Part 103: 9/6: MEMENTOS SUUUUUUUCKSPart 99.5: 9/6: MEMENTOS SUUUUUUUCKS
The door behind Jochi opens upon inspection.
Sweet, now we can keep movin.
Just be careful, OK? The deeper we go, the stronger the enemies get.
The word Akzeriuth, even with all these extra Ys, is giving me traumatic flashbacks to Tales of the Abyss. The root word of both is the Hebrew word Achzariyut, or cruelty.
Thats a sign of how much more twisted this place is. Im sure the Shadows here are stronger, too.
Yeah, and looks like there are more enemies here than there were up above. Be careful, OK?
Eventually, we come to another rest area and I realize Ive been neglecting to cover an easy-to-ignore source of conversation: Rest area Mementos discussions. In actual Palaces, the option to discuss progress is pretty pointless outside of the game giving you a vague hint of how much further you have to go, but in Mementos the characters actually stop and think about how goddamn weird this place is, holy shit.
Mementos is the Palace of the general public, correct?
Yeah, whats your point?
Well, Madarames was a museum, Kaneshiros was a bank, and the teacher Kamoshidas was a castle Essentially, it seems that the appearance of a Palace is rooted in the distorted desires of its ruler. But in that case why is this place a subway? Is that what the general public desires?
He makes a good point. I wondered the same thing when I first came here
Even I dont know the answer. The existence of Mementos is a pretty special thing to begin with.
Didnt you say its the source of all other Palaces?
Yeah Its fundamentally different from just one persons distortions. The layout changes every time too. Even its current appearance as a subway might be temporary. If thats true, then
Hey, I dont wanna rain on your parade or nothing, but arent we here to check that out ourselves? Wouldnt it be faster to just get to the bottom and be done with it?
No, Skull is unfortunately right. This isnt something well be able to find the answer to right now. Im sure the mystery will be solved if we can reach the depths of this place though.
Did you really hafta say that me bein right was unfortunate?
Later, we come across Pisaca, the one new enemy we encounter this entire Mementos visit. It likes to inflict Sleep and use Physical skills, and is weak to Fire.
Next, we encounter the cheater, Nejima. Still cant believe were actually doing this. Besides, hes just cheating at a video game, I really fucking doubt his distortion is so great that his Shadow will be able to put up any form of resistance against us.
He looks so pathetic.
Hes cheating in a video game, right?
Yeah, hes a cheater. Its not something an adult should be doin.
In the Gun About world, no one can defeat me! Cheating? I dont know what youre talking about The winners are the ones who decide what is right! Its the winners who decide what justice is! And what greater winner is there than me? Im the god of the Gun About world! I am the god of the Gun About world! I am invincible! No one can ever hope to defeat me!
You, uh You said the same thing twice, dude.
No matter how many come against me, no one can ever wound me!
Psh! Idiot! Lets get him!
Music: Keeper of Lust
Shadow Nejima (You should actually probably watch this one)
Aint no matter what you throw my way, you wont put a scratch on me!
So, the first thing well notice, and this should set off some alarms immediately, is that this is the only voiced Mementos target in the entire game. I wasnt kidding when I said watch this, by the way. You need to hear this dudes accent.
Well, thats just bad luck.
Come on, game!
And he can enrage us, great.
A few turns of pointless, missed attacks later...
Look at him, acting all smug because of his cheats We cant do anything to him at this rate though. Lets retreat for now and rethink our approach.
And then we just leave! The great and mighty Phantom Thieves, forced into retreat by a fucking PUBG hacker! What the hell is this game?
Yes Unfortunately, it appears we do not have even a chance of victory.
Yo, Morgana. Aint there anything we can do?
Im not sure. As Ive already mentioned, the Metaverse is a place where peoples cognitions materialize. Even I cant predict what will happen here
Dammit! If only we could figure out what his ability is
We know what his ability is, you dumbass. I just dont get how uses cheats in a video game translates to his repressed emotions have become an unkillable superbeing.
Thats exactly right!
So well need to figure out a way to break through his cheat
Thats fine, but lets do it somewhere else. Its not exactly what Id call safe here. We should talk more where there arent Shadows.
We can make it our homework then. Let us think more on this topic after we return to reality.
I hope it doesnt add too much more work to your plate.
Its fine, Makoto. I already have to do everything around here.
Homework Eh, I guess that works. Anyways, lets get goin.
This is the sixth area on this floor, but counting the entire Palace its the thirty-third one.
Thirty-three areas? Im starting to feel kind of overwhelmed Just how big is this place?
Who knows? This whole place, its overall structure Its all a mystery. Oh well. Just, uh, hang in there !
