Ramen at the Beach
After their fun in the sun, (Captain) and company go to the beach house for some ramen. There, Ippatsu finds that a bowl of ramen could be too hot for a young girl like Sara. He wonders if there is some way to solve this problem.
Ippatsu. A voracious fanatic and connoisseur of a dish known as ramen.
He once traveled all of Phantegrande in search of ingredients for a ramen master.
But that master has gone to a skydom beyond. Ippatsu now seeks to cross the Grim Basin to find him.
Ippatsu: I've gathered all the ingredients I could, but I've yet to find an airship that can take me to the ramen master.
Ippatsu: And attempts to contact the Luminary Knight that took him there have been... unfruitful.
Ippatsu: But! By travelling with you, there's hope to meet the master yet!
(Captain) welcomed Ippatsu with open arms, taking him in as one of the crew.
(Captain) and company head to Auguste for some rest and relaxation after their adventures.
After checking into Siero's beach house, the crew wastes no time heading to the beach.
Ippatsu: Lyria! Are you all right?
Lyria: Hehe, I'm okay! That wave was just bigger than I expected!
Lyria lies on the soft seashore, looking all too delighted for someone who just lost balance. (Captain) helps her to her feet.
Vyrn: Whew! I don't know about you guys, but I'm whipped! I need a break from all this fun.
Ippatsu: I'll second that. All this swimming's made me a tad chilly.
Lyria: Oh! How about we head back to the beach house then!
No version of Sara
Sara and Volenna said they'd meet us there once they're back from Kaz's place.
Ippatsu: A splendid idea, Lyria!
Ippatsu: This sounds like the perfect opportunity to try the ramen there!
Vyrn: Whoa, they have ramen? I never even noticed. You're good!
Ippatsu: Heh! I'm always on the lookout for ramen! No time better spent than on ramen, after all!
Ippatsu: Well then, what are we waiting for!
Ippatsu: Ramen! Ready or not, here we come!
No version of Sara
Lyria! (Captain)! Sorry, hope we didn't keep you waiting...
Volenna: Apologies. We lost track of the time.
Lyria: No, no! Great timing, actually! We just got here too!
Sierokarte: Ooh, customers! Can I get you anything?
Ippatsu: Ramen! Ramen for me, please!
Sierokarte: Okie dokie! One bowl of ramen coming right up! You sure do love your ramen, Ippatsu!
Ippatsu: Guilty as charged. Broth is my blood and soup is my soul!
Vyrn: Aww, now I wanna try some too... Siero! One more for me, please!
Sara: I've never heard of this ramen dish before, but um... I think I'll give it a try too.
Ippatsu's enthusiasm ends up convincing everyone that they want some ramen as well.
The first bowl of steaming hot ramen hits the table. Ippatsu pounces on it and slurps it with gusto.
Ippatsu: Mmm! Ooh, mmm!
Ippatsu: Ahh! Amazing!
Ippatsu: Stock from free-range local fowl! Seasoned to perfection with sea salt!
Ippatsu: Served hot enough to warm you up from the inside out.
Ippatsu: I can't say it trumps the ramen master's work, but it certainly is a most delightful bowl of ramen.
Ippatsu: After a long swim, it's just what one needs!
Ippatsu: This is what I call ramen!
Sara: Wow, is it that good?
Ippatsu: Why, of course! Go on, try for yourself!
Ippatsu: Big slurps, now!
Sara: Oh, um... like how you did just now?
Volenna: Careful, Sara. Make sure it's not too hot for you.
Sara: All right, I will... Here goes nothing!
Sara: Wow! This is great! You need to try this, Volenna! Open up, here comes the yum yum train!
Volenna: Haha, now what have I told you about spoonfeeding your elders, young lady?
Lyria: It's good, right? And we all have Ippatsu to thank! If not for him, we'd never have known about—
Vyrn: Ippatsu? You okay? You're usually goin' crazy when you find a new ramen buddy.
Ippatsu: Huh? Oh! Of course! Of course!
Ippatsu: It's a fine day for me indeed when a new soul discovers the joys of ramen!
Ippatsu: However, I believe I've come to realize its weakness.
Lyria: Um... You mean, ramen's weakness?
Ippatsu: Yes. You see, ramen is best eaten when it's absolutely piping-hot.
Ippatsu: And while one can cool it, blow on it before each bite, or slurp...
Ippatsu: For the uninitiated, ramen can be a touch too hot for comfort.
Lyria: Hmm. Yeah, I guess so! It was pretty tough for me when I first tried it.
Ippatsu: If only there was some kind of ramen that wasn't hot...
Ippatsu: Would it be possible to create such a dish?
(Captain) and the others exchange glances as Ippatsu drifts deep into thought.
Ramen that anyone can enjoy... Can Ippatsu give life to this impossible idea?
Ippatsu's journey, as he shall soon find, has only just begun.
