Let’s Play Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star! Fallen Chronicles – Absolute Zero Part 1

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Welcome back!

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Yes my friends it is time… for Fallen Chronicles – Absolute Zero! If you’ve spent anytime between Hatoful Boyfriend and Holiday Star looking up the series, I’m sure you’ve seen Absolute Zero. It’s Anghel’s fantasy manga about his friends, Edel Blau, and so forth. You can actually get it in English now, on Moa’s Gumroad or Kindle, if you have one. It’s not necessary to read it to enjoy this chapter (it wasn’t released in English when Holiday Star was released), but you should check it out. Support Moa!

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The Holy Crusade, to which brave warriors flock twice a year.
The Crimson Angel of Judecca descends upon the sacred ground.

What will he find there? The Horned Crown of Glory, or the Thorned Circlet of Despair?

What will the Fallen Angel find through the guidance of the Golden Apostle?

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???

Again… I’ve lost… again…!

There’s the sound of shattering glass.

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???

Why?
Why is the beauty of my craft not recognized?
Why?!

His research holds no beauty.
Mere reason is not enough!
All is meaningless without the sense of an artistic soul…

So then… why…?

Why does this happen?
No, if I remain here, my genius will only rot.
I cannot allow such a loss to the world!

I am done here.
I shall find a place where I am valued for what I am!
I shall not return here.

This affront will not be forgotten.
I will have my revenge… one day.
Consider it punishment for your lack of imagination!
Ahahahhaa!

Remember, then, my name.
Unlike you, I have pride in the name I carry.
You will not find me using some ridiculous alias.

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???

I am Tohri.
Nishikikouji Tohri.

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hiyoko

Aaaah… my hands are too cold to move…!

This is my last day in the library for the year.

Once I’ve put away the returned books… and written down the list of additions, I should be done, but…

hiyoko

What is it with this library?!
Why can’t a big-name school at least shell out for some decent heating?!

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nageki1

…if you have energy to be shouting at the bookshelves, you should try writing a petition.

hiyoko

Oh, sorry!
Was I bothering you?

nageki1

Yes.
I can’t read with you making so much noise next to me.
Nothing goes into my head.

Please forgive my dreadful sin.

hiyoko

Bad language is supposed to have effects on the spiritual world…

The cold doesn’t bother you, Nageki?

nageki1

It doesn’t.
I feel fine.

hiyoko

I see… having plumage must really make a difference.
Maybe they don’t bother with heating because all the birds are fine…

nageki1

I don’t think that’s the case.

hiyoko

So birds are cold in here, too, then?

nageki1

Well, there’s one freezing to death right over there.

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What?

I follow Nageki’s gaze, and–

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I see a rather familiar-looking bleeding-heart dove, freezing to death on the floor.

hiyoko

Anghel!
Are you alive?!
Speak to me, Anghel!

anghel1

Ah… aaah…
Is that you… Edel Blau…?

Where is this…?
Have I fallen once more… into the Eternal Prison of Ice…?

hiyoko

No! Look around yourself!
It’s just an unreasonably cold library!

anghel1

Do you mean to keep my fallen wings in this world, Edel Blau…?
If you are to walk with me the Blood-Stained Path of Conquest, I…

hiyoko

I don’t care about that!
Why are you on the verge of death in here?!

anghel1

The Day of Judgement draws near.
I speak… of Ragnarok, Edel Blau…

hiyoko

???

He’s incomprehensible, as always.
The desk he was sitting at is covered in sheets of paper…

Oh!

hiyoko

Are you drawing manga?

anghel1

Great prognostications of the future!
And epics of heroes long dead.
I must complete them, and bring them to the battlefield of Gods…

It is a lonely… lonely battle.

Let’s see… he’s in the manga club, so maybe he’s working on a club zine?

Even though the festival was ages ago… how admirable!

hiyoko

You can do it, Anghel!
I’m sure you’ll make it on time.
But, it’s cold in here… don’t you think you should go home and work on it there?

anghel1

Do you worry… for my flesh…?
…very well. Perhaps now is a time for repose, as you say.

Farewell, Edel Blau.

He happily gathers his papers and exits the library.

nageki1

He comes in here quite often.
Though he would be better off working elsewhere, if the cold bothers him so.

hiyoko

He must have some reason…
Maybe the atmosphere in here gets him in the perfect mindset for the story he’s telling.

