ANIME MONDAY: Persona 4 The Animation – “A Stormy Summer Vacation 2/2” Review

Previously on Persona 4:

Summer vacation has started for the Investigation Team, and Nanako becomes a detective herself in order to investigate why her “big bro” was acting so strange. Spoilers Ahead.

Yu (Johnny Yong Bosch) encounters a fox when his summer vacation starts and agrees to help it fulfill a wish written on an enma (a piece of wood, mostly seen at Japanese shrines that people write their wishes on). Little does he know that this one act begins to snowball into a summer filled with screaming children, broken toys, flirtatious nurses, old women, stolen fireworks, & money troubles. Talk about an eventful summer.

This is basically the same episode as last week, just told from Yu’s point of view. He grows more as a character through his interactions with various Inaba residents and how he helps some solve their problems. We also get some clarification on a few scenes from the previous episode. Such as when Nanako (Karen Strassman) & Yu’s friends encountered “Teddie” getting off of the bus, it was actaully Yu inside the suit as he was using it to play with the kids at his daycare job.

That is really the main focus of the episode, the jobs you worked. Another throw back to the game, taking on jobs increases your stat parameters, gives you money, and helps establish more social links depending on said job. This episodes main purpose was to cram a bunch of social links and arcanas that weren’t touched on before into one episode, each one pertaining to people Yu met during his summer vacation.

Here’s how the characters introduced break down with their role and corresponding arcana:

Hermit: The fox Yu encounters.

Tower: Shu Nakajima (Sam Riegel), a young boy that Yu begins tutoring who hates school because he has no friends and everyone is dumber than him.

Temperance: Eri Minami (Valerie Arem), a young woman Yu meets at his daycare job who is trying to connect to her step son Yuuta (Laura Bailey).

Death: Hisano Kuroda (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn), an elderly woman Yu takes to hospital when she is injured by a thief. She is trying to forget the memories of her late husband.

Devil: Sayoko Uehara (Wendee Lee), a flirtatious nurse that Yu meets when he takes Hisano to the hospital who has become disillusioned with her job.

Each person serves a small role in the overall part of the episode, but they don’t get nearly as much development as they do in the game, so most of the scenes with these characters don’t make too much sense unless you have already played Persona 4.

“A Stormy Summer Vacation 2/2” is another little diversion until the story itself starts to pick back up. There are few dramatic scenes but there is definitely much more humor. Yu is given more of a chance to shine without his friends as a buffer so it was nice to see what he could do on his own. Summer Vacation comes to a close next week when the kids go on a school trip.