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Trouble at the Old Inn[]

Speaker Dialogue
Narrator

Picture the scene: a traditional inn where visitors have come since time immemorial to soak in the healing waters of the natural hot springs.

Narrator

An epic event is taking place to commemorate the impressive fact it's a thousand years since the inn first opened its doors.

Narrator

Ghosts have come from all corners of the globe to take part in the action, lending a palpable excitement to proceedings.

Narrator

Needless to say, it's not just steam from the hot springs that's got everyone so worked up...

The Other Side Encroaches[]

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Hot Springs Resort

Mira(Serious)

Master, this is the place! This is the inn which appears to be going across to the Other Side...

Mira(Serious)

This place is famous! It's been open for hundreds of years. Inns don't get any more exclusive than this!

Mira(Serious)

I'd always heard rumors about this amazing inn where only the seriously well-heeled could afford to stay.

Mira(Serious)

It's every ghost's dream to stay here just once!

Mira(Serious)

I never thought I'd actually see the place!

Mira(Smiling) I mean, I'm just a regular, common or garden ghost, not a mega celebrity, you know... To think, I might actually get a chance to take a dip in the most exclusive spa in the world!
Mira(Serious)

Um... That's not the reason I came, of course. No. We've got a job to do. Who cares about hot spas! Not me, that's for sure.

Mira(Serious)

Hm... It's hard to believe the Other Side would be breaking through in a place like this.

Mira(Normal) Well, no sense in speculating about it.

Let's go in and find out more!

Meeting the Proprietors[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

Hello?

Yumi

Welcome! My name is Yumi, and I am the proprietress of this establishment.

Yumi

Here, you'll need this card to collect stamps.

Mira(Shocked)

Hm? Collect stamps?

Yumi

In order to celebrate a thousand years of highly-successful exclusive hot springs hotel management, we have come up with the most exciting event imaginable...

Yumi

That's right! Participants compete to rack up the most prodigious stamp collection, and one lucky winner will be presented with a VIP card for this very inn!

Mira(Shocked)

A V-V-VIP card? Do you mean that with that card, you'll be able to...

Yumi

That's right! You can stay here whenever you like, submerge yourself in our healing waters, and stuff yourself with all the fine food you can fit in your face...for free! Forever!

Mira(Shocked)

Are you serious?

Mira(Shocked)

That's the greatest deal I've ever heard!

Yumi

I know! Isn't it?

Mira(Serious) I've got a feeling I know why this place is turning to the Other Side...
Mira(Serious) With all the ghosts who want to get their hands on VIP card, it's no surprise things have taken a turn for the supernatural.
Yumi

The Other Side...? Wait, let me guess. You're from the Ghost Guild, aren't you?

Mira(Normal)

That's right. My name's Mira. And this is my master, Player.

Yumi

Ah, that's good to hear. There's so much enthusiasm for the stamp collection that frankly I was a little worried it would all get out of hand.

Yumi

Ah! If you're from the Ghost Guild, then I guess you won't be needing this... I'll just take that stamp card off your hands.

Mira(Smiling)

Oh...

Yumi

Hm?

Yumi

Erm...?

Mira(Serious) I-I think it's better if I hold on to that. Just as...reference material, you know.
Yumi

A-Ah yes, of course.

Sukuna Hikona Yumi, we haven't got anyone else taking part in the stamp rally, right?
Sukuna Hikona

Oh. Looks like I spoke too soon.

Yumi

No, no. These folks aren't your regular stamp collectors...

Mira(Serious) Hello, I'm Mira and I came from the Ghost Guild specifically to collect stamps!
Yumi

Um, what?

Mira(Normal)

Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say that out loud? What I meant to say was... I'm Mira. This is Player. The Ghost Guild sent us to find out what's going on here.

Sukuna Hikona

My name is Sukuna Hikona.

Sukuna Hikona

I am the owner of this fine establishment.

Mira(Shocked)

Really? You're the owner? It's nice of you to come out and greet the guests like this, rather than just count your money and stuff...

Sukuna Hikona

Ha ha! Why, thank you! Well, I don't like to sit around indoors. I'd rather get out and about, meet and greet, you know.

Yumi

He's also incredibly accident prone, so I thought it best he stick to something simple like handing folks their stamp cards.

Sukuna Hikona

You're not supposed to tell people about the accident prone thing...

Sukuna Hikona

Now, Mira. All this talk about the Other Side encroaching. What's going on?

Mira(Normal)

Well, we just got here, so our investigation hasn't really got off the ground yet.

Sukuna Hikona

Ah, okay. I just don't want to cancel the stamp collection. I have a feeling the participants wouldn't take too kindly to that.

Sukuna Hikona

If there was a way of resolving the issue without anyone getting upset, that would be ideal.

Mira(Normal)

Ah, I see. Well, fear not. We're not here to ruin anyone's fun.

Mira(Normal)

In fact, I think the stamp collection is a great idea. Seriously, you should do it every year!

Yumi

You know, if you did manage to get things sorted out, I might consider sending the Ghost Guild some very generous discount vouchers...

Mira(Serious)

Come on, Master! Let's go! Every second discounts...erm, I mean counts!

Mira on a Mission[]

Speaker Dialogue
Sukuna Hikona

Hold on, hold on! Not so fast! We still have things to discuss.

Mira(Shocked)

Ah. Sorry. I've just got this burning sense of purpose.

Sukuna Hikona

Now, here's a pen. If you could just write your name on this stamp card. You wouldn't want to lose this, now would you?

Mira(Normal)

No, absolutely not!

Mira(Normal)

So I'll write my name...here...

' The letters in Mira's name glitter and glow.
Mira(Shocked)

Wow! My name lit up! What's that all about?

Sukuna Hikona

If your name glows, it proves you're who you say you are. It's just a little something I installed.

Yumi

It's a way of preventing anyone from cheating.

Sukuna Hikona

You can't go stealing other folks' stamp cards, you see! You've got to find them by yourself!

Mira(Normal)

I see... Wait! So this means I really can take part in the event?

Sukuna Hikona

Well, duh! What did you think?

Sukuna Hikona

We wouldn't want you to miss out on the fun. Think of it as going undercover. Now, get out there and find out what's happening with the Other Side.

Yumi

All right, you guys. The stamp collection course starts over there.

Sukuna Hikona

Now, Mira. This is a radio transmitter. I want you to have it. The inn is kitted out with surveillance cameras, so we'll be able to see how you're getting on.

Yumi

With that transmitter, we'll be able to stay in contact.

Mira(Normal)

Thank you! It's nice to know you're on board too.

Sukuna Hikona

Well, as the organizers of this event, we just want to make sure all the participants are okay.

Yumi

Yes, we feel responsible. Now, Mira, I wish you and your companion the best of luck!

Yumi

Once I've finished my work for the day, I'm going to be joining you.

Sukuna Hikona

Good luck, you hear!

Seeking Stamps[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Serious) I wonder how many stamps the other participants have already collected.
Mira(Shocked)

I mean, where are these stamps anyway?

