The Secret Reports are records written by Sanae Hanekoma. They contain information that fill in many of the plot holes in The World Ends With You. The purpose of this page is so the people that find it too much of a challenge to collect the Secret Reports themselves will still be able to access them. It is strongly suggested that you at least attempt to collect the Secret Reports, as reading them before collecting them yourself spoils major parts of the story.
- 1 Obtaining the Reports
- 2 Shiki - Week 1
- 3 Joshua - Week 2
- 4 Beat - Week 3
- 5 Another Day
- 6 A New Day
Obtaining the Reports
The Secret Reports can only be obtained after defeating Draco Cantus and unlocking the Chapters Menu. Each chapter's mark contains between one and four stars, which label the tasks to be completed before each report is unlocked. This list contains instructions on completing each of these tasks, as some of them are obscure.
|Week and Day||Star 1||Star 2||Star 3||Star 4|
|Shiki, Day 1||After meeting Shiki and defeating the Noise, check Hachiko.|
|Shiki, Day 2||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 1, Day 1. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||Talk to the statue loving guy next to the Moyai after clearing the wall.|
|Shiki, Day 3||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 1, Day 2. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||Take down the Vespertillo Canor Blue Noise in the Concert Stage on either Hard or Ultimate Difficulty.||After you learn how to imprint, head to Ramen Don in Dogenzaka to get the "ramen" meme. Imprint it on Futoshi and follow him.|
|Shiki, Day 4||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||Once Shiki says she wants to go into 104, try to leave instead.||Take down Beat's Blue Noise at 104 on Hard or Ultimate Difficulty.||Take down Shades' Blue Noise in the Scramble Crossing on Hard or Ultimate Difficulty.|
|Shiki, Day 5||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 1, Day 4. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||Take down the Cornix Canor Blue Noise at Molco on Hard or Ultimate Difficulty.||When Mina and Ai play Reaper Creeper, move the coin to white for all three questions.|
|Shiki, Day 6||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 1, Day 3. Obvious, right?||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 1, Day 5. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||When Makoto talks to Shooter in Center St. Entrance, imprint "Totally gnarly!" instead of "Unreal, bro!"|
|Shiki, Day 7||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 1, Day 6. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||Before you head out to take down Higashizawa, swing by Molco and check out the "phone booth of love."||Rip Higashizawa's Blue Noise a new one on Hard or Ultimate Difficulty. It's in the Station Underpass.|
|Joshua, Day 1||Once you meet Joshua, give Hachiko a quick check.|
|Joshua, Day 2||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 2, Day 1. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||Clear the Reaper wall between Molco and Spain Hill, and then enter Mexican Dog at Spain Hill. A common misconception is that it is impossible to reach the shop at Spain Hill without already having a Definitivo Chili Dog from another chapter. In reality, the wall between Center St. Entrance and AMX is removed after defeating the Taboo Noise in this chapter, allowing access to Spain Hill from the opposite direction.||Make a Tabooty call in Tipsy Tose Hall and show Sho what you're made of on Hard or Ultimate Difficulty.|
|Joshua, Day 3||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 2, Day 2. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||While searching for memes to give Ken Doi some ramen ideas, stop by the Concert Stage and listen in on Futoshi. He'll give you a useless meme and leave a present where he was standing.||Take down the Progfox Blue Noise at Miyashita Park on Hard or Ultimate. Watch the tails!|
|Joshua, Day 4||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 2, Day 3. Obvious, right?||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 1, Day 7. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||After you check the Molco phone booth and find out Neku's phone is missing its camera, swing by WildKat for a little dissappointment.|
|Joshua, Day 5||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 2, Day 4. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||One of the Reapers between you and Cat Street challenges you to a match of Tin Pin. Be a sport and lose to him.||Uzuki and Kariya are pretty angry today. Find their Blue Noise in Udagawa and smack them down on Hard or Ultimate.|
|Joshua, Day 6||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 2, Day 5. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||During your sprint to Udagawa, let your inner jerkface out and ignore everyone's pleas for help. If you really feel bad, you can go back and save them afterwards.||Take down the Grindcore Minks Blue Noise at AMX on Hard or Ultimate Difficulty.|
|Joshua, Day 7||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 2, Day 5. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||Swing by A-East and head into the Stage before climbing Pork City to find the men of Def Märch inside. Neku immediately thinks to run outside, which you should do.||Head out to Shibukyu Main Store for a rematch with Pi-Face and his minions. Beat them down on Hard or Ultimate Difficulty.|
|Beat, Day 1||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||On your way back from the Underpass, check Hachiko. Yes, again.||Uzuki's Blue Noise is hanging out next to Kariya's by the Moyai at the Bus Terminal. You know the drill.||
Kariya's Blue Noise is chilling next to Uzuki's by the Moyai at the Bus Terminal. You know the drill.
