Part 6: 4/12: Wilson Would Be AshamedPart 6: 4/12: Wilson Would Be Ashamed
I feel exhausted. Maybe its because of all the weird stuff thats been happening to me...
Music: Aria of the Soul
Maaku wakes up in the Velvet Room once more.
On your feet, Inmate!
Our master wishes to speak with you. Its for your own sake that you take his words to heart.
First off, let us celebrate our reunion. Oh ? Youve awakened to your powers. And special ones at that. Your rehabilitation can finally begin.
There is no need to understand it all for the time being. You will be training the power of Persona, which you have awakened to. Personas are, in other words, a mask--an armor of the heart when confronting worldly matters. I have high expectations for you.
There is no need to worry. You will learn when the time comes. By the by have you come to appreciate the Metaverse Navigator? Using it will allow you to come and go between reality and Palaces.
...I bestowed it to you as a means to train you as a thief.
The Metaverse Navigator is a gift from our master! You better take care in using it, Inmate!
Devote yourself to your training so that you may become a fine thief.
It must be disheartening to make use of the Metaverse Navigator alone. Should there be others who would prove beneficial to you, I will grant it to them as well. This is all for you to grow as a most excellent thief...
Hmph, its time. Go back and enjoy whatever rest you might have...
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Fate and awakening ? More importantly I need to hurry and get ready for school...
Didnt you hear? The guy totally lost it. Its been happening a lot lately.
All these accidents are because people are suddenly losing their minds, right?
Well, between the economy sucking and how depressing the news always is, its not that surprising.
On the path to school, we get another opportunity to eavesdrop.
I am not looking forward to that. Whyd I have to be on the same team as Takamaki? Shes only a magazine model because of her stupid ridiculous body. Being near her disgusts me.
Yeah, but we cant just ignore her, either, because of what happened with Mr. Kamoshida.
Dealing with her is such a hassle. I wish shed just not come to school.
Seems like the other students have something against Takamaki.
Anyway, time for class.
Music: So Boring
Hmph You all look like youve been spoiled growing up. Before we learn societys rules, maybe I should start with the rules of being a decent human being. Hey, new kid.
The Greek philosopher Plato divided the human soul into three parts. A soul is composed of appetite, spirit, and what else?
Correct. So you knew that, huh? Platos teacher, Socrates, said that evil is born from ignorance. People whove been babied, taught that evil is due to individuality, can only become societys scum.
He seems like a punk, but maybe hes actually serious about studying?
I feel like I got a little smarter from being able to answer that question...
This right here is our social stats screen. The five stats in this game are Knowledge, Charm, Kindness, Proficiency, and Guts. These arent terribly relevant yet, but in the future these are going to be the bane of my fucking existence. They still dont show you how close you are to the next rank, too, which is really frustrating.
From that we got Knowledge +1. Im not sure if different activities have different outputs in regards to whats displayed, but I am fairly certain that the five stats have wildly different thresholds in regards to how much is needed to rank up. Knowledge takes forever, for example, while Proficiency can be done far more quickly.
Bizarre incidents have been occurring frequently. Those are but the actions of such scum. We dont need crude people like that in this school. Understand?
After class ends
You looking for a ride home? Things have been pretty dangerous lately with all those accidents.
Sorry, I have a photoshoot today. Its for the special summer issue, so I cant afford to miss it...
Hey, now Being a models fine and dandy, but dont work your pretty little self to the bone. You mentioned you werent feeling well, right? Something about appendicitis?
Yes, I keep planning to go to the hospital, but Ive been too busy Sorry to worry you.
You must be lonely too. I feel bad for keeping your best friend at practice so often. Thats why I asked you out in the first place. Oh, and be careful around that transfer student. Hes got a criminal record, after all. If something were to happen to you...
...Thank you. Please excuse me.
Holy shit, what a dirtbag.
I wanna talk about that castle from yesterday. I tried tellin myself it was all just a dream but I couldnt do it. I cant act like nothing happened. Its all connected to that bastard Kamoshida, after all. I wanna find out whats up with that place, no matter what. And yknow, youre the only person I can rely on for this stuff. So, you in?
