I also looked at parts of the Japanese script where I did not understand the English version. There I found some interesting differences that I comment on below. I will also point out some questions that arise based on my interpretation. So feel free to comment on them if you have got an answer or a different opinion!
General information relevant to all storylines
There are 2 conflicting parties or sides in this story: Frontier (FSO) and an alliance formed by two factions TRO and CCO. These two sides already stood in conflict in The Silver Case.
In this game, the 25th Ward is an experiment supervised by TRO and CCO to collect data on where “criminal power” comes from and how it is transmitted between people. “Criminal power” in this game’s world describes the desire to break rules or commit crimes. According to Placebo-5, the “two groups of the 25th Ward” (TRO and CCO?) each have their own organisation (the 25th Ward HC Unit and the Regional Adjustment Bureau?) and their own Kamui (Shiroyabu and Tsuki).
An important concept is the LIFE (Japanese: 日常) that refers to the state of order where the citizens of the 25th Ward strictly obey the rules and where people breaking the rules are killed by the Postal Federation. SAVE THE LIFE means to uphold that order, KILL THE LIFE refers to people trying to overthrow that system.
Kamui is also a central concept in this game’s world. It stands for multiple things, for example the infamous serial killer in The Silver Case, the ideas that he and his murders represent, people being connected to him via the “Kamui System” (described in Placebo-0), via the Kamui Shelter Child project (“Kamui Maspro”) or via some other way, chaos itself or the development of chaos in a society, or a “virus” that makes people accumulate “criminal power” and commit crimes (described in Placebo-5).
Similarly, Ayame sometimes represents the killer in The Silver Case, the counterpart to “Kamui” and/or people connected to her via the Ayame Shelter Child project (“Ayame Maspro”).
Another important concept is “awakening”. People who participated in the Shelter Child project and people who are connected to Kamui or Ayame in some way are able to gain supernatural abilities under certain circumstances. These circumstances vary by character and the activation of these abilities is called “awakening”.
Kosaka has formed a special investigation unit containing Uehara and Sakura (stated at the beginning of Correctness-1) and both Uehara and Sakura are sent into the building to investigate the death of Milu Yuzuki (explained in more detail in Placebo-1 and Placebo-3) before the official investigation by the 25th Ward HC Unit starts. Sakura hints at Uehara possessing supernatural powers (he can see “crime” and “(everyday) LIFE”, JP: 日常と犯罪がアナタに見えると…) and says that Kosaka sent Uehara here in order to awaken his powers. It is possible that Uehara is also a Shelter Child besides Sakura so that she can sense Uehara’s powers. The last words of this chapter then probably mean something like “Kosaka, do you really want to awaken Uehara? This might be risky. The power that he possesses could be too strong. He will KILL THE LIFE”. Sakura seems to know the truth about the 25th Ward.
Correctness-1 “new world order”
Some members of the 25th Ward HC Unit (Shiroyabu, Sakaki, Kuroyanagi) start their investigation on the death of Milu Yuzuki (described in Placebo-1 and Placebo-3 in more detail). Uehara accompanies them as a “janitor”/”building manager” (JP: 管理人さん) who likely pretends to be the one who found the body [this is hinted at when talking to Sakaki; this is barely noticeable in the English text where Uehara is mostly only addressed as “you” or “sir”, while in Japanese he is called 管理人, but it should be noted that Kurumizawa is also called 管理人 at some points, but this 管理人 likely refers to something else].
Sakaki briefly mentions that Kousuke Kurumizawa, the administrator of the tower where she was killed, was also found dead and that it was hard to identify him. While investigating the room where Milu died, Sakaki notices holes in the ceiling. It turns out that multiple deliverymen from the Postal Federation are hidden in the attic, watching them through these holes and one of them kills Sakaki (the weapon that deliverymen use to kill people is described in more detail in Placebo-3). While Shiroyabu (together with Uehara) is moving to the upper floor to find the culprit he encounters a deliveryman who tells him that the Postal Federation controls the people in the 25th Ward. Kuroyanagi then kills this deliveryman and they move to the upper floor where they kill a large group of distraught deliverymen. This incident is also mentioned in Matchmaker-1. Uehara is then secured by Kosaka (this is hinted at during the following conversation between Kosaka and Hatoba).
