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Nanako Dojima

Also known as

Nana-chan (by Teddie)

First Appearance

Persona 4

Date of Birth

October 4th, 2004

"Every day's great at your Junes!"
—Nanako Dojima, Persona 4

Nanako Dojima is a character in Persona 4.



Nanako is a little girl with brown hair tied into short pigtails and brown eyes. Normally, she is seen wearing a white turtleneck under a sleeveless dress in pink and two shades of red, white socks and pink shoes. In summer, however, she wears a light pink dress. Along with the rest of the girls, Nanako sports a kimono at the summer festival.

Despite never being seen without her pigtails in Persona 4, Persona 4 The Animation depicts Nanako with her hair down while sleeping, and also revealed that she had her hair shoulder length. In the new true ending in Persona 4 Golden she is shown with longer hair.

In Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Nanako wears an outfit identical to Kanami's dance outfit, but the minor difference is her ribbon resembles a bow tie, her collar shirt has puffy short sleeves, a red, yellow and blue strap wristband on her right wrist, red ribbon on her right leg, puffy white socks and red shoes.


Nanako is a mature and kind person for a girl her age though has moments of childish innocence such as when she wonders if the weather reporter "decides" the weather. Her refreshingly honest way of thinking and speaking is noted by many characters in the series. She is selfless and tries her best not to hurt anyone's feelings, such as when she stomached all three of the omelets made by the Investigation Team girls and stated that they were all good, despite clearly having some distaste to them. She tends to be shy around strangers, but becomes friendly once she warms up to them. She is quite responsible and reliable, and has handled a lot of housework, such as cooking, doing the dishes and laundry in her home ever since her mother passed away. Dojima notes that she resembles her late mother not only in appearance, but also in personality. Nanako is an adept learner as Kanami Mashita's Dance Instructor noted that she manage to completely learn a particularly hard dancing maneuver in a short session.

Nanako most notable quirk is her love for Junes, in both singing its slogan and in visiting their Inaba branch with her family and friends. Even when given the choice to pick a location for a vacation, her go to answer is always Junes. She also idolizes several famous people starting with Rise Kujikawa as well as her "Risette" character, defending her to her classmates when they state that Kanami Mashita is better than her. Ironically, she later becomes a fan of Kanami during the events of Dancing All Night and even strikes up a friendship with her. In the new epilogue of Golden, she becomes a fan of Marie, the new Inaba Weather Girl, and even has adopted Marie's catchphrase. She is usually found in the Dojima residence living room, completely absorbed in quiz shows during her free time.

Nanako loves her father dearly, but wishes that he would spend more time with her. She sometimes feels that he cares more about his job than he does her, but understands that Dojima does in fact love her. While she does not show it openly, Nanako also shows some deep sadness over losing her mother, reflected in her Social Link. Nanako still fondly remembers spending time with her, often picking flowers with her at the Samegawa Floodplains, where she often visits when feeling upset. She believes that her mother has gone to Heaven and this belief becomes the structure for her dungeon. Aptly named Heaven, it is filled with her innocent thoughts her sadness of losing her mother. However, it is also filled with her happiness thanks to her father and the protagonist.

As a stranger at the beginning, Nanako is apprehensive with connecting with the protagonist, but during the course of the game, she begins to build a sibling-like relationship with him, even calling him "Big Brother"/"onii-chan" as if he really was her older brother. If her Social Link is maxed, she even expresses a desire to marry him when she's older. Nanako also becomes friends with the Investigation Team during the course of the game and uses the "onii"/"onee" honorific when addressing them, except for Teddie (i.e. Chie-oneechan, Yosuke-oniichan, etc.). However, this only takes place in the Japanese version, as in the English version Nanako simply refers to them by their names.


Persona 4Edit

Nanako lives with her father Ryotaro Dojima, a detective in Inaba, at the Dojima Residence. She is also the maternal cousin of the protagonist. Her mother, Chisato Dojima, died in a hit and run when she was in preschool. The event caused a slight strain in her relationship with her father as he became obsessed with catching her mother's killer and Nanako maturing at a young age, taking on her mother's duties in her absence.

In 2011, the protagonist is sent to live in Inaba for a year due to his parents working overseas. At first, Nanako is shy around the protagonist and does not speak to him much. With time, and progressing her Social Link, she opens up to him more, eventually referring to him as "big bro."

