Part 136: 10/23-10/24: The Akechi GambitPart 128: 10/23-10/24: The Akechi Gambit
Anon: world-famous fail loool
Anon: hurry up and end the world
Anon: got dox on the thieves yet?
Anon: Shut this site down!!!
Hes just trying to get popular, isnt he? He wants to stand out.
Just hurry up and arrest the Phantom Thieves already
Im curious It seems like he knows something.
I bet he found out some really juicy secret!
Anon: support went to shit lmao
Anon: Officer, look!
Anon: low expectations, ho!
Well Sis actually stopped mentioning anything about work in front of me Its possible I made some sort of mistake
Yeah, you sure fucked up that data transfer.
Regardless, I thought over the matter of who were going to invite for our school festival Im considering asking Akechi-kun.
For real!? Werent you talkin about how you didnt wanna draw danger to us or whatever?
I understand this is dangerous. But without a powerful source of intel, we wont be able to win against the police network. And I can no longer rely on my sister for information
Wait, is this because of Akechi-kuns police connections? Youre going to use him as your powerful source of intel ?
Bold move. Im surprised to hear that suggestion coming from you, Makoto.
Did you see his press conference yesterday? One of his comments defending the Phantom Thieves stood out to me. There is more to this. I think he said that knowing for certain that the Phantom Thieves would be watching.
Still, there will be so many other students at the school festival What are the odds of success?
Its a gamble. And the odds are less than favorable But we can no longer afford to hesitate. (to Maaku) What are your thoughts? Should we invite Akechi-kun?
In that case Ill do it. Is everyone else OK with that?
The group nods.
Im good Whatever he says has gotta be more reliable than what Ive been able to come up with.
It would be reassuring to gain him as an ally, rather than simply a source of information.
Hold on, howre we even gonna get in touch with him? Its not like we got his contact info
We have all the data from the PC of a public prosecutor! Finding his phone number was a no brainer!
Damn, youre real impressive
But then, wouldnt he wonder how we acquired his number?
Ill just say my sister had it. That isnt even technically a lie.
Ha, devious. Though if he ends up asking Sae about it were totally boned.
Can you send me the number, Futaba?
You already agreed, Ryuji. Shut up.
Nows no time to be petty.
Just think of him as a source of intel, nothing more.
He says, Let me think about it.
Wait a sec. Didnt he say he wasnt gonna do any more stuff for the media?
Thats likely why hes so hesitant.
Whatre we gonna do if he turns us down?
Ill keep trying. It may be frustrating, but hes all we have at the moment. We need him to do it, no matter what.
What if he refuses? Are you just gonna wear him down with pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease?
Were counting on you, Makoto
Music: Beneath the Mask
I wonder if hell really be interested in our offer
Stock prices of security companies are on the rise due to growing concerns about public safety. Overall stock market performance, though, is down, and phantom thief goods companies are suffering
I never expected that even the economy would get worse This isnt our fault!
Youre not at fault. Still, he might try to harass you
I have Futabas uncles name. I promised Futaba wed change his heart together. I should talk to her during the day...
All right, Akechi-kun, lets get you home. Your family is probably worried about you.
Hmm, theresh an inshident, offisher! Which ways yer car? Heeey, taxi!
Geez, my patrol car isnt a taxi.
They only target high-profile people like artists and CEOs. And who could believe theyd have a change of heart, anyway? Im sure its all staged! Scumbags deserve to be destroyed, not have a change of heart. The worldd be better off that way.
What? Are you going against the grain just to be cool? You dont have to push it. Just be yourself. Isnt that what you promised when you changed your image and moved out here?
I havent changed anything! But perhaps I have forgotten who I am, deep down inside
And this, children, is an example of how an errant comma can completely change the meaning of a sentence.
Murders a step too far. My friends in class were shocked.
OK, OK, enough worrying! We got more important concerns, like when our next partyll be!
I see youve been practicing. Your Japanese is much better.
I no longer fear prejudice, now that Ive learned to be sincere and hospitable! I wonder if the Phantom Thieves are struggling with he same thing. I dont think they murdered anyone.
Aww, Foreign Barker! You do believe in us!
So, we need Guts to advance Iwai, and pretty much all of our night Confidants are gated by Mementos. This means that were going to be consuming a lot of burgers to increase our Guts instead of advancing Confidants.
Maaku gains a boosted Guts +3. This is about where I start getting concerned that we havent ranked up yet.
Anon: They were screwing with us.
Anon: I reported this website.
Anon: lol dont be fooled so easy
Anon: throw em in the slammer!
WISE GUY STUDENT
Also, how the hell did that leak? I doubt Makoto was going around telling people, unless the faculty jumped the gun.
I kinda saw that coming. Everyone I know voted for him.
Didnt he say he wasnt gonna make any more appearances though? Whyd he agree to come here?
It probably has to do with the Phantom Thieves. Wasnt Akechi going around saying how evil they were before?
Oh yeah! That proves theyre connected to our school somehow then!
Hey, youre right! Maybe hell tell us some stuff about the case! No way am I gonna miss the panel this year!
