Part 3: 4/10-4/11: Everybody Hates MaakuPart 3: 4/10-4/11: Everybody Hates Maaku
Video: Velvet Room (Worth watching just for the snippet of Igor, that voice filter is something else)
Maaku wakes up in an unfamiliar location.
Oh, hey, Igor. You got something in your throat?
Youll be able to hear it in his line in the clip but Igor is now voiced by David Lodge under a ridiculous voice filter instead of Dan Woren, because his Japanese VA died. For the P4 spinoffs Igor was either conspicuously absent or had his voice lines from previous games reused because of this. There was also that weird moment in Ultimax where he was voiced by Vic Mignogna, but lets not talk about that.
Anyway, because his Japanese voice actor passed away, when they were forced to recast him they clearly went in the exact opposite direction from his more high-pitched voice in games prior, jeeeeeeesus.
Music: The Poem of Everyones Souls
The you in reality is currently fast asleep. You are only experiencing this as a dream.
Being dragged into the Velvet Room while youre sleeping is a pretty common occurrence in Persona.
Youre in the presence of our master! Stand up straight!
This place exists between dream and reality, mind and matter. It is a room that only those who are bound by a contract may enter. I am Igor, the master of this place. Remember it well. I summoned you to speak of important matters. It involves your life as well.
The state of this room reflects the state of your own heart. To think a prison would appear as such.
The prison, however, is new. In Persona 3 the Velvet Room was an elevator and in Persona 4 it was a limousine.
In the near future, there is no mistake that ruin awaits you.
I speak of the end to everything. However, there is a means to oppose such a fate. You must be rehabilitated. Rehabilitated toward freedom That is your only means to avoid ruin. Do you have the resolve to challenge the distortion of the world?
Could you maybe repeat that?
You didnt decline, hm? Very well, that is enough. Allow me to observe the path of your rehabilitation. Ah, pardon me for not introducing the others. To your right is Caroline; to your left, Justine. They serve as wardens here.
...That is, if you remain obedient.
Caroline and Justine also follow the naming scheme of previous Velvet Room characters, in that theyre named after characters from Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. Justine is named after a character who was framed for a murder committed by Frankensteins monster, and Caroline is named after Victor Frankensteins mother.
I shall explain the roles of these two at another occasion. Now then, it seems the night is waning it is almost time. Take your time to slowly come to understand this place. We will surely meet again, eventually...
Times up! Now hurry up and go back to sleep.
The next day...
Music: Beneath the Mask -Instrumental Version-
Ruin Rehabilitation What does it mean ?
Well then, lets go introduce ourselves properly to the staff about your transfer. The school youre attending is in the Aoyama district. Itll cost you a bit to ride the train there, and the route transfers are a pain. Ill drive you there, but just for today. Lets go.
I failed to mention it before but Sojiro is voiced by the consistently amazing Jamieson Price. Hes one of my favorite performances in this game.
Do me a favor and behave yourself, all right? Dont get me wrong--I dont care what happens to you. Just dont cause me any trouble.
Thanks for the concern, Sojiro.
Oh my god, what the fuck am I looking at? Its like Wilson Fisk did a fusion dance with a runny egg.
Honestly, I hesistated on accepting someone like you, but there were some circumstances on our side You might have done a variety of things in hiding in your hometown, but you will behave yourself here. If you are thrown out from our school, there will be no place for you to go. Keep that in mind. This is the teacher in charge of your class.
Be sure to read the school rules. Any violations will send you straight to the guidance office. And if by chance you cause any problems, I wont be able to protect you at all. ...That IS your promise, yes, Principal Kobayakawa?
He is responsible for all his actions.
But really though, why me There should have been better candidates.
Im right here.
It was a sudden transfer, and your class was the only one that had an opening.
If youre done explaining things, mind if we get going? I got a store to get back to.
Sakura-san, please keep a close eye on him. Dont let him cause any trouble outside...
Well, Ill be sure to have a serious talk about the situation hes in.
Come to the faculty office when you arrive at school tomorrow. Ill show you to your classroom.
I guess thats what it means to have a criminal record. Turns out your past follows you wherever you go. By the way if you get expelled now, I wont hesitate to kick you out. Got it?
