Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’s Ken And Koromaru Make Quite The Tag-Team Duo

By Sato . May 21, 2014 . 5:45pm


It was recently revealed that Persona 3’s Ken Amada and the pup Koromaru are a playable character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. This week’s issue of Famitsu magazine shares a first-look at the duo, along with a few details on their fighting style.


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A couple years have passed since the events of Persona 3 and Ken has a much older appearance. Koromaru hasn’t changed much aside from wearing the hoodie that Ken used to wear.


While the two characters usually stay away from fighting, they sensed that their buddies were in danger, and decided to participate this time around in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.


Ken uses a spear as his weapon and Koromaru fights with a kunai. As far as Personas go, Ken will have Kala-Nemi on his side and Koromaru with Cerberus. They’ll make a formidable duo with Ken excelling at long-ranged fighting and Koromaru’s speedy attacks.



For their instant-kill, both characters will be using their Personas at full strength, to pull off a powerful attack consisting of Kala-Nemi’s light attribute and Cerberus’ darkness.


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Like most of the other characters in the game, Ken and Koromaru will have their Shadow-types. Famitsu doesn’t share too much details on the story behind the two, but it shows a glimpse of Shadow-type Ken saying, “Haha, what? You’re afraid of fighting a little brat?”


Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will be released sometime this Fall in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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  • Enma_Kozato

    After searching tumblr, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Ken vaguely looks like Trinity Soul’s main character.

    • kiu

      Oh I thought it was weird to think that way but I’m glad I’m not the only one! XD

  • Sapitntapit

    Ken-senpai, I am so sorry for doubting you. Please forgive.

    • God

      He is too bishonen to care.

      • DragKudo


  • Highasthesky

    He looks sick.

  • Ms_Fortune

    Happy to see Koro again.

  • Guest

    I am pleased with his new design. Very pleased.

  • Raine

    And then Ken’s Astral is a massive headbutt.

    The boy has grown.

  • 하세요

    He looks like a male Yukari in that first picture next to Koromaru. Maybe it’s just me.

    • roboticpainter .

      That was my first thought, I thought he looked like a male Yukari or Yosuke and Yukari’s long lost son from the future. :)

      • 하세요

        Chie’s inner feelings may Galactic Punt Yukari if that thought ever happens.

        • roboticpainter .

          Haha! Yeah I guess the two schools better keep love interests seperate or somebody might get executed!

  • Tincho Kudos

    Korochan is so cute and Ken looks a lot like any mainline SMT game. Nice!

  • Feenyx16

    All the Ken haters out there have now been put to shame.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      We really have. Goddamn

    • Richard N

      We have? He still looks like a punk to me.

      • Misty Dawson

        I agree.

    • AnotherTime

      I still don’t like him any more than I did when I first met him. I’m almost certainly at the lower end of indifference in this spectrum as far as Ken is concerned, looks or no.

    • Slayven19

      I’m ok with that, I’ve seen the error of my ways. At least until the game comes out and I find something else to hate him about.

    • Shinobikens

      Not really, he’s still the worst P3 character

      • God

        Not much of an insult…

    • Hexodious

      Unless his attitude and personality changes, i’ll still dislike him.
      He should of have teamed up with Kenji, most powerful annoying duo in P3.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        He’s not as bad as yukari

        • Hexodious

          Not my problem that people hate Yukari for being realistic.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Ahahah, Yukari is realistic but Ken is annoying.
            That’s priceless

          • Hexodious

            Oh yeah, because you’re soooo going to change my opinion about the two. Try however you like, my opinion won’t change.

          • Asura

            Doesn’t matter that it won’t. He/she just showed that your opinion is built on a flawed foundation is all.

          • Hexodious

            That’s also a opinion, which is even more flawed because my opinion said so.

          • James Reilly

            Only difference is that your opinion has no logic to back it up or at least come up with a rebuttal to prove it isn’t flawed.

          • Karl Patrick Jamero

            and that my friends is buuuuurn

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            No it’s fine can’t help the helpless.
            He was an elementary kid who lost his mom and was forced to grow up on his own.
            Yukari had a mom, and had a chance a real friends, yet she caused bullshit she could have just talked to the others about, got them into dangerous situations and was generally all around cold when things didn’t go her way.
            She acted like an emotional elementary kid. He has time to grow out of that she apparently does not.

