Monday, February 28, 2011

TAC - 10th Tokyo Anime Fair Exhibit

While the Tokyo Anime Center, in Akihabara, had closed its doors back in January, they have decided to reopen temporarily in time for the Tokyo Anime Fair (TAF), being held at Big Sight during Mar. 24-27. From Feb. 26 to Mar. 21, the TAC will host the TAF 10th Anniversary Exhibit, on the 4th floor of the UDX building. The front half of the TAC space contains exhibits of materials from past TAF shows, and their advertising posters. The back half still contains the goods shop with t-shirts, posters and snack items. During the exhibit the TAC information desk is selling TAF admission tickets.

If I understand the calendar right, the TAC will also announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Voice Actors Awards on Mar. 5. There may be some other events as well - check the TAC page for updates.

Edit: On Saturday, I dropped by the TAC to see if they had the TAF show booklets for sale, then discovered that I'd gotten the dates wrong (I'd been thinking that TAF was in Feb. and therefore was already over). (Also, I didn't see the booklets at the information desk.) However, I was surprised to see the TAC manager at the desk, and we talked a bit about the fate of the TAC once the TAF exhibit was over. He'd confirmed that the space was undergoing renovations, but he wasn't sure when they'd be done. He was thinking that TAC could reopen by late Summer, or maybe late Fall.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Garo 90

Garo #90, Apr., '71. Cover by Sampei Shirato. 234 pages.

カムイ伝 (Kamui-den) #71

By Sampei Shirato (白土三平). 88 pages.
The high-ranking samurai are having all of the villagers rounded up and imprisoned, with the intent of torturing all of them until one cracks and says who attacked the new magistrate. No one wants to talk, and the number of dead on the rack exceeds 30. The magistrate himself sees this as futile, but the other samurai out rank him, and this is now a matter of their pride being at stake. Shibutare, the snitch also suddenly finds himself imprisoned, where he meets one of the last remaining members of his own village, who dies in his arms. Shousuke is tortured as well, getting his legs badly mangled up, and Gorou has one foot put into boiling oil. When the samurai try to put Gorou's face in the oil, Gon says that he can't let this go on any more. Since Gon is chained to the rack and about to have his ribs snapped, the samurai laugh at him. But this is a man that carries full-grown bulls on his back - he succeeds in destroying the rack, then to show the other prisoners that they have to keep their resolve, Gon drinks the boiling oil, which kills him. Suddenly, an unexpected voice rings out - it's Shibutare, who has decided that he too has had enough. He tells the samurai that the end is near - no matter how hard they try, word of their abuse will reach Edo and they will be punished. While, up in the rafters of the building several ninja are noticing that it's getting crowded up there - they've got company; Red Eye is also watching along. One of the ninja tries fleeing and Red Eye captures him. The ninja won't talk, so Red Eye removes their mask, only to reveal Saesa.

Back at the main mansion, the Edo samurui are interrogating the new magistrate, and he's pointing the finger at Itami-ya, and the other merchants. Most of the merchants are facing imprisonment as well, so the question is why Itami-ya is getting special treatment. The Edo group is starting to realize that they're vulnerable, and they're looking for ways to cover themselves. They're convinced the magistrate is a threat, so to show his sincerity, he takes them to one of the most lawless towns in his jurisdiction, and proceeds to cut down the gang running the place. He uses this demonstration to show that his promise to seal his powers will have an impact. Unfortunately, it is looking like some of the Edo group are being picked off one by one, which sends the rest into a funk.

星をつかみそこねる男 (Man Who Seized the Star) #7

By Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 32 pages.
The internal dissension is causing problems within the Shinsengumi. The bigger troublemaker uses cannons to open fire on the American ships in the harbor. A little later, 5 disguised men enter the troublemaker's apartments late at night and slay him.

ポリバケツのある風景 (Polyethylene Bucket Scenery)
By Koshi Ueno (上野昂志). 2 pages.

新-日本書紀 (The New Old Chronicles) #25

By Mamoru Sasaki & Satsuko Okamoto (佐々木 守 & 岡本 颯子). 6 pages.

まめ (Soybean)

By Shouhei Kusunoki (楠勝平). 21 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
A poor Edo family is running out of things to eat, leaving a rooster and some soybeans. The father goes out to conduct business, leaving the kids at home to play games. When they get hungry, they're told to eat the raw beans. The next day, the mother prepares a big stew, and the family can't eat it because they're already filled up on soybeans. Later, a neighborhood woman complements the family for the delicious food she got from them (probably the stew leftovers), while the family just stares at her, with a single bird feather fluttering by (implying that they'd cooked the rooster but weren't hungry enough to eat it.)

