Part 127: 10/3-10/5: The Dumbest Girl In The UniversePart 119: 10/3-10/5: The Dumbest Girl In The Universe
Music: Whats Going On?
I saw a lot of errors on the previous test, so please be more careful in the future.
Todays examples will be on your entrance exam, so make sure you know them.
She usually looks so tired
I talked to her this morning about my future and she was super polite. Friendly, even.
Yeah, I know what you mean. She even gave me advice about my girlfriend.
Now that shes back on her feet, Kawakami seems to be working hard as a teacher...
Kawakamis rested and reinvigorated. Good for her.
Music: So Boring
Stealing hearts? Social reform? Dont give me this Phantom Thieves nonsense. Its all so unscientific. I mean, how could they target Big Bang Burger and Okumura Foods? Theyre criminals! That artificially consummate flavor Enough volume to fill a small universe.
I see Mr. Hiruta went to the Code Talker school of burger appreciation.
Are the Phantom Thieves trying to steal the galaxy called junk food from me!? That said Hamiru-kun. The night sky may be filled with countless galaxies but in the entire universe, which of these is closest to its density of stars.
Imagining three watermelons in the sun is giving me a right chuckle, I tell you what.
Hehe. I expected as much out of you. Yes. The correct answer is three watermelons in the sun. Three bees in the whole of Europe works too. In other words, the universe is essentially empty. There are countless stars in the sky, but the universe is even more vast than that. Even within our galaxy, the stars are separated by a great distance even though you can see so many.
How bleak. Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
Close, but yet far Hehe, you could say the same of our hearts.
Ugh, if he only knew the places weve been
Music: Tokyo Daylight
And no rank up.
Im getting worried about the publics reaction to all this.
Youre going to train today too, right?
Okaaay Lets just play a game then.
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
Sounds like they had another success, huh? Thats cool.
Its probably because they think Im weak. If only I was as strong as the Phantom Thieves
Hah, my bad. I didnt mean it like that. I just thought we should be friends, since were both gamers. The names Takekuma. I make a living from gaming, more or less. Ever heard of me?
...Yeah, youre the guy from all those videos online!
And youre the one they call the King, right? Ive always wanted to play you But I dont know if its a good idea I mean, if I beat you, your rank will definitely drop. And I dont need people bashing me for beating a kid.
Thats it! Were playing! I wont lose!
As I expected of the King OK, lets get this started.
Christ, look at Takekuma. What is that hand supposed to be, a scouter? What a fuckin dork.
Also, shout out to this lady, reading her phone over someone elses shoulder:
And this dude, trying to cop a feel:
The King is getting destroyed
Thats Takekuma, isnt it? Hes awesome!
...Th-That doesnt count! Lets play again!
You got it.
The King got slaughtered! Ha! Thats hilarious!
One more One more game!
No matter how many times we play, the end result will be the same. We should probably stop, for your sake.
Shut up! You cheated, didnt you!?
Cheer on the child throwing a tantrum! This is a good idea!
Man I guess the King is just a little kid after all Looks like I overestimated your ability. Id feel bad beating you again, so Im going to go. Make sure you practice for the next time we play.
Youve gotta be kidding me
Maybe encouraging him in this situation isnt the greatest plan, but I feel kinda bad. Hes just a kid.
Im the one whos gonna win in the end! If I lose, its all over for me!
Im gonna beat him next time for sure. This isnt over. The strongest always win in the end. Just like the Phantom Thieves Watch, Ill win for sure next time! Im not a loser, youll see!
Shinya is more motivated than ever before...
Thats not necessarily a good thing. I may be grooming a young Eric Cartman in the making.
...Crap, its late. I gotta go Man, that Takekuma though! Telling me to practice for next time A grown-up shouldnt spend so much time playing video games!
I feel personally attacked.
Interacting with Shinya has made my heart grow I feel like my Kindness has increased
Maaku gains Kindness +3.
Oh hey, we maxed out Kindness while were at it. Nice.
...Today tired me out. Ill see ya later
Music: Beneath the Mask
Hey Sojiro, I hung out with a kid today and he was such a shit that I basically turned into the fucking Buddha incarnate! I can help you with your problem now!
We get the 20 Donut-Worrys. They cure Fear.
