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THEY. ARE. MAKING. A. NEW. MUSICAL. NEXT. YEAR. START LOSING YOUR SHIT RIGHT NOW

#1 | Back to Top05-08-2010 11:24:52 PM

Dallbun
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Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Stuff that you should probably read before this:
Let's Play! Utena for the Sega Saturn!
Let's Play! Utena, Round 2: Don't Get in Cars With Strangers

Stuff that you might want to read after this:
Let's Play! Utena SPECIAL: For Power, Perhaps

So, like I said at the end of the last thread, I'm going to go ahead and play the Utena game once more. However, since we've already done it twice, I'm going to mix it up a bit this time. This playthrough will have the following goals:

1.) Get the Black Rose Ending. That means that we have to make all four Student Council members "fall" by hitting 0% nobility. It shouldn't be hard, especially if we...
2.) Spend time with Chigusa. Let's make all those Chigusa-pleasing choices that we'd never make otherwise, and see if we can find out a little more about her!
3.) Explore new paths. We'll try our best not to make choices that we've already made in the previous two games.

Why the Black Rose Ending? Because it will let us see a lot of new material, we won't get into arguments about which Duelist to pursue, and I'm very interested to see D-ko and Mikage interact. Especially if she gets to go in the elevator!

Unlike the previous two threads, we won't vote on every choice. However, once we start encountering situations where there are two or more equally novel options (and one doesn't involve Chigusa), I'll be happy to put it to a vote. And even if you're not voting, feel free to comment on the exciting action (that we've mostly seen twice before)!

As before, gameplay spoilers are fine, as are plot spoilers for events we've seen in the first two threads. I guess we should still avoid talking about stuff that hasn't come up in any of the Let's Plays yet, though. Or at least put it behind spoiler tags <spoiler>like so</spoiler>.

The beginning of the game is pretty boring by now, but I guess I'll follow the precedent set by the previous two threads and post it in its entirety. Here we go.

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Kageno D-ko. A perfectly common, normal name for a common, normal girl.

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_002.jpg?m=1380881917

D-ko:
Transfer schools?

Father:
That's right. You've heard of it before too, haven't you?
It's a place in Houou City called Ohtori Academy.

D-ko:
Ohtori Academy... isn't that a private school!?

Mother:
You know, a long time ago, your father used to teach at Ohtori Academy.

Father:
Thanks to that connection, Ohtori's Chairman of the Board asked if we'd like to send you there.
So what do you think? Isn't a nice offer?

D-ko:
Yeah...

Father:
It's an excellent place, you know... Ohtori Academy.

Mother:
In fact, it's the place where your father and I met.

D-ko:
Really?

Father:
That's right... if you go, you should check out the fencing hall.
It's a pretty, chalk-white building behind the library. You'll notice it right away.

D-ko:
Dad, you used to be a really strong fencer, right?

Father:
Yeah... so when I was at Ohtori, I acted as the Fencing Club's advisor.

Mother:
Back then, your father was really dreamy!

Father:
You were pretty cool as well, in your fencing suit.

Mother:
[giggle] I may have looked cool, but I wasn't very good...

Father:
That's all right. It's fine if girls aren't strong...

"Yes, Ohtori Academy is a great place. In fact, your mother's best friend went crazy, burned down a building, and killed herself there! If you go, you should definitely check out the charred rubble!"

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_003.jpg?m=1380881917

(stock footage "morning at Ohtori" shots)

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D-ko:
So this is Ohtori Academy...
What a huge difference from my old school!
(I mean, it's so extravagant!)
And the school grounds almost look caged off...
Naturally, (it has a beautiful gate),
and the campus is so large!

Let's see... where's the (central building)...?
Middle school, high school... there are so many buildings!
It's ridiculous!
And then, this birdcage-looking building...
...I guess it's a conservatory?
Man, at its best, my old school had a rabbit hutch.
It figures.

Huh?
What's that?
I thought I heard a voice from somewhere over there, but...
Oh, someone's there!


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Saionji:
Why, Anthy?
Are you saying that our love was a lie?
On that night, didn't you swear to devote yourself to me?

Anthy:
I'm currently engaged to Utena-sama.

Saionji:
So you're saying you can't accept my love?