But bleeding-heart doves are from the Phillipines, so they don’t fare well in the cold.
He shouldn’t push himself so hard!

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Later that evening…

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Aaaaaah!
I’m going numb!

I should have bought that blanket robe I’ve had my eye on when I was in town today!
The price will make my purse weep, but this cold makes me weep more.

Huh?
Someone texted me.

Umm… it’s Ryouta.
“Meet me in town”… I wonder what’s going on?

Doesn’t matter.
My body is rapidly approaching its crystallization point, so I’ll head into town and avail myself of this wearable blanket on my way to meet Ryouta.

ryouta07

hiyoko

Sorry to keep you waiting!

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ryouta1

Oh, no, I just got here.

Umm, Hiyoko… I know it’s cold, but are you sure you want to be walking around in public looking like that…?

hiyoko

Huh?
But it’s a wearable blanket. Wouldn’t it be more strange not to wear it?

ryouta1

Well… I guess that’s true.
If you’re okay with it…

Hiyoko’s wearing a snuggie.

hiyoko

Anyway, you wanted to talk to me?

ryouta1

Oh, yes!
I wanted to ask you a favor.

hiyoko

You hardly ever ask for my help.
I’ll do whatever it is with a flash, and pizazz! So… what is it?

ryouta1

Do you have plans for the end of the year?

hiyoko

Not really.
I’ve finished cleaning and everything.

ryouta1

Even New Year’s Eve?

hiyoko

I was planning to laze around all day, like always.

Hiyoko is truly a hero to women everywhere. 

ryouta1

Would you… maybe… be willing to be a salesgirl for a day?
There’s no pay, but…

hiyoko

A volunteer salesgirl?
Is it at a flea market, or something?

ryouta1

That’s… not far off…

Do you know about Comiket?

hiyoko

Comiket???

This episode made it a dream of mine to go to comiket.

ryouta1

How should I explain it… it’s like a flea market, but not…
A lot of birds get together and buy and sell manga they’ve drawn with their friends.

hiyoko

So… sort of like the Manga Club’s booth at the festival?

ryouta1

Yeah, something like that.
Just… on a much larger scale.

I was wondering if you could run a booth for me.
Would you like to?

hiyoko

Sure!
It sounds like fun. Did you draw something, Ryouta?

ryouta1

No, no! I’m just another salesgirl.

?
What does that mean?

hiyoko

So one of your friends asked you to find someone?

ryouta1

Yeah, Anghel.

WHAT

hiyoko

Oh… so that comic he was pouring his lifeblood into in the library is for this Comiket thing.

But why are you asking me?
He never mentioned it to me…

ryouta1

I’ve been a salesgirl for one group for the past three years, and somehow Anghel found out.

So…

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anghel2

Textoris Melodia Funeris.
The Battle of the Gods — the Judgement draws near!

My soul has not the strength left to continue on alone.
Become my Light!

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ryouta1

…he asked me to help him.

sounds more like he was asking you out.

hiyoko

That means… “I’ll be lonely on my own, so come with me”?

ryouta1

I think so, yeah.
But I’m already helping someone.
I can’t be in two places at once…

hiyoko

So you’re asking me!

ryouta1

Yup!
What do you say? Want to?

hiyoko

Of course!
It could be a good learning experience.

ryouta1

A learning experience…?
Well, you’ll certainly see some things you wouldn’t anywhere else.

hiyoko

It is Ragnarok, after all!

ryouta1

I think any name Anghel comes up with is going to be confusing, but… it does look like a battle to end all battles, at times.

hiyoko

I’ll need a weapon, right?!
Just tell me what to bring!
Will I want something with range, or will I be up close?!

ryouta1

D-don’t take it that literally!
I just meant that there can be a lot of really impatient birds with no social skills!

It can be confusing at first, so you should probably do some research ahead of time. If you search around you’ll find plenty of guides for first-timers!

Comiket lasts three days, and I think Anghel is on the third day.
The last day is always the worst, so make sure you’re ready!

hiyoko

Okay! I’ll study hard!

A salesgirl at Comiket… I have no idea what this will entail.

But from what Ryouta said, it may well be as hell on this Earth.
Wahahaha! My blood thirsts for combat!

Time to go home and google around for Comiket tutorials.

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