Part 137: 10/25-10/26: The Akechi ReversalPart 129: 10/25-10/26: The Akechi Reversal
Anon: I told you so
Anon: They need to be executed.
Anon: yeah... this is terrorism
Anon: Murderers deserve to die!
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Theres definitely a lot more people than last year.
Well, yeah. This place got famous and all. The Phantom Thieves, Kamoshida, Principal Kobayakawa. On top of that, we got Akechi as a guest.
There may be police officers in plainclothes too Actually, they probably are here. We better be careful about what we discuss.
Maybe we should be avoiding having this suspicious conversation in the entrance, then!?
Acting like normal students is going to be important.
So no talking to cats. Got it.
What do you normally do at a school festival?
The group pauses.
Look around at the exhibits and eat stuff?
Theres no rules. Remember when we went to the beach before? Why not go about it like that?
I-I know that.
Theres a possibility that both your names have come up during the course of the investigation.
A number of the teachers had been questioned before, and even we were interviewed the other day too.
Dont let your guard down too much.
Its true that the initial members have been at this for a long time, making it easier to get tracked
Like, you know, what Makoto did.
Now, now. Lets leave it at that. We just need to be mindful about what were saying, correct?
(embarrassed) Oh, um
You seem to be having quite a lot of fun, Haru. You did mention that you were looking forward to this.
I want to go around with everyone and eat at the refreshment stands.
Shall we head off to the stands then?
Oh right. This is your first time at our school festival.
Theyre pretty good. From what Ive heard
What does that mean? Did you skip your last one?
I know a great one! Follow me.
Maid Takoyaki ?
Music: Wicked Plan
New customers! Ill show you all to your seats.
...So its your classs stand.
Its still a refreshment stand, isnt it?
Its like a deserted island here
Well, I guess its good for talking since there arent any people here
And it was all bullshit.
Here she comes Act normal.
Who cares ? Theres nothin normal about this anymore.
May I take your order?
Take my order!? What happened to the maid atmosphere!?
There are a lot of odd flavors
Stick to a normal one. I bet they--
Im so sorry. We sold our last normal one to the previous customer.
Well then Ill have the mentai cheese takoyaki.
Im sorry. Were out of cod roe.
Then, how about the squid--
Um Were currently out catching squid. Itll probably be another five or six hours
That doesnt even sound remotely possible! Aint this whole menu just a sham!?
Ryuji sounds angrier than he has for most of the rest of the game here.
Actually, we spent most of our budget on making the maid costumes look nice. We didnt put too much effort into the octopus.
I can see that!
(whispering) Ryuji, youre making a scene
Then, what would you recommend with what you have now?
That would be the Russian takoyaki.
Well have that, please.
This will take a little time.
Ive even heard conjecture that the principal was targeted for reasons like he knew too much.
I kept hearing about Goro Akechis popularity.
All thanks to the Phantom Thieves!
You know, did that Akechi guy agree to show up here cause he believes we didnt kill anybody ?
Or, he may simply love large gatherings.
Oh, true. He didnt seem like he minded being pampered by the media at all.
We plan on stealing intel, but we might fall into another trap. Im gonna be bummed if that happens
Youre so carefree. ...Does it mean you have nerves of steel in any situation? Still, it doesnt change the fact that we dont know what Akechi-kun is planning.
Ooh, its fresh made!
Music: My Homie
Lies! I heard a microwave go off!
Well, its not like I was expectin crispy takoyaki at a school festival or anything. So, what makes this a Russian takoyaki ?
Could there be jam in it as a secret ingredient? That sounds quite delicious.
Well one of these is special.
Dude, dont tell me the Russian part means
Gotta admit, this is a really solid, dumb joke.
I-Is that so?
Id prefer the most beautifully shaped one but all of them are misshapen.
Oh, arent you all going to eat? I think Ill go for the special one.
Wait Is she honestly going for it?
HARUS FUCKIN HARDCORE, NICE
(to Maaku) Do YOU wanna go for the red one?
Uh well, yeah.
I love this line. He sounds so defeated by my idiocy.
Th-The panel isnt until tomorrow though
I came to check out the venue. I cant make any mistakes since a lot of people will be present.
But people ended up recognizing me. Everyone bombarded me with questions.
Youre wearing your normal clothes, dude. Not much of a disguise.
(whispering) Thats cause you were sloppy
I grew tired of the baseless rumors they kept bringing up, so I escaped to where there werent any people.
*gasp* The special one !
Thats for Haru, you bastard! Put the takoyaki back in the box!
Lets just call this my performance fee.
Akechi eats the special takoyaki.
Eating it in one bite is a bad idea
Music: Wicked Plan
Ohhh Oh, my stomach It burns !
Are you OK? Do you need water?
Hey, does he sound broken to you?
W-Well then Ill Ill see you uh t-t-t-tomorrow.
