Part 148: 11/10-11/11: Now Thats Some Shit CoffeePart 140: 11/10-11/11: Now Thats Some Shit Coffee
Anon: Record-breaking evil
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Anon: no way theyre innocent
Anon: Akechi-kun, save us!
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Music: Everyday Days
I guess they keep it exciting by doing things like hiring famous actors as tour guides.
I was wondering if this was a real thing but sure enough, it is. Though that article isnt in great English, whatever. I guess part of me is just surprised that planetariums are a popular date spot in Japan.
...In any case, its not the kind of place youd visit alone. I recommend taking someone.
The planetarium in Ikebukuro is probably the closest one to here, so thats pretty convenient.
And with that, we have every hangout spot unlocked.
Itd be fun to go with someone. Just dont fall asleep while they project the constellations, OK?
Music: So Boring
Whyre you looking at me like that? Im not sleep deprived because I want to be, you know. My neighbors have been careless lately on garbage day The crows were cawing away this morning. Those trash nets the city makes us use only keep them away at the start. Crows are quick learners. On that note, do you all know how to write the kanji for crow?
Oh boy, a kanji quiz!
The characters for bird and crow look very similar, but the latter has one fewer line. What do you think, Hamiru-kun? Isnt it easy to confuse with bird?
At least this one is kinda solvable if you think about it and ignore the obviously wrong answers.
Even though the kanji is missing the eye line, crow actually have pretty good vision.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
By the way, one reading for a different crow kanji is ga, to imitate the sound of it cawing. The character for pigeon is the same. Its based on the birds coo, leading to the ku pronunciation. Crows are pretty smart, so youd better study enough so that you dont lose to them.
Crows are scary, lemme tell ya. When your eyes meet, they start flapping and *shudder*
Music: Tokyo Daylight
>Hang out with her
Thank goodness. Is it OK if we study while we talk?
Makoto Rank 10 (You should watch this)
Music: Sunset Bridge
Is it really a thing that Japanese students go to restaurants to study? I feel like doing that in America would get the cops sicced on you for loitering.
I think she knew it deep within her heart, and seeing him like that finally helped her realize.
Oh, and she told me she quit her job. Right now she doesnt know what she wants to do, but shes going to go to college and figure things out. So in the end, Eikos going to start seriously focusing on her studies again. I plan on doing the same as well.
Yes. I thought there was no point in continuing my studies, but This time Im not seeking anyones praise, and Im not trying to show off my intelligence. I simply want to fulfill my own personal goals and dreams. Before now, I didnt have a clear vision of what that meant. I was lost in life But thanks to you, Ive finally come to realize it.
Uhhh, what? You sure about that, Makoto?
Yeah, you should probably give up.
Also, to completely betray your own sense of justice! I fuckin read up on Japanese cops after the last time I complimented them for the futon thing; theyll just hold people for three weeks with no charge to extract a confession! Theres a dude who got tortured for a confession and then spent 46 years on death row! Im not sure thats the kind of shit you wanna be involved in, because your sisters already neck-deep in it and I thought youd know better just from watching her!
There are too many incidents in this country that are never brought to light. That host was one.
You know that sometimes Japanese police just fabricate confessions and then pressure the accused into signing them?
Villains who prey on the hearts of the weak with cowardly, legally questionable methods
I read that one prosecutor thinks that like a tenth of all confessions leading to prison time are coerced from innocent suspects, and that figures probably a rather low estimate.
My father risked his life trying to catch a group of those people. I will never forgive them. But I wont be able to eradicate them all on my own Instead, I want to head an organization that will destroy the lawless and help rescue victims.
Oh, I see. So youre just hopelessly naive. Well, thats a little bit better, I guess.
Yeah, thats an amazing dream.
That is the justice I aim for. I also believe it will be a continuation of my fathers legacy.
Of vicious compromise in the name of an uncaring, unfeeling system?
Honestly, its a little strange that I found the true meaning of my studies outside of my studies. I think now Ill be able to see the world even more differently. ...Thank you for all your help. Must have been difficult babysitting the uptight Miss President, right?
I feel a strong bond with Makoto...
