Prologue: Reincarnation

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Introduction Cutscene

>Cutscene showing a teenage girl in an opera house watching a show starring a male and female actor, as well as a small string orchestra. Purple fog mysterious appears and the actress suddenly disappears, leaving the crowd muttering questions to themselves. Soon, everyone in the audience starts to disappear, leaving only the teenage girl. As the fog approaches her, she begins crying, and a bright bubble suddenly appears around her, dispelling the fog. She looks around, confused.


Newspaper: Mass disappearance at opera house. Audience of a thousand missing; still unaccounted for. Whereabouts still unknown for veteran actor Chikaomi Tsurugi and idol ingenue Ayaha Oribe. Local 13-year-old girl, only survivor.


And so… five years later...


>Game intro plays, features Reincarnation by Kiria Kurono.

Prologue: Reincarnation

Daitama


>Camera pans into the TV station seen in the game’s intro, an older teenager who resembles the 13-year-old girl in the first cutscene is shown in the station. Camera shifts to the blue-haired teenage boy seen in the game’s intro, who is also in the station.


Itsuki: Some kind of event, huh…? Wonder what’s taking Touma so long.


>Wii U GamePad shakes, shows a text conversation between Itsuki and a red-haired teenage boy called Touma.


Itsuki: Aren’t you two overreacting a little?

Touma: hey, we’re all friends here. what’s wrong with wanting to all hang out

Touma: welp, guess that means tomorrow’s gonna be us guys out on the town!


>An urgent message appears on Topic.


Touma: blargh sorry! running late! I seriously just got off the stage

Touma: sorry, man. gah, and i was the one who set this whole thing up, too


The player is given two options on how to reply:

  • Don't worry about it.
  • Welp. I'm going home.


If the player chooses option 1:


Touma: thanks man. sorry again!

Touma: oh btw, i saw someone who looked a lot like tsubasa in odaiba today. did she tell you anything about her plans?

Itsuki: Nope…

Touma: eh, it was probably someone else then. Anyhow, i’ll be there as soon as i can, so just hang on a little more

Touma: sends a picture of a masked man with the words, “here I go!” written on it.


If the player chooses option 2:


Itsuki: Welp. I'm going home.

Touma: cmooon man, don't be so pissed about it! i'm apologizing, right? pleeease

Touma: Tmsfe-sticker 14.png

Itsuki: Joking. Don't worry.

Touma: oh btw, i saw someone who looked a lot like tsubasa in odaiba today. did she tell you anything about her plans?

Itsuki: Nope.

Touma: eh, it was probably someone else then. anyhow, i'll be there as soon as i can, so just hang on a little more

Touma: Tmsfe-sticker 13.png


Itsuki: (Guess I'll just wander about, then...)


>Camera shifts towards the back of the female girl.


Itsuki: Tsubasa?


>Game transitions to gameplay. The option to scroll up on the currently-selected Topic conversation is given, revealing the beginning of the conversation.


Touma: hey itsuki! you down to hang out in odaiba tomorrow? have a little end-of-exams party?

Itsuki: responds with an “ok” picture

Touma: awesome. i’m working as an extra until like 1, so let’s meet up around then

Touma: you want in on this tsubasa

Tsubasa: sends a picture depicting a crying person

Tsubasa: wish I could, but I’m busy tomorrow… ;_;

Itsuki: Ah, well. It happens.

Tsubasa: invite me next time you guys go hang out, okay? I’ll definitely go then!

Touma: no worries, tsubasa. as soon as itsuki has some free time, i’ll let you know

Tsubasa: sends a picture of a smiling person with sparkles all over them

Itsuki: Aren’t you two overreacting a little?

Touma: hey, we’re all friends here. what’s wrong with wanting to all hang out

Touma: welp, guess that means tomorrow’s gonna be us guys out on the town!


>Itsuki navigates through the area in order to meet with Tsubasa. Tsubasa turns around and notices Itsuki.


Tsubasa: H-Huh!? I-Itsuki!?

Itsuki: I thought that was you, Tsubasa.

Tsubasa: I-I-I thought you were hanging out with Touma today!

Itsuki: He hasn’t shown up yet, so I figured I’d hang out for a while.

Tsubasa: Urgh… Thanks, Touma…

Itsuki: Tsubasa?

Tsubasa: I, uh, well… O-Oh, did you hear!? Kiria’s doing a live concert in the middle of Shibuya soon. Isn’t that awesome!?


The player is given two options on how to reply:

  • Yeah, pretty awesome.
  • “Kiria”...?


If the player chooses option 1:


Itsuki: Yeah, pretty awesome.

Tsubasa: I know, right?! I mean, Kiria’s one of the best female artists in Japan right now. She’s totally my hero…

Itsuki: Sounds like you’re really into this Kiria stuff.

Tsubasa: I’m her biggest fan! You should really listen to her sometime, Itsuki!

Itsuki: I’ll… get around to it.

Tsubasa: You promise?

Itsuki: Yeah, yeah.

