Monday, May 9, 2011

Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai, Chapter 3 Part 1

The following day a nice reply came back from the administrator of the group 'Get Together, Otaku Girls'.

After coming home from school, I was dragged into Kirino's room as usual, and I'm now reading the response from the community's current administrator, nicknamed 'Saori'.

"Nice to hear from you, Kiririn-sama. I am 'Saori', the administrator of the community 'Get Together Otaku Girls'. Please allow me to get straight to the point. Thank you for sending in the entry application letter for our community. We gladly accept it. We will surely become great friends, since our ages and hobbies are similar. If you’d like, we’d be pleased if you participated in the tea party we are planning to have in a few days. We hope to have a nice chat with you. I hope for a good response. We wish you the best."

"Nickname 'Saori'-san, eh? Hmm... This person seems to be really well mannered."

From reading her message, I got the impression that she is a high classed lady. How should I put it... she has this dignity that you can smell. There's also this frail kind of feeling... My instinct tells me she must be a very cute girl.

By now, I noticed that Kirino was looking at me as if she was looking at animal droppings.

"Disgusting. What are you smiling about?"

"I'm not smiling. I am just relieved she seems to be a good person."

"Well... somewhat. She's the high classed, good-mannered lady type? ...I can't imagine one. We don't have that kind of person in my classroom."

That's right. Your friends are all showy, just like you. They might be attractive and nice-looking, but they still have an aura that makes them difficult to approach. It's like how they fend off all but similar types of people. They have thorns that prick you when you come by.

"S-So, you are joining, right?"

"Y-Yes... I will."

Kirino nods with a somewhat troubled expression. Jeez... She's been like this since last time... It's like something's worrying her, but she can't say it in words and is hiding it. The issue about meeting older men was solved. What else can it be...? It bothers me, and I try to ask but...

"Hey, you have something bothering you, right?"

"Not really."

You see? She's like this. Looks like she really doesn't want to tell me. If that's how she is, I can't really do anything. I do feel uneasy though... I'll encourage her, at least.

"Oh well. Do your best then."

"Huh? Why are you saying it like it's not your business?"

Kirino stabs me with her eyes that seem to be saying 'pigs should die'. Why do I get these horrific assaults when I gave her warm words of encouragement? Why is this exchange so wrongly unequal?

While I'm frowning, Kirino goes on.

"Life Counselling, the continuation."

She cuts up words and mutters. She continues ordering me like that's something natural for her.

"Come along with me."

...she's telling me something bizarre.

"... explain how I, a male, should participate in a girls-only meeting?"

"Why don't you just cross-dress?"

"I won't! Don't say it so simply! If they find out, I will be known as some perverted dude who took such a risk just to participate in a girls-only offline meeting!"

"It's fine. I've considered those risks."

"That's only your risks! I'm talking about mine! I’m not prepared to be given the title 'hentai!' I'm not all right at all!"

More importantly...

"If I cross-dress, they'll find out in an instant!"

"Oh yes... That's true."

Kirino seems to understand finally. She nodded a few times, understanding the issue, and then blurted out demonically.

"Why weren't you born with good looks?"

"I'll fucking kill you! Out of all the things you said to me, that hurt me the most! Quit looking at me like you're watching something pitiful! Immediately!"

Only after all this complaining, did Kirino take her eyes off me and make a small clicking sound with her tongue.

"All right then... We'll use a more normal method."

"You're making it sound like I really want to go to the meeting and I'm begging you to let me go. Oh well... I'll at least hear what you got to say. What do you mean by a more normal method?"

"How about I send 'Saori'-san a message now, saying that someone who I know (male, age 17) desperately wants to go to a girl-filled tea party and keeps begging me. I pity him too much, so can I take him along?"

"That only makes the distinction between 'a sneaky hentai' and a 'proud and grand hentai.'"

Rather, she'd decline it naturally, since it's a girls-only meeting. It will ruin the mood completely.

