Persona 4′s road to perfection continues as the sixth Blu-ray volume is now compared to its televised equivalent – and similarly to the BDs prior, this one noticeably boasts visuals fine-tuned to be flawless.
A very distinguished trait in Persona 4′s Blu-ray is that it’s not necessarily improved in the usual color corrections and whatnot, yet the main adjustments are actual illustrative refinements – almost as if the frame had been scrapped and redone. There’s some more obvious examples of change as well – a few stills which may or may not have been simple touch-ups. Looking below to the unmissable shot of Yuu’s megane up-close, the scenes look similar in general yet the angle differs on the Blu-ray, the image to the right.
Yet of course, there’s also been alterations in skin tone and perspective – his face was basically further panned in upon in a fashion more realistic. It’s not a particularly complex edit – although turn attention to the side-by-side pair right below that image, Yuu looking off into the distance without his glasses. It’s immediately clear that his entire facial structure was revised – it’s not the same illustration at all.
His visage was made more slender on the Blu-ray, with a nose more pointed, and a face which is generally more defined and fitting of his character rather than the flabby version as seen on TV. Yuu’s hair was modified to account for the differences applied to his head – and one can even see his sideburns were brushed up a bit. His shirt was altered in a fashion ever so gentle yet potent – the televised release has him sporting a top with more points to it, the BD boasts a more realistic curved textile appearance, alongside enhanced shadows as well.
Even his hands were sketched from scratch – closely examining both the TV and BD renditions of his hands for discrepancy, one can again see the recurring edit of line replacement, wobbly and flat lines being ditched in favor of ones which have a realistic dip, curvature, and angling to them.
It’s quite amazing to see this extensive struggle for impeccability which Persona seems intent on achieving.