Have you ever seen a movie on mute in the background at a bar or restaurant? You can see what characters are doing, you know when someone gets punched or kicked or shot, but you don’t know what they’re saying. The plot is unfolding right in front of you, but you have none of the context or explanations behind it.
After putting more than 80 hours into Persona 5 in Japanese, that pretty much sums up my experience.
Enough of the menus are in English that I’ve been able to stumble my way through and even beat the game, but I’m admittedly missing out on some of the best parts of the series by not being able to understand the story and the personalities of the characters.