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Perona 4 is the latest entry in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series. You play as a protagonist you name yourself. Just after your arrival, a TV announcer is found dead, her body hanging from an antenna; Saki Konishi, the high school student who had discovered the body, is later found dead under similar gruesome circumstances. After the protagonist and his friends accidentally enter the TV world (a world that exists only inside of- you guessed it- TVs), they encounter Teddie, who helps them travel freely between the TV and real worlds. He also helps them to realize that the fog seems to bring the bodies with it. They awaken to their Persona abilities and, realizing that the murders stem from Shadow attacks in the TV world, are able to rescue several would-be victims. Yosuke, Chie, Yukiko, Kanji, Rise, Teddie and Naoto accept their other selves, which become giant Shadows in the TV world, and join the group as Persona-users. Having finally identified the culprit the party chases and locates him within the TV world.
Persona 4 improves upon most of what was wrong with Persona 3. There is a central goal, the characters are more believable and given more depth and the Shadows seem to finally have their own sense of direction. However, it also plays host to a few issues not seen in Persona 3 such as the coloring on enemies rarely means anything. In Persona 3 the coloring of an enemy gave you a hint to its weakness while in 4 some enemies seem colored at will. The (almost) immediate access to party member social links is a great addition as well. Plus the fact that the higher you make your social link, the more abilities party members have, gives you a reason to keep talking to them even if you feel their stories are becoming stale.
Overall I would give Persona 4 an 8.5/10
This is an anime that has been watched by too few people. Anohana is the touching story of five (technically six) friends who deal with the stresses of life in different ways. What makes their story interesting however is that, when they were young their sixth friend died in a tragic accident. None of them has been able to move on from this tragic event however. The story continues as each character struggles with the inner turmoil they feel as each feels singularly responsible for her death. As we learn more about each character, their lives become more real, their pain more understandable and the ability to overcome it seems almost impossible. When they are finally able to fulfill their dead friend’s wish however, that’s when everyone is finally able to let go of the past.
This anime is without a doubt one of the prime examples of beautiful media. There is absolutely no question in my mind that it is one of the greatest anime of all time. The character development is phenomenal and provides a steamroller of emotions you’ll quickly find yourself crushed beneath. The characters are all realistic and believable which only makes the story that much more intense. There are no fancy effects in this one, it does not pretend to be anything it isn’t. What it is, is a finely written anime that deserves more praise than I can give it in a single blog post and without spoilers. If you enjoy tearjerker shows look no further. Even if you don’t, give this a chance and stick through to the end. I promise you wont be disappointed.