Tsubasa: Don’t “yeah, yeah” me… You’re just saying that to get me off your case. *Sigh* Come on, Itsuki, we’ve been friends since we were kids. Can’t you take me seriously for once? Okay, got it. If you don’t listen to Kiria... We’re getting parfait, your treat! Make sure it’s extra large!

Itsuki: I mean, I’ll get you parfait if you want… I just don’t see why you’re trying to get ME excited about her.

Tsubasa: It makes perfect sense! I just want to be able to talk about Kiria stuff with you.

Itsuki: I think that’s probably enough about her… So what exactly are you doing here in Daitama, again?

Tsubasa: Gah, I thought I threw him off the trail…! Uh, well, you know, just… things…


If the player chooses option 2:


Itsuki: "Kiria"...? That was... that singer you really like, right?

Tsubasa: *Sigh* I've been telling you to listen to her songs forever. How do you still not remember? She's one of the biggest female artists in Japan right now. You should really listen to her sometime, Itsuki!

Itsuki: I'll... get around to it.

Tsubasa: You promise?

Itsuki: Yeah, yeah.

Tsubasa: Don't "yeah, yeah" me... You're just saying that to get me off your case. *Sigh* Come on, Itsuki, we've been friends since we were kids. Can't you take me seriously for once? Okay, got it. If you don't listen to Kiria... We're getting parfait, your treat! Make sure it's extra large!

Itsuki: I mean, I’ll get you parfait if you want… I just don't see why you’re trying to get ME excited about her.

Tsubasa: It makes perfect sense! I just want to be able to talk about Kiria stuff with you.

Itsuki: I think that's probably enough about her… So what exactly are you doing here in Daitama, again?

Tsubasa: Gah, I thought I threw him off the trail...! Uh, well, you know, just... things...


>An announcement over the speaker suddenly interrupts the conversation.


Announcer: All applicants for the One of Millennium idol audition, please gather in the reception area.

Tsubasa: Gaah! I-I, uh, just remembered there was something I had to do! So, uh… Gotta go! I’ll see you later!

Itsuki: Tsubasa?


>Transitions to gameplay.


Itsuki: (Sounds like something’s going on in the back… If Touma’s going to be a while, I might as well check it out.)


>Player moves to the queue where people are waiting to enter the back room. Itsuki walks past a large mirror, and a shadowy, red-cloaked figure suddenly emerges from behind him, before disappearing as quickly as it came. A small glow also appears on Itsuki’s person. He doesn’t notice the two abnormalities. As Itsuki enters the back room, he ends up in a crowd of people cheering at a bunch of girls on a stage, with one of the girls being Tsubasa. In front of the girls on stage is a man dressed in an orangey-yellow suit. The suited gentleman begins to speak.


MC: Ladies and gentlemen, your finalists for the One of Millennium Idol Discovery Audition! And I’m your host, Teru Gojuin. Which talented contestant will get the glory of victory and a shot at stardom!? Are… you… READY?


The crowd cheers “Yeeeeaaah!”


Gojuin: And so am I!


>Itsuki makes a comment regarding that the “idol audition hosted by Gojuin has begun”. One by one, the girls on the stage step up and start being interviewed by Gojuin. Itsuki is on his phone, uninterested at what’s going on.


Gojuin: Next up, number four--Tsubasa Oribe.


>Tsubasa walks up next to Gojuin. The crowd cheers a “Whoa…!” Itsuki notices Tsubasa, appears surprised.


Itsuki: Huh? Tsubasa?

Tsubasa: My name is… Tsubasa Oribe! I-I’m meased to pleat you!


The crowd laughs at her speech mistake. Tsubasa blushes.


Tsubasa: Aw, geez… I totally messed that up.

Itsuki: What’s Tsubasa doing onstage…?


>A tense pulsation is felt by Itsuki. The shadowy, red-cloaked figure is seen looming behind Tsubasa. Like Itsuki before, Tsubasa has a small, faint glow appear on her. Itsuki notices the two this time.


Itsuki: Huh...?


>The cloaked figure and the glow on Tsubasa both disappear.


Itsuki: What… was that…?

Gojuin: So tell us, Tsubasa, what kind of star did you want to be?

Tsubasa: I… I want to become an idol that can… make everyone happy!


The crowd cheers a “Whoa…”


Gojuin: Wooow. And just what motivated you to want to be that kind of idol. We’re just dying know, aren’t we, folks?


The crowd cheers a “We are!”


Tsubasa: Well… A while ago… I went through some hard times and got really depressed… Everyone was really worried about me, but that just ended up feeling more like a burden… But… I had a friend that still talked with me like everything was normal--just like he always did. That cheered me up… and it helped me feel like I could smile again. That’s why… I want to be able to help everyone smile, just like my friend did for me.

Itsuki:

Gojuin: By the way… why don’t you tell us what it was that made you so depressed?

Tsubasa: Huh…? Well, um…

Gojuin: Is it, maybe… something to do with your sister?

Tsubasa: …!?

Gojuin: Your sister is the idol Ayaha Oribe, isn’t she?