QUESTION: I’m not exactly sure what made the deliverymen go crazy. In Matchmaker-1, Kamoguchi says that he felt an “oppressive atmosphere” and “the existence of someone with a strong and oppressive power” and after 2-3 days, the deliverymen went crazy. This could possibly point to the same person that “is blessed with congenital criminal power” (JP: 先天的な犯罪力に恵まれている) in the following scene (where Kosaka asks about the survivors of the incident).
Who could that person be? To me, Uehara seems most likely, but this might not fit with “after 2-3 days, they went crazy” since the first time Uehara arrived there was the day after Milu died. Same for Tokio. Maybe Meru who said in Placebo-3 that he starts to develop the ability to predict who dies next? Or Milu who can sense small changes “in the flow” and who is an “embodiment of Kamui” (Placebo-3)? Maybe Kurumizawa as an observer? But he must have been working at the tower way longer than just a couple of days. Did he already have contact with Kamui at that time?
Kosaka then sends Uehara to meet Nakane via the VIP elevator (note that the VIP elevator goes until 90F whereas the normal elevators only go until 80F). Nakane tells Uehara about the 25th Ward, his ideals and asks him to “perform adjustments” (kill people) using the name “Kamui Uehara”. He points out that “Kamui” is burned into Uehara’s memories (another hint that he might be a Shelter Child) and wants Uehara bringing new life to the city and becoming a driving force by being “Kamui”. This might be connected to the revival of Kamui believers mentioned in Matchmaker-2.
The words of Kosaka in this chapter indicate that he is part of “KILL THE LIFE” that wants to overthrow the current system in the 25th Ward. The conversations with Hatoba hint at a conflict arising between these two as Hatoba from does not want to “just keep waiting quietly”. It is a bit unclear where the HC Unit falls on that spectrum: The massacre of deliverymen, and the investigation of the divers and deliverymen by the HC Unit also contribute to KILL THE LIFE, but they also investigate crimes in the 25th Ward which might also count as SAVE THE LIFE.
Correctness-2 “good looking guy”
The 25th Ward HC Unit investigates the death of the diver Kamijo. Before dying, he placed various hints in order to reveal his work as a diver to the people investigating his death. In Placebo-2, it is also revealed that he made someone else look like him and kill himself so that he could get out of the work as a diver alive while protecting the people important to him. One of those people is “Machiko” who tells Shiroyabu and Kuroyanagi that Kamijo wanted to meet “the building administrator” (of the high-rise building, that is, Kurumizawa), leading both of them on the track to find out more about Kurumizawa.
Correctness-3 “boys don’t cry”
This chapter is a bit confusing since it is not told in chronological order…
Kurumizawa, who was mentioned to be dead in Correctness-1, lets Shiroyabu and Kuroyanagi know that he is still alive by showing them a body of someone killed in the same way to his own (apparent) death. Kuroyanagi leaves the investigation of Kurumizawa’s whereabouts to Shiroyabu. While searching for him, Shiroyabu kills a group of deliverymen hiding in the sewers where he shows some hints that he is “crazy like a serial killer” (maybe a hint that he is a “Kamui” which is mentioned in Placebo-5). It’s possible that this and his investigations on Kurumizawa put him on the radar of the Regional Adjustment Bureau (RAB). A conversation between Hatoba and Kosaka shows that the people connected to the RAB are targeting Shiroyabu.
However, it turns out that Kosaka, who has connections to the Okiai syndicate (revealed in Correctness-5), actually sent hitmen after him with the goal of awakening Shiroyabu so that he gains the ability of Observation (described in Correctness-4) in order to meet Kurumizawa (who dies at some unknown point in this chapter becoming the supernatural being shown in Correctness-4 that normal humans cannot easily “observe”).
