Part 135: 10/20-10/22: From Bad To WorsePart 127: 10/20-10/22: From Bad To Worse
Well, exams are done, time to rela--
Yeah, seems like its for real this time. Apparently one of our students is a Phantom Thief.
I read the same thing online. Apparently Public Security is already on the move
Futaba!? Youre the Phantom Thief!?
Theres something I want to talk to everyone about. Ill be at the hideout I mean, our place.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Theres still some time until we meet though, so I am going to go take care of my flowers first. See you later.
I suppose plants do need watering, after all Ah, I know. You should go help Haru, Maaku. Ill let the others know.
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
You, um heard that, didnt you? Im not worried about the garden, in case you were wondering. Its just so much has happened to me lately.
Well, perhaps I could share this with you I mean, it would be nice to have someone who is aware of my current situation in life. The source of my worries is my fathers company. Dealing with the aftermath has been difficult Given how unexpected the accident was, my father didnt have a will. All of his stocks transferred to me Which means suddenly, Im the biggest shareholder in a company of over one thousand employees. But I dont know the first thing about business direction or fund management
Sounds like a B-tier Disney Channel sitcom.
I am. Sorry, I didnt mean to worry you. Its just I know Im the presidents daughter, but I never thoughts Id actually end up involved in company business Because of that, Ive been meeting with all the various officers and lawyers my father employed lately. Theyve been giving me advice on all the things Im not entirely sure about. Assets, stocks *shakes head* Its clear some people only want to get on my good side though. I dont know who I can trust They try to sound comforting by saying things like dont worry, or leave it to me, but It feels like theyre really only being nice so they can get their hands on my bank account. I I never realized I could be this distrustful of other people
Ah, Im sorry for ranting on about this matter. I feel as though doing so has helped me calm down a bit though. The only people Ive consulted up to this point have been employees But I think what I really needed was someone closer to my own age closer to my own viewpoint. Um if it isnt too much trouble, could we speak about this again some other time?
In return, Ill Hm What can I do to help you ? I dont have any unique talents
How about this? You know, gardening. Im actually quite skilled at it. A few years ago I even managed to grow a tropical fruit on the balcony at my house To be honest this is what I do when Im alone to take my mind off of everything thats happened Oh, thats right. I stored some vegetables in the refrigerator down in the home economics room. ...You still have some time, yes? Would you mind waiting here a moment?
Theres not much consistency to their colors or shapes, but
*giggle* You like vegetables, Maaku-kun? Thats good to know. ...But to tell the truth, I have a favor to ask of you.
Id like to get Sakura-sans opinion on my vegetables.
Have you even met Sojiro? I mean, I guess you must have talked to him once or twice on the way to the hideout, but we never saw any of that.
Do you think I could bring my next harvest over to your cafe?
Thank you. Im sure Sakura-san will give me his honest opinion. Ill make sure this next harvest is particularly good.
Well then, shall we head over to the hideout?
So, despite all that dialogue and Harus promise of aid, we have not formed a Confidant yet. A bit annoying, but whatever. Also we never actually ended up helping Haru, oops.
*sigh* I think Im screwed for real this time. I couldnt concentrate at all
The same speechgiver from the other day continues outside.
More importantly, whats this you want to talk about?
You said that something was on your mind before, but were you able to figure out what it was?
The Medjed that I banned wasnt the real one.
Huh? Arent you the real one though?
The code written by that guy the other day is different from any of the past Medjed.
A code is like your fingerprints. No matter how you try to disguise it, your own quirks appear in it. The one from the other day was all cut and pasted with no consistency. No skill at all.
But arent there multiple people across the world that are part of Medjed? Couldnt it have been done by someone that joined recently?
How do I put it ? That code was so not done by anyone interested in cracking. At all. At the very least, theres no way it was an official Medjed member.
So someone used the Medjed name to provoke the Phantom Thieves ? For what purpose?
Could they have been doing it for fun ? It was around the time our group started getting popular, so maybe they wanted in on the hype
Wait a moment.
Perhaps they used the Medjed name to make the Phantom Thieves known
What? That makes no sense.
I actually thought the same as Makoto.
Know how I just said that code is like fingerprints? I found those same fingerprints somewhere completely different.
It was Mishima! I knew it! You son of a bitch!
There were traces of it being illegally tampered with from the outside.
For real ?
Before summer vacation, the access counter was made to be much higher than the actual number. Same with the rankings. Particularly the time when President Okumura ranked first.
So then, the one who provoked the group and the one who tampered with the site are the same person?
