Persona 4 The Golden Animation (ペルソナ４ ザ・ゴールデン) is an animated adaption of Persona 4 Golden, the 2012 re-release of Persona 4 for the PlayStation Vita. The show is produced by A-1 Pictures, one of the studios that created the animated cutscenes of the original game. Unlike the original Persona 4 The Animation, The Golden Animation never received an English dub.
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation tells the story depicted in Persona 4 Golden and includes the events surrounding the new character introduced in the Vita port, Marie.
The adaption is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi who also directed the second Persona 3 movie and supervised by the director of the first anime, Seiji Kishi. Katsura Hashino is credited for the story concept while Shigenori Soejima is responsible for the character design. Tetsuya Kobayashi provided music in addition to series veteran Shoji Meguro.
List of EpisodesEdit
- Main article: List of Persona 4 The Golden Animation Episodes
Episode 1 - The Golden DaysEdit
- This episode is similar to original anime of Episode 1 except some of scenes are cut.
- At the end of this episode, Marie mentions to Yu that "Long Nose" never talked, this may be a reference to Igor's original Japanese voice actor, Isamu Tanonaka's death in 2010.
Episode 2 - The Pefect PlanEdit
- The costume theme postcard of Chie and Yukiko is somewhat similar to their Twin Dragons attack in the game.
Episode 3 - I have amnesia, is it so bad?Edit
- In the Velvet Room, as Marie is wondering about her true self/identity, inside of Margaret's book there are images of the Investigation Team members who had already accepted their Shadow Self that are actually flashbacks from the original anime.
Episode 4 - The Mayonaka Ohdan Miracle Quiz!Edit
- During the quiz challenge, Marie appears in an All-Out Attack with the others despite not being a member of the Investigation Team.
Episode 5 - Let's go get it! Get PumpedEdit
- Kanami makes a cameo appearance, although on her poster, she wears her outfit in Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and appear in her game character design instead of her anime character design like the other characters.
Episode 6 - See? I Told You Yu.Edit
- This episode's focus is on Adachi's backstory and his point of view before Yu's arrival at Inaba in April.
- When Adachi first arrives at Inaba and meets the Moel Gas Station Attendant, he is seen wearing his detective attire instead of wearing casual clothes like he was seen in the flashback of the original anime's True End Episode - No One is Alone.
Episode 7 - It's cliché, so what?Edit
- In anime, Yu realize Adachi's motive right away without informing the others about him unlike in the game where he tells them.
- When both Izanagi clashed with each other, Yu and Adachi saw each other's own world perspectives, but Yu's was not shown.
- Yu used Magatsu-Izanagi to defeat Ameno-sagiri although in the game, he can only achieve it when maxing Adachi's Social Link in March.
- During the battle with Adachi, he summons the maxed social link Ultimate Personas of the Investigation Team and the Doijima Family, although he doesn't summon other social links.
Episode 8 - Not So Holy Christmas EveEdit
- It is revealed all of their memories of Marie has been erased completely. In which it was a hint from the previous episode since in the ending, the Investigation team was not present and memory panel is completely blank.
- The opening theme replaced by Key Plus Words from Persona 4 Animation, with only difference on "Persona 4 Golden Animation" logo
Episode 9 - A missing pieceEdit
- Most of the images they spend together in during summer to fall from the previous episodes are seen in Rise's cellphone.
- The only image not present was the trivia quiz game they created for Marie. As it's impossible without any memories of her, the quiz game never existed.
- The costume theme postcard of Yosuke and Teddie is somewhat similar to their Junes Bomber attack in the game.
- Yu does not take anyone when he got lost in the snow unlike in the game where the protagonist can choose one of the girls or the guys.
Episode 10 - Not a friend anymoreEdit
- In the beginning of episode, it's similar to the new cutscene, except that Chie does not reach out to the TV to be grabbed by Margaret and pull the rest of the Investigation Team in; instead Yu comes closer to the TV after hearing Margaret's voice and enters alone. However, Yu's friends do follow him, only to be separated in different areas of the Hollow Forest.
- Strangely, after entering the TV world, most of the Investigation Team's outfits are immediately changed to their school uniform. Yu's outfit, however, did not change immediately upon entering.
- The costume theme postcard of Kanji and Naoto is somewhat similar to their Beauty and the Beast attack in the game.