A Man and His Ramen
Much to Ippatsu's horror, the beach house is unable to serve ramen due to a delay in a shipment of ingredients. Ippatsu, (Captain), and the crew set out to find the delivery and right this terrible wrong.
(Captain) and company continue to relax in Auguste.
Today, Ippatsu once again brings the crew to the beach house for some ramen.
Ippatsu: Siero! A round of ramen, please!
Sierokarte: I'm sorry... I'm afraid ramen is off the menu for today.
Ippatsu: Why... How... What in the sky is the meaning of this!
Sierokarte: Well, I expected my ingredients to come in today, but the skyfarers in charge of the delivery still aren't here yet.
Lyria: Oh my. Is something wrong? I hope they're okay.
Sierokarte mentions that she needs someone to find out what happened.
Ippatsu: I got that! Let me take care of it.
Ippatsu: I can't live without ramen! If you don't get your delivery...
Ippatsu: It's as much my problem as it is yours!
Ippatsu: We'll find your skyfarers and your ingredients!
Sierokarte: Are you sure? I mean, you're all here on vacation...
Ippatsu: Please, (Captain)! We have to help!
Vyrn: Oh boy, there's no stopping him when he gets like this. Siero, don't worry! We'll go with Ippatsu and see what we can find out!
Sierokarte: Oh, thank you so much! I'll get you some goodies when you get back!
Ippatsu: Say no more, Siero!
Ippatsu: Come on everyone, there's no time to lose! We've got some ramen to catch!
Sierokarte hands (Captain) a map of the delivery route and the crew heads out to begin their search.
A Man and His Ramen: Scene 2
(Captain) and company find the missing deliverymen and help them carry their payload to the beach house. Despite their good fortune, Ippatsu's elation is short-lived, as they hear that a crucial ingredient was lost in a monster attack.
Vyrn: Hey, look! Some dudes are haulin' a busted up cart!
Ippatsu: By the eggs of Odin, you're right! We've found our missing men!
(Captain) and company rush toward the two weary cart-pullers.
Ippatsu: You there! Are you two all right?
Skyfarer Sam: Huh? Who are—
Ippatsu: You may not know us, but we certainly know you. Siero sent us to check on her delivery!
Skyfarer Bob: Oh, you must be from the beach house! I'm so sorry we're late. We were on our way here when monsters came out of nowhere...
Skyfarer Sam: We managed to get out alive, but I can't say the same for our haul. The cart's on its last legs, and we lost one of the crates to those fiends.
Lyria: You poor things... It's all right. We'll help you carry your boxes. The important thing is that you're safe!
Skyfarer Bob: Oh, I can't thank you enough. I didn't think we'd ever make it. It's a miracle that the cart got this far at all.
Ippatsu: Hah! Our captain here eats those little beasties for brunch!
Ippatsu: Speaking of meals! Let's get back to the shack and have ourselves some ramen, shall we?
Skyfarer Bob: Um, about that... I don't think you'd be able to make that ramen stuff even if we got this back to the beach house.
Ippatsu: No, no, no, no! What are you saying?
Skyfarer Sam: W-well, you see, the crate the monsters took contained one of the ramen ingredients. I think it was consu or kanzo or something.
Ippatsu: Kansui? Was it the kansui?
Skyfarer Sam: I'm sorry. I did an inventory check after the attack and there's no mistaking it.
Presented with this grim fact, Ippatsu crumples to the ground, a forlorn look on his face.
Ippatsu: It can't be...
Vyrn: Aw, crud... I knew this would happen. C'mon Ippatsu, let's get you back to the beach house. You can lie down there.
Ippatsu: My ramen... My ramen!
Lyria: Oh no! Ippatsu, watch out!
As Ippatsu wobbles to his feet, monsters slowly close in, attracted by the scent of the cart's contents.
Ippatsu: I'll have you know, I'm ramen-deprived and not at all in a good mood right now!
Ippatsu: Why'd you take it away! Why!
In a fit of rage, Ippatsu continues to bark furiously at the beasts.
Ippatsu: I've been looking forward to it all day, and you just had to ruin everything!
Ippatsu: You're gonna pay for this! All of you!
Ippatsu: Give me back my ramen! Give it back!
Vyrn: He's gone ballistic! Guys, after him before he gets hurt!
A Man and His Ramen: Scene 3
Ippatsu, (Captain), and the crew attempt to make their very own ramen with the ingredients they have. By a stroke of luck and Ippatsu's guidance, a brand new type of ramen is born: reimen, or cold noodles.
Ippatsu: Oh ramen... Dear sweet ramen...
Skyfarer Sam: Whoa! Hey, hang in there ramen guy! Look, we're almost at the beach house!
Sierokarte: What's wrong, Ippatsu? Are you hurt?
Lyria: He's feeling down because we can't make ramen now.
Sierokarte: Oh no! Did something happen to the ingredients?
