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Ango Natsume is a character from Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers. He is a famous author from Sendai.

AppearancesEdit

DesignEdit

Ango has chin-length light copper hair and a mole on the left side of his nose. He has thin eyebrows and narrow brown eyes. He wears a black suit with a purple tie and rimless rose-colored glasses with a square narrow frame.

As a King, Ango has light lavender skin, has a sharper chin, spiky blonde hair and two large horns around his head. He is topless and only wears a pair of red shorts, which he hides behind a demon king outfit cardboard. If one pays attention, the "Demon King Outfit" stands completely still. The horns are also his crown, if they are broken, all desires he trapped within will be freed.

During the boss battle Ango takes the form of a dragon with golden armor. The wing's membranes are made out of paper and the more damaged he becomes, the armor sheds off, eventually revealing a body with pale scales and a red underwear.

PersonalityEdit

At first, Ango appears as a charismatic writer with a massive fanbase in Sendai. He's also quite flirtatious and even attempts to hit on Haru Okumura and give her a kiss on her hand, which she vehemently refuses. He's also quite arrogant around his work and would take a great deal in defending it, and gets annoyed when Ryuji Sakamoto and the protagonist tells that he is too far with Haru.

In reality, Ango is a man that suffers from a serious inferiority superiority complex, as his grandfather is actually an excellent writer, yet he isn't. Being dissatisfied with this, he began making a novel of his own using plagiarism and sell it, even if he knew that he was in the wrong and other people are in the right. This allows his publisher to take advantage of him and his grandfather's name for their own profit while he gets none, resulting him in using EMMA to transfer the profit to him instead.

Despite his vanity towards himself, he fully acknowledges that he is a fraud and even has respect towards actual literary work, as in a rather hypocritical case, he is capable of pointing out Ichiryusai Madarame plagiarizing "Sayuri" and is rendered speechless when he realized Yusuke Kitagawa's mother painted it. This is further proven that he sees the "heroes" going for him as villains and the "Demon King" (himself) as the real hero, indicating that he's feared of being exposed as a fraud and a shadow of his grandfather, and that he glories in the underhanded power he has over his corrupt publishing company.

ProfileEdit

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom StrikersEdit

Ango Natsume is supposedly a famous writer who is the author of the book "Nightmare Prince," an Isekai novel about an ordinary human teenager who is reincarnated as a demon king, with the hero challenging him being the main villain. The novel was so popular that it sold over 1 million copies all over Japan, and managed to win a literary award. In reality, the award was just a consolation from his publishers who wanted to exploit him to trick their customers, and his book is not especially popular out of his home of Sendai; in fact, the only reason for it's popularity in Sendai to begin with is because he has stolen the desires of the public using his Jail, with the book actually being a heavily plagiarized, dull and incoherent read.

Ango's grandfather, Sougo Natsume (夏芽 漱吾(なつめ そうご)) is a famous writer who more often than not gets top literary awards. However, his grandson, Natsume Ango was less talented, relying overly much on writing guides and material from other fiction and running himself ragged trying to overcome his lack of inspiration. He made the book "Nightmare Prince," a plagiarized work that subconsciously took scripts from numerous other fictitious work, including an anime from two years ago. His publishing company treated him as a failure but jury-rigged the rewards so that he was given a minor award and trick customers into thinking he inherited his grandfather's talent, and selling it based on his name alone, not even bothering to give him honest feedback. He overheard two of his editors discussing their scheme and disrespect for him and his readership in a coffee shop, disllusioning him and causing him to develop a grudge against his editors, seeking a way to force them to acknowledge his efforts. 

Two months prior to the evens of Scramble, he somehow came across the EMMA app and used it for the purpose of revenge and to sell his book for his very own profit. Natsume openly shares his friend keyword, ensuring that he can change as many hearts as possible within Sendai's Jail. (Although the party isn't given a chance to get his keyword publicly) Using EMMA, he quickly gained tract from Sendai with a big fan base using his artificially empowered glory, causing his book to hit off the charts at over 1 million copies. It is said that a drama series is planned for the book and internet boards are talking about it by several hundred threads in a day, although a close glance reveals that the abnormal popularity only occurs in Sendai, as the book is not very popular elsewhere. This indicates that he is abusing the EMMA's jail function to gain popularity and he's only able to gain influence on people whom he stole desires locally.

There are numerous posters advertising "Prince of Nightmare" placed around Sendai, including cultural landmarks, the Date Masamune statue included.

