Part 8: Red Dead RedemptionLast time on Hyperdimension Neptunia, we hung out with some new friends! Now on Hyperdimension Neptunia
Our heroines next found themselves in the mystical, magical land of Lowee.
So anyway this place has the greatest crepes, dontcha think? Im going to make Iffy buy me some next time.
Wait, she went without me? Thats no fun!
Ive always wanted to try it so she can finally shut up and stop pestering me about it.
But crepes made in Lowee, the magical fantasy kingdom That does sound magically delicious!
Well then. Could I please get two custard crepes? One with the apple topping.
In that case, make mind with pork cutlet and natto toppings, please!
R-Red?! Where are you? You sound far away
Here I am! Atop this ropeway!
I I cant see that far. The voice is coming from that way, but
Waaah! I cant get down, Iffy!
The voice has faded.
Youre not even in these scenes, stop yelling. Anyway, the mysterious weirdo Red had returned once more!
Whoa! H-Howd you get here so fast?
Oh, dont sweat the small stuff! Wheres my squid and radish crepe?
Thats completely different from your initial order.
Yours looks good, in that sweet, girly, wifey sense. Is mine ready yet? Im kind of anxious
Um, you want to share my custard-only one? I havent taken a bite out of it or anything.
Thanks, Wifey Number 1! Then why not order another one? My treat!
I cant make my dearly beloved pay for me. Hows that? More points for giving a good impression?
I gave you one, so were just even now.
But sure, Ill give it to you. Plus ten points, as you might say.
Oh, then lets do +40!
Whats the deal with Iffy hanging out with this creepy girl instead of buying me food anyway?
The first wifey to give me one-hundred points total gets a bonus item and hotel event!
Bonus item? H-Hotel event?
Whats a hotel event anyway? Is it like a party? Like cakes and candles?
Pretty sure candles would also be worth an M rating.
Whoa! Such a sudden appearance and random topic. What kind of quiz?
Its a How Well Do You Know Red? quiz!
You will answer personal, perhaps even private, questions about me!
Um, okay. Is there going to be a question I actually know the answer to?
I dunno! Well find out.
I dont see this working out, but fine.
Okay! If you get it wrong, you have to do whatever, and I mean WHATEVER, I tell you to do.
Wait, what ?!
Question the first! What is Red trying to collect right now?
Um Its hamburgers, right?
F-Five seconds?! I dont see the right answer anyway!
Five four three Ooh! Another choice appears!
1) Gummies 2) Fishies 3) Moneys 4) Sleepies Which is it, Iffy?
Whats the point of the fourth one?!
Bzzzt! Sorry, times up. The correct response was wifeys.
Grr, this is totally unfair. You didnt even offer the right answer in your choices.
Correct! In this case, Iffy wins! The answer is none of the above!
Do you do you pay attention to these things? Like at all?
Okay, then Im right. Good I was worried for a minute.
It was fun, right? By the way, this should also add points to my charisma level.
Sure, it was interesting. So, the points added will be
Good! Charisma +40!
So youve given yourself eighty points total already, huh?
Well the scene was getting boring because I wasnt in it so I started thinking about food.
Then youll like this one, its about food.
The top-rated baker in all of Lowee! Their blanc-manger with white peach is their specialty.
They only make a set number each day Ive been waiting to get my hands on this for such a long time
I only could get one, but thats infinitely more than zero.
Whatre you talking about?!
Red?! What are you doing underneath the bench ? Have you been waiting there all along? Were you sleeping there?
Well, actually, these ants are B-But anyway! Whats that? Wiggly-squiggly gelatin?
A dessert called blanc-manger. I heard people talk about it, so I thought Id try it out too.
Do you want to try a bite?
Can I?! Sweet! Well then Agump!
Oh dear! It seems Red ate IFs dessert! This is sure to cause a thing to happen or something!
Huh?! Theres no more left for Iffy! No chance for indirect kisses!
I feel like Ive upset my wifey This calls for an idea!
Hey, I remember this actually. I wondered where Iffy got all those.
Its addressed to me Who in the world would send me this? Its packed full of something
An envelope. Lets see Sorry for the other day.
Uhh Disappointing my beloved wifey definitely deserves minus points.
Minus points? As an apology, I got you a bunch of that blanc-something. Red
Aww, I didnt know she was beating herself up over that. Oops. She didnt have to do this
Whats all this crap ? Manju ? Lowees specialty, Lady Blancs Manju.
Pffft Hahaha! I dont blame her for getting them mixed up.
This is so like her
With that, they headed for Lastation.
It just so happened there that IF ran into her friend 5pb!
Hey, why does she always go run off without us to hang out with her other friends?
IF! You came all this way to see me?
Something like that. Want to tag along with me to a festival? Itll be fun.
Huh?! Ummm Do you... really want me to go?
Sure! Dont worry, Ill be there the whole time. Lets just go for a little bit.
Okay, but you better stay with me the whole time. Ill grip your sleeve real tight.
W-Well, yeah. While were there
We should try to work on your anxiety issue somehow.
