Persona 4: The Animation

Persona 4: The Animation is an anime series in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise
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Persona 4: The Animation is an anime based upon the popular PlayStation 2 game. People are going missing in the rural-town of Inaba. A team of high school students discover a world within the TV that is linked to the murders.

Overview

Persona 4 The Animation (2011)
Persona 4 The Animation (2011)

Persona 4: The Animation is an anime adaptation of the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 video game for the PlayStation 2. It's the sixth game of the franchise and was developed as a murder mystery RPG with deep social aspects. It was developed by ATLUS in Japan, directed by Katsuro Hashino with character design by Shigenori Soejima. It was released in Japan in July 10, 2008, and in the U.S. on December 9, 2008. The anime was announced on April 11, 2011, the very day story in Persona 4 begins. The series is directed by Seiji Kishi with music by Shoji Meguro. It is produced by AIC A.S.T.A. and Aniplex, and has aired in Japan on various networks such as MBS, TBS, and CBC. The anime began airing on October 6, 2011.

The entire original Japanese voice cast from the video game return to reprise their roles. Though the main protagonist of the game was originally unnamed, he's given the name Yu Narukami in this adaptation.

Licensing

The Anime Network and Sentai Filmworks acquired the rights to distribute Persona 4 in North America. The Anime Network originally scheduled the series to play on their website every Thursday at 3PM EST (12 PST). It was then hosted by HULU the following day. On January 9th, the schedule of Persona 4 changed on The Anime Network due to technical difficulties in releasing the series an hour after it was released in Japan. From episode fourteen and on, the series was moved to Fridays at the same time for the original streaming.

Though Sentai Filmworks had originally indented to release the first twelve episodes of Persona 4 on Blu-ray and DVD in September 18, 2012 with both English dub and Japanese audio track. On August 31st 2012, Sentai announced that the Japanese licensor would not permit them to release the Blu-ray with the Japanese audio track. This was due to concerns of Japanese importing the U.S. Blu-rays. Sentai then opted to release the Blu-ray, but with only the English audio dub and cut the price by $10.00 to $59.98, the same price as the standard DVD. The DVD would include the English and Japanese dubbing.

Plot

On August 11th 2011, a rash of mysterious murders strikes the rural town of Inaba soon after Yu Narukami moves from the city with his uncle Ryotaro Dojima. The bodies are being hung from power lines, and the police have no suspects. The images of the missing victims are shown on the TV at midnight, aptly named Midnight Channel before their bodies are discovered. Yu soon discovers an unusual world on the other side of a TV that is linked to these deaths. On the other side people are facing shadowy monsters and the darker sides of their souls. It's up to Yu and his new friends to investigate and try and stop the killer from claiming any more lives.

Characters

Major characters are listed below. See the Persona 4: The Animation (anime) character list and Shin Megami Tensei (franchise) character list for more.

Yu Narukami
Yu was sent to Inaba by his parents to live with his uncle Ryotaro Dojima and his cousin Nanako Dojima. He is only there for one year in the city of Inaba and will move back come next Spring. He is the first person to notice strange things occurring in the city and become the surrogate leader of the Investigation Team. He is the owner of Izanagi of The Fool Arcana.
Yosuke Hanamura
Yosuke also recently moved to Inaba as his father is the manager of the large department store Junes that was recently built. He hears the rumors of the Midnight Channel along with other classmates and eventually becomes entangled in the investigation when a friend of his goes missing. He is the owner of Jiraiya of The Magician Arcana.
Chie Satonaka
A resident of Inaba who introduces Yu and Yosuke to the midnight channel. She is strong-willed and brash, and was also one of the first to discover a world inside of the television and discovered where the murders were taking place. She utilizes the power of Tomoe of The Chariot Arcana.
Yukiko Amagi
The daughter of the Amagi family that owns the famous Inn and hot springs located in Inaba. She is best friends with Chie and become one of the early victims to the disappearances and appears in the mysterious television world. She wields the power of Konohana Sakuya of The Priestess Arcana.
Kanji Tatsumi
A local thug who is infamous for taking on a whole biker gang at once because they were disturbing his mother. Beneath is hard shell and blatant anger issues, there are issues he struggles with internally as he too becomes a victim to the television world. His persona is Take-Mikazuchi of The Emperor Arcana.
Rise Kujikawa
A famous Japanese pop idol who leaves the spotlight and tries to live a normal live in Inaba. Rise's fame though does not permit her to lead any sort of normal life as people constantly demand her autograph or attention, thinking less of her because of her status as a pop star. She wields the power of Himiko of The Lovers Arcana.
Naoto Shirogane
Naoto comes from a family of detectives and arrives in Inaba to assist in the class regarding the murders that have been taking place. However, there is a deep secret he is hiding from other people in the city as he digs deeper into how people disappear into a world inside the television. He uses Sukuna Hikona of The Fortune Arcana.
Teddie
A large stuffed bear that exists in the world inside of the television. Despite being hollow, he is a cute bear who wants to be left alone inside the world that has been created and often wonder how he came to exist himself in a world without any rules whatsoever. He possesses the power of Kintoki Douji of The Star Arcana.

