Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Reintroduces Naoto And Kanji

By Ishaan . July 3, 2014 . 8:30am

The next two trailers for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax are of Naoto and Kanji. Both videos can be viewed below.



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  • KanjiLikesBoys

    Ironically, I’m way better with Naoto than Kanji

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      • KanjiLikesBoys

        You sayin I like chicks?
        GET BENT

    • Byron Kerrison II

      Kanji X Naoto <3

      • Kanji X Teddy <333

        • God

          Yu X Everyone (and their mothers) <33333

  • Brimfyre

    In my head canon I like to think Yu and Naoto one day open a detective agency together, in a completely platonic relationship. Yu of course being married to Rise.

    • Snorlaxation

      You know, I never really fully shipped Souji/Yu with any of the characters (individually anyway, yeah Investigation-orgy), but Rise and Yu,… I don’t know. I respect it, and think it’s cute. But I can’t fully commit. Either way, Yu and Naoto opening up the detective agency has been a fantasy of mine for a while now. Love the idea.

      • Brimfyre

        The Rise Yu relationship works (again in my head) because with this detective scenario, and with Rise being an idol, neither of them would be in the same place for long periods of time, so their brief meetings would be all the more important and passionate when they can get together. Makes for a more dramatic whirlwind romance.

        However, it also might mean their relationship is doomed for failure because of this. Perhaps it would be better if they were unattached lovers, just meeting for occasional one night stands when their schedules line up.

        • Snorlaxation

          You know, that really works. Short sweet (slightly bittersweet) meet ups, Passion, distance makes the heart grow fonder and all that. Cool idea, and honestly, it feels very true for how things would go for them.

  • LoliRabbit

    Is Kanji blushing for Ken ? I’m really curious about that.

    • I think he’s actually talking about Koromaru there. Saying how he can’t get enough of that white Shiba dog and that it’s foul-play.

  • Byron Kerrison II

    Finally some footage…

    Naoto-kun, I am loving your updated moveset.

    And your kicks are as sexy as ever. I will always main you, bby. <3

    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      If you want to see footage of p4u2 in the japanese arcades (where it’s been released for a while) youtube is your friend.

      And Naoto’s definitely seen some major improvements from the last game. She looks quite frightening now.

      • Byron Kerrison II

        I wanted to wait for it to release state-side so I wouldn’t spoil myself but all these updates are making it really hard and I’m getting really anxious… I think I just might…

        • Afternoon Intergalactic

          As long as you aren’t looking at any of the story videos, I wouldn’t really consider watching matches as spoilers. If anything, it’ll make you better at the game once it finally comes around here.

          • God

            But it makes you get anxious waiting for the release date, and it’s also nice to discover all the changes and tweaks when you actually play the game, you know, old school.

  • Astraye

    Naoto X Mitsuru, mark my words.

    • KanjiLikesBoys

      nope. according to PQ it’s Noato x Aigis

      • God

        According to PQ it’s Makoto X Everyone (and their mothers), or Yu X Everyone (and their mommas).

    • Byron Kerrison II

      Oh if only…

  • Alexander Marquis Starkey

    That’s what Japanese Naoto sounds like? Way too masculine imo.

    • Mr_SP

      Well, that’s kinda how Naoto wasn’t an obvious female in Japan. It’s hard to fake out, otherwise.

  • Does anyone know if Troy Baker will be reprising his role as Kanji in this and Persona Q? He didn’t do the anime and he might be getting too big to do games like this anymore.

    • Triplicity

      No. Kanji is voiced by Matthew Mercer in at least P4AU now, and likely also PMeiQ.

    • Snorlaxation

      I Love Lightning, but I can’t stop laughing at your Avatar image. Gorgeous.

      And sadly, I heard the same about the VA. I’ll miss my Kanji. Hope Mercer brings his best.

    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      Baker as Vincent from Catherine was one of my all time favorite vocal performances. I really hope that he continues to do video games from time to time.