After telling her that, Kirino became unhappy. She bit her lip and stared at me. "Then what are you going to do?"

"Like I said, it's impossible for me to participate... Oh, come on stop staring at me. I get it..."

I place the pointer at the topic for the offline meeting and click. The details are displayed.

"Look at this place... is it some cafe? They didn't rent the whole place out or anything, right? Then I'll sit in a seat nearby. Well, I won't be able to get into the conversation, but I will watch over you."

I notice while I'm telling her this, but I've been sitting close. I, of course, expected some cursing from Kirino but...

"All right, that will do."

I don't know why, but Kirino nodded obediently. My eyes are wide open in surprise.

"I-I see..."

Come to think of it, why did she ask for me to go along? I didn't have the chance to ask her but... just me being beside her is fine...? I don't get it at all...

In any case, next Sunday I will have to hide in the corner and watch my sister on her sortie into the 'Get Together Otaku Girls'' offline meeting.

The date for the meeting came within moments.

An hour and a half on the train from the station close by. My current coordinates are... Akihabara Station, Electronics Street Entrance.

For a weekend afternoon, I expected the famous Akiba to be more crowded but, it wasn't as bad as I expected. From the looks of the station and the station square, it looked rather well-maintained and clean.

"Oh wow! The Radio Department! The Gamers Head Store!"

Though she kept her tone down, Kirino seemed to be unable to hide her feelings. She sure looks excited. It looks like I wasn’t the only one who's never been to Akiba before. Her usual territory in Tokyo would be Shibuya or Harajuku. She did have all the merchandise, but maybe she's still a beginner otaku. I check the time with my phone.

"Hey Kirino. We don't have much time left. If you want to go to the shops, then make that after the offline meeting is finished."

"I know. Hey, will you keep away from me? I don't want them to get the wrong idea that we're on a date or something."

While Kirino was giving me such harsh comments, it was still her first offline meeting. So she was dressed up with the best clothes she could find; adult looking clothes that reveal her shoulders with a mini skirt and boots. She had expensive looking charms at the right places too.

Even I can see that her fashion is outgoing. She's dressed in the way that you'd almost want to tell her to go to Odaiba or Shibuya. True, she doesn't match up with me, wearing a plain shirt with jeans.

But still, it's too late now so I won't tell her this but... you're going to go into this meeting dressed like that...? Sure, you look cute but... Oh well... I wonder if you'll be all right.

"Alright, we'll split up for now. You're meeting up here, right? I'll be going to the shop directly and standby for you."

"Huh? Oh, yes I got it."

"Don't look so worried. I'll be watching over you."

"I-I'm not looking worried! Just go already, idiot!"

"Yeah, fine. Later." I wave my hand and turn my back.

Going past the shop that Kirino called the Gamers Head Store, I get to the main street. The shops nearby have games and wires and such put in a huge mess. You don't really understand what they're trying to sell at first glance. It resembled the candy stores I used to go when I was small. It was this feeling of getting excited even though I had nothing I wanted in particular.

...there sure are a lot of people here. This area really gets crowded. But from what I hear, when Akihabara was most crowded, they used to have unauthorized concerts on this main road. Maybe Akihabara has calmed down from those days...'s like some festival. It was still lively enough to make me feel that way.

Impressed, I take out the map I printed out from my shoulder bag and take a look.

...oh I wasn't supposed to come this way. It was the other way around.

I looked behind to turn the other way, where I saw Kirino still standing there.

Since I walked off like that, I can't just turn back. I took a left turn and left the large streets filled with electronics shops. I made another left turn, and then went straight ahead, going past the rail tracks. There, I found a narrow building to the right.

It's the Shosen Book-tower, according to the map. After coming all this way, it doesn't look too much like a City of Otaku, but rather like an area around any other ordinary station. I cross the street and stop at the entrance of the Book-tower.

...Uhh, I am going the right way... right?

