The Let's Play Archive

Tokimeki Memorial Series

by vibratingsheep

Part 85: Tokimemo 3, Chapter 14: The Pain

Tokimemo 3, Chapter 14: The Pain

5/3: T-Rex skull, you're my best friend.

As mentioned earlier, one of the "best" things you can get from the excavation hobby is an honest-to-God dinosaur skull. It's... well, it's probably a better friend than any of the guys in this game. It's about as useful as they are, and better to look at.

5/12: Yukiko butts in

Yukiko: Oh! Just the person I was looking for.
Yukiko: Want some candy?
Yukiko: I wanted to share some with everyone, and I bought too much at the candy store.
Goon: You went to that candy shop again?

Yukiko: Hahaha... it's because the old lady there is so nice.
Yukiko: Talking to her is really fun, and she gives me a lot of advice.
Option 1: She sounds like a nice old lady.
Option 2: Advice about what?

Goon: Advice about what?
Yukiko: It's, uh, nothing special.
Yukiko: Like school, and the baseball team, and - oh, I think I've talked to her about my friends before.
Goon: Huh.
Yukiko: I--I'll introduce you to her next time.
Yukiko: Class is about to start. I'll talk to you later.
Goon: (Makihara-san really seems to like that lady from the candy shop.)

And now you see a little bit of what I'm talking about when I say that Yukiko's story is also known as the Old Lady story.

5/15: Sports festival, year 3

Goon: Alright, time to go out there and work hard!
Serika: I don't usually go to these kinds of things, but since you're here, I came to cheer you on.
Serika: Good luck.
Goon: Thanks!

Another year, another three-legged race to win. There are asses to be kicked, Serika.

Serika: Haha, looks like we're teaming up for this.
Serika: Honestly, I wasn't very excited at first, but now I'm a little fired up.
Serika: Let's win this thing.
Goon: Yeah, let's kick some ass!

Mini-Serika is still really badly animated. But at least we won.

Serika: We did it, (awkward $playername pause), we took first!
Serika: I knew you had it in you.
Serika: You were amazing out there.
Goon: Thanks.
Goon: And that is how the last sports festival of high school came to an end.

Yes. Goon says that out loud. It's kind of silly, when you think about it.

5/27: Yukiko butts in again

Yukiko: Oh, (awkward $playername pause), are you heading home?
Goon: Yeah. You heading home too, Makihara-san?
Yukiko: Uh-huh. I'm going to hang out at the candy shop.
Yukiko: I love the old lady there, she's so nice to me.

Are. You. SERIOUS. We get another Yukiko event. Two weeks after impressing Serika, who has had no event yet.

Yukiko: Hey, want to go there on the way home?
Goon: Who, me?
Yukiko: Yeah. I think you two would really get along.
Option 1: Sure, let's go.
Option 2: Sorry, not today...

Whatever. Let's see where this goes.

Goon: Sure, let's go.
Yukiko: Yay, let's get going.

Yukiko: Hehe, this is the candy shop I like.
Yukiko: Let's head inside.
Goon: Okay.

Yukiko: Obaa-chan, good afternoon! I brought a friend with me!
Goon: (So this is what it's like inside.)
Option 1: It's... austere. Very, very... austere.
Option 2: It's pretty clearly in decline, isn't it.
Option 3: What a dump.

Well. That's quite the selection of insults. The politest one is option 1.

Goon: It's... elegant. Very, very... elegant.
Old lady: Deep down you're just calling it old, aren't you?!
Goon: What? She heard me?
Old lady: You're way too young to talk about elegance, boy.
Old lady: Sheesh.
Old lady: From all that Yukiko-chan says about you, I figured there would be something good about you, but...
Old lady: You're nothing but a guy who doesn't know how to use his mouth.
Goon: (Th, that's not true!)

Of all the things to think and not say...

Also of note, this is our first instance of a 3D foreground character interacting with 2D background character. Truly, this is the mark of a game that had all the time that it needed.

Yukiko: G, good afternoon, obaa-chan! How are you feeling today?
Old lady: Oh, good afternoon. You're always so kind to me, Yukiko-chan.
Old lady: Thanks to your visits, I've been feeling great lately.
Yukiko: Hahahaha!
Old lady: Well, kid, for Yukiko-chan's sake I'll let your comments slide.
Old lady: Here, come on in and have some tea.

