You fidget nervously in the office. Every now and then, the receptionist behind the pearly white desk casts you a look, then returns to clacking away at her keyboard. The posters of young girls line the walls of the stylish office, with fanciful frames and autographs. You think you recognize a few of them from TV spots in the past few years. Maybe this Granshaw fellow is good at his job. You glance back down to the letter in your hands.Today is just like yesterday, tomorrow is just like today. It seems like it is your destiny to be an errand boy for these young ladies..."It isn't a proper challenge unless the other party is informed," Chief said to you as she thrust the letter into your hands, "Deliver this to Fallen Angel, so that she may know we will take the field from her! ...Also, ask her if we're still on for cake this Sunday."With that, you were sent to this office on the upscale end of town. It took some effort to convince the receptionist to even let you into the office, and you've been waiting for Angel ever since. You know she's somewhere in the back doing...idol things, but you've been waiting for over an hour now! You take a peek at the door, wondering if it's okay to just go in, but a single look from the receptionist kills that train of thought. You decide to just wait it out as best as you can...After another hour, Angel bursts out from the back room. Her attire is stylish and well coordinated, and her hair is in long, tight ringlets so you assume that she didn't dress herself. Since her eyes are a normal color today, you can assume that she's hiding her regular persona for now. You call out to her, but she merely crooks a finger and goes back into the office. You hastily follow her before you're shut out again. As soon as you're out of the receptionist's earshot, Angel spins in place, and her eyes flash with their usual red color.
>>35118269"So, Cerberus, have you come to marvel at my splendor today? I have not even debuted and yet I already have fans!"She puts a hand to her mouth and gives a haughty laugh.>You've got some time to waste on a casual conversation. Tease Fallen Angel by saying that her only fans are the magical girl nerds.>You're a little curious about Fallen Angel's training. Ask if you can look around a bit and see if she won't show you her routine.>You kind of want to meet this Granshaw person, her producer and agent.>Something else as long as it doesn't make my brain bleed.Wow it's been a long time since the last thread. I have the whole weekend off, so let's take it at an easy pace today and have lots of discussion, ideas, and speculation.
>>35118303>>You've got some time to waste on a casual conversation. Tease Fallen Angel by saying that her only fans are the magical girl nerds.Is it time for Angel shenanigans?I hope so, I'm kind of surprised she hasn't tried to invite Rin to debut with her
>>35118303>You're a little curious about Fallen Angel's training. Ask if you can look around a bit and see if she won't show you her routine.
>>35118303> You're a little curious about Fallen Angel's training. Ask if you can look around a bit and see if she won't show you her routine.Yeah, exactly what kind of training has she been doing?
>>35118303>You kind of want to meet this Granshaw person, her producer and agent.
>>35118303>>35118453Now I really want to ask about Rin
>>35118303For some reason, I always thought that Fallen Angel looks like Bertille from Walkure Romanze.
>>35118570That's a good impression. If I had the moneys to make drawfags draw for me, it would be something like her or Luvia.
>>35118625>LuviaDoes Angel wear arm length gloves?She should, Cap should buy her some
Alright, about five more minutes and I'll roll with the majority vote. It took me a while to find my feet with this arc, but I hope that you'll find something to sink your teeth into.
>>35118303> You're a little curious about Fallen Angel's training. Ask if you can look around a bit and see if she won't show you her routine.HAHA TIME FOR FANSERVICE
>>35118686Super fucking good
>>35118303>>You've got some time to waste on a casual conversation. Tease Fallen Angel by saying that her only fans are the magical girl nerds.>>You're a little curious about Fallen Angel's training. Ask if you can look around a bit and see if she won't show you her routine.
Okay, today on the action packed, hyper violent Double Cross Anime, we get a glimpse into the training routine of upcoming young pop idols.
>>35118837HAHA!This is going to end with models dismembered, isn't it.
>>35118837>training routine of upcoming young pop idolsTaking cutthroat to a whole new level
So are we going to promise Angel a present if she wins?
>>35118929Yep, we'll agree to dress up alongside her and play along for one day.
>>35118997Does... does that mean... fluffy tails?
