Part 70: 7/12-7/16: It's A Lockdown, BabyPart 68: 7/12-7/16: Its A Lockdown Baby
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Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
Did the Phantom Thieves really do that? Maybe people are just having fun, giving them credit for a coincidence I mean, no one can actually steal someones heartthats just some urban legend noise.
Isnt that what people said about that hacker group, too? Its just a nice way of saying theyre blackmailing bad people into confessing their crimes! Whore you to doubt the Phantom Thieves, anyhow?
Yeah, theyve really taken off since the whole Kamoshida thing. The legend of the Phantom Thieves started at OUR school! Were practically one of them!
And who cant relate to what theyre doing? Punishing corrupt adults up to no goodthe police should take notes.
Music: So Boring
Behind Kaneshiros arrest are the Phantom Thieves, the mysterious group that changes peoples hearts. If I recall, there were similar rumors back during that business with Kamoshida-kun. Help the weak and crush the strong Truly a modern legend of the gentleman thief. In the long history of humans, the gentleman thief has been seen briefly during times of turmoil. Now then, please look at this picture. Hamiru-kun.
What was the name of the gentleman thief whose family was boiled alive during the Sengoku period?
Ha, your own name is up there as an option.
Correct. As Im sure you know, this is the origin of the term Goemon bath, or a bath heated from the bottom. Only stealing from the rich and powerful, and sharing with the poor Goemons exploits have been documented in many forms of media, like kabuki and novels.
Maaku gains Knowledge +1.
However, its actually unclear whether or not Goemon was indeed a gentleman thief. Rebellion against Hideyoshi, whose campaign had failed; propaganda by the government to sully his name The gentleman thief Goemon may be no more than an illusion made by varying motivations. In actuality, most heroes and gentleman thieves throughout history are something like that.
Lets make sure people dont think were just an illusion. But before that, you need to study for the exams that are starting tomorrow.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Id be pretty sad if the leader of the Phantom Thieves got bad grades.
>Ill give it a try.
Thats the spirit!
Ive seen it in Shibuya before too! Its like, totally cool. I hope they keep it up. Ive been rooting for them this whole time! Arent they incredible? I heard theyre really gaining momentum. By the way, this is a damn good drawing. Is Hamiru a Phanboy?
I think our popularitys rising! Were really starting to get famous!
Are you all right? Youre sweating a lot...
Im not sure whats going on, but just relax. Lets take our time, and try to talk normally.
Looks like our stalkers change of heart went through.
Music: Aria of the Soul
Next, we need to clear a Persona slot to make room to resummon an Eligor again. We choose to fuse this Kin-Ki from Flauros and Nue.
Yes, I can see that, but whats your name?
If you possess the mask, I will grant you the power of an unyielding heart...
Kin-Ki is another of the four oni controlled by Fujiwara No Chikata. Its named after gold and its body is so strong that no weapons in existence can pierce it.
But were not done here yet. A little while back we unlocked a new feature called Lockdown," and nows the perfect time to show it off, for reasons Ill explore shortly.
The cells empty for now, but thatll change. Lets get some explanations of this new system.
If you toss one of your Personas in a cell, well give it some special training to help it grow. While youre off loafing around, your Personas getting stronger We treat you too well, Inmate! Oh, but we only keep one Persona in Lockdown at a time. This is solitary confinement, after all. And naturally, youre not gonna be able to use that Persona in battle or fusion. Dont forget, Inmate!
Once the training is over, the Persona you put in Lockdownll learn a new resistance. Therere times itll learn something different too though. Thats all up to chance. Either way, the stuff it learns will all be useful to you, Inmate.* Oh, and the higher the Confidant rank for the Personas arcana, the shorter theyll need to train for. Dont forget Masters words Forging Confidants is gonna help you on the road to rehabilitation.
*The stuff it learns may not all be useful.
I have no idea what there are times itll learn something different means, unless it means Null Skills instead of Resist skills.
