Part 36: 5/23: Paint Me Like One Of Your Ukiyo-e GirlsPart 35: 5/23: Paint Me Like One Of Your Ukiyo-e Girls
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Music: A Woman
It has to be Kitsune. You know, with that kitsune mask and everything.
Hell yeah. That really leaves an impression.
What do you want your name over here to be?
Id say Da Vinci.
Well, youve got that mask like Ann said and theres that weird tail...
Oh. Well, that didnt translate at all.
Its decided then: Abura-age.
Nuh-uh! Not happening! Do you have any ideas, Joker?
Ohhh, just keep it literal, huh? Sounds good to me.
What do you think, Fox?
Its set then. Lets go.
Starting lineup? You mean the ones wholl be going in first?
Yeah. Now that Fox has joined us, itll be harder to move around as a group. Well stand out more too. Considering how weve operated to this point, we should have four starters. Anyone else can be backup.
And I guess we always gotta have our leader with us, right?
Exactly. Thats why well have Joker choose the remaining three.
And what should the backup do? Would it be best for them to stay outside of the Palace?
No, they should come in as well, but maintain a reasonable distance from the main group. In other words, the starting lineup is the first wave of our infiltration force. Well, well leave the team composition to you, Joker.
We can change our party members through the menu at any time, unlike in P3 and P4. Also thanks to our current rank in the Moon Confidant, backup party members end up gaining a limited amount of experience.
*sigh* Thanks to all my hard work.
...What do you mean by that?
Dont worry about it. Cmon, lets keep going!
These Jack Frosts go down quick to Fire.
In the next hall, we see a large statue of Madarame.
I guess Palace rulers like makin statues of themselves.
It was the same with Kamoshida. I guess this ones a little better-made though.
I-Is that so ?
Ooh, do you think that could be another pamphlet? Lets take it with us, Joker!
Youre right. It says its the second out of two.
Now we can use it to figure out where the Treasure is, right?
I suspect its in the innermost point of this place. If thats the case
Hm, we will need to pass through the lounge and the gallery in order to reach it...
The deeper in we go, the tighter securitys going to be. We need to advance carefully, OK?
Looking into the large hall before us, we see its filled with a maze of lasers.
Im curious about the paintings further in. It feels as though I could walk right into them...
Nearby, we use our last Lockpick on a chest and receive some alright rewards.
And further in, we see a hallway with the lasers turned off...
...only to turn on when we approach.
These Inugami are weak to Wind and like to use Physical strikes.
This statement would make a lot more sense if the lasers actually showed up in this scene.
Remember how in the castle Heavenly Punisher (Archangel) was several levels higher than us, meaning that not only could it stomp us flat, we couldnt add it to our party? This Nue is the same way. In addition to feeding us a healthy diet of Skull Crackers...
...it also loves to hit us with multi-target Curse, which we dont have a great way of dealing with. Its thankfully weak to Fire, though.
Just like before, we should be able to turn off any systems that are giving us trouble there.
Though its prolly gonna be tough gettin in at all...
Behind these shutters is a security room. The room only has one unsealed entrance, so were forced to look around for another route.
Indeed. It bears such a bizarre texture as well. Its as though I could simply slip inside...
The painting shimmers and warps.
M-My hand It actually entered the painting...
So we can go inside of it ? Well, I dont see any other path for us to take. Lets give it a try!
Well, you heard the cat, lets jump in.
What the heck was that !?
Were probably just hearing Madarames thoughts. Theres no need to panic.
We run to the left...
...and warp into another painting.
Hm So this space is not merely one, but a multitude of paintings.
...Youre tellin me theyre all connected? Which one goes where?
That, we will have to continue walking to find out
Hey Joker, cant you spot the connections with your skills?
(He means use Third Eye to see where the paintings connect)
So he dares call us thieves who dirty his heart The one who has sullied the very nature of art itself has no right to accuse us of such a thing !
Save your emotions for later. We have to keep moving!
Nearby, a vent takes us into the next room.
There, another Shadow waits.
His stance conveys the notion that he is no ordinary foe.
I think the control rooms behind him. Hes probably guarding it to make sure nobody gets too close. However, well need to disarm the security if we want to ensure we have a safe infiltration route. Forcing our way through seems to be our only option Hey, are you ready to do this?
Music: Blood of Villain
You expect me to move just because you tell me to!? Im afraid youre sorely mistaken!
Boss: Bringer of Misfortune
Music: Keeper of Lust
In the two turns this guy gets before I kill him, we learn that he blocks Physical and Gun (annoying, especially because I brought Ryuji instead of Ann), inflicts party members with Rage (really annoying, because he blocks Physical and I only had two Relax Gels) and likes to raise his Attack (meh). I believe he also uses Gun attacks, but fuck if he got a chance to use them.
Music: A Woman
Phew, that guy was tough I guess thats just par for the course in a Palace...