[This is a part where I think the translation seems a bit confusing: The English text says “You (Kosaka) used Kurumizawa to lure in Shiroyabu so you can observe him”, but the Japanese sounds more like “with the goal of making Shiroyabu observe, you lured him with Kurumizawa”.]
Whenever Shiroyabu kills these hitmen, he does something he calls “death-filing” (a bit like “gaining experience points” and becoming stronger, I think?). His “awakening” could be something like “reaching the max level”. Similar to other characters awakening in this universe, he gains supernatural abilities, such as being able to “observe” and being contacted by “supernatural beings” (as he receives a phone call from Kurumizawa on the phone he got at the Mobile Shop that Munakata pointed him to).
[The English text just says “Jabroni is super pumped”, while the Japanese text clearly says “Jabroni has awakened”. No idea why they changed it like this.]
An interesting fact is that Shiroyabu’s encounter with the 6th and 7th hitman take place at the same time, but at different places. Maybe just an oversight of the writers, or something deeper?
This chapter also hints at Shiroyabu having a kind of “immortality” that is shown in more detail in Correctness-6: Whenever Shiroyabu dies in battles with the hitmen, it is not possible to “try again” (from the beginning), but to only “continue”, which probably means that Shiroyabu just stands up and continues to fight. And during a conversation between Hatoba and Kuroyanagi, she says “dying a few times would do that guy some good”, hinting at the fact that they both know about his immortality.
Correctness-4 “digital man”
This chapter roughly takes place at the same time as Correctness-3 and at this point the story gets confusing (even the characters themselves are confused), and my interpretation also leaves open some questions.
The scenes with Sumio at the beginning and at the end probably reference his previous, supernatural experiences he had in the other games of the “Kill the Past” series and how these allow him to sense supernatural things, such as Kurumizawa. Apart from that, this chapter is about Observers and Kurumizawa’s special abilities.
An Observer is a type of superhuman able to store large amounts of data. Kurumizawa was one of them and my interpretation is that while observing, he got into contact with “Kamui” (as in, he observed how the residents developed a desire to commit crimes; or he contracted the “Kamui” virus itself, similar to the description in Placebo-5). He somehow also reached a state of awakening that, in combination with the “Kamui” contact, allowed him to continue to exist after dying (this property is mentioned in Placebo-5) with supernatural abilities.
Here Kurumizawa is able to manipulate the perception of others (shown by how the dead body turned out to be a “mannequin”), he exists in a different dimension, between the world of the living and the dead as a supernatural being, and he has no “actual shape” so that he is able to manifest himself in varying forms.
Later in Correctness-5, Shiroyabu says that in this form Kurumizawa acts as an “agent”/”surrogate” that receives messages from “Kamui” (who often represents “chaos”), which might explain the cryptic things he says and the fake “murder” he committed with the mannequin.
As for the story, this chapter shows how the 24th Ward HC Unit investigates Kurumizawa who manifests himself in different forms even after his dead body is found. However, the “murder” he committed turns out to be a fake one. Towards the end, Sumio talks with Ayame Shimohira from The Silver Case (probably on some supernatural level, since this Ayame is also one of the spirits Tokio talks to in Placebo-5, which is only possible if the person is dead). The chapter ends with Shiroyabu and Kurumizawa meeting each other, similar to the end of Correctness-3. The shot heard at the end is Sumio killing Shiroyabu.
QUESTION: Why did Sumio kill Shiroyabu? My interpretation is that Sumio was able to sense that Shiroyabu was becoming a Kamui (either due to Shiroyabu being a psychopathic killer in Correctness-3, him being a Kamui according to Placebo-5 or due to Kurumizawa who was about to “possess” him) and killed him in order to prevent him spreading the “virus”, allowing him to fight Kurumizawa on a supernatural level.
QUESTION: Why is the dialogue in the last scene (where Shiroyabu and Kurumizawa meet) different from the one in Correctness-3? Shiroyabu’s words are largely the same (except the dialogue is a bit longer), but Kurumizawa sounds much more aggressive than during the first time. Did Kurumizawa change the “perception of the player”? Why would he do that?
