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[IWIW] Sailor Moon R (thread 4 of a continuing series)

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Jhiday

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Why this doesn't make as much sense as it should: Tokyo is a huge city, has since the Edo period, and presumably still is in the Future, yet every single crystal point has been conveniently within a single small district of the city.
This isn't really a problem, from what little information you've already gathered (I'm treading very carefully around spoilers, here).

The big crystal building in the middle of Crystal Tokyo is just the Palace... and it isn't that big. Moreover, the defensive Crystal points are very near it, from what we can see in the scene where they activate.

From Rubeus's map, we see there are two sets of Crystal points : 4 in the very center, and 5 at more outlying regions. But considering the scale of the Palace on that map, we can deduce that the map only depicts the very center of the City (where the Crystal points are, which is all that matters).

Now, I'm sure you can conjure up reasons for why Crystal Tokyo's palace would be set in the very middle of Azabu-Juuban, especially considering this episode's "reveal" about Chibi-Usa's mother...

On the other hand, your "the Crystal points can't be repaired yet" theory does a good job of explaining why they never hit the same point twice. Which, considering the baddies have already hit more than half of them, makes the situation a lot more desperate for our heroes than it appears at first...
 

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This isn't really a problem, from what little information you've already gathered (I'm treading very carefully around spoilers, here).

The big crystal building in the middle of Crystal Tokyo is just the Palace... and it isn't that big. Moreover, the defensive Crystal points are very near it, from what we can see in the scene where they activate.

From Rubeus's map, we see there are two sets of Crystal points : 4 in the very center, and 5 at more outlying regions. But considering the scale of the Palace on that map, we can deduce that the map only depicts the very center of the City (where the Crystal points are, which is all that matters).
Now that also makes a lot of sense. If we're actually working in the future floor plan of a single large building-and-grounds, then small distances make perfect sense.
 

beowulf8989

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Whew just finished reading the thread...

I don't remember much of Sailor Moon, I kind of tuned in and out when it was on Toonami (Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, Outlaw Star... what an awesome line up they had). But I always did kind of equate the way the fights go down with JRPGs... weird huh?

This and DBZ were kind of what got me into anime... though my tastes were later refined* I still hold this series fondly.

*I now prefer people with weird powers fighting each other in interesting ways.
 
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#69: Awaken, Sleeping Beauty! Mamoru's Distress.

TSUKINO RESIDENCE
Bedtime stories.

Usagi: "'…and so the Prince came to Briar Rose's chamber, and—'"
Chibi-Usa: "You're not telling it right!"
Usagi: "'—and there he saw her sleeping—' What?"
Chibi-Usa: "This isn't how my Mommy tells it!"
Usagi: "Well, I'm not your Mommy, so lemme finish."
Chibi-Usa: "I don't want to hear it if you're not going to tell it right."
Usagi: "Chibi-Usa, I'm trying to be nice, here. Can I please finish the story? This is my favorite part."
Chibi-Usa: "…"
Usagi /reads on, as the Prince kisses the sleeping beauty, wakes her, etc.
Usagi: "'—and they all lived happily ever after.'"
Chibi-Usa /zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Usagi: "…Okay, that was the desired result, but I'd rather she did it in her own bed."
Luna: "Shush! Don't wake her. She's probably happily dreaming of her folks."
Usagi: "Yeah. I wish we could do more for her."
Luna: "Slay her enemies?"
Usagi: "…I suppose that's high on the list."



SOMEBODY'S GETTING, SOMEBODY'S GETTING, SOMEBODY'S GETTING MARRIED, TODAY!
Padre: "I now pronounce you man and wife."
Usagi: "Finally!"
Mamoru /goofy grin.
Usagi /turns sadly from him.
Mamoru /?
MASSIVE EXPLOSION DESTROYS ALL.

Mamoru is left standing in the wastelands.
Mamoru: "USAGI?!"
Magic Voice: "Mamoru Chiba, you must not be involved with Usagi Tsukino."
Mamoru: "You again? Who the hell are you? Speak!"
Magic Voice: "When Mamoru Chiba and Princess Serenity are bound together, the world will crumble, and she will fall to misfortune."
Mamoru: "Like hell! This dream—you're causing it, aren't you? It's a trick."
Magic Voice: "This is inescapable truth."
Mamoru: "Bullshit! It's a lie! It's a lie!"



