Would You Love Me?

Would You Love Me? is an anime episode of Persona 4: The Animation that was released on 11/03/2011

Persona 4 The Animation Ep. 5

Would You Love Me?

This battle is not like the ones before. Yu must summon all his courage, skills, patience and know how to defeat his latest foe: a clingy girl that just wont go away! Meanwhile, love triangles are flying, Yosuke turns it into a love rectangle, and Chie is smack dab in the middle of all of it!

Summary

Opening Theme-

"sky's the limit" by Shihoko Hirata

Ending Theme-

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

Episode Synopsis

Igor welcomes Yu into the Velvet Room. Margaret tells him that she sees two Arcana shining brightly in his future. The Moon and Strength. These new bonds will mean new powers. These bods will also help him find the light of truth. Igor then bids him farewell.

Thursday April 21, 2011

Yu asked to go steady
Yu asked to go steady

Up on the school roof, a girl asks Yu to go steady with her. He's shocked, and she leans in to kiss him.

Tuesday April 19, 2011

Yosuke complains over his sore body
Yosuke complains over his sore body

Chie comes into class and thanks Yu and Yosuke for their help saving Yukiko the other day. Yosuke's exhausted by glad they rescued her. Yu asks Chie about Yukiko, and she says that she's taking a few days off since she still feels weak. Chis's feeling much better with Yukiko back and feels she can return to life as normal. Yosuke is worn out fro all the recent action, and he's shocked that Yu feels fine. Chie is surprised by how tough he is. She asks if he was in any clubs, but he tells her he wasn't. Since he isn't in any clubs, she asks him to come with her.

Kou pleads Yu to join teh basketball team
Kou pleads Yu to join teh basketball team

In the school's basketball court, the team is in practice and a lovely girl sits on the benches expressionless. Chie shows up with Yu and calls out to Kou Ichijo. He's excited to see her and tells the team to take a break. She tells him she's brought him a new member. Kou is happy to see Yu, but he says he's just here to watch since Chie asked. Daisuke Nagase introduces himself as a member of the Soccer Club. he helps Kou out with basketball because they're friends. The team was about to go under due to lack of players, but Yu still isn't sure. Kou pleads with Chie and Daisuke behind him.

Yu meets Ai Ebihara
Yu meets Ai Ebihara

Kou introduced Yu to the rest of the team. Kou ask where everyone else is, but some in the team say they already left. Kou then introduced their team manager Ai Ebihara. But she tells him that she hardly ever comes and don't ask her for any favors. She leaves before practice is over, and the rest of the team soon also leave for a party.

Yu convinced to make bento for the family trip
Yu convinced to make bento for the family trip

Later that night, Nanako's happy when her father Ryotaro Dojima comes home, but quickly hides behind Yu when she sees someone with him. Ryotaro has brought his partner Tohru Adachi home with him since they finished work together. They are eating dinner together as Adachi talks about Yukiko's return, but still doesn't think she's off the hook. When he talks about how she says she doesn't remember how she disappears, Ryotaro gives his a sharp pop to the head with his fist and tells him to stay quiet. Ryotaro goes on to say that since the disappearance case as slowed down he can take Nanako and Yu on a trip for Golden Week. Nanako's happy and wants to have bento. Ryotaro likes that idea, but he can't make them. Adachi tells him that's why he has Yu there. He reluctantly agrees, and Nanako says she wants to go to Junes.

Wednesday April 20, 2011

Ai tricks Yu to skip class with her
Ai tricks Yu to skip class with her

Yu's walking through the school when he runs into Ai. She asks Yu to ditch class with her since the basketball team needs some supplies. Yu follows her to the city as she shops and browses through the stores. She likes having someone to carry her stuff. When he asks why the team needs such unusual things, Ai tells him that was a lie. He's not surprised. Ai's enjoying ditching class to enjoy herself, and she's surprised that he understand what she means. It's his first time ditching class. She asks what he's been working on this whole time, and he shows her a paper crane made from a napkin. She tells him he's different from other guys, and she might even like him.

Thursday April 21, 2011

Yu is practicing with the team when some on the team start talking about Ai not being there. One says she was the only reason he joined. One claims she's probably out chasing guys since she's loose. Another adds he heard she has some sugar daddy. As they start to get more crude, Kou cuts them off to stop. Before anything more can be said, one of the team spots Ai at the entrance. Kou tries to call to her as she walks away, but freezes at her cold stare.

Ai drafts Yu to learn who Kou likes
Ai drafts Yu to learn who Kou likes

Yu follows after Ai. He asks her if she's alright, but she knows they're always like that. She is excited about one thing. She's thrilled because she has the hots of Kou Ichijo, and he was defending her earlier. She wonders if he's seeing anyone, but Yu has no idea. She takes him by the hand and ask him to help her ind out his type. He asks why him, and she tells him he's the only one she can depend on. Yu's not surprised.

