Part 38: The Star Conception Festival (Part 2) + Valentine's DaySpecial Events II Star Conception Festival (Part 2) + Valentines Day
Well take a detailed look at Tarua and Mahiru this time. Ill include Lillith/Lillie, Yuzuha, and Sue in the Beach/Flower Viewing Events. I know that Reone has a unique CG for the Flower Viewing Event, so well save her inclusion for that. Collette already got a detailed event during the Autumn Festival, so shes relegated to summaries for the remaining Japan Events.
~Star God Academy Field~
Its like -17 degrees outside plus windchill for me right now. No part of that CG behind you implies that its anything even close to approaching 5. Dont talk to me about cold, Tarua.
Well, its getting close to Christmas after all.
Oh, right! I heard about that from Mahiru. They have Christmas on Sora, right? What do you do for this Christmas?
Well, exchanging gifts is a big part of it.
Augh? Whats that?
We get gifts for each other and then exchange them on Christmas day.
Well, I dont have anything with me right now.
Augh Thats too bad What else, what else? Is there anything else you do?
We send Christmas cards.
Yes. Were really doing this. You might have thought that some new or interesting detail about Tarua would crop up in this event, but nope! Were still talking about her letter delivery thing.
Augh? Christmas cards?
I want to send Christmas cards to everyone all around the country!
Are you planning to deliver them all? Thats going to be tough.
Im sure everyone would like it. If I ask Boss, hell prepare the cards for me.
Augh! I had Boss help me make tons of Christmas cards!
Thats thats a lot of cards, Tarua
Yup! All thats left is to deliver them all! Ill go and do that right now!
Let me help you this time.
Augh? Theres no need. Im doing this because I want to.
These arent normal letters though. Theyre coming from you.
Augh. Maybe Hmmm All right then, please help me! I guess itd be easier if we worked together.
Right. Lets get to it then.
~Granvania Shopping Center~
Phew thats finally the last of them. Well, except for this one anyway Who is this for?
*Tarua comes running in to frame*
Im done with my share too. Glad they liked them.
Augh! Its thanks to you helping out!
Hey, Tarua? I still have one card left, though. So Merry Christmas, Tarua.
Augh? I-Its for me?
Youve been working really hard. You deserve it.
Augh I-I didnt think Id get one
Im sure they did.
R-Really? Hehe Thatd be nice. Augh augh. This makes me so happy, Itsuki. Merry Christmas. Hehe. Everyone liked the cards, and I even got one from you.
I think you should get a reward for your hard work.
Reward? Well, theres something I want more than a Christmas card
Can anyone guess? Think real hard about it now
We havent done a gift exchange yet. So, what do you want?
Augh Can I really say it?
There it is.
Um I want you to pat my head more than usual. Tons and tons of times.
Is that really it?
Grrrr! You make it sound so insignificant! Its important to me!
If you say so. Come here, then.
Hehe Its Christmas with Itsuki. I feel so happy. Play with me again sometime. Promise me, Itsuki!
Well, thats done. I want to clarify that I dont hate Tarua. I dont find anything particularly offensive about her, other than maybe the creepy head patting fetish. I just wish that she had a character. She likes to run, she likes to deliver letters/be a mailman, and she likes Boss. I dont think she ever goes beyond that or does anything with it. Its so boring.
Anyway, the handful of Tarua fans out there have now had a chance to see one of her events in detail rather than just a summary. Lets wrap this up with Mahiru and then well take a look at the rest in summaries.
~Granvania Shopping Center~
People are getting ready for that Star Conception Festival Has it really been a year already?
Technically its been longer than that (I think Ive skipped through 3 or 4 years at this point), but lets ignore that from a narrative perspective.
~Star God Academy Field~
Yeah, it looks positively freezing.
Hey, Mahiru. I cant believe youre working on the flowerbed on a day like today.
Why? Is today some special day?
The Star Conception Festival is about to happen.
Ah I completely forgot.
Why are you doing that barehanded? Here, let me help out.
No, Im almost done. You missed your chance to help and deepen our bonds.
Well, if you say so. Thats fine with me.
Dont say that. Why dont we go check out the Star Conception Festival together?
I dont mind Its basically Christmas, right?
Thats news to me. I thought Christmas only existed as a means to force you to hang around family and awkwardly stand around until youre finally allowed to go home. I think youre thinking of Valentines Day, Mahiru. Coincidentally, that happens to be today as of my typing this. Whats up to my fellow single peeps out there! Make sure to hit the stores tomorrow to snag all that sweet 50% discounted chocolate so that you can drown all your sorrows from today!
Sugar will always be there for you.
I think youve got a really skewed interpretation of this holiday. Dont be weird about it, just relax and enjoy it. Come on.
