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Introduction – “Welcome to the Velvet Room”

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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.

September 29, 2011 at 1:46 am
72 comments »
  • September 29, 2011 at 2:02 amTakaii

    Good luck man. <3

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:09 amFlappy

    I am sure that your experience with Persona4 will provide an excellent insight on the anime. Since I never played the game myself, your posts will be vital for my experience with the anime. Thanks for taking the challenge up!!

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:19 amShadiic

    OFMG VERDANT WTF!?!!??!?!?

    You’re a guest writer?? CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! XD

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:46 amNhelraios

    Nice to see you’re the other guest writer. Looking forward to your posts dude.
    PS: your intro title rocks!

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:46 amDark Man XZ

    Welcome aboard, looking forward to your posts in the near future.

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:54 amfragb85

    “Ah yes you are truly a remarkable guest.”

  • September 29, 2011 at 3:06 amMrTerrorist

    So you like historical settings like Spice and Wolf eh?

    Here’s one you might like.

    The Demon Queen And The Hero aka Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheDemonQueenAndTheHero

    • September 29, 2011 at 5:25 pmHrmmm

      Where be your MyAnimeList Verdant? I want to see what other _historical_ anime you’ve seen.

      Anyways, Gluck with P4, looking forward to the posts.

  • September 29, 2011 at 3:11 amXziled

    wheres the contract you signed? instead of a persona you get blogging powers lol

    welcome to the world of anime blogging btw

    • September 29, 2011 at 3:14 amfragb85

      So Divine, Guardian Enzo, Takai and Proof are his social links that power his blogging skills?

      • September 29, 2011 at 1:07 pmAlcren

        depending on how long he’s read RandomC it might just be a few more than the current bloggers. I think i started here around 05′ and there have been alot of great bloggers that have come and gone and i greatly enjoyed reading their posts

  • September 29, 2011 at 3:27 amSkins Thunderbomb

    Interested to see your posts on this anime :) Welcome aboard!

  • September 29, 2011 at 3:27 amnagi

    so nice to have a dad like that :) welcome to the crazy world of randomc! :)

  • September 29, 2011 at 4:02 amMrRei

    Yehey! And another weird person writer! Welcome as well!

  • September 29, 2011 at 4:15 amKizamikun

    Good luck, hope to see good writeups from you bro.

  • September 29, 2011 at 4:27 amEri

    Welcome, welcome! :)

  • September 29, 2011 at 4:33 amjrj

    I know I have seen you somewhere before :) Glad someone from the IRC channel is up for blogging :3 Good luck with RC and thanks for your decision.

  • September 29, 2011 at 5:16 amcybersteel

    Relieved that someone who played the game is blogging. Have a great season blogging Persona 4.

  • September 29, 2011 at 5:16 amcybersteel

    I’m relieved someone who played the games is blogging this. Have a great season blogging Persona Verdant.

  • September 29, 2011 at 5:45 amCroos

    D:

  • September 29, 2011 at 5:58 amMetalsnakezero

    I look forward to your impression on the P4 anime.

  • September 29, 2011 at 5:59 amizanagi

    Cool beans, another new one! Welcome!

  • September 29, 2011 at 6:04 amdeafvader

    Just checked your anime list. How did you manage to get Unicorn 4?
    Won’t ask why you didn’t finish Madoka

  • September 29, 2011 at 6:34 amangeconu

    Welcome to RC!

  • September 29, 2011 at 6:38 amPhantomPhreek

    You know you can never be as cool as Verdant’s dad.
    I’m ganna’ like your posts man.

  • September 29, 2011 at 6:39 amSerapita

    Now P4A is going to be a lot more fun to watch (and read here!).

  • September 29, 2011 at 6:51 amprinny

    Show Spoiler ▼

    anyhow, nice meeting you too Verdant. just dont be too hard on the studio if they failed to meet your expectations :)

  • September 29, 2011 at 7:15 amRyougaZell

    My worries have been put at ease if the one writing is someone familiar with the source. I just hope the blogging isn’t compromised mainly of comparisons since, after all, a 100+ hour game is being adapted into only 25 episodes.

