Colors Flying High - Let's Play Persona 5 Royal

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timrodresized: We’ve seen the rise of John Persona, and now it’s time to see the fall. Welcome to the penultimate arc of the base game.

Morgana: “Bless that girl, worrying about others even at a time like this…”

Morgana: “…”

Morgana: “I wish we could prove our innocence, but we can’t afford to make a dumb mistake and get ourselves caught. We’ll just have to keep laying low and wait. Let’s not do anything conspicuous, okay?”

timrodresized: There’s almost no way Hashino didn’t steal this from somewhere.

timrodresized: So okay, he doesn’t know who John Persona is… but he knows the name John Persona, which only the people in John Persona know or use.

Morgana: “Mishima really does get some amazing info for us sometimes… our reputation may have taken a hit after Okumura’s death, but we can still prove our justice in Mementos.”

timrodresized: Today’s the day we actually do Yusuke’s Rank 10, but we’ve already seen that.

timrodresized: Sojiro’s Rank 7 requires that you have maxed out Kindness. Please remember this fact for the end of this event.

Sojiro: “…Hm? You look like you have something to say.”

timrodresized: And what I have to say is “Shit, I forgot to get a matching Persona, better go get one.” Unfortunately, we were full up, so I had to fuse away a useless Regent I got because I forgot Baal is an Emperor Persona.

Returning Persona: Power

Origin: Judeo-Christianity

First Appearance: Shin Megami Tensei I

Order of angels responsible for keeping history and maintaining knowledge of philosophy and theology.

timrodresized: I then grab the cheapest Persona I can find and go.

Futaba: “Uncle’s bank info, transaction history, credit details… I’ve got tons of dirt on him!”

Sojiro: “…How’d you get your hands on this stuff?”

Futaba: “Hacking, of course! Uncle’s in loads of debt! He’ll never win a suit against us now that we have all this data!”

Sojiro: “This is a criminal offense, you idiot! There’s no way we’d be able to use this stuff in court!”

timrodresized: Is Sojiro the first person to call out all the blatantly illegal shit people do in this game?

Futaba: “But…”

Sojiro: “I’ve known all along how badly in debt he is. He’s not gonna try and take custody back, so don’t go doing stupid crap like this, okay?”

Futaba: “But Sojiro…! I-I only did it 'cause of all that stuff he said to you!”

Sojiro: “About that… I’ve been thinking. When push came to shove, I wasn’t there to help you. So, you know… maybe there’s somewhere better for you out there…”

Futaba: “S-Somewhere better…? Am I not supposed to be here…? Am I just in the way…?”

Sojiro: “No, that’s not it…”

Futaba: “You can just stay here and play with your stupid coffee beans!”

Sojiro: “Makes sense though… you’re the ones who saved her, after all. …Where did I go wrong?”

Sojiro: “I really did try to care for Futaba… look where that got me though. I told myself she was the reason I kept making Wakaba’s curry here… but deep down, I think that was just an excuse to stay distant…”

Sojiro: “At the end of the day, the coffee and the curry people love so much are both just… excuses.”

Sojiro: “Yeah… I mean, I spent more time in this cafe than I ever did trying to talk to Futaba… I’m gonna go out for a smoke, try to cool off a bit. Sorry to lay this on you, but can you go after Futaba for me?”

Futaba: “Y’know, Mom used to talk about Sojiro tons when I was little. How good he was at making curry, how interesting he was to talk to… I remember everything.”

Futaba: “I even remember how she smiled when she talked about him… Mom really liked Sojiro…”

Futaba: “I said some real mean stuff tonight. It’s not his fault Mom’s incident happened… it’s not his fault I shut myself away from the world. And because of me… Sojiro lost a crapton of money…”

Futaba: “I thought I’d be able to stay here with him if my hacking worked…”

Futaba: “Yeah… yeah, you’re right.”

Futaba: “Mm-hm…”

Sojiro: “Look, I’m sorry about what I said just now. And well… if it’s okay with you… I want you to stay here, forever.”

Futaba: “Forever…”

timrodresized: You’d think this would be a problem given the whole tomb thing.

Sojiro: “I know it might be more fun living with people your age like Akira… but I’ll do my damnedest to see things from your perspective. So… will you stay with me?”

Sojiro: “H-Hey… quit your laughing! sigh You’re as exhausting as ever.”

Futaba: “Hey, Sojiro. I know I’ve caused you a lot of trouble… but I really do wanna be here. So, let’s keep living together.”

Sojiro: “Futaba…”

Futaba: “Sorry for not saying that sooner. Oh, and… thanks for taking in someone as horrible as me.”

Sojiro: "…Are you sure I’m good enough?

Futaba: “I wouldn’t want anyone else.”

Sojiro: “Heh, no hesitation… don’t come complaining to me if you regret it. …Actually, I’m not gonna let you regret it. If you ever need help, just tell me. I might not be graceful… but I’ll be there to protect you.”

Sojiro: “And you can stay with me for as long as you’d like. Forever, if you want.”

Futaba: “Mm-hm, I will. …Forever. I can’t wait to keep living with you too, Akira!”

Sojiro: “I didn’t stand up for Wakaba when I knew something was off… and I didn’t stand up for you either. Instead, I went on and on about how you can’t fight back against the laws of our society…”

timrodresized: I feel like Hashino wrote this scene without knowing which confidant it was going to be part of, and then just flipped a coin and landed on Sojiro.

Sojiro: “How you should just accept the hand you’re dealt in life… but those were mere excuses I made to keep myself in line. They gave me the easy way out I wanted so badly…”

Sojiro: “Maybe instead of all that coffee crap, I should’ve been teaching you not to make the same mistakes I did. There I go, ranting again. But… I feel like I managed to put a lot behind me today.”

timrodresized: Sojiro: “Instead of all that coffee crap, I should’ve taught you THE BLADE” and then out comes the katana.

Sojiro: “…Thanks, for making me realize what’s really important in life.”

Sojiro: “All right, I better head home too. Don’t stay up too late, okay? I don’t want you oversleeping.”

timrodresized: Remember how I said at the start of this event that you need maxed-out Kindness for Sojiro’s Rank 7? Yeah, we get useless Kindness points even though there’s no way you could use them at this point.

Sojiro: “…Hey, you good to talk?”

Sojiro: “Don’t know how it took me so long when we’ve been so close, but… I finally had a normal conversation with her. How do I say this… it feels like we’re a real family now. Not just pretending to be one.”

Sojiro: “And that’s only because you helped us connect, so… thanks for that.”

Sojiro: “A real dad, huh…? Sounds corny as hell, but I can’t deny it. Heh… what am I doing? Calling some guy up and rambling about my feelings… eh, but I guess you’re not exactly an ordinary guy yourself.”

Shinya: “The games are on me today… just be sure to keep up.”

timrodresized: As a heads-up, we’re intentionally fucking up the answers in this event.

Shinya: “Don’t worry, I have a lot of money on me today! Now, let’s get to it! Get into your stance!”

timrodresized: This game came out years before YIIK did, but even then this was a poor choice of shirt.

timrodresized: And here we have Shinya in some kind of half-Jojo pose. I like to think the cutscene director saw the script for this cutscene and was like “Fuck it, I’m gonna day-drink. No one can stop me!”

Shinya: “…The King.”

Shinya: “I didn’t take it, I earned it. That money is for my war fund, to help me get stronger.”

Shinya: “Sh-Shut up!”

timrodresized: Mom says it’s my turn rule the weak!

Shinya: “If you want your money back, you’ll have to beat me!”

Shinya: “A bad guy…? Me…? R-Really? Even though I’m strong?”

timrodresized: I like that he’s undergoing his own JRPG protagonist arc while Joker sits there silently.

Shinya: “I’m not a bad guy… am I…?”

Shinya: “No I’m not… I mean, I won… I got stronger, just like the Phantom Thieves did… so how am I… the bad guy?”

Shinya: “…I guess I…I already knew that… I felt bad, even when I was winning. I won’t do it again… I don’t wanna be a bad guy.”

Shinya: “…Thanks. Hey… um… do you… hate me now?”

timrodresized: This is a wrong answer. The correct choice is the middle one. I was kind of hesitant on doing this now that I know what’s going on, but the problem is that Shinya has a very specific unique event that gives us a thing for Joker’s room.

timrodresized: The trigger for it is to either be Rank 6 and do it on several dates in late October, or be Rank 9 and do it on 11/3. Because of how many cutscenes October has, we can’t hit Rank 9 by that point.

timrodresized: What’s really dumb about the whole thing is that most of the other unique events that give you a room decoration happen after Rank 10 and don’t involve purposely fucking up answers. They could’ve fixed this in Royal, but we all know what Atlus’s motto regarding anything that might cost money is.

Shinya: “…Sorry. I promise that I won’t do that again… So please don’t hate me… Sorry. I promise that I won’t do that again. So please don’t hate me…”

Shinya: “The Phantom Thieves are strong because they defeat strong enemies, right? Beating up on weak opponents… that’s bullying… that’s what bad guys do. I was wrong.”

Shinya: “Thanks, Kurusu-san… I wouldn’t have realized this on my own.”

timrodresized: This as as many down shots as we’re going to get.

Shinya: “I’m gonna head home now. I need to think about what I did… I’ll see you later… bye.”

Shinya: “Hey, Kurusu-san, where did I go wrong…? I just wanted to be strong like the Phantom Thieves, but somehow I turned into a bad guy without even noticing…”

Shinya: “The more I thought about everything, the more scared I got… Kurusu-san… are you sure you aren’t gonna hate me?”

timrodresized: This is another intentional wrong answer. The correct option is the top one.

Shinya: “Oh…! Yeah, you are! Haha… I won’t make the same mistake ever again. Trust me, big brother. Phew… I feel a little better after talking to you.”

Shinya: “Thanks, Kurusu. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Okay, I’m gonna hang up now. See you at the arcade!”

timrodresized: Tonight, we have Iwai’s last confidant rank before we have to take his Mementos request.

Iwai: “While you and Kaoru were over at that diner, I was out gettin’ info from a reliable source of mine. Turns out I guessed right. Tsuda was the one on the other end of that Hong Kong mafia deal.”

Iwai: “Apparently he paid them off for a huge arsenal of guns. This is where things start gettin’ interestin’ though… if he was smugglin’ all that shit in, why would he come to me askin’ for modified guns?”