Ooh Looks like I managed to talk some sense into you. I think we should just try and retrace our steps from yesterday. In the meantime, youre walkin to the station, right? Lets go together. Lemme know if you notice any other weird buildings on the way.
Ryuji doesnt seem like a bad guy. I should probably just go along with this...
Whend they build something like that though? We walked that way from here, right?
When you put it that way, Im not so sure anymore ...All right, this way. Lemme know if you notice something.
Were at school There wasnt anything out of place along the way, right? I didnt see no castle either ...We mustve made a wrong turn somewhere. Lets try again.
Cmon, you gotta stick with me to the end. Lets go.
One more attempt later...
Is it smaller than we think it is? What do you think?
I already did that. I didnt see anything like it around here Huh? Phone Hey, that reminds medidnt you have a navigation app thingy on, back then?
I dunno if it was or not, but I heard stuff that sounded like one comin from your phone. Yknow, didnt it say stuff like returned to the real world or something like that? Lemme see your phone for a bit.
Whats this eyeball-lookin thing?
Wait, what? What a weird app ...Oh wait, this is it!
Oh man, Im such a genius! Lets try usin it.
Why? All were doin is startin an app.
Kamoshida Shujin Academy Pervert Castle Beginning navigation.
There we go! ...Then, we went in a certain direction, and--
...Huh? What the hell!?
...Yeargh! Those clothes...!
That happened last time too, huh!? Whats with that outfit!?
You LIKE it!? Whats goin on here!? This makes no effin sense at all...
Stop making a commotion.
The Shadows started acting up, so I came here wondering what it could be ...To think you guys would come back to the entrance when you barely managed to escape.
What is this place? ...Is it the school?
But its a castle!
This castle IS the school. ...But only to this castles ruler.
The castles ruler ?
I think you called him Kamoshida? Its how his distorted heart views the school.
Kamoshida Distorted ? Explain it in a way that makes sense!
These games always need one party member who needs everything explained thoroughly to them just in case the players even denser than they are.
I shouldnt have expected a moron to get it...
Whatd you say!?
What was that!?
It must be the slaves captive here.
The screaming continues.
Oh, shit Its for real! We saw other guys held captive here yesterday Im pretty sure theyre from our school.
Most likely on Kamoshidas orders. Its nothing out of the ordinary; Its like that every day here. Whats more, you two escaped yesterday. He must have lost his temper quite a bit.
That son of a bitch !
...This is bullshit!
You hear me, Kamoshida!?
Doing that isnt going to open it, you know Still, it seems you have your reasons.
Do you know where those voices are comin from?
You want me to take you to them? ...Well, I guess I could guide you there. But only if he comes with us.
I just want to get a better look at your powers. Even if you dont agree, I bet this guyll go on even if he has to do it alone. Are you gonna leave him?
Its settled then!
For real !? ...Thanks, man.
All right, lets do this. Follow me!
Aint that where we escaped outta last time ?
Thats right. Not barging in through the entrance is one of the basics of phantom thievery.
Howre we supposed to know about that stuff ?
Ill make sure to teach you as we go. Come on, follow me!
So, uh sorry for draggin you into all of this But I cant just forgive that bastard Kamoshida doin whatever the hell he wants! Really though, thanks for comin along. I owe you big time!
Music: King, Queen, and Slaves (Another Version)
Mm-hm. Now, make sure you do exactly as I say, all right? ...Follow me!
The room changes appearance suddenly, then changes back.
I was seein double or something just now ! Was that Shujin!?
Ive told you before. This place is your school. Regardless, we dont have the time to stand around. Who knows when a shadow might show up. Come on, this way!
It looks like we wont be able to avoid conflict from this point forward.
F-For real ?
Oh well. Ill just teach you the basics of battle right now. You had better remember all of this. As a rule of thumb, try to ambush as many enemies as you can. Attack them from behind whenever possible. Youll need to rip off their masks to momentarily break the control the Palace ruler has over them. If you succeed, the enemy will be caught off guard, allowing us to jump in for a preemptive attack.
So we wanna ambush em and go for the first strike All right, I got it!
Uh, you know youre just going to be watching, right? You cant use a Persona Anyway, lets go!
Sneak up behind, tear off the mask
...and get to act first in battle.
