QLeft.png Like his ancestors, the current Fuma Kotaro is skilled at disturbance tactics. He leads his spies around the battlefield, and creates commotion among the enemies. QRight.png


I Don't Like Action Scenes

Rui (icon).png Rui:
............


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Prepare yourself! Haaah!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hiyah!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh... Yukko, can you stop a moment?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Huh.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hmm. It only took your words to stop Fuma's blade. You're quite skilled.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
--Anyway, was I doing something wrong?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Not so much wrong...but your movements were slightly off.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Was I not "keeping my movements to a minimum"?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...! Exactly. "Fight scenes look more beautiful when movements are kept to a minimum".


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'm glad you remember what I told you before.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Of course.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I even remember I was touched by how fitting that principle is to me...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
But at the same time, I couldn't keep up with quick movements.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Hmm, that's strange considering you learned the flow of a fight scene faster than anyone else.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
That's because I'm good at memorizing things. And I guess that's also what's holding me back this time.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
What do you mean?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I think I'm relying too much on my brain. I'm focusing so much on the next move that my movements don't connect smoothly.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I see... I guess that makes sense.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
If I don't improve, I won't be able to become the head of the Fuma clan.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I fought so hard to get this role...and Fuma Kotaro will end up being a low-ranking ninja...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You've helped me with practice every day, and I've let you down.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Don't worry! You've learned all the moves already, so it's only a matter of letting your body act first before your brain.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Anyway, let's practice the fight scene until dinner. I'll do the enemy role!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
No, I'm not at that level yet... I think I'll visualize the moves by myself for a while longer.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...You're not planning on sleeping, are you?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Of course not. I'll be awake. Well, I might rest my shoulders on some pillows halfway through...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ah! I knew it! And here I thought you were getting serious about it...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Hey, how about I wake you up tomorrow morning and we practice then?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(Mrrgh... She's persistent even outside rehearsals... When it comes to this, then...)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Ahem! Are you familiar with this story, young lady?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Ninja were never good at sword fights.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Huh? Oh...that. Apparently.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Rather than being warriors, they were more like spies...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Exactly! They should work behind the scenes, attacking in the early morning, or creating disturbances in the middle of the night.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Besides, they weren't called "ninja" either. They had delightful names like "rappa" or "suppa".


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Oh yes! Their names changed depending on the area!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Indeed! I only know the ones that live in lakes...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
In lakes...?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Huh? Yes, the ones with the green skin, and a bowl on their head...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ah!...A kappa?!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Indeed!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Heh heh. They only rhyme with each other!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
I apologize. Let me make it up to you by offering a story about kappa, then...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Whoa! Do you even know rakugo stories with kappa in them? I've never heard any...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...Huh? Wait, you're just changing the subject!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Do you hate morning practice this much...!?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Ngh. So you realized...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Here I thought I could make that problem disappear in a cloud of smoke like a ninja...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yukko...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Okay, I get it. Call me again when you feel more confident about your movements.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I'll help you with practice then.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Got it.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Do your best, okay? ...And make sure you take breaks too.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You saw right through me. ...Thank you, Rui, I will.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Okay, then. Now that I'm alone I just have to practice and practice until I refine my moves.

Unseen Efforts

Early Morning

Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*huff* *pant*


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(--If I don't wipe the sweat off the prop sword, it'll slip out of my hands...)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(They should get here in about 10 minutes... That should leave me time for one more try...)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Let's do this.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
"Like a raging wind, I will punish evildoers with my power."


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hiyah! Hyah!


:
*thump*


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
--Someone's here. Time to leave.


:
*clatter*


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
--Fumi Yumeoji, second year Performance Department, ready to begin!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Rui Akikaze, first year Performance Department, ready to begin!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...Huh? No one's here. I swear I heard someone...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Maybe it was just your imagination. It's still too early, after all.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Well, I did bump into you...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Ahaha. I'm so excited we decided what the next play is going to be. I can't sit still...


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I know how you feel. It feels like we never have enough time to practice.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
--Speaking of which. How's Yuyuko doing on her fight scene? I heard she was having a hard time.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Yeah... I'm still worried about the balance of her axis, but she's got the rhythm down.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
One more step and she'll be all right.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
I see. I'm relieved to hear it.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Oh, could you take a look at my moves as well?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
O-Of course! I'd be glad to!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Okay, from Act 1 scene 3, then...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Right!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
HAAH!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Hiyah!


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"--Ngh! My plan was infallible..."


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
"I set the horses off, and destroyed your provisions... How could I lose...!"


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"Humph... That's just how skilled my Fuma clan is."


Rui (icon).png Rui:
"As long as the Fuma are here, Odawara Castle will never fall!"


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Hey! That was great!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
*clap* *clap* clap*


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Huh?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Y-Yukko!? How long have you been there?


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
(...Ah, I didn't mean to applaud.)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Well, you see...I set my alarm too early this morning.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
So I did some stretching, and as soon as I had finished I felt incredibly sleepy.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Wait, were you sleeping over there? You're gonna catch a cold that way.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Ahaha, sorry. I woke up and saw Onikage and Benikage from "Tales of Onikurenai" fighting each other, so I just thought I was still dreaming...


Rui (icon).png Rui:
...You never change, do you?


Rui (icon).png Rui:
I guess it's good you finished stretching already, though. Shall we practice the fight scene together? Fumi-senpai is here, too.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Good idea. I'm curious to see how much you've improved.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Ooh, thank you. I'll take you up on that offer.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
--Let's go then.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Hiyah!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Haah!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Your moves... They're flawless!


Rui (icon).png Rui:
That's amazing, Yukko! I can't believe you've improved so much in such a short time!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Huh, that's weird.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Maybe I learned from you two while I was sleeping over there.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
(That's not it. This wasn't something accomplished in a few minutes.)


Rui (icon).png Rui:
(Yukko has been practicing nonstop all by herself...)


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
...Will you two stop staring at me?


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
...Sorry, I'm just so impressed.


Fumi (icon).png Fumi:
Yuyuko, you killed it. I'm excited to see the final performance.


Rui (icon).png Rui:
Me too...! I won't let you have all the spotlight!


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
Heh heh...

Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
You saw me practicing in the morning? ...You must be mistaken. Maybe you were dreaming...?

Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
There are a few documents that describe what Fuma Kotaro looked like. ...He was quite the person - tall and very muscular.


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
And that's not all. Apparently, he also had fangs! I'll have to think about how I'll express this flashy side during the play...


Yuyuko (icon).png Yuyuko:
If you have some time, I'd like your advice on something. I want to fulfill my role as lead to the best of my abilities.

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