Persona 4 – Episode 14
Persona 4 – Because Fishing is serious business
Oh man, I really didn’t think they would be able to do it, but those great people in the studios compressed what was tens of hours of play from about 5 social links into about 20 minutes of viewing time and they really did it with flare. I loved this episode, if you read my last review of Episode 13, you’ll pretty much see how this episode is completely a tribute to the awesomeness that was the Persona game style and a homage to how long, difficult but overall rewarding, it was to all the faithful fans who followed through with it. Since I wrote a epically long post about it then, I won’t do so here. The last episode was essentially based during the same time scale as this episode (both covering Yuu’s summer vacation) however, episode 13 is from Nanako’s POV and this episode follows Yu and fills in all those gaps where we were wondering what the heck Yu was getting up to. We even got a nice cameo of Ebi in the episode.
I really liked the way they laid these links out so that it didn’t seem too random. In the game it makes sense the way the links come about and operate however, if you did that in the anime, it would make Yu look erratic. Starting from the premise that he needs money to help Nanako with a new umbrella – his summer then tumbles into a spiral of meeting new people, connecting with them and eventually helping them overcome their troubles/insecurities. Whilst in the anime you obviously do not have time to do such a lengthly thing like in the game, the way they kind of mixed all the links together, was a great move. It really felt like Yu was in a small town, living life, getting caught up in various misadvantures as opposed to randomely going out to see people he knows nothing of. I had many laughs in this episode as well, they brought back that persona humour – coupled with Yu’s blank face at times (he is starting to get some colour in his personality), it was pretty fun to watch. It also had that overdone, epic persona feeling. Like when he was going to fish the giant fish, the use of the Burning Up! Persona screen was great. The music was used so well in this, they really spread a lot of the score out. It was used in the anime in places it was never heard in the game. When he was having trouble with the old lady, we got the ominous mystery music, when he went fishing, we got the signature Persona song and many others. This episode was essentially a meddle of everything that made persona what it was and what made it so loved. A very abridged but nonetheless great meddle.
This episode was overall great, I had stated that episode 13 was my favourite so far in the last review, however, this episode takes it. It was great from Nanako’s viewpoint and I loved her character exposure however, this show had me thinking back and laughing too much, that it has to be my favourite. Once again, I feel like playing the game again however, I similarly don’t feel like starting another potentially 150 hour game…