Anthy:
Yes...

D-ko:
Wow, so soon after transferring, and I've already run across such an amazing scene!
I wonder if that's a high school student... he looks so mature and good-looking.
Is that girl his girlfriend?


Anthy:
I am the Rose Bride... I do as the victor of the duels wishes.

Saionji:
...as they wish...

Anthy:
Yes. As they wish.


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D-ko:
Rose Bride?
Duels?
I don't really get it, but it looks like I've stumbled into a major incident!
There's no way I can just leave them alone... what should I do!?


CHOICE:
How cruel, I've got to help her! (+2 UTENA)
Keep an eye on the situation a little longer

D-ko prefers not to get involved in domestic disputes, even when she witnesses clear physical assault.

Oh man I feel horrible about this already. emot-frown

D-ko:
But, that guy looks really strong...
I'll just keep an eye on the situation from here for a little longer.


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Saionji:
Now, Anthy. Come with me.
And then...

Utena:
Knock it off, Saionji!

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Saionji:
Tenjou... Utena.

Anthy:
Utena-sama!

Saionji:
You again...

Utena:
...

Saionji:
Hmmph. Fine, then.
Soon I'll duel you and take back the Rose Bride.
Anthy, please endure until then.
(he leaves)

Utena:
Himemiya, are you okay?

Anthy:
Yes, I'm fine, Utena-sama.

D-ko:
Oh, thank goodness!
Someone came and saved her.


Anthy:
Utena-sama, class is about to start.

Utena:
Ah, man!
Let's hurry, Himemiya.

D-ko:
That's right, I need to hurry up, too!
But anyway, that person was really cool!
And that girl with the glasses was cute as well.
For some reason, I feel like something good is going to happen!

Not if I have anything to say about it, D-ko.

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#2 | Back to Top05-08-2010 11:31:38 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Dallbun wrote:

This playthrough will have the following goals:

1.) Get the Black Rose Ending.

emot-dance  *cheers wildly*  Yaaaaaaay!  I wanna see that, too!!  emot-keke

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#3 | Back to Top05-09-2010 01:01:51 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

I LOVE YOU. I WILL BEAR YOUR CHILDREN.


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#4 | Back to Top05-09-2010 03:24:44 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

I...I think I love you. etc-love Will you marry me?

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#5 | Back to Top05-09-2010 03:59:51 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

crystalwren wrote:

I...I think I love you. etc-love Will you marry me?

Too many offers. I'm going to need to start asking for resumes or something.

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#6 | Back to Top05-09-2010 05:33:41 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

In the words of Blackadder: "I LOVE YOU DOCTOR JOHNSON, AND WISH TO HAVE YOUR BABIES." etc-loveetc-loveetc-loveetc-loveetc-love

...yeah, I'm needing me a Mikage fix. This will do niiiiicely. school-devil Even if it does mean we possibly won't get to screw with Saionji much. Aw. (I suppose this gives me yet another reason to keep with the Japanese classes, ha ha ha...although then again, if I tried to download the game I'd just crash the entire internet in New Zealand, so...yeah!) But being the rabid Mikage-fangirl I am, I'll be sitting here in the corner wondering if we get any Nemuro with our Mikage. And pray god there are no "Kimi Miki" options with Mikage. The thought...boggles the mind. emot-gonkemot-gonkemot-gonk

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#7 | Back to Top05-09-2010 10:03:59 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Dallbun, I have an argument for my proposal that I believe you will find most convincing. I have given a monkey a backrub, licked a dolphin, owned a pet seagull, had my face burned off, and I'm freakishly double-jointed. If this doesn't fit all of your no-doubt extensive criteria, then I at least deserve a place in the harem. Preferably near the hookah.

On that note (I suppose), I vote for the Black Rose ending. Or alternatively scoring one of the duelists.


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#8 | Back to Top05-09-2010 11:15:17 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Hurray!

I didn't want to push for another playthrough (so soon, at least) since I know they're a lot of work. Now I can enjoy this one without feeling guilty. emot-dance

Do you think it will be difficult to keep Utena's points above zero, in order to avoid the Chigusa ending? Since most choices we made in the first two playthroughs got her points, doing the opposite (as we see in the Saionji encounter) will keep her pretty low.