QUESTION: What is the meaning of the blue scenes, where the members of the 24th Ward HC unit look at the camera? Could it be Kurumizawa looking at them? Or is the “real world” of the player connected to them?
Sumio probably did not know about Shiroyabu’s immortality (revealed in Correctness-6) while killing him, so Shiroyabu continues to exist in a physical form (that, for example, Hatoba and Akama can see). He thinks that he won the fight with Kurumizawa (although this is actually Kurumizawa possessing and manipulating him) and uses his Observation ability to search and hunt down traces of Kamui.
The 25th Ward HC unit investigates the murder of a woman. [And I think Shiroyabu is spotted “near the body” of the woman (JP: 変死体の近辺)] It seems that her murderer Yuki Ishimura (found at the end of the puzzle in the high-rise tower) is someone who assumes the identity of the women she kills and who fully believes in the 25th Ward’s system and Nakane’s ideals (shown at the end of Correctness-1). She then points Uehara to a different room where he is killed by Shiroyabu who can now sense that Uehara acts as a “Kamui” (the role assigned to Uehara by Nakane at the end of Correctness-1). Meanwhile, Kuroyanagi kills a deliveryman who was about to kill someone in a building close by.
The following scene with a deliveryman on a bike describes his life and gives some socio-political commentary on how to manipulate people.
QUESTION: Uehara was was absent during Correctness-3 and Correctness-4. What did he do during that time? One possibility is that he acted as Kamui and performed “adjustments”, as requested my Nakane in Correctness-1, but only Shiroyabu seems to notice his absence in Correctness-3.
In the following conversation between Kuroyanagi and Hatoba, Kuroyanagi says she is going to kill Shiroyabu since he acts like a psychopathic killer, but Hatoba asks her not to since the HC Unit is important to him. He also speculates that someone might by trying to shake up the HC Unit by making its members kill one another (which might actually fit with Kosaka’s plan to weaken the 25th Ward and its HC Unit). This seemingly convinces her. The previous conversations between these two characters indicate that Kuro and Hatoba to have a special relationship, maybe that Hatoba even likes her (since he does not muster up the courage to tell Kosaka who he really likes).
Then, Shiroyabu searches further traces of Kamui, not knowing that he is being manipulated by Kurumizawa who wants to SAVE THE LIFE (by eliminating Kamuis). Due to Kurumizawa’s influence, Shiroyabu understands more about how “Kamui” communicates with Kurumizawa and how Kurumizawa acts as an agent for Kamui. However, sporadic traces of Shiroyabu can be seen when he expresses his doubts (“What would Kuroyanagi do…”). At the end, he arrives at the mayor’s office shortly after the mayor has been killed by Tsuki (in Matchmaker-5), although at first he is not sure whether he is actually dead. The fact that he is not sure possibly indicates that Kurumizawa manipulated Shiroyabu’s perception or that Kurumizawa, who exists between Life and Death, influences Shiroyabu (also making him think that he has been here before). But that is also the point where Shiroyabu notices that Kurumizawa still exists, not having actually lost to Shiroyabu after the meeting at the end of Correctness-3/4. Kurumizawa manifests himself (in the physical world or a supernatural, not observable world) and explains that he can decide over his own existence depending on how he perceives his death, similar to how the existence of spirits is explained in Placebo-6.
QUESTION: This place and the conversation between Sumio and Ayame are the only two times in the game where the word “rhetoric” (JP: レトリック) is used. Ayame also says that “the compression rate is rhetoric” (JP: 圧縮率はレトリック). It seems that these two things might be somehow connected with a deeper meaning.
He then says that Shiroyabu is going to be the new “agent”/”surrogate” for Kamui (so Shiroyabu now takes the role of receiving messages and “tones” from Kamui). [The English texts might sound a bit like “Shiroyabu becomes Kurumizawa, Kurumizawa becomes Shiroyabu”, but the Japanese text sounds more like “Kurumizawa had a role/task, and now Shiroyabu is the one who has to do that”.] Kurumizawa then disappears (it is possible that he ends his existence by accepting his death, but this might contradict that Kurumizawa opens Shiroyabu’s old memories during the post-credits scene, so it is also possible that he just disappears to a place where Shiroyabu cannot see him).
