Part 63: 6/28-6/30: A Ton Of SaltPart 62: 6/28-6/30: A Ton Of Salt
Music: Beneath the Mask
Whats Kosei like? Is it filled with guys like Yusuke?
I imagine there are a lot of different people there.
Now that you mention it, I have one very interesting classmate. She is a female shogi player, and seemingly quite the skilled one at that.
Are you talking about Hifumi Togo? I remember hearing shes a student at Kosei. They say shes the most beautiful shogi player around right now.
Dude, that sounds too good to be true! Gimme some more info!
I do not know much about her. She is not the kind of person to let others close to her.
It sounds like she only focuses on her shogi pursuits. After all, its said she is a lone genius...
However, I have heard she is commonly seen at the church over in Kanda.
For real!? We gotta go!
Youll probably get struck down by a bolt of lightning if youre going for that ulterior motive.
That aint it! This is for the Phantom Thieves!
Oh, this should be good.
I mean, shogis a kinda battle, right? Shes gotta know all sorts of insane strategies and stuff!
That is quite the stretch.
Churches are supposed to be holy. Dont do this, Ryuji.
Urgh, you guysre gonna pay for this one day! Maaku, you go spy on her for me! Find out if shes really as cute as they say she is.
*sigh* Lets ignore that idiot. Anyway, a shogi expert, huh? Striking an enemy with but a moments inspiration, skillfully strategizing toward victory Those might actually be good tactics to know for our work as the Phantom Thieves. They said shes at the church in Kanda, right? We should check it out when you have the time.
I like how we completely dismiss Ryuji there and then do exactly what he wanted for the same bullshit reason he suggested.
We can go to Kanda now.
Its the two Uji Matcha Flans we ordered! Theyre pretty worthless!
Ah, yes, Id have to say Hifumi Togo. She does a very good job of balancing offense and defense. Not to mention, shes very pretty.
Yes, Ive heard shes started doing some modeling work recently.
Well, lets head over to Kanda and see Hifumi, then.
Music: Time to Repent
In Japanese this track is called Penalty Time, which always makes me think theres like a hockey rink or some shit before I remember what track it is.
This is the church. Its rather tiny.
Lambs whove strayed from their path and lost sight of their goals in this life are welcome here. Simply put, I offer solace and advice to those with worries or who wish to reflect on their past.
Hmm, this seems like a convenient place to-- Wait, did he say reflect on their past?
This feature returns from P4G, though now we can do it whenever we want instead of only on specific days for each party member. We still wont be making use of it, because its better to get it right the first time.
That might be quite useful to you if you had something that you wanted to remember. ...Just make sure you dont offend him or make him angry by brushing off his advice.
Maybe shes Hifumi Togo, the one Yusuke mentioned Why dont you go ask her?
My overflowing Charm seems to have reached Hifumi.
This is a Rank 3 Charm gate, which we clear.
Im Hifumi Togo...
Im doing some research, so Experimenting with new tactics is best to do alone in a place like this. ...Well, I suppose that doesnt sound terribly plausible to someone who doesnt play Dont mind me; please go ahead and pray.
Hifumi Togo seems to take a very tactical approach to playing shogi. I feel like I can learn some tactics for the Phantom Thieves from her shogi expertise. I should ask her if shell teach me...
Music: Alright (Elp Version)
...Huh? Um, you dont necessarily have to learn from me, you know There are other options such as playing online.
Well then Um So you like shogi?
Like me...? Youre a bit strange but thank you. Um OK, just a quick game then. Twenty seconds per move If thats all right with you.
...Saying that will likely make her lose interest. I guess Ill have to play her. Ill just move the pieces randomly...
Music: Wicked Plan
The dragon which governs the blue sky has fallen into my hands. How do you intend to survive this?
Hifumi slams the piece down onto the board with a resounding CLAP.
...Its checkmate no matter how you look at it. Please concede.
To concede is an act of admitting that you have lost, with grace. If you aspire to become a shogi player, I recommend that you take your study of the game to heart. Thank you for playing Well then, that will be all for today If its all right with you, may I request another match sometime?
I feel a gamblers spirit emanating from you. Which is strange, since your style of play is that of a complete novice...
Huh !? Oh, I-Im sorry However, I will instruct you under one condition You become my playing partner so that I can research new moves. Is that agreeable?
Thank you very much Well then, its a deal. Ill teach you how to play, and youll assist me with my new moves.
Ive made a deal with Hifumi...
Music: Interrogation Room
Ah shit, twice in one day!?
And yours werent by the wit of an amateur. You had a professional who regularly deals with such tactics. ...You have an idea on who that is, dont you!?
Music: The Spirit
Star is the arcana of hope and inspiration, and represents lack of faith and despair when reversed. Its all about idealism.
Hifumis skills dont have a whole lot to do with each other, mostly just being a random grab bag of Confidant skills they wanted to shove in somewhere. Theyre still pretty useful, though. I didnt end up using Koma Sabaki much because it costs a turn (and also because all my main party eventually had SP Adhesive 3s on at all times), but I can imagine it being helpful to get yourself out of a jam or just make it easier to cover all your bases in terms of elemental affinities.
