[B] Last time on Comiket Quest... [/B]Your name is Ouji Kaiji and you're a retired doujin artist working as a salaryman. You've gone on your twice annual vacation to Comiket, but this year things have become rather... crazy, to say the least. You saw one of your favorite directors, Higeki Enno, on the way there, but he turned out to be an asshole. Now the two of you are in a feud. You made a manga insulting him and he hired a man to buy out all the doujins of your waifu. After a riduculous car chase you've tracked down a couple of the guys working for him down to his house and are ready to get the doujins you're missing and then take them down.Twitter: https://twitter.com/QmWalrusThread Archives: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Comiket%20Quest
You begin to rise from your seat in the taxi but once again Sugimoto-san stops you. This time he seems slightly embarassed about it and pauses for a moment after stopping you before going "Well... this has been great and all, but all the footage I've collected before that drive is pretty much useless. I mean, what footage can stand up to that segment when it's put in the same episode? I still have time to fill up for the rest of our hour-long Comiket special, so do you mind if I follow you around with a camera? The program team for this is admittedly very small, so it's pretty much up to me what we film, as long as I'm willing to face up to the network later. They should be happy with this as long as it's interesting, which it seems like it will be. Of course, this is only if you're fine with that- you've already finished competing, so it's your choice about being filmed."You nod your head in adknowledgement of his statement and think for a moment. You don't mind helping out all that much, but there's the question of whether you're going to do anything you don't want to be filmed doing later. You guess if you do you could just ask him to keep the camera off you for the time being, but still, it's be a bit awkward. After some thinking you decide to...>allow it and say sure, he can get some more footage for the show while you take care of your feud. Just stay far away enough so that you can do what you need to. Plus, you need the ride back.>refuse and say that you're sorry but that you don't want what you're going to do to be televized.>accept under the condition that you're being paid for your TV appearance. You did just win a lot of money in the show, but it makes sense to ask for a payment if he's going to follow you with a camera all day. You're not trying to be greedy, but you could use the money.>Other
>>3474121>allow it and say sure, he can get some more footage for the show while you take care of your feud. Just stay far away enough so that you can do what you need to. Plus, you need the ride back.A) Any potential hired muscle will be more cautious if they're being recorded by a TV personalityB) We've come so far, no sense quitting now. Let's go balls to the wall.
>>3474121>allow it and say sure, he can get some more footage for the show while you take care of your feud. Just stay far away enough so that you can do what you need to. Plus, you need the ride back.
>>3474121>>allow it and say sure, he can get some more footage for the show while you take care of your feud. Just stay far away enough so that you can do what you need to. Plus, you need the ride back.
You shrug your shoulders and say "Sure, I don't mind." Sugimoto-san's face turns to a smile and says "Alright then, let me get the camera..." as he grabs a rather large camera with a massive variety of attachments and hefts it onto his shoulder. As he exits the taxi you expect the oversized camera to cause him to fall over, or at least lose his balance, but to your surprise neither of those things happen. In fact, he's standing completely straight and staying as still as a statue to avoid making the camera shake. You guess he's a professional cameraman as well as a game show host.You head towards the two men driving the other car, who have now finished their vomiting and are staring at you. They admittedly don't look very intimidating with vomit stains on their shirt, but they look like they work out. As you walk towards them you greet them with a wave but they simply stare at you warily, not responding. You loudly clear your throat and say "So... I suppose the two of you are working for that Kaiba lookalike?" They simply stare at you in confusion for a second before one of them says "I think he means the boss." The other shakes their head and yells back "Yeah, we do. Whadda bout' it?" You stare back at them and reply that...>you know they're probably getting paid pretty decently, but you can give them a kickback if they let you have one of each of the doujins. You won't even tell their boss that they messed up and let you catch up. [specify how much money you're offering to each, you just won 1.18 million yen]>you're a member of the JSDF and that they'll need to stand down for the time being as there's been a report of illegal weapons being stored inside the house. It's a bit outlandish, but these guys don't seem the brightest, so maybe they'll buy it.>you don't need to speak to them and walk towards the trunk of their car. It's not their stuff, they probably won't bother to stop you.>Other
>>3474276>"How much money for one of each doujin to magically disappear? Don't worry about the camera, by the way, it's just a precaution. We can work out the kinks later."
You stare them down for a few more seconds before saying "How much money for one of each doujin to magically disappear? Don't worry about the camera, by the way, it's just a precaution. We can work out the kinks later." The two stare at you for a moment before one of them confusedly says "You know magic?" You wait a couple of seconds, expecting them to follow up their joke, before you realize that they're serious. Oh dear.You say "No, I don't know magic. When I say 'magically disappear', I mean that I'm going to take one of each." They stare at you for a second before the same person says "Then why'd you say 'magically disappear'?" You take sharp breath inward, holding back your frustration, before saying "Because that's what it's going to be like. You're going to pretend I didn't take them, I'll speak about this to no one, and they'll magically be gone. Your boss won't even notice, there's so many books, what's the difference in one." They continue staring at you before the one who hasn't spoken yet nods and says "I get it, I get it, sorry about my friend. How much are you offering?" How much are you offering?! You're the one asking how much they want for godsakes. Ok, ok, make it clear. You hold back your fury once more and say "Well, what do you think would be a fair payment?" The man scratches his head and says "May as well go by market value. 7 books, I don't really buy books but I remember the last textbook I bought was 3000 yen, 7 times 3000. That makes 21000 yen, add a little to make it a nice, round number and pay for my inconvenicne and you get 25000. 25000 yen then?"You say "Sure, 25000 yen then!" and go to get the money from your wallet. It's a lot of cash, but you have over 60000 yen on you since you're on vacation. As you go to hand it to the man the other one says "Wait, wait, what about me?" You turn to them and say "You'll get 25000 yen too." They just stand there and say "Oh. Ok then." You hand them both their money and they then seem content to let you rummage through the trunk of the car, grab the three doujins you need, and then follow them up to their boss's apartment when they start unloading boxes of doujins.As you enter the apartment you see the living room is filled with boxes of doujins and you quickly grab the ones you need. As you do the two men leave the apartment and go grab more boxes from the back of the car. Now that they're gone and you have all of the doujins you need you...>tell Sugimoto-san that you're heading back to Comiket, you still have some more stuff that are less important to buy and you want to get revenge on that prick. You'll show him that you're better than him and that you're the real Vivi-tan enthusiast.>begin looking through the apartment. You're curious what his collection looks like and there's nothing stopping you.>Other
>>3474531>tell Sugimoto-san that you're heading back to Comiket, you still have some more stuff that are less important to buy and you want to get revenge on that prick. You'll show him that you're better than him and that you're the real Vivi-tan enthusiast.I’ll rob an asshole but let’s not do illegal entry
>>3474531>tell Sugimoto-san that you're heading back to Comiket, you still have some more stuff that are less important to buy and you want to get revenge on that prick. You'll show him that you're better than him and that you're the real Vivi-tan enthusiast.Can we also appreciate the badassitude of the van's driver, who kept up with Sugimoto-san in a heavy loaded van and without eurobeat? The man's a talent.