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#9 | Back to Top05-09-2010 05:20:14 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Just when I thought we were all done! emot-keke Yay, this sounds fun. Especially getting to know Chigusa more. I felt that we didn't get to see enough of her.. side of the story.. even though we kind of did. But since we avoided her a lot in the beginning, it wasn't as interesting than if we had interacted with her more first.

Thank you thank you again! etc-love


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#10 | Back to Top05-09-2010 09:32:04 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

BACK OFF PEOPLE! I asked to have Dalbun's babies in the last Let's Play. I've got the hips for it!


In any case, yay, another Let's Play. Let's see what D-ko's emotional turmoil speech in the elevator is about. Probably about how people keep mistaking her heart for an ocean.

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#11 | Back to Top05-10-2010 02:15:46 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Ragnarok wrote:

Do you think it will be difficult to keep Utena's points above zero, in order to avoid the Chigusa ending?

I'm pretty sure Utena doesn't need to have any points for us to get the Black Rose Ending. Our chance to talk to Mikage comes when we're supposed to be choosing one of the Student Council to talk to, just before the actual endgame where Utena's points matter.

Ruggahissy wrote:

BACK OFF PEOPLE! I asked to have Dalbun's babies in the last Let's Play. I've got the hips for it!

Now, now. Just because only one person can marry me doesn't mean you can't all bear my children. I need to secure my legacy of shoujo-based-Japanese-visual-novel-translating offspring, after all.


We continue on to class: that useless filler that takes up most of our day. And almost none of our brain-space.

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/7218/00001022.png

(bells ring to start class)

Teacher: (Male)
Starting from today, a new classmate will be joining you in your studies,
here in Middle School 2nd Year, Class C.
You... before you sit down, please introduce yourself.

D-ko:
Self introduction, huh?
First impressions are really important, so I've gotta do this properly.

Hello! I'm Kageno D-ko.
I'm coming from a public middle school, so this will be my first experience with dorm life.
I'm looking forward to finding out what it's like!
Um, my dorm is...

Teacher:
Actually, your dorm hasn't been decided yet.
Please ask after school,
when you go to introduce yourself to the Chairman of the Board.
Your bags should have arrived by then, as well.

D-ko:
Uh, sure!
I don't understand the addresses or campus layout at all yet,
so everyone, please help me out!

However, none of her classmates will dare approach D-ko. Everyone knows that students with weird hair colors belong to the social elite, and shouldn't be messed with.

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/8775/00001024.png
Utena:
Hello. I'm Tenjou Utena.
Just "Utena" is fine, though.

D-ko:
Ah, it's that person from before!
Nice to meet you! I'm...

Utena:
I heard.

D-ko:
Utena. Tenjou Utena, huh?
Getting to make friends with someone like this on my first day is really lucky!
Now that I've gotten to know Utena, I want to talk some more, but...
What should I talk about?


CHOICE:
Do you have a girlfriend?
Do you have a boyfriend? (+1 UTENA)

No other topics of conversation exist. Truly, we are teenagers.

D-ko:
Hey, Utena.

Utena:
Yeah?

D-ko:
Do you have a girlfriend or anything?

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/9892/00000017p.png

Utena:
Uhh... I guess from my appearance, that doesn't seem totally out of the question, but...

D-ko:
"From my appearance?"
Smooth long hair, pretty eyes, glossy lips...
I'd say Utena's a pretty good-looking boy!


http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/549/00000020.png

D-ko
And there's those thin legs, and not much body hair at all, and the chest...
...ch... ch... chest? There's a chest!

Wait a minute!
Utena, you're a girl?

Entire Class:
(bursts out in mocking laughter)

D-ko:
Oh, god!
I just made a total fool of myself!
Utena looks like she's at a loss,
and all the girls around me are laughing like they're going to pass out!
The only one who looks unfazed is Anthy! (groan)

Actually, Anthy is silently judging you, too.

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(Later, at the cafeteria; sounds of students chattering.)

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D-ko:
Hey, what's the "Rose Bride"?
I heard the term this morning.

Utena:
Uh... that's...

Anthy:
That's me.

D-ko:
Huh?

Anthy:
Whoever wins the duels becomes engaged to me, and can obtain the power to revolutionize the world.

