Part 2: ???-4/9: Lap Of LuxuryPart 2: ???-4/9: Lap Of Luxury
Outside, a figure approaches.
Im Niijima from the Public Prosecutors Office.
The Prosecutors Office? What business do you have here?
Just let me through; its urgent. Theres something I need to confirm with the suspect.
Niijima-san, I believe this case is no longer in your jurisdiction. Besides
Im fairly certain this detective shares a voice actor with Dojima from P4 and it freaks me out every time.
Theres a call from your director. Hurry and get it over with. To be frank, youre being an inconvenience.
Im responsible for this case, yet Im not even being allowed an interrogation!?
Im calling because I knew youd bring it up.
I will not be convinced unless I confirm it for myself. This is MY case.
*sigh* Good luck to you then. I wont be expecting much though.
Ah, Prosecutor. I forgot to mention something important. Your time will be cut short. We cant permit you to talk with him for long.
Its for your own sake. His methods are unknown. After all, we dont even know if its safe to simply meet and speak with him.
Why, sure. That sounds not suspicious at all.
Inside the interrogation room
Youll be answering my questions this time.
Can you hear me? It seems youve been through a lot. Almost anything can happen here and I cant stop them. Thats why I need you to answer me honestly. I dont have much time either.
Oh, screw off with this transparent good-cop/bad-cop BS. Dont tell em a damn thing.
What was your objective? Why did you cause such a major incident? I didnt think it was a prank from the get-go, but I couldnt assemble a case for prosecution. Its because I couldnt figure out the method behind it.
True. Theres no way I could be convinced of such a world just by reading the reports. It seems youre coherent. When and where did you find out about that world? How is it even possible to steal anothers heart? Now, tell me your account of everything. ...Start from the very beginning.
Music: The Poem of Everyones Souls
All the light in the room drops out, and a blue butterfly flies past Maaku.
In Persona 3 and 4, the blue butterfly appears exceedingly briefly, but is implied to be Philemon, a character capable of awakening peoples Personas in Persona 1 and 2. Hes one of the only connections to the PS1 era of the series remaining,
The voice of a young woman reaches out to Maaku.
A prisoner of fate to a future that has been sealed in advance. This is truly an unjust game Your chances of winning are almost none. But if my voice is reaching you, there may yet be a possibility open to you I beg you. Please overcome this game and save the world The key to victory lies within the memories of your bonds--the truth that you and your friends grasped. It all began that day when the game was started half a year ago For the sake of the worlds future as well as your own you must remember
Maaku wakes up looking just unbearably like Harry Potter.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for riding with us today. We will be arriving in Shibuya shortly. This is the last stop for this line. Please transfer here for all subway lines. The doors to your left will open.
Maaku flashes back.
A drunk man is accosting a woman, whos screaming for help.
The man drunkenly slips and falls.
Maaku stares at his hands while the man recovers.
And Maaku is arrested.
Back in the present, we overhear a conversation.
To a person, though? Thats gotta be a joke! You really love all that occult stuff, dont you?
Later, Maaku is walking through Shibuya, staring at his phone for guidance.
A mysterious icon appears.
Maaku taps it repeatedly.
...everyone around him comes to a halt.
The flow of time has completely stopped.
Beyond the crowd, a blue flame emerges.
It erupts into a winged figure.
Its wicked smile transforms into a yellow-eyed version of Maakus own face.
And just like that, time has begun to move again.
Maaku does the only sensible thing and drags the app straight into the garbage can.
Music: Beneath the Mask -instrumental version-
And so we arrive in Yongen-Jaya.
Good to know. Whenever we need an objective, the top-right corner of the screen will tell us what were currently doing.
His house should be in the backstreets of this residential area...
We can also talk to people or just eavesdrop in their conversations like a goober.
Up ahead theres a cop.
I dont talk to cops.
...But we do actually need directions, so
What, did you forget something?
>I want to ask for directions.
Hm? You want to get to the residence at that address...? Its in an alley a bit further back. Take a right after that apartment with the stairs.
I like how Maaku automatically turns away and puts his head down when he eavesdrops. He knows how much of a creep hes being.
Up ahead we find the Sakura residence.
Even after ringing the doorbell, it doesnt look like anyone will answer the door. Maybe hes gone out...
Looks like no ones home.
A deliveryman in a familiar uniform arrives.
Well, Leblancs in the back alley so I should make my other deliveries first Mmm, next I need to take this package to...
Lets turn back around and head toward Leblanc, then.
Here it is.
Inside, the only customers are fixated on the television.
The citizens cant live in peace if this keeps up.
What could be going on? Didnt something similar happen just the other day?
The manager notices Maaku.
...Oh, right. They did say that was today.
Well be going now. The payments on the table.
Thanks for coming.
This place is in the back alley, so theres no worries of a car crashing in here.
A what now?
Theres been a string of those rampage accidents, you know. I just hope none of them happen around here.
Its none of my concern.
Haha, well see you next time.
...Four hours for just a single cup of joe.
Uh, sure, lets go with that.
...Uh-huh. Im Sojiro Sakura. Youll be in my custody over the next year. I was wondering what kind of unruly kid would show up, but youre the one, huh? Have you been told? A customer of mine and your parents know each other and-- Well, not that that matters Follow me.
Ill at least give you sheets for your bed. You look like you wanna say something.
Lets not get on this guys bad side immediately.
Its on you to clean up the rest. Ill be leaving after I lock up each day. Youll be alone at night, but dont do anything stupid. Ill throw you out if you cause any trouble. Now then. I got the gist of your situation. You protected some woman from a man forcing himself on her, he got injured, then sued you. Right? Thats what you get for sticking your nose in a matter between two adults. You did injure him, yeah? And now that youve got a criminal record, you were expelled from your high school. The courts ordered you to transfer and move out here, which your parents also approved.
Thanks for the incredibly unsympathetic exposition, Sojiro.
Its best you not talk about anything unnecessary. I am in the restaurant business, you know. Behave yourself for the year. If nothing happens, your probation will be lifted.
Cause any problems, and youll be sent straight to juvie. Well be going to Shujin tomorrow.
Shujin Academy--the school youll be attending. Well introduce ourselves properly to the staff there. Theres rarely a place thatll accept someone like you, you know. What a waste of my Sunday
Man, this guy sucks.
Your luggage arrived earlier; I left them over there.
Ill be living here starting today I should check out whats in here
You could check, but all youd learn is ITS DUSTY and THERES CRAP EVERYWHERE. Instead, lets go ahead and open the box.
Its full of clothes and daily necessities. Ill change into more comfortable clothes for now.
Why were you wearing your school uniform in the first place?
Though its only natural youd want to keep your room tidy. Why dont you go to bed for tonight? You dont have anything better to be doing, right? Im going to close up shop and get out of here myself. I wont be the one looking after you if you get sick from staying up too late, you got that?
Sleep takes time. Got it.
Attempting to leave the room causes the game to remind you that yes, you should go to sleep.
That day I had to go home early...
So here we are, in Maakus Hometown Neighborhood. An altercation is audible in the distance.
Dont give me that shit
Ow! P-Please, stop!
You think youre worth causing me trouble? Huh?
I-Ill call the police!
Heh, call them if you want! The police are my bitches. Theyre not gonna take you seriously.
No Stop !
Someone called the cops, huh? Get in the car! Incompetent fools like you just need to shut their mouths and follow where I steer this country!
This aint a show. Get lost, kid. See? This is all because youre so damn slow! Get in the car!
Our intrepid hero promptly deletes it again. Oh well. Time for bed!