Shiroyabu is at a loss since he was manipulated and unsure whether he might succumb to his new role. However, Kuroyanagi arrives and instead of killing him (what she originally wanted to do and what might have been Kosaka’s plan), she tells him that he is different from Kurumizawa and reminds him of his principles so that he does not lose sight of himself. Afterwards, they both return to their work as HC Unit members. Under this interpretation I think it kind of makes sense that the chapter ends here. (I think Kuroyanagi is actually there in person, to me the English and Japanese text sounds like they are both there at the same location.)
Chronologically, Hatoba confronts Kosaka after that event in the late evening since he figured out that Kosaka is behind everything. Kosaka confirms Hatoba’s suspicions and explains the meaning behind the 25th Ward. It is also revealed that Kosaka (a member of Frontier, fighting for the 24th Ward) and the mayor (who is against Frontier and wants to make the 25th Ward independent) are opponents.
His usage of the word “adjustment” as well as a phone call between him and Kiryu (in Matchmaker-3) indicate that Kosaka has connections to the Regional Adjustment Bureau. He is then killed by Hatoba and Hatoba says that a war (between Frontier/FSO/the 24th Ward and parties “opposing FSO”/from the 25th Ward?) is about to come.
QUESTION: What actually happens to the HC Unit after the 25th Ward experiments end?
Correctness-6 “white out”
My interpretation of this chapter is that Shiroyabu has a kind of “immortality” and different personalities (due to him being “a son of Kamui Uehara”), one of which is the Joker who plays a central role in this chapter. During the conversation between Shiroyabu and the Joker at the Café, the Joker gives some details about the Joker’s (and thus, Shiroyabu’s) past, even though the Joker there is not actually real (indicated by him being unscathed after the explosion). The chapter ends with Shiroyabu killing himself, or more precisely, his “Joker” personality while he continues his life as the Shiroyabu that is seen in the “Correctness” plot.
Correctness-7 “black out”
I think this is probably just a joke chapter since the characters joke around with movie references and this chapter was not in the original release. It might also be a parody to “choices in video games”. The final ending (after seeing all other endings) could be that Uehara awakens due to being subjected to seeing all 100 endings, but seeing that the final line is a joke reference to The Silver Case makes me not take that very seriously. It is interesting to note that the English text has a different feel to it regarding the multiple endings: It sounds a bit like “one is the true ending, one is a false ending”, but the Japanese text uses the ko-so-a-do demonstrative words which to my ears sounds more like “Any ending you choose is one of the many endings. Any ending you choose is the truth. Any ending you choose is a fact(ual ending). Any ending you choose is a lie”, which probably goes better with the joke character of this chapter where many endings make no sense.
Matchmaker-1 “underground theater”
Tsuki and Osato from the Regional Adjustment Bureau (RAB) disguise themselves as people from the HC Unit to investigate the crime scene where Milu died (in Placebo-1). There they get a phone call from someone using Sakura’s voice who alludes to Shigino’s plan to bring chaos to the 25th Ward and to stir up the RAB (which is properly revealed in Matchmaker-5). That person could be Ishiki (who is properly introduced in Matchmaker-4) or someone connected to Shigino’s plan. They also try to interrogate the diver Kamoguchi and two deliverymen who did not participate in the confrontation in Correctness-1 in order to find out why the deliverymen went haywire, but they are all killed by Osato’s inexperience. Afterwards they receive another phone call that also alludes to Shigino’s plan (revealed in Matchmaker-5).
The game then explains that the RAB oversees the divers which oversee the deliverymen from the Postal Federation. In Correctness-5, Kosaka says that Kurumizawa also acts as an “administrator to the divers”.
