The Shadows of Pygmalion – SPOILERS AND DISCUSSION (Part 4)

I’m splitting this chapter into two parts this time. Part 2 of Chapter 5 should come out next weekend. Sorry. It’s just so long…

HEAVY SPOILERS IN THIS POST 

Chapter 5 (Part 1)

Mina wakes up to find herself being hugged by Jessica, who had fallen asleep. The image shows otherwise, but that’s what the text says, alright?

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Shortly after Mina thinks to herself that Jessica looks cute, Jessica wakes up, jumps out of bed, and is completely confused. She denies hugging Mina, which leads to Mina thinking that she totally did. As if sensing her thoughts, Jessica throws a pillow at Mina’s face. Still grumpy from lack of sleep, Mina glares at Jessica and thinks about how she’s a high school girl and Jessica is an elementary school student in Mina’s room. Never mind the fact that Jessica was showing Mina the ropes yesterday, of course.

After realizing that they still have time to sleep (the time was a little past 5 am) and that she felt really cold, Mina forcibly hugs Jessica and drags her back to the futon. Jessica protests briefly before Mina quiets her down. The two fall into a calm sleep.

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Apparently it was also too deep of a sleep since Mina wakes up some time later and realizes that they’re going to be late. This time it’s Jessica who is groggy. Jessica wants to skip school altogether, but Mina forces her to go since Mina feels that elementary school students must go to school. There’s also the very minor fact that Mina had a math test today. Did she study at all? Probably not. Jessica has nothing nice to say to a girl who sucks at math but does well on Modern Japanese, Classics, and History.

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Jessica manages to convince Mina that the two of them should have breakfast first. Mina in turn tells Jessica that they need to brush their teeth first. She hands a toothbrush to Jessica, who is dumbfounded after Mina said she’ll keep the toothbrush around in case Jessica sleeps over again. Jessica eventually grins and happily starts brushing her teeth once Mina pushes her to hurry. Mina also pokes fun at Jessica’s height.

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Jessica is amazed that Mina’s mother was able to finish her night shift, go home, prepare breakfast for Mina, and then head back to the hopsital. And so am I.

After the two girls wolfed down the food, Mina tells Jessica that they’re running to the station. Jessica still wants to skip school, but Mina grabs her hand and forces her to come along. Before that happened, however, Jessica seemed to have been in a bit of a daze and was just looking back into the apartment. Perhaps Jessica has never experienced living like that before.

They manage to catch a train. Mina acknowledges that making it to school on time will be difficult, but at least the train is empty. Jessica and Mina have a small chat about school and Mina is left with the impression that Jessica experiences difficulty attending school as a foreigner and probably doesn’t blend in with other kids since she acts so mature for her age.

As Mina notices the nice weather outside, Jessica abruptly asks a question. This causes Mina to pause. We hear a clicking sound and Mina realizes that a few seconds had passed. Mina asks Jessica about what just happened. The blonde loli tells her to forget about it while forcing a smile.

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Mina belatedly realizes that she didn’t know which school Jessica attends after she had dragged Jessica up the hill. It turns out she attends the international school that’s next-door to her high school. As Jessica leaves, Mina invites her to have lunch with Riko and herself on the rooftop (via yelling).

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As Mina entered homeroom, Makoto began pestering her questions. It seems like she’s been trying to contact Mina yesterday over and over to no avail. Mina feels guilty as a result, but she tries to gloss things over by saying that things happened. Makoto glares and responds by asking her about what kind of things. Hoo boy.

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Makoto’s sharp gaze and her confrontational behavior scares Mina, but Kana and Rika tried to make the usual jokes (with Kana subtly telling Mina to apologize for making Makoto worry) about how Makoto can’t live without Mina. Makoto slams her hand on the table and angrily screams that’s not it.

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Everyone stares at Makoto. After Rika and Kana dismissively say they were saying the same lame jokes, Makoto slowly comes to her senses and apologizes. Mina realizes that she was the cause for Makoto’s outburst and tries to comfort her. Makoto smiles at Mina with moist eyes.

During class, Mina tries to draw and review the pyramid she learned from Jessica. Makoto, however, keeps sneaking glances at Mina and eventually asks what she’s doing. Mina was already prepared with a bogus answer and says she’s planning on writing a novel. Jeez, Mina, I get that you can’t really tell Makoto the truth, but this hurts even me.

Riko swings by Mina’s classroom at the beginning of breaktime. She acts cold and distant, caliming that the situation calls for it. Then she asks if Mina met Jessica yesterday (she did). Mina responds she still has a lot of questions to ask the both of them and reveals that Jessica slept over at her house. Riko does not like hearing that. Wow, a love triangle?! Mina ends up getting Riko to agree to have lunch with her (and Riko ends up turning a bit red).