*sigh* School never changes, huh ? Come on, were going home.
I cant believe they pushed someone with a record on me. A male teacher would be better suited for this...
Why in the world was someone like that admitted here?
Who knows? It was the principals decision. I was told that its for the schools reputation.
I would have thought that my volleyball team has contributed more than enough to cover that.
Thats certainly true.
Be careful, OK? Then again, if anything were to happen, Id kick out a student like that right away.
I keep wishing that hed just end up not coming to school. Still, that isnt something I should be saying as a teacher...
Well, I should be returning to practice.
Oh, right. The tournaments coming up, isnt it?
Hehe, having such high expectations placed on you by others is quite a problem in itself. Well have to work hard to make up for the track team too.
Yes thats true.
Even the teachers hate our guts.
Music: Beneath the Mask -Instrumental Version-
Youre taking the train, starting tomorrow. ...So how was it? The school, I mean. Think you can manage?
You brought it on yourself though. Still, you were expelled once already. To think youd re-enroll at a different one. Its not like anyone will be sympathetic with you. ...If thats what it was like at school, people might say stuff about me in the future too What a troublesome kid Ive taken in.
I was asked to do it, and I just happened to agree to it. Ive already been paid for it too, after all.
...Another accident? So thats why its so crowded. Theres been a lot of those lately.
Passengers wait for the train.
It arrives, faster than they expected.
Inside, the passengers are panicked.
The conductor, eyes rolled back and drooling black goo, continues pushing forward.
The train derails.
The image moves to a corner of the screen, revealing a newscaster.
That was direct footage from the accident. According to the police, the engineers life was not in danger, despite his injuries. After questioning, even he could not explain his high speed when approaching the station. No further comments were made. Police are still looking for a plausible motive.
The camera pans out from the television, revealing Sae and her superior watching the feed.
Its less an operating accident and more a crime of the company and the government.
Seems the company and the Ministry of Transport both turned a blind eye to the truth.
Wait, what? I guess the dead-eyed ghoul possessed by some unholy force didnt make it onto the news. Whats this guy talking about?
Now onto our main story. With this derailment accident, as well as other recent incidents of unknown motive, concern is spreading among the general public. Just what could be causing such a drastic change so suddenly in these people?
More stuff like this has been happening? Thats terrifying.
Everythings linkedthats what youre thinking, correct? ...Ah well. Are you free? You and I havent gone for a drink in a while.
Thank you sir, but I have another meeting to attend. I must be going.
Not quite. I want your opinion on something.
Sure. Your judgement is quite often correct, though. Can we discuss this over sushi, perhaps? You are making a student work late, after all.
Conveyor belt only.
Music: Beneath the Mask -Instrumental Version-
I wasnt able to open the cafe today ...Whatever. Just head upstairs. Theres something I need to give you.
You may be under probation, but theres no special limitations on what you do in particular. Besides following the law, that is. However, Im obligated to report on you, which is why Im having you record your daily activities.
So Im living above a coffee shop owned by a grumpy old man whose only method of checking what Im doing is reading my diary. Japanese probation is weird as hell.
...Im about to leave right now. Dont worry. Ill be there in no time. ...Uh-huh. Ill see you soon.
Oh, but dont mess up my store. If something goes missing, Ill hand you right over to the cops. You got school tomorrow You better head off to bed, all right?
I should write down what happened today in my diary...
Writing in our diary is actually how we save.
This is the only corner of the save menu I can actually show, however, because the rest is full of spoilers.
I have an early day tomorrow I should rest up...
Before Maaku makes it to bed, he hears a ringing sound from somewhere.
That ringing sound isnt coming from my cell phone...
Uhhh I closed up shop, but I forgot to flip the sign to CLOSED. Its too much of a hassle for me to go back, so you flip the sign for me.
Sorry. I make it a habit not to save guys numbers on my cell phone.
Okay, I changed my mind, Sojiros amazing.
Anyway, Im glad you answered the phone over in the shop. OK then, Im leaving you in charge of the door sign.
Time to head outside and flip the sign over.
Dont savor this taste of freedom; you cant stray more than ten feet from Leblanc in either direction.
Sign flipped. Time for bed.
