List of Persona 4: The Animation episodes
|Persona 4: The Animation|
Cover of the first Blu-ray volume released by Aniplex on November 23, 2011, featuring main protagonist Yu Narukami.
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original release||October 6, 2011 – March 29, 2012|
Persona 4: The Animation is a television anime series based on the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 video game by Atlus. Produced by AIC A.S.T.A. and directed by Seiji Kishi, the series revolves around Yu Narukami, a second year high school student from a city who moves to Inaba to live for a year with his uncle and cousin. After acquiring a mysterious power called "Persona", he embarks on a journey with his new friends to uncover the truth behind a bizarre series of murders involving the distorted TV World, as well as a phenomenon called the "Midnight Channel". The 25-episodes series aired on MBS between October 6, 2011 and March 29, 2012. An additional 26th episode, featuring the story's true ending, was released on the 10th DVD/BD volume on August 22, 2013. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in North America, simulcasting it on Anime Network as it aired and releasing the series on DVD and Blu-ray in two collective volumes on September 18, 2012 and January 15, 2013 respectively. A film recap of the series, titled Persona 4: The Animation -The Factor of Hope-, was released in Japanese theaters on June 9, 2012, featuring a condensed version of the story and new scenes of animation.
The main opening themes for the series are "sky's the limit" by Shihoko Hirata for episodes 1-8, 10-12, and "key plus words" sung by Hirata featuring Yumi Kawamura for episodes 13-14, 16-22. Additional opening themes include "Pursuing My True Self" by Hirata for the TV broadcast of the first episode, "True Story" by Rie Kugimiya (as Rise Kujikawa) for episode 9, and "Burn My Dread" by Kawamura for episode 15. The main ending themes for the series are "Beauty of Destiny" by Hirata featuring Lotus Juice for episodes 1-12, and "The Way of Memories (Kizuna no Chikara)" (The Way of Memories -キズナノチカラ-?, lit. "The Way of Memories (The Power of Bonds)") by Hirata for episodes 14-17, 19-21, 23. Additional ending themes include "Koisuru Meitantei" (恋する名探偵?, lit. "The Love Detective") by Yui Horie (as Loveline) for episode 13, "Honto no Kimochi" (ほんとのきもち?, lit. "True Feelings") by Hirata for episode 18, and "Never More" by Hirata for episode 25 and the True End episode.
|1||"You're myself, I'm yourself"||Yūko Kakihara||October 7, 2011|
Inside a limousine, Igor, and his assistant Margaret, introduce themselves to the unseen visitor, and explain the nature of their location, the Velvet Room, a place that exists between "dream and reality". Igor mentions something special is in store for their guest.
Yu Narukami arrives by train to the rural city of Inaba, where he will be living with his detective uncle and cousin for a year, beginning classes at Yasogami High School the following day. Someone who cuts class soon discovers the corpse television announcer Mayumi Yamano hanging from a television aerial, and a crime scene of this murder is later investigated. Yu goes out with Yosuke Hanamura and Chie Satonaka to Junes, a department store Yosuke's father manages, to celebrate their friendship. Chie brings up the Midnight Channel, a strange "television show" that appears on rainy nights. The three later meet Saki Konishi there as well. Back at home, an interview is shown on the news about a girl who had witnessed the murder. As it later rains during the night, Yu feels a strange ambiance as it tries to pull him into the television, but he manages to free himself. Although relaying this event to Chie and Yosuke the next day yet dismissing it as a dream, they head to Junes to see what will happen on a widescreen television. The news shows that Saki was actually the one being interviewed, and as Yu touches the television, he starts to pass through. Yosuke, out of shock, accidentally knocks the three of them into the television, where they enter a world shrouded by fog. They find a room with a noose and encounter an anthropomorphic bear named Teddie, who hands Yu a pair of glasses allowing him to see through the fog. Suddenly, they are attacked by creatures known as Shadows. Just as the group are pinned down, Yu's power awakens as he summons his Persona named Izanagi to defeat the Shadows.
|2||"The Contractor's key"||Yūko Kakihara||October 14, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Igor and Margaret present a key to their guest, welcoming him to return whenever he wishes. Margaret also reveals the guest's Persona is a Wild Card, providing infinite possibilities.
Yu, Yosuke, and Chie return to their world, thanks to Teddie. The next day, Yukiko Amagi rejects a disturbed student's request for a date. Yosuke wants to take Saki to see a movie, but an assembly is called in, where it is learned that she has died. Yosuke proposes a theory that not only people who appear on the Midnight Channel will die, but also the television world is somehow connected to their deaths. Yu and Yosuke return to the television world, having Chie remain behind. Teddie accuses Yu and Yosuke of pushing people in, leading to their deaths. After they discover that his body is hollow, they manage to convince him otherwise and offer to help find the culprit. Teddie leads them to the twisted shopping district, mirroring the Inaba Shopping District, where they find the Konishi family's liquor store. Inside, Yosuke hears Saki's suppressed thoughts about her hatred towards him and his association with Junes. Suddenly, a doppelganger of Yosuke appears, claiming to be the manifestation of his boredom of the countryside. Yosuke denies these claims, causing the doppelganger to turn into a Shadow. During the battle, Yu manages to make Yosuke accept the thoughts his Shadow expresses, allowing Izanagi to defeat it transforming it into Yosuke's Persona named Jiraiya. Yu and Yosuke return to their world, finding a worried Chie waiting for them. As they return home, Yu and Yosuke resolve to find the culprit.
|3||"We are friends, aren't we?"||Mitsutaka Hirota||October 21, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Igor explains that Personas are strengthened by the bonds one makes with others, and Margaret notes that their guest has formed the bond necessary for the Magician Arcana so far.
Chie grows concerned after seeing Yukiko on the Midnight Channel, but is assuaged when Yukiko calls her to say she is taking time off from school to help at the Amagi Inn, the inn owned by her family. After confirming with Teddie that no humans are currently inside the TV world, Yu suggests that they watch Midnight Channel at night, which shows Yukiko dressed as a princess proclaiming she is searching for her "Prince Charming" before running off into a castle. The next day, Yosuke reveals two fake swords he found believing they will help in the television world, but both he and Yu are arrested when an officer notices them. Tohru Adachi, junior detective partnered with Yu's uncle, manages to release the boys. Chie, meeting them at the police station, reveals that Yukiko has gone missing, prompting Adachi to believe that Yukiko may be involved with the recent murders. Yu, Yosuke, and Chie later go into the television world, meeting up with Teddie, to save Yukiko inside the castle. Chie runs in ahead of the others, entering a room resembling a bedroom where she hears Yukiko's thoughts about being useless without Chie. During this, Chie's other self appears, scoffing at Yukiko and liking how Yukiko submits. When Chie rejects these accusations, her other self transforms into a Shadow that the boys fight, with Yu discovering his ability to use other Persona in battle. After the battle, Chie accepts that the only thing she cares about is Yukiko's friendship, causing the Shadow to transform into her Persona named Tomoe Gozen. The group leave the television world, unable to find Yukiko, but vowing to rescue her before the fog returns.
|4||"Somewhere not here"||Jun Kumagai||October 28, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret congratulates their guest that he was able to utilize the powers of the Wild Card, and that he has managed to obtain yet another bond to create the Chariot Arcana.