Utena:
H... hold on, Himemiya!
It it okay for you to just freely talk about that stuff?

Anthy:
It's fine.

D-ko:
Duels? You mean, with hacking and slashing and stuff?

Anthy:
Yes. Using swords, whoever manages to knock the rose from their opponent's chest wins.

D-ko:
Seriously!?

Utena:
Yeah! Isn't that how anyone would react? Totally unbelievable, right?

D-ko:
So... that guy from this morning also...?

Anthy:
Saionji-sempai was Utena's opponent in a previous duel.
Since then, I've been engaged to her.

D-ko:
By "engaged," you mean...?

Anthy:
I do whatever the person I'm engaged to wishes.
I'm presently engaged to Utena-sama, so...

Utena:
Himemiya, knock it off with the "Utena-sama" stuff, okay?

Anthy:
But I'm engaged to you, Utena-sama...

Utena:
Yeah, but...

D-ko:
Duels? Rose Bride? The Power to Revolutionize the World?
It looks like I might have accidentally fallen in with some really dangerous people!
(Maybe I should back off before I get in too deep?)
Here goes...


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CHOICE:
I want to become engaged (to Anthy) too (+1 SECRET ANTHY POINT)
Change the subject
Try laughing it off (+1 SECRET JOKE POINT)

We'll try to change the subject... but surely it won't be that easy to just shift the conversation away from the shadowy conspiracy of students that fights for possession of one of their fellows behind the scenes of the school, right?

oh wait we're talking to Utena

D-ko:
Uh, by the way, Utena...
why do you wear a different uniform from everyone else?

Utena:
Oh, this? It's just easier to move around in.
And the boys do gross stuff like trying to look up skirts.

D-ko:
Hmm. But that guy from this morning was also wearing different clothes.
What about that?

Anthy:
Saionji-sempai's? That's a special Student Council uniform.
The members of the Student Council wear them
to distinguish themselves from the other students.

D-ko:
Ah... so that guy's in the Student Council?

Anthy:
Yes, he's the Vice President.

D-ko:
W... whoah, so he's an important person!

Utena:
I dunno about that...
I've never seen him do any actual Student Council work.

Anthy:
That's the same with all the Student Council members, though.

D-ko:
...what the heck is up with this school's Student Council?

You know, maybe the real shadowy conspiracy in the school is a second, secret Student Council that actually deals with budgets and activities. emot-rolleyes

Wakaba:
Utenaaaaaa!

D-ko:
Uh, who's that...?

Anthy:
Ah, it's Wakaba-san.

Utena:
Hey, Wakaba! Over here, over here!

Wakaba:
Man, I finally got here. The line for the B Lunch was so long!

Utena:
That's why I said you should just give up!

Wakaba:
But they had (Kombucha tea) for desert...!

Utena:
Is it good?

Wakaba:
Totally! So I decided to just hold out for the B Lunch.

Utena:
Huh...

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Wakaba:
Oh, nice to meet you! I'm Shinohara Wakaba.
I'm in the same class as you, and I'm Utena's girlfriend. Nice to meet you.

D-ko:
Shinohara Wakaba, huh? Compared to Utena and Anthy, she feels really normal.
I'm kind of relieved.

Nice to meet you, too!
I still don't know much about the school, so please teach me, okay?

Wakaba:
Got it!
From the ways of love, to campus rumors, to the trendy local shops,
just leave it to me, Shinohara Wakaba-sama!

D-ko:
Thanks! If I have any problems, I'll be sure to consult with you.

Remind me why we can't just ditch these self-absorbed main characters and hang out with Wakaba for four days? emot-frown

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#12 | Back to Top05-10-2010 03:28:42 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Dalbun wrote:

Remind me why we can't just ditch these self-absorbed main characters and hang out with Wakaba for four days? emot-frown

Because if we did Wakaba's Heart's Genkibility meter would go off the charts in roughly three hours and Ohtori Academy would explode in a shower of confetti and teddy bears, possibly resulting in Akio not getting laid. This cannot be borne.

Dallbun wrote:

Utena:
Hello. I'm Tenjou Utena.
Just "Utena" is fine, though.

D-ko:
Ah, it's that person from before!
Nice to meet you! I'm...

