Suspicious Tropical Paradise

Suspicious Tropical Paradise is an anime episode of Persona 4: The Animation that was released on 11/17/2011

Persona 4 The Animation Ep. 7

Suspicious Tropical Paradise

Kanji's gone missing, or is in hiding, according to Naoto. Yu and the others suspect that he is somewhere in TV World, but Teddie needs something with his scent to find him first. After investigating, they discover a softer side to Tatsumi, and something else that sounds a little off...

Summary

Opening Theme-

"sky's the limit" by Shihoko Hirata

Ending Theme-

"Beauty of Destiny" by Shihoko Hirata feat. Lotus Juice

Episode Synopsis

Yu acquired the Priestess Arcana
Yu acquired the Priestess Arcana

Igor welcomes Yu to the Velvet Room. Margaret comments on Yu's new friendship that opens to him the power of the Priestess Arcana. An image of Yukiko is seen in Margaret's Compendium. Igor warns that the danger that is after him is nearing closer, but he has nothing to fear now that he has the power to fight back. Margaret adds that when he is in need that the door is always open for him to use their assistant. Igor looks forward to it.

Tuesday May 17, 2011

Kanji on the Midnight Channel
Kanji on the Midnight Channel

On the Midnight Channel, Shadow Kanji doesn't know what to do with his ever warming body. He feels that he'll just have to thrust in deeper and runs into the steaming bathhouse behind him. The TV flashes off, and Yu Narukami stands motionless looking at the blank screen. He answers his ringing cellphone, and it's Yosuke on the other end. He asks if they saw the same thing. Yosuke's also isn't interested in the copy Yu offers.

Wednesday May 18, 2011

Teddy can't find Kanji without help
Teddy can't find Kanji without help

The Investigation Team bring Yukiko into the Midnight Channel. Chie remembers this is her first time coming in willingly. To the side, Yosuke learns that Teddy can't seem to find Kanji. He knows someone is there, but can't pin it down. Teddy blames it on his internal conflict of where he comes from. Chie knows their hands are tied without Teddy. Chie scolds Yosuke for considering they just give up this time, and she's shocked to hear Yu considering it, as well. Teddy then suggest they give him a hint. He wants them to bring an object of Kanji's that has his scent on it.

Investigation Team go talk to Kanji's mother
Investigation Team go talk to Kanji's mother

Back in Inaba, the gang goes to see Kanji's mother at her shop to ask about him. She tells him that Kanji hasn't been in, and she's already contacted the police. She says he's never been out for so long without coming home. Chie's surprised, thinking he's the type to often stay out late fighting. Kanji's mother just laughs and says he does give that impression. he did get into a fight with a biker gang recently. She partly blames herself for that incident. Their loud bikes had made it hard for her to get any sleep for days. Yu realizes he fought that gang to help his mother.

The team finds a clue with Kanji's scent
The team finds a clue with Kanji's scent

A young boy catches Yu's attention just outside the textile store. Yu talks to the child and the boy asks if Kanji is at home. He holds up s stuffed charm that Yu recognizes from several days ago when he saw Kanji is school. The child explains that he had borrowed a toy strap from his friend Sana, but he accidentally lost it. Kanji had found him crying in worry by the river. Though he was harsh at first, Kanji promised the boy that he would make something for the kid to give to Sana. Kanji even promised to be there when he gave it to her and apologized. It was because of this that Sana apologized, and Kanji even made a second one for the boy. The gang is shocked to hear Kanji made this adorable doll. Yukiko asks to look at it, and they remark on how it doesn't even look hand made. The boy wanted to thank Kanji, but Yukiko asks if they can borrow this charm for a bit. Across the street, Tohru Adachi sees Yu and the others outside the textile shop talking to the boy.

