Persona 4: Arena Makes Persona 3 Characters Badass

By Spencer . June 28, 2012 . 5:55pm


Persona 4: Arena brings together select characters from Persona 3 together with the cast from Persona 4. Sure, Akihiko met Yukiko Amagi in Persona 3 Portable’s female protagonist route, but she’s all grown up in this game. Akihiko changed too donning a red cape and eager to find opponents to fight. He looks pretty badass his intro scene looks straight out of Digital Devil Saga.


Mitsuru invited Akihiko to the tournament and most of the mysteries surrounding the Persona 3 group center around the Kirijo group. Naoto, the 200-IQ killjoy detective is secretly investigating them. Aigis is armed with more guns and the powerful almighty spell Megido.

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    More like, “Persona 3 characters make Persona 4 characters look like chumps”.

    As usual~

  • pothier.adrien

    Wait wait wait wait…

    The title seems to imply they weren’t before.

  • Herok♞

    “Persona 4 Arena makes Persona 3 characters more badass than usual”
    There I fixed the title for you.

  • Strain42

    “Sure, Akihiko met Yukiko Amagi in Persona 3 Portable’s female protagonist route, but she’s all grown up in this game.”

    I’m pretty sure that didn’t happen…The Female Protagonist, Yuko and possibly Kaz met Yukiko, but Akihiko didn’t go along on that trip. Akihiko (as well as Junpei and the Male Protagonist) did meet Ms. Kashiwagi though.

  • I wish Junpei was in this.

    • Testsubject909

      Yeah, but I’d say that Junpei would break this game.

      SPOILERS ABOUND!He regenerates his health naturally, buffs up his defenses, utilizes a weapon with decent range and heavy damage and also uses magic too, he’d basically be able to tank through everyone.


        Junpei, The Ace Detective versus Naoto, The 200 IQ Killjoy Detective.


        Junpei, The Ace Detective versus Yosuke, Captain Resentiment; In an Ultimate Broclash.

    • Setsuna ♥

      I hate Junpei just because everyone brings him up

    • As do I…he is my favorite character in all of p3. It would also be interesting to see how his character has developed…especially considering that he was the most into having his powers and all.

  • Xapth

    That P3 swag.

    This kind of reminded me of how I got chills when I first saw the opening movie for The Answer in P3FES, because they’re all so badass.

  • Man, I wish one or two more P3 character would be available in the first wave of DLC character, if it happens.

  • WingsOfEternity

    Reasons to get this game
    10% : a Persona fighting game
    90% : see P3 cast

  • LightZero

    Too bad the P1/P2 cast couldn’t be added as fanservice. It would be nice to see how they would interact with the P4 crowd plus Akihiko, Mitsuru, and Aegis as adults in their 30s with experience. Oh well. Akihiko looks badass with the cape. Mitsuru looks both sexy and badass. 

    •  Too bad the P1/P2 cast couldn’t be added as fanservice.

      I was expecting before Nyarlathotep would make a potential boss for P4 Arena, with the story him struggling to get back at full strength after being ultimately defeated in Eternal Punishment.

  • I can’t wait!

  • Zonic505

    Oh man, please tell me that’ll be the cover of the US pre-order bonus of the arranged OST. Or better yet, the same disc as well.

  • And yet they could not defeat the Goddess of the Night while the P4 cast could with a Creator Goddess.

    Funny how that works.

    • assuming the goddess of the night is the same level as creator goddess

    • IIRC, they did not defeat Izanami, its more lk: “Oky I impressed. Go hv your ideal world. But if you need me to turn the world into shadow land, I’ll be back. Bye!”

  • Detrimont

    Akihiko does NOT meet akihiko in the fem protagonist route

    • Kevadu

       Does anyone truly ever meet themself?

      • Rocsas

        Deep… but I think all the party members in persona 4 did

      • Testsubject909

        Every day when you see a mirror.