|Beat, Day 2||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 3, Day 1. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||While you're chasing down Ironface, stop by the Cosmic Corner shop in Dogenzaka.||Have fun with this one. Take down the Woolly AOR Blue Noise at the Scramble on Hard or Ultimate. Good luck.|
|Beat, Day 3||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 3, Day 2. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||When Makoto's old boss is asking Reaper Creeper for some advice, send the coin to the black circle. Also, handy tip, if you come back again and choose not to creep, Shadow Ramen will open on Day 6.||Take out the Pteroptus Canor Blue Noise in the Concert Stage on Hard or Ultimate Difficulty.|
|Beat, Day 4||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 2, Day 7. Obvious, right?||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 3, Day 3. Obvious, right?||Remember all the papers in the Miyashita Park Underpass? After opening the wall to Towa Records, backtrack to where the sun and moon papers were.|
|Beat, Day 5||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 3, Day 4. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||On your way through Shibu-Q Heads, you'll be jumped by a TON of Reapers. Once you take them down, have a chat with the remaining one for a few laughs.||Another tough noise. The Goth Metal Drake Blue Noise awaits you in Dogenzaka. Take it down, Hard or Ultimate.|
|Beat, Day 6||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 3, Day 5. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||On Day 3 with Beat, leave Makoto's boss alone when he plays Reaper Creeper. This opens Shadow Ramen in Dogenzaka on this day. Go inside there for your item. (SHOWN A DREAM=SHADOW RAMEN)||Tigris Canus wants to battle! Give Ironface a good old fashioned Beat-down at Hachiko on Hard or Ultimate.|
|Beat, Day 7||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 3, Day 6. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. The pig indicator by your phone helps.||Stop by Ramen Don in Dogenzaka to pick up an item you wouldn't normally find at a ramen shop.||Anguis Cantus' Blue Noise is floating around in the Rubicon in Shibuya River. Make some snake stew out of him on Hard or Ultimate.|
|Another Day||Obtain the Secret Report for Week 3, Day 7. Obvious, right?||Kill all of the pig noise. This includes the ones on the way up Pork City.||Check out the Concert Stage to find a random !!! on the floor. There's a prize inside.||Once you're equipped properly, head up to the top of Pork City BEFORE hitting up the slam-off to find an old friend and take on the REAL final boss: Panthera Cantus. Any difficulty works for this one. This can also be done after Another Day's story has been wrapped up.|
|A New Day 1||Obtain the Secret Report for Another Day. Obvious, right?||Uzuki and Kariya are acting strange today. Take out their Blue Noise at Shibukyu Main Store on Hard or Ultimate.|
|A New Day 2||Obtain the Secret Addendum for A New Day 1. Obvious, right?||The Dissonance Shark and its school are swimming around Center St. Make sushi out of them on Hard or Ultimate.|
|A New Day 3||Obtain the Secret Addendum for A New Day 2. Obvious, right?||You'll find the Dissonance Tapir floating in the Scramble Crossing. End the dream on Hard or Ultimate.|
Shiki - Week 1
Shiki, Day 1 — Secret Report 1
As is common knowledge, all Games in the UG take place under Our supervision. However, this particular Game is saddled with a nigh-unbelievable set of extenuating circumstances, catching the attention of the Higher Plane. Thus, I shall be taking a more hands-on role this time, as detailed in this report.
The core differences in this Game are as follows:
- its role in plans for Shibuya's destruction,
- the Composer's absence from the UG,
- the resulting limitations to his powers, and
- the Game being played by a proxy.
The Composer has informed me of two major points: that he plans to destroy the UG, but also that his final decision will hinge on the outcome of his Game with the Conductor.
A provisional rule for this Game requires the Composer to vacate the Underground.
It is unprecedented for the Composer to be absent during a Game. I cannot predict what effect it may have.
Furthermore, the Composer must lower the frequency of his vibe to travel from the UG to the RG, inevitably curtailing his abilities.
This makes investigating the Conductor and his strategy incredibly difficult, as the Composer is still the only one who knows who and what I am.
It means lingering in the UG to author reports carries a lethal risk.
The greatest randomizer in the current Game is the use of a handpicked proxy to compete against the Conductor in the Composer's stead. No information on this person exists at present.
While the situation seems dire, I believe the key to getting ahead of all of this is at hand.
You see, time always builds upon the past. I have already located our key. It is a pin request from the Conductor.
Normally, the psych manifestations of pins are determined by one's Imagination. Thus, by analyzing the pin, the user's Imagination-or rather, their true intentions - are revealed.
Unfortunately, this order came through the Composer, and never came into contact with the Conductor. Thus, I could not use it to determine the nature of his Imagination.
I, too, have lowered my vibe to tune in to the UG, limiting my abilities.
However, at this stage, realizing that this pin holds the key is sufficient. The possibility of forestalling the plans for the UG's destruction remains the same.
Shiki, Day 2 — Secret Report 2
As the Game was set to end, I felt an intense burst of Soul. And at its source, I found the Composer's handpicked proxy - one Neku Sakuraba.
Let it be noted that once danger was past, the Soul he expelled rapidly tapered off.
I shall define Soul as it exists in the UG later. For now, let it suffice to say it is the energy he bears within him.