Iwai: “I mean, don’t somethin’ about that seem off to you?”

Iwai: “Right? That piece of shit’s tryin’ to lord his position over me… but he ain’t got shit now! What I’m really sayin’ here is… I don’t think those Hong Kong guys ever delivered on their end of the deal. They prolly just took his money and flat-out stiffed him on the guns.”

timrodresized: And this is where we reach the part of Iwai’s confidant where Hashino realizes he’s written himself into a corner. This plot would make sense if Iwai was actually running guns - but he’s not.

Iwai: “Masa told me somethin’ real weird back when you and Kaoru were over at the diner though. Apparently, the clan’s been treatin’ that Hong Kong transaction like some kinda massive business success.”

Iwai: “That means Tsuda’s been lyin’ to em this whole time… and now he’s tryin’ to use me to cover up his mistake.”

timrodresized: But HOW? I mean, what’s he going to do, show up with a bunch of airsoft guns and hope no one notices or tries to fire one? This is why defanging shit is dumb, because it forces ass-pulls like this.

Iwai: “Yup. Everyone’s always known he’s one sneaky son of a bitch. …Don’t matter now though. Everything’s gonna change once I tell the clan what’s up. Tsuda’s not gonna be able to keep intimidatin’ me anymore.”

Iwai: “And I’ll make sure Kaoru won’t get labeled, like I was. He’ll be a regular, respectable adult. Somethin’ I coulda never even dreamed of…”

timrodresized: It’s funny because I know there’s at least one Yakuza game where the protagonist goes directly to a guy’s patriarch - Kiryu does it in Yakuza 3 if I remember right, and I think Ichiban does it in Yakuza 7.

Iwai: “Hey, I got a favor to ask you. If anythin’ happens to me, take care of Kaoru, okay? …Okay?”

Iwai: “Prolly. I know he’d be able to get rid of me no problem without a witness there, but I’ve gotta put an end to this. Besides, nobody would wanna… wait a sec. I’ve got you.”

Iwai: “I want you to come talk to Tsuda with me. He’s not gonna dare lay a finger on a civilian kid. It’d cause way too many complications for him. If you come as my witness, things’ll be miles safer.”

timrodresized: I mean, not really, given that the yakuza captains in the Yakuza games kill civilians all the time, since the whole “honor code” thing is just a veneer to keep the low-level guys in line.

Iwai: “…All right then. It’s settled. Oh, and lemme think of a reward. Gotta thank you for the info, and for bein’ my witness. How 'bout I work even harder on that special menu? That should be good for you, yeah?”

timrodresized: This ability sucks. What it unlocks are “stronger” versions of the existing customizations that boost one stat more in exchange for lowering another.

timrodresized: I tried it with Joker’s pistol, and it adds something like 100 attack while cutting the accuracy to 50%. It’s a garbage trade-off.

Iwai: “Well, I’ll hit you up when it’s time. Let’s do this, kid. Thanks for today.”

Iwai: “But I’m obviously gonna look out for you. If it comes down to it, I’ll personally take responsibility for protecting you. But considering who we’re dealin’ with… we can’t afford to take any chances.”

Iwai: “Heh… you really do have guts. But guts alone isn’t enough to get by in this world. Remember, nothin’s that simple. …Look, I know I shouldn’t be getting a minor dragged into this shit. But you’re the only one I can rely on…”

Morgana: “Haru… she’s the one who should be in pain right now, yet she’s still trying to cheer us up…”

timrodresized: There’s a new thing in the crane game we can win.

timrodresized: The guide tells us to do this, and I’m telling you don’t. The capsule machine gives one of… I think five or six figures, which can be traded to a guy off to the right for… worthless fucking garbage.

timrodresized: If you get the Girimehkala figurine, you can trade it to the guy in Kichijoji for a sword for Morgana.

timrodresized: Other than that, today’s going to look a lot like the last two days. We’re doing Futaba’s confidant in the morning and then switching to Iwai at night for his Mementos request.

Futaba: “But before that, there’s something I wanna show you, Akira. Come to my room.”

Futaba: “See, everything on here is marked off as being done. But that’s kinda… wrong. There was one promise I lied about doing… one promise I never actually finished.”

timrodresized: What Futaba’s saying is that she’s a Nippon Ichi protagonist.

Futaba: “It was ‘get along with Kana-chan’. This all started back when I was in elementary school. I used to get bullied pretty hard for how weird I was…”

Futaba: “The other kids always accused me of cheating because I’d get perfect scores on my tests. Then one time I turned in a test with nothing written down instead… but the school ended up yelling at my mom.”

Futaba: “My life at school was horrible. Sometimes during recess, I’d lock myself in the bathroom and cry… I didn’t have a single friend… I was always alone.”

Futaba: “But then a girl named Kana transferred to my school… she was absent a lot at first, then when she was there, the other kids bullied her… like they did to me.”

timrodresized: I have to wonder if this is supposed to be a reference to Kana Little Sister. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an h-game that tried to be more of a legit VN - it even got a PSP release with no porn in it.

timrodresized: The game is kind of famous for being an h-game that turns into this very depressing VN about a girl dying of a mysterious anime disease and how she deals with that.

Futaba: “But one day, she said something to me: ‘Good morning.’ She started saying it every day from then on.”

Futaba: “Totally! I mean, literally nobody wanted to talk to me back then. To be honest… I completely ignored her the first few times. I thought the bullies had put her up to it.”

Futaba: “But without fail, she’d come over to me to say good morning… then eventually, I decided to say it back. It felt like my heart was gonna shatter into a million pieces…”

Futaba: “But apparently, she’d been saying it to me that whole time because she thought we could be friends. She was the first person who didn’t mind how weird I was…”

Futaba: “I was so happy about making a friend that I told my mom. That’s when she added something to my promise list. ‘Get along with Kana-chan.’ B-But… I couldn’t do it.”

Futaba: “One particularly windy morning, Kana-chan dropped her diary and the pages flew everywhere. I didn’t really mean to look… but I ended up seeing everything she had written down. And… once I see something, I can’t forget it…”

timrodresized: This sounds less like dialog and more like she’s writing a book out loud. The worst part is, I can’t tell if the writers did this as a “Futaba has a photographic memory so she remembers things differently than most people” kind of thing or because they just suck at writing.

Futaba: “Kana-chan’s diary was full of stories like that… then when I asked her about it… she got really defensive. I felt terrible, but she just kept yelling at me for reading it.”

Futaba: “Yeah… but I couldn’t really tell her that… I just… froze up. And then… I ran. I ran… and ran… I wanted her to stop yelling. I wanted to go back to how things were before.”

Futaba: “…Kana-chan ended up moving away pretty soon after that. I haven’t talked to her since. So… I lied to my mom. Even after Kana-chan left, I would tell her we were best friends.”

timrodresized: And then she went to Iwai and got a life-size cardboard cutout of Kana that she tried to pass off for the real thing hoping no one would notice… wait no, that’s the other plotline.

Futaba: “So… I lied to my mom. Even after Kana-chan left, I would tell her we were best friends. Every month, she’d write that promise on my list… and every month, I’d lie about it.”

Futaba: “I… I wish I could apologize to Kana-chan somehow. I really wanna say I’m sorry. Sorry for not helping her, though she was going through even worse stuff than I was. Sorry for reading her diary… sorry… for running away.”

Futaba: “I hate being such a coward… but I think I might be able to face my fears now that I’m a promise-setting phantom thief!”

timrodresized: This kind of thing is why I feel like the Persona 3 format was a mistake. It feels like they wrote a lot more for Futaba, but then had to pare it down to fit the 10-rank format.

Futaba: “Y-You have to help me now, got it!?”

Futaba: “This is another part of our deal!”

timrodresized: This is kind of misleading, because I believe it works like Flow does - it’s Charge and Concentrate at the same time.

Futaba: “Welp, I’m gonna get on that right now! Time to go look up Kana-chan’s deets! Oh, and… sorry I wasn’t more hospitable today. That’ll have to wait for next time!”

Futaba: “When I try looking up Kana-chan’s contact info, my fingers suddenly start trembling… I know I promised myself that I’d do this… but when I remember how angry Kana-chan got, I get so scared…”

Futaba: “…! What am I doing? Freaking out at the most important moment…? If I can’t do this, then what was my training for? I don’t want to run away anymore. I won’t give up on Kana-chan.”

Futaba: “…Thanks, Akira. Talking to you about this helped calm me down. I’m going to do a little more research on Kana-chan! Oh, and please don’t tell anyone else about what we discussed today! Not even Sojiro, okay!?”

Morgana: “Haru… I’m not surprised she seems down. You should keep her in your thoughts, Akira. Still, despite how she looks, Haru has quite the backbone. I’m sure she’ll be okay.”

timrodresized: Our shelf of corporate logos grows.

Iwai: “I’ll do my best to protect you. But… I can’t guarantee your safety. You can say no.”

timrodresized: We need maxed-out Guts to get Iwai’s Mementos request.

Iwai: “S’that right? I appreciate it. It’s gonna be under the girder bridge. It’s close by, so follow me.”

Iwai: “He’s here as my witness today. Now listen. I’d be glad to keep my mouth shut about your failed deal… if you stay away from my family. That includes me, Kaoru… and this kid here.”

Iwai: “Rules ain’t meant to be broken.”

timrodresized: I was going to make a joke about Monster Girl Quest here, and in the process of looking for an image found an entire page of Danganronpa shipping pics where half the characters are mermaids for no reason. That line of enquiry was promptly closed.

Iwai: " chuckle Thanks, kid. Tsuda-san, I gotta be honest with you… this whole thing has been a real goddamn pain in the ass. But it’s over. You’re finished."

timrodresized: There should’ve been a fucking intelligence check here like it’s Fallout 1 where Joker goes “Wait a second… you couldn’t even buy guns from the triad. That gun’s a fake.” and then you don’t have to do the Mementos request.

Iwai: “The hell’re you doin’…!?”

Iwai: “You bastard…!”

Iwai: “I’m such a freakin’ idiot… that guy ain’t the Tsuda I know…! Based on what just happened here, I’m done for the second I give him the guns he’s lookin’ for. God dammit…”

timrodresized: Joker: “What’s he gonna do, shoot you with a fake gun?”

