"I still don't really get what bein' "strong" means, but I'm gonna start by not lying to myself. No more being scared of everyone, hiding my hobbies, staying away from people... Anytime, anyplace, I'm gonna bust right through as my own self! That's the way to deal with that "other me" in the TV world."
—Kanji Tatsumi, Persona 4

Kanji Tatsumi is a playable character from Persona 4. He is a first-year student at Yasogami High School in Inaba and known to many as a notorious delinquent since middle school.

Appearances Edit

Design Edit

Kanji is the tallest member of the Investigation Team. He has a bleached-blond sweptback crewcut with a widow's peak, gray eyes (blue in the animation), with a scar above his left eye. He wears many piercings, metal jewelry, and under his school uniform a black sweater with a skull-and-crossbones design. He also wears shaded glasses in battle. On days off, he instead wears a black jacket, and in the summer he discards his jacket and dons a black tank top with flaming skull design. At the campout he wears his P.E. suit fashioned similarly to his winter uniform.

His character art features tattoos on his left arm. However, the tattoos are absent in certain costumes, like when he goes shirtless, or dresses like Marilyn Monroe during the school festival.

During the winter in Persona 4 Golden, he wears a snow suit, a black beanie, a maroon pullover, a black winter jacket, black gloves, tan pants, and black shoes with red lines. During the True Ending epilogue, it is revealed that his hair is naturally black and wears glasses, but decides to return his hair back to blond after being made fun of at the end of Persona 4 The Golden Animation.

In the anime, his hair is more blond than the game. His design also features ear cuffs on his right ear, as well another ear piercing. A similar design is featured in Persona 4 Arena, although it's the other way around.

In Persona 4 The Golden Animation, his sweater is dark purple instead of black. 

In Persona 4: Dancing All Night, he retains his Yasogami school uniform, but wears his jacket around his waist. He also wears black sneakers with flames on them, a dark gray tank top with 1+3 in black writing, and a yellow scarf around his head. 

Personality Edit

He is the only child of the Tatsumi family, owners of the textile shop in Inaba's Central Shopping District. Kanji is a student at Yasogami High School but he often skips class for unknown reasons.


Kanji making a terrifying impression.

From the start, he was known as a delinquent. When he was in middle school, he destroyed a biker gang and his notorious fame as a wild person spread to every corner of the countryside town. Although people mistake him as a member of a biker gang or as someone who likes violence, he actually does not have even the tiniest inclination to be violent. When he strongly denies the side of him which enjoys "feminine" hobbies like sewing or knitting is pushed to the extreme, it unexpectedly established his position as a juvenile delinquent. He drapes his school uniform over his shoulders in a punk-ish style to emphasize the atmosphere he wishes to embody. He acts out against any authority figure, but speaks politely to the protagonist and his other seniors. However, when he gets flustered and wants to threaten people effectively regardless of the circumstances, he occasionally gets into fights and scraps. Despite his seemingly rough personality, it is often due to misunderstandings. For example, he once went after a rowdy biker gang, but only to stop them from disturbing his mother. He obeys his strict curfew or his mother will make a fuss.

His father is deceased. Before Kanji's father died, he told Kanji, "If you're a man, you have to become strong." Kanji thought his father was telling him he wasn't a real man, which angered him and caused him to become insecure about his masculinity. As a result of this, Kanji drastically changed his appearance and began isolating himself from others. At the beginning of Persona 4, Kanji has no known friends.

Compared to the rest of the team, Kanji tends to be a bit slow on the uptake. However, he is straightforward and decisive. Through the game he realizes that his impulsive actions can drag others down, and that he can balance that by instead giving them his support.

Kanji crocheting

Kanji crocheting.

Kanji and his mother run a textile shop, which is frequented by the Amagi Inn staff. For this reason, not only is he adept at sewing and knitting, he is passionate about these activities. He has been interested in arts and crafts since he was young and has been honing his skills without anyone knowing. Kanji's cutely designed works, which include knit plushies and plush hand mitts are already being sold as proper goods in the shop. He also conducts handicrafts classes for the neighbors. When it comes to crafts, Kanji is unrivaled. Kanji really wants to join his school's the Sewing Club, but felt that he might frighten the other club members. He can be seen standing the Sewing Club classroom, although he has made the Sewing Club members nervous. On his online profile, he is part of the social groups "Let's Sewing," "Knitting Cafe" and "I Like Hawaiian Quilts."


Kanji vowing to find the animal cracker.

In addition to that, in the social link event with Naoki Konishi it was revealed that the 'super yummy croquettes Kanji's mom made' which he had 10 years ago was actually made by the young Kanji. In other words, not only is Kanji good at crafts and sewing, he's also a decent cook. On his online profile, he is part of the social group "Delicious Shops In Inaba." He is a huge fan of popsicles and animal crackers, and is searching for the ultimate secret animal cracker: the penguin.

There are also implications that Kanji is a clean freak since he has a neurotic personality and is obsessed with details.

