The Let's Play Archive

Tokimeki Memorial Series

by vibratingsheep

Part 55: Akane route, chapter 4: You're so money, and you don't even know it

Akane route, chapter 4: You're so money, and you don't even know it

1/10: Akane event

Technically, this was supposed to be a skating rink event, but now that we're friendly with akane, there's a 10% chance for this event to happen on any date on a sunny day.

Goon: She's really late. Am I in the right place?

Akane: Sorry! Sorry I'm late.
Goon: Hey, Ichimonji-san. What's with that outfit?
Akane: Sorry, the restaurant's been so busy today, I'm not off yet.
Akane: On top of that, we're low on supplies.
Akane: I told them I would go on a shopping run, and hurried over here to let you know.
Goon: That sounds pretty crazy. I'll help you out with the shopping.
Akane: What? No, I can't ask you to do that, I'd feel bad.
Goon: Don't worry about it.
Akane: I'm really sorry...

Akane: Ugh, this is almost too much to carry.
Goon: Leave it to me!

Akane: Thanks!
Goon: It's nothing.
Goon: (Come to think of it, didn't something like this happen a long time ago?)

Akane: Sorry again, we were supposed to hang out today and it turned out like this.
Goon: It's fine, it's fine.
Goon: I got to spend time with you, so it's all good.

Akane: Th, thanks.
Goon: Hey, I had fun. I gotta go - good luck at work.
Akane: Thanks. See you later.

This event is only possible if you helped Akane carry her groceries home as a kid. See? Goon isn't a complete ass this run.

2/13: status report

According to Takumi, Homura, Kaedeko, and Kotoko are all hovering right near each other in terms of affection. Time to make sure Homura hates us enough to be stuck with us for a year.

2/14: Valentine's day

Hikari, Jun, and Takumi are the same as last time.

Hikari: Gunma-kun!
Goon: Hey, Hikari.
Hikari: Here's your giri chocolate.
Hikari: Bet you're glad to get it!
Goon: I'm surprised you can be so blunt about it.
Hikari: It's waaaay better than moping around all day, isn't it?
Goon: (I mean, she's right, but...)

Girl: Takumi-kuuun, I'll give you some chocolate if you come over here~!
Takumi: Yes ma'am!
Girl: Oh, Takumi-kun, you're sooooo cute!
Takumi: Tee-hee!
Goon: (Don't be fooled!)

Jun: AUGH!
Jun: Oh, it's just you.
Goon: You're acting really weird, dude.
Jun: L, listen, you've gotta believe me! I, I...
Goon: You what?

Jun: I got... f, from a girl... ch, ch, ch--
Goon: Ch?
Jun: I got chocolate! What do I do?
Goon: ?
Goon: (He's so innocent...)

Akane: Goon-kun.
Goon: Hey, Ichimonji-san.
Akane: Do you want to eat some giri chocolate?
Goon: What, really? Thanks, I don't care if it's giri.
Akane: They may be leftovers, but I made them myself and I'm confident that they taste great.
Goon: Yeah, if you made them, I'm confident too. Thanks.
Goon: (It's kind of refreshing to hear her come out and say it's giri so clearly.)

Goon: I got two chocolates this year.
Goon: I should just be glad I got any at all. Right?

I misclicked midway at the end of February and accidentally met Miho, which led to a reload. However, it was worth it for this screenshot:

Akane's face on bad days is priceless.


3/6-3/10: Finals

3/11: Date with Kotoko

Alright, Kotoko, we're taking you to the boutique, because someone has to talk to you about how you dress.

Goon: Want to go to the boutique?
Kotoko: Sure. I'm not really that interested in it, but it could be a good way to kill time.

Kotoko: That one-piece hanging over there is pretty short.
Kotoko: I wonder if the people who wear that feel embarrassed or not?
Option 1: I think it'd look good on you, Minazuki-san.
Option 2: If the girl wanted to show herself off, it'd be okay.
Option 3: You'd have to ask the person.

Goon: I think it'd look good on you, Minazuki-san.
Kotoko: Were you even listening? I just said that it'd be embarrassing.
Kotoko: Oh, you were complimenting me.
Goon: (Looks like I made a pretty good impression.)

Just one more push and Homura should be assured of last place.

3/13: Test results

Goon: Eh, not bad.

81st: Hinomoto Hikari
99th: Fudou Gunma
103rd: Hokari Jun'ichirou
133rd: Sakaki Takumi
141st: Minazuki Kotoko
210th: Sakura Kaedeko
266th: Ichimonji Akane
304th: Akai Homura

Strangely, Homura isn't dead last in the class. You have to wonder who's worse at school than she is.

