Part 34: Ophiuchus, Aries, and Leo + Summaries of Virgo, Pisces, and Scorpio (Part 2)Bonding Update XVI: Ophiuchus, Aries, and Leo + Summaries of Virgo, Pisces, and Scorpio (Part 2)
Back to the grind. Lets get these Level 4 Bond Events out of the way so that we can-
Oh right. Well still be doing side stuff Also I soon have to watch at least 3 episodes of the Anime in order for us to have an intro review/summary of that supposed dumpster fire.
Listen up, all of you!
So keep your guard up at all times!
Hey, its Gods Gift!
I miss when the Star Children would call the MC dad or father
All right! Five minute break! Be sure to rehydrate!
Hey, Alfie. How are the Star Children coming along?
Great! The search team is doing their mission without incident! Its all thanks to the arrangements made by Mirei.
Its thanks to your work too, you know.
That sounds like a good idea. Ill wait until youre finished with training though. Dont feel like you have to rush.
Last time, we watched movies together with the lights off. What will happen today ?
I mean, I have no way out of this one. Awful presumptuous of you, Itsuki. Whatever, lets go for the tamest option, because were not creeps (at least, the thread collectively is not. Cant speak to individual readers).
Usually at this point, things move on to well you know, first base.
Y-You mean kissing? Uh-oh B-But, considering the mood it may not be out of the question
Listen, Id normally be on board with Itsuki taking the initiative at this stage of the bonding routes, but we have to remember that Alfie only recently developed emotions, at least as far as love is concerned. Shes new to all of this and she hasnt been as obvious about any developing feelings for Itsuki. Maybe its just me, but this really seems like the one instance were Itsuki should be taking the slow approach.
The instructors face is all red!
H-Hey! Dont tease your instructor!
Were not teasing!
We were just asking!
See? Thats the general understanding that Alfie was working with when we first met her. They genuinely have no idea why Alfie is blushing, or potentially even what blushing is.
Just go rehydrate and take your beak!
*The little Star Children trot off for recess*
Whew Theyre such problem children
Looks like youre handling the romance thing better now.
I mean, youre not as hesitant about it now. Are you?
I think those feelings are completely gone now. I was afraid of it just a short while ago
I guess that means our bond is really growing.
And A-Actually never mind.
Youre acting kind of weird. What wereOh I got a message from Mirei.
Oh, me too
*The two take a moment to check their texts*
They found it! The search team tracked down the Bond Eater! She says that theyre out in a deep part of the forest. She wants me to get there as fast as I can. Dont need to tell me twice.
She said for me to stay here
Alfie Listen, I know how you feel about this
But you still wont take me?
Sorry. Im siding with Mirei. I want you to stay here where its safe.
Dont worry about me. Ive gotten a lot stronger compared to the last time we fought that thing and so have the Star Children. We can do this. I promise. Well go on our date when I get back.
I get that you have history with the thing, Alfie. I really do. But weve got the thing cornered, you literally cannot harm it no matter how good of a fighter you might be, and you are therefore nothing but a target. Gonna have to agree with Mirei and bench you for this one.
Over there! I see it!
Sweet, it sounds like its already injured. Bonus.
[Bond Eater]: Huuurgh
Good job, everyone! Fall back and leave it to me for now! Come on, Bond Eater! Youre mine this time!
The intelligent thing to do would be to box it in and attack from all sides with help from the Star Children. But that doesnt quite jive with the Wake Archus School of ILL KILL YOU! So one on one duel it is!
[Bond Eater]: Huuurgh
*Itsuki goes on the attack and the screen flashes white and there are various grunts and Gah!s and Raaaaghs and all that sweet action stuff that fills in for the fact that we cant actually see whats happening*
*After some back and forth, Itsuki delivers the finisher. The screen goes white at this point*
[Bond Eater]: Graaaagh!
*Then the screen fades back in to the forest CG, thereby disguising the games inability to have the Bond Eater vanish in a way that looks halfway decent*
Huff Huff . I I did it I won!
Yeah! Great job! Now go over and gut it for item drops. Its got to have something cool on it.
Is everyone okay?
Good Thats good. Come on, we need to report back to Mirei and Alfie.
[Bond Eater]: Huurgh
Oh, come on. Dammit, Itsuki. This is why you double-tap or whatever the sword equivalent of double-tapping is.
Gods Gift, behind you!
What?! How is it still alive?!
[Bond Eater]: Huuurgh! Huuuuuurgh!
*Bond Eater then rushes Itsu-*
Alfie! No! Dammit! Ill kill you!
