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Flutterz

If you thought that I was actually going to finish something I'd started before moving on to something else, then you don't know me very well. So here I am playing Tsukikana instead of Ginharu!

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???: "Don't forget"

After a short prelude we have a girl pointing a plastic gun at herself.

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???" "Bang..."

And then we go to the less abstract real world.

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Japanese Teacher: "Make sure to review this part during summer break, alright?"

And while the protag is busy writing down some notes unrelated to class

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Japanese Teacher: "Kurono Kanata... please read the next page to the class"

He closes his notes leisurely, because if he were to quickly close them that'd make it seem suspicious. But as he begins reading while thinking about how every day seems just like the last

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"Suddenly my reading was interrupted"

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"By a voluptuous listless student peeking out from the back door"

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JP Teacher: "You're late again, Araya!"

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???: "... Good morniing..."

That has to be the most exasperated greeting I've ever heard.

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JP Teacher: "Don't "Good morning" me! It's already been 2 hours!"

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???: "...Sorryyyy... I couldn't wake up..."

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"This lateness is also a daily thing. Actually, only 2 hours late is early for her."

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"A girl who regularly leaves early or skips class entirely, Araya Touka is... frankly, the class' problem child."

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"She had transferred in just this spring."

After he's done reading, the teacher hands out a test printout. Once the MC turns around to pass it to Touka (who is obviously sitting right behind him)

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She's already gone back to sleep, and he decides not to wake her.

Then Kanata receives a text from his friend, saying that he's heard a rumor about Araya, according to which she bullied a classmate until she killed herself, but Kanata says that the rumor is absolutely untrue.

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"There are a bunch of nasty rumors floating around about Araya Touka."

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"Supposedly, she goes out at night, and gets her hands on dangerous drugs."

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"Supposedly, she sells her body to married men."

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"And this time, apparently bullied a classmate into committing suicide."

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"Nobody wants to ask her directly about it, so the rumors are passed along as though they're true."

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"She doesn't interact with anyone in class, and doesn't attend any after-school activities."

Back in the world of non-rumors, the test is over and she's still asleep. So Kanata signs her test with her name, figuring that that would be better than just handing in an unnamed test, even if she's going to get a 0 anyway. How nice of him, but maybe he should have woken her up in the first place.

He then goes to the rooftop to eat lunch with the friends he was texting, and they discuss new smartphones because Kanata's seems to be running out of battery quicker than before.

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"Kento is a huge gadget geek and knows a lot about IT equipment."

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"Madoka joined the conversation while eating his mom's homemade bento"

They then discuss the rumor some more, with Madoka, having been the one who texted about it in the first place, insisting that it's true. Apparently the fact that there's records of her going to a completely different school is just proof that there's been a cover-up about it. But then he proceeds to immediately deny believing the rumor because there's not enough evidence. Apparently he's not the brightest dude.

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Kento: "Don't bother with it. It probably started with someone saying they heard it from Araya's old school friend's senpai's younger brother's friend."

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Madoka: "No, it was Araya's old school senpai's clubmate's younger brother's friend's friend!"

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Madoka: "So, what about you, Kanata? Do you believe the Araya rumor?"

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Kanata: "Huh, me?"

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Kento: "Yeah, what do you think, Kanata? You're the closest to Araya after all."

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Kanata: "Only in that my seat is close to hers..."

He finally says that he doesn't believe the rumor at all, and when pressed for a reason says that it's because of the impression she gives off, even though he's never actually spoken to her. And the reason he has the impression is because a month into the semester he was sitting in the literature club, alone. Then suddenly someone entered the clubroom...

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Touka: *panting*

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Touka: "Hide me!"

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Touka: "I'm being chased!"

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Kanata: "Ch-chased... by whom?"

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Touka: "The guidance counselor!"

He essentially ends up shoving her into a closet and when she complains about the rough treatment he tells her that she should be more quiet if she doesn't want to be found. So far this dude is like the polar opposite of Ginharu's Mr. Nice Guy Yukito. And as soon as they close the closet door the guidance counselor comes barging into the clubroom.

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Guidance Counselor: "I know you're here, Araya!"

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Touka: "...hey"

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Kanata: "Shh! What?"

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Touka: "Why are you hiding in here with me?"

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Touka: "Wouldn't it have been better for you to stay in the room and tell the counselor that I'm not here?"

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Kanata: "...I had no time to think"

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Kanata: "For some reason, I felt like I was doing something wrong."

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Touka: "Hmmm... is that so"

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Touka: "By hiding me... you're an accomplice?"

Eventually after some more back and forth Touka decided she couldn't handle the dusty book smell in the closet and wanted to leave so Kanata held her back and pinched her nose. Eventually the counselor figures he got the wrong room and leaves.

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Touka: "I thought I was going to die there!"

She opens a window to get some fresh air and when Kanata mentions that she might be seen that way

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Touka: "If that happens, just hide me again"

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Touka: "I think I recognize your face from somewhere"

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Kanata: "You should at least be able to recognize your classmates' faces."

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Touka: "Whaaaat?! Really?"

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Touka: "Oh, uh, Satou-kun?"

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Kanata: "Wrong."

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Touka: "Right, right, it's Tanaka-kun!"

Well, she got it right, but backwards.

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Kanata: "Now you're just guessing blindly"

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Touka: "Umm... where do you sit?"

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Kanata: "Right in front of you"

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Touka: "Ah... haha, sorry. I'm really bad with faces"

She also says she's bad with names, but for some reason says it very proudly.

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Touka: "My name is Araya Touka"

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Kanata: "No... I already know that"

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Touka: "Ah, are you one of those people that are good with names and faces!?"

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Kanata: "I remember my classmates. And transfer students are rare."

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Touka: "I see, I see"

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Touka: "But before I ask someone what their name is, I have to introduce myself."

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Touka: "So tell me your name"

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Kanata: "...Kurono Kanata"

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Touka: "Kurono Kanata... Kurono Kanata... Okay, I memorized it! Can I call you Kanacchi?"

He says no, because nobody ever calls him that. When she asks what people call him, he just says "Kanata".

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Touka: "Kanatacchi"

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Kanata: "Drop the "cchi""

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Touka: "Kanata, then"

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Kanata: "You didn't add a honorific"

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Touka: "You don't have to use an honorific for me either. "Touka" is fine"

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Touka: "So then, Kanata"

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Touka: "Thanks for helping me"

They then talk about the literature club and what they do. Touka asks if they write anything themselves, and Kanata says he doesn't, to which she starts quoting something he wrote. He suddenly realizes he'd been leaving his literary notes on his desk.

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Touka: "You wrote that, didn't you?"

She then proceeds to grab his notes and starts reading, and he gives up on trying to stop her. Apparently they're ideas for novels he plans to write. Eventually she gets thirsty and tells him to go grab her a drink. When he tries to argue she says that the counselor might still be looking for her, so she can't, and hands him a 500 yen coin.

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Touka: "Get me something sweet"

As he's grabbing the drinks, he imagines her sitting in the club room laughing her ass off about his short story about a girl on a lighthouse getting hit by a shooting star and becoming a single creature, neither alien nor human. But when he gets back, she's reading intently, too busy to even acknowledge him or take the coffee he brought her.

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Touka: "Why was there an alien in the shooting star?"

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Kanata: "No, it's... a spaceship that looks like a shooting star... if you read a bit further you'll understand..."

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Touka: "Why does it understand words? Isn't it odd that it can speak Japanese?"

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Kanata: "...with their advanced technology they've made a universal translator... but explaining all that would just make it tedious..."

Finally, she finishes reading and drinks her coffee.

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Kanata: "So... how was it?"

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Touka: "It was interesting"

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Touka: "Really interesting"

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Touka: "But what happens at the end?"

He tells her that he hasn't written that far yet, so she asks him to just tell her. He worries that she just wants to tease him about it but she insists that she really is interested.

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Touka: "So when are you going to finish it?"

He says that it's still a draft and it won't be done anytime soon.

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Touka: "In that case, show me once it's finished"

Thus ends the flashback. I have to agree with him, she doesn't looks like a drug-addicted prostitute who bullies people to suicide.

This is probably a good stopping point for now. I don't know how far I'll be able to get in Tsukikana, because this seems a bit more story-based than Ginharu which is all slice of life, so I might just get to a point where I have no idea what's happening. That is if I don't just quit it halfway and start their next VN when it comes out in 2022 or something. :makina:

 

Flutterz

Been busy for a while, but this time I only stopped for a few months rather than a few years :sacchan:

Spoiler

Immediately after the last scene we get a scene of Yukito trying to sleep while Emir is banging a chick right across the room. Apparently the dude is a player :makina: She's like "this is kinda weird, doing this so close to your roommate" but Emir assures her that Yukito is asleep... but he was only pretending.

After that we skip a few days and apparently that's been a regular occurrence, so Yukito has had to invest in some earplugs. But they apparently got into an argument and broke up, so maybe he didn't need the earplugs after all...? Emir seems very upset by the break-up, but when Yukito tells him he'll find another one soon enough Emir says that he couldn't possibly understand his feelings because Yukito's been in a relationship ever since middle school. Eventually Yukito convinces Emir to go volunteer with him because there's plenty of girls there and apparently there's going to be a party later on. We then switch to Bethly who, along with Lilian, is apparently going to said party.

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Bethly: "There was a welcome party not too long ago... is it ok to party so much...?"

I guess Bethly's never heard of a party school :makina:

They get to the party and pay the entrance fee (do parties normally have an entrance fee? I wouldn't know cause I've never been to one) and are deciding what to eat.

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Bethly: "...as expected, they don't have Japanese food..."

Now that's definitely not normal. Sure, there aren't quite as many Japanese people as there are Chinese people in Tronto, but there's still plenty of Japanese food. She decides that she should make some Japanese food for Yukito later.

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Lilian: "...what are you laughing about?"

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Lilian: ""My beloved would be delighted if there was Japanese food"... is that what you were thinking?"

Yeah, that's pretty much spot on what she was thinking. Bethly ends up going for some vegetarian meat-substitute soup and actually likes it. Lilian rightly rebukes her, though. :makina:

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Lilian: "Stop. I like real meat."

And she takes a big bite out of her chicken.

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Jake: "Hey, you're eating well!"

Is this Lilian's boyfriend? They have similar clothes and it's a white guy and a Chinese girl in Tronto... they must be dating. But apparently not because they both introduce themselves after he starts hitting on Bethly. When Yukito and Emir shows up it turns out he's kind of a racist too because he talks down to them for being exchange students. Eventually they get rid of him, but something tells me we'll see him again.

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Bethly: "...hey, can I join the next volunteer thing you're doing?"

They decide to help the volunteer group prep for Culture Day, and Lilian even says she might join too. The scene ends with Bethly offering Yukito some of her fake meat soup.

A few days later Emir and Yukito are talking about how cold it's getting, and how to Yukito it's reminiscent of home and Emir, being from South Africa, still can't get used to it. The first flakes of snow falling remind Yukito of his pals back in Japan, and he wonders how they're all doing.

Once they get to class, the professor informs everyone that they did absolute dogshit on the test and had the lowest average she'd seen in years. She recommends that those who aren't certain about their grade drop the course and do something else with their lives. Then this dickhead chimes in

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Jake: "You hear that, transfer students?"

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Jake: "Do you have to go back home if you fail a year?"

Also his voice acting is very different in terms of audio balance. Emir's VA just about screams his replies, meanwhile Jake's VA sounds like he's whispering his lines under a blanket in the middle of the night, trying not to wake his parents up.

He (sarcastically) wishes them luck, in response to which the professor calls him out.

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Shannon: "Your essay was one the worst ones. Worry about your own grades before you worry about others' grades."

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Shannon: "Have you packed your bags for your trip home yet?"

Oof, roasted.

Probably going to end this entry here. I originally started it in early February but then got busy again. It's a short entry, but I want to post it so that I'm remotivated to read more, and also because I'm worried the forums are going to get Thanos'd by Tay and I don't want to spend hours on a blog post only to have it get rolled back.

 

Flutterz

Shoutout to littleshogun for being the only person who commented on my previous entry :badnicoman:

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Now that their part is done they all head over to the snow festival to have some fun. They start by taking turns as reporters talking about the snow sculptures for their documentary. Momiji is a natural, but Mizu-nee, however...

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Mizuha: "...why are you all laughing? Huh... my word usage? I can't help it, I've never played the role of a reporter before. I-if you're going to laugh, why don't one of you do it instead...!"

So Yuzuki replaces her but quickly gets flustered

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Yuzuki: "Uhhh... I can't do it anymore... Hinata-chan, your turn~"

Hinata just does her genki thing. Probably not very reporter-like, but at least she's confident about it. And when it's finally Bethly's turn she just talks about pancakes. :makina: Can't really fault her too too much, seeing as how she's supposedly still not very good at Japanese... not that you'd immediately be able to tell by the way she talks most of the time, but every now and then Yukito has to explain a word to her and she definitely has more pauses in her lines than other characters. Meanwhile people going up to the top of the mountain are fascinated by their drawing.

Also I found a bug. When going from the day they were drawing to the day of the festival, the date change from February 6th to February 8th, which originally made me think they slept for a day or something lol. But once this scene ends and the day changes again, it goes from February 7th to February 16th. Also wtf, they skip Valentines day?

On the 16th, Bethly comes into Yukito's room to ask him something.

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Bethly: "Is it... really alright for me to accept this...?"

Apparently when the festival had a photographer going around photographing stuff, she was so touched by the snowflake that she donated a huge printout of the photo she took of it to the festival committee, and they gave it to Bethly. So Yukito reassures her that everyone wants her to have it, especially since she's not going to be staying in Japan for much longer. He also just so happens to have DVD of the documentary ready to give her. Apparently it's a special cut of it, since they haven't actually finished editing it yet but he wanted to hurry and get a copy for Bethly. That makes it sound like she's leaving really soon...

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Bethly: "I'll take them back with me... the photo, the DVD, and all the memories I've made... I'll take them all back to Canada with me and treasure them... to help... me endure the loneliness..."

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Yukito: "I'll definitely come see you. Will you wait for me until then?"

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Bethly: "Yes... I'll wait for you..."