3/14: White Day

Skipping the dialogue with Jun and Takumi here and going straight to Akane.

Goon: Hey, Ichimonji-san!
Akane: Hey, what's up?
Goon: Here, it's my White Day gift to you. As thanks for the chocolate.
Goon: It was delicious.
Akane: Oh, thanks, you didn't have to.
Akane: Good to know it was delicious, I'm trying to perfect my candy recipes.
Goon: Yeah, I can tell.
Goon: (She seems pretty happy.)

3/19: Kendo match

Hibikino wins!

Screenshot has nothing to do with kendo, but that's what Akane looks like on good days.

3/26: Karaoke with Akane

Spring fashion with Akane looks oddly like Kotoko's granny outfit from last time. It doesn't look bad at all on Akane.

Akane: Karaoke is pretty tough...
Option 1: No way, you're doing great.
Option 2: Yeah, you should practice a little more.
Option 3: Don't think about it so hard, let's just relax and have fun.

Goon: Don't think about it so hard, let's just relax and have fun.
Akane: Yeah, you're right.
Akane: Alright, what should I sing next? Hey, wanna do a duet next?
Goon: (Looks like I made a great impression!)

4/5: Start of the second school year

Mei's entrance is still awesome.

And Jun and Goon are still resigned to a fate that involves Takumi.

What's different here is:

Goon: Hey, Akai-san.
Goon: Looks like we're in the same class.
Homura: Being in the same class as you really sucks.
Goon: (H, how mean.)
Homura: Sigh, when I think about how I'll have to see your face every day for a year, I get really depressed.
Goon: (D, did she really have to go that far?)

The plan worked. We no longer need to antagonize Homura! Which is good, because the day also came with a bomb warning (spoiler: this is exactly what happens when you ignore Hikari for a year)

4/8: Minor Akane event

Akane: Hey, sorry about this, but could I borrow your math book?
Goon: Yeah, that's fine, but what happened? Did you forget yours?
Akane: Truth is, I've been using my brother's old textbooks this whole time.
Akane: But it looks like his old math book isn't the one we're using.
Goon: So why ask me for mine now?
Akane: Why? Because I didn't notice until now.
Akane: I don't really care about class.

4/9: Cherry blossoms at the park with Akane

Akane: Hey, when you look at the cherry blossoms, what do you think of?
Option 1: The start of school.
Option 2: Sakuramochi.
Option 3: Hanami.

Goon: Hanami.
Akane: Hanami...
Akane: When my parents were around, we used to do it as a family.
Akane: That was so much fun.
Goon: (Looks like I made a great impression!)

4/25: Make things up to Homura after school

Goon: Akai-san!
Homura: Oh, it's you.
Homura: You called, so you probably need something, right?
Goon: Want to walk home together?
Homura: Well, that was disappointing.
Homura: If you're gonna treat me to something, sure.
Goon: Sure, we'll stop somewhere on the way.

You think Homura looks bored now? Just wait.

5/3: Bomb-clearing date with Hikari

Hikari: Hey, when you're on this avenue, don't you think that you should walk everywhere?
Option 1: Why're you so pumped up about this?
Option 2: I get tired just thinking about it.
Option 3: Because it's just the two of us?

Goon: Because it's just the two of us?
Hikari: Huh? The two of us? I didn't mean it that way.
Hikari: But... that's definitely nice.
Goon: (Looks like I made a great impression!)

5/8: Jun looks for a wingman

Pretty much the only line that changes in this conversation is where Jun says Homura's name instead of Kotoko's. Feel free to skip to the next part if you want.

Jun: H, hello?
Goon: Hmm? Jun? Is there something wrong?
Jun: Uh, um, well... to tell you the truth...
Goon: Yes?

Jun: I'm in love with Akai-san.
Goon: Really? That's awesome, man!
Jun: You may say it's awesome, but I seriously have no idea what to do next.
Goon: You know what you are? You're like a big bear with claws and with fangs...
Jun: ...Big fuckin' teeth, man.
Goon: And she's just like this little bunny, who's just kinda cowering in the corner.
Jun: Shivering.
Goon: Yeah, man, just kinda... you know, you got these claws and you're staring at these claws and you're thinking to yourself, and with these claws you're thinking,
Goon: "How am I supposed to kill this bunny, how am I supposed to kill this bunny?"
Jun: And you're poking at it, you're poking at it...
Goon: Yeah, you're not hurting it.
Goon: You're just kinda gently batting the bunny around, you know what I mean?
Goon: And the bunny's scared, Jun, the bunny's scared of you, shivering.
Jun: And I got these fucking claws, and these fangs...
Goon: And you got these fucking claws and these fangs, man!
Goon: And you're looking at your claws and you're looking at your fangs.
Goon: And you're thinking to yourself, you don't know what to do, man.
Goon: "I don't know how to kill the bunny."
Goon: With this you don't know how to kill the bunny, do you know what I mean?
Jun: So you're not just, like, fucking with me?
Goon: No, I'm not fucking with you.
Goon: Honestly, man.

