“Freedom ain’t free, fellas.”
I see a spiky-haired teen with a bandana, his arms folded, a pistol in his hand, uttering those words between chews of tobacco. I don’t know if they chew in Japan, but that’s the first image that comes to mind when watching the Persona 5 teaser trailer.
5 school chairs, each with a ball & chain, then a whole classroom of chairs. That’s the main image of the 60s retro trailer from Atlus. It’s an excellent teaser in that it doesn’t show you much but says quite a bit. Just the chairs, some credits. The message is loud and simple: school is a prison. The education system is prison. The teachers are guards. You will be brainwashed. You must fight this oppression of the mind. Okay, maybe I’m going a little too far, but it conjures up a lot of questions, which teaser are supposed to do.
Another implication: freedom from the bondage of capitalistic marketing and profiteering. The game is out in 2015 on PS3. That’s over a year after the launch of PS4. They also launched Persona 4 on PS2 two years after the launch of PS3. Say no to the corporate machine that tells you to buy, buy, buy and keep up with the Jones’s! Yes, I’m stretching it. But that’s what teasers are for…. Can’t wait!