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Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


EDIT: Waffleimages has long since died, so I'm reuploading pretty much goddamn everything on a new image host. Do not be alarmed if the updates suddenly have no pictures- I'm working on it!
Current Status: Images reuploaded! Fixing video links comes next.



Let's Play "Sakura Wars: Atsuki Chishio ni" (translated as "In Hot Blood." There's some sort of literary reference at work here. Now you too can feel marginally more educated)! This is going to be mainly a Screenshot LP, with some videos thrown in for reference.

What the christ is this?
The Sakura Wars series of games isn't at all well-known in the US; however, it's been pretty drat popular in Japan since about 1996, back when the first Sakura Wars came out on the Sega Saturn. With character designs by Kosuke Fujishima (who is freakin' EVERYWHERE- the "Tales" series, "Oh! My Goddess", and so on), the series has spawned spin-off games, anime OVAs, manga, live stage shows, and even a full-blown themed cafe (I kid you not). Remade for the PS2 in 2003, "Sakura Wars: In Hot Blood" is the (much-needed) overhaul of that very first game.

Sakura Wars can be best described as an alternate universe set in the 1920's, where mankind has focused most of their technological advances on the most awesome source of energy ever: steam power. The level of technology is also insanely high, as countries have things like steam-powered cars, calculators, computers- and, of course, mecha (though given their small size, power suits might be a more accurate term).

Problem is, demons also exist. They also have steam-powered mecha. In Japan (always Japan), that's where the Imperial Assault Force comes in- a top-secret, anti-demon force whose members 1) draw upon spirit energy to pilot mecha (long story), and 2) are all women. Well, all except for the main character. As captain of the Imperial Assault Force, it's his job to stick it in lead them to victory.

Regardless, Sakura Wars plays like a cross between a turn-based strategy RPG and a dating sim. It's the player's job to, at the very least, build a rapport with the female pilots. This is accomplished in the dating sim part, which is the main driving force for the plot. The mecha strategy part is where you show the fruits of your labors; happy pilots are pilots who can kick inordinate amounts of rear end.

Why an LP of some random Japanese game?
Aside from the fact that I honestly like this series and think that it needs more exposure? Well, the first game, written with 1996 anime sensibilities in mind, has its ridiculously (and sometime hilariously) campy moments. Also, where the girls are concerned, there is apparently no goddamn middle ground between "I respect the captain and am satisfied with how he's doing" and "I WILL HAVE HIS BABIES".

Are we just sitting on our asses the whole LP?
Sort of. While I'll be deferring to the audience for one or two chapter fork-in-the-roads, virtually every multiple-choice question that is worth something is timed, and you can only save the game at certain points. However, I'll probably be somewhat flexible as to how much of an rear end in a top hat you want the main character to be, and to whom.

Furthermore, there ARE six girls, and ONE of them will be Ogami's top pilot and/or romantic interest. This is hands down the most important decision in the game, and it's one that's not going to crop up for a while. Until then, it's generally a good idea to have the main character favor one or two characters- and I'm totally open for suggestions where that's concerned. And hey, speaking of which--

ONCE AGAIN, THE THREAD'S BIG VOTE IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, up until November 12th, midnight EST. Aaaaand it's closed. Thanks for voting!

While I'm translating a lot of this text by myself and twiddling with screenshots, I'm using the GameFAQ translation guides as my references. Bear with me here.

Any other questions? Toss them my way, but for now, WE'RE STARTING.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1: Arrival at the Imperial Capital / Japan is Freaking Doomed
1-1 - One Big Dysfunctional Family
1-2 - gently caress YES, YOU ARE THE BEST BOSS FIGHT EVER
1-3 - "Nightly Rounds?" Are Those Even In His Contract?
1-4 - Horror, Thine Name is Jean-Paul
1-5 - Give an Untrained Man a Robot, and He Will Drive It Off A Cliff
1-6 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- April. UENO PARK
1-7 - BOSS FIGHT! Satan's Kamui / Epilogue: Ha! Ha! Ha!

CHAPTER 2: The Enemy's Name is the Hive of Darkness / SAAAAAKUUUUURAAAAAA!
2-1 - "Explosions Are My Way Of Laughin'!"
2-2 - In Which Ogami is Everyone's Bitch
2-3 - Every Nook and Cranny
2-4 - Twice the Nightly Roun- Goddamn it, Ogami.
2-5 - Swimming Lessons?
2-6 - ... Bad End
2-7 - But Everything Can Be Solved By Violence
2-8 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- May. SHIBA PARK
2-9 - BOSS FIGHT! Kage
2-10 - BOSS FIGHT...? / Epilogue: Mystery Solved?

CHAPTER 3: I'm Not Fit to be Captain!? / "... And You're A Dick For Asking."
3-1 - "It's Like Hearing That The Sun Won't Rise Today!"
3-2 - Technology Will Kill Us All
3-3 - But Sheer Muscle Will Save Us
3-4 - On Second Thought, It'll Probably Just Kill Us Too
3-5 - Let's Cooking!
3-6 - Let's Dreams!
3-7 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- June. TSUKIJI
3-8 - Battle, First Half
3-9 - Battle, Second Half...?
3-10 - An Out of Body Experience
3-11 - Neither Rain nor Snow nor Excessive Amounts of Injuries...
3-12 - ... will keep Ogami from his goddamn nightly rounds.
3-13 - Milk Does a Body Kanna; Sumire's Bizarro Innuendo
3-14 - What's the difference between a piano and a wrench? Only one of them's shoved up Ogami's aaAAAIIEE--
3-15 - excuse me maria, wtr r u doin
3-16 - Birds of a Feather (We're All Jerks Here)
3-17 - Because Certain Laws Must Be Obeyed
3-18 - Your Princess Is In This Castle. It Will Soon Be Reduced To A Pile of Steaming Rubble.
3-19 - BOSS FIGHT! Setsuna's Soukaku / Fighting Demons... WITH LOVE.
3-20 - Isn't It Sad, Sacchin Sumire Setsuna?
3-21 - Epilogue: The Laws of Harem Anime Rear Their Ugly Heads

CHAPTER 4: Rampage! Rampage! Great Big Rampage!! / IRIS IRIS IRIS IRIS IRIS IRIS IRIS IRIS
4-1 - The Day That Time Stood Still / Decision Time (Is Over)!
4-2 - Ha Ha Ha, Oh Wow / Ogami: Man of Many Talents
4-3 - CPR Doesn't Work That Way / French Chefs Are loving Scary
4-4 - Gratuitous Violence, Gratuitous Service, Gratuitous Koi Koi, Gratuitous Kohran
4-5 - Enjoy Your Happy Fun Time While It Lasts: Part 1
4-6 - Enjoy Your Happy Fun Time While It Lasts: Part 2
4-7 - Enjoy Your Happy Fun T--
4-8 - It Came From Three Dimensions To The Left
BONUS - A Few What-Ifs?
4-9 - Damage Assessment (The Damage Counter Is Still Rolling)
4-10 - Nightly Rounds Part 1 - Twice the Ayame for the price of One Kohran
BONUS 2 - What If Ogami Decided To Be A Horrible Human Being?
4-11 - Nightly Rounds Part 2 - There Is No Escaping Sumire Kanzaki's Influence
4-12 - Nightly Rounds Part 3 - Swimming! Stars! ... Failure!
4-13 - Nightly Rounds Part Final - 2/3rd Theater Girls, GUN X SOAP, and the Melancholy of Iris Chateaubriand
4-14 - In Which Ichiro Ogami Fucks Over Japan
4-15 - In Which Ichiro Ogami Discovers That No One Has Their Priorities Straight
4-16 - Bear With Me For A Moment
4-17 - I Am...
4-18 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- July. ASAKUSA
4-19 - BOSS FIGHT! Rasetsu's Ginkaku / IRIS MARIONETTE
4-20 - I'll Throw You So Hard That You'll Kiss The Moon / Epilogue: The Rampage of Sakura Shinguji

CHAPTER 5: Bloom with the Flowers! On the Maiden's Willpower! / "Ruh-roh, Sumire!" "Like, you said it, Kanna!"
5-1 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- August. GRAND IMPERIAL THEATER! Son Goku VS the Demon Woman!
5-2 - The Demon Woman and Son Goku: Cut and Paste Counseling / I'll Show You My Clothes For A Buck
5-3 - T-Minus Fifteen Minutes
5-4 - Mission: The Boonies. Allies: A Rock and a Hard Place
5-5 - Nightly Rounds Part 1 - In the End, There is only Koi Koi
5-6 - Nightly Rounds Part 2 - Feminine Apparel / Feminine Cosmetics / ... Feminine
5-7 - Nightly Rounds Part 3 - Advocating Thievery, Old Man Spiels, and Cockblocking Combos
5-8 - Nightly Rounds Part 4 - A Rose By Any Other Name is gently caress YOU, Fanservice (?), and Mission START!
5-9 - Fukagawa Mansion: Sumire Route. Point-and-Click Makes The World Go Round.
5-10 - Kiss Her / Genuflect / JAM IT IN
5-11 - Meanwhile, VIOLENCE! Also, Jazz Hands.
5-12 - Bonding Time, Spirit-Powered Pieces of Paper, and Speak Softly But Carry Kanna
5-13 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- August. FUKAGAWA
5-14 - BOSS FIGHT! Crimson Hornet Squad / Epilogue: Foreplay! Also, Foreshadowing

CHAPTER 6: Unspeaking Companions / In Which Kohran Puts the "Mad" in "Mad Scientist."
6-1 - Stage One: Denial
6-2 - Nightly Rounds Part 1 - Hypocrisy at Work, It's Not Sexual Harrassment When SHE Does It, and Beautifully Orchestrated
6-3 - Nightly Rounds Part 2 - First and Last Excursion, Seeya Later! , PUNCH, and Kind of Awkward.
6-4 - Nightly Rounds Part 3 - Second Letter!, Reading with Kanna, Stock Romantic Stargazing, and Waxing On
6-5 - Stage Two: Attempts at Persuasion
6-6 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- August. UENO PARK (Redux)
6-7 - Stage Three: Depression
6-8 - Stage Four: Anger
6-9 - Daily... Rounds? Token Appearances: Everyone Else
6-10 - Stage Five: InsaniTHEY CALLED ME MAD BUT I'LL SHOW THEM, I'LL SHOW THEM ALL AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA--
6-11 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- August. SHIBA PARK (Redux)
6-12 - BOSS FIGHT! Soukaku AND Ginkaku / Energy Charge, 500%!
6-13 - poo poo ow god not in the loving face aaaaagh
6-14 - Epilogue: And the cycle continues unbroken. Also, MORE FORESHADOWING!

CHAPTER 7: The Imperial Capital's Great Collapse!? / Ha Ha Screw That, We're Partying Like It's 1923.
7-1 - It's Kanna Time!, Why Yoneda Exists, and SUDDENLY, A BULL
7-2 - Geezers Are Awesome, It Came From The Dressing Room, It Came From The Costumes Room, and Ichiro Ogami: Master Psychiatrist
7-3 - The Unfortunate Demise of Mr. Party, Cockblocking x 9999, and Let's Talk To EveryOHGOD
7-4 - Fetch Quest, Cooking Mama, and, uh, More Fetch Quests.
7-5 - Heavy Lifting, Kohran Has Totally Planned For This, and Romancing the Wind Division
7-6 - Party is Go!
7-7 - Kohran Turns Some Tricks, Bellybuttons Are In Danger, and DRAMATIC REVEAL!
7-8 - Escaping From A Cave-In- Step 1: Break Reality.
7-9 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- September. GINZA...?
7-10-1 - BOSS FIGHT! Kujyaku Peacock
7-10-2 - Epilogue: Finally, We Get Around To ohshit

CHAPTER 8: Decisive Battle-- To The Very Ends Of Life! / How NOT To Take Over The World.
8-1 - Plans are MADE to be stupid!
8-2 - But that-- that explanation doesn't-- wait, what did you just-- buh!?
8-3-1 - Please Bear With Me Again
8-3-2 - Strolling Through Old Man Tenkai's Front Lawn
VOTING GOES HERE.
8-4 - Team Name: Leave No Man Alive Behind
8-5 - Taisho Era, 12th Year- September. HIVE OF DARKNESS'S MAIN BASE
8-6 - BOSS FIGHT! Amaterasu
8-7 - BOSS FIGHT! ... Amaterasu
8-8 - BOSS F-- well, okay, no. / Epilogue: BOY, I hope we haven't forgotten anything!

CHAPTER 9: A Date On These Peaceful Days. / HOWEVER...
9-1 - Out With The Glasses, In With The Guns.
9-2 - Ave Maria.
9-3 - Taisho Era, 13th Year- January. MEIJI SHRINE
9-4 - Not a BOSS FIGHT. / Epilogue: HOWEVER...