      • God

        Oh, that was the name of the voice actor? He did an awesome job in Catherine, he made the game for me.

    • Addy

      He will not be Kanji in this or Q I think.

  • God

    Why don’t they just introduce Minato already? We all know these games are 100% fanservice, so why not just make one of the franchise’s favourite character appear?

    • James Reilly

      The developers already said that characters are chosen due to both popularity and plot relevance criteria. Makoto sadly is getting held back by the latter unless the story takes a sharp turn to some deus ex machina nonsense, but then again that is pretty much Persona Q in a nutshell so there might be hope.

      • God

        The ending of both games (P3 and P4) is kind of a Deus Ex Machina, so why not put one in P4AU? Maybe everything is going to shit and Makoto appears to save the day, hell, maybe not even as a playable character, but at least as a cameo.

    • Addy

      There are still like two DLC slots, at least people assume so. He’ll probably be DLC.

      • God

        If he is a DLC, the fandom will rage…

  • Snorlaxation

    So from what i just heard on Tumblr yesterday, New Kanji VA, (Mercer), and new Theo and Margaret VA’s (don’t remember if they were listed), and supposedly new Naoto VA, although since she’s never been OFFICIALLY announced, this could just be the At-Long-Last unveliing of the VA she’s always had (aside from P4:Animation).

    I’ll miss my original crew of VA’s. They’ve pretty much replaced half the cast now.

    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      I’ll definitely miss Baker as Kanji. The rest of the cast, even though their VAs have changed, still sound similar enough (to the point where I don’t really notice).

      • Snorlaxation

        Chie’s original VA was pretty cool, outside of battle. IN battle…meh. Not great. Shadow Chie, pretty good, except for laughing. She did sound a little older here and there than she should’ve been, but whatevs.
        Her new one does great in battle, and only has a few issues here and there in regular dialogue. Her debut in Arena was pretty great.

        Teddie’s original VA was great as Teddie. As human-Ted, not so much. And shadow Teddie was hella scary sounding. New Teddie did fine as Teddie, great as human-Ted, and …was underwhelming as Shadow Teddie.

        I love Naoto’s original VA, (aside from a few moments where they made her go just a little too high pitched when she didn’t need to be). I love mary elizabeth mcglynn, but she didn’t do it for me in the Animation.
        Whether this new one is in fact her old one just finally being announced, or is an actual new VA, I hope she does it well.

        I’ll miss Baker tremendously.

    • MrJechgo

      Wait what? Travis Willingham will NOT be reprising Theodore from P3? That’s odd, very odd :S

      • Snorlaxation

        I know right? Seems like a waste, but then, he only spoke in one game, so I guess they figured, why not?
        Still, you never forget your first….voice actor for a specific character.

        • MrJechgo

          What’s odd to me is that Willingham and his wife, Laura Bailey (that’s Rise and FeMC BTW) are in the same “group/union” of voice actors… and both are often on the same projects.

          Why is this one any different? Did Travis say why he wasn’t asked to reprise? I can understand a scheduling issue, but still…

          Erin Fitzgerald over Tracey Roonie (Chie): understandable because Rooney isn’t a REAL voice actress… like she doesn’t work in animes and only worked on 2 games (Persona 4 and Cross Edge); good thing they replaced her with someone more reliant… and more upbeat.

          Sam Riegal over Dave Wittenberg (Teddie): apparently, Wittenberg went union… and Atlus uses non-union actors… yet that doesn’t explain how they managed to get Yuri Lowenthal (Yosuke) and Tara Platt (Mitsuru) back when both clearly aren’t working JUST for anime anymore, i.e. Ben 10.

          Matthew Mercer over Troy Baker (Kanji): ok, WTH? Baker could for P4A, but not for Ultimax (and Q)? Look, for the anime, Baker couldn’t due to his honeymoon. Now, he’d need a better excuse. Mercer did a great job as Kanji though.

          Valerie Arem over ??? (Naoto): the new actress is new to me as well… but this is also a questionable swap, because they managed to get the 1st actress for all P4 games so far.

