Why, good morning, Byakuya! You're looking well as ever today!
I've been pondering it for some time, but... What on earth *are* you?
Eh? What do you mean...what am I?
Your true identity...the reason behind your existence. Why are you at this academy?
Um...I'm Usami! Magical Miracle Girl ★ Usami! I'm here to teach everyone!
I'm not interested in that stupid story...
U-Um... I dunno how to respond to that...
Now, now... Usami might say some weird stuff from time to time, but she's sincere.
Oh, good morning, Byakuya.
Are you interfering with people in other classes now, too? You're quite the busy class rep.
Hmph...whether or not I'm in a different class right now doesn't matter.
Byakuya, if you're so curious about me, maybe we should have a nice chat some time! A student-teacher conference to foster mutual understanding between the two of us!
I decline. I've had enough of you and those insipid Monokubs... Why are there so many damned plush animals running around here anyway? If I'd known this was such a dubious place, I would have never come to this school.
I know this all might seem strange, but... I think you're already used to it, Byakuya.
Plus, the Monokubs help us from time to time.
I have no desire to be helped by some strange teddy bear...
Um... What about me? I'm helpful from time to time too, right? Right...?
Oh. Just some game room. My Master antenna was tingling, so I came here, but...
Hey, wait a minute! Do any of these games have adorable boys in them!?
Hm...? Are you talking about dating sims?
Sorry...I didn't set up any of those. They'd take too long to play anyway.
Oh, come on! Those kind of pretty boys show up in other places too!
I don't really get it... It sounds complicated.
Fandom is a strange place! You can get lost in it!
...Yeah, I can tell that by looking at you.
You couldn't play the puzzle game...
...Want to play a sports game?
Fine by me. I've always wanted to duel you, Ms. Nanami!
Oh, you seem confident. You probably play a lot of different genres, Hifumi.
Of course! But this must be a contest worthy of Chiaki Nanami, the Gaming Queen! We have sports, martial arts, quizzes, and puzzles at our disposal. A best of seven?
Or is that too much for a gamer like you, Ms. Nanami? How rude of me!
So...you want to have a lot of different events, right? Alright, let's do it.
...You won against Hifumi in many different genres of games!
Your last winter at the academy... Today is the Christmas party with your classmates! You're toasting with juice, eating cake and snacks, playing games...it's very lively. So what will you do now?
Hajime, let's play
We've got board games and card games, too. Playing analog is nice sometimes.
You're right. If it's against you, I know it'll be a good match, Chiaki.
I won't lose at board games that easily... I've played many bonus modes in games.
Like casinos in RPGs... Sometimes I want to play that more than the main game.
Then let's invite the others. I'm sure they'd want to join in, too.
Everyone's pretty pumped up, so it'll probably be an intense battle!
As I thought, that was really fun. Times like this where we can all gather... might be more important from now on.
Is that because...we're going to graduate?
I know that graduation won't be the end... but it'll be harder to meet, after this. So...we need to enjoy it while we can.
Chiaki, um... Are you free on New Year's?
Huh? New Year's?
Well, my birthday is on New Year's Day and... Kazuichi and Fuyuhiko said we should celebrate. I think they just want to use it as an excuse to go wild, but I thought I should ask everyone.
I can come too?
Of course. And if possible...it'd be a big help if you could invite the others.
Okay, leave it to me! I'll make sure everyone comes to your birthday party, Hajime!
That's exciting... We get another chance before graduation to play with everyone.
Yeah, I'm excited too...
But to be honest, it's a little embarrassing to use my birthday as an excuse...
...You made a promise to look forward to!
Nagito, are you having fun?
I saw you just watching from the corner so...I was wondering.
Of course I'm having fun. Everyone here is filled to the brim with hope.
I see...that's fine then. I still don't feel like I understand you, even after the three years we spent as classmates... I know that hope is really important to you, though, Nagito...
Hope is important...not just for me, but for everyone, right? Do you really think those who don't accept hope even exist?
Hmm...no, I guess not. I guess technically even if someone wanted the opposite of hope, that'd be hope to them.
