QLeft.png The world-famous thief Arsene Lupin sneaks into the Tower of London determined to steal its diamond. How will he get past Inspector Ganimard’s traps? From “Lupin vs. Inspector Ganimard.” QRight.png


Lupin is a Hero

Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Whew! Finally done cleaning the classroom! It's pretty late — I should head back.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Huh? The lights in the rehearsal room are still on. Did someone forget to turn them off?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Oh well, I'll do that and go back!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(As Inspector Ganimard)
"You despicable villain! I've finally got you!"


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(As Inspector Ganimard)
"Try as you might, you won't fool my eyes!"


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
(As Arsene Lupin)
"Bwahaha! Where are you even looking, Inspector Ganimard? I'm over here!"


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Eek! Lalafin! When did you get here!?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Just now! I noticed that the lights were on so I came to have a look.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Ooh, I see. I asked the teacher if I could use the room to rehearse. Sorry, I made you come here for nothing.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Not at all! I'm glad I could see your Inspector Ganimard in action!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Thank you. What do you — my rival — think about it?
Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
(As Arsene Lupin)
"You couldn't sound more villainous, Inspector Ganimard!"


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I'm glad Lupin thinks so. I'm still having a hard time grasping the character.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Really? As far as I can tell, it looks like you've improved even more since the time you performed in class.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I'm relieved to hear that. Good thing I spoke with Shizuha then.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Uh? What did you talk about?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
We went over the things that make Lupin special and tried to tailor Inspector Ganimard taking them into account.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Whoa, that was quick! Ah, I mean... What did you come up with? I wanna know!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Well, Lupin is usually portrayed as mysterious and polished, no? But the way you perform him is more fresh and open — almost like the main character from a children's book.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Oh! Come to think of it, the book on Lupin I read when I was younger was written for kids!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It was about this big and had a realistic image of Lupin right on the cover!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
It's probably the same book I borrowed from the library then. I'm trying to mold the character after that.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Something along the lines of "Inspector Ganimard, the hand of justice that stands against the gentleman thief Lupin"!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I see! That's why you performed so well earlier! Your art can take on different forms too!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
...Ah, well, I guess you could say that. I'm trying to tailor his character after your Lupin, after all.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Oh! Do you want to know my secret technique for action scenes?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Sure! But first—


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I should focus on how Inspector Ganimard would act when he's in front of Lupin.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What do you mean?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Since I based his character on your Lupin, how do you think he would be in your world?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Would he be cool, or funny, or something else entirely...?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I think he would be like a villain in a hero's story!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Lupin is kinda like the main character in the story, right?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
He's more like a dark hero, or something like that...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Hmm... Not like a pure hero that doesn't condone evil. More like a hero that isn't afraid to get his hands dirty from time to time!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I guess I could portray him that way too, but I'd rather make him into a pure hero!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
So to highlight that aspect you'd prefer an Inspector Ganimard who is more villainous?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Exactly! Someone who's rough and walks with a stoop!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Hmm... Interesting idea. Tell me more about your image of a villain!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
"You fly! If you can fly, you'll solve all your problems!"


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh? Are those lines from somewhere?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I just came up with them! What I mean is — the best way to answer your question is rehearsing together!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Practice is the best teacher, as they say, huh? Thank you — I was stuck by myself.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Heroes and performances need a partner, after all!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh, like a rival? Inspector Ganimard is a villain, though.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Exactly what a hero needs!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You and I can complement each other, and improve ourselves!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I think I got the gist of what a hero's story is. All thanks to your sudden appearance, Lalafin!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
...! Wait, is that like an elusive phantom?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh? Yeah, something like that.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I see... That's it!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh? What is...?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Why Lupin is like the main character in a hero's story! I just thought it's because he's cool and is the main character, but that's not why!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Lupin is like an elusive phantom that can't help but rescue those in trouble!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Come to think of it, there was something like that in the book I borrowed. He was very kind to children, and often that led to Inspector Ganimard finding him.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Told you! Lupin is a hero!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I should be thanking you! You made me realize why I saw him as a hero!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You're welcome. Shall we begin rehearsing?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Let's! Hero and villain finally face each other!

A Dangerous Adventure

Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Emergency snacks, check! Water flask, check!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
…? Lalafin?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Raincoat in case it rains, check! Backpack, check!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That’s so much luggage. Are you going on a trip?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I’m going on a big adventure! It’ll be one filled with danger!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What, really!? What are you going to do about the performance? It’s on Monday—


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Tsk, tsk, Tsukasa! Lupin wasn’t just a thief, he was also an adventurer!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh, you’re going somewhere to work on your character. You had me worried.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Heh, heh! As an apology, I would like to invite you on my journey as well. Would you like to join me?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
It sounds fun, but do I have any time to get ready for it? Where are you going, by the way?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
A new bakery that Tsukasa told me about the other day!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That’s just by the station! Isn’t it a bit too close to call it an ‘adventure’!?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
(As Arsene Lupin)
“An adventurer can find adventure even in the most familiar of places, Inspector Ganimard.”


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
(As Arsene Lupin)
“if you so desire, I shall teach you how!”


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I see.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(As Inspector Ganimard)
“Don’t tell me later that you regret inviting me to tag along, Lupin.”


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
(As Inspector Ganimard)
“I would follow you anyway. It’s my job, after all!”


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Great! Let’s go then!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Yippie!


:
*CLANG CLANG*


At the bakery by the train station

Clerk:
Welcome!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Whoa! Look how cute these buns are!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
This bakery is so fancy! Apparently, the manager trained in France.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Oh, that explains why they are so colorful and artsy!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Hey, they have a free tasting! Here I go! *nom nom* Whoa!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh? Which one did you try?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Erm… This… brioche…á tête!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
This one? Okay, I’ll buy one…


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ah! This one too! Say, ‘aah’!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Mm… This is delicious! I’ll take it!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You don’t waste time deciding, do you?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Aah, this is just my pet peeve. I feel bad if I don’t buy what I try.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I see! Leave it to me then— I’ll make you try all the best ones!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It’s just… They all look so yummy!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
We got so much! Let’s give these to Shizuha and the others as a present!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I’m sure Aruru and Misora will love them! Is this the end of our adventure?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
No, we’ve only just got started! We still have to get back to the dorm, after all!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Hmm… Ah, I got it! The first that steps outside of that white line loses!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What!? That’s so hard!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Still, I guess it’s an adventure. Your head works in mysterious ways, Lalafin.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You think so? Didn’t you try this game when you were a kid?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Can’t say I did, but maybe I forgot. Wait, I already stepped out the line… Is this game over?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Be careful! If you don’t find another white line within a minute, it will be!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Okay, let’s try and find the lines that take us to the dorm the quickest then!


Back at the dorms

Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
We’re back! It was a super fun adventure— Huh? What are these cookies doing here?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
‘To Tsukasa and Lalafin’ … ? Wait, did Aruru make these?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
My hands are sparkling! Huh? What’s wrong?

Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Lupin is so cool, right? He can overturn any difficult situation and smile in the face of danger! What a hero!

Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Last Sunday, Shizuha and I played a game of tag! I was Lupin and she was the security guard trying to protect a jewel!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Flying between trees, grabbing jewels with a grabber arm and deceiving everyone with Misora as an ally was really fun.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
But every time Shizuha would find me and it was game over. I guess I really can't beat her...

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