>>3474531>tell Sugimoto-san that you're heading back to Comiket, you still have some more stuff that are less important to buy and you want to get revenge on that prick. You'll show him that you're better than him and that you're the real Vivi-tan enthusiast.Also ask him if the segment with us bribing the two guys can be cut after all. We made a deal, we should stick to it so their boss doesn't find out.
>>3474531>tell Sugimoto-san that you're heading back to Comiket, you still have some more stuff that are less important to buy and you want to get revenge on that prick. You'll show him that you're better than him and that you're the real Vivi-tan enthusiast.
>>3474531>tell Sugimoto-san that you're heading back to Comiket, you still have some more stuff that are less important to buy and you want to get revenge on that prick. You'll show him that you're better than him and that you're the real Vivi-tan enthusiast.>>3475133They can mosaic out our face and distort our voice too
>>3475544>They can mosaic out our face and distort our voice tooWhat good will it do when we stated both our name and nickname on camera?
>>3475544Not only what >>3475548 said, but how are their employers not gonna know it's them when they watch TV? How many groups of two men carrying a cargo of doujins during a car chase could there possibly be in Japan? They'd get recognised instantly, and God help them when Enno finds out he's been betrayed.
You glance around the living room for a moment since you're already there but don't go any further into the house. You've already comitted what is probably petty theft, you don't need to add any other charges on top of that. You tell Sugimoto-san that you're going to head back to Comiket now and he nods and leaves the apartment. You follow him shortly after, taking a few parting glances at the pieces of merchandise scattered around the entryway before you leave the apartment. The other two men ignore you as you leave and you're back in the taxi within a minute.As Sugimoto-san sets down his camera and goes to start up the taxi you sit down and say "Sugimoto-san, do you mind cutting out some of the footage from before? I did promise that I wouldn't get them into trouble with their boss, and I don't have any reason to go back on that." He nods his head in response and says "Sure, that's fine." as he begins to drive.Luckily it seems that the way back is going to be far calmer than the way there, as Sugimoto-san appears to be a bit exhausted from the drive now that he's not on camera and is driving at a normal pace. He doesn't really say anything to you as he begins driving, and instead grabs a large leather bag from under his seat.Sugimoto-san grabs a binder from the bag with one hand, driving with the other, and you can see that it's full of pages and pages of CDs. He deftly grabs a CD, pushes it into a slot beneath the radio that you didn't notice before, and the sound of the car fills up with some music in English that you don't recognize. You can see his finger begin tapping against the dashboard and he sings in surprisingly nonaccented English (although you can't understand most of it) while driving. You guess he's trying to decompress. As you sit there in the back seat, processing what just happened, decide to...>check 2chan, you can see what happened with that Kaiba knockoff while you were gone and relax a little.>call some of your friends and see how their circles are going. You're not sure if any of them will be free, but you feel the need to say hi and see if anything else happened with security after they took away your manga.>try to talk with Sugimoto-san his hobbies. He seems to be trying to relax now that he's off camera, but he shouldn't mind speaking with you.>try to speak with Sugimoto-san about his work. You're interested how he got into this field and her seems to enjoy his job.>Other
>>3476507>call some of your friends and see how their circles are going. You're not sure if any of them will be free, but you feel the need to say hi and see if anything else happened with security after they took away your manga.
>>3476507>>call some of your friends and see how their circles are going. You're not sure if any of them will be free, but you feel the need to say hi and see if anything else happened with security after they took away your manga.
You'll call some of your friends and see how their sales are. They may not want to take calls if they're busy and you may get stopped by the infamously bad signal there, but it's worth trying. If you get through they can just multitask and talk to you for a couple of minutes, you're friends after all. You grab your phone and dial one of your friends, cradling it between your elbow and your mouth, waiting.You listen to the dial tone for about 10 seconds, and just when you think you're not going to get a response your friend picks up. "Ouji-kun, you called at the perfect time, did you have something to do with this?" You grunt in confusion and respond "Probably not? What happened?" "Well, security came by and they... gave me back the manga we made. They said 'This decision was made by someone who's currently in charge of running the floor and that if anyone else tries to take it you can tell them that.' and then just ran off. It's actually been selling much better since then, must be the Streisand effect." You take a few seconds to process that before responding. "Yeah, I wasn't involved with that. You sound pretty busy so I'll see if that happened to everybody else. Good luck with the sales of your... ReiMari doujin, right?" "Yup, ReiMari this year." "Yeah, good luck with that, see you in a few days."You hang up the phone and scratch your head in confusion. They returned the manga? Why would they do that? Well, you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. You dial another number into your phone and after a moment they pick up. They must have better cell reception at Comiket this time with the temporarily reduced attendance. After asking a few questions you find out that they also got the manga back.You spend most of your car ride chatting with your friends and making calls to confirm that they got the manga you made back, and eventually you confirm that every single copy was returned. Even though you're confused, that's great! After talking to your friends with a circle you call up Tarou, who's currently standing in line. You tell him the good news, but he says he already heard. The last few minutes of your car ride you chat with him about some VAs, only hanging up once you reach Tokyo Big Sight.After you arrive Sugimoto-san turns off the CD and turns towards you. He says "I'm gonna turn the camera back on, where are we heading now?" You respond that...>you need to check 2chan to get an information advantage. War is based around which side has the most information after all.>you'll be going to the organizers tent to try and ask a few questions. You still want to ask why your manga got back onto the floor and possibly thank the person in charge for doing you a big favor.>you'll be picking up some other doujins you want now, there's always more shopping to done at Comiket!>you'll be going to track down that Kaiba bastard to give him a piece of your mind and get back at him. You're not sure exactly how yet, but he'll get his!>Other
>>3476982>you need to check 2chan to get an information advantage. War is based around which side has the most information after all
>>3476982>you need to check 2chan to get an information advantage. War is based around which side has the most information after all.>Touhou yuriDisgusting.
>>3476982>you need to check 2chan to get an information advantage. War is based around which side has the most information after all.
Update within a couple of hours, I'll be mostly free today.
You tell Sugimoto-san that you need to check 2chan before you do anything, as information is at the crux of all of this. Without information you won't be able to know what that bastard and Higeki Enno are up to.Sugimoto-san nods and says "Alright, good thinking. I'll wait here until you're done. What kind of information are you gathering?" You notice that he's now holding the camera. That was fast. You offhandedly respond as you scroll through 2chan posts. "Well, first of all I need to know where that Kaiba knockoff is and what he's doing." As you scroll through threads hundreds and thousands of posts flash past you, but due to years of usage you don't miss any that could be useful to you. Within minutes you've found out that that bastard is done buying out the Vivi-tan tables and has moved on to buying other doujins and merchandise. He should be around the Southeastern portion of Comiket right now. Updates on him have died down though since he stopped causing a ruckus and is just buying things normally now.There is, expectedly, no news on Higeki Enno, although you do see a few posts about the situation at your friends' tables. You see one picture of the front cover of your manga and read through a few of the responses."If Higeki Enno was an asshole why does he make so many cute anime girls? Anybody who makes moe isn't bad.""looks like Enno-sensei has a mortal enemy""scans of the rest when? that looks ridiculous""wwwwwwwwwwwwwww, i'm getting a copy"Well, that seems like a positive reaction. You're glad that your manga was mentioned a little bit, even if it isn't much. Having finished gathering information you put away your phone and...>go to the organizers tent to try and ask a few questions. You still want to ask why your manga got back onto the floor and possibly thank the person in charge for doing you a big favor.>pick up some other doujins you want now, there's always more shopping to done at Comiket!>track down that Kaiba bastard to give him a piece of your mind and get back at him. You're not sure exactly how yet, but he'll get his!>Other
>>3478096>go to the organizers tent to try and ask a few questions. You still want to ask why your manga got back onto the floor and possibly thank the person in charge for doing you a big favor.