>>35119011Doesn't Cap get his own fluffy tail?We haven't actually went full fluffy in a long time
>>35119077Yes.. but with the name Cerberus and us playing along I think this means we'd have to walk around with it out.
>>35118997>Cap joins in>Doujins of him working with (And Ravaging) righteous devil and fallen angel pop up>Claire decides she needs to get in on it>And the DXQ went full Sentai (Except for captain who does absolutely no posing whatsoeverEveryone else considers him to be Tuxedo Mask
Is Angel really training here? You thought that being an idol was just about signing autographs and singing a song once or twice a week. Angel laughs at you and struts ahead, beckoning you to follow her. You proceed through a labyrinth of hallways, walking by office after office until you reach a door at the end of the hall. As you step through, you see an empty room with a large window taking up the entirety of one wall on one side and a mirror stretching across the wall on the other. In the corner, you can see a small girl with jet black hair rummaging around in a bag. She's wearing a plain white t-shirt with red gym shorts, and you can see some well worn sneakers on her feet. Her hair is tied up with a lacy, white ribbon and it swishes around as she digs through her belongings."Angel? You're here early, I'm not ready yet so," the girl stands up and turns around. For a moment, there is silence and then she hops back, "W-wild Card, sir! What are you doing here?"You could ask the same thing, what's Rin got to do with this? "When I made my intention to become a bard clear, I found that I was rather lacking in...personal adroitness. The trainers I was assigned to were the worst of fascists and overlords, but Devil offered to volunteer her natural skills to assist me!"Translation?"A-angel said she needed someone to teach her how to be more flexible so she can dance better...s-since I have to put together our poses anyway, I thought maybe...I could..."Rin buries her face in her hands, but Angel pulls the girl into a hug."I do not know where I would be without my partner! I'm able to do this thanks to your support!">Does Rin have plans to do this too?>You want to see the routine already.>Angel wasn't flexible? Maybe it was all that extra weight.>something else.
>>35119194>Angel wasn't flexible? Maybe it was all that extra weight.
>>35119194>>Angel wasn't flexible? Maybe it was all that extra weight.Dohohoho.Actually wait, she'll think it's Captain calling her fat rather than referencing her sweater labradors, won't she?
>>35119194>Does Rin have plans to do this too?She better, she has too, she get's presents too damn it
>>35119194>something else."Dame Speeding Bullets and Dame Chief have requested that I deliver a formal declaration of war to Dame Fallen Angel" Deliver the letter
>>35119194>Does Rin have plans to do this too?no bully pls
>>35119194>Does Rin have plans to do this too?>>35119470fine but only because you asked.
>>35119470No we need more bully, maximum bully
>>35119194>>Angel wasn't flexible? Maybe it was all that extra weight.We don't amuse ourselves with Angel enough.>>35119470>>35119523You two do realize that's the "bully Rin" option?
Alright, let me count this up.
>>35119544Please no bully...ah what am I saying, lets bully.
We have something of a tie, so we'll do a toned down version of each.
>>35119788Light double bullying?I can dig it
...You can't imagine that Angel has any form of flexibility with all that extra baggage she's carrying around. Isn't Rin the more sensible choice for a dancer? She's streamlined and light on her feet."Hey! Don't judge me before you have seen the fruits of my labor!"You just don't think that she can get anywhere with those 'fruits'. Seriously, Rin is popular as a magical girl and that's not much off from being an idol. Maybe she should take the stage while Angel takes care of less jostling activities. Rin silently shakes her head and covers her face while Angel stamps her foot."I'll make you eat those words, Cerberus! You will be awestruck by my beauty!"Sure you will. So, what do they even do to practice? "I'm not in my exercise outfit, so Rin will have to show you for now.""W-well, first we..."Over the next twenty minutes, Rin goes through a few simple stretches, then shows some of the steps of the dance routine. It's unusually acrobatic, in fact, you're not sure that normal humans could pull this off without being olympic atheletes. Is this really the standard for idols these days?"Y-yes. Granshaw assured us that this routine was the norm."The level of entertainment has certainly gone up since you last paid attention. Idoling is serious business. >You think you want to meet Granshaw.>Maybe it's time you issued that challenge?>There's more to an idol than dancing.