Hmph They just say whatever they want with no thought But for now well just need to endure it. At least until we can get some more intel
Music: So Boring
Im the advisor for the ESS, so Ill be busy helping them today. ESS stands for English Study Society, by the way. We need to advertise that Shujins a school that provides an education you can use anywhere in the world. Hey! Mr. Hamiru! There are tons of three-letter acronyms like ESS in the world. Can you tell me what the S in SOS means?
Correct. SOS is often said to mean save our ship. Save our souls is another interpretation too ...But in reality, its not an acronym of anything. Its just the simplest thing you can send in Morse code in an emergency. If you havent finished preparing for the festival though, its too late to send an SOS now.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
The school festival isnt just a time for you students to goof off. Its an important event where we invite prospective students, PTA members, and the like to attend. This time, we have Akechi-san for a panel. There will be twice as many guests even though its a weekday.
Did I miss something? Did he already agree?
Ill have to spend twice as much time on my makeup tomorrow too Be on your best behavior! Got it?
The school festival, huh Is Akechi really going to be there
Howd you do?
Damn Im dead
Hey, look at that! Look who got the top score!
I wonder what score I got...
Thats amazing! Everyones gonna have their eyes on you now!
Maaku gains Charm +3.
Music: So Boring
Then why was everyone talking like it was a done deal!?
But tomorrow is the start of the school festival. Will this be OK? If Akechi-kun declines our offer, we wont have a guest
Huh? Thats what youre worried about?
I appreciate the concern, but it will be fine. I just need to get Akechi-kun to agree to this somehow.
Whats that bastard up to anyways?
He hasnt done anything since he said he was gonna go into hiding.
Im not sure. Ill try explaining the circumstances surrounding the school festival to him again. Hopefully he can give me a response by the end of the day. Ill let you know if I make any progress on that front.
Music: Everyday Days
Yadda yadda yadda, he throws chalk at us and we dodge. Maaku gains Charm +2. Geez, they really want us to max Charm.
Theres really only one option here.
Jesus christ, he played along!
Take a look around. ...Is the Niijima lady doing well?
Last time you saw her she threatened to revoke your custody, dude.
Unfortunately, we havent seen each other lately. We had a difference of opinion.
This dude again!?
And because theyve targeted only prominent figures, our government leaders have been hesitant to act. I apologize for any concern they may have caused and will henceforth search for an apt countermeasure.
Saying hes gonna do it all fast means hes lying, you simpleton.
The selfish criminals enacting this social reform are in fact the ones most deserving of reformation. Answering to the interest of the people as hastily as possible is my natural duty as a politician.
What a fuckin rube.
We must resolve this problem, and I assure the people of this noble country that I will do just that.
Yeah, you also thought that the last time you saw him. Jesus christ, what a dope Maaku is.
Standing heres my job.
That politician is honest and carries an overwhelming amount of charisma. It feels like a trustworthy leader for Japan has finally come forth. Dont you think, Boss?
Sorry, wasnt listening.
However, that is ignorant of their true nature.
It may be somewhat of a stretch to say Im on their side. Having said that, I wont deny that I empathize with them on some level. If this Okumura incident was not the Phantom Thieves If they only change the hearts of criminals Then even though they cant be considered innocent Perhaps my goals are not so different from theirs.
Hahaha. I knew there was something special about you, ever since the first time we met. I feel as though I could tell you anything during our conversations.
Man, Akechis really into me. Shame we didnt pick that route. And also that hes a cop.
I feel like I understand Akechi a little more now...
Oh wait, Im sure you know that already. Considering its such a good opportunity, Ive decided to accept the offer.
Glad you liked it.
Ill be going now.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Okay first off, prolly? Dont think I didnt catch that, localization team. Sojiro would never say that, you clearly just ran out of space. Second, IM TOP OF THE CLASS, DUDE.
Either way, the real issue is what we do next.
The lecture is on the afternoon of the second day, yes?
Wait, youre coming to our school festival?
Its during my exam week, so Ill be able to go in the afternoon.
You wanna come too, Futaba? Cmon, itll be fun!
That sounds incredibly suspicious, yo!
This is the perfect chance for us to relax though.
Haru, um, are you sure youre OK? This seems a little soon.
I am, thank you. Ive just always dreamed of walking around my school festival with friends.
I suppose if you say it like that, I can resign myself to enjoying our time there too. Thanks, Haru.
Its my pleasure.
We conducted a survey about the Phantom Thieves, who have been the target of intensifying criticism. Close to ninety percent of respondents said they do not support the Phantom Thieves.
The whole worlds against us now This could be bad.
I guess you cant judge a book by its cover. Then maybe you didnt need this Oh well. Take it.
I made it myself. It has the finest coffee bean I have in it. I wanted to give it to you before the exams but well, you still have more tests. Dont let up on the finals.
The Leblanc Charm nulls Sleep. Not great.
This countrys got a first-rate economy with a cut-rate government. Hes a rare specimen. Our souls resonate on the same frequency That is, exceptional people can always recognize one another. Youll see one day, hahaha. Well, Ill be going home then.
The real question is, how do we get info out of Akechi ?
Let me warn you again: if you do anything this time, it's over, you hear?
And another burger. Maaku gains a boosted Guts +3.