I don’t know if I’m amused or embarrassed by Persona 4 fandom’s reaction to the anime. They seem to be so quick to criticize, and don’t want to pay any attention to what was done right. I’m having eerie flashbacks to Umineko over here…
Yeah yeah, my rushed gimp skills could be better. Point is, for what Umineko was being crammed into, it was a decent adaptation. There are a lot of terrible adaptations out there if people want something to whine about. There’s a billion novels turned into movies, and heck, just watch Disgaea (although admittedly fab Prinnys) and get back to me.
When it comes to Persona 4 The Animation, I’m of three thoughts. 1.) It’s not perfect. 2.) They have changed things. 3.) Episode 2 was damn fantastic.
I’m kinda glad they addressed this. Not that I have an obsession with Yousuke peeing or anything, but in the game Persona 4, he doesn’t get to pee, days past, and Yousuke talks about how badly he needs to pee again. I was left wondering if he waited four days to pee or something.
I’ve heard negative comments about changes in the Yousuke shadow battle such as Yousuke didn’t pass out, blah blah blah. In my opinion, this worked so much better. If it had been done exactly as it was in the game, Yousuke’s shadow would just sit there while our hero pounded him with his Persona. Plus, more people laugh about how stupid the shadow looked then anything else. With the shadow jumping around and taunting Yousuke, that shit was actually creepy. Turning on the TVs to rub the salt in wounds made a powerful touch. Plus, it all came together really well, and made a lot more sense then “We’ll beat it up and all the sudden so and so will come to again and suddenly be willing to face their true self–usually with help with encouragement from yours truly.” Don’t get me wrong, what works for the video game makes for a fun game. However, this format was more entertaining in tv form.
One thing I’m enjoying in the show that’s the opposite of the game is that the show is leaning heavily on showing and relying on the viewers to connect the dots rather then telling. Persona 4 is essentially a visual novel/dating sim with RPG elements. Thus, they everything is explained to you in detail. Usually multiple times. To the point that as much as I love the game, I want to chuck my controller through the screen.
I really like being showing better then telling for a tv show. Otherwise, everything was better in this episode then the first. Better animation, better characterization, and so forth. It still has a rushed feeling, but at least the episode is better paced. I have to admit, despite the show pushing ChiexYousuke, and toning down the YousukexProtag relationship that was suppose to make Yousuke seem like your best bud–but just like you knew the plot in detail, the game used every chance it could to let you know how close you and Yousuke were–I keep snickering exactly the way I do when playing this game.
Honest guys, I may have critqued Persona 4 a lot, but I really do love the game. I also love the bitching OP introduced in this episode.