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!
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:
Nothing really new here. Yet. There’s lots of pretty stuff in Holiday Star though, so look forward to it!
Nothing here yet either but trust me, it’s gonna be good.
Now, for the story!
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?!
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!
Hey Ryouta, what time you got?
Do you guys remember Rabu?
Umm… it’s almost six.
You’re not running late, are you?
It’s already dark out…
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.
Christmas, even, is just a few days away.
Swift indeed is the passage of time.
Well, I’d better be heading back. Azami’ll be getting out of work soon.
Be careful, Mister Rabu!
There are all kinds of hooligans out and about at this time of night.
No sweat. Worse comes to worst, I can count on Azami to save me.
Are you sure you’re not relying on her a little too much…?
We put up our Christmas tree today. Please, have a look at it as you leave.
I never saw it on my way in. I’ll have to get a real good look at it to make up.
Mister Urushihara and I put a lot of time into decorating it.
I hope you like it!
You bet I will.
See y’all around!
December certainly does feel like the end of the year.
I wonder how much busier it will be at this time next year…
You are a sophomore, correct?
Have you been thinking about your plans for after graduation already?
No, not really… I just want to make sure I can take care of my mother.
Worries are an important part of youth, as well.
And sometimes problems will simply disappear as you try to solve them.
You never know.
Umm, Mister Urushihara…
Could I ask you for some advice?
I’ve had a lot on my mind…
But of course.
I am more than happy to provide whatever assistance I-
There’s the sound of glass shattering, and the music stops.
That came from out front.
I believe it did… let us go see what has happened.
It’s pitch dark outside. It’s hard to see anything, even with the light from the cafe door.
What on earth-
A lutino budgeridar is collapsed on the sidewalk.
Are you all right?!
Have you been injured?
I let my guard down… they got me from… behind…
They got you?!
Do you need an ambulance?!
It must have been somebirdie settling a grudge from your biker gang days…
N-no! That’s not it!
The screen fades to black, and the music stops.
The legendary Christmas Thieves, come to our town…!
The Legendary Christmas Thieves?
What’s that? A New TV show?
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!’
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~☆
Do they show up every year at this time?
I don’t remember hearing about them last year.
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.
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!)
And… it sounds like Torimi cafe is the mysterious thieves’ latest victim.
This smacks of drama! Drama, excitement, and adventure!
The music stops. Thank you, moa.
Wh-what was that for?!
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!
Please don’t go around pointing and shouting at stuff, you’ll give me a heart attack…
Tell me! Who’s the victim?
And the suspect?
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.
Wh-wh-wh-wh-wh-what was that for?!
What do you mean, the tree was gone???
Sorry, I got excited.
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…
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!
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!
We can start today!
The music stops.
You two are awfully loud today. Can you not grant the rest of us a little peace and quiet?
Oh! Sakuya! Listen! They’ve appeared! The White Demons stand poised to Shatter the Silence of that Holy Night!
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?
Aah, you must be referring to that drivel the local rag devoted an entire page to.
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.
You don’t like Christmas, Sakuya?
What?! From where do you think I hail, plebian?!
Oh, of course.
Christmas probably means a lot more to you than to us Japanese people.
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.
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!
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!
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…
Let’s start our investigation by asking people around town, Ryouta.
Let us know if you hear anything new or get robbed, Sakuya!
How many times must I tell you?! My tree will not be stolen!
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.
You’re in a good mood today, San.
Did something good happen?
(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?
(Everything is sparkly on Christmas! Okosan is excited!)
(And everything smells like delicious food! Okosan is very excited!)
Western pastry shops always look so tempting at this time of year…
You spend a lot of time in department stores, right, San?
Have you heard anything about the Christmas Thieves?
(Who?! Villains out to steal Okosan’s delicious grub?!)
Villains out to steal pretty Christmas trees!
(Christmas trees? Yes! Okosan knows about them!)
(The trees at Okosan’s favorite High Society Seagull Department Store disappeared!)
High Society Seagull Department Store…
…do you know where that is, Ryouta?
Yeah, I’ve worked at the samples table there.
I’ll show you the way.
Here we come, High Society Seagull Department Store!