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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
First Dreams - hurray for a normal day 2
Location: Gymnasium
(Sometime later.)
Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Alright, here we go--

Woah--! Was the gym’s heater always this heavy? Man, you're not even breaking a sweat carrying this thing, huh?

Yo, you “kind and strong guy”~♪

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Please don’t… Morisawa-senpai may say that to me often, but I don't really feel like it fits me...

I’m not kind or anything, though I do feel like I’ve gained some arm strength thanks to helping out my family’s grocery......

Actually, Isara-senpai, aren’t you usually carrying heavy things around...?

So if this feels too heavy for you to carry, then that must mean you’re still physically tired, doesn’t it…?

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ohhh, maybe? Guess I can’t really tell on my own, huh~?

Alright, here's good enough. I'm setting this side down now~, don't let your feet get caught.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Um, I'm not some stupid kid, y’know... One, two, three!

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Alrighty, and now we've just gotta plug it in~.

We don't really use the kerosene types anymore, huh… I gotta say, it feels a little empty without that one-of-a-kind smell.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Yeah... It seems like they're doing repairs here and there, so there's a lot of things that're being replaced with newer models...

But you'd know more about that than I would since you're in the Student Council, wouldn't you...?

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Mm. Yumenosaki Academy might be a traditional school with a rich history, but we still have to make adjustments for new facilities and the like whenever possible.

(Snow's First Dance) Mao Isara CG
Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

But the President and Vice-President have different opinions on the matter, so they've been butting heads, and I'm really stuck between a rock and a hard place...

Well, those two'll usually find some good ground to compromise on, so I thi~nk it'll balance itself out.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Huh… This may be rude of me, but… you don’t really act like a higher-up, so it feels refreshing to hear you talk about these things for once...

But you’re part of the Student Council, and you’re now being seen as the world's greatest idol thanks to winning the SS too...

So I guess you really are all the way above me, especially from my standpoint...

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ahaha. It's really not like that~, it's just that I'm surrounded by people on an entirely different level, so I’m getting the scraps of their accomplishments.

We’re the same kind of person, so... Don’t distance yourself from me, or I’ll feel lonely, y’know?

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Huh... Ah, it's already getting warmer.

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Haha. Let's rest a bit while we warm up.

I didn't plan to just play basketball the whole time, so I brought manga and some snacks too. You can have some if you'd like, Takamine.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Ah, I'd be happy to... I had lunch already, but exercising made me hungry again...

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

We're still growing, after all~. I mean, I’ve been craving food way more ever since I used up all my energy on the SS; I might end up getting fatter by the end of the holiday...

Here, have some candy. My sis gave them to me as a “bestowed reward” for doing as she says.

I'm tired of eating the same kinda stuff though, so you can eat ‘em all.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

What kind of person is your little sister...

I thought she’d be the same sort of kind and friendly person you are, but she seems more like the bossy type..?

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ahaha. They say that if the first born's brought up as a good, serious kid, the younger'll be a spoiled, carefree one.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

I get it, it's just like that for me too... I'm like this and all, but my older brother's pretty much a serious honor student...

I've had an inferiority complex over it ever since I was born...

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ah~, that's the same kinda thing my sis says.

Something like, “My big brother’s way too good, so people keep thinking I’m a way worse kid than I really am, it’s so annoying~” kind of thing.

But to a parent, a handful kid is more cute to them, ain’t it? Or so it seems to me.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

...

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Huh? What's up, Takamine? What're you staring so hard at..?

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

That book you're holding, Isara-senpai, is it… manga? I’ve never seen something like it before, and it has English on the binding... is it foreign?

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ahh yeah, these are called American comics.[1] It's pretty normal for them to print the whole thing in color, but it kinda feels like a picture book.

It seems like some of Ritsu's family run a vintage bookstore, so he bought a whole load of 'em on the cheap saying, and I quote, "Maa~kun, you like comics, don’t you?"

That guy's abroad for a family gathering right now... so he told me, "While I'm gone, think of these as me and let your heart be comforted."

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Ahh... Morisawa-senpai's the same way, he pushed a huge load of Tokusatsu Blu-rays and their extra content stuff on me...