...I think Im starting to see the big picture. Both Medjeds provocation and the tampering of the website brought attention to us as a result. On top of that, our reason for targeting Okumura was influenced by the public and the rankings The perfect timing, and the perfect target. If both of those had been set up
...It would all make sense.
This is all hypothetical. We lack any hard evidence
But if all your deductions happen to be correct That would mean weve been playing right into their hand for the past two months or so
W-We gotta be overthinkin things. I mean, were talkin both the rankings AND Medjed ! Everyone made a big deal about it! If this was all set up Then what kind of guy did we make an enemy of ?
The group takes a moment to ruminate on this.
...Theres no point in getting anxious over speculation. Regardless, well be falsely charged at this rate, and with murder. We must overcome this.
But, we dont even know who were up against
Hey you think were fallin into another trap, even at this very moment?
Yeah. This doesnt mean that weve lost yet.
Even if this is the actions of a meticulous enemy, well just have to get back at them. We need to find clues No matter what.
The group nods.
I was told you recommended this reassignment yourself, sir. Why would you choose someone as inexperienced as myself ?
When the case of the Shujin principal was ruled a suicide, you thought to reopen it And you proved its connection to the Phantom Thieves. This is based primarily on that achievement.
...Im honored, sir.
The Phantom Thieves issue is now a national crisis. Expectations are exceedingly high for us public prosecutors, as we are the executors of justice. Personnel and planning will be up to you on this case. You will also have the police under your command.
Id like you to oversee this operation.
(in disbelief) .
Youve yet to give an answer Will you accept the task of eradicating the Phantom Thieves?
I will give it everything I have.
Well have to prepare a higher position for you as well in the event that you succeed. I dont wish to apply extra pressure on you But I assume your odds of success are high. Naturally, failure to accomplish this task is unacceptable Do you understand?
Of course! I will live up to your expectations, no matter what it takes!
That is all then. I expect good results from you.
Welp, were boned, the SIU is after us. ...Wait, what is the SIU and what exactly do they do? Its not really clear, game.
According to a quick Google, the Special Investigation Teams (SIT) are groups of specialized detectives armed with cutting-edge technology and tactics to capture criminals in serious and often lethal cases such as bombings, aircraft hijackings, and kidnappings. So uh, a bunch of supercops with all the gear, weapons, and training they need to find us and kick our shit in. Great. The SIU in P5 is, I guess, a fictionalized version of this, though they dont seem to actually do anything as of yet and their director is not just hopelessly corrupt but an active member of a political conspiracy. So just like real life! I also have no idea why Sae, a public prosecutor, seems to answer directly to this chucklefuck, but whatever.
I also just learned that Japanese prosecutors have the ability to direct police for investigation purposes and conduct investigations themselves, Ace Attorney-style. I guess that series was even more accurate than I give it credit for.
Music: Days of Sisters
Should I warm up dinner for you?
No, its OK.
No need. I just came home to get a change of clothes.
Are you going to stay at work then?
Ive been entrusted with a very important task.
You look awful though Arent you tired?
As an adult, there will be times when you will accept an assignment for which failure will not be tolerated. Its all over for me if I cant win this.
Still, if you were to collapse from exhaustion
I heard detectives have been coming to your school. That must make it hard to focus on your studies. Dont worry though. It will all be over soon.
What do you mean ?
Im going to catch the Phantom Thieves myself.
Is that the important task you mentioned?
Its none of your concern.
Sae then immediately turns around and walks back into the black void directly outside the front door. Didnt she need a change of clothes?
Sis has her sights set on the Phantom Thieves and on Shujin Academy in particular This is bad I need to let everyone know !
Just try to stay calm.
Sis told me shes been entrusted with an important task regarding the Phantom Thieves.
Wait, werent they already investigating us though?
The police were doing so in secret. This operation is on a much different scale.
Hold on a sec. Whats this SIU thing anyways?
The Special Investigations Unit. An elite team that deals with huge cases like government scandals.
I have heard that name on the news. They make headlines often.
The real insane part is, they havent lost a case against a suspect in like fifty years. If they come after you, youre screwed. Theyre the best investigation force in Japan.
Are we going to be arrested ?
Hm, doesnt this countermeasure seem somewhat extreme?
Right or wrong, I think were just way too famous at this point. As this is a country governed by laws, they cant afford to ignore us for any longer.
We may be the Phantom Thieves but this is miserable
They probably have a pretty narrow suspect profile by now too.
Hey, dont scare us like that!
Its OK though. They dont have any evidence.
Yes, I expect theyre frantically searching for some as we speak.
No way theyre gonna find anything though.