...I shall see you again, if the fates allow.
I feel like playing shogi with Hifumi has helped sharpen my Knowledge...
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
Music: So Boring
A young woman wearing all brand clothing and an older man with gold accessories were arguing. Both were on their high horse, and even though they dressed fancily, it felt nouveau riche. Speaking of, the Japanese words for high horse and nouveau riche both originated as shogi terms. A lot of people arent familiar with shogi, but its good to know a little bit about it.
Goddammit, what is it with shogi right now?
So, Hamiru-kun. Have you seen this piece before?
This game has been localized well.
Thats right. This is the cursive form of the kanji for gold, which is written on the back of the pawn.
A weak piece like a pawn can become gold if you get it into the enemys camp, hence nouveau riche.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
By the way, nouveau riche like to wear expensive clothes because of a desire to be acknowledged. Once humans fulfill the basic needs of clothing, good, and shelter, our next desire is recognition. Thats why people try to make themselves seem bigger by flaunting their power through money.
Making yourself seem bigger Reminds me of a frilled lizard.
Music: Tokyo Emergency
Already? I applied months ago.
So what are you going to do here today?
Music: Break it Down
Ill do everything myself today, so you can just observe me and try to learn the ropes. Well, lets begin!
Maaku gets 3200 yen.
Good work, Maaku-kun. Come back again when you have the time.
I bet doing this gift-making job has boosted your Kindness.
Maaku gains Kindness +2.
All right, we should head home.
Music: Beneath the Mask
The server went down because it was attacked from somewhere, I heard.
I hope they get caught soon. Theyre really causing a lot of trouble for us!
I heard theyre some kind of scary foreign organization. Our police wouldnt stand a chance.
The ISP has announced that the problems were caused by an external attack. The perpetrators did not issue a statement, but they are suspected to be an anonymous hacker group.
Attacking as a group It must suck to be on the receiving end of that.
Seems like hackers are becoming a problem. Yikes.
Busy studying, eh? With these amazing study reference books, youll pass any exam you want!
Yeah! You better go buy these awesome study reference books! If youll just sign here...
What!? You use up my time like this, and then you say you dont want any of my products!? Why didnt you just say so from the start!? Go away, you idiot kid, youre wasting my time!
The ones who steal hearts? Ah, I wish theyd steal mine...
No! Akechi-kun says theyre dangerous. And he knows what hes talking about!
You always fall for people too hard, too fast. Youre too clingy! Thats why you keep getting dumped!
Well, you see I was already scammed once. And with all thats happened, Im a little cautious.
Look, lemme produce you. Youre absolutely fabulous. Ill take care of youyou have my word.
I do really, really want to be a singer But, can I trust you?
Im gonna take a wild swing in the dark here and say the answer is no!
We pick up Flowerpedia from the Shinjuku bookstore while were out. Itll come in handy for our job at the flower shop.
I remember you You had a very abnormal destiny, as I recall. Please, take a seat.
For that much, itd better not only change your fate, but also give you incredible luck. If you do end up buying one, we should go home and test it out. Well, what do you want to do?
What the hey, Im a total dumbass and this seems like a great idea.
Thank you very much! Here you go.
Its the smart thing to do, considering this is the only way to avoid misfortune. Its already charged with a happiness aura, so youll feel the effects right away. Dont forget to recharge it with moonlight every three days. Please stop by again and let me know how your fate changed. Goodbye...
I should head home...
Music: Break it Down
I was just about to close up shop, but I forgot to turn the stove off. I guess you start forgetting things more the older you get...
I wonder what kind of luck well have this time around. It should be awesome, right? I mean, we paid a hundred thousand yen for this Holy-- Ow! What the heck!? Hey, cant you keep this thing a little cleaner? I cant be comfortable with all this gravel at the bottom of the ...Wait, Maaku. I have a bad feeling about this.
Whats gotten into you?
Huh? This tastes salty!
Why are you tasting it!?
Hey, the Holy Stone is just salt!
I live a cursed existence
...Maaku? Whats going on?
Youre salty ? That reminds me, I was just about to head out and grab some salt for the shop. Ill be back in a bit.
Wait, in that case maybe the Holy Stone is supposed to help you get better at cooking!
This stupid cat
B-But if thats not it, then whats it for ? ...Hold on a second, the Holy Stone was supposed to change your future, not improve your cooking skills!
That fortune tellers name was Chihaya, right? She clearly has some kind of mystical power but this is just unacceptable. ...We need to go complain to her!
Or, and hear me out: we could slash her tires. Your ideas great, but I like mine a lot too.
It turns out the Holy Stone I bought from Chihaya was a fake. I should go talk to her and try to figure out her true intentions...
This is what I deserve, isnt it? For being so stupid?
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
By the way, Junes almost over. We defeated Kaneshiro, so we can rest easy for a while I guess? So, what do you want to do today? Maybe something like a trip to Mementos?
I mean, breaks are important But we have those requests on the message board, so dont forget to answer them.
