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TheMcD
May 4, 2013

Monaca / Subject N 2020
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Despair. Malice.
Values America can believe in.





♪ BGM: Wonderful Dead 005

Alright, time to continue on our way through Towa Hills. We have Masaru's and Nagisa's robot to move. And you know what that means!



More Monoku-Man!



♪ BGM: Riddle Land





♪ Jingle: Monoku-Man Activate



So, this one took me a bit. And it's not like that birthday puzzle where I could just gloss over my idiocy, here we have it all on video. As you might have noticed from the music not being the regular "It's A Monokuma World", but instead the track more associated with puzzles given to us by Monokuma kids, this is a bit of a different one.



We are given this hint.









On the other side, there are four pictures in this order.



Also, there's four Monokumas standing around in the room. If we Link up with them, we see this:



The Siren is looking at a 4.



The normal Monokuma is looking at a 9.



The Guard is looking at a 3.



And the Bomber is looking at an 8.

Now, with that information, I thought the password must be 3948. First the Bomber, then we have a mirror showing Komaru. Komaru = normal => next the normal Monokuma. Then the Siren, then the Guard. But that's not the answer. Instead, the mirror means that the number here is something only Komaru can see. And that...



...is this. Zero.



So that makes the correct password 3048.



That opens the gate...



♪ BGM: Wonderful Dead 005

...and lets us move on to Nagisa's room.



And just like before, we then move the robot out of the way using the controls we find in the room.



And just like before, we find a collectible near the robot after that.





Nagisa's father seemed to be considering that he hadn't been extreme enough in his methods.



Now, on to the next Monoku-Man room.



♪ BGM: It's a Monokuma World





♪ Jingle: Monoku-Man Activate





This one is relatively simple. Basically, you need to Move the right cars to free the way to shoot the car all the way at the end at the right time to flatten all the Junk Monokumas.





♪ Jingle: Monoku-Man Success

Like this.



♪ BGM: Wonderful Dead 005

This lets us go to Masaru's room. There's something that looks like a collectible, but it's actually something we automatically pick up when we get close.



♪ BGM: Silence ♫



Just trust in Monaca, and even "brainrinsing" is easy as pie! As long as they wear the "Monokuma Head," everyone's our ally! If this keeps up, the paradise will be completed in no time... And when that happens, I'll bring peace to the entire world next!



♪ BGM: DSO_Despair-Syndrome

He clearly means "brainwash."
Brainwashing... Does that really exist? I've only seen that in science fiction!
No... That level of technology was developed long ago. Technology like that...can't exactly be advertised to the public, can it?
I figured this was the case... The masterminds made the other kids wear those helmet things to brainwash them.
That's even more reason we gotta stop the adults from fighting the children. I mean, if they were under mind control, they aren't really to blame at all, right?
I know how you feel, but... It's better if you don't think about that.
...Huh? What do you mean?
I know that you're growing, but... I have a bad feeling about this. The way you've grown... I feel like this whole situation has been a setup.
Setup? By who?
The one who teamed up with that white-haired guy, trying to bring you all the way here...
And here you are, right in the kids' HQ. It's exactly as that person planned...
But even if that's true, if I just run away, I can't do anything about this war, right?
R-Right, but...

♪ BGM: DSO_Beautiful Dead

It's going to be alright. I don't know whose idea this was, or why they're doing this, but...
As long as we stop this violence, nothing else matters!
...
You're right... We've come this far. Only thing to do now is believe in ourselves and go for it.
You're really starting to sound like him now...
Huh? Y-You think so?
D-Don't blush! It's just like I said, brother complex!



After that, we move the robot away and free up the way forward.



♪ BGM: Wonderful Dead 005

Also, looking around, it seems like Masaru is a fan of Italian football club Juventus Turin...



...and the Brazillian national football team.



Once again, we get a collectible at the base of the moved robot.