>>35120185>>There's more to an idol than dancing.They need to look good in swimsuits too
>>35120185>>You think you want to meet Granshaw.
>>35120185>Think you want to meet Granshaw
>>35120185>There's more to being an idol than dancing.
>>35120185>>There's more to an idol than dancing.
>>35120185>You think you want to meet Granshaw.
Seriously, I was just about to post....
>>35120577You might as well post it
>>35120605I meant I was going to close the vote.
>>35120577I won't be offended if my vote (>>35120558) isn't included. I arrived late to the party, so I'm good with whatever.
I'll count it. We're going to meet Granshaw for a bit.
What kind of a man assigns an Olympic gymnast routine to normal high school girls? You think you should go see this Granshaw guy for yourself, so you at least have a better idea of the head of staff around here. You ask Angel if you can meet with Granshaw, and you tell her that you're interested in what kind of person he is. Angel puffs up with pride and tells you that Granshaw is usually at his office around these hours, and if you would like it, she can arrange for you to have a small chat with him. Granshaw always seems to have time to talk with his idols, despite his busy schedule. You agree, and are led once more down the maze-like hallways of this production building to the door of his office. His name is plastered over the door in plain, unassuming font, and there's none of the usual pomp and circumstance you would expect from such a hotshot's headquarters.Angel opens the door wide, and you are let inside the small office. Granshaw sits behind a plastic and vinyl desk, his plain suit clearly wrinkled and lived in. The smell of coffee is strong in the air, and you can see some bags under his bespectacled eyes. He looks up at you and gives a tired smile, offering you a seat."Name's Tobias Granshaw. You can call me Toby if you want. You must be another one of Silvia's friends! Come to help out as well?"You deflect the question, saying you were just curious about all of this."I understand. Showbiz is a fascinating subject to the uninitiated," He peers at you for a second, "You wouldn't be interested in that, would you?">Talk to him about the routine. It's really high level, you'd have to be almost superhuman to do it.>Talk to him about Angel. There are a lot of pretty girls in this city. Why her?>Talk to him about the contest. Why is it so important for an idol to win this?
>>35120931>>Talk to him about the routine. It's really high level, you'd have to be almost superhuman to do it.Why not
>>35120931>>Talk to him about the contest. Why is it so important for an idol to win this?Shit, I have to sleep, if nothing changes remember to promise Angel a reward if she wins for me
>>35120931>Talk to him about the routine. It's really high level, you'd have to be almost superhuman to do it.We're super subtle.
>>35120931>Talk to him about the routine.
>>35120931>Talk to him about the routine. It's really high level, you'd have to be almost superhuman to do italso:>>SilviaJust going to file that one away for later
>>35121075>Just going to file that one away for laterI suddenly want her to be really shy about us calling her by her real name
>>35121099We're on the same wavelength anonI hope we stop dropping her name liberally, as she desperately insist we call her by her codename
Okay, so you want to corner him and tell him that you know he's been giving his idols steroids.
>>35121275What could go wrongAlso Anon and I want to start calling Angel Silvia
>>35121301Angel's real name isn't a new reveal. Her yuri inclined kohai used it in Angel's High
>>35121336I forgot about that
>>35121275I was under the impression that we were gently prying at why he's recruiting overed. I'll still keep my vote, in any case.
>>35121336Yeah, but we were kind of ignoring Angel at that point. Now we actually care!
