Part 186: 12/8-12/9: Like Sheep To The SlaughterPart 176: 12/8-12/9: Like Sheep To The Slaughter
Is the medicine still affecting you?
Should we get him to a hospital ?
We should probably wait and see a little longer
Did the temporary-death serum not work?
Everything will be ruined!
What are we supposed to do about his campaign ?
Announce that hes not feeling well!
Arrange a hospitalization in absolute secrecy! Dont let anyone near him!
Yes, sir! Yes, sir!
Keep the media out! Dammit, we have to do something
The other conspirators nod.
Shido continues to sob while the others file out of the room.
Well fuck. Again, we probably should have told him to skip town. This is really our own fault.
Two fake deaths in five minutes, game. Weird trend youre forming here.
Also I think the weird news report that came on when we entered is supposed to be a red herring, like Oh no they murdered Sojiro! but it gets no time to breathe. Also, its a complete non-sequitur that will never come up again.
Oh shit, are you gonna kick his ass too?
I was taken to that asshole Shidos place, but they suddenly told me I could go home. Thats thanks to his change of heart, right?
Thought as much. They had me blindfolded the whole time, so Ive got no idea where they took me
But you just said they took you to Shidos place! Also, you said they let you go! How do you not know where you were!?
Also I love the idea that they go to the trouble of kidnapping Sojiro and then just let him go. Dont even bother killing him, fuck it. Its all ruined, goddammit.
Though it sounded like they were oddly bustling about.
Looks like its going well.
But man, my handsome mug was nearly ruined. Thats all fine and dandy
Sojiro looks around.
Sorry to bother you two when youre tired, but I need you to help me clean up.
We just have to wait like usual now.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Oh hey, youre alive. The girls mercilessly beating him will never be mentioned again.
Weve done all we can.
We started off with a huge announcement this time, after all! I cant wait for the results.
But all that popularity doesnt matter anymore.
Right. Things like approval ratings arent important now.
All thats left is to wait calmly for the results.
All right We should act as normal as we can while were waiting too.
Mishima has some updates for us now that weve taken down Shido.
Right!? Anyway, have you heard of Shiro Asakura? It seems like hes behind these crimes. Well, Ill be counting on you for the rest!
This guy might not be famous, but we cant let him go. Lets talk to everyone at the hideout when we have time, OK?
Fuck yes, were finally going after that motherfucker in Shinjuku. Ive been waiting all game for this.
I would never have imagined you were going up against Shido. Im glad I kept the Phan-Site running through all the criticism too. I think Ill change up the survey question to commemorate your comeback. Ill obviously be answering YES this time! I believe in you! Stay strong!
...This guy never changes. Well, it sounds like hes looking forward to how it goes. All we can do is wait now too.
I wish your criminal slate could get wiped clean in the process
Upon saving, we see this message from Morgana.
Music: Aria of the Soul
The look on your face seems to be that of a man who has accomplished a great deed.
To think you would use the trap set against you to entrap them Ive never seen a dramatic resurgence such as that. Truly marvelousthose are the only words I can think of to describe you.
We should be thanking you for entertaining us thus. ...Youve even overcome a mysterious misfortune. There should be no one left to hinder your rehabilitation.
Great! Games over, I guess!
Your rehabilitation will be completed shortly. That is if everything goes well without any problems. *chuckle*
Or could it be that its not a dream at all? My memories arent any closer to coming back to me But might there be something Im supposed to remember ?
And if the truth of that comes to pass down in the depths of Mementos, I Could it be that Ill
Anon: its happening again
Anon: TV hijacking is terrorism!
Anon: what about the election?
Anon: Show yourself, Akechi!
Mishimas new question is active. Its not going well for us!
Unlike in Persona 4, nabbing the Big Bad does not skip us forward in time. Good, we still have shit to do.
From one handsome detective with red sunglasses, to a legendary gumshoe who took down a bear! Shes not a police officer yet, but theres this one tough girl in police academy who knows kung fu.
These are cheeky references to Akihiko and Chie from Persona 3 and 4.
And then, theres that calling card Shido-san denied any of it was true though.
I wonder if Shido-san is OK Im worried, with the elections so close.
*sigh* I dont know what I should believe
Then why dont you study. Dont blame me if you cry at the exams.
