Persona 4 animated series licensed for US release

Sentai Filmworks secures rights to localize 25-episode show based on PS2 RPG; DVD and Blu-ray release set for next year, with streaming debut "soon."

Earlier this year, Japanese animation company Aniplex announced that an anime series based on the PlayStation 2 role-playing game Persona 4 was in production, and it was scheduled to air on October 6 in Japan. English-speaking fans can now celebrate, with Sentai Filmworks confirming this week that it will be licensing the anime for release in the US market.

Reach out to the truth in English next year.

Sentai plans to make the 25-episode series available on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012. The show will also be digitally distributed "soon through many outlets," but no specific release window was given.

Just like the game it is based upon, the anime follows main character Yu Narukami as he joins up with eight other teenagers to solve the mysterious murders and kidnappings in the town of Inaba. The show will be directed by Seiji Kishi (director of Angel Beats!) and the soundtrack will be composed by Shoji Meguro (composer for the recent Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series).

The Persona 4 brand isn't just getting an anime adaptation; there is also an upcoming 2D fighting game set two years after the original's story and developed by Arc System Works of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fame. A PlayStation Vita port of Persona 4 will also be released next spring in Japan. The title will have more in-game voice work, as well as new animated cutscenes and wireless support features.

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57 comments
GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

I prefer sub to dub, I think anime should be watched in the original language.

awesomejaime
awesomejaime

I better rush finishing the game before the anime spoils it! :)

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

@hasancakir too bad that's only 25 episodes. The game was quite long.

areszues92
areszues92

oh yeah, this is bear-y good news.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Plot reminds me of something called Shiki.

ROMSES
ROMSES

Strange, and what about persona 3, would be easer and better for them because story is more interesting( I think), but P4 is ok too, I guess in the 3 series the ending is not so good for anime series, but a lot of japanese games, anime make a final "main character sacrifice'' like onimusha dawn of dreams or rainbow(who knows, maybe P4 is better because of theme with TV's))

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Cool! I also wish for a Last Blade and a Guilty Gear anime. :roll:

hasancakir
hasancakir

This is something I'd like to watch :)

benleslie5
benleslie5

I will totally be watching the first episode this week online, waited forever for this

PheneonS
PheneonS

Oh man, I only hope they retain the same voice actors in the English dub. Well, we'll still (hopefully) get the P4 fighting game and the remake for Vita. Not to mention the long-waited Persona 5. So I'm not complaining.

Slipknotfan11
Slipknotfan11

Gonna Love it!!! =P Hope its the same voice actors though... Kinda weird if it wasnt

metalkitten
metalkitten

well its one great game - not sure ill watch it though but its the first vita game announced that interested me - even though its a port i just loved that universe and game so anything added to it would be great on the other hand i really wish persona 5 is out for ps3/xbox360 in the soon future

n00bofdestiny
n00bofdestiny

I hope they bring back the original voice actors.

oin
oin

crossing fingers on original english voice actors

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

anime to video games=good to whatsoever video games to anime even this!=AWESOME!

nini200
nini200

Awesome!!! I will be getting it regardless of the Sub or Dub.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Arguing over subbed or dubbed is pointless let people enjoy which ever version they prefer.

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

Yes I loved the games.So I will love this Anime.

rasputin177
rasputin177

Nice, I never get that interested in most games plot and story line but with Persona it is the best part of the game.

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

Oh, this is so great except for the stupid fighting game..

thisranks
thisranks

Hmmm.....even though i'm American, i prefer subbed to dubbed when watching anime as opposed to when playing video games. I may not understand a word of Japanese, but for some reason it just sounds better. Hopefully they will give both options, but in either case i will be keeping an eye out for it's release. PSVita might just be worth it for Persona 4 alone....incredible game.

Gabriel_Mourn
Gabriel_Mourn

So what if it's subbed or dubbed. Either way, it should turn out to be a good series, one should hope.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I wonder if Cartoon Networks Adult Swim will start airing Persona 4 since they show really good Anime such as Cowboy Bebop, death note, Bleach, and the Gundam series. But ether way I will be keeping my eyes on the Blu-Ray in 2012.

System4Ever
System4Ever

If your into anime then you have known about this project for a long time.

fkbwii
fkbwii

I'll obviously watch it!

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

As to those saying i hope they dub it @HollowNinja , actually reading the article would really help you. This is why i don't post here as much. "Reach out to the truth in English next year" Hmm hope you can figure that out.

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

Hopefully Madman Entertainment or Siren Visual can also get a lisence of this so they could bring the anime into Australia :D

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

I'm guessing they're going to use the original video game voice actors for this one. Hopefully, they change Chie's voice though.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

This is awesome !! Loved Persona 4 .. and loved Angel Beats ! .. This can only end up well :)

5529319
5529319

I prefer getting a subbed version of the original japanese anime instead. . . English dub has failed me too many times.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

This is going to be awesome. I just know it!

DJ_Headshot
DJ_Headshot

Just a heads up theanimenetwork.com will be legally simulcasting the series with subtitles starting oct 6 hulu will get it the day after but TAN video player is ad free and in HD. Edit: free users need to watch it within 24 hours as it switches over to using hulu player after that unless you pay so bookmark this page and every Thursday at 3pm eastern time is when a new episode comes out. http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Persona-4/Info

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

@ABEzilla116 Did you JUST SAY that SMTDSO has good voice acting?!? Seriously?!? That was the first thing I switched off. It's awful. Really really really really bad.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

Bout 90% of anime are better subbed, mainly because there's only about 6 voice actors they use (Yuri Lowenthal, Vic Mcderpaderp etc etc), so every show sounds the same as each other. They're not bad, but its really annoying to have every single blonde character be voiced by the same person (Vic), even though the characters are hugely different. Although some dubs are fantastic. Hellsing Ultimate had better voice acting in the english release than the japanese one, and there are a few others too.

XeonForce
XeonForce

I might have to take a look, I haven't played any of the Persona's because of my lack of a PS2 system recently, but I love the soundtracks and enjoy any anime series with less than 50 episodes (which can be challenging to find nowadays). Here's hoping for the best.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

Or just watch it subbed NEXT FRIDAY!!! WOOO!

Kinpong
Kinpong

persona series is good but i dont think i will play a fighting game tho lol

FinalKloud
FinalKloud

Nice, now i know the US will get the Persona Arena fighting game!

lucky_coin
lucky_coin

I'm hoping they bring back people like Yuri Lowenthal, Troy Baker and Laura Bailey to do the english dub