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HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014





“I'm alright. More importantly... where's Komaeda...?”

“He got away...”

"We need to find him quickly, or Sara's collar...!!”

(Right... My collar...!)



(How many minutes passed there...?)



Huh? Is my collar tightening...?

"Pant...! Hahh...!!”

"What?! Sara Chidouin...!!”

(No... It's my imagination... I know... I know, don't I?! I've overcome this kind of thing again and again! Again and... I don't... want to die... You could never... get used to this...)

"Pant...! Pant...!!”

(No...! I can't look uneasy!! My allies are watching! I'm providing everyone support, so I...!)

"Hahhh...!!!! Hahhh...!!!!”



"...?!”

I feel a warm hand on my back.





"I'm sure we can do something. Let's find Komaeda... okay?”

"Kan... na...”

"Well, I respect the attitude, Kanna.”



"Ah...!”





  • First time Keiji's referred to himself as Mr. Ex-Policeman.

"That's the ticket, Keiji!!”

(Keiji...)



  • Keiji's being quite kind to Kanna in this chapter – wonder if he feels guilty about voting for her in the last Main Game?

"Mmgh...”

  • Sara does take the opportunity to give Gin a hug at this point if Hayasaka is dead.

"Now, we need everyone on this. Let's split up again and search.”

"Hmph...! You can rely on me! I know the mind of an escaped convict...!”

"We'll definitely find him...!!”

"Raaawr!! Then let's go, woof!!”

Music stops.

(Everyone... Thank you...)





Investigate the monitors.




Talk to Alice.

“This room must be an important place for managing all of Floors 4 and 5...”

“We can't let Komaeda take it... I'll stay behind.”

Talk to Anzu.

“If I see Komaeda on these security camera, I'll let you know over the PA system!”



Talk to Gin.

“Should've picked up his scent when I had the chance, woof!”

Talk to Hayasaka.

“It seems pretty open, so I can't imagine there's many places you could hide here...”

Talk to Hinako.



“Maybe he's got eyes on the back of his head...”

Talk to Keiji.

“Not here, huh...”

(Keiji's life is on the line... I absolutely have to find him...)

“That serious face is cool and all... But don't get too worked up.”

“Come to think of it, Sara... Have you seen library books anywhere?”

“Huh? Is that important?”

“Just a little curious. I think I've seen them around...”



“In the Discussion Room, I believe...”

“Discussion Room...?”

“You haven't held hands with Hinako yet?”

“...Guess your friendly policeman moves a bit slow, believe it or not.”

(Sheesh, I'm being serious here...)



Talk to Mai.

“We'll definitely find him, Sara! I'll do my best!”

Talk to Q-taro.




Talk to Kanna

“Um, Sara... I'm a little curious about something...”



(Huh? So does someone have it...?)

Talk to Kurumada.

Kurumada is sticking his head into a hole.


“Tch, there's something in the back of here, but I can't reach it...”

“There's something there?”

“It's a blue book. Says somethin' about returning it on time.”

“If you want your hands on it, bring over that pro-wrestler old-timer.”

(Q-taro...? I wonder where he is...)



Talk to Q-taro.

“Yo, Sara. You found anything?”



“Q-taro! We need you...!”

“Dunno what you mean, but leave it to me! Let's get rollin', Mai!”

“Let's get rollinnn'!”



Talk to Kurumada.



“You really gonna talk to me like that?!”

Q-taro reached into the hole and got the book.



“Ugh, it's sopping wet...”

“Should be able to make out bits 'n' pieces, at least!”

“Lessee...”



“...!”

“...What's this creepy book? A diary?”

“...Shin...”



“AI test data...?!”



(You don't mean... Is this an experiment log Komaeda wrote?)

“Um... Sara...!”

“Is it okay if Kanna inspects that book?!”

“Huh...?”

“Please! I want to know at least a little more about Sou...!”

