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Writer: ゆーます (Yuumasu) Requirement: Unlock Kanata's Idol Rank D
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Season: Summer (夏) Location: Drink Stand
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…♪

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(Sigh… I’m tired, exhausted, shattered…It’s because I’m doing so much I’m not used to…)

(I was worried I wouldn’t be able to stick to it, but to think that I might have to give up after just one day…)[1]

(Well, it’s fine... I haven’t told anybody about this, so nobody will know I failed... No worries...)

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Midori~

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Whaaaaaa!?

Shinkai-sempai, How long have you been there...?

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Hmm, I wonder. Do you know, Midori~?

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Why would I know? That’s why I’m asking you… What are you doing here?

Ah, if you’re just hanging around like that then of course you’re taking a break. I’m sorry for asking you such a stupid question...

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Perhaps ‘taking a break’ is not quite right. I’m just waiting for Producer-san. 

There isn’t much water around here so I can’t do any puka puka. I was drinking some juice from the drink bar before I dry up 

Usually water would be fine, but as I’m all the way here I might as well try some other drinks. 

I recommend the carbonated orange juice. Would you like to try some, Midori?

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Oh, ok. I might have some… Is it okay if I sit next to you? If I wouldn’t be in the way…

Thank you. (sits down)

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What are you up to today, Midori?

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Me? Um, oh…I wasn’t going to say anything….

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Some secret business? I’m intrigued. 

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…It’s nothing, really. Today is my day off….so I was working out in the gym…

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‘Pumping iron’, right? Chiaki taught me about it. That’s admirable of you, Midori. Good boy~

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It’s nothing worth head pats for… I feel like I’m going to give up, anyway…

I’m always helping out at my family’s greengrocers so I definitely have stamina, but as I’m an ‘idol’ now, I thought I should strengthen myself so I can move the way I want to, and so that I look good.

That’s why I thought about taking it up and started going to the gym here starting today...

It’s just that when I actually started, it turned out to be much tougher than I imagined. I don’t think I can carry on… Maybe I should just go ahead and quit…

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Bad!☆

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Ow! Shinkai-sempai, what did you flick my forehead for?

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Midori, It’s not good to give up so quickly. 

The fishies have been on Earth since 4 billion years ago, they worked hard and were able to evolve so they could live in this world. Us humans must learn from this.

That’s why I want you to also work hard for 4 billion years♪

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4 billion years….that’s a bit much…

But…you’re right. Quitting after just one day won't do…I think I’ll try just a little longer. Thank you, Shinkai-sempai. 

Oh! That’s right! Shinkai-sempai! ….. Puka☆ (sideways peace)[2]

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Uhh...?

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Eh? Ah...you…don’t get it?  …You don’t know?

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Midori…do you also want to puka puka?

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Err…no….the aquarium…. the catchphrase of the mascot ‘Kanatee’…[3]

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Ohh! I remember! Yes it’s the catchphrase for Kanatee. I’m still not used to it so I didn’t realize~

… puka☆

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Ahhh, a real-life ‘Puka☆’…! It’s even better than watching it on video…♪

Kanatee’s been getting some traction on social media, and I’ve also been following it… I’d love to go and see the real Kanatee. 

It’s just that I’m so huge…. If I hung around there I’d probably in the way of Kanatee…

But I want to go see it so badly….I’m depressed. I want to die…

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I see… then how about helping out with some promotion?

Kanatee is a mascot designed to promote Aoumi Aquarium after all.

If you were doing some promotion work as an idol, you wouldn’t be getting in the way.

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Promotion… so you’re saying… I can see it up close as much as I want!

I’ll do it. I’ll help out as much as you want…♪

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Fufufu. Thank you, Midori. 

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No, thank you. Honestly I wanted to jump out the window when you didn’t get my ‘puka☆’, but I’m glad I tried, ahaha…♪

By the way…does Kanatee have an autograph? If it does then I’ll bring something to get signed…[4]

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Hmm, I hadn’t thought of making an autograph. Is that something the fans would like?

Fufu, I’ll try to practice.

If it’s with you, Midori, I think the promotion could be very fun. Puka☆ (sideways peace)

Kanata’s speech often has 「」 around many of the nouns. This is similar to using quote marks in English… but it’s not quite the same nuance so I just leave it out. As long as you are aware that Kanata speaks slowly and carefully, that’s enough.
  1. Here Midori says he would be worried he’d become a 三日坊主 (lit. ‘three-day monk’), which means somebody who gives up easily. He then says he might not even last one day, never mind three. Cute pun.
  2. I’m not sure how to word the ‘sideways peace’, but it’s the pose Kanata is making in his main visual for (!!).
  3. Kanatee: The mascot for Aoumi Aquarium, which used to belong to the Shinkai family. (See: Kanata Idol Story 1)
  4. Here Midori means a ‘shikishi’, which is a kind of stiff square card used for autographs.
Translation: Anonymous
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