          • Hexodious

            Ken act like a middle-age man in terms of maturity, all the act of maturity alone pissed me off big time, since all of his maturity attempts failed the players’ view, in this case my view on him, in the free events after-school all what comes out of his mouth are annoying bullshit that I don’t even care about, he is to precocious to himself which is a big point in the annoyance. Ken created far more dangerous situations shit than Yukari did, Ken had a problem with ONE person and he planned his revenge weeks maybe months beforehand, if he was so mature why didn’t he talked to the man himself about it? Why didn’t he go to Akihiko in the first place for him to change his mind? Yukari could be the same but worse, because the person responsible for her father’s dead was responsible for the entire company before his dead. Did you see any signs yukari planning to kill any of Mitsuru or her relatives? No, she wanted the truth. And that’s all she wanted. But who kept hiding the truth? Yeah, Mitsuru. And you blame Yukari’s shit that others cause her? Talking about every ounce what she did wrong without providing the actual truth behind her actions is rather pathetic. But that’s no surprise, really. I see haters like you on a daily basis on youtube videos, always bitching about the flaws without providing the actual truth behind the flaws.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Ken only acts like that because he was forced to grow up at a young age and he’s still young.
            I don’t think I need to express that point as a reason why he wouldn’t take to the murderer of his mother and instead took it upon himself to plan to avenge and give up on life afterwards.
            He was a little kid and he felt he had nothing left but that. Yukari is a 16 year old girl who had a far better situation in comparison, he dad died but she had a mother who may have been at odds with her but I don’t remember her being beaten by her parent or being bullied mercilessly at school.
            She didn’t even know that her father had died because of the Mitsuru’s grandfather and his evil science biz, all she had was fleeting suspicious which she used to justify being mean to Mitsuru and jumping to unfair conclusions without asking the girl.
            Her, the main character and junpei almost got beat and worse things done to them because of her mouth and her willingness to “prove a point”.
            She caused unnecessary tension in the house.Ken wasn’t bitchy or mean to the others,he didn’t even let what he was gonna to do be shown outwardly to the others. He didn’t feel like involving them in his problems.

          • Hexodious

            You do realize that you’re just proving my first point, right? Yukari is your typical ignorant 16-year-old high school girl.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            No? In what way is that good? She acts like an 11 year old and you go”Well that’s just how teenagers are” and that’s ok?

          • Hexodious

            Wow, you’re saying every teenager is ignorant? What a low thing to say.

          • CSword123

            I’m… not exactly sure how you arrived to that conclusion based on the context of Kumiko’s post…

            Going by your reasoning, however, I think it is safe to say that Ken’s attitude resembles that of your typical 10-yea- OH WAIT no because I don’t remember mastering the art of two-handed Lance so that I could conspire to murder my mother’s killer when I was a kid.

            You should keep mentioning Yukari’s age when pointing out her flaws. It actually makes Ken look more rational and justified in his method of coping with grief.

          • CSword123

            Ken misplaced his anger on Devil Shin, sure, but he got the fuck over it and became a productive member of the team afterward. He got his shit in gear, to the point where he didn’t butt heads with any protagonist thereafter iirc. Yukari, however, got so tight after the events in P3, that she stood out as the most butthurt enabler of dysfunction in FES.

            Face it, Ken is going to rival Fuuka in IQ after the timeskip. He is also a better candidate to be a leader than Yukari is.

            EDIT: Also, it doesn’t really matter if he sucked at looking mature to you. It was a coping mechanism, plain and simple.

    • revenent hell

      I didn’t hate him but I did dislike him as a character. They gave him one of the most irritating to hear voices, a silly look and a horrible personality. I get he was a kid and all but I am never a fan of the whole kid ‘I will kill you for what you did” thing.

      If a kid is smart enough to plan out a revenge scenario then they should by all rights be smart enough to realize that its not always intentional when the bad thing happened to them , such as their mom/parents dying. And miraculously they are never smart enough to realize accidents happen until something bad occurs.

      • Did you hate Chidori? Cuz she has the same VA.

