Part 8: Capricorn, Aquarius, and PiscesBonding Update IV: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
Finally, were down to the last three Star Maidens. At the end of the this update well finally be able to get down to benching some of them, which will probably be an easier process than I initially expected because the thread so far has been apathetic at best about the 9 ladies weve been introduced to so far.
Maybe we can turn the mood around with Farun.
(Sure is busy in here Then again, Narcisstes said that theres a sex ban in place for the time being, so I guess hitting the bar is the only way to take the edge off.)
Here! An for you, mister! I got your booze right here! Huh? The orders wrong? You didnt order any booze? Oh, who cares! Youre a man, aint ya? Drink up!
One of our heroines, ladies and gentlemen. Encouraging drunkenness among the sex deprived populace.
Hey. Sorry, Im not here as a customer this time.
Oh, is that so? Then its bout that thing, huh? Oh, I see So its finally come
I what? Im Itsuki, remember? The whole Gods Gift thing. The world ending danger. That stuff?
Oh, yeah, Gods Gift. Hehe. Just kiddin. I do remember ya. Just have a seat. Youll be getting somethin to drink, right?
Uh, no. Im not here to drink. I believe I just said that. Im here to see you, Farun.
I want to point out that Official Itsuki says something along the lines of Im not old enough to drink, yet. Why is every JRPG protagonist such a fucking square? I know the out-of-universe explanation, which is that the drinking age in Japan is 20 (kind of like how legal age in media is always 18+ because of SoCalization Side Note: Dont TV Tropes that right now. I know its tempting, but at least finish this update first). It just weirds me out for fantasy settings like these. Farun looks like an elf or something for Gods sake. Does her lifespan directly correlate?
Oh? So ya came to see me, huh. Tryin to sound all handsome an everythin. Ill have ya know Ive heard that a million times already. If youre tryin to hit on me, ya should think of somethin more unique.
Not really why Im here.
Ahaha. Gotcha. Have a seat for now, Itsuki. Lets have a chat. Ya know? For the future. Hehe. Um, lets see. Should I introduce myself again?
That would be a start. We can keep going from there.
Im Farun. Im a dancer, but Ill do my best as a Star Maiden too.
Didnt you say you were a traveler?
Hmm. I guess Im both. I travel from place to place often.
Thats me, Farun. Ahaha. An yet, when I came here, they suddenly told me Im a Star Maiden an stuff. They even put me in an academy to boot. Gimme a break, ya know? Thats why I have high hopes for ya.
Uh, for me? Why? I mean, other than the obvious.
Just go an save the world in a jiffy! Then I can go back to travelin.
Correct me if Im wrong, but dont Star Maidens have to perform duties and protect the Star Offerings or something for the next 120 years?
What? Really? I didnt hear bout that Hold up! Gimme a break!
Well, not for a while anyway. I think. Not really sure what happens to you when the 120 years have passed.
I still have so many places I wanna go to! I cant just stay in one place forever!
Not really sure what to tell you. Im just repeating the stuff that Narcisstes, Reone, and Mana said.
Hmm This is bad. I better go an talk to the big wigs at the castle. Anyway, Itsuki! Ill need your help! Go beat up the bad guys an save the world or whatever! Im countin on ya!
Im going to do my best.
Hmm. Ya dont sound very dependable.
Im not exactly the kind of person that hypes himself up like that.
Yeah, I can tell as much. Anyway, I hope we can get along. Ill try cooperatin as much as I can. Itll end up helpin me too. Mkay, well Thats that. See ya later!
I dont know Japanese well enough to tell if Faruns lines are written with a Kansai Accent in mind, or if they are just generally informal. The localization seems to treat it as such though, with the way that Faruns lines have been translated. Faruns English VA is also Tia Ballard, who is from Texas (although Im playing this in Japanese, so I dont know if she actually uses the Texan accent). On the other hand, the Japanese VA for Farun is Kazusa Aranami, who is from Chiba (near Tokyo).
~Church Spirit Chamber~
Oh well, not that it matters. I just point it out because Farun is really the only one with an accent, at least in terms of what comes across in text. It also pisses me off because I constantly have to correct myself while transcribing her dialogue due to the incorrect spellings.
I see. So youre here for the Classmatin ritual. I see, I see. So we do it here. Uh-huh. I see I see Hmm
Are you doing okay?
Hm? What do ya mean?
Huh or maybe they were going for a Cockney accent? Is cheeky something that Southern Americans typically use?
Dont ya worry bout me! Big Sis Farun will take care of everythin!
(I really wish Narcisstes hadnt put that family thing in their heads. Its making this so umcomfortable.)
Okay, well if youre sure then I guess we should start.