>>3478096>go to the organizers tent to try and ask a few questions. You still want to ask why your manga got back onto the floor and possibly thank the person in charge for doing you a big favor.Could it be? An ally, pure and true?
>>3478096>pick up some other doujins you want now, there's always more shopping to done at Comiket!
You're going to head over to the organizer's tent and ask a few questions. You'll be able to deal with that bastard later, but right now you can't get over your curiosity about what happened. Why would they give manga back after they already took it? You tell Sugimoto-san what you're going to do and he grabs his camera and follows you.The two of you push through the crowd, Sugimoto-san having a bit harder time of it carrying his massive camera. Still, you're surprised by his steady balance, and the two of you make it to the center of Comiket and the organizer's tent with only some weird stares and muttering. You arrive there and there's a massive tent with several muscular security guards standing at the entrance. They're chatting over walky-talkies and one of them seems to be discretely playing some gacha game with his free hand. The guard playing on his phone in one hand looks towards you warily but says nothing, so you approach him. As you do he puts his walky-talkie down and says in a deep, gravelly voice "What's your business here sir?" You say that you had an issue with security that seems to have been resolved and that you'd like to ask some questions about the matter. You'd also like to thank whoever was behind it if possible. The man nods his head and says "Alright, if you could please tell me about your issue in more detail I'll be able to tell some of our other staff."You spend a few minutes describing the issue, and the content of your manga, in great detail and throughout it the man's face doesn't change at all. Reminds you of those guards that are supposed to be at Buckingham Palace. When you finish he says that he'll ask someone about it and moves a few feet away to speak over his walky-talkie. He returns to his position after that and goes back to standing there, occassionally saying something over his walky-talkie, and playing what you can now making out as Azur Lane with his other hand.Just as you're running out of patience and about to ask the guard when you might hear something back, you faintly hear something from the walky-talkie and the guard's face changes to one of surprise. He then grabs a notebook from his pocket, scribbles something on it, and hands you a scrap of paper with what appears to be an address and time on it. The guard says "The man behind the decision is the person in charge of the floor and he's currently too busy to speak with you. If you'd like to talk to him later then meet him at the time and address specified. If they don't let you in then tell them that you know Natsuo-san." You thank the guard for his help and walk away.
You glance at the address as you walk away and try to figure out what it might be, narrating outloud as you do so to provide some content for Sugimoto-san. "This is.... I don't know where this address is, but I'm pretty sure this is a nice part of the city. Give me a second, I'll look it up on my phone." You then open your phone and tap away, quickly looking up the address. After you do you exclaim "Holy shit, this is really fancy! It's some private club in Roppongi!" Sugimoto-san says "Congratulations, that sounds exciting! Good luck later." You quickly thank him and then...>go to buy some more merchandise and doujins. There's always more shopping to be done at Comiket!>go to deal with that knockoff Kaiba bastard. You're going to show him who the real Vivi-tan enthusiast is.>meet up with Tarou, you have some favorite shows in common so you should be able to grab some stuff together and chat.>Other
>>3478271>meet up with Tarou, you have some favorite shows in common so you should be able to grab some stuff together and chat.Brother in arms time
>>3478271>go to a friend’s stand and show Sugimoto the manga you and the boys made
I'll give it half an hour for a tiebreaker.
> go to a friend’s stand and show Sugimoto the manga you and the boys made
You tell Sugimoto-san that you're going to show him the manga you released this Comiket and he enthusiastically asks what it's about. You make your way to the closest friend's table while you excitedly regale Sugimoto-san with stories of the manga's creation and how it brutally makes fun of Higeki Enno. He seems genuinely interested and keeps the conversation going for the few minutes it takes to reach the table.Once you reach the table you skip the line completely, walk behind the table, and greet your friend. They greet you back and ask, while looking amazingly confused, why you have a cameraman following you. You just say that it's a long story and leave the matter to rest before asking to borrow a copy of the manga for a moment. Your friend hands it to you and you then proceed to go through it with Sugimoto, showing him some of your favorite parts in hopes that they'll be aired on television. The more people who see this the happier you'll be. That prick Enno is clearly pissed that you made this, so you may as well show it to as many people as possible, right?Eventually you're done going through the manga with Sugimoto-san and you place the copy back on the table, thanking your friend for letting you borrow it. As you're about to leave the table, however, you spot that bastard from earlier and his aluminum briefcase near the back of the line. You wonder if he's actually here to buy the doujin or if Higeki Enno wanted him to buy out your manga now that it's back for sale. You...>ask to help your friend out and take a seat at the table to help sell copies. You'd love to see that idiot's face when he sees you sitting there.>head to the back of the line to get your revenge on him before he can do anything here. You're not sure method you'll use yet, but you'll prove your superiority to him.>Other
>>3478975>ask to help your friend out and take a seat at the table to help sell copies. You'd love to see that idiot's face when he sees you sitting there.
>>3478975>ask to help your friend out and take a seat at the table to help sell copies. You'd love to see that idiot's face when he sees you sitting there.He won’t be able to handle our stand
>>3478975>ask to help your friend out and take a seat at the table to help sell copies. You'd love to see that idiot's face when he sees you sitting there.Current plan:1. Sell all the copies to Kaiba for mad money2. Hype the manga up on 2chan using this fact3. "Leak" it to pirates so that everyone can see it anyway4. ???5. Profit
You point out the bastard standing in line and ask if you can sit down and help sell copies. Your friend shrugs and says that they don't mind. Sugimoto-san crouches down with his camera and stands behind you, ultimately confusing the people at the front of the line but not causing any sort of panic.After about five minutes of sitting there and passing out copies the bastard has reached the middle of line through, as usual, bribery, but then he abruptly stops moving. He just stands there in line, staring at you blankly, his mouth hanging open. Well, you guess that means he noticed you. He seems both shocked and confused, but after a few seconds he shuts his mouth and looks away. He doesn't resume his bribery, and instead seems to be making a phone call.After around 30 seconds of speaking on the phone he hangs up, seeming much more calm than he was before. After that he stops in place and then... stands in line. Normally, like a functional human being. You're slighlty suspicious of this development, but hey, it's just a guy standing in line. You can't really do anything at this point. Time crawls forward as he inches towards you, and eventually he's third in line. You wave towards him, a smile on your face, but he simply scowls back at you. At this point Sugimoto-san has rotated around to another angle to avoid being seen.As Kaiba reaches the front of the line he looks at you and says "You guys know the drill, I'm buying every copy of your manga. My going rate is 200% of the original price, take it or leave it." Your friend seems ecstatic at the news and you...>let them take the deal, your friend is clearly fine with it. It's not really your place to interfere.>say that the original price actually just doubled, they're going to have to offer twice that. You're not letting a big fish like this get away with only twice the original price.>that if they want the manga they're going to have to make a gamble with you. You just got enough money to have some bargaining power, so why don't you leveage it. Worst case scenario you lose your money and your friend sells their manga, best case scenario you get the money and your friend also gets a cut. On top of that, if you win you'll be able to make this bastard a laughing stock and vent your anger.>state that the price is 30 million yen, the same price as your spot in line was before.>Other
>>3480532First, jokingly>state that the price is 30 million yen, the same price as your spot in line was before.And then when he says no,>let them take the deal, your friend is clearly fine with it. It's not really your place to interfere.
