Part 106: 9/12-9/14: Cat FightPart 102: 9/12-9/14: Cat Fight
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Music: Break it Down
Yo, welcome back. You get tanned a bit?
How was Hawaii?
*gasp* Hes been influenced
Eh, I can understand why.
While you guys were off having fun, things here have gotten a bit more problematic.
In the in-game text this line is written as were guys, though its at least voiced properly.
Here is a graph of the profits for stores handling these items.
Double from last year!? Phantom Thief goods seem to be in especially high demand.
I didnt know they sold that kind of stuff.
Should we try too? I mean, selling Phantom Thief merchandise.
Maybe Ill toss some dry ice on the side. Yknow, give it that phantom-y effect Uh, Im just joking, all right?
I wonder how our guests consider this recent phenomenon.
What do you think, Akechi-kun?
There he is, the anti-Thief detective. I hope he slips up and self-destructs.
I can sense some chivalry behind their actions. They are clever to take the silent resentments of the public into account and relieve them. I believe that may be the secret to their popularity.
Well this is surprising. Your stance seems to have softened.
This doesnt change the fact that they are dangerous. However No, I shouldnt say any more
Come on, you can say it.
Oh no, I wont be falling for that. Ive learned my lesson after the previous backfire
These thieves are more popular than the police or politicians. Whats the world coming to?
Whatre you so angry about? Hey, Im gonna go to the bathroom. Take care of any customers that show up.
Wanna meet now?
Fine then. Tomorrow.
A Phantom Thieves stamp. Isnt it awesome?
Not really, no.
Who do you think the Phantom Thieves will target next?
I wonder Im really excited to find out!
I dont care who it isjust do it already.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Yeah, all that nothing I did in Hawaii really drained me.
With Phantom Thieves inspired movies and TV shows in the works, this craze is still gaining momentum.
Oh, yeah. That sounds like a fantastic idea. Im actually pitching a story of my own about a guy who plays Fortnite while dabbing with fidget spinners, because all trends are forever.
With the economy in a slump, some think that this may help give it the boost it needs.
People are really making money off of us? Wheres our cut?
We need to feed our plant. Apropos of nothing, Im a very smart person who didnt have to spend a half-hour replaying a week of in-game cutscenes because I forgot to feed this plant today, no sir!
Maaku gains Kindness +3.
Never mind, you should probably get some rest. Dont worry, its nothing important.
Music: Days of Sisters
You just got back from your trip and youre already studying? How diligent.
I have souvenirs for you.
...The principal of Shujin Academy has passed away.
Welp, fuck. I know we saw that cutscene, but theres official confirmation.
Still, man, mad respect for somehow leveraging your position as a fucking high school principal to get in good with a massive political murder conspiracy. Or, wait, is that how you got that job? Its really confusing and Im not sure why they needed you there in the first place. If anything, Im surprised you made it even this far without them realizing you were totally useless to their plans and killing you months ago.
Also, this is only tangentially related, but I find it kind of apt: the site I downloaded my portrait images from didnt even spell Kobayakawas name right. Well miss you uh (searches for a reference I havent used yet) ...Morgan Cortez from Catherine!
He suddenly stopped while crossing the road and was struck by a large vehicle. Death by external trauma.
Isnt all trauma technically external? I mean, I know about hemorrhaging, but thats usually caused by some kind of independent force, right? What would internal trauma even be in the first place, because Im picturing like, blood shooting out of peoples veins with the pressure of a firehose now.
(Looks it up)
Its referring to shit like damaging your vocal cords? Laaaaaame. And not really that lethal, which makes me wonder why you bothered to specify. Unless internal trauma means like, organ damage and not my body is attacking me, jesus fuck?
Also most of the Google results for internal trauma just give back results to a Steam game. Whatever. Thanks for indulging my idiocy, everyone.
They say suicide seems to be a strong possibility
What were we talking about? Oh yeah, suicide.
Principal Kobayakawa committed suicide !?
But would someone about to kill themselves try to go to the police station? He even used a taxi to get there.
Uh-oh, Saes Adachi-ing.
Do you mean this might be another incident?