The group returns to the television world to resume their search for Yukiko in the castle, but they instead find her doppelganger who, after summoning Shadows, runs off. Elsewhere, the real Yukiko reminisces about a past incident with Chie followed by the time she nursed an abandoned baby bird back to health and then kept as a pet. When it escaped its cage, Yukiko became overcome with thoughts that, unlike the bird, she would be unable to escape her fate of running the Amagi Inn. When her friends find her, her doppelganger has been voicing these thoughts aloud Yukiko. The doppelganger welcomes the group before attempting to drop a chandelier on top of Chie. However, Yu reveals another ability allowing him to summon Ara Mitama to protect her. The doppelganger then begins to rant about how Chie is no longer fit to be her prince and continues attacking them. Eventually, Yukiko rejects her causing the doppelganger to transform into a Shadow, a bird who sets the area ablaze while trapping the real Yukiko in a birdcage. As the group fights Yukiko's Shadow, Chie reveals her jealousy towards Yukiko, giving Yukiko the strength to break free and allowing the others to defeat her Shadow. After the battle, Yukiko accepts her Shadow which becomes her own Persona named Konohana-Sakuya.
|5||"Would you love me?"||Yūko Kakihara||November 4, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret foretells that their guest will soon acquire two new Arcanas: the Moon and Strength.
While waiting for Yukiko to recover, Yu is asked by Chie to help out with the basketball club, being formally introduced to his teammate, Kou Ichijo. He later spends time with the team's manager, Ai Ebihara, who eventually confides in him about a crush she has on Kou and asks for help. However, upon learning that Kou has a crush on Chie instead, Ai attempts to jump off of the school roof. Yu manages to console her, which causes Ai to force Yu into dating her until she finds someone else. Believing that Chie might be jealous of Yu, Yosuke sets her up to become a temporary manager for the basketball team. Yu later learns that Kou is quitting the team after the next game because of family pressure and wants to leave on a win. During the game, Ai starts to slap fight with Chie due to jealousy, and Kou's team end up losing. Later while eating at the Chinese Diner Aiya, Yosuke notices that his classmate Aika Nakamura works there, since her family owns the restaurant. Kou explains the outcome changed his mind about quitting and Ai lets go of Yu, explaining that she wants to work hard and become a good manager. The next day, Yukiko returns fully recovered to school and the group resumes their investigation.
|6||"I'll beat you, and beat you good"||Jun Kumagai||November 11, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret is alone, as Igor has gone out, but she congratulates the player on making the bonds related to the Moon and Strength Arcanas.
When his uncle, Ryotaro Dojima, has to back out of going on a trip for Golden Week, Yu decides to take his cousin, Nanako Dojima, to hang out with his friends at Junes, who quickly warm up to her. The next day, Yosuke deduces that all of the victims so far have been women who are somehow linked to Yamano. After a week, on another rainy night, Yu watches the Midnight Channel, and is surprised to see it showing Kanji Tatsumi, a notorious punk who attends his school. Yu, Yosuke, Chie, and Yukiko discuss how Kanji does not fit the criteria of the first three victims, who were all female. However, there is a link between Kanji and Yamano. Tatsumi Textiles, Kanji's family shop, has a custom-made scarf that was seen as a noose in the first visit to the television world. Upon leaving the shop, the group sees Kanji talk with an unknown young man. The next day after school, Yosuke and Chie attempt to trail Kanji as he meets up with the student from the previous day, while Yu and Yukiko stake out near the shop, in order to catch the culprit. As Yukiko expresses her feelings about what she believes is her destined job at the Amagi Inn, Yosuke and Chie's cover is soon blown. Chie panics and says that it would not be wrong for Kanji to meet up with another boy, but this upsets him to the point that he threatens to beat them. They run away from him, eventually involving Yu and Yukiko in the chase until they manage to lose him. That night, Yu watches the Midnight Channel, only to see Kanji as an overtly flamboyant gay host of a show investigating bathhouses.
|7||"Suspicious Tropical Paradise"||Jun Kumagai||November 18, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret congratulates the guest that he has made a new bond, which has opened up the path to the Priestess Arcana, before Igor warns him that the danger befalling Inaba is coming closer.
When the four enter back into the television world, Kanji is nowhere to be found. It is learned that Kanji made a bunny-shaped phonestrap charm for a little boy, after the latter had previously lost one before. Yu borrows the charm to give to Teddie, who is able to track down the scent, ending up finding Kanji at a steamy bathhouse, who is struggling with his other self in a compromising position. Kanji rejects the fact of being gay, which then transforms his other self into an overly muscular Shadow, flanked by two equally muscular flamboyant lesser Shadows. As it seems that the group is no match against Kanji's Shadow, Yu fuses two Personas into Yamata-no-Orochi, also accepting the bunny-shaped phonestrap charm that Kanji made as something cute. This encourages Kanji to punch his own Shadow, taking it out of the battle. Kanji retorts to his other self that he is not gay but rather afraid of being rejected by either sex, turning his other self into his Persona named Take-Mikazuchi. Several weeks later, Kanji joins up with the group to find out who pushed him in the television world in the first place. That night, Dojima asks Yu if he has been getting involved in anything, aware that Yu was at Tatsumi Textiles and worried that he is getting in over his head.
|8||"We've lost something important again"||Yūko Kakihara||November 25, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Igor is out once more, and Margaret muses if their guest is coming because he knows Igor is out, before she congratulates him on acquiring the Emperor Arcana.
Knowing that a school camping trip is coming up, the group will get to cook curry together, so they prepare for the next day with food and supplies. While at the campsite, the curry that the girls prepared had several ingredients to which make it barely edible, much to Yosuke's disgust, yet their classmate Hanako Ohtani loves the curry and eats it all. When Yu and Yosuke go to the first aid tent, they meet Naoki Konishi, who has been feeling left out from activities since his older sister Saki died, as everyone is trying to let him grieve. While the gang is hiding out eating food they have ordered from Aika, Kanji picks up Naoki from his post so the others can talk to him, giving him some peace of mind. That night, when Yu and Yosuke tell Kanji they are wary of sharing a tent with him after seeing his other self, he storms out to break into the girls' tent to prove otherwise, but Chie knocks him out with a rock. An unconscious Kanji is left with a snoring Hanako for the remainder of the night. On the last day of camping, Yosuke convinces the girls to go swimming, as he bought swimsuits for them at Junes. But when they are offended by the boys, they throw them into the river. As they head back to camp, Hanako approaches Kanji, revealing that he is not her type, greatly upsetting him.
|9||"No one sees the real me"||Mitsutaka Hirota||December 2, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret notes that their guest has obtained the Hanged Man Arcana after his camping trip, and reminds him that his bonds will only strengthen the more he makes them.
