Part 146: 11/6-11/7: Guardian AngelPart 138: 11/6-11/7: Guardian Angel
Music: Beneath the Mask
And were back from Mementos, meaning that we have plenty of new Confidant opportunities!
Yep, were doing this. *sigh* Now that we have Kawakami at Rank 10, one of her massages will allow us to go out at night after exploring the Metaverse.
I did quit the maid job, but people cant find out a teacher is seeing her student for personal reasons.
- Uhh, you came here a while ago for your Rank 10 in plainclothes.
- I dont understand how the maid thing is better for you. Im still underage, girl, and this just ups the chance someone finds out you were working as a maid.
- Why do you still have that uniform!?
Fine! Whatever! If its not obvious, whenever Kawakami comes to do a chore for you, she will be wearing the maid outfit. I guess they really didnt want to swap out the model.
Music: My Homie
So? What do you think about the amount of force Im using, Masterrr?
You have no reason to be doing that. Please stop!
Right? Im a professional at this, after all. Huh. Your body is pretty fit. What the heck do you do to get it like this?
Ooh, looks like that was pretty effective. Oh, since youre refreshed now, you can probably do something else before the night ends.
All right, Im heading home. Dont overwork yourself, OK?
Music: Beneath the Mask
Now, heres a weird thing: When you get Kawakami to do one of the other chores for you, Sojiro leaves. But they want you to be able to hang with Sojiro after getting a massage, so he stays in that case. I guess Sojiros an even chiller dude than we realized because he dont give a fuck that were calling maids that look suspiciously like our homeroom teacher who he has met to his cafes attic followed by suspicious moaning.
Anyway, we can leave now. Lets forget any of that just happened.
Yes. I returned all the money I took. I was charged with a lot of interest Now Im bankrupt. What am I going to do ?
Looks like Akitsu had that change of heart.
What are you saying, Fumio-sama !? What happened to you!?
Well, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I can achieve what I want to here. Im going to start over fresh. I want to contribute to society in any way I can What are you going to do? I need to atone for everything Ive done.
...I see. In that case, I will follow your lead.
Looks like he had a change of heart, without any issues.
Homeless Man is gone...
Music: Layer Cake
I got a call from Tsuda. I wanna tell you the details. You got some time?
Come to the back.
Music: Whats Going On?
Tsuda rang me up a while back. Told me to forget everythin he was threatenin me with. I honestly thought it was some kinda joke at first, but I aint seen or heard from him since. Yknow, it almost felt like I was talkin to the old Tsuda somehow. My sworn brother Hey, you think a guy can really go through a drastic change that quick?
I aint really one to talk, but you should prolly think about takin this a little more seriously, kid. Anyways, somethin fishy is still goin down but Tsuda changin is a real load off my shoulders. Oh, and this prolly means our deals through with, huh? I mean, your end of the bargain was drivin Tsuda away and you did that and then some.
What, from your perspective, did I actually do?
One more thing I know I kinda fired you n all, but dyou think youd maybe wanna keep workin here with me? I understand kids these days have all sortsa commitments, so I get it if the answers gotta be no
Just dont go expectin me to make the job any easier for you, yhear? Ill be countin on you, kid. I mean, uh Maaku.
It feels like my bond with Iwai is growing even deeper...
Disassemble em and wipe the prints off before we toss em though, OK? Oh, and Im not lettin you leave til theyre done.
I feel like helping Iwai with my work has honed my Proficiency
Maaku gains Proficiency +2.
Hey, nice work today.
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Anon: theyre def guilty
Anon: cant know w/o a trial
Anon: lol this place went to shit
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Yes, thank you I started feeling ill once my memories of the past came flooding back. In exchange for a small sum of money I did such terrible things to so many people Was I saved by phantom thieves? It cant be. Theyre
We need some matching Confidant Personas and were all out of space, so time for some fusion.
Music: Aria of the Soul
Pazuzu comes from Neko Shogun and Lachesis.
I shall become your mask. Now, let us walk together and take the reigns [sic] of this desert world.
Pazuzu is an evil spirit, god of the southwest wind who would bring famine during the dry seasons and locusts during the west. He also drives away other evil spirits, in effect protecting humans from plagues and misfortunes.
Hariti is fused from Kikuri-Hime and Thoth.
I shall become a mask of affection to guard you, like a mother watching over her weak child
Hariti is a demoness originating from what is now Pakistan. Originally an ogress who slew human children to feed her own hundreds of offspring, Buddhist missionaries gave the legend a new twist where Gautama Buddha managed to convince her to become the protector of childbirth and children out of remorse and convert to Buddhism.
Music: Butterfly Kiss
I dont know if fall is the season for sports, but consider your age and dont overexert yourself. Well, I guess a kid like you doesnt have much to worry about there
What the fucks that supposed to mean?
So, what are you here for today?
Our next stop is the clinic, because while Im really just here to pick up more of those sweet, sweet party-wide 200 HP restores, I forgot to show off her new inventory from her Rank 10.
She now sells five new items: magic repels and physical repels, a Homunculus, which will eat an instant-kill for any party-member, and Reviv-All/Renew-All. Reviv-All will revive every party member and restore 50% health, while Renew-All will do the same, but restore 100%. Theyre both exorbitantly expensive, especially the latter, and I never felt the need for them, but theyre here if you want them.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Iwai not ready.
Yeah! Then, come with me.
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
When I got home, my mom cooked dinner. She made my favorite, hamburger steak! Then she admitted that she was wrong and apologized to me for getting so mad about everything. She broke down crying and told me that shell be a better mother from now on
Its all thanks to the Phantom Thieves and you, Hamiru-san. I guess winning and losing doesnt matter when it comes to just being happy.
