Persona 4 The Golden Animation (ペルソナ4 ザ・ゴールデン) is an animated adaption of Persona 4 Golden, the 2012 re-release of Persona 4 for the PlayStation Vita. The show is produced by A-1 Pictures, one of the studios that created the animated cutscenes of the original game. Unlike the original Persona 4 The Animation, The Golden Animation never received an English dub.

Original Run[edit | edit source]

  • MBS/TBS: July 10, 2014 - September 25, 2014

Profile[edit | edit source]

Persona 4 The Golden Animation tells the story depicted in Persona 4 Golden and includes the events surrounding the new character introduced in the Vita port, Marie.

The adaption is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi who also directed the second Persona 3 movie and supervised by the director of the first anime, Seiji Kishi. Katsura Hashino is credited for the story concept while Shigenori Soejima is responsible for the character design. Tetsuya Kobayashi provided music in addition to series veteran Shoji Meguro.

List of Episodes[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Persona 4 The Golden Animation Episodes

Episode-related Trivia[edit | edit source]

Episode 1 - The Golden Days[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is similar to original anime of Episode 1 except some of scenes are cut. 
  • At the end of this episode, Marie mentions to Yu that "Long Nose" never talked, this may be a reference to Igor's original Japanese voice actor, Isamu Tanonaka's death in 2010. 

Episode 2 - The Perfect Plan[edit | edit source]

  • The costume theme postcard of Chie and Yukiko is somewhat similar to their Twin Dragons attack in the game.

Episode 3 - I have amnesia, is it so bad?[edit | edit source]

  • In the Velvet Room, as Marie is wondering about her true self/identity, inside of Margaret's book there are images of the Investigation Team members who had already accepted their Shadow Self that are actually flashbacks from the original anime.

Episode 4 - The Mayonaka Ohdan Miracle Quiz![edit | edit source]

Episode 5 - Let's go get it! Get Pumped[edit | edit source]

  • Kanami makes a cameo appearance, although on her poster, she wears her outfit in Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and appear in her game character design instead of her anime character design like the other characters.

Episode 6 - See? I Told You Yu.[edit | edit source]

  • This episode's focus is on Adachi's backstory and his point of view before Yu's arrival at Inaba in April.
  • When Adachi first arrives at Inaba and meets the Moel Gas Station Attendant, he is seen wearing his detective attire instead of wearing casual clothes like he was seen in the flashback of the original anime's True End Episode - No One is Alone

Episode 7 - It's cliché, so what?[edit | edit source]

  • In anime, Yu realizes Adachi's motive right away without informing the others about him unlike in the game where he tells them. 
  • When both Izanagis clashed with each other, Yu and Adachi saw each other's own world perspectives, but Yu's was not shown.
  • Yu used Magatsu-Izanagi to defeat Ameno-sagiri although in the game, he can only achieve it when maxing Adachi's Social Link in March. 
  • During the battle with Adachi, he summons the maxed social link ultimate Personas of the Investigation Team and the Doijima family, although he doesn't summon other social links.  

Episode 8 - Not So Holy Christmas Eve[edit | edit source]

  • It is revealed all of their memories of Marie have been erased completely. In which it was a hint from the previous episode since in the ending, the Investigation team was not present and memory panel is completely blank.
  • The opening theme replaced by Key Plus Words from Persona 4 Animation, with only difference on "Persona 4 Golden Animation" logo

Episode 9 - A missing piece[edit | edit source]

  • Most of the images they spend together in during summer to fall from the previous episodes are seen in Rise's cellphone.
    • The only image not present was the trivia quiz game they created for Marie. As it's impossible without any memories of her, the quiz game never existed.
  • The costume themed postcard of Yosuke and Teddie is somewhat similar to their Junes Bomber attack in the game.
  • Yu does not take anyone when he got lost in the snow unlike in the game where the protagonist can choose one of the girls or the guys. 

Episode 10 - Not a friend anymore[edit | edit source]

  • In the beginning of episode, it's similar to the new cutscene, except that Chie does not reach out to the TV to be grabbed by Margaret and pull the rest of the Investigation Team in; instead Yu comes closer to the TV after hearing Margaret's voice and enters alone. However, Yu's friends do follow him, only to be separated in different areas of the Hollow Forest. 
  • After entering the TV world, most of the Investigation Team's outfits are immediately changed to their school uniform. Yu's outfit, however, did not change immediately upon entering.
  • The costume themed postcard of Kanji and Naoto is somewhat similar to their Beauty and the Beast attack in the game.
  • The Investigation Team faced Marie during their ski trip instead of going on the next day.  
  • This is the first episode where Yu and his friends are defeated by Kusumi-no-Okami

Episode 11 - Let it OUT! Let it GO![edit | edit source]

  • When Yu enters inside of Kusumi-no-Okami, his main weapon appears despite him never bringing it. 
  • During Valentine's Day, the chocolate that the girls helped Nanako make for Yu with bears a strong resemblance to Slime.
  • The Investigation Team obtains their Golden ultimate Personas due to their bond with Marie.