CHAPTER 10: The Gods Have Descended! / Japan Is Even More Freaking Doomed
10-1 - Cheer Everyone Up OR YOU'RE hosed!
10-2 - Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, S&M, and Shooting Tranquilizers At Little Girls.
10-3 - Domestic Chores, He Who Wears The Pants Around Here, and Freudian Slips.
10-4 - Three For The Price Of One, or One For The Price Of Three?
10-5 - Ultimate Multitasking: Tsubaki's Event, Kasumi's Event
10-6 - Yuri's Event, Ayame's Event / Mid-Season Power-Up?
10-7 - THREE loving WEEKS LATER
10-8 - Kohran's ENTIRE LIFE STORY. Also, Maria.
10-9 - ... and everyone else. / Jinbu: A GOD AM I
10-10 - Taisho Era, 13th Year- January. GINZA, A CERTAIN LOCATION
10-11 - The FrankenFruits of Our Training
10-12 - BOSS FIGHT! Immobile Flame Wheel
10-13 - Epilogue: HOWEVER 2: Return of the Revenge of the Heavy-Handed Foreshadowing

CHAPTER 11: The Appearance of the Ultimate Weapon / Plot Twists. Plot Twists EVERYWHERE.
11-1 - FORESHADOWING. Also, Maria Becomes Sticky.
11-2 - Scaring Away Customers, FORESHADOWING, and Giving Sumire the Shaft.
11-3 - Bathpans and Loathing in Ginza, Japan
11-4 - Recapping, Show Business is Violence Against Children, and Dramatic Romantic Tension... tic.
11-5 - MEANWHILE!!!!!!!!!!!!
11-6 - Taisho Era, 13th Year- March. IN FRONT OF THE GRAND IMPERIAL THEATER
11-7 - BOSS FIGHT! Unyielding Ice's Edge
11-8 - After the Bat- OH GOD NO SEXY BIKINIS ARE THE DEVIL
11-9 - Damage Control: Three Girls One Kanna
11-10 - Damage Control: WITH MY GREAT BIG ROOSTER
11-11 - Damage Control: Superior Craftdwarfship
11-?? - GODDAMMIT, KOHRAN
11-12 - Damage Control: (IN CHINESE!!) and (IN MELODRAMATIC DEMONESE!!)
11-13 - Damage Control: Hand Job
11-14 - Damage Control: Dystopian Anachronisms
11-15 - Taisho Era, 13th year- March. A CERTAIN PLACE IN GINZA
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BONUS STUFF:
A look into Sakura Wars's past-- the Dreamcast version of the same game-- courtesy of TapamN.
First Battle Dreamcast Version
Spirit Armor's PS2 video of the same battle Part 1 - Part 2

Sakura's Minigame
Iris' Minigame
(Shooting) Hatsumode Minigame
Sumire's minigame
Maria's minigame
Kanna's minigame

Minigame: WIN Pictures!

Hokuto plays the sequel to the puzzle game spin-off of Sakura Wars!
- STORY MODE: Sumire Kanzaki
- SHONEN RED MODE: Maria Tachibana


Fanart that Terashell got Jacobus Spades to draw.

The true face of Sakura Wars.


The Kannakoubulon, courtesy of LaserShark and the Spore Creature Creator.

LaserShark, what have you done!?

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Apr 5, 2005



The best boss fight ever to kick off? Sounds good.

I remember reading reviews of Sakura Wars back in the mid-90's along with the obviously pointless wishes that it would come out in the West, so I'll be looking forward to this. LPs that do all the hard translation work for us are great.

Not voting for a love interest yet, but definitely voting we go nowhere near the 9-year old ever again. Seriously.

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


1-1: One Big Dysfunctional Family

First and foremost: the opening movie. drat, that's a catchy theme song. (Permanent video UP.)

Sakura Wars: Opening 1
(Disclaimer: they do not actually go into space). Well, there's the full cast, all six of the female mains. Only four of them will actually be around at the beginning of the game, however.


And when you click on Start a New Game, you get THIS movie:

Arrival at the Imperial Capital
Cherry blossoms! And an infestation that NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE ABOUT.


Now that we've got the obligatory movies out of the way, it's time for-


... the obligatory introduction. This might, hands down, be the most boring part of the game.

[Letter]

As part of a special mission, you are hereby transferred and assigned a new post as captain of the following squad:
"The Imperial Capital Assault Force, Anti-Demon Attack Squad, Flower Division."
Furthermore, for the sake of the Imperial Capital's defense, your primary duty is to be highly classified.
Proceed to Ueno Park in order to rendezvous with the squad.
~ Imperial Army Lieutenant General
Ikki Yoneda


WHERE in Ueno Park? Hell, for that matter, WHEN is he supposed to be meeting up with this nameless contact?


The old man's intervention was necessary, as Ogami was desperately re-reading the letter in hopes of finding more specific information about this rendezvous.

Enjoy your fruitless search.


And here we have the face of our hero, Ichiro Ogami, along with his somewhat frightening head of hair. Little does he know that this mission will forever alter the course of his life, and the lives of, oh, six other young women.

Oh, yeah, there's also the FATE OF ALL OF JAPAN, but that's not nearly as important.

[???]

Hmmm... a good answer.

... it's the stock 'obedient soldier' answer, you twit. I'm pretty sure almost anyone could say that with a straight face.

[???]

As a government official, I am forbidden to discuss the Fighting Troupe's military secrets here. For more details, you should ask the Imperial Fighting Troupe's commander-in-chief, Lieutenant General Yoneda.
Now then, head for Ueno Park. I hope you will meet my expectations, as it was I who recommended you.

And now we know who to lay the blame upon when if Ogami fucks everything up!

[Ogami]

Understood! Ichiro Ogami, now heading for Ueno Park!

[???]

I leave the peace of the capital in your hands. Do your best.

[Ogami]

Yessir!


And then we're at Ueno Park. We still don't know anything about Ogami- is he a badass soldier who evaluates everything around him in terms of threat level, shootability, and potential cover? Is he an idealistic champion of justice, hot-blooded and willing to lay his life down for what he perceives to be right? Is he a tree-hugging peace-loving hippy, fighting to preserve the ultimate balance in mandkind?



[Ogami]

Now, let's see... I wonder where the meeting point is? Guess I'll try walking around a bit more.

None of the above. He's just a poorly-informed idjit.

Meanwhile, we have more scenery, this time panning to the right.



wheeeeee



[Ogami]

And some sword-wielding young girl supposedly cut down the monster with a single strike....

Given the nature of JRPGs, this rumor probably became central to the plot the second he decided to say it out loud to himself for no discernible reason whatsoever.

[Ogami]

.........
They said that the person from the Imperial Assault Force would meet me here, but when is he going to show up?

This is why the Imperial Capital has a demon infestation in its basement and in its skies: because the military can't even get its poo poo together enough to give their personnel instructions more detailed than "eh, just go somewhere around here at some time and your contact'll bump into you eventually."

In any case, it's time to pan back over to the le-

... what.



- but she wasn't within eyesight at all when you were just LOOKING over there-

SHE'S NOT HUMAN


RUN, YOU FOOL!


No! It's too late! Game over, man, game ov-













...

... let's get back to that LP.



[Ogami]

Y-Yes. I'm Ogami, but....
Um. Pardon me, but who are you?


Canonically, she's basically the title character and/or the main female protagonist. This means she gets top billing as Ogami's ONE TRUE CANON PAIRING, etc.

Apparently, she's also a badass swordswoman, and has a jealous streak a mile wide- the latter was probably a super-popular character archetype back in the 90's, while the latter never goes out of fashion- but anyways, back to the script!

[Sakura]

Lieutenant General Yoneda sent me- my duty was to pick up Ensign Ogami.

[Ogami]

(I heard that someone would be coming to meet me, but... I never would have expected it to be a woman....)
Er, uh- are you a part of the Imperial Assault Force?!

[Sakura]

Yes!



[Sakura]

It's a pleasure to meet you.

[Ogami]

Ah- my name is Ichiro Ogami, Imperial Navy Ensign.
But that a young woman like yourself is a member of the troupe... to be honest, I'm shocked.



[Ogami]

Ah, er, no... nothing like that, but....

---
[Ogami]

I thought women only stayed inside the kitchen while making babies.

[Sakura]

... what, really? What about your- your mother? Didn't SHE do anything to teach-

[Ogami]

WAIT, MY MOTHER WAS A WOMAN?!
---

[Ogami]

(... I guess a secret corps would be the ONLY place where it wouldn't be odd to have a female soldier like this.)

Well, yeah, I guess the government's gotta keep those females out of the public eye. Wouldn't want to let it be known that, heaven forbid, they let MERE GIRLS OF THE FEMININE PERSUASION pour metric tons of effort and sweat into the defense of our country, just like anybody else, no siree.



[Ogami]

Eh- a... theater?



And here we have the game's multiple choice system. They give it the fancy name of "Live Interactive Picture System" (LIPS). Like most dating sims, you're given a number of options dictating how the main character answers (three, usually); unlike most dating sims, you're on a time limit. There are a few more variations further on in the game (most notably Double LIPS, Timed LIPS, and Analog LIPS), but we'll get to those later.

Incidentally, that last option could've had so much potential. "Only a trained navy officer could possibly hope to save the destitute Imperial Grand Theater from bankruptcy! A battle decided not by guns or robots, but by DANCE-OFFS!!" I'm convinced that that would make for an awesome RPG.



Running out of time leads to your hidden fourth option. I wasn't meaning to demonstrate it this early, but I hosed up.



[Ogami]

(Is she REALLY a member of the Imperial Assault Force...?)

Clearly, you should interrogate her just to be sure, at gunpoint.



[Ogami]

Ah... y, yes. I'm coming!

Wuss.



What a romantic first CG for Sakura. Enjoy it while it lasts, I think the rest consists of Ogami staring at girls in a constant state of befuddlement.



... yet.

[Ogami]

Eh...?

[Sakura]

I heard that you graduated with honors from the naval academy, so I was a little uneasy.
But it looks like you're a bit easygoing, too... I'm glad you're so easy to talk to.

You seem to have 'utterly baffled' confused with 'easygoing'.

[Ogami]

Hahahahaha....

See?

[Sakura]

Um, Ogami-san... I hope that we can get along from here on out.

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OPTIONAL VIDEO: In case you wanted to hear Sakura's voice in that last scene (however, Ogami usually isn't voiced).

Downside: no subtitles. It's taking me long enough to put captions on each screenshot as it is.
----



Some Time Later...



Yeah, I'm pretty sure there aren't any boats in the middle of Ginza, either. What DO they expect him to do here, anyway?



[Ogami]

I suppose that no one would ever realize that a secret military force would have its headquarters in such a theater...

[Sakura]

This is your first time here, isn't it, Ogami-san? Then let's enter the theater from the front lobby.



[Ogami]

Even so... it seems somewhat quiet, doesn't it?

[Sakura]

We're only scheduled for evening activities today, so...

[Ogami]

(Evening activities? ... would that be drills in the evening?)

[Sakura]

However, we're opening the theater in a little bit, so it's going to fill up with customers quickly.


---


And here's our token loli. I have not yet seen a dating sim or a dating sim-like game that does NOT have an underaged girl as an option. ... I'm not sure I want to know what that says about Japan.



[Sakura]

Iris! It's not nice to make fun of adults.


This is Ensign Ichirou Ogami, who's transferred into the Imperial Assault Force.



She's Iris Chateaubriand, one of the other eligible girls.

... she's also, like, nine years old, because Japan. Keep that in mind during the following conversation.



[Ogami]

I'm... Imperial Navy Ensign, Ichiro Ogami. Er, uhm....
(It'd be better to think through my reply since she's just a child...

Yeah, it'd be best to make a good impression. He's going to be working with these people for god knows HOW long, after all.



Eh, not good so far. If you wait long enough, a third option will pop up-



- like so. See, you can't really go wrong with compliments, can y-

... er, wait, poo poo, what's with Ogami's expression?








THIS, LADIES AND GENTS, IS THE MAN WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE PEACE OF THE CAPITAL.



More to the point, why isn't she at all creeped out by this? He was heaping it on with a SHOVEL. He wants into her pants.

[Ogami]

Hahahahaha....

That's not an answer.



poo poo that's fast and highly illogical. Though I guess they don't call France the land of highly illegal purchased love for nothing, eh what?

[Ogami]

Eh....?!

Again, she's nine years old. Why does he have the lovey-dovey expression? Why doesn't he have the SHOCKED expression?!

[Sakura]

Iris... you're being a nuisance to Ensign Ogami, aren't you? Come on, go to your room.

----
[Sakura]

For your own goddamn safety. NOW.
----



---
[Sakura]

I DON'T WANT TO BE HELD PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY THAT WOULD ENSUE, MISSY, SO JUST GO TO YOUR ROOM!!
---

[Sakura]

That won't do! You're tired from today's stage rehearsal, aren't you?



Suddenly, they all become serious.

[Sakura]

What's wrong?

[Iris]

This oniichan also has spirit energy... is he going to fight using a 'Koubu', too?

[Sakura]

... that's right.



[Ogami]

It's all right. .... you don't need to be afraid. There isn't going to be anything like a war.


---


All that goodwill earlier? Gone. She's on to him now.

[Ogami]

What... what are you talking about?

[Sakura]

Nothing at all! Lieutenant General Yoneda will be waiting for you in the Manager's Office! Come on, we're going elsewhere, Iris!



[Ogami]

.....?
Wh... what WAS with that kid, anyway?

---
[Ogami]

She was so... dreamy...
---

[Ogami]

Sakura-kun's also gone... dang.
It can't be helped. I guess I'll have to go meet Lieutenant General Yoneda myself...

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OPTIONAL VIDEO:
If you wanted to hear Iris's voice in that last scene, here's the link. You can also hear Sakura getting totally sketched out.

Incidentally, that little chime sound you hear every now and then- after a character speaks, that is- means that his/her trust level with Ogami has gone up. This is important later.
----



Let's roll. In three-dee.


---


What? Did someone in a cardboard box just sneak by?



[Ogami]

... who could that be? I think that voice just now came from the direction of the cafeteria...

Oh, it's an even- wait a second, how come Ogami knows where the cafeteria is? How does an Ogami know what a cafeteria is



After more walking, we're given, for the first time, the choice of NOT talking to this angry woman.

Perhaps unwisely, I decide to do so. I'm a goddamn masochist.



... and I'm confronted with this.



Oh, the willful innocence of the 1920's. If you think THAT'S indecent, fast forward about seventy, eighty years.

Sumire

Ah! You over there!

[Ogami]

A, are you referring to me?

Sumire

Is there even anywone else HERE? Stop giving me that dumb look and get over here?

