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HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014





(It sure was... but...)



"Mr. Policeman!! So he was okay, meow!!"

"But... is he really...?"

"Woof!! Why are you doubting it, bucket girl?!"

"It's just strange! Why have Sara bring him the ID card all by herself...?!"

"Myowww..."

"But then! Who else could've done this, meow?!"

"True... Komaeda is right here, yes?"



"I just have to go! No matter how dubious it is...!"



"Here's the ID card back, Sara."

Received the ID card.

"Mai...! You weren't in there?"

"Huh? I was outside!"

"Anyway, that suspicious announcement... You're going to see what it's all about, right?"

"I'll keep guard here, so the rest of you go together!"

"Indeed...! Let us determine who was behind it!"

"Good luck, everyone!"

(This feels... strange. Something's odd with Mai...)



"No... I'll go alone."



, "Come on, let's go, everyone!"

"Ahem! Don't push me, I get it..."

“..........”




"Okay, everyone! Get on quickly!"

".........."

"This... is definitely strange!"

"Are we sure this isn't a trap to get us all where they want us?!"

, "Why do you say that? Believe in Keiji!"

"Should we not go after all? We can wait until we've found Cubetaro Hamburger."



(..........)

Music stops.

(...I'm sorry, everyone!)

I got into the elevator by myself.

"Hey!! What are you...?!"

"I swear... I'll be back quick!!"

No matter how suspicious it is... if I can find out something about Keiji... I want to know. Even if... it's the worst possible answer.





“Keiji?”

"...There's no one here..."

(Show yourself...)

Investigate teachers desk.

There was a sound near the teaching podium.

"...!!"



(...Give me courage...)








(Is that... Keiji...?)





“That voice... It's you, isn't it, Keiji?!”






“Are you the one who called for me...?!”






“If you survived... then why...!”



Music stops.



A sharp pain runs through my body.

“Kei... ji...”



I think... the last thing I saw...













"Glad yer okay. Can you stand?



"...Kinda having some trouble."

"Okay, I'll close 'er back up."

"Fine, fine, I'm getting out..."

"Hey, you look pretty drained... Are you okay?"

"...Nah, no problems here. Appreciate the concern."

"Jes' not the most expressive guy, I guess..."

(Now... gotta wake up and asssess the situation.)



  • Keiji gets his own data icon, but it just goes straight to the save screen; he doesn't get any sort of ID like Sara has.

Talk to Mai.

"You've been saved, so be happier about it!"



"Alriiight!"

"Wow! Really doesn't suit you, huh!"

(Talk about mean...)



"Thanks, Mai."

"Yaaah! I got hugged!"

"You join us, Q-taro!"

"Yer gettin' too carried away..."

Talk to Q-taro.

"Still lookin' a li'l woozy, Keiji?"



"What's the situation right now?"

"Sara an' the rest got an ID card and headed to the upper floor."

"Seems the Coffin Control System worked out..."

"Glad you didn't have to get grilled!"

(No kidding...)

"Well, that's a relief. So everybody's okay..."

"Umm... Well, about that...”



"And Maple's still runnin' wild on this floor..."



"Impressive you two are okay, then."

"Heh, well. We weathered it out hidin' in the coffins."

"Huh? But if they'd gotten locked..."

"Then we'd just have Sara and the gang unlock 'em for us, right?"

(I see...)

"But we can't hide here forever!"

"Yep. Wanna meet back up with the rest..."

"I'm sure they're gonna cry! We gotta hurry upstairs!"

"Thing is, if Maple comes runnin' after us, everybody'll be in danger."

"T-Then what should we do...?"

"I got an idea..."



"Y-You mean... the breaker in the gallery?"

"But...! Then WE'LL be stranded!!"

"C'mon now, we've got this heavy shutter here. We'll be safe, awright?"

"Guessin' it's gotta be Sara and the others who closed it from the control room."

"That bein' the case... Heyyy! Somebody! Open up the shutter!"



"Hmm... Is nobody watchin'?"

Music stops.



  • We already know that the camera footage was replaced by the victim videos, so waiting won't do anything.

"For now, let's think of a way out of here."

"Yeah... Can't stand t' just sit still."

(Let's take a careful look around...)



Investigate shutter.



"So... Sara and the others must have closed this for us."

"Yep, thinkin' as much..."



(Hm...? There's writing inside...)

It reads: "From left to right. 1237654.”

(It was too dark to notice this when I was in it...)









Music stops.

(Oho...?)

"Keiji, look! This wall moved!"

"Seems like it'll open if we push it! A door?!"




"Hooray! We got out!"

"I'd like to go straight to Floor 5, but... Let's go shut off power to the elevator."






Investigate the breaker.

The breaker is on.



Turned the breaker off.

Music stops.

"That oughta keep Maple from goin' upstairs!"

"Should we return to the cemetery?"

(Right... Before she finds us...)

"Wait...! Somebody's comin'! Hide!!"





"W-What're we gonna do...?"

Investigate Maple.




  • Need to pick the first option to proceed.

We approached Maple.



"Don't come near me... I'll do... something terrible to you..."



"Just keep our distance, you say?"



"H-Hey! Keiji?!"



"...You're kind..."

(Seems like we'll be able to talk peacefully...)

"I did terrible things to everyone..."

"It's because we stole Komaeda's ID card from you, right...?"

"Hey... Do you... really like Komaeda that much...?"

"Yeah... But..."

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PlasticAutomaton
Nov 12, 2016

Artoria Pendonut




Well at least Keiji's okay. Probably. :ohdear:

girl dick energy
Sep 30, 2009

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


Oh, that's not ominous at all!

King of Bleh
Mar 2, 2007

A kingdom of rats.


Maple's final comment is maybe another hint in the direction that Komaeda is human, and also a contestant in the game, and Maple is his assigned doll counterpart? I know he "proved" to us that he wasn't human but it seems like something he could've faked.

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014







"So then... You're actually on our side?"

"Right... I am. But... Hiyori put an obstacle in the way."





"I was... configured to love Hiyori..."

(Configured...?)

"That's why I can't kill Hiyori... But... If... you all can end this love..."



"That is... my gimmick..."

"W-What's that nonsense?! Your feelings... are being treated like some game mechanic?!"

"Yeah... But this feeling was a happy one... Far moreso than Hiyori anticipated..."

"An' that's why you went on a rampage...?"

"I'm sorry..."

Music stops.

"Ugh... There's no... time..."

"H-Hey, stay with us...!"

"In the locker room... check... the center one on the left side... The password... is 3141... Once you have what's inside... come back here..."



"...Thank you. We'll be back."

"Let's go... to the locker room. We have to find something!"






Investigate left centre locker.

"Q-taro! Let's put in the password for this locker!"

"Gotcha! Leave it to me!!"

(They've gotten in sync...)




"Now what could this be? A light...?"

"Let's go back and ask Maple!"




Talk to Maple.

Music stops.

"Hey, Maple..."

"Hiyo... ri..."

"W-Whoa?! Easy now!"

"Hi... yori..."

"No use... She doesn't notice us."



"..."

"Maple told us to come back once we obtained this lantern..."

"Maybe she wanted us to inspect this room?"

(Let's try using the lantern...)



Switch on lantern.



Investigate picture above doorway.

(What? This painting looks different...)

"Let's give 'er a looksee."

"Can you reach, though...?"

"I'm gonna jump!"



"Owowow...!!"

"Q-taro!! You'll open up your wound!!"

"S-Sorry..."

"But there's a switch behind that paintin'!"

