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Kanji Tatsumi

Kanji Tatsumi render

Persona 4 manga Kanji

P4A Kanji Render

P4D Kanji Tatsumi

PQ - Kanji

Also known as The Bloodcurdling Beefcake Emperor, Moronji
Japanese Name 巽 完二
Romaji Tatsumi Kanji
First Appearance Persona 4
Affiliation Investigation Team
Weapon Blunt Objects
Date of Birth January 19th, 1996
Age 15 (16)
Zodiac Capricorn
Height 183cm[1]
185cm[2]
Weight 65 kg (143 lbs)
Blood Type A
Arcana The Emperor
Persona Take-Mikazuchi, Rokuten Maou, Takeji Zaiten (P4G)
Theme "A Pure-Hearted Beast" (P4Arena)
"Best Friends"
"Time to Make History" (Akira Yamaoka remix) (P4D)
Japanese VA Tomokazu Seki
English VA Troy Baker (P4, P4 The Animation (Episodes 1-12), P4G, P4A)

Matthew Mercer (P4 The Animation (Episodes 13-26), PQ, P4AU, P4DAN)

"I still don't really get what bein' "strong" means, but I'm gonna start by not lying to myself. No more being scared of everyone, hiding my hobbies, staying away from people... Anytime, anyplace, I'm gonna bust right through as my own self! That's the way to deal with that "other me" in the TV world."
—Kanji Tatsumi, Persona 4

Kanji Tatsumi is a playable character from Persona 4. He is a first-year student at Yasogami High School in Inaba and known to many as a notorious delinquent since middle school.

Appearances Edit

Design Edit

Kanji is the tallest member of the Investigation Team. He has a bleached-blonde sweptback crewcut, gray eyes (blue in the animation), with a scar above his left eye. He wears many piercings, metal jewelry, and under his school uniform a black sweater with a skull-and-crossbones design. He also wears shaded glasses in battle. On days off, he instead wears a black leather jacket, and in the summer he discards his jacket and dons a black tank top with flaming skull design. At the campout he wears his P.E. suit fashioned similarly to his winter uniform.

His character art features tattoos on his left arm. However, the tattoos are absent in certain costumes, like when he goes shirtless, or dresses like Marilyn Monroe during the school festival.

During the winter in Persona 4 Golden, he wears a snow suit, a black beanie, a maroon pullover, a black winter jacket, black gloves, tan pants, and black shoes with red lines. During the True Ending epilogue, it is revealed that his hair is naturally black and wears glasses, but decides to return his hair back to blonde after being made fun of at the end of Persona 4 The Golden Animation.

In the anime, his hair is more blond than the game. His design also features ear cuffs on his right ear, as well another ear piercing. A similar design is featured in Persona 4 Arena, although it's the other way around.

In Persona 4 The Golden Animation, his sweater is dark purple instead of black. 

In Persona 4: Dancing All Night, he retains his Yasogami school uniform, but wears his jacket around his waist. He also wears black sneakers with flames on them, a dark gray tank top with 1+3 in black writing, and a yellow scarf around his head. 

Personality Edit

Kanji is a student at Yasogami High School but he often skips class for unknown reasons. He is viewed as a delinquent and a troublemaker - something which isn't exactly accurate. Despite his seemingly rough personality, it is often due to misunderstandings. For example, he once went after a rowdy biker gang, but only to stop them from disturbing his mother.

His father is deceased. Before Kanji's father died, he told Kanji: "If you're a man, you have to become strong." Kanji felt like his father was telling him he wasn't a real man and this really pissed him off. Kanji then changed his looks and began pushing himself away from people.

Kanji crocheting

Kanji crocheting.

Kanji and his mother run a textile shop, which is frequented by the Amagi Inn staff. For this reason he is adept at sewing and knitting. He has a fondness for cute things like stuffed animals, and may even like a pet, as seen when he also confronts Ken Amada and Koromaru. He also seems to be a huge fan of animal crackers and is searching for the ultimate secret animal cracker: the penguin.

Compared to the rest of the team, Kanji tends to be a bit slow on the uptake. However, he is straightforward and decisive. Through the game he realizes that his impulsive actions can drag others down, and that he can balance that by instead giving them his support.

He has the traits of Akihiko Sanada and Shinjiro Aragaki of Persona 3. He bears Akihiko's impulsiveness and willingness to fight, while also having his body structure, and bearing interests that are considered feminine like Shinjiro. The SEES members notice the resemblance of each in Persona Q and Persona 4 Arena.

