Persona 4 The Animation (ペルソナ4アニメ, Perusona 4 Anime)? is a television anime adaptation of Persona 4 that was created by AIC ASTA and overseen by Aniplex, using the same characters, setting and narrative of the source material. Shigenori Soejima and Shoji Meguro, the original's art director and music composer, respectively, return in their former roles.

Air and Release Dates[edit | edit source]

  • MBS: October 6, 2011 - March 29, 2012
  • TBS: October 7, 2011 - March 30, 2012
  • CBC: October 12, 2011 - April 4, 2012
  • Persona 4 The Animation - The Factor of Hope: June 9, 2012
  • U.S. Retail Episodes 1-12 - September 18, 2012
  • U.S. Retail Episodes 13-26 - January 15, 2013
  • U.K Retail - January 27, 2014

General Information[edit | edit source]

Persona 4 The Animations logo and characters

The series was broadcast in conjunction with special live midnight broadcasts on the Japanese Nico Video streaming service. These broadcasts were hosted by the characters' voice actors.

On May 27, 2012, plans for a film adaption were announced. Persona 4 The Animation -The Factor of Hope- compiled the anime into a 90-minute film and introduced the unbroadcast final episode. This was later added as part of the Japanese Blu-Ray release.

Sentai Filmworks announced the American Blu-ray/DVD release. This release included the original game's cast for both the Japanese and English dub of the anime.

On May 2, 2014, a second "version" of the anime, Persona 4 The Golden Animation, was announced for a July broadcast on MBS and TBS, featuring an updated retelling of the story utilizing the updated story elements from Persona 4 Golden.

List of Episodes[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Persona 4 The Animation Episodes

Episode-related Trivia[edit | edit source]

Episode 1 - You're myself, I'm Yourself.[edit | edit source]

  • The TV in the background at Junes was showing the opening scene from Spring of the Dead from the Highschool of the Dead anime series. Both Highschool of the Dead and Persona 4 The Animation is produced by Sentai Filmworks.
  • When Dojima pulls into Moel gas station and the attendant asks if he's going on a trip, Dojima responds with, "No, I just got back from picking my nephew up from the airport." This is wrong considering Yu came in on the train.

Episode 5 - Would You Love Me?[edit | edit source]

  • When Ai Ebihara calls Yu Narukami, the ringtone of his cellphone is the piece 'Zigeunerweisen" by Pablo de Sarasate, which is played in the game Catherine when the player dies.

Episode 7 - Suspicious Tropical Paradise[edit | edit source]

  • Right at the start, Margaret mistakenly refers to Yukiko's Arcana as the Empress in the dubbed English version, including some subtitled ones.

Episode 8- We've Lost Something Important Again[edit | edit source]

  • The transition right after the commercial break shows Yosuke's notebook, and the various things he wrote down. One of these things is "What does 'Ressentiment' mean?", likely a reference to his role in Persona 4 Arena, where his title was "Captain Ressentiment." The "note" could also be a reference to the game, Persona 4, where on June 27 King Moron asks the main character "What does 'Ressentiment' mean?"

Episode 9 - No One Sees The Real Me[edit | edit source]

  • The opening is changed and featured a special opening (with the song True Story) for the first appearance of Rise Kujikawa.
  • At 14:09–14:12, the viewer can see a book poster reading "1Q46." This is likely a reference to Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 series.
  • When walking up to the tofu shop, Mitsuo Kubo can be seen, hinting his role later as a "Red Herring."
  • You can see the tail lights of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (CT9A).
  • Instead of disappearing immediately after the Investigation Team caught Rise's stalker, she disappears the day after.

Episode 10 - Real Me Doesn't Exist[edit | edit source]

  • When Kanji loses his goofy glasses given to him by Teddie and has a hard time finding them, it is a reference to a cliche stereotype depicted in older anime (such as Doraemon) of glasses characters having extremely bad vision, and often shown struggling to find their dropped glasses on the ground, often with eye expressions with the number 3 to represent bad vision.

Episode 12 - It's Not Empty At All[edit | edit source]

  • The Reincarnation version of "I'll Face Myself -Battle-" is used for Yu's battle with Shadow Mitsuo.