Supporting Characters

Supporting characters in the persona games served the purpose of creating social links that strengthened your Personas by getting to know them and their stories. These characters appear, but play smaller roles as the gameplay mechanic is not translated to the series the same way.

Nanako Dojima

Nanako Dojima is the young cousin of Yu Narukami who lives in Inaba with her police detective father, Ryotaro Doujima. She's often left alone to watch the house as her father is busy with his work, and her mother passed away a few years ago. She quickly becomes attached to Yu and looks to him like a big brother who always has time for her.

Ryotaro Dojima

Ryotaro Dojima is a hard working police detective in Inaba who lives with his young daughter, Nanako. After the tragic death of his wife in a hit-and-run incident, he's become more obsessed with solving the case of a rash of murders and disappearances that has struck the once quiet, rural town. He takes in his older sister's son Yu for the year since his parents are moving for work.

Tohru Adachi

Tohru Adachi is the latest member of the Inaba police force. This young, rookie detective is the direct subordinate of Ryotaro Dojima. His inexperience and innocent demeanor often causes him to inadvertently mess up and slip valuable information.

Igor

Igor is the mysterious proprietor of the Velvet Room who guides Yu on his quest for the truth. He educates Yu on his powers to summon the Persona and can fuse them to create new and more powerful ones.

Margaret

Margaret is the elegant and beautiful assistant to Igor in the Velvet Room. She is the keeper of the compendium that contains Yu's catalog of Arcana and Personas.

Aika Nakamura

Aika Nakamura is the enigmatic daughter of owners of the Chinese-style restaurant Aiya, and she's a classmate of Yu and the gang. Aiya is famous for delivering any time and anywhere, and Aika is the ever diligent delivery girl.

Music

Opening and ending themes are listed below. See the franchise page for full soundtracks and other music.

Notes: The list below shows the themes used in the original broadcast and not the home disc releases.

#TitlePerformerEpisodes
OP01"Pursuing My True Self"Shihoko Hirata01
OP02"sky's the limit"Shihoko Hirata02-08, 10-12
OP03"True Story"Rie Kugimiya (as Rise Kujikawa)09
OP04"key plus words"Shihoko Hirata feat. Yumi Kawamura13-14, 16-22
OP05"Burn My Dread"Yumi Kawamura15
ED01"sky's the limit"Shihoko Hirata01
ED02"Beauty of Destiny"Shihoko Hirata feat. Lotus Juice02-12
ED03"Koisuru Meitantei" (恋する名探偵, lit. "The Love Detective")Yui Horie (as Loverine)13
ED04"The Way of Memories - Kizuna ni Chikara"Shihoko Hirata14-17, 19-23
ED05"Honto no Kimochi" (ほんとのきもち, lit. "True Feelings")Shihoko Hirata18
ED06"Never More"Shihoko Hirata25

Other Media

Amateur vs. Expert

Anime Vice's very own Nick Robinson & Kristoffer Remmell delved into the world of Persona 4: The Animation as it aired with their Amateur vs. Expert series.

  • Persona 4 The Animation #01 Nick HERE / Kristoffer HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #02 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #03 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #04 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #05 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #06 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #07 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #08 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #09 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #10 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #11 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #12 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #13 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #14 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #15 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #16 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #17 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #18 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #19 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #20 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #21 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #22 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #23 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #24 HERE
  • Persona 4 The Animation #25 HERE
Episodes
Season/Ep# Name Airdate
1 - 6
I'll Beat You, and Beat You Good
11/10/2011
1 - 5
Would You Love Me?
11/03/2011
1 - 4
Somewhere not here
10/27/2011
1 - 3
We Are Friends, Aren't We?
10/20/2011
1 - 2
The Contractor's key
10/13/2011
1 - 1
You're myself, I'm yourself
10/06/2011

View all 26 episodes »

Series Credits
Person Name Episode Count
Seiji Kishi
8
Kappei Yamaguchi
1
Yoshimichi Hirai
1
Tomohisa Taguchi
1
Shigenori Soejima
5
Kazuaki Morita
5
Yuuko Kakihara
5
Shoji Meguro
5
Kristi Reed
1

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Original US Poster Art

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Name Persona 4: The Animation
Name: ペルソナ4アニメーション
Romaji: Perusona Fō za Animeshon
Publisher Aniplex
Start Year 2011
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