Part 48: Flower Viewing Part 1 - Scorpio, Ares, Leo, and CancerSpecial Events III: Flower Viewing Part 1 - Scorpio, Ares, Leo, and Cancer
Its time for springtime Flower Viewing! Ignore the fact that the game will say that it is currently summer!
Reone will be up first this time, because Alfie doesnt have a Flower Viewing event and Reones is where we can find her third CG.
You might also notice that were up to 97% completion for the Star Maiden events. I have unlocked all events for the Star Maidens at this point with the exception of their endings. Most of these were generic events that I dont plan to show off (except in Alfies case for reasons that will be explained later). However, the very last event in the list (in Reones case its the one called Festival Sickness) is a special event that is different for each Star Maiden.
Ill talk more about that later on, since I plan to do an event update that shows some of them off. I just wanted to mention that weve still got more side events coming down the pipe.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
Hey, Reone. Its really heating up outside, isnt it?
It sure is. When its this warm, I can barely pay attention in class. I know.
I heard its flower viewing season.
Well, Im not a student at this school, so I cant technically skip class. But is it really okay for you to do that?
Its fine, its fine.
What the hell are they even learning in these classes? From the sounds of it, Narcisstes has just been rambling about random topics and stupid shit like You can improve your bonds by pretending to be family! Thats not creepy at all! I say skip.
Its unhealthy to not go outside when the weather is this nice. So come on. Now that its decided, lets get going.
*Reone then heads out*
H-Hey! Wait up, Reone!
Yeah. Amazing how Narcisstes managed to track down cherry blossom-like flower trees and grow an entire forest of them in the span of a year. Probably used Star Energy. Either that or well discover that Mirei made a super growth formula or some shit.
Everyones drinking in broad daylight. Does this mean I can drink too?
Oh, you were talking about getting hammered. Yeah, I guess thats nice too. Wouldnt call it elegant though.
Why are you asking me that? Im carrying all the booze that you stopped to buy on the way over here.
I was only confirming. Isnt this how flower viewing is supposed to be?
Mana is not a reliable source of information, Reone. Yes, hanami involves having a picnic or party with friends or family and eat and drink and all that fun stuff. The main idea is to be enjoying the flowers, though. People like to drink sake or wine, but Im fairly sure that getting plastered is considered bad manners.
Hold on, you are not planning to actually drink that much, are you?
Haha Its fine to drink heartily every once in a while. You cant drink yet, so you get dumplings. Eat one for each falling petal.
NOBODY FUCKING CARES ABOUT THE FUCKING MINIMUM DRINKING AGE IN JAPAN! Holy fuck, the player and Itsuki do not need to be reminded about this every single goddamn time that booze is brought up. I thought we had finally moved past this during Mahirus final bonding event.
Im going to open up a bottle now. Here, you take one of the dumplings. Now, heres a toast to the beautiful, falling petals.
What am I supposed to toast with? The dumpling?
Thats right. Cheers!
Well, okay then. Cheers I guess.
Youre too young to drink, Itsuki (and by extension the player). But ohhh man! Check out how much fun getting drunk is! Look how happy it makes people!
*Anyway, theres a time skip here where Reone drowns herself in alcohol*
Fwaa Itsuki. Gimme another bottle. Drinking like thiss just rude to the flowers.
There are no more bottles, you drank it all.
Oh Fine then. Ill just have some dumplings. Hm? *stare*
Why are you staring at my nose?
Whaaat? The flowers nose? Its blooming cutely. It looks delicious. Im gonna eat it right up. Haha Dont move Mm
I guess its not surprising that Reone is the pervert kind of drunk. Could be worse, she could have been the angry/violent kind of drunk. Granted, I personally would have found that hilarious, since she might have started running around beating the shit out of everyone.
It makes me happy that the middle choice is the best one. I remember that CII had fun with the dialogue choices, just like this (Wake is able to respond with I aint afraid of no ghost at one point). CPs are mostly bland.
I guess I better just wait this out
Oh, the petalsre staying in place. What a polite flower You exist just for me to sample. Thanks for the meal
Reone, youre definitely drunk. Could you try and pull yourself together a bit?
Me? Im not drunk at all. Dont worry I wont make it hurt Ill taste you with my tongue
I wonder how much fun the families in the area are having? Having their kids running around and watching as a Star Maiden mounts Gods Gift and starts grinding on him in a drunken stupor. Meanwhile they know they cant really do anything to stop it because they sort of need both of them to save the world.