Apparently his plan is to finish one more  year of high school, and then (after not failing his entrance exams this time) go to university in Canada. "Tronto" arc coming up next hype?? Also song incoming hype??? For those of you that don't know, Tone Work's game have pretty good image songs, and the ones for Ginharu are especially great if you like jpop. Here's a link to the playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsOdMIjF9woomDS9dtGE2Yh4vdOFU2Hme

They're what made me want to read Hoshi Ori and Ginharu in the first place. And one of Bethly's songs is about a girl greeting her beloved at the airport, so...

In the meantime they have one last h-scene :makina:

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And so we skip to 4 days later when Bethly is leaving and everyone's at the airport to see her off.

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Hinata: "...but I'll miss you... can't you get your stay extended by a year or something?"

Unfortunately she can't.

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Bethly: "Once I'm back in Canada, I'll tell everyone in my family... that in Japan I have a sunny friend named Hinata"

D'aw. Best girls gotta stick together.

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Bethly: "Yuzuki... my cute little sister"

She praises Yuzuki's cooking and they promise to cook for each other again.

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Bethly: "Momiji... I still remember when you talked to me in middle school"

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Bethly: "You were my first friend in Japan. Do you want to be... my friend forever?"

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Momiji: "Of course, Bethly"

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Mizuha: "Thanks for all the happy memories. I've been away from the rink for a while, but I have something really important instead"

I completely forgot that the reason she's even here is because she got injured, otherwise she'd be over in Russia or whatever.

Finally, it's Yukito's turn.

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Bethly: "...I'm not going to say farewell"

And then they kiss

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Yuzuki: "Kya..."

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Momiji: "Waa..."

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Mizuha: "H-how bold...!?"

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The VA just reads out the onomatopoeia for whistling, but I choose to believe that Hinata's literally just wolf-whistling at them.

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Bethly: "...that wasn't a farewell kiss, but a promise kiss"

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Yukito: "Yeah... it's a promise. I'll definitely come to see you. So you have to wait for me too"

When she gets back to Canada, she apparently makes her dad the best cup of coffee he's ever had. She explains it by telling him that she was always the one who made the coffee, and that Maria taught her. Her dad even remembers Maria. When she shows her the photo of their snow painting, he tells her that it looks like her mother's art, which I'm sure is a great compliment for her. They talk about her mother for a bit, and then it fades to white as she recalls her mother explaining to her how snow is formed.

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"We were able to complete it thanks to Yukito and everyone else"

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"The mote of dust that is me encountered Yukito and everyone else, and grew into a beautiful snowflake"

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"This snowflake won't melt or disappear"

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"It will always shine a gin'iro light"

TL note: "gin'iro" means "silver"

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"Forever and ever, into the haruka future..."

TL note: "haruka" means "distant"

I think they namedropped the title at the very beginning, but here it is again. And yes, that's basically the only reason I bothered to include this part :makina:

Spoiler

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Hina is visiting Yuzuki because she's worried about her mock exam. Yuzuki's mom asks what she plans to do in the future and Hina mentions that Momiji went to university in Tokyo. And considering Yukito hasn't shown up yet, perhaps he's already in Canada? And then just as they mention him, they get a phone call.

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Hinata: "Hellooo, senpai♪ It's been a while♪"

Apparently it's been 5 months since he graduated, and has been living in Toronto since April (it's currently July 9th). But since classes don't start until September, he's been taking English classes in the meantime.

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Hinata: "So what you're saying is you've been going on dates with Bethly-san every day, right?"

However Yukito tells her that Alberta is pretty far from Toronto, and they haven't met up yet. Oh yeah, I guess now that he mentions it she is from Alberta. And Alberta and Toronto really aren't close. I dunno why it took me this long to realize that him going to Toronto doesn't automatically mean meeting her.

After he asks them if their studying is going well, Hina wants to know how hard it is to go to university abroad. When Yuzuki asks her if she wants to study abroad she says she's just wondering. But perhaps she really does have some country in mind? Maybe we'll find out when we do her route. He also tells her in Canada universities don't have entrance exams, but rather decide based on your high-school grades.

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Hinata: "Uwaaa... if that's the case, then I'd definitely get rejected"

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Yuzuki: "Work hard for Bethly-san's sake, onii-chan!"

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Hinata: "Use your lovey-dovey power, senpai!"

Once they're done with the call, we get...

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Good old "Tronto" :makina: Though to be fair, if you only heard a Torontonian pronounce Toronto, you'd think it's spelled "Tronto" too.

As Bethly's image song starts playing :sacchan:

The first scene that we get is Bethly's dad driving her to the university dorm

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Brian: "It's written all over your face. "I can't wait to get to the dorm""

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Bethly: "Huh... t-that's not true. I've always thought that it's lonely to live away from you-"

That hair, though.

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Brian: "Yeah, I get it. But you're excited for your new life, right?"

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Bethly: "That's..."

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Brian: "Sounds like I hit the nail on the head"

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Bethly: "Yeah... I'm really looking forward to my life as a university student"

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Brian: "I've already send you off twice. The first time was in middle school, and you were all anxious and looked like the world was about to end"

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Brian: "The second time was when you were going as an exchange student. It wasn't as bad as the first time, but you still looked uneasy"

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Brian: "But this time is different. You look full of hope"

They eventually hit some traffic, and Bethly says that she'll walk the rest of the way, especially since it's a workday and her dad needs to get back to work. She arrives at her dorm room.

Unfortunately the music ends here. A bit anticlimactic, to be honest. I remember skipping through Marika's route in Hoshi Ori and her song plays when she's literally singing it on-stage, so I suppose I was expecting something a bit more grandiose.

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Bethly: "...umm"

That's a cute dress Bethly's wearing. And I guess this is her roommate? She introduces herself as Lilian Ryu (sounds sorta Chinese I guess? Can confirm there are plenty of Chinese people in Canada) and because Bethly mentioned she's from Alberta...

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Lilian: "...Alberta's really rural, right, is it just filled with bears and deer?"

So if they're not in Alberta right now...

Anyway, Lilian establishes some rules. Lights-out at 1 am. No all-nighters. Phones in bed are fine but only under the covers so that you're not lighting up the whole room. No using each-other's stuff without permission.

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"...this girl is very strict..."

And the last rule is absolutely no bringing guys over. (But girls are fine, presumably? :makina: )

When Bethly hangs her photo on the wall, Lilian asks about it so Bethly tells her about her trips to Japan.

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Lilian: "...it's really pretty"

Okay, good. For a second there I was worried she was going just going to be an insufferable asshole, but maybe she's not going to be so bad.

Then Lilian proposes they go to a welcome party that's being held for new students as it will give them a chance to have fun and meet people. Once they're back from the party, Lilian is wasted but Bethly didn't drink because the drinking age in Ontario (I'm starting to get the feeling that she might be in Toronto :makina: ) is 19 and she's a law-abiding citizen... But if she's under 19 now, and it's been "a few years" since the previous route... *police sirens sound in the distance*

They also won some prizes from playing bingo at the party. Bethly got a T-shirt and sunglasses, both with the Canadian flag on them. Lilian jokingly suggest that Bethly should wear them to the entrance ceremony (not actually a thing in Canada, at least not in my university), but then suggest they give it to an exchange student, which gets Bethly thinking...

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Bethly: "...then I should give it to Yukito..."

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Lilian: "Is that... the Japanese exchange student?"

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Lilian: "You're trying to get with him, aren't you?"

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Bethly: "That's not really what I..."

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Lilian: "He definitely seemed nice. Very attentive, bright and friendly."

I guess it's confirmed, she is in fact in Toronto... not that there was ever much doubt :^)

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Lilian: "Hey, if you don't want that stuff, you can give it to me"

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Lilian: "Since you're not trying to get with him, I think I might give it a try"

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Bethly: "N-no way!"

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Lilian: "So you are trying to get with him?"

After some back and forth where Lilian tries to get Bethly to spit it out

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Bethly: "He... I'm... we're already dating..."

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Lilian: "Huuuuuuh!?"

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Lilian: "Dating, when you've only been here a few hours!?"

I don't know if she's that drunk or just stupid... maybe a bit of both.

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Lilian: "Amazing... you're surprisingly promiscuous"

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Bethly: "I-I'm not...!?"

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Lilian: "That Yukito is something else too. I didn't think he was such a player. Maybe his friendliness is just an act to get girls..."

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Lilian: "Listen, Bethly. I know that when you're a freshman you just want to have fun. But picking a good guy is really important, don't you think?"

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Lilian: "Oh yeah, you mentioned that you went to Japan as an exchange student"

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Lilian: "Did you feel nostalgic when you saw a Japanese guy? But you can't just jump into bed with the first Japanese guy you see"

In the end, Bethly never gets a chance to properly explain.

Spoiler

We then skip to 10 days later, and we're back to Yukito's perspective. He's rudely awoken by the obnoxious snoring of his roommate, whom he promptly wakes up.

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Emir: "...who are you...?"

The dude is like me in the morning, completely out of it. Also I think that's a South African flag? They talk about some stuff, including the drinking age in South Africa, Yukito gives him a drink that he calls the "alarm clock" which is 50% energy drink and 50% freezer pop which wakes him right up. As they're headed to class Yukito tells him how there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the volunteering, studying, and extracurricular activities he wants to do, so he has to cut down on sleep time.

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Emir: "But don't you want to be fast asleep in a nice, warm bed?"

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Emir: "...maybe next to a pretty girl, that would be perfect. For example... one of them"

He points to two girls

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"A platinum blonde white girl and a black-haired asian girl"

Platinum blonde? Please. If that's platinum blonde then I'm a ginger. (I'm not a ginger, by the way. My hair is basically Emir's hair)

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"When they noticed us, the girls started to whisper and laugh."

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Emir: "H-hey, look! Those girls looked at me and laughed!"

>tfw you're surprised when girls aren't immediately repulsed by you

Too real 1

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"The white girl gave us a small wave, and the asian girl winked and blew us a kiss"

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Emir: "Hey! She waved at me! And the other one blew a kiss!"

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Emir: "Maybe they're hitting on me!? Hey, what do you think!?"

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Yukito: "...who knows"

What he doesn't say is that they were gesturing to him, not Emir. Since this is like 10 days later, I'm assuming Bethly finally explained the nature of their relationship to Lilian and introduced the two, especially since he knew Lilian's name. A little disappointing that we don't get to see their reunion.

The two get lunch after their class, and turns we find out that Yukito uses an audio recorder to record lessons since his English still isn't that good and he needs to relisten to some parts. Meanwhile Emir explains that even though he skips a bunch of classes and spends his time getting drunk, he's doing well in classes because one of his drinking buddies is an upperclassman and he gave him a memory card with a ton of essays. If this were my university he'd get kicked out in a heartbeat if he tried to submit those, but apparently he doesn't just copy-paste them but merely uses them as a reference. And as he's handing it over to Yukito...

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Lilian: "What are you two conspiring about?"

Yukito tries to play it off as the recording of a rugby game

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Lilian: "Hmm... this isn't some weird porno, is it?"

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Yukito: "N-no, it's not! Right, Emir?"

But he's speechless, because...

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Emir: "You're the two girls I saw this morning! Hey, you're the one that waved at me!"

Poor guy

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Emir: "Wait, why are you talking to Yukito so casually!?"

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Lilian: "That's because we're really close. We spent a night together"

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Bethly: "Lilian... he's going to misunderstand..."

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Lilian: "We partied until morning during the welcome party, so I guess you could say we spent the night together"

With that misunderstanding out of they way Emir and the ladies get introduced to one-another and somehow Yukito and Bethly end up making plans to study together in the cafeteria.

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Lilian: "Okay, okay, are you done arranging your date?"

Lilian and Bethly end up having to go to class, so...

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Emir: "It's decided! I'm going to get a girlfriend too!"

Well, I kind of doubt they'll add another sprite to the game, and Bethly's taken, and Lilian... something tells me she's not interested in Emir that way. So this guy's chances aren't looking good :makina:

When Yukito shows up in the cafeteria in the evening, he spots a strange girl...

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Yukito: "Nice sunglasses"

They talk about Emir and Lilian and how they'd make a great couple because they both love getting wasted, then talk about how they missed each other. I suppose they've been pretty busy so they might not have had much time to talk.

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Bethly: "I'm really happy... that you came to Canada"

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Yukito: "Of course, I promised... that I'd come be by your side"

And then naturally they start making out in the middle of the cafeteria.

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"This kiss after a year and a half's wait was sweet as maple syrup..."

The last entry was really long because I basically spent all Saturday reading so I think I'm going to stop this one here before it gets too long.

 

Flutterz

Screw you Derg, I'm going to read at whatever speed I damn well please.

Spoiler

What comes after Christmas? That's right, New Year! So we skip to New Year and New Year happens. Exciting stuff. Also Bethly becomes an alcoholic after trying amazake (which is apparently a low-alcohol kind of sake that it is tradition to drink around New Year)

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Bethly: "Gulp... gulp... fuuu... delicious..."

Okay, she doesn't actually become an alcoholic but she does take a liking to it. Afterwards they head to a Shinto temple, as is tradition, and Yuzuki's mom got Bethly a nice yukata.

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The parents leave the kids to have fun, and Yuzuki tactfully leaves the two lovebirds to their own devices almost immediately.

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Yukito: "No way, did she actually get lost...?"

No, you dingus.

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Yuzuki: "I met up with Hinata-chan, so I'll see you two later~"

With the third wheel out of they way, they head on over to receive their fortune. Yukito explains that the great blessing is the best one.

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Bethly: "That's the one I'll get"

She's certainly confident, I'll give her that. Let's see what she got.

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Bethly: "It says "great"...! Is this a great blessing!?"

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Yukito: "Umm... it's... a... uh... great curse..."

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Bethly: "...worst luck...!?"

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Bethly: "...once more"

I... don't think that' how that works... but they talk to the shrine maiden and it turns out that's exactly how it works. Capitalism, ho!

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Yukito: "...good luck in the future"

Apparently out of all the positive ones, that's the worst one.

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Bethly: "Once more!"

Now that I think about it, didn't she have a gambling problem when it came to a claw machine way back when...?

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Bethly: "I'm going to keep trying until I get "great blessing""

Oh dear...

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Yukito: "Oh... that's right... that time with the UFO catcher..."

