Part 33: 5/20: Mission: ImbecilesPart 32: 5/20: Mission: Imbeciles
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
I thought you liked that place cause the pay was good. What happened?
Sure, the pays fine, but Im the only one there at night. That job magazine said it was a fun, friendly workplace. *sigh* Maybe I should just quit...
Like he says, work can be pretty trying But its a worthwhile experience. Dont give up.
What would you know about work, cat? You spend 80% of your time in that bag.
Howd you do?
Damn Im dead...
I cant believe it I at least wanted to hit the average...
I wonder what score I got It might be faster if I counted from the bottom up....
Hm Nothing notable.
Welp, we sucked. All right answers and still that Rank 1 Knowledge was enough to drag us down to below the average. Were dumb-dumbs, sadly.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Ryuji, were kinda busy right now with Madarame, maybe this could wait?
Apparently hes been hanging out at a monjayaki shop a lot. I heard he gets real drunk there and brags to his coworkers.
Right! Thats where you come in. He knows me, so I aint gonna be able to get anywhere near him But that aint the case for you! I bet you could even sit next to his booth if you wanted! Prolly. Soooo Ill let you know once I figure out when hes going drinking. Til then, were gonna put a hold on our training. Well, Ill be counting on you!
Well, looks like Maakus gonna be going after Yamauchi soon.
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Me and Maakure banned from goin there, so all we can do is wait here...
No, you two have something different youll need to do.
Whaddya mean ?
You have to wait inside the Palace. Once that door opens, sneak in and look for some kind of control room. We need to make sure the door cant close anymore after its open.
Ohhh, I get it. Mkay, you can leave that to us!
Music: Wicked Plan
Im sorry it was so sudden.
Oh, its not a problem. But as I told you yesterday, Sensei will be returning in about twenty or thirty minutes. So um Im sorry if that causes some anxiety on your part.
(whispering) Thats why Im here today, dammit.
What was that?
Oh no, it was nothing!
By the way Have you gained some weight?
As uncomfortable as everything surrounding it is, this is a really solid joke, and its accompanied by an amazing music sting.
Music: Everyday Days
You think so? I weigh the same as always Maybe Im bloated today?
So, then can you, um get ready here?
I need to take my clothes off, right?
Im embarrassed. Could you look the other way ?
Clothes continually land on the floor near Yusuke.
Phew, that was tight...
Tight ? No, Im doing this for art !
Dont look over here, OK ? Hey, your senseis coming back soon, right?
I believe so...
Hm Do you think we could do this somewhere else then? A little more atmosphere would be lovely...
This should be good enough...
But wouldnt a room with a lock be a bit better?
A lock ?
Must a girl say more ?
More clothes land near Yusuke.
Wha!? But the only one with a lock is Senseis room
Then why not there?
I cant intrude Besides, I dont have the key...
(whispering) He says he doesnt have the key.
Ill just use this hairpin...
Takamaki-san, are you about--
Yet another dumb music sting accompanies this reveal. And dont think I dont see you, Morgana, peeking behind that door. Get to work, cat!
Music: My Homie
You were wearing all this?
I suppose so? The sun is starting to set...
Riiight? Thats why a change of location would be nice I mean, Im gonna take it all off.
True (to himself) It might make for a better picture if I can brighten my models mood...
Uh-huh! Thats right!
She may even be willing to try out various expressive poses for use in a dynamic composition...
Ohhh Its sooo hot.
W-We really cant use any other room...
Anns jacket lands on the ground.
Hey, why not this one?
Im counting on you, Mona !
She was sayin stuff like Ill just seduce him with my acting, but that sounds outta her league Plus we aint got one sign this place is gonna open Isnt Madarame comin home soon? On top of that, even if Monas able to unlock the door, hows he gonna show it to Madarame? And then even if they do show it open, any normal persond just close it right up again. Doesnt that mean we only got a few seconds to get in? To be blunt, wont it be a miracle if this works?
Dont be such a downer, Ryuji.
I wanna think that too, but ...Its almost time.
Whats past here?
So the door Mona mentioned is up ahead...
Its a storage area for old paintings.
I wont be embarrassed if we go somewhere nobody can find us...
Only Sensei can go in there.
Pleeease ? I wanna be alone with you. Somewhere like, quiet. You know, where we wont get interrupted.
Anns acting straight-up sucks. It actually crosses the line into annoying so hard it comes back around and is funny again.