紫の伝説 (Purple Legend)

By Masuzou Furukawa (古川益三). 20 pages.
This is the second part of the overheating Earth story. Japan succeeds at building a spaceship to do some exploring, while at a national conference what looks like a Buddhist priest appears from space, floats in the air, and causes one of Japan's leaders to float up with him.

探偵陰溝蝿児 (Detective Inkouyoko) #3

By Hiroyuki Ohtani (陰溝蝿児). 26 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
Inkouyo pulls out a knife and threatens the gay family member, who is suddenly guarded by the thug that had the tree fall on him (Eli). Eli takes Inkouyou out to the garden, and from a tree branch they watch a hooded figure enter the woman's room and do stuff to her. Later, the head of the family gives Inkouyou cash to leave the house and not talk to anyone about what's going on there, but Inkouyou hears a strange moaning coming from somewhere and follows it through a secret passage into a dungeon where the gay member is being tortured. Eli shoots the victim before he can talk. Inkouyou then rushes to the woman's room and tries to get her to go with him to freedom. He discovers her secret - she's actually a guy in drag, and "she" bites her tongue off. As she dies in Inkouyou's arms, Eli enters the room and shoots Inkouyou in the chest.

冬の海 (Winter Sea)

By Susumu Katsumata (勝又進). 29 pages.
This is another of the longer stories from Susumu, rather than his standard 4-panel gag strips. Two women are outside during a cold winter day, one heavily bundled up, the other lightly dressed. The lightly dressed one loses a doll as she runs back home. The other returns to her house, where she and her father tend to a couple young children. The grandfather leaves for his own home that night. The next day, the mother finds her friend out next to the ocean shore, with the doll lying in the surf. The friend throws the doll into the ocean, bemoaning the fact that "someone" (probably her husband or boyfriend) is "very far away". At the same time, it looks like the mother's partner is also missing. She goes through her photo album, noticing that she doesn't have a single picture of him. The story ends with pictures of an approaching storm lashing the countryside.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Relay 2011

Nihon Kogakuin College has programs teaching animation, illustration, manga drawing, video game development and 3D artwork. Relay is their annual exhibit of student final projects. This year, it ran Feb. 26th and 27th, in the UDX building in Akihabara. The "no camera" rule was enforced unevenly, with some areas being off limits, and others not being patrolled by event staff. Some of the work did look amateurish, especially when placed right next to the master-class paintings.

As in past years, some of the illustrations were turned into free postcards, and there were three freebie books - two catalogs advertising the college's programs, and one amateur manga. In terms of exhibits, there was just about everything - board game mock-ups, video games, manga, anime running on TVs, teacups, soft sculptures, posters, game box mock-ups,miniature houses, and dolls. Highly worth the price (free).

(Some of the freebies - catalogs and postcards.)

2 of the postcards taken from illustrations from the graduating students.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Robo Xero kit, and Robot Marathon

You may have already seen news stories on the first full-length marathon race for robots (specifically, 2-legged ones). The sponsor is Vstone, maker of most of the robots entered in the race, and it's being held over 4 days in Osaka, Vstone's hometown.

What's interesting to me is that DeAgostini Japan is starting up another one of their "installment of the week" kits, this one called Robo Xero. Like all of their installation kits, you receive 3-4 pieces per week, at a cost varying between 800 and 2000 yen ($9-$25 USD) each, over the course of several months. A least one past kit ran 53 volumes. The Robo Xero looks to be very similar to Vstone's Robovie-X, which retails on amazon for 94,500 yen (approx. $1,100 USD), except that where X has metal slabs for hands the Xero has individual fingers, and the Xero is supposedly capable of image and voice recognition. When completed, the Xero will be 30 cm tall (12"), and 900 grams (just under 2 pounds). According to the website, there will be 70 volumes to the set. Because each volume can vary wildly in price, it's hard to guess at an average price / kit. Assuming that most of the kits will be around 1,500 yen, that's 100,000 yen, or $1,200 USD. Given the current price of the top-end Robovie and the fact that the Xero is more advanced, the Xero is not that bad of a bargain. Forking out $40 a month makes the total cash outlay much less painful. The downside of course is that it's going to take over a year to finish, and if you miss just one installment, you're out of luck. Another consideration is that generally installation kits are twice as expensive as buying the full product all at once. Of course, you're getting the magazines that come with the kits, so there is some added value. If that's what you're really after, then the DeAgostini approach is worthwhile (if you're in Japan and not paying import mark-ups). Personally, I'm more inclined to wait and see if Vstone ever comes out with a similar high-end version with articulated hands.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review: Geobreeders, vol. 15

