Based on the PlayStation 2 video game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 by Atlus, Persona 4: The Animation is one of the best video games anime adaptation I ever watch. It’s all thanks to director Seiji Kishi (who worked on Danganronpa, Assassination Classroom, Angel Beats! And Re:_Hamatora) and it’s animated by Anime International Company (AIC ASTA). The anime is very faithful to the source material of the PlayStation 2. The plot of anime is the same as video game, a high student named Yu Narukami (who is a silent protagonist in the game) who moves to Inaba with his uncle and cousin while his parents work abroad. One day, Yu turns on the TV on a rainy day then Midnight Channel (A world where shadows live) comes on and goes to school and meets Yosuke Hanamura and Chie Satonaka. The Three decide to go inside the TV world while there is a strong of murders on a foggy day, while in the TV world you the three meets a resident in the TV world Teddie and tell them that people are thrown in her and find the culprit behind the incident. While being inside the TV the group unlock a power called Shadow to defeat the shadows and themselves.
The story goes from there, in my opinion I am loving the animation it gives the characters more detail but I have not watch it while. This anime got everything right to the all-out attack, atmosphere, the soundtrack by Shoji Meguro (composer of the original game) and the character designs of Shigenori Soejima. In an interview with Seji Kishi stating that the protagonist Yu Narukami “the character would undoubtedly have to speak and show some level of emotion and the difficulty of the silent Protagonist’s transition into the anime without destroying what Hashino had already established”. There are moments in the anime that fans of the game will enjoy such as summoning Persona, memorable characters and interaction in the story line. The series has 25 episodes because of the extensive storyline, there is one OVA and an expansion anime called Persona 4: The Golden Animation (which is a adaption of the PS Vita game along with a new character Marie). Persona 4: The Golden Animation has 12 episodes + 1 OVA with a new animation company called A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail, Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic). There are some new voice from the original PlayStation 2 has reprise their roles such as Yuri Lowenthal, Amanda Winn-Lee, Laura Bailey, and Johnny Yong Bosch. Along with news ones, If you are a fan of the game watch this series. Persona 4: The Animation is available now on Dvd and Bluray. Make sure you buy Arena (PS3 and Xbox 360, Dancing All Night, Golden and Shadow of the Labyninth.