Its like he wants to get picked up for some commercial or something
But did he truly come to simply check the venue? ...This isnt good. I keep suspecting every little thing
...I know what you mean. Im doing the same too. I need to do my best tomorrow. We need to somehow get him to be our source of intel Im gonna pull this off no matter what!
That Akechi guy When he got here, didnt he say that everyones all here? Everyone ?
Hes met most of us, minus Haru, before. Couldnt he just be talking about that?
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Yes, but the associated mental fatigue was extraordinary. Being cautious takes a lot out of you
Seriously. I think Im as tired now as I am after midterms.
I didnt mind any of that. I just loved seeing that detective gulp down the special takoyaki
I had fun as well, since I got to spend time with you all.
What would you like to do now, Haru? Walk around a little more?
I appreciate the gesture, but Im satisfied with stopping here. Why dont we go home and rest up? Well have to deal with Akechi-kun again tomorrow, after all
I have to agree. What will his next move be ?
Music: Beneath the Mask
Criticism against him is not only coming from the opposition, but from the ruling party as well. If the ruling party does split, then a snap election may be a real possibility.
I dont know much about politics, but it sounds like theres a lot going on in the government.
Anon: world-famous fail loool
Anon: lol, ppl still like them?
Anon: youre guilty too tbh
Anon: got dox on the thieves yet?
Our guest of honor is Goro Akechi.
I feel kind of bad, considering how many people have gathered Im sure you all wouldve been happier to have a singer or a mascot appear, wouldnt you say?
The crowd begins laughing and cheering raucously.
Wed appreciate it if you could tell us about your experiences with the notorious Phantom Thieves.
You know, all those experiences youve definitely had.
Itd be wonderful if you could let us hear more about your actual investigative process.
Im not used to being the one interrogated so please go easy on me.
The crowd laughs.
This might be kind of a confusing scene because it involves multiple conversations happening in different parts of the same room. Ill try to make it as clear as I can.
He talks of how the Phantom Thieves are dangerous, yet he says they havent committed any murders Either he has an idea who the true culprit is, or he has uncovered the identities of the Phantom Thieves.
Cmon, Makoto You gotta get it outta him !
Well, if its as much as Im allowed to say, then everything on TV and the internet is all of it. We dont have any leads yet, and the methods behind their crimes are still unclear.
So you dont know anything about them, and you couldnt say anything even if you did! Wow, really interesting panel! I guess we should start with the audience Q&A, then, with riveting questions like This is actually more of a three-part statement... and How do I break into games journalism?
Even with this countrys power, arresting them is proving to be difficult Is that the case?
I wouldnt phrase it that way but well, something like that.
Thank you for answering that question. By the way, it seems youve denied a correlation between the Phantom Thieves and the murders Why the sudden change? Until now, havent you upheld your stance that the Phantom Thieves are dangerous? How are you so positive that they havent committed murder?
Arent you a little too comfortable interrogating people? Why, its as if youre a prosecutor.
The audience laughs once again. Is Makotos sister being a prosecutor common knowledge to the students?
Ah, excuse me. This is something Ive personally been interested in, so I couldnt help it But wont you tell us? What reason is there that youd claim their innocence when you previously stated they were unjust?
Shes pelting him with questions.
Why, then, was he the only one who needed to be killed ?
Why is that?
I must admit I couldnt deduce a reason. Thats why I believe that case should be thought of as if a different party is responsible. And if-- This is all hypothetical, mind you. If the Phantom Thieves are the ones I know of, I cant possibly imagine they would kill anyone.
Oh shit! Were boned!
The crowd begins chattering.
Oh, no. The police havent gotten that far yet. But I have my own conclusions about the true identities of the Phantom Thieves.
Hes lying, right ?
But if its the truth
Its only my personal opinion, so announcing that here wouldnt pose a problem. However ...There is a possibility that everyone present will hear the truth before the police or media.
Whats he planning on saying ?
If youre so certain then very well. Id like to ask you then: Who do you think the Phantom Thieves are, Akechi-san?
What are you doooooiiiiinnnng!?
No theres no way he could have any evidence
Would you mind if I step away for about ten minutes or so?
God, youre gonna give everyone in the audience blue balls, huh?
Im terribly sorry, everyone, but well be taking a break. Well resume the panel in ten minutes.
The crowd goes nuts.
Theres the PE faculty office.
Your friends from yesterday are here, arent they? Can you bring them too, if thats all right?
Did you set this up ?
We only have ten minutes, you know.
Akechi places some photographs on the table.
Thats gotta be shopped!
I have video footage too.
Well fuck. I vote we kill him.
Please, lets not feign ignorance. All of you can go to that other world too, yes?
Its not just all of you. I am aware of that world too I also know that when you traverse over there, your appearance changes as well. Its because of those mysterious powers, isnt it?