Utena:
I heard.

D-ko:
Utena. Tenjou Utena, huh?
Getting to make friends with someone like this on my first day is really lucky!
Now that I've gotten to know Utena, I want to talk some more, but...
What should I talk about?

"Hey, Utena, if we go outside into the sunshine, will you sparkle?"

...you know, maybe I'm just reading it wrong because I haven't got the audio cue, but the "I heard" just sounds so FLAT in comparison to D-ko's genki mindbabble immediately afterward. You kind of expect Utena to roll her eyes and think Oh God, Mary-Sue, just DIAF already! and Anthy to smile blandly while we all know she's thinking Oh, THAT can be arranged! We are going for the Black Rose ending, it's only appropriate... emot-rofl


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#13 | Back to Top05-10-2010 02:36:01 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Dallbun wrote:

I'm pretty sure Utena doesn't need to have any points for us to get the Black Rose Ending. Our chance to talk to Mikage comes when we're supposed to be choosing one of the Student Council to talk to, just before the actual endgame where Utena's points matter.

Whoops, I misremembered the requirements for the endings! emot-redface Chigusa isn't even listed as having an ending on the sites, for that matter.


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#14 | Back to Top05-10-2010 03:15:30 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Ragnarok wrote:

Dallbun wrote:

I'm pretty sure Utena doesn't need to have any points for us to get the Black Rose Ending. Our chance to talk to Mikage comes when we're supposed to be choosing one of the Student Council to talk to, just before the actual endgame where Utena's points matter.

Whoops, I misremembered the requirements for the endings! emot-redface Chigusa isn't even listed as having an ending on the sites, for that matter.

From a FAQ/wakthrough I read on GameFAQs (don't take that too seriously), Chigusa's ending and respective Badge only comes about if we actually LOSE THE GAME. As in, get a Game Over without getting any other endings. We didn't get a Game Over the first play; we got the Akio Ending. The second time, we all conspired to get the Perfect Ending (which I believe yields Wakaba's Badge). The Black Rose Ending isn't a Game Over, either, and that will yield Mikage's Badge.

If anybody has information contrary to what I just wrote, feel free to correct me, 'kay? emot-keke


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#15 | Back to Top05-10-2010 10:04:39 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Dallbun wrote:

You know, maybe the real shadowy conspiracy in the school is a second, secret Student Council that actually deals with budgets and activities. emot-rolleyes

You seen what this school looks like?  I don't think nobody's worryin' about no budget.

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#16 | Back to Top05-11-2010 03:18:01 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

We're just covering old ground here, I'm afraid. We'll get back to the meat of the game soon enough, though.

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Teacher:
...and that's our lesson for today.

Class Leader:
Stand! Bow!

Wakaba:
All right, we're done!

Utena:
D-ko, we're heading home.

D-ko:
Ah, Utena! And Anthy.

Utena:
Come to think of it, you don't know what dorm you're in yet, huh?

D-ko:
Right... I'm going to go meet the Chairman right now and find out.

Utena:
Yeah? I guess we can't walk back together, then.

D-ko:
Aww... can't I just skip the Chairman and go back with you?

Utena:
But then you wouldn't know what dorm you're in.
We can start walking home together starting tomorrow,
but today you're on your own.

D-ko:
Yeah, I guess so...
Hey, where you you guys live, Utena?

Utena:
Himemiya and I are in the East Dorm.
We're the only ones there, so drop by any time.

D-ko:
Thanks! I guess I'm off to the Chairman's, then.

It's absolutely essential that the Chairman tell us our dorm placement in person. The reasons why are simply too obvious to mention.

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_012.jpg?m=1380881919
Akio:
I'm Ohtori Akio, the Chairman of the Board... or rather, the Chairman's proxy.

D-ko:
Wow, what a cool guy!
When I heard "Chairman," I was expecting some preachy old guy.
It seems like everything about Ohtori Academy is completely gorgeous!


Akio:
You'll be living in the East Dorm, Second Floor, Room 22.
Your luggage should have already arrived, I believe.

D-ko:
East Dorm? That's the same as Utena!

Akio:
Oh? You seem happy.

D-ko:
Oh, uh... it's just that that's where some friends I made today are living.

