Masahiro is slowly recovering.
(Masahiro: Mokkun, why did you have to go? How am I going to level up now?)
Despite not being fully recovered, Masahiro decides to go out that night anyway. He meets up with the Demon Carriage and the minor Pokemon.
Masahiro: If I stay in bed too long, somebody will take my place as main character! Please take me to Kifune so that I can advance the plot instead.
Masahiro is taken to Kifune, where he talks with Takao.
Masahiro: Please, tell me how I can get Guren to rejoin my party.
Takao: Well, it’s not actually supposed to be possible since he’s been engulfed by evil and in danger of turning into a hideous monster, but I’m sure the power of love or some such plot contrivance will save the day.
Takao: Not that it matters if he dies anyway- he’ll just revive again, albeit without his memories of this series. Of course, not everyone would consider that a bad thing, but again, I’m sure you can defy the rules with special plot powers.
Masahiro: I will! I won’t let Mokkun die!
Takao: What a shame- if you clear him out of your party, there’ll be a spare slot for me and my amazing powers to join.
As Masahiro passes out, Kouchin appears to collect him.
Kouchin: He doesn’t need you in his party- he has us.
(Kouchin: The last thing we need is someone else competing for screen time!)
A few days later, Masahiro’s stamina bar has started to refill, so he decides to go to the Onmyou dorms.
Toshitsugu: Masahiro, you don’t look well- you should go home and rest up so that we supporting characters can have your screen time.
As Masahiro goes home, his brother Narichika approaches him.
Narichika: Hey brother, can you come over to my house so that my family can have some screen time?
(Masahiro: Screen time, screen time, screen time- what is their obsession?)
Later, Masahiro goes to Kifune again.
Masahiro: Look, I’ve thought it over, and I’m going to as you to join my party after all- that way I can seriously level up.
Takao: Well, since I’m Level 99 already, I’ve decided not to bother actually joining the party- I’ll just give you this special ability, Flame of Kagutsuchi.
Masahiro: What is this, Mai-HiME?
Takao: I wish- now, you’ll also need to equip Suzaku’s sword in order to use it.
Masahiro goes home to talk to Seimei.
Masahiro: Grandfather, I’ve been given special God Mode powers in order to defeat the final boss.
Seimei: I see.
(Seimei: Damn! This is the last nail in the coffin of my plan to become the main character!)
Masahiro makes preparations for the final dungeon.
Masahiro: Okay Mum, I’m going.
Mother: Okay dear.
Masahiro: Don’t you care about where I’m going, or how I got hurt last time?
Mother: Not really, no.
Masahiro equips Black Robe and Seimei’s Beads.
Seimei: Since you’re the main character, I’ll just leave this incredibly difficult and life-threatening mission to you. Good luck.
Masahiro and the Shinshou leave.
To be continued…