Thou art I and I am thou. Thou hast established a new bond. It brings thee closer to the truth.
Persona 4: The Animation is a 25 episode Action/Drama/Mystery/Comedy series based on the video game from Atlus. Studio AIC and director Seiji Kishi are responsible for the series with Sentai Filmworks holding it’s current license in the states. Additionally, there is a Persona 4 recap film and an OVA episode. They were released in June and August of 2012.
|We have 8 major characters. Oh goodness...|
Yu Narukami has moved from Tokyo to Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, while his parents are away on business. However, after a murder shakes up the sleepy town, things get even more crazy when he discovers the mysterious "Midnight Channel," and that he has the even more mysterious ability to enter TVs. Accompanied by his disbelieving friends, Yu discovers another world inside the TVs, that seems to be connected with the murder. They also discover the ability to summon 'Persona', their 'other selves', whose power they can use to fight the shadows that inhabit the TV world. The murders, the Midnight Channel, the world inside the TV, and Persona. Yu and his friends fight to figure out how they're connected, and to solve the case before it's too late.
I don’t think I need to say a whole lot when it comes to the art style here. It’s about 98% stunning and 2% sloppy. The sloppiness comes from the character designs in the early episodes, but gets picked up more as the series rolls on, and especially with the second season. The soundtrack for the series is pretty much a copy paste from the video game. It’s a nice touch, but there aren’t many songs I would want to listen to again, except for the opening themes and the first ending theme. I think if I made a top 50 list of opening themes, at least one of those themes would be hiding in there somewhere. Other than that, there’s nothing really notable here. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but I’d be repeating myself again about how wonderful the animation is. If you wanna see something similar to that, then I think my Shiki review will be a close enough fit.
|Nanako is so adorable!!|
|Teddie is such a lovely bear!|
|Oh Johnny... Please play more Vash like roles. I miss them.|
When fog has lifted, Persona 4: The Animation is a near exact adaptation of the video game, making it both a blessing and a curse. The animation is stunning and the majority of the dub cast was a fun listen. The downside, however, is the loads of filler and failed character development for the lead character. If you’re a big fan of the franchise then there’s no way I can stop you from watching the series, and, more than likely, you've already watched the series. As for the casual watcher, give it a try only if you like the amount of humor in the show (seeing as how it’s my big saving grace). And if you’re not a fan of extreme filler and dull lead characters, then you might not want to watch it.
Next time,we see what review #50 has in store for us!. Until then, otaku on my friends!