Part 39: 5/26-5/27: Comical New Heights Of VillainyPart 38: 5/26-5/27: Comical New Heights Of Villainy
Madarames going to be a changed man. There wont be any way to revert it though. Are you sure youre OK with that?
I have thought it over carefully, and I cannot think of a future in which he does not pay his dues. He has preyed not only on the art world, but on countless talents so I humbly request your help.
I apologize for making you do this...
Not at all. We just didnt want to impose if you werent feeling up to it, Yusuke. But if youre already determined to do it, then theres nothing more for us to say.
If I recall, our next step is sending a calling card, correct? What a suave maneuver.
Its not about acting cool. The calling card is a way to trigger a change in his cognition.
A change in cognition That reminds me, you went through some trouble regarding that before
I thought we werent talking about that.
Ah, you must be talking about when we forced open that security gate in the courtyard.
The Palace is a cognitive world, so changing its rulers cognition changes the topography! ...I think!
Very nicely put, Lady Ann! Youre absolutely correct. This will be a vital tactic from here forward.
Actually, may I ask a truly basic question? You continue to mention cognition quite readily But why does this world formed from materialized cognitions even exist to begin with? Dont tell me Has it always existed, while we go about our daily lives completely oblivious?
Honestly, Im not sure. At the very least, I know it existed before the Kamoshida incident but thats all.
Crap, he totally caught me off guard with that Its kinda weird thinkin there might be whole worlds we just dont know a damn thing about ...Did the thought ever cross your mind, Maaku?
Other worlds? You watch too much television, Ryuji.
Dont be so anxious. You dont even know everything about the city you live in, after all. All thats important is that we know how to make use of that world and how to traverse it.
Music: Tokyo Emergency
So, with that philosophical quandary neatly packed away, time to discuss the order of the day: the calling card.
He is famous, after all He has often received slanderous letters till now, as well.
Wait. Are you going to write it again, Ryuji? That last one was questionable at best.
You should do it then, Yusuke! Make it really artistic and stuff!
No. Itll end with him figuring it out. He knows my drawing and writing styles all too well.
Oh, then Ill think it up, and you make it cooler!
The final result of Ryujis directive can be seen here:
This is absolutely the worst, most terrible, awful joke I will ever make in the entirety of my blighted existence, and you know what? Im not fucking sorry.
Designing a calling card, hm Interesting. It shall become proof that the Phantom Thieves do exist.
Its decided then!
You guys better come fully prepared!
Music: Beneath the Mask
Looks the same to me.
Maybe its just for the group and doesnt show up in here Well, you should take a look later. Its that Phantom Thieves logo I had Yusuke draw for us. The calling card turned out great cause of him too. Anyways, this is the first job for the Phantom Thieves. We really cant screw this up, k?
And make sure Yusuke gets a lot of rest today, OK?
Im not sure how he wants us to make sure of that, but whatever.
See you tomorrow!
This is the new logo Ryuji mentioned, for the record.
Nothing goes your way in life. Youll end up failing if you tense up like that.
I missed it last time, but Sojiro has this unique bit of dialogue on the night you send the calling card. Thanks for the advice, Fake Dad.
Confessions of crime are the A: queen of evidence/B: jewel of evidence/Which one is right? You be the judge!
I dont feel like either Ive heard either of these, but Ill pick the one that sounds more natural.
The correct answer is A, queen. Yes, thats a very famous expression in the field of law. Confessions are very powerful evidencepeople used to even resort to torture to get them.
Okay, we get it, Mr. Know-it-all.
Thats a high school prodigy for you. Today, forcing a confession is forbidden under law, and...
Im surprised you knew that. Did you just guess? Torture, though Thats pretty brutal.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
We make three Lockpicks (thanks to our Proficiency now being Rank 2) and gain Proficiency +2, which I admittedly tried to savescum for a better result and gave up on.
Please excuse me for a moment.
You are an artist who uses his authority to shamelessly steal the ideas of his pupils. We have decided to make you confess all your crimes with your own mouth. We will take your distorted desires without fail. From, #Millennials
There we have it, his sin is vanity. Not greed or envy, vanity. Though, this game likes to play a little fast and loose with the sins.
Madarame crumples up the letter.
We dont know! The same letter has been posted everywhere
What about the security cameras!?
There were no signs of the culprit All we saw was a cat in the recordings
Remove these at once!
Of course! Um
Its about this affecting the exhibit We believe its just a prank, but what of the mass media?
Are you insinuating that this slander is true ?
Of course not!
Well, it means nothing Theyll only be able to do as they please until this exhibit is over...
Hold on, we were waiting at the exhibition? This seems like a bad idea.
Yup! It was perfect! The composition was way cooler too!
The Treasure should appear right about now.
You better enjoy the air of freedom while you still can, old man. Anyways, dyou guys check online? People are already talkin about that callin card. Well show em Were gonna surprise em all!
Im sure you know, but we only get one shot to pull this off!
