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After what feels like a really long day, you settle down on your study chair and pull up a notebook...

I AM REBORN IN A HAREM ROMCOM, BUT I'M ONLY A MOB CHARACTER?! 10
By: BSG
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bisugoQM
Archive:
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You pull open a shelf, and grab the only contents from within: a pen, and the blue filler notebook you've been using to write that "novel". You flip to the first page and read the title : The Parable of the Moth.

You've decided to keep track of all that's happened so far in the guise of that book that you're writing. You flip over to the next page and start to add to the story...

"The Parable of the Moth" will now serve as the official guide for Mob Character Quest. If you feel there are things you want included or fixed feel free to let me know via here or on Twitter.

The Parable of the Moth - https://pastebin.com/dCj6wYNV
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>>2840345

After finishing up the latest entry in your "story," you lean back on your chair and think about Tezuka Rei's idea. Your mind wanders back to the conversation you had at the rooftop earlier...

"Think about it, Yamada-kun," Tezuka Rei says. From the almost hopeless air she had on a while ago, it's completely changed to unbound excitement.

"If all we need to have happen is for Hikaru Ryou to experience love...then it doesn't matter if it's a boy or a girl, right?"
"Well...I mean..."

>Do you swing that way, Tezuka?
>Does Hikaru swing that way?
>Say she accepts...what exactly is your plan?
>Write in
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Oh look this quest is back.Neat.
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>>2840350
>Does Hikaru swing that way?
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>>2840350
>>Do you swing that way, Tezuka?
Welcome back BSG, I'd been hoping you'd come back
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>>2840350
>Does Hikaru swing that way?
awwww look who is back
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>>2840361
>>2840367
>>2840377

Hiya guys. 2-1 for does Hikaru swing that way,
>Writing
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>>2840350
"Does Ryou even swing that way?"

"I don't..."

"If we also account the fact that she gained a reputation for stealing away men, and that the person she currently likes is a guy, then...it's no use, Tezuka."

"B-But!" It seems she is determined not to let this chance go by easy.
"Maybe it's because she's never experimented before!"
"Have you?"
"N-No...I've only ever fallen for one idiot. I don't think I like Ryou, or any of my friends that way."

>Then you shouldn't force yourself to do such a thing
>Then why do you insist on doing this?
>Write in
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>>2840395
>Then why do you insist on doing this?
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>>2840395
>>Then why do you insist on doing this?
>Maybe we could find a girl who's interested.
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>>2840395
"Then why do you insist on doing this?"
"Because she's my friend. I don't want Ryou-chan to suffer anymore. I don't want her to keep coming back to those old wounds just for them to reopen and hurt her again..."

You notice Rei's hands clenched in tight fists. When she sees your stare, though, she calms back down and loosens her grip.

"You know...You've been the first guy she's been friendly with apart from Ei-kun. I thought it would be you that..."

Her voice tapers off and she stares off the distance from the rooftop. You shake your head.
"That's impossible, even for back then. She's always liked Nakamura-san."
"No, Yamada-kun. She's always liked the idea of love. That's why she likes Ei-kun. That's why she stole away all those other boys in love too. She wanted to be loved...and who could fault the boys when someone as beautiful as her wants your attention?"

You stay silent. You know full well the effects she has on a [Mob], on Yamada Ken.

"That's why..." Rei continues, "That's why this will work. If I give her enough love, then maybe I could get her to look at me in someway too."

>So you'll be lying to her. I can't support that.
>What you say makes sense. How could I help?
>Write in
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>>2840439
>So you'll be lying to her. I can't support that.
I don't want to get man-eatered but I don't feel right tricking class rep.
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>>2840439
"Then you'd be lying to her, Tezuka...I don't know if I could support that."
"But I do like her, right?"
"Not in the way that you're proposing."

She stays silent, gritting her teeth. You continue.

"Look, another way would present itself okay? If Ryou has endured until today then..."
You mean to say 'she could endure just a bit more', but even you are doubtful.

If she reaches the tipping point...

You fear you might be looking at a [BAD END].

"Yamada-kun...you don't understand. If Hikaru Ryou doesn't find a partner in less than two weeks, it would be all over."

"In two weeks? Why that specific time frame?"

The class bell rings. Tezuka Rei turns around and heads toward the door.

"That's the day we go to Jigokuyama."

>cont'd
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>>2840476
>Jigokuyama
>Hell Mountain

I'm sure this means nothing in particular.

Also, HOLY SHIT THIS IS BACK!
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>>2840476

"Alright, c'mon now, everyone back to their seats!"

With Hikaru Ryou back as the class rep of 2-1, the entire place seemed to become a lot more disciplined. The gomasuri attacks have lessened with her around, though they have yet to completely disappear. You remember Kobayashi Mariko's words earlier...

>Someone with say...an ace in the hole.

You get dragged out of your thoughts, however, when Ryou clears her throat.

"I'm sorry to be holding you up just before dismissal, but it's 2 weeks until our trip to Hokkaido! We need to be clearing up all the details now so that we could be prepared once the date comes. I'm really sorry for this. You guys alright?"

The classroom returns a semi-enthused response.

"Alright! We've gone over the basics already...3 days 2 nights...Hokkaido...ah here! Everyone needs to be at the airport at 7am sharp. If you arrive late, the admin made clear that there won't be any refunds, got it?"

After seeing the nods of agreement, Ryou returns to the handout in her hand.

"We'll be heading to Takamoto Inn as soon as we get there. It's just right next to Lake Asa so I expect everyone to bring repellant, okay? What else..."

She scans through the paper before landing on a particular article. The class rep beams.

"I almost forgot! Don't forget to bring your PE uniforms, since we'll also be climbing Jigokuyama!"

That's the second time you heard that name today. Just what is so vital about that place?

>Ask class rep about Jigokuyama
>Ask Hanazawa about Jigokuyama
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>>2840499
>Ask Hanazawa about Jigokuyama
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>>2840499
>>Ask Hanazawa about Jigokuyama
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>>2840499
You lean over to your left while the class rep continues her orientation.

"Hanazawa."
"Hm?"
"What's with all the talks about Jigokuyama? Is there something I should know about?"

"...Eh?"

She seems to be in disbelief with your question.

"Eh? Did I say something wrong?"
"No, it's not that..."

Hanazawa looks at you with a complicated expression. It feels like she's doubting your knowledge - or lack of it in this case - about Jigokuyama.

"...Are you playing with me, Yamada-kun?"
"No, I'm serious! I really don't know anything about it."

You don't think there was a Jigokuyama in Hokkaido from where you were from originally.

She stares at you, brows furrowed. This whole situation gets more and more bizarre by the second.

"Is it something I should know?"
"...It's something I hope you knew."
"Is it that hard to tell me, then?"
"..."

What's with all this ominosity with the place?

"I'm sorry, Hanazawa. I, er, am still dealing with the fuzzy head thing..."
It wasn't an entirely false excuse either, but you've had a modicum of control over it these past few days.

"..."
She stares at her desk, quiet. Does she not believe you?

"Promise me something first, Yamada-kun. Then I'll tell you."
"Er, What's the promise?"

She doesn't look up from the desk. "That we'll go up there together."

>I'm not taking you to a mountain that's called Jigokuyama
>We're from separate groups though...
>That's it? It's a promise then.
>Write in
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Not even a choice. Hanazawa still best girl!
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>>2840523
>If it's bad enough for you to be this cagey about it, then alright, I promise. Although I probably would've asked you to come with me anyway...
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>>2840523
>I'm apprehensive of taking you to a mountain that's called Jigokuyama
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>>2840523
inb4 climbing it together is a love confession etc etc
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>>2840523
>That's it? It's a promise then.
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>>2840533
Support
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1 for apprehensive, 1 for thats it, but 2 for write in
>Writing
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>>2840523
"If it's bad enough for you to be this cagey about it, then alright, I promise. Although I probably would've asked you to come with me anyway..."

She stares at the desk for a bit longer. Then, Hanazawa takes a deep breath, and tells me a story.

"There once was a mountain with a gorge that lead straight to hell. Jigokuyama was its name, and it was considered unholy ground and forbidden for anyone to enter.
"One day, a traveller wanders unknowingly into the mountain. There she met a beautiful woman, crying. The woman was a demon.
"When the traveller asked her why she was crying, the woman said that it was because she was so lonely. No person would enter the mountain, so most days she talked to no-one except the brances or the animals.
"The traveller, pitying the girl, stayed, and eventually they fell in love with each other.
"However, the people outside of Jigokuyama learned of this, and was determined to take back the traveller from what they believed was a monster.
"The two lovers could not bare to be separated, or to see each other hurt. So what they did..."

Hanazawa turns and looks you dead in the eye.

"Is they jumped from a cliff in Jigokuyama, and they fell to their deaths hand in hand."
"..."
"Romantic, isn't it?"
"...Well..."

"People believe that couples that climb Jigokuyama will have the two lovers torn apart...

"Unless they jump like the demon and the traveller did."

Hanazawa smiles.

>Now wait just a second there...
>If it's with you, I'm ready to die!
>Write in
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>>2840584
>>Now wait just a second there...
She's pulling our leg right?
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>>2840584

>It's romantic in a way...but it also sounds like the couple weren't willing to fight for their love. These days...I kinda feel like I'd rather go down fighting for the person I love than surrender to whatever anyone else thinks or wants.

But if you really saw no other way...well, just hold me tight.
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>>2840584
>>Now wait just a second there...
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>>2840584
>>Now wait just a second there....
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>>2840584
>>2840605
Support
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>>2840605
+
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>>2840584
>Now wait just a second there...
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>>2840605
Support
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>>2840584

So uh...I fell asleep xD this'll be the last update for now, then I'll be resuming it at 1500 or 1600 UTC later.

Now wait just a second there...

Did Hanazawa just ask...
If you'd like to...?

You clear your throat. Well, if she's serious about this then you need to give a serious answer back too.

"It's romantic in a way...but it also sounds like the couple weren't willing to fight for their love. These days...I kinda feel like I'd rather go down fighting for the person I love than surrender to whatever anyone else thinks or wants."

She looks at you, stunned.
Then, Hanazawa turned an intense shade of red.

"...oke."
"Hm?"
"It was a joke, Yamada-kun! Geez...Did you really think I'm asking you to kill ourselves?"

She's still blushing from cheek to cheek.

"But if that's what you wanted, I'd really do it?"
"Shut up. Yamada-kun, please, not in public..."

You chuckle. At least now you see the hesitation in Hanazawa in telling you what Jigokuyama is all about.

"They didn't even die in the legend." Hanazawa added, trying to change the subject. "The goddess of the mountain, showing favor in their love, turned them into water and they fell from the skies as a soft rain. The rain water covered the holes leading to hell, and that's why we have bubbling hot springs. Yet the place is pretty notorious for idiots who want to follow the legend..."
"I genuinely didn't know that. It's morbidly fascinating, in a way."
"Yeah...that's why Jigokuyama is famous with l...er, lo...hmm..."
"Lovers?"

Hanazawa hits you in the shoulder.
"Yamada-kun!"
You laugh, despite her seriously putting some force into that. You forgot for a second that you're relationship is not public yet.

But now you understand better why Hanazawa wanted to climb Jigokuyama with you.

And why you have to stop the romantic that is Hikaru Ryou from climbing Jigokuyama at all costs.


(TO BE CONT'D)
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>>2841190
Hire Fumi to break Ryou's legs. Can't climb mountains on broken legs.
I'm completely serious, I think this is an acceptable last ditch plan.
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>>2841190
Fuck should have gone with plan lesbian.
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>>2841296
Nooooo my Yuri route :c

Also good to see you back BSG. I missed you, you beautiful bastard.
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Welcome back BSG, I'm so glad you're back, I legit thought you had died or something.
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What the fuck, I thought this shit quest died. Why the fuck is it back
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>>2841956
Because you touch yourself at night to trap porn
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>>2841261
......we'll put that as a strong maybe
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BSG YOU SUMBITCH I THOUGHT YOU DIED

Glad to have you back, friend. The hell have you been?
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>>2840338
Oh shit, I thought this was dead
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>>2841261
....lets keep this as plan Z
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Running again at 1600 UTC, approx. 2 1/2 hours from now. Maybe even earlier.

>>2842267
My time in uni has settled a bit, so I'm trying to get back to projects I've neglected. The schedules a bit fucked up right now though right after the run I have classes :p but whatever :)
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>>2841190
Soon, the talk of the class rep ends. The class disperses, most hurrying to their clubs or their part-time jobs.

Though you have both, all of them have been surprisingly lenient on your schedule. So in the end, you find yourself loitering by the entrance of the school.

You find yourself with a few options on what to do:

>Go to your part-time job in the family resto
>Participate in soccer practice
>Find the class rep. You need to talk to her.
>Write in
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>>2842742
>Go to your part-time job in the family restaurant.
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>>2842742
>>Participate in soccer practice
GAINS!
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>>2842745
>>2842746
1-1 so far, any tie-breakers?
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>>2842742
>Participate in soccer practice
Can't slack around too much. Gotta work up our rep and stop being a gomasuri
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>>2842765
Alright, that's 2-1 to soccer practice
>Writing
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>>2842742
It's been a while since you last showed your face to the soccer club. You -did- say you were going to join...

So after changing to your PE clothes, you head to the field, where the other sports clubs are already practicing. While the track & field clubs are stretching just outside the oval, inside the track the soccer club is already in the middle of a game.

"Woah! Thought I recognized someone!" you hear.
A college aged guy comes jogging toward you. Ogai, the coach who for some reason is playing alongside as well, leaves the game to welcome you. The ball stops rolling when they notice him leave, and the players stare at you. You could almost hear the curses under their breath.

"Oi, oi, continue the play!" Ogai claps, and the other members resume playing again. He returns back to you, grinning as always.

"Long time no see, Yamada. You up for a game of footy?"

>I'm good to go. Put me in coach.
>Nah, I'm just here to replace anyone.
>Could I just be a ballboy?
>On second thought...
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>>2842782
>I'm good to go. Put me in coach.
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>>2842782
>I'm good to go. Put me in coach.
Let's rock
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>>2842786
>>2842790
>Writing
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>>2842782
"I'm good to go. Put me in coach."
"All fired up today I see! Alright, go take my position."

You nod and jog towards the field. You've only taken a few steps when you remembered something.
"Hey, coach! What's your position?"
"Left Forward! Go, go, go, we ain't got all day!"

The moment you stepped on the pitch you feel the glares of all the players on you. You could understand why. They wanted to play against the coach, not some 38 year old guy who's never touched a ball in this life, nor the last one.

"You got some balls to show your face around here! I'd have thought the gomasuri would be too embarassed after that shameful tryout~."

One particular guy with sunken eyes walks right up to your face. He's tall and lanky, and had to bend his neck down to look you right in the eye.
"Imma give you the chance to get outta here, ass-kisser, before I shame you even more in front of these guys here."

>I'm just here to play.
>You scared I'm going to be the one who'll shame -you-?
>Wanna throwdown, hot shot? I ought to smack you right now!
>Walk away
>Write in
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>>2842806
If it makes you feel like a big boy, do what you gotta. I'm just here to play.
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>>2842806
>>2842808
Alternately,

>You say that like I don't know you hate me. You think I'd be here if I really didn't want to play?
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>>2842806
Backing >>2842811
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Be prepared to be targeted, and to not get passed the ball. We'll have to chase down loose balls if we want any play. and when we do get the ball, probably avoid tackles from our own team. Call it personal practice.
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>>2842806
>>I'm just here to play.
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>>2842811
supporto
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Write in's got the most votes
>Writing
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>>2842806
"You say that like I don't know you hate me. You think I'd be here if I really didn't want to play?"
The guy smirks. "Why, for all I know you're just trying to sidle up to Ogai-san! I mean, isn't that your thing? Brown-nosing?"

He sneers, and you could hear some of the others giggling. This guy has it way deep on you already. You decide to ignore him and take your position as the left forward.

"Alright, throw in for white team! Resume play!"

It seems that you're in the white team. A teammate of yours picks up the ball from outside the pitch, and is looking for an open player to pass to. A couple of you step up to try and receive the ball, including yourself.

You feel the lanky guy right behind you. Though tall, you think you might be able to outstrength him. Your other team-mates are marked by defenders their own sizes. You feel like you're in the best place to receive the ball.

However, when your team-mate sees you, his brow furrows. He glances at the other players, but seemed to arrive at the same conclusion as you did. However, he still seems hesitant...

>Ask for the ball...! (roll d100)
>Back away for now. Another chance might come.
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Rolled 46 (1d100)

>>2842831
>Ask for the ball...! (roll d100)
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Rolled 25 (1d100)

>>2842831
>>Ask for the ball...! (roll d100)
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Rolled 84 (1d100)

>>2842831
Being fair about it, but rememeber you usually want to ask for a choice, THEN ask for a roll.
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>>2842845
>>2842831
>Ask for the ball. in case it wasn't clear.
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>>2842845
Ah, thanks mate, didn't know that

Asked for the ball
>Writing
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>>2842831
"Hey!"
You call the attention of your teammate. That seemed enough to shake him off his stupor. He throws the ball at you.

You catch it with your foot. You bring it down near perfectly. The ball lands on the turf, ready for you to bring it up to the enemy goal.

