Dorayaki is a type of Japanese confection, a red-bean pancake which consists of two small pancake-like patties made from castella wrapped around a filling of sweet azuki bean paste.
The original Dorayaki consisted of only one layer. Its current shape was invented in 1914 by Usagiya in the Ueno district of Tokyo.
In Japanese, dora means "gong", and because of the similarity of the shapes, this is probably the origin of the name of the sweet. Legend has it that the first Dorayaki was made when a samurai named Benkei forgot his gong (dora) upon leaving a farmer's home where he was hiding and the farmer subsequently used the gong to fry the pancakes, thus the name Dorayaki.
Haru thought to create dorayaki since he was in the mood for it. He had perfected his recipe since if he came to the world of Doraemon then he might able to bribe Doraemon with his dorayaki and asked him a lot of gadgets, but well, he wasn't even sure whether he would able to enter the world of Doraemon in the future.
Tabane, Sumire, and Charlotte ate their dorayaki happily. Fuuko also ate it, but her mood wasn't good, especially when she learned that the four of them were going to challenge the Imperial Palace, however, it didn't slow down her speed to eat her dorayaki.
The Imperial Palace is a place located in the heart of Tokyo. It is heavily defended by the Four Gods outside the palace and guards all over inside. Genbu of the North, Seiryuu of the East, Byakko of the West and Suzaku of the South. These beasts have special abilities.
The palace itself is an anomaly. Brain Burst uses image data from social cameras to construct battlefields. However, there are no such cameras in the palace itself. Thus, it would have been impossible for the interior of the palace to exist. Despite that, it did. It was also confirmed that the palace was also at the center of Brain Burst's predesessor, Accel Assault 2038 and successor, Cosmos Corrupt 2040.
"You know how dangerous that place is?!" Fuuko was quite agitated when Haru mentioned the Imperial Palace.
"You've been there, Fuuko?" Sumire asked while eating her dorayaki.
Fuuko nodded and said, "I'll tell you more about this place so I hope that you can stop thinking about clearing that place."
The four of them said it at the same time. Their quest was to clear the Imperial Palace, they knew that it would be difficult, but they didn't care much.
Fuuko felt complicated since in the past, she also challenged the Imperial Palace, but she came back with a disastrous defeat. She sighed and said, "Let me tell you about my past."
"Yes, in the past, I was a member of Nega Nebula."
Fuuko looked at their reaction and seemed that they didn't really understand. She sighed and felt a bit complicated, but at the same time, she had to admit the taste of dorayaki was very delicious. She looked at Haru grudgingly and wondered whether he was trying to fatten her. If she really became fat then she was going to ask about his responsibility in the future.
Haru didn't know what Fuuko was thinking and asked, "So you're part of this Legion?"
Fuuko nodded and said, "Yes, the King of this Legion is the Black King."
"Oh, that Black Lotus?"
Of course, the return of the Black King was quite famous, together with the Silver Crow, their appearance of both of them shocked the "brain burst".
With both the "Pets" and the return of the Black King, a lot of players in the "brain burst" thought that there would be a huge battle happening in this game.
"So what happens? From what I know from my friends, this Black Lotus betrayed the other Six Kings, right?" Haru said. He often communicated with Foil Bolt who he had met on his first battle since that guy knew a lot of things about "brain burts". He didn't see any harm in expanding his network, especially on someone who knew a lot of information such as Foil Bolt.
"That's the case, but actually, I retired before that accident happened."
Fuuko suddenly remembered something that wasn't good in the past.
"So is it one of the reasons why your relationship with Kuroyukihime isn't good?" Haru asked.
Fuuko seemed surprised and asked, "How did you know?" She had never talked about Kuroyukihime's identity and wondered where he had learned it.
"I don't know the identity of Kuroyukihime, but I can tell that she's a player on the "brain burst" and from your reaction, she's probably a Black Lotus," Haru said.
Fuuko was speechless and quickly said, "Don't ever hurt her!"
"I won't, you don't need to worry," Haru said and looked at Fuuko with sincere expression.
Both of them stared at each other and somehow Fuuko's cheek started to blush. She had known him for quite a long time and she knew about his personality very well. She knew that he wouldn't do something which hurt her friend or herself.
"Cough! Cough! Why don't you continue your talk?" Charlotte asked.
"Oh, right!" Fuuko was a bit embarrassed and said, "In the past, in the Nega Nebula, I'm also part of the Elements."
"Elements is a group of four elemental-themed Burst Linkers who served under the Black Lotus. I'm also one of its members."
"So you've stopped playing because of the attempt on clearing the Imperial Palace?" Tabane asked.
"You don't understand the terror of the Imperial Palace."
Fuuko sighed and said, "One of my friends, the Elementalist's members returned to Level 1 because of the ability of Seryuu...." She told them the great details of each of the abilities of the The Four Gods on the Imperial Palace. Each of the Four Gods (Genbu of the North, Seiryuu of the East, Byakko of the West, and Suzaku of the South) had a special ability. In addition to having game-breaking mechanics and ridiculously strong attacks, they would heal and buff each other if left alone which made it even more impossible to defeat it.
Listening to Fuuko's explanation, Haru realized how ridiculously strong the Four Gods were, especially their healing ability when they were being left alone. He knew that the four of them needed to face each of the Four Gods alone which was quite complicated. After pondering for a while, he felt that it was necessary to level up to Level 9 before he decided to clear up the Imperial Palace.
If it was really impossible then he might think to use his hacking ability to clear the game. Thinking about the creator of the game, he also found her tail and he was wondering why he created such a game.
Yes, the creator of "brain burst" is a woman!
Haru was a bit surprised, but he regained his bearing, especially when there were a lot of powerful women beside him.
"So are you really going to challenge the Imperial Palace?"
Fuuko hoped her explanation would stop them from doing something stupid.
They answered at the same time.
Fuuko was speechless when she heard they didn't change their decision and at the same time, she smiled wryly since she also understood their personality very well. But even so, she tried to stop them.
"We might not do it right away, but we might do it when we have become Level 9," Haru said.
Fuuko raised her eyebrow and asked, "Do you think that it is so easy to become Level 9?"
Haru didn't hesitate in his words.
Fuuko sighed and understood why she loved this guy.
"Well, I'll help you guys."
Frankly, Fuuko also wanted to challenge the Imperial Palace again since she hated how helpless she was in the past and at the same time, she also hoped for them to be able to clear it.
"I'll tell you about the requirement to clear the Imperial Palace and my experience."
They nodded and listened to Fuuko's experience while sipping a warm tea to help their digestion system.
They had to admit that they had gained a lot of things after they lived in this world, their weight too, of course.