Persona 4: Dancing All Night story, characters detailed
posted on 12.02.13 at 12:26 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Rise, hear me tonight. 'Cause Persona, is just so right.

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Atlus has shared the first story details, character information, confirmed songs, and high-res screenshots of its recently announced Persona 4: Dancing All Night.

The upcoming PS Vita rhythm action game, due out fall 2014 in Japan, is in development at Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd and Photokano developer Dingo.

Get the information below.


  • Chief Producer: Katsura Hashino
  • Producer: Yosuke Uda
  • Producer & Director: Tatsuya Shoji (Dingo)
  • Original Character Designer: Shigenori Soejima
  • Series Sound Director: Shoji Meguro


The summer after the solving the Yasoinaba case, Rise returned to the city to continue her idol career. But at the time she arrived, a strange urban legend was catching on in the city. At midnight, when you open a certain website, a strange video will play. Those who view the video are taken to “The Other Side,” never to awaken again. With this, the main characters are taken away to that world and discover it is called the “Mayonaka Stage,” and that the junior idol group members at Rise’s office “Kanamin Kitchen” are being held captive there. “We can’t just let this be! We’ve got to help!” Persona 4 protagonist Yu Narukami puts out an SOS to his Investigation Team allies. Together, you’ll invade the Mayonaka Stage and rescue the junior idols.


  • Rise Kujikawa (voiced by Rie Kugimiya) – A Persona 4 party member and second-year high school student. The summer after solving the Yasoinaba case, she returned to the city to resume her idol work.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is about dancing to defeat Shadows. In addition to Rise, Persona 4 protagonist Yu Narukami and other members of the Investigation Team will also take part in heavy dance battles.

  • Protagonist (Yu Narukami) (voiced by Daisuke Namikawa) – The protagonist of Persona 4. After solving the incident in Yasoinaba, he returned to the city and continued his everyday life. He returns to the same city that Rise returns to resume her idol work, and reunites with her when she asks for help. Meanwhile, another incident occurs and the Investigation Team is once again tasked with solving it.
  • Kanami Mashita (voiced by Minako Kotobuki) – She goes by the nickname Kanamin, and is one of Rise’s junior idols. As a little sister idol she has many fans and is well loved. Members of her unit, Kanamin Kitchen, go missing in the Mayonaka Stage.


Persona 4: Dancing All Night features over 30 tracks, ranging from newly written music to arranged versions of previous Persona music. Stages and dances are provided for each track, and all of the Investigation Team’s members can perform them. Confirmed tracks include: “Pursuing My True Self,” “Heaven,” “Reach Out to the Truth,” “Time to Make Nistory,” and “True Story.” Popular musicians like Tetsuya Komuro and Daisuke Asakura will be collaborating with Atlus on the game’s music.

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  • AlphaSixNine

    I want to see Chie! >:O

  • TheExile285

    “Persona 4: Dancing All Night is about dancing to defeat Shadows”

    Lol. I’ll buy but just lol.

    • Arcana Gear

      lies, when you see chie dancing you will go fanboy over her…. so dont go lol >.>

      • TheExile285

        Hey, I never said I wouldn’t :P

  • Audie Bakerson

    There’s a plot?!

    • FlareKnight

      I’m not that surprised. They did go out to make sure Arena had a plot as well. Even though they are branching out with Persona 4 into different genres it seems that Atlus wants to make it all work story wise.

  • GhostNomad

    You know what? I’m down. I just want to see how fabulous Kanji can get.

  • Takane Shijou

    Sounds wonky, but I like it. Can’t wait to see more from it.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    This is going to be the greatest game ever. Will you be able to handle Yu’s sick moves?

    • RainbowPenguins

      swiggity swooty Yu comin’ for dat booty

  • shogunknight

    …… has story? Need to see some gamplay videos soon

    • EX+

      Surprisingly, Q isn’t cannon and this game is.

      • $83030187

        If Q was cannon, the cannon would be completely fucked up.

        Though, it’s kind of getting that way already.

      • Pyrofrost

        Do you have a citation?

        IIRC they had simply established this game’s setting directly after P4A2; but have not yet confirmed if it is canon or not.

      • Pyrofrost

        Just so you know, I wasn’t saying that to be an ass or pick you apart or anything. I just know that Atlus loves doing their little “what if” scenarios, so I just like to to be sure.

        I hope I didn’t give the wrong impression.

        • EX+

          Oh no, you’re completely right. It’s reasonable to ask for a citation.
          I could’ve sworn I saw an article about it, but I must be wrong. Sorry about that.

          • Pyrofrost

            No problem, and no need for apologies, my friend. I just added that post because I know things can be easily misconstrued. So I wanted to make sure I wasn’t coming off as ill mannered.

            Atlus is famous for its love of “what if” scenarios though; so if reports had come of them confirming canon I would definitely want to know.

            They got pretty silly with it not long ago with P3P.
            The female protag was not canon, while Theodore was actually made a canon character xD

  • bloodiOS

    What a swaggy plot!

