Part 41: Im seeing things I thought Id never seeUpdate XIV: Im seeing things I thought Id never see
Song Title Reference: Dance Epidemic By: Electric Six
So that was fun, right? We got to see the anime and all of the anime characters that only vaguely resemble the ones weve gotten to know over the past thirty something updates.
Okay, so it wasnt actually fun. It was fairly boring and kind of stupid. We were also exposed to a far worse version of Mana. Well take a step away from the anime for now and get back to game stuff.
With the Spring Labyrinth completely cleared out, we move on to Summer. Its time for the Cancer Labyrinth. The astrological Cancer I mean, not the horrible disease.
Cancers design shares Rukas colour scheme. The gold ring thing that Ruka carries at her side is part of the column décor and the weird checkboard pattern along the bottom of Rukas skirt is scattered randomly across the floor. I like the colour scheme of this labyrinth, but nothing really jumps out at me in terms of everything else. I dont think anything is going to top the column wigs from Leo.
Also, were still rolling with the Star Children we had in the last dungeon. Voting for the new Team A(wful) is moving at a glacial pace and I still have no suggestions for Team C. I may have to just take matters into my own hands at this rate.
Not that it really matters much just yet. This Labyrinth is going to go by real fast and were not going to see anything approaching resistance as far as enemies go. Even the boss of this place will be torn through like wet paper.
Weve moved back to Summer Labyrinth enemies, so youll see a lot of those lizard things, the fire ladies, and the snake people. Itsuki is still rocking the Toxic Gauche, so hell be wiping out nearly everything in a single swing since a lot of these enemies are fire based.
In terms of treasure, we snag a Mysterious Robe for Magnus (Nunavut has been wearing one of these for a while now).
There are very few things of interest happening during this run. Heres one of them. The bonus exp enemies can come in groups of three, which is the first time Ive seen this happen in this game. Unfortunately
the EXP isnt as great as you would think. Were so powerful at this point that these guys get taken out in a single physical attack, which makes going for Chain Bonuses impossible. Oh well, its still easy EXP at least.
The other thing of interest is that the Item Shrine coughed up a new weapon for Itsuki.
Despite looking like a joke weapon, Bat is actually really good. It beats out Toxic Gauche in raw damage and being able to drop the enemys MAT by 5% isnt bad. As fun as it would be for Itsuki to run around clubbing monsters to death with a baseball bat, I keep Toxic Gauche equipped on him for now. This dungeon plays to its strength better than Bat, since TG has Water element damage.
Anyway, thats literally it for the dungeon. This was even less eventful than the other recent dungeons.
At least the boss looks kind of cool. Unfortunately that will be all he has going for him. Well, what does Mana have to say? Lets at least give him a chance.
This is Scelorum of Cancer. Its an Earth element Impurity God! It uses ranged attacks and is super tough! Take advantage of its weak point!
I swear to Star God, that better not be a giant enemy crab reference.
Scelorums stats are about what you would expect for a boss. Now, normally that physical attack would be a little bit scary, especially when combined with the semi-decent speed. The thing is, Mana mentioned that Scelorum likes to use ranged attacks. As we can see, its ranged attacks are limited.
There are also Crater support enemies, Earth and Fire. As usual, they will be dead before their first turn comes around.
Here is the major weakness of Scelorum. At least, this is its major weakness when fighting it way later in the game. Earthstorm just doesnt pack a punch at our current levels. You would need a seriously jacked up MAT stat to make it work, but Scelorum doesnt have that so it just kind of tickles our Star Children. I dont even bother to heal this, I just send everyone off to kill the Craters.
Itsukis damage is limited because of the Water element of his weapon, but it doesnt matter. Scelorum is all alone now and its damage potential is pathetic. Well, its magic damage potential is anyway. Physical is a bit of a different story, but its going to take a little while before Scelorum realizes that.
Still not there. Come on, you can figure it out.
I try Itsukis Terra skill again, just for fun. Its still disappointing.
