Part 25: Day 5: Turf (Part 2)Day 5: Turf (Part 2)
: Lets see that phone.
: Thanks. Its been responding to most of Shibuya.
: Ill have it fixed in a jiffy. Sit tight.
: Ah! Nekus phone, too. The camera.
: Right. Got it.
: Why did he do it? Why would he want me dead? Hes trying to jack Shibuya... Do I play into that? ...... Thats crazy. What could I do? I dont know how to jack a town! Then again... He made the pact with me. Did he kill me just so we could partner up? ...... If I want to ask, nows the time...
: Hmm? Whats this, now?
: When we first met, you said youd been watching me. What does that mean?
: ...... Ahh. So thats what this is all about.
: Ive always been able to see the UG.
: This is the freaky ability Hanekoma mentioned? Even when you were alive?
: Thats right. Lucky me, right? I saw things others couldnt. I knew about the Game here in Shibuya. I saw the Players. Reapers, Noise... The whole works.
: So you were watching me from the RG.
: When was that?
: Oh, years ago. So I became a regular at his shop, listening to his stories. The more he told me about the UG, the more I came to see its charm.
: What charm?
: Life for me was one giant bore. Just the same thing, day after day... Now THAT felt like death.
: So you...came here?
: Yeah. I decided I belonged in the UG.
: You want to be here? Fine.
: Really? Lets have a look.
: Oh? Where are you going?
: Just a little errand. Shops closed for today. Later, boys.
Hanekoma leaves, muttering these numbers...
: ...... Well, the trackers fixed. Shall we? Oh, before we do... Neku?
: My turn. I suffered through your questions, didnt I? Now I have one for you.
: What? You tell me, ass--
: No. ...Two more days. He wants me to play it that way? Fine. ...I dont know.
: Dont know? Is that even possible?
: My memory was the entry fee last Game. Most of its back, but...there are still a few holes. What about you?
: What? Ugh, nice.
: Im here because I want to be. End of story. Ready to go?
: The questions bounce right off him. I cant afford to get into a fight, though...
: ...Are you listening, Neku? The signals coming from the scramble crossing.
I don't think this pig gets past 9. It just gets erased too fast thanks to BBBB.
...What. But I just evolved a pin to get one of these. What is this.
Also there are new popguins about that I utterly forget to screenshot. I only realized this when I get to this shot of their drops.
: Cause I dont believe in hittin women an children.
: Why are you doing this?
: You stupid? Im a Reaper.
: Dont be silly. Reapers arent allowed to--
: Reapers aint allowed ta, Mommy! Wah wah wah! Shut it! This Reapers here to erase ya! Now bring it, yo!
: Yeah, and were all on standby. GMs orders. Leave the Players alone. You may be new, Freshmeat, but you cant just--
: Im special!
: Special op!?
: My, my! A rising star, are we?
: Thats right, Lolly. Twinkle twinkle.
: Ugh! Whyd he pick you? I have seniority!
: Beats me. Now you senior citizens can hobble off, aight?
: Aaargh! Cocky little punk!
: Cmon, girl, take it with dignity. Lets leave the kids in peace. Have fun, Freshmeat.
: Pfft, whatever. Aight, Phones, les dance!
I try fighting him on Hard now that I have BBBB but since I can't adjust the brand rankings he gets to live this time.
...And it's now you get this one?
: Beat, stop! You dropped--
: Ima drop YOU, hard!
: Thats... Hey! Low blow, man!
: You dropped it the other day, Beat.
: Yeah, sure. Now gimme it back! If you think you can use that to bargain, think again, yo! Ill pry it outta your cold, dead hands!
: No bargains! Here. Its yours.
: ...... ...Whyd you gimme it? We enemies, yo.
: Its important to you, isnt it?
Beat wanders off.
: ...Bye, Beat.
: Is the delinquent Reaper gone? Hmm... A special op...
: What about it?
: Oh, nothing. Lets go.
: Shibuyas full of his stuff, hmm? It must take a ton of time. Im surprised he keeps that silly café open.
: Huh? CAT opened a café? Where? In Shibuya?
: What!? Where the heck is it?
: Cat street, silly.
: NO WAY! Mr. Hanekoma!? Is CAT!? Whoa...whoa! OK, calm down.
: Hee hee. Ill try.
: He never does interviews in person. Hes never released any photos, either. I never even knew he was a he! Man... Mr. Hanekoma... I can see it, though. From the first time I saw him, I knew he was special.
: Hee hee. Im happy youre happy. Just dont tell him where you heard, hmm?
