Part 44: Final Bonding Events (Part 2) Ophiuchus, Aries, Leo, Cancer, Capricorn, LibraBonding Update XX: Final Bonding Events (Part 2) Ophiuchus, Aries, Leo, Cancer, Capricorn, Libra
Heres the last of the Bonding Events. After this, the only Maiden specific events that are left are the endings and some side stuff (like the Beach Events and Flower Viewing).
Because these are the last events of each Maidens character arc (and also because many of these events are shorter than what we are used to), Ill throw out the polling results and give every Star Maiden a full event. There will be no summaries this time. Everyone gets a turn in the spotlight.
That said, were still going to follow polling order. Alfie is up first. Oh, and I wont mess with Itsukis dialogue for these. I dont want to inadvertently ruin anybodys big moment with my personal biases or head-canon. Ill save that for my snarky in-between commentary.
You look happy. Did something happen?
Ehehe The Day Camp is taking the day off.
Slackers. I need new Star Children. Get them back to work, now!
And Itsuki, you came to visit me, just like I thought you would!
Didnt you send me a message earlier? You said it was your day off, so you wanted to deepen our bond.
A-Anyway, lets go to the beach.
Fair enough. You apparently dont get a Seasonal Beach Event like everyone else because your inclusion was half-assed, so this is really your only chance to show up in a swimsuit.
Im fine with it but hows the scar on your back doing?
Ehehe Dont underestimate the healing properties of a former Star Child.
So its gone already ?
Would the scar have made it a problem? I guess its kind of embarrassing for people to see, but still.
I see Oh but if we go now, wed get there in the evening. Itll be too cold to wear a swimsuit then.
Leave that to me! Ill take full responsibility Ill take you to the secret beach thats warm 24 hours a day!
Is there really such a convenient place?
Yessiree! Now lets go to Sunset Beach! I cant wait!
~Sunset Beach I guess?~
This is the usual beach But it sure is warm Actually, its pretty hot.
Ah, of course! Star Energy! The answer for literally everything you can think of except curing Yuzuhas fantasy illness, or Reones brothers disease, or Alfies shortened life span. Cobras Weather Dominator though? No sweat, apparently.
She said it was to atone for everything that happened, but Ehehe Im really thankful for her.
Im glad you two were able to make up.
It usually empties out around now, so we can relax all by ourselves.
How about I go and get changed now?
The dressing rooms over there, so Ill go and get changed too.
No peeking, right?
Just because were along together
Is that really the right pose for that line?
*After a brief changing clothes time skip*
Nice. I was waiting for you.
At the very least its not insanely revealing. Granted, most of the swimsuits in this game are fairly modest, even Reones.
Super cute. Its a great look for you.
Ehehe Look at this too. Ta-da!
Thats great, although we dont really have a reference for how it looks because we never saw how bad the scar was.
Alfie Im so glad youre better now. I feel much more at ease.
Ehehe Now Im fully recovered!
Lets go swimming. Youre wearing a swimsuit, after all.
Well to tell you the truth I cant swim.
Its the typical thing to do on beach dates at sunset.
All right. Lets do that then. But Im surprised you cant swim. Youre so athletic.
Its not that much of a surprise. Doesnt seem like something that Star Children would have to learn.
*Time skip again. Not entirely sure why since they are just sitting down to talk*
The sunset is pretty Sitting here together like this It really makes it look like were lovers.
Are you worried about any illicit activities occurring between us?
N-No! Its not that *sigh* I wonder if that Gods Gift and Star Maiden went on dates like this back then.
Speaking of, that Gods Gift enshrined the Star Offering and went back, right?
They can do that no problem? Then why are the Maidens getting so downcast about not being able to stay with Itsuki? I mean, for some of them it makes sense (Collette and Farun would be leaving their families behind for example), but Im not sure whats holding down someone like Reone now that her whole hospital thing is complete and she plans to quit being the Palace Physician. I sort of figured there would be some Star Maiden force that would prevent them from leaving Granvania.
Im sure theyre in that world together now How lucky.
I wonder if any of the former Gods Gifts have ever tried to find others like them? Id definitely immediately start googling shit like Granvania, Star Energy, or Gods Gift after getting back home. Then again, I guess since its only every 10 years, there probably arent a ton of former Gods Gifts around that would be heavily involved online. Internet has only been around commercially for a few decades after all.
Do you want to go to Sora?