His unstable Soul is the result of a rift between his body and emotional mind.
This discord can be traced to a few causes:
- his dense and all-inclusive Soul composition,
- emotional confusion inhibiting the unity of his emotional self and physical body, and
- the exacerbation of that confusion by memory loss, due to his entry fee.
Shibuya's fate may rest on how well he manages to stabilize his Soul.
To measure his stability, I gave him a Harmonizer Pin. It can only be used when he cooperates with his partner.
Synchronizing with another hinges on his ability to first stabilize his own Soul; thus, successful use of the pin would indicate he has made progress on that front.
The further he is able to push his and his partner's psych resonance through Fusion, the greater his own internal stability will have become.
The progress of his Soul merits close observation henceforth.
Shiki, Day 3 — Secret Report 3
Allow me to redefine the Composer's role. As I continue to observe the Game's progress, I have a clear view of the enormous effect of the Composer's absence. A clear definition of his duties are key to understanding the extent of this disruption.
The Composer holds absolute authority over the Underground. By "authority" I mean the right to determine rules. He is the only one who can change the composition of the UG, and sole creator of this Shibuya.
The Underground Shibuya is created and organized by the Composer's rules, which pit Players against Reapers in a struggle for survival.
A new Composer only arises when the previous one is defeated; the victor takes the victim's place. At this juncture, the new Composer rewrites the rules of UG Shibuya.
However, there being no Composer at all is a different situation. It means rules that make up the UG are invalid.
In other words, without a Composer, the Underground collapses.
However, the Composer's absence is still a secret. At present, only three people know: the Composer himself; his opponent, the Conductor; and the Producer me.
The Producer's role is that of guardian over the Game. For observation purposes, he must sometimes descend from the Higher Plane to the Underground. While the Producer is natively an entity from the Higher Plane, he can adjust the frequency of his vibe to visit the UG and lower planes.
Think of a radio. Going from station A to station UG simply requires tuning in to a different frequency.
The Producer has the power to contact any and all beings in the Underground.
However, he is strictly prohibited from revealing his identity in the UG.
His existence endangers the stability of the rules and balance of the RG and UG. Thus, the Producer's identity must stay a secret from Reapers and Players - not to mention those in the RG.
He may freely contact only one person as the Producer, and that is the Composer.
Shiki, Day 4 — Secret Report 4
The UG exists as a separate plane where the Composer can judge the worth of men.
Within it are Reapers and human Players. It is infeasible for the Composer to judge all of humanity by himself, so a filtering system utilizing the Reapers was created: the Reapers' Game. Reapers act as a test, weeding out unfit Players.
Upon becoming a Reaper, one's physical body changes, gaining incredible strength and an extended lifespan.
As Reaper and Player alike progress through the Game, engaging in Imagination-driven combat, their Soul is refined.
Soul is abstract matter revealed through Our research into life and death, and a component in the makeup of the atmosphere, humans, will, thought-all phenomena.
As Reapers execute the Game, they undergo a process of evolution, from grunts to officers to the Composer.
However, Reapers that follow the ideal route are rare, and most are erased by Players.
Reaper or Player, those erased within the Game disperse the mind and spirit housed within their flesh in the form of Soul. Thus, they are erased only from visible existence: their Soul persists in the UG until gathered and tied together according to a new code.
This new code is, essentially, Imagination. Given sufficient Imagination, any form is possible, be it a pin or a Reaper.
Variations in this code cause the Soul to manifest in different forms.
In other words, humans, Reapers, and Noise are all entities formed of Soul. The only difference is their code.
And what are Noise? Entities without conscious will, only the drive to multiply. Thus, they constantly thirst for Soul, attacking Players and possessing humans in the Realground.
Soul consumed by Noise is destroyed, even if the Noise is erased.
Thus, possessed humans often exhibit a rush of euphoria immediately after the Noise is removed.
Though untested, the same would likely hold were a Player or Reaper possessed.
Shiki, Day 5 — Secret Report 5
The Realground and Underground are planes of existence. Other planes exist as well: the one inhabited solely by Noise, for example, or Our customary plane.
The planes are stacked in parallel, though each exists at a different frequency vibe, in tune with its inhabitants.
Observing a lower plane from a higher plane is simple. Actual trans-planar contact, whilst possible, is highly complex. The vibes of adjacent planes are closer, making passage between them comparatively easier.
More distant planes show greater differences in vibe frequencies, and thus communion becomes more difficult.
The UG exists just above the RG, allowing those in the UG to observe the RG, but not vice versa.
Noise exist on a special plane that straddles both the RG and UG, enabling their interference in the affairs of both. When Players come into contact with Noise, they are drawn into the Noise plane.
In other words, Players are forcibly tuned in to the Noise plane.
Conversely, there exists an even higher plane than the RG and UG. That is where I am from, the plane of the Angels.
As in the RG and UG, Angels have created a web of social schema to guide their activities. The role of Producer is just one cog in the Angel machine.
