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Dating Didi 
21st-Feb-2017 05:34 pm
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We just added another book to our March schedule today. We are going to be soooooo busy. We also got the next Noragami chapter, which had me totally freaking out because we should get that done ASAP but we're kind of in the middle of (the usually very time-consuming) My Monster Secret. Then Athena reminded me that we'd already planned for that this week, so it didn't really change anything...and somehow that didn't really help me feel better. On the bright side, we're sort of maybe a little ahead of schedule on this volume of My Monster Secret, so hopefully we can work on that Noragami chapter at a nice leisurely pace, without too much stress.

But anyway, we have now gotten 100% of Dionysus's story, so let's write a post about it before my brain gets so overcrowded I forget everything. It may already be too late.

Okay, so I already talked about the stupidness that happened on the night of the harvest festival. Well, Yui never did get to find out what happened before Thoth came along and said guess what, Zeus wants to give everybody a final exam. (Not sure if he meant final for the whole year or final for the term. We didn't pay a whole lot of attention to chronology...) Well, that's cool; it's just studying and stuff, right? There was an amusing scene where Yui explains what a final exam is (because Thoth let her deliver the message and went off to do anything but teach his class), and she didn't give a whole lot of detail, so suddenly they were wondering if they were going to die if they failed or something? I got kind of a gladiator sort of image, but again, I'm having a difficult time remembering details.

Of course, Dionysus is like that's cool, I'm totally gonna fail because I'm totally not going to take it, because why should I take it, I'm just going to fail. Yui's like, "Oh, come on! You can do it if you study!" So she dragged him to the library and demanded to see his notes, and he was like, "Uh, you can see 'em if you want, but I don't take notes," and she was like, "Come on, you have to take notes. How else will you remember the material?" And he was all, "I guess I just do." So she quizzed him and he knew all the really obscure answers, and we were like, "This is the guy who's going to fail?" He really has some messed up self esteem, for crying out loud.

Well, Apollo showed up and joined them, but, as a mythology monologue tells you later (I guess it doesn't have to be later, but we got it later), of all the people Didi compares himself to to give himself an inferiority complex, Apollo is the number one worst. He's the son of a god and a goddess, I'm the son of a god and a human woman, he's loved by everybody and literally lights up every room, I'm just the brooding gloomy loner. And we were like, "Dude, have you seen Hades?" But the point is, Didi's inferiority complex just could not bear to be alone in a room with the love of his life and Apollo, so he said he was going to go find a book and was never seen again. The end.

Just kidding. Later, Thoth finds Yui and tells her, as he inevitably tells her in every story, "Looks like everybody's on a smooth path to graduation except for
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We just added another book to our March schedule today. We are going to be soooooo busy. We also got the next Noragami chapter, which had me totally freaking out because we should get that done ASAP but we're kind of in the middle of (the usually very time-consuming) My Monster Secret. Then Athena reminded me that we'd already planned for that this week, so it didn't really change anything...and somehow that didn't really help me feel better. On the bright side, we're sort of maybe a little ahead of schedule on this volume of My Monster Secret, so hopefully we can work on that Noragami chapter at a nice leisurely pace, without too much stress.

But anyway, we have now gotten 100% of Dionysus's story, <lj-cut text="so let's write a post about it before my brain gets so overcrowded I forget everything.">so let's write a post about it before my brain gets so overcrowded I forget everything. It may already be too late.

Okay, so I already talked about the stupidness that happened on the night of the harvest festival. Well, Yui never did get to find out what happened before Thoth came along and said guess what, Zeus wants to give everybody a final exam. (Not sure if he meant final for the whole year or final for the term. We didn't pay a whole lot of attention to chronology...) Well, that's cool; it's just studying and stuff, right? There was an amusing scene where Yui explains what a final exam is (because Thoth let her deliver the message and went off to do anything but teach his class), and she didn't give a whole lot of detail, so suddenly they were wondering if they were going to die if they failed or something? I got kind of a gladiator sort of image, but again, I'm having a difficult time remembering details.