Episode 13 - A Stormy Summer Vacation 1/2[edit | edit source]

  • At 03:36, Nanako is seen sitting barefoot watching television when she gets up to greet Yu returning home. She is off-screen for less than a second as she is heard greeting him and running over to him. Yet after Yu asks her if she's heard of Neo Featherman, at 03:55 she is shown from head to toe ... and she is wearing a pair of white socks.
  • When Nanako calls Aika to help Kou and Daisuke, the Reincarnation version of "Specialist" is used.
  • Kanji is now voiced by Matthew Mercer.

Episode 14 - A Stormy Summer Vacation 2/2[edit | edit source]

  • When Yu Narukami runs to return the fireworks, the Reincarnation Version of "Reverie" is used.
  • When Yu's fishing rod is delivered, Taro Namatame is the one who delivers it to him, hinting at his later involvement in the story.

Episode 15 - The Long-Awaited School Trip[edit | edit source]

  • The background music tracks on this episode are entirely from the Persona 3 OST and Persona 3 FES OST.
    • Additionally, the opening sequence of this episode uses the Burn My Dread theme.
  • One of the scenes in the episode is a reference to both Chie Satonaka and Yukari Takeba's social links, as Chie is protecting a kid from a bunch of bullies, like in Rank 9 of her social link, but the area she is in is the same location Yukari was attacked by bullies, like in Rank 5 of her social link.
  • During the scene where Narukami and the rest are being lectured, their seating seems to resemble that of Junpei Iori, Yukari Takeba, Aigis and the Main Protagonist. In fact the room they are in is the same homeroom, but that can only be seen by the room arrangement and the teacher who is present during the scene.

Episode 17 - I Want to Know the Truth[edit | edit source]

  • After Naoto's Shadow ages Yu, Yosuke Hanamura, and Teddie, the Kyoto theme from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 plays during their elderly interactions.
  • In the English dub, when Rise is scanning that Beelzebub is activating Megidolaon against Naoto's Shadow, the attack is mistranslated as "Megidoloaon."
  • In the English dub, when Aika brings the Mega Beef Bowl over to Naoto and Yu, she says "one order," except, in the next scene, she clearly brought two.

Episode 19 - It's School Festival Day! Time to Have Fun![edit | edit source]

  • When Ayane plays the trombone, she is playing the chorus of the ending credits of Persona 4, Never More.
  • The reveal of Teddie as the "new comer" during the cross-dressing pageant is directly referencing the Super Smash Bros. newcomer screen, as it uses a similar design with silhouettes.
  • When Yu role-plays a girl in the Group Date, Yosuke calls him Yuko, a while in the english dubbed he calls him "Bro-milda," a portmanteau of "bro" and the name "Brumilda."
  • Despite Yu never becoming romantically involved with any female characters, both Ebihara and Margaret accuse him of being a "man-whore."
  • The non-swimsuit portion of the girls' beauty pageant is skipped.
  • Yumi makes a brief cameo appearance standing behind Yu and Daisuke watching the school play.

True End Episode - No One is Alone[edit | edit source]

  • During Yu's battle with Izanami-no-Okami, when Lucifer is dismissed his tarot card is briefly seen as the Hierophant instead of Judgement.
  • Kou is implied to have won a basketball game, which suggests he later confesses his feelings to Chie.
  • The battle between Yu and Margaret is not related to the battle with Izanami in the game.
  • Unlike the game, Rise is shown being killed by Izanami's Thousand Curses attack.
  • Yu has a Shadow that is convinced he will not make friends back in Tokyo, which largely echoes Adachi's loneliness.
    • Speaking of Yu having a Shadow, this likely isn't in the game because Izanami unlocked Yu's Persona, Izanagi, without him facing his Shadow. Because of this, it's interesting that Yu still has to face a Shadow despite already having his Shadow-turned-Persona.
  • The whole aspect of the episode, Narukami reliving March 20th over and over again until he finds "The Truth," may be a reference to Persona 3 FES The Answer, in which the main characters have to relive March 31st until they find "The Answer."

