This is going to include my thoughts on the fourth and final movie in the series, and the series as a whole. There will be spoilers.
The first movie was okay as an adaptation, but not that great as a film. The second movie was better as a film, but took more creative liberty as an adaptation. The third movie is just a mess. They should have called it “Ryoji is here guys, so let’s make this movie about him now! Except where we need to jam in fights because I guess there was a plot we need to adapt.”
Just like my post on the second movie, there will be some spoilers. So play Persona 3 FES first if you’re looking to avoid them.
I’m not exactly approaching this from the intended direction, but I knew the answer to this question the moment I read it.
Also, we’re finally at the last day of the challenge! Maybe.
Morbidity of the topic aside, this is a question I was asked once, and I didn’t really have an answer. It’s certainly strange to think about what song(s) you would want played at your own funeral. But there are two that came up after putting my mind to it.
Note: The original topic for this day of the challenge was “a song currently stuck in your head,” but since that overlapped with day 19’s, “a song you’re currently obsessed with,” I combined those and opted for a different topic here.
Honestly, the only songs that came to mind immediately are from soundtracks. But they’re still very appropriate.
There are two types of situations where I would turn to music to help clear my head – in preparation for something, or to simply relax. And since different songs would work for each situation, I decided to approach both with this post.
Best girl has arrived.
Unlike my post on the first movie, there will be lots of big spoilers here. So play the game first.
When it comes to that mysterious and painful thing known as nostalgia, there’s nothing quite as cruel as video games. Memories of days gone by where I spent hours upon hours having fun in unforgettable digital worlds will always haunt my memories, and reliving those moments is always a rewarding experience that I crave. Or something like that.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the sequel to 2012’s Persona 4 Arena, brings everything that worked for the first game and strengthens it the second time through, creating one of the best fighting game experiences around.
Well, except for the story. It’s pretty bad.
Now that Persona 5 has been announced and is set to come out later this year in Japan, I’ve begun to do a bit of shuffle time in my brain, thinking about what changes should be made, what should be left the same, and the general ideas I’d like to see in the game. And in addition to that long-awaited sequel, there are also three other Persona games coming out soon – Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (known as Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold in Japan, which is a far more badass title), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. And then, there are also the upcoming Persona 3 movies and the Persona 4 Golden anime series.
If you aren’t familiar with the Persona series (or to a lesser extent, Shin Megami Tensei), a lot of this will just sound like nonsense.
Here is a list of my top ten soundtracks – five are from video games, three are from anime, one is from a visual novel, and one is from a film. My reasons for selecting these soundtracks are fairly simple – they contributed immeasurably to supporting the tone of the medium, and remain interesting to listen to well after experiencing them in context.
This is an update of a similar post from a few months ago, but you should forget that other one even exists. This time, I didn’t forget two that should have definitely been there. And unlike that post that doesn’t exist, I decided against limiting this to original soundtracks. While OSTs can provide new and interesting music, licensed soundtracks can also do a phenomenal job of supporting a film or game.
Rather than doing a review, I decided to do a “thoughts” post since I’m just going to end up comparing the movie back to the game either way. If you haven’t played the game or seen the movie yet, this all probably won’t make any sense.
“Aigis? What a strange name. I wonder if she was born overseas. Let’s see… anything else I should know… Hm? Humanoid tactical weapon? What on Earth? Clearly, that’s a mistake. It just goes to show, you can’t believe everything you read.”
– Ms. Toriumi, Persona 3
Since Persona 3 is one of my favorite video games, I recently considered doing a review or thoughts post – unfortunately, I left my PS2 at home after break. So, I finally snapped and got Persona 3 Portable, the PSP port of the game (also available for Vita via download) – so, this post will be similar to my initial thoughts on Persona 4 Golden. However, this time I am far more familiar with the original, so I can make stronger connections.
**This post has basically been replaced (go here), but I don’t plan to delete this outdated one. You should just ignore it.**
I have yet to do many posts concerning music, so I figured I’d overlap it with topics a bit more close to home – anime and video games. So here’s a little selection of tracks from some of my favorite OSTs. Enjoy!
Nothing on this list is exactly obscure, but oh well. And since I couldn’t quite decide on a proper order, they’re just listed alphabetically.