        • revenent hell

          I said they gave him an irritating to hear voice, Chidori’s voice didn’t sound like his now did it?

          Actually I didn’t even mention the VA here.

          • It was a question… and yeah, they have the same voice actor. Since they sound similar, I was asking if you found Chidori’s voice irritating.

            I wasn’t pinning a murder on you, jeez.

          • revenent hell

            Actually I didn’t think their voices sound similar. Hers was spoken more “slower” and deeper and his sounds nasally and higher. To me at least

          • That’s all ya had to say before, ya know. lol

          • revenent hell

            Mhmmm sureeeeeeeeeeeeee.

          • Yaaasssssss…

          • revenent hell

            Perhaps I was wrong to come across as I did but you do have to admit when most people ask questions like that its more or less done in an ” I am right you are wrong” type manner. Or like, ” How can you like one but not the other dipshit” type thing.
            If I was wrong and you where genuinely curious than I was wrong and misjudged ya’ but ya’ kind of cant really blame me over much

          • I’ll be honest, it was the “how could you like one and not the other”, but without the “dipshit”. More like “that makes no sense to me” .

            So, no ill will intended, and no need to apologize since you understand now. I don’t like to compare myself to your everyday internet jerk on the forums, lol

          • revenent hell

            Ha!, I will give you that .
            Actually I hate when they have females voice act for little boys. I can always peg its a female so in my head I don’t often correlate the character with being a boy. I honestly don’t understand why they don’t just get an actual kid to voice act the lines or digitally alter an actual guys voice to sound different. Bah, a personal pet peeve there.

          • I totally see what you mean, it’s just too bad that most likely, an actual child doing voice work would prolly sound bad unless they had a small enough role to not notice.

            But there are exceptions, like Adventure Time where a pretty good child voiced Finn, and it worked great. If Ken had that, he wouldn’t sound like an annoying brat to a lot of Ken haters.

          • revenent hell

            I don’t really hate him to be honest but it made it hard to not be irritated by him…. Plus the whole child revenge thing… I am really not a fan of that type of “plot”

    • Shippoyasha

      I still feel miffed that Koromaru has to be paired up with him. I guess Ken can make up for being a stick in the mud in the original game with the story mode here.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        They said something about hitboxes would be difficult for a character so small or something.

    • I liked the whole P3 cast, so… he’s only gotten more badass imo.

  • Ace Esper

    And then he stole all of Yu’s ladies.

    • 하세요

      “First I command your dog…then I fuck your bitch.” – Ken’s win quote.

  • Arcana Drill
    • LordHyper

      (SPOILERS) Too bad she’s not around to see it.

        • Pdugna

          Jesus didn’t this news just come out? people are fast lol

        • God

          He is 13…

          • Aimmi

            Age of consent in Japan is 13 so..

          • God

            Bishonen and ready to fuck?

        • roboticpainter .

          This little comic made me beary sad…

        • AuraGuyChris

          Not if you read the strip from bottom to top.

        • Arcana Drill

          i still believe… actually i dont know if i really wanna that they retcon the ending….

        • Brimfyre

          Though since Minako didn’t have a FES extra ending, you can’t really say for sure what happened to her at the very end. She could just be sleeping cause she is tired.

        • Mordina

          :( This makes me sad. I would love to have seen Ken and FeMC when he’s looking like this.

        • Smoke Cat

          Aww :'(

      • thnkgod4mentlillness

        Too bad she isn’t canon to actually matter.

    • DawnWolf

      Am I the only one who finds it ironic he uses a spear (essentially a derivative of the female protags Naginata)?

    • Zer0faith

      Good guy Arc.
      For giving credit to the original poster that is.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething


  • Desk

    why does ken look like he could pass as a 17 year old?

    • Sakurazaki

      Apparently he’s 13 now?

      This isn’t making sense at all ;_;

      • Arcana Drill

        he suffers from bishonen disorder, this ailment makes boys maturing faster, be stronger, and everything ladies like… with 13 he already grow this taller, with 15 he will grow a little more, and after that muscles, at 18 (or even a little earlier) these characters archive the final stage, where ladies will fangirl for him, and probably will be there a lot of yaoi fanfiction.