However, you lose your balance. You misjudged the tall, lanky, sunken eyed guy. He is able to push you away despite you trying your best to resist him. He runs and collects the ball ahead of you, and passes it back to the black team goalkeeper.

"Nice try~" the guy says with a tongue out.

The goalkeeper kicks it to the midfield. You--

>Stay in your position on the offensive end of the pitch
>Help the defense to get the ball back faster
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>>2842861
>>Help the defense to get the ball back faster.

Point is to get points. Doesn't matter who gets them.
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>>2842861
>>Help the defense to get the ball back faster
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>>2842837
>>2842840
>>2842831
Is this best out of 3??
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>>2842861
>Help the defense to get the ball back faster
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>>2842861
>>Stay in your position on the offensive end of the pitch
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>>2842861
Getting back the ball faster is priority. You rush over to help your team-mates in the midfield.
Though the ball is still with the black team, your teammates have already covered any open passes they could do. Maybe your presence is just what's needed...!

>Roll d100
I should've been clearer on this, but I'm averaging all dice rolls for now
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Rolled 79 (1d100)

>>2842880
Wew I remember this one, second times the charm eh
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Rolled 58 (1d100)

>>2842880
>>2842894
This isnt best out of 3 anyway right...? Good roll btw
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Rolled 60 (1d100)

>>2842880
Woo!
Mob character quest is back!
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>>2842880
Averaging dice is an iffy system dude
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>>2842908
Yeah I could see why...alright let's go with the highest roll, more fun too :)
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>>2842880
You run up to the player who has the ball. You travel a considerable length to get towards him, but the opportunity's too good to let slip.

The black team player has his head down. He has no idea you're there. Someone shouts to catch his attention. It's too late. You're faster with momentum on your side.

You make a tackle, and the guy stumbles the ball. You regain posession. He tries to stop you, nails digging into skin. You shrug him off. You start rumbling down towards the keeper.

The black team's goalkeeper is big and stoic. He looks straight at you, not intimidated at your break away.

You feel the other team catching up to you. No time to think, pick a spot, and kick...!

>Roll d100
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Rolled 32 (1d100)

>>2842917
ORA!!
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Rolled 54 (1d100)

>>2842917
Something something 'football.'
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>>2842930
Ayt shit, someone please this is our chance to impress!
>>2842932
Can we do better!?
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Rolled 94 (1d100)

>>2842917
Here's hoping!
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>>2842944
My hero
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We're probably going to get called a show-off. The idea here isn't to gain acceptance through skills anymore, I think it's mostly just to kind of build up our emotional and mental tolerance. People who do stuff like this are irrational and just do it because they can. We need to stay focused on the game no matter what they call us.
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>>2842917
You were an unathletic 38 year old man in your previous life. A NEET. A shut in. You thought the physical fitness exams were a pain already, let alone the thought of playing a sport for recreation.

Yet, knowing all that in the back of your head...

You kick.

The ball flew straight with next to no spin. The goalkeeper stood in the middle with his hands up, expecting a routine save.
It took him less than half a second to realise he was dead wrong.

The ball starts to spin, and the entire trajectory of the kick changes. The flight pattern veers to the left in a millisecond. The goalkeeper, expecting a ball straight at him, was standing on his heels.

The ball flies past him. Goal.

No one celebrated. Not Ogai, not the white team. Not even you did. Only one person reacted.

"I-I-Impossible!" The lanky guy let out a cry of disbelief.
That was enough to break the ice. The white team starts cheering. You break into a smile.

You just scored your first ever goal in two lifetimes, and boy, what a beaut it was.

>cont'd
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>>2842972
>>2842944
I think we just found our new Captain Tsubasa =D
>>2842951
Well from the words of a cool Russian Hockey player: "Is only game, why you Heff to be mad?-Ilya Bryzagalov, 2006
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>>2842972
The game ends with the white team winning, mainly due to the sunken-eyed guy getting more and more frustrated as the game went on. Before the final whistle was even blown, he had stomped out of the field to who knows where.

Of course, you're not naive enough to think that a nice soccer goal was enough to turn people's opinion. The black team leaves with them largely ignoring you. However, your team-mates at least took the effort to pat you on the back and thank you for the goal.

You find yourself alone by the sinks washing up, when you see Ogai approaching you.
"Good game out there, Yamada."
"Thanks, coach."
"Please. Ogai's fine."

While you wipe your face, Ogai stares up at the ceiling, smiling.
"Hey, Yamada. Could I ask you something out of the blue?"
"Yeah?"
"Why did you join the soccer club?"

>The class rep forced me to
>I'm in love with the game
>To turn my reputation around
>No particular reason
>Write in
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>>2842993
>To turn my reputation around
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>>2842993
>Well, class rep suggested I do it. Wasn't sure it was a great idea at first, but honestly I'm kind of liking it nowadays. It's good to let some tension out.
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>>2842993
>>2843007
>Support
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>>2842993
>>2843007
Supporting.
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Write in
>Writing
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>>2842993
"Well...our class rep suggested I do it. Wasn't sure it was a great idea at first, but honestly I'm kind of liking it nowadays. It's good to let some tension out."
"That's good to hear. So does that mean you'll be attending more practices from now on?"
"Well..."

Ogai laughs. "I'm just playing with you. We're just a fun club, and I want you guys to treat it as such too. Don't feel obligated that you have to show up just because."
What a happy-go-lucky philosophy.
"Although, I *do* take summer camp very seriously. I want your commitment that you could attend that, or else you might as well be out now. Got it?"
You don't really have any plans for summer anyway, so you see no reason to disagree.

"Great! Promise, I won't get all that scary at camp!" He claps his hands in satisfaction. "Then, I shouldn't be holding you for long. Take care, man."
"Thanks for today, Ogai."

He answers with a salute, and disappears around the corridor.

>cont'd
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Coach Ogai is a good man. Strong. Reasonable. Dedicated to his craft.
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The sun is just about setting when you left school. As you walk down the path towards home, you hear a loud metallic grinding noise. The sound of the chains of an old swingset. Usually just something to ignore, but for some reason, your attention is drawn this time around.

*creak*, *creak*

In the middle of the playground, a familiar face is playing by himself on the swings.

"Ah, aniki. What a surprise."
Kei said, in a tone that did not feign any surprise at all.

He continues swinging on the swing-set while standing, a faint smile on his face.
A momentary silence occurs with him saying nothing. Until,

"Hey, aniki. What do you think is your life all about?"

>Life is what you make of it
>Life is enjoying the simple, finer things
>Why are you asking?
>Write in
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>>2843059
>At the moment? My life is about not getting a BAD END. That and seeing if I can't make any sense of this at all.
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>>2843059
Well... arent I technically dead and awaiting jugement? In any case I feel like this life is about not getting a [BAD END], while somehow bringing [Happiness] to almost everyone while still having to pull myself out of invisble manholes on the way towards [TRUE END]. This life is a big challenge I doubt I can accomplish...
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>>2843059
"At the moment? My life is about not getting a [BAD END]. That and seeing if I can't make any sense of this at all."
"'Making sense,' huh..."
He sighs out.
"Is there a point to all that, aniki?"
"What do you mean?"
"You already know what needs to be done, right? Grant [Happiness] to the main characters of this world."
He...seems different. His high energy, bubbly persona is not here.

"I do know that."
"Do you, though?"
"...What? You're confusing me, Kei."
"You tell me that you know." He continues to swing while staring at the ground.
"And yet here you are playing soccer with [Mobs], having a girlfriend [Mob]...Is that what you want, aniki? To become a [Mob] character for the rest of your second chance?"

>I'm doing my best already
>Get off my case. I could live my own life too, you know?
>You're right. I'm not doing enough.
>Write in
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So I'm not allowed to find happiness?
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>>2843112
So I can't try to also find my own [Happiness] in this mess? Me who thought I had to bring it to everyone that relatively "matters" including you.
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"So what? I'm not allowed happiness for myself now? Maybe you're forgetting, but it's me that needs to bring happiness to Nakamura Eiji, to the girls, to you. So--"
"Could I tell you a story, aniki?"
Kei jumps from the swing set, and starts to walk toward you.

"This is the story of a main character of a harem romcom. Five nice girls liked him, but his dense nature and their goofy antics together tied up to hilarious hijinks. He had a best friend, a comedian who would regularly break the fourth wall...you might even say it's all cliche.

"But then a variable showed up. An entity that shouldn't have existed, that messed up the balance of the world. Someone stuck their nose where it didn't belong, and destroyed the scales from whence the universe hang. Now tell me, aniki, does that man deserve any [Happiness]?"

He walks up to you until you're both face to face. He should be your little brother, but his shadow envelopes your body.

"Nakamura Eiji needs his harem to be fulfilled so that the purpose of this world may be fulfilled. And I would not permit the [Damned] to interfere solely for his own [Happiness]."

And for the first time since you talked, Kei grins.

"I'll start by instilling you with fear once more."

(TO BE CONTINUED)
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>>2843221
I'm failing to see how we're interfering with the harem fulfillment in any way.
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>>2843221
Little bro mad we're not doing his job for him.
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>>2843221
Wait a minute hold on. This is actually not making any sense. Like meta-narrative or not.

I need to get something straight here. Is he angry with us for supposedly interfering with something? If so, what have we interfered with in particular? I know we've been attempting to get class rep to get over him. Is that the issue? I mean that's still in the early stages. We haven't actually done a good job of splitting up the harem. Not to mention this literally goes against the entire inital theme and premise of the quest that we spent a number of trying to figure out that he actually instructed us to do anyway.

Sooo... he's mad that we are just starting to do what he didn't want us to do, but he lied in the first place we asked him what we needed to do and told us to do the thing he DIDN'T want us to do.

Is this confusing to anyone else? BSG, are you following your notes a bit too closely?
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>>2843285
>The image is self-explanatory
>Plain confusion
>Now little bro about to do some psychic japanese voodoo shit and the only thing we know now is that were [Damned]? And not a [Mob]...
>Even though we got another key to the puzzle I fear that it isnt even supposed to fit in it
>Confused
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>>2843315
I have no clue who that pic is, just that it lools evil.
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>>2843315
Also, if you have a better handle on things at the moment, I'd appreciate it if you could explain it in plain speak for me.
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>>2843325
I will say that I am also a bit confused. Apparently we arent a [Mob] character anymore. That or we never were... now we are [Damned]? And from what I can get he isnt mad because we have been interfearing... I think he just wants us to be more careful again??? I really dont know what he wants us to do. I dont even know what he's about to do but I hope he's just telling us that somehow the difficulty just got upped. Like going from Hard to Extreme difficulty? I am not very good at this scheming and planning thing... What did I even sign up for now?? I feel like were about to go all over the place next session. That or little bro is about to show us something really nasty... Anyone have a better idea of the things happening?
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>>2843285
>>2843350

Kei is looking at us as an ascended extra of the worst kind--and in a sense, we are. Before our involvement in the plot this probably was going to be a paint-by-numbers harem anime, with all the cliches involved--festival episode, beach episode, a complete communications breakdown and some juicy fan teasing moments. Sunrise, sunset. All the arcs would be clearly delineated and existence would have been predictable, comfortable. Safe.

Then we show up. A free radical. A lone variable. The monkey wrench in the system. From our attempts to link up with Hanazawa and befriending (to varying degrees) the harem, we have completely screwed up the character dynamics of this universe. The series has become something a lot less predictable and, in a sense, a lot of that narrative punch that you'd expect from the typical plot is now gone. The stakes are a little more real. The characters, once pastiches of anime archetypes, are forced to evolve--and that goes not only for the principal characters, but supporting characters as well, like Hanazawa or our jogging buddy. The overarching conflict has transitioned from "ensure MC gets his dick wet" to something of a critique on the human system and the individual drive to find happiness in a social media driven void that is the Japanese High School.

And Kei hates that. So what he's trying right now is to forcefully realign the plot.

Which tells me that someone is probably gonna get Truck-Kun'd.
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>>2843395
No, I kinda get that. MY issue is that he TOLD US TO BE CRAZY IN THE FIRST PLACE. I think.
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>>2843395
So... were going to get Truck-kun'd again... Got Dam... This is the worst game walkthrough ever made...
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>>2843395
Look, we just need to grab him by the shoulders, and tell him to be as clear as possible. Because right now he's contradicting himself by getting mad at us for being crazy and getting class rep to get over the MC, when THAT'S WHAT HE LED US TO THINK HE WANTED. He's deluding us for no fucking reason, and we need to get his reason out of him by being as blunt as possible.
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>>2843452
I don't think we're gonna be the ones pancaked by a passing semi. It might be mom, might be dad. Might even be one of the girls. If Kei's feeling particularly cruel it might even be Hanazawa. He wants to keep us on our toes the same way a gang might keep extortion money rolling by threatening or killing loved ones around a principal target, and that's the best way to do it.

>>2843422
He tolerated our existence because we didn't pose a threat to the narrative at that point in time. Now we do pose a threat and, rather reasonably, is trying to stop us from going Full Retard and undoing the universe through our shenanigans.
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>>2843498
But then why did he tell us to seek Happiness in the first place if he didn't want it to happen? He's not making any damn sense.
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>>2843452
Nah man...that will be Hanazawa. Kill the mob girlfriend and we won't have a need to hang out of harem main plot.
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BTW next run is later at 1600 UTC :)
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>>2843395
So this anime transforms into that one doujin mangaka that involves a faceless guy who NTR the main protagonist?

Hey i don't mind if were going that route.
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>>2843949
I wouldn't mind going full suffering SoL deconstruction simulator, but the universe would smite us if we tried that
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>>2842913
Oh thank god
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>>2843395
Someone always has to die, my bet is it's one of our parents or Hanazawa.

I personally don't want us to head down the route of "I have no mouth and I must scream." but it seems like the only way all this ends is in fire, fuck limbo man, it's like a worse hell.
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Also good to see you're back BSG, I'm hyped to see what happens in "Suffering, The Quest." next.
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>>2844311
Or better yet: We have no mouth, but everybody else will be screaming by the time we're done.
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>>2844384
I wanna keep going with our behind-the-scenes manipulation of events the way we've been playing this out. If our metabro fuckhead actually has someone we know killed to make us fall in line for vague as fuck reasons, then we might consider going full legendary [PUNISHED] Ken Yamada - A [Damned] Remnant from Beyond.

Basically I want a way for us to exert influence and control without threat of [Erasure] or direct universal fuckery, or interference from the metabro, but miscommunication and idiocy/hostility from everyone around us will be our own downfall.
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>>2844402
Considering how many times we've tried to do that sort of thing, I think we're just too under the thumb of the QM to have that happen.
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>>2844402
>>2844452
I just wanna get whatever the [True End] is at the moment.
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This is the [devil] we're talking about. We outright know that we died, and we outright know that we are one of the [damned].
We can't fully trust anything he says at face value. The [devil] is a figure which either tempts people into the wrong path, or punishes them for their sins - sometimes both. We can't discount the possibility that, right now, he is trying to lead us wrong while punishing us.
Don't be lead astray, anons. Stay the path. The people around us might be [mobs], but they deserve happiness just as much as the [main characters]. Don't fall for his tricks. He wants us to forget about them, to focus on [God] and his [Harem], but that's not the path to [Salvation].
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
We cannot ignore anyone's [Happiness].
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I'm still not sure this is actually limbo. I had a theory a while back that feels too off base from everything we've been told up to this point for me to think it still has a shot at being accurate, but I can't quite shake it off either.

I feel like the point of this world is to absorb the souls of people who have a wish, like, a really intense, genuine desire, and it creates these worlds to absorb the soul, but these worlds only exist to allow the person to achieve their wish, so it can't exist once the wish is actually granted, so it traps souls in this weird limbo of their wish only being partially granted, and keeps them in this state until the soul is fully devoured. It likely usually bends the victim's memories a bit in order to succeed, so most victims might not even know of their past life or the wish that brought them here, but our character does due to the nature of our character's wish.

Anyway, I can ramble further if ya want, but to take a guess that might actually matter: I think our little brother is mad because our arrival kicked him out of the position he was supposed to be in, and so he needs us to do what he was originally going to do. I mean, he keeps talking about the 'show' needing a funny 4th wall breaking guy, but he pretty much never interacts with the other main characters, so whatever his goal was, the only way he can fulfill it is through us, and he's getting upset because he doesn't think we're doing anything to help with that.
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That would seem ideal, but that really would only set into motion a revenge plot wherein, with our only motivation to find [Happiness] taken away, we would have no other choice but to actively harass and deconstruct the world around the MC in an effort to just burn in all down. Kei knows we can do that, though, and from the threat of what would surely be Mutually Assured Destruction he has refrained from doing something so drastic--so far, anyway.

>>2844402

I'm afraid we can't act without being noticed in some way--like it or not, we've become ingrained into this world's narrative plot while actively shaping it (there's a "critiquing society while participating in said society" joke living in there somewhere, I swear). Eyes will be on us now whatever we do--both in and out of the narrative; let's not forget that this whole thing is a TV show being produced in meatspace and that there are active moves being taken to see that this convoluted ass harem anime only bewilders and delights its probably massively shifting fanbase demographic.
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>>2844739

> let's not forget that this whole thing is a TV show being produced in meatspace and that there are active moves being taken to see that this convoluted ass harem anime only bewilders and delights its probably massively shifting fanbase demographic.