Popular singer and idol Rise Kujikawa decides to take a break from her career when it starts to wear her out, and she decides to go to Inaba to help out at Marukyu Tofu, her grandmother's tofu shop. While she is shopping at Junes, she meets Yu, who has found her cellphone after she dropped it. The following night, Rise appears on the Midnight Channel wearing a swimsuit, and the group decides that they have to go to Marukyu Tofu warn her of a potential kidnapping. They later manage to catch a stalker after Rise who claims to be just a fanboy, and Adachi arrests him to question him for the kidnappings. The next day, Yu learns that Rise has started classes at Yasogami High School, and he helps her evade paparazzi waiting for her outside the school. Her old agent goes to find her, revealing she has lost a movie role to another idol. When Yu attempts to console her, she believes Yu is no better than anyone else and runs off. That night, the Midnight Channel shows Rise as the host of a strip joint show, much to Yu's shock.
|10||"Real Me Doesn't Exist"||Mitsutaka Hirota||December 9, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret reads their guest's fortune, and warns him that a great danger approaches and he might not be strong enough to face it, even with all of his Arcanas thus far.
Yu, Yosuke, Chie, Yukiko, and Kanji go into the television world in order to save Rise, finding her at a strip joint. As Rise is harassed by multiple other selves, she rejects them, turning her main other self into a large Shadow. The gang summons their Personas to battle the Shadow, but she uses her special scanning ability to detect the strengths and weaknesses of their Personas, dodging their attacks and severely harming them. As she prepares a final attack, a fired up Teddie rushes at the Shadow, who cannot detect what Teddie really is and cannot effectively counterattack. Teddie defeats the Shadow, flattening himself in the process, and Rise realizes that she does not have a "real identity", transforming her other self into her Persona named Himiko. However, this causes Teddie to have an existential crisis, bringing forth his other self which also turns into a Shadow, sucking Teddie's deflated body up and threatening to kill the others. As Teddie proclaims to his other self that he does not want the easy answers as to who he really is, Rise uses Himiko to detect the Shadow's weak spot, allowing Izanagi to defeat it, freeing Teddie who accepts his other self and receives his own Persona named Kintoki-Douji.
|11||"Catch Me If You Can"||Jun Kumagai||December 16, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret congratulates their guest for forming the bond that gives him the Lovers Arcana, but warns him that the power can either be fruitful for love, or harmful.
When their homeroom teacher, Kinshiro Morooka, is found murdered, the group is confused as he had not appeared on the Midnight Channel like the other victims. As they are curious if Morooka was thrown into the television world without their knowledge, they decide to talk to Teddie, amazed to find him in the real world this time and surprised to see that he has grown a human body inside his costume. They give him new clothes and have him blend in as a human. As the gang head to Marukyu Tofu, they are met by the student from before, who is revealed to be a junior detective named Naoto Shirogane, who confirms the three serial murders that have happened so far. Rise later agrees to join the gang to solve the mystery behind the victims and murders. The next day at school, the class is introduced to their new homeroom teacher, Noriko Kashiwagi, who behaves in such a flirtatious manner. Yukiko is approached by the disturbed student who has been stalking her, but she turns down his offer to go out with him a second time. While at his house, upset over being rejected, the disturbed student, revealed to be Mitsuo Kubo, decides to take credit for the three murders to an online chatroom. But when he is brushed off as a troll, he storms out of his house to turn himself in to the police. The following day while the group is at Junes, Naoto tells them that the police have closed the case, due to Mitsuo turning himself in. Sometime later on a rainy day, the group decides to check out the Midnight Channel once more, and that night they find Mitsuo taunting the viewer to catch him if they can.
|12||"It's Not Empty At All"||Yūko Kakihara||December 23, 2011|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret tells their guest that he has acquired the bond of the Star Arcana, before Igor warns him that his journey is reaching a climax with surprises in store. Margaret adds that his path is at a crossroad, and if he makes the wrong decisions his journey will come to an end. She reminds him that there is only one truth, before Igor warns him that defeat is not the only way to lose.
The gang enters the television world to find Mitsuo in a video game simulation. They discuss how they believe Mitsuo is the culprit behind the murders and how Yukiko, Kanji, and Rise have all come into contact with him before they were thrown into the television world. By the time they track down Mitsuo, they see him arguing with his other self over the murders, while his other self claims that he is "empty". Once Mitsuo refuses its statements, it begins to transform into a Shadow. Suddenly, time skips forward to after the battle, when the group is planning a party to celebrate the resolution of the murder case. As time progresses forward through the months, the group starts falling apart, but Yu and Yosuke remain as friends. On a rainy night, Yu is unable to watch the Midnight Channel, let alone pass through the television. When he hears the voice of Mitsuo's Shadow inside his room, he is taunted that his bonds are now "empty", since he is cannot summon his Persona anymore. Yu starts to give up hope when the Shadow strangles him, but he hears Yosuke's voice and he is pulled out of the illusion the Shadow created. Reunited with his friends, Yu makes a confidently retorts to the Shadow that he is "far from empty" and summons several Personas representing all of the bonds he has made since for the past few months to attack the Shadow. When the Shadow is defeated, they confront Mitsuo, who shamelessly admits to being behind the three murders, and they are surprised when his other self disappears instead of turning into a Persona. As in the illusion, Yu proposes that the gang have a celebratory party for Mitsuo's arrest. After the party, Nanako and Teddie make a promise that he will come over to play with her, and Yosuke tells Yu about the shopping district's summer festival.
|13||"A Stormy Summer Vacation 1/2"||Jun Kumagai||January 6, 2012|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret congratulates their guest on being able to surpass the greatest challenge he has had to face so far. She advises him to take some time off to recover, and Igor mentions that it is helpful to have some reprieve, even if there is not much time left.