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Geobreeders, vol. 15, by Akihiro Itou - Grade: A-
Itou's starting to pull the "gutwrenching mind games" now, and it's making the series hard to keep reading at one sitting. Plus, there's lots of exposition using more difficult kanji, and I'm getting a little lost in all of it. First printed in 2009.

Back on the main island, the present-day Kagura crew, minus Yuka and Tamaki Sakuragi, make their way to a coffee shop to lay out their next move. Since they don't know who their enemies are, they expect that everyone is. They split up, with Taba going his separate way.

Along the streets, anything and everything electronic sets him into a panic, especially traffic cameras. When he gets to his apartment, he thinks about quitting the company. Eventually he decides to call his mother, but part way through the call the line is disconnected with a burst of noise and he panics and bolts again.

(Taba greets Ayumi after a long absence.)

While eating a snack outside, he encounters Ayumi Narusawa (the female sniper from the Hounds) and she tackles him as he tries to run away. In her apartment, Taba says that he's scared. He's been in frightening positions before, but never like this. Eventually, Narusawa tries to comfort him, and the two end up having sex. In part, she's realizing that she is in love with him.

In an otherwise empty penthouse restaurant, Yuka and her "sister" are having dinner with a scarred man who needs to use a voice box to talk. This guy is "Descarte", and Yuka is being debriefed by the two of them. She refuses to eat, and Descarte reprimands her, saying that she's going to need her strength soon. Yuka talks. There have been 3 incarnations of Kagura Company before her.

(Kagura Co., ver. 3.)

Initially, Yuma had said that their job was "balance" between the humans and the were-cats, but after the third version of the company, she switched to "hunting". With the third version, the choice of leader was through attrition, and the group members apparently fought each other as well as the were-cats. At the end, Rika went up against Ryuu, with Irie III at her back. While sealing away #49 in the protect system, Ryuu fell out of the hole in the wall and managed to escape, although Rika had succeeded in putting a crossbow bolt through the laptop. Because of the visibility of the final battle, Rika had to look like she was going to be interrogated by the police, so Rika and Irie went downstairs with Rika in handcuffs, and she entered a police car. As the car pulled away, the driver turned into a were-cat and Irie waved "goodbye". Rika was eventually taken to Chieko's island, killed and buried. At the end of the story, Yuka is madly devouring her steak. She asks for Descarte's real name, and he replies, "call me Pascal or Hobbes", since names don't matter to his kind.

(Rika's last moments, after destroying Kagura Co. with Irie III's help.)

Afterward, Taba's lying in bed watching TV when there's a news report that members of Kagura Co. have killed a police officer, taken a young girl as hostage, and barricaded themselves in their office building. He apologizes saying he has to go, and Ayumi says that she will wait. Elsewhere, Irie III and Kotoi return to the Hound Ministry office, check in, get a briefcase and join three other "men in black" on their way back out of the building onto the street. Irie says that there's no rush, they have time to get breakfast. Ayumi remembers back when she first joined the Hounds, and her superior asked just exactly what her purpose there was. Deciding on that purpose, Ayumi gathers up her gear and runs outside. While crossing an intersection, Taba sees the traffic camera and freezes, causing himself to be hit by a taxi. He asks the driver for the car, and watches the unfolding news story on the onboard TV. According to the reports, Eiko and Yu were talking to a street cop that had approached their parked car, there was a shot and the cop collapsed. Maki runs up waving her gun, they grab their hostage (Maya) and race off. Taba gets to the crime scene, patrols the area, then roars the taxi through the road blocks and into the wall of the building next to the entrance.

(News coverage taken from a traffic camera.)

