Part 149: 11/12-11/13: You Come At The KingPart 141: 11/12-11/13: You Come At The King
Anon: 30 million yen OMG XD
Anon: this site pisses me off
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Its already the 12th. We have about a week until the investigation. Can we make it so we can send the calling card? Lets go to the Palace today!
Well go when I feel like it! Get off my case, mom!
Im sure you have a plan. Youre you, after all. I dont want to be arrested for a false accusation. I want to find the real culprit after all. Let me know when you decide to go. Ill be waiting to hear from you.
Music: So Boring
Have you ever heard a recording of your own voice? Were you surprised? Thats because when you hear your voice normally, you hear it through your bones. The voice you hear in a recording that makes you feel uncomfortable is unmistakably your own voice. Now then, Hamiru-kun. Has hearing someones voice over the phone ever felt strange to you? Do you know why hearing someones voice over the phone sounds different than their real voice?
Im impressed. Thats correct. Its practically not even their voice anymore. To transmit data, cell phones use a certain way of encoding your voice into digital information. And when your phone has to use that data to reassemble a voice, it can only do so much.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
Oh? You think youd be able to tell if you were hearing a computer talking? As long as the tone and intonation match, the listeners brain fills in any other differences. Most of our communication is based on assumptions.
Yeah, my voice just sounds like meows to people who dont know me. Geez Assumptions are dangerous.
Thats not quite the same thing, Morgana.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
The ruling party disbanded, so our country and economys doomed! But I can stop all that. I hope.
Come on, buddy! Dont be like that. Im just looking out for your future ...Psh. Kids not buying it. I guess youd have to be a real idiot to fall for that line.
Nooo! I dont want my brains scrambled! Daddy! Daddy, help meeeeeee! Heh, playing Phantom Thieves at a time like this? Theyre cowards who ran from the police. All I do is save money from idiots whod waste it. Society ought to be grateful to me!
Ohyas ready after only one try, awesome.
Theres something I wanna talk to you about while were at it.
Hamiru-san, youve improved so much compared to when you first started. OK, lets play.
Shinya Rank 10
Music: Whats Going On?
Actually, yeah I did! *chuckle* Have you noticed that my playing style has changed? I feel calmer when Im under pressure now. I wonder if its because Im not so obsessed with winning anymore
Good for you, man.
Hey I invited some people here today. They should be arriving any minute now
Oh hey, those kids you terrorized. Good times.
Music: Sunset Bridge
I finally realized that I was being selfish Please forgive me. Ill understand if you guys dont, but ...I promise Ill pay back the money as soon as I save up enough.
(to Quiet-looking Boy) ...Well, what do you wanna do?
Thats all I wanted to say Thanks for coming.
Wait! Im not very good at Gun About Will you teach me how to get better?
Hey, its the pro gamer !
Its been a while, hasnt it, kid? You want to play a game? I havent faced any worthy opponents lately.
Shinya looks over to Quiet-looking Boy, who nods.
...Ive gotten better since we last played, you know. Now I can stay calm during a battle. Im gonna blast right through that pitch black armor of yours.
...So then, you believe the rumor thats being told about me, eh? Well, a full display of my skills should put an end to that lie.
...Take that. Dont aim for the body ...And that!
...Tch! This is BS!
Whoa, the champ cant even get off a shot!
Takekumas about to lose! The kings going to win!
Stop using that armor and start playing fair and square. Its unacceptable to break the rules just to win, whether youre an adult or a child. And if you dont stop, Ill tell everyone.
...No, I wont admit defeat! I just cant! Itll be the end of everything!
The videos worth it just for this one line, because Takekuma sounds exceptionally whiny here.
No it wont. Your life will go on, even after you lose. But if you dont change now, then it might really be the end for you. And then no one will be able to help you. I dont want you to go through that.
...Is that a threat?
Well said for a kid Im not going to enter the tournament. See ya.
The Kings the new champ!