Social LinkEdit

Shortly after Yukiko is rescued, Chie invites the protagonist to hang out with Yukiko and Yosuke at Junes. With nothing else better to do that day, Nanako tags along after being invited as well. At Junes, she opens up a little about her past, including the revelation that her mother was killed in an accident, however, she has since moved on and has become happier since the protagonist has begun to live with the Dojimas. After Chie jokingly calls the protagonist "big bro," Nanako adopts the name when referring to him and the Social Link is established.

Nanako's social link requires that the protagonist improve his Expression to advance. In her Social Link, her school is having a teacher sit-in day and his having difficulty asking Dojima to come. Knowing of how important his wife's case is, later on in the link, Nanako accuses him of caring more about the case than his own daughter and runs off, eventually being found by the protagonist at the Samegawa Flood Plain where she and her mother once picked flowers together. With the protagonist's guidance, he helps her realize that her father does in fact still love her and, to make up for his absence, signs off on her waiver that he will be willing to go to her school event anytime. By the end of her Social Link, Nanako and Dojima's familial bond is restored and Nanako has fully accepted the protagonist as her de facto big brother, even stating that she loves him openly. On the final day, with her Social Link Maxed, Nanako is saddened by the fact that the protagonist has to leave and declares that she wants to marry the protagonist when she is older. Dojima laughs at the statement, but subtly tells the protagonist that it will not happen without Nanako picking up on his statement.


Late in the game, a political figure visits Yasoinaba. While there, he visits Nanako's school, where he surveys the students about their worries and the worsening occurrences of fog. Nanako gives the politician an innocent yet genuine answer, which later makes the local TV news. However, her image is not shown on television; only her quotes and vague details about her were mentioned.

A few days later, when Dojima intercepts a second warning letter left in the Dojimas' mailbox, he angrily brings the protagonist to the police department for questioning, and leaves Nanako home alone. Eventually, he leaves his nephew detained at the station, confiscates his phone, and leaves him under Tohru Adachi's watch. The Investigation Team is unaware of what has happened — only when Yosuke and Teddie idly call the protagonist on his cell and home line do they find out from Nanako about the situation. Immediately, the Midnight Channel reveals the next victim: Nanako.

Realizing that Nanako is in danger, the Investigation Team leaps into action, half of them heading for the police station to talk the protagonist out of detainment, and the remainder to the Dojimas' to check on Nanako. Along the way, Naoto Shirogane explains how Nanako's image could have appeared on the Midnight Channel despite never having become famous on TV. Though Nanako's picture was not shown on the TV news, her picture was shown in the original newspaper article, allowing the culprit to identify her without her appearing on TV.

Among the confusion, and before the Investigation Team can interfere, Nanako is kidnapped. In the police station, gathering the salvaged bits of clues Dojima managed to collect relating to the initial two murders, the Investigation Team eventually deduces the culprit's identity and method: Taro Namatame, council secretary and lover of the first victim Mayumi Yamano, and whom now works for his father's delivery business. Dojima takes off in his SUV in pursuit of the kidnapper's delivery truck, causing Namatame to panic at the wheel — the truck spins out, Dojima loses control, and both vehicles crash into the façade of a nearby building. Luckily, the Investigation Team is not far behind and Dojima is quickly attended to by an ambulance, but the kidnapper and his victim are nowhere to be found. Finding a large TV in the back of the delivery truck and a diary listing information regarding all the victims thus far, the Investigation Team affirms their theory and plan Nanako's rescue along with Namatame's pursuit.

Inside the Midnight Channel, Nanako's presence creates her reality, Heaven, which reflects her innocence and her wish to see her mother, whom Nanako believed to be in Heaven after her death. The team notes that the ambience of the dungeon is much more peaceful and beautiful than in previous ones. Working their way toward her, Rise asserts that Nanako is not the only person trapped inside this reality; they realize with horror that Namatame didn't throw in his victim and escape, but instead that he followed Nanako inside to escape the police.

The Investigation Team eventually makes it to the top, where they find Nanako being held hostage by Namatame. In his own messiah delusions, he states that he intends to "save" her, putting her in immediate danger. The team manages to distract him and release Nanako, allowing the protagonist to make a timely rescue. However, Nanako is in deep pain and Teddie notes that her young age and innocence makes her ill suited for the TV World as she lacks a Shadow. Instead, Namatame's is revealed to be one and the same with his own Shadow, creating a bizarre human-shadow fusion known as Kunino-sagiri that the team manages to defeat. Though Namatame is subdued, Nanako seems to have fallen strangely ill, and passes out in the protagonist's arms.

