Yes, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Makes Rise Kujikawa Playable

By Spencer . April 22, 2014 . 3:19am


The rumor from Best Buy’s product page is true. Rise Kujikawa is a playable character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Famitsu magazine confirmed Rise in this week’s issue and it looks like they have more Persona news to announce too.

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  • Dyne

    So she getting fighting moves now, about time. i hope one of her moves is to scan the other fighter so she can not get hit for a bit.

    • Thatguy

      Like Diavolo in JoJo ASB?

    • Wait what

      It’ll probably by idol-based attacks like singing or hitting with a microphone. Which is lame, but it’s what I expect.

  • Hope a Super of hers dresses her into her Dancing All Night costume.

    Other than that, Tofu Attack.

    Now, hope Ken’s next.

  • I’ll get it when it falls in price a lot as I bought the last one on release and it fell so quickly

  • RawrWata

    As a European, I can’t wait to play this…

    A year later it releases, :|

    • Go2hell66

      don’t worry we’ll get it a month later as a download only title…

      • Liamv2

        Better than nothing I suppose. *Glances longingly at SMT4*

      • Neppygear

        shit I didn’t consider that until now
        this will get region locked again and then we’ll get it download-only and there can be no importing

        • Abysswalker90

          I doubt they would make that mistake again.
          It ended up backfiring afterall.

    • I’m not even living in Europe and I feel bad… you guys always get the short stick.

      • Pedro Rosas

        I don’t feel bad because they get the best treatment from Nintendo. At least here in the Americas we get treated properly by SONY

    • colorblindnightmare

      Yea. That’s not cool. I’m sorry you guys and gals!

    • Abysswalker90

      As a European, I can wait to play this…


    • artemisthemp

      Relax it won’t be region lock this time

    • Arrngrim

      Having recently invested in PAL games for a friend in a EU country….I seriously feel for you guys over there. :( I mean, you get stuff way late AND it costs more than it does in NA (and probably JP too). That just plain sucks man. :(

  • urbanscholar

    hmm does her Persona has no offensive capabilities though.

    • Xerain

      Well if you remember form the game, it’s basically invincible in combat.

      If they decide to go that route it could be pretty unique. I would lack overt attacks, but could act like a buffing shield. Unlike other personas [sic] it wouldn’t break when attacked.

      • Robert Kupper

        I think a scan or shieldingf mechanic seems likely. I have to assume she will be a mostly defensive character anyway.

        I have to wonder what her physical attacks would be like, she herself has never done any combat either. Something dance-y?

        • Wait what

          Hitting with a microphone. I’m betting everything. Possibly singing and dancing too.

          • Aunna Terrell

            Bo staff-esque moves with the long mic stand? Or give her a smaller stand to use like a baton? Though I wish it was a corded mic, so she can swing it like a whip.

          • colorblindnightmare

            Lmao. Or microphone nunchaku.

          • Xerain

            Bo staff mixed with pole dancing.

          • Steven Higgins

            Well, I remember reading a comment in the last article that said she was originally supposed to be a female delinquent character with a whip, so the corded mic makes the most sense to me.

          • Aunna Terrell

            Yeah, I adore whips more than staves. But we’ll see when the actual scans are out.

    • Landale

      Given that the Shadows had moves that were indicative of what they’d be capable of as Personas, it’s likely that in addition to the guess of being a defensive character she could also very well have access to almost all of the elements, as well as a few abilities to increase vulnerabilities.

    • Hexodious

      You know how the saying goes: The best defense is a good offensive.

      • God

        Neither did she had any Defensive Abilities.

        • Sakurazaki

          Maybe she can scan the whole enemy and make all their attacks miss ._.

        • Hexodious

          Oh really? She protects the party when the protagonist is about to die in that very turn.

    • RablaAndrews

      You guys discussing this seem to not have noticed, thats not the Himiko we know in that scan.

      Himiko Prime, maybe?

  • Brimfyre

    Glad I decided to replay P4 Golden this month. It’s going to be a year of Persona 4 goodness.

  • foopy

    Begun, the waifu wars have.

    • Xerain

      More like ended.