Akio:
Friends? That's good.
Simply talking to others can help lighten one's heart.

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Setting%20Shots/Game_Background_002.jpg?m=1380882939

Akio:
Here's a map of the school. Rather big, isn't it?
Right now, we're here.

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/4200/00000048.png

Akio:
This way is the Fencing Hall.
It's a pretty, chalk-white building. You should notice it right away.
If you pass this way, it's a short cut.

D-ko:
The chalk-white Fencing Hall... just like dad said!

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Setting%20Shots/Game_Background_003.jpg?m=1380882939

Akio:
And this is the East Dorm.
If you go this way, it should only take you about five minutes.

D-ko:
Got it.
Thank you very much!

You know, Akio doesn't need to take a personal hand in things very often, so he must have a whole lot of free time on his hands. What does he do to keep himself entertained? Play solitaire? Computer solitaire? WoW? Is he Alliance, or Horde?

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_013.jpg?m=1380881919

Touga:
If the egg's shell does not crack, the chick will die without being born.
We are the chick; the egg is the world.
If the world's shell does not break, we will die without being born.
Break the world's shell!
For the sake of revolutionizing the world!

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/4945/00001035.png

Touga:
It seems the East Dorm has gained a new resident.

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/2162/00000035.png

Juri:
The East Dorm, hmm?

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3351/00000041.png

Saionji:
That's absurd.
Isn't the East Dorm only supposed to be used by the Rose Bride and the One Engaged?

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/4383/00000038.png

Miki:
However, they wouldn't be able to live there without the approval of End of the World.

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_014.jpg?m=1380881919

Touga:
Exactly.
In other words, it's End of the World's will that this new person live there as well.

Juri:
They say she's a new transfer student.
Interesting, isn't it?

Miki:
It's an irregular event...
Come to think of it, wasn't Tenjou-sempai a transfer student, too?

Saionji:
Transfer student...?

Touga:
Then, perhaps we should invite her to this evening's masquerade ball.
Any objections?

Saionji:
Hmmph... do as you like.

Juri:
Sounds amusing.

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/3559/00000042.png

Miki:
Alright. There are no objections,
so I'll extend her an invitation to the masquerade ball under the Student Council's name.
Is that all right?

Touga:
Yes. Thank you, Micky.

Or they could go introduce themselves directly, but any plan is better with a party.

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Setting%20Shots/Game_Background_004.jpg?m=1380882939

D-ko:
Here it is... the Fencing Hall that dad described.
It's a really pretty building... like a Western cathedral.
The doors are huge, and the window frames are so decorated!
For some reason, I feel like I'm in another world.
I feel like some sightseeing yokel...
Still, I guess I'll poke my head and and take a look!

The game doesn't indicate that D-ko is thinking here. So I guess D-ko talks to herself at length when nobody else is around. Color me unsurprised.

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/8736/00000043.png

D-ko:
Nobody's here... I guess there's no practice today?

http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/4803/00000046.png

D-ko:
Looks like they have thirty members.
That's quite a few!
Heck, my last school didn't even have a Fencing Club.
This first name tag must be the club president.
So the president is Sanjouin Chigusa, huh?
What a great name. (It's really unusual.)
Hmm? It looks like there's no name tag for the club advisor.
Do they not have one?
But that's strange... my dad used to be the club advisor.
I guess maybe the system changed between then and now?

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/9886/00000047.png

D-ko:
Yep, looks like nobody's here.
Today must be a break from practice.
Huh? It looks like something is drawn on that wall.
I wonder why?

CHOICE:
Look at the wall
Look at the calendar

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_016.jpg?m=1380881920

D-ko:
What the heck is this?
If it's graffiti, it's pretty audacious.
Hey, isn't this that guy from this morning?
I think he was called Saionji...
And this figure looks like Utena.
What does it mean?
Anyway, nobody's here.
I guess there must not be any practice today.

CHOICE:
Look at the calendar

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_019.jpg?m=1380881920
D-ko:
Man, what a tasteless calendar.
The 25th is circled... I wonder if there's a match then.
Wait, these dates...
Isn't this calendar from fifteen years ago? Weird.
Anyway, nobody's here.
I guess there must not be any practice today.

