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But enough about how I got it, lets get on with the review! This release only contains the English audio and not any of the Japanese track, but that's a problem with the Japanese licensers not Sentai Filmworks. If Sentai was allowed, they would have kept the Japanese track in. As far as the English voice cast goes, just like the video game, it is amazingly good and most of the voice actors, even the side characters, reprised their roles. The only differences are the voices of Chie Satonaka, who is now played by Erin Fitzgerald instead of Tracey Rooney, and Teddie, who is now played by Sam Riegel instead of Dave Wittenberg.
However, Teddie fans will not be disappointed because Sam Riegel does an amazing Teddie in the same style as Dave Wittenberg, at times I even forgot that Teddie was even recast because it was so similar to the Dave Wittenberg performance. And yes, the un-bearable puns are still there.
Chie(Fitzgerald) sounds quite different from Chie(Rooney), but the voice still sounds right for the character and Chie is still Chie. The folks that complained that Chie sounded too old in the game will be glad that Chie sounds more like a high school girl.
The story is great, the cast is great, and even people who didn't play the game can get into it. A must-have for anime and Persona fans.
+ captures all the nuance of the game into a new form
+ helps to develop some of the lighter features from the game, especially SLink characterizations
+ looks really nice - great motion and reasonably well scripted fight scenes
+ + genuinely funny
+ + + best job of pulling off a twist I've ever seen in animation in episode 12
- nameless, voiceless protagonist does not translate particularly well outside of a game setting (Yu doesn't have a lot of lines)
- some of the funnier sections of the game are paired down to much faster jokes in the show, losing much of their effectiveness
- some of the story that takes weeks in-game unfolds in one episode in the show, lessening its importance
- around one minute of dead-silent credits after every episode
- - anyone who has not played the game will only get about half as much out of this show as those who have
- - - barest of bones Blu-Ray release, with one language, minimal subtitling (not even for hearing impaired) and absolutely no special features at a more-than-minimal release price.
The subtitles are very well translated, and true to the Japanese dialogue, which shocked the hell out of me. Most anime such as this usually stick to the English naming conventions in the dub. I was surprised to see Teddie come up by his Japanese "Kuma" come up, among other instances of dialogue where it would be different in English. The only exception of this was Pyro Jack/Jacklantern, though I suspect this was due to copyright issues over multiple series, and doesn't come up often enough to be a noticeable glare on the translation. So, bravo to the translators for doing something I haven't seen done for a good ten years or so.
The menus are very nice, with full audio and some nice eye candy for the backgrounds. I haven't had the pleasure of checking out the special features yet, but I'm sure they won't disappoint. If I had to complain about ANYTHING, it would be that the Japanese audio track just does not seem to play that loud when compared to the English audio track.
Oh yes, and what I said about rarely watching stuff dubbed? Yeah; I actually LIKE the anime dub. I really enjoy the new voice actors they got for Chie and Teddie; I feel they are truer in pitch to the original Japanese than the voice actors they used in the game. JYB also did surprisingly well on double duty as Yu and Adachi, though I must admit that it took me two times watching it to notice the difference in their voices.
All in all, this is great. If you like the Persona series, you should already have this, but if you haven't seen it before, pick it up. Well worth adding to any anime collection.
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EDIT: It looks like the studio listened and finally released the Japanese audio track in the box set collection of the entire series. Its a beautiful collection at a great price. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brian D
Loved the games, crazy for the anime. I watched it as soon as it was available online. It's a goody.Published on July 17, 2014 by Zulma Christian