>>35121454Cap is a new man now, a man with a bullying fetish
About that routine."Yes?"You come clean. You think it's just way too high level. You know that most idols train hard and are quite limber, but a triple axle backflip is just too much for a regular performer. Doing it in the middle of a high paced dance routine while singing is just too much to ask from a normal human being. Is this guy insane? Just what kind of standard is he setting here?The moment the words leave your mouth, the edges of your vision grow blurry. Granshaw leans over his desk and raises an eyebrow at you."Still awake, I see. So you have special powers too."You struggle to think. Your hands feel numb and your feet refuse to support your weight. You can't stand up."I discovered these powers a few years ago, when I was struggling as a producer. I found I could influence people to do whatever I wanted. I'm not quite sure how it works, but...Overed? He's been influencing his clients?"I know what you're thinking, but you're wrong. I've never used my powers to sway the crowd. However, since I found my power, I've been able to find talent that had their own special abilities. Maybe it's not fair to use people with special abilities..."Granshaw gets up and peers out his window."But so what? I only pick the most talented girls, and if some of their talents happen to be superhuman, what's the problem? Not everyone can shine. As long as the crowd loves them, anything is fair game."He turns back to you and puts a hand on his chin."Such a shame I don't work with men. You've got some good looks to you, now that I think on it. If only you'd smile more, I'd recommend you to a colleague I have. Oh well, no matter," He pulls the letter from your jacket, "I'll make sure Silvia gets this. You'll wake up in a few hours and be perfectly fine. Don't go spreading my little secret...not that you can prove it.">Try to fight him.>Run!>Write-in.
>>35121732>Run!How close are we from the window?
Take flight from Creepy-P? Okay then.
>>35121732What he doesn't know is that the UGN will be on his ass.To use him, probably to his own profit...unfortunately.But we are going to fuck him up for pulling this stunt on us.
>>35122060Messed with the wrong captain. What a shame, this seemed like so much fun.
>>35121732>>>Try to fight him.
>>35121732What he doesn't know is that NO ONE messes with our mind.What he doesn't know is that someone messing with out mind makes us upset.We can't get the Doctor who messes with out mind, but this guy? Oh, this guy is going to be in a world of hurt when we can catch him by surprise.
>>35122157>Hey, P-san!>Why are you calling me->IT IS NOW MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO DIE, LET ME SHOW YOU YOUR GUTS>Oh God, My Amani Suit!
>>35121732>otherSpartan kick his ass out the fucking window. Screw this mindfuck BS.
You summon up all your strength and make a dash for the nearest window. You blow through it without a second thought, releasing your warding in order to cover up the incident this is sure to create. You tumble downwards, glass falling all around you as you skid down the side of the building before unceremoniously landing with a splat on the concrete. Fortunately, nobody else was harmed in your escape, and it only takes a few minutes for your bones to knit themselves back together. You resolve to tell Chief of this matter immediately, this has gone beyond the scope of a girl's spat.--"Is that how she's going to play?!"It doesn't look like Chief got the message. "That harlot! Calling out to an illegal Overed in order to boost her popularity. She already had such huge advantages, and now she does this! Unforgivable!"Chief, isn't this something more suited for an investi-"Well, two can play at this game. Dead Maid! Claire! We hold a strategy meeting this instant!"Chief, Claire, and the ever-silent maid crowd around your dining room table and begin to squabble amongst themselves. You attempt to interject, saying that you promised Yugo that you wouldn't let anyone use any Renegade abilities during this contest."What?" Chief looks at you as if you are an ant, "Who cares what Yugo says. Angel has gone too far, and needs to be taught a lesson.""I agree with the Chief," Claire speaks up, "That cow has opened fire upon us, and we will retaliate with full force.""Even so," Chief chews on her fingernail, "What can we hope to bring to bear against such power..."It doesn't look like the girls are backing down from this contest, even if Overed abilities are being used. Now what should you do?>Figure out ways to incorporate their own powers.>Tell them to win honestly.>Try to get back in contact with Angel for now.>Something else
>>35122307>>Something elseReport everything to Yugo.
>>35122307>try and get in contact with Angel
>>35122307>Dead Maid!YessssI kind of thought you forgot about her
>>35122307>What can we hope to bring to bear against such power..."Brink Sajuuk to bear!
>>35122307>Figure out ways for them to SUBTLY incorporate their own powers.
>>35122328[x] I am for thisSo how are we going to rescue angel from his mind rape that convinced her to be an idol?Because if he is not using it on the audience, he must be using it on his performers.
>>35122342>>35122328These two. Also, see if we can get Rin to pop smoke on this crap.
>>35122328this because this >>35122375
>>35122328>>35122307Everyone is being irresponsible dickbutts. We need to shut this down before it gets out of hand and someone gets hurt.
>>35122375>his mind rape that convinced her to be an idol?I hadn't thought of that.
>>35122422/tg/ jumps at any possibility of mindrape
>>35122422Darn. I fed GM an idea.
