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"What I fear most isn't death. What I fear most is... ...attachment. Once I become attached to something, I fear that I will lose it. That's why we only live for the moment... But you... you brought me pain... Pain that I didn't want... Pain that I never asked for... When I'm with you, Junpei, I fear everything... I fear loss... I fear death... I fear that my time with you will end... That's why I..."
—Chidori Yoshino to Junpei Iori, Persona 3

Chidori Yoshino is a character from Persona 3.

Appearances[]

Design[]

Persona 3/FES/Portable/Reload[]

Chidori has long red hair with white ribbons and oval-shaped brown eyes (amber in the P3 Movie). She carries a long chain with a small red hand axe attached to the end of it.

She wears a black headband with a cream white ruffled style with a fake dagger attached, giving the illusion that her head has been impaled with it. Outside of that, she wears white style-like fabric collar with a black ribbon, a white long gothic lolita dress, white stockings and high heeled shoes. When she is hospitalized, she wears a normal hospital garb.

Although she is never seen without her headband, collar and ribbons, the dagger on her headband is removed when she is hospitalized.

In the manga, Chidori is seen at one point without her headband, collar and ribbons.

In Persona 3 The Movie, the ribbons on her hair and fabric collar are pink instead of white. She also appears to wear lavender eyeshadow.

In Persona 3 Reload, she appears to wear fuchsia eyeshadow and bright pink lipstick. Her gothic dress is now pure white instead of cream white. She no longer wears her headband, collar and ribbons when she is hospitalized.

Personality[]

"I don't belong here... I... I've always known that! Takaya was right... You're a nuisance! This pain is insignificant... The suffering my heart bears is far greater! Why!? Why won't you leave me alone!? I just don't get it, Junpei..."
—Chidori, during her boss fight
Chidori on dying

"Dying just means that I won't open my eyes again tomorrow."

Chidori's personality is like a "gothic-lolita." She has a very soft-sounding voice and loves to draw. Chidori believes that only she can understand her own sketches. She fears attachment because she is afraid of loss and the pain that comes with it. Without a strong reason to live, Chidori is similar to the protagonist in that they are very indifferent to death; Chidori feels all death means is just "not waking up anymore."

She is loyal to Takaya and Jin and always follows them to do illegal activities, even during their assassinations, although she doesn't really consider them close friends and only tags along with them because she has nowhere else to belong and they are artificial Persona Users like her. She thinks of her Persona, Medea as her only friend, even though her Persona nearly killed her by strangling her.

Chidori alive

Chidori wondering how to live.
(Junpei replies, "I dunno, breathing I guess?")

Throughout the game, Chidori develops feelings and an affection towards Junpei. She always healed and revived the flowers he gave her when she was in the hospital to make them healthy and in the exchange she gets injured on her hand. Chidori self-mutilates, once taking a box cutter to her wrists, which greatly upsets Junpei and he tries to talk her out of it. When Chidori is hospitalized, the hospital staff are warned to remove all sharp objects in her hospital room. Her selflessness and love towards Junpei shows when she sacrifices her life to save a dying Junpei.

She has no memories of her childhood since her awakening ten years ago. In Persona 3 FES, when she was revived by the flower that she placed her life force in, she regained the memories of her childhood and it revealed she was a normal person; compassionate, mature and understanding.

Profile[]

Persona 3[]

Chidori Yoshino Portrait

Chidori's's portrait in-game.

A member of Strega with Takaya Sakaki and Jin Shirato, during her free time, she sketches at the Port Island Station. She is one of the artificial Persona users once used by the Kirijo Group who require "suppressants" to control their Persona. Because of their dependency on the expensive drugs, Chidori joined Strega in their activity through a "revenge website," where they carry out assassinations and other illegal activities during the Dark Hour. However, their activity is threatened by SEES, a group dedicated to ending the Dark Hour.

It is there during summer vacation that she met one of the SEES members, Junpei Iori. Junpei was intrigued by her presence and hobby. Initially, Chidori brushed him off as a nuisance. Junpei also finds out that she would hurt herself, but the wounds would heal itself miraculously. His next visit caught her interest, when he unknowingly hinted on his activity "in the darkest hour," where he leads the "chosen ones" to "stand against the forces of evil." Chidori knew that he was referring to SEES and arranged to stop them.