“Kanna... still hardly knows anything about him...!”

Music stops.



“...Protect you?”



“...!”



“Why, you...! Shut yer trap!!”

“It's fine...”




“...”

“But... Sou taught her...”





“There won't be a way... unless we believe!”

“Bwahaha... You're a real idiot...”

“Grrr...!”

Music stops.



“Huh?”

“You mean you gotta “win,” right...? Ain't this a match against Asunaro?”

“A match...”





“...!”

““Not losing” and “winning” are completely different things, little missy.”

“Please, don't call me “little missy”!!"

“Okay, brat.”

“That's worse!!”

“Kanna... I can't give this to you yet...”

“Sara...”

“Sorry... We might need it for a puzzle.”

“I see...”



“So that we can win...!”

“Yes...!!”

“...Hmph.”

“Tha's right! First, we'll win the game of tag!”

“Let's resume our search, master!”

“Quit with that already!”





Investigate green book.

(There were books this colour in the library...)



“Whoa! There's something written in it!”



“Don't tell me, it's info on our pasts...!”

“Nah... It's not that. Look.”





(One of the Obstructors' weaknesses...?)

“Annoyingly-written, but this is good to know.”

(True... Though I hope we never have to meet this “strongest Obstructor”...)



Investigate yellow book.

(Seems this book was borrowed from the library...)



“Ahh... It's summarising that physical exam stuff that was on the computer.”



"Sara... Only pairs can enter this room, right? Komaeda wouldn't be here...”

"That's exactly why he might be.”

"I... guess that's true. A Floor Master can do whatever...”



"Uh...? Right, that's his real name. Could you tell us about him?”




"S-She's acting kinda funny, huh...?”

For now, let's search this room...”

Investigate red book.

“Would this be a book from the library?”




  • We don't get any information about what's in the red book.



“Our bad. We're in a hurry.”

“It's okay! You two look busy. It must be hard...”

"Hey, have you become friends?”



  • It's a bit early to say, Ranmaru's been nice enough and helpful so far, but we've only just met him.

"Well... it's just normal between us.”

"...It seems a little off to say "for now, we're just normal”...”







Music stops.





“Heard a heck of a sound...”

“What's this? Stairs...?”

“Komaeda might be up there...”

“Sara-senpai...! Go on ahead! We'll call everyone over the PA!”

“Alright. Let's move, Sara.”



“You watch here that Komaeda doesn't escape until the broadcast ends!”

“Roger that...”

“We just gotta go, Sara...”

“Right! We won't let him get away again...!”





Music stops.

“Komaeda...!!”

"Ahah! So you came!”



"Well? Are you done passing around that dirty role of "being it"?”



"That's not it at all!! We're all allies!!”

"Is that sooo! That's perfect in its own way! How beautiful!!”

"More importantly... just checking, but...”

"A gun is against the rules of tag... right?”

"...Sure. As long as you're going to follow the rules...”






"Now this is troubling...”

"You're being disturbingly cocky...”

"No, I really am troubled...”

Music stops.



"Ah...”

"What do we do, meow?! Even if we tag him, there's no point, woof!!”

"N-No way...!!”

"Ahaha. I did say you should've given me back that collar, didn't I?”

"What will you do? If you give it back, I'll put it on.”



"...”

“Or else, do you want us to kill each other violently after all?”

"Take your pick... Miss Sara.”

(…!!)



“...”

“What is it, Keiji?!”

“It's just strange, isn't it...”



“Planned, you say...?!”

“...”

"I can't see this futile chase as anything but a time-waster...”

“Komaeda... I wonder if you're waiting?”

"For something to happen within us...”



"Our allies...?”

"Do the Dummies have some other objective?!”





"Maybe they have some kind of mission...?”

"...”

"...”

"They're in cahoots with Komaeda, meow?! But... they dealt with the same dangerous traps...!!”

"...That's true.”

Music stops.



"...!!”