He has a fondness for cute things, particularly animals, as he is shown to keep many stuffed toys and takes a particular liking towards Koromaru and Morgana. He also likes reindeer.[4][5][6]

At the start of the game, Kanji is scared of partaking in any potentially "feminine" interests, due to the bullying he has faced from girls, calling him homophobic slurs such as "queer" and questioning his masculinity. When Kanji tried painting, a relatively gender-neutral hobby, he was even told "painting is so not you." Kanji compensates with a tough, hypermasculine facade in order to avoid ridicule and rejection, and he hides his interests. His Social Link reveals that acting tough has often caused a chain of trouble for Kanji, and he wonders how to prevent such things from escalating. In his 10th Social Link Rank, Kanji realizes that the solution is to try to make others "understand" him, something which he never attempted and something he hopes will prevent future misunderstandings.

Accept Kanji

Shadow Kanji begging for acceptance.

He is terrified of having the secrets he has kept for so long - his likes and his true nature - revealed and he suspects that he really does have a "feminine" heart. As a result, on the other side of the TV, a dazzling world of love between men was created. Shadow Kanji is portrayed as flamboyantly homosexual, and Kanji claims his Shadow self really is him in his 10th Social Link. Kanji's ambiguous sexuality becomes a running joke throughout the game and its surrounding media such as the anime, much to his frustration and embarrassment.


Kanji annoyed of feeling outcasted.

Even after his friends have accepted his long-standing inner conflicts, his likes and hobbies, and the him who represents all those things, he still feels unsettled at times. By the end of the game, Kanji acknowledges a deeper acceptance and understanding of stereotypically "feminine" and "masculine" interests in his Social Link. Whether or not Kanji is heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual is a subject of fan debate as there is evidence for all three, although Kanji points out that his sexual orientation should not matter about him: his issue is his fear of rejection and not receiving acceptance, as well as his doubts and insecurities about his identity.

Despite his ambiguous sexual orientation, Kanji implies an interest in Naoto, sometimes blushing at her, even from before it was revealed she was female.

Profile Edit

Persona 4 Edit


Kanji questioning his sexual orientation.

Kanji is seen with Naoto Shirogane. Naoto was also able to deduce that Kanji would be the next victim, and tries to seek clues by speaking to him. During that time, Naoto expresses interest in the case, which Kanji mistakes as Naoto being interested in him. This results in Kanji becoming shocked and conflicted about his feelings towards Naoto, and more importantly, his sexuality. The Investigation Team attempts to interview Kanji, to no avail. He is eventually kidnapped and put in the Midnight Channel. Kanji's Midnight Channel dungeon is the "men's only" Steamy Bathhouse.

Shadow Kanji

Shadow Kanji

Kanji facing his flamboyant Shadow.

On the top floor, the team finds Kanji confronting his Shadow. Shadow Kanji calls Kanji out on his "charade" and tells him it's awful to deceive himself and other people, and asks Kanji what is so bad about doing what he wants to do. Shadow Kanji continues on how much he hates girls because they are "arrogant" and "self-centered." He talks of how they spread gossip and lies, and view him as a "disgusting thing." They treat him like a "weirdo," laughing at him and calling him a "queer." They ridicule him and question him on his interests. Shadow Kanji asks what it means to be a "guy" and "manly," and claims girls to be scary. After Kanji retorts that he's not scared of girls, Shadow Kanji then comments that men are much better and he vastly prefers men because they wouldn't say such degrading things.

After being denied, Shadow Kanji transforms into is a mostly nude version of himself surrounded in a bed of roses while holding two Mars symbols. It represents his second thoughts regarding his true sexuality (the possibility of being gay) and being unsure of the opposite sex, as the sensitive side under his rough exterior is often unappreciated and even ridiculed by girls and being thought of as an unmanly degenerate as a result. His Shadow is also accompanied by two other Shadows, one named 'Nice Guy' and the other named 'Tough Guy;' possibly referring to the common homosexual stereotypes of a feminine man, and the other a masculine man. Nice Guy will boost Shadow Kanji's stats in battle, while Tough Guy will deal damage to the protagonist's party.

The party manages to defeat Kanji's Shadow, the real Kanji still refused to accept it.The Shadow pleaded desperately with the party at this point, asking if anyone would just accept it. Kanji punched the Shadow, but soon accepted it, and so, it transformed into his Persona, Take-Mikazuchi.

Kanji's Persona, Take-Mikazuchi, which evolves to Rokuten Maoh, specialize in electricity skills and strong physical attacks along with possessing two skills to buff defense and attacks.

Kanji doesn't have a major role in the storyline after, although he comes in handy when physical force is needed. He is also shown to care about Nanako Dojima, and is extremely upset when she "dies."

Social LinkEdit

"This... For reals...!? I get it... So I've become a little "stronger," huh...? You're my hero, dude... And my best bud!"
—Kanji Tatsumi after awakening his ultimate Persona
Kanji's Social Link begins a set time after his rescue, and it can commence as early as June 9th. when a female student on the second floor of the classroom building accuses him of bullying other students. The protagonist can find him in the practice building on the first floor next to the sewing room. To start this Social Link, speak to Kanji and choose to talk to him. Kanji will lead the protagonist to Samegawa Flood Plain to confront him. Choose to talk about the accusations of bullying. Kanji will then tell the accusations are false. Upon seeing the protagonist as a friend, the Emperor Social Link will be established.

