Part 5: 4/11: What Is It With This Series And Talking Animals?Part 5: 4/11: What Is It With This Series And Talking Animals?
Last time, we inadvertently cut class, ripped off our own face, and met a weird talking not-cat. What was in that curry, Sojiro!?
Morgana stops in front of this statue.
What does it look like Im doing? Im lowering the bridge. You, Frizzy Hair. It seems like you pick up on things faster than our Blondie over here. Try checking around the mouth of this statue, OK?
Maaku pulls down the mouth of the statue...
...and the bridge lowers.
Hmph, amateur. Come on, lets keep going!
Another guard pops out ahead. Sakamoto promptly begins freaking out.
Music: Keeper of Lust (Listen to this DDS-ass music, good lord)
It means theyre holding nothing back and are serious to kill us! Ill back you up, so fight like your life depends on it! Lets go!
Time for another fight. Lets go.
Eiha works, but not well enough.
This is how you fight!
Morgana takes the initiative here, by which I mean hes outside of player control for this sequence. Unlike in 3 and 4, the player characters generally start in Direct Commands mode by default.
Also, yes, Morgana is male, despite his name. They go into it a bit later but Im not gonna write around it for twenty updates.
The pumpkin-thing is weak to wind attacks, which happen to be Morganas specialty.
Use skills the enemy is weak to, knock them down and get more actions, thats the 1 More system in a nutshell. Theres slightly more to it in this game, but nothing we can introduce yet.
Arsene learned a new skill. Ill introduce skills when party members learn them, but for the record Cleave is a light Physical attack. Like in the previous games, Physical skills are cast from HP instead of SP. They also work off a percentage of maximum HP instead of a flat cost.
Hm, it looks like you dont have full control over your power yet. The transformation shouldnt normally dissolve like that. After all--
Rrgh, thats enough! This crap doesnt make any sense!
Cant you just sit still and listen for once, Blondie!?
Dont call me Blondie! My names Ryuji
Finally getting a first name for Sakamoto here. We skipped basic introductions with all the naked kings and literal self-actualization.
Actually, theres no time for me to lecture you! You wanna escape this place in one piece, right? Lets go! Oh, but before that take these. Use them carefully, OK?
Come on, we should hurry. Its not much farther to the exit.
So, a cool new feature in this game is that you can restore all the partys HP automatically out of battle. I dont end up doing it much because it can end up pulling SP from a party member you want to keep topped up and you generally dont always need full HP, but its good to have.
Despite the Medicines we just received from Morgana, this does not consume items. It instead uses skills, which are also usable from this menu.
Dammit! Im too flustered! I cant remember a damn thing!
Its clearly some sort of sports uniform, and it has the name of your school on it. Weve never even been there, but it seems pretty obvious what hes wearing.
Come on, lets go!
Hold on, dammit!
But who are these guys?
Do you really think you have time to worry about other people right now!? Besides, theyre--
Im glad you stick to your guns. Looks like its raring to go too!
These enemies are weak to Curse skills, making Arsene perfect.
Oh my god this UI
Another neat addition is that the game will tell you if an enemy in the fight is weak against one of your skills, as long as youve already hit that weakness before. It unfortunately includes enemies that are already knocked down which can get a bit confusing, but its still really handy.
You really dont get it, do you? Hrgh Theres no time to explain. Look, Im going. If you dont want to follow, be my guest!
Dammit Fine, Im coming!
Glad weve settled on abandon the needy as our course of action. What brave heroes we are.
Finally! Were saved !
...Its not openin! Dyou trick us, you jerk!?
Dont jump to conclusions! Over here!
Ugh, amateur This is the most basic of basics.
We wouldve done that earlier if that was possible! The ventilation shaft, you morons! You guys should be able to squeeze through it one at a time.
I see Then we just gotta get that metallic mesh off!
Seriously, were finally gettin outta here !
You should wait on celebrating until you actually get out. Now, get going.
But what about you?
Theres something that I still have to do. Were going our separate ways.
Heh. Youve got manners. Be careful on your way.
Ryuji and Maaku climb the shelf and leave.
Especially the frizzy-haired one, if my judgments right...
We transport once more...
Huh? Returned ? ...Does that mean we got away?
I dunno what to think anymore...
The hells goin on!?
Huh? No! We were tryin to get to school, and we ended up at this weird castle!
...What? Hand over your bag. You better not be doing any drugs.
A sensible reaction.
Why would you think that!?
Are you his friend?
Then you should go to school. Take him with you.
Like Im tryin to say ! I dont know whats goin on either!
We passed by Shujin on our way here. There was nothing out of the ordinary about it. If you spout any more nonsense, Ill contact your school. Is that what you want?
(to Maaku) Cmon, say somethin!
Uh, thats not what I meant
Maaku walks off.
...Fine, Im goin!
*chuckle* Things are going as planned Sae Niijima That reminds me *sigh* Better to leave it be for now.