*Itsuki delivers the finisher to the Bond Eater this time for real, I mean. The screen fades to white again while this happens*
[Bond Eater]: Urgh Gah
*And now we fade back to Alfie*
Alfie! Alfie, are you okay?!
Ehehe Im sorry
Its fine! Just come here, Ill carry you to Reone!
Please listen There was one time I returned to the Matryoshka This feeling is just like that *cough* *cough*
Its different! Youre stronger now! Just stop talking and save your strength!
Thats why I know
Shut up! Youre not done for! Youve got 10 more years to live! Dont! Dont dont die
Itsuki I cant see your face very well Ugh I dont want to I dont want to say goodbye
Alfie?! Stay with me! Please!
*Alfie turns from left to right a little*
Im here Im right by your side
My memories with you are my most precious treasure Youve taught me love even though Im only a Star Child Thank you so much I
*The screen flashes to white here for a brief moment*
Youre not gonna revive the instructor like you do with us?
Oh crap Heres a talk that Im sure every parent loves having with their kids
Official Itsuki has some more dialogue here about not having time to grieve and having to go back to the Labyrinths with the Star Children and tears purging his sadness, but Im cutting that. I feel like it really ruins this scene.
Yes, it ends there Uh Okay, hang on a second.
Huh Oh! I got it! Just need to think outside the box here.
Lets just select Mirei for Classmating and
Nope... Ok Tri-Mating! Tri-Mating with Mirei and
Oh. Revive item?
..I may have fucked something up somewhere.
Welp Im at a loss. I really thought that Classmating with Mirei and selecting Alfie as a Star Child class idea would work. Was less sure about the other stuff I tried, but when the first plan fails you try the backups.
Lets just move on with Arie while I attempt to figure out what the hell I did wrong, or for that matter if it was even possible to do things right.
Hey, Arie? What exactly are we doing out here?
I wanted to be alone with you in a place with no one else around. I was too bashful at first, but I gathered my courage to ask you out.
Why did you have to gather up courage for that?
Um, Itsuki I have a favor Id like to ask.
Sure? I dont really have a problem with that. Why, though?
Ive always wanted to Ah, youre so muscular. Youve gotten bulkier and even more in shape since we first met.
We definitely went too far with unleashing Arie. I dont like using newfangled internet lingo but daaamn, Arie has become thirsty. Farun had the dialogue, but Arie has the look.
Ive always wanted to touch your arm It would be so beautiful to see you swing weapons with these arms
You mean my sword? Really?
Yes. A weapons true beauty isnt shown while it lies motionless on display. Ive secretly wished to see this Itsuki, would you please swing the weapon in front of me?
Well, I dont mind. Just make sure you stay back. This thing isnt dulled like the weapons you have also I think theres like a curse or a spell or something on it.
Its badass is what it is. I grabbed this awesome thing from one of the other Labyrinths.
Thank you. Id like to have you swing it as seriously as possible. Please do so like you are fighting in the labyrinths with a sharp glare. Ah Im so lucky to see you like this, Itsuki
*Some time later*
Huff H-How was that?
Youre talking about my sword, right?
Yes. Your weapon was wonderful. Ahh, the edge was shining so bright. Im ecstatic Itsuki, please swing it more fiercely.
You mean like this?
More. More, more, more Show me your beautiful form!
Arie My arm is getting really tired. Isnt this enough for now?
H-Hey! Arie! Watch it!
*Arie then knocks Itsuki to the ground*
Youre so wonderful, Itsuki Youre so brawny, and your arms when swinging such a wonderful weapon Just looking at you brings me joy.
I um I think youre overstating it
Are you surprised to see that I have such a hobby?
Ill be honest. Not what I was expecting, personally.
Well, its definitely not something I expected from someone like you.
Im surprised to find myself falling for you like this.
I want to keep watching your weapon I want to touch it with my own hands I kept thinking about all that, and I cant take my mind off your arms
Im not sure I understand what were talking about here Youre still talking about my sword, right?
Yes, your weapon, Itsuki. But you swinging the weapon is even better
Shes hot for you, Itsuki! Stop alternating between not picking up on obvious signals and thinking youre on your way to first base.
I love your arms, Itsuki. Your warm hands
Well, if thats the case, then why dont I pat your head?
Stop head patting! Its weird, Japan! Its even sort of weird when grandparents do it to kids.
Oh, but If you do that, Id be overflowing with happiness.
Too late. Here I go.
Ah Youre so warm Youre too kind, Itsuki.
A-Are you talking to my weapon or my arm?