Looks like I need to go out to Shibuya, then transfer there. More news about that subway accident It sounds like a lot of people were hurt. I bet thisll affect the timetables for tomorrow too...
It keeps showing up...
I should probably reboot my phone, just in case My eyelids are starting to get heavy...
Hopefully I can get there without getting lost I dont want to be late on my first day. I should head out now...
Neat little detail: Maaku automatically grabs his bag on the way down.
Lets greet Sojiro before we leave.
Here, Ill feed you. Just make sure you finish it before the customers start coming in.
Whats that reaction for? Just eat it.
I can taste complex flavors within the bold spiciness...
Its time for you to go.
Thanks. ...Hurry over to school. Youll end up late if you get lost on the way.
Dont forget to do that for me, all right? Now, you better hurry on out. Youre gonna be late if you get lost, country boy.
Time to head to the train station.
It turns out the rumors about the Tokyo subway are true Theyre showing the news up on the LCD screen It seems like there are still some lingering effects of yesterdays accident...
I hear this games representation of Shibuya is pretty accurate, particularly the train station. I dont know much about that, but I do know that its a pretty accurate representation...
...of being fucking lost.
We finally find our way out of here and above ground.
Could this puzzling accident be a coincidence? To ensure the safety of the people, countermeasures must be taken immediately...
This protestor, for example, is apparently parodying the real-life phenomenon of a group known colloquially in English as the Bible Distribution League. As you might have guessed, they distribute religious materials. Their counterparts in Persona 5 are more likely to drone on about the Sun God, but its fascinating what they bothered to reproduce here.
While running around aimlessly, we see this. Seems like Rises doing well for herself. Good for her.
And Kanami too.
Weve finally made our connection.
Huh? Its raining outside?
It just started all of a sudden This is why I hate the early spring.
That reminds me Did he take an umbrella...?
Huh? Whore you talking about?
Dont mind me. So, whatll it be?
One house blend, please.
The effects of yesterdays subway accident continues on today as various lines suffer delays and--
Theres been a lot of nasty accidents lately. You know, I mean the subway accident that the news is talking about My coworker got caught up in it and is in the hospital now But that aside, its kinda creepy. The people who caused these accidents supposedly went crazy all of a sudden. I heard that some of them suffered from nervous breakdowns during interrogation.
We get off at Aoyama-Itchome.
Students run to school in the rain.
Maaku, however, is stuck hiding under an awning.
The mysterious app reappears on his phone.
A hooded figure hurries past to hide under the same awning.
She removes her hood.
The girl notices Maaku staring at her oddly, but doesnt seem to mind.
A car drives up and stops in front of the pair.
Maaku politiely declines.
The girl looks distressed before the car drives off.
A boy with bleached hair runs after the car.
The strange app responds to Maakus voice.
You plannin on rattin me out to Kamoshida?
Huh? In that car just now. It was Kamoshida. He does whatever the hell he wants. Who does he think he is--the king of a castle? Dont you agree?
Thats a bit of a labored analogy, but okay.
Im a big fan of taking the options in Persona games that make the protagonist seem like a total dipshit.
Uh, its just a sayin .Wait. You dont know Kamoshida? Are you for real? Youre from Shujin, right?
What ? No other high schools got a uniform like this. A second-year, huh Were the same grade then. Never seen you before though. Oh, you a transfer student?
Then no wonder you dont know him. This rain aint too bad. We better hurry up, or well be late.
Theres a flash of purple and both Maaku and the other boy grasp their heads.
I feel light-headed for some reason...
Uuugh, my head hurts Dammit I wanna go home...
Music: Interrogation Room
Time marches forward...
I assume you know of the uproar that the public calls the psychotic breakdown incidents.
You say that like its none of your business. It was all over the news, and one of the victims included a teacher at your high school. Ive no doubt you heard about it. On that day were you still an ordinary student?
Let me change the question. You transferred to Shujin Academy, correct? An ordinary prep school that could be found in any city ...Thats what it should have been. What happened around that time? Tell me everything--truthfully.
Music: To Another World
Inside Maakus bag, the app turns itself on...
The boy is confused...
...because suddenly, theres a castle.
The boys reaction is decidedly understated.
Yeah, this should be right...
Whats goin on here ? I guess well just have to go and ask.
Through the distortion, another building is visible