However, ambushing can really mess you up sometimes if youre not careful, because the enemy gets two actions after your party acts: Once guaranteed after the full party goes, and then again after the order resets and it gets its usual action. If its a strong enemy it might get to act twice in a row, and if its hitting weaknesses it can be even more than that. Its a bad scene all around. Im not saying dont ambush, but know what youre getting into if you cant kill the enemy in one turn.
Music: Last Surprise (Probably listen to this)
Also worth noting is that we get our first taste of the battle theme here, Last Surprise. You can listen to it now, but for the true experience of reading this update just play the first ten seconds, stop, then repeat 3 times or so, because youre not gonna hear any more of it than that fighting these enemies.
Oh yeah, there were more of em further in too !
They might have been transferred already...
It would be a problem if they discovered us now Hey, lets head into that room. We should be able to hide in there until they leave.
Music: Wicked Plan
*gasp* *pant* How can you tell?
Theres a lack of distortion here, meaning the rulers control over this area is weak.
Now do you understand? This place is another reality that the rulers heart projects.
This is Kamoshidas reality ? Shit makes no sense at all!
One could say its a world in which ones distorted desires have materialized. I call such a place a Palace.
A Palace ?
This is happening because he thinks the school is his own castle.
So, it became like this cause he just thought of it like that!? Hahaha That son of a bitch!
You must really hate this Kamoshida guy.
Hate doesnt even cover how I feel. Everything is that assholes fault!
I dont know what happened between you two, but dont let your emotions get the better of you. His lackeys are everywhere inside.
Yeah, Im curious as hell about it too.
Thats also because of this world.
More stuff that makes no sense...
Anything distorts according to how a ruler pleases within his Palace. A school can turn into a castle like this, after all. In order to prevent such distortions, one must hold a powerful will of rebellion. Your appearance is a manifestation of that. Its the image of rebellion that you hold within.
Uuugh, Im so fed up with all this! Im more curious about you than his clothes! What the hell are you anyways!?
This is, well Its because I lost my true form. ...I think.
But I do know how to regain my true form. The reason why I snuck in here was for a preliminary investigation of those means. Well, I ended up getting caught though Besides, Ive been tortured by Kamoshida too! Im gonna make him pay for sure!
What is this, a comic book? This is seriously crazy...
If were gonna keep going, we should hurry along. Ill be counting on your skills this time too, rookie. Got it?
Dont worry, Im not gonna force it all on you. I thought it might help, so...
Ryuji, did you bring a gun to school?
Thats a toy!
But it looks totally real, so itll at least fake em out. I brought some medicine too. You know what they say: Providin is pre...something. Huh? Huh?
So you were planning this from the start Well, fine. If youre ready to go, well resume our infiltration.
And so we obtain the sacred power of GUN.
Lets use this time to sort through our current situation.
Music: Have a Short Rest
Safe rooms are a new concept to the series. They let you warp between them, leave the Palace, save, check your progress, serve as checkpoints when you die, and even let you use special healing items within them.
And what of the slaves?
Theyre all in the training hall. Id assume theyre screaming in pain by now.
Very well. By the way, I heard we may have intruders around. Stay on your guard.
Did you hear that?
I think thats just a little further ahead. Lets go!
The way to the training hall should be just past those bars...
So whatre we gonna do? Do we gotta fight it?
Seems so. Just dont let it notice you beforehand If it does, the Palaces security level will rise.
Being forced to leave the palace at 100% is dire indeed. Well have to take care not to get caught too many times.
Being at 0% is awesome because you can just ambush from wherever you want. Its great. You can be smack dab in front of their face and as long as they havent noticed you youre golden.
One fight later...
Yeah, its a little further. Make sure you watch out for any guards along the way.
No, nobody yet...
Shoot I had a feeling there would be a lot of enemies. Itd be impossible to dodge all of them...
Then, what do we do? Should we try and take em down like before?
Its not that simple. We still have a long way to go, so we should be conserving energy.
I-I see Sorry Dammit, I wish I could fight Id at least be able to help out a little bit But all I got is this toy from earlier Im such a loser.
Huh? Do you mean that gun?
Yeah It looks real n all, but it doesnt shoot anything...
