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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:54 AM)
    I can remember giving higher points to elysium when I saw it first because I really needed/wanted to see an R rated action movie. But apart from Sharlto Copley as the villain it was in hindsight fairly miscast, the ending was quite poor and the script could have been improved on, I liked the robots/action scenes however.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:20 AM)
    I have a feeling that the movie’s gonna suck tho. District 9 was good, Elysium was a mess and Chappie looks like a Short Circuit ripoff with nothing new to add. I have respect for Blomkamp since he started as an animator and probably has respect for the medium and a good eye for aesthetics, by he’s doing progressively more conventional stuff as his career goes on.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
    Ha, so I wasn’t wrong when I came across that film Chappie and thinking that the robot resembled Briareos from appleseed, the director’s a fan of Masume Shirow’s work apparently.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 12:16 AM)
    @Brendan: That completely hinges on your personal taste, but Vagabond is one of the best Chanbara ones around, with superb art, fast pacing and entertaining storyline. Berserk should go without saying as it’s a codifier for many Seinen conventions, but Vinland Saga is another great series which is in similar vein. Biomega and Drifters are also worth a look.

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