The mysterious detective appears once more
The mysterious detective appears once more

At Junes, Yu's sure that this toy will have Kanji's scent since he made it. As they all walk inside, they see the mysterious boy they saw earlier talking with Kanji and his mother the other day. He notices them and talks about how Kanji has gone missing recently. Yosuke asks what they were talking about yesterday, but the boy isn't sure why he should tell them his business. He still relents since he can tell they are in a hurry. He was asking about his recent activities, but started acting odd as soon as he mentioned Kanji was acting weird. For some reason he then lost all color in his face. Yosuke's surprised Kanji's the type to worry about such things, and the mysterious boy tells them not to judge by appearances. Kanji could be suffering through some kind of complex.

Yosuke and Yu afraid to enter Kanji's dungeon
Yosuke and Yu afraid to enter Kanji's dungeon

Inside the Midnight Channel, they give Teddy the charm and this helps his nose to track down the dungeon Kanji is in. What they find is a large traditional bath house that it covered in signs that say "Men Only". Hot steam pours out fogging their glasses. Strange jazz music starts up, and voices inside sound like two men involved in some sort or romantic interlude. Yosuke suddenly refuses to enter, and even Yu thinks it's too risky. Yukiko asks if Kanji is really inside, when Teddy confirms it. Chie says they're stuck going in. Getting tired of his whining, Chie grans Yosuke by the ear and yanks him inside. Yu wants to leave it be, but quickly agrees to follow when prompted by Yukiko.

Shadow Kanji welcomes the team
Shadow Kanji welcomes the team

Once inside, Yosuke suggests they split up. Chie and Yukiko gone deeper in, and he and Yu can go home and wait. Yu agrees, but Chie refuses. She tells them to remember that they are here to save Kanji. They come to a room and find Shadow Kanji flexing his body. He welcomes them for coming and introduced himself with a little wink.

Yu and Yosuke quick to fight
Yu and Yosuke quick to fight

Without a word, Yosuke and Yu summon Jiraiya and Izanagi, the girls and Teddy try and calm the boys from going straight into the fight. Yosuke wants to end this fast and get out. After Shadow Kanji introduced the Suspicious Tropical Paradise, he swoons as the hot steam makes his heart race. He flexes his body, then Chie summons Tomoe Gozen. Now only Yukiko and Teddy are stopping them from battling. Even Chie now admits to being annoyed.

It's The Steamy Paradise Of Love!
It's The Steamy Paradise Of Love!

With guests present, Shadow Kanji wants to start the next segment of the show. Graphics appear in the air that says, "No Girls Allowed! Take The Plunge?! It's The Steamy Paradise Of Love!". Yu says it's bad in more than one way, and Chie remarks how this was the same with Yukiko's dungeon. Yukiko's shocked to hear this is what her Shadow was like. Kanji's shadow calls for his hunt for love to continue and runs deeper inside. They try to give chance, but several Shadows appear in their path.

Yosuke gets caught in the corssfire
Yosuke gets caught in the corssfire

The anger inside Yukiko rises that her Shadow behaved in such a similar way. It suddenly boils over. She summons Konohana Sakuya and attacks with fire. Jiraiya gets caught in the flames and it effects Yosuke. Chie freezes the Shadows solid with Tomoe, but again Yosuke and Jiraiya are in the crossfire. Yu has Izanagi finish them off. Chie can understand that they'll go crazy if they are in here too long. When Yukiko wants to burn Kanji to ash when she sees him next, Yu likes the idea, but Chie warns her that's too dangerous.

Deeper in the bathhouse, Kanji is away and blinded by the thick fog. he can hear peple laughing in the distance and mocking him. He angryly shouts for them to show themselves. The voices blame him for everything from being the biker gangs boss to stealing money from kids. Then from the darkness, a voice can be heard taunting him about the tough act he puts on and calls him a liar. Kanji wonders who's talking this time. It calls out that he wants to be so manly, but that's not who he really is. He's shocked when he sees himself walking from the fog.

The gang too scared to enter
The gang too scared to enter

Yu, Yosuke, Chie, Yukiko, and Teddy are paused just outside a large door that says "Welcome To Tropical Paradise". The boys suspect he's in there, then Chie encourages them to enter. Yukiko warns her to keep her cool, and Yosuke tells her she's not one to say that. Chie warns the boys about no losing their temper this time. She tells the that they are here to first rescue Kanji and second rescue Kanji. Yukiko chuckles that those are the same thing, but she didn't realize that Chie did that on purpose. Again they pause outside the door until Teddy asks why they aren't going in. Yosuke's worried about some scary sights they may find inside. Yukiko asks Yu what they should do, but Chie refused his suggestion they just let this be. She tells the boys to take the lead and pushes them into the door.

