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Anime: Persona 4 Golden: The Animation

"Even familiar landscapes will reveal a different kind of beauty if you change your point of view."
Margaret

Persona 4 Golden: The Animation is the second animated adaptation of the Japanese RPG Persona 4. This adaptation specifically focuses on new material added in Persona 4's Updated Re-release for PlayStation Vita, Persona 4: Golden.

The show is produced by A-1 Pictures, one of the studios that created the animated cutscenes of the original game. It began airing on MBS and TBS starting July 10, 2014.

Previews: Trailer 1

This work contains examples of:

  • The Ace: Yu quite clearly enjoys the perks that come with New Game+.
  • Adaptation Expansion: While Marie was just one of around two dozen Social Links in the game (albeit, also acting as the focus of a short arc after maxing it out (on top of being an aspect of Izanami)), in this adaptation she becomes the focus of the story. This includes having new scenes with Yu that never occurred in the game.
  • Alternate Continuity: Though covering the same basic story of Yu Narukami's time in Inaba, events play out differently in Golden than they do in Persona 4: The Animation. The biggest of these changes is Yu befriending Marie, who was never featured in the first anime, on his first day in town.
    • Also lampshaded in the opening scene of episode 1 by Margaret.
      Margaret: Even familiar landscapes will reveal a different kind of beauty if you change your point of view.
  • Anime of the Game: The second adaptation of Persona 4 (the first being Persona 4: The Animation), and first of Persona 4 Golden.
  • Art Shift: This production was run by A-1, who animated some of the cutscenes for the Persona 4 game. As such, it's art style is closer to the original game than Aniplex's Persona 4: The Animation.
  • Ascended Extra: While Marie was a fairly prominent Social Link in the original Golden (especially if you managed to max it and unlock her dungeon), she's promoted to the Deuteragonist in this adaptation, right behind Yu.
    • Is prominently featured on promotional material right beside the protagonist.
    • Has new scenes with Yu that never occurred in the game.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Seem's like Yu's now taking cues from TTGL, because the first time he summons Izanagi it appears in this pose, complete with a Sword Plant and Glowing Eyes of Doom. Hell, the Battle Aura alone was powerful enough to take out a few shadows.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 3 has the Investigation Team going to the Beach. Hijinks ensue.
  • Compressed Adaptation:
    • The series focuses solely on the scenes exclusive to Golden, leaving the main murder plot Out of Focus. Yukiko and Kanji's dungeons are also timeskipped over.
    • The anime also has no qualms on combining certain events together to save time. For example, one of Marie's Social Link events (one where she, Yukiko and Chie go shopping with you) happens during "Operation Up, Close and Personal".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Episode 1 commercial break has art of the Investigation team in Persona 3 Gekkoukan High uniforms.
  • Eye Catch: During these, the anime shows a picture what showcases certain costumes you can acquire in the game.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Yu's more outgoing and savvy this time around, but this doesn't help him avoid Izanami's "push" or prevent the murders.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Pointed out by Marie when she keeps referring to Chie and Yukiko as Green and Red, respectively.
  • Meet Cute: Yu's meeting of Marie is shown to be more of a meet cute, with his note being blown onto her boot.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: New Game+ or not, this is still Yu we're talking about.
  • Mysterious Waif: The mysterious new character Marie becomes the main focus of the overall plot in this adaptation.
  • New Game+: Yu is far more knowledgeable / charismatic / courageous / understanding / diligent than he was in the first anime adaptation and the game itself, referencing the "replay the story while keeping all your stats" from the original Persona 4 video game.
    • Margaret lampshades this being Yu's second time through in the opening scene of the first episode, stating he's "seeing a familiar landscape from a different viewpoint".
    • Yu greets the gas station attendant on his first day in town, instead of the other way around (as in the original).
    • Yu far more outgoing with both Nanako and Dojima as soon as he gets to town.
    • Yu stands up to the bad mouthing of his home room teacher Morooka.
    • Yu walks directly into the TV World instead of accidentally getting pushed in by Yosuke and Chie freaking out. (they instead try to hold Yu back.)
    • Yu takes out thousands of shadows single-handedly in the first episode, using high level skills like Maziodyne, Null Physical, Vorpal Blade, and Myriad Arrows.
    • Most anime would say "On the next episode..." or "coming soon!..." the Persona 4 Golden Animation says "Next Memories".
    • The opening credits each week actually show Yu with a fully maxed out Social Qualities board behind him at one point.
    • The opening theme is called "Next Chance To Move On".
  • Slice of Life: The series focuses on a lot of the new content added to The Golden, with the main Murder Mystery plotline being secondary.
  • Updated Re-release: It's an anime based on the Updated Re-release of Persona 4, making it something of an Updated Re-release of Persona 4 The Animation.

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