- "I don't care who... Won't someone, anyone, please accept me...? Accept me for who I am!"
- —Shadow Kanji
Shadow Kanji is a boss in Persona 4.
- Persona 4 / Golden: Boss
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax: Playable Characer, Minor Antagonist
Shadow Kanji manifested from Kanji Tatsumi's hidden feelings of shame concerning his confused sexual orientation, regarding Naoto Shirogane's 'interest' in him, the possibility of being judged for being gay, having stereotypically feminine interests and hobbies like sewing and painting, and disdain of girls for ridiculing him for it.
The Shadow first appeared on the Midnight Channel as a starkly-clothed version of the real Kanji, speaking with a heavy lisp and talking in a stereotypical flamboyant manner. When confronted on top of the "men's only" Steamy Bathhouse, the Shadow outright said its preference was for a male partner, saying it hated women because it felt that women tend to gossip, spread rumors and lies and ridicule him because of his sewing hobbies. This enraged Kanji, who denied the Shadow.
Upon being denied, the Shadow laughed and transformed into a large half-black half-white, extremely muscular figure, with Shadow Kanji's human form situated at its top, surrounded by roses. Along with the creature were two Mars symbols and a duo of Shadows known as the Tough Guy and the Nice Guy.
After Shadow Kanji's defeat, the real Kanji still refused to accept it. When it once again slandered Kanji with homosexual banter, Kanji became even more angry. The Shadow pleaded desperately with the party at this point, asking if anyone would just accept it. Kanji punched the Shadow, but eventually accepted it — Kanji admitted that his sexual preference was not the real problem; his true fear was being rejected, as he was by both the boys and girls at his school. Upon accepting the Shadow, it transformed into Kanji's Persona, Take-Mikazuchi.
In the manga, a shadow that looks like either the Tough Guy or Nice Guy appears behind Chie but is not seen assisting Shadow Kanji.
As the reverse of Kanji, Shadow Kanji represents the reverse of the Emperor Arcana. The reversed Emperor is one whose will is weak, misleading, and based on corrupted intentions. While Kanji may seem strong-willed, Shadow Kanji represents his fear of being shunned and desperation for acceptance; his social ineptitude. It is also misleading, as it seems to symbolize Kanji's repressed desires for other men, but is actually his repressed and confused sexual orientation.
During the boss fight, Shadow Kanji will cast Forbidden Murmur near the start of the battle. The attack will always miss Yukiko and Chie, while Yosuke and the protagonist will always be afflicted with poison (unless guarding). This is symbolic of how a lot of men view homosexuality as "poisonous" taboo.
Later in the battle, Shadow Kanji casts Roar of Wrath. The attack will always miss Yosuke and the protagonist, while Chie and Yukiko will always be afflicted with rage (unless guarding). This is referencing how Kanji views women as hateful and cruel.
The rose bouquet around the head of the Shadow are a reference to a genre of manga directed at men featuring masculine men (rather than the effeminate ones found in Yaoi manga) called Bara, the Japanese word for a rose. A rose can also be seen when Kanji appears in the arcade opening in Persona 4 Arena.
Persona 4 GoldenEdit
The fight with Shadow Kanji is rather difficult because of the constant assistance from Nice Guy and Tough Guy, both of which have resistances which makes the battle more difficult as they were made to limit Chie and Yukiko's abilities. In fact, due to the support (both offensive, and defensive) by the Nice/Tough Guys, this boss can be considered one of the harder ones in the game.
It is generally a good idea to attempt challenging Shadow Kanji when your party is at around Level 22 and above, any lower and you will have a difficult time keeping your health up. Additionally, make sure your party's armor has high protection values as the fight is entirely physical-attack oriented.
Consider investing in a lot of Medical Kits, Dokudami Teas, and Sedatives. Buy about 6 of each, which is commonly enough but it wouldnt hurt to have more. The Medical Kits will recover HP much faster than Yukiko's Media, the Teas will cure poison, and the Sedatives will clear the other aliments.
Nice Guy is strong against fire attacks and absorbs ice attacks, Nice Guy usually casts Heat Riser on Shadow Kanji which increases all of his stats or Tarukaja on Tough Guy, have Yosuke use Dekaja to counter this problem.
Getting rid of the Nice Guy is tantamount to beating Shadow Kanji as it removes any chance of him being healed by Diarama and removes the constant buffs that take a toll on the party's health. Making the fight, much less tedious and dragged-down.
Tough Guy absorbs physical and fire attacks, Tough Guy assists Shadow Kanji with the attacking and can cast Dekaja to nullify buffs, although he isn't quite as powerful as Kanji. Taking him down ensures that the buffs stay for three turns, however the player does not have to defeat him to if they do not want to, but will be given extra experience if the player does.
While Tough Guy isn't as threatening as Nice Guy, despite his name, given that his attacks aren't too powerful, he can be an annoying harasser to the party, if left unchecked, with his constant Kill Rushes and Rampages. This is made worse when Shadow Kanji enrages Chie and Yukiko, who will then take additional damage when uses one of the two skills.
Shadow Kanji will first use Power Charge and he will always follow it with Swift Strike which can deal major damage to the party, so use Guard when he uses Power Charge. Consider getting a persona with the Tetrakarn skill, as not only does this negate Swift Strike, it also returns a sizable portion of the damage back to Shadow Kanji, especially when buffed, making the fight much easier.
A Persona that is resistant to Phys will make the fight easier as long as it isn't weak to Electric attacks.
By the time you reduce Shadow Kanji's health enough he'll do his dialogue about wanting acceptance and start to use his other skills, such as Fanatical Spark, Roar of Wrath, and Forbidden Murmur, although he will use power-charge less frequently. Be careful about Fanatical Spark, make sure that the protagonist isn't equipped with a persona weak to electricity. Try to heal as many times as possible with Yukiko, and maybe have a SP recovering items, because this will be a long battle.
