QLeft.png Second in command in the 47th Special Ranger Division and confidant to their leader. His resourcefulness shines both on and off the battlefield. From "Loyal Retainer." QRight.png


Edelfied Chushingura

Akira (icon).png Akira:
Up until now, we Edels and my fellow students have tackled numerous stages together.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
"Beauty & the Beast", "The Epic of Perseus", "Andromeda's Love" and countless more. We poured our heart and soul into every single one and were able to improve.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Every stage play was symbolic of Siegfeld – of Edels. It was all for "Elysion".


Akira (icon).png Akira:
The same goes for the next stage. We'll give it our heart and soul – our everything.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Even if it's a script written by the "Reina Kuon". ...That is all from me.


Girl A:
Reina Kuon...?!


Girl B:
The popular playwright and Siegfeld graduate, Reina Kuon, who has worked on numerous big hits both domestically and internationally, will be working on the Edels' stage play...?!


Girl C:
That's such an honor, but...Kuon-sensei's plays are on an entirely different level and not one that students can handle—


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Attention, please. Next, the student council vice president, Michiru Otori, will explain further.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
All right, how is everyone feeling right now? Excited or worried?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Looks like half-and-half or slightly more worried.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
...Reina Kuon-sensei. She is a graduate of Siegfeld Institute of Music and also a world-class playwright. An up-and-coming genius who has already received numerous global awards at a young age.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
The play is extremely difficult. If the results are not up to her standard, it will not be performed.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I was also really nervous when I first heard about Kuon-sensei wanting to write a play for the Edels.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
As Edels, there is no reason for us to not accept. We'll be able to reach even further heights...!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Everyone, now's not the time for worrying. Us Edels are prepared.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
............


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
All right, I see a lot more determination in your eyes now. I'll explain the script that was written for us.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
The title is "Loyal Retainer". This might sound familiar to some of you.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
That's right, "Loyal Retainer" is a play adapted from "Chushingura". It was also written specifically for us Edels.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
The story is set in a fictional modern nation. The characters aren't samurais, but young officers.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
It's based on the forty-seven ronin, so there are a lot of roles with names.


Girl C:
...!!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I see a lot of enthusiasm. Let's make this into a play that will meet Kuon-sensei's expectations!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Everyone's morale was boosted as we geared up for the "Loyal Retainer".


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Just as you had planned, Michiru.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Hm-hmm♪ Only you two here? Good work with the school assembly earlier. The response from everyone was great. And also—


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Ta-dah! Kuon-sensei's finished script has arrived! I'll pass these onto you two first.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
It's here at last.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...As expected of Kuon-sensei to write a script that describes Siegfeld and Edels in this way.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
The backstory also reflects Siegfeld's system and culture. It's also got plenty of elements from "Chushingura"...! This is an amazing script!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I didn't know much about the original "Chushingura", so I looked it up, but...I'll make sure to deepen my knowledge before we begin rehearsals.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Is "Chushingura" not very well-known over there?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Not really. ... Oh, but I have watched an adaptation that pays homage to it! The highlight was a confrontation with a dragon![1]


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
There are movie adaptations like that, but this time it's different. I'll pick out a few so let's watch them together.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Yes, please!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
This sure is an intense script! I can't wait to see how we'll portray the elite 47th Special Ranger Division members.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
The 47th Special Ranger Division officers hear about the news of their superior's death. But it was an inexplicable mystery...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Their superior's mysterious death and being ordered to disband as a part of someone's scheme. Followed by the members being subjected to disciplinary action...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
However, the members who had suspicions about their trusted superior's death decided to take action and find out the truth on their own!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
The loyalty towards their superior and unity to protect their pride resembles Siegfeld's culture, led by Frau Platin.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I could really identify with the members in the scene where they get back on their feet... I was really moved...!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Heh heh, sounds like you'll probably enjoy watching the original "Chushingura" too.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
The movie I saw was impressive too, but this story of the troops' loyalty towards their superior is so gripping.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
That's the reason why "Chushingura" is so well-loved. The foundation of humans surpasses time – the crux of morality doesn't waver, but simply changes to adapt to the times.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Let's make it into a stage that will show a side of Siegfeld that's different from "Elysion"!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Yes! Definitely!

