Kero kero ke~~
|Team Karacool, reporting for duty! Episode 2 of Persona presents some nice surprises, such as a new OP and ED song. They’re dripping style out of every orifice, like a toad covered in slime….I am getting worse at metaphors these days. Hm. It’s best we move on then.|
|IT’S BAAAAAAAACK~!!!!! So if you couldn’t tell, my enthusiasm from last episode still hasn’t worn off and I’ve been extremely excited all week. You don’t even want to know how many times I’ve listened to Backside of the TV waiting for this. Excitement aside, on to the episode.|
So once again, Persona starts off in a blue limo with Igor and Margaret talking about destiny. They tell Yu that his ability ‘Wild Card’ has been awakened and they give him a key to the Velvet Room so that he can enter on his own now. However, none of this is important when compared to the SEXY NEW OPENING.
This is a key that has no use to you, because you are not playing a video game
It’s a new day in Inaba, and there’s another dead body hanging from the telephone lines. However, Persona rewinds to the previous day to the conclusion of Yu and company’s adventure in the television. So after Yu saves everyone, they all go to the bear demanding answers. The bear blames them for agitating the shadows though and summons a bunch of TVs, pushes the three into them and sends them back. Lord knows how they even managed to fit through those tiny screens. Anyways, Yu recognises a poster of Hiiragi Misuzu as the same poster from the noose room. The rest of the characters just decide to ignore this and pretend the whole day never happened. Productive!
So back (or forward I guess) to the 15th, a creepy guy asks Yukiko if she wants to hang out. She says no though (not even realising that he was asking her on a date) and so he stalks away. Talking about this later somehow gets Yosuke on the subject of his crush on Saki and how she’s been missing for the past couple days. Later on, they learn that she died mysteriously and was the corpse shown hanging earlier.
Urrgahh…I think I got an eyelash in my eye, do you see it? Do you see it?
Yosuke is depressed and then tells Chie and Yu that he thought he saw her on the Midnight Channel the night before. He concludes with a theory that the TV world has something to do with the murders that have been happening lately, so he wants to explore it again.
Yosuke has the brilliant idea to tie a lifeline to himself this time (I don’t even want to know how he got that rope) so he doesn’t get lost in the fog (since he doesn’t have the same sexy fog resistant glasses that Yu has). Yu decides to join him, so Chie gets to hold the rope while the two explore. However, the idea isn’t that well thought out and when the two enter the TV, the rope cuts off.
So Yosuke and Yu are thrown into the same place they were before and they meet with (screw it, I’m just going to use his name even though he hasn’t been formally introduced) Teddie again. Long story short, Teddie blames them for throwing the people into the TV before the fog lifts. This is significant because the fog lifts in the TV world the same time the real world gets foggy and Yamano and Saki both died on foggy days. Also, when Yosuke pulls off Teddie’s face to see who’s inside, it’s empty. Yu helps Teddie put his head back on and this somehow makes Teddie trust the two. He also makes them promise to help him solve the mystery.
So Yosuke gets sexy glasses as well and they explore what looks like Inaba on a drug trip. Teddie says that he last saw a girl around there and confirms it was Saki when Yosuke shows him a photo he probably took while stalking her on his phone. As they approach the liquor store that Saki’s parents run, they start to hear voices complaining about how Saki is working at Junes, which is running her family’s store out of business. Inside, they find the movie ticket Yosuke gave her ripped up and Saki’s voice is heard. However, she says that she was only nice to Yosuke since he was the manager’s son and he took it the wrong way. Yosuke gets upset saying that it has to be a lie and there’s suddenly evil laughter.
Another Yosuke (with glowing yellow eyes) appears from the shadows saying that everything is a pain in the ass. Yosuke (glowing eyes) says that he’s Yosuke’s true self and that he only came into the TV because he hates living in the country where there’s nothing to do. Yosuke (non glowing eyes) yells that the glowing eye’s Yosuke isn’t him.
Yosuke, hey, hey Yosuke. You’re a butthead. EHEHEHEHE.
Shadow Yosuke then turns into… well, a shadow and Yu saves all of their asses with Izanagi. While the fight goes on, Shadow Yosuke taunts himself (…. That sounds weird) by saying that his cheerful personality is a lie. Yosuke gets even more upset, causing more shadows to gather. Yu then bitchslaps punches Yosuke by ‘mistake’, causing him to instantly calm down. He tells Yosuke that if his feelings for Saki were real, then that’s good enough. Yosuke admits that the things his Shadow said were true and he accepts the Shadow as part of himself. The Shadow turns into a Persona and so Yosuke has the almighty power of the animated cut-ins as well. And it’s all thanks to bromance.
