Part 124: 9/27-9/28: Yuuki Mishima, The HeroPart 116: 9/27-9/28: Yuuki Mishima, The Hero
Anon: No apology yet? :[
Anon: Ooh, a calling card! kekeke
Anon: Ive been waiting for this
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Yeah, its a new fall fragrance. Its supposed to be mysterious, like the Phantom Thieves. I thought Id wear it to show my support while theyre out there taking down an evil corporation.
Girl #2 here is explicitly described here as Phangirl, for the record.
A show of support, huh? I could post a photo online of all the Phan merch Ive amassed. Maybe theyll be motivated by how passionate their fans are.
Im sure they will.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Dont know what youre talking about, old man. Im all about rock n rollnothing else!
I saw some pretty hilarious videos of you online, but maybe I got the wrong guy?
I express myself best through music. My next song is a ballad praising the Phantom Thieves I give you Phantom Thieves Jongara Bushi! Haaa, appeeearing iiin Tooohhh-kyooohhh
Its occuring to me that this dudes musical genre gimmick doesnt really work in pure text form even in the original game, and double doesnt work in LP form.
Well, you also lied to him about your age. Are you sure you have the right to complain?
Thats different. Anyway, I asked the Phantom Thieves to give him a change of heart.
Geez I think maybe its you who might need a change of heart.
These CHATTER messages are getting intense.
Music: Butterfly Kiss
All right, I guess we should finally get to telling Takemi about her patient.
Theres nothing to talk about
Why dont you tell Takemi about Oyamada?
Oh fine Ill go to you, so wait there.
I wanted to speak with you right away! The hospital that was on the news is the same one you used to work at, right!?
The hospital on the news?
But I knew you werent capable of doing those terrible things.
...Wh-Whats going on?
Oh, my. You really dont know, do you?
Chief of Staff Oyamada turned himself in. He was manipulating things behind the scenes. Turns out he was the one who made that terrible medical error, and laid the blame on his subordinate!
Is that true?
Its been on news channels all over the country!
I havent seen it
I just knew something didnt quite add up about that story.
I never believed someone like you could have ever done something like that.
Hooray! Doctor! But Whats a medical error?
What? Um Its something that shouldnt be allowed to happen I guess.
Girls Father and Old Lady begin chatting idly.
Oyamada surrendering himself at such a convenient time Why ? ...It doesnt matter. Its too late. It doesnt change the fact that I couldnt save her
Theres no way
Oh, it mustve been difficult for her too. I heard shes been moved to another hospital
Music: Sunset Bridge
Are you OK, Doctor!?
Ill compensate you well. Whatever you want, however much, just let me know.
*nods* It feels like my bond with Takemi is growing even deeper...
Were going to have to move quickly today, so you may experience some pain during the examination. ...Sorry. Just hang in there, OK?
Sad to break the Its for my exams chain, but its worth it not to ruin this moment.
Once the medicine is perfected, Ill introduce you to Miwa-chan and tell her how much you helped. All right, into the examination room you go.
I feel like cooperating in that shady clinical trial has increased my Guts
Maaku gains Guts +1.
Thats all for today. Take care.
Music: Beneath the Mask
His reaction was quite vague when I spoke to jim too Is this what normally happens?
Madarame was in a similar state after we changed his heart.
Itll be OK, dont worry. All we have to do is wait.
...Youre right. Ill just believe its going to work. Thank you, and sorry for asking so many times. Ill message you again if there is more progress.
Just relax, Haru. Im 1000% positive thisll go off without a hitch. Why, Id stake the Phantom Thieves reputation on it!
I get why Haru is worried but lets just wait for the change of heart to go through. Dont worry, itll be just like it always is.
DO YOU GET IT??? DO YOU GET IT, YOU GUYS??? SOMETHING BADS GONNA HAPPEN!!!!
Are you among those who are waiting to see the president of that company meet his judgment?
Haha, theres no need to hide it. Theres no shame in projecting your suppressed hopes onto them. Its clear that they have power. They have an ethical obligation to use it wisely. The pressure and expectations that burden exceptional people I know it well, hahaha.
Former Okumura Foods employees who feel they are victims have formed an association and held a meeting. The association exchanged ideas among one another and vowed not to give up until justice is done.
Oh, theyre all working together. Its tough to do something big all by yourself.
Not enough to get Hifumi to the next rank, unfortunately.
Music: Layer Cake
Were already flush with cash, but we decide to go to Untouchable to sell our Palace goodies.
