Part 108: 9/17-9/18: Animal CrueltyPart 104: 9/17-9/18: Animal Cruelty
When we left off, we had discovered that someone was cavorting around Mementos filling requests all willy-nilly. Its probably Morgana and Haru, who we need because
Anon: Exploitation is not OK.
Anon: we all agree on Okumura
Anon: This should be easy~
Anon: Annihilate all corruption!
I mean, there are tons of other companies that do the same thing.
Maybe theyre singling him out for all of the praise he gets? Besides, there are a bunch of strange rumors starting to surface about his company
Oh, you mean like all that stuff happening to his competitors? Dont tell me you buy that occult BS. Im sure its a coincidence.
Skeptical Guy: believes in phantom thieves but not mental breakdowns. For more information, watch his YouTube channel where he roleplays a statue of some really old Greek dude to find out why the Phantom Thieves are the best and why eating tuna will turn you into a gay feminist dolphin or some shit!
Music: So Boring
Come on, youre young! Hawaii doesnt even count as going to a foreign country. Its full of Japanese tourists. I bet you were able to speak Japanese wherever you went, werent you? The shopkeepers will use Japanese to pressure you into buying things as if their life depended on it. Im used to it though, so I actually haggle with them in English. Mr. Hamiru! Show me how much your English has improved. We have a saying in Japanese: a skilled hawk hides its talons. What hides its claws in English?
Oh. Thats just way too easy. Worth noting: 99% of people got this one right, but like one dude actually picked pig, it seems.
Very good! Cats hide their claws is the saying. Are you hiding some claws of your own? There are actually a lot of other expressions involving cats.
I feel like I got a little smarter from being able to answer that question
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
A cat has nine lives for instance.
Oh, Morgana better have nine lives after all this bullshit.
It means that cats are so resilient that they wouldnt die even if you killed them.
Thats absurd. I dunno about cats, but people die when theyre killed.
In another class...
I mean, duh. He was doing tons of shady shit.
That aside, does everyone remember the plan for today?
Yes. Were to hold a stakeout in Mementos.
You think theyre gonna show?
Well just have to wait until they do.
For real ?
We cant go back until we make up with Morgana.
Im sure theyll come.
I hope youre right
I know already! And whyre you just sayin that to me!?
We need to be wary of the Beauty Thief too.
So were doing a stakeout here.
We better be ready for the long haul!
Hold that thought.
Music: Wicked Plan
You guys are seriously slacking off way too much!
Do you have business with us?
Arent you fulfilling the requests on the Phantom Aficionado Website? Even leaving comments?
Fulfilling is spelled here as fulfulling.
Itd be best if you dont accept them so recklessly.
The police will track you down in no time. If that were to happen, wed be caught up in it as well.
Uh, we never really acted with all that much care ourselves in regards to what requests we took on. Were still going after a fucking arcade cheater, guys.
Also Yusukes second sentence here is just remarkably callous. Chill out, dude.
Thats not what I intended ! But that would be my fault
Whyre you apologizing!?
Theyre telling us for our sake. We should be thanking them.
So Im the one youre here for?
Were sorry too, Morgana. We werent taking your feelings into consideration at all.
Forehead has a point.
Ryuji didnt really mean what he said, you know? He wants to apologize...
Ann elbows Ryuji.
Well, its like It was my bad too
What the hell is wrong with you dude
Sometimes this game just says exactly what Im thinking, and it rules.
Anns setup was completely ruined.
Oh, is that right!? So I AM just some useless cat to you guys!
Now, hold on, just because Ryuji is a total idiot doesnt mean thats what we think! Its what I think, but Im not an actual character in this narrative, so thats irrelevant!
Youre so full of yourselves, but do you have the skills to back that up!?
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Try and catch me then! Get in, Beauty Thief!
Haru gets in.
If you cant do this, dont count on me ever coming back!
There they go
Geez! This isnt what we came here to do!
We need to go after him and talk things through.
And yep, we have to chase Morgana through fucking Mementos, christ
Morgana takes off down the right tunnel.
Hm We are facing a car here. Does it not seem somewhat reckless to chase him on foot?
