New Post Persona 4 Novel Focuses On Naoto

By Spencer . May 21, 2012 . 11:41pm

naotoDengeki Bunko is working with the Persona team on a Naoto Shirogane side story, but you’ll see this tale in a bookstore instead of a console game. Set one year after the events in Persona 4, Naoto Shirogane is assigned to investigate what happened to her old friend Touko Aoi who suddenly went missing.


Naoto will travel to Yagokoro City and when she arrives she meets Sousei Kurogami, her new partner that’s exactly her opposite. The strangest thing is Sousei introduces himself as "mechanical." The two characters make a rocky combination and they discover something called the Mayonaka Site.


The Persona X Detective Naoto novel will cost 704 yen ($9) when it comes out.


A tip of the hat to Jonathan for doing the detective work on this one. Thanks!

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  • Naoto with long hair.

    Don’t like it. Also a bit weird. Hair grew too fast on 6 months.

    • True that it would definitely make sense if it was maybe three to five years but one year? looks like someone needs to try that again.

      • Sakurazaki

        She can get extensions xD

        • Barrylocke89

          That’s possible, but that would imply that she REALLY got over her “I kinda wish I was a man” phase.

          •  What’s wrong with that?

          • Enma_Kozato

            All the “Naoto is transgender” advocates would be wrong even though they already were?

          • Barrylocke89

            Nothing really, but it’s a pretty big change over the course of one year. I certainly don’t think Naoto is transsexual/gender, but she did seem to have a lot of personal struggles with her gender+the line of work she wanted to go in. I’m not sure how much of her social link addresses that because I never completed it, but I was imagining her to still have some lingering feelings on the situation, or at least trouble getting used to a more feminine style even after embracing her gender.

            Then again, all that’s really known about this is the fact that she has long hair. That doesn’t say everything about her character.

          • amagidyne

            That comes down to how it’s handled in the book. Now, I don’t know who’s writing it (and even if I did, it wouldn’t tell me anything), but the question is whether her entire character arc from the game will be brought up in the story.

            Whether she had a few easily-overcome gender issues or really is transgendered is irrelevant. That struggle was the focus of the character. Okay, they also brought up the issue of women’s rights and inequality in her workplace.

            This is a hypothetical, but let’s say they omit any reference to her arc in this novel and it’s just her and her robot solving crimes. Why would the writer of this story neglect to mention that the character either identified as male or wanted to be a guy?

            My guess is that it would be to appeal to people who are put off or made uncomfortable by that idea. Wouldn’t that be lazy, cheap, and most of all, boring?

            I’m not going to say that if the writer doesn’t mention her past or glosses over it, they are making an appeal to the reactionary otaku crowd who don’t want to hear about feminism or gender identity, but I am going to heavily imply it with this highly suggestive series of vowels: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

            That would be the problem with it. If it happens. Not saying it will.

        • Silly people. Extensions don’t exist in anime/manga/videogameland. 

      • raymk

        It doesn’t take that long to grow out hair especially when your young. Growing hair is also different depending on your race as well. When I have my hair braided it only takes about 5 months to grow really long.

    • raymk

      Again P4 arena is only 2 months after p4.  Then again 6 months is enough time to grow hair that long as long as she stops wearing the cap.

  • Reno Evangelista

    Naoto’s spirit animal is Sonic the Hedgehog.

    • Testsubject909

      Red streaks, speeds by! Naoto Shirogane! Too smart for the villains minds! Naoto Shirogane!

      Naoto! She can really move! Naoto! She’s got an attitude! Naoto! She’s the brightest girl aliiive!

      Look out, when she storms through! Naoto Shirogane! Don’t doubt what she can do! Naoto Shirogane!

      Naoto! She can really move! Naoto! She’s got an attitude! Naoto! She’s the brightest girl aliiiive! She’s the brightest girl aliiiive! She’s the brightest girl aliiiiiiiiiive!

      (And here’s the song for references: )

  • THAT Naoto for Persona 5 plz.

  • Naoto…
    With long hair???

    • PoweredByHentai

      Her maid outfit probably fits her better now, especially if she now has long hair.

      I still found this to be hilarious:

      • XiaomuArisu

         Im not surprised that someone with hentai in the name has pics like thatXD
        Would be awesome if Dojima would find out that Yuu has a personal Harem.

        • Personal Harem…
          And Nanako for Future investment…

          I think there will be a bullet in his head…
          Yeah that’s it…

          • XiaomuArisu

             Its Yuu Narukami!
            The old bullet in his head will reflect the new one!

      • She look a hell lot lk Ciel in dat maid suit.

        Yeah, trouble with reverse trap…… 

        Dojima: Why r u going gay on me?
        Yuu: He a she-dude.
        Dojima: Lies.

        •  ..And again, no one ate dinner that night.

          • Testsubject909

            But someone ate out Naoto.

      • Testsubject909

        Must… Not… Resist… Urge…

        Not resisting urge complete. Proceeding to the natural outcome of things.

        Be back in a while.

