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Persona 4: The Animation is an anime adaptation of the popular PS2 RPG, Persona 4. In P4, Yu Narukami and his friends band together to use their Persona, essentially personifications of one’s personality, in order to save other teens who are being kidnapped and thrown into the Midnight Channel. This Midnight Channel can only be accessed through a TV, where these kidnapped teens must come face-to-face with truths of their existence in order to survive.

As I mentioned, this is a video game adaptation of a video game that is half murder mystery and half dating sim, where the player goes around interacting with other characters in order to level up the Social Link or bond (which in turn unlocks new, more powerful Persona). Many people will inevitably shun at the words “video game adaptation,” as past adaptations have usually failed to capture the essence of the game being adapted. I am here to say that, thankfully, that is not the case here. Persona 4 is perhaps the finest video game adaptation ever produced.

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What is truth? Is it absolute or subjective? Should we embrace or fear it? Persona 4 is a game that asks the players these questions and throws them into an adventure where they might just find the answer.

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