      • foopy

        This is the game that adds shadow versions of the characters.

        Soooo, Shadow Rise is a possibility. Giggity.

          • Wait what

            Ew, the anime. Gross.

          • I don’t care what the game purists say. The anime was a great adaptation.

          • Slayven19

            This, the anime was where its at.

          • Hexodious

            I actually didn’t mind the adaptation just the ending was rushed in a unique and confusing way.

          • I won’t argue on that but there are a lot of fans of the game who hate it solely for not being completely accurate.

          • State

            I actually really enjoyed the Anime’s ending, It felt more epic than the games one. But that might just be me really enjoying convoluted storylines that keep me engaged to try and figure out how and why certain things are happening

          • colorblindnightmare

            THANK YOU. Do you know how hard it is to find people with the same oppinion of the anime?!

          • Abysswalker90

            Are you joking??
            P4’s adaptation was soooo rushed. Just to put it in perspective:
            It takes over two hours from the moment you start the game to the point where you actually get to dungeon crawl for the first time.
            In the anime, in two hours time, which is 6 episodes, they were already facing…Shadow Kanji, I think? Which is…15-20 hours into the game(I’m using my memory here, so don’t grab me by the balls plz).
            Admittedly though, there were quite a few moments that were superior to the game version(episodes 3 and 4 were amazing for example).
            Overall it felt like a checklist of all the most important moments from the game, some where good, some were extremely rushed. Buuuut, it’s not as bad as the general opinion make it out to be, imo.

            Devil Survivor though….It actually felt like a standalone anime, rather than an adaptation. A coherent story from beginning to end.

            Just so I won’t get shit replies, this is my opinion and you are free to think otherwise. I am merely stating why I think the exact opposite is right. (which it is)

          • MrJechgo

            If you think it’s bad that they focused solely on the cutscenes than the actual gameplay, I don’t see where is the problem.

          • Abysswalker90

            You don’t see the problem? I’ll tell you what the problem is!
            Persona 4’s story isn’t layed out in it’s cutscenes alone.
            The story is exposed to the player throughout the game is basing itself on the player’s emotional attachment to the characters and to the game itself.

            In the game, you are put in a position, where you yourself are facing with the good and the bad of the everyday society. You are witnessing society’s extreme reliance on the media and on rumors by simply walking around town and listening to fellow students talking, and this is a HUGE point in the game.
            That reliance eventually escalates into madness, and only you, and your friends are able to brave through the t.v’s fog of insanity, becuase you have the ability to see through it – you have the bonds which you forged throughout the game(play), they serve as your links to sanity, they make you see life as it is, not through a window where “one sees what one wishes to see”.

            Both the actual story and gameplay work in harmony in P4 and both serve the goal of making a statement.
            The things that were expressed through gameplay were near non-existent in the anime.

            So, yeah, that’s my problem.

          • State

            you get the whole story even in their ‘rushed’ way. To be honest some parts in Persona 4 went on way longer than they actually needed to be. In the end it was alright in video game format, but as things change to other formats the way they are executed has to change with the format. The pacing for the anime was perfect, for an anime, which it was.

          • Abysswalker90

            “but as things change to other formats the way they are executed has to change with the format.”

            And they didn’t do that with the anime to a degree. They focused on showing us what happens story wise, and neglected what was expressed trough gameplay.

          • Mirai

            Yes it was a great adaptation, especially if you compare it to other game adaptations like Devil Survivor 2. DS2’s anime was terrible.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            I liked it. It wasnt bad at all

          • i just watched it yesterday it was alright. Only thing i didn’t was chie new voice actor

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Too bad the anime was awesome

          • MrTyrant

            No it wasn’t. You see? even people that like it say it’s okay not awesome :P

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            No I’m pretty sure it was more then just ok.

          • State

            it was awesome. The anime actually made me cry, whereas the game just had me tearing. The anime is absolutely impeccable in my opinion!

          • God

            You obviously haven’t seen truly bad anime adaptations, like say, Disgaea’s.

          • MrJechgo

            I’ve seen more horrible anime adaptations than P4 The Animation *coughcoughBlazBlueAlterMemory*… and even then I wouldn’t even call this one horrible.

