Guess what Boyfriend pre-ordered for my birthday?
MegaTen is my favorite franchise next to Final Fantasy. It’s hard for me to decide which franchise I like more, though I’ve never bothered to try and obtain the super-deluxe premium edition of a Final Fantasy game, so maybe that says something.
The Persona 5 Take Your Heart Premium Edition will set you back $89.99, and that’s a lot of bux. (It will probably set you back a whole bunch more bux if you didn’t preorder it.) Is it worth that many bux? Well, the standard launch edition is $69.99, and there’s a lot of stuff in the Take Your Heart edition, so yes. It is worth that many bux.
Everything comes packaged inside of this attractive laminated cardboard box. It’s got a fancy magnetic clasp.
Opening the box reveals an exciting smorgasbord of fangirl delights.
Obviously, we have the game itself. It comes in this super neat steelbook. I believe you also get the steelbook if you ordered the standard launch edition.
I’m a big fan of steelbooks. I think they look cool, they’re shiny, and they’re much more durable than a plastic case. Even the inside is attractive.
Next, we have this hardcover art book entitled Persona 5: The Aesthetics.
I appreciate the hard cover. It’s going to look very nice on my shelf. The pages inside are matte rather than glossy, but the art is crisp and colorful.
Paging through it is going to be fun, and if I decide that I’m going to need to do some cosplay, this is going to be an excellent reference.
It’s a Persona game, so it goes without saying that the soundtrack is going to be awesome.
Haven’t listened to it yet, but I’m looking forward to rocking out to it in my car. It seems to me that if you’re selling your collector’s edition for 90 bux that you could spring for the extra 75 cents or whatever for a jewel case for your soundtrack CD instead of a cardstock envelope, but I guess it gets the job done. A lyrics booklet would have been cool, though.
One of my favorite inclusions is the Morgana plush.
As you can see, she’s not very big. My hand is here for size reference, but disclaimer: I have very small hands. So she’s probably even smaller than you’re thinking. She’s cute, though, and I’m really excited about this particular mascot character. Persona 3’s Koromaru was stupid adorable, and Persona 4’s Teddy was creepy as hell, but a talking kitty named after a powerful and dangerous Arthurian sorceress? YES PLEASE.
Speaking of danger, Morgana comes with her own disclaimer.
Huh. Apparently she’s both flammable and unsuitable for children. Sounds like my kind of cat.
Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got a Shujin Academy school bag.
I was expecting the bag to be on the small side and probably cheaply made, and I was correct on both counts. It’s too small for my (admittedly huge) laptop, but I could keep my Dungeons and Dragons stuff in it. Also, it will be great for the aforementioned cosplay. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s lined inside.
There are no interior pockets or anything, which is a little disappointing, but not unexpected. It’s really not a bad little bag. I could use it as a purse. Bonus: I’m pretty sure it’s waterproof.
So there you have it. The Persona 5 Take Your Heart Premium Collector’s Edition. Worth it? I would say so. Worth it now that you’ll have to pay a scalper’s price on eBay? …Ehhh, maybe? But I’m satisfied. Boyfriend’s satisfied.
Boyfriend even got a bonus in the form of the bag in which Amazon wraps its gift purchases. He has re-appropriated it as a super creepy face mask.
See? The Take Your Heart edition has something in it for everyone.
UPDATE 7/26/17: So it took me 20-30 hours of gameplay to realize that Morgana…is male? Neither the name nor the English voice actor in any way made that clear, but, uh, sure? I mean, I guess he keeps talking about how hot Ann is, and I guess a lesbian or bisexual mascot character was too much to hope for, BUT STILL. Disappointing. And confusing.
Also, contrary to my expectations, that academy bag is remarkably durable and roomy, as it turns out. I’ve been using it as a rehearsal bag for the summer Shakespeare play in which I’m performing, and I can fit my script, my 20-pound Norton Shakespeare Complete Works, two paperbacks, ten comic books, pens, pencils, and a tupperware snack container in there with a little room left over.