This had been installed onto my phone without my knowledge.
Dude, its the Nav
When the app activated on its own, the scenery around me suddenly changed. Quite frankly, I still cant believe it myself. But from the look of these photos, all of you seem quite used to it.
Weve been listenin to you blab on for a while now, but cut the delusional--
All of you are acting as Phantom Thieves in the Metaverse. I can say so with conviction because I have the same power as you.
So you admit it then. In all honesty, Ive been curious about you since the time of the Madarame case. But to think it would end up like this
I believe that as well.
...How can you be so sure?
Because I saw anotherthe real culprit.
Okay, were all very shocked at these developments, we get it.
Who was it!?
I couldnt identify his face He had a mask on, after all. Actually, when I took these photos, I entered that world too.
This dudes just so happy about murder.
He shot at me the moment he noticed me.
Most likely. At the very least, I was almost killed by him. I cant die here I need to determine the truth... When those thoughts overcame me, I awakened to that powera most fortunate accident.
Morgana. Our teammate who taught us about the Metaverse.
...Really? This is unbelievable But it IS true that you know things that I dont ...Say, Morgana. Were you also the one who instructed them on how to change peoples hearts? I experienced that world too, but I still havent solved that mystery yet.
And those whose Treasure has been stolen have a change of heart.
Hahaha Theres certainly no way anyone could figure out such an MO.
Although I dont completely understand the method, all you do is simply reform people. Someone else is behind the murders. However, the police have decided that the Phantom Thieves did it Theyll arrest you at this rate.
Th-Theyre going to treat me as my fathers murderer ?
I cant overlook such a grave mistake. Which is precisely why I want us to strike a deal. I may be able to save you from this situation.
I would like you to cooperate with me on investigating the truth.
And if we decline?
Then I think Ill have to inform the police about all of you, along with that video I mentioned.
FUCK YEAH IT IS
The justice I uphold will not tolerate criminals who kill people at their leisure.
Youve heard that Sae-san is the one spearheading the investigation about you Phantom Thieves, correct? The higher-ups are concerned only with settling the case. They want to capture the culprits behind the psychotic breakdown incidents and end the commotion. Those are the ones who are putting pressure on Sae-san. I can only imagine her impatience.
What of evidence that we did it? How do they intend on proving it?
Even if there is no objective explanation to the method, its over once causality is established. Sae-san cant make rational judgments at the moment. If she were to be cornered, well she may even make up a confession.
So, theyre gonna make it all our fault!? Just cause they feel like it!?
...And were still going to be arrested?
Youll be found guilty if youre caught, and it will be treated as a very serious crime.
Alternate title for this update: Ryujis Effing Pissed!
Unfortunately, theres nothing I can do alone anymore to stop the flow of things
And thats why you want our cooperation ?
Yes. In return, Ill turn a blind eye to what youve done. Those are my conditions. That said, I ask that you disband the Phantom Thieves after this.
What should we do about Akechi-sans proposal ?
I sadly must decline, for I am too young tooh, you mean what hes asking right now.
I see I thought I was making a lot of concessions myself Well, you dont have to decide at the moment. Considering this is you were talking about, I believe youll come to a favorable reply.
I can sense a bond of trust coming from Akechi...
Im glad we could talk. Its been a while since Ive been able to spend such a meaningful time like this. I look forward to your answer. It was definitely worth coming todayfor various reasons.
I can feel the fanfiction getting written as I type this sentence.
...About that. Im sorry. Would it be acceptable if we ended the panel here? The reason why you called for me in the first place was because you wanted intel, correct? My business is concluded as well.
Ill deal with it somehow.
My memory is a haze...
So, I truly apologize about this But Ill have to end things here today.
The crowd is despondent. As they should be, because this fucking tease was about to tell them who the Phantom Thieves were!
To make up for the time that was planned for this panel, the rakugo research club will instead be--
I cant say anything in detail regarding the Phantom Thieves investigation But I feel another great stride will occur again soon. I hope you all continue to pay attention to what happens.
Lets have a big round of applause for todays guest, Goro Akechi.
He totally used Makotos suggestion against us.
Indeed. We intended to get intel out of him, but to think it would play out like this.
So what? Well just accept his deal?
Hes got evidence on us. We really dont have a choice
Dammit, whatre we gonna do!?
Calm down, Ryuji.
How am I sposed to calm down!? What are we gonna do!?
Whats done is done. Well have to cool our heads and think more on this. We must make up our minds by the time he contacts us again.
We need to give this a lot of thought
Although things have quieted down until recently, several incidents have occurred once again. Furthermore, new information has come to light about the suspect who suffered sudden mental shutdown He had received a calling card from the Phantom Thieves.
If so, those occurrences back in spring can be attributed to them as well. Moreover
Seems like this whole enterprise is collapsing around us! Tune in next time to find out how the hell we get out of this one!