“Ahh, I’m fantasizing about you washing my back in nothing but a towel.” “Cool. Me too.”
|It feels good to be back from…whatever Karakuri told you I was doing. Wrestling bears? Well, no one questioned it so I guess it was believable enough. But there is a time for laying a beat down on wildlife and a time for blogging with my comrade, and now it is time to WRITE ABOUT CRAZY PERSONA SHENANIGANS!|
|OC, you’re back! I hope you knocked out a few bears for me while you were gone… Anyways, back to Persona and the aftermath of the Cultural Festival.|
VR. Margaret sings and it sounds kind of like this song from Persona 2. She also mentions her little sister (what?! Not her little brother?), but for whether or not they’ll give Elizabeth a cameo, your guess is as good as mine. The cultural festival is officially over and Nanako and Dojima show up. Nanako visited the fortune teller, who told Nanako that he onii-chan is a gigolo and then Dojima hands Nanako off to Yu since he has work. Yukiko invites Nanako and Yu over, which results in everyone else inviting themselves over as well.
At the inn, the team gets to see Yukiko in action and she’s pretty good at what she does. In the guy’s room, they wonder what’s wrong with the room since it looks expensive, yet isn’t being used in the busy season (not to mention that there’s a talisman to ward off evil hanging on the wall). However, before anything frightening can happen, they’re called that the bath is open to them.
Meanwhile on the girl’s side of things, they’re in the bath and they uh, act like typical anime girls in a bath. …Until Kuma and the guys show up that is. The girls then start throwing stuff to make them leave, but when they do, Yukiko remembers that is IS the men’s time for the bath and she made a mistake AHAHAHAHA. Afterwards, Yukiko has to go deal with a TV station while the guys play ping pong to forget their depression. The TV station wants her to star in some sort of reality TV show based on her inn (or more like her in a bath) to attract customers, but Yukiko completely refuses. Then everyone shows up and Nanako asks if Kuma and Yu are perverts causing them to be the ones depressed this time.
Learn from their mistakes…GIRLS ARE SCARY!
In their room, the guys finally remember that they’re staying in the same room that Yamano stayed in before she died and they keep hearing a woman crying. With that, Kuma decides that they should sneak into the girl’s room. Which goes okay until they notice that it’s not the girl’s room, but instead, Noriko and Hanako’s room. Then things go to hell. After that ordeal, most of the team sleeps and Yu talks to Yukiko after he finds her in the hallway. Yukiko talks about her time in the TV world and how after she broke free of her cage, she realised that she really does care about the inn. Yu says that Yukiko looked cool telling the TV station to go away. The episode ends with Yu getting a threat letter telling him to stop saving people.
All in favour of an orgy at Yukiko’s?!?!
I bet Yosuke wants to trade his man-magnet skills for Naoto’s girl-magnet skills
“It was a pleasure peeping with you, men. But I’m afraid our time is up now…”
All bishie’d up, and no girl to bone
The comedic episodes usually elicit a chuckle or a smirk at the very least, but this week I was poker faced. Almost all of the jokes were taken exactly from the game with a few changes in delivery and other minor factors. Any originality thrown in to spice things up was a flop as well. I simply didn’t find it funny. I enjoyed the Inn portion of the story the first time I came across it in the game though, so it could be my “never watch or play anything twice” disorder flaring up. I get bored when I know what’s going to happen. “BUT WHY ARE YOU WATCHING AN ADAPTATION THEN?!” you scream at your computer screen, hoping I can somehow hear you. Well, up until now the original presentation and shifting events has been enough to keep me entertained. They just dropped the ball this episode, and I hope they get back into the flow next week.
There is one good thing about the direction things are going, and that’s the involvement of a “part 2″ of each Investigation Member’s social link. Yu already has the cards for everyone on the team, so I thought they had pretty much covered the entirety of the social link. But last week Rise had her social link topped off, and this week Yukiko did too. I wonder if the other characters will get the same treatment in the final stretch of the show, because it’s definitely a good idea to let your main characters develop. The development in Persona is all a bit contrived (they develop over the course of like…a DAY. gg with the pacing, guys) but it makes things feel more complete to see the team finally coming to terms with themselves yet a second time after defeating their shadows. They also get closer to Mr. Gigolo Narukami, which is always a good thing. Especially Yosuke. Show ▼
I heaved a sigh of great relief during the preview, because episode 21 looks like it’s finally touching base again with the more plot-heavy aspects. As Karakuri mentions in her end thoughts, there’s still a lot to cover. It may be wishful thinking on my behalf – but from episode 21 and onwards, things should take a more serious tone until the finale. I think this series might have benefited from cutting out some scenes and even some social links. If they had just focused on Yu interacting with his teammates and maxing their social links, I would have been fine. It all depends on how frantic the final stretch of the series is.
Well that was, uh… interesting. I’m more concerned with the pacing now more than anything that happened this episode. Just how are they going to fit in the next part? From the looks of things, this is going to be a 2 episode ordeal, yet game-wise there’s still a quarter of the game left to cover if not more. Especially if they’re going the ‘true’ route (which I assume that they are or else I’ll be very disappointed). I wouldn’t be so worried if they hadn’t used up an entire episode on just the trip to the Amagi Inn, because I can guarantee you that nothing plot important happened here except for maybe Yukiko’s talk with Yu near the end. My hopes of seeing Yu having that epic optional battle with Margaret are slowly fading…
Though I guess from a different point of view, this was a good comedic episode since Persona gets pretty srs bsns from here on. I can’t believe that Margaret called Yu a gigolo (it’s funny because it’s true). It was cute seeing Naoto and Nanako become closer too. NO ONE CAN DENY THE MOE. The part of Yukiko’s social link that they chose to show here was well done. It didn’t feel rushed and it fit pretty well into what was going on. Of course we’d see Yukiko doing her job at her inn, but they built up to it well… I still don’t know what my problem with last episode’s character development is since they built up to that too.
Why is it that the female side of the investigation team (or more like Chie and Yukiko) annoyed the crap out of me in the game (well, more so at the beginning of the game), but here I think that they’re hilarious? It probably had a lot to do with me being used to the more serious Yukari and Mitsuru from P3 and then playing P4 and seeing the not always serious Yukiko and Chie, but yeah. All of the parts where I felt bad for the guys before, I seem to find hilarious here. Like that bath scene where the guys walked in and it wasn’t there fault. In any case, the anime keeps reminding me of why I liked the game so much.
Preview: Finally, some srs bsns.