Persona 4 the Animation

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Synonyms: P4A
Japanese: ペルソナ4アニメーション
English: Persona 4 the Animation
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Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2011 to Mar 30, 2012
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:30 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: AIC ASTA
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: SchoolSchool, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.511 (scored by 129239129,239 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #17952
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #908
Members: 262,551
Favorites: 2,367

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Serial murders have recently plagued Inaba, with the police struggling to find any leads. Despite this, due to his parents going abroad for work, Yuu Narukami moves to the small town to live with his uncle for a year. He enrolls at Yasogami High School, where he meets and befriends Yousuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka, and Yukiko Amagi.

While hanging out together after school, the group fills Yuu in on the urban legend known as the "Midnight Channel"—a mysterious TV channel that only appears at midnight on rainy days while the viewer is alone. Curious about the claim, Yuu decides to tune in that night, only to see the next victim of the serial murders appear on the screen instead. He also finds himself being drawn into the TV, which intrigues his newfound friends enough to want to investigate.

Yuu ends up falling into the world within the TV, which is blanketed by a thick fog and swarming with hostile creatures known as "Shadows." Realizing that this world is somehow connected to the murders, the Investigation Team forms with the goal of uncovering the mystery behind the incidents.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Persona 4 The Animation is based off of the critically acclaimed RPG series by Atlus.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Adachi, Kazuki
Sakurai, Takashi
Producer, Editing


Opening Theme

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1: "Pursuing My True Self" by Shihoko Hirata (eps 1)
2: "sky's the limit" by Shihoko Hirata (eps 2-8, 10-12)
3: "True Story" by Rise Kujikawa (Rie Kugimiya) (eps 9)
4: "key plus words" by Shihoko Hirata feat. Yumi Kawamura (eps 13, 14, 16-23)
5: "Burn My Dread" by Yumi Kawamura (eps 15)

Ending Theme

1: "sky's the limit" by Shihoko Hirata (eps 1)
2: "Beauty of Destiny" by Shihoko Hirata feat. Lotus Juice (eps 2-12)
3: "Koisuru Meitantei (恋する名探偵)" by Loveline (Yui Horie) (eps 13)
4: "The Way of Memories -Kizuna no Chikara- (The Way of Memories -キズナノチカラ-)" by Shihoko Hirata (eps 14-17, 19-24)
5: "Honto no Kimochi (ほんとのきもち)" by Shihoko Hirata (eps 18)
6: "Never More" by Shihoko Hirata (eps 25)


Jun 23, 2022
I'll start saying that I haven't played the game yet, so what I know from the game is just from a little gameplay I watched. So, no comparison to the original, my opinion will be only based on what I watched.
The serie is actually enjoyable, with the high and low typical of a 25(+1) episode serie, given that at this point it is considered a "long" anime. Being a P5's fan, I knew what I could expect, but the story was really intriguing aniway.
It's like a detective story, there are some crimes and the cast of main characters has to discover the truth about it. ...
Feb 9, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Watched over the course of 7 weeks as part of watch parties on the "The Paradox" Discord server (link to join the server here:

Persona 4 the Animation (much like the game it's based on), is a story filled with peaks and valleys. When it's good (ex: the last 3-4 episodes (and the OVA), the King's Game), it's REALLY good. But when it's bad (ex: the accursed Hot Springs episode, Kanji, Rise & Naoto's dungeons), it's REALLY bad. But this is not a BAD story or a bad anime on the whole. It's just aged really, really, REALLY badly. Needless to say, I prefer P3 ...
May 27, 2018
(Spoilers incoming) This review is coming from someone who's played the game multiple times. I think it's an understatement when I say the show is a very big disappointment.

Story: 7/10. The story is really nothing special: there's a series of murders going on, and our protagonist and his friends investigate a parallel world using their Personas in the attempt to save victims and find a lead on the murderer. The setup for the story is alright, and the biggest appeal is the mystery of who the murderer might be. Other than that, the execution of the story is pretty formulaic and uninspired. It essentially follows ...

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