        • Sakurazaki

          M-m-my word…

          *fans self*

        • Ty Arnold

          And then when he reaches 30, he’ll be a perverted old man.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          I thought it was called puberty

      • Desk

        and he is in highschool too!

        • Skye Johnson

          He’s not in highschool. The scans say he’s in Jr. High

          • Desk

            of course i’m not able to read the scan

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        Apparently he’s one month away from turning 14.

      • Thatguy

        It can happen in real life too. And this isn’t makes sense irl too.
        When i saw some girls, they looked older than some unversity girls. And they were 14 years old. I was so shocked.
        And they were taller than me. My self-esteem was crushed that day

    • Shippoyasha

      Ken still seems short and skinny enough to pass as a young teen to me. He is just dressed so sharp that he appears more mature.

  • Makoto Yuki

    No wonder we have a Ken SL… Minako was right…

  • Thatguy

    Ken looks like people in Shiki…

  • Jonathan Tse

    i almost don’t want to hate Ken now. crossing fingers for the VA to do a good job.

    • DragKudo

      What if Grant George voices him?

      • Meshire

        It just seems weird that Shinji’s voice actor would be passed onto an older version of ken.

        • DragKudo

          I just don’t want Mona Marshall to voice him again.

        • Spirit Macardi

          Grant George doesn’t voice Shinji, that’s Spike Spencer.

          Unless we’re talking about two completely different Shinjis.

          • DragKudo

            Shinjiro Aragaki is voiced by Grant George.
            Spike hasn’t done a voice for persona….yet

            I see what you did there you sneaky bastard.

          • Spirit Macardi

            Oh, THAT Shinji.

            I was thinking “I must not run away” Shinji XD;

      • Misty Dawson

        D: My heart will literally break and I will be done with P4 Arena.

      • Jonathan Tse

        if he does a Lancer-esque voice, I won’t be able to complain. *swoon*

  • Razvaille

    Minato, get out of the seal and came to this game!!!!

    • Somebodyissilent

      I’m hoping he will show up.

  • Sakurazaki

    Nope. Still don’t care about him.

    He does look better though. Much more bearable to look at.


  • FivePointedTheStar

    Maybe they should’ve given Shadow Koromaru little devil wings instead of little angel ones.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    Looks a little feminine in the first picture, but that’s probably because of the perspective. Definitely happy to be having more characters in the game, especially a spear user (even if it is Ken…)

  • Kaetsu

    K-Ken is that you? I used to make fun of him for being one of the lamest characters in Persona 3. Damn.

    This reminds me of when I saw the difference between Hope in XIII and XIII-2…wait a second! I just realized that Hope and Ken are very similar lol.

    • CptPokerface

      Woah..they really REALLY are.

    • LordHyper

      Two vengeful shotas whose mothers were murdered by guys wearing beanies and ended up getting hated by their fandoms for it. Then Hope got cool, hot, and is better liked in the sequels (assuming that you’re one of the people that like the sequels to begin with).

      Ken’s got the looking cool part so far, so let’s wait and see.

  • Junko Enoshima

    Wow, I sure am glad Chihiro Fujisaki’s in this game.

    • Mirai

      I think you mean Naegi Makoto.

      • Julio D. Zulkarnain

        Naegi in Togami’s clothing

  • ShinNeoGranzon

    That special attack in the first picture is looking pretty epic. Also, the flames seem to be both behind and in front of him. How the hell are you supposed to dodge that?

    • DragKudo

      Air block.

  • Serge

    He looks like the main guy from Persona Trinity…

    • Demonspartanx20

      i thought the same shit lol

    • Harvey Tejada Loto

      shin! *O*

  • LordHyper

    And so, many people went from “screw Ken” to “I wanna screw Ken”.

    • Misty Dawson

      Still “screw Ken” for me! Never gonna like him! :/

      • Ritsuioko23

        I liked him a lot lol

    • epenthesis

      …he’s 13.

      • LordHyper

        From what I’ve seen, that isn’t stopping anyone.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      ………..*zip* go on….

  • LordHyper

    Also, while Shadow Ken is kinda unsettling, Shadow Koromaru is too cute to be a threat. Jeez, just look at him. Even if he’s murderous, I want to give him a hug.