You know, thinking about it, Masaru's abuse is strangely... normal compared to the other Warriors. Like, compared to getting psychologically abused to the point you develop monumental self-loathing and spend your entire life wearing a mask, child prostitution, and being turned into a walking experiment on talent, "just" having an alcoholic father that beats you is fairly normal in comparison.

Well, let's open the door and move on.



Hmph, what, she gets special treatment or something just because she's the mastermind?



Moving on, we get another really swanky looking office area.



Next to another panicking kid, we have another collectible.





Hrm.



Up the escalators, we find an elevator.



♪ BGM: We Can't Change The World



It's no use... It's not budging.
Do we need a card key like we did for the elevator at Towa Tower?
Then... We can't use this elevator, huh?
But it doesn't look like the other elevator's gonna move, so we have to work with this one.
Wait a minute... Would Haiji maybe have a card key? He is the heir to the Towa Group...
Even if he did, that coward mole is in the middle of a fight with his Big Bang Monokuma...





♪ BGM: DSO_Beautiful Dead

Wh-Why are you here!?
Same reason you're here. You're looking for the device to control Monokumas, right?
You too?
The Monokumas from all over Towa swarmed me all at once. Even with Big Bang, there were too many. So the plan's changed. Destroy the controller first, make the enemy lose their edge.
After the Monokumas are out of the picture, we're just dealing with kids. We can turn this around.
Is that...Shirokuma's advice?
...Hm? So what if it is?
Ah, no... Nothing.
But I had no idea you two were already here. No wonder we didn't run into too many of 'em.
Anyways...good timing. Do you have a card key for this elevator?
...No, we don't need a card key for this... This elevator only works with retinal identification.
Retinal? Is that an animal...?
Retinal means eye...

♪ BGM: Secret Base ~Left Behind By The Adults~

But... Why's it locked in the first place? This lock shouldn't be on unless it's been manually set. Last time I saw, it was open... So who locked it? Don't tell me... Is this also her doing? She trying to toy with me...?
Stop your creepy mumbling to yourself and open it. Your eyes will work fine, won't they?
No, the only thing that can release the lock is the eyes of Towa Group's chairman.
The chairman? Your father? You said... He was missing.
Missing, right... I only said that because... I didn't want to admit it... ...The old man is dead. The kids killed him.
What!?
Wait a minute, if he was killed, then retinal scanning isn't even gonna work anymore!
No, as long as we have his eyes, the scanner should still work. So... All we gotta do is bring the old man's body back here.
...H-His body!?
Yeah. I think that's what whoever locked this door wanted me to do. After all... His body is on this floor.
On this floor?
Yeah, on this floor for sure. He was killed right before my eyes.



♪ BGM: DSO_Weekly Despair Magazine





You're...not coming with us?
If I have to go along with her sick little games... I'd rather give up entirely. Besides, it might be faster to just destroy this whole building with Big Bang Monokuma.
Wh-What're you talking about!? We're still *in* this building!
I know, I know. I'm just kidding.



...



♪ BGM: Wonderful Dead 005

So, we get to head out and try to find a corpse. Fun stuff.



Jeez, Toko. You're just doing it on purpose now.



Anyway, the game is totally set up to gently caress you here by ambushing you with a ton of Bombers in a situation where getting hit with a single grenade is a guaranteed death thanks to falling down the pit.



Thankfully, if you take things carefully, you can remove the danger by hitting one of the Bombers with Knockback early and blowing them all up that way.





This is your fault, Toko! Now Komaru's chipping away at the fourth wall too! Anyway, Knockback deals with the problems with ease. The present you see there contains 300 Monocoins, and there's a collectible nearby too.



♪ Jingle: Skill GET!



MORE MONEY! I have to deselect some skills to get the SP for this, but it's worth it.



Moving on, we find the door to the chairman's office, and also some more scared Monokuma kids.



♪ BGM: DSO_Despair-Syndrome



Ugh, I was so shocked I really drew out that last word...



...Hey, Toko...
Wh-What? Did you find it?
I did, but... What should I do...? It's laying on the floor... It's looking at me.
Y-You don't have to give me the details! I-If you don't think it'll work...
But if we give up now... We won't be able to get through... And then all the people of the town might end up like this... ...
...I'll do it... Yeah, I'll do it.