We have to head back down, though, because we still have two other targets to take care of. This Mementos trip is a nightmare that will never cease. The game is at least kind enough to inform us when we return to the cheaters floor, however, so we dont accidentally go right back into his den.
Another good pull from a random locked chest, all right.
This interaction isnt important, I just thought it was kinda charming.
We finally make it as deep as were going to go today for Mitsuyo Togo, Hifumis mother.
Shes using her just like a pawn, from what I hear.
Thats her own daughter What is wrong with her?
I dont know much about shogi, but I do know shes a bad person!
Its as you say, Lady Ann! Lets get her!
I gave birth to her. I raised her! My child should be devoted to serving me! I can finally be happy once Hifumi becomes a famous shogi player!
Hmph. ...She thinks she rose in rank on her own skill, but most of those matches were fixed.
Im the one whos been building Hifumis commercial value! If I didnt get rid of all her rivals, she wouldnt be where she is now! I enlisted private investigators and even criminals to find their weaknesses and destroy them! I paid off anyone who might have complained or spoken out.
...Dont you work in a nightclub? How are you affording all this hush money?
Oh, and I even sold stories to those weekly magazines. Heroines and tragedies go hand in hand!
Dont quote this line pretending it answers the previous question I just asked, because it doesnt. Theyre not paying you that much money for some dumb tabloid story about an amateur shogi player.
One more step, and my vision for Hifumi will be realized. Im so close to victory! I wont let anyone get in the way!
Music: Keeper of Lust
So, Id actually recommend watching the video for this one, because hoo boy, this fight. At the end there I almost die several times, especially after an incredibly unlucky Mamudoon instant kills the entire party except for Maaku (twice). She can cast heavy Fire, Ice, Electricity, and Curse for over 200 damage per, use medium multitarget spells, and generally kick your shit in. More than once I either survive an attack with HP you can count on one hand or dodge an attack that absolutely would have killed me. Its easily the hardest (real) fight weve been in all day.
And she has a lot of fucking health. But hey, at least shes weak to Bless. Attacks do so little damage across the board, however, that its really better to Baton Pass over to Ryuji and have him use Assault Dive rather than go for the All-out Attack.
Morgana learns Magarula, which replaces Magaru.
Yusuke learns Counterstrike as well, though hes a total scrub who gets all his kills by camping. It replaces his normal Counter skill, as the former has a 15% chance of reflecting Physical damage as opposed to 10%, and the effect does not stack.
Music: Sunset Bridge
I could never win on my own. I had to use Hifumi, I had to...
I never meant to make Hifumi unhappy. Never. But when she won that grade school competition She started being called a genius girl, and I could never get that out of my head I turned out to be such a horrible mother. Im sorry, Hifumi, Im sorry...
A Bead Chain is an item that lets you fully restore the partys HP. Its pretty good.
Mitsuyo seems to have had a change of heart. I should go check with Hifumi...
Finally, were on the last target, who we accidentally skipped because the system for telling you where each target is in each block is just Morgana saying the closest ones below/above us, I guess which is about as intuitive as it sounds. Anyway, were going after Oyamada, whos forcing Takemi to close her clinic. We could have conceivably done this target much earlier in the game, so itll be a few blocks behind us and pretty weak.
That bastard looks like hes been eatin well lately.
Hm. He made a mistake in rushing a drugs development, and now intends for his subordinate to take the fall.
People might die if we dont change his heart! And a good doctor will have to quit
Takemis no Freddie Highmore, thats for sure. I hope you enjoyed this awful Photoshop goof because it took way longer than it should have.
Also, I kinda take issue with calling Takemi a good doctor. She tests her experimental drugs on high school students until they pass out. Plus, she sells a ton of weird pharmaceuticals on the side.
Yeah. We gotta do something!
As head of the medical office, Im superior to everyone! I deserve all your respect! You should be begging me to examine you! Be grateful I have the compassion to fix you trash!
Ah, youre that kid who was at Takemis. So hows she doing? She was sooo depressed when she heard her patient died. Oh, Im so worried about her. Poor girl Hehe Hehehe Hahahahaha! Its been so long since Ive felt so exhilarated! Did she quit being a doctor yet? If she hasnt, then tell her she better hurry it up!
Wha--!? You dare talk to me, your superior, like that!? Grr Your diagnosis is arrogance with no chance of recovery. I better treat you right away! And Ill blame your death on Takemi messing up again!
Wait, what does happen if we die in the Metaverse? Is it a P4 situation, where we get ejected into the subway system or something?
Music: Keeper of Lust
Oyamada uses weak Almighty attacks. He probably does some other shit, too, but uh Morgana got a critical hit with Lucky Punch and the resulting All-out Attack killed him. He was only alive long enough for two party members to take a turn. Laaaaaame.
