Persona 4: The Animation - "Suspicious Tropical Paradise" Episode 7 Recap
During the battle, Igor introduces Yu to the power of combining different Persona together, which weakens the fierce shadows. Yu then helps Kanji realize his love for cute things, and Kanji ends delivers the final blow to his own shadow.
Another great aspect of this episode was that the writers actually included the game’s concept of fusing Persona together, which only makes you wonder what Persona Yu will make in upcoming episodes. I also continue to enjoy how well done the animation is, as it’s very well-drawn and colored. Fans of the video game will easily notice that most of the music in this series is taken directly from the game, and it surprisingly works very well in the scenes.
There is one song in particular that is called “I’ll face myself”, which plays when the main characters accept their shadows and overcome the weaknesses in their hearts.
Of course, this episode wasn’t perfect. This series does have a really bad habit of rushing certain plot points. In this episode for example, the scene where Kanji decides to join the group was so rushed I didn’t even know what to think of it at first. In the game, Kanji joining had a whole investigation scene to go along with it to make it flow much better. Here in the animation, it was a quick five seconds to quickly progress to the plot. To conclude, Persona 4 the Animation has been a really great experience so far. What it does best is its character development and its well-written, slice-of-life storylines. What it does poorly is cram certain plot points together and rushing them to other plot points, which looks bad to the many viewers who have most likely played the game already.