Well, isnt it true? The reason my mom was able to change is that she lost to the Phantom Thieves. Losing wasnt the end at all. It brought my real mom back. Man, Im so happy right now. Am I weird for feeling happy about losing? I mean, all I cared about before was winning.
Well, you might be right Looking back at how obsessed I was with winning, I can see I was just acting like a kid. I wanna get stronger. Strong enough so that I can protect my mom I realized something from you and the Phantom Thieves. Instead of destroying others, protecting and saving people is what makes a person strong. You listened to my problems, and even confronted my mom for me I-I guess that was pretty cool of you
I feel Shinyas brotherly affection...
I heard more rumors that he uses illegal armor. I wonder why hes cheating
I mightve cheated too, if I had known how.
OK, Im gonna head home. Hey, Hamiru-san, are the Phantom Thieves ...Never mind! Bye!
Interacting with Shinya has made my heart grow I feel like my Kindness has increased
Maaku gains Kindness +3.
Lets play again sometime!
What are the police doing!?
Do your job! Youre nothing but tax thieves!
How long are you going to let the Phantom Thieves run loose!?
This countrys done for Someone better take responsibility!
Anon: Record-breaking evil
Anon: innocent til proven guilty
Thats not a thing in this country. I guess I appreciate the sentiment, though.
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Anon: no way theyre innocent
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Anon: Death penalty! Execute!
Music: Beneath the Mask
That seems somewhat sudden.
I mean, didnt they find a calling card in Principal Kobayakawas office? I thought you had suggested that idea yourself, Yusuke.
That was just a generalization.
But if Mako-chan noticed what was going on with you guys, somebody else might have too.
Were terrible at hiding this, its true.
So you think that somebody else is trying to frame us? Whats gotten into you so suddenly?
What is all of this about? Its too soon to be jumping to conclusions like this.
Well, I was hoping to hear a professional opinion on the matter What are your thoughts, Akechi-kun?
The possibility is not zero, but it does seem a bit unlikely.
A normal person would never do such a thing. They would have no reason to callously murder your principal.
And what if they werent normal?
Are you implying they kill for the sheer pleasure of it?
No, not like that. What I mean is, you need certain special abilities to navigate through that world, yes?
Ah, so youre saying the culprit is a Persona-user.
I see How perceptive. Truthfully, I was considering that possibility myself. But it is still difficult to think they have ties to Shujin Academy.
There would be no motive for them to carry out such a cruel plot. Clearly our culprit is acting behind the scenes to accomplish some grand objective. He likely has accomplices. It is even possible that he is being controlled by someone.
Controlled? By whom?
If we knew that, I do not think we would be in this much trouble.
I see So even someone like you doesnt know, Akechi-kun.
Looks like our genius detectives not so much of a genius after all.
Haha, harsh as always.
More importantly, we need to focus on changing Sae-sans heart for the time being. If we cannot do that, everything we have done will be for naught. We absolutely must succeed here.
Hes right. If we get caught now, all our hard work will amount to nothing. We really have to pull this off.
The Hachiman Belt gives us high Physical resistance.
Representative Masayoshi Shido submitted his formal resignation from his current party. With many representatives on his side, the Liberal Co-Prosperity Party will be forced to split. The House of Representatives will also dissolve if the motion of non-confidence is passed
So the House of Representatives is probably going to dissolve We promised to do that after this plan is over, too
Do you know how much harm theyve caused to people? Theyre terrorists, I tell you! And you cant count on the police. Its time for the great detective Akechi to shine!
Where has he been, anyway? I havent seen him on TV at all lately...
So you wont believe how weird the chiefs been acting! Sit down so I can give you the details!
Now, take a seat!
He said hes been concerned for my health which is actually kinda creepy, now that I think about it. Anyway, thats not all. He said hes letting me re-open my investigation into what happened to Kayo! He told me he wants me to do everything I can to pursue the truth. I think he was serious. I wonder what happened to make him change so suddenly ?
Of course I am. Its just The whole things too convenient. It seems a little fishy, you know? I mean, you asked me for the chiefs name the other day, right?
Why are you giving him such a hard time? Arent you gonna tell him the other good news?
I I know where Kayo is.
That was part of the chiefs apology to me. Apparently he did some investigating on his own. So, he followed up on my journalist friends source and it turns out she really is alive after all.
This is incredible news So? Where is she?
That explains why she hasnt been able to contact me this whole time. I really wanna go see her, but to be honest Im afraid. Im afraid to know the truth. Not just about Kayos current mental state but about what happened to her that night too.
Understandable. Sounds like it was a thoroughly traumatic experience for all involved, especially your partner.
Honestly, I shouldnt be afraid to face the truth Ive been chasing for so long but I am. ...I wont let that stop me though. Ill do this Im going to go see her. No matter what happens, I need to see this through to the end. Otherwise I wouldnt be Ichiko Ohya, journalist extraordinaire! *chuckle* Im really glad I talked to you about this. I never wouldve made my mind up without your help. You know, youre way more than just some high school kid. Youre almost like my guidance counselor.
I can sense Ohyas deep appreciation for me...
Everything with the chief worked out OK, but the higher-ups are still keeping an eye on me. So Ill need you to keep the juicy tidbits coming! I cant stop writing about the Phantom Thieves now! ...All right, lets see what you have for me today!
I enthralled Ohya with my stories about the Phantom Thieves I feel like my Charm has increased
Maaku gains Charm +3.
I can't wait for next time!