and the one individuals who notice or care are the helpless adolescents. Due to this, the Phantom Thieves are rightfully distrustful of them—adults are those who supposedly have the ability to carry justice to assholes, however they don’t. When Kamoshida was abusing children in Persona 5, not one of the directors stepped in, even within the face of overwhelming proof. It calcified this concept that adults are both clueless or complicit.


Hasegawa introduces some a lot wanted grey into the Phantom Thieves’ black and white notions of justice.
Screenshot: Atlus / Kotaku

However Wolf’s presence on the staff provides nuance. He helps the Phantom Thieves perceive that even all highly effective, make-all-the-rules adults can undergo underneath the yoke of oppression and manipulation, and that it’s higher to work collectively than battle. When his personal daughter turned in opposition to him for failing to arrest her mom’s killer, Hasegawa reveals that he compromised his sense of justice in an effort to maintain her secure. Then, after awakening to his persona by way of intently working with the Phantom Thieves, he’s in a position to lastly carry his spouse’s assassin—who additionally occurs to be chargeable for all of the change of coronary heart shenanigans—to justice. Collaboration between adults and youngsters saved the day.

Additionally, man does Wolf look good when he fights.


Oh! Hi there Zaddy.
Screenshot: Atlus / Kotaku

The cowboy getup? Slinging these pistols? Swinging that fuck-off enormous sword? Calling himself “Wolf”?? Whew! He’s scorching,not in that smolderingly attractive form of approach, however that single dad, crumbs within the mattress, charmingly schlubby form of approach. And he’s bought large DBE—dad bod power. Mr. Hasegawa is mainly a Japanese model of Jim Hopper from Stranger Issues. And thank god he’s grown, so I don’t really feel unhealthy about saying Wolf’s scorching. Thanks Strikers, for lastly letting me lust guilt-free.


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