    • September 29, 2011 at 4:38 pmunlisted

      Comparisons are definitely a concern but I think we’ll be expanding more on the anime than comparing it to the game. There is so much mythology behind the game as well as the plot itself. Also divine would never let that happen. I think he’d drop us like a bad habit first lol. I do have plenty of in-game caps to share though so you can expect some once in a while.

      • September 29, 2011 at 7:07 pmRyougaZell

        That sounds perfect Unlisted! I’m getting more pumped about reading both your impressions. Heck… I’m already signed up to buy the blurays after the reveal of the licensing a few days ago.

  • September 29, 2011 at 7:40 ammaguru07

    Irrashaimase dood! welcome and good luck! ^^,

  • September 29, 2011 at 7:54 amMisa

    Welcome and good luck!

  • September 29, 2011 at 8:26 amPearz

    Wohoo, Persona 4! When you say “played through the entirety of Persona 4 recently”, have you also beaten the secret boss?
    Im really looking forward to this show, specially since i have also played the game. And good luck with the reviewing!

    • September 29, 2011 at 7:08 pmRyougaZell

      I’ve played P4 3 times… and I’ve never fought the secret bosses. I usually do all Social Links on the 1st game, so its very dull and annoying playing a 2nd time without them. I hope the secret bosses aren’t tied to the 2nd game on P4: Golden for Vita.

  • September 29, 2011 at 8:40 amShirt

    Yay! Spice and Wolf is my favorite. I love the time of trade and coin. It was a good time of togetherness and corruption. x3 Glad to have a new writer. I’m surprised that not one, but two writers were added to the template. (Divine always refuses. haha)

    Questions:
    Should I go out and purchase Persona 3 & 4 and do the same thing before watching this show? I don’t want to be out of the loop. I don’t want to rage either. (Anime-only watcher)

    Are you guys just going to be sticking with Persona 4 The Animation this season or do you plan on going into other seasons with your blogging skills? :]

  • September 29, 2011 at 9:15 amInoriDisward

    Welcome!!! :) Cool title by the way.

  • September 29, 2011 at 9:37 amkumakaori

    Your history is honorable, I look forward to your efforts.

    Let us see where this fool’s journey takes us. >).

  • September 29, 2011 at 10:02 amGuardian Enzo

    Welcome, and good luck. As we all know, the important aspect of this is I’m no longer the new guy!

    • September 29, 2011 at 12:02 pmLuxorcist

      Lol way to put things into perspective.

    • September 29, 2011 at 1:48 pmMrRei

      They’re guests right? If/When they leave you’re the new guy again! LOL!

  • September 29, 2011 at 10:28 amlcdsound

    Congrats to verdant and unlisted in joining the randomc blog. I do hope that p4a will show that new character (Hana kanazawa is voicing it :) ) or at least the new events coming from p4 the golden.

  • September 29, 2011 at 1:38 pmlockon

    It would be awesome if you can at the same time use Hiimdaisy reference.

    • September 29, 2011 at 5:13 pmNhelraios

      I’d love to see them bring up some Hiimdaisy quotes. That comics is golden lol.

  • September 29, 2011 at 1:54 pmboacero

    Good luck VERDANT !
    As a fellow fan of the persona franchise i hope the show will be as good as the game.

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:35 pmTipQ

    Good luck Verdant, do you have your tarot cards at the ready before you post :)

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:41 pmpockyg

    I’ve seen bits and pieces of the game from GiantBomb’s playthrough but I’m missing out on a good chunk of the story still. I look forward to seeing a veteran’s impression on the series.

  • September 29, 2011 at 3:04 pmSilentCid

    Good luck you two.

  • September 29, 2011 at 4:08 pmN

    Looking forward to reading your posts! And lol, awesome dad.