Makoto observes all of this happening. As she thinks dark thoughts, she feels a sharp pain in her eyes. With her eyes closed, she sees a cloud of red and black and swears she hears the sound of a girl’s laughter. However, she sees that no one is near her upon opening her eyes.

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Rika and Kana ask Makoto if she is okay since she looks really pale. Makoto lies about not getting enough sleep while noting her palms are sweaty and that something is definitely wrong.

Once the bell signifying lunch rings, Mina gets up with her notebook, determined to have lunch with Riko. Makoto calls out to her and Mina gives her a curt “Yeah?” Damn, that’s cold, Mina.

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Mina starts trying to show that she cares about Makoto by asking about her well-being and by pointing out how she hasn’t been herself. Makoto, however, doesn’t meet her gaze and trembles before saying that Mina should go hang out with her new friend whom she seems to like. That is pretty passive-agressive, Makoto.

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Mina tries one last time to say that they’re talking about Makoto right now, but Makoto dismisses her worries. Exasperated, Mina turns around and slowly starts walking out of the classroom. She hopes that Makoto would call out to her, but she didn’t. When Mina reaches the door, she turns around again and sees Makoto still staring at her. Makoto smiles a distant smile when their gazes met, which is something Mina didn’t want to see. She runs off.

We get to see Makoto’s perspective shortly afterwards. She had wanted to call out to Mina as she watched Mina leave, but she couldn’t open her mouth. A red pulse hammered at her vision. After Rika and Kana voice their concerns for Makoto, she opts to go to the nurse’s room by herself.

The scene then jumps to Mina seeing both Jessica and Riko on the roof. Since she had heard that Mina didn’t have a bento from Jessica (when did she contact Jessica? Perhaps she messaged her out of jealousy after hearing she heard that Jessica slept over?), she had her butler, Ayabe, prepare an exquisite bento. The girls share the feast while talking about this and that. It turns out Riko, Jessica, and Yang are all rich / come from rich families. Riko lives in the big mansion up the hill; Jessica’s parents are both aristocratic (and she mentions something about having a villa in Karuizawa they only visit during the summer season); and Yang owns 22 stores. At least the girls aren’t willing to bully plebians like Mina on the basis of their inherited wealth.lunch box.png

With the small talk over, they tell Mina to start asking questions. However, she starts off by asking them how they found the doll mansion. It’s an uncomfortable subject for both Jessica and Riko. Jessica in turn asks Mina how she found it. For Mina, it just happened and she felt summoned or called. In response, Jessica says how they came across the mansion wasn’t important and asks Mina if she has better things to ask. It’s clear that she’s strategically changing the topic.

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Mina asks about all this information that Minawa is sending them via phone. Jessica explains that that they’re to take care of these targets (suspected dolls). In regards to today, Jay will take care of some nearby golems and Yang handles another Marionette. As a result, Riko and Jessica decide to work together to take care of this remaining Marionette (Mina had no choice in the matter to begin with). Mina notes that the girls are treating her nicer compared to two days ago and she realizes that being with them is fun, even if work isn’t.

Right before they started talking about strategy, however, Jessica seems to have Seen an aura that didn’t belong to the three of them. She dismisses this, however. Jessica and Riko also proceed to explain what an aura is. Just imagine that the girls are all connected to Ruka the doll via invisible lines and she sends them power to do things. Mina realizes that Yang was criticizing her for misusing her aura without even being contracted to Ruka back when they first met.

Mina then asks about Yang’s character. Jessica basically sums up her while making her sound terrible. However, Riko and Jessica both agree that she’s reliable and trustworthy. Riko then compares Jessica to Yang, saying they both act strong, don’t share their true feelings, have a lot of pride, and are actually lonely so they try to be considerate. I honestly don’t see that from Yang yet, but that seems to describe Jessica to a T.

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As she laughs over how Jessica is embarassed at this conversational thread, Mina thinks back to Yang saying that “You’ve always been like that.” What did she mean? And those character deficits do not properly explain her spite towards Mina. The lunch bell rings and the girls part ways, promising to meet at the school entrance.

As the school day drew to a close, the skies grew grey and it began to rain. Mina make small talk with Kana and Rika, but she’s scared of having to kill another Puppet again despite the brave front she put on in front of Riko and Jessica. By the way, I’m not that happy that this game has characters named Rika, Riko, and Ruka. Hopefully y’all aren’t confused about who is who.

