Persona 4 is one of my absolute favourite games of all time, it was a rare case where there wasn’t a single aspect of it that I didn’t enjoy. I like the setting, the story, the characters, the music. I could go on like this but that would sort of ruin the point of why I’m writing this. Anyway if you play videogames, and if you even slightly enjoy RPG’s and you haven’t played Persona 4, I suggest you do so as soon as possible. Trust me, it’s worth it.
A few months ago an anime adaptation of Persona 4 was announced for this fall, I’m going to tell you why this makes me so happy it hurts.
A new trailer was released just a few days ago, if you haven’t done so already, go and watch it. Now.
That, my friends, is glorious, and it shows just a few of the reasons I’m not sceptical of the whole thing:
#1: The music will be incredible
You heard that song, right? Iffy English lyrics aside, I love it, and it fits in perfectly with the music from the game, and so it should. It was written by one of the best composers in videogames today, Shoji Meguro. He did the music for the recent Persona games, and his work is easily recognisable, there’s just something so cool about it that I can’t resist anything with his name attached. Take the battle theme from the game as an example, does it make you think of combat at all? Hell no, but it made every single fight feel so much more energetic. I’m eagerly awaiting anything new he makes for the anime.
#2: It’s incredibly stylish
Yeah, this is partially due to the music, but my god does Persona have style. The art style of the game is great despite aged PS2 graphics, and the transition from game to anime should help those visuals look even better than they already do, and the character design is still pretty stellar.
#3: The director is surprisingly good
The anime will be directed by Seiji Kishi, and while he hasn’t done very much, and isn‘t particularly famous, he’s demonstrated surprising skill with some of his recent work. He previously directed Angel Beats, Which I loved despite the abrupt mood swings it suffered, and he’s currently directed Kamisama Dolls, which I’m thoroughly enjoying.
#4: The story and characters are terrific
To be honest, I actually preferred the story in Persona 3, but I believe that Persona 3 & 4 have some of the finest stories in videogames, it’s really just a case of personal preference more than anything else, and both of them suit the weekly format really well. Regardless, I thought Persona 4 had far better characters than 3, mostly due to the fact that in Persona 4, the characters were incredibly believable, they felt like actual high school students, not 30-somethings masquerading as teenagers. The characters are all flawed in some way (which factors into the plot a fair bit), they are at turns cocky, awkward, unsure of themselves, and in one characters case, sexually confused. I’m also very interested in what they do regarding the social links in the game, and how many of the side plots they’ll keep in.
#5: Chie Satonaka is Mai Waifu
So there you have it, 5 reasons I cannot wait for this adaptation. October better hurry up and get here already, in the mean time, I’ll be replaying the game in anticipation for this. Time to spend the next few days locked up in my room.