During a full moon night when an Arcana Shadow (Arcana Hermit) appeared, she kidnapped Junpei and commanded him to stop SEES activity, thinking that he was their leader. This plan, however, backfired and she was captured by the squad. She was brought to a Kirijo-run hospital and held for interrogation by Akihiko Sanada and Mitsuru Kirijo. Junpei already had feelings for Chidori, and continued to visit her at the hospital. When her sketchbook was full, Junpei offered her a new one.

It was during these visits that her Persona, Medea, appeared and attempted to kill her. Shinjiro Aragaki happened to be there at the time, and supplied her with the suppressants, revealing that he, too, faces the same problems, angering Akihiko. Medea apparently had a special healing power, as Junpei discovered that when she cuts herself, the wounds would heal. At other times, she revealed that she can revive other living things by giving life to the wilted flowers beside her hospital bed. She began opening up to Junpei, apparently having feelings for him too.

However, realizing that her way of thinking is changing, she tried to push Junpei away from her life. When the other members of Strega, Takaya and Jin, broke her out of the hospital, they also led her to revert to her old ways when she was part of the group. Chidori also felt that she was now afraid of dying and has experienced "nothing but pain" since she met Junpei, and blames it on him.

ChidoriJunpeiHug

Chidori being held by Junpei as she dies.

On November 22nd, Chidori faced a great conflict when she had to face Junpei and SEES. When Junpei was badly wounded by Takaya, Chidori pushed away her loyalties with Strega and attempted to heal Junpei using the "Spring of Life," ignoring the fact that she would lose her own life using this skill. Finally, she succumbed to her death, but not before confessing that she loved Junpei. A remorseful Junpei inherited her sketchbook, which was filled with sketches and portraits of himself. This strengthened his resolve to become the man in the sketchbook.

Revival[]

In expanded/enhanced versions of the game, depending on the protagonist's actions, Chidori might be revived after the incident at the 22nd of November.

To revive Chidori, the protagonist must talk to Junpei on the days 11/06, 11/11, 11/14 and 11/22 (the day of her "death") and tell him to go see her every time. After this, Chidori will be revived on 01/21.[1]

In Reload, the protagonist might spend time with Junpei on the 7th of November, where he mentions that she would love white flowers but backs down before purchasing the flowers. On 11/8, the protagonist can buy the white flowers at Port Island Station and give the flowers to Junpei on the same day in the evening. Chidori will be revived on the 21st of January as in the original version of the event.

According to the story, the flowers beside her hospital bed were placed on her corpse as a tribute. The life force she had given to the flowers apparently returned to her, and she was revived, albeit with no memory of the events revolving around her. During the Dark Hour, she was transmogrified, revealing that she had lost her Persona, since Medea has merged with Junpei's Hermes.

The manga adaptation adapts her revival in chapters 41, 42 and 44.

In The Answer of Persona 3 FES, during the debate over what to do with the keys to the past, Junpei mentions Chidori while stating, if given the chance, he wouldn't change what happened because he felt it wouldn't be right, stating she had died. However, this was a mistranslation of the original Japanese script.

Reload[]

Chidori is referenced by the Earnest Station Worker at Port Island Station on 5/24, stating that recently a girl has been frequenting the station adorned in a white dress with puffy lace. He says he doesn't know what fashion that is, but it isn't his style.

Chidori's revival was slightly changed from the previous version in FES and Portable. In Persona 3 Reload, instead of talking to Junpei during specific days, the protagonist should hang out with Junpei Iori's 3rd Linked Episode (after completing the first two), during the Linked Episode, Junpei will suggest buying White Flowers for her but was very hesitant since she didn't want him to come back to visit. The protagonist can only convince Junpei by buying him White Flowers the next day from the Port Island Station and giving them to Junpei later that night. By giving Junpei the flowers, he will start visiting Chidori, this will trigger her revival on 1/21.

Her boss fight, rather than requiring her HP to be depleted, now ends automatically after 5 turns as she starts to become emotionally overwhelmed.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax[]

Though she did not appear in the game, she was mentioned by Junpei while he was daydreaming of proposing to her, before waking up on the train. When fighting against Shadows, Junpei said he wouldn't let Chidori worry about him again. What's more, Junpei's cross necklace is from her favorite apparel brand, which she sent as a gift to him.[2] This necklace is not present in The Answer, implying he received it after the events of it, meaning Chidori's revival is canon. However, the circumstances on how she was revived were never explained.