Whereupon were treated with this message. Ill probably actually try to take advantage of this at some point, but not just yet.
And its 50% off because were at Rank 5 with Iwai.
Music: Beneath the Mask
The worst. Even if I drive all day, I still barely meet quota.
Well, let me tell you about this great little startup called Ubernow, you have to supply your own car, and pay for gas, and you wont make anything near a living wage, but hey, at least the companys so awful in so many different ways theyre losing money too!
Yeah, welldont get me started on my bosses. These days theyre little more than slave-drivers
Maybe we need to ask the Phantom Thieves for help.
I hope they take down my boss when theyre done with Okumura.
The Phan-Sites blowing up!
Oh, hey Mishima. Guess we should hang, or whatever.
Oh, so Ive been researching that actor, and I came across some substantial new info.
Are you free to hear what I found?
...Sure, buddy. Sure.
Oh, awesome, what fresh hell will prevent us from reaching the next rank here? Getting sick of your shit, Mishima.
*sigh* Lets do this, I guess.
Thanks. Lets head to the diner then.
He probably just couldnt live with himself after what he did to her His reputation did a total 180 after he announced the marriage though. People used to hate him, but now all everyone wants to talk about is how sweet and manly he is. At any rate, we cant oppose the will of the public. Good thing we decided not to change his heart.
Yeah, it is good we all decided that.
Support for the Phantom Thieves wouldve really dropped if we had. ...I need to make sure our next target is one we can win against.
Oh, by the way I came up with a new plan of attack. If we really wanna make you guys famous, we need to do more than just answer promising requests. Right now there are tons of idiots out there doubting you, and trying to influence others to do the same. So were gonna purge them.
Theres not really any better way to phrase it though.
How about not phrasing it at all because were not doing that, you imbecile?
The truth is, I looked up some of these idiots who were criticizing you and sent them warning messages. You know, something like, If you dont change your wicked ways, youll be our next target.
Ill have you know, its been working wonders. They totally stopped dissing the P-Thieves!
Hold on, gonna send the brainwashing crew after my forums nemesis. What!?
There are still some people who say they dont believe, but deep down theyre just afraid of you guys.
The audio clip for this line is a creepy-ass laugh and I hate it.
Plus now that all those haters are gone, people are putting a bunch more info on the forum. Post after post after post, its all please and help me ...This is so much fun.
All I did was find my own way to change peoples hearts. Im above the simple stuff like producing and advertising now. I can change the world. I have the strength to do that now
Yo, Mishima I havent seen you since graduation.
Hahaha We actually saw each other here not that long ago
...Oh yeah, I guess youre right.
Are you OK?
...Whaddya mean? Does it look like I aint OK?
I dunno, you just seem quiet.
...Shut your mouth, zero. I dont got time to be listening to you.
He acts like Im a total nothing, but he still takes time to try and mess with me Ive changed though. Im way better than a loser like him.
I even heard hes been hanging out with some shady people Theyre all scum. I wish we could change their hearts, for the good of our society...
All right, its decided! Your next target is gonna be Akiyama-kun!
Lets see, wheres his info
Are you guys gonna come after me someday too ?
I should find this hilarious, but today I take no joy in this. Mishima, you gotta calm the fuck down.
H-Hahaha Good joke, Hamiru. Anyway, Im heading home. Ill send you Akiyama-kuns info later
I should discuss this with the others...
Yeah, we really shou--
Wait, right now!?
Didnt he give us some other weird request too? Something about that handsome actor? Is Mishima-kun trying to take advantage of us ?
Apparently he has also threatened anyone who dares speak ill of the Phantom Thieves on his forum. Perhaps we should enact a change of heart on Mishima, not this Akiyama fellow.
Were really considering this? Holy shit, wow.
Whoa, wait up. He aint that bad.
Hm I guess we could find out whats happening if we managed to find his Shadow. I mean, hes already worried that were gonna change his heart, right? Well probably be able to track down his Shadow in Mementos. All things considered, I think our best course of action would be to defeat it and change his heart.
Mishima-kun ? It feels almost wrong to consider such an option
Haru, have you even met Mishima? Youve been a Phantom Thief for less than two weeks. Im not saying youre wrong to be skeptical here, but dont act like you have some great personal objection.
We cant have him keep causing problems for us though.
Either way, we can decide whether or not we change his heart later. For now, we must meet his Shadow.
Yeah. Lets head into Mementos and track down Mishimas Shadow!
Okay, well do it first thing after school tomo--
Okay, now this is just getting ridiculous.