Episode 12 - Welcome Home[edit | edit source]

  • In the anime, at the ending of the episode, Marie never gets to be reunited with Investigation Team, but she reunited with them and had a group photo taken together in the game. 
    • In the home release, however, additional photos in the extended credits sequence are added showing Marie reuniting with the Investigation Team.
  • This episode is similar to the True Ending of the original/Golden except there are differences that were not featured in the remake:
    • Teddie decided for everyone to write their wishes and put it in a time capsule.
    • Marie gets possessed by Izanami in order to communicate with the Investigation Team.
    • Marie and Izanami's bodies are attempting to fuse together through the episode, causing Marie to fade early on and see glimpses of Izanami's memories.
    • Only Yu is shown fighting Izanami while the rest simply watch.
    • Yu is unable to accept the truth that Marie is a part of Izanami until she appears before him and confirms it.
    • Only Marie appears to encourage Yu after Izanami engulfs him in Thousand Curses.
    • Defeating Izanami would have resulted in both of them disappearing instead of Izanami merging with Marie.
    • Kunino-sagiri and Ameno-Sagiri are never mentioned as merging with her or Izanami.
    • Kaguya is used to defeat Izanami instead of Izanagi-no-Okami.
    • When Marie becomes one with Izanami, she disappears in Yomotsu Hirasaka instead of the Velvet Room.
    • Kanji decides to return his hair back to blonde after being made fun of for his Epilogue look.
    • In the Blu-ray release, the credit sequence adds a few more photos showing Yu spending time with the Investigation Team, Nanako, Dojima, and Marie after returning to Inaba. 

Differences[edit | edit source]

There are some differences between Persona 4 The Golden Animation and Persona 4 The Animation, including but not limited to:

  • The main events are skipped completely, focusing solely on the Golden exclusive scenes, essentially making the show an add-on to the original anime.
  • The entire anime mainly focuses on Marie's and Adachi's Social Link, while other Social Links aren't explored.
  • The character designs are similar to the original anime and Persona 4 Golden's anime cutscenes, however some of the characters have differently colored hair or eyes.
  • The battles against the Shadows are rarely shown until Episode 7. 
  • The party members of the Investigation Team, except Yu, use their default Personas instead of their new ultimate Personas until Episode 11
    • Although in the original anime, the Investigation Team's Personas evolve to their ultimate Personas in Episode 25.

Music[edit | edit source]

Opening theme
Ending theme

Gallery[edit | edit source]

General Gallery
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation's teaser image
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation's official image
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation's another episode offical artwork
 
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Character Height Chart of Main Characters 1
 
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Character Height Chart of Main Characters 2
DVD Covers
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 1
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 2
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 3
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 4
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 5
 
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Persona 4 The Golden Animation DVD Cover Volume 6
Episode Costume Themes
 
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Episode 1 - Gekkoukan High School Theme
 
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Episode 2 - Dragon Style/Dance Theme
 
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Episode 3 - Japanese Festival Theme
 
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Episode 4 - Cheerleader and Cheer Squad Theme
 
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Episode 5 - Halloween Theme
 
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Episode 6 - Bunny Theme
 
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Episode 7 - Agent Theme
 
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Episode 8 - Christmas Theme
 
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Episode 9 - Junes/Renaissance Theme
 
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Episode 10 - Crime/Justice Theme
 
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Episode 11 - High-Cut Armor Theme
 
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Episode 12 - Yasogami High School Theme
Series Complete Blu-Ray and Original Soundtrack countdown illustrations
 
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Illustration of Margaret
 
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Illustration of Adachi
 
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Illustration of Marie
 
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Illustration of Yu Narukami

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • All the major characters and social link characters appear in the opening introduction (except Margaret), although some of the minor characters also appear such as Mitsuo Kubo, Saki Konishi, Yuuta Minami, Minoru Inoue and Aika Nakamura
  • The series appears to based off a "New Game+" scenario, as during the battle with the numerous shadows in the first episode, Izanagi was able to use techniques like Mazionga and Myriad Arrows, despite being summoned for the first time. In addition, Yu summoned Izanagi-no-Okami in Episode 11 during the Investigation Team's battle with Kusumi-no-Okami.
  • So far starting from Episode 2, all introduction episodes begin with Yu finding Marie's poems and reading it in the Velvet Room until Marie arrives in embarrassment as she doesn't want him to read her poems until Episode 7.

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
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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
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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
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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
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