Mira(Sad)

Gah! I wish I'd asked... There must be a pamphlet or something explaining the rules.

Mira(Serious) No! Come on, Mira! Stay focused! You're not here to collect stamps!
Mira(Normal)

We shouldn't act like we're taking part. We don't want to scare any of the other participants off.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) Gah! Trust Shingen to get carried away!
Mira(Normal)

Look! We've found our first participant! Wait! It's you! Kenshin Uesugi!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) Ah, Mira. How are you?
Mira(Normal)

Are you after VIP card too?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) No, it's Shingen who's got her heart set on dumb prize. I just came along to keep her out of trouble.
Mira(Normal)

Ah, I see. But...erm...I don't see Shingen anywhere around here.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) Yep, she took off as soon as she got her greedy little hands on that stamp card.
Mira(Shocked)

Oh!

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Testing, testing! Can you hear me? -buzz-

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- So I see you've run into a friend of yours. I wonder if we could maybe...erm...you know...ask them to lend a...y'know... -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) Ah, Sukuna.

Just spit it out, will you?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Okay, well, it's like this, see... Blah blah blah... Yadda yadda yadda...

' … … … … … … …  
Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) I see. So this place is turning to the Other Side.
Mira(Normal)

It's looking that way, yes. We came to find out exactly what's going on.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) Well, I never had any interest in collecting stupid stamps. It couldn't hurt to tag along with you.
Mira(Normal)

Thank you so much, Kenshin!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) Well, if I join forces with you, it'll help me find that idiot Shingen. Maybe the Other Side got to her. That might be why she was acting so crazy.
Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- No, last we heard she seemed perfectly sane and focused on bagging all the stamps she could... -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) Hmph. Sounds like I'm the idiot, worrying about her...

Approach with Caution[]

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Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- There was one more thing... I'd appreciate it if you didn't breathe a word about this whole Other Side business. -buzz-

Mira(Normal)

Gotcha! I guess we don't want to panic anyone.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs) Hmph. I get it. I won't say a word.

The Crane Wife[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

...Wait a minute! Look! There's someone over there!

Crane Wife So cold... So very very cold...
Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- That sounds an awful lot like the Crane Wife. -buzz-

Mira(Normal)

Erm... Excuse me!

Crane Wife

Yaaaaah!

Yumi

She ran away.

Mira(Normal)

Let's follow her! We need to talk to her!

Tracking Down the Crane Wife[]

Speaker Dialogue
Crane Wife I'm f-f-freezing... Why does it have to be this cold?
Mira(Normal) Oh! There she is!
Crane Wife Keep away from me, you hear?
Mira(Normal) We just want to talk to you.
Crane Wife

No!

Crane Wife

Never!!!

Mira(Shocked)

Waaargh!

The Crane Wife Escapes[]

Speaker Dialogue
Crane Wife

I-I'm frightened of you...

Mira(Normal)

That's no reason to just attack us like that!

Crane Wife

I have to defend myself! Who else is going to help me?

Mira(Sad)

Listen... The ghosts around here are like bloodthirsty beasts.

Mira(Sad)

If I were you, I'd get out of here before something really bad happens.

Crane Wife

Stay away, I'm telling you...

Mira(Sad)

And she's gone...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

She looked mighty frightened...

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- I don't think the line about "bloodthirsty beasts" helped things... -buzz-

Ghostly Greed[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

Who'd have thought a stamp collecting event could be so cut-throat? I figured it'd be a nice, sedate way to pass the time.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

They should have seen this coming. I mean, having only one prize is always going to get people worked up.

Mira(Serious)

Yep, I guess everyone has their eyes on the prize.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

The greed of our fellow ghosts never fails to appall me.

Mira(Sad)

But still, the Other Side too? It seems a bit over the top.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I don't think this is just a problem of a bunch of ghosts getting hot and bothered in a spa.

Mira(Serious)

You're right. There's more to it than that. We just need to find out what it is.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- I can't help feeling bad. It's all my fault, after all. I'll make it up to you all, I promise. -buzz-

Mira(Smiling)

Come on, Master! Let's do this!

Lousy Liars![]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

There she is!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Hey, you! What are you so scared of? Give us a straight answer, why don't you?

Crane Wife

I hate lousy liars!

Let Her Go![]

Speaker Dialogue
Crane Wife

Ouch! That hurts!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

You dare to call me a liar? You have some explaining to do...

Mira(Sad)

Listen... What happened to you?

Crane Wife

...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

She doesn't want to talk... No. Someone doesn't want you to talk, right?

Crane Wife

Ah...!

Crane Wife

J-Just leave me alone... Please...

Mira(Shocked)

Wait! Don't run away!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Listen, Mira. I think we should just let her go.

The Plot Thickens...[]

Speaker Dialogue
Crane Wife

Gah! They're still following me!

Crane Wife

I told them to leave me alone!

Crane Wife

What can I do?

The Same Mistake[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

Listen... We're not your enemies, I promise. We just want you to talk to us.

Crane Wife

...

Crane Wife

I'm sorry...

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Can you hear me? It's Sukuna Hikona. You remember me, right? -buzz-

Crane Wife

What?! Sukuna Hikona? But why...?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Listen, Mira and her friends are working as official event security. You don't have to be frightened of them! -buzz-

Crane Wife

R-Really? Th-They just looked so tough and intimidating... I guess I got the wrong idea.

Mira(Sad)

I'm sorry. We didn't mean to scare you.

Crane Wife

No, there's no need to apologize. If anything, I should be saying sorry to you.

Mira(Normal)

No no, we should apologize to you.

Crane Wife

No. Seriously. I'm sorry.

Mira(Normal)

No no no! WE'RE sorry!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Enough! Are you just going to stand around apologizing to each other all day? Cut it out! NOW!

Crane Wife

Yikes!

'

Terrified by Kenshin's harsh words, the Crane Wife ran away once again...

Mira(Sad)

Kenshin...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Oh, come on! You were going to apologize each other to death!

Mira(Sad)

I don't mind, but you know how jumpy she is. You shouldn't have shouted like .

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

...Okay. I'm sorry. No, look. I mean... Hmph. Never mind.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- If you're quite done, I recommend you get after the Crane Wife... -buzz-

The Fearful Fugitive[]

Speaker Dialogue
Crane Wife

...

Mira(Normal)

There you are! Sorry about before. We didn't mean to scare you off.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It's my fault. I shouldn't have spoken to you the way I speak to Shingen when she really gets on my nerves.

Crane Wife

Stay away from me!

Exchanging Stories[]

Speaker Dialogue
Crane Wife

(Puff... Pant...)

Crane Wife

Why don't you leave me alone? Why do you keep following me?

Mira(Sad)

Well, um, it's like this... Erm, Sukuna. What should we do?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- I guess we've got no choice but to tell her what's going on. -buzz-

Crane Wife

Erm...?

'

... ... ... ... ... ... ...

Crane Wife

So it's the Other Side... It's trying to break through.

Mira(Serious)

That's right. We're trying to sort this all out before things get any more serious.