It kinda irritates me that he's prepared things for me to kill time with, and I hate how it feels like homework I have to turn in...

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ahaha. But doesn’t it make ya feel glad to know we’re being cared for?

I like manga and read 'em pretty often, but I’ve barely touched any of these types of comics, so this all feels new and interesting to me.

Oh yeah. The Captain comes by the gym pretty often when he doesn’t have any idol work to do, especially recently.

For some reason American comics are almost always about heroes, so I brought some with me, ‘cause I thought he’d be happy to read them.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

That's just what I'd expect from you, Isara-senpai, you're someone who's always bringing things to talk about...

But even if they have heroes, Morisawa-senpai seems to prefer Japanese tokusatsu, so I’m not sure how he’d feel about American comics..?

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ahhh, that's true, now that you mention it...

I think in my case, it's the same because they're both superhero-based. But someone who's a serious fan of them might be pickier, won't they.

If someone said that all manga was the same to me, I'd get mad too.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

So you can get mad too, just like any other human being...

You’re always like the ideal, since you’re so nice and friendly to everyone… It makes me feel like you’re the sorta person I can't get a good read on sometimes...

So even if it's a little strange to say, I'm pretty relieved to know that..♪

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Huh, do I really sound that way? You gotta tell me if I do~, I can't really tell by myself...

I know I'm a people-pleaser, but hearing that I don't seem human feels pretty bad, y'know?

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Ahh, no, I wasn't trying to criticize you or anything... I think it's amazing, since it’s impossible for me...

So I couldn’t really believe that you’re the same human being as me, I guess......

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

C’mon, I’m the same as you! I’m an ordinary high school student, a regular guy who likes manga and sweets.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Right... I don’t really feel like you’re ordinary, but I get what you’re trying to say...

Ohh... I was reading while we were talking, but American comics really are grotesque, or well, realistic in depictions, aren't they...

And yet there’s also stuff about "What is good, and what is evil?" "What is justice? Freedom? Love?" that feels so pretentious...

It's realistic, but it's also extremely philosophical...

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Hm~. That's because their Christian teachings usually appear in the content they make, and they are the “country of freedom and justice”, after all.

They can’t not talk about those sorts of topics, since that’s what the country’s based on.

In fact, I think it’s just that Japanese heroes barely talk about justice and stuff.

Well, I only saw it sometimes when I was a kid, so I don’t really know how it’s like nowadays.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

It’s still like that now, and I think I relate to that better...

It’s like, instead of it being all about justice, they just do it ‘cause it’s their job, or because they’ve got no choice now that they’re caught up in the mess...

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ahaha. That sounds exactly like you, Takamine; maybe you were born to be a modern-day hero ♪

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Please don't, that sounds like something Morisawa-senpai would say... Though it’s kinda frustrating that I can’t really argue against it, either...

But I never really wanted to be an idol or a hero...

I didn't have an answer when people asked what my dreams for the future were, either; I was a pretty boring kid...

Actually, Isara-senpai, why did you decide to become an idol..?

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Ahaha, actually, I was the same way. I just let myself go with the flow, since I didn't have any sort of admirable dream for the future.

But y’know, even I was able to find my own dream, and make it come true.

That's why you'll be just fine, Takamine. You don’t need to stress about finding that dream; as long as you look around you, you’ll find something that makes you think “Ah, so that’s what it is”.

Maybe that's just how dreams are.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

I feel enlightened.

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Stop, it's embarrassing if you take me too seriously. Sorry if I sounded arrogant, I guess I got a little carried away after winning the SS...

I’m getting too ahead of myself, when we’ve only just started with the main show--or rather, the battle.

Midori Takamine PE Dialogue Render

Ahaha. But isn’t that fine for now…?

Once the New Year holidays are over, everyone in Trickstar will have to go wild with everything they've got again, right..?

So we should do whatever we like for our day off...♪

Mao Isara Basketball Dialogue Render

Yeah, let's do it. I'll just take it easy today, read plenty of manga and eat as much candy as I like~!

Today’s a day to reward myself! It’s fine if I do, yeah? I also need a day like this sometimes...♪

  1. Mao's using the shortened form of it, amekomi.
Translation: Peace
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