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Writer: 日日日 (Akira)
Wonder Game - Chapter 15
Location: In front of the Auditorium
Hiyori Tomoe School Dialogue Render

Ahaha! While I had my back turned for a moment you started getting along so well, let me join in on your little chat, too~♪

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

……….

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

Natsume-san is averting his eyes and blatantly ignoring him, huh. I don’t know the details of the situation, but do you really detest him that much just because he’s a former fine member?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

Just like you detest our class teacher Sagami Jin-sensei about the same amouNT, or even moRE.

Though it appears that you managed to do a great job in clearing up your resentment towards hIM, so if you have any pointers on how to pull that off so easiLY, I’d very much like to hear thEM.

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

…’xcuse me. I have an issue with both this topic and the way you’re talking about it, alright~?

Hiyori Tomoe School Dialogue Render

Ahaha. You’re really adept at hitting other people’s nerves, Natsume-kun!

But don’t bully our kid too much, okay? He’s quite tender-hearted since he is still a pupa, a flower bud in the middle of his growth phase ♪

I do think that it won't be too long that he will turn into a butterfly or flower capable of splendid singing, though?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

Singing floweRS, hUH. I guess you did your reading in preparation for “Wonder GaME”.

Sora Harukawa School Dialogue Render

? What does that mean?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

It means that in Alice’s stoRY, those kinds of episodes actually happEN.

It would be good for you to gain some knowledge tOO, SoRA. Waiting around here must be boring for yOU, so why don’t you look over the original book in the meantiME?

Sora Harukawa School Dialogue Render

HaHa~♪ As long as he has games, Sora will never be bored!

The “Wonder Game” we’re participating in this time has “game” in its name, and that’s enough reason for Sora to be excited for it! What kind of pleasant game is it going to be?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

It’s not a gaME, but rathER, woRK. WeLL, I suppose there are some game-like components to it this tiME.

We were given a detailed explanation of it earliER, so I’ll be repeating a few things from IT.

But I think it’s good to go over it again before we begIN, so let me go over the specifics with you once moRE, with my personal opinion mixed in this tiME.

“Wonder Game” is going to take place over the course of two weeKS, and will be comprised of a series of evenTS. For the entire duratiON, there will be daily live shows and such modeled after “Through the Looking-GlaSS”.

Hiyori Tomoe School Dialogue Render

To add to this: There will also be episodes based on “Alice in Wonderland”, though I personally think just the story of “Through the Looking-Glass” would give us plenty of material.

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

Don’t intrude on the conversation like it’s naturAL, ex-fiNE.

...“Looking-Glass” isn’t as well-knoWN, compared to “WonderlaND”.

SO, I’m sure it’s because there’s a chance we’ll be leaving some of our viewers behind if we don’t put in some more popular stuFF.

Sora Harukawa School Dialogue Render

Viewers?

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

Aah, it looks like all of “Wonder Game” is going to be broadcasted… On television, as well as on web streaming services.

That includes not just the live shows, but the scenes of us getting prepared for them and such, too.

Which is exactly why I’m saying we should try to get along, so the viewers don’t have to see a tense atmosphere between us, right~?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

As I just saID, could you stop cutting into the conversatiON? BesidES, I plan to behave while I'm in front of the camerAS, so there's no need for your conceRN.

AnywAY. Thanks to certain people interjectiNG, my explanation has gotten out of ordER,but every event during the two-week duration of "Wonder Game" will be recorded and broadcastED.

Sora Harukawa School Dialogue Render

Hiyah, then Sora has to be a well-behaved, good boy, right~?

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

Of courSE, the recordings will be editED, so if there’s things we don’t want to be broadcastED, they’re bound to delete those scenES.

We live in a time where it’s important to be cautious with matters of privaCY, so they won’t show anything exposing.

Hiyori Tomoe School Dialogue Render

Fufun. I wouldn't have any problems with it if everything I do 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, was recorded on camera and broadcasted, though!

I'd actively want to show myself off, if anything ☆

Jun Sazanami School Dialogue Render

Just where is that confidence coming from… You generally have a surprisingly sloppy side to you, so wouldn’t you just be exposing your disgracefulness for everyone to see?

Hiyori Tomoe School Dialogue Render

Fufu. It’s an idol's job to turn even the disgraceful parts of oneself into appeal… Well, physically speaking, even if I were to be filmed 24 hours a day it’d be impossible to broadcast all of it.

There’s such a thing as “time slots”, and some editing will always be necessary. Regrettably so.

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

YeAH. ...Let’s get this conversation back on traCK. During “Wonder GaME”, there will be a leading role known as “Alice” who is chosen anew every dAY.

And that is another distinctive featuRE.

“Alice” is the protagonist of the stoRY, in other words, the “idOL”.

The “Alice” that is chosen once per day in “Wonder Game” is the only one who gets to do lessons and idol activitiES, and is able to sing and dance in the live show held at the end of the dAY.

That’s the privilege they attaIN.

The other idols who weren’t able to become “Alice” will be dressed up as residents of the Wonderland and the Looking-Glass Land and have to mess with hER.

To put it more clearLY. They will act as her producers and manageRS, and have to guide and support “AliCE”.

They will also construct the staGE, work on promotional activitiES, and if “Alice” demands for IT, be her background dancers and suCH.

That means they will simultaneously be the players moving the "Alice" chess piece, and the chess pieces moving according to "Alice's" instructiONS.

This is likely all in order to imitate the chess game from “Through the Looking-Glass” on a meta levEL.

Hiyori Tomoe School Dialogue Render

Yep, yep. When you look at “Through the Looking-Glass” from an omniscient perspective, the characters’ movements, including Alice’s, seem like those of chess pieces on a board.

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

SupposedLY. But in realiTY, if you were to prepare a chessboard and move the pieces according to the plot of “Through the Looking-GlaSS”...

All the movements of the pieces would be improbable and rule-defyiNG, so it’s really kind of randOM.

Sora Harukawa School Dialogue Render

Muu, you have to stick to the rules~. Otherwise games aren’t fun!

Natsume Sakasaki School Dialogue Render

FufuFU. A board gaME, just like sporTS, is a “drama without a synopsIS”.

If there are no exciting developmenTS, it’ll be considered a failure as a stoRY.

We should turn a blind eye to trickery and cheating to an exteNT, since those are a necessary evIL. For magicians like US, who defy reasON, you could even say it’s the best decisiON.

Maybe that’s wHY… Mr. Saegusa asked us to do “that thiNG”.

Sora Harukawa School Dialogue Render

HiHi~? Shisho~, what exactly did he ask us to do? He was whispering into your ear in secret, so Sora still doesn’t know the details~?

Translation: Bakemonoremy
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