Scelorum finally decides to change tactics and start using its physical attack, which hits significantly harder than magic. Unfortunately though, it still doesnt hit as hard as previous bosses weve faced. Not only that, but Scelorum can only attack a single zone at a time.
I use the next turn to have Team Canada 2.0 heal up Team Psycho Knight. Scelorum attacks Team PK a second time, which brings them right back to where they just were. Itsuki then heals up Team PK and Scelorum attacks them again.
At this point the turn order shuffled Scelorum to the back and Im given a chance to break the cycle of pointlessness. Everyone piles on the boss and Team A(wful) uses Temple Chain to trigger Chain Drive. Scelorums turn then slips futher back and it's quickly stabbed to death from every angle by our entire squad.
You tried, Scelorum. It was a sad try, but it was a try all the same. If we had tackled this dungeon earlier on (or if you had just upgraded your spells) then you may have posed a bigger threat.
We get some experience, some kids level up, then Itsuki seals this place. Lets go home.
So now what do we do Gotta try and fill out this update with something. Well, lets go over the shop and tavern while I try and think of something.
The shop once again gets new stock in that is already outclassed by shit weve been using for 3 dungeons now. I only show off Hard Luck because it seems to be a Joke weapon. Looks like a branch that one of the kids picked up off the ground.
Axe wielding classes can also grab themselves a pickaxe at this point. Neat.
Next, we can grab one of the scissor blades that the Bondsman Star Child class is shown using in their artwork. From the looks of Roy and Alberta over to the left, its of no use to us despite how cool it looks.
And finally, sword wielders can get back to basics by grabbing a BANBOO. Katie might actually benefit from this. One weapon type that hasnt been seeing regular upgrades is Sword. Remember Calamity? That cool looking sword from forever ago that I was stoked about grabbing a bunch of? The sword classes are still using those. That being said, you cant argue with the results since they still havent been outclassed by the shop swords.
As for items, there arent any new ones. Weve reached the end of the product lineup as far as items go.
The only ones were missing at this point are the other Fruit items. They give permanent stat boosts to Itsuki (or the Star Children I guess, if you felt like wasting them on characters that youll probably end up replacing at some point). Each boss drops a different kind of Fruit, so were only missing the five of them that come from the five remaining dungeons. If you want more of them, then you have to run back to the dungeon and fight the generic version of the labyrinth boss which randomly appears on Floor 14 or 15 (Im not sure if they can appear on Floors 10-13).
I forgot to show this off. We got Thirty Arrows from a Tavern quest a little while ago. Its another one of the enterbrain reference weapons. Weve got the Sword, Bow, and Staff. So I guess we just need the Lance, Axe, and Claws.
Were still missing a lot of the weapons/armour and I honestly dont think were going to see that section of the database getting completed by the end of this LP. However, what we can complete is the Gift section of the database. Were only missing 2. To get them, we have to go for a rematch of Sports Day.
We took a look at this event way back near the beginning of the LP. Mana will force/ask you to join during the first week of May and the festival itself will happen automatically during Week 2 of May.
Back when we first looked at this, Itsukis Bond Level with the Maidens was far too low to win. I believe we could have won this once his Bond Level with some of the Maidens hit 3, but I havent bothered going back to it since that first time (remember, Mana will give you a choice to join every time after the first).
This time, were going in with the Bond Gauges of all Maidens at Max. Victory is assured! Well, its assured for the three-legged race anyway. The three-legged race only requires that you pick a single Maiden with a strong bond.
I chose Arie here because thats who we went with during the first Sports Festival. As you can see, not much changes in terms of dialogue if you win.
The second events are all group competitions. These events can be lost even if you have Max Bond with all the Maidens of each team. For example, lets try the tug o war. Tug o war teams us up with Reone, Lillith, Ruka, and Collette.