Its only a matter of time. We have to hurry and do something about this
...E-Everythings going to be fine. Unless they know about the Metaverse, theres no way theyll get any info on us.
Yeah, itd really suck if that was the case!
Music: Beneath the Mask
Im always in the mood to go out, you just never let me!
The cause is thought to be discontent with how the government is dealing with #Millennials. Evidently, Mr. Okumuras death has had severely adverse effects on the government as well.
I can sympathize. Our approval rating has gone way down, too
Weve gotta get through this, no matter what it takes!
Anon: got anything better to do?
Anon: criminals should die
The government and the police are useless. Are they even trying? I wish they wouldnt spend tax dollars just to sit on their asses
A mysterious group of murderers, an inept government Whats the world coming to these days?
Everyones talking trash about us
How many times has this been, now?
Our schools gotten famous.
Yeah, in a bad way.
I wonder if the culprit really is from our school
Anon: wow, public murder huh
Anon: Could still be coincidence.
Yeah Who do those damn cops think they are? They cant just stare us all down like that.
Maybe the rumors are true? Maybe theres a Phantom Thief at our school
Music: So Boring
The police are here at the school, so be sure not to get in their way. Oh, and For various reasons, the school festival got moved to the 25th. There was talk of canceling it, but we couldnt just do that. Im sure the preparations will be rough, but dont push yourself too hard.
Really? On a weekday? What kinds of reasons are there?
With all this stuff about the principal and Kamoshida this year, I guess it cant be helped
The police are at Shujin? They havent come to my school.
It seems theyre calling students individually out of class to speak with them.
Wait Does that mean were gonna get called in too!?
Second-years will start in the afternoon. Make sure you prepare yourselves mentally for this.
Theyve gotta be looking for the culprit, right ?
Be careful, guys. You should probably try to not say much. Theyll see through any lies you try and make.
In any case, dont tell them anything unnecessary.
Well, fuck. Were getting questioned.
You two will go together.
Huh? Why together ?
Why ? Theyll probably have one of you wait outside. Thats how theyve been doing it so far.
Oh yeah, right
Those are the instructions the detectives gave us. Just dont say more than is necessary, and try and get it over with quick.
Kawakami knows whats up.
Why thank you, Nice Detective.
Lets see Maaku Hamiru.
Im innocent! You cant prove Im a Phantom Thief!
Fuck, you know what? I give up. Gimme a deal, I will rat out every last one of those motherfuckers, especially the cat! My teachers a maid! I help a sketchy ex-yakuza dude make and smuggle illegally modified airsoft guns! Mishima runs the Phan-Site, which you should probably actually know already if youve done any research whatsoever!
Lets just start over.
Ah yes, youre the one currently under probation. It says here you had a dispute with Mr. Kamoshida?
Youre more hot-blooded than you look. ...You spend time with an interesting group. Yusuke Kitagawa and Haru Okumura? The more friends the better, right?
How do they even know about Yusuke?
...Im sorry to have taken your time. Youre free to go now. Oh, I almost forgot. Theres just one more thing I have to ask you. Do you think the Phantom Thieves are associated with this school?
Oh geez, I sure hope those scary awful Phantom Thieves with rad superpowers arent involved here, that would just be awful.
Dont worry. Were here to keep all of you safe, OK?
Oh, thanks so much. Fuckin cops.
Thank you for your time.
Your responses will serve as great reference material. Takamaki-san is next. Could you ask her to come in?
It seems we were all asked the same questions.
Thats how they get you. They do that on purpose, then wait for someone to slip up.
Well, they werent asking very good questions, if so! One of them was about an event specific to me (and Ryuji), another was about who I hang out with (which the cop answered for me), and the last was just asking me to speculate. How would they have caught a lie? I wasnt given much of an opportunity to lie in the first place! Also it completely torpedoes the premise that we were all asked the same questions, but whatever.
I hope you didnt.
...It was prolly fine. I woulda been done for if they saw how sweaty my hands were though.
To think my name would come up as well
Sounds like we cant take the police lightly either.
Hey, didnt you think that detective guy was scary?
Have you guys forgotten? Its not exactly Maakus first rodeo.
Not to me He looked like someone whos dealt with dangerous criminals.
Im sorry for all of this Its because of my sister
Thats not true, Mako-chan.
Its not as though I hadnt predicted this would happen But now that its become reality, Im unsure of what to do
We need to make sure we dont draw suspicion, and work to clear our names right?
It aint your fault, Makoto.
Im gonna try to see how far along this investigation really is.
Im worried about the police too, but as of now, anyone in this city could be a mole
We were so popular too
Haru, can I ask you to search your fathers belongings for clues about a possible culprit? I I know it may be tough on you
No, its OK. Now isnt the time for me to look away.