Matchmaker-2 “quiet cradle”
Tsuki and Osato investigate the second phone call from Matchmaker-1 while Yabukawa and Sasatani (two other people from the RAB) follow the HC Unit that is investigating Kamijo’s suicide (shown in Correctness-2 and Placebo-2). A dialogue between Yabukawa and Tsuki already alludes to the fact that the RAB itself and its work is a farce. During the investigations, Tsuki and Osato discover a network of “Kamui believers” who want to bring chaos to the 25th ward. This network was likely established by Haijima (the “Translator”) who works for Shigino’s goals. This is also the chapter where Tsuki meets Haijima for the first time. The chapter ends with Yabukawa being killed, probably by someone connected to Shigino’s plan (revealed in Matchmaker-5) to shake up the RAB.
Matchmaker-3 “about nighthawk”
Tsuki, Osato and Sasatani work together to find out who killed Yabukawa in the previous chapter. However, it turns out that Sasatani is a traitor working for Shigino. Sasatani gives Osato fake information in order to lure Tsuki into a hotel named the “Thousand Hotel”. Shortly after entering the hotel, Tsuki is captured and meets Shigino and Ishiki (whose connections to Tsuki are revealed in Matchmaker-4). Then Sasatani tries to kill Tsuki but Osato kills Sasatani and saves Tsuki.
QUESTION: This chapter also contains a conversation between Kiryu (the chief of the RAB) and Kurumizawa (a key figure in the “Correctness” story). I still do not fully understand what Kurumizawa is talking about.
Kiryu seems to know about the confrontation that takes place at the Thousand Hotel, how the Okiai Syndicate (connected to Shigino) starts to become active. Kurumizawa comments how his plan to awaken “him”is going smoothly, but also how “he” is a formidable opponent. Who does “he” refer to? Shiroyabu, perhaps? But this would lead to a number of other questions.
Matchmaker-4 “the lunar orbit”
This chapter shows Tsuki’s past while he was still with the Okiai Syndicate with Ishiki and Shigino before being betrayed by them. In the present, the RAB makes contact with Tokio Morishima (also shown at the beginning of Placebo-4) and “convince” him to provide the RAB with new information. Ishiki, who still feels guilty for betraying Tsuki, sets up a fake meeting of the Okiai Syndicate at a restaurant and lures Tsuki (by spreading fake information that is found later by Tokio who in turn gives that info to the RAB) with the goal of giving Tsuki an opportunity to kill Ishiki for his betrayal in the past. However as later revealed in Matchmaker-5, this encounter also provides Shigino an opportunity to capture Osato (who are both at the restaurant) and induce Osato’s awakening by injecting a drug (mentioned in Matchmaker-5). The awakened Osato then kills Ishiki.
[As an aside, I’ve always found the puzzle “Neil and Alan were there” with the answer “moon” somewhat strange since this required knowledge outside of the game, so I checked the Japanese text. There the puzzle is much easier to solve: The hint is “The fool who was there” (“there” being the incident at the warehouse) and the answer is “Tsuki”. The Japanese word “tsuki” also means “moon” which might be the reason why it was translated like this.]
Matchmaker-5 “moon over 25”
After killing Ishiki, Osato is put to sleep by other RAB members and brought to a lab. It turns out that Shigino manipulated Ishiki (by making him believe the “old man” leader of the Okiai Syndicate was still alive even though he has been dead for a long time). Kiryu (the chief of the RAB) then sends Tsuki to meet Haijima (the “Translator”) in order to bring Tsuki closer to Shigino and to indicate that Kiryu knows more about Haijima and Shigino than he lets on. Haijima tells him that he works for Shigino and gives him the next hint about Shigino before killing himself.
At the very end, it is revealed that the mayor of the 25th Ward and the Postal Federation are behind the central conflict in the “Matchmaker” plot: They need experimental data resulting from observing the conflict between parties representing “SAVE THE LIFE” (the RAB, Kiryu, Tsuki) and “KILL THE LIFE” (the Kamui believers, Shigino stirring up the RAB, the Okiai Syndicate). The execution of this plan was handled by Kiryu and Shigino. And in order to make sure that Kiryu follows the plan he is constantly observed by Ichigaya who in the previous chapters appears to be a regular member or a secretary, but in this chapter turns out to be an Observer (that play an important role in “Correctness”). At least, that was the plan.
