Part 220: Addendum IX: Sega Bass FishingAddendum IX: Sega Bass Fishing
For the third time in a row, Im spending my birthday working on this fucking LP! And probably for many more birthdays to come!
Heading to Harajuku, huh? Lets head to the meeting place.
Music: Break it Down
With this many people, there has to be gossip around, maybe even rumors about the Phantom Thieves. Im curious to know what other people think about them.
You run a forum for the Phantom Thieves, my dude. I wouldnt think youd be hurting for info.
We might even find a bad guy or two Well, just you wait. This is going to be helpful, Hamiru. I can promise you that.
Its not what it looks like, Ryuji! Were not hanging out!
Took you long enough to notice me What are you doing out, Sakamoto? Could you be on a date!?
Ryuji is weirdly offended by Mishimas accusation that hes getting some.
Im lookin for workout clothes. Heard theyve got a pretty sweet selection here. But some of em are dirty And have a funky smell
Theyre probably used
Well, you guys free? Wanna grab a bite?
We havent found anything yet What do you think?
What do you want to eat? Can we get crepes?
What are you, a chick?
And then they went to go eat.
Oh, crap I forgot all about our investigation I guess I should go home for now. Thanks for today.
Well, thats one side event down, but weve got another to see before we do anything else.
Lets meet up then.
Meiji Shrine, huh? I never thought Lady Ann would be into that traditional stuff Oh, we shouldnt make her wait. Lets go.
Music: Some old shrine-ish music that isnt on the soundtrack
Should we try praying to the gods, too? It could be about us.
O-Oh, uh, dont get the wrong idea! I meant us, like, the Phantom Thieves!
Ann, were dating. What the fuck are you talking about?
Oh, but I dont really know how to pray properly. What should I do? Maybe Ill ask someone
OH GOD, ABORT MISSION
Are you on a date? Such an odd location for someone your age.
Maaku is just sweating profusely. Takemi will murder us if she figures this out.
Um Is this someone you know, Maaku?
Dont worry about me. I dont intend to intrude.
Oh I assume youre here for your college entrance exams. You had mentioned them before.
Yes, and I was lying.
Shake the bell twice and put in your offering. Then bow twice, clap twice, and bow once again. ...Wasnt that what you wanted to ask?
Sure. Although You may want to use this time to actually study for the exams instead of praying.
Thats the doctor who gets us our medicine.
Oh, I see Wait, youve been here the whole time!?
How rude! Im here to protect you !
Yeah, sure Anyway, what is this about praying for college entrance exams?
We asked earlier if she could get us some super stimulants to help us study.
Ah, I see.
A cheater? None of those around here, hehehe! I think we fooled her, guys
Thanks for today. Lets go home.
After those pointless events, we head into Mementos to take care of some requests. But theres a problem. One of our requests, taking care of Hifumis mother, is in a block of Mementos that isnt available yet. I had assumed that the game put requests only in blocks that were accessible at the time you can get to them. I was incorrect in this assumption, clearly. It really throws a wrench in some of my plans, though.
Also, we fuck up against the twins again while were here.
Anyway, time to fish! The rain is good for this for a few reasons, one of which is that the Guardian, the ultimate fish, is much more likely to show up.
The other reason is that almost every single fish will have a tag on it. Catching a fish with a tag will double our point gain for its capture. Because I have read the fishing guide from Shinjuku, using Third Eye while fishing will show me which fish have tags. Those fish are shimmering in this picture, while the golden one is the Guardian.
We fail to catch the Guardian once again, sadly.
However, we get the Miracle Rod, the best rod in the game, while were here. This rod has five HP, which are drained each time we fuck up and the bobber in the fishing bar is thrown all the way to either side. The starting rod only has two, with every rod increasing by one. Your rod also carries over between playthroughs.
A few days later, we try again. Come on, Guardian, show me what youre made of.
COME ON YOU MOTHERFUCKER
Im not gonna make it !
We did it!
