Let’s Play Hatoful Boyfriend – Holiday Star: THE CHRISTMAS THIEVES ATTACK!

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Hello and welcome back to another LP by yours truly, playerprophet. Due to fudging some stuff on my shiny new computer I’ve managed to once again be able to run Hatoful Boyfriend, so I’m getting to do something I’ve been meaning to get back to for some time: Holiday Star.

Much of the main plotline of Holiday Star includes references to Night on the Galactic Railroad, which I recommend reading beforehand but of course I’ll be providing a referential commentary, so don’t worry.

If you loved Hatoful Boyfriend, Holiday Star is a perfect and important supplement. Don’t worry, you’ll laugh and cry as much as last time. Also, each story is independent so there will be no backtracking or repeated stuff!

So let’s begin!

 001

I can believe it’s been 3 years since this thing came out. I think it was released in English the following year, probably 2012. I’m so old, it feels like it hasn’t been that long.

Anyway, before we begin I’d like to show you the other available pages. Let’s start with the Gallery:

gal01

 

gal02

 Nothing really new here. Yet. There’s lots of pretty stuff in Holiday Star though, so look forward to it!

radio01

Nothing here yet either but trust me, it’s gonna be good.

Now, for the story!

story01

story02

A brutal team of thieves, here to steal the city’s beloved Christmas trees.

We thought they were just an urban legend — until now! They’re after the tree, and that rhymes with T, which stands for Trouble, right here in Littledove Hachiman City.

Christmas trees, disappearing.
A dark shadow, wriggling just out of sight.

Can our faithful heroes from Saint Pigeonation’s put an end to this mystery before it puts an end to them?!

story03

As you can see, the words are much more legible now. It’s a Christmas Miracle!

The game prompts us to input our name. I’m sticking with Tosaka Hiyoko but you’re welcome to fork out the 4 dollars and name her Stinkface McGee if you want.

And we begin!

story04

blaster1

Hey Ryouta, what time you got?

Do you guys remember Rabu

story05

ryouta1

Umm… it’s almost six.

You’re not running late, are you?
It’s already dark out…

blaster1

Tell me about it.
We were all talking about the nice autumn leaves and all just a few days back, and now I’m darned it if ain’t winter.

story06

kenzaburou

Christmas, even, is just a few days away.
Swift indeed is the passage of time.

story04

blaster1

Well, I’d better be heading back. Azami’ll be getting out of work soon.

story05

ryouta1

Be careful, Mister Rabu!
There are all kinds of hooligans out and about at this time of night.

6pm?!?

blaster1

No sweat. Worse comes to worst, I can count on Azami to save me.

ryouta1

Are you sure you’re not relying on her a little too much…?

kenzaburou

We put up our Christmas tree today. Please, have a look at it as you leave.

blaster1

You did!?
I never saw it on my way in. I’ll have to get a real good look at it to make up.

ryouta1

Mister Urushihara and I put a lot of time into decorating it.
I hope you like it!

blaster1

You bet I will.
See y’all around!

ryouta1

December certainly does feel like the end of the year.
I wonder how much busier it will be at this time next year…

story08

kenzaburou

You are a sophomore, correct?
Have you been thinking about your plans for after graduation already?

ryouta1

No, not really… I just want to make sure I can take care of my mother.

kenzaburou

Worries are an important part of youth, as well.

And sometimes problems will simply disappear as you try to solve them.
You never know.

ryouta1

Umm, Mister Urushihara…
Could I ask you for some advice?
I’ve had a lot on my mind…

kenzaburou

But of course.
I am more than happy to provide whatever assistance I-

There’s the sound of glass shattering, and the music stops.

ryouta1

…?

That came from out front.

kenzaburou

I believe it did… let us go see what has happened.

story09

It’s pitch dark outside. It’s hard to see anything, even with the light from the cafe door.

What on earth-

ryouta1

…!

story10

A lutino budgeridar is collapsed on the sidewalk.

ryouta1

Mister Rabu!
Are you all right?!

story11

kenzaburou

Have you been injured?

story12

blaster1

Aaaa… aaargh…

I let my guard down… they got me from… behind…

ryouta1

They got you?!
Do you need an ambulance?!
It must have been somebirdie settling a grudge from your biker gang days…

blaster1

N-no! That’s not it!

The screen fades to black, and the music stops.

blaster1

They’re…

The legendary Christmas Thieves, come to our town…!


 

story13

hiyoko

The Legendary Christmas Thieves?
What’s that? A New TV show?

story14

ryouta2

No, no! They’re real!
They’re out in the streets right now, spreading misery and destruction!

They’ve been coming up on the news a lot, too. Haven’t you seen the headlines?
‘The Christmas Thieves Invade Littledove Hachiman City at Last!’

hiyoko

Hmm… no this is the first I’ve heard of them… I think…

Forget the thieves, this is the first time I’ve heard the name of this town!

I guess it just never comes up in conversation or anything.
The more you know~☆

hiyoko

Do they show up every year at this time?
I don’t remember hearing about them last year.

ryouta2

This is the first time they’ve come here. I don’t know much either, but apparently they move around each year…

The screen fades to black and phases back in to Cafe Torimi, the music continuing.

story15

I worked at Mister Urushihara’s shop, Torimi Cafe, during the summer.

The job was only until August, but apparently he decided he could use the help for December, as well.