Tug o war starts going south for Team Itsuki. Youre given a few choices as to how to respond. For the sake of one of the Gift Items that we are missing, were going to lose this event. That means well need to do something that works against the team. Im talking about Lillie.
Yes, if you ask Lillith to bring Lillie out for some extra muscle, she immediately turns around and starts tickling Reone. Reone smacks her on the head and brings Lillith back out. Then we lose.
If you win one event but lose the other, then Mana will present with you the Gold Medal. The last gift item that we need will require us to crush everyone at the Sports Festival.
This time, for the second event, I go with the Relay. That teams Itsuki up with Mahiru, Tarua, Femiruna, and Farun.
You have to pick one teammate to be the Anchor. This is the person that will be the last to get the baton and has to run the last section to the finish line. Farun backs out because she figures she wouldnt be any good and Femiruna immediately calls dibs on going first. That means you have to pick Mahiru, Tarua, or Itsuki. I go against the obvious choice and choose Itsuki. Im not sure what the wrong choice is here, but I would imagine that it would somehow be Tarua. She is the most obvious choice in a sport thats all about running, so I wouldnt be surprised if the game pulled a fake-out on you.
Tarua manages to smoke the rest of the competition and hands off the baton to Itsuki to finish the job.
Itsuki manages to overtake the first place runner and secures the win.
Clearing house in the Sports Festival will have Mana handing over the final gift item we need: Trophy.
So that does it for the Gift Items. Keep in mind that if you give Gold Medal or Trophy to a Maiden as a gift, you can always grab more by winning the Sports Festival Events again. Honestly, youre better off just keeping it as a souvenir. Gift Items are easy to come by, so you shouldnt need to use these.
Speaking of seasonal events, lets check on two more. Weve already been to Star Maiden Camp, but it couldnt hurt to go again with somebody new. The first time we did this, we
Oh, right. I should mention that I discovered it is possible to lose at the Watermelon Smashing section of this event. I have absolutely no idea how the game determines winning or losing since I listened to the directions given by the Star Maidens that have the highest bond with Itsuki (which is currently all of them). Its possible that maxing out the bond level of all Maidens will result in winning/losing this game being completely random. Or maybe there is some method to the madness that doesnt rely entirely on the Bond Level. Either way, no big deal. Im still holding on to the Watermelon item we got the first time we did this.
Anyway, as I was saying, the first time we did Star Maiden Camp we chose to listen in on Arie in the hot springs and take a walk with Mirei. This time well change it up.
Well listen to Mirei this time and then go for a walk with Femiruna. No, there was no particular reason why I picked either of these ladies. I may have been partially asleep while recording and just picked at random.
Sue is your animal research going well?
Hey, ya two! What are ya just chillin there for?
Farun, dont disturb our relaxation. Unless you wish to be my next experiment?
Ohhh, scary Your eyes are totally serious!
Mirei, dont forget the point of Camp.
But seeing everyone like this, everyone has many different shapes and colors.
What are you talking about?
Mirei might not be wearing her glasses right now. Who knows what shes looking at.
Comparatively, yours are large and supple. At the end
You dont need to describe everyone. You should just stop right there.
Never mind, shes talking about tits. Is this what every conversation during this event revolves around?
What? I thought the point of Camp was to understand each other? Youre such a weird one
Whatever. Lets do the scary monster adventure to collect a piece of paper from the school. Well take Femiruna this time. She seemed pretty brave during that Impurity attack and shes supposed to be a Lion or a cat-lady whatever. Point is, shell probably
Oh, right. So, this event changes a little depending on your Bond Level. Weve maxed out everyone, so Itsuki choosing Femiruna results in some disgruntled reactions from the other Maidens. Some of them are relatively accepting of it and others (Mahiru) get kind of pissy about it.
Most of them are just disappointed, though.
Just a friendly reminder: This is the kind of shit that happens in a Harem. This is why Harem endings are bullshit and the only people that think they are something to be desired are teenaged boys and teenaged boys trapped in mens bodies.
