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This time we got some focus on Yosuke and started to get a better picture of how the world inside the TV seems to work. Have to give my sympathies to Yamano and Saki. Can only imagine the nightmare of being stuck in that world and having their shadows bring up the darkest parts of their personalities. Could see how badly Yosuke was beat up psychologically by his shadow and they didn’t have the advantage of anyone coming in to save them. Was interesting to have the fight mixed into the beating up on Yosuke since it gave his shadow some personality. It’s not just about physically winning the fight, but having Yosuke accept that side of himself. People do have aspects of their personalities that they wouldn’t want thrown out for all to see, but that’s just what happened here. While in part he was motivated by wanting to find out what happened to Saki there was a part of Yosuke who was in it for the excitement.

For that reason can’t really say Saki was everything that we heard her voice saying. I’m sure part of her thought Yosuke was annoying and didn’t think of him that way. But it doesn’t mean she completely hated him or her family. It’s just the situation she was in was stressful. She took a job at a place that would put her at odds with her family, but really if that shopping district is seriously suffering not like there would be a lot of other options to work. Would have to be the worst kind of ending to get harassed by your dark side and then killed.

Nice to see the lead gained a bit of courage on his stat sheet in this episode XD. Being willing to go into the TV world with Yosuke and accept helping Kuma with finding out who is responsible requires some guts. Glad he managed to snap Yosuke out of his denial, through an accidental punch to the face XD. Guess now it’s clear what the contract he accepted was. Taking on this investigation and finding out who is responsible for putting those women into the TV.

Creepy encounter early in the episode for Yukiko. Some guy just waiting at the dates and asking her out in that weird manner. Luckily he just left without incident, but clearly she has to be on her guard. A bit naive not realizing what that was about and that she’d been easily shooting people like Yosuke down. Not that she doesn’t have the right to turn down those she isn’t interested in. Clearly popularity has its dark side in attracting pretty much everyone. That interview at the end was clearly leaving her uncomfortable. Some people in that industry can be pretty pushy.

Poor Chie having to hope the guys were going to come back in one piece. The brilliant rope plan didn’t really work out. Naturally after they’ve gone into the TV it doesn’t stay active and just leaving a rope in the middle won’t change that. Though in the end she did get paid off pretty well with those meals.

Maybe a key question is what is Kuma? I mean they unzipped his head and there was nothing in there. Considering he’s living in that world I suppose it’s not completely strange, but it is a little weird.

Plenty taken care of in this episode. They got back home in one piece, found out Saki was dead, Yosuke faced his shadow and gained his persona. It is interesting on that note to see that the shadows spewing the darkest stuff apparently turn into a persona after being defeated. Of course clearly that didn’t happen with our lead Narukami which creates questions by itself. Still, talk about gaining power after paying a price. First Yosuke had to go through hell before gaining that strength. At least Narukami doesn’t have to carry the whole workload by himself.

I thought the OP was an alright song, though think they could have just stayed with the game opening song and put a new visual to it. It wasn’t the prettiest OP we’ve seen this season, but it was alright. The ED was a fine song too and had some good symbolic value. Showing the magician card that fell to Yosuke after they won the fight and all those cards moving into Narukami at the end.

A better episode overall I thought. They did still jump around, but it wasn’t that jarring. The music again was nice in the battle and when Yosuke was accepting his other side. Will keep on enjoying this series for certain.
Score: A



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  • Setsuken

    Finally watched the first two episodes of this series. I’ve got to say that this series is one hell of a cool adaption. I loved how they take little bits like the actual artwork for when Izanagi is cast, and add the music from the game in as well. This is a very great and love filled adaption for an awesome video game.

    These two episodes REALLY make me want to play the original game (with Japanese voices).

    As far as the second episode goes, it really was awesome. I have heard a lot of people praise Persona 4 for its awesome characters and how deep and well made they are. This episode really showed us why, and I think the conflict that Yosuke had was very interesting and convincing.