It takes a set number of days til a Personas training ends but dont forget its in there, OK? Personas are part of your heart, after all. If you leave it in for to long, itll disappear forever. Well, were not evil though. Well let you know if thats gonna happen soon. But itll be on you from there on. Dont come crying to us once you realize how stupid you were.
So, theyll call you once the time is about to expire, but thats probably not going to be a lot of help on story days you cant go outside, which is part of the reason I never ended up using this feature on my first run.
Another reason? Its really not that good. The resistances it provides are in the forms of skills, which are useful in that they can be passed on, but annoying in that they take up a skill slot, which are already at a premium on anything were fusing at this point in the game. Now, theres reason to believe (mainly from GameFAQs posts that are unverifiable without careful testing, natch) that leaving a Persona in Lockdown for longer than you have to will give you a better chance of getting a good skill. Well, I dont know about that, but well try this out anyway.
Clotho has two weaknesses, so an extra resistance would be great. Lets put her into Lockdown.
Outside of the Velvet Room (and before we resummon that Eligor), we can see this icon on Clothos name, indicating that she is in Lockdown. Now, the great thing I never realized about Lockdown is that while you cant use or fuse the Persona, its still technically in your deck. This means you can get bonus Confidant points for a matching Arcana without pulling it out of Lockdown if you so choose. Considering how long it takes to get all 12 Persona slots in this game, its really handy that the game does you a solid this once.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
And, well there is something I would like to try painting. Do you think you would be free to help?
>Hang out with him
I am in your debt. It would be rather difficult to go by myself. Now then, our destination is Inokashira Park. Let us go.
Music: My Homie
I will be counting on your cooperation today by which I of course mean your oar work.
Hahaha, dont get so excited. Youll fall off, you know.
Perfect This is it.
My previous painting captured only one aspect of the heart: desire. As such, I was unable to arrive at a truly artistic representation That is why we have come today. I shall paint a second aspect the burning passion between man and woman! Fittingly, our theme today will be the wonders of love!
You will have an important role to play here today as well. While I draw, ensure the boat remains as steady as possible amid these devilish ripples.
Ah, this angle Incredible! That bashful side profile, those moist eyes Their overflowing passion is wholly evident!
They are akin to Adam and Eve yet in time all lovers must come to know the pain of separation Separation is the natural end to any such relationship but even beyond that, love endures. Precisely This is the truth of the human heart! *chuckle* It will make the most wonderful painting ! It shall be adored by all who gaze upon it! It may even be given top prize in the next exhibition ! Wait, now is not the time to be thinking of such trivial matters !
Return to your prior angle! I must capture your profile!
Wh-What the hellre you doing!?
Rejoice, for I shall preserve your beautiful love so that all coming generations may bask in its glory. Once I complete this painting, you will become new legends in the art world A modern Adam and Eve!
L-Legends? Art ?
This dudes off his rocker Come on, lets report him.
Hold on a sec Are you drawing us!?
What!? Youre using us as models!?
A man and woman intimately swaying in a dinghy of dreams The blush of their cheeks, the bashful looks Yes, this is the love I was so emphatically searching for!
Uh, I guess you could call it that but its kinda weird...
ABORT MISSION! ABORT MISSION!
Ugh I told you I didnt wanna come here with you. The only ones who do this crap are stupid couples.
But Ive always dreamed of coming to Tokyo and riding a boat here! Though it was supposed to be with my boyfriend not my brother!
So that overflowing passion was just a figment of my imagination ? It seems my bias has caused me to overlook the truth of the matter...
Hm, romantic love and familial love The two may be nigh indiscernible depending on ones point of view.
What? No. Gross.
Perhaps the truth of the heart lies in the eye of the beholder. Maaku, I feel as though Ive learned something today !
I can sense a quiet resolve from Yusuke...
That means those two...
Shhh! There are people from all walks of life here in the city.
Oooh, tell me more
Gay jokes! Fun!
What are they talking about? Ah well Come, it is about time we return home. Please row us back to shore, Maaku. Farewell.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Guess I should head home...
