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Sep 27, 2011 1:55 PM

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According to their official press release, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Persona 4 The Animation.

Sentai Filmworks will be distributing the series digitally with a DVD and Blu-ray release in 2012.

Source: Sentai Press Release

Update on September 29th
Persona 4 The Animation will be available for free on The Anime Network weekly starting October 6th, the same day that it airs in Japan.

Source: The Anime Network Press Release
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Sep 27, 2011 2:03 PM

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Sentai huh? Low chance of a dub with the same actors then

 
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RyanSaotome said:
Sentai huh? Low chance of a dub then


I'd say 50/50 shot with something with a name, then again ADV got burned on Final Fantasy Unlimited, and I don't know how Zone of the Enders did for them.

Did not see this coming, thought for sure this would go Bandai or Funimation.
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I'll buy it.
 
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Sep 27, 2011 2:14 PM

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"awesome news" I would like to say this, but since I haven't even seen the show, i can't.
However i like the game...so, "good news".
 
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Z-flame said:
"awesome news" I would like to say this, but since I haven't even seen the show, i can't.


Its got a really good director, and the original story is one of the best out there. It looks to be high budget with great animation as well, so theres little chance it won't end up being a really good adaption. All they've gotta do is follow the story and it should be an easy 8.4-8.5 rating kinda show.

 
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RyanSaotome said:
Sentai huh? Low chance of a dub with the same actors then
This might be one of the few animes I would ever WANT to watch dub, and then this shit happens. Whyyyy?
 
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Sep 27, 2011 2:20 PM

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Persona 4 getting licensed was a given...no surprise here.
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Persona 4 getting licensed was a given...no surprise here.


Well yeah, someone would grab it. I expected Funimation though since they'd easily be able to get together the original cast for the dub. It'll be tough to sell this dubbed using different actors, and with Sentai being Texas based, the original cast is unlikely.

 
Sep 27, 2011 2:26 PM

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The one of the only anime I can think of that it doesn't sound right in Japanese, unless they get different dub-actors.

 
Sep 27, 2011 2:29 PM

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Didn't expect Sentai to license it, but nice acquisition regardless.

And to all of you who're concerned whether Sentai's going to use their own voice actors or not, keep in mind that they're bringing back the cast for the Rozen Maiden OVA that has been previously unlicensed stateside, so there's hope.
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Sep 27, 2011 2:32 PM

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As expected still good to hear.
 
Sep 27, 2011 2:38 PM

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Well I knew it had to get licensed sooner or later, because it is fairly popular over here. But man, these shows just keep getting licensed faster and faster.
 
Sep 27, 2011 2:47 PM

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I really would like to watch this dubbed (never thought I'd say that). Since the Japanese version is having all of their same voice actors, I'm really hoping that Sentai will follow the trend. I'm gonna put my faith in Sentai to follow through, even if it's hoping for a lost cause. But meh.
 
Sep 27, 2011 2:54 PM

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I don't know why I read this as "Aria 4 : the Animation"
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Sep 27, 2011 3:09 PM

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nextday said:
Well this was to be expected. After all, the game is popular.

This! xD


 
Sep 27, 2011 3:10 PM

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i will ive it a try
 
Sep 27, 2011 3:11 PM

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Confucius said:
I don't know why I read this as "Aria 4 : the Animation"

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I actually would like that XD
 
Sep 27, 2011 3:25 PM

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good news?? i guess...
 
Sep 27, 2011 3:49 PM

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Wow even the licensing companies know that this Fall is going to be a top tier season for anime. For some reason, that makes me happy.
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Sep 27, 2011 4:21 PM

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wow, that was quick, selfish bastards :)
 
Sep 27, 2011 4:51 PM

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Awesome, so I can totally horde it when it comes out.
Oh yeah.
 
Sep 27, 2011 5:28 PM

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Sentai's on a roll this year.
 
Sep 27, 2011 7:56 PM

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Ugh Sentai. So we can expect this to be released in 2012 as a thinpack with crappy packaging, an insertable paper sleeve and no extras. Awesome.
 
Sep 27, 2011 10:50 PM

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Really? Sentai?
 
Sep 27, 2011 11:04 PM

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As Brosuke would say, 'epic fail'.
 
Sep 27, 2011 11:46 PM

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I... I'm of course happy that P4 will be getting licensed but I was really hoping that it'd be funimation who licensed it. I can see them getting the same voice actors/actresses from the but I don't know remotely enough about Sentai to say the same. That's not to say that only the game VA will be good, but it'll definitely be different.
 
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HatenaZubon said:
Ugh Sentai. So we can expect this to be released in 2012 as a thinpack with crappy packaging, an insertable paper sleeve and no extras. Awesome.

Sadly yes. I would rather that NISA would have gotten it since they have premium packages for all their releases and have also begun releasing BR/DVD combopaks while Sentai have not.

I really hope they can get the original VAs for the DUB, there are few anime I would want to watch in English but this is certainly one. I'm just way too used to the games dub after 60 hours of gameplay.
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Sep 28, 2011 1:12 AM

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Not shocked it was licensed, I am shocked Sentai got it. Where the hell was Funi QQ?
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Sep 28, 2011 2:22 AM

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Will buy if dubbed that is all. I haven't played the games so I guess if they have different actors its not going to bug me.

It does worry me though since ADV didn't use the original cast from the Xenosaga game when they dubbed the anime. So they might do the same here very likely. -___-
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Sep 28, 2011 7:28 AM

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God I hope this anime is good. Like really, really badly.
 
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RyanSaotome said:
Z-flame said:
"awesome news" I would like to say this, but since I haven't even seen the show, i can't.


Its got a really good director, and the original story is one of the best out there. It looks to be high budget with great animation as well, so theres little chance it won't end up being a really good adaption. All they've gotta do is follow the story and it should be an easy 8.4-8.5 rating kinda show.


The last persona anime adaption failed miserably. It remains to be seen whether this adaption will deviate from the past adapation's faulty execution. We'll have to wait and watch.
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I'll buy it.

THIS.
 
Sep 29, 2011 9:41 AM

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Nooooooooooooo!

And I wanted a dub, too. >:'I A GOOD dub. With the original cast, if possible. But my hopes for that have been dashed.

This will also make getting fansubs harder.

Sentai, go to hell.

ALSO! As someone who has played and ADORED the game, the press release information is SO EXTREMELY WRONG. This will be a horrible trainwreck.

Yu Narukami's FAMILY moves to Inaba? The Midnight Channel is a VIDEO GAME WORLD? "Game-within-a-game"? What? Huh? Do they think the whole game is about the Void Quest dungeon?

I'm really angry right now. Couldn't Bandai or Funimation have gotten this, instead? There is no fucking way Sentai will do P4 justice.
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Update on September 29th
Persona 4 The Animation will be available for free on The Anime Network weekly starting October 6th, the same day that it airs in Japan.

Source: The Anime Network Press Release
 
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