Crane Wife

So you were chasing me because you wanted to find out what I know?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

That's right. You believe us now, right?

Crane Wife

...I guess so.

Mira(Normal)

This is Kenshin Uesugi. You must have heard of her.

Crane Wife

Erm... Her? Kenshin Uesugi is a girl now? And a flat-chested one at that...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Do you want those to be your last words?

Crane Wife

Yikes!

Mira(Normal)

You really shouldn't talk about people's bodies like that. Especially when it's something she quite rightly has deep hang-ups about.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Umm, Mira? That hurt a whole lot more than what she said.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Besides, I don't have any hang-ups. I'm proud, if anything. I mean, it's pretty rare to be this...erm...streamlined.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Haven't you got anything to ask her? -buzz-

Mira(Normal)

Ah, yes. I get the feeling you can help us.

Mira(Normal)

Would you mind telling us everything you know?

Crane Wife

...This is just between me and you, right?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Your privacy is paramount.

Crane Wife

Well, first of all, this tough-looking woman knocked me flying...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

A tough-looking woman, you say? She didn't stand with her hands on her hips cackling triumphantly, by any chance?

Crane Wife

Erm... She might have done.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

So it was Shingen.

Crane Wife

She had some pretty serious curves on her. I couldn't take my eyes off them, if I'm honest.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

We don't need to hear this.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- You said "first of all". What happened next? -buzz-

Crane Wife

Well, I was lying in a heap on the ground. Someone came along and helped me up.

Mira(Normal)

Thank goodness for kind-hearted ghosts!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I'm not so sure that's where this story is headed...

Crane Wife

Anyway, this ghost told me this was a dangerous spot for a single woman, and said they'd help me.

Crane Wife

So they helped me pick my bag up... Or so I thought, anyway.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

You mean your bag got stolen?

Crane Wife

That's right.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- What was in the bag? -buzz-

Crane Wife

My stamp card.

Mira(Sad)

That's terrible! ...But wait! Those stamp cards have a safety feature fitted, right? Only the owner can use them.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Oh yeah... About that... -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

There's something you're not telling us...

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- The thing is, with all the ghosts crowding around, wanting to get their hands on those stamp cards... Well, it's possible I didn't tell everyone about that safety feature.

Mira(Shocked)

Sukuna...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

When we next see you, I'm going to hit you. Hard.

Mira(Normal)

Well, we know what we have to do. We have to recover the Crane Wife's stamp card, and let everyone know about safety feature.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

You're right. Hey, crane lady! You're coming too. If we see the dirty thief who stole your card, you let us know, okay?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

If it comes to fisticuffs, I'll handle it. You've got nothing to fear.

Crane Wife

...!

Crane Wife

O-Okay...

The 200-Story Inn[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

This inn sure is big. I guess it would need to be, to hold a stamp hunt.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Yep, I'm pretty sure this is the only 200-story inn you'll find. -buzz-

Mira(Shocked)

Y-You don't think it's a little TOO big?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

What kind of nut would build an inn that big?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Well, I started digging those pools to bathe in, and then got to work on the building. Turns out it was so much fun, I just couldn't stop. -buzz-

Mira(Shocked)

I'm impressed a 200-story inn you built single-handedly has stood for a thousand years!

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Oh, I'm pretty good with my hands... -buzz-

Crane Wife

Hmph. At least you can be trusted to do SOME things right...

Yumi

Mira!

Mira(Normal)

Yumi! You joined us!

Yumi

I just finished my work for the day and thought I'd give you a guided tour.

Yumi

I heard all about your bag being stolen, you poor dear. I'm so sorry!

Crane Wife

It wasn't your fault.

Yumi

Look, I take full responsibility for anything happens in this inn.

Yumi

I'm going to find that dirty thief, and when I do...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

She looks like a great addition to the team.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Guess we won't be needing that no-good Sukuna Hikona anymore!

'

Kenshin pretends to throw the radio transmitter into the plants.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Erm... Wait a second! Don't be so hasty! -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I was just kidding. When you get a second, I recommend you join us and apologize to the Crane Wife in person.

The Chilly Crane[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

What brought you here in the first place?

Crane Wife

It's the cold... I can't stand it...

'

I saw a poster on the wall that said the water here could cure all aches and pains, give you smooth skin, and most importantly, keep the cold away.

Crane Wife

I wanted to soak myself in the hot springs every day.

Mira(Normal)

They do say the cold is bad for you.

Yumi

If you're prone to chilly toes and fingers, one dip in the waters here will cure you for life!

Mira(Shocked)

Really? That's a pretty big claim! Are the waters here really that powerful?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- The waters here won't just keep the cold away. A single dip and you'll be destined to be rich! -buzz-

Mira(Shocked)

Wh-What are you talking about? Rich?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Sorry. I just wanted to see your face. -buzz-

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- I was just kidding. -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Right, this time I really am throwing you away.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Wait! Not so fast! -buzz-

Crane Wife

...Hee hee hee.

The Demonic Hair Dryer[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

It's pretty warm here, isn't it?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It is getting a little sticky. I don't think this is steam from the hot springs, either.

'


Whoooooosh!

Mira(Shocked)

Look! Over there!

Hair Dryer

Anyone who gets in my way will BURN!

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Wah! You can't use a flamethrower inside! You'll set off the smoke alarm! -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Erm... I don't think the smoke alarm is our main concern right now.

Yumi

L-Let's start by extinguishing that flamethrower, shall we? This inn is made of wood, you know!

Crane Wife

Sh-She's trying to set this place on fire?!

Hair Dryer

That prize is mine, you hear?

'


Whoooooosh!

Out of Gas[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

Phew! It looks like she finally switched off flamethrower!

Hair Dryer

Gah! I'm out of gas! I need to get a refill.

Mira(Shocked)

Hey! Wait!

'


Whoooooosh!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Uh-oh! The trash can's on fire!

Crane Wife

We need water! Now! Water!

Fighting Fire[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Sad)

Phew... At least it we managed to put it out in time. With someone waving a flamethrower around, it could have been a whole lot worse.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Sukuna, what were you thinking letting someone into your inn carrying something like that?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Let me guess. You were so busy at the reception desk you didn't notice a ghost walking in with a large flamethrower slung over her shoulder...

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- How did you know? -buzz-

Yumi

Hey! There she is!

Punch Drunk[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Serious)

Hey! It's pretty stupid using a flamethrower in a place like this, you know!

Hair Dryer

Fire! Burn! Oh yeah!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I've got a feeling she isn't listening.

Hair Dryer

I'll burn it! I'll burn it all!

Mira(Shocked)

Erm, Yumi? A little help?

'

Yumi strides briskly up to the ghost wielding the flamethrower...

Hair Dryer

OUCH!

'

...and lands a punch right on her nose.

Hair Dryer

That hurt! What do you think you're doing?

Yumi

I should be asking you that! There are no naked flames allowed in this inn, is that clear?

Hair Dryer

No one else makes a fool of me, you hear!