  • Azuardo

    At least I can finally play as Rise now.

  • TetsuyaHikari
    • shogunknight

      What the….ive never seen miku breakdance

      • tubers

        Youtube MMD. She’ll be doing more than that.

    • Budgiecat


      come back to me when she can do windmills to airtracks to 1990’s to headspins and back

      • TetsuyaHikari

        It’s Miku. She can just do this and be even better than someone doing all the other stuff, lol.

  • $83030187

    The greatest thing.

    Easily my most anticipated Vita game.

  • DesmaX

    Vita Killer App right here

    • Alkhan

      Seeing something from Atlus and an EA logo in the same image puts a real nasty taste in my mouth

    • 罪罰

      That Featuring Dante from DMC really made me laugh out loud.

      • Sevyne

        That totally did it for me too. lol

  • bloodiOS

    The existence of this game brings up a question: why hasn’t Narukami made his debut in the entertainment industry yet?

  • Kayseur

    Somehow, I really hope this game has an actual, full-fledged, compelling story to go along the rest.

    • Kobracon

      Judging from Persona 4 Arena, it very well could.

  • Pyrofrost

    “Unbelievable! Can you imagine the step?! It’s genius!”

    Seriously, DAY ONE BUY!

  • Budgiecat

    I tried dancing all night once………..once

  • 罪罰

    must buy

  • Sal

    Narukami’s smile>Kanamin’s smile

  • BossTuff

    I gotta say, I’m sort of excited to see Kanamin…
    The part of Rise’s social link that talks about her intrigued me.

  • max
  • Elvick

    If those aren’t* bullshots, then the game is going to look really good as long as the visual effects are up to par. Seems native res too.

    • Kurisu Makise

      Agreed, it’s also nice to see the Persona 4 cast with much better 3D models xD Maybe they can use these assets and do Persona4-2 ahaha ;-;

      • Elvick

        Glad you knew what I meant, didn’t notice I said “are” instead of “aren’t” at first. xD

  • Eclipse

    Lol, I wasn’t expecting that you’d actually defeat shadows…by dancing.

    Really hoping to see Yukiko in this.

  • MasterSensei

    I thought that Rie Kugimiya only voiced loli characters… is Rise a loli?

    • kirby755

      Technically yes, since she would be a 2nd year(Probably early 3rd year) in high school during all this and shes a teenager so yes.

    • refrain

      Who is Alphonse Elric?

    • tubers

      Yeah.. 1st time hearing JPN voice of Rise in the recent P4 JPN announcement and I thought the voice sounded fitting for loli.

      I would’ve preferred a more mature sounding voice for Rise but that’s just because I didn’t hear the JPN voice 1st.

  • 武神水樹

    This game is going to be sick

  • Cess007

    How much i’ve to wait until i can see Naoto dancing? >:)

    • MasterSensei

      Kanji! I never thought that I would be able to find you on Gematsu!!

  • Kobracon

    Ooooh rearranged tracks. Mmmmmmm

  • totoro

    And suddenly P4A did not happen.

    • MrFinalgamer

      nope, still canon. somehow all P4 spin-offs are canon (except for PersonaQ)

  • Ace

    I don’t mind them making Persona spin offs… By why make it canon? That’s just silly. If you wanna make a Persona dancing game, then just make one. There doesn’t have to be a story to it.

    • Karysonson

      Why cant it be canon? It makes sense with Rise and whatnot

      • totoro

        I meant the way they are worded out, “The summer after the solving the Yasoinaba case” seems to imply that nothing major of sorts took placeafter said case.

    • FlareKnight

      Why not go canon though? Having P3 and P4 sharing the same universe shows that there are a variety of threats that exists in the world. Doesn’t seem a huge stretch that this group ends up running into a variety of threats and problems as time goes by.

      P4 would have been fine as a single game that ended where it did. But I don’t think it hurts it either to expand the canon and show the adventures this group ends up going on.

  • tubers

    Really hope there’s a secret boss: Shadow Miku :)

  • TimesTicking

    I thought that the story was taking place after P4A 2?

  • LibraryOfAlexandira .

    This game’s plot summary makes me think the ‘rumours becoming reality thing,’ never really went away after Persona 2.

  • xe7en

    Imagine Nanako as a secret playable character with Junes extended version as her theme.

  • HeatPhoenix

    as atlus throws the concept of canon for P4 out of the window

  • artemisthemp

    I just want a Western release date

  • Mike Harris

    Is it terrible that I want this?

  • SOLOmio

    they will suck persona 4 dry to the bone,EH!!?
    what about making a game about naoto book with the main character included!???
    or a Raidou kuzunoha vs. game??

    no use lying to myself!! I really don´t like what they did i looked up to Persona but now it’s all about the cash that they even ask to make a dancing game. if this keeps on then later we gonna see a cooking game or soccer game with persona characters. some u may like but i prefer the raw and old rpg type having the dancing as mini game or something. but that’s just me expressing the feeling!!!