|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Location: Packed Outdoor Stage|
Ooh, there's so many people! I'm getting really excited~☆
Hm. They have the volume for the instruments turned up really loud, too, so it's a little hard to hear each other talk.
Can you hear us, Transfer Student? Or should we talk closer to your ear?
Be careful that you don't get separated from us, Transfer Student-chan~ Everyone seems kind of crazed with all their excitement right now, so if you trip and fall, they might just trample over you, you know?
You should hold onto my arm, Transfer Student.
Akehoshi, Yuuki, you two should help too by making a wall around her so that she doesn't get pushed over.
Gotcha~ We're guys, so we can do that. Although, with the crowds this dense, it might be hard even just trying to stand firm.
Looks like this is a B1. Since this isn't being managed by the Student Council, it seems pretty unruly. But it's always like this when it comes to B1, huh~?
B1, huh… Can you find out who it's being organized by, Yuuki?
Sure. Just give me a minute. Since we were planning on going to lunch, I only brought my smartphone with me.
Let's see, the B1 scheduled to be held today is~…
Hm. While Yuuki's looking up the details, I'll explain things to the transfer student, since she probably has no idea what's going on right now.
In Yumenosaki Academy's idol course, there are events called "Dream Idol Festivals" that are held both periodically, and suddenly, as well.
They're often called "DreamFes" for short.
As long as you're enrolled in this school, they're events that you can't avoid, so it wouldn't hurt to remember that.
To put it briefly, DreamFes are hosted for idols to compete with their capacity against each other. They're like periodic exams, or tests, that you'd take in regular schools.
Although, unlike with academic subjects like Math or English, an idol's capacity isn't something that can be easily compared using points.
Singing ability, acting ability, charisma, popularity… All those kinds of things are taken into account to judge the "capacity" of an idol. It's an "overall" type of thing that you can't really assign points to.
That vague thing known as "an idol's capacity" is replaced by a basic number instead, like with academic ability, and that's what they use to compete in DreamFes.
Using the stage that's been prepared… Individual idols, or groups known as "units", battle against each other.
I'll explain about units later. Sorry that my explanation is so intricate.
In any case, in DreamFes, either individual idols or units each put on a performance, and the audience members that are watching vote for whichever one they thought was better.
The votes are then tallied up, and the individual or unit that got the most points is the winner.
If you were to explain it in the simplest terms, that's the type of event it is. The results of those DreamFes also reflect in your grades for the course.
All the students and units in the idol course at Yumenosaki Academy are given a rank based on these DreamFes.
The ranks are given out, and the individuals or units that accumulate the most points, in other words, the ones that win the most DreamFes, are given rewards and special treatment from the school.
Because of that, everyone's desperate. If you win, you'll receive generous support from the school, and you'll have an advantage in your activities in the entertainment field, as well.
It'll help secure your future for post-graduation.
However, if you lose, you'll hit rock bottom. Students that can't win DreamFes and don't accumulate points give off a bad impression of being "underachievers".
Your reputation will suffer, and you lose your place in the entertainment industry.
That's why the students at Yumenosaki Academy work hard day and night to improve the precision and appeal of their performances so that they can win DreamFes.
In this way, DreamFes are events that make students compete and have friend rivalries with each other.
Originally, that is.
I'm making it sound like there's something more to it, but generally, that's the idea of it, so that's how you should see it when you're trying to understand them.
DreamFes are a place for students to have deadly battles for survival, competing against each other like racehorses.
DreamFes have several different divisions, and ranks. From the top, they're called "SS", "S1", S2", "A1", and "B1".
The higher-ranking DreamFes you win, the higher results you'll see.
On the other hand, even if you win many lower-ranking DreamFes, it won't have much benefit.
To give a rough example,
Rather than winning a hundred lower-ranking DreamFes, just winning a single higher-ranking DreamFes will have a greater value.
There's that kind of distinct difference in the "weight of a victory". You should remember that, as well.
The DreamFes that's being held in front of us right now is a B1, the lowest ranking DreamFes. I'll just give you a quick explanation about this B1 for now.
B1 aren't officially acknowledged by the school. It's an unofficial DreamFes.
In other words, a stray match. Since the school ignores the existence of B1, even if you win one, it'll barely have any effect on your grades at all.
However, because of some circumstances, all the DreamFes ranked above A1 exist only in name.
And now that the students' motivation is dropping… You could say that B1 are the only DreamFes that have the most freedom and energy.
Since we're here, let's just stay and watch. DreamFes are events that best represent Yumenosaki Academy, after all.
Being here to experience this should help you get used to the school, too.
Can you see the stage alright, Transfer Student? Or do you need me to hoist you up on my shoulders?
|Translation: Enstars Translates|