        • PoweredByHentai

          Resistance is futile.  I know that you want to fap.  Do it.  :D

          • Testsubject909

            I’ll note the negative in my comment. Must NOT resist urge.

            Obviously I know resistance is futile!

  • Closet_Ninja

    Naoto? *fanboi screams*

  • canarinta


  • Somehow, I’m okay with the new Naoto. <3

  • TheCynicalReaper

    If it mentioned the P4 protagonist as “Narukami” I’m gonna yell bloody murder.
    …But if it alludes to a relationship between Naoto and “Narukami”, I’ll drop my hatred for this “canon name” nonsense and even replay P4 with “Narukami” as my protag’s name.

    Sigh. This is the difficulty with characters. Back when this game came out, the age difference between me and Naoto was so that I could mention choosing her as a love interest easily. Now, she’s stayed 16-17, and I’m not to comfortable talking about my infatuation with a character that age…
    Hopefully P5 will have an adult love interest as intricate and interesting as Naoto. That way by the time I’m forty I won’t have to reply by scratching my neck bashfully.

    • RmanX1000

      Narukami is the canon name. Hence why his name is Yuu Narukami in Arena :P However, since this novel revolves around Naoto and her friend, i doubt he’ll get more than a mention.

      • Welllll, it depends. In the P3: Shadow Cry LN, MC/Minato only get a cameo as Tatsuya while Jin is checking out Innocent Sin on9.

  • “Mechanical?”

    Tell me it’s not another one of “those” androids.

    •  A Man Aigis?

      Er, anyways, how many android characters do we have now in the series? Four if the one from Trinity Soul’s counted?

      • Four, yes. Wasn’t Aigis made by SEES? Strike me if I’m missing something. I understand that they’re anti-Shadow weapons, but they sure come out of nowhere.

        •  Yup, Aigis was SEES’ creation, IIRC. She was made as anti-Shadow weapon.

          •  Aigis was made by the Kirijo Group not SEES.

  • RmanX1000

    I dont think anyones hair grows that quickly… and im hoping this look is an alternate costume in P4G :P thatd be a nice touch.

    • Ben Sylvia

       I kid you not, my hair will regrow half of it’s original length in a week or less anytime I get a hair cut.

      I won’t even start to talk about my beard.

      • RmanX1000

        Thank you for leaving other hair follicle areas out of this… 

      • boundries_san

        I don’t know whether i should envy that or not here lol. Except for my head hair,…… i almost had no hair anywhere here.

  • Zeidge

    Still wondering why there was a sudden boom in P4 when the game came out so long ago.

    Highly doubt its the anime that sparked it.

    • XerosBeat

      Probably the combo of the anime + Mayonaka Arena, plus lots of marketing.

    • RmanX1000

      Persona 4 actually sold really well. But, i believe some of this increased hype may be from Catherine. That sold REALLY well, not only to Persona fans, but to other gamers who havent tried a game made by the Persona team. They played Catherine, said “This is radical brosuke! But whats this Persona business people are talking about?”, and thus you get the increased hype for the anime, sequel, novel side story, etc…. Thats just my two cents though.

    • Prinnydoom

      They always try to keep the series alive with this stuff its nothing new they did the same for P3

    • There two P3 spin off LN. There another one for P4.

    • icecoffemix

      Probably initially a promotional campaign for The Golden and Mayonaka Arena. And the anime (which have obviously limited budget on the first cour) was unexpectedly a big hit, so they might as well milk it for what it’s worth.

      The way I see it.

  • Naoto was one of my top three favorites in Persona 4 (honestly she’s tied with Chie and Brosuke), so any new material featuring her is awesome!!

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  • Opposite of hers so…..
    a small algebra about Sousei Kurogam
    reverse trap = -trap
    naoto * (-trap + silent + genius) * (opposite + man) =  It’s a traap!!!!!!!

  • Shadowman

    OK. That’s awesome.

  • I want Naoto cap back.

    Aside frm tht, at least I think I can get a chinese-translated copy. Just lk the P3: Shadow Cry LN. When its out?
    And did I saw Shoji Sokabe and Shigenori Soejima as illustrator?

    -Off Topic-: *Looks at cover of other LN* LOL Japan. Did I just saw a big guy with a loli? Another spiky hair protag w/h loli nun? Hey I hv vol 1 of this!!

    • I have to agree on the cap <3 I like this look too but that cap (
      ❤ ❛◡❛)ノ

  • evilmoogle

    more love for P4 is good, i guess.
    I just hope P4 will not be the FF7 of the persona series.
    Milking it with dozen spin-offs.

    • RmanX1000

      Dont worry, P4 is better but not as well known. It shouldnt become THAT bad in terms of spin-offs.

  • neetyneety

    Oh god, Naoto with long hair… freakin’ hot AND awesome at the same time.

    • Testsubject909

      IndeHNNNNNGGGGGGGGed… Indeed.

  • Has dengeki been reading my diary?
    More Naoto goodness!

  • Meanwhile the other chracters don’t do anything important and previous personas characters don’t even exist.

    I want more Kuzunoha Raidou novels.

