Under The Hood Of Junpei’s Baseball Cap

By Ishaan . July 4, 2010 . 5:33pm

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You’ll recall when Atlus USA first announced their pre-order bonus cap for Persona 3 Portable, I was a little taken aback as to why they didn’t go with something that catered a little more toward both sexes, given that P3P’s big selling point is the new female protagonist. After all, it only seemed appropriate that their first foray into catering to a wider demographic should be marked in some significant way.

 

While I still feel they could have afforded to be a little more creative with their final choice — who knows what else was suggested during the brainstorming sessions — they cleverly sent us one of the things, predicting accurately, that we’d guilt ourselves into writing about it.

 

And so, here we are, trying to take you under the hood of Junpei Iori’s key to popularity.

 

The first thing you’ll note when you take the cap out of its plastic wrapping is that it doesn’t feel flimsy in the least. It’s made of 100% cotton, and the thickness and weight are just right to make it sturdy enough without feeling too heavy on top of your head. It’s also got an easily adjustable strap at the back that allows you to find just the right fit for your head without having to bother with those annoying holes that some caps have.

 

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I’m no fashion expert, but I was impressed by the way the strap was built in general. It’s a smart design that lets you loosen or tighten the cap while you’re wearing it so you can gauge how comfortable it feels around your head. (insert “in realtime” joke) It’s also got a smart locking mechanism that makes it less easy for the cap to be blown off your head by, say, a strong gust of wind.

 

On the inner rim, you have a nice thick sweat band, which a friend tells me is one of the more important features you’ll want to look for in a cap. The sweat band essentially keeps your sweat from soaking into the fabric and showing up on the outside.

 

Aside from a single copyright tag on the inner rim, there’s no mention of the game anywhere on the outside. It feels like an authentic cap, and it’s nice that Atlus didn’t skimp on quality. Therefore, I hereby give this cap 4.5 / 5 frosts.1

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1. I’ll fully admit to nicking off half a frost just so I’d have an excuse to fiddle about in Photoshop.

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  • wakeuplan

    I give your Photoshop abilities 5/5 frosts.

  • holyPaladin

    Wee nice review lol…
    And nice jack frost icon :D

  • Aoshi00

    I think it’s unisex enough, my sis has a big collection of caps :) I was wondering if this would be really flimsy, like Gashapon capsule toy quality.. not for me though, as I look stupid in hats :(..

  • Vino (Tim N)

    I think I’ll shave my head just to wear this all the time.

  • pacanug

    An added plus is that you can wear it in public and not give away your true power level!

  • Ereek

    No pictures of you in it, Ishaan?

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      It’s funny you should ask. Spencer and I initially talked about me taking a picture with the cap and a Pokéball, and photoshopping a Jack Frost in. But then Spencer said, “the Internet never forgets,” so I dropped that idea like a hot potato. :P

      • http://geekouts.blogspot.com/ miruki

        I knew you would never pull it off. :P

        It still makes me sad. D:

  • BrotherCavil

    ….. :/ More like…. :O

    Dude….d-dude, it’s a cap, man. It’s just a friggin cap. Why do you need to over-analyze a remarkably unremarkable fashion accessory such as this one? Does it really warrant 7 paragraphs and half a Jack Frost? :/

  • http://twitter.com/KillerRamen ?

    I like my hat. It’s a hat, but it’s also a Persona hat.

  • ForeverFidelis

    I’m usually not too much of a hat person, but I’ll be damned if that ain’t one spiffy looking hat..

    I’m not just jumping the bandwagon here, I’d actually buy hat..

  • http://ofurotaimu.dreamwidth.org shirokiryuu

    I’m a chick, and I loooooove collecting hats (caps too). It looks similar in design as my Earthbound cap, (the snap too) and that was pretty high quality. I’m glad they didn’t go cheap on it, since I’d probably wear it outside (it’s subtle enough that gamers will notice it, and non gamers won’t think it’s weird)

  • http://www.myspace.com/Juan_Rod bluejuan85

    I feel bad cause my head is huge. Now I just put me self down. :depressed: :(

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Don’t feel down until you get to try the cap on for yourself. The strap allows you to extend the diameter a fair bit. Even if you have a big head, I think there’s a chance it’ll fit. :)

  • http://geekouts.blogspot.com/ miruki

    The colour won’t go well with my hair colour(s) at all, but I don’t give a damn, I’ll wear it all the time! <3

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

    I want the cap, but I don’t want to buy the same game more than once…..

    • MisterNiwa

      But it has a new character! >:I

      Or do you already own P3P?

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

        No, I got P3:FES. Are there any drastic changes? I know of FeMC, party control, a few new social links, cursor system and quick shortcuts. I just spent 50 bucks on MGS:PW Limited edition, so I need more reasons, haha….

        • BrotherCavil

          “I just spent 50 bucks on MGS:PW Limited edition”

          Wow! So did I! :D We should totally hang out.

          But yeah, if you already feel fulfilled with P3, there’s absolutely no real reason to buy this one.

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