As the protagonist continues through the Social Link, he will support Kanji in making dolls for a young boy whom you meet around the third level of the Emperor Social Link. This will lead to Kanji eventually beginning to sell the dolls at the Textile Shop.

Oven mitts

Kanji teaching the protagonist how to make reeeal cute oven mitt puppets.

At the final meeting Kanji goes to the Dojima residence with the protagonist. He explains to the protagonist that his obsession with being a real man came from his father's last words. Here, he notes that he finally figured out what being a real man is. According to Kanji, a real man is a male who does everything at one hundred percent. Kanji also admits to the protagonist that the manifestation in his personal dungeon truly did represent himself, revealing that he is becoming more comfortable with himself, especially with his hobbies. He gives the protagonist a cute strap, and his Persona evolves from Take-Mikazuchi to Rokuten Maou. Comically, he states that he will start a puppet-making class, the first being in the protagonist's room.

Persona 4 GoldenEdit

"A real brawl doesn't begin until you've got your back to a wall!"
—Kanji Tatsumi, Persona 4 Golden
In Persona 4 Golden, the addition of bikes for the Investigation Team introduced a unique new way of obtaining skills for party members. By going on special forms of dates with each party member, involving the use of the bikes, the player is given the option of either having the party member in question learn a brand-new skill, or relearn any old skill that they have forgotten. The bike skills available to Kanji are listed below.

Kanji can also perform a fusion spell with Naoto called "Beauty & The Beast" when the following requirements are achieved: Kanji and Naoto are both in the active party, and an "All-Out Attack" is performed, but an enemy remains. When performing "Beauty & The Beast," Kanji and Naoto will both run up to each other and summon their respective Personas. Bones will surround them and the enemy as a skull appears from the ground. The skull will emit a bright light from its mouth, damaging the enemy.

Additionally, like with Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4, each party member is able to learn new skills upon the player's progression of their Social Link. The social link skills that Kanji learns upon the development of his Social Link are also listed below.

Persona 4 The Animation Edit

—Kanji Tatsumi, Persona 4 The Animation
Kanji is first seen fighting a biker gang, throwing himself wholeheartedly into the fray. He is next seen at school where he meets Yu for the first time. There, Yu notices Kanji had dropped a pink bunny keychain, which embarrasses Kanji — he snatches it back and storms off. When Kanji discovers Yosuke and Chie spying on him, he chases after them when Chie mentions the word "gay." Eventually, Kanji ends up chasing Yu and Yukiko too.
Persona 4 Kanji's Shadow

Persona 4 Kanji's Shadow

Shadow Kanji on the TV.

When Kanji woke up in the bath house, he suddenly hears someone else's inner voice talking about him; this angered him to the point of refusing his other self, who had appeared to welcome him. As the Investigation Team arrives, they become aware of the fact Kanji has been fighting his Shadow on his lonesome, and handling himself just fine. But soon Kanji tires, and loses his energy — he suffers a backlash as if he had refused his Shadow.

Despite this, he does not fall into unconsciousness, and instead watches with what little strength he has left as his Shadow strikes him down. He regains consciousness long enough to see Yu guarding his prone body, protecting him. Kanji refuses to commit — then Yu’s words bring him back to his senses, and it’s enough for him to accept his Shadow.

Kanji admits that the Shadow is a part of him, no matter how much he wished he could deny it. His Shadow is then reborn as his Persona, Take-Mikazuchi.

During the battle with Adachi in Magatsu Inaba, Kanji teams up with Naoto to battle the first Reaper, but got moderately injured from it. After he and the other Seeker of Truth's Persona fight against Ameno-sagiri and fail, as he sees Yu in danger, his Persona evolves into Rokuten Maou and gives him the strength to summon the ultimate Persona, Lucifer.

Kanji and Yu's bond is represented by the Persona, King Frost.

Persona 4 ArenaEdit

Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4 Arena, Story Mode Illustration, 1)

Kanji knitting

In the game's story mode, Kanji learns that Yu is returning to Inaba for Golden Week, so he plans on knitting a doll for him. In the middle of working, he falls asleep, eventually waking up in the middle of the night but tripping and falling right into the flat screen TV in his living room. When he wakes up, he finds that he is in Yasogami and discovers the P-1 Grand Prix tournament. Believing this is just a dream, he enters the tournament and defeats opponents one by one without hesitation. In two spots the player has the choice of believing the entire tournament is still a dream or taking it as reality.

P4A Kanji Story Mode

Kanji, facing off with "Shadow Kanji" again

In the main route, Kanji eventually finds out the tournament is not a dream and deduces that the whole fiasco is a result of Shadow Kanji stirring up trouble in the guise of Teddie. At the end of many battles with his seniors, he eventually reaches Teddie and Labrys at the classroom. Teddie, half-jokingly telling Labrys to leave without him, remains alone to fight Kanji who defeats his foe with gusto but is reprehended for his actions by Teddie himself, who reveals that he is not the same as the Teddie shown on screen or Shadow Kanji. At that moment, "Shadow Kanji" enters the room and echoes statements similar to the Shadow Kanji fight in Persona 4 only, Kanji accepts his problems very quickly and defeats Shadow Kanji without any hesitation.

Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4 Arena, Story Mode Illustration, 3)

Kanji, in charge of the shop and his knit dolls for sale

Once again, reprehended for his actions, Kanji is told that the tournament was in fact a result of a new foe, Kanji had no choice but to reach the announcement room for answers, save Rise who had recently made a cry for help, and Labrys who had already rushed ahead of him. In the announcement room with no other Persona users with combat abilities, he has no choice but to defend Rise and Labrys from Shadow Labrys who has finally become berserk through Labrys' rejection. After having busted Shadow Labrys, Rise and Kanji comfort Labrys on her troubles and finally get her to accept her Shadow. The three head for the school roof which is actually the lobby and finally return home. Just before bidding Labrys farewell out in the real world, Kanji tells Labrys to stay cheerful and says goodbye with energy, "See ya!" Echoing Kanji, Labrys leaves with the Shadow Operatives and their limo with tears in her eyes. Kanji returns to his family's store and offers to look over it for the day while proudly showcasing his knit dolls for sale.

Kanji Tatsumi (Persona 4 Arena, Story Mode Illustration, 4)

The ending of Kanji's alternate route

In an alternative route, Kanji still believes the entire tournament is a dream throughout most of the story. At every turn, he defeats opponents left and right without much hesitation. When he eventually encountered and defeated Naoto in one of the matches, he sheepishly demanded that Naoto call him without an honorific. Later down the line, when he finally reaches the announcement room, he encounters Aigis defending Rise from Shadow Labrys. From this, he immediately assumes that Aigis is the "good robot" and that Shadow Labrys is the "evil robot." When Aigis is knocked away by Shadow Labrys, Kanji intervenes, despite Aigis' continuous pleas for him to take Rise and escape. Thinking that it is his mission to defeat the "evil robot" to avenge the "good robot," he engages and dismantles Shadow Labrys. After the battle, everyone arrives at the announcement room. All of the Shadow Operatives comment positively on Kanji's impressive combat skills, but the Investigation Team, however, is furious at Kanji who not only beat most of them up without pulling his punches, but also still thinks that everything is a dream when it is in fact not. Kanji, having realized this, blushes furiously and apologizes to everyone especially in the context of Naoto, who herself hides her flustered face behind Yukiko.

Play StyleEdit

Kanji is a grappler character with multiple options at nearly all ranges, but many of his options suffer from specific flaws, as well as generally having a hard time fighting keep away characters on a consistent level. He has very slow movement options, his run has a noticeable startup, he has a very wide stance and Take-Mikazuchi is very huge. His moves often force him to commit to doing a specific action, especially if it involves his Persona. If he whiffs these moves, Kanji may be taking a lot of damage due to the recovery of such moves. And while he can deal with opponents on his own, if he suffers a Persona Break, he loses some of his most powerful defensive and offensive tools.

To compensate, he has the highest health in the game and incredible damage potential, allowing him to come out of the toughest of pinches with what few hits he is able to land. What's more, his Cruel Attack (Bastard Attack in JPN) can lead to some interesting mixups. Should Kanji be put on the offense, it is possible to score massive amounts of damage from several types of resets and grab linking with his command throws. It becomes especially dangerous when Kanji manages to shock his opponent making his approach that much easier.

Kanji's leitmotif/theme is known as "A Pure-Hearted Beast."

Score AttackEdit

Kanji is the fifth character the player faces in Score Attack. Kanji gains an overall power boost making his grabs even more dangerous.


Persona 4 GoldenEdit

List of Social Link Skills
Skill Cost Effect Rank
Dizzy Boost Passive Increases chances of inflicting Dizzy during a knockdown. 2
Masukunda 24 SP Decreases all foes' Hit/Evasion rate for 3 turns. 4
Power Charge 15 SP Next physical attack will be 250% greater in power. 6
Regenerate 3 Passive Restores 6% of max HP each turn in battle. 8
Evade Wind Passive Triples evasion rate against Wind attacks. 10
List of Bike Skills
Skill Cost Effect Rank
Media 7 SP Slightly restores party's HP. 1
Atom Smasher 16% HP Deals medium Phys damage to all foes 1x to 2x with a chance of Fear. 2
Blue Wall 18 SP Add Elec resistance to 1 ally (for 3 turns). 3
Fast Heal Passive Halves the time needed to recover from ailments. 4
Mediarama 12 SP Moderately restores party's HP. 5