Iwai: “…Look, kid. You should prolly go. I don’t got any more tasks for you. Just forget all of this…”

Iwai: “Good. This ain’t nothin’ a kid like you can handle. I… I’m gonna make those guns for him. I gotta do what I can to protect Kaoru… if it means helpin’ out that psychopath, so be it…”

Iwai: "Tsuda… when did he turn into such a heartless bastard?

timrodresized: I think this is the only time we see Iwai make this expression.

Iwai: “…Actually, it’s prolly best that you know. It’s Akimitsu Tsuda. He was famous around here for being an incredible martial artist back in the day. If you see him 'round town, run. Go to the police if you hafta.”

Iwai: “They’ll keep you safe so long as you tell ‘em who’s after you. …Anyways, we’re done here. Thanks for all you’ve been givin’ me. And… take care of yourself, kid.”

timrodresized: We’ve got exams for the next couple of days. I forgot that this is Royal, so we’ll end just before the last day of exams due to them inserting another long Maruki cutscene on the 20th… in addition to the two cutscenes that happen that day in the base game.

timrodresized: The school festival is where I started hating this game’s plot, and I think is also the reason why they straight-up revealed that new palace so early.

Morgana: “Let’s see… an essay question? This looks tough, but let’s calm down and think it through.”

timrodresized: These are really easy to remember when you fact-check most of them while doing an LP.

Morgana: “Soccer balls… didn’t the teacher say that the number of colors used to be different? Do you remember?”

Morgana: “Right, it was only one color. But that wouldn’t really grab your eye. Oh yeah, I remember. I think she said that unlike now, soccer games were broadcasted with…”

Morgana: “Right. A single-colored ball would be hard to spot in black and white. So they changed the color of the ball to make it easily identifiable on TV.”

Usami: “This is the second day of your exams. Please begin.”

Morgana: “That sounds about right.”

timrodresized: Let’s be real here, it’s the third one. That or they don’t hate the cormorants enough.

timrodresized: That’s it for now. Next time, we’ll go through two days of long cutscenes. After that, three days of confidants… followed by five more days of cutscene.

Yeah. That part’s really not bad, and it’s one of the few scenes I remember from the original game (rather than just me remembering plot details). It does what it sets out to do, doesn’t overstay its welcome, and manages to actually be a cutscene instead of just a VN.

In fact, that’s one of the things I think Atlus could learn from FF7 Remake - FF7R has really good cutscene discipline, probably because they know how many people zoned the fuck out at things like the Plot Room ™ at the start of FF15. I never got past the Plot Room.

That cutscene is also one of the few times where I don’t go “Wait, what were they saying again, I kind of stopped paying attention” and then have to go back and do the read-back.

I think it helps that her father is moustache-twirlingly evil and never had any real redeeming qualities. I forgot to post it in the Okumura boss fight update (I didn’t know at the time) but Okumura also had an unused Will Seed cutscene the way Kamoshida and Madarame did… except even there they don’t really try to humanize him. Then again, the translation for that scene was done by a fan and I’m not sure how accurate it is.

Shoutout to the anon undertale-meming on the killer phantom thieves

The winner is righteous, like in that one episode of JoJo. Wait the bad guy said that…

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Morgana: “Well, it shouldn’t be a problem for you. This has been so easy I might start yawning… you did perfectly. I can’t wait to see your score.”

timrodresized: And we’ve gotten the top score on exams.

timrodresized: Futaba IMs us here, but because this entire day is a cutscene and I missed the shot, I had to take it at the end of the day.

timrodresized: And now it’s time for yet another shoehorned Maruki scene.

Maruki: “Ah, you’re the third-year Okumura-san, correct? So good to see you. Please, have a seat.”

timrodresized: This is exactly how they have it in the game dialog boxes, and it makes it sound like she has a younger sibling or something. She doesn’t.

Haru: “I’m sorry… I did come here because I wanted to, but I’m not exactly adept at saying what’s on my mind.”

Maruki: “Oh, that’s perfectly fine. I’m not all that great at chatting with people either.”

Haru: “Oh?”

Maruki: “…Oh, maybe I shouldn’t have said that. How about some snacks? No need to be modest here.”

Haru: “Thank you - I’m all right, though.”

Haru: “…”

Maruki: “…”

timrodresized: You know, there was a time when I thought this game abused ellipses less than Persona 1 or Innocent Sin did.

Haru: “Ummm… I must be pretty weird, right? I came here for counseling, but I can’t seem to say anything…”

timrodresized: Speaking of Haru, I didn’t know this when I was doing the Okumura boss fight update but Okumura also has an unused Will Seed cutscene.

Maruki: “Not weird in the least. Just take your time. We’ll go at whatever pace you need. And if you still don’t feel comfortable by the end of our time, well… just have some tea and head on home for the day.”

timrodresized: I also found in the same playlist the “confidant broken” cutscenes that weren’t used, and some of them are just fucking hilarious. One of Kawakami’s is telling her you have a boyfriend.

Haru: “I do enjoy teatime… perhaps I’ll feel more relaxed if I think of all this in that way.”

Maruki: “Thinking of this as just sneaking away to relax with some tea would probably help you feel more open.”

timrodresized: You cannot sneak with tea. I’ve tried.

Haru: “Relaxing with some tea… I do that quite often, but on my own…”

Maruki: “Do you find that more relaxing?”

Haru: “The people closest to me in my life… they don’t really feel like people I could sit and enjoy some tea with. Even my family was always focused solely on work…”

timrodresized: Ryuji probably doesn’t drink tea, Futaba would insist on dumping a pound of sugar into it, I don’t think cats can have tea, Yusuke is incredibly picky about where he gets his leaves from, Joker only drinks coffee, and Makoto doesn’t know how to boil water because otherwise Sae would interrogate her over it. So yeah, she’s right.

Maruki: “So… was mealtime essentially the same setup as teatime?”

Haru: “…Yes. Meals where we actually ate together were almost always uptight dinners at work-related events.”

timrodresized: What is this, Duke Crabtree’s marriage counseling?

Maruki: “I see… I’ve never been to upscale social events, so I’m not sure if I should ask this, but… well… didn’t you ever feel lonely?”

Maruki: “Why don’t we call it a day now? Feel free to stop by again, anytime you like.”

Haru: “Oh! Yes, I do apologize. It seems I extended this teatime much longer than I had intended.”

Maruki: “Hahaha, no problem at all - if anything, I’m happy to hear it. I’ll make sure to pick up snacks that pair well with tea.”

Morgana: “I suppose plants do need watering, after all. Ah, I know. You should go help Haru, Akira. I’ll let the others know.”

Haru: “Oh, Akira-kun… have you come up here to assist me? You, um… heard that, didn’t you? giggle How embarrassing. I’m not worried about the garden, in case you were wondering.”

Haru: “It’s just… so much has happened to me lately.”

Haru: “… Well, perhaps I could share this with you… I mean, it would be nice to have someone who is aware of my current situation in life.”

Haru: “But… I don’t know the first thing about business direction or fund management…”

timrodresized: This is an unlikely, but not impossible scenario. Most large companies don’t have their CEOs as majority shareholders, and usually if they do they have it arranged specifically so this kind of thing doesn’t happen.

Haru: “I am. Sorry, I didn’t mean to worry you. It’s just… I know I’m the president’s daughter, but I never thought I’d actually end up involved in company business…”

Haru: “Because of that, lately I’ve been meeting with all the various officers and lawyers my father employed. They’ve been giving me advice on all the things I’m not entirely sure about. Assets, stocks…”

Haru: “It’s clear some people only want to get on my good side though. I don’t know who I can trust… they try to sound comforting by saying ‘don’t worry’ or ‘leave it to me,’ but… it feels like they’re really only being nice so they can get their hands on my bank account.”

timrodresized: In reality, the company’s stock value would probably be plummeting as the company scrambles to put together a buyout offer to have Haru sell her shares back to them.

Haru: “I…I never realized I could be this distrustful of other people…”

Haru: “Ah, I’m sorry for ranting on about this matter. It feels as though doing so has helped me calm down a bit though. The only people I’ve consulted with up to this point have been employees…”

Haru: “But I think what I needed was someone closer to my own age… closer to my own viewpoint. Um… if it isn’t too much trouble, could we speak about this again some other time?”

timrodresized: Yes, this entire cutscene is just to let us know that Haru’s confidant is available. This isn’t even her Rank 1, which we do on 10/31.

Haru: “In return, I’ll… hm… what can I do to help you…? I don’t have any unique talents…”

Haru: “How about this? You know, gardening. I’m actually quite skilled at it. A few years ago I even managed to grow a tropical fruit on the balcony at my house.”

Haru: “To be honest… this is what I do when I’m alone, to take my mind off of everything that’s happened… oh, that’s right. I stored some vegetables in the refrigerator down in the home economics room…”

Haru: "There’s not much consistency to their colors or shapes, but… "

Haru: “You’ll find out once you eat them! giggle Just kidding. It’s mostly normal things like tomatoes and zucchini. They’re definitely unique though…”

Haru: “Speaking of which, I have a favor to ask of you. I’d like to get Sakura-san’s opinion on my vegetables. Do you think I could bring my next harvest over to your cafe?”

Haru: “Thank you. I’m sure Sakura-san will give me his honest opinion. I’ll make sure this next harvest is particularly good. Well then, shall we head over to the hideout?”

Ryuji: " sigh I think I’m screwed for real this time. I couldn’t concentrate at all…"

Ryuji: “Ugh, again? It’s so damn loud!”

Ann: “More importantly, what’s this you want to talk about?”

Haru: “You said that something was on your mind before, but were you able to figure out what it was?”

Ryuji: “Huh? Aren’t you the real one though?”

Futaba: “Oh, uhh… the guy who called himself Medjed after me isn’t the one from the other day!”

timrodresized: Now, if you’re like me, you’re probably extremely confused as to what the fuck she’s talking about. She’s talking about the fake Medjed from her plot arc… two months ago.

Yusuke: “What do you mean?”

Futaba: “The code written by that guy the other day is different from any of the past Medjed.”

Ryuji: “And that means…”

Futaba: “A code is like your fingerprints. No matter how you try to disguise it, your own quirks appear in it. The one from the other day was all cut and pasted with no consistency. No skill at all.”

timrodresized: I’m not entirely sure where she would’ve gotten ‘code’ from, considering all the fake Medjed did was uh… make vague menacing threats.

