A trip of a life time.
So far, this is my favorite episode. It has all of the beats from the game that slightly progress the story while also having the characters spend time off from the case. It has some anime original scene that add to the comedy and one that may progress to some love interest. Last, it has some clever beats that fit the setting more than what they had in the game.
The stuff I found interesting was the small scene with Chie and Yu. By now Yu hasn't really shown too much interest in any of the girls but this scene kinda does hint at he may have someone in mind. However, it could be that was worry about Chie in a friend sort of way so it may just be a misunderstanding on Chie's part.
Using the Persona 3 music was a clever idea since it makes the place the gang is going to a completely different world from where their from but still holds on to the same style. It wasn't like in trinity soul where it was thrown in and hope that the scene fit the song.
By far the best scene was the King's game and it wasn't just because parts of it was from the game but the anime had added some nice extras like having Yu get drunk and just letting himself go.
Next week we have our Naoto arc.
Investigation team, GO!
P.S. The screenshots are made from me since the site that I been getting these shots from wont be doing anymore for P4. Tell me how they hold up and give me some advice on doing screenshots. Thanks.
Can't believe this all started because of some expensive umbrella.
The events of Nanako handing off her umbrella to fox soon led Yu to many trials from signing up for jobs, comedy routines, and understanding of other people. If I have to describe this episode with one word, it would be bold. Bold enough to cram 5 social links, Hermit Fox, Tower Nakajima Shuu (Ichiki Mitsuhiro), Death Kuroda Hisano (Tani Ikuko), Devil Uehara Sayoko (Kuwatani Natsuko), and Temperance Minami Eri (Itou Miki). We all know what their stories are. Shuu was lacking friends, Hisano wasn't sure if it was right to remember her husband after his death, Sayoko really does care about her career despite her flirtatious nature, and Eri wanting to win the love of her husband's son. Because of jumbling them in to a single episode, the social links suffer from a lack of development as the Sayoko's and Hisano's story arcs go a lot deeper with the hospital work and the life spent with the husband. Shuu's and Eri's story arcs still kinda work as a simple talk about friendship does help out Shuu and a bit of a violent solution helps show the son that Eri is a mother when realizing she all he has.
I guess I give the episode some credit by how there is a coherence between the people from Yu taking Hisano to the hospital where he meets Sayoko and the bus stop scene. It made it feel like it was happening at the amount of time Yu was spending outside the house and wasn't any jarring moments of time skepping ahead too fast. The comedy aspect of the episode was pretty good too with most being Yu's reactions to things, specially when that fish jumped out of the water.
I would say this was probably one of the weaker episodes due to the lack of development with the social links stories. If this part was split in to two episodes than maybe it would been possible to flesh out these social links more.
Next week, FIELD TRIP and possibly the kings game!
Investigation team, GO!
A filler episode was bond to show up but it's one that is nice to have.
What makes this episode interesting is the perspective we are watching it from. How do the other characters feel when they see Yu going around forming social links and what would they do about it. Its a nice break from the usual events of how the social link breaks down as Yu goes through them, which will be shown next week. Of course the main star of this filler episode was Nanako and dressing up as a Magical Detective Girl. It was mostly of her being all cute and stuff but it also shows her worries over what Yu and have her interact with old characters from pass episodes. There were some nice throw in cameos like the Shiroku Store Owner, Smith master and turning out to be a fire works person, Master Daidara, and F-ing Fox!
Since we are half way through the Persona 4 anime it is time for a change up of Opening and Ending (I assume it will change next week). The new opening, from both a visual and song aspect, are both well done and fitting with the series style. However, a few bits are of footage from the last opening but I assume that is due to lack of time to make some new animation and will most likely change later on or on the DVD/Blu-ray. This weeks ending is more specific to this episode featuring Nanako, some cute drawings, and a happy little song from Chie (No really, Chie (Horie Yui) was singing this).
After watching many filler episodes in my life time of animes, this one works out in the end since it keeps itself in the logic of the series and connects to the currents events as we see them from Yu's perspective next week.
Magical Detective Nanako, GO!
In a way, we are half way in with Persona 4 and it continues to keep at it. This episode was interesting as it was split in to two different events, one was the Void Quest level with boss fight and the other was the omelet scene.
The Void Quest section had the nice designs and sounds like the game and a really cool battle sequence with the Shadow Mitsuo. The omelet event was just as hilarious and touching as the game with the return of mystery food X and the promise between Nanako and Teddie. The interesting part was the odd split when they just about to fight Shadow Mitsuo. At first it was a little strange to jump from the past event to a future event but it all kinda made senses when it was all just of Yu being trapped inside of Shadow Mitsuo and reflecting on where of this midnight channel and the murders are taking him. We really never did get a chance to sit down and think about what all of these events really mean for Yu and it was a interesting opportunity to have him see if he was doing the right thing.
There were some nice comedy from Teddie's fist time fighting and obviously the omelet event, complete with Yukiko fainting and Nanako doing her best to make everyone happy.
Next week we got some summer fun, the hospital, and Death.
Investigation team, GO!
My finals are done, I can sleep in late, and I can now reflect on the shows I watched. In a few days I will be posting up some of my opinions on the anime that came out in 2011 from the years best to what I wasn't expecting. We start with my top 5 animes of 2011
A lot is changing in the anime industry from the large amounts of simulcast to the large licensing deals between publishers. What’s the most apparent are the releases of original show and adoptions of high level material. That's what fills my list of top 5 Animes of the year and helps show the grandness of it all. Keep in mind that this list is purely my own opinion but in a way I recommend these titles as they really do represent the creativity that anime can active. So lets begin.
A show that uses the real life event of John Titor and the idea of time travel that soon effects our characters. Despite the slow beginning episodes and the development of the characters, it still holds up with its twist and turns, interesting visual, and the deepness of the characters.
A refreshing twist on the superhero genera that is filled with a colorful cast of characters, smart use of superhero clichés, and lots of visual flair of animation and CG that makes you question if this was the low budget title of Sunrise this year.
A very emotional title of friends coming to terms with a death of a childhood friend. While the beginning had some odd humor and a bad first impressions of the characters, but it is the journey to their conclusion is what makes it worthwhile. With visuals that keep Noitamina at top tier and a fitting musical score helps makes the whole experience emotional.
One man’s journey of becoming a parent after adopting a little girl. It’s a journey that is full of understanding, intrigue, sacrifices, and heartwarming that only a heartless person would hate. Its sketchbook like visuals and gentle music score help set the clamming experience the show is going for. Despite the controversial manga ending, the anime keeps focus on the pure innocent message of parenthood.
The defining anime of this year. A tale full of twist and turns with powerful messages that only the diabolical mind of Gen can come up with. Characters, while not as deep as the other characters from this list, are legitimately develop given the short amount of time and help push forward the story. Visuals of all types from the ranging beauties environments to the bizarre abstract worlds full of imagery and symbolism that SHAFT perfected. It is the show that will change the way we look at Magical girl shows.