Oh yeah, that's a thing. Man, I wonder what's going on in 'real life' now. Are we starting to be considered the Madoka Magica of Harem anime?
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>>2844741
At most you'll probably get theorycrafting about the odd background characters. From the MC's viewpoint, what's the weirdest thing that's ever happened in this quest?
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We should just say fuck off to our bro and go full Hachiman
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>>2844769
Not from the MC's viewpoint, but from the audience's viewpoint we appeared as a faceless extra to be the butt of the joke scene where the harem briefly united to not let us into their club. And then, for some reason, we were reused as an important character in Ryou's and Tezuka's character arcs.
This, I assume, would spawn some fan theories and likely a small fanbase who ironically proclaims us to be best husbando.
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>>2844787
i wonder how many viewers are already waifuing Hanazawa. There is always that viewer/fan that likes a background character
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Running in an hour and a half (16:00 UTC)
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It is morning, and you are going on your routine jog.

>"I'll start by instilling you with fear once more..."

Those were the words your little brother said before he disappeared. An ominous statement, a threat, a warning...

But when you got home it feels as if nothing's changed at all.
Your father welcomes you with a hearty dinner, and your mother joins in as soon as she's arrived.
You also woke up fine in this morning. The sun and the cool air of Yumegawa feels no different from the previous day.

"...What the hell..."

You're confused, not only by the meaning behind those words, but also what prompted Kei to lash out like he did.
You remember him saying something about this place being purgatory. That you should be content since you should be dead in the first place.
That you don't deserve [Happiness].

"..."

You try to turn your attention back to your jog when you notice the familiar sight of a girl with thick glasses and double layer of clothes.

>Say hi to Murakami
>Stay by yourself for now
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>>2845101
>>Say hi to Murakami
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>>2845101
>>Say hi to Murakami
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>>2845101
You pick up your pace to catch up with the jogging girl. It doesn't take long though, with the pace that she's going.

You tap her in the shoulder. "Yo!"
The girl faces you, surprised, before realising who you are.

"Ah, it's Nii-san!"
"Morning. It feels like a while for some reason."

She shrugs her shoulders and grins. "It kind of is. Things have been so busy in school, nowadays..."
"Hmm? Maybe it's something this nii-san could help with."

She waves her hands, a bit flustered. "Ah, it's not anything like that, nii-san! I'm just airing grievances. See, our school's cultural festival is starting up soon."
"Ah, I gotcha."

You jog for a bit in silence. Cultural festival huh...if you're not mistaken, your school's own cultural festival is not until January. And speaking of schools...

"Where were you studying again, Murakami?"
"Eh? Have I never told you nii-san? St. Agace."

Geh. Hearing the name brings up some mixed feelings.

"Heh," Murakami giggles. "Maybe it's just cause you're so old that you've forgotten I told you!"
"No way, you never did. And I'm not that old, idiot!"

You give her a noogie, and she lets out a mixture of laughter and pleas for you to stop.

"Am I invited in that cultural festival of yours?"
She pauses.

"...It's an open festival, so I mean sure..."
The air has changed a bit.
"Murakami?"
"Nii-san, I-I think I won't be attending, though..."

>Why is that?
>No, you should definitely go!
>I'm sure you have your reasons
>Write in
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>>2845141
>>Why is that?
Let's hear it at least.
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>>2845141
>>Why is that?
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>>2845141
>Why is that?
might as well ask, nobody's gonna die just from asking right? RIGHT?!
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>>2845141
>Why is that?
No threat yet
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>>2845166
Yes they will.
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"Why is that?"
"W-Well! You know, I'm like, not even into festivals and stuff. Aren't they like, real boring and exhausting? Hahaha..."

She scratches her head. You notice something.

"Give me your hand."
"What? Hey, nii-san, wait...!"

You open up her fingers, and just as you saw, they're wrapped in multiple bandages.
"You've been hard at work."
"..."
"So, why aren't you going to your cultural festival?"

She bites her lip, but in the end, she sighs out.
"Sorry I lied to you nii-san. I'm actually going to be there. I won't flake out on my classmates and friends, not after all the hard work they've done."
You suspect it never even crossed her mind, being the earnest girl that she is. So then...

"Why did you say you won't be there?"
"B-Because..."

She steps away from you a bit, and tugs on her messy pony-tail.
"Nii-san, I have a confession to make. I'm...not who you think I am."
"You're a guy?"
"Nii-san, I'm serious!" She seemed to relax a bit, but then returns back down.

"I'm... an ass-kisser like you. Maybe moreso than you, since I've never felt like you're a gomasuri even once. I like sucking up to other girls. Buying stuff from magazines they share with me, or watching shows that they like...I'm that kind of person."

She grabs her arm, hugging herself, and looks away.
"I was afraid that if you see the way I act around the other girls in St. Agace, how you see me will change."

>It won't. Nii-san's promise.
>Are you sucking up to me too all this time?
>Write in
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>>2845184
>It won't. Nii-san's promise.
I'm tempted to comment that we aren't much of an asskisser since most everyone hates our guts, teachers included. Can't kiss ass if they all wanna beat the shit out of you.
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>>2845184
>I like sucking up to other girls.

Phrasing...also

>Buying stuff from magazines they share with me, or watching shows that they like...I'm that kind of person.

>Write in: So wait, people call you ass-kisser just because you liked something someone else liked? That's disturbing it's like they are trying to shut down any personality you might develop. I don't think someone should be called a ass-kisser just because she liked something someone else did.
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>>2845184
>>2845194
>Nii-san I'm you, but female.
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>>2845184
>she knows we're branded an ass-kisser
News travels fast huh.
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>>2845194
Ay on that note maybe she's the waifu Ryou needs.
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I'm just going to do the write in + It won't

>Writing
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>>2845203
She always knew. I mean first time we stopped her in our jog she showed a photo of us near her school because someone spread that we were a ass-kisser.

>>2845204
Hanazawa's brother?
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>>2845214
I'd put that down as a maybe, course that has the side effect of making Hanazawa's family the one that dates ass-kissers and that can cause all sorts of issues.
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>>2845218
i mean she doesn't seem to be hated like us. At least the group that she ass-kisses must protect her? On another note we might want to not get near her since everyone will start hating her and spread rumours of us fucking/dating a her.
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>>2845222
Intrigue is a hell of a drug. So does that mean if we got to the festival we have to limit how much time we spend with her? Might be the best method to keep our relationship with her on the DL, she'll probably join in on any jeering her friends do to us.
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>>2845184
"So wait, people are calling you gomasuri because you like what someone else liked? That's not right."
"No, no, no one's calling me that like in your case, nii-san. I just...think it on my own. I have other things that I like too, but they're just not very trendy, or all that girly."

She sighs out. "I'm sorry, nii-san."
You shake your head.
"You don't have to apologize for anything. Look, how I see you won't change, alright? I promise. It's not changed right now, and it won't change when we see each other at the St. Agace cultural festival. Alright?"

You can't really read the expression behind those thick glasses of hers. But her smile is enough to tell you she's relieved.

"You're the best nii-san."
She bows her head, and when she raises it up, a smirk grows on her face once more.
"Is this what they call the wisdom of the elderly?"
"Alright, c'mere you...!"

She laughs as she runs away, sticking out a tongue.
But before you could give chase...

"AHHHHHHH!!"
An ear-piercing scream destroys the morning calm.


The voice sounds too familiar.

>cont'd
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>>2845229
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>>2845229
Oh you sonnuva...
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>>2845229
>we see each other at the St. Agace cultural festival
Oh shit.
>spoiler
OH FUCK
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so any bets on who it was? I'm gonna take a guess and say it's our neighbor with the glasses.
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>>2845229
The hairs in the back of your neck stand up. A voice you know. A girl's. You can't put a name on it right now. By your side, Murakami's eyes are wide with shock.
"Nii-san?! What's going on?!"

>Stay here, I'll investigate
>Come with me
>Let's run
>Send Murakami home
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>>2845244
>Someone I know just got Truck-kun'd
>I'm gonna investigate, it's up to you if you wanna come or not, but I will warn you, it doesn't sound like it's good.
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>>2845244
>>Stay here, I'll investigate
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>>2845244
>>Stay here, I'll investigate
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>>2845244
>Come with me
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>>2845244
so it's not a boy it's a girl which means it could be one of the main cast girls, which is unlikely but possible, or it's one of the secondarys which would be Hanazawa, Thug girl and maybe someone else? Anyone remember if there are any other secondary girls?
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>>2845247
I sense this is a trap of the most clever intent.

>>2845244
>>Come with me

i don't want to risk her health but as far as we know this voice could be something stupid as i dunno the us hearing her future of being trucked. I guess that is the fear our dear bro wanted to instill on us.
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>>2845244
>>2845256
I'll break any ties and vote for
>>Come with me
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Alright, come with me wins
>Writing
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>>2845253
Hanazawa isn't a secondary girl. Although she did get more details so her status might have gone up. My money is on the delinquet or the girl that was trying to yuri the president. Because if she goes to the hospital she won't be able to go to the trip to the hell mountain.
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>>2845262
By secondary I mean by the rules of this purgatory thing we find ourselves in, I don't think of Hanazawa as secondary in terms of our relationship with her. Also are you referring to Tezuka or was there another girl trying to get at her carpet?
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>>2845266
There was Tezura...but now that you mentioned. I vaguely remember someone that was the president friend at the restaurant.
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>>2845244
"Murakami, stay close to me."
"Where are we going?"
You remember the words of your brother from yesterday.
"We're going to help. The girl might be in danger!"

Murakami doesn't hesitate for a second. She nods, and you both run to the general direction of the noise.

"AHHHHHHH!!"

The screaming comes up once more. You speed up your pace.
It seems to be coming from inside an alleyway.
You look at each other, before running in.

You spot lilac hair on the ground.

>cont'd
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>>2845272
It's one of the main girls. Mariko I think?
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>>2845272
Well it's someone from the main cast. No background character has coloured hair.
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>>2845277
Mariko Kobayashi is the only one with purple If my memory and the pics I have saved are accurate.
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>>2845283
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>>2845283
also looks like I was wrong and Ryou has purple hair not Mariko
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>>2845285
Its prez
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>>2845283
>This is the story of a main character of a harem romcom. Five nice girls liked him
>Only four girls in the harem
A slip of the tongue, or a clue?
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>>2845272
"Ryou!"
You start running, expecting the worst...
But then she looks up upon hearing your voice.

"Yama--ow!"

You couldn't stop in time. You run into the class rep - who was not on the floor, but rather crouching down. You both trip on each other.
"Ow!""Ouch!"

You land on top of her, but you quickly get off.
"Ryou...! Are you hurt? Did something happen?! Class rep!"
You're shaking her, but then...

*SLAP!*

"...Huh?"
"Could you watch where you're going, you idiot!? I thought you were gonna crush me!"
"Wha..."
She's breathing heavily, and she looks disheveled from falling down, but other than that...
"You're alright?"
"Why won't I be?!"
"?! That's because I heard your screaming!"

Silence. It took a couple of seconds for Ryou to respond.
"...You heard that?"
"What do you mean? Of course I did. That's why I ran over, right?"
Again, another pause.
Her face grows redder and redder.

"Oh no. Ohnohnoohnoohno..."
She starts shrinking into a fetal position. Murakami took this time to enter into the scene.
"So...you guys know each other?"

>cont'd
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>>2845303
now Murakami gets truck-kun'd?
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>>2845303
...i don't even know. Also i'm glad it was apparently just bait. But i'm certain if we had Murakami out of our sight she would be dead amd we would be alone with the prez again and that is never good.
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>>2845303
Was Ryou doing something lewd behind the dumpsters?
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>>2845307
in a alley? maybe she would have if we went to save Ryou by ourselfs, can't kill the main cast or have some freak acident without heavily changing the setting mood
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>>2845303
"I can't believe you could hear me...I thought that if I shouted in an alleyway, no one would be able to hear..."

You've found a park bench where the three of you could sit. With you in the middle and Murakami to your right, you watch as the class rep nurses her bottle of green tea.

"What kind of logic is that? Not to mention," You look Ryou up and down. She's already in her uniform. "I know you like to go to school early, but isn't this too early, even for you?"

Ryou glances at her watch, and seems to be surprised as well upon looking at it.
"Huh...I guess I wasn't thinking straight."
"All morning? Did you get out of the bed wrong or something?"
"No it's not like that...my mind's just been..."

Hikaru looks at the ground, her cheeks tinged with blush.

"Yamada-kun. I...I...Yesterday...someone asked me out."

>Congratulations
>You've never been asked out before?
>Who's the lucky guy?
>Wait for her to go on
>Write in
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>>2845324
>Oh really? Who was it?
bettin on Tezuka
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>>2845324
>Wait for her to go on

Oh great the crazy broad went and asked her out...she is going to jump with Ryou from the Hell Mountain.
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>>2845324
>Wait for her to go on
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>>2845326
Same.
>inb4 it was Hanazawa's brother.
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>>2845324
>wait for her to go on
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>>2845332
>inb4 it was Eiji and we took too long so default route kicked in.
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>>2845324
>Congratulations
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>>2845339
This wouldn't be so bad, thus it will never happen
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>>2845324
Hey BSG i found a picture to represent the MC
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>>2845343
that is saved, my man. thanks!

>>2845324
You have a bad feeling about this.
You wait for her to go on.

"I've known this person for a long time...I never knew, er, that person looked at me in that way..."

Your suspicions are confirmed. For some reason, Tezuka Rei has went along with the plan you were talking about before.

Hikaru looks at you, her eyes showing full well the war going on inside of her head.
It seems to be asking a question from you too.

"Did you know...?"

>Tell Ryou that you had *some* inkling of this
>Pretend that you have no idea who 'that person' is
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>>2845324
>>Wait for her to go on
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>>2845351
>Tell Ryou that you had *some* inkling of this, but to confirm ask her who.
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>>2845351
>>Tell Ryou that you had *some* inkling of this
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>>2845351
>Pretend that you have no idea who 'that person' is
>Also send Murakami away, this is too personal.
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>>2845351
>Tell Ryou that you had *some* inkling of this, but to confirm ask her who.

>>2845370
This is a good way to get Murakami killed offscreen. Do not do this.
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>>2845351
>Tell Ryou that you had *some* inkling of this
Were in the morning right?
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>>2845351

>Tell Ryou that you had *some* inkling of this, but we weren't certain of anything.
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>>2845351

Also >>2845355 to be safe. Confirm, don't assume.
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>>2845373
I think you guys are being paranoid.
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>>2845384
Nigga do you know what quest this is?
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>>2845377
Before school yes.

>>2845351
>Pretend that you have no idea who 'that person' is

kinda don't want to just jump the gun. I mean it could be her friend. Who is also a mob asking her out
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>>2845384
I have to disagree. This is one of the few quests where Shadowrunning seems to ACTUALLY be a requirement to not get 100% screwed over. And even then the best we can do is damage mitigation.
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>>2845384
You are new to this quest aren't you?Paranoia is the only thing keeping us alive on this ride
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>>2845351
"I...I think I have some idea who you're talking about."
Upon hearing that, she covers her face and slinks back into the bench.

"Nii-san, I'm sorry, but what's going on?"
Murakami whispers while observing the moping class rep.
"It seems that a friend of ours had asked her out."
"Ohh. She doesn't have feelings for that guy?"
"I'm afraid the problem is the 'guy' part..."

Murakami appears confused for a second, but then she comes to realize the problem too.
"Oh. That's..."
"Yamada-kun, what do I do?"

She removes her hands from her face, and is now staring at the sky.
"I don't swing that way. I mean, at least I think I don't. But if I agree, then our friendship...but if I don't, then... but isn't Eiji...?....But then..."

She's not even saying coherent sentences anymore. Tezuka, what in the world is she thinking...?

>Push Ryou to go out with her. If she's gone this far, then might as well help Rei.
>Make sure to dissaude Ryou. You don't think Rei's plan will work
>A girl x girl problem needs a girl's perspective to be solved. Ask Murakami.
>Write in
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>>2845395
>A girl x girl problem needs a girl's perspective to be solved. Ask Murakami.

This is a interesting approach, because this might turn Murakami in something more then a background character and we keep our status as a mob without entering in the harem shenanigans.
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>>2845395
>IS IT TEZUKA OR HAS ANOTHER CHALLENGER APPEARED WHO IS IT YOU SONUVABITCH
>A girl x girl problem needs a girl's perspective to be solved. Ask Murakami.
>Also you still haven't said who it is that asked you out.
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>>2845402
Yeah to much secret on this dance. I think it's one of Ryou's mob friends that confessed to her.
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>>2845395
>>A girl x girl problem needs a girl's perspective to be solved. Ask Murakami.
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>>2845395
>A girl x girl problem needs a girl's perspective to be solved. Ask Murakami.
She goes to an all-girls school. Yurishit must have been going on more than just a few times there, you know?
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We NEED paranoia because we are clearly playing on Hard mode
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>>2845410
Pfff hard mode my ass. We are playing in lunatic mode now boi.
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>>2845414
The only way out is through. Become an enigmatic anti-hero AND anti-villain with ties to everyone and who knows everyone. Keep the viewers guessing and benefit the universe show through suspense and tension and intrigue.
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>>2845395
>Suggest that she and Tezuka join forces in the Eiji bowl for a happy threesome.
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>>2845439
if only it was that easy.
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>>2845414
Lunatic mode should always have a capital L. It's THAT insane.