Angel vibes are extremely high-frequency; not even the Composer can catch them all. In actuality, he can pick up only that of the Producer.
As you can see, inter-planar contact is beset by difficulty, but certain modes do exist for its realization.
One is the modulator decal. Within its area of effect, Players from the UG can manifest visibly in the RG and communicate with others there.
Reapers and the Composer can down-tune their vibes at will. Near these decals, however, even their vibes will be forcibly adjusted to the lower frequency.
Another mode, imprinting, requires no physical manifestation in the RG.
Imprintees experience the conferred thoughts as bursts of inspiration. The reliability of these communique's thus depends upon the person receiving it.
For example, successful communication with preoccupied people is unlikely. Furthermore, recipient interpretation of said "inspiration" colors the message, making imprinting unreliable at best.
Reaper Creeper was created as a mode of popular communication between the planes.
Modulating paralogos printed on paper allow for limited UG interaction with Realground objects. As those in the RG are unaware, of Players, they perceive the illusion of a coin moving by itself.
Shiki, Day 6 — Secret Report 6
I receive periodic communication from the Composer. While we maintain contact, I am prohibited from providing him with information for risk of unbalancing the Game.
I am permitted only to respond to his commissions for certain items, and even then am able only to create and deliver said items.
The Composer has requested increased phone functionality for use in the next Game.
Today, the proxy's partner, one Shiki Misaki, freed herself from her defining value - envy. With this, the Composer is convinced of the proxy's victory on the seventh day.
His confidence arises because the proxy's intervention was indispensable in causing his partner's growth. It signals the proxy's departure from his obsessive self-actualization loop. Previously, even the Composer was unsure of his proxy's capacity for growth.
Normally, the Composer possesses a certain degree of clairvoyant foresight. His current down-tuned state, however, limits his abilities, clouding this supertemporal vision.
Though able to observe the UG from the Realground, he is otherwise saddled with limitations.
For one, his outward appearance. He looks younger than he would at full vibe frequency within the UG. Fortunately, this prevents the Reapers from recognizing him as the Composer.
To begin with, the Composer contacts Reapers only through the Conductor, so most are unaware of what he looks like. Additionally, as the being in the Underground with the highest vibe, some lesser Reapers are incapable of perceiving him.
The effects of down-tuning occur because the Composer's vibe and the RG's frequency are substantially different.
For Reapers, the down-tuning necessary to exist in the RG is significantly less, and thus effects less prominent changes. That said, it depends on the Reaper. At any rate, the effect is minimal, making Reapers much more frequent visitors to the Realground.
Provided they complete their duties, Reapers may do as they wish in the RG within certain accepted boundaries.
Shiki, Day 7 — Secret Report 7
As the Composer predicted, the proxy has won the Game.
So, what happens to those who survive the week? Those whose Imagination is less than outstanding are broken down into Soul, while those with excellent Imagination become Reapers. The most talented of these may travel to the next plane, inhabited by Us Angels.
Diligent Reapers, too, may pass through the office of Composer to ascent to the plane of Angels.
Now, a what if...
This may sound odd, but one may also choose to be reincarnated. Well, the word "reincarnation" is not quite accurate, for the humans of the UG are not truly dead. They merely possess different Soul code, and have been tuned in to a different plane.
We Angels do not consider it a loss if a talented Player elects to return to the Realground, as their superior Imagination will inspire other humans.
Upon returning to life, the exceptional Player's creative activities soon make their mark upon society. His art, music, and other output become a part of culture, spreading and persisting through time, refining people's Imagination even without personal contact with the Player.
Certainly, this requires time, but no one has ever accused Angels of being in a hurry. The Composer's absence during this particular Game, however, means that reincarnation is not an option.
Only the Composer possesses the level of Imagination necessary to reincarnate. It is beyond the Conductor's means.
The Conductor continues to act as if the Composer were present, but this farce can only continue for so long. I will be watching with great curiosity to see how the Conductor responds once his ruse unravels.
As I was busy writing reports, the boy in my custody, Beat, went missing.
Beat had expressed curiosity in how Noise was created. Perhaps he plans to ask a Reaper. But even without specific instruction from them, he has the ability now.
I gave him a pin filled with the special Imagination required to create Noise, and imprinted him with instructions for its use.
This does not qualify as interference in the Game.
The information I gave him will have no impact on the Game's results.
It was merely a token of my esteem for his unflinching passion towards what he holds dear. Whether he uses this power, and how, is completely up to him.
Joshua - Week 2
Joshua, Day 1 — Secret Report 8
As predicted by the Composer, his proxy has entered the Game a second time.
The proxy has proven his aptitude, and will be joined in the next Game by the Composer himself as his new partner.
There are three reasons behind the Composer's choice of actions:
- to ascertain the Conductor's strategy,
- to educate his proxy, and
- to protect him.
With his return to the UG, the limits on the Composer's abilities will be relaxed.
However, using his abilities could reveal his identity. As such, he will need to continue to limit himself for a while longer. This presents a certain set of risks.
The greatest risk, however, lies with the Composer joining the proxy for this Game.
