|Season: Autumn (秋)|
|Writer: Mitsuki||Chapters: 7||Translator: MMayCalVI7&Cnenstarsen|
|Multiple translations are available for this story. Use the color-coded drop down menus in the chapters to read the translation of your choice. Translations by MMayCalVI7 are contained in red boxes, while translations by Cnenstarsen are in blue boxes.
A Better Tomorrow - 1
 The four word idiom used in the sentence is 走火入魔, which is used when someone is really into something to the point of addiction.
 White cut chicken is a dish where the chicken meat is very tender. Here Hinata is saying that Tetora's muscles are the opposite of the dish, meaning Tetora's muscles are quite tough.
A Better Tomorrow - 1
¹: Original verb was “study intensively”. So Tetora doesn’t just mean research, he means hardcore research.
A Better Tomorrow - 2
¹: Referencing Midori’s usual “it’s troublesome/it’s a pain” line.
²: Original was “extended an olive branch towards you.” Not used because it didn't entirely make sense, but here it is anyway because... Well, I found it interesting haha.
A Better Tomorrow - 3
¹ : He forgot how to say adrenaline.
A Better Tomorrow - 4
¹: A reference to Kuro’s first sub story?? It also takes place in the AV room.
²: In the chapter summary Mao says “There’s ‘hero’ in the name, so~ I’m sure it’ll be good ♪"
|Location: 1-A Classroom|
|Translation by MMayCalVI7|
|Translation by Cnenstarsen|
|Yo, Takamine. Good afternoon~ ♪|
|Oh, it’s Isara-senpai... Good afternoon...
So you were late as well... Did something happen with the Student Council again?
|“Halloween Party” just ended, so not today. For better or for worse, the Student Council has to take a breather too.
A classmate just happened to need help with day duty, so I stopped to help him some.
What about you, did you run into anything troublesome?¹
¹: Referencing Midori’s usual “it’s troublesome/it’s a pain” line.
|Does a sudden pop quiz count…
Ah, but please don’t take that to heart... Since you’re someone who worries about people too easily...
Actually, you’re no better than Morisawa-senpai... Always minding other people’s business alongside your own...
I feel like dying just bothering about my own things...
|Is that so? I feel like I’m a lot worse than Buchou. He really is like the sun~|
|Senpai, you shouldn’t be so self-deprecating... You’re clearly the better one...
When I see you all energized I think “that’s good,” and feel at peace...
But when it’s Buchou, I just think “what a disaster,” and feel really uneasy...
|Takamine, Isara! Both of you have finally arrived!
Did I hear “disaster” just now? What happened?! Do you need a hero of justice to debut?!
|No, you heard wrong. We don’t need you.
Also, don’t talk when you’re running laps, everything you say sounds garbled.
|Whoa, Takamine scolded me again! But you’re right this time, I have no excuse!
Well, as long as everything is alright! You two should warm up quickly, so you can battle for the day!
I’ll go on ahead first! We’ll meet again later, friends...☆
|Buchou sure sounds cool~ As expected of Ryuseitai. I always get the feeling you’re all very good at saying these kinds of things ♪|
|Is it really cool...? I think it’s dumb...
But kids like it a lot, so maybe those are the kind of men kids admire...
No, kids don’t think that deeply into it... They only like simple things, right?...
Uu, this isn’t really helpful...
|What’s up, what are you muttering about? You stopped warming up, you know?|
|Nothing much, I just thought of something my classmates and I talked about...
That’s right, after this I might go watch a movie with a classmate. Do you want to come along, Senpai...?
|Huh? Sure I can, but why me?|
|Because I feel like you’re always working really hard... Watching a movie might help you relax...
I just thought of it now, so I asked… It wasn’t too sudden, was it...?
|No, no~ I actually feel blessed all of a sudden ♪
What kind of movie is it going to be? I want to watch something lighthearted~
|We still haven’t decided... Tetora-kun said it might be a more hot-blooded movie...