Also

>>2845395
>A girl x girl problem needs a girl's perspective to be solved. Ask Murakami.

because of what >>2845401 mentioned.

Also I DO want to confirm just who asked her before we do anything else.
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>>2845443
Not a reason not to try it.
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>>2845426
So we need to become Hachima?
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>>2845395

"Well...won't you say a girl x girl problem needs a girl's perspective to be solved, Murakami?"
"Ehh..."

She seemed hesitant at first.
"Yes, please help me miss. I don't really have any other girl friends to ask. Hikaru Ryou by the way."
Murakami looks at you, but now she that Ryou has trapped her, there's nothing she could do.

"...Murakami Saya. Uh,why don't you tell me a couple of details first, Hikaru-san?"
"Well...the girl who asked me out is someone I knew back in middle school. We're close friends. She's the childhood friend of the guy that I...er, a close guy friend of mine, and I always thought she liked him."
"But it turns out she likes you?"

Ryou nods. Murakami ponders for a second.
"Are you sure," Murakami speaks slowly as to phrase her words correctly. "That she's not lying to you?"
A chill crawls up your spine.
"No...Rei-chan is not the type of girl that would lie. And there shouldn't be any reason to, either."

You stay quiet. Murakami scratches her head. "If you say so..."
She thinks for a bit.
"Well, I'm from St. Agace and there's a surprising amount of yuri going around on campus. I don't think it's all that bad to date girls."
"Hm?" A question pops in your head. "You dated a girl before?"
"I already told you. I'm not a dude, nii-san."
"Nah, but for real?"
Murakami thinks for a moment...
Before letting out a sigh as big as the class rep's. "To be honest, I haven't. I like boys, nii-san, what could I do?"

"So do I," Hikaru says. "I...like this boy. But...the boy I like is *that" childhood friend of her, so..."

Murakami seems to be overloading with this convoluted situation. You take note to apologize to her later.

"So if you go out with her, that's basically giving up on the guy you like...but if you don't, then you fear the two of you's relationship would be the one to suffer..."
"Essentially, yes."

Murakami crosses her arms and thinks. For a girl with such thick glasses, she really is taking her time.

"Well...it might seem a bit of a cop-out answer...but why don't you do a trial run for now? See how it feels like first. No commitment yet, just get to know each other better. What do you think, nii-san?"

>I agree
>I disagree
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>>2845439
If Eiji wasn't such a undecisive fuck! We could try that. But it ain't that easy.
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>>2845460
>>I agree

>Make sure to emphasize that this trial run is just that- a TRIAL run. If she's not feeling the girl/girl thing, then hey, them's the breaks. Shouldn't feel forced.

Also we NEED to talk with Rei about that fact. DON'T pressure her.
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>>2845460
>I disagree

Remember guys...we will ne going to the Hell Mountain were the couples like to go to kill themselfs? Someone romantic as Tezuka could end up being influenced into jumping the cliff with Ryou.
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>>2845460
>I agree
This keeps them occupied, while also providing unexpected tension to the viewers. Will the strong-hearted class rep turn to the sleeping beauty for company? Or will she stay resolute to the dense motherfucker every main girl has the hots for? Will the yuri shippers come out victorious, or will the harem continue to the climactic mountain event... and maybe suicide?
Either way the producers and show creators win, meaning we aren't gonna die yet.

Also backing >>2845469
Emphasize T R I A L R U N
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>>2845460
>I agree
Let loose the Yuri!
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>>2845460
>>I agree
The threads are going to be apocalyptic.
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>>2845476
I completely understand your reluctance. Hence my heavy suggestion about the TRIAL part of the run, and why I firmly believe our next act is to IMMEDIATELY go to Rei and tell her in no uncertain terms that Ryou isn't in a stable place with this and to GO FUCKING SLOW. Shit, namecheck Hell Mountain if we feel it's necessary.
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Remember though if they do end up going this route, and sticking with it, that it leaves the Ojou and Kouhai as end results for Eiji. Idk what the fuck [True End] looks like, maybe it's Eiji actually developing a personality and becoming prime minister of japan? or maybe he just turns gay.
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>>2845476
>that pic
Yup, that sums up this quest alright.

>>2845482
>IMMEDIATELY go to Rei and tell her in no uncertain terms that Ryou isn't in a stable place with this and to GO FUCKING SLOW
This
>namecheck Hell Mountain if we feel it's necessary
This too
Also do you guys think telling Hanazawa what's going on with the girls is good? Emphasizing absolute subtlety and to prevent the suicide from happening is a plus. If we're going to go up the mountain with the girl we love, at least have her be aware of this so we're positioned right when the time tomes, to influence class rep to NOT cliff-dive like a retard.

Thoughts?
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>>2845460
>>I disagree
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>>2845483
>it leaves the Ojou and Kouhai as end results for Eiji
Ojou needs to have her ego broken and learn how to be a better person first. Kouhai needs to get over being a fucking child and learn to be an adult without ruining everything.
>Eiji actually developing a personality and becoming prime minister of japan
And turning the show into a political intrigue and deception drama, followed by a Metal Gear Rising / Metal Wolf Chaos style badass politics genre-shift?
>or maybe he just turns gay
Yaoifags winning is the last thing anyone wants or needs. That's a hard NO.
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>>2845493
I don't mind sharing the problems we got with Hanazawa, the problem is she's a [Mob] character so it fundamentally limits what all she can do, also We don't know for sure if Class rep is actually gonna An Hero or not yet so we shouldn't state it like it's fact, lest we end up looking like a horrible person for thinking such of our friend.

That's the biggest tease of this whole quest is we never know anything 100% so we just have to go off assumption and alot of times it bites us in the ass.
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>>2845497
>Eiji becomes nano-machines son.
I kek'd
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>>2845460
You would have to have a good long talk with Tezuka after this. But for now...

"I agree with what Murakami's saying. It doesn't have to be a serious relationship from the get-go. You guys take it easy for now, see where it goes...unless you're completely against the idea, Ryou?"
"I-It's not that...I don't find Rei-chan cute or anything..."
"Then it should be fine, right?"

There should be enough time for Rei to do what she thinks would solve Ryou's problem. She might even do it before the trip to Hokkaido...
Right?

The class rep stays silent for a while, but your confident that whatever Tezuka's plan is will now be happening soon.

>cont'd
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>>2845497
>conspiracy theories about fucking background characters
>/u/fags flinging shit everywhere
>political genre shift as if this show isn't convoluted enough
>tfw you just want to watch a harem anime in peace
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>>2845504
>inb4 Tezuka takes this chance and uses it to eliminate Ryou permanently by being horrible to her and making her wanna commit suicide more.
Im sure they'll be fine.
>>2845511
pic related.
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Uh...guys...i don't want to scare anyone but...i just realized that the traveller and the demon in the legend were both females...
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>>2845525
so what you're saying is tezuka and ryou both die?
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>>2845500
You're not wrong. And with how 'big bro' has been threatening us...I have some thoughts.

Firstly, unless this next post invalidates what I'm about to say, then-

I think that his hands are tied with us more than he's willing to admit. Why? Well, someone touched on it earlier- Mutually Assured Destruction. He's GOT to realize that if he fucks with anyone close to us or in our sphere of acknowledgement, we're going to BURN THIS FUCKER TO THE GROUND, whatever he wants be damned. He can't go for anyone we care for in particular, since that guarantees mission failure for both of us. Unless he's that nihilistic, but he doesn't strike me as the type.

And THEREIN lies out ticket out of his fucker. We need to become Ventinari. Everyone remotely important is connected to us in some way, and we're just important enough that shit breaks down without us to give a gentle push. We're actually already on that path, so we need to continue giving pushes and being people's secret patron. He'll fume, rant, and rave, but if he fucks with anyone, it won't just be a [BAD END], it'll be [WORST END]. We need to set things up so that we can bring things down crashing in a way that makes School Days look like a it had a reasonable ending.
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>>2845525
Huh. You're right. Interesting. I missed that entirely. Well played, BSG.

Doesn't stop the situation, though. We just need to be certain of safeguards.
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>>2845529
Well from what we know about the settings of the legend. People people tried to take the traveler from the demon and Ryou is much considered as a demon in the school if in these two weeks their relation becomes public Ryou might become more depressed and so become more attached to Tezuka increasing their relation together.

Then finnaly Ryou might snap and want to jump with Tezuka from the mountain and Tezuka will just follow to keep her friend safe. So yeah there might be a possibility. But i'm sure that it must be just unhealthy paranoia.
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>>2845500
I meant in regards to "confiding in our girlfriend about the bullshit going on around us to relieve some tension we're going through, and because that's what couples do" sort of thing.

>>2845511
Meanwhile, pic related is what the show creators and artists and everyone involved is feeling.

>>2845517
>that spoiler
if they go down that route, we'll take action

>>2845525
Wew lad. BSG played us hard, good shit. But that won't stop us or break our will.
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>>2845541
>But i'm sure that it must be just unhealthy paranoia.
you fucking idiot
you retard
paranoia and hard shadowrunning is what keeps us going in this fucking quest
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>>2845541
There is no such thing as unhealthy paranoia in this quest.
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>>2845504
Soon, your merry party of three disbands, and you head to school like any normal day.
So far, everything seems to be normal. Well, as normal as two girls who like the same guy getting together could be, but in the grand scheme of things...
Things could be a lot worse.

You climb up the hill to the school with no events whatsoever. However, before you could head towards 2-1...
You feel a tugging on your sleeve. You turn to see another familiar face.
"Rinko-chan."
"Yamada-senpai...please come with me for a sec."

>Could this wait until after class?
>Alright
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>>2845549
>Alright
Sudden kouhai is sudden
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>>2845546
>>2845544

Okay, so. Step one: Go to Rei, tell her to keep it super chill. IF this is going to follow the legend, then they're probably going to demonize her for 'starting to go after women now' which means we need to stop that from happening, and we can best do that via Step Two:

Ring up rich girl and tell her we're doing her a solid by potentially getting two of her competition out of her hair...so long as SHE helps quell news of HOW they're out of her hair, savvy?
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>>2845549

>How important is this?

We can't get too distracted. We need to find Rei BEFORE Ryou does to warn her. Otherwise it'll be harder to convince her to go easy.
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>>2845504
>I don't find Rei-chan cute or anything...
OH BOY SHE'S GOING TSUNDERE AGAIN GUYS
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>>2845549
Ignore my vote in >>2845557
Changing it to
>How important is this?
Because >>2845559 is right. Our time is limited.
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>>2845559
Supporting. We'll make time for her later if this'll take long.
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>>2845549
>Could this wait until after class?

I know your game girl. No distractions we need to keep laser focused!.
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>>2845549
>>Could this wait until after class?
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>>2845549
>>2845552
Changing to
>How important is this?
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>>2845549
"Rinko-chan, is this important? There's actually something I need to do--"
But before you could continue, Rinko-chan has let go of your hand...

And proceeded to get to the floor and prostrate in front of you.

"Rinko...!"
"I'm so sorry, Yamada-senpai..."
You look around, but the hallways are relatively empty from it being so early. However, you can't just wait for the arrival of other people.

You pull up Rinko from the floor and start to find an empty place. You walk around, ending up to the back of the school, until you see the PE storage room.

You enter, and settle her down on top of a pile of mats. You prop the door open, though, in case people get the wrong idea again.

"I already told you that I've forgiven you right? So what..."
You pause as you realize Fujimura Rinko is crying.
"Rinko-chan..."

"God is punishing me, Yamada-senpai...I don't know what to do anymore...please help me, Yamada-senpai..."

>What happened?
>What do you need me to do?
>I'm sorry but I can't
>Write in
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>>2845596
>What happened?
IDK what the fuck is goin on now, did devil-bro fuck with her somehow?
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>>2845596
>>2845600
also just realized we're in the PE room, my danger sense is going off so hard right now it's threatening to shoot anything that moves.
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>>2845596
>>What happened?
We're pretty busy right now so we'll think up a gameplan for whatever problem you have LATER
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>>2845596
You're not the only one who might be in trouble. I hate to sound callous, but can this be quick?
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>>2845596
>What happened? Please stay calm and tell me as evenly and clearly as you can
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>>2845596
>I'm sorry but I can't

Guys i think she is just the distraction. We need to focus on Ryou and Rei.
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>>2845596
"What happened?"
"I...I...It was supposed to be me...Not him, it should have been me..."
"Rinko-chan, please calm down. I need to know what happened if you want me to help. Who's him? What happened?"
She's sniffling still. It feels like nothing's getting through to her. Rinko reaches inside her pocket and gives you something.
Her phone.

You unlock it, and inside is...a text message.

Tsk, tsk, tsk. Ever the selfish one, Rinko-chan!
You never change. You reacted exactly how I thought you would!
This is all your fault, you know? You and your stupid friends, bitches all you lot.
And I thought -I- was underhanded. Ha!
Let's make things simple. You don't want things to happen this way again?
Then come to the arcade in two hours. I'll be waiting.
Oh, and since I know you're going to do it anyway,


Feel free to bring the city shit as well.

"..."
The message was sent an hour ago.

>Go to the arcade
>This needs to wait
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>>2845604
>>2845607
>>2845620
Well have you guys ever considered that our bro (if what he said about the MC having a metafriend before us arriving and fucking shit up) might also have someone inside the harem he can manipulate? Don't forget Rinko is very manipulative she could be just pretending.
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>>2845630
>This needs to wait

Yup that is definetly a move to keep us away from Ryou and Rei so the scenario of the legend may play without us blocking it
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>>2845630
>Alright, you want to resolve this? Come with me.

Walk away regardless of her response. We still need to find Rei.
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>>2845630
>This needs to wait
There is no winning here, so instead I think we should keep control of what we can. Hopefully we can do something for Rinko later.
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I wish we could just drop the hammer and be like "Rinko this is the devil of this world trying to fuck with you and me so we should ignore him cause he's a shit."
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>>2845644
I agree. I was hoping she might be able to give us more details if we walked and talked. I have an idea, but I actually don't want to say them out loud anymore, as I'm fairly certain BSG is taking what we want to do into account when writing his next post.
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Looks like this needs to wait is the vote
>Writing
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>>2845653
I doubt it's our brother doing this directly. I think he may be using Eiji's friend to influence the harem. After all he is always the one brigging plot devices to the group.

Or could be that he is just manipulating Rinko be it by her own will or something else.
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>>2845630
You stay silent for a while.
Rinko-chan is asking for your help. You're still a bit confused as to what exactly happened...
But there are things you need to do first. You need to talk with Rei before Ryou gets to answer her.

"Rinko-chan, I will help you as soon as I can. I promise. Don't do anything rash, okay? I just need to finish something real quick, and then we could deal with this."
"B-But the text says--"
"It's a bluff," you say. "So you don't show up in two hours. What can they do, right?"

She seems to believe your words. She nods.
"Now wash your face and go to your class. We'll go to the arcade after school."

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You rush towards the classroom. So far, the class is empty...

Apart from one person. Tezuka Rei is sitting on the table, as if knowing that you'll be looking for her.

>Berate her actions
>Ask what her plan is
>Write in
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>>2845687
>So, she told you, then.

>You know you can't go full throttle on this, right? No jumping off mountains.
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>>2845687
>So how many episodes do you think are left, and do you think we'll get renewed for a second season?
>Just kidding, so what's the plan with Ryou, I think you guys should take it slow personally but I can't speak much about girlxgirl relationships.
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>>2845687
>Write in: "I know what happend. But that is not important what we need to do is keep things on the down low. You know that Ryou has a bad reputation so to avoid anything happening between the time from here to the day we do our travel you and her need to keep it a secret. No public show of affection on the school specialy in front of Eiiji we need to keep this from the others thinking you are bei g pulled in a relation by Ryou. So i will support you and her and we will need to make damage control i will see what i can do about that." (Give her a note don't risk of saying stuff and someone walk into the class and hear your conversation.)
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>>2845716
Idk about this, it seems too controlling, I think we should just ask her to take it slow so both her and Ryou can get a handle on if it's what they want or not.
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>>2845730
I agree.

I have further ideas for how to handle this, but again, don't want to say them too early.
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>>2845687
>Ask what her plan is
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>>2845730
i'm more worried with the reaction the girls fans would have if they sunddely started dating. But if you think it's to controlling then nothing it can be done about it.
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>>2845687
>Ask what her plan is
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>>2845687
You walk up to Tezuka...
And flick her in the forehead.

"Ouch."
"That's for being reckless."

You step away again.
"So you know now huh, Yamada-kun...I'm sorry. But I still think this is the best way."
"That's why I pushed Ryou to say yes. Now, what's your plan?"

She seems surprised that you helped her. She nods in gratitude, and continues.
"I'm just going to try and grant her the things she wants to experience. Dates, or holding hands...but no complicated stuff. This is just a temporary thing. So that she'll realize it's not something to put to a pedestal, and something that's worth waiting for."
"What will you tell Nakamura-san?"
"Ei-kun? Nothing. This is just...an act of sorts. I did say earlier that I'll help you help her win, right? But you have to help me first."
You nod. And as if right on cue,

"G-G-G-Good morning!"

