"Get ready to throw the rest of your life away, because Vinny's spending the rest of his playing Persona 4, and he's inviting you to watch."
"We'll leave it there. Come back tomorrow to find out what we just did wrong."
—Vinny Caravella, after Yosuke decapitates the Mysterious Bear
The Let's Play of Persona 4, as played by Jeff Gerstmann and Vinny Caravella of GiantBomb.com.As the story goes, Jeff bought Persona 4 while the Giant Bomb staff were on break, but soon realised he would never be able to finish it in his spare time. The tale nearly ends there, until the day Jeff decided to ask Vinny to review the game, an offer which Vinny countered with "Why don't we play the game in the office, and record it?" to which Jeff's reaction was, reportedly, "What?".So began the legendary adventures of high-school student Charlie Tunoku, shadow-slayer and ladykiller, as he searches for the truth behind a multiple murder case taking place in the sleepy country town of Inaba. Along the way he'll get jobs, pass tests, make friends, and cast Bufu on things he shouldn't, all accompanied by the MST3K-esque commentary of Jeff and Vinny.Here's the link to the episodes. A more user-friendly playlist is available on Youtube.
The Ghoul Persona is lonely and just wants some company.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Jeff and Vinny think that Kanji's dungeon is going to be a boring textile shop-themed level where all the enemies are carpet monsters and such. A few minutes later, they figure out exactly what kind of place Kanji's dungeon will be.
Big "YES!": The response of the guys upon upgrading Charlie's Social Link status with Chie to girlfriend.
Their reaction upon seeing Namatame's shadow, Kunino-sagiri.
Also when the doctor announces that Nanako came around.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In-universe. Charlie and the team discover that Morooka was killed, and Vinny feels a little bad for making fun of him in the previous video.
Genre Savvy: Being video game reviewers, this comes into play.
Harem Seeker: Charlie manages to make almost all the girls of the Investigation Squad his girlfriend and tries to do this with Sayoko the Nurse. He ends up being Just Friends with Naoto due to the somewhat Guide Dang It nature of that relationship and Sayoko's arc ended up on a completely different note.
Kanji's "get bent" and variations of it, such as "man, I'm bending all over the place!"
Let's spend time at the capsule machines!
You spent time reading the tropes page. It's time to go home.
Ghoul and Jack Frost.
Popularity leads to intimacy.
Fox/Funky Student being competing drug dealers.
Their theories about how Persona 5 will be.
Adachi can't stop calling people bitches.
That's it, this endurance run is over!
Aha! Is this a running gag?
"Hey Dave, we're gonna fight the king!"note Dave sits in for an episode, where Jeff and Vinny promise they'll go fight the bonus boss in Yukiko's dungeon. They never get around to it in that episode, and keep joking about it whenever Dave enters the room later on.
"Look away from the cards!"note Jeff having fun with the dramatic wording used to denote the option to opt out of Arcana Chance at the ends of battles.
The Scrappy: Invoked within the Endurance Run. The guys quickly drop Yumi's Social Link due to her Wangst and almost completely ignore Ai for being an Alpha Bitch. They do go out with Ai once later on, but that leads to them getting caught by Yukiko.
Shout-Out: Many to various Hip-Hop songs and rappers, including, but not limited to, mentioning JJ Fad when they acquire the "Supersonic" item, mentioning Ice Cube when getting the "Ice Cube" item, and the description of Part 93, which is a reference to a Notorious B.I.G. line.
This'll end in two hits, Yosuke, you hitting the floor, and me hitting the X button.
Video Game Caring Potential: The group quickly grow attached to the characters. For example, later on in the game the guys are quite disturbed by the obvious foreshadowing of Nanako being the next victim.
Especially noticeable in Part 130 when Nanako dies. During a large part of it they are a lot quieter and unfocused compared to other episodes.
Despite all the jokes leveled at him, the guys express on more than one occasion that it'd be pretty cool if there was an option to date Kanji as part of the social link.