The latest episode of YouTube show Toco Toco, a program where Japanese artists and creators introduce places in Japan that inspire them, features Atlus creator and Persona series director Katsura Hashino.
Here’s an overview of the episode:
In this episode, we follow Katsura Hashino, director of various RPG games including episodes of the world-renown Persona series, he will introduce us to philosophy and his work.
Starting from Shibuya’s Center Gai, we will hop on the Den-en-Toshi line over to Sangenjaya, which was the inspiration to create the city of Yongenjaya, a key area in Hashino’s latest title: Persona 5. We will learn more on Hashino’s thinking process that led to creating Yongenjaya, and the overall tone he wanted to apply to Persona 5.
We will then head towards the Carrot Tower, one of Sangenjaya’s landmarks, to TSUTAYA, a famous chain store that sells books and games, where Hashino wanders to find inspiration. Hashino likes to read his newly acquired books at the top floor of the tower, that offers a view all over the city. The tower’s observatory is also a place where Hashino can gather his thoughts and find new ideas.
Our last stop will be at the Atlus offices, to learn more about Hashino’s vision and future projects.
Watch the full episode below.