I see Well, there is a way Okay, well use that to take down the enemies!
What!? Were you listenin to me? It dont even shoot pellets...
Dont worry, Im sure thisll work. Attack away, Frizzy Hair!
Wait, dude! I keep sayin, its not gonna fire anything!
You have the gun with you, right? Point it at a Shadow and fire!
Guns are a good source of knockdowns against enemies weak to it. A lot of winged enemies are weak to Gun, for the record. Theres a price, however...
How about that? Surprised? Be mindful of how much ammo you have left!
Limited ammo. There are ways to restore ammo but theyre not very good. While its technically true that dumping an entire clip into an enemy will generally do more damage than a physical attack, theres no reason to, especially because ammo is so limited and youre generally not going to be upgrading your gun for better damage very often. Its pretty much never worth it. Of course, weapon types vary across party members, and have different ammo counts and do different amounts of damage.
Morgana for instance, has a Bart Simpson-esque slingshot...
...that he wastefully tears through ammunition with.
This is a cognitive world. As long as our opponent sees it as real, it becomes such. Its a good thing its realistic-looking.
...I dont get it.
I wasnt expecting someone with your brains to understand. How about you, Frizzy Hair? Did you get what I said?
I feel kind of bad for Ryuji, constantly getting shit on by this fucking cat.
Maybe I was expecting too much...
Wait, if its better havin something realistic, why do you got that slingshot!? And it was just as strong as a goddamn gun! What about your whole cognitive whatever!?
W-Well, um *sigh* Fine, you can choose to understand it however you want. Oh, by the way, we should decide how we divvy up our roles in battle from here on out.
He totally dodged my question...
As you can see, there are quite a lot of enemies. Itll be important to coordinate our moves well. I can keep providing intel for us, but you should decide how we fight, Frizzy Hair.
Whaddya mean by how we fight?
Basically, what we do in battle. He can order us directly, or let us decide what we do. ...Though I guess Im the only other one fighting right now...
So, we can set Morgana to take orders from us from now on, which the game helpfully does for us.
We can also automatically use skills that will hit the enemys weakness, if we know it.
Finally, to speed up trash fights, we can use Rush, which will quickly make every party member auto-melee.
You guys gonna take it down again?
I guess thats our only choice But wait, this might be a good time Okay, Ive decided! Im going to teach you two a special way to fight enemies!
Something like that! Lets go!
First, knock down all the enemies! Everything starts with that crucial step!
All right! Now rush on in for an All-out Attack!
All-out Attacks are better and more stylish than theyve ever been, and in this game every character gets a unique pose for starting one that defeats all enemies. Its awesome.
Wh-What was that super-move thing you just did!?
I told you, its called an All-out Attack. If you manage to knock all the enemies down, you might be able to use it to beat them all at once.
Yeah That was over quick
Its a concentrated attack on defenseless enemies, after all. Now as I mentioned before, I want you to be the head of our command. You can decide when we use this.
That last bit is important; if Maaku or everyone but Maaku are incapacitated for one reason or another, no All-out Attacking.
Kamoshidas Training Hall of Love ? What kinda bullshit is this!?
The slaves are repeatedly beaten with sticks by the guards.
How many times do I have to tell you to keep your voice down!?
But this is beyond messed up! How do I open this ?
Youre tellin me you wanna stay in a place like this!?
Wait a minute Were you planning on taking these guys out of here?
We cant just leave em here!
How stupid can you be ?
These are only humans in Kamoshidas cognition. They arent real humans that have entered from reality. Theyre different from you two.
It means theres no point in saving them! Theyre different from the real ones in the real world. You could say that these are extremely similar-looking dolls.
The hell!? Whys it gotta be so complicated!? So the schools a castle, and the students are slaves Its so on point that it makes me laugh. This really is the inside of that assholes head !
Still, this is horrible. It must mean he treats them as slaves in the real world too.
In the real world too ? Wait, I know these guys Theyre members of the volleyball teamthe one Kamoshida coaches for!
They must be physically abused every day Theres no way theyd be so beat up normally.
Dont tell me Theyre going through similar shit in reality!?
Most likely. I mean, this proves that Kamoshida thinks of them as slaves.
