Persona 4 the ANIMATION – 17
「I Want to Know the Truth」
Future harem leads, pay attention to Persona 4, as it contains an example of a character you should emulate – and one you should not (Yousuke, I’m looking at you).
Sometimes, I think Yuu only goes through all this trouble of rescuing people from Mayonaka TV in order to set them up as a future harem member. He even has the Velvet Room’s Margaret blushing and tongue-tied while she tries to tell him the story about Jack Frost, and she’s not even a real person as far as I can tell.
Yuu never ceases to impress the women he’s around, as is expected from a man of his caliber. Even when he’s old and wrinkled, they still find him attractive (or at least Rise does), and they’re awestruck when he fuses 6 Personae together without Igor’s help and when Beelzebub unleashes Megidolaon. Speaking of wrinkles, I found it hilarious that Chie, Yukiko, and Rise have faced numerous attacks by now, yet they fear wrinkles even more than death itself! Heck, if the sales of anti-aging creams are any indication, Shadow Naoto is every woman’s worst nightmare, able to add 50 years of wrinkles in an instant. I have Kuma to thank for sacrificing his fur so I wouldn’t become emotionally scarred at the sight of the elderly versions of our heroines (not that I have anything against the elderly, of course). I was, however, curious to see Yuu’s face as an old man – need to judge for myself if he’s still cool or not.
Naoto’s shadow represents issues of external validation that I feel many people could easily identify with, so I was a bit disappointed that only Kanji stood up to voice his empathy for her, but maybe it’s just because they’re setting us up for some good Kanji x Naoto action later on (if Yuu doesn’t get to her first). It is also refreshing that the show doesn’t beat us over the head with its life lessons, but sometimes there’s a little too much subtlety when issues are glossed over this quickly. The investigation team does have more pressing matters at hand than one person’s issues though, so I can understand why they’d want to quickly put the focus back on finding the culprit.
Despite Adachi’s drunken claims to be the brainiac of the police department, it appears that Doujima is the only adult who’s slowly putting all the pieces together. That said, I’m not sure I understand how he can take Yuu’s lack of expression to mean that he knows more about the case than he lets on, since it is Yuu we’re talking about here – the king of poker faces.
Out of all the guys on the Investigation Team, Yuu doesn’t really have to worry about any of them messing up his harem because Yousuke’s a pervert and Kuma’s not even human. Ok, maybe he does have to worry about Kanji, whose expressions upon to seeing Naoto as a woman were priceless, even if he does claim to be uninterested her bust size. How does she hide all that anyway? I am definitely rooting for him to get together with Naoto though, but Yuu might have something to say about that before the series is through. He is the Harem King indeed – you just can’t help but be impressed with his pickup line in this episode: “I have a case for you to solve…” Like I said, future harem leads — take notice and learn from a master.