Ai overheard Kou likes Chie
Ai overheard Kou likes Chie

Later that day, Yu is helping Kou put away their supplies and suddenly asks Kou if he's into any girls currently. He's surprised how open Yu is on the subject. He asks him to keep it a secret, but that he's interested in Chie. Yu starts coughing, and Kou gets offended. He's jealous that Yu gets to spend so much time with her. Kou puts Yu in a headlock as says that now he's told him that he's going to help. After Kou leaves, Yu lifts the top off the hurdle box, and inside is a depressed Ai who heard the entire conversation.

Yu tries to stop Ai from jumping
Yu tries to stop Ai from jumping

Up on the roof, Yu stops Ai from climbing the fence and threatening to jump. She's also angry since she's cuter than Chie. She pushes Yu away and asys she'll kill herself if he comes any closer. He tries to explain that her parents would cry. She's sad she's been rejected despite becoming cute. She worked hard to be so. What's the point if no one will love her. She falls to her knees and cries.

Ai tells Yu to date her until she finds a boyfriend
Ai tells Yu to date her until she finds a boyfriend

After she calms down, she tells Yu how in the past she used to be fat and was teased a lot from her old school class. To show them, she worked hard to diet and study fashion. Yu's surprised that she worked so hard, but she doesn't think it matters since no one loves her still. She starts to cry again. Yu tries to encourage her that she'll ind a boyfriend. She stops crying and tells him he's nice. She wishes she had fallen for someone like him. She grabs his hand before he can leave and asks him to go steady and tells him he needs to take responsibility for what he just said. Until she gets a boyfriend he needs to go outwith her. She says if he doesn't she'll kill herself and smiles cheerfully.

Friday April 22, 2011

Ai makes Yu skip school for a date
Ai makes Yu skip school for a date

Yosuke and Chie call after Yu as he walks to school, but before they can join him Ai calls out for him. She runs up and grabs him arm so they can skip school today. She pulls him away before he can protest. Yosuke wonders when they started dating. Later, Ai complains the drink she wanted didn't have caramel sauce. She tells him she wont forgive her until he says he loves her, but he can't bring himself to say it. In the photo booth, Ai tries to get Yu to kiss her for the pictures.

Saturday April 23, 2011

Yu doesn't want to answer his phone
Yu doesn't want to answer his phone

The next day in school, Kinshiro Morooka scolds them for skipping school the previous day. In class, Yosuke tells Yu they're meeting at Junes food court. Chie wants to review their case, but Yu looks down. He flinches as his cell phone rings, and Yosuke asks if he's going to answer it. When he sees the call is from Ai, he answers and she yells at him for picking up so slowly. As she's complaining, he quickly shuts his phone and puts it away. After Yosuke asks what happened, Yu regrets hanging up. He knows if he doesn't call her back fast she'll really let him have it. He grabs his phone and stumbles out of the class room.

Chie doesn't like how Ai treats Yu
Chie doesn't like how Ai treats Yu

At Junes, Chie asks what Yosuke thinks of Yu and Ai as a couple. She screams at him when he calls them a cute couple. She complains how they ditch school and gloom over each other in public. She says that's not like Narukami, and she doesn't like how he's prioritizing dates over the case. Yosuke seems to think he knows why Chie's so upset, but she's confused. He tells her to leave everything to him, but she doesn't understand.

Tuesday April 26, 2011

Yosuke volunteers Chie for team manager
Yosuke volunteers Chie for team manager

Kou announces to the team that they will be having a practice game this weekend, but the team is hardly excited at the idea. Yosuke shows up and tels them that Chie wants to join as the team's manager. Both Kou and Chie are shocked at this news. She asks if that's why he brought her there, and Yosuke tells her she needs to be on the same footing to beat Ai. Chie still doesn't understand. She tells Kou that she can help for a bit. Ai catches her attention giving her a glare of death. Yosuke calls it an all out battle for love. Yu asks him what he's trying to do.

After practice, Kou tells Yu how this coming game could be his last. Seems his family never liked him being on the team to begin with. He commends on how he hasn't even told Daisuke about this but is telling Yu. He really wants to win and asks Yu for his help. Yu agrees, and Kou suddenly declares if they win he'll tell Chie he likes her.

Friday April 29, 2011

Ai confronts Chie
Ai confronts Chie

It's raining outside as the teams are ready for the game. Yosuke only came to cheer, but got pulled into the game as a player. Kou apologizes, but they had some no-shows. Chie tries to set up the camera on the sidelines, but Ai stands on her shot. She tells Chie she's not welcome even as temporary help. Chie fires back that she's heard how Ai never comes to practice. Yosuke watches the girls bickering and tells Yu that it much be hard to be such a lady's man. He doesn't understand what Yosuke's talking about.

