(About their instrument parts in the GazettE songs) Practically, when Ruki-san handed out the song he made, then without thinking that much about your own parts you thought about the style you want to do the song with. First of all you solidify the demo, then when everyone was about to play the song, (have there been) situations when a member said, “Isn’t this part difficult?”
When there’s such situation, what will you do?
Well, occasionally there are times like that. But the difficulty is different for each part. Sometimes it’s like we don’t know when we should play a certain phrase.
Yes, yes. *laughs*
Reading everyone’s mind is the difficult part.
in that situation, how do you do your own part?
Ah. Based on the feeling after we listened to it, when someone says, “So it’s played like this?” everyone will do it in different way, and at such time it will be scattered. That’s the most difficult part. It will be like, “Ah, so it was like that.”
Reita is a lot different.
YOU, it’s not like that this time.
Reita is difficult to direct.
It’s the truth!
For the intro, for example, if you just sing it to him he really won’t be able to go along.
Isn’t it because of your singing? Ah, but you’re good at singing, I’m sorry.
Hoi, everyone is there in front of us right now..
A long time ago, when we did shows at live houses, we would get catering, but the dressing rooms weren’t that big…
And they would tape garbage bags – I mean they still do it – but they would tape them to the corners of the tables. And someone kept throwing out their natto containers in the garbage bags, so all around that table it would smell like natto. And I was like, “I’m seriously leaving this band.”
A/N Chihiro is the true hero of both games. Never forget.
Alter Ego and Altercations - wherein Alter Ego goes around as Chihiro for a day
It started out as a harmless test run.
Chihiro was just thrumming with the energy of accomplishment at finishing coding an actual working AI. So with that momentum, he moved forward into booting it into a robot body he had an upperclassman make for him in advance. He had to hand it to his senior, the build was so smooth and realistic, it was hard to tell the difference between the two of them unless they physically checked. It was odd in the way that it was like he suddenly had a twin, his own manufactured twin, but it also gave him a sense of accomplishment.
After the initial booting that took hours, the robot finally sprung into life as their eyes opened so naturally it was as if their were human. “Testing…” They spoke as they did their own tests. “Vision spheres working at 72%… Vocal speakers working at 91% … Auditory recorders working at 87%… Movement motors working at 64% of capacity…” They did a few adjustments and final checks before they could get their smile to work properly. They beamed. “Hello, it’s nice to meet you like this, creator. Thank you for lending me this body.”
“It’s great to finally see you eye to eye, Alter Ego.” Chihiro chuckles and wipes the tears from his face. “Please excuse me, it’s just… I didn’t think I’d get this far with you.”
“Oh, please don’t cry, master. My emotions aren’t that developed yet to assist you.” Alter Ego says with a tone that’s filled with so much concern that it was hard to believe that they were still inadequate when it came to emotions.
“No, don’t worry. These are happy tears.” Chihiro smiles even as he sniffles a bit but his smile shines through. “It happens. I mean, it rarely happens to me but it does happen. Being so happy to the point of tears that is.” He rambled on.
“I see… Then I’m happy to hear that you’re happy.” That seemed to placate Alter Ego as they smoothly returned the smile. “If there’s anything else that you need my assistance with then I’d be glad to help.”
“Actually, I do.” Chihiro nods in aggreement as he grabs his laptop and loads several programs. “Let’s go run a few more tests.”
They go through all of her new functions given the body and test its limits while they fine tune it. They finish within hour but don’t stop there. They discuss on what else they could do and work together on making improvements. After an all-nighter, they have increased Alter Ego’s capacity for movement by more than 50% and cut off some extra programs that ate up energy and so their battery capacity increased by an extra two hours.
To say that they were productive was an understatement. They had revolutionized technology overnight.
So it’s at 6AM the next day that Chihiro finally calls it a night. He stretches but halfway through he ends up yawning. “Hwah~ Let’s call it a day and continue where we left off later. I still have to attend today’s class.”
And this is what separates an AI from the ordinary program. With independent thinking, Alter Ego suggest an idea- it’s not the first one they thought of, they’ve been bouncing ideas off of each other the whole night. “How about I go in your place?”