Music: The Spirit
Makoto is one of my favorite characters in this game even with this bad, bad decision taken into account. She is voiced, once again, by Cherami Leigh.
Music: Swear to My Bones
Good night, sweet bike.
In your place we get
A fucking lame-ass Autobot that cant even transform! Boooooo! I want the bike back!
Anat is a Semitic goddess, the daughter of the highest Ugaritic god El. She is a goddess of hunting and war, as well as fertility. She was also the wife/consort of fucking Yahweh.
Music: Whats Going On?
*nods* Now then, in order to fulfill my dream, Ill need to be accepted into my first choice college. *giggle* What a funny thought Studying to become a head of police while working as a thief
Hm. You may be right. The objective is the same, after all Exposing the evil lurking in the dark shadows
Not really what I meant by that. Did you know that there are actually too many cops in Japan and not enough crime?
Oh, thats right. In thanks for helping me, Ill gladly assist you with your studies as well. *giggle* You had best be ready.
Lets go home.
Welp, Makoto was a fucking cop this whole time. Goddammit. Character ruined! Im glad were not romancing you!
We switch out Defense Master for Evade Psy. Anat also upgrades its Curse and Nuke resistances.
Music: Beneath the Mask
A: The prime minister/B: You in front of your TV/For viewers just tuning in, youre watching Law Variety! Now then, whats your answer?
The correct answer is B! You and me, were the ones running this country!
Article 1 of our Constitution states the Japanese people hold sovereignty. The power is yours! I may get flak for saying this, but I think every single person has the power to change society.
Oh, you got it right! So what do you think? Do I count as a citizen?
It feels like Ive improved my Knowledge.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
I can sense it just by looking at your face. The death aura is emitting a strange light Please be careful. Well then, what would you like to do today ?
So, Ive made some more progress with the ADP case! Sit down so I can tell you all about it!
Yes! Please go ahead!
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
They didnt really believe what I was saying at first, but the truth of the matter settled in eventually However it seems like the members from the executive class are still brainwashed. Im in talks with a lawyer right now though. Were going to get refunds and outpatient care for all of them. Im going to give back all the money I made from selling Holy Stones too. Its the least I can do to atone for the ignorance I showed back then. Thats why I want you to accept this, Hamiru-san. Think of it not only as an apology, but as a sign of gratitude, for helping me see the truth.
Holy shit! To tell you the truth, I had totally given up on ever seeing that money again!
I mean, the chairman was obviously framed! Tell us the truth, please!
N-None of it was made up. As for the chairman, I need you to listen to me. Everything he told you in those seminars was a lie! The promises of a great future, the power of the Holy Stones, the need for donations All lies. Doesnt it seem strange that he kept asking members for money, even through times of financial stress? And beyond that, you guys should have known better than anyone where those donations were ending up. ...Even I knew how horrible the ADPs scheme was. Thats why I had to come forward
No! That cant be true!
Shut your mouth!
Uh-oh, the crowds getting testy.
Im the one who sold you those rocks! If youre going to get upset with anyone it should be with me!
This cant be happening
...No. We must continue to place our trust in her. Please, Maiden Cleanse us of our misery! If you leave us now, we will be fated to drown in sorrow !
These idiots, I swear.
L-Look, the only way you can change that is with your own convictions! Neither I nor one of those worthless stones will be able to help you
B-But then, how are we supposed to avoid our fated misery ?
No A curse is upon us !
Maiden, please !
Whether yer gonna be miserable or nots all on yer own damn shoulders! You dont need some divine power mumbo jumbo to be changin yer fate!
Yall got that strength in yerselves! Fortune-tellin cant hold a candle to honest-to-goodness willpower! And heck, even if thingsre bad now, itll all be fine so long as you keep your heads up!
Bahahahahahaha, oh thats dumb.
But I stand by what I said. Nothing will ever change if all you do is rely on others. Take me for example. I thought I was destined to live as a monster but I had the strength to reverse that fate. If you want to control your future, thats all you need Strength. The only way forward is through the fortitude of your own heart!