(It can't be... Is the Dummies' aim to...?!)



"Let's hurry and find muscle gorilla, meow...!!”




Music stops.




“...!!”



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mycelia
Apr 28, 2013

just a big doofus fightin pokemons





Gee, I wonder what doll we've met could be called Maple...

girl dick energy
Sep 30, 2009

You think you have the wherewithal to figure out my puzzle vagina?


Oh hey, we found Junko.

tomanton
May 22, 2006

beam me up, tomato

Crevasse in their back? Q-Taro has one of those. Big deal :colbert:

Hypocrisy
Oct 4, 2006
Lord of Sarcasm



Q-Taro...oh no...

Hazdoc
Nov 8, 2012

Muscovy Ducks are a large tropical breed, famous for their lean and extremely flavorful meat.

Hazduck!

~SMcD

literally stabbed in the back

Randalor
Sep 4, 2011






mycelia posted:

Gee, I wonder what doll we've met could be called Maple...

I was betting on the one with pancakes for a hat, but if it turns out Mai is short for Maple... yeah, I can see it. I mean, I did say she reminded me way too much of the evil dolls earlier.

WarpDogs
Apr 30, 2009

That doesn't sound right, but I don't know enough about stars to dispute it.


College Slice

If anyone could inexplicably survive a wound like that it'd be Q-Taro... right...?

I love that death games are the exact inverse of most other games when it comes to character deaths. In the start you assume any of one of these important characters with unique names and portraits could die at any moment for any reason, but the longer it goes on the more shocking and unexpected a death becomes

mycelia
Apr 28, 2013

just a big doofus fightin pokemons





Randalor posted:

I was betting on the one with pancakes for a hat, but if it turns out Mai is short for Maple... yeah, I can see it. I mean, I did say she reminded me way too much of the evil dolls earlier.

Oh no I was definitely going for Pancakehat. Maple syrup!

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014








“Guh...!”

“Ahaha... Sooorry, master...”

"You...!”



"Wh... y... would you...?!”

"Heeheehee...”





"Have the Dummies been waiting for an opportunity from the start...?”

“Haha... Such a terrible rule, isn't it...?”

  • Hinako must have been thrilled to be paired with Keiji.

"Big sis Sara! We have to go...!!”

"Yeah...! To Q-taro!!”

"Wonder if you'll make it...?”



Music stops.








"Muscle gorillaaa! Where are you, meooow?!”




"Q-taro...!!”

"Never been more glad about workin' on my body than today, I tell ya...!”

"Tch...! How'd she screw that up?!”

"What a moron! To get killed before you could even...!!”

"I ain't killed her...”

"...Hah...?”



"What the...?! You didn't kill her?”

"Are you stupid?! Why would you go easy on her...?!”

"She seriously meant to take your life...!!”

"That ain't what she really thinks!!”

"Wha...”



"That goes for all you guys, right...?”



"...!!”

"We're the same!! You and us...!!”

"Q-taro...”

"Just stop this...”



"...”

"...”

"...”

"Work with us, Dummies...!”

"W... What're you saying...”




"Don't be stupid! Didn't you hear the rules?! One or the other has to die! We...!!”

"Is doin' as yer told gonna lead to victory?!”

"...!!”



"...”

"If somebody turns traitor, how are we gonna see victory...?”

"We all gotta believe... Or no miracle's gonna happen!!”

"...”

"...We...”

"We're gonna become true allies now...!!”

Music stops.





"...”

"Let me... treat that, Q-taro.”



"Ranmaru...! Idiot! How can you fall for that?!”



"Shoot... We have nothing to use for treatment, but I wonder if we can do something...”

"All I've got is this hood, but should I tear it up to help stop the bleeding?”

"You're all such idiots...!!”

"I mean, why not? These guys are interestin'.”





"Doesn't really seem that way to me...”

"Keiji...”

"Sit down. At least get some rest...”



