Shu Nakajima is a character in Persona 4. A brilliant middle school student, he represents the Tower Arcana Social Link.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Design[edit | edit source]

Shu is a boy with straight, short brown hair, brown eyes, and wears black rectangular glasses. He wears a dark blue plaid long sleeved shirt, black pants with a brown belt, and brown shoes.

In Persona 4 The Animation, in the summer he wears a blue-collared shirt with folded short sleeves, black pants, and dark brown shoes, and wears blue rectangular glasses.

Personality[edit | edit source]

He is smart and talented, but also somewhat cynical and prone to angsting. He believes he must keep up his status as the top student in his grade, so that his mother will love him, a goal that drives him to cheat on a test.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Persona 4[edit | edit source]

The protagonist first meets him when he takes the tutoring job available, which can only be accepted if the player maxes out the understanding status.

By tutoring Shu, the player discovers that he is under constant pressure of always being number one in his class by his mother. When a smart student who is also athletic and talented joined his class, Shu notices that the newcomer is unable to surpass him, and ends up being bullied. Over time, Shu feels increasingly pressured, recounting a recurring nightmare.

After discovering that he cheated on a test, a heated argument ensues with his mother. Shortly afterward, the protagonist helps him celebrate his birthday with the rest of the Investigation Team, learning about what he did. Later on, his mother apologizes to him for saying cruel things during the argument, and unwittingly putting pressure on him. As a result, Shu realizes he no longer has to be the best, in part because of the black mark on his permanent record from his suspension, and cancels the tutoring. As a parting gift, he gives the protagonist his Test Results to hold onto until he gains the perspective to laugh at his previous belief that he needed grades to earn his mother's love, giving the protagonist access to Shiva, the God of Destruction.

During the last day of the protagonist's stay, Shu reveals that he befriended the transfer student, and is going to play baseball the following day.

Persona 4 The Animation[edit | edit source]

In the anime, he is first seen staring at a group of kids, who are playing with each other. While walking down the road, Nanako spots him, and thinks he looks lonely.

On August 7th, Shu meets Yu for the first time. Initially, he does not trust him, and almost seems to resent him. During the summer festival, Shu steals one of the fireworks, as petty revenge for his classmates not inviting him. Yu gives him Othello Eppon Inc., a video game, for his birthday. He suggests that Shu invite his peers to play with him, and Shu thanks him. He claims Yu is the first person to go the extra mile for his sake, and cries with joy.

During the ending credits, he is last seen playing Othello Eppon Inc. with the other children.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Persona 4
 
Persona 4 Shu.jpg
From the Persona 4 Design Works artbook
 
Persona 4 Shu Concept.jpg
Concept from the artbook
Persona 4 The Animation
 
Story1403.jpg
Shu Nakajima in Persona 4 The Animation
 
Persona 4 shu.jpg
Shu is crying to Yu that he finally made a friend
 
Persona 4 shu 2.jpg
Shu, struggling to get along with Yu during a tutoring session
 
Persona 4 shu 3.jpg
Shu is surprised that Yu remembered his birthday

In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Title
Flag of the United States English Shu Nakajima
Flag of Japan Japanese 中島 秀 (Nakajima Shū)
Flag of South Korea Korean 나카지마 슈 (Nakajima Syu)
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China Traditional Chinese 中島 秀 (Zhōngdǎo xiù)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Shu's birthday is always on the night the player reaches Rank 9 of his Social Link.
  • Shu shares his surname with Akemi Nakajima, the protagonist of Megami Tensei, right down to the kanji used.


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
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.