You sure give up easy. There are dead ends all over this floor. We can do this if we manage to corner him in one.
When Futaba says there are dead ends all over, she of course means that the entire floor is composed of nothing but dead ends, because who gives a shit about level design for an area we wont spend even two minutes in?
Hmph, how naive. You really think youve captured me?
FUCKING HELL, DUDE
Shit, look out!
You just tried to kill us, man! What the fuck!? Im super not okay with this!
When we inevitably reconcile, Im not letting this fucking cat spend all day in my bag and make it smell like turds.
Sheesh, what would he have done if he ran us over!?
Youre maybe understating the gravity of what just transpired a tiny bit. The cat just tried to commit Murder 2: This Time Its Personal!
Stop complaining and lets get after him again!
All right, geez. No need to get snippy, Makoto.
And were in pursuit again.
Mona! Will you listen!?
Shut up! Ive got nothing to talk about with you guys!
Okay, just dont try to run me over agai--
Well, thats just rude. Also, the whoosh sound effect is absurdly loud.
Ngh, not again !
There will be no end at this rate
What was that!?
It came from over there! Lets go take a look!
The Phantom Thieves run to check it out...
Oh no! Morgana crashed!
Music: Everyday Days
...Or its funny, I guess? That our friend just got into a car accident?
Yup. Mona, are you OK!?
Music: Wicked Plan
Theres nothing I have to talk to you about.
Come on. Theres no need to keep being so stubborn.
I cant just give in like this! I have my pride to protect!
God, were fucking idiots.
It seems weve fallen for the oldest trick in the book
Ugh Those two
Itll never end at this rate What do we do now?
I dont hear the sound of his endgine at all Could they have left Mementos ?
Our lack of vehicle puts us at a severe disadvantage We should probably just head home for today.
Dammit! Freakin Morgana!
And, uh thats the end of our Mementos stakeout. Real riveting stuff, there.
Are you sure that was what you wanted ?
...Of course it was!
Uh-oh! Its Well-dressed Man!
I would never do such a thing !
Dammit I really am useless at this rate Someone Anyone Is anybody out there !?
Will you shut up, you stupid cat!?
Well-dressed Man crouches down to pick something up. I assume a rock or something, but this is a fairly tidy alleyway that doesnt seem to have anything to pick up, and also he never actually throws this mystery item so its kinda pointless either way.
Seems like hes already getting it wakka wakka
Was that Monas voice!?
Hey, over there ! That doesnt seem right to me !
Wait, we exited the Metaverse within spitting distance of each other? What?
Oh god, its Mitsuru all over again. I assume Haru at least knows how to eat a fucking hamburger though, so thats one point for her.
Fian-- What? But shes clearly fighting you!
(to Haru) ...How dare you make a fool of me. Ill be telling your father about this too.
Im fine, but Mona-chan--
Was that person really your fiance?
In yet another example of stellar cutscene direction, Haru nods while facing directly away from the camera, meaning it barely registers.
Whoa, so youre engaged then!?
That didnt seem like an ordinary fight though Shouldnt you talk to your parents about it?
...I think itd be useless.
My dad sucks and Im not sure my mom actually, like exists, so Im kinda stuck here.
Ill just be told to beg for his forgiveness, even if it means groveling on the ground *sobs*
...It seems she has her reasons.
Would you let Haru rest for a while?
Of course. Well take her to your place, yeah?
Im sorry I fell asleep
Did you get enough rest?
Morgana looks down pensively.
...Anyway, its just as I told you a moment ago. I cant have you guys risk your lives anymore for someone useless like me. To be frank, theres no assurance that Ill turn back into a human either This cant be called a fair deal. Thats why I think we should split up.
*chuckle* Who said were acting as Phantom Thieves for your sake? Im doing it to expand my own horizons.
No need to tiptoe around the situation. Were splitting up.
Do you remember what you said to me when I found you collapsed in the Metaverse? That youre a Phantom Thief. That youre going to get stronger and have the others acknowledge you.
You love being here, dont you?