Tsubasa: Y-Yes… that’s true…

Gojuin: Well, why didn’t you say so!? This is very important information. So, tell us… what kind of sister was she?

Tsubasa: She was always cheerful, a great singer… And most importantly… sh-she was a very kind person.

Gojuin: Buuut, five years ago… during that so-called “Mass Disappearance” your sister disappeared, didn’t she?

Tsubasa:


>The crowd starts to go wary.


Suspicious Crowd: Hey… These questions are getting a little weird.

Informed Crowd: Isn’t the Mass Disappearance where all the performers and audience in a theater just disappeared?

Gojuin: A girl whose heart cries out for her missing sister. Oh, so tragic. So beautiful! Oh, my heartstrings! But here, now, HERE… We come to the most important question of all. Tsubasa. For your incredible talent, I could let you see your beloved sister once again… How about it?

Tsubasa:

Gojuin: The truth is… I have called Ms. Ayaha Oribe to be our special guest today!

Tsubasa: ...Huh? Sh-She’s here!?

Gojuin: Hah! You took it hook, line, and sinker!


>Gojuin’s face turns demonic, with his tongue sticking out and exposing his pointy teeth. His skin slowly turns into a shade or purple, and his limbs turn black. Small, black triangles start to circle his body.


Gojuin: I got something special for gullible idiots like you… You’re going to get exactly what your sister got!


>Multiple of the shadowy, red-cloaked figures appear, forming a wall in front of Tsubasa and the other three girls on stage, as well as appearing in the crowd. Everyone present goes into a state of fear and worry.


Scared Crowd: Gaaaaaaah! S-Stop, you can’t-guh…


>Members of the crowd start to collapse.


Scared Crowd: Wh-What’s going on!? Nooo! Ugh… gah…

Gojuin: Gwahahahaha! Get to it, lads! Grab it all! I want all the Perfoma these humans got!


>Camera focuses on Itsuki, who is clutching his head in pain. He is surrounded by veils of dark triangles.'


Itsuki: Ungh… What’s... happening…?

Tsubasa: Aaaaaah!

Itsuki: Gah…!

Gojuin: Don’t let her escape, now! That little girlie’s gonna make a fine vessel for her!


>There is a blue and white portal behind Gojuin. He turns around and walks through it, leaving the scene.


Tsubasa: Aaaaaah…!

Itsuki: Tsubasa!


>One of the shadowy figures has Tsubasa by the neck. It starts to take Tsubasa through the portal Gojuin just walked through.


Tsubasa: Itsuki…! Help me!


>The shadowy figure forcefully takes Tsubasa through the portal. When gone, the other figures in the room disappear, leaving behind a conscious Itsuki and an unconscious crowd.


Itsuki: Gah…!


>The small glow again appears on Itsuki. Once it flashes and disappears, the black triangle veils binding him vanish.


Itsuki: Wh-What-- What’s going on…? Ts-Tsubasa…!


>The game transitions to gameplay. The player has the option of backtracking, but nothing new will happen. So the player walks Itsuki towards the portal.


Itsuki: I have to… save her…!


>The player interacts with the portal.


Itsuki: (Tsubasa was taken through here…)


The player is given two choices:

  • Touch it
  • Cancel


If the player selects “Cancel”, the game will not progress. So the only option is to select “Touch it”.


>Itsuki sticks his hand into the portal and is immediately warped to a dungeon. Noticeable attributes include a green and black sky, large torches emitting white hot flames, floating debris, and neon blue lights lighting the walkway. The atmosphere is dark and brooding.


Illusory Daitama


Itsuki: Tsubasa...!


>Itsuki looks around the surroundings, notices a few unconscious people on the floor, presumably from Daitama.


Itsuki: What the-- What is this place...? Am I even... in Daitama anymore...?


>A mysterious flash happens in front of Itsuki; a small female with green hair appears, floating in the air. She is wearing unusual clothing.


Mysterious Girl: You have to hurry...

Itsuki: Huh?

Mysterious Girl: She's in danger... You have to hurry to the depths...


>The mysterious girl starts to head into the dungeon, fading in and out of existence as she does so.


Itsuki: Who was that girl...? No... She can wait. I have to find Tsubasa.


>Game transitions to gameplay. The player has the choice of going back through the portal to Daitama, though as it does not progress the story, the player has no choice but to go deeper into the dungeon. As Itsuki takes a few steps forward, he receives a text from Touma. The conversation goes as follows:


Touma: hey, some weird stuff's going down in daitama right now. where are you? is everything okay?

Itsuki: I think I'm still in Daitama... I went through this weird gate thing and ended up in some huge place I've never seen before...

Touma: oh crap. that's not good.

Itsuki: You know this place?

Touma: i can't explain right now man! itsuki, i need you to get out of there NOW!

Itsuki: I don't really get it...

Itsuki: But Tsubasa got kidnapped by some kind of monsters. I'm not just leaving her behind in here.

Touma: hey! come on! itsuki!


>As Itsuki puts his phone away, a sudden scream grabs his attention.


Girl's Voice: Aaaaaaah!