Useless Confidant Joshua

Akira (icon).png Akira:
............


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Akira♪


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...Oh, Michiru.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You've read the script for "Loyal Retainer", right? How was it?


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Yes, let's see...


Akira (icon).png Akira:
It feels like a new "Chushingura" that was made for us. Reina Kuon isn't called a world-class playwright for nothing.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
What do you think about your role? The useless Klaus Ward, leader of the 47th Special Ranger Division, who is suspicious of their superior's death and plans a revenge.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Pretending to drink his life away since the division was disbanded and fooling his division members while pushing forward with preparations for the revenge—


Akira (icon).png Akira:
The same position as Oishi Kuranosuke in Chushingura.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
He's often called the daylight lantern as it serves no purpose. One who was the most sad and suspicious about their superior's death.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Even in theater and movies, Oishi Kuranosuke is always played by stars with a dignified presence. It matches you perfectly.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
In that case, Klaus' right-hand man, Joshua Kanet, is also the perfect role for you.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
The second in command in the 47th Special Ranger Division and Klaus' confidant. A talented person who is always aware of the members' actions and pulls all the members together instead of Klaus who usually takes a back seat.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
A jack of all trades. From strategy planning and map making to obtaining weapons for the raid—


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Just like you – Frau Platin's confidant, Frau Saphir.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Haha. But it's not only me. After doing some research, I found Mei Fan, Yachiyo, and Shiori also match their roles very well.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
What we talked about during the interview that Kuon-sensei took time out of her busy schedule to do was utilized.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
The interview itself was really short, so I feel like she must've done a lot of research outside of that and watched a lot of our past performances.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
However... It's not such an easy story where we can simply act as ourselves.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
There's something missing from the main role. If we hadn't picked it up, no matter how wonderful the script is, it would just be wasted.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
It lacks the finishing touch. Of course, Reina Kuon-sensei's play wouldn't be so straightforward.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Feeling eager?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
You're the same too. You can't fool me.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Heh heh, we'll be the ones to bring this play to life for the first time. Of course there would be some pressure.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Oh, you're really such a stage-crazy...


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Ngh... Aren't you the same?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
That's true, but there's something even more worrisome!!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Seeing as it's a script by a well-known playwright, it's the perfect chance to show the public what we're about. It's a great turning point for the Edels!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I want to bring the Edels one step further with this play.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
So I've got to do what I can behind the scenes in terms of promotion. We have to make this a success.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Notifying our seniors as a current Edel, figuring out the announcement timing and method...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
My head is spinning already!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
...Which means it's gonna be a rough schedule starting from tomorrow. Here's a list of the tasks that need to be done before the show. Oh, and this is a milestone.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
...You would put even Yoshida Chuzaemon Kanesuke, the model for your role as Joshua, to shame.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Well, the mission's success lies on Oishi Kuranosuke's execution.


Akira (icon).png Akira:
I suppose I can't afford to be useless like Klaus or Oishi Kuranousuke.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Of course. All right, here's a detailed schedule of the day!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
This... It even has meal times and bedtimes on it.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Of course! We need to maximize the time that we have. "Do your best and let the heavens do the rest"!


Akira (icon).png Akira:
Even your role helps you prepare for your character... You're as crafty as always.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
If it's for the stage, I'll utilize anything. Because I'm a Stage Girl♪

Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
When I heard that Kuon-sensei will be writing the play, I was shocked but excited at the same time to find out what kind of play it'll be.

Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Joshua Kanet, a formidable soldier and key figure in the shadows who is also the brains behind the 47th Special Ranger Division.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
It's like I left my soul in Joshua when I was preparing for the role... It feels like the line between Joshua and Michiru is disappearing.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
All the other Edels are also pouring their heart and soul into this play, so look forward to it♪

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The referenced movie appears to be 47 Ronin, a Chūshingura adaptation starring Keanu Reeves.
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