Jiraiya is a anime/manga character in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise
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Jiraiya is of the Magician Arcana and the Persona of Yosuke Hanamura.


 When Yosuke Hanamura went into the Midnight Channel to find the whereabouts of his murdered classmate, Saki Konishi, he found the site of her murder at a ghostly replica of the liquor store her family owned. Inside he was confronted by a dark version of himself, Shadow Yosuke. The Shadow started telling Yosuke that he was unhappy living in Inaba, he even hated it and thought it was the sticks, so that's why he leapt into the Midnight Channel, so that he could have something interesting to do. Yosuke denied this and it caused the Shadow to transform into a giant toad. Yosuke's friend Souji had to defeat the beast using his persona, and when the shadow was beaten Yosuke was told that if he denied it again, then it would once again attack. Yosuke had to admit to himself that everything the shadow said was true, and with that Yosuke was awarded his Persona, Jiraiya. 


 Jiraiya is on the scene
 Jiraiya is on the scene
Jiraiya was created for the video game Persona 4 back in July of 2008 for the Playstation 2. The game made it's way to America in December of the same year, where is experienced quite a bit of success and developed a strong fan base. The series was adapted into a manga and Jiraiya made his first appearance in chapter 6. His appearance in the manga varies from in the game, as in the game Yosuke must defeat his shadow first before he gains his persona, but in the manga he must just admit to himself what is real and suffer his own spiritual journey, meaning he is able to gain Jiraiya in time to fight alongside Souji rather than letting him save him from his shadow. 
Jiraiya is based on a ninja from a famous Japanese Folktale who uses shapeshifting powers to turn into giant toads. In Persona he holds onto parts of this origin, but also reflects Yosuke in many ways. The round circles on his head are meant to be the eyes of a toad, as well as the long scarf is taken from ninja designs. But the bell bottom pants are meant to reflect Yosuke's hip and music loving nature.
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Name: Jiraiya
Name: ジライヤ
Romanji: Jiraiya
Gender: Male
1st manga book: Persona 4 #1
1st anime episode: Persona 4: The Animation #2
1st anime movie:
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