After the police arrive to apprehend Namatame and rush the young girl to the hospital, Nanako eventually awakens and stabilizes, but is suffering from an unknown affliction. The doctor is perplexed and admits to a worried Dojima that they cannot actually identify what is wrong with her, and are just numbing her current pains with medication as well as they can. Teddie expresses concern that Nanako spent too much time in the TV world, and that the fog must not have been good for her, to the Investigation Team's chagrin.

Days later, while out with the team buying Nanako a Christmas present and a new kotatsu, the protagonist receives an urgent call from Adachi telling him that Nanako's condition suddenly became critical. The Team rushes to Inaba Municipal Hospital where the protagonist is the allowed into her room while Dojima is being escorted there. Nanako weakly converses with the protagonist. She manages to call out for her father before she quietly slips away just as Dojima enters the room. In a rage, Dojima runs to Namatame's room, but is later escorted by the police guard back to his room, giving the Investigation Team the opportunity to sneak in. Grief-ridden and devastated, and convinced on Naoto's word that it's likely the court will never find him guilty, the Investigation Team contemplates bringing Namatame to justice by pushing him through his hospital room's TV. This decision turns out to be crucial, as can be seen in the ending threads below.

Bad EndingEdit

Should the protagonist choose to kill Namatame to avenge Nanako, the game ends with her death, and Dojima grieves over being unable to see her one last time. Teddie returns to the TV World, leaving the Investigation Team a note, and the case goes unsolved. Only Dojima is there to see the protagonist off as he leaves Inaba and the stifling fog over Inaba never dissipates.

Neutral EndingEdit

The 'neutral' ending can be unlocked should the protagonist choose to talk the Investigation Team down and spare Namatame, but still fail to identify the real culprit. Teddie then returns to the TV World, leaving the Investigation Team a note. Nanako is revived, although she remains in a coma, the stifling fog is never lifted, and the case goes unsolved. The 'neutral' ending fast-forwards to spring of the next year, during which Dojima takes the protagonist to the train station to head back home to his parents, lamenting that Nanako had yet to recover enough to see him depart.

Good EndingEdit

Should the protagonist talk the Investigation Team down and spare Namatame, expressing some inconsistencies in the case and wanting to confront Namatame himself about the case when he is sane. Immediately after choosing to spare him, the doctor summons the protagonist and the team back to Nanako's room where she has miraculously revived herself. Even the doctor is stunned by her sudden turn around, but admits that such things do happen, much to the Investigation Team's relief and joy.

After the case is finally solved and the true culprit apprehended, Nanako is discharged from the hospital, having made a full recovery. She spends the next few months with the protagonist and her father before the final day when he departs. At the train station, Nanako sadly hugs the protagonist, expressing that she does not want him to leave. However, when the protagonist boards the train, she sends him off with a happy smile.

True EndingEdit

The True Ending follows the same path as the Good Ending. However, on the last day in Inaba, the protagonist feels that there was someone orchestrating the events of the game from behind the scenes and enlists Nanako's help to remember what they did the first day he came to Inaba. Nanako recalls that they stopped at the gas station, allowing him to remember the gas station attendant he shook hands with on the first day. This allows him and the Investigation Team to confront the true mastermind of the story and eventually defeats her.

The story ends the same as the Good Ending with Nanako saying good-bye to the protagonist in full health.

Persona 4 GoldenEdit

Several new events with Nanako occur in Golden.

The day after New Year's Day, Nanako, Dojima, and the protagonist decide to build a snowman outside of the Dojima Residence. The efforts of their collaborative work results in a Teddie shaped snowman, much to Nanako's joy.

On Valentines Day, Nanako wants to make the protagonist some chocolate so she enlists the aid of the Investigation Team girls for advice to make it. Due to Chie, Yukiko and Rise's suggestions, Nanako creates a Slime-shaped multi-colored chocolate substance. Naoto managed to call Nanako, but Nanako already had finished, so Naoto merely told her that the protagonist would appreciate her chocolate. The protagonist, alarmed by its appearance and composition, almost backs out, but Nanako innocently tells him that she loves him. Not wanting to hurt her innocent feelings, the protagonist eats the whole "chocolate." Unfortunately, this causes him to black out.

New EpilogueEdit

Should the protagonist rescue Marie before defeating Izanami, time shifts several months after the events of the True Ending (and after the events of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.)