AND THEN
Mamoru /wakes up. "IT'S A LIE!"
Mamoru: "…"
Mamoru: "…but what if it isn't?"
Mamoru: "Shut up! Shut up! I don't believe that! If I really believed that, I'd—"
Mamoru: "—I'd go and break up with her. Crap."
Mamoru /picks up the picture of himself with Usagi that stands by his bedside, and gazes at it, longingly.
Mamoru: "Fuck it. It's got to be a trick. Tomorrow—"
Mamoru /reaches for phone. "No, tonight. I'm going to come clean with her. Tell her about these visions, and together, we can—"
Mamoru has a sudden vision of the picture frame shattering in his hands, and the image of Usagi in the picture keeling over, dead.
Mamoru /blinks.
Mamoru is holding a broken picture frame, with the same happy picture as before.
Mamoru: "…or maybe I'll go get drunk, instead, and leave well enough alone."



MORNING
Mamoru /isn't getting much jogging done, because he seems to see Usagi's face everywhere he looks.
Mamoru /looks.
Usagi: "Morning."
Mamoru /!
Usagi: "I thought you jogged another route."
Mamoru: "I usually do. Today I just wanted to try something different."
Usagi: "Serendipity." /faint smile.
Mamoru: "Erm, do, did Chibi-Usa say anything useful about Crystal Tokyo yet?"
Usagi: "Clammed up tighter than old underpants. I don't think she really trusts me."
Mamoru: "…Well, so long."
Usagi: "Wait—"
Mamoru /jogs off.
Usagi /shouts after him. "I'M NOT GIVING UP ON YOU! …Frell."



DINER
Mamoru /nurses his drink. It's not lemonade.
Motoki /just happening by. "…A little early in the day to be hitting the booze, innit?"
Mamoru: "Well, I'm a college student, aren't I? Maybe it's time I started."
Motoki: "Whoa, buddy, what's wrong? You've seemed awfully depressed these days. What's on your mind?"
Mamoru: "…nothing."
Motoki: "Bull. Dude, we're best friends, if you can't talk to me, who can you talk to?"
Mamoru: "…Would you help me move a body?"
Motoki: "WHAT?"
Mamoru: "Just testing."
Motoki: "…You nut. I'm taking your keys."
Mamoru: "I've only had one, I'm only going to have one. I actually am here for the ice cream."
Motoki: "Best in the district, after that other place shut down for repairs. A sundae's more your style anyway."
Mamoru: "…Motoki."
Motoki: "Yo."
Mamoru: "How do I get a girl to hate me?"
Motoki: "WHAT?"
Mamoru: "I'm serious."
Motoki: "Well, I suppose… uh… you could—"
Girl with a surprising resemblance to Yoko Littner: "Here's your sundae!"
Mamoru /takes one look at her and blushes.
Motoki: "Dude."



PARK
Also ice cream time. The cats are struggling off to the side.

