QLeft.png Benikage, a member of the Mikage Ninja, carries out the missions she receives from above. She slowly gains more and more trust from Onikage waiting for a chance to execute her secret orders. QRight.png


The Stage, in Fumi's Words

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(Huh, so you can use honey as a bonding agent to up the calorie count...)


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh, are you here for research, too?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I'm reading up on historical accounts of ninjas.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The book was a great resource. It's got detailed accounts of their daily lives.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I was just reading a passage about their diets. It's even got a recipe for "hyorogan."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Never heard of it? It's the type of portable ration they ate back in the Warring States period.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
As with most rations, it was all about cramming as many calories in as possible to fill you up.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Huh? No, there aren't any scenes that call for food props...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But we're staging a period piece, and I'm playing a specialized profession.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Besides just the character's personality, I want to understand what I would wear, what I would eat, and my place in society. I want my portrayal of a ninja to have depth.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
With people who are experts in their field, even without hearing them talk, you just get this sense from them. You can feel their experience.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I want to really focus on those intangibles as I pull together the role of Benikage.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You think that sounds amazing? It would be, if I could pull it off at will.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But it's hard. When portraying someone else, there's no way to know how much is good enough.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But there is one thing I know for sure.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Just my personal theory, but I believe the world on stage is built brick by brick from tiny nuances in performance.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The angle of the lights, the placement of the props...and even more important, every little motion of the actors can make or break that immersion.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So I want to take the form of the shadows that lived in that era, as closely as possible.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Sorry, that turned into a whole speech.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But I guess I'm saying I need more than just academic knowledge of these rations.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I plan on making some, to help me express the ninja's experience on the stage.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Heh heh, thanks for the candid encouragement.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Just between us, when I mentioned to Ichie I was making hyorogan, she suggested I make a batch with ponzu with them.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I told her the whole point was to use ingredients they had available back then and in that region, and she got that...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
But then she said if all the hidden details were so important, I need to become a ninja myself. Next thing I knew, she had me throwing origami shuriken.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I don't even know what to make of that girl sometimes...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Augh, even when she's not around, she manages to derail my conversations!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Anyway, one Ichie is more than enough. You hang on to that candor of yours, yeah?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Good. All right, I've got a bit more reading up to do--


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hm? You want to help?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Don't get me wrong, it's a welcome offer. But didn't you come here to do your own research?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...You were "moved by my commitment to the stage"? If you say so.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I can't very well turn you down after hearing that. Thanks for the help.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I guess start with this book, then. If anything looks useful, jot down the page number.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If you run into any questions, just ask.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Right, then. Let's get started.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(After that rant, I can't quite bring myself to confess I'm super curious about ponzu hyorogan now...)


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(A little side experiment couldn't hurt...Right?)

Hyorogan Taste Test!

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Ahh, I'm starving here! Let's eat!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
*om nom* ... Mmm! I live for lunchtime!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
You always exaggerate.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
It's the truth!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
You eat every meal like it's some lavish feast. Watching you always gives me an appetite.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Mmm, I love spreading those tasty feels! That might be my superpower, actually.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Fumi, did I move you like I moved Tamao? Is your tummy grumbling now?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh, yes. The grumbliest. Now, did you come here to talk or to eat?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Sign me up for team eat! So, can I have one of your hyorogan?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
A hyorogan...?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You promised, Fumi! You said I could try one of your lovingly homemade hyorogan, didn't you?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Yeah. I did.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Fumi?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Wait, did you forget!? Do you even forget stuff!?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I didn't forgot. It's just...


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
You messed them up!?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Th-They came out fine! But the taste is kinda...eh?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
But you brought them, right? As promised?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That WAS the promise.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Then I wanna try one! It's not like they're poison!


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Knowing you, I'm sure they're got a perfectly authentic taste and texture. It'll be an educational experience.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
If you're that set on it, fine. But I won't hear any complaints after.


(*rustle rustle*)

Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hmm, they look like bite-sized dumplings.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Are they black from black sesame?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That's right. And flavored with honey and plum pulp.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Wait, honey and plum...?


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
*sniff* ...It does smell a bit sweet.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Well, let's try it! Down the hatch... *homph*


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Bon appetit... *nom*


Grk...

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
It tastes weird, right? Considering how much effort they are to make.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
This is your typical Sengoku-era ninja lunchbox... Those poor ninjas.


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Especially when it looks like a normal, tasty dumpling.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Sooo, I also have a batch I made with ponzu. Any interest?


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Whaaat!? When I suggested that you shot me down in the next breath!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I figured there was no harm in making an experimental side batch.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
So, do you want one or not? 'Cause if not, I'll put them away.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Well OBVIOUSLY I want one! Adding ponzu to your cooking's like strapping jet engines on an eagle!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Add a dash of that miracle sauce and ANYTHING tastes amazing! Here goes!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Hey, wai--!


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
*homph*


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Hrk...nnnnnrgh...


Tamao (icon).png Tamao:
Maybe I'll...pass.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
That seems wise.


Ichie (icon).png Ichie:
Mmf...NNNNMGHF!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Even the miracle sauce has its limits...

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Ninjas' athletic abilities were amazing. I've got a lot of training to do!

Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Rui's right scenes are incredible. Not that I'm any slouch in that department either.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"Someone's certainly confident"? Well, obviously. If you think I'll just sit here and whine you're crazy.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
The goal I gave in mind isn't something a gal with a negative outlook can achieve. My eyes are glued to the future.

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