It might not be the easiest thing to accomplish at first. After all, your willpower has been constantly suppressed by all those seminars and donations ...Im partially to blame for that. But thats why I need to show you the light now and help you push on!
No. Im not your Maiden anymore. Im just Chihaya Mifune, the fortune teller who guides fate!
I know how they feel though. They want to cling onto the Holy Stones, just as I clung onto my role as the Maiden. All any of us ever wanted was to be happy to avoid our fates
No matter how many times I have to try, I will talk to them until they understand. And when they realize the difficult truth I will be there to help them recover. Back in my villages, people called me a monster. Here, they revered me as the Maiden. Even now my heart continues to wander, yet you somehow saw the real me Not the Maiden Not a monster Just Chihaya. Hamiru-san Thank you.
Hey, no problem. This all started as me trying to annoy you by disrupting your predictions because you fucking robbed me, but whatever. Water under the bridge.
I can sense a deep bond of trust from Chihaya...
I mean, normally someone wouldnt think to involve themselves in such a strenuous ordeal. S-So, um Theres actually something Ive been wondering for a while now Is fortune-telling the only reason you come to see me? I-Its not is it?
I should choose my words carefully
Hamiru-san Why do you come here?
And another one bites the dust.
O-Oh, I see Sorry I suppose I was just feeling a bit self-conscious
(muttering) Didnt he say he liked older women ?
What was that?
But theres nothing better than knowing my readings help others! Please come have your fortune read as often as youd like! After all, well forever be joined in our quest to oppose fate! Anyway, I should be going. Good night!
Anon: Death penalty! Execute!
Anon: theyre running loose rn
Anon: this site pisses me off
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Music: My Homie
Im changing my lesson for today. Instead of a regular class, well be reviewing last weeks materials. I suggest you listen carefully. But dont think you can slack off, OK? I absolutely wont allow it. No slacking off!
Kawakamis graciously given us this free time, so wed better put it to good use.
Hmm. Is it really possible to get better at batting just by reading a book?
It really went into detail about how you can identify what kind of pitch is coming at you We should go to the batting cages sometime and try out what you learned!
We should thank Kawakami for this later.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Nine days left. Were fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.
No way Is someone getting arrested?
I have no idea. If someones getting arrested though, I hope the police take them away soon.
If the Phantom Thieves hear this, we might be in danger. I hope we dont get dragged into this mess.
Even if its a joke, I dont wanna see it. That shits a straight up terrorist logo. I feel sick Maybe Hamiru IS dangerous after all ?
They seriously despise us This is too much to handle
Awesome, tanked my own reputation for no reason!
Does that mean they dont go to Shujin? Thats a relief
Sure, but the police need to hurry uptheyre turning people into vegetables left and right.
The Phantom Thieves are so dangerous Maybe Akechi-kun can do something about it.
I suppose its because I want to exercise my right to do it. Then again, its not like my vote will change anything.
I guess what I want to know is why doesnt everyone go? I guess not voting is like having a seat change in class while youre away! I dont think Id like that.
I pretended to be a Phantom Thief since I idolized them, but now I wonder what real justice is like. Hey, you think you could tell me what really defines a hero?
Youre right. Here goes. I guess a hero is someone who helps someone who needs help. Aw, I know that sounds dumb! It was all I could think of on the spur of the moment.
I think I get it. Even if I became a Phantom Thief, I wouldnt be a hero if I didnt help anyone. Hehe Thanks, you really helped me out there. I guess that sort of means youre my hero, you know?
Looks like Starry-eyed Student has made some startling personal growth.
So youre saying the one-sided bashing is too much, hm? As you can see, there are some who express their doubts about the biased news reports. The media may need to consider whether or not they are truly being impartial. And that concludes our on-the-spot coverage.
This news lady who keeps railroading my answers for some reason is using it to attack her own profession. All right, then.
The world will be swallowed by the surge of darkness like the Phantom Thieves were!
How can I believe in murderers!? People have been losing their minds left and right, you know? What should I do ? Please tell me Sun God...
Forget about economic reform, and focus more on the female form. We need to pick up more girls!
You already have plenty of girls though, Senpai!