At the start of the game, Kanji is scared of showing any potentially "feminine" interests, since sewing has a feminine stigma attached to it. This is due to girls around him calling him a "queer", mocking and ridiculing him for his "feminine" interests. Kanji compensates with a tough guy facade in order to avoid ridicule and rejection. His Social Link reveals that acting tough has often caused a chain of trouble for Kanji, and he wonders how to prevent such things from escalating. In his 10th Social Link Rank, Kanji realizes that the solution is to try to make others "understand" him, something which he never attempted and something he hopes will prevent future misunderstandings.

Accept Kanji

Shadow Kanji begging for acceptance.

Although Shadow Kanji takes on a flamboyant appearance, Kanji's sexual orientation is kept ambiguous in the game itself. As revealed later, Shadows don't simply represent someone's other self - they also partially represent how the Midnight Channel audience perceives the victim and wants to see the victim, and can take on distorted and exaggerated traits. Whether or not Kanji is heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual has been a subject of debate by Persona 4 fans since there is evidence for all ways and a lot of instances are up to player interpretation. Kanji's ambiguous sexuality becomes a running joke throughout the game.

Regardless of his sexual orientation, by the end of the game, he acknowledges a deeper acceptance and understanding regarding (stereotypical) "feminine" and "masculine" interests, and points out that what his sexual orientation isn't what should matter about him: his issue is his fear of rejection and never being accepted by anyone, as well as his doubts and insecurities about his identity.

Profile Edit

Persona 4 Edit

Kanji is seen with Naoto Shirogane. Naoto was also able to deduce that Kanji would be the next victim, and tries to seek clues by speaking to him. During that time, Naoto expresses interest in the case, which Kanji mistakes as Naoto being interested in him. This results in Kanji becoming shocked and conflicted about his feelings towards Naoto, and more importantly, his sexuality. The Investigation Team attempts to interview Kanji, to no avail. He is eventually kidnapped and put in the Midnight Channel.

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Shadow Kanji

Kanji facing his flamboyant Shadow.

Kanji's Midnight Channel dungeon is the Steamy Bathhouse. His Shadow is a mostly nude version of himself surrounded in a bed of roses while holding two Mars symbols. It represents his second thoughts regarding his true sexuality (the possibility of being gay) and being unsure of the opposite sex, as the sensitive side under his rough exterior is often unappreciated and even ridiculed by girls and being thought of as an unmanly degenerate as a result. Kanji's Shadow is made manifest due to his fear of rejection by either sex.

His Shadow is also accompanied by two other Shadows, one named 'Nice Guy' and the other named 'Tough Guy'; possibly referring to the common homosexual stereotypes of a feminine man, and the other a masculine man. Nice Guy will boost Shadow Kanji's stats in battle, while Tough Guy will deal damage to the protagonist's party. The party manages to defeat Kanji's Shadow and Kanji accepts it, obtaining his Persona. He then tells the party it doesn't matter what his sexual orientation is, because he was ultimately scared of being rejected.

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Yosuke worried about being raped by Kanji.

After he joins the protagonist's crew, his sexual orientation is occasionally questioned due to the form of his Shadow, mainly by Yosuke Hanamura. He is also kissed by a "drunk" Teddie when the gang visits a club at Port Island as part of the "King's Game", a mix of Simon Says and Truth or Dare. Even though Kanji displays interest in Naoto, he occasionally looks away from her due to shyness. He was both impressed and excited when Naoto enters the Miss Yasogami High pageant (despite her being forced), but is a bit disappointed when she skips out on the second portion of the contest (where she would have had to wear a swimsuit).

Kanji's Persona, Take-Mikazuchi, which evolves to Rokuten Maoh, specialize in electricity skills and strong physical attacks along with possessing two skills to buff defense and attacks.

Social LinkEdit

"This... For reals...!? I get it... So I've become a little "stronger," huh...? You're my hero, dude... And my best bud!"
—Kanji Tatsumi after awakening his Ultimate Persona

Kanji's Social Link begins on June 9th, when a female student on the second floor of the classroom building accuses him of bullying other students. The protagonist can find him in the practice building on the first floor next to the sewing room. To start this Social Link, speak to Kanji and choose to talk to him. Kanji will lead the protagonist to Samegawa Flood Plain to confront him. Choose to talk about the accusations of bullying. Kanji will then tell the accusations are false. Upon seeing the protagonist as a friend, the Emperor Social Link will be established.

As the protagonist continues through the Social Link, he will support Kanji in making dolls for a young boy whom you meet around the third level of the Emperor Social Link. This will lead to Kanji eventually beginning to sell the dolls at the Textile Shop. At the final meeting Kanji goes to the Dojima residence with the protagonist. He explains to the protagonist that his obsession with being a real man came from his father's last words. Here, he notes that he finally figured out what being a real man is.