    It really tied into the whole concept of a Persona as well, as he literally had two personas, one that he showed everyone in order to get along and meld in society and the other was his more inner self, which he had to accept before he could use its power and not getting killed by himself.

    I’m very curious to see what the conflics of the other characters are, and who this person is that seems to be throwing everyone into the world inside the TVs.

    Also… starting every episode with Igor’s creepy narration, friggin awesome! :D

    • http://xebek.animeblogger.net/ FlareKnight

      It really is nice to see things that remind you of the game being put in there. The calendar effect has to remain my favourite with it being a really easy way to show a flashback. You actually know what day everything is happening which makes it easy to keep track. They could have adapted the game without going so far with these touches, but have to say I appreciate the effort.

      The conflict with Yosuke’s shadow was interesting. Almost getting killed by himself, by a side that he couldn’t accept was part of him. Having those kinds of thoughts and feelings thrown out for others to see makes the desire to reject it all the stronger. Interesting to have an inner conflict turn into an actual fight.

      The conflicts upcoming should be fun to see. You can look at a character and only guess at what might be hiding away in their hearts.

      Igor really does set the tone XD. Not sure if I’d want to accept a key from someone that….unusual.

  • NeroFrost

    The second episode, in my opinion, brought a lot more depth to most of the characters we’d seen before. For starters, we now knew Yukiko had a bit of cluelessness when it comes to boys. Yosuke was pretty much fleshed out well in the episode, thanks to the encounter with his Shadow, and even Kuma/Teddy had a bit more interaction with the main cast which showed off his mild nature. Chie I feel isn’t as spunky as she was made out in the game, but I’m not really complaining… it’s nice to have her as a bit of a girly-girl among the group.

    I always thought the Shadows of the main cast were pretty badass, and the anime carries that adaptation faithfully. Shadow Yosuke jeers, heckles and disses Yosuke for being a pansy and adequately claims he doesn’t need him (Yosuke). The fight that entails was the main highlight of the episode. We got to see a lot more action this time around, with Izanagi battling Shadow Yosuke while Yu and Kuma/Teddie literally knock some sense into Yosuke. The psychological struggle Yosuke was going through was emphasized real well, with the group seeing how despite the negativity that was coming his way, he still struggled to fit in and be happy. It does make you wonder what Yamano and Saki went through before they met their doomed fate. The music also carried you through the entire process with superb flow, switching to battle music during the fight and shifting to soft tones during those tender moments. Ultimately, at the end, we got to see Yosuke obtain a Persona of his own (Jiraiya, for those who played the game, and Disco Ninja Frog for the ones who saw the YouTube parody xD). This showed the forging of a bond between Yosuke and the MC, and has us looking forward to when the new Persona will be put into action.

    With regards to the plot, we saw a creepy kid bother Yukiko and Chie right at the beginning, Yosuke deducing that those that appear on the Midnight Channel will in fact die, Kuma/Teddie telling the group that people who get thrown in are assaulted by their Shadows, and Yukiko appearing on TV in an interview and then subsequently on the Midnight Channel (any idiot can guess who the person wearing a kimono is, so I didn’t spoil anything! :P). We also got to see a glimpse of the MC and Nanako bonding, and a reveal for next week showing Chie in trouble this time, so I’d say the plot is progressing well.

    The episode was really good by conventional standards. The issue with pacing that was in the first episode has been adequately and understandably dealt with, as we got to see more of what was going on without sacrificing character development, comic relief, smart hints and serious action. The animation is still stellar, despite it being the second episode where it usually takes a dip, and the music and voicework once again nail the atmosphere. The plot was explained a lot better this time around, giving people plenty of time to understand what exactly was going on (although the loophole of Yu not having a Shadow self will bother some people, myself included). Overall, it was a great follow-up to a smashing first episode, and in my opinion, has helped establish this series as a must-watch for this new season.