I'm pretty sure that's his standard expression, ma'am. You'll have to pay extra to get any one of his others.

[Ogami]

R, right...

Sumire

Would you kindly pick up that fork that I dropped and replace it with a clean one?



Being a whipped man decent person, he does so.

[Ogami]

Sure. ... here, there you go.



This is indeed Sumire Kanzaki, one of the OTHER eligibles in the game. Being a haughty, angry, spiteful woman whose mind works in arcane and not entirely sane ways, Sumire has been the bane of my existence in most of my playthroughs.

She also has what appears to be a physics-defying kimono. I'm not sure how she can bare her shoulders like that without having her clothes slide down to the floor, and I'm pretty sure her breasts aren't holding it all up. If someone more versed in the art of kimono-wearing has any theories, I'm all ears.


---


---
[Ogami]

Not my problem, ma'am, I just work here. Also, thanks for the potential future blackmail, I'll be seeing you clothesless in my room at... oh, at about nine.
---

[Ogami]

(Huh....)


.... I have transferred into the Imperial Asssault Force from today forth. I am Imperial Navy Ensign, Ichiro Ogami.



Savor your employed status while you still can.


---


... are ALL the women here so- aaah, nevermind.

[Ogami]

Uwaah!! Wh, what are you doing all of a sudden?!

Shocked expression when a hot woman gives him a smooch, but a lusty expression when he's propositioned by a nine-year-old French girl? Goddamn it, Ogami. But I guess this means that he's letting her go scott-free.



I'M SURE.

[Ogami]

U, um... where might Lieutenant General Yoneda's office be at?!



Sumire

Do you understand, Ensign Ogawa?

[Ogami]

.... it's Ogami.

Either she has a really bad memory, or... well, how many OTHER ensigns have she banged there been here, anyway? Or is that something that I really don't want to be asking?



[Ogami]

R, right...



----
OPTIONAL VIDEO:
Now, it's Sumire's turn. Her voice fits more or less perfectly. Enough said.
----



More walking gets us over HERE.

[Ogami]

Lieutenant General Ikki Yoneda... the famed military strategist who was active during the Japanese-Russo War... I wonder what kind of person he is?

An awesome one.



Whoops, looks like someone was there before him.



And it's another one of the eligible top pilots.



[Ogami]

Ah... I'm sorry. I am Imperial Navy Ensign Ichiro Ogami.
I wish to meet with Lieutenant General Yoneda...

[Marial]

So you're the Ensign Ogami who was transferred to the Imperial Capital.

... I'm running out of emoticons. But she is, indeed, the team's sniper, so hey.



Maria Tachibana. Ice cold, all business, and thoroughly badass, she's probably the only one in the theater who seems to have all of her poo poo together.

[Ogami]

Uh, um....

[Maria]

.... yes? Do you have something to ask of me?

And she's not taking any of this lovey-dovey crap from some spiky-headed man-child of an anime protagonist.

[Ogami]

(Up until now, I haven't had very many opportunities to speak with women....)
(What should I talk about with her?

Just as long as he knows what NOT to talk with her about, he should be fine.



...



Naaaah. Choice two, because I don't want to die.

[Ogami]

Excuse me... Lieutenant General Yoneda is....?

[Maria]

.... waiting inside. And?

[Ogami]

Nothing, really... this will be the first time I've met him, so I'm really nervous...

[Maria]

I see... you do not need to worry, Lieutenant General Yoneda is a wonderful person. It's just that...

[Ogami]

.... "it's just that"?

[Maria]

... no, it's nothing. Please find out for yourself.

[Ogami]

.... ?

And that's the end of THAT rather awkward and thoroughly foreboding conversation.


---


And on we go to Click LIPS. See the cursor? You can look anywhere in an attempt to spark conversation (or just to ogle).

Again, because I don't want to die, I'm not looking at her chest. This time.



Looking at her clothes gives you...



... another masterful observation by Captain Obvious. This, however, does not necessarily mean that she is actually wearing anything under that overcoat. Save for the stage and for battle, I don't think I've seen her out of that outfit.

The same goes with about half of the brigade, most NPCs, AND most any other character in every other RPG ever made, but still.


---


And again.

Looking at her face...



gently caress it, I'm just going to try to speak to her again.



Okay, Ogami, knock it off with this "what should I talk to her about?!" jibber-jabber. Demonstrate that your social skills are not limited to nine-year-old French girls. Prove that you can converse with this woman like any rational human being can. Show us the power of a dating sim protagonist!


---

---






[Ogami]

(Whew... What an oppressive feeling... Even moreso than any of the instructors at the naval academy....)

[Ogami]

Ah, er....


---


... but you STILL can't actually converse with her. Figures. But hey, at least the office is wide open. Go forth, Ichiro Ogami! Take your first step into the Imperial Assault Force, and bring your awkward and mildly pedophilic social skills to bear!!

----
OPTIONAL VIDEO:
Finally, we have Maria. This video is decidedly less frenetically bizarre than the last three.
----


Well, that's it for this first update- the real meat of the game is just about to begin. This IS my first LP, so I'm open to suggestions. Text size too small? Too many/few screenshots, and/or too little/much text? Picture size and placement too borked? Commentary too asinine? Ogami not being enough of an rear end in a top hat? I'm all ears.

Next update, Ogami actually goes INTO the office, we actually get to see this 'Yoneda' character, and the sap's mission actually begins! Sort of. I'll also be throwing in (untranslated) videos of these first few scenes, in case people want to hear the voice actresses behind this work.

NEXT TIME: gently caress YES, YOU ARE THE BEST BOSS FIGHT EVER.

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at May 24, 2013 around 03:46

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


Semiru posted:

The best boss fight ever to kick off? Sounds good.

Sort of. In this case, my definition of the words 'best', 'ever', or 'boss fight' might not match up with most peoples' definitions, but... we'll leave that for later.


Semiru posted:

I remember reading reviews of Sakura Wars back in the mid-90's along with the obviously pointless wishes that it would come out in the West, so I'll be looking forward to this. LPs that do all the hard translation work for us are great.

Not voting for a love interest yet, but definitely voting we go nowhere near the 9-year old ever again. Seriously.

I didn't really get into Sakura Wars until about a year ago- though I'd heard the drat theme song for YEARS before I'd even known that the series existed, and way before I started thinking "hmmm, let's see how the game is."

Anyways, I'm glad you're looking forward to it. And I'll try to stick with your vote, but this first chapter...

I'll probably be able to get an update up later in the day. I want to get to the interesting stuff first, just in case my updates start slowing down a bit.






Double post, but for semi-good reason: I've added gameplay videos. More specifically, I've added links to (untranslated) videos of each of the girls' introductory scenes (Sakura, Iris, Sumire, and Maria), which you can find after their respective sections in the first update.

Look for the sirens (which might be a bit too eye-catching- if needed, I can replace them later).

Also, tonight's promised update isn't happening; most of my day was spent completing the first episode and creating captioned images all the way up to said episode's halfway point (two hundred and thirty five images, in fact, not counting last night's one hundred and six). The next update's happening either tomorrow night or the day after.

Have some previews.



What could Sakura possibly be teaching Ogami? (And more importantly, will it ever have any impact at all on the rest of the game?)


Why is Sumire still such a horrible person? IT'S OGAMI


WHY DO I FAIL SO HARD AT AVOIDING IRIS STOP FOLLOWING ME AROUND, IRIS.... oh god I need an adult


I- holy poo poo Maria has an expression on her face


loving hell, screw you and SCREW YOUR STUPID LITTLE CONSPIRACY.


... and yeah, we'll finally get to see this Yoneda character that the game's been jabbering on about.


SAKURA WARS. LOOK FORWARD TO IT IN ALL OF ITS AWESOME BUT OCCASIONALLY ASININE GLORY.

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Mar 19, 2008 around 23:51

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


When we last left Ogami, our intrepid hero, he'd made it to the Grand Imperial Theater (despite his superiors not actually telling him where to go), and met up with four of his would-be charges: Sakura Shinguji, Iris Chateaubriand, Sumire Kanzaki, and Maria Tachibana.

... all before being able to tell the theater's head honcho that he'd actually arrived. It's not like the girls had rolled out the welcome mat for him or anything like that, so that they all met him one after the other has got to be some sort of twisted coincidence (or a portent of things to come, which would be problematic where Iris is concerned, but I try not to think about that too much for a number of reasons).

In any case, let's go on. Ogami was riiight about to meet with Yoneda, I believe.



[Ogami]

But she said something like "rehearsal"...? Is that some sort of training?


It's a secret brigade that's using a goddamned theater as a cover. It wouldn't be that hard to take this kind of stuff at face value, but I think we've determined that Ogami's incredibly unbelievably dumb enough that you want to take him by the ankles and shake out all the loose change from his pants kind of dense like that.

[Ogami]

Let's see... I can finally see General Yoneda now.


One knocking later:


---

---


Respectful, on the ball, and knows how to make an entrance. It looks like our Ensign Ogami's on his way to making a good first impression on Lieutenant General Yoneda, who's probably a stickler for formality. I mean, come on, war hero.



[???]

Firsht'f'all, yer in the Grand Imperial Theater. Can't use that military talk here.


... or he could be completely loving PLASTERED ON SAKE in the middle of the afternoon.

...

While he might very well be drunk off his rear end BECAUSE he knew that some random sap would be coming to take charge of that Assault Force- a plan that could go wrong in many more ways than one- the fact that he is, indeed, drunk off his rear end at this first meeting is still awesome.



[Ogami]

(Don't... don't tell me... THIS person is...?!


[???]

Hey, hooow 'bout a glass?


gently caress YES, YOU ARE THE BEST BOSS EVER.



Goddamn it, Ogami, you stick-in-the-mud.

In lieu of being able to take the man up on his offer, I go with the hot-blooded answer because I'm sort of tired of Ogami going "huh?" all the time.



[Ogami]

Are you really that Lieutenant General Yoneda? You're completely different from the rumors...




Happy drunk to angry drunk?

[Ogami]

That Lieutenant General Yoneda was a hero of the Japanese-Russo War, and that he was the Army's greatest strategist.




[Yoneda]

AND he's some hard-drinking old geezer...
An' that'sh what ya don't like.


[Ogami]

No... I haven't said that much.


He did. Rather blatantly, at that.

[Yoneda]

That'sh what yer sayin'! But you know, Ogami-san...




Angry drunk to introspecive drunk?



Is... is that a threat?



[Ogami]

.... I understand. But since I have been translated to the Imperial Fighting Troupe...
I will put my life on the line and fight for the peace and safety of the citizens of the Imperial Capital...!


It seems that Ogami is a master of taking the fuckawesome alcoholic lemondade that life throws at him and... turning it into boring old lemons.

[Yoneda]

Good 'nuff! Er, I mean... that's just splendid! In that case, here's your first mission!


That's what I'm talking about. Give me my goddamn robots, my infiltration missions, and my wreck-the-poo poo-out-of-demonic-invasions missions, it's time to go wreak havoc on the mecha strategy genre.



[Yoneda]

'Cause it's a secret brigade, after all.


Oh yeah, that IS sort of the whole point, after all.



[Ogami]

Understood! Ichiro Ogami, now proceeding to duty!


Figures that he'd treat this as seriously as anything.

FIRST MISSION:
- gently caress poo poo UP IN A ROBOT
- Find room.
- Take off military uniform.
- Put on civvie clothes.
- Report to reception area.



FINALLY, someone tells Ogami to chillax.

[Ogami]

Yessir!


[Yoneda]

Oh, whoops! Wait a second!!


[Ogami]

Yes... what is it?


[Yoneda]

Here... take this. It's a commemorative clock made when the theater was built.




Oh, cool, pawn shop fodder.

[Yoneda]

If you're a soldier and all, you alway gotta be on time.


----
[Yoneda]

Because that's what it does, you know. It keeps time. Why, back in my day, we didn't HAVE no stinking portable clocks!


[Ogami]

Uh, sir....


[Yoneda]

If you wanted to keep time "on the go"- that's old-timer speak, in case you were wondering- you had to lug around these gigantic European grandpappy clocks all the drat time!


[Ogami]

Sir....


[Yoneda]

In the army, it was the ensigns who carried around the clocks for their leaders, and us ensigns always drew straws every day to determine who would carry the clock on their back! Why, we used to call them "bent timers" because they were always bent over double, which made it easier for us to--


[Ogami]

... sir, we've had pocketwatches for over four centuries-


[Yoneda]

If you don't stop taking all the drat fun out of my drunken ramblings, you're cleaning lantrines for the next five months.


[Ogami]

... yessir.

----

[Ogami]

Yessir!! I accept it gratefully!


[Yoneda]

Well, go 'n take good care of it.


Certainly. Hell, I might even be able to take good care of it for, oh, about fifty years. Up to the point when the darned thing becomes worth a couple hundred dollars, anyway.

[Yoneda]

Now then, off with you!


[Ogami]

Understood!



----
OPTIONAL VIDEO:
Once again, a video of the previous scene plus dialogue (and minus translation). He sure as hell isn't a potential love interest, but Yoneda's drunk-rear end voice is so awesome that it deserves its own video link.
----



---


[Ogami]

Sakura-kun and... Iris, was it? What are you doing in a place like this?




On a different note, it seems that he's already made an effort to wipe Iris's existence from his memory.


---



[Ogami]

(... anyway, it seems that the both of them were eavesdropping.)






I don't really care, AND I don't have time to be righteous and indignant to one or the other. I just want to get to my job with a minimum of bellyaching and drama :\

[Ogami]

In any case... could you tell me where the reception area is?
This is my first mission here. I wish to get to the reception desk as soon as possible....




What has he actually DONE to garner such doe-eyed admiration? Is standing around and looking baffled the first step to attracting girls? And didn't Ogami's stint as child moleste complimenter work well enough to scare you AWAY?