W-Well, Im thinking of learning from Shido. Maybe start the New Pick-Up Party.
Alone? What about your maid? Have you let the poor dear go?
We had to. Cant spare any unnecessary expenses during this tumultuous time, can we?
Such an admirable woman youve become. Well, as they saypride comes before a fall. Ohoho...
Just a lot of fake stuff. Any mention of the Phantom Thieves always brings in the trolls.
They used to be so popular
Thats old news. Of course people were upset after finding out they were murderers.
Id say yes in a heartbeat. I dont want to bring my personal emotions into my work, but Many people have risen up against society before, but this time, its on a different scale. I just really want to see what the Phantom Thieves would do.
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I hear the girls at my cafe saying Akechi-kun, save me! all the time. Everyone sure likes him now. He used to be really unpopular, didnt he? The whole internet was flaming him for a while.
Hey, people always switch sides! We gotta cheer on the good guys, whoever they are!
Oh yeah, that one where theyre getting stopped by the police? I laughed so hard at that!
Akechi was right Only fools would say the Phantom Thieves stand for justice.
...Hey, didnt you like the Phantom Thieves? Ah, and Akechis gone now too.
Please, can you stop? You made a profit. Isnt that enough?
No, not yet! We have to wait until it doubles in value! Yes, this country will change! Our celebrolution has only just begun!
This poor woman.
Our veggies have been ready for a bit, but I totally blanked on collecting them until now.
Now that weve harvested the Sun Tomato, we can plant a Moonlight Carrot.
Would you be interested in joining me there?
Then its decided. This particular restaurant is an expensive hotel buffet. Hopefully the coffee lives up to that reputation.
Music: Whats Going On?
Well, Ive decided to start studying the topic more seriously by going out to places like this. Ive been keeping it a secret from my fiance though. You see, just a single cup of the Dark Ivory coffee here costs roughly six thousand yen.
Either way, perhaps we should try it before passing judgement Well, shall we order? Ill be paying for your cup as well.
I want so badly to say Kthx, but alas, it feels too jokey.
But allow me to handle this. I invited you, after all.
Hm, I wonder how it will taste.
Well, here we go...
There is a faint bitterness beneath the strangely mellow flavor The coffee is clearly distinct from what Sojiro serves at Leblanc
...It has a distinctly fragrant aroma, paired with a mild flavor. This is undoubtedly delicious, yet I would barely consider it coffee.
I suddenly understand why its called Dark Ivory.
Im glad you think this is funny, at least.
I just thought you might find it hard to enjoy If you had known ahead of time. I was surprised to hear it at first myself, but that was actually why I wanted to try it to begin with. Another rare type of coffee, kopi luwak, is gathered from the feces of a small cat called a civet. Interestingly enough, the flavor differs depending on what animal it was originally consumed by. Speaking of cats, do you think Mona-chan would be able to ?
Fuck yeah, lets abuse this cat.
Oh, but we need Mona-chan for our operations, huh? We cant afford to make him eat beans all day
The only reason we shouldnt do it, then.
Hm Coffee is so profound
You got that from cat shit beans?
What a strange place for us to meet. Its not often I see people your age at this luxurious buffet.
Oh, hes a friend from school. Maaku-kun, this is Takakura-san, the new president of Okumura Foods.
*nods* By the way, it looks like we will be able to avoid litigation. We somehow settled on decent terms. You dont need to worry. Oh, and about your shares you should consider letting the company hold on to them for the time being. Im sure you have enough on your plate already, given everything thats happened to you.
Ah, Im sorry to bring that up while you two are enjoying yourselves here. That aside, how are things going with Sugimura-kun? You know, these days you need to reserve a wedding hall almost a year in advance if you want a good one. Sometimes it worries me how laid-back you are, Haru-chan.
Tactful Man is on the scene!
R-Right. Were in the process
Well, I should be heading back to the office now. Oh, but please allow me to pay for your drinks.
N-No, thats quite all right. And, um about the shares I can handle them for now. Im going to protect that which my father left for me.
...I understand. Please do try to reconsider though. Well, if youll excuse me.
