QLeft.png A good-looking playboy. Having decided to not yet marry, he rejects any marriage proposal by any means necessary. His real name is Edward Grovener. From "Deux JUNO!?" QRight.png


For the Feeling of Love

Maya (icon).png Maya:
(Edward)
"Oh, June. Your gentle smile is as bright as the sun that illuminates the land."


Maya (icon).png Maya:
(Edward)
"And you, Yuno! Your existence itself is like a jewel, and your mother and father should be praised."


Maya (icon).png Maya:
(Edward)
"For my sweethearts to compete – this is a harsh trial imposed by the god of love."


Maya (icon).png Maya:
............


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Tendo-san! You're still here practicing.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Yes, I'm preparing for the role of Edward. What are you doing here, Aijo-san?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I saw that the rehearsal room lights were on and thought someone might be in here, so I came to take a look.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I see.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I only caught it briefly, but bridegroom Edward was cool.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh heh, I'm honored.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
The role of Edward is a perfect fit for you, since you're so good at praising people.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Good at praising people... Me?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah! You have a ton of experience. You think a lot about your performances, so you have the ability to comprehend— not just comprehend, I think it's more along the lines of the ability to persuade!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
That's nice to hear. Since this role was written for me, I wanted to give it some of my own personality and flavor.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I'll take your words to heart, and practice just a little more...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
............


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Tendo-san, are you feeling okay?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Does it look like I'm not okay?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Oh, er, just a little bit! It might just be my imagination!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
............


Maya (icon).png Maya:
You were watching my performance of Edward just then, weren't you?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yes, I was! I only caught it partway through though!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
It may be a little direct, but could you tell me your impressions of it?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Impressions? Hmmm...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
It was really fascinating! Your portrayal of male roles is always really good!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Although, compared to last time, it might be a little less true to Edward...?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
True to Edward...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Tendo-san, do you remember that time everyone was trying to get the leading role of the bride and did the etude with you?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Of course. Such wonderful opportunities are few and far between.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I feel like that time was more true to Edward! One after another, words of love flowing freely.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Yes, that's because I played Edward in a more conceited and shallow manner.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
That's right! It's as if that part of him isn't so prevalent this time...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I was actually thinking along the same lines. Thinking about the end of the performance, and how I need to make sure he isn't watered down...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
The more I read into the script, the more I feel the charm of the brides, making it difficult for me to become a playboy, so to speak.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Even someone of your caliber deals with that sort of thing.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
It's a role that was written for me, so I'm being extra empathetic.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Still, he doesn't feel like a truly bad person...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I feel as if he truly finds his brides to be charming and special.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
That's why I don't think your way of performing is wrong.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Yes. However, the fact that he thinks about his prospective brides in a special way—


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Is what is causing my role to move further away from someone that has the ability to put together words of love so easily.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
That's it! You should think of the brides as if they were your beloved baumkuchen!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
?!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
For example, Banana's specialty baumkuchen, the one Clau-chan brought back from France, and the matcha flavored one that Kaoruko-chan bought in Kyoto!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I know there are lots of other kinds of baumkuchen, but if asked to choose your favorite between them, it wouldn't be easy to do, would it?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
But that's because there's no need to make a choice. They all have different things that make them good, so you like them all!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...I see. I'm getting held back because it's a person, so I should look at it from the perspective of my favorite food.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh heh. You're totally right that I wouldn't be able to choose between those delicious baumkuchen. That being said, I wouldn't feel guilty if it came to choosing one.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Exactly! I'm not sure it's okay to compare a person you like with a baumkuchen, but...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
No no, nothing like that. You could say it's Edward's way of thinking or his philosophy – something that is outside our own common sense.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Not fretting about anything and just expressing your affection and compliments.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
If I can express his love for all of his brides as if I'm talking about my favorite foods, I might be able to seize his heart and maximize his charm....


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...I see, that way of seizing his heart...is a very unique one, Aijo-san.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Really!?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Yes. If I think about it that way, I will be able to perform with a greater understanding of Edward.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
I'm glad!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Now, before I forget this feeling...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
...!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
(Edward)
"Would you help me to understand your charm, Carelina?"