Kaneshiro has admitted that he gave orders to his subordinates to carry out crimes. However, countless people fell victim to his scams. Investigating every single scam will take time.
Oh, he really scammed a lot of people. I guess well just leave the rest to the police.
Yikes, six new messages. One of these is the bog-standard Please hang out with me oh god Im so lonely, and another is a request from Ryuji to study (which will give us Knowledge +3 and a bunch of points with Ryuji, neither of which we actually need, sorry Ryuji), but the other four are responses to completing the Mementos requests.
Mm-hm! I snuck in and left it there without anyone noticing.
Oh, and there was a post saying the culprits gonna turn himself in.
Im sure his little broll be shocked to hear he got caught.
Well either way, I think it should be better than how things were before.
Man, you guys really like keeping busy. Not that thats a bad thing.
Anyway, that takes care of those restaurant burglars!
Things may have gotten a bit crazy, but it all turned out OK in the end.
Its a bit unusual that were getting more than a few lines from Mishima about a simple Mementos request completion. Even the beginning of this one was more drawn-out than usual. Well, the reason for that is because before Persona 5 released, there was an OVA called The Daybreakers produced that took place about a month before this point in the story. This request was a tie-in to that, you see, which is why it was all so much more involved than normal.
Also theres still no reward, fuck you.
She even apologzied online and everything. You know who she is, right? Why dont you go check on her?
It seems she really did have a change of heart. Nice work!
I heard both of them ended up turning themselves in to the teachers. Things should be peaceful at school from now on. Well done!
It looks like the double change of heart was a massive success! Keep up the good work!
The student ended up quitting his part-time job there too. Apparently company HQ tried to offer him money to keep quiet, and he just couldnt accept that. Still, he was really moved by what the Phantom Thieves did. I quote, I cant believe they wanted to help solve a nothing high schoolers problems. Even Im happy hearing that!
We really did a great job this time. Hearing how touched the student was is an added bonus too. I guess there really are all sorts of desires hidden away in the dark corners of Mementos...
Fine, lets hear it. Please sit down.
Music: Whats Going On?
Her boyfriend stopped abusing her ? I dont believe it! But even if he did stop, her fate should still be heading down the path to misery, without changing! I mean look!
Chihaya performs a reading.
The sequence of arcana has completely changed! Death has moved far off into the future
Uh, shouldnt that be Tower? Death is about endings, not actual death.
Nrgh No, no, no! This must be some sort of trick. What are you, a scam artist? You made a deal with her boyfriend or something, didnt you?
Thats an obvious lie! It couldnt have been that simple Did you plunge him into Tokyo Bay, or cram him into a metal drum and dump insects on him? You mustve taken some sort of extreme measures!
Well you certainly do seem ordinary Yes, quite ordinary, indeed. But theres no way that couldve happened without you breaking the law. I mean, how could an ordinary high school student change the course of fate ? ...Fine. Im just going to have to verify your power. The very power that reversed my tarot card prediction!
This is quite a serious situation for a fortune teller like me. I need to get to the bottom of this. You wont have to do anything. Just sit next to me while I tell fortunes. And if another unopposable fate happens to appear then Ill test your power.
Well that may be true Oh, I know Ill read your fortune! Please? Ill even prioritize your readings over my regular customers. Besides, Ill be able to provide much more accurate predictions once I get to know you better! How does that sound? Is it a deal? *sigh* Otherwise, I wont be able to go on Please, I beg you I need to know if fate can truly be changed
You will? Really!? OK then, I look forward to verifying your skills! Please dont blow me off, OK? We made a deal, after all.
Ive made a deal with Chihaya...
Music: Interrogation Room
Or perhaps you had someone you consulted who gave you precise advice. Youre not getting away this time with just luck!
...What the fuck are you asking me? Are you having a stroke?
Music: The Spirit
Fortune portends luck (good or bad, depending on the orientation), karma, and destiny, but when reversed represents negative forces outside of ones control.
