Introduction – “Welcome to the Velvet Room”
Hey all, I’m verdant and I’ll be the “main” writer who will be guest blogging Persona 4 the ANIMATION along with unlisted. Earlier this summer, he piqued my interest in the upcoming anime adaptation of Persona 4, so once classes finished, I decided to play both the Persona 3 and 4 games (a daunting task, but someone had to do it). Fortunately, my dedication paid off when a couple weeks later, unlisted tells me that Divine is looking for someone familiar with the game to cover Persona 4. Challenge accepted.
Compared to most people, my introduction to anime is probably quite unique since my dad was the one who introduced me. He would peruse the kids’ animation section of our local library and bring home shows like Fushigi Yûgi and Revolutionary Girl Utena, even though he never watched anime himself. Being young, I probably didn’t fully understand what I was watching, but nevertheless, what stood out was seeing the stories, themes, and action that couldn’t be found in my usual Western cartoons. I was starting to get hooked, and once I discovered Escaflowne on Fox, Dragon Ball Z on Toonami, and that my best friend also secretly liked anime, there was no looking back. We even dabbled in some drifting thanks to Initial D (please don’t try this at home).
It might be just nostalgia, but most of the anime that I watched early on are still some of my favorites to this day. Rurouni Kenshin, Trigun, and Cowboy Bebop are all anime that I grew up with and have shaped much of my tastes as well. Those shows are probably why I have a soft spot for shows with a bit of romance, historical settings, and/or swords these days. Overall though, I’m pretty open-minded about the shows I watch, and I count Spice and Wolf along with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as some more recent favorites.
I’m fairly new at blogging, but I plan to adhere to the style of writing that has kept me reading RandomC all this time. Having played through the entirety of Persona 4 recently, I also plan on bringing up some comparisons with the game and shedding a little light into the mythology and mysticism of the franchise as well. I find that the backgrounds of the Personas themselves and the symbolism and meaning behind various Tarot arcana cards are interesting and add to my appreciation of Persona, and I hope you will too. I’m also open to any suggestions and look forward to all your comments. Needless to say, I am excited for the opportunity to blog this show, and I hope I will be able to do both Persona fans and RandomC justice.