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Persona 4 The Animation complete collection contains episodes 1-26. When Yu Narukami moves to Inaba to stay with his police detective uncle, he's hoping that his new life in this small town will be more peaceful than the city. Instead, strange events begin occurring that somehow link Yu to a series of murders that have been happening across town! As a mysterious TV show world attempts to get Yu and his new friends to enter a dark virtual world, they find themselves plunged into a bizarre alternate reality where they gain incredible powers and abilities. Will the skills bestowed on them solve the mysteries behind the killer? Or will their powers lead them to their ultimate doom? Discover the shocking secrets of the Velvet Room and beyond. Special Features: Person 4's Mr. Experiment; The Unlucky Ninja, Mr. Experiment; The Unlucky Gentleman, Mr. Experiment; The Unlucky Ninja, Mr. Experiment ~ Final Episode; The Unlucky Ninja, Experiment Girl; A Brief lesson on Izanagi & Izanami; Japanese promos & TV Spots; Clean Opening Animation and Clean Closing Animation
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On disappointing thing about this set is the extras. The 26 episodes of the series are on 3 disks, and the 4th disk is nothing but extras, which is great! But what are the extras? One is the first episode of the series in English and Japenese, apparently a slightly different cut, but I didn't see any difference so it must have been subtle. Then, it's the Mr. Experiement show, a handful of a few minute episodes that end abruptly and try to be funny but barely come close to humor. One extra that had appeal was the Izanagi and Izanami history lesson which I remembered from the game. But it cuts out halfway through the story, making it worthless. Lastly is the clean opening and closing which didn't interest me. I was hoping for more content in the bonus disc.
I rate this animation 5/5 stars with the bonus disc earning 0/5 stars. Overall, I would recommend this series to anyone who likes good murder mysteries, anime, anyone who has played the game or anyone who hasn't played the game (unless you are planning to play the game, in which case play it first so nothing is spoiled!). There are a few variations in the animation and the series that I noticed, such as the group date event where they have 4 guys and 2 girls, one of the boys has to pretend to be a girl so there is an even number. If I remember correctly, Yuske was the one that ended up having to do it, but, in the animation, it is the main player character, Yu. Usually, when I read a book then see a movie, I hate the movie because of all of the deviations it takes from what I read. Persona 4 animation isn't like that at all. It is a very faithful recreation of the game, even going so far as to get part-time jobs to increase his stats like courage, which you see as commercial bumpers. It tackles subjects such as a teen who doesn't know if he likes girls or guys, but I would say if your family is open to discussing important issues such as these, it is a show that the whole family can enjoy.
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The dub I believe to be well done and matched the characters. It blew through the game rather quickly but still touched on the main points of the game though a bit more rushed which is fine. You wouldn't want to drag it out with putting it all in there and what they decided to do is pure gold.
It's about a boy who moves to a new town for a year to stay with his uncle and his niece. When he gets to this small town all seems normal, but then stranger murders start happening. As it progresses he soon makes 6 friends and they find there is another world beside their own inside the T.V. and now it is up to them to save the others before they become the next murder victim.
If you enjoy anime and the Persona 4 game I would defiantly suggest adding this one to your collection. If you've never touched a Persona game but enjoy a bit of a strange mystery, comedy, and friendship I would still suggest adding it to your collection.
- Analysis: Persona 4 really touches on interesting concepts and emphasizes that some of the worst struggles involve internal conflict. But nobody is truly alone. If you need help, friends and/or family will be there for you. The power of bonds. Sure it's a bit cheesy, but you cannot deny the significance that it entails. I don't really see how you can live properly without relying on others unless you can live off the land like some can.
Though there are plenty of analysis that can be done on any anime, this one definitely addresses and maintains strong fundamental concepts that are often overlooked. As such, a mature viewer would be able to appreciate this more than the casual viewer. There's plenty of philosophy, psychology, and other interesting and complicated concepts that are present in this anime.
- Comments: Persona is a great series. I played the games first. But still enjoyed the animation. The anime does feel a bit rushed, but hey, I don't know much about budget and/or time constraints that anime companies deal with.
Soundtrack is great. I just feel many songs nowadays are simply superficial and are just there to make money. Almost anything can get passed off as a song these days. Thus, many songs lack significant meaning, especially when compared to songs of old. Anyways, I feel that songs in Persona contain meaning and fundamental concepts that are often ignored in contemporary society, among other things. Not only are they catchy and fresh, yet modern at times, they have a motif and message in every one of them, at least the ones with lyrics.
This is also one of the few animes where I strongly prefer the English Dub over Japanese Dub. It's just excellent. The voice actors fit their roles perfectly. But the Japanese dubs isn't bad either. After all, Japanese VAs typically are more experienced than English VAs.
- Conclusion: Of course everything has its flaws. I'd say the main thing is the anime is a bit rushed and could have used more time to develop the characters and story in a more reasonable fashion. Just like in the game, it can get repetitive since the characters have to face themselves. But repetition in games and anime is a fundamental issue anyways. I don't think anyone can do anything about it (like telling an infant not to cry).
- Features: English and Japanese audio with English subtitles. Includes 26 episodes on 6 DVDs with a run-time of about 11 hours. Rated TV-14 for violence, language, and sexual content.
- Recommendations: K, Tokyo ESP, Ben-To, BlazBlue: Alter Memory, Psycho-Pass, Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, Re:Zero, Tokyo Ghoul, Sky Wizards Academy, Mahout Koukou no Rettousei, and Durarara!!.