Guilty Gear with persona themes.
Not really. It's more like a faster Blazblue without a drive button and persona themes.
I hate when fighting games give characters varying levels of health and damage resistance, it's so fucking stupid.
So characters like Chun-li or Sakura should have the same stamina/health as characters like Zangief or the Incredible Hulk (MvC3)? Characters that have less health are often faster, more agile, and have crazier gameplay than higher stamina characters (see C. Viper, Akuma, Millia, Elizabeth, etc). Their tricks are balanced around their low/high health. It allows developers to try new things and give characters a flavor that they otherwise could not. Sure, it can work for some games like KoF, but it does, to a certain extent, limit what they can and can't let characters do. You can't create a pixie character like Millia, who has sick oki, amazingly useful IADs, and ridiculously fast overheads and give her the same health as a standard Ryu type character. It just won't work
if you want a balanced game (which is a must these days more than ever).
Also, fighting games normally don't give different amounts of damage resistances to different characters. Their health varies, but they each have the same length health bar which gives the illusion that they take damage harder when they really don't. Some games might have mechanics that change this across the board. P4A's awakening gives users a defensive boost. Some games have a guts mechanic where you take less damage the less health you have, though it's across the board for every character.
This game was seriously made for persona fans only
It obviously was made to appeal to persona fans as well as fighting game fans otherwise I highly doubt they would have included as many mechanics as they did. And they wouldn't have bothered toning Chie or Mitsuru down in the first patch because the majority of casual fans wouldn't be able to use the characters to their full potential to warrant nerfing them anyway.
however most serious fighting gamers are anime fans, so they'll probably flock to it.
lol no, they definitely aren't. Most of the serious, well-known players couldn't care less about Guilty Gear, Blazblue, or Melty Blood.
Yet, many have given Persona a chance. We'll see how long it lasts before they go back to Marvel or Street Fighter.