I'm certain I said 'with a MINIMUM of bellyaching.'



I DON'T CARE, GUYS, JUST GET YOUR ASSES INTO GEAR, WE NEED TO GET OUT OF TUTORIAL LAND!!

[Ogami]

Now, both of you, don't fight. Let's all go together.
... that's fine, isn't it?



----


----
[Ogami]

Now now, ladies, there's more than enough of me to go around.

----

[Iris]

No, it's all right. Iris has more fun if everyone's together.


[Ogami]

Hahaha, it's like having a flower in each hand. In that case, lead the way.


That remark made me immediately regret my decision.

[Sakura]

Ah... but before that, we'll have to show you to your room first.


[Iris]

You know, Oniichan..... you'll be living here with all of us together!


[Ogami]

Eh.... is that so?


Yes, I suppose that a man COULD get used to this kind of vaguely harem anime-esque living. I mean, if you have a guy like Ogami living together with six+ women....

What could possibly go wrong?

( X Years Later: )



WHY AM I SO KEITARO URASHIMA-LIKE IN EXISTENCE



Theoretically, he could just do that RIGHT HERE, but that would probably end the game prematurely.



So thus, they walk.

Don't ask how Iris's teddy bear does that floating thing.



My theory is that Jean-Paul siphons off of the excess energy leaking out of Iris's ears (85 percent of loli characters are hyperactive, after all), which is still enough to make him defy gravity and, indeed, the very laws of physics themselves.



[Sakura]

It's the same for me, but everyone lives in this theater together.


[Ogami]

So this will be my room starting from today...


[Ogami]

Now then... I'll get changed real quickly, so could you wait for me?


[Sakura]

Got it. Iris, let's wait outside of his room.


[Iris]

Okay! Alright, we'll be waiting, so hurry up and change!




Hey, not a bad place. I guess the theater's really raking it in.

Unbeknownst to Ogami, however, his real test of courage begins in this humble-looking room. Here, his qualification as the captain of the Imperial Assault Force will be tested. During the next few heart-pounding, adrenaline-surging minutes, Ogami's military career could be boosted into the stratosphere, or ended before it could even start. He could go up into that big metaphorical spaceship and kill demons, or he could "are the demons" and "became a zombie." It is the one mission that he MUST succeed in.

While the game does not bill this next scene as such, it is the first chapter's true boss battle, using the Double LIPS system, which tests whether or not the main character can correctly clear a series of timed questions under a separate, overarching timer.

Ichiro Ogami: FIRST MISSION--



CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES.


---


Ogami gets off to a good start; this is too crucial of a mission, and the risks are too high. He cannot rush himself, for the consequences are steep.



So far so good, despite his tendency to describe his situation out loud for the sake of the Players, those beyond the fourth wall.



Now clothesless, Ogami's brain cells fire off at lightning-fast speeds as he considers his options. He waits.



A few seconds later, a third option slams into his head like a ton of bricks, something that ascends the issue of Shirt First vs. Necktie First.



He echoes the words of his ancient graying mentor, a wise sage sitting at the top of the mountain near his hometown. Just as destiny intended.



Task completed, Ogami does not allow himself to get so caught up in his euphoric success that he strays from his true mission. The shirt, the necktie, and even the vest are remembered.



Ogami unerringly sticks to the clothes-changing methodology that he had coldly calculated as giving him the greatest chance of success and victory. Truly, a man able to think under fire.



Unexpectedly, tragedy strikes.


----


Thanks to Ogami's astounding powers of perception, the potentially career-ending oversight is narrowly averted at the last minute. Hang in there!



Aware that the timer is ticking down, Ogami, with the speed of a man possessed, throws out his careful plans and works off the top of his head.

He just barely gets his pants back on, and in record time.



For a moment, Ogami stood there in surprised shock. His shirt was tucked in, his necktie was perfectly tied, his vest was spotless, and his pants were ON- and were quite cozy against his legs, to boot.

Against insurmountable odds, he'd emerged victorious where countless others before him had fallen. Overjoyed, Ogami reached over to the door.



A mysterious force stayed his hand for a few, crucial seconds.



There it was. The coup de grace on Ogami's first mission, the most hellish mission ever devised by mankind.


----


And just like that, it was over.



[Sakura]

I-Iris... it's rude to barge in on your own! Ohohoho... I'm sorry.




They were stunned, not having expected him to succeed.

[Sakura]

The naval ensign's uniform suited you well, but... these clothes are also... wonderful.


Stunned, and... impressed.

[Iris]

Ah! You folded your clothes neatly! Oniichan, very good!


[Sakura]

As expected of someone who graduated from the naval academy at the top of their class. I should follow your example.


[Ogami]

Hahah... thanks. Here, let's get going.




He deserves it. He changed his clothes. PROPERLY.

[Iris]

Yaaay, let's go, let's go~! Iris'll lead you! Everyone hold hands and let's go!


[Sakura]

Hehehe... that Iris, she's gone off skipping. Now, Ogami-san...


The hand-holding was not optional, but in the face of his victory, Ogami was graciously willing to make an exception... this time.

[Ogami]

Aah.... I'll leave it up to you.




"We're making things turn in 3D and 4D!"
~Mutsuki Uehara, on the subject of technology.



Just watch as it turns out that Iris rips out the souls of men on a regular basis so that she can cram them into her little Jean-Paul. You know, to keep him afloat.



AND OGAMI'S NEXT



[Ogami]

I see. Thanks for showing me the way.


[Iris]

Oniichan, the scissors are in this desk! Hey, Sakura, let's go!


[Sakura]

You're right, Iris. Ogami-san, we've got rehearsal, so... please excuse us.


[Ogami]

Ah... both of you, wait a second...




Ye gods, man, don't ask something like "what do you mean by scissors?" or "what should I be doing"?"!! When you go on that running-with-scissors spree that you'd always wanted to embark on, you might be able to get away scott-free by blaming them for not telling you what it is you SHOULD be doing with those scissors!

Naturally, then, I go for the third choice.

[Ogami]

Both of you, good luck with rehearsal! ... though I don't know WHAT rehearsal.


[Iris]

Thank you, Oniichan. You can come watch after you're done!


[Sakura]

Now then, good luck with your ticket-taking work too, Ogami-san!




Whaaa? He's not even equipped to CLIP tickets--



drat. Looks like they got the memo before we could.

[Sakura]

Ah... Iris. We should be going to rehearsal now...


[Iris]

You're right. Okay Oniichan, bye-bye!


[Ogami]

.... they left.




----
[Ogami]

Hey, hold up, NO one calls me Oniichan and lives to tell the tale.


[Customer]

But that little girl over there just called you-


[Ogami]

NO ONE.

----



[Ogami]

Wh, what are you guys talking about. I'm not a ticket-taker!


[Customer]

But that's the uniform of the person in charge of clipping tickets. You're even holding scissors.


[Ogami]

Wha?! But then... does this mean that my secret mission is...


[Ogami]

Supposed to be clipping tickets?! Tha, that's impossible!


This is when you should go insane, jam your pair of scissors halfway through someone's skull, murder your superior, and run out the building, screaming at passerby in a mad rage until the authorities take you in.



You wuss, don't sit there and look all happy about it.



[Ogami]

Y, yes. Um... where should I use the scissors to cut?


----
[Ogami]

... so, is THAT where I'm supposed to use the scissors to cut?


[Customer]

AUGH! YOU CUT OFF MY FINGERS!! OH, GOD, MY STUMPS ARE BLEEDING OUT THE CONTENTS OF MY ENTIRE BODY!!


[Ogami]

You're not answering my question.

----

[Customer]

What the heck, bro, you're a newbie? Really, you're wasting all of our time.


[Ogami]

Y, yes! Please wait just a moment!


[Ogami]

(.... wasn't my mission supposed to be as the captain of a secret brigade?)


[Ogami]

Sir! I might be clipping tickets at the moment, but in truth...




... you're an imbecile who can't remember the meaning of 'secret brigade' without divine intervention.

[Ogami]

(Oh no! The Imperial Assault Force is a secret brigade... I can't release its name!)


[Ogami]

I might be clipping tickets at the moment, but in truth... yeah, I'm a ticket-clipper after all.


[Customer]

Sir, are you alright?!


I think the answer is pretty obvious when a man starts ranting like that, yes.

[Customer]

Ah! It's almost time! The Flower Division's performance is about to begin!!


[Ogami]

(She said "Flower Division"... why would a civilian know the name of a secret brigade...)






Oh, sure, it's going GREAT. Watch your step, the fragments of my shattered dreams scattered around my feet can be pretty sharp.

[Iris]

Oniichan! Are you working hard?


[Ogami]

Sakura and Iris, huh. This is my first time as something like a ticket-taker, so it's not going too well...


[Sakura]

If it's alright with you... shall we teach you how to clip the tickets?


[Ogami]

(Well, hmm... I've become a bit used to clipping the tickets, but...)


----
[Ogami]

(... I'm still pretty bad at cutting around peoples' fingers and hitting major arteries, so...)

----



[Ogami]

Okay, Sakura-kun, Iris. If you please.


They'll probably teach you even if you DON'T please.



Don't you have some OTHER older men to harrass?

[Sakura]

The foundation of clipping tickets would be to keep a reasonable tempo while still cutting them well.
If you don't, you'll end up making the customers wait.


[Ogami]

I see... that does make sense.


[Iris]

Ah, here are some more guests. See... Oniichan, do your best!


[Ogami]

Um... so I have to keep a tempo while punching the tickets...


Here we have Analog LIPS, where you're given a short amount of time to punch in a combination of button presses.


----


Ogami gets pretty hot-blooded about this kind of thing.



YEAH, I SURE SHOWED THAT TICKET WHO'S THE MASTER OF THIS HOUSE.

Okay, so it's probably the government's house, but shut up.


----


It's a required course at the naval academy.

[Iris]

Ah... this next customer probably wants to go to the second floor! When that happens...


[Sakura]

Double-check the ticket's contents, and make sure that you change where you cut with the scissors.
Please look at the round holes on the ticket, move the scissors, and cut.


And cut... and cut... and cut... and cut......

[Ogami]

Got it. I'll give it a try.




Pardon me, sir, it'll be just a moment.



HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH



[Iris]

You're so good that there's nothing left for Iris to teach you.


[Ogami]

No, it's thanks to how you guys taught me. Both of you, thank you.


It's a fairly repetitive job. It's not exactly rocket science.



[Iris]

Iris will help too!! Onichan, bye-bye! Good luck with the ticket-taking, okay!!


[Ogami]

Ah, thank you. I'll try to do my best.


Nevermind about the whole defending-the-world-from-demonic-forces thing, we got time.



[Ogami]

Ah, I'm sorry. Where are those scissors... here you go.


----
THUNK.

[Customer]

Gghkk... m... my chest... cavity....


[Ogami]

Ne~xt!

----

[Customer]

Um... would you happen to like Sumire Kanzaki-san?




Just nod and smile. I really don't want to have to deal with a fanboy going into NERD RAGE and screaming about all of Sumire's perfections. My shift ends in five minutes.



Somehow managing to keep a straight face, Ogami throws in some embellishment for increased believability.

[Smitten Fan]

Eh? You've had opportunities to speak with her?! I'm so envious...
That's right! Um... could you please give this letter to Sumire-san?


NO, FAGGORT, I'M NOT YOUR FETCH QUEST BOY-



Ow, right in my Story Items pouch. Can't get it out.

[Smitten Fan]

All you need to say to her is that it's from a passionate fan. Please?


[Ogami]

R, right... I got it.




I dunno... ink? Maybe a little anthrax, if he decided to dip into the bin of outdated jokes.



[Ogami]

O, okay. Um... I wonder how I should clip a children's ticket?


[Bratty Kid]

Ah, this guy's a newbie! You don't even know how to cut a ticket?


----
[Ogami]

Oh, ha ha, silly me, I remember now. You cut HERE--


[Bratty Kid]

OW, MY EYES!!


[Ogami]

-- then, you slice DOWN AND ACROSS--


[Bratty Kid]

AAAUGH, CHEEKBONES--


[Ogami]

-- and you follow the holes all the way around until you pull out the skull--


[Bratty Kid]

THIS DOESN'T SEEM PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE!!

----

[Ogami]

Urgh...




See that? That's Ogami's pure, unbridled rage, just waiting to be unleashed upon the world. There's no telling WHAT he'll do if he snaps!



That... that's sort of underwhelming.



Guess we have no choice- just have to hold it all in.



[Bratty Kid]

Keep it up just like that.




*snap* AARRRGHH!!!



... she warned, coldly ignoring the piles of mutilated, scissored bodies heaped under Ogami's desk.



... he managed, trying his best to ignore the loaded, cocked pistol that Maria just rammed into his crotch, business end first.



... he exclaimed, impressed by how Maria was handling the murder situation.



... she deadpanned, dipping her finger in Ogami's pooling blood and daintily writing her name on the hankerchief.



... he chortled, clutching the crimson hankerchief to his chest and running away from the scene of the crime(s).



... he wheezed, bleeding out his guts.



... she quipped dryly, before turning and walking into the setting sun.

~FIN



.... everything? Undercover secret brigade, man. You're not going to be doing AWESOME MILITARY STUFF every minute you're here, there's still a drat theater that needs to be run.

[Ogami]

... all right. If it comes down to this, I'll go ask the brigade members. I might end up learning something.


More than you ever wanted to know about their personal lives, perhaps.

[Ogami]

And if they can't convince me, then I'll even go question General Yoneda!


*LIGHTNING FLASH, DRAMATIC CHORDS*

[Ogami]

Okay... might as well get going.


[???]

Hello? Excuse me~.


[Ogami]

Y, yes. What is it?




[Tsubaki]

My name is Tsubaki Takamura. At the gift shop, I'm always the salesgirl.


