QLeft.png Amaterasu is the sun goddess who rules over all the inhabitants of Takamagahara, and rids the world of darkness with her light. Even she had troubles with her subjects and her family. An excerpt from "Founding Day Celebration Performance". QRight.png


Prankster's Advice

Maya (icon).png Maya:
(The Amaterasu that Rinmeikan performed was closer to how I idealized it, even though it was completely different from the one Kagura-san portrayed...)


Maya (icon).png Maya:
(Still, why did their performance resonate so much with me...? Is it because Amaterasu threw her life away for her beloved brother?)


Maya (icon).png Maya:
(If I don't even know why, I won't be able to fill her role.)


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Maya-chan! What are you doing here?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Otonashi-san. Can I help you with something?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You didn't go back to practice after the break. Afternoon practice isn't compulsory, but I just came to ask you what you were going to do.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I apologize. I was just thinking about something.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I think I'll use the afternoon to go over a problem I have with the role of Amaterasu...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hmm... If there's anything I can do, let me know.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
I might come up with something you overlooked, considering we have such different personalities.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
That...is true.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Besides, since you're here let's do something you can't normally do.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh heh. And that would be exchanging opinions with you. Well then, let's do it.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
In the myths, Amaterasu shuts herself in the Ama no Iwa cave to punish her brother Susanowo...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...But in Rinmeikan's play, she does so to stick up for him.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Yes, she sacrifices herself for him. I find that very beautiful, but...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It's hard to understand why she did it, right?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hmm... I got it!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
That was quick.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
There's no point in thinking too much about it. Just let your words out!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
So I have a question for you! If I played pranks on people, what would make me regret my actions more?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
A: Being scolded badly, or B: Seeing someone being scolded on my behalf?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...I see. Definitely B.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Correct!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It's one thing when your actions come back to hunt you, but it's very eye-opening when they affect other people.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Amaterasu exposed herself to danger to hasten Susanowo's repentance.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Well, that's if Susanowo acts like me.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...Thank you, Otonashi-san. I guess being a trickster can be useful too.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Right? You never know what could come in handy.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Maya-chan, you don't look like the prankster type.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I don't think I am. At least not in the way you are, Otonashi-san.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...I see.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Oh, there. A present to a beginner prankster! Heh heh heh!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Hm?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Here you go!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
What is this?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It's a fart cushion. Don't you know what they are?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ah, is it too stupid...? Are you mad?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hmm... I guess you don't need stupid stuff like this!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Otonashi-san!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Y-Yes!?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Thank you very much. I'll accept it.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whoa! Don't startle me!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh heh.

Together, someday...

Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I didn't know Ichie was on such good terms with Tendo-san.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It looks like Ichie is just bothering her...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Tendo-san, is Ichie bothering you? If she is, I'll give her a scolding.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
That's mean! I'm not bothering her! We were just talking about the festival scene in "Amaterasu".


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Yes, we were discussing how to make it more exciting.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Huh? That sounds pretty serious.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Yeah, we thought we'd have candy rain from the stage, or something outside the box like that...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Maya-chan! You didn't look so convinced when I suggested that idea!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
No, that's true.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I worried for nothing...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Well, when you think that they offer mochi at shrines, I guess the idea would go well with the play.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Tamao, I knew you'd understand me!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ngh... It's just a coincidence.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
When you put it like that, I guess it would make sense to have candy at the play.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
How about we incorporate the idea into practice?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Look at that. She only had a brief discussion, and she's already progressed this much in the choreography.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Yeah, but...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
We can't just stand here and look amazed!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Here is Takamagahara - the land of the eastern festivals. I'll dance too!"


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
"Whoa! This festival looks fun! I'm going to join in—!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
"The banquet of the gods - it crosses time and the oceans..."


Maya (icon).png Maya:
(They're all adapting to my dance--!)


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...Let's rest now.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Yeah. *huff*.... *huff*...


:
Yes!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Everyone performed their best dance in coordination with Maya-chan, but despite that...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Not a single breath fell out of sync.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
...Say, Tendo-san. Did you test us halfway through?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
...She did!?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
She increases the pace, and changed dance partner...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
It was like she was trying to test us.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Oh, I did notice that it got more difficult all of a sudden. But why did you do it?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Is it because one day we'll all stand on the same stage?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...Yeah, that's precisely why.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I wanted to learn more about you all to prepare for that day.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You were thinking all that while also dancing...!?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Well, you all kindly followed my steps, so I didn't have to think about that part at least...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It was all worth it!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
And I really hope we can stand on stage together.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I look forward to competing for Position Zero with you all.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Me too.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
My practice at Rinmeikan today proves invaluable.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I found a completely different Amaterasu than the one Kagura-san performed. And it was all thanks to the performance of Rinmeikan.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
And the insight on Amaterasu and Susanowo that Otonashi-san gave me.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Heh heh. You'll make me blush.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
An improv dance with a myriad of gods... From traditional Japanese dance, to jazz, ballet...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Everything combined to make the sound of the drums even more chaotic and passionate...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
I'm really glad you found it inspiring.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm looking forward to your performance for the founding of Seisho.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I promise you that whatever the script or the direction will be, you will leave satisfied.

Maya (icon).png Maya:
This time I took the role of a loving Amaterasu, but next time I'd like to perform as a powerful Susanowo.

Maya (icon).png Maya:
They say that old Japanese rituals were performed to cleanse impurities.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I think I know what they meant by cleansing impurity, rather than evil.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh heh. I tried performing a misogi purification ritual to get more in my role. It felt enhancing!

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