What Persona 4 Protagonists Teaches

Posted: October 12, 2013 in Update Board, Zambogamer's Opinion

Let’s get a post up today, and what better game to get some lessons than that of Persona 4. This game is uber awesome and it really shines as one of the last games on the PS2, I even want to emulate it on the PC or buy P4:Golden with a PS VITA, huhu, wish I had the budget to do so.

Anyway. Let’s start the moral discussion…uhhh that sounds boring, lets make it sound like schoolmates counseling each other (when does that ever happen?)

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Teddie – Star Arcana

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Teddie as he is named after that lovable stuffed animal meets the protagonists during the first ventures in the shadow world. He adds valuable support that includes his nose. This funny guy dishes out so many bear-puns that is so catchy that I could even predict what he says, although sometime the team is incapable of “bear-ing” it haha (made one). As they defeat Shadow Rise, he also wants to find out more about himself. This leads to some confusing point in the story on my part, but he becomes human, Throughout their journey Teddie is a comic relief to the cast and always looks on the positive side. His admiration for the main protagonist,how he “scores” with the ladies in the group and combat tactics encourage Teddie to become better at what he does. We might find that sometime in or lives we will have to find ourselves to become better.

Naoto Shirogane – Fortune Arcana

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Ah Naoto, I really thought that you were a guy at first, but when the revelation came I felt like Captain Sheng in Mulan. She is a character that is a bit distant me to describe due to her mature and shy personality. You gotta love her detective skill though, she could pass as Sherlock Holmes’ Protege, Her story reveals that her ancestry is of respected detectives (talk about pressure) and while she prides herself in her lineage she longs to be an adult and is insecure of her gender. As she accompanies the group and with interactions of the protagonist, she accepts herself as a woman and to enjoy her age. Remember kids to enjoy your youth, once you are an adult those days are long gone.

Rise Kujikawa – Lovers Arcana

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Gotta post a sexy pic of Rise, she’s one of my favorite girls in P4, along with Naoto, Chie and Yukiko, oh wait that’s all of them XD. Rise is a popular idol featured in tv and magazines, but being an idol puts a lot of pressure on this poor girl. She goes into hiding coincidentally to your small town of Inaba where she manages a Tofu shop with her grandmother. Her shadow is one too many since she has not established an identity due to her many roles. Given some time after the incident she gets very happy and even flirty with the protagonist, replaces Teddie in the support role and ultimately accepts her true self and continues with her career. For many, celebrity stardom is the one way ticket to success but it is not always so. There are only a few grade A actors and actresses out there that will really make it. Being popular all of the time just adds to a degree of paranoia and narcissism so take it from Rise to just be yourself and you will attract the good friends.

Kanji Tatsumi – Emperor Arcana

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Kanji Tatsumi seems to be that typical juvenile delinquent. A bad school record and a lone wolf reputation doesn’t help to make friends. But he has a hidden side (some of you are already giggling), this might be a sensitive topic but his shadow features some homosexuality issues (that’s left up to the player to decide), and while he might be adept at sewing cute animal stuffs, that does not help his track record with the other guys in the group. But later on he realizes that its alright to have masculine and feminine interests. This brings to an article I read about men and balancing a masculine and feminine side. Focus on the man side too much and we become dickheads (pardon the word) and too much female side and we become wussies. There must be a balance between the two, hopefully Kanji will be settled in the future.

Yukiko Amagi – Priestess Arcana

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Sometimes I wanted to let her and Rise’s Arcana’s switch sides since I really adore Yukiko, I mean every guy in Yasogami High wants to date her, heck she even got kidnapped because of it. She’s no wallflower though, she can be capable in a fight with my favorite element, Fire. Yukiko is an inheritor of a historical inn in Inaba, this Inn features the best in terms of traditional hospitality. As I did mention her in one of my favorite game heroines, Yukiko does not want to inherit the inn initially, she feels being locked up in a cage and wants to be freed from it to travel the world. In her acceptance of her true self with the help of our dashing protagonist she inherits the inn and cherishes life fully. Sometimes we are placed upon duties or responsibilities that make us feel like we are in a cage. But that is not true, for many people who are happy with life the secret is to enjoy what we do. Research Mother Teresa for more information.

Chie Satonaka – Chariot Arcana

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This upbeat girl is a super fan of martial arts and boy can she kick. I’m thinking that she’s the new Chun-Li without the muscly legs. She is tomboyish and yet retains a feminine nature. She and Yukiko are the best of friends which began with a little puppy rescue. Her story involves a romantic at heart girl but has difficulty getting asked by guys out due to her…toughness. Her story is one of accepting her feminine nature. I don’t know if this is a main issue with women, but Chie knows that this will make her more stronger inside…so Girl Power! You go Chie!

Yosuke Hanamura – Magician Arcana

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This city-slicker (oh wait that’s us) got to become assistant manager to Junes (Love the jingle), a clumsy but determined person that seems cheerful on the outside but has a dark secret that many of us can relate to. His shadow is can relate to me and many since we all want to be cool or want to be the hero. Nevertheless, Yosuke taught me to be more humble and not show off on stuff,that will just attract plastic friends.When he becomes best friends with the protagonist he somehow get jealous over the hero’s popularity but he stays loyal. I still reflect on Yosuke whenever I am reminded of owning shiny things. Now where can I get those headphones?

The Protagonist

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Ah the silent protagonist, the epitome of JRPG’s. In P4 our hero is more upbeat and lively than his P3 counterpart. And from what I have learned as playing his role, its that everyone of us has the potential to improve and better ourselves and our relationship with others. A man of few words, he takes action whenever the situation involves him. Ultimately it was our hero that really solves the case. He is also a ladies man as proof of the many women who admire and fall in love with him almost like a harem…at the risk of getting caught. Stay loyal to your girlfriend. His many skills and hobbies make him a jack-of-all trades. Remember that many jack-of-all trades people are masters of none and only a few are an exception.

Our protagonists are teens I get that, but remember that our personalities carry on once we have set the pattern. P4 does a great job of getting into our psyche and really make us laugh,cry and smile. We need more games like this.

That’s it for this post hope this will make you guys busy while we drain the house of the remaining floodwater

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