Battle Quotes Edit

Persona 4Edit


  • "C'mere, Take-Mikazuchi!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
  • "Crush 'em, Rokuten Maou!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
  • "Go, Takeji Zaiten!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
  • "Here goes ... Persona!" (Using Persona skill)
  • "Crushin' time!" (Using Persona skill)
  • "Hehe, come on down!" (Using Persona skill)
  • "Lay down and die already!" (Attack doesn't kill enemy)
  • "Damn, it ain't going down!" (Enemy survives attack)
  • "Damn, couldn't finish it!" (Enemy survives attack)
  • "Out of my sight, punks!" (Battle ends)
  • "Underestimate me, and this is what you get!" (Battle ends)
  • "Barely a warm-up." (Battle ends)
  • "Alright, powered up!" (Level up)
  • "I'll give as much as I got, dammit." (Recover from Down/Dizzy)
  • "Hehe, Persona!" (Using Persona skill)
  • "Another Level, gotta keep at it!" (On Level Up)
  • "Just say the word and it's go time!" (Requesting All-Out Attack)
  • "We can smash 'em all! Let's do it!" (Requesting All-Out Attack)
  • "Now's our chance for a beatdown!" (Requesting All-Out Attack)
  • "It's my turn! You gotta let me do this!" (Requesting Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Yo yo! Let me at 'em!" (Requesting Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Armed and ready!" (After confirming All-Out Attack)
  • "Bring it on!" (Performing All-Out Attack)
  • "I live for this part!" (Performing All-Out Attack)
  • "Have at it!" (Performing All-Out Attack)
  • "Suck it!" (Performing Critical Attack)
  • "C'mon, don't be a killjoy!" (After denying All-Out Attack)
  • "Yo, mind if I kick a little ass here?" (Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Hehe, you ready for this?" (After confirming Follow-Up Attack)
  • "I'll send you to hell!" (Performing Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Go, Yosuke-senpai!" (Cheering on Yosuke)
  • "Awesome, Naoto!" (Cheering on Naoto)
  • "Tch, you mess with the bull, you get the horns!" (Recovering from down/dizzy)
  • "I ain't gonna fall behind!" (After MC levels up)
  • "Look out!" (Shielding MC from mortal blow)
  • "There we go..." (Performing Help Recover on MC)
  • "You alright?" (Performing Help Recover on Chie)
  • "Eat this!" (Scoring a Critical Hit)
  • "Get bent!" (Scoring a Critical Hit and Follow-Up Attack)
  • "Amagi-senpai's seriously cool!" (Cheering on Yukiko)
  • "Man, she is unreal!" (Cheering on Yukiko)
  • "Go to town, Senpai!" (Cheering on MC)
  • "Cheers!" (Being Healed)
  • "Sorry..." (Being Healed)

Persona 4 GoldenEdit

  • "Lame!" (After evading)
  • "Pathetic!" (After evading)
  • "Let's do this in style!" (Just before Rise assists an All-Out Attack)
  • "Tch, like I'd say no!" (Just before Rise assists an All-Out Attack)
  • "I'm here! Let's do this, Senpai!" (Prompting Cavalry Attack)
  • "This is how a man does it!" (When performing the skill The Man's Way)
  • "Better not fall for me." (When performing the skill The Man's Way)
  • "The name's Kanji Tatsumi!" (When performing the skill The Man's Way)
  • "Say your prayers!" (Normal attack hits weakness or critical)
  • "Consider the trash taken out." (Battle won in Gekkou Uniform)
  • "Get lost!" (Battle won in Gekkou Uniform)
  • "Phoenix Rangers Featherman R!" (Battle won in Neo Featherman Suit)
  • "That's a win for Feather Falcon!" (Battle won in Neo Featherman Suit)

Persona 4 ArenaEdit

Quotes (English):

Quotes (Japanese):

  • "What the hell do they mean? Beefcake?" (in reference to his title)
  • "Deep in the realm of romance!" (E3 trailer)
  • "So, you want a beating." (Entrance)
  • "Outta my way,'re in my way? You're going down, too!" (Intro)
  • "Let's get this man-on-man fight started!" (vs. Akihiko)
  • "This girl can be pretty scary..." (vs. Yukiko)
  • "Not a bad opponent!" (vs. Yosuke)
  • "You'll make a nice punching bag!" (vs. Teddie)
  • "'s you..." (vs. Naoto)
  • "I let my guard down." (Getting hit by Naoto)
  • "Dammit I can't concentrate!" (Combo ending vs. Naoto)
  • "Hold it right there!" (While performing Added Cruel Attack move)
  • "Don't just lie there!" (While performing Added Cruel Attack move)
  • "This'll hurt!" (While performing This'll Hurt! move)
  • "Stab 'em!" (While performing This'll Hurt! move)
  • "Gotcha! Go down!" (While performing Gotcha! move)
  • "I see ya! Thunder time!" (While performing Gotcha! move)
  • "Take that!" (While performing Bet Ya Can't Take This! move)
  • "Bet Ya Can't Take This!" (While performing Bet Ya Can't Take This! move)
  • "Don't underestimate me, goddamit!" (Upon reaching Awakening Mode)
  • "Hope you're ready!" (When hit while performing Reversal Action, What a Pain!)
  • "Alright! One more! Smackdown!" (While performing super move, Ass-Whoopin', Tatsumi-Style)
  • "Better don't move! Blast off!" (While performing super move, Ass-Whoopin', Tatsumi-Style)
  • "Time to end this! Come! Crush 'em to dust!" (While performing super move, Burn to a Crisp!!)
  • "This'll finish you off! Nowhere to run! Thunder! Burn to a Crisp!!" (While performing super move, Burn to a Crisp!!)
  • "Let's finish this!" (Initiating Instant Kill, The Man Series: Brofist)
  • "Get ready to hurt! Here it goes, dammit! Feel my power! Right!" (While performing Instant Kill)
  • "Thank you, Senpai!" (Defeated by Yu in any match)
  • "I'm done for..." (Defeated by Yukiko in any match)
  • "*shouts in pain* Damm..." (Continue?)
  • "I ain't running in like that!" (Retry)
  • "You cleared it already?! I knew I had skills, surprised me! Come back again, okay? I had fun lettin' you watch my back." (Spoken to you after beating Score Attack with him)