User Polsy pointed out that in the Japanese version (at least of Conception PSP), Arie had earlier said I have feelings for you rather than the explicit I love you that she says in the English version of Plus. Not sure if thats the case this time.
*Anyway, some time later*
Im sorry for making you do so much today.
Its okay. I dont mind.
I was so worried the whole time You told me to be honest about myself
I wouldnt dislike you for this, Arie.
But werent you hesitant toward my hobby? Im afraid that our relationship has changed. Im afraid that you will grow to hate me
And then the event ends, which is kind of a weird spot to leave it. Oh well, at least she doesnt appear to be the stabby kind of weapons fanatic. I guess well have to wait for Bond Level 5 to figure out where the hell this is going because Im sort of lost.
Whats the deal with Femiruna this time? I like the sound of Happier. We definitely need a sustained dose of happy right now.
~Star God Academy Field~
Oh, Itsuki. Good day.
You sure seem to be in a good mood. What happened?
Ohohoho. It appears I was unable to hide my jubilation.
Stop that laugh. Its holding you back.
It is true that something good happened today. What do you think it is? I am sure you would know.
Well, the last time I saw you like this I guess its something related to your parents?
You were really excited when you had dinner plans with them that one time.
That is correct. You seem to know more about me now.
You are not a difficult book to read.
Soon, I may be able to schedule another dinner with Mother and Father. We will bring a first-rate chef to the manor to prepare a lavish dinner.
And Im sure they both meant that at the time they made that promise.
Im happy to hear that. You were heartbroken about it last time.
It has been a while since we last met, so Father must be bringing me a present. There are so many things I want to tell Mother and Father regarding the academy. Ever since I began attending the academy, so many things have happened.
Aw Femirunas horizons have been broadened and shes not a spoiled brat anymore. Good for her. Could have been worse. Some people need to be partially responsible for the destruction of an entire city and then get shit on by everyone else in the cast for 70% of the game while excusing all of their garbage behaviour before theyre allowed to have that kind of character growth.
I have differing opinions on Tales of the Abyss. Not a fan.
I do not even know where to start. What do you think?
You mean about the academy? Well, why not start by talking about me?
Huh ? I-If I mention you out of the blue, Mother and Father would be shocked.
Shocked that you mentioned Gods Gift? Why?
E-Even I am not ready for that yet
Wouldnt they want to know how youre getting along with Gods Gift?
Oh You were referring to that? Y-Yes, of course I will talk to them about you as Gods Gift.
I cannot wait to see Mother and Father. I suppose I will let you know what we talk about.
That would be nice, thanks. I want to hear about how it all went.
You can look forward to it. Good day to you.
Okay. Not an especially long event, but it was sweet. Lets just hope we dont get a repeat of the last time Femirunas parents promised a dinner date.
~Bottom 7 Summaries: Virgo, Pisces, and Scorpio~
In Mahirus second Level 4 Event, Itsuki finds her out on the Academy Field
This game loves using certain Character Portraits a single time. Why in gods name have these two character sprites not been used for the various Female Students weve encountered so far?
Apparently along with her groupies. The teacher tells everyone to cool off and the screen fades to black momentarily. I should mention that fade-to-black transitions happen 7 or 8 times during this event. Ill be mentioning them in this summary so that Polsy can hopefully check for any patented Old Mahiru cuts, should they feel compelled to do so of course.
Anyway, the groupies hand Mahiru a towel and a drink then proceed to get creepy about it (squealing over the fact that Mahirus sweat is on one girls towel and Mahirus mouth was on the other girls straw, respectively). Mahiru tells the two to wash that stuff and Itsuki butts in to ask if Mahiru joined the track team. Mahiru mentions that she was just filling in. The groupies ask if Itsuki is Mahirus boyfriend, but she just says I dont know about that. Groupie A then goes Oh, Mahiru! and the screen fades to black for a suspiciously long time. When it comes back, were in the Classroom. There, Mahiru and Itsuki start talking about their recent promise again and Mahiru suggests that the two of them go to the hot springs now, since Mahiru is all sweaty from the track event. Another fade to black happens and when we come back the pair is already at the hot spring.
Itsuki notices that Mahiru brought along Keychain Man, which he thinks is a little weird, but later admits that he sort of owes Keychain Man for reminding him of the Festival promise. Mahiru makes it even weirder by saying that Itll just be the three of us at the hot springs today., as if Keychain Man is a person. Itsuki says hell go somewhere and change, which prompts Mahiru to wonder about what a male bathing suit is like (she apparently hasnt seen one before).