The door slides open and in comes the class rep.
Tezuka Rei has reverted back to her more sleepy, aloof version. Hikaru Ryou walks closer to where we were, blushing all over.
"Rei-chan...I-I...have an answer for you. It's--"

You hear noises from outside the door. Your [Mob] classmates. You immediately start to flee the scene, trying to avoid the gomasuri tag once more.
Ryou also straightens up.
"Later. After school. I want to talk to you sincerely."

Rei gives a shy smile and a nod.

>cont'd
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>>2845745
Now we see about Rinko.
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>>2845745
Oh thank god she is being discreet
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Hikaru Ryou leads the homeroom, already back to her commanding class rep self. However, she keeps on glancing to the seat by the window on the back.
Nakamura Eiji still hasn't arrived yet.

"What I want you to do now is go to your groups and talk amongst yourselves on what you'll...do..."
The class rep's speech suddenly halts. You look up to see her staring at the door at the back, her lips a straight line.

You turn to see Nakamura Eiji by the doorway.
"Heya, Ryou...sorry for being late."

>cont'd
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>>2845756
Jesus christ what the fuck happened to Eiji?
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>>2845756
What the bloody hell?
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>>2845757
Oh god, did...did Eiji got Trucked...
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>>2845764
For some reason I'm somewhat ok with this.
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>>2845756
>Call the nurse/ambulance. Ignore complaints.
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>>2845756
>viewers face when
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>>2845756
So the plot has finally started moving forward on Eiji's side.
I wonder whose route he's on.
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>>2845767
Well i mean...if anyone from the world can survive being trucked it would be Eiji...even so that is a surprise.I take ot he won't be able to go to the trip?
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>>2845779
Rinko or Ojou since their the ones we've seen the least of if I had to guess.
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>>2845779
i would take a guess that it's Rinko route.

>inb4 it's our route and Eiji wants to bromance us.
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>>2845782
I'm tellin ya man, he's battin for the other team, it's the only reason that make sense why he hasn't gone to town on any of the females.
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>>2845782
Nice try. I'm not cheating on our girlfriend just for some hidden joke route.
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>>2845756
"Eiji..."
"Ei-kun..."

With the class grouped to their respective groups, Nakamura Eiji laughs to calm down the two immediate reactors, class rep and Rei.
"It's nothing guys. I just flew off my bike on the way to school."
"You...what?"
Ryou looks suspicious of him, and you agree. It looks more like his face was caved in than it does 'fell off of a bike'.

"Yeah, I was rushing to school on my bike since I woke up late, and this manhole cover was open, and the front tire just slotted itself inside and I went flying off! I didn't even see it, it all happened so fast!"
"You should have at least cleaned your face up..."
"Well, there was no time to treat the wounds. I was going to be late!"

Tezuka Rei stands up, and runs out the classroom. "First aid...first aid...!"
"Rei-chan!" The class rep stands up and gives chase to her. "The infirmary's this way!"

You and Eiji watch them, and when they've exited, he chuckles and returns back to you.
"It's just a couple of wounds. I just landed on my face really bad that's all. Hey, could you hand me a pen?"

You grab a pen and reach it out to Eiji. When he reaches out, you could see the straps of gauze wrapped around his forearm.
No time to wipe the blood from his face, yet enough time to treat the ones in his arms?

A sudden hunch falls over you. A pit in your stomach forms.

"Hey, Nakamura-san."
"Yeah?"
"Could you tell me what happened earlier again? And where it happened?"

"Uh, sure why not. So I was passing by the plaza this morning, in front of the arcade..."

(TO BE CONTINUED)
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>>2845792
I'm gonna guess Kei called Fujimura to rough up Nakamura and that's why he's all beat up right now. Still I'll call this a win, if we had gone we'd have ended up looking like more of a Gomasuri for being around Eiji. Definitely dodged a bullet, or a bat, in this case.

Thanks for the run Bisugo.
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>>2845792
Wup shit. Afterschool activities will not be fun today.
Thanks for the run.
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>>2845792
Well Eiji my man i'm sorry but...kinda don't regret what happend.
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>>2845792
at least no one important got Truck-kun'd
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Alright guys. Serious question. This is important.
Are we going to fuck Hanazawa on the mountain?
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>>2845887
Shes pretty kinky i think we can pull it off
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>>2845909
>nighttime
>out in the open air
>moon high in the sky
>no one else around except us and her
>in a place with few chances of anyone wandering by, but risky enough
>far from anybody like family or friends or people we know
>just succeeded in preventing two of our fellow classmates from an heroing like retards
I know what I'M going to try to go for during this field trip episode
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>>2845887
Self explanatory pic, didnt we already Smash though? Or was that neither confirmes or denied?
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>>2845927
that pastebin was canon, we 100% smashed
speaking of which, reposting that
https://pastebin.com/LQYrnJhx
NSFW, but it should be obvious enough
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>>2845933
Thanks I missed it
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I wonder about the fans watching this harem shitshow right now.
>Tezuka fans heavily crushed because osanajimi confessed to a tsundere girl who is hated by the fandom
>Ryou fanbase now confused belting anger to the author
>Eiji is still motherfucking dense
>Ojousama fanbase complains she didnt have enough screentime (NO SERIOUSLY GIVE HER MORE SCREENTIME)
>Rinko fanbase still reeling from the bulli from the whole fandom, considered the bubbly and cute kouhai dead.
>conspiracy theory that Ken a very forgetable character is having more screentime than the ojousama citing he is the hidden protagonist.
>Anime critiques praising the show for deconstruction of harem romcom genre
>rumored to be nominated as the best anime season
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>>2846437
>Imagine what the ratings will be like when we start killing off characters!
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>>2846461
>Anime reviewer: It's like Higurashi but better!! 10/10 would recommend
>Kotaku: deep as NGE
>ANN: Probably the best harem show out there
>4chan: RIN CHAN BEST GIRL ALL OF YOU HAVE SHIT TASTE
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We’ll run again later at around 16:00 UTC
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>>2846734
Will we ever get an alternate POV switch to an anonymous nobody on /a/ as people discuss the new hit harem anime? Or will our perspectives and switches stay restricted to the box/universe/show we are in?
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>alternate POV on /a/
it would be a shitshow yet i like that

>Fumihara is cute...change my mind.
>Delinquents are shit hence your taste is shit
>Please step me ojousama
>Will headpat and cuddle Rin forever
>Lolibait gtfo
>Ryou best girl
>Tsundere worst archtype kys
>Tezuka will win this guys
>FUCK OFF TEZUKA IS GAY
>then so is Ryou then
>guys what about that Yamada Ken guy
>shut up no one cares
>:c
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>>2846437
I think you're commiting a serious mistake in thinking that what we see is what the audience sees. This is a show about Eiji, after all, not about us. For all we know, ojousama could have had the real screentime all this time.
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>>2846956
So that means we are like the collective of minds that [Meta] Character hates? if so then he probably knows us. But for all we know we are many voices and he is just waiting for the rifght moment to mess us up.
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I WOULD like to know just what the viewing audience is seeing, just out of curiosity.
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>>2846907
>act like /a/ would
Guys who will win the Eijibowl... discuss
I root for Tezuka
>Foreigner Transfer Student who will make a bold claim to make Eiji his husband when?
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Running in an hour
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>>2845792

By the time lunch came, you are called to meet behind the school by the class rep.
Hikaru Ryou paces up and down in front of you, deep in thought.

"Say, Yamada-kun..."
"Yes, class rep?"
"Would you happen to have any idea as to what happened to Eiji?"

>It was just an accident
>I have some inkling (tell her about the text message)
>Write in
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>>2847344
>"All I know is someone sent a text to Rinko threatening her about something happening in front of the Arcade and for her to bring me there with her but then we would've been late so I didn't go."
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>>2847344
>>It was just an accident
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>>2847344
This>>2847353
and put the idea of having Oujosama get her contacts looking into it.
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>>2847344
"Someone texted Rinko-chan with a threat ordering her to go to the arcade."
"A text?"
"Yes. And, the text said she could - or would - bring me along with her."

Ryou crosses her arms, brow furrowing.
"Why didn't you go, then?"
"They were asking to come within an hour. We would've been late, right?"
The class rep raises her brow at that statement, but knew she shouldn't argue that point.

"Rinko-chan's...never told me anything about this," said Ryou.
She seems to be deep in thought. But something's nagging on your head.

"Ryou, I have a question."

>"Do you have any idea who or what caused this?"
>"Do you know anything about the arcade?"
>Write in
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>>2847383
>"Do you know anything about the arcade?"
Going with this cause I'm pretty confident it was street thug girl and she was paid off by Kei, at the very least I'm confident Kei is the one who set it up.
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>>2847383
>>"Do you know anything about the arcade?"
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>>2847383
>"Do you have any idea who or what caused this?"
>"Do you know anything about the arcade?"
Pretty important questions
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>>2847383
"Do you know anything about the arcade?"
She pauses for a second, but then in the end, she nods.

"Yes. That's Fumi's territory."
You have a suspicion that that's the case. Which means it was Nakahara Fumi that did that to Eiji.
"But it makes no sense," Ryou continues. "Why would she beat up Eiji? And why would she text Rinko-chan, of all the people?"
That's true. It seems that other than Ryou and yourself, she doesn't really interact with anyone from the main circle.

"Would you go to the arcade, Yamada-kun?"
You nod. "I promised Rinko-chan."
"Usually I'd suggest that you come prepared, especially when it involves that sukeban...but I have a feeling these circumstances aren't normal."

She puts her hands on her waist, coming to a conclusion.
"You and Rinko-chan should go there empty-handed as a sign of goodwill...I think."

>That's absurd class rep, I'm taking revenge
>You're right, something's not right with all this
>Wait, you're not coming with us?
>Write in
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>>2847383
>Why would Eiji be beaten up even if he was there? He's not us or Rinko.
>And what's with the bandages on his arms?
>Actually, does he usually even ride to school past that arcade?
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>>2847420
>You're right, something's not right with all this
Yeah, my thoughts exactly, Ryou.
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>>2847420
>>2847423
this
>>2847425
this too
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>>2847420
>You're right, something's not right with all this
>Why would Eiji be beaten up even if he was there? He's not us or Rinko.
>And what's with the bandages on his arms?
>Actually, does he usually even ride to school past that arcade?
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We're probably gonna get our ass beat at the arcade just sayin. And not the pretend kind like last time, I think we're legit gonna feel some pain.
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>>2847420
>You're right, something's not right with all this
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>>2847420
"You're right, class rep. Something's not right with all this."
First, the target. It's one thing if it's you or Ryou who's the victim, but Rinko and Eiji seems too out of left field. Why them of all people?
Second, the bandages. What's the reason he has those? How could he bandage himself, but not clean up or treat his face wounds?
And third...you're quite sure that Eiji doesn't pass through the arcade.

"Class rep, do you have any idea why Nakamura-san would even be in that area in the first place?"
She nods. "Somewhat. He never passes there usually. Most people don't. But if Rei-chan was in school already, then that means he really is late. The road that passes through in front of the arcade is the fastest route to Koh."

So that answers that question. You feel, though, that Ryou wouldn't be able to answer the other two.
You'd have to find out for yourself.

"Good luck out there, Yamada-kun."

>cont'd
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>>2847420

>You're right, something's not right with all this

Also, as a side note, we should start thinking of gathering allies from outside the school's alumni. If the beatings are going to spread to our friends, then it's time to one-up the bastards before things get out of hand.

I'd suggest, if things get dicey, to ask the Coach for advice, and maybe potential help among the school's faculty. He is the only teacher that vaguely cares for us.
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>>2847457
Classes have ended. You stand with Rinko outside the arcade, looking at the dilapidated sign above.
The place is dimly lit, and there are few people in and around the establishment. No, the whole block seemed empty even.

"Shall we, Rinko-chan?"
She looked terrified, and you could've sworn her knees were shaking, but she nods and marches in. You follow behind her.

Upon entering, a few students with altered uniforms stare at your direction. Their hairs are a mess, and scars litter their skin.
However, they have near to no recognizable features. [Mobs].

You walk into the middle of the room, where the cabinets are.
And in the middle, sitting on a bench and flanked by two tall delinquents, is queen sukeban herself.

"Tsk, tsk." Nakahara Fumi smirks, and leans forward on her baseball bat. "You should've just followed orders, Rinko-chan. Then none of this would have happened."

>Leave her out of this. It's me you want, right?
>Why are you involving her and Eiji?
>Charge her
>Write in
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>>2847463
We need our own kind of gang to counter the thugs, which is a pretty tall order considering everyone hates us but maybe if we start working towards it we can get something functional.
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>>2847466
>Why are you involving her and Eiji?
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>>2847466
>Leave her out of this. It's me you want, right?
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>>2847466

>Leave her out of this // write in

Leave my friends out of this, Nakahara. This bullshit is between you and I. And drop that bat, I came to talk.
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>>2847476
This sounds like an easy way to get a bat in the face.
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>>2847466
>Why are you involving her and Eiji?
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>>2847467

Not really a gang, but someone with a bit of sway in school matters. The entire faculty can't be crooked or biased against us; there must be a teacher or two out there willing to stick up for us. In my experience, these tend to be PE teachers, the school's administration staff, and sometimes the headmaster.

>>2847477

She is a belligerent nut, and sometimes the only way to make them see things your way is to talk to them in their language. We're probably getting a bat in the face regardless of what we say.
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>>2847484
Well the angle I'm tryin to go at here is to get some info off her before we get our shit kicked in, but you could be right in that acting tough might be our in instead of going it slow, the problem is, this is her territory, any threat we might have is totally eliminated by the fact we're totally outnumbered.
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>>2847466
"Leave her out of this, Nakahara. It's not her you want. It's me right?"
"Oh? Taking the bullet again, Yamada? You two boys are just so noble. How manly!"
Two boys? Is she talking about Nakamura Eiji?

"However, despite what you believe, Yamada-kun, you're not my target this time around."
"...What?"

And at this point, Rinko-chan leaves your side...
And prostrates in front of Nakahara Fumi.

"Rinko-chan!"
"Please, Nakahara-senpai...I'm so sorry. They have nothing to do with this. It's me you want, right? Punish me. Please ignore them. I beg you."

Nakahara does not even glance down on her. She's looking at you.
"...What's the meaning of all this, Nakahara?"
"I'm serving justice, that's what. This bitch had spread disgusting rumors that lead to the bullying of this particular new student...don't you think some punishment is appropriate, Yamada?"

Nakahara smirks and puts her hand behind her head. "If anything, you should be glad. I'm doing you a service."

>No. Your way of justice is wrong. Stop this.
>Yes, you're right.
>What does Eiji have to do with this then?
>Leave her alone. It's my fault, punish me instead.
>Write in
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>>2847499
I'm actually tempted to let this go through desu, Rinko is the one that fucked us over in the first place, but idk it feels kinda overkill. I'll go with something inbetween I guess.

>What kind of punishment did you have in mind for her?
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>>2847499
>Didn't I say I forgave her already. I don't need any help from you Nakahara.
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>>2847499
>"Already buried the hatchet, and for that matter why do it so late now?"
>What does Eiji have to do with this then? He wasn't even involved.
>>2847503
This too, if she is going to be punished we get to decide if its fitting.
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>>2847505
Supporting this.

Also,

>What I do wonder is why Eiji, after passing by the arcade, showed up to school bloodied and beaten.
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>>2847499
Supporting >>2847506
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>>2847499
Basically >>2847506 and >>2847511
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>>2847506
We know eiji was involved, he told us he supported the rumors for rinkos sake and came to us first to try and take all the blame for them on himself before she owned up to it
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>>2847520
Oh, was he? Hm.

>>2847499
Change my option to just
>>"Already buried the hatchet, and for that matter why do it so late now?"
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>>2847499
"I've forgiven her already, Nakahara. So drop it."
"This isn't up to you, you know? I've had enough with this insufferable bitch."

She stands up from her seat, and crouches in front of Rinko. She brings up her chin, and observes it like it's a statuette of some sort.
"Perhaps I'm going to do to your face what I did to Nakamura earlier. Let's see what happens when you aren't cute anymore, shall we?"

She removes her hand from Rinko, whose head went straight down in prostration.
"Why even involve Nakamura in all this? He's got nothing to do with it."
"You're right. He doesn't."

Nakahara then steps on the head of Rinko-chan.
"This bitch is just letting him take all the beatings for her. What a terrible human being, right Yamada? Should we punish her together then? I'm sure you have a couple of grudges that's been looking for an outlet."

>Knock it off. Rinko-chan is not perfect, but she's doing her best.
>Maybe I should, Nakahara.
>You're lying. You have a different agenda.
>Write in
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>>2847527
"Drop the act, you suck at being subtle. What's the point in dragging us down here when you knew what was going on earlier? You don't waste your time, hold grudges maybe, but you benefited from that little inconvenient rumor monger."
Then we get right up next to her ear and whisper
"Unless you are on the table for punishment too, we're walking"
This is some obvious bullshit, lets throw a wrench into it.
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>>2847535
Really? I don't disagree with you, but I've gotta ask how you pieced that together.
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>>2847535

Supporting wholeheartedly.
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>>2847527
>You're lying. You have a different agenda.
Just gonna go with this for now, I'm pretty sure Nakahara is the one who bandaged up Eiji and since he tried to get hurt in place of Rinko she's double pissed off.
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>>2847539
She knew what was going on more or less the whole time, she just wanted us to join her against the collective.
>>2847535
Support
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For posterity, this is what I was going to go for:

>...Rinko, is she telling the truth right now?!