'

The ghost slings the flamethrower over her shoulder and marches off.

Mira(Serious)

Did you hear that, Kenshin?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

She said someone had made a fool of her.

Crane Wife

...Do you think someone got her like they got me? Maybe that's what made her so trigger happy...?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It would make a whole lot of sense.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- That was the ghost known as Hair Dryer. She's normally the calmest, coolest and most collected coin-operated hair dryer you could hope to meet. -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I'm wondering if Yumi's punch-first-ask-questions-later approach was really the best way to deal with her...

Yumi

Erm, sorry about that...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I mean, there are of course times when a punch on the nose is worth a thousand words. But maybe we could have tried to reason with her first.

Yumi

You speak the truth. I'll remember in the future.

Keeping it Clean[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Serious)

The higher we get, the eerier the atmosphere.

Crane Wife

You think it's got something to do with the Other Side?

Yumi

I'm sure of it. Normally the atmosphere wouldn't be this murky and oppressive. I mean, normally it's a pleasure to clean this place.

Mira(Shocked)

You're not telling us you clean all 200 floors every day?

Yumi

Of course I do! Keeping this inn spotless is all part of the job.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I take my hat off to you. But just what is it motivates you? What keeps you going?

Yumi

Why, keeping the customers happy, of course!

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Hm? You always told me I was what motivated you! -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

In case you hadn't noticed, this lady's a real professional. Not like certain deadbeat husbands out there...

Crane Wife

You know, I heard something about an enormous interest free loan being taken out to build this place.

Yumi

What?! That's the first I've heard of it. Sukuna, do you know anything about ?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Hang on! Why exactly are we talking about this? -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

The plot thickens... And this was just supposed to be a nice anniversary celebration...

Mira(Shocked)

Listen, maybe we should all stop talking about this. It sounds like a can of worms we don't need to open.

The Hair-Raising Dryer[]

Speaker Dialogue
Hair Dryer

Whirrrr!!! Buzzzzzz!!!

Mira(Shocked)

She looks like she's even more worked up than before.

'

Whoooooosh!

The Hair Dryer Departs[]

Speaker Dialogue
Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

That flame isn't as impressive as it was. Maybe I was too hasty in dismissing Yumi's fists-first approach.

Hair Dryer

Grrr... I'll show you!

Fire it Up![]

Speaker Dialogue
'


Whoooooooooooosh!

Hair Dryer

Yeah! Maximum firepower! How'd you like that?

Mira(Shocked)

Waaargh!

Straight-Talking[]

Speaker Dialogue
Hair Dryer

Huh? What?

'

Click... Click... Hair Dryer desperately flexes the trigger of her flamethrower. It results in nothing but a series of increasingly hollow clicking sounds. It looks like she may have run out of fuel.

Mira(Shocked)

Phew! That was a close call...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It looks like she didn't think this one through. You turn up the heat, you run out of gas faster. Come on, it's not rocket science.

Mira(Normal)

Calm down and tell us what's on your mind...

Hair Dryer

(mumble mumble mumble)

Mira(Normal)

Um, what? Could you speak up?

Hair Dryer

(mumble mumble mumble)

Yumi

Hair Dryer! What's up with you?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Yes, when I first met Hair Dryer, she was all quiet and meek. She wouldn't say boo to a goose. -buzz-

Hair Dryer

Wait! That's it!

Mira(Shocked)

Huh? What is it?

Hair Dryer

Shut up! Can't you save all your dumb questions for another time?

'

Hair Dryer runs off with a big goofy grin on her face.

Crane Wife

Um... She's not right in the head, is she?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- You don't mince your words, do you?

Eternal Flame[]

Speaker Dialogue
'


Whoooooosh!

Mira(Shocked)

She's fired up flamethrower again!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Pah! She'll run out of gas before long, you wait and see.

'


Whoooooosh!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

...

'


Whoooooosh!

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Hm. This sounds rather worrying... -buzz-

The Mystery Man[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Shocked)

Ouch! That's hot!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Here we go!

Hair Dryer

Hey!

'

Kenshin and Mira pull off an impressive series of moves and manage to grab the flamethrower.

Hair Dryer

I never thought anyone would launch a frontal assault on someone wielding a flamethrower.

Mira(Shocked)

Listen, Hair Dryer! You didn't happen to have your stamp card stolen too, did you?

Hair Dryer

Huh? How did you know that?

Crane Wife

I had my stamp card stolen too. It was a man...with a table tennis racket.

Hair Dryer

Snap! It was him! He tricked me with all this sweet talking...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Their story matches. I think we've got our man.

Mira(Serious)

A man with a table tennis racket, eh?

Welcome to the Team[]

Speaker Dialogue
Hair Dryer

I thought I was the only one...

Crane Wife

I know! Let's form a victims' support group and come up with ways to stop this happening to anyone else.

Hair Dryer

Y-Yes... I'm impressed by your go-getting attitude!

Crane Wife

Well, I'm not normally like this. But having these guys around fills you with energy.

Mira(Shocked)

Really? You're talking about us?

Hair Dryer

Sorry to ask, but who exactly are you?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Allow me to field this one... -buzz-

'

After being brought up to speed, Hair Dryer vows to join the team and prevent the Other Side from breaking through.

Monkeying Around[]

Speaker Dialogue
Sarume

Oook oook oook oook!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Who is this weirdo?

Mira(Shocked)

That's a bit harsh. She just looks like she's having a private moment...

Yumi

Let's find out if she knows anything about this mysterious man with a table tennis racket.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I've got a feeling it's a bad idea to get involved with her...

Sarume

Oook oook oook oook!

Sarume

OOOOK OOOOK OOOOK!!!

Smells Like Trouble[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Shocked)

Waaaaagh! Why did she do that, out of the blue?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I knew I could smell trouble. What do you think you're doing, attacking us like ?

Sarume

I-I'm sorry... I have a little trouble telling the difference between what's real and what's not.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Is Sarume I hear? -buzz-

Sarume

That sounds like the man back at reception.

Sukuna Hikona

I knew it was you. You stick in my mind mainly because of all the drooling and raving.

Sarume

Hey! Don't tell everyone !

Mira(Normal)

That's quite a first impression.

Hair Dryer

That kind of behavior is downright antisocial, you know...

Sarume

Antisocial? That's pretty harsh!

Sarume

Ooook ooook ooook!

Crane Wife

I guess no one wants to be called antisocial by someone who greets people with a flamethrower.

Hair Dryer

...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Let's get after her.

Sarume[]

Speaker Dialogue
Sarume

Sob... Sniff... Sob...

Mira(Sad)

Sorry about what happened back there.

Sarume

Get lost! I don't know you!

Saying Too Much[]

Speaker Dialogue
Hair Dryer

Sarume, I'm sorry about what I said back there. I didn't mean anything by it, honest.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

No one says "honest" when they're being honest...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

...Oh, right. I probably shouldn't say now.

Yumi

Sarume's taken off again.

Antisocial Behavior[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

Sarume, what's the matter?