Ippatsu: I'm afraid so...
Ippatsu: Oh dear, it's such an awful, dreadful tale.
With teary eyes and a shaky voice, Ippatsu tells of the events that transpired.
Ippatsu: Sob... Sob...
Lyria: Um, Siero? Can we make ramen without that kansui stuff?
Sierokarte: Hmm, only one way to find out! Go ahead and use the beach house kitchen! Feel free to use any ingredients we have!
Lyria: Wow, really? Thanks Siero! Come on (Captain), let's make some ramen!
Vyrn: Now we're talkin'! Let's get to work, Ippatsu!
Skyfarer Bob: Count us in, too! We lost the kansui in the first place. It's the least we can do.
Ippatsu: You guys...
(Captain) reaches out a hand to help Ippatsu up from the ground.
Ippatsu: Sniffle... Thank you, all of you!
Ippatsu: We can do this! Let's go!
Ippatsu and the crew set forth to create their very own ramen. What follows is a long process of trial and error.
Skyfarer Bob: Heads up! Another batch of noodles comin' in!
Ippatsu: Right, then! Let's see...
Ippatsu: Hmm, these are a little too crumbly.
Skyfarer Sam: How about these? Fresh off the boil!
Ippatsu: Hmm, the texture isn't quite right.
(Captain) and company try every combination of ingredients they can think of. But, the perfect recipe for noodles worthy of ramen continues to elude them.
Vyrn: We're nearly out of flour!
Lyria: Oh no... What're we going to do, (Captain)? We can't make noodles without flour.
After much deliberation, (Captain) decides to mix the flour with potato starch.
Lyria: Hey, these noodles become kinda see-through when you boil them! That's so weird!
Lyria and (Captain) exchange puzzled looks for a moment. They present Ippatsu with the strange noodles.
Ippatsu: Hmm? Well, I've never seen noodles quite like these before.
Ippatsu: White and translucent noodles. They're just beautiful. Let's see how they taste, shall we?
Ippatsu: Hm? Hmm!
Ippatsu: Why, this is amazing!
Ippatsu: What texture! What taste! It's smooth and soft, yet strong and firm!
Ippatsu: Captain! Run these noodles under some cold water!
Vyrn: Uhh, you sure you wanna do that? Won't the soup get all cold and stuff?
Ippatsu: Please, trust me!
Hesistantly, (Captain) does so, and pours the soup stock over the cooled noodles.
Ippatsu: But, with such unique noodles, this broth just won't do!
Ippatsu: We need something with impact!
(Captain) and the rest of the gang take turns tasting the noodles and broth.
Skyfarer Sam: Hmm, it's true. The broth's taste just sort of fades away after a while.
Skyfarer Bob: Yeah, it feels like we need something really spicy or salty, something strong.
Ippatsu: Hmm... Strong...
Ippatsu: That's it!
Ippatsu: What this needs is some spice and some vinegar!
Ippatsu dashes to the spice cabinet and back and adds some new ingredients to the broth.
Ippatsu: Try it now!
He pours the new broth onto the noodles and places it in front of everyone.
Lyria: Here goes nothing! Mmm! It's a little sour, but the broth tastes a lot stronger now.
Skyfarer Bob: Wow! I've never tasted anything like this in my life! I could get used to this!
The combination of firm noodles with spicy and sour soup gives birth to a completely new type of flavor.
Ippatsu: (Captain)! Do you realize what we've done?
Ippatsu: This... This could change the world of ramen forever!
Ippatsu: Cold soup and cold noodles! Ramen the sky has never seen before!
Ippatsu: We need to give this discovery a name!
Ippatsu: Yes... We'll call it reimen!
Skyfarer Sam: Reimen! This'll be perfect for hot summer days!
Ippatsu: Right you are!
Ippatsu: And if ramen is too hot for someone, now they can have reimen!
Ippatsu: Thank you, (Captain)! Thank you!
And so, the cold broth and translucent noodle creation was named reimen.
After seeing it for herself, Sierokarte wastes no time in adding the new dish to the beach house menu.
The contrast between hot ramen and cold reimen allows the two to become extremely popular.
Sierokarte: Ippatsu, (Captain)! Here's your reimen!
Ippatsu: Yes! Finally!
Ippatsu: I'll have a bowl of ramen after this reimen, and then a bowl of reimen after that ramen!
Ippatsu: Perpetual joy!
Vyrn: Man, you sure can eat! I'm getting full just watching!
Ippatsu: You can never have too much ramen!
Ippatsu: I hope one day I can present this new dish to the ramen master!
Ippatsu: I'm sure the master would take this dish and make something completely unimaginable...
Ippatsu: Oh, I can't wait!
Ippatsu stares wistfully into space for a moment, then goes back to slurping his noodles with great enthusiasm.
All the while, he hopes against hope to see the ramen master once more. If they ever meet again, they might change ramen history forever.