Part 179: 12/7: Resume PleasantriesPart 169: 12/7: Resume Pleasantries
When last we left our heroes, Akechi returned, seemingly having figured out from Shidos paranoia that we were fucking around in his head. But the game does a terrible job of emphasizing that, so there was much confusion about it (mainly from me)! Anyway, I wonder what he could possibly want.
Whys he here !?
Hmph Im impressed that you managed to deceive me. It seems I underestimated your abilities.
Under different circumstances, we could have been great rivals or perhaps even friends.
Nah, miss me with that shit, bro.
You dont allow yourself to be enslaved by such things as human relations or past selves And so, your heart is always free. The exact opposite of mine. To be honest, Im envious I wonder why we couldnt have met a few years earlier, Maaku
Does he? Does he truly regret this turn of events? Well tough shit, hes a murderer. I didnt see him regretting that turn of events.
Oh, for fucks sake
But its no use talking in hypotheticals. That didnt happen in reality
Akechi! Why are you cooperating with someone like Shido!? Dont you see what this Palace looks like!? His true nature is--
What are you talking about? I dont care for Shido, or this country.
GASP! What a twist!
Shido is your father !?
Remember I said before, how my mother had been in a relationship with some good-for-nothing man?
Futaba and Maaku were the only ones there for that, so most of us dont, actually.
So Im his bastard child. My very existence is nothing but a scandal My mothers life turned for the worse after she had me and died. I was a cursed child for her too.
I resented him, but he was already a high-ranking official by then. A kid like me could do nothing.
Music: Blood of Villain
Who cares? My targets were all doing the same damn thing in this eat or be eaten world. All I did was remove their evil from society. How is that any different from the Phantom Thieves?
Were not murderers!
I guess hes right. There isnt really a huge difference between murdering people and not murdering people. I can see where hes coming from.
And thats when Ian utter disgrace to the worldwill rule over him. I will prevail!
In just a few weeks, my plan would have come to fruition ! But no, you just had to interfere ! I can still take it back though. Ill just need to kill you all.
Hmph, we wont get killed for something like that. You talk big, but youre really nothing more than a little kid throwing a temper tantrum!
Oh shit, burned by the cat!!!
Dont lecture me, you piece of shit
Weak response, though. Point goes to Morgana.
I am going to personally thrust Masayoshi Shido into a living hell. So, Joker rest easy and die.
I agree. There is no need to speak any longer.
You sure sound confident, but dont go pressin your luck. We already know all your tricks from back when you were workin with us.
Im actually with Haru. Common misconception, there. Ryujis more a bro than a partner.
Huh1? Quit bluffin!
Its no bluff. If he truly is behind the mental shutdowns, hes likely only shown us a fraction of his strength.
Boss: Goro Akechi
Music: Blooming Villain
Akechi doesnt even get his own boss music. How lame.
I wont let you stop me!
Those cannot be explained unless the true culprit has the power to make peoples hearts psychotic *snicker* Thats right! Its my powerone that you dont have!
Oh hey, finally some resolution on that. Cool.
Allow me to show you!
That wasnt Robin Hood Could it have been a different Persona?
He can use two Personas too!?
Even the feeblest existence can gain tremendous power once the chains on its heart are broken.
Akechi then fucking backflips offscreen.
What did Akechi do!? The enemies are way stronger now!
The battle starts with both enemies using Desperation to raise their Attack and lower their defense just like Leviathan did. Once this wears off in three turns or so, they will automatically reuse it.
Ive taken pains to simulate the experience of a first-time player going into this fight, so Im low on HP and SP because this fight is a surprise!
Worth noting: under the effect of Desperation, these guys can and will fuck you up! Still, you should easily be able to take them down in just a few turns, even with their massively inflated health pools.
This guys out of his mind !
You have deceived me and escaped death, after all.
Hes coming Brace yourselves!
This fight is simply a continuation of the last fight, so buffs, debuffs, and turn order will all carry over. A note to make here is that it seems like in this phase, Akechi will only attack Maaku. Also sometimes when he calls his Persona he shouts out "PERSONAAAAAAARGH" and it's really funny.
Akechi is capable of using almost all of his skills from his time as a party member. Here, he uses Kougaon. He can also use Eigaon.