Sarume

You called me antisocial. That hurts, you know. That really, really hurts.

Sarume

I'll never ever forgive you!

Saying Sorry[]

Speaker Dialogue
Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Hair Dryer, you know what you have to do...

'

Hair Dryer lies face down on the ground, begging forgiveness from Sarume.

Sarume

...?

Crane Wife

Well, that's saying sorry in style. If she doesn't forgive her now...

Sarume

...

Mira(Shocked)

Wait! We just want to talk to you, Sarume!

A Familiar Tale[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Serious)

There she is! It's Sarume!

Sarume

Why don't you leave me alone? I know! You're trying to get your hands on my stamp card, aren't you?

Mira(Shocked)

Your stamp card?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- This is all starting to sound strangely familiar... -buzz-

Sarume

Don't try anything or you'll regret it, I'm telling you!

Seeking Stamps[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Serious)

Sarume, did someone take your stamp card?

Sarume

How do you know that?

Sarume

Oh, now I get it! I see your game! You've got a thieves' network set up, haven't you?

Yumi

A thieves' network?

Sarume

I've heard about thieves who put marks on houses to show they're easy to rob. They're giving a heads-up to their fellow criminals.

Sarume

That's what's going on here, isn't it? So, where is it? Is it on my back? My thighs? Where have you put mark?

Sarume

I need a mirror!

Mira(Shocked)

Hey! Wait!

Hair Dryer

So we've found another victim...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

She's a tough nut to crack, but we need to track her down.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Yes, she may be able to help us with the investigation. -buzz-

The Mark of a Thief[]

Speaker Dialogue
Sarume

Huh?! Where is it? Where's the mark? I know they put it somewhere.

Mira(Shocked)

You don't have any mark on you! We're not thieves!

Prove You're Not a Thief[]

Speaker Dialogue
Sarume

Can you prove that?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Listen, this is my inn, and I can vouch for them. -buzz-

Sarume

...Ah, okay! Why didn't you say so?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Well, we've been trying to talk to you sensibly, but you didn't make it easy.

Mira(Normal)

Did the thief have a table tennis racket?

Sarume

That's right. Did he get you too?

Crane Wife

Me and my pal Hair Dryer here are the founding members of the victim support group.

Sarume

So he targets vulnerable women, does he? What a coward! I'll happily join forces with you!

Sarume

I'm going to get guy! And I'll show big-chested girl while I'm at it!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Hang on! What did you just say? Something about a big-chested girl?

Sarume

Yeah, this girl with some seriously impressive curves charged into me and knocked me over. I broke one of my earrings!

Sarume

I know collecting stamps is a serious business, but there's no need for kind of recklessness!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Hmph.

Sound Like Stalking?[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

What brought you here in the first place, Sarume?

Sarume

Well, I heard Ameno Uzume comes to this resort. And I like her. I mean, REALLY like her. Like, a lot.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Ah, yes. She comes here all the time. -buzz-

Mira(Normal)

Really?

Sarume

I just don't have the disposable income to stay in a place like this.

Hair Dryer

Ah, so that's why you've got your heart set on the VIP card.

Sarume

Imagine slipping into the same steamy bath as Ameno Uzume... It brings me out in a sweat just thinking about it!

Crane Wife

Another weirdo for the collection...

Sarume

I was just kidding! Ha ha! Kidding, you see?

Sarume

But seriously, I'd happily bottle and keep the bathwater Ameno Uzume washes herself in. What's weird about that?

Sarume

Tee hee...

Found Him![]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

Wait... Can you hear something?

'

And a-one, and a-two, and a-three...

Hair Dryer

I know voice.

Ping Pong Pete

Wow! That 's a lot of stamps!

Crane Wife

You!

Ping Pong Pete

Huh?

Racketeer[]

Speaker Dialogue
Hair Dryer

That's him! That's the man who stole our stamps!

Ping Pong Pete

I never thought anyone would track me down here. But I'm afraid I'll be needing to make a hasty retreat.

Sarume

Wait! You rotten swindler! Crook! You...table tennis racketeer!

Ping Pong Pete

If you think volley of abuse is going to get me to stay here, I've got news for you. Smell you later, losers!

Mira(Shocked)

Gah! He got away!

Crane Wife

How dare he? How dare he speak to us like ?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Yumi, there's something familiar about him... Did you sense it too? -buzz-

Yumi

You're right, Sukuna.

Yumi

It was him. It was Ping Pong Pete. He used to work for us.

Mira(Shocked)

Are you serious?

Yumi

He was such a nice young man. How did this happen?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Did you fire him? Is he getting revenge, perhaps?

Yumi

No, it was him that quit. He said he'd got an office job in the city. We should have asked him to stay, upped his wages. Then maybe this wouldn't have happened...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

No use crying over spilled milk. We need to track him down and get him to spill the beans.

A Sorry Sob Story[]

Speaker Dialogue
Ping Pong Pete

They'll never find me here!

Yumi

Ping Pong Pete! What on earth do you think you're doing?

Ping Pong Pete

Y-Yumi!

The Plot Thickens[]

Speaker Dialogue
Ping Pong Pete

Yumi, please, can't you just overlook this?

Yumi

Are you crazy? You're a criminal! You think I'm just going to overlook ?

Yumi

How did it come to this?

Ping Pong Pete

Please don't ask me anything. I've got things I need to take care of.

Ping Pong Pete

I need to collect these stamps and deliver VIP card.

Mira(Shocked)

Hey! Wait!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It's no good. He's gone...

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- He talked about delivering the VIP card... -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It sounds like there's someone else pulling the strings. This goes deeper than we thought.

Out of the Blue[]

Speaker Dialogue
Ping Pong Pete

Take that!

Mira(Shocked)

Eeeeek!

A Clue[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Shocked)

Are these... Are these ping pong balls?

Crane Wife

It makes it kind of hard to run...

Sarume

Waarrgh!

'

Sarume trips over and falls flat on her back.

Sarume

Huh? Look! Look at this!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I found a piece of paper.

Hair Dryer

It's got something written on it.

'

It says Rendezvous with Napoleon... And there's some kind of map.

Let's Talk Business[]

Speaker Dialogue
Ping Pong Pete

Uh-oh! I'm not sure where I'm going. I must've dropped map somewhere.

Ping Pong Pete

Gah! This is not good. I'm late! Where is it?

Mira(Normal)

Is this what you're looking for?

Ping Pong Pete

Huh? How...? How did you get that?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Come on. Let's talk business. If you want it back, you're going to have to spill the beans.

Ping Pong Pete

I haven't got time for this!

The Kingpin[]

Speaker Dialogue
Yumi

Make time! You've got a lot of explaining to do, young man!

Ping Pong Pete

Yumi! I-I'm sorry...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Did Napoleon make you do this? Is that what's going on?

Ping Pong Pete

Even if 's true, you can't do anything to help me.

Ping Pong Pete

Look, I'm late! I'm going to get into serious trouble. I'm just going to have to try to remember the way.

Yumi

Wait!

Mira(Serious)

Yumi! Look out!

