Persona 5: The Animation Episode 26 Recap/Review: 'I Won't Let It End Here' (Spoilers)

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Persona 5: The Animation episode 26 has a shocking ending that is sure to surprise anyone that has not played the video game before.

I won't spoil too many details on what happens after the episode, but it's interesting to note that this shouldn't be the end of the story.

Hopefully more is revealed in the near future so we can get the true ending.

Bear in mind, this review/recap will cover major spoilers about the video game so you may not want to read this if you haven't played it yet.

All I'm going to say is that this episode shouldn't be the true end of the anime.

Anyway, Ren is arrested and being interrogated by Sae Nijima about his involvement with The Phantom Thieves. Luckily though, he does not confess much and he does not admit anyone else as a member of the team.

If you played the video game, there is a "bad" ending you can attain if you choose to tell the police every member of the The Phantom Thieves.

Luckily, we don't get this ending in this week's episode, although we still get an ending that will shock anime only viewers.

Instead, the ending we get in the anime is something that many people that have played the game would have seen before. We find out that Goro Akechi is the traitor that told the police about The Phantom Thieves!

To make things even more shocking, Akechi shoots a guard and kills Ren by shooting him in the head. To throw the police off, Akechi places the gun in Ren's hand so the cops would think he committed suicide.

That's the end of the anime and everyone got the bad ending. I'm kidding, this should not be the end of the anime as there should be more to the story than meets the eye.

In the video game, it's explained that The Phantom Thieves knew Goro Akechi was the traitor when they all visited the TV studio.

Morgana was talking about pancakes and Akechi talked about pancakes even though only metaverse users can understand the talking cat.

Later in the game, Futaba bugs Akechi's phone which allows her to make him enter the metaverse from a remote location. This is something she can do with Ren's phone too.

Since Futaba can activate the metaverse, Goro Akechi only killed cognition versions of Ren and the guard. However, Akechi does not know he entered the metaverse so he still thinks he killed Ren/Joker for real.

If you really want an proper explanation, you can watch gameplay videos on YouTube. I hope the anime is continuing because anime only viewers won't want this to end on a cliffhanger!

Wanna read more on this? Check these out: Persona 5: The Animation Episode 25 Recap/Review: 'Jealous Sinner' (more); Persona 5: The Animation Episode 24 Recap/Review: 'A Challenge That Must Be Won' (more); Persona 5: The Animation Episode 23 Recap/Review: 'How About A Deal With Me?' (more); Persona 5: The Animation Episode 22 Recap/Review: 'Is This Our Fault'? (more).

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