Title: Maze of Life | Artist: Yumi Kawamura f. Shihoko Hirata; composed by Shoji Meguro | Game: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Description: This is the opening theme of Persona Q, a 3DS crossover game built on the Etrian Odyssey engine. It combines the casts of Persona 3 and 4, along with 2 new OCs that are treated as a single unit together in battle. Zen and Rei may only occupy one character slot, but they’re a surprisingly good unit in battle, and they have very distinct and entertaining personalities in the story segments. The interplay between the two casts is also excellent, though they did somewhat go the way of P4 Arena in that they spend more time with the characters as caricatures of themselves than doing any serious development.
Why You Picked It: Maze of Life has that telltale jazzy Persona beat to it, so points right outta the gate for that. Shoji Meguro has this amazing style specifically for Persona games, both overall as a series and in each game’s specific leitmotif. Though this song almost seems generic in terms of lyrics at first, as usual for Persona openers, it starts making a whole lot more thematic sense once you start figuring out exactly what the hell is going on. This song actually has some surprisingly dark elements when you tie it to the story, especially for such an upbeat tune.
The animation is also cool, with the clock tower gears everywhere, the game’s particular chibi art style, and all the cool stylized elements that Persona games revel in. It’s a great opening to a really fun game.