Stats[]

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 35
Magic 35
Endurance 35
Agility 35
Luck 35
Hanged Man 56 1200
?
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
- - - Drain - - - Null Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Slash Attack Normal attack using the Slash attribute.
Agilao Deals medium Fire damage to one foe.
Agidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe.
Maragidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to all foes.
Mudoon Darkness: instant kill, 1 foe (high odds). (40% chance)
Mamudoon Darkness: instant kill, all foes (high odds). (35% chance)
Poisma Poisons 1 foe. (40% chance)
Marin Karin Charms 1 foe. (40% chance)
Sexy Dance Charms all foes. (40% chance)
Matarunda Decreases all foes' Attack.
Marakunda Decreases all foes' Defense.
Masukunda Decreases all foes' Hit/Evasion rate.
Mind Charge Doubles magic damage dealt next turn. (2x damage)
Tetrakarn Barrier that reflects physical damage 1x per ally.
Spring of Life Restores 8% HP each turn in battle.


Persona 3 Reload[]

  • If Chidori's HP is dropped below 20% for the first time, she will use Spring of Life.
  • Battle ends automatically after HP is dropped by 40% for the second time.


Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 35
Magic 35
Endurance 35
Agility 35
Luck 35
Hanged Man 56 2800
?
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almi
- - - Drain - - - - - -
Down Dizzy Freeze Shock Poison Charm Distress Confuse Fear Rage
- - ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Slash Attack Normal attack using the Slash attribute.
Maragidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to all foes.
Neuro Slash Deals medium Slash damage to all foes. Low chance of Confuse.
Spring of Life Fully heals the user.


Battle Quotes[]

Full quotes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7g1bybIi8o

Persona 3 / FES / Portable[]

  • Too bad.
  • Perish.
  • No.
  • Are you prepared?
  • Come forth.
  • Enough.
  • This pain is nothing.
  • Hmph.
  • That's enough.
  • Farewell.
  • You don't know anything.
  • I don't belong here. I... I've always known that.
  • You're aware of my ability, aren't you? Weak attacks are useless against me.
  • Takaya was right. You're a nuisance!
  • This pain is insignificant. The suffering my heart bears is far greater.
  • Why... why won't you leave me alone?! I just don't get it, Junpei.
  • Come, Medea!

Persona 3 Reload[]

  • To me, Medea!
  • Get ready!
  • This is nothing! I don't feel well... (Using Spring of Life)
  • This isn't where I belong... I've known that from the start! (Opening battle)
  • Takaya was right... You're all just a nuisance!
  • This pain... It's nothing compared to the suffering I'm feeling inside!
  • Why?! Why won't you leave me alone!? I don't know... I don't know anymore... Junpei...
  • It hurts... I can't breathe... I'm scared... ...Jun...pei...

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Other[]

Etymology[]

  • The name Chidori means "plover" (千鳥), a short-billed gregarious wading bird, typically found by water but sometimes frequenting grassland, tundra, and mountains.
    • It can also mean "thousand" (千) (chi) and "bird, poultry, fowl" (鳥) (tori/dori) separately.
  • Chidori's surname Yoshino means "lucky, good" (吉) (yoshi) and "field, wilderness" (野) (no).

In Other Languages[]

Language Title
Flag of Japan Japanese 吉野 千鳥 (Yoshino Chidori)
Flag of South Korea Korean 요시노 치도리 (Yosino Chidori)

Trivia[]

  • Chidori appears as a palette swap for Yukiko Amagi in Persona 4 Arena, and then mentioned in Junpei's story in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.
  • It's implied that Chidori wears a gothic lolita dress regardless of the season because the persona supression drugs she took prevented her body from regulating temperature. The same thing occurs with Jin Shirato and Shinjiro Aragaki.
  • Answering a fan question during the Persona Stalker Club, Atlus said that the necklace Junpei wears during Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is from Chidori's favorite apparel brand, which she gave to him as a gift.[2]
  • She has the same surname as Natsumi Yoshino from Megami Ibunroku Persona, even written with the same kanji. It is unknown if the two characters are related or this is a mere coincidence.
  • Her Japanese voice actress also voiced Elizabeth and Jun from Persona -trinity soul-.
  • Despite the fact that she can hijack Fuuka's navigator abilities in a cutscene, gameplay-wise, she doesn't have anything that affects the usage of navigator skills.

