Yu Narukami

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Name: Yu Narukami
鳴上 悠 Narukami Yū
Occupation: Student
Relationships: Yosuke Hanamura
Chie Satonaka
Yukiko Amagi
Kanji Tatsumi
Rise Kujikawa
Naoto Shirogane
Ryotaro Dojima
Nanako Dojima
Tohru Adachi
Fandom: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
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Yu Narukami is the protagonist of the 2008 JRPG, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 and its subsequent spin-offs, Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and Persona 4 Dancing All Night.


In the game, the player is able to choose the name of the protagonist. The popular usage of "Yu Narukami" began in 2011 with the anime adaptation of Persona 4, Persona 4: The Animation and continued to be used in the many spin-off games. Another popular name within the western fandom is Souji Seta (JP: 瀬多 総司 Seta Sōji) which was the name used in the manga adaptation. In the Japanese fandom, he is often referred to as Bancho as in the leaders of juvenile delinquent gangs. This may be because of his Persona, Izanagi's appearance. [1] A name often used in Japanese fanworks is Kosuke Tsukimori (JP: 月森孝介) because it was the name used in the original instruction manual. [2]


More extroverted than his predecessor Minato Arisato, Yu is nevertheless still a near mute protagonist, and thus very ‘flexible’ where personality is concerned. Fandom writers have been known to take full advantage of this, transplanting personality traits onto him with minimal consequence.



As the protagonist of a Persona game, Yu is feasibly shippable with any prominent female character, with Naoto among the most popular het ships. There is, however, a huge community of fans who ship Yu with Yosuke due to the very believable chemistry between the two. There are also fan mods that enable Yu to romance Yosuke in the Steam version of Persona 4 Golden, for perspective.

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  1. ^ [1], Pixiv Encyclopedia - 鳴上 悠, (Accessed Jan. 30, 2021.)
  2. ^ [2] Pixiv Encyclopedia - 月森孝介, (Accessed Jan. 30, 2021.)

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