Part 73: 7/21-7/23: The Fourth Chapter Of The Blackmail SagaPart 71: 7/21-7/23: The Fourth Chapter Of The Blackmail Saga
Anon: online showdown!? :O
Anon: medjed is dangerous
Anon: Hang in there you guys! ;w;
Having your money stolen sounds terrifying
Its unsettling not knowing what theyre going to do to us.
Theyre declaring their victory? What does that mean?
I really wish theyd stop that...
Anon: ugh, again?
Anon: yo, where the police?
Anon: I bet theyre crying LOL
Anon: Which sides Akechi-kun on?
Anon: Go go Phantom Thieves~!
Anon: QUE ES FANTOM THIEF?
QUE ES FANTOM THIEF? is the best damn response in the game.
*sigh* Its just Ryuji.
Nothing? Let us know ASAP if he tries to get in touch with you, mkay?
No reason not to be polite.
Ah, you responded today.
No, I know Im right.
Hm, youre a surprisingly diligent student.
...I see. Hm, I suppose past calling cards did have names on them. One moment. Very well, Ill tell you. . I believe their name was Futaba Sakura.
Hm, sounds oddly familiar
If you fail in this mission, I will expose your identity to the world and to the police.
Yet more blackmail!
So he threatened you then just took off!? And Sakura ? I feel like Ive heard that name before In any case, we should let everyone know about this.
Futaba Sakura ?
I honestly love that there isnt even an option to point this out yourself. It is canon that we dont remember the last name of Sojiro, who we see literally every day, and it has to be pointed out by Ann and Makoto, whove met him three times between the both of them. On my first playthrough, I didnt remember it either and it blew my fucking mind.
Does he have any family?
We know nothing about this dude except that he hates deviancy and loves pussy.
For reals!? How laid-back are you!? Wouldnt you normally be introduced at least? I mean, you ARE living at his place.
Well, his situation does make things difficult...
The calling card was delivered to Bosss house; itd be more natural to assume this is all related.
This game was overseen by two warring editors with opposing takes on the use of apostrophes after names ending with the letter s.
Ha, just kidding, this games localization didnt have an editor.
One of the reasons for that is because Alibaba mentioned nothing about which Futaba Sakura. Perhaps he thinks that the name alone is enough.
That makes sense.
I believe its adequate for us to think that this is the doing of someone close by.
I dont know how Alibaba got a hold of Maaku-kuns smartphone information. However, since hes ordering us through chat, I do feel as though hes taunting us.
You mean, this might just be a prank?
I mean, look at his demands. Pay me if you dont want me to leak who you really arethat Id understand. But hes telling us to steal someones heart without explaining why.
So were being tested?
Regardless, I think we should ask Boss about Futaba Sakura once.
Thats probably for the best. Theres nothing else we can do at the moment, and Chief might have an idea on what this is about too.
Ill check the schools roster just in case.
We must make sure Boss doesnt figure out who we are. Well have to go about this cautiously.
Its got nothing to do with you. Im going home. Make sure you lock up the place.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Could there be a reason as to why that was?
Hm. Alibaba might be our only hope of defeating Medjed. I wish we could get some info about Futaba out of Boss...
But trying to force it out would probably have the opposite effect.
To be honest, I owe a great deal to both Boss and Maaku. I dont wish for this to be a source of discord between them.
Yeah, I know just what you mean!
Its probably best to wait for Boss to bring the subject up himself.
Our show managed to get a calling card left byas it says here--The Phantom Thieves of Hearts. On it, they also claim that they will make their target confess their sins.
Oh, weve gotten pretty famous. I guess its no surprise that were in the public eye now.
We dont have any info on any of them. What in the world is going on?
Anon: can phantom thieves win?
Music: Wicked Plan
Tomorrows the end of the first semester, but we still got all this lame shit comin up...
If you dont take care of this lame shit, you can kiss your summer vacation goodbye.
Oh yeah, about this Futaba Sakura girl If shes related to Boss, think people livin nearby would know about her?
Thats some keen intuition coming from you, Ryuji. You should have made use of that on your exams.
Ugh, I never wanna think about exams ever again Anyway, askin around in your neighborhood might be the fastest way to figure this shit out. Then again, I doubt itll be that easy. It never is...