Music: Sunset Bridge
I was lying to myself too, but when I formed a contract with my Persona I understood it all.
Aww, what? Morgana cost us an Awakening scene for Haru here? Goddammit, man, is there anything you cant fuck up? Err, I mean
Doing this because my father is doing something horrible was nothing but a superficial reason. The truth is, I--
Dont want to get married, right?
Maybe dont step all over Harus moment, Ann. Geez.
I thought that since an adult with responsibilities made the decision, it couldnt be wrong. I was such a fool, tied down by vague notions and stayed quiet as my marriage partner was chosen
Oh man, thats certainly some grammar there.
But I wont tolerate this anymore.
Phew Thats how I truly feel.
Wh-Whyre you looking at me all of a sudden?
Mona-chan, why is it that you always talked about becoming human again?
At first, I only thought of this team as a temporary dwelling until I regained my memories. But I wasnt making any progress on finding out what I am or why I was born
...I wanted a reason of my owna reason to stay with the Phantom Thieves. I dont have anyone I want to save or get revenge on. Someone like me has no reason to stay here Thats why to me this team is
Come on, say it! You can do it!
Anns just killing every moment she can tonight, huh?
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
That was refreshingly honest.
If you stick with me, theres no telling what kind of trouble will come up! You better be sure about this!
Im really, really not.
Its a little late for all that, dont you think?
About eleven years, to be precise. e: Update from 2019: I'm currently making minor edits to this LP to prep for archival and I'm truly, deeply sorry for making this joke. It took me like ten goddamn minutes just to figure out what the joke here was even supposed to be, and it's so, so bad. Jesus christ, I'm a moron. It doesn't even work anymore! They're bringing it back! Anyway, that's all. Thank you for understanding.
Of course we want to stay with you too.
*clears throat* Uhh, so well ...Im sorry I worried you guys.
Ill make sure to work hard to pay my dues. Its too late to cancel our deal, got it?
Were re-forming our give-and-take deal.
I feel like my bond with Morgana is growing deeper...
Endure will let each party member with the appropriate Confidant Rank withstand one otherwise-fatal attack per battle. Its pretty fucking vital for the endgame, and well want it on all our characters we plan on using heavily. Were not quite into mandatory territory yet, though, which is good because most of our partys currently hovering between Rank 5 and Rank 7.
Welll, in the end, wouldnt you say that your encounter with us was destiny?
No idea what the fuck this means, but okay.
Oh crap! The last trains comin up!
Lets continue this another time.
Stay at our place. Ill arrange it.
Man. This place is as drab as always
Glad to see youre happy. We spent five days worried about you, and then you just turn up, almost kill us via hit-and-run, and then come crawling back after being emasculated, even though it turns out the entire reason you left was to prove your worth to us, which ended up being wholly at odds with nearly every single one of your words and actions in the interim? Like, we thought you were just mad for poorly-defined reasons in relation to us not going after Okumura immediately, but then it seemed like you were just mad because Ryuji was mean to you (which was pretty damn hypocritical, I might add), and then it turns out you were just harboring a massive inferiority complex and wanted to be accepted even though we spent several days explicitly chasing after you? I dont really understand the logic here. Furthermore, you only came back once it was proved thoroughly that you couldnt hack it by yourself, which is weird because none of the underlying issues behind your initial leaving of the team have been addressed. Or wait, maybe they have been, because there actually werent any. Its confusing. Also, again, you tried to kill us, dude. Not cool.
Music: Beneath the Mask
It might not be easy for her to relax right now, but I hope thisll at least help her cheer up a bit.
After our initial report on the protest, many people voiced their agreement on the internet. They are particularly calling for CEO Kunikazu Okumura to take responsibility.
All those employees have definitely been suffering. They must be at the end of their wits.
Not how anyone has ever phrased that, Morgana.
My body feels like a boulder slowly sinking into quicksand...
Aww, I guess I did kinda miss this dumb cat.
Anon: dat okumura stock drop lol
Anon: corrupt companies suck ass!
Anon: that ceo IS suspicious
Music: Break it Down
Whats going on here? You brought over another girl?
