A new week brings us a new series preview. In addition to the continuation of the Da Capo III previews we’re also now getting Persona 4: The Animation, and I expect the double previews to persist for the rest of the week. I’ve fallen a day behind (again), so we’re getting 4 cards today.
Nice to meet you, sister Lulu
Red / Level 1 / Cost 1 / Event / No Trigger
Choose 1 Level 2 or higher Character from your Waiting Room and add it to your Hand. Put this card to Memory.
Lulu is a nice Event card, since for 1 cost she’s basically a Door Trigger. Admittedly she’s not much good to you at Level 1, when you can first use her, but if you think you’re going to Refresh soon you can use her to save a Character from ending up back in your deck. Once you’re level 2 or above she will let you pick and choose a character you need to deal with the current situation. What’s more since this has no attribute restriction it could even be useful in Standard decks. Unfortunately I don’t know if there are other cards already out there that achieve the same or not. Since this card also goes to Memory it allows you to keep your deck thinner for later Refreshes.
Food Court Nanako
Yellow / Level 1 / Cost 1 / 2500 / 1 Soul / 1 Soul Trigger
«ジュネス Junes» / «テレビ TV»
[C] All of your other Characters whose card name includes [Yuu] or [Main Character] gain the following ability. [[C] This card cannot be chosen by your opponent’s effects.]
[C] ASSIST All of your characters in front of this card gain Power +X. X is equal to the number of your characters with [ASSIST] x 500.
Nanako has an Assist support style of Assist effect, which I’ve covered previously. Basically I think early game it’s better than Level support cards, but in the long run I think the level support ones are better. In addition to this she has a powerful effect for the P4 deck. By protecting all your Yuu or Main Character cards from the opponent’s effects it becomes even harder to kill them off, leaving them with battle as the only choice. From what I’ve seen before of P4 cards, one style of playing the deck is focused around Main Character/ Yuu cards and making them powerful, so this can only help.
Tsun tsun Himeno
Red / Level 0 / Cost 0 / 2000 / 1 Soul / No trigger
[C] If you have 5 or more cards in your Hand, this card gains Power +1000.
[C] If you have 4 or less cards in your Hand, all of your other «新聞 Newspaper» characters gain Power +500.
Our 2nd Himeno card from Da Capo III actually has effects this time, and they shift based on the number of cards in your Hand. With 5 or more she’s a vanilla beater, 4 or less and she’s a core support card for the deck. Unfortunately how her effects are set up is quite inconvenient. At the start of the game, unless you play 2 support cards and one attacker on the first turn you’ll be getting her first effect. If you wish to keep her 2nd effect active you’d need to continuously play more characters to the Stage which can drain your hand. It also means that if you don’t draw enough appropriate level cards she suddenly becomes much less useful. Most of the time early game she’ll be able to serve the role of attacker, however she does that no better than a vanilla. Late game she’ll be able to serve the role of a support card, but by that point +500 is no longer very important or impressive.
Himeno offers versatility over vanilla cards, but forces you to play recklessly in order to achieve this, or it comes too late. If her requirements were reversed she could be a better support card, but then it makes her more or less useless as an early game attacker.
Power that Becomes a “Trump Card”, Yuu
Yellow / Level 1 / Cost 0 / 5000 / 1 Soul / No Trigger
«メガネ Glasses» / «魔法 Magic»
[C] During your turn, if your Stock has 4 or less cards, this card gains Power +2000.
[C] When this card is on the Stage, this card’s card name is also treated as [Power that Becomes a “Trump Card”, Main Character].
In order to allow the P4: The Animation cards to work with the older P4 cards, the Yuu cards come with an effect also making him Main Character, which means you don’t have to worry about your older support cards no longer working, just because he got a name in the anime. I think they all have this effect, but someone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. His other effect allows you to get a very powerful card for no cost, because he turns into a 1/0 7000.
Unfortunately this isn’t exactly the easiest thing to achieve. He only stays this big whilst you have 4 stock or less, and stock is something you want to be building up in the early game as much as possible. He’s useful if you get pushed to Level 1 very quickly, but otherwise I imagine you’ll have already stopped his effect by the time you reach it. I personally wouldn’t be able to justify wasting stock just to allow this card to become more powerful. The other problem is the fact that he’ll turn his own effect off in a couple of turns after attacking with him a few times. Personally I’d rather use a more consistent level 0, that didn’t force me to play recklessly.