Itsuki: Huh!?


>Game transitions to gameplay. As Itsuki walks, he can hear a deep voice uttering words. He eventually finds a elevator. He goes down on it, takes a few steps forwards once it stops, and hears the feminine scream again.


Girl's Voice: Ahhhhh!

Itsuki: What was that...!?


>Game transitions to gameplay. As Itsuki jogs for a short period of time, he notices one of the girl's that were on the stage earlier being chased by one of the red-cloaked figures.


Itsuki: That's-


>The girl is quickly surrounded by the cloaked figures. She becomes terrified.


Girl: Auuuugh...!


> The cloaked figures lift her off the ground; the woman is clutching her head in pain. Gojuin suddenly appears from the ground.


Gojuin: Not bad, not bad... Guess I should've expected as much from a vessel we picked out specially.


>One of the cloaked figures comes up behind the girl. It then merges with her, giving her a look similar to Gojuin: a purple and black complexion.


Gojuin: Won't be long now til Tsubasa's finished... Everything's goin' perfect.


> Gojuin, the girl, and the remaining cloaked figures all seep through the floor, vanishing from the scene.


Itsuki: No...! Tsubasa...


> The deep voice heard before speaks again, uttering a "Give me.."


Itsuki: Wha-?


Deep Voice: Your power... It is mine... Your power is mine...


>The source of the deep voice manifests behind Itsuki. It is another red-cloaked figure, but as the camera zooms in on it's face, two bright blue "eyes" are shown. The bottom half of it's face is covered. Itsuki turns around to meet the voice, and is surprised at what he sees. He then runs off, afraid.


Itsuki: Ahhhh!


>Itsuki runs to a dead end with a large drop. Turning around, he sees the cloaked figure speedily approaching him.


Cloaked figure: Your power is miiiiiiiine!


>With no choice, Itsuki turns around and jumps off. The force of the impact landing on the surface beneath him was so great he stumbles and falls over. When he turns around, he notices the figure is no longer following him. He gets up and the game resumes back to gameplay. As Itsuki walks forward, he comes across a door.


Itsuki: (I sense a dangerous presence beyond this door... What should I do?)


The player is given two choices:

  • Proceed
  • Do not proceed


>Itsuki proceeds to open the door.


Tsubasa's Voice: No... Stop...

Itsuki: ...! Tsubasa!


>The cloaked figure that was chasing Itsuki suddenly appears behind him again.


Ghostly Man: Give me... Your power... It is mine... Your power is mine...


>Itsuki turns around, again surprised to see the cloaked man.


Itsuki: Whoa...!


>In horror, he turns around and forces himself through the door. An animated cutscene then plays, showing Itsuki falling over under his own force and weight. When he looks up, he sees Tsubasa floating in the air, being choked by one of the cloaked figures.


Itsuki: Tsubasa!


>Purple fog comes from behind Itsuki, forming into the figure that has been following Itsuki. The figure binds Itsuki with the black triangles, then forcefully pulls Itsuki towards him. The figure then pushes Itsuki away, releasing him from the binds. As Itsuki tries to get up, the figure slowly approaches him and brandishes a sword that was concealed under its long sleeve. As he is about to slash Itsuki, a mysterious glow suddenly starts to flash on Itsuki's body, forcing the figure to relent. The glow then manifests into a floating orb. Itsuki grabs hold on his orb and attacks the figure with it. The orb forces its way into the figure, putting it under extreme pain. The orb glows inside the figure, and soon it's robes burn off, revealing a blue-haired man in blue, purple, and silver clothing. The game then transitions back to in-game.


Ghostly Man: Gods... What was I doing...?

Itsuki: Ngh...!


>The figure turns around suddenly and sees three more red-cloaked figures. He then brandishes the sword that was held in it's sheathe.


Ghostly Man: Go! I'll take care of them!

Itsuki: Huh...? But why are you...

Ghostly Man: We don't have time to talk! Go and rescue that girl!

Tsubasa: Nngh...!

Itsuki: Tsubasa!

Ghostly Man: Now!

Itsuki: Rrgh... But... what can I do to save her...?

Tsubasa: Itsu... ki...?


>The glow then appears on Tsubasa, stunning the figure that was choking her. Released, she falls onto her knees, holding the glow that has now also manifested into an orb. Itsuki, remembering what he did to pacify his assailant, realises what either he or Tsubasa must do.


Itsuki: That's it...!

>He runs over to Tsubasa, and another animated cutscene plays. Itsuki holds his hand over Tsubasa's orb, taking it from her. He then shoves it into Tsubasa's assailant. The process is repeated, revealing Tsubasa's assailant to be a blue-haired woman armed with a lance, wearing predominantly white and pink armour. She is seen kneeling on the floor, holding her head in a confused state. Itsuki, Tsubasa, and the two uncloaked figures are then surrounded by malicious, cloaked figures. The four nod at each other.


Itsuki & Tsubasa: Carnage Form!


>The uncloaked figures both into lights, with each of them travelling into their respective person. Itsuki and Tsubasa's physical appearance change drastically; they're in their Carnage Forms.