Karen (icon).png Karen:
(Carelina)
"Of course! This burning stone that you told me to bring back home expresses my feelings more than anything else!"


Maya (icon).png Maya:
(Edward)
"Hahaha, if you say such things, I'm going to fall for you even more."

Bride and Groom Qualities

Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
*sigh* Doesn't it feel like time slows down when you wait for something?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Oh, Hanayagi-san. What are you doing here?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I'm waiting for Futaba-han to change costumes. She said she wants me to be the first to see it, so I just have to wait.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh heh, is that so?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Don't you think she's spending too much time on it even though it's not even a real wedding?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
The time waiting for his bride to change dresses is also fun for the groom.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Oh, how passionate. You really act the part, gallant Edward.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh heh, thank you.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
By the way, I'm going to take some pictures for next year's Seisho Music Academy pamphlet, so this may take a moment.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
*sigh* I guess, but... If that's really the case, then I should be in the picture.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Taking on Yuno – one of the main roles in the wedding-themed performance of Deux JUNO – was something that you were great at.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
That's right. When I heard the specifics of the role, I thought it'd surely be mine. It would have been nice if Futaba-han just gave up the role for me.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
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Maya (icon).png Maya:
Hanayagi-san, if you have the time, would you mind teaching me about kimono?\


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Wh-where is this coming from?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I looked into it a little myself since we're taking a picture together, but when it comes to kimono, you are the first person who came to mind.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Well, kimono are my thing. All right then. You have to escort the innocent and pure Futaba-han in her white kimono, after all.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Right, leave it to me!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Thank you very much.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Let's start with the most basic of the basics. Do you know how the bride and groom are supposed to stand wearing a kimono?


Maya (icon).png Maya:
It's different to a wedding dress, because the groom stands half a step behind.\


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Very good, Tendo-han. You've done your research. I think the photographer will tell you this in advance, but...


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You may be asked to take a pose in character, so I'll teach you how to wow them.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
How to wow them in a kimono?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
That's right. Kimono don't have many curves, so they look don't look great straight on. That's why tilting your body toward the camera works well.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
I didn't know that. I was right to ask you about this.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I know, right? Another thing I want you to watch out for is the positioning of Futaba-han's hands.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
The position of the bride's hands?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Futaba-han isn't used to having her picture taken in formal dress, so I think she might tense up.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Her hands, rather than her face, show the most tension in a picture, so you could have her hold a fan if she looks really nervous.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Very impressive, Hanayagi-san. You have a very good understanding of Isurugi-san.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Of course, I've known her as long as I can remember. You should just focus on escorting her.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Okay, got it. Is there anything else?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Hmm, let's see...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
...?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
I think that's all I have to say.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Futaba-han did well this time. Even managing to incorporate some of my own movements from the leading role tryouts.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
You noticed?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
You were watching me from before the audition – I understood that much after watching your performance.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
It can be hard to see what's right under your nose. My natural self is the closest to that of Yuno...


Maya (icon).png Maya:
But this isn't the end for you, is it?


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
Of course not! Next time won't turn out the same!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
Heh heh, you're back to you regular self.


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
No way... Were you fussing over me?!


Maya (icon).png Maya:
(Edward)
"Oh, my dear Xiangzi. It is because you are so strong, that I subconsciously want to make you laugh."


Kaoruko (icon).png Kaoruko:
*sigh* ...A lady-killer as always.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
You flatter me, young miss.

Maya (icon).png Maya:
With seven different prospective brides, every day must be bustling. But then again, Edward doesn't end up picking just one.

Maya (icon).png Maya:
The role of Edward was written for me, but at first it was difficult for me to understand him.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
However, the more I played as Edward— The more dialogue I had with the brides, the more I began to understand the role.


Maya (icon).png Maya:
His passion for women is evidently like my passion for the stage. I wonder how much Amemiya-san planned for this when she wrote the script.

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