[Ogami]

Miss... Tsubaki, is it?


[Tsubaki]

I've always got things like bromides of the group members, so please come by and visit anytime!


This is no exaggeration. She tends to be around well after the theater should be closed, for no discernable reason whatsoever.



[Ogami]

Alright... might as well get going. Let's go talk to General Yoneda!


*LIGHTNING FLASH, DRAMATIC CHORDS*

(continued in part two).

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Apr 7, 2013 around 05:13

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.




This is the Free Movement phase. These make up a good chunk of the dating sim/talky parts of the game. You're given free rein to poke around the theater's rooms and trigger scenes/events, which are just about always five minutes each (see the clock in the upper left hand corner of the screen?). Free movement usually lasts an hour.

Twelve scenes/events might sound like more than enough time, but



The theater has a fuckload of rooms. Usually, only those with markers are worth going to. Certain characters tend to hang out at certain places.



For instance, Tsubaki, the girl we just talked to, tends to hang around the gift shop a lot. I check it out.



[Ogami]

Heh... so this is the gift shop. You're selling a lot of different things, huh.


[Tsubaki]

Yep, I've got confidence in our selection of goods!


LIES. All she ever sells me are bromides.

[Tsubaki]

... so, what will it be?




... probably because that's all Ogami ever seems to want to buy.

[Ogami]

Let's see... okay, I'll take a bromide.


[Tsubaki]

You'll buy one? Hehehe... thank you~!

[Tsubaki]

Now, please choose one. There's a bromide for each member of the Flower Division.

Oh, just for reference...

Wikipedia posted:

Bromide, in photography, refers to a type of photographic printing paper coated in an emulsion of silver bromide, or a photograph made thereof. Images are imprinted on the bromide paper via the gelatin-silver process.

In Japan, "bromide" (ブロマイド), or "promide" (プロマイド) refers to a category of commercial photo portraits of celebrities擁ncluding geisha, singers, actors and actresses of both stage and film, and sports stars羊egardless of whether bromide paper was used for the photo. While bromide photos have been a part of the Japanese popular consciousness for decades, the term seems to be falling out of use.

As a staple of the series, the gift shops in the Sakura Wars games usually provides an in-game bromide for each heroine.



And now you know what the hell that Nagaette Bromide thing was.



In any case, I decide to take a look at some of the bromides.

[Tsubaki]

That's Maria's bromide.



[Tsubaki]

That cool demeanor and pretty blond hair... I really admire her.

[Ogami]

(Th, there's a bromide of her? This is a secret brigade- is that even alright?)

You have to admit, it's 1) a fuckawesome way to make money, and 2) to ensure that no one will ever seriously believe that a pop star idol an actress on a bromide would be a badass mecha-piloting member of a secret brigade.

This is something that Ogami doesn't ever seem to pick up on.

[Ogami]

(.... well, might as well take one.)

And then he left immediately afterward without actually picking up anything.



Ogami then gets ambushed in the hallway. Unavoidable scenes are the game's version of random encounters- thankfully, the former is not nearly as prevalent. WHEN SUDDENLY--





He does not take well to being ambushed.



... said the voice of a young woman.



Sumire's voice: Sultry, unlikely to stop at covering Ogami's eyes with her hands.
Sakura's voice: That of a young woman.
Maria's voice: Very husky. Unlikely to stoop to doing something as childish as this.



... unless you get her totally smashed.

I don't know the context of this picture. I'm pretty sure I never want to find out.



[???]

Hehe... you got me.



Surprised? It sounded like Ogami was going to need a new pair of pants, I think that goes beyond mere surprise.

[Ogami]

You have an unexpectedly mischevious side to you, don't you.


[Sakura]

Hehe... I'm sorry.




Awwww.

-- wait, what? What the christ has OGAMI done to earn your respect and/or illogical romantic attraction? I mean, thus far, he's proved that he can:

1) Look baffled.
2) Change clothes without incident.
3) Identify someone's voice.



I don't think he gets it, either.



[Sakura]

W, well then... I'll be going....


[Ogami]

Ah.... Sakura-kun! Please wait! I have something I want to ask you!


[Sakura]

What is it?




Screw this romantic stuff. You guys still owe me a mecha.

[Ogami]

This is just a normal theater. Where exactly is the secret brigade, the Imperial Assault Force?!


[Sakura]

W-well, that's....



----


[Ogami]

... she left.


I reckon she did, Cap'n Obvious.

[Ogami]

It's almost as if... she was running away...


[Ogami]

Let's go somewhere else.


We do so.



Only to get more or less Shanghai'd by none other than our theater's own little Iris.

...



I make an attempt to strike up something vaguely resembling conversation.


----


... she's planning something.



Well, I won't stand for it. I'd better take preemptive measures.

... while avoiding the last option like the plague. Goddamn it, Ogami.

[Ogami]

Right, I'm fine with that. I'd gladly bask in the sun with you, Iris.


[Iris]

Really, really?! C'mon c'mon, it feels great around here~!!


[Ogami]

You're right... somehow... I'm starting to feel sleepy...


[Iris]

Iris, too... I'm drifting off...


... just as planned. Feign sleepiness, wait until the French girl is asleep, then throttle her so that she may cease to cause undue stress to our beloved Ensign.



AND IT WOULD HAVE GONE SO PERFECTLY, TOO, IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOU MEDDLING KIDS.

[Ogami]

Sa, Sakura-kun?!


[Iris]

Eh~! Why~?! I want to have an afternoon nap with Oniichan here~!


[Sakura]

No, you can't. Now, let's go. There's something you have to do in the dressing room.




Yeah, I think she still remembers that first meeting with Iris. Moving on....



[Ogami]

(It... looks like this is the dressing room. I see... so this is how it is.)


[Iris]

Oniichan!




[Iris]

What's up? Did you come to play?


What the bloody hell WOULD you play in a dressing room? "Kick Over Sumire's Makeup Kit And Flee From Her Spiteful Wrath"?

[Ogami]

Yup. Actually, I wanted to ask you something really quickly, Iris.


[Iris]

Ye~s?




Because I don't think I'd be able to get an intelligent answer out of Iris regarding the first question.

[Ogami]

I was thinking of asking you to tell me about yourself, Iris.




Naturally, that choice is simply the lesser of two evils.

[Iris]

You know, Iris used to live in France.
Then I was scouted and came to Japan, and now I live here.


[Ogami]

So that's how it was...


Uninformative and annoyingly vague? Yes.

[Ogami]

Thanks, Iris. I know a little bit more about you now.


[Iris]

Yup. Next time, you should tell me about yourself too, Oniichan!


Aha. No. :|



Click LIPS time.



Yes, I still remember how long you ranted about how much her big pink ribbon suits her. WE KNOW.

I think I'll look at Jean-Paul instead.



[Ogami]

Uh, uhm...




Believe me when I say that this question is made more difficult when all of the answer choices are in katakana.

[Ogami]

I still remember it well. He's Jean-Paul.




Is it just me, or is everyone's expectations of Ogami ridiculously low? Hell, he could be as active as a sack of potatoes and everyone would STILL fall all over themselves to praise the sunnovagun.

[Ogami]

Of course. He's your best friend, after all.


[Iris]

Thank you, Oniichan.... I'm really happy.


[Ogami]

Do you know where everyone else's gone to?


[Iris]

Sumire's on the second floor. Just now, Sakura went to get her.
Maria said that she was going to the stage.
Uncle Yoneda is... in his room, isn't he?


[Ogami]

I see. Thanks.


...

...

...





[Iris]

Iris is going for a walk! Bye-bye, Oniichan!!


[Ogami]

Ah... she left... it can't be helped, I should get going myself.


That's the end of THAT scene.



The theater actually consists of three floors: the ground level, the second floor (where all the sleepin' rooms are), and the basement.



I get cockblocked at the basement...



... so I go to the second floor, instead.



I think Iris said that Sumire was up here...? Well, I've got a delivery for her.



... what does it take to get your name remembered around here? More than knowing how to put on your clothes, apparently.

Thank you, Sumire, you're a beacon of sanity (?) in a crazy theater.

[Ogami]

.... it's Ogami.


[Sumire]

Oh, my apologies. Let's see. To make it easier, I believe I shall just call you 'Ensign' from now on.


... wonderful. Also, more Click LIPS.



.... I'm going to avoid the obvious pitfall here.



That's more like it.

[Sumire]

I always drink tea like this before the main performance... I cannot stand this feeling of nervousness.
By the way, Ensign... do you need something of me?




[Ogami]

While I was taking tickets, someone who called himself a 'passionate fan' gave me this letter.
He wanted me to give it to you, I think. Here you go.




[Sumire]

Thank you, Ensign.
At first, I was wondering what kind of person would be transferred here, but...
It turns out that you are a fairly thoughtful person, Ensign. That puts me at ease.


... but you probably still won't be able to remember his name.

[Ogami]

I, I see...
Wait, that's sort of strange...


[Ogami]

Why would you, a member of a secret brigade, be receiving fan letters?






[Ogami]

Uh-huh...


[Sakura]

Sumire-sa~n! ... ah, Ogami-san, you're here as well.


[Ogami]

Sakura-kun...




[Sumire]

Good work. I shall head there after getting something from my room.


[Sumire]

Oh, that's right.... Ensign... might I be able to ask you a brief question?


[Ogami]

Eh... me?




Oh poo poo.

[Sakura]

..... !




No, but I don't think I have a choice here. :/ Let's see....



















TAKE A PAGE FROM THE TENCHI MUYO SCHOOL OF THOUGHT.

[Sumire]

... oh! Ensign, how indecisive of you!


[Sakura]

You can't do that, Sumire-san. You're just putting him on the spot, aren't you?


[Sumire]

I myself do not think there is any reason for hesitation, but...


No bias at all, nope.

[Sumire]

Well, I shall forgive you this time. .... now then, please excuse me.




[Sakura]

Okay, Ogami-san. I must be going as well.


[Ogami]

Ah, right.


[Sakura]

Ogami-san...




I hate to break it to you, but I hesitated because I don't really like EITHER of you.

[Sakura]

Now, please excuse me.


[Ogami]

Sakura-kun...


[Ogami]

Well, let's go elsewhere.


I hop around a bit more. I go to the terrace...



... and nothing of value was gained, except for some talk about how awesome the view of Ginza is.



Iris once again shanghais Ogami at the kitchen and crams some stolen chocolate into his mouth. Again, nothing of value was gained.



To the music room! They have a piano.



OGAMI HAET PIANO



----
[Maria]

... except for you. That piano is coming out of your paycheck.


[Ogami]


----



They also have a costume room.

[Ogami]

So this is... the costumes room for the stage, huh.


I don't know where I'd be if Ogami didn't point this kind of stuff out everytime I go somewhere.

[Sumire]

Hold on, you over there. I am afraid I must turn you down if you wish for a signature.




[Ogami]

Uh, um... it's me, Ogami...




I so called it.

Come to think of it, I have no clue how long it takes Sumire to get to the point where she can actually remember Ogami's name. My money's on the possibility that she'll start being able to put a name to his face- only if you complete the game with her as Ogami's love interest.

Thus rebuffed, I...



...

... a masochistic sense of curiosity compels me to determine exactly WHY there is a heart icon over Iris's room.



I left out Ogami's usual "So this is X room, eh?".


----

----


Ogami has the decency to look shocked this time around, perhaps understanding that he's very close to getting thrown into the slammer.



[Ogami]

A joke, huh.... hahahaha....



----


.... there are many words that can be used to describe Iris. For me, 'cute' is not one of them. 'Gratingly obnoxious and stupidly saccharine as only a Japanese anime loli character can be'? Closer.



Immediately after THAT event, another one pops up at Sakura's room.



[Ogami]

Ah... no, I was just wandering around a bit.




[Ogami]

Wha?! A, a date?




[Ogami]

Hahaha... s, somehow, I feel like I've just had this conversation....



----


It's frightening whether it WAS a coincidence or not.



Finally, however, we swing by- eh, I'll let Ogami explain.



A couple of knocks later--

[Sumire]

Ye~s! ... who is it?


[Ogami]

Um... it's Ogami. Are you free for a moment?


[Sumire]

I am in the middle of changing clothes. Would you be so kind as to wait?




Cue stupid anime hijinx the greatest expression ever.















----
[Ogami]


----



No apologies necessary, I'm fairly certain Ogami entertained himself during the wait.

[Sumire]

As expected of the ensign. You did wait for me, after all.


[Ogami]

Well, hahaha...


Just hope that she doesn't turn around and see the stains all over her door.

[Sumire]

By the way... what was it you needed?




[Ogami]

Sumire-kun. Could you tell me anything about the Imperial Assault Force?


[Sumire]

The Imperial Assault Force...


[Ogami]

As far as I can see, this is really just a simple theater.
You wouldn't possibly think that this would be the headquarters of a secret brigade...


If I were Yoneda, I'd probably just slam a dictionary upside Ogami's head and force him to look up the meaning of 'secret'.

[Ogami]

Sumire-kun, could you tell me what in the world is going on here?!


[Sumire]

That is...




"I still have things I must be doing"? While expected of a person who cannot remember one name, well, that's not even a GOOD excuse. Hell, back in the day, there was 'gotta wash my hair' and all, right?



[Ogami]

(To have gone off in such a hurry... I wonder what's the matter?)


Bingety-bingety-bong, free movement's over~.

[Ogami]

Ch'... it's already this late...
If this is the way it is, it can't be helped. I'll go see General Yoneda and ask him directly.




I WILL NOT BE TURNED AWAY FROM MY DUTY AS-



I'm not sure if they actually played the usual "someone is approaching" walking sounds. I'm close to positive that she just APPEARED.

[???]