"I'll jump up... Hup!"



"I wonder what that did...?"




Investigate doorway.



"A secret passage...?"

"Hey, let's check it out!"

"I want to know what Maple wanted to tell us..."



Music stops.

"Well then, let's head in..."



Investigate bed.

A bed illuminated by lights.

(Huh... Wonder if I should take a nap.)

Investigate lights.

The lamp gives off a glaring light.

(Reminds me of the dentist...)

Investigate light switch.




Talk to hallucination.

(…!)



“Oh, nothing...”

"Wahah... Business as usual."

Investigate shelves.

A wide variety of tools.

(Kinda gets me excited...)

Investigate drinks machine.

A drink machine.

“Hey, want something to drink? It's all hot drinks, though.”

"Gah... Hot drinks, huh..."

"I'll have honey and lemon teaaa! Q-taro, Keiji, you should have some too!"

"Ooh... That might not be bad..."

"You like it?"

"Reminds me of club time back'n high school."



Investigate box.

There's a big box labeled "Repaired."



Opened the box.





"Gyaaaaaaaah?! A severed head?! It's Komaeda's...!!"

Music stops.

"Nah, just a doll head..."

"The box's got a letter in it!"

(Let's see...)



"This's some messy writing... What's up with this? A... spare doll?"



"Maybe we should take this..."

"Ya serious...?”

(Could be useful for something, after all...)





Investigate door.

There's a machine with a keyhole by the door.

"Bleh... I could do it if it were a fingerprint scan!"
"Yeah, didn't think that'd work..."

(She tried putting her finger to it...)




Investigate Maple.



Music stops.

"Hey, Maple... Here, it's Hiyori."

"Ah... Hi... yori's... here... I'm glad..."






"How can we fix you...?"

"It's impossible... Never mind that... Listen..."



"Banquet?"

"The banquet... is the last resort of this Sub-Game. It's the only way to clear it..."

"Whazzat?!"

"It was written... on that big gate..."




"The coffins, maybe?"

"Correct..."

"W-Whaddya mean by that?!"

"What normally goes inside coffins... are the dead..."



Music stops.

"When there are seven people in them once more... The banquet will be held."



"How's that work?! I mean, we have to kill our partners..."

"Did you really hear that...?"

"Wha...?"



"Then before the game ends...Have the one you're paired with take your place."

"...Take my place...?"

"Simply make her into a corpse instead. Kill your partner..."



"Someone to take your place... Your true mission..."



"Killing" them...just means putting them in your coffin..."



"That's all it takes?!"

(What in the world... There was never any reason for us to fight with the Dummies...)

"If you clear the game... the collar bombs will stop..."

"Then... what about running out of power?"

"If we run out of battery, we die, right...?! Will they still charge us after we clear it?!"

"I don't know... Hiyori... might not think of me or you... as anything more than gimmicks..."

"No...!!"

"But you see... Mai... You'll just stop... Your body will remain..."



Music stops.

".........."

"There's just no way, right...?"

"Who's going to bring us back?! There's no way Asunaro would show us sympathy!!"




(..........)

"...We'll bring you back."



"...!!"

"I dunno how, yet..."

"But we ain't gonna abandon you! Not a chance...!!"

"...Q-taro..."



"More work for us, huh..."

"K-Keiji..."

"Well, hey... I'm a pro at working overtime."

"...S... Sniff..."

"It's okay... You have allies... Don't be scared..."

Music stops.

"How nice... Seeing you three... I feel like I..."

"Maple...!"

".........."

"Hey! Maple!!"

"..."

"Dammit...!!"

"...Did she die...?"



“...Let's go.”







Investigate the floor.

Something fell to the floor.



"Was Maple holding this?"




Investigate door.

There's a machine with a keyhole by the door.

“Looks like we can use the key Maple had.”

"Alright! It unlocked it!"



Music stops.



Investigate person .

I see a person's silhouette.

"W-Who's there...?!"

C...
Jan 22, 2008

Tootin the Doom Flute has led the Kingdom of Ankist into a new age of illumination. Every morning, people wake up and open palm slam a woodwind instrument into their mouth. It is the Doom Flute and right then and there they start playing the notes. They play every note, and they play every note hard

Well hello again! Makes me wonder about if/when we see Miley again.

Loving this story so far, all the twists and turns have been excellent. I think I like it more than danganrompa, and it's fast overtaking zero escape.

Randalor
Sep 4, 2011






C... posted:

Loving this story so far, all the twists and turns have been excellent. I think I like it more than danganrompa, and it's fast overtaking zero escape.

Is the Daganronpa series any good? I missed out on it the first time round but I know they're coming out with a complete edition later this year.

Bifauxnen
Aug 11, 2010

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


Randalor posted:

Is the Daganronpa series any good? I missed out on it the first time round but I know they're coming out with a complete edition later this year.

Yes. It is good.

Especially if you've been enjoying this whole death-game-themed kind of LP. But it's arguably more enjoyable to read/watch an LP of it rather than playing it. The actual gameplay can get really annoying.

girl dick energy
Sep 30, 2009

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


Dangitronpaul is the kind of series that is excellent... if you actively avoid engaging with 'fans' by any means necessary.

Tax Evasion
May 27, 2020


If you have enough anime tolerance (maybe a little more than is required for this game, but if you like Zero Escape you probably have enough) the main 3 Danglaramble games are all excellent experiences.

The same cannot be said, however, for the spin-off game and the anime.

Also I would highly recommend against googling anything relating to it for obvious reasons.

Tylana
May 5, 2011



Pillbug

Randalor posted:

Is the Daganronpa series any good? I missed out on it the first time round but I know they're coming out with a complete edition later this year.

I quite liked playing them all. Though the discussion minigames will be hit or miss depending on personal taste, and some standard Phoenix Wright style 'You have to poke this wrong statement, not the related one next to it!' And I think the playing does add to the fun and I did like messing with some of the post-game stuff though not to 100% completion. But your mileage may vary for both time and money.

As warned, it is very anime. Especially regarding women.

Googling stuff is pretty risky for spoilers, but looking up one of them on lparchive.org might give you a good idea of the feel and play of them.

Tax Evasion
May 27, 2020


Tylana posted:

I quite liked playing them all. Though the discussion minigames will be hit or miss depending on personal taste, and some standard Phoenix Wright style 'You have to poke this wrong statement, not the related one next to it!' And I think the playing does add to the fun and I did like messing with some of the post-game stuff though not to 100% completion. But your mileage may vary for both time and money.

As warned, it is very anime. Especially regarding women.

Googling stuff is pretty risky for spoilers, but looking up one of them on lparchive.org might give you a good idea of the feel and play of them.

If you're gonna go that route, definitely start with the first game. The second and third have no qualms about spoiling the first.

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014









"...I won't. Just gonna ask a few questions..."

"A-Awahh...!"

"W-What do you want from meee...?"



"It's alright... We aren't gonna do a thing..."

"Y-You're so suspiciousss!!"

(I get that a lot...)

"I-I was just asked to do maintenance by someone, that's all..."

"Komaeda, I bet?!"

"Komaeda... So that's what you call him."

"Maintenance... for this machine in the center?"

"Ah...?! W-Wah...!"



(Bingo...)

"How dubious... Let's check this machine out!"



Investigate machine in the centre of the room.

There's a large machine in the center.

(What's this? It's like a capsule... Doesn't budge when I touch it...)

Investigate machines on the left of the room.

A confusing machine.



"Hah...!"

"A-Aaah! Please don't be rough with it!"

"Then tell us 'bout it already!"