Taba runs up the staircase, remembering that this is what had happened to him the first time he'd encountered Kagura Co. He gets to the front door of the office and Maki starts shooting at him. He gets the gunwoman to settle down, enters the door to introduce himself again, and Eiko smashes into him. Eiko is a mess and has ceased to function anymore. Maki has to explain what had happened. The cop had approached the car, then a sniper on a nearby building shot him. Maki had run up, and the rest was history. (They also recognize the dead cop as someone that had leaked information during an earlier plotline, so the killing may have been some form of retribution against him.) As they sit in the office, deep in despair, Taba rallies them, saying that if they're going to die, they might as well die in true Kagura style, with Maki blazing madly away, Eiko rounding up tons of cash, and Yu sleeping deeply. The group thinks that this is better than doing nothing, so they start making preparations, gathering up supplies, ammo and weapons. They place the protect system seals in strategic locations around the building, then move to the next step. A few buildings away, a pack of female were-cats sit on the roof, watching. One of them asks what they should do, and another answers that Maya had told her to remain uninvolved.

Taba has Maya link through one of the monitors to a news broadcast channel, then he announces himself to the city as one member of Kagura. If the police don't want the hostage harmed, they must meet his demands, which include several bento lunches, some cat food, several cases of cigarettes (for Yu), ammo (for Maki), several hundred million dollars in old 2000 yen notes (for Eiko), and a car and a jet. The police surrounding the building get angry at the frivolity of the demands. Taba also asks to talk to Irie. In a restaurant somewhere, Irie and the other goons are eating soba, and Irie is amused at Taba's methods for getting his attention. Meanwhile Yuka, her "sister" and the CIA agent drive away from the crime scene to meet up with Yuma. Yuka is set free, but when she tries to talk, Yuma slaps her and tells her to do her part of the job. Kagura Co. is heading for another "reset", and Yuka knows what is going to come next.

(Yuma greets Yuka.)

The riot squad storms the building, but when they get to the office, it's empty. The crew had moved rooms, and they trigger the protection system seals, blowing out the floors below the riot squad one at a time. The final seals were a little too old, and they don't blow quite right, so the riot squad still gets a rough landing at the end. The smoke from the explosions gets covered by the news cameras on live TV. Yuma comments that in past resets, events had been low-key enough to be easily covered up, even when Rika had gotten involved, but what Taba is pulling is getting a little out of hand. She focuses on setting up the next version of Kagura Co.

Irie calls Taba, and gets asked two questions. The main jist is "what is the protect system for?" and what happened to the were-cats trapped in it. Seems that Yuma's father had designed part of the system, and it's kind of a prison. The removable disks can't be copied, but the captured were-cats can be released again later. According to Irie, there are two groups - those under Kuro Neko (A) and the ones that act like wild criminals (B). The conflict is between A and B, and the protect system is used by Kuro Neko to control B (more or less). Eiko wants to know where Yuka and Takami are. Irie can't answer for Yuka, Takami is a different matter. Irie says he has another call coming in and hangs up. He tells the caller to not worry - if Taba and company get too riled up, the Hounds will take care of them.

As the minutes count down, Maki wonders where Ryuu is, saying that this is exactly the kind of desperate situation that he'd loved. But Ryuu doesn't make a last-minute appearance, so she prepares to fight alone. Taba comes into the office carrying a box of scavenged snack packages. As he opens up one, he says that he knows how Takami joined the company, and now he'd like to hear Eiko's story. She says that it was nothing interesting. Just trying to escape sexual harassment, etc. When she'd arrived, the company was just a bunch of losers. Yu crawls up asking if that included her, and Eiko's answer is "you were a special case". Yu can't sleep because the floor is too hard on her breasts. Kagura Co. has been nothing but amateurs, and now they're going up against professionals. They switch topics and Taba says that the plan is to escape in the morning and start up their own version of Kagura. They try coming up with names for the new company, but a noise from a corner stops them. Taba goes over to Maya, who is a wired up mess. Taba apologizes for putting her through this, and the were-cat breaks out in tears (Yu and Eiko berate Taba for making girls cry).

Outside, Irie meets up with the leaders of the Hounds regular forces, telling them that they won't be needed; he'll take care of Kagura Co. himself, although this is one time he won't enjoy it. The Hounds leaders try to decide what to do next. And, in the office, Maya tells Taba that in order for them to break up the stalemate, she needs to be deleted so she can get into the protect system.

Summary: This volume recounts the hours leading up to the "reset" of Kagura Co. yet one more time. In previous resets, almost no one survived. This round promises to be no different. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Moyashimon, vol. 7, review

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Moyashimon, Vol. 7 - Grade: A
The scene opens with the microbes getting ready to explain the importance of eating certain kinds of foods that have healthy bacteria, such as yogurt, when an e.coli culture cuts in and asks if it's ok for them to say this. The e.coli try to convince the Lactobacillus yogurti microbes that with Japan's plan to officially designate yogurt as "healthy food", the Lactobacillus yogurti are going to have to change their name to something much longer and harder to pronounce. Hopefully that would lead to people not eating yogurt any more, making it easier for the e.coli to take over. The Lactobacillus yogurti switch into dodge ball mode and pulverize the e.coli.