Music: So Boring
Theres an urgent assembly on Monday. Well be taking attendance. Theres been an unusual number of strange incidents this year. Dont do anything stupid over break. Got it? Dont go someplace shady like the red-light district, and dont go to the beach after dark.
I wanna go to the beach I wanna jump in some cold water Seems like we wont be having fun on our summer break for a while...
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Lets head to Yongen and gather info around the neighborhood!
So, here we are in Yongen-Jaya. Our mission: to talk to everyone to discover information about this mysterious Futaba Sakura.
Its the name of my very first love, my teacher back when I was in elementary school!
As you might have guessed, these people arent very helpful!
...Lets ask some other people, too.
A vintage game console Could I actually sell it if I threw in some games ? I m not sure anyone would buy a game console thats this old, though...
We can always come back here later. We need to get info on Futaba first.
No. No, I dont know who that could be.
By the way, do you eat a lot?
Well, whenever Boss buys food, its enough to feed three people. ...What? Youre telling me you dont actually eat that much? Maybe its Boss who eats a lot then...
Hm, but wouldnt this Futaba get angry if they find out youre snooping on them though?
I come to Sakura-sans often to make deliveries, but Ive never seen who youre talking about.
And thats everyone! What have we learned?
So, up until now, our biggest lead seems to be Boss buys a lot of food, far more than enough for one person living alone. Lets check out all the shops where you can buy food!
Futaba? Over at Sakura-sans? I havent heard anything Sorry. Come again!
I think our only option now is to go home and ask the chief directly...
So youre the one who tipped him off about Futaba. You really shouldnt have done that. I have no intention of talking to you about Wakaba.
Tipped off ? What are you talking about? Back to the matter at hand Your parental authority will have to be suspended. I take it youre OK with that outcome?
Huh? Parental authority?
Considering the state of your daughter and your family overall, there are no points in your favor. Would you like to take this to domestic court? Our chances of victory are roughly 99.9% though.
Youre going that far !? I told you, I dont know a damn thing about it.
Were extremely serious about this. As long as theres a possibility that cognitive psience can be linked to psychotic breakdowns
Nuh-uh, no, thats not how you spell that. Anyway, Sae glances over at Maaku.
Tch Fine I yield.
Sae puts her card down on the counter.
I doubt youll find anything you want to hear though.
Thats fine. It will be up to us to decide whether the information you give us is useful or not.
We have pretty much no idea whats going on here, but its clear that Sae should probably never show her face in Leblanc again. Finishing that conversation with the equivalent of Toodles! is just hilariously shitty.
That woman is real good at pissing people off ...Whats with that look? You got something to say?
This doesnt involve you.
Thats enough! Just behave yourself and keep going to school if you dont want me to throw you out of here.
...But tomorrows the last day.
You got that?
Lock the store up.
Moreso, our conjecture that Alibaba is connected to Leblanc seems to have a pretty solid foundation. Oh, and didnt they mention cognitive something? ...I wonder what the chiefs hiding. We cant really press him on the subject though, especially after he mentioned throwing you out.
Music: Beneath the Mask
Kizuna Fest is happening again this year, and it looks like the demand for tickets is huge. Im a fan of Kanamin Kitchen myselfmaybe thats why Ive just been eating meat lately Hahaha.
Kanamin Kitchen, for those of you who didnt play Persona 4: Dancing All Night, an actual video game that really exists, is a fast food-themed idol group primarily featuring Kanami Mashita, one of the main characters of that game who was also referenced in Persona 4 as an indirect, offscreen foil to Rise Kujikawa, then on hiatus. Anyway, the meat line is about how each of them have a different animal theyre associated with as part of their gimmick. Kanami makes a lot of references to herself as a prize cow in that game, for instance, and talks up the quality of her meat. Its about as weird as it sounds.
Would the chief really do that? Its gotta be some kind of mistake, right?
Anon: I agree, its false justice
Yeah, she was going on about domestic abuse and taking the case to court and stuff
Its nothing. So to summarize what you told us, Futaba is Boss daughter, and hes abusing her? I dont know him very well Is he really the kind of person who would do that?
