Part 147: 11/8-11/9: I Am Become GokuPart 139: 11/8-11/9: I Am Become Goku
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Anon: Akechi-kun, save us!
Anon: stop shitposting lol
What are your plans after school? Our deadline is approaching. Why dont we go to the Palace today?
God, everyones on my case about this Palace shit just because were all going to jail if we dont do it. Relaaaaaaaaax.
I see. I wont press you However, our opponent is serious too. We have to do something. We cant fail this no matter what. Please bear that in mind.
Music: So Boring
What? Youre asking if the Phantom Thieves would be given a trial if they get caught? Of course they would. All they would need to do is prove a link between the deaths and their activities. In short, they would be put on trial for murder. Hey, Hamiru. Do you know what age you have to be in order to listen in on a trial?
Thats right. Theres no age restriction to watch trials. Theyre open to the public, save for juvenile crimes. In other words, you can go see one yourselves. Well, I imagine the visitors seats will be full if the Phantom Thieves were put to trial. Everyone is dying to know who exactly the culprits are and how they did it.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
However, their method and how it connects to the murder must be proven in order to sentence them. The methods the Phantom Thieves use far exceed human knowledge. Id imagine in order to prove it, theyd have to catch them in the act. Hmm
Music: Tokyo Daylight
First thing were going to do today is
Iwai isnt ready.
At a time like this ? I guess if thats really what you want to do Is this a part of your grand strategy?
Hm. I suppose it wouldnt hurt to take things a little slower. Um, I need some help with a matter involving Eiko. Are you free?
Thank you. Itll be nice to have you with me. Um, I want to dig up some dirt regarding Eikos boyfriend Tsukasa before we confront her about him. I was thinking of asking around the red-light district for info. Shall we head over there?
However, well need solid proof of what hes doing if were going to convince Eiko. I believe some of the promoters around here may know something. As my father always said, finding evidence takes serious legwork.
So, this is a unique event among this games Confidants, where we have to actually walk around with our partner and talk to NPCs. Its brief, but theres nothing else like this in the game, so its worth pointing out.
Tch You wanna sabotage our business? Id gladly talk some more out back if you want.
W-We should get out of here I think it would be better if we asked someone else
Wait are you high schoolers?
Heh, what a good joke. Youre exactly the kind of person we like. Come right this way.
Tsukasa? Ohhh, is he a host or something? Sorry, but Id never promote for a host club. Are you pranking me? Come on, I cant talk to you forever. You understand?
...I take it he doesnt know anything. We should try to look elsewhere.
For you, the glasses discount, the curly hair discount, the slouch discount, the couples discount
Tsukasa? Sorry, we dont have a Tsukasa discount. Mannn, it took a ton of effort to answer your question. Youll come to my club to make up for it, right? Cmonnn, youll get tons of discounts!
Dont follow him! We need to work! ...Im a little worried though. I wonder if anyone actually has info
...You have money though? You seem like a poor young kid.
I have like 600k on me, shithead.
Tsukasa? You bastard You a friend of his!?
Hes usin the sake bottle trick ? Lemme make it clear for you: Get that girl outta there. Tsukasas known for wreckin lives. He breaks a sake bottle, then ends up sellin the girls to pay it back. Same thing happened to one of my friends Dammit!
We have proof now. ...Come on, its almost time for Eikos shift to end. Lets wait for her in front of the shop.
If her shift was about to end, why did she walk in from the right side of the screen instead of from the actual building?
Eiko Your boyfriend is infamous around here for tricking girls into debt, then forcing them to sell themselves. Moreover, hes probably doing it in conjunction with a criminal gang. You need to get out of there.
...You seriously came all the way here to tell me that? Ugh, get out of here, Makoto! Ive had enough of your lying bullshit!
I have testimony from one of the promoters in the area. Youre not the first girl Tsukasa has lied to about a broken sake bottle. He doesnt ask for much at first, but the interest piles up. Eventually hell ask you to sell your body for money. Please, reconsider this relationship.
I already have a date planned with him for today. Were gonna stop by his club. So stay outta my way!
I came a little late after seein your text, but I guess youre already here Heyo, I know these guys. Wanna hop on over to my club with us? Its gonna be a total blast!
They were saying some bad stuff about you, honey. Like how you get girls into debt and then force em to sell themselves Theyre lying to me, right?
Huh? You believe that crap? Listen to me: Nothing like thats happenin here. Id never lie to you, princess.
Its always princess with you. Why dont you ever call her by her real name, Tsukasa? Or are there too many princesses in your life to remember?
