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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Shinsengumi - Before the dawn 3
Location: Student Council Office
Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render
Please excuse me~♪
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

...Aoba. Do you need something from the student council?

Or are you finished gathering the materials I asked? If so, that was fast. You’re as excellent as ever.

Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render

No no, I’m having a tough time with that...

I think I’ve gathered a good amount of materials, but I’m a little concerned if I’m on the right track?

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render
What’s this about? Tsumu... Aoba-kun, is Keito slaving you away? Oh no, that’s not good at all; if you don’t like something, you need to speak up about it.
Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render

I don’t dislike it~ I think gathering data like this is pretty fun.

Keito-kun helps me out sometimes, just for being a former Library Committee member. I’m happy to return the favor.

Honestly, if we’re talking dislikes... being called ‘Aoba-kun’ by you feels lonely, so if possible, please call me Tsumugi like the old times... Eichi-kun♪

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
Hahaha, talk about sarcasm backfiring, Eichi.
Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render
...(kicks Keito under the desk).
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

Cut it, you’re such a brat sometimes...

Anyway, you said you were concerned about being on the wrong track? Can you explain specifically, what you mean by that?

Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render

Of course. Umm, so I’ve been gathering records of the Shinsengumi, like you asked, but surprisingly so much of them are lies and truths blended together.

With the fabrications practically overrunning the facts, at that.

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

Well, it’s the Shinsengumi. The Japanese have always loved their tragic fools.

Though we’re benefitting from the masses’ fondness of underdogs too, so we can’t make fun of it.

Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render

Right~ The old fine was sort of like that, after all.

We embodied, represented, the sufferings of the weak who felt they were inferior and abused. That’s how we gathered favor.

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
Stop chiming in, Eichi, you’re complicating things. I’m talking to Aoba.
Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

...Tch. Fine, have your way. The third wheel will back off and go pour some tea.

Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render
Ah, that’s not necessary. I’ll leave once I’m done confirming the direction of the task. I don’t intend to interrupt you two at work.
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
You’re not interrupting anything. Eichi was willing to work for once, so we’re mostly done here.
Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render
Somehow Tsumugi manages to only ever visit on days like these... How ill-timed. I feel once more that I’m not the main character of a story anymore.
Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render

Fufu. I think it’s main character-like though, the way events are set off even during your normal days.

And didn’t I say before? Everyone is the main character of their own story.

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render
From a more global view, the opinion that everyone is a main character is misguided, though.
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

As I said, stop butting in, Eichi. Now the talk’s wandered off the point...

To the subject at hand. So you’re concerned whether to be faithful to facts or not.

My verdict is that there’s no need to stick to facts. Folklore, hearsay, fiction, exaggeration, fabrication...

I’ll take anything, so gather all the materials on Shinsengumi that you can find.

Right now, I know too little. That’s exactly why I need you to gather records for me.

Whether to go for fiction or realism comes later, after learning about them.

At least I thought that was the best approach, and I seem to be right...

How I see it, it seems we’ll inevitably have to go for the fictional portrayal, but that doesn’t mean I don’t need materials that are true-to-life and detailed.

You need to know the truths to tell untruths, and you need to first understand the foundations to make modifications.

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

Show-off...

Why are you researching about the Shinsengumi anyway, Keito? Since it really screams Japanese, is it for Akatsuki’s next show?

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

No, it’s for a personal matter. One of the parishioners to our temple―an especially powerful and influential household among them all―requested...

...that we enliven the region using Shinsengumi as the theme.

Apparently my parents talked about me being an idol to that parishioner, during a funeral or a meeting...

‘Then you should be good at this right?’ they said, and here I am dealing with their presumption.

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

Huh, calling idols over for a regional development project...? That’s pretty old-fashioned thinking. We’re not in an era of bubble economy anymore.

An era where numerable super idols shone intensely like the sun and every countryman knew of their names, that’s a thing of the past――

If this were the old times, calling idols over might have some effect, even if momentary.

Yes, if this were that era where everyone recognized and loved idols, who possessed the prestige and magnetism of monotheistic cult gods.

But with the advancement of media, people’s tastes have become split. Now there are so many idols everywhere, more than what you know to do with...

I don’t think they can expect such a big effect on their economy.

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

That’s what put me in a tight spot. Even if I show up and sing, nothing much will happen. I wouldn’t be achieving what they expected from me.

And as a family running a temple, that will be trouble. It’s a parishioner; I prefer to fulfill their request, anyway I can.

The temple still has my brother, but that doesn’t change the fact I’m causing my parents and the whole temple trouble by coming down from the mountain to become an idol.

I want to fulfill my duties, at least. That’s why I’ve been researching about Shinsengumi to come up with a plan.

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

That’s just like you, Keito. You pretend to be ruthless, yet you can never seem to abandon anything.

...If you just wish for it, I can have a little chat with the bigwigs of that area and settle it for you. It’ll be easy, and there won’t be any need to spend money or energy.

I’m sure they’ll be glad to be served the chance to suck up to the Tenshouin Zaibatsu.

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

And do you think I wish for that, Eichi?

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

Nope, not at all. ...Ever the devoted monk, Keito.

...Oops. Sorry for interrupting the talk despite being an unrelated party, you two. I just remembered I have something to attend to, so I’ll be excusing myself.

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
Stop right there. Aren’t you scheming something, Eichi? Your face tells it all. I’m asking you just don’t stick your neck into this; it’s my problem.
Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

Well, true. But that doesn’t mean the problem is only yours, right?

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

...?

Translation: kotofucius
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