The Composer's presence, his tremendously high vibe will place a great deal of physical and psychological strain on the proxy.
Furthermore, the proxy's victory in the previous Game has won him back his memory. The self-actualization loop binding the proxy is thus stronger than ever - more deeply ensconced even than the envy cleared from Shiki in the previous Game.
There is a possibility of the proxy's Soul destabilizing, negating its progress during the previous Game. Slight problems also persist with the proxy's personality.
How long will the proxy be able to bear being side by side with the Composer?
Joshua, Day 2 — Secret Report 9
Today, an alert was handed down: the discovery of a Fallen Angel.
A Fallen Angel is one who has broke the Angel's code - a criminal. Their crime: revealing the secrets of Taboo Noise refinery to the Game Master, Minamimoto.
Minamimoto knows the Composer's RG identity (secret even to the Conductor), and has chased him to the Realground. The Fallen Angel may also have supplied him with this information.
Minamimoto lusts to take the Composer's place, and his potential to do so comes second only to that of the Conductor. Despite being a complete outsider in the wager between Composer and Conductor, he stands to hinder the Composer greatly. It is entirely possible Minamimoto may rise to the office of Conductor before this wager has been decided.
All eyes from the Higher Plane are on this Game for the future of Shibuya. Should its result be invalidated by outside interference, the Angels' disappointment would be vast.
What is the Fallen Angel's goal? Dominion over the Underground? Retribution against the Angels?
Whatever the case, we must carefully monitor Minamimoto's actions and stay vigilant against this Fallen Angel.
Joshua, Day 3 — Secret Report 10
I was finally able to hand over the phone tracking application the Composer requested some time back.
I informed the Composer it was ready three days ago, but they apparently had no time to come pick it up. It just shows how carefully the proxy is planning each move.
The application detects the Conductor's Imagination. With it, one can walk around Shibuya and piece together the Conductor's strategy.
At this point, even I cannot fathom the Conductor's plan. I will have to rely on the information gathered by the Composer.
While I wait for his findings, I will work on the Composer's next order - a second revision to the phone's functionality.
Today also marks my first contact with the proxy since he formed a pact with the Composer. He appears considerably wary of his partner at present time.
As expected, the psychological strain is severe. So severe, in fact, that most Players would be unable to continue. Right now, the only thing keeping the proxy in the Game is his entry fee.
At least his dangerously strained state of mind is acting to heighten his Soul. I saw no sign of relapse or destabilization; rather, the return of his memory sees to have yielded only positives.
I look forward to watching the proxy's continued growth.
Joshua, Day 4 — Secret Report 11
The Composer's reports indicate rough going in his investigation.
- I suspect the limits upon his abilities.
- Meanwhile, Minamimoto has not issued any missions.
- The Reaper elites must be alarmed as well.
- Perhaps this is more of the Fallen Angel's influence...
As I've stated, Minamimoto is suspected of a liaison with a Fallen Angel.
The Fallen Angel may have chosen Minamimoto for a few reasons.
First, none desired the Composer's office more. Minamimoto's obsession was great enough to compel him to pursue the Composer into the Realground.
Unlike simple Reapers, however, the Composer's powers are not lost in the RG. I can just imagine the shock dawning on Minamimoto's face as I write this...
Yes, the Composer must down-tune to the frequency of the Realground, limiting his powers. However, Minamimoto is in the same boat. As a result, the difference in their abilities remain unchanged. Thus, the assassination attempt failed.
While Minamimoto's efforts were fruitless, they serve as ample proof of his convictions.
The second reason the Fallen Angel may have targeted him is his lack of loyalty to the Reapers' organization and his preference for solo action.
His distaste for cooperation meant little chance of him revealing the Fallen Angel's presence.
The third reason is his consistently unconventional aesthetic. His bizarre actions regularly cause confusion among those around him. Even if the Fallen Angel were to urge him to do something out of the ordinary, that would be ordinary for him. No one would suspect a thing.
This is why he is an ideal target for a Fallen Angel to work his agenda without raising suspicion. At least, it seems a logical conclusion.
The question now is, why has Minamimoto abandoned the Game, and what is he doing?
I suspect that his only current objective is to take out the Composer. If so, he is likely preparing for the seventh day and his opportunity to confront the Players.
Just what did the Fallen Angel tell Minamimoto?
Perhaps no one will ever know.
Joshua, Day 5 — Secret Report 12
The proxy feels an affection for the art of the designer CAT - myself. As he was picked by the Composer, this is hardly coincidence. It was an inevitability.
CAT's creative works are embedded with command codes. His art acts as a medium for mass imprinting.
The imprinting Players use works only on an individual basis. However, through art, one can affect anyone who comes into contact with the work.
I imbue my art with two command codes. The first is "Enjoy the moment more". This strengthens the Imagination. The proxy received this signal loud and clear, though past trauma precluded him from responding accordingly.
The second code, "Gather", calls to those with strong Imaginations. Hence the inevitability: why wouldn't the Composer find his worthy proxy standing in front of my graffiti?