Music: Beneath the Mask -Rain (Instrumental Version)
We head over to the diner. Maaku gains Guts +1 and Knowledge +3 from the rain.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Today, we interview a man who was once a con artist. In our talk with him, well cover the skillfull methods of con men, which are constantly evolving.
They really put a lot of thought into these scams. I wish theyd put all that effort to better use.
Yeah, I saw that! Theyre so cool! Theyre like Featherman, taking on the bad guys like that!
When I said that, my parents got mad at me. They said theres no way the Phantom Thieves are real.
Parents just dont get it. All they do is nag and nag, telling us to study all the time.
Oh boy, time for the recurring adventures of our favorite elbow-bender!
Oh, sorry. This man just decided to lie down here.
No, hes just drunk. Doesnt he realize that its still dangerous around here?
Haha, whore you imitating now? Thats one helluva quote.
The Phantom Thieves! You gotta check em out, bro!
Yes, theyre the ones with the calling card. I heard they had an altercation with the yakuza.
Um, its the mafia, thank you.
They seem to be very popular among young people. Though I dont know why.
Theres no telling why these days. However, I believe they may be able to build their own business.
How? Why, with the magic of Squarespace! Build it beautiful!
Oh, I mean Excuse me, sir, but do you happen to know who put these dopedamn it! What I mean is, the flyers have this cool mark on them. Are they for a store thats nearby?
Foreign Barkers quest to be polite with the help of a cat is one of my favorite subplots in this game.
The thugs in Shibuya are actin up since the Phantom Thieves sent out that calling card of theirs. Aw, hell, its not all bad. Im havin a lil bit of fun taking out a few of em *chuckle*
We need more Mega Fertilizer for our plant, so we pick some up.
Oh? Shes with a
Hm? Shes with a client Sounds like theyre talking about the Holy Stone. Do you wanna eavesdrop on them?
I-Im fine. Its my fault anyway, Yuya said so He says he doesnt want to hit me, but I just make him so mad
Oh! Fuck this!
I suggest you break up with him. Things are only going to get worse at this rate.
B-But Im the only person that cares about him! If I leave, how will he survive ? Please, is there any other way?
...Let us ask the tarot. O divine power, shed light upon her fate...
Yes, Ive seen everything. Hm I can sense a dark presence within your boyfriend. His heart seems to be possessed by a demon. This demon may hide itself away at times, but when it strikes, it will bring with it great misery.
Wh-What kind of misery ?
You will be hospitalized for severe injuries suffered in a domestic abuse incident, and he will be arrested.
What? Hospitalized!? A-Arrested!? I knew I shouldnt have let Yuya throw my Holy Stone away! He said I shouldnt be wasting my money on some dumb rock that I should be giving it to him instead. This is my punishment for letting him do that, right? Please, let me buy another one from you!
Wh-What ? You want another?
My next stone will need to be even bigger. Im a little low on cash at the moment but you said I can pay in up to thirty-six installments, right?
Um, truthfully, I feel breaking up with him would be the best--
I cant abandon Yuya!
Theres no way that could be true right?
Man, this cat is dumb.
Right. It would make our jobs way easier if you could really change someones heart with a Holy Stone. Its clear that Chihaya has some fortune telling skills, but that stone isnt going to do anything ...Hey, Maaku! Why dont we change that Yuya guys heart ourselves? I mean, hes hurting this woman here, right? This is the perfect chance for the Phantom Thieves to save her!
H-Hey! Were you eavesdropping on us? Thats an invasion of privacy, you know!
The demon within your boyfriends heart cannot be exorcised by normal human methodologies. Fate is absolute. A-Although, I guess you might be able to control the demons temper if you bought another Holy Stone ...
This is Chihaya. Chihaya is a terrible person.
U-Um, Im not entirely sure who you are But do you know of any other way I can approach this problem ?
Mine? Oh Youre talking about Yuya, arent you? Its Yuya Uchimura Um why do you want to know? What are you planning on doing?
Im surprised her immediate assumption isnt just that Ill fucking merc this dude.
Y-Yes! What do you expect to change with that meager information ?
What ? You honestly believe you can do something!?
I I trust you.
It feels like hes telling the truth. Besides, Yuya has all my money. Hes going to pay me back someday But for now, I would rather put my trust in this one boy than in thirty-six payments for a Holy Stone.
Boy, you sure changed your mind about that Holy Stone quick.
You! What do you think youre doing!? If you keep making false accusations like that, the divine power will rain punishment down upon you!
...Um, I never accused anyone of anything.
? You look so pleased with yourself Hm, Ive seen everything. A vision of you groveling on the ground Fate cannot be changed and I will prove that fact to you! If that woman stays with her abusive boyfriend, she will meet a horrible injury within a years time. Now, if you honestly believe you can change her destiny, go ahead and try! But once you realize the error in your thinking, come back and let a true expert handle things. I will save her with a Holy Stone !
Christ, what an asshole.
Well then, are we done here? Im way too busy for this!
And we get a new request, which well have to make sure to complete some time in the near future.