Atlus Character Designer Shigenori Soejima Interview on Projects From 2010 – 2017, Artistic Process


Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Are there are any memorable illustrations from your work in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax?

Soejima: We’ve discussed the package art in the Art Unit’s interview, but Oribe-san was exuberant in drawing the Shadow versions as well. If I had drawn this, it would have been more wet and exaggerated, not posing as if they’ve achieved something. Yukari’s and Chie’s faces are very well-drawn here; Oribe-san didn’t hold back with the girls. If I’d drawn them, I would have shown more restraint and made them a little prettier.

It doesn’t seem like Oribe-san showed restraint with the men, either. (laughs)

Soejima: Oh, she draws them very well, too. (laughs) They’ve gone mad, but they look good doing it. For the women, she was concerned that she was going too far with their faces, but instead, there’s this sharp impact.