Part 28: 5/14-5/15: I'm StoopidPart 27: 5/14-5/15: I'm Stoopid
I didnt even notice the calls from Sensei But thank goodness, I caught up to you.
Youre the woman Ive been searching for all this time! Please, wont you--
W-Wait a minute, I--
Huh, seems like this dudes slightly less shady than we took him for. Slightly.
Music: My Homie
All that Ive drawn till now has been lacking, but I feel a passion from you unlike anyone else.
Aint this a recruit for some shady business?
Will you cooperate with me? What do you say?
Hold your horses! Whore you anyways?
Oh, where are my manners? Im a second-year at Kosei Highs fine-arts division. My name is Yusuke Kitagawa.
Yusuke brushes Ryuji aside.
Im Madarame-senseis pupil, and I am being allowed residence at his place. Im striving to become an artist.
Huh!? Do you mean THAT Madarame? The one who was on Good Morning Japan the other day?
The very same.
You know who that is?
He was introduced as a super-famous Japanese-style artist whos been recognized all over the world. But we heard that name the other day in Mementos...
That old guys Madarame ?
Madarame-senseis exhibition will begin at the department store near the station tomorrow. Ill be there to help out on opening day. Please come by. Itd be great if you could give me your answer in regard to being a model then
Youre not plannin on goin, are you?
...I think I will.
Yusukes gonna find himself trapped in a dark alley at night with a feral cat launched towards his face.
Music: Interrogation Room
Thats a little too convenient. It makes me wonder if youre even telling the truth. But so be it. What I want to know most is your method. Its true that Madarame was an unforgivable criminal worthy of the scorn thrown at him. He was an adult who cultivated his own fame and fortune by sacrificing the livelihood of children But how did you discover such horrible deeds that were hidden all these years in such a short time?
This Metaverse business again? Fine. Lets suppose that peoples hearts can be changed by stealing their Treasure, like youve said. If so, a different suspicion arises. People have gone mad or lost consciousness, never to recover like the subway accident in April. Depending on how you look at it, that could be taken as a phenomenon for a sudden change of heart too. ...Were you related to those as well?
Sae checks her watch.
Fine. Continue telling me about Madarames case. Keep it concise and only of the truth.
Music: Life Goes On
Whats wrong? Youre taking a lot of time to get through these. Hmm This isnt going too well. I wouldnt expect a great score.
Your score on the final day of exams is determined by your Knowledge rank and considering ours is still at 1, were not doing too hot.
Music: Break it Down
How bout you ?
Cmon, you two need to get your act together.
Anways, can we stop talkin about the exams? Like it or not, theyre gonna come back graded next week. Rather than focus on stuff thats over with...
...Its no use. There aint any useful info. The number of posts are gettin less and less too
I am not letting this end as a one-hit wonder, OK?
Theres no point in getting antsy though. I know! Why dont we go eat lunch somewhere? We still have some money left over from the other day.
NO WE DONT, THAT MONEY'S FOR MY OVERPRICED HEALTH DRINKS
We dont have THAT much left. Oh right. There are those tickets to Madarames exhibit! ...Wait, thats tomorrow.
Dont tell me. Was it love at first sight with that Yusuke guy ?
Its not like that.
O-Of course not.
When I was watching that special on TV, his artwork was pretty nice. Plus, weve got free tickets. Besides, this could also be related to what we heard in Mementos.
...Madarame, was it?
That aside, what should I do about the other two tickets? Want to go appreciate some fine arts for once?
Fine arts, huh
I suggest, we should all go together! Appreciating the fine arts builds character. A phantom thief who cant identify an original is lame.
Well, if everyones going...
Its settled then!
Just the phrase going to an art exhibit sounds kinda mature. Lets meet at the exhibit entrance tomorrow.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Im curious to know if this Madarame has anything to do with the name we heard in Mementos Whatever the case may be, we cant be late. Better get to bed early!
Getting a little overbearing with the whole bedtime thing, cat.
...Oh, wait, you think theyre the same person? Wow, Ann, that never crossed my mind. What a genius you are. I never would have thought that Madarame and Madarame could be the same person. Nice catch!
Well, it is a pretty rare last name.
Yeah I mean, you guys ever heard of someone else called Madarame?
Its really not common at all. If what we heard is true, Kitagawa-kun is studying under a corrupt teacher.
You mean a teacher who treats people like tools.
Kitagawa-kuns life is probably pretty terrible...
We gotta look into this.
