Japan Import: Persona x Detective Naoto novel stars Naoto Shirogane

May 22, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Persona x Detective Naoto novel stars Naoto Shirogane

Take a look at that woman in the picture at the right. Does she look familiar? If you love the Persona games she should, as she’s a slightly more mature Naoto Shirogane from Persona 4. Go ahead and take a moment to do a double take, I don’t mind.

Apparently, that’s what she’s going to look like only one year after Persona 4 and Persona 4 Arena. It’s her character art for the Spring 2012 light novel Persona 4 x Detective Naoto. It won’t be mandatory reading, as it’s just a short novel spin-off looking at an adventure Naoto will eventually have after the events of Persona 4.

It actually looks at a case Naoto has been assigned. Touko Aoi, another detective, has gone missing and Naoto has been called in to help find out what’s happened. She might have been the perfect person to call, as it seems Touko’s disappearance has ties to a new website called Mayonaka Site. I wonder if it’s just a coincidence that it sounds strangely similar to the Mayonaka Television the team investigated in Persona 4. Naoto gets paired up with Sousei Kurogami, apparently some kind of “mechanized” detective and goes off to save Touko.

It sounds interesting, but I just can not get over Naoto’s new hairdo. She had completely short hair in Persona 4. There’s no way she’d have hair down to her waist a year later.

As far as a localization, we probably won’t see this in North America. After all, we haven’t gotten the Persona 4 manga series yet. I wouldn’t recommend importing it either. It’s a novel after all, and there probably won’t be enough pretty pictures to make the purchase worthwhile if you can’t read Japanese.

Read [Dengeki Bunko (Japanese)]

Read [Japanator]

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