Yukito remembers it too :makina: Luckily it only takes her 3 more tries to get the great blessing. He then explains the detail of the fortune to Bethly because apparently they don't just say what kind of blessing or curse you'll have but also which areas of life it applies to. In Bethly's case she'll have luck with the person she's waiting for, in business, and in her wishes coming true. Lucky her that she got such a good fortune after only five tries! So then Bethly stands on her tippy-toes to hang the bad fortunes, but as she's tying the last one she stumbles... luckily our hero is there to catch her right away. They attribute it to the "person you're waiting for will arrive" part of the great blessing.

Anyway, once that's all done they go get something to eat.

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Bethly: "Oh... takoyaki... I know takoyaki"

Takoyaki is great, she has good taste. Yukito tells her he's going to go buy some.

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Bethly: "No, I'll do it. I want to buy it myself"

She goes off to buy takoyaki and has a short conversation with the stand owner (ゴ) and when she tells him she's from Canada he's so in awe he gives her a second skewer of takoyaki free of charge. On the way back all the other stand owners call out to her enticing her with fried foods... and she ends up buying something from each one of them.

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Bethly: "All of those, please"

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Bethly: "Great fortune in business... everyone I bought something from also gave me something for free"

While they're talking about how a lot of the shops seem to be selling something made out of potatoes, she notices something that looks like konnyaku. I may or may not have mentioned that she really likes konnyaku, so naturally she runs off to get some and comes back with 2 extra skewers she got for free.

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Bethly: ""Wishes coming true." It really is excellent luck... hahaha..."

I think she just used up her year's worth of great fortune on food and stumbling in less than an hour. Amazing :wahaha:

Spoiler

After the shrine they head over to Yukito's mom's cafe (in case you need a refresher, whenever I refer to Yukito and Yuzuki's "parents" that's actually their dad and Yukito's step-mom aka Yuzuki's mom. Yukito's mom lives separately and usually only shows up when people go to her cafe but unlike the other two she actually has a sprite) for what is apparently an annual New Year party being held there.

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Maria: "Oh, if it isn't Yukito. And Bethly-chan too"

Yukito lets her know that they've already eaten a ton during their shrine visit, but when she offers Bethly some pancakes...

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Bethly: "I'll have some, please"

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Bethly: "My dessert stomach is only one-eighths full... I can't come here and not eat Maria's pancakes"

Yukito stares at her in disbelief but she gladly eats the pancakes too. Later that day...

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Bethly: "...am I fat?"

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Yukito: "Ummm... have you checked the scale?"

Apparently she did, but she doesn't remember how much she used to weigh before (doubt.gif) so she doesn't know if she's getting fat or not...

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Bethly: "So I want to hear it from you... am I fat?"

I wonder if this game has dead ends...

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Yukito: "Nah, even if there's a day where you eat a lot, I don't think that makes you fat"

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Bethly: "Phew, thank goodness."

Bullet dodged...

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Yukito: "But I'm pretty sure that the part that I ate is going to make me chubbier..."

And then Yukito died. RIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

I kid, he survived. He tells her that in Japan there's such a thing as "New Year fat" since all you do is sit at home and eat a bunch, but reassures her that she'll be fine if she just eats normally tomorrow. But she still wants proof so he literally sweeps her off her feet into a princess carry.

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Yukito: "See? I can easily carry you, so it's fine"

According to VNDB she weighs 48kg. Yukito must be lifting while we're not looking.

Spoiler

We then skip to their winter break ending, and once they all reunite at the Broadcasting Club room they talk about their snow sculpture plan for the winter festival. Apparently they needed to get it approved and, surprise surprise, they got it approved, and Yukito and Bethly prepared a model of the sculpture so that they have an easier time coordinating. No special images or particularly fun dialogue here, so moving right along to a few days later when they start preparing to make the thing. Luckily for them they don't even need to make their own pile of snow this time, they're apparently having people from the fire department do it with snowplows and stuff but they figure it's not fair for them to stand around not doing anything so they help out anyway. At the end of the day everyone's exhausted but their 10-meter block of snow is complete. Yukito volunteers to help with the other blocks of snow like the mad lad that he is.

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Yuzuki: "Onii-chan, you're really going to...?"

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Mizuha: "Geez, you're as soft-hearted as always"

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Hinata: "Seriously, you're horribly good-natured"

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Momiji: "Haha, that's true. You haven't changed a bit over the years"

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Bethly: "That's your strong point"

Moved by his selflessness and despite their fatigue, all the girls volunteer to help as well. Cut to a week later, Yukito ends up having to wake Yuzuki and Bethly up because they're tired as shit.

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Bethly: "...I'm sleepy... and... sore..."

In the process of them complaining we find out that the two girls took a bath together yesterday because they were so tired. Now Yukito isn't the only member of the family who's seen Bethly naked. :makina:

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Yuzuki: "Bethly's skin is so white and pretty... and her boobs are pretty big..."

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Yukito: "Yuzuki's chest isn't that big. So having seen yours I'm sure she was envious."

Poor girl has her brother and his girlfriend talking shit about her chest size behind her back.

After school they head off to work on the sculpture.

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That thing is fucking huge lol

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Hinata: "It's too hard!" that's what she said

Turns out if you compact a bunch of snow, it doesn't stay all light and fluffy. Luckily Yuzuki notices someone else using a chainsaw for their sculpture... but none of them have a chainsaw back at home and they can't afford one. (Though I'm pretty sure it doesn't cost that much to rent one, but maybe that's not really a thing in Japan) But Bethly proposes a cheaper solution.

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Bethly: "... a handaxe"

As expected of the descendant of a dynasty of lumberjacks. After they go and buy a few, Bethly gets to go first as the Canadian in the group.

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Bethly: "...ei!"

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Yuzuki: "That looks like a special technique..."

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Hinata: "AHAHAHA! AHAHAHAHAHA! HOW FUUUUUN♪"

She seems to be enjoying herself as well. We skip to a few days later and they're apparently making progress.

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Yuzuki: "Good work, everyone. Here's some hot tea"

She's their camerawoman so I guess she doesn't have to axe the snow. Yukito is being a super tryhard and forming bricks out of the snow and laying them to make the castle... I wonder if he knows you can just make a brick pattern on the side and it will be nearly indistinguishable? When they take a break, Yukito takes his gloves off and his hands are blue from the cold. I'm not a doctor but I think that usually means it's time to amputate them.

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"With an angry look on her face, Bethly took off her gloves and held my hands in hers"

Just look at that pout

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She blows on his hands to warm them up and the game even has a breath cloud animation. How fancy. Thankfully that seems to cure him and he no longer needs to have his hands amputated. At one point Yukito hits a part he's sculpting a bit too hard with the axe, and it collapses, and everyone makes fun of him like the good friends they are.

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Hinata: "Yuzuki-chan, did you get that? Did you?"

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Yuzuki: "Y-yeah... I recorded all of it"

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Hinata: "Senpai, we should definitely use that scene for the competition, right?"

Now Yukito's failure will be immortalized in their video for all to see!

Spoiler

We then skip a week ahead and the gang goes back up to the mountain to apparently have some fun. All work and no play, and all that.

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Hinata: "Uwaaaaa! Yahooooooo!"

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Yuzuki: "Hinata-chan sure is energetic..."

And Bethly gets to show off her geographical knowledge

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Bethly: "That neighbourhood is where our house is, and that's the sheep park over on the other side..."

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Bethly: "That wide open area over there is the Hololo university park. It was all green in the spring, but now it looks like a white canvas..."

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Bethly: "I learned that the last time I was up here..."

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Momiji: "Was that when you went here on a date?"

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Bethly: "Yup, a date. The two of us came up here... it was fun. We made a lifetime's worth of memories"

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"Not having expected such a blunt answer from Bethly, everyone around blushed"

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Momiji: "Ahaha, so lovey-dovey~"

Mizu-nee doesn't seem as happy though...

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Mizuha: "Sounds like your relationship is going well"

I think she might be a little jealous...

But back to the more important topic of sightseeing, they try to find their sculpture but apparently they can't see it from here because a building is blocking it. As they discuss that, some of the girls start giggling.

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"Looking around, I saw Hina drawing in the snow behind us"

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"Starting from our feet, she drew a huge umbrella with a heart above it"

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"Bethly's and my shadows fit perfectly under the umbrella"

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Hinata: "Lovey-dovey, senpai!"

Turns out the real reason they went up here was to collect makeup snow for their sculpture, and they had Momo-chan-sensei bring her car to that end.

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Hinata: "Senpai, I have a question"

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Hinata: "What's makeup snow?"

Luckily for us she wasn't paying attention the previous day and Yukito has to explain it all over again. As time goes by the snow used for their sculpture will get somewhat dirty, so makeup snow is just clean snow they're going to use to cover the dirt up and make it look nice and white again.

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Hinata: "And after you're done placing the makeup snow, Bethly-san will warm you up directly again. Right, Bethly-san?"

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Bethly: "Yes... I'll warm him up"

This girl has lost all sense of shame

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Hinata: "Yuzuki-chan, did you get all that?"

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Yuzuki: "Yeah, I recorded all of it"

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Hinata: "This scene is definitely going to be used for the competition. Right, senpai?♪"

Spoiler

After they finish collecting the snow, they head back down and start to put it on their sculpture.

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Bethly: "...amazing"

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Bethly: "The snow... it's not white, but a very pale blue..."

Everyone seems equally shocked by this discovery. It makes it seem as though none of them have actually lived anywhere with a lot of snow before. After taking turns putting on makeup snow and warming their hands, they seem to be nearly done. And the snow festival staff even hand out free cup ramen for everyone to eat and warm up. How very generous.

A few days later Yukito stays behind in the clubroom working on stuff related to the documentary, and when he finally join the group, something has happened.

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Mizuha: "The question is do they have enough time..."

Hina notices him and calls out to him

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Hinata: "Look over there!"

It seems about a third of someone else's huge sculpture went and collapsed.

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Hinata: "There was a really loud noise! And then!"

Apparently some people got hit by the collapsing snow, and while they were fine, everyone was told to stop working on their sculptures until the fire department double-checks them all to make sure they don't collapse too. Yukito seems to be sure that their sculpture will be fine, so hopefully it doesn't get rejected. The next day the investigation of their sculpture still isn't complete, so Yukito tells everyone to go home while he stays and waits to see if they'll be able to resume work that day.

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Bethly: '...cold?"

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Bethly: "I came back, of course"

And she brought him the same kind of heating pad he brought her way back when they first met and some hot canned coffee. They wait around some more, but the results aren't announced.

First thing in the morning Yukito gets a call from the committee telling him to come to a meeting at noon. At 2 pm he shows up at the clubroom where everyone is waiting for him and tells them what he learned. Apparently because of the warmer-than-usual winter they're being more strict in regards to the structural integrity of the sculptures, so they've put together a list of sculptures that will might have to be taken down... and theirs is on the list. But of course our team of main characters won't take that kind of abuse, so Yukito says he's going to go talk to them again.

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Yuzuki: "We'll all go, onii-chan"

And they manage to convince the committee member they talked to re-review their sculpture. In the mean time, because they can't sit around doing nothing they start building the tons of snowmen they need to populate the castle. In the evening, the committee member comes to tell them that they haven't reached a decision yet because the committee is split on whether or not to take the sculptures down, so they'll decide the next morning, and tells Yukito to come to the meeting to help their case. In the meantime, they stay late to make as many snowmen as they can. Momo-chan-sensei insists they eat, but they don't care so she drives off... and comes back with Maria.

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Maria: "I've brought you all food"

Well that disproves my theory that she's actually a spirit of the cafe and can never leave. Also she seems a little under-dressed considering the weather. When Yukito asks her if it's fine for her to leave the cafe, another car pulls up and it turns out she convinced all of her customers to come help, and brought chairs and a stove from the cafe.

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Maria: "I also made pancakes for dessert"

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Bethly: "Maria's pancakes!"

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Maria: "With plenty of maple syrup, of course"

She knows exactly how to woo Bethly.

The next day, everyone's waiting for Yukito to come back. Finally, he does.

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Bethly: "...how did it go?"

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Yukito: "The committee decided..."

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Yukito: "...to allow us to continue!"

Spoiler

But as they're all celebrating and getting ready to start, Yukito notices something. And he tells everyone that they should hold off on working on the sculpture for now because everyone stayed late and it's bad to work when you're sleepy. But something tells me that isn't the real reason...

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Hinata: "I'm not really sleepy though. But, well, if senpai says so"

He goes back to the clubroom later on can compares the sculpture before work was paused, and after.

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Yukito: "...just as I thought..."

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Bethly: "...what is just as you thought?"

Turns out Bethly snuck up on him. He decides messages everyone on LIME to gather in the clubroom, shows Bethly the photos and asks if she notices anything different between the two.

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Bethly: "...there..."

Once everyone shows up, they finally mention what it is they notice. Apparently it looked whiter before the pause, and now it looks dirtier even though while work was suspended the sculptures were covered up. Apparently the makeup snow started melting off. So he's worried it might weaken because of the snow melting, and because the statue was actually only checked a while back and during the meetings with the committee they weren't actually looking at it, it might have to be taken down after all. They decide that the best thing to do would be to have it checked again. Two days later they got it checked again... and it turns out there's a chance that it will collapse, so they're going to demolish it. As he's explaining this he starts to tear up and apologize.

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Yukito: "And Bethly..."

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Yukito: "I told you we'd make bright and happy memories but... I... I can't do anything..."

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Bethly: "...don't apologize..."

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Bethly: "It's nobody's fault... nobody did anything wrong"

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Bethly: "I... had fun. Making a sculpture, working hard together with everyone, was really fun"

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Bethly: "So I made plenty... bright and happy memories..."

And so their sculpture was taken down. They just brought a snowplow and demolished the thing.

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Hinata: "It took so much effort to build that, and now it's just destroyed like it's nothing..."

Everyone is understandably disappointed that they can't participate in the festival anymore, but Bethly has an idea...

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Bethly: "...a snowman. We can make a snowman"

They talk to the committee and they're allowed to build a whole bunch of tiny snowmen

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Yuzuki: "...they're cute"

Spoiler

Well, at least they got lots of footage for their Broadcasting Club documentary. But Momiji doesn't seem satisfied

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Momiji: "Can we really have our participation end like this?"

