Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Ahh, another sunny day! And the breeze feels nice, too!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Oh!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Misora! Look! See the contrails in the sky? They're sooo long! Don't see that every day, huh?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru, you really don't have a care in the world, do you? *sigh*


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Why are you sighing? Is it the post-vacation blues everyone talks about?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Why do you sound so happy about that? It's not. And it's been a while since our last vacation anyway.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
In that case... I bet you don't know what to do during summer vacation!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
In that case, you can join me! On a trip to the shopping mall!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You're wrong again... And anyway, your big plan for the summer vacation is going to the mall?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
What's wrong with that? It's fun. There's the movie theater, food court, and candy shops.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
There's lots of the food places you like!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Yeah, that's true. I'll start saving up my pocket money for it.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Good, good! Glad we solved your problem!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You didn't! That's so not what was on my mind.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I was thinking that rehearsals have gotten so hard lately.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
They have?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Yeah. I heard that the Stage Expression Course is the hardest one at Frontier School of Arts...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
But I didn't expect it to be this demanding.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It must be pretty bad for you to talk like this...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
How about you? Isn't it tough for you? You mess up and get scolded pretty much every day.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah, well... They point out my mistakes so I know what to work on, so that's cool, I guess?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Wow, that's a great attitude. I wish I could think of it that way, too.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Hey, this is the school of our dreams! So we've got to make the most out of every day!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
You remember the S-Con we saw together last year, right? It was so short, but everyone was wowed by it.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It put everyone in a happy mood, and the program just kept going and going...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I got swept up into the world of acting even though I didn't really have any interest in it until then!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I can't wait to be able to perform in shows like that myself.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I guess you just really fit in here, Aruru.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
With you it's emotion over reason...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
And you got in despite having no previous acting experience. Everyone's puzzled by that.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
It's one of the Seven Wonders of Frontier.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Were there only six wonders until I showed up? Or did I overwrite one?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
That's a good-- No, wait, that's not the point.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
You mean, how a beginner like me got in? Maybe they liked my positive attitude and bright smile!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
And besides, I'm really lucky!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I haven't had to wait for a single red light this morning.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You're always so positive...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Anyway, I'm honestly impressed by how proactive and determined you are, even though you're a total beginner.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Hey, I'm not a total beginner. I used to go watch your parents' troupe perform all the time.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I also liked watching TV and going to the theater, so I knew a thing or two.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I meant no experience as a performer. Spectating doesn't count.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Besides, you were so stiff and inflexible until recently, and your voice was all hoarse, too.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Haha! Yeah, I know! But now I'm sort of doing all right.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Nothing ever gets you down, does it?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Huh? Wait a minute, Misora.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Hm? Something wrong?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
See that girl? She's not looking where she's going...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I don't think she sees that car! Huh? Aruru!?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yaaah!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru!?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
.......


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I'm all right. Um... Huh?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What are you doing? You could've been hit by that car!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
What? Why am I getting a lecture? It was you who nearly got hit!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Oh... I was thinking about something, so maybe I looked out of it...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
But I was aware of my surroundings!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Are you okay, Aruru?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah. As you can see, we're both unhurt!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Wait, were you trying to save me?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah! But I guess you didn't need any saving. You should look where you're going, though, so you don't get in trouble.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yeah, you're right. Thanks for trying to help me!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
By the way... How did you manage to get out of the way?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I jumped over here from that crosswalk and did a few flips.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You have incredible athletic ability.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Well, I'm glad no one got hurt. Come on, Aruru, we've got to go or we won't make it.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yup. Got to hurry. See you, bye-bye!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Bye-bye!

Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Hello! Huh? What's everyone looking at?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
A notice was put up on the information board this morning about the Short Stage Contest!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
That's the S-Con, right?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Just like before, people from outside the school can come watch this year, too.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Let's see, this year's rules...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Each performance must be no more than 15 minutes long, and be an original work.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Original works this year too, huh?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Yup. And this one isn't a rule, but...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
They're hoping to see new forms of entertainment and things on the leading edge of new trends.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
That's so like our school. Sounds like it will be an exciting contest this year, too.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We can't pass this up!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Thought you'd say that. So you're going to take part?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Of course! This is what I came to this school for. Didn't you?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I was considering a lot of schools, but you practically forced me to enroll here with you.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I was super happy we both got in!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Well, it's okay, I guess. Good luck, I'll be rooting for you.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
What are you talking about? You're participating, too!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
What? Why? I'm happy learning from watching the older students' performances.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
No way, you'll definitely learn more by taking part.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
...Well, that might be true, I guess.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Oh! There's a QR code in the corner of the poster. Lemme scan it... Here's the entry sign-up page...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Huh? What are you doing?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
And now... Aruru Otsuki and Misora Kano... Register...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
There, done! Registration complete!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You did what!? Who told you to register me!?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Come on, you always say it's better to regret eating something than regret not having tried it.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
This is about a contest, not food! Besides, how does it always ends for me when I say that?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Ahaha, with you moaning in pain from overeating?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
This isn't a laughing matter!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You're such a dummy, Aruru. Is there a way to cancel it?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Next is the play title. Misora, I know what we've got to do!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Listen to what I'm saying!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Remember the play we wrote in junior high? "Captain Twins"!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Watch where you're walking, Aruru! Huh?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Whoa, that was a close one. I get that you're having fun talking, but pay attention to where you're going.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
S-Sorry. She gets lost in her own world when she's excited about something.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Well, be careful.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
So it's decided, we're doing "Captain Twins"!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Did you not notice anything?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Notice what?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You almost bumped into someone. She dodged you really gracefully, though.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
R-Really? I had no idea.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I haven't seen that girl before.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Maybe she's in the Entertainment Course... She was really pretty.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Want me to run after her and ask?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
No, there's no need...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Misora, wasn't our next class in a different room? We've got to hurry!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Ugh! You drive me crazy sometimes!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru, so about the S-Con...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Here, eat this and cheer up! One corn dog coming right up!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
You take it with two packets of ketchup and one mustard, right?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Whose fault do you think it is that I'm sulking? I've even lost my appetite because of it... *munch munch*


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
And yet you're gobbling it up!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Mind if I sit here?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Not at all, feel free to join us!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh, thank you. Sorry to interrupt. Are you the first-year students taking part in the S-Con?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Yeah, that's us. How did you know?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm on the S-Con committee. I got curious when I heard that first-years signed up.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I should've introduced myself. I'm Shizuha Kocho, second year. It's a pleasure to meet you.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I'm Aruru Otsuki, and this here is Misora Kano. Nice to meet you, too!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Shizuha Kocho... Then you're the person who's been winning all sorts of contests?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Oh dear, I don't know what you've heard about me, but I'm just a regular student like you. No need to look at me so wide-eyed.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah, that'd be rude! Oh, I saw you at last year's S-Con!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh, you two seem to be quite the characters.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Since I'm on the committee, you can ask me for help if you need it.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
You're in your first year, so there are probably things you' re not sure how to deal with. You can ask me anything.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Oh, okay! So, I've got this original play in mind for the contest.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
The trouble is, I can't find anyone suitable for some of the roles.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I see, you're looking for the right cast. What sort of roles do you want to fill?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It's a cast of five, and the ones I'm currently missing are...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
A petite pirate with lots of acrobatic scenes.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
A pirate who's a little dark and edgy but loves to talk.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
A calm pirate with a distinctive presence. Those three roles.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'll make a list and see if I can find you someone. Can you show me the script later?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Sure, but are you okay doing all this?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Don't worry, it's part of my job. Besides, I want to see you do well.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Really? That's super kind of you! We'll make the S-Con a success, it's a promise!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It was nice to have lunch together. Maybe we can do it again some time.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Sure! Anytime!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Misora? You all right? Do you need some air?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Wheeew... Huff, huff... No, I was just really nervous.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Really? I thought she was easy to talk to.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Easy to talk to? You're probably the only first-year who'd talk to her so casually!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
What do I do now? If she's being this supportive, I can't say I want to quit!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah, you absolutely can't say that!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Do I have no choice...? This is all your fault, Aruru...

Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
So, according to Shizuha-chan's memo, her suggestion for the petite, agile pirate role is...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Lalafin Nonomiya-san? A half-German second-year student.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I wonder what she's like. Dainty like a doll, maybe? Where do we find her?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
The note says she's usually in the rehearsal room after classes, practicing on her own.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Sounds like she's the serious type, maybe?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
*sigh* Got kicked out again.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
How many times has it been now?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I don't think that's good enough. This is supposed to be a highlight, but it's too plain and simple!


Girl:
Well, yes, but we don't need to spend so much time on this...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Why? This is the best part, so why not go all out?


Girl:
Because we perform as a team. You can't just do what you want.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It's the best part, so I think we should all work together to make it the best.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
And why has my backflip scene been cut out?


Girl:
Due to health and safety concerns. We can't risk you getting hurt. It's a 2 meter drop, after all.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
But I practice it all the time to make sure I can do it without problems!


Girl:
Nonomiya-san, if you're not going to listen...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Can't we talk about it, though?


Girl:
Nonomiya-san, it seems you're just not a good fit for our play. I'm sorry, but you should find another group to join.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
......


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
...Fine. Goodbye!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Maybe it's that sad-looking girl over there?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Let's talk to her! Wait, isn't that...?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Hello! Are you Lalafin Nonomiya-san?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ah, it's you guys.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yep! Nice to see you again!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I didn't realize you were our senior...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
So, what's up?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Is something wrong? You were moping around in the rehearsal room...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I tried to discuss the action scenes with my group, but it didn't go too well.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
In the end, they gave me the boot. That's why I'm a little down in the dumps.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
So, what did you want to talk about?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Join us for the S-Con!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You suck at explaining... You need to start from the beginning.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Aha, so Shizuha recommended me.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah, and I think you'd be perfect for the role! Please join us, er...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Oh, just call me Lalafin. So, what's the play?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Here's the script. You'd be a petite pirate with lots of acrobatic scenes.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Cool, these moves could be interesting!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Can I like, suggest some moves as well?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Sure! If anything, I'd love you to help us with the action scenes!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It won't be a bother?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Nuh uh! It's for the sake of making the play better, right?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yeah!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
(Maybe I can make a really awesome show with these two...)


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Okay, so lemme formally ask you... Will you join our team for the S-Con, Lalafin?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
....


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yes. I will!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yay! Thanks!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
We've got three people now—one step closer to what we need.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yep, let's keep it up!

Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Lalafin, that was a good practice session! We're getting pretty good, aren't we?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Nah, it's still underwhelming. We need to make our moves more dynamic.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
How do I do that? Help me, Lalaemon!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
In that case... Here, check out these shoes!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
They grant you the power to do cool jumps and awesome landings, just like a superhero!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Here, let me show you... Hah! Transformation!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
...What are you doing?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Having a strategy meeting with Lalafin!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Looked to me like you were playing around. Here, another note from Shizuha-senpai.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Oh, is this about our next member? Let's read it together, Lalafin!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Sure! So her name is... Tsukasa Ebisu? Mmmgh...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Lalafin-senpai, what's wrong? Got a tummy ache?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
No! This is my concerned thinking face!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But why?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Shizuha picked another maverick for our team.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
If YOU call her that... What's she like?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yeah, well... She used to be really serious and a hard worker.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
She had no experience when she enrolled here, but learned quickly and before you knew it, she got all kinds of major roles.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Wow, that's inspiring!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
So she was doing great, and she was even Shizuha's rival for a while.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Then she landed her first lead role in a play for a contest, and everyone was sure they'd win an award...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
But she got hurt just before the contest.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
That's so sad...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It took the wind out of her sails, and she hasn't really been into performing since then.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
She hasn't recovered from her injury?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I heard she should've healed up by now, but she says she's not ready yet.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I heard rumors that she spends her free time just chilling in town, so she doesn't have the best rep.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But then she'd be perfect as the dark, edgy pirate!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru, that's not a nice thing to say...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
But she might be just who we need. She's got the skills...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
All right! Let's go and convince her to join us!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
She'll be a tough one. This is a job for your senpai Lalafin! We've got a special bond as second-year students, you know!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Awesome! I knew I could count on you! I guess we can we leave this one to you!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
First of all, does it say in the note where to find her?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Is she always at apparel stores, game arcades, and other cool hangouts?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It says here she frequents a candy shop in the shopping district.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Huh?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
What's Lalafin-senpai talking about with the candy shop lady?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
The candy shop with its old shopkeeper and Lalafin looks so picture-worthy! Should I take a photo?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Please try listening to me...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I'm back! So, according to the shopkeeper, she should come here soon. Here, I bought you some candy!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ten-yen chocolate for Aruru and puffed rice for Misora!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Thank you.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yay, thanks! Yum!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Shush! Be quiet, here she comes!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
That's her? She doesn't look like the type that shops at cheap candy stores. But...haven't I seen her before?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru! That's the really pretty girl you nearly bumped into!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Oh yeah! I thought she looked familiar from behind!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
We can chat later, now we've got to catch her! Let's all pounce on her from behind!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
That's just going to make her suspicious of us! Ugh, too late!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh? Whoa! What's going on!? Are you a kid from the neighborhood?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That's no way to— Wait a minute, that's Frontier's uniform!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Got you! We need to talk to you, Tsukasa!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh, it's you, Lalafin. What are you doing here?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Tsukasa-chan! Perform with us at the S-Con!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Whoa! Another one? And we' re crowding the shop entrance!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I'm really sorry about all the noise! Let's go talk over there.


:
Oh, okay.

Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You ambushed me just for that?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It's super important to us.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Lalafin, you know I can't perform due to a foot injury, right?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What? That's totally healed by now, isn't it?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
No, it's still far from healed. Now, if you'll excuse me. Oww, my poor foot...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Are you sure Tsukasa-senpai is a good actress? She's not convincing at all at feigning that injury.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Tsukasa is good at acting, but she sucks at lying.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But maybe it really does hurt... Tsukasa-chan, wait up!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What is it?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Please join us for the S-Con! We need you!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Didn't you hear what I said? I can't dance or perform on stage properly due to my foot injury.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We'll make adjustments to the script for you, so please! Do the play with us!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
That's not the point. Anyway, I don't get why you insist on having me perform at the S-Con.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It's not just about the S-Con. I want you to make a comeback to the stage!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I mean, you made it from zero experience to getting main roles, right?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
!?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I heard about that, too!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru and I don't have much experience either, compared to the others. So your story meant a lot to us!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I would really love to perform together with you, too! So please, join us!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Look, that has nothing to do with me...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
It's not just about you!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You're an inspiration to Stage Girls everywhere!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Girls like Aruru, who only realized recently that they wanted to perform!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You give us hope that even with no experience, it's possible to work hard and earn lead roles.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
But if you get hurt, you lose everything.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Then you get better, and get the lead role again!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You'll give even more Stage Girls hope!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Okay, fine, I get it... Not like I want to be a role model for any Stage Girls, though.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
But why do you care so much about me anyway?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I remembered where I've seen you before. I watched you perform at last year's S-Con and thought you were amazing.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh... You saw that?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I'd like to see more of your performances and share the stage with you!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You're making too much of me.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I'm not! You were brilliant when I saw you on stage!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
All right... But don't get your expectations up too high. I haven't done this in a while.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You mean...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I can't say no to all that... I'll join you for the S-Con.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Thank you!

