Persona 4 the Golden Animation –6 See? I Told You Yu!
This is a lonely person. He is new in town, isolated from other people and not content with his current situation. I can feel sorry for this person.
Well that’s not very nice to say. This is a statement made about many places, so Adachi saying it doesn’t cast him in a villainous light at all.
This is unsettling though. Does he need a certain amount of crime to entertain him and keep his attention?
Good point Dojima. Apathy is quite the destructive disease. This is another good aspect to show of Adachi, not all his negative attributes mean PURE EVIL, but they don’t need too. Enough weeds will kill a garden regardless of the gardener’s intentions.
The previous series had a tagline at the end about bonds and that was ok, because it wasn’t in the body of the episode, but this is way too on the nose for this show. I don’t like it!
The texturing Dojima gets in this episode is nice. We’ve seen him be kind and caring to Nanako and Yu, but seeing him take care of Adachi too shows he is a nice guy, if a bit of a hard-case.
Watch out everyone, pervy glaring at random ladies (or anyone, really) might mean you’re one step closer to being Adachi. Just kidding. No I’m not. Maybe.
I don’t even know how to characterize this venom, but the guy is clearly disturbed. Adachi’s contempt for Yamano and Saki is partly rooted in them sexually rejecting him, largely in his twisted mind. His entitlement, coupled with his coldness to others, self-centered focus and authority make him a truly insidious evil. It’s creepy because silent threats like Adachi could be all around.
What is with this guy?
The words of a sad, empty man.
Time skipping, and protagonist shifting can be a risk, but I think the insights into who Adachi is are a vital component of making this show more than just a comedic teen eye-candy festival, which is how it began.
The murders are introduced to the plot in a grimly off-putting way that underscores Adachi’s callous indifference and sets him up as a solid counter-piece to Narukami, Marie and Teddie, who are thematically linked as main protagonists. Bored and full of contempt for everyone, Adachi chafes at the kindness of others, refuses to actually connect with people and seeks to destroy the things that irritate him. A perspective that orients everything around the self lead to Adachi’s sentiment, “Why help someone? They could betray you, so it’s better to do nothing.” This flies in the face of the main cast’s sentiments which lead them to reach out to others and help them. The vulnerability and lost position of weakness from which characters like Marie and Teddy start, cause them to be humble and empathetic. Their friends help them to accomplish good things and direct themselves to be a positive force in the world, however small. Adachi sees himself as a big fish in a little pond and that arrogance is what allows him to lash out at his inferiors. I don’t think every episode needs to be like this, but the tone was consistent with the rest of Persona 4, while authentically presenting Adachi as a sick creep. The inclusion of the scene where Adachi is distressed over Nanako getting hurt, is an interesting touch, which I see as meant to humanize him after the jarring scene of him pushing Saki into the TV. It doesn’t belie his self-centered destructive attitude or what he did, but he isn’t a flat soulless monster.
This episode gets a 4 out of 5 for telling a compelling, cohesive story, despite shifting direction, thanks to the emotional context which threads this darker, weightier content to the quiz shows and skin shots.