Persona 4: The Golden Animation Episode #01 Anime Review
What They Say:
A teenager named Yu Narukami transfers to Yasogami High School. He hears from his new friends about something called the “Midnight Channel.” Will he attempt to watch a turned-off TV on a rainy night to find out what it is all about?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the tag above says, if you don’t know anything about Persona 4, then this is not a show for you. Persona 4 The Golden Animation is based off the Persona 4 re-release Persona 4 Golden which basically was the same as the original release, except that it had additional content. In similar fashion, Persona 4: The Animation came out originally in 2011, and followed the original game with a bit more detail. The Golden, similar to the re-release, follows the game but at a breakneck pace. If you’re not already a dedicated Persona 4 fan, this is not the show for you, and I’d recommend tracking down and watching the original Persona 4 anime (which can be found on Hulu).
Right from the beginning even, the series introduces the characters like an episode of Cheers – not giving the voice actors names, but the characters names, like they’re familiar faces and old friends.The show is very similar to many of the other Persona titles; Yu Narkami is new to a small rural town where strange things start happening; in P4, it’s involving TVs late at night. Supposedly, if you turn on a TV to static at midnight, you’ll see the ‘Midnight Channel’. This channel is in reality a portal to an alternate dimension, similar in some ways yet very twisted and strange in others.
Yu, along with some of his high school friends, end up getting sucked into a TV, and encounter a bizarre reflection of the town they all live in. With special glasses that allow them to see through a hazy mist, provided by ‘Teddy’, a strange creature that only lives in this TV-world, they’re able to see horrible monsters that are trying to consume them. Through the power of ‘Persona’ that Yu discovers though, he is able to destroy these creatures, and save everyone, escaping the TV world.
Familiar faces and the ‘Blue Room’ that has been a key part of both the Persona 3 and Persona 4 franchises are present, but again – if you don’t already know who these characters are, or what the Blue Room is, then you’re going to find yourself very lost, as there isn’t much explanation given to the audience. It assumes you’re already familiar with Persona 4, and therefore doesn’t take the time to explain who everyone is or what certain things mean.
A lot of times, there are shows based on previously existing franchises that try to educate new viewers and bring them into the folds while also appealing to diehard fans of the series. Then there are shows where it’s very obviously made for fans only, and the writers and creators do little to nothing to try and bring new fans onboard with the series. Considering that there are now two P4 anime titles, the first one is the one I’d recommend new fans go and watch to get familiar and acquainted with the series and characters. If you’re already a huge P4 fan, then you already know who ever character is, what the Blue Room means, what the Midnight Channel is, and what’s going to happen as this short series continues forward – which means this is exactly the show for you. If you don’t know what any of this stuff means, then it means that Persona 4: The Golden Animation is not for you, and if you try to watch it you’re going to find very little answered and have a lot of questions as things go on. As I said earlier, watch the first Persona 4 anime before diving into this one.
Grade: A / D+ (Fans of Persona 4/People who know nothing about Persona 4)
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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