Of course, Dionysus is like that's cool, I'm totally gonna fail because I'm totally not going to take it, because why should I take it, I'm just going to fail. Yui's like, "Oh, come on! You can do it if you study!" So she dragged him to the library and demanded to see his notes, and he was like, "Uh, you can see 'em if you want, but I don't take notes," and she was like, "Come on, you have to take notes. How else will you remember the material?" And he was all, "I guess I just do." So she quizzed him and he knew all the really obscure answers, and we were like, "This is the guy who's going to fail?" He really has some messed up self esteem, for crying out loud.

Well, Apollo showed up and joined them, but, as a mythology monologue tells you later (I guess it doesn't have to be later, but we got it later), of all the people Didi compares himself to to give himself an inferiority complex, Apollo is the number one worst. <i>He's</i> the son of a god and a goddess, <i>I'm</i> the son of a god and a human woman, <i>he's</i> loved by everybody and literally lights up every room, <i>I'm</i> just the brooding gloomy loner. And we were like, "Dude, have you seen Hades?" But the point is, Didi's inferiority complex just could not bear to be alone in a room with the love of his life and Apollo, so he said he was going to go find a book and was never seen again. The end.

Just kidding. Later, Thoth finds Yui and tells her, as he inevitably tells her in every story, "Looks like everybody's on a smooth path to graduation except for <insert the group of gods that the current love interest belongs to (or just the current love interest)>." So Yui breaks the news to them, leaving out the part where Thoth said, "Especially the drunk," but now Apollo is happy because he has an excuse to do a study retreat. So Yui and all the Greek gods go to the cottage in the woods to study study study. On the first night, Yui can't sleep and finds Didi having a loner birthday party for himself. His birthday got skipped when Zeus arbitrarily changed the seasons from autumn (when Didi's made-up-by-Yui birthday is) to winter before he got to celebrate. He was all, "My dad couldn't even remember my newly assigned imaginary birthday," and we were like, "...Yeah. Poor you?" (We're generally of the opinion of, if you can't celebrate your birthday on the day of, celebrate whenever! But I understand wanting the people who are supposed to care about you to care, so I can't say I don't get it, but because it wasn't even really his birthday, it really seemed like another excuse to feel inferior, and as you all know, we're not big fans of the inferiority complex thing.)

On the second night, Hades of all people instigates a stargazing party, which Didi excuses himself from because "he's not feeling well." Yeah right, dude. Yeah right. For her part, Yui actually went to the stargazing party instead of babying the drunk, but she did get worried about him and left early to check on him...and found him drowning his sorrows in wine. It shouldn't be too hard to see where this is going. He pinned her to the couch and ripped his shirt off, and she was not too happy about it and tried to push him away, but he had her immobilized, and he was all, "What's wrong? We've shared a bed before, don't you remember?" (He was also like, "You came defenselessly into a man's bedroom and didn't expect this?" and Yui narrates that she didn't really have the opportunity to remind him that they were in the living room.) And we were like, "Finally! Let's definitely talk about this."

We learned later that one of the options gets him to say it was the best night of his life, so that's...dramatic, I guess. Anyway, it's kind of sweet when you find out what actually happened. Before he can get too crazy, you hear that Apollo and Hades have returned, so he very angstily informs Yui that nothing happened that night, okay! I was just so pathetic that I fell asleep staring at your beautiful sleeping face. Fine. Gosh.

Then he goes to steer Apollo and Hades into another room so Yui can collect herself and rebutton her shirt. I admit I wasn't convinced at first, because if nothing happened that first night, why was her shirt unbuttoned? But I guess it was true because they never revisited it.

So...where were we? Right, Didi stormed off angstily. After that, Yui was forced to confront the question of why all of his actions bothered her so much...and then she realized, she loves him! So when all the pressure of tests is over, she decides to tell him! And after a couple of false starts, she does! And he says, "Okay, I guess I'll be your boyfriend. But that means I'm going to do thiiiis..." and he starts to kiss her, but, even though she really wants it, she's too nervous about it, so he decides not to push it. This is where Dionysus gets to be almost a really sweet boyfriend.