Kanji found in a compromising position
Kanji found in a compromising position

Inside the room, they find Kanji has pinned his Shadow self to the floor as he begs him to be gently with him. This is exactly what they were worried they'd find. Kanji finally notices the gang and asks what they're doing here. They says they're here to save him, but their lack of motivation in their tone doesn't escape his notice.

Shadow Kanji pushes Kanji away and says he doesn't want them interfering. He flexes his body and the bathtubs overflow. The liquid covering their feet and path. Chie slips on the warm bath oil, and Yukiko falls with her after trying to stop her collapse. They can't seem to stand and are more covered is this slimy fluid the more they struggle. Yosuke suddenly asks Yu if he has a camera handy. He checks, but even Yu's disappointed he doesn't have one.

Kanji's Shadow transforms
Kanji's Shadow transforms

Shadow Kanji approaches the real one and tells him to stop lying. He should just admit what he wants. He tells Kanji that he's everything that he wants to be but Kanji refuses that idea. Yosuke tries to stop Kanji, but both he and Yu slip into the oil and followed by Teddy. Shadow Kanji says how he hates women. They mock and tease him when they learn he likes to draw and sew. Kanji collapses in pain, but the shadow keeps chanting "But you're a man" and asks what that even means. He says women are scary, and that's why he prefers men. Kanji refuses that women scare him. The shadow says that he is Kanji and Kanji is him. Despite Yu's warning, Kanji tells his Shadow that he isn't like him. the Shadow transforms and becomes a giant beast surrounded by flowers and holding two giant male symbols. He's joined by two large muscle men on each side. He says he's the shadow, the true self.

Yukiko's fire magic fails
Yukiko's fire magic fails

The shadow blasts Kanji away with electricity, it says he'll be true with himself and kill anyone who tries to stop him. Yukiko is surprised that this is Kaji's true feelings, but Yosuke tells her that his is just his emotions running wild. they all summon their Persona, but Tomoe's kick doesn't work on the muscleman. If anything, he seems to like it. Konohana Sakuya sets the other one on fire, but Yukiko is shocked to see he's enjoying it. Yosuke asks Teddy for an explanation, but he reasons that they must be a part of Kanji's Shadow.

The girls fall into rage
The girls fall into rage

Izanagi tries to attack, but he's grabbed by Tough Guy. Yu calls him back and switches him with a new Persona, but it and Jiraiya are both captured. Before Yu can change again, Nice Guy comes from behind and grans Yosuke and Yu by the butt. They both collapse after having their spirit broken. Chie panics, but Yukiko thinks they're safe since they don't seem interested in girls. Though she finds one Tough Guy giving her a nasty glare and insults her red clothes. Yukiko snaps and attacks with fire to no effect. Chie cowers as Nice Guy approaches. She wonders what he's about to do or say, but he just places his hand on her shoulder and nods approvingly. Now Chie loses her temper and freezes him solid, but he enjoys it. Both of the girls are now overcome with rage.

Shadow Kanji laughs how little trouble Yu and his friends are, then he attacks them with his lightning. He finally notices Kanji and aims to strike the defenseless Kanji. Kanji wakes up to see that Yu and Izanagi took the hit to save him. Kanji's charm falls out of his pocket.

Yu awakens his Wild Card power of Fusion
Yu awakens his Wild Card power of Fusion

Shadow Kanji starts charging up for an even greater attack, and Yu's worried that this isn't going well. At this rate, they'll lose. Suddenly, he finds himself inside the Velvet Room. Igor and Margaret tell him that it's time for him to use the true power of his Wild Card. Yu summons the Priestess and Magician Arcana card and he fuses them to create the Persona known as Yamata no Orochi, a giant hydra snake. Two head bind Nice Guy and Tough Guy, and the remainder use ice magic to freeze over Shadow Kanji.