You have an idea? How do we do it? Will it hurt? It wont be easy, yknow.
Close your eyes and hold onto my hands.
L-Like this? Where are we going? I cant see
Just keep your eyes closed until I say you can open them. Im letting go now.
Just keep your eyes closed until I say you can open them. Im letting go now.
Will this really keep me from getting anxious?
Oh my god, am I not cool enough for her?
I Im in the middle of a crowd! IF! IF?!
O-Oh, Im Im sorry
Man: Yo, watch it!
Im so sorry, scuse me Uggggh
Am I like that lame aunt who knits?
Th-That was horrifying
What could be more effective, though? I know it was kind of rough, but
More than kind of! I cant believe you left me all alone in that.
Im sure youre prone to get anxious over most anything, right?
Your guard was down since its your day off and you thought I was here with you.
I dunno if youre mentoring is going in the right direction
Cmon, youll get used to it. You cant become confident in a single day.
I ordered room service.
Im ready to listen to you complain, but lets relax and fill our stomachs first.
Whatre you doing under the bed? Are you looking for monsters? Theyre in the closet, you know.
Oh Um, sorry. Hiding is a reflex.
Weve got a long way to go
If it will get us back on track youre totally not lame.
It turned out to be convenient that IF had run into 5pb, because she was having a problem with her CDs.
Right. They wont even look at me, let alone stop and watch me sing
Its been this way for a few days I dont get why this is happening
Maybe my songs arent reaching peoples hearts anymore ?
Whatre your thoughts?
I doubt thats it. Your songs werent written recently, you know?
Then they arent the issue. Cheer up!
Its odd people are reacting differently all of a sudden, though
Ill come to your next show. Lets meet up there.
Gah! Are you going to drag me somewhere else and abandon me?!
No. Relax. Im going to gauge your fans reactions.
See if they would stop leaving me out of things I could beat people up until they listen! Im very useful!
See? Maybe a person or two will look my way every now and then, but
Am I in a slump?
Nah. Its not your music or your talent. Its like people are actively trying to ignore you.
This has never happened to me before I dunno what to do
Man: Well, lets check this out
What?! Why would anyone pay so much for a single CD?!
Whatd you say?
Man: You got a problem, lazy eyes? Im just speaking on behalf of consumers.
This is a preposterous price for a CD with only a handful of songs!
Thats incorrect. Its the standard MSRP for this type of product.
Plus, 5pbs songs hold value and meaning you cant buy with money. This is a great deal for what you get!
Man: What a typical sales pitch. Its obvious youre just looking to cash in for a quick buck.
Then listen to her live! Dont judge her skills before you even hear her!
IF, its okay
And I could make them buy the CDs, because Im really strong.
Man: You cant say the sounds on this disc are worth as much as her live show.
Y-Youre grasping at straws! You better shut up, or else
No, IF! This This isnt his fault.
Its my fault the CDs arent selling.
If people dont think my CDs are worth their price, thats how I see it.
Man: Hmph. At least she understands more about lift than you do.
What was that?!
Please, enough !
Ugh, fine. Youre off the hook this time. Just get outta my sight!
Man: Dont bother asking. You need to learn your place.
Im sure thats illegal. After all that, 5pb was pretty down.
No, I forgot he was your customer. I mightve made the situation worse.
Its getting late. I better go. Good night!
Thanks, IF You have my heart.
Still why werent her thingies selling?
Wait are you asking a question that makes sense? Nope, not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Thats a very good question, Neptune, and one IF wanted the answer to as well!
Im sure the cheaper, the better I wonder how I can reduce the price ?
Hmm. Its hard to think of a way.
But his voice is the voice of the market.
My songs arent worth their current price.
If they cant sell at a standard price, it means Im not cut out to be a musician.
Mr. Guitar What do you think? Do I play you well enough?
Not like itd answer me.
Guitar: Dont you fret, dear Lyrica.
Th-The guitar talked!
Guitar: Indeed. Dont underestimate this guitar!
I promise Ive been at your side for many years and I swear by your skills as 5pb!
Really? Do you really?
Guitar: Of course. Keep doing what you do, and your songs will soon reach the hearts of all people!
Remember the times we struggled and worked tirelessly together!
Yes! Thank you, Mr. Guitar!
First, though, she had to cheer poor 5pb up.
Wh-What?! IF, when did you ?
About the same time Mr. Guitar gave you a pep talk.
If meant what I said, though. Youre not doing anything wrong.
Dont ever doubt yourself!
Later, her contacts turned up the nefarious truth behind 5pbs flagging sales!
This must be why the 5pb CDs arent selling anymore.
Illegally copied discs
And the black market dealers handling those discs.
It says The only rule to become a member is to never purchase an official disc.
Hmm. If you follow this one rule, you can get any CD at a very cheap price.
Seems 5pbs songs are listed on their product catalog. This must be the reason.
I knew something was wrong.
This is unforgiveable!
Wait thats it? Thats where youre ending? Lame.
Next Time on Hyperdimension Neptunia: Pirates! We make some new friends for real this time!