"Understood... Please watch..."

Music stops.



"T... The hell's this?!"



"There's a headless Komaeda inside...!!"

"A doll body...?"

"That's right...”



(Is that room connected to this one...?)

"C-Could this machine be..."

"The machine... that birthed us...?"



"AI-Ceiver...?"

"You just put a doll inside and select an AI..."

"Wait about 3 minutes, it'll ding, and it's done..."



"Sounds just like a microwave..."

"That's not funnyyy!"

"What are our lives...?! Are they that trivial?!"

".........."

"...Hey, Safalin. Why were you doin' maintenance on this?"

"Because..."

Music stops.



"I suppose you intend to go through with that terrifying thing...?"

(Terrifying...?)

"B... But, but! Please be at ease!"



"So... Please don't bully meee!"

(Hmm... Well, we know where the head is...)



Talk to Safalin.

"I-I'm harmlesssss...!"

Try to leave.

"Um... Q-taro..."

"You look pained... Are you injured...?"

"I... I'm awright..."

"Um, um! I can examine you...!"

"…"



"Go ahead and have her examine you, Q-taro."

"...R-Right..."

"...Alright. Sorry, but I'll stay here and get treated for a li'l while."



"Don't go overboard with acting tough..."

"Leave it to us! You rest up, Q-taro!"



Talk to Safalin.

"Aah... That looks like it hurts..."

"That's quite a deep wound... Who did that?"

".........."

Talk to Q-taro.

"Owww... Feels like stayin' put hurts more."

"Look, I know how you feel..."




Investigate Maple.





(Sorry, Maple...)

, "A-Are you sure? I feel kind of bad..."

"Komaeda's an evil man... He's not a good fit for Maple."

, "...Well, okay."

"Come on, let's go back. You're worried about Q-taro, right?"

"Yeah..."



(That's her concern...?)

Investigate Maple.

(Sorry about that... But you're too good for Komaeda.)



Music stops.



"Where'd you go?! Q-taro!!"

(Are they in the back...?)

Investigate the doll torso.

There's the torso of a doll Komaeda inside the AI-Ceiver.




"I suppose it wouldn't move, huh..."

(Glad it's just a doll.)

"But... What does this have to do with the banquet?"

"My guess is..."



"The coffin Komaeda was in can't be left empty, either."

"Oh! So this doll will be his substitute!"

(That's right, but... Maybe even without this thing... we can have somebody substitute...)

"What are you doing...?"

"So you all... really intend to do the banquet..."

"Eh? I mean..."

"Isn't the banquet the only way we can clear the game with everyone alive?"




"N-No way...!"

"That's not what we heard! Maple said..."

"At any rate, don't get in the coffins...!!"

(..........)

"...There any other way, Safalin?"

"Well..."

"If we do nothin'... The Dummies' collars will explode."

"If it helps the odds of savin' 'em even a little... We gotta do it!"

".........."

"In that case, please at least do this..."





"The surveillance system is disabled currently..."

"Now is your chance! Even obscuring just one person will help...!"




"Yer ideas are messed up, man!!"

"Never mind him, how about this?!"





"I getcha! A diversion tactic!"

"H-How interesting...! But, but..."

"There's one more thing you need."




"Ah, I see..."

"Yes... I imagine it'll be diffi..."

"No worries, I can arrange for that."

"R-Really...?!"

"Yep... Now, let's assemble everything we need. And if we give the Komaeda doll a personality with the AI-Ceiver... We'll have a perfect substitute ready to go."

, "Our deception plan should work! Right, Safalin?!"

"Err..."

"Ah! There's one other important thing!"

"That doll head is out of battery."

"Nghh...! It's gotta have power too?!"

"Talk about short-lived celebration..."

"But if you use the charger on Floor 5..."

"For real?! You got one of those?!"

"Alright... I'm sure the others will bring us the ID card. So if we can just charge this head..."

Music stops.

"...Let's do it."

"There's no more reason to suspect everything..."



"Hope... sure is important!"

"Please be careful... If you need treatment, come back here..."



Talk to Safalin.

"Please... do be careful. I'll be here for a while, so..."

Try to leave.

"Hey, Keiji..."

"Sorry, but couldja drop by the cemetery?"

"Hm? Well, alright..."

(The cemetery...)





Talk to Q-taro.

"Keiji... 'Bout our plan from earlier..."

"Right... The deception using Komaeda's doll."



"Keiji... Could we make it seem like you got executed in the coffin?"



, "What're you saying?! Q-taro!!"



"What's this plan look like, Q-taro?"

"You too, Keiji...?!"

"It's simple, I tell ya."

"We put the dolls lying here in coffins and wait 'til the the execution device starts!"

"Keiji, you'll go up above and charge the head!"

"When you come back, use the AI-Ceiver to make another Komaeda...!"

"Then just swap what's inside the coffins, and you can vanish, Keiji!"

"S-Stop it... I'd feel bad for Sara and everyone..."

"Yeah... They'd just open up the lid, right?"

"That's obviously not what I mean!!"

"We'll make somethin' happen for the lid..."

"What...?"

"Keiji... Now'd be a good time to use that lantern you got."

Use the lantern.



"Ya see it? They changed color..."

"This material's gonna let us pull a trick!"

(Did he hear something from Safalin...?)

"But even if we lock the lid..."

"How do you intend to get to the upper floor without anyone noticing?!"

"I got a plan."

"A way to send Keiji to the upper floor alone...!"



"I wish I could see the others soon..."

"You can meet 'em when this is all over!!"

(He's got no intention of giving this up...)

"Okie-dokie... I'll bite."

"..."

"Fine... I'll do it too."

"Once we've pulled it off... We'll have to give everyone an apology."

Music stops.

"Alright. Once yer ready, gimme a holler."

"I'll give ya the detailed plan then."



Talk to Q-taro.



"How's your wound? Does it hurt?"

"Don't sweat it... I'm awright."



Music stops.

"So, hey... Q-taro. Want to talk about your lost memories?"

"Guh! Memories...?!"

"Yep. Just a bit of counseling..."

"Guess you'd be one for police questioning, eh?"

"But... well..."

"Guess it's as good a time as any! Let's give it one last go...!"



"It just might..."

"Well, who knows what's gonna happen! But you help me through it, Keiji!!"





"I toldja when we met that I got injured and couldn't play baseball for a while, right? Never really looked back on that time, thinkin' it was in the past.... But it's a real unclear memory, and just feels like there's more to it..."

(Alright... I'll try to have him remember.)



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"Yeah...! That had some outrageous words written on it!"

"”A sound mind makes a sound body"! That unscientific poster bein' there... I saw the limits of medicine!!"

"Nice... Maybe I'll put that up myself."

"I mean, you can do what you like, I s'pose..."

(Nothing all that suspicious here...)



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"T-That's a tricky one... They were, y'know, normal light switches and such."

"Guessin' they were on the wall so you could use 'em without havin' to get out of bed."

"You went clicking them when you were bored... Didn't you?"

"What am I, a kid?! If I did that, the doctor'd get worried and come runnin'!!"

(Hmm... Quite the adult...)



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"They're flowers from a teammate who came to visit..."

"I dunno nothin' about types of flowers... And the nurse took care of all the watering."

"You didn't happen to, say, mistake them for vegetables and eat them...?"

"I didn't eat 'em!!"

(Hmph... Well, nothing odd there, it seems.)



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"Right... Nothin' to it. It's a photo of the guys at the orphanage..."

"Didn't have nothin' to do with baseball, but I'd play with 'em, and teach 'em..."