Makoto: “But aren’t there multiple people across the world that are part of Medjed? Couldn’t it have been done by someone that joined recently?”

Futaba: “How do I put it? That code was not done by anyone interested in cracking. At all. At the very least, there’s no way it was an official Medjed member.”

timrodresized: Does Hashino understand what Anonymous actually is? There’s no “official membership” in Anonymous. That’s the entire point.

Yusuke: “So someone used the Medjed name to provoke the Phantom Thieves? For what purpose?”

Ann: “Could they have been doing it for fun? It was around the time our group started getting popular, so maybe they wanted in on the hype…”

timrodresized: What if… Hashino really has no idea how to write a plot?

Haru: “Hm?”

Makoto: “Perhaps they used the Medjed name to make the Phantom Thieves known…”

Ryuji: “What? That makes no sense.”

timrodresized: It kinda doesn’t. What if the real Medjed (the ones who aren’t Futaba) came out and said the person who challenged John Persona isn’t with them? What if the party had called their bluff?

Futaba: “I actually thought the same as Makoto.”

Ann: “Why’s that?”

Futaba: “Know how I said that code is like fingerprints? I found those same fingerprints somewhere completely different.”

Yusuke: “Where’s that?”

Ryuji: “For real?”

Futaba: “Before summer vacation, the access counter was made to be much higher than the actual number. Same with the rankings. Particularly the time when President Okumura ranked first.”

Haru: “So then, the one who provoked the group and the one who tampered with the site are the same person?”

Makoto: “…I think I’m starting to see the big picture. Both Medjed’s provocation and the tampering of the website brought attention to us as a result. On top of that, our reason for targeting Okumura was influenced by the public and the rankings…”

Makoto: “The perfect timing, and the perfect target. If both of those had been set up…”

Yusuke: “…It would all make sense.”

Ann: “So, the culprit was planning to put the blame on us from the start? No way…”

Makoto: “This is all hypothetical. We lack any hard evidence…”

Ryuji: “W-We gotta be overthinkin’ things. I mean, we’re talkin’ both the rankings AND Medjed! Everyone made a big deal about it! If this was all set up… then… what kind of guy did we make an enemy of?”

Yusuke: “There’s no point in getting anxious over speculation. Regardless, we’ll be falsely charged at this rate, and with murder. We must overcome this.”

Haru: “But, we don’t even know who we’re up against…”

Ryuji: “Hey… you think we’re fallin’ into another trap, even at this very moment?”

Makoto: “Indeed, we don’t. It’ll be more dangerous jumping to conclusions and assuming we figured it out. Even if this is the actions of a meticulous enemy, we’ll just have to get back at them.”

Makoto: “We need to find clues… no matter what.”

Sae: “I was told you recommended this reassignment yourself, sir. Why would you choose someone as inexperienced as myself?”

SIU Director: “When the case of the Shujin principal was ruled a suicide, you thought to reopen it… and you proved its connection to the Phantom Thieves. This is based primarily on that achievement.”

Sae: “…I’m honored, sir.”

SIU Director: “The Phantom Thieves issue is now a national crisis. Expectations are exceedingly high for us public prosecutors, as we are the executors of justice.”

SIU Director: “Personnel and planning will be up to you on this case. You will also have the police under your command.”

timrodresized: You uh, kind of already implied that by saying that she’s in control of pretty much everything. It would’ve made more sense if you said this first, then the bit about the police being under her command.

SIU Director: “You’ve yet to give an answer… will you accept the task of eradicating the Phantom Thieves?”

Sae: “I will give it everything I have.”

SIU Director: “We’ll have to prepare a higher position for you as well in the event that you succeed. I don’t wish to apply extra pressure on you… but I assume your odds of success are high.”

SIU Director: “Naturally, failure to accomplish this task is unacceptable. Do you understand?”

Sae: “Of course! I will live up to your expectations, no matter what it takes!”

Makoto: “Hi, Sis. Should I warm up dinner for you?”

Sae: “No, it’s okay.”

Makoto: “How about a bath?”

Sae: “No need. I just came home to get a change of clothes.”

Makoto: “Are you going to stay at work then?”

Sae: “I’ve been entrusted with a very important task.”

timrodresized: That’s borderline Allanson dialogue right there. I could understand if Makoto asked something where Sae might have a reason to dodge it, but it’s a fucking yes or no question.

Makoto: “You look awful though… aren’t you tired?”

Sae: “As an adult, there will be times when you will accept an assignment for which failure is not tolerated. It’s all over for me if I can’t win this.”

timrodresized: The thing is, if what you’re trying to show is that Sae is so preoccupied that she’s ignoring Makoto entirely, why have her even respond to Makoto’s first two questions?

Makoto: “Still, if you were to collapse from exhaustion…”

Sae: “Don’t worry though. It will all be over soon.”

Makoto: “What do you mean?”

Makoto: “Is that the important task you mentioned?”

Sae: “It’s none of your concern.”

timrodresized: Trust me, just wait and see what happens. It’s going to be in this update, and it’s one of the dumbest and most nonsensical cutscenes in this entire game.

timrodresized: It’s one of those Law & Order spinoffs that get cancelled after one season because Law & Order’s primary audience is geriatrics who can’t understand anything that isn’t SVU.

Morgana: “…E-Everything’s going to be fine. Unless they know about the Metaverse, there’s no way they’ll get any info on us.”

timrodresized: I don’t normally post what’s on the TV, but I found one of the lines kind of funny.

timrodresized: This might sound strange, but it’s actually happened… in the US, at least. According to Gallup, there was a point in 2013 where Congress’s approval rating was at 9%.

timrodresized: The government just can’t handle John Persona.

timrodresized: We have another night where we can’t do anything, so let’s continue making progress toward Knowing the Heart.

Morgana: “So, you’ve finished reading Heroic Revelations. You looked a bit crazy studying so hard. In any case, I’m sure you’ve gained a lot of wisdom from reading about historical figures!”

Morgana: “Everyone’s talking trash about us…”

Kawakami: “The police are here at the school, so be sure not to get in their way. Oh, and… for various reasons, the school festival got moved to the 25th. There was talk of canceling it, but we couldn’t just do that.”

Kawakami: “I’m sure the preparations will be rough, but don’t push yourself too hard.”

timrodresized: Remember that dumb cutscene I was talking about? It’s coming up right after this.

Kawakami: “You two will go together.”

timrodresized: Didn’t Makoto just say they were interrogating people individually?

Ann: “Huh? Why together?”

Kawakami: “Why? They’ll probably have one of you wait outside. That’s how they’ve been doing it so far.”

timrodresized: Here’s the thing about this cutscene. Ann isn’t in it past this part. They could’ve cut this entire explanation, because it doesn’t matter.

timrodresized: It’s like they wrote two versions of this cutscene - one where Joker and Ann get interrogated together and one where they don’t, then decided to just keep everything even if it made no sense.

Kawakami: “Those are the instructions the detectives gave us. Just don’t say more than is necessary and try and get it over with quick.”

timrodresized: There really should’ve been a “…” option here so I could make Joker look intelligent by not talking to the police at all.

timrodresized: Come to think of it, where are the parents in this? You’d think that at what’s apparently a private school that there would be parents rushing to sue the school over something like this.

timrodresized: Joker: “Congratulations, you discovered my boyfriend. Was it the dozens of pictures of our Paris trip that we posted online that did it, or did you only need the ones from our Hawaii trip?”

timrodresized: The real question, though, is why they’re bothering with these interrogations if they already know that the victims of the people John Persona targeted are all hanging out together and/or dating each other. I guess it could be a scare tactic, but there’s far more effective ways they could’ve portrayed that if that’s what they wanted.

timrodresized: Now, here’s what I want to ask you. What do you think the point of this cutscene was? I’m asking because I honestly don’t know.

timrodresized: I’m pretty sure what they intended was to use this to ratchet up the tension, but it just doesn’t work. Remember, the police are interrogating EVERYONE at this point and it’s not even clear that they suspect Joker of anything.

timrodresized: Really, all this cutscene does is talk a lot, but not say anything.

timrodresized: Reference material for what? You didn’t even ask him anything.

Makoto: “It seems we were all asked the same questions.”

Ryuji: “That’s how they get you. They do that on purpose, then wait for someone to slip up.”

timrodresized: I could understand if they had asked it like “Do you know Yusuke Kitagawa and Haru Okumura?” because that’d give them room to prove a lie I guess, but they didn’t do that at all.

Futaba: “I hope you didn’t.”

Ryuji: “…It was prolly fine. I woulda been done for if they saw how sweaty my hands were, though.”

Yusuke: “To think my name would come up as well…”

Morgana: “Sounds like we can’t take the police lightly either.”

Ann: “Hey, didn’t you think that detective guy was scary?”

Ann: “Especially those eyes… it was like they were smiling, but not…”

Makoto: “I’m sorry for all of this… it’s because of my sister.”

Haru: “That’s not true, Mako-chan.”

Makoto: “It’s not as though I hadn’t predicted this would happen… but now that it’s become reality, I’m unsure of what to do…”

timrodresized: Oh, don’t you worry. She’s already got one of her SMART GIRL plans coming up.

Morgana: “We need to make sure we don’t draw suspicion, and work to clear our names… right?”

Makoto: “…Right.”

Ryuji: “It ain’t your fault, Makoto.”

Futaba: “I’m gonna try to see how far along this investigation really is.”

Ann: “I’m worried about the police too, but as of now, anyone in this city could be a mole…”

Futaba: “We were so popular too…”

Makoto: “Haru, can I ask you to search your father’s belongings for clues about a possible culprit? I… I know it may be tough on you…”

Haru: “No, it’s okay. Now isn’t the time for me to look away.”

timrodresized: Hoo boy. I uh, just went and recorded the bit for the next update and had to order an emergency Yusu-Gay because I forgot there’s a date scene in it.

timrodresized: That’s okay, because I’m going to need probably half a day to record all of the possible date scenes due to Royal being shit. We’ll see that in the next update.

Ryuji: “Why!?”

Makoto: “It will allow us to gather without drawing suspicion. Plus, trying to blend in will only do the opposite.”

Ryuji: “Ugh… fine.”