You cut in before your friend can answer and say that the price is 30 million yen, same as when he wanted to cut in line. He glares at you before ignoring you and looking at your friend. "225% is the most I can offer, take it or leave it." You smile and say "You can buy me a drink for the extra 25%, see you later man." As you walk away Kaiba glares at you more but eventually tears his eyes away from you again and begins giving your friend the money.You stick nearby, keeping your eyes on that bastard, but you're split between messing with him some more and buying more merchandise and doujins. There's just so much to buy at Comiket. As you're trying to make up your mind you feel someone bump into you with the full weight of their body, and you're quickly knocked to the ground. After that you feel a sharp pain assault your hand, and you realize that whover knocked you over stepped on it.You push yourself to your feet and glance at your hand. It seems to be alright for the most part, but fuck, that hurt! You look around and can faintly see the person who knocked you over pushing his way through the crowd. You...>begin going after him, nobody is getting away with that without aplogizing. If you're knocked over at Comiket it's pretty fucking dangerous, he should watch where he's going.>stay here, it's more important to keep your eyes on that bastard than to go after someone who just knocked you over.>leave, you have doujins to buy, you can't worry about every time you're knocked over.>Other
>>3480832>stay here, it's more important to keep your eyes on that bastard than to go after someone who just knocked you over.They're baiting us, don't fall for their tricks.
>>3480832>stay here, it's more important to keep your eyes on that bastard than to go after someone who just knocked you over.
You ignore the punk who knocked you over and stay where you are. For all you know he could be an enemy trying to get you to move away. Well, fuck him, you're not going to move an inch! You're going to stand right here and watch that basta- ow, ow, someone else ran into you and that was just your fault, nevermind, you'll stand over there instead, over here is less crowded. You watch the transaction go on at your friend's stand and a couple of men come in to haul off the manga, although they aren't the same two you bribed. Your friend looks happily at a large wad of money and shoves it into their pocket before they go on selling the doujin they made themselves. Kaiba then leaves the area, disappearing into the crowd, seemingly trying to blend in. Not on your watch!You push your way through the sweaty, noisy crowd, Sugimoto-san doing most of the effort if you're honest, and manage to catch a glimpse of who you're pursuing just as he's about to get out of your sight. You go to his last known position and see him, and this repeats a couple of times. Luckily you manage to catch up after a few minutes of the most uncomfortable chase ever. As you catch up with him you..>stay behind him and see where he's going next.>walk up to him and smugly greet him and ask what he's up to. You don't like him and he knows it, and that lets you have some fun.>knock into him on purpose, fuck him, you bet he hired that guy from earlier.>greet him and ask him if he's willing to prove that he's really a bigger Vivi-tan enthusiast than you. Well, that's only if Vivi-tan is REALLY his waifu, though...>Other
>>3481550>stay behind him and see where he's going next.
You keep your distance behind him and continue pursuing him as he weaves through the crowd. As you and Sugimoto-san follow him through the Comiket floor you realize that you have no idea where he's going - he did already skip past two of your friend's tables after all. Eventually the bastard reaches one of the exits and goes through it, so you wait a moment and then follow after him. You manage to keep a safe distance, although you do have to play it safe because he seems extremely antsy. Almost as if he's worried about someone following him. You'd call him paranoid, but, well, he is right about you following him.You follow the man through the street as he slowly moves forward, suspiciously glancing at every passerby and shadow. After five minutes you see him enter a narrow alley branching off of the street. You keep watch from the end of the alley and see him descend down a narrow set of stairs into an unmarked building. After waiting for a few seconds you slowly approach the top of the stairs and glance down. At the bottom of the stairs you see a well-mainted metal door with a wooden sign on it. The sign simply says "Daydream Cafe". ...Yeah, you almost want to make fun of the name, but you'd make that reference too if you were naming a cafe.You...>head down the stairs and try to glance through the door, ushering Sugimoto to come with you.>nonchalantly enter the cafe with Sugimoto-san, whatever's going on here you're going to interfere.>enter the cafe but tell Sugimoto-san to keep watch up here in case anybody enters behind you or tries to leave without you noticing.>stay at the top of the stairs until someone exits and then ask what's up the the cafe.>Other
>>3483291>head down the stairs and try to glance through the door, ushering Sugimoto to come with you.
You crouch down and move as quietly as you can down the concrete stairs, gesturing for Sugimoto-san to follow after you. You slowly reach the bottom of the stairs and carefully examine the door in front of you. You're afraid of it creaking when you open it, but given how well-maintained it is you think you have a chance of opening it a crack without letting that happen.You crack the door open and let out a sigh of relief as it doesn't make a sound. You glance through the crack in the door and from what you can tell the "Daydream Cafe" seems to actually be a small bar. The bar is well-stocked with expensive looking drinks. A man behind the bar is dutifully cleaning glasses while watching a TV quietly playing Exoman, your favorite tonkusatsu show. It's a little old, but hey, your dad loved it.You open the door a bit further, angling your head around to see more of the bar, and see that there a few people in a booth in the corner. You can't make out what they're saying, but you recognize two of the three people sitting there. One of them is the bastard who was buying out all the doujins and another is... Higeki Enno, in the flesh! You knew it, that pretentious asshole was behind this! He went to this much trouble just to piss you off?! Really?!You get over your anger after a few seconds and take a closer look at the table. Sitting next to Higeki Enno is a buff looking man in a suit, and on the table are a few shot glasses full of alcohol and the aluminum briefcase from before, although you can't see inside. The three people sitting there seem to be discussing something, and the man you spent your day fighting against at Comiket seems to be uncomfortable with the conversation. You have no idea what they're saying though, you're simply too far away. You...>stay where you are on the off chance that you get some usable info from sitting here.>attempt to quietly enter the bar and get closer, nobody is paying attention to the door anyways.>openly enter the bar by yourself and order a drink, it's public property. They can't stop you.>charge inside and sit down across from Higeki Enno. You're pissed at him and you're going to make sure that he knows it.>back off and wait for "Kaiba" to exit, maybe if you tell him how much you know he'll fess up.>Other
>>3486544>stay where you are on the off chance that you get some usable info from sitting here.