References[]


Characters
Playable Male protagonist - Female protagonist - Yukari Takeba - Junpei Iori - Akihiko Sanada - Mitsuru Kirijo - Fuuka Yamagishi - Aigis - Koromaru - Ken Amada - Shinjiro Aragaki - Metis
Social Link Kenji Tomochika - Hidetoshi Odagiri - Bunkichi and Mitsuko - Kazushi Miyamoto - Chihiro Fushimi - Isako Toriumi - Keisuke Hiraga - Yuko Nishiwaki - Maiko Oohashi - Pharos - Bebe - President Tanaka - Mutatsu - Mamoru Hayase - Nozomi Suemitsu - Akinari Kamiki - Rio Iwasaki - Saori Hasegawa - Ryoji Mochizuki
Major Igor - Elizabeth - Theodore - Shuji Ikutsuki - Officer Kurosawa - Takaya Sakaki - Jin Shirato - Chidori Yoshino - Takeharu Kirijo - Kouetsu Kirijo - Eiichiro Takeba - Natsuki Moriyama - Nyx - Erebus - Margaret
Minor Maki - Kiyoshi Sakuma - Mr. Edogawa - Mr. Ekoda - Mr. Miyahara - Ms. Ounishi - Mrs. Terauchi - Kikuno Saikawa - Yuu Kimijima - Souta Aizawa - Kyouka Sayama
Cameo Yukiko Amagi - Noriko Kashiwagi - Man Drinking Alone
Location
Port Island Gekkoukan High School - Paulownia Mall - Iwatodai Station - Port Island Station - Naganaki Shrine - Dorm - Moonlight Bridge - Velvet Room
Tartarus Blocks: Thebel - Arqa - Yabbashah - Tziah - Harabah - Adamah - Monad Depths
Abyss of Time Malebolge - Cocytus - Caina - Antenora - Ptolomea - Judecca - Empyrean
Other Kyoto - Great Seal
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (JP / US / FES / Portable) - Bonus CD - Burn My Dread -Reincarnation- - Spring of Birth OST - Midsummer Knight's Dream OST - Falling Down OST - Winter Of Rebirth OST - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Burn My Dread" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Want To Be Close" - "When the Moon Reaches for the Stars" - "Iwatodai Dorm" - "Mass Destruction" - "Color Your Night" - "Deep Breath Deep Breath" - "The Meaning of Armbands" - "Deep Mentality" - "It's Going Down Now" - "Changing Seasons" - "Current Net Price Tanaka" - "Battle Hymn of the Soul" - "Kimi no Kioku" - "P3 FES" - "Mass Destruction -P3fes version-" - "Heartful Cry" - "Brand New Days" - "Soul Phrase" - "A Way of Life" - "Time" - "Wiping All Out" - "More Than One Heart" - "Fate is In Our Hands" - "One Single Word" - "One Hand, One Heartbeat" - "One Determination" - "Sound of the Beast" - "Storm for a Butterfly" - "Light in Starless Sky" - "My Testimony" - "Self Redemption" - "Full Moon Full Life"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Prime / Ultimate) - Persona user - Shadow - Wild Card - Evoker - Attack Properties - Tactics - All-out Attack - Shuffle Time - Dark Hour - Moon Phase System - Full Moon Operations - SEES - Kirijo Group - Nanjo Group - Strega - Artificial Persona user - Suppressants - Apathy Syndrome - The Fall - Death - Who's Who - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Plume of Dusk
P3RE: Shift - Theurgy - Combat Characteristics
Lists Arcana - Personas (P3 - FES - P - R) - Shadows - Bosses (P3 - FES) - Skills - Items (Heart Items / Vending Machines) - Status Effects - Elizabeth's Requests - Activities - Calendar - Trophies (Portable / Reload) - Steam Profile Items - Patches and Updates
School Life Daily Life - Seasons - Social Link - Social Stats - Yen - Class - Studying - Movie Theater - Bed - Part-time Jobs - Shrine - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Crane Machine - Chagall Café - School Club - Cooking - Walking Koromaru - Linked Episode - Computer - Refrigerator - Gardening - Books - DVDs - Studying - Fortune Telling
Other Media
Games FES - Portable - Reload - Dancing in Moonlight