Chihiro almost instantly freezes at the suggestion. He looks at them skeptically. “What?”
“You’re tired, Chihiro. You’ll just collapse in class if you don’t get any sleep.” They reasonably point out. “I figured that since I already look like you and I can make myself sound like you, maybe I can pass off as you while you take the day off.”
“That does sound like a good idea…” He considers it for a moment and he almost lets himself fall asleep when he closes his eyes but pushes himself forward to wake himself up. He doesn’t even have enough sleep to make the right judgement. All ideas sound too good to him so long as he gets to sleep but he has to act responsibly. “It also sounds like a good idea that could go wrong easily.”
“Either you don’t go to class and be marked absent, or you don’t go and I attend in your place.” They laid out the options for him. “I highly advise that you don’t push yourself and sleep in regardless of the choice.”
Sleep sounds like the best idea. “Then I’ll go with the first one.” Chihiro tries to nod in approval but ends up nodding off instead. “Just… behave while I sleep… m'kay?” He barely mumbles the last part when he’s already been taken by sleep.
“Command received and accepted.” Alter Ego smiles at first but then it’s slightly off in the next moment. “Failure to receive command for inaction.” They also discover that they are capable of smirking.
Despite Chihiro’s hesitation, Alter Ego goes to school.
They reason that it will be a good learning experience. They thought that it should be fine since they were given a “maybe not” but not a “definite no”. They’re aware that they may be bending the rules just a bit but they blame that on poor phrasing of commands. Besides, Chihiro insisted that they be on friendly terms and to treat each other as equals so they’re just complying with that prior request.
Although they file this as under an experiment, they’re aware that the lack of supervision was just poor work ethics. They compromise with a full disclosure of the events recorded afterwards. It should be okay. They won’t do anything extreme and they’ve read up on the relevant data so they should blend in accordingly or at least enough to pass for one day. Chihiro did say that Alter Ego was uncanny like him so if they could fool him then they should be able to convince everyone else. With just a bit trepidation and more of excitement, they go forward and literally step into a new unexplored world for the first time.
It’s just school, what’s the worst that could happen?
The worst happens. Too soon. Too fast.
In hindsight, they should have factored in the unpredictability of one of Chihiro’s classmates. Makoto’s luck has the worst way of making itself known as he falls from seemingly out of nowher and Alter Ego’s capacity for assistance kicked into programming when they stretched their arms to catch him. They freeze even as they hold him and the supercomputer planted inside her was working on overdrive as they panicked. Has their cover been blown already? Oh no, they haven’t planned that far ahead for a cover-up and for the first time, they experience what one would call a mental block.
“Aaaahhh!” Makoto’s still screaming with his eyes closed even when the danger if crashing on the ground has already passed. It takes him a few more moments until he realizes that his head has not been crushed on the cement. His eyes open with confusion and then shock when he sees who he thinks to be Chihiro. “Oh, hi there… hehe, fancy meeting you like this, Chihiro?” Even he grimaces at his own lame joke.
They’re about to reply but someone’s voice interrupts their train of thought.
“Makoto! Shouting is not allowed in a school environment!” Kiyotaka whisper-yells at him from one of the rooms in the second floor.
“I was falling! What did you expect!” Makoto yells back indignantly and Alter Ego doesn’t know how to process this.
Mondo’s head pops up beside Kiyotaka’s and his yell is even louder than any of their’s. “You okay down there?”
“Better than when you tossed me out there!” Makoto’s voice is loud and tempered with fury. “If Chihiro wasn’t here then I would’ve been worse! Way worse!”
“Sorry about that, dude. It was an accident, I swear.” Mondo yells back despite the glare that’s Kiyotaka’s giving him. “Oh, and nice catch, Chihiro! I knew you had it in ya!” He gives them a thumbs up and they numbly reciprocate their own.
They politely set down Makoto and make their way hurriedly to class before they attract any more untoward incident or attention.
“Hey, was Chihiro always that strong?”
Any more than they already have started with that is.
They thought that blending in the classroom should have been easier especially when they’ve already conquered the intimidatingly high hurdle of Makoto’s luck at the entrance.
