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.
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.