Part 18: 4/22-4/23: Blacker Than A Moonless NightPart 17: 4/22-4/23: Blacker Than A Moonless Night
Now that weve handled that ordeal, we just have to escape the castle.
Kamoshida does a sick diving somersault to grab the crown.
Whats wrong? Not running away? Why dont you run ? Arent you a great athlete?
Im doing this all for them! Whats wrong about demanding a reward for that!?
Now youre makin excuses ? Well do something about that distorted heart of yours.
Scared? Right now, youre seeing the same view that Shiho did. Im sure she was scared too except she had no choice but to jump What will you do? Will you jump? Or would you rather die here?
Do you want to finish him off? Its your call.
Shut up. I bet everyone told you the same.
Go ahead and finish me off You do that and my real self will go down too You have that right since youve won...
Youre kind, Lady Ann...
Ive lost. Youre through when you lose
Hey, just so you know, we dont have time to waste. This place is about to collapse!
Music: Collapse of Lust
This goddamn cat, I swear.
Despite the fact that we were in a tower, the exit to the Palace is now a massive hallway. Thats animated cutscenes for ya.
Morgana, back in cat form, jumps atop Anns head.
No fair, you jerk!
Suddenly, Ryuji starts limping.
...Its true. We cant go there anymore.
What about the Treasure!?
Well, we werent holding it during that cutscene, so...
What the ?
...A medal? Wait, whered that crown go?
Whats goin on ?
It means, that was the source of Kamoshidas desires. To him, this medal is worth as much as that crown we saw in the palace.
So, that perv kept clingin to his past glory and couldnt let it go...
But this means that Kamoshidas heart might have changed, right?
Our expulsions on the line here!
This is the first successful example for me too. However, theres no doubt that this has affected Kamoshidas personality quite a lot. The entire Palace disappeared, after all.
Ugh, I feel all antsy! Aint there a way to check now?
Come on, why the gloomy faces? Be happy! We completed this with great success, you know.
We just dont know if everythings OK yet...
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Im pretty sure itll be fine. Remember how Kamoshidas Shadow said that hes returning to his self in reality?
I promise you that line sounds exactly as awkward when voiced as youd think.
Still He did seem to regain his conscience somewhat at the end.
There are definitely those who have been saved thanks to what youve done.
Anyways, I guess we gotta wait. It all boils down to whats gonna happen to Kamoshida or if were gettin expelled for real...
...Yeah, lets go.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
You think? Im glad to hear that Anyway, that cognitive world was pretty crazy, huh? What a mysterious place. I cant believe we actually stole someones heart Speaking of mysterious, theres also the matter of Morganas transformation. When we were escaping, didnt he turn back into a cat even though we were still in the Palace?
Basically, the Treasure changes the shape of things. Once thats gone, the power no longer works. Though the real reason I changed quickly back then was because Im so incredibly skilled! Hows that? Isnt that amazing!?
Oh yeah, I forgot Morgana is reading these messages too. I think I feel a little better after talking with you. Thanks. We still havent seen any results, but it feels like a weights been lifted off my shoulders. I hope you dont mind talking to me too much. Well, see you tomorrow.
Nothing goes your way in life. Let it get to your head, and youll get the rug pulled from under you.
Geez, Sojiro, way to take a shit right in my lap. This dialogue plays after clearing a Palace. Theres an additional bit of dialogue that you get the night before, but I forgot to include it last time.
Its called a bank transfer scam, and theyve been happening much more frequently in the city. Many young people have been victimized, and the police are being told to stay on the alert.
The victims are mostly young people? Oh, youd better be careful, too.
Yeah, sure thing, cat.
Its such a pain to put on makeup, and I hate shopping, so I usually end up just lazing about the house.
Same here. Good thing theres home shopping. They always have the best stuff on Sundays.
Oh, I know exactly what youre talking about! They even sell surgical masks for when youre sick.
Ill have to check it out tomorrow. Its so popular they always sell out if you dont call the same day.
I slept in, so I ran out without eating breakfast I feel so weak because of it After we took down Kamoshida, I just feel so spent and out of gas, you know? You get me, right?
Right? Now all we have left to do is wait for that board meeting Anyways, Im hungry. I guess Ill buy some bread at the school store...
Music: So Boring
You kids are lucky to receive direct instruction from a world-famous athlete like him. Sports have been regarded as sacred things that invigorate people since ancient times. So much so that the emperor himself even participated once.
Its Nero. *sigh* Its good to throw yourself into your club activities, but you shouldnt sacrifice your studies.
What event did Emperor Nero add to the Olympics so that he could participate?
Neros the crazy one, right? Or was that Caligula? Singing seems like a pretty batshit answer either way.
Correct. Hm. It seems youve been studying after all. Apparently Nero was tone deaf, but he ended up winning. The emperor held absolute power, after all. Because of these kinds of selfish actionsnot to mention a lecherous sidehe became known as a despot.
Whoa, he actually knew that?
Maybe I should ask if I can borrow his notes...
Wow, you must be really smart to be able to answer a question like that!
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
That said, recently people have begun reevaluating Neros reign. Regardless though, he was lacking in sportsmanship. He should have taken a page out of Kamoshida-kuns book! Hahaha!
Dont give us that crap. Kamoshidas the real despot.
You really think he changed?
Mr. Kamoshida has taken the day off.
He aint here ?
Dont tell anyone that you heard this from me But we received word that Mr. Kamoshida is placing himself under suspension. Its such an important time before the tournament too Principal Kobayakawa went to talk to him about it, but he supposedly wasnt making any sense...
The talks about your expulsions may be put on hold too I dont know too much about it though Anyway, Ive relayed whats going on to you.