No. I intend to stay here in Granvania. But the Gods Gift at the time He did say what a wonderful place Sora is.
Huh ? Is it not?
I mean I think its better than Granvania, because the people in this world suck ass, but Soras got no shortage of its own problems.
I dont really know The adults of Sora say the modern world isnt as good as it used to be.
Thats because theyre old. Every generation thinks that things were better when they were kids (except maybe the generations from 1910-1950 I suppose).
But I dont dislike Sora. You like Granvania too, right?
Its so hot right now Hey, Alfie. The suns about to set. Do you wanna take a dip in the water before it gets dark? If we stay in the shallow parts, itll be fine even if you cant swim.
R-Right Maybe just a little.
*Its splashing time!*
Hey, Alfie! Get ready!
*The screen starts shaking a tiny bit, which I guess means Itsuki is splashing water on Alfie*
O-Oh, please! Stop that!
No way! Come on! Do it back to me!
U-Um Lets really stop this Ahhh!
*The screen then fades to white slowly for a moment. When it fades back in, Alfie is slightly closer than before*
That was a spectacular fall, Alfie. Are you all right?
Ugh Im drenched now
Sorry I didnt know youd hate it that much. Here, give me your hand. Wait, whats on your back
Oh D-Dont look!
This is from back then
I-Im sorry I lied! I You seemed so worried about the scar ever since So I wanted to ease your mind
Im sorry Its my fault that I made you feel this way
It was kind of a dick move.
Its really not, Itsuki
Alfie Can we stay like this, just a little longer?
Yes I wouldnt mind staying like this forever
Aww. That was sweet, wasnt it?
Gonna warn you right now, not everyone gets a CG or that length of a final event. Alfies was a little longer than the others, probably because she generally has less screentime than the other Maidens. Mahirus is also weirdly long, which I dont actually know why she gets to have an extended final event. Anyway, for the most part the following events will be shorter and only a few CGs will pop up.
~Star God Academy Church~
Itsuki, how about we pray together today?
Are you sure hes watching? He seems like kind of a lazy asshole.
Much time has passed since we first met And I think the distance between us has significantly closed.
I think so too.
I can feel your heart is closer to mine. Itsuki, I love you.
We get choices here, although Im not sure why. The options are I like you, Thanks, and I love you too. No matter what you pick, Im pretty sure the event ends basically the same way.
I love you too.
And thats not from my duty as Gods Gift either. I really do love you, Arie.
Thats wonderful, Itsuki. Its wonderful how our hearts seem to be beating together. Now I can swear an oath upon the Star God.
What kind of oath?
That my heart shall never leave you side.
Another choice pops up here. Choices are slight variations on the same answer: Lets make that oath right away. (Best choice), Do we really need an oath? (Probably the bad choice), and Ill allow it (Probably the neutral choice).
Lets make that oath right away.
Oh? Then can I assume youre fine with it? Itsuki, this makes me so happy.
Is homeboy getting married right now? Is that whats going on?
Then Itsuki, please close your eyes with me.
*The screen then goes black for this part*
that no matter how apart our bodies may be, our hearts shall always be one. In sickness and in health I pledge my love to you. Itsuki, please say the same.
Yep, sure looks like a marriage is happening.
Of course. My Lord I, Itsuki, swear to Arie that no matter how apart our bodies may be, our hearts shall always be one.
Itsuki, thank you. You can open your eyes now.
Now we will always be together.
Jesus, Itsuki. You essentially got married. Could you summon up just a tiny bit of emotion for this?
My heart is filling with even more love for you, Itsuki. Im happy to have pledged this oath
Is that all we need to do?
Shit uh Wait, no! Im pretty sure weve got a Diamond ring or something in our giant pile of items. Its cool. Itsuki should be prepared.
Proof? What do you do in your world after this?
Or I guess you could to that, too. The item horde is right over there if you change your mind.
I-I do not have any experience with this So I may become too nervous and do something rude
That goes for both of us.
Arie suddenly goes in for the kiss and the scene fades out just as it happens.
Thats more like what you can expect from the rest of these events. Alfies and Mahirus are just kind of exceptions. With the bar now set, its on to Femiruna, who also does not get a CG for this event.
You there, Femiruna?
*The screen fades to black for a second to cover for the fact that they cant make Femiruna appear on screen directly ahead (she walks towards Itsuki when the screen fades back, implying that she came down the stairs, but the game cant show her walking down them and she cant walk in from the side like usual)*
Good, you have arrived. I felt like talking to you for some reason today. Itsuki, do you have a dream you strive for?
