I’m not sure I’m feeling the “love and peace” here, buddy.
|From one cliffhanger to another…If you can’t take waiting, you might wanna wait until 23 comes out, because this cliffhanger is a real doozy. Not that I really care since I usually forget about cliffhangers 2 minutes after watching something. Knowing how this ends because of the game helps too.|
|Well it’s that time of week again and instead of doing anything productive, I’m currently being distracted by Harvest Moon. …I mean, it’s a game about farming. WHY IS THIS SO ADDICTING? A-anyways, on to Persona.|
VR. So after desperately chasing after Nanako inside the TV, the team finds that Nanako’s world looks like heaven. That thought is cut short though since they see Namatame off with Nanako and they chase after them. Not long after, they catch up and Namatame goes on a rant about how he’s going to save Nanako. The team tries to make sense of his babbling, but all he says is that he wanted to save everyone since the TV would send him signs. He then lifts her up kind of like the first scene from the Lion King, only 100 times creepier and he himself transforms into a Shadow.
In rage mode, Yu runs to attack Namatame, but he suddenly stops and attacks his teammates instead. Instead of realising the obvious fact that Yu is being controlled, the team just sits there being attacked, wondering what’s wrong. Rise figures out what’s going on and informs the team, but Yu is pretty much the master of Persona, so nothing they do works. However, the power of Nanako prevails and Yu is freed from Namatame’s control slightly. Yu saves Nanako from an untimely fall and everything is good again. …However, now Namatame takes control of Yu’s friends instead and they all attack him which results in a giant explosion. However, all is well because Yu is saved by Shenron from Dragonball a new Persona, Kohryu. Kohryu lifts Namatame’s control on everybody else and together they defeat Namatame.
When they get out, Nanako isn’t doing too well since the fog and being exposed directly to Shadows probably wasn’t that good for her. Nanako is hospitalized and so is Nanatame. Naoto really regrets putting the case before Nanako’s health, but Yu is bro and thanks her for being there. At school, Naoto talks more about it with Yu and says that she just wanted to be needed, so that’s why she put her all into the case. Adachi mentions that Namatame was seen making passes at Saki Konishi before she died too. Though angry, the team is finally done the investigation.
Quality scale from left to right where 10 is Yu and 1 is Aderpchi
Besides Nanako, other things aren’t well though. It’s really foggy in the real world and the glasses make things clear, which means that the fog from the TV is somehow leaking out from there. People are acting paranoid all over as well. Kuma is really worried about Nanako and asks if he can stay in the real world until she recovers, but Yu says that he can stay there forever. With that newly strengthened friendship in mind, the team goes to buy a kotatsu since Yu promised Nanako that they could buy one.
Let’s wash away all the terror with the sweet honey of materialism.
…However, midway through that, Yu gets a phone call from the hospital about Nanako’s condition. The team gets there and we witness a heartbreaking scene of Yu being there for Nanako’s final moments. Dojima doesn’t even get there on time to say goodbye.
Giant lightning bolt sword, flyswatter…, ehhh, close enough.
“Um, do we make out now?” “My sister is in the hospital.” “…so, tomorrow, then?”
Teddie, this is not the time for the “lol wakarimasen” meme
Kids, read every day! It’s fun, makes you smarter, and has a slight chance of teaching you an instant death spell!
That was a really odd, frankenstein-like episode of scenes that were seemingly cobbled together without any rhyme or reason. The first half was for getting Nanako back, which was fine, but the second half was all over the place. It’s hard to focus on any one scene and become immersed in the conversation when all of the conversations are shallow and short. I’m glad they finished Naoto’s social link, but it was boiled down to a round-up where she explicitly says “Oh look how much I have grown!” to make up for the lack of us actually seeing her grow and acknowledge her efforts ourselves. Then there’s the rapid switching between the hospital, Junes, and school. Lastly, and most noticeable of all is the increase in fog. In the game, you play every day without suddenly springing forward in time, meaning you gradually grow suspicious of the fog. It starts off as just a bad stretch of foggy weather before people even think about getting worried. People falling ill and extremists in gas masks only come after the fog persists for an unreasonable amount of time. The sense of dread quietly takes you over whereas in the show…BOOM! CRAZY PEOPLE! I had to laugh at how sudden it was in the grand scheme of things. It’s crunch time, and 25 or so episodes doesn’t seem to be enough to keep up with all this content. I keep flip-flopping over whether I think the ending will be rushed or not, but episode 22 has me a shade more pessimistic than I was before. So I’m in the…dark gray zone…I suppose.
The directing really irked me this week as well. The battle was pretty dull – mostly because it’s the same old tricks (and even the same animation footage being reused). Yu overcame the boss twice because of hearing voices. HEARING VOICES. One of them wasn’t even there, he was just hallucinating! Oh, if only schizophrenia symptoms came in handy in more situations. If only! They’d better switch it up for the last battle, because the persona rotating is officially boring. If they had a higher budget, it would be awesome, but I think they’re breaking piggybanks open just to finish this thing. T_T This week featured more cuts than usual to inanimate objects. When Naoto is pouring her heart out, I think I’d rather stare at her than her fingers. Furthermore, please do not pan up and down an IV drip when I am trying to decipher whether or not a main character is dying. Dying offscreen is reserved for two-bit side characters. I mean, you already focused on her ring breaking for an eternity as she was falling. Symbolism fail :/
Basically, this episode was a mess. The only highlights were Nanako dying and Naoto’s adorable blushing. I know it sounds weird to say Nanako dying was the most joyous feature of the episode, but…well…it was. This was the only time I actually felt the drama. This was a very intense and gripping moment in the game, and I think the anime did a fairly good job getting that across. Aside from the IV drip screentime which, yeah, I snickered at. I’m not heartless, okay! I knew she was going to flatline because of the game, so I didn’t really care. Any of you anime only peeps crying and/or raging?
What better way to grab people’s attention than to kill off the sweetest and most innocent character of the show? Well, you can ask OC, but I had a HUGE freakout when Nanako died… I’m okay now though. Everything is okay. But wow what a way to end an episode those bastards I was not mentally or emotionally prepared for this. …I don’t think I was anywhere near this upset in the game or else I probably would have remembered how this panned out. For some reason I was convinced that she only dies in the bad ending (which is true enough but I don’t want to go into spoilers)… Anyways, uh, yeah. Nanako’s death was/will be absolutely devastating. Just wait until you see it play out on the team.
More great emotions from the team this episode. Not only Yu, but I’m also glad that they dragged out Naoto’s interactions with him rather than just leaving it as “Yeah, I care more about the investigation than you. Sorry about that.” and now that previous scene actually has relevance. I think they made Namatame look more insane as well. I mean, there were some things in the game where I was questioning why the characters weren’t listening to his rambling more, but here their impatience is more justified. I mean, I sure as hell wouldn’t listen to a guy holding a child like that.
I keep worrying about pacing and then not worrying about it. I mean, I thought that this dungeon was going to take an entire episode, but then I forgot about the aftermath about it. …I don’t know. More than anything though, I’m wondering what everyone who didn’t play the game/ knew that this was coming up thought of this whole thing. I mean, I freaked out because of it, but I know what comes next so I’m slightly consoled. Everyone else is in the dark. I-I can’t even think straight right now.
Preview: Well with Nanako out of the picture, I guess it’s Kuma’s turn to become the adorable loli of the show. ….Or not.