It's just like you said, Chiaki. Everyone wants to see hope. I'm just a little more passionate than others about it. I think about hope all the time.
It's true. Not many people think about hope quite like you do.
I always believe in hope. With hope, we can triumph over any despair. I thought I'd be able to see amazingly strong hope at Hope's Peak... And there might be something I could do to help the symbols of hope shine...
That's what I thought. But are we going to graduate without anything happening?
I hope so... After we all graduate...we can spend time together happily.
I see... So that's your hope, huh Chiaki?
Maybe. Because...I really like this class.
Oh...I forgot something in my room
Oh, I didn't expect to run into you. Did you forget something in the dorms?
Oh, I guess I should've known you'd be able to figure that out at a glance, Kyoko.
It was simple. You're having a party today, and you're the class rep in charge. You *should* be in the dining hall, but because you aren't...
You probably even know what it was I forgot, huh?
...A present for someone. That's the only thing that you would leave in the middle of a party to go get.
Yeah, you're completely right.
Forgetting to bring such an important present... It's a critical hit of regret... But I'm glad I remembered it now. I want to give it to them today.
I hope they like it... It's a bunch of my most recommended games!
You're right. You put a lot of thought into it, I'm sure that they'll love it.
You promised Kyoko you'd talk again later and ran back to the party...
Appearances in Seasonal Events for Other Characters
Your last winter at the academy...but you're too busy with research to be sad about graduation! You worked so hard that you didn't even realize it was Christmas Eve until the evening... It's not good to overwork yourself... How about a little break?
Maybe I'll get some tea in the dining hall
Oh, Chihiro... It feels like it's been a while since we've seen each other.
Um...it might be because I've been stuck in my room lately doing my research.
Me too... I was so focused on a new game that I was cooped up in my room. I guess we've both been cooped for a while.
Hehe, yeah... I want to talk with everyone more, so I could walk around.
Yeah...good job on your project. Programmers are amazing. You've got my respect.
Because my favorite games wouldn't exist without programmers. It's a wonderful job that can create many different things.
Yeah, I suppose that is a good way of looking at it...
So Chihiro...do you make games?
U-Um...the research I'm doing right now doesn't necessarily have anything to do with games.
You talked about games and programming with Chiaki while drinking tea...
Today is the school festival... It's a boring event, but Usami forced you to participate. To get her to leave you alone, you decide to walk around for a bit. Where do you go?
There's an exhibit in the school building
Oh...Izuru. This room isn't really an exhibit, it's just an arcade where we can play games.
That's fine. Time passes the same, regardless of what I am doing.
Aww, I lost...but it was a close battle.
I had a lot of fun.
Fun? Even though you lost with the one talent you have?
Losing is frustrating, but...I'm glad I was able to play with you Izuru. Besides... ...the game's not over just because I lost once. We can keep playing...as long as we're friends.
...So let's have another battle! I won't lose this time!
Very well. Even though the outcome is the same no matter how many times we play.
...You played the game over and over again with Chiaki!
Your last winter at the academy... Graduation will be here before you know it. Your classmates invited you to a Christmas party today... What do you do?
I'll get dragged along anyway, so I'll go
Izuru...thanks for coming today.
You came back without me having to come to get you... I feel so many emotions right now!
I simply bypassed an annoying conversation. I predicted that you'd come to get me anyway.
I'm happy to hear that. Until recently, you never would have come back on your own.
...I do not feel like I have changed.
Hmm...if something has changed, it's the distance between us. We spent three years as classmates... There's no way nothing changed in that time.
I'm even starting to get a better win rate against you, Izuru. I'm sure a lot of things changed for you since you came to this academy, too...
Chiaki has a point. If all you did was spend time by yourself... I don't think you would've grown into the person you are today. That single act of enrolling at Hope's Peak Academy...will result in great things someday.
Hmm... For once, you actually sound like a teacher.
Oh...that's true. Usami was a little teacherly right then.
I know, right!? I can rise to the occasion when necessary!
...Though I dunno how to feel about that "for once" remark.