In the months since the protagonist's departure, Nanako has begun to take piano lessons, much like her mother once did. The protagonist makes a visit to Inaba and the Investigation Team and the Dojima's throw him a party at the Dojima residence. Upon returning from her piano lessons, the party is already underway and Nanako is overjoyed to see the protagonist and everyone from the Investigation Team. During the party, the Inaba local news comes on with Marie now as the station's new weather girl. Nanako has become a fan of Marie, mimicking her catchphrase. Nanako then rallies everyone to welcome the protagonist back to Inaba, causing the protagonist to smile.

Persona 4 The AnimationEdit

In the anime, when she receives a gift from her father on May 5th, it is a blue shirt with a picture of a platypus instead of an orange one like in the original game.

On July 10th, when she is out shopping at the market, she encounters Mitsuo Kubo. He attempts to grab her, frightening her but Yu intervenes.

At the Dojima household, after they defeat Shadow Mitsuo and catch the original, the group hangs out with Nanako. Each of the girls make horrible food that Nanako eats, and says nice things about in order to cheer them up. She then makes a pinky promise with Teddie and notices that Yosuke calls her "big bro" by his name, Yu.

On August 8th, she encounters the Fox while it is raining. She gives it her umbrella, to which it expresses its gratitude. While at home with Yu, she notices that he's been very busy lately, and hasn't been spending as much time with her. Thus, in the following days, she wears her superhero outfit to investigate Yu's whereabouts. As Nanako continues spying on Yu, Teddie interrupts her and sniffs out Yu's scent. He tells her Yu's location, and in spite of being aware the information is false, she chooses to follow him anyway to a food shop. The next day, she continues to look for him with the help of Yu's friends. They continue the search, but are ready to give up. That is until they see "Teddie" take a bus and begin questioning him until he runs away from them.

On August 18th, she finally finds Yu, catching him with an older woman with black hair, and believes he's on a date. While at the Junes Court, sitting disappointed and depressed, she encounters Yosuke and Teddie. She tells them everything about Yu dating older women. Together, along with Kanji, they go to find Yu, and end up discovering him with another older woman. Nanako notes that this is not the same woman she initially saw, which the guys react to in shock. This time with disguises given to the girls by Teddie, notably Yukiko, Chie and Rise, they continue following Yu and find him with a much older lady. They respond to the discovery with a great deal of shock, remarking together, "He's dating someone's grandma!?!?"

At the Summer Festival, as she begins to give up and leaves her mirror behind, Naoto appears and gives it back to her. She encourages her, and tells her not to give up until the case is over. Before she can do so, she notices Kou and Daisuke having trouble with their stand, as all their shaved ice has sold out. She helps them by talking to one of Yu's friends, as they have ice at their restaurant and can deliver it. She also helps Ai get her scarf out of the tree with her extended mirror-like stick. She later sees Yu while he is holding something and continues her investigation of him. However, before she can get any further, she stops once again, to help Daidara from choking on his snack. Eventually, she is able to find Yu, and they are able to watch the fireworks together. The boy she saw from yesterday then appears, needing to ask Yu for something. She notices that he is smiling even as he cries. As Nanako meets the people Yu has befriended, during the festival she gets to spend time with her father and "Big Bro" as a family. As the summer comes to an end, she questions Yu on what he's been doing over the summer.

On October 11th, Nanako becomes depressed that her father is at work all the time, and isn't able to spend time with her. Nanako tells Yu that it's like Dojima is not even her real father. Throughout the weekend, she asks her father to sign a form to observe her class at school. When he doesn't, she accuses him of putting his job first and foremost. Later, Nanako overhears Dojima and Yu's conversation about a "hit and run." Nanako confronts Dojima about never listening to her, then repeatedly calls him stupid, tells him he never cares about her, and exclaims, "You're not really my father!" while leaving the home in tears.

She is later found at Samegawa Flood Plain, where Dojima, Chisato and she used to have picnics before her mother's untimely death. Nanako starts to cry again, asking why her mother had to leave her, and begins to wonder if her father would do the same. She sobs in her father's arms, and begs for his forgiveness. During the credits, she is glad that her "Big Bro" and her father are now a family.

In November, Nanako is abducted by Namatame and thrown into the TV, where she subsequently creates Heaven. After he merges with his Shadow, Nanako is still caught in his clutches. When the party finally arrives, Yu tries to rush in to save her, but his body becomes controlled by Kunino-sagiri, and is turned against the party. He summons Beelzebub and almost kills the entire party with Megidolaon, but Nanako manages to wake up and pleads with him not to fight them. This prompts Yu to notice the ring she had given him, giving him the strength to resist Kunino-sagiri's control long enough for Tomoe and Take-Mikazuchi to disable the Devil Persona.