Rei: "…¿Ami, are you encouraging the cats to fight over the rest of your ice cream?"
Ami: "No, I'm helping Luna and Artemis resolve unresolved personal issues by means of a physical conflict game, with ice cream as a stand-in for various psychological rewards."
Rei /works that out in her head, and decides that it's better to leave Ami to it.
Rei /mutters: "It's always the quiet ones…"
Minako: "Okay, so, did you talk to Chibi-Usa?"
Usagi: "Mm."
Minako: "And what did she say?"
Usagi: "That her Mommy is the best mommy in the world and I'm nothing like her and neither is my mom."
Minako: "Anything useful?"
Usagi: "Mm."
Minako: "Because we're woefully short on actionable intelligence, here."
Usagi: "Mm."
Rei: "Yo, Usagi, we're trying to make plans, here. ¡Come on!"
Usagi: "Mm."
Makoto: "Usagi, your ice cream is melting."
Usagi: "Mm."
Makoto /waves hand in front of Usagi's face.
Usagi: "Mm?"
Makoto: "…"
Usagi: "…Why do you think Mamoru is avoiding me?"
Ami: "Sigh."
Minako: "Well, it is a good question. The future Prince Consort and all, running away."
Luna: "Are you still on about that?"
Motorcylist /pulls up nearby, motor rumbling.
Minako: "Look, as her seneschal, I have a duty to see that the royal line is preserved, and more importantly I wanna be a flower girl."
Motorcyclist /revs his engine.
Artemis: "This is NOT THE TIME, ladies! This is time to gather rumors and search for secret maps and so on and so forth!"
Usagi: "Mm."
Motorcyclist /revs his engine again.
Luna: "Usagi, pay attention, please?"
Motorcyclist /revs his engine again.
Usagi: "YO! ASSHOLE ON THE BIKE! Yes, we hear you! We're so impressed we might die! Now buzz off!"
Motorcyclist /raises his visor. Its'a Mamoru.
Usagi /?
Mamoru /has Yoko riding behind him. Hint, hint.
Usagi: "…So, uh, is she your cousin?"
Mamoru /nasty smile. "None of your business."
Yoko: "Who's she?"
Mamoru: "Just some girl I know." /rides off.

Shocked silence, from everyone.

Usagi: "Dude." /starts to weep, silently.
Usagi: "DUDE." /starts to wail, loudly.
Usagi: "DUDE!!!" /kicks over a garbage can.



CUT TO: MAMORU
Mamoru: "That was too harsh. I should maybe go back and—"
Mamoru /is hit by the vision again, and nearly drives off the road.
Mamoru: "All right. Until I figure out where this vision is coming from, I'll stay far away from her. Usagi, darling, forgive me."



THAT NIGHT
Luna discovers Usagi in the midst of a midnight binge.
Luna: "…you'll get fat."
Usagi: "Who the fuck cares?"
Luna: "…I care."
Usagi: "He really means it. He left me and got himself a bouncy red-headed girlfriend. He really means it. Eating has me made happy before and I'm all alone again so I'll keep eating until I'm happy again and who the fuck cares?"

Chibi-Usa /overheard the whole thing, and is weeping in shock and sympathy.



CHIBI-USA DOES SOMETHING STUPID
Chibi-Usa, still in her pajamas, runs out of the house and down the street towards Mamoru's pad.
Chibi-Usa: "It's gotta be a lie! He can't have another girlfriend, right? He's always so nice."
Chibi-Usa /crosses the street without looking both ways or holding a grown-ups hand. Kids! Don't do this.
CHIBI-USA IS RUN DOWN BY A BUS!
…almost.
Chibi-Usa /!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



TSUKINO RESIDENCE
Usagi: "Hey, Luna, I just saw a beam of light like Chibi-Usa's outside. What are the odds that there are two magic kids lost in this city? …Luna? Luna?"
Luna /rushes in. "Chibi-Usa's not in her room! Is she in here?!"
Usagi: "Frell."



DARK OMEN
Calaveras: "There! There!" /points at the beam of light.
Rubeus: "I see it! Where is that?"
Petz: "Juban Park."
Rubeus: "Go! Go! Get her! Quick!"



AND SO
Calaveras: "Found you, varmint!"
Petz: "You ruin güt beauty sleep."
Chibi-Usa: "HELP!"



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 43+17
Usagi into Princess Serenity: 1
Usagi into Disguise Form: 9
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 15+2
Rei into Sailor Mars: 13+2
Makoto into Sailor Jupiter: 8+2
Minako into Sailor Venus: 7+2
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 2
Luna-P into Something-or-Other: 5



SUDDENLY!
Sailor Moon bursts in, dramatically!
Luna: "Now, remember: a Sailor is calm."
Usagi: "Oh, I'm calm. I'm very calm."
Usagi: "Hi, how ya doin'? Nice weather."
Calaveras /grabs Chibi-Usa. "Make one move and the kid gets it."
Petz: "Vhy not just kill her now to save time?"
Calaveras: "…"
<< Luna : Tech > PressurePts : Calaveras >>
< Calaveras is wounded! Calaveras is stunned! >
< Chibi-Usa is free! >
Chibi-Usa /runs like hell.
Calaveras: "YEOOOWWWCH! Koan wasn't kidding!"
Usagi: "Two grown women bullying one little girl! For shame!"
Petz /yawns.
Calaveras: "Ha! We've been waiting for you, Sailor Moo."
Usagi: "Moon. Sailor Moon."
Calaveras /summons Akumuda.



