Meet The Author Of The Persona 4 Arena Manga

By Sato . September 13, 2013 . 11:30am

Persona 4 has had a lot going on since it’s debut on the PlayStation 2 a few years ago. While the main game has seen anime adaptations and more, its fighting game spin-off Persona 4 Arena also has a manga form in monthly Dengeki Maoh. In a recent interview with Dengeki, the Persona 4 Arena manga author, who goes by “Aiyakyuu” shares the latest.



Dengeki: Volume 2 of Persona 4 Arena has finally been released. What are your thoughts on the serialization thus far?


Aiyakyuu: Volume 2 came by in the blink of an eye. Volume 1 was released in May, and the amount of time it took to release Volume 2 was shorter. It’s already been about a year of serialization, and I’ve gotten used to it when compared to the beginning, so I think I started getting a hang of things.


Halfway through, there were some big problems regarding the schedule, and I had the assistants help me a lot, so I’m grateful the serialization continued smoothly. In volume 2, the stage is set at a school inside a TV, so everything is basically inside the school. I’ve gotten used to drawing it, and for this reason, it’s safe to say that it’s been easier lately.


After reading volume 2 again, I’ve noticed that there are many TVs (laughs).


That’s right (laughs). There aren’t too many manga that have so many TVs drawn in them. In the manga, there are plenty of TVs that don’t show anything but “static,” so I was wondering if some of the younger kids today might say “What’s static?”


The original game of Persona 4 Arena is a fighting game. On that note, do you ever play any fighters?


Before this job, I actually never played them much. My younger sister liked to play fighting games, so I’ve often watched her play them on the side. So, whenever I play Persona 4 Arena, I often have trouble inputting the commands to pull off special moves. However, Persona 4 Arena’s character animation is very beautiful, so it’s even fun to just watch.


Of all the characters that appear in Persona 4 Arena, who is your favorite?


Yosuke appears in the manga quite often, and he’s full of character, so drawing him is always fun; however, I’d say Yu Narukami is my favorite, and whenever I draw him, I catch myself thinking “Yu is so cool!” (laughs).


On the other hand, are there any characters you have difficulty drawing?


I love drawing Aigis, but it’s always tough to balance and have her look as close as possible to Shigenori Soejima’s original character design. I also need to be careful with Yosuke.


Now, who is your favorite out of all the Persona?


I think each and every Persona design is cool, but Konohana Sakuya who finally appears in chapter 11 of the manga is very pretty, and I like her. Even looking at a figurine of hers, is still amazing. Although it’s still a pain to draw her wings and other parts (laughs).


What type of scenes do you like drawing the most?


Since the original is a fighting game, drawing the battle scenes are definitely the most fun. Speaking of battle scenes, I had had a little trouble structuring the fight between Yu Narukami and Akihiko Sanada in chapter 10 of volume 2. Both characters wouldn’t easily lose to anyone (laughs).


We spoke of battle scenes earlier, but when it comes to manga with many action scenes, are there any parts where you have to be careful?


I pay close attention to make sure it’s easy to read, and has a nice tempo and flow. Having a good flow for the readers is ideal.


Volume 2’s cover shows Yosuke on the front!


For volume 2, it made me so happy to be able to draw a huge picture of Yosuke. I personally like to draw an energetic Yosuke, so I kind of overworked myself in that part (laughs). For the backside I drew the characters who fought a lot in volume 2—Aigis, Kanji , Chie, and Akihiko.


Finally, please share a message for our readers.


In volume 2, the actual battles have started, so it feels a lot more like Persona 4 Arena now. During the battle scenes, there are plenty of manga-original parts, so it’d bring me great pleasure if you guys enjoy that.


Thank you very much.

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  • Sardorim

    And so began the next great Canon Wars…

  • JustThisOne

    *brofist* Yosuke fo life.

  • Jean Alcantara

    In b4 Flame War.

  • transferstudentx

    more persona is always good its too good!

  • transferstudentx

    more persona is always good its too good!

  • Highasthesky

    Brosuke looks boss!

  • anarchy_panty

    Finding out the Youske listens to Nickelback and Linkin Park makes me almost regret playing through P4A.

    • Bigabu Beaze

      He does? Can you screen shot him saying that?

      • anarchy_panty

        See below for the horrible truth.

    • Warboss Aohd

      where da zog does it say dat?

      • anarchy_panty

        Posted the screenshot in response to another guy.

    • JustThisOne

      oh sssshhh-crap

      Don’t go tellin’ me that now!

      • anarchy_panty

        They’re in the background of his room. He doesn’t just have them, dude has them displayed like a point of pride. ;_;

        • ChiffonCake

          Yosuke pls

          • Bigabu Beaze

            Look at his Strat’s neck. That cant be a Fender.

        • Warboss Aohd

          …..where iz Yosuke in dis?

          • Barrylocke89

            Are you asking for proof of this being his room? If so, you can probably deduce it even if you weren’t told.

            Junes bag=Persona universe, and logically it’d be some place that we know. Yosuke has strong ties to Junes so that sets an idea that it’s his room.

            Accessories of the room: the pop idol posters. Various CDs of “hip American” music. Guitar posed on the side that likely only gets plinked with a little, as if it was a spur of the moment buy or a gift.

            If I had to guess who in the party owned that room, Yosuke would be my first pick.

        • Zertan

          Don’t forget it could be Teddie that love those music. He’s staying in Yosuke’s room.

          This also remind me that there’s Classical music in Yu’s room.

        • Sakurazaki

          Isn’t this from Persona 4 Arena’s story mode?

    • Miss_Madness

      There are worse things he could be listening to.

    • Minos

      Yusuke was always a moron, a likeable one, but a moron in the end.

  • Quacker

    Whats up with these mouths

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    Been playing persona 4 arena pretty heavily since p4c was announced… this may just provide my fix when I’m not near my PS3.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro
    • DyLaN

      I’m not sure is that the real Akihiko or Shadow Akihiko, to be honest.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro
  • DyLaN

    Is there any translation of the P4A manga somewhere? Haven’t even seen a chinese scanlation of it on my usual site. Though I had seen the Detective Naoto manga chinese scanlation.

  • leingod

    Yosuke looks kinda girly there.

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