Productions The Movie - The Movie: Escape from the Dark Hour - the Weird Masquerade: -Ao no Kakusei- / -Gunjou no Meikyuu- / -Souen no Kesshou- / -Ai no Seiyaku- / -Hekikuu no Kanata e- - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best-
Drama CDs A Certain Day of Summer - Daylight / Moonlight - Character Drama CD Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 / Vol. 3 / Vol. 4 / Vol. 5 - New Moon / Full Moon - Portable Vol. 1 / Vol. 2
Publications Manga - Shadow Cry - Memento Mori - Owari no Kakera - Alternative Heart - Velvet Blue - Persona Magazine - Dear Girls Comic Anthology - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Tartarus Theater - Persona VS - Persona 3 Reload: Beginnings
Mobile Games The Night Before - Persona Ain Soph - Social - Escape - Illust Puzzle - Broken Shadow - Aegis: The First Mission - Qix - Chaining Soul - Em
Events Music Live 2008 - Music Live 2009 - Music Tour 2010 - Music Live 2012 - Music Fes 2013 - Music Box 2014 - Super Live 2015 - Livehouse Tour 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019- 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary - 25th FES
Miscellaneous Merchandise
P3 Bosses
Guardians Venus Eagle (3) - Dancing Hand (3) - Rampage Drive - Crying Table (3) - Change Relic - Golden Beetle (3) - Intrepid Knight - Furious Gigas (3) - Fanatic Tower - Magical Magus (3) - Natural Dancer - Arcane Turret (3) - Sleeping Table - Hell Knight (3) - Mythical Gigas - Judgement Sword (3) - Stasis Giant (3) - Phantom King - Royal Dancer (3) - Reckoning Dice - Noble Seeker (3) - Carnal Snake (3) - World Balance - Fierce Cyclops (3) - Jotun of Grief
Full Moon Operation bosses Arcana Priestess - Arcana Emperor and Arcana Empress - Arcana Hierophant - Arcana Lovers - Arcana Chariot and Arcana Justice - Arcana Hermit - Arcana Fortune and Arcana Strength - Arcana Hanged Man - Death
Other Takaya Sakaki and Hypnos - Jin Shirato and Moros - Chidori Yoshino and Medea - Reaper - Elizabeth
P3P Exclusive Theodore - Margaret
P3 FES Bosses
Guardians Immortal Gigas + Visceral Maya (3) - Brilliant Cyclops - Death Castle + El Dorado Beast (2) - Harem Dancer + Merciless Maya (2) - Judgement Sword + Ice Raven + Brave Wheel - Primitive Idol + Shouting Tiara + Wrathful Book - Wondrous Magus + Crying Table + Cowardly Maya - Neo Minotaur - Spastic Turret + Slaughter Drive (2) - Conceited Maya - Rebellious Cyclops + Acheron Seeker (2) - Tenjin Musha + Kaiden Musha + Onnen Musha
Other Metis and Psyche - ??? - Akihiko Sanada and Caesar + Ken Amada and Kala-Nemi - Junpei Iori and Trismegistus + Koromaru and Cerberus - Yukari Takeba and Isis + Mitsuru Kirijo and Artemisia - Erebus
P3 Reload Bosses
Guardians Ruthless Ice Ravens (2) - Barbaric Beast Wheel & Magic Hands (2) - Swift Axle ~ Will O' Wisp Raven & Lightning Eagles (2) - Heretic Magus & Grievous Tables (2) - Disturbing Dice & Slaughter Twins (2) - Clairvoyant Relic ~ Servant Tower & Enslaved Cupids - Lascivious Lady & Profligate Gigas (2) - Fleetfooted Cavalry ~ Ochlocratic Sands (3) - Arcanist Decapitator, Heat Overseer, & Sky Overseer - Deviant Convict & Tome of Atrophy - Controlling Partner & Dependent Partner ~ Venomous Magus & Five Fingers of Blight (2) - Bloody Maria & Executioner's Crown - Imposing Skyscraper ~ Heartless Relic & Rampaging Sands (2) - Raging Turret - Terminal Table - Jotun of Authority, Purging Right Hand, & Subservient Left Hand - Isolated Castle
Monad Cowardly Maya - Magical Magus & Shouting Tiara ~ Bronze Dice & Muttering Tiara - Iron Dice - Muttering Tiara ~ Dogmatic Tower & Immoral Snakes (2) - Natural Dancers (2) - Vehement Idol ~ Change Relic ~ Heat Balance, Sky Balance ~ Shadow of the Void
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