This is how Nanako spent her summer vacation. On her way home during a downpour, Nanako passes by the local shrine and gives a fox her umbrella, coming home soaking wet. Nanako starts to worry when Yu starts coming home late day after day. To find out what he is up to, she decides to dress up as her favorite cartoon character, Magical Detective Loveline, and tries to follow him around. She loses track of Yu when Teddie interrupts her for some pastries on her first attempt. The next day, the rest of the group show up and decide to help her out, and after searching for Yu all day, they give up at sunset. As they wait at a bus stop, Teddie apparently gets off of the bus, and when the group interrogate him, they realize he is not acting like himself, but he leaves before they can ask anything else. The following day, after Nanako tracks Yu down, she and the gang surprisingly find him with three women of different ages each at separate times during the day. On the day of the summer festival, Nanako is at the fairgrounds by herself as Dojima has to work late, feeling she will never solve the case. However, Naoto finds her and cheers her up, prompting her to go throughout the festival looking for Yu. Nanako eventually finds Yu, and they watch the fireworks together, with everyone Yu has met over the past weeks, thanking Yu for his help. Two days later, Dojima brings home watermelon for Nanako, Yu, and the rest of the group to enjoy. Nanako asks Yu what he has been up to for the whole summer break, and he begins to tell her what he has done.
|14||"A Stormy Summer Vacation 2/2"||Jun Kumagai||January 13, 2012|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret is by herself, and she tells her guest that he will soon make the bonds to acquire several new Arcana.
This is how Yu spent his summer vacation. Yu goes out to buy a new umbrella for Nanako, who claims that she lost it the night before, but he is not able to afford one. After passing by the local shrine, of which the Fox approaches him holding an ema, he is suggested to tutor Shu Nakajima, while at the same time taking up another job at a local daycare. He stops Yuuta and Kaneko from fighting over the latter's toy robot, which breaks during the fight. When Yuuta's stepmother Eri Minami apologizes to Kaneko's mother, and Yu takes the blame and offers to replace the expensive toy robot. Yuuta and Kaneko get into another a few days later after the former claims to have seen Magical Detective Loveline, unbeknownst it was Nanako dressed in disguise. Yu dresses up in Teddie's costume to stop the fight, and when he goes home in the costume, he crosses paths with Nanako and his friends. Later, as he heads to the shrine, he finds an old woman, Hisano Kuroda, unconscious after she has been mugged, and he accompanies her to the hospital where her attending nurse Sayoko Uehara flirts with Yu. Some days later after a tutoring session, Shu reveals that he dislikes going to school and has no friends. During an impromptu date Yu gets dragged into, Sayoko reveals her dismay that as a nurse everyone she meets at work leaves as soon as they get better. Meeting with her, Eri reveals to Yu her stress at the strained relationship with Yuuta. Finding her, Kuroda says to Yu that she is tired of being reminded of her deceased husband and throws a decorative comb he gave her into the river, and a large carp jumps out of the water with the comb stuck in its fins as soon as she leaves. During the summer festival, after having caught the carp, he returns the comb to Kuroda, saying she should not be throwing away memories. Yu also sees Shu, who stole fireworks from the display because none of his classmates invited him to go see them, but Yu gives him a reversi set as a birthday gift and reminds him that two people are needed to play the game. He then finds Eri, who has been badly hurt after stepping in the way of Yuuta getting hit by a purse during another fight. Yu calls Sayoko who walks him through the steps of getting Eri better. Yu is thanked by those he has helped out over the past few weeks. The next day, the local shrine has gotten an excess of donations, which the Fox lets Yu use to buy a new umbrella for Nanako.
|15||"The Long-Awaited School Trip"||Yūko Kakihara||January 20, 2012|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret and Igor congratulate their guest as he has formed the bonds giving him the Temperance, Tower, Death, Devil, and Hermit Arcanas. Margaret also tells him the more he strengthens the bonds, the stronger he will become.
As summer vacation ends and classes begin, the freshmen and sophomores go on a field trip a week later to Tatsumi Port Island. However the hotel they will be staying in has been repurchased from a less-than-reputable organization. Teddie, waiting for the gang there, wants to score a date with Yukiko, which she agrees to do so during free time the following day. While the girls enjoy the rotating waterbed in their room, the boys have a more turbulent experience with their waterbed. The next day, the group split up while wandering the island. Yu catches up with Chie who is defending a young boy from thugs, later revealing to Yu that she wants to find meaning in her self-worth, of which he admires in her. The group reunites at a night club, seeing Naoto there. As they all enjoy free food and drinks, it seems that they were served alcohol and have been acting out of character during a drinking game. Naoto has a family history of being detectives that help the police and then requests that they reveal their involvement in the murders. Although Yukiko blurts out that that they go into the TV to fight Shadows with their Personas, Naoto believes she is mocking the idea. The next day, the gang enjoys lunch together before leaving for Inaba. Back in Inaba, Naoto talks on the phone to someone, requesting some more information on the self-styled gang and the Midnight Channel.
|16||"Although the Case Was Closed"||Mitsutaka Hirota||January 27, 2012|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret warns their guest that he is becoming lax and that may spell trouble, but Igor says he should move at his own pace, even though danger approaches.
Naoto appears on the news to say that there are incongruities in the murder case and that it is still under investigation. The next day after school, Naoto approaches the gang and interrogates their involvement in the murder case. Naoto tells them that they are not seen as possible suspects, but as pawns in the game. Naoto goes on to reveal that Morooka's murder was the only one that sticks out, as he never appeared on television and never disappeared before his body was discovered, having a blunt force to the head as the cause of death. At night, Naoto appears on the Midnight Channel, and announces an experimental operation to be born anew. When the group goes to the television world the next day, they are unable to find Naoto. As they return to the real world, the group splits up in search of Naoto. According to Aika, Naoto had gotten into an argument with Adachi of how to handle the murder case. The group heads back to the television world, bringing them to a secret laboratory. When they enter, they see Naoto chiding a doppelganger for acting too much like a child. However, the other self reveals that Naoto is insecure about being seen only as a child, rather than an adult detective, aside from the fact that Naoto is really a girl. This causes Naoto to reject her other self, transforming it into a Shadow. Yosuke is attacked, struck by a beam that causes him to age rapidly. As the Shadow starts to attack the others, they retreat while Naoto is left in her Shadow's clutches.
|17||"I Want to Know the Truth"||Mitsutaka Hirota||February 3, 2012|
Alone in the Velvet Room, Margaret tells her guest the story of Jack Frost, who asked the gods to end his loneliness. They gave him a friend who was alive for only one day, and when his friend disappeared after the day, he wished that he had never made his request if he knew how lonely it would make him feel after.
