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The Best Romances in Persona 5 Royal

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Persona 5 has a ton of romances to choose from. In fact, players would need to play through the game multiple times in order to get through every romance scenario. It’s a long game too, with an average playtime of almost 100 hours to complete the main story.

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For those who enjoy a good video game love story though, that time is incredibly well spent, as the best romances in Persona 5 Royal are well worth experiencing. They help to further flesh out certain characters, while also adding a little extra incentive when it comes to exploring the game’s world and really getting to know its inhabitants.

Updated on March 7, 2024 by Ritwik Mitra: Persona 5 Royal is the definitive way to enjoy one of the best JRPGs ever made. The sheer amount of style and substance that oozes from this product is unending, making it clear why so many people love the art direction and presentation of a JRPG that served as a massive step in the right direction for the series. All the delays were made worthwhile when Persona 5 launched and showed off just how much of an upgrade this game was from its predecessor. Many elements of this beloved JRPG are worth praising, with the wealth of fun romance options being one of them.

9 Chihaya Mifune

Arcana: Fortune

Chihaya Mifune in Persona 5

  • A fortune teller whose Confidant lets players enjoy a ton of valuable benefits

While Chihaya is far from the best romanceable character in Persona 5 Royal, this is not strictly because of the quality of her romance. After all, this character is pretty endearing and a ton of fun to interact with. However, it is possible to totally miss her if players ignore the rumors of a fortune teller in Shinjuku. More than that, Joker has to pay 100,000 yen to buy an item to continue with her story, which can prove to be a major barrier that prevents people from unlocking this Confidant until a fair way in. On top of all of this, there is a moment when Chihaya will outright reject the player if they haven’t taken specific responses beforehand, meaning that most people will definitely not unlock a romance with her unless they know what they’re doing.

She is cute and sweet, making her a pretty wholesome, albeit somewhat gullible character to fall for. As is the case with most other Confidants in the game, this character has a set of Mementos requests that players need to complete too. Perhaps the best part about leveling up Chihaya’s Confidant is that players can unlock an ability that lets them improve their relations with other Confidants without spending any time, which is bound to be useful for obvious reasons. That being said, this ability can be accessed regardless of whether the player romances her or not.

8 Sadayo Kawakami

Arcana: Temperance

Sadayo Kawakami in Persona 5

  • A high-school teacher who moonlights as a maid to make some extra cash

There’s no denying that romancing Kawakami is totally wrong from an ethical point of view. Not only is she pretty old compared to Joker, but she’s also his teacher! This makes it quite a tricky thing to recommend this romance, even if Kawakami’s character is pretty entertaining. Her personal story is also pretty interesting and justifies why she’s even working part-time as a maid, to begin with.

Leveling her up as a Confidant is a little crazy, with players calling her to either do some household chores for them or hang out with Kawakami and listen to her problems. The fact that she’s Joker’s teacher makes it clear why players need a certain level of Guts score to call her. While the benefits of having Kawakami as a Confidant can be pretty great, the icky nature of this romance still persists regardless… but players who get over this hurdle will find themselves getting to know a pretty selfless and dedicated character who is earning money for a good cause.

7 Haru Okumura

Arcana: Empress

Haru Okumura in Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight

  • A bubbly, kind-hearted girl who hates the evil associated with her family business

Haru is well-loved by fans, and many are disappointed that she only comes in the latter part half of the game. Many have probably already even picked their romance before meeting her. However, they miss out. She is kind, adorable, and tough all at once, and it is easy to feel protective of her.

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To add a little juicy drama to her romance, she is in an arranged marriage with a total jerk. Romancing her shakes that up a little more than in the basic plot, although it’s far from the only notable thing about this character. It’s a shame that she’s the last playable character that players unlock well into the story — her allure as a Persona 5 romance option could’ve been stronger, had she appeared earlier.

6 Hifumi Togo

Arcana: Star

Hifumi Togo in Persona 5

  • A shogi prodigy who’s buckling under the weight of the pressure her mother is heaping on her

Hifumi is the only girl around Joker’s age that is not a Phantom Thief who is a romance option. She also goes to a different high school, the same one that Yusuke attends. She is a Female Shogi League Champion and teaches Joker Shoji, although her passion for the sport wanes after her oppressive mother decides to use her to compensate for her own failed hopes and dreams.