Okay, so despite my rather clear distaste for Chihaya as a person (I should mention I never got her beyond Rank 3 in my original run), her skills can be quite useful. However, her selection of skills is somewhat eclectic. In fact, I would say that her skills range from literal worst garbage in the whole entire game to fucking essential. Were probably going to be blitzing through Chihayas Confidant pretty fast for one of these abilities that is going to be pretty much necessary to see everything we want to.
This current ability, Luck Reading, is one of those useful skills, for the record. It lets us add another note any time we gain points in a social stat for the rest of the day after the reading, and doesnt take time. Now, apparently the boosted point doesnt display (looking into this, apparently the actual value of each note can be one of multiple values, not just 1, 2, or 3, and thats the number that gets a 50% boost from the Luck Reading, which is then rounded down,) when it would go from +2 to +3. If this is true, itll make the points a little inaccurate, but no ones counting these anyway so its fine. Theres still a benefit, so it really doesnt matter.
Buuuuuut, while were here, lets explore how those stats work, courtesy of some Japanese wiki I found! 1 note is 2 points, 2 notes are 3 or 4 points (but functionally always 3 points unless its boosted), and 3 notes are either 5, 7 (certain activities like special books that take three periods instead of two to complete, or a boosted 5), or 10 (a boosted 7). This means that, yes, a Luck Reading boost of 50% will increase one note to two, but never two notes to three, because the number is rounded down.
Music: Whats Going On?
If its really possible, then...
Oh, its getting late! Lets close up shop for today. Its past your curfew
Anon: Who do they think they are
Anon: dunno what they want. NO
Anon: Who needs police anymore?
All the news on Kaneshiro has distracted me from studying.
Did it suddenly get hot? I couldnt sleep last night...
I heard the Phantom Thieves might be from our school!
That cant be true. Itd be funny if it was though...
Anon: Cmon, show us your faces!
Anon: Truly. They got Kaneshiro.
Anon: get rekt, scumbags lmao
Anon: jokes on the cops! rofl
Anon: Could this really be it?
Anon: Holy shit, making history!
Anon: cmon, next target plz
Anon: Obviously. Lets watch!
Anon: YES!!! fan club plz
Anon: Phantom Thieves YAAAS!
Music: Life Goes On
All right, exam time. We got this.
That sounds about right. Lets see An essay question? This looks tough, but lets calm down and think it through.
Goemon was popular because he wasnt just a thief. He was a
Stealing from the rich and giving to the pooryup, thats Goemon all right. And, the person in power who had it in for Goemon was...
Yeah, Hideyoshi was the most powerful figure during the Sengoku period. And, Goemons death after he got captured by Hideyoshi is famous too...
Yeah! We even have the term Goemon bath because of it! Goemon fought against those in power and was executed for it. After his death, he was seen as a hero. You finished in time!
Time is up. Hmph Give up already.
Anon: Holy shit, making history!
That sounds about right.
That sounds about right.
Anon: dunno what they want. NO
Anon: NO SHIT??? hahaha
Anon: omg they got the mafia lol
That sounds about right.
That sounds about right.
Look at this freshman psych major-ass response. Justice is relative, fuck off.
Anon: Theyre surely in the right.
Anon: i call bs
Youve seen all these before. Youve got this, all right? This is going good. Looking forward to seeing your score.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
I can get back to actually sleepin in peace...
Huh. You must have been studying pretty hard if it kept you up at night.
Nah, I was up playin video games. Slackin off is just too much fun
I know, right!? I kept cleaning my room instead of studying! It might even be too clean now...
You two are perfect exemplars of what escapism can mean.
*sigh* And I can only imagine what the end result will be.
Whatever, its over with now. Who cares about that anymore!? Whats real important is the Phantom Thieves popularity! Aint it amazin!?
It kinda feels like our times finally here!
I have even heard people excitedly speculating about our next target. We will have to choose carefully.
Theres no need to hurry. We should spend some time thinking it over.