Victory Quotes Edit


  • Sorry, I won't lose a one-on-one match!
  • My Persona'll make the skies rumble!
  • Haaaaah! I win! Wait... whoa! My nose's bleedin' again from all the excitement...
  • You picked the fight. All I did was accept. No hard feelings, got it?

Character Specific

  • Yu Narukami: Heh! Thanks for the match, Senpai!
  • Kanji Tatsumi: Hehe, go me... I was pretty tough!
  • Teddie: Dammit... That Ted had to go bouncin' around like that... How much more adorable can he be!?
  • Naoto Shirogane: Hey, I went for you with everything I had. It was, like, you know, my way of being courteous... and showin' respect for you and stuff.
  • Mitsuru Kirijo: That fur looks amazing... U-Um... could I feel it?
  • Akihiko Sanada: Whoa, check out those muscles! Even a man like me can't help but stare... Wait, no t-that came out wrong! I - Damn it!
  • Labrys: Well, I've had my Persona for a while, so I can't let someone who just got hers beat me. Hm? Wait a sec, how old are you?
  • Shadow Labrys: Did you let it all out? Don't worry, we're here to help you carry your burdens.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Edit

Victory Quotes Edit

  • Isn't it too early to be napping? Or what, are you too freaked out?
  • There you have it! The true strength of Kanji Tatsumi, a real man!
  • Sorry, but I ain't gonna lose in a fistfight. Though, y'know... to be honest, I'm impressed.
  • You thought you could beat me with guts like that? You gotta set your teeth like you're about to die!
Character Specific
  • Yu Narukami: Someday, I'll be more man than you! Thanks for everything today!
  • Yosuke Hanamura: Say what you want, man, but you're strong too... No wonder you're Senpai's partner.
  • Yukiko Amagi: Yukiko-senpai... You were serious about this, weren't you? I mean, I'm still sizzling in places.
  • Naoto Shirogane: H-Hey... I didn't hurt you too much, did I? Wait, I-I didn't mean that in a weird way, got it!?
  • Aigis: A good scrap with a robot's interesting too! It does make my hands kinda sore, though...
  • Yukari Takeba: That outfit... is it that cosplay stuff? The stitching's done pretty well for that...
  • Mitsuru Kirijo: I don't know Kirijo from Jojo, but I definitely sensed your guts!
  • Akihiko Sanada: Your true man's fists were heavy... Please let me challenge you again some time!
  • Junpei Iori: That was close! I underestimated him 'cause of his looks and almost ended up goin' down... No wonder you're one of Akihiko-san's buds!
  • Shadow Kanji: Seriously, what a bastard! Quit showing up already!

Persona Q Edit

  • "It's awesome fighting next to you, senpai!" (Battle start, with P4 hero)
  • "We're more of a match than that thing!" (Battle start, fighting low-leveled FOE)
  • "Ugh? Wha... what was I fighting?" (Panic)
  • "Hey, leader, don't wear yourself out!" (Low HP, P3 hero as leader)
  • "Yeah, that's right! Scram!" (Battle end)
  • "Good one, Leader!" (Battle end, P3 hero as leader)
  • "All right, let's keep going!" (Result)
  • "I'm even tougher now!" (Level up)