As for everyone else, you need to be cautious of how you spend your time at school. So, Ive decided to have you three second-years join me on the school festival executive committee.
It will allow us to gather without drawing suspicion. Plus, trying to blend in will only do the opposite.
I agree. The more time I have to kill, the more time Ill spend worrying about all this stuff. No matter what happens I dont want to regret my decisions.
Dont jinx it!
It would be no surprise if they came directly to our homes for questioning. They showed up at your school, after all I should remain cautious.
For now, the best option is to stay on the defensive but we wont make progress at this rate. Lets try and figure out who the real culprit is somehow, OK?
Makoto looks around the room at everyone, and then nods. The rest of the group then nods as well.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Think, Morgana, think!
Those in the know say authorities are undergoing major restructuring to prepare to arrest the culprit. Weve also heard theyre willing to resort to unorthodox methods. More on this as it develops.
...This is getting pretty bad. Make sure you dont let your guard down.
Oh boy, more of everyones favorite character!
The rest will go as you mentioned *chuckle*
Somebody needs to give this guy a fuckin Snidely Whipdash mustache for him to twirl with his finger. I feel pretty confident saying this is the least compelling, most thinly-sketched character in the entire game if you only count people with portraits. Kamoshida was pure evil, too, but he was a real kind of evil. Hell, its implied Madarame and Okumura seemed to have some genuine affection for Yusuke and Haru, and even fucking Kaneshiro at least had the thin layer of insecurity revealed in his Palace. This motherfucker just seems like he should be tying helpless damsels to the railroad tracks in between bulldozing orphanages to make room for his oil drills. No, you know what? Thats not right. This obsequious shithead couldnt massage his nuts without prior written instructions, so forgive me for presuming he could show some goddamn initiative. The only things hes done in the entire game so far is be sexist at Sae and chuckle evilly at the magnificence of this dreadful plot to exterminate the Phantom Thieves. This character is such a lame plot device that despite him being the sole face of the conspiracy for most of the game and one of like three characters Sae interacts with to any real frequency, they never actually give him a name. Its like Hashino knew.
Anon: just turn yourselves in pls
Anon: Hurry up and execute them!
Probably some idiots with a misguided sense of justice.
Look, can they just arrest those guys already?
Special Investigations is on it. Im sure theyll be caught soon.
What kind of people are they? I wanna see what they look like.
Anon: well now im interested
Anon: I kiiinda sympathize...
How much longer are they gonna do this? We should be busy preparing for the school festival right now.
Whyd the school decide to have the festival so late, anyway? I mean, changing the date just because our schools all over the news? Moving it to next Tuesday only makes more work for us!
We wont be able to invite friends from other schools now that were holding the festival on a weekday. Itll also be an inconvenience to anyone we already invited. And what about the post-festival party? Will there be enough people for the Student Sharing Special? *sigh* Its gonna be a real weird festival with morale so low
Music: So Boring
The absurdity of it all Who exactly are the Phantom Thieves? Thats what we want to know. We really have no clue what method theyre using Killing someone without directly interacting with them is like magic. Speaking of magic, did you know that theres magic in math too? A magic square! Its a square in which adding up the numbers in any row, column or diagonal gives you the same total. Hamiru-san. Please look at this.
In a 5x5 square, there are more than 200 million. Can you believe that?
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
If you had to choose, would you try to find the Phantom Thieves or solve 200 million magic squares? Id choose the magic squares, hands down. They might both be magic, but magic squares can be calculated. And math doesnt kill anyone.
Its killin me!
Having everyone out there looking for the culprit is getting me down
Later in the day
Ill need some help with the questionnaires.
The ones regarding who people want to see as the guest of honor.
Oh right, that thing they do every year.
You mean how those lame guests come to do a panel, right?
The festivals dates were changed because of the situation. We need to hurry and tally the results.
It seems like we should probably have done this more than three days before the festival, but thats just me.
Come to the student council room once classes are over.
Ughhh, thats so damn boring.
Dont be like that. Its so we can meet up without standing out. Lets do what we can at the moment.
Im making sure to work hard at home!
But you do that all the time.
I can look stuff up! So, did you find anything, Haru?
No good, huh?
Im sorry. Itll rouse suspicion if I ask too many detailed questions.
No worries! Ill manage on my end somehow!
Were counting on you.
I cant go, but message me if anything happens. I will leave this to you guys. My apologies, but I cannot be of much help in this situation.
Music: Wicked Plan
You dont need to keep mentioning it. Were doing this to keep suspicions off of us, remember?
