Persona 4 15 / Mouretsu Pirates 3: The Truth
Was it alcohol that the kids drank that night? Yes, it was.
We’ve seen this all before. Shows have episodes with underage drinking all the time (I can’t remember a single example right now but trust me, they do). This allows the shows to explore all sorts of characters’ relations and frictions, the underbelly of the beast as it were. But of course underage drinking is bound to upset the censors, so the writers have to put in a disclaimer at the end: it wasn’t alcohol at all!! This is as silly as the ending to Dorian Grey.
But here’s the deal, to do the trope correctly you have to create a misunderstanding. Yukiko, for one, should have been told that she was drinking alcohol before she “got drunk”. But she wasn’t. Yukiko thought it was a regular drink, otherwise she wouldn’t have even taken a sip. And yet the drink got her drunk. Therefore, this was truly alcohol and not a soft drink QED.
The only evidence we have against this not being alcohol is Naoto’s statement? Are we really going to believe Naoto??!! Of course not. Fine, the detective can take his liquor. We wouldn’t expect less of Naoto, now would we.
I loved this episode. Chie seems well on her way to becoming Yuu’s girl, there’s a hint of returning darkness at the end of the episode, there’s a fantastic love triangle developing (Teddie, Yosuke and Kanji), God’s in his heaven, etc etc.
Now, this thing on the other hand…
I couldn’t bring myself to comment on anyone’s posts on this episode because I’d just end up soiling their comment threads. I was bored, end of story.