Itsuki: Yeah!

Tsubasa: Mm-hm!


>The two of them brace themselves for combat.


Itsuki: How can I...

Mysterious Voice: Incredible...

Itsuki: Gahh! A talking sword!? Wait... I know that voice. Are you that... blue ghost from before?

Itsuki's Sword: Yes. Somehow, it looks like I... became a blade.

Itsuki: This... can't be real...

Tsubasa's Lance: Be careful!

Itsuki's Sword: It's all right. I'm here with you... Now, come on!


>First battle starts. The four are victorious. They revert back to their usual attire, though they are still holding their weapons.


Ghostly Man: Looks like we managed to take them out...


>The two ghostly figures revert back to their usual selves


Ghostly Woman: And it seems as though we're able to revert back to these forms as well.

Ghostly Man: Much of all this is still unclear, but my name is Chrom. I can remember that much...

Itsuki: Chrom... thank you. I couldn't have saved Tsubasa without you. I'm Itsuki--Itsuki Aoi.

Chrom: Itsuki Aoi, huh...


>Chrom extends his hand.


Itsuki:  ?

Chrom: I should be the one thanking you. It was that light within you that freed me from the darkness. ... You have my gratitude. And it's a pleasure to meet you, Itsuki.

Itsuki: ... Of course! Likewise, Chrom!


>Itsuki shakes Chrom's hand.


Ghostly Woman: My name is Caeda. And yours was... Tsubasa, wasn't it?

Tsubasa: Huh? Oh, yes! I'm Tsubasa Oribe, 18 years old!

Caeda: I really am sorry, Tsubasa. I must have scared you quite a bit, didn't I?

Tsubasa: Well... actually, yes, that was really scary. But if it wasn't for you, who knows what would have happened to me back there, so... Thank you, Ms. Caeda.

Caeda: Please, just call me Caeda... You're a kindhearted girl, Tsubasa.

Itsuki: Sorry, but... what exactly are you two? I mean you attacked us and then you saved us...

Chrom: I'm sorry, but I can't even remember why I'm here in the first place.

Tsubasa: Caeda... is your memory gone too?

Caeda: Unfortunately, yes... I've been trying to recall, but...

Tsubasa: I see... Itsuki, what should we do?

Chrom: I say we get out as soon as we can. If we linger too long, we might find ourselves with unwanted company.

Itsuki: Chrom's right. We can figure out the details after we get out of here alive.


>Game transitions to gameplay. The player can speak to Tsubasa.


Tsubasa: Thank you for coming after me, Itsuki... I was so relieved...


>The team exit through a second door. Chrom quickly makes a remark after a few steps.


Chrom's Voice: Wait, Itsuki.


>An enemy suddenly spawns. It has not noticed the party.


Itsuki: (There's an enemy here too...!)


>The enemy notices the party. Once defeated, gameplay is resumed. Chrom interrupts again after picking up an chest containing some medicine.


Chrom's Voice: Loos like there's quite a few enemies lurking around here... Keep an eye on your health, and heal before things get out of hand.


>Gameplay is resumed. The party finds a green wall with a red object protruding from it. The text reads, "A mysterious power is protecting this wall... There is nothing Itsuki can do right now." As the party ascends and steps off a nearby elevator, a text from Touma is received The conversation is as follows.

Touma: ITSUKI! are you okay!?

Itsuki: Yeah, somehow. I found Tsubasa, too. We're all right.

Touma: where even are you guys right now?

Itsuki: I actually have no idea.

Touma: gaahhh you dumbass

okay look. you guys gotta find the exit. got that?

Touma: there should be a round building somewhere south of you. the exit's near there, so get moving!

Touma: and BE CAREFUL. you guys better not die!


>Itsuki turns around a sees a large, red, circular building.


Itsuki: That must be it

Tsubasa: Aaah! I-Itsuki!


>Itsuki hastily turns around, sees two enemies in front of Tsubasa.


Itsuki: Gh...!


>Fight ensues. After the enemies are beaten, a glowing orb is left behind.


Itsuki: ... The monsters keep leaving these behind. What is this?

Chrom: It's called Perfoma. Chances are, it was harvested from a human...

Tsubasa: Per...forma?

Caeda: It's a power than only you humans carry within... For beings like us, it provides sustenance and power.

Itsuki: So that host at the audition... was kidnapping people to steal their Perfoma...?

Tsubasa: Wooow... Look at it sparkle!

Caeda: *Chuckle* I sense Perfoma shining within you, too, Tsubasa.

Itsuki: A power carried by humans...


>Game resumes back to gameplay. As the party explore, they find themselves another one of the green doors with a mysterious power preventing it from being opened. Turning back, they find themselves in front of the building Touma told them to go to. They walk to the door.


Itsuki: (I sense a dangerous presence beyond this door... What should I do?)


The player is given two options to choose from. These choices are:

  • Proceed
  • Do not proceed

>Itsuki proceeds to open the door, leading the party in. After a few steps, Gojuin's voice is suddenly heard.