Back in the real world, Chie is still in Junes holding onto the rope and she starts crying when they get back unharmed. She makes them owe her steak and other meat related foods and forgives them. Later, Yosuke and Yu walk home and Yosuke says that he thinks they can find the murderer if he’s with Yu. Even later, Yu and Nanako watch Yukiko get interviewed on the TV about her mother’s inn. Even more later, someone is shown to be running on the Midnight Channel.
Chie feels neglected
Extra Tarot Cards:
“Everyone hates you and your hair looks like a fuzzy llama!” “NOO NO, ANYTHING BUT LLAMA COMPARISONS!!!”
“Please, please, please Yosuke, can I keep him, please?!?!”
Uh..you can let go now.
…This post is late because of THINGS. Loading times to be exact. The writing took us no time at all, but the bloody screencaps…oh God, I’d rather wrestle a gator or two than go through that again. Anyways, now were finally getting into a good groove of mixing in TV-spelunking and mystery solving. I found the first episode kind of tossed the mystery element out of the window in favour of racing towards more action, so it’s good that it’s actually explaining things for the non-Persona players this episode. In the game, they have meetings where they simply discuss everything they’ve found out until that point, and I think the anime would benefit from that. At first I was hoping they’d cut it out, but I don’t think the events are being told coherently enough for the story to go well without those little meetings to clear everything up.
People are seen on Midnight Television, they disappear into the TV realm, and then their shadow kills them in that order specifically. That’s all the facts for now, I’m not going to slip in hints. But the main focus of this episode was really Yosuke confronting his shadow and gaining his Persona. I really like when they have to confront their shadows, and you end up learning a lot about that character that you never thought would be true. As Karakuri will mention, they did a good job making the showdown emphasize Yosuke accepting his darker side and becoming stronger because of it. In the game, you just want more of your stupid friends to get Personas so they can finally pull their weight and fight. You have no control over anyone in an anime, so you just cheer on their development for the sake of their development as opposed to getting a shiny new ability.
While the pacing and even the animation improved a bit (there’s still some derp screenshots, but way less), Yu hasn’t really shown any inclination towards getting a soul. He’s a lifeless doll going through the emotions and helping friends he doesn’t even seem to really care for. But he’s got nothing else to do, so he might as well stay on everyone’s good side, right? He just comes across as horribly insincere and devoid of emotion given the circumstances. If trying to play the “oh, he’s just the character that isn’t phased by anything!” card is their major attempt to give him an ounce of oomph, then they clearly need to rethink what makes a good anime character. Also, was Kuma ALWAYS this annoying? I never liked him much, but his whining and futile attempts to be cute are sickening. Give him less lines and give Yu more lines, and I’ll be a happy woman.
This episode had a disturbing lack of Nanako. But anyways, Yu has a bit of courage now! …How the hell did he get that? He’s been folding cranes. He should have diligence instead. ANYWAYS, I must say that the whole Yosuke’s shadow scenario was much more interesting here than in the game. They way they used the entire area for the battle was pretty neat and from the TV screens and Yosuke’s reaction, you really got the sense that he was fighting his inner demons. Waaay more interesting than just having him faint or whatever he did in the game. Also, they seem to have moved away from making the Persona battles less game-like/turn based and more fluid.
….Has Yosuke always had eyelashes? Or are those just lines under his eyes? Either way, they’re distracting as hell. Anyways, they kind of gave Yu a personality this episode, so that was nice. They made him kind of …how do I put it…. oblivious? He has pretty much zero reaction to everything strange and accepts things pretty fast in the game, so they kind of made a point of that in the anime through the other character’s reactions. Plus he had more lines. I also realised this episode how stupid Yosuke’s plan with the rope was (well I thought it was stupid in the first place, but this made it even more so). Just how the hell would Chie explain why she was holding a rope that led into the TV? And how did no one notice her just sitting there while she waited for the guys to come back?
I didn’t mention this last episode, but I absolutely love what they did with the Midnight Channel here. I think they only showed it once or twice through an anime cut scene in the game, but I can really understand here how they have a hard time figuring out who it is. In the game, they would have the character’s silhouette there, but from the body posture it was totally obvious who it was. Er, what I’m trying to say is that the anime is doing good at keeping things a mystery. The only thing I’m still a bit iffy about is pacing. Sure, someone who’s played the game before would find the pacing okay (if not slow), but for someone who’s never even played Persona, it’s probably pretty confusing. At least I wish they would explain a bit more so that new people aren’t left in the dark (…and dislike the Persona series as a whole because of it).
Preview: Tired of all the bromance? Next is some sismance! …Assuming they get that far.