Even if he had a sudden shift in his state of mind its still unnatural. I can only suspect that he had a change of heart.
Are you saying he was targeted by the Phantom Thieves!?
How are you so certain?
Come on, Makoto. I thought you were smarter than this. Youre not usually the type to shove your own foot all the way down your throat.
W-Well In prior cases, the changes of heart seemed to be done to make people confess their crimes. Its hard to explain, but this incident seems contradictory to their usual modus operandi
Back off, girl! This can only go poorly!
Did Principal Kobayakawa seem any different to you lately?
Sae, thankfully, decides to inexplicably drop it. Shes not usually the type to let shit like that go, as Makoto should know all too well by now.
I dont really know. He rarely contacted the students, after all
I see Could something have happened during the school trip ?
No. Nothing happened during the school trip, for anyone, anywhere. It was a gaping void of time.
Ah, youre studying. Im sorry to bother you.
Sae pauses for a moment.
...Never mind. Its nothing. Just dont get dragged into trouble, OK?
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
*yawn* Im so sleepy. You over your jet lag?
Still sluggish, huh? Well, I can say the same for myself Never midn that, though. Did you know about this? The Phantom Thieves are popular now! I was surprised when we got back to Japan. Peoplere actually payin attention to who were gonna target next. Aint that amazin? Im gettin really psyched. This is where we work hard! Lets do something big again and surprise the world!
Ryuji, Makoto surely contacted you by now, right? You know the fucking principal died, dont you?
Theres another urgent assembly
Is it true he died?
He was really taking some heat
Whats happening to this school!? Are we cursed?
As many of you may already know Principal Kobayakawa passed away yesterday.
The crowd begins to talk amongst itself.
I wonder if that suicide rumors for real It happened in front of the police station, didnt it?
I think I was passing through there at the time
I know the feeling. I was in Syracuse, New York like, two weeks before 9/11.
The principal had been working hard to restore peace ever since the incident with Mr. Kamoshida. He only wished for everyone to be able to lead a normal school life, and because of that love
Love? Bullshit. He was covering something up. Everyones been talking about it.
Maybe it wasnt suicide Do you think the Phantom Thieves took him down!?
The Phantom Thieves? Do they kill people?
I mean, Kamoshida did say he was gonna kill himself to make up for everything he did.
That would be amazing! Either way, it serves that principal right!
(whispering) Hell no. We didnt do jack shit.
(whispering) Are people gonna blame us for this too ?
I would like to see everyone live up to our late principals wishes as proud Shujin students, and
Music: Interrogation Room
No matter how I think about it, that wouldve been impossible unless Makoto was helping you But she would never do something so foolish
I dunno. Im starting to suspect Makoto isnt actually that smart and she just seems more intelligent because she hangs out with us.
Also, Im kind of getting fed up with Maakus shit. He completely sold Makoto down the river offscreen. What the fuck, dude?
And is it true that you were completely uninvolved with the Kobayakawa case?
What does this mean ? But I suppose targeting someone at Shujin again and actually taking their life would be nonsensical.
I have no reason to believe everything youve said. ...However, it seems you arent the type of person who would lie just to protect themselves. I will acknowledge what I must. Its more efficient that way.
I feel like my bond with Sae is growing deeper...
If you saw my investigation data, you wouldve had the same suspicions I did about Okumura. And if you looked into his Palace, you shouldve seen the answer to those suspicions. Tell me. What did the Phantom Thieves do to Okumura? What did you learn from him? Why did it turn out as it did? I need you to tell me everything.
People are already talking about it online.
Nobodys saying its cause of the Phantom Thieves so far.
People think he did it because that tabloid exposed how he was covering up Kamoshidas abuses.
Could it be that were responsible for Principal Kobayakawas suicide ?
If we hadnt changed Kamoshidas heart, maybe this never would have happened
But then Kamoshida woulda kept doing what he did if we didnt go and take him down.
Theres a lot of opinions online. Its only natural that he died. Covering up crimes is wrong.
The comments Ive seen are similar as well. Only the Phantom Thieves are on our side! I wish the Phantom Thieves would take down the police and the politicians of this country!
