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      Persona 4 [Animation- MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS]

      Welcome to the first of a set of threads commanded by your resident Anime and Manga Assistant, Raiji. This thread is one of the several series I have opted to Advocate for the Fall 2011 season, as part of the "Anime Advocates" area of the A&M Assistant Scheme.


      This title I watch via The Anime Network website.
      The Anime Network "Channel": http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Persona-4/Info
      You can like find this likely after a few hours or days on stuff like animeseason or other streaming sites. From what I can see though, Anime Network has dibs on legal streaming rights. You can watch the episodes it appears as a guest, but I think after a certain time, you have to at least be a free registered user to continue to watch it after a set time. this is my first run with Anime Network for legal streams, so we'll see.

      The first one up of the Fall 2011 season I have advocated is the series "Persona 4: The Animation". Japenese- ペルソナ4アニメーション. This anime is based off the game Persona 4 for the Playstation 2. It doesn't seem to have a current set number of episodes, though Anime Network seems to have it slated for about 25 episodes of hand. The series is being done by Aniplex, AIC A.S.T.A. and Sentai Filmworks, with Sentai it appears to hold the license rights.

      Series Synopsis: --From MyAnimeList
      Persona 4 takes place in the same universe as Persona 3 in a rural town named Inaba. There have been mysterious murders occurring whenever there was fog after heavy rain. There were also rumors about a channel on television airing only at midnight called Mayonaka TV, during which it is said that one can see his/her "other half" when staring at the TV screen.

      After hearing about a recent unsolved murder which occurred during the fog, the characters—the main character, Chie, and Yōsuke—discuss how each of them had attempted to watch the mysterious TV channel and witnessed the murder victim. The protagonist later realizes that during midnight when the channel is on, his body can phase into his television set as a gateway to enter another world infested with shadows.

      After discovering this, they all decide to explore. When first completely entering the world, dazed and confused, the main character meets Teddie. Mayonaka TV and the town murders seem to have a connection. The murder victims may be merely victims of Mayonaka TV. Everyone decides that they will together try to solve the mysterious murders by exploring the hidden world of Mayonaka TV.

      After the closing events of Persona 3 on January 31, 2010, Persona 4 starts April 11, 2011, Putting the start of Persona 4 fourteen months after the end of Persona 3, this is also evident by the appearance of an older Chihiro, who is now a 3rd year student.
      Episode 1 Summary: (Air Date 10-7-2011)
      Quote Originally Posted by Official Synopsis-Episode 1
      "You're Myself, I'm Yourself"
      Yu Narukami’s first day in a new school is overshadowed by the murder of a TV hostess on campus. Even stranger is the portal he discovers in TV screens, which throws him and his new friends into a nightmare world infested by fog and monsters.
      Personal Thoughts:
      Being someone who has played the game and a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise as a whole, I am looking forward to how this ends up turning out. So far the first episode was interesting and the animation is great. They kept the opening theme song of the game for the opening of the animation, which is "Pursuing My True Self". It does seem they are keeping with most of the games original music overall. This makes me happy. The opening was interesting with just simple sections of the casting info laid over the custom Persona 4 yellows with cuts back and forth to the opening of the episode. They even keep the day movement shifts to the game, so when each new day starts, you get the traditional animation from the game for when each day moves forward. It seems like they are sticking to all the key elements for the moment, though I do hope they will at least also flesh out some of the details with the characters interactions as the show progresses being that's one of the vital aspects of the game. I look forward to seeing how this one turns out, just as I am sure are all the other Persona fans out there, particularly after the last attempt to do a Persona based animation kinda didn't go so well, though me personally, I found the series interesting, though the Trinity Soul animation wasn't as well received by others.


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      So feel free to come in and discuss, ask questions, post favorite images (links preferred for larger images please) and so on. Each week, I myself will add my review and thoughts for the recent episode and at the end I will post a final review and overall score for the series itself. In between though feel free to share your own thoughts and discussion on the series.
      **Please be aware the synopsis for each episode is the official synopsis quoted from the site I watch the series on, with the overview of the series synopsis quoted from ANN or MyAnimeList. Personal versions of the synopsis will be listed below before the Personal Thoughts when I come up with one for each, and will supplement the official synopsis.

      Also please keep in mind, that I try to aim to watch these titles via legal streaming sites such as Crunchy, Viz, Nico Nico (English Beta site) or Funimation, among others, so I follow there release schedule for the legal releases of the stream when I can. So please be patient if you for some reason see them out before elsewhere. I will add my newest synopsis when they are released via my choice sites release schedule or within a few days after, dependent on if I'm not exhausted from work, or away at a convention.



      Meanwhile please keep your eyes open for the other Anime Advocated titles of the Fall 2011 season by your A&M Assistant, Raiji. The other titles under my Advocation for Fall 2011 are:
      Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (Season2)
      C3 (Already started, Seeking reliable stream)
      Guilty Crown
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      Episode 2 Summary: (Air Date 10-14-2011)
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      "The Contractor's Key"
      The strange deaths continue, with the most recent victim discovered hanging from a telephone pole. Yu, Chie, and Yosuke begin piecing things together and determine that these grisly murders are connected to that other world inside the TV. Yu and Yosuke decide to go back in, much to Chie's disapporval. Once more will the two boys venture into the unknown, with rope at waist, and fear in Yosuke's heart.
      Personal Thoughts:
      Second episode in and looking interesting. This week's opening theme was different, but I think it seems to me each week might roll a different song from the game, though we'll see. This one involved Yosuke getting his Persona, after confronting his Shadow self.