Because jesus fuck, Rinko, we keep trying to like you and you pull shit like THIS.

if yes:

>Well, I won't lie, Nakahara. That pisses me off, but I think I have a better way of punishing her. Something more long-term and just as scary.
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>>2847550
I assume you haven't been here for awhile, but check the archive, it was literally admitted and dealt with two thread back.
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>>2847554
I've been here for a long time, I just straight up forgot.
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>>2847556
Eh, that's fair, been a hot minuet since the last thread.
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Well, the answers are pretty varied so I'll try to cobble them all together
>Writing
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>>2847563
What are you talking about, its a universal majority to the write in I made. Don't pull the bullshit of not using the write in as intended again god damnit
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>>2847570
Oh shit, yeah I see two supports there, mb
>Writing
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>>2847535
Why are you suggesting we flirt with her when best girl is already our girlfriend?
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>>2847575
nah, I am suggesting we call her bluff
>>2847574
I have my eye on you motherfucker.
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>>2847527
"Drop the act, you suck at being subtle. What's the point in dragging us down here when you knew what was going on earlier? You don't waste your time, hold grudges maybe, but you benefited from Rinko's rumors."
You walk in to whisper, but then...

She grabs you by the collar.
"...!"

She pulls you down, comes up to your ear and lowers her voice.
"How. The *fuck*. Do you think I benefitted from this piece of shit? What, cause she turned the whole school against you? You think I wanted that?"
"Don't you?"
"No!" She hisses. "Your mine and mine alone, Yamada...But right now, my beef is not with you. It's with these idiots who have been messing up the school for their own selfish wishes. Do you think you were the first? Do you think I've not seen it happen before?"

She lets go of your uniform, but remains in your ear.
"I'm serving up justice to all these people. Starting with that fucking boy, then her, then the class rep, then that stuck-up bitch."

>That's not your duty
>I'll help you
>I'll stop you
>Then punish me instead. It's my fault this all happened.
>Write in
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>>2847595
>That's not your duty
What sort of fucked up hate crush do you have on us anyway?
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>>2847595
oh so she just wants to beat everyones ass per usual, figures, maybe we can sick her on Kei somehow?
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>>2847595
Also Tezuka is notably missing from her list of people to fuck up, maybe she had something to do with this?
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>>2847595
"Then deal with the idiots directly responsible, Rinko just gave an excuse to something they were planning anyway. Picking a fight with everyone that runs their mouth will destroy your hands faster then they can mend. You want to help, make a new collective that does nothing but stick it in those nutters craws. Its not your duty, but if you want it, then do something constructive.
>>2847597
>What sort of fucked up hate crush do you have on us anyway?
Also this
"You do know I already have a girlfriend right? I would rather not get her hurt or turn into another haram protag if at all possible. Please?"
>>2847602
She might think she's an airhead like everyone else does.
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>>2847605
the problem is they are pretty much directly responsible, since none of this would have happened without Rinko and the rest being protective of Eiji.
>>2847595
>I can't stop you but I don't think beating them all is gonna do anything to really change the current situation.
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>>2847595
"It's not your duty, Nakahara. Rinko may be in the wrong for spreading those rumors, but there are so many others who are more responsible for this than her. Are you also going to punish them too? Who gave you that jurisdiction, Nakahara?"
She stays silent. She glares at you, but for a few moments she doesn't say anything.

At last, she answers back in a whisper.
"...Why would you never take my side, Yamada?"
"..."
"What would it take for you to leave them behind? They set the dogs on you, they try to steal you away...but you still take their side. Never mine."
"Nakahara..."
"Am I in the wrong for wanting revenge? Am I in the wrong for wanting justice for what they did?"

She grabs you again. But this time not in your collar, but by the sleeve of your uniform.
"Am I in the wrong for not wanting to feel alone, sometimes?"

>Yes
>No
>Write in
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>>2847621
>No
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>>2847621
>>No
>But if you really want justice for what they did, there's other, longer term ways to make them repentant. Ways that'll stick in their soul and never leave.
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>>2847621
>No
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>>2847621

>You're in the wrong for believing violence will solve everything. I offered you a better way before, and you rejected it. If you don't want to feel alone, then cooperate with us.
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>>2847635
...I mean, I DO think violence will solve SOME things, though.
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Man, Second Chance Highschool is fucking rough.
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>>2847637

That's why recruiting her into our cause is actually useful. But I'd rather have her and her delinquent goons act as deterrents, rather than having them actually beating up people. Having her on our side might as well dissuade the Collective from future fights.
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>>2847621
"No. There's nothing wrong with what you said. It's your methods. You don't want to be alone, but you're violent, you play truant, and you hold a hard grudge."
"Those are who I am, Yamada."
"Then that's what you will be for your whole life. Someone who's violent. Someone who's a delinquent. Someone who will always be alone."

A couple of seconds of silence fill the void. Then...
"AAAAAAAAAAGH!"

Suddenly, Nakahara screams and falls to her knees.
"GAAAAAAAAAAH!"

"Nakahara..."
"What is wrong with this world?! Why am I being punished for wanting justice?! I didn't even do anything this time! And yet I...And yet I..."

>I'm the only one alone.

The words that are not said ring through the building. Even Rinko looks up, surprised by the scene.

"...Yamada..." Nakahara says.
"Yes?"
"Tell me please. You want me to join you. But you've always been unfair since the beginning. But you always prioritised Hikaru Ryou. You always prioritised Nakamura Eiji. You even prioritised this girl. You put all of them above justice. How can I trust you when you put them above justice? Why?"
"...That's because..."

>That is my duty
>They are my friends
>They are not in the wrong
>Write in
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>>2847660

>Because revenge is not justice. If justice is what you seek, then help me put an end to this whole thing. With my methods.
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>>2847660
>That is my duty
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>>2847660
wish we could tell her about [True End], it might ease the burden of this whole thing somewhat, too bad we can't.
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>>2847660
>That is my duty
"I would explain more clearly but....there will be mortal consequinces if I do, hell even saying that might cause some problems down the line. Doesn't change the fact you deserve something to help you find {Happiness}. And their my friends, for the most part. Rich girl is more of a business acquaintance then anything else, but a pleasant person after she finishes her laughing gimmick. Besides, its not their fault they got a stupidly large secretly cult following them, they aren't in the wrong."
Pick her up and bring her out to eat with some friends, call our girlfriend and Ryo and let them know we are having an impromptu party.
>>2847668
This too.
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>>2847660
>>2847668
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>>2847660
"That's because...it's my duty to do so."
"What do you mean?"
"I...I can't say."

You want to say more, but you know you cannot. Your duty to grant them [Happiness] means you have to put them above all others. The [Main Characters] need to be above all else in this world.

"But," you continue. "I am on your side too. I want all this to end. I want justice too. But revenge is not the way to do this. Trust me this once, Nakahara. Trust that I know what I'm doing, and help me."

Nakahara looks at you. Her eyes stare straight into your soul, as if trying to read the contents of your heart.
She then stands up, and dusts her knees.

"Shimei."
"Boss." The guy who was on Fumi's right before steps closer.
"Help the girl up. Take her to the backroom and give her whatever she wants. If you need money, take from the treasury."
He nods, and goes to where Rinko-chan is still kneeling.

"You. Come with me."

>cont'd
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>>2847706
You both enter through a side-door, which led to a couple of stairs. Upon climbing them, you reach the rooftop of the arcade. From here, you could see the rooves of the neighboring establishment, as well as the backside of the neon sign.

You continue walking until you reach the middle of the roof. From there, she turns around and crosses her arms.

"You tell me you know what you're doing. Yet you miss one giant detail."
"Which is?"

She shakes her head and sighs.
"These past few days the bullying of the gomasuri has lessened. The people from other classes are bothering you less and less. Why do you think is that?"

>Because of your influence
>Because of Hikaru Ryou's influence
>Because of someone else's influence
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>>2847721
>Because of someone's influence but I don't know who for sure.
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>>2847721
"Not sure, but I have noticed that too. I have been to busy lately to look into it too much, is it your influence or someone else's?"
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>>2847721
>Because of someone else's influence
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>>2847727
supporto
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>>2847721
"It's because of...someone's influence, right?"
"Do you have any idea who it is?"
"Er..."

Fumi sighs again.
"There's another news revolving around school, how one of the top two beauties has been defending the gomasuri way too much. At first, the people thought she was just against bullying, but more and more it seems she's actually in his side. So much so that her influence is wavering bit by bit."
"Wait, you don't mean...?"
"She was asking you to find a person with say, right? An ace in the hole? *Are* you looking for one?"
"..."

She starts pacing in front of you.
"I can't help you in that one. I don't fuck with people up in the rungs of society. However, if you don't act soon, Kobayashi Mariko might just fall off favor with the collective."

>Why did she never tell me about it?
>Where do I look for a person with say?
>Write in
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>>2847754
>>Where do I look for a person with say?
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>>2847754
>I guess I owe Mariko more thanks then I thought.
>Where do I look for a person with say?
Damn we owe Mariko if that's the case, she been lookin out for us and we haven't done anything to pay her back yet. I'm sure she'll want our help with Eiji at the end of this.
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>>2847621
Holy crap.
Nakahara is the fifth girl in the harem.
It's her.
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>>2847764
I mean that was kinda obvious, she's the only other character with unnatural hair.
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>>2847754
>Why did she never tell me about it?
>Where do I look for a person with say?
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>>2847754
>Why did she never tell me about it?
>Where do I look for a person with say?

>>2847766
Supporting characters also can have unnatural hair.
I personally thought she was the antagonist.
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>>2847773
I never thought of her as antagonist, she always was more of a rogue element but when I saw she had Bright red hair in the first few threads I was pretty sure she was part of the harem regardless.

As far as who's an actual antag I'm not sure, maybe the injustice of not being able to have a harem in modern society? In our case the main antags so far are the collective and Kei to some degree but he's been pretty back and forth so I don't think there is a definitive antag atm.
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>>2847773
>>2847784
Man we really fucked up with the things in this setting just by existing.
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>>2847790
We never asked for this.
>Insert meme here
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So what are the chances that either mom or dad know someone in the higher society?
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>>2847790
>>2847795
Here made a meme myself.
10000+ microseconds in paint.
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>>2847797
Mom may do. She gives out that impression.
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>>2847761
Support
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>>2847805
And saved!

>>2847806
She certanly does. But i'm still incertaing about brigging the family into this. Maybe if we ask for dad's support we can double team her.
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>>2847754
"But she never told me anything about this..."
"You know how it is with those stuck-up girls. They value their pride above all else. If she told you what she's going through, it'd appear as if she's weak and complaining. That's way too much for a princess type like her."

"Then...then I have to look for that ace fast. Nakahara, do you have any ideas?"
"Hell no. Like I said, I don't like those kinds of people. They seem to all be a bit...worm-y. The best I could come up with is Hikaru Ryou, and she's about as higher class as a flea-ridden dog."

So you still have no leads for that person with say. Just where in the world would you find one...

"Oi. Stop furrowing your brow. You take things one step at a time and a soultion should come up."
"Oh yeah? How could you say that?"
"Cause that's how we roll. One step at a time."
"What, your gang?"
"Yeah. And we got here because we take things slow. One wrong step just means one step backwards."

"And that's why," she faces you again. "I'll apologize to Nakamura and the little girl downstairs. You get your ass home."
You nod, but when you turn around and leave, you hear her stomp towards you.

"Geez, man! Get your head on straight Yamada!"
She reaches out to your uniform and fixes the cuffs of your uniform.

"You're gonna go home looking like that? Have some dignity."
She fixes the collar that went inside out when she grabbed, it, and straightened your tie...

And then she leans her head on your chest.
"Oi, Nakah--"
"Fumi."
"What?"
"Fumi. We're brothers now, right?"
"...What?"
"If you want to be allies, then we need to have a pact. We need to be brothers."
"...Ok. Fumi."
"Good. Now pat my head."
"...Are you high?"
"I'm serious. I need a physical pact. If you want to be serious allies then take our rituals seriously."
"Those guys down their pat your head too?"
"No, we fought with knives, sliced our wrists, and drank each other's blood."
"Hm."
"Just do it."
She squirms under you.

"It's embarassing staying like this."

>Pat
>No pat
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>>2847843
>>Pat
HEAD PATS!
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>>2847843
>Pat
okay, I suppose. Still weird though.
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>>2847843
>>Pat
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>>2847843
>Pat
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>>2847843
>No Pat (kiss.)

Nah we have a girlfriend.

>Pat
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>>2847843
>Pat
And be happy we don't have to drink blood.
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>>2847843
>Pat
Funny thing is our girlfriend likes headpats too
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>>2847873
Now we need to promise her everything is fine and she is not alone anymore.
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>>2847901
And also hear her life story.
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>>2847893
Oh god...we are the second harem protagonist/antagonist.
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>>2847907
All according to Keikaku
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>>2847904
Wonder if all girls are head pat sluts or just the ones that like us.
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>>2847916
Well our memories are all guzzied and our brother said that someone messed up with things in the setting to cause the failure (us). Maybe it was the us we were begore waking up as a mob character.
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>>2847907
Yeah, that's what its shaping to turn into. Lets hope this doesn't turn into a battle harem anime. It fucking hurts falling into this situation but this is too painful not to indulge.
>>2847901
>>2847904
Later over tea you degenerates
>>2847923
Probably just ours.
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>>2847931
No over we will.

Slide our hand under the table and hand hold with her under it, with our fingers interlocking between each other so reassure her even more.
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>>2847943
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>>2847843
Well...
You reach out your hand to pat her hair.
Though it looks coarse because of the ugly red dye, Fumi's hair feels normal in your palm.
"There."
"Not done."
"Ehh."
"We need to have an oath."
"Are you serious...alright, go on."
"You will be my kobun, and I will be your oyabun."
"Wait, why are you the boss?"
"Cause I've been leading longer."
"Jeez, how long have you been a delinquent?"
"I dunno, 12?"
"Eh, seriously?"
"Fuckin' focus, Yamada. Again. You will be my kobun, and I will be your oyabun."
"You're...the oyabun. I'm the kobun."
"We'll be brothers from now on."
"We're brothers from now on."
"That's why you patting my head isn't weird."
"I think it makes it weirder, oyabun."
"...I agree."

She takes away your hand from her head.
"The pact is made. We're brothers now."
"Ehh, that simple?"
"Er, not quite. I need to give a pact too."
*chu*
"..."
"...the fuck you blushing for, I'm your brother, don't blush!" she said, while blushing fiercely.


(TO BE CONTINUED)
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>>2847948
Thanks for the run Bisugo.
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>>2847948
Brothers don't give each other kisses, boss.
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>>2847954
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>>2847948
Lewd adorable bugger, WE HAVE A GIRLFRIEND!
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>>2847948
Well this ended better than I thought.
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>>2847957
Threesome is ago?
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>>2847962
We have to work real fucking hard to make sure our girlfriend isn't feeling pushed out, and Ms. Headpats isn't setting a good example to trust her from previous encounters.
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>>2847957
This is a harem anime though.

>>2847954
What you never kissed your sister in the lips? Yeah neither did i.
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>>2847972
How the hell did you get in her lips, did you take a chunk off?
>This is a harem anime though.
NOT OURS THOUGH!
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>>2847979
IT IS NOW!
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>>2847989
This way lies only madness and despair.

>>2847948
Let's pointedly call her 'aniki' from now on.
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>>2847992
Oyabun in public and Aniki once we are alone? Or do we just call her by her name like some normal fagget?
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We need to tell Boss that we already have a girlfriend in the form of Hanazawa (telling her about Hanazawa is justified because in banchou/sukeban logic "she's the Boss", and hiding shit from the Boss gets you smacked up like a fucking bitch), and that brothers making out is hella gay.

ALSO EVERYBODY IN THE FUCKING THREAD SHOULD CHECK PIC RELATED
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>>2847997
Lets be normal and call her by her first name, take the piss out of the weird situation we're in. Maybe see if our girlfriend can headpat her.
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>>2848010
She already is aware that we're dating Hanazawa, especially considering it was Hanazawa who called and paid her off not to cripple us.

Also relax man it's just a game, the point is to have fun, otherwise why would you play?
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>>2848010
This too
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>>2848010
>>2848016
also also, pic related.
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>>2848016
To finish the story and not be fucking retards that get sent to hell
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>>2848015
"Brother, my girlfriend gives the BEST headpats. Trust me on this one."
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>>2848023
Speaking of hell, you know who seems kind of lonely? The [devil].
I know that our interactions with him have generally put him in a negative light, and to be honest it seems like he might be here to fuck us over. But when I look at how he acts and what he's told us about himself and his role, I can't help but think he must be pretty lonely. Burdened with knowledge. He knows how things will go, he knows just about everything he needs to know about everyone and what they do thanks to his status as the meta character. That seems like something that would make it hard to truly connect with someone. If someone tries to become your friend, you know that it's simply because it was their role, their purpose, to do so.
I wonder if we'll have to secure his [happiness] as well, in the end.
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>>2848046
I think the way for us to do that is to let us actually be his bro and to stop being a cryptic asshole towards us. He just needs to contain his metaknowledge-induced autism, or NOT be an edgelord
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>>2848046
I would assume so since he falls between secondary and main characters with his role, at least according to the pastebin, but from what I understand is getting the [True End] is what will bring him happiness anyway. Though his recent behavior puts that into question.
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>>2848054
I mean assuming what he said about the main guy having a meta friend and a fifth girl on his harem. Maybe he does hold some grudge toward us, since it was our existence that pushed him away from his friends making him dependent on us.