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Kanji teaching the protagonist how to make cute oven mitt puppets.

According to Kanji, a real man is a male who does everything at one hundred percent. Kanji also admits to the protagonist that the manifestation in his personal dungeon was a part of himself, revealing that he is becoming more comfortable with himself, especially with his hobbies. He gives the protagonist a cute strap, and his Persona evolves from Take-Mikazuchi to Rokuten Maou. Comically, he states that he will start a puppet-making class, the first being in the protagonist's room.

Persona 4 The Animation Edit

"I LOVE STUPID CUTE SHIT!"
—Kanji Tatsumi, Persona 4 The Animation

Kanji is first seen fighting a biker gang, throwing himself wholeheartedly into the fray. He is next seen at school where he meets Yu for the first time. There, Yu notices Kanji had dropped a pink bunny keychain, which embarrasses Kanji — he snatches it back and storms off. When Kanji discovers Yosuke and Chie spying on him, he chases after them when Chie mentions the word "gay". Eventually, Kanji ends up chasing Yu and Yukiko too.

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Persona 4 Kanji's Shadow

Shadow Kanji on the TV.

When Kanji woke up in the bath house, he suddenly hears someone else's inner voice talking about him; this angered him to the point of refusing his other self, who had appeared to welcome him. As the Investigation Team arrives, they become aware of the fact Kanji has been fighting his Shadow on his lonesome, and handling himself just fine. But soon Kanji tires, and loses his energy — he suffers a backlash as if he had refused his Shadow.

Despite this, he does not fall into unconsciousness, and instead watches with what little strength he has left as his Shadow strikes him down. He regains consciousness long enough to see Yu guarding his prone body, protecting him. Kanji refuses to commit — then Yu’s words bring him back to his senses, and it’s enough for him to accept his Shadow.

Kanji admits that the Shadow is a part of him, no matter how much he wished he could deny it. His Shadow is then reborn as his Persona, Take-Mikazuchi.

During the battle with Adachi in Magatsu Inaba, Kanji teams up with Naoto to battle the first Reaper, but got moderately injured from it. After he and the other Seeker of Truth's Persona fight against Ameno-sagiri and fail, as he sees Yu in danger, his Persona evolves into Rokuten Maou and gives him the strength to summon the ultimate Persona, Lucifer.

Kanji and Yu's bond is represented by the Persona, King Frost.

Persona 4 GoldenEdit

"A real brawl doesn't begin until you've got your back to a wall!"
—Kanji Tatsumi, Persona 4 Golden

In Persona 4 Golden, the addition of bikes for the Investigation Team introduced a unique new way of obtaining skills for party members. By going on special forms of dates with each party member, involving the use of the bikes, the player is given the option of either having the party member in question learn a brand-new skill, or relearn any old skill that they have forgotten. The bike skills available to Kanji are listed below.

Kanji can also perform a fusion spell with Naoto called "Beauty & the Beast" when the following requirements are achieved:

  • Kanji and Naoto are both in the active party
  • An "All-Out Attack" is performed, but an enemy remains

When performing "Beauty & the Beast", Kanji and Naoto will both run up to each other and summon their respective persona. Bones will surround them and the enemy as a skull appears from the ground. The skull will emit a bright light from its mouth, damaging the enemy.

Additionally, like with Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4, each party member is able to learn new skills upon the player's progression of their Social Link. The social link skills that Kanji learns upon the development of his Social Link are also listed below.

Persona 4 ArenaEdit

Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4 Arena, Story Mode Illustration, 1)

Kanji knitting

In the game's story mode, Kanji learns that Yu is returning to Inaba for Golden Week, so he plans on knitting a doll for him. In the middle of working, he falls asleep, eventually waking up in the middle of the night but tripping and falling right into the flat screen TV in his living room. When he wakes up, he finds that he is in Yasogami and discovers the P-1 Grand Prix tournament. Believing this is just a dream, he enters the tournament and defeats opponents one by one without hesitation. In two spots the player has the choice of believing the entire tournament is still a dream or taking it as reality.

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Kanji, facing off with "Shadow Kanji" again

In the main route, Kanji eventually finds out the tournament is not a dream and deduces that the whole fiasco is a result of Shadow Kanji stirring up trouble in the guise of Teddie. At the end of many battles with his seniors, he eventually reaches Teddie and Labrys at the classroom. Teddie, half-jokingly telling Labrys to leave without him, remains alone to fight Kanji who defeats his foe with gusto but is reprehended for his actions by Teddie himself, who reveals that he is not the same as the Teddie shown on screen or Shadow Kanji. At that moment, "Shadow Kanji" enters the room and echoes statements similar to the Shadow Kanji fight in Persona 4 only, Kanji accepts his problems very quickly and defeats Shadow Kanji without any hesitation.

Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4 Arena, Story Mode Illustration, 3)

Kanji, in charge of the shop and his knit dolls for sale

Once again, reprehended for his actions, Kanji is told that the tournament was in fact a result of a new foe, Kanji had no choice but to reach the announcement room for answers, save Rise who had recently made a cry for help, and Labrys who had already rushed ahead of him. In the announcement room with no other Persona users with combat abilities, he has no choice but to defend Rise and Labrys from Shadow Labrys who has finally become berserk through Labrys' rejection. After having busted Shadow Labrys, Rise and Kanji comfort Labrys on her troubles and finally get her to accept her Shadow. The three head for the school roof which is actually the lobby and finally return home. Just before bidding Labrys farewell out in the real world, Kanji tells Labrys to stay cheerful and say goodbye with energy, "See ya!". Echoing Kanji, Labrys leaves with the Shadow Operatives and their limo with tears in her eyes. Kanji returns to his family's store and offers to look over it for the day while proudly showcasing his knit dolls for sale.

Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4 Arena, Story Mode Illustration, 4)

The ending of Kanji's alternate route

In an alternative route, Kanji still believes the entire tournament is a dream throughout most of the story. At every turn, he defeats opponents left and right without much hesitation. When he eventually encountered and defeated Naoto in one of the matches, he sheepishly demanded that Naoto call him without an honorific. Later down the line, when he finally reaches the announcement room, he encounters Aigis defending Rise from Shadow Labrys. From this, he immediately assumes that Aigis is the "good robot" and that Shadow Labrys is the "evil robot". When Aigis is knocked away by Shadow Labrys, Kanji intervenes, despite Aigis' continuous pleas for him to take Rise and escape. Thinking that it is his mission to defeat the "evil robot" to avenge the "good robot", he engages and dismantles Shadow Labrys. After the battle, everyone arrives at the announcement room. All of the Shadow Operatives comment positively on Kanji's impressive combat skills, but the Investigation Team, however, is furious at Kanji who not only beat most of them up without pulling his punches, but also still thinks that everything is a dream when it is in fact not. Kanji, having realized this, blushes furiously and apologizes to everyone especially in the context of Naoto, who herself hides her flustered face behind Yukiko.

Play StyleEdit

Kanji is a grappler character with multiple options at nearly all ranges, but many of his options suffer from specific flaws, as well as generally having a hard time fighting keep away characters on a consistent level. He has very slow movement options, his run has a noticeable startup, he has a very wide stance and Take-Mikazuchi is very huge. His moves often force him to commit to doing a specific action, especially if it involves his Persona. If he whiffs these moves, Kanji may be taking a lot of damage due to the recovery of such moves. And while he can deal with opponents on his own, if he suffers a Persona Break, he loses some of his most powerful defensive and offensive tools.

To compensate, he has the highest health in the game and incredible damage potential, allowing him to come out of the toughest of pinches with what few hits he is able to land. What's more, his Cruel Attack (Bastard Attack in JPN) can lead to some interesting mixups. Should Kanji be put on the offense, it is possible to score massive amounts of damage from several types of resets and grab linking with his command throws. It becomes especially dangerous when Kanji manages to shock his opponent making his approach that much easier.

Kanji's leitmotif/theme is known as "A Pure-Hearted Beast".

Score AttackEdit

Kanji is the fifth character the player faces in Score Attack. Kanji gains an overall power boost making his grabs even more dangerous.

SkillsEdit

Persona 4 GoldenEdit

List of Social Link Skills
Skill Cost Effect Rank
Dizzy Boost Passive Increases chances of inflicting Dizzy during a knockdown. 2
Masukunda 24 SP Decreases all foes' Hit/Evasion rate for 3 turns. 4
Power Charge 15 SP Next physical attack will be 250% greater in power. 6
Regenerate 3 Passive Restores 6% of max HP each turn in battle. 8
Evade Wind Passive Triples evasion rate against Wind attacks. 10
List of Bike Skills
Skill Cost Effect Rank
Media 7 SP Slightly restores party's HP. 1
Atom Smasher 16% HP Deals medium Phys damage to all foes 1x to 2x with a chance of Fear. 2
Blue Wall 18 SP Add Elec resistance to 1 ally (for 3 turns). 3
Fast Heal Passive Halves the time needed to recover from ailments. 4
Mediarama 12 SP Moderately restores party's HP. 5


