Posted by psgels on 20 October 2011 with categories: Persona 4 The Animation



I still haven’t forgiven AIC with its bullying away of some of the animators due to mis-management. But I have to admit: I liked this episode.

There are things that are starting to grow on me. The introduction of each episode is actually quite well done with these two figures in the limousine, but also the comedy and the quiet moments were much better than last weeks. In particular the scene in which the two leads got arrested by the police for walking around with fake swords was hilarious, but I also liked the timing of the parts where Yukiko suddenly appeared on the television screen.

The last interesting part still was the fight scene, though. On one hand it’s interesting to see so many things that look like a game, but the battles still follow too strict of a formula. The whole inner conflict in this episode was pretty much identical to last episode, and what’s also weird is that both thi week and last week, the angsty character in question had a strong relationship to someone who hardly ever got any screentime at all. The weakest part was the angst, though. That needs to have better acting in the future.
Rating: * (Good)

9 Responses

  1. Rex says:

    Yeah, what the hell is AIC doing?

    Anyway, i replayed the beginning of the persona 4 game, and woah its quite incredible how much of the story they cut out. Granted, it might have been for the best because first episode is about the first two hours of the game. yes, the introduction is THAT long, and its all cutscenes and talking. either way it would have been impossible to boil that down to 20 minutes.
    So, i recommend if anyone has the chance to play those two hours as it gives a better foundation for the anime. but thats just my suggestion, ive seen some do perfectly without.

  2. Addictd says:

    If it keeps getting better like this, it’s gonna be awesome. And psgels, if you haven’t noticed already, every member of their team is going to have to act angsty, so…yeah, expect that. I like the fact that they already showed 2 non-party member social links, too. Well, they foreshadowed them anyway.

  3. TheVoid says:

    I’m pretty sure those swords weren’t fake.

  4. kazid33 says:

    Yeah this is turn to be good, I expected better next episodes.

  5. Gottis says:

    I love the non-party member social links, so I squeed a little. ^^ (But to be honest, there are already a few social links already introduced – Narukami’s uncle and Nanako.)

    I must agree that this episode was better than the two previous ones, even though I usually prefer Yousuke getting his Persona in the game as opposed to Chie. Maybe it’s the run-down feel of the shop that appeals to me? IDK. But I think her part worked better in the anime.

    Now I’m actually looking forward to more episodes of the Persona 4 anime! ^.^

  6. Cletos says:

    Well, it can’t be helped… x(
    These “Other self” encounters are a lot formulaic in the game…

    Chie and Yosuke have the weakest “bad traits”, though. The next ones ( probably )gonna be a lot more enterteining.

  7. betawatcher says:

    Yosuke’s sword-licking made me crack up. XDDD

  8. jzar says:

    It’s sort of boring to see such a repeated format. The fights were not bad and the designs are cool. I’ll most likely not bother with it anymore though. It’s a game and not really a story I want to take time with. Just my own take on it. I am sure I would have loved to play it though.

  9. Dalx says:

    jzar, i should advice to give it another go at it, the formula will end with the next episode, after that there’ll be less battles (I hope) and more down to earth moments with certain characters. Facing your shadow and the magic will take back seat as the “normal” S.Links will be shown or that’s what I hope.

    Psgels, Yukiko will be better, she doesn’t depend on characters with low screen-time to pack a punch.

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  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:33 AM)
    But hey, a step in the right direction is still a step. And I’ll take it. I also like that we’ve learned both can go to the same place, instead of either or.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:32 AM)
    Watched Death Parade’s third episode. Easily the best so far. Significantly better execution, felt a lot less forced. The weight of their situation actually added something to their story, giving the Queen Decim gimmick more purpose. That said, the game itself was still heavily underutilized beyond tangential connection to their living selves. And the setting still needs attention if we’re meant to care about it in and of itself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 07:32 AM)
    Regarding isuca’s female protagonist, whatever anyone or I thinks or not of her character or design/situations involving her its another case of me wanting to beat her to death with a baseball bat. Not a good sign…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:27 AM)
    *while the series took me a bit to get into
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:15 AM)
    Despite the fairly rubbish turn, twist this last chapter of shinigami and 4 girlfriends took and while it took me a bit to get into and felt it could have been funnier, it doesn’t ruin the manga for me, but this could have if it had gone on been better than the world God only knows.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I really don’t know…don’t know why I bother checking out these bottom of the barrel LN style trash knowing I’ll hate them…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Oh Arms if only you could go back to your Genshiken, Elfen lied I”s days, you made three good anime.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:49 AM)
    *Delightfully mad
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:48 AM)
    I’ve seen a fair bit of stuff associated with Go Nagai now and theres an insane, mad mind at work there whether it be in the action, violence or humour, Isuca having a Go Nagai style monster is an insult.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:18 AM)
    And the way they just trick you with that first scene. Go Nagai-like, grotesque monster, a mysterious girl saving the guy and then vanishing. It’s not top shelf, but at least looks like something you could work with. And then the rest of the episode happened.

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