Persona 4 the Golden Animation –8 Not So Holy Night
Whether the current and previous iterations of animated Persona 4 are supposed to be linked – if only in an emotional sense – this episode does not belong in this series. The tone and characters were so different that it took me out of the story. Once I accepted that this wasn’t going to be a natural continuation of Golden, I was able to relax and enjoy hanging with the crew from P4A, and it was beautiful. Seeing everyone’s new winter duds was great and the different takes on Narukami’s invitation to the four girls lead to some nice personal and comedic moments. I suppose the thread about “Making new memories.” anchors this firmly in P4GA, but I don’t really appreciate this kind of fake-out storytelling, where all of a sudden this big deception is revealed and the characters just roll over it like nothing. Maybe next episode will tie everything together better and this episode was to give the audience a “chance to breath.” Another concept I reject. Hardcore storytelling all the way!
This episode gets 3 out of 5 for being very enjoyable, but feeling like it was part of the previous series.