Alright, here we are. The very last episode of Persona 4 Golden… so how does this episode measure up? How was the series all together? Well uh…let’s talk about the episode first.
So, the episode begins as the last episode of any Persona adaptation would with everyone getting ready for Yu to go back to the big city. His friends are helping him pack up,baking a cake, Yosuke is keeping the girls out of the kitchen to the best of his ability. Teddie decides they should all write down wishes and put it in a time capsel.
While this is happening, we discover that Marie is slowly vanishing. Izanami posesses Marie and tells them if they want to find the truth to meet with her and uh then we suddenly skip a bunch to the end of the battle with Izanami…
like, wait…what happened? It’s like “oh, we’re at Yu’s house”, NOW WE’RE FACING IZANAMI’S TRUE FORM. Forget the first form, forget the gas station attendant. PACING, OMG, LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT IT. This entire last encounter should of been done in two episodes which would of been easy if you cut down on some of the fluff earlier in the series.
Yu keeps being unable to attack because he keeps seeing Marie in Izanami and we discover she was part of Izanami all along. Gonna level with you, this was so much more dramatic in the game and all the discussion of the comb and why it was given to her and everything but whatever….this anime doesn’t care so why should I?
Yu falls into despair not wanting to find the truth if it means loosing one of his precious friends. Marie tells him she won’t be lost, she’ll just be a God and be able to protect them all from a higher esistance.
blah blah, they defeat Izanami through the power of friendship and magic and love and all that good stuff. Marie vanishes and Yu leaves for the big city….
The rest of the episode is pretty much frame by frame the cinamatic you get for having the Marie love route and finishing the true ending of the game. Yu comes back to the city, his friends fail epically at surprising him, Nanako is cute as hell with her hair down, Marie is the TV weather lady and decides to make it sunny just because Yu is in town and she confesses her love for him on TV.
They all welcome Yu home, he smiles and says he’s home and the series wraps up….
OMG PACING, THIS REALLY COULD OF USED IT. Some things in this series were great, the insight we got into Adachi was amazing and the Marie stuff if it had of been paced better would of been great. I’ve said it many times but this is just not a series that can stand up on it’s own, it’s deffinately fanservice for the people who have watched the first anime and/or played the game. Even then, it sort of falls short…perhaps if it’s watched right together with the last anime it would all come together into comething good but for now it’s just kind of an inconsistant mess…
I don’t know about Oki but i’m gonna go with like a 4.5/ 10 because the animation was great and the Adachi episodes were fantastic but otherwise it’s just not much at all.
Wow…describing this series is like describing the untapped potential of ….well, I could say a lot of offensive things but from henceforth let’s just determine that the syndrome of untapped potential for something of amazing quality shall be called ‘Persona 4 Golden Syndrome’ – this has all the puzzle pieces of greatness. Hell, not just the puzzle pieces, it had an entire book and instructions on how to make a good anime.
This anime didn’t know how to exist. It was good in idea. In execution it was abysmal. There was so little that was good about this anime I am flabbergasted they managed to make a BAD anime, but after P3 Trinity, I guess I should just be happy it’s only this bad? The Adachi episodes were easily the best part about the show, but they were the single grain of gold in a field of ENDLESS SHIT.