"This photo full'a smiles... It always propped me up."

(Propped him up, huh...)

(Wonder if it put more pressure on him sometimes...)



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"Yeah... That was the old man in the other ward."

"We'd make eye contact, but I never greeted him..."

"And every day he'd give me this glare that said “I'm your elder! Greet me first, whippersnapper!””

"The birth of a fine rivalry..."

"It ain't a joke! I was down in the dumps then...!"

(Well... Doesn't seem to be a suspicious individual.)



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"That's right... It was a super clear day. Perfect baseball weather."

"'Cept... I couldn't move... First time I ever hated a blue sky."

"Like, "you dumbass sky!", right...?"

"What kinda line is that?! It's like a page outta some kid's youth!"

(Guess I shouldn't just say what I'm thinking...)



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"The bed? Think it's pretty normal..."

"Guhh!! No, wait, I'm misremembering a li'l!! I had them lower the height of the bed!"

"Since I'm so big, I was riskin' fallin' off!!"

"Truly a giant..."

"It ain't a laughin' matter... If a leg injury worsens, that's deadly for a player's career!"



"Could be a funny headline..."

"Keiji! You gonna take this seriously or what?!"

"But nothing like that happened, and you were discharged from the hospital just fine, right?"

".........."

"Q-taro...?"

"Y-Yeah... Should be."

"...?"



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"The curtain? You just take interest in the weirdest places, huh?"

"Nothing of interest there?"

"...Nah, wait."

"...There was. I think the curtain... It was half-closed so that you couldn't see from the other room..."

"That room... had kids in it, see."

"And they were baseball lovers. In deep enough to even know 'bout me..."

"To children... athletes are like superheroes."

"That's right... You understand, don'tcha?"

"I couldn't let those sick kids in the hospital see me like that...!"

(He didn't want them to see their hero discouraged...)



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"You got it!"

"The TV... Yeah, I got an idea about that..."

"It's a li'l embarrassing, but... I couldn't watch TV no more..."

"Huh... Why's that?"

"When I turned on the TV... Like it or not, there'd be news programs goin'."

"And I'd catch sight of some baseball news..."

"It wasn't TV you couldn't watch, but baseball...?"

".........."

"I'm heartless, I swear... Can't even cheer for my teammates."

"Watchin' baseball... it was pure sufferin'..."

"Ahh... I get how you feel."

"Bet you can't watch detective shows no more either..."

"Sure... guess we'll say that."

"Around that time... I was thinkin' about death a lot more than baseball..."

"Q-taro..."

"...Don't go tellin' nobody."



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"Yep! It was a wooden chair!"

"Come to think, though, that can't be it! It was comfier'n that!!"

"Comfier...?"

"That's right... Because... It was a wheelchair!!"

"I completely forgot...!! My leg injury was worse than I thought!"

"Seems like it'd take some time to treat."

"Yeah... A fatally long time for a second-string player itchin' to get back into pro baseball..."

(He must have been feeling awfully impatient...)



"Could you remember your own face some more?"

"Now that's a weird question. But lessee..."

"Come to think, somethin' was different... Now what was it..."

"...!!"

"Back then, I had... Bandages...! There were bandages wrapped 'round my head!!"

"That ain't right...! Was it not just my leg that got injured?!"

"Was your head... injured too...?"

"…"

"Nah..."

"My eyes..."

"I lost nearly all my eyesight then...!"

"...!!"

"W-What's goin' on here? If that's true, why can I see now...?"

"Maybe your treatment or surgeries went well?"

"Then why've I got no memory of that...?!"

"If they were erased, that's quite a mystery..."

"I wanna remember quick... Everything..."



"Could you remember this part some more?"

"Right... That, huh?"

"...Think I might've remembered something."

"That ornament... Actually... I threw it out."

"It was a gift from a supporter, but..."

"It was painful to leave it out...?"

".........."

"Can't hide nothin' from you, can I?"

"You got it in one. Wanted anything to do with baseball out of sight..."

"So I tossed it... And just pretended I'd forgotten."

".........."

"Then and now... I'm a weak person..."



"…"



"Could you remember this person some more?"

"Y-Yeah... I think that lady was..."

"Hmm...?! No, hold on! It was a man!!"

"He was a fair bit taller'n that... and also..."

Music stops.

"His face... that's right... He had the same face as Komaeda..."



"That ain't possible!! You're tellin me I met Komaeda there?!"

"Stay calm... Are you sure of that?"

"Yeah! Now that I think about it, it's gotta be!!"

"I met Komaeda... an' talked with him!! Feels like we discussed my retirement...!"

"You were able to open up to him...?"

"You got it..."

Music stops

(Retirement... Losing both his legs and his eyesight, no doubt he'd lose confidence to continue...)







"I took a major injury that threatened my career..."

"If I got it durin' practice, that'd be one thing... but it was a careless, unrelated accident."

"Stuck in a hospital room, I worried day after day..."

Music stops.

"Then... that nurse came along..."











"...I apologize."

".......... Sorry... But just quit tryin' to console me..."

"...There's a way."

"Eh...?"

"Do you know... the Asunaro vow? If you sign your name on a certain form, you can have any one wish granted."

"I ain't gonna believe some silly pipe dream..."



"But if you're just going to die otherwise... What do you think? In truth... I have one of the forms here. I'll leave it here for you, Mr. Q-taro..."

“...A silly... pipe dream..."

Music stops.




"They were compensation for signing that form...!"

(This was Q-taro's erased memory...)

"Dammit... What kinda athlete am I?"



(….........)






Alright... Let's do it. Q-taro, Mai..."



"...And so me and Mai'll support Keiji from the lower floor here."

"Okay...!"

"I'll go to the upper floor and charge up Komaeda's head..."

"Time to start! Don'tcha dare get seen, Keiji!"

(Now then... I need to get to the elevator.)




The elevator has completely stopped working.

(Alright...)



"When we do, the people on the upper floor will surely come down, so..."

"At the same time, you'll go up in the other elevator so you can pass them right by!"

(A near-miss plan... Hope it works out.)

Music stops.

(Anyway... I'll wait here for now. Q-taro and Mai can decide the timing.)

(They're taking a while... Still nothing? Can't exactly leave this spot, though...)

"...!"

(That sound...)



(Okay, it's back up... Let's get on.)




(I wonder who's on it...?)




(Doesn't seem they noticed me...)




(Don't hear anything else...)



"...Yaaawn..."



(Sheesh, what am I doing...?)

I pressed the button, and the elevator started moving.

Blaze Dragon
Aug 28, 2013
LOWTAX'S SPINE FUND



Well, a lot of things make more sense now, like Mai and Keiji's weird, suspicious act earlier. And Q-Taro's backstory is surprisingly harsh, though it makes me wonder just what treatments he got that managed to fix his legs and eyes.

Chef Boyardeez Nuts
Sep 9, 2011

The more you kick against the pricks, the more you suffer.


Horse steroids obviously. Jose Q-Taro

girl dick energy
Sep 30, 2009

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


Thank goodness for Salafin. Everyone knows a plan never works if you say the whole thing on-screen.

Tax Evasion
May 27, 2020


Blaze Dragon posted:

Well, a lot of things make more sense now, like Mai and Keiji's weird, suspicious act earlier. And Q-Taro's backstory is surprisingly harsh, though it makes me wonder just what treatments he got that managed to fix his legs and eyes.

It's unclear, but my preferred explanation is that he just has straight-up cybernetic eyes and legs now. ASU-NARO can make full robots, cybernetics seems quite possible.