Could you be the Phantom Thieves!? *looks around* Hahahaha! So you wanna change my heart, even after everything Ive done for you guys!?
If you just shut up and listened to what I told you, the Phantom Thieves would get even more famous And if you did that, Id get some of the spotlight too. I wouldnt be just some stupid zero anymore Theres finally some hope back in my life So why? Why are you so insistent on stopping me ?
I wanna talk to your leader alone.
The others leave. This seems like a great idea!
Before you came along, I knew my role in life. I was supposed to be the guy everyone messed with I had accepted that I was a zero, embraced it even But once I figured out you were one of the Phantom Thieves, everything changed You just HAD to get close to me !
I want to change society too I want the world to notice me! If I can just make the Phantom Thieves famous, maybe Ill end up famous too !
Im not sure but I dont have any other choice! I dont have any special powers like you guys Heck, nobody even pays attention to me ! In the end, thats why I need you guys Youre the only way Ill be able to make a name for myself!
I cant even make fun of this, its just sad, really.
But if I cant push my way into the spotlight now, when will I !? Anyway, just bring it on already! Youre here to fight, arent you!?
Do it yourself is one of my favorite choices in the game.
Im sure he learned something if hes been spendin all this time with us amazin heroes, yeah?
Its rude to eavesdrop, Skull.
I need to be famous ! I need to I
Well, that was, to my knowledge, by far the longest Confidant event in the entire game. We didnt even get a rank up out of it. Goddammit, Mishima.
Anon: Better run Mr. CEO XDDD
Anon: Here comes the apology rofl
Anon: They better not screw it up
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Music: Everyday Days
I love the sound of the word chief. Id like to be called that too, someday.
I just imagined Sojiro with Morganas head. Yeersh.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Have you seen the Totem Pole at the diner in Shibuya yet?
Haha, yeahit really is a Totem Pole.
Im impressed by these students knowledge of the customs of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. As for me, whenever I think of a totem pole, I think of that one episode of Hannibal. You know the one.
Its so colorful. I just love watching people try to eat it!
Im amazed whenever someone can eat it really neatly.
Eating a Totem Pole? Neatly? I wonder why they call it the Totem Pole?
I cant imagine what kind of food looks like a totem pole And eating it impresses people? The mystery deepens
Its probably just a tall, thin thing. Not some elaborate mystery, cat.
The Totem Pole at the diner, huh OK Im interested.
Looks like the diner got a new item on the menu. We might have to stop in eventually, even if we dont need the Knowledge.
Music: So Boring
It seems so many of us have experienced this that a term has been created for it. The English name for that particular phenomenon can be abbreviated to PVS Would anyone like to tell me what that stands for? Mr. Hamiru! Lets hear it. What is this phenomenon commonly called in English?
OK, lets try to puzzle out this acronym! So PVS, referring to when you mistakenly think your phone is going off Whats the P?
Right. Its gotta start with phantom, since youre only imagining it. So next is the V part. That means itd be phantom... what?
Thats it! When your phone buzzes, you say its vibrating. Last is the S. So if we have phantom vibration so far
Chouno's all, "Youre taking a really long time, dude. Stop muttering to your meowing desk and answer the question."
Good! The correct English term is phantom vibration syndrome. If youre anxiously waiting for someone to contact you, your brain will apparently trick you. This is an affliction that can only affect a modern society, where being connected 24/7 is commonplace.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
When I was a student, Id get all worked up waiting for my S.O. to call me at night. Nowadays people complain if you dont reply to a text you just saw. Kind of obnoxious, if you ask me.
Think itll ever get to a point where well be able to read each others minds? ...Ill pass on that, thanks.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Still nothing for Hifumi.
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Hey, are you free today?
Only one thing left on the promise list Being OK without you around. But before that, theres something I wanna show you, Maaku. Come to my room.
See, everything on here is marked off as being done.
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
But thats kinda wrong. There was one promise I lied about doing One promise I never actually finished. It was get along with Kana-chan. This all started back when I was in elementary school.
Oh boy, bracing for a long story
I used to get bullied pretty hard for how weird I was The other kids always accused me of cheating because Id get perfect scores on my tests. Then one time I turned in a test with nothing written down instead but the school ended up yelling at my mom. My life at school was horrible. Sometimes during recess, Id lock myself in the bathroom and cry I didnt have a single friend I was always alone. But then a girl named Kana transferred to my school She was absent a lot at first, then when she was there, the other kids bullied her like they did to me. But one day, she said something to me: Good morning. She started saying it every day from then on.
