Heh, the Persona's stats being your stats is often overlooked but it is crucial.
Holy shit thanks for the imput, dude.
I had no idea that my persona stats were my stats. I'm still confused as hell but I guess a bit less now.
Based on your imput I've decided to do a first run 100% blind. Just for the funsies. If I don't get the best ending screw it. i'll just use a guide on my 2nd run.
And I'll probably do a 3rd run for the Rise trophy.
A 100% blind run is the way to go. There's stuff that's only unlocked on a NG+ anyway. Though I do recommend you reload your save if you get one of the bad endings. There's something like a quarter of the way to go at that point, so you'd miss out on a lot. The worst ending is actually pretty tough to get and you probably won't get it without a guide, so you can check that out on your 2nd playthrough.
As for the Rise trophy, I thought I might need a 3rd run too but worked hard to get it on my 2nd playthrough and got it with more than enough time left so I think I was fine overall. On NG+ you can switch difficulty on the fly so that's useful for getting lines specific to each character, lines specific to being underleveled and overleveled, etc. You can even modifiy specific stuff like Exp. Gained, Money Gained, Damage, etc.