Chie slaps Ai back
Chie slaps Ai back

The game starts the the opposing teach gets the quick advantage. Yu tries to block, but they get past him. Chie and Yu sit on the bench apart from each other while handling the stats. AI says that seeing Chie up close pises her off. She can't believe she lost to a dog like her. Chei's confused, but Ai goes on to tell her how she's suffering recently because of Chie. Since they are being open, Chie has some things to say to her, as well. Chie doesn't like how Ai pushes Yu around all the time. Ai asks if she has for hots for Yu with a nasty grin. Chie shoots back that he's her friend. This just makes Ai more angry that someone both loves Chie and has friends. She stands suddenly and smacks Chie across the face. Chie gets up and tells her that if she's Yu's girlfriend she should treat him better, then she slaps Ai in the face. They smack each other back and forth as the game goes on.

Yu yells at the girls to stop fighting
Yu yells at the girls to stop fighting

Yosuke and Yu see Chie and Ai pulling at each other as they fight. One minute is left in the game as Kou dribbles down the court. Yu calls out for them to stop fighting since this could be Kou's last game. Ai hears this and looks over as Kou moves through the opposing team to try and score. He sinks his shot. The game ends but they still lost. Ai looks on as Kou is covered in sweat and exhausted after losing the game.

The team eats at Aiya
The team eats at Aiya

The team later celebrates ay the Aiya Chinese restaurant. Aika Nakamura brings them their order of nikudon. Yosuke is surprised to learn that her family runs this place. Both Yu and Daisuke look on as Kou happily eats away. They both apologize for letting him down in his last game. He tells them he's changed his minds about quitting. He loves the game to much. Even though he lost, he can't quit like that. He thanks Yu for being there so he could compete, then leans in to whisper he plans to tell Chie how he feels when they win one day. He tell them they need to work hard next time, but Chie passes since she doesn't mix well with a certain someone. Kou looks disappointed, then Ai asks if she can stay on board as the manager. He seems happy at the idea.

Ai decides to work at being manager and walks with Kou
Ai decides to work at being manager and walks with Kou

As they walk home, Ai tells Yu that she should be alright on her own now. She just wanted him to baby her since she was so nice. She thinks she could even fall for him. She hands him some of the photo booth pictures a a memento of their time together. She tells him that she's gong to start trying to be a more dedicated manager for the basketball team. She has Yu to thank for that decision. She thanks him and run ahead to walk with Kou. Yu watches as they start to talk to each other, and sighs in relief to be released from that obligation.

Saturday April 30, 2011

Yukiko returns and joins the Investigation Team
Yukiko returns and joins the Investigation Team

Yukiko brings some soba noodles for her and Chie on the school's roof. Yosuke tells her that she looks better, and she apologizes for worrying them. With her better, he wants to start investigating again. Chie wants to teach this culprit a lesson for throwing people into the TV. Yukiko wants to join them to learn why someone would even want to kill her. Yosuke calls his over the cop's head to deal with. Yu agrees that they need to find this killer with their abilities.

Yosuke asks the girls if their noodles are ready yet. Before the girls can dig in, the boys ask for a bite. Chie's shocked, and Yukiko laments over the lost tofu.

Points of Interest

  • Aika Nakamura that is introduced at the end of this episode is an original character for the anime and didn't appear in the original game.
  • In the original game, Ai was interested in Daisuke if the player was to select the basketball team to join, and Kou's story never mentioned Chie. He was looking into who his birth parents were. If the player joined the soccer team, Ai would then be interested in Kou, and he would then mention his interest in Chie.
  • The tone on Yu's phone is from the video game Cathrine, another ATLUS creation.
  • In this episode, Yu's Diligence increased by one to Persistent, and his Expression has grown by one to Decent.
  • This episode starts by listing Ai asking Yu to go steady with her on Friday 22 then turning back time for the Previous Day. Though after that scene happens in real time and the commercial break image is shown, it shows the switch in the day to Friday 22.

Notes

Amateur vs. Expert: PERSONA 4 #6 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)
Ai Ebihara ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kanae Ito ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kinshiro Morooka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Osamu Ryuutani ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Daisuke Nagase ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Sugita ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kou Ichijo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Ono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Tohru Adachi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mitsuaki Madono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ryotaro Dojima ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Unshou Ishizuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Nanako Dojima ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akemi Kanda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Yukiko Amagi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ami Koshimizu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Chie Satonaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yui Horie ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Yosuke Hanamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Showtaro Morikubo ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Yu Narukami ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Namikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Aika Nakamura ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Aoi YĆ«ki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)

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