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014







Speak to Kurumada.

Kurumada isn't moving at all.

(Am I... too late?)

"...You look like... you're seein' a corpse..."



"...Well, shoot. I've been spotted..."

"Huh...? Somethin' you oughta say first, ain't there?"





"...Thank you. I was able to get out of the coffin safely..."

"Hah, good..."

"So like... why're you all by yourself?"

"What about Mai?! You seen her...?!"

"She's safe. She's down below."

"Oh yeah? Heh... Then I guess we'll meet up..."

"Where's everybody else...?"

"They all headed down... It's just me here..."

"'Course... I might be at my limit soon..."



(I should tell him about the banquet.)

"You serious with that...?"

"...Sure am."

"Well, ain't that perfect! Haha...!"

"Thought we'd just be wiped out in the end anyhow..."

"If we can save even a single one... we gotta take that bet..."



"You've gotten pretty kind, huh...”

"Ah... shaddup..."

"Well, whatever. I'm feelin' good... I'll tell you this too."

Music stops.

"If a Floor Master meets their doppelganger... they die."

(...?!)

"What's up...?"

"N-Nothing..."

"Be grateful... 'cause that was info only I had."

(...This isn't good. Now I can't tell him about Komaeda's head...)

Investigate charger.

There's a strange machine in the middle of the room.

(You don't suppose this is...)

"...That's a charger."

"...!"

"To think it's so huge... but only has enough for one full charge..."

(One full charge...?)

(Why does he know that? Don't tell me...)

"You used it...?"

"...Yeah."

"...!!"



"What...?"

"You think I'd hoard it all for myself...? poo poo..."

(…)

(So there's still half...)

Investigate papers on the floor.

There are papers scattered around.

(Hm? Well now, aren't these...)



Investigate the charger.



(...No choice...)



"Huh...? Hey... that's..."

"Ain't that Komaeda's head...?! Did you kill him?!"

"Wrong... This is a doll head, and..."

"Don't screw with me!! Then why're you spending precious battery on that thing?!"



"Calm down! I'll explain...!"



"What... That doesn't make any drat sense!!"



"If you make another drat Komaeda...!!"

"Ain't that making a doppelganger?!"



(What should I do?!)

"You're tryin' to kill Komaeda, aren't you!!"



"And yet... you're gonna forsake us?!"

"No! This is just for the banquet...!"

"I know... that's gotta be a lie...!!"

"Listen to me! Stop that right now!!"



"You... traitor...!!"



"Ah... h..."



"T-That's wrong..."



"I-I..."



"D-Don't touch me..."





Investigate Kurumada.

“Ah... Did I...”










Investigate Kurumada.

Kurumada is lying on the ground.





Investigate the elevator.

(*pant*... *pant*...)

(I charged it... Now I just have to get back to the lower floor... Calm down... This plan is all so no one sees me...)

Music stops.



(Huh...?)

"It's your friendly policeman on the air... How's everybody doing?"

(..........)

(What...?!)



"Would love to explain everything, but unfortunately, there's no time. If you can hear my voice... I've got a request for you. Bring the ID card to the classroom. I need Sara to do it, and for her to come alone. Counting on you..."

"What the hell... was that?!"

(That was my voice...!)

(drat it... What do I do?)




(What in the world's going on...?)

Try to move.

Music stops.




(...Ranmaru...?)



"Just fantastic...I'm reuniting with an ally, after all."



"I wonder about that... You look pretty pissed about that broadcast."

"So that really was you..."

"Yep... Found a nice voice changer function."

"You got some business with me...?"

"...I might."



"Not seeing where you're going with this..."

"I heard it all over the transceiver."

"You killed Kurumada, Keiji...!!"



"...I didn't kill him."

".........."




".........."

"But look at you with scrutiny, and it's clear..."

"...?"

"Keiji... You..."

Music stops.




"What's this all of a sudden, Ranmaru?"

".........."

"...Sara, she..."

"She signed the consent form..."

"...!!"

"She was brought here by someone's wish..."

"Put into a desperate situation for someone's sake..."

"And at last... she signed the invitation."

"…"

"Keiji..."




"Why would it be me...?"

".........."



"You just want to be the closest to her, the one who protects her... isn't that right?"

"No...! I don't matter in this!!"

"I just want to help Sara...!"

"You can't be that person..."



"...!!"

"'Course I know that...!!"

"Now come on... Hand over Komaeda's head...!"

"Wait! Somebody's coming...!"

"...!!"

"Hide!"



"...There's no one here..."



(W-Why'd Sara come here...?!)

(What are you planning?!)

(..........)




"W-What's this?!"

"Keiji...?! Are you there?!"

Don't come here, Sara...!"

"That voice... It's you, isn't it, Keiji?!"

"...Stay away..."

"Are you the one who called for me...?!"

"...Listen to me..."

"If you survived... then why...!"

"Don't come over here!! Sara!!"

"Aaah...!!"

(Wha...?)

"Sara!!"




Tax Evasion
May 27, 2020


HydroSphere posted:


"Would love to explain everything, but unfortunately, there's no time. If you can hear my voice... I've got a request for you. Bring the ID card to the classroom. I need Sara to do it, and for her to come alone. Counting on you..."

(W-Why'd Sara come here...?!)

why are you surprised by this ranmaru

Randalor
Sep 4, 2011






I'm still wondering why people who heard the guy straight up say he wanted to see Sara in the death game are questioning who could POSSIBLY have wanted to see Sara there. I mean... the conversation was almost literally:

"You could only be here because someone WANTED you to be here. I wanted to see you participate in the game with my own eyes!"

It's... it's not rocket science, Ranmaru. If you heard the crazy psycho say that Sara is only there because someone wanted her to be there, then you heard him go on (and on, AND ON) about the simulations and wanting to see the TRUE Sara.

Tax Evasion
May 27, 2020


Randalor posted:

I'm still wondering why people who heard the guy straight up say he wanted to see Sara in the death game are questioning who could POSSIBLY have wanted to see Sara there. I mean... the conversation was almost literally:

"You could only be here because someone WANTED you to be here. I wanted to see you participate in the game with my own eyes!"

It's... it's not rocket science, Ranmaru. If you heard the crazy psycho say that Sara is only there because someone wanted her to be there, then you heard him go on (and on, AND ON) about the simulations and wanting to see the TRUE Sara.

It's not exactly clear that Komaeda actually got to have a wish, though.
I'm thinking that Keiji's wish is what brought Sara here, although that wasn't his intention. Perhaps his wish was to meet Mr. Policeman's kid?

tomanton
May 22, 2006

beam me up, tomato

We've been Keiji for how long and don't have his detective support vision why :colbert:

Acerbatus
Jun 26, 2020

FORUMS
TERRORIST


I like how Sara makes excuses about being heavy to Ranmaru. She's presumably got some muscle on her from doing Kendo, but it's not the sort of thing she usually seems to worry about.

C... posted:

Well hello again! Makes me wonder about if/when we see Miley again.

Loving this story so far, all the twists and turns have been excellent. I think I like it more than danganrompa, and it's fast overtaking zero escape.

I feel like the cast is better balanced, nobody is just filler.

Tax Evasion
May 27, 2020


Acerbatus posted:

I like how Sara makes excuses about being heavy to Ranmaru. She's presumably got some muscle on her from doing Kendo, but it's not the sort of thing she usually seems to worry about.

I feel like the cast is better balanced, nobody is just filler.

I also like how this game does not feel the need to include comic relief characters. Every character in the game is significant and serious.