It probably won’t be too heavy... But it might be a bit loud, a bit annoying...
|Ahaha, you seem to have the wrong idea on what hot-bloodedness really is, Takamine…
Hot-blooded, huh? That sounds refreshing, perfect for unwinding ♪
|That’s that, then. I’ll confirm the time, and then...|
|...I’ll let you know...|
|Taichou, do you have to make weird noises when other people are talking...?
Did you finish your laps? Then keep on running... Preferably until you have no more energy to speak...
|There it is again! Look how differently he treats me!
Sorry, I was just admiring Isara, and got overexcited!
How nice, Isara! It must be nice to be that popular with your juniors!
Sengoku has always stuck close to you, and now even Takamine’s taken a liking to you!²
²: Original was “extended an olive branch towards you.” Not used because it didn't entirely make sense, but here it is anyway because...well, I found it interesting haha.
|Taichou, were you listening to our conversation just now...? I’ll make this clear now, I didn’t invite you to the movie, okay...?|
|Oh, don’t worry. I know how to be considerate too.
You wanted to let Isara relax a bit. That kindness is moving, so I absolutely will not disturb it.
In other words, I’ll just be on the sidelines this time, waiting.
But what I’m looking forward to even more is the day that Takamine faces me honestly.
Yes, that day will definitely come.
After all, you’re the man I chose to become Ryusei Green, hahaha...☆
|Translation by MMayCalVI7|
|Translation by Cnenstarsen|
|You’re heading to the AV room, little miss? Nice timing, let’s go together.
I just came from the Handicrafts Club.
Itsuki’s received a lot of costume work and stuff from the “Halloween Party” you organized, little miss.
There were some loose ends left over. Those things are normal to us, but that guy’s not used to them.
That’s what Aoba said. But the situation’s still under control for now, he’s stronger than I thought.
He’s probably also trying to reach towards “us”.
But he still doesn’t like to hear it. He’s probably doing it on purpose. He’s not a little kid anymore, after all.
What about you, little miss? Are those the DVDs you borrowed?
Haha, I’m looking forward to watching them.
|[Scene Change: AV Room]|
|Defence again?! You’ve been defending ever since the beginning of the game, Midori-kun.
You keep defending and you won’t refill power or attack. Nobody’s gonna win or lose like this.
Won’t it just turn into me using a punching bag? There’s no point in the game then.
|But you could defeat me if I did any other action, Tetora-kun… Only defense is absolutely safe…
It’s fine as long as I haven’t lost… ♪
|You sure don’t have any competitive spirit, Midori-kun…|
|Ah… Move over a bit, you two. I want to take a look at the port here.|
|Yessir! Thanks for your hard work~ ☆|
|Oh, it’s rowdy in here.|
|It’s Taishou and Anego! Afternoon~ ☆|
|Mm. So you still play this, Tetsu.
I used to play a lot when I was little, and started playing less and less as I got older. It’s nostalgic seeing it now ♪
|Ahaha. Isara-senpai was fiddling with the equipment, so we couldn’t do anything else. It seemed like a good time to play this ♪
Want to try, Taishou~?
|I think I’ll pass. You guys go on.|
|Heey~ Takamine, bring me that wire in the corner over there~|
|I’m closer, so I’ll do it. You want the one with the blue plug, right?
I’ll plug it in for you too… There we go.
|OK, the screen’s on~ Thanks, Kiryu-senpai. I didn’t think you’d know this place so well ♪|
|I come here sometimes to watch things¹, but it’s my first time seeing the place this messy.
¹ - A reference to Kuro’s first sub story?? It also takes place in the AV room.
|Yeah, I don’t know who used it last. They didn’t clean up at all.
Fixing everything in here took me a lot of effort~ Should I drop a suggestion to Vice President to clarify the rules of use in this place?
|How is Hasumi lately? Not too busy?|
|Mhm, it’s been pretty relaxed recently for Vice President’s standards ♪
It was super hectic a while back~ Kanzaki would come help out at the student council.