Misora (icon).png Misora:
Our rehearsals are getting better now that we have Tsukasa-senpai with us, too.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I know, right? Just like I always say, I've got amazing luck!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I'd wait to say that until we get a full cast.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Always so down to earth...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Did you hear anything from Shizuha-senpai?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
She said she's having trouble finding us the last member.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
At this point there aren't many students who aren't already on a team.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But there's someone I think would be just ideal.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Don't tell me it's--


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Oh, we meet again. Mind if I join you?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Not at all! Oh, Shizuha-chan's having curry udon today!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru, you can't call everyone "chan"!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I'm sorry about her, Shizuha-senpai.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh, don't worry about it. So how's it going with preparations for the S-Con?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
They're going well, apart from the fact we're missing one more member.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm sorry. I thought of Tsukasa and Lalafin right away, but...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm struggling to find you one more person.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You're having lunch together? And Shizuha's here, too!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You're right! Do you guys eat together a lot?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Maybe not a lot.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
It's good you're here, actually.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I was meaning to ask you why you decided to recommend me and Lalafin to these guys.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Well, that's just because you seemed to be the perfect fit for the roles.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I don't believe you! If that was only thing, you wouldn't have picked Tsukasa!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
What's that supposed to mean, huh?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Aargh, stop it with your iron claw attack! My head! It hurts!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Wow, that's a cool move!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Well, that's typical Shizuha, playing innocent.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Speaking of roles, I have a request, Shizuha-chan.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
What is it?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Can you play the last role? I think you'd be the best choice!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Huh, great minds think alike!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You had the same idea?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Well, I did some asking around, and found out Shizuha wasn't on any team.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
What do you say, Shizuha-chan?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
It's really nice of you to invite me, but I'm on the S-Con committee.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Committee members can't take part?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
There's no rule against that, but it would affect my impartiality.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Oh yeah, I guess. But I think you'd be able to balance things.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm sorry, but I can't do this. I will support you any way I can as a committee member, though.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Now, if you'll excuse me.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
She turned us down...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
But to me it looked like something was on her mind. Maybe she has some other reason...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Hmm... If only we could convince her.

Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Thank you for coming, Shizuha-chan!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
What's the matter? You've never called me before.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I need to talk to you about something.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I thought about it, and I really want to do "Captain Twins" with you.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Otsuki-san, my answer won't change.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Do you not want to be in "Captain Twins"? Or is it that you don't want to take part in the S-Con?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
The S-Con. I'm a committee member, so I can't.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Why did you join the committee to begin with? To help students like us?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
That's right. I wanted to help everyone shine at the S-Con.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
And thanks to you, we're on the right track now.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Although we're still missing one member.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm sorry I haven't found anyone yet.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Can you tell me about last year's S-Con? And your performance?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Shizuha-chan's team won that one. I remember it well.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I think everyone at school remembers that!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Did something that unusual happen?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yeah. There are other awards besides the main prize at the S-Con...


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
But Shizuha's team won the majority of them.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I kinda think the judges should've left some for the others, but since it's an arts school I guess they had to be honest about who did the best.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
It was the last S-Con for the third-years, and they tried really hard, but that was the result.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
A lot of students were really dispirited because of that.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Some even made some nasty remarks like, "Got to have Shizuha on the team if I want to win next year."


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Maybe that's why Shizuha-senpai doesn't want to participate this year?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Wow... That's really something.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But I didn't even realize her team won everything.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I do remember how great all the teams were. They were brilliant on stage and seemed to enjoy it.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I don't think anyone else looked bad just because she was there.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
If anything, everyone enjoyed the show all the more because Shizuha-chan's team was there! Especially the audience!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I'm, I guess my point is, you should take part in the S-Con, Shizuha-chan!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Otsuki-san...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Sooo...


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Shizuha-senpai, please perform "Captain Twins" with us! You're the best fit for the role!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
It's not fair to just make us do this, you know. And you really don't need to worry about upsetting anyone!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I'm at least as good as you at action scenes, you know!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan, let's do this play together!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aruru-chan... Everyone... Thank you.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'll accept the role. Thanks for having me!

Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm sorry... Do you mind if I make just a few more changes to the script?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I don't mind, but are you sure you want to? You seem really tired lately.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I get that Aruru's script really needs some edits to work, but aren't you pushing yourself too hard?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You didn't sleep much last night, did you?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh, I appreciate your concern, but now's not the time to take it easy.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I want to make the play as good as it can be, and I want Aruru-chan and Misora-chan to be able to focus on rehearsals.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh yeah, these two have been making lots of progress with dancing and singing lately.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
It feels great to teach them!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You seem like you're back in form, Tsukasa. You're not getting tired anymore, right?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Yeah, I won't be bested by any first-years! Or even you, Shizuha and Lalafin!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Oh my, I better hurry and catch up to you.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Yup, or else we'll keep improving and leave you behind!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Ah, that's where you were! Let's get started with today's rehearsal!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru, didn't the teachers yell at you for walking around school in your practice outfit?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
We have to sneak back so nobody sees us!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Okay! Don't keep us waiting long, everyone!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Whew!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan, how did we do?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
You were all great. And I had fun, too.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Thought so!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
But Aruru, you looked like you were about to pass out when you did that last fortissimo. I got kind of worried.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Yeah, I thought she might die... I sure hope it doesn't happen on stage.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
But as long as Aruru and I don't make any mistakes, we might actually win!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Say, what do we get if we win?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You signed up for the contest without knowing that?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
It's not like I signed up just because I wanted to win.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
If you win, you get recommended for the Performance Festival. It's just a recommendation though, so it doesn't guarantee anything.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
But it would be amazing to win the contest and then get to take part in the festival.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yes, the top Stage Girls for that year all gather at the Performance Festival, after all.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Sounds great! Let's win this contest and go on to the Performance Festival!

Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We'll be performing here tomorrow, huh?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Even you're getting a little anxious, aren't you?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I guess. When you think about it, tomorrow will decide whether all our hard work amounts to anything.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Hey, don't say things that'll make me even more nervous!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Do you want some pickled squid to snack on, Misora? It'll make you forget all about your stage fright.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
No food or drinks on stage, remember?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Oh, right.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Ahahaha!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Let's put all we've got into it tomorrow, and make our performance the best ever!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
We can do it, girls. Aruru, how about a little pep talk?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Huh? You sure you want me to do it?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
It all started with you.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
All right, then! Listen up, everyone! Tomorrow, we're going to put on our best performance ever!


:
Yeah!


The day of the performance...

Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
(It's over... Our first big performance.)


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
(Ah... Everyone's smiling...)


Announcer:
We will now announce the results for the best team.


Announcer:
The winning team is... The team led by Otsuki-san, first-year Stage Expression Course student!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
To victory!


:
To victory!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
We did it, girls! Who'd have thought a group with first-year students could win the contest?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
This calls for a big celebration!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You're in really high spirits today, Misora.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
She was stressing out all week long, so no wonder.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Tsukasa-senpai! Don't just nibble on candy in the corner, come over here!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I bought lots of my favorite mince cutlets, so have some!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Um, okay. You really did buy a lot.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Misora-chan, that must've cost you a lot. Want us to chip in?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
No, it's fine! I felt like treating you guys today!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aruru-chan is strangely quiet.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
She had a brain meltdown from all the applause.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I was so happy... Everyone was happy, and I was, too...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan, Tsukasa-chan, Lalafin... I had no idea performing on stage could be this fun.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Once you experience it, you get hooked on it.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
And the more you keep performing, the more people you'll delight.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah! Teehee!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Shizuha-senpai, I'll never forget this day! I'll never give up acting.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
I love acting sooo much!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Misora's starting to lose it.


Several days later...

Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Is everyone here? Great, because I have big news for you!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Big news? Is it... Is it THAT!?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
You mean the Performance Festival? Someone qualified?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yes, I just heard from a teacher in the staff room.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I'm going to read the letter now. The first one on the list is...me, Shizuha Kocho!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Wow! I knew you'd make it!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Heh, thanks.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
You said "the first one," so there's more?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Oh, so much for the suspense. Yes, it wasn't only me.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
What, really?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Are you ready for some really good news?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Lalafin, Tsukasa, Misora-chan, and Aruru-chan...