"Haha... Ya got that right!”

"If we find anything for medical treatment, we'll bring it right away...!”

"Don't sweat that... Focus on doin' what you gotta do!”

"Y-Yeah!”

(I feel it... a sense of unity. Trust in the truest sense...)




"Now... It's about time to end this game of tag.”

"Gotta catch Komaeda... and figure something out.”

"Right...!”



Investigate Mai.

Mai is completely motionless.


(Even seeing her like this... I can only picture her as human...)

Talk to Q-taro.



(I figured that treatment alone wouldn't...)

“...It's alright, Sara.”

(Q-taro...)

Try to leave.

Music stops.



"...Tag is over.”

(He put on a spare collar...?!)

"Showing yourself as boldly as always... Gonna flaunt that gun again?”

"No trust at all, huh? Fine, I'll give it to you.”





"...!! This is...”






"W-What is it...?!”

"Why... do you...”

"Huh? Did I bring back some bad memories?”

"...!!”








"Haha. Then go and give it to him. If he's still police, you'll see him soon.”



Music stops.



  • We don't get any clues to Mr. Policeman's name, there's just a flash.

"Him, huh... No, that won't be possible.”

"Eh...?”

"...He left the force. I'm sorry.”

"I... Is that so?”



"...”

"Ugh... urk...”







"So he was your coworker?”



"Huh...?”




"...!!”



  • I have to wonder whether Keiji actually can't remember Mr. Policeman's name or if we're being fed some wrong information / some information's been omitted. Taking the above at face value really seems to narrow down the identity of Mr. Policeman's kid.


"A darkness...? What exactly was it?”



"W... Well, then who had him fired?!”

Music stops.



"...!!”














Music stops.

"...!!”



"..........”





"Keiji! Are you okay...?!”

"I'm all right!! But, ahh...!! The suspect...!”

"Eh...?”









"...”

"There were no witnesses, so Megumi used her position to suppress the incident...”




"...”

"How much of a grasp do you have on the police...?”

"...How much, indeed...?”

"Enough to feed false info about the gun...”



"...!!!!”

"Keiji, watch out!! He's gonna shoot!!”

"Ahaha. Just as good an actor as I was then, aren't I?”

"...”

"Haha... Wahahahaha...”

"I see... So that's it...”





Doobeedoo
Oct 6, 2013

Trees and plants tend to grow on this Pokemon's back because it moves so little. It loves eating food while playing with tiny Pokemon.


Ooh... yikes!

I don't have more words than that.

Hypocrisy
Oct 4, 2006
Lord of Sarcasm



W-well, at least Q-Taro is okay for now and everyone has decided to work together.

Hypocrisy fucked around with this message at 22:04 on Aug 31, 2020

mycelia
Apr 28, 2013

just a big doofus fightin pokemons





New portrait :toot:

(I assumed it was Joe's dad just from the hair, but since Joe wasn't intended to be part of the game in the first place, it could be someone else's. Can't be Gin's, Sara's or Kai's; Q-taro is an orphan (and too old besides); I don't remember if Kanna's adopted parents are supposed to still be alive but I think they are...? I suppose we don't know exactly how and when she was orphaned.)

(Ah poo poo, just remembered Sara's dad isn't her real dad. Hm.)

Falconer
Dec 7, 2003

Did you know, I was THE MOON once!

Yes! You see, one night it turned out the moon had been STOLEN!

The animal people asked ME to take its place as I am so WISE and BRILLIANT!!


So Komaeda threw down a gun and we don't actually see Keiji pick up, we just get his reaction upon seeing it. Meanwhile there's one doll who isn't sold on this trust and friendship deal who just happens to be paired with Keiji and would survive if he were to die by way of, say, a gunshot.

I guess it's time to see if it's Keiji's Turn To Die.

WarpDogs
Apr 30, 2009

That doesn't sound right, but I don't know enough about stars to dispute it.