I mean, Im just an inexperience high schooler but I cant leave the company in Takakura-sans hands. Hey, um what did you think of him?
But I agree. I really dont know whether or not I can trust him Right now, the most prevalent rumor about Takakura-san is that he was pleased by my fathers passing I mean, he was certainly the person who stood to benefit the most from it Its hard to deny that fact. But he says hes trying to rebuild our company image. I just cant tell if he really means it ...You know, sometimes I wonder what life would be like if I didnt have money if I was normal. Dont get me wrong, the company is definitely important but its often nothing more than a source of stress. With you guys though I feel like I actually belong. Thats why Im going to work extra hard to make sure my harvests turn out great!
I can sense a strong resolve from Haru...
Hes been really showering me with presents lately One night he even left a bouquet of roses on my pillow. But he would have needed one of my servants to help him accomplish that, right? What a scary thought Even worse, Takakura-san has been hurry us to get married after what happened to my father. He claims its because of the profit the marriage will bring to the company ...But there has to be more to the situation than just that. Anyway, Ill look a little deeper into Takakura-san. Perhaps he truly was pleased by my fathers death Maybe I should start by asking the employees who are trying so desperately to win my favor
Arent you going to finish it?
Arrest those damn Phantom Thieves already!
Should the Diet really be dissolving at a time like this!?
Shouldnt the safety of the citizens be the top priority?
How are we supposed to feel safe?
Anon: Death penalty! Execute!
Anon: 30 million yen OMG XD
Anon: theyre running loose rn
Anon: who cares either way?
Music: Beneath the Mask
It seems they have no evidence that can truly be called as such.
However, it seems they have no intentions of changing their plans.
Theyre going to investigate at both Shujin Academy and Leblanc, right?
Hm. I can understand Shujin But why Leblanc?
The key is Wakaba Isshiki.
Is it cause of my moms research?
Correct. Her study of cognitive psience is closely connected to this case. Of that, there can be no doubt.
Then this guys really the mastermind behind all of this?
That would be the case. There can be no mistake The one who erased cognitive psience from this world is surely the culprit behind everything.
And getting rid of the research was to ensure only they could use its powers?
How perceptive of you. Yes, that is the only logical conclusion. Both Sae-san and I were searching for clues about that research. But just as we were about to deepen our investigation, this commotion began. And to make things even more troublesome There was only one person with strong connections to both Shujin Academy and Leblanc. And that person turned out to be the leader of the Phantom Thieves.
So the culprit had calculated all of this in advance?
Heavens no. That would be impossible. This was a miracle created by the coinciding of multiple chance situations.
Yknow, shitty luck is still luck.
Yes, your luck really is impressive.
At any rate, thats the current state of things. And thats why we must obstruct the investigation at all costs.
Yes, thats our intention.
You really do have something special about you. I can say that with confidence now.
Mr. Shidos new party, the United Future, sent a motion of non-confidence against the cabinet. It was approved by a majority vote, which then led to a dissolution of the House. An election is expected to be held before the yearend, and each party has already begun preparing.
Oh, sounds like theres going to be an election. I wonder whos going to win.
What!? Whyd you change your mind all of a sudden? Isnt it too late to do that now?
I have to make my parents pay for throwing away my stuff. So I made a bet with them. If I make it into a better middle school, then they have to buy me everything they threw out again.
Whoa, thats so cool! Its like what they say on the news! Evil people deserve to be punished!
Youre like, completely surrounded! Get your asses out before shit goes south!
There's no way they'll turn themselves in, not with all the charges they're facing.
Pretty much pissed off all of Japan, huh? Must be scary, buuuddy!
Youve never gotten into politics. Whats gotten into you?
I saw this feature about all the recent incidents on TV. I realized we cant rely on the ruling party. Theyre the ones ruining Japan. Theyre the reason why people like the Phantom Thieves run loose.
Would a shift in political power change anything? I cant really imagine that happening
Dont worry about it. Cant trust the ruling party anymore. Might as well let someone new take a shot.
Japans like a team of great players who dont have a coach. Its so strangelike people here dont care about their own country
What, really!? Who? I wonder if we were friends
Well, he always said he wanted to make our town better. Its a real uphill battle, I hear, though.