So a Minister of Transport resigned after the subway incident, and this is going as planned. How does Sae factor into this? Im not sure I like where this is headed...
Im sure we came the same way Whats goin on here ?
We received a call from the police.
That damn cop snitched on us after all!
Its rare not to see you alone. Where were you roaming around until this time?
Uh a ca-- a castle?
So you have no intention of giving an honest answer?
Whats this about a castle?
You seem so carefree, Sakamoto. Quite a difference from when you did morning practice for the track team.
How dare you speak that way to Mr. Kamoshida! ...Theres not much leeway left for you, you know?
Hes the one that provoked me!
Do you really want to be expelled!? In any case, youll have to explain yourself! Follow me!
What!? This is bullshit!
Come now. I should have been more considerate, too. Lets just say that we were both to blame.
Well, if you say so Still, youre coming with me. Its undeniable that youre extremely late.
By the way youre that new transfer student, correct? Maaku Hamiru...
Ryuji shoots Kamoshida a glare before continuing up the steps.
Thats right I remember now. ...Well, Ill overlook this just for today.
Were already pushing things here, lets not go further than we need to, as satisfying as it would be to stand up to this condescending ass.
At any rate, hurry up and go to the faculty office. Im sure Ms. Kawakamis tired of waiting.
Man, fuck this guy.
Music: Interrogation Room
A talking cat ? Are you hallucinating from an overdose? I wont put up with you if youre simply joking around.
It seems like everyone thinks Maakus just high, both then and in the future. Including myself. Get your life together, man.
Im going to have you continue the story. The one who received a calling card from the Phantom Thieves was an Olympic medalist.
Its true that what he did were deplorable crimes from indulging his desire. He confessed to it all. But there should have been no connection between the two of you since you had just transferred. Why did you target him?
Try and recall it once again !
Music: Beneath the Mask -Instrumental Version-
Ah, school. How great it will feel to be greeted with open arms to this hallowed hall of learning.
Late on the first day, too. You like causing trouble for the school?
Whats with that attitude? Show some respect! Do you even want to be reformed? I bet this is a good sign of what youll be like here.
Rumors spread fast, I suppose. Were already being labeled a criminal who smokes and drinks, the two worst crimes of all.
Hm? Whats this about Ryuji?
I cant believe hes still behaving like this after what he did to the track team. And hes still not expelled because Mr. Kamoshidas covering for him, right?
Mr. Kamoshidas too nice for not abandoning a punk like that
Yeah, I heard about him. All the second-years are talking about it. Apparently, hes such a problem student that no other schools will take him.
Why does he have to come here ? I hope he doesnt try anything funny with the volleyball team.
Its fine. Mr. Kamoshidas on our side. The transfer student wont do anything to us.
I feel like were not getting the whole picture here. The students seem to love Kamoshida, but Ryuji...
What!? But you already promised to recommend me...
Im sorry, but youll have to accept that this was decided by the school. They want to prioritize students from our highly acclaimed volleyball team
This volleyball team seems really important to the school.
Oh no, Ms. Kawakamis class! I got so caught up in what I was doing I forgot all about it! Shes gonna kill me.
Being over half a day late on your first day ? Can you explain yourself?
I mean, its technically true.
How could you have been lost for this long? Its almost lunchtime. Well, its probably true that youre not used to the area yet but youre still way too late. Will you pull yourself together? You were given fair warning yesterday. More importantly I heard that you were caught along with that Sakamoto-kun?
Dont get involved with him, OK? Hes nothing but trouble. He wasnt like that when he was devoting his time to track and field though ...Anyway. Breaks almost over. Classes will end after fifth period today because of the subway accident.
It was really more of a collision than an accident.
Ill have you introduce yourself when class resumes. Follow me.
Be serious about it even if youre lying to the class, OK? Do NOT say anything unnecessary.
He looks normal though.
But he might slug us if we look him in the eye...
...Well, Id like to introduce a transfer student: Maaku Hamiru. Today, we had him attend from the afternoon on since he wasnt feeling well. All right, please say something to the class.
He seems quiet but I bet when he loses it...
I mean, he was arrested for assault, right...?
...Uhh, so Your seat will be Hmm Over there. The one thats open. Sorry, but can the people nearby please share your textbooks with him for today?
Whoa, what happened to you?
Does that mean he hit on her before transferring here?
That means shes cheating on him with Mr. Kamoshida. Then again, this is Takamaki-san were talking about...
For real. That side of the room is totally awful.
Oh, right! The volleyball rallys in two days Everyones just changed classes, so make sure you use that time to get to know each other. Well then, lets get class started. Whos on duty today?
Everyone, please rise...
The school fades out, revealing the castle.
Maaku grasps his head in pain.
Hm? Whats wrong?
*sigh* Are you sure youre OK? Also it seems like people are already talking about you, but Im not the one who told them. I cant even catch a break Why do I have to deal with this? You should head straight home without stopping by anywhere. Sakura-san sounded pretty angry.