Mina finally realizes that Makoto wasn’t there and asks Kana and Rika, who tells her that Makoto left for the nurse’s room during lunch. Mina is upset with herself over how she was too preoccupied with her upcoming job to notice. She then remembers Yang’s harsh words and how Yang had told Mina that she takes others’ guidance and protection for granted, etc. Feeling guilty about how Yang had been right and how Makoto probably went to the sick room right after their convesation (“I should have stayed and talked with her,” thinks Mina), she opts to go check on Makoto.

The scene changes to Makoto. She’s lying down and her vision is tinged in red. Touko’s face is incredibly close to hers and Makoto is left wondering how Touko’s face got this close in the first place (don’t forget that Touko is the school nurse, folks). Touko says they’re now the same and draws even closer. Makoto wonders about what she means before she realizes that “that” was where it all began. I’ll keep this vague just like how the visual novel did so for now, but I’ll come back to it in a few chapters.

Makoto tries to say she’s scared, but Touko dismisses her fears, calls her perfect, and kisses her on the lips. I kid you not. Not very romantic, huh? It’s even a French kiss. Touko pulls back, tells her to release her inhibitions and be her true self, and continues deeply kissing Makoto while roughly massaging Makoto’s breasts. Such, uh, foreplay. Nevertheless, a white light floods Makoto’s head as she begins to hallucinate and sees Touko as Mina. She’s kissing Mina’s neck and tasting Mina’s salvia. Her hands are exploring Mina’s body. Her lower body is becoming damp like Mina’s. And Mina’s hands are wrapped around her throat. But she’s happy since now she and Mina will be together forever.

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Fortunately (or unfortunately), Touko hears someone and calls out who’s there. Makoto ends up not getting strangled to death and wonders why she now sees Touko there instead of Mina.

It turns out that Mina was the one who saw them. However, she missed the danger signs and only saw them being like lovers and not as potential murderer and potential victim. She wonders if this was the reason why Makoto had been acting strangely.

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She ends up bumping into Minawa in the hallway and she’s confused as to why he’s here. He fakes a wonderfully tender smile that convinces her to relax, though.

Minawa answers her question by saying that there’s something he needs to check on as he looks to the side. A personal matter, he elaborates. Mina thinks of Touko in the sick room. She then lies and says that Touko isn’t here.

At any rate, Mina’s words causes Minawa to suspect her and ask her why is she saying this. Mina tells the truth and replies that Touko had told her about Minawa a few days prior. Minawa relaxes, asks Mina once again if Touko is not there, and then retreats after she lies through her teeth once again. Mina sighs with relief. This is as far as I’m going this week, folks.

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Thoughts:

Makoto is growing more deranged, but it isn’t entirely her fault. There’s something else at play here.

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of how Mina interacts with Makoto. She’s dismissive and what Yang said of her was right. She also has a tendency to lie and this definitely backfires on her in this chapter. What she said to Minawa was a grave mistake that I’ll be sure to elaborate on later.

At least Jessica and Riko are becoming chummier with her by the second. But does she truly deserve their affection? Hm.

21 thoughts on “The Shadows of Pygmalion – SPOILERS AND DISCUSSION (Part 4)

  1. Mina’s digging herself into a hole, isn’t she? That’s why you shouldn’t make assumptions, girl.

    >Jessica is amazed that Mina’s mother was able to finish her night shift, go home, prepare breakfast for Mina, and then head back to the hopsital. And so am I.

    That must be magic. How does anyone do that??

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      1. Make me sad because I wanted to know what did you thought of all end (especially true end) with Spoiler. I just finished the game and I have mixed feelings about the end

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        1. Well, it’s been a few months so I’ll try to remember what I thought of each ending.

          Ending where they jump into a van to escape the Puppet World and Mina ends up disappearing / being left behind – Definitely the spookiest ending considering how frightening it was for people to show up in the dark and reveal themselves as dolls. It’s also the only ending where Mina’s mom is shown explicitly to be a doll. The story had implied that she was a doll due to her crazy work schedule and her unsettling behavior, however. It also painted Gramma as a person who went too far despite having good intentions since she apparently knew that Mina was the only one who couldn’t escape the Puppet World. That was interesting since I considered Gramma to be an outright evil person in all the other endings.

          Ending where Jessica takes Riko and Mina to her family’s summer resort after they seemingly defeat Ruka – well, they didn’t actually defeat Ruka. But I found this one sort of romantic. The way the girls hold each each other’s hands after they accepted that they will slowly turn into dolls after they rejected Ruka’s commands was poetic, in my opinion. I really liked this ending despite it being so very sad.

          Ending where Jessica chooses to become a doll to avoid fighting Riko or Mina right before Riko and Mina cross blades – this one feels rather incomplete since it ends right when Mina and Riko start fighting for their lives. But in a way, it’s sort of a preview of what happens in the true ending.