He helped out with a substantial amount of stuff, but as long as he came the vice president’s brows would relax a bit.
We’re all grateful to him, just for that alone ♪
|Haha. Hasumi wouldn’t be so overjoyed by the help of just anyone.
That guy probably cheered up from seeing him, like some dumb parent with their son ♪
|Is that what Vice President is actually like? It feels like my impression of Akatsuki’s changed again. I originally thought you guys were the tougher type ♪|
|Don’t say that to Hasumi’s face, or he’ll start going to extremes again, overthinking about whether he ruined the unit image or not.
To be honest, we’re just ordinary high school students too. Being the same as everyone else is what it means to be normal.
There’s no need to act all high and mighty. You’ll only be straining yourself.
You’ll also be making a big deal out of yourself too.
|Taishou~! Don’t just stand around there talking~!|
|Um… Anzu-senpai borrowed a lot of DVDs...|
|That’s right, all of them look good! Midori-kun and I couldn’t choose one at all...|
|Isara-senpai, do you want to come pick one...?|
|Huh, you want me to decide? Shouldn’t we ask Kiryu-senpai too?|
|Go ahead, you look like you’ve got the most brains out of all of us.|
|Don’t mind if I do then~
Mhm, I choose this one.
The men on the cover look really cool², so~ I’m sure it’ll be good ♪
² - In the chapter summary Mao says “There’s ‘hero’ in the name, so~ I’m sure it’ll be good ♪"
|Location: AV Room|
|What’s up with you two? You haven’t spoken since the movie ended.|
|Uu… How depressing… I want to die…|
|Ha… Ditto… I’m depressed too…
It ended just like that? There’s no sequel? It’s completely finished?
But that can’t be! This isn’t a good ending at all!
|The bad guys were too cocky…|
|And the good guys didn’t have a happy ending! Why do purely well-meaning people always get plotted against?!
How come people who changed for the better just can’t go back on the right path?
|Ooh, your reactions sure are intense. Don’t move around too much though, the tables here aren’t too steady.
What about you, Kiryu-senpai? You haven’t spoken since the movie started.
|Sorry, I was thinking of something just now.
The movie was pretty good, even though it ended differently than I thought it would.
Little miss sure is full of surprises ♪
|Mm, I agree with you, Kiryu-senpai~ Thanks for inviting me, Takamine ♪|
|But… Didn’t you say before… That you wanted to see something lighthearted and refreshing, Isara-senpai…
That movie didn’t fit at all…
|Right~ I think I did say something like that…
But this genre’s pretty good too. It was a unique experience and it left a really strong impression on me. Feels like my heart’s overflowing.
I’ll probably remember it for a long time to come.
|Even though that’s what the seniors are saying, I still mind it a lot!
I know Anego recommended it, so that means Anego feels like we can use it as reference.
But how can we call ourselves “men” if we’re doing something we don’t want to do, and not doing what’s right?!
|Tetsu, calm down.
Do you think being a man is something easy and bright?
Something that you can do painlessly, just by having a musclehead physique like a bear’s?
|The dreams you’re always talking about probably aren’t these flimsy pretty words, are they?|
Even if it’s like this, there should be a bit of hope, right? …It shouldn’t be this unbearable!
You can’t all just be satisfied like that after watching it, right?
|I’m with Tetora-kun… I feel like my heart’s been clogged up…|
|Mm... I’m still good. Though I’m definitely a little dissatisfied, after all the protagonist was only a little bit away from escaping their suffering.
Though I’m not as passionate about it as Nagumo.
Is my soul too old?
|Because you’ve experienced more, you’ve already developed an immunity to this kind of thing.
You probably understand very well that it’s normal to have things not go your way.
|Yep~ reality and shounen manga are different.