She is pretty difficult to max out and is not plot-relevant. However, she is one of the best Persona 5 romance options because she is another person in high school like Joker. She may not be a Phantom Thief, but she has one of the best Confidant abilities in the game. She gives players the ability to swap team members in the middle of a fight, which is invaluable for obvious reasons. It also makes battles in the game quite dynamic, with players having the ability to bring new party members into battle to change the flow of battle in the blink of an eye.

5 Futaba Sakura

Arcana: Hermit

Futaba Sakura in Persona 5

  • A hikikomori who slowly gets over her trauma after the Phantom Thieves save her

Futaba is an unusual character in the fact that she actually asks Joker to steal her heart. More than that, she becomes a member of the Phantom Thieves after one of the best dungeons in the entire game. Her connection to Joker’s caretaker, Sojiro, is also very interesting. Some fans have admitted to romancing her just to see how Sojiro reacts, however, they ended up falling in love with Futaba for real instead.

Her romance is about coming out of her shell and being more comfortable with society. That involves a lot of interaction and trust with Joker, which makes her one of the best romances.

4 Tae Takemi

Arcana: Death

Tae Takemi in Persona 5

  • A disgraced doctor who doesn’t stop believing in her experimental treatments

The woman who serves players medicine, a goth doctor, is one of the best romances in Persona 5 with many fans considering her to be a standout partner for just how unique and mysterious she is, compared to the other romanceable characters in Persona 5 Royal. She may not be very plot-relevant like the Phantom Thief girls, and her age is definitely another aspect that leads to this relationship being pretty unethical in its own right.

However, she is a kind and compassionate character deep down who is a ton of fun to interact with just because of how alluring she is… even if she is experimenting with drugs on a high school kid, which is a rather odd thing to do. Thankfully, her tests do end up bearing positive results, and it helps that spending time with her improves the quality of the recovery items available at the clinic.

3 Kasumi Yoshizawa

Arcana: Faith

Kasumi Yoshizawa in Persona 5 Royal

  • A gymnast whose past holds a ton of revelations that players uncover during the Epilogue

Persona 5 Royal‘s only new romanceable character is the graceful gymnast, Kasumi Yoshizawa. Although many hoped to finally be able to go on a romantic pancake date with Akechi, Royal‘s newest party member provides one of the most wholesome relationships out of the main cast and beyond.

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Kasumi is polite, shy, and confident, and watching her shell slowly break open as Joker gets to know her is nothing short of heartwarming. Her rank 9 and 10 Confidants are quite a treat, especially in rank 9, with Joker showing his true colors as the rebellious trickster by pulling off some genuinely suave moves after the two profess their love for one another.

2 Makoto Nijima

Arcana: Priestess

Makoto Niijima in Persona 5

  • A member of the student council who finally decides to fight back against her oppressors

Makoto is considered a queen by her fans. Fans who like her, really like her, and even consider her to be the canon romance of the game. She also is relatively easy to romance and is incredibly plot-relevant. After all, it is her sister who is interrogating Joker throughout the game. She is a very important asset to the Phantom Thieves. Also, her Persona is a motorcycle. How much cooler can someone get?

While her character is typically composed and a little uptight, Joker gets to see a more flustered and shy side of her if she is romanced. It’s an endearing change that adds to the notion of Makoto being one of the best Persona 5 romance options by a country mile.

1 Ann Takamaki

Arcana: Lovers

Ann Takamaki in Persona 5

  • A misunderstood student who aspires to be a successful model

Ann is the first female Phantom Thief, so Joker gets to interact more with her than any other girl. Characters like Ryuji and Morgana have huge crushes on her. In fact, those crushes can get pretty annoying and offensive as players progress through the game. Some fans actually have said that the best part of romancing Ann is to get at Ryuji and Morgana. She certainly is popular, and the main reason is that she is the first Phantom Thief that is available.

The best part about Ann is that she certainly seems like nothing more than the token romance character. However, progressing into her personal story reveals a deeper and more engaging aspect of her character that makes her a fan-favorite character and one of the best Persona 5 romance options.

persona 5 royal

Persona 5 Royal

Released
March 31, 2020

Developer(s)
Atlus , P-Studio

Genre(s)
JRPG

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