  • September 29, 2011 at 4:27 pmunlisted

    You have horrible taste in anime. (Inside joke)

  • September 29, 2011 at 4:45 pmKyon12

    welcome let us see through Persona 4 The Animation togethere on the randomc comunnity and lets try to help out each other the best we can(and intentions of course)

  • September 29, 2011 at 5:08 pmBaKaYaRou

    hey be sure to tell igor to send Elizabeth at my room ok?!!!

    and welcome to randomness blog XD

  • September 29, 2011 at 5:10 pmSekka

    ahh, how exciting (:

  • September 29, 2011 at 5:11 pmSudachi

    Nice! I’ve been playing Persona 3 pretty regularly for about 2 years now and am STILL not finished. A fantastic game, but if the length and depth of P3 are any indication of what’s ahead in P4, I guess my dreams of getting to that one before the anime version are not going to happen! I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts and comparisons on the two, and hopefully this series will just want me to play it even more. Good luck and see you in the Velvet Room.

  • September 29, 2011 at 7:03 pmKiyuri

    Welcome and best of luck to you and unlisted. (:
    Very much looking forward to the upcoming coverage.

  • September 29, 2011 at 7:50 pmCrazyguy

    Welcome on board I guess.

    Also, are my eyes playing tricks on me? Is that the ZnT Louise randomc banner during Omni’s era?!?

  • September 29, 2011 at 8:20 pmbreak

    ah, i’m a big persona 4 fan ^_^”

    * re-played that game so many times…greatest ps2 game i own *

    really looking forward to your coverage of this anime !!

    the strength of heart required to face this anime has been made manifest…i will watch this anime to overcome life’s hardships !!

  • September 29, 2011 at 9:24 pminnerchihiro

    Welcome to you too! Good luck!

  • September 29, 2011 at 10:29 pmverdant

    Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!

  • September 29, 2011 at 11:58 pmRockmanshii

    Good luck man.

  • September 30, 2011 at 3:33 amFlamand

    I also had a friend from whom I did not know he watched anime until I saw his desktop wallpaper… oh yeah, and the best of luck to you, mr. Verdant.

  • September 30, 2011 at 4:37 amamado

    I wonder if one you 2 would ascend and become a regular here.
    well welcome for now.

  • September 30, 2011 at 4:48 amMooMoo

    What anime/manga is the background from? The two girls in some kind of suits and the guys in school uniforms? K thanks.

  • September 30, 2011 at 9:06 amjellayrei

    Nice, nice. I look forward to seeing what you’ll be writing up =D

  • September 30, 2011 at 1:55 pmQB

    I’m happy I didn’t played P4, did played P1 and P2:Eternal Punishment during the 90′s, Innocent Sin during 2002, P3 during 2009 (yes only in PSP), I’m glad it didn’t involved that much the P3 anime 10 years after during 2008.

  • September 30, 2011 at 3:27 pmSee Key

    Two people for covering a single show? How sad…
    Especially the way Divine gets people he probably never even knew for more than 5 seconds just so they can increase the site’s popularity by bloging that one show that everyone’s going to watch~
    Why dosen’t he just hire some hooker to pose for him so he could add a piece of porn for every review? I bet that’ll increase the popularity twice as fast~

    Oh well, at least you’ll try to explain the mysticism so I’ll be able to laugh at you when you get it wrong~
    It’ll be especially amusing if you’ll try to compare it to the digital devil story novels just because both use that silly Izanagi-Izanami themes.

    BTW, your new so I’ll be nice and give ya a warning; Im the jerk guy around here. To avoid a lot anger and furstration, it’s probably best for you to just ignore whatever I say~

    • October 1, 2011 at 2:57 amDivine

      I thought I banned you. Why are you still going out of your way to come back? Can’t you tell that you’re not wanted around here?

  • September 30, 2011 at 4:54 pmShojunichi

    eagerly awaiting your blog :)

  • September 30, 2011 at 5:17 pmnoname

    Welcome.

  • September 30, 2011 at 7:09 pmSeishun Otoko

    Looking forward to reading your posts ;D
    I think most Initial D fans were goaded into some form of drifting before realizing it’s not worth throwing away your life just to look cool 0_0

  • September 30, 2011 at 10:37 pmshirayuki75

    Welcome. The velvet room brings back interesting memories. x)

  • October 1, 2011 at 12:59 amragedzai

    Nice to meet you!

  • October 1, 2011 at 6:02 pmichigomaru

    A big entrance, I can say.
    If the anime can be at least half of the game, we´re going to have a very nice show