Oh S-Sure. I guess so
What is it? I thought you were okay?
Y-Yeah, I am. I did say that Its kay Its kay
Then should we start?
S-Sorry! H-Hold on just a sec! Really! Just a sec! *inhale* Whew *inhale* Whew
I think I saw you doing that breathing technique just outside as well. Are you sure its okay?
Th-That was before we came to the church! An this is just preparation. U-Ugh
I think we should try this some other time. You seem like youre freaking out a bit.
O-Okay! Im okay! Im okay now!
Alright, lets try this again then.
kay. Lets do this! Bring it on! Lets get on with the Classmatin ritual!
Im trying! Try and relax a little.
Huff Huff Huff
Do you feel okay?
Y-Yeah But I was surprised with a ton of stuff there. Phew But that should do it! Yeah! So, how was it, Itsuki? Howd I do?
( That means she doesnt actually want the truth, right? I think thats how it works when talking to girls. Just, say something nice. Be positive.)
I think you did great.
Hehehe Dummy, dont say that with such a straight face.
No, I mean it.
Uh-huh I see, I see. Well, I guess it doesnt feel too bad to hear that. All right! Well, thats it for today! Phew. Its finally done.
Thanks a lot, Farun.
Hm? For what? Im doing this cuz I was chosen. Since Im cooperatin, I hope ya try harder.
Thats the plan.
Well, I gotta go to class now. See ya later!
That didnt go too badly. Probably a good idea to bring along some liquid courage next time though. She does work in a bar after all.
Mkay! Herere your drinks an appetizers! Hm? Yesterdays dance? Oh, ya liked it? Thanks! Im a professional dancer. Ya know I have the skills to show for it.
*Farun then runs into frame*
Oh. Hey, Itsuki! Welcome!
Why does it feel like Im invisible while Im in here?
Well, business is boomin here.
Oh yeah, you said that you were a dancer.
Yup. I go from place to place to learn an master all sorts of dance techniques. I really am pretty good, ya know? It doesnt hurt ya to pay a lil respect.
Well its kind of hard when I havent actually seen your dancing. What types do you know?
Tons an tons. Theres one for ceremonies, an one for banquets. I know stuff to perform at taverns like this, as well as the palace dance.
Oh, thats cool.
An I also have a special dance. A really really, special one. I rarely show it, if ever. Hehe. What sorta dance do ya think it is?
Is it like a dance for your lover or something?
Hahaha I aint tellin! This is top secret from Big Sis Farun.
Well you did ask me to guess.
Ahaha, sorry bout that. But I didnt think thatd be your first guess.
You kind of narrowed it down quite a bit, so I just answered with what popped into my head.
Hehe Anyway, theres this extremely special dance. I know of it, but Ive never actually danced it.
Is it the Safety Dance? The Hustle? Time Warp? Technically Itsuki could teach you a ton of dances that this world has probably never witnessed before. Cant say that all of them are worth passing on though.
Hmm I dont know I dont think Ill ever have the opportunity. But thats just a guess Hehe.
I wouldnt know, but I would kind of like to see it some day.
Itsuki, ya wanna see it? Hmm I doubt it. Ahaha
I do hope ya come to see me sometime. What do ya think?
This is sounding like a marketing ploy to me.
Sure. Ill definitely try and get in.
Oh, definitely, ya say? I see.
Please dont threaten me. Ive had enough of that this week.
Ahaha But seriously, ya should come see me. I really want ya to see me dance.
Ill look forward to it.
Yeah, well, thats that then. Uh-oh. Looks like we spent too long talkin. I need to get back to work! See ya later!
And that does it for Farun. Next is
dammit. Quite possibly the most child looking character weve seen so far. That includes that little barefoot orphan girl from Rukas route.
Welcome! We strive to bake you joy in every loaf! Welcome to Collettes Sweet Wheats! Oh, its [sic] you, Itsuki.
Im just going to fall back on the tried and true sic method for every time Spike Chunsoft fucks up spelling or grammar. Or at least for every time I notice it.
Youve come all the way to my shop. Is something going on? Or were you lured in by the delicious smell of the bread wafting in the air?
No, everything is fine. I just wanted to properly introduce myself. Although food does sound nice right about now.
My now! Im happy to hear you say that. Indeed, delicious bread can have that power over people. And you being lead [sic] here today isnt just coincidence. Its a natural phenomenon. Just like how a stone cannot resist gravity.
Im pretty sure its just because I missed lunch. Good sales pitch, though.
