Stepping Up To The Plate With Junpei In Persona 4: The Ultimax Suplex Hold

By Kris . August 21, 2013 . 12:30pm

Recently, I got a look at both the of the new characters in the new Persona 4 Arena—Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori, both of whom were playable at a recent location test for the game in Tokyo.

 

When Yukari first entered the battle, I could have sworn I was looking at the original pink power ranger (complete with bow!) wearing a scarf before she took her helmet off and started fighting. She reminded me quite a bit of Hawkeye from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, since she had a special that somersaulted her forward and arrows that caused various status effects (I’m pretty sure I saw her paralyze a Mitsuru player at one point).

 

However, more interesting to me was the fact that she could throw out wind projectiles and redirect her arrows towards the enemy by shooting them through the gusts of wind.

 

On top of that, she could shoot a three-arrow spread at her opponents and a very powerful arrow accompanied by a trail of light that, while slow, took out a significant chunk of her opponent’s health bar. Finally, one of her more interesting supers summoned a giant tornado in front of her that seemed to always overshoot her enemy. It wasn’t too hard for her to knock them back into it though, so I could see it being handy.

 

After checking Yukari out, I had a chance to try out Junpei. He’s become a baseball player since Persona 3, apparently, and he brings his baseball bat into battle with him. Quarter-circle forward and a physical attack was a tornado-like spin with his bat, while quarter-circle back and physical was somewhat impractical-seeming bunt. Quarter-circle forward and a Persona attack was a belly-flopping slide.

 

In addition to his baseball-themed attacks Junpei has a new meter of sorts. Well, not as much a meter as baseball diamond. Hit the opponent and bases will light up, bat in a run and the score in the center of the diamond increases. Whiff an attack with the baseball bat and you’ll get a strike or a ball. Three outs and you lose all of your men on base. As fun as this is in concept, I have absolutely no idea how it’s supposed to work. I didn’t notice any advantage to increasing this meter specifically, but I assume it increases your attack…

 

Fortunately, my confusion with the baseball diamond was somewhat softened by how cool some of Junpei’s attacks are. While one of his supers is just a homerun swing, the other two demand some precise timing. One has his Persona Trismegistus grab the opponent, then take them back around for Junpei to take a swing at. Time it right and it’ll deal heavy damage. Similarly, the other one has Trismegistus toss a fireball at the opponent from behind that can knock them into Junpei’s swing.

 

I also liked the fact that both Junpei and his Persona have a dive kick of sorts. While Junpei’s is more traditional (down and A in the air), the D button would summon Trismegistus to drop down on the opponent at an angle and bounce off of them a couple times before kicking them away. You can use this opportunity to get to the other side of the opponent and start wailing away with your bat.

 

Unfortunately, this only worked once for me. After losing my match as Junpei, I headed home.

 

Photograph courtesy 4Gamer.

 


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  • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

    I guess we’re all waiting for that inevitable localization announcement? ATLUS knows the money’s just sitting here.

    • Mr_SP

      We really need a console announcement, first.

      • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

        True, I agree.

  • SwiftWind

    Yukari’s playstyle sounds veeeery interesting. Looks like I’m going to have a new main ^^

  • Niyari

    cool that he has a divekick. hopefully it isn’t as garbage as Yu’s

    • lunier

      Uh…yu’s j.2a is really good though, and is probably even better now that he can’t chain sweep to 5d

      • Niyari

        yea “garbage” probably wasn’t the best way to describe it. i just wish it was easier to combo off of. i’m hoping Junpei’s give enough frame advantage to combo off of without relying on counter hits

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    “I headed home”……….you should have added more baseball puns

    • RisukuAozora

      But Teddie was already unbearable with his puns…

      • Zeik56

        More like unbearlievably awesome.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        RAWRLLY?

  • Spirit Macardi

    I just looked up some info about the mythology behind Junpei’s Persona out of personal curiosity. Turns out that writings attributed to it became popular in the use of… Alchemy.

    I see what you did, Atlus. This is why you got Edward Elric’s English voice to play him, isn’t it? XD

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      good eye, sir

  • Zeik56

    “As fun as this is in concept, I have absolutely no idea how it’s supposed
    to work. I didn’t notice any advantage to increasing this meter
    specifically, but I assume it increases your attack…”

    As far as I’ve seen and heard that’s basically it in a nutshell. At its fundamental level it seems a lot like Labrys’ axe gauge. You get stronger for playing well and weaker for playing worse. The big difference (from a fighting mechanic standpoint) seems to be that you start at your weakest state and won’t lose the power up simply for not attacking.

