QLeft.png King Arthur holds the holy sword Excalibur aloft to cheer warriors onward. Together with the knights of the round table, Arthur forged ahead valiantly through countless obstacles as Britain's king. QRight.png


No Such Outfit Was Ever Found

Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hmmm, which one's better?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
This one? Or this one? Ahhh, I can't decide!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
What am I gonna do?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
...Huh? What's up? Are you out shopping too?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whaaat? You came to help me pick out clothes? ...Because you knew I wouldn't be able to decide!?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Jeez, am I that predictable? You read me like an open book.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
All right! Then can I get your opinion? The theme is... "Weekend Outing!"


Karen (icon).png Karen:
This Sunday a bunch of us are headed out to the amusement park.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It's rare for Jun-Jun and Tendo-san to come out with us, so I wanted to dress up and make it special.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
...But now I can't decide which skirt I like more! They're both super cute...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
This one's all fluffy and cute, which is perfect for an amusement park...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
But this feels more mature, and it's suuuper stylish!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Ahh, I'm so torn! I'm a Stage Girl rocked to my core here...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Ah! Wait a second! If I'm gonna be walking around ll day, maybe pants would be better?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
But then that doesn't go with the blouse I had picked out! So maybe I should buy a new top, too!?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Ugh, there's so much to think about, my head's gonna explode!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
...Huh? For someone with an exploding head I seem like I'm having fun?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Well, I haven't been to an amusement park in forever!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I'm so excited I can't sleep at all... Well, okay, I sleep like a rock. But I've been reading magazines and planning what to see first.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
And this park doesn't just have rides, they do shows and the buildings are super fancy...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I think it'll be really edutaining as an actor! ...Edutainment-y?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Educational and entertaining? Whatever! You know what I mean.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Anyway, the more I thought about it, my excitement just got to the point where I couldn't sit still, so I came out shopping.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
What? You'll stick with me till I figure out what to wear? Really!?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Thank you! You're my amusement park savior!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Okay! Let's put together a look that slays!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
We can set these skirts down for now... And let's brainstorm from the top!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hmmm, I'm not going to goof off and have fun. I want this to help me as an actress...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
So maybe something a little costumey? Something I could take straight from the park to the stage.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huh? How am I going to put the experience of going to an amusement park to use on stage?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Lots of ways! I could pick up some new moves from the dance shows they do.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
And the park's divided up into themed areas. There's a Wild West section, and an Enchanted Forest zone...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It could be fun to do a themed improv scene in each one!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
And, um... It'll be a big help if I ever get cast as a Ferris wheel...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
In kindergarten, I played a tree in our class play! The teacher said I really sold it.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I didn't just stand there. I was swaying in the breeze, and when my leaves fell off I looked really sad.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
ahh, it was fun being a tree!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
So I'm pretty confident I could nail the part of a Ferris wheel. Ooh, or a roller coaster!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
You just wait till the day after we go to the park! I'll be the most convincing Ferris wheel you've ever seen!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
...Clothes? What clothes? OH! Right! I almost forgot!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Well, now that I know I'm playing a Ferris wheel, I'll just go with the Ferris wheeliest outfit. Easy!

The Tale of Sir Karen the Bold

Karen (icon).png Karen:
"This sword is said to have long stood in this stone, yet it shines with the light of a dozen torches..."


Karen (icon).png Karen:
"I am Arthur, king. Chosen of the holy blade. I shall see all Britain united."


Junna (icon).png Junna:
And, scene.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Okay! Whew, that's a lot of lines!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Your King Arthur's looking great, Karen-chan! Really nice work. Here's a towel.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Heh heh, thanks, Mahiru-chan!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
What did you think, Jun-Jun? Am I getting Arthur-y?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I would say so. I'm honestly impressed at how far you've elevated your performance from a simple youth to someone with a distinctly regal air.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yesssss!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But something about Arthur's emotional state has been nagging me.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Ooh, really? What!?


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It isn't until he pulled the sword from the stone that Arthur learned he was of royal blood, correct?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Um...yes! That's right.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Until then, he'd been raised by Sir Ector, a vassal of his father, King Uther.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
In which case...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Ohh! When he pulls the sword out, he'd be less happy than plain confused! Like, "Whoa, seriously!?"


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Arthur probably would have been more surprised than anyone that he managed to do it.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I was putting the emphasis on his feeling of triumph. All, "Yesss, I did it! I'm the chosen one!"


Karen (icon).png Karen:
But gosh, you're right!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Although, don't you think he was happy to learn who he really was?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
He was young then, but not a child. I feel like the question of his origins would have weighed on his mind.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
I would say so. A mix of feelings, then. Joy at this clue to his identity, and hesitation at the crown suddenly being thrust upon him.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Evoking that nuanced state will require a fairly subtle performance.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Wow, yeah. But the scene where he pulls out the sword is so iconic.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It's where his fate is altered forever. I want to portray it with all the complexity it deserves!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
And I'm sure you will, Karen-chan! You've been doing great lately!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Yes, I agree. Interacting with girls from other schools has been good for you.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I think so, too! Everyone's so brilliant...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I don't want to get left behind. I want to do my best, no matter how complex the role!


Junna (icon).png Junna:
But the tale of King Arthur isn't one easily mastered with a little effort.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
It's a long and complicated epic...


Junna (icon).png Junna:
Comprised of countless episodes, full of characters whose thoughts and motivations change from moment to moment.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Oof, that does sound rough.


Junna (icon).png Junna:
...So you'll need backup. I'm happy to help you research the role and figure out how Arthur would have approached each scene.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Aww, Jun-Jun!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I'll help too, Karen-chan. I'm excited to see your Arthur on the stage!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
You guys are the best! Thank you.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Okay! Time to study up so I can absolutely NAIL this role!

Karen (icon).png Karen:
"I have pulled free the sword, and become king..." That's exactly what it felt like when I got the role of Arthur!

Karen (icon).png Karen:
Do you think Arthur was happy to be chosen king? The more I reread the script, the less I'm sure!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Well...I'll keep rehearsing till I understand him, then! ...What? You'll go through it with me!?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whoa... I think I got how he felt just now. It's easy to keep going when you've got someone at your side...And nothing makes you happier!

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