Neeheehee. Of course, any and all are welcome in my bakery. Now then, please choose whichever bread youd like. So, will you have some of my bread? My recommendation is
Hold on, bread is good, but the reason I came here was to hear more about you. We dont really know anything about each other, which isnt doing us any favors in the bonding department. Lunch can wait a little longer.
Well, now that you mention it, that is true. Please forgive me for earlier. Well then, ahem. Im Collette, the Aquarius Star Maiden. I run this bakery day in and day out. Im the charismatic proprietor as well as the cute girl who works at a shop.
I guess you know by now that Im Gods Gift. I hope we can work together to solve this end of the world thing.
Yes, likewise. Is it all right if I keep calling you Itsuki?
Thats fine with me. Not sure I really live up to the name Gods Gift just yet, anyway.
All right. Now then, Itsuki, let me ask you a question. What do you think of my bakery?
No funny/asshole choices here, unfortunately. You can call it cute, clean, or nice.
(Why do they keep saying that? Uhh quick, think of something )
Its very nice?
Hmm, that isnt a very satisfying answer. I want to know what you think in more refined detail. For example, the decorations are nice or the place is clean Things like that. After all, it stands to reason that this bakery is nice. Thats because Im the proprietor.
You know Pride is one of the Deadly Sins, right? Its also where everything went completely to shit in Conception II.
You asked me that out of the blue. I cant really give you a detailed answer when Ive only been standing in here for a few minutes.
I see Im sorry for coming at you like that after your compliment. However, when you compliment me in the future, do give me precise feedback.
(Great, thats a minefield Ill have to wade into eventually )
Im sorry, I got wrapped up in idle conversation. I need to start baking the next batch, so I will excuse myself.
You bake and sell everything in here by yourself?
Yes. I mentioned it briefly in passing before, but I run this bakery solo. I also have my duties as a Star Maiden, so I will be much busier than before.
Sounds like a tough job thats going to get tougher.
Not at all. I can manage. I know. If youd like, please take that unsold bread home with you. It was baked this morning, but Im sure its still nice and soft.
Oh, well, thanks. Are you sure its okay for me to take it?
Of course. I will receive payment for it however.
Gonna bill the shit out of the palace for it, huh?
You sure do have all your bases covered.
You have to be like this if you expect to run a business well.
You could also try taking some introductory economics courses. Judging by that screen shot and the fact that you mentioned unsold bread from this morning, I have a feeling you dont quite grasp supply and demand theory.
~Church Spirit Chamber~
Okay, Collette. Its your turn for the ritual.
So the time has come I didnt think for a minute that I would be selected.
Please for the love of God, stop drawing attention to that.
And to think Id be made to do the ritual You certainly are a lusty fellow.
(Im so glad that nobody from my world can see this.)
Could you not say stuff like that? Youre a Star Maiden, of course youd be selected to do this ritual.
My my. I see youre getting defensive but not denying it. So I was right. You are lusty.
Im not. At least not in regards to this ritual stuff.
You may be right. Instead of lusty, youre probably more cocky. I suppose my cuteness has that effect on your and you cant help yourself.
What the hell are you going on about?
Neehee. That was a joke. I was just joking around to lighten the tension before the ritual. I feel a bit better now. I, mean, [sic] I am at that sensitive age. I suppose Im as nervous as anyone would be. Now then, what are we supposed to do?
Wait, you mean you dont know how this works?
I just wanted to see what you were into first, then Id come up with a plan of action.
I think youre really exaggerating what this involves. Trust me, that isnt going to happen. Ill make sure of it.
All right. Ill trust you. For now. Its better to just come out with it than sit here worrying about it, right? Well, I guess in the case of this ritual, something really will come out!
Please dont phrase it like that. I beg you.
Ah, right. After this ritual, you need to treat me to something. I want to have something nice to eat.
Man, you are just riding this for all its worth, arent you? Normally Id be defensive about cash, but the little bit that we do have left technically came from Mana. I have no reservations at all about blowing Manas money.
Think of it as a treat for doing the ritual.
Why do I have to treat you? This is for the sake of the world.
Oh, come now. Its just an act of kindness to me. Im not all that hungry, so something light and simply is fine. Ill leave you to decide.
So what? Something like bread? Is that what youre driving at?
But really? Getting bread for the girl who runs a bakery? Oh, maybe you thought Id be happy if you suggested bread?
Are you not?
Youre surprisingly rude.
Pot calling the kettle black, Collette.
Its not like I live solely on bread. Man does not f-yeast on bread alone. Thats what dieticians say as well. Its a wonderful teaching that states that nutritional balance is important for growing girls.
Im fairly sure that you are misunderstanding that.
Rather than worrying about that, I thought I said Id like something light and simple. Pita is the only type of bread that fits that requirement.