    • neocatzon

      I’ll attend your funeral.

    • James Reilly

      The fact that he looks cute makes him more dangerous. Lures unsuspecting victims then next thing you know your throat has been slashed.

  • Mirai

    Wow are Atlus trying to imply that Ken is so smart for his age that he skipped middle-school and went straight to high-school when he’s only 12/13 years old?

    • DragKudo

      I started high school when I was thirteen….

      • Mirai

        As I was talking about Ken, I was referring to the education system in Japan and unless you were 2-3 years ahead of your own year, which is highly unlikely, its not possible to be in high-school in Japan until you are 15 years old or I should say Grade 10.

        • DragKudo

          Oh totally forgot their grades were different. On the megaten page its says he is in middle school

    • Lynx

      Depending on where you’re from, starting High School at 13 can be incredibly common.

      • Mirai

        Just to be clear I was referring to the education system in Japan and you start high-school in Japan when you are 15 years old

      • Karl Patrick Jamero

        yep… we start highschool in the Philippines as early as 12-13 yrs old… granted that we don’t skip a grade

    • Skye Johnson

      It says in the scans I’m looking at that Ken’s in their version of Junior High, not high school!

  • Nitraion

    He looks like yukari+FeMC hybrid..
    also is that your maragidyne? koromaru? WTF?! O-o

  • Nyandroid

    Am I the only one who thinks he looks like a girl?

    • Androu1

      You’re not the only one! I think he looks like if he is Yukari’s younger sister or something.

    • James Reilly

      Because he is a bishe

  • MrTyrant

    There is also a picture with Theodore. He appear in a CG event.

  • Seizui

    Awesome. Ken and Koromaru are in it now. Now this is a definite purchase. I was admittedly waiting to see if we’ll get the full cast in. I am definitely pleased that we have the full cast from both sides, now.

    Deep down, part of me would like to see P2 in, but P3+4 were helm by a different director, so… Ah well!

    • Misty Dawson

      F-full cast!? We’re still missing MC and Shinji! D:


      • Pull Shinji from another parallel world, the one who survives in FeMC3 gameplay in P3P.

  • Steven Higgins

    Damn. Ken must have hit a major growth spurt. He’s what? 13 now? Looks closer to the Investigation Team members in age.

    • LordHyper


  • Trevor Nicolaysen

    And suddenly the fan hate became fan love for reasons entirely unrelated to why they generally claimed to hate him.

    Edit: SAM WINCHESTER! That is all.

    • revenent hell

      I don’t think its love so much as being thankful he doesn’t look like a silly brat anymore. But that doesn’t mean anything if he still has the same VA(in English anyways) and personality.

  • revenent hell

    So glad my favorite character is in this one (Koromaru) and I am thankful they aged Ken. I hated his voice in P3 but then again he was along the lines of Aigis, I just didn’t really care for them as characters.

  • Hexodious

    Koromaru and Shadow Koromaru. This will be the most intelligent Shadow self conversation ever.

    • DragKudo

      Koromaru: Bark bark
      Shadow maru: Bark…Bark bark bark bark bark….bark
      Koromaru: Growls

      Ken: Don’t let this fake get to you!

  • Dianatos

    Koro looks cute with Blood-Crimson eyes already, so making the eyes yellow doesn’t change much.

  • Dang dat growth spurt.

  • Meshire

    Koromaru doesn’t Appear to have changed much, also Kens in battle sprites look more accurate then his character art for this game >.>.

  • AuraGuyChris

    And suddenly the world loves bishonen Ken.

    Koromaru has turned into bonus point material, not the other way around.

  • Skye Johnson

    Well, his title on the screenshots is certainly interesting. 「生意気盛りの皮肉屋新人」(“The impertinent, peak of cynicism rookie”)? I don’t know how I’d even phrase that title, honestly, but they’re calling him the “Cynical Rookie” right now on Japanese boards, which sounds a bit better. I’ll be interested to see how Ken acts personality wise, and how Theo is going to fit in.

    According from the profile stats I’m reading on Japanese boards (i’d like to see some picture confirmation though) he’s 5’1″ and 101 lbs. You’re still short, kid.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Obviously can’t have him share a voice with Izzy anymore; Mona has range, but I think a teenager is beyond her talents.

