prologue and chapter 2! Ms. Date is here looking into detective Matayoshi's "secret weapon." She thinks this is a real shady business we have going here; Kyouko welcomes her to the Kuremi detective agency, asking if the Tokyo metropolitan police department's Date Makiko has a request of us. Date is here to investigate our offices, and recognizes us from before. As it happens, she wants us to help her the way we help Matayoshi. Kyouko assures her that we're just an ordinary bunch of detectives, but we naturally have an obligation to help the police where they need it. Kyouko passes this on to us before stepping out; her obligation is our obligation, and vice-versa.
Ms. Date's speech is incredibly casual for a police officer, the complete opposite of what you'd expect--she's really more legit punk than Jimmy Ken. Because of her truncated, rough, slang-heavy, sound effect-laden speech style, she's actually pretty hard to understand. It's one of the few times that phonetics are more difficult than kanji.
Cyber Sleuth's rendition of Akihabara is filled with the usual suspects, otaku from the countryside on pilgrimages to the "Electric Town," young men obsessed with becoming the Number One Fans of moe anime girls, and regular old video game nerds. The store space is populated by arcades, card shops, and electronics stores; I would not be surprised in the slightest if those Sega banners are true-to-life.
As it happens, the Repulsive Young Otaku is in love, but he's too shy to speak to the girl of his dreams. He needs help communicating his "pure pure love ♡" for her, and wants us to talk to this girl, get her full name, street address, and Digiline ID...in exchange for what he assures us is superb and rare information. As for the girl, she wears glasses, is pure and tidy, has long hair, and she was here in this "sacred ground" of Akiba not long ago. She's also an assistant at the florist's.
Tidy Girl with Glasses: That disgusting man, he's a stalker!
Apparently she's been having some trouble with this particular stalker for a while. Him being over there is the reason she's on this side of the street. When she hears that we're a detective, she asks us if we can communicate her feelings to him--that is, chase him off.
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ABOUT "PURE PURE LOVE ♡”!?
>>YOU COULD'VE TOLD ME YOU WERE JUST ANOTHER STALKER!?
(I sat here for a bit thinking about how underprepared I am to render ORAORA KONO KIMOOTOKO GAAA!! into any language)
Disgusting Man: Uwaaaahhh trembletrembleshakeshake!?
DON'T EVER COME NEAR THAT GIRL AGAIN!
A friend of the friend of the friend of the Disgusting Man's friend disappeared, and he found out about it through the EDEN forums.
>>SPECIFICALLY WHICH EDEN FORUM WAS IIIITTT!?
Disgusting Man: Ththth, ththis onnneee!! The Comic Mania Forum! Also known as ComiMani Forummmm!!
Disgusting Man: No, it's no probleeeemmmm!!
(The Kansai dialect is a southwestern dialect of Japanese, sometimes equated with a Brooklyn accent in English. Some prominent stand-up comedians also spoke Kansai dialect, as did Digimon Adventure's very own Tentomon. This is one aspect of the first series anime that never translated to the west; it's a running gag in Japan that no one understands why Tentomon speaks in Kansai dialect, not even him.)
This scene gives us a bit more insight into what sort of guy Arata is--we're browsing a マニア Mania forum for comic book enthusiasts, something that's not exactly otaku but is exactly equivalent to the Poké Maniac trainer class in Pokémon. Obviously Arata wasn't here for the same reasons as us; he's a comic maniac himself! He's got plenty of incentive to dissociate with that idea.
Tower Records crossover in chapter five, this is an officially-sponsored promotion by Mandarake. As I remember, Mandarake had some sort of partial exclusivity deal in Japan where you could get Cyber Sleuth earlier at their outlets than you could in other stores.
Hey. Would ya look at that. That guy in the top right. Guess who I completely forgot to talk to and thus missed permanently? :V He only has a Demon medal and stat-enhancing item during this chapter, but this might lock me out of getting a certain item in the endgame. We'll see.
Moreover, only officially registered forum members could upload manga to the website. Considering the obvious relationship between the list of disappeared persons and the members that posted comments, the one that uploaded that manga is likely the culprit. Unfortunately, that manga and all the comments related to it have been absolutely deleted. The Kansai-Speaking Girl is worried that she's also gotten herself in trouble by being involved. The forum space itself has a strange air to it now.
I don't want to go through it line by line, but there's an embedded joke here about the protagonist being boke/funny guy yet not boke and also tsukkomi/straight man, all in spite of his serious face. They're only making the joke at all because there's a character that speaks in Kansai dialect; manzai comedy is associated heavily with it because of the number of manzai comedians that are also Kansai speakers. (There's a similarly-themed joke in Digimon Adventure where Koushirou pretends he was practicing a one-man manzai to hide the fact that he's keeping Tentomon in his room from his parents.)
We need to Cron's first level for this, but as we get to the Junk Park, the scene cuts away...
Kansai-Speaking Girl: Eh? Whattsa matter? Thas a scary face yer makin'... Go to Akiba? Well, wasn't planning to but... Well... Why don't we?
(I think this scene may be the cutoff point for Victory Uchida in this chapter, it's either this one or a different one further down.)
Luck is also one of my abilities!
the previous chapter to get it.
Wisemon: DON'T LOOK--
Arata: ...Eh? Report it to the police? You mean that lady detective that cosplays a policewoman?