You stay where you as the conversation between the three continues, but you can't hear anything. The only sound coming from the inside is the occassional cough from the bartender and the sounds of Exoman playing on TV just barely reaching you. You watch them talk and see that Higeko Enno and whoever his friend is are drinking, but "Kaiba" seems to just be sitting there and listening, occassionally speaking. Whatever they're talking about he doesn't seem happy.The conversation drags on for another five or ten minutes, you're not sure, but you haven't gleaned anything that seems useful. Just that "Kaiba" seems less uncomfortable with the conversation now, that Higeki Enno probably isn't interested in talking to him, and that the buff looking man is a serious alcoholic. As you're thinking this you see Higeki Enno grab the briefcase, pull out a few wads of money, and begin looking through them with the help of the buff man. As they do this the buff man scribbles something down on a piece of paper. You want to see closer and so you nudge yourself even closer to the door, being careful not to knock into it. Sadly an inch or two doesn't matter, and you still can't make out everything. As you're wondering if you should interfere here you hear something behind you and turn around. You see two men in their 40s or 50s standing at the top of the steps. One of them looks like a businessman in an expensive suit, and the other is a foreigner from either Europe or America. As you turn around the foreigner notices you and says surprisingly non-accented Japanese "Hello! Is the bar open?" His voice is oddly familiar, but you have no idea why you would recognize it.You panic slightly and...>respond that the bar is closed and hurry off. You don't know who they are but you don't want to be found out by them.>tell them that it is open but that you two were just leaving and walk away.>tell him that it's closed but that you know a good place to get a drink, they should follow you. If they were heading in maybe they know Higeki Enno, you can dig for information. >tell them that it's open and enter the bar. There's no more time to wait here with your hands in your pocket, something is going on in there and you'll figure out what.>Other
>>3487688>tell them that it's open and enter the bar. There's no more time to wait here with your hands in your pocket, something is going on in there and you'll figure out what
>>3487688>tell them that it's open and enter the bar. There's no more time to wait here with your hands in your pocket, something is going on in there and you'll figure out what.
You tell the two people behind you that the place is open and enter the bar. As you enter you see that the table you were watching is in fact the only full table in the bar. The two people behind you loudly greet Higeki Enno upon entering, ignoring you and Sugimoto-san. Higeki Enno doesn't even glance towards the door. He simply yells "Spike, Yamada, you're late. Don't make me talk with this idiot longer than I need to." The man you followed in here, however, does look towards the door, and upon seeing you he screams "What the fuck?! It's you?!" and points at you.Higeki Enno glances at where he's pointing in confusion and upon seeing you he seems confused, but then bursts out laughing. He slams his hand on the table and nudges the guy next to him, saying "Oh man, I was only trying to figure out who he was and he came all the way to me. That's hilarious." Higeki Enno seems like he's about to continue when he notices Sugimoto-san standing next to you and says "Get the cameraman out of here, now. If you release any recordings of me I will be contacting my legal team." Sugimoto-san glances at Higeki Enno for a couple of seconds, as if expecting for him to admit he's joking, but scowl on Enno's face merely deepens. Sugimoto-san quickly turns the camera off and says "Well, I'll be waiting outside. Its been nice meeting you all." As Sugimoto-san exits the building Higeko Enno says "Spike, make sure he doesn't go anywhere." The foreigner then nods and leaves with Sugimoto-san.A few seconds after the door closes behind the foreigner Higeki Enno says "Congratulations, you've... made some angry scribbles about me and attempted to sell them to some random people? They're gone now though. Anyways, I'm sure you've met... whoever this is. I've just been calling him 'you'." As Higeki Enno says this he gestures towards the person you've just spent the majority of your day fighting against, the knockoff Kaiba. You almost feel bad for him, but oh well, if you work with an asshole like Higeki Enno you shouldn't expect him to respect you. "Anyways, I didn't expect to see you here, I thought you'd have your hands full getting whatever worthless drawings of your so-called 'waifu' are being sold at that meaningless gathering. Why are you here? You said you were the better artist before, did you come to try to compete with me? Or are you going to try to beat me up now that you didn't get your books?" You...>start insulting him until he either kicks you out or does something worth taking note of, fuck this prick.>say that if he's offering, sure, you're willing to fight. He's almost 60, you could take him in a fight.>tell him that you still have more copies of your manga about him and ask what he's willing to do to make them go away.>shrug your shoulders and ask what he wants to do. You didn't plan this far.>say that you've realized his might today and you're here to give up. Maybe pretend like he won then he'll stop bothering you. >Other
Really should record the conversation.
>>3490056Write-in:You know, sometime messing with people is fun. Getting back at them is even better though.And speaking of "worthless drawings" and "meaningless gathering", how can you judge my interests, Mr. "Do what you like no matter what people think of it"?Truth is, I did this just to mess with you at first, because I wanted my revenge but this whole thing has been such a blast I don't care how it ends.If you wanted me to stop caring abotu what people think of me then congratulation: I've had my fun and now anything you do is just superfluous.
>>3490946+1>Maybe I should've expected that you would be upset, Enno-san. Normal society is merely a barrier to true art, after all.Quote him.
Sorry for not updating today, I had to take care of some things with my doctor after classes and didn't have the chance.I'll be free most of tomorrow night if anyone happens to be around to vote, will try to fit in an update or two in before classes as well.
You stare at Higeki Enno and smile. He's so smug. You want to wipe that smile right off his face, but you know that shit-eating grin is staying there. You can have some pride in knowing you got rid of it at some point though. "Messing with people is fun sometimes. Getting back at them is even better though - the satisfaction of revenge, y'know?" You stop to take a breath and then continue. "And about those 'worthless drawings' and that 'meaningless gathering' - how can you judge me? Aren't you the one rallying against society and conformism? Who better disobeys that than us otaku?"Higeki Enno stares at you, the grin still on his face, but you continue nonetheless. You don't care how he reacts right now, this is for you. Even if he doesn't change on the outside, you want to spite him a little on the inside. It's fun. "Truth is, I did just want to mess with you at first. So I threw some of my own art together with and my friends, although I don't think we broke any laws in the process. Maybe I should've expected you to be upset about that. Normal society is a merely a barrier to true art after all, so how could we make anything worthwhile if we weren't raising hell in the process? Now that I've gotten my revenge and had some fun, I don't really care how this ends. If you wanted me to stop conforming to society and caring about the rules, then congratulations, you've done it - I don't care about anything right now and so anything you add on doesn't matter."Higeki Enno continues staring at you until a few seconds after you finish and then claps a few times. He says "What a lovely speech. I'm glad to see that you've apparently been freed from the bonds of society. Still, this is all for my own entertainment, so I'll keep doing what I want to do, and you keep doing what you want to do. It wouldn't be fun if we did it any other way. Maybe in the process you can even become a true artist, like you say you are. Still, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't annoyed about that manga you drew about me, so I'll be kicking things up a notch. Er, and one last thing."
Higeki Enno stops speaking and yells "Spike, get in here!" The foreign man from before then enters the room and says "What is it Enno-san?" Higeki Enno then says "My friend here said he wanted to see what a real black belt in Tae Kwon Do looks like. He's a brown belt, so you don't need to go too easy on him. Spar with him for a few rounds. You should know this, but be careful, the floor is made of wood." The man then smiles and says "Oh, really? I'm a little out of practice, but sure, that sounds fun! I have some gear in my bag over there, let me grab it real quick." The foreign man walks over to the booth with Higeki Enno, grabbing what looks like pads and guards out of a bag, and you...>hurriedly blurt out that you think you pulled something and that you'll have to turn him down before exiting the bar. You really don't want to beaten today and you think he'll listen to reason.>brace yourself to take a few blows, you probably aren't talking your way out of this.>walk over to Higeki Enno and slap him, if you're getting hurt he is too!>Other
>>3494882>OtherFake an old knee injury suddenly acting up again.