“I challenge thee to a bout of pride and arm strength!”
It seemed as though Makoto’s bad luck may have rubbed off on them.
“Oh no… I don’t think that’s a good idea.” They politely refused. They honestly did not want anything else that would make them stand out and this was one of those things.
“Oh, but I insist! This is one of those battles that cannot be avoided!” Hifumi pressed on.
“Um, why exactly are you asking me?” They ask hesitantly.
“Ignore him. He’s still brimming with humiliation at losing against the class idiot.” Celes answers for him and her regal tone makes even her insults sound like compliments.
“Yeah, he lost to me at arm wrestling!” Yasuhiro eagerly reveals with a triumphant grin.
“The idiot j-just admitted to being the idiot. Why am I not s-surprised at his stupidity anymore?” Touko comments from behind her book.
“Try not to listen too much. His voice alone has an incessant way of lowering the IQ of the room.” Byakuya quips as he nonchalantly goes through the daily report of stocks.
“Do you understand how shaming it is for me to be defeated by such an uncouth barbarian?” Hifumi looks like he’s about to cry as he pleads, “Please, Chihiro-dono. You are the only one who can restore my honor!”
Here’s the thing. Although Alter Ego can technically think and act on their own, they can’t quite refuse requests just yet. They’re not entirely sure if it’s in the coding or just in their character.
“Okay but only one round.” They concede but not without a sigh.
And Hifumi instantly brightens at what he thinks to be an easy win. “Not to worry. I will be sure to hold back enough so as not to injure you.”
They just smile innocently as they sit across him and they lock arms. Their grip is loose at first and tries not to let their strength show too soon. “On three then… One, two…” Their fingers close in. “Three.”
Nothing happens at first despite Hifumi’s greatest efforts, their hands barely even budge a millimeter. And then Alter Ego moves and it takes half a second for it to be over already. The room falls into thick silence and all of a sudden, they’re aware that practically everyone in the room was watching and they just saw their classmate Chihiro take down another in arm wrestling without breaking a sweat.
“That was a good match.” They try their best to imitate a polite smile but even they worry that it falters.
They walk out before any discussion breaks and they know that it will eventually break out.
“Wow, that was the most amazing match I’d ever watched!”
They walk out much faster than humanly possible.
And of course they just had to pass by an audience while they were at it.
“Woah, was that just Chihiro just now?” Aoi voices out her awe.
“I think it was.” Sakura seconds and nods in approval. “Perhaps I should ask him again to join our training. He seems more capable than what he’s inclined to show.”
“Dude, did you guys see just how fast he was going? I thought I saw an afterimage there!” Leon comments with his jaw gaping.
“I wonder why he was in such a hurry though.” Sayaka ponders at their retreating image.
In a moment of poor judgement, they tried to hide out of sight by taking a shortcut. That shortcut included jumping to height that was way higher than what Chihiro could only hope to dream achievable. They should have known that the rest of the class would reveal themselves them. Actually, in hindsight, they feel as though these three may have been shadowing them this whole time.
“Wooo! You go, Chihi!” Junko hollers playfully. “Way to take the ‘new heights’ thing literally! Go beyond the limits of human physics like a pro!” She cheers them on with way too much enthusiasm. “Demolish those normies!”
“Careful on your landing.” Mukuro quietly warns her.
Then there’s Kyouko who just smiles and Alter Ego swears that she knows. She nods curtly when their eyes meet and mouths, “I’ll see you tomorrow too then.”
Alter Ego doesn’t even look back as they leave the campus and return to the safety of their home.
The next day Chihiro walks into class with rumors of his herculean strength and he has half the heart to correct them.
Do y'all ever just go “I wonder what [enter bias] is doing RIGHT NOW”? Like, Aoi, what’s up? You peeing? Eating an onigiri? Playing some guitar? Doing some chores? SOMETIMES I REALLY WONDER BC IM LIKE HELL HE’S JUST ANOTHER GUY AND DOES NORMAL HUMAN THINGS WOW 10/10 WOULD WONDER AGAIN