College Slice

Haha oh wow, Q-Taro really did survive that, and he even had enough strength for an impassioned speech of unity. He's had some nice character growth!

I'm fine with Sou being a sort of mysterious figure present in everybody's backstory, but some of these more specific details are getting pretty crazy. He's becoming The Joker

HerpicleOmnicron5
May 31, 2013

How did this smug dummkopf ever make general?




Well, we're all believing that Sou Hiyori is a real actual person.

King of Bleh
Mar 2, 2007

A kingdom of rats.


WarpDogs posted:

I'm fine with Sou being a sort of mysterious figure present in everybody's backstory, but some of these more specific details are getting pretty crazy. He's becoming The Joker

The entire premise behind creating the AIs and the "dolls" kind of entails a ridiculous, generation-spanning conspiracy to work at all, so it makes sense that Asunaro would need people to orchestrate and manage things on the ground so that the "candidates" stay alive and are sufficiently disconnected from society to be snatched.

NAME REDACTED
Dec 22, 2010


HerpicleOmnicron5 posted:

Well, we're all believing that Sou Hiyori is a real actual person.

... Does anyone know enough Japanese to be able to tell if Sou Hiyori is an obvious pseudonym, like U. N. Owen or Akumetsu?

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014



VGPerson thinks Sou's name is a parallel to Shin's - "Sou" - play on "Uso" (Lie), "Hiyori" - Sunny weather. "Shin" - Truth, "Tsukimi" - Moon viewing.

girl dick energy
Sep 30, 2009

You think you have the wherewithal to figure out my puzzle vagina?


mycelia posted:

(Ah poo poo, just remembered Sara's dad isn't her real dad. Hm.)
Hair color matches, too, and it'd explain Keiji's immediate and honestly illogical trust in Sara from the very beginning. Plus, they're being very careful about not revealing the kid's gender. That implies it'd be a giveaway.

HydroSphere posted:

(I feel it... a sense of unity. Trust in the truest sense...)



Oh, cool, we managed to max out Q-Taro's social link before he dies.

girl dick energy fucked around with this message at 21:19 on Sep 1, 2020

King of Bleh
Mar 2, 2007

A kingdom of rats.


PMush Perfect posted:

Hair color matches, too, and it'd explain Keiji's immediate and honestly illogical trust in Sara from the very beginning. Plus, they're being very careful about not revealing the kid's gender. That implies it'd be a giveaway.

Oh, cool, we managed to max out Q-Taro's social link before he dies.

I'm bored, so:

Joe - The Fool
Keiji - Temperance
Kanna - Judgement
Q-Taro - Strength
Sou - The Hermit
Reko - Wheel of Fortune
Nao - The Lovers
Kai - Hierophant
Gin - The Sun
Mishima - The Magician
Alice - The Hanged Man


(Caveat: I know nothing about tarot symbolism except through the lens of video games and popular culture.)

King of Bleh fucked around with this message at 01:53 on Sep 2, 2020

tomanton
May 22, 2006

beam me up, tomato

He's got a Chris Redfield head, watch out

Lord_Magmar
Feb 24, 2015

"Welcome to pound town, Slifer slacker!"




WarpDogs posted:

Haha oh wow, Q-Taro really did survive that, and he even had enough strength for an impassioned speech of unity. He's had some nice character growth!

I'm fine with Sou being a sort of mysterious figure present in everybody's backstory, but some of these more specific details are getting pretty crazy. He's becoming The Joker

I wonder if he always gives that speech or it changes based on previous decisions. But also it makes a nice counterpoint to his actions in the token game, where he basically pretended to be friendly and in union with everyone to earn their trust and tokens and escape for himself.

girl dick energy
Sep 30, 2009

You think you have the wherewithal to figure out my puzzle vagina?