> point out we have more experience in Tai Chi Chuan so we would prefer to use that set of skills, seeing his expertise in his own branch of the Art sounds fun though
>>3494882>Shout that Higeki is lying and run away
I'll check back before I go to bed and see if the tie is broken, but either way I'll update with something.
>>3494882>Just admit we have no martial arts skills of any kind, and don't want to fight. This guy isn't some kind of unreasoning barbarian.
You nervously glance at the foreigner, "Spike", while trying to figure out what to do. Is this for real? You're not a martial artist, this is just Higeki Enno trying to land a few solid hits on you since he can't do it himself. Fuck, you'll get him back later, but for now you need to get out of this. Your mind races at what feels like the speed of light as you watch the foreigner slowly grab equipment from his bag. After a couple of seconds of intense worry you come to a decision.You feign pain and crouch down to the ground, loudly saying "Ah, ah, ah, shit, my old knee injury is acting up. I'm not able to fight now, sorry, I'll be leaving now." You quickly limp towards the door, swearing in 'pain' all the while and throwing in remarks such as "I haven't practiced in years, I wouldn't even consider myself a real martial artist anymore, just a civilian..." and "To be honest I was better at Tai Chi Chuan than Tai Kwon Do anyways, we wouldn't gain much from sparring..." As you get closer to the door you continue speeding up your rather unconvincing limping.As you leave Spike seems disappointed but says "Alright then, that's fine, a lot of former tournament fighters have injuries. It makes sense why you're in such bad shape if you haven't fought in that long due to an injury. Might want to work on that flab. Anyways, let's spar some time if you're filling better." ...Did he just call you fat and out of shape? You're barely overweight, come on... oh well, at least you're out the situation. And he's not completely wrong. As you reach the door you quickly swing it open and then closed behind you, rushing up the stairs and meeting up with Sugimoto-san at the top of them, who's currently sitting there and texting someone on his phone.Sugimoto-san looks you over and just says "Your face is pale. What happened?" as he grabs his camera. You sit down and catch your breath while saying "That bastard... said I was a brown belt... tried to get that foreigner to spar with me... fuck... him." Sugimoto-san glances at you, confused, before he eventually says "Oh, the guy who came out with me. He said he's 51, it wouldn't have been that bad." You stare daggers at Sugimoto-san for a second, sad that he can't empathize what you just went through. "I'm almost 30 and I'm out of shape, how are 20 something years supposed to make up for a fucking black belt in Tae Kwon Do." Sugimoto-san seems surprised and just mutters "Oh, a black belt. Nevermind then." as he turns his camera on again, mounting it on his shoulder.You...>prepare to wait out here, you want to trail Higeki if he leaves and talk to that Kaiba bastard if he comes out.>head back to Comiket, you have doujins to buy.>post about there being free drinks here online, it's not much but it might piss off Higeki Enno, which is enough for you.>Other
>>3495726>head back to Comiket, you have doujins to buy.Don't allow Enno to control our life.That being said,>post about there being free drinks here online, it's not much but it might piss off Higeki Enno, which is enough for you.
>>3495726>head back to Comiket, you have doujins to buy.>post about there being free drinks here online, it's not much but it might piss off Higeki Enno, which is enough for you.
You tell Sugimoto-san that you'll be heading back to Comiket now and as the two of you leave, an anger stews inside you. God, you really want to get back at that prick. Your face isn't that good as it is, how are you going to get by if you get a black eye? A few streets away from the bar you stop walking and take out your phone. Sugimoto-san stops as well and confusedly says "Kaiji-san?" You ignore him and ask for the address of the bar, which he luckily remembers. Good, good. With this you can raise a little hell for that bastard Higeki Enno at least...You spend the next ten minutes performing samefagging and posting at a lightning speed. Weibo, twitter, pixiv, 2chan, 2ch, and many smaller websites receive several messages in the relevant conversations that the Daydream Cafe bar is having some ridiculously good deals on drinks and they're even offering their first drink free for everyone. You snap your phone closed when you're finished, and loudly say "All according to plan..." not because you had a functioning plan for this long, but because you want to seem like this was your idea all along if you're being recorded. Plus, you always wanted to say that line.After you close your phone you fill in Sugimoto-san on what you what did and make your way back to the hustle and bustle of Comiket. When he asks what's next you inform him that you'll be buying more, as there's always more to buy at Comiket. He follows you through the crowds as you begin to buy figurines, doujins, artbooks, and much more.As you shop time moves on and you fill with glee, happy that your perfect Comiket vacation has resumed once more. However, as you do so, you check your phone and see that you got several text messages. You check and see that the news is... bad to say the least. Apparently a couple of your friends had their bosses call and tell them that they had to stop selling your manga. This... that's dirty. This has to be Higeki Enno's work, isn't it. Blackmail? Really? You shake your head, sigh, and text your friends back. You can't do anything right now, but you will get revenge for this.You go back to buying your mechandise in a more sullen move, and later see that Kaiba bastard from before, now briefcase free, but still buying merchandise. You...>ignore him, you're enjoying yourself now and he's not in your way anymore, as much as you hate him you won't let him get in the way of your fun. You don't have time for that.>march up to him and tell him that you're going to prove who's the real Vivi-tan enthusiast and get revenge for all the people who would have otherwise got the doujins. That fat bastard is hogging every copy and that's unforgivable.>hold back your anger and ask him what he was talking about with Higeki Enno. You really want to get back at him, but it'd more important to gather info for now.
>>3497295>march up to him and tell him that you're going to prove who's the real Vivi-tan enthusiast and get revenge for all the people who would have otherwise got the doujins. That fat bastard is hogging every copy and that's unforgivable.aint gonna let no nigga fuck with our waifu
>>3497295>march up to him and tell him that you're going to prove who's the real Vivi-tan enthusiast and get revenge for all the people who would have otherwise got the doujins. That fat bastard is hogging every copy and that's unforgivable.