...Criminal Affairs, OCD, 5th Organized Crime Countermeasures Section, Special Task Force.
...Oh, so youre a cop, huh?
The heck? Thats like a tongue twister. Does he have to say all that in every episode?
OK Sit down.
All my connections who knew where Kayo was are gone, thanks to the chief and my publisher ...Well, say something.
Well, I guess it is pretty obvious. *sigh* Pulling all these consecutive all-nighters is really wearing me down.
At this rate, youre going to work yourself to death. Youve been meeting your quota, right?
The chief really wants me to mess up, but Im not going to give him the satisfaction. Haha
Hes like some kinda tyrant.
Tell me about it. Its a race to see whether I can find Kayo before he crushes me
Thats not good! Shouldnt you do something about the chief before you keep chasing Kayo-chans case?
Theres nothing I can do about a guy like that. Hes rotten to the core. And despite how he acts, the higher-ups like him. I have no one to go to. Its over.
Yeah, he didnt seem like the kind of guy to change his mind But at this rate, you wont be able to continue your investigation What do you think, kid?
I need to do something about the chief and help her...
Ughhh, Im gonna die
Why? You gonna try to find his weakness? His name is Shinpei Honjo. I heard that hes a good husband, and he used to cover economic foreign policy
Dont go trying anything heroic.
Shes saying this for your own good. Got it, kid?
I wonder where Kayo is Sorry, but I dont feel like getting any info from you today
Uhh, with your quota as it is, can you really afford not to ask me anything?
Thanks for coming all the way out here though. Ill see you around
I need to free Ohya from her chiefs oppressive demands...
Music: Beneath the Mask -Rain (Instrumental Version)
Cmon, they arent gonna murder him. Besides, Im pretty sure the principal killed himself.
Student #2 here is named Slightly-appalled Guy and I love it.
No way, that was the Phantom Thieves sending a message! Wake up, people. Its time to atone! Or something like that. Id kill for that kind of power
Light Yagami here just openly admitting he wants the power to murder people.
Today, we decide that if Anns not going to have an SP Adhesive 3, she can at least have better Fire on the off-chance we use her, so we visit the accessory shop 37 Degrees Celsius in the underground mall.
Do you think you could maybe come with me to see her?
Thank you. It is reassuring to know youll be there with me. Shes waiting over at Big Bang Burger. Lets go.
Well, um I was wondering if you could maybe lend me some cash.
Its nothing real major, but I need it like, right now Ill pay you back though, honest! Pleeease!
Makoto and Maaku turn to each other, then look back at Eiko.
...Does this have to do with Tsukasa?
Mm-hm He dropped a super expensive bottle of sake at work, so the clubs making him pay for it but he needs help.
Oldest trick in the book.
...Hes lying to you, Eiko. Dont give him any money.
Hes not lying! I know youre all weird about the fact that hes a host, but my Tsukasas not like that! Hes really gentle, and honest too He even calls me princess! Im the only one he says that to, yknow. He says its cause Im special.
So he calls you his special princess What do you think, Maaku-kun?
Every girl who gives him money is his princess. That way he can never get their names mixed up.
Dont accuse him of that stuff! You dont have any proof!
...Youre not wrong about that. But did you ask anyone at his club about the broken bottle?
W-Well, um no He told me not to talk to them about it though! Hes too proud to have me go crying to his boss.
Man, this girls dumb.
...Please, Makoto. Youre the only person I can trust. All my other friends would rather focus on cram school and entrance exams than take time to help me And who knows what my parentsd say if I tried to ask them Please. Even a little
...I think you should end your relationship with him. If you dont put a stop to this, he might try to drag you into some suspicious line of work.
Oh, he already got me a job. Its nothing weird though. Im just serving drinks at a bar to help him pay off that broken bottle. He said Ill be number one in no time. Maybe Ill just keep doing it after I graduate high school though. I mean, its not like Im gonna go to college.
Man, this girls duuuuuuuuumb.
You cant just do what he says! Hes trying to deceive you !
...A smart person like you totally wouldnt understand what its like. Youre just gonna go to a good college, work at a fancy company, and then what? At the end of the day, your lifes gonna be totally boring. I mean, is that seriously how you wanna live?
I Im not sure yet. But be that as it may, you should still stay as far away from him as you can.