There is a reason why we are the older brother and he is the young one.
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I must say we are on the way in eclipsing Eiji as the harem protagonist. Maybe this is what our brother is talking about.
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>>2848278
Personally I wouldn't want to be a secondary harem protag in this world. The universe might use that as an excuse to pull a THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! sort of shit and get us killed for attempting to usurp Eiji.
Besides, doing increasingly lewd things with Hanazawa at various places and at various times is much better
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Normally im all about harem route but hanazawa solo playthrough stronk
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>>2848366
See >>2845887 and >>2845925
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just caught up, and I gotta say: this drama is delicious, but it's also stressing me out
so good job, BSG
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>>2848567
BSG is good at cliffhangers that's for sure.
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>>2848114
I don't think there's anything stopping us from asking how his day was and playing videogames/catch together
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>>2849318
It would be disingenuous if it came from us, I feel. He'd almost definitely know that we were hanging out with him just to try to ensure his [happiness] for the sake of a [true end] of some kind.
We'll have to be craftier than that if we want to make him happy.

At the same time...we're sort of the only one who's a 'wildcard' to him.
Quite the conundrum...
>>
Next run at 16:00 UTC
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Wow holy shit you're back

>>2847948
Best girl, shame we have a girlfriend already
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>>2849478
We can still share some brotherly love
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>>2849478
She is our Oyabun and brother now, so that is fine.
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Guys, obviously the Ace should be Endou.

What is the Comic Relief good for? To serious up at one or two points in the plot to drive home a point and turn things around. Since it shocks everyone that the comic relief can be serious.
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>>2847948
Saturday morning. Your mother has already left for work, while your father is probably off somewhere on another part-time job. Just as you were about to dig into the breakfast your father prepared, though, you get a text message. It's from the head chef. He's asking you to come in this morning.

You arrive within an hour.
"Sir, you were asking for me?"
"Hm? Ah, Yamada. Step in to my office."

The head chef pushes you into a room slightly smaller than the freezers of your restaurant. Though the insides' furnished, with lamps and even a big wooden table in the center, the place still looks menacing. Definitely the office of the head chef.
You wonder, though, why he called for you inside. You don't recall doing anything wrong the past few times you came to work.

The head chef goes to behind the table and pulls open a cabinet. When he returns, he reaches out to you the object he grabbed: an evelope.

"Take it, Yamada. It's your salary."
"Eh? Oh, thank you..."

You take the envelope with a bow. It's of a decent thickness.

"Er, so when you called earlier...?"
"Yeah, it's for that. You're the last guy who hasn't gotten the paycheck yet."

You bow down once more in thanks.
"So...do you need me to...?"
"Ha? Was it your schedule today?"
"No, sir."
"Then see you when it is."

You leave the family resto with a pocketful of cash. You feel that ever so slight sense of satisfaction in receiving the fruits of your labor.

"What should I do first, I wonder..."

>Buy something for yourself
>Deposit in a bank account
>Ask Hanazawa out on a date
>Surprise Hanazawa with a gift
>Write in
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>>2849566
>Deposit in a bank account
Ah sweet cash
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>>2849566
>>Surprise Hanazawa with a gift
>>Deposit in a bank account

Something small and nice, doesn't need to be expensive. Save the rest.
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>>2849566
>>2849571
this, we can got on a date when we get a new voucher
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>>2849566
You should definitely save up your cash, but an idea springs into your mind. There seems to be enough in the paycheck for you to buy a little something for Hanazawa.

"Alright!"
With your envelope safely tucked away, you head into the plaza to look for something to buy.

----

Yumegawa's establishments is centered around the train station, which is also a multi-storied mall. As you walk down the place, you notice cafes, bowling alleys, toy shops, antique shops...the whole place is filled with excellent date settings. As expected from a harem romcom world.

You look down the multiple shops along the street. What do you even have in mind as a gift?

>Matching phone straps
>A ring
>A necklace
>A keychain
>A shirt
>A teddy bear
>Whatever, just enter the nearest shop
>Write in
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>>2849590
>>Write in
Scrunchie. Black with pink sakura flowers on it.
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>>2849593
Might not be a good idea right now. It'll be a hint to the collective that they should target her.
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>>2849590
>>2849590
>Teddy bear
Let's start small I mean I kinda want the necklace can we buy both and give the necklace on the mountain?
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>>2849592
You know what let's try the scrunchie.
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>>2849590
>A teddy bear
Cute and it doesn't paint a target on her back unless her friends find out she has it. But then she can lie and say she got it for herself. Something to think of us without bringing it out in public.
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>>2849590
>Write in: Hanazawa likes tech stuff. I remember seing it when we went to her room. Grab her something a computer nerd would like.
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I got a tie for scrunchie and teddy bear. Anyone want to tie break?
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>>2849590
>>2849592
Sure this
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Alright scrunchie it is
>Writing
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>>2849590
You try to think of something that reminds you of Hanazawa.
"...Oh, right...!"
You always see her wearing a scrunchie either on her wrist or to tie up her ponytail. Maybe you should buy her one?

You head out to walk and find a fashion accessory store. Luckily you find one just nearby.

Inside the store, you are met with the strong smell of female perfume. A bunch of girls are inside, trying out different shirts and skirts of wonderful colors. In a table in the middle, a pile of discounted nail polishes and lipstick are stacked high. The woman in the cashier starts to narrow her eyes upon seeing you, so you head to where the scrunchies are.

You see a rack of scrunchies of different colors by the corner of the store. Lucky, they come in packs of 8.

You pick up some that you feel Hanazawa will like. White, Black, Pink, and at the last second, you grab a red one.

But just when you were about to stand up, and evaluate them all properly...

Hairs stick up in the back of your neck.

You feel like your being watched.

>It's nobody. Just girls curious about a guy in an accesory shop.
>Turn around and catch who it is.
>Perhaps you could see who it is in the mirror...
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>>2849627
>Perhaps you could see who it is in the mirror...
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>>2849627
>Perhaps you could see who it is in the mirror...
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>>2849627
We're not carrying a bag or anything right.

Or are we.
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>>2849627
>Perhaps you could see who it is in the mirror...

A stalker already? I mean i guess we are always being watched.
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>>2849633
No we were checking the scrunchies and then we felt something watching us. I'm just sirprised we are developing a sixth sense to this kind of stuff.
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Things to watch out fall. Folks stuffing things or dropping things into our bags or pockets and drawing attention from shopkeeps.

Fun kinds of harassment.

Quite tempted to just abort and get out.
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>>2849637
Well we did die once already. Being reincarnated without complete memory erasure should be enough to give us latent danger sense or ESP. This is an anime after all, anything is possible.
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>>2849638
>"It's romantic in a way...but it also sounds like the couple weren't willing to fight for their love. These days...I kinda feel like I'd rather go down fighting for the person I love than surrender to whatever anyone else thinks or wants."
>I'd rather go down fighting for the person I love than surrender to whatever anyone else thinks or wants
No surrender or retreat unless unavoidable or necessary
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>>2849627
You try to look for a mirror, and see one on the back of the store.
You scan it...

But don't see anyone you know in particular. Just a couple of [Mob] girls doing their shopping.
"...Must be imagining things."

However, just as you were about to look away...
You spot an odd person.
There's a girl by the table of discounted items who seems to be looking at you directly. You wait a few seconds.

She never removes her glance from you.

>Try to catch her in the act
>Ignore her. She isn't doing anything intrusive.
>Say to her she's making you uncomfortable
>Write in
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>>2849647
>>Write in
"You know if you're trying to watch someone, you shouldn't stare directly." Look her right in the eye. "They might find out." Smile the kind of smile that doesnt reach the eyes.
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>>2849647
Can we try to obstruct whatever we're buying so she can't see what we bought? If not, just bail. There will be other chances.
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>>2849647
this>>2849655
"Its rude you know"
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>>2849647
>Ignore her. She isn't doing anything intrusive.

>Write in: I guess the collective is compoaed of girls too? Better abort anything and just leave. Because i'm pretty sure if she see us buying anything she will associate to someone or reconize what we bougth.

Remeber guys play smart or you might endanger the waifu.
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>>2849656
>>2849657
>>2849655
i say we just leave. People who hate us most of the time react badly last thing we want is for her to cause a scene in the shop. Remember guys play it slowly and one step at time.
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>>2849647
>Leave and see if she follows us.
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>>2849647
>>2849661
Fine, i'll withdraw >>2849655
and revote to get out of dodge
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Alright, bail vote
>Writing
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Could actually just ask dad to help us pick up a pack tomorrow or something.
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>>2849673
We need to train with Dad more, period.
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>>2849647
You have no idea what's happening, but she's definitely eyeing you up. Whether it's because of what you're shopping for, where you currently are, or even some sort of secret agenda, you're not sure at this point.

You drop the scrunchies back to the rack, and head out of the shop.
"Thank you for shopping."

There should be more fashion accessory shops anyway. You walk down the street as per normal...
And occasionally you'd look at a window, or glance back casually.
And on more than one occassion...

You see the same girl from the shop try to dodge from your line of sight, though doing a pretty poor job at it.
You walk in a loop, and still, the same girl is following you.

Now, how should you go about this...

>Corner her in an alleyway
>Call her out
>Find a police station
>Write in
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>>2849678
O B S E S S E D

>Corner her in an alleyway
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>>2849678
>>Write in
Enter the arcade

See if shes stupid enough to follow into.
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>>2849678
>Corner her in an alleyway
Turn and wait
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>>2849678
Putting her in a corner is just asking for trouble. Calling her out will have her lose us and going to the police station might be a bad idea since we now work for the school deliquent.

>Write in: Just continue to drag her around if she keeps insisting in talling us just get back home.
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>>2849680
>>2849685
inb4 rape cries.

It'll be a he says, she says. And law enforcement will always side with the girl unless we are already recording.
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>>2849685
>>2849680
You guys really want to give this girl a excuse for us "raping" her? Just go for the police station in this case.
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>>2849678
>Find a police station
No risk here.
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>>2849678
>Take a corner and wait for her, but make it look like a coincidence. Like we stopped to tie our shoes or something. Being discovered should scare her away.
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>>2849689
This here.

>>2849684
People don't know about us and the delinquets yet. Maybe we should go to the police and make sure we are the ones in the right?
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>>2849678
this>>2849688
and a vote to not corner her in an ally
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>>2849688
If she's malicious, this gives her ample opportunity to try shit or find out stuff about us to have others exploit. Police Station is safest option.
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>>2849692
You do have the knowledge that she can spread the rumour of us "raping" her. Never ambush a girl alone the law protect then if it's a case of he and she said. Just go to the station.

>>2849678
Changing my vote to:
>Find a police station
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>>2849694
Might work.

But actually. We should see some cops on patrol, maybe we can try to arrange a sting. Like she turns a corner, she sees us with the cops and we just point at her and say thats her.

She might panic and run.
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>>2849696
Agree changing to the police station.
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Alright looking for the fuzz
>Writing
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>>2849700
That's an even worse idea. Simply being near cops or the police station should be enough influence
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>>2849678
Whatever it is that she's up to, you're quite sure that what she's doing is illegal. Even if it is in broad daylight, and the genders are not necessarily the norm.
You go around the place, looking for signs that might lead to the cops. You start to leave the busy street and end up in a more quiet part of town.

"Ah, there we go..."
Just a block from the park, you find a road that leads straight to a police station. You take a step towards it.

"...!"
You hear a gasp, followed by patter of hurrying footsteps.

You turn around to see the girl running towards you.
She stops a couple of feet away, trying to catch her breath. You now get a better look at her.

The girl is a [Mob] character, who looks to be about college age. But though she is a [Mob], you cannot deny that she is a looker, the type that would easily be scouted by agencies or magazines. Even if her hair is dyed brown, it blends in so well with her looks that she makes it look natural.

The girl's catching her breath. But though your gazes crossed...
"..."

She doesn't say anything.

>Can I help you?
>You're making me uncomfortable. I'm going to the cops.
>Do you want something from me?
>Wait for her to speak first
>Write in
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>>2849720
>Can i help you?
Well she didn't scram like we expected, so let's hear it.
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>>2849720
>>Write in
"...Murakami?"
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>>2849720
Backing >>2849725
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>>2849720
>Wait for her to speak first
>Pay attention to her clothes gather whatever information you can before enganging conversation.
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>>2849720
this>>2849725
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>>2849725
Holy shit..did us asking her to talk with the main cast made her change like that?
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>>2849734
No, based off our chats with her she was like that already.

Decently tall, brown hair, WE'VE NEVER SEEN HER WITHOUT HER EXCESSIVE JOGGING ATTIRE, shes follows fashion to follow her friends. It basically all fits.
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>>2849737
Wow...just...wow. Well er..damit now that is one more for the Anti-harem crew.
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Is this studio trying to shift attention to us? Jesus, what happened to budget and schedule?
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>>2849741
I mean if you think carefully we already have done more then Eiji has ever do e in the entire series if you consider that Fumi has being a deliquent Oyabun for 12 years!! 12 YEARS or dense harem protagonist bullshit!
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>>2849720
A name pops into your head.
"...Murakami?"

She looks surprised at your words.
"I...I...ah!"
But before she could say anything, she turns around and starts ruffling through her bag. From inside, she pulls out a notebook and a pen.
After a few seconds of scribbling, she turns the board to you.

>Murakami? Who's that?

You're pretty sure she's not mute, but for some reason, she's using a notebook to communicate with you.

>Are you a weirdo?
>Why are you stalking me?
>Write in
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>>2849755
>Lean back against a wall, keep it casual and nonchalant and nonthreatening to the obviously-not-mute mute girl
>Why have you been stalking me since the accessories store?
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>>2849755
>Who are you?
A detailed mob out of the blue? That smells of outside intervention.
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Oh yea, we are a pariah at this point after all. Might get her dragged into shit if it is her.

>>2849755
>Write in
"Just mistook you for someone else. Who are you?"
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>>2849755
>Why are you stalking me?
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>>2849755
"Er, I think I mistook you for someone else. But who are you? And why are you stalking me?"

The girl jumps, and scribbles again on the notepad.

>I'm not a stalker!
>It's just that I saw you looking at scrunchies in the accessory shop.
>Those are for your girlfriend right? I was thinking I could help you!
>I know a lot about fashion!

She flips to the last page and puffs her chest out with pride.

>Sure I could use the help
>No I could do it myself
>But why did you follow me all the way here?
>Write in
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>>2849755
>Why are you stalking me?
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>>2849785
>>Sure I could use the help
>>But why did you follow me all the way here?

oh girl, what are you doing.
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>>2849785
>Sure, I could use the help
I mean, why not? She already went through a lot of effort, and she probably would have done something already if she had bad intentions
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>>2849785
>>Sure I could use the help
>>But why did you follow me all the way here?
I'm still suspicious, but why not.
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>>2849785
>Sure I could use the help
>But why did you follow me all the way here?
>I mean, I'm not saying no or anything...
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>>2849785
Well, it seems that she's eager to help, and you don't see any reason to turn her down...

"Uh, sure why not."

The girl smiles and bows her head.

"But I do have a question. Why did you have to follow me all the way out here?"

She looks at you with a blank stare, for 1 second, 2, 3...
"A-Ah..."
It seems only now that it clicked in her head.
She frantically scribbles in her notepad once more, but you decide to stop her. You garner that it probably never crossed her mind til you pointed it out.

----

You seat on a bench nearby, while the girl sketches once more on her pad.

>Now, you were buying scrunchies, right? How many did your girlfriend ask you to buy?

"She didn't really ask me to buy anything?"
She looks at you, confused.
"I was looking for a surprise gift for her. She seems to like scrunchies, so I figured--"
You are cut off by her raising the board.

>No good! All girls have their own scrunchies already!
>Not to mention, you were looking at an 8-pack! Those are just 500 yen!
>You need to buy her something a bit more special!

"Ehh..."

>So it needs to cost more?
>So it needs be a 12-pack?
>What did you have in mind?
>Write in
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>>2849810
>>So it needs to cost more?
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>>2849810
>What did you have in mind?
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>>2849810
>What did you have in mind?
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On the todo list:
Next time we run with Murakami, sneak in a thanks for helping with gift selection during our chats and watch her reaction.
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>>2849810
>What did you have in mind?
Options options options
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>>2849810
"Well, what did you have in mind?"

She smiles, and scribbles once more.

>When it comes to girls, they like the sentimental value of things.
>They like a gift that shows just how much attention you're paying her.
>Also, it must come from the heart!
>So, that's what you think about! The things you notice about her, or the memories that you share...something that's close to both of your hearts.