A single reason exists for rigging my art in this way: the creation of the future requires Imagination.
My art is widely accepted in Shibuya.
This proves that those with Imaginations sufficient to create the future are gathering in the area. Shibuya's future is looking very bright.
Joshua, Day 6 — Secret Report 13
I have finished Revision Two of the phone tracking app, which allows it to detect the Shibuya River. The Composer aims to use this device to convey the river's location to the proxy.
Before passing that knowledge along, the Composer needed to understand the Conductor's plan. As of yesterday, he felt confident in his hypothesis.
The Composer had encountered Red Skull pins everywhere the detector had lead - the same pins I created at the Conductor's behest on the first day. As I suspected, they form a prime piece of his strategy.
The Imagination he has filled those pins with is the same as that in the Player Pin: imprinting. They are set apart, however, by a single, major difference:
The Red Skull pins are made to imprint targets with the Conductor's will.
Anyone wearing the Red Skull pin is dominated by the Conductor's mind. The further the pins spread, the more people he controls. However, the Red Skull pins have penetrated less than half of Shibuya's Realground population in the last two weeks.
At this rate, the Conductor's strategy will end in failure.
How does he intend to penetrate the rest of Shibuya?
I will be monitoring his actions closely.
Joshua, Day 7 — Secret Report 14
The final day's mission came from the Conductor: eliminate Minamimoto.
Unexpected as it was, tension ran high, but the Composer's quick thinking saved the day. In the end, all went according to his plan, and he successfully guided the proxy on to the next Game.
His solution entailed first defeating Minamimoto, thereby ensuring the proxy's victory. Secondly, the Composer pretended to be erased by Minamimoto while shielding the proxy.
To accomplish this, he fled to a parallel world just before Minamimoto's final attack connected.
The proxy survived the Game alone, but was again unable to elect reincarnation, due to the Composer's illegal participation in the Game.
For better or worse, the Game between the Composer and Conductor concludes in one week's time.
The Conductor's strategy may end in failure, but we will see. I need to keep a close eye on his future actions.
All I can do is wait for the Composer to inform me of which parallel world he escaped to.
Beat - Week 3
Beat, Day 1 — Secret Report 15
I've begun patrolling Shibuya in pursuit of the Conductor's strategy. While in Ugadawa, I spotted Minamimoto's Taboo Noise refinery sigil.
Several types of these sigils exist in various categories which We of the Higher Plane have classified. Not all of them, however, will work in the UG - its vibe frequency is simply too low for them to translate properly.
The sigil Minamimoto drew was one of the undecodable types. Was that a mistake on the Fallen Angel's part? Or was it a transcription error by Minamimoto?
Either way, with that design, he stands little chance of reviving himself.
However, Minamimoto is driven, and his Imagination strong. Perhaps strong enough to make a Taboo sigil work, even in the Underground... If so, the specific result would be impossible to predict.
Anything that might interfere with the Composer and Conductor's wager is to be avoided at any cost. I will personally neutralize Minamimoto's sigil.
Angels may not interfere in the Reapers' Game, but this contest will decide Shibuya's future. The Higher Plane cannot idly stand by.
Meanwhile, the Conductor has dealt a preemptive blow: the starting Player count in this final Game is one.
I cannot be certain whether the Conductor knows that Neku Sakuraba is the proxy, but this severe restriction to the number of entrants ensures Player erasure. In this flagrant abuse of his privilege, he has eliminated the threat of the proxy.
With the Composer in a parallel world, the proxy's position is perilous. Still, as Producer, I am bound by the rules. I can offer him no help...
All I can do is guide him to the Shibuya River.
Call it luck or fate, even by himself the proxy has managed to form a pact. He's partnered to Beat, now a Reaper, who is himself fixated on reaching the river. As such, guiding the proxy will require little work on my part.
Still, I haven't uncovered the Conductor's strategy for this final week. I can't afford to relax quite yet.
Beat, Day 2 — Secret Report 16
The Conductor has used Beat's betrayal as an excuse to issue an Emergency Call.
With it, the Composer's rules for the UG are essentially suspended. After weeks of concealing the Composer's absence, the Conductor finally has absolute authority.
At the same time, he's made Red Skull pins mandatory for all Reapers.
Now most of Shibuya has a Red Skull pin. The stage has been set for the Conductor's counterattack.
Furthermore, he's cordoned off each area of the UG with walls. I could leave the UG, elevate my vibe, and pass through them quite easily, but to what end? I am bound to the UG, and thus my hands are tied.
I cannot reach the Composer, nor do I know in which parallel world he's hiding.
For now, all I can do is use my second sight to watch the Game's progress.
Beat, Day 3 — Secret Report 17
Rather than head to the Shibuya River, the proxy has begun wandering the streets, apparently in pursuit of the Game Master.
Konishi, this round's Game Master, seems mainly interested in saving her own skin.
She appears a loyal follower of the Conductor, but the appearance of a promising candidate for Composer would quickly change her tune. At this point, she has been working hard to recover the Conductor's trust after her slip the first day.
