In Yandere Simulator, there's a unique strategy to gain fame and reputation. Instead of simply accusing a high school girl, the protagonist knows she has been stalking someone. He discovers that her target is a younger girl who has just graduated. To boost her reputation, the protagonist suggests that she could make octo-dogs and distribute them to certain students. However, this plan backfires and damages the reputation of another character, The Journalist, ending his career as a journalist.
Following the court case, The Journalist's reputation is permanently damaged, leading to the replacement of the reputation meter with an awareness meter. The main character, Ayano, will be part of the Martial Arts Club and need to attend meetings weekly. Joining this club or improving the Physical Education stat can make a mini-game easier. The sports club is where various items are found, possibly in its own building. Although the game has some assets from the previous version, some elements appear modern for an 80s-style game. This is likely due to the mode's purpose as a quick, lore-friendly showcase of Yandere Simulator's capabilities.
According to the sixth Mysterious Tape, The Journalist's life was a “living hell” for about a year while the trial was fresh in people's minds. The game is set to be released in 2020, and players can currently download and play the sandbox build version from the website. The pentagram on the ground serves as the activation site for various rituals.
The Journalist recalls Ryoba, who never faced consequences for her past actions. He didn't want to live in a world where someone like her could freely walk around. The Journalist believes that Ryoba used manipulation, intimidation, and even violence to ruin the love life of a boy. He couldn't help but wonder if she would go as far as murder, despite her being just a schoolgirl. Unfortunately, Ryoba died shortly after giving birth to his child and never had the chance to see them. The Journalist waited over a decade to have a child, hoping that the scandal around him would fade away by the time the child grew up. In the end, he recorded a tape explaining his disappearance and left it where he knew his daughter would find it, so she could understand the reasons behind his sudden absence.