Watch Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’s Opening Movie

By Spencer . August 25, 2014 . 1:20am

Speaking of Arc System Works, they’re also developing Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for Atlus. The sequel adds Persona 3 favorites Junpei and Yukari plus an all new character, Sho Minazuki. In Japan, the console version comes out in Japan this week which adds Ken Amada with Koromaru and Rise as playable characters in the fighting game.

 

Adachi, Marie, and Margaret are also available as downloadable characters. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax comes out on September 30 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America.


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  • Kalis Konig

    Knew they wee going to add lyrics to the theme. Can’t understand much of it but I like it lol. Still wish that the P3 MC was in this game for the hell of it.

  • Blesmi

    Eww they used the P4 singer instead of glorious Yumi Kawamura. Gross.

    • alhamega

      Equal is everything. Yumi Kawamura already got the first Arena game. It would be weird if she will do both songs consider this is a Persona 4 games.

      • Afternoon Intergalactic

        Didn’t she also do the opening for Persona Q?

        • alhamega

          Uh, but yeah both of them did for Persona Q not just her.

  • Shippoyasha

    ‘Break out of the shell’

    A new meme is born!

    • God

      Isn’t that from “Demian”?

  • Byron Kerrison II

    I wish they added a OST with remixes for this game’s preorder like they did last time.

  • Dammitbobnotagain

    I’m honestly burned out with all the P4 related titles (not just games) that they’re throwing out. I’ll probably get a lot of flak for saying this but I wish they would just move on.

    As far as ArcSys fighters go I’m way more interested in UNIEL, it looks really fun.

    • alhamega

      UNIEL? I heard they got a Narukami’s lookalike in it.

      • Dammitbobnotagain

        Not from what I see, he plays differently too. Unless you mean an anime protagonist guy carrying a katana. But that’s just the standard.

        I also don’t really like Yu or his design to be honest.

        • alhamega
          • Dammitbobnotagain

            Oh! I completely forgot about Byakuya haha, Sorry :P

            I never really see anyone play him and he’s pretty forgettable to me.

          • Afternoon Intergalactic

            (excuse my reply to another one of your comments, I’m really not targeting you or anything)

            Byakuya is incredibly strong, his web game is really scary and his damage is decent as well. Plus, his rekkas are really annoying. I’m glad that he isn’t as popular as Linne or Gordeau , you don’t have to think as much against those two.

          • colorblindnightmare

            I don’t get the Linne hype. She’s kinda boring personality and game play wise. I main Gordeau and Yuzu-chan.

          • Afternoon Intergalactic

            She’s a rushdown character with mashable normals, linear combo routes, a dp, and good damage for the amount of execution needed. Also, she’s a loli.

    • Sky

      lol
      persona 4: golden is obviously the last animation adaption. Ultimax is ending the Arena series while dancing all night will be the final P4 game. I’m sure people will only buy P4D for story because it all leads after Ultimax. Finishing P4 as P5 is coming out soon.

      • DyLaN

        I have a feeling that we might get a surprise announcement of Arena anime at the end of Golden animation or a few years from now, but that just me.

        • Sky

          If an anime adaption does happen, please continue to amp up that animation. I can’t see Arena being animated. If it was, it’ll probably end in 5-10 episodes. Because everything ends in the same conclusion. Still would be nice to see it animated.

      • Dammitbobnotagain

        There’s that stream show, mangas, merchandises, etc.

        Persona Q also counts, I love Etrian Odyssey but I’m not that keen on getting Q.

        • Sky

          The way Q is canon shouldn’t even count as a official title to the whole persona games. The way its told, it would be better if the Q series remained something new to invite other characters from persona 1 and 2. I just feel it was a bad move to make Q canon. Just a fan service game for persona game. I’ll still play it.

          I don’t really mind the manga and merchandise, they look really cool.

          • LightZero

            P1/P2 will not be used not to mention their story are complete. They are products of Tadashi’s work. Hashino will use his own creations and work. I don’t see the problem with PQ being canon. The only one I would have any problem being canon is P4DAN. Now that’s a game shouldn’t be canon.

          • Sky

            While only consumers and fans will be playing it for the story to see how everything comes to an end, as everything becomes settled after Ultimax. I do agree this game shouldn’t have become canon.. its just really weird… but i can see why they’re milking persona 4 till the end.

    • DyLaN

      UNIBEL wasn’t developed by ASW though, they only ported/publish it.

      • Dammitbobnotagain

        I suppose you’re right, and that would explain why UNIEL is more grounded when it comes to gameplay. Which I actually prefer since I come from SF.

