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Naoki Konishi
Naoki render
Japanese Name 小西 尚紀
Romaji Konishi Naoki
First Appearance Persona 4
Arcana The Hanged Man
Japanese VA Tsubasa Yonaga
English VA Derek Stephen Prince
"There's a river separating us... Sis is gone, and I'm still here. Sis has crossed on over to the other bank, and I'm still on this one... No matter how much I cry or piss my pants, I know Sis isn't coming back..."
—Naoki Konishi, Persona 4

Naoki Konishi is a character in Persona 4. He is a first-year student in Yasogami High School, and is Saki Konishi's younger brother.

AppearancesEdit

DesignEdit

Naoki has wavy, slicked-back light brown hair, gray eyes, and a sharp nose. At school he wears the usual school uniform of Yasogami High except he wears a long sleeved blue shirt underneath. In Persona 4 The Animation he has slightly darker brown hair.

PersonalityEdit

Naoki can't move forward from the death of his older sister, Saki. He is quite resentful for different reasons, including being pitied by and gossiped about by everyone in town. He mentions that no matter what he does at school, no one has the heart to give him any consequences, so he doesn't know whether his actions are wrong or right. He hated Yosuke (possibly because he encouraged Saki to work for Junes) and therefore the Protagonist for being friends with Yosuke.

However, once the Protagonist starts talking to him, he appreciates how the Protagonist listens to what he has to say and doesn't force advice on him. He eventually feels grateful to the Protagonist for helping him to move forward with his life and tosses his hatred for him and Yosuke aside.

BiographyEdit

The protagonist can first see Naoki talking with his sister on the very first day he arrives to Inaba, overhearing them arguing about how Saki ate Naoki's food. Their family owns the local liquor store, which is in danger of being closed down because Junes also sells liquor at lower prices.

Later on, the Protagonist first meets Naoki during his "volunteer" work for the student health association. Naoki rudely says how he hates the protagonist and Yosuke Hanamura straight away, then asks if he can leave. The Protagonist can later talk to him on the first floor of the classroom building as he stares out of a window opposite class 1-1.

Naoki is quite resentful for different reasons. Naoki is constantly pitied by everybody in town for having lost his sister, Saki. As a result, Naoki feels trapped and is unable to move on with his own life since he's reminded of Saki's death constantly, and residents of Inaba gossiping about the Konishi family don't help matters. Even the school treats him differently by not providing consequences for coming in late or leaving early and allowing him to take tests home. Naoki mentions that he would occasionally buy cream puffs, but his sister would often eat them before he could, defending her action by saying they were about to expire. When he recently bought cream puffs and later saw them rotting in his fridge, it made him begin to realize that Saki wasn't there to eat them anymore, and never would again.

Later on in the Social Link, Naoki reveals that he felt that he may have been abnormal since he didn't cry and mourn for his sister in the same way actors do on TV shows, or at least, not as strongly as most people normally would.

Soon after, the Protagonist and Naoki go to the scene of Saki's murder. After months of being tormented by his emotions, he finally cries. In the end, Naoki really did miss his sister very much, and with the Protagonist's help, he was finally able to mourn and truly move on.

He eventually takes the Protagonist to the Riverbank, and tells him a story of when he and his sister were little. Saki had bravely crossed the river by jumping from stone to stone, but Naoki was too scared to follow her. Saki then snuck back across and scared him from behind. He tells the Protagonist that he realizes that his sister has crossed a different kind of river and that he can't follow her. Even so, he finally feels that he can move on and help his family to unite once again. As his show of thanks, he gives the Protagonist the Junes Receipt, allowing him to create the Persona Attis, the ultimate form of the Hanged Man arcana.

Persona 4 The AnimationEdit

In Episode 8 he meets Yu during the school camping trip and is asked for some antacids for Yosuke. He is childhood friends with Kanji Tatsumi yet they don't talk often and are in different homeroom classes. Naoki is forcefully dragged back to the group by Kanji because the group want to ask him some questions. He apologizes and warms up to Yu and Yosuke and hopes that they can hang out before he leaves to go back to the Health Association club tent.

In Shadow Misuo's illusion where Yu lost his friends, he is seen hanging out with Kanji in the Aiya Chinese Restaurant talking with him about everyone else in the Investigation Team.

GalleryEdit

 
Persona 4 Naoki
Artwork
 
Persona 4 Naoki concept
Concept artwork
 
P4A-NaokiConcept
Concept from Persona 4 The Animation
 
Persona 4 The AnimationNaoki Konish
Naoki Konishi in Persona 4 The Animation
 
Naoki hatered toward Yu and Yosuke
Naoki conveying his hatred towards Yosuke and Yu
 
Naoki hang out with Kanji
Naoki hanging out with Kanji
 
Naoki P4 Manga
Naoki in the manga

TriviaEdit

  • Naoki Konishi's early design closely resembles the Tower S. Link Character Shu Nakajima.

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