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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Rainbow - Chapter 11
Location: Soundproof Lesson Room
At the same time, lunch break
Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

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…Wow, this is bad. My voice doesn’t come out like it should. I’ve regressed more than I thought, huh?

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

That’s a given. Humans and machines are the same – they rust away if they go on not in service nor maintained for a long time.

In fact, it would be unnatural if you could function like the presently active children or better in that state.

No matter that you were once a peerless prodigy.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

You make so much of me, huh? My times were the winter of the idol industry – a rare period of bad harvest…

That’s the only reason I stood out.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

The modesty. Anyway, work hard for a little longer instead of throwing in the towel so soon.

Regressed you may have, but you were Sagami Jin the Super Idol. You will eventually recall the knack of it if you continue.

No – that’s the reason you sought my company and started doing lessons, right? You must be thankful, as I don’t have so much free time myself.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Right, right. You’re a lifesaver, Kunugi-sensei. I’ll treat you to a drink later.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

No need. Alcohol isn’t good for health, and I’m personally happy that you’re making a comeback as an idol.

…Even if I can’t wipe away the question of ‘why now?’ since so much time has passed.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

I explained it to you already. There’s a low-budget plan named Project-Saga which is about reviving past idols.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Yes, and I’m happy about that. Male idols generally have a long career in the industry, like Hidaka-daisenpai…

So I’ve always thought that you retired too early.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Same with you. Anyway, you talk about a long career, but it’s more that the old men are being made to work because there’s no one else to replace them.

It’s not good to be stealing the limelight from the youngsters. The world is moving forward.

So the entertainment industry gotta renew their lineup too. …not that I care about where it’s heading after all this time.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Why are you a teacher at an idol training school, then?

You had other options – choose a different job, build a family, and become one with the common people.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

I hate that term, the common people~ Then what are idols? Gods? Objects of faith to be looked up at and worshiped from the distance?

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Hmm… something lower, I believe. Like slaves.

During our times, we didn’t have the freedom to work or marry – no, there was a pressure disapproving of such choices.

Ah… this isn’t good at all. I’m growing to whine more with age.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Ahaha. It’s okay, it’s okay. Kunugi-sensei’s still young by society’s standards.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

So are you. …You just diverted the topic, didn’t you, Sagami-sensei?

If you no longer have an attachment to showbiz and idols, then why do you remain in this kind of place?

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Nah, other lines of occupation just wouldn’t take me, is all.

I gave my entire youth to being an idol; that’s all I devoted myself to, and I learned nothing else.

I’m valuable as crap. All I had to do when young was to give my all for what’s in front of me, but I regret that a little now.

I wish I’d played around more, studied other things.

I learned at my family’s hospital once, but the experience isn’t enough to allow me to become a proper doctor this late…

I have my connections and people’s pity to thank for allowing me to become the school doctor I am.

Well, I have the savings built up from my idol work, so I could’ve played around till I’m dead without lifting a finger for work, really.

But I’m gonna run to waste if I don’t meet with people at all~

I actually secluded myself for a bit after retirement; it felt like I aged overnight.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Fufu. Despite looking annoyed when people bother you, you start longing for company if we leave you alone… A troublesome person you are, goodness.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

What are people if not troublesome? Even if human resources that carry out their role endlessly like robots may be preferable as workforce.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

The times have changed, you know. The world is moving in a new direction.

This is about another school, but there’s a student who manages various companies despite their young age, and many more.

The future of the children is broader and freer than we may think.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Huh, a high school CEO – sounds like a little kid playing house. Too much has changed, this old man can’t keep up with the times anymore.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Now, now… don’t say that. Let’s try hard for a little longer. I have your back, Jin.

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

…Thanks a bunch, Akiyan.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

Don’t mention it. And stop idling around; let’s make better use of the time we have. I’ll restart the lesson, Sagami-sensei.

You need to at least restore some of the ability you had at your peak.

You’ve always acted like you’re better than the kids, as their teacher. Surely you’d like to save face?

Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render

Right, that’s why I asked you to hold a lesson for me. You gotta join me every now and then, after this too. I’ll do something to thank you later.

Practicing solo is nice and all, but I’ll definitely end up skipping if I’m on my own.

Akiomi Kunugi School Dialogue Render

You’re a lazybones, after all. I wonder where you found the resolve to partake in this project – even if it was a plea from your benefactor.

Translation: Kotofucius
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