"The Shadow, defeated and denied, responds by fading away, as Mitsuo's ego was so corrupted it became impossible for him to accept his dark side. "
Is this right? Mitsuo's shadow also believed himself to be "nothing". However when he realizes that the protagonist and his party think hes the killer, he agrees whole heartedly and says he also killed not only Mooroka but Konishi and the announcer. We also know that his motivation for killing Mooroka was for the sake of accomplishment itself. When knowing that his "accomplishment" is recognized, his shadow ceases to exist because he (And his shadow) know thats hes not nothing anymore.
- - Not really? Look at the symbolism of what his Shadow is supposed to be:
- "Since Mitsuo himself is very similar to his Shadow-and the Arcana it represents-in personality, the party is initially unsure of which Mitsuo is the real person or the Shadow in his form. When it is defeated, Mitsuo shows the qualities associated with reversed Hermit when he refuses to confront it, showing both willful ignorance and a lack of self-control. Thus, it disappears, since Mitsuo has embraced the worst parts of his personality by willfully denying his Shadow multiple times, therefore becoming the Shadow itself."
- Mitsuo became a Shadow. You can even hear the layers in his voice as he collapses to the ground and says "Urgh....". Not to mention that exhaustion is usually a symptom of an awakened Persona (which obviously wouldn't apply in this case, but still) 18.104.22.168 08:26, November 23, 2013 (UTC)
I can't help but notice that the symbolism section of Shadow Mitsuo (along with the other Shadow selves in Persona 4) have been removed. Is there a reason for that?