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Momiji: "It's true that the sculpture is gone... but, back then... remember what you said, Bethly? That if we could all participate in the snow festival it would be a lot of fun"

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Momiji: "We can still participate again next year, and the year after that. But Bethly only has this year, right?"

They talk about the possibility of rebuilding the sculpture, but smaller, so that they can realize Bethly's design.

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Bethly: "Hearing that from everyone makes me happy..."

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Bethly: "But the sculpture is gone... it can't be helped. It's over..."

As they look outside, they see that it's snowing.

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Hinata: "Oh! So NOW you fall!"

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Momiji: "If only it started earlier..."

I feel like the snow melting depends on the temperature, not whether it's actually snowing or not but okay.

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Hinata: "I'm going to go make a complaint!"

And she runs off. Everyone follows her outside, where she's using her footprints to write in the snow.

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Yukito: "You wrote "baka"... are you a middle-schooler?..."

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Yuzuki: "Ahaha... that's very Hinata-chan of her. But it looks fun. I think I'll do it too"

So they all start drawing in the snow, and draw something akin to Bethly's sculpture design.

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Bethly: "...this reminds me of that time in middle school"

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Bethly: "When he was seeing me off, Yukito did the same thing"

Apparently he drew a huge snowman on the airport's viewing platform. I don't remember if I mentioned that in the blog when it happened, in fact I don't remember it happening at all... But if they say it happened, it must have. And then Yukito realizes that they can do the same thing to participate in the snow festival. He has Bethly sketch a new drawing and they decide to use the university park that Bethly so aptly described as a canvas... as a canvas, and they get permission to do so from the festival committee and the university.

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Momo-chan-sensei: "It's a good idea... but how are you going to draw?"

Yukito then explains that they all got skis to use to trace out the lines of the sketch that Bethly made according to the instructions of the people up on the mountain, since the idea is that you'll be able to see the whole thing from there. At first Bethly and Yukito go up the mountain, but later on Yukito trades places with Hina. Bethly stays up there because she's the artist, after all. As they work late into the evening, Yukito's mom brings more food, uncluding...

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Maria: "Tada♪ Hololo's Special Canada-Style Pancakes! With lots of blueberries on top. Just spread some maple butter and enjoy!"

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Maria: "Fufufu... so, how are they, Bethly-chan?"

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Bethly: "Great job, Maria...!"

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"The sun began to rise, making the fresh snow glitter"

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Bethly: "My body is tired, but my heart is warm..."

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Bethly: "Because we finally finished it"

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Yuzuki: "It's beautiful..."

Bethly explains that since no two snowflakes are alike, this one represents them, and is unique. How delightfully cheesy :makina:

Probably about time for me to stop for today. Thanks for reading the entirety of this edition of "Reading Endless SoL Very Slowly. www"

Flutterz

Wow, I actually made another entry. Nobody saw that coming.

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After Yukito and Bethly's first time, we skip to two weeks later and he's elected as the president of the Broadcasting club and they talked about their plans in the club and I didn't pay too much attention because again the broadcasting club segments are the most boring ones. I think they were discussing what kind of snow sculpture to make and everyone gave exactly the suggestion you'd expect. Momiji wanted the Phantom of the Opera, Hina wanted 101 dog sculptures, Mizu-nee wanted a mini skating rink, Yukito's idea was the mountain and everyone berated him for the idea of making a snow sculpture of a snowy mountain (and rightly so), Yuzuki suggested a bunch of sweets but people pointed out that that wouldn't work with just white snow, and Bethly's idea was a snowman which everyone though was a bit generic.

They talked about the ideas a bit more on the way home, and I don't remember if we've seen these outfits before but in case we haven't, well, here they are

 

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Then it started snowing. It's a bit hard to tell from the screenshot because the snowflakes are animated.

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"The first snowfall..."

Then she tells them that they should hurry because she got an idea for the snow festival after reminiscing about her mom and couldn't wait to draw it. The next day she reveals that the idea was to build a snow fort... filled with tons of snowmen. And of course that's the idea that they end up going with, because this is her route after all :makina:

Afterwards Yukito had to stay late to do whatever in school and everyone had already left by the time he went home... except for Bethly of course.

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"Going home alone is kind of lonely..."

They hold hands (lewd) but it turns out her hands are cold from waiting for so long, so they snuggle up and get some canned coffee along the way, and Yukito presses it to her cheek.

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"It's nice and warm..."

Then because Yukito's cheek is still cold she rubs her warm cheek against his.

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"Ehehe..."

A few days later they start rehearsing for their broadcasting club thing, and it seems Momo-chan-sensei got bullied into sculpting too.

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"Making snow sculptures year after year, in this horrendous cold, is this some kind of punishment game? That's what I think whenever I see the snow festival..."

Then Yukito suggests they hold a training camp for snow sculpting.

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"Huh? A training camp?"

She tells him that she'll think about it but that he shouldn't hold his breath. Something tells me the training camp is going to happen, though. Genre-savviness, perhaps? Or maybe it's that basically the next scene shows everyone failing at sculpting, most notably Hinata.

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"AAAAAAH!?"

In fact Bethly's the only one of the girls who doesn't fail at it. Best girl: 1, not best girls: 0. She carves a pumpkin... out of snow, because Halloween is coming up soon. I wonder if they'll be dressing up...

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"Alright then, we should have a Halloween costume party too!"

Second-best girl to the rescue :makina:

Later that day when they're out shopping, Yukito says that Bethly could dress up as a nurse or a sister character from an anime.

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"...what does a nurse or a sister have to do with Halloween?"

Got him there.

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"...you were thinking of something lewd, weren't you?"

Got him again.

Skip to the 31st, and everyone arrives at Yukito's place because half of the people live there anyway. Conveniently, their parents are at another conference so they can make all the noise they want.

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"Oho, so we can make all the noise we want!"

First they eat and Momiji compliments Yuzuki's cooking

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"That's amazing, Yuzuki-chan! After graduating, you should become my bride~!"

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"H-huh? B-bride? That's... I can't be Nashiro-san's bride... we're both girls..."

Again, I don't remember if we've had this outfit before, but that's a cute dress Momiji's wearing. Also the maple hair ties. Get it? Momiji? Maple? (Momiji means maple for you plebs that don't know)

Then when they're about to go to different rooms to put on their costumes, Bethly is nowhere to be seen.

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"O-onii-chan... over there..."

Yuzuki finds a puddle of blood. How scary.

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"Uggghhh..."

And there's some freaky moaning coming from somewhere... and then the lights go out.

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Yuzuki: "Kyaaaaaa!?"

Once they gather their courage and go investigate the mysterious sound...

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"Kyaaaaaa!?"

Everyone but Yukito got scared shitless.

With that out of the way, everyone puts on their costumes and they decide to play a game in teams of 2, with the winner getting some amazing pumpkin pie, the loser having to eat worm gummies, and the team in the middle having to eat some fancy Genghis Khan chocolate.

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Let's see, a witch, a pumpkin, a devil, a former zombie and a... little sister?

Of course Yukito ends up on a team with Bethly, Hina gets paired with Yuzuki, and Momiji and Mizu-nee are left together. They decide (or rather Hina decides) that they're going to play the mummy game, where you have to wrap up your partner in toilet paper to make them look like a mummy.

Surprising absolutely nobody, team MC wins and team underclassmen ends up last.

After spending several lines telling the other to eat the apparently just one slice of pie, Hina devilishly interjects.

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"No, no, you have to eat it together"

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"It's delicious"

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"The Genghis Khan chocolate... isn't delicious..."

As the person who wanted the pie the most, Mizu-nee is probably the most disappointed. Afterwards everyone who doesn't already live there goes home.

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"...fuwa..."

TL note: "fuwa" means "yawn"

Yuzuki says she has to stay up and help clean up but Yukito and Bethly tell her that they'll handle it and that she should go to bed.

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"...honestly, I wasn't sure if I wanted to dress as a zombie. Because you'd say something like "I want to see something cute""

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"...so... actually, I bought a cute one too."

After making sure that Yuzuki is asleep, they go up to Bethly's room. She even tells him to turn around as she changes into it, but he ends up sneaking a peek through the mirror.

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"...pervert"

And they end up banging before she's even done changing.

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”This position... is embarrassing"

A few days later Momo-chan-sensei tells Yukito that his idea for a training camp has been approved. 

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So they start brainstorming idea for where to go.

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"Yay! Skiing! Onsen! Table tennis!"

Not going to lie, I'd love another skiing scene, but I doubt it'll happen. Yukito then informs Hina that the purpose is to practice snow sculpting and Momiji adds that they're going to need to go somewhere with a lot of snow.

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"In that case... Canada!"

Ambitious, as always. They eventually decide that they are going to the same town as they went for the ski trip, so maybe not all hope is lost?

Then we skip forward to the trip, and the first thing they do is go skiing! Or rather snowboarding, in Yukito and Bethly's case.

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"Could you teach me again...?"

Look at this stylin' new jacket. She starts off kind of shakily, but quickly gets the hang of it... until she crashes into Yukito.

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"...your face is covered in snow. Hahaha~"

Luckily no one got hurt. Afterwards they head to the hotel they're staying at.

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"Huh...? My room is the only one with a private open-air onsen?"

I'm sure that's not foreshadowing where the next h-scene is going to be... In the meantime they move on to the main event, which is snow sculpting. They all spend several hours making a gigantic 3-meter-tall pile of snow, and then start carving the castle out of it. You never actually get to see it but Momo-chan-sensei seems impressed.

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"W-what's that!? Woooooow!"

Then they end up having to destroy it because "what if someone trips over it" or some bullshit reason.

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"Uhh... I get it, but it seems kind of wasteful..."

Agreed. But since this is just them practicing I guess it's fine. After eating dinner they use the castle-turned-pile-of-snow to make a snow hut. But it's not big enough for all 6 of them, so they take turns going in pairs.

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"Then I'll go first with Yuzuki-chan! Afterwards Momiji-san and Mizuha-san can go, and then senpai and Bethly"

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Yuzuki: "Oh~... it really is warm in here..."

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Momiji: "If we had a brazier here, I could roast some mochi" (The snow hut was her idea and apparently that's what she used to do in snow huts)

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"...looks like an igloo..."

While they were discussing the differences between igloos and snow huts, everyone else mysteriously vanished.

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"I finally understood why Hina made us go last"

200 IQ MC right here, everyone.

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"I'm glad we started dating..."

Of course they spend most of their time in the hut making out. After get back to the hotel they all take a bath (separately, you perverts), but Bethly seems to be in trouble.

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"After taking a bath, I couldn't get back into my room. The door won't open, I think it's locked..."

This is probably a good time to mention that while Yukito gets his own room as a guy, the 5 girls plus Momo-chan-sensei are sharing 3 rooms... I wonder if Hina is Bethly's roommate. :makina:

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"Momo-chan"

Either this teacher is even more irresponsible than she seems, or she really wants these two to bang... more.

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"Well... then maybe you could stay in my room?"

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"...okay, let's do that"

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"But, somehow... that seems... a little indecent..."

Get your mind out of the gutter, Bethly. This is a Christian visual novel with no premarital affairs.

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Whoops, guess I spoke too soon. Turns out they went straight for the onsen, started play-biting and that got Bethly all hot and bothered and it all went downhill from there.

2 days later they're back home and Bethly's praying. Bit late for that, though

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"Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come..." (She didn't say quite that prayer but it hardly matters, to be honest)

Turns out she's not praying for forgiveness for having been a bad girl, but just because it's Christmas. She was sad for a bit when she remembered that she used to do the same with her mother, but it seems she's not as miffed about it these days. Time heals all wounds, I guess.

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"My grandmother would always pray for our family. Right now, you're all my family. So I'm praying for you... and for my dad who is back in Canada..."

How adorable. I bet the parents think she's using family as a figure of speech. Little do they know that their son, even after promising them he wouldn't bang Bethly, is banging Bethly. Anyway, after eating they exchanged gifts. Yuzuki got everyone some handmade donuts. Yukito got everyone new gloves. When his dad asks them if they're handmade too...

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Yukito: "Of course! ...is what I want to say, but actually I just bought them."

And Bethly made everyone christmas cards with different pictures on each one. And again we don't get to see any of this. I feel like they could have allotted 1% of this VN's budget to showing some of the random stuff people talk about, a-la some visual novels that will overlay a small window with a picture of some item that's being talked about.

After the party, Bethly walks in on Yukito studying English, and when she reminds him that's it's Christmas break and he can take it easy he replies

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"I can't take a break. Because just by studying English I feel like I'm growing closer to you."

What a sweetheart.

They talk a bit about the presents they got, each worried that theirs isn't good enough, and each reassuring the other that it is.

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"No, I'm not just being tactful. The thing I want the most is already here..."

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"Having said that, Bethly vigorously embraced me and buried her face in my chest"

Aww

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"I already have my present... I don't want anything else... as long as you're beside me... I'm happy..."

Awwwwwww

And surprisingly enough they don't even ruin the moment by immediately going to pound town.

I think I'll end it here for now. I've been reading a ton these past few days and I have quite a bit here even though I've been summarizing a lot of it. Also I think I'm having an easier time reading Japanese, I don't even need to look up every single word anymore. Turns out if you do something for a while you get better at it. Funny how that works.

 

Flutterz

I've gotta live up to the name of the blog, ya know?

Actually I recently found about about the Hoshi Ori patch that's being worked on right now, and that made me want to revisit Ginharu. I was considering just reading it on my own without updating the blog but that felt wrong. I'll probably end up disappearing for another year after a few entries, but we'll see. In the meantime, I'll probably have fewer screenshots and more summarization because I'm lazy.

Also it turns out that I never even published the previous entry in September of 2017, so here it is I guess

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"...of course you're still sleeping"

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*snoring sounds*

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"Doesn't look like he's planning on waking up. He must be tired from his part-time job."

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"As I tried to fix the covers..."

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"I looked towards his legs"

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"He was sleeping on his back. And his crotch..."

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"That part of his pajamas was stretched to the limit"

She's definitely a pervert, looking at sleeping guys' boners seems to be a hobby of hers.

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"What's going on? There's a weird sensation in my crotch..."

Spoiler

Thank god that mystery is solved, I was worried we'd never find out what was happening to his crotch

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Bit later Yukito gets a text from Momo-chan-sensei

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"Morning, you up?"