Music: Sunset Bridge
I want to save peoples lives. And I want to do something great, and help make medical history. But Im just a mediocre doctor. Ive only gotten promoted because of my university connections.
Medical Chief of Staff is a little high in the ranks to rise to out of pure nepotism, isnt it?
Takemi, though, was so creative. She had all these ideas, and her techniques were extraordinary ! Everything I ever wantedfame, prestigeshe earned in just a few short years I was jealous of her. Thats why I tried to take all the credit for her new drug...
I like getting to just go man, fuck you.
Ha Haha If only there were a medication that works on jealousy Takemis patient isnt dead.
I thought she wouldnt recover, so I moved her to the hospice wing for terminally ill patients. But that patient didnt believe my diagnosis. She ended up transferring to another hospital. Of course, transferring to another hospital makes our own hospital and university look really bad. Thats why I made everyone tell the same lie: the patient chose to leave the hospice, and then died.
Thats really dumb and makes no sense!
She doesnt have much time left, but maybe Takemi could do something about it.
Ha. A healing skill. Cute.
It sounds like the patient is still alive. I should go tell Takemi about this right away
Ive already recorded a bunch in advance so I bring you this spoiler alert from the future: Were going to fuck around for over two weeks and not do that.
Well, thats all of them. Holy shit. Were done. I cant really believe it. It kind of just feels like a part of me died in the process.
The amount of time we spent in Mementos today spanned just under two and a half hours. For context, trying to fit more than an hour of recording into an update usually results in it being obscenely long. A full Palace usually takes around four hours, also, but keep in mind that theres actual shit to do and forward progression in a Palace, and also I dont ever fucking try to fit an entire Palace into a single update. This was a nightmare, pure and simple, so mind-numbingly tedious that even as I was playing it I had to split it up over two play sessions, and spending the last nine hours or so trying to wash my hands of it have been excruciating. Im not trying to whine to you guys about how bad Mementos is, both because thats pathetic and also because youll never truly understand it the way I do when I say FUCK MEMENTOS.
...But on the bright side, we now have about 470,000 yen. So there's that.
Music: Beneath the Mask
He is invincible at his game, so he is invincible in Mementos as well
Then how about we just beat him at that game of his? Oh, but hell just cheat...
How bout we ask for help from a skilled player? Supposedly theres an insanely good gamer they call the King somewhere in this city. Ive seen all over the forums how he managed to beat this cheater himself with orthodox methods.
For real!? Where can we find him?
I checked his account from the official server But I couldnt pinpoint what arcade he goes to. Sorry
But if hes really that famous, wont it be easy to find him?
Thats true. OK, we should gather intel on the King at the arcades around the city.
I didnt know someone could get famous just by being good at a video game In any case, we might be able to get through this if we can find this King. With his help well crush that cheating jerk for sure!
Theres a bunch of dishes that need cleaning. Sorry, but Im gonna need you to help with em.
Eh, fine with me, I spent the day in the Metaverse so its not like Ive got an evening period to waste.
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Thats enough help for today. Go on and head up to bed.
Have fun. Ill make sure I keep working on you-know-what after Im done taking a breather. By the way, Sojiro are people on probation even allowed out of the country?
According to that one TV quiz we saw months ago, yes!
Theres no law saying theyre not. As long as its fine by me, its fine in the eyes of the law. I mean, not letting a kid take part in school events probably wouldnt be good for his rehab.
Huh But if anything bad happens on the trip, itll be the schools responsibility.
Sojiro walks offscreen.
Arent you gonna ask for any souvenirs from Hawaii? No hula doll or anything?
Heyyy, Monas acting weird!
Hey, dont let the cat up on the counter, OK?
Morgana walks upstairs.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Thank you. Take care of yourself, Yusuke. And Futaba, well be relying on you for the analysis.
Leave it to me.
Just let us know if anything comes up, k?
Then off we go! Look after Morgana for us.
Have a nice trip!
Part of the reason it was a good idea to go to Mementos today is that we had nothing to lose because our evening would be consumed anyway. Im going to pretend I totally knew that before I decided to go and it wasnt just a lucky coincidence.
Everythings fine. You dont need to worry about me You should just focus on your trip. Its tomorrow, right ?
Theyre called the Phantom Thieves, and theyre at the peak of their popularity. Were going to try to find out who they are. This spring was when they made their first appearance.
The peak of our popularity, huh? I guess we should be careful not to get too carried away.
Uh Never mind. Have fun on your trip...
Jeez, the cats being a huge downer. Cant wait to go to Hawaii and get away from his bad attitude. Next time!