  • DesmaX

    Well, Junpei does seems like the type the character I woud main, but I guess I’ll stick with Akihiko

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      hahaha!

  • Fashion Mage

    High mobility? Ranged spam? Wind magic? How lovely. :D

  • Sardorim

    So.. Will we be getting a Yukari aka Neo Featherwoman Pink centered article too? I mean I like Junpei but Yukari and her move set seems far more entertaining and fresh.

  • Warboss Aohd

    Honorary Ork Junpei!

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    He’s da bro, da best friend and da man.

  • AoNoise

    I had the hots for Junpei back in Persona 3.

    Here… not so much, he didn’t quite age well. I’ll stick with Akihiko.

    • Barrylocke89

      Just imagine if Junpei went for a more mature and business-y style instead. Hmmmm…

      He was certainly acting more mature than everyone else in The Answer, and it’d be an interesting way to show his growth.

      • Sardorim

        Well Junpei already got over many of his issues in the base P3 game with Chidori. Yukari was in mourning and tried to keep it hidden from the others as they had other BS they had to deal with. Yukari only breaks down fully when she realizes that she may never see Minato/Makoto, the only man she truly lovd and who understood what she went through, which was very hard for her.

        She gets better at the end and even gives Aigis a place to stay as her roommate and best friend even though Yukari much earlier was jealous that Aigis got to say good bye and she didn’t.

      • Zeik56

        I don’t think a business-y style would have made sense given his inevitable future career path. A baseball coach makes a lot more sense.

        • Barrylocke89

          Yeah, you’re right. Using what he learned on his own journey to mentor others in a setting like that is a lot more fitting for Junpei’s personality, especially since he wasn’t the hottest in school.

          I was thinking more along the lines of an American businessman, but I don’t think Junpei would have lasted very long even if he DID make it into the super-stressful world of the Japanese businessman.

          Though maybe I could see him going back to school to become a full-fledged P.E. teacher for middle school students or something similar.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    I hope he has a Baseball Batvoker

  • ZekeFreek

    I wonder if the game crashes if Junpei’s and Teddie’s baseball bats collide….

  • AndyLC

    I hope Junpei found a girlfriend by now.

    • Croix Zapp

      Spoiler!

      Well, he’s got a chance with chidori.
      In Persona 3 FES, when she was revived by the flower that she
      placed her life force in, she regained the memories of her childhood and
      it revealed she was a normal person; compassionate, mature, and
      understanding.

      Hurray!!

      • totoro

        She was never revived in P3 FES. It happened in P3P, but that’s not canon.

        • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

          P3P male route is canon.

          • totoro

            The Answer is canon. Chidori remains dead in The Answer.

        • Zeik56

          You can revive her in FES actually.

          • totoro

            Huh, I didn’t know that.

            But I’m quite sure that Junpei wanted Chidori to stay dead in The Answer.

          • Zeik56

            As I recall, the only time that’s referenced is when Junpei says something along the lines of not wanting to change the past, no matter how hard it may be to accept. He never directly states she died, and given that even if she revives she can’t remember him the line still technically works.

            Granted, the line is way more meaningful if she is dead, but I’m 99% sure The Answer never outright confirms she died.

      • Arizato

        Not canon, also remember that she has no recollection of any of the events involving Junpei.

  • akiko_sakuraba

    I really want to see how Yukari is matured, and how she is affected by the protagonist’s sort-of disappearance.

  • Jake_Indiman

    I would still like to see Margaret step up to the plate. ;)

  • Setsu Oh

    japanese masterful com at its best.

    2013. new chars, new game, new stuff.
    the only way non japanese ppl to find out about IS: BLURRY PHEUKIN PICS.

    some ppl just dont change. my first impression of this game is that it is bullsheet. why? i cant see the details so i ll judge it harshly and maybe not buy the game new on release date when it will come around: they obviously fav jp consumers over the more numerous westerners. cool. keep going japan.
    very clever.

    • RablaAndrews

      “Hurr they’re showing this way in advance in only two arcades across the entire planet, how dare people not have full quality screenshots for me”

      • Setsu Oh

        they don t make millions on retail selling to just arcades.
        when selling retail and world to boot, you adress yourself to the world, ACKNOWLEDGE it even if it is with just some freakin pics.
        you are mocking me for complaining that there is no clear in game pic released to the press.
        a pic just about anyone could take in-house.

  • heartless141

    So the only chars left are Ken, Koromaru and Metis i guess?
    I’m hoping for at least 2 more character before an update/expansion/whatever to the homeconsole version.

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