|Writer: 日日日 (Akira)|
|Location: SS Dome Event Hall (Waiting room)|
|I think this wasn’t Saegusa-kun’s intention. He’s not that stupid...
Looking at the pattern of his actions so far, it’s unlikely he would choose this method.
We’ve suffered some due to that boy’s schemes.
As a result, most of the surviving participants for the final stage are related to CosPro one way or the other, making it practically their perfect victory.
I kept talking about causing miracles in one-in-a-million chance but honestly... even if we win, they’ll still profit greatly.
CosPro’s influence within the entertainment business would still be greatly strengthened.
They profit whether they win or lose; but if they can win, all the better―this is a pattern in Saegusa-kun’s strategies.
That boy’s an entrepreneur. He doesn’t try to cross burning bridges.
In my view, even his provocative gestures were only a strategy meant to scare his opponents into thinking that ‘he might really do it’.
He’s a snake that calmly manipulates others with his glib tongue. Careless frontal attacks aren’t like Saegusa-kun.
|Nn~... Then maybe he thinks it’s safer to crush us, since we’re the only unpredictable component here?
That’s why he went for the kill with that video, as an insurance or something.
|No, that’s impossible. I also researched the things they’re hiding, so we could oppose him if he were to use this tactic against us.
Since he kept implicating that he had a firm grasp on our weakness――
I wanted us to be able to point a blade against their throat too.
After studying about Nagisa-san’s past that you heard from Eve during Autumn Live, Isara-kun...
I reeled in a bunch of info as well, until I found threatening secrets of them.
Saegusa-kun’s background, the matter of Sazanami-kun’s dad... It’s not a pretty tactic, so I’ve been keeping it secret from you guys.
But as for the case of Akehoshi-kun’s father... Maybe it was deliberately covered up, because at this day and age, it was hard to find much on him.
He seemed to have a deep relation with that godfather-like person mentioned in Eve’s story.
The supposedly discovered ‘crimes’ of Akehoshi-kun’s father all lead to that person.
That’s my conclusion upon looking at the information I’ve gathered in full.
I think that person was trying to make Akehoshi-kun’s father his successor.
Because your father was his favorite super idol... or simply, because that person was a fan.
He was a villain in every way possible, but I think he loved idols from the heart.
His methods were dirty, but it was thanks to him that the idol industry developed.
So, what I’m trying to say is, uhhh... if one were to allude to Akehoshi-kun’s dad...
It could also bring that person’s villainy, which they’ve worked so hard to cover up, to light.
And that could be harm to Eden at present, seeing as Nagisa-san used to be under that person’s shelter...
...and Saegusa-kun is possibly a successor to him.
Most people don’t dance that easily to what the media feeds them these days.
They’ll try to dig up what’s under to satisfy their curiosity, make their own conclusion, and crack wide open secrets of the past that were thrown into the dark pit.
Eden is the one hiding a successor and an adopted son of a criminal here, and an irrefutably terrible one at that: the Mr. Godfather.
They’ll be as deep in trouble as we are when their secrets are out.
So showing that video was really all pain and no gain for Eden.
They weren’t cornered enough to take risks. It’s all meaningless. They had no reason to evoke a plan that might bite back at them.
So our culprit isn’t Eden. They’re probably in as much panic right now.
|Hmm. I see. All right; all the better then. We need to see Eden whatever it takes...
They might be able to help us.
No, maybe...we’ll be able to overcome this dilemma.
We might be able to stand up against this danger and our common enemy by joining hands as fellow idols.
If the members of Eden are idols just like us... then they can potentially become not our greatest adversary, but our strongest ally.
Let’s hurry. I’m confrontational apparently, so I can’t seem to negotiate with my opponents in peace, even in pretense.
I’ll need the help of Isara, who’s good at that kind of thing, and Yuuki, who probably holds the most information here.
Help me. Please. I need your strength.
|Of course. I’ll do whatever I can do.|
|Same with me. I’ll place my faith and follow behind you, Hidaka-kun, like I’ve done so far.|
|Thank you. ...Wait for us, Akehoshi. We’ll be back with good news.
We’ll make you into an idol. I’m a big fan of the idol you.
|That, and you’re a most precious friend and comrade to us!|
|That’s right; we love you lots~ So believe and wait, yeah?|
|Guys... O-Okay. I don’t really get it, but I’ll be waiting with Anzu.
I want to believe in a future where I can sparkle radiantly with you guys.