Gojuin: Hold it right there, Tsubasaaaaaaaa!

Tsubasa: Aah!


>Gojuin jumps down from seemingly nowhere. He is grinning manically.


Itsuki: It's him... the host from the audition!

Gojuin: Caeda, y'damn traitor. Just had to switch sides, huh...? I'll show you what happens to turncoats!

Tsubasa: Eek...

Gojuin: Eh...? Hey, lad. You're someone's Master now? I can feel your Perfoma from here...

Chrom: Careful... This one's different from the other enemies we've fought! Keep your guard up!

Gojuin: Chrom!? Haha... Gwahahahahaha! I found it... Not only Caeda, but I even got a vessel for Chrom himself!

Itsuki: Rrgh...!


>The sound of a door opening can be heard, immediately accompanied by a masculine voice.


Man's Voice: Itsuki! You're okay!?

Itsuki: Wait, that's--


>The camera pans to a red-haired teenage boy on the opposite side of the room, next to a door. He is wearing a brown jacket and a pink top.


Tsubasa & Itsuki: Touma!

Touma: Sorry for the holdup. The hero's here and ready to rock.


>Battle transition plays. Gojuin has transformed into a metal beast, wielding a huge sword. Touma is seen on a motorcycle briefly before adopting his Carnage Form.


Touma: Whoo! Now THAT's a dynamic entrance! Wait... Itsuki and Tsubasa and Masters now!?

Man's Voice: It certainly looks that way.

Gojuin: Gwahahahahaha!

Touma: The hell...?

Gojuin: Perfect! Even more Mirages! All you little sheepies're comin' with me!

Touma: You talk pretty big for a guy in a can. I got a better idea: I'm gonna knock that Mirage out of you!


>Battle begins.


VS. Gojuin


>Once Gojuin's HP has dropped to 50% or below:


Gojuin: Now, the part ye've all been waiting for! Yep, everyone's favourite show... It's time play: Find! That! Mirage! And I got something special planned for idiots that get it wrong! Gwahaha... we're going completely unscripted, folks! So all you idiots better think reeeeeeal hard!


> Gojuin uses the spell "You got three choices!"


Gojuin: Try and find me if you can! Of course, if y'get it wrong... you won't like what happens next!


>Battle resumes.


>If the player chooses correctly:


???


>If the player chooses wrong:


Gojuin: That one? You think I'm that one? ... Pfffhahaha! What a MORON! Wroooooong! Gwahahaha! And this is what y'get!


>When Gojuin's HP reaches zero, Gojuin's metallic body collapses and fades away.

Editor's note: Gojuin does say something, but since it plays during battle, there are no subtitles alongside it. So I have no idea what Gojuin actually said during his last words.


Touma: And so the evil Mirage is vanquished by the forces of justice!

Man's Voice: You made good use of your momentum in that battle, Touma. But your movement was hardly what I'd call efficient...

Touma: Yeah, I know, I know. But come on--in situations like this, it's all about the showmanship, know what I mean? Hold on, though... Cain, this guy's not dead or anything, right? He's supposed to turn back to normal.


>A man clad in red armour appears next to Touma.


Cain: That should be the case... but I have never seen a human possessed by a Mirage change so drastically...

Touma: Oh, right. Lemme introduce you guys. This is Cain, my partner. And, uh, Cain, you're looking at Itsuki and Tsubasa.

Cain: Ah, Itsuki Aoi and Tsubasa Oribe then. Touma speaks very highly of you. He says you are interesting friends.

Tsubasa: Uh, interesting...?


>Touma bashfully scratches the back of his head before the screen fades to black. When the screen comes back, Touma is addressing Itsuki.


Touma: Man... Itsuki, you almost gave me a heart attack when I realised you went inside an Idolasphere.

Itsuki: Idolapshere?

Touma: It's this place. The world we're in right now. Look, I was seriously worried about you.

Itsuki: I'm sorry I didn't listen to you... but I couldn't just leave Tsubasa on her own.

Touma: Yeah, I know. I kinda figured that's what you were thinking. That's why I told you to get out. Just running off, to do something stupid and dangerous, without pausing for a second... That was a close one.

Itsuki: More importantly, Touma... why didn't you ever tell us you were involved in something this dangerous...?

Touma: Come on, man. This is basic stuff! A hero never reveals their identity--especially to their closest friends.

Itsuki: Touma...

Touma: ... To be honest, I didn't want you guys worrying about me, so I figured I should keep quiet about it. Sorry 'bout that, Itsuki.

Itsuki: No, you don't have to apologise... I guess I understand where you're coming from.

Touma: Heh. Thanks, man. ... But I guess you're a Mirage Master now too, huh?

Itsuki: What's this Mirage Master thing you keep talking about?

Touma: Cain and others like him are called "Mirages," and "Mirage Masters" are the ones who fight alongside them.

Itsuki: I see...

Touma: ... Kind of expected you to freak out more, to be honest. You're over here acting like this is no big deal.

Itsuki: Am I...?

