Part 97: 8/30-8/31: Gone FishingPart 95: 8/30-8/31: Gone Fishing
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
This isnt a time for jokes.
Youre no fun, Mishima.
That old couple is so afraid of the threats that they dont even want to open their theater. Anyway, our target is a guy named Yasuo Jochi. Lets drive him off and save that old couple!
Hm, there might have been a change in Mementos because of all the Medjed stuff. If you want to go, now would be the right time! Lets discuss with everyone at the hideout.
I had a really strange dream Its probably just exhaustion.
That kind of move tends to anger your opponent. Once provoked, they act very aggressively.
That doesnt seem like a bad move to me, but I suppose you speak from experience.
Plus, once you get the opponent that mad, its almost impossible to turn the situation around. I cant tell you how many times Ive-- No, never mind.
Music: Tokyo Daylight
Their sales had fallen because of Medjed, but they came right back.
Hmm. Well, thats nice. But Medjed only acted because the Phantom Thieves appeared, right? Its only natural they fix this.
Were getting lots of messages of support for our topic today, Thank You, Phantom Thieves. Phantom Thieves are the best! Id die for the Phantom Thieves! Our phones are ringing non-stop!
So people think theyre big-time heroes. I wonder how long thisll last.
Forever, baby! Only getting bigger!
What can I tell you? You dont have the right to evict me, and Ive always had my business here.
Come now, dont use such a nasty word like evict. Its more like an upgrade to a better location. Whats not to like? The money Ive offered you should be more than enough.
Its not a question of money. Weve grown attached to this area
...Listen up, you old coot. You better take the goddamn offer or well stop playing nice.
No one comes to this run-down movie theater. Just go out of business already. Besides, when a buildings this old, it wouldnt be unusual for it to catch on fire, would it? Our patience is wearing thin. Think it over one more time with that thick head of yours.
We need to deal with this guy quickly. Lets meet at the hideout soon.
Wow, everyones really into the Phantom Thieves. Theyve been talking about it on TV, too.
Kotaro and I are friends, so were in the Phantom Thieves together, right?
Thats right. But dont push him too hard, OK? We should stop taking him on these walks
Aww. Listen kid, I declare you an honorary Phantom Thief. That may sound lame but being a real Phantom Thief kinda sucks, its better this way.
Next thing were going to do is save the game and go to Mementos, because its the very last Heat Wave day in the game and I want to show off the unique dialogue.
I I think itll have an effect on Mementos *pant*
What type of change would that have though?
I guess something to do with heat? I dont know exactly
The hells that supposed to mean?
I guess well just have to go see for ourselves.
Getting into a fight from here reveals that Heat Wave will sometimes afflict the enemy Shadows with Burn.
We immediately reload our save from there and head back, because we have the one thing worse than Mementos in store for us today...
Music: Everyday Days
These are all the prizes we can get with various amounts of points from catching fish. The Boilie is all bait, the rods make it easier to reel the fish in probably, and the Black Robe and Black Rock can be fused with Personas. The Shock Charm nulls Shock, natch, and the Soul Vest is a top-class armor item that increases SP by 20. We wont be getting it, because thats a lot of points!
The attendant gives us 7 Small Boilie to start.
We can only catch small fish with our current bait.
Its a slightly different system than P4 used, where now we have to land the bait in front of a specific fish to catch it. Its also a lot worse!
Theres some decent-sized fish in the pond today, but we can only catch the ones so small you can barely see them in this picture!
We get a bite within about twenty seconds. This is by far the fastest I will get a bite all day.
Hold the button down, when its in the red, simple.
Oh boy, look at that whopper!
Six fish later...
It took me about ten minutes to catch seven fish. If that seems low, know that it felt like thirty. This experience with fishing is by far the worst, most tedious experience Ive had with this game. Really, I just wish there were more fishing minigames like Okamis if they have to exist at all.
Nice job. I know this was just for fun, but it seems like you actually managed to boost your Proficiency.
Maaku gets Proficiency +1. Fucking +1 for that. We are never coming back here.
He gives us 3 Medium Boilie.
We buy four more with the points we have and fuck off, hopefully forever.
Music: Beneath the Mask
The Phantom Thieves shocked the world by silencing a globally notorious hacktivist group. Their popularity goes beyond our own borders, with foreign media following them closely as well. Many are heralding them as dark heroes and gentlemen thieves for a new age.
Whoa This is getting pretty crazy. So the whole world knows about us!
All anyone talks about anymore is the Phantom Thieves-- who they are, whether theyre good or bad Startin to give me a headache
Yup. I wonder why though. Does Morgana know anything?
I dont know I dont even remember how I first learned about Mementos
I see Then theres no way for us to find out.
It will likely become clear if we continue as the Phantom Thieves. The most important thing now is the identity of that criminal using the Metaverse.
That might be the person who killed my mom! Im gonna find them, no matter what it takes.
You know, we used to be lacking in quite a few areas But now that we have Futaba helping us, a great number of possibilities are now available.
Yes, we gained a fantastic addition to our team in the most unexpected manner.
Aw, youre making me blush!
Well be counting on you, Futaba!
