Persona 4 Episode 1: Reaction and Thoughts

Topic started by CrackedOnyx on Oct. 6, 2011. Last post by Levance 2 years, 10 months ago.
Post by CrackedOnyx (25 posts) See mini bio Level 10

The Endurance Run of Persona 4 was part of what brought me to the Whiskey Media sites, so while I still haven't taken the initiative to play the game myself--it is around one hundred hours long, after all--I do have fond memories of it. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it would be getting what sounded like a straight-up anime adaptation, and I was even more enthused to learn that the Anime Network would be simulcasting the show. Well, I've been looking forward to this for a good week or so, and after a busy day, it was nice to sit back, relax, and watch the start of my first Fall 2011 anime.

So, how was it? Well, for starters, those expecting surprises will be very disappointed. The first episode is an extremely loyal adaptation of the first two hours or so of the game; there are no meaningful deviations from the storyline. On the other hand, old fans who want to see P4's story in a new format will be very happy with this.

Something about this guy seems familiar...
Something about this guy seems familiar...

For the uninitiated, P4 begins with high school student Narukami Yu arriving in Inaba, yada yada...hell, any of the 5 people who haven't seen the ER can just watch the bloody episode. In any case, astute readers will have noticed that the main character does, in fact, have a name. In fact, Narukami Yu has a voice, as well as a personality. However, this is one of the few deviations from the original storyline shown in this episode. The rest is a direct adaptation of Persona 4 rife with little nods to the game; since these are the only surprises the episode has in store, I'll refrain from spoiling them.

While the oodles of nostalgia make the show quite enjoyable, it stands up quite well on its own. The animation is solid, the few bits of new music are more than decent, and the only fight scene shown was decent, if not exactly exciting--it's hard to feel any trepidation when you know who wins.

In all honesty, there isn't much to say about this. I can't help but compare this with another straight adaptation job, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. While it was loyal to the original manga, it was also flexible; there were occasional surprises. This show is so loyal to the original game that while I certainly enjoyed the first episode, I don't have much to say about it. I hope to see some reactions from folks who haven't played or watched the game, because I just can't come to this fresh.

In any case, I urge any of the two or three people who might read this to give the first episode of Persona 4: The Animation a whirl. You can find it today on The Anime Network here, or you can wait until tomorrow, when it will show up on hulu.

Post by Catolf (254 posts) See mini bio Level 13

I really loved the first episode, i thought it might be lackluster like the other attempt was but i'm glad i was mistaken, so far so good so i'll continue to watch!

Post by GunslingerPanda (14 posts) See mini bio Level 7

I loved it, all the music, the status screen, and the calendar marking day transitions had me grinning like a child.

Post by Hailinel (76 posts) See mini bio Level 11

This was as pitch perfect an adaptation as I could hope for, and I'm eager to see the rest of the series. It was absolutely wonderful in its style, tone, aesthetic...pretty much everything.

Post by CrackedOnyx (25 posts) See mini bio Level 10

@GunslingerPanda: I can definitely agree with you on that; I couldn't help but smile at the status screen. The day transitions and music really make you feel like you're watching, well, Persona 4.

@Hailinel: My only problem with it so far is that it is so pitch perfect. It's my own fault for having seen the game first, but because this is so loyal to the game's script, I really can't be surprised or wowed by anything that happens.

I suppose I just want the best of both worlds: something with the spirit and feel of the game and which follows its general plot, but isn't afraid to throw me the occasional curveball. Like the female side of P3P, for example; it had the same general plot and most of the same characters as the original P3, but switched around several social links and changed a few subplots. It kept things fresh. I'll settle for a strictly by-the-book adaptation, but some surprises would be a pleasant...er, surprise.

Post by Muerthoz (14 posts) See mini bio Level 10

Good to see the positive reviews. I have not been able to watch this yet but I will on Friday. Some co-workers asked me to recommend an anime for them to watch and decided that we would have a viewing party for ep1 to kick of the weekend so I have to wait until Friday to watch it with the group. I started visiting GiantBomb towards the tail end of the Endurance Run and have not yet played P4 yet (slowly working on P3 PSP) so I'll be one of the viewers going into this with fairly fresh eyes. Here's hoping it's as good for me as it was for all of you.

Post by Hailinel (76 posts) See mini bio Level 11

@CrackedOnyx said:

@GunslingerPanda: I can definitely agree with you on that; I couldn't help but smile at the status screen. The day transitions and music really make you feel like you're watching, well, Persona 4.

@Hailinel: My only problem with it so far is that it is so pitch perfect. It's my own fault for having seen the game first, but because this is so loyal to the game's script, I really can't be surprised or wowed by anything that happens.

I suppose I just want the best of both worlds: something with the spirit and feel of the game and which follows its general plot, but isn't afraid to throw me the occasional curveball. Like the female side of P3P, for example; it had the same general plot and most of the same characters as the original P3, but switched around several social links and changed a few subplots. It kept things fresh. I'll settle for a strictly by-the-book adaptation, but some surprises would be a pleasant...er, surprise.

Keep in mind that this is coming on the heels of the P3 anime, Trinity Soul, which was not only terrible in its own right, but an absurdity to be called a P3 sequel by any stretch. They're apparently veering on the side of being too faithful, which, as a fan of the game, I really prefer.

Post by The_Desert_Tiger (1,243 posts) See mini bio Level 13

I really enjoyed the first episode and especially enjoyed things like using the game music and calender transitions.

Post by CrackedOnyx (25 posts) See mini bio Level 10

@Hailinel: I've avoided Trinity Soul like the plague, so I can't really compare the two. Is it really as bad as I've heard?

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Loved the first episode!!! Though I think the events could do with a little tweaking...

Post by Hailinel (76 posts) See mini bio Level 11

@CrackedOnyx said:

@Hailinel: I've avoided Trinity Soul like the plague, so I can't really compare the two. Is it really as bad as I've heard?

Pretty much. If you like Persona 3 at all, you're almost guaranteed to hate it.

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I heard this was going to be only 13 episodes long. Is this true? Is it why they are rushing it?

Post by CrackedOnyx (25 posts) See mini bio Level 10

According to FoxxFireArt's article from about a week ago, the series is going to run for 25 episodes. Even at the pace the first episode moved at, I'm not sure if they could even get to the bad ending in 13 episodes, let alone the good stuff.

Post by Levance (1,846 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@CrackedOnyx: Naa, they just covered the first hour of the game, the second episode an third will probably be, the first and second bosses, but after that it will become longest, also they must cover social link stuff, and the funny scenes

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

The pacing was a little too quick IMO. Maybe they wanted to make us excited with the Persona Summonings and make us eagerly await the next episode hence they went fast. I hope the next episode takes it slow.

Did anyone like the calender approach they used?

Post by Levance (1,846 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@MohsinMan99:Of course, you get the same feeling that when you play the game, also the status screen in the mid

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