Hahaha, whatre you freakin out for? You just texted me, remember? I could never forget you, Makoto.
I knew it. Im the one who texted you. Ill b 5 mins late 2day, bb. I even added tons of emojis at the end to make sure it seemed like Eiko. Admit it. Every girl you get money from is your princess, right? You cant even remember names anymore.
Dont you see, Eiko? This is who your boyfriend really is!
B-But you tricked him! What would you know about love, huh? Tsukasas all I have! Just leave me alone, bitch!
You already know the truth, you just dont want to believe it! Stop lying to yourself!
Nobody else asks me about my day, or how work is going Nobody else treats me like Im special A perfect girl who lives up to everyones expectations could never know how I feel! Stop trying to feed me your honor student bullshit!
...This has nothing to do with being an honor student. I just cant rest knowing theres such evil in the world! And I damn sure wont keep quiet while my friend has her life ruined! (to Tsukasa) As for you apologize to Eiko! And stay away from her from now on!
Huh? Youre really startin to annoy me with this shit, you bitch ! Dont think Ill go easy on you cause youre a chick. Im gonna teach you a lesson you wont forget.
And the facade drops.
Wh-What was that, you bastard !?
Wh-What? Dammit Ill remember this!
Apparently he doesnt remember it, because that dude runs straight out of the game never to be heard from again. Were just gonna let that dude go? No change of heart? Hes probably gonna do this again, you know. ...Whatever.
Ugh This sucks!
Was that girl fighting with a host?
They were really going at it
Oh hey, we ended up here. Thought this place wasnt open during the day.
You know, I have a bad habit of acting in the moment. I cant help but get swept up in emotion Thats why I always have to take extra care to keep myself composed. My father was the same way Thats not the proper way to act though. Theres no telling what would have happened if you hadnt stepped in.
How did you ever find somewhere like this ? You know so much.
Its hard to believe youre really a high schooler. You have so much more life experience than me Honestly, spending time with you and getting to know Eiko has given me a great deal to think about. Theres so much you can miss by living with your head buried between the pages of a book I thought I knew how the world worked but the more time I spent with you guys, the more I realized how naive I was. I see now that there are some things I need other people to teach me. ...Do you remember how Eiko said I would flunk a test about love? Well, um I dont know how to study that subject.
God, youre a nerd.
...What should I do, Maaku-kun?
I should choose my words carefully...
I cant learn about romance by myself...
Will he pick up on the subtle signs here ?
People say those kinds of things are destiny anyway, so I probably shouldnt worry myself over it. And besides, I should at least try to focus on my schoolwork right now. Lets work hard to achieve our goals together, Maaku-kun.
I can sense a strong bond of friendship from Makoto...
And thats all itll ever be.
Heeyyyyyy, its my girl Lala! Stick around, why dontcha?
Its like a nice spritz of lemon in the air. Makes me think back to when I was just a wee girl...
R-Right. Well, we should be going Thank you again for today. Ill see you later
Music: Beneath the Mask
Its definitely easier for the younger generation to win at speed shogi. Though wait, there is one exception.
Ive been waiting for you! Can we talk?
Yes! Please sit down!
Music: Whats Going On?
The chairman turned himself in! Its even shown up on the news!
It all happened so suddenly too. He confessed all of his crimes The police came to question me after that, but they ultimately concluded that Im innocent. Apparently the chairman took full responsibility for the ADP and admitted he was brainwashing all of its members. Oh, and speaking of members, some of them said theyve stopped using the Holy Stones because of my advice. It was all the clients you sat in with, Hamiru-san! You know, I never saw this as a possible outcome in my readings. Not only have the fates of the ADP members improved, but even my own has begun to shift Its almost like this curse thats followed me ever since the villagers called me a monster has passed.
Right, I remember. Strong conviction is the only way to change fate. That reminds me, my readings told me I would accomplish my objective with the aid of the Trickster But Im not sure what exactly that was supposed to mean Its such a mystery That aside, the ADP is finished. Nobody else will be deceived. Oh, I just realized something Remember how I told you how the chairman knew I was a runaway? Well, I was wandering around te city with luggage at my side. Anyone could have figured that out, huh ?
I know how fragile I was back then but its still embarrassing to think I let myself believe he was a psychic! But I guess some men are good at knowing when a woman is vulnerable. Are you one of those men, Hamiru-san ?
I dont what youre trying to say, and I vehemently deny it.
The truth is, theres actually something else besides the chairman that I want to talk to you about.
