[Editor's note: unangbangkay has a lot to say about Persona 3. -- CTZ]
Good fantasy stories can get you involved within their world. Great fantasy stories get you involved in your own. Persona 3 does exactly that, and in a most novel way to boot*.
WARNING: The rest of this contains spoilers for many social link events in both campaigns, as well as several major plot points.
In the game, The Magician is the first shadow you see, though only shown in an animated cutscene, as the persona Thanatos rips it apart on the roof of your dormitory. The Magician is also Junpei Iori, a fellow SEES member, as well as Kenji Tomochika, a classmate. The Magician represents commitment, strength of will, the wisdom of taking action and doing what needs to be done. If nothing else, Junpei embodies these aspects in his unfailing effort to bond with Chidori, an aloof member of Strega, a rival group of persona-users. For Kenji, The Magician is his undaunted quest to act upon his romance with Emiri, his teacher. Though the romance was, in the end, a self-delusion, he picked himself up, having the will to move on, knowing there were other fish in the sea.
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