Kitagawa-kun, do you not like girls like me ?
N-No, thats not true...
Please? We can continue this inside...
Its locked anyway, so...
What do I do ?
Music: High Pressure
Ann grabs Yusuke and pulls him inside, which is kind of a genius move to keep Madarame from shutting the door.
Music: A Woman
They seriously did it!
Yeah, for real!
But its just gonna be me and you for a bit if we run into any enemies. You good ?
Yeah, Ill be countin on you!
Music: High Pressure
Up ahead, we see more security.
Hey, whaddya wanna do?
Yeah The real problems the fact that we gotta handle this with just the two of us Anyways, Ill leave the timing up to you, dude.
Hm!? Who are you!? I see, that attire You must be the thieves who dare threaten Lord Madarame!
Boss: Security Shadow
Music: Keeper of Lust
...You cannot go any further! You are trespassing on Lord Madarames territory!
You guys aint got nothin on us! Im more scared of screwin up and havin Ann yell at me!
Nue here primarily attacks with melee and Skull Cracker. We take him down pretty quick, even just with the two of us.
From this fight, Ryuji levels up and gains Adverse Resolve, which is a very, very situational skill that increases his Critical rate when surrounded. Its honestly not that great, especially because you want to avoid those situations whenever possible.
Itd be a pain in the ass if we got spotted again. Anyways, lets turn off that security system!
Are these the lights ?
What the !?
Isnt this Sayuri? Why are there so many of them ?
I have no idea...
I suppose I cant keep quiet now that youve seen this Truth be told Im in severe debt. I handmade these Sayuri copies and have been selling them through a special connection of mine...
But why ?
The real Sayuri was stolen by one of my pupils long ago. I assume they begrudged my strictness That moment was quite a shock for me Since then, Ive been mired in a terrible artists block Because of this distress, some of my pupils handed their ideas over to me from time to time...
I knew I couldnt keep that up, so I attempted to recreate the Sayuri a number of times. However, it resulted in nothing more than replicas Thats when someone came to buy the paintings, knowing well they werent original ...Its all my fault. I couldnt pay the price of being famous. As expectations for me rose, it reached a point where I had no choice but to keep making them I needed money to further your talents I ask that you please forgive your cowardly teacher
This is, uh...
Hold on Something doesnt add up.
...complete horseshit, thats the phrase I was looking for.
I happened to find a finely detailed photograph of it in an artbook.
So you managed to sell copies of a photo of the original? Im not sure how this works, but Dont people who buy paintings generally have a keen eye for the fine arts? This sounds like a lie to me.
Something just doesnt feel right!
This one seems different!
This This is the real Sayuri! But you just said a moment ago that it was stolen !
Whats wrong with your faaaaaaaaaaace
No, its nothing of the sort! This painting kept me going Its the reason I made it this far Sensei Dont tell me...
Its fake Yes, a counterfeit! I heard there was a counterfeit spreading around, so I bought it!
So youre telling me the actual artist behind the painting bought a counterfeit? Thats pushing it.
Youre lying, Sensei...
You too ?
Ive reported you to my private security company!
I had it set up to deal with some problematic paparazzi, but I never thought itd come in so handy.
You can talk all you want to the police That includes you, Yusuke.
Theres no point! Theyll be here within two minutes!
Well, fuck. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, it seems.
Music: High Pressure
So which ones for the security?
Sweet! Now the lasers in the courtyard should be off for good. Well, thats mission complete! Cmon, lets get outta here!
Crap ! Lets make a run for it!
Lets get back and meet up with the others!
Music: A Woman
Ann and Yusuke fall out of nowhere.
Yusuke miraculously lands on his feet with Ann in his arms.
Morgana bounces off Yusukes head with a solid thunk.
I thought I was gonna die...
Ann shoves Yusuke off of her.
Calm down, Kitagawa-kun! Its me!
...Takamaki-san? That means you two are I dont recall ever seeing this cat costume before though What is this place ?
Were inside Madarames heart.
Inside Senseis heart?
She aint lyin. This is what that bastard truly feels. Hes nothin but a greed-filled money-grubber.
Kitagawa-kun! Didnt it cross your mind that something wasnt right about Madarame!?
You may not want to believe it, but this is another reality as viewed through Madarames eyes. ...This is his true nature.
This repulsive world ? Just who are all of you!?
I guess you could say were a group that changes the hearts of rotten crooks.
