One Persona 5 fan has come up with an interesting theory surrounding Joker's laptop and how it might be connected to another member of The Phantom Thieves.
Redditor u/fyirb recently posted a series of screenshots from Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, the rhythm game based on Persona 5. In this game, the Phantom Thieves find themselves trapped in the Velvet Room and are ordered by its Twin Wardens Caroline and Justine to dance in a ball hosted by them. Players must complete dance stages in order to advance through the game and unlock various conversations (similar to Persona 5's confidant events) between characters. As the game is officially licensed by Atlus and features references to the parent game, many fans have decided that any information from these conversations is canon.
The screenshots posted by u/fyirb feature dialogue between Haru and Futaba, with the former talking about her experiences with technology. In the screenshots, Haru mentions once stumbling onto a strange site where she encountered a man talking about "shady commodities."
In Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal, Joker can buy a broken laptop from the second-hand store in Yongen-Jaya. After buying some tools and repairing the laptop himself, he can use it to buy items from an online store called "Shady Commodities" (the online version of Persona 3 and 4's "Tanaka's Amazing Commodities") which sells different battle gear and other useful equipment to bring into the Metaverse. The site is hosted by businessman President Tanaka, who speaks to Joker directly when he shops on the site.
Using the evidence from Haru's conversation with Futaba, u/fyirb has theorized that the laptop Joker can buy used to belong to Haru.
A couple of Redditors have pushed back on the theory, asking why Haru would have left Shibuya to go all the way to Yongen-Jaya just to sell an old piece of equipment, especially when she doesn't need the extra cash. But others have theorized that the pawnshop in Yongen-Jaya has a chain, explaining how it ended up in Joker's neighborhood.
If this theory is true, it's a pretty cool Easter Egg from Atlus for those who have played both Persona 5 and Dancing in Starlight!
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