No Im not. I havent won the tournament yet. Besides, its thanks to you guys that I was able to get stronger.
...Im so happy right now.
Ive always thought that winning was the coolest thing. But being nice is pretty cool too Losing wasnt the end. It was just a new beginning. Through all the pain, and with your help I was able to change.
Now its my turn to help others. My mom, my friends even people I dont know. I wonder Will that help me become a member of the Phantom Thieves?
Doh, guess there was no point in trying to keep up the charade.
Dont worry. I wont tell anyone. Well, this is the last time well play together. Theres nothing left to teach you, and the Phantom Thieves seem to be having a rough time Thank you for hanging out with a lonely kid like myself. Ill continue to do my best. OK, put out your hand.
Music: The Spirit
Despite the plain description here, from cursory forum searching I have discovered Oda Special actually seems to do three things. The first is exactly what this text implies, that all of your handgun bullets (so no Gun Skills, sadly) now have the classic SMT skill Pierce applied to them, so theyre no longer subject to enemy resistances and will deal full damage no matter what. Drain/Repel/Null/Resist Gun are no longer a problem. This is only mildly useful, but apparently this skill also prevents Jokers gun attacks from missing, too. Still, not worth all that much. Warning Shot is still Shinyas best skill by a mile. However, when I did research on this skill for this update, I found multiple sources online stating that Oda Special also ridiculously ups Jokers critical chance with guns, to something like eighty percent. What the fuck. So I checked up and sure enough, Im getting lotsocrits, but in practice the rate is more like fifty percent or so. Still, abso-fucking-lutely incredible.
Anyway, Shinyas a decent kid. Im used to Barbara Goodsons voice for him, but its still a little weird.
Music: Sunset Bridge
...Youve gotten really good! But youll still never be able to beat me!
Didnt you just learn the Important Life Lesson that it doesnt actually matter?
You wont lose to anyone else though! *chuckle* Ill be supporting you, no matter what !
Interacting with Shinya has made my heart grow I feel like my Kindness has increased
Maaku gains Kindness +3.
Bye, Shinya. Truly it was we who... got smoked.
Music: Beneath the Mask
How will the Feathermen, who are slowly succumbing to avian influenza, get out of this one!? Next episode Broken Wings.
Music: Layer Cake
Well, itll make my job easier if the cops have their attention elsewhere, yknow? So, youre here cause you saw my message, right?
Im gonna give you hard time [sic] like I promised, OK?
Time for you to do some work around the shop, Mr. Gun Enthusiast.
This things an antique. Im not gonna sell it to anyone less than a real gun expert.
I heard he got excommunicated from the clan. Apparently his boss found out what happened. Serves him right, huh?
I mean sure, that bastard pissed me off, but I never once wished hed up and die on me.
Not even when he was going to murder you and your son? And also me?
This whole things been real crazy though. I mean, Tsuda used to be the role model for upholdin the code I guess this is what he meant when he said timesre changin
The hellre you doin !? You motherfucker! Hey, hold on!
That bastard Masas abducted Kaoru!
Masa? Oh right, him. That dude what from the diner.
He damn well better be, or else Masas a dead man! God, that piece of shit ! He knew about Tsudas failure the whole time I bet he was just waitin for a chance like this.
Right. Theyre over at Seaside Park. Ill grab the keys n lock up! Cmon, lets go!
Wait, why am I coming?
Ahahahahaha, what is Masa doing? Hey man, I got this knife! I wanna show it to you! Just gonna hold it vaguely in the direction of your son and hopefully that works as a threat! There totally arent like eight different ways for him to easily escape this situation! The devs just didnt want to go to the trouble of doing a more sensible pose? What are you talking about? Its probably way more complicated than youre suggesting, shut up!
Take it easy, Mune-san. All I did was give him a friendly ride home from cram school. Aint that right, Kaoru-kun?
Dad Im sorry. He said he had some stuff to tell me about you Then, he
Man, aint he just a great kid?
