Part 7: Red AlertLast time on Hyperdimension Neptunia IF was beset by a strange person in the woods. Now on Hyperdimension Neptunia
Having received permission to travel to other lands, our heroines traveled to the land of Leanbox.
LWE Feinne on Neptunia Mechanics:
The first time we enter each other land itll give us a quick tutorial on the goddess blogs, which are extra little event things triggered by plot advancement and another mechanic that we cant see yet. Itll make sense later when we see one.
It was there that IF found herself once more thrust into a solo adventure
Gah! Wh-Whats this cold thing on my stomach ? A foot?
Thats a depressing wake-up call. Its only five-thirty in the morning. The suns just starting to rise.
I dont really feel like going back to sleep, but its too early to get up. Ugggh. So sleepy.
Huh? Was that someones voice? Who else is hardcore enough to be up this early?
And so, following the strange music, IF wandered into the forest alone!
The unsigned singer/songwriter who travels the world, known only as 5pb
I hear shes a radio MC now, too. Shes one of the most popular underground artists on Gamindustri
Meh. Shes near my age and works solo.
She reminds me of myself, so Im secretly a fan of hers.
But, whats she doing so early? Secret vocal training?
Hey narrator guy, am I even going to be in this thing today?
Her voice is so awesome. I cant hear her clear enough from here
I should get closer.
A little more
I mean because it sounds like youre leaving out all my awesome adventures to talk about Iffy.
Huh? H-Hey! Whats the matter?!
Wh-Whoa! Dont run away for no reason!
Too late. She didnt have to run like that. Am I really scary-looking in the morning or something?
What? How did you even get in here? Um, anyway, having scared off the mysterious girl in the forest, IF planned to return the next night.
That fibber! She said she was just out for a jog but she was totally stalking some lady!
It was around here. I dont remember the exact location
There she is!
Seems like shes practicing diligently.
It must be hard to find a place to practice in peace and quiet when youre so popular.
Ill try to keep her calm this time. I just have to remain casual.
Wait what? No, she wasnt stalking some lady, she was Okay it was a little like stalking, but totally different in ways that will come to me.
Hello. Youre the artist, 5pb, right? Nice to meet you.
Stop, stop, stop! Dont flip out. I dont want our players to get complaints from their neighbors about screaming girls
Calm down, okay? Im sure that was, uh, good vocal training or something.
You act pretty different than your radio personality. Whyre you so tense?
Im not suspicious or anything. I mean, I know its not convincing when I say it myself, but
I dont I dont believe you
Exactly. So anyway Iffy was totally creeping this lady out.
Please, just stay back.
I wasnt trying to scare you. I apologize for all that. You are 5pb, right?
I know of you. You travel around and put on live shows and performances, right?
I heard your voice here a while ago, so I thought we could maybe try and get to know each other.
I travel a lot, just like you. Its nothing glamorous like music, but I journey with friends and hunt monsters!
You want to tell me about any of your journeys?
Um, well Ahh
Anyway the lady told Iffy she had the wrong person, like one of those mistaken identity movies or something!
Hey, wai-! Damn. Shes gone again.
So that wasnt her? Oops. I feel dumb. She looked and sounded a lot like 5pb Lyrica, huh?
No its nothing like Ugh, whatever. Anyway later that day IF found herself separated from the party by a monster ambush!
Wait is that why she ran off? I just figured she didnt want to share her lunch with me again.
Nep and the others must have taken a different path while I chased it down.
Footsteps?! theyre coming closer!
Youre the girl from the forest. Red, right?
You remembered my name! As expected of Wifey Number 1. My eyes know quality women.
R-Right, Wifey Number 1. So what can this quality wifey do for you?
Oh yeah. Youre traveling to hunt monsters, right?
Yep. We might still be surrounded. Lets get back to town as soon as we can.
Wait, did she sneak off to share her lunch with that red hair girl?
For my beloved Wifey Number 1, I brought a whole bunch of them with me while risking my life!
Brought what ?
Monsters! You can fight to your hearts content now!
Too happy to respond, eh? Man, it was tough work to round up this many.
