For those unfamiliar with the Persona series, Persona are fighting beings formed from one’s alter ego and summoned to fight Shadows in the alternate/ dream world.
I’d say I did not begin watching Persona 4 with any expectations at all, seeing the Genshin Impact Specialist meme made me curious what Persona 4 was about. Despite these initial expectations, and a slow start, somewhere along I started to enjoy watching it a lot. Episode 14 especially had me realise that I really liked the story telling and had grown to like the characters in it. Skip to spoiler-free if you’re spoiler-concerned.
Princess Elizabeth escapes imprisonment to search for the Seven Deadly Sins, a group of knights who once served the kingdom but were banished for their betrayal. She seeks them to right the country from the tyrannical rule of the Holy Knights. By chance, she encounters one of them, Meliodias, who saves her life and they go on a journey to search for the remaining Seven Deadly Sins.
Mikadono Shougo, son to a rich and powerful company chairman, has to attend school to find a girl he is serious on before he can inherit the company. On his father’s funeral, a mysterious girl claiming to be his sister says she has come to marry him before disappearing. When he attends his new school, he finds out that his sister might be amongst the girls around him. How will he choose when he is not sure who is his sister?
A doctor on the run from the neat west side finds refuge in the chaotic east of Shinjuku ward. Kabukichou, where neon lights, pink elephants, petty thieves and gangs run rampant. What happens when the doctor enters Pipe Cat, a bar where all the best detectives gather? The doctor’s name is John H. Watsons. A modern story taking bits of our favourite mystery genre characters into anime.
A hikkikomori, fit, single-child boy who stopped going to school one day after failing to make friends, experiences nausea after leaving a convenience store and the world distorts. He is sent to another world where spirits and demihumans exist. He starts with no offensive powers, but soon finds that he has an ability Return by Death. He uses this to escape the dead ends and try to prevent the bad ends of the people around him. Watch as he supports Emilia, a scorned and feared half-elf, in her journey to be king, and as the story of the Jealous Witch unfolds.
Ohana, a Tokyo high school girl, who had been living alone with her single mom has no choice but to relocate to her grandmother’s inn when her mom decides to leaves with her boyfriend. There, she experiences working as a waitress, and finds a place for herself at Kissui Inn.
Tatsuhiro Satou is a hikkikomori, one who secluses himself at home and finds it difficult to have a job or go out of the house. He meets a strange girl, Misaki, who for unknown reasons, schedules meetings with him to help solve his ‘hikkikomorism’. Yamazaki is his new neighbour, a previous kouhai of his who is an otaku and not very socially accepted. Watch as our characters struggle with life and as they overcome their anxieties.
Tanjiro, son of a humble woodcutter, returns from town to find his family slaughtered mercilessly. The work of demons, this also turns his sister into a demon. He sets out on a journey as a demon slayer, one who hunts demons, and to find a way to cure his sister.
A traveller with a mask is found injured, and a nearby village takes him in. In this village, animal tails and ears are common, and they have no qualms taking care of him until he recovers. The man found that he could not remove his mask, and mysteriously, cannot remember a thing. The Elder names him Hakuoro, and soon he finds himself embroiled in a battle to defend his new-found home and village from enemies abroad.