Yuu Narukami moves to Inaba, a seemingly quiet and ordinary town, where he quickly befriends the clumsy transfer student Yousuke Hanamura, the energetic Chie Satonaka, and the beautiful heiress Yukiko Amagi. Shortly after Yuu’s arrival, a chain of mysterious killings begin to occur on foggy days. At the same time, rumors about a strange television channel—dubbed the “Midnight Channel”—spread like wildfire; when staring into their TV screen at midnight, a person may see their soul mate. After witnessing the most recent murder victim on the Midnight Channel, Yuu attempts to watch it again, only to realize that he can traverse into the TV and reach another world overrun with “Shadows,” evil creatures of the dark. Realizing the link behind the hidden dimension and the murders, Yuu and his friends attempt to crack the cases by exploring the diabolical world of the Midnight Channel using their “Personas,” awakened manifestations of their “true selves.” – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
Matt Doyle Media
Persona 4 bases itself around an interesting story and a wide and varied cast of heroes that should suit all tastes. Featuring rock solid animation, genuinely laugh out loud comedy, and plenty of twists and turns, this is one of a rare breed: an anime adaption of a game that succeeds in achieving the same level of quality associated with the source material.
I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoyed the game. It’s definitely a fun, entertaining, thought-provoking story with humor and an excellent mystery.
What an amazing story and congratulations to the anime for correctly portraying something I’ll never forget.
For Persona 4 fans, there’s really nothing the anime should do that it doesn’t. Okay, the bonus Persona 4 Golden content isn’t here, but Atlus were still making the game back when the show came out, so I guess they can be forgiven. Persona 4 The Animation is a love letter to a magnificent game, and offers a fresh take on its excellent story. If you liked the game, this is a no brainer, you’ll like the anime too.
Once you boot up the show, it’s very solid from start to finish. It manages to be faithful to the source material while also juggling new additions and background info for folks who are unfamiliar with the universe. I’d give it a perfect score, but the problems listed above combined with a few quirky animation drops tie my hands. It’s still worth checking out whether you’re a fan of the show or not, and like the original game, the English dub is very good.
I was a bit wary of getting into Persona 4: The Animation simply because it’s such a large and sprawling franchise with some very engaged fans. I’ve had only a passing encounter with it overall from years and years ago and enjoyed it, but I hadn’t kept up with it in the slightest when you get down to it outside of the couple of anime projects. This series is a really strong and well designed show that pulls on a lot of things with its strings to achieve what it wants. It’s visually striking and detailed – though I wish there were most costume changes going on here, a real failing in most anime – and it has a couple of layers of story to be told. The character side is its strongest side but in some ways that middle segment is weighted too far in that direction to the point where it begins to feel a bit listless and lost. As a whole work though, there’s a lot to like here and Sentai’s set is a strongly put together piece that finally gives us the whole shebang in bilingual form that looks great, sounds great, and has a solid package behind it. It’s pretty much what the fans were hoping for and has been delivered.
Persona 4 The Animation is a slick well crafted production that manages to be a solid cousin to the game. As an anime it falls short of the key elements needed to make a good anime even better. Weak characters, minor disconnects in the plot and a lackluster dramatic excuse for a reason to exists leaves me flat.
But none of that detracts enough for me to bring it down to an “average level” series – these are characters we’ve grown to love and enjoy over the past few years, and we really had fun with this version of the Persona 4 story. While flawed art and animation and questionable directional choices bring this down from being the very best, the core strengths – an enjoyable cast of characters and a fantastic story – make this light-years ahead of the vast majority of video game anime, and light-eons ahead of the travesty that was Trinity Soul.
Of course I highly recommend this anime. As someone who watches shows like Full Metal Alchemist, Death Note and Trigun, I think Persona 4 the Animation definitely holds up against these anime and may even surpass them in my book. The story, the setting, the mystery and adventure is a classic and you just can’t help but fall in love with the characters; they’re familiar enough to relate to from the get go but are much deeper characters than that. Persona 4 the Animation is simply a gem, it’s underrated and definitely deserves more attention.
I liked watching certain scenes play out differently but I also was disappointing when other scenes weren’t executed as well as they could have been. I would soon tell somebody to buy a PS Vita and track down a copy of the game before I would say to watch the Anime but it does come as a complimentary extra to the series. ‘Persona 4: The Animation’ targets quite a niche audience, it’s only their exact demographic that will be able to fully appreciate this series. Still, it has some redeeming qualities like a good sense of humour, some slightly above average voice acting and a couple of key episodes that will have you thanking yourself for watching through it. ‘Persona 4’ has leagues of depth and plenty of things to learn from it, ‘Persona 4: The Animation’ doesn’t feature it all but it’s a damn good place to start.
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Maybe other people will enjoy it more than me, but Persona 4 deserved so much more than this.
Despite sticking to its roots Persona 4 The Animation is an accessible enough package for people unfamiliar with the game, but some aspects and references are soley for fans’ enjoyment. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable anime for an adult audience.
The Nihon Review
Overall, Persona 4 is a show that does most things exceptionally well. As a game adaptation, it is nearly peerless: it is faithful to the source material and injects creativity to become an enjoyable product that does the franchise justice. It is enjoyable for fans, yet equally accessible for novice audiences. The art is stylish and the characters are fun to look at. While the story itself is lackluster, hopefully viewers can appreciate the true accomplishments of the show.
In the end, Persona 4: the Animation is not without its flaws from the challenge of being an adaptation. It may feel like one big inside joke to those who have yet to play the game, but to anyone who has, it’s an enjoyable summary to watch as you see the battles you once fought come back to life in a well-animated way. It will also get you psyched for P4: Arena and P4 Golden if anything. I’d peg it at 3.75 or 4 for something that you can enjoy on… Wait for it… A rainy day!
HS Media Nerd
Persona 4 is a pretty good anime. If you can get past the filler episodes, it has some great characters, music, and a unique design.