Listen, can we just focus on the ritual? Are you ready?
Yes, Ive been prepared from the start. Well then, shall we begin?
*Classmating which includes a very inappropriate cutscene*
Phew Is that it? Im really tired
That actually went a bit easier than the past few times.
Th-That was easy ? I was pretty embarrassed
Youll get used to it. I have. Mostly.
Hmm, I wonder if its something thats good to get used to
Its supposed to be a sacred ritual that helps prevent danger.
Oh, I know that already.
Anyway, what do you want?
Ah! You remembered I think thats a wonderful characteristic you have. Well, nice job on the ritual today.
Thank god thats over with. For now. Whatever, Ill let future me deal with that.
~Collettes Sweet Wheats~
Welcome! We knead happiness into your heart! Welcome to Collettes Sweet Wheats!
Thats pretty rude of you. Im here to buy bread today.
Oh, so youre here as a customer. My apologies. Please, take your time is what Id like to say, but Im going to close the shop in ten minutes.
Are you going somewhere?
No, but I do need to bake more bread in the back. After all, I do everything from the baking to the selling all by myself.
There are a lot of bakeries like that. They still manage to actually sell shit while doing it though.
I have a personal rule for people to only eat freshly baked bread.
Must be nice to have that kind of freedom.
Yes, it certainly is. Some famous person once said, Freedom has its price. But no matter how busy I get, thinking about that freedom energizes me.
So no complaints then I guess, huh?
Then everyone will be full and happy. Now then, shall I wrap up your bread? How about a bitter chocolate croissant that carrier an air of mischief with it? Im sure if you munch on this alone in the park, youll get all the girls.
Oh yeah, girls love a guy that sadly sits alone on a bench in the park eating chocolate croissants. Why didnt I think of doing that?
Could I just get some normal bread?
In that case, the girls will be able to leave you alone.
Yeah, nothing says poverty like eating chocolate covered croissants.
Does all of your bread have to be eaten alone in the park?
Ive got it. In that case, Ill throw in a heel of bread too. Just like there was the high heel boom, well make a bread heel boom too. Please make a movement out of this, Itsuki.
(Oh, its going to be a movement alright.)
I guess I can do that, the talking about bread part anyway, not the moe part. As long as I keep getting free bread like this.
Oh?! You will? If this somehow works, then the bakerys sales will be set. I asked expecting you to say no. But you know, Itsuki That yes-man response of yours has really moved me.
Thats not a compliment, you know.
Thats not true. I highly evaluate that challenging spirit of yours. Well, Ill give you the heel for free anyway, so eat it wherever youd like.
Okay. Sorry to get in your way.
Not at all. Im sorry I wasnt able to talk more. Please eat the heel, crumbs and all. I promise its very delicious.
Im going to be honest, Im not entirely sure what the hell Collettes character is.
Oh well. Not the time to think about that. Weve got the
~Star God Academy Field~
Okay, I only need to meet with one more Maiden and then I can get to work on putting together a proper team for the Labyrinths. I doubt Im going to find that Yuzuha girl here at the academy though. She mentioned something about working at home. I should ask Reone or Narcisstes about where she lives.
*sigh* Why did I have to become a Star Maiden
*Theres a sound from somewhere*
Hm? Wh-Whos there?
*Yuzuha moves to check it out*
Sorry, wasnt trying to scare you. I was knocking at the door but you werent responding.
Is that a coffin bed?
Um You dont have to say sorry It was my fault for daydreaming Hi, Big Brother Did you, uh, want something from me ?
I wanted to drop by and properly introduce myself.
I thought you already did that the last time Oh, you said properly. Okay. I guess proper salutations are needed Um Im Yuzuha. I think Im the Pisces Star Maiden N-Nice to meet you
Nice to meet you too.
Oh, yes Nice to meet you *sigh* Looks like hes not someone scary
What was that? You kind of drifted off there.
O-Oh, its nothing Dont mind me. Please, continue
Okay. Well, umm you have a lot of paintings in here. Do you do that as a hobby?
Its my job, not so much a hobby.
But now I also have to work as a Star Maiden *sigh*
Do you not want that?
Well, I cant help it now that Ive been chosen I dont really want to, but Ive given up on resisting. Im really good at giving up So please dont mind me, Big Brother. Ill do my job as a Star Maiden properly. Oh. Im calling you Big Brother Does that sound too pushy to you?
Well, I know Narcisstes gave a lecture to you guys about thinking of us like a family, but Ill be honest, the Big Brother thing is kind of weirding me out.
I dont know what else to call you
Maybe something like, Mr. Itsuki? Or just Itsuki?
