Part 25: The Autumn FestivalSpecial Events I: The Autumn Festival
Now that the summaries are out of the way (they were in the bottom half of Update X, in case you jumped straight to this update for some reason known only to you), we can get to the good stuff. Arie, Collette, Farun, Mirei, and Femiruna all get something unique about their festival events. Why? Beats me. Collette even gets a CG for hers. Hell if I know what possessed the developers to only go the extra mile for certain Star Maidens.
~Star God Academy Field~
Yeah, Star God is doing a bang up job of that right now.
Oh, Itsuki. Autumn is always so cool and comfortable, isnt it?
Yeah, its pretty refreshing. Hey, Arie? Dont you ever get worn out from praying all the time?
Its not a matter of exhaustion. Praying to the Star God daily is important.
I see Well, I actually dropped by to invite you to the festival thats going on. I thought you could use the rest, but I guess I was wrong.
This conversation is pretty badly done. Official Itsuki makes no effort to chain together these thoughts. He just shows up and goes Arie, Do you get tired from praying?, I want to invite you to the festival. It kind of makes Official Itsuki look like an asshole that doesnt actually give a shit about what Arie is saying.
Yeah. Mana learned about it from Mahiru and wanted me to suggest it to the king. Its based on the Autumn Festivals from where me and Mahiru come from. We wear yukatas and wander around to different stalls. Are you interested?
A festival Im interested in what they entail. But what is this thing called a yukata?
Its sort of like a dress kind of. Although both men and women wear it. I guess its more like an outfit for festivals although Never mind. I think its easier if you just see it for yourself.
Yeah, I think so. I think you would look really good in one.
Really? Then I will gladly go to this festival donning the yukata you speak of.
Where is Oh! Arie! This way!
This yukata has such an interesting shape. It feels quite nice to wear.
This is what I meant about certain maidens having special things added to their Japan Events. During the Autumn Festival, the maidens that I listed above will wear uniquely designed yukatas during their respective event. The other Star Maidens do get Autumn Festival events of their own, but they show up in their normal outfits. Im not sure why SC half-assed this and showed favouritism towards certain Maidens.
Oh, and no, you cant change the Maidens into their yukata costumes outside of this event, despite the fact that Swimsuits has a toggle in the options menu. Spike Chunsoft sucks at the whole costume thing, is what Im saying. They design alternate costumes, put them in the game, but then make them unavailable for the player to use. They also dont sell them as DLC. If you read the CII LP, youll recall that I pointed out the same issue in that game. Characters like Narika and Chloe had costumes in the game that only pop up for 1 or 2 events and cant be equipped for use elsewhere.
I dont support cutting out content and selling it as DLC, but if youre going to go through the effort of designing alternative costumes (and especially going a step further by fully modeling them), then make them available to the player through some method, even if its through DLC. Its better than teasing and not delivering.
Am I wearing it correctly? Do I look strange?
Of course not. You look great. Actually, Im kind of surprised that you found one that matches you so well. You only heard about this a little while ago.
Haha. Thats wonderful, thank you. You look nice as well, Itsuki.
No, we dont get to see Itsukis yukata.
These festivals are so bustling. There are so many shops here.
They sell a bunch of different kinds of food and drink.
And what are these ones? They seem to be selling things other than food.
Oh, yeah. Some of the stalls are games that you can play for a chance to win a prize.
A prize? Ive never heard of such a thing before.
Give it a try.
Do I have the right to take part in such a ceremony from your world?
Its fine, Arie. Its just a festival game. Theres nothing sacred about it.
Im very interested but I wonder if I can really do it.
Its okay to enjoy things, Arie. Its a festival. Have some fun and let loose a little.
Throw the damn ball!
I do want to try it out It sounds like fun. I will now participate in the target game ceremony.
Its Arie, its not a ceremony. You really dont need to take this so seriously.
Itsuki, I received a ball. What should I do with this?
Okay. You see the prizes on the wall over there? You throw the ball at one that you want to try and make it fall. The ones on the top are easier to knock down.
*Arie wanders off screen. Is she getting a running start or something?*
There! I missed
Thats okay. You can keep throwing until you run out of balls.
Alright There! There! There!
*Arie then wanders back into frame*
Phew I cant even hit one And I only have one ball left
Youre putting a lot of effort into your arm. Try putting your hips into it instead.
Yeah. Turn with your hips during the throw. It should give you a bit more control.