Justice will definitely prevail, dreams will definitely come true, good people will definitely have happy endings, bad guys will definitely be punished…
It’s right to think that way. But if you only ever face reality with wishful thinking, you’ll definitely fall to a sad end.
Because reality isn’t that beautiful.
Reality doesn’t treat kind people gently, and sometimes it’ll play cruel, pointless jokes on them.
You’re only deceiving yourself if you don’t prepare yourself, you know?
|As expected of someone from the student council, you speak clearly. That’s pretty much what I meant.
Guys that can’t understand reality and shout out catchphrases loudly will only ever be children playing make-believe.
Far away from even the basis of “becoming an adult.”
Real men are the ones who can clearly see the truth of reality but still hold their heads up high.
That would be the best way to understand it. Tetsu, don’t get carried away by your emotions.
|Location: AV Room|
|Nnn… Even though what Taishou and Isara-senpai said makes sense, I’m still not satisfied!
What, are happy endings impossible?
Is it too childish to hope that everyone will receive a good ending...?
|No. For a principled kid like you, who’s never experienced past sorrows, it’s normal to think like that.
It’s good, and not wrong at all. It shouldn’t be made fun of. Work hard to achieve it.
That’s what I... Wasn’t able to do before.
Even though part of it was being in a bad era, I didn’t live shrewdly enough. That’s the truth.
There were people I originally could have protected, but I missed the chance because I was too immature, too stupid.
…And I committed mistakes that might be unforgivable in other people’s eyes.
There might be people even now who would tell me things like “I won’t forgive you!”
But even so, I won’t beg them for another chance or anything.
There’s no use in expressing those kinds of thoughts. It only sounds like you’re running from the present, and denying the past completely while you’re at it.
I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off anyway, since my personality’s like this.
If I could redo it all over again, I wouldn’t change that.
Even if I’d make less mistakes… Then I wouldn’t be who I am now, standing here saying these things.
Even if you don’t want to face what you did, in the end you still have to take responsibility with your own two hands.
The less ideal your past was, the more that rings true. If it weren’t for that, then I’d really become a pathetic and lowly brat.
Though I say that, it’s hard to change the way I live.
Some people think that nothing matters, so they can do all sorts of things.
But I can’t.
And that’s fine, inflexible people will naturally have inflexible ways of living.
If there comes a day where the era changes, and refuses to let me go on being like this…
I won’t hold back.
|Mm…what Taishou said is really hard to understand! But I get the key idea~ ☆
It means I have to keep training myself, not only in body but also in spirit ♪
|You simplified it way too much… But you’re not wrong putting it that way either.|
|Mmhmm, I gotta think it over and remember all this, then go back to tell Hinata-kun and the rest~ ☆
As expected of Taishou, you’re cool even when giving life lessons. I understood everything you said~
Anego, you think so too right~?
|Little miss, don’t just follow Tetsu nodding your head furiously…
Tetsu, don’t say anything right now. It’s best if little miss doesn’t learn from me, you know?
The “producer” is meant to work with lots of people. Wouldn’t it be a disaster if she turned out like me?
This world has many paths to walk. I’m not anyone amazing.
Just a brute who’s doing his best to live decently.
Someone that can live shrewdly, but still be a good person. Do you have a role model like that by your side, little miss?
|Isara-senpai… I turned off what you told me to…
Is there anything else I can help with…
|No, that’s all. Thanks for your hard work~ Just leave the rest to me ♪
Eh? Why’re you staring at me, Anzu? Did I get something on my clothes?
|Mm, you understood what I wanted to say in a flash, little miss.
Though Hasumi-danna loves to talk about how you can’t get by with just little tricks…
I don’t think it’s a bad thing as long as you’re not hurting anyone. It’ll save some trouble, at least ♪
Don’t think of what I said as something amazing…
If you really turned out like me, I’d get worried, little miss.
|Eh? Anzu, you and Kiryu-senpai were talking about me just now?
I didn’t think you’d do something like that~ Has someone been a bad influence on you?