Itsuki shows it off and judging by Mahirus reaction (as well as what we know about the Maidens swimsuits so far), he is rocking what I can only imagine is a banana hammock. Mahiru asks if it can hold everything in and Itsuki admits that hes kind of worried about that and probably should have tried it on first. Mahiru doesnt seem too embarrassed about the idea of seeing Itsukis junk and says that shes seen it multiple times in the past anyway, so he doesnt need to be embarrassed about it. Itsuki fires back that the last time she saw it was before grade school and then another fade to black happens. When we come back, its hot springs time.
This one isnt too bad, but Ill take the safe route again. Unedited.
Also, I wanted to get TCG in appropriate attire. Too bad I have such terrible shop skills (and low quality art assets).
Mahiru mentions that the hot springs get cold at night and the undercurrent could drown a person if they werent careful. Itsuki asks if drowning is some kind of event flag and Mahiru tells him that if she does start to drown, shell be relying on her dear knight to save her.
Mahiru then starts talking about how she can communicate with Keychain Man and holy shit that thing looks creepier than I thought it would be. Mahiru then starts having Keychain Man talk and telling Itsuki to be careful in the Labyrinths and that Mahiru is actually a crybaby despite how she looks and needs protection. Eventually Mahiru starts getting flustered because I guess Itsukis man thong isnt covering all the bits (hes clearly sitting in the water, so Im not sure how she can really make anything out). Just as shes about to say that shes not flustered because of that but because of something else, the screen fades to black again. This one seems to be intentional, as Itsuki starts shouting to Mahiru and the screen cuts back to reveal that its now night time. Itsuki says that Mahiru got dizzy in the bath and passed out for three minutes (just how fast is this world rotating that we can go from broad daylight to night in 3 minutes?). Itsuki says that he got her dressed again, but didnt touch her in any weird way. However, Mahiru is more concerned with the whereabouts of Keychain Man. Itsuki says that he lost track of it while trying to pull Mahiru out of the water and Mahiru immediately says that she has to find him. Itsuki doesnt think thats a good idea, but Mahiru insists. The screen fades to black again and then were back at the hot spring. Itsuki mentions that the water is really cold now, but Mahiru is insistent on finding Keychain Man. Another fade to black happens. When it comes back, the pair still havent been able to find Keychain Man. Itsuki checks on Mahiru, who is getting very distressed, but then Itsuki finally spots it and Mahiru is happy to have Keychain Man back again. Then the event wraps up.
Yuzuhas second event opens with her waking up just as Itsuki drops in for a visit. Yuzuha says that theres actually somewhere she wants to go and when Itsuki asks, Yuzuha clarifies that shes talking about his bedroom. She continues to play up the Little Sister/Big Brother dynamic. She also mentions that she was hoping that they could share the bed. The two then leave for Itsukis place, but a rainstorm happens along the way.
In Itsukis room, Itsuki goes to find a change of clothes for Yuzuha and pulls out one of his dress shirts for her. Yuzuha comments that the fabric seems kind of thin and Itsuki says that he had been hang drying his other clothes, which are now all wet, so this is all hes got.
Eh, Ill let this one stand as is. Its not bad enough to warrant TCG in my opinion.
However, its interesting to note that this does not appear to be Itsukis room. We can see paintings to the left of Yuzuha that match her style. Also, Itsukis room is octagonal, not square or rectangular. Communication between the teams broke down somewhere along the way. Its definitely not a translator thing, because the 3D Model part of the event is clearly happening in Itsukis room.
Yuzuha asks if its okay for her to stay the night because the rain doesnt seem to be stopping. Itsuki says that its fine (Yes, they keep mentioning the Little Sister thing this entire time). Yuzuha then ups the unsettling-ness by talking about being able to smell Itsukis scent from his shirt and how its making her heart beat really fast. Then-
Yeah Moving on, the night passes and then we get Yuzuha waking Itsuki up in the morning. Yuzuha is happy that she slept really well and also got to see Itsukis room. Yuzuha says that its more than enough for her, which Itsuki asks her to clarify. She says that she meant these memories are enough for her as a Little Sister and that from now on shell only support Itsuki as a Star Maiden. The event wraps there. Its not especially long. Seems as though Yuzuha decided to pick up Reones share of creepy incestual vibes. It remains to be seen if shes really given up on the Little Sister thing from here, though.
