Persona 4: The Golden Animation vol. 1 review


It’s been very interesting how Atlus has stretched out the Persona 4 series. In 2011 Studio AIC A.S.T.A. released an anime adaptation known as Persona 4: The Animation, which followed the adventures of Yu Narukami and his friends as they explore a series of murders that have been taking place in the town of Inaba. It leads them into a mysterious world inside the TV full of shadows and creatures known as Personas, which featured a very dark tone.

Persona 4: The Golden Animation is an expansion of the original anime series focusing on new plots and a new character named Marie, a young girl who lives in the Velvet room with no memories. It was included in Persona 4 Golden for the PlayStation Vita. If you aren’t familiar with the original series or video game, it becomes very easy to get lost since the new series skips character introductions and events.

While the first episode starts off strong with plenty of action, the following episodes have a much slower pace and lighter setting, focusing on Yu and his friends’ daily lives. This created a problem trying to keep track of what events are happening and when they are happening, including when Rise, Kanji and Naoto join the group which all happens right away by episode two and three. Finally many Persona 4 fans may know this but in the Japanese version of Persona 4, Teddie is known as Kuma (which means Bear). The translation does say Teddie but Kuma often shows up including the intro and character calling him by name. Of course this isn’t huge but does sometimes get confusing.

Movie Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B


Persona 4: The Golden Animation is presented in 1080p with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. When I first watched Persona 4: the Animation from Studio AIC A.S.T.A, I wasn’t very impressed with the character designs or backgrounds. I did like the dark tone of the series which was represented by darker colors. A-1 Pictures does a great job on really highlighting the character designs and backgrounds detailing every single object, along with vibrant bright colors that reflect the more lighter tone of the series.

Video Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A


Persona 4: The Golden Animation is presented in Japanese PCM 2.0 Language, with English subtitles. One of the biggest draws of the Persona 4 video game series is the soundtrack composed by Shoji Meguro, and many of the tracks are featured in the series along with a new opening and closing that perfectly fit the tone of the series. There is a perfect harmony of conversation and music throughout the series which balances well so you can enjoy every scene of the series.

Audio Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B



Special Features and Bonuses

Disc Specs:

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: 1-6
  • Total Run Time: 150 min
  • Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 Blu-ray, Music CD)
  • Rating: 13 UP


Persona 4: The Golden Animation Volume 1 includes:

  • PV & CM Collection
  • Textless Opening
  • Original Soundtrack CD Vol.1 featuring 11 tracks
  • 24-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Postcard Set
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Wraps

Not much in terms of on disc bonuses aside from the usual trailers and opening found in many anime series. Inside volume 1 you also find a second case which features a bonus soundtrack CD (11 brand new tracks made exclusively for the series by Shoji Meguro and Tetsuya Kobayashi including a new song from Rise and a Adachi vs Yu theme called “Ying Yang”), a 24-page booklet featuring character art, episode synopsis and more along with a postcard set that includes six different Persona 4 postcards each featuring a different design.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 Atoms      

NR 4 Atoms - B


Final Reaction

This is a series made for fans, so those who aren’t very familiar with Persona 4 may want to play the game or watch Persona 4: The Animation first to keep up. I really like how there are small little Easter eggs in the series which includes Yu with his stats maxed out. While the second through the fifth episodes were enjoyable, the first and sixth episode set up the pace for what looks to be an exciting anime.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B(1)

Persona4 the Golden ANIMATION Volume 1 – $79.98

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