King of Bleh posted:

I'm bored, so:

Joe - The Fool
Keiji - Temperance
Kanna - Judgement
Q-Taro - Strength
Sou - The Hermit
Reko - Wheel of Fortune
Nao - The Lovers
Kai - Hierophant
Gin - The Sun
Mishima - The Magician
Alice - The Hanged Man

(Caveat: I know nothing about tarot symbolism except through the lens of video games and popular culture.)
I like some of these (Nao as the Lovers in particular is inspired) but I'm changing others.

Joe - Magician
Keiji - Justice
Kanna - Strength
Q-Taro - Chariot
Sou - Hermit
Reko - Wheel of Fortune
Nao - Lovers
Kai - Heirophant
Gin - Sun
Mishima - Star
Alice - Hanged Man

And, of course,

Sara - The Devil

Bifauxnen
Aug 11, 2010

Resurrected
Living in a lighthouse
The lions and the lambs ain't sleeping yet


Q-taro's speech was nice to show he's more focused in working together now, but it's kinda being a dick to the dolls when you think about it.

"Hey why don't you guys just ignore your win condition for our benefit even though following it could keep you alive" :v:

King of Bleh
Mar 2, 2007

A kingdom of rats.


PMush Perfect posted:


Sara - The Devil

:hmmyes:

Bifauxnen posted:

Q-taro's speech was nice to show he's more focused in working together now, but it's kinda being a dick to the dolls when you think about it.

"Hey why don't you guys just ignore your win condition for our benefit even though following it could keep you alive" :v:


I think the sentiment is that the whole group should stop playing by "the rules" and instead play to win on their own terms, but this is a bit of a hard sell when the dolls have a (slightly) more immediate threat of death over their heads and are probably viewed as completely disposable by the game organizers.

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014



mycelia posted:

New portrait :toot:

(I assumed it was Joe's dad just from the hair, but since Joe wasn't intended to be part of the game in the first place, it could be someone else's. Can't be Gin's, Sara's or Kai's; Q-taro is an orphan (and too old besides); I don't remember if Kanna's adopted parents are supposed to still be alive but I think they are...? I suppose we don't know exactly how and when she was orphaned.)

(Ah poo poo, just remembered Sara's dad isn't her real dad. Hm.)

PMush Perfect posted:

Hair color matches, too, and it'd explain Keiji's immediate and honestly illogical trust in Sara from the very beginning. Plus, they're being very careful about not revealing the kid's gender. That implies it'd be a giveaway.

Oh, cool, we managed to max out Q-Taro's social link before he dies.

My initial thought was Joe:



Their eyes (iris and pupil) look similar to me. The "He was always devoted to justice, so he could be a parent his kid would look up to" line to me implies that Mr. Policeman raised his kid - Keiji's age hasn't been confirmed, but chances are the kid is under 20, and we know that Sara, Gin and Kanna's dads weren't around, and Nao's dad has worked in an office for the past twenty years. Mr. Policeman's name is hidden, which suggests we'd recognise his name. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that Japanese married couples must have the same surname. The couple can use either the husband's or the wife's surname, but generally, the husband's name is used. However, if the couple have a child, and the husband or wife remarries and changes their name again upon the second marriage the child can choose to retain their original surname.

I think there's still more to Joe than we know (non-candidate with AI and doll; said AI being built before Joe even met Sara, unless it's an incomplete AI or Ranger was lying / mistaken about the time it takes to update the AIs', the keychain in Sara's room of memory) and the possibility of the missing dads being part of the criminal underworld, but that's strictly speculation (and I'm a bit suspicious of Mr. Policeman*).

That said, I'm starting to lean more towards Sara (because that would explain why Keiji immediately trusts her, and was, at least initially, only willing to tell her about Mr. Policeman), with Gin as a distant third option (mainly because Gin hasn't really had an arc) after the most recent official merchandise:



Joe's wearing a police uniform. It could just be a coincidence, but that doesn't seem too likely? If the scene where Mr. Policeman's name is hidden was part of a story Keiji was telling everyone, I could understand, Keiji's not going to want to admit he shot Joe's dad. Seeing Keiji's memories directly though, the hiding of Mr. Policeman's name seems more like a message to the player? Unless Keiji himself doesn't remember Mr. Policeman's name.