Differences[edit | edit source]

There are notable differences between the original Persona 4 game and anime, including but not limited to:

  • A few new characters have been added, such as Aika Nakamura, the daughter of the man who owns Aiya's.
  • Many characters possess smartphones, which became prominent after Persona 4 was originally released.
  • Ai and Chie do not seem to possess romantic feelings for Yu.
  • As to be expected, the dialogue is relatively the same, albeit slightly reduced from the game.
  • No main weapons or items are used in combat to battle Shadows, unlike in the game.
  • The characters don't pass out when their shadows go berserk.
  • Since Johnny Yong Bosch voices both Yu and Adachi, he adjusted the voice for Adachi to sound more raspy and insecure.
  • In the English dub, all honorifics have been removed.
  • Rise is initially much colder to Yu and his friends. Kanji even states that she "has an attitude."
  • Yu can fuse Personas without visiting the Velvet Room, and can do so on-the-fly. Besides Izanagi, he acquires all of his Personas off-screen.
  • Social Links, which could take many days to cultivate, are usually maxed within one episode.
  • Some characters' appearances have been modified slightly, such as having darker hair or differently colored eyes.
  • The Investigation Team's confrontations with their Shadows are further expounded on; the issues that were talked about are given the proper time to be showcased. Chie and Yukiko's childhood is explicitly shown, as is Rise's life prior to her hiatus.
  • The language for the animation is considerably more vulgar than the game's. At one point, Kanji says "f**k," which is never said in the game.
  • Yu has a Shadow he must face, as opposed to the game, where it is non-existent.
  • Though most of the main cast members from the game reprise their roles, there are some characters who have different voice actors. Chie and Teddie are portrayed by the same voice actors from Golden.

Music[edit | edit source]

The Animation's soundtrack is composed by Shoji Meguro. It is included in the released Blu-ray and DVD volumes.

Opening themes
Ending themes

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Volume DVD illustrations
 
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DVD Cover Volume 1 Illustration, Izanagi
 
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DVD Cover Volume 1 Illustration, Yu Narukami
 
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DVD Cover Volume 2 Illustration, Jiraiya
 
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DVD Cover Volume 2 Illustration, Yosuke Hanamura
 
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DVD Cover Volume 3 Illustration, Tomoe Gozen
 
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DVD Cover Volume 3 Illustration, Chie Satonaka
 
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DVD Cover Volume 4 Illustration, Konohana Sakuya
 
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DVD Cover Volume 4 Illustration, Yukiko Amagi
 
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DVD Cover Volume 5 Illustration, Take-Mikazuchi
 
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DVD Cover Volume 5 Illustration, Kanji Tatsumi
 
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DVD Cover Volume 6 Illustration, Himiko
 
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DVD Cover Volume 6 Illustration, Rise Kujikawa
 
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DVD Cover Volume 7 Illustration, Kintoki-Douji
 
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DVD Cover Volume 7 Illustration, Teddie
 
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DVD Cover Volume 8 Illustration, Sukuna-Hikona
 
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DVD Cover Volume 8 Illustration, Naoto Shirogane
 
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DVD Cover Volume 9 Illustration, Magatsu-Izanagi
 
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DVD Cover Volume 9 Illustration, Adachi, Dojima, and Teddie
 
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DVD Cover Volume 10 Illustration, Izanagi-no-Okami
 
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DVD Cover Volume 10 Illustration, Yu Narukami
Volume DVD covers
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 1
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 2
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 3
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 4
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 5
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 6
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 7
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 8
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 9
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD Cover Volume 10
 
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Persona 4 The Animation DVD (U.S. Version)
 
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Persona 4 the Animation Volume 2 (U.S. Version)
Series Complete Blu-Ray and Original Soundtrack countdown illustrations/Cover
 
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Persona 4 The Animation Series Complete Blu-Ray Box and Original Soundtrack Cover
 
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Illustration countdown of Yu Narukami
 
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Illustration countdown of Yosuke Hanamura
 
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Illustration countdown of Chie Satonaka
 
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Illustration countdown of Yukiko Amagi
 
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Illustration countdown of Kanji Tatsumi
 
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Illustration countdown of Rise Kujikawa
 
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Illustration countdown of Teddie
 
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Illustration countdown of Naoto Shirogane
 
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Illustration countdown of Dojima and Nanako
 