Touma: Heh... You're pretty strong, Itsuki. Well, if we're gonna hang around and chat, I for one would rather not do it in an Idolasphere. Let's roll.


>Game transitions to gameplay. The player can speak to Touma again, triggering another conversation.


Touma: In any case, I'm glad the two of you are okay. Sorry for the bad break, Tsubasa...

Tsubasa: I was so scared... But Itsuki came for me...

Touma: And he saved you, huh? Oh well. I guess Itsuki's always going to be Tsubasa's hero!

Tsubasa: W-Wait! M-My hero!? What's that supposed to mean!?

Itsuki: Come on, Touma. It's YOU who wants to become a superhero, right?

Touma: Geez, you really don't get it, do you?

Itsuki: ...? What did I say?

Tsubasa: Ah... No.Y-You don't have to worry about it.

Touma: See this, Cain? Every day with these two. This is the kind of stuff I was talking about.

Cain: You were correct, it seems. But for some reason, it gives me this sensation of curious nostalgia...


>Game returns to gameplay. The player can speak to Touma again.


Touma: Don't relax. We're not out of this yet... We better get moving.


>Once Itsuki and co. decide to leave the building, they quickly find themselves near the portal Itsuki and Tsubasa used to enter Illusory Daitama.


Touma: This should let us get back to Daitama.


>Suddenly, the whole group is surrounded by red-cloaked figures.


Ghostly Being: Unnnnnnnnngh...!

Another Ghostly Being: Perfoma... Surrender your Perfoma...!

Tsubasa: Ah! There's a whole bunch of them!

Touma: Crap, that's a lot... Things might get a little rough here...


The player is given two options on how to act:

  • We have to run!
  • We have to fight!


If the player selects the first option:


Itsuki: We have to run! There's no way we can take on this many!

Touam: Run where? They got us surrounded...!


If the player selects the second option:


Itsuki: There's nowhere to run. We have to fight!

Tsubasa: But there's so many of them...!


>An unfamiliar feminine voice is heard.


Woman's Voice: Don't move!

Itsuki: What!?


>A spell is used. All of a sudden, the enemies are frozen. The camera pans to a green-haired woman with twin ponytails wearing an eyepatch. She is holding a microphone attached to a stand.


Touma: Kiria!?


>The woman transforms to what is presumed to be her casual attire; she was in her Carnage Form. A feminine Mirage then spawns behind her.


Kiria: ...

Tsubasa: Huh--Kiria!? Wh-Why is she here live, in person!? Ohmygosh, Kiria's looking at me... Wait--don't tell me Kiria's a Mirage Master too...? Wh-What do I do? Ooh, I can feel my brain pounding...

Itsuki: Uh, Tsubasa... if it's your brain that's pounding, something might be wrong.

Tsubasa: Wait a minute... Oh no! Itsuki! I don't have anything for her to sign! How am I going to get her autograph!?

Kiria: Hm... ...


>Kiria jumps into the air, disappears from view.


Tsubasa: Ah... She's gone... Aww, I thought I was finally going to get her autograph.

Itsuki: Uh, I think we have more important things to worry about... Come on, let's get out of here while we can.


Back to Daitama


>The party walk through the portal and end up back in Daitama Observatory.


Itsuki: We finally made it back.

Touma: Yep! Nicely done, you two.

Tsubasa: I can't believe all that happened... but I'm just glad we all made it back safe.

Itsuki: You can say that again... Man, I'm beat.


>A woman in blue walks up to the trio.


Woman: I take it the operation was successful, Touma?

Touma: Yeah. Though, uh, Kiria had to bail us out at the end there.

Woman: And these two would be...?

Touma: Oh, they're my friends: Itsuki and Tsubasa.

Tsubasa: Oh, um, it's a pleasure to meet you. I'm Tsubasa Oribe.

Itsuki: I'm Itsuki Aoi.

Touma: Ms. Maiko... Somewhere in the middle of all that mess, these two got the powers of Mirage Masters.

Woman: ... Both Masters... ... Maybe this is fate then...

Itsuki: Sorry, but you are...?

Woman: My name is Maiko Shimazaki. I direct others who investigate incidents like this one. I suppose you could call me their leader.

Itsuki: ... Investigation?

Maiko: Yes. Although Mirage-related incidents aren't often made public, they're more common than you know. ... The Mass Disappearance. I'm sure you're familiar with the name, at least?

Itsuki: That was the incident where a huge number of performers and audience members just... vanished, right?

Maiko: Mirages were responsible for that phenomenon, too. We still don't have all the information on what they truly are. But we've confirmed that they reside in areas known as Idolaspheres... and cause harm to humans. Their existence lies beyond that of our physical realm... so conventional weaponry doesn't really faze them. The only thing that can stop a Mirage is the power of another Mirage.

Itsuki: Like... how Chrom and Caeda helped us out earlier?

Maiko: You catch on quick. Certain Mirages can harmonize with talented humans and grant them their powers... Using these gifted powers to combat this threat to humanity--that is what it means to be a Mirage Master. Since we investigate cases involving Mirages, we NEED the help of Masters to do it. Unfortunately, those who have the natural ability for it are very rare...