Nice to meet you. You are Ogami-san, correct? I am Kasumi Fujii, from the secretarial office.
I apologize for the inconvenience, but we require you to sign our notification of your arrival at your new post, so would you come to our office?


Shanghaied one last time by paperwork. :smith: So much for THAT.



Ogami has now met all three of the theater girls: Tsubaki, Yuri, and Kasumi.

... I'll bring them up again when they actually start mattering.



I swear to god that that's the fifteenth time he's said that all chapter.



[Ogami]

... in the middle of a phone call, huh.


[Yoneda]

Aah, he got here... just now. Well, I'll have to watch the situation...
However, Hanakoji-san..... this secret brigade is... difficult.
Forcing women to stand on the battlefield while all we can do is watch over them. As an Imperial soldier... it's an embarrassment.
However, right now, those girls are the only ones who can operate the "Koubu".
That's why I'm going out of my way to guard, protect, and give those girls freedom.
It would be good if I could use that young one...
Whoops, it seems as if he's finally come to complain. Then, talk to you later...


[Ogami]

.... it looks like the call's finished.
Please excuse me! Ogami, coming in!




----
[Ogami]

Really? Hey, thanks, it wasn't easy- the pants almost got me, but I actually remembered in time tha-


[Ogami]

HEY, DON'T CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

----

[Yoneda]

So how's it going? Gotten used to ticket-taking work yet?




I prefer the crazy hot-blooded Ogami. This is because it doesn't matter if he's hot-blooded or coolly analytical; he can be equally dumb either way.

[Ogami]

Please explain what this is all about! I'd not heard that I would be doing ticket-taking work at some theater!


[Ogami]

Furthermore, all the members are women. And Iris is still a small child!


Most sane heterosexual males wouldn't complain about the former, and I was certain that Ogami was happy with the latter.

[Ogami]

I was to become the captain of the secret brigade, the Imperial Assault Force. That I would be doing THIS is not what I was told!!
At this Imperial Assault Force, and as its captain.... what am I supposed to be doing?!
No, even before that... is this even the Imperial Assault Force?! It just seems to be a normal theater!!




[Yoneda]

Take a go~od look at the nameplate above my head there!



----


Basically, two completely different sets of words sound exactly the same:
Assault Force = Kagekidan = Operetta Troupe.

:monocle:

[Ogami]

Imperial... Operetta Troupe...?


[Ogami]

Wha?! Operetta Troupe? Isn't it supposed to be 'Assault Force'?




[Ogami]

But... I was supposed to be transferred to the secret brigade, the Imperial Assault Force...


Ogami's brain can't handle the strain of discovering that the name of his awesome brigade was based on a bad pun.



[Yoneda]

'Cause I bet you didn't know that most government organizations bring in income through these kinds of 'brigades', eh?


And to make it worse, Yoneda heaps insult upon injury.

[Ogami]

G-Gaaaaaah! Th... that's... impossible!!


[Yoneda]

Hahaha! Go cool yer head for a bit.


God, I hope that they at least took the scissors away from him.



[Ogami]

This 'secret brigade' was... just a typical theater...
This has got to be some sort of bad dream...


...

Earlier In The Chapter posted:

[Iris]

This oniichan also has spirit energy... is he going to fight using a 'Koubu', too?


[Sakura]

... that's right.




[Ogami]

:confused:

Just One loving Minute Ago posted:

[Yoneda]

However, Hanakoji-san..... this secret brigade is... difficult.
Forcing women to stand on the battlefield while all we can do is watch over them. As an Imperial soldier... it's an embarrassment.
However, right now, those girls are the only ones who can operate the "Koubu".
That's why I'm going out of my way to guard, protect, and give those girls freedom.


[Ogami]

:confused: :confused: :confused:

...

I can't even put forth the effort to ridicule Ogami any more.

:downsbravo: :milk: :argh:



[Ogami]

Sakura-kun...



----


As a final act of mercy, I'm not letting Ogami go all :emo: on us. He still has those scissors, after all.

[Ogami]

That would be great. My head's spinning from the confusion...




[Sakura]

At a time like this, it would be best if you rested in your room. Come on, let's go.




:sad:

[Ogami]

Thanks for bringing me here. I'm sorry to make you worry...




[Ogami]

...?


[Sakura]

Ah... it, it's nothing. W, well, I... have to go to the performance, so...




HEEEEAAAAALLLLPPP, DON'T LEAVE HIM ON HIS OWN

[Ogami]

If you have some time, would you like to come inside? I'd like to talk with you for a bit...


[Sakura]

.... I'm sorry. The play's almost about to start, so...
I'd like to talk with you, Ogami-san, but... I'm sorry.


[Ogami]

I see.... it's unfortunate, but if you've got the performance, it can't be helped...


[Ogami]

Okay, good luck with the performance. Thanks for bringing me here.


[Sakura]

Yes! In that case, excuse me.



----


... I really wish people would knock it off with the sudden appearance thing.

[Ogami]

... huh? Sakura-kun. What's up?


[Sakura]

Er, um...



----


... whoa, Sakura really HAS gone all :swoon: on Ogami.


----

----


Oh cra- character development alert!


----

----

----

[Ogami]

I didn't care what would happen afterwards. I could finally protect the peace.... just that was enough to make me overjoyed.
But... what I was transferred into was the 'Imperial Operetta Troupe'... an all-female operetta troupe!


[Ogami]

To protect the peace, the duty which was to be my job....


[Ogami]

... what has happened to it?


---

It's right under your nose--

... ah, to hell with it, he'll figure it out by himself. But for now, we finally have the game's first save point, which is more or less halfway through the entire first episode.

The next update will be... eventful.

NEXT TIME: 'Exercises In Trust-Gaining' and 'The Good Guys Always Make The Best Goddamn loving Entrances EVER. This Goes Double For Mecha Pilots'.

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Nov 28, 2012 around 06:41

seorin
May 23, 2005

2 Sun's Dusk (Day 78)
Of the Seven Visions of Seven Trials of the Incarnate, I have now fulfilled the Fifth Trial.

I am enjoying this, but for the love of all that is holy, could you please use medium or lower quality jpgs? PNGs get huge when using a varied color palette, and yours are about 200k each. That makes every one of your updates over 20 megs each, and this page is at about 70 megs with 35 posts yet before the next page. Even on broadband, that's just brutal.

Less importantly, the 3D moving around pictures have some fairly obvious interlacing artifacts. Are you taking pictures with a capture card, or using an emulator? It's not really a big deal, but you can probably find a way to take pictures without all the interlacing.

JPGs come first, though. I can read updates to three other threads in the time it takes me to even load one of yours. That hurts, man

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


seorin posted:

I am enjoying this, but for the love of all that is holy, could you please use medium or lower quality jpgs? PNGs get huge when using a varied color palette, and yours are about 200k each. That makes every one of your updates over 20 megs each, and this page is at about 70 megs with 35 posts yet before the next page. Even on broadband, that's just brutal.

Less importantly, the 3D moving around pictures have some fairly obvious interlacing artifacts. Are you taking pictures with a capture card, or using an emulator? It's not really a big deal, but you can probably find a way to take pictures without all the interlacing.

JPGs come first, though. I can read updates to three other threads in the time it takes me to even load one of yours. That hurts, man

...... oh my christ, I totally wasn't thinking about file size (or accessibility- I've been getting on through a university network).

GO ME

-- anyway, thanks a lot for the heads-up- I've already swapped out pretty much all of the pictures in my first post with jpgs, and it's working a lot better now. I should be able to crank through the other two posts tonight, as well.

As for the in-motion screenshots... well, I'm using my school's editing rooms to get the in-game stuff recorded, and will continue to do so until I can find an affordable way to use my laptop to capture purty PS2 gameplay movies. Even in battles, though, Sakura Wars isn't a crazy twitch-action game, AND I'll have gameplay movies for the battle sequences. Regardless, I'll look that up.

Glad you're enjoying this here LP, and it'll definitely be much easier to read updates (and the thread itself) from here on out.



EDIT: All PNGs changed to JPGs.

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Jul 23, 2007 around 07:10

MysticalMachineGun
Apr 5, 2005



Heh, the clothing change scene was quite humourous. Well done.

But drat, is this game off to a boring start. Changing clothes? Punching tickets? The hell?

And while we're giving feedback, I don't suppose you could swap out the emoticons for conversations for something else? Say their names, or their little portraits from the game? As time goes on it'll be hard to remember which female character is which if you stick with those emots (except for that's pretty easy to keep track of).

MysticalMachineGun fucked around with this message at Jul 23, 2007 around 09:22

Bakanogami
Dec 31, 2004



Hey cool, I've always wondered about these games since I watched the OVA that came out some years ago, but my Japanese was never quite up to spec to play them. Definitely subscribed, keep it up.

seorin
May 23, 2005

2 Sun's Dusk (Day 78)
Of the Seven Visions of Seven Trials of the Incarnate, I have now fulfilled the Fifth Trial.

Ahh, thank you. That is much better now

This is one of those games that I would play in a heartbeat if I could understand Japanese. It's just so bizarre, and on top of that I love tactical RPGs. I'm really glad you're doing this so I can at least read about it.

As for the capturing stuff, most people recommend the Adaptec Gamebridge. I have no experience with it, using a cheapo TV capture card myself, but you can find a ton of recommendations and information about it in a thread kicking around here somewhere called the Tech Support Fort. I believe it's $20 and works via USB.

If you're just pulling screenshots from uncompressed movies, though, it's pretty easy to run a deinterlace filter on the movie file (if VirtualDub can't do it directly I know AviSynth can). You'd want to do that anyway if you're going to post up cut sections of the movies themselves. I'm far from the most experienced video editor in this forum, but I'd be happy to help however I can. I've at least done a fair amount of videos.

Sindai
Jan 24, 2007
i want to achieve immortality through not dying

Your comments are hilarious. The ticket-punch-murder sequence was amazing. Keep it up!

Canuck-Errant
Oct 28, 2003

MOOD: BURNING - MUSIC: DISCO INFERNO BY THE TRAMMPS

For easier identification, I suggest you use thumbnails of the characters' "speech portraits" instead of smilies - or even use custom smilies. As it is, though, it's a little confusing.

Edit: Whoa, I pretty much repeated what Semiru said. Go go reading skills

Jack Van Burace
Jun 4, 2003



I've always wondered what the Sakura Wars games were about, this is a great LP. I hope you get all the way through it, this looks to be quite an undertaking.

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


Semiru posted:

Heh, the clothing change scene was quite humourous. Well done.

But drat, is this game off to a boring start. Changing clothes? Punching tickets? The hell?

And while we're giving feedback, I don't suppose you could swap out the emoticons for conversations for something else? Say their names, or their little portraits from the game? As time goes on it'll be hard to remember which female character is which if you stick with those emots (except for that's pretty easy to keep track of).

Thanks! Thankfully, later games in the series use the Double LIPS system for something a little less asinine than clothes-changing.

As to the current content... well, don't worry, it's not all menial labor and boring chores. Sakura Wars games usually get a lot more interesting; it's just that the first one is particularly campy.

Also, after thinking on it for a while, I'm probably going to strike the emoticons all together and stick to bolded names. While I really like the idea of character portraits (since the game already provides them!), it seems like it would break the lines of text and make them more difficult to read (like Yoneda's emoticon already does).

: Even if I manage to cram all the text into one sentence, well....
: Given how tall the emoticon is, it puts more space between sentences than I'm used to, and (for me, at least) makes it harder for the eye to jump from one to the next.
: It gets worse when dialogue stretches to include multiple sentences.


Bakanogami posted:

Hey cool, I've always wondered about these games since I watched the OVA that came out some years ago, but my Japanese was never quite up to spec to play them. Definitely subscribed, keep it up.

Oh, sweet, someone else who's seen Sakura Wars!

Glad you're interested in this here LP. I'd suggest reading the manga that's recently been getting translated by Tokyopop- it does a good job of ironing out the corniness that I'll be pointing out, along with some of the more blatantly bizarre plot holes/snafus/out-of-character moments/etc.


seorin posted:

Ahh, thank you. That is much better now

This is one of those games that I would play in a heartbeat if I could understand Japanese. It's just so bizarre, and on top of that I love tactical RPGs. I'm really glad you're doing this so I can at least read about it.

(Technical talk edited out due to length)

Hell, I should be thanking YOU for the technical advice. :XD: If I'd kept on with the .png files, I might've killed this thread without realizing it.

Sakura Wars is fun, and the sequels get so much better- time and convenience willing, I'm hoping that I'll be able to LP Sakura Wars 2-5 (the only obstacle would be that these would take a fucklong time to complete).

In any case, the biggest problem facing me right now is that the computers I'm using to record and encode my gameplay movies and screenshot fodder are all Macs, so I'm stuck with iMovie. I've been using PCs and Windows laptops pretty much all my life, so all my Mac-related expertise consists of knowing that when you want to copy-paste, "funkybutton-c" replaces "ctrl-c". Furthermore, all I end up with are .dv, .mov, and .mp4 files, none of which seem to be covered by VirtualDub.

Every deinterlacing guide I've seen thus far doesn't cover any of the programs or OSes I'm working with right now. Once I save up enough money and/or find a good price, I'm definitely going to be springing for an Adaptec GameBridge- making updates is already taking me an incredibly long time as it is.


Sindai posted:

Your comments are hilarious. The ticket-punch-murder sequence was amazing. Keep it up!

Thanks! I plan to give this thread and game as much as I've got.


Cannuck-Errant posted:

For easier identification, I suggest you use thumbnails of the characters' "speech portraits" instead of smilies - or even use custom smilies. As it is, though, it's a little confusing.

