Part 12: Day 6: Inferiority/Superiority (Part 2)Day 6: Inferiority/Superiority (Part 2)
: Whats that guy mumbling about?
: I can feel time slipping through my fingers. Three more hours... Then Im gonna get the ax. So long, Makoto. Heh...
: Three more hours? Its noon now...so in three hours...itll be 3: 00! Hey! I think this guy might be the key!
Doesn't Japan use what Americans call "military time" and it would be 15:00 when the commercial happens?
T-talk, dammit! Why is she so quiet today?
: So, um, yeah... Lets scan him. OK?
Something I forgot to mention is that Shiki isn't saying much. Her usual battle talking is missing and the running dialogue is different. Normally she's all "we should run if it's too dangerous!" but now there's just an awkward silence.
: Catch the eye...Thats it! Hey! This must be our mission!
: ...... Really?
....... Think about it. The time matches up--3:00. And catching the eye... Eye? View? Same thing.
: But whats "Q Floor"?
: The one playing commercials? This is all starting to make sense!
: So dominating the scramble crossing view means getting the crowd here to watch that guys ad?
: It sure seems that way.
: ...... Thatll never happen. People look straight ahead when they cross. Or at their feet.
Then our mission is to get them to look UP. They have to see that ad.
: What do you think the ads for?
Like I know. ...Maybe he can answer that.
: Its all over. Im doomed...Trapped in the flaming wreckage of my own life...
Great. The Noise have a hold on him. You know what that means.
He's possessed by chump noise. It gets erasitized.
I should really buy Neku's safe landing. In fact I do at some point soon.
: But its my job to MAKE them the next big thing!
: That pin... It looks just like this one. This is what hes advertising? So maybe this is for the mission?
: Its just a regular old pin. No ones gonna watch an ad for it.
Thats for sure. But the guys a pro, right? Im sure hes at least got a plan.
: ...... OK! First, Im going to hand free pins out and fill Shibuya with walking billboards! Hmm...and to get peoples attention, I need some "hip" one-liners like that book suggested.
Uhh...no? Theyre going to think youre nuts.
: And pins arent exactly a hot topic to begin with. No ones going to take them.
: Wed better intervene.
Yes, those lines are memes. Compared to Shiki's mood the actual mission of Day 6 is goofy as hell.
: Sota? Like, this guy. Hes, like, talking to me?
: Scuse me?
: Got somethin' to say to my Nao?
: Like, he said he thinks Im cute... Right?
: Wr-wrong! I dont think that at all!
: What? You dont?
: Scuse me?
: Ahhh! No no no no, shes cute! But not...you know...ahhh!
It's trial-and-error to see which one is correct. I just happen to remember some of this.
: Scuse me?
: I mean...umm...My...my grandpa! Its my grandpa. Hes...hes all gnarly!
: F-from his arthritis! The poor man beats himself up because no one wears these pins. When I see his gnarly hands tremble with guilt, I... I just...Ohh, Grandpa! ......So, um... Would you do me a favor, and wear one of these pins for him?
: Whats your name?
: Its...Makoto Miki. Friends call me Mick.
: Mick... Youre a good man.
: Yeah! Like, that was totally moving?
: Handing out pins for your grandpa in the scramble... Thats aces, dawg.
: Like, I think Im in love?
: Well wear your pins. Itd be an honor.
: Hang in there, Mick. Well be rootin for you.
: Hope your granddaddy, like, cheers up?
: Who? Oh! M-me too...
We follow Mick to the center street entrance.
: Lemme guess, bro. You want me to make you one of my Slammurai... Right?
: Uh...I didnt--
: Dont be shy! Its cool! SLAM ON!!!
: No. Im not here to--
: Whats your favorite whammy?
(Mine's the hammer)
: What are you ranked?
: I...I...I dont know!
I suppose you have a hint from his use of "bro" here.
: Whats that pin?
: Oh, this?
: Yeah! Tell me where you got it!
: Whats its Attack?
: Uhh...unreal, bro?
: Seriously? How about its Defense?
: Unreal, bro!
: Whoa! BRO!!! You and me gotta battle. I want that pin!
Then there is a blinding flash of light!
Shooter is good at Tin Pin.
: ...hoooooo! I won, bro! Better practice up. Rely on pins alone...and youll never be a true Slammurai! Ill be taking that pin. YOINK!