TONIGHT'S DROID
A blue-haired performance artist in black theater tights, with a uni-horn.

Akumuda /bows, and strikes a pose. "One Grecian Urn!"
<< Akumuda casts Sleep! >>
< Usagi falls asleep! >
Luna: "You can't fall asleep here!"
Usagi: "You forget—I can fall asleep anywhere!" /does so.
Luna: "That's not what I meant!"
Petz /grabs Chibi-Usa. "Time to die, Rabbit."



SUDDENLY!
Calaveras /not 'suddenly' again! "Quick! Kill her! Kill h—"
Enter the Sailors, dramatically!
Makoto /kicks Petz in the arm, forcing her to drop the child.
Chibi-Usa /skedaddles.
Petz: "How did hyu find us?"
Makoto: "Just followed the light."
Petz and Calaveras stand back to back, ready for the attack.
Calaveras: "Four of them, two of us. We're surrounded and outnumbered."
Petz: "Right, so, I'll take the left, and hyu—"
Calaveras: "See ya!" /teleports out.
Petz /staggers, with no one to support her. "WHAT?!"
Minako /stifles a giggle.
Petz: "CALAVERAS!" /teleports out.
Rei: "…¡Cowards!"
Calaveras /teleports back in. "Oh, Akumuda? Would ya be a darlin' and kill these four for me?" /teleports back out.
Akumuda /bows, a strike a pose. "Falling Water!"
<< Akumuda casts Sleep! >>
<< Rei : Cast > M.Barrier : All Allies >>
< Rei is protected! Minako is protected! Ami is protected! Makoto is protected! Luna is protected! Artemis is protected! >
Akumuda: "Philistines!" /teleports out.
Ami: "Phew! That was almost too easy. Good thinking, Mars!"
Rei /bows.
Minako /sprints over to Usagi. "My lady! WAKE UP!"

Akumuda /teleports back in. "She will continue to dream… until she dies."
Akumuda /transforms into smoke and flies up Usagi's nose!
Makoto /tries to catch her, but, er, how?
Ami: "EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!"
Rei: "¡Almost too easy, she says! Sailor Moon!"
Luna: "Sailor Moon!"
Artemis: "Sailor Moon!"
Minako: "Sailor Moon!"
Chibi-Usa: "Sailor Moon!"
Jupiter: "Sailor Moon!"
Phobos: "Sailor Moon!"
Deimos: "Sailor Moon!"
Drunk Guy in the Park: "Sailor Moon!"
Sailor Moon's aura begins to glow violet…
Makoto: "Uh-oh, that ain't good."



USAGI'S DREAM
As Chibi-Sailor Moon, she runs along an endless path through the void after Mamoru, who smiles and disappears in the distance. The path bucks and writhes uncontrollably.

Usagi: "This is WEIRD. Mamoru! Help! Everything's all weird, and I need you to help make sense of it!"



REALITY
Rei and Minako /stretch Usagi out on a park bench.
Ami /tricorder action. "Her energy is pouring out of her body at a terrible rate. At this rate, she'll be dead in minutes!"
Minako: "My lady! Sailor Moon! WAKE UP!"



DREAM
Usagi: "Right, I'm swimming across an endless sea, now. I must be dreaming. Hmm, if the Dodo would show up, I'd have some luck. What do seas symbolize again? …Probably sex, everything does. Oh, who cares? Mamoru! Come back here! Please?"