Hold on. Im going to wash my hands.
*Mahiru then leaves to wash her hands*
~Great Star Tree~
Everyone is doing the gift exchange.
But I didnt bring one.
Yeah I didnt really plan that far ahead either
I didnt think wed have nothing to do on Christmas day.
Why dont we run out real quick and find some presents to exchange? Im sure theres something around here we can get.
Hmm I guess thats better than daydreaming here the whole time. Ill go back to the dorm for now. Lets meet back in an hour.
*One hour later*
Huff Sorry Did you wait long?
No, I just arrived.
Waiting for each other like this makes us look like a couple.
One hour wasnt a lot of time. I didnt have a lot of options as far as gifts go.
So, what did you get me?
Its uh a charm for safe birth.
Gardening Gloves is the best choice here, but I liked this one better. Besides, we already had a glove moment with Farun. Besides, this fits better with the I had one hour to rush out and grab whatever I could situation.
I was thinking about it more from a Star Child angle. Maybe the meaning is different?
Yeah I think its pretty different.
Sorry I didnt have a lot of time to think things over.
Thanks. Im plenty happy receiving any gift from you. I never thought Id be celebrating Christmas in Granvania Well, its my turn now.
What did you manage to find?
Is this is a good luck talisman?
Yeah, a talisman for your safety. I put Star Energy into it with my wish.
Did you make this? It doesnt look store bought. How did you do that in an hour?
So its a regift then.
So, in that sense, today was the perfect day.
Although, I guess I dont have much room to talk. I basically did the same thing with Wake in CII. In terms of LP canon, Wake had a closet full of gift items that he just pulled from whenever he needed it.
Thanks, Mahiru. The labyrinths should go much smoother with this.
Just dont get yourself killed If you die, Ill never forgive you.
I know, I know. Im not going to leave you alone like that.
Fine. Its a promise.
*sigh* My breath is all white. Its getting colder. Theres not much else to do, so lets go home before we catch a cold.
This talisman is a lot heavier than it looks. What did you put inside it?
Oh, dont look!
If you open it, the Star Energy will escape, making the talisman useless.
What was that part about something of mine?
Im sort of more curious now. What do you mean by something of mine?
Its nothing big. Youll just be disappointed even if you look.
I wont open it. Just tell me whats in there.
N-No I dont want to say.
Okay, Ill leave it alone if its that embarrassing.
Id rather not know, either. Well pretend that its a strand of hair or something. Still a bit creepy, but better than almost every other alternative.
I think thats for the best. Looking inside will weaken its effect too.
Got it. Protection is more important to me than curiosity.
Hey, Itsuki. Look.
Not very common on Sora. Seems like Granvania has it, though.
Did you know girls who stand under mistletoe cant refuse a kiss?
Isnt that just a foreign custom?
I bet you wouldnt have the guts to go kiss her.
You wish. Its not that big a deal.
Oh? You sure about that?
*Mahiru then wanders off towards the tree*
Look. Now Im under the mistletoe. I cant refuse your kiss now What will you do?
Coming on strong here, Mahiru. I wont knock that though.
Theres only one thing to do.
Just a cheek kiss, though. You can move away if you cant handle that.
O-Okay If you did do something so bold, you think Id back off, huh? You wont ever kiss me in a public place like this.
Same goes for you, you know. Youre always talking about how unbelievable it is in games and on TV.
No way. Here I go!
I wont run away! Go ahead and try me!
*Itsuki then kisses Mahiru on the cheek I presume. Thats what he said*
There. Now you cant say anything about those romance dramas or video games.
Merry Christmas, Mahiru.
Merry Christmas, Itsuki
~Summaries of Others~
Yuzuhas event has her talking about going to sketch the Great Star Tree and then hanging up the drawing. She also mentions that shes a Star Maiden and therefore has to go celebrate Star Gods birthday (which makes sense, but the other Star Maidens dont say anything about being required to go). Yuzuha and Itsuki make plans to do a gift exchange with each other and Yuzuha has a brief moment of Are you sure you want to spend the festival with me ? Yuzuha also mentions that she has to get ready, because her hands get cold during the festival (yes, were giving gloves as a gift again).
At the Star Tree, Yuzuha does her drawing and then goes to hang it up, but says that it didnt turn out too well because her hands are numb from the cold. She goes to tie it to the tree anyway, but finds that shes too short. Itsuki offers to boost her up, which Yuzuha finds embarrassing. Itsuki does it anyway, because she did work on the drawing and it wouldnt be right to just leave without hanging it.