That sounds difficult
Well I guess it is kind of tricky to do without any practice.
But Ill try following your advice.
Arie is wandering out of frame in this screenshot. I only include it because it gives us a look at her back and how she has her hair tied (she has it tied like this normally, but her habit/veil thing mostly covers it). They put some attention and detail in to these, which makes it even worse that you cant equip them as costumes.
Lets see Turn with my hips to try and hit the target There!
*Aries comes back into frame again*
I got it! I did it, Itsuki!
Hey, great job!
I got this prize! Its such a cute doll.
Looks like something the kids would really like.
Perhaps, but I wouldnt give this one to the children. This is a commemoration of participating in the target game ceremony. Its a part of my memories with you, Itsuki.
*The screen fades to black for a moment as a time skip happens*
Itsuki, thank you so much for today. I had so much fun.
Thats good to hear. Im glad that you were able to relax and enjoy yourself.
I didnt know they could be so fun. The children would love it here.
Theres a disaster just waiting to be unleashed.
Well, we could always try bringing them next time.
It was just so much fun Can we?
As long as you dont mind being stuck with just me.
Thats wonderful. Lets go out together again. Im sure it will be just as enjoyable.
A little rough in the beginning, but it smoothed out as the event went on. Arie likes to have fun, she just needs a push to get going. If only shed realize that Star God is kind of an ass and she doesnt need to hold back out of fear that he might disapprove.
Next is Femiruna.
~Star God Academy Field~
Hey, Femiruna. Listen, would you like to go out and get something to eat with me?
Oh? It appears you have learned a little about how to properly invite a lady.
Its called a Food Truck and the only stars it has are painted on the side as decoration.
Its not really a restaurant. The Autumn Festival is happening today.
Festival? Youre going to that carnival?
Yeah. Theres a lot of shops and stuff there. Should be fun.
Goodness I was hoping for a more mature date
Come on. Itll be fun. More fun than going to a fancy restaurant.
What are these shop stalls anyway?
They sell stuff like fried noodles and sausages and skewers that kind of thing. Theyre like outdoor restaurants where you can try a bunch of different things.
My interest has grown considerably. Do you mind if I join you? I will never forgive you if I do not enjoy this outing.
Yeah, yeah, youve still got some Tsundere/noblewoman in ya. Just throw on your yukata and lets go.
Dont worry, Im sure youre going to like it once you get there.
Itsuki, what do you think of my yukata?
I like it, but thats mainly because I really like deep purple colours.
It looks good. Its very you.
It is quite a fashionable outfit. I like it.
Honestly, I think Itsuki should have just opened with You get to wear an elegant/beautiful outfit. Femiruna probably would have been on board immediately with just that.
There are far more shop stalls than I hard imagined I did not expect to see such a diverse set of them.
Yeah, Im getting pretty excited. There are so many to choose from.
What a fantastic business model!
Wait until you hear about Malls and then find out that they were made obsolete by the internet. Itll blow your fucking mind. You dont even need to bring servants! Amazon will send theirs out to deliver your shit to you!
I think your excitement for festivals is a bit different from mine
The attracting of customers and the profit margins do not seem too bad Itsuki, this will surely provide great satisfaction to the guests!
Well, as long as youre having fun I guess Youve been looking around for a while, though. Dont you want to try some of the food?
Come, Itsuki. Let us go that way.
*Femiruna takes off out of frame*
Hang on, Femiruna. Youre going to trip if you Hey!
Ive got you!
*One super heroic catch later I guess. We dont actually see it*
Y-Yes, I am fine I almost fell down.
Im glad that you didnt hurt yourself.
Its easy to trip in a yukata, especially if you havent worn one before. Good thing I decided to keep an eye on you. Anyway, just try not to rush around so much.
H-Hmph! I do not need you worrying about me But I will be more careful next time.
Here, lets hold hands while we look around. That way you dont have to worry about falling.
What? If Im holding your hand then I can pull you back up if you do trip.
Come on. Make sure you have a good grip.
I-I know that!
H-Hey! You dont have to pull me around!
*Fun Festival Festivities later. Damn alliteration*
Whew! Today was quite the educational experience. It excited me greatly, and I even discovered a new business model.
Are you trying to open a business of your own someday?
That does sound like fun. If I get the opportunity, I would like to try.
Man I wish I had the money to just go Eh, I sort of feel like opening my own business. See what its like. You know, for fun.