: I wont. So, if Hanekoma is CAT...
: Joshuas looking for the Composer. Hanekomas helping him. The Composer wouldnt be that dumb. Besides, Josh is too sharp not to notice. Guess I was over thinking things. CAT cant be the Composer.
: I still dont get why hes so popular. Its just street art.
: CATs work all follow a single, consistent aesthetic. And he keeps the quality up. Most important, his work speaks to people.
: I see.
: Thats tougher than it sounds.
: Is it? I bet youd have little trouble.
: Use your Player Pin.
: Whats this got to do with--
: If you know what people are thinking, its easy to grab them.
: It...it would be an advantage.
: Right. Why bother with talk? With sifting through the lies we all tell? You could talk till youre blue in the face and not hear the truth. And we all see things differently anyway.
: Its true. Were not mean to see eye to eye.
: Sure, people dont think alike. We dont know whats going through the other guys head. But we can TRY to find out, right? Expand our worlds through each other. Maybe thats a better way to go--the real way to enjoy each moment.
: You OK, Neku?
: Yeah, I could try to be CAT with this pin. But why? Wheres the enjoyment in that? Id rather broaden my world my own way.
: Who asked you!?
: Anyway, we really should make for the scramble. We may not be getting missions, but we still only have so much time.
: Him and his Composer hunt... Hes really serious? Kids crazy. Hes on his own.
I don't even know why I bother with this evolution.
Cyco Records in Udagawa starts offering this trade, but since I use Tin Pin Custom a lot, and the next day has a better way to get Tin Pin Wind, I don't bother.
Enough purchases at Wild Boar opens up this piece of fine art.
...Except I don't have adamantite.
And Shibu-Q Heads doesn't have Teketite to Adamantite, despite having this Adamantite to Orichalicum trade.
Also a trade for 10 Shadow Matter to a Dark Matter. It'll be ages before we see Shadow Matter.
I do buy some BRAVE+ for later.
and AMX has Junk Garage, which replaces Three Minutes Clapping as my menu music. Still waiting for Rush Hour...
: Its coming from--
: Wait a minute. You want to take on the Composer.
: Havent we been over this?
: Look, Im done with it. I have to win this Game. Im not taking on any more risks.
: ...... Fine. I wont ask you to get involved.
: ...... OK, but thats it.
: Hee hee. Youre so generous. The signals coming from the station underpass.
FROU-FROU GLITTERY LACY OUTFIT
...Well as close as I'm getting with Shibuya. At least I'm gettin' brand motherfuckers. Neku is one step closer to being a gothloli princess.
I think Jungle Boomers are the ones who drop this pin sometimes, but fuck me if I can actually remember where I get my shit half the time.
So I get one of its evolutions.
: Welcome to the Shibuya River.
: Since when is there a river here? Thats news to me.
: The Composers just ahead.
: Unless we get rid of that wall. Lets head back and gather more info.
: Gather it where? Who the helld know about this?
With nothing left to do and no Happycore Bats to fight for Bat, the pair leaves.
: For now.
: The same kind as before!
: Get ready!
Battle Video: Trance Rhino
I hate these motherfuckers and my only joy is that this is a timed battle so I don't have to chip away at its mighty 3,600 HP while it tears Joshua to pieces.
Also there's a bit of text and a cutscene in there.
Music: Emptiness And
Emptiness And is officially a bonus track on the OST, so no one has any coherent idea what the lyrics are. Doesn't help that it mixes English and Japanese lyrics, apparently.
: I told you, I hate working up a sweat.
: That was one helluva blast. No way a Player could do that. You dont see juice like that in the UG. You know, living folks arent allowed in the Game. That makes you a rule-breaker. I could erase you right now.
: But...I wont.
: Too much work.
: Not next time, though. Youll be erased before you know it. ...By Uzuki. Later!
: ...Whew. Lucky us, huh, Neku?
: Joshua... Was that true? Youre alive?
: Youre... But how can...
: Theres a loophole to everything. Sneaking in means I dont have a Player Pin, but such is life.
: So you just--
: Please, its not a big deal. We formed a valid pact. Were just like any other pair, Neku.
: Hmm? I didnt catch that.
: No, were not, you punk! How can you say youre the same as us? Youre alive! Youre here cause you want to be! Not us! I dont want to be here! Im not playing the Game for kicks, dammit!
: No, youre playing because you want to live again. You still get something out of this.
: You little bastard...
: Aww, Neku. You said you didnt remember! You sneaky little thing. So what if I did?