Right, so first of all, let's talk about the first ten minutes. Absolutely wild. Completely deranged. Please watch it. No seriously, I know it's five minutes long, but it's an absolute trip.
Seriously, what on Earth is going on? You have to understand, I had some form of expectations going in here. A gentle 'transfer student on the train gets introduced to his new school' perhaps. Maybe some hints at the magical world of Persona that is to come. I didn't expect... whatever that was.
This opening really sets Persona 3 apart from its two sequels, which is fitting because the entire game feels different somehow. It feels like a prototype: an artefact that has been limited by technology, budget and scope and yet still shines through with its own brilliant individuality. The themes of both Persona 4 and 5 are noble: the truth and rebellion respectively. Persona 3 is different. Persona 3 is about facing death.