Teddie is hit by the aging beam when he protects the girls from the Shadow, and Yu is also hit after trying to vary his Personas against the Shadow. The Shadow laments on her difficulty to make friends, being discredited for her age and gender. After freeing himself from the debris from the Shadow's earlier attacks, Kanji charges at the Shadow, telling Naoto that he has grown past his struggle in making friends. Teddie manages to restore their ages using Kintoki-Douji, which allows Yu to summon Beelzebub and defeat the Shadow. Naoto accepts her other self, transforming it into the Persona named Sukuna-Hikona, not long before collapsing from exhaustion. When Yu returns to his house, Dojima and Adachi inform him about Naoto's safe return, yet Dojima surmises that Yu is somehow involved with the case. A month later, a recovered Naoto reveals that her kidnapping happened in quick succession, likely committed by a lone male. The group concludes that Mitsuo was only a copycat killer, given the circumstances of Morooka's death. Naoto asks if she can join the group to help out. After Naoto offers to have the whole group get physicals, Teddie is shown to have nothing in his body according to his X-rays. Kanji admits to Yu that Naoto has inspired him to be himself and help others to see who he really is. The next day, Yu catches up with Naoto, taking to her the Chinese Diner Aiya, in order to solve the "case" behind the actual ingredients in the rainy day special dish, the mega gyūdon. Elsewhere, someone types a letter stating "don't save anyone anymore".
|18||"Anniversary to Become a Family"||Yūko Kakihara||February 10, 2012|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret congratulates their guest for obtaining the Fortune Arcana. She then states that only another heart can bond with another heart, before proposing a toast between herself and Yu Narukami.
Adachi urgently calls Dojima regarding a hit-and-run accident which severely injures a woman that occurred at the Samegawa flood plains. The next day, Yu finds a photo with Dojima and his late wife with Nanako, and Nanako explains to Yu that her mother had died in a car accident of a similar case. At Junes, Yu studies for the midterms with his friends, while Teddie spends time with Nanako. At night, Nanako, holding a school form, suddenly gets a stomachache, while at the same time Dojima receives a call from Adachi about a sealed letter for him from someone named Ichihara. Dojima immediately heads out, leaving Yu to care for Nanako, who explains that the school form was actually to invite parents to a class observation. Yu goes to the police station the next day to give Dojima the school form. They go to the Chinese Diner Aiya, where Dojima explains that his superior Ichihara gave him information about the recent hit-and-run. Dojima also reveals that his wife Chisato died in a similar accident while on the way to pick Nanako up from preschool. That night, after Yu gives Nanako her family photo in a frame, Nanako says that she hopes to reunite with her mother in Heaven. The next day, Yu asks Naoto if she can find out anything about Chisato's death, but the case was left unsolved due to the lack of evidence. When Dojima comes home, Nanako is upset by the fact that he may not be able to come to the class observation, since he is too caught up in his work. Yu tells Dojima that he should spend more time with his daughter instead of constantly trying to solve the hit-and-run. Nanako overhears about this, and she runs out of the house when Dojima tells her that the case is none of her concern. Yu and Dojima go out looking for her with no luck, but they realize that she must be at the Samegawa flood plains, being reminded of where Chisato had died. When they find her, Dojima apologizes and promises he will spend more time with her. The following day, they celebrate the three of them becoming a family, and Dojima says he will go to her class observation.
|19||"It's School Festival Day! Time to Have Fun!"||Jun Kumagai||February 17, 2012|
The Velvet Room is empty save for a placard saying they are out on business, and a note from Margaret congratulating their guest for obtaining the Hierophant and Justice Arcanas.
The school is holding its annual cultural festival, and Yu's class will be putting together a group-dating café. Also, Yosuke signed up all of the girls in their group of friends for the beauty pageant, and Yu and Kanji later give their support in this. During soccer practice with their classmate Daisuke Nagase, Kou complains that his class is hosting a play, and Yu kicks the soccer ball hard and it ends up hitting Ayane Matsunaga. Yu apologizes to her at the nurse's office, and then asks to listen to her play the trombone. She reveals that she is only filling in for a junior student in the band who got hurt and will not be able to perform at the cultural festival, and that she only plays music because she hopes that one day it will lift someone's spirits. A couple of days later, Chie signs up all of the boys in their group of friends for a drag pageantry as revenge for what Yosuke did to her. As the first day of cultural festival begins, the group-dating café proves to be a bust. Yu later goes to the rehearsal room and sees Ayane, who has not improved her part ever since, and she steps down when the junior trombone player is healed in time for the cultural festival. However, after Yu speaks up to defend her, she brings him out of the room, explaining that even though she feels she has lost the chance to reach her dream, she is happy that he defended her and all the practice made her remember her love for music. To make it up to her, Yu takes her around the cultural festival, cheering her up, until they cross paths with Ai, who takes Yu away for herself to see a tarot card reader who sounds suspiciously like Margaret. The drag pageantry happens on the final day of the cultural festival, which Teddie wins in a last-minute entry. Teddie's prize is to judge the beauty pageant, and he suggests that it should be a swimsuit competition for the girls. Although Naoto chickens out during the contest, she ends up winning anyways. After the pageant, Rise tells Yu that she is a bit disappointed in losing, but Yu says that it is alright to feel that way. Rise decides that she will return to her career in the following spring, accepting herself as a pop idol once again.
|20||"We'll all meet at the AMAGIYA Hotel"||Mitsutaka Hirota||February 24, 2012|
In the Velvet Room, Margaret senses a light within their guest, which she determines is because of his acquisition of the Sun Arcana. She then sings the "Long-Nosed Man Song", which Igor is not pleased about, before she reminisces about her younger sister.
Following the cultural festival, Dojima says that he is going out of town the next morning. Yukiko invites Yu and Nanako over to her family's inn, but the rest of the group ends up coming as well. Teddie is upset that the boys and girls are put in separate rooms, yet Kanji wonders why the boys' room looks so expensive. The boys are scared when the telephone suddenly rings, but it is just to inform them that the open-air bath is open, much to their relief. However, they are surprised to find the girls in the open-air bath already, consequently being hit by a barrage of buckets thrown at them before they retreat. It is then that Yukiko realizes that she got the allotted open-air bath times mixed up. Yukiko is later notified that a television crew wants to film a special regarding Yamano's death in the inn, but she refuses and tells them to leave. When the boys later prepare for bed, they hear a distant voice, so they decided to sneak into the girls' room and stay with them. However, the boys are shocked to see Hanako and Kashiwagi instead, running out of the room after the two literally throw themselves at the boys. Later on, Yu finds Yukiko still awake in the lobby. She says she is prepping for her innkeeper's license test, also telling him that after accepting her other self in the past, she realizes that she wants to help run her family's business rather than to leave the inn and live on her own. Late at night, Yu stares at a television set shut off while holding an envelope, which he received a week earlier. Inside the envelope, the letter says "don't save anyone anymore".
|21||"DON'T SAVE ANYONE ANYMORE"||Jun Kumagai||March 2, 2012|
In the Velvet Room, Igor comments that their guest's journey has been a long one, and wonders if he will be able to solve the riddle at its end. Margaret mentions that not much time is left, and asks their guest if he will be able to discover the truth.