And whatre you, Mune-sans little errand boy? Wait I remember you. Youre that weirdo from the diner.
Fuck off. I heard you the first time.
...So, whatre you gonna make me do?
Great question. Yknow those modded guns you were gonna give Tsuda? Itd be real nice to get my hands on em. Theres a lieutenant spot open now that Tsudas gone, but I still need to prove my worth before I can get it. And youre gonna help me do just that.
Sorry Masa, but you got some real shitty timin. We just broke em all down. Theres nothin left.
You think thats gonna dissuade me? ...Yknow, I know everythin about Kaoru-kuns situation.
Dad? What does he mean!?
Dont you remember what I told you in the car, Kaoru-kun? About your dad? About what he thinks of you?
R-Right Im just a burden, arent I? Thats it, isnt it? Tell me, Dad. I can handle the truth!
Youre at (very loose) knifepoint, kid. Cant we have this conversation some other time? Man, this is some hot fresh melodrama if Ive ever seen it.
That aint true! Im tryin to protect you, Kaoru!
Hey, this family bullshit is real touching n all, but were sposed to be negotiatin here, remember? Why dont we start with a delivery date? The sooner the better, in my book.
You bastard !
Oh, dont gimme that shit. None of this would be happenin if you didnt go n take that brat in.
I knew it Everything really is my fault
Hey, whatre you two chattin about over there?
Kaoru, listen Theres somethin I [sic] been keepin from you for a while now and youre prolly not gonna like it. Truth is, your real parents didnt die in a car crash. You were abandoned by your mother when you were still a baby. Thats why I took you in. Believe it or not I was actually part of the yakuza back then.
Oh man! I cant believe you really freakin told him, Mune! Hes not lyin, Kaoru. From what I heard, your mom tried to sell you to us just so she could get her hands on some easy drug money!
Sell me ?
Yup! Then when Mune here wasnt buyin, she just dumped you and ran! And thats how you ended up with a yakuza dad. Pretty crazy, huh!? Ahhh, thats a relief! Ive been tryin to hold that in all day long. I couldnt wait to see the look on your face when you found out!
Man, this is hilarious. Boo freakin hoo, how sad Ahahaha!
Enough. All of that might be true but its in the past now! Im not a child anymore, and Id never let a stupid secret like that get to me!
So what if my mom dumped me!? Or if my dad was part of the yakuza!? We might not be related by blood, but were connected by the gecko ! So you know what? I dont care what you have to say about us! Im me, and Munehisa Iwai is my dad!
Heh *chuckle* Attaboy, Kaoru. Listen, Masa Lets put an end to this, right here, right now. We can start fresh.
You seriously still dont get it, do you? Kaoru-kuns--
Oh shit, Tsuda! Also, hes not even holding the knife on the same side of his body as you anymore, Kaoru. Just fucking run away.
T-Tsuda I mean, sir!?
Dont give me that. I know you ratted me out to the boss. You never have been good at keeping your mouth shut.
N-No, it wasnt me!
Uh-huh. And what do you think youre doing waving that knife around? Huh!?
Your kids got guts, Mune. Like father like son, huh?
Looks like it. So, what now?
Well, Ill start by making this idiot repay his debts. I havent thought much about what comes after. All I really know is this is where we say goodbye, Mune.
...Take care, brother.
Music: Sunset Bridge
And now that Masas busy digging his own shallow grave, time for a family chat.
Yeah. I was a little afraid but its all better now.
Heh. Honestly, Im surprised you stayed calm through all that. Guess youre maturin quicker than I even realized
Yknow, Ive been so busy makin sure he doesnt end up like me that I forgot to see who hes actually becomin. Heh I cant believe Im only just realizin this now. Hehe And its all thanks to you, kid. I appreciate it for real.
It feels like my bond with Iwai is growing even deeper...
Hey, all that excitement made me super hungry Why dont we go back to that diner?
