Playing Anime; Watching Games

Now the only Persona game that I played would be Persona 3 but seeing as how the anime went, I have to say that it’s an innovative way of presenting the gaming experience in anime format.

Typical of any game setting, the first few minutes of the anime covered character introduction as well as the common murder setting to make the protagonist’s town unique. The last remaining minutes hurled said protagonist to the unknown, enabling him to use his powers which was named after this series’ title: Persona.

As with all games you have to admit that introductions are boring and the first thing that would probably catch a gamer’s attention is the beat em up part of the game where the player would be given the control and just kick some ass. The same goes with this episode; Introductions are boring and not until they entered the twilight zone did my interest meter spike. Not to mention, after summoning that badass samurai-Gundam to do the dirty work.

For a pilot episode, this anime proved to be quite entertaining; from the character designs to the voices up to the Umineko/Higurashi-esque story. It’s too early to say how successful this series will hold out but at the least, it shows promise. Another good anime for this season.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. feal87
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 03:35:01

    …now if only he would stop stripping and laughing when he calls out the persona…:P


  2. SnippetTee
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 04:27:22

    This is my most anticipated anime but it turned out that it’s somewhat dry for me. Perhaps it’s because I have all these excitement, however, I commend though how it applied the music and animation of the game into the anime.


  3. x
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 05:09:46

    Heh, I found the first episode rushed and confusing. It felt like one of those fast forwarded game play through videos. At the end of episode I still don’t empathize with any of the characters and don’t really care about what is going on XD. The background art wasn’t consistent, so I’m guessing the game art was the same?

    Yeah, that persona summoning was weird :-p. A bit of a disappointment for me, given all the hype for this anime. However, I can see that there is potential here, and the confusion so far isn’t as bad as that penguin show, so I’ll probably watch this to see where it goes…


  4. Tsuki
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 10:49:45

    I did play through the game, so I did understand everything. Even after playing the game, though, it’s pretty easy to see just how rushed this episode was. It had some very classy music, but the character development was far too rushed, and the pacing to the story was wayy too fast.


  5. Keiri
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 12:08:16

    I personally enjoyed the first episode as it brought back tons of nostalgia but admittedly, I too am worried about the pacing issues in the long term. We’re talking about fitting around 40 hours of gameplay story into a 2 cours series so rushing, editing and improvising are going to be expected. The question that remains is how they’re going to do all those for the rest of the series and make the overall show engaging at the same time. Hopefully they won’t rush through the scenes which have character developments or important expositions as it would make everything look shallow and confusing. As a huge fan of P4, I don’t want to part with the series remembering it like that once it ends. Perhaps it would have been better if this was slated for 3 cours instead but maybe it’s still too soon to judge.


  6. baka~
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 16:55:03

    I have to agree with both of you @Tsuki, @Keiri when it comes to rushed character development for this first episode. It’s quite convenient how they suddenly accepted the new guy and became close friends with him. As for the flow of the episode, I guess it’s crucial that they grab the viewer’s attention by rushing to the introduction of the ‘game’ mechanics. Unlike the game where players can leisurely discover the adventure, it is forgivable if the anime sped things a bit.


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