So it might be for real I heard that Kamoshidas usin physical punishment. Theyre just rumors, but If theyre true, wouldnt this be somethin to report to the police ? Ill use these guys as evidence.
We can use the navigation app, but the cameras a no go!?
A navigation app?
Thats what we used to come here. What about yours?
My camera app wont open.
Whatever you do is fine, but were gonna get caught if we stand around like this. We need to head back!
Hang on a sec! Theres no other way Ill just memorize their faces before goin home!
Time to gather evidence.
Urghh Please, no more...
Students run on a treadmill towards a pot.
Not givin athletes water even for tough trainin is a common thing in the real world too That sack of shit ! Im gonna try and memorize all these guys faces before we go back Mkay, Im done. Lets check and see if therere any more!
It hurts It hurts !
A cannon repeatedly fires explosive volleyballs at a student.
The hell ? This aint trainin at all Its just violence! This means hes been doin something similar in reality too, right ? Damn that bastard !
What, exactly, is similar to this? This is just insane.
I know, I know Just gimme a sec. Ill memorize em quick.
Hey, are you done yet!? Were cutting it close here!
Dont freak me out like that, you goddamn moron! Anyways, I got all of em!
Then lets stop wasting time! We need to scram!
Chances of intruder activity are extremely high! All personnel, increase security measures!
To think youd make the same mistake again. Youre hopeless!
The school aint your castle! Ive memorized their faces real good. Youre goin down!
It seems its true when they say barking dogs seldom bite. How far the star runner of the track team has fallen.
The hell are you gettin at!?
I speak of the Track Traitor who acted in violence, ending his teammates dreams. Oh, I can only imagine the pain of the others who were dragged under with your selfish act.
What a surprise. So youre accompanying him without knowing anything at all? He betrayed his teammates and crushed their hopes, yet he still carries on as carefree as ever.
Youve come along with this fool and are now going to end up dead. ...How unlucky of you. Go. Kill them all. Dont sully my castle with garbage.
Morgana goes down.
And swiftly enough, so does Maaku.
What a worthless piece of trash, getting emotional so quickly How dare you raise your hand at me. Though it was only temporary, have you forgotten my kindness in supervising track practice?
It was nothing but an eyesore! The only one who needs to achieve results is me! That coach who got fired was hopeless too Had he not opposed me with a sound argument, I wouldve settled it with only breaking his stars leg.
Do you need me to deal with your other leg too? The school will call it self-defense anyway!
Dammit Am I gonna lose again ? Not only can I not run anymore the track team is gone too cause of this asshole !
So thats why
Once these two are dealt with, youre next. Hahahaha !
...Youre right. Everything that was important to me was taken by him Ill never get em back !
Stay there and watch. Look on as these hopeless scum die for nothing because they sided with trash like you.
All you think about is using people Youre the real scumbag, Kamoshida!
Ryujis Awakening (Watch this)
Since your name has been disgraced already, why not hoist the flag and wreak havoc ? The other you who exists within desires it thus...
Theres no turning back...
Music: Will Power
Ugh This one as well!?
Kamoshida must be getting real sick of these fucking teenagers bleeding face blood all over his castle.
This effin rocks! Now that I got this power, its time for payback Yo, Im ready...
The guard transforms into another Shadow.
So, Ryujis joined our party now, and he brings with him maybe my favorite Persona design. Maybe. Theres some good ones.
Captain Kidd was a Scottish pirate (or maybe not, theres apparently some debate about this). He is, notably, not fictional, but the legend that he left behind treasure after his death inspired works such as Treasure Island and motherfucking One Piece.
Ryuji fills an interesting niche we havent seen befHes Kanji. Hes Kanji almost exactly, down to the Electricity/Physical affinity and shit SP pool. And hes the good Kanji from Golden, not the bad one from vanilla. The only meaningful differences are that Kanji got the Elec buffs and Ryuji gets multitarget physical attacks, but thats kinda it.
Ryuji and Kidd are voiced by Max Mittelman (and Mamoru Miyano in Japanese), whos honestly pretty great even if I did spend the last few months complaining it wasnt Ben Diskin. Hes a newer VA whose most prominent role is almost certainly that of Saitama in One Punch Man.