Yu accepts Kanji
Yu accepts Kanji

Kanji notices the charm on the floor, and Yu asks if he made it. Kanji's shy to admit it and asks if he has a problem with that because he's a guy and makes cute things. Yu tells him he doesn't find that a problem. Yu tells him he thinks it's cute. The shadow breaks free of the ice prison. Kanji climsb to his feet with the charm in hand and walks to his shadow. She charges admitting that he likes cute things and then knocks the shadow back with a single bare punch. Nice Guy and Touch Guy dissolve into flowers with the Shadow. Even Yosuke and Chie are shocked by his strength. Kanji turns to Yu and tells him how he appreciated him telling him his toy was cute and accepted him.

Take-Mikazuchi appears as Kanji's Persona
Take-Mikazuchi appears as Kanji's Persona

Yu looks back to see the Shadow Kanji is still there. He stumbles forward begging for someone to accept him, but Kanji shouts him down. He thinks that it's disgraceful that this is the kind of thing he has inside of himself. he tells his shadow that it isn't about men or women. He's just terrified of rejection. He's a coward that pushes people away. That's why he knows that this shadow is a part of himself. Kanji's shadow transforms from being accepted into Take-Mikazuchi, Kanji's Persona. He's a large black Persona painted with a skeleton but with a cute skull design on the head. Chie remakes on how manly his Persona looks. Kanji takes the card into himself and collapses.

Monday June 6, 2011

Kanji joins the Investigation team
Kanji joins the Investigation team

Up on the school roof, Yosuke teases that people would be creeped out if they knew Kanji made such an adorable toy. Kanji snatches it away from him, and says he's over that now. Chie's surprised how polite he is, and Kaji tells them that they are his upperclassmen. He though is more interested in who threw him into the TV. After Yukiko tells him that they're hunting for the culprit, Kanji declares he wants to help track the person down. He wants to pay them back ten fold. Chie asks Yu if that's alright, and he agrees to accept this new member of the Investigation Team.

Dojima questions Yu's actions
Dojima questions Yu's actions

Later that night, Yu is eating dinner with Ryotaro Dojima and Nanako. Adachi had told Dojima about seeing Yu and his friends outside the Tatsumi Textile shop. Yu tells him that some friends took him there. Dojima stares at Yu as he asks if he's involved in anything suspicious. Before he can say anything, Nanako asks if they're fighting. He tells his daughter that they're just talking.

Saturday June 4, 2011

A shadow haunts the Inaba streets
A shadow haunts the Inaba streets

Two days ago, a shadowy figure stands alone in the rain covered streets of Inaba.

Points of Interest

  • Though the original subtitles called Yukiko's Arcana the Empress, the English in Margaret's compendium says "Priestess". The "Empress" is Margaret's Arcana.
  • In this episode, Yu's Courage increased by one to Fearless and his Expression increased by one to Eloquent.
  • Though Yu's Diligence has not changed, the original subtitles added to the character chart that were added on the Anime Network's original airing changed the working from Persistent to Strong. Even the Japanese text was changed between episodes.
  • In the graphic that displays the change Two Days at the end of the episode, the word "Two" was originally misspelled as "Tow" for the Japanese production.

Notes

Amateur vs. Expert: PERSONA 4 #7 by Nick Robinson (Babylonian) & Kristoffer Remmell (FoxxFireArt). HERE

Characters & Voice Actors

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Igor ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Isamu Tanonaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Margaret ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sayaka Ohara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tohru Adachi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mitsuaki Madono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Nanako Dojima ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akemi Kanda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ryotaro Dojima ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Unshou Ishizuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Naoto Shirogane ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Romi Paku ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Take-Mikazuchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kanji Tatsumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Seki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Teddie ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kappei Yamaguchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Konohana Sakuya ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yukiko Amagi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ami Koshimizu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tomoe ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Chie Satonaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yui Horie ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Jiraiya ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yosuke Hanamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Showtaro Morikubo ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Izanagi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yu Narukami ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Namikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kanji's Mother ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ryoko Aikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)

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