Persona 4: The Animation – 04 Review

I liked the whole birdcage thing even if though the whole thing was nothing unique and obvious

Episode 04 – Somewhere Not Here

Another introduction this week that had flowed on from the previous episode.

Review

I wonder how many more character introductions are left, it is 4 episodes in and we are still introducing characters and the murder plot is not getting more interesting.

Although I liked this episode more than the previous couple of episode, largely due to the amount of time given to develop Yukiko’s character and fears, the lack of time in the real world simply made the whole episode feel like it was basically a big battle episode. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the battles, especially since this episode was more entertaining than the others, but I had really wished that the mystery would develop a tad more so the episode would be as stale and structured in such a similar manner to the previous episodes. Each episode so far (with the exception of the first) has had one goal in mind – allow the new character to learn how to control their Persona.

I am happy for Yu that is more courageous but when will he finally develop his Expression and Personality?! =_=”

I have to say that the OP song is growing on me and I am starting to like it. The whole singing part of it is still a tad odd but I like the piano riff of that song. The chosen soundtracks for Yukiko in this episode were also really good. No weird sounding BGM or odd timings, it was pretty much normal and that had made the flashback more sentimental and had created a nice atmosphere around it. I am not sure if this was the way the music was in the game, but I am curious about this fact.

The animation in this episode also felt a bit better than the previous episodes, it seemed a bit more dynamic than previously and although it still has it’s fair share of still frames, there were more better animated frames. Then again, I might be mistaken since it is early in the morning and I am crazy tired and yawning like mad.

The show starts straight-off with Chie calling on her Persona to fight off obstacles along the way to Yukiko with Yu and Yousuke trailing behind. The whole attachment that Chie had with Yukiko was already a bit weird in the last episode but it got even weirder halfway through this episode with the whole Price Charming thing. I mean, sure, they are best friends but I don’t think one would think of their best friend/saviour-by-night as a Prince Charming. Well, I guess I have to give Chie credit for being shocked over that fact as well. =P That whole thing may have been a big metaphor of some sort but I still found it weird. Well, the whole Prince Charming situation was pretty much cleared up later on in the episode when Chie finally verbally “rescues” her “Princess”.

Although I have come to accept the Velvet Room sequence at the beginning of the episode, I still hate the sequence that happens in dire situations. That whole scene throws me off since she is speaking to Yu in a present manner yet she is actually addressing the audience instead. Because of the fact that she is in the velvet room, it makes me question how Yu even knows of Ara Mitama in this first place since we were just told and although I understand that we are playing as Yu in the P4 game, this is an anime and so that part does not translate as well. The only way I can accept all of this is if the whole Velvet Room is actually in everyone’s (the characters’) minds and not a real location. Oh well, he is the chosen one so he can get away with anything. =P (I hope I made sense)

What I liked were the few small things in this episode that reiterated the connection between the Persona and the actually being. When Yosuke’s Persona got hurt, so did he. Also, when Yukiko had denied everything that her Persona was saying, her Persona got stronger and more out of control.

The fighting sequence in this episode was also fun to watch. It was not as messy and hard to follow as the some of the previous fight scenes and because the whole episode was dedicated to the retrieval of Yukiko without any scenes in the real world, the pacing was decent for once.

One thing that I did not really like too much about this episode was the over-dramatic manner in which Chie helps Yukiko see “the light” of things. It felt played out too much and personally, I don’t really like Yukiko since she seems to still be that same dependent person she was before she had thrown into the TV world. Then again, people don’t really change in this show sicnce it seems to be more focused on the acceptance of their present self than characters actually changing who they are.

The comedy scene at the end of the episode with the glasses and mustache was also a tad weird and Teddie is still as annoying as always.

Episode Rating: 7/10

Overall, it was a decent episode but I am getting bored of the same old thing happening each episode. We all knew that Yukiko was going to get a persona, same as with Chie and this is my worry. If there are a few more episodes of new characters I am going to lose interest in this series especially if the whole murder-mystery does not develop itself into something more interesting.