Naoto deduces that the sender may already know who Yu is, since the letter was personally delivered to him. When he arrives home, he has dinner with Nanako. The news airs a local politician who has visited Nanako's school, mentioning a student who impressed him. She later feels sick, and Yu puts her to bed, promising that they will make a snowman before he goes back to his parents. The next morning, the two prepare to turn on the kotatsu, but after they discover that it is broken, Yu says that he will pass by Junes to purchase a new one. Dojima comes home, holding another letter for Yu, which states, "If you don't stop, the next one to go in and die will be someone dear to you". Dojima, realizing that Yu has become too involved in the case, takes him to the police station for questioning, leaving Nanako home alone. At the police station, Yu reveals the nature of the television world, but Dojima, not believing this, has him stay in the station overnight. While working at Junes, Yosuke, demonstrating to Teddie on how to use a cellphone, calls Nanako, who relays what has happened to Yu earlier in the evening. The Midnight Channel displays Nanako on television, and Naoto believes this is because the politician was referring to Nanako in the news before. After the boys arrive at the station, Dojima is told by Naoto that Nanako may have been kidnapped by the serial killer, prompting him find the culprit. Adachi locks the boys in the interrogation room not long before the girls arrive. Naoto explains to everyone there that the culprit is hauling around a television set in the back of a delivery truck, which all of them seem to remember happening regarding their prior kidnappings. Adachi says that the suspect might be a retired councilman now working at a delivery company, which Naoto realizes is Taro Namatame, a man who had an affair with Yamano. Adachi releases the boys and tells Dojima who the culprit is, just as Namatame in his delivery truck passes by Dojima on the road. Dojima gives chase until Namatame intentionally causes a car wreck and flees the scene. As the group catches up to them, Naoto finds an address book detailing the addresses of the victims thus far that Namatame wanted to "save", including Nanako. However, Morooka was not among the names of the victims. Yu sees a red envelope in the back of the truck containing a handmade ring Nanako made to congratulate him on his test scores. Dojima asks Yu to save Nanako, since she is all he has left in his life. As the team makes it to Junes, ready to enter the television world, Nanako is approached by Namatame, who tells her everything will be alright.
|22||"It's just like Heaven"||Jun Kumagai||March 9, 2012|
In the Velvet Room, Igor reads their guest's fortune, and Margaret discovers exactly what fate lies in store for their guest.
The team enters the television world to find a beautiful realm that looks like Heaven, encountering Nanako in the custody of Namatame, who claims that he wanted them all to face their true selves, but why he did it in such a deadly manner is beyond them. Namatame summons many Shadows that transforms him into the Persona named Kunino-sagiri. Yu, blocking off the first round of attacks, is then possessed, having an antenna over his head, forcing him to attack his friends, repeatedly switching through many of his Personas. After hearing Nanako's voice, he finds the strength to destroy the antenna over his head and catches Nanako after Kunino-sagiri drops her. However, Kunino-sagiri then takes control of the others. Yu suddenly hears Dojima's voice to save Nanako, giving him the resolve to fuse four of his Personas into a power Persona named Kohryu in order to free his friends, who all combine their strengths to destroy Kunino-sagiri. Nanako then helps Yu summon another Persona named Sraosha to purify the area of the surrounding Shadows. Everyone returns to the real world to bring Nanako to the hospital, where she is placed in intensive care. A couple weeks later on a foggy morning, the news reports that Namatame is being interrogated for his actions, also being hospitalized. Yu lets the rest of the team know that they will be able to go to the hospital later to see Nanako, who is still recovering. Later, Adachi tells the group that Namatame tried to hit on Saki, which may have led to her death in the first place. When the group leaves the hospital, they hear people talking about how thick the fog has gotten lately. Much to their shock, when they put on their glasses, they are able to see through the fog, which could mean that the fog from the television world may be leaking into the real world. A week later, Teddie is saddened that he might have to return to the television world since the serial killer has finally been caught, but he wants to at least stay until Nanako fully recovers, which Yu permits. When Chie mentions how cold it has gotten, it reminds Yu that he promised to buy a new kotatsu for Nanako. They all plan to throw a party for Nanako for Christmas when suddenly Yu receives a call from Adachi that Nanako's condition has taken a turn for the worse. He heads to the hospital and sees Nanako just as she appears to die in front of him.
|23||"In Order to Find the Truth"||Mitsutaka Hirota||March 16, 2012|
The team grieves after the apparent death of Nanako. The group enters Namatame's room, seemingly attempting to escape through a window. Namatame's Shadow then appears on the Midnight Channel on the television set, boasting that it will never cease its desire to "save" people. Yu first has the intention of pushing Namatame into the television set to face his own fate against his Shadow, but he then changes his mind. Although Yosuke is upset by this, Yu is not convinced that they have the full story just yet. While the team discusses about what they know so far about this case, they realize that Teddie has gone missing. As they head outside, snow begins to fall, and everyone says goodbye to Yu and head back to their homes. Yu breaks down after remembering the promise he made with Nanako to play with her in the snow, and Yosuke returns to comfort him. The next day, the team realizes that the warning letters that Yu previously received were not written by Namatame, who relates his discovery of the Midnight Channel and his ability to enter the television world. After first seeing Yamano on the Midnight Channel and learning of her death, he warned Saki about her appearance on it but failed to convince her of the danger. However, when Yukiko appeared on the channel, he decided to kidnap her and throw her into the television world, believing it was the one place the murderer would not be able to reach. He believed he was successful when Yukiko did not die, repeating this method with the other "victims" that had appeared on the channel. Teddie is shown wandering in a foggy street, saddened that he was unable to protect Nanako, and says farewell to her and the team. In the hospital room, where Nanako is being kept, Teddie's farewell to her is heard, and Nanako silently revives. Everyone is overjoyed to see that Nanako has miraculously revived, even though Teddie remains missing. Back home, a relieved Yu falls asleep, while his cellphone lights up on its own, revealing text messages from all of his friends.
In the Velvet Room, Igor remarks on his long journey and how their guest has acquired many bonds along the way. Margaret reveals that the friendships their guest has gained has formed the Judgement Arcana. She then expresses her jealousy at the bonds he has made, before realizing a bond has formed between herself and the guest as the Empress Arcana. She remarks that their limousine will be parked for a while until they can figure out the next direction they will travel.
The next day, at the Chinese Diner Aiya, the team meets to figure out who the real culprit is. Naoto steps out to get some air, and Yu goes to join her, but not before finishing the mega beef bowl for the first time, much to everyone's shock. After Yosuke joins them, the three each contemplate who the real killer could be with the knowledge they have, when Yu seems to have an epiphany as he stares up at the snowy sky.
|24||"The World is Full of Shit"||Yūko Kakihara||March 23, 2012|
Teddie is in the Velvet Room where he reveals that he has discovered he is only a Shadow, but one that has acquired human emotions. He asks Yu to say goodbye to Nanako for him when he goes to Heaven, but Yu speaks to him and tells him Nanako is alive and well.
