To be honest, I’m just not getting much from Persona 4. I’ve been following the comments here and elsewhere, and while the general trend has been mildly positive I can’t recall a single glowing post from someone who hasn’t played the game – it seems as if AIC are just starting to do a better job of giving the gamers what they were expecting. For me, I see mediocre animation, relatively uninteresting characters and a lot of unexplained events that feel as if they’re supposed to be more involving than they are. The cast is highly professional and the core premise is interesting enough, but the final product seems supremely mundane to me. Is it better than the premiere led me to fear it would be? Yes – the pacing is better, and events are at least more coherent. But I can’t escape the notion that I’m just not the target audience for this series.
Shakugan no Shana III (Final) – 03
Three week is pretty early in the running for a recap episode. But that’s not really doing this week’s “Shana” justice – I’d call it more of a reminiscence episode. It was actually fairly involving seeing Yuuji in his original form making his way around town, with each spot calling up a new memory (and old footage) of the past. Tanaka finds himself pulled back in again, as Satou naturally calls him to warn him about the Crimson Denizen he senses on the oncoming train. With Tanaka and Yoshida at the Haridan, just about all the major pieces are in place for the story to go to the next level, with Shana and Yuuji meeting across two bridge towers at the end of the episode. I don’t exactly know what’s happening year, but it’s clear that this Yuuji retains the memories of his old self – he’s somehow become a hybrid of his human/torch and Sairei no Hebi halves, with each capable of manifesting at any given moment. Human boy, torch, mystes, Reiji Maigo, Sairei no Hebi – this guy has more identities than Frank Abagnale Jr.