Sukuna-Hikona then cuts Nanako free of Kunino-sagiri's grip, but ends up causing her to fall from a great height. Yu manages to gather his strength to break free from Kunino-sagiri's control, and catches her before she hits the ground. His bond with Dojima then gives him the strength to summon the ultimate form of the Hierophant Arcana, Kohryu, allowing him to protect Nanako from further harm, and freeing the rest of the party from Kunino-sagiri with Salvation. Nanako later gives him the strength to summon the ultimate form of the Justice Arcana, Sraosha, allowing him to purify the remaining Shadows with Mahamaon.

On December 3rd, Nanako dies in the Inaba Municipal Hospital, but later on December 4th, Nanako mysteriously comes back to life much to the relief of everyone there.

After Ameno-sagiri was defeated, she woke up and told her father that she dreamed that Yu and his friends had defeated the "bad guys."

Persona 4 ArenaEdit

She is an unlockable Navigator, by way of clearing Score Attack Mode with seven different characters. Nanako is only seen in Yu's story mode.

In Ultimax, she only appears in Persona 4 Chapter. She is last seen where she accidently went inside of the train with Yu.

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Nanako shows up in the P4 route, where she appears at the beginning and is trying to cook. She is also impressed by how cool Kanji is. She later shows up in the epilogue.

Nanako, along with Marie and theVelvetSiblings, is available as a DLC Navigator for $3. The DLC Navigators do not have additional skills, but can replace Fuuka's or Rise's voice to provide vocal support by selecting them from the "Support" section of the "Party" menu.

Persona 4: Dancing All NightEdit

Shortly after the events of the Persona 4 Golden epilogue, Yu Narukami returns to Inaba at the request of Rise Kujikawa, who wanted the Investigation Team to be her back up dancers for her career revival at the Love Meets Bond's festival. Arriving at Junes after the Investigation Team records a message for themselves, they ask Dojima and Nanako to give them a message to encourage them for their performance. Minoru Inoue provides them with tickets to come and see the performance.

A month later, Nanako and her father head to the city to meet up with Yu and the others. Upon arrival, they learn that Yu and his friends have gone missing. Meanwhile, another idol, Kanami Mashita, asks Dojima's help to find them and the other members of Kanamin Kitchen. During their investigation, Nanako befriends Kanami who invites her to her dance practice. Later, when Kanami is busy talking to Dojima regarding his investigations, Nanako receives a lesson from Kanami's dance teacher and is surprisingly adept at dancing, able to learn an extremely difficult dance move that even Kanami struggled to learn for weeks. With Kanamin Kitchen and Rise and her friend's gone, Inoue gets the bright idea to have Nanako dance at the Love Meets Bond's festival with Kanami. When Dojima consents to allowing her to participate, Nanako spends the rest of the time up to the festival training, even participating in an interview for the festival where she is well received thanks to her cute appearance and innocent personality. The duo, now named Kanakoko, performs at the festival and are well received by the audience. However, a Shadow of Kanami appears on stage, who taunts Kanami. Nanako defends Kanami, calling her the real one. Nanako, left in the dark about what had really transpired in the end, believes that the events that took place were nothing more than stage effects.

Nanako does not participate in any dance battles like the Investigation Team, but she still has three lead character dances and appears as a supporting character for three of Yu's dances and two of Kanami's. Her dance style is playful and revolves around her having fun.

