A friend in need’s a friend indeed, a friend who’ll tease is better
|Whoa, December already? Where did November go? Anyways, so it IS Rise’s episode! I wonder how her arrival will affect the balance of Yu’s giant harem composed of every single Persona character shown thus far. (Yes, even Dojima and Igor.)|
|This week I have to actually do more than just throw in some screencaps and words at the end ahaha. Karakuri will be picking up Chihayafuru from now on so you might see me taking over summaries occasionally. We’ll see how much free time we both have! Each week will be like a surprise! WHO WILL YOU GET?!?!|
If A happens, then B will follow. If you are watching Persona, then there will be a Velvet Room segment. I will now just scream VELVET ROOM at you at the beginning of every post and then move on. This week, we are introduced to Rise (aka Risette) who is a famous idol known for her singing, acting and modeling prowess. Despite having everything, she’s so unhappy with the celebrity life that he tells her agent she’s going to quit just before what is now her last performance. This performance is now this episode’s OP song! Risette overload!
Risette quits her job as an idol and goes back to Inaba, which is where her family owns a traditional tofu store. The whole town is very excited for her arrival since, well, the most lively thing they’ve got going on is a glorified Wal-Mart. Rise tries to play it cool, disguising herself with glasses as she goes shopping (best animu disguise in the book). She starts to fear that she’s being stalked, but it’s just Yu trying to give her back her cellphone. It’s only after the odd encounter that Yu happens to see her on the news and thus connects the dots that he just met the famous idol, Risette.
The Investigation team of persona users have a mini meeting to discuss the current situation, deducing that Rise should be next if the pattern is “people who are on TV that reside in Inaba.” Sounds legit, right? Sure enough, they see a fuzzy version of Rise in a bikini on television that night, meaning she is in some serious trouble if they don’t do anything. After one more discussion at school, they all agree on talking to Rise and warning her about TVs. GIRL, DON’T GO NEAR NO TVS, OKAY? A flawless plan if there ever was one.
Investigation and legs go together so well
Rise ends up attracting a huge mass of fans to the tofu store, so they’re all out of stock by the time the rag-tag investigation team arrives. They go inside anyways to warn her regardless (and check out her body). She insists that the girl on Midnight Television wasn’t her, so they just give her some very vague advice to NOT GO NEAR KIDNAPPERS and leave with some tofu fritters. Dojima and Adachi give them the evil eye as they leave, wondering how the hell some rascals could get a better grasp of Inaba’s dangerous situation than a detective working hard on the case.
Give up and go home? NEVER! It’s time for more quality stalking in the form of 5 people crouching behind a car and eating take-out. Adachi even joins in, as he was ordered by Dojima to keep an eye on Rise as well. The stalking pays off, as they spot another stalker in front of them who is following Rise. Without any hesitation, Yosuke, Kanji and Chie tackle him to the ground for Adachi to arrest him. However, that was a bit too easy for things to be over just yet.
In the midst of the chaos, Yu takes rise to a safe place by the riverbank. Rise confides in Yu that the idol Risette isn’t the real her, just a side of her she created for showbiz. Yu cheers her up by making paper cranes with her, and they eventually return back to the shopping district once they’re sure the “criminal” is caught. However, they don’t think this is the real deal. The next day, the Investigation Team has a rooftop meeting to discuss Midnight Television. They notice that a fuzzy picture of the person about to be kidnapped appears before the variety show, making them wonder if the TV is showing the killer’s thoughts of who he wants to target before he actually throws them into the TV.
Somewhere out there, a hobo is very sad his precious magazine is being destroyed.
Yu spots Rise on the way home and he naturally ends up walking home with her. SKILLS. Anyways, they have to go around the side and climb over a fence to avoid the rabid paparazzi that is following Rise around. They run around like fugitives until they inevitably come across people with cameras waiting outside of her house. She has to go back eventually, so it’s expected. Instead of trying to get home, she’s distracted by her agent suddenly appearing and begging her to come back to her job as an idol. She refuses him firmly, but starts to waver when he tells her that a girl named Kanami is taking her place in the movie that she was supposed to star in. When Yu picks up on this and points out her hesitation to her, she just lashes out at him and runs away crying. And Yu realized he didn’t understand woman that day.
Bonus Magazine At the Riverbank:
Oh, I think I’ll know what I’ll FIND if you just move that text censor hurr hurr hurrrrr
Persona game players, let’s see if you can spot a familiar figure in this screencap!