: Huh? But... OK... It worked!
The last location is Spain Hill.
: Excuse me! ...... Cant he hear me? What now?
Come get some hot stuff video: Come get some hot stuff!
This is a large part of why I love this game.
Mick runs back to the scramble. We follow him.
Oh, come on. Handing out a few pins isnt going to ignite Shibuya. We better go after him.
: ...... Just...give it up.
: Ill never be...
: Hey! Whats gotten into you? Hey, what gives?
Shiki runs to the other side of the Scramble.
Youve been acting really weird today.
Its almost 3. We need to get moving, or well fail the mission.
: ...So what?
: Even if I finish the mission...win the Game... Even if I come back to life... Ill still just be me. What do I do...
What kind of question is that?
: ...... I thought Id changed. But Ill never change. Ill just go on hurting.
: Says who?
: ...... I was never pretty...or smart...
: I wanted to change, to be somebody else. ...... To be Eri.
: But it didnt work.
: I dont-- WHOA! Over there! Is that...you?
It seems to be
: Hey, why dont we head over there? Youve still go some time, right, Eri?
: Eri? What the...
: ...... What my entry fee was.
: My appearance. I gave up the way I really look.
: Your appearance? Then--
: Oh. Wow...
: When I got to the UG and I saw myself... I freaked.
: Yeah. I would, too.
: But it was a happy kind of freaked.
: Because this is what I always dreamed of--a new me. I hated who I was. All I wanted was to like myself.
...... Then why would the Reapers take your appearance? Your entry fee is suppused to be what you value most. But you just said you hate yourself.
: At first... I didnt get it either. I was so excited to be Eri that I even acted like her--all bubbly and cute. But it was just an act. Inside, nothing changed. Im still the same person Ive always been. Then I realized. Ill never be Eri. Deep down, I never wanted to be. I was just jealous.
: Eri has all the things I dont. Looks, brains, design sense. Lots of friends...I envied her. And now that Im inside her body, it just hurts even more.
: ...... All this time...shes been as confused as me.
: The truth is, Im scared! I keep trying to sound brave, saying we need to win the Game, but...
: Im scared of getting a second chance! What if its like the Reaper said? I dont want to come back to life it means being jealous of Eri all the time.
:......I dont want to be that person.
: What the--
: Looks like we cant relax yet. Listen. Were going to finish this mission. So promise youll focus on that for now. OK?
: ...... All right.
Murasame hit level 3 somewhere in there, finally letting me clear the last gate. I think about now Shiki starts talking in battles again.
Oh yeah, he gives more leather.
And I climb another tier of Shockwave pins.
: Hey, Mick.
: Its work. Im going to lose my job. I was supposed to make these pins a sensation. I gave away a whole bunch for free. But they just wont take off.
: Aw, Mick, you cant be serious.
: All right, listen. Youve done good business for me, so Ill give it to you straight. Your pins wont take off, because youre ignoring the trends. Handing out samples doesnt make something popular.
: Hmm. True... So then how do I change the trends?
: Lots of ways.
: If people saw you wearing the pin... Right...
: OK. Ive gotta run. Press date. Take care, Mick. You can do it.
: Thanks! Ill try! Hmm... Trends, eh? OK! If the Prince can do it, so can I! Time to put this pin on and start a revolution!
This guy is certifiable...
: ...But think about it. Neku, if you put the pin on and we fought some battles, we might be able to change the trends.
: How do you figure?
: Rhyme and I got to talking.
: Even though the RG people cant see us?
: Yeah. Weird, huh?
: All right... Lets give it a try.
Well now Gatito has fallen to 2nd place by the natrual flow of trends. Such is life.
While Crawler is an annoying psych, Sweet Talk Tether and Ice Riser pick up enough of the slack that these battles aren't too bad.
: Huh? Where?
: There. The one that guys got on.
: Oh yeah! Very nice. Wonder where they sell em.
: Whoa... People keep looking at me and smiling. Am I... I couldnt be...trendy!? Wow. The Prince was right!
: It worked.
: So the pins we wear in combat do change whats popular in the RG.
: Uh-huh. But that guy seems to have his own theory.
: Get ready, 104! Your trend-god cometh!
...... Hes kind of a tool, huh?
