Oh man, has it been a while. Glad to finally be back LPing a game I don’t hate. And look, I’m even back to making update headers!
This was the first screenshot I had left over from the last time I started KS to do screenshots, and it kinda sums up my last LP in one image.
: “That’s right, Shicchan~!”
: “Wait, that’s right~! Hicchan, are you asking because you’re interested in joining a club?”
You can practically see the “menacing” hiragana in the air straight out of the Jojo anime.
: “Yeah, I was thinking about it.”
This is sort of another reminder that we can still change routes - in fact, the next point at which we could do so (moving onto the Lilly/Hanako route) is coming up very shortly.
: “Hicchan? Is something wrong?”
I don’t quite understand why Hisao finds this so strange. Maybe it’s just that Japanese schools have a very different culture than American ones do, but I remember seeing people duck out of classes in high school and college for all kinds of reasons.
: “No, nothing.”
I don’t really know what’s up with that line, whether it’s supposed to be Hisao thinking it or if it’s from the part where you could divert to the other route and it wound up getting misplaced in the game’s script. Usually, Hisao’s thoughts don’t have quotation marks around them.
: “…Not really.”
: “Do you want to have lunch together then?”
: “Yay~! Wahahaha~! Okay, Hicchan~! Perfect!”
: “Yes it is, Hicchan!”
For a minute, I thought I had somehow forgotten to take a screenshot or two, but it doesn’t look like I missed anything. There probably could’ve been a screen wipe or something to insinuate the passage of time.
This is sort of alluding to the original concept art, in which you’d have to be able to “speak” sign language in order to get anywhere with the class rep character. As far as I know (I never did Shizune’s route) there’s never actually a scene where Hisao studies it.
An A press is an A press. You can’t say it’s only a half. Actually, there’s three states to any competition and…
: “Are you sure, Hicchan?”
: “Very sure.”
: “The cafeteria?”
: “Hahaha~! That’s so plain… Okay~! Let’s go!”
Yamaku is clearly a mobius strip, so it has no back.
: “Hicchan, do you have anything you’re really interested in?”
: “I used to play soccer, but I’m not really into it. I don’t follow the teams and players or anything like that. As of late, I usually just read a lot.”
: “Hm… there is a book club, right, Shicchan? Right! But~! It seems like they have all the members they can possibly have right now. Sorry, Hicchan… it’s a really popular club.”
Yes… very popular. Going to have to wait until Monika kills all the other club members. That’ll only be what, another five or six years?
: “Ah, okay! But more to the point, Hicchan, does this mean you don’t have anything in mind?”
: “Not really.”
: “Good! Great~! That’s great, Hicchan! Really great! Hahahaha~! Wahahaha~!”
: “Why’s it so great?”
: “No reason.”
Welcome to Misha and Shizune’s master plan to get Hisao to join the student council.
Shizune’s arms are behind her back because if we say no, she’s going to pull out a gun and force us to join at gunpoint.
“Well, for one, we could hang out every day, Hicchan~! Shicchan and I are both in the Student Council.”
Student council was one of those things where I never really understood why anyone did it. It’s kind of like being the UN, where you can talk about stuff all day but ultimately have no real power over anything.
: “Actually, Shicchan is the president.”
: “So, you’re admitting that-”
: “Wahahaha~! No, we admit nothing! I mean, Hicchan, of course it would be nice if you could join the student council and we’d appreciate it.”
: “But even without all that, joining the student council shows a healthy interest in the workings of one’s school.”
Misha honestly reminds me a lot of Kuroki Tomoko from Watamote, a manga that was incredibly popular on 4chan to the point where one of the manga volumes actually mentioned 4chan on the front cover. I’d almost say that the writers were influenced by it, but this scene was in the 2009 demo and Watamote’s first chapters were published in Japanese in mid-2011.
: “So it’s settled, then. Welcome to the student council, Hicchan!”
I’ll have to ask you to forgive me right here because I… kind of forgot what settings I was using to take screenshots for this LP given that I hadn’t touched it in six months. Things SHOULD look the same, but I had to re-make all of my batch processing options.
: “What? No. No!”
: “Yup, that’s right, though it would be boring if it went that smoothly. Oh well~! Shicchan owes me candy now!”
: “You were betting on it? Hey, my life is not a game here!”
: “Wahahaha~! That’s interesting, Hicchan. Let’s play a game!”
: “That’s not what I said.”
: “How about Rich Man, Poor Man, Hicchan? If you lose, you have to join the student council~!”
There’s a couple of really obvious signs that the people who made this game are not from Japan, and this is one of them. I had never even heard of this game up until I googled it - it’s apparently a card game that originated in Australia.
: “No, absolutely not.”
: “Aw~, Why not?”
: “Well, it’s because you two both have the same incentive, and therefore the same goal, which is to get me on the student council, right?”
: “Yeah, that isn’t my goal. But what this means is that both of you can team up and I’ll be at a clear disadvantage. So, I’ll have to decline.”
In case you’re wondering, Misha isn’t doing one of those dramatic anime stutters, she actually doesn’t know the word Shizune is signing. They make this clear a bit later, but I realized that just looking at it you might think she’s doing one of those dumb tsundere “It-it’s not l-like I like you or anything, y-you baka!” lines.
: “In order to atone for hurting a young girl’s feelings, you should definitely join the student council!”
: “How about a game of paper football instead of Rich Man, Poor Man?”
: “Paper football?”
: “Yeah! It’s a game they play in America~! You make a paper triangle, then you try to shoot it past goalposts that the other player makes with their fingers!”
Now, that’s something I’ve heard of… though when I was still in school we mostly made them to flick at the teachers.
Yeah, I dunno about that one Misha. Something tells me that if Battle Royale games had existed in 2009, Misha would be all about that shit.
: “More like the boys from the slightly older boys. Anyway, I’m not going to play that either. Just the fact that you know about it probably means you’re surprisingly good at it.”
Honestly, I’m surprised she hasn’t pulled out her competitive-level Yugioh deck by now.
: “Hahaha~! Yeah yeah~, that’s true! How did you know, Hicchan?”
: “Okay, Hicchan, how about Risk? The game of world domination!”
: “I don’t know what that is.”
This part stood out to me as a little weird. I don’t know how big Risk really is over in Japan, and it seems really weird that they didn’t pick Shogi like pretty much any anime VN would for a character like Shizune. I actually did a bit of research on this to see if I could find a reason why - was it too cliche? Was it just that the writers didn’t understand shogi well enough?
I actually found out that there was an unused version of the script for Shizune’s route that was cut (for very good reasons) before the demo release in 2009, but the Risk part is still there. I’ll talk about that just a bit more… at the very end of this route.
: “If you want to play, we can after school.”’
: “Ah, really, Shicchan? We can play just for fun, Hicchan. Shicchan hasn’t played in a long time, so if you want to, there are no strings attached.”
: “Well, okay…”
Next time, we’ll play Risk.