-ra

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Posted on October 28, 2011, in Anime, Persona 4: The Animation, Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. thank again for reviewing this.
    don’t worry, after this, there will be no “face other self and get a persona” for a LONG while and it will focus more on the mystery and school life, you can cleary see it through the preview of the next ep.

    and about the velvet room, it explained in the first ep, only Yuu can see it, it a room located between consciousness and subconsciousness, exists between dream and reality, mind and matter.it is always covered in blue velvet and hosted by Igor. The purpose of The Velvet Room is always to manage Personae and lead the chosen one journey (or the fool journey since persona series based heavily on tarot). The room is only visible those with high spiritual sensitivity.

    and about the fool journey, The Fool’s Journey is a metaphor for the journey through life. Each major arcana card stands for a stage on that journey – an experience that a person must incorporate to realize his wholeness.the whole deep meaning behind the Persona 4 story of mystery and truth is The Fool’s Journey, as Yuu are going through his journey right now, he have meet the magician(yosuke), empress(marganet-the woman in the velvet room) the High Priestess (Yukiko) and the chariot (Chie).

    but the fool journey not made as clear in Persona 4 as in persona 3, so even if you play the game, you won’t noctice that it about the fool journey unless have prior knownlegde of tarot

    you can read abot the fool journey if you have free time, don’t worry, it won’t spoil anything, and you don’t have to read it to understand the story.

    http://www.learntarot.com/journey.htm

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    • Thanks for the info. =D Will go and see what the Fools Journey is about.

      “and about the velvet room, it explained in the first ep, only Yuu can see it, ”

      Totally forgot that scene happened in the first episode. But with the Velvet room, how does Yuu access it? Does time not exist in that area or do they have to contact Yuu when it is time to “level up”?

      “don’t worry, after this, there will be no “face other self and get a persona” for a LONG while and it will focus more on the mystery and school life”

      Awesome. Am looking forward to see how things turn out with the mystery once they get back to school. =)

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      • “Totally forgot that scene happened in the first episode. But with the Velvet room, how does Yuu access it? Does time not exist in that area or do they have to contact Yuu when it is time to “level up”?”

        in the game, Yuu can access through a door or being summoned in dream or awake by igor, but the door in the game is just a way to give player something to enter the velvet room, to other people, the door is not there. and yes, time does not exist in the velvet room, it doesn’t matter how much time he spend in the velvet room, when he come out it just 2 or 3 second in the real world, and the velvet room can do time traveling whenever they want (in the game, if you fail to save the victim before he or she is killed, Yuu will automatically be summoned to the velvet room and travel back time one week earlier)

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      • “Yuu can access through a door or being summoned in dream or awake by igor,”

        Okay, so that makes it a lot more logical. Still don’t like the sudden intrusiveness of that scene though, but shall deal with it. =P

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  2. one more thing about the velvet room, it take shape of the chosen one inner self ,soul and the journey of that chosen one.in P1 and P2, it just a room (or a club in P2) since they didn’t think much about it yet. in Persona 3 The Velvet Room appears as an elevator that is endlessly ascending represent P3MC journey to find the answer to life, the meaning of life and death as the theme of Persona 3 is “Death”.in Persona 4 The Velvet Room appears as a limousine running through a thick fog represent Yuu journey to find the truth that been covered by a thick fog as the theme of Persona 4 is “Truth” (the main battle theme of Persona 4 also named “Reach out to the Truth, and please don’t search for this song in youtube since there are spolier)

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  3. Hey! I like Teddie! Anyway that glasses thing wasn’t supposed to happen until later but meh.

    I was just itching to comment about something in this episode how it’s actually really something quite refreshing. I was afraid actually that if the Anime followed too closely to the storytelling of the game, you won’t even see half of this episode.