This feels way better than having some dumb cat guide us!
I know Morganas really just getting what he deserves, but I cant help feeling sorry for him anyway.
Ummm do you remember what happened last time? That man, Chairman Fukurai, visited me If you have some time, can you stick around and chat for a bit?
OK lets go somewhere else.
By somewhere else you meant, that bench across the street.
But Ive decided: Im going to tell you everything about Fukurai-san. As well as the real reason why I decided to leave my village
I already told you about how it was a small, traditional town tucked away in the mountains, right? Well when I was young, I predicted a major earthquake. The villagers revered me a messenger of God But when I kept predicting disasters, they started blaming me for everything. They said I was cursed, a monster So I locked myself away. People would still come by to throw stones through the window though Things went on like that for some time until one day, an angry mob came and burned the house down.
Well, that escalated!
Thats why I decided to come to Tokyo after graduating high school. I wanted to change my fate I didnt know anyone, but I needed money so I took the first job I could find at a small night club I found myself surrounded by dangerous people but thats when Fukurai-san approached me. Hes a psychic too, you know.
For some reason, I doubt that.
He knew from a mere glance that I was a runaway who had just come to Tokyo. Then once I told him why I decided to leave my village, he immediately invited me to join up with the ADP. That was when he gave me the moniker of the Maiden of Relief. He told me that I possessed a divine power to save others from misfortune That I could become more than the monster people saw me as. I broke down the moment he said that. Hahaha Deep down, I knew all along that the Holy Stones didnt have any powers But I thought I might be able to save people, even though I was a monster. Or perhaps because I was a monster So the truth is, I was only ever selling those Holy Stones for my own personal benefit ...Im a terrible person, huh?
I never thought you would overturn even that fate, Hamiru-san
Im going to expose the chairmans fraudulent activities and wake the other members up to the truth! Thank you so much for listening to me today If theres ever anything you need to talk about, Id be glad to return the favor, Hamiru-san.
I can sense a strong resolve from Chihaya...
Okay, Affinity Reading is huge. Its the entire reason weve been blitzing through Chihayas Confidant. Why, you may ask? Well, it lets us add Confidant points to any Confidant we choose, whenever we want. Now, there are other ways to add points on days a Confidant might not be normally available, but critically, this is the only one that doesnt spend any time. Thats right, there are no other ways to add points without spending a time block (well, there's technically one other, but it's much more limited in availability), which makes Affinity Reading crucial for adding points in between ranks. Its worth noting that the actual amount of points added are rather small, and we can only do it once a day, and it still costs 5,000 yen. However, its still an amazing skill that will drastically reduce the amount of time we have to waste on Confidants that arent ready to rank up, if not to zero then pretty close to it. Besides, with Money Reading and Narikin, money will probably never be a serious issue again.
Now that I think about it though, just saying the Holy Stones are powerless wont convince people. The ADP holds what they call seminars for believers but its really just brainwashing. Thats why everyone thinks theyll be unhappy without a Holy Stone. Honestly, I dont hold any sway there, even though Im the Maiden of Relief Just who is the chairman ? Let me think it over some more. We can talk further next time. Well, thank you again for today!
Music: Beneath the Mask
We cant leave this be !
Well, this is truly our time to shine!
Didnt answer my question!
Though this scoundrel has the same power as us, theyre triggering peoples mental shutdowns If they truly exist, who can stop them? ...Only us. This is getting interesting!
Weve got a new addition to the team, so its time I flex my veteran skills!
Anon: Such annoying marketing
Anon: Im totally sold now
Anon: I have to accept it now
Music: Beneath the Mask (Instrumental Version)
What could it be?
Music: Break it Down
Of course. Not only can Futaba go out now, but your summer breaks almost over. We gotta do something.
I asked especially for sushi. You better be thankful. This place is supposed to be super delicious too.
Man, that thing never stops meowing, does it?
Theres no way theyd let us in with a cat in tow. Sorry, but its gonna have to be a no.
I do feel sorry for it though Well, I guess I dont mind bringing some sushi home.
He knows me so well! Lets see. I want some medium-fat tuna, fatty tuna, salmon roe, anago, and, and Oh, are you gonna be able to remember all this? You might want to take notes.
Futaba is just shoveling sushi into her mouth.
Dont wolf it down like that. No ones gonna take your food.
Futaba begins to choke.
What did I tell you ? Drink some tea.
Huh? ...Restrooms? Theyre that way.
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
Back in the day, she, her mother, and I used to go eat out often This brings back memories I had completely forgotten about it too
Welp, time to resume.
Hm? Youre still going to eat?
Im all full. Im throwing in the towel!
Which is it ?
Comin right up!
That sushi was so good Todays was pretty good too. I hope the three of us can come again sometime.
When should we do this again? I wish she could have had todays sushi too I want to find out what happened to Mom I wont forgive the guy who triggered her mental shutdown. So, you better help me out.
Welp, looks like Im covering it after all. Dont worry Sojiro, I piss 120,000 yen out of my penis.
Looks like we wont be getting sushi to go.
Music: Wicked Plan
Huh ? Wait, wheres my sushi? Wheres my fatty tuna ? Wheres my anago ?