Battle video: walking backwards
The World Ends With You handles negatives by just rolling with them. In this case, crawler and the bigbansprog are reducing Neku's movement speed to negatives, so he's moving backwards.
More random praise.
: Now that the word is out, I just need to wait for the ad to run. Back to the crossing!
: Well, we did it.
: Did we?
: Hey, we gave it our best shot. Lets just cross our fingers.
: ...... Neku... Umm... Im sorry. If we fail, and it turns out to be my fault for slowing us down...
: ...... No big deal. We all, umm...
: Neku... Thanks.
: Hey, its her.
: ...... Actually... Im thinking about giving it up.
Yeah, since they have the same form Eri uses Shiki's expressions. I will attempt to differentiate between the two and mitigate confusion by providing transitional screenshots, but if that isn't enough, remember that Eri is always talking with Mina, and Shiki is always talking with Neku.
: What! Why? Youre so talented!
: Eri, why... ......
: If you want to know, scan her.
: What? I cant do that! Shes my friend. I cant eavesdrop on her thoughts!
: Why not? Youve scanned tons of people.
: Eri, why would you give design up?
: Neku... I have to go!
Shiki channels Hopkins FBI and runs back to the scramble.
: I didnt want to hear Eri talk about me. I was afraid.
: I never had her talent... I guess she finally got fed up and--
: Oh, would you cut the crap? Who ARE you?
: Youre you. Youre not Eri. Youll never be Eri. Youll only ever be you.
: But shes so much better--
: Forget her! You need to live your own life. If she can do it, so can you. All that matters is you try.
: Youre lucky youre jealous.
: ......Youre right. Thanks, Neku.
: Its time. The commercials about to air.
: Sooo nervous... Will people watch?
: Dont worry. Theyll watch.
: That pin. Who designed it? It looks like--
: Hey, cool graphic.
: I never wear pins. But this one...
: Where can I buy it?
: Hey, youre off the clock.
: This girl, Shiki--Im nothing without her.
It's really awkward managing mugshots when you have two people who look the same.
: Yeah, you said that. What, did you two have a fight?
: A fight? I wish.
: Oh...Im so sorry.
: No one else could ever make my outfits. Shiki gave them life. Made them real.
: You must have trusted her a lot.
: I did! She was an amazing person. She cared about people--and always noticed the little things. If I missed something in my design, Shiki always picked up the slack. And her stuffed animals! I wouldnt know where to begin. She had a sharp eye, skilled hands. Motivation.
: All the things I dont have.
: The way you talk about her, she must have been something.
: ...... The day before her accident... I said something Ill always regret.
: She was upset cause she couldnt come up with a good design. I wanted to cheer her up
: But I think I really hurt her feelings. I planned to apologize the next day...but I never saw her again.
: ...... Shes still my best friend. Even now. I want her back,
: Guess you two both need each other.
: Neku...You think Im OK the way I am?
: Hey, Shibuyas got room for all types. Who else is gonna make stuffed piggies?
: Hes a cat! Heh heh... Neku... I want to see Eri again. So we can be a team. Im ready for a second chance!
Meanwhile in an ominous, half-lit room...
: Three Players remain. Tomorrow I shall ice them personally.
: I look forward to it. See this weeks Game through to its conclusion, and your promotion to Game Master is assured.
: As your proxy, sir, I promise you I will not fail.
: You know, enough with this "proxy" business. Too formal. I hereby grant you full GM privileges. Youve proven you can handle it.
: Sir! You are far too kind! I will check in again after tomorrows repast.
Meanwhile again, in Hanekoma's cafe...
: Yo, theres gotta be a way.
:......THEY know. They gotta know! Yo, I am done sittin here collectin dust!
Meanwhile AGAIN, back at the Scramble...
: I just hope they can pull it off. ......Back to the café, I guess. Beat must be starving by now.
<@OFSheep> Somehow, this update alone accounts for about 1/6th of the images in my image folder.
<Wulfolme> do it in limerick form
<Wulfolme> challenge yourself
<@OFSheep> There once was a man who was quite gruff
<@OFSheep> and from his head showered dandruff
<@OFSheep> He turned to his girl
<@OFSheep> let his pants unfurl
<@OFSheep> and bellowed, "Come get some hot stuff!"