Persona 4 Analysis Part 5

For the tenth anniversary of one of our favorite games ever, Doc and Shadon do a deep dive analysis of their favorite themes, characters, story beats and more!

In Part 5, we discuss Teddie’s arc as reflective of the existential journey that all human beings have to make at some point in their lives. And also his future job prospects.

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Music:
Dale North “Looks Like Rain”
Sound Cyclone “Reach out To The Truth” (Summer Beach Mix)

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Persona 4 Analysis Part 3

For the tenth anniversary of one of our favorite games ever, Doc and Shadon do a deep dive analysis of their favorite themes, characters, story beats and more!

Part 3 sees us exploring Doc’s favorite character, Naoto Shirogane, and the highs and lows of her story arc. We talk sexism, attribution failure and counter-narratives. We discuss what we love about her arc in the game as well as her social link and also what we think could be improved.

Music:
Dale North “Looks Like Rain”
Sound Cyclone “Reach out To The Truth” (Summer Beach Mix)

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Persona 4 Analysis Part 2

For the tenth anniversary of one of our favorite games ever, Doc and Shadon do a deep dive analysis of their favorite themes, characters, story beats and more!

In Part 2, we discuss what we believe to be the core theme at the heart of the game, self acceptance. Self-improvement, communication, everything else is built upon this foundation of accepting who you are. We also discuss the nature of shadows, and our love for the idea that gaining a persona in these games is not the end but the beginning!

Music:
Sound Cyclone “Pursuing My True Self (Average Yellow Mix)”
Plexi “Dream Groove”

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Persona 4 Analysis Part 1

For the tenth anniversary of one of our favorite games ever, Doc and Shadon do a deep dive analysis of their favorite themes, characters, story beats and more!

Part 1 focuses on the social links system. We discuss how this is a fantastic example of a set of gameplay mechanics serving both the plot and the themes of a game. We talk a bit about the shortcomings in the system, and round out our discussion with our feelings on the functions of romance in video games.

Music:
Sound Cyclone “Pursuing My True Self (Average Yellow Mix)”
Plexi “Dream Groove”

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