Mister ? Hmm I guess I could call you that But thats supposed to show seniority, right? That means Ill have to call the other Star Maidens Miss.
Its an honorific, Yuzuha. You are supposed to follow it with a name when you know it, like Miss Arie or Miss Reone.
I mean, Big Brother is kind of the same. A lot of guys could react to that.
Thats okay. Youre the only man I know.
What about Narcisstes?
Hmm Hes more like Teacher, or Uncle maybe? So I prefer to call you Big Brother. But, if you insist, I guess I can call you Mister
Honestly, Big Brother just feels weird, but I guess just call me whatever you feel comfortable with.
Thanks, Narc. Real good job on that stupid creepy think of each other as family lecture.
Um, is there something else we have to talk about? I dont really notice these things, so please tell me.
No, I just came by to say hi to you. I dont really have any other stuff to talk about right now.
Oh, okay. Sorry Im sure you found out today, but Im bad at talking So, Im sorry
You dont have to apologize for that. Just keep in mind that were going to have to talk in order to strengthen our bond.
S-Sure But it still wont be fun talking to me. Big Brother you have to use your time wisely
Spending time like this is wise.
Just dont worry about it, okay? I decide how I spend my own time.
Ill stop by again some other time. See you later.
Okay. See you
*And Itsuki takes his leave*
I decide how I spend my own time.
I dont know
Good stuff. Im sure the Classmating ritual will go just swimmingly.
~Church Spirit Chamber~
What? W-With me ? Ugh Big Brother Do we really have to?
Kind of, yeah. Its part of saving the world. I wont force you into it, though.
O-Okay Let me think I know I shouldnt refuse, but
You arent the only one.
You too? As much as me?
O-Oh, really So its the same for you Im a bit relieved to know Im not the only one. But the other Star Maidens feel the same way, right? We all get scared and nervous
(Well, except for Mirei and Reone I guess, but thats beside the point.)
It wouldnt be fair if Im the only one who doesnt do it Okay, I-I have to gather my courage.
No problem. Are you feeling a little more ready?
U-Um I am now, but I dont really know how to Classmate
You too?! Is this not part of your classes or something? It seems like a major part of the Star Maiden thing.
Ugh Im sorry.
And Narcisstes just let that slide? He didnt even try and get you to pay attention? The class only has 12 students in it, dont try and tell me that he just didnt notice. I had 16 in my ESL tutoring classes and I knew damn well whenever someone was passed out or not paying attention.
Big Brother, this may not be your first time But it is for me so um
I understand. Just leave it all to me, okay? Im sure I can make this work.
Oh Yes, please. Ill do as you say So please teach me Please
Calm down, you can count on me. I think.
Okay Then, um
*Final introductory Classmating! Sort of!*
*sigh* Its finally over Im so sorry I dont think I did it well
Dont worry about it. You get better with practice.
All right, thanks I feel so tired right now.
Sure thing. Thanks for everything.
Okay Bye, Big Brother.
Okay, lets waste no time in finishing this up.
O-Oh, Big Brother ? What are you doing here? Im off from class today, so Do you have an emergency?
No, nothing like that. I just wanted to check out some of your paintings. I didnt get the chance last time.
Of course. Why wouldnt I be?
Oh, so thats it Thats the first time Ive heard anyone say that. Oh, but none of them are finished. Can I show them to you when Im done?
What about that clearly finished one above the window? The one thats already framed?
Its a bit embarrassing, but if you want to see, Ill let you Oh, is saying Ill let you a bit too rude?
Not really. Theyre yours, so its your call. Ill look forward to it.
I-Its nothing to look forward to
Great. Anyway, do you live here by yourself?
Oh y-yes. Yes, I do. Going to and from here to the academy is my daily routine. I really dont like going outside though
Why? Do you not like being around people or something?
Yeah, Im terrible with them Before I was a Star Maiden, I never left home so I never got used to people. Thats why if someone talks to me, I dont know how to respond
I dont understand how were able to
Well, the fact is that you are talking with me just fine. So maybe if we keep that up then you can get used to talking to other people.
I think Ill be fine Time passes quickly when Im painting, and its fun too. Im okay with the way things are I think I was just born like this
That seems a bit sad, doesnt it? Why not just keeping talking with me and the Star Maidens, then?
I think thats just a waste of your time
I told you before. The time Im spending with you isnt a waste. Just go for it.
Oh youre so forceful, Big Brother. Youre the complete opposite of how passive I am
Ive told you already, but Im really good at that
Whatever helps. Anyway, Im going to head back for today. Ill check in again later.
Y-Yeah U-Um See you later
And thats it, at least until Maiden 13 decides to show up. Now comes the good part (for me).