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      Episode 3 Summary: (Air Date 10-20-2011)
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      "We Are Friend's, Aren't We?"
      When Yukiko appears on the Midnight Channel, her best friend Chie leads the charge to rescue her. However, the police are out in force and arresting any suspicious characters - including Yu and Yosuke. When Chie goes to the station after them, she reports Yukiko as missing. But the police seem to suspect her involvement in the death of the TV hostess.
      Personal Thoughts:
      Another good episode. Chie obtains her Persona power as they begin the goal to save Yukikio from the Midnight Channel before the next foggy/rainy day. So far things are interesting. I just hope they do a little bit of side things as to develop the relationships, since that is almost as integral to the series as the main focus plot as well. We also met the two sports guys briefly this week, who sorta asked if Yu planned to think about joining up.


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      Episode 4 Summary: (Air Date 10-28-2011)
      Quote Originally Posted by Official Synopsis-Episode 4
      "Somewhere Not Here"
      Chie, Yu, and Yosuke are hot on the trail of Yukiko, when suddenly her shadow reveals herself instead. This Yukiko is on a mission of her own, trying to find a prince who will whisk her away from a future she has no hope of escaping.
      Personal Thoughts:
      This was the battle for Yukiko. It was a rough one, though in the end the group managed to save Yukiko from her Shadow and in turn she accepted it, giving her the power of Persona. Should be interesting to see what happens next....
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      Episode 5 Summary: (Air Date 11-4-2011)
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      "Would You Love Me?"
      This battle is not like the ones before. Yu must summon all his courage, skills, patience and know how to defeat his latest foe: a clingy girl that just wont go away! Meanwhile, love triangles are flying, Yosuke turns it into a love rectangle, and Chie is smack dab in the middle of all of it!
      Personal Thoughts:
      A brief break from battles against Shadows, but poor Yu had to defend himself from a clingy slight crazy girl... I kinda found his reactions to the girl amusing. And I do believe I caught a little homage to Catherine in there with Yu's ringer...XD. Interesting episode... Looks like next week might deal onto with Kanji...


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      Re: Persona 4 [Animation- MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS]

      haha every time i watch this i keep thinking of of the Hiimdasy fan comic dub XD
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      Episode 6 Summary: (Air Date 11-10-2011)
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      "I'll beat you, and beat you good!"
      There's a new tough guy in town, and he means business. What will become of this new player, now that he's appeared in the Midnight Channel? Yu and his friends aim to put their clues together and unravel the mystery before this fearsome delinquent becomes the next victim.
      Personal Thoughts:
      This week we meet Kanji, and get chased off a few times in the process. No battle this week, but things are looking interesting. It seems though when I sorta paid attention to the ending that each week as the cards descend the one that lands in his hand usually relates to the arcana of the person he connects with that episode...Oo'


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      Re: Persona 4 [Animation- MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS]

      can it be watched on youtube and do you know theres a game of persona four coming out
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      Re: Persona 4 [Animation- MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS]

      The animation IS based of the game. As for finding it on Youtube... it's possible, though it may even be elsewhere, I just choose ti watch it on the particular on that site


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      Re: Persona 4 [Animation- MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS]

      the first episode really sucked

      i haven't played the game, so it was just a shitload of exposition with characters it didn't bother to make me care about

      i hear it gets a lot better and the art is pretty good and the music pretty solid, but i don't think i'll be watching this any time soon
       

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      I was watching the OP the other day and thought to myself, this is unappealing and stopped.

      Stopped watching, it'll go in the fanservice pile.
       

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      yeah the OP was pretty much junk, which was pretty disappointing, considering how much I like the Burn My Dread op off Persona 3
       

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      For me is something new about this anime and i like it about after 3 episode what i watched.
       

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      Episode 7 Summary: (Air Date 11-18-2011)
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      "Suspicious Tropical Paradise"
      Kanji's gone missing, or is in hiding, according to Naoto. Yu and the others suspect that he is somewhere in TV World, but Teddie needs something with his scent to find him first. After investigating, they discover a softer side to Tatsumi, and something else that sounds a little off...
      Personal Thoughts:
      This episode adds Kanji to the group and we start seeing Naoto a little as well. Things are getting a bit interesting. I would say a few more eps till all the major players are introduced and the rest of the plot begins to truly unfold.

      Yes, the OP isn't the most awesome or epic OP for an anime, but it does sorta fit the theme and style of the game itself, so unless you already know the game and franchise itself, the OP will seem a bit mundane to most. But the OP and ED both are styled to be simple as thats the way the designs in general are for the series. Though they also figure most going into the anime probably have at least played the game a little in some way or watched it be played.

      Here's the first OP to the game itself: http://youtu.be/LdyxVsaMK2o
      There is a second Op that happens if you wait at the title screen for a couple moments...: http://youtu.be/aI4MCeEeEOw


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      Episode 8 Summary: (Air Date 11-24-2011)
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      "We've lost something important again!"
      Time for some R&R. While out on a school field trip, Yu and Yosuke learn the true meaning of fear: Yukiko and Chie's cooking! Later, Kanji must prove to the boys that he's a ladies man...by any means necessary.
      Personal Thoughts:
      An interesting episode. Not much action in this one, mostly just social interaction and the school camping trip.


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