Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
SS - Chapter 20
Location: SS Dome Event Hall (Waiting room)
Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render

Excuse us~☆

Oh, no one’s here! Isn’t this the waiting room for SS contenders?

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Not ‘contenders’ nor ‘waiting room’. It’s the ‘dressing room’ for ‘participating idols’.

They’re giving a dressing room to each unit, so it’s natural there would be no one here.

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render

I see~ That’s kinda troubling... Actually, Barry called me to talk, so I thought I could pick a random time to greet them and use that chance to have whatever talk it is he has.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render


Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render

That’s Saegusa-kun, I think. Huh, he called you to talk? I have only bad feelings about that!

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render

Yeah. For some reason, he called to my home number in the morning~

I wonder how he knew that number. We’re kind of hiding it from the public, for reasons.

Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render

Nn. That boy’s ability to gather intel is far more than to be reckoned with... Just how much does he know, I wonder?

During the joint interview and the shopping mall live the other day, I did try to search him up a bit...

But he’s impenetrable. Too scary.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Making us think that way is likely part of the strategy. There’s nothing to gain by being overly-anxious, and it’s dangerous to overestimate the enemy.

But I’m curious about him calling Akehoshi to talk.

Right before DDD, the student council president also called us, and that became the happening that ran a crack between us.

It’s going to be tough to regain calm within today, if something equal or worse were to happen.

Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render

We had a week to spare during DDD but not this time...

Hmm~ This is looking to grow into a real-time battle that demands quicker decision-making and reaction than that time.

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render

Ahaha, but isn’t that our specialty~?♪

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

I agree. But it doesn’t erase my worry. Let’s find out the enemy’s intent and deal with it quick.

In the case of anything happening, make sure to always be in contact. We’ll tackle all problems together as a group.

...Hmm. I see, so you’ll be in charge of correspondence to make sure we’re all on the same page, Anzu? That’s a help. Please watch over us today as always, our Goddess of Victory.

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render

Megamin, Megamin, that’s great and everything but are we not getting new costumes this time?

I don’t see anything but the standard Trickstar unit outfits in the locker~?

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Don’t just take the goddess―megami―part and say it like a nickname. It sounds like you’re mocking me, I don’t like it.

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render

Nah, but don’t you think calling a close friend of the same age a ‘goddess’ sounds more like a funny joke?

Mao Isara School Dialogue Render

Don’t do that, Subaru. Hokuto is serious... He’s a guy who can say stuff like that with a straight face... That’s his virtue...

Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render

Fufu. Anzu-chan has learned to brush it off by playfully replying with ‘Yes, Goddess here~’ anyway...

He’s called her that repeatedly time and time again, so it is practically a nickname.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Hmph... Well, I wasn’t exactly saying it to make her heart race, so that’s fine...

But it’s a little lonely when she brushes me off like that.

Anyway, back to topic. There’s no way Anzu wouldn’t prepare a new costume for SS.

We’re talking about someone who does needlework even when hospitalized.

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render

Whoa, Anzu looks really down! Hey Hokke, that one just now sounded like sarcasm!

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

...Right. I’m aware I shouldn’t keep rubbing it in. Humans make mistakes. So we should acknowledge that and reflect so we can advance together.

No―we have been advancing by doing that, which brought us where we stand now.

Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render

Yeah, we’ve hit walls and lost our way...

But we kept going without breaking down, and that’s how we’ve arrived at today, participating in SS, the stage of longing for all idols.

Fufu. I feel like I can finally say from the bottom of my heart, that I’m an idol.

I’ve always been bothered... by ‘Yuuki Makoto, the model’ sitting in a small corner of my heart.

I felt somewhere, that I was lying to myself and only pretending to be an idol.

But now, I think even the me in that small corner is saying with a smile: ‘I’m an idol!’

Ehehe. I managed to become an idol like all of you, huh?

I’m so happy. It’s such an honor and I’m so proud; I want to commend myself.

Mao Isara School Dialogue Render

Geez, don’t start acting like everything’s over and all’s left is to sleep, guys.

It’s just gonna start from now. Let’s restore our spirits and give it our all~♪

It’s seriously looking to be a severe battle where even a moment of inalert will be fatal.”

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render

Eden isn’t our only opponent too~ Those amazing idols we fought during our ‘pilgrimage’ are also participating.

Professionals and amateurs alike, many of the best idols there are will be standing our way.

It’s gonna be next to impossible to do all of them in and win.

But if I can do that... I feel like Dad might finally smile. You know, I still can’t forget Dad’s face that I saw for the last time.

He looked purposeless and empty. That was the first and last I’ve ever seen that look on him...

I think, I became an idol because I wanted to change that to a smile.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render

Yes, let’s put a smile on the face of everyone in the world. For that, we need to start by having fun and smiling ourselves.

Ultimately, it isn’t a problem of winning or losing.

Though of course I have all the intent to win. But the one who gets to have the most fun and spread the most fun is probably the one to take the trophy.

Translation: kotofucius
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