That came outta nowhere I wouldnt call it a dream. Its more of a goal. I wanna fulfill my mission in this world and return to mine.
Right. You have had that dream since coming here.
It is to become a proper lady and make an elegant debut in the association. That has been my dream ever since I was small I have no other path aside from that.
That sounds like something that your parents brainwashed you into.
But being a Star Maiden, I began attending the academy And I met you Something within me changed because of all that.
Whats your dream now, Femiruna?
I want to leave the manor and see the vast world around me. I want to learn more than I already know That is my current dream.
So you wanna fly from the nest. Then when Im able to return to my world, do you wanna come with me?
Huh ?! I-I cannot do that!
How you feel is far more important.
My own feelings
Slow it down, Itsuki. Listen, I get the sentiment, but youre not telling this girl to run off to Europe or some shit for summer vacation. You are asking if she wants to leave her entire life behind, including her parents, forever. This decision isnt something Femiruna can undo once its made.
Even if the Gate of Light or whatever does reappear in 10 years, you sure as fuck dont know where in the world its going to open and it only seems to appear for like 30 seconds, at best.
I want you to do what you want. Can you really leave things as they are now?
I want you to do what you think is right. If theres something you wanna do, do it. Holding back isnt like you.
I would appreciate if you did not imply I was egotistic. I consider many things. My true desire is to experience the outside world, but
I do not believe I can survive by myself if I were to leave this manor behind.
Then do you think youd be all right if you were with me?
Huh Th-That could work
Ill help any way I can to ease your anxieties. Lets do this together.
I-I must not do so. That cannot be allowed.
Im sure everyone will understand. Theres nothing to fear if were together.
No, I dont think everyone will understand. Youre talking about her parents never seeing their only daughter ever again because she ran off with some teenager from a different world.
Fine, whatever. Lets play into this girls masochistic fetish and separate her from her parents forever.
Stop thinking and just come with me!
Ahhh! Wh-Why did you shout so suddenly?! You scared me! Why are you always like this
Because you told him to be like this?
I will make you happy. Just follow me.
Oh Um But
Youre still worried?
I, um would like for you to prove it with your actions.
And thats all. Listen, it was still a sweet scene (at least I think so mostly kind of), but I cant help looking at this and going Her parents are going to wake up and find out that Femiruna disappeared into a different dimension with a teenaged boy she met like a year ago. I had the same problem with Inuyasha. Kagome abandons her family (including her widowed mother) and close friends to run off with some boy she barely knows. For all intents and purposes, she essentially commits suicide. I cannot look past that aspect and focus on the I love you stuff.
Then again, I am a jaded and cynical adult now instead of an impressionable and short-sighted teenager (who would definitely be looking at shit like this and thinking it was the most beautiful ending that could ever be imagined). That might explain it.
Oh well. No need to dwell on that, I guess. Plenty of time to rant about it once we find out what actually happens in Femirunas ending. Maybe Itsuki ends up staying with her (which presents a small problem of its own, I will admit).
Ruka time is go. Ruka is one of the lucky few to get a CG for her final event. I should clarify that everyone gets a CG for their ending, so this isnt the last chance for more artwork of the Maidens.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
The club got disbanded, so I guess thats to be expected
Why are you here?
*Ruka enters, stage left*
I just felt like coming here is all. What about you?
Same for me. I just felt like it. Class was over, yet I found myself here I feel like I still have some things left undone for the club
Like to deepen our bond?
Yeah You told me that when we first made the club.
I just remembered that right now I was thinking Weve deepened our bond so much
How you feel ? Do you mean
We can finally hear the sounds of gears in Itsukis head starting to turn.
Lean over and stick your forehead out first. Im actually really annoyed at you. You barged your way into my heart, but you never let me see whats inside yours.
Well thats because you cant, because your powers have only ever been implied.
Im always at my limit, but you probably never even notice.
Im sort of reaching that point as well. I miss Wake. LP Wake, I mean. Official Wake is kind of dense in his own right.
I wont be satisfied until I flick your forehead as hard as I can.
So thats how you thought of me, huh All right then. If that makes you happy, do whatever you need to.
Close your eyes and clench your teeth then.
Go for it.