...So youre not gonna help me? Ugh, just forget it. I can make it up if I just let some customers take me out on dates after work.
Eiko, wait! I didnt want to have to tell you this, but Tsukasa has been texting me almost constantly. Recently, hes been asking if my sister and I live alone, and that hed be glad to help us out. Even today he asked me if Im still happy with my boyfriend Listen to me, Eiko: Hes not serious about you.
Dont gimme that crap! Tsukasas just so nice that hed worry about my friends for me Wait, you were texting him behind my back? What the hell, Makoto!?
It was mostly him texting me
Ugh! You have the grades, the looks, a cool boyfriend and you seriously still want more!?
Thank you for the compliment! I think youre swell too!
Tsukasa is all I have ! You cant take him from me!
Yeah right. Just keep your hands off! Id never forgive him if you stole him away, Makoto !
You know, I think shes exactly the kind of girl those gangs in Shinjuku are on the lookout for. Lonely, depressed girls who have nowhere to vent their frustrations
What is it with this city and its sea of predators lying in wait to victimize women, monetarily or otherwise?
Eikos family is quite well off. Her multi-talented younger brother seems to be the sole focus of her parents attention though. Im sure thats why she fell for Tsukasa in the first place. He treats her like shes special. But asking a high schooler for money isnt normal boyfriend behavior. She needs to realize that. Youre going to help, right?
Eikos blessed to have both money and a family yet shes still trying to break free from them. Shes almost the exact opposite of me. ...But I guess in a sense, watching her now is almost like looking back at my past self. I was so blinded by my own convictions that I never stopped to consider other alternative viewpoints on the world. But thats not the right way to live. I want to show her that, just like you did for me.
I can sense a deep bond of trust from Makoto...
I know she wants me to stay out of her business, but Id never forgive myself if I let this come to pass. What is the right way to live ? ...At any rate, were going to catch that horrible host. Ill let you know once Ive thought of how to do it. Thank you again for today. Ill see you later.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Their influence has expanded beyond Japaneven foreign nations know about the Phantom Thieves. Some countries are even taking bets about what the Phantom Thieves will do next.
They even knew about us in Hawaii, right? Weve really gotten famous.
Finally, Yusukes ready. And it only took an extra 15k after we intentionally picked the wrong option!
Theres something Id like to talk about. The ADP case is more complicated than I thought *sigh* What am I going to do ?
Ive been trying to use this as an opportunity to investigate into the ADPs seminars so I can expose him But the deeper I dig, the scarier everything becomes.
The ADP apparently doesnt profit at all from sales of the Holy Stones. Its nothing more than a front.
Wait, so not only is this organization somehow not managing to profit off of selling hunks of rock salt for 100k a piece, its only a side business? Why in the hell are they so insistent about her selling more of these giant pieces of nothing if they dont tangibly benefit from it in any way?
Most of their revenue actually comes from the seminars.
Self-helps a lucrative business, man. Why work to improve yourself when you can have someone talk at you until you feel like youre doing something to improve yourself?
There, they give their patrons some sort of mind-altering drug
That took a turn! Holy shit!
After which, theyre encouraged to donate their lifes savings to the benefit of the ADP. People have gone missing after seminars Families have been torn apart by this madness
This is like an unholy amalgamation of five or six different conspiracy theories about cults, many of which have little factual basis but are just kind of fun to think about in a scary way, so they endure. I actually took a class recently on the subject of cults and new religions in general, and while I think the teacher may have been a bit too even-handed on the subject when most of us really just wanted to hear about the gnarly shit like the sick fucks we are, I learned a lot. Brainwashings not really a thing, for one, and brainwashing facilitated by mind-altering chemicals is just hilarious nonsense.
Im pretty sure Scientology is still a scam, though, I dont care what she said. Speaking of scams, back to Chihayas Kooky Kult! (Khihaya? No, that doesnt work)
And I I was a part of it all. By selling these fraudulent stones, I was in direct support of their horrible actions.
In what way? Its still unclear.
I know this doesnt make up for what Ive done but I want to help the others come to their senses. Barely anyone within the ADP will talk to me though, and those who do wont actually hear me out. What should I do, Hamiru-san ? These people are all heading down a path toward great ruin
Right. Ill just have to admit to everything thats been going on, even if I get dragged down too Thats the only way
It looks like Chihayas not sure how to approach this issue She might do something rash at this rate I should take care of the chairman before that happens
Im the only one who can stop him right?