Gallery Edit

Persona 4
Kanji's glasses and personal emblem
Conceptual artwork
Conceptual artwork
Kanji Tatsumi sketches
Kanji's in-game expressions
Kanji's in-game expressions
Kanji's in-game expressions
Winter clothes
New year clothes
Ski clothes
P4G Kanji epilogue portrait
Kanji in the epilogue of Persona 4 Golden
Kanji's All-Out Attack portrait in Golden
Kanji with a nosebleed
Kanji looking "happy"
Birth of Benus
Kanji recreating The Birth of Venus in Golden
Kanji says goodbye to the protagonist
Kanji watches him leave
Kanji continues his goodbye
Kanji in the top left
Persona 4 investigation team 2
Kanji with the group
Persona 4 investigation team 9
Kanji walking by Naoto
Persona 4 investigation team 6
Kanji with the group
Kanji in the group photo
P4G group photo
Kanji in the group photo
Kanji in the epilogue of Golden
Persona 4 golden 18
Kanji and Naoto's team attack in Golden
Persona 4 (manga)
Persona 4 Cover 3
Cover for Volume 3
P4 manga Volume 3 Illustration
Illustration of Volume 3
Persona 4 Cover 7
Cover for Volume 7
P4 manga Volume 8 Illustration
Illustration of Volume 8
Kanji when he was a child
Kanji as a child
Rokuten Maoh appears in P4 manga
Persona 4: The Animation
Persona 4 volume 5
Kanji on DVD Cover of P4A Volume 5
P4A Kanji Tatsumi Volume 5 Illustration cover
Volume 5 Illustration cover
Concept art for Kanji and his phone and strap
Kanji anime close up
Kanji's personalized glasses anime close up
Naoto Kanji
Naoto and Kanji.
Kanji cross dressing
Kanji cross dressing as Marilyn Monroe at the Culture Festival
Kanji in second opening of the animation
Kanji wearing glasses
Yu knitting with Kanji
Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Persona 4 The Golden Aniamtion Volume 5 DVD
Kanji on DVD Cover of P4GA Volume 5
Persona 4 The Golden Episode 4 Cheerleader theme
Kanji in an outfit
Persona 4 The Golden Episode 6 Rabbit theme
Kanji in a bunny outfit
Persona 4 The Golden Episode 8 Christmas theme
Kanji as a reindeer
Persona 4 The Golden Episode 8 crime theme
Kanji and Naoto
P4GA Kanji
Kanji as he appears in Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Ski fail
Naoto and Kanji.
Persona 4 Arena
P4A Profile Kanji
Kanji close up
Kanji close up
Kanji pre battle
Kanji arcade artwork
Concept of Kanji in acrade mode
Concept sprite of Kanji
Concept of Kanji
Kanji's Sprite
Persona ultimate kanji
Kanji Tatsumi in Arcade opening of Persona 4 Arena
Persona4arena kanjimovestrailerjpg
Kanji's Instant Kill: The Man Series: Brofist
Yosuke Hanamura (Persona 4 Arena, Story Mode Illustration, 3)
Kanji with the team at Junes
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Kanji Tatsumi in P4U2 trailer
Kanji Tatsumi in the "trailer" for the P1 Climax.
P4AU (P4 Mode, Kanji encounter the real Junpei)
Kanji encounters the real Junpei
P4AU (P4 Mode, Yukiko hard time figuring out who the real kanji)
Yukiko figuring out who's the real Kanji
Persona 4 Arena/Ultimax (Manga)
Kanji P4A Manga
Kanji in the Arena manga
P4U2 advertisement illustration of Kanji, Rise, and Naoto by Rokuro Saito
llustration Countdown of Kanji, Rise, and Naoto for Volume 1 by Rokuro Saito
P4AU Illustration Halloween 2016 of Kanji, Naoto and Rise by Rokuro Saito
Illustration Countdown of Kanji, Rise, and Naoto for Volume 2 by Rokuro Saito
P4AU Illustration Halloween 2016 of Yu, Yosuke, and Kanji by Rokuro Saito
Illustration Countdown of Kanji, Yu, and Yosuke for Volume 2 by Rokuro Saito
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Manga Vol.2 Illustration 01
Ultimax Volume 2 Illustration
P4U2 Promo Art 2
P4AU manga Kanji Tatsumi
Kanji in the Ultimax manga
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
P4D Kanji close up
Kanji Tatsumi close up for Dancing All Night
P4D artwork artbox
P4D Official Visual Visual Book Original Stage Costume for Kanji
Concept art of Kanji's Original Costume
P4D Official Visual Visual Book Original Stage Costume for Kanji, 02
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 01
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 02
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 03
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 04
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 05
P4D Kanji's Costume Coordinate 06
P4D kanji tatsumi portrait
Kanji Tatsumi's portrait in Persona 4: Dancing All Night
P4D Kanji screenshot design
Kanji in-game
Kanji Break Dance
Kanji breakdancing
P4D Costumes
P4D Kanji Tatsumi default change
Initial Costume
P4D Kanji Tatsumi winter school uniform change
Yasogami School Winter Uniform
P4D Kanji Tatsumi summer school uniform change
Yasogami School Summer Uniform
P4D Kanji Tatsumi winter outfit change
Winter Clothes
P4D Kanji Tatsumi summer outfit change
Summer Clothes
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Yaso High Jersey change
Yasogami High Jersey
P4D Kanji Tatsumi halloween outfit change
Frankenstein Suit (Halloween)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi gangster change
Gangster Outfit
P4D Kanji Tatsumi butler outfit change
Butler Uniform
P4D Kanji Tatsumi christmas outfit change
Christmas Outfit
P4D Kanji Tatsumi deep blue clothes
Deep Blue Clothes
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Festival Jinbei change
Festival Jinbei
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Guy Swimsuits change
Guy Swimsuit
P4D Kanji Tatsumi School Uniform Midwinter change free DLC
School Uniform: Midwinter (Free DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Midwinter Outfit change free DLC
Casual Wear: Midwinter (Free DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi ski wear free DLC
Ski Wear (Free DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi drag costume DLC
Drag Costume (DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Seaweed Venus outfit DLC
Seaweed Venus Outfit (DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Gekkou Uniform (Limited Edition Included - DLC) change
Gekkou Uniform (Limited Edition Included - DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Original Stage Costume DLC
Original Stage Costume (DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Featherman Costume DLC
Neo Featherman Suit (Free DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi Summer Vacation Clothes (Limited Edition Included - DLC) change
Summer Vacation Clothes (Limited Edition Included - DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi P-color Selection DLC
Persona Classics Set (Paid DLC)
P4D Kanji Tatsumi P-color Selection 2 DLC
Persona Classics Set 2 (Paid DLC)
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Group 1 PQ
Kanji holding Koromaru.
Kanji P4PQ
Kanji's animated artwork.
Persona Q artwork 2
Kanji with the group
Persona Q Shadow of the Labyrinth Roundabout (DengekiComicsEX) cover
Kanji appears on the -Roundabout- volume cover
PQ P3 Side Kanji Tatsumi
Kanji Tatsumi in Side:P3
PQ P4 Side Kanji Tatsumi
Kanji Tatsumi in Side:P4
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
PQ2 Main Visual Artwork
Kanji with the group
PQ2 main P4 playable characters
Kanji with the P4 cast
Q2 AOA P4 Kanji
Kanji's All-Out-Attack
Live Action
Visualive Kanji
Kanji as he appears in Persona 4 Visualive
Visualive Teddie
Yukiko, Teddie and Kanji in Persona 4 Visualive
VisuEvo Kanji
Kanji as he appears in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
VisuEvo Miss Kanji
Kanji in the cross-dressing pageant in Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution
Kanji Arena Stageplay
Kanji as he appears in the Arena stageplay
Kanji Tatsumi Ultimax Stageplay
Kanji as he appears in the Ultimax stageplay
PQ2 LINE Stamp 9
LINE sticker