An exhibition featuring Japanese artist Ichiryusai Madarame opens tomorrow in Shibuya. Anticipation for the exhibition is high, with specials broadcast on TV and great ticket sales.
Hey, its that old guy! I didnt think he would actually be famous...
Pff, I know good art. Look at this room. Completely empty except for that fuckin beef bowl statue, because I only have room for the important shit.
Ichiryusai Madarame: An Infinite Font of Ideas, huh ? I read the blurb on the ticket, but it seems that this Madarame is actually an amazing artist Some of his pieces might be worth looking at, after all...
Oh, that exhibition must be opening today.
Its really packed Wanna come back another time?
I want it, but its so expensive Maybe I should take out a loan.
I wanna see that! Lets go together sometime!
Music: Break it Down
Itll be a pain in the ass if someone sees you, so dont stick your head out too much, all right?
Make sure that you dont get in the way of the other visitors.
This guy seems pleasant.
(to Ann) Come now. Ill show you around. Id like to speak more about the picture Id like to draw too.
Well, see you guys later.
Are we really gonna appreciate the fine arts? Cant we just go home?
I guess we should do a quick pass through it once Uh Which way are we supposed to start?
Its that old man from the other day.
You have such expansive styles, its hard to believe that it all stems from one person Where in the world does all your inspiration come from?
They naturally well up from within my heart like bubbles rising one after another in a spring.
Whats important is to distance oneself from worldly desires such as money and fame. My atelier is a modest shack, but it is more than enough to pursue true beauty.
I see.. So the act of emptying ones mind gives rise to inner beauty. Still, to think we could hear the word shack coming from the great artist Madarame.
You would understand if you saw it. Hahahaha
Wasnt the word shack something...
Hey, stop pushin ! Theres way too many people!
Im getting crushed...
Anyways, we gotta head for the exit! Dont die on us, all right!?
Usually one concentrates on their own style. However, Sensei creates all this by himself. Hes special.
Ah, the girl from yesterday. Are you enjoying the exhibit?
I dont know how to put it into words but its really amazing.
Youre sensing something from the artwork That alone is enough to give us artists satisfaction. I hope this becomes a wonderful piece, Yusuke. Well then, if youll excuse me.
Youd imagine artists would be difficult to approach but he seems really friendly.
I guess its the painters anger? Im not sure, but I sense this strong frustration from it. To think such a cheerful and gentlemanly person could make such a piece...
Dont mind me. There are better pieces than this one. Come now, this way!
...But thanks to that, I remember now.
Lets not worry about it for now Its about a post online.
Ann walks up.
...Eh, anyways. You gotta look at this too. This post might be about Madarame.
Whats it say?
A master of the Japanese arts is plagiarizing his pupils work. Only his public face is shown on TV.
I didnt think much of it when I first saw it, but hearing shack and Madarame triggered it.
He treats them inhumanely, as if disciplining a dog...
Thats all terrible, but what about it reminded you of the word shack?
Abuse on top of plagiarism, hm ?
If this is real, itll be a huge scandal.
I wonder if Kitagawa-kun posted this. I mean, he IS a pupil of his.
Who knows? Its anonymous and all...
In that case Its possible the Madarame we heard about in Mementos is referring to the same one.
A man like that doing such a thing ?
Dont act so surprised. All old people are evil. Once you make it past 60 its pure survival instinct pushing you forward.
I wonder if we can ask that Shadow from earlier about this. Oh. Actually, we just need to talk to him in reality.
And how are we gonna go about that? Are we gonna explain it all, startin with Mementos?
Besides, if we make a move out in the open, theres the possibility that Madarame will find out.
Oh Yeah, right...
(to Maaku) Hey, what do you think about Madarame? Doesnt he seem suspicious?
I know, right? This all fits way too well to just be a coincidence. If this post is legit, aint this the kinda target weve been waitin for?
Well, yeah, but Is it really true ?
By the way, whatd you do about the whole modeling thing?
Kitagawa-kun gave me his contact info. And, the address to his senseis atelier.
He said he lives there, right? Perfect timing. Lets try goin tomorrow. Were off to Madarames house right after school!
This is too sudden...
What? Were just gonna talk to Kitagawa.
Oh, thats what you meant...
Music: Beneath the Mask
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Four bags of Protein, huh? Theyre just 4800 yen. Thinking of buying them?
4800 might be a little steep considering our current monetary situation, but its a steal considering what these are actually worth, and having more healings always nice.