Persona 4 Prologue

July 14, 2008 at 11:40 am | Posted in Everyday Life | 1 Comment

I have been meaning to do another small translation for practice, and finally found something interesting to work on. So in line with the previous Berwick Saga piece I am putting up my amateur take on the Persona 4 prologue located in the game manual.

Prologue

After his parents leave town on business, our Hero is forced to move into the small country town of Inaba. Upon his arrival, the town is beset by a series of mysterious murder cases. Corpses with no identifiable cause of death are found one after the other, hanging from buildings or TV antennas…Numerous strange “shadows” steadily creep up on the quiet country town.

A rumor spreads throughout town; at zero hour on a rainy day it is possible to see the Lost Channel. This Lost Channel will supposedly reveal your “soulmate”, but at what cost…?

A shroud falls over the town, in the form of a dark and dense fog.
Almost as if the path to the future has been shut, the town is trapped by the fog.

People suddenly disappear, only to be found as corpses later. Who will be the next to disappear? And where exactly is the culprit…?

In order to uncover the identity of the mysterious murderer, our Hero and his partners have opened up the door to another world. The key to this door is the power lying dormant deep within all of their minds…their other self; Their very own “Persona”.

Persona > > > > Awakening

Facing their true self in this other world, your partners awaken their hidden talents as “Persona Users”. At the same time this marks the end of their peaceful everyday lives. It also means the beginning of a year filled with adversities as they scramble to solve the mystery.

Persona Users

For any average person the ego that they try to suppress is in fact another self which lurks in the depths of their consciousness. A Persona User describes someone who is able to tame this other self and turn it into usable “Power”. Each Persona User has their on particular persona, and our Hero is no different. However, as a Persona User our Hero still has a special power he is still keeping to himself.

The original japanese selection is available below.

両親の都合で田舎町の稲羽市に引っ越すことになった主人公。越してくるなり、町で奇怪な殺人事件が起こり始める。テレビのアンテナや建物にぶら下がった状態で次々と見つかる、死因不明の変死体。。。平穏な田舎町に忍び寄る、得体の知れない”影”数々。

午前零時、雨の夜に見られるというマヨナカテレビの噂。そこには自分の”運命の相手”が映るという話だったか、しかし。。。
町全体を覆いだす、濃い霧ーーー。

まるで未来への道を閉ざすかのように、まちは霧に閉ざされる。
突如失踪し、死体となって発見される人々。次に行方不明になるのは、誰なのか。そして、犯人はどこに。。

主人公とその仲間たちは、正体不明の殺人犯の謎を追ううちに異世界への扉を開いてしまう。その扉の鍵とは、心の力。。。もう一人の自分。”ペルソナ”ーーー。

ペルソナ>>>覚醒

異世界で真の自分と向き合い、仲間たちは”ペルソナ使い”としての素質を開花させてゆく。ーーーそれは、同時に、平穏な日常の終わり。謎の事件の解明を目指す波乱に満ちた一年の始まりを意味していた。

ペルソナ使い

人は誰しも抑圧された自我=もう一人の自分を心の奥底に潜ませているが、ペルソナ使いとは、そのもう一人の自分を飼いならし、”力”として使いこな せる者のことを指す。ペルソナ使いにそれぞれ固有のペルソナがあり、それは主人公とて、例外ではない。しかし、ペルソナ使いとして、主人公だけは特殊な力 を秘めている。

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  1. Yeah, you’re welcome for the editing. 😛


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