But I know its worth it to see that stunned O-face of yours. Theres probably more than one hundred here!
Crap! The two of us alone cant possibly stand against that many. We need to run!
Huh? Hmm, youre not gonna fight? But I worked so hard to bring them to you
Red, just take my hand and hurry!
Where do you even come up with these things Crap and now Im not even sure whats going on here myself anymore.
Dont you dare ever try that again! Monsters are dangerous!
Im sorry. I thought itd make you happy, but I guess I went too far.
You have to know where the line is and not cross it. But, its kinda flattering to know you did it just for me.
Really?! So Ive increased my charisma?
C-Charisma? Sure by a little.
Awesome! Charisma +10! I need to jot that down
Oh, this was where we went back to Planeptune. I remember because Iffy kept getting mad every time I stopped like she was in a hurry or something.
I mean it was her fault I was so hungry, sharing her lunch with that weirdo instead of giving it to me.
Right, I see where we are. You went back to Planeptune so she could try to catch 5pb in concert.
Thats all for now!
Youll have to learn where my next show will be through my website, so be sure to keep your eyes on it!
Ugh, I didnt make it in time. I was really looking forward to this, too.
If only we cleared the dungeon just thirty seconds faster If only Nep didnt try to eat that hamburger-shaped rock !
Its so crowded here. I guess the show just ended.
Okay, that should be everything.
Is your show over?
Yeah and it turned out that lady in the forest totally lied to Iffy about who she was!
No way! So it was you! Youre so different from who I hear on the radio.
Its a radio personality, so 5pb is like a show name for an act. Were you at the show today?
No, unfortunately, I didnt make it in time. I wish I did, though. So your real name is Lyrica, huh?
Wh-What do I do? Someone who knows my real name heard me singing
No, I just said I didnt make it in time.
Lets chat. We can keep walking, okay?
Anywhoo, if Im not gonna be in any of these scenes Im gonna go get a crepe or something. Want anything?
Just say whats on your mind. Its not like Im going to spread your secrets across internet forums worldwide.
Cant you take a joke? Whats wrong? Youre always so confident on the radio.
Well, this is I mean, Im usually like this.
When Im singing or talking on the radio, I get so into it I dont even notice
Thats your reason for disappearing right after your live shows?
Also why you were practicing in such an isolated location at such a ridiculous time?
But after the show is the best time to get to know your fans.
Fan service is important. Youre missing out on the best opportunity to grow!
You think? I never looked at it that way. The fans only come to hear the songs. Not me.
Thats completely wrong! Dont be like that! Fine! Ill help you out.
Huh?! I pass.
I didnt hear that! Youre starting to gain popularity, so this isnt the time for you to act so hesitant.
W-Well I guess.
I promise I wont lead you astray. Okay?
Huh? Yeah sure, I could go for a crepe. Okay, no more distractions, back to work.
IF and the pop singer 5pb, aka Lyrica, discussed her problem.
No. One person or one-hundred people Doesnt matter
What if you picture your audience as a variety of fruits in a giant basket? Nah.
You said youre fine during shows or when youre on the radio, right?
Its probably because Im focused.
I dont care about my surroundings when I can get absorbed into my songs.
Radio broadcasts are the same. Its like theres a personality switch inside my head.
It turns on for shows, and turns off right after so I get all skittish and afraid.
I really dont like that feeling
I wish my songs would never end.
You know prior to my big narration break I had the same problem.
As an artist, youre fine. However, you lose your confidence when you revert to your normal self.
Mabe youre just uncomfortable with Lyrica, when you cast your 5pb name aside.
Singing is so fun. I feel this energy swelling up from deep inside my belly.
Thatll aid in overshadowing your normal self even more.
What do you think I should do?
Just ease into the fact that you have two facets of your life for now. Ill keep thinking about it.
Instead of fruit, maybe imagine your audience in their underwear next time.
In their underwear? Would that really work?
Only if the goal is to get an M rating, kids! Take it from me, your narrator!
Next Time on Hyperdimension Neptunia: Red Dead Redemption! Im back with food!