We’ve seen an episode of One Minute Melee and DBX featuring the battle of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure vs Persona. With that said, I’ve seen a lot of comments in the videos requesting a Death Battle between Jotaro Kujo (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) and Yu Narukami (Persona 4). The idea of a Death Battle between a stand user and a persona user would seem interesting on paper, but with the specific facts how these two fighters work may say otherwise.
1. What is a persona?
In the game Persona 4, the main protagonist, who is known as Yu Narukami in Persona 4: The Animation and Persona 4: Dance all Night, investigates the rumors behind the “Midnight Channel” and discovers a realm found within the TV. It was during his first encounter in the TV world that he discovered a hidden power within, the power of persona. This power gives him the ability to summon beings that are inspired by various folklore. Each persona has its own unique attacks and abilities, but his go-to persona is Izanagi, a large being armed with a blade and lightning based abilities inspired by the Shinto god. To simplify things within cannon, I would assume Death Battle would allow Yu to only access to personas he’s used in the anime and the manga. Armed with a katana and an arsenal of personas, Yu Narukami fights alongside his friends and track down the serial killer in the town of Inaba, a plot that’s oddly similar to Diamond is Unbreakable.
The animated fights from One Minute Melee and DBX seem to take place in a real world setting. However, this is not an accurate setting for such a fight because Yu has ONLY been able to summon his persona settings connected to the TV world. The persona users in Persona 4 never actually summoned their personas in the real world. In fact, places like the TV world are covered in a thick fog and an atmosphere that takes a toll on the body of someone who’s not used to it, They would succumbing to fatigue and disorientation, and possibly encounter enemy shadows that would viciously attack them. Therefore, in order to depict an actual Death Battle featuring someone from Persona 4, it would need to take place in somewhere like the TV world. In a way, this does give an initial bias towards Yu Narukami.
2. What is a stand?
Sometimes you’re born with it, sometimes you get it from the reawakening of a body-snatching vampire, and sometimes you get it by getting shot with a magic golden arrow. The stipulations behind acquiring a stand and the variety of stands broaden along a vast spectrum, but I’ll focus on Jotaro Kujo’s stand.
Jotaro first interpreted his stand as an “evil spirit” that haunted him and made a voluntary prison sentence leisurely. But after meeting his grandfather Joseph Joestar, he learns that his spirit is a manifestation of his fighting spirit. It’s often defined as a form of ESP. Jotaro’s Stand “Star Platinum” takes the form of a large muscular brute that oddly resembles a pillarman from Battle Tendency, though that avenue is never really explored. It has incredible strength and durability, inherently extremely fast, very precise senses, and can stretch its finger for a long distance poke for some reason. It often attacks with close quarter rapid-fire attacks, but the most valuable aspect of this stand is its ability to temporarily stop time, an ability he somehow got from fighting against Dio. Adding time-stopping to its already high speed and raw strength creates a very power combatant. The only downside is that it can’t move past 2 meters away from Jotaro and whatever injuries placed on Star Platinum are placed directly on Jotaro, kinda like a voodoo doll.
In the episode of DBX where Jotaro fought Yu Narukami, Yu was somehow able to see Star Platinum and able to hold his own against it. This would not be the case in an accurate fight because only stand users are able to see Jotaro’s stand. In an actual fight, Yu wouldn’t typically be able to see Star Platinum, unlike personas which are visible to anyone in places like the TV world or the Midnight Stage regardless of having a persona or not. However, there is a work around. In Persona 4, you’re eventually teamed with Rise Kujikawa and her persona Himiko, who has two very useful abilities: Full Analysis, which reveals the enemy’s status, weak points, and skills, and Third Eye, which reveals the effectiveness of an attack on an enemy. These abilities are not limited to just analyzing shadows in the TV world, they can also sense the location and condition of people. With these abilities, Yu could arguably analyze Jotaro and his abilities despite stands being something different than personas and shadows. However, this would require outside help from Rise, which would also be considered another bias towards Yu and a possible handicap, and it is not guaranteed since stands still work on a different level than shadows.
3. Could Jotaro fight in the TV world?
The atmosphere of the TV world does present a heavy toll on the body of someone not used to the environment, but people have been able to remain in there at from days to weeks. If a fight was to occur in a setting such as this, I would think Jotaro can hold his own ground with little inconvenience to the atmosphere. Considering Jotaro’s strong physique, high pain tolerance, he has survived things like falls from several stories to continued fighting Dio, getting crushed under a steamroller being pile-drived on top of him, and withstanding an explosion just to get up and beat Kira Yoshikage. I’m sure he could withstand a couple of minutes to fight in the TV world. Jotaro seems to have a very keen sense of sight and is very perceptive. So the thickness of its fog would not be much of an issue, especially if it’s in a close quarters fight. Yu didn’t even need his glasses to see through the fog enough to fight in his first encounter with the shadows. Overall, I don’t think being in a place like the TV world would be a problem for someone like Jotaro.
It seems that whenever someone enters a place like the TV world, they would encounter vicious shadows that would attack them, even encountering their shadow selves. However, in Chie and Yosuke didn’t face their shadow until their second encounter in the TV world. Therefore, there’s no saying that Jotaro whether would instantly face his own shadow when in the TV world.
As much as I love seeing sprite fights between these two characters, I would think that a researched battle between these two wouldn’t be written as an interesting fight. The technicalities either make it one-sided for Jotaro or require a vast amount of handicaps for Yu. If the battle took place outside the TV world, Yu couldn’t even summon his persona. If we give Yu the benefit of the doubt of fighting in the TV world, he still wouldn’t be able to assess Star Platinum’s abilities, let alone its presence. The only way he could be able to see Jotaro’s capabilities like he would see those of shadows in the game would be with the assistance of Rise, and that would be adding another person into the fight. If Yu is allowed to fight with the help of another persona user, would Jotaro be able to fight with the help of another stand user? It’s only then I’d be able to see it as a somewhat fair fight, and this isn’t going into each fighters’ respective feats. There’s a lot more to each of these characters I didn’t cover, including the specifics of Star Platinum and Yu’s arsenal of several personas, but I don’t see a Death Battle happening without these technicalities that would make it difficult to write an elaborate and accurate fight.