I keep following the road. After a few minutes walking, the cityscape changed into a quiet neighborhood. If this map is correct, there should be a cafe around here...

"Ah hah, here!"

I stop walking and look up at the building resembling a lodge.

Cafe Pretty Garden looks like a cozy white shed from outside. I walk up the short steps and open the wooden door. The door opens with a nice ring of bells.

“Welcome back, my Master!”

Girls in French maid outfits greeted me all at once.

I closed the door pretending to have seen nothing.

"... ... W-Wh-Wha-What was THAT?!"

I held the door closed tight with my hands and murmur. Well I should understand. I do understand. ...But still, give me some time. My brain needs some time to digest what just happened.

Even though the cityscape looked normal, I should have known since I am still in Akiba...

I heard rumors about it... it's what they call...

This place was a Maid Cafe?!

After my brain finally digested the situation, my brain was able to produce some response.

I take a deep breath, and open the door again with deep fear. The bells ring.

"Welcome back, my Master!"

The scene I saw just now came back... damn it. It wasn’t an illusion after all. Maids come up to me cutely to greet me.

A white apron with frills, skirts that are way too short, and long socks...

Their outfit was surely for cuteness only.

I really wanted to go home, but since I promised to be here ahead of her, there's no way I can turn back. I prepare myself and take a step forward.

Kousaka Kyousuke, age 17. My first maid cafe experience...

"Are you here alone, my Master?"

"Uh huh..."

"All right, then please follow me this way."

The maid leads me to one of those seats for singles. The cafe was decorated like any other cafe on the inside. Orange lighting lit up the rather dark interior, with the somewhat old Western furniture reproducing a Western mansion well. By the way, even though it's lunchtime, there aren't many guests. Did those people reserve this place for the offline meeting?

"Will this seat be fine for you?"

"Oh yes, sure."

The maid pulls the chair out for me and I take a seat. It still doesn't feel natural to me at all.

All the maids have pretty cute faces.

"This is our menu here. My master, do you have any order on how would you like to be addressed?"

"H-Huh? What is that?"

"Oh, please decide how we should call you~ By the way, we have on order 'My master', 'Dear sir', '-kun', '-chan', 'oniichan', 'oniisama' and many others."

...maid cafes sure are something. It isn't something an ordinary high school student like me can easily conquer.

I guess I have no choice but to smile. Be as it may. I make a fearless smile and tell her, "...well, I don't really care about it."

"Oh really? Then I'm going to call you 'oniichan' then, Oniichan!"

Her attitude suddenly becomes needlessly friendly. Already, she doesn't sound like a maid. Maybe I'm not supposed to make remarks like that. Well, this maid is apparently over 20 years old...

"Did you say something, oniichan?"

"Oh, no, nothing!"

How scary! I thought she could read my mind. As I wiped the sweat off my forehead with my hand, the maid brings me water. I gulp it down to relieve my thirst and take a look at the menu.

Well, I haven't had any lunch yet so... Something that would fill me up...

I look down at the list of items with a puzzled expression. Why you ask?

Well, how should I describe it... Why don't I give some examples instead?

<3 Lunch <3

Lovelove Rice Omelette from the Maid (with Ketchup of Otafuku) 900 Yen

Imouto's Handmade Curry (Parupunte Flavour, Begiragon Flavour, Zaragi Flavour) 1000 Yen {Dragon Quest reference?}

Special made ramen from your Tsundere Class-rep 800 Yen

<3 Drinks <3

Spirit of Saiyan 300 yen {from dragon ball Super Saiya Jin}

Choushinsui 300 yen{Super God water}

Shinseijyu Juice 300 yen{God spirit tree juice}

...See, it's really hard to figure out what they are. At least the lunch items sound like food. I don't have any idea what I'll be served if I order these drinks. What am I supposed to do here?

I had no choice but to ask the maid.

