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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Phantom Thieves VS Detectives Investigation Start 4
Location: Connecting Corridor 2F
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Fufufu. I see one, two, and three cute little rabbits…. ♪

To counter, I shall counter a thousand paper cranes! Both rabbits and birds are similar[1], so they should have no trouble flying through the skies☆

Tomoya-kun! Now then, hurry and flap your way up to my height! I’ll be here to catch you with an embrace! Amazing….☆

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
Rabbits can’t fly! And neither can people! Anyway, you’re in the middle of work, aren’t you? Quit bugging me and focus on that instead!
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Hmm. Rather than work, I’d say it’s closer to volunteering, or even a punishment game…. I don’t have much motivation to be doing this.

But it’s my mission to find Amazing in all things, so I’ve been forcing myself to feel excited over it, and making the advertisement flyers extra fancy, see?

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
Well, now that I think about it…. You seem like you’d be the perfect fit for the “phantom thief.” Much more than “Knights” is, actually.
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
I’m so delighted to hear that! What an honor!

I would have been glad to play the part of the phantom thief, however, while it wouldn’t be a problem if it were as an individual, I cannot do so as a member of “fine.”

“fine” capitalizes on elegance, after all. It would pain me to make them go along with my personal tastes and hobbies.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
Huh. It’s unusual to see you actually worry about other people. So I guess, at least your own “unit” is important to you?
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
I wonder? If I get bored, I would just toss them away. Although I don’t think I need to worry about that happening just yet.

I’m not very good at staying put in one place…. But it’s probably just an issue with time.

Well, in any case, that’s why I’m taking a backseat role this time. Anzu-san came to me for advice on the costumes and the stage.

And I helped "Knights”" with their acting, as well.

Because of the circumstances, I’m not allowed to approach “Ra*bits,” but if you so desire, I could give you a lecture on the essence of play?

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
No thanks! That won’t be necessary! I-if you lay a hand on my friends, I’m really gonna snap!
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Alright, I understand. Even I know when to quit, after all. Still, taking a backseat role isn’t much to my liking.

I’m bound to get bored of it before long, and intrude suddenly and unannounced.

I shall always be an actor, after all! I want to show myself off more, to the entire world! I want to righteously monopolize all the love in this world…. ☆

Is it not the same for you, Tomoya-kun? Since you are also part of the Drama Club!

No, it is because we are idols! It is our job to stand out! Amazing…. ☆

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
But, I’m not, particularly…. There are so many others that stand out more than I do.
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Hm? What’s that~? I can’t hear you! Take a deep breath! Let your humanity ring out loud and clear!

Ahh, I’ve been waiting for that moment for so long!

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
Sh-shut up! You’re being so loud! Don’t compare us! I’m different from you….!
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Fufufu! But isn’t that the best part of acting? The ability to constantly change into a different person, or animal, or even something completely inanimate?

But no matter what mask I put on, I will always be me!

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
What is that, some kind of zen riddle? Anyway, I’m worried since you say you’re taking a backseat role this time….

This is an important job for “Ra*bits,” so don’t get in the way! Seriously!

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Of course. But unlike Little Mister Rabbit or Mister “King,” I have no intention of taking a step back in order to train the younger generation.

I haven’t withered to that point just yet.

Idols may be going out at a younger age every year, but an actor is an actor until death!

I will not retire as “Hibiki Wataru”! It is my lifelong career! No, even when I become a skeleton, I will continue to dance like mad!

But, anyway…. Regrettably, this time I truly am taking a backseat role.

I was lectured by Nurse Sagami to not push you too hard, Tomoya-kun.

Amazing☆ When was the last time I was scolded by someone, I wonder?

It was a rather valuable experience, and it wasn’t as if I intended to do you any harm, after all?

I’m sorry, Tomoya-kun. That was imprudent of me, tossing you around like I did…. I apologize, and wholeheartedly regret my actions.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
Wh-what the…. Even if you apologize now, I’m definitely not going to forgive you, you know?
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
I thought as much. Despite how verbally defiant you and Hokuto-kun are, you two always end up following along somehow…. I’d forgotten about it.

The fact that humans are fragile beings. You collapsed, didn’t you? Are you alright?

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
Eh? Well, I guess…. I’ve recovered enough to move around like normal, at least.
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
I see! How splendid! ☆ I wouldn’t have known what to do with myself if you became bedridden in the hospital like Eichi had been at one time!

I’m glad that I realized before it was too late….

Ah, but in the end, you did wind up collapsing due to fatigue, after all. So it seems I really was too late! ☆

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
That’s right! It’s too late for you to feel sorry now! For a minute, I really thought I was gonna die, you know?!
Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Ahaha. Well, with that in mind….

I’ve realized that I mustn’t push you too hard. You won’t need to be performing in the Drama Club’s show this time.

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
Eh? Oh, okay…. That would help me a lot.

I’m not so skilled that I can perfectly handle both my idol work and the Drama Club performances at the same time, after all.

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Right, right. You should prioritize your activities as a member of “Ra*bits.”

And I, as the ill-fitted unsung hero, the backseat role, will not hesitate to assist with promotion and other such matters.

I realize that won’t be enough to completely atone, but I hope you will accept it as a sign of my sincerity.

Do your best at the live, alright? I will be here to support you…. Tomoya-kun♪

Tomoya Mashiro School Dialogue Render
Ah, right. Well, even without you telling me, I’m already planning on doing my best.

(Huh….?

Had President Hibiki’s eyes always been that cold…?)

Wataru Hibiki School Dialogue Render
Now then. As I’m sure you’re very busy, I mustn’t keep you by chatting too long.

I should be returning to work, as well. You’ll be getting plenty of advertisement, so take care not to let the audience see anything ungraceful.

Now, now, ladies and gentlemen! Listen up well to my next words! A never-before-seen much ado about nothing, starring rabbits and knights!

  1. The kanji for “wings” (羽) which is in “thousand paper cranes” (千羽鶴), also happens to be the counter for birds and rabbits.
Translation: Enstars Translations
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