It really was on a totally different level from the other enemies though
Hm, he dropped some sort of card.
Skill cards first appeared in Persona 3 Portable, and in Persona 4 Golden were known as one of several ways to break the game wide open. Theyre nowhere near as common in this game, to the point where they might as well not exist unless you really take the time to engage with the proper systems, but theyre still handy if you know what youre doing.
Whats this for? Ive never seen anything like it...
Aint it just some kinda loot? Cmon, lets get back to explorin.
We pass another treasure chest we cant open. One day Im gonna look up whats in those chests, but not today.
Sweet! Lets turn that shit off already!
Ugh, another one ?
Well just have to look for someone else who might know it...
Circling back around to an earlier hallway brings us within earshot of a couple of familiar faces er, masks.
Yeah. I just got a call earlier to change the password here too
What to? It better not be simple.
Well, I was having some trouble coming up with a good one For now, I set it to the numbers for Lord Madarames feet.
Lord Madarames feet? What are you talking about?
Lets get back on duty. Theres a chance the intruders are nearby.
Maybe his shoe size?
Yo, Yusuke. You know that bastards shoe size?
Unfortunately, I have never heard him mention it. Are we sure that is the proper password ?
Madarames feet What do you think that could mean ?
Whatever we do, lets not look for the answer on the internet.
We head back over to the statue. On my first playthrough, this took me an absolutely embarrassing amount of time to find because I had ignored the statue completely.
Here we praise our most holy lord Ichiryusai Madarame, the one ray of hope in this depraved world. He stands alone as his two adept hands paint into the future. None shall ever match his excellence.
Pffft! Hes really puffin his chest out here, aint he ?
Hold on a moment Could this be the spot of Madarames feet that the security guard mentioned?
Its at his feet Oh, right! But isnt the password supposed to be a number of some kind?
Hm, I do believe there are numbers here though One ray of hope stands alone with two adept hands. None shall match him That means
Yeah, that must be it!
Sweet! Lets head back and shut down the security!
The shutters open and all lasers on the floor deactivate.
Well definitely be able to go to more places now! Come on, lets get moving!
We head past the laser hallway we saw earlier into a new hall.
There is something off about these though...
Why dont we go take a closer look?
Hm It looks like these ones are all completely different.
And look. There are even two frames with no paintings at all.
That is strange but we dont have a choice. Lets go, Joker.
The slow drain of my skill is inevitable when I am surrounded by such mediocrity...
...So hes gonna blame the world for his declinin skill? Heh, that bastard never had any real talent to begin with!
From here, we head right.
People gather under shrine gates, offer their money, and return home fully satisfied. Art is practically the same. In the end, it is all just a matter of imagination !
Huh!? Even if thats true, that doesnt give you the right to be deceiving people!
And, right again.
So theyre not connected exactly as they seem Well have to keep trying until we find the right way.
We head right into the gate painting once more...
...but this time, we head forward, into the gate itself.
Too many young people do not see the true value in youth these days. What fools Is it truly wrong for an expert such as myself to capitalize on that youth before it wastes away?
What the heck? Hes basically saying hes jealous of young talent Look at me! I was turned into a cat, but Im still fighting. Age isnt a valid excuse.
Now, we jump out of the painting onto the nearby platform.
There, we press the button.
A new painting appears in one of the empty frames.
So passing through one hidden route leads to the formation of another What an elaborate ruse. Its highly likely there is a new path through the paintings. We should investigate, Joker.
We head back into the painting, left to the desert, right to the gate, and right again to the new painting.
Art, life, water They are all identical. The one who ascends to the summit is the victor!
So hes usin all those pretty words, but hes basically sayin people are like steppin stones. Thats just like what he did to all those kidscrushed em for his art! What a piece of shit!
We approach the octopus on the side of the boat.
I guess it is just a painting, after all. Im sure well be OK...
The boat shakes and the octopus swings one of its tentacles
...knocking us straight out of the painting.
We land unharmed on the floor.
Fighting these enemies gives Morgana Magaru, finally letting him hit multiple enemies.
Ignoring the previous incident, we make our way back up to the boat painting, jump out, and hit the button.
Another new painting appears.
Ah, there are no longer any empty frames at this point.
I bet theres a new path again too. Lets get in there and check it out.
We cant jump back into the boat painting from here, so were forced to jump down and re-enter from the desert painting, then head right to the shrine and forward into the gate.
Back in the forest, we climb along the scenery and head forward once we reach the peak.
My fine mansion, my lifestyle among the chosen few Those things are the true art!
So running your atelier out of a shabby, run-down shack was simply an act after all How foolish I was to have been deceived for so long...
How despicable We have encountered so many of his paintings, yet not once did he mention a love for art. These are no paintings They are just meaningless self-assertions placed into picture frames !
Im excited to see how the change of heart alters him. Now, lets hurry!
Weve made it through the painting maze, but theres still a decent amount of this Palace left. Next time, were making it to the end.