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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Kingdom 64
Location: Auditorium
Hajime Shino School Dialogue Render

Over here, Transfer Student-san ♪

As expected, it's terribly crowded inside the auditorium, isn't it?

It's dark so please watch your footing. I wouldn't be able to face Akehoshi-senpai if you fell and hurt yourself—

Uhyaa!?

I-I'm sorry. I was actually the one who was about to trip. I apologise for clinging onto you! I'm so unreliable…!

But I've abused my position as the ticket collector to get premium seats and all, so I'd like to take you there properly.

Please hold onto me, I'll escort you~♪

Ehehe. It's not just yours, Transfer Student-san. I've bought premium tickets for myself and my friends as well~♪

I wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do, but it's fine once in a while, isn't it?

All of the funds I earned from the school part-time jobs completely disappeared, but they were used to see Akehoshi-senpai's big moment, so I don't regret it at all.

...Akehoshi-senpai and the others… They can win, can't they?

There's also the fact that I want them to avenge us, but I can't seem to find the right words. If Akehoshi-senpai and his unit don't win here, then it's a "lie", isn't it?

If that happens, our hopes and dreams are gone. If Akehoshi-senpai and the others don't win, then… what can we believe in as we continue on the path of an idol?

I believe that Akehoshi-senpai and his unit will show us the light to illuminate our path, our hopes and dreams.

I'll be praying, although it's vexing that all I can do is hope.

Mitsuru Tenma School Dialogue Render

Wahaha ☆ It's no good to make that gloomy face, Hajime-chan! They say something like good fortune comes to the houses of those who smile, yanno~?

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

You're really late, Hajime. You'll get in the way if you stand there, considering this is the front row.

Hajime Shino School Dialogue Render

You two… ♪ If I remember correctly, standing and watching the performance in an S1 is not allowed, isn't it?

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

That's not true. Standing, stamping your feet and getting fired up is what an idol's live is all about.

They're counting the votes right now, but it's only during that time that you have to stay seated, though.

Hajime Shino School Dialogue Render

I was working at the reception so I couldn't see Akatsuki's or the other performances, but how was it? Does it seem like Akehoshi-senpai and the others can win…?

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

That's why Trickstar put in so much effort, right? And we pitched in to help, too.

Well, not like I actually did anything, though.

Hajime, you've been doing things like secretly adding explanations to the pamphlet you're handing out at the reception and guiding the Transfer Student here… You've been doing a lot.

Mitsuru Tenma School Dialogue Render

Yup yup, Hajime-chan's a diligent worker! He can do it when he tries, yanno! ♪

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Don't talk with your mouth full of popcorn, Mitsuru. So many bits of food are flying at me!

Hajime Shino School Dialogue Render

Ehehe, you two really get along well…♪

But… I added a description of the voting process in a Battle of the Bands type of live into the pamphlet like I was told, but I wonder what kind of meaning there was behind that?

Mitsuru Tenma School Dialogue Render

Beats me! I don't understand difficult things, yanno~♪

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

If you don't know then don't say anything… It seems like Nii-chan was with someone called Sakuma-senpai and conspired something, though.

I don't know the details. ...We just have to ask Nii-chan after, right?

Hajime Shino School Dialogue Render

Um, where could Nii-chan be? I've prepared a ticket for him as well, but… he's not here, huh?

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Yeah. It looked like Nii-chan's really busy with the filming and transmitting the footage for today's S1. He's part of the Broadcasting Committee, after all.

It looks like he'll be editing the footage roughly on purpose before he releases them, of course.

Obviously, it'd be a problem if he's manipulating the footage blatantly, but they can't blame him if they're rough edits.The worst that will result in is a little bit of scolding from a teacher.

Other than those like us who have acquired tickets… Most of the students at Yumenosaki Academy will be watching the video from their classrooms and voting.

If the video has been edited poorly, then naturally, the score will decrease too.

Well, be that as it may, something's bound to fail because of inadequate effort.[1] The students at our school will prioritise voting for the student council anyway.

Hajime Shino School Dialogue Render

It's like there were all kinds of methods. ...I'm sure you won't be able to choose the methods you'd use in order to win, though.

I, too, lost at S2... and learned the frustration of defeat… and the bitterness of tears. I feel like I've come to understand that just a little more now.

Originally, no one stood a chance in winning against the student council, but if that 0% can be turned into a 1% with our help, then I'm content.

...I believe that Akehoshi-senpai and the others… will surely be able to grasp that "tiny possibility"…♪

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Yeah, let's have faith and watch over them.

Hokuto-senpai's in Trickstar, too. He's always dodging the Masked Pervert's absurd demands so wonderfully, so I'm sure he'll overcome these hardships!

Mitsuru Tenma School Dialogue Render

I'm so excited, yanno~☆ Hajime-chan, want some popcorn?

Hajime Shino School Dialogue Render

No, thank you. For some reason, even I feel so nervous that I feel like nothing will go down my throat.

There's still a performance going on even while they're counting the votes, I see.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render

Yeah, out of UNDEAD and the unit called 2wink who unexpectedly invaded the stage, 2wink is the one that's left now.

It could be because there's a performance going on that it's hard for the audience to leave their seats, but it doesn't look like they'll be leaving.

If it was an S2 Dream Fest or below and limited to within the school, people feel like it's time to leave when the student council's performance ends, but...

There are a lot of the general public who have come to watch today and 2wink is stirring up a good mood.

With the student council, Akatsuki, UNDEAD, and 2wink as the opening act, it gives off the feeling that the star performers are going to appear soon ♪

There's no idiot who'd want to leave right now. I say the general public, but they're people who have gathered here because they love idols.

The students who are watching the footage inside the school must have also realised that this is "different from usual" and are staying.

I'm on the edge of my seat, too. ...Everyone, let's watch over the moment Yumenosaki Academy is transformed.

  1. 焼け石に水 (yake ishi ni mizu) is an expression that literally means "water on a hot stone." Basically, if you pour water on a hot stone to cool it, chances are, the water'll only evaporate, which is why it's used to mean being unable to accomplish something due to "lack of effort".
Translation: Creampuffs
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