Part 138: 10/26: Catching Up With The FamilyPart 130: 10/26: Catching Up With The Family
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Lets just ignore all the catastrophic shit that went down and enjoy the rest of the culture festival.
I tried to think about what happened earlier, but that has gotten me nowhere So, I could use a change of pace. How about it?
We dont actually get an option here, but if we had chosen a romantic partner by now, we would. If you have no romance options, youre locked into Haru, but if you have any of the school options (read: Ann, Makoto, or *sigh* yes, Kawakami) youll be able to hang out with them.
Ill be waiting at the gymnasium.
I should head to the gym...
Everybody give them another round of applause!
There are light, scattered smatterings of applause.
Im sorry. I cant stop thinking about what Akechi-kun said
*giggle* It feels like nothing bad could ever happen when you say that.
Round of applause, everyone!
More light applause.
Sharing ? I never knew we had such an event.
All right, who has something to say? Anyone, anyone!? No, Ill just have to pick someone then!
Ooh, hes going to choose? I wonder who it will be
Yes, I also wonder who ever it could be. *wink*
Is he looking this way?
Well then, come on up!
Music: My Homie
So it really is me
Come, come. Everyones waiting!
Well, Im going.
The MC somehow didnt recognize the only girl in school who wears a pink sweater over her uniform.
The crowd starts cheering, saying stuff like Shes so cool and yelling Senpaaaaaai!
U-Uhhh Im sure youre, um still grieving My, um deepest apologies
Oh god, this is gonna be painful.
This scene has a disproportionate amount of the sweating emote, so Ill just call them out in-text from now on instead of screenshotting all of them.
Oh, please dont worry!
So uh, do you have anything youd like to share with us?
Something to share I have too many things
The MC sweats, now.
Err Here, let me give you a question then Do you think the Phantom Thieves are really Shujin students?
What the hell, man? This is the worst culture festival ever!
The crowd gets lively.
I mean, they are uh your fathers killers
Tactful Student strikes again!
Were all dying to know what Akechi-kun was going to say about their true identities. So, are they from Shujin? What do you think, Okumura-san?
Why would she know!?
Haru is in trouble I need to change the subject
Now this is drama! A boy caught in the throes of bittersweet youth! A stunning confession of love!
The crowd becomes lively once more, and Haru sweats twice.
I think it was him!
Sooo, Okumura-san! Whats your relation to this guy?
Haru sweats again.
Th-That wasnt what we were talking about
My, shes quite flustered! IS this a hot scoop!?
Someone call in Newspaper Club Member, stat!
The crowd laughs.
But Im a gentleman. It hurts my heart to bully such a sweet girl! Well, did you all enjoy our blushing beauty? Thank you very much, Okumura-san!
The crowd moans, and someone yells, Just when it was getting interesting!
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
It turned out to be more like an interview party, huh? I still cant believe you said that
Huh ? Right At any rate Im not sure what I would have done without you. Thank you for saving me. Youre a mysterious person, but youre so reliable. I think the two of us will get along quite well in the future
What? Well fuck you too, I guess!
Who knows what may lie ahead. For now, Im worried about what happened with Akechi-kun But I have to say, my first post-festival party was quite fun. Though I guess its my last too. Here, Id like you to have this.
The Sakura Amezaiku restores 100 SP to one ally.
I bought it earlier
*giggle* Now then, lets go home.
Yeah, theres been a sudden increase.
I bet its because of that Phan-Site.
I heard the victims were on the rankings there.
We should really be blaming the people who requested it.
Anon: Criminals should die
Anon: Go Go Detective Prince!!
Anon: medias garbage as expected
Anon: bring on the breakdowns~!
Anon: typical bandwagon, gg
Anon: Justice sounds hollow now
You took off somewhere during the festival, huh I tried to find you, but I gave up pretty quickly.
Futaba? What are you doing here in front of the store ?
Not just Akechi, but other stuff too. Were in deep trouble unless we can do something soon. But anyway, I was just thinking about going inside, so your timing is perfect. Lets go.
How convenient for the upcoming scene!
No Countermeasure for the Phantom Thieves, The Sorry State of the Police, Destruction of Safety Theyre saying whatever they want. So, hows the investigation progressing? Any clues yet?
Nothing that leads to a firm conviction yet
Whats going on here? Didnt you say that you were sure about closing this case? And I thought I told you that failure wont be tolerated.
Its been like a week, dude. Chill the fuck out.
Well, this is troublesome. If things continue at this rate, never mind a promotion wed have to let you go entirely.
I had high expectations for you, but it seems this task was too much to handle for someone so young.
Man, fuck this dude.
We may need to reform the operation as well since the selected personnel for this--
I know that youve been at this for a while now, even before the police spared us the staff for it. If you can manage an arrest, Ive made special arrangements so that you can question them personally. ...Thats what you want, isnt it?
Ill make myself clear again: Failure isnt an option. We need results.
Youre allowed to take some bold measures if you need to. We need good results, no matter what.
...To you, sir?
I said that failure isnt an option, didnt I?
holy fucking shit look at his goddamn face aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaahaha
Oh shit, time for it to really go down!
This is a calling card, right? Ive read about it online too.
Y-You went into my room without my permission!?
Ill apologize as much as you want later. ...So, what is this?
Is it something to get flustered over? I knew it. This isnt just some game youre playing. Why arent you saying anything?
I mean it was memorable
Sojiro slams the counter.
Is it something that you cant explain?
Futaba sounds like she can barely speak, and is clearly on the verge of tears.