*Anyway, the CG cuts out and we find that Reone has apparently passed out*
Ugh She licked my whole face Im going to need a napkin or something
*Another time skip happens*
Yeah, you just dropped at one point. It looked like someone pulled your plug.
Oh Maybe I was more tired than I felt I dont normally fall asleep like this
I guess its just spring fever.
Yes, spring fever, and not the multiple bottles of booze she chugged.
Spring fever Right. Lets just leave it at that. Its a much better excuse than saying I was tired from work.
Right. The atmosphere is definitely why you did that stuff
Did something happen while I was sleeping ?
I wouldnt say while you were sleeping, more like before. But if you dont remember, then its better that we leave it at that.
Whats with that? Now I need to know.
Dont worry about that. Im sure it was an accident.
Ill be honest, given the outfit you wear, Im surprised that flashing your underwear isnt something that happens constantly.
Sure. Well go with that.
What does that mean If you saw them, just say you did. I already know what a perverted little boy you are. Haha
I am a teenager, you know.
Right, right. I feel much better after that little nap. Lets go home. I feel like all my stress for the day has been released.
Just glad I could help Lets do this again some other time.
Yes. Ill invite you then.
Yeah, that was a lot of fun. We watched Reone get drunk and throw herself on Itsuki, then he had to wipe her drool off himself and sit around waiting for Reone to wake up from her booze induced coma. Great stuff.
At least we can count on the other Star Maidens to have more normal events. Okay, so normal might not be the right word. You get what I mean, though. Events where Itsuki and the Maiden get to hold a conversation and share a tender moment together.
~Star God Academy Field~
Hello, Itsuki. Todays weather is so warm and nice.
Do you have somewhere in mind?
To the mountains for a picnic, or the beach Oh, seeing flowers is nice too.
As much as I like the mountains, weve been there a lot recently. Well be heading to the beach in the next event update.
There are so many children though. Chaperoning them would be hard work.
Can we just not take the children, maybe? Unless its the Star Children. Id be fine with taking them somewhere nice. They deserve it.
If you did that, then the teacher wouldnt really get a chance to enjoy it.
Speaking of, the king put out a decree to hold some flower-viewing festival.
Do you want to try going together? Its okay to treat yourself sometimes, you know.
Together ? Are you sure?
Of course. Take a break from watching over the children and have some fun of your own.
Come on, Arie. Let loose a bit. Weve been over this. Also, Im okay with telling you to let loose because your weapon fetish didnt turn into something that consumed your entire character.
It is pretty awesome. Im incredibly sad that my planned semester in Japan is going to finish like 1 month before cherry blossom season gets started. Would have loved to see that. I guess I could stop in Vancouver on the way back and see them there, but its just not the same
Yeah. Theres so many flowers blooming.
I wouldnt be able to enjoy it like this if the children were here.
Yeah, youre right. Kids do suck.
Do you come here on field trips every year?
Well, I know the flowers here bloomed around this time
So heres a weird thing that maybe was caused by translations errors or something. Arie and Itsuki talk like this field of cherry blossom trees has always been here, but Shangri-La only arranges for the flower-viewing after Itsukis arrival and Manas suggestion. Also, Narcisstes specifically states that hell go and look for a plant that is similar to cherry blossoms and then plant a bunch of them in a special location.
Either this is a translation error, a writer error, or Itsuki has indeed been in this world for like 3 or 4 years by this point.
So I do try to bring the children here each year.
I guess I dont need to tell you about it then, huh?
I take it you went to see flowers bloom like this on Sora? Haha That makes me happy. It seems our worlds have something in common.
Well we ate some good food, but we mostly enjoyed the view of the flowers.
Its true just looking at the flowers like this brings me joy But Itsuki my neck is starting to hurt. Is flower-viewing a trial that comes with some pain?
Not any flower-viewing that Ive ever been to. Maybe you should try and relax a little more.
Phew I suppose. I think I was tensing up. Looking at the flowers like this brings me great joy.
Yeah Its very peaceful.
This feels so strange Even though I see these flowers every year they seem so much more calming than before.
It happens to everyone. You get used to your surroundings and just kind of lose the awe or wonder from stuff after a while. I tutor ESL students from Asia and the Middle East who are all like We saw the mountains and theres so much nature around us and all the animals and landscapes and Im like God, the drive to school everyday sure is boring. I hope this isnt the day where one of those fucking moose runs onto the road and gets me killed in a horrifying car crash.
Or maybe thats just a me thing. I do have a terribly negative view on my life after all.