"Excuse me, what is this... uhh... Spirit of... Saiyan"

"Oh, that's vegetable juice, oniichan!"

Then just write that down will you? ...of course I wouldn’t say that aloud. This must be how it works here so...

By the way, Choushinsui was 7Up and Shinseijyu Juice was mixed juice.

"Have you decided, oniichan?"

"Not yet. I'm sorry."

Embarrassingly, I'm so nervous I'm speaking formally.

"By the way, my recommendation is Imouto's[1] Handmade Curry. I'm going to make it myself, oniichan!"

"Then I will order that."

This bitch! She chose the most expensive one without hesitation! ...wait, I'm at fault for being controlled by her so easily...

"We got an order! Imouto's Handmade Curry, Zaraki Flavour please!"

What... Zaraki flavour? It sounds like the craziest one already. Damn it. Let it be!

They won't give me something that's completely inedible, will they?

"Oh whatever..."

I'm already tired just from ordering something. Anyhow, I can take some rest for now.

I make my chair creek and look up at the ceiling.

It was then, that a group of customers appeared.

*Ring* *Ring*

"Welcome back, my Master!"

Now they've come. I take a cap out from my bag and put it on tight. I looked at the entrance pretending it to be natural.

A pack of girls come in. I don't see Kirino yet. Heh, they are quite plain, as I thought. I know this is rude, but most look quite geeky.

There are a few that seem to be wearing those cosplay costumes. Huh?

Whoa... There's one amazing one.

Even though I'm keeping this to myself, you might think I'm really rude. But well... Would you still be able to say that after seeing that? I looked carefully at the girl who led the group.

Well, you see... She's huge. I mean really huge. She's just really huge.

She’s maybe around 180cm. Well... if you only note that, she'd sound like some super model. But it's also how she's dressed that's amazing. She's visibly otaku.

She has a bandana on her head, wears those round spectacles, her long sleeved plaid shirt is tucked into her pants, and she carries a rugged backpack.

What's more, the backpack has posters sticking out of it. short, she's dressed like the typical otaku that comes up on TV, but has a super model-like body.

I'm not lying. I can't even believe it, but there she is before my eyes so I have to believe it.

Shit... I'm so surprised my throat is dry.

Phew... Tokyo is a scary place after all. This taught me something...

My head's quite confused, so I gulp down the water to try and calm myself.

In front my sight was the huge girl I described just now. She seems to be talking to the maid.

"I reserved for 1300 de gozaru.[2]"

This jumbo is speaking in an outrageous way. The maid doesn't seem even a bit surprised. She's a pro.

"All right. May I ask for your name?"

"Saori Bajeena.[3]

“PFFT.” I spat out the water, coughing and choking.

"Oh my, a-are you all right, oniichan?"

The maid pats my back as I'm in pain. Shit... it's gone into my windpipe... Damn it... I'm dying but...

Let me make this comment before I die.

You're the nicknamed 'Saori'-san?! And what, Bajeena? Aren't you Japanese? Oh right... The community name was strange from the start so...

Well you see... it isn't unusual when the internet personality doesn't match the real life personality. I accept that. But you see, this is what you can call fraud!

I didn't expect the high-class pretty girl I imagined to come up...

Still, you're more like completely diagonal than the opposite of expectations! I've never had anything more surprising than this in my 17 years of life.

Maybe this is some really badly done comedy. Damn it. I'm seriously doing tsukkomi[4] with someone I haven't ever talked to...

"I'm sorry to cause trouble," I cough out.

"Oh don't worry. I'll bring some more water. But oniichan, I'll be mad if you do it again."

The maid knocks my head lightly. She isn’t surprised by unexpected events and still continues with the serving attitude. She really has the professional spirit.

"Really, I'm sorry." I am blushing with tears. And with the commotion I caused just now, it seems like I got the attention of everyone in the hall.

The few male customers stare at me with sharp eyes that silently say "Damn, I envy you so much."