    •  I prefer if someone translated the Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Lone Marebito manga. It seemed so crazy good ;_;

      • I second this, that manga is awesome I love the drawing.

    • They will at least get a cameo/reference.

  • Chiupon

    Bitch got some weave.
    okay in all seriousness, they better explain her hair growth. Those have to be extensions or something.

    Either that or her Persona will be stolen by black girls (girls in general actually) everywhere for those hair growth inducing abilities. Everyone will have long flowing hair~
    Persona 5 will be a shampoo commercial.

    • (o.o;  ) Huh?

    • doubleO7

      Wha? That hair length is doable in about year. Some peoples hair grows faster than others.

      • Laith Rem

        ‘cept the time frame is 6 months because of The Ultimate where she still has the short hair. Nitpicking!

        • raymk

          But P4 arena is only 2 months after P4 not 6. So she actually had 10 months to grow her hair since this happens a year after p4.

          •  Well I derped. Still a bit too long since she cut her hair most of her life so it should grow slower, but eeh each their own I suppose. just a nitpick as I have said.

          • raymk

            Fair enough I ain’t mad at ya or anything =P.

  • Kier Arnold

    I love this. Its like Naoto in a Buddy-Cop Movie.

    “She’s a slick teenaged detective from the city, he’s a brash, wise cracking robot. Together, they are… PERSONA X DETECTIVE”

  • I loove that picture!!! Naoto was one of of my favorite P4 characters. I must own thiiiiis!(✿❛◡❛)ノ

    • Testsubject909

      Huh… new icon avatar? Didn’t notice till now.

      • Haha Yes~ I saw it floating around and was like (O_ O) must use till I find my next cute one. (._  . ) Haven’t been able to check out my gaming news or do much gaming… School tests = Less fun time. Thankfully it’s over for now~

  • lesbianz adventurz DLC confirmed for p4 the goldenz

    •  I prefer, Harem chapter: “TEH TRUE HAPPY ENDING”

  • doubleO7

    Too bad we probably wont ever see this (or the P3 novels and P3/P4 manga) in english. Although I think it would make a great LE bonus for P4G or P4A, but I doubt they’d want to put in all the effort of translation and printing for a bonus item.

  • Code

    Nooo this isn’t the Naoto I remember TAT;; I’m still kind of curious about the concept overall though o3o~ But it does feel a little bit removed from the Naoto I remember >3<~

    •  People get older and change, but i doubt she’s not the same.  Besides you can’t say that if you haven’t read anything yet :l

      • Code

        It’s only been one year since P4 and I’m use to her short hair, is all I was saying guys… T﹏T;

        • rebecasunao

          Poor Codey, how dare you guys be rude to him!!! =w=

    • raymk

      I guess where you live people don’t age or change their style when they get older :/.

    • Anesia Hunter

      she’s still most likely the same in personality, but she’s just accepting herself more as being a girl and not hiding it as much anymore.

  • ZBaksh386

    If it gets translated, i’ll check it out.

  • Guest

    I’m surprised that not one single person here said that she looks so hot! She looked great before (without the cap), and now she looks even better. That long hair makes her look even more of a badass.

    • Testsubject909

      Was too busy fa-…falling all over again head over heel, yup… Yup…

  • Riian

    Naoto Shirogane and Sousei Kurogami…? I see what you did there!

    • haqua

      I don’t? :c Someone explain, please! 

      • amagidyne

        Shiro(gane) and Kuro(gami).

        I don’t know if there’s any connection beyond that.

        • haqua

          Ah, well, I noticed that. I thought it was what they meant or something.
          Well, thanks, anyway!~

      • Kássio Guimarães

        Also Shiro=White and Kuro= Black/Dark

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    omg she got hotter.!!! but I want to know one thing……..  is she now a hot leading 

    • Testsubject909

      She was never hinted as being a lesbian, just confused about her gender, never her sexuality.

      Basically, what I’m saying is *takes the initiative and grabs Naoto*

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        it was a joke lol

        • Testsubject909

          Edit: Whoops, wrong reply to the wrong thing. Nevermind what I said.

          And on another note… I’d like a lesbo scene with Naoto and another awesome girl. That’d be… awesomer.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            good man >:}

  • Enigma_XIV

    “Mayonaka Site”…Persona 4 Mayonaka Arena….Related Maybe?

    • Isn P4A is be4 this? But yeah, 
      Midnight Internet that predict teh future AWMYGAWD. Izanami, u mad?

  • Haha! I love the naming for her partner. It’s clever!
    What interests me is that it’s a novel and not a manga, seems more fitting for Naoto anyway.

  • Glad to see Naoto matured into a fine women, now if we can only move on from Persona 4 to the highly anticipated Persona 5~

  • Testsubject909

    I am very pleased with this…

    Now, Miss Naoto. I believe we need to go investigate my bedroom in private, shall we?

  • Victoria [Rokuso3]

    Naoto’s hair multiplied its lenght 10x times in a single year. What a miracle!

  • I love Naoto–the only female character in P4 I actually like.

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