Robindaybird
Aug 21, 2007

Neat. Sweet. Petite.



Tax Evasion posted:

I also like how this game does not feel the need to include comic relief characters. Every character in the game is significant and serious.

everyone has funny moments, but they're not gag characters

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014







"You came to, Sara...!"



(Eh...?)

"Q... Q-taro?! You're safe...!! I'm so reli... ow, ow..."

"H-Hey, don't overdo it gettin' up!"

"Hmph... How energetic for having been passed out..."

"Here, big sis Sara... You want water, meow?"

(I see... I lost consciousness from some kind of electric shock...)

"Thank goodness... If you hadn't regained consciousness..."

"Kanna..."

"That's right... Where's the ID card?!"

(I don't see it anywhere...!)

"...Nothing we can do about it."

, "But still! You got to meet back up with Q-taro, so don't be sad!"

(Mai...)

Music stops.

"Then... Where's Keiji...?"

"He... wasn't anywhere, meow..."

"What...?!"

"Unfortunately, we just found you alone collapsed in the classroom..."

"..."

".........."

".........."



"Now, do not be saddened, Sara Chidouin! We do have good news..."

"The banquet...! There is a way by which we may clear this game and survive alongside the Dummies!"

"Banquet...?"

"Muscle gorilla knows all about it, woof!"

"Yeah, which is why I wanna gather everybody..."

"Ranmaru said he'd bring everybody here, but..."

"..."



"...Rise and shine, Sara-senpai. Hurry up and get on with this explanation."

"You ain't with Ranmaru?"

"And also... I haven't seen Kurumada anywhere..."

Music stops.



"...!!"

"What's that reaction for? It's just a joke..."

".........."

"...Hold on. Has nobody gone to check on him...?!"

"I-I'm sure he's fine...! I mean, he's charging up..."



"I'm more stubborn than that..."

"Thank goodneeess! You seriously worried us!"

Hah... Some reception I'm getting..."

"Now all but Ranmaru Kageyama and Keiji Shinogi have assembled..."

"Keiji, eh..."

"Wonder where he could be..."

"...?"

"...Nothin' for it. Let's get the banquet ready ahead of 'em."

"Everybody, assemble in the cemetery."





"I still feel like we should find Ranmaru and Keiji first..."

"There's no time...!"

"Komaeda is repairing Maple right now..."

"If we don't hurry, he'll finish, and..."





"Glad I made it in time!"

"Komaeda...! How stubborn can a guy be?!"

"As if that's anything new!"

"It's true! Since years ago, he's...!"

"Ah! I'm so glad! You finally remembered!"







"Haha... What a happy bunch!"

"What about us is "happy"?!"

"We were all tricked by your offers...!"

"You took advantage of our feelings for others... our pained emotions..."

"And you stole our happiness... our lives... our futures!!"

"Kanna..."

"Only wished for her sister's happiness..."

"I see..."

Music stops.

"Which is why you said you wanted your sister's wish granted."



"Eh...?"



"We don't need to hear it...!"

".........."

"Oh, really... Then I guess I'll never tell you."

"W... Wait..."

"..."

"...Which is it?"

"I want... to know."

"What did sister answer...?!"

"Haha..."

"Such a good older sister..."



".........."

"...That wish..."

"Of course... I granted that too, didn't I?"




"...!!"

(No... way... Sou was... Kanna's...? That means... Kanna... Lost not just her sister... but her brother, too...?)







"His affection... wasn't a lie... He always protected Kanna when she couldn't do anything... No... even now..."




(...Hallucinations...?)

"Kanna... is weak... Surely, she shouldn't be looking at them... She should stand firm on her feet... Look forward... treat everyone as precious... So that the two of them can disappear in peace..."



"So... I can't give in."

"I'll never lose to someone like you...!!"

"…"

Music stops.

"...Worthless."

"Why won't you all entertain me...?"

"Why won't everyone break down properly?"



"Toys...?!"




"Ranmaru?!"

"He was getting worthless ideas, too..."



"G... Give it back!"

"What were you doing with that ID card?!"

"Why... because he's the villain who knocked out miss Sara."

"Ranmaru betrayed you all..."

"Th... that's wrong..."

".........."

"Sara..."

"Dammit... I can't be anything after all... So... I at least wanted to be Sara's salvation..."



(...?!)

"That's why you were using the AI-Ceiver...?"

, "How hilarious... To give up even your own consciousness for her..."

"Komaeda...!!"

"Yes, yes. I'm tired of talking now."

"Come on in! Maple has been reborn!"







"Gwoooh?! What's even goin' on here?!"

, "Ahaha! I stuffed some powerful AIs into her!"

"She may look hideous... but I think it's what's on the inside that counts!"





, "Now go, Maple! Run wild 'til your battery gives out!"



"We're fighting this?! That's totally not even Maple anymore!!"

"Listen! At this point, our only option is to run down her battery...!!"

"Find a way to make her do things that consume a lot of power!"

"O-Okay...!!"



"He's giving you guys a serious glare..."

(He has a strong hatred of humans. If we can stimulate that somehow...)

  • Maple has 100 energy. At the start of each turn, one of the AI's start up, which costs Maple 5 energy.










  • If you provoke a response from an AI, it will cost Maple 10 energy. You can attack any of the four AI's, not just the one that started up at the start of the turn.

"It was effective...! Now, I should prepare to run!"




"Guh..."

"Don't let him bewilder you, Q-taro...!"

"I-I get that, but... urgh...!"

(He has a deceptive personality... We can't go against him carelessly!)








"Lecturing me when he's trying to kill me...?"





"Maple, be strong...! You don't want to do this, right?!"



"M... Maple...!!"



"A... Ahhhh..."

(Maple doesn't like fighting... But she can't defy Komaeda's orders...!)








"Gah...! We gotta save her somehow!!"




"Big sis Sara! Can't we save that guy, meow?!"

  • It is possible to smash two of the monitors during this fight, but that just reduces the number of effective actions available, and removes the start up cost of 5 energy.

(With them running on the same battery... I don't see any way we can...)








"Kanna has to save Sou...!!"





"S-Stay awaaaaayyy!!"

Hayasaka is running around wildly.

"Good job, meow!! Keep running just like that, woof!"

"*pant*...! *pant*...! H-Help...!!"







  • Gin's "attack" is unique, it takes off 20 energy, as opposed to the usual 10.

"I did it, meow!"











  • Only five characters are actually helpful in this fight, and of those five, Gin can only be used once. However, the remaining four can each drain energy from two of the AI's - Alice for example will work against both the angry and the sneering AI. However, a character's action will only be effective against an AI once, if we'd used Alice against the angry AI for a second time, it would have had no effect.


"Mwahaha...! He took action! Now simply protect me so I'm not killed, everyone!"

Music stops.

(W... What...?)

"Hiyori...!! Please... release me...!! Ahhh... ahhhhh... ahhhh...!!!!” No...! My body won't listen to me...!!"





"Sheesh, so you were useless after all..."

"Time to scrap this piece of junk."

"Is that how you talk to an ally?!"

"Maple loved you!!" "And you just...!!"



"I'VE WOKEN UP... HEY, HIYORI...”



".........."











"Won't you resist? ...She'll kill you."

"Ha... haha... How cold..."

"What's that? You tremblin'...?"

"Made the mistake of thinkin' there was no way she'd resist?"

"She's gonna kill you! Ain't nobody's gonna help...!"

"...!"



"...Whaddya expect from us? Can't stop her anyhow..."