If this gig Ive got goes well, Ill be able to make my debut soon. Mm-hmm, thats right. ...What do you mean I dont seem happy? Im just worried about all this Phantom Thieves stuff, thats all. Im sure itll settle down soon. Im so close to realizing my dream I need to keep working really hard
The public blames the Phantom Thieves for both incidents, but something doesnt add up Maybe youre rubbing off on me. But I guess a journalists gotta question everything.
Do you have a minute ?
Thanks. Stop standing and sit down.
Shes gotten so skinny, she looked almost like a stranger She wouldnt say anything either. I think she had a mental shutdown, is it called?
Oh no, thats terrible! ...It wasnt me.
Yeah. I was expecting it to be bad, but it was still pretty jarring to see her in person. Her doctor said they found her collapsed in the street just about a year ago now. She had been wandering along the coast without any belongings, so the directors wife took her in.
...Is there any hope of recovery?
...All we can do is pray. Either way, Kayo is still a suspect, so bringing her back here would just put her in danger again
So well never know what happened with that bureaucrat?
Not necessarily. I have her hairclip. It looks like an ordinary accessory, but it actually has a miniature camera built inside.
Remember that voicemail where she said she had something big? Well, it was all in the hairclip.
So then !
...It was a picture of the bureaucrats secret meeting. The other party must be the one behind the slush fund. And that other party
Again with Shido. God, Im hearing his name all over the place. Im sure its just a coincidence though.
Shido ? You mean the politician? I cant believe someone close to him could be so horrible
Gee, Im starting to get the sneaking suspicion that this Shido fella might not be on the up-and-up!
Yup. Its pretty clear that confidant was blackmailing the bureaucrat, and killed him for not paying up. Kayo must have managed to escape, but then ended up suffering a mental shutdown somehow Im not sure what could possible cause something like that though In any case, maybe thats why they decided to leave her alive Heh They underestimated her journalistic talent.
Thats an amazing story Itll be a huge scoop if youre right!
But given the current situation, its going to be difficult to write an article about it. I wouldnt have Kayos testimony, and even if I did, I wouldnt be able to corroborate her story. Id get crushed if I tried to take them on without being fully prepared
Im gonna do whatever it takes to pursue the truth! I said I need to be fully prepared, didnt I? Itll just take a while.
So then !
Ive resigned myself to a long battle anyway. I have her photo. Now I gotta get some solid evidence, and lay the groundwork to prove her innocence. Im going to avenge Kayo! (to Maaku) ...Well then, our deals over. Itll be too dangerous for you to stick around from here onward. You understand, right? The opposition wont think twice about taking down anyone in their way. Im sure Ill get targeted so to be safe, you shouldnt come here again.
You must have nerves of steel...
Geez Youre really never honest with yourself, Ichiko-chan. Youre not gonna find anyone else who listens to you as encouragingly as this guy. You know that, right? Its gonna be a long battle against a tough enemy. You should have him by your side through it.
Uh-huh, sure. And what about you, kid? Your not afraid to face the danger ahead, are you?
Fine. If youre sticking your nose in this on your own free will, then theres nothing I can do. Ill solve this case on my own but I appreciate having a friend whos got my back.
We dont carry that Theres some generic stuff in the back though Oh, and Ill grab an oolong tea for the kid.
Mannn Lamest kickoff party ever! ...I guess the booze doesnt matter though. Its all about the company!
I feel like my bond with Ohya is growing deeper...
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
I know at first it was for the articles, but you dont have any obligation to stay now, you know. Ohhh, I know. Did you take me seriously when I told the chief we were a couple? Geez, you kids today are so naive!
I should choose my words carefully...
That couple act
Sorry, but no, Im not into you like that. Maybe if I was the kind of person who drummed for fourteen straight hours and got deeply into Nicolas Cage.
O-Of course. Thank goodness ! It wouldve been way too much trouble to be with a minor ...Whats taking Lala-chan so long? And whats with the heat? I mean, dont you think its hot in here? All this heat is making me tired
Oh, never change, Ohya.