Ann: “I agree. The more time I have to kill, the more time I’ll spend worrying about all this stuff. No matter what happens… I don’t want to regret my decisions.”

Ryuji: “Don’t jinx it!”

Yusuke: “It would be no surprise if they came directly to our homes for questioning. They showed up at your school, after all… I should remain cautious.”

Morgana: “For now, the best option is to stay on the defensive… but we won’t make progress at this rate. Let’s try and figure out who the real culprit is somehow, okay?”

Makoto: “Of course…”

timrodresized: We spend the night reading The Art of Automata, which is poorly translated.

timrodresized: Karakuri are a type of puppet made out of clock parts that move. In modern times, you’re most likely to see that word used when talking about business processes.

Morgana: “They call it karakuri, but aren’t they really just dolls?”

timrodresized: And with that, that’s my thirteenth update for the month. I’ve been meaning to talk about that - basically, I took a new job that has not assigned me any actual work to do, so I decided to turn this LP into my job.

timrodresized: I was on a call with the VP this morning and she was dumbfounded that the company isn’t meeting productivity goals. I wonder why that could be? Anyway, I decided to work some overtime and get this update out before month end to meet those goals.

timrodresized: Next time, we’ll see a 40-minute cutscene that got extended by 20 minutes thanks to Atlus’s Lightning and Maruki deciding that their extraterritorial rights are too powerful to let the cutscene end.

timrodresized: The next update will take… a while, because I have to record this 40+ minute cutscene six times to get all of the school festival dates. There are no save points.

timrodresized: …I need a vacation.

As is typical for P5, the concept is sound but the execution is absent. I was about to type a whole thing about how many/most of P5’s scenes were written very quickly (no surprise considering how huge the game is) – so they knew what the scene was for in the most mechanical sense, but not what it’s about or what makes it interesting – but then I realized this specific scene has a separate problem.

This is a police interview, in which Joker is in fact the guilty party (well, he didn’t commit murder but is guilty of the greater crime of being John Persona). In other words, he is going to be asked a series of questions, and if he answers incorrectly he will be arrested and the story will end. Also, Joker doesn’t speak – all his answers are chosen by the player. Also also, this isn’t a game where you game over for answering questions wrong. When you put these three facts together, you come to the conclusion that Joker just can’t be asked any questions. Thus, there cannot be a scene.

Update 76

timrodresized: Today’s one of the last days we’ll actually get to play the game. It’s all cutscene from here on out.

timrodresized: Trust me when I say the school festival is fucking TORMENT. I recorded it last night and it made an hour feel like three weeks. It’s also the exact point when the game goes to shit.

timrodresized: The "Student Sharing Special’ is truly the worst part of it. I was having flashbacks to YIIK the entire time.

Usami: “The absurdity of it all… ‘Who exactly are the Phantom Thieves?’ That’s what we want to know. We really have no clue what method they’re using… killing someone without directly interacting with them is like magic.”

timrodresized: Or, you know, a drone strike.

Usami: “Speaking of magic, did you know that there’s magic in math too? A magic square! It’s a square in which adding up the numbers in any row, column, or diagonal gives you the same total. Kurusu-san. Please look at this.”

timrodresized: There’s something I realized last update that I didn’t mention, but Kawakami is the only teacher who calls Joker “Kurusu-kun”. You’d think people would realize something is up there.

Usami: “That’s correct. It’s easy once you know which numbers fit in the squares.”

Usami: “In a 5x5 square, there are more than 200 million. Can you believe that? If you had to choose, would you try to find the Phantom Thieves or solve 200 million magic squares? I’d choose the magic squares, hands down.”

Usami: “They might both be magic, but magic squares can be calculated. And math doesn’t kill anyone.”

timrodresized: You know, apart from ballistics. Or artillery strikes, which use triangulation. Or guided missiles.

Morgana: “Having everyone out there looking for the culprit is getting me down…”

Makoto: “You don’t need to keep mentioning it. We’re doing this to keep suspicions off of us, remember?”

Ann: “Goro Akechi… this one too. Akechi.”

Haru: “They’re mostly the same over here as well.”

Morgana: “Everyone’s so eloquent when they can be anonymous. It’s like they never accepted us to begin with.”

Haru: “It would be nice if you did some work too, Ryuji-kun. You came to help us count these, right? Come on Leader, can you tell him too?”

Ryuji: “We’re gatherin’ information too. Y’know, like, online and stuff.”

Morgana: “I guess that’s one way of saying it…”

Ryuji: “Whoa, look here… this ain’t good.”

Morgana: “Criminal profiling? The acts of thievery committed by the Phantom Thieves are mere fakes. And their true goal is… murder!? Every heart they changed before Okumura was just a warm-up!?”

timrodresized: It’s like the writers forgot the whole “Mental shutdowns were happening for over a year” thing.

Ann: sigh “So now they’re accusing us of being a bunch of killers…”

Ryuji: “This is so effin’ stupid! Dammit!”

Makoto: “We have the results. First place is Goro Akechi.”

timrodresized: I like to think of this part of the game as the part where the writers realized “Oh shit, we really don’t have a plot yet, do we?” and rushed to cobble something together.

Ryuji: “What!? Akechi!?”

Ann: “What’re you so surprised for? We’ve been mentioning him this whole time.”

Ryuji: “Seriously? Not some singer or an idol?”

Morgana: “It’s because of us that his popularity has skyrocketed.”

Ann: “I knew people would vote for him, but this is way more votes than I was expecting.”

Makoto: “It would be best for us to avoid inviting such a clear danger upon ourselves… I’d like a little more time to think about who to ask…”

Haru: “That reminds me… how is Futaba-chan doing? She seemed like she was looking into something on her own… has she told you anything?”

Haru: “It’s not that I don’t trust her, but…”

Makoto: “Even one clue would work wonders for us. We should let her continue with her own investigation. I hope she finds something…”

Akechi: “Even though my opinion has been met with criticism, I’ve held fast that the Phantom Thieves are not just. However… I believe the recent series of suspicious deaths is unrelated to their actions.”

Akechi: “This doesn’t change the fact that they are indeed a dangerous group. That said, I would like to express that immediately linking them to this case is far too hasty. There are many questions to be answered here… it feels as though there is more to this.”

Sojiro: “I wonder why the sudden change.”

Sojiro: “What’re you staring at your phone like that for? Oh… are you going through a breakup?”

Sojiro: “Don’t let things get complicated, okay? Having to keep dealing with that stuff later on is a pain… by the way, you haven’t been causing any trouble, have you? I heard the police showed up at your school…”

Sojiro: "As long as you’re not getting involved… "

timrodresized: We’re going to spend the next two nights with Ohya because we need to unlock her Mementos request.

Ohya: “Thanks to my quota… and that shithead chief. But I made some progress on my personal investigation. I did some research on the Phantom Thieves. I’m starting to get the impression they might actually be the real deal.”

Ohya: “No signs of an internal power struggle, no dirty money changing hands… it almost seems like all this recent negative press was fabricated. There’s no actual proof to support the claims. And I mean, you’re still a fan, right?”

Ohya: “Honestly, the more I get know about the Phantom Thieves, the better I understand them… I can relate to their sincerity. They remind me of how I used to be.”

Ohya: “I already know firsthand that fighting the evils of society is a never-ending, thankless job… but I still do it nonetheless. I bet the Phantom Thieves share that same type of passion.”

Ohya: “Maybe… I mean, he is a pretty big fan of theirs, so…”

Ohya: “Yes, this is Ohya. That’s right… what? You found Kayo…!? What do you mean, you can’t tell me!? Why the hell not!? Hey! What’s going on!? Wait!”

timrodresized: Could it be that this is a gigantic ripoff of Persona 2?

Ohya: “That was one of my journalist friends. He thinks he found Kayo. He followed up on a string of pretty far-fetched rumors for me, but now he’s saying he doesn’t want to get involved.”

Ohya: “…Dammit! Why the hell won’t he tell me what’s going on!? I can’t just give up now!”

Ohya: “Wait… you’re the one who pressured my contact to keep quiet?”

Ohya: “What!? Are you trying to kill me!?”

Ohya: “Don’t talk about Kayo like that… don’t you dare! If you even think about talking shit on Kayo again, I won’t hesitate to beat the living crap out of you!”

Ohya: “Shit…! This had to happen just as I got a new lead on Kayo… What should I do? Should I go knock him out!?”

timrodresized: They absolutely should’ve put in a scene here where Ohya solves her own problem by kicking the shit out of her boss. Fucking cowards.

Ohya: “Hmph. I know I’d be playing right into his hands if I let him get to me, but… god dammit! No. I need to stay calm. I can’t give him any more reason to fire me.”

Ohya: “Just stay calm and think… arghhh! This sucks! An even greater quota is gonna be a problem… but I can’t give up now! I promise, I won’t stop fighting! I’ll prove it to you with another great article!”

Ohya: “Exclusive: The Phantom Thieves, Stealing Hearts and Changing Lives! sigh Sorry. I really will try and calm down now…”

timrodresized: That headline is two words away from being Jill Stingray’s catch phrase from VA-11 Hall-A, and honestly her and Gay Joker would be a pretty sick crossover.

Ohya: “…I’m still frustrated though. All that bullshit he said is really getting to me. I wish I was better at controlling my emotions. Like you are.”

Ohya: “I’ll just work twice as hard! I should be fine as long as I keep getting good info from my favorite source here. Oh, that reminds me! Lemme hear all about today’s scoop.”

Ohya: “You’re really the only reason I’m still surviving through my crazy quota. And… it honestly helped that you were there with me earlier.”

Ohya: “If you hadn’t been there, I would’ve just gone full blast on the chief, and that would’ve been it… but I finally got a lead on Kayo. I’ll do whatever it takes to find her…!”

Ohya: “Right! I’m not gonna let this crap get me down! I’m made of tough stuff! Watch me, Chief Shithead! You’re gonna be crying at my feet!”

Ohya: “Still, I do have my limits. I gotta do something about this insane quota… well, I’ll come up with something. You just focus on getting me new info, okay?”

Ohya: “Okay, see you soon. Niiight…”

timrodresized: I believe this is the first time we see Makoto’s winter casual outfit.

Makoto: “Regardless, I thought over the matter of who we’re going to invite for our school festival… I’m considering asking Akechi-kun.”