On campus, Keizo is descending some steps down into a cellar from the lab, enjoying a nice cup of yogurt. Hazuki drops by to say "hi" and notices that the door is open and lab is empty. She's just about to go down the stairs when the commotion behind her distracts her. Haruka is in a rage, whipping Misato and Kawahama for spreading rumors on campus that she'd been on a date in France. Turns out that it was actually Aya who was at fault, and the group has to keep Haruka from going after her. Keizo shows up on the street so Hazuki can't go exploring after all.

Keizo announces the latest assignment - Haruka, Mutou, Misato and Kawahama are to go into the new brewery room and prepare soy beans for making soy sauce, which consists of boiling and hauling several hundred pounds of beans. Kei, Hazuki and Tada are to join Keizo in visiting a sake brewery to drop off some rice and observe the new stills they have there. At the sake brewery, Kei is overwhelmed by the idea of using such beautiful machinery.

They also swing by the Hiyoshi sake shop to view the completed renovations. Kei had eliminated the cheap beer and wine, which can be found in any convenience store, put in new doors, and changed the lighting. Rather than try to compete by selling rare and expensive sakes, his idea is to address sophisticated drinker's tastes by finding the perfect match for each customer. To help with this, he wants the younger Hiyoshi to travel Japan and send back one recommended sake per week. The younger Hiyoshi is dismayed that his grandfather also wants him out of the shop and on the road. The younger man is given a backpack and told "see you in a year!"

Grandfather Hiyoshi permits Kei to paint the name of the shop up on the new storefront sign, and Kei immediately, unconsciously, starts out spelling his own name. Which he then "x"s out and continues with "Hiyoshi Sake".

Back on campus, Mutou is covered in sweat. Hauling large trays of boiled soybeans is hard work. Misato and Kawahama are also drained. Hazuki notices that the place where she'd seen the door before is now just blank wall, then convinces herself that it was her imagination. Haruka sends her to get some starter yeast from her desk in the lab upstairs. After Hazuki returns, Keizo tells them that the process, and the yeast, for making soy sauce is actually very similar to that for making miso and nihon-shu (Japanese sake, as compared to shochu). And as such, they have to prevent outside contamination of the fermenting soy beans, so they all have to take turns watching the mash for the next few days.

There's a long explanation of the process for making soy sauce, and the different kinds of related sauces around the world. There's a mention of "light" sauce compared to "dark" sauce; two rival fermenting processes which produce sauces of lighter or darker shades, but equally strong flavors. And, after being added to the mash, the yeast microbes go crazy in a mass charge over the "battlegrounds" (there's a joke about the yeast replaying Sengoku, or "the Warring 3 Kingdoms", period in ancient China.

Kei, in goth-loli form, is just about to close up the sake shop when Yuu Kaneshiro and her grandfather walk up. They'd decided to visit Tokyo from Okinawa on the spur of the moment, and forgotten to buy gifts to hand out. They ask if Kei's willing to keep the store open a little longer for them.

("For you about to ferment, we salute you!")

The yeast recreate a scene from "Hamburger Hill", then describe the next step for making soy sauce. The boiled beans are allowed the cool, then packed into cones (or cakes). The outer wall of the cone protects the yeast at the inner core. Afterwards, the cones are broken up and put into tubs of water to continue fermenting. The POV switches to that of the humans, who are starting to rebel against Mutou (she's trying to push the rest of the group to make cones of bean paste faster, and they want her to join in on the work).

Yuu and Kei arrive at the lab, and the group abandons Mutou to talk to their friends. Yuu wants to meet this boy, "Yuuki" who supposedly looks like her, but "Yuuki" is missing. Kei introduces himself as "Hiyoshi" (no first name), and the rest of the group goes along with him on it. Grandpa Hiyoshi calls Kei on his cellphone - Grandpa Kaneshiro and Prof. Keizo have arrived at the tasting bar, and the old man wants Kei to help serve the drinks. Yuu and Mutou get into a drinking battle, with Mutou passing out while wearing Kei's headpiece. When Kei leaves the lab, Hazuki tries chasing after him with the headpiece, only to find that he'd disappeared suddenly. Hazuki suspects that there's a hidden door in the lab, and is upset that everyone is keeping secrets from her.

