VIDEO GAME EXCERPT (SCRIPT)


Nozomi's character introduction from early on in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, the first project I worked on at Atlus.

EXT. UENO UNDERGROUND ENTRANCE

NANASHI and ASAHI head toward the stairs leading down to the safety of Ueno's underground district.

GIRL'S VOICE
Hey! Hold up you guys!

A WOMAN IN RED rushes up to them, blocking the stairs.

WOMAN
A-Are you two here about the quest?

ASAHI
Oh! Are you Nozomi, our client?

WOMAN
Huh? Oh, uh, yeah-- that's me! Questgiver Nozomi!

There's something off about this woman, but Asahi plays it cool.

ASAHI
Right. Well. Let's get down to business.
Gimme the deets—the who, what, where... I mean, the only thing
your request says is that we need to stop a fight.

NOZOMI?
Yeah, in the Fairy Forest!

ASAHI
The Fairy Forest? Never heard of that. This is a place in Tokyo?

NOZOMI?
Yeah! You can get to the Fairy Forest using a Terminal.

ASAHI
A Terminal? But you can only travel to places
you’ve already registered at...  And we’ve never been
to the Fairy Forest, so using a Terminal wouldn’t work for us.

NOZOMI?
No problem! We can use Nozomi’s smartphone!
I borrowed it from Nozomi.

ASAHI
Uh, so... You’re going to take us there?

NOZOMI?
I'm not Nozomi-- I meeeaaan... Yes! I’m Nozomi.
Nozomi is me.

Asahi narrows her eyes and peers at the woman.

NOZOMI?
Anyway... About that quest! Nozo—I’M in trouble!

ASAHI
Right. Well. This is more than a little suspicious.
What do you think, Nanashi?

Nanashi suggests they help, regardless of the all the weirdness.

NOZOMI?
You'll help? Wow, thank you so much!

ASAHI
Haha, well, don’t thank us just yet. Haven’t even gotten started!

NOZOMI?
Let's head over to the Terminal, then!
Ueno’s Terminal is at the far end of
the underground district.

"Nozomi" leads Asahi and Nanashi through the Ueno underground and to the Terminal room. Inside is like stepping into a bubble made of metal framework built around a central platform and computer.

NOZOMI?
Here it is.

ASAHI
Lemme just register the Ueno Terminal with my phone real quick...

DAGDA
This is... taking too long. How ‘bout I just do it for you, kid?

Dagda manipulates Nanashi’s smartphone so that the Ueno Terminal registers automatically.

SYSTEM VOICE
Entering search mode... Scanning... Link established.
Terminal successfully added.
You may now travel between registered Terminals.

ASAHI
Remember, you can only transport to
Terminals you’ve already registered. And you can only
register new terminals in person. Good thing Dad
already registered Kinshicho Terminal for us.

NAVARRE
A device that only takes you places you’ve already been?
Not exactly adventurous.

NOZOMI?
Here, use Nozomi's phone-- I mean, my phone--
to get us to the Fairy Forest.

"Nozomi" hands Nanashi her smartphone.

ASAHI
Are you... Giving this to us?

NOZOMI?
You can't have it. It's Nozomi's. Give it back later.

ASAHI
Right... Of course.

NOZOMI?
Okay, then. Select "Yoyogi"!

Nanashi accesses the Terminal using Nozomi’s smartphone. The inside of the sphere surrounding them lights up in a blinding pale orange. Moments later, they’re transported instantaneously to an identical-looking room.

SYSTEM VOICE
Transport complete.

EXT. YOYOGI

The group leaves the Terminal only to find themselves in an otherworldly dreamscape-- YOYOGI, the Fairy Forest. A sea of pink-leafed cherry blossom trees stretch as far as the eye can see, at the center of which towers one massive prunus matriarch.

ASAHI
That is one biiig cherry blossom tree...
Wonder how tall it is.

NOZOMI?
I know, right?

"Nozomi" nods to herself with a sense of accomplishment. Just then, a shotgun-wielding woman who looks a HELLUVA LOT like "Nozomi" wanders into the scene.

WOMAN
Hm? You people...

NOZOMI?
Heeeey, Nozomi!

"Nozomi" suddenly transforms into the fairy, NAPAEA. She jumps on the red-clad newcomer.

NOZOMI
It's called personal space, Napaea! Back it up, homegirl!

NAVARRE
Gah! She's... She's a fairy!

Asahi readies her smartphone.

ASAHI
A demon! Is this some kind of trap!

NOZOMI
Hold the phone-- are you two Hunters? Wait! Everyone settle down.
Napaea’s harmless. She’s nothing like the angels and demons
you’re probably used to. We’re not part of that whole mess.
We just want to eke out a peaceful life here.

ASAHI
...And you are?

NOZOMI
I'm Nozomi. The real Nozomi. Leader of the fairy folk.

ASAHI
You're a human...in charge of the fairy forest?

NOZOMI
Long story. Gist is, in order to save the fairies,
I inherited their queen’s powers. But I used to be a Hunter,
just like you.
(beat)
And a photographer. On the side.

NAVARRE
On the side? Balderdash!
One isn’t the King of Mikado and a custodian!

NOZOMI
Who asked you, Slimer? Can't a queen have hobbies?

NAVARRE
Wait... You can see me?

NOZOMI
And hear you. What's the deal with the
strange pompadour poltergeist, anyhow?

NAVARRE
A strange pompa... Pompad... Strange and pompous, am I?
Allow me to show you strange and pompous!

ASAHI
Who... are you talking to?

NOZOMI
Uh... Your pal here's being haunted by a little green ghosty.

ASAHI
What!? Nanashi, are you--

NAVARRE
Little? I am incorporeal! Height is of no matter
to the great Samurai Navarre!

NOZOMI
...The great Samurai Navarre. Sorry.

ASAHI
What's he doing!? Is Nanashi okay!?

Nozomi shoots Navarre a sidelong glance.

NAVARRE
I'm... The thing is... I’m mentoring the boy! Indeed!
I’m his own private guiding light! Without me, why he’d be
a leaf in the wind: directionless, hopeless, and dead!

Nozomi raises an eyebrow.

NOZOMI
Seems pretty harmless.