Art from Persona 4
|Japanese Name||花村 陽介|
|First Appearance||Persona 4|
|Weapon||Knifes, Kunai, etc.|
|Ultimate Persona||Takehaya Susano-O|
|English Voice Actor||Yuri Lowenthal|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Shōtarō Morikubo|
|Date of Birth||June 22, 1994|
Yosuke Hanamura is a major character in Persona 4 and all its kindred titles. He is Yu Narukami's best friend and the first to have welcomed him to Inaba when he moved there to be with his uncle. Like Yu, Yosuke is originally from the big city.
Yosuke is a fair-skinned male of average height (5'9) with chestnut colored hair. One particular physical trait that sets him apart from other characters is his abnormally long neck, which becomes quite obvious during the Epilogue in Persona 4 Golden and most of Persona 4 Arena. His conventional outfit consists of the Yasogami High School men's uniform coupled with a white V-neck. A standard feature of Yosuke's attire is his red headphones, which he carries around with him in both the TV and the real world. He is rarely seen without them, sans a few special events throughout the winter months. Within the TV World he wears orange colored glasses to improve his vision against the fog.
Yosuke's out-of-school attire varies by season like the other members of the Investigation Team. On summer off days he wears a white V-neck T-shirt with red lettering on the front. For any other off days, he's seen wearing an orange V-neck with a white leather jacket and dark colored pants. Throughout the colder months of Golden, he wears a white hooded sweatshirt along with orange goggles that hang around his neck. On seldom occasions, he wears a blue jacket over his Yasogami uniform. During his shifts at JUNES, he wears a standard orange V-neck under a white colored apron.
Character and Personality
Right from the start of Persona 4, Yosuke Hanamura comes off as an awkward high school student that cannot seem to run into fortune. The first glimpse the protagonist sees of Yosuke is him crashing into objects with his bicycle and getting kicked in the groin for returning a cracked "Trial of the Dragon" disk to his fellow classmate Chie Satonaka. He's an impulse thinker and is quite blunt in his remarks, even when they may not be appropriate at that specific time. He also appears to lack common sense, as seen when he brings weapons into Junes despite the recent atrocities throughout Inaba. Despite having several friends, he does not appear to be all that popular, specifically with females. While his infatuations tend to travel across a variety of characters, he showed a deeper attraction to Saki Konishi. After her death, he becomes upset and uses her passing as fuel to solve the murders. Even when he finds out his feelings were not mutual, he is adamant in avenging her death by searching for the truth. Despite his easy-going nature, Yosuke can get serious when the situation calls for it. More often than not, his maturity is veiled by his off-colored comments and insults, but he is quite capable of deducing information and coming up with possible suspects. Yosuke often gets into arguments with the group, most notably with Chie.
Yosuke's Initial Persona is Jiraiya, who he obtained by facing his true self and defeating his Shadow.
Yosuke's Advanced Persona is Susano-O. Jiraiya transforms into Susano-O when Yosuke accepts his place in Inaba, and his relationship with Yu Narukami. By declaring, honestly, that the two were best friends, Yosuke unleashed part of his potential.
His Ultimate Persona is Takehaya Susano-O, an immensely more powerful version of his Advanced. He gains this by reaffirming his bond, and having overcome Ameno-sagiri.
List of Appearances
- Persona 4 - Party Member, Social Link
- Persona 4 Golden - Party Member, Social Link
- Persona 4 Arena - Playable, 'Captain Ressentiment, Yosuke Hanamura' in the P-1 Grand Prix
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax - Playable
- Persona 4 Dancing All Night - Playable.
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Party Member
- Persona 4 (Manga)
- Persona 4 Arena (Manga)
- Persona 4 The Magician
- Persona 4 The Animation
- Persona 4 The Golden Animation
- Persona 4: Your Affection
- Persona 4: Kiri no Amnesia
- Persona 4 Visualive
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