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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    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 05:14 AM)
    when is Gangsta episode 9 review coming
  • ;(
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:38 AM)
    @Emma:
    Actually because there was so many deaths in WWII aside from the wargrounds, many were killed in these principles.
    Not execution by killer (which is quite against this principle) but by means which will save the killers from facing their victims, thus avoiding the psychological backlash.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:37 AM)
    @;( I mentioned desensitization due to overexposure as an alternative, but that is a natural mechanism for coping, as natural as the disgust in regular individuals. There is always a good portion of irregular people in every society, the information age just makes it more accessible and brings them together.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
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    The point is, that I can see in rare cases and you could say this of butchers also., that for some off kilter people, aspects of those careers can easily become triggers to kill.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:36 AM)
    And yet there are doctors who kill such as Shipman.
  • ;(
    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:34 AM)
    @Emma: I don’t think anyone too invested in medicine and surgical procedures is bothered by gore. They simply see too much of it to look at it as something more than a science probably.
    And we also know that a lot of organs are donated and not all lives are saved. So moving organs and bodies must seem normal.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:32 AM)
    In that he pretended to himself he wasn’t in the room while commiting the executions.
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    I am recalling a story about an English executioner from the world war II period. His attitude to his job of hanging people was that it was merely a job and he left himself behind whenever he did the hangings, to him he wasn’t in the room when they occured.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:25 AM)
    @;(: The doctor is aware he is saving a life, that fact I am sure overwrites his fear of the gore aswell.
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    (Wednesday, Sep 2. 2015 04:25 AM)
    Disgust is psychological after all.
    And if you can change your perspective you can change your emotion towards it.

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