"Good morning"

"Sorry to bother you so early in the morning, but can you come to school right now?"

"Right now?"

”ASAP!"

"Something really important I need to tell you!!"

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"... what is it?"

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"Momo-chan-sensei told me to come to school immediately"

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"When I got to the clubroom, Momo-chan-sensei was sitting in a chair, all alone, with a stern look on her face"

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"You came"

That makes twice today

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"You said there was something important you had to tell me..."

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"Yes... very important"

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"Is it about me?"

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"Of course. This has everything to do with you"

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"... is this about Bethly too?"

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"Naturally"

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"Are you ready?"

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"Niimi-kun, you... you did it"

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"... did what?"

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"About your Hololo Snow Festival idea(something the broadcasting club is planning to do, idk if I've mentioned it here before, like I said it wasn't particularly interdasting)... it passed the first test"

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"There must be some misunderstanding. I understand you're worried about that, but my parents were very strict about..."

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"... wait, what did you just say?"

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"I just told you, the Hololo Snow Festival idea passed the first test"

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"The school got word yesterday. You passed. Congratulations!"

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"What's wrong? Aren't you glad?"

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"I am... I just thought you wanted to talk to me about something else..."

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"Well, what did you think I was going to tell you?"

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"Uh.... nothing important. I just thought it would be something bad based on your mood"

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"Oh, that was just acting. Wouldn't be any fun if you knew ahead of time"

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"I'm sorry... but if that was it, why couldn't you just tell me through LIME?"

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"I figured it would be better to tell you in person"

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"I'm home"

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"Welcome back"

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"Welcome back, onii-chan"

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"When I came home from work, Bethly and Yuzuki were there to greet me"

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"Also..."

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"Congratulations"

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"I already told everyone on LIME that I'd passed"

Everyone congratulated him on LIME too, even Bethly gave him her singular congratulation

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After Yuzuki goes to get the food ready

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"...did Momo-chan just want to tell you about the judgement?"

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"Yes, that was it. She doesn't know about us"

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"I see... that's a relief"

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The next day

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"I opened the piggy bank and laid the contents on the desk"

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"...8000, 9000, 10000, 21000, 25000..."

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"We have the amount we needed"

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"Hurray!"

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"We did it, Bethly"

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"Yeah, all thanks to you. All because you worked hard and saved a lot of money"

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"You also saved a lot by economizing, didn't you?"

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"I did, but it was your idea"

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"A-anyway, do we just need to go to the hospital with this?"

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"Yeah... we can get the pill in the gynecology department"

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"Since we have class on weekdays... I think I'll go this weekend"

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"I'll come with you. Will that make you less nervous?"

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"Yeah... thanks"

 

Now onto the stuff I read recently and not over a year ago

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Yukito finally earns enough money to buy Bethly the pill, so they go to the pharmacy and buy it. Turns out they need to wait a week before they can safely get it on, so in the meantime they go on a date.

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"Baa, baa. Baabaaa..."

They meet the sheep again, though Yukito doesn't correct her this time.

They have a nice picnic and eat Bethly's bento, and afterwards they hear the chapel bells ringing. Upon further investigation turns out there's a wedding being held and they're asked to participate in congratulating the newlyweds. Then they get their picture taken as they get showered in the remaining petals from the flower shower, and apparently it looks like a wedding photo.

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"Wedding..."
Skip to a week later (I wonder why :thinking:) and Bethly's looking at the photo

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"Bethly-san, what are you looking at? Oh, is this a photo of you with my brother?"

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"...haha"

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"Why are you laughing?"

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"Because it looks like a wedding photo."

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"You probably shouldn't show this photo to mom and dad."

I think Yuzuki already had a hunch about what was going on between the two of them but it's been over a year so I don't remember. Either way, she definitely knows now and is being a bro about it.

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"By the way, I'll be sleeping over at Hinata-chan's place tonight."

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"By the way... mom and dad aren't coming back from their conference until tomorrow. I think you already know, but just making sure."

What a wing-woman.

I think you can guess what happens next. Long-ass h-scene that I mostly skipped because translating those is a pain in the ass and it's not like it's hard to figure out what's happening. :makina:

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"So... will you be my first...?"

She later also tells him not to pull out because they've gone through enough bullshit to make sure she won't get pregnant anyway :makina:

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Here's some handholding for you degenerates

 

I was planning on adding more but since this entry now has the previous one in it too, I might as well stop here for now. There's a 50-50 chance I'll forget about Ginharu for another few years, so hold your breath and wait for the next entry!

 

Flutterz

Bethly seems to be up to something...

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"You went to the library, right? What sort of book did you borrow?"

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"...a reference book"

And then the next day

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"...I'm meeting Bethly here"

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"She has something she wants to discuss with me..."

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"Good evening. Can we talk...?"

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"Of course"

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"About... sex..."

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"Last time... you said you wanted to have sex with me"

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"However... sex shouldn't be taken lightly"

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"If you have sex, a child might... happen"

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"We're both students, and I'm an international one... my getting pregnant would be really inconvenient..."

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"So I researched it. About sex and contraception... I read a book from the library and asked Momo-chan-sensei"

How very responsible of her, and of this VN to teach its target audience (which is probably 12-year-old French girls and definitely not permavirgin otakus) about the importance of contraception

:thumbsup:

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"I... want to have sex with you too"

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"This is a savings box"

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"Well starts saving up a bit of money, and once we do, I'll buy the pill..."

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"So... can we wait a bit longer before having sex?"

After deciding that there won't be any ponos in vagoo just yet, they go back to where they left off last time

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"Do you like... my boobs...?"

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"Yes, I do"

Now this definitely needs censorshit :makina:

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The next day

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"Yuzuki, a present for you"

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"Huh, what is it?"

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"A tumbler. It matches the ones Bethly and I got. It wasn't very expensive"

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"All three of us got different colors"

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"Thanks!"

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"But why did you want to buy tumblers?"

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"Oh... we always buy drinks for lunch, right? It's kind of wasteful to do that every day."

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"That's true..."

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"But... are what are you trying to save up for all of a sudden?"

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"Just trying to create savings"

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"What are you going to put the savings towards?"

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"Uhh... well..."

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"After all, it's just better not to be wasteful, right?"

Nailed the excuse :makina:

Later he gets a call about a part-time job

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"Why are you getting a job all of a sudden?"

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"So that I can have a bit of disposable income..."

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"Haha, I get it! It's to go on dates with Bethly!"

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"Yeah... something like that"

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"Dates can end up costing a lot of money, right? Like hotel fees-"

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"Hi-hina!"

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"The next day..."

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"I-I'm home..."

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"I hear footsteps as Bethly comes to greet me"

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"Welcome home"

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"...are you alright?"

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"Y-yeah, I'm fine..."

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"You seem really tired..."

After dinner

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"Want some coffee?"

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"Yeah, thanks"

As Bethly goes to get her sketchbook to show her ideas for the documentary they're planning with the broadcasting club

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"Here it is. What do you think-"

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"zzz"

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"Haha... goodnight..."

The next day

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Yukito has trouble getting up...

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"It's time to wake up already"

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"zzzzz"

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"...Bethly...?"

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"...good morning"

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"Good morning..."

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"Why is Bethly here...?"

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"Moreover, why is she blushing..."

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"Uwaa!?"

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"I noticed the reason and quickly covered my crotch"

...but he doesn't have any trouble getting it up :Kappa:

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"S-sorry...!"

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"No... I'm the one who should be apologizing..."

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"Still... big"

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"...I'll help..."

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"Bethly crawled into bed"

Spoiler

I think this girl might be a pervert :makina:

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Once she's done, er, helping

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"Good morning, Onii-chan. You're surprisingly late today"

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"Oh, uh... I forgot to set an alarm..."

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"Where's Bethly? Didn't she go to wake you up?"

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"In the bathroom, I think she needs to brush her teeth"

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"Huh? I thought she'd brushed her teeth earlier...?"

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"Oh-... yeah, but she said that she needs to brush them a second time..."

This blog is way overdue as it is because of RL so I'm just going to stop here for now

Flutterz

Yukito almost oversleeps and Yuzuki ends up having to wake him up

Spoiler

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"That's true. I'll go take a shower"

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"Uh.. but-"

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"I'll be quick, and then we'll get ready to go out."

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"No, that's not what I mean, Bethly-san is-"

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"It's fine if she goes alone. Would you tell her to go ahead? Afterwards I'll catch up to her. I'm counting on you, Yuzuki!"

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"Anyway, I should take a quick shower and get ready-"

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"Yukito...?"

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"S-sorryyyyyyyyy!"

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"That... wasn't on purpose... I didn't know you were in there..."

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"Bethly didn't say anything, she didn't blame me nor glare at me, but intently stared at my face."

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"Uhh... anyway, I'm sorry!"

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I guess she didn't mind too much :makina:

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"Your hair is such a mess! Haha"

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"You should go fix it quickly, otherwise you'll be late"

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"Y-yeah, but..."

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"I don't mind what happened. I understand you didn't do it on purpose, so it's fine."

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"But... I was a little embarrassed"

Only a little?

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"Sorry... I didn't get a good look..."

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"...lewd"

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"I almost forgot..."

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"Bethly hugged me"

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They're not even hiding in their rooms anymore :Kappa:

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"See you later"

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"Bethly-san was in the shower earlier and I tried to tell you... but it seems she's already out, so it's fine."

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"Y-yeah"

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"... or perhaps you didn't notice she was in there, walked in and saw her naked?"

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"N-no, nothing like that"

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"Then it's fine. Weren't you going to go take a quick shower?"

At lunch everyone make a crappy excuse about why they'll be late so it's just Yukito and Bethly. Turns out the reason she was taking a shower was because she was making deep-fried chicken for the bento and got her hair dirty. It seems to have been worth it though

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"This isn't ordinary, it's delicious"

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"Is it the best?"

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"Of course, the best in the world"

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"World-record-winning fried chicken..."

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"Is that an exaggeration?"

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"It's the truth. I'm going to eat another"

Eventually he runs out of chicken in his bento

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"Bethly grabbed the fried chicken in her bento and put it in mine-"

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"...aaaah"

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"U-umm.."

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"She carefully put it in my mouth" That's what she said

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"...you're blushing"

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"I've heard that Japanese guys like the "aaah" thing"

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"Then, will you eat one more?"

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"..aaaah"

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"It's tasty, isn't it, senpai?"

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"How was it~?"

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"It was..."

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"It waaaas...?"

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"It made me happy..."

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idfk how to translate this, I know what it means but not how to say it in English in a way that makes any sort of sense

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"Since when... were you watching?"

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"Since just now. Don't worry. I'm the only one who saw you"

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"But senpai and Bethly-san are so lovey-dovey..."

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"But don't worry about me. Please, go on being lovey-dovey"

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"Look, there's still some fried chicken left!"

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"Do you want some more?"

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"Well... yes"

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"W-wow... for some reason it feels like I'm peeking at something forbidden...!"

Later the rest of the girls show up

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"Hinata-chan, today's lunch is wonderful, isn't it?"

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"Hina had ordered the cafeteria's fried chicken set."

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"Somehow I'm feeling a bit hungry. Fried chicken is delicious, isn't it?"

Oh Hina :makina:

On the weekend they go on a pool date

Spoiler

But it takes Bethly a while to come out of the changing room

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"...it's embarassing"

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"It's okay, you have a good figure, so any swimsuit will suit you"

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"She timidly came out, displaying her whole body"

 

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"Hey, my eyes are up here"

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"You look really cute, Bethly"

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"T-thanks..."

And just as they're about to jump in

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"...I can't swim..."

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"Huh? But, we had lessons in middle school-"

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"I didn't swim, I just went in the water"

So of course Yukito starts teaching her

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"First you have to practice going underwater. Keep standing, put your face in the water, and try to hold your breath for as long as possible. If you start to struggle, raise your head quickly."

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"And go..."

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*gasps for air*

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"Uh... already?"

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"Huff... huff... It's painful... I couldn't breathe..."

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"Y-yeah... then, before submerging your face, why not take a deep breath?"

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"Got... it..."

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"Ready? Take a deep breath!"

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*gasps for air* "H-how did I do?"

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"Y-you improved by 3 seconds"

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"Am I good enough to swim now?"

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"Uh... well, yeah... you'll manage... probably... somehow...?"

And then she drowns. Bad end.

Kidding, I don't think this VN even has any bad ends. Plus I'm pretty sure you physically can't drown with buoys that big.

She gets the hang of it eventually, though. On their way back they rent a movie and decide to watch it together

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"Alright, I got the drinks"

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"I got the sweets"

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"Bethly sat in front of me, leaning back on me"

I feel like I've seen this angle in other VNs before :Kappa:

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"Comfortable?"

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"It's relaxing"

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"It's not too hard on you, is it?"

Heh, hard

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"She pushed the play button and the movie started"

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"Besides this [romance movie], we got an action movie and a comedy. All of them were foreign movies to help me practice English."

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"The subtitles were turned off to help my listening comprehension. Anything I didn't understand, Bethly would explain."

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"Those are Shakespeare's words"

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"This is a good way to learn pick-up lines..."

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"...who are you planning to seduce?"

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"Aside from you, nobody..."

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"Haha..."

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"The love scene grew more intense. As expected, it transitioned into a bedroom scene."

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"As we stay silent, the scene escalates"

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"Oh, right, I think the reason everyone was talking about this movie was because of an intense sex scene..."

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"I wonder if it feels good..."

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"I don't know yet... because nobody has touched me..."

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"Is it okay... if I touch you?"

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"It's... fine..."

This raises the question, at what point does a CG become NSFW? The one above is SFW-ish, I suppose, and if she had her top off it'd be quite clearly NSFW, but what if the MC just puts his hands over her shirt? Unlike the previous CG there's definite sexual implication there, but unlike the other option she's not actually naked... 3EG3IOn.png

Either way, I'm going to stay on the safe side and apply some censorshit to this lewdness, I am still a mod here after all, the rules say no NSFW, and mods should lead by example

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There, not lewd at all

But after he moves his hand somewhere he shouldn't, Bethly gets up

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"...hey"

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"...do you want to...?"

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"I want to... have sex with you..."