            It did what others didn’t: follow the game’s spot. Even if it rushed a few things, it didn’t break anything. If you haven’t played the game yet, then watching the anime will speed up the process.

          • DeadLineDance


        • MrJechgo

          Isn’t she already in the intro?

  • Go2hell66

    that is nice…

  • Arizato

    Good on you, Rise fans! I know I saw some disappointed people here when the last Arena game confirmed no playable Rise. Is that Yu or Ken on the left though?

    • Aunna Terrell

      It looks like Yu. His hair isn’t parted like Ken’s.

  • Robert Kupper

    Ahh! Takeba and Rise, my two favorite persona characters coming at the same time? Who to main?!

    • xzeldax3

      Coming at the same time?

    • Robert Kupper

      I just pretend the Answer never happened. I don’t like much of it, gameplay or story.

  • Laith Rem

    Dancing moves or bust.

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      I hope dancing moves

  • LordHyper

    Elite Beat Agents time.

  • Slayven19

    So that best buy leak was right? Well regardless of this I knew their would be console characters because this is what this company named arc systems always does.

  • Virevolte

    Sounds like a pretty amusing Defense-Persona. I’m looking forward to it.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Oh yeah!! shes going to sing you to death

    • Kaetsu

      That’s incredibly weird and disproportionate.

  • Raze

    Mr Murder next please…

  • sweet

  • Awesome! :3 I’m definetl going to main her (aside from Junpei and my old sweet main Labrys-chan <3).

  • Herok♞

    Fuuka next?

  • 하세요

    Okay, but if Fuuka isn’t then I will not be pleased. I’ll get this game if I can get both my Eliz and Fuuka playable.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Fukka better become playable then cause this makes no sense

    • Kaetsu

      Fukka is weak and doesn’t even explore Taurtarus with the party.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        No Rise is weak and has no choice but to explore with the rest of the party because her recon power is limited.

  • What moveset do you think she’s going to have or be based on? All I can think of is she using her microphone stand to attack (she has it on the picture too so…) and I like that, but can someone think of something more original and unique? She could also use her Persona to detect ‘weaknesses’ and make all her attacks be critical and make more damage.

    • GoetiaGC

      Only thing I managed to discern from the image is that she’s going to have some purple orb projectiles.

    • God

      Like Azrael? Maybe, but it wouldn’t really make sense, since attacks waknesses in the persona universe are element-related, but maybe me something that allows her to dodge or counter attakcs for a short while? Her physical attacks are most likely dancing-related moves.

  • MrTyrant

    Adachi when?

    • freezestar

      He’s probably the secret boss character.

  • Mirai

    This news is surprising but is certainly interesting as Rise could be the most unique playable character, afterall we’ve never seen her in combat before.

  • Triplicity

    >Rise blocked all attacks!

  • Kornelious

    I forget, when did they say we’re getting this game again?

  • xe7en

    I hope they give her blackhole unblockable setup. lol

  • Neppygear

    If she doesn’t have a Miku palette, I’m calling BS.


    • KuroNathan

      Well shit, I never knew that was a thing I wanted but now that you mentioned it. MAKE IT SO

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      SEGA. its going to happen

  • GoetiaGC

    You can actually faintly see the rest of the image if you visit the Famitsu link…

  • Brimfyre

    Since these games are technically sequels, I wish they would just ask, “Hey which girl, if any, did you go out with in Persona 4?” And then have the storyline adjusted based on what you say, with just a couple of dialogs added.

    Would make it feel more like a sequel.

    • Daniel Williams

      because then they would have to weave this intricate tapestry of lies and intrigue to accommodate those people who went out with ALL the girls… that actually sounds kinda awesome now that Im reading this out loud.

    • Kaetsu

      The Mass Effect games did that and handled it quite well. I’d love to see that in Persona.

  • DyLaN

    So…. Rise got what looks like a new persona that gives her combat ability?
    Nice art of Persona Q.

  • Misty Dawson

    :/ this doesnt make any sense.. but if they can make a nonfighter into a fighter, then maybe they can bring a man back from the dead or even make what seems to be a noncanon female protag playable? in my dreams!

