Sometime I still draw! Amazing, but true. I actually drew this all the way back in January for an event in a roleplaying game on Dreamwidth. Designing shadow Yu had always been something I wanted to do, so the fact I got to do it was like “where do I start?!”
We never had any information regarding Yu’s shadow, so I figured if he did have one, it would be frightening, easily towering over any of the other ones found in the game. In keeping with his friends’ Shadows, I went with the fact it should resemble his first Persona (Izanagi), but also incorporate a monster-like look.
Part of the fun is wondering exactly how the P4 team themselves would go about doing it, or at least to try and logically figure something.
The idea is that his shadow represents an inability to hold back. Since this shadow for the game was made post-game, It’s much stronger than if he had met it at the start of the game, yet invoke a sort of ‘look you still have a bunch of issues’.
The coat Izanagi wears is torn, revealing monster arms and hands that end in blades. He has four legs and is made to look like a mechanical spider’s because he catches others in his ‘web of bonds’. However he’s missing two legs to represent that he’s always missing something (LOOK IT’S SYMBOLIC OKAY) The much more collected face now has six eyes (again going with the spider, but missing the last pair), and red hair streams behind him, connected to his head with a ponytail, again for the wild caged animal look. And of course, bottom line is it needs to look cool.
The best part is when the Persona Radio show of last week had a question regarding Izanagi’s jockstrap-like piece in front and they pretty much said that the zipper and piece represented the fact he was able to hold himself back, and not only that, but he’s more about love vs Yosuke who is more about friendship. So that represents his ability to control himself. Because Persona thinks of everything(tm).
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