    • Detrimont

      oops io meant yukiko


     *I wait patiently for Minato to make a surprise
    appearance*. DX

  • Please, Akihiko, Mitsuru, and Aigis were already badass to begin with ;)

  • Göran Isacson

    Akihiki you may have buffed up but… that cape… what are you even doing with yourself. Did Mitsuru tell you to wear that? Is that what this is? Because I can’t really see any other reason that he’d decide that becoming a barechested brawler was a thing he should be doing.

    • maybe he realized that he looked good whilst shirtless. lol.

  • Nerroth

    Atlustube have a 720p version up on their own (JP) channel:

  • Nitraion

    Still needs magican,justice and hiero arcana come on…. :p
    If minato suddenly appear his weapon would be all weapon, his pose standing with his hand on pocket, persona orpheus/messiah, Ulti attack:Great seal… XD
    Edit: Okay after watching video i think cannon for P5 is set… Just kidding XD

  • WyattEpp

    “Makes Persona 3 Characters Badass”

    You mean they weren’t already badass?

  • Levin_Scorpius

    Pretty sure that the only people who met Yukiko in P3P were members of whatever sports team the female protagonist and Rio are apart of. So, unless Akihiko was masquerading as a team member or stalking the protag where ever she went, he probably didn’t meet Yukiko before.

    • Testsubject909

      Ah! Original Terra Artwork! As in the actual artwork for Terra but I digress. WOO!


      … Akihiko a stalker… Why can I picture that as quite plausible?

    • Daru Titor

       I don’t remember Akihiko being on that trip.
      That’s probably because he never showed up
      in Inaba during the trip

  • Aigis got broken again D: For a less advance model (I think?) Labrys sure has some good equipment (Jetpack Axe!?)
    Rise stop teasing us with your only cutscenes….
    Ho boy Labrys SELFCEST! 
    And how the hell the P3 charac is able to go into the TV? I though you need MC to do it? Or a touch frm Izanami?

    • MaruluGames

      You only need to be able to summon your own persona to go inside the TV, this is the reason why all persona 4 characters can go inside without the mc.

    • Alternate persona love is one of my fetishes.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Yukiko is still cooking… if she uses food in the middle of fight, she can cause an instant KO

  • Valkenhayn

    The character I wanted from P3 most was Koromaru… Lol that wouldn’t even be a fair fight because of his height. Hopefully everyone’s story mode is around 1-2 hours each…

  • Yu_TheKing

    Now I want Tatsuya/Apollo and Maya/Artemis ;3

  • LynxAmali

    How can you make things badass that were already badass?


    Is Akihiko Yu-tier swag?
    Does Naoto have bigger guns than Aigis?
    Does Mitsuru still subtext greater then Chie and Yukiko?

    The Questions I have about interactions in this game just keep piling up.

  • Awwww snap, was that Rave for Everyone’s Souls I heard at the end?

    • miju

       Electronica in Velvet Room!

  • Darkrise

    Needs entire cast from every persona game.

    • Testsubject909

      Hitoshura, secret boss, gaea’s rage, can’t stand on ground or you die, followed by Freikugel, if you don’t duck and block you die. Followed by Megidolaon, if you don’t hug the wall and jump in the right time you die. Followed by Fires of Sinai, random pillars of almighty death fly around randomly across the screen vertically if you get hit you die.

      And if by some chance you get his HP down to critical, he summons Pixie and gets Diarahan. So you’ll have to take him down in a single combo once he’s near critical.

      If you manage to kill him, his Endure kicks in and then he gets Diarahan unless you get the jump on him, otherwise he’s back to full HP.

      And his special using his full bar summons Lucifer to create devastating area of effect attacks across the screen acting as a stage hazard while Hitoshura is free to continue with his own offensive.

      Yup… I think that would translate well a battle against Hitoshura…

      What? Hitoshura’s not part of the Persona franchise?

      Yeah, I know… I just want to see gruesome overkill again…


      Fine, put Philemon in as your secret boss instead.

  • Historiata

    The overpowered female robot boss running around beating up other female robots. Yeah, this is an Arc System Works game alright.

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