Yuzuha starts moving around too much and Itsuki cant hold her up properly, so Yuzuha falls and is left face-to-face with Itsuki. She then says that she cant move away because the threads on their clothes are tangled (how the fuck is that even possible?). The two eventually manage to get free of each other and Yuzuha mentions that she managed to get her picture hung up in a place where it doesnt stand out (which she is happy about). The two then do their gift exchange, with Itsuki giving Yuzuha a pair of gloves and Yuzuha giving him a handmade scarf which is apparently like two meters long. The event wraps up around there, with Itsuki offering to wrap the scarf around the both of them for the trip home.
Itsuki asks Reone what shes doing for the Star Conception Festival, but she replies that shell probably just drink champagne at home by herself. Itsuki asks if they could celebrate it together since he doesnt really know how this festival works. Reone tells him about the Gift Exchange and expresses interest in seeing what Itsuki would get her. She agrees to go with him and the two plan to meet up later that evening.
Itsuki ends up waiting around for Reone to show up. When she arrives, she says that she was running late because she was trying to prepare his gift. She wonders if Itsuki was cold waiting for her, but he brushes if off because hes a real manly man. Reone thinks thats adorable. Gift Exchange time happens and Reone reveals that she got Itsuki some sexy lucky underwear and that he should try wearing them during the ritual to feel more motivated. Itsuki is less than enthused about this and Reone mentions that she couldnt find one she liked in the mens section, so she got the womans piece. She then reveals that she was joking and that its just a stomach warmer. She wants Itsuki to stay warm this season. Itsukis gift-
At first seems a little hard to figure out. Sexy lingerie is obviously the wrong answer, despite who were dealing with. Alcohol-free champagne seems like the wrong choice as well, but it actually is the best option. Itsuki gives his reasoning by explaining that this way hell be able to celebrate with Reone, who had planned on drinking alone. Reone thinks thats pretty perceptive of him. Later on, the two make their wish to Star God. Reone says that shell wish for the same thing that Itsuki did: for him to get back home soon. Itsuki tells her that she should really wish for something for herself and Reone replies that in that case shell wish to be able to do this again with him next year. They eventually settle on wishing for everyone to be happy and then head off to go pop that bubbly.
Sue isnt particularly concerned about the festival, since she has a lot to take care of at the ranch during the winter (preparing extra food, closing up the ranch to keep the cold out, etc). She does mention that shes wanted to try going, but she has to take care of her animals. Itsuki offers to help so that Sue will be able to go to the festival with him, which makes her happy.
The pair manage to make it to the festival just as its wrapping up. They decide to at least make wishes/prayers and decide to pray for the safety of Sues animals. Sue also wants to pray for Itsukis safety. Praying happens and Itsuki reveals that he prayed for Sue to always be healthy. Sue says she had fun, but the next time she comes to the festival she only wants to pray for Itsuki. Things wrap up there. Its a fairly straightforward event.
Going to invite Collette has her talking about how sad it is that Itsuki is all alone on a day that tests his abilities as a man. After some back and forth about Itsuki insisting that he wouldnt be sad about being alone on Christmas and Collette doing her strange teasing, Itsuki asks what the situation is like at her bakery. She says that Star Conception Festival day is a major day for business, but she does still close at night. Both her and Itsuki make plans to meet up at the Star Tree later.
At the tree, Itsuki asks how things went at the bakery. Collette says it was a great day for sales and that she can probably spend a nice New Years with the income. Collette and Itsuki then talk about having to do something romantic and Collette says to go ahead. Itsuki isnt sure what she means, but figures that it would be weird for a man not to do anything. Collette then has a-
strange animation that I dont think was intentional. Anyway, shes embarrassed because his face is really close, then changes the topic to prayers. Collette says she prayed in a very romantic way, then asks Itsuki what he was thinking she meant by romantic. Collette asks if he was thinking of stealing a kiss, Itsuki goes Who wouldnt?, and then Collette starts doing her creepy Im just a pure little girl routine. Collette says shell reward him for not lying, then I think kisses him? Its not clear what happens. Either way, Collette moves on to Strawberry Time, which Itsuki is unclear about. Collette says that its normally called a gift exchange. She then hands over a fruitcake to Itsuki and explains how its made. Collette jokes that it was a leftover from the bakery, but clarifies that she actually baked it for herself originally. Itsuki then realizes that he forgot to get Collette anything, which she mocks him for. Collette still agrees to spend the festival with Itsuki the big loser. They then share the fruitcake together.
Lillith starts off the event by talking about how worn out she is from all the customers coming by at this time of year. Itsuki explains that its probably because of the Star Conception Festival, since its a big time for lovers. Itsuki asks her if she plans to go see the tree, but Lillith says she has nobody to go with. Itsuki offers to take her, which makes her a bit self-conscious since shes never gone to a place for lovers before. Itsuki eventually convinces her to go.