(to Haru) So, you found our cat, and even took care of it?
Please dont call the health inspector.
Oh, it wasnt a bother or anything.
Im the one who took care of you though.
Whats up? You seem happy.
Its been a while since Ive had a meal with so many people.
Make sure you go home today before it gets too late, OK? Im sure your parents are worried.
No, Ill go home. If my father suspects something, itll be more difficult to change his heart, wouldnt it? Ill contact you again soOh right!
You belong here, dont you, Mona-chan?
You wont officially be registered yet, but isnt that how things are with young people these days? Go prove your sincerity to him. You can do that, cant you?
If its slightly confusing, this conversation is about Okumura deciding that Haru is moving in with her fiance, Well-dressed Man. They kind of talk around it, but we find out more explicitly one scene later and I see no reason to make this scene more awkward just to give that one slightly more impact.
Not only do you come home late, youve even stayed out overnight without permission I thought I had been clear about the friends you choose.
Father, theyre not like--
I have my hands full right now with the company. Dont cause any more trouble for me.
...I need to discuss something with everyone. Can we all meet ?
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
I like the implication that Maaku hasnt done shit today. Its his day off and hes just sitting on his bed.
Nobody wants to back out after weve come this far, right?
Of course not. Its highly likely he has some involvement in the mental shutdown cases.
Yeah, we cant just let that slide.
Plus, our fansre really hoping we go for it!
Oh yeah, she said she wants to come chat at Leblanc tonight.
Why would you not tell us that immediately, Futaba?
Chat? About what ?
It sounded serious.
Lets continue this at Leblanc then. See you there, everyone.
Haru What could be wrong? I wonder why she wants to talk to us
Anon: first step to world peace
Anon: were with you, p. thieves!
Anon: Please take down Okumura!
Anon: Take him out. Its an order
Anon: Yeah, get that greedy CEO!
The Phantom Thieves wouldnt let us down, would they?
Theyll definitely do it!
I want to watch the guilt eat him away
I wonder what theyre going to tell us this time.
Its that same fiance guy, right? You know whats going to happen
Based on what Haru just told us, shell be taken to his house on October 11th That means our deadline is the 10th.
But if we trigger a change of heart in your father, hell definitely be taken by the police. The label of a criminals daughter will forever stick with you. Your current living situation may change as well.
If I accept a happiness based on the misfortune of others, Ill be no better than my father. And to be honest Ive actually left a request on the Phantom Aficionado Website before.
Huh, holy shit.
She did so around the time we were mulling over who to target next.
But the Phantom Thieves didnt make a move
Yeah, uh sorry about that.
Thats when I met Mona-chan. I thought it was fate.
The mental shutdowns, Treasure, and finally, the change of heart Our interests have come together.
Would you cooperate with us now?
Of course. I should be the one cordially asking to be allowed on the team.
From here on, we may be going up against the culprit behind those mental shutdown occurrences. Thisll be different from our training in Mementos. You better brace yourselves.
Youre suddenly lecturin us?
Youre too naive! Harus barely a hair better than an amateur.
Wow, Morgana. So rude.
Oh, I see. So she got one of the shitty formless Patronuses, like all the lame D-tier members of the DA no one ever cared about. Thats rough, girl.
She can transform at the very least, but to be frank, she may slow us down. A lot.
Im sorry for causing such trouble
Nah, dont worry about it. Its actually convenient for us to target that CEO.
Theres a lot of negative comments in regard to the Phantom Thieves. The names of obvious criminals have come up, so why havent the Phantom Thieves acted yet!?
The way theyre getting heated is on a different level.
Dont forget about the intel on the mental shutdown cases, all right?
Of course! Well get em both!
October uhh, 10th, was it? Were gonna change Okumuras heart by then!
Music: Beneath the Mask
As Phantom Thieves, its our duty to punish him!
The company has remained silent in response to questions from the media. Intense questioning from the media will likely continue until they get a satisfactory explanation.
We need to do something before Haru gets wrapped up in all this.
Oh, and you didnt get all rusty while I was gone, did you?
Next time, it seems like were finally going to begin the next operation!