Trying to divide yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally between multiple partners isnt awesome! Its a nightmare!
Sorry, I have a thing about Harem Endings. Have I mentioned that we arent doing the Harem Ending for this game? Because we arent. Im not even giving the thread the option to vote for it. Ill give you a summary, but this LP is not canonically ending with a harem. Itsukis going to be a goddamn man about this and choose one person.
Anyway, we were doing something with Femiruna. A haunted forest or some shit.
I did not expect it to be this terrifying
Dont worry about it. Even if theyre trying to scare us, theyre still friends. Its not like were in any real danger.
I dont know about that. I think Mahiru would probably be willing to take a swipe at you at least. She didnt seem pleased about getting passed over.
You certainly seem composed
Im in the labyrinths all the time. This is nothing compared to that.
How brave I see it was the right decision to not have guards.
Uhh Youre getting a little close, Femiruna
Hehe You may not get tense around Impurities, but you certainly do around Star Maidens. What an interesting discovery
And thats it for that event. The next scene just has Itsuki in the school hallways saying that they found the paper and are going to head back.
Ill only subject the thread to one more event for this update. This is one that I dont think Ive ever even mentioned (mainly because I forgot about it completely).
The Academy Festival will trigger during the first week of November. After Mana asks/forces you, the event will automatically happen on Week 2 of November.
Im okay with earning money. I mean, we dont need it anymore. But hey, can never have too much, am I right?
Work your butts off and earn some funds for the battles ahead!
I never thought I would be waitressing. I dont know if Ill be good at it, but Ill do my best.
Dont worry about me. I can handle the register with my eyes closed. Of course, theres no problem if I use Star Energy, right?
Mana made me the service girl, but I dont know what I should do. I guess Ill just try not to overdo it
Well, at the very least this is a school event and therefore wont have alcohol, so we dont need to worry about Reone getting plastered again.
Although, I think that would have made this event better. Drunk Reone was pretty entertaining back during the welcome party.
Why am I waitressing and not cooking?! Does Mana not know the expression, the best person for the job?
Wouldnt the best cook be Arie? Or maybe Collette?
Im also a service girl Thats why I brought all my animals
I think Mana made the right choice by making me the standout waitress. One look at my beauty will attract many customers.
Augh augh! Looks like theres tons of sweets and snacks on the menu If there are any leftovers, can I have them?
No, I didnt mess up. There really was a period missing after menu.
It feels like shes making fun of us with this, but whatever
Honestly, this is probably the best thing you could have done for an Academy Festival. Youre talking about a class comprised of the 12 Star Maidens serving you drinks and snacks. Forget the dudes at the academy that would line up around the corner for that, Id bet there are more than a few ladies that would be on board for it too (if Mahirus groupies are anything to go by).
I was told to service the customers. Should I dance like I do at the bar?
Im supposed to help everyone else. I hope I can do a good job
To attract more customers, Ill be doing my fortune-telling. Ill do my best to get many customers.
As an advertisement for my bakery, so much of my bread is here! Please look forward to it!
Okay, so everyone already has a role assigned to them and Collette and Lillith are busy advertising their own businesses. Where does that leave Itsuki?
So what do I do? Why didnt you give me a job?
As the manager, youll be looking after the Star Maidens. While the Star Maidens are working, you cant let them out of your sight.
So Im just keeping an eye on them? Well I guess I can do that.
All right, Star Maidens, lets get this show on the road! Star Maiden Café is open for business!
~Star God Academy Hallway~
Looks like everything is going well so far. I guess Ill make the rounds and check in on everyone.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
Lets give it a taste H-Hyaaaaaa?! M-M-M-Mahiru!
Oh, did you finish the bread you were baking? Let me give it a try H-Hyaaaaaaa?!
Why are you both freaking out? What happened?
Itsuki this is spicy bread
Is that what youre selling? Let me try some Gah! T-Tooo spicy! Too spicy!
Why is it so spicy?
