Collected Persona 4 The Animation Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On Monday January 11, Manga Entertainment is releasing two new collected editions of Persona 4 The Animation; a Blu-ray/DVD combi pack (carrying six DVD and three Blu-ray discs, pictured on the right), and a DVD edition (carrying the six DVD discs, pictured below left). Both sets contain the 26-part series; the final episode is an OVA. Extras include the 'Director's Cut' of the first episode and the four 'Omake' episodes.
Director Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, My Bride is a Mermaid) and the anime studio AIC ASTA adapted the Persona 4 PlayStation 2 role-playing game from Atlus. The story begins in the rural country town of Inaba, where mysterious murders and kidnappings sweep the countryside. A group of teenagers try to solve the mystery, which is connected to the local weather patterns and a strange video game world which the teenagers and the killer can all enter.
Persona concept designer Kazuma Kaneko, original character designer Shigenori Soejima, and musical composer Shoji Meguro reprised their respective roles from the game for the anime. Cast members Daisuke Namikawa (Yu Narukami), Showtaro Morikubo (Yōsuke Hanamura), Yui Horie (Chie Satonaka), and Ami Koshimizu (Yukiko Amagi), Tomokazu Seki (Kanji Tatsumi), Kappei Yamaguchi (Kuma), Unshou Ishizuka (Ryōtarō Dōjima), Akemi Kanda (Nanako Dōjima), Mitsuaki Madono (Tōru Adachi), and Romi Park (Naoto Shirogane) all returned from the game to play their respective characters.
Shihoko Hirata, the original Persona 4 game's theme song singer, sang the anime's opening theme, "sky's the limit."