*The screen then goes black*
Hmph. Youre playing it cool as usual. Im going to go all out on you
This is a good CG for height comparisons. Ruka looks to be about half a head shorter than Itsuki (shes standing on her toes in this CG). If we go purely by this CG, then Itsuki looks to be as tall or taller than Reone.
*And now the CG disappears and were back to 3D models*
O-Of course it was a lie about how much I hate you. Now do you understand how I feel about you ?
Loud and clear.
Hehe If you want to know my feelings again, Ill do this again for you.
Hmph Its stuffy in this classroom. I feel like my face is on fire. Okay. Now the club is disbanded for real. You should focus on fighting the Impurities and getting back to your own world. Even when youre not around I wont I wont feel lonely Ugh
Now see, Rukas ending I think would be perfectly fine for a Come with me to my world deal. Shes an orphan and she feels alienated in this world because of her Tsukuyomi thing. Who wants to bet that Itsuki stays in Granvania with her in her ending, though?
Ruka Im sorry .
D-Dont apologize to me *sniff* It was already set in stone that youd be going back to your own world.
This really loses emotional impact now that we know that Star Maidens can totally go with Gods Gifts to Sora. Before Alfies final event, there was always some question about whether or not anyone other than Gods Gifts could pass through the return gate. Now we know that theres apparently no barrier to doing that, though.
I-It doesnt matter to me at all! Ugh *sniff*
Ruka I will save the world. I promise you.
Its all right. Ill be with you till the end.
Theres also the fact that Itsuki seems to invite some Maidens to go with him back to his world but keeps silent with others whenever they start talking about having to be separated. Weird.
Ill try to send you off with a smile The after hours club is over, but Ill wait for you at the church next time. I dont want to, but Ill still do the ritual with you, so stop by anytime
Yeah. Thanks, Ruka.
Y-Youre welcome! Now go. Even though were destined to be apart
Please, dont forget that.
Faruns turn. Farun also gets to have a CG for this event. In case youre wondering, everybody seems to get 3 CGs + 1 Ending CG. They arent all evenly spaced out though (2 out of 3 Tarua CGs are in her Level 5 Events. Same for Yuzuha). Some of them are also shifted to side events (which is why Collette got that Festival CG). I think Reone and Ruka have their 3rd CG during the Beach Event (Reones second CG will be during her final event coming up in a little bit).
Heya, Itsuki. Welcome.
There were so many people here drinkin an makin merry a lil while ago Its like the reverberations are still here. I like it when its like this. It just feels a lil sad an heart wrenchin. But its still fun
Yeah, it sure sounds fun to listen to rowdy drunk people for hours at a time.
It makes me think that the fun stuff will come again.
Oh, dont forget to lock the door.
*Itsuki presumably locks the door*
Now then, Itsuki. We have plenty of time. Lets chat. We can talk bout tons of stuff. So, what do ya wanna talk bout?
We were promised an explanation of what you wrote in that letter to your parents. Cough it up.
About you, Farun.
Ahaha! I guess ya would wanna talk bout Big Sis Farun.
Just kiddin. Itsuki, thanks for talkin with me all these times. But Im sorry Please lemme talk bout myself one more time. I want ya to know everythin bout me
Sweet. Start with what the hell happened when you left home and basically disowned your entire hometown. Im curious about that.
Um Where do I start
Just go at your own pace. Ill be following along.
Yeah, thanks As ya know, Im a travelin dancer. I go from trip to trip, place to place, all alone an free.
I went to many places, saw many vistas, an had tons of fun. That aint a lie. But is that all? Is that really all I wanted to do? I asked myself that. I couldnt find the answer, which is why I couldnt tell my parents.
Aw, I was expecting something a bit more dramatic behind the I dont want to write to my parents thing.
So did you find your answer?
Yeah. I think I was lookin for someplace just for me. No matter where I was, I always felt a bit lonely an restless.
Everyone goes home after this. To where they can unwind. But I dont have that. I was always lookin for it. I was lookin for a place to feel at ease. My very own place I can call home.
Your very own home, different from the home that you had but left behind. Im not being snarky, just clarifying that Farun wasnt some vagrant or orphan.
Did you find it ?
Yeah. Right there.
Its right here. This is where I can feel most at ease in the whole wide world This is the final stop on my travels I wrote that in my letter. There was much more to it, but, simply put
Hehe. Thats what I truly feel.
I also like you, Farun.
Reminder: Im not rewriting Itsuki dialogue for these. He really does just say like. Its not a choice thing either.