But then! Thoth...or Zeus? I don't remember who it was, but somebody told Yui that the test results were in and everybody passed and can graduate! ...Except for Dionysus, of course. He actually got, like, a perfect score, but he still failed because he clearly just didn't get it. Yui goes to break the news to him, and he's like, "Yeah, that figures. I always have been and always will be a massive failure." Then finally Yui got really mad at him for being so <s>stupid</s> down on himself, and pointed out all the amazing things that he actually did accomplish and he was like, "Yeah, whatever," and she was like, "If you're going to insist that you're not the guy who did all these cool things, then I guess you're not the guy I'm in love with." And she runs away because he deserved it. (I think she was hurt that anybody would say such bad things about the guy she loves so much, even if it is the guy himself.)

So Yui goes up to the roof and is ranting to herself about what a jerk Didi is, and then! who should arrive but Didi himself! She was like, "He's probably just here to be a stupid loner again," and said to him, "I'll just get out of your way then," and starts to leave...and he grabs her by the wrist and says, "I need you, Yui!" Or something like that, but the point is, it was the first time he called her Yui instead of Kusanagi-san, only he didn't technically really call her Yui, because the recording includes the last name but not the first name. I'm sure there's a good reason for that, but I don't know what it is. Maybe you can't change the last name like you can the first name (we never bothered trying).

Anyway, the point is ♥♥♥! When she ran away, Didi realized that he was scared to lose her, and that she meant so much to him, and I think he decided that if it was between insisting that he's a loser and her, he needed her, so he was going to change his ways? Or maybe because he realized he had fallen in love with a human, he also realized that there was value in a god-human relationship, so it was okay that his mother was human and maybe he doesn't need to be so insecure after all? I think I was too busy with the hearts to focus on the details. I do remember it making sense at the time. But now, because he's truly learned to love, his fetter came off and he's finally worthy to graduate! Tadah!

But with graduation...comes separation, because, as per the tagline of this game, love is pain. So Yui and Didi decide to spend as much time together as they can before graduation, and then! Didi asks the ever important question, "Why don't you come with me?" You know, back to the land of Greek mythology. And that's where the thread of fate shows up and you get to decide between two more endings. Those of you who read our reviews of the first game know pretty much how it goes after this.

First, we didn't have enough brave points to say sure I'll give up my friends and family and life up until this point, so we said no, we're going back to Japan. So back in Japan, she doesn't remember anything about Zeus's school, but her hand feels like someone's been holding it (Didi held her hand right up until she left, and told her to remember that warmth). Later, she goes out to meet a friend, but the friend cancels at the very last minute, so she's out in the city all by herself and wandering around when she hears music that sounds like a saxophone. Drawn to the music, she follows it to its source, where there's a man who looks like a foreigner. He finishes playing and while she's clapping, he glomps her. And she's like, "Um...?" He immediately realized what was up and said, "Sorry about that. Nice to meet you, I'm Dionysus." And even though it was a very foreign name and not exactly easy for a Japanese speaker to say, she had no trouble repeating it. And he was like, "The important thing is, I need you. Let's be boyfriend and girlfriend." And she agreed because in her heart she knew it was right. Or something. We're really not doing it justice; it was a very sweet scene.

Then we went back and got enough points for the Yui goes to Mythological Greece ending, and that had a touching scene where Dionysus takes Yui to see Zeus, because first they need his permission to take her to Greece and second in the human world, don't you introduce your life partner to your parents? Awwww. And it was a nice scene with the three of them, where Zeus is all, "Take good care of my son," and Yui's like, "I will. You take care of him, too." And he basically married them on the spot.

Then they went back to Greece and there was a makeout session that went on way too long and was making us rather uncomfortable, mainly because we all knew exactly where it was going, and every time there was a new line instead of cutting to the credits we were like, "Get a room! No, seriously, cut to the credits!" It stopped before it got to the...you know. But it got awfully close. On the bright side, Nojima-san didn't make gross noises like Ono-D did for Hades. Even when the narration said it was a deep kiss, all he did was a short "mwah," and we really appreciated that. And I think this is why the game is rated D.
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And now we get to decide...well, first we get to have dinner, and then we get to decide if we want to go date Thor, or if we should maybe do some translating first. Ha, ha, ha.

Today I'm thankful for being well provided for, having all the Didi endings, Didi turning out to be a pretty decent guy after all, having two bags of Reese's Minis hearts, and having a lot (and I mean a <i>lot</i>) of manga to look forward to.
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