Before Yu goes to the hospital, Yosuke expresses that he is both proud and jealous of how Yu has made friends, saying the only way he will feel better is if they become equals if they had a fight to let out all of their pent up emotions. Inside the Chinese Diner Aiya, the rest of the group discusses who the suspect might be, since he was seen at the Amagi Inn before and also would have also spoken to Saki in the past. At the hospital, Yu mentions to Yosuke that Mitsuo testified at trial that he blacked out in the police interrogation room right after turning himself in. They are met by Dojima and Adachi, who tells them that Namatame was already transported into holding, much to Dojima's anger. Yu and Yosuke interrogate Adachi concerning the cases regarding Yamano and Saki, but he gives no straight answer, also mentioning that he forgot to send the threat letter to the laboratory as evidence. When the rest of the group shows up, they believe that he must be the suspect, based on how he did not react when Morooka was not among the names of the victims that were written in Namatame's address book. A pressured Adachi runs into Namatame's dark and empty room, as the group are reminded that a television set is in there. Meanwhile, Teddie goes to see Nanako, who has dreamed that he disappeared but she could still hear his voice. In the television world, Adachi is nowhere to be found, and the group is glad to finally see Teddie again, who reveals what he has what he is. Encouraged by the others, Teddie senses that Adachi is inside the room with the noose. Adachi, who is a projection, reveals that the television and real worlds will soon merge, turning all humans into Shadows. They follow him to the shopping district, where he summons some Reapers in different places to attack them. As the group splits up to hold off the Reapers, the real story behind Adachi is unveiled. At the inn, Adachi had thrown Yamano into the television world after she rejected his advances. At the police station, Adachi had thrown Saki into the television world as well for rejecting his advances while he was interrogating her. Adachi says that Mitsuo's "arrest" and Namatame's "salvation" were just distractions for him to utilize in his "game", but it was interrupted when the group started to be involved in the case. He states to Yu that they should have a final showdown to determine who the television world prefers, as each of them summons their Personas, Yu's Izanagi versus Adachi's Magatsu Izanagi.
|25||"We Can Change The World"||Yūko Kakihara||March 30, 2012|
As he effortlessly attacks the team, Adachi says that the television and real worlds will soon combine, as seen by a dark matter gradually descending to the ground. Once all of humanity becomes Shadows, they will have no emotions and will act only on raw instinct. The group takes out the Reapers one by one, while also expressing their distaste in Adachi's plans. As Adachi makes his last stand against Yu, Yu takes him out, destroying his Persona. Realizing his defeat, Adachi decides to shoot himself, but the dark matter in the sky picks him up and says that it will rule over the new world. The dark matter calls himself Ameno-sagiri, a being that controls the fog that covers both worlds and has been awoken by human desires as it attacks them. Ameno-sagiri is merging the worlds so that the humans will no longer differentiate between reality and fantasy. In fact, the team's ability to face their Shadows to in order to obtain Personas has only been a means for its plans to proceed, as the television world only shows what people want to see and hear. Ameno-sagiri raises Yu up to test whether or not his bonds are strong and genuine, and extract them from his body. As all of his friends call out to him, each of their Personas miraculously evolve into more powerful Personas. With the powers of Yosuke's Susano-o, Chie's Suzuka Gongen, Yukiko's Amaterasu, Kanji's Take-Jizaiten, Teddie's Kamui, Rise's Kanzeon, and Naoto's Yamato-Takeru combined, Yu summons the Persona named Lucifer to finish off Ameno-sagiri, who before disappearing, realizes that the group has proven beyond the capabilities of human desires. The group finds Adachi and takes him with them to have him pay for his crimes. In the real world, Nanako wakes up, telling Dojima that she had a dream that Yu and his friends saved everyone. Months later, everyone celebrates Nanako's full recovery at Dojima's house. Yu is later seen off by everyone else on his trip back to Tokyo, and after a heartfelt goodbye, Yu boards the train and heads home.
In the Velvet Room, Igor remarks on the amazing journey their guest has had, and reveals a crystal that has formed from the power he has gained, shining as it shows the way to truth. Margaret remarks on the bonds the guest has made while seeking out the truth, and hopes he will continue in the future.
|True End||"No One is Alone"||Jun Kumagai||August 22, 2012|
On March 20, Yu and his friends celebrate before his return to Tokyo. However, he strangely seems to be reliving the same day over again on the next day. He receives a letter from Adachi in prison, who ponders about the source of the rumors about the Midnight Channel. Yu attempts to trace his memories back to his first arrival in Inaba, only to relive the same day yet again. He figures out, thanks to Nanako, that he shook hands with a gas station attendant before heading to Dojima's house. Going to the gas station, the attendant, revealed to be the goddess Izanami, reveals that she gave Yu the power to enter the television world by shaking hands, also being the case with Adachi and Namatame. Izanami explains that the Midnight Channel is a "window" meant to accommodate people's desires to both reveal their true selves and uncover the secret lives of others. The real truth that Yu has been suppressing is that the team is confronting her right now, but all his friends have been swallowed up. Yu denies what he sees, choosing to repeat the same day over again, until Margaret appears to literally slap him out of his trance, bringing him into a fight against her where she summons the Persona named Helel to attack him. Before he is hit, however, he is protected by the bonds of all of his friends and acquaintances, and the Personas they represent defend him against Margaret's attacks, as their voices thank him and urge him forward. As the battle climaxes, his Shadow appears as a mountain of television sets, showing his suppressed fear of moving away and losing his friends. Yu admits to his feelings and accepts his Shadow, which returns to being Izanagi, who deals the final blow against Helel. In the aftermath, Margaret tells Yu that win or lose, he will never be alone again, and returns the Orb of Sight to him. Yu is returned to the battlefield, where the Orb of Sight has revealed the goddess's grotesque true form, Izanami-no-Okami. Yu resists her onslaught of attacks, proclaiming that he is far from alone in this world. He then unveils the World Arcana, the embodiment of all of the bonds he has made, and summons the newly ascended Izanagi-no-Okami, who obliterates the goddess. Izanami begins to disintegrate while commending Yu's efforts, saying that the path of the future now rests on mankind's shoulders. Yu then wakes up to find his friends safe and the television world restored to the paradise it originally was, while the voice of Igor congratulates their obtainment of a "new world".
On March 21, Yu prepares to leave Inaba as everyone else sees him off. After he boards the train, everyone begins to jog after him, shouting their goodbyes and pleas for his return someday. Yu, choking back tears, swears that he will never ever forget them. After the credits, Teddie explains his belief that the bonds they have all formed will never disappear, while on the train Yu looks at a photo of himself, his family, and friends all together.