>>35122375We'll bully the mind rape out of her.
>>35122422Well, if he hadn't done much work on her (and Rin) before I'm sure that's changed by now...
>>35122469I am for this anon.
So, what I'm seeing from this is the consensus to tell Yugo and maybe talk to Angel?
>>35122594Not my choice but that does seem to be the consensus.
>>35122594Sounds good to me.I hope we at least get to punch that producer once before this is over.
Slap some sense into them. This isn't just about idorus anymore, there's an Overed out there influencing those around him to bring himself success, he needs to be put in check.
You need to talk to Yugo before you do anything else. You excuse yourself from the room and give him a call. After a few minutes, Yugo picks up."Could you not call in the middle of the night?"It's 4PM."...Oh. Well, what do you need?"You tell Yugo about everything that transpired at the production company. After a few moments, Yugo speaks up with a voice full of excitement."Interesting! We knew about Illegal Overed crime rings, but this is the first I've heard of an Overed Entertainment Agency. I'd like to learn more about this, if possible. If what he says is true and he's not using his power to influence his talent's ratings, this could be a chance to learn more about how well Overed can fit into human society. Of course, I'd like you to be on the scene if something goes too far, but otherwise I say let this play out. Just be sure to give me a detailed report."Seriously?"Of course! My number one goal has always been integration! Hearing about a group of Overed who want nothing more than to entertain is delightful news to me. Make sure those girls don't hurt anyone, now."Yugo hangs up. ...You decide you'll try to talk to Angel next. You need to break this news to her, and see if she's being misled or controlled."Of course I knew Granshaw was Overed. He always does his minor cantrip to test an idol's skill! I thought that the UGN must know about someone so famous being an Overed."Isn't she worried about him controlling her? He has the power to influence minds, after all."Don't be so paranoid, Cerberus. Everyone knows that no matter how strong of an Overed one is, you can't use your powers to do more than debilitate another Overed. You can't even edit their memories like you can with normal people. Didn't you know that?"
>>35123071This is the first you've heard of it."Consider yourself informed, Cerberus. If you ever have another question, my Akashic Records can-"You hang up.You rub your forehead. Now you have to make a report to Yugo when this is all over...and you thought this would be a fun little diversion.>Go back to the girls and see if you can help them.>Try to learn more about Granshaw's previous talents.>You're worn out and hungry. Maybe it's time to just relax over a meal.>Something else.
>>35123084[x] You're worn out and hungry. Maybe it's time to just relax over a meal.Come on Claire. We are giving you an opportunity to win some points here.
>>35123084>Go back to the girls and see if you can help them.This is dildos.
>>35123084>You're worn out and hungry. Maybe it's time to just relax over a meal.
>>35123084>>>You're worn out and hungry. Maybe it's time to just relax over a meal.
>>35123084>>You're worn out and hungry. Maybe it's time to just relax over a meal.Fuck this shit, we work with retards.
>>35123084>>You're worn out and hungry. Maybe it's time to just relax over a meal.And while we eat open up a browser then try to find some data on>Granshaw's previous talents.Failing that we can just delegate this to Claire.
>>35123084>Go back to the girls and see if you can help them.Bully time!
Okay, time for some eats. I should probably eat soon too.
The more you try to make sense of all this, the more your head hurts. You decide to call it quits on business for the day and head back out into the dining room. You brush past the girls and rummage around in the fridge, looking for something that's ready-made to eat. However, as Claire has been doing all of your grocery shopping for a long time now, all you see are raw ingredients. There's not a damn thing here that's prepackaged. You glance over to the girls, who are still devising some sort of strange plan that involves memory foam and Chief's swimsuit, but quickly look away. You won't beg Claire for food. You won't. You have more dignity than that. You can get your own damn food, and you won't rely on her to do it. You check the change in your pocket. It's not much, truthfully, but you could probably get a hotdog from somewhere. Probably. It won't taste good, but it's better than tugging at her skirt like she's your mother. Frankly, you think you've grown too dependent on her anyway. You've been letting yourself get soft. You've been getting used to her service, and...that just doesn't sit well with you. As good as her food tastes, as convenient as all of her services are, something inside you is just disgusted by the whole situation. Like you're stealing candy from a baby or something.You try your best to sneak out, but as you get to the door, Claire takes your hand. "Are you going somewhere, darling? It's dinnertime soon or...are you not hungry tonight?">...You can be disgusted with yourself later. You want food now.>No, you can't just keep taking things from Claire. Go out for dinner.>Offer to treat Claire to dinner for a change.
