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Anime Examiner: PERSONA 4 The Animation #1

We're starting our run on the PERSONA 4 anime so Vinny and Jeff won't have to.

Don't get cocky, Yu. You still have twenty-four more episodes to go.
Don't get cocky, Yu. You still have twenty-four more episodes to go.

We've been waiting for October to come since April when it was announced that the popular J-RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 was getting it's own anime called "PERSONA 4 The Animation". Whiskey Media members might be familiar with this series from the Endurance Run done by Vinny and Jeff over on Giant Bomb. I got really excited when word came that The Anime Network was going to be providing the legal streaming for the series. I doubt I'll be shocking anyone with this statement. This is the almost literal adaptation of the game's story. If you wanted more voice acting and cut scenes out of this game. This is a love letter to you.

Just for the sake of anyone who doesn't know. Persona 4 was a PS2 generation RPG of a supernatural murder mystery with rather deep social and dating simulation aspects. All while still holding true to the dungeon crawling one expects. That may sound like a bit of a hodgepodge, but the people over at ATLUS really make every bit of it work. Seeing the "4" in the title may sound confusing to someone who had never heard of the game. Rest assured, this is not a prequel or sequel scenario where you may be missing out on some inside joke if you never played the game. Think of it more along the lines of Final Fantasy games. You don't need to of played FFIV to enjoy FFXIII. This is holding your hand the way any good story based RPG begins -- just without long and tedious tutorials to read through.

If you don't get that Courage up. You'll never get a date.
If you don't get that Courage up. You'll never get a date.

While being new viewer friendly, P4A is covered in little details that fans of the game will enjoy. The opening theme song is the same from the game, it transitions between days using the weekly calendar that shows the weather, the battle music is the same, and the commercial break image shows ourprotagonist's social ranking stats. This may at first seem kind of ridiculous to see in the anime, but what's shown in this episode does reflect Yu Narukami's personality. He's withdrawn, cold, and socially awkward from the beginning. He doesn't really show any emotion until the final few moments on the episode.

Visually, this episode is beautiful, and the detail work is incredible, Speaking from my graphic arts background. The gradient added to the characters gives everyone a sense of depth. You look at screenshots of the animation work, and you could swear you're looking at highly rendered stills. This is going to look amazing on Blu-ray. It's plays with continuity of events and condenses things to end with Yu's gaining his Persona, Izanagi, by the end. That just feels like it was necessary to show the audience this anime will have action. And this action looks bad ass.

From reports, the anime is intended to run for twenty-five episodes. Looking at how they are so strictly following the dates in story, and the schedule ahead. It feels as if they are planning to have this series end some time in April of 2012. They are naturally going to be abbreviating part of the game's one year time line. Much in the same way movies will condense a book they're based on. Thankfully, this is looking to be more Harry Potter quality adapting and not the Jurassic Park: Lost World standards. You could feasibly go to Giant Bomb right now and spoil the end of this story for yourself, I just hope you'll take my word that it's well worth your time not to skip to the last page.

Watch this episode "You're myself, I'm yourself" here, and I hope you'll be coming back for more.

New episodes air on Thursday at The Anime Network's official website and 3PM EST, then streaming on HULU/HULU Plus the following day.

-Kristoffer Remmell (FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt

buhssuhton Oct. 10, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.

speaking of harry potter, i'm kind of worried.

the reason why people didn't like the movie versions is because some of content of books were not included in the film.

i wonder if this series will have same dilemma?

Daniel_Newton moderator on Oct. 10, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.

Wait, what? Fox, Nick is already covering Persona 4 for the site, should have posted this as a blog/forum post, don't need two people covering it on the front page.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 10, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.

@buhssuht:

People who were upset about the cuts from Harry Potter were never being very realistic. They could of never had everything in those films. When you look at how many movies are horribly adapted from the book. People should be happy how close these were done. Did you know that Warner Brothers originally wanted the first three books condensed to be the first movie, but Rowling and Colombus refused to do that? If you want everything from the books. Read the books.

@Newten:

Yeah, I submitted this last night. Soon after I sent the PM. I saw Nick's posting. Soon after it was up, it wasn't on the front page anymore. I have no idea what's going on there. I think we may need to clear up this confusion with Ethan.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Oct. 10, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.

@FoxxFireArt: Hey you're right, I don't see it on the front page any more, it was there before I clicked on it and now it's gone. Something's gone awry!

Little_Socrateson Oct. 10, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.

I just got to it from the front page myself, so it appears to still be there for me. I don't see the harm in having two people cover this show, honestly. It's possibly one of highest-profile series this season, though I'm aware Shakugan No Shana S3 and Fate/zero have been catching attentions too.

CrackedOnyxon Oct. 10, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.

Pfahaha. First there was a dogpile of P4-related user blogs (mine included), and now it's spreading to the front page. Chaos!

Really, though, good read. I agree, the animation is quite solid. While I hope that there will be a few "new" subplots, or even just expanded ones, I'm already satisfied with how loyal this is to the original game.

obscurefanon Oct. 10, 2011 at 9:58 p.m.

This first episode in my opinion wasn't that strong, it seemed like they were trying to stay too true to the game by including too much in there, and as a result everything felt rushed, like they had a 40 minute show they had to edit down to 30. However, the animation was really good, I liked the voice acting, and I know from experience that the source material is great, so as long as the future episodes try to calm down and let the story flow more naturally, then I think it could be a great show.

Little_Socrateson Oct. 10, 2011 at 10:18 p.m.

@CrackedOnyx said:

Pfahaha. First there was a bear-pile of P4-related user blogs (mine included), and now it's spreading to the front page. Chaos!

Really, though, good read. I agree, the animation is quite solid. While I hope that there will be a few "new" subplots, or even just expanded ones, I'm already satisfied with how loyal this is to the original game.

Fixed.

coffeefuckyeahon Oct. 12, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

Watched this last night. Pretty good.

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