Persona 4 06: Blush
First, allow me to vent a little: HOW COME THE ONE SHOW I LIKE THIS SEASON IS THE ONE THAT ALMOST NO ONE IS WATCHING??? AHHHRGH#!$!@!!!!!!!
OK, thanks. Anyway, I get the sense that the art and animation are becoming more stable, meaning hopefully that the crew problems the project was facing are being solved.
Nanako is a sweet girl, isn’t she? The first half of this episode managed to condense a lot of Nanako moments in the game into a nice, short and sweet narrative that does the job of establishing Nanako’s strong character and her increasing affection and reliance on Yu.
There’s a lot of blushing in this episode. Nanako blushes because of Yu, Kanji blushes because of mysterious boy, Yukiko blushes because of Yu, Kanji blushes because of Chie and Yosuke. You have to listen to what Yukiko says very carefully in order not to misread her. At no point does she even hint at being interested in Yu. She’s just really happy to have male friends (and to be more like Chie because of it). Thankfully, Yu is an ultra-perceptive cool dude and he doesn’t do anything stupid like ask Yukiko out here [like I would have in his situation, setting up a great big disaster later on!!].
The chasing scene [an anime original, I think] was awesome, especially Yosuke’s comments. Through most of the show so far Yosuke has been playing the boke, but here Chie turns into the boke and he does a wonderful tsukkomi (see here). And Yu keeps impressing me with his deadpan humor. I can’t believe that two beef bowls cost 1800 yen, though! I used to get one for 350 yen or so, surely prices can’t have risen that high in 10 years??
Kanji is an awesome character, but that’ll be a topic for the next episode, which is going to rock!! I love the way Yu responds at the very end, when he sees a sweaty, loinclothed Kanji on the Midnight Channel. “Nai wa” he says, a very simple, soft and understated way of saying “That can’t be” or “It’s impossible”. Yu always knows what to say and how to say it. I do envy him.