Tsubasa: ...

Itsuki: Tsubasa?

Tsubasa: Please... I want to help you.

Itsuki & Touma: Huh!?

Tsubasa: I don't know if I'll be any good at it... but if I do have some rare ability... then I want to help out!

Maiko: I see... You're Ayaha Oribe's little sister, aren't you?

Tsubasa: H-Huh...? How do you know that...?

Maiko: We've been keeping track of you since that night five years ago... Still, I never dreamed that you'd get yourself involved in all this. During the incident five years ago, you were in the audience, and Ayaha Oribe disappeared before your eyes.

Tsubasa: ... Yes.

Maiko: And you're thinking if you become a Mirage Master... you might find some clues about your sister... correct?

Tsubasa: I've been looking all this time... I only auditioned in the first place because I thought being in the industry'd help... If becoming a Mirage Master will help me find her, then... I'll do it! I... I want to become a Master!

Maiko: ... All right, Tsubasa. I'll be counting on your support from now on.

Tsubasa: Th-Thank you so much!

Maiko: And what about you, Itsuki?


The player is given two options on how to respond:

  • I'll do it.
  • I don't know...


If the player chooses the first option:


Itsuki: I'll do it. If there's any way I can help, just say the word.

Tsubasa: Itsuki!

Touam: I knew we could count on you, man.

Maiko: Thank you, Itsuki. I just love kids who are always willing to help.

Itsuki: I'll do my best, Ms. Shimazaki.

Maiko: "Ms. Shimazaki"! No, call me Maiko, please. We're on a first name basis around here. More casual. Try again!

Itsuki: Uh, oookay... I'll do my best... Ms. Maiko.

Tsubasa: Itsuki... are you sure about this...?

Itsuki: I can't just let you do something dangerous like this on your own, Tsubasa.

Tsubasa: Thanks... Just having you by my side makes me feel like I can do anything!

Touma: Ouch. You gus, I'm standing right here. Don't tell me I'm just the third wheel here.

Tsubasa: N-No, I mean, I'll be counting on you too, Touma!

Maiko: *Giggle* You three are pretty close, aren't you?

Touma: Hah hah hah! It's a shame you aren't about 10 years younger, Ms. Maiko, or you could've gotten in on this.

Maiko: Oh, Touma? I think you and I need to sit down for a nice long chat... about your future.

Touma: S-Sorry, uh, my schedule's all full up!

Maiko: Well then... Touma, I'd like you to take Itsuki and Tsubasa to our hidden base.

Itsuki: You... have a hidden base?

Maiko: It's only appropriate for a secret organization to have a secret headquarters, right?

Touma: Uh, Ms. Maiko, I think "base" might be stretching it a little---

Maiko: Well, I'm a very busy woman. I have some errands to take care of, so I'll see you later.


Maiko walks away from the group.


Touma: Guess I don't really have a choice... Come on. I guess we're going to the "hidden base."


If the player chooses the second option:


Itsuki: I don't know...

Maiko: I see... Well, I suppose it's only natural to be hesitant. After all, it's dangerous work. But... are you sure you want to let Tsubasa handle all this on her own?

Itsuki: Well... I can't really argue with that...

Maiko: *Giggle* It's my policy to always get what I want.

Itsuki: ...

Tsubasa: Um...

Touma: C'mon, man...

Itsuki: I understand... I'll join.

Tsubasa: Itsuki...

Itsuki: I'll do my best, Ms. Shimazaki.

Maiko: "Ms. Shimazaki"! No, call me Maiko, please. We're on a first name basis around here. More casual. Try again!

Itsuki: Uh, oookay... I'll do my best... Ms. Maiko.

Tsubasa: Itsuki... are you sure about this...?

Itsuki: I can't just let you do something dangerous like this on your own, Tsubasa.

Tsubasa: Thanks... Just having you by my side makes me feel like I can do anything!

Touma: Ouch. You guys, I'm standing right here. Don't tell me I'm just the third wheel here.

Tsubasa: N-No! I mean, I'll be counting on you too, Touma!

Maiko: *Giggle* You three are pretty close, aren't you?

Touma: Hah hah hah! It's a shame you aren't about 10 years younger, Ms. Maiko, or you could've gotten in on this.

Maiko: Oh, Touma? I think you and I need to sit down for a nice long chat... about your future.

Touma: S-Sorry, uh, my schedule's all full up!

Maiko: Well then... Touma, I'd like you to take Itsuki and Tsubasa to our hidden base.

Itsuki: You... have a hidden base?

Maiko: It's only appropriate for a secret organization to have a secret headquarters, right?

Touma: Uh, Ms. Maiko, I think "base" might be stretching it a little-

Maiko: Well, I'm a very busy woman. I have to errands to take care of, so I'll see you later.


>Maiko walks away from the group.


Touma: Guess I don't really have a choice... Come on. I guess we're going to the "hidden base."


Prologue: Reincarnation

End!