Oh, dont worry, folks. Well take care of the cops, all right.
Its not just the news. Theres even Phantom Thieves merchandise now. I never expected wed end up such a big deal
It seems like the public would rather believe in us than in the adults. People are trying to get the Phantom Thieves to solve societal problems, not just personal ones.
This is kinda scary
Are we really doing the right thing ?
I mean, the principal was coverin stuff up, right? I guess he got what was comin to him.
Whoa, guys, lets get back on topic. Werent we going to discuss the data we obtained from Niijima?
Why me ?
It seems she is searching for a common thread to tie them all together. Some parts seem to be speculation, but she has cited a beneficiary of the majority of these incidents.
The corporation Okumura Foods. More prominently, its CEO, Kunikazu Okumura.
Okumura? I feel like Ive heard that name somewhere
From Big Bang Burger.
You know, they only got famous sometime in the past few years. They even had a branch in Hawaii.
The scene where the group talks about Big Bang Burgers err explosion into the restaurant world and their parent company Okumura Foods is the sole sequence in the entirety of the Hawaii trip with any direct narrative purpose, and its just to set up this conversation. Dont get me wrong, Im not opposed to the idea of some totally inessential downtime for the group. Its not that the game couldnt use some fluff where the group just hangs out and relaxes; god knows there was plenty of that in Persona 4. But the Hawaii trip comes at a particularly inopportune time in regards to the storys flow and pacing, feels pretty redundant after the earlier beach visit, and tragically just isnt that fucking interesting at all. Persona 5 is a game that simultaneously feels loose as hell pacing-wise and way too rigid and tight for its own good, because while it has a lot of extraneous scenes, most of them are still plot-related and only exist because the game needed a better editor, meaning the game feels really overstuffed and none of the characters have a chance to fucking breathe. Most of the gang hanging out scenes have been unfortunately relegated to the text conversations because theres legitimately just no space left on the games calendar for most of it. Hell, that more than a few plot-critical conversations happen via text message says a lot about how this game is structured.
But thats enough of that rant.
It says here they benefited both from scandals and the resignations of their competitors executives.
That would seem to be the case
This is too suspicious though. Only one CEO is profiting from these seemingly accidental incidents. I think its natural to suspect hes intentionally causing them.
I get that, but still
We have even more evidence than that. Tell them, Futaba.
I already tried putting Okumuras name in the Nav. He has a Palace for sure.
That settles it then! Hes totally our next target!
Thats right. Okumura is at the top of the rankings, after all.
Hold on. That doesnt necessarily mean hes evil. If we jump into this too carelessly
Hes rich, Yusuke. Hes evil.
Beyond that, this Phantom Thieves fad is unsettling.
Yeah The excitement levels dont feel normal. We might want to let things calm down a bit first
You too, Ann!? Youre just gonna go against what people want!?
Huh? No, but
The group falls silent.
For real ?
L-Looks like were not gonna agree today then
Uhh, what? Chill out, cat.
Even you, Ryuji! You just back down the second someone disagrees with you!
I guess all youve been talking about is using the Phantom Thieves name to pick up girls anyway. Being hyped up because of the popularity is fine, but getting conceited over it is unacceptable.
Hey, arent you actin for your own benefit here too?
My appearance might have changed, but Im still an admirable human! At the very least, Im more admirable than some carnal blond monkey!
Well, youre certainly being a raging asshole tonight.
DO IT, FISTFIGHT THE CAT, IVE BEEN WAITING A YEAR FOR THIS
Sorry, but it looks like Ill be getting the credit for solving the mental shutdown mystery.
Well, she was more useful than you, as a matter of fact.
Hey, thats inexcusable!
All right then! Bring it on!
Well, this is goodbye!
And just like that, Morgana is gone.
Now, you may ask, Hasnt Morgana been a massive asshole to Ryuji for the entire game? or Why the fuck are we spending valuable time dealing with Morganas poorly-fleshed out inferiority complex that adds nothing to his character besides making him incredibly unlikable? or What the fuck is even his plan? or Why should I even care that the cat who seemingly does nothing but narrate my life all day is gone? or This seems like a petty-as-shit grievance to full-on quit the team over, doesnt it? or This bit stopped being funny three questions ago, are you finished yet? Well, dont worry! All this just means its time for...
