Persona 4 the Animation (P4)
VOLUME 1 - EPISODES 1 - 9
Directed by Seiji Kishi (Yugo the Negotiator, My Bride is a Mermaid &
Angel Beats), his latest film is based on the popular video game
series Persona 4 which revolves around protagonist Yu Narukami who has
just moved to a new town with his family. Away from the city life, Yu
soon discovers that this peaceful country town is far from idyllic which
is plagued with a series of crimes. Making friends with a group of local
teenagers, Yu and his cohorts soon begin to investigate these crimes and
are drawn into a strange, almost Matrix-like world with the killer
waiting just around the corner.
Matrix-like world is known as the Midnight Channel which has
mysteriously appeared on TV and coincides with the strange events of the
town. The channel has also bestowed mystical powers to some of these
teenagers which gives them the ability to hunt the attacker but in the
world of Persona 4, nothing is easy nor what it seems. The
characterisation of the series is interesting but the first few episodes
are a little slow but once the series finds it feet, things begin to get
very interesting. The plot of Persona 4 is really intriguing to see
unfold and definitely enhances what the video game created.
favourite character in the series is Yosuke who plays the clichéd anime
inspired clown and gives the series a much needed boost in humour. Yu
the hero is almost as interesting, although is a little too heroic for
me. Needless to say, characterisation is interesting and the story of
Persona 4 really draws you into this world. If you have never played the
video game, you will not be penalised as the series is open to both
gamers and non-games, giving the viewer an interesting and entertaining
anime experience from start to finish.
looks great on Blu-ray, especially the stylised animation and the audio
track is regrettably only stereo but nonetheless, still sounds good.
There is also a Japanese track for purists and the special features
include a great director's cut of episode 1, a short drama called
Jikken-Kun, textless songs and a handful of trailers. Persona 4 the
Animation is definitely a great way to start the year but my only gripe
is that I now have to wait till volume 2 to find out more!