Aniplex started collecting the series in DVD and Blu-ray volumes starting on November 23, 2011. Limited edition versions of the Blu-ray and DVD releases include bonus CDs of the theme music, the soundtrack, and drama CDs. Aniplex also offers a special bulk buying option for the first three volumes through their digital retailers that includes an additional bonus CD of music not found on the first three volumes' bonus CDs. A special two-sided poster was given to people who reserved a copy of either the DVD or Blu-ray versions of volume 6 when purchased from specific retailers. Both the Blu-ray and DVD releases of Volume 10 also include a bonus disc featuring the compilation feature film "Persona 4: The Factor of Hope". With the release of Volume 10, there is a special bulk buying option to purchase all the Volumes with a box to house all of the discs, with the artwork designed by Shigenori Soejima.
|Vol.||Episodes||Cover art||Bonus disc||Release date||Ref.|
|Blu-ray & First Press DVD||Standard DVD|
|1||11||Yu Narukami||Izanagi||First season opening & ending themes||November 23, 2011|||
|2||2–4||Yosuke Hanamura||Jiraiya||Original soundtrack volume 1||December 21, 2011|||
|3||5–7||Chie Satonaka||Tomoe Gozen||Drama CD volume 1 "A Day of the May Fool"||January 25, 2012|||
|4||8–10||Yukiko Amagi||Konohana-Sakuya||"True Story" by Rise Kujikawa (Rie Kugimiya)||February 22, 2012|||
|5||11–12||Kanji Tatsumi||Take-Mikazuchi||Original soundtrack volume 2||March 21, 2012|||
|6||13-15||Rise Kujikawa||Himiko||Second season opening & ending themes||April 25, 2012|||
|7||16-18||Teddie||Kintoki-Douji||Episode 13 & 18 ending themes||May 23, 2012|||
|8||19-21||Naoto Shirogane||Sukuna-Hikona||Drama CD volume 2 "Perfect Delivery"||June 27, 2012|||
|9||22-241||Ryotaro & Nanako Dojima||Magatsu-Izanagi||Original soundtrack volume 3||July 25, 2012|||
|10||251 & True End||Margaret||Izanami-no-Okami||Persona 4: The Animation -The Factor of Hope- feature film||August 22, 2012|||
- List of Persona 4: The Golden Animation episodes - 2014 retelling of the series by A-1 Pictures based on the game's updated port
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- Yūko Kakihara (October 6, 2011). "You're myself, I'm yourself". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:56. MBS.
Igor: This is the realm found between dream and reality, mind and matter.
- Mitsutaka Hirota (October 20, 2011). "We are friends, aren't we?". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:19. MBS.
Margaret: By interacting with someone and forming a new bond, you were able to obtain the Magician Arcanum. Your power will grow as your bond deepens.
- Mitsutaka Hirota (October 20, 2011). "We are friends, aren't we?". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 7:00. MBS.
Shadow Yukiko: Today I, Yukiko Amagi, am going guy hunting to grab me a STUD MUFFIN! It's the non-scripted stud hunt, "Princess Yukiko's Hunt for Her Prince on a White Horse!"
- Jun Kumagai (October 27, 2011). "Somewhere not here". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:15. MBS.
Margaret: I am sure that you will soon be able to wield yet another power that has awoken. The Chariot Arcana... How will this power come to shape your future, I wonder?
- Yūko Kakihara (November 3, 2011). "Would you love me?". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:10. MBS.
Margaret: I see two Arcana shinging brightly in your future: The Moon and Strength. Soon you shall forge bonds that will give birth to these new powers.
- Jun Kumagai (November 10, 2011). "Would you love me?". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:18. MBS.
Margaret: Now then, I see you have helped your new bonds blossom. The Moon and Strength...
- Jun Kumagai (November 17, 2011). "Suspicious Tropical Paradise". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:08. MBS.
Margaret: I see you have bonded with a new friend, which has allowed you to obtain the Priestess Arcana.
- Yūko Kakihara (November 24, 2011). "We've lost something important again". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:18. MBS.
Margaret: I see you have obtained yet another Arcana: The Emperor.
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- Mitsutaka Hirota (December 1, 2011). "No one sees the real me". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:08. MBS.
Margaret: I see you have made a great number of memories. Along with your new bond, you have obtained the Hanged Man Arcana.
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- Jun Kumagai (December 15, 2011). "Catch Me If You Can". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:08. MBS.
Margaret: I see you have formed another new bond after overcoming a fierce battle. It is the Lovers Arcana.
- Yūko Kakihara (December 22, 2011). "It's Not Empty At All". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:09. MBS.
Margaret: With your new bond, you have awoken to the Star Arcana.
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- Jun Kumagai (January 12, 2012). "A Stormy Summer Vacation 2/2". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:09. MBS.
Margaret: These are bonds that may take root in your heart. I am amazed you might obtain all these Arcana at once!
- Yūko Kakihara (January 19, 2012). "The Long-Awaited School Trip". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:08. MBS.
Margaret: The bonds you have cultivated have yielded new powers as: Temperance, the Tower, Death, the Devil, and the Hermit. I'm amazed you got so many at once!
- Yūko Kakihara (January 19, 2012). "The Long-Awaited School Trip". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:26. MBS.
Margaret: You have already made an impressive number of bonds. As you converse and develop a deeper understanding of each other, your bonds will strengthen, which will bring about a change in your powers.
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- Yūko Kakihara (February 9, 2012). "Anniversary to Become a Family". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:08. MBS.
Margaret: You have obtained the Fortune Arcana with your new bond.
- Jun Kumagai (February 16, 2012). "It's School Festival Day! Time to Have Fun!". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:08. MBS.
Note: I see you have obtained the Hierophant Arcana and the Justice Arcana. Congratulations. – Margaret
- Jun Kumagai (February 23, 2012). "We'll all meet at the AMAGIYA Hotel". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 0:07. MBS.
Margaret: I can sense a powerful light inside of you. Perhaps the power of your newly obtained Arcana, the Sun, is the cause.
- Mitsutaka Hirota. "In Order to Find the Truth". Persona 4: The Animation. Episode 23. MBS.
Yosuke: If we don't stop [him] here and now, no one else will! / Yu: And if we do, then we're no better than he is! … We can't lose sight of what's right. That's why we started this in the first place.
- Mitsutaka Hirota. "In Order to Find the Truth". Persona 4: The Animation. Episode 23. MBS.
Yu: Nanako… … Please tell me… When I put a stop to things in his room… Did I make the right call…? [starts to break down in tears] Nanako… I'm sorry…! …Dammit…! Dammit…
- Mitsutaka Hirota (March 15, 2012). "In Order to Find the Truth". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 20:00. MBS.
Margaret: The bonds you share with your friends have just summoned the Judgement Arcana.
- Mitsutaka Hirota (March 15, 2012). "In Order to Find the Truth". Persona 4: The Animation. Event occurs at 20:18. MBS.
Margaret: The Empress Arcana... It would seem a bond has been born between the two of us.
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