Have you ever been really into an anime? Have you ever been so interested in a series that it’s almost all that you could think about? There are words that I could use to describe this feeling, like captivation or fascination, but I prefer the phrase “The Magic of Anime,” because it sounds more…magical.

The last time I felt that way about an anime was at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. I had to move into a new dorm room, with a roommate I barely knew, on top of all of the academic stress that comes with a new school year.

I really wanted to find a decent anime to watch to take my mind off of school, and just relax. I couldn’t decide which show I wanted to watch, so I just started scrolling down a list of anime to see what looked interesting. Near the end of the list, I came across a show by the name of Persona 4: The Animation. It stood out to me because I had actually planned on watching the series before. During the previous school year, I was on fence about watching the series because it was based on a game that I had never played before, and I ultimately decided not to watch the series. But, now, I had nothing else to watch, so I decided that I would give this series a chance anyway. That turned out to be one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made.

The series captured my attention in a way that few others could [excited anime gif]. I fell in love with the characters, and was deeply invested in the story. I remember being in one of my classes and thinking about what was going to happen to the characters next. Persona 4: The Animation not only held my interest, it also influenced my to buy, and beat, several different video games. From the remake of the series’ source material, Persona 4: Golden to one of the newest rhythm games on the market, Persona 4: Dancing All Night.

Persona 4: The Animation, despite all of its flaws, remains one of the most enjoyable shows that I’ve ever watched. I think one of the reasons why it had such a big impact of me is because I watched it at a time in my life when I was going through a fair amount of environmental changes. This made it much easier for me to relate to the protagonist of the series, who doesn’t really say too much. I think it also allowed me to really fall in love with the characters, and to enjoy the relationships that they had with one another. There are very few anime that I can say have had a magical effect on me, but Persona 4: The Animation is definitely on the list.

Have you ever experienced the magic of anime?