God, his face is so smug. He must be so happy right now, having had the chance to act like a big shot and stop everyone else from getting doujins of his waifu. But that's not right. He's just been a massive prick this entire day and ruined a the first day of Comiket for quite a few people, yourself almost included. Well, you aren't going to let this stand. You'll get payback. You leave the line you're in and march towards that Kaiba knockoff. As you approach him he seems surprised, but not particuarly worried. That's until you get close to him.You enter the line directly next to him, Sugimoto-san following a few feet behind you. Your entrance draws the ire of a few other people in line who tell you to get to the back, but you loudly say "I'm not here to cut in line, I'm just here to pick a bone with this asshole. Stay out of it." before turning back to the bastard standing a few inches in front of you. As you turn towards him he quickly says "Back up, back up, I need my personal space." before moving about a foot away. You consider getting back into his face, but you're fine letting him back away for now. "Why are you here? We're done, right? Are that torn up about not getting all the doujins you wanted?"You frown and respond. "No, we're not done. And funnily enough, I did get a copy of every doujin, although you wouldn't know that. Anyways, this is about your attitude, not me personally. I can't stand by and see someone acting like they care about my waifu when they're trying to hog her all to themselves. This would be ridiculous if you were acting possessive over any character, but when it's someone I care about I'm not just going to let you get away with it."He stares at you and laughs before saying "That's what you wanted to say to me? That's ridiculous, you know I was hired. Although if I had the money I would do it anyways. And you know why? Because I want to keep her all to myself. Why would you want to whore your waifu out to everybody at Comiket? The perfect form of love is keeping any doujins, fanfiction, or any content featuring them all to yourself, making sure no one else can have her. Wouldn't anything less mean you don't care?"You're pissed off. This guy's attitude is ridiculous. You take a few steps forward, getting in his face, and raise your voice. "Whoring her out? Take your words back fuckface. Doujins are a form of expression that shows how much you love the character, and if you're going to compare it to prostitution than one of us is leaving here in an ambulance! Your attitude just shows how selfish you are, and you clearly don't deserve Vivi-tan at all!" At this point he's in your face too and begins yelling. "You don't know anything shit for brains! Selfish? Don't you judge me and my love! Fuck you! On my name as Fujitaka Kurosawa I'm going to end you!"
At this point a crowd has gathered around the two of you, and you're both abandoning logic and going more into the realm of obscenities at this point. Neither of you start a fight yet, as you still have some restraint, although it's rapidly fading. You're nearly seeing red when you...>punch him in the gut. This bastard deserves it.>say that you're VivitanBestGirl and that on your name as a doujin artist you're going to make sure no one ever sells another Vivi-tan doujin to him even when you're on your deathbed.>tell him that he doesn't know anything about love and that you're going to prove right here, right now, that you know more about Vivi-tan than he does. You already had one round of trivia today, you may as well go for another.>Other
>>3498801>tell him that he doesn't know anything about love and that you're going to prove right here, right now, that you know more about Vivi-tan than he does. You already had one round of trivia today, you may as well go for another.This will be good material for Sugimoto-san.
>>3498800>tell him that he doesn't know anything about love and that you're going to prove right here, right now, that you know more about Vivi-tan than he does. You already had one round of trivia today, you may as well go for another.LET'S GOOOOO!!!
"You don't know anything about love you piece of shit! What about I prove right here, right now, that I'm in the right?! I bet I know 5x more about Vivi-tan than you do you!" As you scream, red in the face, he screams back at you. "Alright then fuckface! I'll prove it! How are we doing this!" As you're screaming at each other Sugimoto-san walks between the two of you, camera still in hand, and separates you. He smiles and says "Calm down, calm down, if you need to decide who knows more then I'm your man- Sawada Sugimoto, host of Cash Cab: Japan, glad to make your acquiantance."Sugimoto-san calms both of you down a bit, although you're clearly livid. You're just restrained enough to stop yelling. By this point the crowd around the two of you is thick, as the two of you screaming at each other about who loves their waifu more is far more entertaining than standing in line. Sugimoto-san dials a number on his phone and says "Alright, I've contacted someone who works with me who can think of the questions. What about this format- he'll ask questions about the character you both like, you'll both answer them separately, and the first person to get a question wrong admits defeat. Okay?"You say that the method is fine with you, and that prick Kurosawa agrees, although he says that if he notices any funny business he's going to "fuck you up". Sugimoto claps his hands together and says "Alright then! It's time for another round of trivia in the Cash Cab: Japan Comiket Special! Do either of you care to make a bet? It makes everything more interesting and you both have a grudge after all." You...>respond that you're willing to put the money you won earlier today on it. From what you can tell he was just borrowing money earlier today, so he either admits his loss and humiliates himself or has to pony up a lot of money he doesn't really have. Either way it's a win/win.>bet the right to attend Comiket ever again. You don't want deal with this bastard ever again and he doesn't want to deal with you. It's only right.>say that you'll bet as much Vivi-tan merchandise as that bastard can match in rarity. Only the one who proves their love can keep their collection!>smile and say that you're willing to bet yourself. If you lose then he has the right to beat you up as long as you don't die or get crippled, but if he loses then you can do the same to him. You really want to take your anger out on him right now.>Other
>>3501317>say that you'll bet as much Vivi-tan merchandise as that bastard can match in rarity. Only the one who proves their love can keep their collection!
A bet? Well, you can think of a few options... You scratch your head and think over what sounds best at the moment before turning towards Kurosawa. "I'm willing to bet as much of my collection, including my original doujin drafts, as you can match in rarity. I doubt you'd be able to match up to my collection though..." He smugly smiles at you and says "Not able to match up to your collection? Oh come on, I definitely have more merchandise than you. The 2003 limit ed-" "Have it." "The matrovoska doll?" "Have it." "The guide to chess featuri-" "Have it."This repeats a few more times until he's red in the face and he says "Alright, you may have everything else, but... I know what you don't have. What about the fridge magnets?!" You stop your canned "Have it." responses and stare at him in shock. He has the promotional fridge magnets?! That's one of the only pieces of merchandise you haven't been able to get. You gulp and stutter slightly. "T-That's... that's fine then. My collection up for grabs against yours, fridge magnets included." This could be the only chance in your life to get those fridge magnets! You're not letting this pass!The two of you sit down at a table Sugimoto-san borrowed from one of the nearby circles and he places down a pen and paper in front of both of you. He loudly says "Alright then, now that the bet is in place we'll start! Each of you will write down your answers within 10 seconds of the question being asked, and then you'll reveal them for me to see! First one to get a question wrong loses!" As he finished speaking he whips out his phone, a familiar voice coming out of the speaker. "Testing, testing... alright, guess it's working. Well then, first question. What is Vivi-tan's full name?" The two of you instantly write down the same answer, Sugimoto-san relaying them back within a couple seconds of the questions being asked. The voice over the phone crackles slightly, saying "Correct, correct. That was just a test, I have a few books here and I'll be pulling the most random trivia I can find out of them, so prepare yourself."Over the next few minutes the two of you answer increasing obscure questions perfectly, amazing the crowd around you and Sugimoto-san. At this point you see a lot of people have their cell phones out and can hear a few exclamations like "Seriously? I'm ashamed to call myself an otaku at this point." and "Holy shit, did they eat the character books?" Initially you were distracted, but at this point you don't care anymore. You can't care anymore, to be exact, because you feel like if you lose focus at this point it could be the biggest mistake in your life. You just need to keep focus. Focus. Focus.
Meanwhile on 2chan "holy shit, that Kaiba dude from earlier and some guy with Vivi-tan with his waifu are betting their entire collections against each other. my sides""wwwww, what the fuck?""stream it, stream it""he's not lying, what the fuckis security going to break this up?""I see a few security guys watching and filming, wwwwwww, they won't stop it""livestream up, livestream up!" In the Comiket Preparatory Comittee's Tent A man in a suit sits at his desk, ignoring a few people jockeying for attention around him as he speaks to someone on a walkie-talkie."That... what even? No, no, stop this, it's an interruption. Wait, wait, who did you say it was? The same person behind that manga? Well... fuck it, I owe it one, leave him to his devices and I'll say we're even. Make sure it doesn't get out of hand though."
