Kanji Tasumi in Persona 4

Kanji is a playable character in Persona 4 (part of the Persona series). According to one wiki, his “Shadow is homosexual” but “Kanji’s sexual orientation is kept ambiguous” (Kanji Tatsumi). In game lore, this suggests that Kanji struggles with his gender and sexual identity (Zaher, 2014). He develops feelings for Naoto when that character is passing as male, thoughKanji does not express these feelings until it is revealed that Naoto’s assigned gender is female. There is an extended discussion of Kanji’s sexuality available here.

LGBTQ content in this game series:

Persona 2: innocent Sin (1999): Tatsuya SuouJun Kurosu

Persona 3 Portable (2007): Female Protagonist; Aigis; Mitsuru Kirjo

Persona 4 (2008): Kanji Tasumi; Naoto Shirogane; Chie Satonaka; Yukiko Amagi


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