Persona 4: The Animation (ペルソナ4アニメ, Perusona 4 Anime) is a television anime adaptation of the game Persona 4 made by AIC ASTA. and is overseen by Aniplex. It uses the same characters and setting as its inspiration. Additionally, Shigenori Soejima and Shoji Meguro, the original's art director and music composer, respectively, return in their former roles.
Air and Release DatesEdit
- MBS: October 6, 2011 - March 29, 2012
- TBS: October 7, 2011 - March 30, 2012
- CBC: October 12, 2011 - April 4, 2012
- Persona 4 The Animation - The Factor of Hope: June 9, 2012
- U.S. Retail Episodes 1-12 - September 18, 2012
- U.S. Retail Episodes 13-26 - January 15, 2013
- U.K Retail - January 27, 2014
The series was broadcast in conjunction with special live midnight broadcasts on the Japanese Nico Video streaming service. These broadcasts were hosted by the characters' voice actors.
On May 27, 2012, plans for a film adaption were announced. Persona 4 The Animation -The Factor of Hope-' compiled the anime into a 90-minute film and introduced the unbroadcast final episode. This was later added as part of the Japanese Blu-Ray release.
Sentai Filmworks announced the American Blu-ray/DVD release. This release included the original game's cast for both the Japanese and English dub of the anime.
List of EpisodesEdit
Episode 1 - You're myself, I'm Yourself.Edit
- The TV in the background at Junes was showing the opening scene from Spring of the Dead from the Highschool of the Dead anime series.
- Both Highschool of the Dead and Persona 4 The Animation is produced by Sentai Filmworks.
Episode 5 - Would You Love Me?Edit
- When Ai Ebihara calls Yu Narukami, the ringtone of his cellphone is the piece 'Zigeunerweisen" by Pablo de Sarasate, which is played in the game Catherine when the player dies.
Episode 7 - Suspicious Tropical ParadiseEdit
Episode 8- We've Lost Something Important AgainEdit
- The transition right after the commercial break shows Yosuke's notebook, and the various things he wrote down. One of these things is "What does 'Ressentiment' mean?", likely a reference to his role in Persona 4 Arena, where his title was "Captain Ressentiment".
Episode 9 - No One Sees The Real MeEdit
- The opening is changed and featured a special opening (with the song True Story) for the first appearance of Rise Kujikawa.
- At 14:09–14:12, the viewer can see a book poster reading "1Q46". This is likely a reference to Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 series.
- When walking up to the tofu shop, Mitsuo Kubo can be seen, hinting his role later as a "Red Herring."
- You can see the tail lights of a Mitsubishi Evolution
Episode 12 - It's Not Empty At AllEdit
- The Reincarnation version of "I'll Face Myself -Battle-" is used for Yu's battle with Shadow Mitsuo.
Episode 13 - A Stormy Summer Vacation 1/2Edit
- At 03:36, Nanako is seen sitting barefoot watching television when she gets up to greet Yu returning home. She is off-screen for less than a second as she is heard greeting him and running over to him. Yet after Yu asks her if she's heard of Neo Featherman, at 03:55 she is shown from head to toe ... and she is wearing a pair of white socks.
- When Nanako calls Aika to help Kou and Daisuke, the Reincarnation version of "Specialist" is used.
Episode 14 - A Stormy Summer Vacation 2/2Edit
- When Yu Narukami runs to return the fireworks, the Reincarnation Version of "Reverie" is used.
Episode 15 - The Long-Awaited School TripEdit
- The background music tracks on this episode are entirely from the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 OST and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES OST.
- Additionally, the opening sequence of this episode uses the Burn My Dread theme.
- One of the scenes in the episode is a reference to both Chie Satonaka and Yukari Takeba's social links, as Chie is protecting a kid from a bunch of bullies, like in Rank 9 of her social link, but the area she is in is the same location Yukari was attacked by bullies, like in Rank 5 of her social link.
- During the scene where Narukami and the rest are being lectured, their seating seems to resemble that of Junpei Iori, Yukari Takeba, Aigis and the Main Protagonist. In fact the room they are in is the same homeroom, but that can only be seen by the room arrangement and the teacher who is present during the scene.
Episode 17 - I Want to Know the TruthEdit
- After Naoto's Shadow ages Yu, Yosuke, and Teddie, the Kyoto theme from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 plays during their elderly interactions.
- In the English Dub, when Rise is scanning that Beelzebub is activating Megidolaon against Naoto's Shadow, the attack is mistranslated as "Megidoloaon".
- In the English Dub, when Aika brings the Mega Beef Bowl over to Naoto and Yu, she says "one order", except, in the next scene, she clearly brought two.
Episode 19 - It's School Festival Day! Time to Have Fun!Edit
- When Ayane plays the trombone, she is playing the chorus of the ending credits of Persona 4, Never More.
- When the reveal of Teddie as the "new comer" during the cross-dressing pageant. This is directly referencing the Super Smash Bros. newcomer screen, as it uses a similar design with silhouettes.
True End Episode - No One is AloneEdit
- During Yu's battle with Izanami-no-Okami, when Lucifer is dismissed his tarot card is briefly seen as the Hierophant instead of Judgement.
- The whole aspect of the episode, Narukami reliving March 20th over and over again until he finds "The Truth", may be a reference to Persona 3 FES's The Answer, in which the main characters have to relive March 31st until they find "The Answer".
The Animation's soundtrack is composed by Shoji Meguro. It is included in the released Blu-ray and DVD volumes.
- Opening themes
- "Pursuing My True Self" by Shihoko Hirata: Episode 1
- "Sky's The Limit" by Shihoko Hirata: Episodes 1-8, 10-12
- "True Story" by Rie Kugimiya: Episode 9
- "Key Plus Words" by Shihoko Hirata feat. Yumi Kawamura : Episodes 13-14, 16-21, 23
- "Burn My Dread" by Yumi Kawamura: Episode 15
- Ending themes
- "Beauty of Destiny" by Shihoko Hirata feat. Lotus Juice: Episodes 1-12
- "Koisuru Meitantei" by Yui Horie: Episode 13
- "The Way of Memories (Kizuna no Chikara)" by Shihoko Hirata: Episodes 14-17, 19-21, 23
- "True Feelings" by Shihoko Hirata: Episode 18
- "Never More" by Shihoko Hirata: Episode 25
- The anime was announced on April 11, 2011, which is also the date the in-game story starts.
- The show's trailers were released on a special website resembling an old-fashioned TV and would air at midnight. Additionally, the videos were broadcasted on dates that hold certain importance in the game, like the date of the disappearance of a person.
- There are notable differences between the game and anime, including but not limited to:
- A few new characters have been added, such as Aika Nakamura, the daughter of the man who owns Aiya's.
- As to be expected, the dialogue is relatively the same, albeit slightly deviated from the game.
- No main weapons or items are used in combat to battle Shadows, unlike in the game.
- Social Links, which could take many days to cultivate, are usually maxed within one episode.
- Some characters' appearances are modified slightly, such as having darker hair or differently colored eyes.
- The Investigation Team's confrontations with their Shadows is further expounded on; the issues that were talked about are given the proper time to be showcased.
- The language for the animation is considerably more vulgar than the game's.
- The protagonist has a Shadow he must face, as opposed to the game, where it is non-existent.
- Though most of the main cast from the game reprise their roles, there are some characters who have different voice actors.
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