Not a chance. Its Sojiro. Hes a good guwell, actually, I dont know that much about him, and he seems like kind of a dick, but the funny kind, not the unfortunate kind.
I would like to believe so as well, but we dont have any conclusive evidence, do we ?
Listen, Makoto, I wont let the good name of that asshole who hates my guts be besmirched!
Why arent you doing it? I told you Id help you if you stole her heart. What seems to be the hold up? I also said Id report your identity to the police if you didnt help me. Are you OK with that? Im serious here.
What a selfish person.
Well, he does have information on us
Anyways, this Futaba hes talking about have a Palace? If so, well need keywords to get in. Try messaging him about em.
I dont think Alibaba will know what that means, Ryuji, considering they already got confused regarding the purpose of the calling card.
Keywords? What are you talking about? Are you just saying random stuff to dodge the issue?
Whatre we supposed to do about this?
Wed be able to figure out Alibabas identity if we could just meet with him Try asking if theres any way we could meet up.
Meet? With me? That will be difficult. I have reasons for not being able to go out. Thats why Im contacting you like this.
He cant go out?
Wait. I get it. You steal peoples hearts directly That might make things difficult. Extremely difficult. Hold on. Im thinking OK. Its a shame, but Im calling this deal off. Stop looking into Futaba Sakura.
Huh ? Did he just shut the whole operation down?
This doesnt make any sense Not only can Alibaba not go out, but he wont let us meet Futaba either?
Well, its none of our business now. We cant contact him anymore.
But what do we do about Medjed? We wont be able to get Alibaba to help us with them now.
Maybe they were just prankin us. They made that huge declaration, but they aint done nothing since. I bet we got em freaked out.
You mean they backed out because theyre afraid well change their hearts?
Yup. And now itd just make em look lame if they came out and apologized!
Thats stupid! Why are we pretending this makes any sense, let alone relying on the prospect?
I guess with Alibaba and Medjed outta the picture, can we just say this case is closed?
No! Because theyre not, at all!
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
...You do have a point. I guess it is safe for us to relax a little.
Makoto! Not you too!
Oh yeah, remember Kaneshiros Treasure? Prepare to have your minds blown! We got one hundred and fifty thousand yen out of it!
Thats awesome! We can really go all out with that kinda money!
Yeah! Lets make up for what happened at the fireworks festival! We gotta go eat something fittin for the Phantom Thieves worldwide debut!
Where would be good ?
Ooh, how bout sushi!? I could really go for some eel too!
The best method is to fill yourself on ginger before beginning to eat sushi. That is my master technique.
I just realized that the joke here is that he can only afford to eat ginger. Yusuke has like, one joke to his character.
You dont need to do that this time. Actually, definitely dont do it, OK?
Im all for sushi! Youre OK with that too, right?
Then its decided.
All right! Well go tomorrow night!
Music: Beneath the Mask
Now that I think about it calmly, its strange that they havent actually done anything yet. If their goal is to target the Phantom Thieves, they should want to be acting now, given our fame.
Huh. When you put it that way, it kinda makes me wonder too. Especially after they taunted us theatrically like that.
Yes. However, it would be best for us to come up with a countermeasure regardless.
I was thinking that too! I cant really put it into words though.
Hm, Yusuke is right. Im sorry for bringing this up. On the day before our celebration party too
Cheer up, Makoto! Well be eating sushi like kings tomorrow!
I hope one person in particular is on their best behavior. Ill refrain from saying who though.
...You better not be talking about me!
As of now, no one has stepped forward and identified themselves as part of the Phantom Thieves. With the identities of both sides shrouded in mystery, everyone is watching for what theyll do next.
We were starting to get popular. I want us to live up to everyones expectations, but these hackers...
So, were giving up on this whole Medjed/Alibaba/Futaba situation, which is kind of an anticlimax. Except not, because if you actually think its ending here, youre a damn fool.
The characters seem awful ready to ignore whats happening, and fail to think about several crucial questions, like:
- Who is Alibaba?
- What is their connection to Futaba Sakura?
- Why havent we seen or heard anything about Futaba once in the three and a half months weve been staying here?
- Is Sojiro abusing her?
- Why does she need a change of heart?
- Is she even eligible for a change of heart?
- What if Medjed hasnt given up?
- Will the sushi be delicious?