    • Neppygear

      Rise is at least both canon *and* alive…

      • Misty Dawson

        ugh, spare me. she was never meant to be playable in the way of fighting.

        shinjisenpai is alive in my heart.

      • She is still more likely to fight than Fuuka though.

    • Manny Being Manny

      Shes a really popular character, so thats all that matters. Arksys is good at making unique playstyles anyway, so they’ll figure out a way to make her work.

      • Misty Dawson

        ah my apologies! i obviously forgot that’s all that matters. oh well. :(

      • God

        And how will they make it work plot wise? Beacuse odds are it’s gonna be through shitty writing, and i don’t want that…

    • FivePointedTheStar

      Maybe Rise got tired of being unable to help herself if she’s alone and started practicing combat. She’s already a singer and a dancer– she has the reflexes. Just needs to pick up the fighting skills that her friends have. Can’t be mission control forever.

  • Eder García

    predictable since that persona dancing game is after the events of p4a

  • natchu96

    What could she do?

    At least Fuuka could say obvious stuff until the enemy facepalms himself to death.

    • Byron Kerrison II

      *audiable gasp*
      “You’re cheating…!”

  • Göran Isacson

    Aw man, does anyone have a larger version of this image? It’s hard as hell to make out anything from this one.

  • Dasheble

    Then that means the possibility of Ken being playable becomes huge! Can’t wait!

  • Jiff

    Playable Fuuka?

  • Nagi

    I am so happy :> make ken hawt or riot >.>

    • Feenyx16

      He’ll only be 13 though…

      • Nagi

        well akihiko did turn into a bear hunting monster in 2 years will not be Suprised on what they do next XD

  • Byron Kerrison II

    Rise’s instant kill theme should be unique:

    True Story.

    >”This is the true…”
    >rainbows, sparkles, fireworks, unicorns, and awkward stripper dancing

  • eeeeeekk ^0^

  • Kaetsu

    At the bottom of the picture is that Rise’s new persona? It looks awesome!

    • MrJechgo

      Looks like an alternate version of Himiko… if they keep the trend that every P4 character has their intial Personas.

      • Steven Higgins

        Himiko Battle Mode?

        • MrJechgo

          Who knows… probably… because I can’t see Rise getting a 2nd Persona.

          • Kaetsu

            Technically it would be her fourth persona since she can get 3 different ones in Persona 4.

          • MrJechgo

            The thing is that they’re evolved forms. Yu, Aigis and Elizabeth, in P4AU at least, are the only characters who can have multiple Personas.

  • Demeanor

    My fave girl in the P4 cast hands down!!! ^ ^ Time to switch main from Yukiko I guess XD

  • wowoduend

    Make Nanako playable pls :3

  • celery

    Now I really hope Ken being playable was true, too!

  • Surgeon of Death

    Now what about ken?

    • Bigabu Beaze

      I’d rather have Shinji!

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        He is dead Jimmy

      • Surgeon of Death

        I would too. He is by far one of my favorites but he’s dead and gone forever……………These feels, bro T_T

        • Bigabu Beaze

          Cant they make something up like in P3P? Thats means no hope of STREGA members huh?

          • Surgeon of Death

            Probably. Would have loved to play as revolver jesus.

  • AceEsper


  • Makoto Yuki

    Good. Now we only need Makoto

  • Mikari✘

    Great! Now give me Koromaru.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    I am too hype for p4a2. Another character that I will try out!

  • leingod

    Awesome! I freakin’ love Rise.

  • AnotherTime

    *Sigh* Let me see where to begin with this. It upsets me, more so since I personally don’t like Rise. Even so, she’s in the game and as a business Atlus needs to make this make sense if they want to keep selling. So if they brought in somebody who makes no sense, and probably angered a few fans, then why not bring in Minato? Sure, he might anger a few fans, but Atlus could make it make sense. Heck, Elizabeth beat Erebus pretty soundly so he won’t be back until a year passes. Even a fraction of Minato would be perfectly useful for dealing with this fake Tartarus…kinda like Hakumen. That’s just my take on it.

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