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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
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Location: DDD Stage
(A few days later, right before the beginning of the second DDD’s latter half)
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Alright, everything’s been going well so far.

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Actually, I feel like everything’s been going too well.

It was way too uneventful — we were able to win and stay on until the latter half without breaking a sweat; it’s almost anticlimactic.

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Hey, uneventfulness is better, isn’t it? I'd rather spare myself from dealing with anything troublesome, thanks.

I’m telling you, the first DDD was just too out of the ordinary — you were confined by Sena-senpai at the beginning and stuff, Makoto.

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Was everything alright this time, Yuuki?

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No, wait, what kinda person do you guys think he is...? Besides, I’m pretty sure Izumi-san has also been thinking about how he doesn’t want to repeat his mistakes this time.

According to the info on the net, he’s getting along and working hard with everyone in Knights.

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Yeah. I didn't even ask, but Ritsu contacted me anyway and told me the same thing.

I thought Knights, as our rivals, would come and pick a fight with us, going, “This is our real return match~” and stuff.

But nothing like that happened, and it actually seems like they don’t really have any interest in us; I’m almost feeling a little lonely.

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Nope… I’m not lonely — on the contrary, I’m glad they didn’t try anything funny.

If we keep going like this, I think this time we’ll really be able to stand on stage together from the very start to the very end.

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Yeah. That makes me so happy I can barely express it in words.

I’m glad we held another DDD — although I guess it is a bit of a shame that there weren't really any challenges this time around.

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That just means we’ve also grown.

Actually, we did have luck on our side during the first DDD ‘cause all the powerhouses went against each other or were in poor condition, but we still managed to advance to the final stage even without Hokuto.

We’re strong. I believe that, and I know that. And the people of the world think that of us too; we won at SS and stuff, after all.

That’s why everyone’s afraid of us, and no one’s really challenging us to a battle.

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That’s true. That’s why we’ve just been having a bunch of easy fights without any disturbances really occurring — even though the live we had last spring was also a DDD, absolutely everything’s different this time.

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From what I’ve seen online, fine and Yumenosaki Academy’s other powerhouse units are pretty much in similar situations.

During the first DDD, everybody went on an all-out attack to prod at the sickly Tenshouin-senpai’s weak spot.

But it doesn’t look like anyone’s gone with that strategy this time.

Even though it isn’t as if they’ll be forced to retire if they lose, and our scores are just going to be comprehensively calculated.

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Well, I’m pretty sure no one wants the embarrassment of losing. Tenshouin-senpai’s probably feeling disappointed by how he hasn’t been able to fight a worthy opponent too, though.

The latter half, just like Star Fest and the like, isn’t going to be units going against each other; we’re each just going to perform our own lives…

So it appears that we won’t be able to have a showdown that's even somewhat like a proper battle at all.

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Isn’t that pretty nice, though? It feels like we’ve entered peaceful times. On the contrary, all the Yumenosaki Academy DreamFests so far have been too war-like.

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Mmph. But I’m bored.

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Why’re you getting all hot-blooded like that…? All the fans probably want to see this kinda thing instead of idols crushing each other, don’t cha think?

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Probably. And this time, units from other schools and agencies are participating, so —

Even if we did do this as a Yumenosaki-style survival game, it’d probably only end in a single party's self-satisfaction.

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Yeah, the Rebirth Live we participated in as Rain-bows was also more or less like that.

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Ahaha, we’ve gotta hurry up and get used to it, too — to the new era.

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Heeeey! Don't get all hyped up without us, you three — let us join in too! C'mon, c'mon!

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What are you, a kid? I’ve told you countless times to not repeat the same words over and over again, haven’t I, Akehoshi?

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Eeeh? It’s fine, isn’t it? It’s just one of my quirks. Can you, like, not reject stuff just ‘cause you don’t like it, Hokke?

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I didn’t really mean to reject it. If that’s how it sounded to you, that just means you have something on your conscience.

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Now, now… Don’t fight, you two. It looks like we’ll finally be able to have a live with a peaceful ending, so don’t start trouble at the very end.

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Eh, huh? Anzu’s with you? Subaru~ I was just thinking about how I didn’t see you anywhere — where’d you sneak off to with Anzu?

You cheeky little… Even though you always look like you're not into that kinda stuff~ ♪

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…Sari, you seriously act like an old man sometimes.

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Eh, for real?! What did I do?!

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Fufu, thanks for your hard work, Anzu-chan.

I got exempted from most of my Broadcasting Committee stuff ‘cause I’m performing, but you’ve had it hard this time too, haven’t you?

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Yeah, don’t push yourself too much. I’m worried about you.

From what I’ve heard, the Producer Association or something is going to perfectly support you this time, so your burdens have probably lightened a little, though.

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Nah… Standing at the top and organizing all the operations has a different kind of difficulty to it, don’t you think?

Anzu might actually not be too good with that kinda stuff?

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She’s not used to it, so it’s hard for her to act with authority… I’m pretty much the same; giving out orders at the Broadcasting Committee or the Tennis Club is really tough.

I just keep realizing how amazing Nito-senpai was.

It looks like he’s participating in this DDD too, so maybe I should go and ask him for some tips and tricks after this.

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Ah, yup, seems so? Shinonon wrote about it on social media! He looked super happy~ To the point that a smile burst out on my face too ♪

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Fufu. I also saw that. Tomoya was in the picture too and he looked really happy as well.

I was worried because Nito-senpai said that he’ll be suspending his idol activities, but it didn’t look like they were talking about anything that serious.

Translation: haranami
Proofreading: gigi
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