Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION Volume 2 (review)

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If you’ve played the original Persona 4 video game for PlayStation 2 or watched the original Persona 4: The Animation, then you should be pretty familiar with the story of Yu Narukami: a transfer student, who forges bonds with his friends and summons creatures known as Personas, solves a case of mysterious murders in the small town of Inaba. Persona 4: the Golden ANIMATION changes the dynamic of the story. After introducing Marie and leaving the main plots for Persona 4: The Animation, the Golden ANIMATION spends more time with the characters hanging out and interacting like normal students when they’re not fighting in the TV world.

I actually liked how the series builds up Marie, leaving more of an impact in later episodes once she finally regains her memories. I really enjoyed the little additions made to the story, especially with the two final battles where you see Yu use a large arsenal of Personas and finally the stronger forms of each character’s Persona and the character interactions.

Definitely created for fans of the series, it’s easy to miss out on what’s happening if you haven’t played the game or saw the original series, since it bounces around quite a bit.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

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Video

Persona 4: the Golden ANIMATION is presented in 1080p and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. A-1 Pictures did a solid job throughout the whole series, especially with the Personas and Shadows (which didn’t get a lot of screen time in the first half of the series). Aniplex did a great job on the conversion to Blu-ray as you can really see improvements in sharpness, contrast and colors, as compared to the original simulcast release. Since Persona 4 shows a contrast of colors between light and dark, you can really enjoy each scene that takes place in the real world which showcases bright, crisp colors compared to the TV world which has darker tone colors.

Video Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

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Audio

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One of Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION’s biggest strengths is the soundtrack and character voices. While the Golden ANIMATION features tracks used in the game, it also includes some new music which syncs extremely well with the whole series from start to finish. While the anime series only features Japanese audio with English subtitles (presented in Japanese PCM Stereo 2.0), it’s still something to really enjoy.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms      

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Special Features

The Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION volume 2 set includes:

Original Soundtrack vol. 2 
20-Page Deluxe Booklet
• Postcard Set 
Bonus Episode: Another End – Thank you Mr. Accomplice
Textless ending

Similar to Volume 1, Persona 4: the Golden ANIMATION includes a postcard set, a 20-page deluxe booklet featuring character art and an episode synopsis. Once again, my favorite item in this set is the original soundtrack which features music from the series, courtesy of Shoji Meguro (who worked on the video game series). The soundtrack includes 15 tracks, including my favorite song in the series, “Dazzling Smile” (which is the ending song for most of the episodes).

Persona 4: the Golden ANIMATION also includes a bonus alternate episode (which was originally exclusive to the Japanese Blu-ray releases). The episode titled “Thank you Mr. Accomplice” is set after the sixth episode and is the equivalent of a bad ending which plays on Yu’s decision to save Adachi (and in turn, ends up leaving the mystery of the murders unsolved and strain the friendship between himself and the others). Totally worth it.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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Persona 4 video game fans can easily enjoy this series as it takes a different approach towards the series with Marie as the main focus. Because the Persona battles themselves are pretty fast-paced and only show up in a few times, you don’t get to see as much action. The story itself is pretty good and leaves Persona fans happy with how everything plays out (including showing more mature characters at the end) which is something in itself to enjoy.

While the series contains only 13 episodes (12 main episodes and the bonus OVA episode), it’s worth purchasing both volumes for fans of the series, especially with the soundtracks.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.