Battle Quotes Edit

Persona 4Edit

  • "C'mere, Take-Mikazuchi!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
  • "Crush 'em, Rokuten Maou!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
  • "Go, Takeji Zaiten!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
  • "Here goes ... Persona!" (Using Persona skill)
  • "Crushin' time!" (Using Persona skill)
  • "Hehe, come on down!" (Using Persona skill)
  • "Lay down and die already!" (Attack doesn't kill enemy)
  • "Damn, it ain't going down!" (Enemy survives attack)
  • "Damn, couldn't finish it!" (Enemy survives attack)
  • "Out of my sight, punks!" (Battle ends)
  • "Underestimate me, and this is what you get!" (Battle ends)
  • "Barely a warm-up." (Battle ends)
  • "Alright, powered up!" (Level up)
  • "I'll give as much as I got, dammit." (Recover from Down/Dizzy)
  • "Hehe, Persona!" (Using Persona skill)
  • "Another Level, gotta keep at it!" (On Level Up)
  • "Just say the word and it's go time!" (Requesting All-Out Attack)
  • "We can smash 'em all! Let's do it!" (Requesting All-Out Attack)
  • "Now's our chance for a beatdown!" (Requesting All-Out Attack)
  • "It's my turn! You gotta let me do this!" (Requesting Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Yo yo! Let me at 'em!" (Requesting Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Armed and ready!" (After confirming All-Out Attack)
  • "Bring it on!" (Performing All-Out Attack)
  • "I live for this part!" (Performing All-Out Attack)
  • "Have at it!" (Performing All-Out Attack)
  • "Suck it!" (Performing Critical Attack)
  • "C'mon, don't be a killjoy!" (After denying All-Out Attack)
  • "Yo, mind if I kick a little ass here?" (Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Hehe, you ready for this?" (After confirming Follow-Up Attack)
  • "I'll send you to hell!" (Performing Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Go, Yosuke-senpai!" (Cheering on Yosuke)
  • "Awesome, Naoto!" (Cheering on Naoto)
  • "Tch, you mess with the bull, you get the horns!" (Recovering from down/dizzy)
  • "I ain't gonna fall behind!" (After MC levels up)
  • "Look out!" (Shielding MC from mortal blow)
  • "There we go..." (Performing Help Recover on MC)
  • "You alright?" (Performing Help Recover on Chie)
  • "Eat this!" (Scoring a Critical Hit)
  • "Get bent!" (Scoring a Critical Hit and Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Amagi-senpai's seriously cool!" (Cheering on Yukiko)
  • "Man, she is unreal!" (Cheering on Yukiko)
  • "Go to town, Senpai!" (Cheering on MC)
  • "Cheers!" (Being Healed)
  • "Sorry..." (Being Healed)

Persona 4 GoldenEdit

  • "Lame!" (After evading)
  • "Pathetic!" (After evading)
  • "Let's do this in style!" (Just before Rise assists an All-Out Attack)
  • "Tch, like I'd say no!" (Just before Rise assists an All-Out Attack)
  • "I'm here! Let's do this, Senpai!" (Prompting Cavalry Attack)
  • "This is how a man does it!" (When performing the skill The Man's Way)
  • "Better not fall for me." (When performing the skill The Man's Way)
  • "The name's Kanji Tatsumi!" (When performing the skill The Man's Way)
  • "Say your prayers!" (Normal attack hits weakness or critical)
  • "Consider the trash taken out." (Battle won in Gekkou Uniform)
  • "Get lost!" (Battle won in Gekkou Uniform)
  • "Phoenix Rangers Featherman R!" (Battle won in Neo Featherman Suit)
  • "That's a win for Feather Falcon!" (Battle won in Neo Featherman Suit)

