Persona 4 The Animation
Persona 4: The Animation is an anime television series based on Atlus' PlayStation 2 video game, Persona 4.
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
- Stays true to the AGW it was based on.
- 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.
- The character cut ins are a good touch.
- Very funny moments in certain episodes of the anime. (Watch here)
- Better animation to look at than Persona 5 the Animation.
- Recycled music from the game, and it was used really well in this.
- The opening and closing themes are catchy.
- Makoto Yūki's theme, Mass Destruction from Persona 3, makes an unexpected return.
- Well-written and likable characters.
- 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.
- Some animation issues here and there.
- The pacing has it's issues.
- 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.
- Naoto's English voice actor in the Anime, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, barely sounds like Anna Graves in the Game.
- 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.
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.