REALITY
Rei: "¡Wait, wait, wait, let me try!"
Makoto: "Go for it!"
Rei /sweetly. "Sailor Moon, time to wake up, dear."
Rei: "…"
Rei /slaps Usagi. "¡WAKE UP, WAKE UP, USAGI, YOU'RE LATE!"
Usagi /mumbles in her sleep: "…Mamo…"
Rei: "¡No! ¡Not Mamoru! ¡Mamoru's not the one who slaps you! …I give up."
Luna: "…I don't. Excuse me."
Artemis: "Luna?! Where are you going?!"
Luna: "For help."
Minako: "Maybe it will snow."
Artemis: "IN SUMMER?"
Minako: "It worked in Wizard of Oz."
Makoto: "Venus—"
Minako: "IT WORKED IN WIZARD OF OZ."



MAMORU'S PAD
Mamoru is having the nightmare again, when—
Luna /POUNCE!
Mamoru: "ACK!"
Luna: "Get up!"
Mamoru: "What th—? Luna?"
Luna: "Sailor Moon is in danger, and we haven't a moment to lose! You're her only hope! MOVE, monkey-boy!"
Mamoru: "…but… uh… I can't…"
Luna /weeping tears of frustration and rage. "FOR GODS' SAKES! I don't know what stupid reason you've got for breaking up with her, but she's going to die, now, right now, if you don't help! So help me, if you don't get out of that bed, I'll drag you from it myself!"



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 43+17
Usagi into Princess Serenity: 1
Usagi into Disguise Form: 9
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 15+2
Rei into Sailor Mars: 13+2
Makoto into Sailor Jupiter: 8+2
Minako into Sailor Venus: 7+2
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 2+1
Luna-P into Something-or-Other: 5

Look up! Look down! I'm riding a motorcycle.



DREAM
Usagi: "Now I'm riding a tricycle. Hmm, in my dream I'm like a little lost child. Hey, that's sort of like Mamoru's dream back then. …WHERE THE HELL IS HE?! Mamoru! I'm lost and scared and lonely in trippy weird dream sequence hell! HEEEEELLLLP!"



REALITY
Rei /crying.
Minako /starting to come apart at the seams. "Maybe— maybe if we all clap— if everybody claps—"
Makoto: "Venus! Calm down! This isn't helping!"
Ami /tricorder action. "Body temperature falling rapidly, pulse fading. There's no other option—I'll have to operate! Minako, undress the patient!" /prepares Mercury Medical Kit.
Artemis: "WHAT?"

Tuxedo Mask rolls up, dramatically, on a motorcycle.
Chibi-Usa: "It's Tuxedo Mask!"
Ami: "Tuxedo Mask!"
Makoto: "Tuxedo Mask!"
Minako: "Tuxe—"
Luna /jumps off the back of the motorcycle. "All right, we haven't time for that! Tux, do your stuff!"
Mamoru /was already running over to Usagi. "SAILOR MOON!"
Usagi /still does not wake up.
Mamoru /starts to cry.

Let's give him a moment.

Okay, and…


Mamoru: "Forgive me. Please, can you ever forgive me?"
Mamoru /kisses Usagi.



DREAM
Suddenly, Tuxedo Mask is there, and all the bad stuff goes away!
Usagi: "Took you long enough, lover!"



REALITY
The evil spirit howls and bursts from Usagi's body, splits into a million tiny pieces, and scatters to the winds.
Usagi /wakes up and falls into Mamoru's arms.
Mamoru: "Usagi… thank God!"
Usagi: "…Mamo, you're so warm."
Mamoru: "That's because you were so cold!"
Ami /weeping. "True love brought her back!"
Chibi-Usa: "Wow! The fairy-tale came true!"
Minako /hand on shoulder. "We live in them, kid."