As the King of Sendai's Jail, he acts as the first target that the Phantom Thieves will have to confront after Alice Hiiragi's fall. He is first seen near a signing event where he attempts to flirt with Haru, but was stopped by Ryuji and the protagonist. He expresses annoyance and leaves.

Much like Alice Hiiragi before, people had been buying the book with loaned money, and his fans start street fights against anyone who would dress like characters from his book. When actively investigating the locals in Sendai, the party also noticed that people binge-spend on grocery stores that Natsume frequents, employees from the local Big Bang Burger skipping work to read the book or slipping away to buy it, and a famous author gave up trying to accuse Natsume of his plagiarism and quitting from social media out of anger because Natsume clearly plagiarized his book and he can do absolutely nothing about it.

After getting enough intel, the party gets to know that he has a signing convention in his book stand, where they can get intel about if he's truly a King or not. A feverish fan brought over 50 copies of "Nightmare Prince," and another brought 100 copies. His fans claimed that the book was inspirational and he claimed that he wrote the story for a sick girl. When Yusuke read the book, he found out that it's just a shoddily written plagiarized novel from a number of anime series or other fictitious work, confirming that Natsume was indeed the King of Sendai. However, the party still lacks his keyword, due to everyone in that convention having their heart stolen by EMMA. However, his 1 millionth copy celebration comes on that night, and the party takes the opportunity to meet Natsume personally go get his keyword. After trading info with Zenkichi (who confirms that he's been using EMMA), he gives the party seven invitations to Natsume's celebration banquet where they may take the opportunity to get his keyword.

When the party investigate the banquet on that night, Natsume implies that the backstory where it was written for a sick girl is fake because he thinks nobody cares about the nature of work and he made it for the sake of this excuse, using Ichiryusai Madarame's confession as an example; he claims that "Sayuri" has no value for being plagiarized work. Yusuke Kitagawa then goes confront him personally, in which he gives a sign and states that he intended to make a sequel for "Nightmare Prince," and his EMMA keyword is "Prince of Nightmare." After this, Yusuke confronts him about the truth of "Sayuri," rendering him stunned and speechless.

His Jail is a castle where 4 mini bosses known as "Four Heavenly Kings" must be defeated to reach the Demon King's throne, based on the fiction world of "Nightmare Prince." It contains numerous pop culture references to real-life anime and video games, alluding to his book being made completely out of plagiarism and he is lacking in any sort of inspiration. The Heavenly Kings are actually cognitive copies of the four publishers who met him at the 1 millionth copy celebration, and in his Jail, the Demon King is actually the protagonist and the Hero is the villain, implying that he knows that his selling of plagiarized work is in fact, wrong.

Once the party locates the coffee shop after hearing the reason for his disillusionment, one of the people who spoke on his back transforms into a Lock Keeper holding 4 swords and attacks them.

The party then sends the calling card to Natsume by sticking a series of calling cards to his stall, then fights him. His shadow appears as a demon king, and he views people who wronged him as "Heroes" who are setting for his fall. After being called out for his hypocrisy by Yusuke Kitagawa, he then transforms into a gold plated Dragon and attacks the party, whose plates shed when he's at low HP, revealing a pair of red shorts. Once defeated, Shadow Ango appears half naked with only his red shorts remaining. He acknowledges that Yusuke is right, and vanishes, collapsing the Jail.

On the next day, the Nightmare Prince fervor vanishes and he opens a confession meeting, where he admits to plagiarized work and would refund the money to everyone. The word that his publishing company used his grandfather's name for the sole reason of using him to make money also got spread out. Yusuke comes to the conference to meet him alongside the protagonist, in which Yusuke tells him to go forward, make a novel of his own and stop plagiarizing others. He apologizes for his acts and promises to make a better novel without plagiarizing work.

Later on, he was brought to Police for testimony alongside Alice, in which he tells them that someone was monitoring the Jails via EMMA.


GalleryEdit

 
Ango Concept art
Concept art
 
Ango Dragon concept art
Concept art 2
 
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Natsume in Sendai

EtymologyEdit

Ango (安吾) means "restful, myself." Ango's last name, Natsume (夏芽) means "summer bud," which acts as an irony of him not being a developing genius despite being the descendant of a genius, but a fraud who chose to live in an illusion.

TriviaEdit

  • Natsume sees "Sayuri" as trash because he thought that it's plagiarized work by Ichiryusai Madarame. When Yusuke Kitagawa tells the truth to him, he is left speechless.
  • A poster about his best-selling novel, "Nightmare Prince," can be seen on one of the buildings in Shibuya.
    • Additionally, an image depicting a somewhat obscured image of his Shadow can be seen in Shibuya's Jail.


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