Reones event is all about the big hospital confrontation. She tells Itsuki that shes finally got confirmation of the funding being complete. Shes gathered enough to stop them from trying to brush it off and that the volunteers contributed so much (so I guess this stupid place does have a few halfway decent people in it after all. Well just never meet them). Reone is getting prepared to go to the meeting, although she admits that its a bit nerve-racking because she doesnt want to mess it all up at the last second. Itsuki reassures her by saying hell be right by her side. Reone makes Itsuki promise to run away if theres any hint of danger and that the other Star Maidens can always take her place if something happened to her, but Itsuki is too important to lose. Itsuki says she worries too much, but Reone insists that he promise her.
In the slums, which is a location that we almost never get to see in this game (Its sometimes used as a setpiece for encounter events, which are just very small bits of dialogue that occasionally pop up whenever Itsuki tries to go somewhere), Reone and Itsuki wait for the thugs to show up for the meeting. Reone then tells Itsuki to be careful, as theyve been surrounded. The most stereotypical gang leader shows up (Hes labeled Mafia Boss and says Reone. Did you bring da money?) who proceeds to berate her for being a disgrace to the other people that grew up in the slums (somehow). Reone doesnt particularly care and just tells him to sign the contract. Mafia Boss then does what anyone with a brain would expect and tells Reone that they want triple the amount for the land. Reone finally pieces it together that they had no intention of actually selling the land. Itsuki butts in to call out his bullshit and the Mafia Boss initially tells him to scram, until Punk A (the purple/pink haired dude) realizes that Itsuki is Gods Gift and his picture was all over the newspapers (which I guess has only happened recently, since they didnt recognize Itsuki the first time they encountered him). Itsuki tells them that Reone got the money they agreed to so man up and sign.
Itsuki? Eh, I sort of doubt it. Wake? Wake would totally crush an army. Alec and Feene were the only ones ever able to match him (Maybe Triche as well, but I think he tells us that hes not as good as Alec is).
They wonder what Gods Gift is doing with a woman from the slums and Itsuki says that Reone is a very precious Star Maiden to him. He says that if the thugs dont accept the deal then hell fight back with everything hes got. Mafia Boss then tries to side-step the problem of Gods Gift preparing to kick his fat ass by offering Reone a deal: Defeat his bodyguards and hell sign the contract, but lose and he gets to keep the money and the plans for the hospital are dead in the water. Itsuki points out how unfair that is (Mafia Boss apparently has over a dozen bodyguards with him), but Reone takes the challenge anyway. Itsuki is worried because of how messed up she got last time, but she says things are different now because hes by her side. Reone proceeds to beat the shit out of Punks A, B, and C (the three portraits we saw during the bar event) and also I guess the other nine or so bodyguards that are allegedly present (theres no flash of white or grunts or dialogue boxes for anyone else). Reone goes for the Mafia Boss now that his flunkies are down, but he triggers a Star Energy Circle trap (Im gettin real sick of people making up Star Energy shit on the fly).
Itsuki jumps in and saves Reone from being blown up, then tells her not to worry about him and just go kick that guys ass. Mafia Boss quickly offers to sign the contract, after which Reone knocks him the fuck out anyway for daring to hurt Itsuki.
The scene then transitions back to the clinic sometime in the evening where Reone finishes giving Itsuki some first aid. Reone talks about Itsuki being reckless and Itsuki says the same about her, but alls well that ends well since neither of them got seriously hurt. Reone thanks Itsuki for all of his help and offers to let him fondle her breasts as much as he wants so that they can call it even (this is still Reone were talking about after all). Obviously the choices here are all variations on No, but the best answer has Itsuki saying that he doesnt want to hurt her since she has some injuries of her own. Reone says that Itsukis are way worse than hers and that he should stay on the bed while she tends to his wounds overnight. Itsuki says that theyll just heal on their own if he rests, but Reone says thats a dangerous way of thinking because a bunch of tiny cuts could result in infection happening somewhere. All of this is really just a set up for Reone to say that shell use her Star Energy to heal his wounds through bodily contact.
She says not to stare and seems a little embarrassed about the idea, then says that incited emotions would make the healing less effective (Yes, shes telling a teenaged dude to supress his boner while a hot woman spoons him for the night. Good luck with that). Itsuki is understandably hesitant, but Reone insists and then she turns the lights off.
The next morning, Reone checks on Itsuki who says that all the scars are gone. Reone says she put her heart into it and even emptied her Star Energy reserves (I dont know how Star Energy works anymore. Is it lifeforce? Is it magic? Can it be refilled? But its also bad if its taken from you? Apparently all of those are true). Anyway, the event wraps up there with Reone talking about how she finally feels she can move on for her perceived role in her brothers death.