Same party. If there was any character I'd rather have with me I would choose him/her though, even if they weren't most effective in gameplay. But I don't really miss any of those I left out. I really like Naoto personality-wise but I just can't stand the outfit. I like being open-minded but I gender confusion somehow bothers me. I prefer masculine men and feminine women. It also has something to do with the fact that I got Victory Cry early so I left pretty much all of the magic to my MC (still ended up using lots of physicals even with him though). Chie and Kanji as physical attackers are naturally good choices then, and Yukiko can heal in case something goes wrong (mostly Me Patra when someone gets inflicted with something nasty, HP healing is mostly done by MC between the battles).