At the Great Tree, Lillith gets caught up in the sights of the festival. Lillith then starts getting shy and mentions that her heart is racing and her body feels warm. She asks if this might be love that shes feeling, but Itsuki feels her forehead and thinks that its probably a fever. Itsuki offers to take her home, but Lillith says that it felt like a comfortable sort of nervousness then she drops like a rock.
Back at Lilliths house, she finally comes to and asks if Itsuki brought her there. Itsuki says that hell get going now, but Lillith stops him to thank him for taking her to the festival. The event wraps up shortly afterward with Itsuki wishing Lillith Merry Christmas and then explaining what the hell he means by that (she doesnt know what Christmas is after all).
Speaking of Valentines Day and drowning sorrows in chocolate, its time for Valentines Day in Granvania. Valentines Day will initially trigger in the fourth week of January (which is when this conversation with Mana will happen).
Thats the day where you give chocolates to someone you like, right?
I should clarify that this isnt actually Valentines Day, at least not how its known in the West. This is Valentines Day as its known in Southeast Asia. Valentines Day in the West involves people just giving cards or chocolates or roses or whatever to someone they like, either a special someone or a friend or family. Guys and gals both do it. Valentines Day in Southeast Asia (primarily Japan) is all about the ladies giving chocolates to gents. Theres love chocolate, friendship chocolate, family chocolate, and obligation chocolate. It can be store-bought or handmade, but generally if you get handmade then it carries a little more weight (they went to the trouble to actually bake you chocolate instead of just grabbing it from Wal-Mart after all).
It also has a counterpart day called White Day, which is one month after Valentines. March 14th is when the guys have to man up and give chocolate of their own. This way chocolate companies can spread the love (and profits) out over a longer time! Hurray!
The reason I make this distinction is because Itsuki will not be giving any chocolates of his own. Theres no White Day in this game where we have to pick Star Maidens to give Gods Gift Chocolate to. Wasted opportunity in my opinion. You could have used that event as a Bond Booster thing.
What else but that?
Im a little surprised that you celebrate that here.
Granvania has incorporated a ton of Soras culture into its own. Gods Gifts receive chocolate from Star Maidens. You should really get them on your good side for that.
*sigh* Thanks for letting me know that in advance
Nar and the King are your biggest rivals. Prepare yourself.
After this, the actual Valentines Day moment of truth will happen during Week 2 of February.
Im looking forward to seeing how much chocolate youll get from the Star Maidens! Lets just hope they genuinely give it to you instead of out of obligation.
Spoiler Alert: The Star Maidens do not do obligation chocolate. Well, Ruka will call it that, but shes clearly lying because shes a tsundere. If you havent bonded with a particular Maiden enough, Itsuki gets jack shit from them on this day (I think you need a bond level of 2 or 3 in order to get to Friendship level chocolate. It might even be as low as Level 1). If Itsuki ends up without any chocolate, then Mana will feel bad for him and give him a Marble Candy gift item.
The Star Maidens have class today. Lets hurry to the academy.
~Star God Academy Hallway~
Looks like theyre not in class right now. Oh, someones coming. Im gonna hide. Do you best!
Each Maiden that you have a high enough bond with will give you a Choco item. They all do the same thing when used (Restore 50% HP). I wont document each Maiden here, because they all only have a single line thats a variation of Here you go. I will show off all the different chocolate designs though.
Alfie doesnt seem to get a Valentines Day thing, but thats not a major surprise since she seems to be excluded from all side events. Also, shes currently dead. I cannot stress enough just how dead she is.
Its hard to believe, but look
Ive got nothing left to teach you to swoon the hearts of women.
Since when have you been teaching me anything about that?
And thats it! Okay, well not entirely. It is possible to get Love chocolates. These involve slightly more elaborate scenes of the Maiden pulling Itsuki aside and talking to him about wanting to give something special.
These will only happen once the Bond Gauge has been completely maxed.
The Favor chocolate items are different from the friendship versions. Each Maidens love chocolate has a different effect. I dont have all of them just yet, because Im still in the process of grinding Bond Levels to Max. Ill show off all the different box/chocolate designs, descriptions, and their associated events later on. The best time for this will probably be once weve seen the Level 5 events.
Next time: Its back to the Labyrinths for us as we tackle our Sixth Star Offering. Well discuss the strange Polyoshka and what it doesnt seem to do, well get to complete our collection of Star Child classes, we'll talk a little about the soundtrack to this game (and the Maidens' individual themes) and well get ready for what could be the last Star Child Team Vote. As for me
I have an anime to start watching Thats right, the time is nearly nigh for us to explore the (supposedly) slapped together marketing tie-in for this game.