This is so embarrassing
Hmm, what an odd question. While I find the strange sexual undertones of my relationship with my homeroom teacher to be more than a little revolting, this isnt a topic I have considered thoroughly. However, now that I set my mind to it, I find that theres something liberating about the idea of being with someone with more life experience than myself, however marginal the difference. It should also be noted that we as a people normalize May-December romances of the female/male persuasion, yet the opposite has been thoroughly stigmatized. I suppose theres no harm in working to reverse that unsightly trend, now is there? So I must say that yes, if the opportunity arose I would not necessarily cast aside the possibility of dating outside of my age bracket. At least, once I come of age. Im still seventeen, Ill have you know, and it wouldnt be right to begin such a relationship until then. But, this is all strictly hypothetical and I have absolutely no idea why you would ask such a question. Also, girls my age have cooties.
Sure, thats close enough.
I-I mean, how interesting Oh, sorry! If we have time to waste talking about nonsense like that, we have time to read fortunes, right?
I can sense a strong resolve from Chihaya...
Most importantly, the other members of the ADP are still confused as to what exactly is going on. So I need to set things straight. This is partially my fault, after all. Right The real battle starts now. ...Its getting late. I should close up for today. Good night, Hamiru-san.
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Anon: 30 million yen OMG XD
Anon: that freaked me out omg
Anon: theyre running loose rn...
Masayoshi Shido. Hes the only one. Hes the only one that can stand up for whats rightthe only one who will make good on his word. Thats the kind of person we need leading this nation, especially in times like these.
Shido leads the United Future movement, right? He was rightif wed taken the Phantom Thieves seriously from the start, theyd be behind bars by now. Whichll come first, do you think? Regime change or the apprehension of the Phantom Thieves?
Music: So Boring
Its kinda tough to say that for sure though.
Maybe, but we cant lose heart before weve even done anything. If we do that, well just mess everything up, even the parts we can definitely succeed in.
Hm, you actually said something wise for once.
You wanna fight!?
You two get along so well.
Haru ships it.
Uh, how so?
That is an outrageous claim.
Thats what I should be saying!
Come on, stop it. Lets try to keep tensions low. Were all feeling anxious.
Even you, Makoto?
Yes. It cant really be helped this time.
Thats not how I raised you. Get a hold of yourself, Ryuji!
Whyre you singling me out ?
Looks like tensions are high because Im a huge dumbass who refuses to go to the fucking Palace!
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Why, its everyones favorite up-and-coming politician Masamune Shindou! ...Im bad with names.
Iwais finally ready.
Huh ? You sure were gonna be OK not headin in?
...Eh, I guess it aint gonna hurt gettin a change of pace.
Cmon, lets go. I got something I wanna talk to you about durin.
Aw yeah! Lets grab some ramen after we finish trainin then!
Ryuji Rank 10 (Id watch this)
Music: Sunset Bridge
By the way, the track teams up and runnin again. Yamauchi got taken down pretty quick. You know Takeishis mom is the PTA prez, right? He told her everything. After that, she came stormin in with the other parents and forbid the whole scoutin plan. Wish I coulda seen the look on Yamauchis face. I mean, the school cant ignore the PTA. And as a result, the track teams back. Our old coachs fillin in for now.
I think they might even go far in the meet.
Aw crap, the ramens gonna get soggy. Lets eat!
I couldnt stand how much they hated me. It only just made me think of how stupid I was
And to be fair, you are very stupid.
Most of all, it made me remember how I lost my place with them. Hey, this aint like me, but I managed to change cause you were here helpin me. I got you all wrapped up in this shit, but you stayed with me til the bitter end. ...You didnt abandon me. So thanks, man.
Hahaha ...Its funny, huh? This started out as us trainin for the Phantom Thieves. Howd it end up like this? Either way, its my turn now. If anything comes up, you tell me. Ill help you with whatever you need.
I feel a strong bond with Ryuji
Music: The Spirit
Second Awakening? Wuzzat? Eh, Ill figure it out later.
Ryuji is probably one of the better main characters of P5, which isnt saying as much as Id like it to. That said, hes a great dude and Max Mittelman plays him to perfection.
Music: Swear to My Bones
Oh shit, this track is killer.
Thats some nasty dandruff, bro.
Oh hey, Mr. Pirate!
Whered the pirate go!?
OH MY GOD
Oh shit, its legendary hero of Journey to the West Sun Wukong! Wukong, also known as Seiten Taisei, is the main protagonist of that famous story. Seiten Taisei itself is a Japanese translation of the Chinese name Qitian Dasheng (which should be familiar for you FFXIV players this patch), a title Wukong gave to himself meaning Equaling Heaven Great Sage. He is also known as Son Gokuu. No, really. Journey to the West inspired a whole lot of OG Dragon Ball.
