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Review: Persona 4

This review contains spoilers for the video game, Persona 4.

The heated carpet warmed my buttocks through the green fleece of well-worn sweatpants.  I was in the midst of a ritual of semi-herald importance here in Iwate prefecture, Japan: playing video games on a lonely morning in a freezing house in the middle of nowhere.  The game was Persona 4, a fitting choice given its setting in a slightly supernatural occurrence-prone town in rural, modern Japan.  The room’s air had a mysterious crispness to it as well as a pungent stench of kerosene burning in a life-giving icon to the gods of love and benevolence:  the space heater. Continue reading