Persona 4 ArenaEdit

  • "What the hell do they mean? Beefcake?" (in reference to his title)
  • "Deep in the realm of romance!" (E3 trailer)
  • "So, you want a beating." (Entrance)
  • "Outta my way, punk...you're in my way? You're going down, too!" (Intro)
  • "Let's get this man-on-man fight started!" (vs. Akihiko)
  • "This girl can be pretty scary..." (vs. Yukiko)
  • "Not a bad opponent!" (vs. Yosuke)
  • "You'll make a nice punching bag!" (vs. Teddie)
  • "O-Oh..it's you..." (vs. Naoto)
  • "I let my guard down." (Getting hit by Naoto)
  • "Dammit I can't concentrate!" (Combo ending vs. Naoto)
  • "Hold it right there!" (While performing Added Cruel Attack move)
  • "Don't just lie there!" (While performing Added Cruel Attack move)
  • "This'll hurt!" (While performing This'll Hurt! move)
  • "Stab 'em!" (While performing This'll Hurt! move)
  • "Gotcha! Go down!" (While performing Gotcha! move)
  • "I see ya! Thunder time!" (While performing Gotcha! move)
  • "Take that!" (While performing Bet Ya Can't Take This! move)
  • "Bet Ya Can't Take This!" (While performing Bet Ya Can't Take This! move)
  • "Don't underestimate me, goddamit!" (Upon reaching Awakening Mode)
  • "Hope you're ready!" (When hit while performing Reversal Action, What a Pain!)
  • "Alright! One more! Smackdown!" (While performing super move, Ass-Whoopin', Tatsumi-Style)
  • "Better don't move! Blast off!" (While performing super move, Ass-Whoopin', Tatsumi-Style)
  • "Time to end this! Come! Crush 'em to dust!" (While performing super move, Burn to a Crisp!!)
  • "This'll finish you off! Nowhere to run! Thunder! Burn to a Crisp!!" (While performing super move, Burn to a Crisp!!)
  • "Let's finish this!" (Initiating Instant Kill, The Man Series: Brofist)
  • "Get ready to hurt! Here it goes, dammit! Feel my power! Right!" (While performing Instant Kill)
  • "Thank you, Senpai!" (Defeated by Yu in any match)
  • "I'm done for..." (Defeated by Yukiko in any match)
  • "You cleared it already?! I knew I had skills, but...you surprised me! Come back again, okay? I had fun lettin' you watch my back." (Spoken to you after beating Score Attack with him)

Victory Quotes Edit

General

  • Sorry, I won't lose a one-on-one match!
  • My Persona'll make the skies rumble!
  • Haaaaah! I win! Wait... whoa! My nose's bleedin' again from all the excitement...
  • You picked the fight. All I did was accept. No hard feelings, got it?

Character Specific

  • Yu Narukami: Heh! Thanks for the match, Senpai!
  • Kanji Tatsumi: Hehe, go me... I was pretty tough!
  • Teddie: Dammit... That Ted had to go bouncin' around like that... How much more adorable can he be!?
  • Naoto Shirogane: Hey, I went for you with everything I had. It was, like, you know, my way of being courteous... and showin' respect for you and stuff.
  • Mitsuru Kirijo: That fur looks amazing... U-Um... could I feel it?
  • Akihiko Sanada: Whoa, check out those muscles! Even a man like me can't help but stare... Wait, no t-that came out wrong! I - Damn it!
  • Labrys: Well, I've had my Persona for a while, so I can't let someone who just got hers beat me. Hm? Wait a sec, how old are you?
  • Shadow Labrys: Did you let it all out? Don't worry, we're here to help you carry your burdens.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Edit

Victory Quotes Edit

General
  • Isn't it too early to be napping? Or what, are you too freaked out?
  • There you have it! The true strength of Kanji Tatsumi, a real man!
  • Sorry, but I ain't gonna lose in a fistfight. Though, y'know... to be honest, I'm impressed.
  • You thought you could beat me with guts like that? You gotta set your teeth like you're about to die!
Character Specific
  • Yu Narukami: Someday, I'll be more man than you! Thanks for everything today!
  • Yosuke Hanamura: Say what you want, man, but you're strong too... No wonder you're Senpai's partner.
  • Yukiko Amagi: Yukiko-senpai... You were serious about this, weren't you? I mean, I'm still sizzling in places.
  • Naoto Shirogane: H-Hey... I didn't hurt you too much, did I? Wait, I-I didn't mean that in a weird way, got it!?
  • Aigis: A good scrap with a robot's interesting too! It does make my hands kinda sore, though...
  • Yukari Takeba: That outfit... is it that cosplay stuff? The stitching's done pretty well for that...
  • Mitsuru Kirijo: I don't know Kirijo from Jojo, but I definitely sensed your guts!
  • Akihiko Sanada: Your true man's fists were heavy... Please let me challenge you again some time!
  • Junpei Iori: That was close! I underestimated him 'cause of his looks and almost ended up goin' down... No wonder you're one of Akihiko-san's buds!
  • Shadow Kanji: Seriously, what a bastard! Quit showing up already!