If everything you say is true, then the sensei I know doesnt exist
You gotta snap out of it.
Still he has kept me safe these past ten years. My gratitude for that wont just disappear.
Yusuke collapses to his knees.
Are you OK?
The security levels gone through the roof! We need to get out of here, at once!
...No, its all right.
Music: A Woman
That said, we have an amateur with us now. Lets try to avoid fighting as much as possible!
This is made much easier by the fact that all enemies in the Palace have miraculously disappeared.
A vain museum such as this ?
Do you recognize it? We were thinking these might be his past pupils or something...
But why are there paintings of them here ?
Technically, those arent actually paintings. Theyre the pupils themselves.
Madarame saw em as objects, so thats what they are in here Oh, and uh we found yours too.
Well talk more later. For now, lets get out of here.
Were now automatically warped back to near the entrance.
But were not leaving anytime soon.
The exit is right there!
Who is it!? ...What the--
Welcome to the museum of the master artist Madarame
Huh ? Sensei? Is that you? That attire
This This is all one big lie, isnt it ?
Besides, a famous person living in that shack? I have another home under a mistresss name, of course.
Hmph. Such insincerity.
If the Sayuri was stolen, why was it in the storage room? And if you had the real one, why make copies!?
Foolish child. You still dont see?
What do you mean !?
Let me see How does this sound? I found the real painting, but it cant go public You can have it for a special price, though...
That seems like a really stupid plan that any idiot would see through, but whatever.
Haha! Hows that for preferential treatment!? Art snobsll eat it up, and pay good cash at that!
Yusuke collapses to his knees.
Though I doubt a brat like you would ever come up with such a brilliant scheme!
You keep goin on and on about money this, money that No wonder you ended up with this disgusting museum!
Youre supposed to be an artist, right!? Arent you ashamed of plagiarizing other peoples work!?
Art is nothing but a tool A tool to gain money and fame! You helped me greatly as well, Yusuke...
God Pisses me off Thats your teacher.
...Ill tell you this alone, Yusuke. If you wish to succeed in this world, Id advise you dont rise against me. Do you believe anyone could find success with my objection holding them down? Hahahahaha!
To think I was under the care of this wretched man !
You thought I took you in out of the goodness in my heart? Plucking talented, yet troubled artists allows me to find promising pupils and take their ideas After all, its much easier to steal the futures of children who cant fight back.
Man, fuck this guy.
I cant believe this...
...But I tire of this little chat. Its time that I...
So you repay my keeping you around for all these years with ingratitude ? You damn brat! Men! Dispose of these thieves!
*chuckling* It seems the truth is stranger than fiction, hm ?
I wanted to believe it wasnt true I had clouded my vision for so long...
Yusukes Awakening (Watch this)
A deplorable imitation indeed Best you part from that aspect of yourself!
Music: Will Power
Imitations they may be, but together, they make a fine spectacle...
Hmph Who do you think you are!? The price for your insolence will be death! Where are my guards!? Kill them all!
The children who adored you as father The prospects of your pupils How many did you trample upon ? How many dreams did you exchange for riches!?
Very well! Bring it on!
Oh man, that devilish grin, you might be alright after all Yusuke.
Yusuke is voiced by Matthew Mercer, known by some as the guy who sounds like Troy Baker but thats not fair at all because hes so much more than that, I love him so much even if Yusuke isnt one of his meatier roles (but his Goemon voice, holy shit). Hes also voiced in Japanese by Tomokazu Sugita playing waaaaay against type.
From the Megami Tensei Wiki:
Ishikawa Goemon was a Japanese outlaw. The historical Goemon is only mentioned in two sources, both of which were created after his death. The first one, the Toyotomi Hideyoshi fu, details his attempted assassination of the shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi, his capture, and his execution alongside his young son in 1594. Goemon's death by being boiled alive was also described in a second historical source by Pedro de Morejon who transcribed his name as "Ixicava Goyemon". As time passed, Goemon's story was expanded to make him a hero similiar to Robin Hood, robbing the rich and giving his spoils to the poor. Stories from the 19th and the 20th century also make him out be a skilled ninja. Goemon and his infamous death eventually became the subject of various Bunraku and Kabuki plays. The legend was also adapted into movies, anime shows and video games, the most popular of which is the Ganbare Goemon series by Konami.
So, he was a real dude who was posthumously made out to be a Robin Hood-type. Sounds like a good fit for our band of outlaws.