Edit: Whoa, I pretty much repeated what Semiru said. Go go reading skills

... hmm, thumbnails might work a bit better. The only obstacle (aside from the ones I'd mentioned above) is that my screenshots are coming off of .mov files, so the portraits are already small. Shrinking them any smaller or cropping them any further might make them unrecognizable smudges of color in the vague shape of a face. Thanks for the tip, though- I'm still running through ideas.


Jack Van Burace posted:

I've always wondered what the Sakura Wars games were about, this is a great LP. I hope you get all the way through it, this looks to be quite an undertaking.

They're usually about eighteen more-or-less-awesome hours long, plus or minus five hours Thanks a lot!

... it IS pretty time-consuming, but I'm hoping that my love for this series will keep me afloat. Even so, I'm probably going to be beat by the end of this LP.




EDIT: I've added a video link for the first meeting with Yoneda, mainly because the drunken old coot is my second-favorite male character in the series.

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Jul 24, 2007 around 04:48

seorin
May 23, 2005

2 Sun's Dusk (Day 78)
Of the Seven Visions of Seven Trials of the Incarnate, I have now fulfilled the Fifth Trial.

Spirit Armor posted:

... hmm, thumbnails might work a bit better. The only obstacle (aside from the ones I'd mentioned above) is that my screenshots are coming off of .mov files, so the portraits are already small. Shrinking them any smaller or cropping them any further might make them unrecognizable smudges of color in the vague shape of a face. Thanks for the tip, though- I'm still running through ideas.

I might suggest going the route of the Yo-Jin-Bo thread. That thread uses massive portraits and it's still very good looking and readable. My image editing is a little sloppy, but here's an example (credit goes to kethryveris for pioneering this style, of course):

[Ogami]
By using both the character name and a portrait, it more easily helps readers to associate names to characters.


Silly comments can use a completely separate text style, so in-game dialogue and external commentary are easy to distinguish apart.

[Ogami]
Unless a character's portrait changes, there's no need to post it a second time. In such cases, a bolded name will do just fine.


[Sakura]
I think that about covers the basics of how kethryveris is doing it.


[Iris]
At this point, I'm just being silly because I made several portraits and I want to use them.


[Ogami]
That is one really creepy little girl, though.


[Iris]
I heard that.


[Ogami]
Did I say creepy? Cute. I meant cute.


[Maria]
She may be nine years old, but even she's not going to fall for that one.

Insurrectionist
May 21, 2007


Great LP so far, I'm glad someone's taking the time to LP the game since I've wanted to play a Sakura Wars game for a while but lack Japanese skills. Liking the somewhat hybrid style you're using too.

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


seorin posted:

I might suggest going the route of the Yo-Jin-Bo thread. That thread uses massive portraits and it's still very good looking and readable. My image editing is a little sloppy, but here's an example (credit goes to kethryveris for pioneering this style, of course):

(IMAGES)

Hot drat, now THAT'S a great way of doing it. I've adapted the look for my next updates (with a few tweaks here and there)...

[Sakura]:

... and it looked pretty good when it was tested out. This for actual text.

[Sumire]:

This, however, is the format for silly things- for instance, calculating how many of the pilots seem to want to surprise sex Ogami at any given moment.

[Iris]:

Tell us what you guys think, 'kay?

[Ogami]:

... nifty. This'll save a lot of time.

[???]

Nyahahaha! Hey, this is pretty cool!!

[Ogami]

... who the christ are you?

[???]

Oh, don't mind me, I'm from the far future! I know what's gonna happen next!
Like what cool robots're gonna get invented, how much crap you're going to be put through, and even who you end up with! It'll be a long time before we get THAT far with the playthroughs, but--

[Ogami]

From the FUTURE? How the hell did yo-

[Ogami]

....
... who DO I end up with?


[???]

That's easy! You get together with *whisperwhisperwhisper*.

[Ogami]

WHAT?! But that's-- that's just wrong and bizarre, not to mention horridly frightening!! There's no way that I would get together withGGHARGLBJKESGK--

[???]

(PLEASE STAND BY WHILE WE RID THE SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM OF PARADOXES.)


Insurrectionist posted:

Great LP so far, I'm glad someone's taking the time to LP the game since I've wanted to play a Sakura Wars game for a while but lack Japanese skills. Liking the somewhat hybrid style you're using too.

Hoho. Thanks- glad you're enjoying this!

The style's probably going to keep up as it is, leaning towards screenshots more than movies; voice commentary isn't my style, and I shudder to think about how much work it might be to record voices and/or to subtitle everything that needs subtitling during, say, battles.


Also, the update'll probably be up either tomorrow evening or the day after.

Verbose
Apr 22, 2006

Mike believed in the shooting star, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then,but that's no matter. Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... and then one fine morning-
So we beat on, subs against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.


Maria is the only real choice here, unless you think horribly annoying personality flaws are endearing, or are a

Oh wait.

Doktor Per
Feb 25, 2007

Look guys, I'm a lady!

I'm enjoying the tits out of this.

Also, go with Iris, being a pedophile always pays off in Anime.

Glazius
Jul 22, 2007

Hail all those who are able,
any mouse can,
any mouse will,
but the Guard prevail.


Wow. Time-sensitive dialogue options? Best. Interface. EVER.

Also saying Tachibana. She seems impressed by calmness and composure, which are important traits for a commander with essentially irreplaceable troops.

In addition, if you keep practicing the piano, you're only one bass player away from a smoove jazz trio.

Sindai
Jan 24, 2007
i want to achieve immortality through not dying

Verbose posted:

unless you think horribly annoying personality flaws are endearing
Voting Sumire because of this. She seems like the most entertaining one.

seorin
May 23, 2005

2 Sun's Dusk (Day 78)
Of the Seven Visions of Seven Trials of the Incarnate, I have now fulfilled the Fifth Trial.

Spirit Armor posted:

Hot drat, now THAT'S a great way of doing it. I've adapted the look for my next updates (with a few tweaks here and there)...

Glad to be of help It looks good! I can't wait until the next update.

novaSphere
Jan 25, 2003



Haha, thanks for this--I've always been a closet fan of Sakura Wars but never got a chance to play the games for very long. Also, Kohran is the best

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


Verbose posted:

Maria is the only real choice here, unless you think horribly annoying personality flaws are endearing, or are a

Oh wait.

That, I suppose, is one point for Maria.

Keep in mind, though, that a few pilots have yet to appear!


Doktor Per posted:

I'm enjoying the tits out of this.

... awesome!

quote:

Also, go with Iris, being a pedophile always pays off in Anime.

I TAKE THAT BACK.
(one point for Iris)


Glazius posted:

Wow. Time-sensitive dialogue options? Best. Interface. EVER.

Also saying Tachibana. She seems impressed by calmness and composure, which are important traits for a commander with essentially irreplaceable troops.

In addition, if you keep practicing the piano, you're only one bass player away from a smoove jazz trio.

I'm honestly surprised and dismayed that there aren't a lot of other games that try to do something like this.

And that's another point for Maria Tachibana! She DOES seem to be one of the few people so far who has all of her poo poo together... though I gather that calmness and composure is something that my Ogami is lacking at this point in time. I've always had trouble with Maria.

Ogami could probably play the bass if he really puts his mind to it. The man can do pretty much ANYTHING.


Sindai posted:

Voting Sumire because of this. She seems like the most entertaining one.

O... one point for Sumire.

Poor, poor Ogami.


seorin posted:

Glad to be of help It looks good! I can't wait until the next update.

AND SO IT COMES


novaSphere posted:

Haha, thanks for this--I've always been a closet fan of Sakura Wars but never got a chance to play the games for very long. Also, Kohran is the best

Oh hell yes! All part of my master plan to lure more of you Sakura Wars-loving goons out of the woodwork.

Kohran is made of win, love, one hot accent, and gratuitous explosions. What's NOT to like?

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.



----


[Ogami]:

(I'm really sleepy, but... maybe it's because I'm not used to this bed, but I'm having trouble falling asleep....)
(It's already almost eight o' clock, huh....)
..........

*knocking sounds*

[Ogami]:
(Hm....? Who could it possibly be at this hour?)

[Sakura]:

Ogami-san... it's Sakura....

[Ogami]:

Sakura-kun? Hold on a second, I'll open the door.
(It's already this late- what could possibly be the matter....?)

Hell if I know what's the matter NOW, but I have a good grasp on what COULD go horribly wrong with this scenario.

---
Ogami stepped outside of his room, momentarily preoccupied with his thoughts; thus, he never saw the baseball bat coming until it hit the back of his head, plunging him into unconsciousness.

"Now I'll have him aaaaaall to myself... kukukuku......!" Giggling like a loon, Sakura let the baseball bat drop from her hands and began dragging the ticket-taker's limp body back to her room.

BAD END

~FIN

---



[Sakura]:

Yes, it was a great success.

[Ogami]:

More importantly... what's wrong? Do you need me for something?

Well, it DOES take two people to make a baby.

[Sakura]:

Um, Ogami-san...
Actually, I have to get you started on making the nightly rounds in the theater...
... is what Yoneda instructed me to tell you...

[Ogami]:

Nightly... rounds?

[Sakura]:

Yes.... I apologize for telling you this so suddenly, but.... we're leaving it in your hands.

---
(What the gently caress does 'nightly rounds' mean), he wondered? Immediately, Ogami's mind leapt to the worst case scenarios, and it was all he could do to keep the horrified expression off his face. Was this part of some secret governmental breeding program? Would the OTHER girls actually informed about this BEFORE he attempts to put the moves on them? Would... would he have to touch Iris?!

....


---



[Ogami]:

Alright, let's do this thing!
I was actually having trouble sleeping. This should make for some good exercise.

... I don't know how this man can say this sort of thing with a straight face.



[Ogami]:

Eh?! Sakura-kun, you're coming along as well?

[Sakura]:

Yes! I mean, you aren't very familiar with the theater yet, right?
That's why I'm coming along to show you around!

(Once again, I refer you to the aforementioned baseball bat scenario.)

[Ogami]:

Thanks. I'm counting on you, then.


----


This free movement phase starts off on the second floor this time, in front of Ogami's room.



Aside from the strangely empty rooms, there's really not a whole lot to see; a number of scenes seem to require intruding on peoples' private spaces.



Thus, I decide to invade Sakura's.

This is mostly because there's a heart icon above her room, which always means that something.... interesting will happen.



[Ogami]:

Heh....

---
[Ogami]:

... but, but, it's MY job to give up-to-date reports on which room we're currently standing in front of.
---

[Sakura]:

Oh, that's right! I have something I want to ask of you...

[Ogami]:

What's up?

[Sakura]:

Lately, I've been reading our script for "Cinderella," but I'm having trouble with a few parts...
.... could you practice a few lines with me, just for a little bit?

[Ogami]:

That's no problem, but... I hope that I can be helpful.

[Sakura]:

Thank you! Now, let's go inside and get started at once.



[Sakura]:

Without someone playing as the stepmother, I have trouble getting into the spirit of the scene.
Ogami-san, could you please play the evil stepmother?


----

----


---
.... never having read Cinderella before- or any similar Western fairy tale, for that matter- Ogami was quite baffled. Where were the colorful pictures with the pronunciations for each word? Where was all the violent, scissor-wielding cuttin' action? What happened to the porno scenes? Why was this 'Cinderella' character passively letting herself get slapped around by some old hag when there were so many potentially deadly household implements within easy reach?
---


----


[Sakura]:

Uuuu...

[Ogami]:

If you've got time to cry.... er...



I max out this gauge, thus instructing Ogami to put everything he's got into belting out this one line.



The results are fairly awesome.

[Sakura]:

Y-yes, mother...



The falsetto laughter that resounded from Ogami's mouth has heralded the birth of a new actor.


----


[Sakura]:

Ogami-san.... you're getting really into this...

[Ogami]:

Hahaha... I guess I put a bit too much effort into it.



... WELL, IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE THESPIAN HEAT, GET OUT OF THE THESPIAN KITCHEN, BITCH!

Tell her off, Ogami! Don't let this philistine crimp your budding acting skills!





[Sakura]:

.... well, we're done with that bit of practice, so let's get back to making the nightly rounds.

Done like dinner, as a mater of fact.

[Ogami]:

Yep, you're right.



... with the way things have been going, he's probably going to show up to the next practice session decked out in drag and a wig.

---


[Ogami]:

Cinderella!! CIIIIIINDERELLAAAA~~~!! GET YOUR rear end IN GEAR!!

[Sakura]:

...
----

[Ogami]:

Certainly.

[Sakura]:

Anyway, shall we get going?

(to be continued).

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Nov 28, 2012 around 06:47

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.




Next stop: the second floor salon, that place where Sumire just sort of sits around, drinks tea, and makes Ogami's life a living hell.



[Ogami]:

It's everyone's place to relax, huh. No one's left any trash anywhere..... it's pretty.



.... and speak of the devil.

[Sakura]:

Um, Sumire-san... drinking your green tea is all right, but... please remember to clean up your mugs afterward.
You left it your mug lying around again earlier this afternoon.





I can't really reconcile the clean-cut, lady-like Sumire with the Sumire who's ready and willing (and lazy) to let dirty crap pile up in the salon.



My current policy is to add a new screenshot everytime someone changes a pose.


---


... a pissed-off, ranting Sumire is usually animated enough to make this fairly tedious.

But hey, at least she's bustled off to go... do whatever it is she does when she isn't drinking tea, dropping forks, or verbally castrating people! Hell if I know what the Kanzaki heiress ACTUALLY does for fun, but I think these leisure activities might cover it for her.



[Ogami]:

Y, yeah.... guess so.

>OGAMI and his party ran away from the battle!
>0 exp gained.
>0 yen gained.
>10 manliness lost.




A library? Gawd, what DOESN'T this theater have?

---
[Ogami]

Giant robots?
---

Hush, you.



[Maria]:

Sakura and the Ensign... what are you doing up so late?