Hold up, the most important thing now is our celebration party! I hope you guys didnt forget. Its the fireworks festival on the 18th. I guess were good meetin up in Shibuya, yeah? Lets say 5 pm!
You sure are on top of these kinds of things...
Music: Beneath the Mask -Rain-
It seems well continue to have localized torrential rainstorms all through next week. If youre heading outside, be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.
I mean, they didnt say anything about rain today...
You can only win if you buy a ticket! Tickets are on sale now until July 31st!
True, youll never win if you dont buy a ticket You want to try buying one?
That voice on the phone wasnt Kawakami. Maybe you should ask for more details?
This is the head nurse at Aoyama Hospital, speaking on behalf of Kawakami-san.
Kawakami-san fainted and is currently hospitalized at our facility. Do you know our hospitals address? Her room number is
This isnt good. Lets head over there right away!
Wait a second. The nurse picked up the phone. Have we been directly calling Kawakami instead of the maid service this entire time? I guess thatd explain why she always was the one to pick up the phone, but its pretty weird. Also, the nurse knew our name, which means that Kawakami told her that wed be calling. Thats not a plot hole, I just think its really sad that were the only person who might be calling her.
But thanks for coming all this way to visit me. Ugh, how could I collapse at a time like this? I really need to make some money How am I going to make todays payment ?
Takase-san! You contacted the school !?
Well, you werent answering your phone! And when I thought you finally answered, it was a nurse who told us you were here. Its really an inconvenience for us when you miss a payment, you know.
Now, now, its not like she wanted to collapse But our credit card payment is coming up soon, so well need you to transfer the money.
These are Takase-kuns guardians, the ones I mentioned the other day. They took care of him...
Whos this ?
Hes one of my students. He came to visit me...
Messing around with another student, huh? Hahaha, you never learn, do you? Tsk, tsk And after all you did to him...
So? When are you going to transfer the money?
I should be able to send it out tomorrow...
Stay out of this!
Dont act so tough, kid. Our precious adoptive son, Taiki, died because of this woman. Honestly, she shouldve been fired.
And yet, she still doesnt know her place and she still continues to teach. Were gonna need you to show some remorse for what you did to him ...In a material and undeniable way!
...I understand. I will pay you So !
Its not like were trying to extort you. But who was it that convinced Taiki to start studying when he needed to be working? The schoolwork on top of his part-time jobs overwhelmed him, which led him to that accident Poor Taiki Its almost like he was murdered!
Im really loving this scam you two got going here, especially the Mrs.s role in it all. The man comes in all angry and forceful, and the lady contrasts with care and understanding, while piling on the guilt. Make no mistake, this is a practiced, confident shittiness.
So you no longer feel regret? In that case, perhaps we should sue the Board of Education Or should we have a chat with your school? Either way, your days as a teacher would be over. Well, were looking forward to receiving your payment.
I guess transferring to our sister company is the only way
One guess as to what this sister company does, ugh.
Why ? Why are you so interested in helping me? Im not worth it...
I dont know how the game managed to make the word Meow horrifically depressing but Im here for it.
...Im so tired. All I really want is a way to apologize to Takase-kun. So if his guardians demand money, then I just have to pay them...
Sorry, Im not quite back to a hundred percent yet, so my thoughts are all over the place ...Im going to get some rest. I appreciate you coming to visit me today. ...It made me really happy.
I feel that Kawakami is starting to depend on me...
And now when we call Kawakami shell make us curry or infiltration tools! This seems kind of fucked considering how badly she was getting exploited in the previous scene!
...But youre not hooked up to an IV.
...Visiting hours are over. Get home safe, OK ?
Huh ? Who could that be at this hour ?
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Everyones talking about that chick flick Love Possibly! I get kind of weepy, so its embarrassing to go alone Can you come watch it with me?
So, do you want to make plans for tomorrow?
Well, we could use the social stats even if we dont need the Confidant points, so sure.
All right, lets meet in front of the movie theater in Shibuya!
A chick flick, huh? Sounds like something Lady Ann would be into. *yawn* We should go to bed.