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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Shinsengumi - The Revolutionary Ogre 8
Location: Hasumi Residence (Main Hall of the Temple)
(For the Sake of the Lord) Souma Kanzaki Full Render

Gentlemen, I understand your concerns, but please lend an ear to Hasumi-dono as well. If we are portraying the Bakumatsu era as whole, then things will end in the anti-shogunate rebels’ victory...

In a way, would that not make you, Torikkusutaa, the true leading role?

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
Nice, Kanzaki! You took the words out of my mouth!
Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render
You mean you were trying to con them into believing that, Keito! Of course, I intervened because I saw that coming☆
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
Are you here just to stir things up!? Shut up, Eichi!
Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render
...Oi, oi. What’s going on here? What’s the ruckus?
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
Ah, Kiryuu, there you are! You’re very late! What’s your excuse for piddling around?
Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

I messaged you at intervals, didn’t I... By some weird chance, I had to keep Mikejima company.

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

Fufu. Maybe he wasn’t piddling around, but peddling―medicines?

Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render

Oh, a Shinsengumi Joke☆ That’s sooo funny![1]

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

Haha, it’s so chaotic in heere... But I guess that’s no surprise given the members gathered.

Nn? What’s wrong, Anzu-saan? Hmm... so you guys were discussing the details of the event plan after practice, until they broke into an argumeent?

Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render

Ahaha... I think it was my fault.

I brought a DVD of The Blazing Sword[2] thinking it would be good reference, and when we did a screening after the lesson, that seemed to have turned them all into Shinsengumi fans.

Now they’re all having a huge split over who gets to be the Shinsengumi.

Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render
Me, me, I wanna be Shinsengumi! I keep a dog so I think I’ll be a perfect fit! The Shinsengumi often get compared to wolves, and wolves are dogs! Right?
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
I dare you to say that to Oogami’s face.
Hokuto Hidaka Summer School Dialogue Render

I think they were called wolves as an insult.

But of course, if Akehoshi were to play the Shinsengumi, then I will too. It’s better to make the role consistent between members of the same unit. It prevents existing fans from getting confused.

Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render
Fufu. I do feel that a blue robe will look lovely on you, Hidaka-kun.
Hokuto Hidaka Summer School Dialogue Render

It’ll suit you too since your hair is blue, Aoba-senpai.

Great, and Aoba-senpai is representing Yuuki, so he’s naturally on our team.

And, because he’s one of us, that makes us the more suitable to be Shinsengumi.

Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render

Hear, hear! Your unit name is Akatsuki so blue doesn’t suit you! I say you should be true to your roots by wearing some red clothes!

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

What the... First off, did you know that their blue robes were apparently just ceremonial wear, and in reality they mostly wore black to melt into the night?

That’s written in the documents. Right, Aoba?

Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render

Well~ but I think the public recognizes Shinsengumi by those blue robes?

(For the Sake of the Lord) Souma Kanzaki Full Render
...If you insist on us wearing red, I believe we just need to slay the anti-shogunate rebels in a single sweep and let their blood drench our garments?
Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render
This kid just said something bloodcurdling with a straight face! Ahaha, boy, what an entertaining debate♪
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

This is nothing as pretty as a debate! Stop with your selfish whining, rascals! This matter was entrusted to me to begin with, so naturally... we are the center!

Which makes us the Shinsengumi!

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

Hahaha! [Laughable]! Surely you’re aware it’s no longer your personal matter, Keito-saan?

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Nn~ But y’know, I think from like a story angle, we being the Shinsengumi and Trickstar being anti-shogunate rebels does fit the best.

I mean, since they’re rebelling against authority and causing a revolution?

Hokuto Hidaka Summer School Dialogue Render

Hmm. That’s a good point. It’s important to play a role that suits your nature.

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

I knew I could count on you, Kiryuu! Nice assist! Keep going for the push!

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Haha. What boss, did you take a liking to the Shinsengumi while looking them up? You seem to want that Shinsengumi role an awful lot...

Then, why don’t ya get on your knees and beg the kids to give it up?

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render
Yeah, yeah! You should prostrate the way Isara-kun does it! I want to see, I want to see! Keito, on his hands and knees! Come on, hurry up! We’re all waiting...☆
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

You are definitely getting a kick out of this, Eichi! Shut up already!

Just you wait, I’ll come up with one or two hundred arguments to blast your ears with until you’re convinced! And I won’t even need to prostrate!

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

...Hahaha. It sure is peacefuul. Very unlike the presumptions we were making.

Aren’t you all supposed to be enemiees? The order, and the revolutionaries?

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

That’s true. Maybe it’s because our dreams are actually one, Mikejima-kun.

We all love idols; and wanting to be better idols, we scramble fervidly to bring the happy future even just a slight bit closer...

We’re facing the same direction, perhaps even brethrens fighting for the same cause.

It’s not as clean-cut as friends and enemies, good and evil.

Maybe that’s conversely hard to fathom for you, who observes the turn of events from the outside without ever coming inside the mayhem yourself.

Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render

......

Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render
Hey, hey, Mikejima... -senpai, what do you think? Give us your objective opinion! Between us and Akatsuki, who should be the Shinsengumi?
Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render
...Can I really decide that, Subaru-saan?
Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render
You don’t need to decide; we’ll just hear out your input! We only do whatever we want no matter what anyone tells us anyways☆
Madara Mikejima Summer School Dialogue Render
Hmm... I see. That’s the sort of children you are, huuh? You effortlessly pull what I can’t do. That makes me green with envyy♪
Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render
Fufu. At this rate, maybe we should just decide by drawing lots? I think either of you would make for wonderful Shinsengumi anyway♪
Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render
No! As a Japanese-style unit, we’re the one who can recreate the original Shinsengumi to a T!
Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render

Nope! Our reimagining of Shinsengumi will be more sparkly and shiny, like never seen before☆

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

Fufu. I think there’s nothing to worry whichever way the scales fall...

But joining in the red oceans[3] is a foolish move, so I’ll nominate myself for the role of the bigwig who orders the Shinsengumi around♪

Tsumugi Aoba Summer School Dialogue Render
Oh, then me too... That sounds the most peaceful.
Subaru Akehoshi Summer School Dialogue Render

Ahhh! If you two choose a different role, it’ll be three-against-two! We’ll be losing! C’mon, you guys are Ukki and Sally’s stand-ins, okay?

Let’s all be Shinsengumi together~ Okay? Okay?♪

Eichi Tenshouin Summer School Dialogue Render

Fufu. If in the real history, everyone had been Shinsengumi, maybe war wouldn’t have broken out...

But, history is interesting because things never go that well♪

Keito Hasumi Summer School Dialogue Render

That’s it, all this bickering will get us nowhere! Let’s settle this by taking turns putting a Shinsengumi-like show!

Transfer student, you watch and be the judge!

I see that you and Trickstar are close, but be careful not to let that affect your judgment, you hear me?

Kuro Kiryu Summer School Dialogue Render

Haha, that’s shooting yourself in the foot, Hasumi. Well, we just have to show a difference in power that anyone can see, right?

Like we’ve always done so far... That’s Akatsuki, yeah?

  1. The original line is Keito asking where Kurou was “selling oil” (油を売る abura wo uru, Japanese expression for idling away, loafing about, basically procrastinating). Eichi then suggests that it might have been medicines Kurou was selling, and not oil. The “Shinsengumi joke” is likely that Hijikata Toshizou is known for originally being a medicine peddler.
  2. “Moeyo-ken”. This, I think.
  3. Likely refers to the term used for competitive market; the vicious contest turns the ocean red with blood. Opposite of blue ocean.
Translation: kotofucius
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