'

A wave of ping pong balls rolls towards the party, seriously slowing them down.

Mira(Sad)

Master, this is getting more complicated by the second.

Mira(Sad)

We haven't made any progress at all in our investigation into the Other Side.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

But we can't just ignore this whole Ping Pong Pete business, can we?

Mira(Sad)

No, you're right.

Yumi

...

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Would you mind dealing with ping pong Pete first of all? -buzz-

Mira(Sad)

But what about our investigation?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- That can wait. I mean, if worst comes to worst, I can just build a new inn. -buzz-

'

-buzz- I'm more worried about ping pong Pete and his weird behavior right now. -buzz-

Yumi

Sukuna! Are you sure?

Mira(Serious)

Okay, understood. Come on, Master. Let's follow ping pong Pete!

Bad Timing[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

There he is!

Ping Pong Pete

You don't give up easy, do you? I'm kind of in a hurry, you know.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

We just want to talk to you. We're not your enemies, honestly...

'


Whoooooosh!

Hair Dryer

I just couldn't contain the rage burning within me! He stole my stamp card, the monster!

Mira(Shocked)

Gah! If ever there was a wrong moment to get out a flamethrower...

Flammable Fear[]

Speaker Dialogue
Ping Pong Pete

No! I-I don't want to die!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Well, that worked out pretty well. His legs have turned to jelly.

Mira(Serious)

Calm down and listen to me! All those stamps you collected, they're worthless!

Ping Pong Pete

What? What do you mean?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Each stamp card is fitted with a security system. Only the person whose name is on the card can use those stamps. -buzz-

Ping Pong Pete

You are kidding me...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Hey, before you start sobbing, haven't you got something you need to say?

Crane Wife

...

Hair Dryer

...

Sarume

Say sorry! Come on! We're waiting!

Ping Pong Pete

I-I'm...sorry...

Sarume

I'm sorry... What was that? I can't hear you? Don't you have something to give us?

Mira(Shocked)

Sarume, that's pretty harsh!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Hold on, Mira. Give her a chance. Let's see what she's thinking.

Sarume

You're a man, aren't you? Well, why don't you apologize like a man? Do that, and we'll consider the matter closed.

Ping Pong Pete

Huh...?!

Sarume

Have you got something to say to Yumi, your former employer? She's been very worried about you, you know.

Ping Pong Pete

Y-Yumi... I-I'm so...

Yumi

Why did you do this? What happened?

Ping Pong Pete

My precious table tennis racket... It's a family heirloom... It was...stolen.

Yumi

Ah, your pride and joy, your Olympic gold-winning racket?

Ping Pong Pete

That's right. I was told if I ever wanted to see racket again, I'd need to come with a VIP card.

Mira(Serious)

It was someone calling herself Napoleon, right?

Ping Pong Pete

Y-Yes...

Mira(Normal)

Okay. That clarifies things.

Yumi

But a thief is still a thief. You're aware of the gravity of what you've done, aren't you?

Ping Pong Pete

...

Yumi

Crane Wife, Hair Dryer, Sarume... What do you want to do with him?

Sarume

I'll forgive him if he vows to work for you for an entire year...for free.

Hair Dryer

That earlier flamethrower outburst really helped me get closure. That was revenge enough.

Crane Wife

Um... I'd really like to kick him in the shins. Hard.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Ah, the direct approach...

To the Roof[]

Speaker Dialogue
'

Ping Pong Pete explains where Napoleon is hiding, all the while rubbing his red raw shins and wincing.

Mira(Serious)

So she's in the rooftop spa?

Yumi

Ah, spa is our pride and joy. Its water is hundreds of times more therapeutic than any of our other spas.

Mira(Shocked)

Hundreds of times?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- We're forgetting its killer-app feature, aren't we? -buzz-

Yumi

Ah, there was something, wasn't there? I never got a chance to have a dip myself, so I'm not sure what it is. Hm... What was it again?

Crane Wife

(Cough, cough...)

Mira(Serious)

Master, it's suddenly got a lot nastier around here. You can feel the Other Side trying to break through.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Yes, this isn't good. It's much worse than anything we've come across so far.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- It does look like my inn is going to the Other Side... -buzz-

Mocking Laughter[]

Speaker Dialogue
'


Gah hah hah!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Th- laughter! I'd know it anywhere!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah hah hah!

Mira(Normal)

It's Shingen!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah hah hah!

Shingen on the Scene[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Shocked)

That's strange... She can't seem to hear us.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It looks like the Other Side's got to her, the big idiot!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Listen up, everyone. I have a request I hope you will do me the honor of granting.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I need your help. Help me to ensure the safety of silly, silly person.

Crane Wife

Sure, why not!

Hair Dryer

We've caused you all sorts of trouble. It's the least we could do.

Sarume

I'll do it! For a decent hourly rate...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Sure, I'll get Shingen to pay you.

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- I'll be right here, offering you all the support I can. -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I am grateful to you all. Thank you.

Mira(Smiling)

Master, we know what we have to do. Let's help Shingen return to her old self!

The Crazed General[]

Speaker Dialogue
Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah hah hah!

Mira(Serious)

Shingen! Please calm down!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

I think we might need to rough her up a bit before she calms down.

The Beefed-Up General[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Sad)

Hey! She got away!

Yumi

Let's get after her! She won't have got far.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It looks like the dark power flowing from the Other Side has enhanced her strength. We need to keep our wits about us.

Bath Time[]

Speaker Dialogue
Yumi

Just up ahead, there's a spa which could help even the most uptight and half-crazed person to unwind.

Mira(Shocked)

Wow! Really?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Ah, yes indeed. It's on the 150th floor. -buzz-

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Right, let's drag Shingen up there and throw her into the water!

Crane Wife
sounds a little extreme. I mean, 's no way to treat a lady.
Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It's fine. Let's do this. I'll teach impudent upstart a lesson or two for out-curving me!

Mira(Normal)

Umm... Can we just stick to the task at hand, perhaps?

After Her![]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

We found Shingen!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Let's get after her!

Hair Dryer

My flamethrower's ready to go!

Ping Pong Pete

I've got a sack full of ping pong balls!

Trust Her...[]

Speaker Dialogue
Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah hah hah!

'

Laughing all the while, Shingen stamps mercilessly on the ping pong balls and fans away the flames come shooting at her.

Mira(Shocked)

So...powerful...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Hmph. Trust Shingen to always be two steps ahead...

Mira(Sad)

We haven't got time to hang about here and admire her. I'm worried even if we make it to the 150th floor, we won't be able to get her in bath.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Fear not. I have a plan.

Forward![]

Speaker Dialogue
Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah hah hah!

Mira(Shocked)

I didn't see that coming! Attacking from behind isn't fair!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

She may have lost her mind, but she's lost none of her tactical acumen.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Gah! It sounds like I'm in her fan club...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Let's go, soldiers! Forward! Advance!

Into the Fray[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

We're here! The 150th floor!

Mira(Serious)

Kenshin, what should we do?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

We do what we always do: fight!