I cant tell you much about the character of Seiten Taisei because this summary of his deeds is very long, but he got into a ton of mischief, wreaking havoc until Buddha imprisoned him under a mountain, where he remained until being saved by a monk named Xuanzang.
Theres a subtle link between Ryuji, Captain Kidd, and Seiten Taisei, and extra credit goes to the first person to tell me what it is.
Music: Whats Going On?
DUDE SHUT THE FUCK UP OH MY FUCKING GOD
Ill be countin on you, Leader. And you can count on me too! Hey, now that were all fueled up, wanna race to the station?
When we get our partys ascended Personas, they learn an Evade skill that will triple their Evasion against their weaknesses. We slot in Evade Wind for Bad Beat.
While Ryujis stats wont go up when he gets his second Persona, he will gain a resistance to Fire and Null Electricity.
Music: Beneath the Mask
The challenging partys got a lot of good politicians, so their chances were slim to begin with.
Now, after the psychotic breakdown stuff, people are putting their hopes in that one party leader.
Well, right now, there isnt anyone better. Guess you cant blame them for hoping.
The prime minister has once again emphasized that he will protect the safety of the people. Few, however, support him. If it comes to an election, the ruling party will fight an uphill battle.
Theyre at their lowest approval rating ever Ours isnt so great, either.
I didnt say a word about you guys to those dumb cops!
Nice, Mishima. Next time, you might even throw in a little profanity! Or not, baby steps, whatever works for you.
By the way, I wanted to talk to you about something Are you free?
This final rank of Mishimas Confidant is only accessible after completing a certain number of the requests he gives you. Thanks to our most recent trip to Mementos, we have enough.
I just want to relax a bit Lets head over to the park.
Mishima Rank 10
How Ive changed. For some reason, I couldnt bring myself to run away back when I saved him. So, I was thinking why that may have been.
Honestly, I was pretty desperate at the time, so I dont remember much
Are you gonna talk about how you peed your pants again?
Music: Sunset Bridge
But in the back of my head, I was thinking what you would do in that situation, Hamiru. I mean, you put yourself on the line to stop Kamoshida, and probably other villains too. So, I thought there had to be something I could do myself.
I wanted to go from the dull nobody everyone messes with to the famous world-renowned hero. But you helped me realize something important. Heroes arent heroes because theyre famous Its because they fight for other people.
Looking back on it, what I really wanted to change was the weak me. The me on the volleyball team who let wrongdoing go unpunished, even though I knew it was unjust The cowardly me who looked the other way when people I knew were in need of help ...Tell me the truth. I only changed because you stole my heart, right?
You think Id still be hanging out with you if I had done that?
Is that so ? No, you know what? You really did change my heart.
Goddammit, Mishima, take the win.
All this time, Ive been looking up to the Phantom Thieves, pretending to be a collaborator And now Im finally able to stop pretending Truth be told, I had given up. I accepted that I was a zero That my existence was meaningless. But Ive learned. I may not be able to change the world, but I can change myself. Whether I sulk about my inability to do anything, or hang my head high and look to the future My perception shapes the boundaries of my world. It all comes down to whats inside my heart.
Wow, man. That was almost deep.
I might still mess up every so often, but as long as youre here, Ill be able to stand up again. So I may not be the best person around, but you can feel free to rely on me at least sometimes! And no matter what the world says, Ill be rooting for you just like you were for me!
Music: The Spirit
And we finally get the ultimate prize of Mishimas Confidant, full experience for backup party members. Its not that great since the experience scaling in their favor is rather generous anyway and so theyre never too far behind, but its still nice.
Mishima is complicated. Not a great person, but ultimately not a terrible one either. Probably one of the most realistically-written characters in the game, including all the ways in which hes kind of shitty. Hes voiced by Sean Chiplock, who voiced Subaru in Re: Zero, Santa in that remake of 999, Revali in Breath of the Wild, and he was also Replacement Liam OBrien in SMTIV: Apocalypse.
Music: Sunset Bridge
Thats all I can really do for you right now But Im working on that documentary too. I even plan on making it into a book someday. Id bet anyone who reads about the Phantom Thieves would find the hidden courage within themselves. Maybe that means I can use that book to change peoples hearts!
All right, Im on it! Oh, but before that Im hungry. Come on, lets grab a bite to eat on the way home. Maybe a buffet ? Wait, no. We should save that for after I get all my book royalties! Heheh, youd better be looking forward to it!
Bye, Mishima. You were interesting.