Persona 4 21: Dynamic
It kinda started out as a procedural episode. I thought it would end that way: setting up Nanako’s getting thrown into the Midnight Channel for the next episode. Naoto of course took center stage in this first part.
I had a horrible sense of foreboding when our favorite tomboy detective Naoto got depressed at being too “clinical” about the case and not caring about her new friends, fully expecting that we’d get minutes of Yuu consoling her and scoring even more points. Thankfully, the show didn’t dwell on this at all and just kept going.
And tons of stuff ended up happening!! The Yuu-Dojima-Nanako dynamic in particular reached new heights. I honestly liked this episode so much I don’t really feel like I have anything to say beyond that. I’m wicked curious as to what Nanako’s Shadow will look like. NO SPOILERS!!!
Come to think of it, there is something I’d like to point out..how Adachi came through in the end. Incompetence, you see, is a double-edged sword. We tend to think of it as a negative thing, though. And it’s only natural, especially in the case of a police detective, where incompetence can cost human lives and so forth. But there is a positive side to incompetence. Incompetent people are very often more forgiving than others (I speak of people who are aware of their own incompetence, not the fools running around thinking they’re absolutely perfect). Could you imagine Dojima letting Yuu and co. out of the room in the same situation? Of course not. And yet Adachi did the right thing, not because it was right on a legal or procedural basis, but out of the kindness of his own bumbling incompetent heart. Life situations are often more fluid than competent people make them out to be.