Oh, the chairman ? Its Yuichi Fukurai. Why do you ask ?
I love just picking the most suspicious responses possible. I cant tell you because then youll be an accessory.
My future is in line with that of the Trickster What does that mean ? Even so, my fate remains unchanged. I am destined to stay a monster Hm
I need to take care of the chairman for Chihaya
Ill have to think on this for a while. Lets finish for today Well then, goodbye
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
The day Harus going to get sent off is almost here We took the Treasure, so all we have to do is wait. Still, I wish we could do something in the meantime. Why dont we go to Mementos today?
I dont waaaaaanna.
You have something else to do? Well, I wont force you. If the president has a change of heart, maybe our reputation will go up and well get more requests. So I want to get the requests we currently have out of the way at least.
Music: My Homie
...Ahem. Ms. Usami, please come to the faculty office at once.
...What could it be? ...Everyone, make sure to study on your own while I go to the faculty office.
How does it take so long to go to the faculty office?
Weve unfortunately already maxed Kindness, but we need to finish this book anyway.
Did you want me to call you Chief now? Im just kidding.
No, do it.
Did you learn more about chiefs and their big hearts? Even in the underworld, theres kindness
Maaku gains Kindness +3, which is really +4 because its one of the longer books.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
And Shinyas ready.
Hey, you know how I said I was gonna take the world by storm with my modeling? Well, I was thinking of getting in shape first. And who better to help with that than Ryuji, right? He said hed be glad to train with me. What about you, Maaku? Do you wanna join us?
All right, lets go work up a sweat! Its pretty close by. Oh, and Ill let Ryuji know.
Music: Whats Going On?
Oh shit! A Confidant interaction acknowledged! Perhaps the only time in the entire game thatll happen!
Its pretty sweet, huh? Not too many people gettin in your way. Anyways, uh whatre you tryin to do here?
Huh. You tried joggin?
Aerobics alone arent enough! I want to tone up too, so I need to start lifting weights. Plus my shoulders are drooping, I wanna make my biceps leaner, and I need to straighten my back out!
Uh, what the hells that even supposed to mean ? Anyways, motivations good n all, but youre not gonna be able to move tomorrow if you do all that shit.
Then you come up with a training regimen for me.
Ugh, youre such a pain.
There are many things I find offputting about this pose, but the one that sticks out right now is the way her hand clips through her sweatpants.
Quit thinkin youre some sexy character in an anime. Its sad watchin you like this.
First off, one of them sexy charactersd never come to the gym in their PE uniform.
This failed seduction is one of the best character beats in the entire game, and makes me like both characters way more. Its a shame the animated cutscene leadtime led to Ryuji just being Horny All The Time in those because its way more interesting to see him like this, rejecting her attempts to play him because he knows her too well.
How am I supposed to know that!? Ive never even been to the gym before today!
Huh ? It fell through? Yeah Uh, I guess thats OK Mm-hm
It was a black-and-white shoot, so they said I wouldnt stand out. It sounded like fun though. It was about the everyday life of models
Guess you just gotta find somewhere you do stand out then.
Huh There has to be somewhere my vibrant charm will shine, right!?
Uh, where ?
Hey, speakin of magazines, there was a real pretty girl in that one you said you were starrin in. Shes got this innocent vibe, but shes sexy too. Now thats what real charm looks like to me.
...Were there photos of me too?
...And did she have long, brown hair?
Yup, thats the one! You know her!? You gotta introduce me, dude!
Of all the girls you could have been talking about, it just HAD to be Mika! Urghhhh, Im so pissed!
Come on, which machine are we using first!? Im gonna break it!
The three of us trained until we had reached our limits
But for some reason I feel satisfied
Thats what workin hard feels like. Not bad, huh?
Yeah, that was actually pretty fun. I think it was because the two of you were here with me. I had to prove I was working extra hard.
Its simple stuff like that thatll help you keep pushin.
Dude, cut me some slack!
You thought you were being so cool too
I actually thought it was pretty cool and dont know why that option was even there, but far be it from me to ignore an opportunity to dunk on Ryuji.