Persona Q Edit

  • "It's awesome fighting next to you, senpai!" (Battle start, with P4 Protagonist)
  • "Yeah, that's right! Scram!" (Victory)
  • "Good one, Leader!" (Victory, when by P3 Protagonist)
  • "All right, let's keep going!" (Result)

Gallery Edit

Persona 4
 
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Kanji's glasses and personal emblem
 
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Kanji's close-up
 
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Conceptual artwork
 
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Conceptual artwork
 
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Kanji Tatsumi sketches
 
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Kanji's in-game expressions
 
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Kanji's in-game expressions
 
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Kanji's in-game expressions
 
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Winter clothes
 
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New year clothes
 
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Ski clothes
 
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Kanji in the epilogue of Persona 4 Golden
 
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Kanji's All-Out Attack portrait in Golden
 
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Kanji recreating The Birth of Venus in Golden
 
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Kanji says goodbye to the protagonist
 
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Kanji watches him leave
 
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Kanji continues his goodbye
 
P4-CoverArt
Kanji in the top left
 
Persona 4 investigation team 2
Kanji with the group
 
Persona 4 investigation team 9
Kanji walking by Naoto
 
Persona 4 investigation team 6
Kanji with the group
 
Inabagroup
Kanji in the group photo
 
P4G group photo
Kanji in the group photo
 
Kanji'sNewGroove
Kanji in the epilogue of Golden
Persona 4 (manga)
 
Persona 4 Cover 3
Cover for Volume 3
 
P4 manga Volume 3 Illustration
Illustration of Volume 3
 
Persona 4 Cover 7
Cover for Volume 7
 
P4 manga Volume 8 Illustration
Illustration of Volume 8
 
Kanji when he was a child
Kanji as a child
 
Rokuten Maoh appears in P4 manga
Kanji
Persona 4: The Animation
 
Persona 4 volume 5
Kanji on DVD Cover of P4A Volume 5
 
P4A Kanji Tatsumi Volume 5 Illustration cover
Volume 5 Illustration cover
 
P4A-KanjiConcept
Concept art for Kanji and his phone and strap
 
Kanji anime close up
Kanji's personalized glasses anime close up
 
Naoto Kanji
Naoto and Kanji.
 
Kanji cross dressing
Kanji cross dressing as Marilyn Monroe at the Culture Festival
 
Kanji
Kanji in second opening of the animation
 
KanjiOn
Kanji wearing glasses
Persona 4 The Golden Animation
 
Persona 4 The Golden Aniamtion Volume 5 DVD
Kanji on DVD Cover of P4GA Volume 5
 
P4GA Kanji
Kanji as he appears in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
 
Ski fail
Naoto and Kanji.
Live Action
 
Visualive Kanji
Kanji as he appears in Persona 4 Visualive
 
VisuEvo Kanji
Kanji as he appears in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
 
VisuEvo Miss Kanji
Kanji in the cross-dressing pageant in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
 
Kanji Arena Stageplay
Kanji as he appears in the Arena stageplay
 
Kanji Tatsumi Ultimax Stageplay
Kanji as he appears in the Ultimax stageplay
Persona 4 Arena
 
Kanji close up
Kanji close up
 
Kanji pre battle
 
Kanji arcade artwork
Concept of Kanji in acrade mode
 
Concept sprite of Kanji
Concept of Kanji
 
KanjiSprite
Kanji's Sprite
 
Persona ultimate kanji
Kanji Tatsumi in Arcade opening of Persona 4 Arena
 
Persona4arena kanjimovestrailerjpg
Kanji's Instant Kill: The Man Series: Brofist
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
 
Kanji Tatsumi in P4U2 trailer
Kanji Tatsumi in the "trailer" for the P1 Climax.
 
P4AU (P4 Mode, Kanji encounter the real Junpei)
Kanji encounters the real Junpei
 
P4AU (P4 Mode, Yukiko hard time figuring out who the real kanji)
Yukiko figuring out who's the real Kanji
Persona 4 Arena/Ultimax (Manga)
 
Kanji P4A Manga
Kanji in the Arena manga
 
P4U2 advertisement illustration of Kanji, Rise, and Naoto by Rokuro Saito
llustration Countdown of Kanji, Rise, and Naoto for Volume 1 by Rokuro Saito
 
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Manga Vol.2 Illustration 01
Ultimax Volume 2 Illustration
 
P4AU Illustration Halloween 2016 of Yu, Yosuke, and Kanji by Rokuro Saito
Halloween Special 2016 Illustration of Kanji, Yu, and Yosuke by Rokuro Saito
 
P4AU Illustration Halloween 2016 of Kanji, Naoto and Rise by Rokuro Saito
Halloween Special 2016 Illustration of Kanji, Rise, and Naoto by Rokuro Saito
 
P4AU manga Kanji Tatsumi
Kanji in the Ultimax manga
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
 
P4D Kanji close up
Kanji Tatsumi close up for Dancing All Night
 
P4D artwork artbox
 
P4D Official Visual Visual Book Original Stage Costume for Kanji
Concept art of Kanji's Original Costume
 