Battle QuotesEdit

Persona 4 ArenaEdit




Persona 4


Persona 4: Golden FAQ/Walkthrough

by RagingTasmanian   Updated to v1.20 on

Persona 4 Golden Walkthrough: Version 1.20 By RagingTasmanian ********** About Me: ********** This is the first FAQ/Walkthrough I've written! I didn't think of writing an FAQ/Walkthrough at first, but as I played through this game more, I really enjoyed it, and I thought there were a lot of things I could write about that would really help people as they played through this game for the first time. I played Persona 4 on the PS2 and found it fun. At the time, I didn't think I would finish it so I checked it up on Wikipedia and SPOILED THE STORY FOR MYSELF!! Biggest mistake I made in a game, and I ended up being able to finish the game. But I enjoyed the game all the same, and played through it multiple times. When I found out Persona 4 Golden was coming out, I was really happy, and then learned it was on the PS Vita, which kind of upset me at first, because it meant I had to buy another handheld console, but it was well worth the money, and I don't regret the purchase one bit. Please do not hesitate to contact me at and putting Persona 4 Golden in the subject line to discuss any points with me. I would love to hear back from readers and am open to feedback. ***************** Version History: ***************** -------------- Version 1.00: (Started December 15th 2013, Finished January 9th 2013) -------------- Took a LOT more play time than I expected. But in this version I have the general walkthrough completed, as well as a majority of the Social Links. Also have character analysis, combat, the entire walkthrough from start to finish, optional bosses, Social Links, Quests, and the Midnight Trivia Quiz answers. I hopefully will have more additions as I get more time! There is also some missing information (school lunches, scooter rides, etc.) so I will need to do some more playthroughs to get that information! -------------- Version 1.10: (Started January 10th 2013, Finished January 29th 2013) -------------- This took a bit more time than I would have liked, but it came with a lot more information and some updated parts. There are still some incomplete sections, but generally it wasn't too bad and is still pretty comprehensive. I will go back and add/edit/fix sections as I see fit, but generally the next few edits will be minor and won't affect the whole walkthrough too much. Added some Social Link information, added more information throughout the walkthrough, added some normal playthrough data, and corrected some mistakes. There may still be some missing information, but for the most part isn't too major that the guide is useless without it. -------------- Version 1.20: (Started February 1st 2013, Finished April 1st 2013) -------------- Wow, this took longer than I expected. I finished the game on Very Hard Mode, or, at least I say I did. I stopped somewhere near the end of the game, but I'm quite confident of completing the game at the stage where I am at, and will complete the game later when I have more time. School work and such has gotten in the way. Also have some updates. There is still quite a bit of quest stuff to finish, and I'll be honest here, finishing up Ai's Social Link is really annoying because you need to do more than one playthrough to do it. I also have other information to put in, but I will wait until later to do a more refined update, rather than the update I do now. Think of this update as more of a confirmation that everything I have written is possible across all difficulties. *********** Copyright: *********** This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. This was written by Victor Tan and will remain written by this author unless stated otherwise. Any attempts at plagarism may face subsequent legal action. Version 1.20 Copyright 2013 Victor Tan ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Table Of Contents: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ I'm sorry I don't have a better way of sorting information right now. Please look up what you're looking for through the Find command (Ctrl+F). -Introduction -Story Introduction -Main Characters/Cast -Personality Statistics -Combat -Walkthrough -Optional Bosses -Social Links -Quest Guide -Extra Content -Copyright -Credits and Thanks ************** Introduction: ************** For those of you playing the game for the first time, you're in for one of the best experiences on the PS Vita. Persona 4 Godlen is an incredibly fun game that will take you a long time to finish, but each moment is absolutely worth it, despite what you may feel at times. For those who have played Persona 4 on the PS2, the game has improved quite a bit, and in my opinion, is more enjoyable than the PS2 version due to the nice additions. You can get potentially longer playtime, and the new addition of trophies makes some of the activities in Persona 4 Golden much more meaningful than they were in Persona 4. For those of you who have not bought the game and are just looking at what people have written about the game, Persona 4 Golden is a very fun game and I highly recommend you get it. It is definitely worth the purchase, and even buying a PS Vita just to play it. ******************** Story Introduction: ******************** In the town of Inaba, there is a murder mystery going on. People are dying, the town's police are baffled, and the murderer is getting more and more elusive. At the same time, a young man moves into Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin. He soon meets some friends and gets dragged into the mystery. Can he and his friends solve the mystery before it's too late? ********************** Main Characters/Cast: ********************** --------------------------- Protagonist (Yu Narukami): --------------------------- This is the character you take control