At least it sounds different from a mental shutdown I guess all we can do is wait...
Well, thats nerve-wracking. We have no idea when Kamoshida will come back or what his reaction will be when it does. Lets hope for the best.
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Of course, waiting is pretty boring I wonder what Ryuji and the rest are up to?
The rest? Theres only one other person you could possibly be referring to, Morgana.
We should go on a trip or something. Whaddya think?
Sorry, Im gonna have to pass.
What, you busy?
Yeah, Ill be visiting Shiho in the hospital after school for the next few days.
Yeah, thanks. Im totally down to go somewhere once things calm down though.
It sounds like we wont be able to see Lady Ann after school for a while. How unfortunate.
This cat is way too thirsty for this girl.
I hear Mr. Kamoshidas taking a leave of absence. Maybe its because of that calling card. Im sure this Phantom Thieves stunt is just a prank. Still, the newspaper club should follow this.
Wouldnt it be amazing if they were real? As a member of the newspaper club, Im going to see what I can dig up on them!
Oh, are you talking about those psychotic breakdowns? Its nothing that crazy. Maybe Im just tired.
Hey you might feel better if you eat something. Lets stop by Big Bang on Central Street.
Just down the hallway...
*giggle* Ill post online and everyone will know what me and Ikesugi-kun share *giggle* Ill tell them, He seemed a bit tired so I massaged his shoulders for him. ☆ *giggle*
Yikes. Well, none of our business.
This time, lets try using the phone to make an appointment.
Ill prolly end up going easy on myself if I do it alone Anyways, itd prolly be the most efficient if we trained together. How bout it?
This message plays if you have a Persona in your current arsenal that matches the Arcana of the Confidant youre about to hang out with. It gives you bonus points, and its really annoying because you always want to have a matching Persona so it forces you to structure your Personas around it or just constantly resummon. Its actually much less of an issue in P5 than in previous games just due to how many of the Confidants in this game are gated entirely by the story.
I feel like my bond with Ryuji will grow stronger soon...
I was trainin for nationals back in the day but now I totally suck balls.
...Running, huh? I saw you from the window.
What, you gonna try to come crawling back to the track team?
Huh? H-Hell no...
Sure Speaking of which, this was your secret training spot, wasnt it? Well, its our spot now. You know, us. The former track team.
We dont even have a locker room anymore, thanks to someone I know.
Yeah, this isnt anything like a fight. Not even close. Hold on, arent you that transfer student? Youre really gonna hang around with this loser?
You better watch out. Hell hit you the second he gets pissed off. I heard his dad was the same way. Like father like son, right? Now thats some scary shit.
Look, back then, I...
I dont need to hear your excuses. Everyone was going through the same bullshit with Kamoshida. The beatings, the impossible exercises but we put up with all of it for the track team.
Man, I was stupid for ever thinking you were my teammate.
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
I havent changed at all But yknow you actually helped me calm down a little. Im glad you were here with me. Thanks man!
Time for another Weird High-Five.
I feel like my bond with Ryuji is growing deeper...
Ryuji can now follow up an attack by Maaku that doesnt down the target randomly. These dont come into play that often but theyre still handy.
...Lets call it a day.
The hells your problem!?
Now theyre just arguing with each other I should stay out of it. Anyways, nice trainin with you.
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
And I told her we settled things with Kamoshida. She still hasnt regained consciousness but I had to go make amends.
But I wasnt there when she needed help. Im a failure as a friend I have to do all I can to make up for that, starting now. Otherwise I dont think Ill be able to move on.
Man, I didnt know you were so passionate. I totally didnt notice that back in middle school.
I think its because of you guys. Im a little embarrassed though Anyway, Ryuji, Maaku I hope we can keep helping each other out from now on too.
Somethin I wanna ask you. Cmere, lets have a chat.
Oh fuck Sojiro knows Im a Phantom Thief my life is over oh fuck
Care to have a little chat with me? What, its just some small talk.
Good. Therere a lot of things I want to ask you. Ill clean up, so just wait there.
Okay, weve been through this ringer before. Just stick your face in the TV, Dojimall have to believe it.
Okay, stay calm, that could mean anything.
Youre not causing any trouble, are you?
Maaku starts sweating profusely.
Seems like were safe, but Im not convinced hes not going to Columbo us here.
Ive gotta report to your probation officer twice a month. Its already a pain in the ass as is, so please dont make me have to write even more crap.
You can go and get yourself killed if you want, but dont go dragging other people into your mess. The last thing we need is more idiots like you roaming around.
Yeah, Im heading out now. Sorry about that. ...I know. The usual, right? OK. Ill see you later.
If you could lend a hand, itd really be a great help...
Sure thing, Fake Da-I mean, sir.
Now, were talking. Either way, I wont ask you to work for free. If you agree to help me, then Ill teach you how to make the perfect cup of coffee. Not a bad trade, eh?
All right. Looks like weve got ourselves a deal.
The distance between me and Sojiro seems to be closing slightly...
Music: Interrogation Room
You may call yourself a phantom thief, but youre still a minor. Someone had to support you. Furthermore, they did so knowing you were a part of that group ...Isnt the owner of that cafe an accomplice of yours!?
And where did you learn to brew such delicious coffee, you hooligan?
Music: The Spirit
The Hierophant, also known as The Pope, is associated with religion, conformity, and tradition, but also restriction and challenging those very norms that confine you.
No Confidant bonus for Sojiro just yet.
Theres just one more thing.
See ya later.
Sojiro is one of my favorite characters in this game, and hes voiced by Jamieson Price giving what might also be my favorite performance. Hes just fantastic all around.