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

Persona 4 The Animation-themed menu

  • A variety of Persona 4 The Animation-styled foods and drinks were served through a collaboration with Pasela Resorts for a limited time.
  • The anime was announced on April 11, 2011, which is also the date the in-game story starts.
  • The show's trailers were released on a special website resembling an old-fashioned TV and would air at midnight, similarly to the Midnight Channel. Additionally, the videos were broadcasted on dates that hold certain importance in the game, like the date of the disappearance of a person.
  • As Yu obtained more social links throughout the series, their respective arcanas are added to the closing credits.
  • Halfway through the English dub of the anime (starting with Episode 13), Kanji's voice actor changes from Troy Baker to Matthew Mercer. Mercer now voices the character permanently after Baker had to leave the role.

External links[edit | edit source]

Characters
Playable Protagonist - Yosuke Hanamura - Chie Satonaka - Yukiko Amagi - Kanji Tatsumi - Rise Kujikawa - Teddie - Naoto Shirogane
Social Link Margaret - Nanako Dojima - Ryotaro Dojima - Naoki Konishi - Kou Ichijo - Daisuke Nagase - Hisano Kuroda - Sayoko Uehara - Yumi Ozawa - Ayane Matsunaga - Ai Ebihara - Fox - Shu Nakajima - Eri Minami - Marie - Tohru Adachi
Major Igor - Mayumi Yamano - Misuzu Hiiragi - Saki Konishi - Mitsuo Kubo - Hanako Ohtani - Kinshiro Morooka - Noriko Kashiwagi - Taro Namatame - Old Lady Shiroku - Master Daidara - Minoru Inoue - Yuuta Minami - Kaneko - Aika Nakamura - President Tanaka - Chihiro Fushimi - Mr. Edogawa - Kanami Mashita - Moel Gas Station Attendant
Major enemies Shadow Yosuke - Shadow Chie - Shadow Yukiko - Shadow Kanji - Shadow Rise - Shadow Teddie - Shadow Mitsuo - Shadow Naoto - Kunino-sagiri - Ameno-sagiri - Kusumi-no-Okami - Izanami
Locations
Inaba Central Shopping District - Dojima Residence - Junes Department Store - Samegawa Flood Plain - Velvet Room - Yasogami High School
Midnight Channel Twisted Shopping District - Yukiko's Castle - Steamy Bathhouse - Marukyu Striptease - Void Quest - Secret Laboratory - Heaven - Magatsu Inaba - Hollow Forest - Yomotsu Hirasaka
Other Okina City - Shichiri Beach - Midnight Trivia Miracle Quiz - Tatsumi Port Island (Gekkoukan High School - Club Escapade - Iwatodai Station)
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 4 / Golden) - Never More -Reincarnation- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album
Songs "Studio Backlot/Backside of the TV" - "Heartbeat, Heartbreak" - "Heaven" - "Never More" - "Pursuing My True Self" - "Aria of the Soul" - "Reach Out To The Truth" - "I'll Face Myself" - "Signs of Love" - "Someone Else's Man" - "Your Affection" - "P3 FES" - "Sky's The Limit" - "Beauty of Destiny" - "True Story" - "Key Plus Words" - "The Way of Memories" - "True Feelings" - "Shadow World" - "Time To Make History" - "SNOWFLAKES" - "We Are One and All" - "Time For True Revelation" - "Falling into Right Places" - "Alone in this World" - "Koisuru Meitantei" - "Dazzling Smile" - "Ying Yang" - "Ain't Nobody Can Hold Me Down" - "Just Like The Wind"
Archives
Terminology Persona (Initial / Ultimate) - Persona User - Glasses - Fog - Shadow - Shadow Self - Party - Tactics - All-Out Attack - Shuffle Time - Arcana Chance - Fusion Forecast - Weather Forecast - Investigation Team - Mystery Food X - Phoenix Ranger Featherman R - Daily Life - Fishing - Shrine - Books - Part Time Jobs
Lists Arcana - Personas - Shadows - Skills - Items - Requests - Status Changes - Tanaka's Amazing Commodities - Activities - Calendar - Golden Trophies - The Animation / Golden Animation Episodes - Patches and Updates
Other Media
Games Golden - Arena - Arena Ultimax - Dancing All Night
Productions The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Visualive / the Evolution - Persona Stalker Club - 「PERSORA AWARDS」 - PERSORA AWARDS 2 - Persora -The Golden Best-