of in Persona 4 Golden. He is a transfer student from the city who moves to the countryside due to his parents and their work. He quickly bonds with Yosuke Hanamura and Chie Satonaka and is quickly dragged into the murders that have been occuring in Inaba. He is made the Leader of the Investigation Team that is formed when Yosuke and Chie decide to tackle the mystery. He is a really good cook and has an air of coolness and responsibility that earns him the trust and respect of not only his friends, but the people around him. He holds the Wild Card of the Persona users, thus giving him the ability to wield multiple Personas at will. There really isn't much to say in terms of personality, because that is something you decide with your responses to the residents of Inaba. My Opinion: Really doesn't matter here. As this character's personality and actions are based on the player, everyone will be different. However, I do feel the character could be improved upon more in terms of looks and gender choices. That is just me though, I am aware of the work it would take to make a female counterpart and improve the looks. But overall I like the Protagonist. ----------------- Yosuke Hanamura: ----------------- Like the Protagonist, he is a transfer student from the city who came a few months before. His father is the manager of Junes, a new supermarket chain. As a result of Junes outperforming Inaba's local shopping district, stores are closing down and a wave of dislike has been coming down on Junes. Yosuke is simply caught in the crossfire and is suffering because of it. He also has a knack for wanting to be special, wanting to be different, wanting something to do. This comes as a result of being in the countryside dealing with his issues in his life as well as Junes. Yosuke relates well to the Protagionist, and he is the Protagonist's partner as they solve the mysteries. After facing his true self, he gains his own Persona, and holds the Magician Arcana. My Opinion: Yosuke can be pretty nice and terribly stupid. He's not the most intelligent male I've seen, and his personality can be somewhat annoying at times, such as when he believes he can be a "chick magnet" by obtaining a scooter. But he is very relatable when I think of how he wants to be special in a place that makes him feel alone and boring. He also matures a lot over the course of the game, and makes a pretty good leader when he needs to. Overall he's an idiot, but this is mainly due to his desire for girls than actual stupidity, and you can see his changes overtime. I like Yosuke for the most part. --------------- Chie Satonaka: --------------- Chie is a girl born and raised in Inaba. She has a great fascination with martial arts and meat. She is one of the few friends who befriends the Protagonist in his first few days in Inaba, introducing herself and her best friend Yukiko. She is dragged into the murder investigation by Yosuke, but eventually becomes more personally invested as the murders proceed. She is a loyal friend and stays by the Protagonist throughout his time in Inaba. After facing his true self, Chie gains her own Persona and holds the Chariot Arcana. My Opinion: Chie's a nice girl. I honestly think her obsession with meat is a little frightening at times, but is quite good for comic relief at times. She looks a lot better in anime scenes than she does in the game, and that is one of her better redeeming features. She claims not to be too intelligent, but she has more common sense than Yosuke. Together with Yosuke they make great comic relief. Her personal crisis is harder to understand than the other characters, but it doesn't make her any less likeable. She's not always on my list of people needed, but when I need enemies down, Chie never disappoints. -------------- Yukiko Amagi: -------------- Like Chie, Yukiko was born and raised in Inaba. She is the daughter of the manager at Amagi Inn who is swept up into the crisis of the murder mysteries both internally and externally. She is best friends with Chie and they have an unshakeable bond. She feels as if her own path in life is decided and is upset at not being able to do something about it. After being caught up in the murder mysteries herself, she resolves to join the team, facing her true self and gaining her Persona. She holds the Priestess Arcana. My Opinion: Another girl that looks decent. Her intelligence is greatly referenced in the game, and it is quite real. Her knowledge of events is very beneficial to the team. Her common sense disappears at times however, such as her curiousity in legends and her interest in stage diving, which makes a great contrast in her personality and lends to the comedic relief. Her conflicts in the story are very relatable, and she provides a very good analysis of what one would do in a situation like hers. She's also very good-looking in the anime. At last. --------------- Kanji Tatsumi: --------------- A boy born and raised in Inaba, Kanji has spent most of his life in a complex situation. He grew up with his family in Tatsumi Textiles and his interests revolved around arts and crafts. His hobbies have alienated him from both boys and girls alike, and his experiences with people have led him to become a tough, withdrawn individual, and a bit of a delinquent. He is dragged into the murder mysteries and encounters the Protagonist and the team along the way. After gaining his own Persona, Kanji joins the team and changes his ways, proving to be a competent ally and a loyal friend. He holds the Emperor Arcana. My Opinion: Kanji is one of my favorite characters. Not only does he provide great comic relief, he also has a very similar situation to myself in trying to find people who will accept him. His growth over time is great and he really provides a simple look at situations. His intelligence isn't so high though, but hey, apart