The General Persona Thread.
While everyone may be hyped about Persona 4 Arena, this thread is here just to provide some basic background knowledge on the series for those who are interested. Also feel free to discuss anything Persona related here.
Question 1: What the heck are the main Persona games (Persona 3 and 4) about?
In a nutshell, the recent Persona games focus around a group of teenagers who have the ability to summon “representations” of their psyche into reality. Respectively these representations are called “Personas” . If you have trouble grasping this concept it’s very similar to monster summoning in Yu-gi-oh (at least by Persona 4 standards in which the characters use cards to summon their personas). Personas are usually unlocked by defeating a shadow, a creature made of negative emotions. Typically a shadow is defeated in battle by a person accepting their negative traits instead of trying to deny them. The shadow then converts into a persona.
Question 2: Can you briefly describe the personality traits of the main characters in Persona 4?
Yu Narukami - Protagonist of Persona 4 -
In general, Yu is the player controlled character in Persona 4. Personality wise Yu is calm, cool, and collected in contrast to his other friends. He is also affectionately called “Senpai” (Japanese for Senior) in the anime, emphasizing his position as leader among his group of pals in the Investigation Team. He’s also a ladies man, and has shown to be quite skilled in using his charm to capture the hearts of women. Strangely, Yu doesn’t seem to suffer from personality problems like the other characters. Yu’s Persona is Izanagi, a hakumen-like character who wields spear-blade and primarily attacks using electricity.
Yosuke Hanamura - Friend of Yu -
Yosuke is a clumsy, paranoid, wannabe ladies man, but a good-hearted fellow nonetheless. He’s known to be lacking in physical strength and he tends to fight with small blades such as knives and kunai. Although he’s a pessimist, Yosuke is deeply loyal to those he cares about. He even ventured into the dangerous “TV World” (described later) in order to potentially save a co-worker. But due to his insecurities he has trouble establishing true friendships and is hesitant at entering new relationships. Yosuke’s persona is Jiraiya, a masked ninja who attacks using magic.
Chie Satonaka - Friend of Yu, Best Friend of Yukiko -
Chie is a lively, upbeat tomboy who is obsessed with Kung Fu, Martial Arts and Steak. She’s tsundere and domineering at times but she treasures her friends and will go to great lengths in order to protect them and the weak from harm. She also values justice and righteousness as well. But Chie is prone to be very envious of friend Yukiko who seems to have everything she wants. In contrast to her outward appearance, Chie has low self-esteem and is quite dependent on the praise and approval of others. Her Persona is Tomoe Gozen, a female samurai with a double-bladed staff who is a brawler character.
Yukiko Amagi - Friend of Yu, Best Friend of Chie -
Yukiko can best be described as “the princess” of the group. She’s very wealthy, elegant, beautiful, and delicate. Yukiko is also very intelligent but introverted and shy. She depends on Chie to make decisions for her due to her indecisive, weak-willed personality. Yukiko is also the next heir to inherit the Amagi Luxury Inn, but she doesn’t want to do so since she fears it will trap her in the rural town of Inaba forever. Her persona is Konohana Sakuya, a pink angelic-like woman who specializes in Fire and Light Magic.
Kanji Tatsumi - Friend of Yu -
Kanji is a nice-guy delinquent, he often does uncouth things with good intentions. For example, when his mother couldn’t sleep due to the loud noise of a biker gang; he beat up the bikers. Kanji doesn’t have many friends at all and he feels as if he is a social outcast due to his tough guy demeanor. He also questions his sexuality due to the Naoto incident. But nonetheless Kanji is extremely strong willed and believes in “vigilante justice”. Kanji’s persona is Take-Mikazuchi, which (in a nutshell) is a black Sentinel with godlike electric powers and massive physical strength.
Teddie -Friend of Yu -
Teddie is a bear that Yu and Yosuke first met in the “TV World”, he’s mainly a comic relief character and he’s the most light-hearted and funny member of the group by far. Despite his appearance, Teddie is actually a shadow, a being made by negative emotions. But Teddy wanted to be friendly and liked by humans so he created a form of himself that people wouldn’t be afraid of. It would be complicated to explain how Teddy received a persona so I’m going to skip all of that and just say his is Kintoki-Douji, a spherical iron bear wearing a cape, that carries around a tomahawk missile.
Naoto Shirogane - Friend of Yu -
[details=Spoiler]Naoto is a child detective working on the Inaba Murder Case. She is refined, reclusive, and very mature for her age. Shockingly, Naoto is actually female despite her masculine appearance. She dresses in this way because she believes that people would take her more seriously if she was a boy. Naoto is a very determined individual who has passion for getting a job done no matter how insurmountable the task appears. But she is also very insecure and self conscious about being a young female in the detective force. Her persona is Sakuna Hikona, an aristocratic looking humanoid who specializes in light/dark magic.
Rise Kujikawa - Friend of Yu -
Rise used to be a famous pop idol before settling down in the rural town of inaba. She’s flirty, outgoing, and the most sociable member of the group. Rise had to quit show business for some reason and she truly misses the fame. Although Rise appears confident on the outside she has a fear of being “forgotten” by others and has constant need for attention. Her Persona is Himiko which is basically a woman wearing a white gown. Himiko is a completely supportive persona and doesn’t fight.
Question 3: Where does Persona 4 take place?
Half the game takes place in the rural town of Inaba, the other half of the game takes place in a dimension called the TV World.