Great, now Sojiro hates me even more. This place sucks.
Oh, and about Sakamoto-kun. Dont get involved--
Speak of the devil What do you want? I heard the police caught you cutting classes today.
Ugh It was nothin.
And you havent dyed your hair back to black either...
Sorry bout that.
Ryuji whispers to you before walking off.
See? Thats why I dont want you getting involved. Understood?
The principal and Kamoshida walk up.
A student with a criminal record, and the culprit of an assault case. At this rate, itd be pointless how much I contribute to the school.
Now, dont be like that This school counts on you, Kamoshida-kun. You are our star. Still, a steady build-up is necessary behind such brilliance as well.
...Your troubles never seem to end, do they, Principal Kobayakawa? All right, I understand. Ill continue to do my best to answer your expectations of me.
I should meet him on the rooftop...
But first, lets go talk to some more people.
Wah! What!? Youre talking about the one at the center of all the rumors online? Alcohol, smoking, theft, violence The teacher would never approve of such an article.
Everyones afraid of him I hope he gets expelled soon...
Our schools seriously full of troublemakers. Didnt something like this happen last year too?
*sigh* And were supposed to be an elite college prep school. I wish theyd fix this problem.
Okay, so Shujins an elite college prep school, which I suppose explains why the uniform is so snazzy. It makes it slightly less plausible that theyd accept Maaku in the first place, though, but hey, without it theres no game.
Maybe he called someone up there so he can punch them.
Oh, do you mean like what happened at track practice last year? I heard it was a big fight...
Stay away from him! We only just started high school Im too young to die!
From what weve gathered so far, Ryuji quit track and field, most likely due to whatever altercation occurred at practice last year. Wonder whats going on with that.
Then again, Im sure you two losers get along because the both of you are nothing but garbage. Get it? Youve already gotten on Kamoshidas bad side. That means the whole schools against you!
This place is intense. While Im goofing around, I should mention that Shujin is a homophone for the Japanese word for prisoner, which just seems hilariously on-the-nose for the name of a school.
Time to meet Ryuji.
Sorry for callin you up here like this. I bet Kawakami already told you stuff like dont get involved with him, huh?
Heh, were pretty much in the same boat. I heard you got a criminal record. Everyones talkin about it. No wonder you were so gutsy.
It wasnt a dream right? You remember it too, yeah?
Well, just cause we both remember it doesnt mean much though I mean, even if it was a dream, you saved me from Kamoshida. So yeah Thanks, Maaku.
But man, that Kamoshida we saw there You prolly dont know about it, but there are some rumors about him.
Yeah, the ripped mophead. That asshole who was all full of himself at the castle. No one says anything against him cause hes some medalist who took the volleyball team to nationals. The way Kamoshida was king of that castle felt crazy real cause of that ...I wonder if we can go back to that castle again...
Sorry to drag you out here like this. Thats all I had to say. You know, we might be pretty similar. I feel like were gonna get along just fine as troublemakers.
Ill come talk if I see you around. Dont ignore me, all right? Seeya.
I guess Ill just head home for today...
Nothing to do but head home and face the wrath of Sojiro. Yikes.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Oh boy, here it comes.
Its only your first day and youre already showing up hours late?
And here I thought you got up and left on time this morning. Look, just behave yourself. Your lifes forfeit if anything happens. You understand the meaning of probation, right?
I expected way worse than that. Sojiros a pretty chill guy.
Sojiro answers his phone.
...Yeah, I just closed up shop. Ill be there in half an hour.
...No, I just hired a part-timer.
...Yup, Im leaving now. I told you, hes a part-timer.
Sojiro, you cad, you.
Antonio Banderas, thou art I. As you saw, Morgana already has a Persona, Zorro.
Zorro (Spanish for "fox") is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a fictional character created in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley. He is a Californio nobleman living in Los Angeles during the era of Mexican rule (between 1821 and 1846), although some movie adaptations of Zorro's story have placed him during the earlier Spanish rule.
The character has undergone changes through the years, but the typical image of him is a dashing black-clad masked outlaw who defends the commoners and indigenous peoples of the land against tyrannical officials and other villains. Not only is he too cunning and foxlike for the bumbling authorities to catch, but he also delights in publicly humiliating them. . . . His favored weapon is a rapier, which he often uses to leave his distinctive mark, a Z cut with three quick strokes.
Morgana is relatively useful throughout the game for a few abilities he gets. Hes the partys best all-around healer, being the only one to learn every HP restore spell, and does great damage with his wind attacks. He learns some incredibly useful physical strikes as well all of which combine to earn him a spot in the starting lineup for a good long while.
Morgana is voiced by Cassandra Morris, probably best known as Edea from Bravely Default. Shes one of the better, more consistent performances in this game. Her original Japanese VA is Ikue Ōtani, who's well known for voicing mascot characters like Pikachu and Tony Tony Chopper, fittingly enough.