        • Afternoon Intergalactic

          I wouldn’t call it more grounded. The game is heavily reliant on taking “turns” pressuring with long blockstrings, frametraps, and mixups which is aided by the GRD system, shield, etc. There aren’t really and footsies in the game to speak of, especially when characters like Gordeau have an air unblockable “GRIM REPAH” that takes up over half of the screen…

          Unless you meant that most of the gameplay occurs on the ground, in which case you’d be absolutely correct. Jumping in general is pretty dangerous in UNIEL.

    • Shippoyasha

      To be fair, this game is more of a P4 AND P3 effort. And for all the spinoff stuff, there’s hardly been any canonical continuation (at least as something as meaty as a major RPG plot, other than the side stories in Q, the small story arc in Arena among others) . Besides, I don’t think it makes sense for them to stick around with P4 forever, at least not when P5 is coming along. Not to mention the Persona 3 movie series isn’t done yet.

      • Dammitbobnotagain

        Actually most if not all the P4 related things have all been declared canon, including this, Persona Q, Persona 4 Dance and that Naoto manga.

        And yes it’s not exclusively a P4 title but Narukami still takes center stage and I’m honestly just tired of seeing him. But I know some people love having more of him, so to each their own.

        • Shippoyasha

          Yeah, I realize they’re all canon. Though they really don’t seem to be absolutely necessarily to follow. Most of the stories really do feel like side stories to me. Maybe the manga stories may have more weight to the future of the characters if it turns out it’s all canon as well.

          • Dammitbobnotagain

            The only title I know that’s not necessary if you want to follow the full story until P5 is Persona Q, which I will avoid spoiling, and *maybe* P4D since we don’t know anything about that yet.

            Other than that people would probably be confused as to who Marie or Sho is if they decide not to bother with P4G’s or P4U2′s story.

            Oh and I’m basically treating Anime/Manga/P4G as the same story here.

            I still have problems with them suddenly making Marie and Rise playable in this but that’s a whole different rant lol.

          • Shippoyasha

            Yeah, Rise/Marie being background characters might have made sense in the traditional sense, but I think it’s still interesting to see them in a combat role. Besides, they really should not be unable if they got Personas on their side. Kind of makes me remember the old Persona anime where everyone could fight and nobody really had a combat designation for them.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      But that music tho

  • Limbless

    >0:04 and 1:28
    Igor confirmed for playable

    Marie confirmed for ruse

    • Sky

      The dream of Igor becoming playable will be the life.. his long nose will be the most powerful weapon in the entire game.

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        I think every moves utilizing his nose are instant OHKO.

  • Hagaren

    Why is Persona music so good?

    • alhamega

      Because God is real.

      • Sky

        *cough* shinjiro meguro *cough*…

        • thrak

          Isn’t it Shoji Meguro?…. *facepalm*

          • Sky

            :kappa: did i do that?
            my fault bruh..thanks for correcting me.

          • alhamega

            I was about to make a joke about it damnit.

          • thrak

            Shinjiro Meguro:
            ‘Ken, It was me behind it all, I ORCHESTRATED everything.”

          • thrak

            No problem

      • God

        Damn straight he is!

    • colorblindnightmare

      YOU ALL THOUGHT IT WAS SHOJI MEGURO, BUT IT WAS ME, DIO!

  • Ecchitori

    For the first time in Persona music, I didn’t understand even a single word they said. I mean, even one word. Oh well, music still rocks! :D

    • dawnbomb

      how come? half the song is english

      • Ecchitori

        I know that but how it’s sang.. Seems different from the others. Well, I do understand the other songs immediately after hearing them for the first time. Like PQ’s OP.

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      Same here. Maybe the Engrish is evolving

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    I spy a certain big nosed gentleman in dat intro…

  • alhamega

    Source: found it on Persona Twitter

    • thrak

      Is it official?… Damn, even Elizabeth looks like a shadow, even though she doesn’t have one in the game. It is funny that Sho looks more surprised here.

      • Hagaren

        Sho: “WTF is wrong with everyone?!”

        • friendly neighborhood_dude

          “I never asked for this!”

          • thrak

            He is more like
            ‘Of course I wanted all this and stuff, but, what the hell, people…You look even more stupid than I thought you would’

        • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

          “SHO-ure, as if there’s nothin’ wrong with ya.”

      • alhamega

        Just another version of the box art I think.

    • All Fiction

      Wow, it’s really cool, it would be perfect as a reversible cover

      • Afternoon Intergalactic

        is it a reversible cover? Because I need this in some form.

    • Rawindra

      Crap X_X

    • Sky

      Yooo… Teddie and Elizabeth faces tho…

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Seems almost nearly everybody on that cover has that rape face or something.

    • MinakoArisato

      Yep, saw it in the Persona-Channel, too.
      Its just too awesome xDD

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Swag rape face.