This bodes well!
...Then again, Im sure no ones gonna be looking for someone whos supposed to be dead.
Thats no longer the case! You sundowning, old man?
Id say Shidos odds of winning are 80-90%. Theres no way hed lie.
Just by looking at his eyes, you can tell that hes trustworthy. Who can we believe in, if not him?
I think they put the wrong NPCs here. The descriptions refer to three people, all male, but theres only two here and one of them is a woman.
So much happened this year! Our question is What single word describes this year for you? Predictably, many are saying the word thief. Yes, the Phantom Thieves were a big deal.
Did anything actually good happen this year? Just thinking about the future depresses me.
Um, I heard from my teacher that dogs cant live as long as people. I might have to say bye-bye to you soon
Sorry, Kotaro. Youd be really sad if I cried, huh?
Somebody get rid of the fucking onions in here, christ.
As you can see, though small in numbers, there are supporters for the Phantom Thieves. Should the opinions of those people be ignored?
Do you know what youre being called online?
No, and I dont care. Now, onto the next one!
I can only request this of you, my right-hand man, for you are the one who saved me!
G-Great Sun God ! I will follow you!
Then raise your hands with me! Wake the apostles of light, sleeping in Shibuya!
Dont you think Masayoshi Shido and Akechi-kun look alike somehow?
...How? I dont see it. You were such a huge Akechi fan, too. Did you already forget what his face looked like?
I dont know, it just hit me when I was looking at a Shido poster. I guess I just imagined it.
A little on-the-nose, game.
So that Shido person was the bad guy? The Phantom Thieves were right all along?
Well, it may not be that simple. On the internet, people are speculating its a hoax by Shidos political rivals.
I bet its a trick meant to discredit Shido-san somehow! Thats what the talk shows are sayingthat its just slander due to the elections.
Some of the earlier chapters of this LP, for instance.
Its not too late for you. You should settle things once and for all. I decided to start facing my own crimes from now on. I was saved, thanks to the Phantom Thieves. Thats why I got so excited when I heard that theyre alive. That really made me happy. Youre still young. Make sure to live life to the fullest, so you dont have regrets like I do.
Well, they picked a fight with Shido, right? Think itll affect the election?
Didnt seem like it phased him. I mean, he denied it, so
More than a few of my customers seem to sympathize with Shido. Bet itll be a landslide victory.
I see So youre my opposing candidate No, youre working to overthrow the regime!
What!? What are you talking about, Senpai!?
Who? Whod you see it with!? Look me in the eyes and say it!
We pick up three Moonlight Carrots and plant some more.
Yep. You get it! Any new prime minister will work to purify Shinjuku of guys like me. No way am I down for that. Anyway, you wanna become a Phantom Thief with this radio wave jacking kit?
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Shidos pretty much gone into hiding. They all say hes fallen ill or something.
Its all very shady, including how the leader of the special investigation team died.
Who knows whats going on? Can somethng like this even be handled by the law?
Bwehehe, only weak-minded people change their opinions based on what others think! Once we set our minds to it, we never stray from our path! That is the way of the otaku!
Thats the total opposite of what you said before. But you know, I admire your shamelessness.
Japans finally on a roll. I LOLed at this huge news right near the end of the year.
So Are you Team Shido or Team Phantom Thieves?
Hey, warriors on the internet always take the side of whoever wins.
Stop, stop it! No, my money! No its gone negative! Stop iiiiiiit !
Because we left home to see the new conversations, we cant return to Leblanc to play a video game. So, I figured we might as well see the alternate scenario play out at the maid cafe.
Music: Welcome Back, Master!
Something complicated this time.
A Sincere Omelette, correct!? As you wish Master.
Nah, I dont really get the aesthetic of this joint. Its like my good buddy Hououin Kyouma said: pick maids or cats, choosing both is just weird.
Let me seeeee What should I write ?
You cant even see it, cat!
I-Im sorry, Master! I was trying to write retributive justice
Why did she pick that ?
M-Master I tried my best. Would you please forgive me?
Wow! Master, youre so kind! Youre amazing! I love you so much! Ill be your humble maid for the rest of eternity!
I feel like youre going too easy on her but I guess you learned how to be tolerant.
