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