Yukiko: Today was pretty fun.
Goon: Is she always like that?
Yukiko: No. She's always nice to me. She was definitely trying to hide her true feelings.
Yukiko: She said all that, but she really seemed like she was having fun.
Yukiko: I'm pretty sure she likes you.

6/8: Yukiko. Again.

Yukiko: Hey, wait up!
Goon: Hey, Makihara-san. What's going on?
Yukiko: I was about to head to the candy shop. Do you want to come with me?
Yukiko: You haven't been by lately, and the old lady is feeling lonely.
Goon: Lonely? Really?

Yukiko: Yeah. She won't say it out loud, but I sense it.
Yukiko: So, what do you think?
Option 1: Yeah, I'll go with you.
Option 2: Sorry, I can't today.

You know what? Screw this game. Stop shoving the old lady down my throat!

I probably could have phrased that better.

Goon: Sorry, I can't today.
Yukiko: Oh, really? That's sad.
Yukiko: Alright, we'll do it another time.

6/16: Old lady throat-shoving.

Goon: Hey, Makihara-san? What happened?
Yukiko: Yeah...
Yukiko: ...
Goon: Makihara-san?
Yukiko: So... the old lady, she...
Yukiko: She collapsed.
Goon: No way! The old lady from the candy shop?

Yukiko: Yeah. She's been pretty sick for a while.
Yukiko: She seemed to be doing better lately, though.
Goon: (She seemed so healthy when I saw her.)

Yukiko isn't even close to being first in affection - she's third behind Serika and Emi. I have no idea why the game keeps shoving this crap down my throat. I'm not even doing any Yukiko-affiliated activities! (AKA baseball)

6/22: What now, Shiratori?

Masaki: It seems like you haven't noticed. Then I must enlighten you.
Goon: Huh? What are you talking about?
Masaki: Emi-san's beauty has been especially brilliant lately.

Is it just me, or does it look like Shiratori wet his pants? I can't be the only one who thinks this.

Masaki: Hmph. That is what makes her worthy of me.
Goon: Uh. Okay...

6/29: An actual Serika event!

Goon: Serika!
Serika: Hey, did you wanna ask me something?
Goon: Want to walk home together?

This comes with a sharp sound effect that's hard to describe.
Serika: !!
Goon: Serika?

Serika: ...Sorry.
Goon: What?
Serika: I forgot, I have work to do today.
Goon: Work?

Serika: Uh, no. It's just a little thing I need to take care of.
Serika: I'll have to pass today. I feel bad about it, though.
Option 1: Well, that sucks.
Option 2: If you're busy, don't worry about it.

There is no difference between these two choices, of course. More signs of a well-designed game!

Goon: Well, that sucks.
Serika: Sorry. We'll walk home together next time.
Goon: Okay.
Serika: I'll see you later.
Goon: Damn, I guess I'll walk home alone.
Goon: But what did she mean by a little thing she had to take care of?

Cue the Midnight Channel jokes. It's even a rainy day!

6/30: This event is completely unrelated I swear

Goon: Hmm? Everyone in class is buzzing. I wonder what happened?
Takuo: Hey, did you hear what happened? The whole school is talking about it!
Goon: What do you mean? What happened?
Takuo: What, you don't know? I guess I'll have to tell you!
Takuo: Someone broke into the storage area for gym equipment!
Goon: Seriously?
Takuo: Yeah, the whole place is a huge mess! They say it's like a hurricane came through.
Takuo: But it's really weird.
Takuo: They broke in and made a mess, but they apparently didn't steal anything.
Goon: Huh. But why the gym storage?
Takuo: How should I know? Anyway, that's what happened.

Takuo: Now, who should I tell next?
Takuo: Maybe I'll tell Yukko-chan. Ah, what a busy day.

Goon: Huh. So that's what happened.
Serika: Hey.
Goon: Oh, hey Serika.
Serika: Sorry about yesterday. There was business I had to take care of, no matter what.
Goon: Don't worry about it.

Serika: By the way, everyone's really riled up for some reason. What happened?
Goon: Hmm? You didn't hear, Serika?
Goon: They say someone broke into the gym storage.

Serika: H, huh. I didn't know that.
Serika: Well, not like I care.
Goon: They say that nothing was taken, so it doesn't look like it was a burglary.
Goon: It's pretty weird, huh?
Serika: You think so? I think someone was just playing a stupid prank.
Serika: Well, I have to go. I'm pretty busy... with stuff.
Goon: Uh, okay. Later.

Next time: Summer vacation! Swimsuits! Aikido! And the Reverse Cloak!