        Adachi: Normal or Shadow version of the cover, what’s the difference?

        • thrak

          Actually, just like Elizabeth, Adachi from the normal cover is slightly different. Normal Elizabeth has slightly more open eyes and normal Adachi is grinning while this one looks angrier.

    • Mirai

      This is what happens when the whole cast falls into despair and goes insane…..wonderful.

    • friendly neighborhood_dude

      My god…

    • Nagi

      Yandere YU :>

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      Holy Junes!

    • Arz

      So Yu’s finally getting his shadow? What does Izanagi goes nuts?

      • Steven Higgins

        You haven’t played the first one, have you?

        • God

          What do you mean? Yu never had a shadow.

          • Steven Higgins

            I know and I’d elaborate but it’s a spoiler and I’d rather not post it unless he’s okay with it.

          • Arz

            No, but if you wanna spoil it don’t hold back. I read the wiki for the plot but don’t remember anything like that.

          • Steven Higgins

            Well the shadow type characters aren’t really the charater’s shadows. They’re facsimiles designed to mess with their heads and eliminate them. So “Shadow Yu” isn’t really Yu’s shadow, more like a twisted imitation.

          • God

            Oh, then it’s okay.

    • Yan Zhao

      Those rape faces.

    • mckun

      Whoever did this deserves my yens.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Well I can always count on atlus to make good music. Though I wanna see lotus juice pair up with Yumi Kawamura more.

    • MinakoArisato

      Yes I agree, Lotus Juice was barely hearable in that song. He was too far in the background.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Sorta

  • MinakoArisato

    I like the Opening very much!
    The music again is very original and has the Persona-feeling in it.
    I am so hyped, I’m seriously thinking about importing the US Version, because again, no word about the european release.

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    Heard this game has interchangeable choice of either Japanese or English audio, but the texts remain Japanese. Hope it’s true and another goodm ove on the part of ATLUS, imo.

  • http://people.ign.com/princerevolver Surgeon Of Death

    Music never disappoints.

  • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

    Yumi and Lotus Juice… it’s a match made in heaven. Too bad his voice is lower than usual, if it were as loud as Light up the Fire in The Night it would be perfect.

  • friendly neighborhood_dude

    Persona opening themes ALWAYS rock!
    But the lack of Marie is disappointing :(

  • Land of Green Pasture

    That cut with Yuu and Sho in it…. why do I remember Ragna and Hazama’s battle in front of the cauldron?

    And I didn’t see Baby Adachi in the opening….

    • AnotherTime

      You weren’t paying enough attention. He was in the opening twice. At 0:04 and 1:28.

  • Meguminohito

    that’s not Yumi singing, it’s Shihoko. are some of you people deaf? Oo

  • Spirit Macardi

    I actually read that apparently Mona Marshal is still going to voice Ken… I have a feeling that unless she has a yet unheard vocal range, it’s going to be a tad weird x3;

    Excited though because I also read that Sho is voiced by Todd Haberkorn! So the cast has lost Excalibur, but it’s gained Death the Kid~

    • Steven Higgins

      Not really, he’s only in middle school and she’s even done at least one high school age male. She usually just depends her voice a little bit.
      Bet she’ll even reprise her role when the new Digimon series gets dubbed.

      • Spirit Macardi

        I know she played one of the characters in Blue Exorcist who was about high school age, though that character looked younger than Ken so it still seemed natural.

        Granted I do like Mona as an actress, so I’m rather hopeful that she can still pull it off. Though I honestly would have bet money that they’d have had teenage Ken voiced by Bryce Papenbrook x3

  • http://www.thejaystack.com/ Jon Stachewicz

    My one wish for this game is for Maze of Life to be included as a battle theme

    (And Lone Prayer but I’ll understand when that inevitably doesn’t happen)

    • http://www.thejaystack.com/ Jon Stachewicz

      And while we’re at it wasn’t it some shit that I’ll Face Myself WAS in the first P4A but only for story battles and you couldnt’ select it in VS please fix this ArcSys thanks

    • Sky

      Nope. All soundtracks are P3/P4 music.

      Additional music added:

      P3 / P3P

      Crisis

      Shadow

      Calamity

      Deep Breath Deep Breath

      Master of Shadows

      Wiping it all out

      Danger Zone

      Burn my Dread (last battle)

      Mass Destruction (FES version)

      Master of Tartarus

      Unavoidable Battle

      Heart Cry (original)

      The Snow Queen

      Changing Seasons

      P4

      I’ll Face Myself

      Revelation: Mitsuo

      Muscle Blues

      Strip tease

      Secret Base

      Mist

      The Genesis

      Junes theme

      Long Way

      DLC:

      A Deep Mentality

      Burn my Dread (Opening)

      Kimi no Kioku

      Pursing My True Self

      Heaven

      MAGIC

      Its Show Time

      Never More

      Shadow World

      True Story

      Time To Make History

      • http://www.thejaystack.com/ Jon Stachewicz

        Oh cool, we get Mist as a regular battle theme instead of as special music during insta-kills? I’ll take it

      • MinakoArisato

        More Music from FES and P3P, I am so happy just now!