Mira(Serious)

Okay!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah hah hah!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

This curvy fool thinks she can face down our fury! Well, we'll see about that!

The Secret Plan[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Sad)

Ngh...! So...powerful...

Crane Wife

We can't take much more of this.

Ping Pong Pete

You said you had a plan, right?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Wait! Just hold out a little longer!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah hah hah!

Yumi

No! She's headed for the stairs!

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- From the 151st floor up, the effects of the water won't be the same! -buzz-

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah hah hah!

'

Then, just as Shingen smashes down the door to the upper floor, Kenshin reveals her secret plan...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Shingen! Listen to me! Let's get into the bath together!

'

Kenshin stands proudly, leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination.

Ping Pong Pete

AWOOGA!!

Mira(Shocked)

Oh! Uh, Ping Pong Pete? You know you're drooling...?

Sukuna Hikona

-buzz- Hey! What's going on! I can't see anything! The camera's all steamed up! Come on! This isn't fair! -buzz-

'

Yumi snaps the radio transmitter in two.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Oh no, you don't!

'

Shingen flings herself at Kenshin with a girlish yelp, sending both of them tumbling into the steamy water.

'

Bubbles rise as they tussle beneath the surface.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

How dare you! Who gave you permission to get naked in front of anyone but me!?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Yes! You've finally come to your senses!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

I've come to MY senses? You're the one strutting about naked!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Shingen, tell us what you can remember.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

What I can remember...? Well, let me think... Erm... I remember...erm... I remember precisely nothing.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

How high up are we?

Mira(Normal)

We're on the 150th floor.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

We can't be! I was on the 100th floor just a second ago!

Crane Wife

It must be an effect of the Other Side...!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Hold on. I do remember meeting someone... There was this shady character. She had some kind of machine she was using to bring this place over to the Other Side.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Yes, now I remember! Her name was Napoleon!

Mira(Shocked)

Really? Are you sure?

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Yes... Napoleon. That's definitely what she said her name was.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It all fits.

Mira(Serious)

So Napoleon's behind all of this.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It would seem so.

Desperately Seeking Napoleon[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

So we think Napoleon was heading for the roof, right?

Ping Pong Pete

Yep, that's right.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Gah, why can't things ever be simple?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Let's get going! We've got to defeat Napoleon!

Yumi

Um... Kenshin... You do realize you're not wearing anything, right?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

...Gah!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

I warned you!

More Mocking Laughter[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

All this steam means I can't see much... But I can hear someone laughing...

'

Wah hah hah! Wah hah hah hah hah hah!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

I know that voice.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Wah hah hah hah hah hah!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

It's her! It's Napoleon!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Ah, my generously-chested friend! It's good to see you alive and well.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Generously-chested? Honestly!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Ahem... I don't think she's talking to you.

Ping Pong Pete

Napoleon! You have a table tennis racket belongs to me!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

And you are...?

Ping Pong Pete

Huh...?!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

I understand your anger, but you need to get a grip on yourself. You can't just rush into things.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

We don't know what she's planning, or what kind of weapon she's packing. Stay cool, okay?

Mira(Normal)

I thought Napoleon was meant to be up on the roof.

Yumi

That's a good point. What are you doing here?

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

You're hiding something, aren't you?

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

I was just this second thinking of moseying on up to the roof!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

N-Not I'm hiding anything special up there or anything...

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

You're hiding something, aren't you?

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

That's enough! You will go no further!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Well, it looks like we've got a fight on our hands then!

The Slap-Dash Strategist[]

Speaker Dialogue
Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

I'm telling you, there's absolutely nothing on the roof! Nothing!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

In case, how about we leave you here, and go up and take a look for ourselves?

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Oh dear. It looks like the stairs to the roof have been demolished. How unfortunate!

Yumi

I guess we'll just need to use the staff staircase then.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

H-Huh?!

Ping Pong Pete

I can't believe I was working for this idiot...

'


Whoooooosh!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Ouch! That's hot! What do you think you're doing?

Hair Dryer

This should buy us a little time!

Mira(Normal)

Good work!

Clunkety-Clunk[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

Can you hear clunking sound? It sounds like some kind of machine.

Sarume

Listen... It's going clunkety-clunk...

Crane Wife

You're sure it isn't just the furnace or something?

Yumi

No, there's no furnace up here.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Wah hah hah! Wah hah hah hah hah hah! I tracked you down!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

S-She's riding a horse!

The Blue Sheet[]

Speaker Dialogue
Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Gah! You'll pay for this!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

She really needs to get off her high horse...

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Silly fool. I just wonder what she's plotting.

Yumi

Look, over there. There's something covered in a blue sheet. definitely didn't used to be here.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Well spotted, Yumi! That must be what Napoleon's after!

Sarume

Okay, let's see what we've got under here!

Mira(Shocked)

Wh-What is it?

Yumi

Any ideas, Ping Pong Pete? You know about computers and stuff, don't you? There's no machine you can't fix, right?

Ping Pong Pete

Wait! Let me take a picture of this. I need to study it properly...

Mira(Shocked)

Any ideas?

Ping Pong Pete

What we've got here is an ultra powerful dimensional transmogrification device. It can be used to hasten the progress of the Other Side.

Crane Wife

A...dimensional transmogrification device?

Ping Pong Pete

Put simply, it's a device can teleport things.

Hair Dryer

Wow! That sounds like a pretty handy little gizmo!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Hmm. It's been installed in the bath water. That must mean...

Mira(Serious)

She's trying to steal the hot springs water itself...?

Yumi

What?! Why, of all the dirty, underhanded...!

Ping Pong Pete

Not to worry. I turned the device off, so we should be fine now.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Now all we have to do is purge this place of the Other Side.

Mira(Normal)

All right, everyone! It's up the stairs we go again!

The Missing Belongings[]

Speaker Dialogue
Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Hmm. Come to think of it, Napoleon was carrying a lot more stuff the first time I saw her.

Mira(Serious)

She's hardly carrying anything now.

Yumi

Don't tell me there's more than one transmogrification device?!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

We can't rule it out. She seemed to be hiding something up on the roof, after all.

Yumi

There are other baths with the same effect as the one on the 170th floor on the 180th and 190th floors. Oh, and on the roof, too.

Crane Wife

I wouldn't be surprised if she set up her devices in each one of those!

Hair Dryer

That might explain why the Other Side still appears to be gaining ground.

Mira(Normal)

We have to hurry and destroy the other three devices!

Device Discovered[]

Speaker Dialogue
'

Clunkety-clunk... Clunkety-clunk...

Mira(Normal)

We were right! There's the device!

Ping Pong Pete

I'll go switch it off right now.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Not so fast!

The Grand Scheme[]

Speaker Dialogue
Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

O.M.G.! You'll pay for this!

Mira(Serious)

She got away, but at least now we have the chance to turn off the device.

Ping Pong Pete

I already did it!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Nice work! Not it seems to have helped the Other Side situation at all, mind...

