Persona 25: Nikon called…
Are the methodical sequences in this episode effective? You get the beholder thing saying something while the shot focuses on Yuu, then Yuu rejects the statement, and his Persona charges forth. Next you get the beholder talking again while we’re looking at Yosuke, and then Yosuke’s Persona smashes into the beholder. Etc etc. Later Yosuke yells “Yuu” and his Persona powers up. Then Yukiko yells “Yuu” and her Persona powers up. Then Chie yells “Yuu” and so forth. (OK, I lied. Later on Rise says “Yuu-sempai” and the tomboy detective says “Sempai” and Care Bear says “Sensei”, so there is some variation hooray). Geez, I get that you’re trying to build an epic moment by this ritual-like repetition, but I’ve think you’ve overdone it.
It’s not clear to me if the Shadow people, as they wander aimlessly in their brave new world, would actually dream that they were having the time of their lives? Is that what the fog god said? Because if it is, well, darn, that’s not bad now is it. This “truth” is better than “dreams” bit is so old in anime. It seems to me like every anime I look there’s a kid shouting “life sucks sometimes, but that’s what makes it cool, man!” Look, life beats fiction, duh, but we’re speaking about the good life here. The question is: if you have a choice between a rotten life and fiction which do you pick? And that’s not as cut and dried as these kids seem to think. Kids will be kids I guess.
Last ranty bit: what’s with anime these days having horrible “warm fuzzy feeling but terribly incompetent” vocals when the final battle erupts?! The Eva movie gave us a horrible sample of that (and no, I’m not talking about Hikki’s song how dare you even think that, I speak of the other one!!), do we look up to Eva so much that we have to imitate even the horrible mistakes it does?
My disappointment on the shipping front is titanic. Poor Chie, poor everyone really. I didn’t realize we were playing by K-On! rules here.
That last one was too short to be a rant. Anyway, other than all of these things I really enjoyed this episode. Adachi’s talk in the first third was very pleasing to the ear (good voice acting) and the fog lens thing was definitely cool.