And if you look to your right, you can see the majestic creature known as “Yosuke Hanamura” in his natural habitat.
Well, that was pointless. I mean, you’re saying in the end that Yosuke would never become like that guy, so why even make that comparison?
That’s an… interesting exercise of thought. Their outside persona was undoubtedly similar. However, I think Yosuke-san has a much more positive view in what the world offers, therefore being bored when missing out on it, whereas Adachi was just cynical to a fault, and his boredom was the result of thinking nothing was worth enjoying, period. At least, that’s my initial assumption…
They are completely different people. They made very different choices. They’re not alike anymore.
Damn right! Yosuke-senpai has nothing wrong going for him! Besides, ain’t Adachi’s true personality the one he showed us on the TV World? Yosuke-senpai’s true personality is right there with us! He ain’t hiding it.
Yeah! Our Yosuke is really who he shows us. Clumsy, wanting to be cool, a big dork. It’s our Yosuke!
Yosuke would never do anything bad! Sure he can get a lot of things wrong and sometimes he’s just clueless or a killjoy, but he would never do something in that level…
Bored or not, discontent with Inaba or not, I don’t believe any of his personality to be fabricated around us. We all know about the Shadows, and therefore how everyone has repressed emotions and intentions inside of them. But I completely trust Yosuke. He’s come to terms with what he felt and befriended us since then. He’s a good person. And I’ll always be glad to have him at our side.
What do you say, partner?
… You guys…
Thanks. I really appreciate this…
~ The WHOLE Investigation Team
Last night, I dreamt Yukiko took Snape’s job as Potions professor, and she taught the class how to concoct Mystery Food X.
I recently realized something; A lot of the Persona Fandom seems to be convinced that Saki Konishi was, in fact, a horrible person and fully deserved the fate she got.
This realization initially shocked me, since I never saw her as such a negative character. After all, The Shadow-Self is something everybody has and hides and is not the “true self” (as it claims), but a fragment of the whole person, just one aspect that doesn’t fully define who they are. In other words, just because Saki’s Shadow was a jerk, it doesn’t mean she was. But somehow, a lot of people seem to think Saki was exactly like her Shadow.
I didn’t understand where this interpretation of her was coming from, so I looked at her short appearance, her post-mortem Shadow-lines in the TV world and mentions of her during the Magician Social Link again. And I started to understand. That doesn’t mean I agree with the sentiment though.
Let me explain why I believe Saki isn’t a nearly as negative character as the Fandom makes her out to be, with a little essay.
More of Saki’s personality was also revealed through Naoki’s social link. From what he’s said, she was quite the prankster and a bit insensitive. Saki may in fact been the female equivalent to Yosuke minus a few things. That aside, there is one thing I would like to point out.
You said that Yosuke may in fact been a “nice guy” before his shadow’s involvement, but I don’t think so. Remember the time Yukiko rejected his advances, twice? He didn’t seem so bothered by it at all. Sure, a bit of his pride might have been hurt but not enough for him to have hostility towards her. If that were the case, he would have never helped saved her and not once did he mention how she rejected him.
The feelings Yosuke had for Saki had always been genuine and it’s not something that would have changed, even if Saki were to reject them. Had Saki placed a little more faith in him, she would have known that. All the gossiping and rumors around Inaba really affected them both in so many ways.
Oh, Naoki’s Social Link… I never got far with it. Hmpf, I finally have to get on with my second playthrough, but yeah, I feel even more confirmed with that.
Hm, you raise a good point about Yosuke being better than that, though. I mean, one also has to take into account that Yukiko was always very popular and that offending her would probably not have been the smartest choice for someone who already is on the bottom of the social hirachy, plus, Yukiko was never as close to him as Saki was. But yeah, if there’s one thing Yosuke never was, it’s a bad person. Even at his worst he will take notice when he’s hurt someone and feel sorry for it.
I fully agree, Yosuke was never going to hate Saki. Even after seeing her Shadow and hearing all this gossip, he still dearly loved her. If she had been able to return those feelings or at least hadn’t been scared of him having them, I’m sure things could have been so different, but, alas…
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