“Urgh...”

"Ha... hahaha..."

(There's nothing left to be done... We just have to watch it end...)



“...Urk...”



“GOODBYE...”



“...!”



“Hurry up and finish him! Maple...!”

“FINISH...”

“I... always loved you, Maple...”

“...!!”

“Don't be fooled...!!”

“...”



“TOGETHER...!!”




HydroSphere fucked around with this message at 21:49 on Sep 16, 2021

Mirello
Jan 29, 2006
The Nameless One


Just posting to say thanks for helping tell this wonderful story hydrosphere!

Stoner Sloth
Apr 2, 2019



Mirello posted:

Just posting to say thanks for helping tell this wonderful story hydrosphere!

:emptyquote:

dervival
Apr 23, 2014


Mirello posted:

Just posting to say thanks for helping tell this wonderful story hydrosphere!

Agreed, there's no way I would've ever stumbled on to this series by myself and I've greatly enjoyed the LP. Thanks, hydrosphere!

Hypocrisy
Oct 4, 2006
Lord of Sarcasm



That "Huhh?" from Sou was really, really satisfying.

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.


Mirello posted:

Just posting to say thanks for helping tell this wonderful story hydrosphere!

:emptyquote:

blakelmenakle
Sep 1, 2007
AHEM! There's sand on my boots!

Mirello posted:

Just posting to say thanks for helping tell this wonderful story hydrosphere!

Every update I'm becoming more and more :suspense:

Acerbatus
Jun 26, 2020

FORUMS
TERRORIST


I still have absolutely no idea where this is going to go, and I'm not going to be sure if that's good or bad until I find out.


Poor Kanna, though. Sou's perceptive enough that I'd bet he figured out she was his sister. No wonder he gets so pissee if he lives over her.

girl dick energy
Sep 30, 2009

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


Jesus Christ, Midori/Komaeda's a legendary rear end in a top hat. He's basically actually the guy Sou was trying to be.

HydroSphere
Feb 11, 2014





“...I wouldn't say that.”

"Hm...?"



"Just now... you were scared. Scared of Maple's attack she was ready to die for..."



".........."

(That's right... I was always thinking that Komaeda might be indifferent even to his own death... But I was wrong!)

(Even Komaeda doesn't want to die...!!)

"...Talk about nonsense. What does knowing that do for you?"

"If you see a weakness to take advantage of, just go ahead and try."



Music stops.

(The banquet...)

"Feels like we're on our last resort now..."

"Where's Mr. Policeman...?"

"There's no time to look around..."

"I'm sure... he's safe..."

(Right... This is our last chance... Until we're ready, I should talk with everyone...)



Talk to Hinako.




"You aren't happy?"

".........."

"...Well, maybe just a little."

"We made it all in one piece, after all. That's pretty amazing."

"..."

"...But in the end, we'll run out of battery and cease moving..."

"So you'd better bring us back. Swear it..."

"Right...!"

Talk to Gin.



"Yeah..."

"And also... Muscle gorilla and muscle punk... are both injured, meow..."



"Everyone'll be okay... Don't worry."

"Yeah... I'll keep an eye on them, meow."

"How about you, Gin? Feeling okay?"

"I'm totally fine, woof!"

"Good... You've gotten hardy, Gin."

"Big sis Sara... Depend on me anytime, meow!"

(Gin...)

Talk to Ranmaru.




"Gonna change parts? We don't know what the banquet will be like... Might want to upgrade..."

"It's fine! I've gotten plenty of... y'know, experience with that stuff already!"

"U-Um, so..."

"Was I... useful...?"



"Of course."

"...!"

"..."

"Um... Sara..."

"Keiji's..."

"Eh...?"

"Nah, uh... I mean..."

"J-Just... I hope you find him..."

"...Yeah..."

Talk to Q-taro.




"What about you, Q-taro? Is your wound okay?"

"Don't sweat it. If I've made it this far, shouldn't be no concern..."

(It seemed pretty deep... I'm amazed.)

"Come to think... is Kurumada okay? Impressed he's hangin' on like that..."

"Should I check on him?"

"Yeah, couldja do that for me? We've come this far, we can't go losin' anybody..."

Talk to Mai.




"Your personality's changed, Mai..."

"Uh...?! E-Err..."



"I-I didn't say you should revert back..."

"Oh..."

"Hey, Sara..."

"Do you... like everybody?"



"How do you mean...?"

"Not us... I mean human survivors..."

"I don't think... you even need me to answer that."

"I guess so..."

"I... like you guys too..."

"Whatever's awaiting us at the banquet..."

"I'll be on your side...!!"

(Mai...)

Talk to Kanna.




"You did good. This is thanks to you, Kanna."

"Kanna didn't do anything... She just wanted to help you, Sara."

"We'll all overcome the banquet together... and greet Mr. Policeman with a smile."

"And we'll revive all the Dummies, too!"

"Kanna... You're so straightforward."

"That's because... I don't want to go astray anymore."

(Kanna... She has no hesitation now. She really has grown strong...)

Talk to Hayasaka.




"The same to you... If the Dummies didn't trust us, we couldn't have gotten this far."

"You're truly stupendous... In comparison, I was always just cowering..."

"The one thing I can take pride in is that I never tried to harm Gin..."

"Being that I'm a coward, I suppose that's only natural, but..."

"Even so, I'm glad Gin could live..."

"Yes..."

"If we really do get home at some point... I hope to live reflecting on what I did."

"I hope the day comes you can forgive me, too..."

"…"

Talk to Alice.




"I'm sure he's all right..."

"Well, no use relying on someone who isn't here."

"We will proceed forward on our own power... Am I wrong?"

".........."

"Why, you're looking awfully uneasy, aren't you...!"

"I understand. I won't fall for cheap provocation anymore..."

"And if you tell me to imitate an animal, I shall become even a goat...!!"

"What are you talking about?! Calm down...!"

"Silence!! I'm saying that is just how much I will put my pride on the line to defeat him!"

"No, but really, why should you do as I say?!"

"Because you're the leader...!"

"...!!"

"Have you forgotten already...? Going with you gives the highest odds of winning."

"Make use of us, damnable leader..."

Talk to Anzu.




"We are underage, after all..."

"Right? And it tastes funny!"

"Tastes...? Hold on, have you...?"

"N-Nooope! Just picturing it, I swear!! Stop glaring at me like that!"

(D-Did I have a scary look...?)

"...I know I'm not all that bright, but..."

"If I think about it too deeply... it depresses me."

"If you don't think, you don't have to be afraid of the scary future just ahead of you..."

"Ah!! But then that's me thinking about it, isn't it?!"

"Gotta forget...! Hwoooorgh...!!"

(Anzu's struggling with things in her own way...)

Talk to Kurumada.




"That looks painful... as usual."

"Makes me glad I'm not human... Would probably hurt like hell..."

"Anyway... I gotta tell you something..."

"What is it...?"
"You told us..."

"That you'd protect everybody... Dummies included..."

"...Yes."

"Thanks... for keepin' that promise."



"It's a miracle that I could... We owe it to our hearts coming together as one."

".........."

"...Hah, is that right..."

"Ahh... I feel like listenin' to a song..."

"A-A song...?"

"...Might be our last moment of peace, right?"

"Make somethin' happen. I wanna soak in this while I can..."

"H-Hold on a second...!"

(I-I don't need to sing, do I? I guess I'll find someone good at singing...)

Talk to Alice.

"Mm? You want me to sing...?"

"Err... Yes... I thought you might be good at it..."