[Sakura]:

Doing the nightly rounds. Maria-san, what might YOU be doing up so late?

Well, she's wearing a heavy-as-gently caress overcoat in the middle of April. I'm guessing that she becomes more active when the temperature drops at night, when little French lolis and socially stunted ticket-takers usually aren't out and about to bother the hell out of her.

.... and she would've gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for that meddling Sakura.

[Maria]:

I'd just come to return the book that I had borrowed earlier.

[Sakura]:

Oh, what book did you borrow?

---
[Maria]:

The "Kama Sutra".

[Sakura]:

... come again?

[Maria]:

.... it was for Iris.

[Sakura]:

.............
---

[Maria]:

It was "Crime and Punishment"...



If you can't read what the Christ the title was back there (which I couldn't my first time around), these choices look about twenty times worse in Japanese katakana. ESPECIALLY since there's that time limit. Doubly so, if you don't know your Russian authors.



Try deciphering what the heck Torusutoi, Dosutoefuskii, and Gourikii are supposed to be referring to in the space of about seven seconds.


One horrendously lucky guess (the middle option) later:



----
[Ogami]

Yeah, that's 'cause I can see the spine of the book from here.

[Maria]

Hahaha... oh, you DICK.
----

[Sakura]:

Ogami-san, that's amazing! I'm really impressed!



[Maria]:

Ensign, Sakura. Good luck with the nightly rounds. Good night.

[Sakura]:

Ogami-san. Shall we go back to making the rounds?

]Ogami]
NEVER! If you want me out of this door, it's going to be over my cold, dead, broken body!



[Sakura]:

Well, THAT was simple. I sure hope blood doesn't stain~!



Inescapable event, go!



I KNEW IT, SHE THRISTS FOR BLOOD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

[Ogami]:

What's wrong, Iris?! At an hour like this...

Don't be fooled by her ridiculous pink jammies and innocent-looking nightcap!

[Iris]:

Oniichan.... Sakura.....

Or by her piteous sobbing! It's all part of her master plan. With her fangs bared, the French loli is going to go straight for Sakura's jugular and Ogami's pants!

[Sakura]:

What's the matter, Iris? Please, tell us.

[Iris]:

Well, you see... Jean-Paul is gone...
I think that he was.... probably left behind somewhere....
Sniff... Jean-Paul's probably all alone right now... sniff... the poor thing...

Oh, it's just the teddy bear.

....



[Ogami]:

Iris....

[Sakura]:

Don't worry, Iris. Once it becomes brighter tomorrow, you'll find him quickly.
Now then, it's already late. Please go back to your room for today.

[Iris]:

Sniff... okay... I will...



... weren't YOU the one telling her which room to stay in this afternoon?

[Sakura]:

.... Ogami-san. We should get moving. Shall we?



Pfft, yeah, like I'M going to waste time doing the Jean-Paul fetch quest. To Yoneda's office!

(to be continued! Something's being borked up in this thread- possibly due to image links- so I'm pacing the update posts a little bit more slowly.

So, no, the next few parts of this update have not disappeared and/or been deleted, I'm just waiting for the next page before I risk throwing down any more image links.)

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Nov 28, 2012 around 06:50

Canuck-Errant
Oct 28, 2003

MOOD: BURNING - MUSIC: DISCO INFERNO BY THE TRAMMPS

Spirit Armor posted:

MOVIE ALERT

You mean WE'VE GOT MOVIE SIGN

seorin
May 23, 2005

2 Sun's Dusk (Day 78)
Of the Seven Visions of Seven Trials of the Incarnate, I have now fulfilled the Fifth Trial.

This LP keeps getting better and better. I'm really impressed with how you're doing this

The only further suggestion I would make, and it's a really, really tiny nitpick, is to have screenshots of the videos for when video watching is not possible (i.e. people reading at work). Also, if Google continues being a pain, try uploading to DailyMotion or FileFront. The latter tends to have a really good quality anyway (though they will delete your videos after awhile if you don't follow the directions on their "we're going to delete your videos" e-mail).

Anyway, you're doing a great job on this and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite LPs active right now.

KnoxZone
Jan 26, 2007

And if I die before I Wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.


This commentary is brilliant, keep it up!

seorin
May 23, 2005

2 Sun's Dusk (Day 78)
Of the Seven Visions of Seven Trials of the Incarnate, I have now fulfilled the Fifth Trial.

Hey, guys, it might help Spirit Armor a lot if we could make, say, ten more posts... at some point.

So, who is everybody interested in so far? I think it would be hilarious to see Ogami end up with Sumire, but I like watching him suffer. Not voting until we get a little farther, though.

Though I'll be happy as long as we don't end up with Iris.

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


Canuck-Errant posted:

You mean WE'VE GOT MOVIE SIGN

I totally fixed it!

... mostly because the update post that you're referring to has been deleted, destined for a higher-numbered post. So, uh.

ENJOY YOUR TIME PARADOX.


seorin posted:

This LP keeps getting better and better. I'm really impressed with how you're doing this

The only further suggestion I would make, and it's a really, really tiny nitpick, is to have screenshots of the videos for when video watching is not possible (i.e. people reading at work). Also, if Google continues being a pain, try uploading to DailyMotion or FileFront. The latter tends to have a really good quality anyway (though they will delete your videos after awhile if you don't follow the directions on their "we're going to delete your videos" e-mail).

Anyway, you're doing a great job on this and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite LPs active right now.

I'll give one of the other video-hosting sites a try- for now, I'm giving Youtube a whirl, at least temporarily. Screenshots for videos wouldn't be too hard to do- that's the system I have in mind for battles, since it would be lacking commentary and a decent way to do subtitles without making the screen too cluttered.

Thanks a lot for the help, man. You've pretty much helped keep this thread afloat since the beginning.

KnoxZone posted:

This commentary is brilliant, keep it up!

Believe me, I plan to. Thanks!

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Oct 23, 2007 around 18:52

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

Love, Justice, and Mid-Season Upgrades Steam-Powered Robots.


There used to be part of the last update here. However, I ate this post for the greater good, mainly because it kept coming very, very close to breaking the thread.

Have a random video link instead.

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Jul 27, 2007 around 22:02

seorin
May 23, 2005

2 Sun's Dusk (Day 78)
Of the Seven Visions of Seven Trials of the Incarnate, I have now fulfilled the Fifth Trial.

Spirit Armor posted:

Thanks a lot for the help, man. You've pretty much helped keep this thread afloat since the beginning.

Hey, I'm glad to help out however I can. We need more LPs for obscure games that most people won't ever get to play. Considering you're translating this as you go, this qualifies tenfold. On top of that, you really are doing a great job. This is one of the most amusing LPs I've seen, I really love your sense of humor.

To take an idea from slowbeef's Sprung previews, and somewhat from my Arcanum thread, maybe it would help get more comments if you let people make requests? I honestly don't know how much work it would be, so if it would be too much work just ignore me, but as an example maybe we could ask "What would've happened if you chose 'Get Lovey-Dovey with Sakura?'" and you could just post the immediate followup to that.

I have no idea how the saving works in the game, though, so that might be completely impractical. However you might manage to work it, feedback / voting is pretty much hands down the best way to bump up thread responses, and thus slide things to the next page to avoid breaking other pages after this one. Then again, I've only ever seen thread-breaking happen on page 1, maybe future pages won't have that problem? We can hope

Glazius
Jul 22, 2007

Hail all those who are able,
any mouse can,
any mouse will,
but the Guard prevail.


Spirit Armor posted:

Pfft, yeah, like I'M going to waste time doing the Jean-Paul fetch quest. To Yoneda's office!

(to be continued! Something's being borked up in this thread- possibly due to image links- so I'm pacing the update posts a little bit more slowly.

So, no, the next few parts of this update have not disappeared and/or been deleted, I'm just waiting for the next page before I risk throwing down any more image links.)
I was wondering why this kept timing out!

Just watch, if you don't find Jean-Paul, Iris keeps psykering up bigger and bigger objects searching for him and you wind up having to mash 20 buttons in 5 seconds to catch the chandelier.

Anybody who can stay awake reading Dostoevsky in a bed at nighttime is not entirely human. Perhaps it's special sniper training to keep full attention staring through a tiny scope at a small open window?

Also, when you're in freelook mode what are the buttons captioned with? Character names or location names?

Rose wood
Apr 4, 2006

You're a superstar!

Well in the interests of getting you to the next page, I'll post! I like the idea of demons and mecha in a world war two setting, though there hasn't really been much of that yet...

That little girl seriously, seriously creeps me out though, she looks like one of those demon children from horror movies, and the suggestion that she's a dating option just makes it ten times worse...

Edit: I think it doesn't help that those two little bits of hair coming out of her bangs always look like her eyebrows to me, so it's like she's always either really, REALLY angry, or just plotting evilly. Like this:





It was only just now that I even noticed she had eyebrows under there, but somehow that just makes it worse because it's like they were actually trying to make her cute and not creepy...

Rose wood fucked around with this message at Jul 27, 2007 around 23:08

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

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seorin posted:

Hey, I'm glad to help out however I can. We need more LPs for obscure games that most people won't ever get to play. Considering you're translating this as you go, this qualifies tenfold. On top of that, you really are doing a great job. This is one of the most amusing LPs I've seen, I really love your sense of humor.

To take an idea from slowbeef's Sprung previews, and somewhat from my Arcanum thread, maybe it would help get more comments if you let people make requests? I honestly don't know how much work it would be, so if it would be too much work just ignore me, but as an example maybe we could ask "What would've happened if you chose 'Get Lovey-Dovey with Sakura?'" and you could just post the immediate followup to that.

I have no idea how the saving works in the game, though, so that might be completely impractical. However you might manage to work it, feedback / voting is pretty much hands down the best way to bump up thread responses, and thus slide things to the next page to avoid breaking other pages after this one. Then again, I've only ever seen thread-breaking happen on page 1, maybe future pages won't have that problem? We can hope

It'd be more doable if the game allowed me to save more than twice per episode, and at places other than the set-in-stone eyecatches. :/ As it is, exploring a different outcome or asking how I should answer a minor question would require some amount of starting over from a prior savepoint.

However, I'll be asking you guys on some of the later, more influential decisions that Ogami will have to make (as long as it wouldn't be completely breaking the game OR Ogami's chances at saving the world ), though those are relatively few and far between.

Also, with any luck, the next pages shouldn't be a problem. The updates using the old emoticons-stand-for-different-characters style were ridiculously screenshot heavy.


Glazius posted:

Just watch, if you don't find Jean-Paul, Iris keeps psykering up bigger and bigger objects searching for him and you wind up having to mash 20 buttons in 5 seconds to catch the chandelier.

...

Thanks, man, I'm now afraid to pass through the theater's main lobby on account of the possibility that THE CHANDELIER HAS EYES, IRIS'S EYES.

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Anybody who can stay awake reading Dostoevsky in a bed at nighttime is not entirely human. Perhaps it's special sniper training to keep full attention staring through a tiny scope at a small open window?

It's probably the same training that lets her wear a heavy overcoat no matter WHAT the season.

Also, I should stop calling her a sniper. The only reason I do so is because she's like the only squad member with something approximating long range weaponry.

quote:

Also, when you're in freelook mode what are the buttons captioned with? Character names or location names?

Location names only. Unless I remember from my previous playthroughs, I generally have no idea of who's going to be in any given location. I can make educated guesses (for instance, Sumire favors the salon, while Yoneda is USUALLY in his office), but that's about it.


Rose wood posted:

Well in the interests of getting you to the next page, I'll post! I like the idea of demons and mecha in a world war two setting, though there hasn't really been much of that yet...

Yaaaay!

It ain't world war two, however. The game series rarely concerns itself with actual history of the time period (Sakura Wars 5 and its bizarro version of 1920's America)- and besides, history tends to be blindsided off of its natural course when you throw demons versus humans into the mix.

quote:

That little girl seriously, seriously creeps me out though, she looks like one of those demon children from horror movies, and the suggestion that she's a dating option just makes it ten times worse...

Edit: I think it doesn't help that those two little bits of hair coming out of her bangs always look like her eyebrows to me, so it's like she's always either really, REALLY angry, or just plotting evilly. Like this:

(Image cut for )

It was only just now that I even noticed she had eyebrows under there, but somehow that just makes it worse because it's like they were actually trying to make her cute and not creepy...

THANKS FOR THE NIGHTMARES

It's worse because that pose has TWO pairs of eyes lookin' straight at you: Iris's ice blue eyes and Jean-Paul's dead, glossy ones... D:

Spirit Armor fucked around with this message at Oct 23, 2007 around 18:52

Sindai
Jan 24, 2007
i want to achieve immortality through not dying

I was wondering what was with this thread earlier today.

Spirit Armor
Jul 11, 2007

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Sindai posted:

I was wondering what was with this thread earlier today.

Very, very weird things. The thread didn't like the 300+ images that were being loaded into it.

And here, I thought the lockout only affected -me-...

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Rose wood
Apr 4, 2006

You're a superstar!

Spirit Armor posted:

It ain't world war two, however. The game series rarely concerns itself with actual history of the time period (lol Sakura Wars 5 and its bizarro version of 1920's America)- and besides, history tends to be blindsided off of its natural course when you throw demons versus humans into the mix.

Ah I really meant WW2 era, sorry... steampunk's always fun, and steampunk vs demons can only be a good thing! Although it really does seem like no one's much bothered by the clouds of demons flying through the skies and lurking in the darkness.


Spirit Armor posted:

LOL THANKS FOR THE NIGHTMARES

It's worse because that pose has TWO pairs of eyes lookin' straight at you: Iris's ice blue eyes and Jean-Paul's dead, glossy ones... D:

That's what I see every time I see her image

Rose wood fucked around with this message at Jul 28, 2007 around 00:58

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