I wonder why Could it be because Im with you, Itsuki?
What was that?
No, nothing, nothing at all. Hehe Spending time like this can be so nice. The wind is warm. It feels so nice
Yeah. It really is
Looks like shes asleep. Enjoy your nap, Arie.
She really did need this. I cant imagine how worn out she would have been if the children were brought along.
I should be careful not to move. I dont want to wake her.
*Then a time skip happens*
Mm Phew Ah, Itsuki ?
Hey. Are you feeling rested?
Did I fall asleep? You should have woken me up
Sorry. You looked very peaceful. I didnt want to ruin that.
So you let me sleep?
Of course. You deserve to get some rest.
Thank you, Itsuki. I do feel more refreshed.
Glad to hear it.
Oh, look at the time. We should get going.
I had so much fun today. Its all thanks to you, Itsuki.
Youre welcome, Arie.
Id like to come here next year with you to look at the beautiful flowers again. Oh Im sorry
Thats thoughtful of you. God only knows whats going to happen to the ending poll once the deadline gets closer. At the moment Im getting the feeling that theres a legion of Farun supporters out there that are biding their time for some reason.
No, its fine. I would love to do this again next year.
Haha, I see. Then let us come here again.
We shall! Right away, actually.
Except this time with Femiruna.
~Star God Academy Field~
Oh, Itsuki. Did you need something from me?
Yeah. I was wondering if you had some free time.
I cannot seem to find any in good taste that fit my fancy recently. Even when I go shopping, all the color schemes and designs are much too simple.
Yeah, that sure sounds like a dilemma. World could possibly get overrun by invincible monsters at any moment if Itsuki slips and falls or gets blindsided by an Impurity, but sure, keep agonizing about how the local stores havent stocked their spring selection.
I seek new and interesting designs. I want to talk directly to the designer.
Cool. Well, why dont you take a break from that and go with me to do some flower-viewing?
Flower viewing? Why would I do that?
Youre looking for new and interesting ideas, right? The color of the flowers might be inspiring.
It is also common to extract dyes from flowers. It could be a good opportunity to find some new colors to try out.
I mean, its just going to be a lot of pink. Its beautiful, dont get me wrong, but unless youre in to that one color then I dont know how much inspiration youre going to find.
Very well. Since you invited me, I shall go with you for this flower viewing. I hope this will help me search for new clothes.
Its pretty, right?
Yes, it is quite wonderful
Are you doing okay?
Oh. I was just enthralled by it all.
Well, Im glad that you like it.
Itsuki, you made the right decision in bringing me here. You have my compliments. I have made up my mind. The next outfit I purchase will be this color.
It sounds like a great design.
I would like to take one petal back with me to reference this color later.
Or just slip it into your pocket. Youre just heading back to your house. Its not like you need to preserve it for a month long journey or anything.
Oh, that would be nice. You seem to be quite on top of things today.
Why are you carrying around a book? Itsuki doesnt exactly seem like the scholarly type. Its not one of your porn mags, is it?
Ive never made a pressed flower before. How do you do so?
Oh, its easy. Just take the petal and press down on it with paper. Liike this! Oh, wait
Good job, Itsuki. You know that youre supposed to press them and leave it with some weight on top, right? Like you dont just slam it in a book and then flip it back open.
The petals are kind of thin, so they fall apart pretty easily.
I cannot entrust you to do this right. I shall do it.
Looks like yours crumbled too.
Its not rocket science! How are you both so bad at this?
Pressed flowers are difficult to make. I am already tired of it.
No, come on. Dont give up right away. Lets try it together this time. Here, Ill handle the book. You put the petal in.
Itsuki, I placed it! Now close the book!
Ahhh! We did it! What a success!
Yay! We succeeded in transferring a flower petal into a book without vaporizing it! Drinks all around!
Now we just need to leave it in there and it should turn out fine.
Hey, you were the one that was practically squealing.
I cannot wait to open the book again. I hope it will be in a good shape.
*A time skip happens*
This will add a breath of fresh air to my closet.
I hope I can see the new outfit when its ready.
I suppose I should thank you for bringing me here today. You may bring me to places like this again.
Then get your bikini ready, because were going to the beach in the next set of updates.
Well, Itsuki, good day to you.
Nothing wrong with that event, except for how grossly incompetent Femiruna and Itsuki were being in their efforts to gently place a flower petal into a book without destroying it.
~Star God Academy Hallway~
Mmm. Its so nice and warm today.
