Sunday, 26 February 2012

Persona 4: The Animation - Episode 20

Now that the culture festival is over, what are our group of friends going to do in its immediate aftermath?  Most of their plans are put paid to by Narukami needing to look after Nanako for the night, but it seems that all is not lost as Yukiko (rather involuntarily) invites the whole gang to spend the night at her inn.

Yes, that's right, after ticking off the culture festival we move on to a hot springs instalment!  You can probably guess most of the rest of the episode from here, with the boys stumbling into the girls bath on a couple of occasions (even if it turns out to be justified) while worrying about whether there room is haunted and making yet another error as they try to join the girls in their room on the floor below.

Okay, so there is some evidence of how Yukiko has changed since confronting her Shadow, and a hugely important letter received by Narukami at the end of the episode, but that's about all you get in what is otherwise very much a run-of-the-mill filler episode.

That's pretty much all there is to it really - a couple of minor laughs and that important post-credit ending don't really make up for an episode which felt a bit lazy, truth be told, and not up to the same glowing standard of entertainment that much of the show has delivered.  It's something I can forgive seeing as we seem to be launching right back into the thick of the story next week though.

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