Hey, if this keeps up, Futabas--
You will, huh? Ill get right to the point. ...Is this a real one? Was a well a change of heart triggered in you?
How about it?
Chief Hardass here is gonna (further) traumatize his daughter, holy shit.
...Ever since Mom died there was no exit I was trapped in a labyrinth of my heart
Overly poetic language is maybe the wrong choice to get through to Sojiro. No offense to the dude, but he seems like the kind of guy whose brain would explode if he looked at a sufficiently daring painting. No offense to the Sayuri intended.
I knew I had to leave it but I I couldnt do it by myself
Futaba *shakes head* Here Sit down. I can at least listen to what you have to say.
Its the same as Moms research They changed my cognition *sobs*
Seriously ? Wakabas research about altering ones cognition I wondered about it myself too, but still
When she said she was gonna go to the beach out of nowhere. Even the doctors had thrown in the towel.
At first I just chalked it up as other kids being a better support for you than any adult. But as I kept watching the tabloid shows here day in and day out, a thought crossed my mind I thought your case kind of seemed similar to what those Phantom Thieves were doing.
Im still your guardian, you know. Id never overlook such a drastic change in your behavior.
But to think that Wakabas research and the Phantom Thieves changing hearts were about the same thing.
My job was to be the bridge between the country and the lab that Wakaba worked at. Its around that time that I got to know her. She said something odd when we were out drinking That she might soon die in an odd way. Who wouldnt take that as a joke? I just laughed it off
Hey I might soon die suspiciously
Lol, youre so funny Wakaba
But it happened exactly as she said. If anything were to happen to you, Id feel like I let her down. Theres something I want to ask you, Maaku. Judging from your attitude, you knew about this calling card, didnt you? You shouldve known that Futaba had a change of heart through the Phantom Thieves as well. ...Is there a connection between you and them? The first incident of a change of heart was a teacher at your school. The kid who brought that painting here was a pupil of that artist who had a change of heart, wasnt he? And then theres Futaba These scandals always seem to find their way around you What do you have to say?
These people are called criminals by the general public. Why did you introduce such dangerous people to Futaba!?
I asked them! Thats why Maaku saved me! He stole my heart!
Welp, the cats outta the bag now, I guess.
Wait, are you saying that hes the one who changed your heart?
If we started a drinking game for the word heart wed get plastered in this scene faster than in a fucking Kingdom Hearts game.
So, hes not connected with the Phantom Thieves, but is one himself ? Youre pulling my leg, arent you?
You really are a Phantom Thief? For crying out loud
So basically, Ive been sheltering a Phantom Thief for the last six months? And on top of that, Futabas involved too
I I want to find the culprit who killed my mom !
Oh, were just gonna lay it all out there, huh? I should probably confess the teacher-maid thing, then, even if its over at this point.
She was killed! I remember it now.
Stop this nonsense!
Dude, you just said she died in a ludicrously suspicious manner.
Why wont you believe me!? Are you the same as everyone else? Didnt you know already!? The way Mom died wasnt normal! Didnt you notice that her research was stolen by someone!? Sojiro !
...When she passed away, I did think it was odd. It was awfully fishy. But what could I do? ...All I was able to do was run from it all. And the outcome of that was me spending my retirement here. Also the reason I took custody of you was me trying to selfishly atone for what happened to Wakaba. Its basically my fault that you got burdened with all this crap.
Its not your fault, Sojiro.
I acted all big, lectured, even yelled at you kids And in the end, Im the one being consoled. Im hopeless and a laughingstock, arent I?
I mean, the one who killed Mom is the one at fault!
Fuck yeah. This is a top-tier Fake Dad. Dojima was an all right Fake Dad, but he was too suspicious of us. And then who the fuck is P3s Fake Dad? Akihiko? No. Ikutsuki? Gross.
I mean, who would believe such a story? Unless they catch you red-handed, its impossible to explain that youre the Phantom Thieves. Let me just say one thing though. Immediately back out of a fight that you cant win.
Dont you get it? If by chance you pissed off the same guys that killed Wakaba Then theyre not someone that kids like you can deal with. Listen to reason, all right?
Lets eat. Im so hungry cause I raised my voice so much
Thatll be awkward!
...Still, we should tell the others about what just happened.
Ryuji! You said (well, typed) fuck again! Thats two strikes! You know whatll happen if you violate the court order!
Wait, are you OK? Did he report you or anything?
We likely wouldnt be receiving these messages if Maaku was not OK. I had a feeling that Boss was no ordinary man
But he didnt recommend you turn yourself in, did he? I think in that case we can consider him a new ally.
Im more curious about what he mentioned to you.
You mean how our enemy might be the same people who targeted Futabas mother?
Yes. She was killed by mental shutdown, the same method used by the culprit we pursue now.
Wait a second though Didnt you say Boss had to run from it all ?
Aint you letting your imagination run wild a bit?
But it would make sense.
Wait a sec! If youre right, then wouldnt the police be working for em too!?
...Thats not impossible.
This is getting too big for me to even think about
Can we really win this?
Were gonna win, no matter what!
Oh man, with that wide anime mouth Im sure he could review the shit out of that amiibo
All the foods so good, its hard to choose! This is the place to go when you splurge in Shibuya!
I heard all sorts of celebrities and even political big shots go there undercover to eat. The man who everyone says will be the next prime minister goes there too. Id love to go try it out!
All this happened because I kept the calling card
Is Sojiro still awake? This is kind of awkward
Wait, shouldnt you sleep on the sofa, so that Futaba can go ahead and sleep on the bed?
shut up dude I have back problems
...Im gonna go home. Night.