CHOICE:
Look at the lockers

D-ko:
Hey, there's just one locker that's open.
I wonder whose?
"Sanjouin"...
Oh, it's the captain's?
Must have forgotten to lock it.
Let's see...

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_020.jpg?m=1380881920

Chigusa:
Hands off!

D-ko:
Who's this?
Are they from the Fencing Club?
Is it a man? Or a woman?

"...or should we ask...?" http://shrines.rpgclassics.com/snes/ff6/images/characters/gogo.gif

D-ko:
Somehow, they're so gorgeous,
I have the urge to come closer...
But it's not a bad feeling.
This must be the sort of person people mean
when they say someone's "aristocratic."
I guess people like this, like out of a story or a play,
also exist in real life...


Chigusa:
Who is it?

D-ko:
Umm, my name's Kageno D-ko,
I just transferred here today...

Chigusa:
What did you say?
...please, repeat your name.

D-ko:
Don't make that scary face...
...Kageno D-ko.

Chigusa:
Your father's name is Masaomi. (雅臣, elegant-retainer)
Your mother's name is Koto? (湖都, lake-city)

D-ko:
How do you...?

Chigusa:
............

D-ko:
She turned away.
But isn't she still making that scary face?


Chigusa:
Only club members are allowed to enter here.
There are personal things kept here.
You wouldn't want to be called a thief.

D-ko:
A, right! I'm sorry.

(outside)
D-ko:
Wow, I was surprised.
I guess I shouldn't just freely entered after all.
Even so, that person was really beautiful...
it seemed unreal.
And those three from this morning...
and the Chairman...
Ohtori Academy really is different.

Ohtori Academy: where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and come to think of it, all the women are good looking, too.

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Setting%20Shots/Game_Background_005.jpg?m=1380882940

D-ko:
Oh, it's Utena!
Of course... when she saw my bags,
she must have known I'd be living here.


Utena:
Welcome to the East Dorm!

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_021.jpg?m=1380881921

Anthy:
Your bags have arrived.

D-ko:
Thanks!

Utena:
Your room is 22, on the second floor.
It's next door to ours.

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Setting%20Shots/Game_Background_006.jpg?m=1380882940
Anthy:
Please, make yourself at home.

D-ko:
Did you clean it for me!?

Utena:
All I did was bring up your bags.
Anthy's the one who cleaned it.

D-ko:
Thank you, Anthy!

Anthy:
You're welcome.

Chu-Chu:
Chuu.

D-ko:
Huh?

Chu-Chu:
Chuu chuu.

D-ko:
What's that voice?
Nobody else is here...
is it just my imagination?
I must be pretty tired after all.


Chu-Chu:
Chuuu.

D-ko:
N, no, I definitely heard it...
Utena, something's in this room!

Utena:
Oh, right!
Chu-Chu is visiting, too.
Sorry, sorry!
I'll introduce you. This is East Dorm's third resident, our friend...
Chu-Chu.

http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/338/00000054.png

Chu-Chu:
Chuu.

D-ko:
So wait, the third resident is...

Utena:
Yeah. It's him.

Chu-Chu:
Chu chuu.

D-ko:
It's a monkey... I think.
Well, then...

Hello, I'm Kageno D-ko.
We'll be living together from today on.
It's nice to meet you, Chu-Chu.

Chu-Chu:
Chu chu.

Utena:
Nice, Chu-Chu, you have a new friend!

Chu-Chu:
Chuu.

Utena:
Hey, D-ko, do you wanna come to our room and have some tea?
Himemiya's preparing it for us.

Anthy:
It will be done soon, Utena-sama.

D-ko:
Is it alright? In that case, I guess I'll impose on you...

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_022.jpg?m=1380881921

http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/3434/00000467.png

Anthy:
By the way, this arrived from the Student Council.

D-ko:
Huh, what's this? A message card? Some kind of invitation?
No way it's a love letter, right?

Anthy:
And this one is for you, Utena-sama.

D-ko:
What about you, Anthy?

Anthy:
I have one, too.

Utena:
Let's see, what is this...
A masquerade!?

http://ohtori.nu/gallery/var/resizes/Game/Screenshots/Game_Cap_023.jpg?m=1380881921

Anthy:
Yes. It says it's starting at 6 o'clock tonight,
and is sponsored by the Student Council.
It says transfer students should also definitely come.

