Part 30: Free Time Roundup #1School Mode Free Time: Sayaka Maizono
: People have been asking me how I plan to do Free Times that I miss in the main playthrough. My plan is to show off Free Times for dead characters as best I can through the use of the postgame School Mode and a different save file. There are, however, a few hiccups with this plan:
: First, the School Mode is only accessible from a cleared game file. You must see the credits roll to access it. Second, it tracks what Free Time events you saw as you played so that it doesn't show you duplicates if you talk to characters again. Third, it appears to choose random room backdrops for the conversations to take place in, meaning that it will spoil areas of the game we have not yet seen. Because of these issues, I may choose to backload more and more of these Free Times towards the end of the LP to avoid spoilers. Additionally, because the save file I'm using is the file I played to casually play the game my first time, a bunch of Free Time Events are already viewed and as such, can no longer be viewed through School Mode. I'll have to figure out how I want to view those events in the future. I may have to start up a 3rd file to be able to view certain character's events. I will try my best to work around these restrictions to show off the Free Time Events throughout the LP instead of all at the end.
: The entirety of School Mode and its mechanics will be explained at the end of the LP when I probably show it off for an update or two. Don't forget, any Free Times seen in this School Mode are not happening in the actual LP save file, meaning I won't be getting the Skills and Skill Points shown off here for use in the actual LP. They're just bonuses for players who want to replay their save file and maybe try out new skills and harder difficulties.
: First up on our Free Time event roundup is Sayaka. As it turns out, Sayaka only has one more Free Time event that we didn't see. Most other characters will have between 3 and 6 events in total but she only has 2. Her previous Free Time was in Chapter 1 Daily Life, Part 6.
> Spend time together
: Trip Tickets are one of School Mode's mechanics, we can ignore them for now.
: Okay, let's go for a walk! I think it'll help cheer both of us up!
I enjoyed a long, leisurely walk with Sayaka... Sayaka and I grew a little closer today.
> Yes, definitely
: As I mentioned, the events in School Mode bring you to random locations for backdrops. In this case, we walked to the pool.
Everlasting Bracelet: A handcrafted item made with needle and thread. They say that once you put it on, it will never come off again.
: To receive something so wonderful makes me happy, but...
: ...to get it from you, Makoto... I can't begin to describe the feeling...!
Seeing Sayaka so pleased with something I gave her makes me happy!
: Listen, may I ask you just one question?
: So polite again...! What's going on?
: And so polite again, I'd like to ask... Do you have a girlfriend?
: Wh-What!? That's like, way outta nowhere!
: Huh? Are you embarassed? Does that mean you do?
: N-No, I don't! A girlfriend...? Not at all!
: Then...do you at least have a crush on someone?
: J-Just wait a second! What's going on here? Why are you asking all these questions?
: I was just curious, so I thought I'd ask. Is that bad?
: I-It's not that it's bad...
: But it's only natural I'd be curious, right? Because we're...
: Because we're classmates, going through the same thing together.
: Although...that's not all there is to it. You and I are more than just classmates...
More than that...!?
: We're friends. We've been friends since middle school, in a way.
Th-That's true... Yeah, we're friends. Of course...
: So? Aren't you going to ask me?
: Huh? What?
: No, not what. Aren't you going to ask if I have a boyfriend or not?
I mean, it's not like I don't want to know. Of course I want to know...
: You're really popular, right? So I wouldn't be surprised if you did...
: Nooope! I definitely don't! ...The truth is, I'm way too busy for things like that.
: Th-Then... Do you have a...crush on someone?
: Hmhm. I wonder... Let's just say...there's someone I'm interested in.
Sayaka stared straight into my eyes. I could swear her cheeks were tinged with red. Wait...me?
: But I need to put those feelings aside for now. Getting out of here is all that matters.
: Y-Yeah, you're right...
: Let's get out of here together, Makoto. No matter what... Please don't turn your back on me, okay?
: O-Of course! I would never turn my back on you!
: I want you to know something, Makoto. And I want you to know that I mean it--I can't fake my feelings...
: I'm...really glad you're here.
When she smiled at me like that, I could feel my entire body filling with power. It was like her smile was a source of pure energy. My friendship with her is my one source of courage. My bond with her makes me stronger. So I have to do my best in here! For myself, and for Sayaka!
: I'm so happy you're going to do your best for me!
: What!? You heard me!?
: Like I said, I'm psychic.
: Kidding! I just have really good intuition.
: ...But is that really what you were thinking?
: U-Umm...well... A-Anyway, let's just help each other out and get out of here, no matter what it takes! I'm gonna do my best for sure!
: Yeah, you're right. We need to work together and do our best... Hehehe...!
"I'm gonna do my best"... I carved those words into the walls of my soul.
: This gives us SP +1. Since we filled out her entire Report Card, it also gives us a Bronze Playstation Trophy titled "Psychic" and marks her Report Card with a Star for completion.
Sayaka Maizono's Character Art