Why, yes, I do believe its that magical part of the game where poorly-established character traits that will never be mentioned again after this take over the entire plot for multiple hours in a row! Who needs organic, compelling character growth and logical story progression when you can just have a character selfishly commandeer the narrative for the sole benefit of themselves?
Look, if I wanted to watch characters be assholes until the plot happened at them, Id go play Persona 3 again.
I should mention that while I dont actually hate Morgana I have absolutely no stake in his existential crisis whatsoever, mostly because hes kind of a dick about it but also somewhat because in a sense its just a retread of Teddies whole deal in P4. Imagine that, Im favorably comparing Teddie to something.
All right. Ive managed by myself before, and I can do it again now. I just need to take down Okumura before those guys do !
The public believes in the justice of the Phantom Thieves. They have no interest in that principal.
Im experiencing equal levels of frustration. My comments on TV turned everyone against me.
Oh boo fucking hoo, people are mad at you when you get paid to appear on TV. Cry me a river.
Then again, I wont allow mere criticism to break my spirit so easily.
We wont keep letting ourselves be defeated either. My suspicion after the hackers case last month is now conviction thanks to the principals death. The mental shutdown cases and the psychotic breakdowns are surely the Phantom Thieves doing.
I remember the data you showed me about Okumura Foods. Is that the basis for these beliefs?
There have been frequent occurrences of mental shutdowns surrounding Okumura recently. If only there was a clear connection between him and the Phantom Thieves Well, it would be problematic if there wasnt one.
So youre jumping the gun here.
DAAAAAMN, Akechi! Fuckin smoked her!
Its great to see someone actually get how weird and messed up Sae is. Wait, you threatened the owner of a restaurant you like with revocation of custody and then have the nerve to go back? Of course, Sae wont care because shes a goddamn sociopath, but its nice to see someone at least attempt to cut her down to size.
Its all for the sake of the case.
You may have the backing of the SIUs director but youve been far too aggressive, Sae-san. Youre trespassing into police territory. Dont say nobody warned you if this becomes an issue later.
We first need to know what methods the Phantom Thieves are using. The police cant make a move unless that becomes apparent, after all.
This opponent cant be caught by following the rules. What need is there to stick to formalities?
Uhh, if you dont know anything about the Phantom Thieves, especially how they do what they do, then you have basically no chance of catching them even ignoring the rules. Akechis a fucking cop, yeah, but he seems like the only rational one in this conversation.
So you wish to ignore protocol in order to reform society? I hope you realize thats no different than what the Phantom Thieves are doing. Its a shame, especially since we both want to capture the culprit behind the psychotic breakdowns
With that, Akechi walks away.
LEAVE IT BE. WE DO NOT HAVE TIME TO WASTE ON A SOLITARY FELINE.
Sure seems that way, huh?
What I cant see Whos there ? Mas...ter ?
Worth noting: that was one of the only days in the entire game that was spent normally (read: we woke up in Yongen and fell asleep in Yongen) where we had no opportunity to control Maaku. Or, in other words, its one of the only days in the game we spend at home where we dont hear Beneath the Mask in any form (at least at night). Normally we at least get the chance to walk around Leblancs attic and check the news, but it skipped right past that. In addition, outside of the Sae flashforward there were only two dialogue options. Weird.
Me too I kinda just expected hed come home when he got hungry.
Nah, hes a cat. Hes stubborn like that.
Oh, maybe he went to someone elses place. Lets ask.
Huh? He hasnt come home yet?
The foods still in his bowl.
Do you think he really just took off like that ?
Um, hes not here, so yes.
Hes a cat, so its possible he got into an accident
Does he really seem to be the type who would go off and die on us like that though?
Its just been one day! Yall are worrying too much! Hes prolly just off doing his own stuff. I mean, he used to live alone, remember? Just dont worry about it! Im sure hell come back if something happens.