Are you going by yourself?
Why do you have to emphasize the by yourself part? But yes, Im going alone. What of it?
Well, I was wondering if you wanted to have that tea while taking a look at the flowers.
Theres a fucking forest of off-brand cherry blossom trees nearby. How the hell did you not notice that sea of pink?
I can show you, if you want. They modeled it off of the cherry blossom festivals from my world.
Oh? A flower viewing like in your world Now Im slightly interested. All right. Then take me there. I dont dislike flowers.
Please. We saw your profile, we already know you love them.
Since thats decided, you better get ready.
King Shangri-La had Narcisstes gather up the flowers and plant them here.
Official Itsuki just says that the king gathered the flowers and had them planted here, but all Shang did was tell Narcisstes to handle it. We may still be incredibly suspicious of Narc and his weird alchemy circle thing in the basement, but credit where credit is due.
They do look a lot like the flowers from my world. Im surprised they managed to find something that looks so similar.
Oh ? How nice. And we can see these flowers here every year. A-Achoo! What the ? My nose is so itchy all of a sudden
Could be seasonal allergies.
Th-Thats impossible. I maintain the flower bed year round and this has never happened before
Yeah, but youve never been around these flowers, have you?
Achoo! Achoo! Ugh Maybe this type of flower and I just dont get along Achoo! Ugh Now my nose is running D-Dont look at me.
Here, use my handkerchief.
Isnt that the point of a handkerchief though? You dont carry them around as a fashion statement.
Youve been sneezing into your hands, though. Its better if you use mine.
Eww. Come on, Ruka, thats what sleeves are for.
Th-Thanks Ill wash it before giving it back to you
*A time skip happens*
*sigh* Seems like my sneezing stopped But now my eyes are tearing up
Theyre selling some sweet tea over there. Ill get some for you. Maybe that will help.
Thanks Ill pay you back later
Dont worry about it. Were rolling in cash right now and will be for the remainder of the game. Honestly, I havent sold anything in ages. Ive probably got at least a million in outdated equipment and items.
*Anyway, its teatime*
Mmg *gulp* Wow, thats really sweet. But its good.
I dont know. I think I feel better. But my nose still itches.
Its too bad that youre allergic. It must be terrible to not be able to enjoy this.
Hmm I dont know why Im allergic to this flower though.
Hmm I wonder why.
Maybe its because these flowers spread out everywhere?
Speaking of which, these flowers scatter quite quickly.
Yes, that is what Itsuki just said. Are your ears stuffed up as well?
I feel sad when I see that
Thats true, but theyll also bloom again next year.
Doesnt that sound romantic No point in getting all gloomy. We should just enjoy them for what they are.
Exactly! Jesus, Ruka. Why do you have to be a constant downer? I dont even think Yuzuha is this bad, and her life is slipping further away every time she takes a nap.
Ah ?! There are two butterflies on your head How cute
Really? Should I try and chase them off?
Dont move. I want to look at them.
Arent brightly coloured animals/insects typically absurdly poisonous?
Wow The wings are transparent. Its like a scene from another world
Were an another Well actually I guess technically we are, but Ruka isnt.
Um, Ruka? Youre getting really close to me
Just be quiet. Oh its slipping off your head.
Ruka, what exactly are you doing? You do realize that butterflies can fly, right? They arent going to plummet to their deaths if they slide off of Itsukis head. For that matter, how the hell is a butterfly sliding off of his head in the first place? Im pretty sure they are fairly good at crawling on things at all angles.
Ruka, could you stop blowing on my face? It tickles
Oh Hey, they flew away because you moved. Youre so useless!
You were blowing on them and inching closer! Dont pin this on Itsuki.
But those butterflies were pretty. A-Achoo Hmph Im glad my sneeze didnt get on the butterflies.
That sneeze would have scared them off even if I hadnt moved. Anyway, I think we should get back home. We dont want your allergies getting worse.
Yeah Next time, we should bring sweet tea and look at the butterflies. I dont mind inviting you to go with me.
So what my head is like a flower?
Yeah, thats why you attract butterflies. Im convinced.
Actually its because they are attracted to your sweat, specifically the salt contained in your sweat.
Haha. It seems your carefree personality can be useful sometimes. Anyway, lets go home.
And thats all for Ruka. Ill be honest, these Flower-Viewing events have been getting steadily more boring. Something about them arent quite as interesting as stuff like the Starmas events or the Festival.
Mirei is usually good for making things interesting, but we need to check on Farun first. On to Part 2!