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Is Naoto Shirogane Missing from Persona 4?

Is our favorite androgynous-teen detective being removed from our hearts for the Persona 4 anime?

Is our favorite androgynous-teen detective being removed from our hearts for the Persona 4 anime?

Can the Investigation Team be the same without him...er. I mean her?
Can the Investigation Team be the same without him...er. I mean her?

The Persona 4 series has an unique place in the hearts of Whiskey Media users ever since Giant Bomb's Vinny and Jeff completed their extensive Endurance Run (155 episodes) of the entire ATLUSvideo game for the PS2. Hearing there's an anime in the works based on the Investigation Team seems to have everyone pretty excited, and the first episode is scheduled for some time in October. As other users and myself were working on trying to get the site ready for the big day. I came across a rather odd discrepancy that got my detective blood a boiling. It's well known that much of the original Japanese cast will be returning to reprise their roles. When I went looking through both the announced cast and the voice actors. I noticed someone of note missing. There was no sign of Naoto Shiroganeanywhere. My first thought was that because she doesn't appear until later in the series. They're just holding off on the announcement, but Naoto appeared in the series nearly the same time as Kanji Tatsumi. She also appeared before Rise Kujikawa. Both Kanji and Rise are listed in the cast. There seems to be no reason for her absence.

Naoto did appear in the manga adaptation, and I've checked both the trailers that have been released. They show all the team members and their Personas but her's. On the Japanese official P4 website, There are still five slots left for introducing characters, and there's no word on just how long they expect to run the anime for. It could be 12 or 60 episodes as far as we know. In the game, she was voiced by Romi Paku (famous for her roles of Edward Elric and Temari). I checked the Japanese wikipedia for all her 2011 anime roles, but there was no Persona 4. Her official website confirmed much of the list. If she's scheduled for the series. They're keeping it a secret. Though, there are only two months left until air time.

P4 Official Website cast list
P4 Official Website cast list

For clarity sake, Naoto didn't actually join the team until after Rise. There is a possibility that they are changing the story for her to not appear until later. Still, with everyone that has been shown so far in trailers. Can you really tell me that King Moron is more important to this series than Naoto? As a detective-character lover. I'm apprehensive about this development, but it could still get solved. If this isn't just a held back announcement, and she's really being removed from the story of Persona 4. Will any of you be disappointed the adorable sleuth wont be there?

Watch Episode 1 of the Giant Bomb Persona 4 Endurance Run: HERE

Persona 4: The Animation official website (Japanese)

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

PenguinDuston Aug. 13, 2011 at 7:10 a.m.
@Wales said:
@PenguinDust:  Do you have a link to this information you are telling us? I went to go on ANN to confirm what you are saying and the site has been down for a bit. 
ANN is up now and the information was in the forums section.  I'm not saying it's guaranteed, but from what I understand the videos are coming out in relation to the Midnight Channel nights in the game.  Naoto appears on the TV on September 15 and you can unlock her dungeon on the 16th, so the reasoning is Naoto will appear in the next scheduled PV on that date.  I haven't bothered to double check all this information, but I have seen the same postulations repeated on other websites.   EXAMPLE
thuiscoolon Aug. 13, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.

I don't know how I feel about this. After playing through the game in English, listening to the original JP throws me off. I might not watch this because of that, but still, Naoto was a great character.

JasonBogon Aug. 14, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
I can respect that you are writing articles for the main page of Anime Vice when there are so little actual staff contribution on that front. But could you perhaps check your grammar and sentence structure more in the future. I mean, there is some obvious flaws in this (and even your other articles) like " As other users and myself were working on trying to get the site ready for the big day. I came across a rather odd discrepancy that got my detective blood a boiling."  and " Still, with everyone that has been shown so far in trailers. Can you really tell me that King Moron is more important to this series than Naoto? As a detective-character lover. I'm apprehensive about this development, but it could still get solved. If this isn't just a held back announcement, and she's really being removed from the story of Persona 4. Will any of you be disappointed the adorable sleuth wont be there?" 
 
I'm not saying you have no place writing articles for Anime Vice. But if you're trying to attract more readers to the site, you could at least present the main page material with a bit more professionalism to give the site more polish than some average blog.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Aug. 14, 2011 at 8:34 p.m.

@JBog:

So, you missed that the phrase " - got my detective blood a boiling" was intentional? I was using a more casual slang. Though, I could've made it more obvious by typing it as "detective blood a' boilin'.". Reading that just doesn't translate well in that form as it would to be heard. I'm not trying to be super formal in my articles on something designed to get people talking. I save that for serious matters. This was suppose to be about fun.

JasonBogon Aug. 15, 2011 at 12:57 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt: Umm...no that is entirely not what I was pointing out. I'm talking about no actual person actually says " As a detective-character lover. I'm apprehensive about this development, but it could still get solved." when it should be put as "As a detective-character lover, I'm apprehensive about this development; but it could still get solved."

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