Mom forgot to buy stuff for dinner, so I guess I gotta head home now. Seeya, guys.
...Im actually a little jealous of the relationship they have.
I mean even growing up, my parents were super busy. They always told me I was strong, that Id be fine on my own. I was free but I was lonely. Id make friends, but we moved a lot and every time, I had to start all over again. I actually got used to the loneliness But all that changed once I met Shiho The world seemed so hopeful
I heard her rehab is going well Shes going to be officially transferring schools soon too I need to show her that Im working hard and that she doesnt need to worry so much about me.
She needs to see how much Ive learned from her !
I can sense a strong resolve from Ann...
Come on, lets head home. ...I might have trouble moving though. My legs are killing me.
Well, see you later.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Nothing, unfortunately. Father is still indisposed.
How are things with you, Haru? Has anything happened with the media?
I hope they havent been horrible to you.
Thank you. They will surely say a great deal about my father, but I am determined to push through it.
Society doesnt care what may be going on as long as it is enough to kill their perpetual boredom. They dont even consider how their words may hurt others.
They think caring about people is someone elses job. It makes me wanna puke.
Man, the people were doing this all for sure are shitheads!
Theres nothing we can do about that though. And everything they say about Father is true.
But its important to remember there was someone else in the shadows behind the shutdowns.
Yeah. Its gonna be a hella good victory when we expose that criminal for who he really is.
Well have plenty of time to ask him about it then.
The one behind the mental shutdowns It has to be someone dangerous. Now that were getting closer to the truth, we need to be ready for absolutely anything.
The popularity of phantom thieves is as strong as ever. More people are becoming fans every day. Some, however, might be going too far with comments like, I want them to destroy all evildoers.
Im glad that we have fans, but not if theyre genuine fanatics.
Music: Time to Repent
And so Oh, do you have some time? ...Im feeling a bit anxious.
Thank you ...After I confessed, I was scorned by the media. I bet everyone wants me to lose. However, Im not going to give them the satisfaction. Im going to win with these very hands.
I will! Well, its time. I have to go to the venue. You wont be able to go inside the match room, but you can watch over the internet, if youd like. Well then, Im off.
The men at the table in the background, a journalist and his editor, discuss the match.
Shes getting pushed back quite a bit. Its only a matter of time now
Hifumi is biting her lip. She doesnt seem to be doing so well...
Theres a large commotion throughout the room.
Perhaps her skills ARE of genuine article?
Oh, no, thats not good. The next move will surely result in checkmate.
Hifumi looks troubled as shes being pushed around the board She hasnt made a move
Im thinking Phony Princess, Real Defeat as the headline for our next article.
It was as if an ant had challenged an elephant. A shogi player should know her limits.
I was so ashamed of myself. I didnt want to hurt the pieces any longer
One must lose with grace With dignity until the very end, as a queen should But I confess I am confused I mean, naturally I am disappointed that I lost ...But I still feel happy as if a demon has been purged from me. The moment I realized that victory was impossible I felt a strange peace. Whats important is what I do from this point on I played so disgracefully in front of you Perhaps you can just view it as an example of what not to do ...And understand that there are times which require one to forfeit with valor and grace.
I feel Hifumis trust in me
Touryou lets us instantly escape any normal battle. We already had the ability from an earlier skill of Hifumis to escape from ambushes instantly, but this extends that to everything. Its useful even if youll pretty much never run from a fight, especially at this late stage of the game.
Um, Ive been thinking about this for a while Lets make today your last lesson
Spending time with me has only brought you pain
Hifumi is thinking hard...
This message appears when we arrive at a crucial dialogue option. Im sure you all know what I mean by crucial: girlfriend time. During each Rank 9 Confidant event with a romanceable Confidant, we may get this popup, meaning we have to pick the right option or set of options to start dating that girl. We didnt see it with Kawakami last update because I decided not to even entertain that option and picked a choice that bypassed the process entirely. Also, yes, Kawakami was dateable, fuck me.
...So this is goodbye.
...Shame we wont be picking her romance option. Part of me wishes Hifumi had actually won, but it seems it was not to be.
The things you say sometimes Perhaps I should take a lesson from that ambitious nature of yours
There may be things I can learn from you as well. I suppose this is a friendly rivalry for both of us as irreplaceable shogi friends. Well then, lets go home