*Mr. Policeman was a core motivator for Keiji, a candidate, in his life choices. Also, while Komaeda lied about Mr. Policeman having a gun and being about to shoot Keiji, presumably Komaeda couldn't guarantee that Keiji's shot would hit Mr. Policeman? It's possible that Keiji's aim was off due to panic of course, but Keiji himself can't understand how he hit Mr. Policeman.

HydroSphere fucked around with this message at 20:03 on Sep 2, 2020

Randalor
Sep 4, 2011






I think Joe wearing a police uniform might just be a coincidence, several of the other characters are wearing old-timey Sherlock style detective outfits.

HerpicleOmnicron5
May 31, 2013

How did this smug dummkopf ever make general?




I'm taking it to be a misdirect to make you not think it's Sara.

Robindaybird
Aug 21, 2007

Neat. Sweet. Petite.



... would it be possible they're both the guy's kids?

depending on when litte Keiji talked he might not know his wife was having twins and through circumstances Sara was taken while Joe was left. They both have shades of brown for their hair and similar parts.

placid saviour
Apr 6, 2009


I think Joe and Sara being twins would be the thing to break my suspension of disbelief because twins? Really? Twins?

CountryMatters
Apr 8, 2009

IT KEEPS HAPPENING


placid saviour posted:

I think Joe and Sara being twins would be the thing to break my suspension of disbelief because twins? Really? Twins?

I could see it. I don't think that's the way they'll go, but boy/girl twins don't have to look much alike, they're just siblings who are the same age.

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014



There's a two month gap between Sara and Joe. (Sara was born in May, Joe was born in July.) Can't rule out them being half siblings with different mothers though.

Update coming this evening. :)

tomanton
May 22, 2006

beam me up, tomato

Speaking of which, didn't we realize that like nobody's biological father is known when we talked about this a couple of months ago?

wologar
Feb 11, 2014


Watch as Gin and Sara are revealed to be half-siblings.

Ranmaru's only hope of staying alive is to choke Sara with his mop hair.

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014











Music stops.








“Hey! Don't be hasty, Keiji Shinogi!! Let's use our numbers to corner him!!”




The bullet went flying off in the wrong direction.

“H-Hey!! Hinako...!! What are you doing?!”

“I won't give in...! I can't let you kill Komaeda!”

“Guh...!!”



“U-Um... Dummies, won't you assist...?”

"Hold on...! If Komaeda really dies from tag, what's gonna happen to us?!”

"Huh?! W-Well...!”



"B-But... If we lose, Keiji will...!”




“Found it, woof...! Use this, meow!!”



(No... This is no use as a weapon!!)

“Mmmgh! I'll look for something better, meow!”







(Keiji's not in good condition! I need to calm him down...!)





“Dummies!! Fight with us already, meow!”

“..............”

“Suit-and-speecs...”




“Meowww?! I can't find the torch anywhere, woof!!”

“Ahaha, did you intend to burn me with it?”

“Don't bluff, seaweed-head!! All creatures are weak to fire, meow!”

“...I'm a doll, Gin.”

“Mya?!”



“...!”




Hinako stopped him.

“Meowwwww?! Don't interfere, shorty!!”

“I can't let you kill Komaeda...”



“...!!”

“...”

“Sure enough... I can't cooperate with you...”



“Anzu...!”






“E-Ehh?! What's happened to you?!”



“Take aim just like you did then! Go for it! Go for it!”

“Gah... ugh...!!”



“Tch...!! How can you talk of his trauma?!”



“We're nearly out of time, you know? What will you do, Keiji...?”

“...!”