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
You all qualified!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
No way, we're all going to the Performance Festival!?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Misora, it's for real!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We'll get to perform together again, in front of a bigger audience than ever!

Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Morning! We're making the headlines!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
You saw it, too?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
It's a small world. If you're on social media, there's no way you'd miss it.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
"How Did Five Frontier Girls Qualify?" The article is all conjecture with no foundation in reality.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
But you have to agree it is unusual for five girls from our school to qualify, including two first-years.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Our school's reputation is working against us.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
"Not serious," "showy stuff for ditzy girls," "too mainstream, low quality"...


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Maybe Aruru and Misora don't know all the stuff people say about Frontier.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Some people write reviews saying a show isn't worth seeing, even though they haven't seen it!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
I didn't know you were the type to let that bother you.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
I'm not, but I was bored when resting my foot and read those comments.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
But now we've got what it takes to change everyone's opinion about us, don't we?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
We can make the general public and other schools revise their opinion of Frontier. It's a rare chance for us to meet girls from other schools.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I'm with you on that! I really want all sorts of people to see us perform!


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Whoa, when did you get here?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
You're both taking this in stride, aren't you? I'm a little surprised, to be honest.


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Well, it's not like these rumors about our school are anything new.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
...That's true.


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
An audition notification?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Whoa, what's going on?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Is everyone okay?


Tsukasa (icon).png Tsukasa:
Huh? Why are you here, Aruru? And...where are we?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Um, I have no idea.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Anyway, did you hear we're being accused of bribing the judges to qualify for the Performance Festival!?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Do you think this is the time to talk about that?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
But if it's true, that would be terrible!


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
They're just groundless rumors, don't worry.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Oh, that's good. But then why would people say that?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Welcome, Stage Girls of the Frontier School of Arts Stage Expression Course.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Do people hate our school that much? Hmm...


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...I am Elle.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Huh? Who?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Do you have what it takes to pass the auditions, become top stars, and stand on the stage of destiny?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Audition? Stage of destiny? What? And who are you?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
She just told us her name's Elle.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
What is the stage you dream of?


Misora (icon).png Misora:
You mean, like one that would put an end to the bad rumors about Frontier?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
If that is the stage you desire.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
So...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Um, can we wish for other stuff? Like, anything?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Can we, like, have a pteranodon appear on stage with us!?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
.......


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Aruru, you're weird.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Okay, then...


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Can we wish for our play to be seen by everyone in the world?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
...Excuse me?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Can you make it so everyone in the world knows about us, our play, and how much fun we have doing this?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I want to bring happiness to everyone all over the world who sees our play.


Elle (icon).png Elle:
If that is the stage you wish for.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Yeah! That's what I want!


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
I'd rather have the pteranodon.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Elle-san, you said this would be an audition. Who are we competing against?


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Seisho Music Academy, Siegfeld Institute of Music, Rinmeikan Girls School... Each school will be competing with their pride on the line.


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Aren't these all the other schools performing at the Performance Festival?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Really?


Lalafin (icon).png Lalafin:
Then refusing to participate in this audition would be like running away. And I don't like that.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Let's do this! It's just like when we entered the contest!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
I'm sure amazing people and things are waiting for us here, too!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
I will spare no effort to make sure the auditions do not disappoint you.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Shizuha-chan, is it okay with you if we participate in the audition?


Shizuha (icon).png Shizuha:
Yes, I'm quite interested myself.


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Even you, Shizuha-senpai?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
Misora, let's do it! Just like the S-Con!


Misora (icon).png Misora:
Oh, all right... You'd sign me up anyway, even if I said no.


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
You know me too well!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Have you decided?


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We'll win these auditions, become top stars, and show our play to everyone in the world!


Aruru (icon).png Aruru:
We'll win the auditions and bring happiness to everyone in the world!


Elle (icon).png Elle:
Thank you for signing up for the auditions.

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