I didnt have it equipped at the time, so I got knocked down, but Melchizedek is a great choice for this fight due to its resistances. It drains Bless and Blocks Curse, so Akechi cant do much to it.
Akechi doesnt actually have an awful lot of health for a boss, so a round of Matarukajad attacks courtesy of Ryuji will get him pretty near critical HP.
*chuckle* So neither of us had shown our true strengths, huh ?
You should really watch the video for this fight, because this is certainly some fucking voice acting right here.
Kinda disappointed in Megidolaon after that huge animation.
Finally, Akechi can Charge up, but it just sets up another Megaton Raid from him. We guard through it.
And then, hes down.
So hes able to turn people psychotic I thought it was some special thing like the Nav, but it seems to be his own Personas power.
Thats the weakest
I cant believe that the ability to control and drive others mad was born from within his heart
Will you please stop!? Youre fighting the wrong people! We both hate the same guy! Why do we have to go against each other!?
Killing us wont make you happy.
But I !
This aint about what Shido says! Youre your own person! You gotta know that!
Uhhh, whats going on? Are we trying to redeem the mass murderer here?
Damn it !
You know sometimes I think about that fake Medjed that you guys made up That was the worst trap but if not for that, I dont think Id be here right now. Uhhh, basically it doesnt matter where you start over!
What the fuck!? He killed your mom, Futaba!
And you dont really hate Joker, do you?
Youre thinking about how much you want to **** Joker, arent you?
That smile before we fought Isnt that how you really feel?
Follow your true feelings ! Even if you think people hate you or dont want you around, thats--
Youre right, they dont! Because youre a murderer!
Why am I inferior to you !?
Oh boy, its time for the not-at-all clichéd The real difference between Maaku and Akechi is that Maaku has friends bullshit. I was cringing at this crap as an eight-year-old playing fucking Kingdom Hearts.
I was extremely particular about my life, m y grades, my public image, so someone would want me around! I am an ace detective a celebrity!
How does someone like you have things I dont!?
This really is a tantrum, wow.
This argument is meaningless !
Music: Blood of Villain
A black mask !
Wait, whos he talking about ?
It cant be There was another intruder besides us within this Palace !?
Ill let you in on a little something Theres a criminal using other peoples Palaces to accomplish whatever they damn well please. They dont care about consequences. Psychotic breakdowns, mental shutdowns anything goes.
youre supposed to be smarter than this
Im surprised This is actually a first for me. I might even have to try my hardest against you. You know I just came up with a fun little idea I wonder how far I can go with this
You wanted to see my powers, didnt you? Fine Ill show them to you!
All I care about now is killing all of you
Akechis Awakening (I left in a segment before this scene because Daymond really goes for it. Im not sure its a great performance, but he really, really tries)
He can use two separate powers !?
No way !
Boss: The Black Mask
Music: Will Power
You are the trash of society !
Teammates are nothing but trash!
Well, weve got another fight in front of us here. And its one with a lot more health. To prepare, Ive slightly cheated by using Mystery Stews at the end of the previous fight to restore 30% of Makoto and Ryujis SP at the cost of a temporary debuff to all their battle parameters (which Makoto can just dispel anyway with Dekunda), as is visible in the corresponding video for that fight. If you dont feel good doing that, just do it at the start of this fight or use carrots or whatever, god knows we have plenty.
Akechi is the sinner of Emptiness, not represented by any demon, but lets just say its Loki, how about that?
Speaking of Loki, heres some concept art for him!
Akechi starts by casting Tetrakarn on himself, forcing us to break it by throwing ourselves at it. Annoying.
Now that hes turned himself psychotic, he gets two turns! How fun! Hell also use Brave Blade to inflict a lot of Physical damage.
He can use Negative Pile as well, which deals less damage but can inflict Despair.
Getting him down to 60% or so gives us this message.
Anything goes if you say youre teammates !
Now he can use Makarakarn, which is much easier to deal with because most of the party blocks their chosen element.
He can also still use Eigaon and Kougaon, so watch out. Also the lower-level Maeigaon and Maragion, for some reason.
I dont need teammates I dont
Lets have Maaku guard, just in case.
This fight still isnt very difficult.
*screaming in pain*
And Akechis down for the count. What a loser.