    Yep, I’m pretty sure that’s the case. (Frankly I’m also surprised that the whole saving thing lasted the whole episode. Which is a yay for me because I like Yukiko ^^)

    They did a really good job in showing Yukiko’s background story and how she feels trapped in her life with the plot device of her little bird and showing her life as the Inn Keeper’s daughter. None of this was ever shown in the game which if the anime were to follow that, you would feel like its another exact copy and paste of the past 2 episodes.

    I wouldn’t hold up for the next episode though, I feel like its gonna be a little… messy… but that’s just my feeling. (Surprise me Atlus) Although I do concur that there’s no more new main party characters for some time which would be good for your interest I guess

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    • “I was afraid actually that if the Anime followed too closely to the storytelling of the game, you won’t even see half of this episode.”

      I am surprised that for once the series had actually added things to the series and developed it more as oppose to rushing things. This episode really paced itself pretty well.

      “None of this was ever shown in the game which if the anime were to follow that, you would feel like its another exact copy and paste of the past 2 episodes.”

      So what was her deal in the game? Did she have no back story?

      “I wouldn’t hold up for the next episode though, I feel like its gonna be a little… messy…”

      I hope you are wrong about it because I am looking forward to the break from the whole Persona discovery. =P

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      • “So what was her deal in the game? Did she have no back story?”

        It was the same, just that it was all… Oh she hates her life situation… And that’s it. Not fleshed out as well in terms of depth and feeling.

        “I hope you are wrong about it because I am looking forward to the break from the whole Persona discovery. =P”

        Me too, definitely looking forward to see how they deal with the other aspects of the game. (Which is social links in particular)

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  4. I’m starting to lose interest after watching this episode. Boss still doesn’t give much fight and once the person come to his/her senses, the shadow starts to break apart (If not maybe they have to fight until the day of judgment). Normal shadows are one-hit-KO type of enemy anyway. Other than that, I can’t help wondering why they chose those tiny ara mitama and pyro jack instead of other complicated-looking personas.

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  5. “I am surprised that for once the series had actually added things to the series and developed it more as oppose to rushing things. This episode really paced itself pretty well.”

    “So what was her deal in the game? Did she have no back story?”

    you will be surprised more because the anime actually add more back story for all character and made all shadow confrontation a lot better, not just yukiko.

    in yukiko case, her backstory in the game only vaguely told by herself and her shadow only tell how much yukiko want to free, no flashback, the bird, how she have to turn chie down every time she asked to go out or how her hard work actually is, so the anime made i understand yukiko much better than the game.

    in yosuke case, in the game, i did not know that yosuke have feeling for saki until the “you are me” part, before that, they seem to be just normal friends,also the movie ticket are not in the game, saki seem not hate yosuke as much in the game as in the anime, there are almost nothing about yosuke want to be “cool city boy’ in the eye of people, and his boredom with the rural town are not made as clear in the game as the anime. which make yosuke shadow much better in the game.

    but shadow chie pretty much the same 😄

    and the worst thing in the game are shadow confrontation, when the shadow are insulting the character to no end, Yuu and his friends just… stand there, do nothing and wait for the character to say “you are not me!” BOOOM!! boss fight XD, in the anime, Yuu and his friends did try to stop the character from saying that

    but the game tell the overall story (up until now) better than the anime

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  6. agreed with what pointmanw said, overall, the story is still better in the game. (hoping that can change soon)
    But the shadow encounters are much more interesting than just standing there waiting for the boss fight to occur… Then the victim goes and takes a nap while they fight (lol)

    “but shadow chie pretty much the same XD”

    Yea. But after that the childhood thing was kind of new. And that dog.

    I do wonder for the subsequent shadows though… Some do go a little out of the structure. (Not to mention I can hardly imagine how they would animate those fights) Would be more interesting to see next time.

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  7. “I can’t help wondering why they chose those tiny ara mitama and pyro jack instead of other complicated-looking personas.”
    I was kind kinda thinking that the series would have a “social link” system. As the story progresses the Persona will so show evolve. Something like that

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