To be honest I completely ignored her the first few times. I thought the bullies had put her up to it. But without fail, shed come over to me to say good morning Then eventually, I decided to say it back. It felt like my heart was gonna shatter into a million pieces But apparently, shed been saying it to me that whole time because she thought we could be friends. She was the first person who didnt mind how weird I was I was so happy about making a friend that I told my mom. Thats when she added something to my promise list. Get along with Kana-chan. B-But I couldnt do it. One particularly windy morning, Kana-chan dropped her diary and the pages flew everywhere. I didnt really mean to look but I ended up seeing everything she had written down. And once I see something, I cant forget it It was all so horrible She wrote about how her parents hit her, how they made her take pictures in weird clothes Kana-chans diary was full of stories like that Then when I asked her about it she got really defensive. I felt terrible, but she just kept yelling at me for reading it
...Oh. Oh dear.
Sounds like it was her fault. Jesus christ!
I just froze up And then I ran. I ran and ran I wanted her to stop yelling. I wanted to go back to how things were before ...Kana-chan ended up moving away pretty soon after that. I havent talked to her since. So I lied to my mom. Even after Kana-chan left, I would tell her we were best friends. Every month, shed write that promise on my list and every month, Id lie about it.
Music: Sunset Bridge
Sorry for not helping her, though she was going through even worse stuff than I was Sorry for reading her diary Sorry for running away I hate being such a coward But I think I might be able to face my fears now that Im a promise-settling Phantom Thief! Get along with Kana-chan Im gonna do it for real this time!
Y-You have to help me now, got it!?
This is another part of our deal!
It feels like Futaba is starting to depend on me...
Active Support adds a few new moves to Moral Support, all of which are utterly fantastic. Charge here means Charge/Concentrate, as it adds both effects, meaning your next Physical/Gun or magical attack will deal 2.5x damage. SP recovery is always handy, too.
Oh, and.. sorry I wasnt too hospitable today. Thatll have to wait for next time! Now, make like a cheetah and dash outta my room!
Music: Beneath the Mask
The Phantom Thieves have been trending all over the country.
Not a day passes that I dont hear people talking about the Phantom Thieves in the city too
That just means people are really starting to count on us, right?
This fervor may be too extreme. It is a dangerous omen. We could face great danger if anyone manages to discover our true identities.
Dont scare us like that! Aint no way somebodys gonna figure that out!
Either way, this excitement has definitely piqued the publics interest in the Phantom Thieves. Well need to be even more careful from now on.
Why do we gotta be the ones who sneak around? It dont make sense
People come to enjoy the beauty of nature, and a few come to pray for help in finding love. Its also the most popular shrine on New Years and a great place to hang out near Takenoko Street.
I really thought wed have max Kindness by now so I didnt bother restocking on Mega Fertilizers, whoops.
There we go. Maaku gains Kindness +3.
I doubt a kid like you could possibly understand, but Hm? You look like you know whats up, unlike all those phonies. I think you deserve to buy my wares. My art. Look at that Charm You can buy whatever you want.
Street Accessory Seller will sell us a bunch of (overpriced) accessories. Some of them unlock after getting to Rank 2 or 3 Charm, however. He also only appears on certain nights. Ive just been ignoring him up until now.
The Vitality Sash gives 30 HP, the Stamina Sash gives 20 HP, the Chakra Choker gives 10 SP, the Soul Choker gives 30 SP. The three belts give Auto-Tarukaja, Auto-Rakukaja, and Auto-Sukukaja, respectively, which gives you the requisite buff at the start of battle. None of this is worth shit, except the belts, and even those are worse than SP Adhesive 3. We buy another Black Rock and probably never talk to this dude again.
Now, one may consider that the corporate culture of Okumura Foods hasnt changed one fucking bit due to Okumuras failure to confess his misdeeds as of yet, so the company is just gonna keep doing evil shit and buying from them is supporting a bad business. To that I say:
welp, time for a burg
Music: Big Bang Burger March
We first partake in one of the autumn-only promotions going on and buy a Moon Burger, which restores 120 HP to the entire party. Then, we go for the challenge, which is discounted to 500 yen because its night. Theres no further ranks, as the employee reminds us, but well do it anyway.
As Ive already explained, there are no more rewards...
Thats all right Im in it for the sport.
However, to commemorate your further challenge success, we will grant you some free burgers.
Woohoo! Free food!
Maaku gains Guts +3, and is an unholy eating machine. No bonuses to other stats because weve already completed the challenge, but still a useful way to increase our Guts.