No, no, I didn't do that on purpose! Damn it. I feel so out of place.

I glance at the entrance again, and there I see Kirino with her arms crossed and giving me a look that's telling me "What the fuck you standing out for? Wanna die?" Sorry, but I couldn't help it. It's Bajeena's fault!

I try to explain that to her with my eyes only. I don't know if my eye contact worked or not, but Kirino looked aside. But really, she's standing out badly.

That's nothing unexpected, as the other members of the Get Together Otaku Girls were (other than the jumbo one) a little plain looking, and a few quiet-looking girls in cosplay. Hair dying is rare. In a group like that, a teenage fashion magazine model (hair dyed brown) with full fashion coordination comes up. It's no wonder she would stand out.

Two maids come up and bow to the community members gathered around the entrance waiting to be escorted. "We are sorry to have made you wait. Let us take you to your seats."

One by one, the girls move in behind the maids. Kirino and the others were led to the corner of the restaurant. They put a few tables together to make seats for the group.

The approximately ten members split into smaller groups naturally and take seats, chatting to each other. From what I hear them talking about, it seems like this is their first offline meeting. So that means, all of them have met each other for the first time. But...

Kirino has become isolated...

She's sitting in the corner all by herself. She's looking around the room, sitting strangely stiff. She's just like the kid who’s left all alone in elementary school when the teacher asked the people to split up in groups.

This is pitiful... I held my chest tight and watched.


Kirino, frightened, tries to speak up, but only after exchanging two or three words, they stop talking.

It's like they're scared of each other. They're supposed to be a group of people with the same hobby, yet they don't look like that at all. It's like they aren't speaking the same language, or like there is some invisible wall...

I clicked my tongue.

Right... I had a slight feeling things might turn out like this...

Kirino emits this princess-like aura that tells commoners to stand back. She's pretty, cute, and has the thorns that keeps away all others who don't have the similar traits. Of course, that works fine at school. There are many types of people at school, so those with the same traits get together and form a group.

And Kirino had been the center of the most gorgeous group, and there all she had to do was dress extra fashionably, and act cute.

That princess-like, thorny aura worked as charisma to lure those with the similar properties. But here, it doesn't work like that. The people Kirino wants to get along with have absolutely different traits compared to those who she gets along with at school. If I were to relate this situation to something...

Well, it's like throwing a 'wolf that wants to be friends with sheep' in a flock of sheep. However hard the wolf tries to talk to the sheep, they will all be freaked out and think "Why is she in our flock?"

I bite my lips out of frustration. Oh, they ran away from Kirino again. They really only last exchanging two or three words. At first they will respond, but soon they shift to another group's topic, and leave Kirino.

...I don't understand a thing about what I can hear them speaking.

It's like I've wandered into some foreign country...

I face palm and sigh. That was when Kirino looked at me seeking help.

...don't make an expression like you're about to cry. That's not how you usually are.

I was gripping my hand tight, and that was when...

"Sorry for the wait. Here's Imouto's handmade curry, Oniichan!"

"Oh, thanks."

This damn maid... you brought it at the worst possible timing! My sister saw me make a maid call me oniichan! I'm screwed!

Kill me please... I am shaking in embarrassment, but still looked at Kirino. Kirino wasn't looking at me anymore, but that doesn't matter. I grip my hand tight, and look at her sharply.

Hey Kirino, I can't do anything for you. But I'm still looking after you here. So work hard, Kirino. Work hard, Kirino. Work hard! I send her meaningless telepathy.

Damn it.

What part of this is handmade? This taste is obviously pre-packaged...

The offline meeting continued for two more hours, and they finally did some gift exchange thing to wrap it up. Kirino was unable to make any proper communication, and of course didn't make any friends either...

Even worse, whoever brought it, the gift Kirino got was some cheap expandable hand thing.

Hey, that's unacceptable. This is too cruel. They have proper prizes for losers in bingo...

