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YMMV: Persona 4: The Animation
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Yu has a habit of making rather odd comments with a straight face, which has fans debating whether he's a Cloudcuckoolander or a Deadpan Snarker with a strange sense of humor. Either way, he's a bit eccentric.
  • Broken Base
    • The anime as a whole. Fans either call it a faithful adaptation with some extra plot thrown in, or they call it another example of the dark side of The Anime of the Game titles, where it butchers the story by cutting out all of the fluff that makes it worthwhile as a game, as well as having the obvious cases of Off Model and editing certain plotlines to make them less suspenseful or humorous.
    • Kanji's treatment in Episodes 7 and 8, specifically Yosuke and Narukami's reactions to Shadow Kanji as well as the the tent scene. Was it really funny or really homophobic?
  • Creepy Awesome: Ameno-Sagiri and Izanami. They were scary enough in the game, but general badassery the cast displays, Yu especially, and to see them, respectively, almost outright stomp Yu without his friends saving him, and bring him to his knees while barely lifting a finger makes them even more frightening.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Aika Nakamura, a side character introduced in the anime, saw a sudden spike in popularity after a scene in episode 6 where she stoically delivers Chinese takeout to Chie in the middle of a chase sequence.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of the attacks from Margaret is using Cu Chulain's skill Narukami. Now, what was the last name of our protagonist again?
  • HSQ: Episode 12. The sudden shift can make feel like the episode skipped ahead.
  • Internet Backdraft
    • The rendition of the fight against Shadow Kanji in Episode 7. Were Yosuke and Yu homophobic and hateful assholes, or did they just not know how to handle such a situation? Was the scene supposed to be making fun of homosexuality, or making fun of Yu and Yosuke's fear of it? Another point of contention is that it was treated much less seriously than the other bosses, with the boys jokingly trying to leave Kanji to his shadow (compare to the game, where Yosuke still doesn't want to go in but puts that aside out of concern for Kanji).
    • The main character being renamed Yu Narukami in the anime (when he was known to some fans by his manga name of Souji Seta). Never mind that Yu Narukami was the canon name chosen by Atlus and the other was only made up for the manga, his canon name came second so therefore it sucks!
  • Signature Scene: The Investigation Team putting on their glasses against a stark yellow background in the second opening.
  • Memetic Sex God: The male protagonist was already pretty popular as this in the fandom, but here his sex appeal is taken Up to Eleven and the fans (females and males) have reacted accordingly. According to 4chan and Tumblr, Brotag will get EVERYONE laid.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Episode 8, and to a lesser extent the game itself, has the scene where the Investigation Team are out camping, and they have to be split into a tent for the girls and a tent for the boys. This becomes incredibly unfortunate when both Yosuke and Yu tell Kanji that they're uncomfortable sleeping in the same tent as him due to his ambiguous sexuality, and their fears that him being gay would somehow make Kanji attracted to them and lead to him raping/molesting the two of them in their sleep. The entire scene is Played for Laughs.
    This causes Kanji to burst into the girl's tent, while leads to the hilarious scenario of him having to share a bed with an overweight girl. So not only is the episode homophobic, but they play the Fat Bastard trope for humour — we're meant to find it funny that he ended up in close proximity to a fat girl. While the girl in question is insufferably unpleasant in the game, in the animation she hadn't actually done anything to warrant the repulsed, disgusted reaction she receives — hell, she'd done them a favour by eating Chie and Yukikio's vile-tasting curry and liking it. The only thing she'd done by that point to warrant their negative reaction is... be fat. Also in the game, Yosuke is less homophobic about it, and Yu mostly just watches the scene unfold without comment.
    • Though it's suggested that something else happened between her and Kanji that night, to explain why he's so upset about it.


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