Just testing to see if you actually skipped this part. Seriously, the real dialogue is the same as it was in Chapter 10 of the Maho run, with Akai-san pasted instead of Minazuki-san.

Goon: (Hmm, the best way to do this is probably to get Hikari's help.)
(ring, ring)
Hikari: Hello, this is Hinomoto.
Goon: Hey, Hikari? It's me.
Hikari: Hmm? What's got you calling me out of nowhere?
Goon: Do I have a story for you.
Hikari: Ooh, what is it what is it? Is it funny?
Goon: You know Jun? That guy told me he loves Akai-san.
Hikari: No way, really?!
Goon: Really! So I was thinking of inviting the two of them out to the amusement park, and help them along.
Hikari: Hehe, you really do take care of your friends. So, what do you want me to do?
Goon: I want you to ask Akai-san to go to the amusement park.
Goon: Then, come with me and we'll make sure they're comfortable because it's probably better to have four of us than three.
Hikari: Got it! So when do you want to do it?
Goon: What about Sunday?
Hikari: OK! Leave it to me!
Hikari: I'm so looking forward to this!
Goon: (That's kind of weird. Why would she look forward to it this much?)
Goon: (Whatever, time to call Jun back)
Jun: Hello?
Goon: Hey, it's me.
Goon: Just letting you know, the double date is on for this Sunday.
Jun: I see. Sorry for making you go through all this trouble, man.
Goon: Just don't be late.
Jun: I won't.
Goon: (Sweet, time to support Jun!)

5/14: I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie

The first part of the dialogue remains the same, until Homura shows up.

Goon: Sorry, am I late?
Jun: No, you're right on the dot.
Goon: Good. So, do you think you're ready?
Jun: My heart's kinda racing.
Goon: (He's so innocent...)

Hikari: Good morning! Let's make this fun!
Goon: Yeah.
Homura: Yo! Let's have a ton of fun today!
Goon: Yeah, we're going to have lots of fun! Let's go.
Goon: (Will Jun be okay?)

Homura looks... so excited.

Goon: Let's get on the Ferris wheel!
Hikari: Good idea!

Goon: Okay, Jun, I'll ride with Hikari.
Jun: G, got it.
Goon: Remember, with your shield or on it!
Jun: ...
Jun: (Cut it out, man!)

Hikari: What a great view!
Hikari: Even though we just went around once, it felt like we were in a totally different world.
Goon: Yeah, especially since it was just the two of us.

Hikari: Hahaha... yeah. Just... the two of us.
Goon: (??)

In the interests of getting a different conversation, here's what happens if you go to the merry-go-round instead of the roller coaster next

Goon: Okay, Jun, I'll ride with Hikari.
Jun: G, got it.
Goon: Remember, with your shield or on it!
Jun: ...
Jun: (Cut it out, man!)

Hikari: That was fun, but kinda embarrassing.
Hikari: That's not something you can ride alone.
Goon: I wonder, did those two feel embarrassed too?
Hikari: Hmm, I think so.
Goon: Was this a bad idea?
Hikari: I don't think it was a bad idea.
Hikari: As long as they spend quality time together, they'll get closer to each other.
Goon: I see...
Hikari: Alright, let's go meet up with them!

Hikari: Today was awesome! Let's come here again.
Homura: I totally agree.
Homura: It's pretty cool to hang out with everybody.
Goon: Alright, we should head home.

Jun: Thanks so much for today.
Jun: I owe you my life!
Goon: Hey, you're making way too much of this.
Goon: All I did was give you a chance. The rest is up to you.
Jun: Yeah.
Goon: (Good luck, Jun!)

6/3: Sports festival, year 2

Because of recent events, the game still defaults to Hikari for this kind of event instead of Akane, which is unfortunate but understandable given all the side stuff we did instead of just mashing dates with Akane. Akane will show up for year 3.

Incidentally, because Goon has a high Sports stat, I chose the three-legged race just to see if we're strong enough to drag Takumi's bleeding carcass behind us.

Sadly, we're not.

But Goon's Sports stat is high enough to faceplant at the beginning of the race and win anyway, which is nice.

Next time: The school trip and the path of battle