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"But, I think mutual readiness is important... so if you don't like it, I won't do it anymore"

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"I don't dislike it... but... I just want a bit more time"

And then she leaves

Will the MC get to put the ponos in the vagoo? Find out next time (probably)!

 

Flutterz

Haven't read much last week, hopefully I can rectify that this week

Spoiler

Everyone is out again, and Bethly makes covfefe

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"Should we go somewhere?"

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"Like on a date"

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"Date, date..."

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"Let's go on a date...!"

She decides she wants to go on a "Japanese date", whatever that is

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"Why... are we wearing uniforms? We don't have school today..."

Be careful what you wish for, I guess

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"I thought we could do a uniform date"

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"Uniform date...?"

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"Memories that you can only make as a student..."

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"How lovely..."

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"Okay, give me your hand"

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"Hand... a handshake?"

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"Let's hold hands"

How lewd

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"Ah... okay"

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"Uniform date, hand-holding... I'm really happy..."

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"By the way, Bethly. About the plan for today's date..."

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"I thought about it and decided to go with a classic"

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"Which is...?"

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"Karaoke and then a meal"

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"Karaoke...! Karaoke bar!?"

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"What's a karaoke bar?"

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"A karaoke bar is where you sing karaoke..."

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"Bars have karaoke machines, everyone drinks and sings... at least that what I've heard... kids aren't allowed there"

I'd love to comment on whether that statement is accurate, but I've never been to a bar nor done karaoke, so I'll have to take her word for it

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"I see... but in Japan it's completely different"

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"Even kids can go and it's fun for people of all ages"

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"Fun for everyone... is it like a game centre?"

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"Yes. It'll definitely be fun"

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"This is Japanese-style karaoke..."

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"Amazing... I'll have the white snow soda..."

There should be a Ginharu drinking game where you take a sip every time snow is referenced... good luck staying out of the hospital

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"Okay... let's sing"

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"...sing?"

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"Well, when it comes to karaoke you have to sing"

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"I'm... going to sing too?"

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"You don't sing much?"

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"I sang at church... as a child"

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"You didn't have music class?"

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"I had dancing lessons..."

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"Is it okay if I just listen?"

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"No, I want you to participate"

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"Participate... how?"

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"With these maracas"

He brought maracas to a karaoke place... how provident of him.

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"Shake shake shake"

After they do a few songs in this manner

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You're probably thirsty, right? I'll give you a drink... aaah"

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"Umm... if I sing..." 

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"Will you listen?"

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"Of course"

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"Mary had a little lamb, little lamb,

Mary had a little lamb, whose fleece was white as snow."

She's such a liar, she's a great singer

They get some food and Yukito asks Bethly what she ate in Canada

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"Lots of pizza, poutine, and the like..."

Can confirm that's basically all Canadians eat

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"Poutine?"

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"French fries with sauce and cheese"

She complains about how her dad didn't let her get any desserts because he was worried about her calorie count, but they decided it was thanks to him that she has such a nice figure. (idk, I can see at least 2 "calories" :makina:) But Yukito says it's fine to get a dessert since it's a date

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"In that case, I'll have the jumbo strawberry parfait...!"

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"But... my dad would say I shouldn't eat it..."

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"Let's get it, we can share"

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"I think that's a really good idea"

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>tfw you see a very large... parfait

Of course Bethly ends up eating most of it :makina:

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Spoiler

A few days later Bethly helps make bentos

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Step-mom: "Well then, Bethly and Yuzuki, you should hurry up and eat breakfast"

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Yuzuki: "I got it"

That's Bethly's line :conspiracy:

At lunch everyone wants to try some of Bethly's konnyaku steak

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"It's really tasty"

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"Itadakimasu... it's good! Bethly-san! It's really good!"

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"I'm relieved..."

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"I want some too, please, Senpai!"

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"This is delicious! It's really good, Bethly-san!"

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"I'd like to try some too~"

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"And me"

After everyone ends up eating Yukito's bento, Bethly shares some of hers with him

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"Wa~ lovey-dovey~"

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"This is undoubtedly love, love!"

Apparently those were whispers because Yukito wasn't supposed to hear :makina:

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"Are you two going out?"

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"Are you~?"

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"Are you? Are you?"

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"Are you, onii-chan?"

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"Ummm... I have something to tell you all"

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"Bethly and I have started dating"

Everyone is happy for them

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"But... do mom and dad know?"

Yuzuki asking the important questions

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"You're keeping it a secret from your family, huh"

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"Secret love... it's like Romeo and Juliet~! Anyway, congratulations!"

I just hope it doesn't end like Romeo and Juliet...

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"Congratulations, senpai!"

Later that night

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*kissing noises*

They've done this several times now but I didn't include screenshots because there's no CG and the dialogue isn't exactly riveting prose :makina:

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"... wait a second"

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"What is it?"

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"As I moved away from Bethly and towards the door I noticed it was open a little"

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So she's a voyeur too :makina:

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"...did you see?"

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"H-huh? S-see what?"

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"Yu. Zu. Ki."

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"I-I didn't...! I didn't see anything!"

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"I don't know that onii-chan and Bethly-san were hugging and kissing!"

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"D-don't worry! I won't tell mom and dad!"

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"Don't worry about me, you can just go back to whatever it was you were doing...!"

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"G-goodnight!"

More broadcast club stuff happens but nothing particularly exciting, the gang ends up going to the skating rink

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"Wa~ Kisaragi-senpai is so skilled~! Amazing!"

Nothing interesting about this line, but I think this is the first time I've seen Momiji in casual clothes in high school and she's pretty 5/7

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"Not all Canadians can skate"

Damn asians racist as always

Of course, Bethly ends up falling, as usual

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"Umm... can you show me where your butt hurts?"

Disguising his ill intentions as concern, clever!

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"...okay, I'll show you"

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"Bethly put the ice pack on the desk, turned around, and began to pull up her skirt"

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"Onii-chan, is Bethly-san oka-"

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"S-sorry for disturbing...!"

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"...she completely misunderstood"

No, I'm pretty sure she's the only one who understood correctly :makina:

 

Flutterz

School starts and the broadcasting club does interviews of Mizu-nee and Bethly

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"By the way, from what I've heard... Bethly-san, is it true you're staying with Yukito and Yuzuki?"

Somewhat unrelated, but while I was googling "homestay" to figure out how to word that sentence properly before deciding not to use that word, I found this, uhh, interesting link on google

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Only girls and only university/college age...

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"Huh... you guys live in the same house?"

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"Yes... I'm staying with the two of them"

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"You registered as a host family?"

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"Yes, although I didn't even know about it..."

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"But Bethly didn't get to choose her hometay, right? And yet they selected exactly you"

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"That's the power of love!"

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"Their love brought them together! That's definitely what happened! Right, Bethly-san?"

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"...I didn't really understand what you said"

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"So sly! You're definitely fluent enough to know what I said!"

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"Were you studying English?"

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"Ah, I'm thinking of taking the 1st level English test next time"

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"I managed the 2nd level test last year. But I want to understand English even better"

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"I want to be able to speak English anyway. Someday I'll go to Canada to be with you... and I'm preparing for that"

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"You really came back to Japan. So next time, it's my turn"

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"Okay, I'll be waiting. Do your best. If there's any way I can help, I'll do it"

So she helps him with English a bit

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"Umm..."

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"Come to my room before bed"

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"I want to say goodnight"

...

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"I was waiting"

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"In Canada you're supposed to hug before bed"

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"When I was a kid mom and dad hugged me a lot... "Good morning", "welcome back", "good night"... I'll be very relieved if you do that..."

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I spread my arms and hugged Bethly

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"So warm..."

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"This really relaxes me..."

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I, on the other hand, was exciting and was definitely not relaxing...

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"...If you want, we can do this every day"

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"Really?"

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Yuzuki: "Good night, mom"

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"Oh, onii-chan and Bethly-san?"

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"Oh, Yuzuki. Are you going to bed?"

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"Yeah..."

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"A-anyway... good night"

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"Good night"

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"Good night"

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"...was I interrupting, by any chance?"

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"Huh, interrupting what?"

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"Ehehe. I'm sorry, onii-chan. Good night"

I figured she was a ditz at the start of the VN, but she seems to be fairly sharp when it comes to her onii-chan :Kappa:

Couple of days later

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"Good morning, Bethly"

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"Good morning... I think this will help you wake up" 

She hands him the coffee because she's on covfefe duty

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"Oh, thanks"

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"Um..."

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"Do you want a morning greeting?"

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"Good morning, Bethly"

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"Can I kiss you on the cheek?"

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"Yeah... of course..."

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Step-mom: "Are you two awake?"

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The cockblocking never ends in this household :^)

As they head to school

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"It's a bit cold so Bethly rubs her hands together"

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"I gently grasped her hands"

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"...warm..."

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"Do you want to go somewhere after school today?"

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"Since it's getting a bit warmer... how about it?"

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"A date, kind of"

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"Okay"

So they went to their favourite place

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"With Bethly's eyes shining, we began building a snowman"

Bit later

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"I remember... when we were in middle school, you confessed your feelings to me here..."

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"Back then I couldn't return your feelings... but now..."

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"This time, I want to voice... the feelings I've held for a while..."

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"Will you listen...?"

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"Of course"

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"Slowly, Bethly walked up to me"

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"This is a little embarrassing..."

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"I'm still not very good at Japanese... but saying it in English feels wrong... so I'll just say one thing"

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"I love you"

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"You haven't changed since then... do you still like me?"

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"I like you more than I did back then"

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"I want to be with you... forever, if possible"

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"I want to be with you too, Bethly"

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"Then... can we be lovers now?"

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"We are, from now on, and forever"

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Spoiler

Eventually they make it back home

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"Welcome home, onii-chan and Bethly-san"

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"Yuzuki... what time is it?"

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I mean, I don't think I really need to TL this :makina:

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"Phew... we're safe"

Come on, a 9 pm curfew? For 2nd-year high school students? They must be like 16-17 by now. That seems just a tad absurd.

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Yukito's dad: "We need to talk. Let's go to your room"

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"A scolding?"

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Step-mom: "You could say that"

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"Why is he mad?"

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"Because he made you stay out so late"

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"But it was my idea to go to Danbou mountain"

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"It's his responsibility as an older brother to bring you home"

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"Why?"

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"Because he's a boy"

Wow, such blatant sexism

Meanwhile

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Dad: "... since you're in puberty, it's impossible for you to not have noticed"

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"As part of a host family, I have an obligation to take care of her as a daughter. In other words, we are like her foster parents in Japan"

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"It's the same for you. Staying with such a beautiful girl, you might be having all kinds of thoughts..."

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"Don't commit any improper conduct with Bethly, alright?"

THE COCKBLOCKING NEVER ENDS IN THIS HOUSEHOLD :^)

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"Of course. I completely understand, dad."

After Yukito explains to Bethly what the "scolding" was about

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"So... we can't be lovers?"

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"Well... kind of"

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"But I don't intend to uphold that promise"

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"Huh...?"

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"We like each other, so it'd be silly to try and repress that"

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"I feel bad for my dad, but I can't do it"

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"So we're still lovers. That much isn't going to change."

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"I'm glad..."

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"I love you"

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"I loove you too..."

And then they make out right after his dad asked him not to. His dad right now, probably:

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"...sorry, dad."

 

Flutterz

Skip to February and it's time for Bethly to go back to Canada

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Because of a snowstorm delays happen, yadda yadda, anyway Yukito rushes to the airport while the gang rushes to the post office to take a photo of some documents that came in the mail, and Yukito shows Bethly the photo

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"I applied to be an exchange student"

And this music starts playing (shameless plug :Kappa:)

Time to find out what the response was!

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"The [text] reply came instantly"

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"The result is..."

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"The document said... "fail""

RIP the exchange student dream

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"I'm sorry, Bethly..."

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"No, don't apologize..."

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"Don't apologize, I'm the one who should apologize"

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"I thought my dad would object. Being separated from mom again..."

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"So I thought I would just keep looking at it..."

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"But... I've decided..."

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"Bethly slowly opened the envelope"

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"It's an exchange student pamphlet"

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"To help Canadians become exchange students in Japan"

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"I'll also take the exam"

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"I don't know if I'll pass, or if my dad will be okay with it..."

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"But if I pass... I will come to Japan again..."

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"I... like you too. I really want us to be together. So... I'm going to do my best."

And now it's literally a year later, Valentine's day the next year.

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Yukito gets lots of chocolate from his fans due to his work in the broadcasting club. Also updated sprites for all of the characters (basically just bigger boobs)

Momiji is helping Yukito in the broadcast club

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"Here's my obligation chocolate"

Yuzuki seems to be a miko now, based on her outfit

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"Welcome home, onii-chan"

Also nevermind about the "boobs getting bigger" thing :Kappa:

Yukito also gets a parcel from Bethly

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"The results of my exchange student test are coming soon. I don't know if I'll pass, but if I do I'd like to spend the winter with you again."

Also can I just mention that it's super weird that they communicate via snail mail when they live in a world with the internet? I get that it's a parcel this time around, but from what I've seen before it seems they don't use any sort of messaging app. They've clearly heard of the internet, they've looked things up and they have their LIME chat (which I'm assuming works over the internet, I might be wrong though) so this seems just a tad silly.

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"The inside of the box is filled with a snow-like packing material. When I gently moved the packing material, a bright-red rose appeared."

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"Be on your guard, Yuzuki-chan"

10/10 shirt btw "The second floor to 100 dogs to know you have enouge"

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"Long time no see"

Also everyone seems to be scheming behind Yukito's back...

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"What should we do... we have to hurry up with the keikaku..." (TL note: keikaku means plan)

And just as Mizu-nee was about to accidentally spill the beans

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"Nooo~~~!"

Damn you Momiji :makina:

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"Starting in April, we'll hopefully be going to the same school as senpai!"

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"We're going to get all the one-room classroom members together again!"

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"Hi-Hinata-chan!"

Thanks Hina, I can always rely on you to help me out :sacchan:

Incidentally, Yukito orders a bunch of roses to send to Bethly for white day, however...

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"Can you send plants overseas?"

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"Huh...?"

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"They might be quarantined or something"

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"But Bethly sent me..."

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"Wasn't that through a flower gift service?"

