“Now tell me quietly and in your own words how all of those panties appeared in your room“
|I’ve been sleeping for 12 hours over the past week…SO TIRED. It’s not like I’ve been doing anything strenuous of late. Could anime be…sapping my strength? Sucking my soul out? DRAINING MY BRAIN POWER? …I can live with that, I suppose. The things I do for animu! *dramatic hand flourish*|
|Well, midterms are over for me and my hand feels like it’s going to fall off. YAY!!!!!! In more Persona related topics, THIS WEEK’S EPISODE. So much DORAMA! …I don’t think I’ve even seen Yu this emotional.|
VR. Naoto has examined the threat letter Yu received in the mail telling him to stop saving people, but she found no clues. The investigation team is worried now, but as Naoto apologises for later, her main concern isn’t Yu’s safety, but instead catching the culprit. Later, Yu takes care of Nanako because she’s ill and they talk about how Yu is going back to the city in the spring. Things go great until Dojima hands Yu another threat letter and reads it over his shoulder. Dojima takes Yu to the station to talk about everything and Yu tells Dojima the truth. Obviously Dojima doesn’t believe him and makes Yu stay at the station overnight.
At Junes, Yosuke gives Kuma a cell phone and shows him how to use it by calling Yu. However, Nanako picks up instead and says that Yu got a weird letter and went to the police station. She hangs up after she goes to answer the door, leaving Yosuke to worry about Yu. Meanwhile, Yu watches the Midnight Television from a TV in the room he’s in and Nanako appears on it. DUN DUN DUNNNNNN.
A TV in an investigation room? Do they torture the suspects with bad reality shows until they confess?
On the phone with Yukiko (or at least I think it was Yukiko), Naoto explains that Nanako appeared on TV indirectly since she was an anonymous student that a politician spoke highly of after visiting her school. Yosuke, Kanji and Kuma appear at the station and inform Dojima and Yu that Nanako has gone missing. Naoto explains that the serial killer took her over the phone and Dojima runs off. Adachi refuses to let any of them leave and then Naoto shows up and says that they should explain the situation just in case the audience hasn’t been paying attention or are too busy flipping desks at the fact that Nanako was kidnapped. She explains that Nanako opened the door by herself and mentioned at the Inn that she never opens the door for strangers. Also, she mentions the speediness that they were all kidnapped, meaning that the culprit had a TV right outside the door and somehow managed to carry it around inconspicuously. With those clues, Yu pieces together that the culprit was as a local deliveryman.
Remember that politician guy Namatame who had an affair at the very beginning of the anime that you’ve most likely forgotten about completely? Well they figure out that he’s the culprit. Adachi is peer pressured into letting Yu go and then there’s an intense car chase that ends in Dojima crashing and Namatame disappearing. In the truck they find a TV and Namatame’s diary which talks about saving people in another world and lists all of the victim’s addresses and names. Yu has to be held back from jumping inside the TV and inside the truck, he finds a letter to him from Nanako congratulating him on scoring the highest in his class and containing a handmade ring. Dojima asks Yu to save Nanako and the episode ends with the team breaking into Junes and heading inside the TV.
SCREENCAPS TO THE RESCUE:
“Onii-chan can you brush my tee-” “OH GOD NO! NOOOOOO!!!” “…?”
Only Kanji could make choking a dude look casual
Heaven! Unless you have pollen allergies.
That is one big-ass cab. Is Yosuke in the trunk or something?
“Dojima, I will avenge your death.” “…I don’t think he’s actually dead ye-” “AVENGE!”
‘Impressed’ doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel this week about Persona. Putting the especially elevated derpy animation to the side, this week’s episode had all the right things in all the right places. This week leaves the cheery humour of episode 20 behind and steamrolls right into the most high-octane action sequences combined with heart-pounding drama. I believe now is as good a time as any to state the obvious: things just got serious. This is one of the few plot-relevant and serious episodes that takes place in the real world as opposed to the TV world. You almost start to forget it’s a case that’s affecting the real world too with all the focus on fighting in dungeons. Seeing how the real world is in shambles because of this kidnapper just adds all the more weight to the situation.
Having Nanako kidnapped hits a bit of a weak spot too. She’s basically sunshine and puppies in human form, which makes it all the more depressing to see her kidnapped. Everyone’s reaction was priceless too. Remember when their idea of stopping the killer was lame stalking and very vague warnings? This time everyone lost their shit and chased down the killer in police cars. A step up on the epic scale, if you ask me. Both the game and the anime made me feel exhilerated as I sat through these scenes. I knew who the killer was, but the way they revealed it in the anime still made me feel the same sense of impending doom. After they said who it was, I felt like I would claw the stuffing out of my couch if they didn’t sprint out there and save Nanako immediately. Such tension! The pacing and amount of explanation was great, although I’m curious how the people who haven’t played the game feel about the pacing and the reveal of the villain. Karakuri touches on the fact that the game hints at Taro much more. Like, HE’S AN NPC. The anime is more subtle, but at the same time I can see how you could roll your eyes at it being a random character that hasn’t been on the show before.
Aside from the crazy car chase and all the drama, another thing that made this episode so emotionally-charged was Yu. If asked to describe Yu in 3 words, I would probably say blunt, caring and stoic. He’s not exactly known for showing emotion. However this week. YO, THIS WEEEEEEEKKK. This week he went wild. He screamed, cried and acted rashly on several occassions. He’s usually the calm, voice of reason. You know things are morbid when even he starts to break down. It just makes the drama feel more real. Everything was really tight this week, although I’m not without a few minor complaints. Can I complain about Adachi for a second? I love Adachi but I find his voice to be as annoying as hell. It’s squeaky and piercing at the same time to the point where it is almost physically painful. It not only kills the mood, but it makes me dislike him – a character I was quite fond of originally in the game. I like his english voice more (I believe it was Johnny Young Bosch). One more thing…if that was their idea of fleshing out Naoto’s social link I will punch someone in the face. DON’T BE A DICK, OKAY? Okay. I’m glad we’re clear people who decide what happens in the show who definitely read these posts and listen to me.
NOOOOOOO NANAKO!!!!! That bastard. Well, I knew this was coming, but I think the animated version has me was more emotional than the game version ever did. Like I said before, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Yu that emotional about anything before. In hindsight, it’s heartwarming how much he cares for Nanako, but I guess now isn’t exactly the right time for heartwarming feelings. The addition of finding the ring and note there was excellent for adding drama as well since it just adds to that feeling of regret Yu is most likely experiencing. I so feel bad for him and Dojima at this point, but I absolutely love what this tragedy is doing with their characters.
If the anime did one thing excellently, it was that it downplayed the whole Namatame thing so that the culprit came out of nowhere. I swear, the game mentioned it so incessantly that even people who didn’t know about the culprit probably caught on that the whole affair thing was more plot important than just some random news story. Another thing this anime did well was the way the characters figured out that the culprit. Persona is pretty bad for it’s long winded conversations in the game, but this explanation didn’t seem too bad. It was too the point and included the necessary information. I don’t know what anyone else thought of it, but I was satisfied.
Well, Persona can only go forwards and onwards from here. I still don’t have a clue how many episodes are going to be in this anime, but it looks like OC was right about the last episode being the last comedy episode since this episode was all serious. I’m no too worried about the pacing anymore since I’m confident that they can finish this in the next episode and then save the last couple ones for the true ending stuff. They would also have time to throw in that final battle preparation that always happens and have Yu talk to everyone again for the ultimate Personas to happen. So yep, good stuff from here!
Preview: Have you ever wondered what Heaven looks like? (Also my 2nd favourite track from the OST should be making an appearance here)