D-ko:
A masquerade!
At my old school, we just had folk dances...
The more I learn, the more it feels like this is a totally different world.


Utena:
Well, that's what it says.
What should we do?

D-ko:
Hmmm... but I don't have any dress to wear to a ball...

Anthy:
That's all right. I can lend you one.

D-ko:
Eeh? Is that really okay?

Anthy:
Of course.

http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/4930/00000469.png

Chu-Chu:
Chuu...

Utena:
Alright! If that's decided,
let's get going right away.

D-ko:
Yeah!

Utena: "And remember to wear a change of clothes under your dress, just in case!"

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#17 | Back to Top05-11-2010 12:25:14 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Dallbun wrote:

You know, Akio doesn't need to take a personal hand in things very often, so he must have a whole lot of free time on his hands. What does he do to keep himself entertained?

Take lots of pictures of himself and others in varying states of undress, and... sell them for extra cash?  Ohtori-style fundraising?  Or maybe it's more innocent.  Maybe he has, I dunno, a deviantART page.

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#18 | Back to Top05-11-2010 12:28:54 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Ico wrote:

Dallbun wrote:

You know, Akio doesn't need to take a personal hand in things very often, so he must have a whole lot of free time on his hands. What does he do to keep himself entertained?

Take lots of pictures of himself and others in varying states of undress, and... sell them for extra cash?  Ohtori-style fundraising?  Or maybe it's more innocent.  Maybe he has, I dunno, a deviantART page.

He subscribes to that LiveJournal community where you can request a slash pairing.  But instead of writing the pairing, he makes it happen and takes pictures.

Dallbun, once again, you are awesome. emot-smile

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#19 | Back to Top05-11-2010 12:36:53 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

satyr: He subscribes to that LiveJournal community where you can request a slash pairing.  But instead of writing the pairing, he makes it happen and takes pictures.

This.

I'm also of the very strong opinion that he sometimes consents to Touga showing him kittehroulette. Oh, and he's half the dicks on chatroulette.


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#20 | Back to Top05-11-2010 05:45:49 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

"Or should we ask," indeed. Freakin' awesome. FF6 reference FTW. emot-rofl


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#21 | Back to Top05-11-2010 10:08:59 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

emot-dance  Just found this thread and I ALSO OFFER TO HAVE DALBUN'S BABIES!  At this rate he can start a new superrace of his offspring, all of whom will have to be named after Utena characters...

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#22 | Back to Top05-11-2010 10:18:14 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Ico wrote:

Dallbun wrote:

You know, Akio doesn't need to take a personal hand in things very often, so he must have a whole lot of free time on his hands. What does he do to keep himself entertained?

Take lots of pictures of himself and others in varying states of undress, and... sell them for extra cash?  Ohtori-style fundraising?  Or maybe it's more innocent.  Maybe he has, I dunno, a deviantART page.

He camwhores on 4chan.

Oh my god.

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#23 | Back to Top05-12-2010 02:09:25 AM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Duelist Megu wrote:

Ico wrote:

Dallbun wrote:

You know, Akio doesn't need to take a personal hand in things very often, so he must have a whole lot of free time on his hands. What does he do to keep himself entertained?

Take lots of pictures of himself and others in varying states of undress, and... sell them for extra cash?  Ohtori-style fundraising?  Or maybe it's more innocent.  Maybe he has, I dunno, a deviantART page.

He camwhores on 4chan.

Oh my god.

Akio's a channer?

Holy fuck.

It explains everything. (Well, except the charisma and the getting laid.)

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#24 | Back to Top05-12-2010 08:12:53 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

crystalwren wrote:

Akio's a channer?

Holy fuck.

It explains everything. (Well, except the charisma and the getting laid.)

I bet he's Anon, too.


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#25 | Back to Top05-12-2010 08:49:31 PM

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Re: Let's Play! Utena, Round 3: The Path Before Us Has Been Prepared

Yasha wrote:

crystalwren wrote:

Akio's a channer?

Holy fuck.

It explains everything. (Well, except the charisma and the getting laid.)

I bet he's Anon, too.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i117/satyreyes/anonymous.jpg

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