You idiot :makina:

Though based on what Hina said, it seems this might not be a problem

Later that day

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I take the whole thing about not using the internet back, this VN thought of everything!

A few days later everyone's preparing for a party but nobody tells Yukito what it's about

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Yuzuki and Hina blindfold Yukito and get him into the car

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"This way, onii-chan"

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"Fufufu... senpai, do you know where we are? You don't, do you?"
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"One, two, three..."

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"Bethly"

She passed the student exchange thing! Furthermore

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Yukito's step-mom: "Bethly-san is going to be staying at our place"

His parents are letting them live under the same roof... I didn't know they wanted to be grandparents already :Kappa:

In reality their family applied to be a host family and because of which school she wanted to go to their family was (luckily) picked

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"A victory for love! Good luck, senpai and Bethly-san!

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"Come on, Bethly-san! Victory! For love!

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"Victory, for love..."

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"Rabu victory!"

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"Rabu... victory..."

Eventually everyone goes to take Hina home (or falls asleep drunk if they are Yukito's dad) and Yukito shows Bethly around the place

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"This is Yukito's room... is it okay if I enter?"

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"Smells like roses"

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"I have a present for you"

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I took the bouquet out of the drawer.

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"A bouquet of white roses..."

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"They smell nice... they have such a nice color... they're like snow"

A few weeks later

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Before I start this spoiler block, shoutout to :ipb: for being a retarded piece of garbage that not only doesn't save drafts, but doesn't even keep your posts if you accidentally click away and come back immediately. So the translations might be a bit off because I'm not going to go back and search for 50 different lines I've screenshotted to look up all the kanji again, so I'm just doing it from memory.

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"Everyone's out doing errands, it's a busy time because the school year is starting soon."

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"Do you want breakfast?"

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"What's for breakfast?"

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"My mom's pancakes"

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"Yes"

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"Thanks, I'm going to go take a shower"

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"Umm"

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"Bethly? What is it?"

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"Where is the bath towel that I should use?"

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"Wait a moment, I'll get it for you"

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"Umm, is it okay if I come in?"

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"Yes, it's fine"

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"I opened the door a little, I could only see Bethly's face"

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"Thanks"

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"Y-yeah... well then..."

And he leaves.

I don't know what you were expecting :makina:

It's a pretty interesting contrast to tone works' last VN where 2 hours in you're in a bathtub with one of the heroines (with a CG of her being naked, of course) and it's not even her route yet. Not sure how it is in Hatsukoi 1/1, I still haven't read it even though it's been translated. Maybe after Ginharu.

After finding out her hair dryer doesn't work because of the voltage (or amperage, idk) Bethly borrows Yukito's dryer, but his is too weak so she ends up borrowing Yuzuki's.

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"Your hair has gotten really long since middle school"

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"Does it look nice?"

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"It does, you look very mature"

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"Huh..."

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"You've become really beautiful"

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"In middle school you were cute... now you're beautiful"

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"T-thanks..."

They decide to go out and buy her a dryer that actually works

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"This town has changed a little"

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"Yeah, some of the shops have changed"

The stop at the arcade along the way because

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"I'll get a bigger toy this time. I know it..."

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"Japanese game center... UFO crane machines... are scary"

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"I'm glad I came back to Japan. I'm glad I got a homestay here."

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"But most of all... I'm glad I met you again"

 

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"By the way, we still haven't done the reunion greeting"

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"In Canada you're supposed to hug and kiss on the cheek..."

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"Isn't that the farewell?"

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"They're the same"

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"It's kind of embarrassing, could you close your eyes?"

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"Okay..."

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Yuzuki: "I'm home~"

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"Senpai, cheese~"

Apparently that's how teenagers greet each other in Japan nowadays :makina:

When Bethly goes to get the two of them coffee...

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"Heeey, senpai... before we arrived you were alone with Bethly, weren't you?"

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"Yes, why?"

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"Don't play dumb. Did you get a kiss yet?"

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"A k-kiss, Hina, you-" *sound of cups breaking"

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"I'm sorry... it slipped out of my hand"

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"Probably because your hands were shaking~"

Later still (this is probably one of the longest days in the game so far, maybe aside from the very first few) Bethly shows Yukito that his step-mom bought her a school uniform

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"Wearing uniforms is fun"

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"They don't wear uniforms in Canada?"

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"They do in some schools, but it's rare. Most use regular clothes."

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"You should try wearing it, I want to see you in it"

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"Huh... you want to see me wearing it?"

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"Yes, I want to be the first one to see you in it"

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"Close your eyes until I tell you, okay?"

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"Uhh... skirt... ribbon... okay..."

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"You can open your eyes"

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"How is it?"

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"It's cute!"

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"Should I wear mine too?"

So he changes too

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"Ehehe... just as I thought, it looks great..."

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"We match"

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"Starting tomorrow, we're going to the same school in these uniforms..."

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"Have you decided which club you want to join?"

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"You're in the broadcasting club, right?"

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"That's right"

A bit more chit-chat and the day finally ends

This post is probably way too long now, so I think I'll stop here for now.

 

Flutterz

After much deliberation, we get Bethly's answer!

Spoiler

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"I'm sorry."

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"It doesn't mean I dislike you... I don't dislike you..."

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"But... this is not my country" (TL note: this is probably wrong and I'm shit)

A few days later it's time to clean the pool again (apparently it's already been a year since the route started) and this time lots of people come to help, including Yuzuki but not Bethly (because she was told that there are enough volunteers this time so girls don't need to help...)

While cleaning the pool Yuzuki figures out that Yukito confessed to Bethly, and he tells her that he did indeed and she said no.

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"So you're giving up?"

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"Giving up... I guess I have no choice"

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"You can't give up!"

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"If you really like her you can't give up!"

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"Well, what do you want me to do? I have no choice but to give up..."

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"Bethly-san doesn't dislike you, right?"

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"So you can't give up..."

Nice to see she's being so supportive of her onii-chan's happiness

Later that day Yukito talks to his dad and step-mom

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"I have something to tell you... or rather ask of you..."

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"What is it all of a sudden... oh, do you want a bigger allowance?"

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"No, it's about my career choice, or rather..."

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"It has to do with my entire future"

... and fade to black. I can only assume he plans to kidnap Bethly and wants his parents to bail him out of jail... either that, or he's planning on moving to Canada.

Skip to the end of the year

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Christmas party at Bethly's place!

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"Merry Christmas!"

Haven't seen Mizu-nee in literally a year :makina:

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"By the way, where is your dad?"

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Brian: "I'm manning the kitchen today. Look, is the turkey baked yet?" (TL note: again, I suck, also despite being written in Japanese her dad only speaks English so he actually said it in English... they were just too lazy to translate it to English I guess)

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"What did your dad say?"

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"He said he's manning the kitchen. Thank you, Brian"

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"You understood what Brian was saying?"

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"Huh? I just got the feeling that that's what he said"

You liar, you've been practicing :sachi:

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Brian: "Relax and enjoy yourselves today"

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"Hey, understood him this time! Enjoy, OK!"

Her route is definitely next, in case I hadn't mentioned that :Kappa:

When it's time to leave Hina has a super important question

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"Hey, what do Canadians do when saying goodbye?"

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"Well... they hug and kiss each other on the cheek..."

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"Everyone, let's do it!"

She just wants to smooch her senpai :makina:

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"I think I'll refrain"

This guy is literally the opposite of a harem protag

Later on Yuzuki runs off to Hina's place because she forgot something and Yukito and Bethly go find her... and stop to make a snowman along the way.

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"About earlier..."

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"Hugging and kissing [on the cheek]"

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"Well, between boys and girls... maybe in Canada nobody cares, but here everybody cares"

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"In Canada, nobody cares"

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"And there's nobody here..."

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"Close your eyes, okay?"

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"Of course"

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"But my cheek is pretty cold"

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"That doesn't matter..."

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"I slowly closed my eyes"

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This seems like a pretty good stopping point for now :^)

Flutterz

This post is from all the reading I've done over the weekend, so there's a lot of stuff here

Not much else happens over the summer, Bethly goes back to Canada for a while and she and Yukito send each other snail mail. Once summer break is over, they go back to doing their "one-room classroom" thing.

Spoiler

Hina is surprised to hear it's hot in Canada.

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"It was really hot"

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"Huh, really? Isn't Canada supposed to be really cold?"

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"It's always cold... but this year it's hot"

This VN is too real, only it's not just this year, it's been way too hot for the past several years. Global warming is a hoax though :Kappa:

Eventually everyone ends up looking at Bethly's sketchbook and Hina notices something

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"Bethly-san, you've been to the sheep hill park? When? With whom?"

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"Before summer break... umm... there were just the two of us..."

She's blushing!

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"Ooh, just the two of you?"

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"You kept it a secret from us, huh?"

A few time skips later, without a ton of particularly notable events, and it's winter again. Time to plan an activity for the winter break and it looks like it's going to be skiing

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"First things first, we should figure out where-"

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"Ooh, me!"

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"Okay, Hina"

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"Cana-"

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"Rejected."

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"So quickly! I didn't even say anything yet!"

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"You were going to say Canada anyway, weren't you?"

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"N-no! Cana... Cana... Kanagawa prefecture! Kanagawa prefecture's ski area in Kamakura!"

Naisu seivu!

Eventually they figure out something a bit more realistic than another country... sorry, prefecture.

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""Temperatures as low as -20! Welcome to the Shibare town's ski area, the coldest place in Japan"...?"

They ended up going there, the absolute madmen.

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"C-c-coooooooold! Haha! Coooooooooold!?"

Pretty sure Hina's already gone mad(der?) from the cold

Now's probably the best time to point out that skiing is one of my favourite things, so any VN that has skiing in it (which isn't a whole lot of VNs) automatically becomes twice as good for me. It's part of why I enjoyed Da Capo 2 more than I probably should have. That's not to say it was bad otherwise, it was certainly a big improvement over the original Da Capo.

Anyway, turns out Bethly's never gone skiing before (or snowboarding in this case) so Yukito has to teach her.

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Takes her a little while to get the hang of it

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"I'm sliding!"

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"Huh... Hina is quite skilled"

I really hope they do a ski trip in other routes, but it kinda seems like it might a Bethly route thing. Also there are no skiing CGs or sprites :komari:

Later that day

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These text convos generally give me a lot of grief because VNR doesn't pick them up, so I have to look up the kanji myself, this one's not too bad though.

"Can I come over later?"

"Sure, when?"

"In 30 minutes"

"Got it, I'll be waiting"

Looks like someone has a date... I thought the porny stuff wasn't supposed to start until high school :Kappa:

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"Today is cold, really cold. So we might be able to see the aurora."

I guess they're not doing porny stuff just yet :makina:

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"Without you, I'd be all alone in Japan."

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"That's not true. You're on good terms with the others, right?"

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"But most of all, with you"

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"You were the first one that befriended me, it made me happy..."

Muh kokoro

But then

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"It's beautiful"

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"I'm glad I was able to make some memories..."

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"Bethly?"

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"I'm going back to Canada"

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"Once I finish middle school, I'm going back to Canada."

Well shit :komari:

Pretty much immediately after that we skip to april when the next school year is starting.

Spoiler

This is their 3rd year in middle school so once it's over, well...

In the meantime, Bethly and Yukito are in the same classroom again, but even Momiji is elsewhere now. No more third-wheeling for you, Nashiro-san. :makina:

Bethly of course gives her introduction, but rather than giving a nervous introduction in English like last year...

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"Hello everyone, my name is Bethly Rose Daisley."

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"Please call me Bethly. I'm from Canada and this is my second year in Japan."

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"I'm still studying Japanese. I hope to get along with you all."

They of course do their one-room classroom (without Mizu-nee of course, since she's in high-school now), and Momiji gets rekt as always

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"Bethly-san and senpai are in the same class again? So are Yuzuki and I, right, Yuzuki-chan~"

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"I'm feeling a bit alienated for some reason~"

As Yukito and Yuzuki head home, it seems she's figured out that Bethly is going back to Canada, and not just that...

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"You like Bethly, don't you?"

To be fair, it's pretty obvious :^)

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"What are you saying? We're just friends..."

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"It's a misunderstanding"

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"It's not a misunderstanding. I'm absolutely sure..."

After school the next day, Yukito and Bethly get pancakes at his mom's cafe.

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"Thanks for waiting~ Wololo cafe's special pancakes, with extra-light maple syrup from Canada"

Damn racist, assuming all Canadians like maple syrup. I mean, she's not wrong, but you shouldn't just assume.

After walking her home he goes back to his mom's cafe and meets Momo-chan-sensei, who was having trouble finding a job but finally managed to get in as a teacher at Mizu-nee's high school.

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"After middle school she's going back to Canada"

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"I see... well then, you'll just have to confess before that."

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".....what are you talking about?"

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"W-wait, confess... who to whom?"

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"You, to Bethly."

Looks like everyone has figured it out already :makina:

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"Seeing your attitude to Bethly-chan today, I could tell at a glance"

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"Of course he's going to confess"

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"I'm not"

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"Huh~? Why not~?"

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"Bethly is going to Canada no matter what... I don't want to trouble her by saying boring stuff."

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"Boring stuff... how saying you like someone boring? Isn't that something really important to say?"

A few days later after school, Yukito and Bethly go back to the mountain because that's the only place where there's any snow left and they want to make a snowman.

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"I want to take a photo"

I guess this is all part of her master plan. She didn't have any sketches of Yukito in her sketchbook because she didn't have any photos of him (because you can't draw people if it's not from a photo, I guess??) 

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"Okay, give me your smartphone and I'll take one"

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It seems the master plan has failed

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"Umm.."

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"What is it?"

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"We're the only ones here"

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"Y-yeah... it's a weekday, and once it gets warmer I'm sure there will be more people..."

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"I want to take a photo together"

She went for it! But since they couldn't ask anyone to take a photo they had to get pretty close to both fit in the shot...

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"Before I knew it, we were huddled together."

And after Yukito fails to take 2 photos because his hands wouldn't stop shaking, Bethly warms his hands with her breath.

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"Do you enjoy being with me?"

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"Of course I do, because I..."

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"I... I like being together with you"

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"Even now, I'm really happy... umm... Now and always... it makes me happy... that's because..."

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"Because what?"

