I have been slow in finding new anime to watch during the autumn season. There are so many shows but I decided to follow this one and Un-Go simply because they were easier to access thanks to Anime on Demand’s excellent service.
Once there he makes a group of strange friends and gets caught up in a series of mysterious murders which occur during bouts of fog after heavy rain and seem to be linked to a mysterious television channel.
Said channel only appears at midnight and allows a person to see his/her “other half”. Things get weirder because Yu discovers that televisions can be used as portals and so he enters a nightmarish other-world which looks like Inaba but painted with a fresh coat of Silent Hill.
This surreal place is inhabited by strange animals and creepy monsters named shadows. Narumaki’s only defence is a powerful being named a Persona which he must summon to battle these shadows but big questions remain like what is this surreal world and how is it linked to the murders taking place in reality?
An anime that riffs on Silent Hill? Surreal surroundings? Mysterious murders? Oddball characters I genuinely like watching? Cool music? A mystery to solve? Sign me up! I enjoyed this anime a lot. The town of Inaba, although small and unremarkable, felt real and while the main character is not the most expressive hero I suspect it may be because he is new in town. It is not such a problem because I found the characters around him were genuinely likeable.
Chie Satonaka and Yosuke Hanamura were quick to befriend the lead and although their constant bickering felt familiar from numerous other anime it was still enjoyable because the tone was light-hearted. I’m also in love with the character designs which are brilliant as is the world as a whole. I found the art director Shigenori Soejima’s style expressive and striking as well as cute.
The anime as a whole takes the light hearted route considering it had the possibility of establishing a Silent Hill vibe. I wonder if this light approach will continue because some dark themes are touched upon like broken families, adultery and possibly corruption. Regardless, I enjoyed my time in Inaba so much that after viewing the first episode I found this anime I had the sudden urge to stop watching it.
Persona 4 the Animation is the TV adaptation of the 2008 RPG that I have long wanted to play but never got around to despite the fact I found the premise intriguing and I loved Shigenori Soejima’s art style whenever I encountered it in video game magazines. Edge gave it a score of 9/10 which is pretty damn awesome. The anime adaptation was overseen by Aniplex and it uses the same characters, and setting as the Persona 4 game as well as Shoji Meguro’s enjoyable background music which is splashed liberally throughout the anime. The problem I face is this: do I carry on watching or stop and play the game?