"Mwahaha... Very well... I shall sing you a song even you would know with my 70-point karaoke voice!"

"What kind of song...?"

"One I often sang with Reko when we were children..."





"Ooh! I've heard that one before!"

"Hoh... Shall we sing together? Until our feelings are calmed..."

"Yeah, yeah! Let's all sing!"



Talk to Anzu.

"Heheh... Haven't felt this peaceful in a while..."

Talk to Alice.

"You may sing as well... Music is good indeed."

Talk to Hayasaka.

"It's fine if I provide some accompaniment, right?"

Talk to Mai.

"Ahh... Everyone's singing puts me in a trance!"

Talk to Ranmaru.

"I'm no good at singing in a chorus..."

"Might be good to listen, though."

Talk to Hinako.

"...Guess this is pretty nice, isn't it? Even at times like these..."

Talk to Gin.

"Things are feeling kinda fun now, meow!"

Talk to Q-taro.

"This song's kinda nostalgic, eh...?"

Talk to Kurumada.




"How is it, Kurumada?"

"Not bad..."

"...Feels like... y'know..."

"...That it's good to have allies..."

"Kurumada!"

"Urgh... W-What?"

"Eheheh..."

"...Hah."

"Now I got no regrets... No matter what happens."



"Right..."

Talk to Kanna.

"Kanna loves this song!"

Talk to Q-taro.

"Sara... You gonna start preparing for the banquet?"



"Yes! Let's begin...!"





"Now... we're gonna hafta choose who goes into the seven coffins."

"..."

"Doesn't matter if they're alive or dead. Somebody's gotta go in, human or doll..."

".........."

"Haha... Want to do rock-paper-scissors, perhaps?"

Music stops.





"By "we"... you mean the Dummies?!"

"Yeah..."



"...Well, why not? If we're just getting in..."



"Scared of the dark? Hah, go in with your mommy!"



"Nghhhh...!! Geeeeez!!"



"Now's as good a time as any to show some backbone. I can't be burdening Gin and everyone forever..."



"If anything happens... Count on me!"



(Thank you, everyone...)

Music stops.

"All that's left is... that one, meow..."

The last coffin...

(I'll inspect it...)



(...I'll open it...)

"No good... It won't open."

"We have to think of a way to pry it open, meow!"

"Yeah..."

"But..."



"Since the banquet isn't starting... Does that mean it's empty...?"

"T-Then...!"

"Mr. Policeman really did escape, meow!!"

"Well... Then let's discuss who should go in the..."





"Whoaaa...?! The coffins!!"



"N-No way...!!"

"The gate! Hurry to the gate!!"










"Where's everyone in the coffins?!"

"Aw, c'mon... Not even a hello? They're fine, just fine. You'll meet 'em soon..."



"Now, I'm gonna have you select a challenger."

"What are you gonna make us do, meow?!"

"Whoa now... Can't tell you that yet."

Music stops.








"Quit it wit' the theatrics!!"

"Ahaha. Now, which coffin will you pick first?"

"First...?"



"The challengers... will go in these coffins."

"Coffins again...!"

"Why, they're just the same kind that were in the cemetery! No traps here."

"And they're brand new and unused... Lucky you!"

"If you're scared, want me to pick first?"

"W-Wait...!"

"A-At any rate... Let's look 'em over to make sure there's nothin' suspicious!!"



Talk to Meister.

“Go ahead and check until you're satisfied.”

Select a coffin.



“Alright... The left coffin!”

"A-Alright... But let us check 'em a li'l more...!"

Q-taro inspected the coffins very carefully.

"No need to put your sticky hands all over them... There's no difference between the two coffins."

"...Seems that way."

"Nothin' suspect. We'll go with the one Sara picked."

"Okie-dokie! Then I'll go in the one you didn't pick!"

Komaeda got in the right coffin.

"W-Was this really the right one...?"

"Now for you to decide on a challenger... Feel free to take your time thinkin' it over."



"H-Hey! What do we do?! Should we volunteer ourselves, or recommend who would be best...?!"

(We have to decide now? We don't even know the rules...!)

Music stops.




“No... I'll do it.”

"I wouldn't recommend that..."

"You're chiming in...?"

"I'm offering you a hint... seeing as you have the disadvantage."





"You're all nice, so you'd never pick me at times like this, meow..."

"But... if that meant only I survived..."

"I'm sure I'd regret it, woof... I'd feel like I was a burden...! So I want you to let me do it, woof...!!"

"I wanna know there were people who were saved by me being there, woof!!"

"That's... You already have...!"



Gin runs into the coffin.

"Gin...!! A... Ahhh..."

Music stops.

"Now let's move on... It's about time to start."




(I don't see any coffins anywhere...)

"Now... It's about time..."



(I'm not going to sacrifice anyone...!!)

"Well then... Let's begin, shall we?"

"Come forth...!"



Coffins...! Is everyone in there?!"

"Whoa, don't bother trying to open them, alright?"



(At any rate... I should get closer and inspect them!)

Investigate the machine.

(Ah...?! The platform rotated?!)

"Incredible, eh? Using this machine, you guys gotta locate Komaeda."

"Locate Komaeda...?"



Music stops.

"That is the Russian Roulette Banquet!"

"Y-You mean..."



"Then... Gin's life is on the line...?!"





"Are you outside, meow?! Big sis Sara!"

"Gin...!"

"They're completely soundproofed in there, but as you can see, you can talk via monitors!"

"Ahhh... I can't see anything from here, meow!!"

(If only I'd known... I should've gone in there!!)

"Hmph... What has you down, Sara Chidouin?"

"I mean..."

"We are the only ones who can properly observe the situation from outside!"

"...!!"

(That's right... What's important is winning and surviving...)

(I'll win, and save Gin...!!)

"Ah, and by the way, it's a team battle, so Komaeda needs a button-pusher too..."

"Meaning I'll push the buttons in his stead."

"You ain't gonna cheat?!"




(As if we even could...!)

Music stops.

"Well then, once we decide the turn order, we can get started..."

"I'd say it's fine for Team Gin to go first, having the disadvantage."

"...Alright."

"Went a little long, huh? Let's start already..."

PlasticAutomaton
Nov 12, 2016

Artoria Pendonut




Welp Keiji's in that last coffin, isn't he?

girl dick energy
Sep 30, 2009

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


There's some cool narrative parallels here. One of the first times Sara proved her capability as a leader to her fellow players (and earned their faith) was a Russian Roulette game. Now she's going to do it again.

Also 'A Moment of Connection' is a genuinely pretty song, but on the other end, I'm starting to feel like Samurai Woman is actually getting overused a little bit. From 'Kai dying on his own terms" to "Sara makes a simple observation that Komaeda immediately no-sells." Before, it was getting used like Cornered, and now it's being used more like Objection. It's losing its impact.

Edit: I hope there's a Samurai Woman remix or reprise waiting in the wings for the next time it's really needed, otherwise it's just going to fall flat.

girl dick energy fucked around with this message at 00:42 on Sep 21, 2021

King of Bleh
Mar 2, 2007

A kingdom of rats.


I hope this one is possible to win legitimately, it'd suck if this was another catch-22 like previous chapters where we'll have to choose between sacrificing Gin and Keiji.

Randalor
Sep 4, 2011






PlasticAutomaton posted:

Welp Keiji's in that last coffin, isn't he?

It could also be the Komaeda doppelganger.

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MarquiseMindfang
Jan 6, 2013


Whatever coffin you pick is getting fired into space, isn't it? You know, like if you imagine it as a giant revolver...

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