Persona 4 13: And the Love of Yuu’s Life will be…
Criticism 1: Comment about bringing smiles to people’s faces is so corny it should be illegal.
Criticism 2: Is slowly taking off your sunglasses cool? Sure, it might be. Is basing your new OP around it cool? No!
Criticism 3: The Velvet Room scenes. Here we are in episode 13 and there has been absolutely no effort to integrate this into the story. I realize this is following the game’s cues, but the game had an excuse: the velvet room is where you switch around your settings and all. In an anime, you need to connect this stuff sooner.
Thoughts: To even determine how I feel about this episode is giving me a headache. The writers are very clever. They rearrange what happens in the game (which is of course 100% first-person, centered on Yuu) so that we have a mystery that needs solving. The problem is of course that you can only appreciate the cleverness if you played the game, and that’s a big drawback in my opinion. I just can’t shake the feeling that this entire project is geared toward people who’ve played the game, and yet I can’t convince myself that I’m right, because it doesn’t make any sense for this anime to willingly restrict itself to that population.
Anyway, I did enjoy the episode and am especially looking forward to the next one!
P.S. The thing that that disturbed me personally, as a Chie fan, was how she gave up on Yuu so easily when it looked like he was going out with several older women. I know this won’t make some people happy, but the only one that seemed to care was Rise! I think a Rise x Yuu ending is not out of the question…