By the time you reduce his health down by around 70-80%, he will start using Tetrakarn. This is the time to deliver the killing blow with a barrage of elemental-based skills as Shadow Kanji has no strong-points against elemental attacks.
Persona 4 GoldenEdit
Nice Guy is now weak to Ice. However, it cannot be rendered Dizzy and has Wall skills and Re Patra to counteract these new weaknesses during the fight, which makes him remain as the priority target to defeat in the fight.
Tough Guy is now weak to Fire and no longer absorbs physical attacks. Keeping him dizzy means one less attacker on Shadow Kanji's side, and fewer turns spent healing instead of attacking.
- "I am a shadow... The true self... I'm just being true to myself... And that's why... I'll get rid of anything in my way!" (Battle Opening)
- "This has nothing to do with you guys anymore! Didn't I just say I'm gonna get rid of you!?"
- "Hold me!" (Using Power Charge/Fanatical Spark)
- "Eyes closed!" (Using Power Charge/Fanatical Spark)
- "Mmmm, gimme more!" (Using Power Charge)
- "Ohhhhh..." (Attacking)
- "Oooooh..." (Attacking)
- "You don't accept me! You'll never accept me!" (Recovering from Knock Down)
- "Ngh, why are you trying to keep me down!?" (Recovering from Knock Down)
- "I've already made my decision to go through with this. Get out of my way... Or I'll crush you!" (First attack)
- "Come with me!" (Using Roar of Wrath)
- "So big and strong!" (Using Forbidden Murmur/Roar of Wrath)
- "You want this?" (Using Forbidden Murmur/Roar of Wrath)
- "Stay out of my way! What's wrong with acting however I feel like!?" (Weakening)
- "Stay away, or I'll crush you!" (unused?)
- "I'll be in a fix that you get in my way!"
- "I... I won't forgive you for that!" (unused?)
- "My... my pal!" (unused, most likely used if player defeats Nice/Tough Guy)
- "Time to show you everything I got, baby!
- "I... I... I've made my decision!"
- "Ngh... why are you trying to keep me down?!"
- "You don't accept me! You'll never accept me!"
- "I know you all thought I was 'weird'... Deep down... you don't accept me at all! No matter what, I won't lose!" (Weakening)
- "Shall I show you what pain can be?!"
- "Y'know, I can be very gentle towards boys!" (unused)
- "Girls... don't interest me, thank you." (unused)
- "Why don't you eat this?!"
- "Shall I show you my... special moves?"
- "Dammit... dammit! I won't... accept..."
- "Ohhh! You're so mean!" (Upon defeat)
- "Ohhh! ...Accept me!" (Upon defeat)
Persona 4 Arena UltimaxEdit
- "Oh, you're picking me?" (Character select)
- "Let's enjoy this together!" (Character select)
- "How bold of you to come all this way...to be destroyed!" (vs. Labrys in arcade mode)
- "Oh! That makes me so happy~! You're just like me...!" (vs. Naoto in arcade mode)
- "I'll give you a nice, killer hug!" (vs. Yukiko in arcade mode)
- "Ooh, that goatee is so wild! So adventurous!" (vs. Junpei in arcade mode)
- "Here!" (Guarding)
- "Not bad." (Guarding)
- "Try harder." (Instablocking)
- "So obvious." (Instablocking)
- "Dammit!" (Guarded improperly)
- "Seriously?" (Persona Break)
- "You're so mean!" (Persona Break)
- "Stop it!" (Dealt a severe blow)
- "So soft!" (Recovering)
- "Please be gentle..." (Electrocuted)
- "Ugh...so passionate!" (Recovering)
- "What was that for?" (Recovering)
- "Come at me more...!" (Recovering from a deadly combo)
- "Heh...alright then!" (Recovering)
- "So good!" (Attack)
- "Here!" (Attack)
- "Eat it!" (Attack)
- "How 'bout this?" (Attack)
- "Take this!" (Attack)
- "You want some?" (Throw)
- "I'll get rid of you!" (Air Throw)
- "Aww...I'm so angry!" (Defeat)
- "No!!!" (Defeat)
- "Why won't you accept me?" (Defeat)
- "Meanie!" (Defeat)
- "Congratulations, it looks like you cleared it! We're totally compatible! I can't for us to get our freak on next time!" (Congratulations)
- Akihiko Sanada: Oh my! Look at those amazing muscles! Looks like you can become one of my fabulous boyfriends, too!
- Naoto Shirogane: Your magnum was so amazingly destructive! It was fascinating... I was completely enraptured...!
|Persona 4 (Manga)|
Shadow Kanji in manga adaption
Shadow Kanji Boss in manga adaption
|Persona 4 The Animation|
Shadow Kanji in Persona 4 The Animation
Shadow Kanji revealed
Shadow Kanji Boss in Persona 4 The Animation
Tough and Nice Guys in Persona 4 The Animation
Shadow Kanji appears in P4A
|Persona 4 Visualive|
Kanji confronting his shadow
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax|
Shadow Kanji as he appears in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
|Storyline||Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Tohru Adachi & Magatsu-Izanagi - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami * - Izanami - Izanami-no-Okami|
|Sub||Avenger Knight - Daring Gigas - Amorous Snake - Killing Hand - Dominating Machine - World Balance - Chaos Fuzz - Envious Giant - Neo Minotaur - Sleeping Table|
|Extra||Contrarian King - Intolerant Officer - Momentary Child - Escapist Soldier - Extreme Vessel - Lost Okina|
|Other||Margaret - The Reaper|