To many people’s surprise, my list of favorite video games does, in fact, extend past Kingdom Hearts with Final Fantasy VII being my original favorite game. As in, the first game that truly resonated with me at a time where I could appreciate fully what was happening in terms of character growth, story, and overall set pieces. Then, overtime time, other games such as The Uncharted Series and The Last of Us found their way onto the list. One thing was always a constant for me though: JRPGs were, hands down, my favorite genre. So, when a friend of mine let me borrow Persona 3 FES, Iwas pretty excited to try and jump on a new JRPG series. It was one of the best gaming experiences of my life. It did take me a good while to beat it, but over 90 hours going on adventures with Junpei, Mitsuru, Aegis and the others, I wanted to know more about this series. By this time, Persona 4 had been out for a little while now and I figured maybe it’d be better to proceed forward rather than go backwards to the previous Persona installments (which I did do years later).
I distinctly remember sitting on the couch of my apartment, waring a Final Fantasy VII shirt as the credits were rolling at the end of Persona 4. I was conflicted. Persona 4 may have just edged out Final Fantasy VII on my favorites list. Every character, every plot point, all the game play–everything was exactly what I wanted even when I didn’t know what I wanted out of the game. For me, it was a close to perfect game. From that point, I was totally obsessed with the Persona series and, more specifically, Persona 4. With the obsession, as you can imagine, came a need to purchase anything and everything Persona 4.
Our collection has a ton of Persona figures. Mainly Persona 4 as that was the one that gained a ton of popularity state side so it was much easier to find. That came with some pluses and minuses. The plus was, I had my pick of some many different Persona 4 figures. The minus was, well…I like other Persona games as well, especially Persona 3. Luckily for me, Persona 4 started to engulf Persona 3 into its on games and merchandise. Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Ultimax were fighting games that brought in Persona 3 characters like Aeigis, Mitsuru, Junpei, Ken, Akihiko and others. Persona Q on the Nintendo 3DS brought both casts together in an Etrian Odyssey style game. And, we can’t forget, the game the sold the Playstation Vita: Persona 4 Golden.
Persona 4 Golden was an updated port of Persona 4 from the Playstation 3 onto the Playstation Vita. It added in new social links, some extra game play elements and many other additions. One of which was the ability to change into a TON of different costumes. While, Persona 3 didn’t find its way into the game, the uniforms from Gekkoukan High (the school from Persona 3) did. It was nice touch and fun to ditch the Yasogami High (the school from Persona 4) attire for the ones warn in Persona 3 every once in awhile. What was even better is when I came across an Officially Licensed by Sega figure of Chie and Yukiko waring the Gekkoukan High clothing.
Chie and Yukiko, for those who haven’t had the chance to play the games, are best friends. You can’t have one without the other. As Chie is my favorite Persona 4 character, and following the logic of the previous statement, I had to buy both Chie and Yukiko the moment I saw them. Chie has a lot of personality and is kind of the balance to Yukiko’s proper and reserved, yet fun attitude. The Yukiko figures does a good job of capturing her personality though, not as much for Chie. Chie’s more load, tomboy, kung-fu movie loving personality doesn’t really show through on this figure persay, but in a weird way it doesn’t seem too “off” for Chie either. Both of these characters are fairly layered personality wise, so neither them through out the game can be fully “pigeon holed” into one type of character.
The Gekkoukan High attire on the two work really well, it looks like it’s straight out of the game (both Persona 4: Golden and Persona 3). It brought be back instantly to remember running around in dungeons with dressed like these figures.
The figures aren’t extremely high quality but they are nice, solid $30 figures that are very nice to have on the shelf. The characters look like themselves and are very representative of what you see in the game. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the game, these two pieces are nice and well worth the purchase — appealing more to the Persona 4 crowd rather than the Persona 3 crowd. If you are a big fan of the game like I am, especially if you’ve also had the opportunity to play Persona 3, these figures are an absolute most! Amongst all the Persona 4 figures out there, these rank (in my book) pretty high. This could be because Chie is my favorite, but for the nice node to both Persona 3 and Persona 4: Golden it feels like a unique piece. I couldn’t recommend these two enough. If you get the chance to check them out in person if you are still on the fence, do yourself a favor and have a look. The only thing that I wish now is that we could get an Officially Licensed Sega Kanji Tatsume as Marilyn Monroe. That’d be awesome.
All images (besides the ones of the toys) are all sourced from Google Images.