Way to go! You caught the Guardian! I can really feel your love for the fishing pond.
We end the evening with 25,000 points, which still isnt nearly enough for the best rewards. We probably wont come back here again. Oh well, time to exercise!
If you think of this wooden dummy as your friend, not just a tool, youll get even better results.
We get incredible gains from using the dummy to our full potential here.
Ohya Rank 9: Part 140: 11/11
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
That couple act
Lets take one out of the ol Navarro playbook.
Th-Then wait. You really thought we were dating?
B-But, I um I What Im trying to say is
If youre this smooth now, who knows how big of a player youre gonna be when you get a little older!
Oh, believe me, you have no idea.
Youre gonna dump me, huh!?
...Just kidding. Id understand if you decided to dump me someday though. I mean, you have a bright future ahead of you so Id probably just be holding you back. But I guess I can stick around until then.
Lets keep this a secret from Lala-chan God, I can already hear her teasing me about it!
Maybe you deserve it for dating a teenager.
Well then Good night.
Anyway, because Hifumis request couldnt be completed earlier, we need to come back to Mementos as soon as that block unlocks. And while were here, we might as well fight the twins again, right?
A crit? Fuck.
Thankfully, all they do here is Dekaja with Pixie to get rid of an automatic buff. They can also Dekunda away any debuffs on themselves when they Baton Pass. It can actually get much worse for us than that; if we dont have any buffs or debuffs up, theyll start targeting the rest of the partys weaknesses.
You know, this isnt going unbelievably terribly. Weve made more progress than we ever have before, even if most of the party is dead.
Okay, so if it wasnt clear: this battle is on a timer. We have to deal enough damage to the two before five turns elapse or theyll use Ardha to unavoidably knock us down and then use their All-out Attack to kill us instantly. Its hilarious.
Well then, lets go to Sky Tower today. I wanna see that view. OK, lets head out. Lala-chan, put it on my tab.
Music: Whats Going On?
...It reminds me of the time I came here with Kayo.
Aww, how sweet.
Since Ive been re-examining my career as a journalist recently I wanted to come back here. And I wanted to talk to you about
The draft went through!? Whoa! Nice job getting the approval!
Its about their origin and the root of the problem theyre trying to solve. ...I think it really captures the spirit of journalism.
The higher-ups were against it, but this expose has been very popular with our readers. Since weve sold so many copies, theres nothing they can do about it or us. So, were planning to throw in additional articles while we have the chance.
Music: Sunset Bridge
Im going to uncover the truth I swear to Kayo. Thanks again. Whenever I felt like giving up, you encouraged me to keep going. Its all thanks to you that I was able to get this far
The chiefs change of heart happened exactly the same way as those other cases. And the timing was absolutely perfect. Youre the only one who could have orchestrated all that.
Lala-chans more of a phantom menace. Aw crap, shes gonna be so pissed! Im convinced from all the recent coverage that the Phantom Thieves truly are valiant. Helping the weak Punishing the bad They actually do all those things. In a sense, you and I have the same objective. We both want to expose the ills of society Sooo, I wont tell anyone about your true identity. Lets form a united front to fight evil. ...If it werent for you, I never would have been able to return to my journalist self.
Im gonna return the favor one of these days, all right?
I feel a strong bond with Ohya
Lets go someplace I can have fun with a minor Like, maybe an amusement park ?
I thought the purpose of this was to do the opposite of infantilize me.
I cannot imagine what Ichikos home looks like. The closest I can get is picturing a hovel filled with empty alcohol containers.
Im not a very good cook, but Ill make you something
I just want to relax with you. Eat some delicious food, have some dessert, lie around ?
Well, thats up to you. ...Shall we go?
The scene fades out...
And then were immediately back home talking to Morgana, so I guess we werent there for very long!
Anyway, thats the romance for Ichiko Ohya, our resident disaster lesbian. Its nice that at least the onus is on the cooking and emotional intimacy rather than the steamy sex with an adult here. Well, mostly.