Thats a bit of a low bar to clear from what weve seen of Granvania so far.
You definitely have the confidence for it.
The world outside the manor is fun. I am discovering so many things. Itsuki, teach me more about the outside world. I would like to bear more excitement.
Uh, okay. Ill do my best. Not sure if bear is the right word, though.
Good stuff. Femiruna took some coaxing, just like Arie, but at least she found her own form of fun to be had at the festival. Lets check in with Farun next.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
Hey, Itsuki. Hasnt it been getting cooler recently?
Not for me. Fuck summer and all its mosquitos and flies and sweat and heat.
Then why dont we go somewhere fun?
Hm? Wheres that?
Theres an Autumn Festival happening right now.
Oh! The festival from your world, right?
Sure. We can wear yukatas, too.
Its an outfit from my world that you wear for festivals.
Hehe . Hahaha.
Im guessing you like your yukata?
Yup! I love clothes like this. What do ya think?
It looks great on you.
Ehh, kind of disappointing to be honest. Farun is supposedly older than Itsuki, so I guess the developers were going for a more mature look, but I just dont think the plain colours and minimalist design works for Farun. Shes a traveling dancer. I was expecting her yukata to look flashier and more colourful. More fun and youthful. That sort of thing.
Aha! Thanks! I really like this outfit. Its so cute.
I know, right? Wait, did ya mean I looked cute just now? Or the yukata?
W-Well I may have meant you, specifically.
No, I mean it.
Hehe. I dont think I can believe ya. Though it does make me happy.
Hmm Doesnt seem to take personal compliments well Could be self-worth related or maybe a distrust of others, kind of like Ruka Oh, sorry. Im still going through ideas in my head as to what the hell Faruns whole deal/backstory is.
But isnt this yukata cute? I like it so much. I cant wait to walk around in it. Lets get goin. Now then. I head that the shop stalls are the best part of the festival.
Probably. I think Narcisstes mostly repeated the things I told him when he started organizing this with the citizens.
Oh, I see. Lets look for some weird food!
Why only weird food?
Learnin bout things ya dont know is part of the fun of travelin. Ya have to challenge yourself to new things! Look! That shop stall is sellin somethin Ive never seen before! Somethin called miso banana!
Speaking of weird: Granvania having miso paste and miko clothing, but not knowing what a yukata is.
Im pretty sure this idea didnt come from my world I think the idea of chocolate-covered bananas was just misunderstood at some point.
Hmm So whatll it taste like?
Death. Although that might just be a personal preference. Im not a not a miso fan.
Wait, you want to try that? Its completely different from the food in my world that its supposed to be.
Hehe. I told ya to challenge yourself to new things. But Ill leave it to ya. So, what will it be?
Well I guess you do have the right idea Maybe its actually good. Only one way to know for sure.
Hahaha. Ya know it!
Now are ya ready? Pops! Gimme two miso bananas!
Farun trots off out of frame here, but I didnt include a screenshot of her back because theres not really anything to highlight about it. The back of her yukata is just plain black with a pink bow. Her hair is also done up in the same way as it always is, so theres nothing different there. Like I said, I was expecting more from Faruns yukata.
*One ill-advised flavour combination later*
Ahahaha! Ahahahaha! That was so terrible!
Well, Ive never had anything like that before
Hehe, but wasnt it fun? Well have a great memory of this so we can look back. Its the day we ate miso bananas together. I love stuff like that. Thanks for eatin em with me.
*Another brief time skip here*
Guess its time to say goodbye to this outfit. Its too bad, it was so cute.
You dont have to keep it just for festivals, you know. You could wear it all the time if you wanted to.
No. I wanna save it as a special outfit I wear for when we go to festivals. Thats why Ill save it for next year. Ya wont see it till then! Hehe. Well, see ya later!
At least Farun was more gung-ho about going to the festival. Didnt need to twist her arm or anything. The same wont be said about Mirei, who is next up.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
Hey, Mirei? I know youre busy with your reading, but I was wondering if you wanted to go check out the festival with me.
I Okay. That sure was quick.
Ive heard about this festival, but I dislike crowded places. I highly doubt I can enjoy it.
So theres no way I can convince you?
Youre persistent I just explained why. Why do you want to go with me so much?
Because I want you to have some fun. I figured this was a good opportunity.
Didnt I say I probably wont enjoy it?