What's that paper bag? No, wait, never mind... I don't wanna know.
Yeah... Probably better if you don't. Okay, let's head back to the retinal scanning place...
Y-Yeah...



♪ BGM: Absolute Despair Girl

On our way back through the room with the pit, things get a bit hairy, with Guards on the main path and Destroyers and Bombers on the left and right to us. In fact, I game over here because like I said earlier, getting hit by a Bomber is pretty much a death sentence. The second time around, things go better.



♪ BGM: Wonderful Dead 005

Now, let's check out that elevator again.



♪ BGM: Silence ♫



This is a very special scene. I very much recommend you watch it.

Okay, I'm taking it out of the bag...
Y-Yeah, you do it... Hurry up and do it already...
Don't rush me...



We hear the sound of the elevator unlocking.



♪ BGM: DSO_Beautiful Dead

That... We don't need it anymore, right? Just... Just throw it.
N-No, I can't! I'll get divine punishment!
Divine punishment, sensing ghosts... That's enough of your occult stories! Divine punishment is a fiction the living created. The dead have no power.
That...might be true, but...



♪ BGM: Silence ♫

...Huh?
Toko? Did you say something?
Huh? I didn't say anything.
Th-That's strange, for some reason... I thought I heard a voice...
I was *just* telling you to stop with that stuff!
Miss... Miss...
See! I hear it aga--



♪ BGM: DSO_Junk Food for a Dashing Youth



What...? What happened? What are you shouting about all of a sudden?
G-G-G-Ghost! The ghost of a severed head!
I told you, now's not the time for fooling around!
I'm serious!



I-I-I-I'm sorry! I was surprised, I dropped it on accident! I didn't mean to!
...Huh?

♪ BGM: Secret Base ~Left Behind By The Adults~

I-I'm really sorry! I apologize, please! Don't curse me!
Curse you...? There's no way I'd do something so lowly. I just...want you to listen.
L-Listen...?
Komaru, get a hold of yourself! You're hallucinating!
My name is Tokuichi Towa... I was the chairman of Towa Group in the past...
I-I know... You're Mister Haiji's father, right?



DUN

DUN

DUNNNNNN

Little sister...? Monaca!?



And when I attended elementary school, I was called the Li'l Ultimate Homeroom.



Hm, so you do know about Monaca. In that case, I can get right to the point. I beg you, no matter what, using any means necessary...stop Monaca from going out of control! If you let her do this, the name of Towa will be finished!
...This is bad, Komaru's chatting up an illusion! I gotta bring her back to her senses...
The ungrateful child, she forgets she is in my debt for taking her in, and revolts against me!?
Taking her in...?
...That whelp's mother was my mistress. But that bitch abandoned her responsibility and forced Monaca on me when she was a baby.
But isn't a father expected to raise his own child?
If her mother wasn't going to raise her, I wouldn't have tolerated the pregnancy at all!
Th-That's horrible...
I even let her stay in our home and raised her. I could have easily left her in an orphanage... But that child made me end up like this... She killed her own father! It's all that woman's fault! She's the one who made Monaca insane... I knew something was wrong the moment I noticed Monaca growing more rebellious...
Wait, "that woman"?
Even thinking about her horrifies me... Hm?



♪ BGM: DSO_Junk Food for a Dashing Youth



The power of Christ compels you!





♪ BGM: DSO_Beautiful Dead

Phew, looks like you're back to your senses... There's no way that stupid chant would work on a *real* ghost! You were dreaming it!
Dreaming...? But he told me a lot of things! About the Towa family...
Argh, it was all just a delusion!
...Really...? A delusion...?
Look, you're tired. Dream about stuff when you're in bed after this is all over.
I-I still don't get it, but...okay.



♪ BGM: Wonderful Dead 005

So, that just happened. Next time, we take the elevator to the upper levels, and meet a new ally!