Persona 4: The Animation – “It’s School Festival Day! Time to Have Fun!” Episode 19 Recap
A few days after, Yosuke is shocked to find out that Chie has entered all of the boys on the investigation team into the Yasogami High School Cross Dressing pageant. While Yosuke denies wanting to enter, Yu and Kanji encourage the idea and find it to be rather humorous. When the first day of the cultural festival arrives, the group cafe turns out to be a complete failure. Because there aren’t enough girls Yu role plays as a female, and Daisuke ends up blurting out how much he dislikes girls.
After that, Yu decides to watch the school performance of “Romeo and Juliet With Hamlet”.
He then overhears people talking about the band and how bad Ayane really is with playing instruments. Yu proceeds to the music room, where he finds the band trying to figure out what they can do with Ayane. Before the band members can come to a proper conclusion, Ayane suddenly steps down from her trombone position after hearing that the student who got injured has recovered. Yu tries to stand up for her, but she suddenly grabs him and takes him out of the music room. Outside, Ayane begins to cry to Yu and tells him that she feels like she just gave up on her dream. Yu manages to cheer her up, telling her that she will have another chance to follow that dream. They both decide to proceed to the cultural festival and have many fun moments together with the activities and the haunted house. After they leave the haunted house Ai grabs Yu and forces him to the tarot card reader, who is strongly hinted to be Margaret in disguise.
The final day of the Cultural Festival arrives and the cross-dressing pageant sadly begins for the boys. Kanji, Yosuke, and Yu are shown with incredibly embarrassing outfits. To the investigation team’s complete surprise, Teddie enters the competition as well and wins the rights to become a judge in the beauty pageant. Because of his one track mind about girls, he enforces the idea of having a swimsuit competition. Before the beauty pageant starts, Rise finds out that the audience has become smaller because the idol Kinami Mashita is having a big photo shoot in town. When the contest begins, Chie, Yukiko, and Rise get great ratings from the remaining audience while Naoto decides to not go on since she finds the idea too embarrassing. In a shocking turn of events though, Naoto wins the competition despite that. Near the end of the day, Rise talks to Yu in private about how she feels disappointed that she didn’t win. However, she tells him that she is now inspired to go back to being in an idol when spring comes around.
There is one big flaw that is happening with this show that I overlooked before; the animation and art quality have been really dropping since the tenth episode. A lot of character’s faces will suddenly be toned down in particular scenes, and I was shocked to see some random characters deformed in the background. I’ve been oblivious to this issue for a while due to my enjoyment of this adaptation, but for others I’ve discussed this show with the art style seems to be a pretty big disappointment. While I don’t want to sound demanding, I really do hope that the animation quality will rise as this show reaches its conclusion.
My favorite moment has to be Yu pretending to be a girl at the group cafe. Yu Narukami will always be known as the main character who hilariously messes around with his position as the protagonist. You know he’s funny when he is completely tricking Yosuke by pretending to give him “the stare of forbidden love”.
I also liked how they included more character development for Rise during the festival, which worked much better than how the writers handled Kanji’s recent resolve.
Viewers should know that this is actually the second-to-last comedic episode that we’ll be given. After next week, the plot does proceed into a much darker tone. So if you’re sick of the random taste of comedy, then you will be pleased when episode 21 comes around the corner.