Publications Manga - The Magician - Kiri no Amnesia - Your Affection - Persona x Detective Naoto - Persona Magazine
Mobile Games The Card Battle - Colors - Persona 4: The Slot - Persona 4 the Pachinko
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
Miscellaneous Merchandise
Megami Tensei Megami Tensei (Telenet) - Megami Tensei (Atlus) - II - Kyūyaku
Shin Megami Tensei Shin Megami Tensei - II / Gaiden: Ma To Houkai - if... / Hazama's Chapter - J - NINE -
III: Nocturne / Pachislot - 20XX / Devil's Colosseum - IMAGINE - Tokyo Requiem - Strange Journey (Redux) - Devil Hunter Zero - IV / Apocalypse - Devil Collection - Synchronicity Prologue - Liberation Dx2 - V
Last Bible Last Bible - II - Another Bible - III - Special -
New Testament / II: Hajimari no Fukuin / III: Mugen no Eiyuu
Majin Tensei Majin Tensei - II: Spiral Nemesis - Ronde - Blind Thinker / II
Devil Summoner Devil Summoner / Pinball: Judgment - Soul Hackers / Intruder / Soul Hackers New Generation -
Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
Persona Megami Ibunroku Persona (PSP Remake) / Ikū no Tō Hen -
2: Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment / Lost Memories / Infinity Mask -
3 (FES* / Portable*) / Dancing in Moonlight
4 (Golden*) / Arena / Ultimax / Dancing All Night
5 (Royal*) / Dancing in Starlight / Scramble: The Phantom Strikers
Q: Shadow of the Labryinth - Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Devil Children Black Book / Red Book - White Book - DemiKids Light / Dark - Fire Book / Ice Book -
Messiah Riser - Puzzle de Call! - Appli de Call! - Devil Children Mobile
Digital Devil Saga Avatar Tuner - 2 - A's TEST Server
Devil Survivor Devil Survivor (Overclocked) - 2 (Record Breaker) / The Extra World
Jack Series Jack Bros. - Demonic Help Party
Other games Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku - Card Summoner - Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE - Maken X - Catherine / Full Body
Digital Devil Story (Novels) Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - 2: Warrior of the Demon City - 3: Demise of the Reincarnation
New Digital Devil Story New Digital Devil Story: Goddess of Enchainment - 2: Queen of the Ice Fields - 3: Planet of the Devil - 4: Wrath of the Young Emperor - 5: Eternal Goddess - 6: Bonds of Reincarnation
Other Novels Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou tai Shibito Ekishi - Giten Megami Tensei: Distant Flow ~EXILE~ - Megami Ibunroku Persona: Shadow Maze - Persona 3: Shadow Cry / Owari no Kakera / Alternative Heart / Velvet Blue - Persona x Detective Naoto - Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Cetus's Prequel
Anime Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - Tokyo Revelation - Persona -trinity soul- - Persona 3 The Movie - Persona 4 The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation - DeviChil - Devil Children: Light & Dark - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Manga Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Revelation - if... / Kahn - IV: DEMONIC GENE / -Prayers- - Gaiten: Hato no Senki - EDEN - CG Senki: Dante no Mon - Majin Tensei - Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito - Megami Ibunroku Persona - Persona: Tsumi to Batsu - Persona 3 - Persona 4 / Arena - Persona Q: -Roundabout- - Persona 5 - Persona Q2: Roundabout Special - Devil Children / Light & Dark - Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner: Shinen no Matou - Devil Survivor - 2: -Show Your Free Will- / The Animation Manga
Mobile Apps The Night Before - QIX - Chaining Soul - Aegis: The First Mission - Em - Illust Puzzle - Escape - Social - Ain Soph - Mobile Online - The Card Battle - Colors - Persona O.A. - Mobile Phone Demon Collection - Atlus Casino - Devil Summoning Program - Digital Novel
Other The Amala Multiverse - Earth - Expanse - Great Will - Protagonists - Birthdays - In popular culture
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