Now is not the time to practice your Olympic diving!
Yosuke, please make more faces and hopefully one of them will stick. Then I can laugh at you forever.
Random high school students: 1, Police who have had years of training and experience: 0. Yep. Just a typical day in an anime show. This episode!! I was super impressed by the fact that they included a random concert scene…. Even if it was extremely low budget animation and not all that exciting. (Aren’t concert scenes supposed to be where you use up all of the good animation, leaving the rest of the episode pale in comparison?). Even the song wasn’t all that exciting…. Wait. Why did this impress me again? Anyways, the whole Risecchi (…I think that’s how you romanise it? …Risechie? Risechi?) thing while reading Risette the whole time kind of threw me off (as did hearing every single one of Kugamiya’s characters ALL AT THE SAME TIME because she used her trademark tsundere voice for this role), but whatever. If you couldn’t tell from me talking in earlier episodes, Rise is my favourite character from P4, so this entire arc has me excited.
That being said, this episode probably reflects a lot of real life idol problems. I mean, of course they have to deal with stalkers and mobs/television people wanting to know every thing about everything in their lives. Imagine how annoying that would be. Though Yu was pretty awesome to Rise this episode (stalking aside XD.That was hilarious. ). Though I don’t think telling some stranger that you think her phone charm looks delicious is always the best course of action. Also, his crane making was pretty useful. Guys, take note. Origami gives you swag. Them cranes be pimpin’.
So anyways, back to the episode. They set aside a pretty long time to show off Rise’s character. I mean, an entire episode happened and all we found out was that Rise was an idol with a bunch of idol problems. I’m pretty sure that all of the characters had other issues addressed in their episodes, but this one focused mainly on Rise (aside from some investigation team stuff). …If you couldn’t tell, I don’t have much to say other than I like Rise, stuff happened, nothing much was accomplished. Next episode should be interesting though. I can’t wait to read some of the viewer’s reactions to Rise’s Shadow. If Kanji’s Shadow was any indication, the next Shadow will be …amusing.
Holy crap, that was an awesome episode. I loved how the anime still incorporated what happens in the game such as catching the stalker and part of her social link (Rise was my waifu. Well, ONE of them…) while providing a boatload of new stuff. Most notably..DAT SPECIAL OPENING SONG! You may or may not know this, but I am a sucker for crazy anime dances, so I was really impressed. This may be my favourite episode after the Kanji episode! It’s just one of those episodes where everything clicked into place, the pacing was perfect, and the drama wasn’t forcefully explained within the span of 2 minutes.
I really like the relationship dynamic of Yu and Rise – as either friends or something more. At this point, just as friends. Yu, with the emotional range of a rock, couldn’t really care less about whether he makes friends with an idol or an average girl. That sort of unconditional acceptance and lack of prejudice is perfect for Rise. Rise is getting used to him, although I’m not sure if she even considers him a friend yet with those vicious mood swings. She’s really lax around him too, even when in a good mood. She’s not blushing or tripping all over herself. You can’t have EVERY girl fall for that swag on day zero, right? Based on the game though…I might just have to eat my words on her being classy and just enjoying his company as a friend. BUT FOR NOW…I’m glad Rise is confiding so much in him and that it’s not going to be so easy for Yu to break down her defenses and find out what she really feels about herself and Risette. It’s no fun when you solve a problem in one episode (*cough* Naoki). It’s much more satisfying to build it up, have a bit of fighting, and slowly come to an understanding.
Ah, right, Rise aside there is actually a mystery going on! I should talk about that! You can tell that by the end of this episode that Rise is kidnapped, based on her phone being on the ground at the end and the preview. That confirms the stalker wasn’t the killer, although I’m sure we all knew it wouldn’t be over just like that. At the very least, we’re finally getting back on track with the killings as opposed to OMG CAMPING TRIP!!!111one!! I can’t wait to see how they’ll deal with the rest of the mystery – I hope it’s handled as well as the little mini dramas with all of Yu’s friends. Are you guys glad the mystery is back in focus, or do you like Persona as a comedy more? Or do you like a mix? Personally I like the mix, even if it makes the murders seem a bit less serious or tense. So far so good though, and this was an excellent episode. More video game adaptations of this caliber need to be looked into. It can be done well with just a bit of effort! You show them, Persona!
Preview: Rise’s dungeon…home of the shadow clone technique. Naruto would be proud.
Shhhh, I know this isn’t from the preview, but it’s not like you can see anything in those screencaps anyways