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Writer: 日日日 (Akira) Requirement: Unlock in (Skills From the Past) Keito Hasumi's Idol Road
Keito Hasumi A Soul in a Single Stroke
Season: Spring (春) Location: Student Council Room
Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Excuse me for arriving late.

I had discovered a violator of school regulations. Scolding him unfortunately took up too much time.

This is what you call "The mummy-collector becomes the mummy." It shouldn't be that the person who does the scolding becomes the late one.

I'll reflect on it. Have the rest of the members assembled?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Hello, Keito. As usual, your speeches are quite lengthy, aren’t they?

It isn't that I dislike long talks, but won't it make others feel rather gloomy? Being loved by the people is an important aspect of being a ruler, you know?

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Ah, Eichi. Are you the only one here? What are the others doing?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Fufu. Recently, there aren’t as many school events, so the student council has quite a bit of spare time.

It isn't all that necessary to meet, so I decided to let everyone else prioritize things such as unit activities.

It's easy to forget, but we are primarily idols, aren’t we? Rather than desk work, I thought we should prioritize our lessons.

I feel the same way, since I was able to return to Yumenosaki Academy. To make up for the delay I've created, I'll take care of the boring deskwork.

Although you might start lecturing me for "deciding on everything without discussing it first".

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Hm. You're the head of the student council, Eichi. We're merely the hands and feet abiding by your judgment.

... More importantly, why is the transfer student here, as if it were normal?

She's part of the rebel group that opposed the student council, and disturbed the order of the school.

Being carefree is one of your good points, but you'll have your head cut off while asleep if you're not careful enough.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

I want you to be less prejudiced, as she is likewise a member of Yumenosaki Academy, isn’t she?

To cast the doors wide open, to listen to the voices in the streets — I want to become that sort of emperor.

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

In what world is there an emperor who pleasantly sips the tea that an assassin prepared for him?

Eichi, weren’t you supposed to be watching your caffeine intake, according to the doctor?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

This is still my first cup, I hope you'll overlook it. I'm a fan of the tea that she makes, after all. Ahhh, delicious ♪

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

So carefree… You’re truly hopeless.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Within the battlefield, utilizing even the weapons left behind by your opponents, and winning your opponents over and making them allies... that's how you gain the largest assets from war. Please do look at it that way.

I have an interest in the transfer student, and that's why I invited her to join me for tea. She’s quite outstanding.

Incidentally, she's also helping me with my work. Most of the regular work had been finished up before you arrived.

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Hmph, I see... If she's useful, then it's fine. However, don't get arrogant, transfer student.

As long as the glasses of I, Hasumi Keito, are black, I won't let you do as you please.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

If your glasses were black, you wouldn't be able to see in front of yourself, Keito.[1]

Anyway, that's how things have been for me lately, so isn't it fine for you to engage in unit activities as well?

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Just the thought of leaving you two alone together gives me a stomach ache.

... It seems that the two of you are getting along and writing things together, but hasn't the student council's work already been taken care of?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

That's right. So, you could say we're just passing time.

I'm currently practicing my signature. I feel as if I've forgotten what my own signature looked like while I was hospitalized.

I'm letting my fingers get used to it. As I'm feeble, I get tired right away. By practicing my writing, I've been looking for a way where I won't tire as easily, even just a little.

How is it? It's rather constructive, don't you think?

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Hm. Well, it’s necessary. Your greatest weak point is your lack of physical strength, after all.

There are those muscle idiots in my unit. Should I ask them to give you some training?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

If I were to accompany Kiryu-kun and Kanzaki-kun with their special training, I would surely die. I don't know how you manage to deal with them...

For me, just looking at their extraordinary movements makes me feel dizzy.

Oh? What is it, transfer student-chan? Have you finished your work?

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

“Finished”, you say… Transfer student, is that a picture? A picture you’ve drawn?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Why are you so on edge, Keito? You’re being too cautious, it’s quite rude to such a cute young lady.

In any case, she has quite the inclination for art. This weekend is the deadline for the poster-making contest that I encouraged her to join.

She seems to be giving it her all because there's a prize offered, you see?

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Ah, I see. I understand then. Certainly, you're considerably skilled.

However, you’re still inexperienced. All it means is that you need more practice.

Eichi, give me some tea. We've been talking for so long, my throat's dried up. Hand over that signature paper as well, while you're at it. I'll also practice my signature.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Personally, I think you should just relax, but. Here, help yourself ♪

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Alright then, I should smear the ink on this. A brush should be fine for practicing...

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Keito, why do you carry a calligraphy set with you? Look, why don't you use the latest art pen like the one that transfer student-chan is using?

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

I’m more accustomed to the feel of a brush and ink on hanshi.[2]

A familiar weapon is the best option. Relying on a tool is second-rate. I’m saying this to you, transfer student.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Ahh, was this a lecture? It's what you do as soon as you have opportunity.

You should listen well, transfer student-chan, to the opinion of Yumenosaki Academy’s best artist, Mizuhanome-sensei. ♪

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

… Why do you know that name, Eichi?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Who do you think I am? I’m your precious childhood friend.

Wasn't "Mizuhanome" your pen name from when you wanted to be a mangaka? ♪

But, why would the son of a Buddhist temple use “Mizuhanome”?[3]

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

It's because I'm a Buddhist temple’s son. By using a Shinto name, my true identity would not be expose--

You’re wrong, I'm not Mizuhanome. Drawing manga is absolutely not of my interest.

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

It's fine, don’t be shy. You're talented, so you should make use of your traits.

If you were to add a little illustration to your signature, surely there would be someone who would appreciate it, hm?

Keito Hasumi School Dialogue Render

Drawing is simply a pastime — my art style doesn't match the image of Akatsuki.

... Hm? What is it, transfer student? Why are you staring at me like that?

You say you're a fan of mine...?

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

Ahaha. Keito, you occasionally draw posters for the school, don’t you? With that pen name. She must've seen that and instantly became a fan ♪

Look at her drawing — It's influenced by your art style.

Isn't that nice, Keito? It's your very first fan as a mangaka. This is the perfect opportunity, so why don't you give her your autograph?

(Skills From the Past) Keito Hasumi Full Render Bloomed

M-Mrmm... Well, I don't find it displeasing to be liked, but keep it a secret from the rest of the lot. It will damage my reputation.

I suppose I've no choice but to do this, so I'll give you my autograph...♪

Eichi Tenshouin School Dialogue Render

You look happy, Keito~ No-- Mizuhanome-sensei, it seems you can get along with her. It almost feels like you're leaving me out of it, so it's rather lonely, fufufu ♪

(Skills From the Past) Keito Hasumi Full Render Bloomed

You’re noisy. You should also be practicing your signature, Eichi. Since you don't know when and where someone will request it.

Honestly, you really are incorrigible…♪

  1. This is most likely a pop culture reference lost to westerners, or perhaps a pun. 眼鏡 is both judgement and glasses.
  2. Hanshi - Japanese writing paper usually used for calligraphy.
  3. Mizuhanome - Keito’s pen name is derived from Shinto religion and mythos. As Eichi explains, Keito was born and raised in a Buddhist temple, therefore no one would make the connection that the artist is Keito. The name/deity is sometimes depicted as female/feminine, another reason he may have chosen it to further the pen name from his true identity. More reading on Mizuhanome: here and here.

The substory's title lit. means "Putting your heart and soul into a single stroke".

Translator: Kitakii
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