Oh well. Have a good day
You think the Phantom Thieves murdered him? But why?
Think about Kamoshidas victims. The principals just as guilty for keeping quiet about it all. People who take advantage of others for their own personal gain need to disappear. In fact we need a scumbag cleansing to purify the world.
CULL THE IMPURE, EVERYONE WHO DOESNT CARE ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE SHOULD DIE, I say without a hint of irony.
Music: So Boring
The Okumura Way...And it was even signed!
Well, uh. Thats certainly
With his logical management skills, he revived his company that was on the verge of bankruptcy. He then started Big Bang Burger, a bold and creative venture.
So true. Big Bang Burger only hires the finest hamburger artists.
Okumuras words are a philosophy on life itself! How could she sell that to a second-hand shop ?
I thought she threw [it] out.
But, in times like these, getting ones mind to switch gears is key. Wouldnt you agree, Hamiru-kun? Second-hand shops are also known as thrift stores. Do you know when the earliest ones appeared?
Correct. They were mostly run by religious or charitable organizations, of course But larger businesses could donate unused stock to them, and use them as a tax write-off that way. It takes incredible business acumen to figure out how to be both profitable and charitable at once.
Which is why most people dont bother with the second part!
I feel like I got a little smarter from being able to answer that question...
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
Morganas not here, so not only is the dude sitting behind us probably wondering why he can breathe through his nose at school for the first time in five months, Maaku has to tell himself hes smart today.
I just remembered; there are rumors that President Okumura may be getting into politics.
Foul: Improper Semicolon Use; Five-Yard Penalty.
Hold up, Im being told the coach will challenge, saying that semicolon here is technically not a violation because the two clauses are both independent. Lets see what the referees have to say about this.
Hm? The refs are back, and according to them its technically permissible, but no rational human being would use a semicolon like that instead of a regular colon, and so the penalty stands. They also say, and I quote, Im a massive hypocrite, lol, because I have no idea if I formatted that penalty call correctly.
It is true that the current administration is incompetent in a number of ways I would love to have a charismatic man like him leading the country.
Oh boy, a charismatic plutocrat with no political experience whatsoever running for the nations highest office? Cant see any flaws with that idea!
In a different class...
Were gonna wait together in case Morgana comes home!
Oh, right, hes missing.
Anyway, come straight home! I wonder whats up with Morgana though He should just hurry and come back.
Music: Blooming Villain
THERE ARE TWO OF THEM! DIVIDE AND PURSUE!
Im sure hell come back when he gets hungry.
Late last night, multiple glass windows were found shattered at the Okumura Foods Corporate HQ.
Oh, really? How do you figure? Never crossed my mind at all.
Huh Wonder if someones got a grudge against that guy
However, there were no signs of a break-in. Identifying the culprit is expected to be difficult
I mean, lets think about this. Sure, it makes sense that hed go there, because he said as much yesterday. But, um, how and why would he commit felony vandalism? Not only does he have no real reason to break shit, hes a fucking cat. How would he possibly manage to deface a statue even if he was trying? In a game that made more sense Id just assume it was a freak coincidence due to that, but weve got narrative economy on our side, so lets just assume he did do it somehow.
Yeah He may not seem like it sometimes, but hes totally a capable cat when he wants to be. Either way, lets go to Okumuras Palace tomorrow. Ill contact everyone.
Music: Beneath the Mask -Rain-
He did say hed go alone.
Does that mean hes in danger?
The chances of that are highly likely.
Yeah. We should all go in after him. The Palace is most likely at their corporate headquarters. Ill look into it a little more.
All right, lets do it! We gotta look into those mental shutdown things too.
Id prefer a little more caution, but this is an emergency
Then well go tomorrow. Dont forget, everyone.
The Phantom Thieves of Hearts craze has captured the hearts of people of all ages. Why exactly do they have such strong appeal? We asked people around town for their thoughts.
It looks like the Phantom Thieves popularity is on the rise.
Apparently the windows at their office got busted.
Whoa, what happened? Thats scary
Was it the Phantom Thieves? Eh, no way
I wouldnt put it past them
The hells that supposed to mean, Random Asshole #312?