- The Investigation Team faced Marie during their ski trip instead of going on the next day.
- This is the first episode where Yu and his friends are defeated by Kusumi-no-Okami.
Episode 11 - Let it OUT! Let it GO!Edit
- When Yu enters inside of Kusumi-no-Okami, his main weapon unknowingly appears despite him never bringing it.
- During Valentine's Day, the chocolate that the girls helped Nanako make for Yu with bears a strong resemblance to Slime.
- The Investigation Team obtains their Golden Ultimate Personas due to their bond with Marie.
Episode 12 - Welcome HomeEdit
- In the anime, at the ending of the episode, Marie never gets to be reunited with Investigation Team, but she reunited with them and had a group photo taken together in the game.
- This episode is similar to the True Ending of the original/Golden except there are differences that were not featured in the remake:
- Teddie decided for everyone to write their wishes and put it in a time capsule.
- Marie gets possessed by Izanami in order to communicate with the Investigation Team.
- Marie and Izanami's bodies are attempting to fuse together through the episode, causing Marie to fade early on and see glimpses of Izanami's memories.
- Only Yu is shown fighting Izanami while the rest simply watch.
- Yu is unable to accept the truth that Marie is a part of Izanami until she appears before him and confirms it.
- Only Marie appears to encourage Yu after Izanami engulfs him in Thousand Curses.
- Defeating Izanami would have resulted in both of them disappearing instead of Izanami merging with Marie.
- Kunino-sagiri and Ameno-Sagiri are never mentioned as merging with her or Izanami.
- Kaguya is used to defeat Izanami instead of Izanagi-no-Okami.
- When Marie becomes one with Izanami, she disappears in Yomotsu Hirasaka instead of the Velvet Room.
- Kanji decides to return his hair back to blonde after being made fun of for his Epilogue look.
There are notable differences between Persona 4 The Golden Animation and Persona 4 The Animation, including but not limited to:
- The main events are skipped completely, focusing solely on the Golden exclusive scenes, essentially making the show an add-on to the original anime.
- The entire anime mainly focuses on Marie's and Adachi's Social Link, while other Social Links aren't explored.
- The character designs are similar to the original anime and Persona 4 Golden's anime cutscenes, however some of the characters have differently colored hair or eyes.
- The battles against the Shadows are rarely shown until Episode 7.
- The party members of the Investigation Team, except Yu, use their default Personas instead of their new Ultimate Personas until Episode 11
- Although in the original anime, the Investigation Team's Persona evolve to their Ultimate Personas in Episode 25.
- Opening theme
- "Next Chance to Move On" by Shihoko Hirata
- Ending theme
- "Dazzling Smile" by Shihoko Hirata
Persona 4 The Golden Animation's teaser image
Persona 4 The Golden Animation's official image
Persona 4 The Golden Animation's another episode offical artwork
Character Height Chart of Main Characters 1
Character Height Chart of Main Characters 2
Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 1
Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 2
Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 3
Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 4
Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 5
Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 6
|Episode Costume Themes|
Episode 1 - Gekkoukan High School Theme
Episode 2 - Dragon Style/Dance Theme
Episode 3 - Japanese Festival Theme
Episode 4 - Cheerleader and Cheer Squad Theme
Episode 5 - Halloween Theme
Episode 6 - Bunny Theme
Episode 7 - Agent Theme
Episode 8 - Christmas Theme
Episode 9 - Junes/Renaissance Theme
Episode 10 - Crime/Justice Theme
Episode 11 - High-Cut Armor Theme
Episode 12 - Yasogami High School Theme
- All the major characters and social link characters appear in the opening introduction (except Margaret), although some of the minor characters also appear such as Mitsuo Kubo, Saki Konishi, Yuuta Minami, Minoru Inoue, and Aika Nakamura.
- The series appears to based off a "New Game+" scenario, as during the battle with the numerous shadows in the first episode, Izanagi was able to use techniques like Mazionga and Myriad Arrows, despite being summoned for the first time. In addition, Yu summoned Izanagi-no-Okami in Episode 11 during the Investigation Team's battle with Kusumi-no-Okami.
- So far starting from Episode 2, all introduction episodes begin with Yu finding Marie's poems and reading it in the Velvet Room until Marie arrives in embarrassment as she doesn't want him to read her poems until Episode 7.