Well be counting on you too.
You have no reservations about this either, right, Yusuke?
Of course not. ...Well do this.
Music: Life Will Change (Instrumental Version)
I mean, we did basically declare war on him by sendin that card.
But theres nothing to fear. Weve secured a route, and were ready to go. Well take the Treasure in style!
There will be no turning back once we begin the operation.
And if worst comes to worst, we might have to fight
Thats right. Are you ready, Joker?
OK! Everyone to your positions!
Theres an enemy inside, just as expected...
I mean, weve done a ton in here. It aint surprisin. Anyway, Im gonna try and draw it out, so Ill leave the switch to you guys.
Will you be OK ? What if it catches up to you ?
Heh, dont underestimate an ex-runner. Im definitely gonna shake it off !
Panther emerges from behind a plant.
Yeah, its perfect!
You seem to be enjoying this.
Only the best can appreciate these critical moments. Plus, this feels like were really phantom thieves!
We are really phantom thieves, though.
Well be counting on you, Mona. And Panther as well.
Good luck, everyone! Lets do this !
Panther turns out the lights.
Joker pulls the lever.
Wait, wheres Mona?
That was amazin, Mona!
Ngh How dare those vermin But now well corner them like the rats they are! Lock all the doors at once! They have nowhere to run!
We can look into that later. For now, we must escape.
Yeah, its time to go!
Fun detail here: for the brief time between now and the end of the Palace Mona has the painting tied to his head.
Now is no time to be lost in thought. We must go!
Whoa, this shits real high up...
But at least were outside! Is there a way down out here!?
We dont have time to lose. Just go through it! Nows our chance!
For real!? But I guess theres no other way!
I knew it! All that security wouldve been meaningless if it just led back inside!
It seems we managed to escape their siege.
Dude Whys Mona gettin excited now of all times ?
I just cant take it any more! Lets take a look at this Treasure !
THIS is the Treasure!?
The characters all leap eight feet backwards.
Is this what youre looking for?
Wait, you brought it with you? Why?
What nonsense that you used a mousetrap on me!
So you had a fake prepped, huh!?
Counterfeits are accepted in the world of Japanese art.
What made you change like this!? Is it because you became famous!? Cant you understand how much it pains me to inquire about the crimes of my foster father!?
...Now that I think back, the only reason why I took you in was due to my ties with your mother. That woman never lost her passion for painting even after her husband died. Her skills and talents were quite astonishing Thats why I decided to look after her.
How low can you sink ?
Thats the real Sayuri ? This cant be !
Indeed it is. This was painted by your mother. Its a portrait of herself. A woman who knew her death was coming painted her last wishes, for the son she would leave behind. That is the truth behind the mystery of Sayuris expression!
You stole something THAT personal !?
I knew at first glance. I knew itd be a huge success, if I added a touch to the painting and announced it under my name!
But the baby in the picture Why did you paint over it ?
...It was all to stage it. If the babe is erased, the reason for the womans expression will become a mystery !
This just makes it more hilarious that people thought it was so great in the first place. Yeah, theres this big ugly fog over a third of the painting, but I cant tell why shes smiling. Its a masterpiece!
I always felt something was off about all this Now I know what it is. If you really treasured that painting, you wouldnt even think about replicating it for profit! You dont love art at all!
Though you have a real Treasure, your true skills are nothing more than those scribbles on that fake!
It makes me laugh, asshole!
So youll defy me no matter what Well then, since youre my work of art, Yusuke, Im going to reap you for the sake of my future. ...Along with those insolent friends of yours there.
I cant believe youre treating both mother and son like theyre objects Youre inhuman!
Ive heard that you destroy your art once they outlive their usefulness ...Did that include my mother as well?
Music: Blood of Villain
She just so happened to have a seizure in front of me. Thats when a thought crossed my mind If I dont call for help and leave her be, I could obtain her painting without any strings attached.
This got dark.
No You let her die!?
She was physically weak. No one would doubt if she just dropped dead because of a seizure. Above all, Yusuke, didnt you think it was oddthat I discovered your talent when you were only three? The reason why I kept you around was to keep you from realizing the truth behind Sayuri.
Im not quite sure I understand this. He kept Yusuke around so he wouldnt recognize his mother as Sayuri by exposing him to it constantly? I guess it almost makes a twisted kind of sense if you squint real hard.
The artistic talents you inherited from your mother were a delightful miscalculation, though. If Im to steal ideas, its much easier robbing the future of brats who wont talk back than adults. Its thanks to you that I came up with the idea. You have my gratitude.
Every reason for me to forgive you has disappeared without a trace at this very moment! You arent some rotten artist Youre a despicable fiend who wears the skin of an artist!
All you good-for-nothings ! Barging into my museum and doing whatever the hell you want Those who have the connections make the rules; those who dont, follow them. Not to mention, the value of art is all subjective! I make the rules in the art scene! I am the supreme being! I am the god of the art world!
Music: Blooming Villain