Ryuji: “For real!? Weren’t you talkin’ about how you didn’t wanna draw danger to us or whatever?”

timrodresized: It’s because she’s THE SMART GIRL. I mean, she’s only fucked up two plans already, how much worse could it possibly get?

timrodresized: Also, I found this screenshot of what I think is the dancing game which kind of exemplifies how I see Makoto.

timrodresized: I just imagine her making this fucking expression every time she does the whole SMART GIRL thing.

Makoto: "I understand this is dangerous. But without a powerful source of intel, we won’t be able to win against the police network. And I can no longer rely on my sister for information…’

Morgana: “Bold move. I’m surprised to hear that suggestion coming from you, Makoto.”

timrodresized: Let me show you exactly what I mean.

SMARTGIRL: “Did you see his press conference yesterday? One of his comments defending the Phantom Thieves stood out to me. ‘There is more to this.’ I think he said that knowing for certain that the Phantom Thieves would be watching.”

Yusuke: “Still, there will be so many other students at the school festival… what are the odds of success?”

SMARTGIRL: “It’s a gamble. And the odds are less than favorable… but we can no longer afford to hesitate.”

Makoto: “What are your thoughts? Should we invite Akechi-kun?”

timrodresized: We can’t even fucking disagree with her.

SMARTGIRL: “I’m not… but, we have to do this. Is everyone okay with that?”

Ann: “I’m good… whatever he says has gotta be more reliable than what I’ve been able to come up with.”

Yusuke: “It would be reassuring to gain him as an ally, rather than simply a source of information.”

Ryuji: “Hold on, how’re we even gonna get in touch with him? It’s not like we got his contact info…”

Ryuji: “For real!?”

SMARTGIRL: “Could you send that my way, please? I’ll contact him right away.”

Ryuji: “I gotta say, I’m really not big on this Akechi deal.”

timrodresized: You know what would have ruled? If Atlus had done something so that people who played the base game didn’t have to sit through this shit a second time. This is easily the worst part of the game.

Ann: “Now’s no time to be petty.”

Morgana: “Just think of him as a source of intel, nothing more.”

Makoto: "I have a response already. He says, ‘Let me think about it.’ "

Ryuji: “Wait a sec. Didn’t he say he wasn’t gonna do any more stuff for the media?”

Yusuke: “That’s likely why he’s so hesitant.”

Ann: “What’re we gonna do if he turns us down?”

Makoto: “I’ll keep trying. It may be frustrating, but he’s all we have at the moment. We need him to do it, no matter what.”

Morgana: “We’re counting on you, Makoto.”

timrodresized: Tonight, we have to see Mishima again.

Mishima: “Huh!? W-Well, actually… I was just gonna say the same thing. I mean, going after him wouldn’t even help you guys get famous. It’d practically be pointless.”

Mishima: “Oh… I get it. Of course a thief who steals hearts would see what’s going on in the depths of my psyche… you know, I first started the Phan-Site so I could spread your message of justice to the world…”

timrodresized: No you didn’t! You did it to get laid!

Mishima: “But before I knew it, the only reason I wanted to help you guys was so I could get famous myself. Though maybe that’s always been the real reason…”

Mishima: “I don’t know… I thought I was doing it out of respect for you guys… yet deep down, I think I really just wanted to show the world that I’m more than some stupid zero.”

timrodresized: They should’ve made Mishima a party member, and had his awakening happen right here. “I am thou, thou art I… thou art also horny and kind of a dipshit, but I am not.”

timrodresized: His Persona is the faceless guy from hentai. You know the one.

Mishima: “I don’t deserve to work alongside the valiant Phantom Thieves. …Well, thanks for everything! Bye!”

Mishima: “I’m such an idiot… hahaha… I can’t even run away right… sigh Working alongside the Phantom Thieves has made me feel like I myself can change the world… but it’s only ever been you guys. I’m still just as powerless as always.”

Mishima: “That’s the truth… hahaha… I wonder if there’s really any way a pathetic guy like me can help you…”

Mishima: “That’s it…! My special power lies in running the Phan-Site! I don’t want it to be about public relations anymore though. First and foremost, that site needs to be a safe haven for people in serious trouble.”

Mishima: “After all that happened to me with Kamoshida, I know how hard it can be to speak out against injustice… so… as long as there are voices crying out to the Phantom Thieves, I’m gonna help them be heard.”

timrodresized: At this point, the only thing EXP is doing for us is reducing the amount of money we have to pay to fuse Lucifer.

Mishima: “At any rate, we should just forget about going after Akiyama-kun, okay? I’m still worried about some of the rumors I’ve heard about him, but I’ll do some more research.”

Mishima: “By the way, he’s not as bad a guy as he pretends to be. Apparently he’s super sweet to his girlfriend. Can you imagine that? They’ve been talking about getting married even since back in middle school… I’m honestly kinda jealous.”

timrodresized: Joker: “What’s weird about that? Yusuke and I are getting married as soon as all this dumbass Phantom Thief bullshit is over.”

Mishima: “…That thing I mentioned about Akiyama turned out to be true. It wasn’t just some rumor. I found a post on the Phan-Site by a girl who I assume is Akiyama-kun’s girlfriend.”

Mishima: “It says she’s worried because her boyfriend’s been hanging out with some sketchy guys. Acting strange, too. It seems like enough evidence to make him a target, but I’m gonna look into this a little further, just to be safe.”

timrodresized: I picked this because I like to think Joker is telling Mishima it’s his turn to die. I haven’t played that and probably won’t because I hated Danganronpa with a passion.

Mishima: “Yeah, leave it to me! We can’t ignore any cry for help on the Phan-Site! Haha… even I didn’t realize the Phan-Site meant this much to me. Thanks, Kurusu. For helping me get here.”

timrodresized: Well, here we are. Today’s the last day before the part where the game goes to shit.

Kasumi: “…Senpai, have you been sleeping well? You look kind of tired… it might not be my place to ask, but… are you okay?”

Kasumi: “Um… never mind, it’s nothing. That reminds me! Tomorrow is the school festival, isn’t it? Is your class all finished with preparations? It feels kind of nice, working with everyone to put all the things together…”

Kasumi: “I hope we all have a fun time tomorrow. Well, I’m going to do some training today, so please excuse me!”

timrodresized: There’s one of those “walking to class” bits where it’s just students talking about how much they love Akechi. I’m skipping it.

Maruki: “Some of those old stories sounded too crazy to be true, now that we’ve got so many years behind us. Sometimes, people have a hard time remembering what’s real and what’s exaggerated.”

Maruki: “This kind of stuff happens to you guys too, right? But there’s a reason for this. This phenomenon has a name too.”

Maruki: “All right, Kusuru-kun. From a psychological standpoint, what’s a key reason our memories can differ from reality?”

Maruki: “That’s right! Impressive. It’s a type of cognitive bias that can impair or even alter your memories. Specifically, the name of the phenomenon in question is called ‘false memory’. Like the name implies, it’s a case where our brain may generate memories that simply aren’t true.”

timrodresized: I’m pretty sure all those memories of me liking this game were those.

Maruki: “The difference between inaccurate memories and the facts can lead to a lot of confusion. Still, if your subconscious desire manifests as a memory, I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.”

Morgana: “False memories, huh… but it’s totally real to the person, right? What a strange concept.”

timrodresized: There’s a dumbass plot reason this is in. You might be able to guess why.

Morgana: “That’s amazing! Everyone’s gonna have their eyes on you now!”

timrodresized: No cat, that was Final Fantasy 8. I swear I’ve made that joke already.

timrodresized: The icing on this trash pile is yet another pointless Akechi event. This was, of course, one of his confidant events in the base game.

Akechi: “Why, you ask? I just came to enjoy some delicious coffee. How has business been for you lately?”

timrodresized: He came here just to piss me off.

Sojiro: “Take a look around. …Is the Niijima lady doing well?”

Akechi: “Unfortunately, we haven’t seen each other lately. We had a… difference of opinion.”

timrodresized: Oh look, it’s Hideki Kamiya.

Shido: “And because they’ve targeted only prominent figures, our government leaders have been hesitant to act. I apologize for any concern they may have caused and will henceforth search for an apt countermeasure.”

timrodresized: Oh, right. I should mention that Shido is voiced by the same guy that does Char in the Gundam anime - in both English and Japanese.

Shido: “This is an important undertaking, and one I intend to confront with every asset available to me. The selfish criminals enacting this ‘social reform’ are in fact the ones most deserving of reformation.”

Shido: “Answering to the interest of the people as hastily as possible is my natural duty as a politician.”

Shido: “Rampant political scandals, thieves on the loose… as sad as it is, this is the state of our nation. We must resolve this problem, and I assure the people of this noble country that I will do just that.”

timrodresized: There’s a shot here I missed where it does a black and white flashback to when we saw Shido in the hotel after the Kamoshida arc.

timrodresized: If you’re wondering why Joker’s memory is so bad, it’s a plot point. A very bad, very dumb plot point that we’ll see for the first time on the 26th.

Sojiro: “I’m not worried or anything. You’re just blocking the store entrance.”

Sojiro: “Sorry, wasn’t listening.”

Akechi: " ‘Criminals,’ hm? Well, that must be how he sees it. However, that is ignorant of their true nature."

Akechi: “If these people attack others with no remorse, why would they make a teacher and an artist apologize? Could a murder truly have been enacted by the same group?”

Akechi: “If this Okumura incident was not the Phantom Thieves… if they only change the hearts of criminals… then even though they can’t be considered ‘innocent’… perhaps my goals are not so different from theirs…”

Akechi: “Hahaha. I knew there was something special about you, ever since the first time we met. I feel as though I could tell you anything during our conversations.”

Akechi: “Ah, that reminds me. I’ve been invited to a panel at Shujin Academy, and… oh wait, I’m sure you know that already. Considering it’s such a good opportunity, I’ve decided to accept the offer.”

Akechi: “Thank you for the coffee. It was delicious.”

Sojiro: “Glad you liked it.”

Akechi: “I’m happy I could see you. I’ll be going now.”

timrodresized: This is directly about one of the most hamfisted Maruki cutscenes in the game. The thing is, I have a feeling I know exactly why they did this, and it’s because of something we’ll run into in the next update.

timrodresized: I mean, obviously it’s there to set up the plot for Royal, but there’s a reason that goes beyond that.

timrodresized: We can also talk to Sojiro to get a reward for coming in first on exams.

