Video Game: Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Well, this is different...

"All this energy’s got us inspired now,
We couldn’t stop it,
Just set it free, and
Dance!"

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a 2015 Spin-Off Rhythm Game based on Persona 4 for the PlayStation Vita.

The plot takes place after the extended epilogue of Persona 4 Golden. Rise "Risette" Kujikawa is back in showbiz after her year-long hiatus. Everything goes well until rumors spread that if you watch a particular video on a particular website at exactly midnight, you'll be pulled to the "other side." Sure enough, Rise's Friendly Rival Kanami Mashita goes missing shortly thereafter in a manner eerily similar to the rumor. Fearing the worst, Rise contacts Yu Narukami and the Investigation Team to help solve the mystery and rescue her friend.

Gameplay is largely reminiscent of the Hatsune Miku Project DIVA series of games, as the original development team for Dancing All Night was largely made up of Project DIVA developers before Atlus decided to take over the project. The songs are all remixes of some of the most popular songs in the game covered by various artists. You can play as any of the Investigation Team members plus Kanami, Nanako, Margaret, Marie or even Adachi in a free play mode, though in story mode you're generally limited to one of the party members.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer 1, Trailer 2 (English version)

Provides Examples Of:

  • Ascended Extra:
    • Kanami Mashita was mentioned during Rise's Social Link (The Lovers) in Persona 4. She has her own idol group now, Kanamin Kitchen.
    • Yu's cousin Nanako, the Justice Social Link in P4, is now a playable character.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Employed by both Rise and Chie's new costumes.
  • Brainwashing: Character dialog in the character trailers implies that the Midnight Stage might be inflicting this on the characters.
  • Book Ends: Series-wide: "Pursuing My True Self" appears in the openings of the beginning and ending of the Persona 4 series.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: While the Investigation Team is dancing, the Personas have been armed with musical instruments to play when summoned.
  • Canon Name: Another game that reinforces Yu Narukami as the P4 protagonist's canonical name.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Yosuke's sporting a pair in his new look.
  • Gaiden Game: Incredibly unrelated to the main plot of Persona 4.
  • Genre Shift: From RPG to fighting game, to a slightly different RPG, to dancing game.
  • Gratuitous English/Incoming Ham: Half of the trailer is in very excited, very accented English. They kept it for when they announced its localization, because they knew people would love it, and the reception from the Japanese trailer was really good.
    Announcer: Unbelievable! Could you imagine the step?! He's genius!
  • Hotter and Sexier: The female members of the Investigation Team (and Kanji) have switched to more revealing outfits.
  • Idol Singer: Of the three characters showcased in the announcement trailer, two were idol singers. The other was Yu Narukami.
  • Jiggle Physics: Kanami, being as well-endowed as she is, has some bounce in her bust.
  • Lighter and Softer: Persona 4 may be light for a murder mystery and the Persona series as whole even though it does has its Darker and Edgier Moments, but this game apparently involves disappearances and fighting off Shadows with dance moves.
  • Mood Whiplash: The individual character trailers for the Investigation Team contrast and compliment the energetic dancing with each of its members talking about what they learned about themselves and sometimes doling out sobering, but practical, life advice.
  • Mythology Gag: The audience hype meter is represented by a set of colored press turn icons from the SNES Shin Megami Tensei games.
    • Mixed a bit with Theme Tune Cameo, parts of "Pursuing My True Self"note  are mixed into Dancing All Night's intro.
  • Oddball in the Series: Yeah, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona might be filled with awesome music, but it's not exactly known as a music game series. Even the fighting game seems normal compared to this.
  • The Power of Rock: After completing each song, the Investigation Team members summon their Persona to finish off the Shadows with an instrumental solo:
    • Yu's Izanagi: Bass
    • Yosuke's Jiraiya: Electric guitar
    • Chie's Tomoe: Trumpet
    • Yukiko's Konohana Sakuya: Saxophone
    • Kanji's Take-Mikazuchi: Drum set
    • Rise's Himiko: Harp
    • Teddie's Kintoki-Douji: Turntables
    • Naoto's Sukuna-Hikona: Violin (using its Laser Blade as a bow)
    • Izanagi-no-Okami: A combination electric guitar/bass
  • Rhythm Game: Following the Genre Shift from RPG to fighting game, it's a shift to Rhythm Game.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Most of the Investigation team is sporting some kind of small yellow scarf on their person with their new character designs, excluding Chie (who's wearing yellow wristbands) and Teddie (who wears a yellow cape when in human form).
  • Sudden Musical Ending: The apparent last game of the Persona 4 series, and they are going out dancing!