Persona 4 the Golden Animation's 2nd Promo Video Previews Shihoko Hirata's Song

posted on by Karen Ressler
Vocalist to perform opening & ending themes in anime premiering July 10

Aniplex began streaming a second promotional video for Persona 4 the Golden Animation on Saturday. The video introduces the opening theme song "Next Chance to Move On" by Shihoko Hirata. The official Twitter account for the series also announced on Saturday that Hirata will perform both the opening and the ending theme song "Dazzling Smile" for the new anime. Hirata previously performed the theme songs for Persona 4: The Animation, as well as the original Persona 4 game and its PlayStation Vita port Persona 4 Golden.

Aniplex USA will stream the series on Aniplex Channel, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Daisuki as it airs in Japan and describes the story:

Spring. Far from the city, time flows peacefully in this rural town.
As the cherry blossoms scatter in the wind, a young man named Yu Narukami steps off the train at Yasoinaba Station. Yu has come to this town, where his uncle lives, for family reasons; he will be transferring into the local high school, Yasogami High.

And so begins his school life...
The shopping mall after school. A series of murders taking place in town. The Midnight Channel, airing late at night...

What lies in store for Yu and his friends "this time around?"

The cast will star Daisuke Namikawa as Yū Narukami, Showtaro Morikubo as Yōsuke Hanamura, Yui Horie as Chie Satonaka, Ami Koshimizu as Yukiko Amagi, Kappei Yamaguchi as Kuma (Teddie), and Kana Hanazawa as Marie.

Before directing this new anime series, Tomohisa Taguchi worked on the opening and the important parts of specific episodes in the first Persona 4 The Animation series. The first anime's Seiji Kishi will serve as chief director of the new anime.

Shoji Meguro is returning from the game series and the first anime to compose the music of the new series alongside Tetsuya Kobayashi, a collaborator of his since Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream. Series script supervisor Jun Kumagai worked on the scenario of every episode of the first series. Character designer Masaru Shindō worked as a key animator on episodes of the first series.

The anime will premiere in Japan on July 10.

Thanks to Dennis R and Kagayaki for the news tips.

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