>>35123702[x] Offer to treat Claire to dinner for a change.Be a man. Do the right thing.
>>35123702>>>Offer to treat everyone to dinner for a change.
>>35123739That is the producer in you talking.We have enough of being a producer today.
>>35123702>Order take out and turn this into a working (slacking) lunch.
>>35123702>>Offer to treat Claire to dinner for a change.I guess that's what's fair.Not that it is exactly the best decision, but given the circumstances better than just accept things from her or lying about it at the moment.
>>35123702>>Offer to treat Claire to dinner for a change.>>35123762>We have enough of being a producer today.Nonsense. being a Producer is a full time gig.
>>35123702>You can see that they're busy working, so you thought you'd go on your own to grab something for yourself to eat. If they gave you some change, you could buy something for them too.
So you want to gain more Claire points, is it? Okay. I gave you the choice to opt out...>writing.
>>35123937This could've been avoided; we could've prevented this. Instead we asked for it.
>>35123937I didn't want to! She made me do it!
>>35124066We're already under her thumb
Sorry for the slowdown here. I'm really hungry myself and am looking at food inbetween bouts of writing.
>>35124114Break out an emergency pack of ramen.
>>35124138My favorite Ramen recipe is to cook the noodles in a pan with about a cup of water, draining said noodles, and stir-frying them with Sesame Oil, Chinese Hoisin sauce, and various meats, peppers, spices, tofu, etc. It's sorta like instant Mongolian barbecue, only it's easier than cooking eggs and so much tastier too. What do ya'all like to do with your Ramen?
You sigh. You'll have to break into the bank again but...you invite Claire out to dinner. Just something down at the Benny's again. Claire grabs your hand tightly and nods. She almost pulls you out the door as you make your way down the street. You go a few steps, but you choke as there's a sharp tug on your shirt's collar. "Where did you think you were going without me!?"Chief? Doesn't Dead Maid normally serve her food when you and Claire aren't around? Chief clenches her teeth and snarls."I'm tired of being left out! I won't let Claire just leave me behind!"Fine, fine. If she wants a cheap meal that badly, she can have it. Chief seems satisfied enough and the three of you make your way to the same Benny's you went to that fateful night almost a year ago.You take all sit down at a booth and make your orders. As usual, Chief wants something with lots of red meat, and Claire orders a sweet dish: crepes stuffed with cream cheese and smothered with strawberry jam. As for you, you ordered a little of everything. Literally. You begin to eat, enjoying the relative silence of the meal when you feel something run up your leg. Instinctively, you jump, and it takes a few seconds for you to realize what is going on. Claire, sitting opposite you, has taken to poking at your legs with her foot. What, is she twelve? Chief narrows her eyes at Claire, and then a second later you feel a sharp pinch on your other leg. It hurts! "Honestly," Chief glares at the both of you as she carves up her meat, "Your aggressiveness is unbecoming, Claire. You should be more ladylike.""You might be right, Chief. It is hard on my heart to always seize the initiative. However," Claire swallows a morsel of food, "Sometimes I am seized back. I feel someone who has not had the pleasure has no right to lecture me."Was that...smugness?[Okay, I gotta eat. Maybe thread will continue after this, but if not, I'll come back and archive it]
>>35124506Take it easy OP, thanks for running and I hope you find something tasty to eat.
Archive is up.
>>35125131Thanks for running.
>>35125131Thanks for the run.
I don't know about you guys. But i suggest we focus in getting a return in our investment, even if we have to cross-dress and enter the competition ourselves.
>>35125283Would that even be fair to the other competitors1, no one can match up to captain after all
>>35126477Get off the internet, Claire.
>>35126846To be fair our hair does inspire love
>>35127034Claire and Chief. Two great tastes what taste great together.