Trivia Edit

Persona 4 Teddie Alice

Kanji created Teddie's Alice costume.

  • One of his voice actors (Matthew Mercer) called Kanji's character "lovely."[7]
  • At the entrance of Naoto's dungeon, Kanji mentions he used to watch Phoenix Ranger Featherman R all the time as a kid.
  • Kanji made the "Alice" costume that Teddie wore, showing Kanji's talent and expertise when it comes to sewing.[8]
  • The Persona 4 Official Design Works lists his birth year as 1995.[9] It is likely this is an error which is fixed in Persona 4 Arena.
  • Despite the Persona 4 guidebook and Persona 4 Arena saying he is 183cm, the notes for Persona 4 The Golden Animation say he is 185cm.
  • Kanji's outfit in the "Miss" Yasogami High Beauty Pageant resembles Marilyn Monroe.
  • During one of the Emperor social link scenes in the game, Kanji mentions "A pink alligator, like in that storybook," referring to the story Akinari Kamiki completed at the end of the Sun Arcana social link in Persona 3.
  • When Kanji equips the Gekkoukan High uniform, his victory pose and lines mirror Akihiko. This is fitting because they are of the same Arcana (Emperor), as well as the second male party member in the game.
  • During the Shadow Naoto battle in Persona 4 The Animation, Kanji is the only male character who doesn't get hit by Galgalim Eyes as he has been buried by debris at that time.
  • In Persona 4 Golden, Kanji didn't have a tattoo on his arm during the summer beach swimming. Presumably meaning that it's a temporary tattoo.
  • In both Persona 4 Arena Ulitmax and Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth, Kanji has the tendency of breaking the fourth wall.
  • Exclusively to P4 Route of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, if the player choose the left path of Inaba Pride Exhibit Third Floor event, while being chased by Macho Man FOE, Kanji puts his hands to the screen and directly said, "Wha--Hey--Huh--By myself!?," realizing he has to face the FOE by himself.
  • His Persona motifs are designed to have a large body structure but with a small head. This reflects how Kanji rarely relies on knowledge and focuses more on physical strength.
  • In Persona 4 Golden, Kanji's name is accidentally typed as “Kanju” when initiating a certain rank of his social link.

Persona 4 Arena and Ultimax Edit

  • In Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Kanji makes a reference to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure in his victory quote against Mitsuru.
  • As one of his victory poses in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Kanji notices the player and then throws his folding chair directly to the screen.
  • In Persona 4 Arena, his Bastard Attack/Cruel Attack special is based on his follow up attack (Atomic Press/Kanji no Kougeki; translation being Kanji's Attack), while his Tatsumi-Ryuu Kenka Sappou (Tatsumi-Style Rumble Ending Act; localized as Ass Whoopin', Tatsumi-Style) SP move is based on his critical attack.
  • In Persona 4 Arena, the SEES members comment that Kanji reminds them of Akihiko. Along with the two being lightning-wielding brawlers, the two are both of the Emperor Arcana which may symbolize their similar personalities. However, in Persona Q, the SEES members comment on similarities between him and Shinjiro.
    • Ken however, still indirectly compares him to Shinjiro due to him taking a hit for Ken.

Appearances in Other Media Edit

Kanji Tatsumi (BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Character Select Artwork)
Kanji in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

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