Shortly after learning about Haijima’s death, Kiryu decides to fight Ichigaya due to being fed up with his dual role and feeling guilty for what he is making Tsuki do, but the result of this battle is unknown. Later on, Osato is abducted by Shigino from the lab where security has been reduced on purpose by Kiryu beforehand.
This, the sudden disappearance of Kiryu and Ichigaya, and hints that the Postal Federation seems to act independently from the RAB (contradicting the hierarchy first presented in Matchmaker-1) cause the RAB members to doubt their own work. Maejima (another member of RAB who occasionally appears in the previous chapters) gives Tsuki information about Osato that he sneaked out of the laboratory and escapes from the 25th ward. This info and the following conversation between RAB members reveals that:
-Osato is the son of Sundance Shot (an important figure in the “Kill the Past” universe) and thus has a special “element” in him that contains large amounts of “criminal power”. This in combination with research on how to propagate criminal power allows him to be used as a war machine by transmitting this power to “obedient” citizens raised in the high-rise buildings of the 25th ward.
-Osato has been chosen to work at the RAB (as an organization that only few people know about) in order to keep his secret to keep him under cover.
Haijima’s final hint leads the RAB members to the Sunset Building where Tsuki confronts Shigino while the remaining members deal with Shigino’s underlings. Shigino tells Tsuki that he was contracted by the ward office (which includes the mayor, I think) to abduct Osato and shake up the RAB. He also reveals that he is a psychopath who enjoys seeing Tsuki suffer and connects Osato (who is also there, but unconscious) to a machine extracting criminal power in front of Tsuki’s eyes. Tsuki then kills Shigino in a fit of rage. He then wakes up Osato who afterwards asks Tsuki to kill him since he cannot be safely disconnected from the machine anymore. Tsuki fulfills his wish and hides his body together with the remaining RAB members so that he cannot be used for further experiments.
QUESTION: Shigino was contracted to abduct Osato from the lab. But why is this necessary in the first place? Why was Osato brought to the Sunset Building?
Later, the mayor calls Tsuki and tells him about the entire plan and how he needs Osato and his data in order to make a new generation of Kamuis (as in, “obedient warriors to fight Frontier”?), so he asks Tsuki to tell him the location of the body. This reveals that the mayor and Frontier are on opposite sides. Although not explicitly shown, it is heavily implied that Tsuki then kills the mayor as “payback”. The story ends with Tsuki leaving the 25th Ward.
(Japanese for “reality, consciousness”)
A recap of the main events in The Silver Case. It does not contain information about all events happening in that game, though, so feel free to play this game, if you haven’t yet.
(Japanese for “flow”)
Pretty much everything seen in this chapter is described in more detail in Placebo-3 and Placebo-5, so full spoilers for these chapters:
Due to previous experiences in other games of the “Kill the Past” series, Tokio suffers from several psychoses and is treated by a mysterious organization (lead by a man named “Kipple”) in the 24th Ward who also replace one of his eyes with an artificial eye which, in combination with Tokios supernatural abilities, allows him to store a large amount of data (similar to Observers in Correctness-4). Their goal is to obtain the data that is recorded in the 25th Ward experiments and they blackmail Tokio go to the 25th Ward and steal the data by threatening to kill a blood-related Ayame (a little sister to Tokio).
However, there are 2 Kamuis (Shiroyabu and Tsuki) in the 25th Ward who would immediately notice and erase Tokio if he were to go the 25th Ward in this enhanced state. For this reason, the organization also seals away some of his memories and his knowledge of his abilities, but before that is done, the lingering spirit of Ayame (from The Silver Case) makes a suggestion to outsmart the organization. Tokio then brings some items to the Bar “Jackhammer” containing information and warnings about his memories (with the goal of outsmarting Kipple and his organization?).