My sister, who's playing with that hand thing all alone, looks too pitiful. I'm actually crying.

Has there ever been a sight that was sadder than this in my 17 years of life?

By the way, I'm outside the shop now, standing a little away from the group.

That was when the administrator of the community and the organizer of this offline meeting, 'Saori' made the closing speech.

"Thanks to your cooperation, our commemorative first tea party has concluded without trouble. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart."

A happy cheer comes up. That's how a community representative should be. Even though she looks like that and talks in ninja-speak, she’s strangely popular among the otaku girls. Since she's standing out physically, it's like she's a teacher escorting a group of middle-schoolers.

"The tea party is finished for now, but those who still have time and those who want to talk more with the new friends you made, please head off on your own to the second and third parties. I'll be writing up another post about the next event, so everyone be sure to participate! Now scram!"

Another huge cheer. Everybody starts saying their goodbyes, and then invitations like "Hey let's go to Tora no Ana." and "Where should we go next”? and "Hey, let's have some deep conversation about couplings in Gundam Seed.[5]

But my sister, Kirino, is not in the ring of ‘them having fun conversation. ‘

The offline party members leave in groups of two and three.

By the way, after making the closing comments, 'Saori' ran off quickly. Did she have some urgent business?

After people have gone away, Kirino was standing there all alone. It's like she still can't give up the hope that someone might still invite her. She looks exhausted and her shoulders are slouching. Her cute clothes she put all the effort to coordinate only add to her misery now. That was completely counterproductive.

She was like a soldier from a losing country with broken sword and no more arrows. What's worse, she has the hand toy in her hand.

I took my cap off and slowly went towards my lonely sister. "...say no word. You worked hard."

I put my hand on her head, but she slaps it away quickly.

Ah right. No need for pity.

Kirino was looking down and doesn't want to show me her expression but...

If she can stay strong like that, it's fine. You failed this time, but if you reflect on your mistakes and stand up again, you can challenge as many times you want, right?

"All right Kirino, since you came all the way to Akiba, why not go sightseeing?"

I give her a back slap, and she responds with a nasty tone.

"That hurts, idiot. But really, what was that. Suddenly spraying water..."

"But really, I couldn't help that."

As we continued with this needless talk, Kirino makes a huge sigh.

"... I couldn't talk at all."

"That's right. But things start off like that. No need to worry."

"Not really. Wh-Why... I-I acted like normal... but why do they avoid me? Damn it's so annoying! So annoying!"

She stomps and bites hard out of frustration.

I can't tell her to stop, since I have experience with that too. Having times when I could only transform sadness into anger to disperse it...

My sister, I understand you are pissed, but I don't think it's right to kick your brother out of anger. I'm not just some wall. You know I feel pain when I get kicked? Well I won't get mad. Even though it hurts for me, it must hurt for you too, so I'll bear it for today.

"Ouch! You bitch! Using the heel is out of the question! Damn! How can I keep taking this! I'm not that accepting!"

As I was taking my sister's raging attacks...

Someone unexpected appeared.

"Hey! Kiririn-shi! Phew! So good you were still here!"

"Y-You're... S-Saori-san?"

Panting from the run was the administrator of the community, Saori.

"Oh my, all the formalities. No need. It's between you and I. Nevertheless, really, I’m glad. I was just about to call you up."

Saori makes a smile. But she's really outgoing. Her ninja speak is also weird. I thought I got used to it already from hearing it from far, but now that she’s speaking to us, I really don't know how to respond.

It seems Kirino isn't good at dealing with this either, and only managed to ask shyly, "S-Something to do with me?"

"Uh huh!"

Saori nodded making a ω like expression.[6] She makes a strangely cute expression despite her huge body. The thick round glasses cover half of it but her face does look quite decent up close. Unlike someone I won't name, maybe she is a beauty without her glasses.

All of that aside, Saori raised a finger up and said, "Well actually, I was going to ask you to the secondary party."


