Persona 4 the ANIMATION – 16
「Although the Case Was Closed」
One thing that separates great detective stories from good ones is the creativity of the “traps”. Now I’m not necessarily saying that Persona 4 is a great detective story by any means, but how many of you concentrated so much on looking for the usual places that traps exist (like false suspects and misleading evidence) that you failed to realize that the detective themselves may be a trap?
While Persona 4’s foray into slice-of-life was very entertaining, it was only a matter of time that the mystery of Inaba returned as the focus of the story as Igor alluded to in the Velvet Room. I hope that his prediction that the ordeals will increase in both number and difficulty will keep these upcoming episodes fresh – even if it means anime original material like Yuu’s trip to the dream world while fighting Shadow Kubo. You would think that having already been warned that the case is not yet closed, Yuu would pass the news onto the rest of the Investigation Team. Instead, it was the Detective Prince who made them realize that there were still too many inconsistencies to call it a wrap. I was also happy to hear someone finally asking, “What the heck is Mayonaka TV?”, even though the question wasn’t really answered, because it at least made them realize for a second how absurd their story really does sound.
It was also quite risky of Naoto to appear on television to test his theory about the kidnappings/murders without first consulting with everyone, but not at all surprising either since he had a history of acting alone anyway. Then again, if Naoto had told them beforehand, we wouldn’t be able to see how much a tsundere Kanji truly is, besides from his interactions with his mother. Kanji’s hospital visit was an effective way of developing his character, similar to the way Chie’s story was added in last week’s episode. My only concern is that these scenes will occur too far apart for people to remember each character’s entire story and their development.
The more I see of Aika, the more convinced I am that she needs some loving as well. Something tells me she’d make a great bartender, and I wish we could hear more of her deadpan delivery (or maybe I just want to hear her laugh once). Who knows, maybe she’d be a perfect match for Yuu as well? We also see a more observant side of Yukiko as well, with her observation about how Inaba feels strange because everyone seems a little too happy. It’ll be interesting to see if the show ties her comment with the kidnappings, or if this is merely another trap to lead us astray from the true culprit.
With all the emphasis on the Kubo as the “trap” suspect, I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people weren’t able to channel their inner Ackbar when it came to Naoto. I loved the way Kanji’s face reacted upon hearing the news, but I felt that the rest of the Team’s reactions weren’t as surprised as I expected them to be. It really appeared like their reaction to seeing Shadow Naoto turn Yousuke into an old man was more extreme than when they found out about Naoto’s true gender. In any case, even though I’m not looking forward to seeing my favorite girls being turned into hags, I am hoping to see more of how the Team deals with their newfound knowledge about Naoto – and especially if any romance develops between her and Yuu. And more “traps” to discover.
* Finally, someone realized that just telling people not to say “You’re not me!” wasn’t ever going to work!
* Let it be known that the Aika x Yuu ship first set sail on RandomC
* Yuu’s persona of the week was Genbu, and their enemy were Fail Genes
* Full-length images: 01, 05, 09, 20, 21, 31