Wont know for sure unless you try. Part of being a researcher, right?
Hm All right. If I have time, Ill go with you. However, that depends on todays research progress. No promises.
Sure. Ill wait for you at the festival, then.
Fine. But dont expect me to show up.
We all know youll be there. Regardless of whether or not you think it will be fun, you absolutely cannot resist researching new things. Or researching Itsuki in new environments. Whatever works.
Hmm Doesnt look like shes coming after all
*Mirei comes into frame*
Apologies for being late.
Its wait Are you wearing a yukata?
This, on the other hand. This is exactly what I expected from Mirei.
I heard this is required for those participating in the festival. I completed my research and took far too long trying to put this on. Apologies.
N-No, its fine. It looks great.
Hmm, I see. I never was interested in clothing.
Could have fooled me. Could you spin around so I can get a better look?
Spin around? I suppose I dont mind
How was that ?
It was good. That yukata really suits you.
Try holding up your sleeve and striking a pose.
Okay, Itsuki. Calm down. Dont want to go pitching a tent in a yukata. Although, I guess they sort of naturally supress boners because of the wrapping and stuff.
You want to see that? Youre so strange
What do you think?
Yeah, you look amazing. How about-
Hold on. Why am I listening to you so unconditionally?
Oh, right. Sorry. I was getting carried away a little bit.
*Some time passes*
So, this is the festival The atmosphere certainly isnt something I would enjoy.
Dont write it off so soon. Come on, lets look around a bit. Theres a lot of shops and food to check out. Look, they even managed to make cotton candy.
Here, let me get some for you. There, give it a try.
By using clouds from heaven and combining them with a truckload of the distilled essences of the second and third circles of hell. Also known as sugar.
You heat up sugar with fire and spin it into threads. Then you swirl it on to a stick.
Hm, I see. So that stick is used to wrap the sugar around it. How interesting. Shop clerk. Can you let me try my hand at making it?
Wait, you want to try making it? Why?
Jesus, Mirei. Death comes for us all eventually, you dont need to coax him along.
I dont think thats how it works, Mirei
Be quiet. You wont know if it will fail unless you try.
Shes got you there, Itsuki. Thats basically the reasoning you used to get her out here in the first place.
But, wont you be troubling the clerks?
Dont worry. Ill pay for it.
Thats not really what I was getting at.
*One experiment in diabetes later*
I didnt think I would actually break the machine.
Its because you pushed the machine too hard *sigh* We have to pay for that now, too
Oh, no harm done then. Is there anything else we can charge to his account while were at it?
Oh, what is that shop stall over there, Itsuki? It says octopus cakes.
I think its-
Hm? And that one looks interesting as well. What are you doing? Hurry up.
H-Hey! Dont pull! Mirei!
*After some fun festival time spent with Mirei*
Looks like you ended up having fun after all.
It was all part of my research.
Didnt look that way to me
Im interested in cross-cultural customs. I did it to personally experience it. Now, lets go home.
They have game consoles in Granvania?! What level of technology does this freaking world have?! You cant make a damn long-distance call, but you can apparently fire up the old PS4 for some [insert your preferred game here]?
Im convinced something was wrong My calculations shouldnt be inaccurate
You know, Im glad I asked you out. It really sounds like you had fun.
And thats all for Mirei. It was pretty much exactly what you would have expected from her. Whether thats a good or bad thing depends on your opinion of her. I think it was nice.
Last up for the unique events is Collette. Collettes version of the festival event gets a unique CG. No, I have no sweet clue why Collette is the only heroine to get a unique CG for this event. Im not even sure if there are unique CGs for the other Japan Events. I didnt see any for Starmas. So its possible that Collette is the only one to get a unique CG for a side-event. I guess well have to wait and see.
Maybe one of the developers or members of the art team had a thing for her. A possibility that creeps out user BlazeEmblem. They are definitely not alone in that regard.
~Star God Academy Field~
Hello Itsuki. Its autumn now.
Speaking of autumn, theres an Autumn Festival happening now. Do you want to go check out the shops with me?
Are they serving roasted sweet potatoes?!
Why are you so hung up on those?
Roasted sweet potatoes are a staple of festivals here in Granvania!
Granvania has festivals? Festivals that havent been copied from Japan?
This festival is based on one from my world, though. I dont think there will be roasted sweet potatoes there.
What a shame.