She has issued a single six-day mission - one that exploits Beat's greatest weakness: Rhyme.
Her plan is to panic the pair into committing some fatal error while keeping watch from her front-row seat within Beat's shadow. This serves both to restore her standing with the Conductor and to avenge the blow to her pride.
Beat's greatest desire is to bring her back to life.
Even if revived, though, Rhyme still lost the Game. Her entry fee is non-refundable. I do not know what the girl's entry fee was, but a life without it - the thing she held most dear - would be filled with grief and hardship.
But is the void in one's heart caused by loss never filled?
I think it can be. But it may take some time, but something else will come along to fill that empty space - so long as one enjoys the present.
In other words, we needn't mourn the loss of that which we hold dear. If only more people realized this...
The Composer did not impose the entry upon Players to cause them anguish.
In experiencing life without the thing one most values, Players are forced to reexamine just how crucial those things really are. The hope is that by the close of the Game, Players will be able to take a hard look at themselves, and be able to take on the future with a new outlook on life.
The entry fee exists to force Players to see the truth about themselves. It is a test posed by the Composer to spur Player's self-enlightenment.
Beat, Day 4 — Secret Report 18
The Conductor has begun his work with the Red Skull pins. By bringing Shibuya's collective consciousness in line with his own, he hopes to accomplish his goal of rebuilding Shibuya.
The Conductor's seal is unparalleled among Reapers. His strong presence was central to the Composer's ability to govern Shibuya, an area considered exceptionally chaotic even among the Higher Plane's denizens.
That the Composer would consent to base his plans for Shibuya's destruction on a Game with the Conductor shows his unwavering trust in his subordinate.
The unification of minds is the natural state of the Higher Plane. Given time, it might happen throughout the Underground. The current UG, however, is not ready.
People have erected walls around their minds, dividing their collective consciousness.
They coexist independently, like the cells that make up a single human being.
While the Player Pin hold Imagination strong enough to pass through those walls, the pin user's own barriers are strengthened. Were that not the case, the incoming flood of other minds could erode at the user's own consciousness. Consequently, those who hold Player Pins cannot be scanned.
Why does individuality exist?
This is something the Conductor has overlooked. Everything that exists has a purpose. Obsessed with his egoistic "protection" of Shibuya, the Conductor has blinded himself to the facts. With his blind ego funneled into everyone in Shibuya, the city's destruction is not far off.
So long as there is individuality, it is impossible to fully eliminate loneliness. There is no such thing as a shared reality.
Even people who believe they share a connection are not truly connected. They must actually make contact, clash, and learn about others through their foreignness.
Differences should not be denied; they should be accepted and enjoyed.
People must realize this if Shibuya is to be spared from destruction.
Beat, Day 5 — Secret Report 19
I've detected an energy spike here. It would seem Minamimoto has returned.
I judged his revival unlikely after spotting his Taboo refinery sigil on the first day, but it appears Minamimoto's Imagination is much stronger than I'd anticipated. The Fallen Angel must have completed the array for him. A troubling thought. Who can say what impact this will have on the Composer and Conductor's Game?
Minamimoto has one goal now: to find the Composer and erase him.
Minamimoto has been tracking the Composer's movements. He must know that the Composer frequents this café. Chances are, he'll pay a visit himself.
As for the Composer, I have yet to receive any word from him. Could the Composer's abilities now be so limited that he cannot even reach me?
I may need to contact myselves in the parallel worlds to help search for him.
Let me expand on the concept of parallel worlds.
In life, reality is made up of a continuous string of choices, and the consequences of those choices. Every time a choice is made, the option not selected branches off and exists as its own reality: a parallel world.
Countless numbers of such parallel worlds exist within a single plane, be it the RG or the UG, and travel among them is possible through the use of Imagination.
Theoretically, anyone can jump to a parallel world, but penetrating the membrane between worlds requires up-tuning one's vibe. This limits the pool of beings able to make the trip.
Additionally, stress caused by breaking through the barrier can pull down the traveler's base vibe. If the vibe dips, the frequency maybe too low to pass through the barrier. In the worst cases, it may render the traveler unable to return to his or her own original world.
Conversely, Angels are beings meant to jump between worlds. Thus, such travel is a simple matter.
Angels have a higher base vibe than the frequency of the Underground, allowing them to leave the UG, then tune their vibe to that of the desired parallel world.
Beat, Day 6 — Secret Report 20
I have located the Composer.
He is in a world where Tin Pin Slammer - of all things! - reigns supreme. I am off to retrieve him.
Minamimoto has definitely targeted this shop, and not with friendly intentions. It is essential that I leave here immediately.
I will leave the keypin to the Shibuya River for the proxy. He should know what to do from there.
Shibuya's fate has been placed in the proxy's hands.
It is no longer safe for me in the UG. My work here is done.
All that remains is to retrieve the Composer from the parallel world, and bring him back to this one.
Beat, Day 7 — Secret Report 22
The Composer defeated the Conductor.