Mira(Normal)

With two of the four devices turned off, you'd think the effect would have weakened.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Maybe all Napoleon needs is at least one of the four running... could be why she high-tailed it out of here so fast.

Mira(Serious)

Hmm. I think you might be right.

Yumi

Where do you suppose she ever got her hands on these devices in the first place? I mean, they don't exactly seem like a weekend D.I.Y. project...

Ping Pong Pete

No, they don't. I think this has all been part of an elaborate plot to advance her nation's military preparedness.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

It makes sense, I guess... When you move an army around, your troops get tired.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Right. And what better way to recharge them than a nice, relaxing hot spring whenever the need arises? It's clever, I'll give her .

Mira(Serious)

Either way, theft is theft! We have to stop those remaining devices and put an end to Napoleon's grand scheme!

The Mysterious Button[]

Speaker Dialogue
'

Clunkety-clunk... Clunkety-clunk...

Mira(Normal)

There she is!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Heh heh...

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

What do you think is so funny?

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Let's see how you like THESE apples!

'

With great relish, Napoleon pushes the button on the mysterious device she is holding.

Fire in the Hole[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Shocked)

What did that button do?!

Yumi

Huh?! Everybody, GET BACK!

'


KA–BOOM!!!

'

Napoleon blows up the ultra powerful dimensional transmogrification device.

Ping Pong Pete

T-that was too close for comfort!

Mira(Shocked)

Master, are you all right?

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Blowing up her own device must mean she's running out of options.

Hair Dryer

At least she put one out of commission for us, so all's well ends well, right?

Mira(Serious)

You sound pretty relaxed considering we were nearly just blown up!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

Nice work spotting one, Yumi! How did you know?

Yumi

Didn't I tell you I trained with the special forces? You know, to defend the inn from terrorists should the need ever arise.

Mira(Shocked)

U-Uh, no, you never mentioned it...

Yumi

I can take on an entire division all by myself! Heh heh.

Final Battle Ahead[]

Speaker Dialogue
Mira(Normal)

(Puff... Pant...) We finally made it!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

To think, we've come this far...

Yumi

I'm so very grateful to all of you for helping me like this.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

No need to thank us! Just give us a few discount vouchers and we'll call it even!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Now, let's get going, shall we?

Mira(Smiling)

That means us, too, Master!

The End[]

Speaker Dialogue
Yumi

Huh? It's supposed to be open-air spa up here. Where did that ceiling come from?

Mira(Serious)

It must be another effect of the Other Side.

Hair Dryer

Well, it's spoiling the view!

Mira(Shocked)

Yikes! Look at that! It must be the last device, but why is it so BIG?!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

You shall advance no further!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

This is the end for all of you!

And Then...[]

Speaker Dialogue
Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Hey! Let go of me!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Leave Napoleon to me! I'll make sure she doesn't press the self-destruct switch!

Ping Pong Pete

Here goes the final device! One, two, three...shutdown!

'

... ... ... ... ... ... ... 

'

Ping Pong Pete switched off the device. And then...

Mira(Smiling)

Master! We did it! The Other Side is fading away!

Sukuna Hikona

All right! Now THIS is how a rooftop spa ought to look!

Yumi

So the transmogrification devices really were behind the Other Side taking over.

Mira(Sad)

Napoleon, how could you do something like this?

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Garrrgh...

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Promise not to laugh...

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Until just recently, I was actually a man.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Wh-What?!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

I know it's shocking. You probably don't even believe me.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Laugh it up, go on! Make fun of me! How can I ever face my troops looking like this? Sniff...

Yumi

I've got it! I finally remembered the special feature of the water in this rooftop spa!

Yumi

It reverts people to their original gender!

Mira(Serious)

That's...quite the coincidence. Not to mention specific...

Hair Dryer

It sure would be a difficult feature to test out under normal circumstances...

Mira(Shocked)

So that's what you were up to, Napoleon? You wanted to try it out for yourself?

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Yup, you guessed it. But this inn is expensive! Ridiculously so, in fact.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Add in the cost of traveling here from France as well, and... Well, you get the picture.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Besides, I heard it wasn't just a matter of taking a quick dip. You have to soak in it every day for the effect to take hold.

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

And then you heard about the VIP card, is it?

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

That's right. And, well, you can guess the rest...

Sukuna Hikona

Well, well! So that's what this was all about!

Mira(Shocked)

Oh! S-Sukuna!

Sukuna Hikona

Napoleon, I want you to work here at the inn for one year.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Huh?

Sukuna Hikona

For free, of course. But you can use the hot springs all you like!

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Really? You mean it?

Sukuna Hikona

Heh heh! I can finally test out the true effects of my precious hot springs! It's a win-win for the both of us!

Sukuna Hikona

And what about you, Shingen? I heard you were originally a man, too.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

Huh? Seriously? Wow... She scrubs up pretty good.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

That's right. I was a man. And rather an imposing one, at that.

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

W-Wait. Then why are you so open about it? Aren't you embarrassed?

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Hah! Why would I be ashamed about something like that?

Emperor Napoleon (Hot Springs)

W-Wow. Gee. I'm starting to feel like I've been agonizing over nothing...

Sukuna Hikona

You're welcome to stay here at the inn, too, Shingen!

Sukuna Hikona

For free, of course!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

You won't get me to participate in your little experiment so easily, Sukuna.

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Throw in a royal suite with a private bath––then I might think about it!

Shingen Takeda (Hot Springs)

Kenshin and I can share rooms!

Kenshin Uesugi (Hot Springs)

W-We can do WHAT, now?!

Yumi

Ha ha! I'll go get your rooms ready, then. Come along, Ping Pong Pete.

Ping Pong Pete

Me? But...

Yumi

If I promise to retrain you from scratch, will you come back to work for us?

Ping Pong Pete

Yumi...

Hair Dryer

So, what do you say we all have a nice bath after all excitement?

Crane Wife

Oh, what a good idea! We might as well make the most of our being here.

Sarume

And why don't we include these other three as well?

Mira(Normal)

Things have all wrapped up nicely, wouldn't you say, Master?

Sukuna Hikona

Mira and Player. We can't thank you enough for all you've done!

Mira(Normal)

We're just glad it all worked out so well.

Yumi

You'll have to come back and stay at the inn again sometime. We'll give you a good deal!

Mira(Normal)

That sounds wonderful.

Mira(Smiling)

Well, Master. What do you say to a quick dip before we leave?

'

Player's Residence, Shibuya

Mira(Normal)

Home sweet home! really was a beautiful inn, wasn't it?

Mira(Shocked)

Huh? There's a letter from the Ghost Guild! I wonder what it's about?

Mira(Normal)

I'll just take a look...

Mira(Shocked)

What?! I can't believe it!

'

Nestled inside the envelope is...a VIP card!

Mira(Shocked)

Wowee! I was expecting a discount voucher, perhaps... But a VIP card! Oh boy!

Mira(Normal)

This is great, Master! Now we can go to the hot springs whenever we want!

Mira(Smiling)

Let's be sure to go together soon. Okay, Master?

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