Maaku gains Kindness +1. I assume picking Fix it would have given us Guts.
Either way, I think you learned how to get people to like you!
Maaku gains Charm +2.
But it really is nice having as kind a master as you! Have an amazing rest of your day, Master! Ill be waiting patiently for your next visit!
A visit that will never come.
Theres overwhelming support for Masayoshi Shidos party
Id rather trust Shido-san than some phantom thieves.
What we really need right now is a strong leader.
Please change this country, Mr. Shido!
Anon: Its happening again
Anon: Shido, just take the win
Anon: TV hijacking is terrorism!
Anon: what about the election?
Anon: Show yourself, Akechi!
Music: Beneath the Mask
Things suck online.
People in the city are only talking about Shido as well.
Yeah, all the buzz about Akechis completely gone.
Its not even that! Everyone just latches on to the latest story!
I thought something similar when Father collapsed. As long as it doesnt involve you, the news is nothing but another form of entertainment. For the general public, each passing story is simply a new means of killing time.
They consume each topic, then discard it before moving on to the next big thing
But I bet thats all gonna change once they see Shido have a change of heart!
I hope so. We will just have to wait with belief in our hearts.
Right? Ya cant trusht that Shido guy! I would never drinksh wi the guy! Hed not pour me any sake, jus to dishrepeck me *burp*
Im really gonna miss our chats, Drunken Souse.
When I asked my parents, they just said they didnt care who
Our parents only care about our entrance exams. They wont listen to anything we tell them.
Lets show our parents and pass our exams. Just like the Phantom Thieves, well turn things around!
You mean people like Masayoshi Shido? I hear whoevers left from the Phantom Thieves is spreading lies. I havent looked into it, myself.
Well, forget about it and just knock one back with me! All I care about is livin it up, dude!
So were making our donations to the new political party, then? Not surprising, I suppose.
Its a strategic move so that we dont miss the boat. We want to be connected to the new government.
Actually, I thought it was kind of funny. In the end, its not really my problem. I care more about preparing for the year-end party than any scandals linked to Mr. Shido.
Crap, Ive got to find a store. Hey, do you know any good places?
Is this some kind of trick? The police said he was dead. I guess this is just par for the coursetheres always a scandal when it comes to politicians.
Well, I dont agree with the Akechi hatewagon!
Same thing happened with the Phantom Thieves. Just goes to show that no one thinks for themselves. Were the only ones whove stayed true. Well be devoted until death do us part!
Now, get to work before we lose the guy. The next time you go against the agency, Ill end you.
Why are you being so horrible!?
I cant wait to get this sonuvabitch. Were coming for you in Mementos, asshole!
Who is this we? Youre not really a part of that, my dude.
Dont worry though. Your secret is safe with me. Not just as the admin of the Phan-Site, but as your friend
If we hadnt maxed Mishima previously, this would be where we would have gotten the option to resume his Confidant now that weve finished Shidos Palace.
Huh? Yeah Why the sudden change?
Bein heres made it clearTokyo aint for me. Nows as good a time as any, what with the election.
...Oh. I see.
She actually seems kinda bummed. Maybe I was wrong about where that was going.
Well, uh this has been a rather depressing day, all things considered. Think we might have been giving people a bit too much credit. Well have to see where this goes after Shido confesses. Anyway, back at home
Music: Punch Ouch
Im here with you, kid! Think back to your last fight!
I hope youll be OK Just try not to lose too bad.
Dammit, hes getting through your defense ! You have to persevere!
What does he mean by that ? Wait This guy takes large swings. You might be able to get him if you attack during his punch animation!
Why are you letting your guard down ? Wait, I see now! Youre on the right track but can you really pull it off? Match his timing and land an uppercut!
Nows your chance! Head in for the flurry!
OK, the counts starting. Dont get up
Hes damn tough, all right Youre gonna have to give him everything you got!
OK, finish him off with a flurry!
Thats gotta be enough to take Bryson down N-No, hes still standing! Hes on the ropes though. Skirt around him and go for a body blow!
Its just too much for Bryson to handle! Hes collapsed!
Yes, the counts starting again! Please dont get up this time
Bryson is down for the count! Our challenger wins!
Music: Everyday Days
Maaku gains Charm +2.