Sojiro: “I guess you can’t judge a book by its cover. Then maybe you didn’t need this… oh well. Take it.”

timrodresized: The Leblanc charm nulls sleep.

Sojiro: “I made it myself. It’s got my finest coffee beans in it. I wanted to give it to you before the exams… but well, you still have more tests. Don’t let up on the finals.”

timrodresized: Finally, it’s time to get Ohya’s Mementos request. We only have two left to go: Futaba’s and Shinya’s, both of which we’ll pick up early next month. At that point, I believe we’ll have finished every Mementos request we actually need to do to 100% the game.

Ohya: “All my connections who knew where Kayo was are gone, thanks to the chief and my publisher… well, say something.”

Ohya: “You can tell? Well, I guess it is pretty obvious. sigh Pulling these consecutive all-nighters is really wearing me down.”

Ohya: “Of course! They’ll fire me if I show any signs of weakness. The chief really wants me to mess up, but I’m not going to give him the satisfaction. Haha…”

Ohya: “Tell me about it. It’s a race to see whether I can find Kayo before he crushes me…”

Ohya: “There’s nothing I can do about a guy like that. He’s rotten to the core. And despite how he acts, the higher-ups like him. I have no one to go to. It’s over.”

Ohya: “Ughhh, I’m gonna die…”

Ohya: “Why? You gonna try to find his weakness? His name is Shinpei Honjo. I heard that he’s a good husband, and he used to cover economic foreign policy…”

timrodresized: It’s strange to me that

Ohya: “Don’t go trying anything heroic.”

Ohya: “I wonder where Kayo is… sorry, but I don’t feel like getting any info from you today… thanks for coming all the way out here though. I’ll see you around…”

timrodresized: And that’ll do it for this update. Next update will be called “Where The Game Goes to Shit” which should tell you everything you need to know about that.

timrodresized: We’ll also maybe see a new More Like Yusu-Gay. It depends on Salty Vanilla’s schedule, because I honestly completely forgot about the festival date being a thing. It’ll be out eventually.

It’s funny you should mention that, because there is one - it happens after the Casino and is technically the bad ending (making this the third Persona game I know of where you get the bad ending based on your answer to a single question).

Like usual, I put all my responses in an unsaved Notepad. Then my computer crashed. So I forgot what I was going to say, except for one point.

I’m a little unclear what Makoto’s ‘plan’ even is? We need Akechi to be our ‘ally’ (whatever that means) so we can get…information from him? And the only way to do this is to invite him to be a guest at our school festival on short notice, even though he and Joker are already friends?

lol I forgot most Persona games have the “Do you want to want to reload your save? Y/N” moment.

Well then he sounds like a man who has never done a bad or wrong thing in his life and I trust him completely now with whatever decision he makes.

Also in my head every time John Persona gets home he hesitates for a moment before stepping on the porch, wondering which person he talked to today that’s about to call him the instant his feet touch the entryway.

Click Here for Update 77

timrodresized: And now, it’s time for the game to go to shit. You are now entering a world of ass-pulls, last-minute attempts to glue several different copies of the game script together in the style of Ni no Kuni 2, and general shit that never gets mentioned in Strikers because even the writers at Koei-Tecmo realized how dumb it was.

Ann: “There’s definitely a lot more people than last year.”

Ryuji: “Well, yeah. This place got ‘famous’ and all. The Phantom Thieves, Kamoshida, Principal Kobayakawa. On top of that, we got Akechi as a guest.”

timrodresized: Thank you, Ryuji, for summing up a situation we already know about.

Makoto: “There may be police officers in plain clothes too… actually, they probably are here. We better be careful about what we discuss.”

Morgana: “Acting like normal students is going to be important.”

Futaba: “What do you normally do at a school festival?”

Ann: “Look around at the exhibits… and eat stuff?”

Ryuji: “There’s no set rules for this kinda thing. Walk around and hang out, like when we went to the beach.”

Futaba: “I think I can do it if I’ve got everyone with me!”

Makoto: “You’re so laid-back… there’s a possibility your name and Ryuji’s have come up.”

Ann: “A number of teachers had been questioned before, and even we were interviewed the other day too.”

timrodresized: That sentence is so badly localized and out of place that it sounds like Allanson dialogue. Here’s a hint, Atlus localizers: you don’t need the “too” there because the “even” implies it.

Makoto: “Don’t let your guard down too much.”

Morgana: “It’s true that the initial members have been at this for a long time, making it easier to get tracked…”

Ryuji: “All riiiight…”

timrodresized: I have no idea what the point of this conversation was. All they really needed to say is that the police might be around.

Haru: “Now, now. Let’s leave it at that. We just need to be mindful about what we’re saying, correct?”

Makoto: “Oh, um…”

Yusuke: “You seem to be having quite a lot of fun, Haru. You did mention that you were looking forward to this.”

Haru: “I want to go around with everyone and eat at the refreshment stands.”

Futaba: “This’ll be a great change of pace from all the nasty stuff lately!”

Makoto: “Shall we head off to the stands then?”

Makoto: “Oh right. This is your first time at our school festival.”

Ryuji: “They’re pretty good - from what I’ve heard…”

timrodresized: Wait, how would Ryuji not know? He’s been here at least a year, because the thing where Kamoshida broke his leg presumably happened a year before Joker got here for the timeline to make sense.

Ann: “I know a great one! Follow me.”

Haru: “Maid Takoyaki?”

Ann: “New customers! I’ll show you all to your seats.”

Ryuji: “…So it’s your class’s stand.”

Ann: “It’s still a refreshment stand, isn’t it?”

Futaba: “It’s like a deserted island here…”

Makoto: “Well, I guess it’s good for talking since there aren’t any people here…”

Ryuji: “And it was all bullshit.”

Morgana: “Here she comes… act normal.”

Ryuji: “Who cares? There’s nothin’ ‘normal’ about this anymore.”

Ryuji: “Take my order!? What happened to the maid atmosphere!?”

timrodresized: Uh, what? How is that not a maid atmosphere?

Yusuke: “There are a lot of odd flavors…”

Ryuji: “Stick to a normal one. I bet they-”

Ryuji: “The hell…”

Yusuke: “Well then… I’ll have the mentai cheese takoyaki…”

Haru: “Then, how about the squid-”

Ryuji: “That doesn’t even sound remotely possible! Ain’t this whole menu just a sham!?”

timrodresized: If you replace “maid costumes” with “battles” and “octopus” with “writing and localization” you pretty much have the design documentation for Persona 5.

Ryuji: “I can see that!”

Morgana: “Ryuji, you’re making a scene…”

Haru: “Then, what would you recommend with what you have now?”

Haru: “We’ll have that, please.”

Ryuji: “…Let’s forget the octopus and get back on topic.”

Ann: “On that note, hearing Kamoshida being almost treated like a victim makes me wanna eat my stress away!”

Morgana: “I’ve even heard conjecture that the principal was targeted for reasons like ‘he knew too much.’”

Yusuke: “I kept hearing about Goro Akechi’s popularity.”

Futaba: “All thanks to the Phantom Thieves!”

Ryuji: “You know, did that Akechi guy agree to show up here 'cause he believes we didn’t kill anybody…?”

Yusuke: “Or, he may simply love large gatherings.”

Ann: “Oh, true. He didn’t seem like he minded being pampered by the media at all.”

Morgana: “We plan on stealing intel, but we might fall into another trap. I’m gonna be bummed if that happens…”

Makoto: “You’re so carefree… does it mean you have nerves of steel in any situation? Still, it doesn’t change the fact that we don’t know what Akechi-kun is planning.”

Ann: “Ooh, it’s fresh made!”

Futaba: “Lies! I heard a microwave go off!”

Ryuji: “Well, it’s not like I was expectin’ crispy takoyaki at a school festival or anything. So, what makes this a ‘Russian’ takoyaki?”

Haru: “Could there be jam in it as a secret ingredient? That sounds quite delicious.”

timrodresized: No it doesn’t.

timrodresized: So… wait a second. You don’t have regular takoyaki, but you have what’s basically regular takoyaki with a spicy one added in. And you couldn’t just, say… take that out?

Ryuji: “Dude, don’t tell me the ‘Russian’ part means…”

Ann: “It’s like, going for the obvious one is manly?”

Morgana: “I-Is that so?”

Yusuke: “I’d prefer the most beautifully shaped one… but all of them are misshapen.”

timrodresized: Yusuke fucking gets it.

Haru: “Oh, aren’t you all going to eat? I think I’ll go for the ‘special’ one.”

Makoto: “Wait… is she honestly going for it?”

Ryuji: “Do YOU wanna go for the red one?”

timrodresized: Joker looks into the red takoyaki and sees Lucifer’s face staring back at him. “By the powers of hundreds of orders of fallen angels, I command this particular takoyaki to be REALLY, REALLY hot!

timrodresized: True bible fact: It wasn’t the rebellion against God that got Lucifer ejected from heaven, it was the hot sauce pranks he pulled on everyone within reach.

Ryuji: “Oh, you sure? All right, then I’ll just help myself to it… NOT!”

Makoto: “Th-the panel isn’t until tomorrow though…”

Akechi: “I came to check out the venue. I can’t make any mistakes since a lot of people will be present.”

Futaba: “Someone’s eager.”

Akechi: “But, people ended up recognizing me. Everyone bombarded me with questions.”

Ryuji: “That’s 'cause you were sloppy.”

Akechi: “I grew tired of the baseless rumors they kept bringing up, so I escaped to where there weren’t any people.”

Akechi: “Let’s just call this my performance fee.”

Ann: “But-”

Ryuji: “It’s fine.”

Akechi: “Mmm, it’s quite deli-”

timrodresized: This scene might not seem bad, but here’s why it’s bad. As we’ve seen, Akechi is a character whose entire personality is more or less “I’m a fancy boy and also the Detective Prince”.

timrodresized: What you have to understand is that in the base game, this is the only time you ever really see Akechi acting like this. There’s also the obvious slip from Update 27, but that’s less him breaking character than it is him making a mistake that just happens to be stupid.

timrodresized: I feel like the writers for Royal really weren’t sure how they wanted to go with Akechi, so they did a bit of both (things like the scene in the cafe where Akechi wears Joker’s glasses) and hoped that they wouldn’t piss off his fans. You know, due to the whole Akechi ranking first in every single Japanese popularity poll thing.