"Something that's close to both of our hearts, eh..."
You lean back on the bench and think...
"Well, when I think of Hanazawa,"

>You think of the time you thought of her in your sleep
>You think about how she's tech-y and likes gadgets and computers
>You think of spring
>Write in
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>>2849855
>You think of spring
This is the only right answer.
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>>2849855
>You think of spring
>Perfect
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>>2849855
>>You think of spring
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>>2849855
>You think of the time you thought of her in your sleep
This was a big deal you guys
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>>2849855
>You think about how she's tech-y and likes gadgets and computers

Eh thinking on spring is about lewd stuff i doubt most girls would consider that kind of thing romantic. But then again Hamazawa is a closet pervert.
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>>2849863
>>2849876
>>2849891

>gosamuri is buying girl langerie.

Yeah i'm sure there is no way any kind of rumour could be made up about that...
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>>2849855
"I, er...spring comes to mind."
She seems to be confused for a second but you wave it off.
"So, if that's the case then what would you suggest I get?"
She thinks for a second, and then comes up with an idea.

>Come with me!

----

For some reason, ever since you returned back to the city center, she stopped using the notepad altogether. From her more aloof nature to when you were talking earlier on the bench, she suddenly turned graceful and serene. A cool beauty.
She was tall for a girl - nearly the same as your height - and her long legs grabbed the attention of most of the males in the vicinity. Whenever she tucks a loose hair from her ear, it feels like two or three heads turn to your direction.

You stop by a couple of shops, ranging from antique shops to clothing stores. She would reach to you a couple of items that all matched the theme of spring. A pink picture frame, a sweater for the cool weather...though none seem to sit well with her.

She's also resorted to using only gestures to communicate, only broken sometimes by the occasional whisper of "Try this one." She would shake her head, or give a thumbs up, but she wouldn't speak. Her lips only maintained that demure smile.

It wasn't until you reached a jewelry shop that something really caught her attention.

>cont'd
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>>2849906
"Waaah...!"

It seems something finally caught her attention. It was a sakura flower shaped into a pendant, with silver petals and a pearl embedded into the middle of it. The girl was starry-eyed in inspecting the necklace...

Until her gaze fell to the price-tag. All of a sudden she looked down-fallen.

"What's wrong?"

She shows the pendant to you. It costs about half your paycheck.

>Buy it
>Can't afford it
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>>2849910
>Can't afford it

To expensive and obvious anyone that sees her with the jewlery will instantly ask were she got it.
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>>2849910
>>Buy it
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>>2849910
>Buy it
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>>2849910
>jewelry shop
Ayyyy
>half your paycheck
Yeah no. Sorry girl, but we're not in a situation where we can buy something so flashy.
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>>2849910
>Can't afford it
This is just begging for questions neither of us could answer, ignore trap!
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>>2849926
>>2849921
On the other hand...she did pay a hefty amount so we wouldn't be put on the hospital...so i guess this would be a way to show we would pay as much for our love to her? Sigh no it's not worth it we can't gibe her that and then climb the Hell Mountain together.
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Alright not buying it wins 3-2
>Writing
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Yeah as much as Hanazawa deserves something this quality, we are short on money as it is, not to mention people will start asking shit. Better to avoid this until things resolve or we get MORE DOSH
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>>2849910
"It's way too expensive. Not to mention, a bit flashy."
She seems eager to protest. However you can't move on this point.
"I can't buy anything that will draw too much attention. Our relationship is kind of a secret right now."

You look at her, and it seems that she wants for you to continue.

"Well...it's kind of a complicated situation right now, and I'm in the middle of all of it. We're keeping it low because I don't want to get her involved. I'm afraid, if I get her this, and someone asks who she got it from..."

After hearing what you have to say, it feels like your companion became a bit somber. You try to laugh it off.
"I didn't mean to put a damper on things."

She shakes her head, and returns the necklace to the attendant.
She puts a hand on your shoulder, and gives you a reassuring smile. It's as if she's trying to say, "It'll be alright."
Before you could thank her though, she raises up a finger and leaves you once again.

When she comes back, in her hand is a silver bangle, with brass etchings of sakura flowers on it's face.
She smiles, and mouths the words 'more subtle.'

Also costs a third cheaper.

>cont'd
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I think this girl works here, guys. She's desperate for a sale.
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By the time you got out of the shops, the sun is beginning to set. You and the girl are walking side by side, on your hand the band she brought you.
"Thank you so much for the help. I think Hanazawa would love this."

The girl smiles and bows.
You walk near a train crossing. You feel that the time of separation is close.

>How can I repay you for this?
>Would I ever see you again?
>Write in
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>>2849982

>write in

Ask for her name--and maybe a phone number? This was all pretty odd.
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>>2849982
Backing >>2849987
Contacts are necessary in our time of trial
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>>2849982
Supporting >>2849987
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>>2849982
"I never got your name. Is it alright if we could switch our contact information?"
The girl raises her brow, before giving you a haughty look.
"Har, har. Very funny. Maybe you forgot, but we've been shopping for the last couple of hours for my girlfriend?"
She smiles, as if saying she knows and was just kidding.

*ding, ding, ding*

The air is filled with the sound of the descending barriers.
It was then that the girl decided to run across the rails.
"Oi, that's dangerous...!"

You start to give chase, but the barrier has come down.
Thankfully it seems the girl has reached the other side as well.
The train gets nearer, the sound getting more and more cacophonus.
*ding, ding, ding*

"Thank youuu!"
For the first time, the girl speaks, but it's near impossible to hear her voice over the sounds.
"I had a lot of fuuuun!"
She's waving her hand, while laughing.
The train is near.
"We'll see each other again!"
The train roars by.
"Yamada-kun!"

...
By the time the train has passed, the girl on the other side is gone.

(TO BE CONTINUED)
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>>2850029
shieet, just in time to see it end.
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>>2850029
Well she knew who we were and that we have a girlfriend and what the bangle looks like, are we fucked or is she just a nice person that's probably a friend of someone we know?
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>>2850029
I hope we get another session soon, all these cliffhangers are fucking with me something fierce
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>>2850043
For real
I was gone for most of it, but good session, OP
I really enjoy these dramatic, mysterious, slice-of-life deals. You got me real emotionally invested
I can't wait to cry at how we fuck ourselves over
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99% sure it was like Hanazawa's long lost sister or something.
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This newest interlude doesn't sit right with me. New girl introduced out of the blue? Dyed hair? Older than us? It all reeks of interference. *Producer* Interference.

I fear there's been a regime change in meatspace. I fear that a fair chunk of the anime's original production and writing staff have been replaced--that this new regime has taken it upon itself to change up this story to an unrecognizable degree, nonetheless in our favor. I fear that some character poll put into some highly lauded shoujo anime mag or website poll has had Yamada rank above the main character (and probably a couple of the girls), and that the movers and shakers (i.e. THE EXECUTIVE BOARD) at the studio have Taken Notice. They've given us more characters to interact with and more time to interact with those characters.

Fellas, I think we've turned from a supporting character into a cotagonist in the short time that this (what I think to be second) season has been unfurling.
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>>2850037
Well if you recall the legend about Hell Mountain the traveller and the demon were protected by a godness at the end before they jumped. So the misterious girl could be her
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>>2850203
so does that mean we're best girl?
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>>2849748
>12 years
How old is she? If she's vaguely high school age that means she has been a delinquent since she was 6. Sounds implausible
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>>2850119
>>2850203
>>2850206
I dunno guys. Either way, the climactic moment we talk Ryou and Tezuka into not committing double-suicide is going to be one of the highlights of this season and have /a/ praise it as kino.
A theme like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCu3uGOSanQ would go good with a tense scene with a danger of real main character death like that.

>>2850283
The anon got it wrong. She's been a delinquent since 12. She's realistically late teens at this point
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>>2850029
YAMETE YOUR DIGGING MY SAD FEELS FROM 5CM PER SECOND
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>>2850119
>new season
>why don't we make a new harem with this mildly popular background character?
>yuichi you are of genius
I can see it. Fumi's recent development and this new girl's debut happened far too quickly.
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>>2850203
>>2850119
>>2851240
>>2850291
I bet BSG is having a chuckle while we overanalyze the shit out of his quest
or taking notes because some of these would be pretty based and big-brained
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Due to some filial circumstances (not to mention being a wee bit sick) I won't be available for the regular 16:00 UTC schedule.

However, I *am* available for a run within the next 2 hours.

You guys game? Or shall we take a break today?
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>>2851776
I'm fine with a break today but everyone else might feel differently.
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>>2851776
I'm game but we migth not have enough people here for it. Maybe taking a break would be better? Saying that, i would rather preferer if you runned.
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>>2851240
I see Fumi's recent development more like the result of us finnaly focusing in doing shit and keeping our head on the game.

Oh yeah next time we need to keep trainning with dad and ask if in his part time jobs he ever meet someone that is higher up society.
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>>2851776
Why do you run at such a weird time
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>>2851776
Do it kiddo
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>>2851776
I won't be able to play(
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Yeah let's take for a break today. Should be back to regular scheduling tomorrow :)
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>>2851835
Sounds like a plan
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>>2851835
Okay boss. Take a nice break we will see you tomorrow.
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Running again in about 2 hours
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I’ve been wondering where OP went but I’m glad he’s back. Anyways you go take that break OP.
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>>2850029
It was nighttime when you get home, and meeting you by the front door is your father.
"Evening, Ken-chan. Welcome home."
"Evening..."
"Where are you going?"

Before you could walk past him, he puts a hand in your shoulder.

"We're training early today."

----

"Dragon-stretches-tail!"

You do the move shouted by your father. You thrust your right hand forward and extend your left hand back, and take a wide, stable stance.

"Boulder-flows-through-water!"
A dodge move taught by your father. You tuck your hand inside your body, and spin, using your shoulders to divert the could be multiple attackers.

"Hand-pierces-fire!"
You thrust your hand forward, fingers pointing out like a knife.
"Hyah!"
"Strengthen your elbows! Use your waist!"

Tonight, your dad has been drilling you especially hard. You're dripping with sweat, but you continue the techniques your father has taught you.

"Enough!"
You return back to your original stance, and bow down to your sifu.
"I would have preferred to train you more, but I'm afraid there isn't enough time..."

Your father jumps out of his chair. He dusts off his hands, and faces you arms crossed.

"Ken! Tomorrow I am sending you to a special mission. Do you think you are capable?"

>More than capable
>I am not yet ready
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>>2855314
>>More than capable
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>>2855314
>More than capable
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>>2855314
>More than capable
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>>2855314
>I am not yet ready
>But that doesn't mean i won't try my best.

I would try and make a joke about thia but since it's dad asking he might be asking like this to see how we are in spirit.
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>>2855314
"More than capable, father."
He nods. From inside his pocket, he grabs something and gives it to you.
It's a pamphlet.

You open it up and read the contents.
"...! This is...!"

----

Sunday morning. You're in the shopping arcade, with a pamphlet on one hand and a reusable shopping bag in another.
"This is..."

On the pamphlet is written in big red text "ULTRA GREAT SALE! GOODS DISCOUNTED UP TO 80% OFF!", as well as a couple of coupons.

"It's not even 7 AM yet...Where even is this store..."

You sigh, and--

>Go and look for the establishment
>Loiter around for a while and find something to do
>Write in
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>>2855325
>Go and look for the establishment
Our duty first!
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>>2855325

>Go and look for the establishment
>writein: Keep focused most likely lots of people will go to this sale and if dad trained us for this it might get violent

Time to face our isekai blackfriday.
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>>2855326
Time to get ready for we will face the worst kind of human being...black friday buyers. Things will get violent.
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>>2855331
Forgot the image
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>>2855325
Well, you're already here so might as well look for the shop.
"It should just be around here somewhere..."

Your dad also provided a map, but it looks more like a drawing of a five year-old than an actual reference for directions. You sigh, and pocket the piece of paper. Maybe it's best to just ask someone.

You try to look fora person you could ask for directions, until your gaze crossed with someone.

"Ah."
"Ah."

>Ignore her
>Ask if she knows
>Write in
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>>2855339
>>Ask if she knows
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>>2855339
>Ask if she knows
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>>2855339
>Ask if she knows
And once she ask what we are talking about just stare her and say:
>Write in: "You know what i'm talking about..."

Because this kind of promotions are usually keeped in the low for the people going to it.
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>>2855339
You jog towards her.
"Morning."
"Morning. You're up early for a Sunday morning, kobun."

You nod. "I've been sent on a, er, special mission."
You present the coupon to her. "My dad has a part-time job, so he sent me to go to this place...would you happen to know where this grocery is?"
She reads the pamphlet with an intense gaze.
"Fumi?"
"Well, well, well..."

She smiles, while raising her right hand. In it is a reusable shopping bag.
"How the tables have turned, my dear kobun..."

>So, you wanna team up for the sale?
>Oh, so you want to make it into a contest?
>Write in
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>>2855367
>>Oh, so you want to make it into a contest?
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>>2855367
>Oh, so you want to make it into a contest?
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>>2855367
>So, you wanna team up for the sale?
>Write in: "We can easily cover for each other and gather more stuff like that."
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2-1 in favor of "make it into a contest"
>Writing
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>>2855339
Aneki!
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>>2855367
"Want to make it into a contest?"
"Oho. Interesting idea. And how should we decide on the winner, kobun?"

You think for a second.
"Most yen saved?"
"Ha! Your funeral, city shit."

She grins and reaches out her hand. You shake it.
It has begun

----

Though the competition has technically started, you find yourself walking casually with Nakahara Fumi towards the shops.
On her hand she has managed to extract your shopping list from you, and is now grooming through the items.

"Whoever's written this is wise. I could already see all the meals planned out for the week...fish, consomme, salad, and hamburg steak...mhm, I see..."

She's so focused on the list that she isn't even talking to you anymore.

"Ah, but this," She pulls out a pen from her pocket and starts scratching off some items.
"I know a better place where you could get this...and this too..."

>You're surprisingly knowledgeable
>You know how to cook?
>You should really pay more attention to your companion, you know?
>Write in
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>>2855410
>You know how to cook?
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>>2855410
>You're surprisingly knowledgeable
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>>2855410
>You're surprisingly knowledgeable, Oyabun!
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>>2855410
>You're surprisingly knowledgeable, Oyabun
>write in: "You would make a great house wife"
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>>2855440
Do you want us to get punched? Because this is how you get us punched.
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>>2855441
I wouldn't mind. Also it's obligatory to be punched by a pretty girl in this situation. This is a basic harem anime scene.
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>>2855440
Nice
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>>2855440
Supportan
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>>2855410
"You're surprisingly knowledgeable, Fumi."
"Eh? This much is nothing."

She gives you back the shopping list. The items Fumi crossed out have recommended shops written on the side where you could get them for much cheaper.

"I need to budget for nine people, so you really have to know how to stretch the yen."
"Ah..."

It takes you a moment to realize what she just said.
"Wait, nine people?!"
"Geez, you're so noisy! Its seven in the morning, can you not shout? Is it that surprising?"
"Why nine people?"
"Well, there's mom, dad, and my seven siblings..."

You almost can't believe it. Eight children? In Japan?
"And you do the grocery for all of you?"
"Yeah. I mean, who else would? My nursing mother?"

It feels like you just saw a whole new side of Fumi. "You know I would say that you'd make a good housewife, but..."
She sighs and brushes away her hair. "In a way, I already am."

>Do you also cook for all of them?
>Shouldn't your parents be helping you?
>Write in
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>>2855468
>Do you also cook for all of them?
You know having a backstory where you're a competent sibling out of many other siblings, as well as being a hotheaded cocksure delinquent with a propensity for baseball bats, all reminds me of Scout from TF2
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>>2855468
>Do you also cook for all of them?
>Write in:"You might be able to help me with something then...ihave this younger brother he is kinda distant recently i want to try and connect with him but i don't want to be forcefull...i think he is kinda lonely."
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>>2855480
Wonder if she can give us some tips to deal with our bro.
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>>2855468
>>2855483
This
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>>2855468
Boooooo stop you gonna make Hanazawa look bad :c
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>>2855468

"Maybe you could help me with something? I also have a sibling, but he's...out in Tokyo. Recently, he's been kinda distant, and I've been trying to reconnect with him but..."

She listens intently, and when you stopped, she crosses her arms and thinks.
"Well...if my little brother is kind of going through that recently. He's in the rebellious phase of his life you see."

You stop yourself from saying 'look who's talking', and let Fumi continue.

"Well, usually a good meal is enough for him to calm down. Maybe try that?"

You chuckle imagining Kei settling down after you cook a meal for him. "I'll look into that."

You continue to follow her, who seems to be going down narrower and narrower streets. How obscure is this shop...?

"So, you cook for all of them?"
"What, my family? Yeah I have to. Can't really ask anyone else to...the other girls are still too young."
"I see..."

She smirks, and turns to you with an arrogant air.
"What, trying to assess whether I'm any good? You think I don't know about your little tutor sessions with the class rep? Let me tell you something. Taste and nutrition balance? I'm the fucking best."

>I'm just curious
>I think I'm a better cook
>Write in
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>>2855538
>>Write in
"That's quite a boast, but I won't believe until you let me taste it myself."
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>>2855538
>>Write in
Well I guess then we will have to see whos cuisine reigns supreme.
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