*sigh* You seriously eat on a whole nother level You might even end up taller than me someday. Cmon, lets head over there.
The three of us enjoyed a peaceful dinner together...
Huh ? Who could that be at this hour ?
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
We have about a week left, so why dont we take a break?
Because we havent done anything yet, Haru.
Theres a thriller thats out called Pach-Saw. What do you think? If you can handle that kind of stuff, that is.
You guys are gonna fuckin hate me for this, but uh tomorrow was actually the date I had decided we would go into the Palace about an in-game week in advance. And even if it wasnt, we dont need points with Haru, were full up on social stats, and theres just no good reason to waste a day hanging out when we could be ranking someone up. Im sorry. But, then, why choose Decide later? Well youll see.
Anon: Oh how far theyve fallen
Anon: lol this place went to shit
Anon: Is the admin an accomplice?
Anon: if its not them ill eat poo
I love these messages so much.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Yeah, thats how much time we got to nab that Treasure.
Theres that, but its also how much longer well ge to stay as the Phantom Thieves.
Now that you mention that, it is quite an odd feeling.
Thats not really an answer to my question, but its good motivation!
Well I guess all we can do now is do this shit like we always do.
Yeah. For Makotos sister.
Thank you, everyone.
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Now, I said we wouldnt be able to do Harus movie event. But I never said we wouldnt see it. I felt bad about it, so I saved my game in the attic when I regained control and decided to accept Harus invite.
(Also, Harus Maaku-kun? I guess you didnt want to go? there is heartbreaking.)
All right, lets meet in front of the movie theater in Shinjuku!
All right, lets go see the movie today.
Music: Break it Down
Lets go inside. Im so excited
Haru likes scary movies, good to know.
Music: Some weird low humming
Coward voice: Please! No! The elephant! Its coming this way! AAAAAAAAAAGH
Deep voice: GAME OVER.
I-I-I-I can t-t-totally handle th-this sorta s-s-stuff !
After watching this scary movie, I feel like Ive got more Guts than I did before...
Maaku gains Guts +3.
Music: Break it Down
How was it for you? Do you like scary movies?
Theres a brief pause in the video at this point, because I had to put down the controller I was laughing so hard. Harus great.
Thanks for hanging out with me today. I had a lot of fun! Its too scary to watch these alone. And I didnt have any friends I could ask before, so Im really happy that we could watch it together! Ah, its time we headed back home.
Now we reload back to the earlier attic save we made in the daytime.
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Heres what weve got for you today! 20 cans of Mystery Stew! Customers keep coming back for its, well, mysterious flavor!
Its perfect for using it as a punishment on someone! Ugh, the smells leaking out !
Despite the weird way its being sold, we absolutely fucking want this. Its absurdly cheap for what it does and its enough to last the entire rest of the game. Buy it.
But Im sure we can expect great things from Mr. Shido! Election day cant come soon enough.
I dont mind who wins, as long as I can live out the rest of my days in peace and quiet...
Autumn is here, and the leaves have changed color. This season, the cool air feels a bit lonely
Stuff like feeling lonely doesnt bother me anymore. Im single and happy with what Ive got.
I hate Mommy and Daddy! I wanna be with Kotaro
Will you stop!? Kotaro is an old dog! You cant push him like that!
I hope the Phantom Thieves come! I hope they steal Mommy and Daddys heart!
This dog girl subplot is really sad.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Its been pretty crazy out here. Youve seen all the stuff about the Phantom Thieves on TV, right? I was thinkin I might come home. Nobody takes me seriously. Dunno if I have what it takes to be a star Huh? What dya mean that aint rock n roll? Why you gettin mad about this? I thought long and hard, and
I think Ill get into politics. We women should take a more active role in our society!
Wh-Whats with all this? Did you just have a change of heart?
Im gonna start volunteering at the election office. I bet theres a lot of hot, energetic men there!
You never learn, do you
Music: Tokyo Emergency
And now were ready to (finally) head into the Palace.