Kirino is confused by the unexpected offer. Before she replies, the thick glasses locked onto my face.

"Kiririn-shi, who is the man, by the way? If it's not my misunderstanding, I must have seen him in the restaurant... Oh I see."

Saori seems to have arrived at some conclusion.

"He must be your boyfriend."


We both deny at the exact same time. What kind of misunderstanding can you make out of all the choices?

"Oh you say it's not like that? Excuse me. But I found him watching Kiririn-shi closely in the restaurant. I thought those eyes were with love."

"Hell no! Quit it, please! I feel sick already just from imagining."

Damn this sister is annoying! Isn't there any better way to fix her misunderstanding?

While thinking so, I add, "I'm called Kousaka Kyousuke. I'm her genuine brother. Don't get me wrong."

"Ah huh! So you must be Kiririn-shi's look unlike brother."

...leave us alone.

After nodding, Saori makes a light bow to me. "Well then, let me introduce myself formally. You must know already but I go by the name Saori Bajeena. Call me 'Saori'."

"Thank you for being so proper."

And what was that ninja speak for? You really do sound otaku. You know you keep switching the way you address yourself?

I make those comments in my heart, and bow back.

"So then, Kyousuke-shi, uhh is it alright to call you Kyousuke-shi? How about you join in, Kyousuke-shi?"

"Join...? To that secondary-party thing?"

"Of course. What's your answer?"

Whoa, don't suddenly come up close to me. You surprised me.

I pull myself back a step, and that was when Kirino spoke up in a little worried fashion.

"Umm... will many others be coming?"

So that means she doesn't want to go. Of course I understand why. If she knows she's going to be treated as an outcast again if she goes, then of course she won't find that fun. Since Kirino has been treated well elsewhere, she must find it even more unpleasant.

But Saori shook her head, and sticks four fingers up.

"It will be four people including Kiririn-shi and Kyousuke-shi. I want to invite you because I wasn't able to talk to you much back there. Well, it's not anything major. I thought we might just go to McDonalds or something and talk, and then go shopping or something."

"Well, hmm..."

After hearing the details, Kirino is apparently interested in it, and starts thinking.

If it's something like that, then I know I won't be excluded, so maybe it's all right for me to go. That's what she must be thinking.

It's a great chance. What's there to think about?

So I thought I should push Kirino, and told Saori, "I don't mind, that is, if she says she's all right with it."

"So, how is it, Kiririn-shi?"


Kiririn tried to look like she was thinking more, and after taking so long, she made her cheeks pink and...

"F-Fine. If you insist on it, then I'll go..."

She said it so childishly it was hard for me not to laugh.

She doesn't look younger than me normally, but occasionally she makes this little sister-like expression, and that cuteness makes me smile.

"Oh that's great! Then let's go you two! The other one is already waiting at McDonalds."

Saori unsheathes the posters in her backpack like a light saber and points at the direction.

This jumbo otaku-looking girl who talks in ninja speak and is the administrator of a community...

Honestly, she only looks like a weirdo who's thinking of nothing...

But maybe...

She has something that allows her to gain admiration among the otaku as their leader.

After meeting the final participant of the secondary party, that suspicion changed to conclusion.

[1] The Japanese word specifically for ‘little sister.’

[2] A somewhat archaic form of desu (to be). Bing is your friend.

[3] This is likely a reference to the character Char Aznable of the famous Gundam series. ‘Quattro Bajeena’ was an alias of his. Char is the Japanese equivalent of the West’s Darth Vader.

[4] Tsukkomi is the straight-man in manzai (Japanese stand-up comedy), where there’s usually straight man and a funny man called the boke.

[5] Coupling, known as shipping, is picking characters who fans would like to be couples. Gundam SEED is another entry in the famous Gundam series and is rather infamous for the…intense…shipping discussions in its fandom.

[6] Catlike expression. Bing seems ridiculously well-equipped to answer these questions.

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