What did you and Senpai talk about? Tell me ♪
Ah? You can’t say? But it’s definitely not anything bad?
I’m not doubting you, Anzu… But I still feel a little uneasy...?
|Heh, when it comes to times like these it’s best to stop asking.
When girls don’t wanna talk, shut your mouth and be quiet.
That’s an important part of being a “man” too.
|Ooh, time flew by without us noticing.
The weather’s getting colder~ And the days are getting shorter too.
Nagumo still wasn’t satisfied and kept clamouring for one more, so in the end Anzu gave him all the DVDs
Thank goodness we didn’t actually watch more. If we were still at school by dark, we might’ve been dragged in for a scolding by Akiomi-sensei ♪
|What’s wrong, Takamine? You’re not still feeling depressed, right~?
Is it because it’s me by your side and not Buchou~?
|I didn’t think you’d crack these kinds of jokes too, Isara-senpai…
How depressing… I want to die…
|Sorry, sorry. I guess I chose a bad time. You still hung up on the movie? You’re pretty sensitive, huh, Takamine ♪|
|It’s not entirely about the movie…
I heard what Kiryu-senpai said… And I think it makes sense too…
But not everyone can be like how he said… Walking forward though they know the road ahead is tough…
I can’t become that kind of person… Uu… Just the thought alone is scary… Isn’t there another way…?
But everyone around me is always...
No matter if it’s Buchou, Tetora-kun, or even you, Anzu-senpai...
It feels like everyone gets more excited… And more energetic... When there are obstacles ahead of them…
That gives me a lot of pressure...
|Ah, don’t feel guilty because of that kind of thing.
Didn’t Kiryu-senpai also say that there are all kinds of people in this world?
Where there are strong people, there will be the gentle. Where there are people that like to worry, there will be people who need to be taken care of.
If everyone could fend for themselves, then people like me would probably be out of a job ♪
|That doesn’t make me happy at all…|
|Don’t mind it, I was just joking.
If I have to be serious, in the end I prefer living a life where I don’t trouble other people ♪
Putting it like that sounds really normal, right? I feel like 90% of the people in this country probably feel the same.
|Is that so… Maybe Yumenosaki is the exception then…|
|But, it’s hard to actually achieve it.
People that can actually do it are amazing.
A life that’s exciting is worthy of admiration, but I’m not particularly inclined towards it.
Because the risks are too high; it’d hurt my family and worry my friends, and might bring them harm.
If there was only me, with no ties whatsoever, then I could do whatever I wanted.
There’s no big deal if it’s only one person committing sin ♪
But people are social animals, so having relationships with other people is a part of us.
You have to properly maintain and cooperate in those relationships ♪
|It feels like we’re getting more and more off topic…? What are you trying to say, Senpai…?|
|You’re a child from an ordinary family, aren’t you, Takamine. I’m guessing to you guys, you being an idol is no small thing.|
|It’s a bit more challenging being an idol than a normal person, right?
Being an idol as a steady job is already good enough. Don’t overthink if there’s nothing to worry about, yeah?
Even if that’s how you think of yourself, your friends and family won’t laugh at you, Takamine. They’ll only hold out their hands when you can’t go on anymore.
Being unwilling to go on adventures is also a kind of virtue. After all, nobody wants to see their loved ones in difficulty.
That’s why I told you not to feel guilty for this kind of thing ♪
Out of everyone around me, you might be the only one who’s ever told me something like that, Senpai…
You sure have a good head on your shoulders, Senpai… Everything you say makes a lot of sense…♪
|Don’t talk like I was just being petty. I seriously think that, you know?|
|I didn’t mean that… I should say I’m really grateful to you, Senpai…
The more weird people I meet, the more comforting it is to meet nice and normal seniors…
If I’m always wracked with nerves, I probably really will die depressed…
I’m glad you’re in the basketball club…
So the world has gentle “men” like you too, Isara-senpai…♪