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Writer: 西岡麻衣子 (Nishioka Maiko)
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Location: Resting Area
Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

Hoo~oh. “Work” is one simple word, but there are all kinds of work, aren’t there…

It’s a bit late for me to say this, but should I have really wagered that stupid bet? HiMERU-han…

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

-- Seeing how excited Amagi was about this, HiMERU thinks that refusing the gamble would have just led to more trouble.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

I guess you’re right. The way he was actin’ back then, I can only imagine the tantrum he’d have thrown if I’d refused.

After that, he suddenly said somethin’ about it bein’ a team battle, we decided that I’m on a team with HiMERU-han while he’s on a team with Niki-han, and we left to go look for a job.

Which leads us to now, where we’re lookin’ at WholeHands…

Now that I’m in my right mind again, I feel somewhat sorry for draggin’ HiMERU-han and Niki-han into somethin’ as idiotic as this.

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

-- We’re past the point of no return anyhow, so there’s no use fretting over it now, Oukawa.

Besides. HiMERU is sure that this is going to be fun in it’s own way, so there’s no need to worry.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

True enough. But earlier, you said you’d hesitate to approve of a gamble like this, right?

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

Fufu. HiMERU still hasn’t approved of it, even now. But HiMERU feels like it might be fun to help Oukawa in facing his first job.

-- Also, after what happened the other day, it’s like everyone has forsaken us. So it’s probably a good plan to work as idols for as long as we still can.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

Aah. Now that you say it, you’re right. It’s a cold, hard world out there. Well, we’re really just reapin’ what we’ve sown.

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

And Amagi’s words from back then hit “me” pretty hard…

Nevermind, this is unrelated.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

What’cha suddenly mumblin’ about? HiMERU-han’s quite the odd fellow at times, huh.

Well, no matter. Since you seem to be havin’ fun, I guess I’ll depend on you for a little bit.

At any rate, this WholeHands is quite useful. You can look at all the information on job offers at once, and the search function is a great help.

Ah, this job seems like it’d be a good fit for Crazy:B, too.

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

Which one? -- Aah, indeed, that one seems like it’d be no problem for us.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

Hrm~m… Generally, I’d just call dibs on all the jobs I selected, simply wait for their response, and that’d be the end of it….

But since the job has to be better than whatever Rinne-han’s pickin’ out, I’m at a loss for which one to choose.

No matter which one I go for, I feel like I might win. But I also feel like there’s a chance I’ll lose, regardless of which one I pick. This is difficult.

HiMERU-han’s been active as a solo act before, and you’ve been in the industry longer than I have. Can you show me how I can tell which job’s gonna be good, or somethin’?

People’s experiences make the best reference book, right ♪ And as an ironclad rule, individual people’s reviews on social media are better than online advertisements.

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

--Hrm~m… HiMERU’s history as a performer is long, but HiMERU hasn’t really looked for his own jobs before.

And he never assigned much importance to the “quality” of a job. In order to gain all kinds of experiences, HiMERU tried just about anything once.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

I see… Sounds tough. Guess that’s how the cookie crumbles. But if HiMERU-han can’t serve as a reference, I don’t know where to go from here…

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

-- Additionally, HiMERU can’t be the one to choose the job this time. Because if he did, even if you won the contest you’d still have lost against Amagi.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

? What’cha mean by that?

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

-- Amagi may be frivolous, but HiMERU believes that he still speaks the truth in his own way.

Well, it’s not like HiMERU completely understands everything about him…

But no matter how many beautiful words you line up, when it comes down to it, this world is a struggle against one another. And the same rings true for the idol industry.

To avoid ending up on the side that gets squeezed dry, it’s necessary to use your head and make your own choices.

And that is probably that man’s field of expertise.

...Whoops, that statement might be slightly misleading. No matter what you do, please never become someone like Amagi, Oukawa.

It would cause a lot of people anxiety if you did, and it’d be a nuisance for HiMERU as well. -- In any case, all you need is “to make your own choices”.

-- To get back to what you were talking about earlier, Oukawa. The question of whether to believe an advertisement or a review is the same issue. Choosing one over the other is no easy feat.

However, whether you steal or are stolen from, whether you avoid conflict or fight, if the way you live is something you not only thought about briefly but actually chose for yourself, then you’ll be able to live with the choice you’ve made.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

I see~. I guess that means there’s no point to the contest unless I search for the job myself.

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

-- Correct.

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

But that was one deeply meaningful speech. You’re mighty persuasive. Sounded like you were talkin’ from experience?

HiMERU Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

-- It was just a generalization ♪

Kohaku Oukawa Casual Spring-Summer Live 2D Dialogue Render

I see, then I’ll leave it at that.

Well then, guess I’d better keep my eyes glued to the WholeHands display and see if I can’t find a good job for us.

It’d be mighty vexing to let that idiot make a monkey of me any more than he’s already done, so I’m gonna go all out for once.

Translation: Bakemonoremy
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