Hazuki grabs Tada and drags him across campus. They go to the library in the middle of the night to research the history of the school grounds. But, there were too many tunnels dug in Tokyo before, during and after the War to be able to track down any given one. They give up and return to the lab in the morning. Later, Yuu shows up wearing Mickey Mouse ears, and she gushes about having visited Disney Tokyo. She's covered in dust and sweat and wants to take a bath, but the main bath in the lab is closed off. Hazuki convinces Misato and Kawahama to let them use the big public bath located in the 2nd Year men's dorm. Of course, all the men there are desperate to peak in through the windows, and are upset that TMK (Tada, Misato and Kawahama) are standing guard with baseball bats. The men run en masse outside to look through the outer windows, and suddenly find themselves falling through a sink hole in the front lawn. They blame TMK for digging mantraps to stop them.

Hazuki and Yuu get dressed, and Hazuki realizes that the hole is part of a tunnel that may run back to the secret door in the lab. She gets Tada to use the light on his cell phone to follow the tunnel, while she stays above ground and parallels his path back to the lab. Sure enough, the tunnel ends at the secret door. The next morning, MK force Tada to talk, and the three of them try to puzzle out how to make the door open. Hazuki is happy that she's not the only one that doesn't know the secret of the tunnel door. Prof. Keizo had seen her outside the night before, and he's not happy that everyone's abandoned the soy beans to go traipsing about. He finds Hazuki alone in the lab, and gives her a lecture about the next step in the soy sauce process, which consists of adding a different mold to the liquid to alter the fermentation and eliminate the alcohol building up.

(Discovering the hidden tunnel running under the campus.)

Haruka comes back from having spent a few unpleasant days at home, and sits next to Misato out in front of the lab building. She'd just had dinner at a French restaurant, and the food didn't compare to what Marie had made for them. Thinking about it, she enjoyed her time in France with TMK, and she wants to treat them with a meal of their choice, plus drinks. Hasegawa mentioning drinking puts Misato into a blind panic. Yuu takes this moment to try to lock up the door, and Haruka and Misato run into the building out of embarrassment. Hazuki then asks Haruka about the secret door, and even Keizo's primary researcher knows nothing about it.

(Making miso versus shoyu (soy sauce).)

Tada mentions the 7 "big rumors" that every campus has, as told to him by Aya. The group starts speculating about what Keizo had done during the war, and the suspicion that there's something "evil" in the tunnel grows. Hazuki also needs a change of clothing, and she borrows a leather outfit from Hasegawa. Leather and chains look good on her, and the rest of the group calls her "leader", and as leader, Hazuki declares that they should explore the tunnel.

Surprisingly, Keizo had forgotten to close the door this time, and it's standing wide open. The group hesitates over going into the darkness, so Hazuki has Yuu dress up in Kei's goth-loli outfit to imitate him, and orders Yuu into the tunnel. A few minutes later, Yuu backs back out, with the real Kei and Keizo following her up the stairs. Confronted by the unruly mob, Keizo explains what's been going on - he's using the constant temperature of the tunnels to brew his own beer, with Kei's help. Additionally, old man Hiyoshi had originally been a brewer before opening up his sake shop, and he'd had the tunnels dug to connect his shop to various customers around campus. The main tunnel entrance comes up beneath the sake store.

(Yuu and Yuuki)

Hazuki is crushed. She'd thought that she'd found something interesting, and the result is that she now looks foolish. Tada decides to let her in on his own secret, and shows that he can see the microbes growing in the miso fermentation room. Hazuki doesn't believe him, but thanks him for cheering her up, anyway. Then it's time for Yuu to go back to Okinawa. As she's being seen off at the gates, she comments that both the Hiyoshi girl and Kei Yuuki are missing, so she's a bit miffed. Then Kei walks up sans goth-loli outfit, as a guy, and introduces himself to Yuu. The group is stunned to see him "naked" and just keep staring at him. Kei gives Yuu a bottle of the sake made by his family back home (Kei's family owns a sake brewery), and then Yuu is gone.

The omake section at the end has the microbes describing how to make mirin (a kind of Japanese cooking sake).

Summary: You should know by now - Prof. Keizo's team makes soy sauce and discovers his hidden brewery. Highly recommended!