Persona 4 The Animation

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Persona 4 The Animation
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Even this Anime is better at retelling it's own game than Persona 5 The AnimationTTSW.
Genre: Adventure
Action
Comedy
Drama
Mystery
Running Time: 86 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: October 7, 2011 - March 30, 2012
Network(s): MBS, TBS, CBC, Animax and Anime Network
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 25 + 1 OVA


Persona 4: The Animation is an anime television series based on Atlus' PlayStation 2 video game, Persona 4.

Plot

Yu Narukami, a young teenager who moves to the town of Inaba, where a mysterious string of murders is taking place. Upon discovering a distorted TV World and acquiring a mysterious power known as "Persona", Yu and his friends decide to investigate the murders and save others from being killed.

Why It Rocks

  1. Stays true to the gameAGW it was based on.
  2. Both the English and Japanese dub are great.
    • Chie and Teddie were given different English Voice actors in the anime and would later reprise their roles for future Persona 4 spin offs like Persona 4 Golden.
  3. The character cut ins are a good touch.
  4. Very funny moments in certain episodes of the anime. (Watch here)
  5. Better animation to look at than Persona 5 the Animation.
  6. Recycled music from the game, and it was used really well in this.
  7. The opening and closing themes are catchy.
    • Makoto Yūki's theme, Mass Destruction from Persona 3, makes an unexpected return.
  8. Well-written and likable characters.

Bad Qualities

  1. Troy Baker who voices Kanji, only stayed to voice him only for the first 12 episodes and was replaced by Matthew Mercer for unexplained reasons.
  2. Some animation issues here and there.
  3. The pacing has it's issues.
  4. It did changed some of the events from the game in the anime. A most notable example is The King's Game event. Where Yu hogs Chie, Yukiko and Rise all at once. When in the game, Yu could only chose one of them.
  5. Naoto's English voice actor in the Anime, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, barely sounds like Anna Graves in the Game.
  6. Persona 4: The Golden Animation was met with mixed reception and it's only 12 episodes and an OVA. It was also made by A-1 Pictures: The same studio who brought us Persona 5 the Animation and due to it's unpopularity, it couldn't warrant a English Dub.

Reception

Critical reception to the anime series has been generally positive as it has been considered a faithful adaptation of the video game despite criticism to the pacing and animation issues.

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