Fragglepuss Anime Review 214: Persona 4 the Golden Animation

Persona 4 the Golden Animation

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Superpower, Supernatural, School, Video Game

First Aired: Summer 2014, 12 episodes

Summary: Yu Narukami has just moved from the hustle and bustle of the city to a small rural town away from it all. He moved in with his uncle for family reasons and he’s about to be the new transfer student at Yasogami High, which is a big deal considering the monotony that takes place in the small town. It seems that as soon as Yu moves into town strange occurrences start taking place. An unusual channel airing late at night? A murder most foul? What’s next?

Persona 4 the Golden Animation differs from the 2011 Persona 4 anime series by focusing on a new character from the PS Vita port of the game, Marie. The show follows the same crowd from a different perspective than the original series. The animation is crisp, which I’ve come to expect from the Persona series. The soundtrack is quite good, especially the fitting opening that reintroduces the main characters every episode. I appreciated it because I’m always forgetting names. The Persona series always focuses on characters, and they worked in this anime, from the personalities to the developing relationships between them.

You might enjoy this if: You are into the Persona series. I started in Persona 5 and have been working all around since then due to my newfound love for the series.

You might not like it if: You have enough on your plate already without having to get familiar with another 10 anime characters.

Similar Series: Danganroupa, Steins;Gate, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, Death Note, Durarara!!

Note to the Viewer: If you want to do a full dive into the Persona universe, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. For Persona 4 you can:

  • Start by playing the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 PS2 game
  • Move onto the 2011 anime series based on the game
  • Watch the 2012 film, Persona 4: The Animation -The Factor of Hope-
  • Play the PS Vita game, Persona 4: The Golden Animation
  • Finish with the anime, Persona 4: The Golden Animation
  • When you want a break, you can play the Persona 4 Arena fighting game on arcade, PS3, or Xbox 360
  • You can also play the dungeon-crawler Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
  • If you’re feeling up to it, find the rhythm game Persona 4: Dancing All Night for the PS Vita

AMV – A Love Like War by Kenzz

(Warning, the AMV contains spoilers. I figure if you haven’t seen the show, you don’t know what’s getting spoiled anyways, right?)

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