4:40 PM: Hi, everyone. It’s time for another showblog.
4:41 PM: Today’s feature rounds out [email protected] week with Persona: Trinity Soul.
4:41 PM: This series is loosely based on Atlus‘s Persona 3. As someone that wasn’t thrilled by the last two games, I expect a degree of mediocrity.
4:41 PM: But enough about that. I’d like to get the basic information out of the way before we get going.
4:41 PM: Directed by Jun Matsumoto (Senko no Night Raid)
4:41 PM: Character Designs by Yuriko Ishii
4:41 PM: Taku Iwasaki (Angel Heart, Black Cat, Gurren Lagann, Witch Hunter Robin)
4:41 PM: Animation Production: A-1 Pictures (Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Kannagi, Valkyria Chronicles)
4:41 PM: Opening Theme: Breakin’ Through by Shuhei Kita
4:42 PM: Ending Theme: Suicides Love Story by Nana Kitade
4:42 PM: Now, let’s get started. :)
4:43 PM: Opens to a girl… in water? drowning?
4:43 PM: While opera music plays, she points up at the surface. wat
4:43 PM: Shit’s goin’ down already. They’re sending the sub in .
4:44 PM: And out comes a detective? Calls himself Kanzato
4:44 PM: In the sub, they find: a half eaten sammich, equipment, and… no person
4:45 PM: “Please remain outside to preserve the scene T_T” I found our serious one :3
4:45 PM: “Are you there? :o” …huh? >->
4:45 PM: Opening credits – generic rock is go
4:46 PM: Wonder if we’ll see Philemon or Virgil in this…
4:47 PM: Philemon in particular would make me happy :D He was badass.
4:47 PM: And the show’s starting with… a guy sitting in a plane?
4:47 PM: “That scared me o_o” Apparently, his neighbor’s noticed this is a common tend
4:48 PM: “I was fighting for my life in my dream :D” “The dream where you transform? :o” …wat
4:48 PM: “I bet you’re just tired :D” or crazy
4:48 PM: “Auntie got a boyfriend :D” wat?
4:48 PM: That was a flimsy excuse for a plot
4:49 PM: And the two are waiting at the airport, talking about their supposed ride >_>
4:49 PM: From the sound of things, they’re related to the local police chief… or something. Yeah, they’ll be waiting a while >_>
4:50 PM: “The three of us are the only family we’ve got.” “A family who doesn’t know each other’s cellphone numbers :D” Oh snap
4:51 PM: And back to attractive cop man… who’s talking about Reverses… or something >_> I dunno
4:51 PM: And “A Latents” which may be important?
4:51 PM: “I finished the autopsy of another Reverse :D” What’s a reverse, then? >_>
4:52 PM: …Oh. ‘_’ “They’re turned perfectly inside-out like worn and discarded clothes :D” … ew :|
4:53 PM: “They were only high schoolers D:” So ah… that makes it weirder. Could be cults, perverts, or crazy demons
4:53 PM: Back to the kids… who got stuck walking. Poor kids. :|
4:54 PM: “I remember the house being bigger :D” Everyone does.
4:54 PM: Kanzato likes frogs. Fun fact
4:54 PM: Hah. Kanzato changed the lock on ’em
4:54 PM: “The forest is still here :D” …kay?
4:54 PM: The sight of a forest in winter… it’s as awesome as it is lonesome
4:55 PM: Looks like this bears some memories. They’re reminiscing.
4:55 PM: Apparently, the girl has… had? a twin sister. Interesting
4:56 PM: “He was quite protective of you :D” …OK?
4:56 PM: And now Kanzato’s looking up the Reverses… we get glimpse which is creepy ‘_’
4:56 PM: “CHIEF! EEEEAAAAAGH D:” …wat?
4:57 PM: Looks like he got maimed… or something
4:58 PM: Talking about Apathy Syndrome now – fun.
4:58 PM: That was correlated to the appearance of shadows in Persona 3, if I remember right
4:59 PM: Shit’s gon’ get real, it seems.
4:59 PM: And off our intrepid chief goes
4:59 PM: With some bad rock-rap music. -shakes fist- DAMN YOU MEGURO AND YOUR INFLUENCE D:
4:59 PM: And eyecatch.
5:00 PM: Mid-show analysis: So far, I’m digging this. :) It’s a much more subdued, more sedate story so far than recent Persona fare.
5:01 PM: It’s not overboard on crazy details (yet), and most of the dialogue is well-written.
5:01 PM: The character designs work well, and the animation and landscapes are great.
5:01 PM: Anyway, on with the show.
5:02 PM: Looks like the high schoolers (names: Shin and Jun) are at some restaurant
5:02 PM: And they’re debating how to talk to their relative
5:04 PM: Background music has a track from P3 – fun
5:04 PM: And a drunken girl tries to smack her… boyfriend? And leaves, pissed.
5:05 PM: Looks like Shin’s got a strong imagination – he’s drawing Personas. :o
5:05 PM: And it cuts to a rape. WTF Japan T_T
5:05 PM: While some guy drools and watches.
5:05 PM: HOLY SHIT IT’S THE MAGIC RAPEMAN O_O
5:06 PM: …And he’s raping her mind? wtf.
5:06 PM: Kanzato’s on the chase… and he be wieldin’ a Persona
5:06 PM: Have to admit – the persona fight is pretty impressive so far.
5:07 PM: Very well animated, lots of action, and not really superfluous… well, OK. Some overboard stuff…
5:07 PM: Like the giant leap off the building they just took XD
5:08 PM: …What a good cover-up. “I’m out of here T_T” basicaly
5:08 PM: Looks like Jun and Shin came across a fortune teller
5:08 PM: …Virgil?
5:08 PM: “We once met in a Velvet Room :D” yep. Virgil
5:09 PM: And he’s wearing a mask.
5:09 PM: THERE’S that long-nosed bastard! :D
5:09 PM: Looks like they fell asleep outside the house. >_> How convenient…
5:09 PM: And Kanzato hid a key… under the frog’s hat. D: THAT’S THE LAST PLACE I’D LOOK
5:10 PM: Apparently, Kanzato’s the two kids’ older brother
5:10 PM: And the combination was the birthdays of Yuki and Shin. Again surprisingly simple >_>
5:11 PM: “You know how to use the bath, right? :D” “if it hasn’t changed. :D” “I didn’t put a lock on it T_T” Burn! :3
5:11 PM: And Shin’s pissed that, well… his brother is serious and stressed, I guess.
5:12 PM: Looks like Shin’s making Persona statues now, too >_> And there’s one of Virgil. how convenient
5:12 PM: And Jun is staring at a kid’s dress? ‘-‘
5:12 PM: I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
5:13 PM: And out goes Shin… before Kanzato stops him.
5:13 PM: …Jun has issues… she’s talking in plurals. >_>
5:13 PM: And Jun’s looking for Virgil, I guess.
5:14 PM: Sound is heard: it’s just a drug addict.
5:14 PM: “Are you all ri- :O” Magic rapeman is back!
5:15 PM: And out comes… Persona! Of course it is.
5:15 PM: And the persona killed the magic rapeman. See? Rapists never win :D
5:15 PM: And the rapist seems relieved.
5:15 PM: “It’s gone :o” and credits.
5:16 PM: Verdict: I am genuinely enjoying this. I came into it expecting some campy, over-the-top show with a tone like Persona 3’s
5:17 PM: But instead, it’s more sedate, more intense, and plays heavily off the demonic aspects you saw in the original games.
5:17 PM: I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.