SUDDENLY!
Akumuda /teleports back in. "DAMN YOU ALL! I had arranged such a perfectly tragic death scene, and you ruined it with this plebeian love-conquers-all nonsense! I was trying to create art, you bitches!"
Akumuda /draws her horn out, revealing it to be a sword.
Usagi /blearily. "Whoa, you had a sword stuck in your head all along? No wonder you're so crabby."
<< Akumuda backstabs Mamoru! >>
< Mamoru dodges, barely, taking half damage. >
Usagi /suddenly wide awake. "HEY!"
Usagi: "What's wrong with a happy ending? Girls always dream about the one they love!"
Akumuda: "The entire point of a nightmare is that it's not happy! That's what I do."
Usagi: "Well… you suck!"
Akumuda: "This is the best dialogue you can muster?"
Usagi: "I just woke up, okay?"
Akumuda: "That would not stop a true artist."
Usagi: "Well, actions speak louder than words. Try this on for size."
<< Usagi : Cast > Halation : Akumuda >>
< Akumuda is eliminated! >
Akumuda: "Brilliantly done! A superb tragic reversal! I always wanted a proper death scene. Good night, sweet princess." /expires.



AFTERMATH
Usagi: "She got wordy near the end, there."
Mamoru: "Lost her temper I suppose. Thank you for the save."
Usagi: "And thank you! I knew it! I knew it! You do care!" /leaps to hug him.
Mamoru /dodges.
Usagi /!
Mamoru /turns away.
Usagi: "But you saved me. True love's kiss!"
Mamoru /sulkily. "That has nothing to do with this. The red string of fate that bound us has been severed." /holds up a rose, crushes it, releases the petals. "I release you, and I shall go."
Usagi: "NO!"
Exit Tuxedo Mask, sullenly, with squeal of motorcycle tires.
Usagi: "WRRRRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!"



DENOUEMENT
Mamoru /rides all the way to the very end of the very last pier on the Bay.
Mamoru /walks to the edge.
Mamoru /cries his heart out.



THE NEXT DAY
Usagi: "Okay, so, I just want to size up the competition here. You shoot all manner of firearms, you want to be a teacher, you're currently temping at this restaurant to pay for school, and your name is—"
'Yoko': "Unazuki Furuhata."
Usagi: "Furuhata? …You're Motoki's sister?"
Unazuki: "Yep! What are we in competition for?"
Usagi: "Mamoru."
Unazuki: "Who? Oh, Motoki's friend! Oh, he was a big help yesterday. I was late for a date with my boyfriend, and he gave me a ride—"
Usagi: "Date with your boyfriend—who is not Mamoru?"
Unazuki: "What? No! I have different tastes. Oh, Mamoru's sweet, I suppose, but he's kind of a nerd."
Usagi: "…Yes. Yes, he can be."
Unazuki: "Can I help you with anything else?"
Usagi: "I'm good, thank you!"
Usagi: "Aha! So Mamoru was lying. Well, lying by implication. But why go to the trouble? Well, if there's anything I'm good at, it's solving mysteries. Usually by blundering into the culprit and blowing something up, but still."
Usagi: "I, USAGI TSUKINO, VOW THAT I WILL SOLVE THIS MYSTERY AND WIN HIM BACK!"
Usagi /waves at everyone in the restaurant (all of whom are now staring at her). "You're my witnesses! Okay?"
 

Peter Svensson

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Huh. Nothing about how apparently Mamoru traded in his car for a motorcycle, or for the most awesome transformation sequence ever?! (I mean, MAN, that bit is cool.) :D
 

Shadowjack

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Huh. Nothing about how apparently Mamoru traded in his car for a motorcycle, or for the most awesome transformation sequence ever?! (I mean, MAN, that bit is cool.) :D
Well, I figured the Old Spice shout-out summed it up! :D


Sports car, motorcycle… I wouldn't be surprised to find out he owns a boat or a plane, too. ("My name is Mamowu Chiba. I own a mansion and a yacht…")
 

Shadowjack

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Side Story: Mister Tsukino Does His Taxes and the Household Budget

Anyway, so, um, I, uh, drew this, over the last couple of weeks. :eek:

Finished a trifle later than anticipated, because it kind of ran away from me in the second act, requiring more pages than planned. But since you've been an indulgent audience, I didn't think you'd mind much…

Spoiler: Show










Good night all, and see you in the morning before work…
 

Peter Svensson

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You know, we could probably collect some of these and sell them at Comic Market in Japan. We'd need a Japanese circle to handle the logistics, but I suspect you'd get more than a few buyers.
 
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