          True ending – wow. Props to Jay for wanting to profess his love for Yang (he also did so in the two out of the other three endings, if I recall correctly). The ending felt a bit dragged out, however, with Mina visiting so many places to reminiscence. Having closure on Minawa and Touko was much appreciated, however.
          I really fell in love with Jessica’s selflessness as she once again chose to become a doll in order to avoid fighting her friends. Partying like that with Mina for one last night before the change happened was so saddening yet beautiful. Being able to go against the built-in conditioning Ruka implanted into her head just makes her the best blonde loli in fiction ever, in my opinion.
          I always cared little for Riko despite her having a sad backstory. Well, she did what she had to do and I can’t criticize her about it.
          Finding out that Mina was the doll who died in the very beginning was a wild revelation. It also made me really want to go back and play through the whole game to see if I missed anything, which is one of the reasons behind why I started the playthrough in the first place. Too bad going through the game requires so much detail since it’s very detail-orientated.
          The whole resetting thing felt like a bit of a cop-out, honestly. I’m not quite sure I like how that happened. Still, I played the last couple of moments through several times since I found it very sad yet wonderful that Jessica still remembers how much she loved Mina. Jessica is the best.

          There you go. I’m sorry if I got anything wrong.

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          1. You understood more than I have 🙂 I didn’t understand why Mina disappeared ?
            In the true end Mina became the new god and reset everything and all the power never happened right ? I didn’t really understood why Jessica cries wegen she heard Mina’s name. What happened to Mina’s true Body (Girl A) ?
            By the way Jessica was my favorite character 🙂 I was shipping her so much with Mina. I cried when I saw that the beer scene was a dream and Jessica became a doll alone

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          2. Naaaah.

            Hmm. Well, maybe because she’s different from the others. She was originally a doll and then after committing suicide her original body and her soul (?) split. The soul (?) then entered a new body (???? my memory is a bit shaky here) and then rewrote the world to give herself convenient relationships. She became a daughter, she had a childhood friend, etc. In other words, she developed her own place to belong that is firmly entrenched within the world that she was attempting to leave with the others. As a result, she seemingly belonged, but she couldn’t actually escape like the others since she tied herself down. This is all just hypothesis since we probably weren’t told anything outright.

            Mmmm yes Mina became the new god and chose to reset everything. I’d like to think that Jessica kind of remembers the love she held for Mina in the previous world. We don’t know if Mina made a new world entirely, if she caused everything to go back in time, if she jumped to a parallel world, etc. Jessica technically shouldn’t remember about Mina, but she does as with everyone else who pauses after hearing Mina’s name. It’s probably yet another example of memories and love overcoming obstacles such as time and space and continuity. It’s not very realistic but it’s certainly emotional.

            I’m glad to hear you really liked Jessica, too. That scene was just so sad that I also cried there.

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          3. And thank you for responding with a lot of details. I wanted to talk to someone about the ending but there were not a lot of topicd about it because the game is recent I think. Sorry if my english is weird I’m French.

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          4. Hey, no problem. I really really wanted to talk about this game with other people after I finished it, too.

            Yeah, the game came out with an English translation like around late February, I want to say.

            Your English is totally fine! No need to apologize.

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          5. By the way I am a big yuri fan and want to play more yuri Visual Novel can you advice me some ? I would like it to be japanese and have a good story (sono hanabira series seems to have a lot H scenes and not a lot of story so I haven’t start) I already played Kindred spirits on the roof
            Nurse love addiction
            And hesitate to play
            Flowers
            Ne no kami
            Thank a lot

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          6. Well, you’re not wrong with Sono Hanabira. I’m not a fan of that franchise since they’re more about the fanservice like you said.

            Flowers is a slower game with minimal fanservice. It’s almost like Maria-sama ga Miteru as a visual novel. The only problem is that it abruptly ends because there are 3 other parts and we only received a translation for the very first part. I think the second part is going to be translated and available for English-speaking fans later this year or early next year? But then there are two more parts still.

            Ne no Kami actually features quite a bit of fanservice but it has a lot of story for a visual novel that features so much action (and sex). A lot of exposition happens, however, and it could be boring at times as a result. Still, things get really really tense later on and I will admit I cried at some parts.

            I’m also trying to find more visual novels to play and review, unfortunately. I’ll be trying to add more to the visual novels review page. Some Western ones are actually pretty good if you’re willing to give them a shot!

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  2. I tried some western Visual Novel like Highway Blossoms I liked the story but I was just no satisfied because I wanted to hear some Voice acting and from experience japanese voice acting is often better than the French and English one so I avoided western Visual Novel
    Thanks a lot for taking your time to talk to me 🙂

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