If only Sojiro had more money.
So thats why...
This fuckin cat is taking it from all sides lately. Its hilarious.
Oooh, washing down our sushi with some ramen? That sounds stylish, but we can do that another time.
Youre a nice guy. OK, its late so lets just meet there! I know how to ride the train after that trip to the beach, so I can get there fine. Well then, Ill be waiting.
Wait, were meeting in Akihabara? Is Futaba really going to be OK? Wed better get over there.
New spot unlocked.
Music: Home Electronics Store
Is she not here ? Try checking around.
Futaba is scared and crying talking to a cop? Weve taught her well.
Hey, over there...
Did you run away from home? Whats wrong, little girl?
Music: My Homie
That looks bad! What are you gonna do!?
Yeah, hurry up!
Youre not lying, are you?
S-Sorry I thought I conquered my fears back at the beach
There wasnt anyone I knew with me, so I panicked. Felt like my heart was gonna pop I got so scared all by myself then I just sorta curled up into a ball Then all these people started staring at me and the police came and then it was all over
Look, Futaba. If youre ever in trouble, just call Maaku.
You dont have to. Urgh Couldnt even go buy a game by myself. Im a failure
But Im OK outside as long as its with Maaku. ...Is he some kinda key item?
Im not okay with being objectified like this.
Ill try and get better at navigation if you do!
Yeah, a deal! That good with you?
I should accompany Futaba when she goes out from now on...
Music: Interrogation Room
We also know that this wouldve been impossible unless you had a skilled hacker ...Who was doing this!?
You know. You know the answer to this. I TOLD YOU.
Music: The Spirit
This is one of many holdovers from Rises skillset in Persona 4 Golden, and while Id argue Futaba isnt quite as broken as Rise was due to the lack of one specific skill, this is still a ludicrous thing to give for the first rank of Futabas Confidant. Well go into what exactly it can do next time we go into Mementos or a Palace, just know that this thing isnt balanced at all.
Anyway, the Hermit arcana represents introspection and inner guidance, as well as isolation and withdrawal from society when reversed. Its about what youd expect for a card called Hermit.
Music: Whats Going On?
Need. Buy. Game.
...Werent you bawling your eyes out just a second ago?
Yeah, but I have my key item now! Victory conditions met! Cmon, lets roll!
Music: Break it Down (Elp Version)
What!? Thats incredible, Futaba.
I just hope you can keep that up. Maybe youll even be able to go to high school someday.
...Well, thats enough of that. I bet youre exhausted after dealing with all those people, huh? Lets get you to bed. (to Maaku) Hey, were gonna head back.
Sojiro and Futaba walked home
Music: Beneath the Mask
Aw, youre making me blush.
Im not talking about you!
No, this is definitely thanks to Futaba silencing Medjed.
Right? This shits like, the perfect motivation! Everyones got high expectations of the Phantom Thieves. Lets make sure theyre answered!
On top of all that, this case has shed light on something important.
You mean that criminal. Well I suppose at this point we can refer to them as the one behind the mental shutdowns.
Thats the one who killed my mom
We cant leave them be. Lets talk more in detail about this tomorrow at school.
Wait, what the hell!? School starts tomorrow!? Youve gotta be joking.
Why would she joke about something like that ?
I thought we had another week! I didnt do any of my homework! Eh, I guess its fine. Its not like itll kill me or anything.
I hope you understand what will happen if you dont do it.
So I gotta pull an all-nighter tonight? Gimme a break
Looks like Ryujis gonna end up getting punished for sure.
Maybe for you.
Tons of people have been accessing the forum too.
Are you curious? Itll send peoples wishes directly to you guys! Well, I hope youre excited. Itll be up and running tomorrow.
For as much of a dweeb Mishima is, the times you get to fuck with him are some of the best parts of this game.
Why? Were both going on the school trip. In any case, look forward to the new function. Im sure itll be exciting!
Akihabara is a famous tourist spot. The chaotic atmosphere there is really something.
Im actually really into retro games, and I always visit the used game stores in Akihabara. I always get excited when I find an old game console at antique shops, haha.
Thats easy for you to say, you werent editing fifteen updates in a row of fucking nothing happening.
Fine, itd be kind of overkill if they let us out today after the sushi trip and going to Akihabara.
Music: Aria of the Soul
*chuckle* It seems youve formed a contract with another new ally. ...This is the owner of quite a different type of power. It will help guide you all to further heights as thieves.
*chuckle* Worry not. You are steadily approaching the realization of your goal. This is not necessarily to prove so, but I shall increase the number of Personas you can hold at once. From here on, your tale will make great progress Hone your powers even further, and prepare for the time that will soon come. ...I expect great things from you.
Finally, we get our last upgrade to our Persona stock. Now that we at last have 12, it strongly lessens the stress of having to meddle with our Personas for resistances or matching arcanas for Confidants. Even a meager upgrade is good because the Persona limit can feel very stifling, especially in comparison to the mainline SMT games, which let you carry like forty demons at once.
...Until we meet again.
It is time, Inmate. Return to your world.