“Sigh... So our fun game of tag is over.. Bye-bye, Keiji.”

“Wait...!”



  • Should have had Alice do it in the first place, he's got a perfect track record in killing Komaedas.



Komaeda quickly kicked away the fallen gun.

“Why, you...!!”

“Careful, careful! I gave that to Keiji. Not to you.”

“I have to find it!! Where did it get to?!”

  • Joking aside, I wonder if any of the participants realise just how much the game and Asunaro have started to warp them. I mean even Gin just tried to take a swing at Komaeda with a shovel with no apparent hesitation.



Music stops.



“...!!”



“Gah...!”

“No!!”



“Keiji...!!

His face pale, he loses balance and backs away.




(No... No... I don't want this!! Can't I do anything...?!)



“Keiji... give me your hand...!!”

“...”



“Keijiiiii!!”




  • Let's see if we could have handled the fight against Komaeda a little better.



  • Have Kanna/Sou try to block Komaeda.




“It's no use...! He's too fast for Kanna to keep up!”

“We need to work together more...!”

  • Have Q-taro move into position ready to grab Komaeda.




“I'm close...! It's okay, I won't let him notice me!”

“Give me the signal when it's a good time! I'll grab his leg...!!”

  • Have Kanna/Sou try to block Komaeda again.



Kurumada stopped Kanna.

“W... What are you doing?!”

“...Nothin' else I can do, right?”

“Stop! If we lose, Keiji will...!!”

  • Have Q-taro grab Komaeda.




“I've caught you, Komaeda!! You won't escape...!!”





  • Have Kanna/Sou appeal to Keiji to catch Komaeda. Q-taro can only hold Komaeda for one turn, so if you try to tag Komaeda before Kurumada stops Kanna/Sou, the tag attempt fails, Komaeda frees himself and you'll have to have Q-taro grab Komaeda again.





“We did it...! Keiji successfully tagged him!”

“So... I've lost...”

“You truly keep surpassing my expectations...!”

  • No matter what actions you take in the fight against Komaeda, though he won't help, Ranmaru never protests or physically intervenes in the fight.



“Ahaha... Thorough to the end...”



“...?!”



“...You don't mean...!”

“Look, he's right at your feet.”

“...?”








  • From here, it's the same regardless of whether you “win” or lose against Sou / Komaeda.




“Nooo...!! Keiji! Keiji!!”

“Hey, I'll let you in on something neat, Miss Sara.”

“...?!”






“You mean... he'll be burned...?”




“So here's my suggestion as Floor Master...”



“...”

“If you would hear out just one wish of mine...”

Music stops.




“...What's your wish...?”



“...?!”













Music stops.


HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014



This is as far as the game currently goes. As promised, there'll be an additional update showing some of the differences between Shin and Kanna's routes. I'm afraid I have no idea when 3-1B will come out, Nankidai's last comment, on 30th August was that "production is slow like a turtle", so probably later rather than sooner, unfortunately.

I would prefer not to open a new thread for 3-1B, 3-2 and Your Time to Shine, so I'll keep posting in here every two months - when there is any new content to LP, I'll ask a Mod to change the thread title.

HydroSphere fucked around with this message at 22:23 on Sep 3, 2020

mycelia
Apr 28, 2013

just a big doofus fightin pokemons





tomanton posted:

Speaking of which, didn't we realize that like nobody's biological father is known when we talked about this a couple of months ago?

Yeah, especially when Safalin outright tells them to question their origins.

Also, I'm not sure if that's Keiji hallucinating or if they actually have a doll of Mr. Policeman. Both seem equally likely if he was a father of a participant.

Mraagvpeine
Nov 4, 2014

I won this avatar on a technicality this thick.

That's one hell of cliffhanger to leave on.

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Bloody Emissary
Mar 30, 2014

Powawa~n


Real-Sou is certainly living up to the name the thread gave him. :stonk:

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