from a few times it's not that irritating. --------------- Rise Kujikawa: --------------- A girl who was born in Inaba, but left to become an idol. While maintaining a great amount of success in the field, she has become increasingly disillusioned about herself as an idol, and struggles to find her true identity as a person. She returns to Inaba to take a break from being an idol, and is also caught up in the murders. After running into the Protagonist and the team, she joins their team and supports them in combat. She gains her own Persona after facing herself and holds the Lovers Arcana. My Opinion: Rise is my favorite character by far, above Kanji and the Protagonist (if you make him nice). Most people don't like her, but I like her playful and flirtatious personality very much. Her inner conflict is also one that I can relate to, and her methods of dealing with it and her subsequent realization is something that I find absolutely amazing about her character. I also think she looks almost as good as Yukiko, which is good, because Rise looks nice in the game and looks fantastic in the anime scenes. ----------------- Naoto Shirogane: ----------------- A detective who is investigating the murder mysteries in Inaba alongside the police force. He runs into the Investigation Team a number of times as the story progresses, and eventually decides to launch his own investigation into the murders. After the Protagonist and the team manage to save Naoto from a particularly deadly situation, Naoto asks to assist the team, gains a Persona and provides logical insight into the situation. He holds the Fortune Arcana. My Opinion: I find it a pity that Naoto is introduced so early, yet joins you quite late in the story. Still, I think Naoto is alright. I don't necessarily feel the same way in Naoto's inner conflict, yet there are some aspects that I do relate to that make this character all the more relatable. Naoto's voice of reason and lack of social skills helps to put a hint of reality on the team's antics, providing a different sense of comic relief, but one that provides just as much entertainment. -------- Teddie: -------- A being from a different world, he runs into the Protagonist, Yosuke and Chie early on. He notes a disturbance in his world potentially related to the murders going on in Inaba, and forms a reluctant alliance with the team in order to bring peace to his world. However, as time passes, he bonds with the team and with their help, attempts to find out who he truly is and what sort of being he could be, as he has no recollection at all whatsoever. My Opinion: Teddie is probably my least favorite character in the entire series. He can get really annoying and does a lot of unlikeable stuff. He's a bit like Yosuke but a lot worse in all the aspects Yosuke is terrible in. However, behind that he carries a lot of confusion about not knowing what he truly is, and how he knows nothing. In the moments that he really doubts his identity I feel are the parts that he seems more human than most of the people you meet. His lack of knowledge of the world may seem annoying, but in his defense, I would probably have acted worse if I had seen the human world for the first time. In those moments, I excuse Teddie for being annoying. He also provides some comic relief, and even has successful ventures now and then (ie. hanging out with the girls and successful "wardrobe malfunctions") which make him more successful than Yosuke. Not much better, but I do give Teddie credit for that. ************************ Personality Statistics: ************************ An important part of Persona 4 Golden is the balance of TV exploring and real life. Apart from training your characters in the TV world, you will also be training your main character in real life. Unlike Persona 3, there are 5 aspects to train: 1. Knowledge 2. Courage 3. Diligence 4. Expression 5. Understanding These statistics aren't just for show. They affect what options you can select during conversations, which Social Links you can start, as well as how many points you can get in Social Links. There are many applications for each statistic, and they will each make themselves apparent in time. They each have 5 levels, and take different amounts of training to increase to the next level. They all have different methods of training as well, and you'd be surprised to see what you can find. Here is a list of all the statistics to level, as the different levels, and the amount of training you will need to do to get the statistic to the next level. I also list some of the ways you can train the statistics. ----------- Knowledge: ----------- Aware ----> Informed ---> Expert ---> Professor ---> Sage (+10) (+19) (+25) (+31) Can increase by: - Studying in the library - Studying at home - Reading books - Eating at Aiya - Answering questions in class --------- Courage: --------- Average ---> Reliable ---> Brave ---> Daring ---> Heroic (+8) (+8) (+14) (+20) Can increase by: - Fighting optional bosses - Eating Aiya's Mabo Tofu Combo - Answering specific options - Working hospital part-time job - Reading books ------------ Expression: ------------ Rough ---> Eloquent ---> Persuasive ---> Touching ---> Enthralling (+4) (+6) (+7) (+11) Can increase by: - Going to a culture club (Music/Drama) - Translating part-time job - Reading books - Playing with cat outside Dojima Residence - Helping out friends in class - Answering options in conversations ----------- Diligence: ----------- Callow ---> Persistent ---> Strong ---> Thorough ---> Rock Solid (+6) (+7) (+14) (+17) Can increase by: - Eating Aiya's Chow Mein Set - Going to a sports club (Soccer/Basketball) - Working in the garden - Making envelopes on your table --------------- Understanding: --------------- Basic ---> Kindly ---> Generous ---> Motherly --->

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