The Composer defeated the proxy.
However, he has stayed his decision to destroy Shibuya. It seems the course of the Game has brought about a change of heart in the Composer.
Yes, Shibuya persists - but it is no longer the same city as it was a month ago.
In its stead, a completely new Shibuya has arisen. As the Composer has changed, so Shibuya itself has metamorphosed.
One month previous, Shibuya was plagued with problems - dire enough to motivate the Composer to destroy it.
Today, Shibuya has shifted into what We Angels believe to be the optimal parallel world.
To complete this puzzle, all of the pieces had to be set in their proper place. If even one was incorrect, the entire picture would be ruined.
- Rhyme's selfless display of kindness.
- Higashizawa's bottomless career ambitions.
- Konishi's heart of stone.
- The Conductor's wild actions, born from overflowing love.
All of these were necessary if Shibuya was to be born anew. There are no extra pieces, no irrelevant components!
Accept society as an ever-changing thing, and your mind will also become flexible. Individuals will link together, and enact change throughout society.
This is the only way to weather - no, to ride high upon the waves of the ever-changing world. It was no coincidence the Composer opted for this simple method in the end.
My gratitude goes out to you all. I greatly look forward to what this new Shibuya will become.
Secret Report 21
I entered the parallel world and contacted the Composer. Unexpectedly, he seemed to be enjoying his stay. In fact, the reason he had not contacted me was because he was too busy playing Tin Pin. I made him promise to meet me at the Shibuya River. In the meantime, I need to hide out, so as not to meet myself in this world.
Usually, Angels existing as multiple entities within the same world poses little problem. However, mine is a somewhat... special case.
You see, I am the Fallen Angel who taught Minamimoto how to refine Taboo Noise.
Minamimoto owes his successful rebirth to the corrections I made to his flawed Taboo refinery sigil.
I must hide in Pork City for fear that my alternate self in this world may report me on sight.
Minamimoto is my backup plan to ensure Shibuya's survival. If the Composer does not change his mind, this unique city will be lost.
I must prevent that at any cost.
Thus, I've deemed it necessary to cross the boundaries Angels usually respect. I happily accept the stigma of Fallen Angel for this cause.
Well then. It's about time to meet him...
After calling the Composer and hearing his cheery voice, I feel as if my shadow falls even darker.
- But darkness has always been husband to light.
- I sincerely hope that someday my sins will be judged justified.
I still hold faith that they will. Now, and forevermore...
One last thing. To the Composer's pick.
The future you must choose is within you.
I am glad to have had the chance to meet you.
A New Day
A New Day 1 — Secret Addendum A
Thanks to the Composer's change of heart (brought on by exposure to his proxy's unbridled Imagination), Shibuya has been restored to its original state. Crisis averted.
Although the rules have undergone some slight revisions in the wake of Shibuya's rebirth, the powers that be deemed no major changes were necessary, saying it's better to keep things easy to understand.
For now, it seems, the Game will remain the same. The Composer will continue to use it as a tool by which he can judge the worth of visitors from the RG.
In other words, everything is back to normal.
...Well, in Shibuya, at least. The Incident outside the city has piqued the Composer's interest—and rightfully so. Neither one of us has ever seen it happen so close to home.
A New Day 2 — Secret Addendum B
Two boys I know quite well seem to have vanished from the RG a few hours ago.
What's more is that I've detected several spikes in activity over the past few days during regularly scheduled retunings.
While I have yet to find an explanation for the unexpected trouble that has accompanied Noise outbreaks and interplanar travel as of late, I can't help but think it must be connected to those boys' sudden disappearance.
For now, I've decided to investigate a certain Noise that made some major waves when it first appeared. Something about it strikes me as suspicious.
Although I have no evidence definitively tying the emergence of this Noise to the aforementioned incident, my intuition tells me the former was somehow caused by the latter. We'll see what I turn up when I check out the scene.
Speaking of which, it looks like the Composer is making moves of his own. We haven't coordinated our efforts, but I've got a hunch we're headed in the same direction.
A New Day 3 — Secret Addendum C
It turns out the enormous Noise under that little Reaper's control was actually a pseudo-parallel world artificially constructed by breaking down and forcibly rebinding the Soul from various Noise.
This sort of unusual and unstable dimension is extremely fragile, so we gave up on the idea of down-tuning our vibes to launch an infiltration. Instead, I interfered with the Noise from the outside by using an advanced method of imprinting.
My goal was to save both boys.
Unfortunately, I could only save one.
A pseudo-parallel world like that one is special in that it is heavily dependent upon its creator.
A considerable Imagination is required to create such a world—far greater than that of any run-of-the-mill Reaper. I suspect someone must have given that little girl a hand.
And what about those mysterious visions that invaded Neku's consciousness? What about that abnormal power and whoever created it? What about the Reaper resummoned into the UG via a refinery sigil?
All of these phenomena occurred almost simultaneously with the aforementioned incident in Shinjuku—that is, the Inversion. But is it possible a single event could truly have such widespread repercussions? I'm determined to find out.