I saw a comment about how P1 and P2 are important to everything P3+ and would like to share it here!
“Persona 3, 4 nor 5 explain Shadows and Shadow selves. Persona 2 is where they are created. All persona games are linked and even though you dont see most of them, Persona 3, 4 and 5 continue the war between Philemon, Igors master and Nyarlatothep, the master of shadows. The MCs are like the champions of Philemon and Nyar created the shadows to torment the cast. Nyarly has no other reason than to cause chaos and suffering. Nyar and Philemon are omnipresent. Philemon, in the form of a Blue Butterfly, entrusts the MCs, the Wild Card, while Nyar is fucking around with all natural laws to stop you, the player. But because the MCs are the Wild Card, they can resist the fate control by Nyarlatothep. Nothing happens by chance in Persona and Shadows are part of that too. Nyarly is OP as fuck and can wipe out everyone if he wanted to but hes using shadows to make it more fun and tormenting. You cannot kill him which is why Shadows will always exist. He is the very essence of darkness within humanities heart. Persona 2 cast were able to stop the shadows and Nyar but only because they were stupidly powerful themselves and also at a colossal cost of the whole world being torn into two. Perosna 2 Eternal Punishment, 3 and 4 are the second timeline cause the first one was destroyed. (But the events of P1, SMTIf and Devil Summoner carried over to the new timeline with only P2IS being erased) The likes of Strega and Artificial Persona user also hail from experiments from Persona 1 and 2. What Im trying to say is, Persona has a long history with a very deep and complex story linking all the way from previous games, but the core is the same."
I couldn’t say it better myself. But I would like to add a few other things that link them.
The Kirijo group was once apart of the Nanjo group and they are now business partners.
The Blue Butterfly that appears in P3, P4 and P5 is Philemon.
Nameless and Belladonna, a pianist and soprano singer from the Velvet Room, are still around during P3, P4 and P5 preforming "Aria of the Soul”.
In the Japan only PSP remake of P2EP its stated strong Shadows can take the form of Demons. This retconned the Demons in P1 and P2 as strong Shadows, and fixes the inconsistency between P2-P3. This also explains why Shadows take the form of Demons in P5. And why Demons in other SMT games work differently then in Persona.
Some of the P1 and P2 characters appear on the “Who’s Who" tv show in P3 as guests. Which is also hosted by another character from P1 and P2. Trish.
Shadow Aigis’ intro for P4 Arena Ultimax shows her with a black butterfly, Nyarlathotep’s symbol.
Katsuya Souo is mention on a tv program in P5, described as a "handsome detective with red sunglasses”,
If Persona ever ends it will be one big explosive battle against Nyarathotep and his Shadow army with the fate of the world on the line.
So I was looking at the persona casts’ ages at around the time P5 would be taking place and I’m crying.
K, so on the wiki, people have gaged Rise to be about 21 by the end of the game (cause she’s apparently developed a sex appeal after hitting 20. It’s in game during a commercial thingy I’m pre sure. Can’t recall 100% when off the top of my head though), so this has the game taking place at least 4 years after all the P4 shenanigans. This puts our yaso-second year babies at about 21-22, and Nao and Kanji at about 20-21
With this in mind, the port island-second years are 24, third years are 25, anD KEN MY SMOL SON IS
E I G H T E E N.
(Again, this is with the belief that the game falls in line with the 2016/2017 year)
THEN - here’s where it hits - this means that the main babes from P2IS (Tatsu, Ei, etc) are 35, Naoya/Earring Babe’s crew from P1 are in and around 37-38, Maya is 40, Katsuya is 42…
You guys I started crying my faves aren’t teenagers anymore I shouldn’t be emotional about this dammit