    • ThatGuy3190_7

      I’m somewhat hoping/wish that laser beam from Persona Q will be a battle theme.

  • Kaetsu

    I love Yumi Kawamura but there are times like this where I love Shihoko Hirata more. Lotus Juice is still as badass as always :D

  • Espoir

    I actually came in here really hyped to watch the vid, then when I saw it… that lingering feeling of P3/4 being milked finally sunk in.

    On a side note, Rise walking in at 1:01 is her being like “That’s right, this support’s goin’ aggro b******.”

    http://gifsforum.com/gif_generator/gif_created/a1f61a2e06571d8bef08dde135826600.gif?1408980567390

    • Kaetsu

      As much as I love Rise, gifs are not allowed.

      • Espoir

        Shoooorrryyyy

    • ThatGuy3190_7

      I wouldn’t say that P3/P4 is being milked because they left a good bit of things in their story that can be expanded upon to create more stories. After all, a story is never done unless its author says it is.

      • Espoir

        I personally think that characters and stories do deserve a proper rest though. I just hope Atlus won’t follow after Enix’s footsteps. Continuous storytelling of same cast will make them lose their charm.

  • Pdugna

    Reminder for all, people are getting their copies of P4U2 early in Japan so watch for spoilers http://i.imgur.com/uS4te3M.jpg

    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      Dang… Day -3 for them. I’m super jealous!

    • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

      Likely spoilers abound in Tumblr under Persona 4 tag in the coming days and weeks. Especially when it comes to “him.”

  • thrak

    This song is cool but I swore that I will play this in the background when it comes out:

    http://youtu.be/tifOC2GfBNA

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    I can never get enough of Lotus Juice.

    • colorblindnightmare

      Lotus Justice is “Hip Hop cool” in japan for me. Also, Shoji Meguro+Lotus Justice+Yumi Kawamura/Shihoko Hirata= perfection.

      • ThatGuy3190_7

        Admittedly, Shoji Meguro and the Persona series have greatly influenced and changed my life for the better. If I had a soundtrack compilation to my life, Meguro would be its main composer.

        • colorblindnightmare

          That’s awesome! I’m the same way, but my life changing god is Daisuke Ishiwatari.

          • ThatGuy3190_7

            Dude, the soundtrack to Blazblue Chronophantasma definitely summed up my Spring/Summer! :D

  • Keko

    Buying this game and getting the free DLC will be tough. I don’t think any local store will bring it the same day it gets published, and every online store would take a month or so to ship it.

    Still, I’m ready to pay a gorillion dollars for a copy on day-1.

    • Sky

      Are you importing this game? If you’re worried about the DLC, you can just download them and keep them in your download list till the game comes out. I’m waiting on the English version. Although it will be difficult to avoid spoilers. Waiting for YouTubers to upload the music.

      • Keko

        Buying the US version, but it takes some time to get games around here. I didn’t know you could just download the DLC without the game, I assumed you wouldn’t because it sounds like a horible marketing tactic. Thanks!

        • mckun

          Not sure where you live but good luck.

  • Jedahaw

    Maybe I’m over-imagining it, but, at 1:28, the Velvet Room reminds me of P1&2, when you meet Philemon.

  • chroma816

    Eh…not as cool as P4A’s. It lacked action and intensity, which I would expect from the opening of a fighting game.

    That said, I can’t get over the cuteness that is Koromaru wearing Ken’s old sweater.

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    Igor at the bottom right corner at 0:04. Hmmmm.

  • TheManWithPants

    I’ve never played the Persona series before, but I kinda want this. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series, and I’m aware that this is a fighting-game spin-off, but the game looks fun as hell anyway.

    • colorblindnightmare

      would you be playong this on 360 or ps3?

      • TheManWithPants

        360, since I don’t own a PS3 and the PS4 doesn’t have true backwards compatibility.

  • Vitor Duarte

    MY WALLET HAS NEVER BEEN MORE READY!

  • mckun

    This is a worse tease than buying a drink for someone you want to hook up with and finding out that said person has a boyfriend/girlfriend.

  • Dkmariolink

    I freaking love this singer. Whats her name?

    • Shippoyasha

      Shihoko Hirata

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