Werent you the one who mixed in the spices, Mahiru?
Did I not put in the right amount? Oops
And we made so many of these! What are we going to do?!
I-In this case, shouldnt we talk to the store manager?
Oh, sure. Pass off your incompetence on Itsuki.
So here is how this event really works. Manager Itsuki needs to make a few choices throughout this event. Depending on your choices, youll earn more or less money at the end of the event. I havent played around with this to see what answers are the best, I just chose ones I thought would be good. The money you get isnt amazing anyway, so its not super worth the time to experiment.
Well How about you change the name and sell it that way?
What do you mean?
If its super spicy, then call it something like
That sounds like an item from a video game.
But, compared to remaking it, I think thats all we can do at this point.
Why not? Theres no shortage of idiots willing to take on a challenge purely for bragging rights. Im sure someone will see that and go Pff, I bet its not that spicy. I could handle it.
So from now on, the name of this bread is Hellfire Spicy Bread -- Eat it, Hero!
Lets hope it sells.
With the first crisis handled, Manager Itsuki wanders around some more as he awaits his next problem.
Business is going great. Were totally full. Hang on, where did Farun and Lillith go off to?
~Star God Academy Hallway~
There you are. What are you two doing out here?
Well, were service girls so there aint much for us to do. Theres too many customers here. If I try to dance, Ill just be in the way. Right, Lillith?
Its so successful, there aint really a need for us service girls, no? Can we go off an do our own thing somewhere else?
Oh no. Youre not wiggling your way out of this.
Well, if you need something to do then go help out in the café.
What should we do?
Since the place is full, you should help take orders and do the cooking. The others could really use some help. Youre used to this from working at the bar, right Farun?
Fine. I mean, if we have to.
If everyone else has to, then yes, you have to as well. Come on, dont be that person. Dont be a Psycho Knight.
Lets go, Farun.
A fine days work, Manager Itsuki. Lets see what we raked in.
Good work, everyone! After we finish cleaning up, well check todays sales for the Star Maiden Café! Our sales for the day are
Okay, I guess everyone finished cleaning up right as Mana said that. There was no time skip or anything, Mana just goes straight into announcing the sales.
Meh. At least Itsuki seems jazzed about it. I guess that means we did good.
Well use these profits to help bring peace to the world!
Despite getting 3000G in sales, Mana only hands over half of that amount. I guess the rest went to expenses. At least, it better have gone to expenses. If we find out that Manas been skimming off the top, well have her hide.
We also get a Maiden Tea item. 100% MP cure and status heal isnt too bad. I cant imagine Ill actually ever have to use it though. Battles dont tend to drag on long enough to burn through all of a Teams MP. Not anymore, anyway. Probably would have been more useful earlier in the game.
Okay, after this is the Circle Dance in the academy field. Those who wanna participate should head there now. Itsuki, this is a great chance to increase your bonds with the Star Maidens. You should participate in the dance.
I sort of suck at dancing, but I understand that its important. Okay, Ill do it.
Despite what you would think, you dont have to choose a single Star Maiden for this part of the event. Itsuki will get a short scene with all Star Maidens that he has a strong enough bond with (I dont know exactly what level of bond is required. Level 2-3 seems like the standard for other events).
Of course, since weve maxed out everyone, that means Itsuki is about to be thrown all around the field from one Maiden to another.
I should try this with the children. Also Itsuki
Your hands are really warm, Arie
My body isnt just hot from the dancing Itsuki, you understand without me saying it, right ?
Although, considering how hot under the collar the Maidens are apparently getting, maybe these scenes only trigger at Bond Level 5.
*At this point, Itsuki is flung off to the next Maiden*
Ah, so you decided to participate as well? Reone wouldnt let up, so I decided to come. But what fun do people see in this?
How about you? How do you feel dancing with me?
I feel great. Im glad I got the chance to dance with you.