The wilderness gets very cold this time of year, making it dangerous to come home late, so I left it to Ryouta this time.
(That, and I need time to study!)

story13

And… it sounds like Torimi cafe is the mysterious thieves’ latest victim.

This smacks of drama! Drama, excitement, and adventure!

story16

The music stops. Thank you, moa.

story14

ryouta2

Wh-what was that for?!

hiyoko

Just getting a feel for it.
There’s been an incident, right?

I need to make sure my finger-pointing is sufficiently dramatic for when I need to use it!

ryouta2

Eeeeh…?
Please don’t go around pointing and shouting at stuff, you’ll give me a heart attack…

hiyoko

Tell me! Who’s the victim?
And the suspect?

ryouta2

The victim is Mister Rabu.
He was attacked from behind while texting a picture of Mister Urushihara’s Christmas tree to Azami.

And when we found him, the tree was gone.

story17

ryouta2

Wh-wh-wh-wh-wh-what was that for?!

hiyoko

What do you mean, the tree was gone???

Sorry, I got excited.
Teehee!

ryouta2

Geez… well, stealing the tree definitely implicates the Christmas Thieves.

They must be wandering the town stealing any trees they see.
It’s… it’s horrible!

Mister Urushihara and I worked really hard to decorate that tree, too…

And now all the customers who were looking forward to seeing it will be disappointed…

hiyoko

Monstrous! How could they steal Mister Urushihara’s incredibly classy hand-decorated tree?!

Let’s look for the thieves!
Christmas is on the weekend. They must still be in town!

ryouta2

Mmm, I wonder…
they probably are still prowling around here, looking for trees…

…yes. I want to get Mister Urushihara’s tree back, anyway.
Let’s find them, Hiyoko!

hiyoko

We can start today!

story13

The music stops.

???

You two are awfully loud today. Can you not grant the rest of us a little peace and quiet?

story18

hiyoko

Oh! Sakuya! Listen! They’ve appeared! The White Demons stand poised to Shatter the Silence of that Holy Night!

ryouta2

You can’t just go around giving things nicknames like a certain someone next door, Hiyoko…

Christmas trees are being stolen all around town, Sakuya.
Maybe you’ve already heard?

sakuya1

Aah, you must be referring to that drivel the local rag devoted an entire page to.
Disgusting.

Is there not more important news to be run now, of all seasons?
How telling it is that so much attention is dedicated so such foolishness.

hiyoko

You don’t like Christmas, Sakuya?

sakuya1

What?! From where do you think I hail, plebian?!

hiyoko

France… right?

ryouta2

Oh, of course.
Christmas probably means a lot more to you than to us Japanese people.

story19

sakuya1

The council room is already decorated with the most fabulous tree. A Le Bel overlooks nothing.

I have even deigned to place it near a window, so that the masses may gaze up at it in awe and wonder.
Be grateful!

He who does not celebrate Christmas is no true bird…
That is the importance Christmas holds for us.

In other words, Sakuya gets extra jolly at this time of year…
Better take notes!

ryouta2

Trees are being stolen from in front of shops and on the sidewalk and other easily-visible places, so you should probably be careful too, Sakuya.
Don’t let it get stolen!

sakuya1

Hmph! Don’t place me on the same level as you Orientals, with your infantile understanding of private security.

spits out drink

Did I not say I overlook nothing?

I know not who this villain might be, but he shall not step one centimeter within my territory!
The council room’s security is flawless, I tell you. Flawless!

Sakuya… we call that sort of line a “flag”, here in Japan…

hiyoko

Let’s start our investigation by asking people around town, Ryouta.

ryouta2

Good idea.

hiyoko

Let us know if you hear anything new or get robbed, Sakuya!

sakuya1

How many times must I tell you?! My tree will not be stolen!


 

story20

hiyoko

Oh!

Upon leaving the building, Ryouta and I are greeted by the sight of Okosan prancing about on the track.

Prancing, or… maybe skipping? I’m not sure.
At any rate, he appears to be in pointlessly high spirits.

story21

okosan1

Hoohoohoohoohoohoo!
Coohoohoo, coo!

story22

ryouta3

You’re in a good mood today, San.

hiyoko

Did something good happen?

okosan1

Coooooo!
(It’s Christmas! Christmas is almost here!)

What! Another Christmas fiend?!

Is there something about Christmas that wakes the ancestral jollity inside a dove’s heart?

okosan1

Coo, cooooo!
(Everything is sparkly on Christmas! Okosan is excited!)

Coo, cooo!
(And everything smells like delicious food! Okosan is very excited!)

hiyoko

Western pastry shops always look so tempting at this time of year…

ryouta3

You spend a lot of time in department stores, right, San?
Have you heard anything about the Christmas Thieves?

okosan1

Coo?!
(Who?! Villains out to steal Okosan’s delicious grub?!)

hiyoko

Villains out to steal pretty Christmas trees!

okosan1

Coo, coo!
(Christmas trees? Yes! Okosan knows about them!)

Coooooo!
(The trees at Okosan’s favorite High Society Seagull Department Store disappeared!)

hiyoko

High Society Seagull Department Store…
…do you know where that is, Ryouta?

ryouta3

Yeah, I’ve worked at the samples table there.
I’ll show you the way.

story20

Here we come, High Society Seagull Department Store!

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