  • Surgeon of Death

    I just love how they pulled off the shadow facial expressions. They creep me right da fuk out. Especially Chie’s……………

  • MrJechgo

    Ah yes, everyone’s favorite couple XD

    • Snorlaxation

      Naoto Kanji? (eh..)
      Kanji Ken? (…perhaps).

      • MrJechgo

        Pretty sure, he’s blushing because he likes Koromaru… but the signs that Naoto and Kanji are star-crossed lovers are obvious…

        • Snorlaxation

          Yeah, I’m sure that’s probably it, just funny to take out of context. Silly Persona users and their hi jinks.

          As far as being star crossed, i guess they fit the term, but I honestly never liked them for each other. I can support the ship, but… i don’t really think they’d fit. (They do fit in a number of ways, now that I think about it, but there’s just something about them… like they’re missing something.) Maybe if Souji/Yu was thrown into the mix, it would all come together (snrk).
          But yeah, something always holds me back.

          • MrJechgo

            Let’s see:

            SPOILERS ALERT!

            – Kanji FALLS for Naoto in P4 at the start of his chapter… prompting him to question if he’s in love with guy.

            – After Naoto is revealed as a girl during her chapter, Kanji doesn’t freak out about it, and keep his feelinsg for her.

            – Kanji flips out a bit (in the game) or a lot (in the anime) when Rise reveals that Naoto “might” have the biggest breasts of the group… and she binds them, as revealed by Teddie during his chapter in P4A (hilarious scene XD )

            – Kanji insists that Naoto enters the Beauty Pageant.

            – In the anime, Kanji gets a nosebleed when Naoto almost entered the stage.

            – Kanji gets another nosebleed when the guys enter the hot springs when the girls are present.

            – Kanji faints when Naoto, while trying to ski, falls on him. (Persona 4 Golden)

            – Kanji and Naoto have a team attack in Golden; in the anime, they team up to fight Adachi.

            – In Arena, Kanji constantly blushes when he’s with Naoto, before battle and after battle,… and that includes when he realizes the tournament is fake IN FRONT OF Naoto (his gag reel)

            – Naoto has a soft spot for Kanji when he breaks the mood after the gang rescued Labrys… and demands a final battle against Teddie (Teddie’s ending in P4A)

            So yeah, please people, put 2 and 2 together already… It’s at least more obvious than shipping Chie with Yukiko when it’s just a pure Yuri wet dream.

          • Snorlaxation

            Like I said, they do fit together in a number of ways, and yeah, obviously Kanji is incredibly attracted to her, and she… is somewhat enamored of him (since it takes forever for her to finally notice him in pretty much any way.)

            But that wasn’t MY issue. My issue is that for all that he’s a super masculine looking dude with a heart of gold and big ol’ softy, and she a cute looking girl who’s tough as nails with brains and intuition able to rival and defeat nearly all around her, for all that ‘they do fit together in a number of ways,’ theres something that I just don’t like about them together.

            Maybe if we see more of them like at the end of Golden, where they’re more mature and whatnot, and see how the react around one another then. Love at first sight is a trope I’m not all that fond of, especially since more often than not, inexperience to relationships in general can really wreck things and people up. But they can be cute together (once Naoto wises up on how strongly Kanji likes her.)

          • Addy

            Kanji is gay. There is no denying that. Denying it is ridiculous. If he fell for someone under the guise that they are a boy, finding out they aren’t a boy doesn’t change that he fell for someone that he thought WAS a boy.

  • sillyfudgemonkeys

    I’m interested about Ken and Kanji scene. Is Kanji blushing at Ken….or Koromaru? Koromaru definitely makes sense, if you’ve seen even a bit of Persona Q staring Kanji and Koro together, Kanji absolutely adores Koromaru~! (much to Koro-chan’s displeasure) But I kinda wouldn’t mind if Kanji developed a crush on Ken, or at least teased the idea/joked about it. XD

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