P4D Official Visual Visual Book Original Stage Costume for Kanji, 02
 
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 01
 
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 02
 
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 03
 
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 04
 
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 05
 
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 06
 
P4D kanji tatsumi portrait
Kanji Tatsumi's portrait in Persona 4: Dancing All Night
P4D Costumes
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi default change
Initial Costume
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi winter school uniform change
Yasogami School Winter Uniform
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi summer school uniform change
Yasogami School Summer Uniform
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi winter outfit change
Winter Clothes
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi summer outfit change
Summer Clothes
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Yaso High Jersey change
Yasogami High Jersey
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi halloween outfit change
Frankenstein Suit (Halloween)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi gangster change
Gangster Outfit
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi butler outfit change
Butler Uniform
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi christmas outfit change
Christmas Outfit
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi deep blue clothes
Deep Blue Clothes
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Festival Jinbei change
Festival Jinbei
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Guy Swimsuits change
Guy Swimsuit
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi School Uniform Midwinter change free DLC
School Uniform: Midwinter (Free DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Midwinter Outfit change free DLC
Casual Wear: Midwinter (Free DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi ski wear free DLC
Ski Wear (Free DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi drag costume DLC
Drag Costume (DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Seaweed Venus outfit DLC
Seaweed Venus Outfit (DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Gekkou Uniform (Limited Edition Included - DLC) change
Gekkou Uniform (Limited Edition Included - DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Original Stage Costume DLC
Original Stage Costume (DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Featherman Costume DLC
Neo Featherman Suit (Free DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Summer Vacation Clothes (Limited Edition Included - DLC) change
Summer Vacation Clothes (Limited Edition Included - DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi P-color Selection DLC
Persona Classics Set (Paid DLC)
 
P4D Kanji Tatsumi P-color Selection 2 DLC
Persona Classics Set 2 (Paid DLC)
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
 
Kanji P4PQ
Kanji's animated artwork.
 
Persona Q Shadow of the Labyrinth Roundabout (DengekiComicsEX) cover
Kanji appears on the -Roundabout- volume cover
 
PQ P3 Side Kanji Tatsumi
Kanji Tatsumi in Side:P3
 
PQ P4 Side Kanji Tatsumi
Kanji Tatsumi in Side:P4

Trivia Edit

  • At the entrance of Naoto's dungeon, Kanji mentions he used to watch Phoenix Ranger Featherman R "all the time" as a kid.
  • Kanji likes reindeer.[3][4][5]
  • The Persona 4 Official Design Works lists his birth year as 1995.[6] It is likely this is an error which is fixed in Persona 4 Arena.
  • Kanji's outfit in the "Miss" Yasogami High Beauty Pageant resembles Marilyn Monroe.
  • During one of the Emperor social link scenes in the game, Kanji mentions "A pink alligator, like in that storybook", referring to the story Akinari Kamiki completed at the end of the Sun Arcana social link in Persona 3.
  • In Persona 4 Arena, his Bastard Attack/Cruel Attack special is based on his follow up attack (Atomic Press/Kanji no Kougeki; translation being Kanji's Attack), while his Tatsumi-Ryuu Kenka Sappou (Tatsumi-Style Rumble Ending Act; localized as Ass Whoopin', Tatsumi-Style) SP move is based on his critical attack.
  • In Persona 4 Arena, the SEES members comment that Kanji reminds them of Akihiko. Along with the two being lightning-wielding brawlers, the two are both of the Emperor Arcana which may symbolize their similar personalities. However, in Persona Q, the SEES members comment on similarities between him and Shinjiro.
    • Ken however, still indirectly compares him to Shinjiro due to him taking a hit for Ken.
  • When Kanji equips the Gekkoukan High uniform, his victory pose and lines mirror Akihiko. This is fitting because they are of the same Arcana (Emperor), as well as the second male party member in the game.
  • During the Shadow Naoto battle in Persona 4 The Animation, Kanji is the only male who doesn't get hit by Galgalim Eyes.  
  • In Persona 4 Golden, Kanji didn't have a tattoo on his arm during the summer beach swimming. Presumably meaning that it's a temporary tattoo.
  • In both Persona 4 Arena Ulitmax and Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth, Kanji has the tendency of breaking the fourth wall.
  • As one of his victory poses in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Kanji notices the player and then throws his folding chair directly to the screen.
  • Exclusively to P4 Route of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, if the player choose the left path of Inaba Pride Exhibit Third Floor event, while being chased by Macho Man FOE, Kanji puts his hands to the screen and directly said, "Wha--Hey--Huh--By myself!?", realizing he has to face the FOE by himself.
  • His Persona motifs are designed to have a large body structure but with a small head. This reflects how Kanji rarely relies on knowledge and focuses more on physical strength.
  • In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Kanji makes a reference to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in his victory quote against Mitsuru.


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