Persona 4 takes place in the same universe as Persona 3 in a rural town named Inaba. There have been mysterious murders occurring whenever there was fog after heavy rain. There were also rumors about a channel on television airing only at midnight called Mayonaka TV, during which it is said that one can see his/her "other half" when staring at the TV screen. After hearing about a recent unsolved murder which occurred during the fog, the characters—the main character, Chie, and Yōsuke—discuss how each of them had attempted to watch the mysterious TV channel and witnessed the murder victim.
The protagonist later realizes that during midnight when the channel is on, his body can phase into his television set as a gateway to enter another world infested with shadows. After discovering this, they all decide to explore. When first completely entering the world, dazed and confused, the main character meets Teddie. Mayonaka TV and the town murders seem to have a connection. The murder victims may be merely victims of Mayonaka TV. Everyone decides that they will together try to solve the mysterious murders by exploring the hidden world of Mayonaka TV. After the closing events of Persona 3 on January 31, 2010, Persona 4 starts April 11, 2011, Putting the start of Persona 4 fourteen months after the end of Persona 3, this is also evident by the appearance of an older Chihiro, who is now a 3rd year student.
To be entirely honest, I may be slightly biased in writing this. I have an extreme connection to Persona 4 through the video game; reading this manga is just helping me reliving the same experiences I had with the game. And is that really a bad thing? In every way the Persona 4 manga is for long time fans of the game looking to see their favorite adventure through a new perspective. Persona 4's manga keeps the original story intact while making the story feel more fluid and not accounting for the hours spent in-game grinding your level for the next boss fight. Persona 4's manga picks up a new name for Yu Narukami and finally gives him a personality (And a voice). Personally, I much prefer his new name, Soji Seta. Nontheless, Yu or Soji is going on the same adventure through the twisted fate of Inaba! Persona 4's manga still shows the beautiful spunk of the original cast [Minus Marie from P4: Golden (Not really a problem if you ask me)]with dialogue that feels as though it was lifted from the game itself. Without a doubt the writers, and even the translators, are very well-versed in their P4 lore. And this only goes to help the series. While we see the standard game events unfold we also get extra fun stuff like when Yukiko and Chie first met, something I was very curious about. While I have not finished this manga yet, I count down the days until the release of the next volume as I know it is not going to disappoint! read more