PERSONA 5 the Animation Episode 4 – Anime QandA Review

What’s the show? PERSONA 5 the Animation, Episode 4.

Ah, the show about the game that’s too much like the game but not the good parts of the game? Very succinct, also and I’m super happy to report this but almost every issue I had with the previous episodes and specifically the very flawed episode 3—has been fixed!

What? Really?! I know it might seem hard to believe but it’s not like we were so far gone that the show couldn’t fix itself, I was just sceptical if it ~could~ and in my opinion it absolutely fixed most of the issues I had! Imagine my surprise and delight!

These characters are so great, but there’s even better ones coming!

Well that’s good. Want to go into detail about how? It starts off with a small but appreciated change to the opening credit visuals, among some of the best of any anime this season and much improved from the first 3 episodes. I’m not sure why they changed it but I’m super glad they did, it fits the song a lot better.

Unless you play on the easiest difficulty 😉

And the episode itself? Well the pacing is exponentially better, rather than skipping from new plot point to new plot point with every scene this episode is razor focused on a single plot thread, namely stealing Kamoshida’s treasure and changing his heart and having him confess his crimes.

Demon Kamoshida is gross.

What about the issues you had with it feeling visually too much like the video game in the scenes set in the palace? Also better! Relying less on the video game visuals, having the action feel more cinematic and less like just watching scenes from the video game in anime form and one of my favourite things was how they introduced several mechanics from the video game such as buying airsoft weapons in the real world to use in the cognitive world as well as healing items, acquiring new personas and fusing personas to create different ones. All of these features could have easily been mishandled but they executed the explanation and implementation into the story perfectly!

Fake guns are real in the fake world.

Wow, sounds like you’re impressed. I am! Plus, it hit all the emotional beats of the story as well as the game did, it’s pretty much all I could ask for! The scene with Ann confronting the defeated Kamoshida both in the palace then later at the school assembly in the real world were powerful and raw. Also the sexy, alternative looking Doctor character gets a little introduction, can’t wait to get more of her in the show!

Uh, hey Doc, I’ve got something I’d like you to look at, but I’ll have to remove my trousers.

Right, so you’re more confident in the show’s adaptive abilities going forward? I am, hopeful but still not 100% confident, there’s a lot of plot lines to adapt and it could easily fall back into the pacing problems from episode 3, so I’m fully expecting that to happen but fingers crossed it doesn’t because if the show keeps up the quality that was this episode I will be a happy boy!

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