Persona x Detective Naoto (partially lost manga adaptation and cancelled third Tankōbon volume of "Persona 4" role-playing game; 2012-2015)

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Volume 1 Tankōbon cover.

Status: Found

Date found: 17 June 2022

Found by: Fitherfith

Persona x Detective Naoto is a spin-off novel and manga of Atlus's 2008 game, Persona 4, featuring the character Naoto Shirogane. The novel was written by Natsuki Mamiya and published on June 10th, 2012, under the Dengeki Bunko label. A manga adaptation illustrated by Satoshi Shiki followed soon after in the Japanese magazine, Dengeki Maoh, and ran from December 27th, 2012, to January 1st, 2015.

History[edit | edit source]

Over the course of its run, the first 12 chapters were collected into two Tankōbon volumes under the Dengeki Comics NEXT label, both of which are easy to find and purchase online. However, chapters 13-19 never got released in a Tankōbon format, only being serialized in Dengeki Maoh. Despite this, Volume 3 was slated for a June 27th, 2015, release, and has multiple listings and a confirmation from Dengeki Maoh. [1]

Scans for chapters 13-16 exist online, but no scans for 17-19 have surfaced. These chapters were specifically serialized in Dengeki Maoh's October 2014 issue, December 2014 issue, and February 2015 issue respectively.

Availability[edit | edit source]

On the 19th of April 2022, the YouTuber Fither uploaded a video titled "This Persona Manga is Lost Media" in which he asked his subscribers and everyone watching the video for help with finding the missing chapters. Two days later the video "The Lost Persona Manga Has Been (Mostly) Found - Persona X Detective Naoto" was uploaded in which Fither states that a subscriber (called "Yurizia") sends him all the chapters except chapter 14 and 18. Suprisingly the .rar file Filther got send came with a chapter 20 nobody seemed to be aware of. According to Yurizia he downloaded all of these chapters from a Flickr account called "juanjoxp07" around 7 years ago. Under the same video Fither pinned a comment stating the following (exact comment): "UPDATE: Chapter 14 has been sent to me thanks to Montblanc! The Google Drive has been updated to include every available chapter, including higher quality scans of the previously available chapters. Now the only one that's missing is 18 and this is no longer lost media!" The user who sent Chapter 14 and some better-quality scans to Fither is called Montblanc.

On the 17th of June 2022 Fither uploaded yet another video, this time called "The Lost Persona Manga Has Been FOUND (Persona x Detective Naoto)". In this last and final video Fither talks about an e-mail he got from the person that used to run the now deleted Flickr account "juanjoxp07". The e-mail contained the missing chapter 18, which marks the lost manga as finally found. Fither uploaded every chapter to a google drive, where everyone can now download the rar file.

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