Then buy some sweet potatoes and roast them. All you need is a fire. You own a bakery, so it cant be that hard.
Well, there might be other delicious things there that are just as good as roasted sweet potatoes.
Ooh! You think so?! In that case, I will definitely go with you. Shall we go right now?
That works for me. They should have some rental yukatas there as well.
Oh, yukatas! That sounds like fun. Lets be on our way then.
Okay, so I dont know if Granvania has actual experience with yukatas or not. The other maidens didnt seem to know what they were (including Farun, the worldly traveler), but Mirei was apparently able to research it and Collette seems to know what they are.
Oh, these yukatas have a different feel than my usual clothes.
I dont really have an opinion on Collettes yukata. Its kind of childlike/innocent, but thats sort of her whole deal/facade. Her head sort of looks too big for her body though. Maybe thats just me.
You wear your yukata well, Itsuki. You look really good.
Same to you, Collette.
Neehee. I think so too. But it is a little airy. It feels weird if I dont wear anything underneath.
Yeah. It also chafes a little sometimes.
Ah, did you think I wasnt wearing any underwear? Sorry to disappoint you, but I most certainly am.
Please keep your mind out of your lewd gutter.
My mind is not in the gutter. Plus, how was I supposed to know thats what you were talking about? Not wearing anything underneath is traditional, right?
Thats the first Ive ever heard that.
Historically and culturally, its complicated. It depends on where you are wearing a yukata (in a private room, festival, bathhouse, that kind of thing) and the kind of people you are wearing it around and what time period were talking about (modern day underwear is comfortable enough that you really should be wearing some under there just about all the time).
Wait a minute! Does that mean youre not wearing anything under yours?
Thats not important.
Ah, a true Scotsman! Free-ballin it like Highlanders intended (at least supposedly).
Dont look at me when you say that.
Well, enough of that. Wheres the tasty food? Theres a bunch of shop stalls everywhere and the scents are enticing I cant take it anymore. *drool*
Okay, well first you should wipe the drool off of your mouth.
Oh! Excuse me. But finding something more delicious than roasted sweet potatoes will be tough. Shall we split up and look?
*Something happens. Not sure what, but theres a pause between Collettes lines before she leans back from the camera*
Uh? Huh?! L-Look at this crowd, Itsuki! Whats going on?! Oh, the fireworks are starting. For now, Ill look over here. Lets meet up at the gate at the entrance later
Collette turns a little bit during the Oh, the fireworks line, but she doesnt turn around completely in this event. It is possible to briefly see that she has her hair together in a braid/ponytail (same as what Arie did with hers). I thought this was weird, because I was sure that Collette had a bob cut hairstyle. But I checked her character model in the database and she really does have a ponytail. I always thought that thing sticking out of her character portrait was a ribbon or something. Huh
I dont think its a good idea to split up in this crowd. Come on, just grab my hand.
Oh for Ex-Excuse me! Trying to get through. Gods Gift making a path. All right, Collette, try again.
*After fighting through the crowd of people*
Whew I made it. Thank you, Itsuki. Ah fireworks. What shall we do? There seem to be some empty seats over there.
Lets grab some candied apples and watch.
Candied apples?! Thats a great idea. Lets go! Strike while the irons hot! Lets hurry. Ah, dont let go of my hand. I dont want to get lost again.
Dont make it weird(er), Collette.
Sure, lets go.
Oh, you have got to be kidding me. Damn it, Spike Chunsoft, if you didnt want to draw partial artwork of Itsuki in a yukata then just say that hes not wearing a yukata. Its not that difficult.
Wow, seeing them so close is such a different experience. I can feel the sound. BOOM BOOM! This candied apple is tasty. The fireworks also look quite tasty.
Havent heard someone describe fireworks like that before.
Neeheehee. Every time I hold your hand, Ill remember this moment. This is a very delicious memory. Thank you, Itsuki.
*After the fireworks*
Shall we head home now, Itsuki? Bakers are early risers after all. Today was very fun.
I had fun too. We should do this again if we get the chance.
Yes. Oh, right. On the way home, lets get a roasted sweet potato. If I dont have one, it wont feel like I actually went to a festival.
Oh yeah, you gotta watch those sweet potatoes. Their 100 calories per potato and 0 grams of fat
And thats it for the Autumn Festival. Time for us to get back to proper bonding updates, after having skipped them in the previous chapter. Weve got a somewhat new group of Focus Maidens to show off.