ANIME MONDAY: Persona 4 The Animation – “In Order to Find The Truth” Review

Previously on Persona 4:

Yu & the others succeeded in stopping Namatame and rescued Nanako from the T.V. world. Things seem to be back to the normal as the “killer” has been caught; but things take a turn for the worst when Nanako dies in the hospital. Spoilers Ahead!

Nanako (Karen Strassman) has died in her hospital room and everyone is more than a little upset. Dojima (JB Blanc) makes his way to Namatame’s (Matthew Mercer) room in a rage but is soon stopped by other police. Equally distraught, the kids go in to dispense their own form of justice. Yu (Johnny Yong Bosch) almost throws Namatame into the TV before coming to his senses. After everyone cools down they go over the case once more, and when the begin to question Namatame the next day…strange things begin to come to light.

We get knee deep into the heart of the case in this episode, which makes it one of the best of the entire series. Emotions and tensions run off the scale as the situations begin to escalate.

The scenes directly after Nanako’s death are pretty heart punching as you can feel everyone’s pain; especially Dojima & Yu’s. Things get even more heated when the kids enter Namatame’s room to deal with him. Everyone is on edge which adds to the drama and the group becomes effectively split down the middle: with Yosuke (Yuri Lowenthal), Kanji (Matthew Mercer), & Naoto (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) wanting to throw Namatame into the TV, while Chie (Erin Fitzgerald), Rise (Laura Bailey), & Yukiko (Amanda Winn-Lee) look for a less extreme solution, making Yu the deciding factor.

After thinking it through Yu manages to cool everyone down and they leave to discuss more details of the case, as they find out that what they know and Namatame’s story doesn’t match up.

The mystery really starts to come together here as the group begins to pick apart the details of the case and where everyone fits in it, with them ultimately coming to the conclusion that Namatame isn’t the killer. We hear the story from his POV and it is quite interesting to see how he got into the position that he ended up in.

As the case begins to be reexamined and explored further by the group, Yu has a revelation. Finally discerning who the killer REALLY is.

“In Order to Find the Truth” is a very emotionally charged episode with very little moments of actual happiness in it. The tone continues to be dark and ominous and the way the case comes together allows for a lot of new information to be brought to light. The case continues next week as the killer’s identity is finally revealed.