QUESTION: Tsuki is shown to be a “Kamui” but how is that actually shown in the Matchmaker plot?
After Tokio loses his memories, he wakes up in the boat in the 25th Ward and that is where the story begins.
Tokio performs investigations regarding the “Goddess” Milu Yuzuki, tricks a person named Yagisawa so that he can use his chat account to talk with Milu. However, she is killed while chatting with Tokio as part of the game “Sudden Death”. More details about the murderer and the reason for her death are revealed in Placebo-3.
The blog posts in this chapter are written by Tokio and allude to the events that happen later in the story.
(Japanese for “pledge, destiny”)
Tokio investigates Kamijo’s death, parallel to Correctness-2 and Matchmaker-2. By talking with the dead Yabukawa who was killed at the end of Matchmaker-2, he finds out that Kamijo is still alive and that Kamijo had someone else named the “Scarlet Cat” kill himself in his place. Kamijo had set up everything so that he gets out alive and the girls he had connections with are released/saved (if they are still alive).
The blog posts here are written by Tokio and comment on the events in this chapter.
(Japanese for “dirt, filth”)
Tokio goes to the “Bar Sumire” (formerly Jackhammer) since, as revealed in Placebo-5, he left some items there before losing his memories. These items are supposed to help him with his memories, but also warn him about retrieving his memories.
The blog posts from this chapter on are all written by Meru who explains the details surrounding Milu’s death:
Meru is a child from an (Ayame?) shelter who was taken in by Kamijo to work as a virtual chat personality copying Milu. Due to the life in the 25th Ward which conditions people to develop the desire to kill people not following the rules, Meru also develops the desire to kill Milu since she breaks some rules regarding the disposal of trash. But not only that, the Ayame in Meru becomes active and interprets Milu breaking the rules as “her being an embodiment of Kamui”, further strengthening the desire to kill and it is revealed in Placebo-5 that Meru used Yagisawa (the Meru chat system’s engineer) to kill Milu. Her death also allows the Ayame in Meru to awaken so that Meru can sense where Tokio is.
(Japanese for “drop” (of water, for example))
As Tokio remembers more and more, he is noticed by the organisations of the 25th Ward, one being the Regional Adjustment Bureau that pays him a visit at the beginning of the chapter.
As is later explained in Placebo-5, Tokio is later abducted by an unknown organisation working against the 24th Ward that is connected to the 25th Ward HC Unit or the Regional Adjustment Bureau (possibly the HC Unit since he already has an agreement with the RA Bureau). There he is forced to play a game that he can only lose which would lead to him and his memories being erased, but Meru (as an awakened Ayame) finds him over the net and saves him from this game. Tokio then transfers all of his memories (including the things he has not remembered yet) to Meru.
QUESTION: How does Tokio get back to his boat from the White Room? Or does everything take place on the boat?
(Japanese for “ritual purification”)
Almost a full month has passed since the beginning of Placebo-4. I think that Tokio has already woken up and continued his investigations before the start of this chapter, or else the Regional Adjustment Bureau would have become suspicious over that time. In this chapter, Tokio retrieves the memories he transferred to Meru in Placebo-4 and learns of the mission he has to accomplish.
QUESTION: Kipple’s phone call at the beginning sounds like he did not expect Tokio to be abducted and Meru/Ayame to appear in the White Room. But what exactly was Tokio supposed to do then according to Kipple? How is Tokio supposed to get his memories back, if not via Meru?
Tokio then goes to the City Hall, copy-downloads the entire 25th Ward data and releases it to the internet in order to screw Kipple and his organization over. He also refuses to make any further deals with Kipple and watches from his boat as the 25th Ward experiment ends with the ward being destroyed. He removes his artificial eye and apparently shoots himself.
(The name likely refers to the girl in this chapter)
This chapter takes place a couple of years after the events of Placebo-5. Tokio (who is still alive) devises a plan together with a man named Hiiragi to train the next generation of people with their supernatural abilities. They help a girl named Yuki awaken her abilities for perceiving and dealing with lingering spirits that do not accept their death.
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