You're exhilirated and exhausted. Its been half an hour. It's hot and noisy. Your body wants to go home. Your mind, however, is focusing on far more important things. Things about Vivi-tan. About four times a minute you write down something, show it to Sugimoto-san, and then put your piece of paper down. Inevitably, the person nexts to you puts the exact same thing down on his piece of paper, drawing this competition out. You underestimated him. Still, you'll win. You just have to focus.Sugimoto-san stares at the two of you, worried and confused, and the phone seems to have stopped asking questions. Why? Isn't it time? You glance up at Sugimoto-san and then hear the voice come from the phone again. You grip your pen, prepared to answer another question, but then simply hear him say "That's... that's all the info I could find. The measurements, the obscure facts about unused character designs, the merchandise, everything... the two of you answered everything correctly. It's a draw."The two of you jolt to your feet at the same time and yell "It's not a draw! This bastard doesn't love her as much as I do!", surprising Sugimoto-san. He turns to his phone, slighlty nervously, and says "That's... do we have someone who knows more?" There's a slight pause until the phone says "Unless someone knows somebody who worked on the games, I don't think so." before chuckling. Then, surprisingly, someone jumps out of the crowd to say "I know someone who wrote for the first three games! He knew the character designer for Vivi too! Let me give him a call."The noise becomes more subdued and everyone stares at the man dialing the number into his phone, anticipating the response. The phone dials, but then the person on the other end doesn't pick up. This repeats a couple of times as the person nervously apologizes to the crowd until eventually someone picks up. Before the man can speak a voice comes out of the phone, loudly yelling. "I was in the shower, what the hell happened?! I have four missed calls from you." The man says "Well, it's like this..." before shortly explaining the situation.The voice on the other end of the phone says "...that's amazingly odd and I'm slightly disgusted, but alright then, I can help. All the public information was already covered? Give me a few minutes, I can go grab the unpublished version with more info." The man hangs up and Sugimoto-san faces his camera before yelling "And now time for a commercial break!" He then turns towards the two of you and says "I guess you two get a break until then, can somebody grab a couple of water bottles?"You sit there and...>catch your breath, you just need to keep your focus until it's time to answer more questions.>check 2chan, you just want to relax for now, this is stressful.>insult the bastard you're competing against some more, he's really giving you trouble right now. He should just lay down and lose.>Other
>>3504305>catch your breath, you just need to keep your focus until it's time to answer more questions.
I'll be around to update tomorrow if there are votes, spent today cramming for a final.
You ignore your desire to focus on something else, anything else, and just catch your breath. You need to stay focused right now. If you stop paying attention then you could be caught offguard for the next question. And if you get caught offguard like that then it's over. Everything over. You won't let that happen. You bury your head in your hands and breathe in and out, counting the breaths and just paying attention to all the noise around you. At some point someone hands you a bottle of water which you quickly guzzle down. You didn't realize how thirsty you were. Oh well, that's not important. Focus.Eventually among the loud noises of the crowd chatting and the bastard breathing a few feet away from you you hear the familiar sound of static from a phone. You raise you head immediately after hearing it and then a voice says "Alright, I got the unpublished book, are you still there?" The person holding the phone quickly responds "Yes, I'm still here, tell me when you're ready to ask questions." You hear the voice on the other end of the line mutter to himself as he says "Alright then, but... I really don't see how anyone could get these right. I'm looking through this and all this info seems as if it was slapped together arbitrarily. How could you guess these without having read it from a book beforehand? Whatever, I'll start now.""Er.. what is Vivi's favorite color?" Favorite color? You're actually surprised that this info wasn't published, but you always figured that it was dark green. It's not part of her color scheme, but it showed up a lot in her house and it was a part of her hown town, so it only seems natural. You write your answer down and then a second later your opponent does the same. Sugimoto-san says "Alright, they've both answered variations on 'dark green'. Is that correct?" There's silence from the phone before the voice, seemingly unsettled, says "That is correct... what the hell? How could you even guess that? Ok, onto the next one..."The next question is something about hobbies which you can figure out pretty easily based on a few lines in the second game, and the next couple of questions grow harder, but you can still figure them out. By this point the person on the phone is waiting longer and longer between each question, and at the end of the most recent one they say "This... I figured it out! You're fucking with me, right dude? They worked on the game too, right? There's no other reason they'd know this shit. It was probably all made up on the spot anyways, you couldn't figure it out without the book." What follows are several minutes of the man from the crowd trying to convince his friend that you didn't work on the game before more questions can be asked.
Eventually, after around a dozen questions of this nature, you run into one you can't figure out. What's her favorite sweet? That's... you're pretty sure there are two correct answers. You scratch your head and try to figure out which one is correct, but around the eight second mark you're forced to give up and quickly write yours down. The bastard on the other side of the table does the same and you both show your answers at the same time. Sugimoto-san's face lights up and he says "Alright then, we finally have two separate answers. Kurosawa-san says that it's a banana parfait, and Kaiji-san says that it's chocolate pocky. What's the right answer?"The person on the other end of the phone loudly sighs and says "Finally." before saying "The correct answer was pocky." The worry filling your mind dissappears and you bolt out of your seat. You won! You showed the fucker who's who! Yeah! You let out an excited cheer before pointing at the guy next to you and saying "That shows you bastard! You thought you could win, but you challenged the master! Let's drive over to your house later and get that merch!"You stare at him, a smug smile on your face. Although he seems upset, he doesn't say anything and just starts walking away after writing down his contact info on a sheet of paper and shoving it into your hand. The crowd around the two of you starts thinning out and Sugimoto-san asks you a few questions you don't fully process, although you give him answers anyways.As you come back to your senses you check your phone. Shit, Comiket is almost over for the day. You guess after this you have that club in Roppongi to thank whoever helped with getting your manga returned, but that isn't for a couple of hours. As you're figuring out what you should do Sugimoto-san approaches you, camera turned off, and says "Well, thanks for helping with the production of Cash Cab: Japan today, I got a lot of good footage. The episode will air tomorrow night, and until then we'll be doing crunch time editing. If you're not busy I could use your help contacting those circles you mentioned about the music you played in the car- I still need to clear copyright on that." Ah, shit, you do need to help with that. Still, there was something going on with your friends' tables earlier and you need to follow up on getting your merchandise from the guy you just beat. You tell him...>that you have a couple of hours and help him work on contacting the doujin circles whose music you played.>that you'll get the info to him in a little while and meet up with some of your friends and see how the day went. Last time you contacted them it seemed like something came up with the manga again.>that you'll get the info to him in a little while but that in the meantime you have your winnings to collect. You're not letting that prick get away without giving you your stuff, although you dislike him much less now that you know he knows almost as much about Vivi-tan as you.>Other
>>3507877>that you'll get the info to him in a little while but that in the meantime you have your winnings to collect. You're not letting that prick get away without giving you your stuff, although you dislike him much less now that you know he knows almost as much about Vivi-tan as you.That guy is an asshole but he's likely the second best Vivifag after us. I say we designate him our worthy rival and let him off with just giving us the magnets.