Thank you. I didnt think Id ever experience this moment. Im the happiest Ive ever been. Ever since I met you My lifes full of so much happiness I hope well continue on like this.
Hehe Say Im gonna say somethin weird right now. I wanna say somethin special.
Its a phrase I thought would have nothin to do with me as a traveler I wanted to say it once I found a place that put me most at ease in the world I wanna say it while Im in your arms
What is it ? Tell me.
Im home, Itsuki In the place I feel most at ease in the whole world Bein in your arms is my home This is where my travels end Itsuki Itsuki I wont ask ya to always be with me. It can just be for right now I wanna be together even if its only for this moment
*A time skip apparently happens that spans the entire night, because when we come back *
Huh ? Oh, its already morning
Thats right. Its a wonderful mornin. Hehe. Aint ya goin to the labyrinths today? Ya sure ya can do it when youre such a sleepyhead?
Eh, its mostly committing monster genocide by Gods Poking every living creature on Floors 1-10. Hell be fine sleepwalking through that. Im just grinding up new Star Children after all.
Right. I better go
Come on! Up ya go! Cheer up! I know. Big Sis Farun will give ya a cheerleadin dance! Here goes! A one, an a two
Hey, its better than what you did in the anime adaption.
Ta-da! Ahaha. Feel better now?
Yeah, thanks, Farun.
Hehe. Take care.
Hey, Itsuki. Hold up. Um
Ahaha. Good luck. Take care now!
Yeah. Im off.
Yeah. This is enough for me. Thank ya, Itsuki. Im glad we were able to meet.
That was a sweet event, although personally I think it dragged longer than it needed to in places. That CG portion of the event should have cut at Im home. I think that would have been the perfect moment to end that part on.
Mirei also doesnt get a CG, which is a little odd now that I think about it Where does her 3rd CG show up? We had that Bath CG, then we had the glasses off kiss CG thing from the last event, but wheres the other? It wasnt the festival pretty sure its not the beach it wasnt Starmas I could have sworn that I already completed the Flower Viewing events Huh Did they really shortchange Mirei on CGs or am I forgetting one?
Oh, Itsuki. Youre here.
Were doing research today, right? What will it be today?
All right. So an interview then. Ill sit down. You can bring out the restraints.
No, Itsuki. I want to talk to you normally.
Are you sure about that? I thought you got more accurate data when I was restrained.
Blasphemy! Data is the most important thing in Anime! Or maybe thats just specifically combat data.
Youre so fascinating Your whole existence is charming to me. But the compilation of your data doesnt explain your charms. I have to look directly at your face and hear your voice
So Itsuki is a pretty face and not much else, basically. Is that what that means?
So I want to talk normally That is how I want to experience this.
I have fun just talking to you too.
Heheh My old self My old self would have thought it to be a waste of time I know, Itsuki. Theres something I want to tell you.
To my world?
Yes. It will be the most difficult research Ive ever done.
Theres a portal that opens whenever a Star Offering is enshrined (normally). I guess youre talking about a permanent way to Sora? I would heavily advise against that.
Its not going to go well for the Magic Fantasy World.
But I think its worth doing. Though, the goal seems so far away
You can do it, Mirei.
Heheh. Of course I can. Who do you think I am?
I have new motivation now compared to the other times.
Why look into this now of all times?
When everything ends, you will return to Sora. When you do, I wont be able to continue my research. There are no other research subjects like you. I must continue to research you.
Mirei In that case, lets go together.
See what I mean about this? Where was all Itsukis talk about coming with me when Ruka was basically in tears?
But Why would you want me? I dont have interesting topics to speak of, and I only know how to research.
But I like that about you, Mirei. I wanna be with you.
You really are strange Oh, Itsuki. Ive just thought of another piece of research.
I suddenly want to learn that. This is rooted in my desire to research. So this is just research You understand, right?
Wh-What? Why are you getting so close?
*Mirei goes in for a kiss*
What do you think?
Youre so mysterious No matter how much I learn about you, I want to learn even more. I dont think Ill ever know everything about you. But that makes you the best research specimen there is.
So, Im still a research specimen?
I dont know of any other word. I dont want to lose you. You are that important to me.
I feel the same.
Ah Youre so warm Itsuki Im glad I met you You taught me so much when I knew nothing Nothing of this warmth of these emotions Please hold me gently
And thats the last of the Focus Maidens. I did say I would continue with the others though, so lets keep the sentimental train rolling in the next update.