    Honestly, I’m thinking Bryce Papenbrook as his new voice. And with how much his career has been booming lately I’d say the chances of that are pretty good.

    • Bryce would be a good choice but I really hope they don’t over play/use him like they did Vic and JYB and god-awful g. ayres.

      (Then again in ayres’ case, being sentai’s poster child and having a bro in charge of some aspects at said company certainly does help matters O_o)

      • DragKudo

        Don’t forget Yuri. But its too late Bryce is in everything and it is alright.

  • hng qtr

    From the thumbnail he looked like the MC from the first SMT…that was disappointing. Maybe he’ll get an alternate color?

  • Aspenharls

    I can just imagine Koro facing his Shadow
    “Grrrr”ing aside, what does Koro have to hide?
    “Yes, you enjoy devouring cat poop, as do I! I am a Shadow, THE TRUE SELF”

    • Göran Isacson

      “No! I’m a good boy!”
      “Do0n’t lie to me! We both know you what you want in the dark-”
      “What you crave when you think no one is watching…”
      “… To tear and savage the stick Ken is carrying, and mate with Mitsurus fur coat!”
      “NOOO I REJECT YOUUU etc”.

      If they actually go all in on this whole “Dog Shadow” thing, I for one will buy fantazillion amounts of copies.

      Once it actually hits Europe.

  • Earthjolly

    Why couldn’t they make them seperate characters dammit

    • hng qtr

      Who would ever want to play as Ken if they did?

      • Misty Dawson

        We know everyone’s gonna play the duo for Koromaru only. They knew.. Grrr… No one wants to be Ken.

        • Herok♞

          I’d much rather play Ken then Koromaru.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            You sooooo made me want to make the first mod edit of a post.

            “I’d much rather play (with) Ken than Koromaru.”

            Dammit Herok, you should know your than and thens.

        • Karl Patrick Jamero

          and thank you for offering your disgraceful opinion… I hope you were proven wrong when you tried to force your own opinion to us… also KEN AMADA FTW!!! :p

      • DragKudo

        I would. Ken saved my life the first time i fought the reaper.

    • mike dickson

      clash of ninja thats why Akamaru was top tier because hes untouchable ( Exaggeration) the only way to beat him is kicking and guess what its hard to pull off a kick combo

  • Smoke Cat

    Damn he looks cooler than I thought he would! Koro’s orange hoody was a nice touch.

  • chroma816

    I gotta say, Ken grew up good. And I love that Koromaru is wearing his old hoodie.

  • Astromime

    Great design, puberty was really generous to him. Hated him in P3 though.

  • sonicgamer07

    Koromaru has a meter? Does that mean he’ll function similarly to Nirvana/Ignus?

  • Bunzi

    How to make your character likable, regardless of anything else:

    1. Add one parts bishonen
    2. ????
    3. You’re done! Enjoy your character’s newfound success!

  • Kotori Itsuka

    K-Ken-sama?? I-I’m sorry I called you a pussy when I first saw you and I didn’t want to add you to my party….

    • Tienron

      ever heard of that song now im that b**** yep that’s totally his song right now!

  • Abysswalker90

    Why does he look like a Yukari?

  • Ecchitori-san

    “In FES, it’s revealed Ken drinks milk often in his free time when he’s training his spear skills. He chose the Spear as his weapon to make up his lack of height, but is constantly drinking milk to get taller, to the point it makes him sick due to his dislike of being so short. ” -MegaTen Wiki

  • Christopher Pedersen

    Now that Theodore is confirmed to at least have an appearance as well we just need Atlus to come up with a contrived reason for Minako to appear — Make it sew!

    • Mordina

      I wish ;___;

  • Ritsuioko23

    Fucking finally. Was wondering when this character would show up!

  • Wow, I didn’t notice how much P3 players disliked Ken.. I liked him, I liked everyone. :D

    • A lot of people dislike Yukari and she’s one of my fave’s :)

    • Maria Francisca Mena

      I noticed, but never understand that, Ken is a child, and children usually are far more annoying that he was. I totally understand what he acts like that, I do like him, specially when you play as female and have a SL with him, so you can understand that he’s just a normal child trying to be strong

  • konsama

    Holy what, that Ken, just wow.