This one too. Akechi.
Theyre mostly the same over here as well.
Everyones so eloquent when they can be anonymous. Its like they never accepted us to begin with
It would be nice if you did some work too, Ryuji-kun. You came to help us count these, right? Come on Leader, can you tell him too?
You too ?
Criminal profiling ?
This game doesnt contain nearly enough gratuitous sexual assault for an episode of Criminal Minds, sorry.
The acts of thievery committed by the Phantom Thieves are mere fakes.
*sigh* So now theyre accusing us of being a bunch of killers
This is so effin stupid! Dammit!
Dont worry, Ryuji. I say fuck enough for the both of us.
First place is Goro Akechi.
What!? Akechi !?
Whatre you so surprised for? Weve been mentioning him this whole time.
Seriously? Not some singer or an idol?
Its because of us that his popularity has skyrocketed.
Were the ones countin the results! Cant we just make em up? We dont hafta get him
People will figure that out. He won by a landslide
I mean, hes probably busy, right? Also we have no way of contacting him. I think its pretty unlikely in the first place that we get him.
I knew people would vote for him, but this is way more votes than I was expecting.
It would be best for us to avoid inviting such a clear danger upon ourselves Id like a little more time to think about who to ask
That reminds me how is Futaba-chan doing? She seemed like she was looking into something on her own Has she told you anything?
Its not that I dont trust her, but
Even one clue would work wonders for us. We should let her continue with her own investigation. I hope she finds something
However I believe the recent series of suspicious deaths is unrelated to their actions.
Wh-What!? Did I hear you correctly? But Akechi-san, you were the first to caution everyone about the Phantom Thieves were you not?
This doesnt change the fact that they are indeed a dangerous group. That said, I would like to express that immediately linking them to this case is far too hasty. There are still many questions to be answered here It feels as though there is more to this.
After this conference, Akechi-san announced he will be limiting his media appearances and--
Seriously? Even youre having trouble with this shit?
What should we do ?
Lets meet up and discuss our options as soon as possible.
The earlier the better, right? Though I still havent come up with anything myself
Its said two heads are better than one, so I can only imagine what eight heads may produce.
Thats a good way of thinking.
Its totally an Inari idea.
OK, lets do everything we can right now. Even if it means crossing some dangerous bridges. Considering how far weve come, we cant be particular about our methodology
I dont like the sound of that...
Are you trying to show off? Dont get cocky, kid. By the way you havent been causing any trouble, have you? I heard the police showed up at your school
As long as youre not getting involved
Music: Beneath the Mask
Yesterday, they spent the entire day conducting an investigation at a high school. However, it is unclear if they found any clues, and unease among citizens is at its peak. The government has been criticized by the public for allowing such a dangerous group to run free
They think were dangerous!? Whys this happening to us?
Music: Time to Repent
This means at times, retreating is an effective strategy in order to attack with your next move. It may be good for you to remember that as well. From a teacher to her student, theres something Id like to ask you Will you play a match with me?
Thank you. Please take a seat.
Hifumi Rank 10
There were a lot of people who covered for me by saying that I was just being used by adults. But Im the one who was most at fault. I was overconfident.
If only I had taken a look at myself and properly assessed my shogi skills. I believed that with my skills, I could overcome being treated like an idol. ...Theres nothing I can say about my mother. You didnt abandon me, even after you learned about the fixed matches ...Now I know how encouraging it feels to have someone believe in you. At first, this was just a deal You help me develop new moves and I give you shogi lessons. But before I knew it, you became someone I couldnt do without. Im not gonna pay attention to all the criticism anymore.
The reason Im able to think this way is because you stuck by my side. ...Im really grateful.
I feel a strong bond with Hifumi...
Music: The Spirit
Togo System lets us do the ol party swap on anyones turn now, which is great because Maakus turns are generally too powerful to waste.
Hifumi is one of the better Confidants and ultimately one of my favorite characters in this game. Shes just full of charm. Shes voiced by Eden Riegel, who voiced Marie in Persona 4 Golden, and I did not recognize her until I looked it up just now! Fun fact: Eden is the sister of Sam Riegel, who is the current voice of Teddie!
Fucking LUCIFER, HOLY SHIT
Music: Sunset Bridge
I feel honored to be told that from one of the Phantom Thieves. I spoke to you about my mother, and then my mother changed
Its kinda fucked up, now that I think about it.
I knew that couldnt be a coincidence. If theres anything I can do to help, please know that you can rely on me.
I will support you in whatever you want to accomplish. Now, lets play a match. I have a lot of new moves Id like to test out. I hope youre OK to stay here a while longer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.