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"Because I like you, Bethly"

He did it, the absolute mad lad. Let's see if she rejects him because she doesn't want to hurt him by leaving.

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"I can't respond... this is so sudden..."

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"I'll have to think carefully about it"

Hey, a "maybe" is better than a "no"!

That's probably a good stopping point for this post, I have 315128120 screenshots here already. I said I wouldn't be as detailed as before, but...

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Will Bethly respond in kind? Find out next time, on Dragonball Z Reading Ginharu Very Slowly!

As of writing this I've read 50 hours of Ginharu... at this rate I might get to the end of a route before 5000 hours!

Flutterz

So since I'm finally reading again and actually made a post, might as well keep doing this. I'm probably not going to be as detailed as before because lazy and because I read a bit faster now than I did 8 months ago.

So it's now summer, and someone needs to clean the pool. Our valiant protag-kun volunteers, but all the other students cleaning the pool are there as punishment for being late... or at least they would have been had they not all managed to escape, leaving poor MC to do all the work himself. Thankfully one person comes to help

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"But won't it be easier with 2 people?" *starts to undress*

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"Wait, Bethly!?"

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False alarm, you perverts :makina:

"I came prepared"

So after cleaning the pool and getting all dirty and sweaty they take a shower.

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Together, obviously.

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"Of course, both of us were wearing our swimsuits."

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"After getting some shampoo, I began to wash Bethly's hair."

Gee, I wonder if her route has started yet? :Kappa:

The next day, as thanks for helping him out, Yukito shows Bethly around town.

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We learn that she might be predisposed to having gambling problems when she spends a ton of money on a crane game

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"Japanese game center... UFO crane machines... are scary"

And we learn about the different onomatopoeia different languages use for animals (super interesting subject btw)

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"They're saying "baa baa""

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"Isn't it "mee mee"?"

But onomatopoeia are serious business and Bethly don't take shit from nobody

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"Baa baa"

That's right, you tell him!

I guess that's it for now, more when I read more

Flutterz

I wasn't really going to keep doing this blog, I got super busy with school last year so I barely read any Ginharu since, and finding the right moment to screenshot can be annoying... but I just had to capture poor Momiji getting fucking rekt.

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Previously on Ginharu

Protag-kun: "Let's go to the mountain!"

Everyone: "Yay!"

Mizu-nee: "Let's go skating!"

Everyone: "Yay!"

Hina: "Let's practice our womanly charm!"

Everyone: "Yay!"

Yuzuki: "Let's bake cookies!"

Everyone: "Yay!"

Momiji: "Let's try acting!"

Everyone: "Nahh..."

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"As expected, nobody is interested~..."

Thankfully everyone reconsiders after hearing Momiji's super dramatic reading. Later Hina addresses something that's been bugging me as well.

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"Senpai, why are you so distant with Momiji-san?"

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"What do you call Yuzuki-chan?"

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"Yuzuki"

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"What about Bethly and Mizuha-san?"

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"Bethly and Mizu-nee"

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"And you call me Hina. So, what about Momiji-san?"

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"Nashiro-san"

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"See! So distant! You sound so formal! And cold!"

Honestly, if I hadn't already decided to do Bethly's route first, I'd pick Hina in a heartbeat. She knows what's up. Definitely doing her route once I'm done with Bethly's route sometime around 2050.

And finally...

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HOLY SHIT I'M FINALLY AT THE FUCKING OP LITERALLY 8 MONTHS AFTER STARTING

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Flutterz

Been busy this week, didn't get to read as much, took a bunch of screenshots though!

Bethly came to school the next day, all healthy and less depressed.

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"But... I like winter"

A girl after my own heart :heart:

The one-room classroom had its first meeting, and it basically consisted of Yukito, the 5 grills and Momo-chan-sensei as the teacher. Since the topic was "My favourite thing" and Yukito was first, he gave a speech about how the local mountaintop was his favourite thing, and everyone liked it so much they decided they wanted to go there.

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[Crap about how much it costs to go to the mountain peak]

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"Impossible, I can't pay for everyone!"

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"Cheapskate! Cheapskate!"

Bethly also talked about her favourite thing, which is Alberta, and her mom. After the one-room classroom, everyone went home together, and discussed the two speeches.

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"A round trip [to Canada] costs 300,000 yen."

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"Three hu-!? Momo-chan-sensei!"

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"Absolutely impossible!"

It was decided that they'd go up to the mountain top on the weekend. Naturally Yukito and Yuzuki arrived at the rendezvous point first, and they soon saw what looked like Hina being accosted by two large gentlemen, and figured they must be womanizers, so Yukito had to go save her.

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"I'm going to have to choose my words carefully..."

Not the words someone who can barely read wants to hear before a choice. Thankfully it's pretty simple, as well as inconsequential. The real difference is what you call Hina:

"What business do you have with my girlfriend?"

"What business do you have with my kouhai?"

"What business do you have with my imouto?"

Naturally, I went for the last option. Thankfully Hina picks up really quickly on what you're trying to do.

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"Onii-chan, you're late! You finally came!"

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Yuzuki-chan isn't as quick-witted

But of course, I had to try the other options too.

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"Oh, darling, you're late~! You finally came♪"

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("Keep up, Senpai!")

This time Yukito is taken aback

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"Oh, sorry h-honey."

And of course there's the least interesting option

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"Oh! Senpai, nice timing!"

Turns out they were just tourists trying to get directions.

Eventually everyone but Bethly arrives, and since she's nowhere to be seen we end up taking the cable car without her.

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"Escorting ladies is a good man's duty"

That bear scarf though

hnng

A short while after we reach the top, we hear a familiar sneeze somewhere nearby.

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"A lone girl was sitting on the snow."

Turns out she got lost on her way to the rendezvous, so when she asked for directions a helpful person showed her how to get to the cable car, so she got to the top first, and all alone.

Once the group is all back together, everyone decides to have a snowball fight, as middle-schoolers do.

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Based on the fact that hovering over each option gives you a chibi face of the girl you're picking first to join your team, I'm assuming this is the (or one of the) only important choice in the game and determines which route you're going to do. Obviously I picked Bethly. :Teeku:

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These ended up being the teams...

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"Before I knew it, the ground was littered with corpses."

Drama queen.

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"Thanks to the childish adult, the mix-grade team emerged victorious."

aka we fucking lost

Well, that's all for now, and now it's time for more reading! :sacchan:

Flutterz

According to a program I made, I've played 20 hours of Ginharu as of the end of this post, so I decided to see how far in I am. I timed how long it takes to ctrl from the start to where I am, and then how long it takes to ctrl from where I am to where the OP movie plays, and it seems I only need to play about 15 more hours until the prologue (dunno if you can really call it that in this case, but whatever) ends. Hurray for terrible terrible reading speed!

Quite a bit happened since we last left off, Hina spent all day hanging out at our place with Yuzuki

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"I get it.. Yuzuki-chan is jealous huh? Hoho~"

She was kinda shocked when she heard Yukito call her Hina with no honorific or anything

The two of them then went up to her room, and when Yukito came to bring them tea

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"Hyaa! No, touching there now... I can't go on"

...Hina was making her do push ups so her chest grows bigger, get your mind out of the gutter

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"Good boobs require a lot of effort"

Once that misunderstanding is out of the way, Yukito retreats to his room to read some shounen manga in peace and quiet, when

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"Time to see Senpai's room!"

Turns out she's an avid fan of shounen manga as well, and it seems that the only time she stays quiet is when she's reading it

The next day after class, Hina invited Yuzuki over to her place (Yukito was invited too, but he dodged it by saying boys of his age shouldn't be going to girls' houses), and his parents were at work so he went to a restaurant, and unexpectedly met Mizu-nee

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"They [Russians] seem to have a lot of different soups. Borscht, solyanka, shchi, okroshka."

It's true, Russians really fucking love their soups

Over the next few days we meet Momo-chan-sensei, a new student teacher who happens to have been a student of Yukito's mother, and after the two of them got drunk at his mom's restaurant with Yukito still present, and Momo-chan-sensei having forced him to sleep in the same futon with her, he promises not to tell anyone in return for her letting him decided what extracurricular activity she is going to hold. He decides to have her hold a "One-room classroom", essentially a class where students from different grades could all be equal regardless of being a senpai/kouhai, an idea he got from one of his first conversations with Hina.

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"Hey, wait a second! What's with the Momo-chan-sensei?"

"You told me to call you that yesterday."

Once the extracurricular activity is decided, Yukito makes a pamphlet to advertise it, and Yuzuki suggests he draw a snowman. The next day he shows the pamphlet to his classmates

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Suffice it to say, Yukito should leave drawing to other people.

This however leads to a conversation where we find out that Bethly is really good at drawing, and she proceeds to draw a much better snowman, and it's all thanks to her mother who is a somewhat famous artist

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Or, uh, was a famous artist. That kinda explains why she's been down in the dumps

Over the course of the day Yukito invites all of the girls to this One-room classroom, and they mostly say they'll think about it

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"If Senpai and Yuzuki-chan will be there, it'll be fun either way."

Except Hina who just immediately accepts

This all happens right before golden week, so we then cut to each of the girls in turn thinking about going... aside from Bethly, who pretty much just thinks about her mom, but can you blame her?

Once golden week is over, Bethly doesn't come to school for a few days, turns out she's sick. Naturally, Yukito and Yuzuki go to visit her and bring her the handouts, but she's asleep when they get there, so they talk to her father, Brian, instead. He only speaks English, but because the devs were lazy all the English conversations are in Japanese and it's simply implied that they're speaking English. After a short conversation, Yukito invites Brian to his mom's cafe, saying they have great pancakes

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"I think Canadians really like maple syrup"

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"Aren't you just stereotyping?"

#NotAllCanadians (maple syrup is great tho)

He accepts, and they have a nice long conversation at the cafe thanks to Yukito's mom Maria being able to speak English rather well, due to the fact that she traveled a lot back when she performed. We learn that Brian is a pilot, and that they moved to Japan because after Bethly's mom died of sickness around the same time last year, he wasn't making enough money, so the moved to somewhere where airline pilots are paid more. He really enjoys the pancakes, Maria insists he take some back home to Bethly, and Yukito decides he wants to try drawing a snowman again...

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"Your drawing is awful... haha"

I suppose it's the thought that counts

That's all for now~

Flutterz

There's something about VNs with snowy settings (Kanon, DCII, hell, even Yukizakura to some extent) that greatly appeals to me. Hard to say why, but regardless Gin'haru just happens to be a VN with a lot of winter themes, which is great. Also I really like all of the characters. If I wasn't completely biased towards Bethly, I'd have a hard time deciding whose route to do first.

The events from my previous post all took place on the first day, and pretty much spanned the entire day. Basically the only thing that happened after was Yuzuki thinking about how nice her brother is, and deciding she wants to start calling him Onii-chan.

The next day we find out Momiji is a huge bookworm that likes to read fantasy novels

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"I like fantasy novels"

NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERD

Then later on Yuzuki, Aoi, and Yukito all go visit Mizuha at the ice rink, but she seems to be upset about something (couldn't possibly be that promise the protag forgot, could it? :makina:)

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I'm not a senpai fan normally, but she a cute :sacchan:

After Aoi fangirling hard about Yukito being osananajimis with a famous figure skater, the (much shorter than last time) day ends, but not before Yuzuki does her best

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"Thanks, o-oni..."

"Huh, did you say something?"

"N-no"

And fails

The next day we meet Aoi after class, turns out she's pretty genre-savvy

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"Rooftop bento!"

Unfortunately the rooftop is closed (maybe cause it's probably fucking freezing up there?) so no rooftop lunches, at least for now

Then after a little bit she abruptly drags you into a nearby empty classroom

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"Undress, senpai"

I thought the H-scenes only started in high school in this game :illya:

(she actually just wanted to sew back a button on your cuff)

The next day (or maybe not the next day, I kinda lost track of time) we see Momiji suspiciously sneaking into an empty classroom on her own, after a bit of spying and eavesdropping turns out she was practicing a one-man play.

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"H-how much did you see?"

All of it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Fast forward to more of the flashback with Mizuha, turns out their promise...

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"Let's play together. Promise?"

And she was annoyed because he forgot the promise and started calling her Kisaragi-senpai instead of the usual Mizu-nee.

Of course, Yukito immediately rushes to see her

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"I'm back, Yukito"

She was really happy to hear "Welcome home, Mizu-nee"

Finally, it's Saturday and Aoi comes to visit Yuzuki first thing in the morning

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"Yuzuki-chan, warm me up!"

She wore a skirt and no jacket, so she was a bit chilly

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"Ah, Hinata-chan, you're cold!"

She knows what she's doing

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Now, onward to reading!

Flutterz

I decided that in order to keep track of what I've read, I'm going to write short summaries of what happened in Ginharu. I figured I might as well post them here, someone might find them interesting, and others might flame me for reading SoL garbage. Since I'm a Japanese noob, the reading will be very slow and probably very inaccurate, but it's better than waiting for the TL (ETA 50,000 years). I've read a little bit before today, so here's all that basically happened:

Protag's step-mom takes an amazing photo of Yukito and his step-sister Yuzuki

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The cropping really brings out his eyes

They then walk to school together, but rather than not be late Yukito drops his sister off and goes to visit his actual mom at his grandma's coffee shop

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Is she, like, 12?

Then upon being sent to some classroom or another for being late we meet the Canadian transfer student Bethly

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She's wearing a scarf because she's sitting in an empty classroom near the window with the heating off

They can barely understand each other, but eventually Yukito turns the heating on and gets her a chemical heating pad from the infirmary, and he has to explain how it works... to someone from Canada...

Upon reaching their actual classroom and giving introductions we meet the person we're sitting next to, Momiji

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We have a few awkward conversations with Bethly

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It doesn't seem like she really wanted to be here, poor girl

School is over and we go to meet our senpai ice-skating nearly-champion who just came back, Mizuha

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We also get a flashback what was probably a childhood marriage promise between the two

Last but not least, we meet the super-genki Aoi, Yuzuki's classmate who already became her friend

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No program~

The three of them then go visit Yukito's mom again, and Aoi basically tells her that she was right to get a divorce to follow her dream of becoming a super violinist

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Eventually everyone just ends up hugging Yuzuki

And that's basically everything that's happened so far, to the best of my (poor) knowledge, time to go read more!

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