Ann: “Eating it in one bite is a bad idea…”

Akechi: “Ngh… my throat… urgh! This is…! Ohhh… oh, my stomach… it burns!”

Ann: “Are you okay? Do you need water?”

Akechi: “I-I-I’m… I’m fine! I just love… uh… spicy-spicy stuff… haha…hah…”

Futaba: “Hey, does he sound broken to you?”

timrodresized: It’s also really, really strange that they have the panel for the festival on a different day.

Ryuji: “It’s like he wants to get picked up for some commercial or something.”

Yusuke: “But… did he truly come to check out the venue? …This isn’t good. I keep suspecting every little thing.”

Makoto: “…I know what you mean. I’m doing the same too. I need to do my best tomorrow. We need to somehow get him to be our source of intel… I’m gonna pull this off no matter what!”

timrodresized: She’s not going to pull it off.

Futaba: “That Akechi guy… when he got here, didn’t he say that everyone’s all here?”

timrodresized: He did. I wonder how he’d know that? I mean, I suppose he can guess, given that he’s known since 06/09 that Morgana can talk.

Ryuji: “You’re… you’re just imaginin’ things…”

Yusuke: “Yes, but the associated mental fatigue was extraordinary. Being cautious takes a lot out of you…”

Ann: “Seriously. I think I’m as tired now as I am after midterms.”

Futaba: “I didn’t mind any of that. I just loved seeing that detective gulp down the special takoyaki…”

Haru: “I had fun as well, since I got to spend time with you all.”

Makoto: “What would you like to do now, Haru? Walk around a little more?”

Haru: “I appreciate the gesture, but I’m satisfied with stopping here. Why don’t we go home and rest up? We’ll have to deal with Akechi-kun again tomorrow, after all…”

Morgana: “I have to agree. What will his next move be?”

timrodresized: In the base game, this cutscene ends here. Keep in mind that we’ve been on nothing but cutscenes for the better part of 40 minutes at this point.

timrodresized: What we’re about to see is Maruki flexing his extraterritorial rights in one of the most ham-fisted ways possible to ensure this cutscene doesn’t end. Seriously, Royal extends this and tomorrow by at least 10 or 15 minutes.

Morgana: “sigh Where’d he wander off to? Always doing whatever he pleases… think he’s still checking out the festival stalls? Well, I’m sure he’ll be fine - this is Yusuke we’re talking about. Let’s head home.”

timrodresized: Wait… where’d he get that takoyaki from? Didn’t the person at the stand say they were out? That doesn’t look like the one with the red takoyaki in it either…

Yusuke: “My name is Yusuke Kitagawa. I’m a student in the fine arts division at Kosei High. I do apologize for interrupting your day, but ever since Ryuji and Ann first spoke of you, I’ve grown quite intrigued… now I wish to speak with you as well.”

Maruki: “Ryu… oh, Sakamoto-kun and Takamaki-san? Well, I’m flattered that you’ve taken an interest in me. You’re here about the counseling, correct?”

Yusuke: “Correct. Now, teach me how to unshackle the human heart and glimpse into its endless abyss!”

timrodresized: The best part is how this scene makes no fucking sense, especially if you’ve already done Yusuke’s Rank 10.

Maruki: “Whoa, whoa, hold on there! How should I put this… your enthusiasm is appreciated, but I suspect there’s a huge misunderstanding about what I do.”

Yusuke: “I apologize - I simply couldn’t contain my excitement. Would you still permit me to witness your counseling skills in action?”

Maruki: “That’s not really allowed, haha… oh! But how about this? Why not try out my counseling yourself instead?”

Yusuke: “Me?”

timrodresized: Man, that’s a cheap shot at Yusuke’s moveset. At least he has Charge now.

Maruki: “All you’d have to do is chat with me for a bit.”

Yusuke: “Very well… you and I shall go head-to-head.”

Maruki: “I’m not sure what you think happens in counseling, but, uh, there won’t be any of that…”

Yusuke: “It’s in the past. …How curious. I never imagined counseling to be like this.”

Maruki: “Well, I’d say this is less ‘counseling’ and more about building a rapport. When someone first comes to see me, we always start with them telling me a little bit about themselves.”

Yusuke: “Hm, a method of self-reflection that relies on speaking with another person so as to sort through one’s own emotions…”

Maruki: “There really shouldn’t be any cross-examining in a proper counseling session, though… I just do my best to guide patients in a positive direction so they can improve their lives.”

Maruki: “At the very least, I talk them through their problems so they can make the correct choices for themselves…”

Yusuke: “I see.”

timrodresized: Isn’t that just the Law ending from most of the mainline SMT games?

Maruki: “In all honesty, I’m sure there are people who think that… but life in this world confines people to certain frames of mind sometimes, and without them even realizing it.”

Maruki: “If I can help lift the weight off their shoulders and free their minds, I believe the results are worth it.”

timrodresized: Ends justify the means. Got it.

Yusuke: “…Thank you very much for speaking with me. This has been a most valuable experience.”

Maruki: “Before you go, Kitagawa-kun - what would you say is your greatest wish in life at this moment? Would it be success as an artist?”

timrodresized: Mine would be to LP an English translation of the PSP version of Eternal Punishment instead of whatever this shit is.

Yusuke: “No, that’s not it. The only desire I have for my art is for it to improve through my own efforts.”

Maruki: “I see- then what would you wish for?”

Maruki: “Ah… I see.”

Yusuke: “At any rate, I must be going now, so please excuse me. I hope we meet again someday.”

timrodresized: We finish this day of nothing but cutscene by finishing Art of Automata, leaving us with… I think two books before Knowing the Heart.

Makoto: “Our guest of honor is Goro Akechi.”

Akechi: “I feel kind of bad, considering how many people have gathered… I’m sure you all would’ve been happier to have a singer or a mascot appear, wouldn’t you say?”

Makoto: “We’d appreciate it if you could tell us about your experiences with the notorious Phantom Thieves. It’d be wonderful if you could let us hear more about your actual investigative process.”

Akechi: “I’m not used to being the one interrogated… so please go easy on me.”

timrodresized: It’s strange he’d even agree to this, given that they’re asking him to talk about an ongoing investigation. Back when I was a reporter, I interviewed cops a few times. They HATE that.

Yusuke: “He talks of how the Phantom Thieves are dangerous, yet he says they haven’t committed any murders. Either he has an idea who the true culprit is, or he has uncovered the identities of the Phantom Thieves.”

Ryuji: “C’mon, Makoto… you gotta get it out of him!”

timrodresized: If you’re wondering what Makoto’s plan is, the answer is she doesn’t have one. I don’t really understand why she’d expect a cop to coment on a case in public like this.

Akechi: “Getting right to the point, I see. Well, if it’s as much as I’m allowed to say, then everything on TV and the internet is all of it. We don’t have any leads yet, and the methods behind their crimes are still unclear.”

Makoto: “I see… Even with this country’s power, arresting them is proving to be difficult. Is that the case?”

timrodresized: Wouldn’t this be really strange for the audience? I mean, you’d think they’d be expecting her to ask him about his ideal date or something stupid like that.

Akechi: “I wouldn’t phrase it that way - but well, something like that.”

Makoto: “Thank you for answering that question. By the way, it seems you’ve denied a correlation between the Phantom Thieves and the murders… why the sudden change?”

Makoto: “Until now, haven’t you upheld your stance that the Phantom Thieves are dangerous? How are you so positive that they haven’t committed murder?”

Akechi: “Aren’t you a little too comfortable interrogating people? Why, it’s as if you’re a prosecutor.”

Makoto: “But won’t you tell us? What reason is there that you’d claim their innocence when you previously stated they were unjust?”

Futaba: “She’s pelting him with questions.”

Akechi: “Every person whose heart they changed have truly been criminals, including Okumura… why, then, was he the only one who needed to be killed…?”

Makoto: “Why is that?”

Akechi: “I must admit… I couldn’t deduce a reason. That’s why I believe that case should be thought of as if a different party is responsible. And if - this is all hypothetical, mind you.”

Akechi: “If the Phantom Thieves are the ones I know of, I can’t possibly imagine they would kill anyone.”

Makoto: “Your comment just now… does this mean the police have already identified who they are?”

Akechi: “Oh, no. The police haven’t gotten that far yet. But I have my own conclusions about the true identities of the Phantom Thieves.”

Ann: “Pipe down!”

Haru: “He’s lying, right…?”

Futaba: “But if it’s the truth…”

Akechi: “You’re not going to ask me who they are?”

timrodresized: Makoto figures she can just SMART GIRL her way out of this shit.

Akechi: “It’s only my personal opinion, so announcing that here wouldn’t pose a problem. However… there is a possibility that everyone present will hear the truth before the police or media.”

Ann: “The truth…?”

Futaba: “What’s he planning on saying?”

Makoto: “That’s quite the confidence you have. If you’re so certain, then very well. I’d like to ask you then: Who do you think the Phantom Thieves are, Akechi-san?”

Ryuji: “That idiot!”

Yusuke: “No… there’s no way he could have any evidence…”

timrodresized: So, okay… did he plan that? Did he have someone in the audience planted to call him just in case this came up? How did he know Makoto would ask him that?

Akechi: “Would you mind if I step away for about… ten minutes or so?”

Makoto: “I’m terribly sorry, everyone, but we’ll be taking a break. We’ll resume the panel in ten minutes.”

Akechi: “Please don’t troll me online for this interruption, okay?”

Makoto: “There’s the PE faculty office.”

Akechi: “I want you to come too. There’s a matter I want to discuss. Your friends from yesterday are here, aren’t they? Can you bring them too, if that’s all right?”

timrodresized: I mean, no shit. He’s basically Light Yagami.

timrodresized: Congrats, you’ve got uh… a couple of photos that could easily be explained by Photoshop filters. In fact, I’m pretty sure you can do stuff like this with one button these days.

timrodresized: I really wish they’d give Joker an opportunity to snark this. “Hey Akechi, congratulations, you saw Yusuke emerging from the Elemental Plane of Boyfriend.”

Ryuji: “That’s gotta be 'shopped!”

Akechi: “I have video footage too. Please, let’s not feign ignorance. All of you can go to that other world too, yes?”