Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
SS - Chapter 22
Location: SS Dome Event Hall (Lobby)
Ibara Saegusa School Dialogue Render
Your Excellency. Excuse me, but we must greet the respectable Diet members next.
Nagisa Ran School Dialogue Render
..Okay. Like in the script, right? Don’t we need to greet Trickstar?
Hiyori Tomoe School Dialogue Render
Petty, aren’t we~ I don’t really like stuff like that.
Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render
Well, I bet it’s what’s needed. We all agreed to leave the strategies to Ibara, so we should do as he says today.
Hiyori Tomoe School Dialogue Render
Right, right. It pains my heart to ignore those children though, just a little.
Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render
H-Huh? Eden left!
Mao Isara School Dialogue Render
They just blatantly ignored us... It sorta hurts how it’s like we’re not even in their line of sight, when we look to them as our biggest rival.
Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render
I think they made the right choice, though~ Marketing-wise, and directing-wise, they don’t benefit from interacting with us.

Even with that shopping mall live, the news made it to the internet, but...

In the end, they only broadcast an abridged cut on TV.

Mao Isara School Dialogue Render
And even in news sites, we got cheap treatment, huh.

To the point that the helpers’―Ritsu and Sena-senpai’s―existences were totally written out.

What a shame. We put up a pretty good fight, though part of it is thanks to those two.

But it’s all treated like it never happened~ I guess that’s a given, if we think from the enemy’s side.

We could possibly be crushed at worst-case scenario back there―so it’s the closest thing to the best conclusion we could’ve had, I guess.

Even if the media didn’t properly report it... I’m sure there were people who turned into our fans among the audience at the scene.

Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render
Yup. We have Izumi-san and Ritsu-kun to thank. I think that was a real danger we were in back then, so they were huge help for being able to perform with us on improv.

But still. Despite those two from Knights helping us...

From an impartial standpoint, it ended with us ‘just barely alive’.

And I think Eden didn’t release even half of their true strength on that stage.

Mao Isara School Dialogue Render
And they don’t slack on cunning on top of that strength. What a difficult opponent~ if only they’d let their guard down a bit from their arrogance as the strongest unit.
Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render
Hmm... I suppose Eden is being thorough in making sure they’re not doing anything that would benefit us.

They were still scheming to swallow us up, back during Autumn Live.

Hence, they curried favors and threw baits at us that time... but I suppose this means they plan to have a serious match in SS.

Do what the enemy hates, without making anything go their way; that’s the principle of a war.

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render
Ahaha. Then if they’re so dead-set on ignoring us...

How about intruding in front of the camera while addressing them like besties? I bet they’ll hate that♪

Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render
No, that might be a bad idea. They have more experience and advantage with television and media exposure in particular.

Look, most of the TV crews gathered here seem to be linked to the affiliation group CosPro belongs to.

If we pull something without a plan, they might do a crafty edit the moment they capture us on camera...

...and make us into the bad guys. Into some unknown group persistently trying to get into a dispute with them, for one.

I’m not just saying this because I have a trauma regarding camera――

But really, those camera lenses are fearsome things. Live images can be distorted through edits and fabrications according to the enmity of another.

I think we should be careful while we’re in front of media crews under CosPro.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render
Yes. However, we idols and the audience are not always separated by a screen.

We can come in contact with each other in this real life. And this time, with more people than ever had before...

So let’s make them all into our fans. That way, no matter how we are to be exaggerated and fabricated out of someone’s spite...

Our shine will reach everyone without diminish.

At least there’s no choice but to have faith and present every single audience before our eyes with songs and smiles, through dedication.

Didn’t we all know since the start that it won’t be an easy fight, guys?

We’re going to do our best. No matter how hard a trial, even if the chance of victory is unbelievably slight―we can make a miracle happen, however many times.

Mao Isara School Dialogue Render
Yep; effort, friendship, victory. It’s gotten to be like a shounen manga♪

...Oops, let’s not stand around chatting. We’re being a bother to people coming and going here.

Let’s hurry to the hall for the opening ceremony~ It’s that way, right?

Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render
I think. Hyah~ I’m starting to get a little nervous too.
Mao Isara School Dialogue Render
Ahaha. In the opening ceremony, we only have to listen to speeches, so there’s nothing to be nervous for.
Makoto Yuuki School Dialogue Render
R-Right. But they sure have it nice~ Eden will perform a song in the opening ceremony, won’t they? Look, it’s written in the program.
Mao Isara School Dialogue Render
They get to appeal to the audience first of all and flashily at that, yeah.

Opening a gap even before the fight... Well, that’s within expectations, though.

Hokuto Hidaka School Dialogue Render
Yes. Have you noticed, guys?

They’ve been playing Eden’s song at a low volume here... as if beating their singing voices into our eardrums and brains.

Eden really is using every trick. We need to appeal ourselves soon too, or we’ll just get swallowed and done in.

...I’d rather not depend on that, but the student council president is making his moves too, right?

It’s gotten me worried that I’ve only seen the effects of Eden’s strategies.

Mao Isara School Dialogue Render
Yeah, I heard he’s doing stuff. All units of Yumenosaki are supposed to assist us, with the prez at the lead.

We won’t just let our opponents walk all over us.

Subaru Akehoshi School Dialogue Render
Once you’ve got him as an ally, Eichi-senpai’s reliable, isn’t he~?

But nothing can happen if we as the real representatives make a shameful show of ourselves here, so let’s work to not waste their power of friendship!

Ah geez, I’ve gotten excited! I can’t wait for us to sing soon~♪

Translation: kotofucius
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