In that case, its a good thing I participated. And, holding hands with you like this This means so much to me
*Off to Reone next*
Haha I had a feeling youd participate, Itsuki. This is more fun than I expected. Its been a while since Ive thought that. Hey, Itsuki. The worlds problems sure seem to melt away dancing like this, dont you think?
That would be amazing if it were true.
But, if we didnt have this threat, we wouldnt have been able to meet. Im sorry. Im a failure as a Star Maiden, arent I?
And I cant help but be grateful for that.
*Youre next, Ruka*
Ah, Itsuki I shouldnt have participated in this dance. We arent holding hands, so people must think were weird. Youre a Gods Gift, so its okay for us to hold hands.
What in gods name are you talking about? Youre a Star Maiden and he's a God's Gift. You are special.
Dont worry so much about that. Just have fun.
I wonder Ah! I mean, its not like I particularly want to hold your hand or anything
Just hold my hands and dance. Dont get so caught up in that stuff.
*Its Sue time*
Itsuki, I finally found you I was worried the dance would be over before I found you I might have been born just to meet you. I sometimes think that Does that bother you, Itsuki?
Well, not really, no.
I think that might be coming on a little strong, personally. Take it easy, Sue. Bond Level 5s are coming up next. Hold it until then.
I never want to release these hands I never want them to be apart
*Its Femirunas time in the spotlight*
You participated because you wanted to dance with me as well, correct? It may be embarrassing, but there is no need to hide it.
I heard you would be participating, which is why I came here. You feel the same, no?
Of course. I only agreed so I could dance with all of the Maidens.
Thats right Itsuki, keep everyone at arms length for now.
Oh, do not hide your feelings with all that Star Maiden talk. I am always happy to be your partner.
*Tarua likes to
Yay, we all get to dance together! This is super fun! Itsuki, are you having fun? Holding hands with you makes this even more fun!
Glad to hear it.
Itsuki, I wanna feel more of your magic hand. Not just holding hands, but Augh, this is so embarrassing! I cant say anymore! Augh augh!
*Okay, lets move on to Mahiru*
Oh, if it isnt Itsuki. And to think, you never once participated in a school festival back home. I never thought you would be here. Shall I lend you a handkerchief, Itsuki? Your hands must be really sweaty.
Give me a break Im not good at this dancing thing. You know that.
As long as you lead, Ill follow whatever weird dance you come up with.
*Forward to Farun*
Hey, Itsuki! Dancin like this from time to time is fun! Hey, lets get a bit more crazy with our dance! Itsuki, your movements are getting clumsy. Maybe youre gettin nervous dancin with me?
Its hard not to. Im always nervous when I dance. On top of that, Im dancing with you.
I dont mind so long as its ya, Itsuki. I dont mind many things if its ya
Okay Farun, lets make sure we leave room for Jesus, alright?
*Yes, its Yuzuha next*
Ugh, Big Brother Tarua told me this would be fun and I should participate, but I dont really think Im good with this kind of thing
I want to dance with you like this forever, Big Brother If I get better at dancing, will you dance more with me?
*Lets go to Lillith now*
Oooh, the tempo of this dance is so fast, I can hardly keep up. Itsuki, please dance more slowly.
Just move at your own pace, Lillith. Well stick to that.
Itsuki, thank you for matching my pace. Youre always so kind to me
I dont really care if Lillie likes him. Lillie can get bent.
But, I think, more than Lillie, I
Hm? What is it?
No, its nothing. Nothing at all
*Finally, its Collette*
Um, Itsuki This is an embarrassing diversion, dont you think? Also, youre Youre pathetically bad at dancing. And that makes me 100% more clumsy being with you!
Does that really matter? Were friends.
That is a big mistake I dont think you can summarize our relationship with just the one word.
Thank god thats done with. Okay, Ill put everyone out of their misery now (everyone presently reading this I mean. Those of you reading this in the future probably skipped to the next update ages ago).
Next update we finally get cracking on the final bonding events. Its gonna be fun on a bun!