  • Tienron

    super gald ken is finally in the mix! also seems he will be the main fighter also and not koromaru when i thin makes sense!
    he looks so much more better now cant wait to see his aerial combos being laid down!

  • Rupee11

    He’s done a Hope Estheim.

  • Go2hell66

    wow hes a grown ass man. thats so weird

  • KyoyaHibari

    Ken lookin just as swaggin as I predicted (really, how did I know he would evolve from knee socks?)

  • Kroz

    i want a doge meme for shadow Koromaru NOW!

    • Ann Weschenfeller

      Well, okay…

  • Yan Zhao

    Ken is all grown up, and now he looks like a male YUkari LOL

  • Strain42

    Way back when Arena first came out and they were showing off how Akihiko and Mitsuru turned out, Ken was the character I wanted to see the most. He was admittedly my least favorite in P3, but I wanted to see just how he would change over the past few years, and like Yosuke with the first Arena, I thought maybe this will give me a chance to like Ken more. Honestly, I’m VERY pleased with this. For one, he looks normal… *looks at Akihiko and Mitsuru* and for two, making him a member of the disciplinary committee makes a lot of sense.

    The only thing I don’t get though is how he’s in high school. That’s a Gekkou uniform, isn’t it? Shouldn’t Ken only be 13 right now? Even if he skipped a grade (I dunno if that’s something that’s common in Japan) I wouldn’t think he would be in high school yet, as in previous Persona games first year high school students are usually 15.

    • Karl Patrick Jamero

      he is attending Gekkoukan Middle School…

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    no homo that was he turned out pretty hot…..

  • Mc-kun

    I find it weird that Ken is wearing the high school that Seed had from Persona 3. I thought he was around 14-15 but he’s younger than I thought.

    Also half of the comments are “Haters wanna hate,” and “I still hate him for stupid reasons but ignore the other cast members that are annoying because of Shinji/VA/etc.”

    I personally like everyone in P3 for being realistic and down to earth.

  • …Oh snap Ken… hot hot hot hot hot

  • mike dickson

    ken is back and he looks pretty badass i will most likely try him when the game comes out and koromaru wearing ken sweat shirt pretty cool except his shadow makes no sense

  • PragmaticSoul

    People disliked Ken? Since when? Ken was one of the better characters in P3’s cast, along with Junpei and Yukari. In battle he provided thunder element and healing, with a dose of Hama. As a character he grew the hell up and got his shit together.

    -Sigh- The best characters always get the most flak for not being anime enough. Same goes for Yukari.

    • revenent hell

      Uh…. Actually almost disagreed with you. My Ken spammed Hama and barely used anything besides that unless I made him heal.
      He was my male version of Mitsuru with Marin Karin….. I swear I never loved and yet wanted to kill off a character so much….

      • PragmaticSoul

        There were AI programming options, I have a hard time believing that when Ken was one of the best characters in the party due to being able to fulfill multiple roles.

        Same goes for Mitsuru and Marin Karin. Did people look at the AI programming options at all? If set to offense Mitsuru basically forgets Marin Karin exists and goes for the Mind Charge –> Bufudyne combo. If set to healing she’ll use Diarahan on the party member with the least HP.

        If we take it to P3P, where you could actually control everyone, Ken becomes that much better. Having access to Ziodyne, Mediarahan, and Samarecarm made him one heck of a utility unit. It’s been years since I’ve played FES or P3P but if there is one thing I can definitely remember it was that Ken was not a bad character…. and the final boss theme.

        • revenent hell

          Not to be an ass but yes I repeatedly changed the AI options which tended to veer on the side of uselessness. There was so much wrong with the system for that…..
          And you don’t have to believe me but I played it so im very aware on how utterly useless characters could be at any given time. Its not to say I hated the game but it originally was quite far from perfectly implemented. To this day I can still remember all the marin karins and how often the hama’s failed.

  • Kent6755

    Whoops looks like drinking milk each and every night for 3 years gave him that height increase :D

  • Mordina

    I’m digging his new look, like damn boy! Looks like fun to play too.

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