(Arata doesn't have the best impression of Date, huh?)
Shinjuku Mayohiga! Arata concludes that an Eater must be around, but just which way do we go from here?
(If the cutoff for Victory Uchida isn't after the KSG cutscene above, it's probably here. You can't leave the dungeon until you complete it.)
We tell Arata to calm down. After getting a breath, he says this phenomenon should disappear as soon as we clean up the Eater in this area. Then, Mari should return to normal.
Suedou Akemi! Arata's surprised to see him here, but figures out that Suedou must have predicted the phenomenon would hit this place. Suedou says he's exactly right; this space was created by the digital wave that he's trying to observe directly, in what he's calling a shift. (Written with the Japanese characters 転移 "transition (i.e. phase transition)" but pronounced using the English word "shift.") Suedou's finally named this phenomenon, Digital Shift.
When you announce it to society, please call it "Mayohiga!"
Suedou: Mai Yoh, Hih Gah? Well, it does have a certain flavor to it, and the sound is somehow nostalgic, but... It's already been decided, I'm calling this phenomenon the Digital Shift!
Suedou confirms Arada's theory that defeating the Eater will revert this space to normal, just like last time.
Arata: N... No way... YOU'RE the one behind these disappearances... !?
Arata: Nishino-san... Seriously... What are you doing...?
Tidy Girl with Glasses: You mean... You wanted to see? I'm drawing manga! Come... Look, look!
Nishino: Well!? Well, Sanada-kun!? Aren't I amazing...!? With this flawless manga I drew, am I ready for my debut...!? I can become a pro mangaka now, can't I!?
Arata: You said you drew a manga...? I don't get it at all... Where's your manga? Seriously, this isn't funny.
Nishino: Sanada-kun, you're with them... My works, my nonsense, speak ill of, my dream, a hinder, call foolish, mock, and shame. Everything is also as if it were nothing, so laugh at it, and live.
Arata: Touya, this one's dangerous...
Nishino: I made them stop laughing... With this, anything will be as I wish it to be. The manga I drew... It became real. Sanada-kun, I'll make you stop laughing. But... Do I absolutely have to kill you? Because my manga will become complete. You all... You all, will become my readers...! The captives of my manga...! You will become that! And then, please, will you be silent? Please, and then, don't ever look at anything again? Don't look, don't look, don't look, don'tlook DON'TLOOKDON'TLOOKDON'TLOOKDON'TLOOK
Arata: Nishino-san... I was really looking forward to your manga though...? I got the feeling you really enjoyed drawing manga...I could only read [and not draw], so I could look forward to it, and I thought I envied you. So, seeing you become this... Honestly, I can't believe in you anymore. Sorry for not noticing [how you felt], Nishino-san.
Nishino: Sanada...Kun... I... Just wanted everyone... To enjoy it...But, inside me... Something began to grow... I couldn't stop it... Why... Why did I...
The culprit's also been found unconscious, with EDEN Syndrome. Date thinks we know something more, but lets it go this time.
having a particular influence on a Digimon, and conversely, the girl we encountered today also had an influence on a Digimon. The feelings she was holding in the depths of her heart--delusions of grandeur, a deep-rooted desire for approval, and egoism--these inner workings of her mind called a Digimon to her, and it began to control her entirely. Inside the Mayohiga, their bond strengthened to the point of displaying as a paranormal force. Although she was not a hacker, that girl could still use a Digimon. The cause of this incident was the bonding of a Digimon and a human.
This is a plot lifted more or less directly from Digimon Savers. The first arc of Savers follow a general thread of Digimon forming connections to humans with strong emotions and then enabling them to act on those desires, whether that was robbing a bank or rigging horse races. It's also sometimes interpreted as a response by Savers to Digimon Adventure 02's idea of all humans eventually having a partner Digimon, and what that could lead to. You could make the case that picking up that idea again and continuing off of something Savers started, Cyber Sleuth is inserting itself in Digimon's "line of succession," branching off from the fifth season instead of Xros Wars.
Kyouko thanks us for resolving the case, but has her concerns about Suedou Akemi. She wants to know why he was inside the Mayohiga alone, despite being aware of the dangers in entering. His motives remain vague, and anything we try to guess at this point will just be jumping to conclusions.
"You got 1000 CSP."
"Would you like to save?"
The revelation that it was Nishino all along in this chapter is an important swerve because of how it changes the character dynamics initially established. Nishino's feelings that no one appreciated her just because of some comments made on the internet are what called Wisemon out in the first place, enabling her to get revenge. But her feelings didn't reflect reality. Arata, Mari, and the Disgusting Man all appreciated her, but Arata never told her he liked her manga until it was already too late, while the Disgusting Man only saw the pure image he wanted to see in her, and never her real self as an artist. In the end, she turned on all of them, and her obsessive need to be validated as an artist destroyed her emotionally. It could have easily been a "the dog did it" moment to this mystery, but because of how the characters are introduced it comes off as clever because this flips around the dynamics you assume. (Not unlike the role reversal in the manzai act; the Tokyo-raised protagonist is better at it than the Kansai girl.) The stalker is the victim, the flower shop clerk is the "killer," and the seemingly-trivial relationship between the stalker and the informant is actually the basis for the disappearances.